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Ricciardo gets hearing date

F1: Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix will be heard at the FIA's headquarters in Paris on April 14.

Ricciardo was disqualified from second place hours after the chequered flag fell in Melbourne, after his car was found to have infringed new fuel rules.

On Thursday, Red Bull confirmed their intention to appeal the decision and the sport's governing body has moved quickly to set a date for the hearing at its International Court of Appeal.

The FIA's post-race checks in Melbourne found the Australian's car to have "consistently exceeded" the new fuel-flow rate of no more than 100kg per hour.

Red Bull will now have to prove the FIA sensor, which team principal Christian Horner has described as "unreliable" and "immature technology", was defective and that their own device was not in error.


CRICKET: India maintained their impeccable World Cup record against arch rivals Pakistan after Virat Kohli's fluent 36 not out powered them to a seven-wicket victory in a group two super 10 stage match of the World Twenty20 yesterday.

Put into bat, Pakistan did not get the flying start they were looking for and could not mount a late assault either against India's disciplined bowlers, who restricted them to 130-7 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

The victory prolonged India's unbeaten record against Pakistan in 20-over and 50-over World Cups but Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez denied it was a psychological barrier for them. "You may say whatever you want but we don't think like, 'This is World Cup and we've never beaten them in World Cup events'," he said. "We go into a match positive."


TENNIS: World number two Li Na advanced to the third round of the Sony Open last night without hitting a single ball when Russia's Alisa Kleybanova withdrew because of a viral illness.

Kleybanova, who is fighting her way back up the rankings after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, handed her Chinese opponent a walkover due to a viral infection.

Slovakian 10th seed Dominika Cibulkova sped past Austria's Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-2, while 13th seeded Italian Roberta Vinci was stopped 6-4 2-6 7-5 by Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.