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Published:Saturday | April 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Saeed Ajmal

Ref's widow files US$51m lawsuit


The wife of a Detroit-area football referee filed a $51 million lawsuit yesterday against a hot-headed player who is in prison for throwing a punch that killed her husband during a game last summer.

The figure represents $1 million for each of the 51 additional years that John Bieniewicz, 44, could have lived, according to the lawsuit.

Kristen Bieniewicz, the representative of her husband's estate, is suing Bassel Saad, another man who controlled the team and the football league.

Bieniewicz died after Saad punched him in the head just moments before Saad would have been ejected from a weekend game.

"We hope this lawsuit sends a message that, when you commit uncivilised acts in a civilised world, there are consequences, even beyond the criminal realm," said attorney James Acho, who had known Bieniewicz since childhood.

Ajmal back for Pakistan


Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal returned in all three formats after clearing his bowling action for the series against Bangladesh, and the new selectors dropped three batsmen from the World Cup squad yesterday.

Nasir Jamshed (tournament average 1.66), Umar Akmal (27.33), and Ahmed Shehzad (32.42) were axed, while Younis Khan (14.33) was rested from the limited-overs team.

"We are not against any individual, but cricketing discipline is more important to us," new chief selector Haroon Rasheed said.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, who have retired from the 50-over format, will captain in the Tests and Twenty20s, respectively.

Azhar Ali, who was ignored for the World Cup, will lead the one-day international team, with middle-order batsmen Fawad Alam and Asad Shafiq making comebacks.

Pakistan are scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 in Bangladesh from this month.

China's Liu Xiang to retire


China's former Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang plans to announce his retirement next week following years of nagging injuries, a local newspaper reported yesterday.

The Shanghai native has not competed since withdrawing at the London Olympics in 2012 after rupturing his Achilles tendon. He pulled out of the 2008 Beijing Games with a similar injury and years of treatment have apparently failed to fix the problem.

The 31-year-old Liu became one of China's best-known athletes by winning the 110-metre hurdles title at the 2004 Athens Olympics in a then-world record time.

The Shanghai newspaper Xinmin News said Liu would announce his retirement on his official microblog on Tuesday. He would then join former NBA star Yao Ming and tennis champion Li Na in the ranks of world-class Chinese athletes who have recently retired.

Liu had already announced that he did not expect to compete at the athletics world championships in Beijing in August.