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CRICKET

Sri Lanka win fifth ODI

Kumar Sangakkara compiled a well-paced century to help Sri Lanka to a two-wicket win over South Africa off the penultimate ball in the fifth one-day international at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Sunday. Sangakkara scored 102 from 97 balls as Sri Lanka, chasing South Africa’s 312 for four, reached 307 for five with only six runs needed off seven balls, but they contrived to lose three wickets in the space of four deliveries, before Sachithra Senanayake struck left-arm spinner Robin Peterson high over mid-wicket for six.

RUGBY UNION

Edinburgh make quarters

Edinburgh advanced to the Heineken Cup knockout stages for the first time in eight years when they beat London Irish 34-11 on Sunday, while English champions Saracens battled past Treviso 26-20 to secure their quarter-final spot. Edinburgh’s reward was a home quarter-final against Toulouse. Saracens, England’s only representatives in the last eight, will host French side Clermont Auvergne. Zimbabwe-born US international Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a hat-trick in Biarritz’s 36-5 win over Ospreys, while the other Welsh club, Cardiff Blues, fared better, booking their quarter-final away to Leinster with a 36-30 victory over Racing Metro 92.

ALPINE SKIING

Deville snatches first win

Italy’s Cristian Deville snatched his first World Cup slalom victory in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Sunday. The 31-year-old skied two solid runs on the Ganslern course to win in a combined time of 1 minute, 39.19 seconds. Deville, who had never made it onto a World Cup podium before this season, beat veteran Austrian Mario Matt by 0.72 seconds. Croatia’s Ivica Kostelic was a safe third, a further 0.06 seconds adrift, and he returned to the top of the overall standings. Kostelic, the World Cup defending champion, made two big mistakes, but he secured victory in the super-combined event, which took into account Saturday’s downhill.

ALPINE SKIING

Kirchgasser triumphs

Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria won a World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on Sunday after pre-race favorites Marlies Schild and Maria Hoefl-Riesch skied out on the first run. Kirchgasser finished in a time of 1 minute, 47.25 seconds, more than 0.6 seconds faster than Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen. Veronika Zuzulova of Slovakia was third, 1.34 seconds off the pace. World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn struggled at the bottom of the course, as she did in Saturday’s giant slalom, but managed a seventh-placed finish.

GOLF

Wilson claims fifth title

Mark Wilson clinched his fifth USPGA Tour title by two shots at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California, on Sunday, finishing in style with a 10-foot birdie putt at the last. The 37-year-old American, three strokes clear when the weather-delayed third round was completed earlier in the day, signed off with a three-under 69 on the Palmer Private course at PGA West.

GOLF

Grace wins playoff

South Africa’s Branden Grace beat his more experienced countrymen Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff to win the Volvo Golf Champions in George, South Africa, on Sunday. Grace birdied the first playoff hole at The Links at Fancourt to claim his second consecutive victory on the European Tour, having won last week’s Joburg Open. Both Els and Goosen parred the hole.

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