Sports News in Brief
WELLINGTON - A place in the women's cricket World Cup final has slipped through New Zealand's grasp in India. A 15-run loss to defending champions England in their final Super Six match at Mumbai on Wednesday came after their qualifying chances had already disappeared. Previously unbeaten Australia lost by eight runs to the West Indies in an earlier game, meaning those two teams will meet again in the final. It rendered New Zealand's day/night fixture inconsequential, although it proved to be an exciting affair as the White Ferns tried to chase down England's 6-266, eventually reaching 9-251 off 50 overs.
MIAMI, Florida - LeBron James became the first NBA player to score at least 30 points and shoot 60 per cent in six consecutive games as Miami wrapped up a 117-104 home win over Portland. Reigning league MVP James finished with 30 points and nine assists at the American Airlines Arena on Tuesday. He also shot 11-of-15 (73.3 per cent) from the field. "With how many great and dominant players that have come through over the years and paved the way for me, to be able to have this streak, and to be able to have won each game while also being efficient from the floor means a lot," James said.
NEW YORK - The National Basketball Association slapped Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu with a 20-game ban on Wednesday after he tested positive for steroids. The league said the 33-year-old Turkish native tested positive for the steroid methenolone. Turkoglu blamed the positive test on a "trainer" in Turkey but he did not name the person who gave him the steroids. "While I was back home in Turkey this past summer, I was given a medication by my trainer to help recover more quickly from a shoulder injury."
DOHA - Samantha Stosur bounced back from Australia's Fed Cup loss to the Czech Republic, downing Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-4 1-6 6-3 on Wednesday at the Qatar Open. Stosur was beaten by world number 8 Petra Kvitova and world number 18 Lucie Safarova on the weekend as Australia slumped to a 4-0 loss in their Fed Cup tie. Stosur was optimistic about her form after the three-set loss to Kvitova, saying "it's probably one of the better matches I've played in a few months", and showed why in Doha. The eighth seed took just under two hours to register her first win since yet another Australian Open failure.
SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE, France - David Beckham has trained with his new Paris Saint-Germain teammates for the first time, almost two weeks after being unveiled as the Ligue 1 club's latest signing. One hundred journalists from all over the world attended an open session at PSG's Camp des Loges training base in the western Paris suburbs as the 37-year-old was put through his paces for the first time on Wednesday. The session was also shown live on several French television stations. Sporting pink boots and a red hat on a bitterly cold afternoon, Beckham briefly exchanged words with PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti before taking part in a warm-up with players who did not feature in the 2-1 win away to Valencia in the Champions League.