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CRICKET

Rain washes out T20 match

Torrential rain forced the abandonment of the first Twenty20 match between South Africa and Australia without a ball being bowled at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. Persistent rain throughout the day turned into a deluge in the afternoon, forcing the umpires to abandon the game at 3:37pm, 67 minutes after the scheduled start. The teams now move on to Durban for the second match in the three-game series tomorrow, before concluding with a fixture at Centurion on Friday. Both teams are using the series as a warm-up to the World Twenty20 to be staged in Bangladesh from Sunday. South Africa play their Group 1 opener against Sri Lanka on March 22, with Australia in action in Group 2 against Pakistan the following day.

SOCCER

Dortmund edge Freiburg

A lackluster Borussia Dortmund side edged past SC Freiburg 1-0 on Sunday courtesy of captain Sebastian Kehl’s first goal in almost two years to go four points clear in second place in the Bundesliga. In a balanced game in which Freiburg refused to concede space without a fight, Dortmund struggled to create chances and had just three shots on goal in the first half. With Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus on their growing injury list, Dortmund, who take on Zenit St Petersburg in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie later this month, needed almost an hour to break the deadlock. The goal came from former Germany international Kehl, who unhesitatingly floated an audacious long-range shot over goalkeeper Oliver Baumann in the 58th minute for his first goal since April 2012. The result moved Dortmund to 48 points, four ahead of third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Schalke 04. In the other game on Sunday, Hertha BSC and FSV Mainz 05 drew 1-1, losing ground in the battle for the European spots.

ATHLETICS

Fraser-Pryce sets pace

Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce may not like running indoors, but the Jamaican on Sunday again proved why she is the world’s dominant female sprinter. A blistering start propelled the reigning Olympic and world 100m gold medalist to the fastest women’s 60m in four years — 6.98 seconds — as she made a triumphant debut at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. Only six women have ever run faster. Americans dominated the three-day meeting, capping the event with a world indoor record in the men’s 4x400m as Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler III and Calvin Smith Jr triumphed in 3 minutes, 2.13 seconds. The time was 0.70 seconds faster than the 15-year-old record set by a US team at the 1999 World Indoor Championships. Fraser-Pryce had never run in the indoor meeting before this week. “It is an amazing feeling,” she said after becoming only the second woman ever to hold world titles at 60, 100 and 200m.

MOTOGP

Espargaros top testing

Spanish brothers Aleix and Pol Espargaro topped pre-season MotoGP testing on Sunday, but the latter’s day ended in a broken collar bone and a trip to hospital for surgery. Aleix Espargaro, riding for the Yamaha-FTR team, clocked a best time of 1 minute, 54.874 seconds on the Losail track in Qatar, just 0.160 seconds off the pole position time Jorge Lorenzo set on the factory Yamaha M1 last year. His younger brother, the world champion in the Moto2 division last year before joining the elite class for this year, was second-fastest 0.33 seconds behind on the Yamaha Tech3.

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