Maxwell’s 96 guides Australia to series win MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Glenn Maxwell scored 96 runs from 83 balls to guide Australia to a series-clinching three-wicket win over India yesterday in the third of five limited-overs internationals. Maxwell hit a six and a boundary at the start of the 49th over to tie the scores, but was out trying to hit a six to raise triple figures, leaving James Faulkner (20 not out) to hit the winning single with seven balls to spare. The win gave Australia a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series following an opening five-wicket win in Perth and a seven-wicket in Brisbane. India, batting first for the third game in a row, posted 295-6, with Virat Kohli scoring 117 – his 24th ODI century – and sharing partnerships of 119 for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (68) and 109 with Ajinkya Rahane (50). John Hastings led the Australian attack with 4-58 from 10 overs. Australia chased down 300-plus targets in Perth and Brisbane and were in a comfortable position chasing 296, with opener Shaun Marsh scoring 62 in partnerships of 48 with Aaron Finch (21) and 64 with Steve Smith (41) for the first two wickets. Sinclair fifth in Bermuda 10K HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC): Jamaican Kenia Sinclair followed up her runner’s-up spot in Friday night’s elite women’s mile race with a creditable fifth-place finish in the women’s division of Saturday’s Bermuda Marathon Weekend 10-kilometre event held in wet and windy conditions. Sinclair, 35, was 14th overall in a time of 37 minutes and 42 seconds – around two minutes behind the British female winner, Faye Fullerton. The 31-year-old Fullerton was clocked in 35:48, ahead of compatriot Charlotte Arter in 35:48. Finishing third in 36:22 was Heather Kampf of the United States, who beat Sinclair into second place in the mile race. The overall 10K winner was Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama, who stormed to an emphatic victory over the undulating course – his fourth in Bermuda. Chipangama won the 10K event in 2014 and back-to-back half-marathon titles in 2013 and 2014. He also holds the half-marathon race record, which stands at one hour, 4:21 minutes, which he achieved in 2014. Coe: IAAF will probe bribery claims against Qatar LONDON (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe says claims of bribery by Qatar in the bidding process for the 2017 World Athletics Championship are being investigated. Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said yesterday his bid team was told “brown envelopes” were being handed to members of the IAAF Council the night before the vote in 2011 between London and Qatari capital Doha, which London won. Warner also said his team agreed to spend $7.2 million to cover prize money, having been warned they were unlikely to succeed if they did not. Speaking on BBC Radio alongside Warner, Coe said he was unaware of the claims and promised to look into them. Qatar has denied any wrongdoing in its bids for either the 2017 championship or the 2019 championship, which it will host. NZ beat Pakistan by 10 wickets HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP): Martin Guptill made 87 and Kane Williamson 72 in an unbroken record partnership of 171 that steered New Zealand to a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 cricket international yesterday, levelling the three match series at 1-1. New Zealand took four leg byes from the fourth ball of the 18th over to win the match with eight balls to spare. In doing so, Guptill and Williamson passed the Twenty20 record partnership for all wickets against all nations that had been held for South Africa by Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman at 170. Pakistan seemed to have posted a sufficient total when they came in after batting on winning the toss with 168-7, just short of their winning tally in the opening match.
Barcelona’s hypothetical expulsion from Spanish football in the event of Catalonia breaking away from Spain would leave a huge hole in La Liga, Real Betis’s general manager said on Wednesday, and negatively impact on clubs such as his own.La Liga president Javier Tebas, a former member of a far right group and strong opponent of Catalan independence, has repeatedly threatened to banish 24-times champions Barcelona and all other teams in the region if Catalonia were to secede.In the latest sign of the Catalan independence drive impacting sport, Tebas has delayed negotiations to renew the league’s international television rights deal due to unrest in the wake of Catalonia’s disputed Oct. 1 independence vote.Betis general manager Ramon Alarcon said kicking out Barcelona would have huge ramifications on Spanish football and negatively affect clubs like his.”The unease that Catalan society could break from Spain affects every sector, including football, and the departure of Catalan teams would be a real shame because they are clubs with a lot of tradition,” Alarcon told Reuters in Madrid.In addition to Barcelona, Catalonia is home to two other La Liga clubs: Girona and Espanyol, as well as a host of clubs in lower leagues.”La Liga is not just Real Madrid and Barcelona. But if Barcelona left the other teams would have to work a lot harder to fill that gap if La Liga were to remain the best in the world.”Barcelona, which is owned by more than 140,000 club “members”, says it respects their diversity of opinion by not taking a position for or against independence, but supports the right of the people of Catalonia to decide their own future.advertisementReuters Photo On Oct. 1, the day of the banned referendum, the team played its match with Las Palmas at the Nou Camp behind closed doors, which club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said was to show opposition to police violence against voters.After the referendum, the club said in a statement it would not speculate on the future, but was “not planning for any other scenario than playing in the Spanish league. The club is competing in this competition and wants to win it.”Tebas has said Barcelona’s hypothetical departure would see the value of La Liga’s television rights drop by 20 percent.Alarcon has no doubt losing Barcelona would seriously damage the league’s brand and hurt other Spanish teams such as Betis.”Having a global brand like La Liga logically helps us, and obviously the success of Real Madrid and Barcelona helps the brand of Spain and La Liga,” he said.”PAINFUL SITUATION”Betis, Liga champions in 1935, are one of the best supported clubs in Spain, with 50,000 season ticket holders. They are ranked fourth, behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in social media engagement.The Seville club are ninth in the standings after making their best start to a season since returning to the top flight in 2015 and beat champions Real 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in September.Alarcon called Betis “a sleeping giant” and hopes they can harness their huge fan base to become one of the top teams in Spain again, but is wary of the impact the current political uncertainty in the country could have on his club.”Tebas has said that [Barcelona staying in the league if independence were declared] wouldn’t be legal, so logically it couldn’t happen. But sincerely I think Barcelona will stay in the Spanish league and we’ll come to an understanding over this situation, which is very painful for everyone.”