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It would have been hard to believe three months ago but the British Horseracing Authority itself now appears to be a problem for the sport of horse racing. Early in the year it seemed to be a regulator of at least average competence, a bit dozy perhaps but showing signs of waking up under a dynamic chief executive who was not long in the door.
In light of the astonishing collapse of the Jim Best prosecution and associated revelations it is possible to draw a rather darker picture. The BHA begins to remind one of Skynet, the operating system from the Terminator movies that became self-aware and turned on its inventors, prioritising only its own survival.Continue reading...
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• Stier can be named as official at racing’s ruling body who dismissed concerns
• Guardian sees Stier’s letter to PJA over perceived bias in disciplinary process
Jamie Stier can be named as the official at racing’s ruling body who, more than a year ago, rejected concerns about perceptions of bias in the disciplinary panel which have recently caused such mortification to his employer. His decision to wave away objections made by the Professional Jockeys Association has resulted in the quashing of a recent verdict against the trainer Jim Best, several emergency measures aimed at shoring up confidence in the system and a cost to racing likely to run into six figures.Continue reading...
• O’Neill also criticised in March for ‘ugly’ wives remark
Martin O’Neill has apologised for making an “inappropriate” comment as the Republic of Ireland squad were given a big Euro 2016 sendoff in Cork.
O’Neill, his staff and players attended an event at the city’s Opera House last Wednesday which was not open to the media, although excerpts were later broadcast by the organiser, Today FM.Continue reading...
• Brian Clough’s ‘Picasso of our game’ to be inducted in November ceremony
John Robertson, the double European Cup winner described by Brian Clough as “the Picasso of our game”, is to be honoured with a place in the hall of fame at the National Football Museum.Continue reading...
On a brisk summer afternoon in Clissold Park in Hackney, east London, a group of boys aged seven and eight arrive for their first football trial. Although most of the parents try to underplay it all, with ready smiles and encouraging words come what may, it is a big moment for the boys. At stake is a place in the new intake for the academy at their grassroots club, London Soccer Stars.
There are 35 boys invited for trial. Most have been at the club since the age of three or four, when they started out playing imaginative pirate games or racing car drills to make early ball coordination skills fun. By now the coaches know the players and their capabilities and in trying to form a well-rounded squad they face the same niggle that crops up every year. Midfield players? No problem. Attackers? Fine. Defenders? Hmmm. Not so straightforward. AK Miah, the head of the academy, estimates that out of the 35 contenders there are only two players who show natural defensive qualities.Continue reading...
- NBA MVP has been suffering from knee and ankle complaints
- Curry currently playing in NBA finals for Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the US basketball team without the NBA’s MVP.
Curry said on Monday in a statement that he has decided to pull out for “several factors — including recent ankle and knee injuries”.Continue reading...
• Minister plays down concerns over Olympic velodrome and metro link
Brazil’s new sports minister has predicted there will be “close to zero” cases of Zika recorded during the Olympic Games as he mounted a trenchant rearguard action over a host of issues clouding preparations for Rio.
Leonardo Picciani, who recently became the third person to fill the role since March, said he was convinced the Games, which start on 5 August, would be a success despite a backdrop of political and economic turmoil and a range of other concerns from unfinished transport links to doping controversies.Continue reading...
• ‘If players cooperate there must be something beyond giving maximum ban’
Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, has criticised the International Cricket Council for a lack of professionalism and confidentiality when handling his match-fixing evidence and warned players may be deterred from coming forward in future.Continue reading...