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Global sports round-up

Odom in rehab

sportslamarodomNEW YORK — Former Los Angeles Clippers basketball player Lamar Odom has reportedly entered a rehab facility in the US voluntarily.

The 33-year-old, who is married to reality star Khloe Kardashian, is believed to have been battling drug and alcohol abuse.

It is understood that Odom, who is believed to have fallen to cocaine addiction, has realised that he needs professional help with his problems, according to People magazine.

It was alleged this week that Odom has spent 32,000 on cocaine over the last three years.


Mani all for review system

sportsnaniLONDON — Former ICC president Ehsan Mani has backed the decision of the sport’s governing body to persist with the Decision Review System, which he says has helped reduce umpiring errors. “I think they are only minor issues now related to the technology use in the DRS but they are not serious enough to warrant suspending the use of the UDRS,” Mani said.

Mani has been visiting Pakistan to supervise the bidding process by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the sale of broadcasting rights of the upcoming home series against South Africa and Sri Lanka in the UAE. Mani, a Pakistani who is settled in the United Kingdom, said he had no doubt that DRS would only get better with time.

“Overall you look at the results produced by using the DRS it has improved the accuracy of umpiring decisions by around 95 per cent which is a huge step forward,” he said.


Five more years with Man U

LONDON — Manchester United have announced that winger Nani has put pen to paper on a new five-year contract.

The Portugal international was linked with a move away from the Premier League champions following reported interest from Roma, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco.

Despite suggestions that United were open to offloading the 26-year-old, it has been confirmed by the North-West outfit that Nani is part of new manager David Moyes’s plans.

“Playing at United has been a fantastic experience for me,” Nani told the club’s official website. “When I came to the club, I never imagined the success we have enjoyed.”

Nani, who was controversially sent off in last season’s defeat to Real Madrid in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, moved to the Premier League outfit from Sporting Lisbon in 2007.

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