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MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2011
SRI Lanka have given Australia a
tough day in the field, reaching
6-428 at stumps on day three of the
third and final Test in Colombo.
Half-centuries to Sri Lanka captain
Tillakaratne Dilshan (83) and
Angelo Mathews (85no) ensured
Sri Lanka finished the day 112 runs
ahead with four first innings wickets
The hosts must win this match with
Australia holding a 1-0 lead in the
three-Test series while Australia will
claim a series victory and move to
fourth on the ICC Test rankings if
they can avoid defeat.
On a flat Sinhalese Sports Club pitch
Australia’s bowlers were made to toil
for little reward on a hot and steamy
day, claiming just three wickets with
Nathan Lyon (0-91) and Mitchell
Johnson (1-116) bowling several
overs without success on Sunday.
Lyon’s tough day was highlighted
when Prasanna Jayawardene
(47) smashed the off-spinner for
consecutive sixes... Read more
Stoner closes on title
CASEY Stoner won his
eighth race of the season in
the Grand Prix of Aragon on
Sunday to extend his lead in
the overall MotoGP standings.
The Australian’s Honda
teammate Dani Pedrosa was
second at the Motorland
circuit ahead of Yamaha’s
reigning world champion
AMERICAN Lexi Thompson
became the youngest
champion in the LPGA’s 61-
year history, the 16-year-old
prodigy firing a two-under
par 70 to capture the Navistar
Classic by five strokes this
morning. Thompson, who is
seven months and eight days
beyond her 16th birthday,
fired 17-under par 271 at
the $US1.3 million ($A1.26
million) event to defeat
Tiffany Joh by five shots and
Angela Stanford by six.
WEST Coast are sweating on the fitness of Josh Kennedy
after the key forward suffered a possible fractured eye
socket in Saturday night’s thrilling three-point semi-final
victory over Carlton.
Kennedy was left feeling physically ill and with a swollen
left eye after clashing heads with Carlton’s Lachie
Henderson in the first quarter of the 15.11 (101) to 15.8 (98)
triumph at Patersons Stadium.
The 24-year-old bravely returned to the field to be among
West Coast’s best players, booting 3.3 to help the Eagles
book a dream preliminary final berth against Geelong at
the MCG on Saturday.
Luckily for Kennedy, the hit to his face didn’t affect the
right eye he injured earlier this year when struck by a
tennis ball thrown by teammate Dean Cox.
But Eagles coach John Worsfold said there were some
concerns Kennedy may have suffered a fracture to the left
side of his face.
“ We’ll have to get that assessed,” Worsfold said.
“ That’s always a risk that there is a fracture so we’ll wait
until we get expert advice on that.
“Josh was pretty distraught when he got his... Read more
Top sides hold sway
CARLTON and Sydney ended their finals
campaign this weekend, but the Blues at
least can feel as though they were close to
the dominance of the top four.
In a valiant come back in Perth, they almost
stole an unlikely victory.
They might feel better about it when they
watch the winners, West Coast, play Geelong
Here’s the wrap of the weekend action:
THEY SAID IT: “It doesn’t get any easier.
It gets worse.” - Carlton midfielder Andrew
Carrazzo find the Blues’ third straight finals
exit in an interstate thriller hard to handle.
STATS THAT MATTER: For the past four
seasons, the two teams that have had a
weekend off before the preliminary finals
have won through to the grand final.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Josh Gibson - the
Hawks backman has had an excellent year in
a injury-hit defence, and constantly repelled
Sydney attacks with 21 spoils... Read more
Sri Lanka takes charge
a key for West Coast
Carlton’s Mitch Robinson and Chris Judd feel the pain
Trent Copeland (centre) celebrates
after he dismissed Sri Lanka’s captain
Tillakaratne Dilshan yesterday
Mark Nicoski wraps up Josh Kennedy as the siren sends
West Coast into a preliminary final
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