In the incident being debated, it must be borne in mind that no transgression of the law was incurred by the bowler who was entitled to run out the batsman. The ball was in play, the dismissal was lawfully executed and no warning, which is regarded as a convention, was necessary. An appeal was made, the decision was correct; the match was lawfully won and accepted without any criticism or inappropriate comment from the defeated captain, which would in itself be an offence. These are the salient points which are most relevant to the issue, and the frivolous accusation of not adhering to what is only a custom is unfounded and of secondary importance. The only option available to overcome the decision was for the captain to seek the permission of the umpire for him (the captain) to withdraw the appeal in an act of sportsmanship. Not choosing to do so must not be construed as not playing the game within its spirit, and the question to be asked is, how can an incident be regarded as disgraceful and unbelievable when there was adherence to the relevant law? To regard it as such, as some critics have described it, is not only ludicrous but demonstrates a total disregard for logic and an example of one’s erroneous interpretation of the law. It is well known that the only reason why a non-striker leaves the popping crease before the delivery, or an athlete leaves his mark before the starter’s gun goes off, is to gain an unfair advantage or to get a ‘jump start’, as some would say, and this the law regards as unfair and therefore incurs a penalty when transgressed. What I consider as dishonest and unacceptable is that it is permissible for a batsman to challenge the decision on being given out caught behind by the wicketkeeper off an obvious clean catch of which he, the batsman, is cognisant that he had played and must have felt and heard. Under the Television (TV) Replay System, requesting the umpire for a review is not regarded as against the spirit of the game, but in my opinion it is tantamount to an umpire’s decision being disputed. I also regard it as against the spirit of the game when the wicketkeeper intentionally appeals for a catch in an effort to mislead the umpire and to avoid a wide being signalled. In the highest format of the game, it is replete with instances where the spirit of the game is being ignored and considered trivial, such as employing time-wasting tactics to avoid another over being bowled, an experience of all umpires. It is reported, in the recent case, that the standing umpire sought confirmation as to the seriousness of the appeal before the decision was made. This I regard as inappropriate as the fielding side had already signalled their position by appealing. This could give the impression that the umpire is exhibiting a lack of neutrality and partiality, which are among his personal attributes and an indication also that the spirit of cricket has priority over the breaching and application of the law. In the final analysis, it is unquestionable that if cricket is to maintain the high reputation that it enjoys among sports, adherence to its laws, and display of sportsmanship when depending on the circumstances, as well as respect for those participating are the objectives which must be the primary aim of those involved. • John (Johnny) Gayle is a retired Test cricket umpire and cricket administrator. Umpire’s decision Lawfully executed Wasting tactics According to the internationally recognised and definitive guide to the interpretation and application of the laws of cricket and which is approved by the MCC and adopted by the ICC, the spirit of the game involves your opponents, your captain and team, the role of the umpire and the traditional values of the game. It is also mentioned that to dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action, or gesture, to indulge in cheating and to distract an opponent while batting are offences against the spirit of the game and brings it into disrepute. Among the 13 offences in the laws which are indicative of injustices is the ‘Batsmen Stealing a Run’ listed under that significant law Fair and Unfair Play (Law 42). Leaving your crease before the delivery is a tactic frequently used. It is an unfair strategy and a violation of the law which must have precedence over any other consideration. Simultaneously, it is permissible for the bowler to run out the non-striker before the delivery. This revised law (Law 38) now emphatically states that “Either batsman is out run out if at any time while the ball is in play he is out of his ground and his wicket is fairly put down by the action of a fielder.” The circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the non-striker which allowed the West Indies Under-19 team to be victorious in the recent ICC World Cup has generated much controversy, with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson also giving his personal view on the matter. It has prompted me in my capacity as a retired umpire and an enthusiast of the game to express my view on the dispute as it relates to the playing of cricket within its spirit, which is the responsibility of the captain and the application of the law by the umpire. Various interpretations seem to exist of what is meant by the spirit of cricket. In the revised edition of the textbook Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, it is clarified in the preface – The Preamble – The Spirit of Cricket.
An in-form China squad produced a masterful performance to blank the Philippines, 3-0, Monday night and clinch a Women’s World Cup berth, while putting the Malditas in a must-win match against Thailand in their final group game in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.In a battle of opening-day winners, the Chinese scored twice early on while the Malditas struggled to find their feet at King Abdullah Stadium in Amman.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But with the Thais soundly beating Jordan, 6-1, early Tuesday, the Malditas have no recourse but to take maximum points against their Southeast Asian rivals to secure a World Cup berth and a semifinal spot in the tournament.The Philippines-Thailand tiff is scheduled 8 p.m. on Thursday (1 a.m. Friday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It is probably fair to say that China was a better team than us, but there are some positives we can take from the game,” said Malditas’ French coach Rabah Benlarbi. “As much as we tried to react in the second half, we continued to press China until the very last minute.”The Thais are in second spot in the group, just ahead of the Malditas on goal difference, while Jordan is already eliminated. The top 5 teams in the Asian Cup will qualify for the World Cup. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina World-class Bravo Golf course officially opens to the public Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
While some vendors are welcoming the ongoing rehabilitative works at La Penitence Market, others are lambasting the Communities Ministry for conducting works to benefit itself and not the vendors.The upper flat of the building is currently being rehabilitatedOn Tuesday, Guyana Times visited the market when one vendor, M Chunilall, explained that the rehabilitation commenced last week on the administrative section of the Market, in the upper flat which functions as a revenue collection department.The stallholder described the works as “disappointing” given that other sections of the Market were in dire need of repairs as well.He said, “They doing the rehabilitation for their purpose; they are not doing it for the stallholders…the office didn’t need all of that repairs”.Further, the vendor pointed to the roofs on the structure which he claims leak copiously when it rains. As a result, the businessman said he was forced to purchase zinc sheets to have his section made leak-proof as the dripping water caused customers to turn away from his stall.“We as stallholders like we don’t have no rights. All what we have the right for is just to pay a rent. When water leaks there, if I have a customer here they can’t stay there, they have to move away so when rain falling, I am being affected. The whole place becomes flood up. I got to close and go home. No business!” the man declared.Communities MinisterRonald BulkhanAlthough vendors are forced to pack up and leave whenever they are affected by leaks, he said they are still required to pay the rental fees.Another vendor who asked to remain anonymous explained that the Market has not had any rehabilitative works for about 15 years. As such, he believes it is a step in the right direction.Meanwhile, Lalta Narine, a clothes vendor, said he was pleased with the works, especially since it has been in an appalling state for quite some time now. But, another male vendor complained of slow business.In fact, it was observed that several stalls were closed during the visit. The vendors are hopeful that the much-needed repairs to the facility will attract more customers in the near future.The renovation was confirmed on Monday by Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine during a brief interview.It is not clear at this point whether the entire structure will undergo a facelift or just the administrative department as calls to the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan went unanswered.Meanwhile, on Monday, Pamela Khelawan, a vendor, told Guyana Times that rats have infested the Market given that there was no proper waste disposal system.The merchant is hopeful that better utility services can be provided once the area is completely revamped, as clean water supply and stable electrical units were lacking, making it somewhat difficult to sell produce and other merchandise.Back in April, projects were tendered for four markets to be upgraded. La Penitence was on the list, with some $14 million set aside to commence the works.The other structures expecting a facelift are the Kitty, Bourda and East Ruimveldt Markets.
Canada’s Denny Morrison has captured his second medal at the world single disatances speedskating championships in Richmond, B.C. The native of Fort St. John, B.C., won a silver in the men’s 1,000 metres, finishing with a time of one minute nine seconds. American Trevor Marsicano took gold in 1:08.96 while teammate Shani Davis was third in 1:09.02. Davis set a world record in the distance at last week’s World Cup in Salt Lake with a time of 1:06.42. The same three skaters were on the podium following the 1,500 metres Thursday with Davis taking gold, Marsicano silver and Morrison bronze. The 1,000 was Morrison’s most productive event this season, with six World Cup medals, two of them gold. – Advertisement -The competition is being held at the 2010 Olympic venue.
If you see Guerrero hobbling around this spring, there is no reason to worry. He explained that having a hitch in his step just runs in the family. “I have a family history where there is one leg proven that is longer than the other,” Guerrero said. “So when I hobble, it’s not my knee. My mom’s side of the family, we have a leg longer than the other so it looks like I’m hobbling, but I’m not. But my knee is fine.” “However, it is my long standing policy not to allow clients to comment while an investigation is ongoing. To do so would be inappropriate and I believe irresponsible.” Weaver backs off statement: One day after saying he was told he might not break camp with the team, Jered Weaver backed off that statement, saying he is focused on making his April 6 start at home against the Oakland Athletics. “Everything’s on schedule,” said Weaver, who has been dealing with a sore biceps since before camp began. “I should get off a mound in a week.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUCSON, Ariz. – Vladimir Guerrero did not make the 100-mile trip south for the Angels’ game Saturday. Not that anything was wrong. Guerrero spoke Saturday through Angels broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as interpreter, and the veteran outfielder reports his health has not been this good in some time. Both of his knees were a problem last year. By the end of the season, he was irritated by debris in his right knee, which was operated on when he played for the Montreal Expos. He had tendinitis in his left knee. He declined a cleanup surgery on his right knee this offseason when one doctor said it might not be necessary. The knee started feeling better just as the offseason began, and now both knees are feeling fine. Matthews’ lawyer speaks: Gary Matthews Jr.’s lawyer is convinced the Angels outfielder hasn’t violated any laws or major league rules even though his name surfaced in a widespread steroids investigation that has resulted in nine arrests. Matthews was allegedly sent human growth hormone from a pharmacy. “Gary wishes to cooperate with Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Angels and any other investigative agency that may look into this matter,” lawyer Robert Shapiro said Saturday. “He is eager to tell his side of the story and looks forward to providing a statement once all investigations into the matter have been completed.
Brendan Rodgers has taken a pretty big gamble on his quest for a top four spot by leaving Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Mamadou Sakho back on Merseyside, but that doesn’t mean the Liverpool boss doesn’t think his side can win the Europa League.With a massive clash against Man City waiting for them this weekend, the Reds’ paltry 48 hours to prepare for the domestic fixture has seen Rodgers take a calculated risk.That isn’t to say that he is planning on fielding a weakened side against Besiktas.While Coutinho, Henderson and Sakho watch on television, in their places are expected to come Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Joe Allen – three very capable replacements.Liverpool were perhaps a little fortunate to pinch a 1-0 victory against their Turkish opponents in the first leg, and they may require an equal amount of luck if they are to progress to the last-16 of the competition.It is not just on the pitch there is intrigue, with three youngsters all believed to be vying for a spot on the Kop bench.Jordan Lussey, Cameron Brannagan and Jerome Sinclair are rumoured to be scrapping it out for the final spot in the matchday squad, although whether either of them will earn any game time remains unclear.A ‘leaked’ line up has been doing the rounds on Liverpool fan forums.Below is Liverpool’s ‘leaked’ starting XI: Brendan Rodgers faces a tough few days GoalkeeperThis will be a big week for Simon Mignolet, who remains under scrutiny, despite a strong show of form since his return to the starting XI. He is almost nailed on to start.DefenceWith Sakho back in England, the stage is set for Lovren to prove his worth. Alongside him will be Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.MidfieldCan has impressed as part of a back-three, but his versatility will likely see him move into defensive midfield. Alongside him will be Allen. Lazar Markovic’s suspension means that Jordon Ibe will retain his place on one flank with Alberto Moreno on the other.AttackLiverpool will miss Coutinho’s creativity, but in his place will be plenty of pace in the shape of Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana. Daniel Sturridge remains as striker.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Besiktas? Comment below…Besiktas v Liverpool is LIVE on talkSPORT, Thursday from 6pm. Click here to stream. 1 1
1 Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic New Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has no desire to play second fiddle to number one goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.The 28-year-old Bosnian joined the Blues from Stoke City on a four-year deal earlier this month following Petr Cech’s switch to Premier League rivals Arsenal.Begovic’s move has raised questions over his motives, with Belgium international Courtois firmly establishing himself as Chelsea’s first-choice glovesman in last season’s title triumph.However, Begovic, who had been Stoke’s No.1 for the past four seasons, is keen to press his claims with the Premier League champions this term.“I want to test myself against Thibaut, he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world but I believe in myself. I want to try and get as many games as I can,” he said in several national newspapers.“Hopefully every time I can show everybody what I’m all about and ultimately help this team. We all have to play our part and at a club like this I think you get to do so.“There have been no guarantees. The challenge that’s here, the manager and players was what attracted to me and that was a big part of my decision.“I’ll back myself, absolutely. I’ll be keeping my head down and working hard to see how I can help this team in the future.”Begovic, who ended a five-and-a-half-year association with Stoke, has already noticed the jump in quality on his arrival at Chelsea.“Even after the first week you can see the quality here and how they can improve you with the -levels and demands here,” he added.“It was difficult to leave Stoke after such a long time because of all the ties and relationships I had there. But this is definitely a step up.”
Gareth Bale is currently joint top scorer at Euro 2016 1 Gareth Bale says his determination to inspire a Welsh generation is more important to him than winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2016.Bale heads into Wales’ last-16 tie against Northern Ireland in Paris on Saturday evening as the competition’s joint top scorer with three goals.The Real Madrid forward became the first player since Ruud van Nistelrooy and Milan Baros at Euro 2004 to score in all three group games.But Bale insists he is not bothered about individual awards, saying: “It is really not about me in the Golden Boot.“I have been told that I am joint top goal-scorer, but it is not important to me.“If we win every game 1-0, we win the title and I don’t score again, then I really couldn’t care less.“For me it is just about winning whether it is an own goal or someone else scores in our team.“For other players (finishing top scorer) it might be important, but for me it is not.“If I happen to get it brilliant, if I don’t it is not going to change me in any way, shape or form.”Bale’s third goal of the tournament came as Wales brushed aside Russia 3-0 in Toulouse on Monday night to finish above England and win their group.Chris Coleman’s squad spent the morning of the match watching a documentary charting the story of Welsh football from the nation’s last appearance at a major tournament, the 1958 World Cup.It struck a chord with a squad who finally managed to get over the qualifying line after so many near misses in the past.“We have had amazing players going through history,” said Bale, who acknowledged the current team would emulate the ’58 side by beating Northern Ireland and reaching the quarter-finals.“Seeing the failure, and even being there as fans to see us not quite qualify, it does drive you on even more.“It has always been my dream to qualify for a major tournament and to test ourselves on the bigger stage.“We are doing that now and I think we are thriving.“Everybody is waking up and seeing what Welsh football is about.“But it is not just about this tournament and what is going on now, we want to qualify for other tournaments and grow football in Wales.“We want to get other kids playing and be role models to make football even bigger in Wales.”
Donegal GAA midfielder may be used to being the star of the show.But it was his stunning bride Kathryn Russell who stole all the limelight when the well-known couple got married yesterday.The couple, who are both teachers, tied the knot and were joined by hundreds of family and friends for a magnificent reception at the Mount Errigal Hotel. St.Eunan’s man Rory was joined by many of his clubmates from the Letterkenny club including Brendan Devenney and John Haran.He was also joined by many of his county team-mates including Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey, Neil Gallagher and Colm McFadden.Rory is a son of Charlie and Agnes Kavanagh, Oaklands, Gortlee, Letterkenny, Kathryn is the daughter of John and Kay Russell, Manorcunningham.“Rory looked very handsome but Kathryn was just the most stunning bride. “It was a terrific day and it really capped off a great year for Rory,” said one guest.DONEGAL STAR RORY FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KATHRYN RUSSELLRory Kavanaghwedding
Organisers of the Donegal Marathon gathered together this week in Kernan’s Spar New Mills to present sponsors, supporters and volunteers with a certificate in recognition of their support of the event over the past four years.Speaking at the presentation, Dessie Larkin, Chairperson of the Donegal Marathon said: “Over the last four years, the Donegal Marathon has been a tremendous success and that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our very generous sponsors and local businesses as well as the wider community, volunteers and participants. “We want to thank everyone who has made the marathon possible every year and I’m delighted to present these certificates in recognition of their support.” Meanwhile, the Donegal Marathon committee is undertaking a full review of the marathon to further build on participants’ experience. To facilitate this process, the event will run as a half marathon for the next two years with a view to returning bigger and better with a full Donegal Marathon in 2020.Dessie Larkin says the process is about ensuring the best possible experience for runners and walkers of all ages.He said: “We’ve always been proud to say that the Donegal Marathon is the ‘People’s Marathon’ and people leave with an experience and memories of a challenge that they’ll never forget. “We never rest on our laurels and every year we strive to improve the event by introducing new elements such as the Team Challenge Cup and Children’s 1K Fun Run. “Next year’s Team Challenge Cup will be run over a 21KM route, which opens up the event to a wider group of people, particularly Couch to 5K runners and walkers. We’re also working towards the full Donegal Marathon event for 2020 and are committed to making it bigger and better than ever.”The date for the 2018 Donegal Half Marathon has been confirmed for Sunday 19th August 2018. For more information visit www.donegalmarathon.ie.Donegal Marathon recognises sponsors and supporters was last modified: December 19th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dessie LarkinDONEGAL MARATHON