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RUGBY UNION

All Black Carter wins award

New Zealand legend Dan Carter has won the Rugby Union Writers’ Club Pat Marshall Memorial Award as the sport’s Personality of the Year for last year. Carter was awarded the prize at the club’s annual dinner in London on Monday and follows in the footsteps of previous winners such as Jonah Lomu and Jonny Wilkinson. The 33-year-old flyhalf has amassed 112 caps during a 12-year Test career that reached its pinnacle with victory over Australia in last year’s Rugby World Cup final. He was subsequently named World Player of the Year for an unprecedented third time. “There are some amazing names on this trophy, so to have my name alongside these legends is very humbling,” said Carter, who is the fifth All Black to win the award.

SOCCER

Newcastle sign Saivet

Newcastle United have signed midfielder Henri Saivet from Girondins de Bordeaux on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old Saivet made 178 appearances for the Ligue 1 club in all competitions, scoring 23 goals during his stay in Bordeaux. He was part of the side that won the French league title in 2009. “I am really proud to be able to play for this club and I am really excited at the challenge that lies ahead,” Saivet said. Newcastle manager Steve McClaren told the club’s official Web site that he was delighted with the deal for the midfielder, who becomes the club’s first signing since this month’s transfer window opened. “Henri is someone the club have been watching for a while and he has developed into an excellent player at Bordeaux,” McClaren said.

SOCCER

Cherries re-sign Grabban

AFC Bournemouth brought Lewis Grabban back to Dean Court on Monday after signing the striker from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. Grabban scored 35 goals during his first two-year stay with the Cherries and has agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract to return to the English Premier League club. The 27-year-old’s arrival, reported to have cost £8 million (US$11.6 million), is a further boost to Bournemouth’s attacking options, with coach Eddie Howe having signed young forward Benik Afobe from Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday. Grabban helped Norwich win promotion to the Premier League last season, but was unable to hold down a regular place in Alex Neil’s lineup this term. “I think we will be getting a better Lewis Grabban, but he will realize that we have got better as well and he will have to adapt, too.” Howe told Bournemouth’s Web site.

SPORTS BETTING

Fantasy sites given go-ahead

New York state Supreme Court on Monday allowed two fantasy sports Web sites to remain in operation while a legal battle plays out over whether they are illegal gambling enterprises or games of skill. In a similar move in December last year, a New York appeals court suspended an order that would have forced the DraftKings and FanDuel Web sites to cease operations, but that suspension was only temporary. New York state officials are seeking to shut down the sites, claiming they are in fact gambling operations illegal under state law. However, the companies say they are games of skill rather than gambling enterprises. The state of Nevada has already shut down their operations following a similar investigation and Illinois has declared them illegal. Fantasy sport sites that allow betting are already illegal in five other states.

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