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CRICKET

Eranga banned from bowling

Sri Lanka paceman Shaminda Eranga has been banned from bowling in international matches due to an illegal action, the International Cricket Council said on Sunday, just hours after he was taken to hospital to undergo tests on his heart. The 29-year-old reported feeling discomfort while batting during Sri Lanka’s one-day win over Ireland on Saturday. “He was OK and stable, and we’re awaiting the results,” a Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman said. Eranga’s action was reported during the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street last month and his action was found to be illegal after an independent assessment.

CRICKET

One-day match rained off

The seventh match of the tri-nation one-day international series between Australia and South Africa in Bridgetown, Barbados, was declared a no-result due to inclement weather, organizers said on Sunday. Heavy, persistent rain left a large damp area on the pitch which prevented any further play with South Africa at 8-0 after one over in the match at the Kensington Oval. Both teams took two points from the contest. South Africa remain top of the standings on 12 points followed by Australia on 11. Hosts the West Indies, on eight points, face Australia today at the same venue. The West Indies play South Africa in the final round-robin match on Friday. The final is due to take place on Sunday.

TENNIS

Keys wins in Birmingham

Madison Keys of the US powered to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova in the Aegon Classic final in Birmingham, England, on Sunday, only the second grass-court title of her career. Strycova, who was playing her 18th set of the week after reaching both the singles and doubles finals, still had enough energy and tenacity to come close to turning the second set around. The Czech player appeared poised to get back into the match when she earned a break point in the eighth game of the second set, but Keys saved it with a series of well-controlled and well-placed forehand drives allowing the American to cruise to the title. “I am just going to focus on this — I am really happy. I will start focusing on Wimbledon tomorrow,” Keys said. Strycova and Karolina Pliskova beat Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) in the doubles final.

TENNIS

Garcia wins Mallorca Open

French sixth seed Caroline Garcia warmed up for Wimbledon by capturing the inaugural grass-court Mallorca Open title on Sunday with victory over Anastasija Sevastova. Garcia, ranked 39th in the world and the reigning French Open women’s doubles champion, sealed the first grass-court crown of her career with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Latvian world No. 82. It was the 22-year-old Garcia’s second tournament win this season after Strasbourg, France.

TENNIS

Wozniacki defeats Cornet

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki earned her first win of a troubled pre-Wimbledon grass-court season on Sunday, beating Alize Cornet in the first round at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England. The Dane, who has only just returned after missing the clay season with an ankle injury, advanced 6-1, 6-3 in 80 minutes, helped by six double faults from Cornet, who lost her serve five times. France’s Kristina Mladenovic opened with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 victory over Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, while Hungary’s Timea Babos beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).

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