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SPORTS BRIEFS

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CRICKET

Calm Amla downs Kiwis

South Africa opener Hashim Amla fell two runs shy of a half-century as South Africa cruised to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Twenty20 at Kingsmead on Friday. Set 152 to win, the hosts were always up with the run rate and reached their target with 13 deliveries to spare. Having won the toss and elected to bowl, South Africa restricted New Zealand to 151-8 by taking the final seven wickets for 40 runs. All the home batsmen then got starts, but it was the steady hand of Amla (48) who guided the to victory. Captain A.B. de Villiers (33) and Rilee Rossouw (38) also gave impetus to the innings. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson smashed 42 from 21 balls as New Zealand made a swashbuckling start before he was stumped off left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso. David Wiese was the pick of the South Africa attack with 2-24.

GOLF

Spieth on course for record

Jordan Spieth stepped up his bid for golf history on Friday, firing a second-round 67 that put him in the hunt for a third major title this year at the weather-disrupted PGA Championship. Spieth’s six-under total of 138 put him one stroke behind clubhouse leader David Lingmerth, who had eight birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey in a roller-coaster of a two-under-par 70.

WINDSURFING

HK hit storage snag

The Hong Kong Windsurfing Association’s plan to store equipment in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Olympics next year has been blown off course by exorbitant rental rates. Hong Kong competitors are in Brazil for the second test event at the International Sailing Regatta in Marina da Gloria and with further meets at the Olympic venue scheduled ahead of the Games, the association had planned to store equipment there rather than ship it back home. A similar arrangement had been negotiated with London organizers ahead of the 2012 Games, but the team were knocked back by Rio officials quoting them HK$1 million (US$129,000) for the storage. “I was surprised by the figure when I first heard it,” Dennis Chau Wai-keung, executive director of the Hong Kong Windsurfing Association, told the South China Morning Post. “Our plan was to leave our container there after the test event so we could keep all our equipment, including a coach boat, and save on shipping it all back and forth each time we go out there.” Chu said negotiations were ongoing, but said if Brazilian authorities refused to budge then alternative plans would be required. One solution involved bringing all the equipment back on the long journey to Hong Kong after each meet at a cost of about HK$150,000 a time, he said.

FOOTBALL

NFL warns over fighting

The NFL sent a memo on Friday to all 32 clubs warning about fights after several recent training camp incidents, according to a copy published on the league’s Web site. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent told teams that game officials will have a point of emphasis for the upcoming season to prohibit player fights during games. “These rules are in place for the protection and safety of our players to keep them on the field,” Vincent wrote. “As professionals, no matter how emotional the game becomes, there is nothing that should resort to fighting. Coaches are encouraged to emphasize to players, coaches, and other club personnel who are on the sidelines, that fighting will not be tolerated.”

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