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Paul out of the woods

Dhaka: Paul Collingwood, a regular member of England’s one-day team for the last two years, believes he is close to making his Test debut after being awarded a central contract from his country’s cricket board in September.

“That’s a motivator,” he said on Sunday. “The board always want players who can play in both forms of the game and, by getting a central contract, I feel nearer to a Test place.”

“I know I have to get into the Test team by whatever way possible,” Collingwood said. “I’ll just go about my business and work harder.”

Ireland skipper hangs up boots

Melbourne: Ireland skipper Keith Wood announced his retirement from all rugby here on Sunday, following the 43-21 World Cup quarter final defeat to France.

The talismanic hooker, who battled back from a series of injuries to play in his third World Cup, said he was hanging up his boots after a glittering 57-cap international career. “It’s the time, that’s it,” Wood, 31, said. “Time to hang up the boots from all rugby. It’s a doubly sad day today.”

Dominican player kicked out

Sapporo: A player from the Dominican Republic was kicked out of the World Cup women’s volleyball tournament after testing positive for using banned medicine, it was announced on Sunday. The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) said Nurys Arias Done tested positive after her samples on Monday and Wednesday showed the presence of banned drug Methandienone. The FIVB officials summonned Done for a hearing Saturday and she was excluded from the remaining matches of the tournament. The FIVB said it would suspend her for two years with immediate effect.

Unruly supporters

Belgrade: Partizan Belgrade supporters pelted stewards with plastic seating as their side crashed 3-0 to city rivals and league leaders Red Star on Saturday. The result took Red Star six points clear at the top of the Serbia and Montenegro league table.

In-form striker Nikola Zigic scored once in each half while Man-of-the-Match Marko Perovic scored the other goal at the Marakana stadium.

Chinese NBA star gets aggressive

Houston: Chinese star Yao Ming has developed a more aggressive attitude with his National Basketball Association rivals and the early results are impressive for the Houston Rockets. The 7-foot-6 basketball star scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds here Saturday, helping Houston beat Orlando 96-86 and improve the Rockets to 4-1 this season despite struggling with his shooting for the first time all season.


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