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Australia increase Games gold-medal haul

Unburdened from a doping taint, Australia reverted to usual Commonwealth Games form on Friday with its athletes capturing half of the gold medals on the second day of competition. A reprieve for Melbourne 2006 wasn't the last word for weightlifting, however, with an investigation launched into the sport after spate of doping cases and accusations.

Clijsters ends Hingis’s comeback

Kim Clijsters ended Martina Hingis's gallant run in her grand-slam comeback with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win on Wednesday in the Australian Open quarterfinals. She next plays number three Amelie Mauresmo, who reeled off the last nine straight games in a 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal win over number seven Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

Ponting helps Aussies to eight-wicket win

Ricky Ponting became the first cricketer to score two centuries in his 100th Test, guiding Australia to an unlikely eight-wicket victory on Friday over South Africa and a 2-0 series win. Graeme Smith, seeking a series-levelling win, declared South Africa's second innings at 194 for six an hour before lunch, setting Australia 287 to win and giving his attack 76 overs to bowl the hosts out.

Rain reduces chance of a result in Sydney

Herschelle Gibbs' dashing 67 ended in a run-out just before rain set in on Thursday as the third cricket Test between Australia and South Africa headed for a draw. After the start was delayed an hour because of showers, play was restricted to less than 21 overs on the penultimate day.

Gibbs’ half century boosts Proteas

Herschelle Gibbs clouted nine boundaries in an unbeaten half century on Thursday that lifted South Africa's second innings from 6-2 to 65-2 on day four of the third Test against Australia. At lunch on the penultimate day, the Proteas had an overall lead of 157 runs with five sessions remaining.

SA declare in third Test

Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince scored centuries and Shaun Pollock added a rearguard 46 before South Africa declared at 451 for nine on Tuesday in the third Test against Australia. Kallis and Prince shared a 219-run fourth-wicket partnership to lift the tourists from 86-3 to 305-4, before Pollock led the tail-enders in a series of defiant stands.

SA’s ‘brave’ new approach to cricket

South Africa coach Mickey Arthur expects his line-up to showcase its ''brave'' new approach to cricket as it chases victory at all costs in the third Test against Australia. ''If we go home having lost two-nil trying to give ourselves the option of winning, we're going to he happy with that,'' Arthur said on Wednesday.

Symonds, Hayden put Aussies in control

Andrew Symonds plundered 72 from 54 balls and delivered another crucial bowling burst on Thursday as Australia moved within four wickets of victory over South Africa. On the brink of omission in the second Test, Symonds followed his career-best bowling haul in the first innings with his devastating knock in a 124-run stand with Matt Hayden (137) before Australia declared at 321-7.

Ponting, Hayden nullify SA efforts

Ricky Ponting and Matt Hayden shared a 152-run stand to nullify South Africa's early breakthrough on Monday, lifting Australia to 162 for two at tea on day one of the second cricket Test. Ponting won the toss, decided Australia would bat first on a moist pitch and then joined Hayden at the crease in the third over.

Davydenko advances at depleted Masters Cup

Russian Nikolay Davydenko hopes to take advantage of a depleted field after making it to the semifinals of the season-ending Masters Cup. Davydenko will be the highest-ranked player in the semifinals behind two-time defending champion Roger Federer.

ICC commits Test revenue to quake relief

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will donate revenue from the Super Series Test match between Australia and the World XI to the Red Cross relief effort for the earthquake disaster in Pakistan instead of holding a separate charity match, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed told a news conference on Wednesday.

Australia sweep Super Series

Brett Lee and Shane Watson took four wickets apiece as the World XI crumbled meekly for 137, losing by 156 runs on Sunday and giving Australia a 3-0 sweep in the limited-overs Super Series. The two-time defending World Cup champion Australians confirmed their status as the number-one team in limited-overs cricket.

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