Hamza Choudhury has apologised for his rash challenge that hospitalised Jonathan Bamba during England’s Under-21 Euro clash opener with France.The young Lions were leading 1-0 at the time of the sending off, but the 10 men conceded two late goals, losing the game which jeopardises their chances of reaching the semi-finals.The 21-year-old apologised to the France bench immediately after injuring Bamba’s ankle, with the Lille winger, while not suffering a fracture, will miss the rest of the tournament with severe bruising, it was confirmed on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Describing the dismissal as the worst moment of his career, Leicester midfielder Choudhury said: “I just want to let everyone know that I know I have let them down. I just want to get that message out there and really apologise.”I remember that the ball was there to be won but, honestly, watching back it looked like I was over-aggressive. It wasn’t malicious and I didn’t want to hurt him whatsoever.“I saw the ball and tried to take it but I mistimed it. I don’t think I have ever felt worse in my footballing career than I do right now. I have let the lads down, I have let the country down. I understand playing at this level comes with a certain pressure.”Choudhury is now suspended for Friday’s must-win match with Romania and will have to wait to discover if he will be banned for a second match.The Foxes man has clearly been distressed by the tackle but said that his team-mates have been really supportive.“I will go back and think about it,” he added. “The next time I get in that situation, I won’t make that tackle. Right now, I am just upset.”The lads were brilliant with me to be honest; they picked me up off the floor, they told me to keep my head up. But right now, I can’t. I just can’t. It’s a really difficult time.”The young midfielder’s only other red card of his career came three years ago, while on loan at Burton Albion.
TORONTO — Soaring metal and energy shares helped push Canada’s main stock index higher Tuesday as commodity prices rose on global positive sentiment from China and OPEC.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 73.68 points to 15,202.37. The metals sector was the leading advancer, climbing nearly five per cent as the September copper contract gained 11 cents to US$2.85 a pound, hitting a five-month high.Metal prices were being supported on signs that China’s GDP is expected to grow in the second half of the year, said Noman Ali, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.Prices were also bolstered after American construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar reported better-than-expected earnings results and raised its forecast for revenue and profit for the full year, citing increased demand across many of its markets including China.“The company had good things to say about China,” Ali said.In the currency market, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.96 cents US, up. 0.04 of a U.S. cent.In New York, markets were back on their winning streak amid a heavy week of corporate earnings releases. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 100.26 points to 21,613.43. The S&P 500 index gained 7.22 points to 2,477.13 and the Nasdaq composite edged up 1.36 points to 6,412.17, both eclipsing record highs.The U.S. Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee kicked off a two-day meeting, following its decision last month to raise short-term interest rates for the third time since December.The central bank also announced plans to start gradually paring its bond holdings later this year, a move that could cause rates to rise. Most investors expect the Fed to hold rates steady at this week’s meeting and possibly raise them one more time this year.“Although the probability of a hike is pretty low, we would still be interested in the balance sheet and the comments around the balance sheet and shrinkage,” said Ali.In commodities, the September crude contract was up $1.55 to US$47.89 per barrel amid news that the world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia, vowed to cut exports next month.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and several non-OPEC producers like Russia decided last year to rein in output, but prices have fallen below US$50 a barrel in recent weeks amid concerns about higher production in the U.S. and some countries’ lack of discipline in enforcing the cuts.The International Energy Agency has estimated that compliance with the OPEC output cut fell to 78 per cent in June, from 95 per cent the previous month.Beyond high U.S. output, oil prices have also been pressured by production increases in OPEC members Libya and Nigeria, which have exemptions from the cuts due to political instability.Elsewhere in commodities, the September natural gas contract advanced five cents to US$2.93 per mmBTU and the August gold contract was down $2.20 to US$1,252.10 an ounce.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.