Australia qualify for Olympic basketball WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut and his Australia teammates have qualified for next year’s Olympic basketball tournament. Bogut scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had two blocks as Australia beat New Zealand 89-79 yesterday in an Oceania qualifying game to earn its place in Rio de Janiero. Bogut was in doubt because of a back injury, but his play helped the Aussies win the two-game aggregate series by 22 points following a 71-59 victory in the first leg. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova added 14 points, Chicago Bulls forward Cameron Bairstow had 10 and San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills scored nine for Australia. New Zealand still have a chance to make it to Rio through another qualifying series next year. Rogers to retire from Test cricket LONDON, England (AP): Chris Rogers will retire from Test cricket after the final Ashes match against England, becoming the third Australia player to end his international career on the tour. The 37-year-old opening batsman said: “I’ve been lucky enough to play cricket as a living for nearly 20 years and it’s been amazing and a privilege, but everything good comes to an end.” Rogers, who will play his 25th Test when the fifth and final Ashes Test starts at The Oval tomorrow, made his debut in 2008, but didn’t win his second cap until the 2013 Ashes. Ryan Harris quit because of injury before the Ashes series began and Australia captain Michael Clarke announced after the fourth Test, which England won to regain the urn, he will retire after the Ashes. Former FIFA, UEFA official dies at 82 FRANKFURT, Germany (AP): Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, a former FIFA and UEFA official who also served as president of the German soccer federation, has died. He was 82. The German federation said Mayer-Vorfelder died in a Stuttgart hospital on Monday. The DFB gave no cause of death. Mayer-Vorfelder headed the DFB from 2001-06 and oversaw the organisation of the 2006 World Cup in Germany before leaving the organisation. He also served two terms on the FIFA executive committee and was UEFA vice-president from 2007-09. Mayer-Vorfelder was also president of Bundesliga club Stuttgart from 1975-2000. Stuttgart won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during that time. Mayer-Vorfelder is survived by his wife Margit and their four children.
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