ADELAIDE, Australia (CMC):Chris Jordan outshone West Indies star Kieron Pollard as Adelaide Strikers won for only the second time in five outings with a five-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League here yesterday.Sent in, Hobart managed 161 for eight off their 20 overs at Adelaide Oval, with number seven Beau Webster hammering an unbeaten 67 off 43 deliveries and Jonathan Wells getting 55 from 37 balls.The pair dug Hobart out of a hole at 30 for five in the sixth over, putting on an invaluable 89 for the sixth wicket.Jordan, the Barbados-born England all-rounder, bowled superbly to claim three for 24 from his four overs.In reply, Adelaide got home in the penultimate over with left-handed opener Ben Dunk top-scoring with an unbeaten 79 from 49 balls.He added 69 for the third wicket with Brad Hodge who made 30 and then partnered with Jordan in an unbroken 31-run, sixth wicket stand to see Adelaide to victory.Jordan struck 15 not out off 14 balls with a single six.However, Pollard’s struggles with the bat continued as he made just 15 off seven balls with three fours before falling lbw to seamer Daniel Christian in the 14th over.The 29-year-old has scored just 60 runs in five innings during the tournament.With the win, Strikers climbed into sixth spot in the eight-team standings on four points while Hobart remained fifth on four points.
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given believes Pep Guardiola’s £35million deal for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson is another gamble.The 23-year-old Brazilian looks set to join City imminently with Guardiola on the hunt for a new stopper following Claudio Bravo’s indifferent form and Willy Caballero’s release.England keeper Joe Hart returns from his loan spell at Torino, with his City career still very much in the air, but it looks as if Guardiola has settled on making a world record deal for Ederson happen.“When you spend £35million on a goalkeeper you would think straight away you would know who he is – you would know his strengths and you would know his weaknesses – and to be totally honest I don’t,” said Given, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I know he’s only 23, it’s a huge sum of money for a young goalkeeper and obviously he’s a talent.“It’s another gamble, a little bit, if you ask me because he’s not played in the Premier League before.“It’s a totally different culture, totally different league and, if you were spending £35million on a goalkeeper, you would want to spend £35million on a keeper that’s played in the Premier League – who has gained that experience.“I am not saying he’s not going to be a top keeper, I personally don’t know him very well.”
LOS ANGELES — Nearly seven months after the New York Rangers’ Stanley Cup hopes were crushed on the Staples Center ice, they returned to Hollywood and demonstrated why they’ve got a great chance to get back to the big stage again this summer.Dan Boyle had a goal and an assist, Cam Talbot made 28 saves and the Rangers held off the Los Angeles Kings for a 4-3 victory Jan. 8 in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup finals.Kevin Klein, Lee Stempniak and Martin St. Louis scored in a 5:46 span of the second period for the Rangers, who erased an early two-goal deficit and completed a Southern California sweep with their 12th win in 13 games overall.“It’s a tough building to come in and play, and obviously we didn’t fare very well in here last time,” said Talbot, who overcame a rocky beginning to win in just his second start in New York’s last 13 games. “It’s a good measuring stick for us. It was great to get a win in a building like this.”Derick Brassard had two assists for the Rangers, who are on their longest streak of regular-season success in two decades. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams got his second goal with 4:03 to play while the Kings dominated the third period, but Talbot held on during the Kings’ 6-on-4 advantage in the final 35.9 seconds.“When we’re not skating, we don’t play to our strengths,” Brassard said. “In the first period, we were pretty slow out there. In the second period, we started skating, and that gave us a chance to win.”New York looked sharp and motivated in its first appearance in downtown Los Angeles since June 13, when Alec Martinez’s double-overtime goal in Game 5 of the finals clinched the Kings’ second NHL title in three seasons.Los Angeles won three overtime home games in that series, with the Rangers lamenting their repeated inability to score clutch goals.A season later, New York cemented its spot as one of hockey’s top teams with back-to-back victories over the Anaheim Ducks and the Kings, two Stanley Cup contenders.“We were expecting them to come out this hard,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said. “Watching them last night, they’re on a run. They’re hot, and when you’re hot like that, you’re the best team.”Tanner Pearson also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who returned from a four-day break with an inconsistent defensive effort.Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots, but his teammates struggled to keep up with the Rangers’ speed and precision for parts of Los Angeles’ fourth loss in five games.“Four goals against yet again, for a team that prides itself on defense, is something inexcusable,” Williams said. “It’s something we’ve tried to clean up, and something we need to continue to do, because we’re not going to win games giving up chances like that. We seem to be in a funk, especially killing penalties. It’s not for a lack of trying. The guys are working their tails off, but … that’s a down for us now.”The Kings led 2-0 just 5:49 in on goals by Pearson, who snapped his 11-game goal drought since Dec. 11, and a rocket of a shot by Williams.Boyle scored 5 seconds into a power play when his slap shot deflected off Jarret Stoll’s stick and ricocheted high to beat Quick.The Rangers got rolling shortly after the break. Klein and Stempniak scored 19 seconds apart in the second period, both on tough-to-stop shots created by New York’s aggression and movement. Stempniak’s goal was his first in 12 games since Nov. 29.St. Louis scored unobstructed on a rebound a few minutes later, setting off a few boos in the sellout crowd.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Serena Williams has been seeded 17th for US Open, nine spots higher than her current world rankings of 26. But her path to the final is not going to be any easy.Serena, who is aiming for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, has been draw in the same quarter as older sister Venus and world number one Simona Halep.The tennis ace will start her campaign against Polish world number 60 Magda Linette and could face Venus in the third round before a possible fourth-round showdown with Romanian top seed Halep.In her last bid to match Australian Margaret Court’s record haul of Grand Slam titles, the 36-year-old Williams, who missed last year’s U.S. Open due to her pregnancy, came up one win shy as she fell to German Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final.In the men’s draw Rafael Nadal, who last year won his third crown at Flushing Meadows, starts his defence against fellow Spaniard and long-time Davis Cup team mate David Ferrer, while second seed Roger Federer meets Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka.Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who could face Federer in the last eight, starts against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics.Defending women’s champion Sloane Stephens will play Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina in the opening round and could face former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the third, Belgian 15th seed Elise Mertens in the fourth and seventh-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.Top seed Halep faces Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi while Danish world number two Caroline Wozniacki meets former U.S. Open winner Samantha Stosur of Australia in the first round, with another champion, Russia’s 2004 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, drawn against 16th-seeded Venus in her opener.advertisementFive-times major winner Maria Sharapova is in Kerber’s quarter of the draw and could face 10th-seeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, with the winner potentially meeting either sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France or Spanish 30th seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the last 16.French Open champion Nadal could face South Africa’s Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson, the fifth seed, in the last eight in what would be a rematch of the 2017 U.S. Open final.For Anderson to get that far he would have to navigate a path that could include matches against Austrian Dominic Thiem, Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who last year reached the fourth round, and Sam Querrey.While Federer, who won the last of his five U.S. Open titles in 2008, is in the same quarter of the draw as twice champion and sixth-seeded Serb Novak Djokovic, the Swiss also has Australian Nick Kyrgios as a possible third-round opponent.British former world number one Andy Murray, who returned this year after surgery on a hip injury and is playing his first Grand Slam since his run to the 2017 Wimbledon quarter-finals, opens against unheralded Australian James Duckworth.Should the unseeded Murray advance, he would face Fernando Verdasco or Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round before a projected third-round clash against Argentine third seed and 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro.The US Open begins on Monday, August 27.(With Reuters inputs)
En route to tonight’s NCAA Tournament championship game, Connecticut, under second-year coach Kevin Ollie, knocked off the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds and then conquered the No. 1-ranked and favorite to win it all in Florida to get to face Kentucky for the title at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas.The Wildcats’ ride to the penultimate game was just as compelling and unlikely. Starting five freshman, UK, a No. 8 seed, knocked off Wichita State, defending-champion Louisville and Michigan to make the Final Four and then took out No. 2 Wisconsin–the last three wins, remarkably, all on last-second three-point jump shots by guard Aaron Harrison.And so, there they are: two teams hardly anyone expected vying for college basketball’s top prize.Kentucky will again play without one of its key assets. Willie Cauley-Stein, the sophomore center, called it ”heartbreaking” that he would have to watch the championship game from the bench. He hurt his right ankle in his NCAA tournament opener against Kansas State, played with pain in a victory over Wichita State and then aggravated the injury against Louisville.He did not play in a regional final victory over Michigan, and was forced to be a cheerleader for a dramatic 74-73 victory over the Badgers on Saturday night.The 7-foot sophomore said earlier in the week, ”Don’t count me out,” when asked whether he might play at some point during the Final Four. But even after he discarded the walking boot that doctors ordered him to wear, the ankle has never felt good enough to get on the floor.”That’s the only thing I can really do is encourage the team to stay positive,” Cauley-Stein said. ”Even though I can’t play, you know, I still serve a purpose of uplifting people and staying in people’s ear and cheering and stuff like that.”The matchup between small but dynamic UConn backcourt of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatwright against the larger and controlled twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison promises to be a battle worth watching and could determine who leaves as champions.
It was an inspiring moment for those present at Emily Eden & Hodges when cancer survivor Joita Soni’s inspiring words- ‘Be mentally sound, fight back with courage and have the strength to make the impossible, possible’, echoed at the venue. The journey of Joita Soni, who has fought cancer several times and is the member of Roko Cancer’s Le’ Flamingo club, was unfolded at The Imperial in the national Capital on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her story educated and reminded all the women present that how special they are in their own right, fighting back emotions and staying positive even in the hour of extreme distress.Joita Soni, who was also the chief guest for the lovely afternoon of International Women’s day, enlightened the women associates at The Imperial Ladies’ Club along with guests from media. She talked about the strength and power of a woman to fight back all odds, understanding the importance of their existence in the life of their loved ones. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile talking about her hard-to-believe survival journey and fighting back cancer again and again, she went down the memory lane sharing her most difficult decision-“I will not feel sorry for myself for what I am going though,” she said. She shared a strong message on the occasion- “Stop being a pleaser to others, negating your own self.” This leads to storing of emotions against the rhythm of your body, developing negative hormones which are eventually released in the form of diseases. Be spiritually awake and stay happy for your own self first!” Soni’s medical journey left everyone in tears and her courage and grit filled the women with utter inspiration. The event also featured a session on importance of healthy living for women by Sakshi Sharma–Senior Manager- Projects and Health Planning- Roko Cancer Charitable trust, initiating the relevance of being an alert and aware healthy woman. Dr Neha Garg, Manager Projects and Health Planning- Roko Cancer Charitable trust had organised a special 20-minute meditation session to culminate the evening with peace and relaxation for all.This special evening was organised by The Imperial in collaboration with Sudha Murgai-Director, India-Roko Cancer Charitable Trust. Roko Cancer is an organisation committed to identifying and eliminating Breast, Cervical and Oral cancer in an institutionalised and structured manner by creating awareness amongst women of the nuances of this dreadful disease and its early detection through screening processes and self examinations.The evening concluded with a healthy and delicious Hi-tea spread, put together by Chef Prem K Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, to celebrate the occasion.
ENGLAND Knights and Warrington Wolves player Rhys Evans believes the forthcoming Alitalia European Cup competition gives the Knights players the perfect opportunity to place themselves in England coach Steve McNamara’s World Cup thinking.The Knights take on Ireland in their opening game in Belfast on Saturday (6.00pm) and the winger says the experience will be vital for the group if they are to claim a place in McNamara’s Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad.“Everyone aspires to play in the World Cup for England and we know that this is a great step in that direction,” said Evans.“Most of us in this squad are quite young and playing for the Knights is a great building block for us. We all have ambitions to be playing for the senior side so having the opportunity to compete in international fixtures can only help us with that progression.“We know we’ll have two tough games to test ourselves and show what we’re capable of over the next few weeks. Both teams (Ireland and Scotland) have quality players in their squads with guys like Tyrone McCarthy in the ranks so it’s not going to be easy.”Evans is no stranger to an England jersey having played a starring role during England Academy’s 2-0 series victory over the Australian Schoolboys in 2010 and the young star believes that experience has been instrumental in his development.“The experience of playing in tough games against teams like the Australian Schoolboys with the Academy and learning not to be afraid of any team has been great for me,” said Evans.“Being involved with the Academy has also made the progression to the Knights easier as there isn’t too much difference between the Academy and Knights set-ups.“There are many similar practices at both levels which makes the transition easier for the players coming through. The Knights is a step up in terms of professionalism and intensity and I’ve really enjoyed it so far.“It’s been great to be involved in the camp and there’s a great group of players here. I’m really looking forward to the game now and hopefully I’ll get the chance to play and do well.”England begin their Alitalia European Cup campaign against Ireland in Belfast’s Deramore Park on Saturday October 20 (6.00pm) before taking on Scotland at the Meggetland Stadium, Edinburgh, on Sunday October 28 (2.00pm).