Ja’s Russell, Taylor in Big Bash finals

first_imgADELAIDE, Australia, CMC – West Indies and Jamaica stars Andre Russell and Stafanie Taylor played minor roles but their Sydney Thunder franchises still did enough to secure spots in the men’s and women’s finals of the Big Bash League here yesterday.Playing at Adelaide Oval, the Thunder men’s side trounced hosts Adelaide Strikers by 54 runs while at the same venue, the Thunder’s women eked out an eight-run victory over Perth Scorchers.Both the men’s and women’s side will know their opponents in Sunday’s final following the second semi-finals in Melbourne today.In the men’s, Melbourne Stars clash with Perth Scorchers while on the women’s side, Hobart Hurricanes featuring teenaged West Indies opener Hayley Matthews, take on Sydney Sixers.Opting to bat first in the men’s semi-final, Strikers reached 159 for seven off 20 overs with Alex Ross top-scoring with 47 off 38 deliveries.Seamer Clint McKay finished with three for 44 while Russell managed a single wicket for 31 runs from four overs of pace.Left-handed opener Usman Khawaja then blasted a superb 104 off 59 balls as Thunder sped to their target in the 18th over.Meanwhile, Taylor struck 24 as Thunder Women, opting to bat first, rallied to 118 for six off their 20 overs.She put on 30 for the first wicket with Rachael Haynes who made 15 and a further 21 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell who top-scored with 39.In reply, Scorchers were restricted to 110 for nine off their 20 overs, with opener Elyse Villani getting a breezy 23 from ten balls.last_img read more

‘Underdogs’ Singida, Homeboyz eye shocks

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz forward Allan Wanga celebrates his goal with team mate Noah Wafula during the SportPesa Super Cup quarter finals against Tanzania’s Yanga on Sunday June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 7- Regarded as tournament ‘underdogs’ Tanzania’s Singida United and Kenya’s Kakamega Homeboyz will be out to pull shocks when the SportPesa Super Cup semi-finals go down at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Thursday afternoon.Homeboyz who beat Tanzanian giants Young Africans (Yanga) 3-1 in the quarter finals will face recently crowned Tanzanian Premier League champions Simba SC in the early kick off while Singida who beat AFC Leopards on penalties will take on defending champions Gor Mahia. Singida United tactician Suleiman Hemedi who started his tenure with the win against Leopards says he expects a tough tie against Gor but says his side’s confidence has soared and will give their all to earn a ticket to the final.“Gor is a good team and we respect them a lot. They have achieved so much in Kenya winning the league and they have also qualified for the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup. They are not a team that is a pushover,” Hemedi said looking on to the fixture.He admitted it would be tough marking out individual players in the duel, saying that collectively, Gor’s team work is of awe.K’Ogalo meanwhile who are looking at defending the crown will walk into the match with caution with head coach Dylan Kerr pointing out they should not underrate the Tanzanians.Gor Mahia’s Charles Momanyi goes up for a header against Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi’s players during their SportPesa Super Cup match at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I watched them play and they are a pretty decent team. They have good players especially in attack and we can’t afford to walk in thinking we have the right to win. We have to take it very tough from the first minute, play good football, take our chances and win,” the British coach noted.Rwandese forward Jacques Tuyisenge who started off the bench in the 3-0 quarter final win over Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) due to a bout of Malaria might be ready to start against Singida with Kerr expected to field his strongest squad.Meanwhile, Homeboyz made a statement of intent in their win over Yanga and new coach Paul Nkata is eager to show it wasn’t a one-time fluke when he faces Simba.Kakamega Homeboyz forward Noah Wafula in action against Yanga during the SportPesa Super Cup quarter finals on Sunday June 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“They are a tough team as they have just been crowned champions in Tanzania. I watched them play and I know it is going to be a tough game against them. But we will take our chances and we will go there and fight to win,” Nkata said looking ahead to Thursday afternoon’s tie.There is a doubt on striker Allan Wanga who hit a brace against Yanga with the 33-year old forward having limped off with a back injury and will face a late fitness test.Simba meanwhile will not be taking the tie lightly and head coach Pierre Lechantre having watched them win against Yanga, he knows they might be in for a shock.“They are a very good team. Their physical level is good and we know they will give us a tough game. Our target is to get to the final and we will do everything possible to win and get there,” the coach added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HUGE Tottenham flop set to join Paris Saint-Germain in lucrative move

first_imgFormer Tottenham flop Yuri Berchiche is on the verge of a lucrative move to French giants Paris Saint-Germain.The 27-year-old Real Sociedad full-back failed to make a first-team appearance for Spurs during his three-year stay at the club and was even loaned out to Cheltenham Town in 2009.But his stock has risen steadily since those days and he is now on the cusp of a switch to one of the world’s biggest clubs.According to Le Parisien, Berchiche has agreed a four-year deal with PSG, who are set to pay Real Sociedad around £12m to land him.Berchiche had also been linked with a move to Barcelona, who were impressed by his form over 35 LaLiga outings last term, but they will now have to extend their search for full-backs further afield. The Real Sociedad full-back made over 35 LaLiga outings last term 1last_img read more

Bush, Putin seek unity on terror, N. Korea

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Bush asked Putin if he wanted to address reporters. Putin said he did not. Bush shrugged and said, “OK, me neither.” The two leaders then retreated to seats out of earshot from reporters. Far from home, Bush was on the defensive about Democrats’ criticism that he had misled the nation about the need to go to war in Iraq. He also was confronted with an announcement that South Korea intends to bring home about one-third of its 3,200 troops in Iraq next year. At a news conference Thursday, Bush took issue with his domestic critics and said it was “patriotic as heck to disagree with the president,” but added: “What bothers me is when people are irresponsibly using their positions and playing politics. That’s exactly what is taking place in America.” Today’s meeting was the fifth this year between Bush and Putin; earlier talks in 2005 were in Moscow; Washington; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Gleneagles, Scotland. Despite their disputes, they’re on a first-name basis and emphasize their friendship, which was strengthened when Putin stepped forward and supported Bush after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Bush and Putin were meeting in a hotel suite before the opening of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. A White House spokesman said the key topics would be Iran, North Korea, terrorism, trade, Moscow’s goal of joining the World Trade Organization by the end of the year and developments in Russia. BUSAN, South Korea – Though their political relationship is strained, President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin are trying to speak with one voice about the War on Terror and the campaign to stop North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. The two leaders met today and apparently remained at odds over how to address Iran’s nuclear programs, over the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and over U.S. concern that Russia is retreating from democracy. They exchanged pleasantries, but offered no public remarks on the issues they face. “Hey, Vladimir. How are you? Looking good,” Bush said as he greeted Putin. “I always enjoy a chance to have a good discussion with you,” Bush said. “You’re right. We’ve got a very important relationship. We value your advice.” Bush met with Southeast Asia leaders to underscore U.S. interest in the region, one of the battlegrounds in the fight against terrorists. Bush was interested in asking the leaders to exert their influence on the military junta in Myanmar, which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said was “one of the worst regimes in the world” for its record on human rights and free speech. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Adams tests positive for banned substance

first_imgChelsea-based heavyweight boxer Ali Adams has tested positive for a banned substance.The Iraq-born 30-year-old has been suspended from the sport pending an investigation. He strongly denies any intentional wrongdoing.He is thought to have given the positive test following his fight with Harlesden’s former Olympic champion Audley Harrison, who stopped him in the fourth round of their clash in May.Adams believes the substance might have been in medication he was using for a neck injury.In an e-mail published by Boxing News, Adams wrote: “I can confirm that I tested positive for a prohibited substance and that I have been provisionally suspended from boxing until UK Anti-Doping have completed their investigations.“It is not clear yet how this substance entered my body, although I believe it may have come from treatment I received for a neck injury.“I would like to make it clear that I did not and would never intentionally take any banned substances.“I am totally against the use of drugs in sport and I would never try to enhance my performance by taking them. I hope to resolve this matter as soon as possible.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Raptors paid Steph Curry the ultimate respect and it told us so much about these NBA Finals

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device TORONTO – To stop the unstoppable, you usually have to do something unusual.And there’s no question the Toronto Raptors did that in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night.With 4:42 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Warriors leading by nine points, Raptors coach Nick Nurse switched up his team’s defense. He went deep into his bag of tricks and brought out a defense that is usually played by middle …last_img

Warriors mailbag: What’s the latest on Kevin Durant’s future?

first_imgOAKLAND — In about two days, the Warriors might receive clarity to a question that has stayed unanswered for the entire season.Where will Kevin Durant go? Will he stay with the Warriors in hopes to collect the most NBA championships and the most money? Or will he go to New York, Brooklyn or Los Angeles in hopes to prove he can build his basketball and business empire outside of the Bay Area bubble?No one has known the full answer to these questions all season. No one knows them now, either. …last_img

Atrazine comment deadline looming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Grower Association is asking farmers to express their support for the herbicide atrazine at www.ncga.com/atz before the Oct. 5, 2016 deadline.“Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management tool, and EPA should base their decisions on sound science,” said Brent Hostetler, a farmer from Plain City and National Corn Growers Production and Stewardship Action Team Chairman. “That’s why I’m urging farmers to contact the EPA and make their voices heard.”Farming without atrazine could cost farmers up to $59 per acre, according to a 2012 analysis by the University of Chicago. That could mean the difference between corn farmers making a profit or loss on their crop. Atrazine, a key ingredient in nearly 100 herbicide mixes farmers use, is one of the best tools on the market today for combatting resistant weeds that waste water and nutrients.As part of the draft ecological risk assessment, EPA recommends reducing the aquatic life level of concern (LOC) from 10 parts per billion (ppb) on a 60-day average, to 3.4 ppb. Scientific evidence points to a safe aquatic life LOC at 25 ppb or greater. If this recommendation holds, it would result in a de facto ban on atrazine.“EPA needs to be reminded that atrazine has been around for 50 years, and more than 7,000 scientific studies have proven it is safe,” Hostetler said. “All farmers should be concerned, because EPA is not basing their risk assessment of atrazine on sound science. That means all crop protection tools are at risk. I urge everyone to step up, and contact the EPA today.”last_img read more