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Swafford ties for Zurich lead

Hudson Swafford shot a six-under-par 66 in the second round on Friday to move into a tie for the lead as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for the second straight day. Swafford ended 36 holes at an 11-under-par 133 at the TPC Louisiana. He was joined in the lead by first-round coleader Boo Weekley, who was three-under-par through 15 holes of round two in the PGA Tour event. Swafford is looking for his first USPGA Tour win, while Weekley is a three-time winner on the US tour. With strong storms in the area, play was called for the day. The first round was completed earlier on Friday after being stopped by darkness on Thursday. There was a 78-minute weather delay on Thursday that pushed play back.


Bangladesh win by seven

Pakistan’s miserable tour of Bangladesh continued as the hosts recorded their first Twenty20 win over the rivals with a seven-wicket romp in Dhaka on Friday. Debutant seamer Mustafizur Rahman took two for 20 in four overs as Pakistan, electing to bat after winning the toss, were restricted to 141 for five at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Shakib al-Hasan and Sabbir Rahman then plundered unbeaten half-centuries as Bangladesh, cheered from the stands by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, surpassed the target in the 17th over. Shakib hit an unbeaten 57 off 41 balls and Sabbir made 51 not out to build on their team’s 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan in the preceding one-day series. The pair put on 105 runs for the fourth wicket after Bangladesh appeared to be in a spot of bother at 38 for three in the sixth over. Pakistan’s debutant Mukhtar Ahmed top-scored with 37 off 30 balls and left-hander Haris Sohail made an unbeaten 30, but the tourists struggled to tame the bowling. Opener Ahmed Shehzad plodded to 17 from 31 balls and Afridi was unlucky to be given out caught behind for 12 when replays showed the ball missing the edge of the bat. Bangladesh lost three wickets cheaply, but Shakib and Sabbir hammered the Pakistan bowlers to all parts of the ground, signaling out left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who went for 39 runs in his four overs.


Tokyo could feature surfing

Surfing, buoyed by the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 reforms, is targeting a spot at the Tokyo Olympics in five years. The new reforms, approved in December last year, are aimed at making the Olympics more attractive, cheaper to host and allow for a more adaptable sports program to permit quicker changes to maintain relevance with younger audiences. That was music to the ears of International Surfing Association president Fernando Aguerre, with the Argentine long pushing for its inclusion during his eight terms as head of the body. “I am sure it will be one of the first Olympic venues to sell out of tickets,” he was quoted as saying by Kyodo News yesterday. “Today you go to any beach around the world and people are dressed like surfers, wearing surf brands and they all want to surf. Surfing is a young sport, it’s practiced by people of all ages, but it’s also a sport that has captivated the hearts and minds of young people around the world.” Surfing faced previous Olympic rejection over fears about a lack of waves at certain venues, but 57-year-old Aguerre said technology had been developed to create waves almost 2m high to come at regular intervals. He said outdoor wave parks were being built in Spain, Britain and the US to meet demand.

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