Anderson, Root give England a sniff in Adelaide

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyADELAIDE, Australia (Reuters) – England were 178 runs from a stunning comeback victory in the second Ashes Test after James Anderson grabbed five wickets and Joe Root steered the tourists to 176 for four at close of play on an extraordinary fourth day yesterday.Root, who eked out a half-century under the Adelaide Oval lights, will probably need to stay out in the sun for much of the fifth day if he is to lead England to a first Test win in Australia in nearly seven years.Root will resume unbeaten on 67 with Chris Woakes (five not out) keeping his skipper company after Dawid Malan was bowled for 29 by a Pat Cummins snorter shortly before the close.“We’re delighted to be in a position to have any chance of winning the game,” said Anderson, whose 5-43 gave him his first five-wicket haul in Australia.“There’s a huge amount of work to do but we’re in with a chance, which we didn’t think we would be after the first couple of days. It would be huge for us.”Australia skipper Steve Smith will be hoping his bowlers can keep up the pressure on the final day and help him avoid the ignominy of becoming only the second captain to lose a Test after not enforcing the follow-on.“I think we’re still reasonably confident, obviously the last two days haven’t gone to plan but I think we’re still in front of the game,” said Australia bowling coach David Saker.“But it’s getting closer and closer and Joe’s batting has played a large part in that.” Anderson and Woakes (4-36) had fired England’s resurgence when they did the lion’s share of the work of dismissing the Australians for 138 at tea with a brilliant display of seam bowling.GROUND RECORDSet a ground record 354 to level the series after last week’s 10-wicket Brisbane defeat, England made a steady start before losing openers Alastair Cook (16) and Mark Stoneman (36) in the last half-an-hour of the second session.It was to the third session that Australia’s quicks would have been looking to make serious inroads into the England batting. However, when James Vince was quickly caught in the slips off Mitchell Starc for 15, it looked to be going to plan.England had started to enjoy the best of the DRS system, however, with Root first overturning an lbw decision off the bowling of Nathan Lyon and seeing a Smith review fail when the Australian suspected an inside edge.Smith left his team with no referrals for what could be a tense final day a couple of balls later when he pursued an lbw decision against Malan only for the tracking to show the ball would have gone over the wickets.Root, cheered on by the vocal Barmy Army of England fans, made the most of the reprieve and reached his fifty with a lovely back cut for four, one of nine boundaries he peppered throughout his 114-ball knock.Anderson had earlier picked up where he left off in Monday’s night session, dismissing nightwatchman Lyon, a jittery Peter Handscomb and Starc.Woakes chipped in to see off Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh cheaply, making sure the latter was unable to get anywhere near the unbeaten 126 he hit to underpin Australia’s 442 for eight declared in the first innings.England had looked certain to go 2-0 down in the series after the inaugural Ashes day-nighter when they folded for 227 in reply, until Anderson finally found his mojo with the pink kookaburra.AUSTRALIA 1st innings 442 for 8 decl. (S. Marsh 126 n.o., T. Paine 57, U. Khawaja 53) ENGLAND 1st innings 227 (N. Lyon 4-60) AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (o/n 53-4)C. Bancroft c Bairstow b Anderson 4D. Warner c Root b Woakes 14U. Khawaja lbw b Anderson 20S. Smith lbw b Woakes 6P. Handscomb c Malan b Anderson 12N. Lyon c Broad b Anderson 14S. Marsh b Woakes 19T. Paine c C. Overton b Woakes 11M. Starc c Ali b Anderson 20P. Cummins not out 11J. Hazlewood c Malan b C. Overton 3Extras: (lb-2, w-2) 4Total: (all out, 58 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-39, 3-41, 4-505-71, 6-75, 7-90, 8-122, 9-128.Bowling: J. Anderson 22-7-43-5 (w-1), S. Broad 13-6-26-0 (w-1), C. Overton 2-0-11-1, C. Woakes 16-3-36-4, M. Ali 5-0-20-0.ENGLAND 2nd innings (Target: 354 runs)A. Cook lbw b Lyon 16M. Stoneman c Khawaja b Starc 36J. Vince c Handscomb b Starc 15J. Root not out 67D. Malan b Cummins 29C. Woakes not out 5Extras: (b-3, lb-5) 8Total: (for 4 wickets, 62 overs) 176Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-54, 3-91, 4-169.Bowling: M. Starc 14-2-65-2, J. Hazlewood 14-5-37-0, P. Cummins 14-5-29-1, N. Lyon 20-5-37-1.last_img read more

FIBA preparing ‘return to play’ guidelines for affiliated federations

first_imgFIBA has established a special Medical Advisory Group (MAG) to review latest scientific knowledge regarding COVID-19 and to advise on the return of international basketball competitions.The MAG includes the Chair and Deputy Chair of the FIBA Medical Commission; the NBA Director of Sports Medicine; the Senior Advisor to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Executive Director; a University of Melbourne Professor, of Medicine specialised in immunology and vaccine research; and, as observer, the IOC Medical Director.Considering the number of requests for information and consultation that they have received, FIBA said the MAG met for a second time on Monday and is currently preparing a set of FIBA Guidelines to National Federations on return to play as well as a basketball-specific Risk Assessment Tool which will be issued following the extraordinary Medical Commission meeting next week.The FIBA Americas Zone Board conducted a meeting last Friday via video conference to address the impact of the current pandemic and the recent adjustments of the Global Competitions in the FIBA Americas Competition Calendar.Coming out of the meeting, it was approved by the Zone Board that the FIBA Men’s AmeriCup 2021 has been rescheduled to be played between September 2 and September 11 2022, while the Women’s AmeriCup will be set for June 20-27, 2021.FIBA’s Zone Board approved the implementation of the New Competition System for the Sub Zone of The Central American and Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CONCENCABA) starting in 2021.The new competition systems simplifies the qualification process for the Centrobasket by unifying the Sub-Sub-Zones Youth Competitions, based on last results and current rankings, two National Federations from each Sub-Sub-Zone (CBC & COCABA) will be qualified directly for the Centrobaskets for the four-year cycle.For the current cycle, the National Federations of Mexico (if in compliance, currently suspended) and Panama (from COCABA), and, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (from CBC) will qualify directly to the Centrobasket.The rest of the National Federations will participate in the newly created Centrobasket Qualifying Tournament for four spots in the respective Centrobasket (U-15/U-17).All youth Centrobaskets will continue to qualify three national teams to the respective FIBA Americas Championships (U-16/U-18).The Americas Regional Office, along with the Sub Zones (North America, CONCENCABA and CONSUBASQUET) are monitoring the conditions in each of the participating countries, including hosts, and will assess the competitions of the second semester by end June.Meanwhile, during this suspension period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIBA has initiated several virtual programmes to keep the basketball communities active and together.The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) has current men’s National coach Junior Hercules and former head coach Lugard Mohan participating in FIBA’s Virtual Coaching Sessions, while Sileena Arjune will be part of the Adelante – Women in Basketball Forum.last_img read more

BetConstruct unveils Vbet virtual casino product

first_img New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Share Technology provider BetConstruct has opened a virtual casino product in the German capital of Berlin, known as Vbet, in what is an industry first.Located on Schillerstraße in the city’s affluent Charlottenburg district, the store utilises advanced VR technology to teleport bettors into a virtual casino world.The Vbet store was unveiled at a grand opening on Saturday, and will also act as the company’s German headquarters.The London-headquartered firm continues with its ambitious growth plans that have accelerated since Vigen Badalyan assumed the role of CEO in November, and made it clear that they hope to launch more Vbet stores throughout the continent in the coming months.Addressing the crowd at the store launch on Saturday, BetConstruct’s Regional Director for Germany, Gor Mnatsakanyan, said: “BetConstruct started its journey back in 2003, and is now very proud to open its betting shop in Europe.“Let me tell you a little bit about BetConstruct’s new products – many of you will have already seen them in action at ICE Totally Gaming. We have many new innovative products – BetCloud, Betonpolitics, etc. – but now we are tackling the B2C market.“We are new in Germany, but as you will see, our product is also new and unique. We have developed the first in the world virtual reality casino with live dealer.”Mnatsakanyan went on to describe the firm’s new app, Vivaro Go, which offers an augmented reality experience with users given the chance to win prizes and claim deals.“It’s the first in the world, we have developed an app called Vivaro Go, it’s a unique and fun app, and you will all have a chance today to enjoy our full portfolio of products.”The store launch came just days after BetConstruct won the award for ‘Best Live Dealer Overall Product’ at the 2018 Live Gaming Summit in Barcelona. StumbleUpon Related Articles Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share Submit VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020last_img read more

Nine-man Spurs stunned, Cardiff relegated

first_imgThird bottom Cardiff are four points behind fourth bottom Brighton with only one game remaining, ensuring they will join already relegated Huddersfield and Fulham in the second tier next season.The Bluebirds will make an immediate return to the Championship after last season’s promotion, their fate sealed by a dismal run of nine defeats in their last 11 league games.It won’t be a season fondly remembered by Cardiff, with their relegation coming after the tragic death of striker Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash en route to Wales before he had even played a game for the club.“They’ve tried hard. We’ve shown limitations today and that’s why we are where we are,” said Cardiff boss Neil Warnock.In their first season back in the top-flight, Wolves moved a step closer to sealing an impressive seventh place finish as Leander Dendoncker clinched a 1-0 win over relegated Fulham.Belgian midfielder Dendoncker netted in the 75th minute at Molineux to give Wolves a third successive win.Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are four points clear of eighth placed Everton, who only have one game left, and six ahead of ninth placed Leicester, who have two matches remaining.If Manchester City win the FA Cup final against Watford later on May 18, the team which finishes seventh will go into the Europa League qualifying rounds next season.In the 88th minute, Fulham provided an historic footnote as Harvey Elliott was sent on to become the Premier League’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 30 days.English midfielder Elliott, born in April 2003, surpassed the previous record set by former Fulham player Matthew Briggs, aged just 16 years and 65 days in 2007.Marko Arnautovic ended his 11-game goal drought with a brace in West Ham’s 3-0 win against Southampton at the London Stadium.Share on: WhatsApp Spurs stunned. PHOTO via @premierleagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino insisted on Saturday that nine-man Tottenham won’t let a “cruel” 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth ruin their bid to finish in the top four and reach the Champions League final, while Cardiff were relegated after their 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace.Tottenham’s South Korea forward Son Heung-min was sent off for a needless push in the closing moments of the first half and Argentine defender Juan Foyth saw red for a studs-up lunge soon after the interval.Pochettino’s side looked like they would hold on for a point as the match entered stoppage-time, but Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake ended third-placed Tottenham’s stubborn resistence to delay their attempt to guarantee a place in the top four.A win at Dean Court would have achieved that aim, but fourth-placed Chelsea will now go above Spurs if they defeat Watford and Arsenal, currently fifth, will move to within one point of their north London rivals if they beat Brighton on Sunday.“Of course it is difficult to get something positive. We made a massive effort,” Pochettino said.“We need to move on. We have ahead two finals. It is in our hands. If it does not happen we will be proud because nobody expected Tottenham to be in the position they are today.”Tottenham’s ninth defeat in their last 15 games in all competitions means they need to wait for Sunday’s results to see if they need to win their final Premier League game of the season at home to Everton on May 12.It was the worst possible preparation for their bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Ajax on Wednesday.“We are fighting six teams. It’s impossible for all six to get the top four, whatever happens I will feel proud and whatever happens in the semi-final I will be proud,” Pochettino said.Cardiff needed a win to have a realistic chance of beating the drop on the last day of the season, but they were out-classed by Palace in south Wales.Wilfried Zaha put Palace ahead in the 28th minute before Martin Kelly’s own goal three minutes later gave Cardiff hope.– Elliott makes history –Michy Batshuayi restored Palace’s lead in the 40th minute and Andros Townsend made it three after 70 minutes, with Bobby Reid’s 90th minute goal little consolation for Cardiff.last_img read more

Ingebrigtsen siblings’ track success driven by ‘dictator’ father’s tough love

first_imgOne of the boys….Filip Ingebrigtsen. PHOTO IAAF ORGDoha, Qatar | AFP | Gjert Ingebrigtsen admits he is a dictator but one who produces results as three of his sons — Jakob, Henrik and Filip — will contest Monday’s 5,000 metres final at the World Athletics Championships.The youngest of the Norwegian family trio, 19-year-old Jakob — who achieved a remarkable 1500m/5,000m double at the European Championships last year — earned a reprieve to join them in the final after winning an appeal against disqualification following his heat in Doha on Friday.Their story is not unique in terms of three brothers succeeding in athletics — the Borlee siblings (Dylan, Jonathan and Kevin), also coached by their father, won European gold last year in the Belgian 4x400m relay team.But the Ingebritsens’ story stands out given that their father had no athletics background whatsoever.The 53-year-old Gjert’s skills appeared to lie elsewhere as he acts as accountant for his wife Tone’s hair salon business and his day job is working for a logistics company.He revels in having been termed a dictator by Filip — who was European 1500m champion in 2016 following in the footsteps of 28-year-old Henrik, who won the title in 2012 — in a reality television series that Gjert agreed to despite the reservations of his sons.In the TV series, Filip objected to his father forcing the 26-year-old to cancel a holiday wth his then girlfriend.– ‘You have to be a dictator’ –Filip’s subsequent move to Oslo with his now wife last year from the family home city of Sandnes was not appreciated by Gjert.“I don’t know anybody from Oslo being good at anything,” Gjert dismissively told the Daily Telegraph. “In sport, a dictatorship is much better than the opposite.“You have a small time of year to be at your best and you cannot have democratic decisions for everything.“You have to be a dictator. You have to take decisions in a short time and have to believe that what you are doing is the best for the boys.”Gjert, who is also the boys’ agent and manager, may have produced results on the track but they are not necessarily approved of by the Norwegian populace as a whole.“They don’t really like the professional mentality in Norway,” Filip told the Daily Telegraph.“They want to be like they are just out for recreational training and suddenly you’re the best. “That’s not how things work. You need to be focused over time. You need to have a different mentality. You can’t be like the rest.”The boys — three of seven children ranging in age from 31 to five — have been ultra-competitive from the early days, even down to which of them would get in or out of the family car first.Super excited to reach my first final in a global championship!! Can’t believe that 3x Ingebrigtsen is ready to race on monday, LET’S GO! 🥰 #Final #Doha2019 #TeamIngebrigtsen @ Khalifa International… https://t.co/AEqTZgji81— Jakob Ingebrigtsen (@JakobIng) September 28, 2019– ‘To endure me’ –Gjert told the BBC there was no special switch that was suddenly turned on — they were just a normal Norwegian family enjoying outdoor pursuits and he is not “especially interested in sport.”“It might be that I am rather strict in the way I see things,” he said.“The boys come to me and say: ‘I want to be a European champion.’“I say: ‘I want to help you, I can help you, but you have to do everything that I tell you.’“I stand out from other parents. I am very demanding and it is a kind of contract between me and the boys to help them be the best they can be — but they have to endure me following them every day all year.”Filip, who will along with Jakob double up in the 1500m, does despite his “dictator” remark appreciate the end results.“He will always be my father,” he told the BBC. “You can’t take that hat off and say now I am your coach.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl LIV

first_imgAdvertisement 8wtsv0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4alWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eatbp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9lWould you ever consider trying this?😱wg1aCan your students do this? 🌚xaj9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Kansas City Chiefs have now become the Super Bowl Champion after fifty years. Patrick Mahomes led Chiefs defeated San Francisco 49ers 30-21 to win Super Bowl 54.Advertisement SB LIV took place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. In the fourth quarter, Chiefs were down by 10 points. However, a surge from Mahome’s offence and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter led the Chiefs to their first win in half a century.Advertisement Mahomes didn’t look like his usual self in the second and third quarter as she threw 2 interceptions. Mahomes completed 26 of 41 passes for 286 yards. He scored two rushing touchdowns in the process.Damien Williams ran for 133 yards and scored two touchdowns in the process. Meanwhile, other running backs like Tyreek Hill ran for 105 receiving yards and Sammy Watkins for 98 receiving yards.On the other hand, a big reason behind such a victory from Chiefs is because of the head coach Andy Reid. The 61-year old has coached for 21-years. He spent 14-years being the head coach of Philadelphia Eagles and 7-years coaching the Cheifs. Under his tenure, the Eagles and Cheifs have collectively reached the playoffs 15 times. He also has 207 regular-season wins and 14 playoff wins. This is only his second SB win. His previous came in 1997 when he coached the Green Bay Packers.“I’m humbled by it,” Reid said during Super Bowl week. “Very humbled by it. I have great guys here. Friends likewise around the league. Been doing it a long time. This is about this team, the guys that have worked so hard to get where they are. The players, the coaches, the organization. It’s a team effort even getting to this position.”US President Donald Trump also took to twitter to congratulate Cheifs on their victory.“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback under immense pressure. We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!,” Trump tweeted.ALSO READ:NBA Recap, 13/3/19 – LeBron and Lakers cruise past Bulls Advertisementlast_img read more