Super Smith takes Aussies to 1-0 lead with record –breaking 164

first_imgSTEVE Smith hit a record-breaking century and took two superb catches as Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day series opener in Sydney yesterday.The Australia skipper smashed 164 off 157 balls, the highest one-day international score at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to lead Australia to 324 for eight.Man-of-the-match Smith struck 14 fours and four sixes in his seventh ODI century after winning the toss to give the Black Caps a tough target to chase down.Smith then took two great catches and paceman Josh Hazlewood claimed three wickets to dismiss the Kiwis for 256 in 44.2 overs.Smith’s knock, the seventh highest by an Australian, surpassed South Africa’s AB de Villiers’ 162 at the same ground in last year’s World Cup.It was also the joint-highest by an Australia captain. Ricky Ponting also made 164 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.He then underlined his man-of-the-match credentials with two decisive catches in the Black Caps’ innings.His throat-high catch at slip dismissed skipper Kane Williamson for just nine.Smith later latched onto a flying one-handed screamer to dismiss BJ Watling for six off Mitchell Marsh, hurling himself to his left in the gully for a stunning catch.“I got a bit of luck. I was probably out lbw at one point,” Smith said.– SMITH RECORD –“It’s nice to get my highest score at my home ground and post a huge total.“We were able to get over the line, which was the most pleasing thing. I am sure New Zealand will hit back hard.”Opener Martin Guptill reached his 11th ODI century with a mighty six off Marsh over long-on off 93 balls and was his side’s major hope of reeling in Australia’s huge target.But leg-spinner Adam Zampa coaxed Guptill into a false shot to find fielding substitute Glenn Maxwell at mid-wicket and he was on his way for 114 off 102 balls in the 33rd over.“Guptill’s was a fantastic hundred — one of his better hundreds — and gave us a chance,” Williamson said.“If we reflect back, we bowled poorly in the middle stage. I think we were good in patches, and not so good in some, which left us a tall total to chase.”Jimmy Neesham put on 92 runs for the third wicket with Guptill before he holed out to Hazlewood off Mitchell Starc in the 22nd over.Smith’s top-ranked team suffered a 5-0 ODI series drubbing in South Africa in October and earlier looked shaky again when reduced to 92 for four in the 21st over.But Smith, who could have been out three times, flailed the Black Caps’ bowlers and put his side in the ascendancy.Smith was finally out three overs from the end when he skied Trent Boult to Colin Munro at midwicket.The Australian captain was supported by 52 from newcomer Travis Head, who was dropped by Matt Henry on nine, while wicketkeeper Matt Wade clobbered three sixes off a Jimmy Neesham over on his way to 38 off 22 balls.Smith gave New Zealand two chances in Boult’s third over.BJ Watling missed a leg-side catch on 13 and one run later Boult’s leg before wicket appeal was turned down by the umpire.New Zealand inexplicably did not call for a review, which showed the Australian captain would have been out.Smith had a third “life” on 152 when Munro dropped him at square leg.David Warner attacked debutant paceman Lockie Ferguson, smashing two boundaries off the youngster’s first over before he inside-edged on to his stumps for 24 off 29 balls.Head put on 127 for the fifth wicket with Smith, before he was caught and bowled low down by Boult. The second match in the series takes place at Canberra’s Manuka Oval tomorrow.(AFP)last_img read more

Evin Lewis ruled out for 2-3 weeks with fractured ankle

first_imgWEST Indies opening batsman Evin Lewis has been ruled out of the fifth and final One Day International (ODI) against England after being diagnosed with a fractured ankle.On Tuesday Lewis cracked an impressive 176 from 130 balls, falling short of being just the sixth player in ODI history to score a double century. The savage Lewis smashed seven sixes and 17 fours, but eventually blasted a delivery from fast bowler Jake Ball into his ankle and had to leave the field before potentially being the first player to score a double ton in an ODI on English soil.The medics remained on the pitch for several minutes to attempt to treat Lewis, but it was soon clear that the player could take no further part in the encounter. Cricket West Indies has since confirmed that the Lewis suffered a hairline fracture on his right ankle, which will keep him out of action for two to three weeks.Lewis’ assault on the English bowling attack powered the regional team to 356 for 5, recovering from a poor start that had seen them lose their first three wickets inside the first seven overs.England, however, went on to win the match by 6 runs via the Duckworth/Lewis method and in the process claimed an unassailable 3-0 lead with one match remaining. ( read more

The Latest: Baseball and soccer in Japan not expecting fans

first_imgMaracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage.Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022. That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___ Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles. The Latest: Baseball and soccer in Japan not expecting fans ___French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin. Associated Press center_img April 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does. The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31.The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics.Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___ A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%.The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: German Cup soccer final postponed indefinitely

first_imgThe Latest: German Cup soccer final postponed indefinitely The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season.Federation president Fritz Keller says “it is extremely unfortunate that in all likelihood this special game will have to take place in a stadium without spectators.”There are also no dates for the postponed semifinals. They were originally scheduled to be played earlier this week with champion Bayern Munich hosting Eintracht Frankfurt and fourth-division club Saarbrücken welcoming Bayer Leverkusen.___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021.The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. Associated Press April 24, 2020 The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year. Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9.Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.”Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season.Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.” The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.”___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Swift turnaround for Tipp champions.

first_imgSarsfields and Tipperary forward Lar Corbett felt that they got better as the Championship went on and that it all clicked for them in yesterdays final. Thurles Sarsfields can start preparing for a Munster Club Hurling Semi-Final with Cratloe in Ennis this Sunday.That’s after they captured the Dan Breen Cup, beating the 2013 champions Loughmore-Castleiney in yesterday’s County Senior Hurling Final.They dominated the game, eventually winning by 2-22 to 3-11.last_img

BGC members suspend TV and radio advertising during lockdown

first_imgShare Share BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Submit BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Members of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) will voluntarily remove all TV and radio product advertising during the COVID-19 lockdown.The announcement is the latest in the series of new measures introduced by BGC members to ensure that punters are protected during the current pandemic, despite a drop in advertising spend in addition to a 10% drop in the volume of TV sport and casino advertisements.BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “From day one of this crisis we have sought to protect customers potentially at risk, including announcing stepping up safer gambling measures as part of our ten pledges for covid-19 in March. “This latest move by the regulated industry further underlines our commitment to safer betting and gaming with many people cut off and feeling anxious.“We have been working closely with our member companies since this crisis began to monitor the impact of betting and gaming. There hasn’t been an explosion in people betting online as some had predicted – in fact, the opposite is true with total revenue down by up to 60 per cent. “Overall gambling levels have also fallen significantly as a result of betting shops and casinos closing and the suspension of live sport. And whilst advertising levels on sports and casino are also down, again contrary to some assertions, we recognise that removing product advertising will act as a further safeguard during covid-19.”Direct marketing has also significantly dropped, while BGC members have also ramped up the visibility of safer gambling tools. Existing TV and radio advertising slots will be replaced by safer gambling messages, donated to charities or removed from broadcast where contracts permit.The decision, which will be reviewed once current lockdown measures are relaxed, is due to be implemented ‘no later than Thursday 7th May’. The commitment will remain in force for six weeks until at least 5th June. Dugher continued: “This major announcement by our members will result in the removal of half of all product advertising on TV and radio. I hope now that other major gambling operators like the National Lottery follow our lead. “Throughout this crisis, as the new standards body, the BGC has worked very closely with the Government. Ministers and the regulator all deserve credit for their steadfast and consistent determination to have an evidence-led approach and to rightly call for higher standards. “There will always be alarmist noises from anti-gambling prohibitionists who just want to grab headlines, but it is this serious, constructive and evidence-led approach by the BGC’s regulated members that has resulted in this further major change.“We are determined to do everything we can to protect customers potentially at risk during this lockdown period and beyond – and we are determined to drive the high standards that the public expect from us. I hope others follow our lead.” The impact of advertising is due to be discussed on Day 5 of SBC’s Digital Summit. With global business communities in the grip of the COVID-19 crisis, the Summit was created as a platform for the industry to connect and share knowledge amid critical and unprecedented conditions.The SBC Digital Summit runs from 27 April to 1 May 2020 and features seven conference tracks, a virtual exhibition and virtual networking lounges, attracting an estimated 10,000 delegates logging in from around the world.There is still time to register for the event, with company discounts available: read more

Gov. Whitmer announces MI Mask Aid: 4 million free masks to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLANSING, Mich. – Four million free masks are being provided to Michigan residents who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 through a partnership involving the state, Ford Motor Company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced today.Low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters will benefit from the MI Mask Aid partnership that is part of the Mask Up Michigan campaign.Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II“Michigan needs to continue to ‘mask up’ to protect us all from COVID-19,” Gov. Whitmer said. “Vulnerable populations may have difficulties buying masks and our schools need face coverings to keep students, staff and community members safe. I am thrilled that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Ford and FEMA are working together to help control the spread of the coronavirus.”The project is in partnership with Gov. Whitmer’s Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities chaired by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.The irony of this pandemic that requires physical distancing is that it reveals how connected we truly are—how much we rely on one another every day,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist II said. “I’m thankful for our partners at Ford, FEMA and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for coming together in a big way to ensure that our communities, particularly those hardest hit, have what they need to get through these tough times. By delivering four million masks at no cost to Michiganders, we can provide a proven, lifesaving device to countless residents as they go back to work, school, and define new way of living during this pandemic.”The free masks include 1.5 million from FEMA that the state has already sent to organizations that include local Community Action Agencies serving low-income residents, MDHHS offices, Area Agencies on Aging, homeless shelters and Native American tribes.Another 1 million face coverings from FEMA and 1.5 million from Ford will go to low-income schools, the City of Detroit, Federally Qualified Health Centers, some COVID-19 testing sites and to many of the organizations listed above to reach vulnerable populations – including minority residents who have been affected by the public health crisis as a result of racism.“Masks are proven to reduce a person’s chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70 percent. There’s also growing evidence that masks can protect the wearer’s life, by reducing the severity of COVID if they get it,” MDHHS Director Robert Gordon said. “It’s critically important to make sure communities most impacted by COVID-19 have greater access to masks at no cost. The MI Mask Aid initiative is a critical step in this effort.”Ford’s involvement makes MI Mask Aid a public-private partnership that can provide even more free masks. Ford assembles more vehicles and employs more hourly workers in the U.S. than any other automaker.“Manufacturing is the backbone of America and from World War II to fighting COVID-19, Ford has a rich history of stepping up in times of crisis to help Michigan and our country,” said Ford Motor Company president and CEO Jim Hackett. “And today we continue in our efforts, with the State of Michigan and in coordination with the Task Force on Racial Disparities, by donating face masks to serve communities especially vulnerable to COVID-19. We also will continue to look for ways to address urgent needs of our communities by leveraging our partnerships through the Ford Motor Company Fund.”Anyone interested in receiving a free mask can find a distribution  location by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or looking up their local Community Action Agency online.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ACC’s Van Lare Hall receives faceliftNext Fourth annual Poker Run, Walk, Trot fundraiser kicks-off Saturday, Aug. 29last_img read more

President Goodluck, Minister meet over FIFA ban

first_imgAs the zero hour approaches swiftly for Nigeria to reinstate the Aminu Maigari-led NFF board today or risk an indefinite ban from FIFA, the Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission, Dr.Tamuno Danagogo is expected to hold a crucial meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, where a decision on whether to reinstate the Maigari board would be made to forestall a worldwide clampdown on Nigeria.Nigeria was suspended on August 9 by FIFA , who ordered that Nigeria should reinstate the board by today or face an indefinite worldwide ban from football. The ban will effectively rule Nigeria out from next month’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada and many other international events.In an attempt to present their side of the story, the Ministry of Sports sent a team to Brazil to meet FIFA. The team has returned back to Nigeria and was scheduled to brief Danagogo last night. At the time of filing this report, the meeting was yet to start.It was gathered that the team to Brazil was expected to tell the Minister what transpired during their meeting with FIFA and make appropriate recommendations on what to do to beat the impending ban.“The team that went to Brazil to meet FIFA would brief the Sports Minister and tell him what unfolded there and possibly make recommendations on the way forward. I do not know the exact time that the meeting would start but I it will hold tonight”, said a Ministry insider, who added that the Minister of Sports would disccuss the recommendations of the team with President Jonathan today.“The Minister is scheduled to meet President Jonathan( today) and brief him on what transpired so that Nigeria can find a way out of the current problem,” the source said.last_img read more

Ella Ann-Marie Leonard, 3 months, Wichita: May, 31, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2016

first_imgElla AnnMarie LeonardAfter three short months in our world, Ella Ann-Marie Leonard died in her mother’s arms on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. She was born on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 10 a.m., weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 inches long. She was eagerly welcomed by her loving mother, Melissa Nicole Leonard. Although she was little in size, Ella made an enormous impact in the lives of those who knew her.She leaves behind her mother, Melissa Leonard of Wichita; father, Kyle Sanderson of Wichita; her brother and sister, Blake and Brianna Burris; grandparents, Kathleen and Dale Havens of Wichita and Pamela and Marty Dobson of Derby, Kansas. She was also loved by her aunt, Carrie Howard of Belle Plaine, and godfather, Larry Cox of Udall.A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016. Funeral services for Ella will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2016 in the chapel of Cornejo | Day Funeral Home, Wellington.Interment will follow at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington.Those wishing to help the family can make contributions to the Ella Leonard Funeral Fund established with the funeral home. Please visit to make a contribution, share a memory or leave condolences.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.last_img read more


first_imgBEEN STUDYING HER SWITCHES TO GRASS AS SHE HEADS A FIELD OF 12 SOPHOMORE FILLIES IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS AT ONE MILE ON TURF RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2020)–KMN Racing’s homebred Been Studying Her, a two-time stakes winner on dirt, will try turf for the first time on Saturday as she heads field of 12 sophomore fillies in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks, to be contested at one mile over the Santa Anita turf.Other top Oaks contenders would appear to be Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime, a one mile turf stakes winner and trainer Peter Miller’s Bulletproof One, a two-time stakes winner who will be stretching out to a route of ground for the first time.The Cal Cup Oaks is part of the lucrative Golden State Series.  Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired horses.BEEN STUDYING HEROwner: KMN Racing, LLCTrainer: Dan WardA scintillating 3 ¼ length winner of the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies two starts back on Nov. 1, she was a disappointing fourth, beaten 10 lengths as the 2-5 favorite in the one mile Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 14.  A first out open maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs at Sacramento on July 20, this California-bred daughter of the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna, out of Maddie’s Odyssey, by Kitten’s Joy, then took the six furlong Generous Portion Stakes versus statebreds at Del Mar on Aug. 28.  Subsequently fourth, beaten 5 ½ lengths by multiple Grade I winner Bast in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Chandelier Stakes here on Sept. 27, she’s won three out of her five starts and looms the class of the Oaks field with Mike Smith up.WARREN’S SHOWTIMEOwner: Benjamin & Sally WarrenTrainer:  Craig LewisBy Clubhouse Ride out of Warren’s Grade I stakes winning mare Warren’s Veneda (by Affirmative), this chestnut filly broke her maiden going one mile on turf in her second start on Aug. 21 at Del Mar and with her one mile turf Surfer Girl win two starts back Oct. 6, has two wins from three starts at the Oaks trip.  Most recently a troubled third, beaten four lengths by Been Studying Her in the seven furlong Golden State Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1, Warren’s Showtime has to be accorded a big look in Saturday’s Cal Cup Oaks.BULLETPROOF ONEOwner: Gary Barber, Cecil Barber, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Wachtel StableTrainer:  Peter MillerOriginally based at Golden Gate Fields, this extremely quick California-bred daughter of Idiot Proof was sold privately following her second start, a 9 ¼ length romp in the 5 ½ furlong Everett Nevin Stakes at Pleasanton on July 6. A subsequent 6 ¼ length winner of the CTBA Stakes going the same distance at Del Mar July 31, she made the early lead in the Generous Portion on Aug. 28, but finished 9 ¾ lengths behind Been Studying Her as the 1-5 favorite.  Most recently beaten 8 ½ lengths by the top selection in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1,Bulletproof One is the speed of the Oaks field and will hope to shake loose in her first two turn assignment.THE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTAlmost a Factor–Flavien Prat–124Wise Rachel–Juan Hernandez–124Bulletproof One–Ruben Fuentes–124Been Studying Her–Mike Smith–124Warren’s Showtime–Jorge Velez–124Smokin Hot Bobbie–Rafael Bejarano–124Midnight Sunrise–Geovanni Franco–124Homehome–Mario Gutierrez–124Smiling Shirlee–Umberto Rispoli–124Cholula Lips–Tyler Baze–124California Kook–Drayden Van Dyke–124Warrior’s Moon–Abel Cedillo–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more