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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■CRICKET

Rain delays start of Test

Persistent rain washed out the opening day’s play of the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand yesterday. Umpires Daryl Harper of Australia and Asoka de Silva of Sri Lanka, along with match referee Javagal Srinath of India, inspected the wicket before calling off play at 12:30pm local time. “The situation was assessed and the umpires and match referee felt that no play was possible due to the soggy outfield because of the overnight and morning rain,” an official said. “The play will start half-an-hour early at 9am on Sunday [today].” Persistent rain since morning had forced ground authorities to keep the pitch covered and the toss couldn’t be held. New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0.

■MOTOGP

Hayden fastest in Valencia

Nicky Hayden of the US led both free practice sessions for the Valencia Grand Prix on Friday. Hayden had a fastest lap of 1 minute, 45.777 seconds around the 4km Cheste circuit. Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain was second, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and former world champion Valentino Rossi of Italy. In the 250cc first qualifying session, Alex Debon of Spain was fastest in 1 minute, 50.001 seconds, ahead of Hiroshi Aoyama of Japan and Mika Kallio of Finland. In the 125cc first qualifying session, Simone Corsi of Italy was quickest in 1 minute, 59.809 seconds, ahead of Lorenzo Zanetti of Italy and Stevie Bonsey of the US.

■GOLF

Seve has third operation

Doctors have successfully operated for a third time on golfer Seve Ballesteros to remove remnants of a brain tumor and reduce swelling inside the skull, the Madrid hospital treating him said on Friday. “The targets originally planned have been achieved and [the operation] has eliminated the oedema [swelling] and the remnants of the tumor,” Madrid’s La Paz hospital said in a statement. “The patient is stable ... and is currently controlled in the intensive care unit.” A spokeswoman for the hospital added that the former world No. 1 remained in a serious condition and he would be monitored over the next 48 hours for signs of change. La Paz’s chief brain surgeon Javier Heredero and two other brain surgeons spent six-and-a-half hours operating on Ballesteros, who retired from the game last year after winning 87 titles, including three British Open trophies and two US Masters.

■RUGBY UNION

Scarlets say bye to Stradey

Scarlets said goodbye to their famous Stradey Park home with a 27-0 victory over Bristol in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday. Playing their last match at the Llanelli Stadium, which has been their home for 129 years, the Welsh side saw Morgan Stoddart, Simon Easterby and Rob Higgitt all score tries, while Stephen Jones kicked 10 points. Down the years Stradey witnessed some dramatic matches, including victories over Australia in 1984 and 1992. But the most famous was Llanelli’s 9-3 success over the mighty All Blacks in 1972. Scarlets will now move to a new, 15,000-capacity, all-seater stadium called Parc y Scarlets next month.

■SKIING

Fanchini out for season

Italian Elena Fanchini has been told she will not compete this season after suffering injuries in a crash on Thursday while training for the World Cup ski season opener in Soelden, Austria. Fanchini, a silver medalist in the downhill at the 2005 World Championships, was diagnosed with ruptured left knee ligaments among other injuries after her crash.

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