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India topples S/Africa for series win
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP)—India
won a one-day series in South Africa for the
first time, clinching that piece of history with
a 73-run victory in the fifth game yesterday to
lead 4-1 overall.
India’s victory was set up by 115 from
opener Rohit Sharma — his first significant
score of the tour—and sealed by wrist spin-
ners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal,
the standout bowlers in the series.
India’s first success
in an ODI contest
in South Africa also
came with a game to
spare. The tourists
could stamp home
their dominance with
a thumping 5-1 series
win over the team
that was ranked No.
1 at the start of the
India is now top-ranked in ODIs and there’s
no doubting that after this performance.
Sharma’s century, with 11 fours and four
sixes, took India to 274-7 after being asked to
bat first by South Africa.
South Africa could only manage 201 all out
in 42.2 overs in the chase, with Yadav taking
4-57 and Chahal 2-43.
Kiwis beats England
in T20 tri-series
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP)—New Zea-
land ended its three-match losing streak with
a 12-run victory over England in a tri-nations
Twenty20 cricket international yesterday, in-
spired by an innings of 72 from captain Kane
Williamson posted his eighth T20 half cen-
tury but his first in 10 innings since January
last year to guide New Zealand to 196-5 as it
batted first after winning the toss. England
was held to 184-9 in reply.
Williamson shared an 82-run second
wicket partnership with Martin Guptill (65)
which laid the foundation for the innings and
with his strike rate of 156.5—72 from 65 balls—
put an end to rumblings that he might be out
of place in the shortest format.
New Zealand won for the first time in three
matches after consecutive Twenty20 losses
to Pakistan prior to the tri-series, then to
Australia in its first match in the trans-Tas-
man series. England has now lost its last
three games after back-to-back losses to
Australia who have already qualified for the
New Zealand plays Australia in Auckland
England cricketer Ben
Stokes to stand trial
BRISTOL, England (AP)—England
cricketer Ben Stokes will face a trial
over an altercation outside a night-
club but he will resume his interna-
tional playing career before then.
The 26-year-old all-rounder, who
missed the Ashes against Australia last year
after being suspended from playing for Eng-
land, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to brawl-
ing along with two other men after a match
The not-guilty plea at Bristol Magistrates’
Court enabled the England and Wales Cricket
Board to announce that Stoke would travel
to New Zealand on Wednesday to join the
The altercation in Bristol unfolded dur-
ing the early hours of Sept. 25, hours after
England played a one-day inter-
national against the West Indies
in the city in southwest England.
It is alleged a 27-year-old man
suffered a fractured eye socket in
Stokes is accused of affray and
using or threatening unlawful vi-
olence toward another.
The charge states that his “con-
duct was such as would cause a person of
reasonable firmness present at the scene to
fear for his personal safety”.
The other two defendants face the same
charge, and also entered not guilty pleas.
The first hearing in the trial was scheduled
for March 12.
South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen plays a
shot during the fourth ODI cricket
match between South Africa and India
in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
yesterday. PICTURE AP
Scotland’s Tommy Seymour, left, and
France’s Geoffrey Palis in action during the
six nations rugby match at BT Murrayfield,
Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday. PICTURE AP
PARIS (AP)—After just two matches in
charge and as many defeats, France rugby
coach Jacques Brunel is already facing disci-
pline problems within his team.
Brunel, who was appointed in December
to end a dismal string of results for the Tri-
colors, decided yesterday to exclude from
his Six Nations squad several players who
went out drinking after last weekend’s loss
The French rugby federation said in a
statement that Brunel left out the players
from the group gathered to prepare France’s
next game against Italy because “they did
not respect their international player status
and the duties resulting from it.”
Teddy Thomas, who scored two tries in
the 32-26 loss at Murrayfield and has been
France’s best player so far in tournament, is
among those excluded.
The French federation did not say exactly
how many players were excluded for disci-
plinary reasons, but five of the six players
who have been questioned by Scottish au-
thorities and cleared of wrongdoing follow-
ing a report of sexual assault in downtown
Edinburg early Monday have been left out.
They include: Louis Picamoles, Anthony
Belleau, Remi Lamerat, Jonathan Danty and
After talking to players and potential wit-
nesses at Edinburg airport while the plane
carrying the French back home was held
during the quick investigation, Scotland po-
lice said no crime was committed.
The French team said the players were
not allowed to go out drinking after the loss
and should have stayed with their team-
mates. Details of their night out have yet to
emerge but there were reports suggesting
some were involved in a fight.
France started the Six Nations with back-
to-back defeats, losing its opening game to
Ireland 15-13 in Paris thanks to an injury-time
drop goal. Against Scotland, Brunel’s play-
ers wasted a 20-14 halftime lead. Thomas’s
removal from the squad is a big blow for
France but Brunel’s team is welcoming the
return of center Mathieu Bastareaud.
Mitchell helps Jazz whip Spurs
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—Donovan Mitch-
ell scored 25 points, including a go-ahead
pull-up jumper with 39.2 seconds left, and
the Utah Jazz extended their league-best
winning streak to 10 games with a 101-99 win
over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Mitchell hit a pair of go-ahead baskets and
a free throw to give the Jazz the lead in the
final minute after they trailed by as many
as 13 points in the fourth quarter. Joe Ingles
added 20 points, seven rebounds and five as-
sists for Utah. Derrick Favors had 19 points
and eight rebounds.
The Jazz (29-28) moved above .500 for the
first time in more than two months.
Kyle Anderson scored 16 points and Pau
Gasol had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the
Spurs, who lost to Utah for the third time this
WARRIORS 129, SUNS 83
OAKLAND, California (AP)—Stephen Curry
scored 22 points, and Golden State coach
Steve Kerr tried to break up the monotony of
a long season by turning the timeout huddles
over to his players in a win over Phoenix.
With the defending champion Warriors
dragging a bit leading into the All-Star break,
Kerr apparently searched for a new way to
capture his players’ interests by handing over
the whiteboard during timeouts to a rotating
cast of players, with
Green and Andre Ig-
uodala getting most
of the chances.
The move worked
just fine against the struggling Suns, who be-
came the first team with 40 losses this sea-
Omri Casspi added 19 points, Kevin Durant
had 17 and Klay Thompson and Nick Young
each scored 16 as Golden State won its 12th
straight in the series.
PELICANS 118, PISTONS 103
DETROIT (AP)—Anthony Davis had 38 points
and 10 rebounds to lead New Orleans in an-
other one of his strong performances against
Davis is averaging 30.4 points per game
against the Pistons, his highest total against
an NBA team. He scored a career-high 59
against them nearly two years ago.
That’s one reason the Pelicans have won 11
of the last 12 games against the Pistons.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45)
celebrates as he runs off the court following
their NBA basketball game against the San
Antonio Spurs on Monday, in Salt Lake City. The
Jazz won 101-99.
India 274-7 in 50
overs (Rohit Sharma
115; Lungi Ngidi 4-51)
beat South Africa 201
all out in 42.2 overs
(Hashim Amla 71;
Kuldeep Yadav 4-57)
by 73 runs.
New Zealand 196
for 5 (Williamson
72, Guptill 64) beat
England 184 for 9
(Malan 59, Hales 47)
by 12 runs.
n 76ERS 108, KNICKS 92
n CLIPPERS 114, NETS 101
n BULLS 105, MAGIC 101
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