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In brief: Broad attitude pleases Strauss

CRICKET: England captain Andrew Strauss has no plans for any straight-talking with Stuart Broad -- because he believes the fast bowler's aggression is a vital commodity to any successful team.

Strauss is confident Broad's brush with authority, and consequent ICC fine of £3,000 for 'throwing the ball inappropriately' at Pakistan batsman Zulqarnain Haider, is a "one-off".

He insists too that the positive impact a fired-up Broad, and others, can make is something to be nurtured as England try to continue a run of success currently extending to six consecutive Test victories.

Strauss and Jonathan Trott both made unbeaten 53s as England passed a modest target of 118 to win the second npower Test at Edgbaston by nine wickets.

"You want aggressive characters in your dressing room and guys who want to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and have a bit of fight about them," said Strauss.



De Villiers in the clear over TV interview

RUGBY: Peter de Villiers will face no sanctions for his comments in a recent interview, after SANZAR dismissed the misconduct charge against him.

The South Africa coach was summoned to appear before judicial officer Jannie Lubbe in Cape Town last week following comments in an interview with Australia's Fox Sports 'Rugby Club' programme on July 21.

During the interview, De Villiers seemed to allege referees were showing bias towards New Zealand in light of the Springboks' second Tri Nations loss to the All Blacks in as many weeks.



Serb Ivanovic shows hints of her old form

TENNIS: Former world number one Ana Ivanovic showed flashes of the form that took her to the pinnacle of tennis as she upset ninth seed Victoria Azarenka 2-6 7-6 6-2 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters.

Serb Ivanovic, a first-round casualty at San Diego last week, had appeared set for another early exit before rallying to beat the in-form Belarusian, who won the Stanford Classic earlier this month.

The 2008 French Open champion Ivanovic briefly held the world's top ranking that year, but a subsequent collapse in form and a series of niggling injuries have seen her ranking slip to 62nd.

MLB: NY Yankees 1 Boston 2, Baltimore 3 Chicago White Sox 2 (10 innings), Detroit 3 Tampa Bay 6, Cincinnati 3 St Louis 7, Houston 10 Atlanta 4, Milwaukee 4 Arizona 7 (10 innings), LA Angels 6 Kansas City 4, Seattle 3 Oakland 1, San Francisco 4 Chicago Cubs 3 (11 innings).


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