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Sir Ronnie Flanagan, chief of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption wing, has admitted corruption will never be expunged from the game.
But he was quick to add that fans should know administrators are doing ‘everything humanly possible’ to root out illegal practices.
“I’ll give you the honest answer – That we will never totally, utterly, and absolutely eradicate corruption from the game,” Flanagan said to icc-cricket.com.
“But we can make the game a very difficult environment for those who would seek to bring corruption to bear.”
Flanagan labelled as ‘most evil’ those who attempted to corrupt the game.
“Those are organised criminals. These are members of organised criminal gangs across the world.”
Recently three Pakistan internationals were jailed for spot-fixing during the 2010 Test series in England.
Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Asif have since been released and are attempting to resume their cricket careers.
When asked whether he thought the three should be eligible for international duty with the Pakistan side Flanagan said it was a matter for the Pakistan cricket Board.
“They’ve been punished. They’ve met their punishment. It’s now a matter, I think, for their home board to decide whether they should ever grace an international cricket team again.”
But cricket’s integrity remains under a cloud of suspicion worldwide.
After football, cricket is the main sport in the world attracting illegal gambling.
One expert estimated the sports betting market is worth $3 trillion annually, with the vast majority of that being illegal.
Cricket is thought to make up 12 per cent of that figure.
Ticket sales for UFC 193 in Melbourne look set to break all stadium records.
At 10 am on Monday morning the vendors’ servers were smoking as fans rushed to book their seats for what will arguably be the greatest sporting event the southern hemisphere has ever seen.
Seat prices ranged between $100.60 and $468, with the later being sold out in minutes.
Corporate boxes and ringside VIP seats were selling for $18,000 and are all but gone.
Etihad stadium said that the seating capacity will be increased by around 15,000 to 70,800 for the event.
Should they sell out it will set a new world record for an Ultimate Fighting Championship event, beating that of Toronto four years ago with 55,724.
Headliner Ronda Rousey is wooing the city of Melbourne. She has been the darling of the media and fans alike. Her accessibility to media and fans has – and will continue – to only heighten interest that is already at fever pitch.
Rousey’s opponent, Holly Holm, is new to MMA but is a decorated boxer. Should she be able to elude Rousey’s takedowns and grappling she will present the incumbent bantamweight champion with some stiff competition and damaging punches.
Englishman Michael Bisping and his opponent Aussie Robert Whittaker have almost passed unnoticed. But make no mistake this will be an intriguing, brutal, and high-level battle between a veteran and an up-and-comer.
UFC 193 is going to be AWESOME!
According to some reports Floyd Mayweather’s final fight has been the biggest flop in a decade.
He may have retired undefeated, but the lacklustre opponent he chose for his swansong turned viewers away.
Reports put the viewing public between 400,000 and 550,000 – the weakest numbers in ten years for Mayweather.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey told TMZ she wasn’t surprised.
“A lot of people were pissed after the Manny Pacquiao fight. Fans aren’t dumb.’
Rousey appears to have hit the nail on the head. Mayweather vs Pacquiao drew a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys at an average $100 each. But the fight failed to live up to expectations.
Mayweather fought defensively to out point Pacquiao and win. But it was more a points fight than a real fight.
Mayweather had a winning strategy and superior movement. He fought defensively and landed scoring counter-punches without doing an real damage to Pacquiao.
But rather than attempt to win fans back with a real fight before retiring Mayweather chose an easy opponent and hoped his fame would be enough to buy viewers.
Boxing is fast losing legitimacy in the eyes of fight fans around the world. And it is doing so at a fast rate than ever now that the UFC is offering a viable alternative.
Fight fans want to watch fights. If you want to watch points being scored watch tennis.
Ronda Rousey is capturing world attention, She has posted the biggest pay-per-view numbers of all time at UFC 190. Her upcoming fight against Holly Holm in Melbourne is expected to be the largest sales promotion of the year.
The fallout from the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s handling of the Nick Diaz drug charge continues to worsen.
The Commission handed out a five-year suspension to Diaz (effectively ending his career) for testing positive to cannabis after his UFC 183 bout.
Fans and fighters were outraged at the excessive nature of the ban. And MMA fighters are making their displeasure known by refusing to fight in the state of Nevada.
The latest to add his name to the blockade is Henry Cejudo, an Olympic gold medallist.
Fast rising bantamweight Aljamain sterling tweeted that he is intent on doing the same, “ … let the NSAC know,” he broadcast on the 17th, “they need to be unbiased & give a fair process.”
They join female bantamweight Leslie Smith in expressing their dismay at the Star Chamber-like actions of the NSAC.
“This situation is just the latest example demonstrating the need for mixed martial artists to stand together,” said Smith. “(We need) to influence our sport and have our voices heard by speaking together as the mixed martial arts fighter association.”
These fighters are fervently hoping others will make a similar stand. Alone they will accomplish little; but should the stars decide to follow their lead the NSAC may actually be answerable to someone.
Heavyweight Matt Mitrione blasted ex-UFC fighter now executive Matt Hughes for his comments supporting the NSAC. UFC superstar Ronda Rousey has labelled the ban ‘unfair’. For Diaz to receive a penalty five times greater than that given to Anderson Silva. Silva tested positive for steroids in the fight against Diaz.
‘It makes no sense at all.’
She describes herself as a close friend to Diaz and is shocked at the suspension.
UFC boss Dana White has fronted the media ahead of UFC 193 in Melbourne. Sitting beside him was MMA superstar Ronda ‘Rowdy’ Rousey, challenger Holly Holm, Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzehczyk, and her challenger the ever hopeful Valerie Letourmeau.
The air was literally electric with anticipation.
It’s been a running joke that White was initially reluctant to have a women’s UFC division. But since changing his mind, Ronda Rousey has become the franchise’s greatest drawcard and asset.
White chuckles about being reminded of his opposition.
“She’s broken through – it’s amazing,” he said to new.com.au. “She’s the biggest star we’ve ever had.”
And White has had some stars. Chuck Liddell crossed over from Strikeforce, Georges St Pierre and Anderson Silva were megastars. But no one – and White confirms this – no one has ever been as big as Rousey.
“Normally it’s a [email protected] nightmare to manage somebody like her. But the thing with Ronda Rousey is the more rich and famous she gets, the easier she is to deal with. It’s not supposed to be like that. It’s always the complete opposite. Any of these guys, if they get this much fame, this much money, they lose their mind. Ronda is the exact opposite.”
And it’s not just White who benefits.
Rousey was clearly jetlagged when approached by reporters. And while everyone would be wise to be cautious around the most dangerous female athlete on the planet they found her approachable and friendly.
After a recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show the popular talk show host felt she’d got the best from the UFC stable.
“She’s got unbelievable charisma,” White continued describing Rousey. “She’s intelligent. She’s literally the whole package.”
And Ellen DeGeneres agrees.
But Rousey adapts to her situation.
“She’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime,” said White about the fighter Rousey. “She’s mean. She’s nasty. She doesn’t just want to beat you, she wants to destroy you. She comes out of that tunnel with bad intentions.”
All of her previous opponents agree.
Isaac Caldiero, the first ever winner of American Ninja Warrior, has decided he’s not going to splurge after winning the US$1 million first prize.
“I might buy myself a nice shirt,” he told MarketWatch, a financial new website.
Caldiero managed to jump, twist, swing, and climb his way through the four-stage obstacle couse in the fastest time to become the inaugural winner of an event that has captured the attention of fans around the world.
But he clearly hasn’t let the prize go to his head, “You’re not going to see us driving around in a brand-new Ferrari. I’m going to be smart with the money and invest it.”
Only time will tell if the investment was a smart idea or a rip-off. But 33 year-old Caldiero will likely give up his job as a busboy.
“For the past six years, my girlfriend and I have lived on less than $10,000 a year.
“There have been times I’ve had less than $20 to my name. There were times I’d eat cereal and water for breakfast and live on ramen noodles and potatoes, and sleep in fhe front seat of my car or in the RV.
“Who needs all that consuming anyway?
“It’s a lot of sacrifice but it’s worth it to have the ultimate freedom we have.”
Caldiero and his girlfriend are avid rock climbers and search around the US for the most exciting climbs.
“This (prizemoney) is going to enable us to do some amazing things and go to some amazing places.”
Caldiero was only one of two people to finish all four stages of the obstacle course. It then became a race to scale a 23 meter rope in the fastest time.
Caldiero shot up the rope in 26.14 seconds; nearly a whole four seconds faster than his British opponent Geoff Britten.
Hafthor Bjornsson, runner-up in the World’s Strongest Man competition, winner of a slew of strongman competitions, and player of Game of Thrones character The Mountain Ser Gregor Clegane has been beaten in an arm wrestling match.
The 25 year-old Icelandic giant (2.06m and 180kg) was challenged and soundly defeated by by Devon Larratt – a man just over half his size (102kg).
To be fair, the Canadian, Larratt, is an arm wrestling legend. He won the left hand championship of the World Arm-Wrestling League in 2014.
But no one was prepared for the apparent ease he had in dominating Bjornsson.
Bjornsson wasn’t playing around. He threw all his considerable bodyweight into defeating Larratt, who virtually toyed with the big man before pinning him.
In their second match Larratt even had the cheek to give Bjornsson advice, before again winning the contest!
North Queensland Cowboy’s coach Paul Green believes the Cronulla Sharks are semi-finals favourites.
His comments come as the two teams prepare for their weekend do-or-die clash in the first round of the finals.
The match will be played in front of a sold out Townsville crowd, with both teams needing to win.
Green admitted the Sharks were the only team to have beaten his side in both games they played against each other this year. They beat the Cowboys 24-18 in June (in Townsville) and in round 22 won again 30-18 at Shark Park.
“They probably deserve to be favourites for this game,” said Green.
“They’ve beaten us twice throughout the year, they have knocked off the Roosters and done well against (the) top four teams.
“They play a tough brand of footy.”
Most recently they demolished the sliding defending premiers, the Roosters; while the Cowboys were beaten by the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium 16-12.
Arguably the most divisive man in the NRL, Paul Gallen said to Sky Sports Radio that playing in front of a sold out Townsville crowd held no fear for his side.
“A few of us were having coffee and speaking about this last week – both places hold no fear for us, whether we had to play in Townsville or Brisbane.
“We were saying how exciting it would be to play in Brisbane in front of 50,000 people.
“And in Townsville it would be more than 20,000 and we’ve had success there; so no, it’s not daunting.”
The MMA world has gone into overdrive, outraged at the five-year ban to UFC welterweight Nick Diaz for allegedly testing positive to marijuana.
Diaz was also fined a ridiculous 33 per cent of his prize purse – $165,000.
If these penalties seem inordinately heavy when compared with the crime, it’s because they are.
The man Diaz fought before the controversy (Anderson Silva at UFC 183) returned a test positive for steroids. He received only a one-year ban.
Lucas Middlebrook, Diaz’ attorney, presented an aggressive defense to the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday. In an at times fiery session he questioned the very validity of the test results.
Middlebrook argued that separate tests by the Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory (SMRTL) and the World Anti-Doping Agency both showed Diaz had marijuana well below the 150ng/ ML limit.
The only positive test above the limit was returned from Quest Diagnostics, showing 700ng/ML for marijuana.
Middlebrook then called upon an expert witness to discredit the lone positive result.
“With all due respect,” said Middlebrook, “if the commission imposes discipline based on the complaint as written, which wholly igmores the two negative tests, thereby depriving this man of his earnings and his future ability to earn a living, it’s not only the highest form of administrative abuse of discretion, but it’s ripe for judicial review and reversal.”
But the commission had the scent of blood in their nostrils and argued that Diaz had not claimed the use of marijuana on the pre-fight questionnaire – a document all athletes are required to sign.
Diaz showed his contempt for the proceedings by choosing to plead his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer the questions put to him.
MMA fans around the world were stunned.
Marijuana isn’t a performance enhancing drug (the way steroids are). Diaz certainly broke the rules, but banning him for five years effectively ends his career; and to recieve a penalty five times worse than someone using PEDs is absurd.
But what has outraged sportsfans most is the declaration made by Chairman Francisco Aguilar that the sentence is also for things other than the marijuana. “This is not just a casee of marijuana,” he said. “I think this is a case of complete lack of disregard for the sport.”
But Diaz wasn’t on trial for his attitude.
And while he was also suspended in 2007 and 2012 for marijuana use it seems to be drawing an awfully long bow to say this equates to a ‘disregard for the sport’.
Mike Tetreault made the mistake of daring the social media world.
He was in the stands at a New England Patriots game when he dared to take the field if he received 10,000 re-tweets.
Unfortunately for him the NFL was keeping a watchful eye over all the social media channels.
They sent security to escort him from the game.
But Mr Tetreault wasn’t done.
He declared the security officers attempted to intimidate him by saying, “We know everything about you. We know your whole life.”
Mr Tetreault claimed it was nothing more than a joke, and that he had no intention of taking the field. But his proximity to the astroturf and ease of access was enough to make the ground officials nervous.
Mr Tetreault was outraged and demanded an apology from the NFL.
He released a statement, again via Twitter.