Zoopla is to end its sponsorship of West Brom in the wake of the controversy surrounding Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture. The property website has announced it will not seek to continue backing the club after this season. Zoopla was unhappy at the continuing presence of Anelka in the team while his actions were investigated by the Football Association. It was also claimed that Zoopla had requested Anelka play in an unbranded shirt during the Baggies’ Barclays Premier League game against Everton on Monday night. There has been no confirmation of that but the company, which is co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterton, is to end its support after its obligations for this season end. A statement from the company read: “Zoopla has been reviewing its position over the past few weeks in light of the actions of striker, Nicolas Anelka, during the match against West Ham over the Christmas period and has decided to focus its attention on other marketing activities after this season.” Lawrence Hall, head of communications for Zoopla, said: “Through our sponsorship of West Bromwich Albion we are pleased to have supported the local community and charities. “In recent weeks, however, we have decided to re-evaluate this sponsorship and as a result we will focus our attention on other marketing activities from the end of the season.” The FA launched an investigation after Anelka sparked controversy by performing the quenelle gesture as he celebrated scoring at West Ham on December 28. The gesture, which has caused outrage in Anelka’s native France, has been declared by some to be anti-Semitic or racist. Anelka denied he was being anti-Semitic or racist and said he did it in support of his friend Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, a controversial anti-establishment comedian. Since beginning its investigation, the FA has made no comment other than to state an independent expert has been used during its probe. The governing body has faced criticism for the length of time its investigation has taken but it had pledged to be thorough. It is thought there could be an outcome this week, with the possibility Anelka, 34, could face a ban. Zoopla became West Brom’s principal sponsor in 2012, taking over from betting firm Bodog. The deal was reported to be the club’s biggest and most comprehensive ever, worth £3million over two years. West Brom released a short statement following Zoopla’s announcement, confirming they had received written confirmation of the sponsor’s intentions. The statement on West Brom’s website said: “West Bromwich Albion has been fully aware since the sponsorship agreement came into force in June 2012 that its partnership with Zoopla could expire this summer and therefore has been planning accordingly. “Zoopla has today informed the club in writing that it does not wish to extend its sponsorship deal. The club will now actively seek a new official sponsor for next season.” Press Association
Tributes have poured in for former Hull KR and Ireland forward Ryan Tandy, who has died in Australia at the age of 32, reportedly after a drug overdose. Press Association A statement on Rugby League Ireland’s official website said: “Rugby League Ireland would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Ryan Tandy who sadly passed away today in Saratoga, Australia. “Ryan was a larger than life character and we would like to express our thanks for the commitment during the World Cup.” Tandy’s career ended after he was convicted of match-fixing while playing for Canterbury Bulldogs against North Queensland in 2010, with the NRL banning him for life. Hull KR said in a statement: “The club are shocked and saddened by the news of the death of former player Ryan Tandy. “Ryan served Hull Kingston Rovers with distinction during his time with the club and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.” A Widnes spokesman said: “Widnes Vikings are saddened to hear the news of the death of former Vikings player Ryan Tandy. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.” Tandy represented Ireland at the 2008 World Cup, playing a key role as Andy Kelly’s men topped their group before being eliminated in the knockout stages by Fiji, but his career was later ended in disgrace after he was convicted of match-fixing. Tandy played for the Robins during the 2007 Super League season, making 12 appearances in total, while he also had spells with Widnes and Whitehaven.
The Arsenal midfielder believes Chris Coleman’s side have improved since last facing the Three Lions four years ago. England have won the last four games between the nations without conceding a goal – having beaten Wales in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012. Press Association The teams play in Lens on June 16 next year and, with Wales having peaked in the world rankings at eighth in October, Ramsey insists they are a different proposition now. “I’m sure it’ll be a lot closer this game – and it could go either way,” Ramsey said. “To be fair, I wanted England. I had a bit of luck. I think it’ll be a great game for everyone who’s involved in what’ll be seen as a ‘derby’ if you like. “They (Arsenal team-mates Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs) have already been winding me up but I’m keeping quiet and seeing what happens on the day.” Wales have not beaten England since 1984 and also face Russia and Slovakia in Group B in France next year following Saturday’s draw. “It was very exciting,” Ramsey said. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s new for the team to be involved in there. It’s going to be a great occasion for us, we’re going to enjoy every minute. “Obviously there’s a ‘little’ game in the middle. But while we’re looking to enjoy it, we also want to take it seriously and get out of the group. We’ll be looking to that.” Ramsey scored in the Gunners’ 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday which sent them top of the Barclays Premier League for a little over 24 hours – until Leicester’s triumph over Chelsea on Monday night – and he is eyeing even more improvement. “It’s a busy period and we have to remain consistent through that and see where we are in the new year,” the 24-year-old added. “I hope we’ll get better now.” Aaron Ramsey has warned England Wales are ready to stun them at Euro 2016.
A Broward County family is suing electric car maker Tesla after a deadly crash.Eighteen-year-old Barrett Riley died last year in Fort Lauderdale after his Tesla burst into flames after the high-speed crash, and this week, his parents sued Tesla. The lawsuit filed in California claims Tesla removed a speed-limiting feature on the car without their permission, and alleges the company was negligent for not taking steps to reduce the risk of fire. Fire fighters and paramedics were unable to use the jaws of life to extricate Riley and his friend for fear of being electrocuted.The Riley’s are alleging in their lawsuit that Tesla failed to fireproof the car’s battery to protect against a fire engulfing the Tesla, but chose not to install it.Adding that the airbag protected their son from significant injury, but then he burned to death. They hope their suit will convince Tesla to fix the batteries in its vehicles.The lawsuit says “Barrett Riley was essentially uninjured by the impact; he was killed by the extraordinarily hot and intense fire that started in the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery cells.”The family alleges in the lawsuit that they asked Tesla to put a speed limiting device on the car after Barrett got a speeding ticket for driving more than 110 miles an hour about two months prior to the fatal crash. The device was installed but the lawsuit claims that Tesla later removed the device after it was taken in for service in Dania Beach.The lawsuit says “the speed limiter was removed without their consent or permission. Outrageously, TESLA never told the Riley’s that it had done so — until after the fatal accident.”It’s a decision that still baffles Jim Riley, Barrett’s father.“We need to understand why would they take it off, one, and, two, if they did take it off, why would they take it off without disclosing it?” Riley told CBS4 News.The NTSB determined that Barrett Riley was driving more than 115 miles per hour three seconds prior to losing control and hitting a wall on A1A near Fort Lauderdale Beach. A passenger in the car, Edgar Monserratt, 18, also died. Another passenger, Alexander Berry, was thrown from the car and survived.The car quickly burst into flames.Jim Riley said people tried to help but couldn’t open the doors because of problems with the Tesla’s door handles.After the crash, Telsa did put software in their cars to allow owners to set speed limits. They named that feature after Barrett Riley.The NTSB is investigating the crash and the ability of firefighters to fight these types of battery fires.
Update on the latest sports August 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-CAPITALS-REIRDEN FIREDCapitals fire coach Todd Reirden after 2 postseason letdownsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have fired coach Todd Reirden after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will go on Sunday without fans in a bare-bones version of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Marco Andretti leads the field to green, a feat not accomplished by his famous family since Mario Andretti did it in 1987. Marco was just two months old when his grandfather won his last Indy pole. Marco’s father, uncle and cousin all failed to duplicate the effort. Mario’s victory in 1969 is the only Indy 500 win among five Andretti drivers covering 74 starts. It was Marco, as a rookie in 2006, who last came closest to ending the “Andretti Curse” when he was beaten at the finish line. Honda is attempting to end a two-year winning streak by Chevrolet, but the Chevy drivers are starting in the back of the pack. Fernando Alonso is among the many big names who will try to win from deep in the field.With the gates closed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, some diehard fans set up chairs in gravel parking lots across the street from the speedway. Some also staked out spots along the fence on 16th Street, where gaps in the grandstands provided views of the track and an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the American classic. 2 pitchers try for 5th straight wins when Cubs face White SoxUNDATED (AP) — Yu Darvish tries for his career-high fifth straight win when he starts for the Cubs against the White Sox in the series finale at Wrigley Field.Darvish has dominated since losing his first outing of the season. The 34-year-old Japanese star traces some of his success to taking a more deliberate approach on the mound.He faces Dylan Cease, who has also won four straight starts, allowing just five earned runs in that span. The 24-year-old righty was drafted by the Cubs in 2014, and then traded across town with outfielder Eloy Jiménez in a package for pitcher José Quintana in July 2017. Cease has never faced the Cubs.Elsewhere in the majors: — Thirty-six-year-old right-hander Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) keeps chugging along as one of the best pitchers in the big leagues. The six-time All-Star and 2009 Cy Young Award winner has a 1.84 ERA through five starts, helping the Astros maintain a winning record despite a rash of injuries, including losing ace pitcher Justin Verlander. On Sunday, Grienke faces the San Diego Padres, who have quickly turned into one of the National League’s most intriguing teams. The Padres’ lineup is built around Fernando Tatis Jr. The 21-year-old shortstop is an MVP candidate with a .313 batting average, a big league-high 12 homers and six stolen bases through Friday’s games.— A pitiful season for Pittsburgh is showing faint signs of turning around. The Pirates won two games in a row for the first time all season by beating Milwaukee 12-5 on Saturday. Now they’ll go for three straight when right-hander JT Brubaker takes the mound. To say it’s been a rough start for the Pirates would be an understatement. Pittsburgh lost 17 of its first 21 games before the current two-game winning streak.WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN304th-ranked Popov wins Women’s British Open for 1st majorTROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov became the first female golfer from Germany to capture a major title when she won the Women’s British Open by two strokes at Royal Troon on Sunday. The NFL uses BioReference for all its COVID-19 testing, though tests are handled by labs throughout the nation to ensure teams get results quickly. Heading into this weekend, there had been four confirmed positive tests for players who were at training camps.The Browns said initial results from the lab indicated multiple “presumptive positive cases” that included coaches, players and staff.INDY 500Indy 500 arrives with an Andretti up front and empty stands NFL-POSITIVE TESTSNFL: NJ lab finds positive COVID-19 tests from several teamsNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL revealed Sunday that several positive COVID-19 tests were found a day earlier by one of its testing partners, and the Chicago Bears said they had nine false positives.The league said it has asked the New Jersey lab BioReference to investigate the results “while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive tests.” The NFL did not identify the teams or say how many tests were positive.Two teams, Washington and Detroit, said they are practicing Sunday, while Cleveland has called off its workout. The Bears moved their practice scheduled for Sunday morning to the afternoon. The Jets canceled a walk-through on Saturday night but had a full practice Sunday morning after the previously positive tests came back negative. Associated Press Two second-round series beginUNDATED (AP) — Two second-round playoff series begin Sunday in the NHL.In Toronto, the Boston Bruins take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay is still without Steven Stamkos, who hasn’t played since February after aggravating a core muscle injury that he had surgery on in March. But the Lightning have found a groove without him, beating the Blue Jackets in five games to get revenge for last year.In Edmonton, Alberta, the Vegas Golden Knights face the Vancouver Canucks. Coach Peter DeBoer hasn’t named his starting goaltender. Marc-Andre Fleury has started two of the Golden Knights’ eight games since NHL play resumed. Robin Lehner has started the other six and could be the Game 1 starter Sunday. Fleury is 12-2-2 against the Canucks and hasn’t lost to them since 2006. MLB-SCHEDULE General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move Sunday, three days after the Capitals lost to former coach Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders in a five-game series.Washington opted to promote Reirden from the top assistant job and let Trotz leave rather than give him a raise after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Trotz’s Islanders reached the second round of the postseason for a second consecutive season. The Capitals failed to advance past the first in back-to-back years for the first time since 2013 and 2014.The Capitals are still considered championship contenders, and captain Alex Ovechkin has one year remaining on his contract.Reirden was another first-time NHL head coach hired during the Ovechkin era. Trotz was the only one with previous experience and the only coach to get Washington past the second round, let alone win the Cup. NBA PLAYOFFSFour Game 4s SundayLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks hope Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) will be healthy enough to play Sunday in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles leads 2-1. Doncic sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of Dallas’ 130-122 loss to the Clippers on Friday night. Coach Rick Carlisle said Doncic would likely be a game-time decision. Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.In Sunday’s other Game 4s, Boston takes a 3-0 series lead into its game against Philadelphia; Toronto is up 3-0 over Brooklyn; and Utah leads its series against Denver 2-1.NHL PLAYOFFS Popov, who went into the final round with a three-shot lead, bounced back from bogeying the first hole by making five birdies in her 3-under 68. Jasmine Suwannapura was the runner-up after shooting 67.It completed one of the most unlikely wins in the tournament’s history. Popov is ranked No. 304 and dropped off the LPGA Tour last year. She hadn’t previously won on the LPGA Tour, the second-tier Symetra Tour or on the Ladies European Tour.The winner’s check of $675,000 is more than six times her entire career earnings before Sunday.
UPDATED: Jan. 15, 10:54 p.m.Roger Springfield, former Syracuse University Athletics director of media properties and production, was arraigned in court Tuesday morning on an indictment charging him with four counts of unlawful surveillance. He is accused of videotaping male SU athletes in the Carrier Dome locker rooms.He was arraigned for unlawful surveillance in the second degree, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said at a press conference Tuesday. Springfield was released on his own recognizance. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 22, though Springfield will not attend, said James McGraw, Springfield’s defense attorney.SU Department of Public Safety Chief Tony Callisto and Syracuse Police Department Chief Frank Fowler joined Fitzpatrick at the press conference.Springfield, a former sportscaster whose real name is Roger Cahak, is presumed innocent and has pleaded not guilty, Fitzpatrick said. Springfield awaits trial.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSpringfield has been indicted under a law that was put into effect Aug. 11, 2003, Fitzpatrick said. Fitzpatrick estimated the earliest recordings were from 2002 or 2003, and of the 14 uncovered videos, which involve 108 victims, four tapes fall within the statute of limitations. Three of the 14 videos occurred out of state in Tampa, Fla., Akron, Ohio and Massachusetts, Fitzpatrick said.Each of the four counts is a Class E felony, punishable by up to four years in jail, Fitzpatrick said.The surreptitious recordings were discovered Dec. 6 when an SU media production staff member was examining footage from the Oct. 27 football game between Syracuse and South Florida, Fitzpatrick said.The staff member noticed that a portion of the tape labeled “Post-game locker room” appeared to be exceptionally long, and upon review, discovered inappropriate material and brought it to his supervisors’ attention, Fitzpatrick said.A search warrant authorizing the search of Springfield’s home, as well as his office and the media room at Manley Field House, was signed Dec. 11, Fitzpatrick said. SU officials suspended Springfield after the Dec. 12 search and fired him Dec. 13.The first charge of unlawful surveillance relates to the Nov. 10 football game between SU and Louisville, Fitzpatrick said. The recording showed several athletes exiting the shower area.The second charge pertains to a 2010 lacrosse game, with 14 victims identified in that tape. The third charge, for which 11 victims have been identified, involves the men’s soccer team in spring 2010, Fitzpatrick said.The fourth charge involves a video of the soccer team in April 2012, with 11 victims identified and six unidentified as of yet, Fitzpatrick said.Despite the criminal charges, McGraw said he believes no conviction will come from this.Kevin Quinn, SU senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement Tuesday that the university’s priority has been and will continue to be the well-being of its student-athletes, and that SU is appreciative of the DA and SPD’s work.“We are in direct contact with all of these specific current and former student-athletes, and the University is reaching out to offer them full access to appropriate support and assistance during this time,” Quinn said in the statement.Daryl Gross, SU’s athletic director, said in a statement that when SU Athletics became aware of the issue, action was taken immediately and the matter was referred to law enforcement authorities.“We have reached out to our student-athletes and are offering support and any assistance we can,” Gross said. “Moving forward, we are going to keep focused on continuing the successful momentum our student-athletes and teams have had in each of our sports across the board.”The investigation is still continuing, Fitzpatrick said at the press conference, but at this point there is no evidence that Springfield disseminated any of the material or has had any sexual contact with the athletes.“There should be no ongoing investigation,” McGraw said. “They’ve looked under every single leaf and rock and they’ve found nothing more than what they’ve charged him with. There’s no evidence of any sexual misbehavior or anything else. He’s married, he’s got three children, he’s led an exemplary life, he’s never been in trouble.”McGraw said investigators could go on and on if they’d like to, but they will find nothing.Officials from the DA’s office, SU and SPD are working to identify all 108 victims, Fitzpatrick said.“From the perspective of Syracuse University, the most important aspect of this is the specific students,” DPS Chief Callisto said at the press conference. “We are reaching out directly to each of the students and offering the full range of services that are available through our student affairs division to assist those students in any way that we can.” Comments Published on January 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm Contact Cheryl: email@example.com | @CherylSeligman Related Stories Former media director for SU athletics under investigation by SPD, district attorney’s office Facebook Twitter Google+
The 2000 Guineas is the feature race at Newmarket this afternoon.The Aidan O’Brien trained Churchill is set to go off the favourite, with the race getting underway at 3.35pm.Here at home there’s racing in Cork from 1.30 and Wexford from 2.25. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay
The skipper was a late scratching from last week’s win over the Eels in Sydney as he stayed home with his fiancee Ashley Walker, who is due to give birth to their first child.Halfback Shaun Johnson is still sidelined by an ankle injury, while Tuivasa-Sheck’s return means Peta Hiku pushes out to the centres after filling in at fullback.Gerard Beale drops to the bench.Other than Tuivasa-Sheck coming back into the line-up there are no other changes in personnel among the 17 players used against the Eels although there are two positional swaps.Simon Mannering is named to start in the second row with Isaiah Papali’i selected on the bench while James Gavet has been listed to start at prop after originally being named on the bench against Parramatta before being used in the run-on side.Also included among the four interchange players likely to be used are props Bunty Afoa and Chris Satae plus utility Jazz Tevaga.In only his second NRL appearance this year, Satae’s 15 minutes last week coincided with the Warriors’ intensive period on defence when he was required to make no fewer than 24 tackles but barely saw the ball.The Warriors, who have remained in the top three all season so far, head into the South Sydney contest with an 8-3 win-loss run after 11 rounds, a season-opening effort bettered only once in the club’s 24 seasons in the competition (in 2002).While they’re third this week, the Rabbitohs have surged into fourth spot on the back of three consecutive wins. Along with the Warriors, they’re the only other side to beat competition leader St George Illawarra so far.In the opening round this season the Warriors not only beat Souths 32-20 to win in Perth for the first time but also snapped a run of six losses to the Rabbitohs since 2013.In 32 previous encounters, the Warriors have a 19-13 advantage over Souths.WARRIORS1 ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK (c)2 DAVID FUSITU’A3 PETA HIKU4 SOLOMONE KATA5 KEN MAUMALO6 BLAKE GREEN7 MASON LINO8 JAMES GAVET9 ISSAC LUKE10 AGNATIUS PAASI11 SIMON MANNERING12 TOHU HARRIS13 ADAM BLAIRInterchange:14 JAZZ TEVAGA15 CHRIS SATAE16 BUNTY AFOA17 ISAIAH PAPALI’I18 GERARD BEALE20 KARL LAWTON21 ALBERT VETE22 ANTHONY GELLING
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