Ex-cricketer awarded damages after fixing claims


LONDON (AP) -- A former New Zealand cricket player has been awarded $140,000 in libel damages from a British court following allegations that he fixed matches.

The accusations against Chris Cairns were made by Lalit Modi, the deposed commissioner of the Indian Premier League.

A judge at London's High Court says Modi "singularly failed" to provide any reliable evidence against Cairns, having said in a Twitter post in 2010 that he had been barred from the IPL because of his "past record in match-fixing."

The judge said Monday that Modi's accusation was "as serious an allegation as anyone could make against a professional sportsman."

The 41-year-old Cairns played 62 tests for New Zealand. He says the allegations turned his cricket achievements "to dust" and strained his marriage.