Sun, May 25, 2003 - Page 22 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ CricketBrian Lara judges facilities

West Indies skipper Brian Lara criticized his home club's pitches and practice facilities ahead of this weekend's two one-day internationals against Australia. "The practice facilities in Trinidad and Tobago are easily among the worst in years," Lara said. "What we are seeing in first-class cricket out in the middle are pitches which will not breed top-class cricketers." Construction on a stand at the Queen's Park Cricket Club, home of the Oval ground for the weekend internationals, hinders the bowlers' run-up. Apart from the wicket in Antigua, which hosted the fourth test, all of the other regional pitches in the test and one-day series have come in for criticism for being unresponsive to fast bowlers, and not allowing batsmen to play their shots freely.

■ Soccer

Gadhafi's son eyes CAF

The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi announced Friday he will nominate himself to head the African soccer confederation CAF when current chairman Issa Hayatou's term ends next year. "More than 20 African [soccer] unions support my nomination for the post," said Al-Saadi Gadhafi, captain of the national soccer team and deputy chief of the Libyan Soccer Federation. Gadhafi said he was also supported by the chairmen of the Asian and the South American federations. Nominations will be officially presented in September, and the elections will be in March 2004 in Tunisia. Dressed in a training suit and cap while addressing Arab and foreign reporters, Gadhafi vouched he would "present new ideas to serve the interests of the African federation." If appointed to the post, he said he would stop playing soccer.

■ Ryder Cup

Langer may be a captain

Ian Woosnam would like to see Bernhard Langer named as Europe's next Ryder Cup captain and then take over the job himself in 2006. "I would rather see maybe Langer do it this time because I think it would be perfect in America," said Woosnam, who was Sam Torrance's assistant at The Belfry last September when the European team regained the cup. "I think I'd do a good job in Ireland [in 2006]. That would be perfect really." Woosnam, Langer and former British Open and Masters champion Sandy Lyle are the only candidates at the moment for the 2004 Ryder Cup, to be staged at Oakland Hills in Michigan. Woosnam, of Wales, and Langer, of Germany, are both in favor of a "double ticket" arrangement whereby the 2004 and 2006 captains would be named at the same time.

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