(REUTERS)-German tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association (USTA) made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany’s national anthem during a Fed Cup tie in Hawaii.The version played included the first stanza, beginning “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles,” which was used as Nazi propaganda. It was dropped after World War Two.“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup,” Germany’s Andrea Petkovic said, adding that she considered walking off court before the singles match against Alison Riske.She later said her first comments had been somewhat emotional but that was because the incident happened before her game and she was left stunned.“We were left shocked and did not know how to react,” Petkovic said.German team coach Barbara Ritter said the mistake was “an absolute scandal, a disrespectful incident and inexcusable”.German tennis federation chief Ulrich Klaus said his American counterpart had apologised for the mistake.“Our American hosts at the Fed Cup opening in Hawaii made a mistake that should not happen,” Klaus said in a statement.“The fact that in the year 2017 a wrong anthem can be played that is associated with the horror of the past was for players and staff and the officials present both shocking and disturbing.”“The USTA through its president Katrina Adams has apologised officially in writing and in person and deeply regrets the blunder.”Riske won the opening rubber to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. Bad weather prevented any further play on the opening day of the tie.
highlights New Delhi: Alastair Cook played in his first competitive cricket game ever since he retired from international cricket during the fifth and final Test against India at The Oval. In a pre-County clash for Essex against Cambridge Marylebone Cricket Club University in Cambridge, Cook slammed 150 and Essex registered a 286-run victory. His 150* prompted speculations that Cook might be in the fray for the upcoming five-match Ashes series against Australia that will be played after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and will be the first series in the new Test championship cycle. Ryan ten Doeschate, who is the captain of Essex, added to the speculation that Cook could be back in England colours for the Ashes, pointing out his love for the game. “Just speaking to him and gauging where he’s at, I would say it’s unlikely, but I know how much he does love England cricket and how much work he’s put in there so no, I wouldn’t rule it out in times of desperation and if he was playing really well and he felt the desire was there, I guess there’s no reason why he couldn’t make a comeback,” ten Doeschate told a talk show. However, in a report in The Guardian, Cook has brushed aside speculations that he was considering a comeback in the England team. “I’ve played my last game for England. I’ve had 12 amazing years. It’s time for the next generation of top-order players to try to make their mark. Of course there’s always that one thing – an absolute emergency – but I’m nowhere near that mindset,” Cook stated. Alastair Cook slammed 150 in the pre-County game against Cambridge.Cook retired from international cricket in The Oval Test against India.Cook was awarded the knighthood for his services to the game of cricket. Ever since the departure of Cook, England have struggled to find a consistent opening pair. Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns have not been upto the mark. Cook was the one stable factor in the opening side but he struggled to find a reliable partner after Andrew Strauss retired from international cricket following the series against South Africa in 2012. Cook, who is England’s leading run-getter in Tests with 12,472 runs in 161 Tests at an average of 45 bowed out of international cricket in grand style by hammering 71 and 147 in his final Test against India. He ended just like he had started, with a fifty and century during his debut Test in Nagpur in 2006 against the same opponents. In the Ashes, Cook has been part of four Ashes campaign triumphs, including one in Australia in 2010/11. In that series, Cook aggregated a staggering 766 runs at an average of over 100 as England won a series Down Under for the first time in 24 years. Recently, at the start of 2019, Cook was knighted for his services to cricket and thus he was rechristened as Sir Alastair Cook. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Photo © Tipp FM The positions of Michael Ryan as Senior Hurling manager and Liam Cahill at Under 21 are also expected to be confirmed.Meanwhile Liam Kearns looks set to remain on as senior football manager. Former All Ireland winning captain Tommy Dunne looks set to take the managerial post with Tipperary’s Under 17 hurlers.The Toomevara native has previously coached both the Tipp Senior, Under 21 and Minor squads as well as the Dublin senior hurlers.His appointment is likely to be ratified at the next County Board meeting at the end of this month.