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Smith defies India with third unbeaten knock BRISBANE: Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain led an Australian fightback on day two of the second Test on Thursday.Smith, who was not dismissed by India in last week's Adelaide Test win with scores of 162 and 52, continued to be the bane of the tourists with another defiant knock.His intuitive stroke-making was again a delight and he danced down the wicket to club spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for two sixes over long-on in one over.At the close, with a storm brewing, Australia were 221 for four in reply to India's 408 with Smith unbeaten on 65 and Mitchell Marsh on seven. The Australians lost the wickets of David Warner (29), Shane Watson (25), Chris Rogers (55) and Shaun Marsh (32) in the final two sessions. Shaun Marsh, recalled as a replacement for injured skipper Michael Clarke, had registered six ducks in his previous ...

Australia 221 for 4 at close in 2nd Test BRISBANE: Australia were 221 for four in reply to India's 408 when bad light ended play on day two of the second Test in Brisbane on Thursday.Skipper Steve Smith was unbeaten on 65 with Mitchell Marsh not out seven.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014

Japan back Yamada joins Western Force MELBOURNE: Japan international Akihito Yamada has joined Western Force as a concessional signing for one year, the Australian Super Rugby club said on Thursday. The 29-year-old winger, who has earned 10 test caps since making his debut for the Brave Blossoms last year, currently plays for the Japan's Top League leaders Panasonic Wild Knights. "Aki is an attacking wing/fullback, who has demonstrated an ability to find the try line," Force head coach Michael Foley said ...

Wallaby coach unfazed by overseas player drain SYDNEY: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is unfazed about a possible mass exodus of players after next year's World Cup following the departures of veterans James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper.Lock James Horwill, captain at the last World Cup, on Wednesday agreed a three-year contract with Harlequins as he prepares for his first spell in English rugby.On the same day, French Top 14 side Bordeaux-Begles announced they had agreed a two-year deal with winger Ashley-Cooper. The two ...

Grizzlies claw out victory over Spurs SAN ANTONIO: The Memphis Grizzlies followed up their victory over league-leading Golden State with a 117-116 triumph over reigning NBA champions San Antonio in a triple-overtime thriller on Wednesday.Zach Randolph scored all six of the Grizzlies' points in the third overtime, finishing with 21 points and 21 rebounds.The Grizzlies' Spanish center Marc Gasol added 26 points and nine rebounds, delivering a three-pointer as time expired in regulation to force the first overtime.Vince Carter made five ...

Bolt against changes to athletics programme KINGSTON: Six-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt said on Wednesday reports suggesting the 200 metres is among five athletics events at risk of being cut from the Olympic programme is "ridiculous" and must not happen. Bolt was responding to an article from Australia's Fairfax Media which said the event he has won at the last two Summer Olympics is one of five key disciplines at risk."Normally I'm not a controversial person, but I think that's just ...

Injured Tsonga out of Hopman Cup SYDNEY: French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday pulled out of January's mixed team Hopman Cup in Australia due to an arm injury, organisers said.Tsonga, who with partner Alize Cornet won the tournament this year, said he was disappointed at not being able to defend the title. "I'm disappointed I have to withdraw from the Hopman Cup as I was looking forward to returning to Perth to play with Alize," said the world number 12."But ...


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