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Tearful Smith takes 'full responsibility' for ball-tampering scandal Tearful Smith takes 'full responsibility' for ball-tampering scandal
- March 30, 2018

Lehmann said watching the young players he felt it was "only fair" that he also leave. "The maximum penalty available to the code of conduct commissioner is a life ban from the sport, with factors to be taken into account including "the seriousness of the breach" and "the harm caused by the breach to the interests of cricket ". (more...)
Stoke boss tells Ibrahim Afellay to stay away from the club Stoke boss tells Ibrahim Afellay to stay away from the club
- March 30, 2018

A training ground bust-up was behind Stoke City's decision to exclude Ibrahim Afellay , the former Barcelona midfielder, for the rest of the season. Afellay was brought up at Barcelona, and would be one of the best technical players in Scotland if he was brought in by Graeme Murty's side. The report claims that he will still be paid by Stoke - on wages of £30,000-a-week - but he's no longer welcome at the training ground. (more...)
Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona boss speaks out ahead of Sevilla match Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona boss speaks out ahead of Sevilla match
- March 29, 2018

Messi missed both of Argentina's friendlies during the global break with a minor hamstring injury. Lionel Messi remains a doubt for Barcelona's La Liga trip to Sevilla on Saturday after he was unable to play a full part in Thursday's training session. (more...)
Pressure not only on Tottenham but on Chelsea also, Pochettino says Pressure not only on Tottenham but on Chelsea also, Pochettino says
- March 29, 2018

He said: "It is always a massive game because it is a London derby". Pochettino also reckons facing Chelsea is as intense as taking on north London neighbours Arsenal. He said to Sky Sports on Thursday: "I think it is hard now to say yes or no, to be involved or not in the game". To have the possibility to be better than them and to have capacity to win the game. (more...)
National Basketball Association roundup: LeBron scores 41, matches Jordan scoring streak National Basketball Association roundup: LeBron scores 41, matches Jordan scoring streak
- March 29, 2018

The last time James failed to score at least 10 points in a game was January 5, 2007, when he had eight points in 43 minutes on 3-for-13 shooting against the Milwaukee Bucks . "But I think Kevin being back helps everybody". "Listen, to win an MVP, it's not like it solidifies [anything]", James said. Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers have dealt with their fair share of injuries and notable trades this season, James told The Associated Press he'd pick himself for the league's Most ... (more...)
Ex-Seahawk Boykin arrested for felony assault Ex-Seahawk Boykin arrested for felony assault
- March 29, 2018

The practice squad player was released from the team after WFAA-TV in Dallas posted an interview with Boykin's girlfriend detailing an assault she alleges happened on March 20 in Mansfield, just southwest of Dallas. Bailey claims that she was driving the auto and lost control because Boykin assaulted her, which turned out to be false, and the charges against him were dropped. (more...)
Colts grab Bradley Chubb in Mel Kiper mock draft 3.0 Colts grab Bradley Chubb in Mel Kiper mock draft 3.0
- March 29, 2018

The Indianapolis Colts have a chance to come away from the first day of the 2018 NFL Draft with a stellar haul if they are able to select NC State edge rusher Bradley Chubb, even after trading back to the No. They also need depth at wide receiver and on the offensive and defensive lines. "I have him going No. 15 to Arizona. So, if you had a quarterback, which you will, at 1, a quarterback at 3, then you could trade with Cleveland to get that third quarterback at 4". (more...)
Steve Smith, Darren Lehmann reduced to tears amid cricket ball-tampering scandal
- March 29, 2018

Almost 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) west, an emotional Bancroft apologized in Perth and said he will forever regret his role in the episode that resulted in 12-month bans for Smith and Warner and a nine-month ban for him. He tweeted: "I apologize for my part and take responsibility for it". He conceded that he should take some blame for the aggressive culture that has developed in the Australian team during his time as coach. (more...)
ICC promises to review code of conduct following ball-tampering scandal ICC promises to review code of conduct following ball-tampering scandal
- March 29, 2018

Captain Steve Smith and batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been suspended by Cricket Australia for ball-tampering in the third Test against South Africa. "To go outside of this because we find the behaviour of a number of players particularly disturbing, would be to disregard the rules", he said. "We will also consider how we reach greater consistency in decision making with our match officials who do such a hard job", Richardson said. (more...)
David Warner 'takes responsibility' and apologises for scandal David Warner 'takes responsibility' and apologises for scandal
- March 29, 2018

A day after being handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia for his involvement in massive ball-tampering scandal, former Australian vice-captain David Warner has issued an apology to the cricketing world for his misconduct. One of the reasons why this cricket scandal is such a big deal is because the cheating was done by Australia, the most successful team in the sport over the last 30 years, on the global sporting stage. (more...)
Darren Lehmann steps down as Australia coach over ball-tampering scandal Darren Lehmann steps down as Australia coach over ball-tampering scandal
- March 29, 2018

Vice-captain David Warner was also banned for a year while opening batsman Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Darren Lehmann , the coach blamed by many for the Australia cricket team's "win at all costs" mentality, resigned in tears today as the lastest victim of the ball-tampering scandal. (more...)
Grant Hill to be inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame, report Grant Hill to be inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame, report
- March 29, 2018

Although the official announcement isn't expected until this weekend, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports Grant Hill , Jason Kidd and Steve Nash have been notified of their inductions. However, it wasn't until Nash arrived in Dallas in before the 1998-99 season that the native Canadian's career took off. He still made seven All-Star appearances and was an all-NBA first team honoree in 1996-97. (more...)
Towns Sets T-Wolves' Single-game Record with 56 Towns Sets T-Wolves' Single-game Record with 56
- March 29, 2018

The 56 points eclipsed the 52 Mo Williams scored for the Wolves on January 13, 2015. Towns is averaging 21.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game for a Timberwolves team that is sitting in seventh place in the NBA Western Conference with a 43-33 record. (more...)
MLB star Rusty Staub dead at 73 MLB star Rusty Staub dead at 73
- March 29, 2018

Staub registered 500 hits as a member of the Mets, Astros, Expos and Tigers - the only player in major league history to accomplish that feat with four different teams. Unfortunately, the baseball world must give due pause on Thursday morning, as the news of Rusty Staub makes it way around the country. Ultimately, Staub was traded to the Mets in 1972, following five consecutive All-Star campaigns. (more...)
No British referee chosen for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation No British referee chosen for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation
- March 29, 2018

For the very first time since 1938, no British referee will be allowed to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Russian Federation this summer. Selection was based on "each referee's skills and personality, as well as his level of understanding of football and ability to read both the game and the various tactics employed by teams", FIFA said in a statement. (more...)
Darren Lehmann to step down as Australia head coach Darren Lehmann to step down as Australia head coach
- March 29, 2018

Greg Dyer, the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) president, had even called for coaches and administrators of the cricket board to be examined in the said culture review. On Wednesday, sacked Smith and David Warner were both banned for 12 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town. The trio will be allowed to compete in club cricket, but can not take part in state or global games for the duration of their bans. (more...)
Warner terms his act 'a stain on the game', apologises to fans Warner terms his act 'a stain on the game', apologises to fans
- March 29, 2018

Warner was held responsible for carrying out the exercise to artificially tamper the ball and then guiding a young player to carry out the plan. If the CA goes ahead and bans them, there is no way that the IPL franchises can accommodate them, just like Andre Russell had to skip the IPL after he was caught violating doping clauses. (more...)
Steve Smith's full statement Steve Smith's full statement
- March 29, 2018

Lehmann, who was not was due to leave the job until after the 2019 Ashes series in England, is quitting despite being cleared of any role in the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport. I need to take a deep breath and spend time with my family, friends and trusted advisers. On Thursday, Warner was banned from worldwide and domestic cricket by CA for 12 months and was also been barred from assuming any kind of leadership position in Australian cricket in the future. (more...)
Cricket Australia loses major sponsor over players' 'conspiracy' to cheat Cricket Australia loses major sponsor over players' 'conspiracy' to cheat
- March 29, 2018

The ASX-listed financial services provider said its three-year sponsorship of Australia's home Tests, which only began with the most recent Ashes series, had been based on shared values and reputations of integrity, leadership, dedication. The ban for David Warner (left) and Steve Smith will include all top-level cricket in Australia for the next year . Bancroft who I don't know was led astray but deserved punishing but again too harshly IMO (in my opinion). (more...)
Lehmann to step down after fourth Test
- March 29, 2018

Late on Wednesday, Cricket Australia slapped captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner with 12-month bans from global and domestic cricket for their role in a scandal that has rocked the sport. Smith also offered advice to anyone faced with the temptation to cheat. "I just want to say I'm sorry for the pain that I've brought to Australia and the fans and the public", he said. (more...)
Australia coach Darren Lehmann quits in wake of ball-tampering scandal Australia coach Darren Lehmann quits in wake of ball-tampering scandal
- March 29, 2018

Earlier in the day, David Warner took to his Twitter handle and issued an apology to the cricket fans around the world. Cricket Australia suspended Smith and Warner for 12 months and Bancroft for nine months for their part in the ball tampering plan. (more...)
Messi left out of Argentina's Spain friendly Messi left out of Argentina's Spain friendly
- March 29, 2018

Cameras captured the injured captain leaving his seat, presumably to head for the dressing room to console his distraught team mates, but the image was symbolic as his hapless team were humiliated 6-1 by a rampaging Spain side. Spain had been all over Argentina but the visitors threatened to get back in the game in the 39th minute thanks to Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi . (more...)
Australia cricket coach Lehmann to quit after South Africa series Australia cricket coach Lehmann to quit after South Africa series
- March 29, 2018

Smith, who was banned for 12 months from worldwide cricket by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the ball tampering row, said there is no one to be blamed except him. After inquiry by the Australian cricket authorities, Bancroft has received a nine-month ban in global and domestic cricket, while both Smith and Warner have been handed a 12-month ban in worldwide cricket each, with suspended leadership. (more...)
India Women vs England Women T20 Highlights: India win by 8 wickets India Women vs England Women T20 Highlights: India win by 8 wickets
- March 29, 2018

In the second innings, they did have their moments in the middle scalping Mithali Raj and Jemimah Rodrigues cheaply. Harmanpreet Kaur played the second fiddle. Mandhana, in the process brought up her third half-century in style. The duo stitched together 60 off 63 balls for the third wicket, with Harmanpreet going snail-paced for a 31-ball 20. (more...)
Brown's last-second hoop caps Celtics' rally in Utah Brown's last-second hoop caps Celtics' rally in Utah
- March 29, 2018

Al Horford would miss their matchup against the Utah Jazz with a sprained ankle suffered on Monday against the Phoenix Suns. Fellow guard Marcus Smart had surgery to fix a torn ligament in his right thumb on March 16 and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. (more...)
Darren Lehmann steps down as Australia coach Darren Lehmann steps down as Australia coach
- March 29, 2018

They've made a grave mistake but they're not bad people", said Lehmann in his first public comments since the scandal broke during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday. 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. (more...)
Majority of voters think Trump had affair with Stormy Daniels, poll shows Majority of voters think Trump had affair with Stormy Daniels, poll shows
- March 29, 2018

In the documents, he seeks to depose Trump and Trump attorney Michael Cohen about a $130,000 U.S. payment made to Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 presidential election. Mr Avenatti's documents were filed in the US District Court in California. She also sued Mr Trump's lawyer, arguing he had defamed her by suggesting she was a liar. (more...)
Murray to play in Ricoh Open in June Murray to play in Ricoh Open in June
- March 29, 2018

Murray, whose last competitive outing came at Wimbledon last July, went under the knife in January in a bid to correct a hip problem that had proved problematic for some time . Murray has chosen the Nice academy of Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou as his training base as he steps up his recovery from the injury that has sidelined him from competition since Wimbledon last summer. (more...)
Jesus postpones City contract talks until after World Cup Jesus postpones City contract talks until after World Cup
- March 29, 2018

Despite only joining the club from Palmeiras in January 2017, City opened talks with the 20-year-old over a new deal in December because they wanted to reward him for his impressive start at the Etihad Stadium. That has not changed, even after Jesus missed six weeks with a knee injury sustained away at Crystal Palace on New Year's Eve. Jesus will be the future star of City's attack and he has shown he can deliver goals and dynamic performances to link up with Raheem Sterling and Leroy ... (more...)
Sixers' Joel Embiid leaves game against Knicks with apparent head injury Sixers' Joel Embiid leaves game against Knicks with apparent head injury
- March 29, 2018

He was helped up after a couple of minutes and taken to the locker room. "I was scared, " teammate Dario Saric said of his reaction to Embiid going down. With many fans immediately fearing for the worst, instant replay showed Embiid's face taking a direct hit from Fultz's shoulder, in an unfortunate sequence of events that left the fourth year Cameroonian big man noticeably uncomfortable. (more...)

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