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Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Coach charged with murder in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

A soccer coach accused of murdering an off-duty police officer has appeared in an English court. Christopher Spendlove was fired Monday as assistant coach of Oklahoma City Energy, which plays in the USL PRO league, after being charged by authorities in his native Liverpool.

The 30-year-old Spendlove and 28-year-old Andrew Taylor are both accused of attacking officer Neil Doyle in Liverpool city centre early Friday. A post-mortem examination found that Doyle died from a fatal bleed around the brain. Spendlove and Taylor appeared at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday to face murder and assault charges.

Ajmal, Hafeez to be tested in Chennai


Suspended off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez will fly out to India later this week to have unofficial tests on their illegal bowling actions. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan says both players have opted to go to the International Cricket Council (ICC)-accredited biomechanics laboratory in Chennai within the next two days.

If Ajmal and Hafeez get favourable results, Khan says the PCB will then ask the ICC to conduct official tests on their bowling actions. Ajmal was suspended in September, while Hafeez was banned from bowling in international cricket earlier this month after his action was found to be illegal during the first Test against New Zealand.

Wambach, Navas voted top CONCACAF players


American forward Abby Wambach has been voted CONCACAF's Female Player of the Year and Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas was honoured as Male Player of the Year.

The governing body of soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean said yesterday that Wambach won after finishing second to United States teammate Alex Morgan at last year's inaugural awards. Costa Rican midfielder Shirley Cruz was second and Mexican forward Charlyn Corral third, in voting by national team coaches, captains, media and fans. Navas was followed by Costa Rican forward Bryan Ruiz and American goalkeeper Tim Howard.