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first_imgSYDNEY,  (Reuters) – Devastated former test captain Steve Smith broke down in tears of remorse as the three disgraced cricketers at the centre of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal made apologetic returns to Australia on Thursday. Former Australia captain Smith was unable to complete his news conference at Sydney Airport and was ushered out of the room after a short display of raw emotion during which he repeatedly apologised for his misjudgement.Batsman Cameron Bancroft spoke of his shame on his arrival in Perth and former vice captain David Warner, scheduled to land in Sydney later in the evening, took to social media to apologise for his role in the cheating.Smith and Warner, already stripped of their positions, were handed 12-month bans and Bancroft a nine-month suspension by Cricket Australia on Wednesday for conspiring to scuff up the ball with sandpaper during the third test against South Africa. “To all of my team mates, to fans of cricket all over the world and to Australians who are angry and disappointed, I’m sorry,” Smith told reporters in a prepared statement.Disgraced Australian Cricket Captain Steve Smith reacts at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, Australia, March 29, 2018. AAP/Brendan Esposito/via REUTERS“It was a failure of leadership, of my leadership, I’ll do anything I can to make up for my mistake and the damage it has caused,” he added, breaking down for the first time.“Cricket is the greatest game in the world. It’s been my life and I hope it can be again. I’m sorry and I’m absolutely devastated.” Warner, who was identified as the instigator of the attempt to cheat by the Cricket Australia probe, broke his silence via Instagram, apologising and taking responsibility for his “part” in the scandal.“I understand the distress this has caused the sport and its fans,” the opening batsman wrote. “It’s a stain on the game we all love and I have loved since I was a boy.”Bancroft confessed to having lied about using sticky tape rather than sandpaper to scuff the ball in Cape Town in the news conference immediately after the incident last Saturday. “I lied. I lied about the sandpaper,” the 25-year-old told reporters. “I panicked in that situation and I’m very sorry. I feel like I’ve let everyone down in Australia.”UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATIONAfter four days of almost universal condemnation for the trio in Australia, the severity of the punishments brought some support. Spin-bowling great Shane Warne, while condemning the cheating, said the hysteria whipped up by anti-Australian feeling around the cricketing world had led to overly harsh punishments.“The hysteria has gone world wide, and everyone that dislikes the way the Australian cricket team has played … has been given the opportunity to lay the boots in,” he said.One of those was former Australia and current Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, who wrote that the scandal was an inevitable result of an unwillingness to improve the culture in the country’s entire cricket set-up.“An incident like this had to happen for the necessary cultural shift to take place. Australian cricket has been in an ivory tower for too long,” he said. The incident has also triggered an International Cricket Council (ICC) review of the players’ code of conduct to curb on-field misdemeanours.“What happened down there has certainly created additional urgency that something needs to be done as quickly as possible,” chief executive David Richardson said on Thursday.GROUNDS FOR APPEAL Better behaviour will be expected when Smith’s replacement Tim Paine leads out the team in the fourth test in Johannesburg on Friday, looking to even up the series at 2-2 but most importantly start restoring the good name of Australian cricket.The trio have seven days to appeal their bans and a press release from the Australian players’ union indicated that they believed there were grounds, noting “a number of glaring and clear anomalies” in the process.The financial repercussions continued for the players, with all three losing sponsorship deals, and for Cricket Australia, who lost a major partner when Magellan Financial Group Ltd binned a three-year team naming rights deal after seven months. Smith and Warner had already suffered a heavy financial penalties from the incident, losing $1.85 million each through a ban from this year’s Indian Premier League.That was clearly not foremost on the mind of Smith on Thursday, though, as he contemplated the impact of his “huge error of judgement” on his father Peter.“To see the way my old man’s been,” he sobbed. “It hurts… it’s… I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia and the fans, I’m devastated and I’m truly sorry.”last_img read more

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder is determined to get a positive result from the upcoming two-Test series against India, especially in the wake of the Caribbean side’s winless run on tour. The hosts were whitewashed 3-0 in the Twenty20 series and suffered a 2-0 drubbing in just concluded three-match One-Day International series, with a game abandoned because of rain.However, Holder said there was a fresh hunger in the squad to excel in the longest format, and build on the success earlier this year against England.“This is a fresh group, different faces coming into the Test squad and it’s a matter for us to continue the good work we’ve been doing in Test cricket over the last two, three years,” Holder said. “The first series we had this year was a success and no doubt the guys would be itching and ready to go against India in this second series of the year. “Obviously with the Test championship around, it’s something to obviously look forward to and play for. I think the guys are up for it and it’s just a matter for us to to play some solid cricket.”West Indies were outstanding in their only Test series this year when they toppled world number ones England in a dramatic three-match rubber in the Caribbean. Against all odds, they stunned England by a massive 381 runs to win the Kensington Oval opener before thrashing their rivals by 10 wickets here in Antigua, to retake the Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.And Holder said it was important that every player took responsibility for their performance so West Indies could come away from the current series with something to show for their efforts.“We started really well this year beating England at home. We had some brilliant individual performances and then it so happened that we brought it together as a collective unit,” explained Holder, whose amazing unbeaten double hundred at the Oval proved the catalyst for the home side’s momentum. “It’s just a matter now for us to build. The Test championship is over the next two years and we have a lot of cricket to play over that period and I think every series will be important. Each and every moment will be important in each series and we have to go out there and give it our all.”He added: “We’ve got to turn things around. We lost 3-0 in the T20 series and 2-0 in the one-dayers so it’s a matter for the Test guys to raise their hands and turn things around in the group.”The first Test is scheduled for the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground starting next Thursday with the second Test bowling off at Sabina Park in Jamaica on August 30. West Indies have not beaten India in a Test series in nearly two decades and have also failed to win single match during that period.last_img read more

first_imgWe are heading to the final matchday of the Champions League group phase and two sides are in the mix for a place in the round of 16. Ahead of the games on  Wednesday, we give you a break down all the relevant permutations.Group EAjax Vs Bayern MunichBenfica Vs AEK AthensTop Spot is on the line when Ajax welcome Bayern to the Johan Cruijff Arena in what promises to be a battle between two sides with plenty of Champions League pedigree.  Ajax needs a victory to finish top of the group, whilst just a point will do for Bayern. The second group game between Benfica & AEK is essentially a dead rubber, with the Portuguese side already qualified for the round of 32 in the Europa League.  Although AEK will be aiming to win their first points of the group stage when they head to Lisbon. Group F Manchester City V HoffenheimShakhtar Vs LyonTwo teams are battling for one place in the round of sixteen in Group F. Manchester City are already into the knockout phase and will finish as winners with a point against the German side, or if Lyon fail to win. Hoffenheim must win at the Etihad stadium and hope Shakhtar loose to Lyon to get into the Europa League.  Lyon needs just a point away to Shakhtar to progress and will finish top on head-to-head if they win and City lose. Shakhtar needs a victory to progress to the round of sixteen,  the Ukranian champions will head to the Europa League with a draw against Lyon and Hoffenheim. Group G Real Madrid Vs CSKA MoscowViktoria Plzen Vs RomaQualification for the round of sixteen is already wrapped up in Group G, with Real Madrid through as group winners and Roma through as runners-up.  However, there is a place in the Europa League and it’s a straight shoot-out between Plzen & CSKA Moscow. Czech side Plzen is third based on a superior head-to-head record against CSKA. They need to match the Russian sides result to progress. As for CSKA, they need to get more points than Plzen, but head to group winners Real Madrid. Group H Valencia Vs Manchester UnitedYoung Boys Vs JuventusThe top spot in Group H is on the line, with both Manchester United & Juventus already confirmed to the round of sixteen. Manchester United need to win away to Valencia and hope that Juventus do not win progress as group winners. Juventus just need to win away to Young Boys or United fail to win to secure top-spot. Valencia have already been confirmed to progress to the Europa League, and Young Boys will finish bottom of the group. Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgBy Jim Haines SHENANDOAH, Va. (Aug. 9) – After 10-year-old Caleb Harris pedaled to second by inches in a photo finish in the kids’ bike race, his father Tony topped a wild Virginia Sprint Series feature Saturday at Shenandoah Speedway. Chris Ware and Anthony Linkenhoker paced the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green with Linkenhoker out first and Harris right behind. Harris was in front by lap three and pacing the field in an effort to save tires, which is a pavement necessity. Tom Humphries made his way to second. Jerald Harris, French Grimes and Brian Lawson were all right there after a yellow for a slowing car.When the green waved it was on again with Humphries slicing to the front and Jerald Harris second as Tony Harris stayed close in third. Jerald Harris made a hard charge to the front as Humphries was getting loose and soon the top five were all over each other every lap. It all came apart with five to go for Humphries as he got too loose and spun, restarting in the rear. Tony Harris was now second with better tires and just waiting for an opening. It only took two laps for him to go around Jerald Harris and back to the lead, then onto the checkered flag for his first win of the year. Feature results – 1. Tony Harris; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. French Grimes; 4. Brian Lawson; 5. Tom Humphries; 6. Anthony Linkenhoker; 7. Chris Ware; 8. Carl Simmons; 9. Ron Moyers; 10. Charlie Ware.last_img read more

first_imgBOTTINEAU, N.D. – IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers will chase points on eight Thursday nights this season at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Bottineau.“We’re getting some interest from drivers in both divisions looking to race another night for national and state points,” said promoter Jason Laducer. “We been WISSOTA sanctioned and in keeping in line with other tracks in the area decided to go with IMCA.”Race nights on the 2017 schedule at Thunder Mountain are May 4 and 18, June 8 and 22, July 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 17.“These divisions are good transitions for younger drivers to what we consider entry level divisions,” Laducer said. “Once the Hobby Stock and SportMod divisions are established, our eventual goal is to have special events for IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.”The all-volunteer Thunder Mountain Speedway Association is already getting the ¼-mile dirt oval ready for opening night and Laducer said “a few unique local sponsorships” are in place for the upcoming season.In addition to IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points being awarded in both divisions, Hobby Stocks running at Bottineau earn Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region points.last_img read more

first_imgLARAMIE, Wyo. — Utah coach Ray Giacoletti hopes this trip to Wyoming will be less memorable and more successful than his first one, two years ago.Giacoletti’s Utes (13-3, 1-0) will try to stay atop the Mountain West Conference standings when they meet Wyoming today at 4 p.m. (KJZZ-TV) at the Arena-Auditorium.When Giacoletti’s Eastern Washington team played Wyoming in a first-round NIT game in 2003, it ran into some rough weather.The Eagles arrived in Denver for their game in Laramie but ran into the worst snowstorm in the area since 1911.”We were the last plane to get into Denver and sat in our hotel rooms for 48 hours,” he said. “We went out to eat a mile from our hotel and were literally stuck in a snow bank for four hours. We worked in three shifts trying to rock the bus.”The game was postponed for a day, and Giacoletti’s team arrived in Laramie in just enough time to check into their hotel and eat a pre-game meal. Despite all the problems, the Eagles played a good game but lost 78-71.Giacoletti knows he didn’t get the real Wyoming experience two years ago. Because of the poor weather and the fact that it was an NIT game, not a lot of fans showed up for the game. So he’s expecting Poke fans to be ready for the Utes, one of their most hated rivals.”It hasn’t been easy there for the red and white,” Giacoletti said. “I believe Utah’s won only once in 15 years up there.”Not quite, but he’s correct that the Utes have had more difficulty winning in Laramie than anywhere else over the past 15 years. Until beating the Cowboys 69-56 in 2003, the Utes hadn’t won in Laramie since 1993.The Cowboys are 8-6 this year and 0-1 in MWC play after losing at New Mexico last Saturday. Their biggest win was at Creighton, but they also lost a home game to San Diego.The Cowboys are led by senior guard Jay Straight, who has been starting for four years. He averages 18.0 points per game and 5.2 assists per game. The other starters are sophomore guard Steve Leven (13.4 ppg), 7-foot center Alex Dunn (11.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg), senior guard Dion Sherrell (10.8 ppg) and forward Derek Wabbington (7.4 ppg). JC transfer Justin Williams plays a lot of minutes and averages 7.4 points and three blocks per game.The Utes will count on Andrew Bogut, who is becoming one of the best post men in college basketball with his 19.6 scoring average, 11.8 rebounding average and 63.3 shooting percentage. Marc Jackson is shooting 56.9 percent from 3-point range while averaging 12.5 points.The other likely Ute starters will be forward Bryant Markson (9.4 ppg), guard Tim Drisdom (4.9 ppg) and center Chris Jackson (2.2 ppg).Justin Hawkins and Jonas Langvad will see a lot of minutes off the bench. After today’s game, the Utes play Colorado State on Monday at 6 p.m. at Moby Arena. Utes on the air Utah (13-3, 1-0) atWyoming (8-6, 0-1)Today, 4 p.m.TV: KJZZRadio: KALL 700AM E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

first_imgBack to the golf, and it was Jeff Wylie (8) scoring 38 points to lead the way home, while Bob Edwards (8) was a point behind.  Near pins went to Jeff, Rick, Stefan & Jonathan.Thursday, March 13, Plutaluang – StablefordThursday saw us travel down to Plutaluang, with the East & South combination being our test of the day.  The course was in good order, although the it was quite dry in some areas of the fairways, with greens on the slow side when compared to some of the other local courses.Jonathan Pratt (11) showed some return to form to lead the way with 35 points, after a stellar front 9 of 21 points, while Bob Edwards (8) rallied with a couple of late birdies to shoot 33 points, and edge Tom on count back 17/16.  Near pins went to Jeff with both on the East course, while Neil & Willie shared the South course ones.Note:  Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 metres, with the venue on the left another 200 metres along.  Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option.  Call 089 094 1841 for scheduling or enquiries.  Hope to see you there, cheers & good golfing! PSC golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday, March 11, Pleasant Valley – StablefordPleasant Valley was the venue for Tuesday’s game, under clear skies with a light breeze to lessen the humidity.  The course was in generally good order, although a tad over watered in some places, which necessitated casual water relief.   We were joined today by one of Pattaya’s characters, the Bike Man, Rick Bevington, with mates Paul Taylor & Stefan Hoge.  Rick does a lot of good work for kids in the area and is worthy of support, so when next we see him SCR will be making a donation for his “Bikes for Tykes” project.  Anyone else feeling benevolent could do a lot worse than help Rick in his endaevours.Jonathan Pratt shows some form on the tee.last_img read more

first_imgRICHMOND football players took time away from visiting local schools to enjoy lunch with Cardinia Shire councillors this week. Coming…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

first_imgFred VanVleet gave Toronto the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 3:46 remaining, and the Raptors took advantage of another serious Golden State injury to beat the Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night and reward Canada with its first NBA championship.Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry scored 26 points apiece while VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard added 22 each in a balanced attack that allowed the Raptors to win on Golden State’s home floor for the third straight time en route to a 4-2 win in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.The Warriors put up a valiant effort in their last game at Oracle Arena without Kevin Durant, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon in Game 5, and for the final 14:22 without Klay Thompson, who had 30 points before sustaining a left knee injury late in the third quarter.The game was tied three times in the fourth quarter before VanVleet buried his fifth 3-pointer of the game for a 104-101 Raptors advantage.Toronto went on to lead by as many as six before a 3-pointer by Draymond Green cut the deficit in half, and the Warriors rallied within 111-110 with 18.5 seconds left.Golden State then forced a Toronto turnover on a bad pass from Danny Green with 9.6 seconds to go, but Stephen Curry misfired on a 3-point attempt. After a scramble for the ball, the Warriors were assessed a technical foul for calling a timeout with 0.9 seconds remaining when they had none left.Leonard made it a two-point game by making the free throw, then added two more after getting fouled on the inbounds pass to secure Toronto’s third road win in the series. No team had accomplished that feat since the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001.Leonard, who was chosen the Finals MVP, heads into free agency this summer. He said postgame, “I’m going to enjoy this with my teammates and coaches, and I’ll think about that later.”Before Thursday, the only other players to earn a Finals MVP for two teams were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James. Now, that list includes Leonard, who also achieved the honor with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.What goes through Leonard’s mind when he considers that fact?“Last summer, man. I was going through a lot. … I had a great support system,” Leonard said. “I just kept working hard, working hard, and I had my mind set on this goal right here. I came to a team, a new coach, that mindset was the same as mine… trying to get that ‘Larry OB’ over here. This is what I play basketball for, this is what I work out for all summer, during the season, and I’m happy that my hard work paid off.”The last five games were won by the road team, the longest streak of road victories in a single Finals, according to the ABC broadcast.Siakam had 10 rebounds and Lowry 10 assists to complete double-double performances for the Raptors, who outscored the Warriors 39-33 on 3-pointers.Serge Ibaka was a fifth Raptor in double figures with 15.Andre Iguodala had 22 points and Curry 21 for the Warriors, while Draymond Green recorded a second straight triple-double with 11 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists.The game formally closed Oracle Arena as an NBA home for the Warriors, who are moving to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season after playing in Oakland over a 47-year span.The Warriors, two-time defending champions, managed to take an 88-86 lead into the final period despite losing Thompson with 2:22 remaining in the third on a dunk attempt on which he was bumped by Danny Green.Thompson had his left knee buckle upon landing, and he immediately fell to the floor in serious pain.After initially heading to the locker room, Thompson returned to the court to make two free throws, which put the Warriors up 85-80 before Golden State took an intentional foul so that he would leave the game.He never returned.A tightly contested first half featured 21 points by Lowry and 9-for-18 shooting on 3-pointers by the Raptors, but also 14 lead changes and just a 60-57 Toronto lead.Thompson had 18 points in the half, during which neither team led by more than nine.last_img read more

Writing history

first_imgWith the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indians as Indentureds coming up next March, I’ve been re-looking at some of what I had written about history in general and our one-sided history in particular. We can start with my agreeing with Hayden White that all historical writings are narratives with one of four types of emplotment – romance, satire, comedy, and tragedy.Then there’s the question, “What are the uses of history?” I concluded it all has to do with the present in which we are forced to make choices every second of every day. And every choice ultimately is a moral choice. We have to begin from our Foucauldian “history of the present”, in which we interrogate intensely our “problem space” – the threats and opportunities that confront us at a sociohistorical conjuncture – that defined the context of an issue in the past.The concept of “problem space” is from the historical theorist Reinhart Koselleck. Histories, he insists, are always written within a particular “space of experience” – the ways that the past is remembered in the present and a “horizon of expectation” – the anticipation of the non-yet-known future beyond the horizon.In the tradition of RG Collingwood’s “Q&A” methodology, we have to engage in a rigorous practice of inquiry that demands us to formulate and present questions, assemble, evaluate, analyze, and interpret evidence, and to articulate and defend an argument based upon the relationship between the questions posed and the evidence gathered. In a word, we problematise the past.The questions, we have to remind ourselves constantly, are from our own present and framed within our horizon of expectations. The question for us is, what choices are we trying to make TODAY (out of the cornucopia of infinite possibilities) in our present problem space and what are we trying to achieve? What traces of the past questions and answers linger in our present? And most importantly, how relevant are they in today’s problem space? It is not that some of the answers to questions posed in the past might be “wrong” but they just might be “irrelevant” in the present? It is only in this manner that exemplary history can help us deal with current problems rather than just beating up on old leaders or foes.What then should be our “horizon of expectation”? Criticism is always strategic. What is it we want as a consequence of our criticisms, narratives, actions and exhortations? What is the “Good”? While there will never be – for the simple reason that it just cannot be – a single horizon of ends for all of us, I am pretty sure that among the various possibly competing ends that of a more harmonious society would be there in common in all formulations. With the privilege of hindsight, we should connect the past with the present in a broader narrative that is healing rather than destructive. We cannot change the past but we can certainly change the future.Our horizon of expectation must generate strategies that speak to those normative ends rather than further dividing Guyana. So in the evaluation of our historical narratives, I would first of all ask whether the particular narrative or any narrative that seeks to connect our past to the present and envision a more positive future, fits the bill. As Nietzsche’s noted historical truth is effectively defined by fitness of purpose.Crucial to the formulation of a constructive historical narrative would be what Hayden White labelled the “content of the form” of the narrative – particularly its plot to link past, present and future. Hegel’s famous interpretation of Antigone as the paradigmatic Greek tragedy might be particularly apt to our situation. In this narrative both “sides” are morally right: the conflict is not between good and evil but between “goods” on which each is making exclusive claim. Isn’t this the situation that our mutually exclusive narratives of victimhood with its facile binary oppositions have delivered us into?Such an emplotment within a narrative, I am suggesting, should suggest compromise rather than a battle of one side overcoming. That would be a constructive narrative for our time, place and circumstances.last_img read more

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