Afghanistan takes ICC
Afghanistan defeated Canada by two wickets in a rain-affected Intercontinental Cup (ICC) one-day international in King City, Canada, on Sunday. Canada, who played in the World Cup earlier this year, made 230 all out in 44.5 overs before Afghanistan reached their Duckworth-Lewis target of 213 from 43 overs with 11 balls to spare. Afghanistan were quickly in trouble when Noor Ali Zadran (one) and Mohammad Shahzad (one) were back in the pavilion by the third over with the score at seven for two. Skipper Nawroz Mangal helped steady the innings with 34 off 33 balls before opener Shabir Noori, who made 94, and Mohammad Nabi put on 114 for the fourth wicket. Noori hit 11 fours and two sixes in his 109-ball innings while Nabi’s 58 came off 59 balls with three fours and two sixes. Afghanistan then lost five wickets for just 24 runs before Samiullah Shenwari and Mirwais Ashraf saw their team to victory.
McIlroy to tour China
US Open champion Rory McIlroy has signed up to headline a made-for-TV golf odyssey through China this year to showcase the sport in the country and the nation’s fast-growing cities to the rest of the world. Former world No. 1 Ernie Els, Englishman Ian Poulter and China’s No. 1 Liang Wen-chong will also compete in the four-man event from Oct. 10-Oct. 16, at which the quartet will play just 18 holes, competing on two or three holes at each of eight courses. The even will tee off in Shanghai before heading to Dalian and Beijing, west to Chongqing and then south through Haikou in Hainan Province, Dongguan, Guangzhou Province, and Macau.
Brownlee wins in London
European champion Alistair Brownlee won the men’s race of the London triathlon on Sunday, completing a British double on the Hyde Park course to be used at next year’s Summer Olympics. The 23-year-old Brownlee was in a leading group of four by the end of the cycle route past Buckingham Palace. He surged clear over the run to cross the line in one hour, 50 minutes, nine seconds — clinching his third win from five World Championship Series events. A day after Britain’s Helen Jenkins won the women’s race in the first competitive triathlon on the Olympic course, Brownlee finished 25 seconds ahead of Russia’s Alexander Bryukhankov to meet the selection criteria for Britain’s Olympic team next year. Brownlee ran the 10km in 29:50, high-fiving fans along the home straight before walking over the line. Brownlee’s brother, Jonathan, finished another 30 seconds back in third to also reach the qualifying standard.
New York competitor dies
One competitor died and another was in critical condition on Sunday after they ran into difficulty in the swimming phase of the Nautica New York City Triathlon. New York City police said 64-year-old Michael Kudryk of Freehold, New Jersey, was pulled unconscious from the Hudson River on Sunday morning and was thought to have had a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Police said a 40-year-old woman from Illinois, whose name was not immediately available, was in critical condition with heart attack symptoms and 26 others were taken from the water in need of first aid during the swim, which was the first phase of the race.