Fletcher clobbers Sri Lanka bowling as Windies win World T20 clash

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC): Andre Fletcher plundered a career-best unbeaten half-century as West Indies extended their imperious form by beating reigning champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets, in their Group One game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday. For the second time in five days, the Caribbean side produced a successful run chase, this time overhauling a paltry 123 with 10 balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Fletcher, included in the side at the expense of seamer Jerome Taylor and then promoted to the opening spot following a hamstring injury to superstar opener Chris Gayle, unfurled a superb unbeaten 84 off 64 deliveries to underpin the Windies run chase. The right-hander clobbered six fours and five sixes, dominating a 39-run first wicket stand with Johnson Charles (10), before adding a further 55 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Andre Russell, whose unbeaten 20 required just eight balls. “After Gayle went out I told (Dwayne) Bravo, there was something about me, I was just feeling very pumped up,” Fletcher told reporters. “When they told me I was going to open I told them I would be positive from ball one.” “I’m very, very happy,” Fletcher added. “I’ve been playing T20 and as soon I get to 50 I’ve been out. I told myself to try and bat as deep as possible and see if those guys can bat around me. I am so happy and proud of myself, people can see that I can bat through. “And I am happy that I can help my team to win. I hope I can continue the good form and also the team continue the good performance.” Left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana, who finished with two for 33 from his four overs, knocked over Marlon Samuels (3) and Denesh Ramdin (5) cheaply to create some nervousness for West Indies during the middle overs, but Man-of-the-Match Fletcher and Russell stayed calm to see their side to their second win. West Indies top Group One with four points as the only unbeaten team, while South Africa, Sri Lanka and England all have two points. Sent in, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset and it was left to Thisara Perera, batting at number seven, to rescue the innings with a cameo 40 from 29 deliveries. With his side tottering on 47 for five in the ninth over, he and captain Angelo Mathews, who made 20, propped up the innings in a 44-run, sixth wicket partnership. Mathews, who faced 32 balls and failed to find the boundary once, top-edged a high full toss from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo to wicketkeeper Ramdin in the 17th over and Sri Lanka could only gather 31 runs from the last four overs. The damage, however, was done up front by leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who claimed three for 12, while Bravo finished with two for 20. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn went wicketless but conceded just 12 runs from his four overs, to create massive pressure throughout the innings.last_img read more

Federer into 11th Wimbledon final, faces Cilic for title

first_imgWith Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits in the quarter-finals and Rafael Nadal losing in the last 16, Federer will be the favorite to become Wimbledon’s oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe who was almost 32 when he won in 1975.But despite leading Cilic 6-1 in career meetings, Federer will be wary of a man who was two sets to love up on him in the quarter-finals last year and held match points.“We had a brutal quarter-final last year here and he crushed me in straight sets at the US Open in 2014,” said Federer.“I have to play offensive. If you give Marin time on the ball, he can finish points nicely. The court is still playing quite fast.“It helps on my serve, but it also helps him. I’m sure it’s going to be a close match.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, fired 25 aces and 70 winners past world number 28 Querrey, the man who ended Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion in the quarter-finals.“It’s unbelievable. I have played really well from the start of the tournament,” said 28-year-old Cilic.“Sam played at a high level especially in the first set. I was 4/1 up in the tie-break and didn’t convert.“But after that I was better in the return games. I thought the level was really high.“I’m feeling a positive on the court. It’s extremely important. My emotions are helping me a little bit.”Cilic admitted he faces a tough challenge trying to depose sentimental favorite Federer on Sunday.“Roger is playing the best tennis of his career on this court,” said Cilic, the second Croatian man to make the final after 2001 champion — and former coach — Goran Ivanisevic.“I never doubted it. Who knows what will happen in the final? It’s great to see Cilic there,” Ivanisevic told the BBC.Cilic took a 4-0 career lead over Querrey into Friday’s semi-final, including a marathon 5hr 31 min win at Wimbledon in 2012, the second longest match in tournament history. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Seventh seeded Cilic reached his first Wimbledon title match at the 11th attempt with a 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 win over America’s Sam Querrey.READ: Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I feel very privileged to be in another final and get the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time,” said Federer who was playing in his 42nd Grand Slam semi-final.He is the second oldest man to make the Wimbledon final after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer had defeated 2010 runner-up Berdych 18 times in 24 matches before Friday and he was quickly in the ascendancy, breaking for 3-2.But an uncharacteristic double fault handed the break back in the eighth game before the 18-time major winner played a more composed tiebreak.He pocketed the opener when Berdych miss-hit and ballooned the ball wide.Berdych kept pressing but had to fend off more break points in the fourth game of the second set before Federer again swept through the breaker on the back of a 5/1 lead.The big Czech would have to win from two sets down at the Slams for the first time in 38 matches if he were to return to the final.Unbelievable Berdych, who had the face of his vanquished quarter-final opponent Djokovic painted on the tongues of his tennis shoes, saved a break point in the fifth game of the third set.Federer then saved two to go to 3-3, made the Czech pay with a break for 4-3 and raced through a 50-second service game for 5-3.Victory was his in the 10th game when Berdych netted a weary forehand.“This guy doesn’t really seem to be getting any older,” said Berdych of Federer who has made the final without dropping a set. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. APLONDON—Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday (Saturday, Manila), downing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.The 35-year-old, bidding to win a record eighth title and become the oldest champion at the All England Club in the Open era, will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Watson makes Top 10 in Calgary Stampede Saddle Bronc

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Hudson’s Hope’s Jake Watson managed to not get bucked off, but faced a very tough field in the semifinals of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo on Sunday afternoon.The Peace Region native managed to ride Urgent Delivery for the full eight seconds, and ended up posting a score of 81.00, a feat that was equalled by Heflin, Louisiana rider Heith DeMoss. Despite the score, Watson managed only a Top-10 performance, placing 9th in the Saddle Bronc, which was won by Zeke Thurston from Big Valley, Alberta after he rode Spring Planting to an 89.50.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Whelan: I’ll resign as Wigan chairman if FA find me guilty of racism

first_imgDave Whelan has insisted he will resign as Wigan chairman if the Football Association punishes him for the controversy which has seen him labelled “a racist” by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.The Latics chief has been accused of making anti-Semitic and racist comments during an interview with a national newspaper on Friday.The FA has written to Whelan to seek his take on events and also said its investigation into the 77-year-old’s comments about Jewish and Chinese people will be treated “as a priority”.Whelan spoke out in a newspaper interview where he was defending his decision to appoint former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager, and has since apologised.Mackay was recruited by Wigan despite being under investigation by the FA for allegedly sending racist and anti-semitic texts, and Whelan responded to criticism by telling The Guardian: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else.”He also said he did not view the word ”chink” – the term by which Mackay allegedly referred to Tan in a text message – as offensive.Whelan told ITV News: “If the FA look into my affairs – and they were to find me guilty, which I hope they don’t and I don’t see anything like that happening because I’m absolutely anti-racist, always have been, always will be – however, if they have any questions I’m willing to answer it and, should they even suggest I’m guilty I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic.”Meanwhile, Malaysian businessman Tan, who sacked Mackay last December, told Sky Sports News on Friday: “Can you imagine if Mr Whelan was the head of the FA? Here we have a racist chairman hiring a racist manager. All the fans in Wigan now think it’s okay to be racist.“They follow the leader. So, how will the FA respond to this? I personally hope the FA is not a toothless regulator in this matter.“What are Jewish and Chinese people thinking of the UK today? Action must be taken because the world is watching.”The FA said in its statement on Friday: “We are very concerned to read about the comments that have been attributed to Dave Whelan. We take all forms of discrimination seriously.“As with all such cases, this will be dealt with as a priority. The investigation is already under way and the FA’s governance division have written to Mr Whelan. He has three working days to respond.” 1 Wigan chairman Dave Whelan last_img read more

‘I would NEVER refuse a handshake’ – Jose Mourinho accuses Arsene Wenger of lacking respect

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a fresh dig at Arsene Wenger by insisting he has too much respect for football to refuse a handshake with a managerial rival.The Chelsea boss accused his Arsenal counterpart of snubbing him after the Gunners’ 1-0 win in Sunday’s Community Shield and Mourinho suggested on talkSPORT on Wednesday that the Frenchman showed a lack of respect.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “My perspective is one thing is the streets and the other thing is a football stadium.“As a manager in a football stadium, I never refuse a handshake with a rival. By respect of my club and by respect of football I would never refuse a handshake with a football manager in a football stadium.”Mourinho’s rivalry with Wenger was ignited last year when the pair clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.But the Portuguese insists he was proud of how he handled himself and has welcomed the Football Association’s move to crack down on abuse aimed at referees from managers and coaches in technical areas by introducing a formal code of conduct.He added: “I am very happy because last season I had fantastic behaviour on the touchline. I was never sent to the stands, I was never punished for my behaviour.“I always had good relations with the fourth official I had a new experience in my career, which is always welcome, because I was pushed in the technical area by another manager and it was a good experience for me to keep my emotional control.”Listen to the full talkSPORT interview with Jose Mourinho here.talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio commentary of Chelsea v Swansea on Saturday, kick-off 17.30last_img read more

Team philosophy dinged, like players

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt may sound as if the Trojans are just yanking anyone off the street to shore up the line, but actually, this was Tiny Malu, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound senior from Torrance High who just happens to be the oldest player on the team at 26. With USC’s philosophy, it’s not supposed to matter whom they send out. The expectations are that whatever player is called upon is expected to fill in and help the unit play to the highest level. But when you see the Trojans average 2.5 yards per rush, they look like 98-pound weaklings. And giving up four sacks, one more than they’ve allowed in the previous four games? Something’s wrong here. A week ago at Washington, two linemen went down and out on the same play. The Trojans didn’t blink and held on to win. Saturday, during USC’s excruciating 24-23 loss to Stanford, USC started a redshirt freshman, Zack Heberer (San Pedro High), at right guard. At center, Matt Spanos was making the first start of his career as well. The season’s starting center, Kris O’Dowd, is sidelined with a dislocated kneecap, and regular right guard Chilo Rachal is out with a sprained knee. In essence, the USC philosophy was smacking heads with reality. Expectations are one thing, but taking five guys and playing as a unit is a pretty tough deal on a last-minute basis. “I don’t think it had a role today,” All-America left tackle Sam Baker said. “I just think we had some big, big problems today and I don’t think it had to do with that. I have to watch the film and let you know. “I just think we just needed to keep our heads. I felt we just needed to keep on the same plan, because eventually it’s going to start working.” Add to that mix the dilemma of the running backs. Leading rusher Stafon Johnson was held out with a bruised foot and C.J. Gable (11 yards per carry) had surgery Friday to repair a groin injury. That left Chauncey Washington (23 carries, 75 yards) and Hershel Dennis (seven carries, 34 yards). The Trojans had hoped to integrate freshman Joe McKnight, but when his first carry went for a loss of 3 yards, those plans fizzled. The offensive line had to go through yet another makeshift moment at the outset of the second half. Spanos suffered a gash on the inside base of the pinky finger on his right hand – the one he snaps with. “I was on the bike, warming up and all of a sudden they’re yelling for me,” Malu said, “so I just ran out on the field.” Guard Jeff Byers had to move to center and Malu jumped off his bike to play left guard for two series. The first went three plays and out; the second lasted two plays before quarterback John David Booty had an interception returned for a touchdown. “We haven’t played very well since (the two injuries at Washington) happened,” Coach Pete Carroll said. “It felt like that was a factor, that we’ve lost a little continuity there, but there’s no reason for that. That shouldn’t happen. . . . It shouldn’t be a factor. Certainly Zack’s doing the best he can, busting his butt to be a good player.” Booty nicked USC quarterback John David Booty cracked a bone on the tip of his right middle finger during the second quarter and is questionable for next week’s game against Arizona. Booty will not need surgery but said he will need to wear a splint this week. “It’s too early to tell but I want to play,” Booty said. “I’ll have to keep it in the splint.” Booty said he could not tell during the game if it affected him. He hit his finger on a helmet while completing a pass to Patrick Turner. “He fought through it the best he could,” Carroll said. “We could have made a change but we went with our guy.” No extra credit awarded USC defensive end Lawrence Jackson did not give Stanford extra credit for winning with its backup quarterback, Tavita Pritchard. “They didn’t have to do anything special,” he said. “This is about us. Anyone could have been at quarterback. We didn’t execute.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Phil Collin and Scott Wolf STAFF WRITERS The guy on the bike heard a whistle and a shout. “Hey! Get in there.” And onto the Coliseum field trotted yet another entrant into the USC offensive line sweepstakes. last_img read more


first_imgOrganisers of the Churchill Fair pride themselves on being ready for the most unusual obstacles.Tar is causing a few problems at Churchill Fair!It could have been days of rain forcing them into a marquee.Or it could have been stray animals on the day of the well-known three day event. But not many could have forecast scorching temperatures leaving the tar on the streets of the village literally boiling up.Things got so in Churchill yesterday that several people lost their footwear because of boiling tar.The situation got that tricky that local volunteers were forced to spread sand on the roads.One local explained “There was a lot of traffic going through the village and it was so hot. “At one stage the tar was literally bubbling up form the ground. A few people lost their shoes because the tar was so stick.“We decided the only thing we could do was to spread some sand so people would walk on it in safety,” he said.The fair finishes today (SUN) and is well worth a visit for honest fun and a chance to catch up with old friends.THINGS ARE GETTING VERY HOT UNDERFOOT AT THE CHURCHILL FAIR! was last modified: July 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:churchill fairhotshoesstucktarlast_img read more


first_imgSenator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said more garda stations across Co Donegal could face closure in the next few months after the Justice Minister Alan Shatter launched a fresh attack on rural garda stations.Minister Shatter has confirmed that the closure of Doochary, Culdaff and Dunkineely Garda Stations last weekend, along with dozens of others across the country, is just the beginning of sustained attack on community policing.Senator Ó Domhnaill has called on Minister Shatter to immediately clarify how many stations he intends to shut down in Co Donegal this year and the savings he has identified from these closures. “Minister Shatter went to great lengths last year to play down the extent of garda station closures and the impact this policy would have on local communities. He said the number of closures would be ‘very small’ and there was no ‘reason for any community anywhere in the country to be alarmed’.“But now it seems that the 39 stations Minister Shatter shut down at the weekend, including three stations in Co Donegal, were just phase one of a larger plan to target local garda stations for severe cuts this year.Senator O’Domhnaill said Minister Shatter has serious questions to answer about the real savings to be made from these closures.“He has attempted to justify this as a purely a cost-savings exercise and yet he has been forced to admit that he was ‘unable’ to identify the cost of running each of the stations that he has earmarked for closure. People are struggling to understand how he can he decide which garda stations to close if he doesn’t how much each station costs to run? “Minister Shatter’s latest threats of garda cuts are causing a significant amount of fear in communities across the North West. In opposition, Alan Shatter himself called for extra gardaí in the community, claiming that areas of the country have become ‘lawless badlands’. He clearly understands the importance of a visible garda presence in the community and the serious long-term consequences of removing such a key local service.” MORE DONEGAL GARDA STATIONS COULD CLOSE – O’DOMHNAILL was last modified: April 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Minister Alan ShatterSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more


first_imgAre you trying to keep fit and want an excuse to get out into the fresh air this evening?Then there’s no better excuse than the Glenswilly 5k which takes place tonight at 7.30pm. The organisers can’t guarantee sunshine and a light breeze.But they can guarantee fun and a flat course!Registration is at 6.30pm and the entry fee is €8 and children are free.The emphasis of the 5k is on fun and you can either run or walk (or hop if you prefer). All proceeds of the event goes to the underage teams at Glenswilly GAA club.Who knows – your entry fee could go directly towards training the new Michael Murphy or Neil Gallagher! GET OUT TO THE GLENSWILLY 5K TONIGHT was last modified: June 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly 5Klast_img read more

Santa Fe 49, Downey 0

first_img The Vikings already had their hands full with undefeated perennial power Santa Fe coming to town, not to mention that two of their top players were out for disciplinary reasons. Downey was no match for the visiting Chiefs, who had control from start to finish en route to a 49-0 shutout. Senior Aaron Jackson continued his scoring leadership of the Del Rio League, running for 110 yards and Santa Fe’s first four touchdowns. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DOWNEY — Downey High School dedicated its new Allen Layne Stadium on Friday night and later honored the former principal at halftime. That was about the only reason to smile for the home team. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Vikings (3-2) knew they were in trouble early when a blocked punt inside their own 10 gave Jackson his first score on the ensuing run. The Chiefs’ defense had another outstanding performance. Senior Miguel Sandoval took a 12-yard interception return for a touchdown. Aaron Taminich and Anthony Santana also scored. Josiah Bentle last_img read more