Coach fined for ball tampering
SYDNEY • The bowling coach of the Victoria state cricket side, Mick Lewis, has been fined for ball tampering after raking the ball over concrete in the final of Australia's domestic Sheffield Shield competition on Monday.
The former seamer, who played seven one-day internationals for Australia, had already cost his team a five-run penalty against South Australia but yesterday he was slapped with a A$2,266 (S$2,330) fine.
Pacquiao fight to go on as planned
MANILA • The Philippine elections commission ruled yesterday that it would not stop a World Boxing Organisation welterweight fight between Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and US champion Timothy Bradley next month because there was no formal complaint to block it.
Pacquiao is a candidate for the Senate in elections on May 9 and a former congressman had asked the Commission on Elections to look into his April 9 bout because it would give him an undue advantage in the polls.
McIlroy to miss Par 3 Contest
HOUSTON • Rory McIlroy has revealed that he will skip the Par 3 Contest on the eve of next week's US Masters at Augusta to focus on his goal of winning the year's first Major.
The four-time golf Major winner will be making his eighth straight appearance at the Masters and only once has he not played the Par 3 Contest at Augusta National.
Lakers lose to Jazz by 48 points
LOS ANGELES • Ageing National Basketball Association star Kobe Bryant suffered the worst defeat of his career as the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 48 points (123-75) on Monday.
In the 68-year history of the franchise, the Lakers had lost by that margin only once before, a 142-94 drubbing at the hands of the Clippers in 2014, when Bryant, now 37, was out with an injury.