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Khan: Game must change to stamp out spot-fixing

CRICKET: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has called for cricket to be radically changed as three players began jail terms for spot-fixing.

Salman Butt, Pakistan's ex-Test captain, received a 30-month sentence at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, fast bowler Mohammad Asif 12 months, and Mohammad Amir six months, while Mazhar Majeed, the agent involved, was jailed for two years and eight months for his role in the scandal.

Khan said: "I think what is most important is that our cricket system needs to be radically changed.

"But the fact is that when these players see corrupt people flourishing in our society they think they can get away with anything."

RUGBY: All Blacks World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw is to have surgery to remove a screw from his right foot, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said this morning.

The flanker, who played through pain to lead his country to victory on home soil last month, will have the operation when he returns from his post-tournament holiday.

The three-times World Player of the Year had the screw inserted into a metatarsal in his foot after sustaining a fracture during a training run in February.

CRICKET: Paul Stirling was named International Player of the Year at the Cricket Writers of Ireland annual dinner in Coleraine last night.

Kevin O'Brien received a Special Performance award for his match-winning 113 against England in March -- the fastest century in World Cup history.

Railway Union captain Tom Fisher was voted Club Player of the Year, while Andy McBrine won the Young Player award.

CYCLING: Ronan McLaughlin and Connor McConvey are the latest Irish riders to commit to the An Post Sean Kelly team, with both signing new one-year deals.

SWIMMING: Ian Thorpe has returned to competitive swimming at the FINA World Cup in Singapore. The Aussie qualified for the final of the 100 metres medley.