By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE,(Reuters)-German import Almandin won a thrilling sprint to the line to claim the A$6.2 million ($4.75 million) Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse yesterday.Roared on by a festive crowd of more than 100,000 people, Almandin emerged at the final turn to haul in Heartbreak City by a neck at the end of the grueling two-mile handicap.It gave local businessman Lloyd Williams a record fifth Melbourne Cup as an owner and jockey Kerrin McEvoy his second trumph after his win on Brew in 2000.The seven-year-old gelding’s Australian trainer Robert Hickmott also claimed his second Cup in its 156th running, having prepared 2012 winner Green Moon.“Jeez, he traveled well,” McEvoy said from the saddle, having timed the 11-1 shot’s run to perfection.“How lucky am I, mate? The elation is just unreal.“Just a dream, mate, to win my second Cup. It’s just a dream come true. I love these staying races, I love the Melbourne Cup.”McEvoy set a record for the longest gap between Cup wins for a jockey and his triumph came less than a week before his wife Cathy Payne, the sister of last year’s winning jockey Michelle Payne, was due to have their fourth child.“Cathy’s at home, love you guys, hope you didn’t cheer too loudly and the baby popped out,” the 36-year-old said.Heartbreak City, ridden by Hong Kong-based Brazilian Joao Moreira, was a gallant runner-up after leaping from barrier 23.Trained by Irishman Tony Martin, the seven-year-old gelding was the first to bolt for the line and all but captured Australia’s richest horse racing prize before conceding at the line.“He didn’t break my heart, he tried 120 percent,” said Moreira.“I’m very proud of the horse. If you look at him you wouldn’t think he was that good, but when he went at the end he showed what he was capable of.“From the 50 (meter mark), I knew my horse was getting weak, he started getting tired, and the other one had a little bit left and he got me at the line.”Favourite Hartnell finished third, continuing the frustrations of the powerful Godolphin stable which had five entrants in the field of 24.Godolphin, owned by Emirati Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, have tried in vain to win a Melbourne Cup since 1998, but managed only three runner-up finishes.The stable’s British stayer Qewy was fourth, while Jameka, the sole locally bred entrant, disappointed in 15th place, having started second favorite after winning the prestigious Caulfield Cup last month.
AUSTRALIA vice-captain David Warner has labelled as “very, very poor” the scheduling decision that will lead to Australia playing a Twenty20 international at home the day before they begin a Test series in India.The Test players will have a long preparation for the first Test in Pune, spending up to two weeks training on spinning pitches at the ICC Academy in Dubai before heading to India for a warm-up game in Mumbai.However, while the Test players are acclimatising in Asia, a T20 team will be representing Australia in three internationals at home against Sri Lanka.The T20s take place in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide on February 17, 19 and 22, and the first Test in India begins on February 23.That means several members of Australia’s first-choice T20 side – including Warner, captain Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc – will be unable to play in the T20s, while others such as Glenn Maxwell could yet find themselves in the Test squad too.“Scheduling is obviously Cricket Australia’s area,” Warner said in an interview with Fox Sports. “They play the big role in putting that on.“For me, it’s about going out there and playing the game and not worrying too much about that. In saying that, it is very, very poor scheduling. To have your Test team going away to play a Test match … it doesn’t make any sense to us.“I don’t like it. Those of us who are part of the T20 team have a bigger goal and bigger picture, and that is to win a World Cup. You want to be putting your best team on the park all the time. At the end of the day, you’ve got Big Bash and IPL.“If me, Smithy, Starcy, Ussy, Shaun Marsh — all these guys that are in the Australian T20 team from the previous World Cup — if we are not playing any T20 cricket in Australia where the next World Cup is meant to be, it becomes quite a tough thing for selectors to work around.“We have one-day stuff where you can put your foot down and prove some things, but for me it’s about playing my best in any of the three formats that you play.”A World T20 is scheduled to be held in Australia in 2020, but there remains the possibility of an event in 2018 as well. Australia are yet to win a World T20 title, having only once made the final, when they were runners-up to England in 2010.(ESPNcricinfo)
(REUTERS) – Argentina’s World Cup-winner Diego Maradona returned to Naples this week to regale audiences with memories of his heroics in helping Napoli win the 1987 Italian league title and took a pot-shot at fellow football great Pele.The 56-year-old Maradona hosted his two-hour show ‘3 Volte Dieci’ or ‘Three times ten’ at the venerated Teatro di San Carlo opera house on Monday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Napoli’s first Serie A championship.Maradona quit Spanish giants Barcelona to sign for Napoli in 1984 and became their captain and record scorer with 115 goals.“With this shirt I dreamt a dream,” he told the crowd while holding a Napoli shirt.“When I came to sign for Napoli (then vice-president of Barcelona, Joan) Gaspart told me: ‘Do not leave. I will give you five more years, with twice the money you are earning at the moment’. I told him: ‘No. No. I will follow my heart.”Maradona left Napoli in 1992 after failing a drugs test but is still revered by the club, where he also won the UEFA Cup in 1989 and another Serie A title in 1990.The Argentine, who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title, said he had priced tickets for his show at 300 euros (259.38 pounds) so they were more expensive than those to see Brazil’s 76-year-old three-time World Cup-winner Pele.The pair have long sparred over the moniker of football’s greatest-ever player.
NATIONAL players Shemar Britton and Christopher Franklin teamed up to defeat Donald Duff and Jamal Duff in the open doubles, while Kaysan Ninvalle and Tyriq Saunders were also among those who registered wins when the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) kick-started their 2017 season with a Novices, Doubles and Fundamental Challenge tournament last weekend at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.After ousting Joel Alleyne and Trenace Lowe in a 11-6, 7-11, 11-5, 11-7 victory, Britton and Franklin went on to triumph 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 over the team of Donald and Jamal Duff. The Duffs had earlier, in the semi-finals, succeeded 11-13, 8-11, 13-11, 11-4, 12-10 over Elishaba Johnson and Nigel Bryan.Johnson and Bryan shared third place with Alleyne and Lowe. Alleyne and Lowe fared better in the mixed doubles, where Bryan once again failed to find his footings and carve out a win.This time, collaborating with junior Priscilla Greaves, Bryan went down 16-14, 6-11, 7-11, 7-11 as Alleyne and Lowe prevailed in the mixed doubles final.Britton also suffered losses in this category, where he and his partner Candace McKenzie shared third place behind team Miguel Wong/Natalie Cummings.Alleyne and Lowe overthrew Britton and McKenzie with straight-sets wins in the semi-finals (11-7, 11-5, 11-4). The Bryan/Greaves combination was able to take out Cummings and Wong in another straight-sets match (11-9, 11-8, 11-7).For the junior doubles Tyriq Saunders joined forces with Nicholus Romain to rule over Terrance Rausch and Jamal Nicholas, winning 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 13-11.Johnson and Greaves were left to share third place with Wong and Niran Bissu. Over in the pre-cadet doubles Kaysan Ninvalle and Isaiah Layne were not to be stopped, and came out championing the category after beating Jonathan Van Lange and Dhanesh Persaud 11-7, 11-9, 11-6.In the Novices category 34 entrants from Georgetown, Linden, Essequibo, East Coast and East Bank cameg out to test their skills and see how they have improved.In the end Karl Nedd of the Table Tennis Academy took home the win after getting the better of Buxton Table Tennis Club’s DeAndre Gordon, in a straight-sets win 11-4, 11-2, 13-11.The novices’ female finals went to another TTA pupil, Tirishatha Semple who defeated East bank table Tennis Club’s Nkechi McRae. McRae went under 4-11, 9-11, 9-11.The tournament also featured a fundamental challenge component which saw a three-minute pre-cadet rally being won by Van Lange and Layne, who finished on top with 111 rallies. Krystian Sahadeo and Colin Wong finished second with 99 rallies and third place went to Thuraia Thomas and Shania Barrow with 43.Juniors three-minute rally win went to Johnson and Greaves with 142 rallies, second went to Nevaeh Clarkston and Selenas Jackman with 131.For the seniors, Jamal Duff and Clarkston topped with 178 rallies, Franklin and Britton finished with 159, while Cummings and Dwain Dick had 145.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India needs to get their ‘act together’ and will have to find the right balance before the World Cup 2019, said captain Virat Kohli after his team’s 1-2 loss in the three-match ODI series against England.“These kind of games will tell us what we need to improve upon for the World Cup. We need to have a good balance in the side, and we need to get our act right before the World Cup. We can’t rely on one skill, and we need to do well in all departments,” said Kohli after the eight-wicket defeat in the series decider on Tuesday. India have been touted as a top-heavy batting side which is feeble in the middle, something that was visibile in third and final ODI after the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.India were 156 for four in the 31st over of the match but could only manage to put just 100 runs on board in the last 20 overs.“We were never up to the mark as far as runs were concerned. We had 25-30 runs too little. England were clinical in all departments and thoroughly deserved to win. We need to be at our best against a team like England.“The pitch was slow throughout the day which was surprising, not damp, just slow. Against the new ball it was two-paced but slow with the spinners. Haven’t seen pitches like that here before. The bowlers did well, especially their spinners who didn’t get greedy and contained the runs before getting wickets eventually,” said Kohli.He also defended the three changes he made for the crucial game, bringing in Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur in place of K L Rahul, Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul.“We thought Dinesh did well, but he couldn’t convert his start, so I don’t regret the batting order changes. Shardul was meant to get some exposure, and Bhuvi needed to make a comeback. When the changes don’t come off, they look unnecessary so it must be taken in our stride.”Kolhi himself missed out on a century, after he completely got bamboozled by Adil Rashid.“I’ve been playing against Rashid since U-19 and it was a terrific ball, so it’s just one of those balls that you have to take in your stride and say “Wow”. I’m surprised that his turn has reduced over the years, but this one was an amazing ball,” said the star batsman, who is now looking forward to the five-Test series beginning on August 1.“The Test squad is pretty settled, and it’s going to be a lengthy series. We want to play tough cricket and we know the English side will provide us with that,” he added.Joe Root, who came back to form after a lean patch, got his second successive ton and the other batsmen who struggled against Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav earlier in the series, played him comfortably.“It’s about putting faith in your game and backing your ability, so I’m happy I have done well in the last two games and I’ll take the confidence into the Tests. We’ve done well here over the last few years. The pressure of this being a must-win game was important and I am happy I contributed.“The Test series will be exciting. India has played well over the last few years, and we did well against Pakistan recently too, so hopefully we can replicate that in this series as well,” said Root.
New Delhi: Nathan Lyon continued his magnificent form against India in Tests when he picked up his 14th five-wicket haul in the Perth game on Sunday. Lyon’s haul of 5/67 helped Australia take a crucial 43-run lead against India but Lyon entered the record books with his haul. The offspinner’s five-wicket haul was his seventh in Tests against India, which is the joint-most by any spin bowler in Tests against a side that used to have a reputation of being the ‘best players of spin’ in the world. Lyon’s seventh five-wicket haul put him level with Muttiah Muraliatharan, who is the leading wicket-taker in Tests with 800. The Australian offspinner’s achievement resulted in high praise from Sachin Tendulkar.Writing on his official Twitter handle, Tendulkar heaped high praise on Lyon. “Australia have got a very special spinner in @NathLyon421. He has got terrific variations and uses the pace and bounce from the pitch to extract maximum value,” Tendulkar wrote. Reacting on Tendulkar’s tweet, Lyon said he was totally overwhelmed. “That’s amazing to get something like that from Sachin Tendulkar. He’s obviously one of the greatest of all time to ever play the game. So, to get recognised from him it’s a massive honour,” Lyon said to the official Cricket Australia website.Read More | Kohli ‘contentious’ catch in Perth Test irks Indian cricket team fans Lyon has had plenty of memorable moments against India. His match haul of 12/286 in the Adelaide Test in 2014 helped Australia overcome centuries in both innings by Virat Kohli to help Australia win by 48 runs. Lyon’s haul is the second-best by a spinner against India, behind left-arm orthodox spinner Steve O’Keefe’s record of 12/70 in the Pune Test in 2017.Read More | Virat Kohli lights up Perth with a classic knock for the agesThe Australian offspinner also has a tremendous record in dismissing India’s top batsmen. During the Adelaide Test, he dismissed Kohli for the sixth time, which is the most the current Indian skipper has fallen to a single bowler. He has also dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane eight times. Lyon’s career-best haul of 8/50 is also against India, which he achieved in the Bangalore Test in 2017.Lyon will be determined to take yet another five-wicket haul and seal his place permanently in the record books. Guiding Australia to a series-leveling win will be the first priority. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Dhawan became the 13th Indian batsmen to hit 5000 runs.India are on course for a win against New Zealand in Napier.Dhawan has a good record in major ICC tournaments. New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan entered a very special club of batsmen during the Napier ODI against India on Wednesday. The left-hander, who had a poor series against Australia, steered a shortish ball from Tim Southee to the third man fence to reach 5000 runs in ODIs. Dhawan became the 13th Indian batsmen to reach the landmark, with Sachin Tendulkar leading the charts with 18426 runs in 463 games. His ODI opening partner Rohit Sharma also has over 7600 runs while Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has scored over 10000 runs in ODIs. Dhawan struck a couple of boundaries to help India get their chase of 158 off to a great start after the Indian bowlers bowled brilliantly.Dhawan is the second-fastest Indian to reach the mark of 5000 runs in just 118 innings, equal with Brian Lara. Kohli is the fastest Indian to go past 5000 runs, having achieved the feat in just 114 innings while Hashim Amla of South Africa is the quickest in 101 innings.The Delhi left-hander has acquired a reputation of being dominant in major ICC tournaments in the last five years. In the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England, Dhawan scored two centuries and blasted 363 runs at an average of 90.75 as India won the Champions Trophy by five runs against England in the final in Birmingham, making MS Dhoni the only captain to win all three major ICC tournaments under his captaincy tenure.More glory came for Dhawan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which was held in Australia and New Zealand. The left-hander blasted 137 against South Africa in Melbourne as India won against the Proteas for the first time ever in the competition. In eight matches, Dhawan smashed 412 runs at an average of over 50 but India crashed out in the semi-final of the tournament losing to eventual winners Australia.In the 2017 Champions Trophy, Dhawan showed his class as he smashed 125 against Sri Lanka at the Oval but India lost the final to Pakistan. Overall, it was a good tournament for him as he smashed 338 runs at an average of 67.6. Dhawan has formed a formidable opening pair with Rohit Sharma in ODIs. They are only the second Indian pair after Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar to hit over 4000 opening partnership runs. Overall, they are the fourth pair to secure this record.
highlights Paris: Italy needed a late winner from Marco Verratti to defeat a determined Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in Euro 2020 qualifying Tuesday, while Germany and France piled up the goals in lopsided victories. Edin Dzeko fired Bosnia in front in Turin, but Lorenzo Insigne equalised shortly after half-time and Verratti curled home on 86 minutes to earn a fourth win in as many attempts for Roberto Mancini’s side in Group J. “I expected the difficulties, but we showed the strength and the conviction to overturn it,” said Mancini. “The important thing is that we are first in the group.” World champions France rebounded from last weekend’s defeat in Turkey with a trouble-free 4-0 win away to minnows Andorra. “We reacted well after not playing to our usual level on Saturday against a good Turkey team. It looked easy today and the intensity wasn’t the same but we played really well,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.RELATED He retained just four of those who began Saturday’s 2-0 loss in Konya, handing first international starts to Kurt Zouma, Clement Lenglet and Leo Dubois. Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with a chipped finish on 11 minutes, with Wissam Ben Yedder and Florian Thauvin adding to their lead in the first half. Zouma bundled home a fourth on the hour as France reclaimed top spot in Group H after Iceland beat Turkey 2-1 in Reykjavik to further sour the mood in the visiting camp. Turkish officials had denounced the “disrespect” shown to the team when they arrived in Iceland, unhappy at being kept waiting for several hours at passport control at the airport and subjected to extensive security checks. Two headers in the first half by centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson saw Iceland draw level on nine points with France as well as Turkey, for whom Dorukhan Tokoz scored a consolation. Rampant Germany Germany made light work of Estonia as Serge Gnabry and Marco Reus fired them to a thundering 8-0 victory in Mainz. Gnabry and Reus scored two goals each, with Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Timo Werner and Leroy Sane also on target, as Germany ran riot to seal a third win from three games in Group C. Underdogs Estonia was helpless against a bright young Germany side who now appear to have left last year’s World Cup woes far behind them. “Opponents like this are not the benchmark for us,” warned Reus. “It was important for us to get into a rhythm and get to know each other better on the pitch, but we have to stay realistic.” Joachim Loew’s team are still playing catch-up to Northern Ireland after Paddy McNair struck four minutes from the end in a 1-0 victory in Belarus. Belgium extended their perfect start to Group I with a 3-0 defeat of Scotland in Brussels. Romelu Lukaku headed in an Eden Hazard cross on the stroke of half-time and bagged a second early in the second half, with Kevin De Bruyne thumping home another at the death. “This is a good victory and it is nice to be able to score,” said Lukaku. “The team is getting better every time.”Russia followed up their 9-0 trouncing of San Marino with a much nervier win over Cyprus that came courtesy of a single goal by Aleksei Ionov. Ryan Giggs’s Wales suffered back-to-back losses as Mate Patkai struck 10 minutes from time to earn Hungary a 1-0 victory in Budapest. The Hungarians, the only side to have played four games in Group E, are top on nine points, three clear of Slovakia, who were 5-1 winners in Azerbaijan where Marek Hamsik scored twice. France lost to Turkey in the Euro 2020 qualifiers last week.France defeated Andorra 4-0.Germany defeated Estonia 8-0. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has created plenty of records in the Twenty20 International format. He is in a close tussle with Virat Kohli for the most runs in the format while he is the ultimate six-hitting machine in Twenty20 Internationals, smashing 109. Rohit also holds the record for the most centuries hit in Twenty20 Internationals with four. However, during the third game between India and South Africa at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Rohit created yet another record and this time he leveled the feat of former India skipper MS Dhoni as he strode out to the middle. Rohit was playing in his 98th Twenty20 International and he leveled Dhoni’s record of most matches played in the format for India. Dhoni had held the previous record for India, having played 98 games from 2006 to 2019 while Rohit started playing in the shortest format of the game in 2007 during the World T20 in South Africa. Overall, Rohit is tied third in the list of players who have played the most games in Twenty20 Internationals. Shoaib Malik of Pakistan has played the most matches in Twenty20 Internationals with 111 while former all-rounder Shahid Afridi played 99 games, 98 with Pakistan and one for the ICC World XI in 2018. Also Read | Virat Kohli Is Effective As Captain Only Because Of MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma: Gautam GambhirRohit endured a poor series against South Africa by managing scores of 12 and 9 in the two matches that could be played in the three-match series after the first game in Dharamshala was washed out without a ball being bowled. In the second match at Mohali, Rohit smashed two sixes off Dwaine Pretorius before falling LBW to Andile Phehlukwayo. In the third game, Rohit smashed two boundaries off Kagiso Rabada before being trapped LBW by Beuran Hendricks.Also Read | MS Dhoni Retirement News Totally Incorrect: MSK PrasadWith many Twenty20 Internationals still left to be played in the build-up to the World T20 in Australia next year, Rohit and Dhoni could enter the century club and also surpass the record set by Malik. India’s next Twenty20 International assignment will be against Bangladesh in November. The three-match Twenty20 International series between India and South Africa ended in a 1-1 draw after Quinton de Kock’s magnificent, unbeaten 79 gave South Africa a crushing nine-wicket win. In the previous match, Virat Kohli’s brilliant fifty gave India a rousing seven-wicket win.
Shelby Harris counting his blessings, not his lost millions Like so many sports fans who are making do without the daily diversions of games, Harris said he’s focusing on his family during these strange times where he can’t even work out with his teammates.“Really for me I think this is a great opportunity to get close with your family again,” Harris said. “I just found out my oldest daughter, her school just got canceled for the rest of the year. It’s really just being at home and being with the family. We made a little gym in the basement where I can still get the work in and just stay ready.”While part of his day is spent working out, “we’ve been blessed to have (this time) together because usually during this time I would be home and the kids would be at school and my wife would be doing something,” Harris said. “Now we’re kind of just all forced to be together. I’m cooking dinner every night.” The virus causes mild symptoms in many of those infected, but it can cause severe symptoms or death for some, including older adults and those with underlying medical conditions such as respiratory ailments. Most Americans are under some sort of shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders to try to keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed.Offseason training is already pushed back and with professional baseball, basketball and hockey on hiatus, some observers are starting to wonder if there will even be a football season this fall. Associated Press April 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAURORA, Colo. (AP) — Shelby Harris is counting his blessings and not his lost millions.“I’m just happy to have a job. There are millions of Americans who have lost their jobs because of this,” the sixth-year defensive tackle said of the coronavirus pandemic during a conference call Friday, a week after agreeing to return to the Denver Broncos on a team-friendly contract.Harris’ one-year deal is worth $2.5 million with a chance to earn another $750,000 in bonuses. It represents only a slight increase from his pay last year and is the most stunning move by the Broncos during a busy offseason. Harris and the Broncos expected to part ways after last season. Harris figured to command about $9 million annually on the open market after posting a career-best six sacks and leading the league’s defensive linemen with nine batted-down passes in 2019. Last month, the NFL prohibited teams from meeting face to face with free agents and college prospects as the virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, began to spread rapidly across the globe.With the usual wine-and-dine tours scuttled in favor of interactions on Skype or Zoom, the market was suddenly suppressed for lots of lower-tier free agents such as Harris and ex-teammate Derek Wolfe, who agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Baltimore shortly after Harris agreed to stay in Denver.Asked about that effect, Harris pointed to the millions of workers laid off as the virus has wrecked the global economy.“I can’t get mad about how things happen … when there are so many people in the world and in America right now who can’t even say they have a job because they lost it because of the coronavirus,” Harris said. “I’m just happy that I’m able to say that I have a job.” “I think eventually there will be,” Harris said. “I just don’t know how much of it there will actually be of football. With training camp, obviously no vets like training camp. Obviously, you want to go out there and work, but you want to be safe. You want to do your part for the community just like they’re doing their part for us — social distancing and stuff. “However long this needs to go, I’m all for it. It’s about the masses not just the single person. I’m worried about people bringing it to my grandma, bringing it to my mom, bringing it to my family. I just think the most important thing right now is just to focus on social distancing. Also, I feel like we have to give our thanks out to the nurses and the doctors and the first responders and everyone who has the essential jobs. … There are literally people putting their lives and their family on the line so that we can somehow live.” ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6