Maria Sharapova to be reinstated as UN ambassador

first_imgIt says that the UN is looking forward to working with her to discuss her role “at an appropriate date”.The player admitted in March that she had taken the substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January.She was subsequently banned for two years by an investigating tribunal.But last month her suspension was reduced to 15 months after she filed an appeal.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) appointed the tennis star as a goodwill ambassador in February 2007, but suspended her in March after her doping admission.”The UNDP is glad to learn that Maria Sharapova can return to the sport she loves sooner than expected and we will lift the suspension of her role as our goodwill ambassador once the reduced ban expires in April 2017,” the UN statement says.”We understand that Ms Sharapova will be focused on resuming her tennis career and we look forward to discussing her role and engagement with the UNDP at an appropriate date.”Sharapova said she had been taking meldonium since 2006 for health issues but said she did not realise it had been added to the banned list on 1 January 2016 as she knew it by another name – mildronate.After her admission, Sharapova’s sponsors were divided in their response. Sports firm Nike, racket manufacturer Head and bottled water company Evian all said they would stand by her.But Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer cut ties with her in March while Porsche also expressed concern about continuing its links.In June, Forbes said Sharapova was the world’s second highest-paid female athlete, behind her rival Serena Williams.last_img read more

Angry Man Utd fans demand Fellaini leaves after penalty nightmare

first_imgThe Belgian had only been on the pitch for two minutes when, in the 87th minute of the game, he caught Idrissa Gueye in the area to concede a spot-kick, with United only 1-0 up.Leighton Baines duly held his nerve to cancel out Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s opener, prompting United supporters to fly into a fury on Twitter…last_img

Day 17 goes to Warriors and Piranhas

first_imgDraws 3 In the men’s 50 over division, the Warriors were able to comfortably chase down the target of 116 in 20.1 overs to beat the Titans by six wickets.This came thanks to Lega Siaka (39), Tom Willie (37*) and Simon Atai (28).To the women’s T20 match, the Piranhas also did it easy, reaching the target of 102 in 18 overs to beat the Diamonds by five wickets.Runs for the Piranhas came from Vicky Araa (37), Katherine Hila (21) and Kari Seura (18).Tomorrow will see Warriors taking on the Cheetahs in the men’s while Diamonds will play the Sharks.2017 HEBOU Shield Points Table (After Tuesday 18th July 2017): Men’s 50 Over DivisionTeam 3 Wins 0 8 3 Cheetahs 0 4 Sharks 4 3 Points 2Women’s T20 DivisionTeam Warriors Draws 0.925 0.64648 Played Diamonds 4 0 Losses 5 -2.154 Titans 4 0 1.54803 -0.5839 0 3 0 4 1 2 Losses Points 1 5 Net RR Played 0 Net RR -0.3827 4 5 Wins 0 Piranhas 6 2 2last_img read more

England name Quad Series squad

first_imgThe Roses take on New Zealand’s Silver Ferns, the Samsung Australia Diamonds and South Africa’s SPAR Proteas in a series of games split between the London’s Copper Box and Johannesburg.Jade Clarke takes on the role of Agbeze’s vice-captain in what will be the last chance for England’s players to shine before the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia get underway in early April.England open their campaign on their home court against the Silver Ferns on January 20, the same day the competition gets underway with a clash between the Diamonds and Proteas.The Roses also face Australia in the final game at the Copper Box on January 22 before action switches to South Africa on January 25 where the Proteas take on New Zealand.And the tournament concludes with another double-header on January 28 when Australia and New Zealand meet in a Trans-Tasman clash and South Africa face England in the finale.England Roses squad: Ama Agbeze (capt), Jade Clarke (vice-capt), Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Eleanor Cardwell, Beth Cobden, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Stacey Francis, Jodie Gibson, Serena Guthrie, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitmanlast_img read more

Europa League qualifying draw

first_imgFirst qualifying round:Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) v Tirana (ALB)Kairat Almaty (KAZ) v Atlantas (LTU)Beitar Jerusalem (ISR) v Vasas (HUN)Ordabasy (KAZ) v Široki Brijeg (BIH)Crvena zvezda (SRB) v Floriana (MLT)Valletta (MLT) v Folgore (SMR)Ventspils (LVA) v Valur Reykjavík (ISL)St Johnstone (SCO) v Trakai (LTU)Odd (NOR) v Ballymena United (NIR)Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) v Sūduva (LTU)Mladost Lučani (SRB) v İnter Bakı (AZE)Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) v Altach (AUT)Fola Esch (LUX) v Milsami Orhei (MDA)Partizani (ALB) v Botev Plovdiv (BUL)UE Santa Coloma (AND) v Osijek (CRO)Zaria Balti (MDA) v FK Sarajevo (BIH)Bala Town (WAL) v Vaduz (LIE)VPS Vaasa (FIN) v Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)Connah’s Quay Nomads (WAL) v HJK Helsinki (FIN)SJK Seinäjoki (FIN) v KR Reykjavík (ISL)Shirak (ARM) v Gorica (SVN)Zirä (AZE) v Differdange (LUX)Vojvodina (SRB) v Ružomberok (SVK)Slovan Bratislava (SVK) v Pyunik (ARM)Rabotnicki (MKD) v Tre Penne (SMR)Rangers (SCO) v Progrès Niederkorn (LUX)Domžale (SVN) v Flora Tallinn (EST)Crusaders (NIR) v Liepāja (LVA)Nõmme Kalju (EST) v B36 Tórshavn (FRO)Levadia Tallinn (EST) v Cork City (IRL)Dacia Chisinau (MDA) v Shkëndija (MKD)Levski Sofia (BUL) v Sutjeska (MNE)Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ) v Dunav Ruse (BUL)Jagiellonia Białystok (POL) v Dinamo Batumi (GEO)Željezničar (BIH) v Zeta (MNE)AEK Larnaca (CYP) v Lincoln (GIB)Midtjylland (DEN) v Derry City (IRL)Dinamo Minsk (BLR) v NSÍ Runavík (FRO)Ferencváros (HUN) v Jelgava (LVA)Lyngby (DEN) v Bangor City (WAL)Trenčín (SVK) v Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO)Lech Poznań (POL) v Pelister (MKD)Mladost Podgorica (MNE) v Gandzasar-Kapan (ARM)Videoton (HUN) v Balzan (MLT)AEL Limassol (CYP) v St Joseph’s (GIB) Skënderbeu (ALB) v Sant Julià (AND)Haugesund (NOR) v Coleraine (NIR)Stjarnan (ISL) v Shamrock Rovers (IRL)IFK Norrköping (SWE) v Prishtina (KOS)AIK (SWE) v KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)Second qualifying round:Partizani (ALB) or Botev Plovdiv (BUL) v Beitar Jerusalem (ISR) or Vasas (HUN)Željezničar (BIH) or Zeta (MNE) v AIK (SWE) or KÍ Klaksvík (FRO)Haugesund (NOR) or Coleraine (NIR) v Lech Poznań (POL) or Pelister (MKD)Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Zaria Balti (MDA) or FK Sarajevo (BIH) AEK Larnaca (CYP) or Lincoln (GIB) v Levadia Tallinn (EST) or Cork City (IRL)Brøndby (DEN) v VPS Vaasa (FIN) or Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)Rabotnicki (MKD) or Tre Penne (SMR) v Dinamo Minsk (BLR) or NSÍ Runavík (FRO)Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or Atlantas (LTU) v Skënderbeu (ALB) or Sant Julià (AND)IFK Norrköping (SWE) or Prishtina (KOS) v St Johnstone (SCO) or Trakai (LTU)Slovan Bratislava (SVK) or Pyunik (ARM) v Lyngby (DEN) or Bangor City (WAL)Panionios (GRE) v Shirak (ARM) or Gorica (SVN)Hajduk Split (CRO) v Levski Sofia (BUL) or Sutjeska (MNE)Stjarnan (ISL) or Shamrock Rovers (IRL) v Mladá Boleslav (CZE)Zirä (AZE) or Differdange (LUX) v Astra Giurgiu (ROU)Nõmme Kalju (EST) or B36 Tórshavn (FRO) v Videoton (HUN) or Balzan (MLT)Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) or Tirana (ALB) v SJK Seinäjoki (FIN) or KR Reykjavík (ISL)Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) or Altach (AUT) v Dinamo Brest (BLR)Aberdeen (SCO) v Ordabasy (KAZ) or Široki Brijeg (BIH)Valletta (MLT) or Folgore (SMR) v Utrecht (NED)Östersund (SWE) v Galatasaray (TUR)Ferencváros (HUN) or Jelgava (LVA) v Midtjylland (DEN) or Derry City (IRL)Vojvodina (SRB) or Ružomberok (SVK) v Brann (NOR)Mladost Lučani (SRB) or İnter Bakı (AZE) v Fola Esch (LUX) or Milsami Orhei (MDA)Sturm Graz (AUT) v Mladost Podgorica (MNE) or Gandzasar-Kapan (ARM)Crusaders (NIR) or Liepāja (LVA) v Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) or Sūduva (LTU)Bala Town (WAL) or Vaduz (LIE) v Odd (NOR) or Ballymena United (NIR)Dacia Chisinau (MDA) or Shkëndija (MKD) v Connah’s Quay Nomads (WAL) or HJK Helsinki (FIN)Gabala (AZE) v Jagiellonia Białystok (POL) or Dinamo Batumi (GEO)Ventspils (LVA) or Valur Reykjavík (ISL) v Domžale (SVN) or Flora Tallinn (EST)Trenčín (SVK) or Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) v Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv (ISR)Rangers (SCO) or Progrès Niederkorn (LUX) v AEL Limassol (CYP) or St Joseph’s (GIB)Irtysh Pavlodar (KAZ) or Dunav Ruse (BUL) v Crvena zvezda (SRB) or Floriana (MLT)UE Santa Coloma (AND) or Osijek (CRO) v Luzern (SUI)last_img read more

Apoel through in Champions League after extra-time blitz

first_imgApoel struck three times in extra-time to secure a 4-0 win (4-1 aggregate) and a place in the Champions League playoff round, guaranteeing European group stage football for the seventh time in nine years.The gamble of sacking manager Mario Been after last week’s 1-0 defeat in Romania paid off, as new coach Giorgos Donis galvanised his players to produce a priceless turnaround.It was almost a nightmare start as Florinel Coman broke clear and hit the post from the edge of the box, but the hosts eventually settled. Apoel’s first chance of the game came on 28 minutes through Igor de Camargo, who got in front of his defender to prod goalwards, but he was denied by keeper Victor Rimniceanu. It was said that there was little Donis could do in such a short space of time to have an impact on the team, but the breakthrough goal had his fingerprints all over it.Stathis Aloneftis was shunned by Been in the three previous matches but it was his corner which was headed in for 1-0 by Carlao on 54 minutes. He was not fully fit, but the manager also took the gamble of starting him. Apoel piled on the pressure in the second half and, though the Romanians held on for extra-time, there was no escape from there onwards for the visitors. Giorgos Merkis, on as a sub for Carlao, lashed the ball home after a defensive mix-up for 2-0, moments before De Camargo headed in for 3-0. There was time for one more as Giorgos Efrem, another substitute, struck on the rebound to cap a special night for the Cyprus champions. European group stage football is guaranteed for another season, as even defeat in the Champions League playoff round would see them slip into the Europa League.last_img read more

Apollon to face AEK in Cyprus Cup final

first_imgHolders Apollon will face AEK in the Cyprus Cup final after the two-legged semi-finals wrapped up on Wednesday evening.AEK, who beat Apoel 2-0 in the first leg in Larnaca last week, overcame the champions again 2-1 in Nicosia to seal a 4-1 aggregate victory.Apollon, who have lifted the trophy for the past two seasons, already had one foot in the final after beating Pafos FC 4-0 in the first leg.The Limassol side were at it again on Wednesday, winning the second leg 4-1, going through to the showpiece 8-1 on aggregate.last_img

Investigators find wreckage of missing soccer player’s aircraft

first_imgLONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The wreckage of the aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot has been located, the marine scientist directing the search said on Sunday.The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane is believed to have crashed into the sea on Jan. 21.A privately funded underwater search had begun on Sunday, several days after investigators said they found two seat cushions on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.“Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning,” marine scientist David Mearns, who directed the search, said on Twitter.Mearns said Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had moved its vessel over the position his team had located to visually identify the plane using a remote-operated vehicle.“The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David,” Mearns said.last_img read more

Allegri insists the time was right to leave Juventus

first_imgCoach Massimiliano Allegri said a discussion with Juventus directors about the best way forward for the Serie A champions resulted in the club’s decision to part ways with him at the end of the season.Juventus announced on Friday that the 51-year-old’s five-year spell in charge will come to an end.The former AC Milan coach has enjoyed great success in Turin, leading Juve to five consecutive Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and two Champions League runner-up finishes.“I leave a winning group that has the potential to repeat its success in Italy and have another great Champions League campaign,” an emotional Allegri told a news conference on the eve of the team’s final home match of the season against Atalanta on Sunday.“Unfortunately, some situations meant we couldn’t go all the way this season. We talked, expressed our ideas on what was best for Juventus and the future of Juventus.“After that, the club evaluated it and decided it was best that I wouldn’t be the coach next season.“The rapport with President Agnelli, directors (Pavel) Nedved and (Fabio) Paratici remains excellent. We’ve all grown together and the right moment has come to leave on the best terms.“I leave behind a solid group with extraordinary players, both technically and as men, because you need good men to win as well as good footballers.”He added: “Some things were written that were not correct, suggesting I asked for a long contract, for a squad revolution and different players, but we never got to that. We simply realised it was best not to continue together.”Allegri said he was unsure about what he would do next.“I don’t know what will happen in future,” he said.“I need a little rest too, while after July 15 I might inevitably feel the desire to get back to work and I’ll evaluate the situations that are proposed.”last_img read more

Kane ‘ready to go’ for Champions League final

first_imgTottenham striker Harry Kane is “ready to go” for the Champions League final after returning to full training.Kane’s fitness has been the subject of much attention after he suffered a “significant” ankle ligament injury in the first leg of the quarter-final against Manchester City.The England captain, who has a track record of speedy recoveries from similar injuries, is back involved with the main group and has declared his availability for Saturday’s showpiece event against Liverpool in Madrid.“I feel good. I started to feel my way back with the team at the end of last week,” he said.“There have been no problems so far. For me this week now is to get the fitness as high as possible.“Then it’s down to the manager. Like I said, I feel good. The manager will assess it and decide whether I’m ready to go or not. But so far, I feel good and ready.“I did a lot of work on my own to get me into a good place to go back with the team.“Since I’ve been with them, I’ve been full training, doing everything.“I’m at a place now where I’m ready to go for any game but again, it’s down to the manager.”While many people have been cursing the three-week gap between the final Premier League game of the season and the Champions League final, it has actually helped Spurs as it has given Kane, Harry Winks, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez time to get fit.“Having the three-week gap after the end of the season definitely helped,” he said. “From when it happened, I could put a plan in place to be ready for this game.“We took our time with it. We’ve had longer than we had for the other ankle injuries. It’s worked out well. So I slowly took my time and now I’m in a good place.”Kane has been on the sidelines as Spurs navigated the quarter-finals and semi-finals in the most dramatic of circumstances.He watched the memorable quarter-final second leg against City at home, and promptly posted his celebration on social media, and was in Amsterdam for the famous comeback against Ajax, where he ran on to the pitch at the end of the match.Kane admits he is not the best spectator.“It’s so hard watching as a fan because you’ve got no control,” he said. “The first, the Man City game, I was watching at home with one of my friends and my dad and the emotions of that game were just crazy.“We were so up and down. When Raheem Sterling scored, one of my mates just left the room. Then all of a sudden we were crawling back. It was just crazy.“Of course for the Ajax game I was there in the stands surrounded by Ajax fans. I was in the directors’ bit. The first half was good for them.“Slowly it started to change and right at the end I said to Davinson (Sanchez), let’s go down and be with the team as it looked like the whistle was going to go.“All of a sudden we scored and we jumped down, sprinted down the tunnel to be there when the game was over. Amazing experience. It was just amazing to be there watching from the outside as normally you are involved and watching things as it happens. To be watching from the outside was amazing.”last_img read more