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AGENCIES, WITH STAFF WRITER

■CRICKET

Windies lead by 296

West Indies skipper Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 155 in their second innings on the fourth day of the second Test against Australia in Adelaide as the tourists closed on 284-8, a lead of 296 over the hosts. Gayle held the West Indies innings together, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul the next highest scorer with 27. Mitchell Johnson took 4-85 in 19 overs for Australia, while Doug Bollinger took 2-36 from 14 overs. Australia lead the series 1-0.

■CRICKET

Gambhir named India’s best

Batsman Gautam Gambhir was named India’s top international cricketer for the 2008-2009 season and awarded the Polly Umrigar Trophy at an Indian cricket board function on Sunday. Left-handed opener Gambhir, who is also ICC’s test cricketer of the year, scored 1269 runs with five centuries in eight tests during the award period from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30 and was consistent in the shorter formats of the game.

■CRICKET

Pair set partnership record

Pakistani players Rafatullah Mohmand and Aamer Sajjad have set a world second wicket partnership record in first class cricket with a stand of 580. The pair accumulated the run glut playing for WAPDA against Sui Southern Gas Corporation in Pakistan’s oldest first class competition, the Quaid-e-Azam trophy on Sunday in Sheikhupura. Mohmand (302 not out) and Sajjad (289) bettered the previous second wicket best of 576 runs set by Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama against India in Colombo in 1997. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene hold the highest partnership record for any wicket with a 624-run stand against South Africa in Colombo in 2006.

■RUGBY UNION

Cooper faces charges

Australia center Quade Cooper has been charged with burglary and will appear in court next week, rugby officials said on Sunday. Police would not specifically name Cooper, 21, but a Queensland Rugby Union spokesman told reporters that the international had been charged with burglary. “We are still trying to establish the full facts of the matter but that is our understanding,” the spokesman said. “There is no running away from that. That is correct.” Queensland police said a 21-year-old man had been charged with one count of burglary following an alleged break-in at the resort of Surfers Paradise in the early hours of Sunday. The man was arrested near the scene, a police spokeswoman said, and was released later on bail. The man is due to appear at the local Southport Magistrates Court on Friday. Cooper was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia when he was 15, making his home in Queensland state. He made his Test debut last year and featured in all of Australia’s November internationals against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

■MARATHON

Kenyans dominate Vegas

Kenyan runners Christopher Toroitich and Caroline Rotich won the Las Vegas Marathon on Sunday, topping a field of more than 27,600 on a frigid morning in the desert. Toroitich crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, holding off Terefe Yae of Ethiopia by 1:27. Assefa Tesfaye of Ethiopia was another second back in third place. The top American finisher was Stephen Haas in fifth with a time of 2:18:45. Rotich finished in 2:29:47 to win the women’s race ahead of Alevtina Ivanova or Russia, who had a time of 2:30:05. Serkalem Abrha of Ethiopia was third in 2:36:26.

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