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NZ cricketer drives home drunk because of dead parrot

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Black Caps cricketer Doug Bracewell has pleaded guilty to a third charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and told a New Zealand court he was hurrying to console his partner over a dead parrot.

Bracewell, 27, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community work after being convicted on Thursday by a court at Masterton of driving while having a blood alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit.

The New Zealand fast bowler was previously convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in 2008 and 2010.


England to play 3 tour matches ahead of first Ashes test

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) England will play tour games in Perth, Adelaide and Townsville before facing Australia in the first Ashes test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Nov. 23.

Cricket Australia said Thursday that England and its captain Joe Root will start its schedule against a Western Australia XI in a two-day match at the WACA on Nov. 4-5. Earlier this month, the venue for the third test was moved to the WACA when it was determined a new stadium in Perth would not be finished in time. (MORE)

Morgan century leads England to 72-run win over South Africa

LEEDS, England (AP) Captain Eoin Morgan notched his first limited-overs century against South Africa as England swept to a convincing 72-run victory over the world's top-ranked team in one-day international cricket at Headingley on Wednesday.

Morgan hit 107 off 93 balls and Moeen Ali propelled England's total to 339-6 with a brisk 77 after AB de Villiers had won the toss and opted to field at the start of the three-match series. (MORE)

South Africa wins toss, opts to field in 1st ODI

LEEDS, England (AP) South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and opted to field against England at Headingley in the first one-day international on Wednesday.

The three-match series is a warm-up for both teams ahead of the Champions Trophy, starting June 1. (MORE)

Sohail joins Pakistan Champions Trophy squad as replacement

ISLAMABAD (AP) Allrounder Haris Sohail has replaced an unfit Umar Akmal in the Pakistan squad for the Champions Trophy.

Akmal failed a fitness test in Birmingham, England, last week during Pakistan's training camp and was told to return home. (MORE)

Mumbai Indians clinch thrilling IPL final against Supergiant

HYDERABAD, India (AP) Mumbai Indians won their third Indian Premier League title on Sunday, defeating Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run in a dramatic final which went to the last ball.

Supergiant lost three wickets in the last over - bowled by Mitchell Johnson (3-26) - to be restricted to 128-6 after Mumbai Indians scored 129-8. (MORE)

Mumbai Indians win IPL, beating Supergiant by 1 run in final

HYDERABAD, India (AP) Mumbai Indians won their third Indian Premier League title after defeating Rising Pune Supergiant by just one run in a cliffhanger final which went to the last ball on Sunday.

Needing seven runs off the last five deliveries, Australian seamer Mitchell Johnson dismissed Manoj Tiwary and Steve Smith off successive deliveries. (MORE)

Mumbai Indians march into IPL final, beat Knight Riders

BANGALORE, India (AP) Leg-spinner Karn Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah destroyed Kolkata Knight Riders by sharing seven wickets as Mumbai Indians stormed into the final of the Indian Premier League playoffs with a six-wicket victory on Friday.

The two-time champions Mumbai Indians now meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the final on Sunday. (MORE)

Karthik replaces injured Pandey in Champions Trophy squad

NEW DELHI (AP) Defending champion India has replaced injured Manish Pandey with Dinesh Karthik in its Champions Trophy squad.

Pandey was ruled out due to a left side strain during Kolkata Knight Riders' practice session before its Indian Premier League eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. (MORE)

Knight Riders end defending champions Sunrisers' run in IPL

BANGALORE, India (AP) Kolkata Knight Riders stayed in contention for their third Indian Premier League title after beating defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets using the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-hit eliminator on Wednesday.

Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir hit a brisk unbeaten 32 off 19 balls and carried his team to 48-3 with four balls to spare after their target was revised to 48 runs off six overs. (MORE)