Friday 17 November 2017

Unbeaten Clarke puts Oz in control

CRICKET: Australia captain Michael Clarke made history at the SCG to leave India fighting to avoid defeat in the second Test.

India reached 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on day three, a day dominated by Clarke's unbeaten 329.

After achieving the highest score in the SCG's 100-Test history, Clarke declared at 659 for four midway through the second session.

Mike Hussey offered his skipper terrific support, scoring an unbeaten 150 to supplement Ricky Ponting's 134.

Clarke's epic knock lasted 617 minutes, 468 balls and included 39 fours and a six. The skipper's declaration left him five runs short of the highest Test score by an Australian captain, held by Mark Taylor on 334 (also Don Bradman's highest Test score).

Matt Hayden's 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003/4 remains the highest tally by an Australian, while Brian Lara leads all comers with 400.

Schiavone in semi

TENNIS: Third-seeded Francesca Schiavone saved two match points before coming back to beat former No1-ranked Jelena Jankovic 5-7 7-6 6-3 to reach the semi-finals at the Brisbane International in Australia.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open winner, saved the match points on her serve in the 12th game of the second set and then, after winning the tiebreaker and slipping to 3-1 down in the third set, won the last five games to clinch the quarter-final victory in just under three hours on her third match point.

Elsewhere, Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis were knocked out of the men's doubles at the ATP Brisbane International in the second round.

The Briton and his Cypriot partner won the first set in Australia but second seeds Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner hit back to win 3-6 6-3 15-13 (match tie-break).

Error at Olympics

OLYMPICS: Thousands of people have been offered tickets to alternative events at the London Olympics after organisers admitted an error led to 10,000 too many tickets being sold for the synchronised swimming sessions.

Human error is believed to be responsible for 20,000 tickets, rather than 10,000, being put on sale in the second round of sales for four of the sessions in the aquatics centre.

Around 3,000 people have been contacted by Games organisers and are being offered tickets for alternative events they had applied for previously.

For some, this means they will now be able to attend high-demand events they had missed out on.

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