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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rising star

MONTE CARLO - Rising star Alex Rowe has equalled the 46-year-old Australian 800m record with a courageous run in a stacked race at the Diamond League meet in Monte Carlo.

Rowe passed three runners in the final 300 metres and dipped at the line to clock one minute 44.40 seconds - the same time that Ralph Doubell recorded in winning gold at altitude at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Ban lifted

ZURICH, Switzerland - Football governing body FIFA yesterday lifted the suspension of Nigeria from international competition over "government interference" in the game.

The suspension of the Nigerian Football Federation was imposed on July 9 just after the national team was beaten in the last 16 at the World Cup.

Philander fined

GALLE, Sri Lanka - South Africa seam bowler Vernon Philander was fined 75 per cent of his match fee yesterday after being accused of ball tampering during the first Test against Sri Lanka.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said the 29-year-old was charged after vision emerged of him attempting to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb.

Batting failure

LONDON - England captain Alastair Cook suffered yet another failure with the bat as Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept India on top on the second day of the second Test at Lord's yesterday.

Fast-medium bowler Kumar did the bulk of the damage with an impressive return of four for 46 in 23 overs, his haul including all of the top four England batsmen as the home side reached stumps on 6-219.

Undecided

CLEVELAND, Ohio - LeBron James has to make another big decision.

The NBA superstar turned to social media yesterday to help him choose which number he'll wear next season with the Cavaliers.

James wrote "6 or 23...." on his Twitter account and posted photos on Instagram of him wearing No.6 and No.23 wine and gold Cavs jerseys. James wore No.6 during his four seasons with Miami and also on the US Olympic team.





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