SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF
EDINBURGH - Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch's record-breaking opening stand helped Australia tune up for their one-day series against England with a 200-run thrashing of minnows Scotland in Edinburgh yesterday. Marsh (151) and Finch (148) teamed up for the highest ever Australian ODI first-wicket partnership as the tourists posted a mammoth first-innings total of 3-362.
NEW YORK - Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt is out of the US Open after suffering a sapping five-set fourth-round loss to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny. Hewitt was twice within sight of his first quarter-final since 2006 before falling 6-3 3-6 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 7-5 in a tension-filled four-hour cliffhanger at Flushing Meadows yesterday.
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ZAGREB, Croatia - Sally Pearson has again had to settle for second in the 100m hurdles at a major meet after she finished behind American Dawn Harper at the World Challenge meet in Croatia yesterday. Harper, the 2008 Olympic champion won in 12.63sec with reigning Olympic champion Pearson just behind her in 12.75sec.
WELLINGTON - Defenders Oracle Team USA have been docked two points ahead of their America's Cup match against Team New Zealand after being penalised for cheating. Two crew members have been banned for part or all of the best-of-17 match scheduled to start in San Francisco on Saturday while Oracle has also been fined $US250,000 ($A279,595.15).
LOS ANGELES - With popularity undimmed by a series of hard hits off the field, the National Football League opens the 2013 season tomorrow with a mouth-watering match-up of multi-millionaire quarterbacks. Joe Flacco leads the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens into Denver, where Peyton Manning and the Broncos are among the favourites for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
WELLINGTON - Malawi goal shoot Mwai Kumwenda will make history in the trans-Tasman netball league after signing a one-season contract with the Canterbury Tactix. Kumwenda, 24, will become the first player from the African country to play in the Championship.
WELLINGTON - Coach Matthew Elliott isn't worrying too much about the permutations around which clubs will make the NRL play-offs going into the Warriors' last game of the regular season against St George Illawarra in Wollongong on Saturday. With their record 50-16 rout of Canberra last Saturday, the Warriors climbed into the top eight for the first time this season.
LONDON - Manchester United manager David Moyes vowed yesterday that Marouane Fellaini will prove a success at the club after his transfer deadline-day switch from Everton. Moyes, who signed Fellaini during his time as Everton manager, had met with disappointment at every turn in the transfer window until he completed a deal for the Belgian midfielder shortly before the deadline ended.