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Pakistan hope Hasan will shine again in CT final

Mohammad Hafeez (R) and Babar Azam walks back to the pavilion after Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final cricket match between England and Pakistan. After bowling the hosts out for 211, thanks to pacer Hasan Ali's 3/35, the Pakistani opening duo of Ali and Zaman made light work of the English bowlers as the visitors crossed the 50-run mark at the end of the mandatory powerplay. Lire la suite »

Root focused on 2019 World Cup after Champions Trophy ouster


Bowled out for 211 in 49.5 overs after losing the toss, any chuntering about the rough end of conditions should have dissipated when Pakistan cruised to their target with 77 balls to spare for the loss of two wickets . Openers Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) then helped knock off the inadequate total with nearly 13 overs and eight wickets to spare as England bowed out of their own tournament at the semi-final stage. Lire la suite »

Oxlade-Chamberlain contract talks not progressing

With just one year remaining on the contract of England global Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, talks were expected to advance easily on a new deal for the Arsenal star, but with no news since the end of the season, reports are now surfacing that the player is becoming frustrated with the lack of progress. Lire la suite »

When is the 2017 National Basketball Association draft?


If Los Angeles isn't sold on the projected top-two pick after he shows his training regimen and work ethic, he will consider working out for other teams picking below the Lakers. Before rising to a potential top draft pick, before commanding the floor for Washington under Lorenzo Romar , and before becoming a top 25 high school player in the nation , Fultz failed to make his high school varsity roster during his sophomore year. Lire la suite »

Red Sox announcer to Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Lose translator, learn 'baseball language'

OUR PREDICTION: The Red Sox have won 10 of their last 14 games overall, are 8-2 in their last 10 games versus a right-handed starter, and have won five of Pomeranz's last six starts versus a team with a winning record. Offensively, Chris Carter was the star of the show. Tigers 4, Angels 0: Buck Farmer outlasted Alex Meyer in an unexpected pitchers' duel, and Justin Upton hit a three-run homer for Detroit in the eighth inning. Lire la suite »

Amir fit and plays in Champions Trophy final


Virat Kohli insisted that the Men in Blue were neither too intimidated, nor were too arrogant about their performance in the tournament. It is nonetheless a battle of attrition, where one needs to hold the nerve till the very end. Pakistan entered the Champions Trophy as the bottom-ranked team, but Ahmed led the team from the front, propelling them into the finals. "They are intimidating opposition bowlers with their class and breathtaking stroke-play". Lire la suite »

Hogg to see specialist over cheekbone injury

In a match viewed as a fourth Test, Gatland fielded his strongest XV of the tour so far, minus injured captain Sam Warburton , and under the alternative leadership of Alun Wyn Jones the Lions took control from the start. Coach Warren Gatland believes his side are gathering momentum towards the first Test but expects a "massive" confrontation with the Highlanders , who only just lost to the Crusaders the previous week. Lire la suite »

Tricky conditions as players begin third round of US Open

It was one of his four top-10 finishes between the European and PGA Tours this season. Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. Louis Oosthuizen is making the biggest move the morning in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Meanwhile the relatively short Brian Harman co-leads the tournament at the halfway stage. Lire la suite »

9 things to know during Day 3 of the 2017 US Open

He hammered a chip from just short of the par-5 14th that led to another three-putt bogey. Stricker, who recently turned 50, admitted the extreme length of the course - it played at 7,839 yards Friday - limits his opportunities to make birdies and therefore gain much momentum. Lire la suite »

The mighty Casey strikes out on 14th

American favourite Johnson crashed out after he could only card a one-over-par 73, which left him four over for the tournament at the sprawling Erin Hills course in rural Wisconsin. He shot a 3-over 75 and is 1 under for the tournament. With the entire field separated by just eight shots after the cut fell at one over, 2015 victor Jordan Spieth had hoped to get himself into contention but struggled to a 76. Lire la suite »

Li makes history at US Open before third round 82

It's not just the expectations of those watching around the world but a self-imposed pressure and McIlroy's disastrous opening round owed as much to his determination to regain his throne as golf's crown prince as his rustiness. American favourite Johnson crashed out after he could only card a one-over-par 73, which left him four over for the tournament at the sprawling Erin Hills course in rural Wisconsin. Lire la suite »

India wary of rejuvenated Pakistan: Kohli


The aggression ever present while on the field was distinctly absent. "We never spoke about the semi-final in a different way and we are not talking about the final in a different way either". It is perhaps fitting. Since that first match , Pakistan have turned things around dramatically in the absence of Wahab Riaz, their most expensive bowler against India . Lire la suite »

Facts about Champion Trophy final

We have practiced the same way as we started the day we came here. The highly-anticipated ICC Champions Trophy Group stage match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on June 4 became the highest rated one-day worldwide (ODI) match in Broadcast Audience Research Council's (BARC) history, broadcasters Star India confirmed on Friday. Lire la suite »

US Open: Defending champion Dustin Johnson makes early exit

Nearly an inch of rain fell on the course overnight, but scoring conditions were far from easy as the likes of former champion Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood tried to move into contention. The cut for the top 60 and ties was at 1-over 145, tying a U.S. Open record set in 1990 at Medinah. He then joined Fowler on 7-under with a birdie on the par-four 11th, playing a brilliant iron from the fairway to three feet to tap in. Lire la suite »

US Open Day Two

Reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia headlines a group still in the hunt at three under. Fifteen of the 18 holes had been cut within seven yards of the edge of the green and despite the 68-man field being separated by eight shots, only former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had been able to move into the top 15 after nearly four hours' play. Lire la suite »

Penguins hire Mike Buckley as goaltending coach


Pittsburgh goaltenders combined for a 2.19 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and five shutouts during their run to their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship in 2017. Prior to turning professional, he played three seasons of collegiate hockey for Ohio State. Now, Bales will get the opportunity to coach Cam Ward, who captured a Stanley Cup title with the Hurricanes during his rookie season back in 2005-06. Lire la suite »

US Open Day Three

Casey recovered from a triple-bogey on his fifth hole of the day to add a 71 to his opening 66 and set a clubhouse target of seven under par , which was later matched by Fleetwood and American duo Brooks Koepka and Brian Harman . "Some of it nearly takes the bombers out of it". Not everyone can take advantage. The last time Day missed a cut in a major was the 2012 PGA Championship , just a month after his son was born. Lire la suite »

Dy, De Tomas fall in UFC debuts


De Tomas continued to scramble, and he then fought off a rear-naked choke and a late-round armbar, which was spoiled by the horn signaling the end of the round. CJ de Tomas of Quezon City, Philippines was on the wrong side of a decision, losing to fellow UFC debutant Naoki Inoue of Toyohashi, Japan by the scores of 30-26 on all 3 cards in the 3-round flyweight fight. Lire la suite »

World's top 3 make history, miss cut

Then, in 2009 while playing for the University of Georgia, he slayed Fowler in the quarterfinals of the 2009 NCAA Championship, making three straight birdies over the final three holes to finish him off. It's not just the expectations of those watching around the world but a self-imposed pressure and McIlroy's disastrous opening round owed as much to his determination to regain his throne as golf's crown prince as his rustiness. Lire la suite »

Paul Casey survives up-and-down round to take clubhouse lead at US Open

But not everyone left with a smile as the world's top six ranked players all failed to get into red numbers. "I've never played a U.S. Open, so tomorrow will be a very cool experience". In all, 32 players are within five shots of the lead. Consider that in the moment what looked like a candidate for the most memorable birdie of the year on the PGA Tour ultimately became just his third most impressive shot of the day, a curling 18-foot putt on the par-4 fifth hole that Thomas rolled up in ... Lire la suite »

US Open 2017: Four tied for lead heading into the weekend

Second-ranked McIlroy , who has played just six tournaments this year while battling a nagging rib injury, shot one-under 71 after opening with a six-over 78, and number three Day had a second-round 75 to finish on 10-over 154. But I think with how long the course is and how long the days are, I'm not sure. What would explain it was the wakeup call. "If somebody does it tomorrow [Sunday] to win the U.S. Lire la suite »

Day two ends with four-way tie


McIlroy however, who is returning from a hip and back injury, put a courageous face on his second consecutive missed cut at a US Open following his exit at the halfway stage in 2016. I felt really comfortable and I was enjoying being out there. There were five players in double digits Saturday at Erin Hills. "I did the work, looked at the golf course, made sure that I could actually play and visualize the golf course", he said. Lire la suite »

Why Gordie Howe's name will be off the Stanley Cup next year


It's like, I can imagine this because I just lived it this year, but describing this, as I'm sure you can tell by reading this, it's just so tough to do. An empty-net goal in the final seconds ended any last-ditch hopes of the Predators and their fans. Not a bad way for Matt Murray to finally shed that rookie title. Lire la suite »