Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella was on Tuesday suspended for two limited-overs matches after he was punished for dissent during last week’s pulsating Twenty20 win over Australia. The wicketkeeper and opening batsman was docked two demerit points and fined 30 percent of his match fee for his aggrieved reaction to being given out caught behind on Sunday, reaching five points and triggering an automatic ban. Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine was fined 15 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point for taunting Dickwella over the dismissal in Geelong, Australia. Dickwella was punished after he paused to view the replay, kicked the turf and stared over his shoulder “for a prolonged period of time,” an International Cricket Council statement said. The suspension means Dickwella is to miss today’s third and final Twenty20 against Australia in Adelaide.
Land Rover drops Dan Carter
Former New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter has lost his sponsorship contract with Land Rover after failing a drunk driving test in France last week. The three-time World Player of the Year, who plays in France’s Top 14 for Racing 92, signed as a brand ambassador for the Jaguar Land Rover brand last year. “Over the last few days my management and I have had to front up to my sponsors,” Carter wrote on Facebook yesterday. “Not surprisingly, Land Rover, who for good reason have zero tolerance towards drink driving, have ended their relationship with me... I understand this completely and am disappointed I put them in this position.” British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is owned by India’s Tata Motors. Carter was tested by police last week after being stopped in his car near the center of Paris, local media reported. He returned to New Zealand over the weekend. The 34-year-old Rugby World Cup winner apologized for a “massive error of judgement” on Facebook and said he would have to let the police and court process take its course.
France lose two to injury
France are to be without flanker Damien Chouly and center Mathieu Bastareaud away to Ireland in the Six Nations after both players sustained injuries, the French Rugby Federation said on Monday. Chouly, who suffered an ankle injury during training earlier on Monday, is to be replaced in the squad for Saturday’s game by Raphael Lakafia, who is joining the group in Nice, France. Bastareaud suffered a knock to the head in a Top 14 match over the weekend, and after having neurological tests he is not available to face Ireland, the federation said, adding that he has not yet been replaced in the squad. France started their campaign with a 19-16 defeat by England at Twickenham before beating Scotland 22-16 at home.
Malaga defeat Las Palmas
Malaga on Monday came from behind to beat UD Las Palmas 2-1 and halt an 11-game winless streak in La Liga. The visitors opened the scoring with Mauricio Lemos at Estadio La Rosaleda, but Malaga rallied with goals by Pablo Fornals and Charles before halftime. It was Malaga’s first win since early November last year. The result moved Malaga to 13th place, two points behind Las Palmas, who dropped a spot to 12th place with their third straight loss in the league.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,