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Kaymer romps to eight-shot win at US Open

first_imgBy Mark Lamport-StokesGermany’s Martin Kaymer, ice-cool in hot conditions, confirmed his status as one of the game’s very best by coasting to his second major victory by eight shots in Sunday’s final round at the U.S. Open.Five ahead at the start of another humid day at Pinehurst Resort, the 29-year-old from Dusseldorf left his closest pursuers trailing in his wake as he closed with a one-under-par 69 on the challenging No. 2 Course.Kaymer, whose first major win came at the 2010 PGA Championship, mixed two birdies with one bogey in the last six holes on a layout where danger lurked at every corner to post a nine-under total of 271, the second lowest ever at the event.The former world number one, who had struggled for much of 2012 while working on his swing to develop a draw, became the first German to win the U.S. Open and the seventh player to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the year’s second major.After soaking up a standing ovation as he walked along the 18th fairway and on to the green, Kaymer sank a 15-foot putt for par, dropping his putter in delight a few seconds before the ball disappeared into the cup.“To win one major is already very nice in your career, but to win two, it means a lot more,” Kaymer, who took a stranglehold on the championship by firing successive 65s in the first two rounds to lead by six shots, told reporters.“Even though I don’t feel like I need to prove anything to a lot of people, somehow it’s quite satisfying to have two under your belt. I played really, really well on Thursday and Friday and that gave me a really nice cushion.“But I would say it was probably the toughest day that I have played golf today …. especially the first nine. If you have two or three Americans chasing you, playing in America, it’s never easy being a foreigner.”Rickie Fowler, who played with Kaymer in the final pairing, carded a 72 to tie for second at one under, level with fellow American Erik Compton, a double heart-transplant recipient who also signed off with a 72 in only his second major appearance.However, the tournament was Kaymer’s to win or lose as he headed into the final round with a commanding lead and he prevented his rivals from making significant inroads as he mixed aggressive golf with careful recovery work as and when needed.Kaymer, watched by several LPGA Tour players including fellow German Sandra Gal and former women’s world number one Yani Tseng, recorded his first birdie of the day after driving the green at the 313-yard, par-four third and two-putting.Compton birdied the par-five fifth to trim Kaymer’s lead to five and the German, playing one group behind, failed to follow suit there when he missed his birdie putt from six feet.Though Compton faltered with a three-putt bogey from just 15 feet at the par-four seventh, Kaymer also went on to drop a stroke there after missing the fairway off the tee and failing to reach the green in two.Compton went birdie-bogey to reach the turn in even par before Kaymer struck a superb eight iron to five feet at the par-three ninth and rolled in the birdie putt to stretch his advantage to six strokes.Kaymer, who gained a major confidence boost from his victory at the elite Players Championship last month, made a mess of the par-five 10th to end up with a bogey, missing the fairway of the tee and finding an awkward lie in a waste area with his second before overshooting the green with his third.Compton’s challenge unravelled as he bogeyed 11 and 12, and Kaymer distanced himself further from the field with astonishing birdie putts at the 13th and 14th, holing out from 15 and 30 feet to storm eight strokes clear at 10 under.The German could afford the luxury of a bogey at the 16th, where he failed to get up and down from just in front of the green, and did well to save par at the last after his tee shot ended up in a poor lie behind a bush in the native waste area.“He kind of killed the event in the first two days,” Swedish world number two Henrik Stenson said of Kaymer after carding a 73 to finish in a five-way tie for fourth at one over. “He went out and shot two 65s and left everyone in the dust.”England’s Justin Rose, who won last year’s U.S. Open at Merion, finished in a tie for 12th at three over after shooting a 72, one stroke worse than Australian world number one Adam Scott (69).last_img read more

Arsenal buckle under late Anderlecht onslaught

first_imgBy Martyn HermanAnderlecht produced a stunning fightback on Tuesday to prevent Arsenal securing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, drawing 3-3 after trailing 3-0 in the 58th minute.Substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic’s last-minute header earned the Belgians a point in a thrilling Group D clash that kept alive their slender hopes of qualifying for the knockout round.After their smash-and-grab raid in Brussels a fortnight ago when Arsenal scored twice late on for a fortuitous three points, the Gunners were cruising as goals by Mikel Arteta (penalty), Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put them 3-0 up.However, Anthony Vanden Borre’s double – one a penalty – gave Anderlecht hope and Mitrovic completed a remarkable comeback.Arsenal have seven points, five behind Borussia Dortmund, with Anderlecht on two and Galatasaray on one.On a chilly but still evening, with light drizzle falling, it was Anderlecht who enjoyed the better of the opening stages with their quick interchanges causing some anxious moments in the home rearguard.Arsenal were guilty of conceding possession in sloppy fashion and Dennis Praet, who was on the books of the Londoners as a teenager, nearly scored with a shot that spun wide after a hefty deflection off Per Mertesacker.It was a warning shot for Arsenal and they were given another scare a few minutes later with another flowing counter-attack by the Belgians.Arsenal’s first real chance saw Aaron Ramsey denied a certain goal when his shot from a Sanchez pass was blocked by a superb last-ditch tackle.The hosts were playing a dangerous game though and Anderlecht looked more than capable of capitalising with Sacha Kljestan forcing a sharp save from Wojciech Szczesny.Arsenal’s opener then came out of the blue.Danny Welbeck tussled with Chancel Mbemba in the area and when he went crashing to the ground, referee Clement Turpin pointed to the spot.Arteta coolly dispatched the penalty to bring up Arsenal’s 500th goal in the Emirates Stadium.A few minutes later Chilean marksman Sanchez grabbed his 10th goal since joining from Barcelona in the close season, lashing a ferocious right-foot drive past Silvio Proto after his initial free kick hit the wall and rebounded back to him.When Oxlade-Chamberlain went through to slide in Arsenal’s third goal it appeared to be game over – but Anderlecht were not finished.Three minutes later a suspiciously offside-looking Vanden Borre converted from close range and the bearded defender gave the visitors real hope when he slotted home a 73rd-minute penalty.Re-energised, Anderlecht had a couple of late opportunities to earn a point, the best of which fell to Frank Acheampong whose fierce shot grazed the top of the crossbar.Just when Arsenal were breathing a sigh of relief, Andy Najar’s cross was glanced in by Mitrovic to send the visiting fans behind the goal wild with delight.last_img read more

Spanish Football Federation agrees to suspend competition

first_imgBy Iain RogersThe Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has decided to indefinitely suspend all domestic competition from May 16 over a spat with the government on issues including a new law on collective bargaining for television rights.The law was agreed last week with the backing of the professional football league (LFP) and aims to create a more level playing field for clubs in Spain’s top two divisions by sharing out TV cash more equitably.However, both the RFEF, and its influential president Angel Maria Villar, and the players’ union (AFE) have come out against the new rules and both organisations have backed halting competition right across Spanish football.The final two matchdays in La Liga would both be affected unless agreement can be reached to avert the action.After a board meeting on Wednesday, the federation published a statement on its website (www.rfef.es) in which it accused the government of a “lack of respect” and complained it had not been consulted properly on the TV rights law, which was passed by the cabinet last week.The federation believes the law will rob it of some powers and is also unhappy at what it says is the use of money from football for activities that have nothing to do with the sport.A total of 17 regional federations would be affected by the suspension, including more than 600,000 players and 30,000 matches, the RFEF said.“At the same time, and yet again, we reiterate the offer of dialogue to the Spanish government,” the federation added.last_img read more

Nishikori takes centre stage, Halep crashes out (Update 2)

first_imgBy Martyn HermanRoger Federer avoided any more security scares to move safely into the third round of the French Open on Wednesday but danger lurks ahead for the Swiss, namely in the shape of Japanese firebrand Kei Nishikori.The perils of Roland Garros were in evidence in the women’s draw too as last year’s runner-up Simona Halep, the third seed, bowed out 7-5 6-1 to Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to become the biggest casualty so far.The 33-year-old Lucic-Baroni, who made her French Open debut in 1999 as a 17-year-old but took a break from tennis before returning, also beat Halep in last year’s U.S. Open.“I didn’t feel my game. I don’t have a good feeling, that’s why I couldn’t change anything,” Romanian Halep said.Maria Sharapova, who beat Halep in last year’s final, made short work of fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, winning 6-3 6-1 to set up a juicy third-round clash with Samantha Stosur.Stosur, the 2010 runner-up, came within a game of serving up a “double bagel” over French wildcard Amandine Hesse but had to be content with 6-0 6-1.While second seed Federer was beating Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2 7-6(1) 6-3, Nishikori took centre stage on Court Phillipe Chatrier and a straight sets win over Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci offered further proof of his growing threat.Left-hander Bellucci is one of the form players on clay this year, but 25-year-old Nishikori passed the test with flying colours, winning 7-5 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round for only the second time.“I have a lot of confidence on clay right now, so I hope I can do well here, because I haven’t done so well before,” Nishikori who last year became the first Asian male to reach a grand slam final at the U.S. Open, told reporters.“I’m feeling really well after these two matches and winning in three sets against a tough player like Thomaz.”NISHIKORI AT FULL THROTTLEBellucci, ranked 40, arrived in Paris full of confidence after winning the Geneva title last week, but the relentless Nishikori wore him down in a high-quality contest.Nishikori, who has 1989 champion Michael Chang in his corner, needed to be at full-throttle throughout though.He saved a break point at 2-3 in the opening set and then struck decisively at 5-5, nailing a forehand winner at the end of a blistering 22-stroke baseline rally for a decisive break.Nishikori was broken twice, at 5-2 in the second and third sets, but neither proved too damaging as he moved through to a third round clash with Germany’s Benjamin Becker who beat Spanish 32nd seed Fernando Verdasco in a five-set cliffhanger.There was no repeat of Sunday’s scenes when a fan ran on to court for a selfie with 17-times grand slam champion Federer, the only trouble the Swiss encountering on Wednesday was a 4-2 second-set deficit which he quickly fixed.Federer, on collision course with Nishikori in the semi-final, will play Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur in round three after he beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-2.“I might even go so far to say I have actually almost never seen him play before,” Federer said of Sarajevo-based Dzumhur.Fourth seed Tomas Berdych, who could play Nishikori in the quarter-finals, ended 36-year-old fellow Czech Radek Stepanek’s hopes with a four-set victory.Eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka also made progress, beating Serbian Dusan Lajovic and it was a fantastic day for the French with five men reaching the third round and Alize Cornet progressing in the women’s draw.Twelfth seed Gilles Simon led the home charge, beating Martin Klizan 7-5 6-2 6-3 while Cornet beat Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru (Romania) 6-2 7-5.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crushed Israel’s Dudi Sela, Nicolas Mahut beat last year’s surprise semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis and Benoit Paire also took out a seed, Italy’s Fabio Fognini.Gael Monfils completed the sweep, overcoming Diego Schwartzman to loud cheers on Court Phillipe Chatrier.last_img read more

Milan sack coach Inzaghi and bring in Mihajlovic (updated)

first_imgBy Mitch Phillips and Brian HomewoodSinisa Mihajlovic became AC Milan’s fourth coach in 18 months on Tuesday after Filippo Inzaghi was sacked following yet another disappointing season for the seven-time European champions.Former Milan striker Inzaghi, 41, had been in charge for one season, leading them to a modest 10th as they failed to qualify for Europe for the second consecutive season.Milan said Mihajlovic had signed a two-year contract.The Serb, who took charge of Sampdoria in November 2013 when they were second from bottom in Serie A, leading them to a 12th-place finish last season and seventh this term, faces a huge task turning round Milan’s fortunes.The club have become rudderless and the job of steering them back towards challenging for trophies proved beyond Massimiliano Allegri, Clarence Seedorf and Inzaghi in quick succession.Inzaghi, who spent 10 years at the club as a player and twice won the Champions League, struggled throughout much of a campaign that brought their lowest number of wins since 2001 and his future had long been questioned.“AC Milan communicate that Filippo Inzaghi has been discharged of his responsibilities as first team coach. The club thank him for his work,” the club said on their website.In what has become a familiar routine in the last few years, Milan’s season was a story of crises, false dawns, injuries and new signings failing to settle in.Fernando Torres came and went, scoring one goal in four months, and forwards Alessio Cerci and Mattia Destro managed four league goals between them after joining in the January transfer window.Like Allegri, dismissed in January last year, and Seedorf, who followed him at the end of last season, Inzaghi fell victim to a combination of unrealistically high expectations and a lacklustre squad.Allegri is now with Juventus, who won the Serie A and Coppa Italia double and reached the Champions League final, eliminating Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid on the way.Inzaghi, who during his playing days was famously described by then Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as having been “born offside”, was hugely popular with Milan fans, having spent most of his playing career at the club.He was handed the role as their youth team coach after ending his playing career three years ago.He played at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, scoring a total of 25 international goals.last_img read more

Late Stokes burst gives England the edge

first_imgBy Mark GleesonBen Stokes struck a sparkling unbeaten 74 to help England finish the opening day of the second test against South Africa on a healthy 317 for five at Newlands on Saturday.Stokes top-scored for the touring side with Alex Hales and Joe Root also contributing half-centuries and Jonny Bairstow ending on 39 not out in an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 94.Stokes took to the tiring South African bowling in the last hour of a hot day, seeing off the threat of the new ball with a cavalier approach that gave the advantage to England who lead the four-test series 1-0.Hales, in his second test, was out for 60 to a sharp catch from AB de Villiers in the slips after getting an edge to a lifting ball from Morne Morkel.His patient innings off 140 balls should, however, allow him more time to cement a regular role as captain Alastair Cook’s opening partner.Root made 50 before giving debutant Chris Morris his first test wicket when he nibbled at a ball and was caught behind by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.Nick Compton was five runs short of his 50 when he pulled to midwicket and was caught by Temba Bavuma off the bowing of Kagiso Rabada with the last ball before tea.The 20-year-old Rabada, replacing the injured Dale Steyn, took two wickets in as many balls either side of the interval.James Taylor fell straight after tea playing a big drive to a wide ball to be caught behind for a golden duck.The first England wicket to fall was Cook who fell to a stunning one-handed catch at third slip by Morris for 27 off the bowling of Rabada.Cook, who won the toss, and Hales shared a 55-run partnership, the first 50-run open partnership in the last eight English test innings.South Africa’s bowlers all took a pounding with Rabada’s figures of 3-74 the best. Debutant Morris finished with 1-99 off 20 overs as the absence of Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott was felt by the home team.England won the first test in Durban by a convincing 241 runs.last_img read more

Clubs ready cheque books as ‘king’ Ibrahimovic bids PSG adieu

first_imgSweden’s larger-than-life captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play his final game for Paris Saint Germain on Saturday, he said in a social media post that is likely to send clubs around the world reaching for their cheque books.With an ego in keeping with his imposing physique, the ageing but still prolific striker announced his departure in typically flamboyant style.“I came like a king, left like a legend,” he said on Facebook, confirming expectations he would seek to add a new chapter to a glittering career after saying in March that only a statue of him erected in place of the Eiffel Tower would persuade him to stay.The 34-year-old Swede joined PSG in 2012, adding four Ligue 1 titles to an already impressive trophy cabinet, though some questioned his decision to compete against teams of lesser means in France, rather than move to England or back to Italy.He rattled almost a goal a game in establishing the star-studded PSG as the dominant force in French football, and his scintillating domestic and Champions League form this season saw his name again linked with a host of clubs.MLS side LA Galaxy are now widely rumoured to be leading the race for his signature, and Ibra has also been linked to clubs in the Premier League, the Middle East and China.Sweden coach Erik Hamren believes he could still deliver in England, despite his advancing years.“He has a fantastic physique,” he recently told Reuters. “If Zlatan is motivated mentally, then he can stay at the top for several more years.”Having famously said that the World Cup in Brazil wouldn’t be worth watching because he wouldn’t be playing, Ibra is set to lead Sweden at this summer’s Euro 2016 finals in France.With Saturday’s cup final against Marseille set to be his last for a club side on French soil, he will be hoping for a few more electric performances for Sweden before he finally saying “adieu” to the country that has been his home for four years.last_img read more

PNG golf event wins K336,000 in sponsorship

first_imgSP Brewery general manager Stan Joyce presented AUD$160,000 (PGK 336,192.40) to tournament director Stan Walker for this rich event.It is to be held next year from 21st to 24th April at the Royal Port Moresby golf course.Joyce said this is SP’s 8th consecutive year as the naming rights sponsor and he has witnessed the positive development of golf as its partnership with the Golf Association progresses into 2016.“And of course to match such a refreshing move I am also pleased to announce that the move upward will bring with it international TV and media coverage. TV WAN will be the main broadcaster of the 2016 event,”Joyce said.The head of Trend Media Bernard Bermingham commended the sponsors of the tournament for the opportunity to get national and internal coverage through TV and the extended media network and for having the media team on board to participate in the SP Export Radler –PNG-Open 2016.last_img read more

Tabubil Gazebo Dart successfully ends season

first_imgDue to the dry weather that affected the competition in Tabubil last year, TGDA was not able to host its grand final and differed it to this year.On Saturday, April 23, TGDA finally played out its grand final when Abip took on Sakups in a nail-biting grand final.Sakups were the first to break the ice, winning the team game convincingly before Abip struck back to win the triples game.It was an even match in the doubles with both teams winning a match each before heading into the singles game.Still both teams stood tall in the singles and never throwing the towel in, both teams were tied at five games apiece.In the tie-breaker team game, Abip outclassed Sakups to win 6-5 and win the TGDA trophy.TGDA president Arthur Kobal thanked both teams for a good grand final game which saw the match ending peacefully without any major hiccups.“On behalf of the Tabubil Gazebo Dart Association, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your support for the 2015 season, which culminated in the 2015 grand final being played on Saturday,” Kobal said.“The game was a nail-biting one which saw both teams fighting tooth and nail for the win.“Sakups took an early lead in the match with Abip making up for lost ground late in the match. They were both tied at 5 games apiece which took the grand final to a tie-breaker team game where eventually Abip were the victors.“The presentation saw recognition of the minor premiers, premiers and runners-up as well as individual performances during the 2015 season,” Kobal said.“There was also a couple of encouragement awards for our younger players as well as two trophies presented to FCS and TE in recognition of their sponsorship/support of the TGDA for 2015.”Award winners include; Minor premiers – Dimaneng, MVP – Sani Karimnok (Sakups), Player of the Year (female) – Martina Walwal (Kombineisens), Player of the year (male) – Garry Saun (Emanon), Most 100’s scored (female) – Martina Walwal (Kombineisens) 31 x 100, Most 100’s scored (male) – Garry Saun (Emanon) 30 x 100, Most check outs (female) – Martina Walwal (Kombineisens) 20 x checkouts, Most checkouts (male) – Garry Saun (Emanon) 15 x checkouts Highest Score (180) female – Julie Kobal (Spiders), male – Hillary Selan (Kisere), David Joe (FCS 2), Garry Saun (Emanon).Sixteen teams registered for the 2015 season and the games were played on Friday and Saturday nights.last_img read more

Three companies end Ryan Lochte endorsement deals

first_imgSyneron-Candela, owner of Gentle Laser Hair Removal, released a statement saying the company wound end its partnership with the athlete, adding, “We hold our employees to high standards, and we expect the same of our business partners.”Earlier Monday, Ralph Lauren executives stated their company’s contract with Lochte was for the 2016 Rio Olympics only, and would not be renewed. “Ralph Lauren continues to sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes embody.”Speedo USA said in a separate statement that the company would donate $50,000 from Lochte’s endorsement fee to the charity Save The Children. “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for. We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience.”Lochte acknowledged it was his “immature behavior” that got him and three teammates into a mess that consumed the final days of the Olympics, in a portion of an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer that aired Saturday. Police have said the swimmers vandalized a bathroom after a night of partying and armed guards confronted them and asked them to pay for the damage.The Japanese mattress maker Airweave’s CEO, Motokuni Takaoka, said last week the firm would keep its partnership with Lochte.”Ryan Lochte has done absolutely irreparable damage to his reputation and marketability regardless of what the final investigation in Rio reveals about whether he embellished or lied, in addition to his reprehensible personal behavior as an ‘ugly American,'” Ray Katz, managing partner of ROI Sports Marketing Group and Columbia University professor, told FoxBusiness.com. Describing the incident in Rio, Lochte told NBC, “Whether you call it a robbery or whether you call it extortion or us just paying for the damages, we don’t know. All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.”But he admitted that he understood that he was being told that the Americans had to pay for the damage or the police would be called.At that point, Lauer said: “You’re striking a deal. Is that fair?””We just wanted to get out of there,” Lochte said, adding the swimmers were frightened.Lauer told Lochte that his story had morphed from one about “the mean streets or Rio” to a negotiated settlement to cover up dumb behavior.”That’s why I’m taking full responsibility for it, because I over-exaggerated the story,” Lochte said. “If I had never done that, we wouldn’t be in this mess.”Lochte also said he had lied in telling NBC interviewer Billy Bush the next day that a gun had been cocked and pointed at his forehead. He said he was still under the influence of alcohol when he talked to Bush.”I definitely had too much to drink that night and I was very intoxicated,” he said.Lochte, who dyed his hair white for the games and had it turn a light shade of green from the pool, had changed his hair back to its regular shade of brown for the interview, which was conducted in New York. As Brazilian police investigated his robbery claim, and eventually held his teammates for questioning while they sorted out his story, he had tweeted he intended to dye it back.He said he hoped to continue competitive swimming but acknowledged that it won’t be his decision about whether he’d be able to be part of the American team again. USA Swimming and the International Olympic Committee could issue sanctions.Lochte said he regretted how the incident had tarnished Rio and the last week of the Olympics. He also gave an interview to Brazil’s main broadcaster Globo on Saturday to apologize for his actions.”Brazil doesn’t deserve that,” he said to Globo. “I am sorry that my immaturity caused all this ruckus.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.last_img read more

K32, 000 prize money for softball club champs

first_imgThe original prize money for the championships was K22, 000 given by major sponsor, PNG Power.But this increased by another K10, 000 thanks to the support from State Enterprises Minister and Member for Hagen Open, William Duma.President of the PNG Softball Federation, Ralph Tarasomo this morning explained the break up of the prize money.First place: K7,000, Second place: K5,000, Third place: K2, 500 and Fourth place: K1, 500.He said the break up amount for the different placings is the same for both the men’s and women’s.last_img read more

POM and NCD to do battle in men’s final at basketball champs

first_imgNCD secured the first spot in the grand final after proving the better side defeating Daru 97-68 in the first semi-final.Port Moresby (1) on the other hand had the easiest of wins forfeiting Kupiano to book themselves into tonight’s grand final at 7:30pm.Daru and Kupiano will play for bronze.last_img

Corporate snooker comp will start

first_imgLamana 1 takes on new team DKS at the Q Club while another newcomer, Kasens, will face off with Magic Wizards at Laguna Hotel in the Premier Grade.The other Premier Grade game between PMMI and Lamana 2 will be played on Thursday evening at Q Club.On Tuesday night in the A Grade, Rapid Response Dragons play PMMI 2 at Q Club while Kasens and PMMI 1 will have a bye.For the B Grade, Rapid Response Dragons will lock horns with PMMI 2 at Q Club, Kasens will challenge BPNG Cannons at Laguna Hotel, while at Aviat Club Famagusta go head to head with PMMI 1 on Wednesday night.On Thursday in C Grade, HDI Dragons will go up against PMMI 2 at Q Club, Kasens face BPNG Cannons at Laguna Hotel and at Aviat Club, PMMI 1 take on PMMI 3.last_img read more

Lewas progress to T20 Global Qualifier

first_imgThis comes after their six wicket win over Samoa on the last day of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017.Samoa finished at 9/79 after knocks from captain Regina Lili’I (32) and Lelia Bourne (19).Despite losing four wickets for just seven runs, captain Pauke Siaka (19) and Brenda Tau (20) steered the Lewas home to victory in the 19th over. Summary ScoreSamoa 9/79 (20) Lili’I 32, Bourne 19, Oa 2/9 (4) defeated by PNG 4/82 (18.4) Jimmy 22, Tau 20*, Siaka 19*, Lili’I 2/9 (4).The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier will be held later in 2017 or early 2018.Photo credit: International Cricket Councillast_img read more

Brook beaten by Spence Jr

first_imgBrook sunk to his knees with his swollen left eye causing obvious distress, and referee Howard Foster called a halt to confirm Spence Jr as the new IBF welterweight champion.Sheffield’s Brook had previously suffered a broken orbital bone in his middleweight defeat to Gennady Golovkin last September, but his other eye resulted in his demise against Spence Jr who was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the conclusion.The American challenger, a cool and composed character throughout the week despite being in enemy territory, began to quietly find a home for his trademark body shots from the opening bell.Brook’s counter left – a successful shot on multiple occasions, delivered over Spence Jr’s jab – was evidence that the Sheffield fighter retained his speed and reflexes upon his return to welterweight.Brook tried to bulldoze through his younger and less experienced foe, and sure enough, his trainer Dominic Ingle assured “he’s beginning to drain” after four rounds of tit-for-tat action.The champion appeared comfortable opposing a southpaw, as he has been on many occasions before, but Spence Jr proved a slick operator who justified the considerable hype generated from America. His punches to the body were never obvious but always present.Spence Jr needed to grit his teeth and persevere through a difficult sixth round when Brook turned up the heat, but the tables quickly turned.Straight left hands from the southpaw stance began to find Brook and, in the seventh, his left eye showed clear markings. The wound worsened swiftly.Brook needed the solace of the bell to the end of the ninth round as Spence Jr realised the IBF belt was within his grasp.Brook was then on the floor – a combination with a crunching punch to the mid-section from Spence Jr caused him to double-up in pain. His eye, by this point, looked appalling but he bravely roared on and, from the precipice of defeat, turned the round into a back-and-forth affair.But the injury was too severe and, with Spence Jr given an obvious target, it was causing more and more problems. Brook was blinking worryingly – an ominous reminder from his Golovkin fight – and he sunk to his knees before the referee saved him.last_img read more

Barras bowled out for 257

first_imgDogodo Bau (45), Lega Siaka, (41), Tony Ura (35) and Mahuru Dai (29) scored the bulk of the runs for the Barras, who were all bowled out inside 83 overs.Joel Logan was the top bowler for the NT Strike, taking 5/41 off his 18.1 overs bowled.NT Strike were left a 1/3 at stumps after Nic Cowling (1) was caught and bowled off the last ball of the day by Chad Soper.Day two of the match is underway.last_img