AB ton, Rabada pace peg back Aussie fight

first_img(Reuters) – USMAN Khawaja scored 75 runs to lead an Australian fightback on the third day of the second test against South Africa at St George’s Park, falling just before close of play after enabling the tourists to cancel out a first innings deficit.Australia will take a 41-run led into the fourth day after finishing Sunday’s play at 180 for five wickets.Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh put on 87 runs for the fifth wicket before Khawaja, whose place in the team has been under threat, was trapped leg before wicket by Kagiso Rabada in the second to last over of the day.The tourists had been teetering at 86-4 just after tea, when Khawaja was joined by Marsh, who played a solid supporting role to end the day on 39 not out. He will resume on Monday with Tim Paine, who has five runs to his name.Australia lost three wickets in the second session after lunch, including that of Captain Steve Smith, and then Shaun Marsh with the second ball of the last session.ScoreboardAustralia 1st innings 243 all outSouth Africa 1st innings 382 all outAustralia 2nd inningsCameron Bancroft b Lungi Ngidi 24David Warner b Kagiso Rabada 13Usman Khawaja lbw Kagiso Rabada 75Steven Smith c Quinton de Kock b Keshav Maharaj 11Shaun Marsh c Quinton de Kock b Kagiso Rabada 1Mitchell Marsh not out 39Tim Paine not out 5Extras 0b 10lb 0nb 0pen 2w 12Total (63.0 overs) 180-5Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk Econ ExVernon Philander 14 5 38 0 2.71Kagiso Rabada 16 7 38 3 2.38 1wKeshav Maharaj 20 2 70 1 3.50Lungi Ngidi 10 4 21 1 2.10Aiden Markram 3 1 3 0 1.00last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: Utah, BYU face do-or-die situations when they meet Saturday

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com It’s your all-college-football, rivalry-week, BCS-busting edition of the Monday morning quarterback . . .This Saturday’s Utah-BYU game may have lost some luster because of the Cougars’ loss to New Mexico on Saturday. But it will still be a do-or-die game for both teams.For the Utes, a win almost surely means becoming the first non-BCS school to get a BCS berth. But a loss relegates them to the boring, same-old Liberty Bowl and $13 million fewer. For the Cougars, they can become eligible for a bowl berth, probably the Las Vegas Bowl, by winning. But a loss would give the Cougs a third straight losing season and almost certainly seal Gary Crowton’s fate . . .Mountain West Conference officials may have mixed feelings about the outcome. On the one hand, they’d have four eligible bowl teams if BYU beats Utah. If Utah wins, the league has only three and if it gets a BCS berth, one of the MWC’s bowl slots will go unfilled. But if BYU wins, then one of the MWC’s teams won’t get into one of the three bowls. I think I know which scenario the MWC would prefer . . .Wyoming fans will be cheering for a Utah win this week. The Cowboys, who haven’t been to a bowl in 11 years, are bowl eligible at 6-4, along with New Mexico (6-4), and those two play this week. But they would be the odd team out in the above scenario if four MWC teams are eligible for three bowls. Although the Cowboys have a loyal fan base, they just don’t have enough who travel to make the bowl folks happy . . .If Utah does make it to the Fiesta Bowl, its likely opponent would be Boston College, which upset West Virginia on Saturday. That would provide at least one interesting story line. The Eagles, remember, feature quarterback Paul Peterson, who prepped at Bingham High and starred for Snow College before moving on to BC with hardly a second look from a Utah college . . .Some Ute fans would be disappointed having to face a two-loss school like Boston College, even in a BCS bowl game, with an undefeated team. Hey, at least the Utes wouldn’t be playing a 6-5 team like BYU did when it won the national championship in 1984 . . .Say BYU does regroup and pull the upset of Utah. Would that alone save Crowton’s job? Or would BYU officials still let him go because they don’t want the prospect of a bunch of 6-5, 5-6, 7-4, 4-7 seasons in the future . . .It’s kind of similar to the situation with Utah and Ron McBride. He was capable of pulling off a great season every so often, but his teams’ inconsistency finally got him fired . . .Watch for Utah to make the top six for sure and perhaps move up to No. 5 in the BCS standings announced this morning. The Utes leapfrogged Texas in the AP poll and are close to the Longhorns in the coaches poll . . .Texas, by the way, will be the unlucky team if Utah stays in the top six of the BCS. Champions from the ACC and Big East must be included in the BCS bowls and right now none of those teams are in the BCS top six and every team has at least two losses . . .How does Wisconsin stay at No. 9 in both polls after getting hammered by 35 points by a team with a losing record? . . .One team for Utah to be worried about is Michigan, which made the biggest move in the polls this week. The Wolverines made up 75 points on the Utes in the AP poll and 52 in the coaches poll, where they now trail Utah by just 12 points . . .Ute coach Urban Meyer is already on the coaching lists at Florida and Washington, but Ute fans have to be concerned about Ohio State now that Jim Tressel could be in trouble over the Maurice Clarett stuff. And the way Notre Dame keeps hitting road bumps under Tyrone Willingham (a home loss to Pittsburgh?), you wonder about that job opening up . . .Even if Meyer does take off after this season, it doesn’t mean the Ute program will go south. Look at Bowling Green, which has enjoyed two great seasons since he left and is 8-2 this year . . . And finally, how about these eerie stats from Utah quarterback Alex Smith and Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs. Each have thrown 27 touchdown passes with two interceptions this season and have similar completion averages and yardage totals. Relatedcenter_img A lot is on the line for Cougslast_img read more

Monthly medal finds Avon calling

first_imgPSC golf from The Golf ClubMonday, July 30, Green Valley (White tees) – Monthly MedalA Flight1st Chaten Patel (11) 692nd John Emmerson (10) 70 We have seen many new faces and some old friends come back in the last week, just as the flow of the tides.  Dan Avon has played with us many times over the years, but not had much success in getting to the top of the podium.  That all changed this week with his double victory, and started with a fine 67 to win our Monthly Medal for July.  Don’t ask, he already has had his shirt made so look for Dan with his first medal star on a fresh Antigua white shirt!Chaten, John, Mick & Maysi, Keith, and Henry O after the round at Green Valley on Monday.Dan spoiled the chances of a certain gentleman from the Indian sub-continent by the name of Chaten Patel who vied for a 2-in-a-row medal win.  Not to be this time mate, Dan pipped you by two strokes so very nicely done anyway with that 69.We appreciate you guys coming out to join us and sincerely thank you for your support of The Golf Club.  We are having a 2-day Eclectic at Green Valley on the 20th-21st so sign up soon as space is limited.Wednesday, August 1,  Khao Kheow (Yellow Tees) – Stableford1st Dan Avon (12) 37pts2nd John Mulrooney (14) 36pts3rd Rich McPhatter (7) 33pts4th Mike Newbert (12) 33ptsYes, that is the same name in first place as on Monday.  Dan Avon did it again for a rare back to back victory to claim the top spot for the week.  Even with 2 shots cut, Dan had another great round and just beat out our Irish buddy John Mulrooney by one stroke for the win.Mulrooney is the reigning “Tour Caddy of the Year” as voted by fellow tour caddies and PGA Tour golfers and golf journalists as he bagged for Darren Clarke and their win at last year’s Open Championship.Rich McPhatter nudged out Mike Newbert on count back for third place with a couple of 33’s on their cards to round out the winners list for this week.  We are back here at Khao Kheow on Aug. 15 so drop by and sign up.  Thanks again guys, and keep it in the fairway!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  We play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday so come join us for a seriously fun day out.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya. com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf @gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya. 3rd David Brannigan (8) 714th Don Bland (3) 72B Flight1st Dan Avon (14) 672nd Mick Beresford (17) 693rd Henry O’Brien (21) 694th Benny Hansen (25) 70The turnout for our Monthly Medal is getting better and better, and on this day there were 36 golfers who joined us for the July stroke play competition at Green Valley.  That’s a good number for this terrible low season, compounded by bar closures for local elections and holidays on the weekends.  It’s tough to make a buck when they don’t let you open the bar!last_img read more

NBA Roundup: Spurs, Cavaliers advance

first_imgONE LAST RING—Tim Duncan, right, has 5 NBA Championship Rings, and he is seeking that sixth ring this season. Zach Randolph is defending him. (AP Photo)Los Angeles (AP)—San Antonio and Cleveland punched their tickets to the second round with the Spurs sweeping past the depleted Memphis Grizzlies and the Cavaliers doing likewise to the brash Detroit Pistons.The Spurs eliminated the Grizzlies in four games with a 116-95 triumph in Memphis, becoming the first team to reach the second round. They overpowered a Grizzlies team beset by injuries—most notably to Spanish big man Marc Gasol.The Spurs were followed several hours later by the Cleveland Cavaliers who got a 31-point performance by Kyrie Irving to beat the young Pistons team 100-98 in game four.“They are like a machine,” said Memphis forwardZach Randolph of the Spurs.In the other Western Conference contest, the Golden State Warriors used a big third quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 121-94 and take a commanding 3-1 series lead despite an abbreviated appearance by reigning most valuable player Stephen Curry.last_img read more

Atletico’s Halloween hangover leaves them needing a Champions League miracle

first_img After a very public falling out with his former boss Antonio Conte, Costa now faces the ignominy of playing in the Europa League after Christmas, whilst Chelsea progress. 01/11/2017 Kieran Canning (AFP) – Griezmann to go? – Los Rojiblancos won the Europa League in the Argentine’s first year and reached two Champions League finals, a semi-final and a quarter-final in the past four seasons. Upd. at 13:55 For years Atletico have punched above their weight. According to Deloitte’s Football Money League, they had only the 12th highest income of clubs across Europe in 2016 of 228.6 million euros ($266 million). “If between now and January we continue with this run of results, the arrival of Diego Costa won’t mean a thing,” said Atletico captain Gabi. Playing against 10 men of Qarabag for the final half-hour on Tuesday, Atletico had the most attempts on goal of any side in the Champions League this season (32) for the reward of a solitary goal. “We have to try to beat Roma and then destiny will decide if we deserve to continue or are eliminated.” “I believe you get what you deserve,” said Simeone. “Our calling card was to not concede goals and score the few chances we had. That has turned completely around,” added Gabi. Griezmann did the honourable thing by staying when Atletico lost their appeal against the transfer ban in June, but is unlikely to do so again should his 100-million-euro buyout clause be met by a host of interested suitors, including Manchester United and Barcelona. Atletico Madrid woke up with a Halloween hangover on Wednesday needing a “miracle” to make it beyond the Champions League group stage after failing to beat Azerbaijani debutants Qarabag for the second time in two weeks. “More than a miracle needed,” read the front page of Madrid sports daily Marca alongside a picture of the off-form Antoine Griezmann with his head in his hands. Despite a FIFA ban on registering new players until January, Atletico still splashed out over 90 million euros on Diego Costa’s return to the club and Spanish international Vitolo in recent months. Once dominant from set-pieces, Atletico again conceded from a corner against Qarabag, as they had in drawing 1-1 at home to Villarreal at the weekend. The Frenchman has scored just three times this season and, whilst his poor form has played its part, it is trying to muddle through until the new year without Costa that has proved Atletico’s downfall. “Right now I would say the Europa League is rubbish, even though it has given me a lot.” The Spanish giants have taken just three points from their four Champions League games, but had big chances to win all of them. Something that even Gabi, a Europa League winner in 2012, is struggling to stomach. CET Simeone, though, was left praying that “destiny” will favour his side, who need to beat Roma and Chelsea in their final two Group C games and hope Qarabag can do them a favour by adding another draw to their impressive first appearance in the group phase. Since the arrival of Diego Simeone six years ago, Atletico have been transformed into a European powerhouse. Yet, in UEFA’s coefficient to judge European performance over the past five years they sit third – behind only cross-city rivals and perennial scourge in the Champions League, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich. Indeed, seven of the 10 goals they have conceded this season have come from headers. Meanwhile, they also spent big in the summer on new long-term contracts for Simeone and key players like Griezmann, Koke and Saul Niguez. Three years after his departure, Costa was bought back to recreate the spine of Atletico’s 2013/14 La Liga title-winning side, but the other core elements of that team are starting to crumble. Atletico now face the cost of failure having just moved into their new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano home at a cost of 310 million euros.last_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future seems to be far from Chelsea

first_img The Spanish goalkeeper could leave in the summer and Valencia are one of the interested clubs. IN SPORT.ES Sport EN Kepa Arrizabalaga is living though a year to forget at Chelsea. Despite his big bucks arrival in London two years ago, Frank Lampard later dropped him for Willy Caballero after shaky form. Chiellini: I admire Suarez, I’m a son of a bitch too Upd. at 20:40 El futuro de Kepa parece estar lejos del Chelseacenter_img Kepa was involved in an incident last season with then Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, where he refused to be substituted late in the league cup final. Jasper Cillessen is likely to leave and Kepa has been linked with Los Che, who also may sign Neto, their former keeper who joined Barca last summer. 21/05/2020 RELATED STORIES CESTlast_img read more