After four years of work, the Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour is bringing their Cuban friends to play baseball and visit Atlantic Canada. Twenty three combined players, coaches, translators and government officials will land at 12:20 a.m. on June 30th to participate in the first Canada Cuba Goodwill Tour on Canadian soil. The Cuban team will visit Halifax at Mainland Common on June 30th, Bridgewater at the Kinsmen Field on July 2nd, Moncton on July 3rd at Kiwanis Park, and Fredericton on July 5th at Royals Park. All games start with opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: June 2015
SYDNEY, June 15 — Former stand-in captain of the Australian cricket team Steve Smithwas named the world’s best Test batsman, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) latestplayer rankings stated on Monday.
Smith jumped to No. 1 in the ICC’s rankings after his brilliant first-innings 199 earned him man-of-the-match honours in Australia’s second-Test triumph over the West Indies inJamaica on Monday morning.
The Australian captain-in-waiting leapfrogged Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara and South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla to become the first Australian to top theTest rankings since captain Michael Clarke did so in 2012.
Although the US was unbeaten against China in the World Cup and Olympics, the “Steel Roses” may have opportunities to reach the last four this time. Continue reading
Why not, why not!!
The Argentinian football legend Diego Armando Maradona told radio station Radio La Red in Buenos Aires late in May that his complaints about FIFA corruption had been ignored for years. “I was treated like a crazy person,” he said. “Now the FBI has told the truth. There is no soccer. There is no transparency. Enough lying to people and dinner parties to re-elect Blatter.” Now he is putting it on the line.
Maradona will run for the presidency of scandal-hit world soccer body FIFA, media reported Monday. Continue reading
There is no question that there is a lot of corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Bribes and behind the scene deals have been going on for decades. The sport federation is responsible for the most watched and popular sport in the world and is part of a lucrative business venture that has a lot of soft power and prestige attached to it. MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA* Continue reading
Systemic corruption is quite common among the world’s political, financial, and economic power-brokers. Every other political, financial, and economic entity in the US is entangled in some form of systemic corruption, including professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); yet the US has not pursued violators from those entities. Above all, what is suspicious about the US intervention into FIFA politics is that whenever the US intervenes internationally, claiming to be concerned about democracy, good governance, and/or human rights, that intervention proves to be duplicitous. Professor GEORGE WRIGHT* on the US-dictated Anglo-American/UEFA alliance. Continue reading
By ANDREAS SELLIAAS
Book review: In his new book, Circus Maximus, economist Andrew Zimbalist analyses the benefits and risks of hosting a sports mega-event and finds that the economic risks by far exceed the benefits.
By MATT PEPPE*
Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban baseball phenom, agreed on February 23 to sign with the Boston Red Sox. He is the latest talent from the baseball-crazy nation to join the Major Leagues. Moncada will receive a $31.5 million signing bonus, which should make him financially secure for life. But because of the U.S. government’s continued economic war on the Cuban people, in the form of the 54-year-old embargo, Moncada – unlike MLB prospects from any other country on the planet – will be forced to surrender residency in his native land to realize his professional dreams. Continue reading