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Bournemouth signs Afobe
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP):
Bournemouth has added more firepower in their bid to survive in their first season in the English Premier League, signing Benik Afobe from second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported fee of £10 million ($14.5 million).
The 22-year-old Afobe is a former Arsenal trainee, who has represented England at youth and under-21 levels. He has scored 10 goals in 27 matches for Wolves this season.
Bournemouth announced the signing yesterday, with chief executive Neill Blake saying Afobe is a "consistent threat in front of goal" and that his "pedigree as an Arsenal Academy product must also not be underestimated".
Bournemouth are 16th in the 20-team Premier League, four points above the relegation zone.
Shah to appeal against suspension
Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah will appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told the ICC yesterday and the game's governing body will now form a tribunal to hear Shah's appeal.
Shah was suspended last month after his 'A' sample contained a banned substance - chlortalidone - which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. Local reports say Shah took his wife's blood pressure medication without knowing that it contained the banned substance.
During his suspension Shah cannot participate in any international match or games organised by the PCB or its affiliated members.
Wawrinka wins Chennai Open
CHENNAI, India (AP):
Stan Wawrinka won his fourth title at the Chennai Open yesterday with a 6-3, 7-5 win over upcoming Borna Coric of Croatia. Fifteen aces and trademark backhand shots helped the top-seeded Swiss dominate against 19-year-old Coric, the youngest player in the world's top 50 at No. 44.
It was the fourth title in five finals for 30-year-old Wawrinka, who had finished runner-up in 2010 and won his first title in 2011 at the hard court venue. He also won in 2014 and 2015.
Wawrinka saved all five break points even as Coric, playing his maiden ATP final, failed to put up the kind of fight that saw him win three-setters in four previous matches.