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Published: Monday | December 23, 2013 Comments 0
Actress Gabrielle Union (left) and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade. - AP
Actress Gabrielle Union (left) and Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade. - AP
Hafeez
Hafeez

Sammy to captain Windwards

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC):

Darren Sammy will return to the captaincy of the Windward Islands cricket team for the Regional Super50 tournament, which bowls off in Trinidad next month. Sammy, who is touring with the West Indies team in New Zealand, will take over from stand-in captain Liam Sebastien, who has been named vice-captain.

The Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control recently announced a 14-member squad for the defence of their title. The full squad reads Sammy (captain), Sebastien (vice-captain), Devon Smith, Andre Fletcher, Keddy Lesporis, Johnson Charles, Dalton Polius, Delorn Johnson, Kenroy Peters, Romel Currency, Tyrone Theophile, Alston Bobb, Gary Mathurin and Mervin Mathew.

The Windward Islands have been pooled in the same group as Jamaica, Guyana and the lone overseas team Ireland. The other group will feature Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Barbados and Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC). The teams will compete for the Clive Lloyd Trophy.

Wade, Union engaged

MIAMI (AP):

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are engaged. The Miami Heat star proposed to his long-time girlfriend on Saturday and the actress accepted. They announced the news through social media.

Wade and Union have been together for several years and there were recent indications that marriage was in the plans. The couple sent out Christmas cards together, with the return address being the "Wade-Union Family".

Wade posted a photo of Union wearing a large diamond, with the caption 'She said YES!!!'

TTCB official calls for pro league

PORT-OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

An official of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) believes a professional cricket league in Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados could solve some of the problems in West Indies cricket.

Patrick Rampersad, who is an executive member of the TTCB, said that professionalism is badly lacking in West Indies cricket and if the players are not exposed to a professional environment during their club days, it will be hard to be any different when they graduate to the senior team.

Moenchengladbach third

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):

Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 2-2 with Wolfsburg yesterday to move past Borussia Dortmund into third place in the Bundesliga. Moenchengladbach dropped their first points at home this season, but still moved into third, one point ahead of Dortmund, which lost 2-1 to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Wolfsburg, which got a late equaliser from substitute Bas Dost, are now two points behind Dortmund in fifth and undefeated in nine games.

FIFA sued for ticket irregularities

SAO PAULO (AP):

Brazilian prosecutors want FIFA and local World Cup organisers to pay nearly $2 million in damages for alleged ticket irregularities at a Confederations Cup venue. Prosecutors in the northeastern state of Pernambuco say organisers did not provide the services that fans paid for at the Arena Pernambuco during the warm-up tournament this year, especially in relation to seating location.

FIFA's agent in tickets sales, MATCH Services, has also been included in Friday's court action. Many fans complained that their seats were not as good as shown when they made the purchases and that some ticket orders forced people to sit in opposite sides of the stadium. The unhappy fans included some who bought the most expensive tickets for the three matches played at the Arena Pernambuco in June.

Prosecutors said they took action after interviewing some of the fans who complained about their tickets, with many saying they thought they would be sitting near the field but ended up sitting high up in the stands. Some allegedly had their views obstructed.

"The action is aimed at guaranteeing that consumers receive exactly what they pay for," prosecutor Guilherme Lapenda said in a statement.

FIFA and MATCH this month had already been fined more than $200,000 each by consumer rights officials because of the problems at the Arena Pernambuco.

Hafeez powers Pakistan to big victory

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP):

Mohammad Hafeez smashed a career-best unbeaten 140 for his second century of the series as Pakistan inflicted a 113-run defeat on Sri Lanka in the third one-day international for a 2-1 lead in the series.

Hafeez hit 11 fours and three sixes in his 136-ball knock in Pakistan's formidable 326-5. Fast bowler Umar Gul returned after a nine-month injury layoff with 3-19 as Sri Lanka were all out for 213 in 44.4 overs.

"I was happy to bat first ... Hafeez and Ahmed provided the platform, and good finish, too," Misbah said. "The way Gul came and took wickets, it set the tone as we weren't taking wickets with the new ball. I was happy with the way the spinners performed as well."

Sri Lanka paid a heavy price for dropping Hafeez on 26 as he added 160 runs with opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad (81) and another brisk 75 with captain Misbah-ul-Haq (40) against some wayward bowling.

Gul, Pakistan's most experienced bowler, jolted Sri Lanka's run-chase with his twin strike in the fourth over when he dismissed Kusal Perera (7) and Dimuth Karunaratne. Sri Lanka could not recover from those early strikes, and although top scorer Tillakaratne Dilshan (59) hit 10 fours and captain Angelo Mathews made 44, Pakistan continued to strike at regular intervals through their spinners Hafeez (2-35) and Saeed Ajmal (2-37). Gul finished off the game when he had last man Lasith Malinga clean-bowled with more than five overs to spare.

Inter beat Milan 1-0

MILAN (AP):

A late goal from Rodrigo Palacio gave Inter Milan a 1-0 win over city rival AC Milan in an entertaining derby match in Serie A yesterday. Palacio struck four minutes from time to send three-quarters of San Siro into a frenzy.

Andrea Poli had missed an open goal for Milan, while Inter had a strong penalty claim turned down shortly before half-time after a clumsy challenge from Cristian Zapata on Rodrigo Palacio. Mario Balotelli, who spent a troubled few seasons at Inter before a move to Manchester City, had a number of chances against his former club.

Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari was sent off in stoppage time after he shoulder-barged Zdravko Kuzmanovic for time wasting.

Barca rally for 5-2 win

BARCELONA, Spain (AP):

Pedro Rodriguez filled in for Barcelona's missing star forwards by netting a hat-trick in 10 minutes before setting up Cesc Fabregas twice as the visitors erased a two-goal deficit in a wild 5-2 win at Getafe yesterday. Barcelona's entertaining victory ensured the defending Spanish champions retained their share of the league lead with Atletico Madrid two rounds ahead of their meeting in the capital.

Real Madrid needed a late goal by substitute Jese Rodriguez to earn a 3-2 victory at Valencia to stay in third place and five points behind their title rivals.

With Barcelona's strike-duo Lionel Messi and Neymar unavailable, Getafe surged forward from the start and stunned the visitors' shaky defense with two goals in 15 minutes. But Pedro led the comeback by scoring in the 34th, 41st and 43rd minutes to swing the match in Barcelona's favour before half-time.


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