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CRICKET

Anderson eyes fifth Test

England pace bowler James Anderson could feature in the fifth Ashes Test against Australia after returning to practice on Monday. Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, suffered a side strain in the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, in which the hosts secured the Ashes, and was immediately ruled out of the fourth Test. The 33-year-old was to be assessed yesterday and again today before a decision is taken over his potential participation at The Oval in London. The England camp has made no secret of their ambition to win the fifth and final Test, which begins tomorrow, to ensure a 4-1 series victory and continue the progress made since a dismal Cricket World Cup campaign.

RUGBY UNION

World Cup to use Hawk-Eye

A new Hawk-Eye system is to be used in the Rugby World Cup, which starts next month, to aid referee’s decisionmaking following a series of successful trials, the sport’s governing body said on Monday. The technology is to be implemented alongside the existing Television Match Official process to enhance officials’ instant access to multiple-angle replays in real-time and slow motion, World Rugby said in a statement. “Technology is an important component of the rugby performance and fan engagement environments and Rugby World Cup 2015 is set to showcase innovation and performance to a record global audience,” World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said in a statement. “The system has clear benefits for the match official team, the medical team and fans around the world.”

RUGBY UNION

Faumuina suffers concussion

Tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina’s Rugby World Cup hopes suffered another blow when he was knocked out during training with Auckland’s provincial team yesterday, the New Zealand Herald reported. The 28-year-old was on a comeback trail from neck surgery and has not played for the All Blacks this year, but returned to training with them ahead of last week’s Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. He was then released to play for Auckland in New Zealand’s provincial competition for two matches before the World Cup squad is finalized on Aug. 30. However, he was involved in a collision with loose forward Taleni Seu in training yesterday and knocked unconscious, the newspaper said. “They were going for the same ball and they both got concussed. It was just a freak accident five minutes from the end of the session,” Auckland coach Paul Feeney said.

OLYMPICS

Shot putter out for 12 weeks

Double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has undergone knee surgery and is likely to need up to 12 weeks of rehabilitation as the New Zealander tries to get herself in the best possible shape for the Rio Olympics next year. Adams, Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012, had shoulder and elbow surgeries last year and decided not to defend her title at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing this month after a disappointing season. She said earlier this month that she would need treatment on her right knee and yesterday the 30-year-old posted a picture of herself recovering from her latest surgery on social media. Christina Schwanitz of Germany has dominated the women’s shot this season, having ended Adams’ five-year, 56-competition unbeaten streak in Paris last month.

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