Dilshan ton boosts Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI against Pakistan
Pallekele—Tillakaratne Dilshan cracked an impressive century to help Sri Lanka post a challenging 280-4 against Pakistan in the second one-day international on Saturday.
The opener hit one six and 11 fours in his 139-ball 119 not out for his 13th one-day hundred to boost Sri Lanka’s hopes of levelling the five-match series in the day-night match in Pallekele.
Sri Lanka, who lost the opening one-dayer by six wickets on Thursday, batted steadily as Dilshan added 70 for the third wicket with Dinesh Chandimal (32) and 86 for the next with skipper Mahela Jayawardene (53).
McIlroy shoots 5-under 65 to take lead in Memphis
Memphis—Rory McIlroy snapped his string of three straight missed cuts in style Friday, shooting a 5-under 65 to take the lead into the weekend at the St. Jude Classic.
McIlroy came to Memphis looking to tune up his game before heading to San Francisco for his U.S. Open title defense at The Olympic Club. He birdied three of his final four holes, and had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys to match his lowest PGA Tour round this year.
With a birdie on No. 18, McIlroy reached 7 under to break out of a four-way tie for the lead. Jeff Maggert, tied for the first-round lead, shot a 68 to match J.B. Holmes (64) and Kevin Stadler (65) at 6 under. John Merrick, the other first-round leader, had a 69 to join Chad Campbell (67) and Kevin Kisner (66) at 5 under.
Sharapova defeats Errani for French Open title
Paris (AP)—Already a big name on the red carpet, Maria Sharapova is now a champion on the red clay, too.
The Russian star won the French Open on Saturday, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Roland Garros to complete the career Grand Slam.
Second seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world regardless of the result, jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against the 21st-seeded Errani, who was in her first Grand Slam final.
PCB hires psychologist to help Amir
Lahore—The PCB has hired a psychologist to help banned fast bowler Mohammad Amir with his rehabilitation. Amir was released from jail in February after serving half of his six-month sentence for his role in the spot-fixing scam and was banned from cricket till 2015 by an ICC tribunal.
The PCB is keen to welcome Amir back to top-flight cricket once he has served his ICC ban. The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has been insisting that Amir would be given financial support while undergoing rehabilitation.
Barath battles hard against England
Birmingham—Adrian Barath rode his luck to guide West Indies to 85 for one at lunch on the third day of the first Test against England at Edgbaston here on Saturday.
Barath was 40 not out, featuring a six and four fours, and Test debutant Assad Fudadin 15 not out. After the first two days had been washed out without a ball bowled, it was no surprise when England captain Andrew Strauss opted to field first after winning the toss against a West Indies side whose top-order collapses had helped the hosts into an unassailable 2-0 lead in this three-match series.