Country stands behind Stokes over row with The Sun – ECB

first_imgENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes has the support of “the whole sport and the country” after criticising The Sun over a story it ran about his family, a leading cricket chief says.Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), added he was “disgusted and appalled” by the newspaper’s actions.Stokes has called yesterday’s front-page story “utterly disgusting”.But The Sun has defended its journalism.It pointed out it had received the cooperation of a family member and said the events described were “a matter of public record” and “the subject of extensive front-page publicity in New Zealand at the time”.The story prompted a statement from Stokes, the England and Durham all-rounder. The 28-year-old said it was the “lowest form of journalism” which dealt with “deeply personal and traumatic events” that affected his New Zealand-based family more than 30 years ago.Stokes was born in New Zealand and moved to Cumbria with his family aged 12.He won the Cricket World Cup with England this summer then made an unlikely 135 not out in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley last month to keep England in contention in the series.His comments on the story drew support from various figures in the sport and public life, and team-mates including England captain Joe Root.“We, like the wider sporting world, are disgusted and appalled at the actions taken in revealing the tragic events from Ben’s past,” Harrison said in the ECB’s statement.“We are saddened that an intrusion of this magnitude was deemed necessary in order to sell newspapers or secure clicks. Ben’s exploits at Lord’s and Headingley cemented his place in cricket history this summer – we are sure the whole sport, and the country, stand behind him in support.”Ben Stokes’ statement in fullToday the Sun has seen fit to publish extremely painful, sensitive and personal details concerning events in the private lives of my family, going back more than 31 years.It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism. I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events.On Saturday the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ home in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page.To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of – in particular – my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely.But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own.The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.The article also contains serious inaccuracies which have compounded the damage caused. We need to take a serious look at how we allow our press to behave.WHAT DID THE SUN SAY?A spokesperson for the Sun said: “The Sun has the utmost sympathy for Ben Stokes and his mother but it is only right to point out the story was told with the cooperation of a family member who supplied details, provided photographs and posed for pictures.“The tragedy is also a matter of public record and was the subject of extensive front page publicity in New Zealand at the time.“The Sun has huge admiration for Ben Stokes and we were delighted to celebrate his sporting heroics this summer. He was contacted prior to publication and at no stage did he or his representatives ask us not to publish the story.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

SU will look to defense to stay undefeated against Rutgers, Princeton on road trip

first_imgDefense wins games — something Syracuse knows well.Week after week, the team has stifled opponents with its pesky defense and there’s no sign of letting up anytime soon.The team watches the tapes of previous games to correct mistakes and make changes. That’s helped the No. 2 Orange stay undefeated and improve its overall team performance.“We were really disappointed with the two goals we gave up against Villanova on Friday,” Iona Holloway said of the team’s 5-2 win against the Wildcats. “Looking back at the videotape, I think we lost a bit of concentration.”The Orange (7-0) is focused on getting back on track defensively when it heads to New Jersey to play Big East opponent Rutgers (4-4) on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team has only allowed six goals all season. But that accomplishment will be tested when Syracuse takes on the fast-paced offense of Princeton (6-0), who’s tied with SU at No. 2, on Sunday.Even though the Orange got the win against Villanova, it’s always looking for ways to improve its particular style of defense.Syracusemakes sure to play with aggressiveness, but with control at the same time — a feat not easily achieved.“We play a tight defense and try to give as few fouls as possible, and I think all of us working together has been fairly solid,” Holloway said.The team believes it is the hard work of each player and its commitment to defense that has allowed its winning streak to continue.“We worked really hard in the preseason to increase the amount of communication that’s going on in the back,” Holloway said. “Leann Stiver obviously has been playing in the goal pretty much since her freshman season, so she has a lot of experience back there, which helps.”When asked how the defense is able to work so well within the game, each player credited the next.“I think it’s our strong communication; it really isn’t one set person or unit,” Stiver said. “It really is a team effort on defense.”As electrifying as SU’s offense has been in helping the team overcome its toughest opponents, Stiver said it is the defense that should be attributed with the winning streak.“Defense plays a huge role in our team winning games,” she said. “The offense is putting in goals, but we have to be able to counteract the opposing teams’ offenses to make sure they don’t come out with the win.”With each week, the undefeated streak seems to grow, but the Orange tries not tot let its ranking and status as one of the nation’s elite teams affect the way it plays.“I do think we have a target on our back as the No. 2 team, but I think our defense and our offense are more worried about their individual parts,” Stiver said. “We just need to go out there and play our game.”Even though people are already talking about the Princeton matchup on Sunday, the team is not getting ahead of itself. Each opponent brings a different style of offense, and SU wants to be ready for each game as it comes.“We take one game at a time,” head coach Ange Bradley said. “Our focus is Rutgers first; we have to be able to play and execute against them, then prepare for our matchup on Sunday.”And it all starts with the defense.“We’re looking to come out this weekend with some shutouts,” Stiver said. “That’s always our goal.” Comments Published on September 20, 2012 at 3:13 am Contact Jasmine: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

BetStars gets final shot at Tipster Challenge 2016/17 glory

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles RankTipsterRace WinsPoints It is the final week of action in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, and BetStars is now the only company that can prevent a victory for AppBet.Ian Marmion, Director of Trading for BetStars, has picked his winners for today’s seven-race meet at Perth, with 13.69 points the target to snatch the title from Sarah Shannon.Marmion will also be going up against sixth placed Stephen Harris from bettingexpert, who holds a 4.53-point average after 26 weeks, and the racing experts from Timeform in 17th .____________________________________2:00bettingexpert: Royal VillageSets a clear standard on form and will improve for decent ground.Timeform: Royal VillageThis looks a good opportunity for Royal Village who made the frame for the third consecutive time over hurdles at Market Rasen recently, that despite suggesting a stronger gallop would have suited ideally.BetStars: PetivilleShowed promise in two bumpers before coming second on hurdles debut over an inadequate two miles around Stratford; will relish the extra half mile here and a value shout against the odds-on favourite.____________________________________2:35bettingexpert: Our ValentinaAn Eire raider on the up and is fancied to see off some more exposed handicappers.Timeform: Gold ChainGold Chain has slipped to an appealing mark following a quiet spell and, having shown herself back in form on the Flat recently, she’s in an excellent position to take advantage returning to a C&D where she excels.BetStars: Vic’s Last StandRan well back from a break last time over 2m, and with Champion Jockey Richard Johnson booked, expect him to build on that run over this trip.____________________________________3:05bettingexpert: GayeburyReturns to calmer waters after struggling at the Festival and has potential to do better.Timeform: Aintree My DreamPosted a very useful effort when routing his field at Hereford last time and can cap an excellent first season over hurdles by bagging this listed prize.BetStars: Aintree My DreamA tight little novice hurdle here – prefer Aintree My Dream with Dan Skelton’s yard in fine form.____________________________________3:35bettingexpert: A Good SkinHas slipped down the weights and could be revived by first time blinkers and faster ground.Timeform: BallykanHas plenty of solid efforts to his name this season and could be the answer.BetStars: BallykanBeen competing in top handicap company, and should relish this grade drop against a few out-of-sorts opponents.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: Late DateHails from a yard coming back to form and he has shaped well recently at a similar level.Timeform: Doktor GlazDoktor Glaz and The Wise One are relatively low mileage and going the right way – the former is preferred with the return to this trip likely to be within his compass with the emphasis on speed.BetStars: Heart O AnnandaleRan third in a similar C&D handicap this time last year at a huge price, could surprise again back over hurdles after a spell chasing.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Billy BillyHas run four times over fences in deep winter ground, but could be a different proposition here under Hughes.Timeform: Jovial JoeyLooks fairly treated if his efforts in non-handicaps on his last two starts are taken at face value and gets the nod for the Maurice Barnes team.BetStars: Lord BallimRevitalised of late going up 21lb over hurdles and then maintaining the winning habit last time over fences, could still be unexposed as a chaser.____________________________________5:10bettingexpert: Great FighterWon hard held last week and is expected to defy a penalty with conditions ideal again.Timeform: Great FighterLooked value for more than the winning margin when scoring at Ayr last week, and wisely turned out under a penalty, he gets the nod in the hope the headgear has the desired effect once more.BetStars: Sleepy HavenShowed a little more last time and he should get a nice tow into the race from Wisty with plenty of the rest in trouble by half way.____________________________________Where will Ian Marmion finish on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Submit Share Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.624.53 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Timeform1.853.20 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44 27Bradley Gibbs – Bookmaker Ratings10.20 28Ged Colleypriest – Ball Street00.00last_img read more

San G. hangs on for big SAL win

first_img “From where I was, I thought it was going in.” Both teams had to deal with foul trouble down the stretch. Spartans leading scorer Dandy (19 points) picked up his fourth foul in the final minute of the third quarter. The Hawks’ Joseph Richard picked up his fourth foul seconds after Dandy did and missed nearly the entire fourth quarter. Richard’s absence inside for much of the fourth quarter allowed San Gorgonio center Andrew Jenkins to make some noise. Jenkins had been held to five points and no free throws through the first three quarters, but scored seven fourth-quarter points. “That one hurt,” Smith said of Richard’s foul trouble. While the Spartans were dealing with foul trouble of their own, Stockham identified the play of Rodney Armstrong and Rodney Williams off the bench. “They’re not used to being in there at a time like that, but they gave us quality minutes,” Stockham said. At the outset, it looked like Arroyo Valley was going to drown in a torrent of San G. three-pointers. The Spartans made six in the first quarter and had 10 in the game. “We were taking what the defense was giving us,” Stockham said. Alex Jacobs had 12 points and Jenkins had 11 rebounds to go along with his 12 points. Charles Grays led Arroyo Valley with 18 points, while Green added 14 and James Sanders scored 13. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN BERNARDINO – It was the chance that Arroyo Valley coach Scott Smith was looking for. But in the end, San Gorgonio coach Ty Stockham got the victory he was looking for. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The victory means San G. (14-6, 3-1) can win out and still assure itself of at least a share of the SAL title. Thursday’s game was tight in the final five minutes, during which neither team led by more than two points. After Regis Knox’s basket for San G. tied the score at 63, Anthony Dandy stole the ball and put the Spartans ahead with a layup with 14 seconds to play. The teams called timeouts for the final time with 4 seconds to play. The Hawks (15-5, 2-2) inbounded the ball and found Green open near the top of the key, but his shot didn’t fall. “We were going for a three to win,” Smith said. “We didn’t like our chances of getting a foul called inside within four seconds. center_img Chris Green’s three-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired and San Gorgonio held on for a 65-63 San Andreas League victory on Thursday night at Arroyo Valley High School. “This keeps us in control of our destiny (in league),” Stockham said. last_img read more

Football programs building from the ground up

first_imgComing into the game with identical 0-8 records, Fort Vancouver and Hudson’s Bay did not attract a big crowd at Kiggins Bowl. The Fort Vancouver football team celebrated like it had won a championship last week at Kiggins Bowl when the Trappers beat Hudson’s Bay.Hugs.High-fives.At least one player dropped to his knees.That’s what happens when a team ends a 23-game losing streak.The Eagles, meanwhile, walked off the field 0-9 this season, with only one close game among those results — the 24-14 loss to Fort.As recently as 2007, the Trappers beat Columbia River. They made the playoffs in 2004.The Eagles beat Union in 2007. From 1999 to 2002, they had four consecutive winning seasons.For today’s Trappers and Eagles, that must seem like a hundred years ago.Fort Vancouver and Hudson’s Bay football have combined to win two games the past two seasons — each beating the other once.This past season, in their 16 games against other competition, the Trappers and Eagles were outscored 892-68, an average of 56-4.This is rock bottom.Parents have contacted The Columbian upset with Vancouver Public Schools, accusing the district of allowing too many athletes who live in the Fort or Bay boundaries to attend Skyview or Columbia River, the other two schools in the district.Alumni have expressed concerns with the athletic directors, disgusted over the direction of the football programs.And Fort and Bay administrators are frustrated with the perception that their schools are sub-standard.Some fans have opined that the two programs should leave the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League and go to an independent schedule, competing against similar struggling programs throughout the Northwest to gain some confidence.This week, The Columbian sat down with Bay athletic director Stoney Myers and Fort AD Dirk Hansen, as well as Mick Hoffman, who is in charge of athletics for all Vancouver Public Schools. The three addressed those concerns and established a foundation to build the programs:• One, the programs are not going independent. They are committed to remaining members of the 3A GSHL.• Two, the administrators have a plan.• Three, they all expect success. It will take years, it will take effort, and it will take a lot of things to change, but they say it can happen.last_img read more