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Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 10:00 AM
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Benn for Narine

MUMBAI, India (CMC): Combative left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn has been called up to replace Sunil Narine in the West Indies 14-man squad for the five-match one-day series against India.

The move was widely expected, and the 33-year-old Benn will now join the squad in Kochi, where West Indies play the first one-day international on Wednesday at the Nehru Stadium.

Narine was withdrawn from the tour after he was twice reported by umpires for having a suspected illegal action, while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders during the Champions League Twenty20.

He was subsequently banned from bowling in the tournament, and the West Indies Cricket Board said it had withdrawn the player from the ODI series so his action could be assessed further.


Phelps says swimming on hold

MIAMI (AP): Putting his swimming career on hold after his second DUI arrest, Olympic champion Michael Phelps began a six-week programme yesterday that he said "will provide the help I need to better understand myself".

The winningest athlete in Olympic history made the announcement in a series of posts on his Twitter account. According to his representatives at Octagon, Phelps entered an in-patient programme that will keep him from competing at least through mid-November, though there's no indication he plans to give up swimming.

"The past few days have been extremely difficult," Phelps said in a statement. "I recognise that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. I'm going to take some time away to attend a programme that will provide the help I need to better understand myself.

He added: "Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now, I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future."