Friday, March 20, 2009

Briefs-England cricket captain Strauss fit for one-dayer

March 19 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world on Thursday:
Cricket - England captain Andrew Strauss is fit for Friday's opening match of the one-day series against West Indies.
Strauss suffered a right hamstring strain during Sunday's six-wicket defeat in the Twenty20 international and used a runner in practice on Wednesday.
"I had a little bit of a hamstring niggle but I've been working hard with the medical staff and I feel absolutely 100 percent fine," Strauss was quoted as saying on the England and Wales Cricket Board website (
Soccer - Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton could return from injury for their last five matches of the season, coach Chris Hughton said.
Barton, 26, broke a metatarsal against his former club Manchester City on Jan. 28.
"It's very much the case that we're looking at having Joey back for the last four or five matches," Hughton told Newcastle's website ( "It has been very frustrating for him and for us as well because he is a quality player. We have to cope with that but when we get him back it will be a big bonus for us."
Athletics - Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt will compete in July's Paris Golden League meeting, organisers said.
The Jamaican will run either in the 100 or the 200 metres.

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