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In brief: Pakistan stars in dock over 'fixing'

CRICKET : Three Pakistan team members and an agent are set to face corruption charges, according to the Crown Prosecution Service in England. Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were accused of 'spot-fixing' offences in the fourth Test against England at Lord's last August.

The players and their agent Mazhar Majeed will be charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and also conspiracy to cheat. They have always denied the accusations of bowling deliberate no-balls.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), which conducted its own investigation as the sport's governing body, will present its findings today.


ST BENILDUS are once again Leinster senior schools kings after an emphatic 3-0 success over Athlone CC in yesterday's final at Leixlip Amenities Centre.

The Kilmacud side are traditionally one of the heavyweights at this level, but they had not contested a provincial final since their successes of 2000 and 2002.

Winger Paul Mannion gave Benildus a deserved lead on 27 minutes when he cut into the box and curled an effort into the far corner of Conal Sheehan's net.

The lead was doubled just after the break when Mannion's run down the left and low ball across the face of goal was finished by Paul Conlon. David Byrne rounded off the win with a spectacular long-range lob in the 90th minute.

ST BENILDUS COLLEGE -- Finn; Rogers, McAuliffe (Byrne 50), Healy, McGrath, Meegan, Byrne (Day 50), Butler, Conlon, Byrne, Mannion (Simon 81).

ATHLONE CC -- Sheeran; O'Connor, Morris, Dempsey, Shaughnessy, Woods, Brooks (Daly 67), Murray, Kenny, Blackwear (Conlon 79), McCormack.

Ref -- J Clarke.


IRELAND'S Amy Bowtell went down with colours flying in the quarter-finals of the ITF Women's Circuit event in Portugal yesterday.

The world No 905 put up a gallant fight before exiting in the indoor hardcourt tournament at Coimbra, near Porto, to Germany's 767-ranked Kim-Alice Grajdek on a 4-6 6-7 (1/7) scoreline.


Joe Swail is through to the German Masters quarter-finals after a 5-2 victory over Shaun Murphy in Berlin yesterday.

Irish Independent