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Cricket News Ball tampering again? Adam Zampa reportedly under the scanner after Adelaide win

first_imgNo official word has come from either the South African or Australian players or officials. The ICC have not commented on this issue.Read More |Kagiso Rabada in danger of ban after Chris Lynn send-off in AdelaideBall-tampering scars freshEarlier in 2018, the cricketing world was plunged in turmoil during the Newlands Test when Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera taking a yellow sandpaper out of his pocket to alter the condition of the ball. He was eventually caught and the ensuing fall-out was massive.Steve Smith and David Warner admitted to their role in the scandal and both men were stripped of their leadership positions. Smith and Warner were banned for one year by Cricket Australia for their role in the ball-tampering saga while Bancroft received a nine-month ban. New Delhi: The ongoing ODI series between Australia and South Africa is the first encounter between the sides since the acrimonious ball-tampering scandal in the Newlands Test. There has been little talk about that incident in this series, with both Australia and South Africa both shying away from being overly aggressive.However, it seems that the ball-tampering scandal is still lurking in the backdrop. Australia’s seven-run win in Adelaide helped them snap their seven-match losing streak in ODIs but in the aftermath of the win, a footage has emerged on social media involving legspinner Adam Zampa.Read More | Women’s World T20: Lesbian couples give tournament colourful twistA Twitter user named @marcongers uploaded a footage involving Zampa suspiciously rubbing the ball. In the 42nd over, with South Africa needing 47 off 48 balls to win with three wickets in hand, skipper Aaron Finch turned to Zampa for the breakthrough.Before bowling the over, Zampa put his right arm in his pocket and seemed to be fiddling inside for 10 seconds. After that, he has an exchange with Glenn Maxwell, takes his hand out of the pocket and vigorously rubs the ball. This prompted several users to allege that Australia’s win was stained by ball-tampering. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Papua New Guinea ready to be cricket’s next fairytale story

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – Papua New Guinea believe they could be cricket’s next rags-to-riches story after securing a place among the sport’s elite in next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.After three near-misses in the last six years, the ‘Barramundis’ under Assad Vala punched their tickets to Australia where they will join 15 other teams in Twenty20 cricket’s biggest stage.“Definitely the greatest moment for every cricketer in the country,” Vala told Reuters from Dubai where they finished runners-up in the Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers.“We came so close on so many occasions. To get the job done this time, a lot of hard work has been put in behind the scenes to get where we are.“It will open more doors for cricket. More people will come and support cricket, the sponsors and all those stuff,” said the 32-year-old all-rounder.Cricket PNG chief executive Greg Campbell said the team had a few “quiet drinks” but proper celebration will be once they return home.“I don’t think players will know the enormity of it until they go home,” the former Australia player told Reuters.“Once they land home, they will understand and take it all in. They might do a few more celebrations in the next few weeks.”As he predicted, Vala and his men returned to a hero’s welcome on Monday.PNG, should they make the Super 12 stage in Australia, will clash against the traditional powerhouses but Campbell said that will not unnerve a bunch chasing bigger dreams. “The long-term goal is to make the 50-overs World Cup. We want to perform at this stage consistently and we want to be the next rising cricket associate powerhouse in the world.“The players know they got a lot of work to do. They are laying a legacy, a foundation for the young boys. It’s not a one-off, we want to play consistently on this stage.”SPIRITUAL HOME Cricket has come a long way in PNG since British missionaries introduced the game in the early 1900s.They secured ODI status in 2014 and draw most of their players from the coastal village of Hanuabada, considered the game’s spiritual home in the country. “You can’t put finger on it, but they just love it,” Campbell said of the “cricket-mad” village on the outskirts of Port Moresby.The massively popular Liklik cricket competition could be one of the reasons, he said.“The village closes down on weekends…with so many kids playing on the street with houses on one side and the ocean on the other.”PNG has engaged nearly 250,000 school students and 48% of them are girls, Campbell said. Their women’s team were one match away from reaching the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia but lost to Bangladesh in the semi-finals of the qualifier.Cricket PNG has introduced contracts to their elite men, women and rookie players though cricketers are encouraged to find other means of livelihood. Campbell is grateful to the International Cricket Council for its help but wished there was more help from the governing body.“ICC are really good to the associate world, but I’m not the only associate CEO sitting here and saying we need more money,” he said.“We’re very lucky in PNG that we do quite a bit of money outside of ICC with our sponsors. “I think there’s a big gap between full members and associate world. I’m not having a go at the ICC about that but I think that gap could be closed a little bit.”last_img read more

Lady Badgers keep ‘fresh’ focus

first_imgOne of the reasons for the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s recent success during its three-game winning streak has been the improved play of freshmen Mariah Dunham and Rae Lin D’Alie.Dunham, a forward from Watertown, is averaging seven points per game this season, but in Sunday’s victory she stepped up by contributing 11 points and five rebounds.”Mariah Dunham played great,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “She embraced the crowd. That’s all Mariah right there. You put a stage out there for her and she’s going to perform.”D’Alie, a point guard from Waterford, also put together a solid campaign against the Gophers, tallying 14 points. Yet, Stone feels it is not so much D’Alie’s scoring but her leadership and ability to distribute the ball that has propelled the team to its current record.”Rae Lin D’Alie has surpassed everybody’s expectations, not only scoring but delivering the basketball,” Stone said. “She’s learned how to get into the point of no return with the (post players) and handle some things.”Mind Trip: maintaining focus on the roadA day after beating border-rival Minnesota in front of a record crowd at the Kohl Center Sunday, Stone said her team must stay levelheaded and shift its focus to the upcoming road games.On Thursday, the Badgers will travel to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers, and Sunday they’ll be in Happy Valley to face the Lady Lions of Penn State.The women’s team has historically had trouble at these two venues, but Stone hopes to change that by keeping the momentum rolling from Sunday’s game.”It’s a new year, and the past is the past,” Stone said. “Any game in the Big Ten on the road is a tough place to play.”You can go back to the past, and we’ve not had success in those two venues, or you can look at this as an opportunity to start something new for us.”Winning ways don’t change focusSunday’s win guaranteed the Badgers a winning record this season, marking the first time Stone has achieved that mark since joining the team in 2003. Although the play of her squad has some people buzzing about potential postseason tournament play, Stone continues to take the season one game at a time.”We don’t talk about [the postseason] at all,” Stone said. “I think a lot of people around us do. … If you get too caught up in that, you’re going to miss what’s happening right in front of you.”Right in front of us right now is a great team.”Even after the exhilarating game Sunday, the Badgers remained focused and relatively subdued, knowing that they still have work ahead of them.”As we go into the next step of the Big Ten, I think that there’s more of a chip on their shoulder, more energy in terms of where we want to go yet this season,” Stone said. “Certainly, we have some momentum right now, we’re excited about where we’re at, and in the end, hopefully, the postseason is what looms for us.”last_img read more

Syracuse seniors run impressive times, underclassmen continue to grow

first_imgThe Syracuse track and field team finished its pre-conference schedule this past weekend. Most of the team traveled to Cornell for the Cornell Marc Deneault Invitational, while the women’s distance medley relay competed at Notre Dame in the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational.SU seniors dominated competition Saturday, as Jaquan Holland, Donald Pollitt and Michelle Riley were all able to win their respective races. Holland took first in the 200-meter dash, finishing in just 21.68 seconds. Pollitt took gold in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.76 seconds. And Riley ran a time of 2:14.78 to win the 800-meter run.While the seniors were able to take gold, SU’s underclassmen continued to prosper. Seven of the eight runners who set personal records over the weekend were either a freshman or sophomore.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFreshman David Stankiewicz set a new personal record in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 2:01.18 to take 13th place. Fellow freshman Nick Ryan came just shy of taking gold, but still finished with his best time to take second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:30.21.Sophomore Shaina Harrison, junior Sabrina Cammock and freshmen Sierra Vaden and Regine Hunter all set new personal records in the 60-meter dash.Harrison finished just five hundredths of a second short of the school record with a time of 7.37 seconds to take second place in the competition. Cammock finished right behind her to take third with a time of 7.55, Vaden finished in fifth at 7.80 and Hunter came in sixth at 7.81.Sophomore Bridget Twomey set her new personal best in the mile, coming in eighth with a time of 5:17.36. Sophomores Fiona Hendry and Rebecca Skodis both finished with their best times in the 3,000-meter run, running a 10:11.15 and 10:17.17, respectively.At Notre Dame, the women’s distance medley relay, consisting of sophomores Rebecca Robinson and Margo Malone, freshman Sydney Leiher and senior Margo Malone, finished in third place with a time of 11:14.06.The track and field team will travel to Clemson for the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship this weekend, which begins on Thursday. compiled by Ari Gilberg, staff writer, Comments Published on February 24, 2014 at 12:55 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Likely Orlando hiring unlikely to sit well with Trojan faithful

first_imgDismissed earlier in the offseason by Tom Herman in an attempt to rebuild the Longhorn coaching staff in Texas, Orlando landed a spot as the linebackers coach/assistant head coach at Texas Tech before reports arose of his interest in USC.  As the dust settled and celebrations ceased after the Trojan basketball team’s dramatic 21-point comeback win over a tough Stanford team at Galen Center last Saturday, reports emerged regarding USC’s defensive coordinator search. Weeks after parting ways with Clancy Pendergast following a 49-24 drubbing at the hands of a mediocre Iowa Hawkeyes offense in the Holiday Bowl, the Trojans are now expected to hire Todd Orlando as their next defensive coordinator. On top of all of this, Pendergast’s lack of a grip on recruiting has caused talented local recruits in recent years to slip through the hands of the Trojans, such as current Oregon defensive lineman and former top-ranked recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux and incoming LSU defensive back Elias Ricks among others. Jimmy Goodman is a senior writing about USC sports. His column, “The Point After,” runs every other Thursday. Working as a defensive coordinator at five schools over the past 15 years, Orlando has overseen a fairly boom-or-bust slate of defensive units. According to Bill Connelly’s SP+ rankings, a system by which all FBS units are equally rated based on opponents and game flow to judge defensive efficiency, Orlando has had seven teams finish in the top 27 while six units clocked in at 53rd or worse.  It appears that the only slam dunks coming from USC these days are at the hands of superstar freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu, and while I deeply admire the way that USC basketball has quietly turned into a pacific powerhouse this season, it’s clear that its football counterparts can hardly get an easy win with Trojan fans lately. Despite gaining a reputation for strong initial coaching performances during year one, his defenses have seen a great deal of regression. At Texas, Todd watched as a unit that dominated the Trojans last September and finished that season as the 14th best defense in the nation crumbled due to injury and inflexibility and fell to 68th at the time of his firing in 2019. Possibly the most troubling aspect of the Orlando hiring, however, is the eerie similarities he shares with the departed Pendergast. One of the most important factors in Clancy’s firing was a perceived lack of flexibility and inability to properly develop defensive talent. Running a converted 3-4 defense, Pendergast relied heavily on skilled pass rushers such as Uchenna Nwosu and Porter Gustin, but when the proverbial pass rushing well ran dry, Pendergast did little to adjust.  The Trojan defense, among other issues, has become a middle-of-the-road pass rushing team despite the aggressive approach. Considering the youth and inexperience of the defensive backfield for USC in 2019, this was a death knell. center_img Until then, the easy scores will remain on the hardwood. After publicly failing to lure Los Angeles Rams linebackers coach and former USC assistant Joe Barry to the coordinator job, USC quickly pivoted to Orlando with the hopes of injecting new life into the defense and bringing a new face to a battered Trojan recruiting effort. In many ways, Orlando mirrored this behavior and reputation at Texas. According to Anwar Richardson, beat writer for the Longhorns Rivals site, “Todd Orlando didn’t adjust his defensive scheme to suit the talent, players were not developed, and he was not a high-level recruiter.”  Though he’s certainly not the first choice of many armchair athletic directors — former Seahawks defensive coordinator and Trojan alum Kris Richard was nothing if not the fan favorite — Orlando ultimately appears as another suspect coaching decision for a staff rife with mediocrity and second guessing. That said, it is difficult to argue the merits of fresh blood. For as much as stability, consistency and continuity are great to have in theory, this is a time of upheaval at USC. No one wants a constantly rotating door, but it is clear that the old guard of Heritage Hall is being slowly and painfully churned out in favor of an era of transparency, clarity and — as President Carol Folt and Athletic Director Mike Bohn often point to — integrity. If anything can be sure, the USC fanbase is not sold. As is the case with pretty much anything the Trojans do these days, seeing is believing.  In the simplest terms, this would appear to check every box of what the Trojans should theoretically be avoiding in a Pendergast replacement.last_img read more

Tradition gets swift kick at a Kentucky Derby like no other

first_img Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Change is slow in coming to the Kentucky Derby. From being run on the first Saturday in May to the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” since 1921, tradition rules America’s most famous race.Custom is getting a swift kick in 2020.The coronavirus pandemic forced the 146th Derby to be pushed back to Labor Day weekend, the first time since 1945 that it won’t be held on its usual May date.The 17-horse field will break from a new starting gate on Saturday, one to be used only for the Derby. It fits 20 horses, the typical size of the field, which is slightly smaller this year.Derby horses have previously been loaded into two gates — a main gate for the first 14 runners and an auxiliary gate for the rest. Churchill Downs began using starting gates in 1930; the first electronically operated 14-stall gate was introduced in 1941. The track has used the auxiliary gate for the past 22 years.“In the horse world, anything new no one wants to try,” said starter Scott Jordan, who presses the button that springs the gate simultaneously in the Derby. “They don’t like change.”Most American racetracks use 14-horse gates because there’s rarely more than that in a given race. Overseas, it’s common to have fields of 20 or more.The new Derby gate, designed by an Australian company, was modified slightly to make room for an assistant starter in the gate with a horse after loading. Their job is to keep the horse under control and hold its head straight when the gate springs open. Overseas, it’s common for a jockey to be alone in the gate and responsible for getting his horse off to a solid start.“The starter is so important,” said trainer Bob Baffert, a five-time Derby winner.The partitions between the horses are narrower in the new gate, which puts the horses standing closer together.“When they leave there if you break a step slow, there’ll be a lot of bouncing out of there,” Baffert said.Tiz the Law, the early 3-5 Derby favorite, and 5-1 second choice Honor A. P. have stood in the new gate this week to familiarize themselves with it. Other Derby runners will visit the gate before Saturday.Perhaps the biggest change with the new gate is that horses in the No. 1 and No. 20 posts would move in about 10-15 feet on each end, Jordan said. It’s the result of the length of the gate being shorter than the two other gates combined and also takes into account the wide gap that existed between the two old gates.It would have helped Lookin At Lucky, the Derby favorite in 2010. He got pinned to the rail coming out of the gate and had nowhere to go until making a late run and finishing sixth.The Derby field was reduced to 17 after King Guillermo was scratched Thursday because of a fever. As a result, posts No. 1, 2 and 20 will be vacant. However, the horses still keep their same post position numbers.Finnick the Fierce drew the No. 1 post, but will move in two spots. The chestnut gelding is missing his right eye, the result of a congenital cataract, so he won’t see the rest of the field on his right.Authentic drew the No. 20 post, but he’ll move in one spot, giving him less ground to make up as the field sprints away from the gate.“For those two horses, it’s a real advantage,” Jordan said.Jordan has one advantage this year. Without the noise from 150,000 raucous fans, he’ll be able to hear his gate crew yelling if a horse isn’t ready. Any other year, he’d have to watch for their frantic hand signals.Image credits: AP Written By Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 08:37 IST Tradition Gets Swift Kick At A Kentucky Derby Like No Other Change is slow in coming to the Kentucky Derby. From being run on the first Saturday in May to the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” since 1921, tradition rules America’s most famous racecenter_img First Published: 4th September, 2020 08:37 IST FOLLOW US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Rivers Angels claim record AITEO Cup title in Jos

first_imgRivers Angels have beaten Ibom Angels 3-0 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1 at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos to clinch the maiden edition of the AITEO Cup on Wednesday.The Jewel of Rivers are now 10 million naira richer while first-time finalists, Ibom Angels pocketed five million naira for finishing as runners-up.After a goalless first half, Cynthia Aku opened the scoring in the 49th minute but Glory Ogbonna equalized for Ibom Angels in the 53rd minute.However it was Tochukwu Oluehi who became hero of the day as she saved three penalties to ensure Rivers Angels emerged champions.The last time both sides met in the Federation Cup (now AITEO Cup) was in 2013 when Rivers Angels needed a sudden death shootout to beat Ibom Angels in a Round of 16 encounter decided at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.The Jewel of Rivers went on to defend their title that year and have remained the most successful team in the cup competition since they claimed their first title in 2010. Meanwhile Ibom Angels were reaching the final for the very first time in their history.Only three days earlier, Akwa United clinched the men’s AITEO Cup title and it was expected that Ibom Angels would draw inspiration from their male counterparts to bring double celebration for Akwa Ibom State.Blessing Okpe thought she had put Ibom Angels ahead in the 34th minute but she was adjudged offside.Then on the other side of the divide, Cecilia Nku’s acrobatic effort went wide to ensure that the score line remained goalless going into the break.Four minutes into the second period however, Rivers Angels took the lead through a Cynthia Aku header off a Chioma Wogu assist.But Ibom Angels responded in the 53rd minute through Glory Ogbonda.The match ended 1-1 and penalties were needed to decide the winner.Rivers Angels goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi became the hero for her side as she denied Ibom Angels’ Charity Reuben, Glory Ogbonna and Blessing Okpe to ensure victory for Rivers Angels.Rivers Angels have now won the AITEO Cup a record seven times.MATCH STATSRivers AngelsOluehi, Njoku, Effiom, Ohadugha (Evelyn Nwabuoku 77’), Akpa, Joseph, Ogebe, Aku (Rafiat Sule 56’), Nku, Ojinma (Patience Kalu 54’), WoguUnused Subs: Charity John, Ifeoma Ikenokwalu, Catherine Kenneth, Chinaza UchenduIbom AngelsAndy (Fubiana Briggs 80’), Ibe, Ogbonna, Ottah, Uzor, Titus, Essien, Okpe, Charity, Emmanuel (Uduakobong Peter 50’), Enamino (Unyime Johnson 65’)Unused Subs: Mercy UdoAkpan, Udeme Uko, Rachael Kolawole, Joan EtenkpaRelatedWomen’s AITEO Cup final preview: Badly wounded Rivers Angels seek healing in JosOctober 16, 2017In “Nigeria”Rivers Angels Team Manager elated with AITEO Cup triumphOctober 20, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup: Rivers Angels Team Manager Plays Down Favourites’ Tag [AUDIO]August 29, 2017In “NWL”last_img read more

NBA draft set for Oct. 16, free-agent talks may begin Oct. 18

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall, deciding on Oct. 16 as the date for this year’s draft and saying clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later.The annual moratorium will begin at 9:01 a.m. PDT on Oct. 19 and continue through 9 a.m. Oct. 23, the league told teams on Saturday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.As was the case last season, teams and free agents can begin negotiating six hours before the moratorium – so 3 p.m. EDT on Oct. 18.It could be a wildly busy few days in October for the NBA. If the schedule for the restarted season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, goes as planned, Game 7 of the NBA Finals could be held Oct. 13, followed by the draft three days later and then free agency almost immediately following. Tuesday is also the day that the NBA enters Phase 2 of its health and safety protocols related to the resumption of the season. Among them: mandatory high-sensitivity coronavirus and antibody testing, with the virus test to be repeated every other day and the antibody test repeated only in the event of a positive virus test.center_img By setting the draft date, the NBA also firmed up Aug. 17 as the early entry deadline and Oct. 6 as the early entry withdrawal dates. It’s unclear if that will change the schedule the NCAA laid out earlier this month, when it said college players would have “until 10 days after the NBA draft combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes first” to withdraw from the postponed draft and retain their eligibility.The league also clarified the procedure for teams should any need arise to replace a player who either was excused from participating in the restart, would be protected from playing for health reasons or chose to not play.Starting July 1 and going through the end of the seeding games, expected to be Aug. 14, substitute players can be signed to take the place of someone who falls into those categories. If a player tests positive for coronavirus after the seeding games end, teams would still be allowed to replace them – but only with someone who has three years or less of NBA service.And if a player – excluding two-way players – refuses to participate in games at Disney, he would lose about 1.1% of his salary for every game missed. That would be capped after 14 games, or roughly 15.1% of the player’s contract. Players who are excused or protected from participating would not be subject to lost salary.Teams will also be able to sign players to rest-of-season contracts, when eligible, starting Tuesday and continuing through June 30.last_img read more

Paul George fined $25K for criticizing officials

first_imgPaul George has been fined $25,000 for his “public criticism of the officiating,” the NBA announced Saturday.The Thunder forward commented on the performance of the referees Friday after a 118-110 loss to the Clippers. George is averaging 28.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 2018-19. Related News “We haven’t gotten a fair whistle all year,” George said, via The Washington Post. Thunder’s Paul George fumes at NBA officiating: ‘Somebody’s got to look into this’ Oklahoma City is 40-26 and sits at fourth in the Western Conference standings.The Thunder will face the Jazz on Monday.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in Anthony Davis offer

first_img Why the Pelicans just became one of the most exciting NBA teams Tatum said in January when there was speculation he could be traded for Davis: “Yeah, I’d trade me too for Anthony Davis.”The Celtics and Lakers were believed to be the front-runners in acquiring Davis. But the Boston Globe reported Friday that the Celtics were hesitant to extend an offer with their best assets because of uncertainty surrounding Davis’s long-term future in Boston. It had been speculated that if Davis went to Boston, he would play out the final season of his contract and then opt to become a free agent. Related News NBA trade news: Lakers land Anthony Davis for huge assortment of players, picks Davis’ dad, Anthony Davis Sr., made it clear in February that he didn’t want his son to play for Boston. He was concerned about the team’s lack of “loyalty” because of former star Isaiah Thomas.”They can trade for him, but it’ll be for one year,” Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told Sports Illustrated earlier this week. “I mean: If the Celtics traded for Anthony Davis, we would go there and we would abide by our contractual (obligations) and we would go into free agency in 2020. I’ve stated that to them. But in the event that he decides to walk away and you give away assets? Don’t blame Rich Paul.”Davis, who averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games during the regular season, led the Pelicans to a 33-49 record. New Orleans missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. After Anthony Davis was traded from the Pelicans to the Lakers as part of a blockbuster deal, more details about New Orleans’ negotiations with the Celtics have emerged. According to The New York Times, one reason Los Angeles landed the big man was because the Celtics refused to make Jayson Tatum available in Boston’s offer.  LeBron James reacts to Anthony Davis trade: ‘Just the beginning’ The six-time All-Star told the Pelicans in late January that he didn’t plan to re-sign with the franchise when he could opt out of his contract after 2019-20, and he asked New Orleans to move him. The Pelicans were in negotiations with several teams (including the Celtics and the Lakers) before February’s trade deadline but failed to make a deal.last_img read more