Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin. Floridas two Major League Baseball teams have just finished a two-game series, which was swept by the Rays. The teams Twitter accounts had been engaged in a back-and-forth during the series, until the Marlins decided to change the subject from baseball to Australian conservationists. yOURE LITERALLY THE ANIMAL THAT KILLED STEVE IRWIN LOG OFF, read a statement on the Marlins Twitter account on Sunday. Irwin was …

Murky waters: few to emerge unscathed from Shayna Jack doping case | Richard Parkin

The adverse finding damns all parties including the athlete, Swimming Australia and Asada It could be meat, it could be mushrooms, it could be anything. It could be something in a bottle. This was the explanation offered by Shayna Jacks manager, Phil Stoneman, as to the possible source of inadvertent contamination that Dean Capobiancos steak, or issue a specific warning about it to athletes last year. Swimming Australias handling of the failed drug test has also been found wanting. Adherence to a confidentiality agreement between SA and Asada was the defence offered to explain the governing bodys failure to immediately publicise Jacks adverse test finding a claim even some Australian swimming coaches, might call it hypocritical. Especially from a nation …

Lance Armstrong should keep his mouth shut if he is serious about redemption | Richard Williams

Sport often welcomes back a bad boy turned good but some offences lie so far beyond the pale a return is almost impossible despite protestations Steve Smith and David Warner were were sent home from Cape Town in March 2018, it was far from being the only time international cricketers have improperly messed around with the state of the ball. A lasting stain was added to the career of an England captain, Mike Atherton, by the dirt-in-the-pocket incident at Lords in 1994. We know Imran Khan and others got up to similar tricks but the episode involving the three Australians seemed to expose something deeper and nastier. As Gideon Haigh observed in Crossing the Line, his book about the episode, …