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Mon, Mar 31, 2014 - Page 18

CRICKET

TCA win Chiayi tournament

Taipei’s Taiwan Cricket Association (TCA) powered their way to the first major tournament trophy of the year by beating the Taiwan Daredevils in Chiayi yesterday. TCA Wicketkeeper Dev Devendran hit 11 fours and a six on his way to 67. His side won in the 14th over with four overs and five wickets remaining when Manoj Kriplani hit a six with the scores level. Earlier, the Daredevils saw off Taipei’s Pakistan Cricket Club in the first semi-final, which required a Super Over after the match was tied. In the other semi-final, TCA beat hosts the Taiwan Stars.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Knights score emtional win

The Newcastle Knights, with critically injured teammate Alex McKinnon’s name on their jerseys, were easy 30-0 winners yesterday over the Cronulla Sharks in Australia’s National Rugby League. McKinnon suffered a career-ending broken neck after being tackled in a match the previous weekend and remains in stable condition in a Melbourne hospital, unsure of the extent of the injury. Captain Kurt Gidley said the Knights have dedicated the rest of the season to their teammate, and at the recommendation of coach Wayne Bennett and senior players, will wear McKinnon’s name and club number, 232, on their jerseys starting with yesterday’s game. Center Joey Leilua scored three tries for the Knights in their home win. In the other match yesterday, Canberra beat South Sydney 30-18, the Rabbitohs’ third consecutive loss.

HORSE RACING

African Story wins in Dubai

African Story, ridden by Silvestre De Sousa and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, won the US$10 million Dubai World Cup for Godolphin on Saturday. Mukhadram took second place, with Cat O’Mountain third among 16 runners in the 2km contest, the world’s richest race, at the Meydan racecourse. “It’s an amazing feeling and he just proved he’s the best,” De Sousa said of the seven-year-old African Story, a 12-1 chance who was fifth last season. “He was very unlucky here last time when he banged his head in the stalls, but he has proved he’s the boy.”

RUGBY UNION

US qualifies for World Cup

The US booked a berth in the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a 32-13 victory over Uruguay on Saturday at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. The US advanced to the tournament on a 59-40 aggregate score after they tied Uruguay 27-27 in the first match of the two-leg playoff qualifier. “I am really proud of the guys,” Eagles captain Todd Clever said. “We had some bad bounces in the first game and some bad bounces in the first half [on Saturday] so it took longer than we expected to get on top. But in the second half, the leaders led and we got front foot ball.” The US became the 16th team to secure a spot in the World Cup and are in Pool B along with South Africa, Samoa, Scotland. Uruguay still have a chance to qualify through a repecharge tournament. Andrew Suniula and Shalom Suniula scored tries with less than 15 minutes remaining to help seal the win for the Eagles. Uruguay came out quickly, taking advantage of some sloppy ball handling by the US to lead 13-3 at half-time. Andrew Suniula was penalized after he threw a punch at Uruguay’s Francisco Bulanti. The US took their first lead of the match, 17-13, at the 63-minute mark when scrum-half Mike Petri scored from 30m out. It was Petri’s first try for the US since June 2012 against Georgia. Shalom Suniula scored three minutes later and just a minute later his brother Andrew slid in for the final try of the match.