ICC World Cup India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semi-final: Can Virat Kohli repeat 2008 magic vs Kane Williamson?

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After 45 matches, the league stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has ended. India, Australia, England and New Zealand are the four semi-finalists. India will take on New Zealand in Manchester on July 9 while Australia will once again square off against England on July 11 in Edgbaston. The road to the semi-final for both India and New Zealand has been a study of contrasting fortunes. New Zealand started the tournament with a bang with four wins out of five but suffered three consecutive defeats to lose momentum before the knockouts. India, on the other hand, has been clinical with both bat and ball and have suffered just one loss in the tournament which was to England.Heading into the semi-final, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team are favourites to beat Kane Williamson’s New Zealand team. India’s batting and bowling have depth and form while the Kiwis have suffered in their batting which is overly reliant on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. This will be the first time India and New Zealand are squaring off in the semi-final of a 50-over World Cup and it will be a tough contest.However, the match will also see Kohli and Williamson square off in a knock-out for the first time since the two clashed in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup encounter in Malaysia. 11 years ago, Kohli and Williamson were big names in the junior circuit and it was a tense clash at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur. New Zealand elected to bat and they looked in good touch.After losing George Worker and Michael Guptill-Bunce cheaply, Williamson, in what would later become his trademark style, helped New Zealand stage a recovery. However, that was when Kohli decided to strike, not with the bat but with the ball. Kohli darted a quick ball wide outside off and Williamson was stumped for 37 by Shreevats Goswami. Kohli took his second wicket of Fraser Colson and had figures of 7-1-27-2. Corey Anderson blasted 70 off 76 balls which included six fours and four sixes and New Zealand ended on 205/8.During the India innings, rain intervened and the target for India was 191 in 43 overs. This time, it was Williamson’s turn to inflict damage on Kohli. Goswami and the Indian skipper had strung a solid 84-run stand, with Goswami hammering a fifty and Kohli looking good on 43. However, Kohli drove a full ball from Worker to short cover where Williamson took a brilliant catch to his right and New Zealand was in the hunt again. Tim Southee took four wickets but India held their nerve to win by three wickets and enter the final. Kohli’s men would script history by winning the 2008 Under-19 title by beating South Africa in a rain-affected match.11 years later, Kohli and Williamson are the modern-day greats of the game and are part of the fab-four in batting, along with Steve Smith and Joe Root. Both nations have a good record in the World Cup and they will be determined to enhance it in the semi-final. Will Williamson get the better of Kohli or will the Indian skipper inflict pain on the Kiwis as he did in 2008? The answer will be known on July 9. highlightscenter_img India’s clash vs New Zealand in Trent Bridge was abandoned due to rain.New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head record against India in World Cups.Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were part of the Under-19 World Cup in 2008.last_img read more


Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding onto Bud Dupree. The team placed the franchise tag on the outside linebacker Dupree could make around $16 million in 2020 if he signs the tag. That number would likely change if he reaches an agreement with the Steelers on a long-term deal by July 15. Dupree collected a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019.— Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster is retiring. The 11-year veteran made the announcement on Instagram.— The Atlanta Falcons will dramatically boost their financial flexibility by releasing three high-priced veterans — running back Devonta Freeman, cornerback Desmond Trufant and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo.— A person with knowledge of the decision says the Minnesota Vikings have placed the franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris.— Ben Watson is hanging up his cleats for the second time. The 39-year-old tight end announced his retirement in a message on Twitter on Monday, marking the end of a 15-year NFL career that included two stints in New England, as well as stops in Cleveland, New Orleans and Baltimore.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 16, 2020 Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.In a statement, the commissioner’s office said, “The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLPlayers can return home, self-isolateUNDATED (AP) — NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cousins was entering the final season of the fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million contract he signed as a free agent in 2018. He was scheduled to carry a $31 million charge to Minnesota’s salary cap in 2020.NFL-FREE AGENCYFlurry of trades, tags from NFL teamsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have traded star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft. A person familiar with the deal said Buckner will receive a new contract worth $21 million a year from the Colts. The trade of Buckner came almost immediately after the 49ers announced a deal to keep defensive lineman Arik Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million before he hit the open market.In other NFL developments: — A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket. Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.— McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.” The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.NFL-VIKINGS-COUSINSVikings reach extension deal with CousinsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and quarterback Kirk Cousins have agreed to a two-year contract extension. Cousins’ agent Mike McCartney made the announcement on his verified Twitter account. Terms were not immediately available. This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics. Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction.The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL DRAFTNo public events for NFL draftNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will proceed with its draft but without public events next month in Las Vegas. It’s not yet clear, however, if the draft itself will be held in the city.  Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the draft will take place April 23-25 as scheduled but under a modified format still being developed.The draft will be televised regardless of its venue or format. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKSpeedway officials take wait-and-see approachUNDATED — Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBBaseball season won’t start until mid-May, at the earliestNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. — The Arizona Cardinals have added one of the NFL’s top receivers to join an intriguing young team aiming to make a big move in the NFC West. The Cardinals acquired three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade that will send running back David Johnson and draft picks to the Houston Texans. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation.— The Dallas Cowboys have placed their exclusive franchise tag on Dak Prescott. They’re securing the rights to their star quarterback for an estimated $31.5 million while the sides continue working on a long-term deal.— The Cowboys are moving forward with their plan to replace record-setting tight end Jason Witten. The Cowboys have re-signed Blake Jarwin, giving their fourth-year player a $24 million, three-year contract with $9 million guaranteed.— A person familiar with the negotiations says defensive end Shaq Lawson has agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.— According to a person familiar with the deal, free agent linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Kwiatkoski can’t officially sign the deal until the new league year starts on Wednesday. — The Bengals used their franchise tag on A.J. Green. That gives them time to try to work out a long-term deal with the star who is one of the most accomplished receivers in franchise history and would be a vital part of breaking in a new quarterback.— The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Chris Jones, raising the possibility that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle will remain with the Super Bowl champions for at least one more season.— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed their franchise tag on linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who led the NFL in sacks last season.— The Patriots have placed a franchise tag on left guard Joe Thuney.— The New York Giants have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Leonard Williams. The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.In a statement Monday morning, the speedway said, “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks.”The speedway says it wants to do its part in protecting public health while also allowing the race to proceed as scheduled. The statement adds, “This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”In other sports developments related to the coronavirus:— The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled. Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April. The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. — Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers has agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. The deal was confirmed by Flowers’ agent, who said $19.95 million is guaranteed.— The Buffalo Bills have announced re-signing offensive lineman Quinton Spain to a three-year contract.— The Indianapolis Colts have released defensive tackle Margus Hunt and will re-sign receiver Daurice Fountain.— The Tennessee Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season.— The Arizona Cardinals have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake, which allows the team to match any offer he receives from another team during free agency. — The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. John Coates told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.— The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June.— Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend.— The third regional Olympic boxing qualification tournament has been suspended after three days of competition. The 11-day London event was suspended Monday night after a day of fan-free competition. The IOC Boxing Task Force also suspended the remaining two Olympic qualification tournaments, scheduled for Buenos Aires later this month and for Paris in May.— The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press last_img read more


WBB : Pain relief: In turbulent life, basketball is Iasia Hemingway’s release

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Iasia Hemingway’s homesickness finally reached a tipping point.Her 15-year-old cousin, Bassemah, had been sick with cancer since Iasia first went to Georgia Tech. Bassemah wanted to follow in Iasia’s footsteps and play college basketball. The pair saw each other every day when Iasia was home. They were as close as siblings.‘If you fight this cancer,’ Iasia told Bassemah, ‘you’re going to make it.’But Bassemah was struggling to fight off the cancer. Iasia’s mother, Henrietta, tried to keep the news from her daughter. She knew it would tear her apart.But Iasia got updates from another cousin. And at the start of summer in 2008, that cancer cut Bassemah’s life short. It was all Iasia could bear to handle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat was the final push Iasia needed. She decided then and there that she needed to be closer to home, closer to her family in Newark, N.J. Bassemah’s death brought her to where she is now, a starting forward and the third-leading scorer and rebounder for the Syracuse women’s basketball team.The transfer, though, has been just a small part of Iasia’s journey. And through it all, there has been basketball. Hemingway used the sport to help her navigate the streets of Newark and the hallways of Malcolm X Shabazz High School. She used it to overcome a learning disability, her family’s financial struggles and multiple deaths of loved ones.And as for the next step, she wants to use this basketball-driven journey to inspire others.‘I want to be a motivational speaker,’ she says. ‘Because if I can succeed, then, you know, why can’t you?’Playing with the boysOnce George Briscoe realized his stepdaughter was passionate about basketball, he injected himself into that aspect of her life with unusual methods. Briscoe, who started four years at Division III Stockton College, put Hemingway on the boys’ teams, which he coached from fifth to eighth grade.‘If you want to get better, this is where you have to go,’ he told her.Hemingway hated it. But she knew Briscoe was right. He soon started getting her up at 6 a.m. for runs through the park every day. It wasn’t long before Hemingway began getting up on her own, never complaining, always wanting to work.And that translated to early success on the court.‘She became very dominant,’ Briscoe said. ‘She started off blocking shots and rebounding. Because her physical presence was always there, she became physical with (the boys), just earning their respect, so her confidence started to take off.’Her Orange teammates see that physicality today. When she crashes the boards, someone typically ends up on the floor, whether it’s herself, an opponent or a teammate.SU head coach Quentin Hillsman calls her relentless on the glass. Senior guard Erica Morrow said she occasionally won’t even crash the boards, assuming her junior teammate will pull in the rebound.But for Hemingway, that unyielding persistence has been there from the beginning. Persistence from each rebound to each step in her journey.‘That’s how I was raised,’ she said. ‘Regardless of who’s in my way, I’m going to go after it.’A school without booksKeeping her daughter off the streets of Newark was one of Henrietta’s concerns. Keeping her safe at school was another.‘You know, Iasia, when school lets out, you stay in the gym,’ she used to tell Iasia during her freshman year at Malcolm X Shabazz. ‘You don’t go outside. … You really don’t know anybody. Don’t go out there.’Gangs cost Iasia some of her closest friends. She said in every one of her four years at Shabazz, at least one of her friends was shot. There were fights after school every day. Students showed up to class wearing brass knuckles. Iasia said Shabazz was bad academically. Its graduation rate sits at 38.6 percent.‘Coming from my school, we didn’t have books,’ Hemingway said. ‘We were lucky to find a book in the library that had all the pages. It was a struggle.’Even more of a struggle for Iasia. She always felt she was fighting something when it came to schoolwork. There was always something there, blocking her success. But she didn’t find out until college that she suffered from dyslexia.Still, none of it slowed down her basketball game. Shabazz was among the best in New Jersey during the four years Hemingway spent there. She was named New Jersey Player of the Year as a junior and senior. Scout.com ranked her a Top 25 recruit.Her parents wanted her to make it out of Newark. And basketball was the perfect way to do it.‘I just tried to keep Iasia busy and off the streets,’ Henrietta said. ‘That was my main thing. And she had a love for basketball, so that was just great.’Two Years, Too FarDespite being from a tight-knit family, Iasia wanted to go away for college. With multiple ACC schools recruiting her, she made it out of Newark. And Georgia Tech, 850-plus miles south, was her school of choice.For those first two years, the separation was tolerable. Her parents’ constant trips to home games nullified her feelings of homesickness.But it soon came crashing down.Henrietta was laid off from her job at Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2006, just a year before Iasia left for Georgia Tech. By 2008, it became clear she would not be able to afford the visits to Atlanta. And then Bassemah’s death hit Iasia hard.‘I really wasn’t focusing on basketball (after that),’ she said. ‘It was more thinking about back home. … So I was just thinking about how my family was doing and not really focusing on what was priority.’The separation was too much. And as Iasia’s pleas over several months became consistent, Henrietta knew her daughter needed to come back home.‘Now you’ve made the decision, and you’re going to have to live with that decision,’ she said of Iasia’s transfer. ‘And that’s my biggest thing because kids, a lot of parents like to make decisions for kids — I’m not that type of parent. … I always give her the opportunity to make the decisions for herself.’Home at the DomeIf it were up to Henrietta, her daughter never would have left New Jersey. She would have gone to college at Rutgers, just 40 minutes from Newark.That was too close in Iasia’s mind. She wanted to be close to home, but not right in her backyard.Syracuse was a possible fit. And Briscoe said it was a perfect match.And after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations, Hemingway is now a full-time starter like she was at Georgia Tech.‘I love it here,’ Hemingway said. ‘I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made.’Perhaps more importantly, she is only a four-hour drive away from Newark. Her mom has seen four Orange home games this year. The rest of the family will be at SU’s road contests against Rutgers and St. John’s in February.When she goes home, she often goes back to Shabazz, where her mom occasionally substitutes as a teacher. The school retired Iasia’s jersey after her graduation, and students ask Henrietta about her whenever she subs.When Iasia does visit, she tells the students about how she got to Syracuse, about her basketball-driven journey. And her message is simple: If she could do it, in spite of everything, so could they.‘This isn’t easy,’ Iasia tells them. ‘I came from the same school you’re from, and if I can do it, y’all can do it, too. You just have to stay focused. There’s going to be a lot of distractions, but mentally, you’ve just got to be focused. There’s going to be trials and tribulations. But you’ve just got to fight through them.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Published on January 19, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more


Sam Bennett makes Tour de France debut

first_imgTipperarey sprinter Sam Bennett makes his Grand Tour debut in the colours of the Bora-Argon 18 team.A 14-kilometre time trial will mark the start of this year’s race with defending champion Vincenzo Nibali joined by Chris Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintan (pr: Nair-oh Kin-ta-na) as the so-called big-four who are expected to challenge for this year’s Yellow Jersey.last_img


Darvish pitches Cubs past Royals 6-1 for 6th straight win

first_img Written By WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 6th August, 2020 09:53 IST COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img Yu Darvish pitched seven sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.Javier Báez drove in two runs for the Cubs (10-2), who handed Kansas City its sixth consecutive defeat. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each had two hits and scored twice.Darvish (2-1) was in midseason form for the second straight outing. He gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.With the score 2-1, the Royals’ best chance to tie the game came in the sixth when Whit Merrifield was on third with one out. Darvish struck out Ryan O’Hearn and retired Salvador Perez on a grounder, ending the threat.The Cubs capitalized on one bad stretch for Royals starter Kris Bubic, who set down his first nine batters, including four strikeouts, before Bryant singled in the fourth.Rizzo followed with a walk, and then a bloop hit by Báez tied it 1-all. Willson Contreras grounded into a double play, but Rizzo scored to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.Kansas City (3-10) started the scoring in the third when a double off the left-field wall by Maikel Franco was followed by Nicky Lopez’s single, but a potential big inning was thwarted when Merrifield grounded into a double play.The Cubs took advantage of two fielding mistakes in the eighth and ninth, tacking on four runs to make it 6-1.Bubic (0-2), making his second career start, went six innings and gave up two runs. He struck out six.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: Before the game, OF Bubba Starling and RHP Glenn Sparkman were placed on the injured list. Starling was batting .211 with three RBIs. Sparkman had a 5.40 ERA and allowed nine hits in four appearances. Kansas City recalled catcher Meibrys Viloria and RHP Scott Blewett.UP NEXTRoyals RHP Brad Keller makes his season debut Thursday night after returning from the IL due to COVID-19. RHP Tyler Chatwood (2-0, 0.74 ERA) will start for the Cubs. “I feel pretty good,” Keller said Saturday. “Whenever they tell me, I’ll be ready.”Image credits: AP FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 09:53 IST Darvish Pitches Cubs Past Royals 6-1 For 6th Straight Win Yu Darvish pitched seven sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-1 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victorylast_img read more


Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris beats Mo Farah!

first_img31382Paul Kipkemoi CHELIMOUSA13:33.30 POSBIBATHLETEMARK 1402Ryan HILLUSADNS 12734Birhanu BALEWBRN13:43.25 5893Selemon BAREGAETH13:35.34 7852Aron KIFLEERI13:36.91 8950Andrew BUTCHARTGBR13:38.73 2954Mohamed FARAHGBR13:33.22 11655Patrick TIERNANAUS13:40.01 Athletics: Farah denied final gold by Ethiopian EdrisLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British athletics legend Mo Farah narrowly failed to complete a fifth successive global double on Saturday when he finished second behind Ethiopian Muktar Edris in a thrilling 5,000 metres world final.The 34-year-old, whose winning run in the 5,000m at Olympics and world finals stretched back to 2011, fought desperately to claw back the deficit in the finishing straight but Edris held on to win in 13min 32.79sec.Farah, a two-time double world champion and two time double Olympic champion, finished in 13:33.22.Farah, who had won the 10,000m last Friday to open the championships with a bang, said he couldn’t have given it more but added he had proved that it was possible to break up the Ethiopian and Kenya hegemony over the distance races.“I gave it my all, 110 percent,” said Farah.“I don’t think there was any more I could have done. They (the Ethiopians) run as a team.“Never feel like you can’t beat the Kenyans and Ethiopians — anything is possible.”American Paul Chelimo added world bronze to his Olympic silver, timing 13.33.30. 4899Yomif KEJELCHAETH13:33.51 RACE PREVIEWLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  British track legend Mo Farah sauntered into the 5,000 metres world final early in the week looking good to sign off his brilliant track championship career with a fifth successive global title double.The 34-year-old — who has two Olympic and two world championship doubles to his credit — showed no sign of a hangover from the 10,000m victory last Friday, which saw him emerge with a badly cut calf, as he finished second in his semi-final at a rain-sodden London Stadium.Farah, who is unbeaten in 5,000m global finals since winning the 2011 world crown, admitted to being tired but said he took his lead off a Kenyan catchphrase.“Anything is possible — train hard and win easy, that is what the Kenyans say,” said Farah.“I’ve been given a chance in life. For all the young kids out there, you should believe that you can do it as well.”However, he may need to be on his guard as at the opposite end of the age spectrum 17-year-old Ethiopian Selemon Barega caught the eye in winning his semi-final.Farah was content to hang out the back in the early stages but moved onto the fastest man in the world this year Muktar Edris’s shoulder with 10 laps remaining.Up front was Spain’s Morocco-born Illias Fifa ahead of 16-year-old Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo who then took on the pace with seven laps to the tape — Farah moving up to second behind the youngster.A welcome sudden injection of pace came from Tanzania’s Emmanuel Gisamoda with Farah looking relaxed in fourth alongside Hayle Ibrahimov of Azerbaijan.However, they bunched up again and a fair few elbows came to the fore as runners tried to hold their position.As they took the bell there were a dozen runners in contention for the five automatic places but Farah was never in danger of missing out and content to finish second.However, the biggest cheer of all came for Mauritania’s Mohamed Sambe who valiantly battled on despite being tailed off from early on and being lapped twice.The 34-year-old had his own ‘lap of honour’ on the final circuit of the track being cheered to the rafters and raised his arms as he crossed the line in celebrating having completed the course in his own time.The second semi-final saw Ethiopian tyro Barega take on the pace setting duties after a very pedestrian opening four laps swapping the lead with Ugandan Stephen Kissa.There were casualties though as the pace slowed and they bunched up with Kenyan-born American Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo going down after being clipped by Kenya’s Cyrus Rutto, who also came to grief.Chelimo recovered quicker regaining his place in the main pack whilst Rutto took his time but with two laps to run he too was back in contention.However, Chelimo ran out of puff when the final sprint took place with Barega coming home first and his former compatriot now running for Bahrain Birhanu Balew was second with Rutto doing brilliantly to take third.There was a happy ending for Chelimo though as he made the final as one of the five fastest losers. 101076Kemoy CAMPBELLJAM13:39.74 6749Mohammed AHMEDCAN13:35.43 Farah and his team-mate Andrew Butchart had tried to break up the field with 600 metres to go in a race that had been run at generally a very slow pace.However, Edris and team-mate Yomif Kejelcha seized the initiative as the bell went and Farah struggled to go with them.He fell several metres behind them going down the back straight.Edris led round the final bend with Farah under pressure from Kenyan-born Chelimo as they hit the straight.Edris gritted his teeth and set sail for home with Farah moving down the inside to try and engineer a remarkable final burst but the gas just wasn’t there. 1896Muktar EDRISETH13:32.79 Share on: WhatsApp 131147Cyrus RUTTOKEN13:48.64 ***** 14850Awet HABTEERI13:58.68 9758Justyn KNIGHTCAN13:39.15last_img read more


Two Basilica Security Guards Attacked, Stabbed in Washington DC

first_img(Washington, DC) — After a police standoff, a suspect is finally in custody after two security guards were injured in an attack at the basilica in Washington, DC.Two security guards at the shrine are reportedly “conscious and breathing” after one was stabbed and another was struck by a vehicle shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.Police say a driver struck a female guard and several vehicles in the parking lot of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast, DC this morning. He then chased a male guard into the Shrine and stabbed him.The suspect barricaded himself inside a home in a nearby neighborhood.He was arrested a short time after.Both victims are said to be in critical condition.last_img read more


Body found in lake at Dillard High School

first_imgAuthorities are currently investigating the death of a person who was found floating in a lake on the Dillard High School campus.The incident was reported around 7:45 am at the campus located on Northwest 11th Street and 27th Avenue Tuesday.Not much is known about the incident at this time, however, authorities did say that a school bus driver spotted the body of an adult male in the water near the football field and contacted them.It is unclear how or why the victim was on the school’s property.The high school has been placed under a code yellow but authorities with Broward County Public Schools are reporting that none of the children are in danger.last_img read more


Protecting Horses and Fighting for the Future of Thoroughbred Horse Racing

first_imgAs the recent tragedies at Santa Anita have illustrated, Thoroughbred horse racing in the United States is at a crossroads. The Stronach Group is fully committed to modernizing our sport in a way that prioritizes the welfare and safety of horses and riders above all. The fact that horses running in America are five times more likely to suffer a catastrophic injury than horses running at international venues is unacceptable and must immediately change.We are proud to be working in collaboration with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) and other industry partners on key reforms unseen in our sport for decades. These critical reforms move us closer in line with the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA), the world’s benchmark for equine safety and welfare. As a result of these reforms, horses that race at Santa Anita do so under the strongest medication regulation in the United States. These reforms are the start, not the end.We will work with anyone and everyone who shares our commitment and respect for prioritizing horses in preserving the legacy of the sport but also those who recognize that we must adapt to ensure the future of this great sport for generations to come.To learn more, click here.last_img read more


Arsenal one of FOUR London clubs in transfer fight for £18m Dejan Lovren

first_imgARSENAL are one of four London clubs eyeing up Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, according to reports.The Croat, 30, has one year left on his current deal and Jurgen Klopp is willing to let him leave when the transfer window reopens.1 Dejan Lovren is a reported transfer target for four London clubs including Arsenal and TottenhamCredit: AFP – GettyAccording to teamtalk.com, the Gunners are ready to make an offer for the centre-back.But Mikel Arteta already has David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Rob Holding – currently out injured – in his squad.Pablo Mari is on loan but expected to sign permanently in the summer with William Saliba returning from his loan at Saint-Etienne as well.Arsenal have also been linked with RB Leipzig sensation Dayot Upamecano who would undoubtedly walk into the starting XI at the Emirates.The North London club are also keen on Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes, Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona and unsettled Bayern Munich man Jerome Boateng.However, should they make an attempt to sign Lovren they could face competition from rivals Tottenham as well as West Ham and Crystal Palace who are also understood to be interested.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsIf Lovren does leave Liverpool in the summer, he would prefer to stay in England and London would be his destination of choice.However, the report also adds that teams in Italy, Spain, Germany and France have all made approaches.Liverpool are hoping to get £18million for the defender who joined from Southampton for £20m in 2014.Despite being a regular starter in his opening four seasons at Anfield, he has dropped down the pecking order in Klopp’s side.Joe Gomez is the first-choice partner for Virgil van Dijk at the back with Joel Matip also ahead of Lovren.This season he has featured just 14 times across all competitions.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaHis only Premier League appearance since December 7 came in the Reds’ sole Premier League defeat of the season, the 3-0 loss at Watford.After that shock result, Lovren admitted his side were “ashamed” for throwing away their Invincibles dreams.Liverpool are likely to try and bring in a replacement for Lovren should they find a suitable buyer for the former World Cup finalist.Best free transfer XI available to Premier League clubs this summer including Arsenal target Matty Longstafflast_img read more