Briefs3-Quaresma voted Serie A's worst player

Mon Dec 8, 2008 6:51pm GMT

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Dec 8 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world:

Soccer - Inter Milan's 18.6-million-euro signing Ricardo Quaresma has won the 2008 'Golden Bin' award after being elected Serie A's worst player of the year by listeners of Rai radio show Catersport.

The winger, who has failed to make an impact since moving to Inter in the close season, gained almost twice as many votes as his nearest rival, Atalanta's former Italy striker Christian Vieri, the show said on its website (www.rai.it/dl/CaterSport).

Quaresma follows in the footsteps of his Inter team mate Adriano, the 2006 and 2007 winner, who came third this year.

Soccer - Arsenal's Brazilian-born Croatia striker Eduardo will make his comeback from a broken leg and ankle in a reserve match against Portsmouth on Dec. 16, the club announced on their website (www.arsenal.com) on Monday.

The 25-year-old Eduardo sustained the injuries in an away match at Birmingham in February following a challenge by defender Martin Taylor.

Soccer - Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has been charged with using abusive and insulting words towards referee Mike Riley, the English Football Association announced on its website (www.thefa.com) on Monday.

Kinnear, 61, was sent to the stands during Newcastle's match against Stoke City on Saturday after contesting the award of a free kick.

Kinnear, who has until Dec. 23 to respond to the charge, is already facing an FA charge of improper conduct for labelling official Martin Atkinson "a Mickey Mouse referee" after a 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Nov. 9.

Cricket - The International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit will also take on the role of managing safety and security issues, the ruling body said.

The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ASCU), which monitors corruption in the game, would now liaise on and manage safety, security and terrorism intelligence issues with independent security agencies and advise the ICC management, it said.

(Editing by Clare Fallon)

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