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Sports Briefs


■ Cricket

Slow-bowling Sri Lanka fined

The captain of Sri Lanka's cricket team, Mahela Jayawardene, has been fined for his team's slow over rate against India in Sunday's one-day international. The Dubai-based International Cricket Council said on Monday that Jayawardene was fined 20 percent of his match fee after a hearing conducted by ICC referee Alan Hurst. The other players in the Sri Lankan team were each fined 10 percent of their match fees for the same offense during the game at Rajkot, India, which Sri Lanka won by five runs. Sri Lanka leads the five-match series 1-0, with the first one-dayer abandoned owing to heavy showers.

■ Olympics

Koreas discuss single team

Sports officials from the two Koreas met yesterday to discuss forming a single team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a South Korean official said. During the one-day meeting in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the two sides hoped to make progress on fielding a unified team, the official with South Korea's Olympic committee said on customary condition of anonymity. The rival Koreas, which have never fielded a unified team for an Olympics, are still at odds over how to compose a single team for the Beijing Olympics since their agreement to do so in 2005. South Korea has insisted athletes should be selected based on performance, while the North wants equal representation. Athletes from South Korea and North Korea marched together at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and at the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games, but competed separately.

■ Tennis

Gaudio, Moya fall in Brazil

Former French Open champions Gaston Gaudio and Carlos Moya were eliminated in the first round of the Brasil Open in Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil, on Monday. Despite 11 aces, fourth-seeded Moya fell to Thiago Alves of Brazil 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 after serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. Fifth-seeded Gaudio lost to Potito Starace of Italy 6-4, 6-3, his seventh consecutive defeat since the third round of the US Open last September. Gaudio was the top-seeded player last year in Costa do Sauipe, but was eliminated in the second round. On Monday he served five double faults and landed only 60 percent of his first serves. Starace, ranked 85th, had lost three first-round matches coming into the tournament. Spain's Alberto Martin, runner-up the last two years, was ousted by sixth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela 6-4, 6-2. Nicolas Massu, last year's champion, withdrew last week because of a right-leg muscle injury.

■ Cricket

Black Caps list line-up

New Zealand yesterday named their 15-man squad for cricket's World Cup starting in the Caribbean on March 13: Stephen Fleming (captain), Daniel Vettori (vice-captain), Daryl Tuffey, Shane Bond, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, Brendon McCullum, Craig McMillan, Michael Mason, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Lou Vincent.

■ Cricket

Baggy Greens name squad

Australia yesterday named their 15-man squad for cricket's World Cup starting in the Caribbean on March 13: Australia -- Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist (vice-captain), Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Matthew Hayden, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson.

■ Basketball

Riley to resume coaching

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