Australias Ryan Harris has discovered that winning the Ashes does not guarantee access to Perths casino,with the bowler launching a foul- mouthed tweet after he was reportedly refused entry for being drunk. The teams celebrations after clinching the series against England,hosted by former great Shane Warne,stretched long into the night with Harris,in particular,letting off steam. A tip for all those heading to Perth! Avoid the crown or casino! Shithole,cant get in if you have had a drink #shitplace#dickheads, he tweeted,reportedly at 3:30 am. The tweet has since been removed but newspapers took a screenshot and it was widely reproduced.
Hafeez ton takes Pak to 322
Mohammad Hafeez regained his batting form in one-day internationals with a gritty 122 off 129 balls as Pakistan tallied 322/5 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Hafeez scored just 93 runs against South Africa in the last six ODIs but came back strongly by hitting seven fours and three sixes after Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Hafeez set the tempo for big total by sharing 83 runs with debutant opener Sharjeel Khan (61) before putting on better than a run-a-ball 140 runs with Sohaib Maqsood (73). Shahid Afridi hammered 34 off 11 balls as Pakistan added 64 runs in the last six overs to post its best ODI total in 2013. Suranga Lakmal,who dismissed Hafeez in the last over,finished with 2/73.
Brief scores: Pakistan 322/5 (Mohammad Hafeez 122,Sohaib Maqsood 73,Sharjeel Khan 61; Suranga Lakmal 2/73)
Aguero out for two months
*Manchester City could be without top scorer Sergio Aguero for up to two months because of the right calf injury he sustained against Arsenal at the weekend. City manager Manuel Pellegrini said Tuesday that he has been told by doctors that Aguero will be out at least one month or eight weeks. If it is the worst-case scenario,Aguero may even be a doubt for the first leg of Citys Champions League last-16 match against Barcelona on Feb. 18. Aguero has scored 19 goals in 20 games for City in all competitions this season. Pellegrini was speaking after Citys 3-1 win at Leicester in the quarterfinals of the League Cup.
EU probes top Spanish clubs
*The European Union opened legal proceedings into whether Real Madrid,Barcelona and five other Spanish clubs get an unfair edge from illegal state aid. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that clubs should use sound financial management rather than live at the expense of the taxpayer. Beyond the top two teams,the probe centers on Valencia,Hercules,Elche,Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna. The probe may take several months and any decision could then be challenged at the EUs highest court in Luxembourg. Many Spanish league clubs already face financial difficulties. A decision to force them to return money could make their problems even more acute.
Yankees hit with $28m tax bill
*The New York Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill,pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003. According to Major League Baseball calculations,the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. Because the Yankees have been over the tax threshold at least four consecutive times,they pay at a 50 percent rate on the overage,and their $28,113,945 bill was second only to their $34.1 million payment following the 2005 season.