For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Hit by the #MeToo storm, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment, has pulled out of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Singapore after the Committee of Administrators (COA) declined his request for more time to explain the charges put on him.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary has replaced him to represent the Board at the meeting scheduled in Singapore from October 16-19, COA chief Vinod Rai told PTI.“Rahul had sought 14 days for a detailed explanation as he said that he is working with his legal team and since he was to attend ICC Meeting from October 16-19 in Singapore,” Rai said.ALSO READ: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam 87th Birthday: Nation pays tribute to ‘missile man’“But I clearly told Rahul that I cannot let this issue simmer for 14 days as the BCCI office will be affected by it. Since he wants to sit with his lawyers now, I allowed him exemption from ICC Meeting,” he added.Chaudhary, who replaced Johri, has already reached Singapore for the upcoming meeting.ALSO READ: Rahul Gandhi in MP: Congress chief to visit Pitambara Peeth in DatiaThe allegations of sexual harassment against Rahul Johri has been made by an anonymous person, who claimed to be his colleague during his time at the Discovery Channel. Johri had worked in various positions at the Discovery Channel from 2001 to 2016 before taking the charge as the BCCI CEO.Johri became the BCCI’s first CEO after the revamp of its administrative structure owing to the Lodha Committee recommendations.
“Laying Down the Laws” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, email Will at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws After a season mired with disappointments and injuries to several of USC’s top offensive stars, I didn’t think it was cynical of me to think that Oregon State would cover against the Trojans as consensus 5.5 point favorites.With the Beavers boasting the best passing offense — at least, by statistical measure — in the nation, it was easy for me to imagine quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Brandin Cooks picking apart USC’s beleaguered secondary.It also didn’t seem inconceivable that the Trojans’ offense would struggle with junior wideout Marqise Lee, redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden and redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble not playing at 100 percent.And without redshirt senior right tackle Kevin Graf available to stabilize the protection of redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler, I could picture junior guard/tackle Aundrey Walker desperately grabbing the jersey of an Oregon State player before Kessler was brought down for a back-breaking sack.With Kessler’s dropback time potentially cut down dramatically, it would be all too easy for offensive coordinator Clay Helton to revert back to the conservative playcalling that yielded unspectacular results for USC when former coach Lane Kiffin was still roaming the sidelines.But sometime during the Trojans’ first play from scrimmage on offense, all the pessimistic scenarios that had been running through my head vanished.By hauling in a 71-yard bomb from Kessler, Lee effectively told Cooks that he couldn’t be crowned the best receiver in the Pac-12 just yet, and warned the entire Beaver defense that the Trojans would not be holding back.It’s difficult to imagine that the ever-cautious Kiffin would have made such a gutsy playcall with Lee still recovering from a nagging knee injury. But Helton showed no such reservations by setting the tone for an evening that was undoubtedly USC’s most impressive performance this season — one that was even more impressive considering the Trojans who filled up the stat sheet.Redshirt sophomore running back Javorius Allen rushed for a career-high 133 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries, begging the question of why he had rarely found his way onto the field under Kiffin’s supervision.It wasn’t just the statistics Allen racked up — it was the manner in which he did it. His first score of the night showed his trucking ability, as he bullied through several Beaver defenders before extending over the goal line. Later, he took a stretch handoff and somehow managed to outrun the entire Oregon State defense to the corner before cutting upfield for an 18-yard touchdown.But the most impressive score was his last — a 52-yard romp that featured the nastiest cutback in cardinal and gold since R—– B— donned the colors of Troy to put the game out of reach.Allen’s breakout game came with a big assist from USC’s offensive line, which had its best showing of the season even without Graf. The unit opened up holes for Allen and senior tailback Silas Redd (22 carries, 140 yards) while also providing steady protection for Kessler, who completed 17 of 21 passes for 247 yards.The defense more than held up its end of the bargain, too. Mannion threw three interceptions — equaling his season total — and should have had at least two more. The flurry of turnovers helped cancel out Oregon State’s big advantage in penalty yards (68-15).Cooks was held to six receptions, his lowest total this season, and 88 yards, his second-lowest output this year.But the statistic that’s most surprising is the one that is the simplest measure of a team’s success — wins and losses. The Trojans are now 3-0 in the Pac-12 under Orgeron.It’s doubtful that this unblemished conference record will hold up through the rest of the season — but if it does, even the most cynical of USC supporters will have to admit that the best candidate for the permanent head coaching job might already be on staff.
Sunshine Stars might eventually cap their season with silverware as they are still in contention for the Aiteo Cup, where they host Udi’s former side, Osun United in the second leg of the quarter final fixture on Saturday.Related Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “Duke Udi Septembe 22” Sunshine Stars coach Duke Udi has been reflecting on the performance of his team in the just-concluded Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, after guiding the ‘Owena Waves’ to safety.The Akure-based side finished the campaign on 10th spot on the final NPFL standings despite battling relegation (on 17th position) when the ex-international took over the reins. Under his tutelage, Sunshine also recorded three away wins in the season, the most by any team in the league.In an exclusive chat with www.busybuddiesng.com , the former Enyimba, Shooting Stars and Grasshoppers of Switzerland midfielder, attributed his team’s relative success to a collective effort.“First and foremost, I give God the glory because it is all about God and none of us. He did the magic; we are just agents. Thank God he used us,” said the 41-year old.“It is not a good thing for you to battle relegation. When I took up the job, people called me and asked ‘why did you take this kind of job?’ But for me, if there is no challenge, there is no reward. And I believe challenges make a man to be tough.“I took the job because I believe we (with his assistants) are able of pulling them out (of relegation) and by the special grace of God, like I said, He did it.The former Osun United handler was equally appreciative of the efforts of his players, management and owners of the team in ensuring that they escaped the dreaded drop to the lower division.“I have to give kudos to my players because they doubled their efforts and the management increased the motivation and the (Ondo) State Government came in.“Our new State Governor (Rotimi) Akeredolu is a lover of football. He came to cheer the boys (players) up and, he also started paying the salaries and match bonuses owed the team. So that was the tonic we needed.“The Supporters were there for us and everybody believed and we worked together as a team. It was a team work that brought us out of relegation,” he concluded.After taking over at the club from ex-Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen, Udi guided the former CAF Champions League semi-finalists to 8 wins and 5 loses in 13 NPFL matches last season. 0:50 “Duke Udi Septembe 22” 1.
Old Students of Adisadel College and Mfantsipim School will revive old rivalry at the Tema Country Golf Club on April 19, in a special golf competition. The competition, which is aimed at building a friendly relationship between, the two schools, will tee off at 10:30 am. Sir Sam Johan will lead the Adisadel side, with Stanley Pierre, Albert Brock and Prince Kofi Amoabeng backing him.The Mfanstipim side will be led by Mike Aggrey, Larry Chinibuah, Charles Sekyere and Smyly Bannerman.The competition is expected to be an active feature on the golf calendar in the country. The rivalry will see some past students of Saint Augustine’s College backing the santaclusians on April 19.