Short Sport, January 23, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 4:39am

Clarke doubt ahead of ODI against Sri Lanka

Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke is a serious doubt for today's final one-day international against Sri Lanka after twisting his ankle. He was undergoing treatment ahead of the game, Cricket Australia said. Australia need to win the match to draw the series 2-2. Clarke went over on the ankle during training. George Bailey, who would stand in as skipper, said Clarke would be given until the last minute to decide whether he can play. "He will obviously be given right up to the toss tomorrow to prove he is right to go," Bailey said. "There will be a little bit of pain, but if he is 100 per cent, he will play." All-rounder Glenn Maxwell was expected to be promoted to the squad if Clarke fails to recover from the injury. AFP


Varejao out for rest of season with blood clot

Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Anderson Varejao has a blood clot in his right lung and will miss the rest of the NBA season, the team said. The stand-out rebounder from Brazil developed the clot on Thursday and was admitted to a clinic, where the nine-year professional was being treated with blood thinners. He will remain on medication for about three months, but is expected to make a full recovery. "Clearly, our players' health is our top concern, and we are disappointed for Anderson and his family," Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said. AFP


Pro Bowl heartbreak for Ryan after injury

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan sprained his left shoulder in the closing minutes of American football's NFC championship game and will not be able to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Coach Mike Smith said Ryan would need three to four weeks to recover from the injury, described as a sprained AC joint to the non-throwing shoulder. No surgery is required. Ryan was hurt just after the two-minute warning. On a five-yard pass that Jason Snelling took down to the San Francisco 10, linebacker Ahmad Brooks got a shot on the Atlanta quarterback. His next two passes were incomplete, sealing the 49ers' 28-24 win. Smith said Ryan would have played if the Falcons had beaten the 49ers and advanced to the Super Bowl. AP