Month: February 2020

  • Windies bowlers toil on opening day of first Test

    first_imgHOBART, Australia (AP):Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh scored unbeaten centuries and combined for a 317-run partnership to pace Australia to a commanding 438-3 on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies yesterday.Voges, who resumed on nine after lunch and reached his century before tea at Bellerive Oval, was unbeaten on 174 at the end of play.Fellow Western Australian player Marsh made 97 in the third session to finish the day on 139 not out as the frustrated West Indies bowlers failed to take a wicket after lunch.Australia brought up 400 in 78 overs, an average of more than five runs per over, and finished the day with an average of 4.92.”I started a little bit slow, but once I got into my rhythm I felt really good out there, and I think Vogesy really helped with that,” Marsh said.”He was going really well and scoring runs freely and sort of got me going as well. I thought he batted beautifully today, and to be out there with one of my really good mates (and) to both get hundreds for our country was very special.”Television commentator and former legspinning great Shane Warne was critical of West Indies captain Jason Holder for not taking the second new ball when it was available after 80 overs and for not moving players in from the boundary to the slip cordon in an attempt to take a late wicket.It was a big first day for scoring in the region, with New Zealand making 409-8 on the opening day of their home Test against Sri Lanka at Dunedin.Voges made his first-class debut 13 years ago but did not earn his first Test cap for Australia until June on this year’s tour of the Caribbean. It was the third career century for each player and Marsh’s first at an Australian ground.”It’s something I’ve been working really hard to try and do,” said Marsh. “I got 99 last year (against India), so to get to three figures on home soil was pretty special.”Earlier, West Indies left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican took the important wickets of opener David Warner and captain Steven Smith as Australia went to lunch at 121-3 after winning the toss and electing to bat.Warner and Joe Burns hit a combined 12 boundaries in an opening partnership of 75 runs from the first eight overs, but Australia went on to lose three wickets for 51.Burns was clean-bowled by paceman Shannon Gabriel for 33 and Smith was caught at first slip off Warrican for 10. Warner scored 64 before being caught behind in the second to last over before lunch.”We had Australia at 120-odd for three, but Marsh and Voges were both very good, and they put us on the back foot,” Warrican told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio.”Later in the day, it became more difficult for the bowlers to get wickets. It just wasn’t disciplined to be honest. We will have to come out tomorrow and bowl really well.”Gabriel left the pitch during the final session with a left ankle injury and was expected to undergo later scans. He finished the day with 1-59 off 10 overs.last_img read more

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  • Zlatan, Cavani give Chelsea the blues

    first_imgPARIS (AP):Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday.Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched on to a superb pass over Chelsea’s stretched defence from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.”I’m happy for Eddy. I’ve said it often because people doubt his scoring abilities, but he’s always shown he can score goals,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “He was going through a very difficult period and I hope that scoring this goal gives him his confidence back.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of half time with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg, and Spanish winger Pedro almost spoiled the home celebrations in injury time with a rasping drive into the side netting.”This is a very strong PSG, so I think the performance of our players was very good,” Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said. “But we could have been more lethal in the four or five counters that we made.”PSG are unbeaten in domestic competition since March and in all competitions since a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the group stage on November 3 – a run of 23 games.Still, Blanc’s side could regret a host of missed chances and Chelsea will fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge in three weeks’ time.”It’s up to us to go and score at Stamford Bridge. We will get chances, and we must take them,” Blanc said.In the night’s other match, Benfica beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to an injury-time goal from Brazilian striker Jonas.Chelsea knocked out PSG in the quarter-finals two years ago and PSG won when they met at the same stage last season with both ties settled on away goals.last_img read more

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  • Love breaks discus record at Penn Relays

    first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:Excelsior High’s Shanice Love fought off cool and rainy conditions on the opening day of the 2016 Penn Relays to break her own national junior record and the meet mark in the girls’ discus throw.The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One and Carifta Under 20 champion threw the discus 54.72 metres to erase the old meet record of 54.29 metres set by former Holmwood Technical thrower Gleneive Grange in 2013. Love’s throw also broke the national junior mark of 54.66m she set at the MVP track meet two weeks ago. Hydel High’s Devia Brown was third in the event with a throw of 48.34m.Love, who will move to Florida State University in September, was very excited with her throw.”I am feeling great right now and despite the fact that my sequence not that good, I used my last throw to go for it no matter what happened, win or lose,” she said.St Jago High’s Tissana Hickling also mined gold. She won the girls’ long jump with a best of 5.86 metres. Edwin Allen’s Annia Ashley was fifth with 5.46m.DIFFICULT TIMEHickling’s teammate, Jodyann Petrie, was second in the triple jump after a best of 11.97m while Samara Spencer of Hydel was fifth with 11.86m.It was clear from the first track event, the girls’ 400m hurdles, that the Jamaican athletes were going to have a difficult time in performing at their best at a cold Franklin Field stadium. Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen was second in the event to Anna Cockrell of Providence High, North Carolina. After a neck-and-neck battle to the penultimate hurdle, the American found extra to pull away for to in 57.38 seconds. Kallawan was second in 58.80.There was mixed fortune for the Jamaican high schools in the relays.Defending champions Holmwood and Edwin Allen were the only two schools to qualify for today’s 4x800m final following preliminary round action yesterday. Holmwood finished second in 9:15.15 behind Pennwood out of Philadelphia in 9:12.07. Edwin Allen were third in 9:12.65. Vere Technical, who won their heat in a pedestrian 9:19.89, and Spalding High did not advance.Five Jamaican schools are in the Championships of America 4x100m final set for 1:25 p.m. (Ja time) today. Holmwood have the fastest time, after winning their heat in 45.64.FAVOURITESDefending champions Edwin Allen are the next best with 45.79, while Excelsior (46.55), St Catherine High (47.08), and first time qualifiers Green Island (47.18) the other Jamaican teams in the final. One of the prerace favourites, St Jago High, had a major mishap on the first exchange between Kimone Shaw and Shaniel English and they failed to finish.There was also a big scare for favourites St. Elizabeth Technical in the girls’ 4×400 metres. They found themselves in early trouble, and anchor leg runner Junelle Bromfield, who got the baton in third place, kept her position and crossed the line in 3:50.19. They were the seventh fastest qualifiers for today’s final. Holmwood are the fastest qualifiers after winning their section in 3:46.58. Edwin Allen (3:48.07) are the other Jamaican team in the final.last_img read more

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