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Russell Domingo, South Africas coach, is hopeful administrators will either give players a wide berth or crack down completely when applying Law 42 - fair and unfair play - because he believes the application of artificial substances to the ball, especially in the form of edibles, occurs often. .Domingo spoke to reporters about an hour before his captain Faf du Plessis hearing to face ball-tampering charges took place at the Adelaide Oval and could not comment on the specifics of the case but hinted that one of South Africas defenses could be that everybody else does it too.You see it daily with those types of instances taking place on the field. I dont want to talk about the [Faf] incident too much but it seems to be a daily occurrence on the field of play so they [the administrators] might need to re-look at that should they feel its not within the spirit of the game, Domingo said.Du Plessis was only charged when television footage of him shining the ball with saliva - while also having a sweet or mint in his mouth - was circulated the day after the Hobart Test. By then, the time for the match officials to report an alleged offence had lapsed and the ICC investigated the visuals of their own volition, after being alerted by widespread media reports. After two similar incidents in the last three years (Dubai in 2013 and Galle in 2014), in which broadcasters were also involved in bringing to light South African offences, Domingo said they feel singled out.There are other teams that have maybe done similar things and weve maybe looked at one or two instances that they have done those things and they havent been highlighted. I wouldnt say weve been targeted but weve definitely been highlighted, Domingo said. Its definitely been brought to the attention of the world and its definitely been brought to the attention of the ICC and its definitely been brought to our attention. Although it seemed pretty insignificant at the start of it, quite a lot has been made of it.Lolly-line or Mint-gate as it has been dubbed, has been on the front and back pages in the Australian press. And the South African squad have had several run-ins with the Australian television reporters which culminated in an airport scuffle on their arrival in Adelaide. Journalists were trying to get a comment out of du Plessis, who was shielded by the security officer, and has not spoken to the media since the Hobart win. Despite the possibility of a one-match ban, Domingo said du Plessis was holding up well.Its never pleasant when everybody has got an opinion on you and people have judged you before rulings have been made. Thats the nature of the world at the moment, everybody has got an opinion and can air it. When you are constantly seeing yourself in newspapers and have things written about you, I suppose it does weigh you down at times, Domingo said. He is a tough and resilient man and the team really supported him and surrounded him to lessen the load on him.South Africas entire squad stood alongside Hashim Amla at the MCG when he called the ball-tampering allegations a joke, last Friday and said South Africa believed their captain had done, absolutely nothing wrong. Amlas address took place before du Plessis was charged, but even in hindsight, Domingo does not think they would have handled it differently.We are a unified team. We stand by our captain. We stand by the decisions weve made. They might not have always come across as the ideal way to do things but at that time and space we thought those were the right things to do, he said.Perhaps surprisingly, South Africa have been buoyed by this fight, even though it has marred their preparation for their first pink-ball Test. Two days ahead of the day-night game, they were not sure whether their captain would be able to take the field with them or whether they would be allowed sweets, when they step on the park. But they were very sure theyre in it together.Hopefully these incidents do galvanise the team a bit more. Theres definitely a feeling of togetherness and unity in the group and a lot of support for the current captain, Domingo said. Its been an interesting few days. Weve had a wonderful tour here, its been great, weve played great cricket. Weve had long discussions and our focus now is purely on cricket. It hasnt been ideal preparation. I would be lying if I say its been spectacular preparation but our focus is totally on the cricket. . Philadelphia is 2-0 against the Senators this season and scored five goals in each victory. The Flyers recorded a 5-0 win in Ottawa on Nov. 12 and then earned a 5-2 home decision on Nov. 19. The Flyers have claimed three straight and four of the last five encounters with the Sens overall and Philly has won two in a row and three of its past four tests in Canadas capital city. . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. CTV Edmonton also says Pocklington gave a $100,000 cash deposit as part of the conditions of his bail, and that he will be out on bail until his appeal is heard. Worcester have announced that rugby director Dean Ryan has left the Aviva Premiership club.The Warriors said that Ryan has been released from his contract and will leave his post immediately.Ryans exit comes barely two months before the new Premiership season starts.Worcester said that their senior management team will consist of head coach Carl Hogg and high performance director Nick Johnston, who will both report to club chief executive Jim OToole.Hogg will retain responsibility for the first-team squad, with Johnston continuing his work with the academy, medical, sports science and player welfare departments at Sixways.Worcester, with Ryan at the helm, have made a number of new signings in readiness for next term, including England squad centre Ben Teo from Leinster.Recent media speculation suggested that 50-year-old Ryan had been unhappy with finances made available in terms of Warriors playing budget.Ryan joined Worcester in May 2013, and although the Warriors were relegated a year later, they regained Premiership status at the first attempt and retained a top-flight position last term.The former England number eight, meanwhile, has been strongly linked to the top job at Bath, which has been vacant since Mike Fords departure from tthe Recreation Ground. OToole said: We are very sorry to see Dean move on from Sixways.He has been instrumental in developing and putting in place our long-term plan, and we have been delighted with our progress and the momentum we have built up over the last three years.Dean has also helped to build a team around him who are ready to step up to the next level and build on that progress.For the first time in Warriors history we have an active succession plan which has already kicked-in.We are an ambitious club with sights on the top six places in the Premiership and the Champions Cup.In a statement announcing Ryans exit, the club added: The Warriors board has committed to a 25 percent increase in the rugby budget for the 2016-17 season.And it is following a long-term strategy based on the development of a solid base of English-qualified players via an annual £500,000 investment in the academy, a £500,000 academy house, a £3.5million investment in top-class facilities and infrastructure and the commitment to spending to the Premiership salary cap to make the current squad as competitive as possible. 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