Arsenal's Dein gets G14 nod
Arsenal chairman David Dein was on Wednesday named the new president of the G14 group which represents 18 of Europe's richest clubs. The English official, who was a unanimous choice, replaces Roberto Bettega in the role for a two-year mandate. "As G14 president, I hope to build bridges between UEFA [Europe's governing body] and FIFA [the world's governing body]," Dein said in a statement.
Lawyer to contest Zizou's red
A French lawyer is to contest Zinedine Zidane's World Cup final red card in the French civil courts, a court source said on Wednesday. Mehana Mouhou, a lawyer in Rouen and Paris, wants the red card overturned on a technicality because he claims the fourth official watched video evidence of the French captain's infamous head-butt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi, before bringing it to the referee's attention. France went on to lose the World Cup final on July 9 after a penalty shoot-out.
UEFA selects final venues
The 2008 and 2009 Champions League finals will be played in Moscow and Rome respectively, European soccer's governing body said on Wednesday. The UEFA Cup finals of those same years will be held in Manchester (2008) and Istanbul (2009), UEFA's executive committee said from their meeting in Slovenia, adding the 2009 European under-21 championships would be hosted by Sweden. The stadiums used in those finals will be Spartak's Luzhniki stadium, Roma and Lazio's Olympic stadium, Manchester City's City of Manchester stadium, and Fenerbahce's Sukru Saracoglu ground.
Wizards tie down Grunfeld
The Washington Wizards' president of basketball operations, Ernie Grunfeld, has signed a multi-year contract extension, the club said on Wednesday. The team has made the postseason the last two years, a streak the team had not seen since the late 1980s. "From his first day, Ernie has worked tirelessly to improve our team, and everything he has done has been with an eye toward our long term success," team owner Abe Pollin said in a statement. "I'm proud of the direction our team is going, and with two consecutive playoff appearances behind us, our future looks extremely bright.?ashington was 42-40 last season and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Shooting two to stand trial
Two men accused of shooting five Duquesne University basketball players outside a school dance were ordered on Wednesday to stand trial. Derek Lee of Pittsburgh and William Holmes of the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills, both 18, face five counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and one count of carrying a firearm without a license in the Sept. 17 shootings. Neither is a Duquesne student. A woman who allegedly encouraged the men, Erica Sager, 18, of the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg, also was ordered to stand trial. The most seriously injured of the five players, Sam Ashaolu, was moved on Monday from critical care into a rehabilitation at Mercy Hospital. The other four are back on campus.
ECB wants compensation
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has requested compensation from Pakistan for the loss of revenue stemming from the forfeited fourth test in August. A Pakistan TV station reported that the ECB is attempting to claim ?800,000 pounds (US$1.5 million) from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "The PCB will contest the claim through its lawyers," PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said on Wednesday without confirming the amount.