WICB president visits women's team in camp
The president of the West Indies Cricket Board, Dave Cameron, visited the 17-member women's team at Sabina Park yesterday morning. The squad is in Jamaica for a camp scheduled for September 22 to 30, preparing for a series of one-day and Twenty20 internationals next month against England and New Zealand.
The series bowls off in Jamaica at Sabina Park October 6, 8 and 10, with three ODIs against New Zealand. The West Indies' Stafanie Taylor is the highest ranked Women's player in ODI - seventh in batting, second in bowling and number one in the all-rounders section. The team is ranked second in the world.
Venus advances after 'tough' match
Venus Williams rallied from a set down to defeat Simona Halep of Romania 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 yesterday and reach the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.
Williams, making her first appearance in the Tokyo tournament since 2009, broke serve to lead 5-3 in the third set at Ariake Colosseum and then won with a crosscourt forehand that No. 13-seeded Halep hit into the net.
"It was a very tough match," Williams said. "She played very well. I don't know how I was able to win the match. I just wanted to stay in Japan longer."
Williams, who ousted top-seeded Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday, will face Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the quarter-finals.
Bouchard upset sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2.
Making her debut in the Tokyo tournament, Bouchard broke Jankovic to go up 5-2 in the second set and then held serve to win.
Snooker player gets 12-year ban for match-fixing
British snooker player Stephen Lee was banned for 12 years yesterday, the longest suspension for match-fixing in the game's history.
The world's former fifth-ranked player, who won five events in his 21-year pro career, was found guilty of manipulating seven matches in 2008 and 2009.
"The fixing occurred at several top events in the sport, over a sustained period, and is damaging to its reputation," independent tribunal chairman Adam Lewis said. "While Mr Lee may not have been the prime mover or instigator, the gambling was undertaken through three separate groups, and it is unlikely that Mr Lee was simultaneously led astray by all three."
With his professional career appearing to be over, Lee said he will appeal.
"I'm absolutely devastated. I've done nothing wrong," the 38-year-old Englishman said. "I'm totally innocent of this."
It's the biggest case of match-fixing in snooker since Australia's Quinten Hann was suspended for eight years in 2006.
Lee was found guilty of fixing matches at the 2008 Malta Cup, the 2008 UK Championships, the 2009 China Open and the 2009 World Championship.
Russian race walker banned for life
A Russian athlete who placed fifth in the 50-kilometre walk at last year's London Olympics has been handed a lifetime ban by the IAAF for a second doping offence.
Track and field's world governing body says Igor Erokhin was one of 27 athletes to be given doping suspensions in the past month.
Erokhin previously served a two-year ban after testing positive for EPO in 2008. The IAAF says his latest doping offence was an "athlete biological passport case".