Bynum returns as Lakers rout the Wizards 103-89

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The surging Los Angeles Lakers welcomed the return of seven-foot center Andrew Bynum by routing the injury-riddled Washington Wizards 103-89 Tuesday. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points to lead the Lakers, who outscored Washington 35-22 in the second quarter to take a 57-46 lead at halftime and never looked back.

Nets acquire Lakers’ Vujacic as part of  three-team trade

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic has been acquired by the New Jersey Nets in a three-team trade that sent Nets guard-forward Terrence Williams to the Houston Rockets, the NBA teams said yesterday. The Nets also received first round draft picks from the Lakers (2011) and Rockets (2012), New Jersey said on its website (www.nba.com/nets).

Mancini plans Tevez talks for tomorrow

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will hold talks with unsettled striker Carlos Tevez tomorrow and said he hoped the Argentine would stay at the club despite handing in a transfer request. The 26-year-old City captain has not travelled with the team to play Juventus in the Europa League today but has been training with the rest of the squad not required in Italy.

SA Open golf course not up to scratch – Els and Goosen


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– Major winning South African duo Ernie Els and Retief Goosen have criticised the state of the Durban Country Club course as it prepares to host this week’s South African Open for the event’s 100th edition. “The sad part is that this is our gem of a golf course in South Africa. This is our old lady. This is our St Andrews and you would like to see the course looking its best,” world number 12 and four-times winner Els said yesterday.
Bombay High Court stays Kings XI Punjab’s termination from IPL.

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suffered yet another legal setback for the second consecutive day  yesterday with a division bench of the Bombay High Court dismissing its appeal against the court’s order staying the termination of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab.

The bench comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Anoop Mohata permitted Kings XI Punjab to continue being part of the tournament following which they can now participate in next month’s player auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament.

Not thinking too much about 50th Test ton: Tendulkar

Centurion: Despite standing on the threshhold of history, champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar seemed unfazed by the media attention and the anticipation around his 50th Test century. “I believe it is destiny. When it is destined to happen it will happen. I am not thinking too much about it. My focus is on preparation,” Tendulkar said.
Should he score a ton in the three-match Test series against South Africa beginning today, the iconic batsman from India would become the first man in the history of Test cricket to get to the coveted landmark.