Vettel shines in Monaco

MONACO (AP):Sebastian Vettel stood out last season for his furious rants more than his slick driving. Six races into the new campaign, the Ferrari driver is no longer Formula One’s Mr Angry, moving 25 points clear of Lewis Hamilton and in serious contention for a fifth title.The title race took a further swing Ferrari’s way after yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix, with Vettel winning ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.Hamilton finished seventh and behind his Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who was fourth.Ferrari did not even win a race last year, but the Italian manufacturer has turned the tables on Mercedes. Faster and so far more reliable, with a calm and confident Vettel behind the wheel, the Prancing Horse is galloping away.Vettel’s third win this season was the 45th of his career and Ferrari’s first here since Michael Schumacher in 2001. That was during Ferrari’s dominant era. Early suggestions are that Ferrari could be on the verge of a new one.”It’s very, very special to win here,” Vettel said. “With the season we’ve had, the Ferrari fans and the Ferrari flags are increasing.”There are few better places to celebrate than glitzy Monaco, and Vettel seemed keen to make the most of it.”We’re going to have a very fun night,” he said.It was a much different story last year, when Vettel was swearing and cursing on team radio, aiming expletives and broadsides at other drivers and even F1 officials.”We had a lot of hard times last year, but this year it seems to be (the other way around),” Vettel said. “We must make sure we keep the momentum up in the next couple of races.”Vettel has been all smiles and compliments this year, emotionally praising his team in Italian after Sunday’s win.Daniel Ricciardo, Vettel’s teammate during a dismal season at Red Bull in 2014, finished third to make it an even worse day for Mercedes.”We’ve just been missing pace,” Bottas said. “Ferrari were very strong this weekend and for whatever reason, their car seems easier to operate.”Vettel let out a whoop of delight after crossing the finish line with bright sunshine gleaming off the famed red of Ferrari. As the German national anthem played, he stood atop the podium with his eyes closed. read more

Transfer news: Everton flop wanted by Turkish giants Fenerbahce

first_img Davy Klaassen has had a difficult Everton career, but it looks set to come to an end Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce will step up their pursuit of Everton misfit Davy Klaassen, according to reports.Since joining the Toffees from Ajax in a £24m deal in the summer, Klaassen has struggled to live up to expectation at Goodison Park and could be forced out in January.The Dutch international has made just 13 appearances in all competitions and has featured just twice in two months.And with his long-term Everton future in doubt, Fenerbahce are readying a loan move for Klaassen in January, according to Fotomac.Talks between the two clubs have yet to commence but the Turkish giants are confident of securing a deal for the 24-year-old.It remains to be seen whether or not new Everton boss Sam Allardyce agrees to sanction the deal or if he will allow Klaassen an extended run in the first-team. 1last_img read more

Celtic linked with Mourinho favourite now struggling for game time at Man United

first_imgCeltic have been linked with a January move for Scott McTominay as he has found his game time limited since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed Manchester United’s caretaker manager.A favourite for Jose Mourinho’s, McTominay has totalled just one minute of Premier League football since the Portuguese was sacked last month, though he did start and complete United’s FA Cup defeat of Reading.He has fears of his development stalling if kept out of Solskjaer’s plans, and a January move could be on the cards. MONEY McTominay was a favourite of former United manager Jose Mourinho’s Vakoun Issouf Bayo has been signed on a permanent deal with Timothy Weah and Oliver Burke also arriving at Parkhead on loans, while young American Andrew Gutman is expected to join Celtic over the coming days.A swoop for McTominay relies on Manchester United keeping hold of Marouane Fellaini, the Belgium international. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Fellaini’s future will play a key role in McTominay staying or leaving Manchester United 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Latest Football News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE He has been linked with leaving Old Trafford this month, and United would block McTominay’s departure if Fellaini goes due to the need for midfield cover.Earlier this month, Fenerbahce were reported to have made a bid for 31-year-old Fellaini, who signed a new two-year deal with United in June. BEST OF REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED no dice RANKED According to the Daily Mail, Celtic have emerged as holding an interest in McTominay, who has made five appearances for the Scotland national team since debuting last March.The Hoops have already strengthened this month with three new signings, and Brendan Rodgers hopes for further recruits to fight off Rangers’ challenge for the Premiership title. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow last_img read more

Dundee United secure deals for Mikkelsen and Stanton

first_img“Although this is a loan deal, after the season we can then see where it goes.”He also added: “Sam is a player who I can use on the right side, the six-position and also the ten-position. He is a good person who fits the club and is a good signing for United.“He very quickly decided he wanted to stay here. He believes he can help the club achieve its target of reaching the Premiership and despite only being here a short period while on loan, he was very clear his future was here.”Mikkelsen and Stanton join Laszlo’s three other January signings, Craig Slater, Brandon Mason and Emil Lyng, while Paul Quinn penned a contract extension. Thomas Mikkelsen has returned to Dundee United for his second spell with the Tannadice club on the same day Sam Stanton agreed a permanent deal.The Danish striker played for the club in the second half of last season, scoring eight goals in 26 appearances.He makes the move on loan until the end of the season from Ross County, where he moved in the summer, after playing 14 games and scoring four goals.Meanwhile, Stanton, who has been on loan at United since the start of the season has made his move from Hibs permanent. The 23-year-old midfielder has scored five goals in 28 games so far and has proved to be a versatile player in the middle of the park.Speaking to the Dundee United website, manager Csaba Laszlo said: “We need a striker who shows presence, Thomas has speed and power and is willing to work.“There were other options but when you look at him against those other options, this deal is the best for Dundee United.“He very quickly answered the question as to whether he would like to come back to United. He knows the club, he likes the club and he will be ready to play straight away. last_img read more

Gerrard confirms Rangers move to sign Gareth McAuley

first_img“There is no rush on it. That will be the last deal.” McAuley would become the 15th new signing since Gerrard’s appointment and introduce new competition in the heart of the defence. Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic have formed a partnership since being signed in the summer but Gerrard has also brought Joe Worrall in on loan. Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has confirmed that the club are close to striking a deal to take veteran defender Gareth McAuley to Ibrox.The 38-year-old, who has 79 international caps, is a free agent after leaving West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season.Gerrard is keen to add the player’s vast experience to his squad and said he expects a deal to be concluded in the near future.“I hope that it is going to be the case,” he said. last_img read more

Sligo GAA Fixtures May 14-15

first_imgExpert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 1Tue, 15 May, Venue: Corran Park, (Round 4), Ballymote/Bunninadden V Owenmore Gaels 19:00, Ref: Niall GardinerTue, 15 May, Venue: Tubbercurry/Cloonacool, (Round 4), Tubbercurry/Cloonacool V Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 19:00, Ref: Paul ClavinTue, 15 May, Venue: Aughanagh Community Park, Ballinafad, (Round 4), Eastern Harps V St John’s 19:00, Ref: Declan HaranTue, 15 May, Venue: Kent Park, (Round 4), St Mary’s V CooleraStrandhill 19:00, Ref: Bill CartyExpert Electrical Sligo U16 Football Division 1Mon, 14 May, Venue: Monsignor Hynes Park, (Round 6), St Molaise Gaels V Ballymote/Bunninadden 19:00, Ref: Gus ChapmanMon, 14 May, Venue: Stenson Park, (Round 6), St John’s V Geevagh/St.Michaels 19:00, Ref: Gerard HigginsTue, 15 May, Venue: Oxfield Park, (Round 6), Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt V Eastern Harps 19:30, Ref: Gerard HigginsExpert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 2 Group 1Tue, 15 May, Venue: Geevagh, (Round 4), Geevagh V Coolaney/Mullinabreena 19:00, Ref: Joe HynesTue, 15 May, Venue: Hazelwood Main Pitch, (Round 4), Calry/St Joseph’s V St Patrick’s/Dromard 19:00, Ref: Paddy WatersTue, 15 May, Venue: Shamrock Gaels Park, (Round 4), Shamrock Gaels V St Michael’s 19:00, Ref: TJ KeaveneyExpert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 2 Group 2Tue, 15 May, Venue: Easkey, (Round 4), Easkey V Castleconnor 19:00, Ref: Ollie GoldenTue, 15 May, Venue: Enniscrone/Kilglass, (Round 4), Enniscrone/Kilglass V St Farnan’s 19:00, Ref: Conor ConwayTue, 15 May, Venue: Curry, (Round 4), Curry V Tourlestrane 19:00, Ref: Daniel O DowdExpert Electrical Sligo U16 Football Division 2Mon, 14 May, Venue: Enniscrone, (Round 6), Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass V Castleconnor 19:00, Ref: Ollie GoldenMon, 14 May, Venue: St.Farnan’s Community Park, (Round 6), St Farnans/ St Patricks V Tubbercurry/Cloonacool 19:00, Ref: Pat NormanlyMon, 14 May, Venue: Shamrock Gaels Park, (Round 6), Shamrock Gaels V CooleraStrandhill 19:00, Ref: John GilmartinExpert Electrical Sligo U12 Football League Division 3Tue, 15 May, Venue: Corran Park, (Round 4), Ballymote/Bunninadden V Owenmore Gaels 19:00, Ref: Gavin GardinerTue, 15 May, Venue: Tubbercurry/Cloonacool, (Round 4), Tubbercurry/Cloonacool V Drumcliffe/Rosses Pt 19:00, Ref: Gus ChapmanTue, 15 May, Venue: Aughanagh Community Park, Ballinafad, (Round 4), Eastern Harps V St John’s 19:00, Ref: Paraic GoldenTue, 15 May, Venue: Kent Park, (Round 4), St Mary’s V CooleraStrandhill 19:00, Ref: Eoin Cartylast_img read more

Ask Us: How We Travel

first_imgThere you have it–our comments about how we get to and around Disney. How do you get around? What airline works best for you, or are you someone who prefers to drive (or a rare gem that likes to travel by train)? Let us know in the comments.Got a question for us? Feel free to Ask Us! Share This!One thing is for certain–TouringPlans bloggers get around. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get around by the super luxe corporate jet, so when we travel for Disney vacations, we’re traveling just like you. Here’s our replies to the question:How do you get to and around Disney?James RosemergyI live in Missouri and we often do short trips, so a 15-hour drive just cuts into our vacation time and wears us out too much to be practical. As such, flying makes a lot more sense. My airline of choice is Southwest – they have frequent flights between St. Louis and Orlando, including several non-stops per day and free checked bags. Perhaps more importantly, however, Southwest has one of the best and most flexible reward programs and it’s the airline I fly regularly. That means I can take advantage of my Rapid Rewards status to make the trip easier with things like early boarding, free internet, and my wife flying free as my companion. For more on maximizing your Southwest experience, check out my article, Flying Southwest Like A Boss.Regarding ground transportation, we’ve gravitated away from relying upon Disney’s Magical Express, and now we either use Lyft to get from the airport, or we rent a car, depending upon what sort of trip we have planned. Once we’re on Disney property, however, we tend to rely upon a combination of Lyft and Disney Transportation – I check the bus times as we’re about to leave, and just call a Lyft if it’s going to be more than a couple of minutes before the next bus arrives. It’s often not necessary, but even when it is, most rides around Disney property are around $10 or less, and particularly on a shorter trip, the time saved and convenience is well worth the minor upcharge.Joseph MattI’ve moved around a lot in the past few years and have switched airlines and airports several times. Right now I find Southwest flights out of Pittsburgh are the best ratio of price, availability, dates, and convenience.My local grocery store offers a rewards program for discounts on groceries and gas and offers Southwest gift cards. Whenever there is bonus rewards discounts on gift cards I pick up $200-$300 of Southwest gift cards for my trip which adds up to free tanks of gas and heavily discounted groceries!While I’m not a Southwest Rewards Card member yet I am considering it. I’m usually flying alone so I bring a backpack of items for the plane ride and one carry on.Speaking of Pittsburgh, there’s a hidden alternate security line that cuts TSA lines by over half; I once skipped a half hour line and walked, stress free, through security. Check if your airport has a similar less obvious security area to save you time and hassle.When I’m in Orlando I typically take a cab, there’s less chaos than having an Uber or Lyft pick you up and I just want to get to my hotel at that point. On the way to the Orlando airport I’ll take a ride sharing service since I have more time (and don’t have to determine who’s Lyft is for who).Neil TramaI am a big fan of Southwest Airlines and a participant in their Rapid Rewards program and thus fly with them whenever possible. I have a family condo in Clearwater, so I usually split Florida trips between there and Walt Disney World, flying in and out of Tampa International Airport, and renting a car to get to and from our Disney destination. Tampa International, currently near completion of a massive renovation, is a bright, airy, easy to navigate airport with some amazing in terminal concessions from local staples like Rumfish Grill, PDQ, and Cigar City Brewing. It’s also closer to Walt Disney World than you might think, as a drive to Animal Kingdom Lodge takes around 80 minutes. (Orlando Sanford, a popular choice for those flying with low-cost and local carriers, by comparison is 70 minutes.) For car rentals I opt for National. Their free Emerald Club loyalty program allows members to pay mid-size price and then choose their own car in the lot from the “Emerald Aisle” – a selection of cars ranging from standard midsize vehicles to larger luxury cars, SUV’s, trucks, and more. I’ve personally rented a convertible, a large SUV, and a Prius using Emerald Aisle. It’s a great choice if you don’t need to be locked into a certain vehicle due to party size or special needs.If you’re staying on Disney property, you qualify for free transportation from the airport to your hotel.Angela DahlgrenIf the trip is five hours or less, we’ll drive. Longer than that and we tend to fly. Since Delta has a hub in the Twin Cities, that’s the airline we use the most when flying direct to MCO. We’ve always had a good experience and since we’re card members, there are many perks to take advantage of including free checked bags, priority boarding, and mile rewards. Just this year in fact, we’ve redeemed our miles to book SIX round trip flights. Once we arrive in Orlando, we’ll use Disney’s Magical Express as it’s included in our Disney resort hotel cost and we rarely leave Disney property once we get there anyway. We use Disney transportation while on property, but prefer to stay within walking distance to the parks when possible. As for car rental services, we’re Hertz Gold Plus Reward members so we’ll rent from them when needed.Tammy WhitingI fly in and out of Orlando frequently, so I have some recommendations for leaving Disney. Since Magical Express insists on picking you up at least three hours before your flight home because security lines at MCO range from reasonable to “oh my heck”, TSA pre-check is a must for me. TSA pre-check is only $85, and that’s for 5 years! Pre-check saves me enough time in line at most airports that it’s astounding. It’s like a gift from the heavens at MCO. An approval appointment was super easy to get, and the appointment itself only took about 15 minutes. Since I travel out of the country regularly, when I had to renew, I went all the way and got Global Entry. It’s only $15 more! So $100 for five years, and it includes TSA pre-check, as well as speeds up my wait anytime I am re-entering the U.S.. Bonus – some cruise terminals even let you use Global Entry to bypass the long customs lines upon disembarkation. Global Entry appointments are harder to get, and there aren’t many locations for it, so I took advantage of an early drop off at MCO, and made an appointment there. It was super quick too!I’d also like to put in a plug for the USO at MCO. If you are eligible and find yourself with a long wait at MCO, go visit the USO at MCO. It’s a great place to relax and its staffed by wonderful volunteers. Because of donations from Disney, Sea World and Universal, there are some cute themed areas to play video games, surf the web, eat, or just sit in big comfy chairs. It’s been a lifesaver for us if our flights were delayed!A typical Southwest gate at Orlando International AirportLiz ManganYet another vote for Southwest! They tend to be one of the least expensive out of my local airport, and I love that they don’t charge for bags or flight change fees. Whenever the price changes, you can rebook at the lower price! The flight attendants are usually hilarious, and it’s the least stressful for me. I recently flew another airline and thought that based on my spot, I’d be early to board. After all their special boarding groups, I realized I was no where near boarding early and almost had to check my carry-on bag with all my valuables that I specifically didn’t want to check. After years of flying Southwest, I prefer their system.I usually fly directly into Orlando (MCO), but I’ve been known to fly in and out of Tampa if the price is right. Lately I’ve been renting cars with a great discount through Costco to get to/from the airport and around the area (since I like to visit Universal too). I’m definitely reconsidering this with the addition of parking fees at the resorts though.Laurel StewartMy travel is just “I fly JetBlue”–not too exciting.I will add that I have found that sticking to one airline is usually your best bet if you fly often. (I’m still sad I lost my high status on Alaska after I left Seattle, though I’m nearly Mosaic on JetBlue now.)Heather KellerWe fly to WDW (and basically all our other vacation destinations), so I like the Hopper app for tracking flight prices to find the best option that works for us. Since that does not always mean we are using the same airline consistently, I rely less on frequent flyer miles and more on credit card rewards. Our AMEX also gives us an annual baggage fee reimbursement with one airline of our choice. Although we always stay on Disney property, we don’t always use Magical Express or the WDW buses. Especially for traveling within property, the time saved and the convenience of grabbing an Uber/Lyft is well worth figuring into our overall vacation budget.Julia MascardoI live within walking distance of Magic Kingdom (#humblebrag), although there’s not good walking paths to get from my house there, so I drive. When I lived up in Maryland, I opted to take the AutoTrain. It’s not as great of a value compared with what it used to be, but I did about 18 trips on it over the years. I haven’t flown anywhere in about a decade, but with a Disneyland trip possibly on the horizon, I guess I’ll need to figure out transportation things.last_img read more

Sloshing of Earth’s core may spike major earthquakes

first_imgThe number of major earthquakes, like the magnitude-7 one that devastated Haiti in 2010, seems to be correlated with minute fluctuations in day length.  CLAUDIAD/ISTOCKPHOTO Sloshing of Earth’s core may spike major earthquakes By Paul VoosenOct. 30, 2017 , 1:45 PM SEATTLE—The world doesn’t stop spinning. But every so often, it slows down. For decades, scientists have charted tiny fluctuations in the length of Earth’s day: Gain a millisecond here, lose a millisecond there. Last week at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America here, two geophysicists argued that these minute changes could be enough to influence the timing of major earthquakes—and potentially help forecast them.During the past 100 years, Earth’s slowdowns have correlated surprisingly well with periods with a global increase in magnitude-7 and larger earthquakes, according to Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick at the University of Montana in Missoula. Usefully, the spike, which adds two to five more quakes than typical, happens well after the slow-down begins. “The Earth offers us a 5-years heads up on future earthquakes, which is remarkable,” says Bilham, who presented the work.Most seismologists agree that earthquake prediction is a minefield. And so far, Bilham and Bendick have only fuzzy, hard-to-test ideas about what might cause the pattern they found. 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Individual oscillators, be they fireflies, heart muscles, or metronomes, can end up vibrating in synchrony as a result of some kind of cross-talk—or some common influence. To Bendick, it didn’t seem a far jump to consider the faults that cause earthquakes, with their cyclical buildup of strain and violent discharge, as “really noisy, really crummy oscillators,” she says. She and Bilham dove into the data, using the only complete earthquake catalog for the past 100 years: magnitude-7 and larger earthquakes.In work published in August in Geophysical Research Letters they reported two patterns: First, major quakes appeared to cluster in time—although not in space. And second, the number of large earthquakes seemed to peak at 32-year intervals. The earthquakes could be somehow talking to each other, or an external force could be nudging the earth into rupture.Exploring such global forces, the researchers eventually discovered the match with the length of day. Although weather patterns such as El Nino can drive day length to vary back and forth by a millisecond over a year or more, a periodic, decades-long fluctuation of several milliseconds—in particular, its point of peak slow down about every three decades or so—lined up with the quake trend perfectly. “Of course that seems sort of crazy,” Bendick says. But maybe it isn’t. When day length changes over decades, Earth’s magnetic field also develops a temporary ripple. Researchers think slight changes in the flow of the molten iron of the outer core may be responsible for both effects. Just what happens is uncertain—perhaps a bit of the molten outer core sticks to the mantle above. That might change the flow of the liquid metal, altering the magnetic field, and transfer enough momentum between the mantle and the core to affect day length.Seismologists aren’t used to thinking about the planet’s core, buried 2900 kilometers beneath the crust where quakes happen. But they should, Bilham said during his talk here. The core is “quite close to us. It’s closer than New York from here,” he said.At the equator, Earth spins 460 meters per second. Given this high velocity, it’s not absurd to think that a slight mismatch in speed between the solid crust and mantle and the liquid core could translate into a force somehow nudging quakes into synchrony, Molnar says. Of course, he adds, “It might be nonsense.” But the evidence for some kind of link is compelling, says geophysicist Michael Manga of the University of California, Berkeley. “I’ve worked on earthquakes triggered by seasonal variation, melting snow. His correlation is much better than what I’m used to seeing.”One way or another, says James Dolan, a geologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, “we’re going to know in 5 years.” That’s because Earth’s rotation began a periodic slow-down 4-plus years ago. Beginning next year, Earth should expect five more major earthquakes a year than average—between 17 to 20 quakes, compared with the anomalously low four so far this year. If the pattern holds, it will put a new spin on earthquake forecasting.last_img read more

Need a brand ambassador? Choose Dhoni or Mary Kom

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and five-time world boxing champion M.C. Mary Kom are among the top 50 most marketable athletes in the world, according to British monthly SportsPro. While Dhoni finds himself in 16th spot, Mary is 38th by the magazine that reports on the business and financial aspects of sports.SportsPro ranked athletes from the across the world on the basis of their marketing potential over the next three years and considered factors like age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed, crossover appeal and value for money.Brazilian footballer Neymar tops the list followed by Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy, Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo.World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic and Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel are seventh and eighth respectively.Mary is currently training in Pune for the London Olympics where she will compete in 51kg category.Dhoni guided the Indian team to World Cup glory on home turf last year and was recently ranked 31st in Forbes’s list of the most highly-paid athletes.Neymar, 20, is likely to feature at the upcoming London Olympics and is expected to be a major star when the World Cup is held in Brazil two years from now. The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro.”Neymar is very much the perfect storm: young, gifted and with an Olympics and a home World Cup on the horizon. He is already a superstar in Brazil, one of the world’s most robust economies and a vast market to boot,” SportsPro editor David Cushnan said.advertisement” If you were a brand looking to make an impact in Brazil, he would certainly be the athlete you’d pick. Neymar is Brazil’s poster boy for its sporting decade.” Bolt topped the list in 2011 while National Basketball Association star LeBron James was No. 1 in 2010.Brazilian football star Neymar heads the list this year.The list features seven football players, six each from basketball and tennis, five racing drivers, four golfers and four American football players. There are 19 Americans in the top 50, seven Britons and three each from Russia and Brazil.Woman golfer Yani Tseng is the highest-ranked of the eight women on the list in 10th place.Notable absentees for the first time this year include global stars such as Wayne Rooney, Kobe Bryant and Fernando Alonso.Tiger Woods, ranked third in the inaugural 2010 list, re- enters in 47th place after dropping out of the top 50 last year.Global sports icons such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams and David Beckham did not find a place in the top 50 as the cost of an endorsement with them is likely to be at its peak, with its value on the wane.last_img read more

IPL spot-fixing verdict: Meiyappan, Kundra suspended for life, CSK, RR for 2 years

first_imgThe RM Lodha-led committee which also included former judges Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran decided on Tuesday to ban Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra from all cricketing activities for their involvement in spot-fixing and betting that brought the gentleman’s game to disrepute. The ban which starts from today also sees the two IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) being suspended for two years.The two teams faced the brunt for the misdemeanour of Meiyappan and Kundra. While Meiyappan was the team principal of CSK, Kundra had shares in RR. Even though Kundra had admitted to placing bets with the help of his business partner in IPL matches, Meiyappan has refused any involvement in fixing whatsoever. This even after Delhi Police had telephonic conversations between Meiyappan and other bookie links recorded.IPL petitioner Aditya Verma, also the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar, said that justice had finally been served and he always had faith in the Supreme Court appointed panel.”This is a big moment and I want to thank everyone for standing by me in this endeavour. I am a cricket fan and I love the game and I couldnt just sit down and see the game being brought disrepute by some miscreants. I also had full faith in the Lodha committee and I feel this will help in cleaning the game and players and officials will think before making such choices in the future,” he told Mail Today.In fact, Verma had made it clear on Monday itself that banning all parties was the only way forward.advertisementThe verdict, read out by Justice Lodha in the presence of the other committee members, said that the cricketers who were part of the two IPL teams were free to join any IPL team they wanted.Justice Mudgal said that the Lodha judgmenet will give a strong message and will have good impact on players. “Exemplary punishment, will do cricket a lot of good but temporary setback for IPL,” Justice Mudgal said. The Supreme Court on January 22 had set up the committee to determine appropriate punishments for Meiyappan, Kundra and their respective franchises. In March, the panel had also issued showcause notices to Meiyappan and Kundra seeking their reply on the quantum of punishment.Meiyappan is the son-in-law of former BCCI president and current ICC chairman N Srinivasan. Kundra is a businessman who is married to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.Lodha also said the fate of IPL COO Sundar Raman, who is also alleged to have involved in wrongdoing, is yet to be ascertained as the investigation regarding him is still going on.Lodha said the committee, which was supposed to form a guideline for the smooth administration of BCCI, will formulate such a guideline in “due course of time”. Justice Lodha verdict:Rajasthan Royals too suspended from the Indian Premier League for two years: Justice Lodha Its true that Mr Kundra relinquished his shares from Rajasthan Royals in March, but it was too late: Justice Lodha Jaipur IPL team can’t shrink responsibility by saying Mr. Kundra acted in personal capacity: Justice LodhaChennai Super Kings suspended from IPL for two years. Raj Kundra declared ineligible from taking part in cricket for 5 years, suspended for life from being involved with BCCI: Justice LodhaRaj Kundra acted contrary to the spirit of the game and was placing bets through a known punter,was constantly in touch with bookies: Justice Lodha Rajasthan Royals have damaged faith of BCCI and the sport, Mr. Raj Kundra found guilty of misconduct: Justice Lodha Gurunath Meiyappan suspended for life from being involved in activities related to any type of cricket matches.last_img read more