Pune fixing probe launched
The International Cricket Council has launched a probe after a curator in Pune, India, was caught in a television sting operation allegedly promising to manipulate the pitch ahead of yesterday’s second one-dayer between India and New Zealand. Pandurang Salgaonkar has been suspended, but the match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium began on schedule after match referee Chris Broad cleared the pitch. India Today TV showed Salgaonkar allegedly telling their undercover reporters — who posed as bookies — he could manipulate the pitch and sharing information about the playing surface in violation of the anti-corruption code. The Indian cricket board has sought a detailed report from the local host. New Zealand, who clinched the first one-dayer in Mumbai by six wickets, won the toss and elected to bat hoping to win the three-match series with a game to spare.
Nissan to join next season
Nissan is to become the first Japanese car manufacturer competing in Formula E with an entry in the fifth season of the electric car racing series, organizers announced yesterday. Formula E said in a statement that Nissan would replace one of the existing manufacturers next season. Media reports have indicated that is to be alliance partners Renault, allowing the French manufacturer to focus on its Formula One team. “It’s great to see our first Japanese manufacturer entering the frame, showing truly how global the electric revolution is. Japan is a country at the forefront of new technologies with one of the biggest followings of Formula E,” Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag said in a statement.
Matsuyama to rub shoulders
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama has accepted the chance to play golf with US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next month, the world No. 4 said yesterday. Trump is to visit Japan from Nov. 5 to Nov. 7 and the game with Matsuyama has been scheduled on the first day at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe near Tokyo. Matsuyama said he felt undeserving when he was contacted, but accepted the surprise request to tee off with the two world leaders as it was a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. “I wasn’t sure if I’d be good enough,” Matsuyama was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency. “I hope to have fun so that it will be engraved in my memory. I’ll do my best not to lose [against Trump].”
Israel decries Italian racism
Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev has asked her Italian counterpart to crack down on racism after SS Lazio supporters littered a stadium with images of Holocaust victim and diarist Anne Frank wearing a jersey of city rivals AS Roma. Regev’s office says a letter dispatched to Luca Lotti called the display “despicable” and accused thousands of Lazio fans of openly identifying with neo-Nazi symbols. She wrote that calling Roma players “Jews” inferred they were a “scourge to be avoided.” The Italian soccer federation has said a passage from Frank’s diary will be read aloud at all matches in Italy this week to be combined with a minute’s silence before Serie A, B and C matches to promote Holocaust remembrance.
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
Neymar on Sunday claimed that he had been the victim of racism as he was one of five players sent off in a mass brawl at the end of Olympique de Marseille’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. PSG’s Brazilian star appeared to accuse Alvaro Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets after he was sent off in stoppage-time for slapping the Marseille defender on the back of the head. “Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” Neymar, who was returning from COVID-19 quarantine, said as he left the pitch. “The only regret I