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Under-prepared Clarke basks in record glory

Under-prepared Clarke basks in record glory

first_imgBy David GrayGlenn Maxwell’s promotion against Afghanistan denied Michael Clarke some much-needed batting time but the Australia captain insisted he took the right decision that eventually led to the team’s record-shattering 275-run victory on Wednesday.Returning from a hamstring surgery, Clarke made his first appearance in the tournament in Australia’s third Pool A match against New Zealand on Saturday.The 33-year-old right-hander’s time in the middle, however, did not last long as he was out for 12 as Australia was bowled out for 151 during the one-wicket defeat by their co-hosts.Clarke naturally fancied some batting time against Afghanistan’s limited bowling resources but had to tweak his plan to make the most of the last 12 overs after David Warner and Steve Smith shared a 260-run stand to lay the platform for a massive total.Free-scoring Maxwell justified his promotion to number four with a 39-ball 88 that helped Australia to a World Cup record total of 417 for six wickets and Afghanistan duly crumbled under the weight of the run mountain.“We had an opportunity with about 11 overs to go, I decided to send Maxi in front of me,” Clarke said at the presentation ceremony after his team registered the biggest victory in World Cup history.“We had an opportunity to try and break our World Cup record, get that highest score. We had a crack at that and the boys played really well.“I was thinking of coming at number four. I would have liked to have a bat for my own individual form, to get some runs under my belt but I think it was best team decision.“The way Maxi came out and played with other boys shows I did the right thing,” added Clarke.After sharing the points with Bangladesh following a washout and going down narrowly to New Zealand in their last two matches, Australia rose to third in their pool.Tournament debutants Afghanistan were not the strongest test of their skills but Clarke was happy with the improvement ahead of Sunday’s match against Sri Lanka.“A very good win. The boys were outstanding with the bat,” Clarke said.“David Warner was exceptional and the way boys played around him … Steve Smith, beautiful and Glenn Maxwell, unbelievable.“I think everybody chipped in there and the way we bowled and fielded, we really set a good standard for us.“Much improved from our game against New Zealand, which is a positive sign for us.”last_img read more

Britain win Davis Cup after 79-year wait

Britain win Davis Cup after 79-year wait

first_imgBy Martyn HermanAndy Murray sealed Britain’s first Davis Cup title for 79 years with a brilliant 6-3 7-5 6-3 defeat of Belgium’s David Goffin in a fever-pitch atmosphere at Ghent’s Flanders Expo on Sunday.With hundreds of British fans decked out in union flags and saltires roaring on the Scot and thousands of baying Belgians urging on Goffin, Murray’s nerve held firm to subdue an inspired opponent and give the visitors a winning 3-1 lead.Murray was forced to play some of his best tennis against an opponent who refused to buckle, but he would not be denied as he led his country to a first title since 1936.He wobbled briefly when he dropped serve early in the third set but the world number two responded to move 5-3 ahead.He finished the job in spectacular fashion, hoisting a lob over the stranded Goffin before collapsing onto the court.Murray was immediately swamped by his team-mates, captain Leon Smith and the support staff and was hoisted shoulder high on the court before saluting the dancing British fans.“It’s been an incredible few years,” an emotional Murray said on court. “I can’t believe we did it, I never thought we would. I play my best tennis when I play for my country.“The atmosphere was phenomenal. I imagine we’ll have a party tonight.”The 28-year-old Scot became the first man to win three live rubbers in a Davis Cup final since American Pete Sampras in 1995, taking his record in this year’s competition to 11-0.Britain’s first title since 1936 takes their tally to 10.Belgium began the day needing to win both the reverse singles if they were to pull off a remarkable comeback and win the 115-year-old team event for the first time.last_img read more

Hunters and Seagulls game on Saturday

Hunters and Seagulls game on Saturday

first_imgCEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Reatau Rau, explained the change of dates, from Sunday to Saturday, was due to high demand from fans in Port Moresby.“The QRL recently gave its endorsement of our request to play the round 15 game against Tweed Heads Seagulls on a Saturday, with kick off at 5pm. The Seagulls have agreed to this arrangement.“This follows the success of a Saturday match in Round 9 which the Port Moresby fans thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed at the National Football Stadium,” said Rau.Rau stated that this would also expose the Hunters to playing in cooler conditions and under lights, which will become handy during the finals series and the Rugby League World Cup 2017.“The day starts with a women’s game between a POMRFL select side and POM South select side.“This will be followed by the Round 7 Digicel Cup clash between Kroton Hela Wigmen and EPG Enga Mioks.“Saturday will also mark the start of the Mini Mod competition for those aged between 7 and 12 from primary schools in NCD,” said Rau.He stated that the QRL has also endorsed that the round 22 game against the Ipswich Jets will be played on Saturday, August 5, at 5pm at the NFS.The round 20 Country week clash against Mackay Cutters will be played at the NFS in Port Moresby on Sunday, July 23, at 3pm.“So please mark these changes to the 2017 ISC draws and we look forward to seeing you all this Saturday at the NFS to support our SP Hunters team,” said Rau.last_img read more

Lobov makes bare-knuckle debut

Lobov makes bare-knuckle debut

first_imgFormer Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Artem Lobov, a long-time friend and team mate of Conor McGregor, is set to make a lucrative debut in bare-knuckle boxing as combat sports bid to gain more mainstream acceptance.Nicknamed the “Russian Hammer”, Lobov told Reuters he had accepted a big payday from the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship to fight another UFC veteran, Jason Knight, on a pay-per-view card in Biloxi, Mississippi on Saturday.“I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that money was a big factor in signing for Bare Knuckle – we’re prize fighters, and our success is measured by the size of our purse,” he said during a stopover in New York.Long considered the only realistic professional alternative outside of boxing for combat sports athletes, the UFC is now competing with other mixed martial arts and grappling promotions.European and Asian promotions are attracting sellout crowds, and the Bellator organisation recently signed a large number of British and Irish prospects to try to make inroads in Europe.They were also on the trail of Lobov when he was released from the UFC in January.“They made a very nice offer, a lot more than I was getting in the UFC, but it did not match the offer that Bare Knuckle made. With Bare Knuckle, I can also accept other offers as long as it doesn’t interfere with their schedule, so it’s a win-win for me,” the 32-year-old said.“I get to go in, fight bare-knuckle, make a lot of money, hopefully build a better name for myself and then see what else is out there.”FRONT FOOTThough he has a losing professional record of 14 wins and 15 losses, Lobov is hugely popular with fans due to his fearless style of fighting off his front foot and his toughness, with 12 of his MMA losses coming by decision.Lobov brushes aside the suggestion that bare-knuckle boxing is more primitive than MMA.“It might seem that way, but getting hit with a bare knuckle is not as raw as getting hit with a bare knee, or getting kicked with a shin to your head, which I have been a few times,” he said. “In that sense, it’s nothing.“I truly, truly love fighting, so that’s not an issue for me. It’s like saying to a swimmer, ‘Do you mind getting wet?’ Of course not, he’s a swimmer,” he said.Lobov credits Irishman McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, with bringing combat sports into the mainstream in the U.S. and enabling him and many others to make a living as fighters.“In many ways it is thanks to Conor, for sure, and it’s definitely a lot better than before, but the best times are still ahead of us,” Lobov said.“Ten years ago I fought a top-10 European fighter on four days’ notice for 400 pounds, and to go from that to where I am now, earning six figures for a fight? Certainly, I see the improvements in the sport.”Though delighted to have a chance to test his boxing without the threat of kicks or takedowns, Lobov will be back in the MMA cage soon.“I always seek the biggest challenge and MMA is the biggest challenge. I’m still grappling, I’m still wrestling and doing everything,” he said.“I want to improve and to achieve many, many things in MMA, boxing and bare-knuckle boxing.”last_img read more

Klopp keeps door open for possible Liverpool buys

Klopp keeps door open for possible Liverpool buys

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool are well placed to end a frustrating 28-year wait for the top-flight title, but manager Juergen Klopp says he will be quick to make a move in next month’s transfer window if his squad suddenly needs reinforcing. Klopp’s side is four points in front of second-placed Manchester City after 18 of 38 Premier League matches as it looks to become champions of England for the 19th time, second only to Manchester United’s haul of 20. “I’m very happy with the players I’ve got but I’ve always said, you don’t know,” Liverpool’s German coach said as he prepared for Wednesday’s home game with Newcastle. “I’ll keep the door open. “If some things happen, then we need to have a look. A monstrous number of games are coming up. It is really important that we can react. If something dramatically changes, we will need to have a look but if nothing happens, then we will not do anything.” Klopp saluted the versatility of James Milner after the former England international filled in at right-back for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in Friday’s 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton. “We don’t have that many options anymore because we have two injured centre-halves (Joe Gomez and Joel Matip), so that immediately limits everything,” Klopp said. “We are not that versatile. Yes, Milner can play five or six different positions, that is not a problem for him, but there are not a lot of players who can play that many positions.”last_img read more

Steph Curry has 23 points, Warriors lead 62-56 at halftime

Steph Curry has 23 points, Warriors lead 62-56 at halftime

first_imgMOST READ 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Read Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Marc Gasol has 15 points, Kawhi Leonard 13 and Pascal Siakam 10 for the Raptors. Toronto is just 2 for 12 from 3-point range and trailed by as many as 13 points in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Parts of Toronto dealing with power outagecenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the net between Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) and center Marc Gasol (33) during first-half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Stephen Curry has 23 points, Klay Thompson scored 12 and the Golden State Warriors lead the Toronto Raptors 62-56 at halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.Kevin Durant scored 11 before leaving early in the second quarter with a recurrence of his lower right leg injury. The Warriors have not issued an update on his condition.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

A place to call home

A place to call home

first_imgPACOIMA – During years of living in apartments and staying with relatives, Latina Davis dreamed of the little things she could do as a homeowner – drill holes in the walls for shelving units and paint the bedroom for her two children. Two months ago, Habitat for Humanity handed Davis, her daughter Tenea and son Diamon the keys to a three-bedroom duplex in Pacoima. And for the first time, Davis’ walls are truly her own. “I just want to be able to do something permanent in my home,” said Davis, a 29-year-old construction administrator. The Davises are among the four families who will own homes dedicated Saturday by the San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that builds homes for low-income residents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant About 50 volunteers, financial sponsors and friends gathered in front of the neat community of pastel green and peach duplexes to celebrate the achievement. One by one, the new homeowners expressed their thanks to the crowd and received housewarming presents – a Bible, a potted plant, a Starbucks coffee maker and a gift basket from a local temple. “Thank you, guys, you guys really helped my parents,” Emily Martinez told the crowd on behalf of her parents, Mario and Annabel. In a few weeks, the close-knit Martinez family will move from their cramped Los Angeles apartment to a more spacious home, complete with living and dining rooms, in the gated community. While they are the only family who hasn’t yet moved in, the delay is barely a blip on the radar after waiting an entire lifetime for the chance to own a home, Mario Martinez said. “I used to imagine owning my own home. But as the years went by it seemed impossible. This is a blessing,” he said. A dozen families now live in the duplexes that Habitat for Humanity has built on Pierce Street, and seven others are still waiting for their homes in the 20-unit complex to be completed. Each two-unit building cost an estimated $200,000 to build, excluding the cost of land and property taxes. Volunteers stress that while Habitat makes the homes available to families who would otherwise not be able to own them, the houses are not free. Each family must help build their home, putting in at least 450 to 500 hours of “sweat equity,” which means getting up at 6 a.m. on Saturdays to hammer and nail, install drywall and paint window frames. “This is a hand-up, not a hand out,” said volunteer Patrick Hall. The families are responsible for paying their own mortgage, which is provided at zero interest through the nonprofit agency. While the amount each family pays is based on its size and income, the average family of four ends up paying about $850 a month to live in the new Pacoima homes. The application process can be long and arduous. Davis applied in 1999 and was finally approved in 2002, after paying off debts and getting her credit in order. “It was a struggle,” she said. Sometimes the only thing that kept her going were the two children asking her when they would get their own rooms. But the years of working for her home are behind her. Now it’s time to hang those shelves. 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

Pep Guardiola likens John Stones to former Barcelona defender Ronald Koeman

Pep Guardiola likens John Stones to former Barcelona defender Ronald Koeman

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola can see echoes of Ronald Koeman in John Stones.Everton supporters may grimace at such a suggestion given City took the £47.5million defender from Goodison Park just as Koeman was settling in as Toffees manager this summer.But the 22-year-old has slotted in well at the Etihad Stadium and City boss Guardiola can see qualities in him that he previously saw when playing alongside Koeman at Barcelona.“They’re quite similar in the sense that they both like to play the ball,” said Guardiola, whose side host Koeman’s Everton on Saturday.“Normally, a central defender is a big guy who plays with the head and marks man to man and is strong in the air. We need that, of course, but now it’s the added plus of the quality of his play. John has similarities to Ronald, especially in terms of mentality.“John is a guy who wants to play under pressure. Normally, the players who like to play the ball handle the pressure better than the other ones.“Ronald was by far one of the best central defenders I’ve ever met. I cannot compare now, not yet, but maybe in the future.“The long balls are always… wow. Ronald was the best ever at that. But John is young enough that he can improve.“I am so glad that he played for the national team and did well. In the last European Cup (Euro 2016) he didn’t play one minute. Now he’s playing all the games and he’s becoming an important player for the national team. I am so happy about that.”Stones’ final season at Everton was an inconsistent one but such has been his progression under Guardiola that he already looks to be a key component of the new City era.Asked how Stones had managed to settle so quickly, Guardiola said: “Because he’s good. There’s no secrets, in football the good players adapt quickly and John is good and adapts quick.” The City boss has been impressed with the defender since his big money summer move 1last_img read more

‘We can improve a lot’ – says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after Southampton win

‘We can improve a lot’ – says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after Southampton win

first_imgAntonio Conte warned that Chelsea will get keep getting better after they kept the heat on the Premier League pace-setters with a 2-0 victory at Southampton.Convincing wins for Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool on Saturday had put pressure on Conte’s men as they faced a Saints side unbeaten in five matches.But goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa ensured they responded with a comfortable triumph to stay a point behind the top three.The Blues registered a fourth straight league win for the first time since April 2015, when they were coasting towards their last title.Ominously for their rivals, they have scored 11 goals in those four games and conceded none, with their three-man defence holding firm once again without captain John Terry.But boss Conte insisted: “In this moment it’s not important to look at the table.“The most important thing is to work hard and trust the work. Now, game by game, I’m seeing a lot of positive things.“I have confidence because we can improve a lot. We must continue to work, and not look at the table.“It’s very difficult to talk about the championship now. Many games must pass before you can see whether you can fight for the title.“When you start the second part of the season our ideas will be clearer. To stay close to first place is good, and gives us great confidence.”Hazard put Chelsea on their way after only six minutes. He fed the ball out to Victor Moses on the right, received the return ball, turned Steven Davis on the byline and from a tight angle drove a low shot through Fraser Forster’s legs.It was the Belgium winger’s fifth league goal of the season, already beating his tally from the whole of the last disappointing campaign.Costa all but settled the match in the 55th minute when he collected Hazard’s short pass, pushed the ball away from Cuco Martina and curled a stunning effort into the far corner.Saints, to their credit, did not stop probing for a way back into the game and almost found it when Steven Davis’ header dropped onto the top of the crossbar before Charlie Austin had a goal chalked off for offside.“I think we played very well in the first half, but it’s difficult to play against this team when you concede a goal with the first action of the match,” manager Claude Puel said.“The first goal changed the profile of the game.“In the second half we tried but after the second goal it was difficult to come back because my players were tired.“It was difficult to find solutions. It’s disappointing because we tried to play good football. We can do better.”last_img read more

State’s only tribal college may close

State’s only tribal college may close

first_imgDAVIS – On a remote stretch of land where stray chickens outnumber students, California’s only tribal college is clinging to life against seemingly insurmountable odds. D-Q University has had its share of hard times since it was founded on the outskirts of this liberal university town west of Sacramento in 1971, during the peak of the American Indian self-determination movement. Its turbulent history includes land disputes with the neighboring University of California, low enrollment and a loss of federal accreditation in early 2005. But even its most ardent supporters acknowledge that the school has hit an all-time low. In June, the board dismissed the university’s interim president, Art Apodaca, accusing him of squandering the school’s few remaining assets. It also rejected his proposal to boost enrollment by dividing D-Q into an Indian-only “D” school and a separate, non-Indian “Q” school. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWith the remaining six students drifting away and no money for even a working telephone line, a handful of board members and community volunteers are desperately searching for a way to keep the school and its mission alive. “Every day it’s a new crisis,” said Susan Reece, a former board member who now spends several days a week on campus sorting through piles of paperwork left behind by Apodaca and his predecessors. “Every day there’s a new group of bills and new debts we didn’t know about.” In early August, the six-member board decided to abandon its efforts to keep students on campus for the fall semester. Instead, it will try to attract revenue by cleaning up the campus and renting it out for workshops and conferences. “Hopefully, it will draw in people from different areas and let them know we’re here,” board member Calvin Hedrick said. But he acknowledged that in its current condition, D-Q is nowhere near ready to accommodate visitors. The main meeting areas are largely bare, except for the occasional piece of worn-out furniture and various items left behind by former students and staff members. Weeds cover the grounds, and six rusted, broken-down cars sit clustered next to one of the back buildings. Reece said her biggest fear is that D-Q will lose its 600 acres to the federal government if it is found to be violating its federal property deed. The deed stipulates that the land must be maintained as an educational institution. The demise of D-Q University would deal a heavy blow to the tribal college movement, supporters say. The school was one of the six original tribal colleges in the United States, all founded between 1968 and 1972. That group created the American Indian Higher Education Consortium in 1972 to address common challenges such as fundraising and attracting qualified faculty. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes 34 tribal colleges, most of which are two-year schools. The programs range in size from several hundred students to several thousand, serving about 30,000 total students nationwide each year, according to Department of Education estimates. Indian students “were failing miserably in mainstream institutions before the tribal college movement came around,” said Gerald Gipp, executive director of the Virginia-based consortium.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