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CRICKET: SHARJAH: The forthcoming Sharjah Cup tri-series from April 8 to 17 will feature Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Following is the schedule: April 8: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka; April 9: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka; April 10: Rest; April 11: New Zealand vs Pakistan; April 12: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: April 13: Rest; April 14: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka; April 15: New Zealand vs Pakistan; April 16: Rest, April 17: final.

GOLF: THE WOODLANDS, Texas: The scores after the first round on Thursday of the $ 4 million Houston Open. Jim Carter 34-31 — 65; Esteban Toledo 33-33 — 66 ; Chris Riley 33-34 — 67; Vijay Singh 36-31 — 67; J.P. Hayes 35-32 — 67; Brian Bateman 35-32 — 67; Scott Verplank 33-34 — 67; Jay Haas 35-32 — 67; J.L. Lewis 35-33 — 68; Shigeki Maruyama 35-33 — 68; Shingo Katayama 33-35 — 68; Bob Burns 34-34 — 68; Robert Allenby 37-31 — 68; Nick Price 35-33 — 68; Fred Couples 36-32 — 68.

MOTOR RACING: SAO PAULO, Brazil: For Minardi's Alexander Yoong, being a Formula One driver means more than trying to cross the finish line as often as possible. As Malaysia's first Formula One driver, it also means building an auto racing tradition in that Southeastern Asian country. ``It's a bit like planting a seed from which a Formula One tradition will hopefully sprout in Malaysia,'' the rookie 25-year old driver said in the Minardi box before Friday's first, untimed practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix. ``In a certain way I hope I can be a role model to other young Malaysians and encourage them to take up auto racing,'' he said.

Top Formula One drivers on Thursday spoke out against new International Automobile Federation rules that punish those involved in race incidents by moving them 10 spots down the grid at the next race. They said any penalties should be decided by a permanent staff of stewards, preferably including some with race experience. After the season started with two first-corner collisions in the Australian and Malaysian races, motor sport's ruling body last week gave race stewards the power to punish those drivers responsible on the starting grid of the next Grand Prix. ``For the show, it might be a good thing to see what happens when you move a competitive car 10 places back,'' said Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. But the Brazilian said he thought that the penalty might be too tough, or even dangerous on tight tracks like Monaco's street circuit, as drivers scramble to make up lost ground.

TENNIS: MIAMI: U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe is calling for more grasscourt tournaments in tennis, saying it would be healthy for the sport. McEnroe, whose elder brother John won three Wimbledon titles on the slick surface in the 1980s, has selected grass for next week's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Spain in Houston, Texas. ``Seeing another tournament or two on grass would be healthy for the game, sure,'' McEnroe said at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami. Aside from Wimbledon, arguably the most prestigious tournament in the world, just five men's tournaments out of 70 in a year are played on grass.

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