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Tony Becca: Gayle guilty as charged, but …

first_img My experience West Indies Board members and others knew about these and other things that were done by West Indies players, but nothing was ever done or said about them, not to anyone’s knowledge. They happened and they were brushed aside without even a word of caution, or remorse. Gayle’s action was poor, to say the least, but had some attention been paid to similar or other indiscretions in the past, it may not have happened this time around. Ian Chappell, the legendary Ian Chappell, has called for a ban on Gayle, and he may be right in doing so, but he is the last one who should make such a call. Ian Chappell was the Australian captain who hit Guyanese Vic Insanally on the steps of the members pavilion at Bourda one early morning during the Super Test in 1979. Ian Chappell even appeared before the court to answer charges for assault. I was there, and I reported on it. I was one of the few people who saw it. Gayle’s behaviour on Australian television was outrageous and appalling, but I dare say, not criminal, not by any means whatsoever. It was simply the sort of behaviour not expected from any well-thinking young man, and certainly not one coming from a co-educational school as Gayle does, certainly not one coming from a family, including a mother and a sister, and not coming from a sportsman and from one who has been so good and so great that he has travelled the world, or a great part of it, many, many times. Gayle’s problem, it seems, is that, as a cricketer, he is great, he is famous and popular, he is rich and attractive, and he knows it. More than that, however, he probably feels that he has a right, or the right, because of who he is, to behave like he is better than other ordinary mortals. Probably, when all is said done, Gayle believes, based on my experience with many cricket stars, that cricket is so important to the West Indian people and to the world that, because of their prowess in the game, because of their contribution to victories from time to time, they are not only sports stars of the people, but heroes of the people. Sometimes this leads to obnoxious behaviour by those who are treated in this way because they know no better, or simply because they feel they have a right to act that way. Maybe both reasons apply to Gayle, maybe sports stars move to a different beat. While Gayle is guilty of conduct contrary to good behaviour, however, or to accepted good behaviour, and must pay the price, he is not alone in soiling his name, his family’s name, his school’s name, and his country’s name. Cricket West Indies should share some of the fallout of the Gayle issue. West Indies cricket has always been, or mostly been, controlled by the territories who have the big boys on the team. It has oftentimes been a case where the respective politician moves to the music of the big boys, and it has always been a case where the big boys get away with almost anything, and whatever they want. Remember when a West Indies captain did not take his place in the field one morning during the Test match against England in Antigua, remember the time, late in the evening, when a West Indies captain ran down the pitch and bellowed an appeal for a leg before wicket decision in a Test match against England at Kensington Oval? Remember when Courtney Walsh, captain of Jamaica and the West Indies, refused to spin the toss at Chedwin Park with another territory’s player who was the captain of his team and wanted the captaincy of the West Indies team, and do you remember the final of the regional four-day competition, when a Jamaican player did not play the match between Jamaica and Guyana at Kensington Oval because he played a benefit match in Antigua? Remember also the time when the West Indies team went to South Africa, went back to London, and called the president to a meeting over fees? There were many other times when West Indies cricketers played the wrong stroke without correcting it, and got away with it. There was also the time during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, on a morning flight from Kimberley to Johannesburg, with the Kenya and West Indies teams on board, and a West Indian player opened up, loud and clear for all to hear, against the West Indies manager. It was nasty. I was sitting beside the manager. For years now, some other journalists and I have been talking about grooming potential territorial and West Indies cricketers, talking to them about things they are likely to expect on and off the field, and how to deal with them. From my experience, some West Indies players have always behaved like they are better than the people who pay to watch them play and their attitude has been way below expectations, some West Indies players’ behaviour, their language, in public places like airports, have been embarrassing, their appearance, their dress, in restaurants at home and abroad, have been disgraceful, and their general behaviour, their attitude, towards women, have sometimes been deplorable. West Indies players, some of them, have always behaved like they should dress how they want to dress, speak how they want to speak, go where they want to go, and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to. Not expected Respective politician Indiscretions There are two kinds of people in this world: there are those who think of others in whatever they are doing, and there are those who simply do not. Recently, Chris Gayle got himself in hot water way Down Under, in far-away Australia, when, during an interview with a beautiful television reporter, he misread the situation, the time and the place, spoke too openly, too flirtingly, and too invitingly to her, and got scalded for doing so. Almost every woman, every man, and every child took on Gayle for his lack of respect to the woman, a professional woman; and he did so while she was doing her job, and on the air, and in public at that. Gayle’s timing was impeccable, as usual, on that day, and he got what he deserved for his atrocious behaviour. What is a joke to one man is something else to another man. On another day, and in another setting, it may also have been complimentary. On that day, however, it was totally disrespectful, regardless of Gayle’s popularity, or of his own inflated ego, and whether he realised it or not. It was not funny at all. For whatever it was worth, and whether he meant it or not, Gayle apologised for his flirtation with Mel McLaughlin. Following reports of previous transgressions, or like transgressions, however, some people followed up the so-called apology and a fine of US$10,000 with calls for him to be fired from his job as a member of the Melbourne Renegades Big Bash T20 cricket team. As a man, a son of a woman, a brother of sisters, a husband, and a father of daughters, I do not and cannot condone Gayle’s behaviour. I, however, would not go as far as to try and interfere with his employment as Ian Chappell has done, not for this blunder.last_img read more

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How Warriors plan to help DeMarcus Cousins adapt to their pace

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.OAKLAND – The Warriors’ newest star player has yelled at officials over calls, teammates for not passing the ball and coaches for not featuring him correctly. But with DeMarcus Cousins finishing the final stages of his rehab of his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors do not sound worried one bit on how they will manage Cousin’s emotional outbursts.“DeMarcus is a great guy. …last_img read more

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Charles Barkley: Warriors leaving Oakland is a ‘travesty’

first_img … The Warriors meet the Toronto Raptors in game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight and it could be the final time Golden State takes the floor at Oracle Arena. After 47 years in Oakland, the team will move across the Bay and play in San Francisco next season at the Chase Center.Count Charles Barkley among the people who believe that’s so very wrong.Related Articles Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers last_img

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Amarula one of world’s top 10 liqueurs

first_img4 February 2011South Africa’s popular cream and marula spirit, Amarula, debuted in sixth place in a recent poll of the world’s hottest bar brands by respected global publication Drinks International.Liqueur giant Distell’s flagship brand, Amarula is a tasty blend of cream and extract of marula (Sclerocarya birrea, known locally as the elephant or marriage tree). This is the first time the product has featured on Drinks International’s list.Seven hundred bartenders, bar owners and mixologists across 60 countries were asked to identify the brands that their patrons demanded the most.Distell spokesperson Siobhan Thompson said the boost in popularity was mainly due to Amarula’s versatility. “We are really excited that there is such a growing recognition of its ability to play in the on-trade arena with appreciation for its nuanced and multi-layered flavours of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toasted nuts and citrus,” she said.Amarula’s success also stemmed from a marketing campaign conducted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Since the brand was an official licensed product at the tournament, the sought-after gold trophy replaced the elephant traditionally used as a logo on its packaging, and the campaign showcased the versatility of the product.Another move that contributed to this rise took place in the first half of 2010, when Distell appointed Cellar Trends to handle their UK distribution of Amarula. Cellar Trends distributes other heavyweight brands such as Jagermeister, Cinzano, Campari and Skyy Vodka.At the time, Distell Europe MD Gary Greenfield said the company was looking to raise the profile of the drink. “We were looking for a successful distributor with an existing portfolio of strong brands that would complement Amarula,” he said.Global popularityIn August, research conducted by business intelligence provider Euromonitor International labelled the cream liqueur as one of the fastest-growing spirits in the world, appearing seventh on a list out of 100.Thompson said “The Spirit of Africa”, as it is known, was showing consistently good growth in the 103 countries that it is sold.“This holds true even in major markets where the brand is already well-entrenched. Some of the most spectacular volume increases have come from Latin America, historically a strong supporter of Amarula, and Europe, most notably Germany, which remains the single biggest off-shore market for the brand,” Thompson said.She added that Asia-Pacific, North America and Africa had also shown impressive increases.According to the website Wine Times, Amarula is the second-biggest cream drink of its kind universally. “Its inimitable taste that comes from the marula fruit, indigenous to southern Africa, blended with cream, has proved irresistible to consumers worldwide, along with its exotic connection to Africa, underscored by the brand’s support for African elephant research,” Wine Times said.The Amarula Trust is responsible for the conservation and community projects that help to protect elephants and provide people with a better quality of life.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Cape Town: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 2 PM today

first_imgIndia will play South Africa and Sony Ten Network have the rights.You can watch Live Streaming of the 1st Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town on SonyLIV from 2:00 PM today.As for TV the match will shown live on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, in both English and Hindi.Match summary:Rain played spoilsport for the entire day and no play was possible on the third day of the series opener between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday.The decision was made soon after the second session was washed out as the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening.However, the good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.There will be moisture developing under the surface as it has been covered for so long. South Africa would have probably thought of batting long and then give a big target to India. Now, with two days left and the pitch becoming a little soft, that plan would have got a setback.Strangely, there will be no early start over the remaining two days. Play will begin at 14.00 IST but 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on both days with a 15 minute extension in each session.South Africa were set to resume their second innings on 65 for two, a lead of 142 on what is a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance to the seamers.Hashim Amla (four) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (two) are the not out batsmen who will now wait until Monday to resume their innings, with no rain forecast for the remainder of the game.advertisementSouth Africa were bowled out for 286 in their first innings, before restricting India to 209 in reply.The home side have confirmed that fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the remainder of the Test, and possibly the series, with a heel injury, leaving them with three seamers with which to bowl India out in the second innings if they are to win the match.The top two ranked teams are meeting in a three-Test series this month with matches in Pretoria and Johannesburg to come.last_img read more

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Australian Open: Dominic Thiem smashes his racquet in frustration. Again

first_imgDominic Thiem was livid with himself after he dropped the first set in the second round of the Australian Open against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin and took out all his anger at the racquet. Seventh seed Thiem is playing at the Melbourne Arena against an unseeded opponent and got broken right at the end to lose the first set of the match.Right after losing his serve and the set, Thiem banged his racquet on the court and picked it up against and smashed it three more times before going back to the chair to cool down and get ready for the second set.Thiem had played out a marathon in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament against Frenchman Benoit Paire that went on past 2 in the night before winning 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6, 6-3.Thiem, who received medical attention during the match, eventually retired when he was trailing 5-7, 4-6, 0-2 and the Australian wildcard Popyrin advanced to the third round, much to the delight of the home crowd.Glad we’re not that racket!#Thiem dropped the opening set 7-5 to Aussie WC Popyrin. Is an upset brewing?#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/PXD3Y2Jvkh#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2019While the Melbourne Arena witnessed Thiem’s racquet smash on Thursday, this is not the first time that Thiem has shown brutality to his racquet. One say can he is a serial racquet smasher.Last year at the French Open, Thiem had banged his racquet multiple times in an epic fashion after losing a point on his serve to Italy’s Fabio Fognini.advertisementExcellent racket smash from Dominic Thiem against Fognini just now !! #atpRome pic.twitter.com/NRuQdJ0AfSTennis/NBA (@BoomTSB) May 16, 2018Last year in August during a match against USA’s Taylor Fritz as well, Thiem had shown his hot headed side by smashing his racquet to the ground after not converting a break point.Thiem( Eurosport) pic.twitter.com/g1dMcH54SEdoublefault28 (@doublefault28) August 31, 2018In 2017 at the Miami Open, Thiem was up against Borna Coric when he smashed away his racquet while a year back in 2016 during the Davis Cup tie against Portugal as well, he was seen banging his racquet.#Thiem #MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/GBkPm8Bk2VBreakPointBR (@BreakPointBR) March 25, 2017Also Read | Raonic outserves Wawrinka, Nishikori survives massive scareAlso Read | Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeAlso Read | Madison Keys, Elina Svitolina advance to third roundlast_img read more

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