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Herschelle Gibbs, who underwent rehab for alcohol abuse last year, outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court in 2009 after he was charged with drink driving.A no-holds-barred autobiography by South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has revealed the dark side of Proteas cricket, providing graphic details of sexual orgies, marijuana sessions and a senior coterie dominating the team.Aptly called To The Point if only for being so direct in recording details of sexual encounters in which he and other players took part, Gibbs has perhaps realised that candour can be explosive, just like his batting in his heydays.The description of his team’s tours Down Under as shopping expeditions for “eager young Aussie lasses” is a case in point. He also relates the experience of a hotel room orgy involving three girls.”Two beds, two cricketers and three women. One of them wasn’t all that keen, though; she just lay on the bed. Which was fine — there was enough for everyone. The other two girls, however, more than made a go of it,” he writes. Extracts of the book were published by Johannesburg based The Sunday Times.”I got the ball rolling, but then I noticed that my mate was feeling a little left out. Now he’s lying on the other bed, so, big-hearted chap that I am, I say, ‘Well, you can’t leave my mate all alone there.’ And fortunately one of them was only too happy to transfer ship…. They came hunting in packs, and if they liked what they saw, you were in for the ride of your life,” he reveals.advertisementThe disclosures came on a day when South Africa were involved in a One-Day International against Pakistan in Dubai. The book, which releases on Monday, apart from highlighting the sexual exploits of the batsman who was often in trouble for late night binges and drunken driving, says leading players in smoking pot in the West Indies.”Some people aren’t going to like this chapter, but I’ve always believed you have to call it like you see it,” writes Gibbs in the book, the excerpts of which were published in The Sunday Times. Gibbs recalled his encounter with a girl on her way to a matric dance — a formal dance for high school students. “I spotted one particularly gorgeous girl, obviously dressed to the nines, walking around the hotel lobby. After a few drinks and a few words, she came upstairs with me to my room and gave me a little dance of another kind. She then left and went back to the dance proper,” recalls Gibbs, who has played in three World Cups for South Africa and is contracted to the Proteas until next April.Gibbs also wrote about how he came across a stripper during one of South Africa’s warm-up games on the 1997-98 Australia tour.Gibbs and some of his teammates noticed a “pretty girl” and asked her to join them that evening. They started drinking and she mentioned she was a stripper. “Things loosened up a lot more after that. Various items of clothing were removed in an eyebrow-raising kind of way, and one thing invariably led to another.” Gibbs also admitted that his “most expensive shag” set him back by 5000 Rand (about Rs 31,750) in a fine for poor performance on the field the next day.The autobiography of Gibbs, who has been out of the team for quite some time now, is likely to rock the cricket world and could also incur the ire of South African players after he wrote how the Proteas are dominated by a “clique” of senior players.He said even former coach Mickey Arthur had to bow to them. “The team has been criticised for being run by a group of senior players — captain Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and, more recently, AB de Villiers — and this inner circle splits the team in two and makes any chance of developing true team spirit among the Proteas impossible. “Simply put, without Graeme’s backing, Mickey didn’t have much influence over the guys. In the end, Graeme was simply too powerful,” he writes.The hard-hitting opener also revealed how the team never regained its spirit after former captain Hansie Cronje’s admission to match fixing which resulted in a life ban.”Things were never the same … I sympathised with Shaun Pollock — he had a tough time filling Hansie’s shoes and gluing the team back together. But the Proteas never had that same togetherness under Polly. He never socialised with the boys too much.advertisement”I think if we’re honest with ourselves … we’ve got to admit that the Proteas have underachieved in international cricket over the past decade.” But despite Cronje’s association in match fixing, Gibbs claims: “the cloud that hangs over his legacy, I can tell you that I’ve never played with anyone who possessed such a die-hard attitude to winning”. In the book, Gibbs discusses his failed marriage and the rehabilitation stint that he underwent.His marriage to Tenielle Povey ended in 2008 after his drunken ways got him into trouble far too often. “As you now know, I’ve managed to land myself in the kak with alarming regularity right from the start of my cricket career. A stint in rehab for alcohol abuse and a messy divorce would be more than enough controversy for most professional athletes, but, with me, that wasn’t the half of it.”We were physically fighting while I was driving … I managed to pull some of her hair out. As explosive as my batting can be, it hasn’t quite matched the pyrotechnics of my life off the field.” There have been detailed descriptions of how some of his teammates flew out waitresses from the infamous Port Elizabeth restaurant The Ranch to join them on tour and the night he spent with two “hotties” with a reputation for making their way through cricketing nations.
Arsenal need to be looking to “build around” Alexandre Lacazette after seeing the French striker return to top form, says Martin Keown.The 27-year-old managed 17 goals during his debut campaign at Emirates Stadium, but struggled to convince everybody of his worth.As a result, the Gunners also moved to bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the Gabonese quickly becoming their go-to frontman. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Lacazette has, however, enjoyed an impressive opening to the 2018-19 campaign, catching the eye off the bench and from the start, and is now considered to be a key man under Unai Emery.Former Arsenal defender Keown told the Daily Mail: “I think special mention has to go to Alexandre Lacazette.“How patient has that man been? His attitude has been impeccable.“He failed to make the French squad for the World Cup then watched from afar as they went on to lift the trophy in Russia.“Emery used him as a substitute in his first three Premier League matches, then he finally gets to start against Cardiff.“So what does he do? He goes and scores the winner. Lacazette now has to play and be the person they build around. Full credit to him.”While calling on Emery to give Lacazette a more prominent role, Keown admits there are plenty of other issues for the new Arsenal boss to address.The Spaniard is still adjusting to life at Emirates Stadium, with a preferred starting XI yet to be settled upon.Keown added: “Emery now has his chance to reflect during the international break. This is a period of calm for the new head coach.“If I was in his staff, I’d be saying we need to consider making a change to the system.“Arsenal’s centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis aren’t really the best in possession of the ball.“Emery has very creative players who play further up the pitch but he needs a figure who can sit in deep midfield. Lucas Torreira could be that man and he could then help the back two out.“It can sometimes feel like we’re watching a youth team whose players are trying to be developed into passers. Manchester City play 4-1-2-3, with a deep midfielder and two creative players either side. That may be the way for Emery to go.”Arsenal, who have taken six points from four games so far, return to action after the international break with a trip to Newcastle on September 15.
Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Rafael Benítez backs Miguel Almirón to make instant impact at Newcastle Read more Mohamed Salah Share on Twitter Share via Email Liverpool Topics Share on Messenger Hide Share on Facebook Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Rumour Mill And finally, in the slightly less glamorous environs of Boundary Park, Oldham are preparing to announce the appointment of Ole’s former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes as their new gaffer. Despite Scholes being a 10% shareholder in Salford City, the Football League have decided there is no conflict of interest as long as Oldham under Scholes don’t buy or sell players from or to the National League club. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Out on loan at Sampdoria and Sassuolo, Juve goalkeeper Emil Audero and defender Rogério are wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea respectively, but seem more likely to stay in Italy and make their current situations a little more permanent come season’s end. Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin also remains a person of interest to Arsenal, who tried to sign him from the Bundesliga club last summer only to have their overtures rejected by the German club. Arsenal also sent scouts to monitor Norwich City starlet Ben Godfrey as his side piled the hurt on Ipswich Town in the Old Farm Derby at Carrow Road yesterday. The 21-year-old is also being scouted by Manchester United, Lyon and RB Leipzig.Chelsea are being linked with Everton winger Richarlison, but will have to pay almost double the £40m everyone thought the Toffees were bonkers to shell out for the Brazilian when they bought him from Watford. Wolves are favourites to add 19-year-old Benfica midfielder João Félix to their Portuguese enclave, while Brighton have made a bid for Bolton teenager Luca Connell.Manchester United’s owners have shelved their fiendish plan to lure Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford as they have already decided Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the right man to for the job, according to The Sun. While Solskjær is about to face seriously stiff tests in the form of potentially season-defining matches against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Liverpool, the United hierarchy have apparently seen enough to convince them to appoint him but will make no announcement until the end of the season. Thank you for your feedback. Juventus With their nerves already jangling thanks to the white-knuckle ride that is the title race, Liverpool fans will be further traumatised by rumours suggesting Juventus have their beady eye on Mohamed Salah. Word on the outer reaches of cyberspace suggests the Italian champions have earmarked the Egyptian as a potential £175m replacement for Paolo Dybala, who has scored just twice in 20 appearances for the club this season. In more heartwarming news for Liverpool, the Old Lady may decide to hitch her skirts at Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio instead. Show Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp features Reuse this content
Manchester City Guardiola’s Man City could match Barcelona – Rooney Dom Farrell 04:42 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Burnley v Manchester City Burnley Premier League Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer grudgingly admits that he enjoys watching the Red Devils’ arch-rivals under their current manager Wayne Rooney believes Manchester United will struggle to catch Manchester City this season.Pep Guardiola’s City are firmly in control of the Premier League title race, holding a 13-point advantage over United despite drawing 1-1 at Burnley on Saturday.Rooney played as United were beaten by Guardiola’s great Barcelona side in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals – scoring in the latter defeat at Wembley – and he grudgingly concedes his old rivals are a pleasure to watch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “In terms of catching Manchester City, certainly not this season and, if I’m honest, next season it will be very difficult,” he told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme when assessing United’s prospects in the Manchester rivalry.”It’s not nice to say but if you can’t enjoy that style of play you won’t enjoy football. It’s great to watch, the movement, the confidence on the ball, the goalkeeper [Ederson]. It’s almost perfect football at times.”I think Guardiola is putting the foundations in place of trying to emulate that Barcelona team and you can see they’re certainly on the way to doing that.”Maybe in the summer, if they bring one or two players in, they’re not that far off. Obviously they have to win the trophies.”City face Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on February 25 and are into the last 16 of both the Champions League and the FA Cup.
zoom The grounding of the Liberia registered liquefied gas carrier, Navigator Scorpio, from January 2014, was caused by distraction of the officer of the watch, investigation into the accident found.On 3 January 2014 Navigator Scorpio ran aground on Haisborough Sand in the North Sea.The vessel was undamaged by the grounding and there were no injuries or pollution; 2.5 hours later, it refloated on the rising tide.The investigation conducted by the UK Transport Ministry’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) found that the vessel ran aground in restricted waters “after the officer of the watch had become distracted and lost positional awareness. The passage plan was incomplete and the significant effects of wind and strong tidal streams had not been properly taken into account.”MAIB said that given the proximity to danger, appropriate navigational techniques were not applied and the bridge manning was insufficient.Additionally, weaknesses in the crew’s navigation capability had been identified during an audit of the vessel, however, follow up actions were not sufficient to prevent the grounding.According to MAIB, the vessel’s managers, Bernhard Shulte Shipmanagement, have conducted a thorough investigation into the grounding and taken action to prevent recurrence.“This includes additional assessments and training for the crew of Navigator Scorpio as well as improvements to the safety management system. As a result, no safety recommendations are made in this report.”Press Release
AXS TV will broadcast MENDING KIDS.ORG – ALL-STAR CONCERT FOR CHILDREN WORLDWIDE live from the world-famous House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Friday, February 14.Acclaimed illusionist and “Celebrity Apprentice” fan-favorite Penn Jillette will host this intimate evening, with performances and appearances from a star-studded lineup of legendary musicians and entertainers, headlined by 2014 Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees, KISS.Featuring pop crooner Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah”); pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield (“Unwritten,” “Pocketful of Sunshine”); blues rockers Vintage Trouble (“Nobody Told Me,” “Strike Your Light”); and jazz artist Brenna Whitaker and her Little Big Band will provide music throughout the evening, with guest appearances including country guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Late-night TV host Arsenio Hall will also be on hand, appearing before the invitation-only audience. More guests will be announced shortly.In the last eight years, MendingKids.org has provided over 1,500 children from 54 countries, including the United States, with life-changing surgical care to correct serious medical issues such as congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities. Additionally, MendingKids.org offers training and research to assist surgeons in developing countries to create self-sustaining surgical programs providing access for more children to longer, healthier and happier lives.“MENDING KIDS.ORG – ALL-STAR CONCERT FOR CHILDREN WORLDWIDE is an incredible event that will bring some much-needed awareness to a truly worthwhile organization,” said Mark Cuban, AXS TV Founder. “MendingKids.org does unbelievable work for children all around the globe, and it’s inspiring to see these larger-than-life personalities gather together to lend their support to this cause. AXS TV is proud to be able to share this momentous event with our audience.”Source:PR Newswire
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 13 Kmart stores and 33 Sears stores as sales shrink and losses grow.The ailing company said Thursday that liquidation sales at the 46 unprofitable stores marked for closure will start Aug. 30, and the stores will close in November. The company said it informed its workers.The move comes as Sears is considering a bid from CEO Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments to acquire its jewel Kenmore appliances from the company for $400 million. The company has put others of its famous brands on the block before.In January, Sears had said it was closing 100 stores. It announced in May that it was closing another 100. As of May 5, it had about 894 stores, down from about 1,000 at the end of last year. The number of stores peaked in 2012 at 4,000, which included the Sears Canada division that was later spun off. In 2005, when Sears merged with Kmart, it operated 2,200 stores.The latest closings underscore the deep-rooted problems at Sears, a onetime powerhouse retailer that survived two world wars and the Great Depression but has been calving off pieces of itself as it burns through money.
The President will also brief the world leaders regarding the consensual politics in Sri Lanka as well as regarding the reconciliation and peace, and the initiatives taken by the government after declaring the year 2017 as the Year for Poverty Alleviation and also regarding the programme for the concept of Green Development.The President is also scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with several world leaders participating in the sessions. During his visit to the U.S.A President Sirisena will participate for a series of programmes including a meeting with the Sri Lankan Community. (Colombo Gazette) The President is due to address the General Assembly in the evening of September 19. President Maithripala Sirisena left for New York today to attend the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).This is the third time that President Maithripala Sirisena is addressing the UN General Assembly. The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) convened at UN Headquarters on September 12. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017, with a focus on the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’.