Sun, May 11, 2003 - Page 22 News List

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Cricket

West Indies get stalled

Australian captain Steve Waugh hit an undefeated 41 to stall an impressive West Indies performance with the ball on the first day of the third cricket test Friday. The visitors, chasing a historic 4-0 sweep in the four-match rubber, went to tea at 175 for four after winning the toss and batting first. Waugh, following a century in the third test in Barbados, hit four fours off 74 deliveries in 113 minutes. Jermaine Lawson led the way with three wickets to reduce Australia to 128 for four half way through the day. But the 37-year-old Waugh and wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist hit back in an unbroken stand of 47 for the fifth wicket. Left-hander Gilchrist lashed four boundaries in a typically forthright 28 not out off 52 balls at the break.

Auto racing

Sainz leads in first stage

Spain's Carlos Sainz opened a narrow lead in the Rally of Argentina Friday, nudging Finland's Marcus Gronholm from the top spot in tight racing during the competition's opening stages. Sainz, driving a Citroen Xsara, completed the first seven stages in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 35 seconds, leaving him 0.8 seconds ahead of Gronholm, the current world champion. Running in third was Markko Martin of Estonia, who climbed up the leader board after opening seventh and showing newfound speed in his Ford Focus. He was 4.2 seconds behind the leader. Saenz edged Gronholm to move into the top spot after winning the seventh stage in a day of racing that includes 11 stages of competition in and around this mountainous region in central Argentina. The fifth round of the World Rally championship opened Thursday night and will run through today with 78 participants driving some 1,456km of tracks that criscross the mountains bordering Argentina's second-largest city of Cordoba.

Basketball

Mourning gets cleared

Alonzo Mourning was cleared by doctors to return to the NBA next season for another comeback from kidney disease. "We're excited and optimistic about the upcoming season and looking forward to getting back on the court," his agent, Jeffrey Wechsler, said Friday. Mourning missed all of the past season. His seven-year, US$105 million contract with the Miami Heat expired at the end of the regular season, and he'll become a free agent July 1. The 33-year-old center was cleared to play after a physical examination Thursday by Dr. Victor Richards, his Miami nephrologist. Following the exam, Dr. Gerald Appel -- the New York nephrologist overseeing Mourning's treatment -- granted written approval for a return to action.

Boxing

Lewis, Tyson fight in court

Lennox Lewis got a court order that keeps Mike Tyson and promoter Don King from settling any money disputes without telling Lewis in advance. The same temporary restraining order, obtained Friday by Lewis' lawyer Judd Burstein, also directs television networks Showtime and HBO to withhold all money due to King in connection with his sponsorship of past fights. Tyson, meanwhile, said King owes him US$100 million, Burstein said. The lawyer said he will ask on May 19 for an order of attachment on anything that King pays to settle with Tyson, and on anything the television networks owe King.

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