Razzaq to replace Akhtar


Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzak was drafted into the Asian Cricket Council XI on Friday to replace injured Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar for Monday’s tsunami charity match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The ICC also announced that the match will have official one-day international status and MCG officials added that the game would be a sellout of 78,000. The proceeds from the match will be donated to World Vision. — AP

Clijsters officially out


Kim Clijsters, runner-up at last year’s Australian Open, confirmed that she had officially withdrawn from this year’s tournament due to an ongoing left wrist injury. Clijsters, 21, had not entered the Australian Open beginning January 17 and would have had to rely on a wild card to play. “The recovery of the wrist injury is going well, but Kim doesn’t feel like putting too much stress on the joint that early and wants to avoid any possible risk,” her website said. — AP

Tommy Haas injured


Germany’s Tommy Haas will miss next week’s Medibank Sydney International tournament after tearing a groin muscle during a match at the Hopman Cup. Hopman Cup tournament director Paul McNamee said Haas hopes to be fit for the Australian Open. “He’s got a mild tear,” McNamee said. “He’s not going to play Sydney, but he should be OK for the Australian Open. He needs a break from tennis.” — AP

Barca eye Spurs striker


Barcelona might be ready to make a move for Tottenham’s in-form striker Freddie Kanoute to strengthen their attack during January’s transfer window after losing Sweden striker Henrik Larsson to a knee injury. But Spurs manager Martin Jol is likely to fight any approach. The Spanish league leaders have been linked with Manchester City’s Nicolas Anelka, but are now eyeing the 27-year-old French-born Kanoute who opted to play his international football for Mali. — AFP

‘Macho’ Camacho held


Three-time world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was arrested on Thursday in the burglary of a Gulfport business last November. Gulfport Police Chief Stephen T Barnes said Camacho, 42, was being held in Harrison County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Barnes declined to release any details of the burglary — including what kind of business it was or what allegedly was taken. — AP

Peterhansel claims lead


Stephane Peterhansel of France claimed the overall lead in the Dakar Rally after winning the seventh and longest stage of the two-continent race. The defending champion covered the 660-km timed section between Zouerat and Tichit in 8 hours, 21 minutes, 57 seconds. Naser Saleh Al Attiyah of Qatar finished second, 25:40 behind, and Jutta Kleinschmidt of Germany was third in 8:48:04. Overall, Peterhansel leads compatriot Luc Alphan by 21:32. Kleinschmidt is third, 22:44 adrift. — AP