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Published:Monday | January 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Cameron in SA

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron, is in South Africa for the third Test between the regional team and the hosts.

While in Cape Town, Cameron will meet with his cricket colleagues on the additional opportunities for the future tours programme agreed on by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Early last year, the WICB threw its support behind the ICC's proposal. In a release then, the WICB said that after extensive discussions and careful consideration, it had joined with other ICC members in supporting the new draft principles of the International Cricket Council relating to the future structure, governance and financial models of the ICC.

While in South Africa, the WICB boss will also meet with the West Indies management team and players.

Cameron is also preparing for his re-election due constitutionally in March 2015. An opponent has not yet come forward.

Newcastle release Ben Arfa

NEWCASTLE, England (AP):

Premier League club Newcastle has released French forward Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of his move to Nice.

Nice said Saturday that it had reached a deal in principle with the 27-year-old Ben Arfa, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Hull.

Ben Arfa is scheduled to have a medical at Nice today, and will make the move as a free agent.

Ben Arfa joined Newcastle from Marseille in 2010, initially on loan, before signing permanently.

Senegal's Mane to miss African Cup


Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says Senegal striker Sadio Mane will miss the African Cup of Nations because of a calf injury.

Koeman said yesterday that he predicted Mane would be sidelined for four to six weeks, and there has been contact with Senegal's football federation.

Koeman says, "Maybe they will call the player to have a test or to see what exactly happened, but they have to know it, because the contact and the scans - they received everything."

The 16-team African Cup of Nations starts on January 17.

PSG punish Lavezzi, Cavani


Paris Saint-Germain attacking duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani have been handed an undisclosed fine by the French champions and will train on their own for one week after returning late to their club following the mid-season break.

Lavezzi and Cavani both returned to the French capital on Friday morning after missing a training camp in Morocco, fuelling speculation they could be leaving the club during the January transfer window.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc said yesterday that the South American pair will be training on their own next week and won't be selected for the team's next two matches at Montpellier, in the French Cup today, and Bastia, in the league next weekend.

Blanc said their decision to return late in order to spend more time with their families was "unacceptable" and hindered his team's ambitions for the second half of the season.

"It came at the wrong time because we need to set out again on a positive dynamic to address all the challenges that await us," Blanc said. "In a club, when you put your personal interests first, it endangers the group."