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Murray suffers a humiliation

tennis: Andy Murray's troubled season ended in humiliation against Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals.

The Scot went into the clash with hopes of the straight-sets win that would have booked his spot in the semi-finals but walked off the court 56 minutes later having lost 6-0 6-1 as Federer made it three wins from three in Group B.

Murray was two points away from losing 6-0 6-0 for the first time since he was a 16-year-old playing on the lowly Futures circuit.

He at least avoided that ignominy but there was no consolation at all to be gained from the single game he managed to win against a player he has so often frustrated in the past. In a tournament of one-sided matches, Murray now has the unwanted distinction of having suffered the worst defeat since the event moved to London's O2 Arena in 2009, while it was his heaviest loss for seven-and-a-half years.

Síofra making waves in States

athletics: Some of Ireland's best young talent is still opting to take the demanding American collegiate route, with DSD's Síofra Cléirigh Buttner, a Herald School Sports Star of the Year, undoubtedly this year's 'top pick.'

She has followed in the footsteps of Sonia O'Sullivan and gone to Villanova, where Marcus O'Sullivan is head coach. She finished 12th in last month's BIG EAST Championships, Villanova's best individual result in the Big East since 2011.

Next come today's Division One 'regionals' where Cléirigh Buttner is among the top Irish bidding to qualify for NCAA National Cross-Countries on Saturday week.

Morgan 'sad' that there's no Kevin

cricket: Dubliner Eoin Morgan believes it is "terribly sad" Kevin Pietersen will not be playing for England at next year's World Cup.

England fly out to Sri Lanka on Sunday for a seven-match series and will be desperate to gain some momentum before their World Cup campaign starts against Australia on February 14.

They will have to do it without Pietersen, however, who was controversially axed from the international set-up in February to create a more harmonious dressing room atmosphere.

"It was great playing with Kevin and having him in the team and learning from him," Morgan said.

"It's terribly sad that he's not in the team. That's just the way I feel."