Global sports round-up

Halsey in a flutter over tweets

Referee Mark Halsey (right)

LONDON – Premier League referee Mark Halsey has made a complaint to Greater Manchester Police after being the subject of two abusive tweets on Sunday.

The insulting messages about Halsey were posted on the social networking site Twitter, referencing his battle with throat cancer in 2009, after taking charge of Liverpool’s contentious 2-1 defeat against Manchester United.

And the 51-year-old has asked the police to investigate the matter, a Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) spokesman confirmed to Press Association Sport.

The abusive tweets come just days after the Director of Public Prosecutions said new guidelines for prosecutors on social media cases will be issued in the wake of a number of growing complaints.

Suarez paying price for play acting

London – Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson believe team-mate Luis Suarez is a victim of his own reputation and is not being treated fairly by referees. Suarez had a penalty appeal turned down in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

“It’s down to referees to not judge him. I think even when Luis does get blatant penalties, now he doesn’t get them,” said captain Gerrard.

Johnson added: “Referees have to forget about who they are looking at and not let the past affect their decision.”

The striker, who has not won a penalty for Liverpool since the 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in March, gained a reputation by some for play acting last season, with Wigan manager Roberto Martinez describing the 25-year-old as an “artist at getting free-kicks”.

English netballers fall to Jamaica

LIVERPOOL – Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls turned in gusty performances to defeat arch-rivals England 49-44 and level their three-Test series 1-1 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, yesterday.

Jhaniele Fowler (with ball) had 32 points. (FP)

The Sunshine Girls were led to victory courtesy of Jhaniele Fowler’s game-high 32 goals from 37 attempts. Fowler received solid support from fellow shooters Romelda Aiken, who netted 12 goals from 16 tries and Anna-Kay Griffiths, who added five goals from 13 attempts.

Jo Harten, with 19 goals from 26 attempts, Pamela Cookey, who shot a perfect 10 goals from 10 tries, and Rosie Allison, 15 from 23, were the scorers for England.

The Jamaicans began the match very confidently and led from start to finish. The Sunshine Girls carved out a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. They extended the lead by three goals in the second quarter for a 25-20 advantage at half-time. The Jamaicans dominated the third stanza and in the process outscored the English 13-11 to take a 38-31 lead at the end of the period.

Despite being outscored 13-11 by England in the fourth quarter, the Sunshine Girls held their nerves and composure to secure victory.

Jamaica, ranked third in the world, one place above England, will take on their opponents in the deciding game of the series tomorrow.

A series victory for the Sunshine Girls, who hold a two-ratings points lead over England, could see them extending their lead over their opponents in the world rankings.

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