SPORTS BRIEFS – Taipei Times


Roof Collapse Times Test

Rain and high winds caused the roof of a stand at the Galle International Stadium to collapse, delaying the start of the second day of the test between hosts Sri Lanka and Australia yesterday. Southwesterly winds battered the port city, upsetting broadcast equipment and one of the ground sighting screens. The makeshift roof of one of the smaller stands on the ground was also knocked down by the storm. No injuries were reported. The weather kept the players grounded until after lunch and only 44 overs were played before bad light stopped play. However, it was enough for Australia to take a 101 run lead in the first innings. on the stumps, Usman Khawaja (71) and Cameron Green (77) providing the bulk of the score as the visitors made it 313-8 after beating Sri Lanka away. day 1 for 212.


CA “amazed” by the costume

Cricket Australia (CA) is ‘astonished’ by the legal action being taken against it by broadcast partner Seven Network and would defend itself ‘hardly’ in court, the governing body said yesterday. The broadcaster is seeking to terminate its six-year, A$450 million (US$309.69 million) contract, alleging “multiple quality and standards breaches by CA” of the media rights agreement between the of them. The CA denied the allegations and said it had delivered two “very successful” seasons of cricket, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Hate online to attract bans

People convicted of online hate crimes related to football can now be banned from attending matches, the UK public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. British courts could previously only issue so-called restraining orders for offenses against the person. However, prosecutors said he would now be able to ask the courts for harsher penalties for people “intent to behave in a hateful manner”.


Ronaldo seeks damages

Cristiano Ronaldo is asking a US judge to order a woman’s lawyer to pay damages of more than US$626,000 after claiming in a failed trial that Ronaldo raped the woman in Las Vegas near a decade earlier. Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christiansen, asked US District Court Judge Jennifer Dorsey in a filing to make the woman’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, personally liable for the amount. On June 10, Dorsey kicked the case out of court to punish Stovall for “bad faith conduct” and improper use of leaked and stolen documents.


Victorious’s hotel searched

Danish police yesterday raided the Bahrain Victorious hotel at the request of the French authorities, Copenhagen police said in a statement on the eve of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Authorities searched team vehicles and the rooms of staff and riders at 5.30am in Brondby. The homes of riders and staff were also raided by police on Monday before they left for the Tour. French prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into doping allegations against Bahrain Victorious after police raided the team’s hotel at the end of last year’s race. The team said in a statement that they cooperated fully with authorities and the search was completed within two hours. “No items were seized from the team,” he said.

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