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USOC board approves addition of 5 members

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 10:05 PM PST

The U.S. Olympic Committee has added five new board members, including former Microsoft executive Robbie Bach, as part of the restructuring of a leadership group that had been widely criticized the past few years.

Former John Hancock CEO James Benson, four-time Olympian Nina Kemppel, former Visa executive Susanne Lyons and USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean also were voted in Thursday at the USOC's quarterly board meeting.

The additions bring the board to 15 members, as recommended by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's advisory panel. Tagliabue was brought on after the USOC went through a rough 2009 - unexpectedly firing CEO Jim Scherr and taking the brunt of the blame when Chicago came in fourth in the bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

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Ponting, Clarke in Aussie World Cup squad

Posted: 16 Dec 2010 10:03 PM PST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Beleagured test captain Ricky Ponting and his assistant Michael Clarke have been named in Australia's provisional 30-man squad for February's World Cup, where the Australians are three-time defending champions.

Ponting and Clarke have both struggled in the ongoing Ashes test series against England, with their positions in the team coming under increasing scrutiny.

In the squad announced Friday by Cricket Australia, Twenty20 specialist David Warner was included along with other newcomers Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Stephen O'Keefe.

The squad must be reduced to 15 players by Jan. 19 for the 50-overs tournament which is being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

"We've selected an initial squad for the World Cup with an array of world-class one-day players, some of whom tasted success in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup tournament," said selectors' chairman Andrew Hilditch. "Our form in one-day cricket over the last 15 months has been good."

> Australian squad: Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, Brad Hodge, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Andrew McDonald, Clint McKay, Stephen O'Keefe, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Shaun Tait, Adam Voges, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.

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