Sydney: Viv Richards has revealed that former South African President Nelson Mandela had thanked him for not going to the country as part of the infamous West Indies rebel tours between 1982 and 1984.Richards said that he had met Nelson Mandela in Monaco as the former West Indies captain was one of the founding members of the Laureus Sport for Good, which was founded under Mandela’s patronage.”We had our retreat in I think it was Monaco at the time and he (Mandela) came as a chief guest. Nelson walked up to meet everyone,” Viv Richards said in a podcast hosted by former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson.”He stopped right in front of me, shook my hand and said, “Vivian I want to let you know that we are extremely pleased with the decision that you made of not coming to our country.” Long before that I had made the decision not to go to South Africa during the Apartheid regime,” he said.Mandela also told him that he used to listen to the radio and follow matches between West Indies and England in the years he spent in jail and feel inspired.West Indies teams led by Lawrence Rowe and featuring former World Cup winner Colin Croft had toured South Africa when it was exiled from international cricket due to its Apartheid regime.Former South African Test batsman Ali Bacher, who had organised the tours, had been turned down by Richards with the latter saying that he had been given an open cheque to come to the country. Richards, like many of his teammates who were regulars in West Indies at the time, refused. IANSAlso Read: Vivian Richards, Sunil Gavaskar Part of Commentary Panel for Windies SeriesAlso watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rations
On Wednesday, senior outside linebacker Devon Kennard was named as one of the nine semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy award sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. The award honors a defensive player for his athletic performance as well as his character.Comeback · Redshirt senior linebacker Devon Kennard has led USC’s strong defense this year after missing last season with a pectoral injury. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan As one of the Trojans’ team captains this season, Kennard has enjoyed a remarkable rebound campaign after missing the 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle. He ranks 20th nationally in sacks (8) in addition to his 47 tackles, 10 tackles for losses, four pass deflections and a fumble recovery.Kennard also takes care of business in the classroom. He’s maintained a 3.23 GPA while receiving 2010 and 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic second-team honors and is currently studying for a master’s degree in communication management. Last year while rehabbing his injury, Kennard received his bachelor’s degree in communication from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Though Kennard is an impressive candidate, he has stiff competition. The other semifinalists include Anthony Barr (linebacker, UCLA), Chris Borland (linebacker, Wisconsin), Aaron Donald (defensive tackle, Pitt), James Morris (linebacker, Iowa), C.J. Mosley (linebacker, Alabama), Ed Reynolds (safety, Stanford), Ryan Shazier (linebacker, Ohio State) and Kyle Van Noy (linebacker, BYU).The Lott IMPACT Trophy award is named after former USC All-American and NFL All-Pro safety Ronnie Lott. IMPACT is an acronym that stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.To date, the foundation has donated more than $1 million to charities across the nation. The winner will receive $25,000 and the runner-ups will receive $5,000 for their respective universities’ general scholarship funds. Last year’s recipient was former Notre Dame and current San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o.The list of semifinalists will be narrowed down to four finalists on Nov. 27 and the winner will be announced at the 10th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet on Dec. 8 in Newport Beach, Calif. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is scheduled as the keynote speaker at the banquet, which will be televised live by Fox Sports at 7 p.m.