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Monday, January 28, 2013

England wins

LONDON, - Australia's netball team has suffered a three-nil Test series defeat against England after going down by seven goals in the final match in Birmingham. The Diamonds started strongly but the home side rallied and then overran the world champions in the second half to win 58-51. Australia's earlier losses were 58-53 in Bath and 51-49 at Wembley. The Diamonds have only twice before lost every match in a series, the most recent in 2004 at the hands of arch rivals New Zealand. Before this week Australia had only ever lost two Test matches to England. "I'm so so happy," England captain Pamela Cookey told Sky Sports after the final buzzer. "We dug deep today and I'm so proud of the girls."

Fog delays golf

SAN DIEGO - John Senden's attempt to chase down Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines was put on hold on Saturday after thick fog delayed the third round of the US PGA event in California. Just five minutes of play was recorded as the iconic San Diego coastal course was blanketed in heavy fog forcing officials to prepare for a likely Monday finish. Former world No.1 Woods leads the tournament by two shots, having taken control with a superb seven-under-par 65 in rain-sodden conditions during Friday's second round. Senden, who sits four shots behind Woods, was disappointed not to get out on course. "It would have been nice to continue my momentum because I really felt like I was striking it better and better as the week went on," Senden said.

Ryder ruled out

WELLINGTON - In-form batsman Jesse Ryder has made himself unavailable to play against England during their cricket tour of New Zealand. Ryder, 28, will continue a self-imposed exile from the international game, having not played for the Black Caps since February last year as he seeks to improve elements of his personal life. His agent, Aaron Klee, told the Sunday Star-Times that Ryder would continue to play domestic cricket for Wellington rather than contest the three Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals against England in February. He would also miss the three Tests in March. "All his thinking at the moment is to keep to his original plan, which was to take 12 months out of international cricket," Klee said. "That decision was made last June, so it's unlikely he's going to deviate from his plan."

Irving seals win

TORONTO - Australian-born Kyrie Irving hit a three-pointer with 0.7 seconds left to lift Cleveland to a 99-98 victory over Toronto, as the Cavaliers made it three consecutive NBA wins. Irving, who will become the first Australian-born player to feature in a NBA All Stars game next month, added to his credentials by calmly draining a pull-up jumper from the top of the arc to give him 32 points on the night. Toronto had five players score in double figures. Amir Johnson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Alan Anderson scored 17 and Ed Davis finished with 16. The Raptors had won seven of their previous nine meetings with the Cavaliers. The 20-year-old Irving, who was born in Melbourne, was involved in a tug of war for his international services last year, with the Boomers eager to pick him to spearhead their London Olympics campaign and build around him for the future. But the former No.1 draft pick chose to align himself with Team USA.

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