drawing of lots
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AP):
Guinea won the drawing of lots for a spot in the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals yesterday by choosing a green ball with the number two printed on a piece of paper on the inside.
Amara Dabo, an official with Guinea's sports ministry, picked the winning ball out of a bowl at the start of an organising committee meeting at a hotel in Malabo. That meant Guinea finished second in Group D and eliminated Mali. Guinea will next face Ghana on Sunday in the quarterfinals.
The two teams were forced to draw lots after finishing all three of their group matches 1-1. The Ivory Coast won the group by beating Cameroon 1-0 on Wednesday and will next face Algeria.
Sri Lankans triumph in final ODI
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):
Injury-stricken Sri Lanka gained a morale boost ahead of the World Cup by beating New Zealand by 34 runs in yesterday's last match of the seven-game one-day series.
Kumar Sangakkara made 113 not out and Tillakaratne Dilshan 81 in Sri Lanka's 287-6, and debuting fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera took 2-60 as New Zealand were bowled out for 253 in reply.
New Zealand won the seven-match series 4-2. One match was rained out, but Sri Lanka gained consolation and confidence from an improved performance.
The tourists won without ill captain Angelo Mathews, injured bowlers Jeevan Mendis and Suranga Lakmal and spinner Rangana Herath, who returned home because of a family illness.
Green light for Amir
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir can make a return to domestic cricket immediately after the International Cricket Council eased his five-year fixing ban, which was due to end in September.
Amir was banned from all cricket after pleading guilty in 2010 to charges of bowling deliberate no-balls at pre-arranged times during a Test against England to fix spot betting markets.
"It's a new life for me, and you will see not only Mohammad Amir as a better cricketer, but also a better human being," the 22-year-old Amir told reporters in Lahore yesterday.
The ICC said that Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, had decided to "allow Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect".