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Jayawardene is Sri Lanka's saviour

CRICKET: A superb opening spell from James Anderson gave England the edge on the first morning of the second Test against Sri Lanka, but batsman Mahela Jayawardene was again proving a thorn in their side.

Anderson took all three wickets to fall, but Jayawardene (105), who rescued his side from a similar position with a stellar 180 in the first innings of the first Test, halted the charge to lead the hosts to 238-6 by the close in Colombo.



Cragg sets Euro record

ATHLETICS: Alistair Cragg (Clonliffe Harriers AC) set a new Irish and European road 5k best with a time of 13:26 in California.

This was good enough to place him in sixth in the Carlsbad 5,000m. Cragg was with the leaders until the 4k mark, at which point the eventual winner, Dejen Gebremeskel, launched an all-out attack that no-one in the elite 25-man field could respond to, but Cragg finished strongly to break the European record.



Police probe Pedrosa

AUTO: Spanish MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa is in trouble with the local police after being taken in for questioning about cheating in an examination for a captain's recreational yachting licence.

A local government official said some students had been wired up to receive answers to the exams and that 21 people had been detained in Valencia.



Saxo retain Tour licence

Cycling: Alberto Contador's Saxo Bank team will retain its Pro Tour licence after a request by the International Cycling Union to the licensing committee for it to be rescinded was turned down yesterday. The team faced being thrown out of the UCI's World Tour after Contador was given a retrospective two-year doping ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February.


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