Lankans make solid start

first_imgHAMILTON, New Zealand (AP):Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten half-century and shared a record 136-run fifth-wicket stand with Milinda Siriwardana to help Sri Lanka to 264 for seven yesterday before rain ended the first day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand.Only two run outs and a stumble when the partnership between Mathews (63 not out) and Siriwardana (62) was broken detracting from Sri Lanka’s best batting effort of the series, which overturned expectations that the team that bowled first would win the day.New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat on a lush green pitch at Seddon Park, expecting his bowlers to dominate in conditions which supported both seam and swing.Apart from Mathews, who maintains a Test average in excess of 50, and Siriwardana, who reached his second Test half-century, Kusal Mendis made 31 and Dinesh Chandimal 47 as Sri Lanka kept up a lively run rate of four per over throughout the day.The partnership between Mathews and Siriwardana came in only 131 minutes and eclipsed the previous best fifth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Trent Boult made the breakthrough when he produced an edge from Siriwardana, which Ross Taylor juggled before securing at first slip.last_img read more

PH’s 1st full Ironman race set next year

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The race will begin on Acea Beach, before traversing the roads of Subic and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and finishing at the Subic Bay Convention Center.As daunting as the task is, lofty prizes await the winners, with a total of $25,000 professional prize purse up for grabs, but more importantly, 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship set to be staged in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.Finishers will also have the opportunity to be a part of the rare club of full distance Ironman conquerors, a right only a hundredth of the population has accomplished.Czech triathletes Ruedi Wild and Radka Kahlefeldt ruled the 2017 Ironman 70.3 race in Subic, with August Benedicto topping all local bets and finishing 19th overall. JPVADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 “The brand of Ironman is like having the holy grail for triathlon. We’ve been holding the Ironman 70.3 for the 10th year and it just continues to be fantastic,” said Uytengsu on Tuesday at the New World Hotel in Makati City.“It’s the process of triathlon, it gravitates to the people because you really have to prepare for these races. It takes time, physically, mentally, and socially for these people to prepare for these races. So, (what’s) really significant for us is to be able to bring that full Ironman race to the Philippines,” Uytengsu said.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’Banzon added: “Challenging yourself to push your physical and mental limits to the extreme will seem like a painful task. But you forget all of that once you cross the finish line and hear the announcer say that you’re an Ironman. It’s really indescribable.”From the usual 70.3-kilometer race over the past years, the 2018 edition will see the track double its distance, extending the legs to 3.86-kilometer swim, 180.2-kilometer bike, and 42.2-kilometer run to further put to the test the participating athletes’ endurance. Cramming Gilas out to ‘shock the world,’ says Reyes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAs if the race isn’t grueling enough, the road is about to get tougher as Ironman—deemed as one of the most physically demanding sports in the world—brings its full distance race to the Philippines for the first time next year.Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu and Century Pacific Food Inc. vice president and general manager Greg Banzon announced the staging of the 2018 Century Tuna Ironman Philippines in Subic Bay on June 3, 2018, commemorating a decade of hosting Ironman races in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Sri Lanka hurting from India whitewash: what’s plaguing the islanders?

first_imgAbout this time last year, August 17 to be precise, Sri Lanka were celebrating a 3-0 whitewash over Australia. It was a memorable routing of a team that had done well in the island nation despite a forgettable overall record in the sub-continent.Life was looking sweet for the Sri Lankans, who were learning to move on without Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga – an exodus of the greats from the arena had left a massive void in their cricket. (Team India is a bunch of friends playing cricket together: Virat Kohli)One year later, Sri Lanka have been subjected to their worst nightmare. For many who have followed cricket in Asia, this whitewash at the hands of a resurgent India, was perhaps waiting to happen. Could the disaster have been averted? Perhaps not, given Sri Lankan cricket’s sorry state of affairs.This Indian team is virtually unbeatable in these conditions. New Zealand, England and Bangladesh tried hard, they had the resources to at least challenge Virat Kohli’s men but at the end of the day, they did not even come close. Only Australia threatened India’s supremacy but were outdone by a more desperate bunch of players. (Virat Kohli rates Mohammed Shami among top 3 pacers in the world)Sri Lanka were not always this bad. Far from it. Even two years ago, when India won their first Test series in that country, the hosts were competitive. They were down for the count in the first Test but bounced back to clinch a sensational victory from the jaws of defeat. India, who were keen to start their journey to the top of the Test rankings, had to grind hard to win the next two Tests in Colombo. And the team has not looked back since.advertisementReuters PhotoMeanwhile, Sri Lanka have struggled. Series defeats in England and South Africa either side of the whitewash over Australia hampered them further. A one-off Test against Zimbabwe proved to be a stiff challenge and the batsmen somehow held on to blaze down a record target to avoid humiliation.But India were always going to be a different cup of tea. Kohli was diplomatic when he said Sri Lanka have some “super-talented players.” That may well be the case but where is the will? (Shikhar Dhawan goes from Hong Kong vacation to man-of-the-series in historic triumph)Where is the real talent? As many as 24 teams play first-class cricket in Sri Lanka. Ten teams who played in the second division were accorded first-class status over the last one year alone. The standard of cricket was obviously compromised, possibly to appease the various factions of Sri Lankan cricket. Sri Lanka’s domestic players hardly play enough cricket and even when they do, the quality is nowhere close to the kind of domestic cricket their peers in India, England, Australia and South Africa are accustomed to.Former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996, said he does not even watch his team play anymore. “Sri Lanka Cricket and the manner in which it is being administered and managed is so disgusting that I don’t watch our national cricket anymore,” Ranatunga was quoted as saying by ‘Ceylon Today’. (Team India elated after historic Test series triumph: Reactions)Moreover, there seems to be no sign of the next big star from Sri Lanka. For years, they had been blessed with Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Ranatunga, Roshan Mahanama, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas before the younger generation stepped in – today, they have some quality players but they do not seem to learn from their mistakes.In the course of the whitewash to India, so many of Sri Lanka’s batsmen got starts but they failed to capitalise. Patience and application were forgotten in the haste to stave off defeat.Then there is the over-reliance on Rangana Herath. He has been a champion bowler for Sri Lanka with 389 Test wickets but at 39, surely, he must be looking at a swansong. Angelo Mathews looks like a spent force while Dinesh Chandimal has failed to inspire as a leader of his men.Sri Lanka are better than this – their younger players have to take up the mantle and deliver. The likes of Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella have to lead the way somehow. They are the future of Sri Lankan cricket and their roles become important in the face of their worst defeat at home in history.last_img read more

West Brom players apologise amid taxi theft reports

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion Pardew ‘let down’ as Evans, Barry, Livermore & Myhill apologise amid Barcelona taxi theft reports Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:32 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlanPardew - cropped Getty Images West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion v Southampton West Bromwich Albion v Huddersfield Town Premier League FA Cup WTF The Premier League side have launched an internal investigation into an alleged incident that took place during their Barcelona training break West Bromwich Albion players Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill have admitted to breaking a curfew that sparked tabloid controversy during their training break in Barcelona and left drew criticism from manager Alan Pardew.The Premier League’s bottom club announced on Friday that they had launched an investigation into an “incident” during the training break, involving four senior professionals who were later identified as Evans, Barry, Livermore and Myhill.According to The Sun newspaper, the group allegedly drove off in a taxi from a McDonald’s drive-through without the driver and abandoned the car outside their hotel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The report claimed the players were taken to a police station in Barcelona but not arrested in relation to the incident, which is said to have taken place at around 05:30 local time.Pardew addressed a media conference to preview Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Southampton after the story broke and refused to be drawn on the finer details.Asked whether he knew what had occurred, Pardew replied: “No, that’s why we’re having an investigation into it and we’ve put that statement out to stop some to of the speculation flying around.”It wasn’t what we’ve wanted. We went there to try and get us up for this run-in and this isn’t ideal”They’ve broken a curfew and that’s unacceptable. I feel let down by that.”A reporter then asked whether a taxi was involved and Pardew responded: “We’ve got an investigation into that so I’m not going put anything on that [rumour].”There was a curfew on that evening and it was broken. That’s all I’m going to comment on the rest of it.”I think the club is clear that it wants to investigate it properly and we want to concentrate on the game tomorrow. It’s a very, very important game. We have to respond with a performance.”Later on Friday, West Brom released a statement on behalf of Evans, Barry, Livermore and Myhill confirming they were the players involved while apologising for their actions.”We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to our team-mates, the head coach, the club and especially the supporters for the events which have been the subject of widespread and negative publicity,” the statement said.”We felt it important we identify ourselves as the players involved in an incident which occurred during the training camp in Spain this week out of respect for team-mates who otherwise could be implicated by association.”We freely acknowledge and apologise for the break of curfew which we accept represented a breach of the standards of professionalism required of us as representatives of West Bromwich Albion FC.”The club has informed us that it will now conduct its own inquiry into the incident and we will co-operate fully.”In the meantime, we would like to assure our supporters that this incident does not reflect the determination and resolve we possess to do all we can to recover a difficult season.”Albion have endured a dismal run on and off the field that leaves them five points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, seven points from safety.Forward Jay Rodriguez is being investigated by the Football Association over allegedly racially abusing Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong. Rodriguez denies any wrongdoing and has pledged to clear his name.Earlier this week, West Brom chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman were sacked by owner Guochuan Lai.last_img read more