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Badminton lessons at YMCA
The Kingston YMCA will start badminton lessons at its headquarters on Hope Road tomorrow. The lessons are open to both adults and children.
Classes will be held each Saturday. The class times are 10 a.m. to noon for children, and noon to 2 p.m. for adults. The cost for these badminton lessons are $1,000 per month for adults and $800 per month for children. Registration details can be obtained at the YMCA office, 21 Hope Road, Kingston 10, or call 754-9034.
Real's Rodriguez has surgery on broken foot
Midfielder James Rodriguez's surgery on a broken bone in his right foot was a success, his Real Madrid club said yesterday.
The operation was on the fifth metatarsal in the right foot, Madrid added on its website.
The European champion did not say how long it expected him to be sidelined.
Rodriguez was hurt after scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 win over Sevilla in the Spanish league on Wednesday. He was substituted in the first half after doctors examined his foot on the sideline.
The 23-year-old Rodriguez quickly became a first-choice selection for coach Carlo Ancelotti after his arrival following his outstanding World Cup with Colombia, when he was the top scorer with six goals and helped the team reach the quarter-finals.
He has played in 33 of Madrid's 36 games this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting on 10 more.
Brett Lee to coach Ireland's bowlers
Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has agreed to a short-term deal to coach Ireland's bowlers in the build-up to the Cricket World Cup.
Ireland coach Phil Simmons says Lee has a "special insight of Australian pitches", and "it's a fantastic opportunity for our bowlers to learn from a living legend".
The 38-year-old Lee retired from all forms of cricket last month after playing in the Twenty20 final of Australia's Big Bash. A two-time World Cup winner, Lee took 310 wickets in 76 Tests, and 380 wickets in 221 ODIs.
Ireland play Randwick Petersham in a 50-over friendly today before official warm-up games against Scotland on Tuesday and Bangladesh on Thursday.
The Irish are in Pool B of the World Cup.
Hussey to work with SA
Cricket Australia has confirmed former Australia batsman Mike Hussey will work with South Africa in a consultancy role during the Cricket World Cup.
In a post on its website yesterday, Cricket Australia says that Hussey's manager had confirmed the 2007 World Cup-winner will attend some training sessions and give advice to the Proteas on how to play in Australian conditions.
South Africa coach Russell Domingo had earlier announced the appointment.
Domingo said, "We've had some discussions with Mike Hussey about him joining us on a consultancy process." He said the 39-year-old Hussey was "a middle-order batter of immense experience and knows conditions very well in Australia. He'll play a very low-key role in the background."