Friday 15 December 2017

Murray out of Davis Cup tie

TENNIS: Andy Murray will miss Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against Slovakia in Glasgow next weekend in order to recover from "a few minor injuries" picked up in Australia.

The British number one's decision is a blow to Britain's hopes of securing victory on their return to Europe/Africa Zone Group I, with James Ward now the team's number one and Dan Evans coming in alongside doubles pair Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins.

Murray said: "I've been told to take a few weeks off after picking up a few minor injuries in Australia.

"I'm gutted to miss out on the Davis Cup having really enjoyed playing last year, but as it's only the start of an important season, which includes the Olympics in London, it's probably a sensible decision," added the Scot.

Rubens eyes Indy

MOTOR RACING: Rubens Barrichello is mulling over a move to IndyCar following a successful first day of testing.

The Brazilian was ditched by Williams earlier this month, bringing a 19-year stay in Formula One to an end for this season at least, and he is now looking elsewhere to further his motorsport career.

KV Racing, co-owned by 1996 IndyCar champion Jimmy Vasser, have offered the 39-year-old a test drive in the new Dallara chassis.

Barrichello completed 94 laps at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, and it was not long before he was quickly on the pace of KV Racing's main driver, Tony Kanaan.

Kobe quick off mark

BASKETBALL: Kobe Bryant's fast start allowed him to clock off early as the Los Angeles Lakers made easy work of the Charlotte Bobcats in a 106-73 home blowout.

Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, fired 18 points in the first quarter and scored a game-high 24 -- all in the first half, where the Lakers built a big lead against the NBA's worst team.

Irish teams in top 10

SAILING: All three of the Irish Sailing Association's Olympic teams have been ranked within the top 10, according to the most recent International Sailing Federation official world rankings.

The rankings see Peter O'Leary and David Burrows, in the Star class, currently fifth overall in the world.

Annalise Murphy, 21, is also in fifth position in the world in the Laser Radial rankings.

The 49er duo of Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern lie eighth overall within their class.

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