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December 10, 2013


December 10, 2013


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Former striker Campbell arrested in fixing probe
LONDON: Former English Premier League striker DJ Campbell has been arrested as part of a match-fixing investigation, his club Blackburn Rovers said on Monday.
“Following reports in today’s national media, Blackburn Rovers can confirm that striker DJ Campbell has been arrested,” the Championship (second division) club said in a statement.“The club will be making no further comment on what is now an ongoing legal matter.”
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said on Sunday it had launched a second probe into alleged match-fixing in English football after a Sunday newspaper claimed a player told an undercover reporter he could guarantee certain events in a Championship match.
Striker Campbell, 32, played for Blackpool and Queen’s Park Rangers in the Premier League before joining Blackburn in July.The Sun on Sunday said it had evidence of a player saying he arranged a booking in a recent Championship match in which another received a 30,000 pounds ($49,100) payment for getting a yellow card.The same player allegedly boasted he could also “rig” Premier League games.

Rejuvenated Miller back on World Cup podium
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado: Leaner and keener, Bode Miller made it back on a World Cup podium after an 18-months break from skiing on Sunday and called his spectacular recovery “a redemption”.
He displayed his exceptional natural talent once again to finish second in a men’s giant slalom 1.32 seconds behind compatriot Ted Ligety in Beaver Creek.While Ligety’s victory, his fourth consecutively in the Colorado resort, was almost business as usual, Miller’s runner-up placing was a genuine sensation.
Forced out of skiing for more than a year by a knee operation, the old man of the circuit at 36 had not been on a World Cup podium for 22 months.His resurrection was all the more spectacular as it took place in a giant slalom, a discipline in which he had not

finished in the top three since 2007 in Lenzerheide.

National Beach Games to be held in April
KARACHI: The first edition of the National Beach Games will be held here at Sea View from April 28-30 next year.
Teams that will participate are Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, Railway, WAPDA, Higher Education Commission, Sindh, Punjab, KP, Balochistan, Islamabad, Fata, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The men’s events include Handball, Netball, Volleyball, Kabbadi, Sailing, Tug of War, Throw ball, Football, Bodybuilding, Sailing and Judo. Women will compete in Handball, Netball, Volleyball, Throw ball, Football, Tug of War and Judo.

Ronaldo, Messi and Ribery to contest Ballon d’Or
LONDON: World governing body FIFA named Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery as the three nominations from a 10-player shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award on Monday.Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi has won the prestigious award, formerly called FIFA World Player of the Year, for the past four years, while Real Madrid’s Ronaldo topped the poll in 2008.Ribery helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga and the Champions League last season.

Special athletes return with 51 medals
KARACHI: Pakistan’s special athletes returned home on Monday from Australia where they put up brilliant performances in Special Olympics Asian Pacific Games in Newcastle. Pakistan’s special athletes won a total of 51 medals in the Games. They performed brilliantly in the bowling events and won a total of 15 medals — eight gold, three silver and four bronze. In athletics, Pakistan won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals.