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Sunday 17 December 2017

Irish run to ready Bekele for Games

ATHLETICS: Kenenisa Bekele, the current Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, and world record holder at both distances, will be using the SPAR Great Ireland Run as part of his build-up to the London Olympics.

Ten years ago next month, aged only 19, Bekele became the first and only male athlete ever to lift the IAAF World Cross Country long and short course titles in the same year with two magnificent performances at Leopardstown racecourse.

Now Bekele’s appearance in the Great Ireland Run on April 15 suggests the Ethiopian could be taking a preliminary step in

the transition of proving himself as equally successful on the roads, which would cement his reputation as one of the world’s best-ever distance runners.

Work to do for Morgan

CRICKET: Dubliner Eoin Morgan has been told he must examine his distinctive technique before winning a recall to England’s Test side.

The Dubliner was yesterday left out of a 16-man squad for the two-Test series in Sri Lanka next month, paying the price for his struggles – particularly in the Test arena – against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

He looked far from his best in all three formats of the game – his unique crouch at the crease becoming more exaggerated and less effective as the trip progressed – but he has enough credit in the bank to be sure of his place in the limited-overs side for some time to come.

“I think he has got some work to do on his Test game and that’s going to be quite difficult for him considering his next cricket is going to be IPL cricket,” said England coach Andy Flower.

Murray is back on form

TENNIS: Andy Murray became the first man through to the quarter-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Championships with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli.

The world number four has endured a post-Australian Open slump in the last two seasons and struggled yesterday in his first match since his Melbourne semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic, needing three sets to get past unheralded German Michael Berrer.

But Murray looked much sharper today, albeit against modest opposition in the shape of the 30-year-old world number 185, and eased through in one hour and 22 minutes.

RUGBY: St Michael’s eased to a semi-final showdown with Kilkenny on the back of a six-try (42-7) victory over a valiant Presentation Bray side at Donnybrook yesterday.

NBA: Cleveland 83 Boston 86, Indiana 102 Golden State 78, Detroit 68 Philadelphia 97, Houston 88 Toronto 85, Milwaukee 119 Washington 118, Chicago 99 New Orleans 95, Dallas 92 New Jersey 93, Sacramento 103 Utah 96, LA Clippers 97 Minnesota 109.

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