BRIEFS - No ICC review
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):
The International Cricket Council (ICC) says it will not look into a case of alleged ball-tampering by England fast bowler Stuart Broad in the third Test against South Africa. South African officials said Tuesday they had raised concerns with match referee Roshan Mahanama over an incident where Broad apparently stood on the ball, an action that could be seen as trying to change its condition to help bowlers use reverse swing earlier than if allowing natural wear on the ball.
However, the ICC said yesterday it had received no official complaint from South Africa before the start of play on the fourth day, which was the deadline. The ICC said the umpires reviewed the TV footage and decided not to bring a charge against Broad.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP):
Midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron has turned down a seven-million-pound ($11.2 million) offer to move from Argentine club Estudiantes to English Premier League club Manchester City. Veron's representative said the Argentine playmaker turned down the overture from City manager Roberto Mancini. The two played together at Italian clubs Lazio and Sampdoria and Mancini later coached Veron at Inter Milan.
Veron's representative Miguel Pires said in a radio interview on Tuesday that Man City had offered to pay Estudiantes seven million pounds ($11.2 million) and pay Veron the same amount.
Stoke withstood a second-half Fulham comeback to win 3-2 and move into the top half of the English Premier League on Tuesday. Tuncay's 12th-minute, close-range header was followed by strikes from Abdoulaye Faye and Mamady Sidibe before half-time to give Stoke a 3-0 lead.
But Fulham substitute Clint Dempsey set up Damian Duff to pull one back in the 61st and the American striker got on the scoresheet himself with a spectacular dipping strike in the 85th from outside of the area. But Fulham couldn't produce an equaliser in snowing conditions. Stoke moved up to 10th in the standings, three points and a place behind Fulham after 20 matches.
Flavio Briatore says he won't rush back into Formula One even though a French court has overturned his indefinite ban. F1's governing body banned the former Renault team boss after ruling he ordered Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately crash his car to help teammate Fernando Alonso win the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.
Although the world governing body is considering an appeal, Briatore said he had no immediate plans to return to the sport. He told the BBC he was happy to enjoy the moment of having his freedom and dignity back and wanted to spend time with his family before making a decision.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene and two other players were called up yesterday to reinforce an injury-hit squad taking part in a triangular one-day series in Bangladesh. Jayawardene, who was initially rested for the series, departed yesterday along with uncapped batsman Dinesh Chandimal and Mahela Udawatte.
Batsman Chamara Silva and all-rounder Muthumudalige Pushpakumara were injured in the match against India on Tuesday and will return home.