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first_img(CMC) – ALL-ROUNDER Carlos Brathwaite will part with 15 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during West Indies’ defeat to India here Thursday.It is the second time Brathwaite has found himself in trouble with umpires in the tournament following a similar violation in the England match earlier this month.While bowling the 42nd over of the India innings, the 30-year-old protested a wide called by the umpire, in violation of Article 2.8 of the ICC Players code relating to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.There was no need for a formal hearing after Brathwaite admitted to the breach and accepted the sanction.Brathwaite was also slapped with one demerit point, adding to the other one received earlier this month in the England match.West Indies went down by 125 runs to India at Old Trafford to see their World Cup dreams vanish.Brathwaite had a match to forget, leaking 33 runs from three overs of medium pace before making just one, as West Indies collapsed for 143 in pursuit of 269 for victory.last_img read more

first_imgUtley will file an appeal today and a decision could come before gametime. One would certainly hope so. If not, Utley will be introduced on the baseline before Game 3, amid 44,000-plus pitchforks. And he probably will be seen in the batter’s box, too. What fun.Before the suspension, Don Mattingly said Utley had a good shot at getting into the lineup. He has a .333 average in 24 plate apperances against Matt Harvey, the Mets starter.Harvey also spoke Sunday. “As far as sticking up for my teammates, going out there and doing what’s right is exactly what I’m going to do,” he said.One can reasonably interpret that as a warning for Utley to wear very light shoes in the batter’s box, in either Game 3 or a possible Game 5, although Harvey would be more eloquent if he postponed the retribution and pitched nine incident-free innings.One can also assume that several Mets will make sure they slide enthusiastically into second base. @MWhicker03LANG on TwitterChase Utley plays it like hockey. No bro-hugs, no chitchat. No higher compliment.Baseball could use much more of that. But when something illegal, damaging and malicious happens in hockey, the punishment is decisive and the explanation is sound.On Sunday night, MLB suspended Utley for Games 3-4 of the N.L. Division Series, tonight and Tuesday in Citi Field, after his excessive slide wiped out Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada and broke his fibula in Game 2. And that is exactly what should happen. The Mets should file their protest with fastballs and spikes. Utley surely expects it. So do the Dodgers. But baseball won’t stand for it. Harvey will be warned before the game and then ejected if anything comes close to the chin, and the actual competition will be further distorted. Whether Joe Torre weighed Utley’s likely appearance and Harvey’s apparent warning is something only he knows. In the 1973 NLCS, Cincinnati’s Pete Rose was enraged that Mets’ shortstop Bud Harrelson was mocking the Reds’ hitter after a Jon Matlack shutout. He slid hard into second base (not into Harrelson) and then got up and popped up, sparking a brawl that brought whisky bottles from the audience at Shea Stadium. Sparky Anderson pulled the Reds off the field.Those were different days. Security will be U.N.-tight at Citi Field, but then it should always be.Should Utley play in these New York games? Of course not.There’s the argument that baseball is becoming too effete and clubby and Utley is a shining exception to that. That is probably true, except that the “Hal McRae Rule” dictates that you have to be at least somewhat interested in sliding into the base and not just the fielder.In the 1977 ALCS, Kansas City’s McRae ran through the bag to go after the Yankees’ Willie Randolph. Because of that Frank White was able to score and tie a game, just as Kike Hernandez did Saturday, courtesy of Utley. That sparked new legislation, as the Utley-Tejada play probably will.There is the argument that we wouldn’t be even discussing this if Tejada weren’t hurt. Again, probably true. And what’s wrong with that? Hockey’s Department of Player Safety takes injuries into consideration, and also history. The Mets remember that Utley went after Tejada similarly in 2010.Here, the Mets lose their most consequential defender because Utley went over the top.Pirates fans erupted because the Cubs’ Chris Coghlan got no suspension after he plowed into shortstop Jung-Ho Kang and knocked him out for the season, which ended when Chicago beat Pittsburgh in the wild-card game. But Coghlan at least was reaching for the bag with his left hand when he took out Kang’s knee, and actually slid first instead of chop-blocking.Utley disrupted the competitive balance of the series, no matter how unintentionally, and he set into motion a Dodgers victory. Again, if umpire Chris Guccione calls Utley and Howie Kendrick out, as the rules provide, then Kike Hernandez doesn’t score and the Mets lead 2-1 after seven innings.Second baseman Daniel Murphy hung Tejada out to dry with a wayward toss, as Rose correctly pointed out on a studio show. At that point Tejada was a defenseless receiver. Utley could still have hindered Tejada by sliding on time and staying close to a base that he still hasn’t touched.It was not “good old hardball.” It was irresponsible and reckless. But MLB is secretly aglow. It now has its controversy and its storyline: The Guilty v. The Aggrieved.If Utley somehow plays, just make sure the jury stays in the box.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 1,000 people gathered in New Zealand today for the funeral of millionaire Donegal-born businessman Hugh Green.Mr.Green, 80, was laid to rest after funeral mass at Christ the King Church in the Auckland suburb of Owairka.Those who attended included family, friends, politicians and business leaders. Mr Green’s family have said they plan to return to Donegal at some stage in the future to spread some of his ashes on the Green family grave in Convoy. MORE THAN 1,000 MOURNERS SAY FAREWELL TO HUGH GREEN was last modified: July 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:funeralHugh Greenlast_img read more

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