Cricket News Unbelievable – Jofra Archer almost missed the Leeds Ashes Test due to car parking issues

first_img New Delhi: Jofra Archer had set the Test match arena on fire with his ferocious pace and hostility in the Lord’s Ashes Test versus Australia. Archer hit Steve Smith, Australia’s most prolific batsman, on the side of the neck with a pacy bouncer at 93 mph and put him out of action on the final day of the second Test and the Leeds match as well. Archer, who was included in the side in place of James Anderson who suffered an injury in the Edgbaston Test, almost did not make it to the Leeds Test.Speaking at the end of the day’s play, Archer revealed that he arrived for the Leeds Test moments before the toss as he was plagued by a unique issue. “Actually I was early but there was a one-way street so I ended having to park in the car park behind the rugby field. I’m pretty relaxed. I actually don’t think I need to bowl in the warm-up at all. I bowl a few balls before we go out and that’s enough for me,” Archer said. The England pacer, who had taken 20 wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to help the side to the title, took his maiden five-wicket haul as his 6/45 helped England to bowl Australia out for 179 on day one of the Leeds Test. Archer’s skill and awareness of the conditions displayed his maturity. On a hard wicket in Lord’s, Archer employed the bouncer brilliantly and bowled with extreme pace. In Leeds, in overcast conditions and on a wicket assisting seam movement, Archer bowled close to 88 mph and got the ball to nibble away consistently. His spell drew immense praise from David Warner, who called it ‘incredible Test bowling’. However, Archer said he drew inspiration from the West Indies’ quartet of great fast bowlers who had dominated the sport in the 70s and 80s.”Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose, Joel Garner,” said Archer, who was originally born in Barbados. “Joel Garner went to my school and he often comes back.” England are in a great position and they will be looking to assert their dominance in the Leeds Test as they aim to level the series. highlights Jofra Archer took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.Jofra Archer took 20 wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.James Anderson is in doubt for the Ashes series.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

DeAbreu excites fans, but fails to qualify for Pan-American Games

first_imgWAYNE DeAbreu represented Guyana at the World Archery Ranking Tournament, in Santiago City, Chile, which also served as a second stage of qualifier for Pan-American Games, Lima 2019. However, according to Archery Guyana, unfortunately DeAbreu did not qualify.At 72 Arrows Ranking Round, the Guyanese Archer secured position numbered 32 after shooting a score of 594.On Wednesday April 3, DeAbreu was up against Bolivia in the Eliminations but lost in the first round 7-1. The following day the Pan Am Eliminations continued and DeAbreu excited fans as he won against Barbados archer Brandon Field in the first round 6-0. The Guyanese then went on to compete against Ecuador’s Lester Ortegon Morales where he lost by a score of 0-6.In a release, Archery Guyana stated “Guyana did not qualify to move forward to the Lima, Peru Games but the reports out of Chile revealed that in spite of this being Guyana’s first participation at an international tournament, DeAbreu was competitive, and that it is certainly a promising start-up for Guyana’s Archery.”last_img read more

Holders USA stunned by France in quarter-finals

first_imgCaption France’s Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert in action at Dongguan Basketball Center, Dongguan, China. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) BEIJING, China (Reuters) – France caused the biggest shock of the basketball World Cup in China after beating holders the United States 89-79 to reach the semi-finals of the 32-nation tournament yesterday.France will meet Argentina tomorrow for a berth in Sunday’s final while 2006 champions Spain take on Australia, who overpowered Czech Republic 82-70 in the day’s other quarter-final.The United States, favourites to win their third successive and sixth overall world title, dropped into the 5-8th place playoffs after they failed to reach the medal rounds for the first time since the 2002 tournament in Indianapolis.The Americans were beaten in a last-eight clash by the former Yugoslavia in that tournament and they next face Serbia, who were billed as their most likely rival in a gold-medal clash in this year’s event. With 17 of their top NBA players pulling out of the roster in the build-up to the tournament in China, the U.S. lacked depth but their coach Gregg Popovich, the winner of five NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs, refused to make excuses.“It is a disrespectful notion to even bring something like that up,” Popovich told a news conference. “To say ‘hey you guys didn’t have this guy or that guy,’ that’s disrespectful to France or whoever else is in the tournament. France beat us.“It doesn’t matter who is on the team. I couldn’t be more proud of these 12 guys who sacrificed their summer having never played together before. “They put themselves in the arena and competed. They deserve credit for that, just like France deserve credit for winning. It’s not about ‘the United States didn’t have their other guys. There is no such thing as ‘other guys’.”Having ground out a barely deserved 93-92 overtime win over Turkey in the preliminary group stage, there was to be no escape for the U.S. this time against an athletic French side who dominated them in every department.AGGRESSIVE DEFENCEAn aggressive French defence forced a flurry of first-half turnovers and having engineered a 45-39 halftime lead, they surged 51-41 ahead early in the third quarter thanks to inspired performances from Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert.As the duo began to tire, Team USA hit back thanks to a one-man show from Donovan Mitchell, who netted 14 of his 29 points in the third quarter to give the 2014 champions a 66-63 lead ahead of the final 10 minutes.But Mitchell stayed scoreless in the fourth quarter while his Utah Jazz team mate Gobert and Orlando Magic guard Fournier hit top gear. Trailing 72-65, France went on a 17-4 run and cool free-throw shooting in the last 90 seconds of the clash gave them a memorable win as Gobert finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Fournier netted 22 points.The towering Gobert also produced two crucial blocks in the final minute as the Americans lost their momentum and threw away several key possessions. The only positive they will take from the tournament is that they have qualified for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo alongside Australia, Argentina, Spain, France, Iran and Nigeria.Japan gained an automatic berth as hosts and four other nations will complete the 12-team field after next year’s qualifying tournaments. The impressive Australians, who have never won a major medal, lived up to the billing of dark horses after a mature performance gave them a sixth successive win in the tournament.The Czechs fought hard throughout to stay in touch but were undone by another fine display from Australia’s Spurs guard Patty Mills, who racked up 24 points. last_img read more

One La Liga Match to be Played in USA

first_imgA Spanish top-flight game will be played in the US, the first time a La Liga match has taken place overseas.The plan is part of a 15-year partnership between La Liga and media company Relevent, which organises the International Champions Cup, to promote football in North America.La Liga President, Javier Tebas, called it a “ground-breaking agreement”. The Premier League has previously discussed plans to play a ’39th game’ outside England and Wales.The idea drew criticism from fans and the media, and executive chairman Richard Scudamore, who proposed the idea in 2008, said it could not happen “until the conditions are right”.Asked when the US-based match would take place and whether it would be a regular fixture, La Liga told BBC Sport it “can not confirm the teams, match, date or season”.Tebas has previously said El Clasico, between Real Madrid and Barcelona, would “never be played outside of Spain”.But a friendly between the two clubs was played in Miami in July 2017, as part of the International Champions Cup – the first time the fixture had been played outside Spain since 1991.On Sunday, the Spanish Super Cup was played in Morocco, the first time it has been played outside Spain.“This extraordinary joint venture is the next giant leap in growing soccer’s popularity in North America,” said Chairman and owner of Relevent, Stephen Ross.“This unique relationship will create new opportunities for millions of North American soccer fans to experience the most passionate, exciting, and highest level of soccer in the world.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Road series vs Wolverines provides tough test for sliding Badgers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-15-1, 5-12-1-1 Big Ten) is traveling to Ann Arbor this weekend to take on the University of Michigan Wolverines (11-12-3, 6-8-2-1). As the fourth ranked team in the Big Ten, Michigan provides a tough road opponent for the last place Badgers.  Men’s Hockey: Badgers swept by Minnesota in final border battle of regular seasonAs soon as the puck dropped in front of an almost entirely sold-out crowd at the Kohl Center Friday night, Read…In what has been a very disappointing season for the Badgers, they continue to miss opportunities to get back on track week in and week out. The Badgers had a big opportunity with significant implications for Big Ten standings last weekend here in Madison against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, but yet again, the Badgers came up short, finishing the series without a win.The Badgers are currently on their second losing streak of three or more games this season. The first of those winless streaks came earlier this year when the team lost to Michigan on December 1st here in Madison. It continued with a winless series against Michigan State in East Lansing the following weekend. Only a win in the second game of a home series against the Ohio State University finally alleviated the Badgers’ losing streak. The Badgers look to end their most recent losing streak this weekend, facing a Wolverine team who has also played inconsistently throughout the season. Like the Badgers, the Wolverines are coming off a disappointing loss at home to Ohio State. Look for both teams to be playing with some frustration following losses to their arch rivals.Men’s Hockey: New year calls for fresh startEntering the 2019-20 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey season, a lot of optimism surrounded the team. A collection of veteran Read…The previous times these two teams met, the Badgers took the first game 3–2, but could not pull off the series sweep, as they lost the second game 1–3. The Badgers are looking to pull off what would be only their second series sweep of the season, their first coming in their first regular season series when they played Minnesota Duluth at the Kohl Center. Since this series, the team has gone on to split eight series and have been swept in an additional three. Look for Cole Caufield to continue his offensive hot streak if the Badgers are able to capture the away sweep of the Wolverines. Caufield has scored six points — including four goals — over just the last four games. In the first matchup of the season against the Wolverines, Caufield had just one goal and two total points. If the Badgers desire to seize this opportunity in Ann Arbor, they will have to take advantage of their most potent offensive weapons. Men’s Hockey: Badgers continue to struggle, get swept against Michigan StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (7-10-1, 2-7-1-1 Big Ten) dropped both games in East Lansing Friday and Saturday Read…This season, the Badgers are 3-8-1 on the road, while the Wolverines are 5-5-2 at home. While the home ice advantage is certainly present for Michigan, the Badgers can’t be counted out yet. Offensively, they are overall better than Michigan, as the Badgers average 3 goals a game while the Wolverines average 2.5 goals per game.Puck drop for the first game of this series, which can be viewed on Big Ten Network, is set for Friday night at 5:00 p.m. Saturday night’s game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcasted on 1310 WIBA and can also be followed on the men’s hockey Twitter page @BadgerMHockey.last_img read more

Construction on Mullen Road Project Starts December 9

first_imgFacebook95Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyConstruction on a mile-long stretch of Mullen Road, located between Timberline High School and Carpenter Road is set to begin Monday, December 9, 2019 – more than 3 weeks ahead of schedule.“We’re excited to be ahead of our planned January start date. This way, we will be able to get some preliminary work out of the way while students from area schools are on winter break,” said Thurston County Civil Engineer Brian Meier.Meier, along with representatives from Thurston County met with contractor Active Construction, Inc. last week to review initial construction schedules for the project.Mullen Road is used by nearly 12,000 vehicles each day. It is also traveled daily by bicyclists and pedestrians, and is a primary walking route for students attending Timberline High School, Lakes Elementary, and Woodland Elementary. During construction, large sections of the road will be reduced to a single lane, requiring alternating traffic and causing delays for drivers.“We know that construction is going to be an inconvenience for drivers. We want to make sure people are prepared for traffic delays, especially during commute hours,” said Thurston County Engineer Scott Lindblom.Lindblom added that work is slated to occur Monday through Friday each week during regular business hours. Some weekend work may also occur during construction. However, due to the proximity of homes in the area, night work is prohibited.Construction is expected to take two years to complete, and includes a widened road with dedicated bicycle lanes, sidewalks, lighting, and crosswalks, along with a new roundabout at Mullen Road and Carpenter Road, and a left turn lane on to Mullen Road at Glen Terra Dr.Environmental improvements are also part of the project and include the construction of a box culvert for a stream under Mullen Rd to improve flow to Pattison Lake. When complete, project will improve safety and traffic flow, reduce congestion, and accommodate for future growth.The Mullen Road Corridor Improvement Project is made possible through a partnership between Thurston County and the City of Lacey, along with additional funding from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board and the Federal Surface Transportation Program.For daily updates during construction on the Mullen Road Project, follow Thurston County Public Works on Twitter @Thurston_PW or visit the Thurston County Travel Impacts webpage.More information about the project, including frequently asked questions and funding details, visit the project webpage.last_img read more

Munar beats Rio’s first round and waits for Thiem

first_imgThe Spanish tennis participant Jaume Munar has handed on Tuesday the first round of the event in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), class ATP 500 and performed on clay, after beating the Italian Salvatore Caruso (7-5, 6-4).The Balearic, world quantity 99, led the initiative in a first round wherein the transalpine countered his first two ‘breaks’. Caruso, nonetheless, couldn’t reply to the third break of Spanish, within the eleventh recreation; Munar was accountable for confirming it within the subsequent recreation to take the partial. With one other break the second set started, and though the Italian returned it within the fourth recreation, the Mallorcan achieved a ‘counterbreak’ that was sufficient to shut the match in simply over two hours.Now, Munar awaits within the second round the winner of the duel between Austrian Dominic Thiem, quantity 4 of the ATP rating and first sequence head of the Brazilian contest, and the native Felipe Meligeni Alves.last_img read more

Cesc Fábregas reveals that his great-grandmother suffers from coronavirus

first_imgCesc Fabregas, Spanish midfielder from Monaco announced that his great-grandmother suffers from coronavirus at the age of 95 and they discovered it by doing the transfer of the elderly of the residence with which he collaborates financially in his hometown, Arenys de Mar (Barcelona), to a hotel.“She is 95 years old and the poor thing has taken the coronavirus unfortunately. There were many people who had not taken it at the residence and we wanted to transfer to a hotel. They tested everyone and 70% tested positive, including my great-grandmother “, unveiled in La Sexta.Cesc stay in Monaco with your partner and your children, with the helplessness of not being able to move: “This Thursday we made a video call with her and the truth is that she looks good and it’s lively. The worst thing is that you can’t be with her and give her a hug. Hopefully I can get through it even though we know it can be difficult. “last_img read more

WATCH: Michael Luftner scores SCREAMER past Gianluigi Donnarumma

first_img The Czech Republic defender won’t forget the strike in a hurry 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.But the Italian youngster was helpless to stop Czech Republic – and Michael Luftner – securing a 3-1 win over the Azzurri at the U-21 European Championships.The Czechs were all set to claim three points with five minutes left of normal time before Luftner made sure there would be no slip-ups.Luftner let fly from long-range as the ball spiralled towards the far corner of the net and past the despairing Donnarumma.Check out the wonderful strike below!center_img Look at that dip!last_img read more

Ake to seal £20m move to Bournemouth – but Chelsea to include clause in deal

first_img Nathan Ake in action for the Netherlands Chelsea are expected to have the option of re-signing Nathan Ake once the defender completes a switch to Bournemouth.The 22-year-old Holland international was recalled from loan at Bournemouth in January by Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte.But now the Chelsea boss is willing to accede to Ake’s request to play regularly, with the Cherries hoping to complete a deal.The fee for Ake, who can play in central defence, at left-back or midfield, is reportedly £20million and includes a buy-back clause.Premier League champions Chelsea have learnt from the sales of a host of young talent in recent seasons by inserting options to recapture young players.Bertrand Traore last week moved to Lyon for £10million, but there is a contract provision for Chelsea to re-sign the Burkina Faso international at a later date if they wish to do so.Striker Tammy Abraham is anticipated to be moving to Swansea on a season-long loan, once the England Under-21 striker has signed a new contract to commit to Chelsea.The Blues are likely to wait to announce any incoming players in the summer transfer market, with Willy Caballero set to be the first arrival after the window opens on Saturday.Caballero, who is to be released from Manchester City this week, is to be back-up goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois. 1last_img read more