Sydney to host gay tourney
Australia yesterday won the right to host the world gay rugby championships in Sydney in 2014, with organizers hoping the event will help address homophobia in sport. The Sydney Convicts Rugby Club, Australia’s first gay rugby union team, said the International Gay Rugby Association and Board had announced it had the rights to host the seventh bi-annual Bingham Cup. “When the Bingham Cup is played in Sydney it will further dispel the myth that gay men cannot play tough contact sport,” head of the Sydney bid committee, Andrew Purchas, said. “The tournament will shine a national spotlight on homophobia in sport, which is still endemic to many of our country’s sporting fields and experienced by young gay athletes.” The Bingham Cup is named after American gay rugby player Mark Bingham, who died on United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed into a Pennsylvania field during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the US.
Strauss accepts ICC role
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has returned to cricket following his retirement after accepting a role with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday. Strauss retired in August in the aftermath of the Kevin Pietersen row, which coincided with England losing their position as the world’s top-ranked Test team. Pietersen sent provocative text messages to South African players reported to have contained criticism of Strauss, who decided to walk away following his team’s Test series defeat against the Proteas. However, it was felt even then that Strauss, who captained England in 50 Tests, would return to the game in a more political role. The 35-year-old’s appointment as one of two past players on the ICC’s cricket committee was supported unanimously by the world game’s governing body. Strauss has replaced former West Indies pace bowler Ian Bishop. Meanwhile, former India captain Anil Kumble, 41, was the unanimous choice to replace Clive Lloyd as chairman of the committee. The ICC’s 16-member cricket committee meets twice a year to consult on playing matters and offer recommendations to the ICC.
Uruguay defend Suarez
Uruguay lashed out at FIFA vice president Jim Boyce on Thursday, claiming his criticism of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who is at the center of a diving storm, was “unacceptable.” Boyce was reported to have described Suarez’s theatrical tumble against Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday as “cheating,” adding that the tendency for players to easily fall to the ground was a “cancer” in the game. The Uruguay Football Association (UFA) has written to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, claiming that Suarez has been unfairly singled out by Boyce. The UFA said that Boyce’s comments are “encouraging and provoking hostility” toward Suarez.
Girardi’s father passes away
The father of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi died last Saturday after a battle with Alzheimer’s, the club said on its Web site. Jerry Girardi was 81. Joe Girardi said he only told a few of his staff members after learning of the death as the Yankees were travelling to Baltimore to open the American League Division Series, which began on Sunday. “I didn’t really want to talk about it,” Girardi said. “I didn’t want to take away from what we were trying to do here, because I know my dad wouldn’t. The one thing my parents always taught me was [to] finish the job at hand.”