Close Fans celebrate CSK’s victory in IPL 2018 finals File photo of World Cup-winning pacer SreesanthReutersCSK and Rajasthan Royals banned for two yearsChennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned after being found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe. The panel also suspended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings from all cricket-related activities for life. A Supreme Court-appointed three-member panel suspended the two franchises in a bid to protect “the integrity of the game”. CSK and RR did not play the 2016 and 2017 editions of the tournament. The Indian Premier League has been a game-changer for cricket in India since its inception in 2008. The franchise league has brought in glitz, glamour, financial stability to the sport and has given world cricket many star players. But the eleven previous seasons has not been bereft of controversy as right from its inaugural edition, the cash-rich tournament has run into a few roadblocks.Here’s taking a look at some infamous incidents from the IPL.Harbhajan slaps Sreesanth This incident happened in the inaugural edition of the IPL at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in a match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. Mumbai had lost the match and in the aftermath, Harbhajan allegedly slapped his India teammate Sreesanth who was playing for KXIP then. Bhajji was fined his entire match fee and was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the season. The two seemed to have buried the hatchet and was a part of India’s 2011 World Cup winning squad.Ravindra Jadeja banned for a year Ravindra Jadeja.IANSJadeja was banned from the 2010 edition of the IPL after he found himself embroiled in a contract dispute while still an official member of the Rajasthan Royals team. The all-rounder did not sign his contract renewal with the Royals and was instead negotiating a more lucrative deal with other franchises which led to a breach of the players’ guideline leading to his suspension.Lalit Modi banned for life The IPL was the brainchild of Lalit Modi and the sheer novelty factor of the format made it an instant hit in India. Never in the history of the game had it been more glamorous as a successful crossover between Bollywood and cricket resulted in the collaboration of India’s two most loved industries. In 2010, the IPL chairman was sacked from his post by the BCCI after charges of financial wrongdoing and corruption. After finding him guilty of misconduct, the BCCI banned him for life in 2013 from holding administrative posts in cricket. Spot-fixing scandal The fixing controversy reared its ugly head once again in 2013 when Delhi Police arrested three players representing the Rajasthan Royals on the charges of spot-fixing. The three players were Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. Following the incident, the three cricketers were banned for life. Sreesanth’s ban has recently been lifted by the Supreme Court.
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By PHOEBE SUY, Beaumont EnterpriseBEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — From its beginnings in the years after the Civil War, Beaumont’s oldest Black church has witnessed the establishment of the area’s first Black public school, weathered desegregation and this year will celebrate 150 years as a “beacon of light in the community.”“Born and raised” in St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Walter McCloney said he strives to keep his “commitment (to the church) palatable.”Walter McCloney is one of the oldest members of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Beaumont. (Kim Brent/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP)The Beaumont Enterprise reports the 79-year-old church trustee said St. Paul A.M.E Church is a part of the legacy and vision of the “spiritual builders” who founded the church in 1868.“We’re the beneficiaries of what they did,” said McCloney, pointing to the vaulted ceiling and colorful glass windows that adorn the Waverly Street sanctuary.McCloney, the third generation in his family to attend the church, said St. Paul was “very special” to him as one of the oldest Black churches in Beaumont.St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church grew out of a Methodist church organized for Blacks three years after the end of the Civil War, according to historical church documents.Members of the young church met on alternative Sundays in the basement of the Jefferson County Courthouse.A Beaumonter since “the close of the War between the States,” church founder and former slave Woodson Pipkin was known for his “quaint old timey ways and self-respecting habits,” according to church documents.Pipkin formally became the group’s first pastor in 1872 and moved the church to the second story of his residence once located in the 900 block of Market Street. The church soon outgrew the upper story of Pipkin’s home and moved to a larger location on Beaumont’s north side at the site of what is now Alice Keith Park.On Sundays, the church doubled as a school where many church members learned to read and write, according to an account by local historian Judith Linsley.Pipkin later donated a lot on Wall Street that was the “center of activities for Blacks,” witnessing countless births, deaths, weddings and civic ceremonies. St. Paul remained at the downtown location until the early 1960s, when the old building began to give way to “age and decay,” according to church records.When the upper story of the church’s structure caved in, church members made do and held services in the basement. But when a fire destroyed the two-story building, the congregation raised funds to purchase the Waverly Street property.St. Paul “stands on their shoulders” of longtime church members who have “kept the faith,” McCloney said.In the 1940s and 1950s, St. Paul’s was one of the largest Black churches in Beaumont, McCloney said, recalling the days at the downtown location when he and his friends would run to Fowler’s Drug Store after Sunday school to get ice cream before the sermon.While McCloney said he believed all churches that preached a “positive message” during the civil rights era were a part of the movement, St. Paul’s played an active role in the community in the 1960s as a meeting spot for activists and NAACP members.Alice Jefferson Tiller, whose family were longtime members of St. Paul, was one of the first African-Americans to enroll at Lamar University in 1956, according to McCloney.While its membership has slowly dwindled, McCloney said he looks forward to reaching out to families and communities to become a part of the church’s legacy.“This is our family,” said Bobbie Williams, who joined the church in the 1980s after moving here from Louisiana.Williams said she joined St. Paul after feeling “so at ease” in the church.Years ago, women weren’t seen in church without hats or gloves, Williams recalled, adding that St. Paul’s “down-to-earth” and no-frills atmosphere made her feel welcome.Williams used to sit in the same pew as the late Fayetta Donovan, one of Pipkin’s descendants, who Williams said was “a lot of fun.”Whenever the preacher would “preach too long,” Donovan would begin to shake her keys to signal the end of the hour.“Ms. Donovan always said, if they preach too long, the people will lose their spirit,” Williams said.Church founders and organizers “kept the faith for so long,” McCloney said. He is proud to be a part of the tight-knit congregation and “a lifelong member of that legacy.”___Information from: The Beaumont Enterprise, http://beaumontenterprise.com
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