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CORDNER won the
Sportswoman of the
Year award for 2014
at the Tobago House
of Assembly Sports
Awards on Sunday.
"There's no issue, no
problem. He will
RODGERS says there
were no hard feelings
between him and
after the club agreed
to sell the midfielder
to Manchester City
for £49 million.
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa---
Former 800-metre world
champion and 2012 Olympic
silver medalist Caster Semenya
has not made South Africa's
initial team for the worlds in
Beijing next month after failing
to post a qualifying time.
Athletics South Africa said
yesterday that athletes have
until the end of July to qualify,
with a final deadline of August
10 for "exceptional
championships begin August
22.Semenya needs to run two
minutes, one second to make
the team in the 800. She has
a best of 2:04.19 this season
but had to pull out of this
month's world student games
with a recurrence of the knee
injury that forced her to miss
the 2013 worlds.
Semenya made global
headlines when it was revealed
she underwent gender tests
before winning the 2009 world
title as an 18-year-old. (AP)
Semenya not in South Africa's initial team for world champs
NEW DELHI---Indian Premier League
teams Chennai Super Kings and
Rajasthan Royals were suspended for
two years and two officials banned for
life by a Supreme Court-appointed
committee yesterday following a cor-
The committee of three judges, head-
ed by former chief justice Rajendra
Lodha, made the sanctions binding on
the Board of Control for Cricket in India,
though they can be appealed in court.
The committee noted Chennai team
principal Gurunath Meiyappan and
Rajasthan co-owner Raj Kundra bet on
IPL games or were in contact with illegal
gamblers, "bringing the game, BCCI,
and IPL into disrepute." It also said the
teams had to be responsible for their
Meiyappan is the son-in-law of Inter-
national Cricket Council chairman
Narainaswamy Srinivasan, who was ear-
lier restricted by the court from running
for another term as president of the
BCCI owing to a conflict of interest.
His company, India Cements, held a
stake in the Chennai franchise.
Justice Lodha predicted the decisions
of his committee would stand.
"The Supreme Court order says it is
subject to any remedy in appropriate
judicial proceedings, so a challenge is
available in court. But since this is a
committee comprising three senior
judges of the Supreme Court, it is highly
unlikely a court will interfere," Justice
The committee said Meiyappan reg-
ularly bet on IPL matches.
"The fact that Gurunath was an inte-
gral part of CSK, and most people saw
him as the face of the team, he ought
not to have indulged in betting practices,"
the committee said.
On Kundra, who is married to Indian
film actress Shilpa Shetty, the committee
said: "That the allegation of match-fix-
ing against Kundra was not finally estab-
lished does not matter because his status
as owner has brought disrepute."
According to IPL rules, a team can
be suspended if its officials bring the
tournament into disrepute.
"The argument that these acts were
personal and the franchise cannot be
responsible cannot be accepted," Justice
The Supreme Court committee was
formed in January to decide on the scope
of punishment following an inquiry by
a separate committee that found the
clubs and both officials guilty.
Meiyappan, who was detained for
two weeks by Mumbai police in 2013
over allegations of spot-fixing, was
cleared by a BCCI-appointed panel, but
a petition from the Cricket Association
of Bihar led to the Bombay High Court
declaring that panel "illegal and uncon-
The Cricket Association of Bihar then
took the issue to the Supreme Court,
which ordered an investigation into the
conduct of Srinivasan and 12 others.
CAB official Aditya Verma welcomed
the order but wanted the BCCI to do
more on its own.
"The BCCI should file criminal cases
against those found guilty," he said in
New Delhi. "That is the only way it can
show cricket lovers that they are serious
about cleaning the game."
The BCCI, which will also be sug-
gested reforms by the Lodha committee
in the coming weeks as per the Supreme
Court s mandate, said it was yet to study
the report. (AP)
Court rules on IPL corruption scandal
Raj Kundra, co-owner of Indian
Premier League cricket team
Rajasthan Royals, addresses a
press conference in Hydrabad, India
on August 21, 2014. A Supreme
Court committee has recommended
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan
Royals be suspended for two years
from the Indian Premier League and
an official from each of the clubs be
banned for life from all cricket
matches in the wake of a
corruption scandal in the franchise-
based competition, yesterday.
LONDON---The cracks appear to be
showing in the normally-invincible
Australian cricket team.
The second Ashes Test starting at
Lord s tomorrow follows hard on the
heels of England s comfortable 169-
run victory in the first game in Cardiff.
Australia s most effective bowler in
Cardiff, Mitchell Starc, has been
receiving injections in an ankle injury
and veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin
has withdrawn from the second match
for what Cricket Australia described
as "family reasons." The withdrawal
means a test debut for New South
Wales wicketkeeper Peter Nevill.
Haddin faced criticism in Cardiff
for dropping Joe Root, who went on
to score a crucial 134 in England s
first innings. Root was on 0 when
Haddin put down the catch.
Pace bowler Peter Siddle, tipped to
replace Starc if he does not recover,
told reporters yesterday that he
believed Haddin would play.
"He seemed all right to me," Siddle
said. "He spends a lot of time out in
the middle, he s just taking it easy.
We ve got another training session
tomorrow and he ll come out then.
I ve got no doubt he ll be ready to
go."Australia coach Darren Lehmann
was clearly disappointed with the
placid wicket in Cardiff that negated
the bouncers used frequently in the
past to intimidate England s batsmen.
"I d just like to be able to bowl a
bouncer on day one. That d be nice,"
he said after the defeat in Wales.
The Lord s strip is usually a perfect
test wicket, offering a reasonable
amount of pace and height, but does
not have the bounciness often found
in wickets at London s Oval or Aus-
tralia s WACA and beloved by quick
Having arrived in England tipped
to easily retain the Ashes, Australia
is now facing criticism that its squad
is on its last legs, injury-plagued and
generally too old. Several of the
tourists, notably allrounder Shane
Watson (34) and Haddin, looked awk-
ward in Cardiff and several other play-
ers are in their mid-30s.
England has already announced an
unchanged team to the one that sur-
prised the Australians in Cardiff.
England s new coach Trevor Bayliss
has only just started his job, and the
team revealed a fundamental change
in strategy in the series against New
Zealand earlier in the summer, with
the aggressive batting tactics delight-
ing the fans.
That experiment started before
Bayliss was appointed, and continued
in Wales when the batters played with
freedom and real determination.
Bayliss, an Australian, advised his
players to beware his countrymen
when they are cornered.
"They don t like losing," he said
after the Cardiff game. "They have a
proud record and losing will mean
they come out in the next game trying
to prove a point and trying to make
up for their performance in this
England wary of Australian Ashes backlash
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