Jones to pay for damaging Whelan’s car

first_img Jones revealed he had spoken to team-mates on Saturday, including Whelan, after he found a pig’s head wrapped in his clothes at the club’s training ground on Friday. The 28-year-old reacted by smashing Whelan’s windscreen, but he was left to apologise and offer to pay for the damage after the Republic of Ireland international insisted he was not involved in the prank. Addressing the issue on his Twitter page, Jones wrote: “First off for all the people saying this had anything to with racism I’m not endorsing that. Secondly i’ve apologised to glen Whelan for the destruction of his property.” Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones has apologised to team-mate Glenn Whelan after smashing his car windscreen in a mistaken act of retribution for a training-ground prank which went wrong. He added: “For all the people that think that the pigs head wrapped in my clothes was banter great so is the broken window. “As far as tension in the squad there’s nun (sic) myself and whelan had our thrash out and he said it wasnt him so I apologised n im paying for it. “As for the person who did it no one has come fwd n apologised to me so I guess the joke was gd then. “But as I said if you have the belly to take banter to that level be willing to accept the reaction. Thats final no more comments.” Stoke revealed on Friday they will investigate the matter but they are yet to make a statement as to whether any player will be punished for the incident, which came ahead of their final game at Southampton on Sunday, with Jones revealing the culprit was still yet to come forward. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Badgers’ weekend series ends in familiar fashion

first_imgAs Sunday’s match concluded, the season also on the brink of conclusion, it was the same old story for the Wisconsin volleyball team in its final weekend series at the Field House.The Badgers looked as good as anyone in the Big Ten as they easily defeated the overmatched Iowa Hawkeyes by a score of 3-0 Friday night. But Sunday, Wisconsin struggled with consistency as it looked overmatched by ninth-ranked Nebraska 3-0. The matches could not have been any greater polar opposites, just like the season for Wisconsin. Consistency -or lack thereof – has been the key for the Badgers all season long.All season long, Wisconsin has shown it can play with anyone, as they battled top-ranked Penn State in each set on national television before losing in straight sets. Then the Badgers played an Indiana team that had won just one Big Ten match all season, but managed to come into Madison and beat Wisconsin 3-1. That inconsistency continued Friday night.In the opening match of the weekend, the Badgers displayed some of their best volleyball of the season, beating the Hawkeyes 3-0. They hit an impressive .384 for the match, including a .552 percentage in the second set, which they won easily 25-16.UW head coach Pete Waite talked about the stellar play of the team on Senior Day.“I thought we really played a good match,” Waite said Friday. “I thought the seniors played well and everyone played hard for them. We had a nice balanced attack and really played a solid match.”Despite the dominating win, the Badgers still had their struggles as they committed nine service errors. Against one of the top teams in the conference, those errors would have proved to be devastating. But against a last place Big Ten team, the Badgers were able to get away with it.Sunday was much uglier. Wisconsin was not able to sneak by with errors Sunday against the ninth-ranked Cornhuskers. The match was the entire season in a nutshell: flashes of brilliance and the same errors that would prove to be crushing in defeats.Once again, the Badgers were able to play with another top-tier opponent point-for-point, but they were not able to seal the deal.The Badgers struggled with everything from hitting to even communicating. There were multiple instances Sunday when a ball would fall in between multiple Wisconsin defenders who looked at each other with apparent confusion.Junior right setter Julie Mikaelsen talked about the lack of communication.“It’s just about being aggressive,” Mikaelsen said. “We just need to call the ball and take the ball. That’s just what we got to do.”There were instances against the Cornhuskers when it looked like the Badgers would get over the hump and finally win a decisive set. Wisconsin got out to a very hot start in the second set, leading by a score of 13-6.Then a 10-1 run found UW down by two just as quickly as it had built its lead. The Badgers were never able to recover from their run and lost the set 25-20.Wisconsin continuously hurt itself Sunday as well, committing 19 attack errors in the match, including seven in the first two sets. Wisconsin hit just .171 in those two sets and hit just .100 in the third set as only one player on the team hit over .250 for the Badgers.“I couldn’t tell you,” Waite said of the reason for the errors. “That’s something we talked about in the locker room; we knew we had high errors even to start the match. That just shouldn’t happen. It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the net.”Wisconsin concludes the regular season this week with its final home match coming Wednesday against No. 10 Minnesota and then their final match Friday at Purdue. With their tournament hopes dwindling, senior outside hitter Bailey Reshel told an all too familiar tale for the team: the need to bounce back.“We just need to go after it,” Reshel said of the final week of the season. “It sucks to lose, but we still have a chance at the tournament and the biggest thing is to move forward.”last_img read more

Video: The Black Stars fabulous comeback against Tunisia

first_imgWatch the Black Stars comeback against Tunisia in an international friendly on Sunday ahead of the start of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.last_img

Apex court refuses to direct BCCI to e-auction IPL media rights

first_imgjudiciary (system of justice) Online players outnumber TV broadcasters for IPL media rights Supreme Court warns BCCI officials over draft constitution null RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL The Supreme Court today refused to direct the BCCI to conduct e-auctioning for awarding media rights relating to the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chadrachud did not consider the plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that the ongoing tendering process for awarding media rights for the IPL events be stayed and e-auctioning directed.The IPL matches are scheduled to start in April next year.Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the Committee of Administrators (COA), said that the ongoing tender process was a better option as all the bidders put their best bid in a sealed envelope to get the media rights.Swamy, however, said he wanted to file an interim application highlighting alleged collusion and conflict of interest on behalf of a BCCI functionary who also runs a news channel. This plea was allowed by the top court.The apex court had earlier asked COA chief Vinod Rai to file an affidavit specifying how the ongoing tender process was better than the e-auction.The Supreme Court had on July 28 sought the response of BCCI on Swamy’s plea that e-auction of the media rights should be done to ensure transparency as the rights are to be given for the next five years. The apex court had last month told the BJP leader that it would think over his plea to accord urgent hearing in the case after Swamy referred to the apex court verdicts to buttress his point that it has been held that auctioning was the best method of awarding contracts.He had said that the amount involved in the award of IPL media rights was to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore and the issue should not be decided in an “opaque” manner. “This petition prays that the distribution of IPL rights, which is scheduled on July 17, 2017 should be done in the most transparent mode available, that is via e-auction,” his petition had said.It had alleged that all the activities of Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) were undertaken with “tacit concurrence” of the state governments and the Centre “who are not only fully aware but supportive of the activities of the Board.”“It is a requirement that non-discriminatory and transparent method with the best international practices must be adopted for distribution of the valuable media rights so as to ensure the maximum revenue in the larger national interest,” Swamy’s plea had said.He had alleged that there was a consistent attempt by vested interests to try and build a monopoly by getting the valuable rights in a non-transparent manner. “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs 25,000-30,000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains,” Swamy had claimed. court Had earlier asked COA chief Vinod Rai to file an affidavit specifying how the ongoing tender process was better than the e-auction. SHARE August 28, 2017 court COMMENT cricket × COMMENTS Published onlast_img read more