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Published: Monday | December 30, 2013 Comments 0

WI/NZ second one-day int'l abandoned

NAPIER, New Zealand (CMC):

The second one-day international (ODI) between West Indies and New Zealand was abandoned yesterday due to a wet outfield. Persistent rain throughout the morning and early afternoon in Napier left a section of the field too wet for play and the umpires called off the match shortly after 5 p.m. local time, three hours after the scheduled start.

Both teams meet in the third ODI in Queenstown on New Year's Day (Tuesday night Caribbean time). The West Indies lead the five-match ODI series 1-0.

Jacobs to lead CCC


Guyanese off-spinning all-rounder Steven Jacobs is tipped to lead the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) in the 2014 NAGICO Super50 Regional Tournament, according to media reports. The Guyana Chronicle quoted an official of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) as saying that a request has been made for Jacobs' release, pending his decision.

"A request was made from CCC to the GCB, for Jacobs to be released to lead that side in the NAGICO Super50 and same was granted, only after our chairman of selectors sat down and held a discussion with Jacobs, who had the final decision to make," the paper quoted GCB's secretary Anand Sanasie, who is a director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

"Out of that discussion, it was noted that should Jacobs, who is currently undergoing studies at the Cave Hill, St Michael Barbados-based University of the West Indies, decide to take up the offer from the CCC, which he later did, he will have the full backing of the GCB."

Jacobs also captained the West Indies Under-19s in the 2007-08 Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Cup.

T&T baller in coma

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Former Trinidad and Tobago youth footballer Akeem Adams, has reportedly slipped into a coma on Saturday in Hungary following a stroke, according to Wired868, an online sports journal. Adams, who has been awaiting a heart transplant since suffering a heart attack in September, suffered a relapse.

"It seems like only a miracle could save him now," Wired868 quoted a source, who prefers to remain anonymous until Ferencvaros makes an official statement. "It is really horrible news."

Adams has undergone at least four supposedly life-saving operations at the Varosmajori Heart Clinic in Budapest, including the insertion of a mechanical heart and the amputation of his left leg from below the knee in late September and early October, respectively.

On Boxing Day, Adams spoke to friends and relatives in Trinidad and said he was in good spirits and that doctors expected to perform the transplant in February.

Schumacher 'critical'


A French hospital says retired Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after hitting his head during a skiing accident. The Grenoble University Hospital Center says Schumacher arrived in a coma and underwent brain surgery after sustaining a serious head trauma. The seven-time F1 champion driver fell while skiing in the French Alps earlier yesterday and was transported by helicopter to Grenoble.

Anelka controversy


Nicolas Anelka returned to the headlines. And - once again - the bad boy of French football grabbed the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Anelka caused an outcry in his home country by celebrating a goal scored in the English Premier League for his English club, West Bromwich Albion, on Saturday with a gesture viewed as being anti-Semitic and described by France's sports minister as "disgusting".

The scandal quickly widened as European Jewish Congress president, Moshe Kantor, asked the Premier League to ban Anelka. The Football Association is considering opening an investigation.

"This salute is merely a lesser-known Nazi salute and we expect the same kind of punishment to be handed down by the authorities as if Anelka had made the infamous outstretched arm salute," Kantor said. "This salute was created by a well-known extreme anti-Semite who has displayed his hatred of Jews, mocked the Holocaust and Jewish suffering."

The gesture, known as a "quenelle" - a traditional French dish - is often performed by French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala and described as an inverted Nazi salute. It involves pointing one straightened arm downward while touching that arm's shoulder with the opposite hand.

Anelka made the gesture after scoring the first of his two goals in a 3-3 draw at West Ham on Saturday. The former France international, whose career has been marred by controversy, has defended himself against the accusations, saying he was merely expressing his support for Dieudonne.

He again took to Twitter on Sunday, explaining that his gesture was "anti-system", and denied accusations of racism or anti-Semitism.

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