Time Out

Clarke hopeful

SYDNEY: Michael Clarke is confident of being fit for Australia’s one-day tour of India this month despite being sent home from the Champions Trophy due to his ongoing back injury. Clarke has been replaced by David Hussey in Australia’s 15-man squad in South Africa but he hasn’t given up hope of being back in Australia’s plans within a few weeks. “It’s good to be back home now,” Clarke said. “It gives me a chance to get my back right and get the treatment I need to get and I’ll worry about the future after that. I’m very confident, I’m in good hands,” Clarke added. — Agencies

Pachuca in quarters

HOUSTON: Edgar Benitez scored in the 23rd minute and Mexico’s Pachuca beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Wednesday night to clinch a CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final spot. Pachuca lead Group A with 12 points. Houston are third, with only the two teams advancing to the quarter-finals. Benitez’s goal came off a cross from Juan Carlos Rojas from the right side. Rojas sent it into the middle of the goalkeeper’s box, and Benitez chested it, and one-timed it into the lower right net. — Agencies

Nadal recovers

MADRID: World No 2 Rafael Nadal returns to action at next week’s China Open after recovering from a stomach injury. The Spaniard pulled out of this week’s Thailand Open with the complaint, but is fit enough to compete in Beijing. The China Open will be the first played at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre where Nadal won the men’s singles gold medal at last year’s Games. The 23-year-old will then play at the Shanghai Masters 1000, the Masters in London and the Davis Cup final. Nadal was hampered by the injury at the US Open, where he reached the semi-finals, and withdrew from the Spanish squad that beat Israel to reach the Davis Cup final. — Agencies