Newcastle prop Taione Vea has been forced to retire from rugby due to a spinal injury.The 27-year-old Tonga international was hurt during Newcastles Aviva Premiership opener against Sale Sharks in September.Announcing the news on Newcastles official website, Vea said: I took a bad knock in the game against Sale and spent a few nights in hospital, and when I had my scan results unfortunately things didnt come back too well.I had quite a bit of swelling in the spinal cord, around some really important areas of the neck, and it is just one of those things.I was left paralysed for five or six minutes on the field, where I couldnt feel my whole body.That is enough for anybody in a lifetime and the risk of that happening again if I was to return to playing is quite high. It is obviously not the way I wanted to go.At the age I am and the way I felt I was playing, I was planning on a fair few more years. But having spoken to medical professionals and specialists, I have had to just accept the fact there is more to life than playing the game I love.Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards paid tribute to Vea, who joined the Falcons from London Welsh last year.Tai is an enormously talented and popular member of our squad and it is devastating to hear the news that he will not be able to carry on playing, Richards said. He has remained strong throughout what is obviously a very difficult period and he will continue to receive the full support of everybody associated with the club. Everson Griffen Jersey . Once again Jordan Cieciwa (@FitCityJordan) and I (@LynchOnSports) go head to head in our picks. Last weekend at UFC Fight Night 32 my #TeamLynch got the best of #TeamJC by a score of 9-6. Let us know which side youre on for UFC 167 use the hashtag #TeamLynch or #TeamJC on Twitter. Fran Tarkenton Jersey . 1 position. 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Alan Isaac, president of the International Cricket Council, told a news conference Wednesday that he and ICC CEO David Richardson were "hugely impressed by the progress" in the Canadian governing body, "Its fair to say ... that 12, 18, 24 months ago the ICC wasnt that happy," Isaac said. The ICC president pointed to Cricket Canadas changes in governance and the new management regime. The comments were clearly appreciated. "Having your largest stake-holder actually believe in what youre doing ... means a lot," said Cricket Canada president Ravin Moorthy. "For one of the first times in our organization, we felt that our concerns were listened to," he added. Moorthy said the ICC had provided "fair and measurable goals to work towards." The ICC leaders were in Toronto for a meeting of its Development Committee. The group meets twice a year, usually once in the ICCs home of Dubai and the other somewhere else. The world governing body provides about $960,000 to the current $1.6-million Cricket Canada budget. Sport Canada provides another $200,000. "We see ourselves to be viable," said Moorthy. "We want to be a $3- million to $5-million-a-year business so weve got a long way to go. But were happy and today was the first step." Cricket Canada revamped its constitution at its annual general meeting in Halifax in March. The changes included reducing the size of the board of directors to seven from 17 while providing clearer definitions of the roles of the CEO and his staff versus the elected policy-makers. Cricket Canada has also put in place specified standards for its selectors, who will be appointed rather than elected. "We were looking for some improvement," Isaac said of the Cricket Canada changes. "It feels better, it feels good," the New Zealander said of the current Canadian cricket landscape. The moves also helped get Cricket Canada in line with the wishes of the federal government and Sport Canada. The development arm of the ICC has come up with extra money for Canada, primarily aimed at the grassroots side of the game. The ICC sees North America as an emerging market. "Its critical to ICC and our success that Canada is there, not just competing but actually winning as well," Isaac said. "Our aim is to have a World Cup, 14 teams, where each of the 14 teams can win that World Cup. Thats not the case at the moment,&qquot; he added.dddddddddddd Isaac estimated maybe eight countries could currently win the T20 competition with just six contenders for the 50-over version of the world championship. "Its a big goal but Canada is a very important part of that goal," said Isaac, who points to Ireland as a second-tier team that has made giant leaps in recent years. "We will be there," answered Moorthy. "Were taking the right steps now ... We wont let you down." Canada had been boosted by the return of 31-year-old captain Ashish Bagai, who is rejoining the national team between graduating from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia with an MBA and taking up a new job as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in February 2014. Bagai has played in 119 international matches for Canada including three World Cups but not has played at a top level since some club outings last summer. "It feels great," he said of his return. "Obviously its my passion, so any time I can get a chance to play cricket again, Ill take it with both hands." Even with a contract with Cricket Canada, Bagai is sacrificing financially but says "being a vital year for Canadian cricket, I think its the right thing to do." "I have my whole life to work," he added. "This I can only do for a certain amount of time." His return is a boost for Canada ahead of the T20 qualifier in November in Dubai and the World Cup qualifier in New Zealand in January. Canadian coach Gus Logie has worked with Bagai as far back as 2003 when he predicted the wicket-keeper would captain Canada one day. "He brings tremendous experience, professionalism," said Logie. "He brings a talent that is rare." Bagai is just one of several veterans who have returned to the national team program. Also Wednesday, Cricket Canada also announced Admiral as the teams new uniform sponsor for the next three years. The last time the Canadian national team wore Admiral, which also clothes the West Indies, was in 2003. The Canadian governing body has also struck a partnership with CricHQ, a digital platform for competitions and data management. "Todays a good day for Cricket Canada but were not done yet," said Moorthy. 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