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BCCI vows to keep defiant Lalit Modi out NEW DELHI: India's cricket chiefs on Saturday vowed to enforce a life-long ban on Lalit Modi after the disgraced Indian Premier League founder contested elections for a state association in absentia.Modi, who lives in self-exile in London with his passport revoked by the Indian government on corruption charges, had contested for the post of president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) on December 19.Results for the Supreme Court-monitored elections will be declared by the apex court on January 6, but the Modi faction has already claimed support of 25 of the 33 district units in the state.The elections had angered the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which in September had banned Modi for life from holding any cricket post after finding him guilty of "serious" acts of indiscipline and misconduct.An emergency meeting of the BCCI's powerful working committee in Chennai on Saturday termed the RCA as a ...

Wild Oats XI wins seventh Sydney to Hobart honours SYDNEY: Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won a record-equalling seventh line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Saturday, officials said.Organisers said the 100-footer crossed the finish line in the 628 nautical mile race down the east coast of southern Australia after approximately two days, six hours and seven minutes.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Australia chase 201 runs to win 4th Ashes Test MELBOURNE: Australia were chasing 201 runs to win the fourth Ashes Test and take a 4-0 series lead after a stunning English batting collapse on a chaotic third day's play in Melbourne on Saturday.Spinner Nathan Lyon and paceman Mitchell Johnson spearheaded a rousing Australian fightback after trailing by 51 runs on the first innings to skittle the tourists for 179 in 61 overs.Lyon finished with five for 50 and claimed his 100th Test wicket, while ...

Poland handed Hopman Cup tie PERTH: World number five Agnieszka Radwanska got her new season off to a fine start with a straight sets win over Flavia Pennetta as Poland beat Italy at the mixed teams Hopman Cup on Saturday.After Radwanska edged past the 31st-ranked Pennetta, the Poles clinched the tie in unlikely circumstances, when the 288th-ranked Grzegorz Panfil was handed victory over Andreas Seppi in the men's singles after the Italian retired due to illness.Panfil, who was a late ...

Australia 30 for 0 chasing 231 runs to win 4th Test MELBOURNE: Australia were 30 without loss at the close of the third day chasing 231 wins to win the fourth Ashes Test against England in Melbourne on Saturday.Chris Rogers was not out 18 with David Warner on 12.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

England all out for 179 - Aussies need 231 MELBOURNEL: England were dismissed for 179 to leave Australia 231 runs to win the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.Kevin Pietersen topscored with 49 and spinner Nathan Lyon captured five wickets for 50.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013

Chelsea braced for reunion with Suarez LONDON: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will come up against Chelsea on Sunday for the first time since being banned for biting the London club's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic last season.The incident, in a 2-2 draw at Anfield in April, saw Suarez widely castigated, and came at a time when Liverpool were drifting towards a fourth consecutive placing outside the Premier League's top five.Now, however, they are in the thick of the title race and despite ...


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