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Collingwood to decide role

CRICKET: England are prepared to take a firm line with Paul Collingwood if they are not convinced he is fit to play in tomorrow's third Test.

Collingwood was due for a fitness test this afternoon to decide whether his dislocated left index finger has healed enough for him to face South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town.

But coach Andy Flower will eschew the normal protocol of allowing his man to decide on his fitness to save him from taking an undue risk.

Should Collingwood fail to recover, Michael Carberry is the favourite to make his debut.

Flower is mindful of South Africa's formidable record at Newlands, and England's poor memories of the venue, but insisted: "We're not dwelling on why England have lost three out of three here."



Ospreys destroy Blues in derby

RUGBY UNION: Nikki Walker scored two of his side's three tries as the Ospreys moved back to the top of the Magners League with a comprehensive victory over the Cardiff Blues at a snowy Liberty Stadium last night.

The only element missing from the Ospreys' dominant 26-0 display was a bonus point.

The Welsh derby was expected to be a close battle, but the Blues were a shadow of the side that scored five second-half tries in a 42-13 hammering of Newport Gwent Dragons.

Captain Ryan Jones also grabbed a five-pointer in the second half, while man of the match Dan Biggar provided 11 points with the boot.



Petrova to face returning Henin

TENNIS: Former world No1 Justine Henin faces a tough first-round match in her official comeback tournament after drawing second-seeded Nadia Petrova at the Brisbane International.

Wild-card Henin was the last player in the 32-women field to come out of the draw, ironically conducted by Petrova. The Russian gave a rueful smile as she turned Henin's name card over at the public draw in the Australian city this morning.

Men's top seed Andy Roddick drew Australian Peter Luczak.



Bryant saves LA

BASKETBALL: Kobe Bryant drained a three-pointer on the buzzer to give the LA Lakers a 109-108 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Bryant released the shot with just 0.1 seconds remaining in a tight finish at the Staples Center.

NBA: NY Knicks 112 Atlanta 108 (OT), Orlando 106 Minnesota 94, LA Lakers 109 Sacramento 108


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