Indians defeat Royals
West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard hammered a 33-ball 64 and then bagged 4-44 as the Mumbai Indians scored a 27-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday. Pollard’s mid-innings blitz, during which he smashed four sixes and six fours, helped Mumbai pile up a huge total of 197-6 after being put in to bat at the Wankhede Stadium. However, the home team got a scare as Owais Shah smashed a 42-ball 76 with five sixes and five fours, before a two-wicket burst by Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga wrested the initiative back and Rajasthan were bowled out for 170 in 19.4 overs.
Cigarette ad removed
An Indian health warning on cigarette packets that uses an apparent picture of England soccer player John Terry with a set of blackened lungs is to be withdrawn, officials in New Delhi said on Wednesday. Terry’s London-based lawyers had threatened to sue over the blurry photograph featuring the head and shoulders of a man closely resembling the former England captain and current skipper of Premier League side Chelsea. “Some people raised objections to the picture. We have asked the directorate of advertisement and visual publicity to provide new pictures, which they have done,” a health ministry official said. The ministry has continued to deny the picture was of Terry, but it is distinctly similar to an image of him available on the Internet.
City fined 30,000 euros
Manchester City were fined 30,000 euros (US$39,400) by UEFA on Wednesday for returning to the field late in a Europa League match against Portugal’s Sporting. The start of the second half was delayed after City returned to the Jose Alvalade Stadium pitch about a minute late. City lost the first leg of the round-of-16 fixture 1-0 and went out on away goals after only winning the second leg 3-2. The fine is more than the 20,000 euros Porto received after it’s club’s fans aimed racist abuse at Manchester City players during a Europa League match in February. Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure, who are both black, reported hearing abusive chants.
Simona Halep ousts Vinci
Simona Halep of Romania ousted defending champion Roberta Vinci from the Barcelona Open on Tuesday, while sixth-seeded Petra Cetkovska also lost in the second round. Halep broke five times to secure a 6-1, 6-3 victory in just more than an hour against the fourth-seeded Vinci, who had also won the outdoor clay tournament in 2009. It was the Italian’s second loss in 17 matches in Barcelona. Halep will play Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarter-finals after the Spanish player beat Cetkovska 6-2, 6-4. Seventh-seeded Sara Errani won the first 11 games en route to beating Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-0, 6-2.
Horton to miss playoffs
Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton will miss the playoffs because of a concussion, the defending Stanley Cup champions said on Wednesday, a day before they open their post-season. Horton, ninth on the team in scoring with 32 points in 46 games, has not played since suffering the injury during a Jan. 22 game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Horton, 26, missed the final four games of last season’s Stanley Cup Final with another concussion. Boston were to open their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final at home yesterday against the Washington Capitals.