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Friday, January 17, 2014

Black Caps win

WELLINGTON - Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi's confidence is growing after he belted New Zealand to victory for the second game in succession as the Black Caps won the final Twenty20 international against the West Indies by four wickets. Ronchi bettered his highest T20 score of 48 set in Auckland last Saturday with an unbeaten 51 off 28 balls at the match in Wellington.

New signing

LONDON - Super League side London Broncos have signed former North Queensland hooker Scott Moore. The 25-year-old Englishman links up with the Londoners after being released from the second year of his contract with the Cowboys, for whom he made six NRL appearances in 2013.

Star returns

SYDNEY - Centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall will make his full return to Sydney Roosters training yesterday as he continues his recovery from a broken jaw suffered in last year's grand final. In scenes reminiscent of South Sydney great John Sattler in the 1970 decider, Kenny-Dowall played in the Roosters 26-18 victory over Manly with a broken jaw.

Barker retires

LONDON - British former IBF middleweight world champion Darren Barker has announced his retirement due to injury. The 31-year-old took the IBF title with a points win over Australian Daniel Geale last year, only to lose his first title defence against Felix Sturm in December after a long-standing hip problem flared up.

Sainz injured

ANTOFAGASTA, Chile - Spanish rally great Carlos Sainz has abandoned the Dakar Rally after crashing and injuring himself during the 10th stage. The 51-year-old two-time world rally champion and winner of the Dakar in 2010 was taken to the rally medical centre, according to event organisers. His vehicle, an SMG buggy, was badly damaged.

Court ruling

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistan court has restored suspended cricket board chief Zaka Ashraf, official media say, the latest development in an embarrassing legal scandal in the cricket-mad nation. The process, which began after Ashraf was suspended following dubious elections last May, has tarnished the reputation of the country's cricket authorities.

Croquet champs

MT MAUNGANUI - New Zealand have been crowned croquet world champions after completing an emphatic 13-7 victory over England in the title decider in Mt Maunganui. The result means they reclaimed the sport's biggest prize, the MacRobertson Shield, which they last won in 1986. It continues New Zealand's dominance of the four-nation round-robin event

Robertson in

LONDON - It wasn't pretty but Australian world No.1 Neil Robertson has done just enough to overcome Mark Allen and reach the UK Masters snooker quarter-finals. Robertson, the 2012 champion, looked out-of-sorts in yesterday's first-round match in London but still managed to grind out a 6-5 win. The 31-year-old Australian did not hold the lead at any stage of the match until clinching the decisive 11th frame.

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