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Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 4:00 AM
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Jack Warner vs CONCACAF

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Disgraced former football supremo, Jack Warner, has launched a US$40-million countersuit against continental governing body CONCACAF and FIFA Council member Sunil Gulati for "persistent defamation of character".

In response to a US$20-million lawsuit filed against him last week by CONCACAF in a US Federal Court, the 74-year-old said he had no choice but to instruct his lawyers to initiate legal proceedings.

He argued in a statement that the most recent corruption allegations made against him were "repetitive and ancient", and said he would fight to protect his name and that of his family "to the very end".

Windies fined for slow over rate

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):

The West Indies have been slapped with a fine for slow over rate, adding to the pain of their seven-wicket defeat in the opening Test against Pakistan here Tuesday.

International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, Chris Broad, ruled that the Caribbean side was one over short of their target during the contest at Sabina Park.

Each player was fined 10 per cent of his match fee while captain Jason Holder attracted a 20 per cent fine, as per the ICC Code of Conduct.

The ICC statement said Holder pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanction, ruling out the need for a formal hearing.

West Indies will seek to level the three-match series when they take on Pakistan in the second Test starting on Sunday at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Sharapova in last eight

STUTTGART, Germany (AP):

Kristina Mladenovic of France upset two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber 6-2, 7-5 yesterday to join Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Sharapova advanced earlier by beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 in her second match after a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova hit nine aces and held serve throughout against Makarova. She converted three of her four break points.

"Being in the quarter-finals here again is quite special," said Sharapova, who won the indoor clay event three times from 2012-14.