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McCullum tells court of Cairns’ approach

first_imgLONDON (AP):New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum has given evidence in a London court alleging the former star allrounder Chris Cairns approached him with a “business proposition” that involved match fixing.Former New Zealand international Cairns is accused of lying during a libel action against Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi and is facing charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.McCullum and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting are among the cricketers who have been called to give evidence.Britain’s Press Association reported yesterday that McCullum told the Southwark Crown Court he was in Kolkata, India in April 2008 when he received a phone call from Cairns, who wanted to discuss a business proposition and asked him to meet at his hotel.McCullum said he was shocked when Cairns laid out the plan, saying he thought of the former New Zealand allrounder “as a friend I looked up to and someone I trust”.He said Cairns asked him if he knew anything about spot fixing in cricket, which is where players can manipulate the scoring rate either as a bowler or a batsman.”I was shocked. I sort of thought he may have been joking, but I quickly became aware that he was not joking. He said that everybody is doing it; all the big boys are doing it. Will you take it on?” McCullum was quoted as saying.McCullum said he rejected the approach in a later phone call, saying: “I wish I had said no straight away. I could not comprehend that Chris would put me in a position which would risk my future in the game.”In 2010, Modi used a social media account to accuse Cairns of fixing a game in the now defunct Indian Cricket League, a rival Twenty20 competition to the IPL, in 2008.Cairns sued Modi in London for libel and was awarded damages but is now subject to the perjury action.last_img read more

Sweden captain makes incredible sacrifice ahead of World Cup clash with England

first_imgAndreas Granqvist has missed the birth of his daughter in order to beat England.The Sweden captain, who will lead his country into battle against the Three Lions on Saturday, missed the birth of his second daughter after his wife Sofie forbade him from coming home.Baby Mika arrived on Thursday evening, and Granqvist took to Instagram to reassure fans both mother and child were fine.The Helsingborgs centre-half was set to return to his home country to help his wife, but she refused to let him leave Russia.Sofie Granqvist said: ” “I’m absolutely not letting him come home, I’m completely fine with my friends and family there and what could be more important than the World Cup right now?”One man who is likely to sympathise with Granqvist is talkSPORT’s very own Tony Cascarino, who could not believe Fabian Delph left Russia for the birth of his daughter! Check out the video below! “You’re going to spend the rest of your life with your kid!”Tony Cascarino says Fabian Delph would be making a mistake if he left the #ENG camp to be at the birth of his third child 👶 🏆 #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/0BUIUMQgfz— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 24, 2018The Manchester City star missed the nerve-wracking last-16 penalty shootout victory over Colombia to attend to the birth of his daughter.Boss Gareth Southgate excused the versatile midfielder, who returned for the crunch clash with the Swedes on Thursday.last_img read more

Mbappe: Cavani and Neymar do the work

first_imgPSG ‘They do all the work’ – Mbappe loves playing with playing with PSG stars Cavani and Neymar Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:48 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG-cropped Getty Images PSG Kylian Mbappé PSG v Bordeaux Bordeaux Ligue 1 Neymar The youngster heaped praised on his veteran team-mates following Saturday’s 6-2 rout Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe said it is easy to play with Neymar and Edinson Cavani after the pair inspired a landslide victory for Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.World-record signing Neymar bagged a brace and Cavani was also on target as PSG crushed Bordeaux 6-2 in Paris on Saturday.Nice 8/1 to beat Marseille 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The pair dispelled rift rumours after an on-field disagreement over penalty-taking duties against Lyon a fortnight ago, helping PSG to their most prolific first half in Ligue 1 history, having scored five goals in the opening period.Speaking about Neymar and Cavani post-match, Mbappe – who completed the scoring for PSG approaching the hour-mark in the French capital – said:  “It’s easy to play with players like that [Cavani and Neymar].”They are really great players. I just have to adapt to their movements, to pass them the ball, and they do all the work.”#ALLEZPARIS!! pic.twitter.com/NQWtqkAPFk— PSG English (@PSG_English) September 30, 2017Neymar converted a penalty during the match, with Cavani happy to let the Brazil international take the spot-kick in the 40th minute as the pair hugged.However, Mbappe refused to be drawn on whether this will remain the case for future games.”I saw like you: He took the ball, he shot and he scored, end of story,” the 18-year-old added. “Now, I think you’ll talk about it and you’ll analyse so you’ll know better than me!”last_img read more