Sports Digest, November 26, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 1:28am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 2:31am

South Africa look at draw as best result

A fired-up Australia attack skittled South Africa's top order late on the fourth day to march to the brink of victory in the second cricket test yesterday. Set a mammoth target of 430 for victory, the tourists' chase began disastrously, captain Graeme Smith out for a duck with the sixth ball of the innings and three more wickets tumbling quickly in the afternoon heat at Adelaide Oval. Wicketkeeper batsman AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis dug in for more than an hour and a half, but South Africa staggered to 77 for four at the close, 353 runs adrift of their target. De Villiers was on 12 and Du Plessis on 19, with injured Jacques Kallis the last specialist batsman in the Proteas' dressing room. South Africa assistant coach Russell Domingo conceded a draw was the best they could hope for. "Definitely, yeah ... We know that 370 on the last day, four wickets down is probably out of the window," he said. Reuters


Arenas' Shanghai debut ends in injury

Former NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas injured himself in his Chinese Basketball Association debut as his Shanghai Sharks lost to defending champions Beijing Ducks 94-78. Arenas, who signed with the Sharks last week, limped off the court halfway through the first quarter of the opening game of the season and sat out the rest of the match. "He pulled a hip flexor [muscle], he will be day-to-day," Shanghai's American coach Dan Panaggio said. "I didn't expect this, but this is sports, this is basketball, the craziest things happen." AFP


Good times despite conditions in Tai Lam

Jan Littlewood and Baby Marites stormed to victory in the men's and women's races respectively at the Patagonia Nature Run at Tai Lam Country Park yesterday. Competing in wet conditions, Littlewood flew home in the 22km race in two hours, three minutes and 51 seconds. Marites won in 2:27:36. Staff Reporter


Cooper to follow Sonny Bill into the ring

Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper is set to follow close friend and rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams into the boxing ring. Australian and New Zealand media reported Cooper would announce the decision of his move to the ring today. Reuters