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Friday, December 13, 2013

SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

Arsenal through

PARIS - Arsenal sneaked into the last 16 of the Champions League by the narrowest of margins while Napoli dramatically missed out as the group stage concluded yesterday evening. Napoli beat Arsenal 2-0 in their final game in Group F with second-half goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon as the Gunners finished with 10 men after Mikel Arteta was sent off.

Cricket record

PRETORIA, South Africa - Quinton de Kock became the fifth batsman to hit three centuries in three one-day internationals, but persistent rain at Centurion forced the third and final match of the series between South Africa and India to be abandoned yesterday. De Kock followed up his 135 and 106 in the first two games by hitting 101 as South Africa posted 301-8.

Last sixteen

PARIS - Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal led a sextet of clubs into the Champions League last 16 yesterday after the final round of group matches. Dortmund, last season's beaten finalists, left it late to beat 10-man Marseille 2-1 but topped the group after Arsenal lost 2-0 to Napoli in Italy. Napoli, Dortmund and Arsenal, all finished on 12 points.

New coach

TOKYO - Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori has enlisted the help of Michael Chang as he looks to break into the top 10 in 2014. Chang will join Nishikori's coaching staff for 17-20 weeks in 2014, Nishikori's management team announced yesterday. Nishikori has been training with Chang for the last two weeks in California.

New contract

MUNICH, Germany - Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng has signed a three-year extension to his Bayern Munich contract to stay with the European champions until 2018, the club announced yesterday. "Jerome has developed really well here and is one of the most important players for Bayern Munich," said chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Title challenger

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Indiana demonstrated they were legitimate challengers to NBA champions Miami after beating the Heat 90-84 on Wednesday in a clash of the East's top two teams. Among the day's other games, Oklahoma City made it 11 wins from 12 games by beating Atlanta. San Antonio recovered from a big early deficit to run down Toronto

Lucky win

PARIS - An 85th minute strike from Wesley Sneijder secured what will go down as a controversial 1-0 win for Galatasaray over Juventus and a place in the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday. Galatasaray's second win in six games left them second in Group B on seven points, allowing the Turkish giants to join Real Madrid in the last 16 of the competition.

Match-fixing

LONDON - Two footballers appeared in court yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged match-fixing in English non-league football. Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun, who have both been sacked by sixth-tier club Whitehawk FC from the southern English town of Brighton, are accused of taking part in a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers.