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Global sports round-up

Armstrong still Yuvraj’s hero

KOLKATA – Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh today said fellow cancer survivor cyclist Lance Armstrong would always be his hero, despite the ban slapped on the American for use of performance-enhancing drugs. However, the all-rounder said he was “worried” about the consequences that the cyclist may have to go through.

Yuvraj said he sent a message today to Armstrong wishing him happy New Year and telling him: “You will always be my hero, no matter what people say.”

“I am worried about what all has happened to him. I am worried about the consequences,” Yuvraj said.

Armstrong successfully battled testicular cancer to win a record seven consecutive titles at the Tour de France.However, last year he was disqualified from all his wins since August 1998 for using and distributing performance-enhancing drugs and was banned from professional cycling for life.

Yuvraj was also diagnosed with cancer, but returned to the field after completing his treatment.

While undergoing treatment in the US, Yuvraj looked up to Armstrong. The legendary cyclist also visited Yuvraj in Boston where the cricketer was undergoing treatment.

“Battling cancer, coming back, winning the titles, that needed lot of courage. You can see interesting movies of adventures where there are super heroes. But that`s fiction. On the other hand, Lance Armstrong is a reality. He will always be my hero,” he said.†


Loud music sees Sprewell in jail

MILWAUKEE – Former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Latrell Sprewell was arrested in Milwaukee on Monday.

Sprewell was arrested for disorderly conduct after police received two complaints about loud music within one hour. Police said they’d gotten several complaints about loud music at the east Milwaukee residence in recent months.

Sprewell was booked into a Milwaukee jail Monday afternoon. This is not his first bout with legal troubles; he reportedly owed the state of Wisconsin unpaid income taxes in 2011 to the tune of $3.5 million, and his house was foreclosed in 2008.

Sprewell averaged 18.3 points and 4.0 assists over his 13-year career. In 2005, he turned down a three-year, $21 million contract extension from the Timberwolves, stating that he had a family to feed and that owner Glen Taylor had better offer up more money. He finished out the 2004-05 season with the Wolves, but became a free agent afterward.

Though teams were interested in signing Sprewell, he never played another NBA game.†


Ba gets Chelsea’s blessing

NEWCASTLE – Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Demba Ba’s move to Chelsea is as a done deal.

The Blues have been given permission to talk to the Senegal international after triggering a release clause in his contract with a 7m bid.

Ba was withdrawn from the Newcastle squad to face Everton at St James’ Park and speaking before kick-off, Pardew was confident the move would swiftly go through.

“It’s done. He will go to Chelsea with our blessing,” Pardew said.

“He has done fantastic for us and it’s not a bad thing, all the uncertainty is now done and we can move on.

“The ball was always in Demba’s court. But this club is bigger than any player for sure.”

The Senegal frontman, who joined Newcastle on a free transfer from West Ham in June 2011, already has 13 goals to his name this season and has been pursued by several clubs.

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