Rush ruled out
LOS ANGELES, California - Andrew Bogut's Golden State Warriors will be without reserve swingman Brandon Rush for the remainder of the NBA season after he suffered a left knee injury, the team announced yesterday. The Warriors, who made the announcement at Los Angeles ahead of a game against the Clippers, said no surgery date had been decided but that Rush was expected to make a full recovery. Rush tore his left anterior cruciate knee ligament in the first quarter of a 104-94 loss to Memphis.
LONDON - Surrey paceman Stuart Meaker has been called into England's squad in India as cover for injured fast bowler Steven Finn, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced yesterday. Finn suffered a thigh injury while bowling in England's tour opener against India A and is now doubtful for the first of a four-Test series starting at Ahmedabad on November 15. However, a statement said Meaker would return to the second-string England Performance Program "once Finn is available for selection".
BRISBANE - Test player Shane Watson failed to bat as NSW were dismissed for 175 in their second innings of the Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland yesterday. Watson hasn't been seen since leaving Allan Border Field midway through Saturday's play after complaining of a sore calf muscle following his only over of the match. It's unknown how serious the allrounder's injury is and scan results were being awaited to determine his availability for this week's opening Test against South Africa at the Gabba.
Hamilton on pole
ABU DHABI - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton crushed all his rivals in taking pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix while a rule infraction sent championship leader Sebastian Vettel to the back of the grid. In better news for Red Bull, Mark Webber qualified second fastest ahead of Vettel before the German's disqualification for not having sufficient fuel in his car for chemical analysis. Hamilton was simply untouchable as he steered his car to the fastest time in all three parts of the session, finishing with an outstanding best time of one minute and 40.630 seconds.
LONDON - Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has been rewarded for including Australian Scott McDonald in his run-on side with the striker helping secure the club's fifth straight win. Mowbray's men moved into second place on the English Championship league table after yesterday's 4-1 win over Charlton Athletic. Melbourne-born McDonald, 29, found the net in the 53rd minute, ploughing a left-footed shot past Charlton keeper Ben Hamer.
SOFIA - Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki will face Russian Nadia Petrova in the final of the WTA's season-ending Tournament of Champions at Sofia's Arena Armeec hall today after both came through yesterday's semis. Top seed and former No.1 Wozniacki defeated eighth-seeded home favourite Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-4 6-1 in one hr 33min. By making it to the final, Wozniacki also clinched an end of year top ten ranking, moving up from her current 11th spot above Marion Bartoli of France, who is not competing in Sofia.