SA, England players likely to leave IPL early

first_imgSOUTH African players are likely to leave IPL 2017 after May 7 while the England players are scheduled to depart the tournament in two batches – a few after May 1 and the rest after May 14.Making players available and ready for the bilateral series – South Africa’s tour of England begins in mid-May – and the Champions Trophy, which starts June 1 in England, is the chief reason why both boards want to pull out their players early.ESPNcricinfo understands that the IPL had informed the franchises about this in an email this week along with the final updated player roster for the auction on February 20.The franchises were also told that the BCCI is trying to discuss the issue with the Cricket South Africa to see if the South African players’ stay can be extended.It is not known whether either board will release players in the event their franchise makes it to the final on May 21.AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Faf du Plessis (Rising Pune Supergiants), JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris (Delhi Daredevils), David Miller and Hashim Amla (Kings XI Punjab) have been retained by their respective franchises, along with England’s Jos Buttler (Mumbai Indians) and Sam Billings (Daredevils).A total of 351 players, including 122 capped internationals, will feature in the auction, which will be held in Bangalore on February 20. Although franchise officials had earlier indicated that this season’s auction could be a short event, with teams trying to plug a few gaps, the likely early departure of South Africa and England players could impact the teams’ auction strategies.Of the 13 South African players who have entered the auction, CSA is interested specifically in the release of Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius.Except for Ngidi, who is recovering from a hip injury, the other six players are part of the limited-overs squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand.An official privy to the discussions between the BCCI and CSA said that it was a one-off situation which could not be avoided.South Africa’s tour of England will begin with two practice matches followed by the three-ODI series scheduled between May 24 and 29.The three T20Is and the four Tests will be played after the Champions Trophy. The official said that CSA is keen on getting the best possible preparation for the Champions Trophy, given the team’s record in ICC tournaments, and had thus sought an early release of its main players from the IPL.As for the England players, a few may leave for the two ODIs against Ireland on May 5 and 7. An official with one of the franchises said that prominent players like Buttler and some of the players who have entered the auction, like Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes, could leave after May 14 to prepare for the ODIs against South Africa.Morgan, Stokes and fast bowler Chris Woakes are part of the list of marquee players who have listed the maximum base price of INR 2 crore (approx US $298 000) for the auction.The other England players in the auction are wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow (INR 1.5 crore), opening batsmen Alex Hales and Jason Roy (INR 1 crore), and fast bowlers Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills (INR 50 lakh).last_img read more

Syracuse splits doubleheader as O’Hara homers twice, Cater turns in mixed performances in circle

first_imgSyracuse (9-12, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) split a doubleheader Wednesday, defeating Yale (0-3), 5-1, before losing 10-8 to Pennsylvania (5-4) a day after beating the Quakers. Jocelyn Cater struck out seven in her win over Yale before giving up five runs in a relief loss to Penn in Clearwater, Florida.The Orange got to Yale pitcher Lindsay Efflandt early while Cater held the Bulldogs at bay in the opener. Sydney O’Hara doubled to lead off the bottom half of the second inning before advancing to third on an error. Two batters later, left fielder Annie Toczynski singled to give SU a 1-0 lead. After setting down the first six batters, Cater allowed a walk to lead off the third before allowing the runner to score on a single three batters later. In the bottom of the inning, first baseman Corinne Ozanne doubled before O’Hara homered to take a 3-1 lead.Cater didn’t allow a run the rest of the game before Lindsay Taylor took over in the seventh. By then, the Orange had tallied two insurance runs on the strength of a Maddi Doane triple in the fourth. SU won, 5-1.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second game featured six pitchers and 18 total runs. SU kicked off the scoring in the top of the first with a three-run home run from O’Hara. Penn answered back in the bottom half with a three-run homer of its own.In the second, SU had four hits and two hit batters, leading to five runs and an 8-3 lead for O’Hara on the mound. The sophomore lasted through four innings, giving up two more runs, before Lindsey Larkin took over.Larkin pitched an inning before Cater replaced her. After facing 25 batters earlier in the day, Cater failed to record an out, giving up four runs and the lead before ceding the mound back to O’Hara. She allowed one run, credited to Cater, before getting the third out.SU was unable to score in the final stanza and fell 10-8. The Orange has five more games this weekend in Clearwater, Florida during the USF Michelle Smith Tournament, which starts Friday.Compiled by Jack Rose, staff writer, Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2015 at 9:59 pmlast_img read more

Unfulfilled expectations haunting USC

first_imgWith the final two home games of the year upon the USC men’s volleyball team this weekend, the Trojans find themselves in a spot that was unimaginable at the beginning of the season — seventh place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.“We definitely didn’t think we would be here,” said junior opposite hitter Murphy Troy. “But we still got a pretty good opportunity ahead of us with six games left.”Recovering · Junior opposite hitter Murphy Troy hopes to lead the No. 6 Trojans to victory in home matches against UC Irvine and UCLA. – Gage Allard | Daily Trojan But the Trojans (11-9, 8-8) are still ranked sixth in the nation and will play two of those six games during their last homestand this weekend.USC plays No. 11 UC Irvine (11-12, 6-10) in a rematch of the 2009 national championship game tonight and hosts No. 7 UCLA (14-9, 9-7) Saturday night in the home finale.The Trojans defeated UC Irvine 3-2 in their last meeting in January, but both programs are not the championship squads they were in a year ago.USC started the season 6-1 and No. 1 in the nation, but since then it has gone just 5-8 and slid down the national and conference rankings. Irvine also has been unable to put together a consistent run all year as well.“We were both the belle of the ball last year, and now we’re in rental tuxes,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said jokingly.Even though the Trojans made the 2009 championship match, they were in relatively the same position at this time last year. But the feeling around the team is a little different now.“This time last year we sort of felt like we had nothing to lose. We had never been there before,” Troy said. “This year, we had higher expectations for ourselves, and we’re not fulfilling them.”It’s been an up and down year for USC, with a lot more down than up recently. While the Trojans did defeat D-II Grand Canyon State last week, they are 1-3 in their last four games.Ferguson has pointed to a shortened fall practice schedule because of injuries and national team commitments that hurt the team, but with the playoffs three weeks away, he has used the last two weeks of nearly uninterrupted practice to get his team to a new height.“We’re at a whole different level than where we were three weeks ago,” Ferguson said. “Offensively, I think you’re going to see a whole different deal tomorrow night. We’ve been working on it big time, and these guys have improved a ton. I think it’ll be a little bit more exciting to watch us play volleyball.”USC has tried to fix the problem by shuffling players around in the hope that one lineup will click. Last year, USC used just six different starting lineups, and five starters from the opening match of the season started the NCAA championship game.This year, USC has already used seven different starting lineups, and four Trojans started in different positions for its match two games ago against BYU — than for its season opening match.“As a coach, you walk the fine line of sticking with something and having continuity versus if something is not working and you need to make a change,” Ferguson said. “You never want to make a change for the sake of making a change, but you always want to better your situation. We feel like we’re getting close to where we want to be, and we’ll keep trying whatever we need to until we get something that works.”last_img read more

USC women’s basketball takes on Washington schools at Galen Center

first_imgWith only four games left in conference play, the women’s basketball team looks to add two more victories in its last home games of the season. After last week’s upset over the previously No. 9 Oregon State, the Trojans are ready to head into this week and take on the challenge of Washington State on Friday at 6 p.m. and No. 9 Washington on Sunday at 3 p.m.“Getting a win over Oregon State was really big for us,” senior guard Courtney Jaco said. “Not only are they top 10 in the country, but they are tied for first in the conference, so that was a really big confidence booster for us. I think we are heading into this weekend with a lot of positive thoughts. We think we can compete with anybody with that win.”In addition to their confidence, USC will also have the home court advantage this time around. After losing to both Washington State and Washington on the road, they not only want to protect their home court, but also fix their mistakes from the last games and come away with two big wins. Home game or not, the games will be tough for the Trojans, but their focus and determination is the same it has been every game prior.“We think that we can beat Washington State,” Jaco said. “Playing them here should give us a little more confidence in front of our home crowd, our fans, our friends and family. I think our approach should be the same in that they are a good team, and we have to take it seriously and come out with our best effort.”Both teams are strong offensively, especially Washington, and have been putting up big final scores against their opponents. This not only calls on USC to have the defense to contain them, but also for their offense to be able to score and force the other teams to scramble to catch up. The Trojans are looking to shut down their opponents’ strongest areas, while playing their game to the best of their ability.“For Washington State, stopping their transition [is key],” Jaco said. “They really get out and run hard, so that definitely has to be a focus. For Washington, Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor are both two of the best players in the country right now. We have to find a way to limit them as much as we can and hopefully we get the score a little further down because they put it up.”Before the battle with Washington commences on Sunday, USC will be honoring its four seniors, three of whom ( Jaco, Alexis Lloyd and Jordan Adams) were on the Trojans’ first team to win a Pac-12 Championship in 2014. Besides Adams, who hopes she will be given another year of eligibility after being sidelined with a season-ending ACL injury in preseason, the other members of the team are looking forward to their future beyond USC “I haven’t really gotten too emotional about it yet, or tried not to at least,” Jaco said. “But these four years have quickly flown by. I am just excited and ready to celebrate it with my teammates and I think it will be a lot of fun.”last_img read more

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat sees ‘Japan as her biggest challenge’

first_img“I am happy and relieved that I am going to Tokyo but it’s not over yet. I have a medal bout and I don’t want to miss that,” Vinesh had said to the media before her match with Maria Prevolaraki.READ | Bajrang Punia punches ticket to Tokyo 2020, third Indian to qualifyREAD | Vinesh, Seema keep India’s hopes alive at World Wrestling ChampionshipDeepak Punia bags a spot at the Tokyo Olympics Indian wrestler Deepak Punia also bagged a spot at 2020 Tokyo Olympics when he defeated Colombia’s Carlos Mendez in the 86kg World Wrestling Championships quarterfinal on Saturday. Seema Bisla, however, missed Olympic qualification in 50kg after losing her second repechage round 3-11 to Russia’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk. Rahul Aware also beat former Asian champion Kayliyev of Kazakhstan in the semis in a thrilling 10-7 encounter to reach the last four of the 61kg category. READ | Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 OlympicsREAD | Bajrang Punia punches ticket to Tokyo 2020, third Indian to qualify(With inputs from ANI) WE RECOMMEND First Published: 23rd September, 2019 23:42 IST Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat who recently secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said that Japan is her biggest challenge. “I think everyone is strong in the 53 weight category and Japan is definitely the power-house and beating them in their own country will be the biggest challenge.” Vinesh Phogat on changing her weight category The 25-year-old wrestler became the first Indian to qualify for the 2020 Olympics after she hammered the world silver medalist 8-2. She also said that “ Recently, I changed my weight category. It became a bit tough. I did not know whether I will succeed or not, but one thing I know is that I will give my 100 per cent. That is what I did. Now I have got qualified. It was a relief at that time,” she was speaking to reporters at an event in Delhi.Vinesh Phogat earns a spot at the Tokyo OlympicsVinesh Phogat defeated Greece’s Maria Prevolaraki for a bronze at the World Wrestling Championship. The wrestler said that she is extremely happy to bring a medal home and a spot at the Tokyo Olympics. Digital Desk 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Written By Last Updated: 23rd September, 2019 23:42 IST Wrestler Vinesh Phogat Sees ‘Japan As Her Biggest Challenge’ Wrestler Vinesh Phogat who recently secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said that Japan is her biggest challenge and defeating Japan will be difficult FOLLOW US 11 months ago Bajrang Punia punches ticket to Tokyo 2020, third Indian to qualify 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat: ‘Changed tactics suggested by coaches for WWC’ SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV 11 months ago Vinesh, Seema keep India’s hopes alive at World Wrestling Championship COMMENT WATCH US LIVE 11 months ago Rahul Aware loses in semi-finals; Will fight for bronze on Sep 22last_img read more

Preview: Hearts take on the Gunners in Accra

first_imgAsante Kotoko would have two games in hand by the time weekend’s Glo Premier League matches are over on Sunday as they take part in continental football.But for the rest of the fourteen sides who would be in action this weekend on match-day-18, it’s business as usual as the race for the top gathers pace while the scramble to beat the drop intensifies.The weekend’s roster does not include Kotoko and bottom club, Real Tamale United.Medeama’s hopes of clinging onto the top will be tested at the Baba Yara Stadium where they clash with King Faisal, who are mired in the relegation scrap.Berekum Chelsea have hauled themselves back into the hunt for the title as they sit in second. They will be eager to keep the chase when they welcome Liberty Professionals to the Golden City Park.Elsewhere, Hearts of Oak’s impressive start in the second round of the league will be on show at the Accra Sports Stadium when second from bottom, Berekum Arsenals come visiting. New Edubiase, after their debut continental campaign failed to get past the first hurdle and their title defence of the FA Cup crushed, the league is their only remaining competition.Edubiase, ten points off the top but with a game in hand will welcome Heart of Lions to the Gyamfi Park where they will be determined to turn around their fortunes.At the Tema Stadium, Aduana Stars, with a game in hand could and four points from the summit could improve their points tally when they clash with Tema Youth.AshantiGold will attempt to halt their gradual decline when they meet Ebusua Dwarfs at the Robert Mensah Stadium.And to wrap up a busy weekend, the battle to escape the drop does not appear lost on Wa All Stars who have been impressive since the start of the second round. The Blues after two consecutive victories will aim to add Amidaus Professionals to their list of victims when they clash at the Wa Park.last_img read more

Duke vs. Louisville: Three takeaways from the Blue Devils’ incredible win

first_imgDuke won a thriller in Louisville on Tuesday.The Blue Devil’s overcame a record deficit to pull out a 71-69 victory. Duke extended its winning streak to eight while the Cardinals lost their second straight game.Here are three takeaways from the Blue Devils’ historic comeback win. Related News No. 19 LSU tops No. 5 Kentucky on controversial game-winning tip-in Duke’s athleticism and length will keep them in any gameThe Blue Devils trailed by as many as 23 in the contest but came back to secure the biggest second-half comeback win in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s time at the school.Duke didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, as it knocked down just 25 percent of its attempts from behind the arc. But Louisville didn’t play smart basketball to close out the game. Long rebounds from the Cardinals’ 3-point attempts allowed the Blue Devils to use their size and strength to get out on the break and finish at the rim.Turnovers piled up for Louisville in crunch time. Duke totaled 12 steals in the contest, which doubled the Cardinals’ mark of six.The Blue Devils lack depth There’s no doubt the Blue Devils have elite blue chip talent in Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. Their shots usually fall, but when they don’t, Duke is in trouble. The Blue Devils’ lone bench point came from a free throw by junior forward Javin DeLaurier. The big three may have combined for 62 points, but the team likely can’t count on such an impressive late game surge in its future matchups.Nevertheless, the dominance of the team’s go-to guys got the job done Tuesday.Louisville provided a blueprint for how to beat DukeThe Cardinals played impressively for a majority of the game, but lacked consistency and energy in the end.Despite the stature of Duke’s stars, Louisville emphasized physicality and team defense. The Cardinals swarmed the ball, boxed out and exploited Duke’s lack of defensive awareness under the basket and on the perimeter in half court sets. The Blue Devils may be ranked No. 2 in the country, but they are by far the favorites to win the national championship.In order to take them down, other teams will need to build on what Louisville executed and stay disciplined until the final buzzer.last_img read more

Field of Dreams site to host Chicago/New York police charity game

first_imgDYERSVILLE — The Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville will host an unusual baseball game this weekend, pitting officers from the police departments in Chicago and New York City against one another.The field’s operations manager Roman Weinberg says Saturday’s match is part of First Responders Appreciation Day. “With everything that’s going on this year, we feel that more than ever we need to tip our cap and show our appreciation and gratitude to our first responders,” Weinberg says. “The definition of ‘first responder’ is broadening it seems on a daily basis for all of those that are contributing in some way and keeping us all safe here.”The day will be filled with events, including a silent auction with Field of Dreams and sports memorabilia, kids’ activities, and the baseball game at 4 P.M., followed by live music. During the afternoon, there will be three baseball-related skills events. “We’re going to have 20 people competing in each contest,” Weinberg says. “A Precision Pitch contest so you can test our your arm on the Field of Dreams, we have essentially a skee-ball board, A Dizzy Bat Race and a Home Run Derby.”New field for the pro game. (MLB photo)The grand prize offers a rare treat for some lucky fan of the 1989 film.  “The winner of each competition will advance to the final which is a Field of Dreams trivia challenge,” Weinberg says. “That winner will receive a special overnight stay at the Field of Dreams to live like the Kinsellas for a night.”The event is a fundraiser for the Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the New York Police Widows and Children Fund.The New York and Chicago police departments are facing off this weekend as this summer’s Major League game was originally to be between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. The lineup for the August 13th game has since been changed to the Sox versus the St. Louis Cardinals.last_img read more

Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend in hospital with respiratory issue

first_imgAli, 74, is being treated by doctors as a precaution and is described as being in a “fair condition”. A brief hospital stay is expected.Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, after quitting boxing.The three-time world champion was last hospitalised in January 2015following a severe urinary tract infection.Family spokesman Bob Gunnell confirmed Ali’s condition to the Associated Press but did not divulge which hospital was treating him or when he was admitted.last_img read more

#KicksStalker: LeBron’s shoe gets Filipino touch anew

first_imgPhoto from Nike PhilippinesLeBron James, one of the greatest basketball player ever, has kept coming back to Manila and has given his Filipino fans a memorable show every time.And it’s only fitting that the ‘Agimat,’ the Philippine-inspired colorway that brought life to his previous shoe will make its return and this time, it’s James’ LeBron Solidier line getting the Filipino treatment.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The shoe features accents that are tributes to Filipino warriors on the court and James’ pursuit of greatness coupled with his intense passion for the game.Just like the Philippine-themed LeBron 14  released by Nike in May of last year, the Soldier 12 ‘Agimat’ has unique symbolisms. The MNL and 330 on the the shoe stand for Manila and James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. The flame represents the Philippines being in the Ring of Fire for its many volcanoes and James’ burning passion. The four stars are a reminder of The King’s four MVP awards while the steep mountain is a nod to the country’s terrain as well as James’ relentless climb to be the best to ever play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPhoto from Nike PhilippinesThe LeBron Soldier 12 features a laceless design with a simplified strap, lower collar, and circular knit upper that also resembles the Filipino toughness.Photo from Nike PhilippinesThe LeBron Soldier 12 ‘Agimat’ will release globally, including the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand beginning June 15  Each pair will retail for P6,745. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Injured Standhardinger not keen on missing ‘very important’ Fiba 3×3 World Cup LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more