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The third ODI between England and Australia at Edgbaston was washed out today, leaving Australia still 1-0 up in this 5-match series with 2 games still left to play.

Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first under overcast conditions. Play started 20 minutes late and didn’t last long much longer with just 15.1 overs bowled before the heavens opened with England 59-3. Mitchell Johnson and Adam Voges took a wicket each with one run out. The former in particular bowled rather brilliantly, and in addition to getting the wicket of Kevin Pietersen for 6, had Jonathan Trott beaten all ends up on a regular basis, and was rather unfortunate not to get his man leg before on two occasions, with the DRS working against Australia both times.

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Jennifer Johnson’s performance on the weekend at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic led to her first Tour victory and the Kia Most Compelling Performance Award for May. The 21-year-old American shot consecutive 65’s on Saturday and Sunday to become a Rolex First-Time Winner, holding off a group of players that included LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb and LPGA winners Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist.

Johnson is the fourth Kia Most Compelling Performance Award winner in 2013 following Yani Tseng (February), Stacy Lewis (March) and Inbee Park (April).

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Jennifer Johnson shot a final-round 7-under 65 to become a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. The Carlsbad, Calif. native carded rounds of 67-70-65-65 to break the tournament record with a 21-under par 267 total and finished one stroke ahead of Pornanong Phatlum and Jessica Korda. A group of five players finished in a tie for fourth at 19-under par including Karrie Webb, Jiyai Shin, Ariya Juatnugarn, Chella Choi and Anna Nordqvist.

Johnson started the day three strokes off the lead heading into the final round and knew another solid day would be needed to even stay in contention. She carded four of her eight birdies on the front nine along with her lone bogey of the round on the par 4 5th hole. She made the turn at 17-under and one stroke behind Jessica Korda who played in the group following her. But it wasn’t until the final nine holes that Johnson really set her eye on the prize.

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Mumbai Indians improved their record against the Pune Warriors on the back of yet another spirited display of batting that saw them pick up their third win from the four games they have played thus far in IPL 2013. The Pune batsmen struggled to build partnerships as Mitchell Johnson's spell was good enough to hand out Pune a rankling 41 run defeat.

Mumbai skipper Ricky Ponting won the flip of the coin and elected to bat on a good sporting wicket. The opening duo of Ponting and Tendulkar made a promising start to the Mumbai innings putting up a brisk 54 run first wicket stand from 7 overs before Yuvraj got the much needed breathrough sending back Ponting (14) with his first ball of the evening. Tendulkar followed his captain in the next over after a strokeful innings of 44.

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The fourth and final test between India and Australia in Delhi is tantalizingly poised with the hosts eking out a negligible 4 run lead at the end of Day 2 with 2 wickets still in hand. The Australian tail continued to wag this morning, and took their score to 262 before India got their turn with the bat. The Indian openers Murali Vijay (57) and Cheteshwar Pujara (52) both made half-centuries and posted a century stand before off-spinner Nathan Lyon spun the game Australia's way. Ravindra Jadeja's 43 late in the day helped India squeeze out a lead, but Lyon struck with the last ball of the day to take a 5-fer to keep the game very much in the balance.

India needed almost 40 minutes on Saturday morning to wrap up the Australian innings with Peter Siddle falling shortly after bringing up what was an excellent half-century, bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin having played down the wrong line. Ashwin picked up yet another 5-wicket haul, his 9th in India.

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The 2nd test between Australia and Sri Lanka came to an end even before the umpires could call stumps on Day 3, with the Aussies winning by an innings and 201 runs. As Sri Lanka chased the massive 304 run lead Australia had over them, wickets fell like flies, and they found their innings at an end with just 103 runs on the board, less than 25 overs in.

Earlier in the day, the 9th wicket pair of Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Johnson resumed hostility for the Aussies, with the latter on 78. Lyon was dismissed quickly, as he lobbed a delivery from Angelo Mathews to Dinesh Chandimal. The Aussie innings came to a quick end as Jackson Bird was bowled by Shaminda Eranga for a duck. Mitchell Johnson would have been disappointed as he walked back unbeaten on 92. But Australia had a massive 460 runs on the board, and Sri Lanka had a lot of work to do, beginning their innings with 2 players unlikely to bat.

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Australia are on the verge of a comfortable series win, having taken control of the second test against Sri Lanka on the opening day itself by bowling out their visitors for a paltry first innings score of 156 runs. Sri Lanka were knocked over even before the sides went off for tea after which Australia practically erased that total, posting 150 runs by the end of the day. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he took 4 wickets, with Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, and debutant Jackson Bird also picking up two wickets apiece.

The toss seemed to be the only thing that went in Sri Lanka's favour, with the visitors deciding to bat first. Dimuth Karunaratne and Tillakaratne Dilshan seemed to start off quite comfortably, but Jackson Bird soon struck for Australia with the new ball, making Karunaratne his first victim in international cricket. The Lankan opener caught an outside edge, and was caught behind by Matthew Wade for just 5 runs. Mitchell Johnson struck a few overs later, as he bowled the in-form Dilshan for 11. The batsman caught an inside edge that went on to hit the stumps.

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