Board bans 13 bowlers
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has barred 13 bowlers in domestic cricket for illegal bowling actions, a BCB official said yesterday. The barred bowlers included Faisal Hossain and Jamal Babu, former members of the national team. Faisal played four one-day internationals and a test for Bangladesh while Jamal has fielded in a one-day match against England. They last played for Bangladesh in 2004 and 2003. A bowling review committee of the BCB issued the decision after examining 19 bowlers detected last year for the illegal actions.
Inter net cup win
Julio Cruz scored the only goal as a second string Inter Milan side won 1-0 at Messina in the first leg of their Italian Cup last 16 tie on Thursday. The 32-year-old Argentina international struck for the holders and current league leaders in the 40th minute, drilling a low free-kick into the net from 20m. With one eye on tomorrow's Serie A clash at Parma, Inter coach Roberto Mancini rested many players and gave debuts to Greek midfielder Lampros Choutos and Hungarian striker Attila Filkor. In the day's other match second division Napoli won 1-0 at home to Serie A side Parma.
Pawar accepts apology
Cricket supremo Sharad Pawar has accepted an apology from Australian captain Ricky Ponting for his team's behavior after the Champions Trophy final, an official said yesterday. "Ponting spoke to Mr Pawar and apologized for the incident. Mr Pawar has accepted the apology and told him the matter was closed," said Board of Control for Cricket in India official Rajiv Shukla. Cricket Australia had said earlier that Ponting contacted Pawar late on Thursday after 36 hours of trying and expressed regret for offence caused when the Australian manhandled the official off the presentation stage after Sunday's final.
■ Rubgy Union
Eden Park to be ditched
The government said yesterday it backed a new waterfront stadium for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, leaving the current sporting Mecca, Eden Park, facing an uncertain future. Eden Park hosted the opening game and final of the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987, and the Rugby League World Cup final the following year. In 1950 it was home to the Empire Games, the first time New Zealand played host to the Commonwealth sporting extravaganza, and in 1956 was the venue for New Zealand's first cricket Test win. But Sports Minister Trevor Mallard preferred the new stadium to Eden Park for when New Zealand next hosts the World Cup.
49ers announce move
The San Francisco 49ers NFL team announced on Thursday that the team will move from its home at Candlestick Park in San Francisco to Santa Clara, California, by 2012 but would not change the team's name. "The Candlestick Point project will not accommodate a next-generation NFL stadium," team owner John York told a news conference. He called Candlestick Park "the oldest and worst stadium" in the NFL.
■ Motor Racing
Rossi trades bike for car
Valentino Rossi got behind the wheel of Mika Hakkinen's Mercedes on Thursday and clocked some fast laps on the Hockenheim circuit. Don't expect to see the MotoGP star racing cars any time soon, though. "I had a lot of fun. The Mercedes is an impressive racing car and drives like a Formula One car," Rossi said. "But I still don't know at this time whether I'll ever race on four wheels. But it's good to know that I didn't look that bad," he said. Rossi's best lap was only about a second off the fastest time on the DTM circuit. "A formidable time. It was a very good performance by Valentino," Mercedes motor sports chief Norbert Haug said. Mercedes said Rossi got the trial at his own request and "impressed with consistently fast laps" in the car.