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Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
file England's Joe Root

Brothers share

nine catches

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):

Brothers Brad, Craig and Carl Cachopa shared a rare cricket feat when they shared nine catches in an innings in a first class match between New Zealand's Auckland and Wellington provinces yesterday.

Playing for the Auckland Aces, wicketkeeper Brad took five catches, Craig three and Carl one during a first innings in which Wellington was dismissed for 199.

The only batsman to escape the Cachopa brothers yesterday was out leg before wicket.

England defeat

Sri Lanka

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Joe Root struck an unbeaten 104 to cap Chris Woakes' six wickets and lead England to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international yesterday.

England chased down a challenging total of 239 with 240-5 from 49.1 overs.

Sri Lanka's series lead was narrowed to 3-2 with two matches to go. The next is on Sunday at the same ground, and the last on Tuesday.

"That was a fantastic

couple of days. The way we bowled was fantastic. Kumar (Sangakkara) played very well, but Rooty has played a knock of equal class," England captain Alastair Cook said.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews praised Root, and said their total was a little less than they hoped.

NBA inks deal with Brazilian league

SAO PAULO (AP):

The NBA has reached a commercial partnership with Brazil's top basketball league, taking over its marketing, advertising and licensing deals.

The deal announced yesterday is expected to give a huge boost to the sport in Brazil and should help the NBA continue expanding its presence in the South American nation of more than 200 million people.

The NBA and Brazil's National Basketball League said the partnership has the "long-term goal of increasing the popularity of basketball in Brazil".

They said the leagues will work together - with the support of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation - to "attract more fans and bring in new business ... through marketing strategies that will focus on enriching the product of basketball".