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Simmons half-century keeps Mumbai hopes alive
RAIPUR, India (CMC): West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons stroked an unbeaten half-century to lift Mumbai Indians to a convincing nine-wicket win over Southern Express on Sunday and keep alive the Indian Premier League (IPL) giants' hopes of a spot in the main draw of the Champions League Twenty20.
Chasing a tricky 162 for victory in their second match of the qualifiers at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Mumbai romped to their target off 16.2 overs, with the right-handed Simmons stroking 76. He faced 51 balls and struck 11 fours and a six, adding 139 for the first wicket with Australian Mike Hussey, whose 60 came from 40 balls and included five fours and three sixes.
West Indies power-hitter Kieron Pollard, who is leading the side, finished the innings in style with three massive sixes in an unbeaten 20 off just seven deliveries.
Earlier, the Sri Lankan side Southern Express rallied well to reach a decent score after being sent in, with lower-order batsman Farveez Maharoof striking 41 not out off 22 balls with three fours and two sixes.
Two teams from the four-team qualifying playoff will earn spots in the main draw.
Mumbai suffered a shock six-wicket loss to Lahore Lions in their first match on Saturday.
Union expect to file Rice appeal today
NEW YORK (AP): The players' union plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week.
NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press yesterday "we are expecting to appeal before the deadline on Tuesday night".
That deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Rice was originally suspended for two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. When videotape of that incident was made public and showed Rice punching his now-wife Janay, knocking her unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens released the running back.
Almost immediately after that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made Rice's suspension indefinite. Although he doesn't have a team, Rice remains a member of the NFLPA.
Rice can apply for reinstatement when he convinces Goodell that he is "addressing this issue".
Rice can avoid prosecution and a criminal record by completing a pre-trial intervention programme, a resolution prosecutors said they agreed to after consulting with Janay Rice.
The NFL hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to look into how the league sought and handled evidence in the domestic-violence case.
Ronaldinho called 'monkey' by former city official
MEXICO CITY (AP): A former public official in the Mexican city where Ronaldinho has signed to play has called the Brazilian star "a monkey".
The comment by Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez, who was the secretary of social development in Queretaro, was published in Facebook.
"Seriously, I try to be tolerant," Trevino wrote. "But I hate football, and the idiotic phenomenon that it produces. I hate it even more because people flood the streets and it takes two hours to get home. All this for a monkey, A Brazilian monkey, but still."
In a statement, the club said "racism, xenophobia ... and other discriminatory practices are a form of violence that should be erased from society."
The club asked the appropriate authorities to take action.
Ronaldinho signed for Queretaro two weeks ago and is expected to play his first match this week.