Indian Subcontinent

South African cricketer Pieter Strydom said on Friday former captain Hansie Cronje had offered him up to 140,000 rand ($19,800) if the team scored less than 250 runs in a test against India in February. Strydom, who is among four South African players accused by Indian police of match-rigging, told a government inquiry into alleged match-fixing the match involved was the first test against India in Mumbai, from February 24 to 26.

Nairobi will host the 2000 International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day knockout tournament between the nine test playing nations, the ICC has confirmed.

A former commissioner of London?s Metropolitan police force has been named the new anti-corruption chief of cricket?s governing body.

Jahangir Khan, arguably the greatest squash player ever, will this week bid for a new role at the head of the international game.

New Zealand umpiring officials say they do not believe allegations that match-fixing occurred during a recent Pakistan cricket tour of New Zealand.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it did not fear sanctions by the game's governing body after it clamped life bans on two players including former captain Salim Malik.

Asian soccer chiefs have gaven FIFA until March to avert a regional boycott of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea by giving Asia the chance of an extra place in the finals.

Sri Lanka's Cricket Board has said it would "most likely" call for a criminal investigation into match-fixing allegations against former captain Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva.

The Swedish prosecutor's office has reopened an inquiry into a suspected attempt to bribe the International Olympic Committee into choosing Stockholm for the 2004 summer games.

Canada has defeated the United States in the battle to become the first north American city to stage the world track and field championships.

India's state broadcasting corporation, Prasar Bharti has won exclusive rights to broadcast the first Afro-Asian Games scheduled in New Delhi in November.

Legal battles that have left Sri Lanka's cricket board in financial limbo will not affect tours by India and New Zealand this summer, a top sports official has said.

Pakistan table tennis chiefs blamed organisers of the Commonwealth championships for causing their team to pull out of the tournament.

The 10 test-playing nations will compete for world supremacy under a new ranking system, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Malcolm Gray has said.

An ex-Scotland Yard detective with the International Cricket Council anti-corruption unit has visited major Indian test stadiums as part of a worldwide inspection of venues following the match-fixing scandal.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday an official report on match-fixing, that attacked its failure to stem corruption in the game, contained inaccuracies.

VTV, recently-acquired by UK-based The Television Corporation and now part of Sunset+Vine, has won a new four year contract to produce and distribute coverage of English badminton until 2005., the Asian internet sports content producer, syndicator and distributor, has appointed Ikuya Tanaka of Dentsu?s Sports Marketing Division as a board director.

India's largest private internet service provider Satyam Infoway Ltd has taken a 25 percent stake in Cricinfo Ltd and expects revenue of $2.0 million over the next year from the deal.

Ali Bacher, chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) development committee, has said the number of teams at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa should be increased from 12 to 14.

Jahangir Khan, the record 10-times British Open Squash Champion from Pakistan,has been elected a Vice President of the World Squash Federation (WSF).

Hackers have defaced two Indian internet sites catering to movie fans and cricket lovers.

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salim Malik and all-rounder Ata-ur-Rehman were banned for life by their country's cricket board on Wednesday.

Sri Lankans applying for British visas to watch the World Cup tournament have to undergo a cricket quiz as part of the screening process, British High Commission officials have said.