Anderson joins the 500 Club

first_img(REUTERS) – England’s James Anderson became the sixth bowler and first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets when he clean-bowled West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite for four on day two of the third Test at Lord’s on Thursday.Anderson began the match on 497 and took the wickets of Brathwaite and Kyle Hope before Ben Stokes ran through the visitors in the first innings with a six-wicket spell.After England were bowled out for 194 yesterday, giving them a lead of 71, Anderson took the new ball again and produced an unplayable inswinger to reach the milestone in style.The 35-year-old received a standing ovation as he joined Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne (708), Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble (619), Australian paceman Glenn McGrath (563) and West Indies quickie Courtney Walsh (519) in the 500 Club.last_img read more

A Goalkeeper Scores Late Goal for Club’s First Point

first_imgBenevento goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli scored an injury-time equaliser against AC Milan to earn his team the first Serie A point in their history.The keeper, on loan from Juventus, headed in Danilo Cataldi’s free-kick to end a record-breaking run of 14 defeats. Milan led through Giacomo Bonaventura before George Puscas equalised.Nikola Kalinic headed Milan ahead again and they had Alessio Romagnoli sent off before Brignoli’s late leveller.“I’m not just happy for me but for everyone,” Brignoli said. “We’ve lost so many games undeservedly with goals in the 90th minute but now it’s our turn to celebrate.“It’s a dream to be in Serie A although we hoped that it would have turned out better than this. There was nothing to lose. I just closed my eyes and jumped. It was a goalkeeper’s goal, not a forward’s goal.”Milan, who drop to eight, sacked manager Vincenzo Montella earlier this week and replaced him with youth-team boss Gennaro Gattuso.“We have a long way to go and a lot to improve,” said Gattuso. “We are licking our wounds. We will work to improve the fitness levels and mentality, but I cannot reproach my players for anything today.”Serie A debutants Benevento – who were in the third tier in 2015-16 – had lost more games at the start of a season than any team in history from Europe’s top five leagues.Brignoli is the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi for Reggina against Udinese in 2001.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Solvay boys hoops falls to Lowville in Class B final

first_img Tags: boys basketballSolvay A special group of seniors at Solvay High School reversed nearly two decades of decline to bring the football program back to the top of the Section III ranks.And they nearly did the same thing with a basketball program absent a sectional championship for 25 years.Ultimately, it took Lowville, the defending champions and no. 1-ranked team in the state, to thwart the basketball version of the Bearcats in Saturday’s sectional Class B final at SRC Arena.Competitive for a long while in this game, Solvay could not overcome its own foul trouble and the relentless attack of the Red Raiders, who pulled away late to prevail 71-50.The Bearcats were not the only team on the court that had enjoyed gridiron glory in the fall as the core of Lowville’s lineup featured stars of its sectional class C football championship side.Yet the Red Raiders enjoyed a greater reputation on the hardwood, nearly winning the state championship in 2019 before an epic defeat to Joe Girard III and Glens Falls in the title game in Binghamton.To have any chance, state no. 12-ranked Solvay needed a roster at full strength, which it finally got when Justin Scott, out for nearly two months, returned from a foot injury to net 19 points in the Feb. 29 sectional semifinal win over General Brown.With Scott on his way to a big first half that included 18 points, the Bearcats played on even terms the first six minutes, but like Marcellus the week before in the sectional semifinals, it fell victim to a trademark Lowville spurt.To close the first quarter, the Red Raiders took off on an 11-0 run, opened and closed by 3-pointers from Aidan Macaulay, the junior guard on his way to a team-high total of 24 points.Though the rest of the half was played on even terms, Solvay still trailed 43-31 at halftime and would need a burst of its own to make things interesting.For a moment in the third quarter, that sure seemed possible as the Bearcats put together an 11-4 burst to whittle Lowville’s margin to 47-42.Solvay’s aggression was checked, though, by having Elijah Wright and Brock Bagozzi each pick up their fourth fouls and Jaimen Bliss fouled out.Steadily, Lowville got away, with Aidan Zehr (14 points), Chad Bach (13 points) and Gavin Macaulay (10 points) also reaching double figures as Scott was contained late and finished with 20 points, Wright adding 13 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Women of Troy end two-game skid

first_imgFor the last two weeks, there has been a sense that the season hung in the balance for the USC women’s basketball team.Losing four out of five games will do that to a team. So will getting beat twice in a row on your home court. And after trailing for almost the entire first half against lowly Oregon State, the Women of Troy (14-8, 6-5) seemed closer to the precipice than they had all season.Versatility · Junior guard Briana Gilbreath, pictured here against UCLA, recorded a double-double in a winning effort against Oregon State. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan But thanks to a dominant second half, USC righted the ship for the moment and escaped Corvallis with a 70-51 victory. The Women of Troy scored on eight of their first 10 possessions in the second half to grab a 44-42 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.Sophomore forward Christina Marinacci played a critical role for USC during the run, coming up with a pair of offensive rebounds and putbacks.After halftime, USC outscored Oregon State 44-19 cruising to a comfortable victory.  The Women of Troy shot 56 percent in the second half, compared to just 23 percent for the Beavers. USC finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field.  Oregon State ended the game shooting 30 percent.“It was just a matter of us refocusing ourselves,” said junior guard Briana Gilbreath. “[The coaches] came into the locker room and said ‘Guys, we don’t know who that is out there playing’ and we didn’t know either. We had to buckle down and come out strong.”Early on, it looked like USC was headed to its third consecutive loss. Hot outside shooting by the Beavers (8-15, 1-11), particularly by guard Alyssa Martin, helped Oregon State grab an early lead. USC trailed by double digits midway through the first half before clawing its way back into the game by halftime.At the break, Oregon State — aided by Martin’s four three-pointers — lead 32-26.  Gilbreath led USC with nine points. Freshman forward Cassie Harberts added six points and redshirt senior guard Jacki Gemelos chipped in five points off the bench for the Women of Troy.Both teams shot under 40 percent for the half, although Oregon State made seven three-pointers compared to just two from the Women of Troy. Most of the other statistics were even between the two teams.A three-pointer by junior guard Ashley Corral moved her into the record books as the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 points for her career. Corral’s fourth trifecta of the night moved her atop the career three-pointers list, with 184.Earlier this season, Gilbreath became the 22nd player to reach 1,000 career points.“It means a lot for both of us to be in the 1,000 point club,” Gilbreath said. “It shows a lot of dedication not just to the game but to USC. I’m grateful for both of us to be in this position.”Gilbreath paced USC with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Corral added 14 points for the Women of Troy. Four other players scored at least eight points for USC. Martin led Oregon State with 18 points.With the win, USC tied with Arizona State for third place in the conference. The Women of Troy lost a heartbreaker to the Sun Devils at home last month.Next up for USC is a road date against Oregon. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Draw made for Tipp hurling Quarter finals

first_imgThe draws for the Preliminary round and Quarter finals of the senior hurling championship were made last night. The quarter Finals sees Mid and county champions Thurles Sarsfields take on Kilruane MacDonaghs from the North of the county.Its West against Mid as Clonoulty Rossmore and Drom-Inch do battle. Loughmore Castleiney from the Mid will be up against the winners of Carrick Swans and Borris Ileigh. While finally West Tipps Eire Og Annacarty are up against Mullinahone from the South of the county.. The games are due to take place on the weekend of September 17th.In the preliminary quarter final South champions Carrick Swans are drawn against North champions Borris Ileigh. Speaking on Extra Time ahead of last nights draw, Carrick Swans Secretary Sean Sean O’Shea told Ronan that he didn’t care who they were drawn againstAudio: Sean O’Shea 1In Intermediate Hurling: The Preliminary Quarter finals are all to be played by Wednesday the 13th Ballinahinch v Cashel King Cormac’s Drom and Inch v Gortnahoe Glengoole Kilsheelan Kilcash v Carrick Davins Moyne Templetuohy v Thurles Sarsfields Moyle Rovers v St Marys Moneygall v Kiladangan Intermediate Hurling Quarter Finals: To be played on the weekend of the 17th Moyne Templetuohy/Thurles Sarsfields v Moneygall/Kiladangan Sean Treacys v Cappawhite Moyle Rovers/St Marys v Kilsheelan Kilcash/Carrick Davins Drom and Inch/Gortnahoe Glengoole v Ballinahinch/Cashel King Cormac’s Intermediate Hurling Relegation – To commence this weekend. Roscrea applied to be relegated voluntary to junior and this was agreed by the county C.C.C. With Cashel King Cormac’s and Gortnahoe Glengoole winning their divisional championship, just three teams remain to play in a league system with the bottom team relegated. The following was the draws. Round 1 Boherlahan Dualla v Galtee Rovers Round 2 Galtee Rovers v Lattin Cullen Gaels Round 3 Lattin Cullen Gaels v Boherlahan Dualla The draws for the senior football preliminary quarter finals and the quarter finals will be made next week.last_img read more

Betfair: Punters putting faith in Eubank Jr’s outright chances

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon The format of the World Boxing Super Series means that the ultimate prize for the victor of Saturday’s bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Avni Yildirim, is a potential semi-final clash with George Groves. The series is made up of two explosive eight man tournaments from the super-middleweight and cruiserweight divisions, not only providing boxing fans with a plethora of intriguing super-fights, but also a host of exciting ante post betting markets. Betfair’s Katie Baylis revealed that in the outright betting markets: “It has all been about Chris Eubank Jr, at 11/4, over 50% of bets in the outright market have been on the fighter with the famous family name.”Baylis also outlined the potential popularity of a domestic dust up between Groves and Eubank Jr should they both get through their respective quarter final ties, Baylis said: “The Eubanks are divisive characters – you either love them or hate them. With that in mind we would suggest interest levels in the event would skyrocket should Groves/Eubank fall out of the early fights. “We would even suggest that this is something which could top Froch/Groves in terms of volume. It should also be a relatively even match up, so that’s always something which would heighten interest levels and make it a very viable betting proposition for punters no matter which side they fall on.” Eubank Jr is currently 1/7 to earn a victory this weekend, with Groves 1/6 favourite to outwit Jamie Cox next weekend and set up a hotly anticipated contest between the two. Fellow Brit Callum Smith is the 6/5 favourite to win the tournament outright, whilst Groves is a 5/2 second, closely followed by Eubank Jr at 11/4 in third. Submit Sharelast_img read more

ESforce Holding announces partnership with game developer Game Insight

first_imgESforce Holding has announced a partnership with game developer Game Insight. The partnership will aim to create an esports ecosystem based on the mobile shooter Guns of Boom.ESforce Holding is best known to the esports world for its work with the likes of Natus Vincere, Virtus.pro and SK Gaming although recently the company relinquished the rights for Natus Vincere. The release states that ESforce aspire to develop promising mobile games in the field as it identifies the sizeable opportunity that mobile esports presents. The release states that the “strategic partnership will aim to develop the first mobile esports shooter”. It may be slightly off from the truth, as Critical Ops has been running for quite some time and has 30 million downloads. The company behind it, Critical Force, recently welcomed Kevin Chou to its board. The partnership will use ESforce experience in the esports space and Game Insight’s game development expertise to develop a game which the pair hope will create a successful mobile esports. ESforce plans on building a Guns of Boom based ecosystem which will include the shooter game being tested by players from SK Gaming and Virtus.pro. Alexander Kokhanovskyy, Co-owner, ESforce Holding stated: “A collaboration with a mobile game developer, especially one as large as Game Insight, is a valuable experience for our holding company. Through combining Game Insight’s expertise with our experience in esports, we get all the components we need to create a unique project and a prospect for a global mobile esport.”Anatoly Ropotov, CEO, Game Insight commented: “Guns of Boom is a game that has already become popular with tens of millions of players around the world. By adding an esports mode to the game, we are, first and foremost, meeting our audience’s clearly shaped needs. Our collaboration with the esports holding ESforce emphasizes Guns of Boom’s superb quality and assures our players that the esports ecosystem will be implemented on a top-notch level.”Esports Insider says: Good news for the both of them. Many are waking up to the mobile esports opportunity now – so we’ll have to wait and see how this goes. There’s increasing competition in the space now, but with the likes of VP and SK behind a game it could well be a hit.last_img read more

“Navarette will be stopped in Round 4”- Isaac Dogboe predicts ahead of rematch

first_img–By: Nathan Quao/citisportsonline.com/Ghana If there is a trait that defines Isaac Dogboe, it is confidence and ahead of his rematch with Emmanuel Navarette for the WBO Super Bantamweight title, he has given a very bold prediction of the bout.Dogboe lost the world title to the Mexican in December 2018 via a unanimous decision and he has stated that his hunt to recapture the title will last for only four rounds on May 11.He has been in training in Keta getting ready for another shot at the world title and he made his bold call to Prince Dornu in an interview with Boxing Africa’s YouTube channel.“I am always ready for this bout and everything has been done and it is all about tapering down and putting finishing touches before heading to Arizona to go and get my title back.How long will the bout last? It will not go beyond four rounds. My confidence is rooted in the fact that God prepares my hands for war and my fingers for battle. I am confident that this fight will be different from the last one.”Team Dogboe will fly to Arizona on May 3 to acclimatise to the weather and firm up preparations for the bout which will take place at the Tuscon Convention Centre.The night will also have the rematch of the bout between Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt and Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas.What has Navarrete been saying?“I am ready to show the world that our first fight was no accident. I am the better fighter, and I will show that again. Dogboe made a mistake in taking this rematch.”What about Top Rank Promotions?“We’re all looking forward to this card. Berchelt-Vargas and Navarrete-Dogboe were incredible action fights the first time around, and the rematches will provide fireworks.This is surely one of the great fight cards of 2019, and there is no better place for it to take place than the incredible city of Tucson. The fight fans there are passionate, knowledgeable and will sell the building out.”last_img read more

Justin Trudeau: NHL players returning to Canada must quarantine

first_img“I think it’s a question we’ll have to look into,” he said. “Certainly at a strict minimum, anyone who arrives from another country will have to follow all the rules of quarantine in an extremely strict manner, but we’re not there yet in our discussions with the NHL.””We recognize that it’s a possibility, but it depends on an enormous amount of things, and I don’t want to speculate on this until there’s more discussion.”The NHL allowed its players to return home, including to countries overseas, when it paused the season on March 12. MORE: Swedish players raise concerns by skating during pandemicSeveral possibilities have been discussed regarding plans to finish the 2019-20 season. The league is currently listening to bids from possible “hub cities” in each division that could host games to help finish the regular season. Two Canadian cities, Toronto and Edmonton, are among the rumored frontrunners. Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has warned NHL players they’ll have to follow strict guidelines before the season can resume.In a press briefing on Sunday, Trudeau told reporters that any foreign players returning to Canada would face quarantine periods when they arrived. Canada’s border with the United States has been closed to all non-essential travel since mid-March.  Regardless of how it gets done, the NHL has been adamant about finishing the current campaign. In a joint statement with the NHLPA on Wednesday, the league said the current timeline was to have players return to team facilities for small training sessions by mid-to-late May. NHLPA and @NHL issue status update on pause in 2019-20 season: https://t.co/nX4z4bxVzd pic.twitter.com/e1WV4mAl7c— NHLPA (@NHLPA) April 29, 2020However, they noted that no specific dates have been set and they will continue to monitor the situation.last_img read more

Iowans quickly shifted to drinking at home after bars and restaurants closed

first_imgDES MOINES — It’s unknown if people across the state have been drinking more alcohol as they’ve had to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic — but it is clear the shut down of restaurants and bars had some impacts on alcohol sales.Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division spokesman Tyler Ackerson says they saw the change as soon as the pandemic shutdowns started.  He says March saw an 18% increase in sales “And in April we had a more modest two percent increase in sales over those same months last year,” according to Ackerson.” We think a lot of that increase in March is attributable to changes in consumer purchasing behavior.”He says the order closing restaurants and bars led to a quick shift. “We think at that time Iowans shifted the purchasing to liquor by the bottle for at-home consumption. …We saw increased grocery spending during that time, we also saw increased purchase of home goods. So as Iowans were purchasing more of those types of items — we think that liquor was among those purchases as well.”The IABD sells alcohol to the liquor stores and other retailers who then sell it to consumers — so the agency doesn’t have a direct way to track exactly how and what is being purchased. Ackerson says they can track some inventory trends. He says from March 16th through April 1st, there was a 82% increase in the sale of their larger size bottles of liquor and the sales of the standard size bottles increase by 51%.Ackerson says the loss of restaurant and bar sales was pretty evident as well. “Our largest independently-owned liquor stores have reduced their purchases from ABD by 44% since mid-March. Many of these independent liquor stores rely on selling to bars and restaurants — and with these COVID-19 related closures — they’ve seen that portion of their business significantly decline.”The state later allowed restaurants and bars to sell alcohol to go to help them with the loss of business. “The same week that they were allowed to do that –we saw our case sales of 50 milliliter small bottles increase 39 percent over that same week in 2019,” Ackerson says. “We think that coincides with a lot of restaurants beginning to create to-go cocktail kits. These would be the kits that had the little 50 millimeter-sized bottles and then a non-alcoholic mixer in it.”Ackerson says it is hard to say that Iowans were using more alcohol as they were confined to their homes with no bars and restaurants to visit. “We can’t be certain our sales figures demonstrate an increase in personal consumption,” he says. “Iowans may have simply changed where they are continuing to enjoy their favorite spirit products. They may have been usually enjoying those at a bar or a restaurant, but with the closures, perhaps they are just switching to consuming those at home.”Ackerson says they will be watching to see what happens with sales trends as restaurants open back up for inside sales, and when bars are once again allowed to reopen.last_img read more