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ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 SPORTS 48 Clarke not taking anything for granted Australia eye series win over Sri Lanka in Pallekele PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka, Sept 6, (AFP): Australia’s emphatic win at Galle over around the corner for the stylish right- in the first Test was tailor-made for spin. 35 one-day internationals and five Shane Watson, Philip Hughes, Michael Michael Clarke will look to put his first the lacklustre Sri Lankans suggests a sim- hander. Australia’s seamers, led by Ryan Twenty20 games. Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Test series as Australia’s captain beyond ilar whitewash is a distinct possibility, but Australia return to Pallekele for the Harris with 5-62, picked up nine of the 10 Sri Lanka, meanwhile, may bring back Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Sri Lanka’s reach when the second match Clarke was not taking anything for grant- second time on the current tour, having Sri Lankan second-innings wickets. unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis after starts in Pallekele on Thursday. ed. lost two Twenty20 matches against Sri Debutant off-spinner Nathan Lyon Harris, Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon; he was surprisingly excluded for the first The tourists won the first Test on a “We’ve still got a lot of work to do,” he Lanka there before winning the first one- grabbed 5-34, including a wicket with his Test. 12th man: Michael Beer controversial dusty wicket in Galle by said. “We didn’t come here to win one day international by seven wickets. first delivery, in the first innings. Mendis could replace off-spinner Suraj SRI LANKA (from): Tillakaratne 125 runs last week to take the lead in the Test match, we’ve come to win three Test The tourists named debutant Shaun Randiv, who claimed 2-76 in the first Dilshan (capt), Tharanga Paranavitana, three-match series, Australia’s first in Sri matches. We have to be at our best Marsh in the playing XI, the only change innings at Galle, but returned wicketless Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Lanka since 2004. always.” CRICKET from the side that won in Galle. in the second despite the helpful track. Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, The Sri Lankan board faces sanctions Clarke has reason to be wary of what Marsh replaces Ponting, who returned The hosts will aim to improve their from the International Cricket Council, lies ahead, especially in the second Test, home after the first Test to await the birth Prasanna Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, The Pallekele International Stadium, batting after being shot out for 105 in the which said on Monday that match referee which has recently proved difficult for of his second child. first innings. Suraj Randiv, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka near the hill city of Kandy, has hosted just Chris Broad had expressed his “concerns the team to win. one Test, against the West Indies in “I just look forward to the challenge,” They made 253 in the second on the Welegedara, Lahiru Thirumanne, Ajantha over the quality of the pitch” in his report. Australia have lost five second Tests in December, which was rained off without said the 28-year-old Marsh. “It’s a dream back of a classy century from Mahela Mendis, Rangana Herath Clarke’s predecessor, Ricky Ponting, their last 10 series, winning four and an innings being completed. to play Test cricket because Test cricket is Jayawardene and a 95 from young Umpires: Richard Kettleborough also began his captaincy stint in Sri drawing one. the pinnacle.” Angelo Mathews. Lanka with a 3-0 sweep seven years ago Clarke himself has not made a Test The Pallekele wicket is expected to The left-hander, son of former (ENG) and Tony Hill (NZL) — going on to become Test cricket’s century over 21 innings, but his 23 and 60 play better than in Galle, although it mat- Australian opener Geoff Marsh, is not a Test Squads TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK) most successful captain with 48 victories. at Galle indicated a big knock could be tered little to the tourists that the surface novice to the big stage, having played in AUSTRALIA: Michael Clarke (capt), Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG) ‘Good omen’ for Libya Players ‘return’ Haedo wins 16th home to fanfare BENGHAZI, Libya, Sept 6, (AFP): Bursting with pride from their first win following the defeat stage of Vuelta of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s national team were welcomed home to a fanfare by fans, who Cobo retains lead hailed it a “good omen” for Libya’s future. HARO, Spain, Sept 6, (Agencies): Lotto) Dozens of highly excited fans Argentina’s Juan Jose Haedo of the 5. Leigh Howard (Australia/HTC - on Monday night waited on the Highroad) +2” Saxo Bank team won the 16th stage 6. Koen de Kort (Netherlands/Skil - tarmac of Benghazi’s small aiport of the Tour of Spain Tuesday while to congratulate the players on Shimano) their return from Cairo, where Spain’s Juan Jose Cobo of Geox 7. Lloyd Mondory (France/AG2R) retained the leader’s red jersey. 8. Nikolas Maes (Belgium/Quick-Step) they defeated Mozambique 1-0 on 9. Chris Sutton (Australia/Team Sky) Saturday. Haedo beat Italy’s Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre to the line in a sprint finish after 10. Juan Jose Cobo (Spain/Geox) The joyful crowd lustily sang the new national anthem and a relatively flat 203.6-kilometre ride from Overall standings waved the ‘Free Libya’ flag that Villa Romana La Olmeda to Haro in north- 1. Juan Jose Cobo (Spain/Geox) 64hrs has replaced the Gaddafi-era ern Spain. 39mins 14secs green banner as the team walkeed Third was another Italian, Daniele Bennati of 2. Chris Froome (Britain/Team Sky) +22” Leopard Trek. 3. Bradley Wiggins (Britain/Team Sky) +51” off the plane. 4. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands/Rabobank) “Thank you Rabi al-Lafi, you Cobo, who finished 10th, 10 seconds behind the stage winner, holds a 20-second lead over +1:41” made Gaddafi cry”, they chanted Britain’s Chris Froome of the Sky Team in the 5. Maxime Monfort in reference to the only goal-scor- overall standings. (Belgium/Leopard) +2:40” er in the 2012 Africa Cup of 6. Denis Menchov Nations qualifier. CYCLING (Russia/Geox) +3:06” “Cry, Taib, cry, our revolution 7. Jakob Fuglsang will overcome,” they chanted dis- Another Briton, Bradley Wiggins, also of Sky, (Denmark/Leopard) paragingly, referring to Tarek remains third overall, 51 seconds behind Cobo. +3:08” Taib, who was kicked out of the Froome and Wiggins finished 13th and 22nd 8. Vincenzo Nibali squad for being considered pro- respectively on Tuesday. (Italy/Liquigas) +3:49” Gaddafi. Haedo admitted he was lucky in the last kilo- 9. Jurgen Van den “How I feel is indescribable. metre. Broeck (Belgium/Omega The final sprint took the riders around a traf- Cobo Pharma-Lotto) +4:03” It’s as if my mother has just put 10. Wout Poels me on this earth again,” enthused fic circle, but some, such as Slovakia’s Peter Sagan of Liquigas, ended up taking it in the (Netherlands/Vacansoleil) +4:18” assistant coach Abdelhafidh Rbeich. wrong direction. King of the Mountains “Until today, I had very few chances to win a 1. David Moncoutie (France/Cofidis) 60 sprint,” said Haedo. “But today I managed it. points SOCCER “The truth is that, in the course book, it was 2. Matteo Montaguti (Italy/AG2R) 38 not specified that you can only go round the 3. Daniel Moreno (Spain/Katusha) 32 traffic circle to the left. I was lucky.” 4. Juan Jose Cobo (Spain/Geox) 32 There to congratulate players, The stage was marked by several crashes, 5. Rein Taaramaee (Estonia/Cofidis) 30 Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice-presi- one of which involved Spain’s Joaquim 6. Daniel Martin (Ireland/Garmin) 29 dent of the National Transitional Rodriguez of Katusha, who finished the stage 7. David De la Fuente (Spain/Geox) 24 Council (NTC, the new Libyan 11 minutes behind the leader and went immedi- 8. Chris Sorensen (Denmark/Saxo Bank) 19 authorities), admitted to having ately to hospital for tests. 9. Koen de Kort (Netherlands/Skil - cried when Lafi scored. Italy’s Alessandro Spezialetti of Lampre suf- Shimano) 14 “It’s the first victory since the fered a fractured collarbone and withdrew. 10. Wout Poels (Netherlands/ Vacansoleil) 14 Feb 17 revolution, the team has Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara of Leopard Trek also announced he intended to withdraw Points standings honoured us. God willing, it is only the start of a long list of vic- from the Tour, but to return home in order to 1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spain/Katusha) 90 prepare for the World Championships in points tories”, he told AFP, referring to 2. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands/Rabobank) Argentine cyclist Juan Jose Haedo (center), celebrates after winning the 203.6 kms (126 mile) 16th stage of Copenhagen. the uprising against Gaddafi that Three riders — 21-year-old Spaniard 85 began in mid-February and saw the Spanish Vuelta cycling race that finished in Haro, northern Spain, Sept 6. (AP) Antonio Cabello of AGC, his compatriot and 3. Peter Sagan (Slovakia/Liquigas) 75 Gaddafi’s Tripoli headquarters teammate Jesus Rosendo and Frenchman Julien 4. Juan Jose Cobo (Spain/Geox) 72 overrun on Aug 23. Fouchard of Cofidis — staged an early break- 5. Wout Poels (Netherlands/Vacansoleil) 71 “I still can’t believe it, the new Ogier seeks to end Sebastien’s seven-year reign away and together built up a lead of more than 6. Daniel Moreno (Spain/Katusha) 65 flag that was hoisted, the new eight minutes. 7. Chris Froome (Britain/Team Sky) 63 hymn that was sung there” for the But Cabello and Fouchard were caught with 8. Bradley Wiggins (Britain/Team Sky) 60 first time at this match, said emo- tional 20-year-old fan Sherif Loeb aims to get title chase back on track some 15 kilometres from the finish and Rosendo a few kilometres later. 9. Daniele Bennati (Italy/Leopard) 56 10. Daniel Martin (Ireland/Garmin) 53 Mosmar, branding this first victo- Wednesday’s 17th stage takes the riders 211 Team standings ry a “good omen” for Libya. COFFS HARBOUR, Australia, kilometres from Faustino V to Pena Cabarga, a hilly route that ends by the coast in the northern 1. Geox (Spain) 193hrs 28mins 09secs The excitement was also palpa- Sept 6, (AFP): Frenchman 2. Leopard (Luxembourg) +6:42” ble among Libyan journalists, Sebastien Loeb will be aiming to Leopard, Radioshack merge for 2012 region of Cantabria. 3. Euskaltel (Spain) +25:10” with a brand new local newspaper get his campaign for an eighth con- Result/Standings 4. Movistar (Spain) +28:44” even sending seven young, highly secutive world rally championship PARIS, Sept 6, (RTRS): Tour de France challenge. They fin- 1. Juan Jose Haedo (Argentina/Saxo Bank) 5. Katyusha (Russia) +34:36” charged reporters to cover the back on track when the Rally of de France runner-up Andy ished second and third 4hrs 41mins 56secs 6. Rabobank (Netherlands) +39:48” team’s return. Australia begins here on Thursday. Schleck’s team will merge respectively behind Cadel 2. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy/Lampre) same 7. AG2R (France) +41:22” Citroen driver Loeb finished with the United States-based Evans of Australia. time 8. Astana (Kazakhstan) +45:01” This victory takes on even more Radioshack team, Lance No details were given on significance for the players and second to fellow countryman and 3. Daniele Bennati (Italy/Leopard) 9. Team Sky (Great Britain) +57:44” Armstrong’s former outfit, who would manage the team. 4. Vicente Reynes (Spain/Omega Pharma - 10. Liquigas (Italy) +58:34” NTC in uniting a highly region- teammate Sebastien Ogier in last Leopard-Trek said on Radioshack were managed by alised Libya behind the national month’s Rally of Germany after Monday. Belgian Johan Bruyneel, who side. Ogier defied team orders “Leopard announces that masterminded Armstrong’s In the NTC’s eastern stronghold instructing him to let Loeb over- RadioShack and Nissan are seven Tour titles and helped Benghazi, the streets were desert- take him. joining the Leopard-Trek World Tour Team as sponsors Spain’s Alberto Contador to win the race twice, in 2007 Best of the Rest ed during the match, while the Ogier, now 25 points behind Loeb with four of the 13 rounds for the 2012 and 2013 sea- and 2010. capital Tripoli exploded with joy sons,” the Luxembourg team Leopard-Trek were man- at the win. remaining, arrived in Australia said in a statement. aged by Dane Brian Nygaard, “Our victory makes all the early to prepare for the rally and “Leopard will continue to a former press officer for Goss joins GreenEdge: New Australian months suspended for three years after being Libyan people happy and unites it has not spoken to his teammate hold its existing UCI World Team Sky and Saxo Bank. team GreenEdge on Tuesday announced the found guilty of perjury. since the German race. Tour Licence. The team will be A combined total of 44 rid- recruitment of Australian rider Matthew The 2004 scandal, widely regarded as the behind the team,” Lafi told AFP. biggest at an Olympics since Canadian Ben “Among us there are people He did not attend a press confer- rebranded as RadioShack- ers are under contract with Goss, who won Milan-Sanremo in March ence in Sydney earlier in the week, Nissan-Trek Professional Leopard and Radioshack. while riding for HTC-Highroad. Johnson lost his 100 metres gold medal in from Misrata, Tripoli, Benghazi. Cycling Team as of next year.” International Cycling Union The 24-year-old, who had to withdraw Seoul in 1988 after a positive doping test, adding to speculation of a tense There is no difference between us. relationship between the two Leopard-Trek were created (UCI) rules state that an elite from this year’s Tour of cast a huge cloud over the Athens Games for The difference is from another this year to help Schleck and team can have only 28 riders Spain during the sec- the host country. Frenchmen. ond stage because of a The trial, which took years to start after era. The post-17 February Libya Loeb insisted he hadn’t asked for his brother Frank in their Tour under contract. is one of national unity, east to virus, is targeting a frequent postponements, began in January preferential treatment during the strong performance in and suffered several delays due to the west”, added Ahmed Saad, one of German rally. absence of witnesses. the road race at the Libyan football’s stars. “It was his (Ogier’s) problem year reign. title, I will continue to believe in World Championships Kenteris, the 200 metres gold medallist at “We dedicate this victory to the with the team, it was not my prob- “As long as there is a mathemat- it,” he said. in Copenhagen on Sept the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and 100 metres martyrs and revolutionaries that lem,” Loeb said this week. ical chance of winning the world Ford’s Hirvonen is the only 25. silver medallist Thanou were acquitted of continue to fight, it’s the least that “I didn’t ask for any orders, he other driver with any chance of The Tasmanian rider doping charges in a Greek athletics federa- we can offer the Libyan people. will line up for tion probe in 2005. was just doing what he wanted.” taking the title but conceded he GreenEdge alongside The International Association of Athletics Let’s hope that this joy is crowned Loeb said he was still unsure would have to make his move this with the (total) liberation of his compatriots Simon Goss Federations (IAAF) appealed the verdict at week. Gerrans, Cameron the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (RTRS) Libya,” he added. For goalkeeper Samir Abbud, RALLYING “If I want to fight for the title I Meyer and Stuart O’Grady. ❑ ❑ ❑ would need to win this one,” he GreenEdge are bidding to acquire a UCI the fact that Saadi, the football- ProTour licence in order to compete in the Augsburg lose Ndjeng: German league mad son of Gaddafi, will never said. 2012 season. (AFP) new-boys Augsburg will be without whether to go all out for victory or The last Rally Australia two play in the selection again is ❑ ❑ ❑ Cameroon midfielder Marcel Ndjeng for the to do just enough to keep ahead of years ago was marred by protesters next five weeks as he needs minor surgery on another reason to rejoice. Ogier and third placed Mikko Sprinters cleared of perjury: Former his ankle, it was announced Tuesday. “I played with him. You felt Hirvonen of Finland, who is 36 who were upset the course went through their region of northern Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina The 29-year-old has played all four hampered. You were still with the points off the lead. Thanou have won their appeals against sus- German league matches so far this season, son of a head of state, you weren’t “It’s not a massive lead, it’s New South Wales. pended jail sentences for perjury, court offi- after Augsburg were promoted to the on an equal footing,” he always more important to score This year’s race is being held cials said on Tuesday. Bundesliga for the first time in their history, explained, asserting that Saadi points than to win, but still we have 300 kms (190 miles) south of the A unanimous verdict of not guilty was but he now needs an arthroscopy, a small could very well send off a player to push,” Loeb said. previous rally and organisers said announced by the Greek Court of Appeal for surgical procedure. they were not expecting any prob- the Sydney 2000 Olympic medallists, who had “I had some pain again,” Ndjeng said on who had not passed him the ball. “We’ll see — I’ll drive like I feel in May been sentenced to 31 months in jail for and for sure if I can fight for the lems. Monday after training. “If God wills it, we will carry staging a motorcycle crash to avoid a doping Augsburg already have cover for Ndjeng on winning,” said Lafi. “I hope win I’ll try to do it.” The route, to the west, south and test before the 2004 Athens Olympics. in Gambia midfielder Dawda Bah who that we will now see Libya in the Following the German race, north of Coffs Harbour, will com- Their former coach, Christos Tzekos, had signed from HJK Helsinki before the transfer World Cup qualifiers.” Ogier said he still believed he had a prise 26 competitive stages over a original 33-month sentence cut to 12 window closed on Aug 31. (AFP) chance of ending Loeb’s seven- Sebastien Loeb 369 kms.
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