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Johnson nice guy - Clarke

CRICKET: Sri Lanka's bruised batsmen might care to disagree, but Mitchell Johnson cares about the well-being of his victims off the pitch, according to Australia captain Michael Clarke.

The mercurial paceman was justly named man-of-the-match today for his wrecking-ball performance in Australia's innings and 201-run victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground that gave the hosts an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Johnson scored an unbeaten 92 and took six wickets, but his venomous short-pitched bowling left its mark on Sri Lanka, breaking the thumb of wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and the forefinger of Kumar Sangakkara, who will play no further part in the series.

"I think the other side that a lot of people don't get to see of Mitch is that on the field, he is as aggressive as anybody, but he's the first guy today to walk into the change-room and make sure everything's okay with Sangakkara," Clarke said.

"I think a lot of people don't get to see that side.

"He will fight hard, there's no doubt about it, and wants to have success for Australia and help us win, but off the field he's the first guy to go and make sure, in this instance, Kumar's OK."

Power turns it on

MOTORSPORT: Eddie Power from Waterford got the better of a family battle in Carlow CC Rallysprint at Mondello Park, with his Corolla WRC scoring a six-second win after three runs.

His son Keith led the 96 starters on the opening run, but a slow time next time out dropped him to fourth at the finish.

Graham Kelly's Escort took second place, with another Escort in the hands of Ian Gunning, in third position.

Six-time Hewison Autotest champion Eddie Peterson was the runaway winner of TDC's Christmas Autotest at Baltinglass, setting the best time on nine of the 12 tests to beat Eamonn Byrne by 26 seconds.

Murray defeated

TENNIS: Andy Murray was defeated in straight sets by Janko Tipsarevic in this week's exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Murray, the world number three, looked off his game as he fell to a 6-3 6-4 loss against Tipsarevic on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

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