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Khawaja, Beer to debut for Australia

Posted: 01 Jan 2011 07:41 PM PST

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja and left-arm spinner Michael Beer will make their debuts for Australia in the fifth Ashes test against England.

Michael Clarke, who is deputizing for injured Ricky Ponting as Australia captain in Sydney, announced the starting XI at a news conference Sunday. Fast bowler Doug Bollinger was the squad member left out of the starting team for the final test of the series.

Khawaja is expected to bat at No. 3, where Ponting usually bats for Australia.

England leads the series 2-1, ensuring it will retain the Ashes, and a win or draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground will deliver its first series win in Australia for 24 years.

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San Francisco to host 2013 America’s Cup

Posted: 01 Jan 2011 07:23 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco will be the site of the 2013 America's Cup, officials said on Friday, with a Silicon Valley billionaire giving the "City by the Bay" its first chance to host sailing's biggest event.         "We sought a venue that fulfils our promise - to showcase the best sailors in the world competing on the fastest boats," Richard Worth, chairman of the America's Cup Event Authority, said in a statement.        "And hosting the America's Cup in San Francisco will realise that promise."        

The decision on where to stage the 34th Cup was ultimately up to Larry Ellison, chief executive of software company Oracle Corp , whose BMW Oracle team won the event in races off Valencia, Spain, in February 2010. — Reuters

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