Bush honours Ali


Muhammad Ali, his hands shaking and eyes reflecting the White House chandeliers, accepted the nation’s highest civilian award from US President George W Bush on Wednesday. Bush called him “the Greatest of All Time” and “a man of peace,” and tied the Presidential Medal of Freedom around the former heavyweight champion’s neck. Ali was one of 14 luminaries to receive the award. Other winners included golfer Jack Nicklaus, singer Aretha Franklin and

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. — AFP

Symonds recalled


Limited-overs specialist Andrew Symonds was recalled to Australia’s Test side for next week’s second Test against the West Indies, while selectors dropped Simon Katich. Symonds was called up to replace Shane Watson, who underwent shoulder surgery this week after falling heavily in the field during Australia’s 379-run win over West Indies last week. Symonds has played just two Test matches. Brad Hodge replaces Katich. — AFP

Vaughan ruled out


Injured England captain Michael Vaughan has been ruled out of the first Test against Pakistan in Multan and opener Marcus Trescothick will lead the side, England cricket officials said on Thursday. “The England medical team confirmed on Thursday that Michael Vaughan will miss the first Test in Multan starting on Saturday due to a knee injury,” an England and Wales Cricket Board statement said. Vaughan will continue to receive treatment and further updates on his progress will be released, said the statement. — AFP