Green blow for Thunder as spinner’s action is ruled illegal

first_imgSYDNEY Thunder were jolted yesterday when spinner Chris Green was suspended from bowling for at least 90 days in Cricket Australia competitions due to an illegal delivery action.Green was withdrawn from the Thunder team hours before the Big Bash League clash with the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.Cricket Australia said Green was reported by umpires Nathan Johnstone and Mike Graham-Smith and third umpire Paul Wilson after a BBL match against the Stars at Sydney Showground Stadium on Thursday, January 2.His off-spin action was tested on Sunday at the National Cricket Centre near Brisbane, and Cricket Australia said results came through yesterday and were relayed to Green and the Thunder.In a media statement, Cricket Australia said: “Green will be unable to bowl for a minimum of 90 days in Cricket Australia-run competitions, effective immediately. He will be permitted to play as a batter should the Thunder or Cricket NSW desire and can also play premier cricket (including bowl) under the supervision and with the consent of Cricket NSW during his suspension.“After the 90-day suspension has elapsed, Green will be eligible to undergo testing once again with a view to returning to bowling.”As well as his Thunder commitments, Green has signed up for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is due to head to England to captain the Birmingham Bears in the domestic T20 Blast later this year.Thunder coach Shane Bond backed Green, saying: “He’s an important part of our future and the club will support him through this process.”last_img read more

D’Tigers’ Anuna Donates COVID-19 Relief Materials

first_imgHe believes governments at various levels cannot be left alone at this crucial time due to the non-existing structure for palliatives to be evenly distributed, hence good spirited Nigerians should also get involved.“Although, I have been doing this since the coronavirus became a major issue in Nigeria as I try to reach out to people on individual basis. But this time around, I embarked on a bigger project to help more people,” Anuna noted.He admitted that with the current situation in the country more Nigerians need to step up and help others.“Many people in Nigeria are in dire need of help. When I read or hear stories about people not being able to feed their immediate family members, I get disturbed. My effort is just a drop in the ocean because of the poverty level in the country,” he stressed.Anuna said Nigerians are resilient people who have faced worse situations in the past as he stated that, “if we all come together as a people, the Covid-19 pandemic will be defeated in no time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram D’Tigers’ player, Kelechi Anuna, yesterday donated Covid-19 relief materials to people in his home town, Mbieri in Imo State.Anuna who was a member of the 2017 silver winning Afrobasket team, said the initiative is part of his own way of helping the less-privileged get by through the tough time occasioned by the pandemic.“We distributed food and Covid-19 materials through my foundation, Kelechi Anuna Foundation on Sunday. This was part of our plans to take the message of one-big family and survival to the people of Mbieri.”last_img read more

Dundalk lose to AZ Alkmaar

first_imgDunalk manager Stephen Kenny says last nights 1-0 defeat to AZ Alkmaar in Tallaght was their worst performance in Europe so far this season.The Lillywhites destiny is no longer in their own hands however they can still reach the last 32 if they get a score draw away to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Zenit beat Alkmaar in two weeks time.Kenny says his side showed some fight in the second half but it wasn’t enough. Meanwhile, Manchester United seem to have finally found their feet in Europe. Their 4-nil trouncing of Feyenoord means Joses Mourinho’s side need only a draw away to Zorya on the final night of group games. Elsewhere, Tipperary’s Shane Long played the full 90-minutes of Southampton’s 1-nil loss away to Group K leaders Sparta Prague. The Saints welcome Hapoel Beer Sheva to St. Mary’s in a fortnight for what will effectively be a play-off for a knockout spot.last_img read more

FCPPL matchday 24 preview: Sunday action awaits with mouthwatering fixtures

first_imgMatchday 24 started on Friday and we’ve more games on Saturday and Sunday.Day 23 proved that indeed the domestic league can produce exciting action on the pitch. AshGold’s lead at the top dropped to two points, Hearts quickly left the red zone but Kotoko seem to be heading towards that direction. Can the Porcupines attempt to save themselves like their fiercest rivals have? Kotoko v AshGoldThis is perhaps the biggest game of all the weekend’s encounters. Both teams have everything to play for and any result out of this game will have a significant implication on how the table will look at the end of the week. For hosts Kotoko, they will be hoping to overturn the poor run in the last five games. The Porcupines have only gathered four points out of a possible 15. Their 1-0 loss to WAFA saw them fall two places down the table. Visitors; Ashanti Gold, will hope to end a woeful run in their last two few games. They have seen their seven point lead fall significantly to two to the disappointment of their fans. They risk losing the top position if they do not win at Baba Yara. Kotoko (12TH) last five games: L L D W L  AshGold (1ST) last five games: D L W L W Aduana v Inter AlliesUnlike Aduana Stars who have slipped out of the top five, Inter Allies continue to create a big impression. The Tema-based side beat Hasaacas to continue an enviable four wins out of five games in mid-week. The 1-0 defeat to Wa All Stars saw Aduana fall three places sixth on the league log and they would be hoping to bring smiles to camp and to fans when they host Allies. The Dormaa side have an enviable home record at home. A win on Sunday will see them equal Chelsea’s home record of 31 points out of 33. Coupled with the this, the goal shy Aduana have pipped their opponents by a single goal in eight of their eleven home games and a likely result will not be ruled out.Aduana (6TH) last five games: L W L W LAllies (4TH) last five games: W W W W DEdubiase v Hearts of OakIs the mighty oak tree re-strengthening its roots after it appeared headed for a fall? After spending four days in the relegation zone, they have successfully battled to come out of it. Their shocking but emphatic 4-0 victory over Heart of Lions sought to remind everyone although they may be going through some troubles, they intend to stay on the country’s football scene. The return of their ‘old guards’ has sparked a fresh start for the Phobians but Abdul Salam’s Edubiase will have their say come Saturday. The Bekwai based side have promised to bring their own board members to the stadium as also serve a counter act to the Phobians. Edubiase would hope to send a simple positive feedback to their fans after continuously sending mixed messages following on and off results. Edubiase (10TH) last five games: D W L W LHearts (11TH) last five games: W L L D DHasaacas v B.A United After a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Inter Allies in the mid-week clash, Hasaacas will be hoping to recover from what they would rather describe as a glitch when they face bottom placed side B.A United. Hasmal will have head coach Yusuf Basigi back on the bench as they seek to appease their Sekondi fanbase.BA United have a poor record when they play away. They have lost all but one of their away matches witht their only point away from the Sunyani Coronation park being a goalless draw with Wa All Stars on match day 21. Hasaacas last five games: L D W W LB.A Utd last five games: D L D D LHeart of Lions v Wa All StarsLions are perhaps so familiar to the jungle, they cannot roar when they come close to the coastline. After suffering a grueling 4-0 defeat to Hearts of Oak in Cape Coast, the kings of the jungle are back home in Kpando where they face Wa All Stars. Lions are back into the relegation zone four days after leaving. All Stars come into the game after getting their first win in four games when they beat Aduana in Wednesday. The victory saw them move one place up to fifth after a string of poor performances.  Heart of Lions last five games: L W L D LAll Stars last five games: W D D L WGreat Olympics v MedeamaHowever Great Olympics try, they are stuck in the relegation zone. Despite possessing a fairly good record compared to other teams, they are still fifteenth in a sixteen-club league. They would be hoping a win at home against Medeama will lift them out of the relegation zone for the first time in over five weeks. Fans of Medeama will expect Coach Tom Strand to continue from where they left off after beating Bechem United 2-0 at home. Olympics (15TH) last five games: D W L W L Medeama (7TH) last five games: W D D L W Liberty v WAFAThe Soccer Lads are back home in tatters after they were dispatched by Berekum Chelsea in a 2-0 encounter on Wednesday. Liberty have won just one game, lost three and drawn once in their last five games. They may be sinking but their opponents come into this game strong on the back of a 1-0 win over defending champions Asante Kotoko. They move two places up to third following that victory and it increasingly appears, they would end their debut season (as a reformed club) in the top four. The title is also certainly not out of their reach. Liberty (9th) last five games: L D L L WWAFA (3rd) last five games: W L W L W–The Joy Sports Team will be bringing you all these exciting games on match day 24. Follow minute by minute updates by using the #JoySports on Twitter on Sunday 26th July, 2015.last_img read more

Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener

first_imgYou’d think a team that just set several single-season franchise shooting and scoring records, whose best player averaged a career-best 27.1 points per game and whose top four offensive contributors were more prolific than any quartet since 1968 would have some serious swagger heading into the playoffs.And, yes, the Clippers are a confident, spirited bunch, but even so, they’re not hitting the playoffs at full stride. They’re not exactly limping in as the Western Conference No. 2 seed, but they’re very much still feeling it out.So it goes when you’ve played with a full team only 11 times – and gone 10-1 – all season. When you’ve had a momentum-building 8-1 stretch interrupted by a pandemic.When you’ve had to ramp up again in a strange new environment without anything close to a full contingent – including, perhaps, Monday when the Clippers open their Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks (6 p.m., ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket) at Walt Disney World Resort. Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers might still be without Patrick Beverley (strained left calf) and Landry Shamet (sprained left foot) on Monday, when they begin their pursuit for the franchise’s first NBA title.They might, however, have Montrezl Harrell (self isolating) back by then, ventured Rivers during a Zoom video conference before practice Saturday.“I like our spirit, I like our mental cohesiveness, I’ll say that,” Rivers said. “But as far as actually being in great rhythm, I think we’re close. But it’s been difficult. We’ve had a lot of guys out. Six of our top 10 guys were not playing (at one point). Everyone’s gone through something here, would be my guess, in the bubble. We’ve gone through our stuff.“We hope to get Trezz back by Monday. That would be great. We’ll just keep building from there.”Harrell is expected to finish a seven-day quarantine Monday, when he could immediately hit the court – although Rivers wasn’t sure how even a player as talented as the high-energy Harrell will fare in a playoff battle after not having practiced since before he left the bubble July 17. BROKEN RECORDSEven in the abbreviated, 72-game regular season schedule, Clippers set single-season franchise records for 3-pointers (895), as well as 3-pointers made per game (12.4) and points per game (116.5).In the bubble, the Clippers have been especially good from deep, making 14.6 3-pointers and averaging 117.6 points per game.Leonard had a hand in that, averaging 28.8 points in his six seeding appearances, a tally that helped land him among the NBA All-Seeding Games Team second-teamers, the NBA announced Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Never mind that Harrell will have been confined to a hotel room for a week, or that he won’t have played competitive NBA basketball for 160 days.“The challenge will be just how ready he is, you know?” Rivers said Friday, before the Clippers regular-season ending victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder – which gave them a 49-23 record, the sixth-most victories in franchise history.“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a guy who hasn’t played in eight games or whatever, hasn’t had any practice, and we’re just gonna throw him out on the floor in a playoff game.”Harrell is observing practices and participating in film sessions remotely, Rivers said of the dynamic 6-foot-7 post presence, who with Lou Williams became the first bench duo to both average 17-plus points off the bench in a season since the NBA began designating starters in 1970-71. Both are Sixth Man of the Year finalists.Harrell averaged a career-high 18.6 points per game; Williams accounted for 18.2 points per outing.Together with Kawhi Leonard’s 27.1 and Paul George’s 21.5 points, the Clippers became the first team to have four players average at least 18 points since the San Francisco Warriors’ Rudy LaRusso, Nate Thurmond, Fred Hetzel and Jeff Mullins did it in the 1967-68 season.George said he and his teammates are doing what they can to stay connected with Harrell, including congregating outside his room in the hallway. Harrell recently lost his grandmother and now must quarantine alone as part of the NBA’s protocol to keep coronavirus out of its Lake Buena Vista, Florida, bubble.What’s left is to connect with him on the court, and, eventually, with some good fortune, for all of the Clippers to connect with each other.“I think we’re getting back towards that,” George said. “Rhythm is definitely coming together. Chemistry’s coming back together. I think we in a good spot right now. For us, it’s just fine-tuning it. I think we’re doing that.”Related Articles For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Andy Murray relishes Serena Williams doubles pairing

first_imgMurray won the men’s doubles title at Queen’s Club with Feliciano Lopez in the three-time Grand Slam champion’s return from hip resurfacing surgery and will team up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert on the men’s side at the All England Club.Murray is determined to make the most of his chance to link up with Williams — who beat Giulia Gatto-Monticone in her opening singles match at SW19 on Tuesday — in his home major.Murray told STV: “It’s a great opportunity, so I’ll look forward to it.”It’s great, I’m just happy to be fit and healthy again and after what’s happened in the last year or so, you don’t know what’s round the corner.”Coming soon to a Championships near you…#Wimbledon— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 2, 2019Murray’s mother, Judy, will not be missing the chance to see her son combine with 23-time major champion Williams.She told Radio Wimbledon: “It’s tremendous. I would never have imagined that was going to happen ever, so what a wonderful opportunity.”The public love the mixed doubles because you see a lot more smiling in mixed doubles and it’s a lot of fun, but you only get mixed doubles in the Grand Slams so there are very few opportunities to actually play it. “For Andy I don’t think he’s played mixed since the Olympics here in 2012 with Laura Robson when they got the silver medal. Maybe in the IPTL — the international tennis leagues — he may have played a little bit, but certainly not in a Grand Slam since 2006 when he played with Kirsten Flipkens.”Asked about his grandmother, who jokingly put herself forward as a potential doubles partner, Judy Murray said she would approve of the Serena partnership.”She’ll be absolutely glued to the telly watching that,” she said. Andy Murray is relishing a “great opportunity” to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon with tennis legend Serena Williams.It was confirmed on Tuesday that Williams will partner with Murray after the likes of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty turned down the Brit.last_img read more

Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker

first_imgWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and U.S agriculture secretary, will monitor Purdue Pharma to ensure the OxyContin maker does not revive an aggressive marketing effort that critics say overstated the benefits of its opioid painkillers and downplayed the danger of addiction.Purdue Pharma announced the appointment Friday as part of its federal bankruptcy proceedings. Vilsack worked on rural opioid issues as agriculture secretary under former President Barack Obama.Purdue is facing more than 2,000 lawsuits over its role in the nation’s opioid crisis, which has been linked to more than 430,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company entered bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y., last year as part of an effort to settle those claims. It’s trying to get buy-in for a proposed settlement that could be worth more than $10 billion over time.The lawsuits against Purdue and the members of the Sackler family that own the company are on hold while the parties try to reach a settlement. Purdue has already agreed to cease the marketing practices at the heart of the lawsuits. Critics sayits marketing and sales practices, including to doctors, helped fuel the crisis beginning in the late 1990s.The company says it stopped promoting its opioids about two years ago and formalized that commitment under court order. The judge handling its case recommended last year that Purdue hire a monitor to ensure it complies, and the company agreed.Vilsack, currently president and chief executive of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, is to issue reports to Purdue’s board and the court. Purdue has not said publicly how much he will be paid.The Democrat served two terms as governor of Iowa, then eight years overseeing the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Obama. In the last years of that job, his duties included overseeing the federal response to the opioid crisis in rural areas.In his new role, Vilsack is to have access to Purdue employees, records and facilities.last_img read more

Is the Late Jeffrey Epstein Your Daddy? Find out if you are an Heir in Florida

first_imgDozens of people are claiming to be Jeffrey Epstein’s heirs and they want a piece of his multi-million dollar estate.Even though Epstein was never married and has no known children, the New York Post reports that many people are contacting a Florida-based genealogical company in hopes of proving the convicted sex offender was their father.Morse Genealogical Services has launched a hunt for people who could be related to the disgraced financier who apparently committed suicide last weekend in a federal lockup in New York.The company says it will put people with credible claims in touch with an attorney who can help them go after Epstein’s estate.His lawyers have estimated the estate is worth more than $500 million.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Baby Steps

first_imgAubrey BruceHey there friends, I was once part of an ABA (American Basketball Association) ownership that included introducing the ‘Carolina Cats’ to the world of professional basketball.  Last Saturday shortly after the “crack of noon” I was watching the Pitt Panthers men’s basketball squad being barbecued better than a slab of Carolina ribs by North Carolina State.N.C. State had a 17-2 advantage within the first five minutes I think; it was all such a blur. At that point that I began to channel surf.  For the next 10 minutes I began to view a political program on Fox News and they had the whip out for President Obama so I moved on from there.Suddenly without any warning whatsoever, one of my former colleagues from “North Cackalackee” gave me a ring-e-dingee with gloating being the first thing on his agenda.“See I told you and I kept tellin you and tellin you Pitt should have stayed put in the Big East.  The ACC is just too strong.  Look at ’em, they look like boys’ against men trying to stay with N.C. Yaw’ll better call and beg the Big East and pray that they allow Pitt to come back. Pittsburgh is in way above their heads.”Pip, said the rabbit, pap, pap said the bear, well it looks as if Pitt ain’t going nowhere.AS I said previously, Pitt fell behind 17-2 and trailed by eight at halftime, but dominated the second half by shooting 63% to build a double-digit lead that caused the “cat” to scratch the tongues of the many of the “tea party” crowd.Pitt faced a 34-28 deficit but planted a few “trees in the paint” scoring  26 of their 34 points in the second half.  N.C. State  however could only shoot a measly 30% (8-for-27) in the second half after a sizzling first half.Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (21), Talib Zanna (42) and James Robinson (0) react towards the end of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)I called my “boy” back when it appeared that Pitt had the game in hand.  “Maybe” I said, “just maybe, N.C. State should be the ones calling the Big East begging them to force Pitt back into competing in their former conference.Where there’s smoke, there may be fire.On January 3, 2014 the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the termination of the contract of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. With the numerous injuries and inexperience it is my opinion that Mr.  Bicknell didn’t do such a bad job but when you flip the coin, someone has to go and “dats the name of dat tune.” Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin issued a statement saying;  “I have decided to go in a different direction with respect to the coaching of our offensive line. I want to thank Jack for his contributions during the 2013 season, and I wish him well in the future.”ittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)First the Steelers Nation was hoodwinked into thinking that Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin was the problem.  When that notion was dispelled, the yoke was placed around the neck of the Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.  Finally the yoke was placed around the neck of the perfect “scapegoat” that could be “sacrificed ” without much fuss and that was Offensive Line Coach, Jack Bicknell.The offensive production of the Steelers increased significantly not because of better coaching by the staff, it became more productive because the players executed the plays correctly.By the very nature of the “no huddle” offense the quarterback can get rid of the ball faster and the defense often reacts slower because they don’t have the full complement of time to set up an adequate defensive scheme that will be fully effective.  If this was not so then there would be a “no huddle” defense. There may be fewer blitzes, game playing and stunts by the defensive line, linebackers and secondary’s because oftentimes new calls from coaches “upstairs in the box” cannot be relayed to defenses on the field in a timely fashion to affect the offensive calls and plays. Unless a wide receiver is “wide open” any quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers should be penalized if a ball thrown more than 40 yards is intercepted.Todd Haley’s playbook is just not tailored for downfield, low percentage pass plays.  This offense is not equipped with jet engines to be “air Roethlisberger.”  The only vehicles that the Pittsburgh Steelers offense should be using in route to the end zone are trains, trucks, busses and maybe a few “puddle jumping” twin engine propeller aircraft only to be used in “extreme emergencies.Again, Todd Haley has the perfect offense for the sometimes slow reacting, even slower defense reading Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  If you hand off the ball faster and throw passes even faster; it is my guess that there will more than likely be less turnovers because defenses will not be as close to the ball or the action as they would normally be.  Who says? “Dr. Peanut” says, dats who!All the friggin pundits seem very happy, even almost giddy that Ben Roethlisberger has finally “bought in” to the Steelers “new,” well almost new offensive philosophy.  “Big” Ben has turned over a new leaf, but as far as 2013 goes, it is too little and maybe too late; well at least as far as the Steelers current personnel grouping is concerned.  Pittsburgh is on shaky ground as far as their wide receiver corps is concerned.  don’t forget that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be an unrestricted free agent this year.  Will he be back? Only the creator knows whether the “crik” is going to rise. You digg.. One thing is for certain and two things are for sure.  Will the Steelers be issuing a statement in 2014 or 2015 about the terminations of any of their current  coaches? Well as far as I am concerned and I am not really concerned; the only thing will sometimes and I do mean sometimes guarantee continuity in sports coaching is winning….period.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: or 412.583.6741last_img read more

Follow Nadal’s live show with the fans: Federer, among the guests

first_imgClick on right here to comply with Rafa Nadal’s assembly with his followers by means of his instagram account. The discuss, which is able to start at 18:00, “may have surprises,” stated Nadal himself. A few of those that will participate in the dialog Alongside with the Balearic Islands can be Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Marc Lopez.last_img