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FOOTBALL

Seahawks sign Earl Thomas

The Seattle Seahawks officially signed safety Earl Thomas to a contract extension on Tuesday, reportedly making him the highest-paid NFL player at his position. The defensive star had a career-high 105 tackles, five interceptions and nine passes defended in 16 games last season, leading the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” defensive secondary in the team’s run to a first Super Bowl title. Terms of the deal were not announced, but multiple media outlets reported on Monday that the deal is worth US$40 million over four years.

RUGBY LEAGUE

McKinnon gets ‘job for life’

Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) has pledged a “job for life” for Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon, whose neck was broken in a match last month. The 22-year-old suffered the sickening injury against the Melbourne Storm on March 24 after being dumped heavily into the turf in a lifting tackle by three opposition players. One of the tacklers was banned for seven matches. McKinnon, restricted to a wheelchair, watched his teammates at a match last week and said he had recovered movement in his arms and experienced feeling in his legs. “His spirit and determination are an inspiration for all of us,” NRL chief executive Dave Smith said in a media release yesterday. “The NRL would be honored if Alex wanted to channel that spirit into a career in our game and the offer is on the table — for life.”

CRICKET

Malik’s ban up for review

The Pakistan Cricket Board is to review the life ban for matchfixing imposed on the country’s former captain Saleem Malik on the recommendation of a judicial inquiry commission, board chairman Najam Sethi said on Tuesday. Malik was one of three international captains, along with South Africa’s Hansie Cronje and India’s Mohammad Azharuddin, to be given life bans from all forms of cricket after Delhi police discovered evidence in 2000 that Cronje had accepted money from a bookmaker to throw matches. During an enquiry into the scandal, Cronje, who died in a plane crash in 2002, named Malik as one of the players involved in the deal. “After a seven-year struggle in 2008, on the orders of the Supreme Court, the sessions court declared my ban illegal,” said the 51-year-old Malik, who played 103 Tests and 283 one-day internationals.

RUGBY UNION

Waratahs coach hit with ban

NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika was hit with a suspended six-month ban yesterday for abusing a cameraman during the Australian team’s loss to Super 15 leaders the Coastal Sharks in Durban last month. Governing body SANZAR also ordered Cheika to write a letter of apology to the cameraman and pay A$6,000 (US$5,500) in costs, warning the ban would be triggered if he re-offended. SANZAR judicial officer Nigel Hampton found that Cheika repeatedly swore at the cameraman shortly after halftime as his team were handed a 32-10 drubbing by the Sharks. He said the abuse was unprovoked and Cheika’s record showed he had a “disturbing” propensity to abuse match officials. In 2011, Cheika, then coaching Stade Francais, had to pay a fine of 22,000 euros (US$30,400), half of it suspended, for insulting comments he made to match officials. SANZAR gave Cheika a warning about his behavior last year, but the coach reportedly smashed the glass door of the coaching box at Canberra Stadium in March last year after the Waratahs were defeated by the ACT Brumbies.

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