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England captain targeted
England one-day captain Eoin Morgan was the target of a recent blackmail attempt relating to a past relationship with an Australian woman, the team said yesterday.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said it received an email from an Australian man demanding a "five-figure sum" to prevent him providing details to newspapers regarding a relationship Morgan had with a woman five years ago. The ECB said the man is now in a relationship with the woman.
"Following liaison with the Metropolitan Police (in London), our support team on the ground in Australia investigated the blackmail," the ECB said in a statement. "This involved approaching the man in question who, when confronted, admitted and apologised for his actions, blaming jealousy."
The England team and its officials are currently in Australia ahead of next month's World Cup. England are now involved in a tri-series featuring hosts Australia and India.
Ultimatum for Srinivasan
NEW DELHI (AP):
International Cricket Council chairman Narainswamy Srinivasan can't seek another term as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India if he continues to have a stake in Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings, India's Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
Srinivasan, who is the managing director of India Cements company that owns the Chennai team, had stepped aside as BCCI chief following an earlier court order but was seeking a re-election in upcoming polls.
The apex court ruled in its 130-page verdict that "BCCI functions are public functions, amenable to judicial law" and that "distinctions can't be made between BCCI and IPL" in regard to conflicts of interest.
The court, which had earlier allowed the BCCI to postpone its elections till January 31 pending an order, asked the BCCI to hold its elections within six weeks.
The decision was announced following a report from the apex court's own committee and completion of arguments between the BCCI and appellant Cricket Association of Bihar, which had filed the case claiming a conflict of interest in regard to a spot-fixing probe against Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai team principal Gurunath Meiyappan.
Real present Norwegian teen
Real Madrid has presented 16-year-old Norwegian Martin Odegaard, the latest young talent to join the European champions.
Odegaard signed a contract with Real after passing a medical exam yesterday.
He will split training time with Real's first team and the reserve team, where he will play until season's end under the orders of France great Zinedine Zidane.
Real secured the midfielder from Norwegian clu]b Stroemgodset. Real did not release the financial details of the transfer.
In October, Odegaard became the youngest player at age 15 to appear in a European Championship qualifier as a substitute in Norway's 2-1 win over Bulgaria.
Hope Solo suspended
NEW YORK (AP):
Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the United States women's national team for 30 days.
The US Soccer did not specify the reason for the suspension, announced Wednesday night.
It follows the arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks NFL player Jerramy Stevens, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Solo was in the car when Stevens was pulled over in Manhattan Beach, California, about 1:30 a.m. Monday local time for driving without headlights.
Solo was not arrested or detained. She was in Southern California for training camp with the U.S. national team. The team is preparing for the World Cup starting June.
She was released from camp and will not accompany the team to matches next month in Europe.
"During our current National Team camp, Hope made a poor decision that has resulted in a negative impact on US Soccer and her teammates," coach Jill Ellis said in a statement. "We feel at this time it is best for her to step away from the team."