Moeen Ali’s unbeaten 67 takes game away from Proteas

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Moeen Ali’s sparkling strokeplay in his undefeated 67 put England in total control of the fourth Test with a lead of 360 over South Africa at Old Trafford.England ended a third day curtailed by early evening rain on 224-8 and, with two full days remaining, will be confident of wrapping up a 3-1 series win.Although the comfort of their first-innings lead meant there would have been few nerves in the England dressing room, the hosts were struggling at 134-6 when Moeen walked to the crease.Jonny Bairstow, whose first-innings 99 had been key to England’s lead, soon departed for 10, leaving Moeen with only the lower order for support.England had struggled against the spin of Keshav Maharaj who was making the most of the rough outside off-stump to the left-handed batsmen.But Moeen took the game to the left-arm spinner, putting on a 58-run partnership with Toby Roland-Jones and eliminating the concern over the rough with positive footwork.He was fortunate to be dropped on 15 by Dean Elgar at slip off Maharaj but, with that let-off behind him, went on to bring up a fifty with a towering six that was caught on the players’ balcony by a beaming Bairstow.Three times Moeen hit Maharaj for six and his confidence, shot selection and execution raised the question of why he is batting down at number eight.“I think it was my best (innings for England) in terms of trying to take momentum and putting pressure back on them,” Moeen said.“I had a few hacks early on that I got away with but I felt the situation of the game needed a little impetus, a few shots. Sometimes you can be a sitting duck and I just felt today I didn’t want to do that,” he added.After Roland-Jones departed, top-edging as he tried to pull Rabada, Broad joined Moeen and the pair will resume on Monday after rain cut play short in the final hour.South Africa’s first-innings batting had left them with an extremely difficult task but their bowlers were not intent on ending the series without a fight.Paceman Morne Morkel got the early breakthroughs, striking twice before lunch.Alastair Cook went in the seventh over, attempting a cover drive, but his thick edge flew to Theunis de Bruyn, who comfortably pocketed the catch at gully.Tom Westley went in similar fashion, edging to substitute fielder Aiden Markram, who held on at a gully to leave England on 30-2. After lunch, England opener Keaton Jennings, who has struggled throughout the series and was badly in need of a good score, departed for 18, making a mess of a short delivery from Rabada to give Hashim Amla a simple catch at first slip.England skipper Joe Root looked composed and confident again but fell one run short of his half-century after dragging on a low delivery from Duanne Olivier.Olivier had his tail up, causing problems with his clever right-arm medium-fast deliveries and, after troubling Stokes outside the off-stump on several occasions, got his reward when the England batsman edged to skipper Faf du Plessis at first slip.Broad had earlier claimed the final wicket of South Africa’s first innings.Olivier’s attempted pull ended in a top-edge which was safely gathered by keeper Bairstow. James Anderson ended with his best figures in a Test on his home ground of 4-38 in 17 overs. ENGLAND 1st innings 362 (J. Bairstow 99, B. Stokes 58, J. Root 52; K. Rabada 4-91)South Africa 1st innings (Overnight: 220-9)D. Elgar lbw b Anderson 0H. Kuhn c Stokes b Ali 24H. Amla c Bairstow b Roland-Jones 30T. Bavuma b Anderson 46F. du Plessis b Anderson 27Q. de Kock c Bairstow b Broad 24T. de Bruyn c Root b Anderson 11K. Maharaj lbw b Ali 13K. Rabada c Stokes b Broad 23M. Morkel not out 20D. Olivier c Bairstow b Broad 4Extras (b-3 nb-1) 4Total (all out, 72.1 overs) 226Fall of wickets: 1-2 D. Elgar,2-47 H. Amla,3-84 H. Kuhn,4-131 T. Bavuma,5-132 F. du Plessis,6-146 T. de Bruyn,7-167 K. Maharaj,8-189 Q. de Kock,9-220 K. Rabada,10-226 D. OlivierBowling: J. Anderson 17 – 5 – 38 – 4, S. Broad 16.1 – 4 – 46 – 3,T. Roland-Jones 11 – 3 – 41 – 1, M. Ali 21 – 5 – 57 – 2,B. Stokes 6 – 0 – 34 – 0(nb-1),D. Malan 1 – 0 – 7 – 0ENGLAND 2nd inningsA. Cook c de Bruyn b M. Morkel 10K. Jennings c Amla b Rabada 18T. Westley c sub b M. Morkel 9J. Root b Olivier 49D. Malan c de Bruyn b Maharaj 6B. Stokes c du Plessis b Olivier 23J. Bairstow c Rabada b Olivier 10M. Ali not out 67T. Roland-Jones c Maharaj b Rabada 11S. Broad not out 0Extras (b-9 lb-9 nb-1 w-2) 21Total (for 8 wickets, 66.2 overs) 224Fall of wickets: 1-16 A. Cook,2-30 T. Westley,3-55 K. Jennings,4-72 D. Malan,5-129 J. Root,6-134 B. Stokes,7-153 J. Bairstow,8-211 T. Roland-JonesTo bat: J. AndersonBowling: M. Morkel 12 – 2 – 39 – 2(nb-1),K. Rabada 15.2 – 4 – 37 – 2(w-2),K. Maharaj 27 – 5 – 92 – 1,D. Olivier 12 – 5 – 38 – 3.last_img read more

In hard-fought, physical affair, Connecticut snaps SU women’s soccer’s 5-game unbeaten streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments By the time Skylar Sabbag left the field on Sunday, her nose became an innocent bystander after taking an elbow to the face in the closing minutes of the game. It was part of a recurring theme. ‘I think their game plan,’ Syracuse freshman goalie Brittany Anghel said, ‘was to just plow right through us.’ Knees were iced, noses were bloodied and everyone walked away a little worn out after taking part in the battle that was Syracuse against Connecticut. But in the end, Syracuse’s five-game unbeaten streak was over, and the Huskies handed the Orange a 3-0 loss on Sunday. The Orange (5-4-3, 2-1-0 Big East) earned four corner kicks in the first half and had four shots, but trailed 2-0 at halftime when mistakes in the back end led to consistent scoring chances for Connecticut (5-4-2, 1-1-1 Big East). But the 21-9 shot margin in favor of the Huskies doesn’t illustrate how competitive the game really was. Within the first 10 minutes of the match, several players on both sides were hitting the grass, following hard-nosed jersey tugging, feet tangling and battles for possession. For much of the first half, the mutually aggressive style of play was occasionally penalized, as it seemed as though the referees were making a point to allow the no-nonsense style of soccer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Rosina Callisto, one of the team’s up-and-coming sophomore midfielders, was not surprised with the pace of the game. ‘We knew it was coming,’ Callisto said. ‘This whole week, we’ve been discussing how hard they were going to come out. We fought hard to the end, so there wasn’t much you can do. But it’s just a little disappointing because we’ve been doing so well lately.’ By the 22nd minute, Megan Bellingham was holding her head and walking off the field gingerly after colliding with a Connecticut defender. By the 55th minute, defender Cecilia Borgstrom had received her second yellow card of the day, and the undermanned Syracuse defense was finding trouble keeping the Connecticut forwards in front of them. By the 56th minute, a total of three cards had been handed out, with the officials being booed by fans of both teams. And by the end of the game, hair was being yanked, players were being blatantly pushed, and neither side cared much about what the score was. It was like watching a rivalry in the making. ‘(Connecticut) lost to St. John’s, who we beat 1-0,’ senior midfielder Rachel Blum said. ‘We absolutely knew they were going to come out on fire, wanting to win. … So they wanted revenge.’ Recognizing the initial disadvantage following Borgstrom’s red card, Connecticut’s Angelika Johansson found a seam, pushed forward and barreled through Anghel en route to scoring the game’s final goal. ‘I thought I had it in my hands, and then some girl came out of nowhere and plowed me over,’ Anghel said. ‘The referees are supposed to protect the goalkeepers. And I think they should have done a little better job of that. I’m getting bumped, and they’re not giving me any calls. So that’s tough to deal with.’ The red card was not the reason Connecticut won the game, but it did help the Huskies reinforce an aggressive mentality that led to several counterattacks and goal scoring opportunities. Connecticut has played Syracuse notoriously tough over the past decade at SU. With the Huskies now holding a 16-0 tilt in the all-time series, several Orange players on this year’s team recognize if they were ever going to punch back their Big East bullies, this could be the year. Syracuse certainly did not play like it is capable of it on Sunday. But at least in the eyes of head coach Phil Wheddon, the team played admirably. And now, throughout the rest of Big East play, it will have to learn to punch back. ‘Yes, it was physical, but it was physical on both sides,’ Wheddon said. ‘I’m proud of the fact that we didn’t back down.’ zoirvin@syr.educenter_img Published on September 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Syracuse freshman Hannah Dossett transfers basketball skills to the diamond

first_imgIn her six years with the Gallatin County (Kentucky) High School girls basketball team, Dossett scored over 2,300 points, good for second in school history. Dossett led her varsity basketball team to two Eighth Region Class A championships and two state final four appearances, the first of their kind in school history. She is also the only player in the Eighth Region to be named to the all-tournament team twice.“I had several Division I colleges ask about her and want to recruit her,” Holly Roberts, Dossett’s aunt and former basketball coach, said, “but she made it clear she was going to focus on softball in college.”Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky all showed interest in Dossett for basketball, but for the two-sport star, there was only one sport she wanted to play in college. Published on February 24, 2016 at 1:06 am Contact Matt: Hannah is the starting third baseman for the Syracuse softball team, and Brooke is a sophomore guard for the Vincennes University Trailblazers, a junior college program in Indiana. Much to the delight of her coaches, Dossett adapted easily. As a teenager, Syracuse freshman Hannah Dossett imagined herself becoming a college basketball player. “I was like, ‘Wow, where was she hitting from, the pitcher’s mound?’” Goler joked. She had it all figured out. She would attend school to play basketball, and her sister, Brooke, would go to school for softball. Goler remembers getting a call from Bosch one day in the fall while she was out of town recruiting. He told her that in the team’s home run derby, Dossett hit 17 home runs. Dossett played varsity basketball as a seventh grader, started varsity as an eighth grader and even after landing a scholarship offer from the Orange, Dossett decided to play her senior year of high school basketball. She was named a finalist for Miss Kentucky Basketball. Dossett is currently hitting .333 with seven RBIs, and assistant coach Alisa Goler considers her “one of (SU’s) top corner players” in the field. “It’s not rocket science watching a great player on the field,” Bosch said. “She can do things and move, that was it.” As good as she was at basketball, Dossett was just as good at softball. She earned All-Eighth Region honors, led her team with a .580 batting average in her senior season, and also led the team in stolen bases. Even before she joined SU’s softball program, the coaching staff knew that Dossett was a pure athlete. Once Dossett joined the team in the summer, the staff immediately started adjusting her hitting. According to Goler, it’s sometimes not easy for freshmen to make major adjustments, especially with a new coaching staff and a new environment. The coaching staff said Dossett’s adaptability comes from her two-sport background. Bosch said she is always in the cage or on the field looking for extra practice. “We kind of grew up a little, and my sister decided she wanted to play (college) basketball, and I was like, ‘Well I want to play (college) softball now,’” Dossett said. “The kid works hard, puts her nose down, and does some really solid things,” Bosch said, “She has a lot of that ability because she was such a great basketball player.” Comments Now the sisters laugh at how their athletic careers have culminated. In last Saturday’s game against Purdue at the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in Atlanta, Dossett teased what’s to come this season. She sent two bombs over the outfield wall and also made a couple of spectacular plays in the field. While recruiting Dossett, Bosch travelled to a showcase in Orlando, Florida, where he immediately noticed her athleticism. She hit a gap shot to right-center, ran the bases well, played first base, third base, and even spent an inning behind the plate. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s soccer seeks to get back in win column against Wildcats

first_imgSunday’s matchup could offer some much-needed relief for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, who has been shut out of its last two conference games.UW (11-2-1, 5-2-1 Big Ten) will go head-to-head with conference rival Northwestern (5-6-2, 1-5-1 Big Ten), who by the looks of how its season has panned out, shouldn’t present much of a problem.The Badgers have been experiencing some frustration recently, falling to No. 6 Penn State last Sunday 2-0 before tying the University of Iowa in a scoreless game Wednesday night.Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said her team had been prepared to meet tough competition over a tough stretch of games.“We knew going into this it was going to be a hard stretch for us,” Wilkins said.  “I thought we needed to be a little more consistent with what we were trying to do.”Specifically, striker Kodee Williams mentioned that something the team needs to work on heading into the home stretch of the regular season is following through.“We obviously need to work on our finishing if teams are going to sit in on us,” Williams said. “We need to learn to deal with their pressure and their backline that we haven’t been really great at the past two games.”Williams has been a key factor for her team’s success this season. Leading the roster in shots taken, the redshirt senior has been in the center of all the action this season, and was one of the returning players from last season who went the extra mile in the off season, putting in additional hours in the gym and spring season to prepare for her final year.Northwestern has a player much like Williams in sophomore Addie Steiner. She is currently leading the Wildcats in goals, points and overall shots, and has proven to be one of the more consistent players in the Big Ten this season.But while Wisconsin offense has been slow over its last two games, the defense picked up between the Penn State game and Iowa Wednesday. UW goalkeeper Genevieve Richard shut out the Hawkeyes Wednesday after giving up two goals to the Nittany Lions earlier in the week, finding her momentum from earlier in the season. She continues to lead the conference in total shutouts with eight.Additionally, Richard noticed that Penn State’s offense Wednesday night had started to adapt to UW’s tight defense, an obvious indicator that things had picked up on the backline. This has given Richard confidence that the Badgers can hold off Steiner and the rest of the Northwestern bench Sunday.“When you see the other team modify their corners when the play against you, that’s always a good sign,” Richard said. “I think we’ve been pretty solid so far defensively.”As far as the team’s offense is concerned, it’s not so much that Wisconsin is in a slump as it is a run of bad luck on the frontline. The Badgers racked up 18 shots in the Iowa game alone, putting the kibosh on the notion that the team is failing to create opportunities for themselves.Wilkins said that at this point, she just needs her squad to believe that if they continue setting up these opportunities for themselves, the rest will happen naturally.“It’s going to come. I keep telling them that they’ve got to have faith,” Wilkins said.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-71 exhibition win over Daemen

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse beat Division-II program Daemen 90-71 in its exhibition opener. Elijah Hughes led SU in scoring with 24 points on just 10 field goal attempts. The Orange shot 60% from the field in the game.Here are some takeaways from SU’s first exhibition.Shooting stars, from afarAs the first half wound under five minutes, Hughes slowly inched toward the 3-point line with the ball in his hands. The Orange hadn’t scored in almost three minutes — this game’s version of a slump. Seemingly without effort, Hughes ended it with a stroke far beyond the line. All game, when the Orange needed to score, they reawakened their offense with timely makes from beyond the arc.Forty-five of Syracuse’s 90 points came from beyond the three-point line. Syracuse hit just over eight 3’s per game last year. In Saturday’s exhibition, SU matched that total in the first half. Hughes was the most impressive of the Orange’s shooters, finishing 5-for-7 from 3-point range. One of his makes from the corner came off a step-back dribble to free himself beyond the line and make the shot while he was fouled. Though he didn’t convert on the free throw, the move looked like one that the redshirt junior could rely on. And the contact seemingly didn’t bother the shot much.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCenterfold When the stadium announcer read ‘Bourama Sidibe’ off of Syracuse’s starting lineup before tip, it reaffirmed what was already known: Sidibe, the six-foot-10 junior, is SU’s starting center. With Daemen’s tallest player, redshirt junior Andrew Sischo, listed at six-foot-nine, Sidibe didn’t have to out-muscle, out-rebound or out-play an Atlantic Coast Conference big. He tallied seven defensive rebounds and a field goal, but also clanked an open layup. Freshman Jesse Edwards impacted shots as a rim protector but was caught too high in the paint repeatedly, allowing a few backdoor passes. John Bol Ajak also rotated in at center through garbage time. Boeheim eyeing Marek Dolezaj as a forward this season leaves Sidibe with the lion’s share of minutes at the five. After one night, Sidibe recorded 21 minutes with freshman Edwards (11) and Ajak (eight) also contributing. No, Syracuse didn’t play man-to-manThrough the 40-minute exhibition, Syracuse limited Daemen to a 42.9% shooting percentage. And it didn’t play man-to-man defense for one second. Jim Boeheim is entering his 44th season hearing a familiar question — Will Syracuse plan man-to-man defense this season? — and Saturday night didn’t provide much of an answer. Five nights before the season-opener, the Orange showcased the defensive strategy they’re known for. In the starting lineup, Buddy Boeheim and Jalen Carey platooned the perimeter, Hughes and Quincy Guerrier manned the wing and Sidibe anchored the paint. To start, the Wildcats scored seven points in three-and-a-half minutes, then didn’t score for the ensuing three. Even when the zone creaked — SU allowed six first-half 3s — a timely steal or tipped pass preserved the blowout. Already leading by 20 in the second half, white jerseys pressed higher, trapping guards at mid-court. When a few backups checked in after a pair of Orange free throws, Boeheim twirled his finger and called for more. Best of the rest Hughes, on several occasions, brought the ball up the floor for the Orange. He had five assists and showed good vision and added an element of midrange to his offensive game, making him a threat at all three levels of the floor. Published on October 26, 2019 at 9:07 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Comments Robert Braswell paced Syracuse with three triples, dotting the perimeter on set plays and fast breaks. The sophomore forward finished with 17 points punctuated by an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Joe Girard III. last_img read more

Peter Creedon is the new manager of the Laois footballers

first_imgThe Cork native has already appointed a number of people who worked with him during his time with the Premier county to the Laois backroom squad.Mickey McGeehin is coach while Michael O’Loughlin and Tommy Toomey willl act as selectors.Creedon – who is principal of Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir – spent three years in charge of the Tipp footballers before leaving in July 2015.last_img

19-year-old Alpena County man arrested for destroying grandparent’s home

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOssineke Township, Mich. —  A 19–year–old Ossineke man has been arrested after damaging property in his grandparent’s home for the second time.Troopers were dispatched for the second time this year to a home in Ossineke, regarding reports of the same suspect destroying property. Based on evidence from the scene, they arrested Nathan Seeley. The 19–year–old had done over $4,000 dollars worth of damage to his grandparent’s home.The grandparents had been staying next door to their home due to their grandson. Seeley had been threatening them. They reported hearing a loud bang, then receiving a call from the 19-year-old. Seeley said that he had nothing left to break in the house and asked if there was anything to eat. Seeley’s grandparents called the police after the phone call.Seeley was charged with one count of malicious destruction of a building and one count of malicious destruction of personal property ($10,000-$20,000). He was arraigned yesterday in the 88th district court.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 88th District Court, alpena county, Malicious Destruction of a Building, Malicious Destruction of Personal Property, michigan state police, ossineke, Ossineke Township, Property DamageContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Thursday, February 7Next LeFave Pharmacy offering CBD Informational Classeslast_img read more

UCL Preview: Barcelona look to bounce back against Atletico

first_imgThe rivalry between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid resurfaces in the Champions League, this time with Atletico filled with confidence and Barca struggling.The teams have been jostling for top spot in La Liga for the entire season, where Barcelona had been dominant until their title hopes were dented by two consecutive setbacks, the latest of which being Saturday’s El Clasico defeat against 10-man Real Madrid.Atletico, meanwhile, routed Real Betis to finally get within range of the league title, and they enter Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg at the Camp Nou knowing Barcelona have lost some of their confidence and can be beaten.Atletico eliminated the current holders and five-time European champions at the same stage of the competition in 2013/14 – the only time the teams have met in Europe’s elite-club tournament.A hard-fought 1-1 draw in Cataluna two years ago was followed up with a similarly staunch 1-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon as Atleti made it all the way to the final, where they lost to Real in Lisbon. And Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is hoping for a repeat performance. “Every game against Barcelona is different,” he said.”We have to prepare as well as possible to be able to reach our goal against them.”With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar thriving, Barcelona appeared to be cruising toward their goal of repeating last season’s La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble.Two weeks ago, however, Barca threw away a two-goal lead against Villarreal as they left El Madrigal with a point. Then came Saturday’s 2-1 reverse at home to Madrid. “This game (against Real Madrid) is already in the past,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We hadn’t lost in many games, but the loss can also teach you things.”We need to keep doing what we were doing well and see in which areas we need to improve.”Team newsBarcelona will be without Aleix Vidal after the defender suffered a muscle injury to his right abductor during his side’s final training session before the game.The 26-year-old joins Jeremy Mathieu, Adriano and Sandro Ramirez on the sidelines. Diego Godin, Stefan Savic and Yannick Carrasco are all expected to be in the visitor’s squad after all three returned to training.There are still doubts regarding the fitness of Jesus Gamez, who suffered a knock in training, while Luciano Vietto could also miss the trip to the Nou Camp after suffering a bout of gastroenteritis.Jose Gimenez is likely to miss out with a hamstring problem, while midfielders Tiago and Oliver Torres are also sidelined.  – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid receiving less than $10M in collusion case, report says

first_imgColin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their collusion case against the NFL, but the payout is surprising.According to The Wall Street Journal, the NFL paid Kaepernick and Reid less than $10 million in the settlement. Eric Reid on Colin Kaepernick: ‘He’s in the best shape of his life, and ready to help win a championship’ It’s unclear how the settlement will be divided and how much the players will receive once other fees are settled. The amount of the settlement is far less than many anticipated, but the suit was viewed as a win for the players. The collusion case was filed after both men remained unsigned after they started kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices. Related News However, Reid was picked up by the Panthers this past year and signed to a three-year contract at the end of the season.Kaepernick remains unsigned.last_img read more

NCAA cancels 2020 March Madness tournament, other championships due to coronavirus fears

first_imgThe NCAA — which makes $771 million annually in TV deals tied to March Madness — told Sporting News on March 2 it would monitor COVID-19, but otherwise expected to move forward with the tournament as planned. In the 10 days since, however, multiple conferences under the NCAA’s jurisdiction took steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The NCAA on Wednesday announced it would continue March Madness without spectators before making Thursday’s announcement.CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: Sporting events affected so far The NCAA is not the only sports league canceling play. The NBA on Wednesday announced a decision to suspend play indefinitely while it determines how to move forward “in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.” That decision was made after an NBA player — reportedly Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz — tested positive for the coronavirus. The NHL’s regular season and playoffs likewise are on hold. Major League Baseball decided to postpone Opening Day, originally set for March 26, for at least two weeks.The NCAA’s cancellation includes all men’s and women’s sports during the winter and spring seasons.Several conferences under the NCAA’s jurisdiction also took steps to stem the spread of COVID-19. The Ivy League was the first to suspend athletic competition, including its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Several other conferences followed suit in regard to their postseason tournaments on Thursday, including the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, among others. The NCAA announced on Thursday it will cancel the 2020 NCAA Tournament in response to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).The idea of canceling the tournament, once considered unthinkable, gained traction this week as several sports leagues and conferences either canceled, postponed or limited access to competition. Hall of Famer and Turner Sports commenter Charles Barkley said on Thursday that canceling or postponing March Madness is “the right thing to do.”last_img read more