Sport: The week in review

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BRIAN LARA breaks one of the most famous records in cricket by scoring 375 in the first innings of the fifth Test between the West Indies and England in Antigua.

Sir Garfield Sobers, whose 365 not out had stood since 1958 as the highest individual Test score, is among the first on to the field to congratulate the 24-year-old from Trinidad, playing in his 16th Test.

The match ends in a draw, however, thanks to centuries by Mike Atherton and Robin Smith and their third-wicket stand of 303, a record for England against the West Indies.

The London Marathon is won by Dionicio Ceron, from Mexico; last year's winner, Eamonn Martin, is eighth. The leading woman for the third year in a row is Katrin Dorre, of Germany.

In football, Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers both falter in their bid for the Premier League title, United losing 1-0 at Wimbledon and Rovers 3-1 at Southampton.

Spurs step nearer relegation by losing 2-0 at Leeds, while Crystal Palace's place in the top flight next season is confirmed by Nottingham Forest's 2-2 draw at Millwall. Everton are fined a total of pounds 125,000 for 'poaching' Norwich City's manager, Mike Walker.

Scott Gibbs, the British Lions centre, becomes the latest Welsh international to switch codes, moving from Swansea to rugby league's St Helens; Bill Knight is appointed captain of the British Davis Cup team in succession to his former doubles partner, Tony Pickard; and Michael Schumacher wins the Japanese Grand Prix to make it two wins out of two.

There are few surprises in the early rounds of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield: Hendry, Davis, Parrott and White all go through but Alex Higgins, back after four years, is well beaten.

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