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New awards for Sagicor Sigma Run
Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run has introduced new awards for the 2015 road race slated for Sunday, February 22.
Cash awards of $50,000 will accompany two of the new awards; largest college group and high school categories. Meanwhile, new run trophy categories include Champion College Group, Champion High School Team Female, Champion High School Team Male, and the Best Non-Corporate Group Award.
Alysia White, manager promotions and public relations at Sagicor, says the new award categories are well deserved. "We're very excited to introduce these new awards. Our high schools and colleges are already very competitive and we're happy that some of that healthy school spirit will now be part of the Sagicor Sigma Run," said White.
Morocco fined $1m by CAF
BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP):
Morocco was fined US$1 million by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday and may ultimately have to pay up to $10 million for failing to host this year's African Cup of Nations tournament because of the fear of Ebola.
Morocco was also banned from the next two tournaments in 2017 and 2019, Africa's football body announced.
In addition to the fine, CAF said it was seeking around US$9 million in compensation from the North African nation for backing out of the hosting agreement.
Morocco Football Federation vice-president, Nourreddine El Bouchhati, told a local news website that "a meeting will be held within the federation to discuss the measures to take."
Equatorial Guinea stepped in at short notice late last year to host the three-week tournament in Morocco's place. It ends tomorrow.
Van Gaal to contest FA charge
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, says he will contest a charge by the English Football Association that he implied a referee was biased against his team during an FA Cup match.
Van Gaal said after United's 0-0 draw with fourth-tier Cambridge on January 23 that, "every aspect of the match is against us - the pitch, the referee. Everything that you can think about this is against you." He was charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.
The Dutchman says yesterday "I never said anything wrong. I never say something about the referee, never."
Van Gaal added: "I am not angry, I am very disappointed. For nearly 30 years I have been a trainer, coach or manager and I have never been charged."
Equatorial Guinea fined for crowd violence
BATA, Equatorial Guinea (AP):
Equatorial Guinea's football federation was fined US$100,000 yesterday after at least 36 people were injured when angry home fans threw bottles and rocks and clashed with riot police during their team's semi-final loss at the African Cup of Nations.
The Confederation of African Football also ordered Equatorial Guinea to pay for the treatment of all the people injured in the ugly scenes on Thursday at Malabo Stadium.
The match was halted for over 30 minutes late in the second half as Ghanaian fans fled the missiles being thrown at them, forced open a gate, and ran onto the field to huddle for safety behind one of the goals. Ghana won the match 3-0.