Australia beat Sri Lanka to avoid Twenty20 series whitewash

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs in their final Twenty20 game on Wednesday, avoiding a whitewash in the three-match series and salvaging some pride.

Australia got off to a flier courtesy of captain and opening batsman Aaron Finch's 53 runs off 32 balls. His partner Michael Klinger scored a controlled 62 runs off 43 balls to help take the hosts to a total of 187.

West Ham seeking revenge against Watford, says Masuaku

West Ham United will be seeking revenge for their home loss to Watford in their previous encounter when the London rivals meet again in the Premier League at Vicarage Road on Saturday, left back Arthur Masuaku said.

West Ham let a two-goal lead slip to lose 4-2 in September and Masuaku felt his team mates would have a major point to prove against the Hornets.

Kohli issues Starc warning to India's batsmen in Pune

By Sudipto Ganguly
| PUNE, India

PUNE, India Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has raised his game to the next level and India's batsmen need to be wary of his ability to trouble them with reverse swing, home captain Virat Kohli said on the eve of the first test beginning on Thursday.

The 27-year-old left-arm paceman was the leading wicket-taker (24) for the side on the turning pitches in Sri Lanka last year, a series in which Australia were blanked 3-0.

Liverpool announce plans to leave Melwood for Kirkby

English Premier League side Liverpool announced plans on Wednesday that will see the first team leave their long-time training base in Melwood and move to a redeveloped site in Kirkby, where their youth academy is located.

Melwood, the training ground of some of the biggest names in English football since the late 1950s, including Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, John Barnes and Steven Gerrard, has also been earmarked for redevelopment.

Wales look North in bid to conquer Scotland

LONDON Returning winger George North is the only change to the Wales starting line-up as they seek to get back to winning ways in the Six Nations against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

North missed the last-gasp 21-16 defeat at home to England on Feb. 11 but has recovered from a dead leg and will replace Alex Cuthbert in a back three that also includes winger Liam Williams and full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

There was some debate around the expected make-up of the pack, especially the back-row, with the return to full fitness of Taulupe Faletau.

Budapest Olympic bid on last legs as mayor to seek government guidance

By Marton Dunai
| BUDAPEST

BUDAPEST Budapest's mayor is expected to seek government guidance on the future of its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, according to a council resolution widely seen as paving the way for the city to withdraw its candidacy.

Bidding alongside powerhouses Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest has been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 initiative that seeks a return for the event to simpler values and smaller price tags.

Everton's Barkley determined to achieve double figure target

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is determined to reach double figures in both goals and assists by the end of the Premier League season, the 23-year-old has said.

Barkley has been playing in a more advanced central-midfield role under manager Ronald Koeman in recent weeks and has five goals and as many assists this campaign.

"I feel like I should be getting more goals and I'm working really hard on that in training. Part of my game is that I need to get more goals," Barkley told the club's website (www.evertonfc.com).

Liverpool gained from mid-season camp in Spain, says Mane

Liverpool will reap the benefits of their mid-season training camp in Spain when they travel to relegation-threatened Premier League champions Leicester City on Monday, forward Sadio Mane said.

With the Merseyside club devoid of any domestic cup or European commitments, Juergen Klopp's charges took advantage of their fortnight break and went for a four-night camp in La Manga in a bid to rediscover their best form.

Gymnastics-Raisman keeps eye on Tokyo during 'crazy' downtime

By Ian Ransom
| MELBOURNE

MELBOURNE American gymnast Aly Raisman has been caught up in a whirlwind since helping the United States to its golden haul in Rio and the triple Olympic champion is waiting for her world to stop spinning before setting her sights on the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Raisman, who captained the 'Final Five' U.S. women to the most dominant Olympic victory in the team event six months ago, will be 26 when she bids for her third Olympics, hoping to defy gymnastics' stereotype as a sport built for petite teenagers.

Too many foreigners managing Premier League teams - Giggs

There are too many foreign managers in the Premier League and little opportunity for local talents, according to former Manchester United winger and assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

Giggs, who was the caretaker boss for four games at United in 2014, was linked with a return to management at Swansea City before American Bob Bradley's appointment in October and was considered again before Englishman Paul Clement took charge in January.

"I don't think there's enough (British managers) at the moment," Giggs told the BBC.

Pages