Aust in final
SYDNEY - Australia cruised into the women's cricket World Cup final with a crushing nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Sunday in Mumbai, India. The unbeaten Southern Stars made it five wins from as many matches in their best performance to date.
Sri Lanka were dismissed for 131 off 45.2 overs in the Super Sixes match after being sent in by Australian captain Jodie Fields.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Stormers and South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks and miss the start of the Super Rugby after tearing ligaments in his left ankle in a warm-up game. The Stormers said the 6-foot-8 secondrower was injured when he landed awkwardly at a lineout. "It's unfortunate for the team and Eben but ... injuries are part and parcel of the game," said Coach Allister Coetzee. The Stormers, who have lost a final and two semifinals in the past three years, open their season on February 22 against South African rivals the Bulls.
Nigeria wins Cup
SOWETO, South Africa - Nigeria ended a 19-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in the final, thanks to a late first-half goal from Sunday Mba at Soccer City. It was a result that took winning coach Stephen Keshi into the record books as he equalled the feat of late Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary by winning gold medals as a player and a coach. Among the rewards for the Super Eagles was a $US1.5 million ($F2.6 million) first prize and a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.