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Oz pacer Watson ready to cope with sustained cricket

Oz pacer Watson ready to cope with sustained cricketAbu Dhabi (UAE), Apr. 30 : Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is confident a revamped bowling technique will allow him to cope with sustained cricket.

After stress-fractures of the back forced him out of cricket last November, the latest in a long line of injuries, Watson is making a comeback in gradual stages during Australia''s current one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Magath says no comment on Schalke "rumours"

Magath says no comment on Schalke "rumours"Hamburg - Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath is refusing to comment on reports he is set to take over at fellow Bundesliga club Schalke from next season, Kicker sports magazine reported Thursday.

He was quoted by Kicker as telling the magazine Wednesday evening the reports appeared to be an attempt to damage him and Wolfsburg.

"I ask myself who has an interest in publicising this now... I don't at all see why I should comment on such rumours," he said.

Nuggets close out Hornets, Hawks beat Heat take 3-2 lead

Nuggets close out Hornets, Hawks beat Heat take 3-2 leadLos Angeles - After years of frustration, Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets are celebrating a Rocky Mountain High.

Anthony scored a career-playoff high 34 points, J. R. Smith added 20 and the Nuggets rocked the New Orleans Hornets 107-86 at home on Wednesday to wrap up their Western Conference opening-round playoff series in five games.

Denver had lost five consecutive first-round series before advancing for the first time since 1994.

Oz pacer Lee has got to get his act together

Oz pacer Lee has got to get his act togetherAbu Dhabi (UAE), Apr. 30 : Australian fast bowler Brett Lee, who has 310 wickets at 30.81 from 76 Tests and an equal number of wickets in one-day internationals, is hoping to convince selectors of his fitness ahead of the selection of touring parties for both the World Twenty20 and the Ashes.

After this series, he will fly back to South Africa for the final week of the Indian Premier League, where he has been training with the Kings XI Punjab.

Fastest man on earth Bolt survives car crash

Fastest man on earth Bolt survives car crashLondon, Apr 30 : World 100 and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt has been admitted to hospital, following a motor car accident along the Vineyard Toll section of Highway 2000 in Jamaica.

Bolt's car had been travelling into Kingston from Clarendon when the accident occurred. The road was slippery from afternoon showers.

Bolt and a female passenger were taken to a hospital in Spanish Town, near Kingston, where the Jamaican sprinter was treated before being sent home.

Havelange asks IOC to pick Rio to host 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro - Former FIFA president Joao Havelange on Wednesday asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to choose Rio de Janeiro as the host city of the 2016 Olympics.

"At my age, unfortunately, I no longer have ambitions in sport. But I do have one wish, which is to offer Brazil and South America the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Havelange, one of the most important sports personalities in Brazil.

Havelange, 92, made his speech in French before members of an IOC evaluating commission currently visiting Rio.

IOC inspectors led by Moroccan former athlete Nawal El Moutawakel on Wednesday held closed-door consultations with Brazilian authorities to hear about Rio's plans for the 2016 Games.