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Operation for Henry repairs heart defect

Rugby: Ireland flanker Chris Henry has had surgery to repair a defect in his heart wall.

The Irish Rugby Football Union made the announcement in a statement yesterday, a day after the operation. Henry was due to play South Africa on November 8, but hours before kick-off, he suffered "a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain."

The heart procedure "was found to be related to his recent episode, and has been performed to prevent further issues," the IRFU said.

Shane Logan, chief executive of Henry's Ulster province, said they were optimistic Henry will make a full recovery, and return to pro rugby.

Ebdon survives an early scare in UK

snooker: Peter Ebdon survived a scare in the first round of the UK Championship as he had to fight back to beat Ross Muir 6-5 in York.

The Scotsman raced out into a 2-0 lead, aided by a break of 85 in the second frame but, after claiming a scrappy third, the 2002 world champion registered a 73 in the next to level things up.

The two men then exchanged frames until the contest got to 5-5 and Ebdon edged a decider to move into the second round.

Graeme Dott did not have such trouble as he eased past Swiss Alexander Ursenbache 6-2.

Judd Trump was handed a walkover against China's Rouzi Maimaiti while Nigel Bond's break of 132 helped him to a 6-3 win over Stuart Carrington.

In-form Evans out to reclaim his title

BADMINTON: Irish No 1 Scott Evans will return to Dublin this December in an attempt to reclaim his men's singles title at the Carlton Irish Badminton Open.

Evans has chalked up some of the best performances of his career during recent months and hopes his winning form will continue when he competes at the Irish Open nest week, starting Wednesday.

In 2012, Evans became the first Irish winner of the men's title in over 25 years when he beat French qualifier Lucas Corvee in a thrilling final. His bid to retain the title in 2013 came to an end when he lost in the quarter-finals to Lukas Schmidt of Germany. However, Evans's recent win at the Brazilian Grand Prix and second place at the $120,000 Bitburger Open sees him at the top of his game and poised to reclaim the title.