Carter comeback canceled
All Black superstar Dan Carter will be sidelined for at least half of New Zealand’s Rugby Championship campaign after cracking a calf bone in last weekend’s Super 15 final, officials said yesterday. Carter left the field during the Canterbury Crusaders 32-33 loss to the NSW Waratahs in Sydney after an injury to his lower leg, which the club said was a hairline crack to the bone that would need at least four weeks to heal. “A scan has revealed a small crack in his upper fibula. The size of the crack meant it was not originally picked up by an X-ray and required a scan to locate it,” the Crusaders said. “The injury just requires rest to heal and it is hoped that his recovery will take approximately four weeks.” The 100-Test flyhalf will definitely miss New Zealand’s opening two Championship fixtures against Australia, where the Bledisloe Cup will be on the line, as well as a Test against Argentina in Napier on Sept. 6. The 32-year-old had been coming back from an extended break that began at the end of last year and saw him sit out most of the Super 15 season.
Triathlete dies during run
Russian athlete Yegor Leontiev died during the Russian national triathlon championships in Nizhny Novgorod at the weekend, local media reported on Monday. The RIA-Novosti agency said the 26-year-old had collapsed during the 21km run after having completed the 1.9km swim and 90km cycling sections of the event. A medical emergency crew struggled for more than an hour to try to keep Leontiev alive, but all of their efforts were in vain, RIA-Novosti said. Investigating authorities in Nizhny Novgorod have ordered an inquest into his death.
Zimbabwe recalls firestarter
Zimbabwe recalled batsman Mark Vermeulen to their cricket squad on Monday, six years after he was cleared of arson on psychiatric grounds after setting fire to the national union’s headquarters and an academy building. Vermeulen was cleared in a court in 2008 despite admitting setting fire two years earlier to the union offices at the Harare Sports Club Test venue and an academy pavilion at another location. He successfully argued that at the time he set the fires at the two buildings he was suffering from problems related to epilepsy caused by being hit on the head by a ball during a game. The 35-year-old Vermeulen’s recall came after he recently made a century for Zimbabwe A against Afghanistan. He was part of a 25-man squad named by new coach Stephen Mangongo for tours by South Africa and Australia this month.
Pakistan to elect chairman
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday appointed a retired judge to hold elections for the country’s cricket head within a month, hoping to draw a line under a long-running crisis. The post of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has been held by rivals Zaka Ashraf and Najam Sethi five times each since May last year, leading to widespread ridicule at home and abroad. Ashraf was first suspended by the Islamabad High Court over dubious elections. Sharif appointed Sethi, a journalist and former newspaper editor, to the post after he was elected prime minister last year. “Justice Sair is appointed election commissioner with immediate effect as per requirements laid down in the new PCB constitution and will hold elections of PCB chairman within the next 30 days,” a statement said.