(REUTERS) – Statistics and records from England’s one-wicket win over Australia in the third Ashes test at Headingley that levelled the series at 1-1 on Sunday.RUN CHASE England’s total of 362-9 features in the top 10 highest successful fourth innings run chases of all time in Test cricket:418-7 – West Indies v Australia (St John’s) 2003414-4 – South Africa v Australia (Perth) 2008406-4 – India v West Indies (Port of Spain) 1976404-3 – Australia v England (Leeds) 1948391-6 – Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (Colombo) 2017387-4 – India v England (Chennai) 2008382-3 – Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Pallekele) 2015
POUDEROYEN FC and Fruta Conquerors U-20 teams are the first through to the semi-final stage of the Turbo Knockout Football tournament.The first match of the two days of quarter-final action was played at the Ministry of Education ground on Friday evening.The first game was a tense affair between Pouderoyen and Buxton U-20.Both sides tried furiously to open the scoring and there were several close encounters, but the first half ended scoreless.The second half ended the same way, resulting in extra time which saw the West Demerara-based side score first through a Darrell Abrams intervention.Troni Semple brought things level in the 106th minute with his strike sending the game into penalties.In the end, it was Pouderoyen who advanced 6-5, ending the Buxton U-20s’ run in the tournament.In the second game Fruta Conquerors U-20 edged out Buxton 3-2 at the final whistle.The ever-present Nicholas McArthur opened the scoring for the U-20 side in the 21st minute with Ryan Hackett doubling it up in the 46th minute.An own-goal by Joel Yhap gifted Buxton their first goal and Shemar Scott in the 71st brought the game level again as the fightback continued.However, the game that looked likely to follow the extra-time trend was changed by Osafo Simpson in the 88th minute.The second set of quarter-final matches will pit Riddim Squad vs Northern Rangers from 19:00hrs tonight while Santos U-20 and GFC will clash at 21:00hrs.
DESCRIBED as a very, disciplined young man by his club’s president Boodnarine Persaud, 20-year-old Chandrapaul Mohabir was recently the recipient of a quantity of cricket gear, compliments of Narchand ‘Archie’ Mohan, president of Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) of Toronto, Canada.According to Persaud, who is president of Zeelugt Cold Fusion Cricket Club, the Guyanese-born Mohan, who resides in Canada, readily agreed to assist the young all-rounder following a request made on his behalf.Mohabir, who hails from Greenwich Park, East Bank Essequibo, is a member of Zeelugt Cold Fusion Cricket Club which is affiliated to the East Bank Cricket Association. He also represented Essequibo at the Under-15 and Under-19 levels.Both Persaud, on behalf of the club, and Mohabir expressed sincere thanks to Mohan for his fine gesture and generosity, with the former pointing out that it will go a far way in enhancing the cricketer’s fledgling career.The cricket gear includes MRF bat, helmet, spike boots, a pair of batting pads, thigh pad batting gloves and a gear bag.
THE qualifying tournament for next year’s Women’s World Cup has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event – featuring 10 teams, including Ireland – was due to take place in Sri Lanka from 3-19 July.Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also involved.Three teams will qualify to join England, Australia, South Africa, India and hosts New Zealand in the World Cup, scheduled for February and March 2021.The other teams in the Qualifier, who made it through regional qualification tournaments, are Zimbabwe, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands and the United States.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also postponed the start of the qualification process for the men’s Under-19 World Cup in 2022, with regional qualifying set to begin in Denmark in July.“We will work in partnership with the members to find an appropriate window to reschedule these events as soon as is safe and practical to do so,” said ICC head of events Chris Tetley.“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take well-informed, responsible decisions in relation to both postponing events and resuming international cricket.”Ireland head coach Ed Joyce said: “The chance to qualify for a World Cup is always a big moment in a player’s career.“The fixture schedule is going to be busy for all nations given the postponements, and we’ll need to develop a preparation programme in the lead-up to the tournament, so we hope the ICC can give ample notification of the new dates.“It is a challenging time for everyone, but we have a resilient young squad and I know they’ll be dedicated to the task once we’re back under way.”There will be no cricket in England and Wales until at least July.(BBC Sport)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia tops an unchanged ATP ranking, leading 10 others in men’s rankings as he begins the defence of his Wimbledon title.Djokovic, who beat Andy Murray in the French Open earlier this month, stays on 16,950 points, with Murray second on 8,915, the rankings released on Monday.ATP top 10 as of June 27 (previous ranking in parenthesis):1. (1) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 16,950 points 2. (2) Andy Murray, Britain, 8,915 3. (3) Roger Federer, Switzerland, 6,425 4. (4) Rafael Nadal, Spain, 5,335 5. (5) Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 5,035 6. (6) Kei Nishikori. Japan, 4,155 7. (7) Milos Raonic, Canada, 3,175 8. (8) Dominic Thiem, Austria, 3,175 9. (9) Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 2,950 10.(10 Richard Gasquet, France, 2,905. (dpa/NAN)Meanwhile, Djokovic yesterday beat Briton James Ward 6-0 7-6 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon.Djokovic, 29, searching for his fourth SW19 title, took the first nine games but Ward fought back in the second set.“James was serving with a lot of precision and it was not easy to break his serve,” Djokovic told BBC Sport.The Serb is seeking a calendar Grand Slam having already won the Australian and French Open titles in 2016.World number 177 Ward struggled early on but finally got on the scoreboard in the 10th game, much to the delight of the Centre Court supporters, and the Londoner celebrated by raising his arms in the air.But Djokovic – who holds all four Grand Slam titles – showed his class and big game experience to advance.He added: “There is not really not much to say about the first nine games – it was flawless.“I felt great and nerves kicked in for James. He started playing better in the second set and it got close – it was solid performance from me though.“This is probably the most unique experience in tennis, playing as the defending champion, on untouched grass. It is really special to feel this tradition.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
In most hotels in St Petersburg for instance, the sky-blue and white colours of Argentina that used to be the dominant jerseys in sight have started to fade following the exit of the Albiceleste against FranceÂ SundayÂ night.The boisterous fans of the South American nation were seen in solemn moods at most barsÂ SundayÂ night, wondering why they have to leave at this stage.A group of five that have become close to this reporter failed to show up at our usual rendezvous. Franco, who appears as the top dog of the traveling Argentine party in St Petersburg was seen at breakfast table this morning not his usual self. â€œAmigo, I am not happy today,â€ he muttered in his heavily accented Spanish guttural intonation. â€œWhy, Messi, Why?â€ he continued to stress over Argentinaâ€™s loss to a Kylian Mbappe inspired Les Bleus in that Round of 16 seven-goalÂ thriller at the Kazan Arena.I could not hide my happiness that the Argentines were going home like the Super Eagles, not after that insulting, â€˜f-ck youâ€™ finger gesture from Maradona, when camera picked him out from the crowd during that last Group D game against Nigeria. Though I feel sad losing the company of these noisy, football crazy Argentine fans, I said in my heart that the injustice of Turkish centre referee, Neyt Cakir, not awarding a second penalty to Nigeria has been taken care of by my â€˜African brothersâ€™playing for France here at this Mundial.BAD MARKET FOR LATE ARRIVALSThe exit of African teams at the group stage is not only been felt by those of us that came here all the way from home but also turning out bad business for those selling jerseys of the five teams here. Our â€˜Aso Ebiâ€™ that was the â€˜hottest cakeâ€™ here exchanging for as high as three hundred Dollars for the original stuff from Nike has dropped in value. Racketeers who were selling the â€˜China-madeâ€™ for equivalent of between 50 and 30 Dollars are now at a loss. Customers have thinned out due to the loss. The same applies to jerseys of other African teams already gone home.Even in the face of bad business, one lady who came in early with her stuff from Nigeria is smiling away, having sold off her wares while the market was â€˜hot.â€™ She certainly must have learnt her lesson from previous outings to make hay while the sun shines.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Now, the men have been separated from the boys. The real gladiators have taken over the battlefields here in Russia with majority of the pretenders either home already or on the way to their various destinations.Most cities where the group matches were played are now witnessing quiet moments, with rancorous atmospheres witnessed in pubs and eateries gradually simmering to their usually acceptable levels.But Moscow and St Petersburg, the two major bubbling cities of in Russia remain in top tempo as they are stiff full of actions with matches lined up till semi finals, Third Place and final in the two respective cities.
The rivalry between former World Footballer of the Year recipient Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo took another dimension last week as the duo go head to head to erase age-long goal record set by legendary Pele.The duo in the last 11 years have five Ballon Dor each and had continued to break new ground in the present day football especially at club level when they have won several trophies both in domestic and Europe.Barcelona forward, Messi has scored his 576th goal in 660 appearances for Barcelona with goal against Levante last Thursday has his latest installment in Copa del Rey win for his club. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Attachments area After beating Gerd Muller’s record of 565 goals for Bayern Munich in 1964-1969 back in November, the Argentine only has Pele ahead of him.Pele, who played for Santos between 1956 and 1974, scored incredible 619 goals in 638 games for the Brazilian side. Thus, Messi needs 44 more goals to get ahead of the legendary Brazilian forward.As Messi said back in November, he himself is not really focused on the individual achievements. “I am delighted, I have just found out now. I am happy for this new stat,” he told reporters after the game against PSV when he has also become the player with the most UCL goals for one club.Another player who also has a chance of beating Pele’s record is, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward has scored an impressive 589 goals in 789 games. However, it also should be noted, that Ronaldo is 869 days older than his counterpart.Interestingly, Pele has bashed Messi for being a ‘one skill’ player back in December:“How can you make a comparison between a guy who heads the ball well, shoots with the left, shoots with the right and another who only shoots with one leg, only has one skill and doesn’t head the ball well?” Pele told Brazilian daily newspaper, Folha de Sao Paulo, as cited by the Mirror.Earlier in 2015, the Brazilian legend, never accepted the Barca no.10 as a better player than himself, even praised his life-long rival Diego Maradona as superior to Leo: “You will ask me,” Pele said, “was (Maradona) better than Messi? Yes, by a lot. Much better.”
The 18th edition of GOtv Boxing Night (GOtv Boxing Night 18) will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo (formerly Liberty) Stadium, Ibadan on Sunday, 21 April. This was announced by the event organisers, FlyKite Promotions, at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.This is the third time the event is being hosted in the Oyo State capital, where it held in March 2017 and July 2018.GOtv Boxing Night 18 will be headlined by the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title defence bout between reigning champion, Oto “Joeboy” Joseph of Nigeria and Success “Brave Warrior” Tetteh of Ghana. It will also feature another international bout, a light middleweight challenge duel between Nigeria’s Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku and the Republic of Benin’s Ekpresso Djamihou. Also on the bout card are six domestic bouts. They include the national super featherweight title bout between Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola and Taofeek “Taozon” Bisuga. West African Boxing Union (WABU) welterweight champion, Rilwan “Babyface” Babatunde returns to action when he takes on Ganiyu “Energy” Kolawole in a challenge bout. The hard-punching Tawio “Esepo” Agbaje will battle it out against Michael “Holy Mike” Jacob in a national lightweight contest, while Adeyemi “Sense” Opeyemi and Sadiq “Happy Boy” Adeleke will slug it out in a national bantamweight challenge.Three graduates of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 3 will also be in action. Morufu “Oloke” Owolabi will take on Jamiyu “Sunshine” Akande in a national lightweight challenge, while Issac “I Star” Chukwudi will be up against Ibadan-based Jubril “Terrible” Olalekan.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.GOtv Boxing Night 18 will be beamed live by SuperSport, in 47 African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“Its a dream come through for me and reward for my hardwork.“I want to use this medium to thank Eunisell as they have placed value on every player in the domestic league.”For Udoh, “I was delighted when I read online that Eunisell will reward Sunusi and I for emerging top scorers despite the fact that I lost out on cards.“I say a big thank you to Eunisell for the award, as there’s now a reward scoring goals.The Eunisell Boot Award holds at the Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Mfon Udoh Sunusi Ibrahim and Mfon Udoh will receive their Eunisell Boot Awards and N2 million each for scoring 10 Goals respectively, at 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.Eunisell values a goal at N200,000.Ibrahim who was first to arrive Lagos Thursday afternoon from Abuja said: ” I’m happy to be in the Centre of Excellence to receive the prestigious Eunisell Boot.
FC Barcelona on Tuesday officially presents the new jersey for the 2020/21 season, whose design is inspired by the 1920s, considered the Club’s first Golden Era.The red and blue strip – a retro Barcelona look – went on sale yesterday after the club revealed the design online with plenty of pictures of the club’s stars.According to price tag released on the jersey, it will set their fans back a cool £136 for the shirt, while the shorts come in at £64 alone that is £200 for the complete outfit. There are slightly cheaper options on the Barcelona website, with the junior version of the shirt costing £114 and the women’s shirt – with Stanley instead of Rakuten as the sponsor – listed at £127.The likes of Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Nigerian Super Falcons and Barcelona Femeni Star, Asisat Oshoala posed in the shirt for pictures as fans went wild over the design.One commented, ‘Beautiful, amazing!’ while another took the chance to critique Barca’s performances on the pitch while also complimenting the design: ‘Yeah we love the kit but bring back Barca’s EXQUISITE style of playing the game!’Indeed, Barcelona are likely to be lining up in their new kit next season having lost the LaLiga title to Real Madrid in the 2019-20 season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram