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first_imgSRI Lanka has ordered a criminal probe into allegations that the 2011 cricket World Cup final was “sold” to India, officials said Monday.“A criminal investigation has begun,” K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, the secretary to the sports ministry, told AFP.“It is handled by the (police) independent Special Investigation Unit on sports-related offences.”Former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage claimed earlier this month that Sri Lanka sold the match to ensure an Indian victory.“I feel I can talk about it now. I am not connecting players, but some sections were involved,” Aluthgamage said.The island nation’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has also cast doubt on the result and previously called for an investigation.Local media reports said former skipper and chief selector for the 2011 finals, Aravinda de Silva, had been summoned for an interview with investigators yesterday.After starting strongly, Sri Lanka lost the final at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium by six wickets.Sri Lanka batted first and scored 274-6 off 50 overs. They appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was out for 18.But India turned the game dramatically, thanks in part to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka, who were led by Kumar Sangakkara.Sangakkara had said Aluthgamage should share his allegations with the global governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC).International cricket in Sri Lanka has previously been linked to corruption allegations, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a 2018 Test against England.Earlier this month, Sri Lankan cricket board said the ICC was investigating three unnamed ex-players over corruption claims.Match-fixing was made a criminal offence in November. Offenders face fines of up to 100 million rupees ($555 000) and up to 10 years’ jail.last_img read more

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first_imgMASON CITY — Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is this week and seven Iowa offices of LifeServe Blood Center, including the Mason City office, will be taking blood donations from supporters of the men and women in blue.Shay Willis, spokeswoman for LifeServe, says the Blue Blood Drive is Wednesday and it’ll feature some great swag and appropriate after-donation treats. “We have a super-cool t-shirt that all of our donors will receive,” Willis says, “and we will be giving away donuts in our canteen as part of our refreshments that day, thanks to some generous donors.”The event is being co-sponsored by Iowa COPS, Concerns of Police Survivors, which assists surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Donors with all blood types are welcome as blood demands change from day to day. “If you go to LifeServeBloodCenter.org, we update that every single day and we tell visitors how many days worth of a blood supply we have,” Willis says. “We also tell visitors to that website what types of blood we need.”.Donating one pint of blood may help to save as many as three lives. Willis says it usually takes about 45 minutes to an hour to give blood. “If you’ve never donated blood, the actual donation process should take just a few minutes,” Willis says. “What some people don’t always understand is that you have to answer some questions. We have to make sure it’s safe for you to give but that it’s also for us to make sure what you give is safe to provide to a patient in need.”The Mason City blood drive event will take place Wednesday at their center located at 4700 4th Southwest from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. LifeServe is the sole provider of blood to more than 120 hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.To schedule an appointment, call 800-287-4903 or you can click here to registerlast_img read more