Sports News in Brief
Hit by injuries
LONDON - England rugby centre Manu Tuilagi will miss Saturday's Six Nations opener against Scotland at Twickenham with an ankle injury. Prop Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out of the entire championship with a knee problem. Coach Stuart Lancaster said England had "run out of time" to sort out Samoa-born Tuilagi's ankle but he was confident the Leicester centre would be training fully next week.
Brown is skipper
EDINBURGH - Kelly Brown has been retained as Scotland captain by interim coach Scott Johnson for the Six Nations opener against England at Twickenham on Saturday. The 52-times capped Brown retained the role despite leading Scotland to a hat-trick of defeats in all three of their internationals in November, including the shock loss to Tonga that led to Andy Robinson's resignation as head coach. "It was right and proper that the coaches considered captaincy at the same time as we were looking at selection of our squad for the England game," Johnson explained on Monday in a Scottish Rugby Union statement.
Ryder in exile
WELLINGTON - Jesse Ryder's availability for the New Zealand cricket tour of England remains unclear following a meeting with national coach Mike Hesson. The in-form batsman revealed over the weekend he will continue his self-imposed exile from the national team during England's tour of New Zealand in February and March. He and manager Aaron Klee met Hesson, Black Caps manager Mike Sandle and New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief executive Heath Mills in Wellington on Tuesday to discuss his longer-term plans.
WELLINGTON - Extra crowd seating will be employed when the New Zealand Breakers host the Perth Wildcats in a table-topping NBL match in Auckland on Friday. The match between last year's grand finalists has been shifted from their usual venue on the North Shore to the larger Vector Arena to cater for demand. Ticket sales for the 8500-seat venue have already reached 7700, prompting the league-leading club to make an extra 700 seats available in an erected stand.
Diaz wins Tour
SAN LUIS, Argentina - Home racer Daniel Ricardo Diaz won the Tour of San Luis crown on Sunday after Italy's Mattia Gavazzi of the Androni team won the final stage. Gavazzi won the 154.7km ride from San Luis to Juana Koslay in 3 hours 25 minutes and 48 seconds, edging out Slovakia's Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Spaniard Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) in a sprint finish. The 23-year-old Diaz, racing for San Luis Somos Todos, landed the biggest title of his career so far.