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Published:Thursday | March 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Hyatt replaces Darren Bravo

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

West Indies have made just one change to their squad for the second and final Twenty20 International against Australia, calling up Jamaican batsman Danza Hyatt and resting Darren Bravo. The home side, which lost the opening game by eight wickets in St Lucia on Tuesday, will locks horns with the Aussies at Kensington Oval tomorrow.

SQUAD: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice-captain), Carlton Baugh, Nkrumah Bonner, Johnson Charles, Fidel Edwards, Danza Hyatt, Garey Mathurin, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Dwayne Smith.

Hinds on rape charge

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

Former Barbados captain Ryan Hinds has been released on bail after appearing in court here Monday to face charges of rape. The 31-year-old, who was dropped from the Barbados side recently following a poor run of form in the Regional First-Class Championship, has been accused of committing the crime against a 28-year-old woman last month.

Appearing before Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith-Bovell in the District 'B' Magistrate's Court, Hinds was granted $7,500 bail with a surety. He will return to court on July 5. He was also ordered to surrender his passport and report to the Holetown Police Station once weekly.

This is Hinds' second brush with the law after he appeared in court last August on a number of charges, including assault. These were eventually dropped.

Hinds has played 15 Tests and 14 one-day internationals, but he has not played for West Indies in nearly three years.

Weary Venus loses

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP):

Venus Williams sagged in the wooden changeover chair as if it were a cushy recliner, her head tilted back, her tank on empty. She rose slowly to play the final two games and lost both, but grinned as she walked to the exit, perhaps because she was headed for a well-deserved rest.

Weary after winning three consecutive three-set matches, Williams was eliminated yesterday by Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open, 6-4, 6-1.

"It was disappointing not to be able to feel my best today," Williams said. "I was able to keep it close in the first set and try different strategies, but it was definitely a mental battle, and today I didn't conquer the mental part of it."

Williams' serve lacked its usual velocity, and by the final game she wasn't even chasing shots in the corner. The tournament was her first since the US Open last August, where she withdrew after being diagnosed with a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease.