* England captain Eoin Morgan recorded his highest ODI score on Tuesday with 124 not out to help his team to a six wicket victory over his native Ireland in Dublin. Morgan added 226 for the fifth wicket with Ravi Bopara (101 not out),an England one-day record,after a below-strength side were struggling at 48 for four in reply to Ireland’s 269 for seven. Earlier,Ireland skipper William Porterfield (112) recorded his sixth one-day century in Ireland’s 269 for seven,reaching three figures by hitting his former national team mate Boyd Rankin over mid-wicket for six.
Brief scores: Ireland 269/7 in 50 overs (W Porterfield 112; B Rankin 4/46); England 274/4 in 43 overs (E Morgan 124 not out,R Bopara 101 not out; T Murtagh 3/33).
Finch-Marsh in record stand
* Australia convincingly beat Scotland by 200 runs in their one-off ODI after an outstanding partnership between centurions Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh. The Australians lay a perfect foundation after they were sent in to bat. In the best opening stand for Australia in ODI history,Finch and Marsh put on 246 runs together as the Scotland bowlers only managed three wickets in 50 overs. Marsh (151) played a measured and disciplined innings,while Finch took to a more brash approach to dealing with the Scottish attack,scoring 148 off 146 balls. Australia finished with 362-3 and then bowled Scotland out for 162.
Brief scores: Australia 362/3 (S Marsh 151,A Finch 148; I Wardlaw 2-69); Scotland 162 (M Machan 39; M Johnson,4/36).
Tigers pull out of I-League
* The I-League this season will have 13 teams instead of 14 after Mumbai Tigers pulled out of the tournament. Mumbai Tigers,owned by Dubai-based Dodsal Group,was roped in by the All India Football Federation with much fanfare as one of the two new teams in the league. The sudden move came less then 20 days before the start of the league. Citing unavoidable circumstances,Mumbai Tigers have decided not to take part in the 2013-14 Season of I-League,requesting further for their involvement in the 2nd Division League for this season, the AIFF said in a statement. The Mumbai based Club informed the AIFF that they are not ready at the moment to participate in the First Division and need more time to prepare for participation in the I-League, it said.
IBF issues notices to boxers
* The three boxers,who alleged manipulation in the trials for the World Championship,were given time until September 15 to respond to showcause notices issued to them by the Indian Boxing Federation’s disciplinary committee. Dinesh Kumar (91kg),Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Praveen Kumar (+91kg) had alleged bias and manipulation in the trials. “They have to explain why they went to the media without asking the IBF,” IBF secretary general Rajesh Bhandari said
Chhetri saves India blushes
* An injury-time goal by captain Sunil Chhetri saved India from embarrassment as they played out a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in their second group match of the SAFF Football Championships on Tuesday. Wim Koevermans men were on the verge of an embarrassing defeat after Atiqur Rahman Meshu had put Bangladesh ahead in the 82nd minute before Chhetri equalised in the 94th minute with the last kick of the match. India play hosts Nepal on Thursday..
Manpreet to lead Jr team
* Manpreet Singh will lead an 18-member Indian junior hockey team in the third Sultan of Johar Cup to be played at Johor Bahru from September 22 to 29. Forward Affan Yousef has been named vice-captain. Before departing for Malaysia,the team will have a preparatory camp at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium from September 7 to 17.
squad: Goalkeepers: Harjot Singh,Sushant Tirkey; Defenders: Amit Rohidas,Jarmanpreet Singh,Kothajit Singh,Surender Kumar,Sukhmanjit Singh,Pardeep Mor; Midfielders: Manpreet Singh (Captain),Prabhdeep Singh,Harjit Singh,Satbir Singh,Imran Khan; Forwards: Mandeep Singh,Amon Mirash Tirkey,Mohammad Amir Khan,Talwinder Singh,Affan Yousef (Vice-Captain).