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CRICKET

Reakes receives ban for bet

An Australian female cricketer has been given a suspended two-year ban for placing bets totaling only US$9 on the men’s World Cup final. Angela Reakes, who plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League, pleaded guilty to breaches of Australia’s anticorruption code by betting on the Man of the Match award in the March 29 final. As well as her suspended ban, Reakes received an official reprimand and will have to spend time educating other cricketers on anticorruption issues. Iain Roy, head of Cricket Australia’s integrity unit, said “all elite cricketers are reminded regularly that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited.”

FOOTBALL

Cardinals’ Mathieu injured

Arizona on Monday suffered a major setback in their Super Bowl quest when Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced safety Tyrann Mathieu is to miss the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury. Mathieu on Sunday suffered a torn right-knee ligament after intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter of a victory over Philadelphia. Mathieu made five interceptions and 89 tackles this season for the Cardinals. Mathieu, nicknamed “Honey Badger,” tore a left-knee ligament in December 2013 during his rookie season. His versatility, from handling defensive back or linebacker duties to stopping rushers near the line of scrimmage, has made him one of the league’s most challenging defenders. However, now the Cardinals are undone for the second year in a row by a torn knee ligament, last season losing quarterback Carson Palmer to the same issue and losing in the first round of the playoffs.

TENNIS

ITF names athlete members

Former Grand Slam champions Mary Pierce and Mark Woodforde have been appointed to the board of directors of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The two former players are to serve four-year terms as athlete members of the 15-member board, subject to ratification by the ITF general assembly in June next year. The ITF earlier this year approved a change mandating athlete representation on the board. ITF president David Haggerty says the two “will provide good insight into the needs of the players and help us to grow the game of tennis around the world.” Pierce won two Grand Slam singles titles — the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open. The Frenchwoman also played on two Fed Cup-winning teams. Woodforde won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles — 11 with fellow Australian Todd Woodbridge and one with John McEnroe. He won the Davis Cup in 1999 with Australia.

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