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Michail Antonio: West Ham star crashes KSh 28 million Lamborghini car on Christmas ▷ Kenya News

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– Michail Antonio may have had a Christmas to forget after losing his Lamborghini in a freak accident

– The West Ham star was on his way to South Lpndon where he was scheduled to celebrate the day with his family

– The attacker escaped unscathed and was in the starting line up that suffered Boxing Day defeat at Crystal Palace

Michail Antonio has started counting his losses after crashing his sophisticated Lamborghini car reportedly worth KSh 28 million into a front garden wall on Christmas day in London.

The West Ham star was full of life and enthusiasm of the yuletide season before crashing his assorted ride into Kia Rosina’s bin shed on his way to South London where he was going to celebrate the new season with family.

According to MailSport, it took luck for the 20-year-old, who dressed as a snowman, to survive the terrible incident which happened at 6.30 pm.

The Premier League ace, who had posted the picture of himself in the strange robe, blamed himself as the freak incident reduced the car to tatters.

Speaking about the incident, the owner of the store Kia said the whole house shook as a result of the massive bang outside.

“Dinner was nearly ready and then I just heard this massive bang and the whole house shook,” Kia told reporters.

“At first, I thought it was a bus due to how loud the bang was. I looked outside and then I said, ‘Mum!’ then we ran outside to see if whoever was in the car was fine,” he continued.

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The West Ham star also went on social media to comment about the near-death experience with his metallic ride.

“The impact was mad! Must of been driving about 80 MPH,” Antonio was quoted saying.

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SYDNEY, Australia, Apr 10 – Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle is set to take a further cut to her salary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Castle has decided to increase her 50 per cent pay cut to 65 per cent which matches the number that the national body is believed to be requesting from its playing group.

Castle last week announced she would be taking a 50 per cent pay cut and her executive team have taken 30 per cent pay cuts for the next three months.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday night, Castle said she decided to reduce her salary by an extra 15 per cent.

“We’ve been head down concentrating on trying to find a plan that protects the long term viability of the game, looking under every rock to try to save every penny we can to make sure the game is on a stable footing for the long term,” she said.

“Off the back of that I’ve decided to take an additional 15 per cent that will take my pay cut to 65 per cent.

“Overnight 80 per cent of the game’s revenue was turned off and, at the time, taking a 50 per cent pay cut was the best thing I felt I could do to lead in this unprecedented situation. After another few weeks of work, the right number is 65 per cent.

“It’s the right thing to do. I have made that decision and recommended it to the board because we’re facing really tough times and have to make these calls.

“Like everyone through the game that’s had to stand down and make difficult decisions, I’m no different.”

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Top Kenya Cup sides KCB, Kabras Sugar and Mwamba Rugby have criticised the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) for cancelling the ongoing rugby season without consultation.

Strathmore University Leos, who are on the verge of promotion to Kenya Cup next season after completing the KRU Championship regular season unbeaten, also termed the move unfair, retrogressive and dictatorial.

KRU secretary general, Ian Mugambi, in a statement Thursday, annulled all league and cup competitions this season due to the novel coronavirus crisis.

“The cancellation means there will be no promotion or relegation in any of the leagues, with all teams remaining in their current division for next season,” said Mugambi in a statement.

Mugambi said the results from the 2019/2020 Kenya Cup, KRU Championship and Nationwide Leagues have been rendered invalid alongside the Enterprise and Mwamba Cup.

KCB Rugby chairman Xavier Makuba, his Kabras Sugar counterpart Philip Jalangó and Mwamba Rugby president Alvas Onguru said that the union should have delayed the season instead of annulling the season.

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The Leos head coach Louis Kisia said that it has taken a lot of investment and sacrifices from the team’s management and the players to top the Championship league unbeaten.

“It’s unfortunate to read statements from the union when they haven’t bothered to engage us,” said Makuba, adding that it was too early to make the move when they were only remaining with less than a month to finish both the Kenya Cup and Championship season.
“They should have suspended it for another month or so instead of coming with such unpopular decisions,” said Makuba adding that even the ministry of education has not cancelled this year’s learning process.

Makuba said they laboured to have their sponsors stay at these hard economic times yet the Union is proving careless. “What will you tell your sponsor,” said Makiuba.

Jalangó said that teams have invested a lot in their players and the game, hence the arbitrary is uncalled for.

“Sports all over the world are looking for solutions yet here we are quick in cancelling the leagues. All the major events that were to happen in the country have been differed not cancelled,” said Jalangó, who singled out the World Continental Tour and World Under-20 Championships in athletics and Safari Rally.

Jalangó said only three round of matches were remaining to close the season hence needless to annul it.

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“We already know which teams have been relegated from Kenya Cup and Championship,” explained Jalangó, adding that Championship teams like Strathmore Leos and Masinde Muliro University only have one match to determine their promotion to Kenya Cup.

Onguru said that while he understands the circumstances, there could have been a mitigation with the new season having been set to begin in October.

“We still have a long way to go hence no hurry. They should have engaged us in a teleconference to discuss the situation,” said Onguru, who went on to question the state of sevens season including Safari Sevens if the local leagues have been cancelled.

Onguru said there will be heavy commercial and financial implications to KRU’s move. “Our sponsors will definitely be asking for answers. This high-handedness must end at the Union,” said Onguru.

“We are just a win away from promotion to Kenya Cup and we simply can’t take in that dictatorial move by the union,” said Kisia adding that even the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were pushed to next year not cancelled.

KRU moved to postpone the leagues after the government issued a directive following the first case of the Covid-19 on March 13.

Both Kenya Cup and KRU Championship were due for the playoffs on March 14 with the semi-finals due March 21. The finals had been planned for April 4.

The Enterprise Cup semi-finals were due March 28 with the finals scheduled for April 18.

Kabras Sugar had topped the regular Kenya Cup with 74 points followed by defending champions Kenya Commercial Bank on 71.

Homeboyz were to meet Menengai Oilers in the play-off with the winners getting to meet KCB in the semi-finals, while Kabras Sugar were to await the winners between Impala Saracens and Mwamba.

Strathmore Leos had topped the KRU Championship unbeaten with 76 points followed by Masinde Muliro University with 67 points. The Leos were to face the winner between Northern Suburbs and United States International University in one of the semi-final.

Masinde Muliro would have met the winner between Mean Machine from the University of Nairobi and Egerton Wasps.

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Magic Johnson, shown here speaking at 69th NBA All-Star Game in February, sees a glimmer of hope that the NBA can finish the season amid the coronavirus epidemic © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / JONATHAN DANIEL

LOS ANGELES, United States, Apr 10 – Magic Johnson says if the NBA does resume this season it will be without fans and the players shouldn’t have any trouble adjusting on the fly to playing in empty stadiums.

The former NBA star and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team sees a glimmer of hope and said all it will take is one game for the players to adapt to not having spectators in the building.

“Let’s say the NBA comes back without fans. Once you play one game without fans you will adjust to not having fans there,” Johnson told American broadcaster CNN on Thursday night.

“We’ve all played our whole life on the playgrounds and pickup games without fans being there. So basketball players will adjust, trust me.”

Johnson, who is also the former president of the Los Angeles Lakers, said when professional sports returns it will help the country heal after the virus.

The epidemic has so far killed over 95,000 people worldwide, including at least 16,000 Americans and over 500 in Canada.

“We need sports, especially in a time like this. But only if everybody is safe,” Johnson told CNN. “Sports will come back, probably without the fans first.”

The 60-year-old made sports health news in 1991 when he revealed he has HIV.

He said the NBA is not going to return until the COVID-19 outbreak in the US has stabilized and the players can be properly tested.

“There will be a right time,” he said. “Commissioner Adam Silver has done wonderful job with the NBA.

“He wants to make sure the players are safe before they come back. I think sports will come back. It is just a matter of when will we make sure this virus is level, and not affecting the whole country anymore. When those numbers drop and stabilize sports will come back.”

Johnson says he does not know exactly when that will be, and that Major League Baseball is discussing a May start.

But some health experts have predicted social distancing restrictions might remain in place for much longer over fears of worsening the health crisis.

LeBron James said in early March he cannot ever imagine playing games in empty arenas.

“LeBron is right, it is hard to play without fans,” said Johnson.

“Those guys want to see who is the world champion. Listen, if they have a chance to go back and they are all healthy, and they all get tested, they will go back to crown a champion.

“They want to see who is the best team in NBA. I am looking forward to seeing if the Lakers can win a championship.”

Meanwhile, a poll conducted by Seton Hall University and released Thursday found 72 percent of Americans said they would not attend sporting events if the games resumed without a vaccine for COVID-19.

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