For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram on Tuesday claimed to have been subjected to ‘humiliation’ by Manchester Airport authorities. Akram took to Twitter to share his traumatic experience. “Very disheartened at Manchester airport today, I travel around the world with my insulin but never have I been made to feel embarrassed. Felt very humiliated as I was rudely questioned & ordered publicly to take my insulin out of its travel cold-case & dumped in to a plastic bag (sic),” Wasim Akram wrote.Akram was part of the recently-concluded Cricket World Cup commentary team. He was first diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1997 when he was the captain of the Pakistan team.In another tweet Akram said that he didn’t want to be treated any differently from others. “I do not believe I should have been treated differently from anyone else. I just believe there should be a standard of care when dealing with all people. I understand there are proper safety precautions but that doesn’t mean people should be humiliated whilst undergoing them,” wrote Akram on Twitter.Regarded as one of the finest exponent of, reverse swing bowling, Akram holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket, with 881, and he is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets, with 502 in total. The Government of Pakistan awarded him the Hilal-e-Imtiaz on 23 March 2019 on his life time achievements In field of Cricket.
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. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Weber State looks to sweep Montana February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWeber State (10-14, 6-7) vs. Montana (14-10, 10-3)Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Montana seeks revenge on Weber State after dropping the first matchup in Ogden. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 25, when Montana made only seven free throws on 11 attempts while the Wildcats hit 24 of 28 en route to a two-point victory. FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Montana’s Sayeed Pridgett, Derrick Carter-Hollinger and Josh Vazquez have combined to score 45 percent of the team’s points this season, including 45 percent of all Grizzlies scoring over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Jerrick Harding has directly created 45 percent of all Weber State field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has 46 field goals and 12 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Weber State is 0-11 when scoring fewer than 68 points and 10-3 when scoring at least 68.STREAK SCORING: Montana has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 74.8 points while giving up 66.1.DID YOU KNOW: Weber State has committed a turnover on just 17.4 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest rate among all Big Sky teams. The Wildcats have turned the ball over only 11.9 times per game this season. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUAB (15-11, 6-7) vs. Middle Tennessee (6-20, 2-11)Murphy Athletic Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Saturday, 3 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Middle Tennessee looks for its fourth straight win over UAB at Murphy Athletic Center. The last victory for the Blazers at Middle Tennessee was a 77-67 win on Feb. 21, 2016. Middle Tenn. looks for home win vs UAB February 13, 2020 Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: Middle Tennessee has relied heavily on its seniors this year. C.J. Jones, Antonio Green, Donovan Sims and Jayce Johnson have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 55 percent of all Blue Raiders points over the last five games.JUMPING FOR JONES: Jones has connected on 39.7 percent of the 156 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 26 over his last five games. He’s also made 86.4 percent of his foul shots this season.LONG-RANGE THREAT: Middle Tennessee’s Green has attempted 192 3-pointers and connected on 33.3 percent of them, and is 13 of 27 over his last three games.STREAK STATS: UAB has won its last three road games, scoring 71 points, while allowing 62.7 per game.DID YOU KNOW: UAB is ranked first among CUSA teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 33 percent. The Blazers have averaged 10.6 offensive boards per game.___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
NFL-RAVENS-HURST SUSPENDEDRavens lineman suspended 4 games for PED useUNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to his team’s active roster on the Monday following the team’s fourth game.Signed as a rookie free agent in 2014, Hurst played in all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens last season, with two starts at left tackle. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for an NFL-record 3,296 yards rushing in 2019. February 14, 2020 — The Blues say Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) has undergone surgery to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart’s normal rhythm. The veteran defenseman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week. General manager Doug Armstrong says the procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Medical Center.— The Sabres have placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on waivers. The move comes months after Bogosian asked to be traded and opens a spot on Buffalo’s blue line for young players. Bogosian has five points in 19 games this season and is in the final year of his contract.MLB-NEWSKemp chose not to be part of Astros’ 2017 sign-stealingUNDATED (AP) — Tony Kemp says he wasn’t among the Houston Astros who partook in the team’s sign-stealing setup during the team’s run to the 2017 World Series. — Former President Barack Obama — a huge basketball fan, officially the game’s First Fan during his eight years in office — made an unannounced appearance at an NBA Cares event during All-Star weekend in his hometown of Chicago. The event was for volunteers to fill several backpacks with school supplies.TOKYO OLYMPICS-VIRUSNo ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presenceTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China.The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in Japan, where fear is rising with so much attention focused on the outbreak. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that fans seeking to attend the Feb. 24 memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, at Staples Center must register to purchase tickets and there will be no outside overflow areas.Tickets will be priced at $224 each, two for $224 and $24.02 each — combinations of numbers that like the date, 2/24, represent the No. 24 worn by Bryant and the No. 2 worn by Gianna on her girls basketball team.Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.In other NBA news:— Kobe Bryant was one of eight finalists announced as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility. Joining Bryant as first-time finalists for the Hall: 15-time All-Star Tim Duncan, fellow 15-time All-Star Kevin Garnett and 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. The other finalists have all been to this point previously. In other NFL news:— The Redskins have released cornerback Josh Norman, who struggled to live up to the $75 million, five-year contract he signed in 2016 after an All-Pro season in Carolina. The release comes with one year left on Norman’s contract and frees up $12.5 million in salary-cap space. The team also cut wide receiver Paul Richardson after two disappointing, injury-plagued seasons.—The Bills aren’t renewing the contract of chief administrative officer Dave Wheat. No reason was provided. Statement released by Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula thanked Wheat for nearly 20 years of work.NBA-NEWSTicketing plan for Kobe Bryant public memorial released 7-time major champion Inbee Park tied for lead Down UnderADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour victory by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women’s Australian Open.Park shot 4-under 69 to put her at 10-under 136 at Royal Adelaide, tied with first-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff.NHL-NEWSMinnesota fires Boudreau Kemp says he was asked by teammates whether he wanted to be part of the scheme following his recall in September 2017, but he declined and says he didn’t feel further pressure to do it. He says he tried to keep his head down and play hard without really concerning himself with it.He said what Houston did was wrong, and when asked whether the ‘17 World Series title is tainted, noted: “That’s a good question, everyone’s going to have their own speculations about it, everyone’s going to have their own opinions about it, everyone’s going to have their own opinions about it. I’m not sure.”In other MLB news:— Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger isn’t likely to take the field anytime soon following his second surgery in less than a month. The Mariners say the 2018 All-Star had a lower back procedure Thursday that followed core surgery in January. Both are related to a ruptured testicle sustained in a game last June.— All-Star closer Josh Hader lost his salary arbitration case against the Brewers, dropping players to 1-6 in hearings this year. Hader will earn $4.1 million rather than his $6.4 million request. Hader earned $687,600 last year. He had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star season. He failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the NL wild-card game. — Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) tore cartilage in his left knee during a workout Wednesday in Arizona and will have surgery. Clevinger was outstanding at times for Cleveland last season, going 13-4 with a 2.71 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 126 innings over 21 starts.— The Braves have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract with an invitation to the major league spring training. The 32-year-old Alonso gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had right elbow surgery in October.— Nationals general Mike Rizzo is not satisfied with the way the Astros attempted to apologize for their sign-stealing scandal. Rizzo’s Nationals beat the Astros in last season’s World Series. Rizzo says he would like to hear members of Houston’s organization use the word “cheated” to describe what they did. — Phillies president Andy MacPhail says team ownership is willing to go over the luxury tax threshold to make the playoffs. The Phillies have made several high-profile free-agent signings over the past few seasons, including a 13-year, $330 million deal for outfielder Bryce Harper last year. Philadelphia signed pitcher Zack Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million contract this offseason.— Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press. Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from federal minimum wage laws, MLB opted to give those players a wage increase between 38% and 72%. UNDATED (AP) — Bruce Boudreau (boo-DROH’) has become the eighth NHL coach to be dismissed this season, and the sixth let go for performance reasons.The Minnesota Wild fired the longtime NHL head coach with the team three points out of a Western Conference playoff position. The Wild are 7-3-1 over their last 11 games after falling to 20-20-6. The dismissal follows Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers in which Minnesota blew a 3-1 lead in the last nine minutes of the third period.Assistant Dean Evason (EV’-ah-suhn) was named the Wild’s interim coach and will make his NHL debut behind the bench Saturday against San Jose.Boudreau was 158-110-35 in three-plus seasons with Minnesota, reaching the playoffs in his first two years with the team.In other NHL news: Associated Press Kuchar followed Thursday’s 64 with a 2-under 69 that leaves him 9 under for the tournament. He’s two shots ahead of Harold Varner III, Rory McIlroy and Wyndham Clark.Varner and Clark stayed close by shooting 68s, while McIlroy fired a 67. They are one ahead of a host of players that includes Adam Scott, who shot a 64.Vaughn Taylor, Russell Henley and Sung Kang join Scott in a group at minus-6. That group doesn’t include Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) or Jordan Spieth (speeth), each of whom barely made the cut at even par.Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas and Francesco Molinari are among those who missed the cut. Day imploded on Friday, carding a 76 that left him 2 over.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-GENESIS INVITATIONALKuchar 2 up on Varner, McIlroy, ClarkLOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) remains the leader after completing the second round of the PGA’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera.
The issue was among the discussion points during the first three days of GM meetings. The apparent consensus was that emergency goaltenders are called upon so rarely that any reaction now would likely feel like an overreaction.NFL-JAGUARS-NGAKOUEPass-rusher Ngakoue no longer wants to re-sign with JaguarsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Standout defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) no longer wants to sign a long-term deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.Ngakoue announced his desire to play elsewhere via social media. It could force Jacksonville to place the franchise tag on the 24-year-old disgruntled defender and trade him. Associated Press March 3, 2020 Baylor, Duke winUNDATED (AP) — Baylor and Duke were able to earn bounce-back wins. The fourth-ranked Bears had dropped two of three since a Big-12-record 23-game winning streak, and the No. 12 Blue Devils were losers in three of their previous four games.In Waco, MaCio Teague hit a 3-pointer with 1:13 left in overtime to help Baylor escape with a 71-68 triumph over Texas Tech. Teague stepped back behind the line and just beat the shot clock to put the Bears ahead 69-65.Baylor sealed the game with Jared Butler’s steal and his two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.Devonte Bandoo had 18 points and Butler 17 for the Bears. The thumb began to bother Doncic during Friday’s loss to Miami, prompting the team to keep him out of last night’s win at Minnesota. The second-year player is averaging team highs of 28.6 points and 8.8 assists per game this season.The Mavericks held out Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) against the Bulls a day after he tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.In other NBA injury news:— Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) missed Monday’s game against San Antonio after experiencing swelling in his right knee following the morning shootaround. Oladipo returned to action Jan. 20 from a ruptured quad tendon that forced him to miss more than a full calendar year. Pacers coach Nate McMillan said it’s too early to know how long Oladipo will be out.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Rose is taking over what has become one of the NBA’s worst franchises, headed toward its seventh straight season out of the playoffs. Teams such as Golden State and the Lakers have found success handing their basketball operations to an agent.Rose is the former co-head of the basketball division at CAA Sports. He replaces Steve Mills, who was fired early last month.NBA-INJURIESDoncic back in lineup…Oladipo sits one outUNDATED (AP) — All-Star guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) was back in the Dallas Mavericks’ lineup against the Bulls in Chicago after missing a game because of a sprained left thumb. Sixth-ranked Kentucky is followed by Florida State, Seton Hall, Maryland and Louisville.The Aztecs, Terrapins and No. 18 Iowa were the only teams to hold their place after a week in which nine Top 25 teams lost to unranked opponents.Dayton has its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 1955-56 after stretching its winning streak to 18 games.Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin moved into the poll. West Virginia, Colorado and Texas Tech fell out.NHL-SCHEDULE In Durham, freshman Cassius Stanley scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime as the Blue Devils beat North Carolina State, 88-69. Fellow rookie Vernon Carey Jr. added 17 points for the Blue Devils, who shot 63% after halftime and had a run of 17 straight scoring possessions to build a big lead.Duke’s last meeting with the Wolfpack was an 88-66 loss at Raleigh two weeks ago, coach Mike Krzyzewski’s (shuh-SHEHF’-skeez) most lopsided loss to an unranked opponent in his four decades leading the program.N.C. State managed one field goal over the last four minutes of the first half before shooting just 38% after halftime.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA TECH-PENALTIESTech drops appeal of NCAA penalties Rookie guard RJ Barrett tied his season high with 27 points as the Knicks downed the Houston Rockets, 125-123. Julius Randle added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who held on after building a 21-point lead.New York ended Houston’s six-game winning streak and beat the Rockets at Madison Square Garden for the first time since January 2009.James Harden missed his first eight 3-point attempts before finishing with 35 points and eight assists for the Rockets. Russell Westbrook had 24 points and nine rebounds but missed a pull-up jumper on Houston’s final attempt.Meanwhile, the Miami Heat are the first team to beat the Bucks twice this season.Jae Crowder and Jimmy Butler each scored 18 points in the Heat’s 105-89 downing of Milwaukee. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who improved to 39-22 and matched their win total from last season with 19 games remaining. ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech has withdrawn its appeal of NCAA penalties against its men’s basketball program and will not lay in this month’s ACC Tournament.The Yellow Jackets received a one-year ban on postseason play as well as scholarship reductions and limits on official visits. By saying Monday it would accept those penalties this year, Georgia Tech is assured of being eligible to compete in the postseason next year and beyond.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ILLINOIS-COACHUnderwood gets extensionCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois says it has rewarded basketball coach Brad Underwood for a significant jump this season, giving him a three-year contract extension through 2026. — C.J. McCollum poured in 41 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 24 in the Trail Blazers’ romp over the Magic in Orlando. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Portland ended a 3-game losing streak. The Blazers took control by outscoring Orlando 38-19 in the final period.— Gorgui Dieng (GEER’-gee jehng) contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds while the Grizzlies were holding the Hawks to 32% shooting in a 127-88 dismantling of Atlanta. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nihs) had 15 points with 15 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had nine players score in double figures. The Hawks were denied their first three-game winning streak of the season and suffered the third loss in their last 11 home games.NBA-VIRUS OUTBREAKWith Virus outbreak, NBA tells teams to keep distance from fans, strangersUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs. It’s the league’s latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis that has spread to most corners of the planet. TOKYO-POSSIBLE POSTPONEMENTJapan Olympic Minister: Games could be held any time in 2020TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020.Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24.Hashimoto told parliament “the IOC has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020.” She says “this can be interpreted to mean the games can be postponed as long as they are held during the calendar year.” IOC officials and Tokyo organizers have repeatedly said they expect the Olympics to open on schedule, in spite of the fast-spreading coronavirus.PGA-JOHNSON-0LYMPICSDustin Johnson decides against playing in the OlympicsUNDATED (AP) — U.S. golfer Dustin Johnson will not compete in the Tokyo Olympics, according to his manager. Johnson’s name was removed from the Olympic golf ranking Monday afternoon.At No. 5 in the world ranking, he currently would have been No. 3 among Americans behind Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Thomas. The move comes with the 23rd-ranked Illini challenging for the Big Ten Conference championship in Underwood’s third season after going 26-39 during his first two years at the helm. They are 20-9 overall and tied for second in conference play with Michigan State and Wisconsin at 12-6, a game behind Maryland.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLKansas is number oneUNDATED (AP) — Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in a week of upheaval in men’s college basketball.The Jayhawks received all 64 first-place votes from the media panel in The Associated Press poll. Gonzaga was No. 2, with Dayton, Baylor and San Diego State rounding out the top five. Ngakoue has 37 1/2 sacks and 14 forced fumbles in four seasons. The speedy strip-sack specialist made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and had been seeking around $22 million a year to remain in Jacksonville.NORTH CAROLINA-AGENTS PROBEMistrial declared for ex-football player in NC agent’s caseHILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a former college football player charged with violating North Carolina’s sports agent law nearly a decade ago.Christopher Hawkins faced four counts tied to providing cash to three former Tar Heels football players in 2010. But after more than seven hours of deliberations Friday afternoon and Monday, the jury informed the judge that it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any charge. In a memo sent to teams on Sunday and obtained by The Associated Press, the NBA has offered 10 recommendations to players with hopes of decreasing risks of getting the virus. Those recommendations include not taking items such as pens, markers, balls and jerseys from autograph-seekers.The NBA also told teams that it is consulting “with infectious disease experts, including the Centers for Disease Control” and infectious disease researchers at Columbia University in New York.NBA-KNICKS PRESIDENTKnicks hire longtime player agent Leon Rose as presidentNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks officially have named Leon Rose as their president, hoping the longtime player agent can be just as successful as an executive. Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEKnicks surprise Rockets, Heat beat Bucks againUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks have pulled off one of the most impressive wins of their otherwise forgettable season. Logan O’Connor’s second goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Avs’ 2-1 triumph at Detroit. Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHT’-nih-kahv) also scored and backup Michael Hutchinson faced just 18 shots in picking up his fifth win in 15 decisions.Each of Colorado’s last six wins have been by one goal.NHL-GM MEETINGSGMs seem prepared to keep status quo on emergency goaliesBOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers seem unlikely to suggest changes to the emergency backup goaltender policy, even after 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres became one of the biggest stories of the season by winning a game for Carolina last month. The Bucks established a season-low for points, with Brook Lopez providing a team-high 21. Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed 15 rebounds but matched a season-low with 13 points on 6 for 18 shooting.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points and T.J. Warren added 23 to push the Pacers past the Spurs. Indiana squandered a 15-point, second-half lead before earning its fourth straight win, putting the Pacers in a fifth-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. The Spurs lost for the eighth time in 11 games despite going ahead 102-98 with 6:44 remaining.— The Bulls eked out a 109-107 win over the Mavericks behind Otto Porter Jr., who delivered 18 points in his return from a broken left foot. Coby White scored 19 points to help Chicago win without leading scorer Zach Lavine (lah-VEEN’). Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) scored 23 for Dallas but missed a potential game-winning, 3-pointer at the buzzer.— The Jazz got their four-game road trip off to a good start as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic provided 28 points and Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) added 20 in a 126-113 victory at Cleveland. Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and nine rebounds for Utah, which made 20 3-pointers while staying in the fifth playoff spot out West. Bogdanovic buried a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch to help the Jazz won for the second time in six games. Draisaitl, McDavid erupt against Predators…Avs creep closer to BluesUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers’ dynamic duo of Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) and Connor McDavid collected five points apiece at the expense of the Nashville Predators on Monday.Draisaitl added to his NHL-leading point total by furnishing four goals and an assist as the Oilers blew out the Predators, 8-3. McDavid added a goal and four assists in a game that was tied 3-3 until Edmonton erupted for five goals in the third period.Draisaitl’s team-high 43rd goal of the season chased Pekka Rinne (PEH’-kuh-REE’-nah) from the nets midway through the third period. Draisaitl has 107 points, 13 more than No. 2 McDavid in the league points race.Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues’ lead in the NHL’s Central Division is down to one point over Colorado after the Avalanche eked out their seventh straight win. 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THE Linden leg of the Guinness Greatest of the Streets will kick off this Sunday at the Mackenzie Market Park from 19:00hrs with defending champions Team 25 back in the running.They will join 31 other teams in Magic Star, Swag Entertainment, Goal Getters, Good Fellas, Araima Colo Colo, Future STAR, Hard Knocks, Cherokee Park, High Rollers, Constab, Main Street Panthers, Unknowns, South Stars, Mile Star, Coomacka, Amazings, Silvertown All-Star and Dream Chasers.The other teams are Speightland, Jermaine’s and Family Silver Bullets, High Star, Bourda All-Stars, Dave & Celina All-Star, Ripping Bullets, Attackers, High Life Crew, Eagles, Trainline Warriors, Running Guns and RussiansIn the night’s opening fixtures, High Rollers will play Silvertown All-Star, Dream Chasers take on Speightland, Jermaine’s and Family Silver Bullets challenge High Star and High Life Crew meet Eagles.In the second round of games on the evening,, Amelia’s Ward Russians will go toe-to-toe with Constab, Main Street Panthers lace up against Unknowns, defending champions Team 25 play South Stars and Dave and Celina All-Star oppose Ripping Bullets.The winners will receive a top prize of $400 000, with second-place securing $150 000, third-place $75 000 and fourth-place $50,000The tournament will be played at three venues namely the Mackenzie Market Park, Silver City Hardcourt and Amelia’s Ward Hard Court.
WHAT started as just a pastime some seven years ago, today has developed into a serious sport for sixteen-year-old Miguel Wong, who earlier this week was singled out as the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) prospect for next year’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG).Wong is particularly excited about his selection because of the opportunities it will open up for him to compete at a higher level.Wong, who participated in the JOOLA North American Teams tennis tournament recently, was forced to step up his game as he came up against players of a higher calibre.The memories left a lasting impression with Wong, who still yearns to continue playing at bigger tournaments to improve his game.“I played a lot with players from all across the world, and it was the best, because I played against people way higher than me. To actually compete, and be able to give them a fight, it was good, and I was up there with them,” Wong said.Wong started playing the sport when he was just 10 years old. However, he was encouraged to join a club and take up playing the sport competitively.Miguel WongWong recalls feeling encouraged after he finished in fourth place in his first match in 2011, without any prior training. He joined the Malteenoes Table Tennis Club, and later that same year made the national team to participate at the Caribbean Pre Cadet Table Tennis Championships.That marked the start as Wong was selected almost every year to represent Guyana; he continued at the Caribbean Pre Cadet Table Tennis Championships until he aged into the Caribbean Junior Table Tennis Championships.The Mae’s School fifth former is currently in the middle of writing his Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations, but he can’t wait to wrap that up and start putting more focus on his table tennis aspirations.He left yesterday for the YOG Latin American Qualification Tournament in the Dominican Republic this weekend a compulsory event if Wong is to qualify for YOG.But the past few months has been the toughest for Wong, who was curtailed in his training due to his academic demands.Unable to train in the lead-p to the recently concluded Caribbean Cadet and Junior Table Tennis Championships, Wong did not make it far in the individual competition even though Guyana ended in third place overall.“Sometimes I could only get in an hour or two hours work. It was until it came down to the final week that I really found time to train,” Wong explained.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Cheteshwar Pujara registered his second century of the series while Ajinkya Rahane also notched up a hundred as two of India’s most dependable batsmen laid the foundation for a massive first-innings total in the second Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.Pujara’s 50th Test turned out to be an eventful one as India’s number three nearly perished in the slip early in his innings and ran out partner KL Rahul before making amends with his burgeoning 211-run stand with Rahane.Pujara, who also completed 4 000 Test runs in the process, was batting on 128 at stumps, his 13th Test century containing 10 boundaries and a pulled six off debutant spinner Malinda Pushpakumara.Rahane, who survived a couple of reviews, hit 12 boundaries in his fluent 103 not out, as India utterly dominated the opening day of the contest to reach 344 for three.Alarmingly for Sri Lanka, still smarting from their comprehensive defeat in the series opener in Galle, lone frontline paceman Nuwan Pradeep left the field in the final session clutching his left hamstring.India got off to a brisk start after skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat on a dry surface with Rahul, who missed India’s victory in Galle with high-fever, and Shikhar Dhawan scoring freely against a spin-heavy Sri Lankan attack.Dhawan clobbered Rangana Herath for a six in the spinner’s first over and also hit five boundaries in his brisk 35 before Dilruwan Perera trapped him leg-before.Rahul was on 19 when the right-hander was given out leg-before to Dimuth Karunaratne but the batsman used review to successfully overturn the decision and went on to make his sixth successive Test half-century.Rahul fell on 57 after a horrible mix-up with Pujara and was soon joined by Kohli in the pavilion as India slumped to 133-3. Pujara, who struck 153 in Galle, and Rahane ensured Sri Lanka did not get any momentum, however.Renowned for their impeccable temperament, the right-handed duo deftly used the crease to punish the Sri Lankan bowlers who endured a wicketless final session. Sri Lanka welcomed back skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who missed the Galle Test, with pneumonia, and effected three changes overall in their bid to level the three-match series against the top ranked Indian team.INDIA 1st inningsS. Dhawan lbw b D. Perera 35L. Rahul run-out 57C. Pujara not out 128V. Kohli c Mathews b Herath 13A. Rahane not out 103Extras: (b-4, lb-3, nb-1) 8Total: (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 344Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-109, 3-133.Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 17.4-2-63-0, Rangana Herath 24-3-83-1, Dimuth Karunaratne 3-0-10-0, Dilruwan Perera 18-2-68-1 (nb-1), Malinda Pushpakumara 19.2-0-82-0, Dhananjaya de Silva 8-0-31-0.
WHEN they arrive in Guyana to participate in the Pan American Indoor Championships, two-time women’s champions, Argentina, will be among the favourites to win the title.The championships which commences on October 14, at the refurbished Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, will see Argentina, also known as Las Leonas or the Lionesses, join another two-time champion, Canada, along with USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Barbados, Mexico and host Guyana, as the participants in the women’s category.Argentina, the country that has produced eight-time world player of the year, Luciana Aymar, dubbed the Maradona of hockey and someone who is recognised the world over as one of the greatest female players ever, will no doubt be aiming to capture the title and qualify for the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup, scheduled for February 2018 in Berlin, Germany.The Argentine star was so internationally recognisable that at one stage she was described as being more marketable than German tennis legend, Steffi Graf, and snapping on the heels of Venus Williams.Argentina is currently ranked 13th in the world, four places behind top ranked PAHF member Canada, that has a ranking of 9th, while Uruguay, who has been the surprise of the Region, is placed at 18th.The powerhouse South American nation has been amongst the best teams in field hockey, appearing in five Hockey World Cup finals, including the first final in 1974, which they lost 1–0 to the Netherlands.They had to settle for second place in two more finals before winning the tournament for the first time in 2002, beating the Netherlands 4–3 in the final on penalty strokes after a 1–1 draw.Led by Aymar, Argentina was again the winner in 2010, beating the Netherlands 3–1.At a continental level, Argentina has dominated and won every tournament they played, including the Pan American Cup and the Pan American Games, leaving the United States in second place in most of the events, until they lost the 2011 Pan American Games final for the first time.No matter who is in front of them, the Argentines will definitely be a force to reckon with at the upcoming championships.