Wed, Nov 29, 2006 - Page 18 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Cricket
Dravid fractures finger

Captain Rahul Dravid became India's third injury casualty on its tour of South Africa, ruled out on Monday for the remaining two one-day matches and a Twenty/20 encounter due to a fractured middle finger of his right hand. Dravid was injured while unsuccessfully attempting a catch during Sunday's 106-run loss to South Africa in the third of five one-day internationals. It was the third loss of the tour. India lost the tour-opener against the Rest of South Africa and the second one-day international against South Africa by 157 runs after the first match was washed out. Dravid was the third player injured on the tour. Virender Sehwag cut his middle finger on Nov. 16 and missed out on the second match in Durban while Munaf Patel was unavailable for Sunday's match with a sore left ankle.

■ Olympics

London shrinks swim center

London has announced a redesigned, smaller aquatics center for the 2012 Olympics in a bid to cut spiraling costs. After media reports suggested the initial project threatened to go over twice the ?75 million (US$142.5 million) budget, Olympics minister Tessa Jowell instructed architect Zaha Hadid to come up with a cheaper and less ambitious design. London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said the new cost of the venue -- which will house the swimming and diving events but not water polo -- has not been finalized. Jowell announced a week ago that infrastructure costs for the games had risen by ?900 million pounds from the amount quoted in the bid. Organizers are under pressure to keep down costs which Jowel said currently total ?3.3 billion. The new design will keep to the original 20,000 overall capacity with 15,000 for the swimming arena and 5,000 for diving. Although the stylish wave-shaped roof will remain, it will be two-and-a-half times smaller than originally planned.

■ Volleyball

Serbia make world semis

Serbia and Montenegro defeated host Japan yesterday to advance to the semi-finals of the men's volleyball world championships. Ivan Miljkovic had a team-high 24 points as Serbia-Montenegro improved to 6-0 in Group E with a 28-26, 25-16, 25-21 win over Japan. "It was very important to win the first set," said Serbia and Montenegro captain Nikola Grbic. "We knew Japan are tough." Serbia and Montenegro clinched a spot in the semi-finals along with Poland, which came back from two sets down to edge Russia 19-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11 and improve to 6-0. Bulgaria was the only other team to advance to the semi-finals with a 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-10 win over France in Group F.

■ Boxing

Former champ hospitalized

Former heavyweight boxing champion Greg Page was hospitalized in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday with pneumonia. He is being treated for pneumonia and other complications and was listed in stable condition, Jewish Hospital said in a statement. Page, 48, sustained brain damage during a fight in 2001. He was admitted to the hospital in March because of acute respiratory failure, sepsis, hypothermia and seizures and had pneumonia during his earlier hospitalization. After he was injured five years ago, Page slipped into a coma and had a stroke during post-fight surgery. He is paralyzed on his left side. Page became WBA champion in December 1984 by knocking out Gerrie Coetzee in the eighth round of their bout in South Africa.

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