Song conscious, to be treated in France
YAOUNDE • Former Cameroon football captain Rigobert Song, 40, has emerged from a coma following a stroke and will be airlifted to France for further treatment.
The former Liverpool and West Ham defender, who led Cameroon to back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations wins, was rushed to hospital from his Yaounde home on Sunday after suffering a cerebral aneurysm.
BCCI cries foul over payments ban
MUMBAI• The reputation of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) has been ruined by the freezing of its bank accounts, its president Anurag Thakur said yesterday, after a Supreme Court-appointed panel blocked the game's richest board from making two payments to its state units.
He added that it would be difficult to run the ongoing series with New Zealand in India. But the panel said the ban involved only the two payments and the BCCI is otherwise free to use its funds for "routine expenditure".
Bonds ousted by Marlins after 1 year
MIAMI• Home-run king Barry Bonds has been fired as hitting coach of Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins after just one season.
The 52-year-old, whose record-breaking career was marred by his involvement in the sport's steroids scandal, was dumped by the side after the Florida franchise finished the season 79-82.