Former IAAF boss Diack under criminal investigation

first_imgPARIS (AP):In another blow to the credibility of a major sports federation, former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been placed under criminal investigation on suspicion of taking more than $1 million in bribes from Russia to cover up positive doping tests.French prosecutors said yesterday that Diack is being investigated on corruption and money-laundering charges. Diack and other IAAF officials are suspected of taking money in 2011 to allow at least six Russian athletes to continue competing, some of them at the 2012 London Olympics, when they should have been banned for doping.”They decided not to act, and now we understand why. It was in exchange for money,” Jean-Yves Lourgouilloux, assistant prosecutor at the French office that handles financial prosecutions, told The Associated Press.He said Diack is suspected of pocketing in the region of €1 million (US$1.2 million), paid by the Russian athletics federation, some of it in cash.A legal adviser to Diack, Habib Cisse, also was placed under investigation by judges acting on evidence provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency.Diack, a former long jumper, stepped down in August, at the age of 82, after nearly 16 years in charge of track and field’s governing body.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was referring Diack’s case to its ethics commission.Diack is now an honorary IOC member after serving on the committee for 15 years until 2014.With FIFA President Sepp Blatter also facing a criminal corruption investigation, two of the most powerful governing bodies in sports are now in crisis.The French prosecutors’ office said three investigating magistrates are handling the Diack probe.Gabriel Dolle, who was the director of the IAAF’s anti-doping department, also has been taken into custody in Nice in the south of France, the prosecutors’ office in Paris said.Diack and Cisse were taken into police custody on Sunday and held until Tuesday, when investigating magistrates then placed Diack under formal investigation on corruption and aggravated money-laundering charges. Cisse faces only the corruption charge.Diack, who is Senegalese, was released on €500,000 (US$550,000) bail, ordered to turn in his passport and not leave France, Lourgouilloux said. Habib also is barred from leaving the country.Police also visited the IAAF headquarters in Monaco on Tuesday “to carry out interviews and to access documentation,” the IAAF said.”The IAAF is fully cooperating with all investigations as it has been from the beginning of the process,” it said.Sebastian Coe, who succeeded Diack as IAAF president, was in the organisation’s offices when the French police arrived. He volunteered himself for questioning and spoke with the police, the IAAF said. The police also took away some documents.WADA first approached French prosecutors in August with evidence of wrongdoing at the IAAF. A WADA commission led by former president Dick Pound has been investigating claims that corruption in Russia and at the IAAF allowed doping to thrive. The launch of that probe followed allegations made in a German television documentary last year of widespread doping and cover-ups in Russia, a track and field superpower, which have shaken the sport to its core. WADA hopes that Pound’s report will be completed this month.The WADA panel is also examining more recent claims that one-third of medals in endurance races at the Olympics and World Championships over a 10-year period were won by athletes who recorded suspicious doping tests. Those allegations in German and British media outlets were based on files from an IAAF database containing the results of confidential blood test results.last_img read more

Harriott hits target for Harbour View

first_imgFor the second time this season, Rosario Harriott’s goal made the difference as Harbour View tagged eternal rivals Waterhouse 1-0 in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at Drewsland yesterday.In the first round, it was the former Portmore United defender’s 71st-minute goal that gave the Stars of the East their first win of the season, and yesterday, his 49th-minute strike gave the Ludlow Bernard-coached team their first win in four games and pushed them to sixth in the standings on 21 points.The defeat was Waterhouse’s first in five matches. They are at the bottom of the standings on 13 points.Harriott, a towering, overlapping full-back, was pleased to get the job done again against their arch-rivals.”I feel great knowing that I played Waterhouse two times (this season) and I scored against them both times. These three points are very crucial because we needed to get to the 20-points bracket. Now we have a match on Wednesday (against Tivoli), and we can try and get closer to the leaders,” he saidGREATSEASONThe player, who was recently called up to the national senior team, is enjoying one of his best seasons.”It has been a good season. I am working hard, and the players have confidence in me. I just have to continue to work hard, continue to assist and, if the goals do come, continue to try and make use of them,” he commented.Waterhouse had the better of the first 30 minutes, with the best chance falling to Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson on 18 minutes. Harbour View also had their moments and came close through Mark Miller and Ranique Muir.However, four minutes into the second half, Harriott put the visitors ahead when he bundled home John Ross Edwards’ corner after he was left unmarked.Bernard lamented his team’s poor overall finishing but welcomed the three points.”Our finishing could be a lot better, but these three points will certainly go a far way in our quest for the championship,” he said.Waterhouse’s Anthony Patrick also blamed the bad result on wasted opportunities by his team.Meanwhile, Portmore (31 points) remain on top of the league after beating UWI 3-0 on a brace from Javon East. Montego Bay United (29) stayed second after Owayne Gordon’s goal gave them a 1-0 win over Boys’ Town.Reno (22) stopped Tivoli (18) 1-0 at Edward Seaga Complex on Denmark Gilling’s 22nd-minute strike to stay fifth. Rivoli clipped Cavalier 1-0 to end a run of six losses in seven games.Yesterday’s resultsWaterhouse 0 Harbour View 1(Rosario Harriott 49th)Mo Bay United 1 Boys Town 0(Owayne Gordon 61st)Rivoli 1 Cavalier 0(Cory Burke 31st)Tivoli Gardens 0 Reno 1(Denmark Gillings 22nd)Portmore 3 UWI 0(Jovan East 30th, 46th)last_img read more

New recruits deliver for Cavalier

first_imgCavalier’s early shopping in the transfer window paid dividends as two of the new recruits netted in their 3-0 win against Boys’ Town in the Red Stripe Premier League at Stadium East yesterday. Cleon Pryce and substitute Aldaine Grant, who moved from Portmore United, were on the score sheet in their first game for Cavalier. Pryce, who started the game, scored in the 80th minute, and Grant, who came off the bench in the 67th minute, scored 14 minutes later. Before that, Jason ‘Nesta’ Watson opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 21st minute. Cavalier started slowly but came into their own and dominated the game courtesy of captain Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh, Dawyne Smith, Pryce, Jeffrey Henry, and Jason Watson, who all looked impressive in attack. On the other hand, Boys’ Town started well, but a penalty awarded to Cavalier seemed to break the spirit of the team. The home side pushed to 21 points, while Boys’ Town remained on 25 points in the 12-team league standings. Pryce, who had an outstanding game as he troubled the Boys’ Town’s backline with pace and dribbling skill, was elated that he helped his new club with a well-deserved victory. “Well, I am happy to score and pleased with the team’s performance today (yesterday),” Pryce told The Gleaner after the game. “I think it was a good move for me to move from Portmore to Cavalier. I just feel like to make a change in order to get more playing time,” he said about his move to Cavalier. Praises Cavalier’s captain, Chevone Marsh, praised the newcomers to the team. “It was a wonderful performance from the lads, especially Cleon Pryce and Aldaine Grant. Both came in and delivered two good goals,” Marsh said. “We have been poor in front of goal in our first 17 games, with only seven goals, but in the last two games, we have scored seven to double the tally. With the new attackers in the team, I am expecting better things to come,” he added. The captain is looking forward to the team moving up the table, and also said that the aim is to make the last four and take it from there. Meanwhile, coach of Boys’ Town Andrew Price said his team appeared to still be in the holiday mood. “We look very disinterested today. We played lethargic. A lot of players played without energy. We seemed to be still at New Year’s ball, and as a result, I didn’t really see any effort from the team today. For the first 20 minutes, we bossed the game, but after, that we did not give much effort,” Price said.last_img read more

Rabada’s 7-112 sets up South Africa against England

first_imgCENTURION, South Africa (AP):Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s career-best 7-112 set South Africa up for a big lead over England in the fourth Test yesterday. Rabada rattled through England’s top and middle order as the tourists were bowled out for 342 after South Africa’s 475.South Africa stretched their lead to 175 when bad light stopped play on the third day at SuperSport Park, reaching 42-1 in their second innings.Rabada’s rich return, which included a burst of three wickets in two overs just before lunch, put South Africa in position for a desperately needed win to regain some lost pride.England have already clinched the four-match series with a 2-0 lead ahead of this last Test. South Africa haven’t won in their previous nine Tests, leaving newcomer Rabada without a victory in his young career.”I don’t think I’ve arrived yet,” he said. “There’s still lots of work to be done. (But) It felt good to take those seven wickets.”last_img read more

Reid looking to run fast at Champs

first_imgStandout St Jago athlete Joanne Reid says she harbours no fears of her Class Three rivals, with the 400m star confident about unleashing fast times at next week’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, at the National Stadium. Though mindful of her challengers, Reid, who recently eclipsed the meet record at the G.C. Foster Classics, is ready to run fast and take that form into Champs. The athlete set a new mark of 54:49 seconds at the National Stadium. “I know I can win my class, no fears,” she declared ahead of Champs. “I didn’t (go there) to break any records. I just followed my coach’s instructions, and it came out a great win, so I am very happy,” she said of her run at the G.C. Foster Classic. HIGHLY ANTICIPATED Reid lowered the previous mark (54.99) set in 2016 by Sanique Walker of Vere Technical. Heading into the highly anticipated March 28-April 1 championships, Reid was clear that she could put down a much better time than she has done so far this season. She also underlined that she is more experienced this year, something she expects will push her to her objectives. “I can’t really say how [much] faster I can get, but I think I can go much faster. I have some very competitive girls going against; they will push me, and so I will run faster,” she said. “This year, I am much more experienced, so I understand the race and that I can go much faster.” Athletes who could give Reid – who many consider favourite for gold – a challenge include; Selisa Palmer and Dorian Nelson of Edwin Allen High and Excelsior High respectively. They finished second and third last year when Reid easily won the title in 55.63 seconds. Meanwhile, Janeille Josephs of St Andrew High and Daniella Deer of Holmwood Technical, could also pose a challenge to the lanky St Jago athlete. The 16-year-old Class Three 400m record (52.52) set in 2001 is held by former Holmwood Technical star Anneisha McLaughin. “There are a lot of things to touch up on, but you can expect better from me at Champs,” Reid promised.last_img read more

Jamaicans fine-tune ahead of IAAF World Relays

first_imgNASSAU, The Bahamas Jamaica will stage its first full training session this afternoon at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium ahead of tomorrow’s start of the IAAF World Relays here.  The session is set to begin at 1 p.m. Jamaica time after the last batch of Jamaica’s contingent led by 2011 World 100m champion Yohan Blake arrived in The Bahamas last night. Also arriving along with Blake were Kemar Bailey-Cole, Warren Weir, Javon Francis, Jevaughn Minzie, Everton Clarke, Nickel Ashmeade, Oshane Bailey, Rasheed Dwyer, Nigel Ellis, Verone Chambers, Shericka Jackson and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby. Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson was among the first set of Jamaican athletes to arrive for the two-day championships.    The Jamaicans, who will be defending the women’s 4x100m and the men’s 4x200m relay titles, which they won at the last staging of the event in 2015, will be contesting seven relays, including the new 4x400m mixed relays event. Jamaican finished second overall in the teams’ standings in 2015 behind champions the USA, who garnered 63 points to Jamaica’s 46, with Poland third with 34 points.last_img read more

Arnett, MBU ready for tough RSPL clash

first_imgFans could be in for a mouth-watering Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clash this evening when the champions of the past two seasons meet at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex and, fittingly, under lights this evening.In 2015, coach Jerome Waite satisfied the thirst for championship from the Arnett Gardens faithful when he led the club to a convincing win over then defending champions Montego Bay United. Last year, Montego Bay United avenged that defeat by putting Arnett Gardens out of the competition in the semi-final round. This year, both teams come head-to-head in the quarter-final off a restructured competition, and only one can advance.”We are prepared for a tough game against them. They defeated us one year in the final, and we avenged that last year by knocking them out in the semi-final. So this is a big game for both of us. It is like a grudge match,” Orville Powell, president of Montego Bay United, said ahead of today’s game.Powell, whose team had an indifferent run following its participation in the Caribbean Football Union Champions League, where they played a number of matches in quick succession, conceded that there were some injury worries but posited that they would be up to the task.”We have had enough time to recover for this game, which has not been the case recently. We have some niggling injuries, but we should be okay. The team is not 100 per cent, but we should be good enough to get the job done.TRAINING FOR GAME”The team has been training in preparation for this game. The final training was this morning, and we are pretty positive. We intend to play our normal game and intend to get a positive result and return to Montego Bay for the second leg, where we will take care of business,” Powell said.Arnett Gardens’ Waite was just as positive, if not more so than Powell.”We want to settle it from early to make sure we are in command, and we are targeting two or three goals,” said Waite, who rested a number of his key players in their last two regular-season games.Added Waite: “We are ready and looking forward to the game. Vishinul Harris is up and going, Oneil Thompson is fit and ready, Ranike Anderson is raring to go.”The vibes are good all round. Everyone is looking forward to the game. The only issue is that it is only 11 players who can start and three substitutes, so that is our only challenge, and even if we have injuries, we have adequate replacements,” the confident Waite explained.Besides the names mentioned above, Waite will be looking to the likes of Newton Sterling. Kemal Malcolm, and the veteran Leon Strickland.Whenever Dino Williams is at his best, Montego Bay United is unstoppable especially when Owayne Gordon and Allan Ottey offer support. Add to that group the hungry Donovan Carey and Jermain Woozencroft, and Montego Bay United will be a big threat.last_img read more

Man City relying on Jesus for positive ending in EPL

first_img INSTANT IMPACT ON THIS WEEKEND 2 p.m: West Ham vs Tottenham Gabriel Jesus then broke his foot against Bournemouth on February 13, ruling him out for six weeks. Since his return, he made an instant impact and had a goal disallowed as a late substitute in the 0-0 draw against Manchester United, before scoring City’s equaliser in the 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough on Sunday. City have four league games left – starting with Crystal Palace at home tomorrow – to try to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, and Gabriel Jesus is set to be Guardiola’s go-to attacker, especially after Aguero came off injured against Middlesbrough with an apparent groin injury. Aguero has scored 30 goals this season, and no other player has hit double figures, with City regularly spurning countless chances, much to Guardiola’s chagrin. Yet even in his short time at the club, Gabriel Jesus has shown he offers a more rounded game than his fellow striker and may have as much of a striker’s instinct in the box. Guardiola has remarked how impressed he is by Gabriel Jesus’ quick adjustment to both the pace and intensity of the Premier League. “He is dynamic, he is aggressive,” Guardiola said about Gabriel Jesus in welcoming the striker back after injury. “His influence on his other teammates is huge.” And that’s the thing for Guardiola. While Aguero may be a scoring machine he’s netted in 11 of his last 14 games Gabriel Jesus makes the team operate more effectively as a whole with his pressing and energy from the front. In the four games he has started and played the full 90 minutes, against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and West Ham, Swansea and Middlesbrough in the league, City has scored 11 goals. Before his injury, City’s front three of Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling gelled so well that Guardiola said they were “the future of the club.” That should be the front line at Etihad Stadium tomorrow, as City look to avoid becoming the latest member of the top six to stumble against Palace. Sam Allardyce’s team has beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool over the past month as it climbs away from relegation trouble, and has proven especially dangerous away from home with quick and elusive wingers Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend feeding striker Christian Benteke. Todaycenter_img Tomorrow MANCHESTER, England (AP): It’s a nagging question that occupies the thoughts of Pep Guardiola. “What would have happened,” the Manchester City manager pondered recently, “if we’d been able to have Gabriel Jesus all season?” Perhaps City would still be in the English Premier League title race, instead of being caught up in a contest just to finish fourth. Perhaps City would have advanced beyond the last 16 of the Champions League, instead of getting eliminated at the earliest stage in Guardiola’s coaching career. It’s clear in every answer he gives about Gabriel Jesus that Guardiola thinks extremely highly of the 20-year-old striker, who completed his move from Palmeiras in December and only made his debut in late January. And it’s easy to see why. The Brazil international scored three goals in his first three league games, performing at such a level in training and in competitive play that he ousted top scorer Sergio Aguero from the starting line-up. 6:30 a.m: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 9 a.m: Bournemouth vs Stoke City 9 a.m: Burnley vs West Brom 9 a.m: Hull City vs Sunderland 9 a.m: Leicester vs Watford 11:30 a.m: Swansea vs Everton Sunday 7:30 a.m: Liverpool vs Southampton 10 a.m: Arsenal vs Manchester United Monday 2 p.m: Chelsea vs Middlesbroughlast_img read more

Mocon quietly making big impact for Red Lions

first_imgJavee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith much of the attention in San Beda focused on Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon shared that he’s just fine working in the shadows for the Red Lions.And in the process, the 22-year-old has developed another dimension in his game as he embraced the playmaking role for the Red Lions.ADVERTISEMENT “This year, everyone is so focused on Robert so I have to make plays. Once they double team Robert, I get free. So when I attack, I can kick the ball out to the open man,” he said.Mocon showed the newest facet of his game as he recorded a near triple-double in San Beda’s 81-74 win over Letran on Tuesday, tallying 17 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But the 6-foot-4 forward gave all credit for his solid game to his teammates.“I just did what I always do every game, doing the extra passes, and luckily, they made their shots off my passes and I got the rebounds,” he said. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’ Mocon, though, wouldn’t deny that he’s taking this season, his fourth year in San Beda, differently, acknowledging that this is already the right time for him to hone his skills in preparation for the next level.“Every day, I have to make something better for me when it comes to my skills,” he said, while keeping the Red Lions’ title retention aspirations at a premium. “Every game, we just have to give it all out because all teams are behind us.”San Beda will now take a 10-day break before returning to the court on August 4 against JRU.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View commentslast_img read more

Wayne Rooney hit by two-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UAAP Starting 5: Weeks 1 and 2 His legal team asked the judge to consider not imposing a community order because of his ongoing charitable work but he said he was “not convinced” that imposing a large fine “would have the same effect”.Rooney, who rejoined boyhood club Everton after 13 trophy-laden years at Manchester United in July, tweeted an apology to his 16.4 million followers.“Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” Rooney said in a statement.“I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career.“Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.”ADVERTISEMENT He was stopped by police when driving a woman’s black Volkswagen Beetle at around 2:00 am (0100 GMT) on September 1 and later arrested and bailed.Stockport Magistrates’ Court was told a breathalyser test showed Rooney’s alcohol level was 104 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath.Rooney, 31, was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney arrives at Stockport Magsitrates court in Stockport, north-west England on September 18, 2017.Rooney, England’s all-time record goalscorer and former captain, appeared at court after being arrested by on September 1, and consequently charged with driving whilst over the prescribed limit. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFFormer England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid community work after pleading guilty to drunk-driving.The Everton striker apologised for an “unforgivable lack of judgement” following his sentencing by a court in northern England for being nearly three times over the drink-drive limit while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Charity workEarlier, Rooney entered court in a dark blue suit and black tie and sat in the public gallery next to his agent Paul Stretford.When asked how he pleaded to the charge that he drove under the influence of alcohol while over the prescribed limit, he replied guilty.Michael Rainford, defending, said Rooney accepted the facts of the prosecution case in full and highlighted his charity work.“He is not somebody who pays lip service to the charities as so many often do,” he said. “This is somebody who is actually hands-on with the work he carries out. It is something that is very close to his heart.”Following the hearing, the footballer left court with his lawyers again followed by a media scrum of TV cameras, press photographers and reporters.His entourage fought their way through the throng to a waiting people-carrier with tinted windows and Rooney was driven away.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with internally, adding that he was “disappointed” by the drink-driving charge.Rooney has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they are expecting their fourth child.He was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat for Everton. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances.His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career.Rooney first burst onto the scene aged just 16 at Everton and went on to score 17 goals in 77 appearances for the “Toffees” before moving to Manchester United, where he won multiple trophies, including the Champions League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more