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Bolt, Fraser-Pryce miss out on Laureus awards
BERLIN, Germany (CMC):
Three-time winner, Usain Bolt, missed out on a fourth Laureus Sportsman-of-the-Year Award as Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic repeated as winner for a second straight year here yesterday.
The 29-year-old Bolt was one of four athletes up for the award but lost out to Djokovic, who won three of the four grand slams last year on the ATP Tour last year, to clinch his third Laureus Award overall.
Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi and British Formula One ace, Lewis Hamilton, also missed out.
Jamaican Bolt is the reigning World champion in both the 100 and 200 metres, having once again dominated at the Beijing World Championships last August.
He is preparing for the defence of his sprint titles at the Rio Summer Olympics.
American Serena Williams, meanwhile, captured the Sportswoman-of-the-Year Award, defeating Jamaican sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and American footballer Carli Lloyd.
WI snub PCB offer
LAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):
West Indies will play all their games against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates as scheduled after turning down an offer from the host board to contest the two Twenty20 Internationals here. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shaharyar Khan, said they had requested the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) play the two games here, but the Caribbean body had declined on the basis of security concerns.
International cricket has not been played here since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus en route to a game, killing seven policemen and injuring several players.
"We wanted the Twenty20s to be played in Pakistan and made an effort, but the West Indies Cricket Board have refused saying they have security fears, so the full series will be played in (the) United Arab Emirates," Khan was quoted as saying.
The Windies are scheduled to play two Tests, five one-day internationals and the two T20s later this year in September and October.