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Danish Kaneria spot-fixing appeal hearing adjourned

Spot-fixing appeal hearing for Kaneria's lifetime ban adjourned

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 10 December 2012

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

The hearing for Danish Kaneria's appeal against the lifetime ban handed down to him by an England and Wales Cricket Board Disciplinary Panel was today adjourned, with the case expected to resume in the new year.

The adjournment came following legal submissions from both sides in London and a new date for the hearing will be agreed in due course.

Kaneria was given the ban in June for his role in a spot-fixing plot.

The 31-year-old Pakistan leg-spinner was found guilty of 'cajoling and pressurising' former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro 40 match in 2009.

Kaneria denies all involvement in the plot and after the hearing in June he immediately indicated his intention to appeal.

Top Spin

The Pakistan Cricket Board said in
July that he would be suspended from playing in his home country until
the outcome of the appeal was known.

Witnesses are yet to be called in the appeal hearing.

Ched Evans jailed for five years for rape

Sheffield United striker Evans jailed for five years after being found guilty of rape

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 20 April 2012

Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans has been jailed for five years for raping a teenager who was 'too drunk to consent' to sex as two of his friends watched and tried to film it on a mobile phone.

Former Manchester City striker Evans was found guilty of raping the then 19-year-old at a hotel following a night out in Rhyl, north Wales, last May.

His co-defendant, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, was found not guilty of the same charge.

Guilty: Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans at Caernafon Crown Court

Guilty: Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans at Caernafon Crown Court

Court proceedings were disrupted after McDonald was acquitted, prompting a brief adjournment.

The court heard that both men admitted they had sex with the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but the prosecution said she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

In her evidence to police, the woman said she has no memory of the incident and believes her drink may have been spiked.

The jury first returned a not-guilty verdict on McDonald after four hours and 52 minutes of deliberations.

McDonald, of Marys Gate, Crewe, Cheshire, looked elated as the verdict was read out.

His family and friends in the public gallery reacted by shouting 'Yes, yes'.
One man left the courtroom and could be heard screaming.

In top form: Evans has scored 35 goals for Sheffield United this season

In top form: Evans has scored 35 goals for Sheffield United this season

Judge Merfyn Hughes QC then rose and everyone in the public gallery was ordered to leave the court.

McDonald remained in the dock with Evans, 23, of Ashtree Gardens, Millhouse Green, Penistone, South Yorkshire, who held his head in his hands and cried hysterically.

McDonald hugged Evans and the two footballers, who first met when they were both at the Manchester City youth academy, banged heads together.

When the judge returned to the court, the jury foreman gave the guilty verdict against Evans.

The Sheffield United centre forward threw the headphones he was using to follow the trial on the floor and then looked shocked.

Judge Hughes told McDonald he was free to leave the dock and after the footballer exited the court, shouts of 'No, no' could be heard.

A statement released on behalf of Evans read: 'Ched Evans is shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision reached today by the Jury at Caernarfon Crown Court to convict him of the charge brought against him.

International man: Evans was capped 13 times by Wales

International man: Evans was capped 13 times by Wales

'Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and is being advised regarding an appeal of the decision.

'No further comment will be made whilst the legal process is ongoing.'

Sheffield United said the club recognised 'the seriousness of these events and as such wishes to respond in a responsible way when it has taken sufficient time to consider the matter fully'.

Evans started his career at Manchester City, making his debut at 18-years-old in a Carling Cup tie against Norwich in September 2007.
The Canaries took him on loan in the Championship for the 2007/08 campaign where he scored 10 goals.

Young star: Evans started his career at Manchester City where he made 16 appearances in two years

Young star: Evans started his career at Manchester City where he made 16 appearances in two years

He impressed enough to be called up to the Wales squad in May 2008 by then manager John Toshack where he made his international debut, scoring in a 1-0 friendly win over Iceland. He has since won 13 caps scoring twice overall.

Evans spent the following campaign making mainly substitute appearances for City before being transferred to Sheffield United in the summer of 2009 for 3million.

After scoring 13 goals in two seasons playing in the Championship, Evans enjoyed a prolific campaign in League One this term. The Welshman netted 35 goals in 42 games for the Blades, and was named Player of the Month for March