Chandimal pleads not guilty

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal will face charges of changing the condition of the ball at the end of the ongoing Test against the Windies but plans to contest the allegations after pleading not guilty. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced yesterday that Chandimal had been charged at the close of the third day on Saturday under Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct, relating to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of clause 41.3 of the ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and T20I Playing Conditions” by “unfair” means. “The officials laid the charge after television footage from the final session’s play on Friday appeared to show the Sri Lanka captain taking sweets out from his left pocket and putting these in his mouth before applying the artificial substance to the ball, which the umpires viewed as an attempt to change its condition,” the ICC statement said. Video evidence will be used in the hearing, which will also be attended by the match officials, as well as members of the Sri Lanka team management. If Chandimal is found guilty, he faces a fine of between 50 per cent to his entire match fee, two suspension points, or three to four demerit points. The controversy unfolded early on the third day when umpires informed Sri Lanka that the ball would be changed and the Windies would be awarded five penalty points due to the altered condition of the ball. Sri Lanka took issue with the assertion and refused to take the field, leading to play eventually starting at 11:30 am, half-hour before scheduled lunch interval. A statement from Sri Lanka Cricket late Saturday said it would “take all necessary steps to defend any player in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team”.last_img read more

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BLUES FALL TO BADGERS

first_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s lacrosse team fell 20-9 to the Brock Badgers on Friday, September 28 at Varsity Stadium. Toronto opened the scoring at 17:54 of the first quarter on a goal by Darren Elliott, assisted by fellow attack Jason Barnable.  Brock struck back with three goals of their own before attack AJ Masson answered for U of T late in the first.  Brock scored again less than a minute later to take a 4-2 lead after the first quarter.  Toronto came back with three goals in the second quarter by middie Nick Pison, Barnable and Elliott’s second of the game.  However, the Badgers had five goals in the frame to take a 9-5 lead at the half.In the third quarter the Blues squeezed two goals by Barnable and Elliott between three opening and three closing goals by Brock. According to Blues head coach Joe Nizich, “Brock was able to score in bunches on fast breaks off of our turnovers.  We were more deliberate with our offence and the extra man offence was very efficient, scoring on six man-up opportunities.  But every time we would score it seemed Brock answered with a bunch of their own.” The Badgers led 15-7 after the third quarter. Brock continued their blitz in the fourth with five goals to two for Toronto.  The Blues next game is at home Sunday night, September 30 at 7:00 pm.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Ailing Liverpool face West Ham test in FA Cup

first_img0Shares0000Dejan Lovren (L) and Joe Allen joined the ranks of Liverpool walking wounded during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland (AFP Photo/PAUL Ellis )LONDON, February 8 – With a convalescing manager, mounting injuries and fans in revolt against the club’s hierarchy, Liverpool’s preparations for Tuesday’s FA Cup replay at West Ham United have been less than ideal.A bout of appendicitis caused manager Jurgen Klopp to miss Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland, which saw some 10,000 supporters walk out in protest at rising ticket prices. Dejan Lovren and Joe Allen joined the ranks of Liverpool walking wounded during the game, but the biggest frustration for goalscorer Adam Lallana was the home side’s failure to hold onto a 2-0 lead.“It’s disappointing in any game, regardless of who you’re playing, to be 2-0 up with 10 minutes to go (and not win),” the midfielder told the Liverpool website.“We’ve only got ourselves to blame. We probably dropped a bit too deep as a team and didn’t continue doing what we were doing in the second half to get the goals.“We certainly didn’t want to be complacent or didn’t think we’d won the game, but these things happen and we need to take full responsibility for that.”He added: “We’ve got another game on Tuesday, which is the best thing as a player, to get back on the pitch as soon as possible and put things right.“Our league form has not been great so we need to make sure that Tuesday we stay in (the FA Cup).”Klopp underwent an operation to have his appendix removed on Saturday and it is not clear whether he will be able to travel to east London for the fourth-round replay.– ‘Learn from our mistakes’ –Centre-back Lovren and midfielder Allen are both unlikely to feature, having been withdrawn before half-time at Anfield on Saturday, but striker Daniel Sturridge is in line to make a rare start after returning to the bench following a hamstring problem.In any case, Klopp is expected to shuffle his starting XI, having used his side’s FA Cup matches — including the 0-0 draw with West Ham on January 30 — as an opportunity to blood younger members of his squad.The depth of his resources will be tested to the limit this month, with Liverpool also due to face German side Augsburg in the Europa League last 32 and tackle Manchester City in the League Cup final.Liverpool, who won the last of their seven FA Cups in 2006, are already feeling the pace in the league, having fallen 12 points off the Champions League berths following the draw with Sunderland.West Ham are four points better off in sixth place, but Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton left Slaven Bilic’s side with just one win from their last five games in all competitions.West Ham fell behind to a Maya Yoshida goal in the ninth minute, but played against 10 men for over half an hour following Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama’s dismissal for fouling Dimitri Payet.“It was a great opportunity for us. It’s a game we didn’t deserve to lose,” said Bilic.“Now we have to lift ourselves up, learn from our mistakes and beat Liverpool.”Wednesday’s replay sees West Bromwich Albion visit third-tier Peterborough United, who snatched a 2-2 draw in the teams’ first meeting at The Hawthorns a week ago.Fixtures (1945 GMT)Tuesday:West Ham United v LiverpoolWednesday:Peterborough United v West Bromwich Albion0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ex-Liverpool boss Roy Evans on why Mario Balotelli’s arrival will be good for Daniel Sturridge

first_imgFormer Liverpool boss Roy Evans joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Tuesday and discussed Mario Balotelli’s move to AnfieldThe Reds announced they had completed the £16m signing of Balotelli on Monday, shortly before their defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.Evans feels there is an ‘element of risk’ to the deal given Balotelli’s chequered past, but he feels the powerful Italian can help to bring out the very best in fellow forward Daniel Sturridge.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I think it will take the pressure off Daniel Sturridge. Daniel will work in and around Balotelli and [Raheem] Sterling the same, so Balotelli being there will open gaps for them to get in and use their pace. Hopefully, that will be a big plus when he does come in.“There is an element of risk about it but you hope he has grown up and behaves himself. We know about his talent. He can play.”last_img read more

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Strike threat looms larger

first_img“Imposing this deadline and stopping negotiations are causing meaningless delays,” Tessler said. “Everybody should be focusing their bargaining efforts at the table to address these things.” Having members vote on preliminary proposals is “premature,” she added in a statement. The vote is set for Sunday because ballots must be printed. The two sides have been negotiating since January and the contract expired March 5. It was renewed twice and is being automatically renewed daily. Talks have become contentious, with the union walking away from the table twice. A federal mediator was called in to run the negotiations, which have made some progress on health care and wages. Both sides have agreed tentatively to reduce the waiting time for workers and their dependents to become eligible for health care and to allow all workers to reach the top wage tier. The contract covers almost 70,000 grocery clerks across Southern California. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is a historically long time to be in negotiations,” union spokesman Mike Shimpock said of talks that have dragged on for six months. The union is waiting for more details on raises, pensions and how health care will be funded. The strike vote is a way of putting pressure on the chains but does not mean one is imminent. First the union would have to cancel the rolling contract extension, which requires 72 hours notice. That makes June 29 the earliest the union could go on strike. Adena Tessler, a spokeswoman for the chains, said the union deadline slowed talks down further. The threat of a grocery strike increased Thursday after three supermarket chains failed to meet a union-imposed deadline for a comprehensive contract proposal. Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union will vote Sunday on what the markets have offered so far and whether to authorize a strike against Ralphs and Vons. A strike already has been authorized against Albertson’s and no further negotiations have been scheduled. Union leaders Thursday blasted the chains for failing to offer a complete contract package. last_img read more

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Disgruntled residents start Rocky Delgadillo recall

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a slew of embarrassing revelations about him and his wife, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo could now face a recall from disgruntled residents who say he misused city resources. Former county employee Andrew Ahlering — who is also organizing the effort to recall Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca — said Friday he has started a Web site: www.recalldelgadillo.com. Delgadillo admitted last week that he allowed his wife, who had a suspended license, to drive his city-owned SUV. She damaged the vehicle in 2004 and Delgadillo had it fixed at city expense and only reimbursed the city $1,222 for the repairs last week after questioned by reporters. Delgadillo also admitted he had staff baby-sit his children and run personal errands, and conceded that his wife operated a consulting business from her home for five years without a city business license or paying business taxes. Delgadillo’s office did not respond directly to the recall effort.last_img read more

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Orioles’ Bedard unlikely to return

first_imgFrom news services Orioles ace Erik Bedard has stopped throwing, increasing the likelihood that the AL strikeout leader will soon be shut down for the season with a strained muscle near his right rib cage. Bedard has not pitched since Aug.26, when he allowed six runs in six innings in a loss to the Minnesota Twins. The defeat ended his career-high nine-game winning streak. An MRI exam Tuesday revealed a strained right oblique muscle. Bedard has not yet ruled out returning this season, but with three weeks left and Baltimore in the midst of a terrible skid, it seems pointless. “I don’t know how long it would take for him to start resuming his throwing program and being able to pitch,” Manager Dave Trembley said. “Obviously, there comes a point in time where common sense has to take over.” The injury could cost Bedard a shot at the AL Cy Young Award. The left-hander is 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 182 innings. Opponents are batting .212 against him. His 221 strikeouts are a club record for one season, breaking the mark set by Mike Mussina in 1997. In other Orioles pitching news, right-hander Jaret Wright has left the team, ending a horribly disappointing season and perhaps closing out his career. Traded to Baltimore from the New York Yankees during the offseason, Wright went 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA before being placed on the disabled list April 30 with an injury the Orioles described as right shoulder soreness. He pitched three one-inning rehabilitation stints with double-A Bowie – two at the end of August and one in September. But he never made it back to the Orioles. “Jaret Wright went back to California,” Trembley said. Wright, who pitched in 30 games with New York last year, has experienced shoulder problems throughout much of his career. His contract expires after this season. Around the leagues Astros: The team interviewed three more candidates for its vacant general manager job: Philadelphia assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr., Cleveland director of player personnel Steve Lubratich and St. Louis assistant GM John Mozeliak. Houston also is considering one of its former GMs. Bob Watson was general manager of the Astros from 1993-95 and the New York Yankees from October 1995 to February 1998. He currently is vice president of on-field operations for Major League Baseball. Mariners: The team released right-handed reliever Rick White , as the team got a rare day off while struggling to stay in the AL wild-card race. White was added to the Mariners’ 40-man roster on Aug. 23. Reds: Starting pitcher Bobby Livingston had arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder. Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek performed the 75-minute procedure. Tigers: Designated hitter Gary Sheffield was back in the starting lineup after missing two weeks with a shoulder injury. Sheffield was activated from the disabled list before Detroit played Chicago. He last played Aug. 21. Twins: The team planned to bring up catcher Jose Morales from triple-A Rochester before tonight’s game at the Chicago White Sox. The Twins made the announcement on Thursday, two days after backup catcher Mike Redmond strained a ligament in the middle finger of his left hand while swinging at a pitch. Redmond hurt the finger more than six weeks ago and had been playing with pain until his injury worsened. Joe Mauer has been out since Aug. 25 with a strained left hamstring. He jogged lightly on Wednesday, but was still sore and did not appear close to returning. Chris Heintz is the other catcher on the roster.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Transporation manager Jeff urged to settle L.A.

first_img“I think she was treated rather shabbily,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who said she would support a settlement if Jeff wanted one. “She was very clear that she understood she was an at-will employee. But I don’t think it is necessary to disrespect a person.” Villaraigosa would not comment on the negotiations or a possible agreement. But a settlement would avoid a potentially divisive hearing and continue a string of payouts for African-American managers who have left quietly. Former Animal Services General Manager Guerdon Stuckey was fired by Villaraigosa. He appealed to the City Council, which negotiated a $50,000 contract under which Stuckey wrote a 32-page report on how to deal with pet overpopulation. Former Community Development Department General Manager Clifford Graves resigned last year and was given a $25,000 contract to write two reports totaling 13 pages on the department’s policy challenges and organization options. And former Emergency Preparedness Department General Manager Ellis Stanley retired last month – at the nudging of the mayor, some City Hall insiders said – and was given a four-month, $60,000 contract to write a report on issues important to the incoming general manager, Jim Featherstone, who had already served as an assistant general manager in the department. Villaraigosa’s office wouldn’t say whether officials tried to make a similar deal with Jeff. Her appeal letter said she was offered one month’s severance pay in exchange for her resignation. “Ms. Jeff, who was understandably shocked by the threat of termination, repeatedly asked the mayor’s representatives for an explanation of the mayor’s reasons,” Jeff’s attorney wrote in her appeal letter. “No reason was given. Mr. (Thomas) Saenz (the mayor’s attorney) cryptically told her that he would provide information to her in a `private meeting’ if, and only if, she resigned and signed the release of all claims contained in the severance agreement.” But Villaraigosa’s office has said Jeff was warned that her management of DOT was deficient and after less than a year on the job, the Mayor’s Office encouraged her to seek communications and leadership training. African-American employee groups are closely following Jeff’s termination and how the mayor and council choose to resolve it. “Gloria Jeff is like a symbol of the disappearance of African-American leadership on the management level,” said Cora Jackson-Fossett, president of the Los Angeles Association of Black Personnel. “If you’re replacing one African-American with another African-American, there’s no net gain. That’s a concern.” Six black managers have left during Villaraigosa’s tenure, and he has appointed six black managers. There are a total of nine African-American managers in city departments. Still, Jeff’s firing has struck a chord with some Villaraigosa supporters in the black community. Pastor C. Dennis Williams of Ward AME Church – where Jeff is a member – said Villaraigosa spoke during the Sunday service earlier this year and praised Jeff, saying she was doing a great job for the city. “I think people are upset, bewildered and discouraged because Ward has been one of his major supporters,” Williams said. “Then to fire someone in our congregation without a clue is a little disingenuous with the whole congregation.” Under the City Charter, the mayor has the right to remove general managers at will. Managers can appeal to the council, which can reinstate the fired employee with 10 votes by the 15-member council. The council could offer a contract to Jeff in exchange for dropping her appeal or claim. The council can approve up to $100,000 without mayoral approval. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two weeks after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa abruptly fired Department of Transportation General Manager Gloria Jeff, some city leaders are trying to negotiate a settlement to persuade Jeff to drop her appeal and avoid a high-profile, racially charged hearing over her termination. Villaraigosa has been criticized by African-Americans for his handling of Jeff’s firing – namely giving her an immediate ultimatum to resign or be fired, with no explanation, after he personally recruited her from Michigan. Jeff hired an attorney, rallied the support of African-American groups and has appealed her firing to the City Council. While some council members said they would not support a payout for Jeff, Councilmen Bernard Parks and Herb Wesson initiated settlement discussions this week between the city attorney and Jeff’s attorney. last_img
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Morata ‘close’ to Chelsea exit, but club will miss out on world class successor

first_img targets LATEST RANKED Alvaro Morata is close to sealing a return to LaLiga with Sevilla, according to reports.However, Chelsea risk missing out on AC Milan star Gonzalo Higuaín if the move does go through. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Higuain looks set to miss out on a move to Chelsea because of Morata 2 Milan have an option to buy the former Real Madrid striker, but his return of six goals in Serie A is cause for concern.Higuain and Sarri worked together at Napoli, but it seems as though the Italian will have to wait until the summer if a reunion is going to happen.Without a replacement centre-forward lined up, it seems Gennaro Gattuso is unlikely to sanction the sale of the striker. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img REVEALED Morata has struggled under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Blues boss Maurizio Sarri appears to have finally lost patience with the inconsistent striker, despite his double against Championship side Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday.The £58million Spain international has also been linked with a move to Serie A giants Milan but, according to Tuttosport, Sevilla is his most likely destination.If a move to the San Siro had happened, it seems as though the Rossonieri were willing to allow the Argentine striker to move to Stamford Bridge in a trade.According to Corriere dello Sport, Milan are unsure about signing Higuain permanently from Juventus and want Chelsea to take the 31-year-old off their hands. Transfer Latest IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM 2last_img read more

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Adrien Rabiot reportedly decides where he’ll play his football next season

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Adrien Rabiot has been frozen out at PSG REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won But Rabiot has decided to choose Catalan giants Barca – and has already given a verbal agreement on a contract, according to French publication Le Parisien.It is thought his wage will be around £170,000-a-week, and he will pocket an impressive £9million signing on fee.Barca confirmed their interest in Rabiot last December, but insisted they had not agreed a pre-contract at that stage.A club statement said: “The only contact made was during the month of August and one week ago. In both cases, this contact was made with PSG’s sporting management to show FC Barcelona’s interest in player Adrien Rabiot.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Rabiot has not featured for PSG since December 11 having been frozen out of Thomas Tuchel’s plans due to his contract status.He last featured in the Parisians’ Champions League group stage victory over Red Star Belgrade.The 23-year-old joined the PSG academy in 2010 and has played 227 times for the first team. Adrien Rabiot will snub Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham to join Barcelona this summer, according to reports.Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Rabiot is out of contract at the Parc des Princes at the end of this season to spark mass interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs. no dice REVEALED REPLY Adrien Rabiot is set to leave PSG this summer BEST OF 2 The France international will be in a battle with Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Arturo Vidal and Frenkie De Jong for a starting place in Ernesto Valverde’s midfield.Rabiot’s most likely place in the side would be in place of Ivan Rakitic who looks set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.last_img read more

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