Sports Diary
by Patrick O’Connor

LAST week it was Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton who had a very public tantrum, this week it was the turn of England cricketer Matt Prior to throw his dummy out of the pram.

Wicketkeeper Prior has apologised to a woman spectator at Lord’s after he smashed a window during the second Test against Sri Lanka.



Prior was run out in spectacular fashion after only scoring four runs. On his return to the dressing-room a window was smashed, shattering the glass.

A woman sitting in the members’ enclosure directly below the window suffered a small cut on her ankle.

Prior, who has accompanied by the England captain Andrew Strauss, later apologised to the woman.

Strauss commented: “It was one of those unfortunate incidents. It was purely accidental. Matt didn’t mean to break the window at all.

“He holds all his bats against the wall and he put it there and it bounced off the other bat and hit the window. It was important that he apologised to the people below because it could have been dangerous. Hopefully it won’t happen again.

“We are always annoyed when we get out, especially run out, but that wasn’t why the window got broken.”

Of course not…

Just why do they do it? (1): Irish rider Derek Brien has become the third competitor to be killed at this year’s Isle of Man TT races.

The 34 year old crashed on the first lap of Monday’s opening Supersport event. Earlier sidecar racer Bill Currie and his passenger Kevin Morgan were killed during a qualifying race.

Just why do they do it? (2): Shot-putter Mark Edwards, who tested positive for two prohibited substances, has been banned for three years.

UK Anti-Doping (UKDA) says the 36 year old was given more than the standard two-year ban due to “aggravating circumstances.”

Edwards tested positive for both testosterone and Clostebol just before last year’s Commonwealth Games.

UKAD chief executive Andy Parkinson said: “The three-year suspension should send a strong message to anyone looking to dope in the UK and I hope gives clean athletes the confidence that we will aggressively pursue those who we think are cheating.”

Times they are a changing…

The BBC has announced that it will show the men’s and women’s singles finals at this summer’s Wimbledon tennis championships live in 3D.

The matches will be staged on July 2 and 3 and Danielle Nagler, head of BBC HD and 3D, said: “We’re bringing audiences a new way of getting close to the action. I’m sure that 3D will only add to the drama.”

The free-to-air broadcast will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and HD Channels.

But a technology thumbs-down from India. They have vetoed the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) for this summer’s Test series in England.

Both sides have to agree to the technology which is used to help cricket  umpires in their decision-making but India has consistently been against it.

It may be summer but the cold wind of financial crisis continues to blow through football.

Cash-strapped Rushden & Diamonds, who until a few years ago were a Football League club, have been expelled from the Football Conference.

“The primary reason why we’ve been expelled is because of the financial issues with the winding-up petition,” said the club’s chief executive Steve Beasant.

They are due in court this week after a long struggle to make ends meet has eventually ended in failure.

Meanwhile it’s being reported that Manchester City are preparing to bid THIRTY FOUR MILLION POUNDS for Udinese forward  Alexis Sanchez as the gulf between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ in football continues to grow.