Dilshan retires from Tests
Sri Lanka opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is retiring from Test cricket to make way for the next generation, but will still be available for the shorter forms of the game. Sri Lanka Cricket said in a media release yesterday that Dilshan would hold a news conference today to officially announce his retirement. “I have decided to take this decision to allow Sri Lanka cricket to groom another youngster in my place,” Dilshan said. “I was to announce my retirement after the Zimbabwe Test series, but unfortunately the tour was postponed.” Sri Lanka were to play two Tests on their tour of Zimbabwe from this month. The aggressive opener made his Test debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo and appeared in 87 Tests. In an international career spanning 14 years Dilshan scored 5,492 runs at an average of 40.98. His 16 Test centuries included a career best 193 against England at Lord’s in 2011 as captain. The 36-year-old will continue to play in the shorter 50 overs and Twenty20 formats. “I will discuss my future with the national selectors and if they need me I will play till the 2015 World Cup,” he said.
Pienaar stays with Ulster
South Africa international Ruan Pienaar has signed a three-year contract extension with Ulster, the Celtic League side announced on Tuesday. The 29-year-old scrumhalf or center, who joined Ulster in 2010, is now under contract at Ravenhill until 2017. He has played 63 games for the Northern Irish club, scoring 510 points. “I am delighted to be staying at Ulster,” said Pienaar, who has been capped 71 times by the Springboks. “I have really enjoyed my first three seasons at the province and I am looking forward to helping the team compete for silverware in the coming years.” Ulster’s director of rugby David Humphreys said: “To be successful, you need top-class players, therefore I am extremely pleased that Ruan, who is one of the best scrumhalves anywhere in the world, is extending his time with us. “The announcement of this contract will give everyone at Ulster Rugby — the players, the staff and the fans — a huge lift, especially as it had been wrongly reported that Ruan would be leaving us.”
Lynx eye second title
Seimone Augustus scored 20 points, while Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Minnesota Lynx to the brink of their second title in three seasons with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday. Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Maya Moore chipped in 14 points and eight boards for the Lynx, who lead the best-of-five series 2-0. Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points for the Dream, but she made just five of 18 shots and was in foul trouble for most of the night.
Oldest Aussie Olympian dies
Australia’s oldest Olympian, Basil Dickinson, who competed in the triple jump at the 1936 Berlin Games, has died. He was 98. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) yesterday said Dickinson died at his home in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on Monday. The AOC said Dickinson was one of 33 Australians who competed at Berlin and took 41 days to reach Europe by ship. The Australians had a live kangaroo mascot called “Aussie” on board with them. AOC president John Coates said Dickinson will be remembered “for the standards he set for the Olympians who followed over the next 70 years. He was a credit to his sport and the country in general.”