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In Britain, sport is no longer seen as a form of moral education. But in a crime-ridden ghetto of Los Angeles, a Victorian form of cricket is teaching young gangsters how to be gentlemen

By Edward Smith   March 1999

For those who believe that sport brings out the best in people the past few months have been rather unsettling. The Olympic games have been tarnished by allegations of bribery and corruption; the professional basketball season in America was delayed by a dispute over player salaries; Rupert Murdoch tried to buy Manchester United for ?625m, amid accusations that he will rig the television schedules to make sure that it is money well spent; the international cricket establishment was faced with allegations of bribery and illegal betting by senior Australian cricketers; an earbiting former boxing champion was invited to re-enter the…

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