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Venus will play at Wimbledon
LONDON --- Venus Williams' publicist
says the five-time Wimbledon champion
will play at the Grand Slam tournament
after a police report emerged in Florida
saying the tennis star caused a car crash
that led to the death of a passenger in
Stephanie Jones confirmed in an email to
The Associated Press on Friday that Williams
is in London, where the year's third major
tennis tournament begins Monday.
Williams is seeded 10th at what will be
her 20th Wimbledon. She won the title in
2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008, and is the
only past champion in the men's or wom-
en's fields who is not scheduled to appear
at a pre-tournament news conference on
Saturday or Sunday.
In Friday's draw at the All England Club,
the 37-year-old American was set up to play
Elise Mertens of Belgium in the first round.
Police in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, say
witnesses told investigators that Williams ran
a red light in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV on
June 9, causing a crash that injured 78-year-
old Jerome Barson, who died two weeks later.
Williams, who had lost in the fourth round
of the French Open in Paris on June 4, told
investigators she had entered the six-lane
intersection on a green light but had been
forced to stop midpoint by traffic ahead of
her. She said she did not see the Barsons' car
when she crossed into their lanes.
Palm Beach Gardens Maj. Paul Rogers
said the crash remains under investigation.
Williams, who has a residence in Palm Beach
Gardens, has not been cited or charged. The
police report , released to the AP on Thursday,
said Williams was not under the influence of
drugs or alcohol.
The report says a 2016 Hyundai Accent
driven by Barson's wife, Linda, crashed into
the side of Williams' SUV. Linda Barson told
investigators that she was approaching the
intersection when her light turned green and
that she was unable to stop in time. Linda
Barson suffered unspecified moderate inju-
ries. Williams was not hurt. (AP)
contract set to expire
MELBOURNE, Australia --- A last-minute
settlement that could prevent hundreds
of Australian cricketers from becoming
unemployed --- and potentially disrupt the
Ashes later this year --- appeared to have
A Memorandum of Understanding between
Cricket Australia and the Australian Crick-
eters' Association (ACA) was set to expire at
midnight Friday night.
The two parties remained deadlocked over
the issue of revenue sharing and negotiations
have stalled for months. There were no talks
scheduled between the parties.
The next major development could occur
on Sunday, when the ACA board and exec-
utive were set to hold a Sydney meeting and
players planned to discuss their next steps in
The players' union wants Cricket Austral-
ia chief executive James Sutherland to enter
emergency mediation and take charge of the
dispute. Sutherland was back in his Melbourne
office on Friday, having recently returned from
a trip to England for International Cricket
Cricket Australia sent a new offer to ACA
chief executive Alistair Nicholson last week,
but the union rejected the offer on the same
day it was submitted.
Yesterday, Cricket Australia said in a state-
ment that it was "disappointed by the ACA's
unwillingness to consider the sensible and
necessary change CA has proposed to the
fixed share of revenue player payments model."
"The model was adopted 20 years ago to ad-
dress the underpayment of players. The game
has changed fundamentally since then: players
are now justifiably well rewarded and the mod-
ern challenge is the chronic under-funding of
the grassroots of the game, particularly junior
Former test opener Simon Katich, a player
liaison manager with the union, said he realized
the players risk alienating the public by not
accepting contract offers.
"It's a shame it has to go down that path be-
cause the players are Cricket Australia's biggest
assets," Katich told Fox Sports. "It's a shame
they are putting them in this position. What
sort of employer does that to their employees?"
If the two parties are unable to agree on a new
deal, more than 200 cricketers will technically
be out of work on Saturday.
The Ashes series will be at threat if the situ-
ation is not resolved before November, a point
that vice-captain David Warner has made in
several interviews recently. The five-test series
against England is scheduled to begin Nov. 23
Cricket Australia has paid the women's
World Cup squad in advance for the ongoing
tournament in England. It means the most
pressing series at risk is next month's Aus-
tralia A tour of South Africa, with players set
to assemble in Brisbane for training on Mon-
Punters might have
Haddaf will be
classed a 'seri-
al-loser' if un-
able to make it
fifth time lucky
in an eight-run-
Stakes over five
furlongs of New-
castle tapeta to-
day, when punters will be overwhelmed with
EIGHT 'super-Saturday' fixtures.
Despite the ludicrous number of races (nigh on
70!) it's as tough as it gets to find decent-prized
winners but Haddaf is a significant choice; James
Tate's charge will be the first Royal Ascot form on
offer, 17th (of 18!) to Rajasinghe in the Coventry
Stakes over six furlongs!
It doesn't read well at first glance, given this
Dawn Approach colt was placed three times be-
forehand, but further examination reveals Haddaf
was beaten less than ten lengths and achieved a
'career-best' time-handicap mark. We've allowed
for the fact Andrea Atzeni eased down in the clos-
ing stages when all chance of a placing was gone.
Martin Harley, quiet, unassuming, one of the
most reliable jockeys around, partners Haddaf
for the fourth time and I'll be gobsmacked if they
don't land our nap.
Many courses were saturated during mid-week
when stormy weather and heavy rains hit the United
Kingdom but, of course, all-weather tracks aren't
affected; Gosforth Park is undoubtedly the best
because of a mile straight which means no draw bias
whatsoever. Sprints are proving extremely reliable!
Windsor often produces superb 'good' ground
and Pride Of Angels looks another 'good thing' in
an 'aged' Maiden Stakes over five furlongs; abso-
lutely 'thrown-in' on the TH.
Lewes trainer Gary Moore, father of ex-cham-
pion, Ryan, Joshua and Jamie, has found an excel-
lent opportunity for consistent Pride of Angels and
booked Shane Kelly just to make sure.
Kelly is an excellent horseman and former cham-
pion jockey, Richard Hughes, snapped him up as
stable jockey last year, his first as a trainer; what
a combination they are proving to be for punters.
Just shows what it means for a jockey when
someone instills confidence because Shane was
certainly in the wilderness, going nowhere.
Over this course and distance, thirty-five min-
utes later, Rebel Assault should recoup recent losses
(for so many!) in the five-runner Maiden Fillies'
Stakes if Mark Johnston has freshened her up fol-
lowing surprising defeats. He's a vet and should
...despite accident death law suit
Windsor, 11.45 Pride Of Angels
12.20 Rebel Assault
Newcastle, 2.15 Haddaf (nap)
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