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Flanagan new ACSU chairman

Calcutta: Sir Ronnie Flanagan, a former British police officer, is the new chairman of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. Flanagan will replace Lord Condon, who is retiring at the end of June 2010. “Having been knighted… for his services to policing and enjoying a strong sporting background, Flanagan was identified by ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat and Lord Condon as an excellent candidate for the role,” an ICC release said.

Ashraful back

Dhaka: Bangladesh have recalled former captain Mohammed Ashraful for a two-Test series in England starting later this month. Fast bowler Robiul Islam is the only newcomer in a 15-man squad to be led by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. The opening Test starts at Lord's on May 27, while the second will be played in Manchester from June 4.

Neil wins

Sheffield: Australia’s Neil Robertson beat Scotland’s Graeme Dott 18-13 in the final to win the snooker world championship at The Crucible Tuesday. The 28-year-old became the first man from outside Britain and Ireland to win the title since Canadian Cliff Thorburn triumphed 1980.

Mankad up

New Delhi: Top seeds Harsh Mankad and Treat Conrad Huey sailed into the doubles quarter finals of the ATP Challenger event in Savannah, US after scoring an easy 6-1, 6-4 win over Americans Lester Cook and Tim Smyczek.

Clijsters out

Brussels: Kim Clijsters has pulled out of next week’s Madrid Open because her left foot injury isn’t healing fast enough. The latest scan on her foot confirmed two tears sustained last week that has further jeopardised her participation in the French Open.

Hewitt view

Sydney: The timing of Australia’s Davis Cup tie with Japan so close to this month’s French Open was described as ‘ridiculous’ by former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt on Tuesday. The Asia-Oceania second-round tie begins Friday and is sandwiched between the traditional Roland Garros warm-up events. The French Open starts in Paris on May 23.

Tough pool

New Delhi: A tough test awaits India in the women’s hockey World Cup later this year as they have been clubbed alongside, among others, defending champions the Netherlands, Germany and Australia in Pool A along with Japan and New Zealand. Pool B comprises hosts Argentina, China, Spain, England, Korea and South Africa.

Buffon plan

Milan: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has sparked a potential transfer scramble by saying he would seek a move to England if Juventus decide to sell him. “If I had to go I think England could be the destination,” Buffon said on Tuesday.

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