Early release for Iraqi shoe thrower



A lawyer says the Iraqi journalist jailed after hurling his shoes at the former president George W Bush will be released next month after his sentence was reduced. Muntadhar al-Zeidi's act during Mr Bush's last visit to Iraq as president in December turned the 30-year-old reporter into a folk hero across the Arab world amid anger over the 2003 invasion. He was initially sentenced to three years after pleading not guilty to assaulting a foreign leader, then the court reduced it to one year because the journalist had no prior criminal history.

Defence attorney Karim al-Shujairi told AP today that the court said al-Zeidi will now be released on Sept 14, three months early. Court officials could not immediately confirm the decision. * AP

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Indoor Cricket World Cup - Sept 16-20, Insportz, Dubai

16 Indoor cricket matches are 16 overs per side
8 There are eight players per team
9 There have been nine Indoor Cricket World Cups for men. Australia have won every one.
5 Five runs are deducted from the score when a wickets falls
4 Batsmen bat in pairs, facing four overs per partnership

Scoring In indoor cricket, runs are scored by way of both physical and bonus runs. Physical runs are scored by both batsmen completing a run from one crease to the other. Bonus runs are scored when the ball hits a net in different zones, but only when at least one physical run is score.

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