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CRICKET

Abbas named ICC head

Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas on Tuesday was named president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the next year at the annual conference of the sport’s world governing body in Barbados. Zaheer, 67, filled the vacancy in the largely honorary role left by Mustafa Kamal, who resigned with a blast at the organization in April after falling out with the council’s Indian chairman over who should hand out the World Cup trophy. Kamal, as the titular head of the council, expected to present the trophy, but chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan awarded it to the victorious Australia side. The Bangladeshi, who was criticized by the council for an outburst over a no-ball decision earlier in the tournament, said of the council: “These type of people should be kept away from cricket.” Zaheer — one of his country’s finest batsmen — who played 78 Tests and 62 one-day internationals from 1969 to 1985, is likely to prove a less controversial holder of the office. “I feel truly honored and humbled to be appointed as the president of the governing body of our great game,” he said in a news release.

BASKETBALL

Chinese official investigated

A vice president of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has been placed under investigation for possible corruption in China. The Chinese Communist Party’s disciplinary watchdog yesterday said on its Web site that Xiao Tian was suspected of serious graft. No details were given. Xiao is also vice minister of sport responsible for basketball, one of China’s most-popular sports alongside soccer. Xiao was elected one of FIBA’s three vice presidents in September last year. There was no immediate comment from the Switzerland-based body.

BASKETBALL

Portland trade players

French forward Nicolas Batum on Wednesday was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Charlotte Hornets for NBA veteran guard Gerald Henderson and forward Noah Vonleh. The deal was announced on the eve of the NBA draft, where both clubs are to try and land the best available young talent entering the league from the international and college ranks. Batum started 428 of 481 appearances for the Trail Blazers, averaging 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3 assists in 30.8 minutes a night. His 751 career three-pointers rank third on Portland’s all-time list. “Nic Batum was a key contributor to all of our recent success,” said Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations. “He will truly be missed as a person and a player. We wish Nic all the best for the future.” Vonleh, 19, was taken with the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft by Charlotte. He averaged 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 25 games for the Hornets last season. Henderson has career averages of 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists over six seasons with Charlotte.

BASKETBALL

Hawks purchase approved

Billionaire Tony Ressler’s purchase of the Atlanta Hawks has been unanimously approved by NBA owners, the league announced on Wednesday, concluding a sale forced by racial remarks in e-mails discovered last year. The sale comes after a 2012 e-mail written by former co-owner Bruce Levenson, which said in part that black fans were scaring away white supporters, was uncovered as part of a probe following comments by former general manager Danny Ferry, who resigned on Monday. Ressler’s group reportedly paid US$850 million for the Hawks, who reached the Eastern Conference finals.

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