Mark Taylor critical of Australia’s on-field behaviour

first_imgBy Daniel BrettigMARK Taylor, the Cricket Australia Board director, has criticised the national team for their on-field behaviour in South Africa, saying both sides had contributed to the ugly atmosphere that led to Kagiso Rabada’s two-Test ban for physical contact with Steven Smith and the confrontation between David Warner and Quinton de Kock.In a series of comments likely to sting Smith in particular, given their mentoring relationship, Taylor said the Australians should be on their “final warning” from match officials for celebrating in the faces of the opposition when a batsman was dismissed.The clearest example of this was when Warner celebrated the run-out of AB de Villiers in Durban by screaming at the other batsman Aiden Markram.“Both sides should be on their final warnings, and that definitely includes Australia,” Taylor told Channel Nine. “There’s been too much of this in-your-face celebration when batsmen are dismissed, and the Australian bowlers have been as guilty as the South African bowlers at times.”Taylor’s comments follow those made by a fellow former Australian captain Ian Chappell, who said that Smith and the coach Darren Lehmann were as culpable as Warner for letting things spiral out of control. Chappell had advocated a suspension for Warner, but also pointed out that team leaders needed to carry a heavy burden of responsibility for their players’ actions.“I absolutely agree with that,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately it’s where David Warner has come unstuck, he’s actually made a point in recent times of saying that he wants to bring back the old David Warner and get in the face of the opposition. He told the world what he was going to do and what’s more he’s gone about and done it, and taken it to another level.“I’m not suggesting for a minute we have silence out in the middle, but there’s no doubt it’s getting worse. Bullying is not a bad term for it, and they’re using it too much. It just keeps escalating and now it’s getting out of hand.”As for Rabada’s appeal against a two-Test ban, which appears likely to be heard before the start of the third Test in Cape Town next week, Taylor said he considered the bowler to have made “avoidable” contact with the Australian captain after dismissing him on day one of the Test at St George’s Park.“I’m not surprised South Africa are appealing the suspension because he’s obviously a key player for them,” Taylor said. “Having taken 11 wickets in the last Test they are going to do everything they can to keep him on the field, but he’s in trouble because he’s already been found guilty. In my mind the contact with Steve Smith in the second Test was avoidable, so that’s why he’s in trouble.”A fresh set of match officials are due to oversee the series in the final two Tests at Newlands and the Wanderers, with Jeff Crowe’s match referee role to be taken over by the former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Pycroft, who also officiated in South Africa’s series victory in Australia in late 2016. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Pedro insists his Chelsea future has not been decided

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Chelsea allow Willian to return to BrazilPlayers’ contracts likely to be extendedChelsea to consider stadium options ‘should economic conditions improve’Anjorin set to sign new long-term Chelsea contractWillian appears to give clear indication he will leave Chelsea Pedro has insisted that comments he recently made about his Chelsea future were misinterpreted.The Spanish winger’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires this summer and there has been much speculation about his future.AdChoices广告And quotes attributed to him this week were widely reported as him saying he would be leaving Chelsea.“I’m terminating my contract, but right now it’s not the most important thing, nor have I stopped to think about it,” Pedro told El Larguero on CADENA SER, as quoted by Sport Witness.“From there on what has to do with my future will come, but right now it’s not the most important thing when you don’t even know when you’re going to train again.”However, Pedro has responded by telling Chelsea’s website that his future has not been decided and that he wants to stay at the Bridge.“As many people know, my contract is up in May,’” he said.“But I still haven’t spoken to the club about whether or not it will be renewed and whether I’ll carry on.“I’ve seen loads of messages from Chelsea fans saying goodbye and thanking me for the time I’ve spent here, which I appreciate.“But I’d like to tell all the fans simply that my current contract is coming to an end but I still have to talk to the club.“I don’t know whether I’ll keep playing here or not. That conversation is still to come.“But I have not signed for any other club. I belong to Chelsea.“I have a contract. My wish is to be able to stay here but obviously we don’t know what will happen.“I have to speak to the club and let’s see what happens.”Chelsea’s Emerson hits back at ‘fake news’Meanwhile, Emerson Palmieri has reacted angrily to reports in Italy that he wants to leave Chelsea and is unhappy with manager Frank Lampard’s methods.The Italy international, posting on Instagram, dismissed the reports as “fake news” and criticised the media.“The world is going through a really difficult moment and there are journalists who want to spread fake news around to have content,” Emerson wrote.“I don’t speak too much, but here is my only and last statement regarding this news.“I never said that and I think definitely the opposite of what was mentioned, without my knowledge.“Respect and gratitude always. Enjoy your family.”[scriptless]last_img read more

Rookie running back Taliaferro arrested in Virginia over weekend

first_imgRookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro has reportedly become the latest player to contribute to a disturbing offseason for the Ravens after being arrested in Virginia over the weekend.According to The Virginia Gazette and other reports, the 2014 fourth-round pick was charged with misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness after allegedly breaking a window in a taxi cab. The arrest took place early Saturday morning in Williamsburg, Va.A police officer reportedly saw Taliaferro and a group of people enter a taxi cab before the driver alerted him that the rookie had broken a window upon being told to exit for continuing to yell and swear inside the vehicle. Taliaferro allegedly left the scene upon exiting the cab but was arrested roughly a block away.A team spokesman released the following statement responding to Taliaferro’s arrest:“We’re aware of the situation and have discussed it with Lorenzo. He will have his due process and the opportunity to talk about what happened.”Taliaferro becomes the fourth Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, joining running back Ray Rice, wide receiver Deonte Thompson, and offensive lineman Jah Reid. The Coastal Carolina product was the 138th overall selection in the 2014 draft earlier this month and is expected to compete for significant playing time with Rice likely facing a suspension from the NFL and backup Bernard Pierce still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.last_img read more

Machado only Oriole to be named 2015 Gold Glove finalist

first_imgOrioles third baseman Manny Machado was named a finalist for a 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Thursday.The 23-year-old was the lone Oriole to be named a finalist after the club had claimed three awards in each of the previous three seasons. Machado won the American League Platinum Glove in 2013, an award given to the best overall defensive player in the league.Adrian Beltre of Texas and Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay are the other two AL finalists at third base. The Gold Glove winners will be announced on Nov. 10.Though committing a career-high 19 errors at third base — he committed two more at shortstop — Machado remained one of the finest defenders in the AL with 14 defensive runs saved above average and was worth 1.9 defensive wins above replacement, according to Baseball Reference. Those numbers are a drop-off from his 35 defensive runs saved above average and 4.3 defensive WAR in 2013, but they still place him at an elite level.Beltre committed 17 errors, but his 18 defensive runs saved and 2.3 defensive WAR would appear to give him the edge over Machado from an analytical viewpoint. In contrast, Longoria committed just nine errors in 2015, but his minus-1 runs saved above average and 0.2 defensive WAR reflect him having less range and making less of an overall defensive impact than Beltre or Machado.As for other Orioles not in consideration at their positions, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones will have their respective streaks of winning three consecutive Gold Gloves snapped. Both missed time with injuries this season that likely hurt their chances for consideration.As a club, the Orioles made the fewest number of errors in the AL this year, but they dropped to 11th in defensive runs saved above average with minus-2 after leading the way with 50 a year ago. Baltimore finished eighth in the AL in Baseball Reference’s defensive efficiency mark after finishing third last season.last_img read more

Hogan’s a real force

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT WHAT Melbourne would do to be able to slot Jesse Hogan into their forward line this weekend……[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

Sterling grabs last-gasp victory for City, then sent off

first_imgRaheem Sterling struck in the seventh minute of stoppage time to earn Manchester City a 2-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth on Saturday but was then sent off in a tumultuous finale on the south coast.Seconds after Bournemouth had a chance to snatch victory the ball went back down the other end and Sterling’s deflected shot looped past helpless Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic.Sterling ran towards the celebrating City fans, some of whom spilled on to the pitch and, after order was restored by stewards and police, referee Mike Dean showed Sterling a second yellow card having already booked him earlier.It was a crazy end to an absorbing contest which had burst into life when Charlie Daniels lashed home a contender for “goal of the season” to give hosts Bournemouth a 13th-minute lead.Daniels let fly with a left-foot shot from wide on the left and the ball flew past keeper Ederson and in off the crossbar.Bournemouth’s lead lasted only eight minutes though as Gabriel Jesus, preferred by manager Pep Guardiola to Sergio Aguero who was on the bench, stroked home after a lethal pass by City’s midfield wizard David Silva.Both sides struck the woodwork after the interval and Bournemouth looked set for their first point of the season until Sterling’s late stunner broke home hearts.Victory gave City seven points from their opening three games and put them, temporarily at least, on top of the table.City have now had a player sent off in two consecutive games after Kyle Walker saw red in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Monday and Guardiola was frustrated by the decision.“Maybe someone can explain to me because I would like to know,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“He ran to celebrate. If you can’t celebrate with the fans maybe we should play without fans.”After recovering from a poor opening 13 minutes City dominated possession, although Bournemouth were always a threat with Jermain Defoe, making his first start since joining, and Josh King both lively up front.King curled an effort against the post in the second half while City’s Nicolas Otamendi was also denied by the woodwork.For the most past it was a rearguard action by Bournemouth but they did scent a famous victory deep into stoppage time when King burst clear but saw his low shot saved by Ederson.Seconds later City were awarded a free kick and they quickly moved the ball down field where Danilo combined with Sterling and the former Liverpool player’s shot clipped the heel of Andrew Surman’s foot before looping into the net.It was a bitter blow for Bournemouth who have now endured their worst start since joining the Premier League in 2015 — losing all three games — and things do not get any easier with a trip to Arsenal next up.“We thought we had hung on for a point, we had chances to win it too, I am disappointing for the players and the supporters,” manager Eddie Howe said.“I am enthused by the performance, which was better than our first two.”last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Fixing the false start rule

first_img THE ORIGINAL RULE As it stands now, the rule contains a provision for the disqualified sprinter to run under protest. In practice, that provision is only seen in the United States and, to my best knowledge, has never been entertained at the World Championships or the Olympic Games. Australian Sally Pearson ran under protest in the 2010 Commonwealth Games 100 metres final, but was subsequently disqualified. The same thing happened in 2012 to Grenadian 400m ace Kirani James in Eugene, Oregon. The handling of a false start at the recent IAAF Oslo Diamond League meet may indicate a change in approach. Dutch star Dafne Schippers jumped early in the 200m, but was allowed to run when she cited crowd noise. She was later disqualified but was eventually reinstated. The real problem is the rule itself. To save time, the rule can levy the most drastic punishment for the smallest error. While other systems of punishment match the severity of the crime to the action taken, the current false-start rule goes red right away. That is inappropriate on two levels. First, the one-error-maximum-punishment dichotomy feels wrong. Second, it’s bad for the business of sports. A false start for a big star in the first round of the Olympics or the World Championships would kill public interest. The rule rests on the presumption that sprinters can’t react to sound faster than 0.1. Yet, that borderline was once set at 0.120 seconds. The pressure to revise came from faster reaction times by sprinters and hurdlers. In the 1991 World Championships, Dennis Mitchell of the United States reacted to the starter’s pistol in 0.09 seconds, but escaped because the starter wasn’t wearing his headphones. That caused him to miss the false-start warning signal Mitchell would have triggered by moving early. That was 1991, but what if the well-trained sprinter can now react in 0.085 seconds? Day Two of a brilliant National Senior Championships was marred by an episode of false-start madness. This time, the victim of the zero-tolerance rule was Jonielle Smith, the 2014 Carifta 100 metres champion. She, like many others since the rule was introduced internationally, received the maximum penalty for just one mistake. Video replays showed nothing to suggest that she had jumped the gun in her 100 metres semi-final. However, sensors in the blocks revealed that she had moved before one-tenth of a second had elapsed. That’s the threshold between fair starts and false starts. The margin wasn’t visible to the naked eye and the fans in attendance at the National Stadium made their disapproval known. They hoped that the first getaway would be ruled to be a ‘faulty start’. RUNNING UNDER PROTEST Time-saving mavericks frown on the original rule which gives each runner one false start to burn. At the same time, the current rule has clear shortcomings. The only solution is change. The recommendation is for an upgrade of the rule used after the 2009 World Championships and before the 2011 staging, where Usain Bolt was tossed out of the 100m final for one wrong move. That allowed one false start for the entire field and then disqualifications for anyone who transgressed afterwards. To eliminate gamesmanship, the first person to false start would also be disqualified in this new version of the rule. This would provide some leeway while cutting the wait for a maximum of eight false starts before sanctions began. At the Stadium on Sunday, a prudent supporter proposed that start reaction times be posted on the electronic scoreboards. That would give patrons the critical information used by the officials to make tough decisions. He’s perfectly right. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Melanie residents at wits’ end over scrap-metal dumping

first_imgEnough is enough! After six years of passive outcry, concerned citizens of the community of Melanie Damishana on the East Coast of Demerara recently took to social media to vent their frustration.The environs of the former cinema on Cinema Road have become a dumpsite for scrap metal and other hazardous materials which continue to accumulate over time, making the roadway unsafe to traverse.One of the areas in Melanie where scrap metal would be gatheredA pile of scrap metal in the communityBased on reports reaching this publication, the problem started with the establishment of a scrap metal shop some six years ago and the manager seemingly oblivious to the plight of the citizens. One resident who wished to remain anonymous revealed that the site creates an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes and several rodent species.Moreover, the constant burning of metal at this site disrupts the peace and comfort of persons in the residential area, making the polluted air hazardous for consumption.Cinema Road is precarious for the average person, more specifically females, to traverse during the evening or night. Destitute persons and vagrants find their haven there as the sun goes down and persons heading home from work at those hours are constantly looking over their shoulders, as the ever-present possibility of being robbed or raped, lurk at the back of their minds.According to sources, the operator of the scrap metal business blatantly has no regard for the personal safety of citizens, casting a deaf ear to the cries of the residents over time.“Myself, along with other villagers, spoke to him and all he did was curse us and told us to go and make a report…,” one resident stated.The businessman reportedly dumps his property alongside the road and even digs up the premises of frustrated neighbours in the execution of his operations.Despite numerous reports made by citizens over the years (the most recent being just a week ago) for the intervention of the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Buxton/Foulis, these attempts have proved futile.The residents of Cinema Road are at their wits’ end and are pleading with the relevant authorities to investigate and rectify the problem, primarily for the sake of the young and the elderly.last_img read more

United and Inter need Europa boost

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba, who cost 89 million pounds, has yet to hit his stride © AFP / Oli ScarffPARIS, France, Nov 2 – Misfiring Manchester United and an Inter Milan who have fired coach Frank de Boer can take a welcome boost from the Europa League in matchday four of the group phase.The epic Group phase of 12 round robin pools of four teams is remarkably close so far with only Zenit, Ajax, Shakhtar Donetsk and Schalke 04 eyeing qualification for the knock out round with Thursday wins. Much has been made of United’s 37 shots without a goal against Burnley at the weekend, the failure to hit the ground running of 89 million pounds (110 million euros) signing Paul Pogba and the sorrowful sight of Zlatan Ibrahimovic shorn of his confidence.United take on Turkish side Fenerbahce having thumped them 4-1 last time out as Pogba scored twice ahead of a derby boost with a 1-0 League Cup win over Man City.“Two days ago he was the worst player in the Premier League and 48 hours later he’s phenomenal,” said manager Jose Mourinho at the time of the French midfielder, who is struggling to live up to his price tag.Feyenoord and United are level top of Group A on six points while the Turks, led by Dick Advocaat and featuring a Robin Van Persie who scored at Old Trafford two weeks ago, have four points.Defender Marcos Rojo felt the Burnley game could be seen as a positive“Obviously, against City, we got the victory, and the last match, versus Burnley, we had 37 chances. A goal would have been the icing on the cake,” he said.Fenerbahce’s Dutch forward Robin van Persie, centre, controls the ball under pressure from Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney, left, during the UEFA Europa League group A football match © AFP / Oli Scarff“We are getting to the level where we can play as a team. We are playing with a great intensity, throughout the whole of the match,” he told Sky TV this week.Rojo is set to start and with fellow defenders Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia injured, German veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has made a shock return to first team training.Inter Milan beat Southampton 1-0 away last time out but had been a disaster up to that point and on Wednesday they sacked De Boer.The first-team squad will be taken over provisionally by youth team coach, Stefano Vecchi, who will be on the bench for the game against Southampton.They sit bottom of Group K behind leaders Sparta Prague and the Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva, who stunned Inter 2-0 at the San Siro.All this bodes well for Southampton, level second in the Group on four points. Claude Puel’s side were well beaten by resurgent Chelsea at the weekend but who earned a deserved 1-1 draw with Manchester City the week before.In Group E Roma blew a two-goal lead and ended up drawing 3-3 at the Stadio Olimpico to Austria Vienna last time out.Inter Milan, who have fired coach Frank de Boer, can take a welcome boost from the Europa League in matchday four of the group phase © AFP/File / Marco BertorelloThey drew 0-0 at the weekend at Empoli, but even though they are second in Serie A they will do well to gain revenge when they travel to Vienna on Thursday.The Austrians are on something of a roll having beaten league leaders Sturm Graz and city rivals Rapid in their last two league outings.Villarreal remain unbeaten in Group L but only after battling back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Osmanlispor in Turkey.They now host the Turks after giving up two goals in the last ten minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Eibar in La Liga on Sunday having rested and subbed several top players.Schalke 04 have a perfect record so far in Europe but have struggled badly in the Bundesliga, where they sit two points above relegation, albeit they drew 0-0 at Dortmund at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New natural gas producer members back $3 million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.- Advertisement -Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.Advertisement The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.”last_img read more