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Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Andy Murray

Portland FA Under-20 continues tomorrow

The Portland Football Association/Portland Co-operative Credit Union Under-20 football competition will continue this weekend with three matches.

Tomorrow, St George's Sports Club will oppose Manchioneal at Lynch Park while Eagles Strikers face Norwich at Carder Park. Both matches kick off at 3:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Commodore host Rio United at Shrewsbury. Kick-off time is also 3.30 p.m.

Sri Lanka reach 178-3

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Opener Kaushal Silva was nearing a second Test century as Sri Lanka finished day two of the opening Test against Pakistan on 178-3 at the Galle International Stadium yesterday.

Play ended 15 minutes before schedule with eight overs still remaining due to bad light, with Silva unbeaten on 80 and captain Angelo Mathews on 10.

The Test has been severely affected by bad weather with the entire first day's play washed out by rain and toss delayed by 90 minutes on day two.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq opted to bowl first, hoping the wicket that had been under cover for two days will help his seam bowlers.

The bowlers created enough opportunities, but sloppy fielding saw several of them slip away from Pakistan.

England spring Ashes surprise

LONDON (AP):

Left-arm seamer Mark Footitt is the surprise inclusion in England's training camp squad ahead of the Ashes series against Australia.

Fourteen players will travel to Spain with new coach Trevor Bayliss for four days from June 27. The first Test squad will be announced after returning from Spain.

Before then, England play a one-off Twenty20 international against New Zealand on Tuesday.

That squad was also announced Thursday and left-arm seamer Reece Topley and batsman James Vince are the only players included who haven't been involved in the one-day international series with New Zealand.

Pre-Ashes squad:

Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Balance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Mark Footitt, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.

Twenty20 squad:

Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

Murray beats Verdasco at Queen's

LONDON (AP):

Top-seeded Andy Murray stayed on course for a record-tying fourth title at Queen's Club yesterday by defeating Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-4 in the second round.

Murray is attempting to join John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt as a four-time winner, and broke Verdasco for twice to claim the first set.

Earlier, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov lost 6-4, 7-6 (5) to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian won the title last year by defeating Feliciano Lopez, but has failed to reach a final since. He was bidding to successfully defend a title for the first time in his career.