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Ishant Sharma out
of World Cup
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):
Injured paceman Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Cricket World Cup and will be replaced in the India squad by Mohit Sharma. The loss of the experienced pace spearhead is a serious setback for defending champions India a week from their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Adelaide.
The International Cricket Council confirmed yesterday, just hours before India's warm-up match against Australia in Adelaide, that it had approved Mohit Sharma as the replacement. India, who are expected to vie for top spot in Pool B with South Africa, haven't won a competitive match in their first two months in Australia, including a 2-0 loss in the four-Test series and a winless campaign in the ODI tri-series against Australia and England. The 26-year-old Ishant Sharma has played 61 ODIs for India, taking 106 wickets at an average of 31.25 and an economy rate of 5.69.
Australia beat India by 106 runs
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):
Rapid centuries by Glenn Maxwell and David Warner lifted Australia to a 106-run win over India in a warm-up match yesterday that built up their prospects for the Cricket World Cup while leaving India winless in the dry Australian summer. Maxwell slammed 122 from 57 balls, before retiring, and Warner hit 104 from 83 deliveries as Australia made 371 in 48.2 overs after winning the toss and batting. Mohammed Shami took 3-83. India were all out for 265 in 45.1 overs in reply. Ajinkya Rahane made 66, Shikhar Dhawan 59 and Ambati Rayudu made 53.
"It's nice to be hitting the ball really well coming to a massive tournament like this," Maxwell said. "One more practice to go and then, hopefully, I hit the tournament running with lots of runs and in a good head space."
Griffin out indefinitely
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP):
Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin needs surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow and coach Doc Rivers said yesterday it "could be awhile" before he returns. The operation is set for today in Los Angeles and Griffin will be reevaluated after the All-Star break. Rivers said before yesterday's game against the Thunder that he doesn't know when Griffin will return. Spencer Hawes started in Griffin's place.
Griffin is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 50.1 percent. He was third in the league's MVP balloting last year. The NBA has yet to announce who will replace Griffin in the starting lineup and on the roster for next Sunday's All-Star game in New York. The Clippers came into yesterday's fixtures in sixth place in the deep Western Conference at 33-18, six games ahead of ninth-place New Orleans.
Garcia-Lopez wins Zagreb final
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP):
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (4), 6-3 yesterday in the final of the Zagreb Indoors for his fourth career ATP title. The third-seeded Garcia-Lopez rallied from 4-1 down in the first-set tiebreaker, winning six straight points to clinch the set. Seppi earned the first break of the match for a 3-2 lead in the second, but Garcia-Lopez responded again by winning the next four games. He clinched the win when Seppi sent a backhand into the net.
"This was very emotional. He played good tennis to get to 4-1 in the tiebreaker and I think it was very important to win the long rally at 4-3," Garcia-Lopez said. "When I broke back in the second set I think he was very disappointed."
Garcia-Lopez had never defeated Seppi in four previous meetings.
"I have never played good against him, I was not in good shape," he said. "His style is not good for my game, he is solid from both sides. Today I tried to change the rhythm."