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Sports Briefs


■ Cricket

Moin leads recovery

Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan played the innings of his life yesterday to lead his side to safety in the first test against New Zealand. Moin hit a glorious 137 and figured in a seventh wicket partnership with fast bowler Mohammad Sami of 152 on the fourth day. His last test hundred was in 1996 against England at Headingley. Yesterday's century scotched New Zealand's plans of forcing the follow-on and probably saved the match for the tourists. ?was out of the game for so long I was really looking forward to a big innings and it was important today,?oin said. New Zealand were four without loss at close of play in their second innings on the fourth day, holding a lead of 104.

■ Cycling

Ullrich wins award

Jan Ullrich, who staged a remarkable comeback with his performance in this year's Tour de France, was named German Sportsman of the Year on Sunday. The 30-year-old rider, who won the Tour in 1997, bounced back from a frustrating spell featuring a career-threatening knee injury and a doping ban to finish a close second to American Lance Armstrong in this year's race. Ullrich, who was also crowned in 1997 when he became the only German to have captured the world's greatest cycle race, won the traditional vote by around 3,000 sports journalists, recording a clear victory over Michael Schumacher. The former Tour winner collected 3,388 points. Schumacher, who won a record sixth Formula One title this year, was second on 2,862, with Nordic combined World Cup champion Ronny Ackermann third on 1,897. Last year's winner was ski jumper Sven Hannawald.

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