The RTE presenter passed away on Monday evening after a three-year battle against motor neurone disease, having been diagnosed with the fatal neurological disorder in April 2010. Last year he was recognised with a People of the Year Award for his work in highlighting the debilitating disease, while in the course of his sports broadcasting career, he covered a large number of national and international events, including the Cheltenham Festival since 1990. Press Association Although able to cross all sporting codes, Murray will forever be associated with racing and was given an industry award by Horse Racing Ireland in 2010. Murray is survived by his wife, Anne, daughters Kate and Patricia and his sister, Mary. Leading National Hunt jockeys Davy Russell and Barry Geraghty paid their respects to Murray on Twitter. Russell said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Colm Murray. A true sports fan and gentleman who adored his racing. Thoughts are with his family.” Geraghty said: “Very sad news to hear of RTE sports correspondent Colm Murray’s passing. He was such a nice man and a great supporter of racing and all sports.” Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Murray was the voice of Irish racing for many years and he lit up the coverage of racing with his passion and enthusiasm. ”I had the pleasure of being in Colm’s company recently and could see he was a proud Westmeath man who brought out the best in those around him with his affability and gift for storytelling,” he said. ”I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, Ann, and daughters, Patricia and Kate, and sister, Mary. ”He is also a huge loss to all in RTE and my thoughts are with all who had the pleasure of knowing Colm during his lifetime.” Colm Murray, one of Ireland’s best-known racing broadcasters, has died at the age of 61.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Injury-prone West Indies star Andre Russell is set to undergo an injury assessment to determine his fitness, as Cricket West Indies begin to hone their plans for this year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.The 31-year-old has not played a T20 International in 19 months and has not suited up for West Indies since limping out of the 50-over World Cup in England last June with a knee injury.However, Russell has continued to feature in domestic T20 leagues across the globe and CWI chief executive, Johnny Grave, said the player’s fitness would now come under the microscope with the hope of reintegrating him into the West Indies setup.“Hopefully in the next few weeks he will undergo what is described by the medical team as a return-to-play protocol,” Grave said.“So he will go through a fitness test to see how his knees have recovered from the injuries that he suffered and allowing us to see if he would be passed fit medically – which is the first stage – and injury free in terms of his ability to both bat and bowl.“He would then build up his fitness levels and hopefully through performances in the Indian Premier League make himself available for selection for the West Indies.”The IPL runs from March 29 to May 24 and Russell is expected to turn out as usual for Kolkata Knight Riders.Despite fitness concerns, Russell was picked for last year’s World Cup but managed just four matches, as West Indies produced their worst-ever showing in finishing ninth of 10 teams.Meanwhile, Grave said off-spinner Sunil Narine was also being monitored, with selectors hoping he makes a full recovery from the finger injury which has troubled him over the last year.In fact, the 31-year-old last represented West Indies last August when he faced India in three T20 Internationals but that outing was his first in two years.“He’s obviously been a player that has been a fantastic servant and player for West Indies particularly in white ball cricket but at this stage, Sunil is still working on his action,” Grave explained.“He obviously had the finger injury which took him out and made him struggle to bowl, and we’re hoping that he’s going to be fully fit … and be able to bowl his full portfolio of deliveries for the IPL and then fingers crossed, from the West Indies point of view, all goes well and he can follow that through into the CPL and hopefully be in form and be available for the World Cup.”
“We feel like we’re right there.” McLaughlin said. “We have a few things to get better at, but we feel like we’re right there.” The Trojans are back in action this Thursday at 8 PM against the Stanford Cardinal. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 networks. “The teams were playing right now are very physical.” Enfield said. “Darian is our best rebounder per minute, so we definitely miss him. However, our players need to pick up the slack until Darian can get back.” Utah forward Jakob Poeltl scored 29 points with 13 rebounds and four assists and guard Brandon Taylor chipped in 8 points and 10 assists as the Utes defeated the USC Trojans 80-69 on Sunday. The loss was the Trojans’ first home defeat of the season.“I’m proud of our team’s effort, winning 15 straight games at home.” head coach Andy Enfield said. “Unfortunately tonight we got outplayed and lost to a good basketball team.”Guard Jordan McLaughlin led the Trojans (19-8, 8-6) with 20 points, three assists and three rebounds as the Trojans lost at the Galen Center for the first time in almost a year. Fellow backcourt mate Julian Jacobs finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists.The Utes (21-7, 10-5) outrebounded the Men of Troy 30-24 and outscored them 38-28 in the paint. The Trojans shot 58 percent from 3-point range, but attempted just 17 shots. The Utes finished shooting 53 percent from the field and had 13 second-chance points. The Utes also attempted nine more free throws than the Trojans.Both teams came out running in the first half. The Utes immediately took advantage of their size down low with Poeltl. The second year big man from Austria scored nine of the Utes first 14 points and finished the half with a near double-double.The backcourt duo of McLaughlin and Jacobs scored the first 13 points for the Trojans. The Trojans were able to stay relatively close throughout the first half, but once Poeltl returned the Utes closed on a run to push their lead to double digits.Guard Katin Reinhardt hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer to cut the Utes lead to 10 at the half. The Trojans had 10 first half turnovers that turned into 15 points for the Utes. McLaughlin, Jacobs and forward Bennie Boatwright combined for 25 of the Trojans 30 first half points.It looked like things were going to get away from the Trojans as the Utes opened the second half by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers, extending their lead to 16 points.Jacobs had other plans. The third-year guard scored nine points in a flurry that helped ignite a 14-3 run by the Men of Troy. The Trojans got as close as 5 points, before the Utes woke up.Poeltl scored eight of Utah’s next 12 points as the Utes pushed their lead back to double-digits. The Trojans had a late rally that cut the lead back to 10, but they would get no closer. “He’s a pro if I’ve ever seen one. He absolutely dominated us.” Jacobs said. “We did not have an answer for him. Defensively, I think he ended with four steals. Offensively he had his way with us. It was the Jakob Poeltl show, and we did not have any answers.” The trio of McLaughlin, Jacobs, and Boatwright scored 54 of the Trojans 69 points. The rest of the Trojans went 6-20 from the field for 15 points.With the loss, the Trojans now sit two game behind league leaders Arizona and Oregon. The Trojans have a big trip coming up against Stanford and Cal. The Golden Bears are one game ahead of the Trojans in the standings. Forward Darian Clark missed his fourth consecutive game with a shoulder injury. As one of USC’s toughest defenders and rebounders, he was sorely missed as the Trojans struggled against the size of Poeltl. The Men of Troy made a spirited comeback but the size of Poeltl ended up being too much the Trojans to handle. Poeltl killed the Trojans inside but also opened up wide open shots for his teammates as USC was forced to double down on various occasions. All eight of the Utes players scored at least four points.