Black Caps drop Ryder
All-rounder Jesse Ryder has been dropped from the New Zealand cricket team and fined after missing a team meeting and training session following a late night of drinking after New Zealand’s seven-wicket victory in the third one-day international. The aggressive left-handed batsman will miss the fourth one-day international against West Indies in Auckland today and his place has been taken by Mathew Sinclair, New Zealand Cricket said yesterday. It is the second time within 12 months the 24-year-old has faced issues after drinking sessions. Ryder was also fined after a team disciplinary hearing on Thursday. “I thought I had reached the point where I could control my drinking better, but that is obviously not the case,” Ryder said.
Austria wins relay
Austria clinched the men’s 4 x 7.5km relay in the biathlon World Cup ahead of Russia and Germany in Oberhof on Thursday. The Austrian team of Daniel Mesotitsch, Friedrich Pinter, Dominik Landertinger and Christoph Sumann posted 1 hour 19 minutes 36.6 seconds to beat the Russian team by 8.7 seconds, with Germany 19.2 seconds behind. Russian biathlete Ivan Cherezov was earlier suspended for an excessive hemoglobin level in his blood. His place in the team was taken by Yevgeny Ustyugov.
Cubs sign testy outfielder
The Chicago Cubs have signed switch-hitting outfielder Milton Bradley to a three-year deal worth US$30 million, the team announced on Thursday. Bradley is known as much for the tantrums and angry outbursts that have characterized his eight-year career as he is for his talent. “People who have never met me are speaking about me. It’s not very intelligent to speak about someone you’ve never met.”
US won’t bid for 2018
The US will not bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, concentrating full efforts upon Chicago’s 2016 Summer Olympic bid, US Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said. Seibel told the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph that the Americans will not join what is expected to be a crowded field to follow next year’s Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Games set for Sochi, Russia. The International Olympic Committee deadline for 2018 applications is mid-October while IOC members will vote on Oct. 2 on the 2016 host between Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
Kanoute faces fine
Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute faced a fine from the Spanish soccer federation for revealing a T-shirt expressing support for Palestine during a match. Kanoute lifted his Sevilla shirt over his head after scoring in the team’s 2-1 Copa del Rey win over Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday to display a black T-shirt on which the word “Palestine” was printed in several languages. The federation’s Competition Committee was expected to study the incident yesterday. Kanoute’s action, which has been interpreted as a response to Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza. Raphael Schultz, Israel’s ambassador in Madrid, said on Thursday: “I saw the match and the T-shirt bore nothing more than the name of Palestine. It was not an incitement against Israel. I don’t think it extolled violence.” Meanwhile, Palestine embassy official Mahmoud Aluanen said: “I’m sure that all Palestinian children, those who love football, will be happy about this gesture.”
Moggi handed sentence