London: India captain Virat Kohli conceded that team combination was “a bit off” in the lost second Test against England and urged his struggling batsmen to ‘’keep it simple” in the head to save the ongoing series.”I think we got the combination a bit off before the game. We have a chance to correct that next game. (At) Two-nil down the only option is to come out positive, make it 2-1 and make it an exciting series from there,” Kohli said after the team lost by an innings and 159 runs to be 0-2 down in the five-match series. India could only make 107 and 130 in the second Test and will need to avoid a loss in the third game due to start on August 18 in Nottingham to stay alive.Also Read | I will be fine in five days’ time, says Virat KohliKohli reiterated that his batsmen’s problem is more mental than technical. “I don’t see any technical deficiency. If a batsman is clear in the head and he’s clear about the plans he’s taking, then if the ball does something off the pitch, you’re able to counter it,” said Kohli at the post-match media interaction. “If my head’s clouded then I feel like the ball can do this, or that, or even that. You know there are three-four scenarios that run in your head. It sounds cliche but as the greats have said, keep this game simple, that’s all you have to do. You can’t come here and think the conditions are too difficult because they are really not if you’re prepared to counter them.’’ The weather also did not favour India, who batted in overcast conditions while England scored their runs in bright sunshine on day three.”A lot of people are talking about the conditions, that we batted during a difficult time. On the day that was good, we had to bowl. And again, today was overcast and we had to bat. If we think about these things, we won’t be able to plan for the future.Also Read | England beat India by an innings and 159 runs; lead series 2-0 “There is nothing to be gained from thinking about what has happened and thinking what if. Going ahead in this series, we need to look at the mistakes we’ve made in this game and correct them. A sportsman has no other options,” felt the captain.Bowlers did well in the series opener but were not consistent enough at Lord’s, he said. “You can’t control the toss or the weather. We didn’t play good cricket in this game. We bowled well in the beginning but didn’t hit our areas consistently. We didn’t get enough chances in the field to miss any, but with bat and ball we could have done much better than we did.”During the second innings, Kohli batted at number five as his back problems resurfaced. The star batsman was hopeful that he would be fit in time for the next match.”Back is one thing that can be very tricky when it goes off. It happened during the latter half of the last leg of the South Africa tour when I missed a T20 game because that was very sudden. It happened one day before. The good thing is I have five days before the next Test.Also Read | Andre Russell takes hat-trick, scores fastest ton in CPL “We are confident with rehab and strengthening I should be ready for the next game although not (with) the same intensity in the field. But I should be good enough to hold a position in the field and be 100 per cent with the bat.”Again I will have to look at the running bit of things, which was difficult today. As of now it is sore. I am not hiding that fact, but that is part of the game. I had to do what I could do to go there, bat again and try my best,” said the skipper. There are problems across the board for India, as their openers failed in both Birmingham and Lord’s, while barring Kohli, the middle-order didn’t turn up either. Kohli said that no particular batsman could be blamed for this failure.”Right now, it’s not purely thinking that the openers haven’t fired or the middle order hasn’t done well, because as a batting unit, we haven’t done well in this game as a whole. “It’s very difficult to pinpoint anyone. All we have to do is gear up for the next game, come out positive and not think about that I’ve done well…It’s all about making the team win, and doing anything that we can to make that happen.”Also Read | Scorecard at stumps as brilliant Woakes-Bairstow power England When asked if the Indian batting is too dependent on him, the skipper replied, “We definitely as a team don’t and can’t think from that point of view. No one’s doing anyone a favour by going out there and performing. It’s our job to do that and it’s a duty we’ve been given.”What we did in this game we should definitely be better than that. I’m the first one to come out and accept that because unless you accept your mistake you can’t improve on it. Because this is the first time in the last 5 Tests that we’ve been really outplayed.”This loss allows them an extra day of contemplation, albeit it will be tough to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the series.”We are only thinking about the fact that we do have the bowling attack to pick up 20 wickets and as batsmen we should think of that as an opportunity to score runs, and make the team win games. “What’s been sad is that we haven’t had those two skills coming together. I don’t think it’s unfortunate totally because you can’t rely on fortune and luck in every game that you play,” said Kohli. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The deciding ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Dubai International stadium ended in a damp squib as a rare instance of rain resulted in the game to be declared a no result and forced both teams to share the trophy on Sunday. This was the first-time ever that rain had washed out an ODI match in the UAE.Read More |Pakistan suffer heavy ‘penalty’ in loss to India in Women’s World T20The rain also meant that Pakistan’s search for a series win against New Zealand continued, having last won against them in 2011. Opting to bat, the hosts started aggressively thanks to Fakhar Zaman. The 64-run opening stand with Mohammad Hafeez, who was promoted to open after Imam-ul-Haq suffered an injury and was ruled out for this match, gave Pakistan a solid platform and the team did not lose momentum despite Zaman falling for 65.Read More | Mithali Raj fifty helps India crush Pakistan in Women’s World T20Babar Azam, who has been in fine form in the Twenty20 Internationals, continued his great run and was assisted well by Haris Sohail. The duo shared a 108-run partnership, with Sohail being the main aggressor. The left-hander brought up his fifty by pulling Ish Sodhi to the deep midwicket fence for a six while Azam reached his landmark with a single off Trent Boult.The partnership was broken when Sohail (60) pulled Lockie Ferguson to deep backward square leg where Goerge Worker tumbled forward to take the catch. The wicket of Sohail boosted New Zealand, in particular Ferguson and he proceeded to slice through the middle order to finish with 5/45. Azam was unlucky to miss out on a century as Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals to finish on 279/8.Read More | Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj guides India to 7-wicket win over PakIn response, Colin Munro’s poor form continued when he was cleaned up by Shaheen Afridi for 0. George Worker and Henry Nicholls steadied the ship before the rain came in the seventh over of the chase, with New Zealand on 35/1. It rained for close to two and a half hours, forcing match officials to call the game off.Lockie Ferguson was named the Man of the Match while Shaheen Afridi was the Man of the series for his nine wickets in the three ODIs. The action now shifts to the Test matches with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi on November 16.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “We lost four wickets upfront, there is a learning there for us as how we should bat when the ball is swinging and conditions are not easy. The guys now know come the situation how to do it. The run rate was not great in first 30 overs but we still managed to get to 250, which is a big positive,” Rohit said.‘Massive achievement’India won a series in New Zealand after 10 years and their 4-1 scoreline is the best in the country ever since they started touring New Zealand in 1967. Rohit said the achievement was massive.“New Zealand have got great balance. They bat deep and have a quality bowling line-up, we saw a bit of glimpse of that in last game where they challenged us, so for us 4-1 is a great achievement,” Rohit said.The Indian skipper also hailed Rayudu’s contribution and said the knock would boost his confidence and if he played in a similar vein in tough conditions, India’s chances will receive a major boost. Rohit, though, stressed on the need to try out some combinations as India look to cover all bases for the tournament.“We want to be very well prepared for the World Cup, so we wanted to try out all our combinations. If the series was on line, we would have played with two spinners and three seamers and Kedar being there, but with the series won, we wanted to try out combination. Because we will be playing nine games in World Cup, and anything can happen, injuries, being out of form, so we wanted to try our every combination,” Rohit said.India will now be aiming to break their jinx in Twenty20 Internationals, having never won a game in New Zealand. The first match will take place in Wellington on Wednesday. India won a series against New Zealand for the first time in 10 years.India’s 4-1 scoreline is the best in New Zealand ever since they started touring the country.India won a bilateral ODI series for the first time in Australia. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team ended the ODI series Down Under on the ultimate high. After winning a bilateral ODI series for the first time in Australia, India ended their 10-year pain in New Zealand on the ultimate high by winning the final ODI in Wellington by 35 runs to clinch the five-match series 4-1. Rohit, who took over as the captain for the Hamilton ODI after Virat Kohli was rested, started his tenure with a disastrous loss as the team was bowled out for 92. In Wellington, the team started off poorly but were rescued by fine knocks from Ambati Rayudu (90) and a 22-ball blitz from Hardik Pandya to boost India.Speaking after the end of the match, Rohit said the plan to bat first on a difficult wicket was made keeping in mind the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which will be played in England. “I had a look (of the pitch) before the toss and knew that there was moisture, which would be helpful for the fast bowlers initially. As a team we wanted to see how we face the challenges because come the World Cup we will be put into those situations,” Rohit said.Trent Boult and Matt Henry picked up two wickets at the start, with Henry accounting for Rohit (2) and Shubman Gill (7) while Boult sent back Shikhar Dhawan (6) and MS Dhoni for 1. Rohit acknowledged that batsmen have to back themselves while facing the new ball in swinging conditions. highlights
highlights New Delhi: February 20, 2015. Westpac Stadium. Wellington. England’s ultimate hour of humiliation. Tim Southee takes 7/33, England is decimated for 123. New Zealand chase the total down in just 12.2 overs. It was so bad that even the floodlights for this Day-Night encounter were not on and England fans had not even woken up to catch the match on TV back home. England was eliminated in the first round, New Zealand reached the final where they were beaten by Australia. Four years later, after the humiliation at Wellington, England are in the final and in a divine Act of Providence, they square up against the team which resulted in humiliation and ultimate transformation. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has seen the end of the hegemony of Australia and India. At Lord’s on July 14, there WILL be a new world champion.For England, the final is four years of planning, revamping and total change of outlook to be where they are. After the Wellington humiliation, England transformed into ‘New England’. Gone was the team which played cricket like the 90s. This was an England team that pushed the boundaries of aggression. At the helm of their transformation has been Eoin Morgan, an Irishman. Batsmen like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have changed the way England perceive their ODI cricket and their ruthlessness, aggression and fearless cricket make them a sight. Add Joe Root’s solidity and Morgan’s calmness and England’s batting is intimidating.Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood offer pace, accuracy, hostility and guile. Rashid is playing through the pain of a shoulder injury but such is the determination of England to achieve the glory that they are willing to push themselves to the next level. The heartache of 1979, 1987, 1992 and losses in the 2013 Champions Trophy final and the 2016 World T20 are all driving forces for England to shed their tag of ‘perennial underachievers.’ALSO READ | BCCI official confirms MS Dhoni’s retirement news: SourcesAt the other end, the other ‘perennial underachievers’ are showing their alchemy in ICC World Cups. New Zealand, a population of 1/100th of India and a cricket budget which is 1/8th of England, show that on the big stage, there is none better than them. For New Zealand, this is another chance to come out of the giant shadow of the All Blacks, the all-conquering Rugby team considered the greatest sporting team of all time. New Zealand had missed the chance in 2015 in Melbourne. They have a chance in 2019 at the home of cricket.Kane Williamson’s tactical acumen has grown in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as it was experienced by his batting approach and captaincy during the semi-final against India. Unlike England, Williamson and Ross Taylor are the only batsmen contributing. Martin Guptill and the other batsmen have failed for consistency. In the bowling, there is only Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson who have been impressive with Mitchell Santner showing his worth against India.With so little resources and support, they have had to resort to cunning and New Zealand have mastered that brilliantly. However, on the big stage, can New Zealand handle the pressure and not repeat the mistakes of 2015? The situation is similar. In Melbourne, 93000 Australians were behind the team. Here, 30,000 England supporters and millions outside will be gunning for Morgan’s side to finally shed the underachiever tag. For New Zealand, this is an ideal opportunity to spoil the party and stake their name in the history books.For Eoin Morgan, he might not be tempted to make any changes for the final despite Adil Rashid’s dodgy shoulder. With the Lord’s wicket potentially assisting seam and swing, the team might go unchanged. If the wicket is flat, they could potentially play Moeen Ali in place of Liam Plunkett.EnglandProbable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark WoodNew ZealandWith Matt Henry bowling superbly in Old Trafford, he might stay in the side. Henry Nicholls gave a solid exhibition against India and he might open with Martin Guptill.Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultWho will win?There is desperation for England, having lost in all ICC event finals in the last couple of decades. With the trend of home domination, England will be expected to be the favourites. However, never count out New Zealand but on the big stage, one feels with the team composition, England holds all the aces.Weather and PitchThe forecast in London is fair on Sunday and thus there might not be a need for a reserve day. Lord’s has dished out green pitches in this edition of the tournament.Stadium and TimingsThe encounter will take place at Lord’s in London at 15:00 pm IST local. England has lost three finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992 World Cups.New Zealand lost in the final of the 2015 World Cup.England defeated New Zealand in the league stages of the 2019 World Cup in Durham. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Uncapped Akeira Peters and Shawnisha Hector have been named in a 20-member training squad to prepare for the Women’s Cricket World Cup in June.The 23-year-old Peters is an all-rounder from Grenada who was part of the training setup ahead of last year’s home series against England, in Jamaica, but failed to gain selection.She was also a member of the Windward Islands squad for the Women’s Regional Championship in Guyana last year.Seventeen-year-old Hector, meanwhile, is a fast bowler who hails from Antigua and who captained Leeward Islands during the Regional Championship.The call-up represents her first to the West Indies setup.The duo will join the likes of mainstays Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Merissa Aguilleira in the squad which will undergo camp from March 7 to 20 in Antigua.Later this year, West Indies Women will have a two-week camp in England to further prepare them for the Women’s World Cup which is also being staged in England from June 24 to July 23.At the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago, West Indies Women were good enough to reach the final before losing to Australia Women.West Indies Women are the reigning World Twenty20 champions following their triumph last April at the T20 World Cup in India.SQUAD – Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Erva Giddings, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor.
The DeVos family previously announced a $2 million compensation fund for Orlando Magic, Amway Center, Lakeland Magic and Orlando Solar Bears hourly workers for games and time missed during the COVID-19 suspension of seasons. Several Magic players and Magic coach Steve Clifford have also championed various charitable causes during the pandemic.___Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has urged his players to accept a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.Al-Khelaifi says in an interview with RMC radio that he is “expecting them to make an effort for the club. They know their responsibilities.”Players on French clubs are all on temporary layoffs. That means a small cut in pay of 16 percent and the state picks up a portion of the rest. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Serge Aurier has become the latest player from English club Tottenham to flout government guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak after posting videos of him training with teammate Moussa Sissoko. The Ivory Coast defender has now deleted the videos on his Instagram story, which showed him running shuttles and sitting next to Sissoko, disregarding social distancing. Aurier was wearing a face mask.It wasn’t clear where the two players were training.Tottenham says “we shall be speaking to both players involved.”It comes about two weeks after Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was pictured holding a one-on-one training session in north London with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, while two other players ran nearby. Mourinho later acknowledged his session was “not in line with government protocol.”Guidelines say people can only exercise outdoors on their own or with members of the same household. The governors of German states Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have called for a restart of soccer on May 9 but not all states are on board.___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place.The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events. ___UEFA is softening its tone toward organizers of national leagues and cups who want to end seasons early before completing all games.After talking with its 55 member federations, UEFA says that “some special cases will be heard“ after guidelines are confirmed for entry paths to next season’s Champions League and Europa League. Those guidelines could be approved Thursday by UEFA’s executive committee.After Belgium’s top-tier league said this month it wanted to declare current standings final, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned that countries risked losing European competition entries if they took premature decisions. UEFA’s previous directive was toned down to “a strong recommendation“ Tuesday to try to complete domestic seasons. The Latest: Tottenham players flout virus guidelines The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The lockdown in Italy is scheduled to expire after May 3.___The ownership of the Orlando Magic have announced a $50,000 donation to a Central Florida food bank and have teamed with Papa John’s to offer a way for their fans to support food-insecure families as well.The DeVos family announced the donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Through May 20 fans can also see 25% of their online-order price at Orlando-area Papa John’s restaurants donated to the food bank as well.Magic CEO Alex Martins says “this has been a focus for us over the years, and now more than ever this remains a priority. We will continue to work together to make sure we assist those most vulnerable.” Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak.___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series. The 16-nation playoffs have twice been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 has been delayed one year.Csányi tells Hungarian media that October and November are options while there is uncertainty about when soccer can resume in Europe. All 55 UEFA member countries are currently scheduled to play Nations League games in October and November.Hungary was drawn to play at Bulgaria in the single knockout Euro 2020 playoffs. The winner will host either Iceland or Romania with a place in the final tournament at stake.Hungary is one of 12 host nations of Euro 2020.___ Associated Press The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league.Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month.Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.”Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.Clubs are eager to resume the Bundesliga to avoid financial losses. They are negotiating a tricky political landscape and opposition from some fan groups. Players at clubs in other countries have taken large pay cuts amid the uncertainty.PSG’s squad includes world-class players Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Edinson Cavani.Al-Khelaifi says “our wage bill is of substantial volume” and “we risk suffering colossal losses” at the end of the season.___UEFA vice president Sándor Csányi says playoffs to decide the last four places in the postponed European Championship could be played in October or November. Domestic club soccer aims to play into July and August — if resuming games is even possible — with UEFA hoping to complete the Champions League and Europa League later in August.___The 20 clubs in Italy’s top soccer division have unanimously voted in favor of finishing the current season.The Lega Serie A held an assembly with the 20 clubs by videoconference. It released a statement saying all clubs voted “to carry on the 2019-2020 season to the end, if the government allows it to happen.”Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown more than a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. April 21, 2020
The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars). Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later.Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___ May 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country. The Latest: Lyon president hoping to reverse cancellation Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested.He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.” Associated Press
Update on the latest sports September 3, 2020 Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and was knocked out by Caroline Garcia, 6-1, 7-6. The 2018 women’s champ reached the third round as Noami Osaka defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2. The fourth-seeded Osaka committed only 11 unforced errors.Unseeded Americans Ann Li, Shelby Rogers and Madison Brengle have pulled off upset victories. Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1, before Brengle completed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dayana Yastremska.Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) and No. 5 Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) each needed four sets to win their second-round matches at the U.S. Open. Djokovic dropped his opening set before advancing with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Kyle Edmund. American Brandon Nakashima gave Zverev fits for two sets before the German prevailed, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.Other winners on the men’s side include seventh seed David Goffin and No. 19 Taylor Fritz. No. 13 Cristian Garin was knocked out in five after winning his first two sets. Rockets advance, Heat outlast Bucks for 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets are in the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals after winning a gritty seventh game in their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.James Harden made up for a miserable shooting night with a big blocked shot that secured the Rockets’ 104-102 triumph over the Thunder. The Thunder got the ball to Lu Dort, who attempted a 3-pointer that Harden blocked with 4.8 seconds left.Robert Covington had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Eric Gordon also scored 21 points for the Rockets. Harden finished with 17 points and nine assists.Jimmy Butler bailed out the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee. Third-string goaltender Michael Hutchinson stopped 27 shots and the Avs went ahead to stay in the second period before defeating the Stars, 4-1. Hutchinson has won each of his starts since replacing Pavel Francouz (FRAHN’-sohs) in the nets.Rookie defenseman Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) scored the go-ahead goal in the second period. Nikita Zadorov (zah-DOHR’-ahv) and Mikko Rantanen (MEE’-koh RAN’-tah-nehn) also scored, and Nathan MacKinnon added an empty-netter.The Avs have never won a series after dropping three of the first four games.Anton Khudobin (hoo-DOH’-nihn) turned back 20 shots for Dallas. NHL-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — Bengals running back Joe Mixon has signed a four-year, $48 million contract extension through the 2024 season. Mixon has emerged as one of the NFL’s top running backs, running for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons. The Bengals drafted Mixon in the second round in 2017 out of Oklahoma, where he was suspended for punching a woman in the face. The Bengals drew a backlash with the choice, prompting owner Mike Brown to acknowledge they were “taking a risk” on Mixon because he’s so talented.In other NFL news:— Coach Ron Rivera announced that Dwayne Haskins will be Washington’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Haskins got the nod over Kyle Allen and Alex Smith.— Chargers safety Derwin James will miss the season after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. James had surgery on Tuesday after he sustained the injury during a scrimmage on Sunday. The man called “Tom Terrific” and “The Franchise” has died at age 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame said he passed away Monday following complications from dementia and COVID-19.Seaver was selected by the Mets in a special draft in 1966 after his contract with the Braves was nullified by Major League Baseball. He spent just one year in the minors and won the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year with a 16-13 record and 2.76 ERA for the last-place Mets.Seaver won the Cy Young three times, all with the Mets. He remains the franchise leader in most career categories, including 198 victories, 2,541 strikeouts.Seaver was the first pitcher in major league history with eight consecutive seasons of at least 200 strikeouts. He also was a 20-game winner in 1969, ’71, ’72, 75, and ’77.Seaver finished his Hall of Fame career with a 311-205 record, a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and 231 complete games. Over in the women’s bracket, sixth seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah) and No. 8 Petra Martic moved into the third round, as did No. 17 Angelique Kerber.In other tennis news:— A three-day exhibition tennis tournament ahead of next year’s Australian Open has been canceled due to expected COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne. The Kooyong Classic was to be held in the week before the January 18 to 31 Australian Open.NFL-NEWSBengals extend Mixon Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Morris of the Los Angeles Clippers has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for his flagrant foul on Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) of the Dallas Mavericks. Doncic has been penalized $15,000 for throwing the ball at a referee.Both fines stemmed from actions in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series, which the Clippers won to eliminate the Mavericks.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSAvs force Game 7EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have forced a Game 7 in their Stanley Cup second-round series by defeating the Dallas Stars for the second straight game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-SEAVERHall of Famer Tom Seaver diesUNDATED (AP) — Tom Seaver was so good, he was given two nicknames. The Heat squandered a six-point lead in the closing seconds before Butler drained two free throws with no time left to give Miami a 116-114 triumph over the top-seeded Bucks. The foul shots give the Heat a 2-0 lead in the series.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 23 points, Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) added 17 off the bench and Jae Crowder had 16 for the Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, but he also committed the foul that sent Butler to the line. Khris Middleton scored 23 points for Milwaukee, the last three of those coming when Dragic was called for fouling him with 4.3 seconds left.NBA-MAVERICKS-CLIPPERS FINESClippers’ Morris, Mavs’ Doncic fined for actions in Game 6 MLB-SCHEDULERockies cool off GiantsUNDATED (AP) — Mike Brosseau wasted no time exacting some revenge on the New York Yankees.Brosseau belted a two-run homer and a solo shot in his first two at bats before the Rays finished off the Yankees, 5-2. Brosseau was the hitting star just a day after he was buzzed near the head by a fastball from Aroldis Chapman, which earned the Yankees’ closer a three-game suspension.Randy Arozarena also hit a two-run homer to help the AL East leaders improve to 8-2 versus the Yanks this year. — Adam Duvall slammed three home runs and drove in five to lead the Braves past the Red Sox, 7-5. Marcell Ozuna’s (oh-ZOO’-nuhz) solo blast broke a 5-5 deadlock in the seventh.— Zack Wheeler tossed three-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings, and Jay Bruce hit a solo homer in the Phillies’ eighth win in nine games, 3-0 over the Nationals. Neil Walker was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Phils, who handed the defending champs their fifth consecutive loss and dropped the Nats to 12-22.— Mookie Betts slugged a tying homer in the ninth inning and Will Smith lined an RBI single in the 10th to rally the Dodgers past the Diamondbacks, 3-2. Los Angeles earned its ninth straight home win despite getting only four hits. — Jason Castro hit a tiebreaking two-run double while the Padres erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning of an 11-4 win over the Angels. Manny Machado delivered a two-run single in the eighth and Eric Hosmer hit a 443-foot, three-run homer to close out the rally.— Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR’) laced a go-ahead, two-run triple while the Rockies scored five times in the seventh to hand the Giants just their fourth loss in 14 games, 9-6. Garrett Hampson hit his third homer in two days and Sam Hilliard also went deep to help Colorado bounce back from Tuesday’s 23-5 thumping by San Francisco. MLB-PIRATES-CLEMENTEPirates to celebrate Clemente DayPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pirates will celebrate Roberto Clemente when the entire team dons his No. 21 on Sept. 9 against the White Sox. The Hall of Fame outfielder collected 3,000 hits during his 18-year career. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 at age 38 while attempting to bring humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE — Javier Baez socked a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings of the Cubs’ 8-2 rout of the Pirates. Anthony Rizzo added a two-run single in the seventh and the Cubs scored three times in the eighth to cap the scoring.— The Brewers trailed 4-0 until Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) launched a three-run homer in the third inning to spark Milwaukee to a 7-5 decision over the Tigers. Jace (jays) Peterson added a two-run shot and Omar Narvaez (nahr-VY’-ehz) furnished a two-run single that tied the game.— Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) homered and Hyun Jin Ryu (hyoon jihn ree-OO’) pitched six solid innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Marlins. Miami rookie Sixto Sanchez had thrown 11 consecutive scoreless innings until Gurriel belted a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. — The Reds picked up a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Joey Votto’s (VAH’-tohz) RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Redbirds were leading 3-1 and in line for a three-game sweep until Tucker Barnhardt smacked a two-run homer in the fifth.— Michael Conforto was 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Mets whipped the Orioles, 9-4 to halt a five-game losing streak. Mets slugger Pete Alonso also homered, the fifth ever to reach the second deck in left field at Camden Yards. Also on ice:— Todd Reirden is back with the Penguins as an assistant coach just a week after being fired as head coach of the Capitals. Reirden served as an assistant under Dan Byslma (BYLZ’-mah) from 2010-14 before leaving to join the Capitals. The Penguins also hired Mike Vellucci as an assistant after he spent last season as GM and head coach of Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.TENNIS-US OPENKerber gets past uncertainty, advances at US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) has become the first top-seeded woman to be ousted in the second round of the U.S. Open since 2008. The two teams played without their managers, who received one-game suspensions for Tuesday’s benches-clearing incident involving Chapman and Brosseau. Chapman has appealed his suspension.Elsewhere around the majors:— Michael Brantley smacked a two-run homer in the first inning to back a strong start from rookie Cristian Javier in the Astros’ 2-1 win against the Rangers. Javier allowed only a solo home run to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a single by Joey Gallo in a career-high 6 2/3 innings to win his third straight decision.— Josh Donaldson returned from the injured list with two hits and two RBIs in the Twins’ 8-1 drubbing of the White Sox. Jake Cave, Miguel Sanó (sah-NOH’) and Eddie Rosario homered to support José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs), who worked six strong innings.— Triston McKenzie tossed six innings of three-hit ball on his 23rd birthday to pitch the Indians to a 5-0 shutout of the Royals. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) provided all the scoring with a pair of home runs. Allen goes from Blues to HabsUNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have acquired goaltending insurance for Carey Price.The St. Louis Blues have traded goaltender Jake Allen to the Canadiens, along with a 2022 seventh-round pick. The Blues receive third- and seventh-round picks in this year’s draft. The move clears $4.35 million of salary-cap space for the Blues and also signals that Jordan Binnington is the starting goalie of the present and future. He backstopped the Blues to the Cup last year. The extra cap room might be enough for the Blues to re-sign top defenseman and Stanley Cup-winning captain Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh), who is set to be a free agent this fall. NCAA-FURLOUGHSMemo: NCAA to furlough its entire staff for 3-8 weeksUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will furlough its entire Indianapolis-based staff of about 600 employees for three to eight weeks in a cost-saving move. A memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press was sent by NCAA President Mark Emmert to the association’s more than 1,200 member schools Wednesday. Starting Sept. 21 through the end of January 2021, all national office staff will be subjected to a mandatory three-week furlough. Some staff will be furloughed for up to eight weeks.
THE efforts of the 10 teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, MS, to advise youths via their popular ‘Say No/Say Yes Campaign’ received a major boost last Thursday.The teams received close to $500 000 in cash and stationery from several business entities in Georgetown. The main objective of the campaign is to encourage youths to Say No to Drugs, Suicide, Alcohol, Crime, Tobacco and Yes to Life, Education, Sports, Religion, Community Service.Regal Stationery donated close to $200 000 worth of ice pitchers and stationery while the Guyana Oil Company contributed $100 000.The 10 cricket teams also benefitted from contributions from Farfan & Mendes Ltd, John Fernandes Ltd, Guyana Geology & Mines Commission and Modern Optical Services.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster hailed the contributions of the donors, stating that in 2019, special emphasis would be placed on the Say No to Suicide and Yes to Education Message. The 2019 campaign would include the hosting of several educational programmes including Essay, Debating, Poster and Spelling Bee.The teams would also be publishing the club’s Annual Review Magazine, Youth Information Booklet and Educational Posters. Additionally, the teams would support the hosting of sporting events such as cricket, cycling, football, volleyball, basketball and softball while numerous Awards would be organised to honour outstanding teachers, retired educators, law enforcement officers, medical personnel, students and role models.The club and its 10 cricket teams would also be sharing out millions of dollars’ worth of sport gear, stationery, cycles, schoolbags and footwear to youths and organisations across Berbice.Assistant Secretary/CEO of the RHTY&SC, 18-year-old Simon Naidu expressed gratitude to Regal Stationery CEO Mahendra Hardyal and the Management of Guyoil, Farfan & Mendes Ltd, Modern Optical, John Fernandes Ltd and the Guyana Geology & Mines Commission for their assistance.
… unveils plans for 80th Anniversary; 2018 audited Financial Report approvedTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) last Sunday hosted a highly successful Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) 2019 at its Dr Cheddi Jagan Street, New Amsterdam head office.Ten clubs and one sub-association attended the meeting. Present were representatives of Rose Hall Canje, Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant, Chesney, Guymine, Mental Hospital, Mt Sinai, Whim, RHTY&SC, Young Warriors and Upper Corentyne Cricket Association.Members discussed a comprehensive Presidential Report for the period January to July, 2019 from president Hilbert Foster, who stated that 30 tournaments would be hosted in 2019 as the BCB was forced to cut back, due to the current lengthy rainy season.Foster also informed members that the Board was on the verge of obtaining sponsorship for a much needed Two-Day First Division Tournament. Great effort is also being made to obtain a similar tournament at the Inter-zone level for Under-19 players.Foster proudly stated that his administration has raised close to $18M in cash and kind over the last 19 months after taking over a bank account of $42 935 from the D. Somwaru-led administration. He expressed disappointment that the former treasurer of the BCB has to date failed to submit a Financial Report on how over $2M was used for the period 2017 to early 2018.The hardworking and dedicated BCB president informed representatives of the clubs that his administration was working beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference and that clubs across Berbice in 2019 will benefit from over $5M worth of cricket balls, stumps, scorebooks, cricket gear, bicycles, school bags, trophies, medals, special prizes, water pitchers, white cricket shirts and raincoats, among others.The BCB is also currently assisting several clubs to host cricket academies while a much-needed upgrading of the Board Office will also be done as part of an effort to improve service to the general public.The BCB would also be seeking to obtain all necessary items needed to fulfil its mandate and to reduce overhead operating cost.Plans for the hosting of a month-long celebration of the BCB’s 80th Anniversary was also unveiled for September, 2019. Foster pledged to spearhead the construction of an outdoor cricket practice facility and to fight for Berbice to have its own cricket hostel.Delegates at the Ordinary General Meeting passed a motion from the floor, asking Cricket West Indies (CWI) to return first-class cricket to Berbice.Members also approved the Audited Financial Report for the period February to November, 2018. The Audited Report was unanimously approved with the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association and Chesney Cricket Club representatives moving and seconding the motion respectively.The audited report for 2019 will be tabled at the BCB Annual General Meeting scheduled for December. Representatives of clubs congratulated the president and his executives on the outstanding work they are doing to develop the game in Berbice.