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CRICKET

Anderson out with injury

England spearhead seamer James Anderson has been ruled out of the forthcoming one-day series in Sri Lanka because of a knee injury, it was announced on Tuesday. However, England said they hoped to have the Lancashire swing bowler fit in time for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. “James Anderson has been ruled out ... to continue his rehabilitation on a pre-existing left knee injury,” an England and Wales Cricket Board statement said. It added that “at present” Anderson would not be replaced in the Sri Lanka tour squad. Anderson’s absence follows that of new-ball partner Stuart Broad, who had long since been ruled out of the Sri Lanka series with a knee problem of his own.

HORSE RACING

Cup favorite’s heart failed

Japanese stayer Admire Rakti, the pre-race favorite for the Melbourne Cup, died of acute heart failure, though the cause may be unknown until the full results from a post-mortem, Racing Victoria head steward Terry Bailey said. The six-year-old collapsed after the handicap 3,200m race on Tuesday after he faded badly and finished in a distant last place behind German raider Protectionist. A post-mortem was conducted at Melbourne University on Tuesday. “All indications are that Admire Rakti passed away due to heart failure,” Bailey told ABC Radio yesterday. “We need to get the autopsy results and that will tell the story.” Admire Rakti was one of two horses to die after the race, with seventh-placed Araldo suffering an injury to its leg after he was spooked by a spectator waving a flag while returning to the stalls. The Mike Moroney-trained stayer had to be euthanized and Bailey said he would be talking to the Victoria Racing Club about the incident. “It’s something I will be speaking with the club today to see if we can put some measures in place that will prevent that from happening again,” he said.

SOCCER

Adriano faces drugs charges

Former Brazilian international Adriano was charged by Rio de Janeiro prosecutors on Tuesday over alleged links to drug trafficking, officials and reports said. The former Inter, ACF Fiorentina, Parma and AS Roma striker, 32, who is trying to revive his career in France, is accused of buying a motorbike in 2007 that was later used by drug dealers in the Vila Cruzeiro favela, where he grew up, reports said. He faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, ESPN reported. Prosecutors did not request Adriano’s arrest, but asked for him to surrender his passport. According to Brazilian media, The former international, who hit 27 goals in 48 appearances for Brazil, last played for the Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense, but they terminated his contract six months ago.

SOCCER

Cannavaro goes to China

Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande have appointed former Real Madrid and Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro as their new coach. Cannavaro replaces his former mentor Marcello Lippi, who on Sunday announced his decision to retire from soccer management and take over as Guangzhou technical director. Evergrande’s official Twitter page posted photos yesterday of Cannavaro arriving at the airport and at an official press conference alongside Lippi, with the tweet “welcome to Guangzhou, Fabio Cannavaro.” It also posted “Fabi Canavaro has officially joined as coach,” in Chinese.

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