SPORT | IN BRIEF

Jockeys seek urgent action
HORSE RACING: The Professional Jockeys Association last night called for swift action in amending the new whip rules brought into effect last week. Strike action had been narrowly averted before representatives of the PJA, including chief executive Kevin Darley met with the BHA in London yesterday. Darley said: “There is now a process of consultation and discussion involving jockeys which should have happened before the original announcement.”

Gerrard feared for his career
FOOTBALL: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he feared his recent groin injury could have ended his career. Gerrard made his first start in six months following surgery on the groin injury in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United. “Without a doubt the last six months have been the hardest of my career,” he said. “It’s natural that you have doubts. Different things cross your mind from time to time.”

Butt ‘betrayed by agent’
CRICKET : Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has told a court he was betrayed by an ex-friend and agent who claimed he was part of a match-fixing scam. After hearing evidence that the agent arranged to rig games against England in 2010, Mr Butt said he had misjudged Mazhar Majeed “completely”.