The Wash Up

The Wash Up: 21st-28th January

Bond Over?

NZ cricketer Shane Bond has been sacked from the national team due to him participating in the rebel cricket league. [Kiwis ditch Bond over rebel league contract] To clear up the confusion, there are two 20/20 leagues. The one that Shane is part of is not sanctioned by the BCCI and is called the ICL. The one which stars such as Shane Warne have been associated with is the IPL, the Indian Premier League.

NZ cricket players are among the lowest paid in the game, and the money being offered by the leagues are luring the stars away. Shane Bond is the seventh Kiwi cricketer to sign up for this league. He was given a choice, either play for his country or play in the ICL. The money was too good to pass up in the ICL, which is offering him a reported seven times the amount he is earning playing for NZ.

Cadels Contract Conundrum

Australain cyclist and Tour De France runner up Cadel Evans has yet to re-sign with his current racing team, Silence-Lotto beyond the 2009-10 season. [Cadel Evans may join rival team] He is willing to sign a proposal, but not a contract. Cadel is said to be unhappy with the dropping of some of his teammates; cyclists who were there to help him achieve a podium finish.

With Cadel yet to re-sign, speculation has arisen about him joining another team. His response was that if a team is capable of winning, then he might be interested.


Engligh Transfer Update

Once again, a slow news week in the transfer window. Tottenahm continue to work on building their defense by signing highly regarded defender Johnathan Woodgate from Middlesborough.

Other that that:

– Liverpool midfielder Sissoko has left to join Juventus.
– Former Liverpool striker Milan Baros is back in England, this time on loan to Portsmouth.
– Sunderland’s recent signing Rade Prica kicked off his Sunderland career by scoring in an easy win over Birmingham.

With the window closing on the 31st of January, the deadline deals will be coming thick and fast very soon. A wash up will continue next week.


Dellacqua on Target

Finally, a bit of old news that I failed to cover. Aussie tennis player Casey Dellacqua has signed a sponsorship with Target. The unseeded 22 year old dispersed of two seeds to get through to the fourth round of the Australian Open, including former champion Amelie Mauresmo. [Dellaqua hits the target]

Casey came into the Open sponsor-less and commented in an early press conference that she buys her training tops from Target. This prompted Target to give her a $2000 shopping spree, which eventually led to the sponsorship. However, during the Australian Open, Casey was wearing clothes by Nike, as they allowed her to pick out some items by them.

Not stopping at mentioning Target, Casey proceeded to drop the fact she drives a Holden Commodore, with dreams of driving a Monaro, and that she loves her Playstation. Will these deals follow suit?

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