Zimbabwe cricketer investigatedover racial slurHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):A Zimbabwe cricketer witha history of disciplinary problems is being investigated for making a racial slur on social media where he referred to black people as “apes”.Zimbabwe Cricket said it is looking into comments posted on Facebook by batsman Mark Vermeulen. Vermeulen was responding to a complaint made by black player Prosper Utseya alleging racism in Zimbabwe cricket.In the post made back in July, Vermeulen wrote that black people wouldn’t have any problems “if we had left them in the bush”, and Utseya might be happier if he was living “in his mud hut”. He referred to black people as “the apes”.Vermeulen, who has played nine Tests and 43 one-day internationals but has been in and out of the team, could face a life ban in Zimbabwe after a series of previous problems.Ex-T&T captain submitspoll candidacy to FIFABERNE, Switzerland (AP):David Nakhid’s campaign team says the former Trinidad and Tobago captain has submitted his candidacy to FIFA to stand in February’s emergency presidential election.Campaign strategist Josanne Leonard told The Associated Press by email that “Nakhid’s papers and five nominations have been lodged with FIFA”.Presidential hopefuls have until October 26 to submit their candidacies for approval by FIFA’s election committee.As well as being backed by five federations, candidates must have had an active role in football for at least two of the last five years and pass integrity checks.Those checks could prevent Michel Platini from being declared a candidate since he is currently serving an ethics suspension.England’s Taylor to makehistory in men’s gameADELAIDE, Australia (AP):England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor will make history today when she becomes the first woman to play in a men’s A-grade cricket match in Australia.Taylor will appear for the Northern Districts club against Port Adelaide on the opening day of a two-day match in South Australia’s elite men’s competition.No woman has played in the competition since it began in 1987 and it is believed none has done so in a two-day match in a men’s A-grade tournament in any other state. Former Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick played one Twenty20 match for the Dandenong club in Victoria in 2006-07.Taylor, who is the current ICC Women’s International One-Day Cricketer of the Year, said she is “nervous and excited” about her debut.”I’ve always wanted to push myself and check where I’m at in terms of my cricket,” Taylor said.
A farmer of Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is the country’s latest road fatality after he was struck and killed at Evergreen Village.Dead is Lorence Tangs, 53, of Charity. Reports reaching Guyana Times stated that the accident occurred at 21:00hrs on Sunday.This newspaper was told that Gavinendra Lall, the driver who struck the farmer, in his statement to Police said he was heading North on the western half of the Evergreen Village Public Road with his father in their motorcar, which bears licence plate PSS 9926, when another vehicle was approaching from the opposite direction with its high beams on.Lall, age 20, said the bright light blinded him, causing the young driver to hit the farmer.Reports further indicate that Lall transported the injured man to the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital, and Tangs was later transferred to the Suddie Public Hospital.However at about 22:00hrs, Tangs succumbed to his injuries. The driver has since been taken into Police custody as investigations continue. read more