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Otieno headed for foreign shores

Nairobi: Kenyan opening batsman and wicketkeeper Kennedy Otieno and captain Steve Tikolo are set to sign contracts with foreign clubs after helping their country to the semi-finals of the cricket World Cup, officials said on Wednesday.

Otieno will play for British American Tobacco in the Southampton League in Hampshire from next month.

Tikolo has offers from two South African clubs — Langa of Cape Town and Soweto in Gauteng — but said negotiations are still ongoing.

Otieno, eldest of the three Obuya brothers who represented Kenya at the World Cup in South Africa, will be returning to the English club for which he played in 2000.

“We have agreed on the terms and I will be playing for BAT for one season which starts in April and ends in September,” Otieno, 31, said.

Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) fixtures secretary Sharad Ghai confirmed the reports and said Otieno had the KCA’s blessing to play for the English club.

Fang Han traps gold

New Delhi: Fang Han of China won the gold in the women’s trap event on the penultimate day of the Asian clay shooting championships on Wednesday. Fang totalled 68 points with scores of 25, 23 and 20 in the three rounds to beat compatriot Huike Ma, who took silver with 63 (23, 19, 21). Gay Corral of the Philippines took the bronze with 59.

Meanwhile, India’s Anwar Sultan and Manavjit Singh Sandhu led in the men’s trap event after three rounds on Wednesday. Manavjit ended the day with two perfect rounds after a 23 in the first round for a total of 73. Sultan missed just two clay pigeons in the second round, hitting all 25 birds in the first and last round.

Fulham to drop coach

London: English Premier League club Fulham announced on Wednesday that manager Jean Tigana’s contract will not be extended beyond the end of the current season. The former French international joined the London club in July 2000, leading them to promotion to the Premier League as first division champions in his first season.

In their first campaign in the top flight since 1968, they finished 13th and they currently occupy the same position with seven games remaining. Seven years ago Fulham finished 17th in the third division.

Barcelona appeal

Barcelona: Barcelona will launch another appeal against their two-match ground ban following a ruling from the Spanish sports council’s disciplinary committee that the original sanction should stand.

The Spanish football federation imposed the two-match ban after fans hurled plastic bottles and other objects — including a stuffed pig’s head — onto the pitch during Barcelona’s league game at home to Real Madrid earlier this season.

Barcelona were informed by the sports council on Tuesday that their bid to get the stadium closure overturned had been unsuccessful. If the appeal fails they will have to play two league games away from the Nou Camp as punishment.

Capriati’s song for GIs

Key Biscayne: Tournament officials were concerned about American tennis star Jennifer Capriati’s music selection as she walked on the court before her match at the WTA Masters series event on Monday.

Capriati, who beat Sarah Taylor 6-1, 6-0 in a fourth-round match, entered to the tune of B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad) — a rap number by Outkast released in 2000.

Stadium court producer Bob Ruf was originally leery about playing the song but felt one minute of the music probably wouldn’t offend the audience. The tournament received no complaints.

Capriati told a WTA spokesman that she picked the music because, "I like it and I want to support the troops."

n Football, English Premier League: Liverpool vs Leeds United from 12 noon on STAR Sports n General: Sportsline, live from 7.30 pm on STAR Sports n Tennis, ATP Masters Series: Nasdaq-100 Open, live from 12.30 am (Friday) on STAR Sports


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