Captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the first Pakistan batsman left stranded on an unbeaten 99 in a test on Monday but the visitors still seized control of the first match against West Indies in Jamaica. Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah took all four wickets in the second innings, leaving the West Indies a huge task to avoid defeat on the final day on Tuesday.
Few English grounds rock like United's ground when things are going well and, for once, the fans had much to sing about. From the final day of last season, when we beat Tottenham 5-1, I wanted to show my loyalty and rebuild the team, said a delighted Benitez. The attack has been spearheaded by Dwight Gayle, who has scored 22 goals but missed Monday's game through injury.
AS Roma's Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 4-1 win at Pescara on Monday which kept alive their faint hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus and condemned their opponents to relegation. Second-placed Roma are eight points behind Juve with five matches to play including a meeting between the pair at the Stadio Olimpico. Roma moved four points clear of third-placed Napoli in the race for Italy's second automatic slot in next season's Champions League group stage.
Newcastle United sparked a noisy promotion party by beating 10-man Preston North End 4-1 at a packed St James' Park on Monday to ensure a return to the Premier League at the first attempt. Exactly 348 days after being relegated, Newcastle overcame their obvious nerves to bag a prize worth more than 100 million pounds ($127.92 million) and retain an outside chance of pipping Brighton & Hove Albion to the Championship title.
Fast bowler Peter Siddle and batsman Shaun Marsh were the biggest names to miss out as all-rounders Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright and paceman Billy Stanlake received their first Australia national contracts today. The list of 20 men's players offered deals for the 2017- 18 season on the basis of their performances over the past 12 months was today released by Cricket Australia. The 33-year-old, who played five Tests and 61 ODIs, faces charges relating to the South Africa domestic T20 Series in 2015.
New Delhi, April 24 Former India goalkeeper Subrata Paul has failed a dope test after returning positive for a banned substance by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) during an out-of-competition testing. Paul was found guilty of using a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid after the anti-doing agency tested him on March 18 in Mumbai. A failure to do so would result in Paul getting banned for four years by NADA for his first-time doping offence. Paul is currently playing for the I-League club, DSK Shivajians.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has agreed in-principle to make the biological passport a must to tighten the noose around dope offenders. In fact, the efforts are on from WADA to make the biological passport mandatory for the Olympics as well, beginning with the 2020 Tokyo Games. Many countries either have a biological passport system in place or are planning to introduce one in coming months.
Patiala, April 24 Man Kaur ran away with the 100m gold at the 17th World Masters Games at Auckland today. Even though the gold was guaranteed for the 101-year-old Chandigarh athlete - she was the only participant in the 100-plus category - the feat is still quite incredible. Encouraged by her son, Man Kaur started running at the ripe age of 93. She's very conscious about her health and stays away from all sort of junk food; she eats only her dal-roti.
Kingston (Jamaica), April 24 Pakistan led West Indies by 36 runs with five wickets in hand at lunch on the fourth day of the first Test. Sarfraz Ahmed scored a rapid 53 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq a more patient 47 in an unbeaten 86-run partnership at Sabina Park. Pakistan lost only Asad Shafiq for 22 in the morning session, caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel, 3/73.
Mumbai, April 24 Rising Pune Supergiant ended Mumbai Indians' six-match winning streak with a three-run victory in an IPL encounter here tonight. The left-arm seamer, though, had the last laugh as he had Rohit caught and bowled for a brilliant 39-ball 58. Harbhajan Singh struck the last ball for a six but that was not enough for the home team. Openers Rahul Tripathi (45) and Ajinkya Rahane (38) added 76 runs for the first wicket, the franchise's best of the season so far.
Pratik K, 26, looks forward to the IPL season like a farmer waiting for rains. Unlike bookies of yesteryear, who dealt in hard cash, most of Pratik's transactions happen online, just as market trades happen now. A new generation of younger bookies and bettors place bets, transfer money and book profits online. Over the last three weeks, ET spoke to multiple bookies and bettors who shared information via WhatsApp on condition of anonymity.
Armand Duplantis - known as Mondo - is the only teenage vaulter to have cleared 19 feet, and he has already done it twice this year. His father Greg Duplantis was a pole-vaulter who jumped 19 feet 1/4 inch as a professional. Helena Duplantis, a personal trainer, said her sons had spent their summers in Sweden and become comfortable with its youth sports development system. Eventually, there will be a decision to make about how long to remain an amateur and when to turn pro.
The only way to defend a low total is to come out firing all cylinders from the word go. England all-rounder Woakes said the wreckage caused by Coulter-Nile and Umesh made things easier for him and de Grandhomme. The fact that they came out firing, took some early wickets and really got us back in the game. From there on it was just trying to put the ball in right areas, said Woakes at the post-match press conference.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore's confidence took a huge beating after their dismal show against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Sunrisers Hyderabad's coach Tom Moody said it will be foolish on his side's part to expect a similar performance from the hosts when both sides meet here on Tuesday. It's done and gone and I am sure they are probably thinking the same, said Moody at the pre-match press conference on Monday.
The last year's finalists, in pursuit of 132, crashed to 49 all out, the lowest total in the history of IPL. With all teams still in the running for the play-offs, another defeat could virtually end RCB's chances of progressing to play-offs. Though low totals can be tricky to chase down, the manner in which RCB capitulated came as a huge surprise. At the top, injury concerns have plagued de Villiers while Gayle and Kohli will be looking to be more consistent.
For a side containing the likes of Kohli, Chris Gayle and A B de Villiers, this was not something anyone would have foreseen. Not only did RCB, looking completely out of sorts this season, post the lowest total in IPL ever, their outing was the second shortest T20 innings in all cricket. Understandably, Kohli was livid and didn't hold back anything while assessing the performance of his team soon after the match got over on Sunday night.
The defending champions are placed third with eight points from seven games and the right-arm medium pacer has been their main strike bowler. Bhuvneshwar, the Purple cap winner last season, is also the leading wicket-taker of this edition with 16 scalps. Be it his miserly economy rate or his clever variations, especially in the death overs, Bhuvneshwar has been skipper David Warner's go-to man.
She will aim to throw close to 20.63 metres - the distance she achieved at the Rio Games to win gold. While it lasts, the 27-year-old Manpreet would like to bask in the recognition of producing the best throw of 2017. Both national marks were achieved when she made a comeback following a three-year break after becoming a mother. My husband is my coach and so I have family support to fall back on, Manpreet said on Monday from Jinhua.
Mitrakant claims 8 wkts as SUCC take innings lead. In reply, Pawan and Aiyappa came to the fore, slamming 165 not out and 104 not out respectively as Swastic Union declared on 308/2 in 74 overs, taking a lead of 118 runs in the process. Cambridge were on 72/3 in 33 overs in their second innings when the match ended in a draw. Mitrakant struck again as he picked up two wickets (2/27) for Swastic Union.
Keen tussle Chethan MK (left) of Hockey Coorg and Rehan Khan of Vidarbha Hockey Association vie for the ball at the Hockey stadium on Monday. Hockey Coorg pummelled Vidarbha Hockey Association 13-0 in their opening encounter of the seventh Sub-junior National Championships here at the Hockey stadium on Monday. Chethan MK dazzled for Coorg with four goals while Vinesh Povajah, Sukal Yan Mondal and Ashik Uthappa slammed a brace each in what turned out to be lopsided affair.