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first_imgDhawan ruled out of Sri Lanka tour NEW DELHI (AP): India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who struck a century in the opening game of an ongoing three-Test series in Sri Lanka, has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour because of a hand injury. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement yesterday that Dhawan has a hairline fracture on his right hand. Dhawan scored 134 at Galle, but a poor team effort in the second innings saw India lose by 63 runs. The BCCI had earlier on Sunday drafted allrounder Stuart Binny into the side, but did not immediately name a replacement for Dhawan. The remaining two Tests will be played in Colombo – at Sara Oval from Thursday and at Sinhalese Sports Club from August 28. Allrounder Binny to join Test squad NEW DELHI (AP): Allrounder Stuart Binny has been drafted into the Indian team for their ongoing three-Test series in Sri Lanka. The Board of Control for Cricket in India named Binny as an additional member, taking the squad to 16, after India lost last week’s opening Test in Galle by 63 runs. Binny is expected to lend batting depth to the Virat Kohli-led side that went into the first Test with five specialist bowlers and failed badly in a chase of 176 runs. The second Test starts in Colombo on Thursday. Ramos signs new contract with Real MADRID (AP): Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos signed a new contract yesterday that will tie him to the club for the next five seasons. The 29-year-old Ramos had been linked to interest from Manchester United throughout the offseason. “As I said at my presentation 10 years ago, forming part of this cub is a dream and I want to keep living it as long as possible,” Ramos said at a news conference attended by new coach Rafa Benitez. Neither club nor player revealed the financial details of the contract, but Ramos said he received offers of more money from other clubs. “I know that these negotiations have been drawn out, but my heart has always been here,” Ramos said. “If this had been about money I wouldn’t have stayed.” Since arriving from Sevilla in 2005, Ramos has helped Madrid win one Champions League trophy, three Spanish league titles and two Copa del Rey titles. His injury-time goal in the final of the 2014 Champions League forced extra time, and Madrid ended up beating crosstown rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 for its record 10th European Cup. “Sergio Ramos is a symbol for Madrid’s faithful,” club president Florentino Perez said after Ramos had signed his new deal. Ramos also formed part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning team and their two European champion squads.last_img read more

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first_imgSinn Féin Councillor and General Election Candidate Gary Doherty has highlighted the need for greater resources to be given to Gardaí to help combat drug crime in Donegal.Cllr Doherty’s come following recently released data from the Central Statistics Office which shows that since 2010 there have been over 130 controlled drug offences recorded at Garda Stations throughout the east of the county.Commenting on the figures, Cllr Doherty said “In recent weeks we’ve heard reports of drug busts and drug related offences in the county and the whole issue has been very much brought to the fore of late. “Given the huge amount of anecdotal evidence to suggest that Donegal has a serious problem with drug possession and trafficking, I asked my colleague Deputy Pearse Doherty to raise the issue with the Minister before the Dáil ended and to obtain figures relating to controlled drug offences in East Donegal.“The figures which I’ve subsequently received from the CSO make for harrowing reading as records show that in the last six years there has been a total of 131 controlled drug offences recorded by Gardaí at just five of the main stations throughout the region.“What is worrying here is that the main drug offences under which criminal charges are brought are offences of drug possession and possession for the purpose of supply so this data does nothing to alleviate fears that a thriving drug trade in the county exists.”He added that these figures may just be the tip of the iceberg and, given the huge under sourcing of Gardaí to help tackle this scourge, who’s to say that the actual rates for drug related offences aren’t much higher in Donegal. “Communities across this State have felt the serious impact of cutbacks to An Garda Síochána delivered by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil since 2010.Garda numbers are down and 139 Garda stations have been closed and, as a result, drug crime has been allowed to flourish.“Sinn Féin has promised to tackle crime in all its forms head on, and has pledged to recruit an additional 3,000 Gardaí over the next five years if we are in government to restore force numbers to pre-crisis levels, and our party are committed to reopening Garda stations which were closed as part of the shameful legacy of Fine Gael and Labour.”DRUG OFFENCES STILL A MAJOR CRIME ISSUE IN EAST DONEGAL – DOHERTY was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegaldrugslast_img read more

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