International sports briefs

Dhoni banned

New Delhi: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been banned for two one-day internationals (ODI) over his team’s slow over-rate during the second match against Sri Lanka, a top official said on Saturday. The Indian players have been penalised 40 per cent of their match fees. Opener Virender Sehwag will lead India in the next two one-dayers of the five-match series, currently tied 1-1. Sri Lanka levelled the series on Friday with a three-wicket victory in Nagpur. The remaining matches will be played at Cuttack (Monday), Kolkata (Thursday) and Delhi (Sunday). Selectors named wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik as Dhoni’s replacement for the next two matches.

Woods named PoY

PONTE VEDRA BEACH: Tiger Woods was named the PGA Tour player of the year for the 10th time in 13 years on Friday. The award is voted on by the players but the PGA declined to release the details of the vote which took place over the past four weeks. This is the eighth time that Woods has swept all the major PGA Tour awards. He won the Byron Nelson Award for the lowest adjusted scoring average, Arnold Palmer Award for the money title and Jack Nicklaus Award for player of the year. Woods won a half dozen tournaments last year.

Giggs to stay

MANCHESTER: Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United. News that the 36-year-old winger, a one club man throughout his professional career, would be staying at Old Trafford for at least another season came as he found out he would be up against his old friend David Beckham in the last 16 of the Champions League after United were drawn against AC Milan. Giggs’s achievements were recognised by the wider sporting public last Sunday when he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Giggs is British football’s most decorated player.