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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 1, 2015
LONDON---Wigan chairman Dave
Whelan was banned from all foot-
ball-related activities for six weeks
on Wednesday over offensive com-
ments about Jews and Chinese peo-
The 78-year-old Whelan, who
accepted an English Football Associ-
ation charge of racially-aggravated mis-
conduct, has also been fined 50,000
pounds ($78,000), warned about his
future conduct and ordered to under-
take a mandatory education course.
"It is clear that he himself is very
upset by the words he used and he
moved very quickly to apologize pub-
licly, plead guilty and begin to make
amends," the FA commission report
said in an excerpt released by Wigan.
Whelan has seven days to accept or
appeal against the sanction, which
would be suspended until after the
outcome of an appeal process. The ban
would begin immediately if he decides
to accept the punishment.
The offensive comments were made
in a newspaper interview defending
his decision in November to appoint
Malky Mackay as the second-tier club's
Mackay himself is still being inves-
tigated by the FA over a dossier of
alleged racist and anti-Semitic text
exchanges with a colleague while man-
aging Cardiff. Mackay acknowledged
the leaked exchanges were "completely
unacceptable, inappropriate," and the
League Managers Association said they
were "disrespectful of other cultures."
Commenting on a text about Jewish
people and money, Whelan told The
Guardian newspaper: "I think Jewish
people do chase money more than
everybody else. I don't think that's
offensive at all."
Whelan also said there was "nothing
bad" about one of Mackay's alleged
exchanges featuring a term widely per-
ceived as being insulting toward Chi-
Whelan is a former footballer who
was forced to retire early because of
injury and then started amassing wealth
through a chain of supermarkets and
sports stores, enabling him to finance
the purchase of Wigan.
PORTLAND---Portland rallied past
Toronto in overtime for a 102-97
win on Tuesday, extending the Trail
Blazers' lead in the NBA Northwest
Division into double digits.
Elsewhere, Dallas inflicted Wash-
ington's heaviest defeat of the sea-
son, Memphis built its lead in the
Southwest by downing division rival
San Antonio, and Atlanta reclaimed
sole leadership of the Southeast
with a home victory over Cleve-
Portland's Damian Lillard had 26
points and nine assists while LaMar-
cus Aldridge, who returned from a
respiratory illness, had 23 points
and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers,
who won their fourth straight.
The Blazers rallied in the fourth
quarter after trailing by 13 points
but Toronto's late basket sent the
game to overtime, where the hosts
assumed control with three straight
3-pointers. Kyle Lowry finished
with 24 points for the Raptors,
whose lead in the Eastern Confer-
ence was trimmed to half a game
The Hawks closed in with a 109-
101 victory over Cleveland, with
Paul Millsap's efforts enough to
stave off a Cavaliers comeback.
Atlanta led by 17 points early in
the second half but had to hold off
a comeback by Cleveland, which
got 35 points from Kyrie Irving.
After the lead was reduced to
three, Millsap scored Atlanta's next
eight points. He led the Hawks with
26 points, including 10 in the fourth
quarter. Cleveland was minus
LeBron James, who sat out with a
sore knee on his 30th birthday.
Atlanta is a game clear in the
Southeast ahead of Washington,
which suffered a heavy 114-87
defeat at Dallas.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points in
27 minutes for the Mavericks,
including nine in the final 2:35 min-
utes of the second quarter to estab-
lish an 18 point halftime lead.
The Mavericks' 10 straight wins
over Washington represent their
longest active winning streak against
John Wall had 11 points and eight
assists for the Wizards, who com-
mitted 23 turnovers.
Dallas' victory closed the Texan
team within a game of Southwest
leader Memphis, which had a 95-
87 win against San Antonio.
Mike Conley had 30 points and
six assists, while Marc Gasol added
17 points for the Grizzlies, which
ensured it will be at least tied with
the Spurs in their season series.
Marco Belinelli and Cory Joseph
scored 18 apiece for San Antonio,
which went 5 of 22 from outside
Brooklyn ended Chicago's seven-
game winning streak with a 96-82
road win, with Brook Lopez scoring
a season-high 29 points.
Lopez, playing his fifth game
since returning from a back strain,
replaced Kevin Garnett and went
13 for 21 from the field.
Joe Johnson added 20 points and
11 rebounds for the Nets, who
recorded only their second win this
season against a team with more
wins than losses.
Mike Dunleavy led the Bulls with
23 points on 9-for-15 shooting,
including 5 of 9 on 3-pointers.
New Orleans beat Phoenix 110-
106, snapping the Suns' six-game
streak, with Tyreke Evans scoring
24 points, including eight straight
in the final 2 minutes to guide the
Pelicans to victory.
Golden State led by a gigantic 47
points before cruising to a 126-86
win over Philadelphia, giving the
Warriors their 10th straight home-
Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant had 23
points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds
for his 21st career triple-double,
leading the Lakers to a 111-103 win
Blazers pip Raptors in OT
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan.
Wigan chair banned
ADELAIDE---Darren Sammy failed
with the bat and Kieron Pollard had lit-
tle to do as his Adelaide Strikers easily
defeated Hobart Hurricanes by eight
wickets in the Big Bash League here
Opting to bat first at the Adelaide
Oval, Hobart were held to 136 for eight
off their allotted 20 overs with Jonathan
Wells top-scoring with an unbeaten 58
from 36 balls, which included five fours
and two sixes.
English opener Alex Hales chipped in
with 29 while Sammy, batting at number
seven, faced four balls before being
bowled over for one by speedster Shaun
Tait who picked up three for 22 from his
In reply, Adelaide strolled to their target
with 33 balls to spare, thanks to half-
centuries from opener Tim Ludeman
(54) and Jono Dean (54 not out). The pair
put on 75 for the second wicket.
Pollard entered at the fall of the second
wicket, and helped see Adelaide to victory
with seven not out off two balls.
He blasted the first ball he received
over square leg for six off seamer Ben
Hilfenhaus, before Dean fittingly ended
the game two balls later with a similar
shot over square.
Sammy was impressive with the ball,
snaring one wicket from three frugal
overs which cost just ten runs. (CMC)
Sammy, Pollard hardly
feature as Strikers cruise
MOSCOW---The Russian Football
Union has failed to achieve its goal of
paying national team coach Fabio
Capello his unpaid wages by the end
of the year.
Capello has not received any of his
reported $11 million-a-year salary since
June amid financial problems at the RFU.
The organisation's president Nikolai
Tolstykh said Monday he planned to
resolve the issue by the end of 2014, but
told local media yesterday that was now
With Russia gearing up for almost two
weeks of public holidays and days off
work, Tolstykh said it had been hard to
find sources of funding to pay the veteran
Unpaid wages were "not a topic for
the New Year holidays," he told the R-
Sport agency, adding that talks would
resume January 12.
Russia fails to resolve
Capello payment issue
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