ODI washed out
JOHANNESBURG: Rain caused the abandonment of the first one-day international (ODI) between South Africa and England here on Friday. Steady rain on Thursday followed on Friday as well forcing the match being called off two-and-a-half hours after the scheduled start when it became obvious that it would be impossible even to play a shortened game. A minimum of 20 overs a side is necessary for a result to be achieved. It was due to be the first of five ODI, which will be followed by four Test matches. The second match is scheduled for Centurion on Sunday.
Cyclist banned for life
VIENNA: Austrian cyclist Christian Pfannberger has received a lifelong ban for repeated doping offences, the national anti-doping agency announced on Saturday. Pfannberger tested positive in March for the banned blood booster EPO (erythropoietin) as he prepared to start in the three-week Tour of Italy as part of the Russian Katusha cycling team. He was subsequently suspended by the team. He had already been banned between 2004 and 2006 after testing positive for testosterone.