Bjoergen, Sundby win cross-country World Cup races

Updated 24 November 2012
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Bjoergen, Sundby win cross-country World Cup races

GALLIVARE, Sweden: Norway dominated the opening cross-country World Cup meet of the season on Saturday, as Marit Bjoergen earned her 56th individual victory in the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle event and Martin Johnsrud Sundby surprisingly won the men’s 15K race.
Bjoergen led the interval-start race from the first intermediate time and crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 31.8 seconds for what the 32-year-old triple Olympic champion called “a perfect beginning” to the season.
“I felt like going fast on the skis today and was curious to see whether my body would be with me,” Bjoergen said.
Bjoergen’s teammate Therese Johaug came second, 12.6 seconds behind, and Kikkan Randall of the United States was third, 25.9 seconds back.
In the men’s race, Johnsrud Sundby stunned the field by earning his first World Cup victory in a freestyle event — and just second individual win overall — by finishing in 30 minutes, 37.0 seconds.
“It’s a good feeling I have inside of me right now,” the 28-year-old classical-style specialist said. “There’s a lot of hard work that has started to pay off.” Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan was 8.9 seconds behind in second place, while Sweden’s Marcus Hellner was third.
This was the fifth time Gallivare, located some 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, hosted the season-opening event of the cross-country World Cup.


Cricket World Cup fixtures released - India to face Pakistan at Old Trafford

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Cricket World Cup fixtures released - India to face Pakistan at Old Trafford

  • England to play against South Africa in the opening match at The Oval on May 30
  • Qualifiers Afghanistan's daunting task of facing champions Australia to take place in Bristol on 1 June

DUBAI: India will take on Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup next year at Old Trafford, after the schedule for the much-anticipated tournament were released.
The draw on Thursday also pitched tournament host England against South Africa in the opening match at The Oval on May 30.
The India-Pakistan match on June 16 will be one of six matches in Manchester during the 46-day tournament, which runs from May 30-July 14.
For this World Cup, which has decreased in size from 14 teams to 10, the International Cricket Council has reverted to a round-robin format it last used at the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
All 10 teams will play the others once, with top four advancing to the semifinals.
Defending champions Australia will play qualifier Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.
The semifinals will be at Old Trafford and Edgbaston, with Lord’s staging its fifth World Cup final on July 14.