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Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal, left, and Milinda Siriwardana celebrate as New Zealand's Brendon McCullum
leaves the field after making 55 in their first One Day International cricket match at Hagley Park Oval in
Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday AP PHOTO
McCullum began a valedictory
tour of his homeland with a half
century which lifted New Zealand
to a seven-wicket win over Sri
Lanka yesterday and a 1-0 lead in
the five-match one-day series.
The Black Caps needed only 21
overs to surpass Sri Lanka's total
of 188, having set up their victory
by taking five wickets inside 10
overs despite the tourists winning
the toss and electing to bat on a
A sell-out crowd attended Hagley
Oval, with fans eager to see one of
the final appearances of McCullum,
who announced heading into the
game that he will retire from inter-
national cricket in February.
He treated the fans to a trade-
mark ballistic innings by scoring a
half century from 23 balls as he
and opening partner Martin Guptill
put on 108 runs in just 10.1 overs.
McCullum made 55, Guptill 79
and Henry Nicholls scored 23 not
out on debut, hitting the winning
The opening pair scored at more
than eight runs per over through
the first five overs then accelerated
and raised New Zealand's 100 from
only 9.1 overs to snuff out any hope
Sri Lanka may held that their total
"It was probably a 280, 290 par
wicket so it was a matter of not
getting to far in front of ourselves,
trying to remain controlled although
it probably didn't look like that from
a distance," McCullum said.
"Once we got a partnership
underway we knew it was going to
be tough for the bowlers on a wicket
on which there was just no margin
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Math-
ews had been delighted to bat first,
describing the pitch as a "belter"
for batsmen. But he saw his top
order disintegrate in the face of
accurate fast bowling from Matt
Henry and Mathews himself was
out for a first ball duck as Sri Lanka
crashed to 27-5 inside 10 overs.
New Zealand did not miss pace
spearheads Tim Southee and Trent
Boult, who were rested, as Matt
Henry captured four of the first
give wickets. He had 4-17 after his
first five overs and finished with
"To be able to take 5-27 up front
was a truly outstanding bowling
performance," McCullum said.
"Both Adam Milne and Matt Henry,
back into the side with the new
ball in their hand, were outstanding
Milinda Siriwardana made 66
and Nuwan Kulasekara 58 in a 98-
run seventh wicket partnership
which saved the Sri Lanka innings
from total collapse but they were
out within five balls of each other
and Doug Bracewell (3-37) and
Mitchell McClenaghan (2-40)
quickly wrapped up the tail.
Siriwardana showed great fight-
ing qualities in reaching his second
half century and highest score in
one-day internationals, remaining
composed when he came to the
crease with the Sri Lanka innings
in disarray. He also had the con-
solation of picking up both McCul-
lum and Guptill's wickets, the latter
in combination with Kulasekara.
Kulasekara played an equal role
in a spirited fightback, producing
a 73-ball innings which included
two fours and five sixes.
"We just had to bat well and put
pressure on the Kiwis but unfor-
tunately we just kept losing wickets
in the first 10 overs when six of our
batters were back in the pavilion,"
Mathews said. "It was tough going
but it was a great effort by Milinda
Siriwardana and Nuwan
Kiwis in first ODI
OAKLAND---Golden State relied on
its defense rather than trademark
sharp-shooting in beating Cleve-
land 89-83 on Friday in a Christ-
mas Day reprise of last season s
The Warriors won their 32nd con-
secutive home game and widened
the gap to the next-best Western
Conference team as San Antonio's
hot streak came to an end with
defeat at Houston.
Oklahoma City --- with the third-
best record in the West --- also lost,
beaten at home by Chicago.
Golden State's Draymond Green
had 22 points and 15 rebounds while
Stephen Curry added 19 points for
the Warriors, who maintained their
edge over Cleveland by limiting the
Cavaliers to 32 percent shooting.
LeBron James scored 25 points to
lead the Cavaliers, who had won
their previous six games.
Cleveland lost the Finals to the
Warriors in six games but had
excuses, missing power forward
Kevin Love the entire series with a
shoulder injury and losing point
guard Kyrie Irving to a knee injury
in the first game.
Having both those players healthy
for this rematch did little to help
Cleveland. Love scored just 10 points
on 5-for-16 shooting, and Irving
missed 11 of 15 shots in a 13-point
game. Houston slowed down the
soaring San Antonio Spurs with an
The improved Houston defense
held the Spurs to a season low in
points to snap their season-best
seven-game winning streak.
Houston's lead was shaky in the
final five minutes, but James Harden
hit a 3-pointer to push the lead out
to eight points.
After Tim Duncan's layup reduced
the margin, Harden brought the
crowd to its feet with an off-balance
3-pointer from the corner that made
Harden finished with 20 points,
while Kawhi Leonard had the same
tally for the Spurs.
Chicago provided the Christmas
surprise with a 105-96 win at Okla-
Jimmy Butler scored 23 points,
and Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13
rebounds for the Bulls, who had lost
their previous three.
Kevin Durant had 29 points, nine
rebounds and seven assists for Okla-
homa City, who went into the game
with nine wins from ten games.
Miami's Chris Bosh had 30 points
and 10 rebounds to lead the Heat
to a 94-88 overtime win against
The Clippers predictably beat the
woeful Lakers 94-84 in the all-Los
Angeles clash, with Chris Paul scor-
ing 23 points for the victors. (AP)
upper hand over Cavs
Wild Oats XI was forced to retire
from the Sydney to Hobart yacht
race late yesterday due to sail dam-
age while leading American super
maxi Comanche also was damaged
but remained in the race.
A team spokesman said Wild Oats
XI's mainsail was split in half by
wind squalls of up to 44 knots (81
kph, 50 mph) off the New South
Wales state south coast. All crew
members were reported safe and the
super maxi was returning to Syd-
Comanche, which led the yachts
out of Sydney harbor, had also ini-
tially decided to retire with a broken
rudder but the yacht's crew later
changed its mind and decided to
continue the race while making
repairs at sea.
Another American yacht, Rambler
88, took over the race lead with
Comanche second and another super
maxi, Ragamuffin 100, in third.
Twelve hours into the race, Rambler
led Comanche by two nautical miles.
The fourth super maxi in the fleet,
Perpetual Loyal, also had a broken
rudder and withdrew.
Its crew, which included former
Australian cricket captain Michael
Clarke and Australian rugby player
Kurtley Beale, was also returning to
Sydney, among 10 boats in the orig-
inal 108-yacht fleet which had
The 71st Sydney to Hobart race
originally had featured a record 27
international challengers, including
12 yachts from the Clipper round the
world race which are using the
Hobart race as one of its competition
"Early reports indicate that the
sail tore in half when the yacht was
hit by a 40-knot squall that accom-
panied a southerly change off the
NSW south coast," said the Wild
Oats XI statement.
Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark
Richards, is the most prolific winner
in the race's history with eight line
honors wins, and set the race's fastest
time in 2012 of 1 day, 18 hours, 23
minutes and 12 seconds. It under-
went extensive renovations this year.
Tasmanian boat Cougar II returned
to Sydney after an incident with Lupa
of London left her without an entire
corner of her stern.
No one was seriously hurt,
although one sailor suffered facial
cuts. English entry Lupa also later
Chinese boat Ark323, on her Syd-
ney to Hobart debut, came back with
a crack in the deck after a collision
with a rival yacht, while a forestay
snapped off the top of the Perth-
based M3's rig. (AP)
Wild Oats XI out of
Sydney to Hobart race
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