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HAMILTON---Tillakaratne Dilshan made a flawless
116 to lead Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket
win over New Zealand yesterday, leveling the seven-
match one-day series at 1-1.
Chasing New Zealand s 248, Sri Lanka reached the
target with 14 balls to spare thanks chiefly to Dilshan s
17th one-day century.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum
made 117 from 99 balls but the Black Caps batting
effort descended into chaos after McCullum departed,
with four run outs destroying the middle order.
Dilshan then brilliantly paced the Sri Lanka reply,
reaching his century from 116 balls and finally falling
in the 46th over with only 12 runs needed for vic-
He was well-supported throughout the Sri Lanka
innings. Kumar Sangakkara made 38 including three
straight sixes, Mahela Jayawardene contributed 27
with five boundaries and captain Angelo Mathews
was unbeaten on 39 and hit the winning runs with
his sixth boundary.
McCullum tried to play that role for New Zealand,
setting his team up for a score in excess of 300, but
no-one took up the baton when he was out. When
he fell he had scored 117 of New Zealand s total of
158, dominating partnerships of 35 with Martin Guptill
(10), 38 with Tom Latham (5) and 85 with Ross Taylor,
of which Taylor contributed 23.
The century was McCullum s fifth in one-day
internationals and his first since February, 2012 and
extended the run of form which has seen him scored
a triple century and two double centuries in tests in
the past 12 months.
McCullum scored a half century from 19 balls in
the first one-dayer, which New Zealand won by three
wickets. He was only a little less forceful yesterday,
reaching his half century from 33 balls and his century
from 88 deliveries with 10 fours and four sixes.
The runouts of Daniel Vettori (7), Corey Anderson
(5), Luke Ronchi (0) and Nathan McCullum (13)
wrecked the New Zealand innings and deprived it of
any chance of extending its winning record at home
Sri Lanka won for the first time on its New Zealand
tour after losing the test series 2-0 and the one-day
BARCELONA---Barcelona s president says Lionel
Messi wants to stay at the Spanish club amid spec-
ulation about his future.
Josep Bartomeu tells Catalunya Radio that Messi
"told me that he wants to finish his career at Barca
and his commitment and willingness are maximum.
There is no debate about this future."
The president spoke after Messi said at the Ballon
d Or gala on Monday: "I am not sure where I will
be next year."
Barcelona has had one of its most convulsive
months in recent memory after it lost an appeal of
a one-year transfer ban, fired its sports director and
called for early elections this summer.
Messi had repeatedly said he would play out the
better part of his career at Barcelona until finishing
it in Argentina. (AP)
LONDON---When Arsenal cannot beat
the English Premier League s leading
teams, the prospects of an imminent title
triumph seem slim.
Traveling to defending champion Man-
chester City on Sunday, the focus is just
on returning to the top four for the side
which was last champion in 2004.
It s three years since Arsenal s last league
victory over a City side that used to play
an insignificant part in the title race until
the 2008 Abu Dhabi takeover provided
the financial muscle to strip the London
club of its prime playing assets.
There was humiliation on the last visit
to Etihad Stadium last season, with City
inflicting a 6-3 rout.
Although Arsenal did beat City in
August, that came in the largely inconse-
quential curtainraiser to the English season
before they drew their league encounter
at Emirates Stadium.
"We need to play with more spirit, with
more aggression, and be very focused,"
City midfielder Santi Cazorla said. "If not,
these teams will kill you. We need to be
perfect if we want to win."
Perfection is harder with such a lengthy
injury list at Arsenal, which is only a point
off fourth-place Manchester United.
Captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) and Math-
ieu Debuchy (right shoulder) have both
undergone surgery and are expected to be
sidelined for around three months, man-
ager Arsene Wenger announced yester-
"It s very unfortunate for Mathieu, it s
unbelievable because he s had two surgeries
in the same season," Wenger said of the
defender, who underwent ankle ligament
surgery in September, a month into his
Here are a look at the other talking
points this weekend in the Premier League:
STRIKER DILEMMA: Just when United s
season seemed back on track---after ten
games without defeat in the league---the
team lost to Southampton last weekend.
It also raised questions about the future
of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian was
out of the squad completely on Sunday,
and missing Saturday s trip to Queens Park
Rangers would make it less likely the striker
will extend his stay at United beyond June
when his loan from Monaco expires.
LIVERPOOL'S QUEST: Unbeaten in seven
games in all competitions, Liverpool travels
on Saturday to an Aston Villa side three
points above the drop zone, and scorer of
a league-low 11 goals. One of those goals
gave Villa a 1-0 win at Anfield in Sep-
"They don t concede many," Liverpool
manager Brendan Rodgers pointed out on
"It will be a difficult game as it was
earlier in the season when we conceded
from a sloppy corner and then weren t
able to get the breakthrough."
Liverpool is eighth in the standings, and
midfielder Adam Lallana has provided a
boost by returning to training ahead of
schedule after a thigh injury on New Year s
Day. He could be fit for Tuesday s League
Cup semifinal first-leg against Chelsea.
PORTLAND---The Los Angeles Clippers rallied in
the fourth quarter to win 100-94 at Portland in
Wednesday s clash of NBA Western Conference
contenders, with Jamal Crawford sinking the go-
ahead basket and topping the scoring.
The Clippers remain 6-1/2 matches behind league-
leading Golden State, which won its eighth straight
and improved to 31-5 by cruising past Miami.
Among other key results, Washington continued
to assert its East title credentials by winning at Chica-
go, and Denver beat Dallas to prevent the Mavericks
going top of the Southwest Division.
Los Angeles Crawford scored the go-ahead basket
on a 3-pointer with 3:55 remaining as the Clippers
(26-13) came back from a six-point deficit.
He finished with 25 points while DeAndre Jordan
had 17 points and 18 rebounds for LA, which beat
Portland for the second time this season.
Washington overcame a season-high 32 points
from Derrick Rose to win 105-99 at Chicago.
Paul Pierce had 22 points while John Wall scored
10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to guide the
Wizards to their second win over the Central Division
leaders in six days.
Washington trailed by as much as 11 in the first
half but outscored Chicago 32-19 in the third quarter
to take a seven-point lead to the fourth. The Wizards
hung on after Chicago pulled within one.
The Bulls played the second half without Joakim
Noah after he injured his right ankle.
Golden State s Stephen Curry made seven 3-point-
ers and finished with 32 points as the Warriors over-
whelmed Miami 104-89.
With a hamstring strain sidelining Heat star Dwyane
Wade, the NBA-leading Warriors mowed down Miami
the way they have most opponents recently. Golden
State has won by an average of 19.8 points during
its eight-game streak. Chris Bosh had 26 points and
seven rebounds but couldn t carry the Heat alone.
Denver beat Dallas 114-107, with Ty Lawson con-
tributing 29 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets.
Kenneth Faried scored four of his 22 points in the
closing stages and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle rested tree key players:
Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo. JJ
Barea led the Mavericks with 17 points.
Atlanta extended its winning streak to 10 games
with a 105-91 victory at Boston.
DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague each scored 22
points for the Hawks, who have a double-digit win-
ning streak for the first time in 17 years. They also
have won 10 straight on the road, the longest streak
in club history.
Teague and Carroll were well-rested after getting
a night off Tuesday, when Al Horford led the Hawks
past Philadelphia with his first career triple-double.
On Wednesday, it was Horford and veteran outside
shooter Kyle Korver resting as their teammates easily
draws Sri Lanka level
Barcelona president says
Messi staying at club
past Trail Blazers
Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne
Dilshan celebrates scoring a half
century during the seventh one
day international cricket match
against England in Colombo, Sri
Lanka, in December. AP PHOTO
Fresh injury problems for Arsenal
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