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Published:Thursday | December 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Michael Clarke

Dominica launches youth cricket academy

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):

Dominica has launched a cricket academy for the first time specifically targeting young cricketers around the island.

The weekend cricket academy, a collaboration between the government and the Dominica Cricket Association, began last weekend, attracting 17 aspiring cricketers.

The players will be attending the academy for weekend sessions, starting Friday afternoons and concluding late Sunday.

Dominica and Windward Islands player, Liam Sebastien, has been appointed director of the academy, which is also being used to will develop the young players to compete in the division one cricket competition as a unit, next year.

Government parliamentarian Ian Douglas has encouraged the players to play dominoes, draughts and chess in their spare time to help build their ability to concentrate.

Herrera denies match-fixing in Spain


Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has denied accusations that he participated in a match-fixing scheme while playing in Spain for former club Zaragoza.

On his Facebook page, Herrera wrote, "I have never had and will never have anything to do with manipulating match results. If I am ever called to testify in any judicial hearing, I'll be happy to attend, as my conscience is totally clear."

A complaint filed by a prosecutor on Monday named Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabriel 'Gabi' Fernandez and Japan coach Javier Aguirre among players from both teams and Zaragoza officials for allegedly fixing Zaragoza's 2-1 win over Levante on May 21, 2011. In Spain, match-fixing is a crime that can lead to prison sentence.

Hope for Michael Clarke

BRISBANE, Australia (AP):

Michael Clarke still has a chance to play at the Cricket World Cup following surgery on his right hamstring.

That was about the only good news for Australia on the injury front yesterday when the bowling attack fell apart against India in stifling conditions on day one of the second Test.

Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said the 33-year-old Test skipper had surgery on a tendon in his right hamstring.

"Speaking to the surgeon, everything went really well," Kountouris said. "He found what he expected to find, there were no surprises, and he's managed to do a good repair, and from that he's very confident that Michael is going to make a good recovery.

"Our aim is for him to take part in the World Cup so that will be the goal," he said. "He's had the surgery, he's going to do the rehab with that intent, and we'll only know that in the coming weeks when we know how he is recovering."