■ CricketSri Lanka to play Kiwis
A New Zealand A team will play Sri Lanka A in a home series of three matches in March of next year, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said yesterday. The series will be played on the South Island and will consist of three five-day tests followed by a three-match one-day series. New Zealand Cricket says it is negotiating with other International Cricket Council member countries to establish an annual A team playing program, which will involve a mix of home and away tours. The Pakistan tour will open with three-day matches against Canterbury and Auckland starting on Dec. 8 and 13 respectively. After their two-test series against New Zealand before and after Christmas, the tourists will play a one-day match against Wellington on Jan. 1 before the five-match one-day series. South Africa begins with a one-day match against Northern Districts on Feb. 12 before its six-match, one-day series against New Zealand.
Musashimaru takes a rest
Struggling grand champion Musashimaru will sit out the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament, officials from the Musashigawa stable said yesterday. Hawaiian-born Musashimaru, who pulled out of July's Nagoya tournament after suffering three straight losses, missed the previous three tournaments while recovering from surgery on his left wrist. The 32-year-old is one of the sumo's most successful foreign-born wrestlers. Following fellow Hawaiian Akebono, he was second to reach the ancient sport's highest rank, and has won 12 Emperor's Cups, more than any other wrestler currently in the ring. But Musashimaru has been unable to return to form since undergoing surgery on his wrist.The 15-day Autumn tourney begins on Sept. 7 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan.