Hansie Cronje -- The Movie
The life of disgraced South African cricket skipper Hansie Cronje will soon be captured on the silver screen. Two South African production companies have joined forces with a Los Angeles-based company to make a film of his life. His older brother, Frans Cronje, announced on Wednesday that the full-length film would be shot next year in South Africa, England, India and Australia. Cronje, once the darling of South African cricket, fell spectacularly from grace when Indian police announced in 2000 he was under investigation for taking money to throw matches. He first denied the allegations but later admitted to receiving money from bookies in a match-fixing scandal that sent shockwaves through the cricketing world. Cronje was subsequently banned from cricket for life. After finally starting to piece his life back together again, he died aged 33 in a plane crash two years ago.
Liverpool, Everton on edge
Liverpool and Everton will decide by the end of the month whether Merseyside's Premier League rivals will share a new stadium, Everton said on Wednesday. British Sports Minister Richard Caborn met with officials from the two clubs in London to discuss the possibility, which has been on the agenda for the past year. Everton last year shelved plans to move from Goodison Park to a new ground at Liverpool's King's Dock after the projected cost soared to nearly US$384.6 million. Liverpool have been been hit by the price tag of their switch from Anfield to a planned new 60,000-seater stadium at Stanley Park rising from an estimated US$120 million to US$190 million.
High security for Davis Cup
This weekend's Davis Cup final between hosts Spain and the US is set to draw the biggest crowd in the event's 104-year history -- but the political tension emanating from the US-led war in Iraq means the number of security personnel on hand will also hit a high. Some 2,000 police -- including secret police and private security guards -- will be present to ensure the final goes ahead safely, but organizers are taking no chances. The two teams arrived last weekend but security will be stepped up progressively as the final approaches, with airspace restrictions imposed from today over the southern city of Seville, a measure normally associated with Olympic Games. Only police helicopters will be allowed to fly in the vicinity of the 26,000-capacity stadium. Police sniffer dogs will also comb the venue each morning, while visitors will have to pass through airport-style metal detectors and have their bags searched by portable scanners.
Libertadores Cup enlarged
South America unveiled a new-look and enlarged Libertadores Cup when the draw for next year's tournament took place at the confederation's headquarters yesterday. Thirty-eight teams, two more than last year, from 11 countries will take part in the continent's equivalent of the Champions League, which was this year won by Colombian outsiders Once Caldas. The participants range from some of the world's most prestigious clubs, such as Argentine pair Boca Juniors and River Plate, to little-known Mineros de Guayana, a provincial team from the heart of Venezuela.