Briefs

Tue, Feb 5, 2013, 00:00

A round-up of today's other stories in brief

Steyn's career-best 11 for 60 makes it easy for South Africa

CRICKET:Dale Steyn’s career-best 11 wickets for 60 runs propelled South Africa to a comprehensive 211-run victory over Pakistan on day four of the first Test at the Wanderers.

In a match of records, South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers equalled Englishman Jack Russell’s world best of 11 dismissals in a Test that came in the same ground in 1995.

Having set Pakistan, who made their lowest Test total of 49 in the first innings, an improbable 480-run victory target, South Africa bowled them out for 268.

The new ball did the trick as the visitors lost their final six wickets for 59 before lunch. Steyn picked up five second innings wickets to finish with his fifth 10-wicket haul which also earned him the man-of-the-match award.

“With all the hype going into the game from a personal point of view I felt it was always important we won,” said South Africa captain Graeme Smith, celebrating his 100th Test as skipper.

“Dale was outstanding, it was important that someone set the tone for us with the ball and he did that.”

Pakistan captain Misbah noted: “It is always difficult when you come to South Africa and right now they are the number one side in the world, they have the top bowlers and some of top batsman in the world.”

Sheehan to miss finals over injury

BOXING:The super-heavyweight title will be vacant at the 2013 Elite National Championships, which begin on Friday night at Dublin’s National Stadium, following an injury to defending champion Con Sheehan after the Clonmel BC club man tore ligaments in his left hand while sparring.

The men’s lightweight title will also be vacant as defending champion Michael McDonagh has not entered.

The St Michael’s Athy BC duo of Eric Donovan and David Oliver Joyce will now be favourites in this weight class.

Gascoigne 'willingly' travels to United States for treatment

SOCCER:
Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, who has lapsed in his battle with alcoholism, will receive treatment in the United States after “willingly” travelling there, his management company said yesterday.

“Paul has been extremely touched and overwhelmed by the generous offers of help and support over the past few days,” GamePlan Solutions said in a statement, adding that Gascoigne was an alcoholic with complex issues.

“He is motivated to fully understand and control his addiction problem under guidance.”

No details about the location of the clinic were given.

The 45-year-old’s agent Terry Baker said at the weekend that Gascoigne needed “immediate help” and called on the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to intervene.

“He sounds as if he needs almost a 24-hour watching brief at the moment,” players’ union chief Gordon Taylor said

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