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Hard-fought win for Djokovic

TENNIS: Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and third seed Andy Murray both had to work hard to book their places in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Top seed Djokovic lost his bearings in the second set before beating Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-0 5-7 6-2, while Murray had to dig himself out of an early hole on the way to a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win against Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

Elsewhere, American Mardy Fish made a triumphant return to the ATP Tour after being sidelined since last year's US Open because of a heart condition. He battled past compatriot Bobby Reynolds 6-3 3-6 6-4.

Croatia's Marin Cilic overcame Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 6-2, Nicolas Almagro swept past fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5 6-1 and Germany's Tommy Haas beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-3 7-6.

 

Sutcliffe's a big hit

BOXING: Former Irish elite champion Phil Sutcliffe won on his pro debut on a bill in Dundalk.

The Dubliner stopped Hungarian Zoltan Kovacs 63 seconds into the first on an evening when seven of the 10 fights didn't reach the final bell. James Tennyson, Daniel McShane, Declan Trainer, Noel O'Brien, Matt Wilton, Willie Mitchell and Sutcliffe recorded inside the distance wins. Anthony Fitzgerald, Anthony Cacace and Christiana McMahon earned points verdicts – McMahon improved to a 5-0 record following her 79-74 decision over Poland's Karina Kopinska.

 

Kiwis unchanged

CRICKET: New Zealand today named an unchanged 13-man squad to face England in the second Test in Wellington. They remain without Doug Bracewell, who has yet to recover sufficiently from his foot injury.

Frontline seamer Bracewell missed the drawn first Test, which finished in a draw in Dunedin yesterday, after cutting his foot on a glass while cleaning up.

 

Blackrock into final

RUGBY: Blackrock advanced to the final of the Leinster Schools Junior Cup with a 20-3 win over St Michael's at Donnybrook. Full-back Steven Kilgallen, second-row Caelan Doris and wing Nick Gleeson scored the tries for 'Rock.

NBA: Oklahoma City 91 Boston 79, LA Lakers 90 Chicago 81, Toronto 100 Cleveland 96, Orlando 99 Philadelphia 91, Miami 105 Indiana 91, New Orleans 98 Portland 96, Minnesota 77 Dallas 100, Sacramento 113 Milwaukee 115, LA Clippers 129 Detroit 97.


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