LEEDS, England - The third one-day cricket match between England and the West Indies at Headingley was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Friday because of rain. England won the series 2-0 after victories by 114 runs, under the Duckworth/Lewis method, at Southampton last weekend and Tuesdays eight-wicket success at The Oval. Englands Ian Bell was named man-of-the-series thanks to scores of 126 and 53 after his recall to the one-day side as an opener following the limited overs international retirement of Kevin Pietersen.
EASTBOURNE, England - Belgiums Steve Darcis on Friday ended the run of Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic in the quarter-finals of the ATP/WTA Eastbourne grasscourt tennis tournament. Darcis overcame Matosevic 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon warm-up event. Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick of the United States won through to the semis with a three-set win over Italys Fabio Fognini.
HARARE - Stunned South Africa must defeat hosts Zimbabwe to reach the non-cap Twenty20 tri-nations tournament final at Harare Sports Club after losing by three wickets to Bangladesh on Friday. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat, then lost wickets at regular intervals en route to 7-129 off 20 overs as they sought to put a shock loss by Zimbabwe two days ago behind them. Bangladesh tossed away several wickets through reckless shots and needed 19.5 overs to reach 7-132 and claim a second win in as many days after losing their first two games.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South Africas Lions Super Rugby team have suspended former Western Force coach John Mitchell amid reports of player complaints about the way he has treated them. The Lions confirmed the suspension of New Zealander and former All Blacks coach Mitchell to The Associated Press on Friday but wouldnt immediately give further details. Reports say the Lions took the decision after a list of grievances was handed over by a group of players to team president Kevin de Klerk. De Klerk told rugby365.com that the nature of the players complaints was serious.
LEEDS, England - The West Indies Dwayne Bravo has been fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after criticising officials over Chris Gayles dismissal in the second one-day international against England. Opening batsman Gayle had made 53 in just 51 balls, when he was given out lbw to England offspinner Graeme Swann by New Zealand umpire Tony Hill at The Oval on Tuesday.
NEW YORK - Jeremy Lin, the Asian-American standout who came off the bench to revive the New York Knicks last season, is likely to rejoin the team after an arbitrators ruling on Friday. The NBA players union sought Larry Bird rule free agency protection for Lin.