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TENNIS

Duval diagnosed with cancer

US tennis player Victoria Duval, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will undergo immediate treatment for the cancer. The player’s management team said on Friday that 18-year-old Duval was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before Wimbledon and further tests in the US confirmed the results. The statement said Hodgkin’s, the most common form of cancer in adolescents, “was caught in a very early stage.” It says Duval “will undergo treatment right away and due to her overall good health and isolation of the cancer, the prognosis is a full recovery in a few months.” Duval reached the second round of the US Open last year, beating 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round.

CRICKET

Bank prefers rounders

In a move that might say more about its Canadian governor Mark Carney than his attitude toward quantitative easing, the Bank of England has abandoned cricket as part of its annual sports day, it said on Friday. Carney, who took charge of Britain’s central bank in July last year, asked his 3,500 staff what they wanted to play this year, and rounders, tug-of-war and a three-legged race topped the poll amid reports cricket was seen as too exclusive and technical. “The arrangements for the day were left in the hands of staff,” a bank spokesman said. “They chose a number of other sports to play such as rounders and a tug-of-war.” Several governors have been well-known cricket enthusiasts, including Carney’s immediate predecessor Mervyn King. King fielded teams including former professionals such as ex-England batsman Graeme Hick for the sports day at the bank’s own well-appointed Roehampton ground in southwest London, where this year’s event takes place today.

SOCCER

Equatorial Guinea expelled

Equatorial Guinea have been expelled from the African Nations Cup qualifiers after being found guilty of using an ineligible player, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Friday. Equatorial Guinea were found to have used Cameroon-born player Thierry Fidieu in their preliminary round tie against Mauritania in May. Mauritania protested and CAF ruled that Fidieu had no connection with Equatorial Guinea and was therefore not eligible to play. The small, oil-rich west African country has in recent years topped up its national team with imports from Brazil, Colombia and other African countries, who were given passports and paid to play.

BOXING

Former champ arrested

Former British world champion boxer Amir Khan was arrested by police over an incident on Friday in which two 19-year-old men were allegedly assaulted. However, a spokesman for the 27-year-old former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion said he expected the case would be dropped. Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to a street in Khan’s home town of Bolton in northwest England at about 1:30am on Friday. Officers said they discovered two 19-year-old men had been assaulted. Their injuries were not serious, police said, adding a 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two assaults. He was taken into custody for questioning. A spokesman for the Olympic silver medalist confirmed he had been quizzed by officers, but added: “It was a minor incident and we’re expecting the case to be dropped against Amir. We’re expecting to formally hear that from police on Monday [tomorrow] morning.”

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