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Australia-India ODI washout
Winless India received a boost when their tri-series one-day international cricket match against Australia was abandoned yesterday because of rain. The washout at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the Australia Day national holiday meant both Australia and India took two points from the match. Australia had already qualified for the final in Perth on Sunday, and India's windfall meant they stayed alive in the series. The winner of their round-robin match against England on Friday will claim the other finals place. India were 69-2 after 16 overs when rain ended play.
Action sought after banner shows beheading
Belgian authorities and the country's football federation are seeking action against Standard Liege fans who displayed a massive banner showing a drawing of a beheaded Anderlecht player ahead of their weekend match. The banner reading "Red or Dead" referred to the Standard colours and also showed a drawing of a masked man with a huge knife and the head of Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour, who used to play for Standard before moving to arch-rivals Anderlecht. The display caused much uproar, and the interior ministry said it is considering sanctions that can go as high as a five-year stadium ban and a fine of 5,000 euros ($5,000). Foreign Minister Didier Reynders already called the banner "tasteless, stupid and unacceptable". Defour was sent off in the match that Standard won 2-0.
Arsenal face tricky FA Cup game
Defending champions Arsenal were handed a potentially tricky fifth-round game in the FA Cup yesterday when they were drawn at home against second-tier Middlesbrough, who eliminated Premier League champions Manchester City in one of Saturday's many fourth-round upsets. Bradford were rewarded for their 4-2 win at Chelsea with a home game against either Premier League strugglers Sunderland or League Championship club Fulham.
Manchester United face a replay against fourth-tier Cambridge United to decide who will visit third-tier Preston or Sheffield United on February 14. United drew 0-0 at Cambridge on Friday. Crystal Palace meet Liverpool, and Aston Villa face Leicester in two all-Premier League ties. The fifth round is played the weekend of February 14-15.
Kobe to have surgery
EL SEGUNDO, California (AP):
Kobe Bryant will have surgery tomorrow on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant's surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans. The Lakers say they'll announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott says Kobe "is probably not going to play" again this season.