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Published:Saturday | August 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • Record spending


With frenetic deadline-day dealings still to come, Premier League clubs have already spent record amounts in this summer's transfer window as they benefit from increased income from broadcast revenues.

According to analysis from football finance expert Deloitte released yesterday, teams in the top division have splashed out £725 million (US$1.2 billion) since the transfer window opened, easily beating the record - set in 2013 - of £630 million (now US$1.04 billion).

There are still three days to go until the window shuts, with more than 20 per cent of spending in the past two years having occurred on deadline day.

Dan Jones, of Deloitte's Sports Business Group, says the factors behind the increase include "the showcase for global talent a World Cup provides" and the improved TV deals that gave the average Premier League club £25 million (US$41.5 million) more in broadcast revenues last season.

  • Chanderpaul for three-day match


The St Kitts & Nevis Cricket Association has named veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as a guest player in their 13-man squad to play a three-day match against Bangladesh. The match starts today at Warner Park in St Kitts.

The squad will be led by all-rounder Jacques Taylor. Chanderpaul, 40, is the most capped West Indian in Test matches. He has played 156 Test matches since his debut 20 years ago. He has scored 11,414 runs, at an average of 51.88, including 29 centuries.

Also included is fast bowler Quinton Boatswain. The 23-year-old from Montserrat is a recent graduate of the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre and has played four first-class matches for the Leeward Islands.

SQUAD: Jacques Taylor (captain), Elvin Berridge, Shino Berridge, Quinton Boatswain, Shiv Chanderpaul, Jaeel Clarke (wicketkeeper), Tristan Handley, Javal Hodge, Shane Jeffers, Jeremiah Lewis, Shaquille Martina, Terrence Ward, Tonito Willett, Percy Daniel (coach), Major Leroy Percival (manager).

  • No challenge


Michel Platini won't fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will.

The UEFA president decided Thursday not to challenge Blatter in an election next May, insisting he was not dodging a battle with his former mentor.

Platini denied FIFA critics a potentially bitter contest, but then urged more conflict within the Blatter-led executive committee.

His decision, which was expected, leaves the 78-year-old Blatter clear to win a fifth presidential term - possibly unopposed for a third straight time.

Platini will focus instead on being re-elected to lead European football in March and a probable FIFA candidacy in 2019.

"Now is not my time, not yet," the 59-year-old Platini said at a news conference after meeting leaders of Europe's 54 football federations. "I hope that somebody will oppose Mr. Blatter and nobody will oppose me for UEFA."

  • Falcao, Rodriguez in Colombia squad

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP):

Colombia star Radamel Falcao, who missed the World Cup after surgery on an injured left knee, will play for his country against Brazil next week in an international friendly match in Miami.

Colombia coach José Pekerman included Falcao on a list of 24 players, which also included new Real Madrid signing James Rodriguez. Rodriguez received the Golden Boot award as the top scorer of the World Cup with six goals.

The match next Friday is a chance for revenge for Colombia, who lost 2-1 to Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals.


Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe).

Defenders: Pablo Armero (AC Milan), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Eder Alvarez (River Plate), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union).

Midfielders: Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Atlas), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa), Alexander Mejia (Atlético Nacional), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Carlos Carbonero (Cesena).

Forwards: Jackson Martinez (Porto), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Luis Fernando Muriel (Udinese).