George Pell (b. 1941, 78-years old) was convicted of ‘sodomy’
in December 2018.
He was given a 6-year prison sentence
with 3 years 8 months compulsory (i.e., no-parole).
He has been serving that sentence since at least February 2019 (if not earlier).
This was the outcome was what was his 2nd appeal.
This is HUGE — for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis & Pell.
The Francis always insisted that he was innocent and did not strip him of his title.
Huge black eye for Australia.
There will be ramifications & recriminations.
Is he AGAIN papabile? I don’t think so. But, I could be wrong.
The huge 381-run victory, against England, in the 1st Test match, at Brisbane, was special. But, I have seen enough disappointments, of late, to have got to excited and get my hopes up.
And then this … even with the death of Alzarri Joesph’s Mother on the morning of the 3rd Day. They played just like they used to play. It was a pleasure and to see my ol’ buddy Viv, in the stands, standing and applauding, made my day.
Wow. Have we finally turned the page? About time, I may add. But, cricket is a funny ol’ game. We still have another match and I see that Captain Jason Holder will have to miss it because of poor over rate. Shame. Very frustrating.
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Wow. What a last day (the 4th). I have been following the whole series, the T20s, ODIs & now the 1st Test, with interest and joy. Some good, exciting cricket.
I had watched the Test match highlights each day — some while having lunch and the rest at night, over dinner. Exciting Test match.
Hats off, most certainly, to New Zealand. A totally unexpected win — against the grain. It only became a possibility right at the end. Poor Pakistan. They showed one of their fans, a middle-aged man, crying.
Amazing spin bowling by the debutant — Ajaz Patel. This was good for cricket.
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South Africa v. India 3rd Test (Johannesburg) — The Pitch Was ‘Spicy’, But Didn’t Warrant Umpire Intervention.
Today’s cricketers, with their helmets and American football like padding, are getting SOFT and act like SISSIES.
The umpires continually checking the pitch and then taking the players off on the 3rd Day of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and India was WRONG. Totally uncalled for. There was no valid reason. The ball that hit Dean Elgar on the helmet was SHORT and he played it badly. Come on.
We have seen cricket been played in much more VICIOUS conditions. I am old enough to remember that GLORIOUS Summer of 1976 and the West Indies quickies peppering the English batsman, Brian Close in particular. And they did NOT wear helmets like they now do.
The consensus is that on this dodgy pitch South Africa, already 1 wicket down, will be incapable of scoring the requisite 241 runs and will lose — though they have already won the series.
Yet again, as they did on Day 4 of the 2nd Test, South Africa made a LOT of mistakes, dropped catches and bowled BADLY. They deserve to lose.
I am writing this U.S. Eastern Time (21:00) having only seen half of the Day 4 highlights. Plan to watch the rest within the next hour — while having my customary late dinner.
I can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes they have made in the 2nd Test — especially when batting.
Vernon Philander’s runout was INEXCUSABLE. It is not like he is new to the game. What had he been chewing? His bowling was also below par.
Hashim Amla’s runout broke my heart. He was run out. He is such a phlegmatic, nice guy. He should not have gone for that run. If he hadn’t been run out he would have easily scored another 40-runs — easy. That would have made all the difference.
AB de Villiers, of course, batter well, in both innings BUT his dismissal in the 2nd innings, caught behind, off his glove, was NOT worthy of a player of his experience, talent and stature. Come ON. You could have weaved out of the way better, or stepped back and whacked it. It is dismissals like that that lose matches.
IF they WIN, Virat Kohli, as ever, deserves a huge amount of praise and credit. It would NOT have been just his large century, it is his irrepressible, ebullient presence.
Mike Brearley, one of the BEST Test captains ever — and certainly the most cerebral and educated — used to say: “there are captains that wait for things to happen, and others that make things happen”. Kohli definitely falls into the latter category. Just his presence in the field seems to make things happen.
I am keeping my fingers crossed …
Impressive stuff — BUT I have seen Sri Lanka do this, i.e., defend a small total on a turning 5th-day pitch with their gifted spinners, in this case Rangana Herath. That he got 400 wickets at the conclusion is quite an achievement. But, at 39, it is unlikely he will get much beyond 500 — at that. So, he will not be challenging those high in the table.
Once Pakistan lost 4 wickets I knew their goose was cooked.
The last 1.5 days were exciting. Good Test cricket. This was good for the game and GOOD for Sri Lanka. I am glad.
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I watched some of the debate. Was struck by two things, that were hard to escape:
1/ Bernie looks noticeably older than he did prior to the election.
2/ Something seems to be the matter with his LEFT HAND.
Whenever he was standing and not talking he was using his right hand to FIRMLY hold down his left. And the fingers of his left hand were twitching like crazy.
Yes, it could have been nerves. But, I can’t remember that from Bernie last year.
Reminded me of Bob Dole!
Is he getting Parkinson’s? Not sure.
Did a quick Google. Nothing.
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Hope he is OK. I actually like Bernie. Just didn’t want him as the candidate — BUT maybe he could have beaten the ” ” (name unsaid).