Reakes receives ban for bet
An Australian female cricketer has been given a suspended two-year ban for placing bets totaling only US$9 on the men’s World Cup final. Angela Reakes, who plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League, pleaded guilty to breaches of Australia’s anticorruption code by betting on the Man of the Match award in the March 29 final. As well as her suspended ban, Reakes received an official reprimand and will have to spend time educating other cricketers on anticorruption issues. Iain Roy, head of Cricket Australia’s integrity unit, said “all elite cricketers are reminded regularly that betting on any form of cricket is strictly prohibited.”
Cardinals’ Mathieu injured
Arizona on Monday suffered a major setback in their Super Bowl quest when Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced safety Tyrann Mathieu is to miss the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury. Mathieu on Sunday suffered a torn right-knee ligament after intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter of a victory over Philadelphia. Mathieu made five interceptions and 89 tackles this season for the Cardinals. Mathieu, nicknamed “Honey Badger,” tore a left-knee ligament in December 2013 during his rookie season. His versatility, from handling defensive back or linebacker duties to stopping rushers near the line of scrimmage, has made him one of the league’s most challenging defenders. However, now the Cardinals are undone for the second year in a row by a torn knee ligament, last season losing quarterback Carson Palmer to the same issue and losing in the first round of the playoffs.
ITF names athlete members
Former Grand Slam champions Mary Pierce and Mark Woodforde have been appointed to the board of directors of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The two former players are to serve four-year terms as athlete members of the 15-member board, subject to ratification by the ITF general assembly in June next year. The ITF earlier this year approved a change mandating athlete representation on the board. ITF president David Haggerty says the two “will provide good insight into the needs of the players and help us to grow the game of tennis around the world.” Pierce won two Grand Slam singles titles — the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open. The Frenchwoman also played on two Fed Cup-winning teams. Woodforde won 12 Grand Slam doubles titles — 11 with fellow Australian Todd Woodbridge and one with John McEnroe. He won the Davis Cup in 1999 with Australia.
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
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there