SYDNEY, (Reuters) – West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was awarded A$300,000 ($220,770) in damages by an Australian court today, more than a year after he won a defamation case against Fairfax Media over an alleged incident during the 2015 World Cup. New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum made the award for articles published in January 2016 that alleged the 103-test cricketer had exposed himself to a masseuse during the tournament.In October 2017, a jury found Fairfax had failed to establish the truth of the reports. It also found Fairfax had failed to establish that the allegation Gayle had propositioned the masseuse was “substantially true”.Justice McCallam said in her decision that the defamation “went to the heart of Mr Gayle’s professional life as a respected batsman” and “had particular resonance in cricketing circles”. The jury also found that Fairfax was motivated by malice in publishing the stories, which could have left the company open to punitive damages. Justice McCallam said she decided against aggravated damages because Gayle had not given evidence about whether the harm he suffered was increased by the malice.Fairfax Media said the publisher intended to appeal because of concerns over the way the trial was conducted.“The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax, and Fairfax did not get a fair trial,” a spokesman said in a statement. “The damages award merely confirms the appalling burden of defamation laws in this country.”
Celtic came from behind to beat Rosenborg 3-1 and grab the advantage in their Champions League qualifier.The Scottish champions fell behind when Birger Melin struck for the visitors, but two goals from Odsonne Edouard and a stunner from Olivier Ntcham turned the result on its head.With key players missing at both ends of the pitch, the Scottish champions struggled to replicate the display which saw them sweep aside Alashkert last time out during the opening stages.Rosenborg twice threatened an early opener before it eventually came on 15 minutes. Callum McGregor nearly extended Celtic’s lead shortly after but the Scotland international’s curling effort crashed off the post and away to safety.With Celtic in full flow, Hansen was kept extremely busy. The Norwegian shot-stopper prevented first Scott Sinclair and then Kieran Tierney from doubling the home side’s advantage but he was unable to keep Edouard from bagging a second.The French attacker broke the offside trap before dinking the ball over Hansen to give Brendan Rodgers’ men breathing space ahead of their trip to Trondheim. Jack Hendry lost possession and ex-Arsenal attacker Nicklas Bendtner took full advantage by sliding a clever pass into the path of full back Meling, who lashed the ball past Craig Gordon into the net.Ntcham was brought down in the penalty box as the home side pressed for an immediate response, but Parkhead protests were waved away by referee Bart Vertenen.Parity would be restored before the interval, though, when the Hoops’ record signing Edouard kept his cool to control the ball and arrow a low shot past Andre Hansen.The turnaround was completed within moments of the restart as the impressive Ntcham scored a stunner from the edge of the box.