Richard Madley Recalls His IPL Career Highlight And It Involves MS Dhoni


Richard Madley was the auctioneer for the Indian Premier League (IPL) for 10 years. However, the Welshman Madley was “dropped” from the forthcoming IPL auction by the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) which is slated to take place on December 18 in Jaipur. Madley recently tweeted that he has not been invited to auction the IPL this year and it was not his decision. He also said that in cricketing terms he was dropped. As soon as he made the announcement of Twitter fans from all over India replied him to say that they will miss him.

One of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans also took the chance to ask Madley about his favourite moment from the lucrative IPL.

Madley to this replied that selling former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the inaugural edition of the league was his career highlight.

For the upcoming IPL auctions, flamboyant Australian batsmen Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch had opted out, largely owing to Australia’s hectic schedule in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, according to reports by ESPNcricinfo.

Among the Indians, Yuvraj Singh – after a dismal IPL 2018 – will enter the auction with a base price of Rs 1 crore. And Mohammad Shami, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha – who has been out of the Indian team due to a streak of injuries – also enter the auction with a Rs 1 crore base price.

Another Indian cricketer who deserves notable mention is Jaydev Unadkat, who will enter the auction with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Unadkat was surprisingly the most expensive Indian in last year’s IPL, having been bought for Rs 11.5 crore by the Rajasthan Royals.





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JD.com Founder Richard Liu Returns To China After US Arrest


Richard Liu was arrested over the misconduct allegations on Friday.

Beijing: 

Tech billionaire and JD.com founder Richard Liu has returned to China, the company said today, following a brief arrest in the US over allegations of criminal sexual conduct.

“He has been released without any charges and without requirement for bail,” a spokeswoman for the company said in a statement.

“Mr. Liu has returned to work in China.”

JD.com, the company which Liu founded in 1998, is an e-commerce juggernaut in China and the main competitor to industry leader Alibaba.

Liu, also known by his Chinese name Liu Qiangdong, was arrested over the misconduct allegations late Friday and released Saturday afternoon in the midwestern US city of Minneapolis, records from Hennepin County Jail showed.

The Minneapolis Police Department over the weekend said the investigation remained active but would not confirm details of the arrest or the allegations against 45-year-old Liu.

“The individual was arrested Friday evening and released Saturday afternoon. He was released pending formal complaint,” public information officer John Elder told AFP.

In the state of Minnesota, “criminal sexual conduct” encompasses a broad spectrum of non-consensual sexual activity.

China’s foreign ministry said today that its consulate in Chicago was closely following developments in the case. It was “seeking information and verification from the related US authorities”, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

In an earlier statement posted to Chinese social media network Weibo, JD.com described the allegations as false. It appeared to contradict US police by adding authorities found no evidence of misconduct and released Liu to continue his trip.

The Nasdaq-listed JD.com has made headway in its battle with e-commerce giant Alibaba by operating its own logistics network and providing Chinese customers with same-day or next-day delivery for many of their purchases.

In June, Google announced it would invest more than half a billion dollars in JD.com as part of a move to expand retail services around the world.

The firms will marry JD’s supply chain and logistics experience with Google technology to create “next generation” personalised retail service in regions including Southeast Asia, the US and Europe, both companies said in a statement.

 

 





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Google Hires Sony’s VR Expert Richard Marks


In a sign that Google is up to something new in the gaming business, the search engine giant has hired Richard Marks, a former research engineer who helped create Sony’s PlayStation virtual reality (VR) headset and its PlayStation Move controllers, tech website VentureBeat reported.

Marks has joined the Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) at Google, the report on late Monday said.

“ATAP is at the intersection of science and application where our goal is to solve significant problems and close the gap between what if and what is. We’re super excited about Richard joining the senior team and look forward to his contributions,” Google was quoted as saying in a statement.

According to a report in The Information, Google was working on a service, codenamed ‘Yeti’, to stream games Chromecast style to a Google-made game console.

Marks had been part of Sony since 1999 and during his tenure he helped create the “EyeToy” and “PlayStation Eye camera,” which debuted in 2003 on the PlayStation 2 game console.

Recently he helped develop the “PlayStation VR“, which debuted in 2016 for “PlayStation 4“.

In January 2018, Google hired Phil Harrison, the former head of Sony’s game research and development and worldwide studios, as a Vice President and General Manager, along with some other renowned personalities of the gaming world, including former PlayStation Home Chief, Jack Buser and Xbox Live Arcade creator Greg Canessa.

There has not been any comment regarding Marks joining Google from Sony as yet.



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Cliff Richard, One Of Britain’s Biggest Pop Stars, Wins Major Privacy Lawsuit Against BBC


Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard won a long-running privacy court case against the BBC

London: 

Veteran British pop star Cliff Richard won a long-running case against the BBC on Wednesday after its broadcast live on TV a police raid on his home over allegations that were dropped later.

In the High Court, Judge Anthony Mann said the BBC had infringed Richard’s privacy rights in a “serious” and “sensationalist” way and awarded him 210,000 pounds ($274,000, 236,000 euros) for the “general effect” on his life.

He said Mr Richard was also entitled to further sums for the financial impact of the incident, which will be decided at a later date.

Cliff Richard, 77, was Britain’s first home-grown pop star. His home was raided in 2014 as a part of an investigation into historical allegations of sexual assault. But he was never arrested or criminally charged and was told in 2016 that there was insufficient evidence against him.

“My life was effectively turned upside down and my reputation, worldwide, was unnecessarily damaged. I would not want the same to happen to others whether in the public eye or not,” Mr Richard said in a statement at the start of his case.

“I firmly believe that privacy should be respected and that police guidelines are there to be followed.”

“That means that, save in exceptional circumstances, people should never be named unless and until they are charged. As everybody has accepted, there were no such ‘exceptional circumstances’ in my case.”

After the BBC got wind of the investigation, the police cut a deal with the broadcaster in a bid to delay them breaking the story.

The BBC was tipped off about the raid on Cliff Richard’s home and was outside in advance to film detectives sweeping in, broadcasting the search live from a helicopter.

The BBC has said it is “very sorry” for causing the singer distress but stood by its decision to report the investigation.

The police also apologized to the star.

Mr Richard, who burst onto the pop scene in the late 1950s, is the third biggest-selling artist in British singles chart history, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

His hits include “The Young Ones”, “Living Doll”, “Summer Holiday”, “Congratulations”, “Mistletoe and Wine” and “The Millennium Prayer”.

There has been a wave of accusations of historical sex abuse against prominent figures in Britain since 2012, when the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile was revealed to be a serial paedophile.

 





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New Zealand Cricket Legend Richard Hadlee To Undergo Second Round Of Cancer Surgery


New Zealand cricketing great Richard Hadlee will undergo a second round of surgery after cancer spread to his liver, his wife Dianne said on Monday. Last month, Hadlee had undergone a surgery for bowel cancer and was expected to make a full recovery after a course of chemotherapy. However, Dianne Hadlee provided an update on the 67-year-old cricketer’s condition. “This week, Richard will undergo further surgery after secondary cancer was discovered in his liver,” she said in a statement. “Medical advice is that it’s still at a very early stage and is operable.”

Born on July 3, 1951, Hadlee is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, and was the first to take 400 Test wickets. By the time he retired in 1990, he had played 86 Tests and taken 431 wickets at 22.29. His best bowling figures of 9/52 came against Australia in Brisbane in 1985.

He was also a hard-hitting batsman with a Test career total of 3,124 runs, including two centuries and 15 half-centuries, at an average of 27.16.

Hadlee represented New Zealand in 115 ODIs claiming 158 wickets and scored 1751 runs with a highest score of 79.

He made his Test debut for the Kiwis against Pakistan at Wellington in 1973 and played his last Test against England at Birmingham in July 1990.

Hadlee, who retired in 1990 at the age of 39, was knighted in the same year for his services to cricket.

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Cricketing Great Richard Hadlee Undergoes Surgery For Cancer


New Zealand cricketing great Richard Hadlee has recently undergone surgery for bowel cancer but is expected to make a full recovery, his wife Dianne Hadlee said in a statement on Wednesday. “Last month, Richard had a routine, three-year colonoscopy, and we discovered that he has bowel cancer. He has since had an operation to remove the tumour. This operation went extremely well and he has made an excellent recovery from surgery,” Dianne Hadlee said in the statement.

As a safeguard the 66-year-old fast bowling legend would soon commence chemotherapy treatment and “it is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery,” she added.

Born on July 3, 1951, Hadlee is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time and was the first to take 400 Test wickets. By the time he retired in 1990, he had played 86 Tests and taken 431 wickets at 22.29. His best bowling figures of 9/52 came against Australia in Brisbane in 1985.

He was also a hard-hitting batsman with a Test career total of 3,124 runs, including two centuries and 15 half-centuries, at an average of 27.16. Hadlee also represented New Zealand in 115 ODIs claiming 158 wickets and scored 1751 runs with a highest score of 79.

He made his Test debut for the Kiwis against Pakistan at Wellington in 1973 and played his last Test against England at Birmingham in July 1990.

Hadlee, who retired in 1990 at the age of 39, was knighted in the same year for his services to cricket.

 



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New Zealand legend Sir Richard Hadlee diagnosed with bowel cancer


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English Premier League Dealmaker Richard Scudamore To Step Down After Almost Two Decades


His announcement came hours after he had revealed the final two packages of the next broadcasting deal beginning in the 2019/20 season and which sees Amazon enter the market for the first time.

Scudamore, who was chief executive of the Football League for two years before joining the Premier League, said the job had been so enjoyable it didn’t feel like it had been work.

“It’s an absolute privilege to have been allowed to enjoy this role for so long, it is too much fun to be called a job,” said Scudamore, who is believed to earn a reported £900,000 a year.

“Football is an intoxicating environment and therefore difficult to give up being so involved, but my passion for what football means to so many and the positive impact it can make will never diminish.”

Scudamore said he will leave the competition in rude health.

“The Premier League is in great shape and the future is bright, of course there are still many things to improve and constant challenges, but that is what makes it so exhilarating,” said Scudamore in a statement on the Premier League web site.

“Because it so compelling, the League’s success will continue under new and re-invigorated leadership,” added Scudamore, who is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and five children and watching his beloved Bristol City, who play in the Football League.

Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea and also of the Premier League Audit and Remuneration Committee, paid a handsome tribute to Scuadmore.

“I speak for all the clubs when I say we are very sorry that Richard will be leaving, but we could not have asked for anything more from him,” said Buck.

“For 20 years he has led the Premier League with distinction.

“Whilst probably best known for the outstanding growth he has delivered, most importantly he commands the respect of everyone in football for the dignified and positive way he has managed the complexities of keeping the league together and moving us forward.”

Buck added that a replacement for Scudamore should be announced so there is no disruption to the smooth running of the organisation.

“The Premier League Board and the Audit Committee have been working on how we will replace Richard,” said Buck.

“We expect to make an appropriate appointment in good time so there can be a seamless transition.”

 

 



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Richard Gasquet Salutes ‘Monstrous’ Rafael Nadal After 16th Straight Loss To Spaniard


Richard Gasquet hailed Rafael Nadal’s “monstrous” game after being swatted aside by the 10-time French Open champion for the 16th consecutive time on Saturday, saying that “it’s impossible” once the Spaniard gets his nose in front. Nadal made it 16-0 in his rivalry with childhood friend Gasquet with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier. Gasquet has now lost his last 28 sets against his fellow 31-year-old, a run dating back to 2008. “You see the quality of his ball. He strikes strongly. Deep ball. When he plays on his backhand, he has an intensity which is monstrous,” he said.

“You know it, you have to hold on for all points.

“He has a lot of assets. His average ball is very strong. Once he’s ahead, it becomes impossible.”

The pair were regarded as two of the best young players of their generation as juniors, but Nadal has won 16 Grand Slam titles while Gasquet has never reached a final at the majors.

“I’m disappointed to lose, you always want to do better, but I’m not frustrated,” said the Frenchman.

“I’m disappointed, obviously. But I don’t feel powerless.”

Nadal took his run of consecutive completed sets at the French Open to 34, just seven shy of the record held by Bjorn Borg between 1979 and 1981.

But the world number one played down thoughts that he is unbeatable on clay — Austrian Dominic Thiem is the only player to win against him on the surface this year in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals.

“I don’t know what the others (players) think. All I know is about me,” he said.

“What I know is I go to the court, and I know that I could very well lose. I can win, I can lose. I don’t come here saying, ‘You can’t win against 

me’. 

“Of course I have won a lot, and it can maybe influence my opponents. But that’s their thing. It’s their problem.”

Nadal, who lost only two points in the first five games against Gasquet, will next play Germany’s world number 70 Maximilian Marterer, who beat Estonian lucky loser Jurgen Zopp 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 after knocking out rising star Denis Shapovalov in the second round.

“He’s a player that has a good potential. He hits the ball with big topspin. He has power, so he’s a dangerous opponent,” said Nadal.

“The other day here against Shapovalov, he was playing at a very high level.”



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Maria Sharapova Makes Chatrier Return, Rafael Nadal Faces Richard Gasquet


Here are three matches to watch on day seven of the French Open:

Maria Sharapova (RUS) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Two-time champion Sharapova will play her first match on the famous Philippe Chatrier court since 2015 when she faces sixth seed Pliskova for a place in the last 16.

“It’s been a few years since I have been back on the court; so if I do have a chance to play on it I will welcome it with open arms,” she said after her second-round win over Donna Vekic.

Czech Pliskova made the semi-finals here last year, and may fancy her chances against Sharapova, who had to fight hard to get past Richel Hogenkamp and Vekic in her first two matches.

Sharapova has only played Pliskova once before, winning in the 2015 Fed Cup final in straight sets, although the Czech Republic went on to lift the trophy.

A victory for the Russian would keep alive hopes of a mouthwatering 22nd career meeting with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the fourth round.

Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Richard Gasquet (FRA)

Nadal will continue his bid for an 11th French Open crown against old junior rival and home darling Richard Gasquet, whom he has beaten 15 times from as many meetings.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion and Frenchman Gasquet were both highly-regarded as youngsters, but Nadal has utterly dominated their rivalry and hasn’t even dropped a set to his fellow 31-year-old since 2008.

The match is a repeat of Nadal’s straight-sets victory at the same third-round stage the last time they met in Paris back in 2005.

“When I left the match, I was with my father at the time, I said, ‘he’s going to win and he might win a lot of Grand Slams behind that, because he was incredible’,” remembered Gasquet.

“I didn’t think he would win (Roland Garros) 10 times, but I knew he would win five or six.”

Serena Williams (USA) v Julia Goerges (GER)

Williams continues her Grand Slam return with her toughest assignment so far against 11th-seeded German Julia Goerges on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

The three-time winner was facing an early exit in her first Slam since the 2017 Australian Open when she trailed Ashleigh Barty by a set and a break, but dragged herself back into form in trademark fashion to progress.

Goerges reached the last 16 at Roland Garros in 2015, but Serena should have plenty of added motivation knowing that victory could give her the chance to notch an incredible 19th consecutive win over long-time rival and five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova.

She has beaten Goerges both times they have faced off, including 6-1, 6-1 in the 2010 French Open second round.



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