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Boy killed for breaking trophy

Dhaka: Angry members of a school cricket squad battered a teammate to death after he accidentally smashed a newly-won trophy in northern Bangladesh, news reports said Wednesday.

The teenage victim, identified only by one name, Rajiv, was killed after the team won the steel and wood trophy Monday in Gazipur town, Ittefaq newspaper reported.

Rajiv was waving the trophy with one hand when he dropped it onto a concrete pavement near the school, the paper said. The prize broke into several pieces.

Cheering teammates suddenly turned angry and beat Rajiv with iron rods and wooden sticks, leaving him seriously injured. He died on the way to a hospital. Police arrested seven teenagers for their alleged involvement in the attack, the paper said, without giving further details.

Cash boost for Pakistan

Karachi: Dubai-based Ten Sports will pay the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) $40 million over the next five years for exclusive television rights to international cricket in Pakistan.

“It is a big boost for Pakistan cricket given we have lost some $20 to $25 million in revenues due to cancelled or rescheduled tours in last two 18 months,” PCB spokesman Samiul Hasan said. Ten Sports is operated by UAE-based Bukhatir Investments, which is also behind the international tournaments held in Sharjah since 1983.

There is a lucrative market for the live telecast of international cricket matches in the region, with India the prime target of producers and broadcasters.

WADA in danger: Rogge

Prague: The battle to rid sport of drug cheats is being put in jeopardy by governments warned IOC president Jacques Rogge. Rogge complained Tuesday that the future of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), made up of governments, sports federations and the IOC is in danger of collapsing because of lack of money.

“The insufficient and late funding by the governments is a worrying danger for WADA’S future,” Rogge told IOC members at the opening of the 115th session. I call upon the governments to settle their debts and to fulfil their duties vis-a-vis their young people. Let us give these people a message through sport,” he said.

Gianfranco Zola heads home

Rome: Cagliari have completed the signing of veteran striker Gianfranco Zola from English Premiership club Chelsea, the Italian second division side confirmed Wednesday.

Zola is to be unveiled at a press conference when details of his contract will be disclosed by Cagliari president Massimo Cellino.

Chelsea, bought up by a Russian oil tycoon on Tuesday, had hoped to persuade the 36-year-old former Italy international to stay for another year to help them in the Champions League next season.

But the former Napoli and Parma forward, who signed for Chelsea in November 1997, has decided to leave London and finish his career on his island home of Sardinia.

Lucio to join Juventus

Rome: Italian champions Juventus have reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign their Brazil international Lucio for the start of the 2004-2005 season, according to Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old defender was close to joining Juventus’ Serie A rivals AS Roma last week, but the deal fell through after he failed to agree personal terms.

Sport on Screen
Soccer, Premier League — From 2.30 pm on ESPN ; Formula One, Highlights from 5.30 pm on STAR Sports; Cricket, Tri-series, England vs South Africa — Live from 6.30pm on ESPN ; Tennis, Wimbledon — Ladies semi-finals deferred from 8.30pm on STAR Sports


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