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Swann keeps English afloat

CRICKET: England took Sri Lanka's final four wickets for 37 runs as the tourists kept themselves in the hunt on day two of the second Test.

England's primary target was keeping the home side, who resumed on 238 for six, under 300, and their bowlers once again answered the call to see off Sri Lanka for 275.

Graeme Swann (pictured) took three wickets to finish with figures of four for 75.

Angelo Mathews had made his way to a relatively cautious 41 not out yesterday and it was his job to shepherd the tail.

Mathews was generally content to leave the good balls and England did a decent job of keeping the scoring down.

Swann then took Mathews' scalp for 57.

That left Sri Lanka 261 for eight, and the hosts could only manage 14 more runs.

England were 11 for no loss in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 275 at lunch.



Contador won't appeal

CYCLING: Alberto Contador will not appeal to the Swiss Federal Court against the two-year ban given to him for failing a dope test in his victorious 2010 Tour de France campaign.

The Spaniard, who was given a retroactive ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in February, has always protested his innocence and has not given up in his fight against the decision.

"His lawyers are studying other channels such as the possibility of taking it to tribunal in Strasbourg (the European Court of Human Rights)," Contador's spokesman said yesterday.



Kimi courting lady luck

F1: Kimi Raikkonen is hoping fortune will soon start to favour him following what he concedes has been a "frustrating" start to his Formula One comeback.

Despite issues with the Lotus cars, Raikkonen has so far performed superbly, rising from 17th to seventh in the opening race in Australia, and then 10th to fifth a week later in Malaysia.

Raikkonen said: "It's been frustrating sometimes with the chassis issues in testing, the qualifying mix-up in Australia and the gearbox change in Malaysia.

"We just need some better luck."

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