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Son suffers father’s fate

London: A talented batsman collapsed and died during a league cricket game, 18 years after his father suffered the same fate while bowling in a match.

The 29-year-old Richard Smith had been dismissed for 98 for his West Yorkshire club when he was found dead in the pavilion after suffering a heart attack.

It was thought that he may have had a similar heart condition to his father, David, who died in 1985 at the age of 47, after collapsing on the field while bowling for his team, Crossflats, in a match at Silsden.

Fans face blackout

Colombo: Cricket-mad Sri Lanka fans face a television and radio blackout during the Test series against West Indies following a slump in advertiser interest. The three main television stations have all turned down the chance to broadcast the two-Test series which starts on Friday.

“The team’s performance has dropped and advertisers are not interested anymore,” said Upali Arambewela, a director-general of Rupavahini, the main cricket broadcaster.

“They are telling us that they would now prefer to advertise on our non-cricket programmes,” he added.

Minardi buy Arrow cars

London: Minardi have bought five Arrows A23 cars from the failed Formula One team’s receivers, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

“Two are in quite good shape and could be put into service and the others are mainly for parts,” he said. Arrows last season had the same Ford Cosworth engines as those being used by Minardi, who have yet to score a point this year but now have Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone as a minority shareholder.

England, Croatia in friendly tie

London: England are to play Croatia on August 20 in a friendly international at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road ground. It will the first time the first division club, whose ground has a capacity of 30,250, has hosted a senior England international match.

England and Croatia have only played once before — in 1996 when they drew 0-0 at Wembley in a friendly. The game will be used by both teams as a warm-up for their subsequent Euro 2004 qualifiers.

Hooijdonk sues Forest

Nottingham: Dutch striker Pierre van Hooijdonk is suing his former team Nottingham Forest for over £650,000, the English first division club said on Wednesday.

Forest said on their official website that Van Hooijdonk had issued a writ claiming the sum, which includes a loyalty bonus, that he says the club owes him following his transfer to Vitesse Arnhem in June 1999.

London bid leader

London: US born businesswoman Barbara Cassani has been appointed to lead London’s 2012 Olympic bid, the British Olympic Association (BOA) announced on Wednesday. Charles Allen, chairman of television company Granada and also chairman of the company which ran last year’s Manchester Commonwealth Games, has been appointed deputy chairman.

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