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Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 9:00 AM
Shahid Afridi

Man U's Shaw to fly home

MANCHESTER, England (AP):

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said yesterday that defender Luke Shaw is in surprisingly good spirits after having his leg broken against PSV Eindhoven and could fly back to England this weekend.

Shaw sustained a double fracture in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat in the Champions League and has stayed in the Netherlands after having surgery on the night of the game.

Van Gaal said he had called the 20-year-old left back Thursday night.

"He sounds very strong, which was amazing for me - a big surprise," the Dutchman told reporters. "It is a good signal, but he knows he has long way to go, and it is not easy... He will have a long period of rehabilitation, and he has a long way to go."

"His family is there. We have sent people with him, and he will come back when he is prepared," Van Gaal said. "Maybe tomorrow."

UEFA donates US$2.3m for kids in migrant crisis

ST JULIAN'S, Malta (AP):

European football's governing body is donating US$2.3 million to help children affected by the migrant crisis.

UEFA agreed at a meeting in Malta to give the cash to its Foundation for Children, which was established in March.

UEFA President Michel Platini says in a statement that he hopes the donation will be a "valuable contribution to initiatives aimed at helping the living conditions of child migrants in Europe and beyond".

European teams have already agreed to give US$1.10 for every ticket sold in this month's Champions League and Europa League matches.

Afridi: Stop pushing for India series

ISLAMABAD (AP):

Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi said yesterday he wants his country's cricket board to stop advocating for a Test series against India and concentrate more on persuading other teams to tour Pakistan.

Both countries' cricket boards have signed an agreement to play at least six times from 2015-2023, but the India board needs its government's approval to revive cricketing ties with Pakistan.

"I don't know why we are pushing for series against India again and again," Afridi told reporters in Lahore during Pakistan's short training camp ahead of next week's limited-overs tour to Zimbabwe. "I don't see any reason to play (against India) if they don't want to play."

The last time both teams played a test series was in 2007 when Pakistan toured India. Pakistan last hosted India for a Test series in 2006.