Aussie coach Lehmann fined
Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a charge of publicly criticising and making inappropriate comments about England player Stuart Broad in relation to an incident that occurred in an international match.
Lehmann was found to have breached Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for players and player-support personnel, which relates to public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match.
Yesterday, Lehmann admitted to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge related to comments made by Lehmann on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test during an interview on Australian radio.
The charge was laid by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.
Alonso has surgery on broken foot
MADRID (AP):Real Madrid says midfielder Xabi Alonso has undergone surgery on a broken bone in his right foot.
Madrid did not indicate how long the Spanish international is expected to be out.
Alonso's backup, new signing Asier Illarramendi, is also injured.
The 31-year-old Alonso underwent surgery in the offseason on his back, causing him to miss the Confederations Cup with Spain, Madrid's preseason and its Spanish league opener last Sunday.
World champion Spain face a World Cup qualifier against Finland on September 6.
Players bowled over by CPL support
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:Leading Caribbean and international cricketers say they are encouraged by the massive show of support from fans around the region for the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL).
"To get such a huge turn-out in the (Limacol) CPL is fantastic. The only other place where you get these sorts of crowds is in the IPL (Indian Premier League)," declared Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle
"So (the Limacol CPL) ranks right up there with the other tournaments, which is really great to see. I am really happy that things have progressed and it can only get bigger and better from here on."
Officials say the CPL is set to finish with a bang after it was confirmed that the two semi-finals and final at the Queen's Park Oval are sold out.
Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel met in semi-final one yesterday while today; Barbados Tridents clash with the Jamaica Tallawahs ahead of tomorrow's final.
Sinclair on loan at West Brom
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP):Scott Sinclair has ended his miserable spell at Manchester City by joining fellow Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan deal.
West Brom said yesterday that the club has the option to sign the former Chelsea and Swansea winger on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old Sinclair, who played for Britain in the Olympic football tournament at the London Games, signed for City for 6.2 million pounds (US$9.6 million) last summer but only started two league games last season.