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January 19, 2020
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Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon as Cilic bid ends in tears

first_imgMalacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer broke in the next game when his opponent suffered a nasty fall on the worn surface which was to ultimately undermine his challenge.Federer then served up two love service games before claiming the opener 6-3 off a Cilic double fault, the Croatian’s second of the final.The Swiss superstar swept into a 3-0 lead in the second set and at the changeover, Cilic slumped in his courtside chair in tears and in obvious pain.The trainer and doctor were summoned before Cilic hid his head in his towel in a desperate attempt to compose himself.The 28-year-old held serve on the resumption but the lethal barrage continued, Federer stretching his lead over his friend to 4-1.Cilic dropped the set 6-1 and called a medical timeout to have his left foot bandaged and take a painkiller.His discomfort was reflected in his statistics.By the end of the second set, he had served just two aces compared to the 130 he had fired past bamboozled opponents in his previous six rounds.Federer pounced again with a break for 4-3 and wrapped up the one-sided final with a second serve ace to complete his coronation after just 41 minutes.Fittingly, he too wept at the end./rga Federer won his 18th Slam in Australia in January on his return to the tour before adding the Indian Wells and Miami Masters back-to-back and a ninth Halle grasscourt title.He also skipped the entire claycourt season.“I’ve got to take more time off,” joked Federer, playing in just his seventh event of the year.“I’ll be gone again for the next six months! I don’t know if it will work as well again.”Cilic, who had spent four and a half hours more than Federer getting to the final, said retiring with his injury was never an option.“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best — it’s all I can do,” said Cilic who was still emotional at the trophy presentation.“I had an amazing journey here. I played the best tennis of my life. I really want to thank my team — they gave so much strength to me.”Beneath a star-studded Royal Box where Prince William and wife Kate rubbed shoulders with actors Hugh Grant and Bradley Cooper, Cilic had his first break point in the fourth game.It was saved by Federer and it was to be Cilic’s only glimmer of hope.Nasty fall Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Chot asks fans to give Kobe time: ‘He’s just 19’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Switzerland’s Roger Federer kisses the trophy after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic to win the Men’s Singles final match on day thirteen at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Sunday, July 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion Sunday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final.Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Twelve months ago, Federer was defeated in five sets in the semi-finals by Milos Raonic and promptly shut down his season to rest a knee injury.“It’s disbelief I can achieve such heights. I wasn’t sure I would ever be here in another final after last year,” said Federer, who turns 36 in three weeks’ time and who has now broken the tie for seven Wimbledon titles he shared with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw.“I had some tough ones in the finals, losing two against Novak (Djokovic).“But I always believed. I kept on believing and dreaming I could get back.“Here am I today with the eighth. It’s fantastic, if you keep believing you can go far in your life.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson However, the Swiss superstar’s 11th Wimbledon final, and 29th at the majors, will also be remembered for the moving sight of the popular Cilic breaking down in tears after slipping 3-0 behind in the second set.The seventh seeded Croatian, the 2014 US Open champion, sobbed inconsolably and buried his head in his towel as his title dream slipped away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He had his left foot taped at the end of the second set but it was in vain as Federer became the first player since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win Wimbledon without dropping a set in the entire tournament.“He’s a hero,” Federer said of his opponent. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

January 18, 2020
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Court’s Restriction Hangs Over Late Fofana’s Million-Dollar Estate

first_imgAn order restricting leasing or selling of the disputed million-dollar (USD) intestate estate of the late Sekou Fofana has been issued by the Probate Court at the Temple of Justice.A “property caveat” order was requested by sibling of the late Fofana, alleging that while the intestate estate case is before the Court for determination, some “unscrupulous” individuals posing as administrators were leasing or selling portions of it.A property caveat is a legal restriction upon the use or sale of real estate.It is a written notification or warning that someone has a legal interest in a property that may have priority over the legal rights of anyone seeking to become new owners of a property or establish some other interest in it.They made specific reference to individuals attempting to sell or lease two lots opposite the Victory Chapel in the commercial district of Paynesville, outside Monrovia, which they threatened would result in a bloody battle.The lots have been highly contested in the court by the Fofana family and the fiancée of the deceased, Madam Assatu Turay.Minutes after requesting for the Caveat, Mr. Karifla Donzo told journalists at the Temple of Justice that his family is prepared to use any possible legal means to prevent the property from being sold or leased.“Madam Turay was a girl friend of our late brother and she has been denying the family of the property. We will not allow this to continue any longer. We will resist it to the highest,” Mr. Donzo promised declared.“We are sending out this warning to people not to do any business with Madam Turay regarding the said property. If anyone dare ignores our warning, you would be harming yourself,” he further cautioned. Madam Turay denied the claims when she first appeared before the court protesting that she is the surviving and legally married widow of the deceased.Her status, she claimed, gives her the right to administer any of her late husband’s properties.But, in their request for the caveat, which is under the signature of Atty. Arthur T. Johnson, a copy of which is in the Daily Observer’s possession, reads word-for-word: “Counsel for prosecution in the person of Karifla Donzo and relatives hereby request Your Honor and this Court to issue an order on the Intestate Estate of Sekou Fofana, in order to prohibit, and enjoin any sale, lease or commercial transaction of said property may be carried out by anyone, except by this court order.”“If this court fails to issue the order on said Estate, it will adversely affect the rights and interests of the beneficiaries,” it prayed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Matthews spurs Barbados to 6-wicket win over Guyana

first_img2018 CWI Regional Women’s Super-50Hayley Matthews scored a rapid 84 to pilot Barbados past Guyana by 6 wickets in Friday’s second round of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional Women’s Super50.For the second time in almost a week, the Windies star all-rounder has flayed the Guyanese bowlers, as her 84 required just 60 balls, and included 11 boundaries.Matthews’s innings allowed Barbados to easily chase their target of 142 set by the Guyanese, finishing on 149-4 in a mere 23-odd overs. The opener got some help from Danielle Small, who scored 27, and the ever-consistent Kycia Knight, who scored 26.Opener Hayley Matthews smashed a match-winning 84 for BarbadosIt was a tough outing for the bowling-strong Guyanese team at the Chedwin Park Ground in Spanish Town, Jamaica; as Sheneta Grimmond toiled for her 2-43, and Mandy Mangru and Akaze Thompson chipped in with just one wicket apiece.The Guyanese were again indebted to their skipper Shemaine Campbell, the leading run-scorer for Guyana who, despite help from Tremayne Smartt (22*), Thompson (21), and a fighting 19 from Grimmond, played the best knock, stroking 48, with five fours.Campbell’s effort was in vain, but it continued to press a case for a Windies’ recall, as she seems to be continuing her ‘purple patch’ with the bat.Barbados had a decent bowling outing, with Matthews showing her skill with the ball to emerge best bowler with returns of 2-30. Windies player Deandra Dottin grabbed 2-31, and there was a wicket each from Captain Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell and Small.Meanwhile, hosts Jamaica beat Windwards by 7 wickets, thanks to Chedean Nation’s all-round performance, hitting 72 and bagging 2-19. Stafanie Taylor scored 40.The Windwards posted 156 all out, with Captain Stacy-Ann Adams leading with 43, and Juliana Nero was again among the runs, with 29.Trinidad & Tobago then hammered Leewards by 188 runs, after Stacy-Ann King hit 54 and Shania Abdool 45. Leewards bowler Amanda Edwards bagged an amazing 6-56, but Trinidad won in the end after Karishma Ramharack and Kamara Ragoobar combined to take seven wickets to help defend their runs.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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Clippers no match for Cavs

first_imgWith upcoming games later this week against Miami and the Lakers, the Cavs, now 7-1 at home against Western Conference teams, needed a relaxing night and the Clippers seemed only too willing to give them one. Playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing in New York on Tuesday, the Clippers had early energy and then faded. “To be a quality team in this league, you have to be consistent about stuff you do,” guard Sam Cassell said. “Right now, we’re not having that consistency.” Clippers forward Corey Maggette was inactive, one day after he criticized coach Mike Dunleavy following the club’s loss in New York. Maggette, second on the team in scoring and rebounding, was unhappy about playing just 17 minutes against the Knicks, who overcame a 10-point deficit to win. “It’s just more of Dunleavy’s (stuff) again,” said Maggette, who recently had a meeting with owner Donald Sterling, Dunleavy and general manager Elgin Baylor to end trade speculation about the seven-year veteran. “I don’t get it, I really don’t. It’s crazy. I put in work. I deserve to play. It’s totally mind-boggling to me.” The Clippers said Maggette was out with the flu. The Cavaliers were just 1-of-13 to open the second quarter before Ilgauskas hit a jumper to snap a 35-all tie. Hughes then scored nine straight points and Cleveland closed the period with a 10-2 spurt to open a 54-43 halftime lead. Clippers notes: Forward Tim Thomas hyperextended his right knee in the third quarter but returned after getting the injury wrapped. … Cavs guard Damon Jones has spent the past few days practicing for the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend by shooting off racks of balls. He’s not officially entered but that word should come today from the NBA. “I will win,” he said. “There is no doubt about it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CLEVELAND – LeBron James did not lead the Cavaliers in scoring, rebounds, assists, dunks or anything vital. And this time, it didn’t matter. “Guys took advantage of what we had,” James said. “I didn’t struggle at all. I didn’t force anything. I took what was there. Defensively, we took care of business.” Cleveland held the Clippers to 35 percent shooting and without a field goal for a nearly 9-minute stretch bridging the third and fourth quarters. “We’re trying to figure out ways to score and get stops when LeBron doesn’t have one of his normal nights,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “It’s kind of been by committee.” Elton Brand led the Clippers with 21 points, and Shaun Livingston added 19 for the Clippers, who have dropped three in a row. Leading by 11 at halftime and 13 after three quarters, the Cavaliers pushed their lead to 21 with 5:15 remaining when James drilled a 3-pointer. center_img Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points with a season-high 16 rebounds, Larry Hughes added 15 points, and the Cavs hardly needed James in an easy 94-77 victory over the Clippers on Tuesday night. James scored 11 points – three above his season low and 15 below his average – and spent the first half of the fourth quarter watching as the scuffling Cavaliers, who came in just 4-8 since Jan. 16, won their fifth straight at home against the Clippers. last_img read more

December 28, 2019
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PLEA TO PUBLIC TO GET BEHIND LITTLE CAOLAN’S BATTLE WITH CANCER

first_imgA young Donegal couple have embarked on a major fundraising campaign to get their five month old son vital medical treatment.Caolan Melaugh was diagnosed at 10 weeks old with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma this is a very rare and aggressive childhood cancer.There is a very high risk of relapse with neuroblastoma in that it will nearly always return. Little Caolan is currently undergoing going high intensity treatment at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin under the exceptional team of doctors and nurses.His protocol will last 18 months which will hopefully get him to remission. Treatment in Ireland for relapse cases is very limited.Caolin’s parents Gerard and Stacey, from Killygordon, are fully behind the fundraising campaign and the high intensity chemotherapy will it is hoped will eventually leave the toddler free from cancer,There are now clinical trials taking place in America which possibly could prevent relapse. This is the treatment we would hope to get if Caolan is declared in remission at the end of his 18 month protocol. These treatments are extremely expensive and this is why we need to fundraise to give Caolan best chance at life.There are lots of fundraiser being organised and you can follow Caolan’s story on www.facebook.com/caolanmelaugh. twitter @cmelaughfund and also an online donationwww.gofundme.com/caolanmelaugh.One of these fundraisers takes place on the 17th of May in Loose Ends Hair Salon, Ballybofey. As it is the day of the Donegal match it is hoped to draw a big crowd to help in anyway way possible to help little Caolan out. Pop in and show your support for a brave wee boy! PLEA TO PUBLIC TO GET BEHIND LITTLE CAOLAN’S BATTLE WITH CANCER was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancerCaolan MelaughdonegalKillygordonlast_img read more

December 27, 2019
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STUNNING DISPLAYS BY FVAC ATHLETES SOMMER AND JOHN

first_imgTWO FINN Valley AC athletes have put in stunning performances in England.Sheffield was the venue for the U15/U17/U20 English Championships and two Finn Valley athletes did so well.First it was Sommer Lecky going into these champs with a pb of 1.71 from the Scotttish Championships and needing 1.75 to gain a European Youth Olympic Q mark and as it turned out a medal. It was a first attempt at this new height, and finished joint second in the U17 event.A marvellous return for the young Castlederg girl, a student at Strabane Grammar and coached by Niall Wilkinson.This performance by Sommer is a Q mark as stated for EYOF Tbilisi, Georgia and puts in her in the frame for consideration for selection .No sooner had those back at Valley just finishing a training session had time to take it in that news came of a 17.44 m throw by John Kelly good enough to nail the title to add to Irish and Scottish won in recent weeks. John needs 17.95 twice to Q for this years European champs and as they say he certainly should hit that early Summer and book his flight . John now prepares to travel to Canaries to link with Icelandic squad to further prepare and learn . From St Johnston, he is a student at Lyit and coached by his father.STUNNING DISPLAYS BY FVAC ATHLETES SOMMER AND JOHN was last modified: March 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Finn Valley ACSheffieldSommer Leckylast_img read more

December 17, 2019
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A heavy handful of soil: Considerations for fallow fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Field LeaderIt is hard to imagine that a single handful of soil can contain more living organisms than there are people on the Earth. Kathy Merrifield, who is a retired nematologist from Oregon State University, said a single teaspoon of rich soil can hold up to one billion bacteria, several yards of fungal filaments, several thousand protozoa, and scores of nematodes, not to mention other archaea, algae, protozoa, and larger soil fauna. Healthy soil is full of life, and those organisms living in it often have a close symbiotic relationship in which the survival of one is dependent on the survival of many others. Under normal weather conditions, the organisms thrive in their environment, and the crops that are grown in these healthy soils also have their needs met.Mycorrhizae are a type of fungi found in the soil that grow in close association with roots of a plant in a symbiotic relationship. The fungi provide a pathway for the plant to take in nutrients and water. They aid plants in scavenging for soil nutrients by extending the root system via structures called hyphae. In return, plants provide sugars produced during photosynthesis to the mycorrhizae. These fungi grow either inside of a plant’s roots or attach to the surface of a root. Mycorrhizae also produce a protein called glomalin, which glues soil aggregates together to increase soil stability. Overall, this may increase soil tilth, drainage, and the soil’s ability to hold onto essential nutrients.“The 2019 growing season has negatively affected mycorrhizae levels,” said Stephanie Karhoff, Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Educator in Williams County. “Flooding events this spring have caused many acres to go unplanted. This basically stranded the mycorrhizae populations that require a growing crop for survival.”High soil moisture levels also led to anaerobic soil conditions (lacking oxygen) necessary for respiration. This was not a good environment for mycorrhizae. When mycorrhizae populations are reduced, the crops that depend on them for nutrient uptake suffer.Fallow syndrome is a term that has made headlines in several agricultural publications recently. Fallow syndrome occurs when a lack of plant growth the previous cropping year drastically reduces mycorrhizae populations. Stunting and phosphorus deficiency in the following crop year are common symptoms associated with fallow syndrome. These symptoms are exacerbated in cool, wet soils that limit phosphorus availability.There are various thoughts regarding how quickly fallow syndrome will occur, and what can be done to reverse it.“It’s unlikely that fields left bare for one year will develop fallow syndrome,” said Steve Culman, soil fertility specialist with OSU Extension. “Soils don’t degrade overnight, typically.”Rather Culman said, “soil degradation can happen over many years or decades, just like building healthy soil can take decades.”Still, there are concerns about the potential impacts in 2020 from the challenges in 2019.“The best way to prevent fallow syndrome from occurring on prevented planting acres is to establish a cover crop. When selecting a cover crop, keep in mind that brassicas, like turnip and radish, are not hosts to mycorrhizae. That means they will not support their growth in the absence of the other crops. Ideally a mix with either a legume like clover and soybean, or a grass like cereal rye and oats, could be planted. Given the calendar, establishing a cereal rye cover crop is probably the best option. At this point, anything is better than nothing,” Karhoff said.Across Ohio, 1.5 million acres of farm fields did not have a cash crop sown on them this past spring as a result of the unprecedented amount of rainfall in the state. On some of those acres, farmers planted a cover crop, but many fields went bare.“In Wood County, 40% of the acres that normally have a cash crop planted on them don’t have one this year, and many of those acres are fallow,” said Alan Sundermeier, OSU Extension Educator in Wood County. “Some growers did not know enough about cover crops or lacked the time or money to invest in sowing a crop they could not later harvest and sell.”Still, it’s not too late to plant a cover crop of wheat or cereal rye on those fallow fields, Sundermeier said.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Communal violence cases up in Bengal: Home Ministry

first_imgCommunal violence incidents had sharply increased over the past three years in West Bengal, a data compiled by the Union Home Ministry said.While the State recorded 27 incidents of violence in 2015 in which five persons died and 84 suffered injuries, the number of incidents almost doubled by 2017 when 58 incidents of violence were recorded, in which nine people lost their lives and 230 were injured. In 2016, there were 32 incidents of communal strife in the State. The biggest spurt in such incidents occurred between 2016 and 2017.The details of the number of incidents of communal violence in different States were made public by Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in Lok Sabha on February 6.An analysis of the data tabled in Parliament by the Union Home Ministry in answer to questions revealed that though there had been a spurt in the incidents between 2015 and 2017, West Bengal had not been a stranger to incidents of communal violence. Between 2011 and 2014, 20 incidents of communal violence on an average were reported every year, peaking in 2012 and 2013 when 23 and 24 incidents were reported. The lowest was in 2011 and 2014 when 15 and 16 incidents of communal violence were recorded .The data compiled for the year 2010, when the Left Front government was in power, listed 21 incidents in which six persons died and 82 suffered injuries. Well-known activist Sujato Bhadra said that recent unrest in south Bengal where at least three people died and scores including a policeman have sustained injuries indicated a spurt in incidents of communal violence.“West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has failed to ideologically counter the BJP-RSS combine by indulging in soft Hindutva.Not only did the government allow processions on Ram Navami but prominent TMC leaders brought out similar rallies,” Mr. Bhadra said.last_img read more

November 25, 2019
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Euro 2016: Extra rest could help France play with more pace against Ireland

first_imgWith the benefit of three days’ extra rest, France are hoping to set a punishing pace that will wear Ireland out when they meet on Sunday in the last 16 of the European Championship. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)France settled for a draw against Switzerland last Sunday, while Ireland beat Italy 1-0 on Wednesday in Lille and only got back to their Versailles base outside of Paris at around 5 am on Thursday morning.”Three days is important in a tournament and qualifying earlier does give you more rest,” France’s assistant coach Guy Stephan said Friday. “You have to find the right balance between recovery and preparing a match. The difficulty is that, at the start of the week, we didn’t know who we were playing.”Ireland’s defense has been solid enough in two of their three games so far at Euro 2016, a 1-1 draw with Sweden and a 1-0 victory over Italy – getting caught out only in a 3-0 defeat by Belgium.Now they face the prospect of a demanding, high-tempo match, provided that France’s nippy forward Antoine Griezmann and pacey wingers Kingsley Coman and Anthony Martial can raise their game.”They are well organized at the back and it’s not easy to move them out of position,” Stephan said. “To do this, you can play with more width, play more quickly and shoot more from distance where they have to come and close you down.”We have to find solutions. But I think one of the best is playing quickly, playing one-touch football. I think we can do better at this.”advertisementAlthough France have bigger names, with Paul Pogba starring in the Italian league with Juventus, they are not taking Ireland’s threat lightly.”They don’t just play a British style of play, it would be a cliche to say that because they’re also a good passing side,” Stephan said. “But their play is focused on the long ball to (striker) Shane Long, who is doing well in the Premier League and to (Daryl) Murphy, who’s very tall.”Ireland coach Martin O’Neill has also shown impressive tactical flexibility, successfully changing his center halves after the defeat to Belgium.Sunday’s game offers Ireland the chance for some payback.Back in November, 2009, Ireland lost a World Cup playoff to France following a blatant handball from forward Thierry Henry in the return leg at Stade de France. After handling it, Henry’s cross led to the extra time equalizer from center half William Gallas that sent Les Bleus through to the 2010 World Cup on aggregate.Both sides have significantly played down the re-match.Although O’Neill said “It’s still causing some controversy” he insisted his players were not focusing on revenge.The French camp says much the same.”I honestly don’t think it will be important. There are many other factors that count other than this,” Stephan said. “It is part of history and makes for talking points, but it’s a long time ago. The Irish naturally have fighting spirit, I’m not sure they need this for motivation.”last_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Ashes 2017, 4th Test: Steve Smith-David Warner to Australia’s rescue after rain cuts short Day 4

first_imgAustralia captain Steven Smith and David Warner’s resolute batting ensured there were no more hiccups for the home team crawled to 103 for 2 in their second innings before rain forced early stumps on Day 4 of the fourth Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. (Scorecard)The rain has practically ended England’s chances of registering a consolation win in this series with just one more day of play remaining.The MCG floodlights were illuminated and ground staff covered the center wicket in the hope that the match would recommence before the umpires eventually called off play for the day.First-innings century-maker Warner, batting with extreme caution, was unbeaten on 40 from 140 balls when play was interrupted with Smith 25 not out and the pair needing to build a big partnership on the final day to salvage a draw.Australian opener Cameron Bancroft was dismissed for 27 when he chopped a ball from Chris Woakes back on to his stumps. Then Usman Khawaja, who got off the mark with a massive six off English spinner Moeen Ali, departed for 11 when Jimmy Anderson found the edge and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow took a routine catch.Earlier, England couldn’t add a single run to their overnight score this morning as Pat Cummins removed James Anderson for a duck off the first ball of the day which left former skipper Alastair Cook stranded on 244*.It is the highest score by an opener to have carried his bat through an innings surpassing New Zealand opener Glenn Turner’s 223* against the West Indies way back in 1972.advertisementThe left-hander also became the first batsman to achieve the rare feat in an Ashes series since Geoffrey Boycott at Perth in 1979.The 33-year-old is also the first England batsman in 20 years to carry his bat, with Mike Atherton (94 not out) the last to do so against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1997.Cook’s effort was the 52nd time a player has achieved the feat in over 130 years of Test cricket. Only 46 players have ever carried their bat in the longest form of the game.The last to do so was West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite, who was 142 not out against Pakistan in Sharjah last year.Cook’s 244 not out is also the highest score by a touring batsman at the MCG. The 208 scored by West Indies’ Viv Richards in 1984 was the previous record.Cummins finished with 4 for 117 while fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood and spinner Nathan Lyon captured three wickets each as the Australians struggled in the absence of injured strike bowler Mitchell Starc.last_img read more