Sat, Jan 22, 2011 - Page 18 News List

SPORTS BRIEFS

AGENCIES

SWIMMING

US team named

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin will headline the US swim team at this year’s world championships in Shanghai, the last major international meet before next year’s London Olympics. Phelps and Lochte are set to swim four individual events each. Phelps could qualify for at least two of the three relays, while Lochte is set to swim at least one. Besides Coughlin, the women’s team includes Katie Hoff, who failed to make the 2009 world team; three-time Olympian Amanda Beard, who returns after having a baby; and Teresa Crippen, whose brother Fran, an open water swimmer, died last month at a meet in the Middle East. Eddie Reese of Texas will coach the men’s team, while Frank Busch of Arizona will coach the women.

SOCCER

Alan Smith out for season

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew revealed on Thursday that injury-hit midfielder Alan Smith is likely to miss the rest of the season following a flare-up of an old ankle injury. Smith, 30, suffered a knock in last weekend’s derby draw against Sunderland and underwent a scan on Wednesday that revealed the complaint was linked to a previous ankle injury. “It’s sad news for Alan because it’s an ankle he’s had problems with and we think he’ll probably be out for the rest of the season,” Pardew said. “Because he’s had a dislocation and a break on that ankle before, when you get a heavy blow like he did, it’s a very low recovery rate.” Pardew also revealed that he would be without Andy Carroll for another three weeks, ruling him out of this weekend’s match against Tottenham at St James Park.

SOCCER

AC Milan beats Bari 3-0

AC Milan routed Bari 3-0 in the Italian Cup on Thursday with Antonio Cassano making his first start since joining from Sampdoria. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexander Merkel scored in the first half and Robinho found the net in the second to take Milan into the quarterfinals. Cassano lined up alongside Ibrahimovic and Robinho in attack and created chances for the Swede and fullback Massimo Oddo before he made way for Andrea Pirlo after 65 minutes. Milan’s defense easily contained Bari, though Vitalii Kutuzov and Jose Castillo both had good chances to score.

SOCCER

Roma’s Adriano breaks arm

AS Roma’s Brazilian striker Adriano broke his right arm in Wednesday’s Italian Cup win over city rivals Lazio, the Serie A club said in a statement on Thursday. The statement gave no indication of how long he would be out for, but media reports said he would miss at least a month’s action. Adriano, who also dislocated his shoulder in the same incident, had been linked in the media with a possible move back to Brazil in this month’s transfer window given his lack of playing time, but he now looks set to stay put.

CRICKET

Khawaja joins Derbyshire

Promising Australian batsman Usman Khawaja will hone his skills with Derbyshire in the upcoming English domestic season after signing a deal with the county side. The Pakistan-born Khawaja became the first Muslim to play Test cricket for Australia when he made his debut this month in the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Khawaja, who boasts six first-class centuries an an average of a fraction over 50, made 37 and 21 in Sydney, showing impressive poise under pressure in a match Australia lost by an innings.

HOCKEY

Fleischmann out for season

The Colorado Avalanche will be without Czech left wing Tomas Fleischmann for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung. The condition was discovered on Thursday after Fleischmann experienced shortness of breath. Team physician David Mellman said the 26-year-old will be on blood thinners for several months and will be “unable to play hockey during this time.” He has been a steady scoring threat since his arrival from the Washington Capitals on Nov. 30, compiling 21 points in 22 games.

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