Anderson out with injury
England spearhead seamer James Anderson has been ruled out of the forthcoming one-day series in Sri Lanka because of a knee injury, it was announced on Tuesday. However, England said they hoped to have the Lancashire swing bowler fit in time for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. “James Anderson has been ruled out ... to continue his rehabilitation on a pre-existing left knee injury,” an England and Wales Cricket Board statement said. It added that “at present” Anderson would not be replaced in the Sri Lanka tour squad. Anderson’s absence follows that of new-ball partner Stuart Broad, who had long since been ruled out of the Sri Lanka series with a knee problem of his own.
Cup favorite’s heart failed
Japanese stayer Admire Rakti, the pre-race favorite for the Melbourne Cup, died of acute heart failure, though the cause may be unknown until the full results from a post-mortem, Racing Victoria head steward Terry Bailey said. The six-year-old collapsed after the handicap 3,200m race on Tuesday after he faded badly and finished in a distant last place behind German raider Protectionist. A post-mortem was conducted at Melbourne University on Tuesday. “All indications are that Admire Rakti passed away due to heart failure,” Bailey told ABC Radio yesterday. “We need to get the autopsy results and that will tell the story.” Admire Rakti was one of two horses to die after the race, with seventh-placed Araldo suffering an injury to its leg after he was spooked by a spectator waving a flag while returning to the stalls. The Mike Moroney-trained stayer had to be euthanized and Bailey said he would be talking to the Victoria Racing Club about the incident. “It’s something I will be speaking with the club today to see if we can put some measures in place that will prevent that from happening again,” he said.
Adriano faces drugs charges
Former Brazilian international Adriano was charged by Rio de Janeiro prosecutors on Tuesday over alleged links to drug trafficking, officials and reports said. The former Inter, ACF Fiorentina, Parma and AS Roma striker, 32, who is trying to revive his career in France, is accused of buying a motorbike in 2007 that was later used by drug dealers in the Vila Cruzeiro favela, where he grew up, reports said. He faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, ESPN reported. Prosecutors did not request Adriano’s arrest, but asked for him to surrender his passport. According to Brazilian media, The former international, who hit 27 goals in 48 appearances for Brazil, last played for the Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense, but they terminated his contract six months ago.
Cannavaro goes to China
Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande have appointed former Real Madrid and Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro as their new coach. Cannavaro replaces his former mentor Marcello Lippi, who on Sunday announced his decision to retire from soccer management and take over as Guangzhou technical director. Evergrande’s official Twitter page posted photos yesterday of Cannavaro arriving at the airport and at an official press conference alongside Lippi, with the tweet “welcome to Guangzhou, Fabio Cannavaro.” It also posted “Fabi Canavaro has officially joined as coach,” in Chinese.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but