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‘Emotional’ Gayle wins defamation case

first_img(AFP)-West Indies star Chris Gayle has won a defamation case against Fairfax Media after it claimed he exposed his genitals to a massage therapist during the 2015 World Cup in Australia.The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year.They claimed Gayle exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and “indecently propositioned” her.The 38-year-old denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to “destroy him”.His West Indies teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place.A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle’s favour, finding Fairfax was motivated by malice.The media group had defended the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest.“At the end of the day I’m very, very happy,” Gayle said after the verdict adding that coming to court had been “very emotional”.“I’m a good man. I’m not guilty.”The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: “Don’t blush, baby.”During the week-long hearing, a tearful Russell stood by the allegations, saying she had gone to the room looking for a towel and came across Gayle.She alleged he lowered the towel he was wearing and asked: “Are you looking for this?”Gayle’s close friend Donovan Miller told the hearing that since the allegations the Jamaican had become “scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him”.A hearing on damages will be held at a later date. -NSW Supreme Court jury rules in favour of veteran West Indian batsman in defamation case against Fairfaxlast_img read more

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Luther Archimede still learning to play with ‘controlled aggression’

first_imgAs a ball flew high in the air just inside the Pittsburgh defensive half, Syracuse forward Luther Archimede jumped up to head it, knowing he’d already been cautioned by the referee. Archimede won the header, but his elbow drove into Pittsburgh’s Sito Sena’s head in the process. Sena fell to the pitch.The referee hesitated for a moment before reaching into his pocket to pull out two rectangle cards. One yellow. Then, a red. Archimede had seen both of those just 14 days prior.Five minutes into the second half, Archimede went from the Orange’s starting striker to off the pitch. He went from one of Syracuse’s best forwards to the player who nearly cost the Orange a pair of games. In Archimede’s absence, the Orange sat back a man-down, defended and scratched its way to a draw.Archimede plays a critical role in Syracuse’s (7-4-4, 2-3-3 Atlantic Coast) offense. Archimede’s size and strength — 6-foot-2, 176 pounds — make him a physical option both on the ball and in the air. Sometimes though, McIntyre said, Archimede’s adjustment from his French second division club, Sochaux,has led him to be overly aggressive and pick up unnecessary fouls.“Any international player goes through an adaptation period,” McIntyre said. “I think his best soccer is ahead of him, and he’s getting used to the speed of play and physicality.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textArchimede was not made available for this story.He’s shown flashes already this season. In his first-ever collegiate game on Aug. 30, Archimede managed six shots —two on-goal —against No. 3 Georgetown. Only Massimo Ferrin and attacking midfielder Ryan Raposo have more shots than Archimede’s 24 in total on the season.But while the freshman has started four games, he’s been sent off in two of them. When a player receives a red card, he is automatically suspended for the next game, meaning that the SU freshman also missed the Orange’s 3-2 win against Cornell and 4-0 loss to Duke.Twice, the Orange were tied in the second half with upper-tier ACC teams Louisville and Pittsburgh. Both times, Archimede’s unnecessary fouls while already on a yellow card ended his nights early.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“If Luther wasn’t committed to go up for that ball in France, he would have been shouted at by his coach for lack of commitment,” McIntyre said. “Luther and all of our guys have to do a better job of recognizing that every game has a flow to it and you must manage yourselves in games.”Archimede’s first red card came at the end of regulation against then-No. 20 Louisville on Sept. 13, as he tripped a Louisville player to prevent a last-second goal. McIntyre had “no problem” with it because it was Archimede’s only option.Archimede picked up a first-half yellow card on an open-field tackle. He also nearly scored the go-ahead goal, until he was denied on the goal line by the Louisville goalkeeper.“(McIntyre) says we have to have controlled aggression,” freshman Hilli Goldhar said. “He wants our style of soccer to be relentless, aggressive, but it has to be smart, everything we do has to be calculated.”Because of Archimede’s aggression, the Orange had to play overtime and double overtime — 20 full minutes — down a man. Syracuse was in its third straight overtime game and the Orange’s heavy legs slogged to a goalless draw.Archimede came off the bench for parts of the Orange’s 1-0 loss to Wake Forest and 1-0 win against Colgate, but didn’t factor on the scoresheet or on the referee’s cards. He earned his third start against Pittsburgh, and after not registering any shots in the opening frame, picked up two yellow cards in three minutes.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“I talked to him after the game,” Goldhar said. “He’s a really aggressive, get-in-your-face type player … I texted him and told him to keep his head up and keep going.”While his aggressive nature has gotten him sent off twice, it’s also positioned him to be in goal scoring opportunities more than any player besides Raposo and Ferrin. His shot numbers suggest he’s getting himself into dangerous areas, and finally, against Division III SUNY-Morrisville, the breakthrough came in the form of two scores.He’d been denied by the goalkeeper from point blank range against Louisville. He passed up a chance against Clemson, instead dishing to an even more open Severin Soerlie, who then skied his kick. His two goals against SUNY-Morrisville finally gave scores to show for his impact on the Orange’s offense all season long.Against North Carolina State on Saturday, Archimede saved the ball on the end line before playing in a cross to Soerlie. This time, Soerlie didn’t miss.Since his second red card,Archimede hasn’t been shown any cards. He’ll be a key piece for the Orange’s attack — which has relied heavily on Raposo, Ferrin and Sondre Norheim — in the postseason.If he can stay on the pitch. Comments Published on October 30, 2019 at 9:54 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Annual journalists sports day set for this weekend

first_imgAccording to competition rules proposed by SJAK, each publication will enter a maximum of 10 participants. The tournament is open to all journalists from sports, business, political and feature desks, with an emphasis on gender representation.Following each event, podium finishers will be awarded prizes. Additionally, top performers in each event will earn points for their respective publications. At the end of the tournament, the points will be tallied to decide the overall winner.The event is set to mark the end of the calendar year and celebrate the media’s contribution to sport in Kenya. It is hoped that the event and future events like it will help develop and foster collaboration and cooperation in the industry.Betting firm Betway has boosted the SJAK sponsored event to a tune of Sh850,000.‘Sports Journalists have done a tremendous job in their responsibility to tell the story, not only those that touched on our brand but many that have gone to shape the narrative of what sports represents in our country,’’ said the Betway Country Manager for Kenya, Leon Kiptum.“I thank Betway for coming on board, this is a sign that they appreciate sports journalists and what they do. We look forward to having a great and fun day. We are hopeful we will have more engagements with Betway,” said SJAK President, Chris Mbaisi.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Betway Country Manager Leon Kiptum (L) signs a cheque to SJAK president Chris Mbaisi during the Launch of the 2019 SJAK Sports day at a hotel in Nairobi on December 9,2019. PHOTO-SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9- The annual one-day Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) inter-media tournament is set for this weekend and will see journalists from sixteen of the largest publications in Kenya compete across five events.The various media houses will compete in athletics, five-a-side football, tug of war, as well as egg and sack races.last_img read more

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