Smith's NSW out
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):
Dwayne Smith failed to fire as his New South Wales crashed out of the Twenty20 Big Bash with a 54-run loss to Queensland yesterday. The out-of-favour West Indies all-rounder was dismissed without scoring as the Blues stuttered to 56 for seven, in pursuit of 111 for victory in the rain-ravaged affair at the ANZ Stadium.
In a match reduced to nine overs aside, Queensland rattled up 110 for four after winning the toss and opting to bat first. They lost Jamie Hopes (5) cheaply with the score on 13, but successive partnerships bolstered the innings and propelled them to their eventual score.
Dailey to face disciplinary board
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
National captain Delbert Dailey will know his fate soon when he appears before the disciplinary committee of the Dominica Football Association for assaulting a referee.
Dailey, who led Dominica to a 4-0 victory over the British Virgin Islands last December at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium, has been suspended by the DFA for assaulting former FIFA referee Ibrahim Brohim. The senior national player landed two punches to Brohim's head during a Premiere Division football match on Sunday between St Joseph and Cliff Top Icons.
Dailey became incensed when the referee awarded a penalty kick against his St Joseph team, five minutes before the half-time interval in the encounter which finished 1-0 to Icons.
CABINDA, Angola (AP):
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has finally joined his teammates and is available for tomorrow's African Cup of Nations match against Ivory Coast. The Chelsea star arrived in Angola yesterday and flew to the Northern town of Cabinda where the Ghana team is based.
Ghana Football Association spokesman Randy Abbey told the Associated Press that Essien, whose arrival in Angola had been delayed by poor weather in England, "is ready to play".
Ghana open their campaign against Ivory Coast in Group B tomorrow.
NEW DELHI (AP):
A major sponsor of the Indian hockey team released 10 million Indian rupees ($219,000) to striking players yesterday in a bid to resolve a pay dispute that has disrupted preparations for the upcoming World Cup, Press Trust of India reported.
The Indian hockey team began a training boycott last week Friday when it refused to attend a camp in the western city of Pune until it was paid wages owing to the players. Team sponsor, the multi-industry conglomerate Sahara India Pariwar, said in a statement it had paid the funds to Hockey India in a suspense account for distribution to the players so they can "peacefully and happily practice and play for the country".
McGwire still 'lying'
Former major league All Star Jose Canseco says Mark McGwire is still lying about his use of steroids and his former manager Tony La Russa isn't telling the truth either. McGwire admitted Monday that he used steroids for a decade, including when he hit 70 homers in 1998, but denied Canseco's claims that he injected himself and McGwire with steroids in bathroom stalls.
Canseco told ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago that it was "ironic and strange" that McGwire was calling him a liar again. Canseco also said he passed a polygraph test and challenged McGwire to take one on national TV.