Boult strikes late after Wagner achieves milestone

first_img(REUTERS)-Trent Boult grabbed three late wickets after Neil Wagner collected his 100th Test victim to put New Zealand firmly in control of the first match against Pakistan at the close of the third day’s play yesterday.The visitors were reduced to 129 for seven in their second innings, a lead of 62 runs, with Asad Shafiq on six and Sohail Khan on 22 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.Until the last 45 minutes on play, the visitors had taken the day’s honours by inching into the lead and setting themselves up to build on today.Boult, however, took the catch to dismiss Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq (13) then got the wickets of Azhar Ali (31), Sarfraz Ahmed (2) and Mohammad Amir (6), giving his side the chance to finish off the test on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.The 30-year-old Wagner had earlier become the second fastest New Zealander to the 100-wicket mark, achieving it in his 26th Test. Richard Hadlee, the country’s most prolific wicket taker with 431, took 25 tests to reach 100.Pakistan’s seamers had dragged their side back into the game when they captured seven wickets in the first session to bowl the hosts out for 200.Sohail (3-78), Rahat Ali (4-62) and Amir (3-43) shared the wickets after the hosts had resumed on 104 for three only to be bundled out with just a 67-run lead.Pakistan were content to slowly chip away at the deficit, losing opener Sami Aslam for seven just after lunch.Azhar and Babar Azam continued to grind away until well into the final session before Wagner’s short-pitched tactics paid off when Babar gloved a ball down the leg side to wicketkeeper BJ Watling to become the left armer’s 100th Test wicket.Wagner then captured the prolific Younus Khan (1) with a perfect bouncer that he was unable to avoid and the ball flew through to Watling to leave Pakistan in trouble at 64 for three.Azhar, who scored a triple century against West Indies in Dubai last month, guided Pakistan into the lead when he deflected Wagner past gully for a boundary before he and Misbah looked to consolidate.Misbah, however, was caught in the deep by Boult off Tim Southee for 13, before the left armer took three wickets in three successive overs.PAKISTAN 1st innings 133 (C. de Grandhomme 6-41) New Zealand 1st inningsT. Latham lbw b Amir 1J. Raval c Aslam b Amir 55K. Williamson c Aslam b So. Khan 4R. Taylor c S. Ahmed b R. Ali 11H. Nicholls lbw b So. Khan 30C. de Grandhomme c R. Ali b So. Khan 29B. Watling c Y. Khan b R. Ali 18T. Astle c Shafiq b R. Ali 0T. Southee c S. Ahmed b Amir 22N. Wagner c Shafiq b R. Ali 21T. Boult not out 3Extras (lb-1 nb-4 w-1) 6Total (all out, 59.5 overs) 200Fall of wickets: 1-6 T. Latham,2-15 K. Williamson,3-40 R. Taylor,4-105 H. Nicholls,5-109 J. Raval,6-146 C. de Grandhomme,7-146 T. Astle,8-171 B. Watling,9-177 T. Southee,10-200 N. WagnerBowling: M. Amir 18 – 4 – 43 – 3(nb-4 w-1),So. Khan 22 – 5 – 78 – 3,R. Ali 15.5 – 2 – 62 – 4, Y. Shah 4 – 0 – 16 – 0.PAKISTAN 2nd inningsS. Aslam c Watling b de Grandhomme 7Az. Ali b Boult 31B. Azam c Watling b Wagner 29Y. Khan c Watling b Wagner 1Misbah-ul-Haq c Boult b Southee 13A. Shafiq not out 6S. Ahmed b Boult 2M. Amir c Astle b Boult 6So. Khan not out 22Extras (b-5 lb-7) 12Total (for 7 wickets, 66 overs) 129Fall of wickets: 1-21 S. Aslam,2-58 B. Azam,3-64 Y. Khan,4-93 Misbah-ul-Haq,5-93 Az. Ali,6-95 S. Ahmed,7-105 M. AmirTo bat: R. Ali, Y. ShahBowling: T. Boult 15 – 5 – 18 – 3, T. Southee 19 – 10 – 43 – 1,C. de Grandhomme 14 – 4 – 23 – 1,N. Wagner 14 – 6 – 21 – 2,T. Astle 4 – 0 – 12 – 0.last_img read more

Jimmy Cliff to be honored during Jamaica’s Independence celebrations

first_imgReggae icon, Jimmy Cliff, will be recognized by the Jamaican government at the Jamaica 55 Grand Gala on Sunday, along with former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Recording hits Cliff was previously honored by the Jamaican government. He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences. Movie role Minister of Culture and Entertainment Olivia “Babsy” Grange conveyed the information recently to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). In 1972, he starred in the role of Ivan in movie – ‘The Harder They Come’ which pull audiences to this day. He also was featured in the movie Club Paradise. Music fans may know Cliff for the popularity of history haunting, spiritual-like hit “Many Rivers to Cross.” However, his wide repertoire of recordings include other hits like: “Wonderful World, Beautiful People“, “You Can Get It If You Really Want“, “The Harder They Come“, “Reggae Night” and “Hakuna Matata“, and his covers of Cat Stevens‘ “Wild World” and Johnny Nash‘s “I Can See Clearly Now” from the film Cool Runnings. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2010. Pioneer of Jamaican musicGrange described Jimmy Cliff as a “pioneer of the music, who has carried Jamaican music to the world.”The veteran artiste and actor will also be honored in his native city of Montego Bay in the western parish of St. James, during the Independence period, with Gloucester Avenue being renamed in his honor. Jimmy Cliff who was born James Chambers in Somerset, St. James in 1948, started having musical successes at the age of 14. He is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, conga and keyboard), and multi-talented. The Grand Gala, which is the premier entertainment event for the celebration of Jamaica’s Independence, will feature scores of popular artistes, representing several Jamaican music forms.last_img read more

GENUINE GOLD 2018: Magical old school meets vintage reggae

first_imgGENUINE GOLD 2018 brings warmth and ‘nuff niceness’ with the grooves of rhythm & blues and pulsating vibes of authentic reggae to The Center at Coral Springs on November 4. Easing into cooler fall nights, starting off the year-end festivities Genuine Gold 2018 features the finest of Jamaica’s best artistes, with well over a 100 years of combined musical genius lighting up the night, with rhythmic sounds to keep you rocking throughout this golden experience.  Blue Magic, one of the most popular soul groups of the seventies, known for hits like “Sideshow” & “Three Ring Circus” holds the bill as the only Rhythm & Blues group added to the mix of the night’s reggae offerings. The incomparable chart-busting stalwarts Big Youth, Johnny Clarke, Ernie Smith, Leroy Sibbles, Lloyd Parkes & We the People Band will bring the house down and expect to be taken down memory lane, decade by decade, when you hear hits like Big Youth’s “S90 Skank”, Smith’s “Life is Just for Livin’”, or Sibbles’ “Fat Girl” just to name a few.PaKaGe, Jamaica’s featured premier songbirds Patricia Carty, Karen Smith and Gem Myers, returns to Genuine Gold 2018 to delight audiences,  scintillating in beauty and sound, performing a specially select lineup of old school and popular songs that will have you singing all week long!The versatility from this lineup will have you dancing from start to finish with ska, rocksteady, rub-a-dub to deejay, sound system chants, lovers rock, even soca and much more. Genuine Gold 2018, a Jamaica Awareness production, is the ultimate blend in old school reggae-matic entertainment as the year draws to a close.  This not-to-be-missed experience has Jamusa and Ron Burke as your MC’s; show-time at 7 pm with doors opening at 6 pm. For ticket information call 305-405-2712 or 786-760-1166.last_img read more

Ghanaian midfielder Adofo in new Wohlen FC deal

first_imgSwitzerland Serie B side Wohlen FC are on the verge of signing Ghana U-20 midfield prodigy Godfred Adofo from Parma.The 19 year old was a member of the Black Satellites squad that recently beat Uganda to progress to the final stage of the African Youth Championship qualifiers.The Wohlen FC deal is expected to be firmed up before the end of the day.last_img

Angels’ JC Ramírez said his velocity returned to 96 mph in winter ball

first_imgOutfielder D’Shawn Knowles and infielders Jeremiah Jackson and Kevin Maitan are the notable prospects among the players scheduled to come off the bench in the home game. …Manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday he’s planning to have all of his regulars playing by Tuesday. …Mike Trout and Justin Upton collaborated to help a fan do a gender reveal during Friday’s workout. Trout flipped a ball to Upton, who hit it, revealing a puff of pink powder. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “I think the key was rest,” he said. “I rested my arm. My muscles weren’t fully healed.”The Angels saw enough in two workouts to sign him to a minor league deal earlier this week, and Ramírez was happy to return to a place he’d pitched for most of the past four seasons. Ramírez could get a shot at the bullpen or he could go onto the starter depth chart.“At this point, I am just hoping to throw the ball and show the team I’m healthy,” he said. “They can use me however. I’m pretty comfortable to do any role.”ALSOThe Angels are scheduled to start Tommy La Stella (2B), David Fletcher (3B), Brian Goodwin (RF), Taylor Ward (LF), Matt Thaiss (1B), Michael Hermosillo (CF), Luís Rengifo (SS), Jared Walsh (DH) and José Briceño (C) in their home Cactus League opener on Saturday, with Matt Ball starting on the mound. …In the road game against the Chicago White Sox, the Angels will start Brandon Marsh (LF), Jo Adell (RF), Anthony Bemboom (C), José Rojas (1B), Jahmai Jones (2B), Arismendy Alcantara (SS), Brennon Lund (CF), Elliot Soto (3B) and Franklin Torres (DH). Jake Thompson will be the first pitcher. … TEMPE, Ariz. — JC Ramírez had a bad feeling when he looked up at the scoreboard after returning from Tommy John surgery.“I was never used to being in that situation, seeing on the scoreboard 93 on the best day,” Ramírez said. “It was 91-92. It was frustrating.”Ramírez averaged 95.6 mph with his fastball in 2017, but it was down to 91 mph when he came back in 2019. He pitched in just five games and then the Angels designated him for assignment.Ramírez took some time off after the season to get married and take a European honeymoon, and then he began physical therapy. He pitched in Mexico over the winter and said he got his fastball back up to 96 mph. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

The Dodgers are stretching out their relievers, to mostly good effect

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> When Sergio Romo handed the ball to Manager Dave Roberts in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, he did something no Dodger relief pitcher had done since, well, himself: he left a game after recording fewer than four outs.Between Romo’s appearances on Wednesday and Sunday, every reliever followed an unusual pattern.Josh Fields pitched 1 ⅔ innings against the Cubs on Sunday. Ross Stripling pitched the final three innings Saturday. Pedro Baez and Chris Hatcher pitched two innings against the Cubs on Friday. Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched four innings Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.Stripling and Hatcher each pitched two innings on Wednesday against the Cardinals too, sandwiched around a one-inning appearance by Romo. The Dodgers’ coaches and executives did not arrive at a philosophical shift, Roberts said. Rather, each pitcher did his job and the situation in each game temporarily threatened to banish every one-inning reliever and one-hitter specialist to the history books.“It’s the beauty of our ‘pen, the way we can manage it in a couple different ways,” Roberts said.Ryu and Stripling are true long relievers for now. On another team, they might be in the starting rotation.Fields, Baez and Hatcher are more often one-inning relievers than two-inning relievers, “but as it’s worked out they’ve been multiple,” Roberts said. Four of closer Kenley Jansen’s appearances have spanned more than one inning.That leaves Romo and left-hander Adam Liberatore, whom Roberts said “I see more as a matchup guy.” “I don’t see (Luis) Avilan as a matchup guy,” Roberts said. “He’s obviously down, but he gets righties out as well as he gets out left-handed hitters. Do I see him as a multiple-inning guy? Probably not. Grant Dayton, who’s not here, the same.”Mostly, the results have been good. Before blanking the Cubs on Sunday, Dodgers relievers led the National League in ERA (2.81), WHIP (1.11) and strikeout rate (10.55 per nine innings).And there has been a philosophical shift in the Dodgers’ bullpen management, but it is not recent. The benefit of Roberts getting his preferred bullpen matchup is outweighing offense, to a degree. Already this season, Dodger relief pitchers have had 10 plate appearances; they had 19 all of last season.This is perhaps the most obvious drawback of the multi-inning reliever. In the 10 plate appearances by relievers only Jansen (who began his career as a catcher) has reached base, on a single. As a group, relievers do not taking batting practice.“Seems like we might have to,” Stripling said. “I’ve just looked terrible. I wouldn’t mind getting some swings.”Injury updatesAn MRI on pitcher Brandon McCarthy revealed tendinitis in his right knee. The pitcher said he has been managing the symptoms of patellar tendinitis all season and he won’t have to miss his next start Thursday in St. Louis.“It has good days, it has bad days,” McCarthy said. “The start before (Saturday) I didn’t feel it once. It’s been there all year.”In eight starts, McCarthy is 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA. He missed one start due to a separated left shoulder but has otherwise avoided the disabled list this season.Roberts acknowledged that McCarthy’s workload has been “managed” accordingly. McCarthy, 33, hasn’t thrown more than seven innings in a game this season.Joc Pederson is making slow progress from the concussion he suffered Tuesday, and the center fielder might not join the team on its trip this week to St. Louis and Milwaukee.Pederson said he isn’t restricted from being exposed to bright lights anymore, but as a precaution he hasn’t been sitting in the dugout during games.“We’ve given him permission after he takes care of his medical things to just go home and simplify things with his mind,” Roberts said.On the seven-day concussion disabled list, Pederson could conceivably join the Dodgers on the road and remain indoors during the games, Roberts said. But it’s unlikely he would be activated during the trip.Justin Turner (strained right hamstring) will join the Dodgers on the road trip “to be around our medical staff,” Roberts said. His timetable to be activated from the 10-day DL is to be determined.AlsoFormer Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda was released from the hospital Sunday, three days after having a procedure to replace his pacemaker. Lasorda, 89, is at home and resting comfortably, according to the club. … The Dodgers traded minor league utilityman Darnell Sweeney to the Cincinnati Reds for future considerations. Sweeney, 26, had a .227/.290/.412 slash line at Triple-A Oklahoma City. It’s the second time in less than two years he’s been traded by the Dodgers. On Aug. 19, 2015 Sweeney went to the Philadelphia Phillies in the Chase Utley trade, who traded him back to the Dodgers last November along with Darin Ruf for Howie Kendrick. … The ESPN broadcasts of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games between the Dodgers and Cardinals will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Clippers crush Lakers as teams stay on opposite paths, 133-109

first_imgThe Clippers (43-29) shot 53.6 percent from the field, and buried 15 of 32 3-point attempts. Their 133 points tied a season high.“It’s nice to kind of get in that groove and have a game where everything’s clicking,” said Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who had 12 points and eight assists in 26 minutes. “We’ve still got to be better in other games as well.”It was the Clippers’ 12th win in their last 13 games against the Lakers (20-51) and with it, they moved within a half-game of the Utah Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference standings, and increased their lead on sixth-place Oklahoma City to two games.Chris Paul led the Clipper with 27 points, while J.J. Redick poured in 24 in just 17 minutes. They led eight Clippers in double-digit scoring. By virtue of winning their third straight game by a blowout margin, the Clippers were able to rest all of their starters in the fourth quarter.“Our backcourt is playing great the last two games,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “In the stretch we’re going through, this is good for them. We have a lot of games coming up, so this is nice whenever anyone can get rest.”Crawford’s half-court heave was actually the second Clippers buzzer-beater. Undefended near the end of the first half, Paul raced up the court and buried a 3-pointer from 28 feet right before halftime.The Lakers trailed 70-40 at halftime, and Coach Luke Walton left each of his starters on the bench to start the third quarter, opting instead for a lineup of Corey Brewer, David Nwaba, Tyler Ennis, Tarik Black and Thomas Robinson.“The most important message was that playing without a certain amount of effort isn’t going to be acceptable or tolerated,” said Walton, who added that a planned day off Wednesday will instead be a practice day. “To come out in front of our home fans and give that type of effort wasn’t right.”It was Robinson who provided a spark, although it meant little to the deficit. Robinson scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in 10 minutes. He made 7 of 8 shots.The Lakers’ young stars all scored: Rookie Brandon Ingram had a team-high 21 points; Julius Randle added 19; D’Angelo Russell, in his second game starting next to Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt, scored 18. Rookie center Ivica Zubac added 17 points and seven rebounds. Clarkson was held to five points on 1-for-9 shooting.“He was never able to get in a rhythm,” Walton said of Clarkson. “He had a bad shooting night. But even if you have a bad shooting night, impact the game somewhere else.”More to come on this story. LOS ANGELES – Jamal Crawford took the ball in stride, toed the midcourt line, and heaved a half-court shot that soared and spun until it fell through the net as the third-quarter buzzer sounded.Moments later, a Lakers fan was trotted out to center court with an opportunity to shoot the same shot and win $100,000 as part of a between-quarters promotion. She took the ball, jogged to the line, twisted her body and uncoiled a shot that soared and spun until it landed well to the left and short of the basket. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIf anyone needed a report on the status of L.A. hoops, they needed to look no further. Those two shots, in a nutshell, summed up Lakers vs. Clippers on Tuesday.With the Clippers desperate to pile up wins and the Lakers eager to improve their odds in the NBA draft lottery, both sides achieved the necessary result at Staples Center, with the playoff-bound Clippers trouncing the Lakers, 133-109.The Lakers, fittingly, never led.last_img read more

Christian Yelich just signed on to become part of Brewers history

first_imgYelich carries the personality, and specifically sense of humor, that endear him to fans. He incinerates haters on Twitter (Relax Roxane), chugs beer at sold-out arenas and participates in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.It’s an era of living legends in Wisconsin. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has already cemented himself as an all-time great. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is well on his way there, and a long-term extension of his own would solidify his place in city history.Yelich now has a chance at achieving his own regional immortality. He was born in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and began his MLB career in Miami, but he could perhaps live on the longest in his adopted Midwest home. Christian Yelich is now positioned to be known by your great-grandchildren as one of the most legendary Milwaukee Brewers hitters of all time. His baseball card could join those of Paul Molitor and Robin Yount as personal treasures that evoke some the very best fan memories for the Miller Park faithful.That might seem like hyperbole, but there is a strong case behind it. Yelich reportedly agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract extension with the team Tuesday, which will keep him in Milwaukee until at least 2028. There is a mutual option on that deal for 2029, according to ESPN. If he remains relatively healthy, then he’ll be on track to join Brewers lore given his age (28) and what he has already done in navy and white.MORE: White Sox get 2020 rallying cry from unlikely sourceYelich has put together two impeccable seasons with the Brewers since being acquired from the downtrodden Marlins, winning NL MVP in 2018 and finishing as the runner-up to Cody Bellinger last year. He has 80 home runs, 207 RBIs and a 1.046 OPS since joining the club. He has been worth 14.7 wins over replacement in that time, per Baseball Reference.Just tripling his numbers from his start with the Brewers would place him in the upper echelon of the franchise record book — and that multiplication would be a conservative estimate of future production considering the length of his contract. With 240 home runs, he would rank third in Brewers history behind Yount and Ryan Braun. With 621 RBIs, he would rank eighth in Brewers history. With 44.1 wins over replacement, he would rank fourth in Brewers history. Again, these figures seem like baseline expectations for what a healthy Yelich would produce.Plus, there’s the fact that the Brewers have never won a World Series, something Yelich could help change. He’s already contributed to a Game 7 NLCS push, and while Milwaukee might struggle to get back to that level, there are few better superstars suited to spearhead a playoff run.last_img read more

Five drugs found in Tiger Woods’ system after arrest

first_imgIn June he completed what he termed an intensive treatment program to help him manage medications he was using to combat back pain and insomnia.At the time of his arrest Woods was unable to tell officers where he was, stumbling through a field sobriety test. Woods told officers he was taking Vicodin and Xanax to deal with pain from April back surgery.Woods has 79 career PGA Tour victories but isn’t currently playing after his latest back surgery — his fourth overall.He won 14 majors, but the last one was in 2008 when he won the US Open at Torrey Pines by outlasting Rocco Mediate in a memorable 19-hole playoff. This booking photo obtained May 29, 2017 courtesy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office show Tiger Woods. Golf superstar Tiger Woods was arrested and released May 29, 2017 in Florida. He was picked up on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. PHOTO AFPLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  Tiger Woods had five drugs, including the opioid painkiller hydrocodone, in his system when he was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday.A urine test revealed four other medications along with hydrocodone — which is sold under the brand name Vicodin.Also present were the powerful painkiller hydromorphone; anxiety drug alprazolam (also known as Xanax); sleep drug zolpidem (also known as Ambien) and THC, which is a chemical component of marijuana.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office made the results public on Monday.The 41-year-old Woods was arrested early in the morning May 29 in Jupiter, Florida. Police found him asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home.He later said in a statement that his condition was the result of a reaction to mixing several prescription drugs.Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program that will allow the 14-time major championship winning golfer to clear his record if he completes the program. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wranglers wrestle Keystone Cup away from Knights

first_imgA goal at 12:39 of the third period by David Jantzie snapped a 1-1 tie and powered the Wranglers to the title.Sherwood Park held a 1-0 lead after one period before Blackfalds tied the contest in the second.Sherwood Park outshot the Wranglers 44-34 but goalie Tanner Schalin stood tall in the nets to lead Blackfalds to the victory.In the bronze medal game Saskatchewan’s Pilot Butte Storm scored four times in the final 40 minutes to knock off the Panthers from Victoria 5-3.Richmond Sockeyes and 2010 KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies had won the Keystone title the past two years.The Arborg Ice Dawgs of Manitoba and Thunder Bay of Ontario were the other teams at the tournament. There will be no three-peat for B.C. at the Keystone Cup, emblematic of Western Canada Junior B Hockey supremacy.Cyclone Taylor champ, Peninsula Panthers of Victoria, lost out in the bronze medal game to the Pilot Butte Storm. The Panthers finished the round robin in third spot with a 3-2 record.In the final, Blackfalds Ford Wranglers of Lacombe defeated Alberta rival and host Sherwood Park Knights 2-1 in the final to claim the Keystone Cup.last_img read more