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Cricketer on drugs at time of death

sportstommaynardLONDON – Tom Maynard, the former Surrey batsman who died†in an incident on the London Underground last year, had significant levels of alcohol and traces of illegal drugs in his system at the time of his death, an inquest in London has been told.

Maynard, who was 23 at the time, was found on the tracks near Wimbledon Park tube station in the early hours of June 18. He had been pulled over by an unmarked police car after “driving erratically” but subsequently abandoned his car, a black Mercedes, and fled the scene.

Accidental death

The inquest yesterday heard that Maynard was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit for driving. The jury subsequently returned a verdict of accidental death.

Tests on hair samples revealed evidence of cocaine “consistent with regular or habitual use”, as well as traces of MDMA – commonly known as ecstasy – Dr. Simon Poole, a forensic pathologist, told the Westminster hearing.

Balotelli fined over vulgar behaviour

MILAN – AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli has been fined 10,000 euros ($12,800) by the Italian league for making a vulgar gesture.

Balotelli made the gesture at Inter Milan fans while walking off the pitch after Sunday’s tense derby.

Meanwhile, Inter was fined 50,000 euro for racist chants and insulting banners held aloft by its fans directed at Balotelli, who is Italian but of Ghanaian descent.

Milan was also fined 10,000 euros for an insulting banner that its fans unveiled.

In the second half of the match, which ended 1-1, Balotelli held a finger to his mouth toward Inter fans, signalling for quiet.

Inter supporters also waved inflated bananas and whistled at Balotelli.

Balotelli played for Inter from 2006-10, helping the club to a treble in 2010. He already has four goals for Milan after joining from Manchester City last month.

Police: Pistorius lover beaten to death

PRETORIA – Police have reportedly told Reeva Steenkamp’s family that the model could have been beaten to death with a cricket bat before being shot by Oscar Pistorius. The results of the post mortem on Steenkamp were not made public during the Paralympian’s bail hearing last week, which resulted in the 26-year-old being released to await trial for pre-meditated murder.

Pistorius appeared at a police station in Pretoria yesterday to comply with the conditions of his bail. But the Daily Mail reports that the victim’s family were given the grim news, with family members who saw Steenkamp before her funeral last Tuesday apparently confirming that she had “sustained horrific head injuries”.

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