Tue, Aug 15, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Rugby Union
Sivivatu in for Hamilton

Winger Sitiveni Sivivatu has been added to the New Zealand All Blacks squad for Saturday's decisive Tri-Nations rugby test against Australia at Auckland. Sivivatu, who has been sidelined with injury, replaces Scott Hamilton in the only change to New Zealand's 30-man squad since its 13-9 win over Australia last month.

■ Athletics

Five Swedes detained

Five Swedish athletes, among them former high jump world record holder Patrik Sjoberg, were detained by police in Goteborg on Sunday on suspicion of narcotics. They were released after being interrogated and tested, Swedish news agency TT said. Police released three of the athletes' names. In addition to Sjoberg, they were former 400m hurdler Sven Nylander and Patrik Lovgren. No other details were available. Lovgren was a reserve on the Swedish 4x100 relay team at the European Championships that ended on Sunday.

■ Soccer

Seitaridis out injured

Defender Giourkas Seitaridis has been ruled out of Greece's friendly against England due to injury. Atletico Madrid said on Sunday that Seitaridis will be sidelined for two weeks after straining his left ankle during Saturday's 1-0 loss to AC Milan in a preseason tournament. Greece meets England on Wednesday at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Seitaridis, who joined Atletico from Dynamo Moscow in May, is also doubtful for the start of the Spanish league season, which begins on Aug. 26.

■ Soccer

Ajax win Johan Cruyff Trophy

Ajax won the Johan Cruyff Trophy on Sunday, beating PSV Eindhoven 3-1 in the match that pits the Dutch league champion against the cup winner. Mauro Rosales, Kenneth Perez and Wesley Sneijder scored a goal each for Ajax, while PSV captain Philip Cocu scored for PSV. Rosales put Ajax ahead in the seventh minute, finishing a cross from Gabri de la Torre, who joined the team from FC Barcelona in the offseason. Cocu equalized for the defending league champions on a corner shortly after halftime. Perez later gave Ajax the lead in the 70th, following up a deflected shot by Jaap Stam, and Sneijder added insurance with a long-range blast 10 minutes later. The Dutch league's regular season kicks off on Friday.

■ Soccer

Corinthians coach quits

Geninho quit as Corinthians coach after the team's eighth loss in 10 Brazilian league matches. Geninho announced his decision on Saturday night after Corinthians' 3-1 loss to Figueirense at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo. "I tried everything," Geninho said. "But unfortunately we couldn't get the results we needed." The defending champion has lost 11 of its 16 matches and is last in the 20-team standings with only 13 points. It has the most losses among all clubs. The team's only victory in the past 10 matches came on Aug. 5 against Atletico Paranaense.

■ Cricket

Bangladesh win series

An unbeaten 51-run stand between Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak led Bangladesh to a two-wicket victory over Kenya and a historic series win in the second one-day cricket international in Nairobi on Sunday. Bangladesh wrapped up its first series win away from home, having also won the first one-dayer by six wickets.

■ Cricket
Monsoon halts one-dayer

Monsoon showers delayed the start of the limited-overs cricket tri-series opener between Sri Lanka and South Africa yesterday. Organizers worked hard to make the field fit for play after heavy morning rain left puddles of water on the outfield, even recruiting extra help in a bid to avoid having the match rescheduled to a reserve day. Umpires Billy Bowden and Asoka de Silva agreed to review the ground conditions at 4pm local time and then decide whether or not there will be any play.

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