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Sporting and Benfica stormed to 6-0 wins in the Portuguese league on Wednesday while Porto were jeered off the field after being held 1-1 at home by mid-table Rio Ave.

Leaders Sporting demolished Vitoria Setubal with Islam Slimani and Bruno Cesar, making his debut after a move from Estoril, scoring twice and Joao Mario and Alberto Aquilani sharing the other goals.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is glad India will play three Twenty20 matches in Australia and hopes it will help the team identify the right combination before the World Twenty20 at home in March.

A lone T20 match is mostly the norm for an Indian team in a bilateral series but this time they will have more opportunities to hone their skills after playing five one-day internationals Down Under.

Jordon Ibe came off the bench to drive home the winner as Liverpool took a big step towards reaching the League Cup final with a 1-0 victory at Stoke City in the first leg of their last-four tie on Tuesday.

Ibe was summoned into the action early and the winger fired home left-footed in the first half as Juergen Klopp's side grabbed a narrow but potentially priceless advantage ahead of the return leg on Jan. 26.

Play on day three of the third test between Australia and West Indies was delayed by rain on Tuesday, further disrupting the dead rubber contest after all but 11.2 overs of day two were washed out.

England missed two potentially costly catches in the second test because of the peculiarities of the layout of the Newlands ground, fast bowler Steven Finn said on Monday.

South Africa captain Hashim Amla was dropped twice as he batted through the third day to finish unbeaten on 157 and the hosts finished on 353 for three in reply to England's 629 for six declared.