SPORTS in brief

Published: Monday | December 16, 2013 Comments 0


Bravo hits half century

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

West Indies one-day international (ODI) captain Dwayne Bravo warmed up for the five-match ODI away series against New Zealand starting later this month with a knock of 84 in a practice match at the 3Ws Oval on Saturday. Bravo struck six sixes and two fours in his 87-ball innings for Kyle Mayers' XI, who scored 229 for five off 50 overs after they were sent in by Carlos Brathwaite's XI before rain ended play.

Six members of the West Indies squad - Bravo, Johnson Charles, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Ravi Rampaul and Lendl Simmons - not currently taking part in the three-Test series in New Zealand, have assembled in Barbados for a week-long training camp, which ends next Sunday at the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) on the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies. The camp includes a series of training matches against players drawn from Barbados and the HPC.

Australia extend lead to 369

PERTH, Australia (AP):

David Warner put Australia into prime position to reclaim the Ashes in the third Test, making England pay dearly for their missed opportunities as he helped increase the lead to 369 runs with a rapid century yesterday. Warner clubbed 12 boundaries and two sixes in his 112, surviving stumping opportunities on 13 and 89, and shared a 157-run opening stand with Chris Rogers (54) before lofting Graeme Swann to Ben Stokes at long-on. At stumps on day three, the Australians were 235-3 with Shane Watson on 29 and Steve Smith on five.

The England attack sorely missed leading paceman Stuart Broad, who went for scans after being hit on the right foot as he was trapped lbw by Mitchell Johnson in the morning session and didn't return to the field.

Tevez nets hat-trick

MILAN (AP):

Carlos Tevez scored his first hat-trick for Juventus to help the Serie A leaders crush Sassuolo 4-0 yesterday and reinforce their bid for a third successive league title. Federico Peluso scored the other goal as Juventus bounced back from their midweek Champions League exit in emphatic fashion, with their eighth successive league win and clean sheet. Juventus moved provisionally six points clear of Roma, which visit AC Milan today.

Napoli are two points further back after also getting over Champions League disappointment with an entertaining 4-2 win over 10-man Inter Milan. Earlier, Fiorentina leapfrogged Inter into fourth spot after a comfortable 3-0 win over Bologna, while Lazio beat Livorno 2-0. Elsewhere, it was: Chievo Verona 0 Sampdoria 1; Genoa 1 Atalanta 1; Parma 0 Cagliari 0; and Udinese 0 Torino 2.

Court halts work at Brazil World Cup stadium

SAO PAULO (AP):

A labour court yesterday halted construction in part of the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death while working on a roofing structure in the jungle city of Manaus, further delaying the venue that will host England vs. Italy and three other matches next June.

The decision was announced after public prosecutors requested the immediate interruption of work in all areas where labourers need to be high above the ground. Work will only restart after constructors show that all safety measures are in place at the Arena Amazonia, which will also host United States vs. Portugal.

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