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Monday, September 10, 2012

Washed out

VISAKHAPATNAM, India - Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh's keenly-awaited return after battling cancer failed to eventuate yesterday as the first Twenty20 game against New Zealand was washed out. The game was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain lashing the southern coastal town of Visakhapatnam. The two-match series —the second game takes place in Chennai on Wednesday — is a build-up for the World Twenty20 which opens in Sri Lanka on September 18.

Storm wilts

HILVERSUM - English golfer Graeme Storm let slip a three-stroke overnight lead to end yesterday's third round at the KLM Open in a tie at the top with Pablo Larrazabal of Argentina, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain. The big Englishman stretched his lead to five at one point with birdies at the seventh, 10th and 12th and it looked briefly like the rest were playing for second place. But he dropped his first shot of the day on the 13th and a wayward drive at the next led to another bogey as he had to settle for a one-under 69.

US Open

NEW YORK - Yesterday's scheduled US Open women's singles final between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka has been postponed because of forecast heavy rains and storms, organisers announced. "The weather forecast for this evening is calling for storms with heavy rain and high winds," said a tournament spokesman. Play yesterday had already been delayed by 90 minutes following heavy morning rain and a tornado warning which had been issued for the New York area.

Murray advances

NEW YORK - Third seed Andy Murray, the Olympic tennis champion, advanced to the US Open final by defeating Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6 (9-7) at Arthur Ashe Stadium yesterday. Murray will face either defending champion Novak Djokovic, the Serbian second seed, or Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer in today's championship match. The 25-year-old Scotsman owns a 6-5 career record aginst Ferrer but trails Djokovic 6-8 in their all-time rivalry.

Creamer leads

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - Paula Creamer had six birdies in a six-under 65 yesterday to seize a two-shot lead over former world No.1 Jiyai Shin after three rounds of the LPGA's Kingsmill Championship. Creamer had a 54-hole total of 16-under par 197 while overnight leader Shin, of South Korea, carded a 69 for 199. Dewi Claire Schreefel of the Netherlands carded a 69 for a share of third on 12-under 201 alongside American Danielle Kang, who shot 70. Both Creamer and Shin are trying to get back to the LPGA winner's circle for the first time since 2010.

Broken arm

ADELAIDE - Adelaide will be without Daniel Talia for Friday night's semi-final against Fremantle after scans confirmed the key defender suffered a broken arm in Saturday's loss to Sydney. Three days after winning the AFL's Rising Star award, Talia came off the field in the fourth quarter of the qualifying final against the Swans. The 20-year-old will undergo surgery today to mend his broken right forearm after scans yesterday made certain the worst possible news.

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