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WICB congratulates Beckles
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) congratulated Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who has been named the next vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies. A statement from the WICB's headquarters in Antigua says the board also anticipates a deepening of ties with Professor Beckles.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire West Indies cricket family, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Sir Hilary on this auspicious appointment," WICB president Dave Cameron was quoted as saying.
"We look forward to a further deepening of the relationship between West Indies cricket and regional academia and wish Professor Sir Hilary the very best in his new and esteemed role."
Professor Beckles served as a director of the WICB for several years until 2013. He is the author and editor of several publications on the history of West Indies cricket and is considered the region's foremost cricket academic and historian.
Sir Hilary will succeed Professor E. Nigel Harris, who will step down from the position in April 2015.
Dhoni excited about Bravo's return
HYDERABAD, India (CMC): Captain M.S. Dhoni has welcomed the return of West Indies one-day international (ODI) captain Dwayne Bravo into the Chennai Super Kings set-up, saying his presence will boost the chances of their team in the Champions League. Bravo was the leading wicket-taker in the 2013 IPL, but could play only one game in the 2014 season before being sidelined by a shoulder problem.
Dhoni had highlighted the injury to Bravo as one of the main reasons for the Super Kings' early exit from the IPL this year.
"We missed Dwayne Bravo during the IPL. He got injured," M.S. Dhoni said. "That really affected the strength, combination and stability of the side. It is good to have him (Bravo) back."
Super Kings play Kolkata Knight Riders today at Hyderabad in their first game of the Champions League.
Zidane eyeing France job
PARIS (AP): Former France great, Zinedine Zidane, says he would be interested in taking charge of the national team once he gets more experience under his belt. Zidane, 42, served as an assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti last season at Real Madrid and is now coaching the club's reserve team.
Zidane, who had been linked to the head coaching position at French club Bordeaux before taking over Madrid's reserves, told La Provence newspaper that he is interested in the job.
The former Juventus and Real midfielder said: "I'm ambitious. I wore this shirt, and now that I'm on the other side of the fence, this is an option."
The France team is currently coached by Didier Deschamps, who played alongside Zidane when France won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
CBS: Rihanna out of NFL telecast
NEW YORK (AP): CBS and Rihanna are splitting up after more fall-out from the Ray Rice incident. The network said yesterday that it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna's voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts - after the singer issued a profane tweet about it.
A portion of Jay-Z's Run This Town featuring Rihanna was cut from last Thursday's game because CBS was covering the controversy over Rice's assault of his then-fiancee. CBS planned to use the song on Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? ... Y'all are sad for penalising me for this."
CBS issued a statement saying that it was "moving in a different direction" with different theme music.