Milan drop to sixth

ROME: AC Milan’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League took another hit on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to visiting Atalanta. The loss dropped Milan into a tie for sixth place with Sampdoria. Only the top four finishers in Serie A qualify for the Champions League. Milan won the Champions League last season. Inter lead with 69 points, followed by Roma (65), Juventus (58), Fiorentina (53), Udinese (50) and Milan and Sampdoria with 49 each. Also, it was: Napoli 1, Palermo 0; Catania 1, Torino 2; Genoa 2, Reggina 0; and Livorno 0, Siena 0. — AP

South Africa fined

CHENNAI: International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee Roshan Mahanama on Monday penalized South Africa for its slow overrate in the opening Test against India. The first Test of the three-match series ended in a draw on Sunday. South Africa’s team has been fined 10 per cent of its match fees, while the penalty for captain Graeme Smith will be 20 per cent, an ICC statement said. ICC’s regulations stipulate a five percent penalty for every over that a side falls short, and the captain is fined double that amount. — AP

Patel withdraws

DUBAI: Imtiaz Patel has withdrawn his candidacy to become the next chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Cricket’s world governing body chose Patel in mid-March, but the South African said he wants to remain in his home country where he heads broadcast network SuperSport International. ICC president-elect David Morgan said the group was disappointed with Patel’s decision but was confident it could find another qualified candidate. — AP