Mon, Aug 14, 2006 - Page 18 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Rugby Union
Canada qualifies for Cup

Canada clinched a berth in the rugby World Cup next year by thumping the US 56-7 on Saturday. Winger James Pritchard tallied 36 points, and broke the national team record of 29 he set in Canada's previous qualifier against Barbados in June. Canada, which has played in all five previous World Cups, will head to France and join Pool B with Australia, Fiji, Wales and an Asian side yet to be determined. The US faces an Americas regional playoff against Uruguay, with home and away matches next month and October for a berth in Pool A. The loser of that two-leg series will still have a chance to qualify in a repechage against a European or African team.

■ Cycling

Richard Virenque injured

Former Tour de France cyclist Richard Virenque suffered serious facial injuries in a fall during an amateur race on Saturday. Virenque, who was the Tour's best climber a record seven times, crashed during the L'Alpes-Open-Tour, a five day race in the Alps. Organizer Bernard Thevenet, a Tour winner in 1975 and 1977, said Virenque taken to hospital in Grenoble to be treated for a fractured nose. A large cut on his head required 32 stitches. Virenque was part of the Festina team kicked off the Tour in 1998 after police found large quantities of doping products in a team car. Virenque, now a minor television celebrity, later made a tearful confession to a French court that he had used doping products.

■ Basketball

New Zealand beat Qatar

Phill Jones led all scorers with 26 points as New Zealand beat Qatar 99-76 yesterday in the second of two warmup matches ahead of this month's world basketball championships in Japan. Captain Pero Cameron scored 16 points, Kirk Penney had 15 and impressive center Craig Bradshaw had 11 as New Zealand followed up on its 94-77 in the first match at Dunedin on Friday. Guard Daoud Musa led Qatar's scorers with 16 points. New Zealand, coached by American-born Tab Baldwin, has now completed its world championship warmup schedule.

■ Basketball

Spain down world champs

Spain's national basketball team outplayed the defending world champion on Saturday on the second day of the Philips Singapore Cup at the Singapore Indoor stadium. Spain defeated Serbia and Montenegro 80-65 in the tournament, seen as a warm-up to the World Championships next week in Japan. Also on Saturday, 2004 Olympic champions Argentina recouped their loss from the day before by beating Slovenia 94-72. The Argentine team is led by NBA star Manu Ginobili, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs.

■ Cricket

Bangladesh down Kenya

Mohammad Ashraful hit an undefeated 67 on Saturday to lead Bangladesh to a six-wicket win over Kenya in the first one-day international. Ashraful hit 12 boundaries and one 6 in his 43-ball innings. Bangladesh reached 170-4, with almost 20 0vers to spare, in reply to Kenya's 168 all out in 49 overs. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. The decision was quickly justified as Mashrafe Mortaza swept through the Kenyan openers, leaving the hosts on 4-2. Kenyan captain Steve Tikolo stopped the collapse and hit 10 fours before being bowled for 47 while trying to sweep Abdur Razzak. Tanmay Mishra, Kenya's brightest prospect, hit four 4s and a 6 on his way to 35.

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