Warner joins illustrious company with triple-century

first_imgDAVID Warner has become just the seventh Australian to post a triple-century in Test cricket, further banishing his Ashes demons and eclipsing Sir Donald Bradman’s iconic score of 334.Warner moved to the magical 300 milestone at 17.10hrs local time yesterday, the first Australian to do so since Michael Clarke posted 329 not out against India almost eight years ago.He brought up his 300 from the 389th ball he faced, clubbing Mohammad Abbas to the mid-wicket boundary and celebrating in trademark fashion with an audible roar, an exuberant leap in the air and vigorous acknowledgement of his teammates and family in the Adelaide Oval members’ area.Attention then turned to how far Warner could go, with the all-time Test world record score of 400 not out set by Brian Lara in 2004 well within reach. But skipper Tim Paine had a different idea and waited until Warner moved past 334, Bradman’s highest Test score that had stood alone as the Australian benchmark for 68 years until Mark Taylor equalled it in 1998.When Warner clipped a single into the leg-side from the 418th ball he faced to move to 335 not out, Paine declared Australia’s innings closed at 589-3.In all, Warner batted for more than nine hours and struck 39 fours and a six.He joined Bradman (twice), Matthew Hayden, Taylor, Bob Simpson, Bob Cowper and Clarke as Australians to have scored a Test triple-ton and is the 27th man overall to reach the mark, the most recent of which was India’s Karun Nair in 2016.Warner’s knock is the highest-ever Test score at the Adelaide Oval, surpassing the unbeaten 299 that Bradman scored against South Africa in 1932.Warner is also just the second man to score a triple hundred in a day-night Test, joining Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali, who has watched the entirety of the left-hander’s demoralising knock from his fielding position in this Test.Warner’s innings here is his third century of the international summer having posted 154 in the first Test last week in addition to his T20 hundred against Sri Lanka last month.It’s been a remarkable response to a horror Ashes campaign this year, his first Test series since returning from a 12-month ban, where he managed just 95 runs in 10 innings.Warner’s triumphant return home has widened the gap between his Test record in Australia and overseas. At the time he brought up his triple hundred, Warner’s home Test average was 65.84 compared to 34.50 away and 17 of his 23 Test hundreds have come in Australia. Former teammate Ricky Ponting told cricket.com.au on Friday that Warner should still be remembered as an all-time great of Australian cricket, despite the discrepancy in his home and away records.And he predicted the 33-year-old still had plenty more years of Test cricket left in him.“Statistically, he’s better than most in Australia and that puts him ahead of some others,” Ponting said. “But he’s not quite as good in other areas.“He’s got a long way to go yet, it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere soon as far as Test cricket is concerned, certainly the way he’s playing now. If he plays for another couple of years, he might end up with 30 hundreds.“And if he does, he will be remembered as an all-time great, even if he doesn’t make many of them overseas.”Highest Test scores for Australia380 – Matthew Hayden v Zimbabwe, Perth, 2003335 n.o. – David Warner v Pakistan, Adelaide, 2019334 n.o. – Mark Taylor v Pakistan, Peshawar, 1998334 – Don Bradman v England, Leeds, 1930329 n.o. – Michael Clarke v India, Sydney, 2012311 – Bob Simpson v England, Manchester, 1964 307 – Bob Cowper v England, Melbourne, 1966304 – Don Bradman v England, Leeds, 1934 . (Cricket, comau)last_img read more

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Baseball narrowly avoids getting swept at home

first_imgBefore the inning came to a close, Stubbs was walked home to make the score 7-1. Pitchers senior Quentin Longrie and junior Chris Clarke each threw a scoreless frame to end the game, securing the win for the Trojans. The Trojan baseball team lost two of three games against Grand Canyon University at Dedeaux Field over the weekend. The weekend dropped the Trojans to 4-6 as they look ahead to a Tuesday matchup against Loyola Marymount. The first pitch is at 3 p.m. Afterward, USC will face a gauntlet of games over the weekend against Oklahoma State, No. 16 Michigan and No. 2 UCLA. “The guys [have] just got to keep rolling with some confidence — go up there and just compete, compete, compete,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “We need good outings from our pitching, we don’t hurt ourselves and if we do those things, we will be able to win the games 2-1 and 3-2 until we get things rolling offensively.” Outfielders junior Matthew Acosta and sophomore Jamal O’Guinn would chip away at the deficit in the fifth inning with a pair of RBIs that cut GCU’s lead to 4. The second game of the series was rained out on Saturday, which meant a doubleheader for the two teams the next day. With the win, the Trojans avoided a series sweep, hoping to establish some momentum and tighten things up defensively before a tough slate of games. Junior pitcher Austin Manning is the only member of the Trojan pitching staff to not allow a run this season. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) In the second game of the day, the Trojans scored early with a sacrifice fly by O’Guinn that pushed junior outfielder Blake Sabol across home to give USC its first lead of the series. After GCU walked Stubbs to load the bases again, Acosta pushed 2 runs across by hitting a looper into right field. Sabol and Thomas both scored, bringing the game to 6-1. In the sixth inning, USC took back the lead with a RBI single from senior infielder Chase Bushor. A run on a walk by Sabol put the Trojans ahead by 2 runs by the end of the inning.center_img Grand Canyon would tie things up in the fourth with a solo home run over right center from redshirt sophomore first baseman Cuba Bess. Unfortunately for the Antelopes, their offensive success ended there. USC trailed early after giving up 7 runs in the first three innings to start the day. In the fourth inning, freshman infielder Emilio Rosas put the Trojans on the board with a single that split the gap over right center field. GCU sophomore pitcher Zach Barnes responded with a great stretch, retiring nine consecutive batters to set up sophomore pitcher Coen Wynne with a 4-run lead. Wynne pitched a scoreless ninth to close the game for the Antelopes 7-3. USC’s struggles began on Friday in a 4-2 defeat against a GCU team looking to bounce back after three consecutive losses. The game was a defensive stalemate, as both teams went scoreless after five innings, but GCU finally broke the game open at the top of the sixth with a 4-run inning. The two teams entered the eighth inning with the Trojans up 3-1, and USC’s offense put the game away by surging for 4 runs. With two outs left in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez started the Trojans’ scoring with a ground ball single up the middle that put redshirt junior catcher CJ Stubbs on third. The rally continued when junior infielder John Thomas floated a ball over center field that cut the deficit to 2 runs, but the Trojans’ bats cooled down for the rest of the game. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch by GCU senior pitcher Nick Ohanian allowed Bushor to take home and expand the Trojans’ lead to 3. “Hitting is contagious, and obviously getting guys on base was the biggest thing no matter what it was — with the walk, hit by pitch or even the hit,” Acosta said. “Hitting is contagious, getting on base is contagious and I’m just happy that we did it all with two outs, and just keeping it going was the biggest thing.” Acosta led the Trojans with 3 RBIs on the day, going 3-for-7 with two doubles and a run. Junior pitcher Connor Lunn picked up the win in relief with three scoreless innings in which he gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.last_img read more

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Hoffarth: As Dodgers enter postseason, SportsNet LA studio show raises its game

first_img“Why?” Hershiser yelled with some surprise.The former Dodgers Cy Young Award winner seemed to leap out of his chair, put on his glasses and went up closer to the screen. “You can’t mess with a pitcher’s warm-ups.”TBS reporter Sam Ryan revealed a short time later that the umpire gathering was necessitated to explain the fact that the Dodgers’ phone issued to check on possible replays wasn’t operating.“How would something like that affect you, Orel,” asked Hairston, the former Dodgers’ utility player.“Just something you have to deal with,” said Hershiser.The group had already gathered for the start of the game on an adrenalin rush from the pregame, punctuated by Hairston’s questioning of how effective it might have been if Utley was put into the Dodgers’ leadoff spot for Game 3, and Hershiser baffled by why Kike Hernandez’s hot bat was all the way down to No. 8 in the lineup.The room’s level of verve rose when the Dodgers’ broke out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. It just as quickly dissipated when the Mets answered, not just with four in the bottom of the inning, but then piled up 10 runs before the sixth inning began.By that point, some went on a Starbucks run. This could be a long night. Others left to the editing bay to begin building graphics and video that would be used on the extended post game.Colletti sat quietly at the table, making notes, as if he was back in his GM suite at Dodger Stadium.“I’m still very invested in the process — studying the pitchers’ command, pitch by pitch,” said Colletti, who arrived at the studio from his Manhattan Beach home three hours before game time. “Doing this kind of work here has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.”Hershiser, a former Texas Rangers pitching coach as well as an ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst who has seen the game now from many angles since his retirement, explained that “one of the reasons why we all talk out loud is so the production team can hear what we think is important and we can discuss what we want to do going forward.”The key to pulling it all off, Hershiser reveals, is how Hartung, the former KABC-Channel 7 sports and news anchor, dictates the flow of information, some of which comes via updates from reporter Alanna Rizzo at the park.“If he stays relaxed, now he can get the best of all our personalities out there,” Hershiser said of Hartung. “His job really is to listen and react, kind of like how a quarterback has to audibilize as he’s reading defenses and listening to instructions in his ear.”Whatever ad-libs the analysts were going to used later, this was also the place to try them out.“So since the series has moved to New York and we’re on Broadway, should we be telling the Dodgers to ‘break a leg’?” Hershiser asked.Hairston gave an overzealous pretend laugh.Hershiser accepted the critique as a pro. He had enough on his mind already. So the meeting room setting was somewhat appropriate.All season long, as well as the year before when SportsNet L.A. launched prior to the 2014 season, this mixed-and-matched group (along with former Dodgers infielder Nomar Garciaparra, who had this night off) grinded daily in previewing and summarizing the Dodgers’ regular season games for the TWC Sports-driven channel that continues a well-documented battle for full distribution.For those viewers who have been fortunate enough to follow along, the SportsNet L.A. segue into the postseason brings a higher level of intensity, a more keen focus on single game-turning plays and ongoing discussions about the best way to convey it as it wraps itself around the national network coverage of the game rather than the TWC-produced telecasts from the regular season.Then on Monday, just before the 5:30 p.m. first pitch arrived, something strange happened.The home plate umpire met with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, then with Mets manager Terry Collins. If the aftermath of Game 2 that will be remembered for Chase Utley’s hard slide into second that broke the leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada and a subsequent suspension, was there already some controversy? Orel Hershiser, Jerry Hairston, Ned Colletti and John Hartung, having just finished about an hour’s worth of TV studio analysis, filed into a board room at the Time Warner Cable Sports offices in El Segundo on Monday afternoon.But they were hardly bored.Joined by a group of production people, they piled their paper plates with some food, and grabbed high-back chairs to settle in for the next few hours.With TBS’ coverage of the third game from the Dodgers-Mets NLDS from Citi Field in New York about to fill both large flat-screen TV sets against one wall, all the key on-air members of the SportsNet L.A. pre- and post-game show were actually about to strategize.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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David Rone out as Time Warner Cable Sports president

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error David Rone, the point person as president of El Segundo-based Time Warner Cable Sports in the launching and distribution of the Lakers-based TWC SportsNet, the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. and TWC SportsNet Deportes, is leaving the company at the end of this week.The news, first reported by Sports Business Daily, comes as SportsNet LA finishes its second full season stalled without full distribution since Rone helped get the Dodgers-owned channel up and running prior to the 2013 season. It also comes as the company recently began layoffs and cutbacks in its programming and is rumored to be on the verge of shutting down the Spanish-language channel after the 2015-16 Lakers season.Rone’s job will not be filled, according to SBD. Those who work under him, including general manager Mark Shuken, will report to TWC executive vice president and COO Melinda Witmer, based in New York.Rone arrived at TWC Sports in the summer of 2011. His background included co-leadership of the Creative Artists Agency sports division, executive VP of Fox Sports networks, general manager of Fox College Sports and working in corporate business development at Walt Disney Company. “I am and have to remain incredibly optimistic for those fans who deserve this content, and be optimistic for them that this situation gets solved,” he said then. “But at the same time, from my business experience, and from colleagues who say to us when a distributor behaves in the manner that DirecTV is behaving, that’s an indicator that we have to be pessimistic about whether they change their tune and engage with us.”center_img As president of Time Warner Cable Networks, Rone oversaw all content creation and programming for the company as well as the company’s overall sports strategy. TWC’s interests also include SportsNet New York, the home of the New York Mets.He immediately faced resistance from cable and dish companies about the launch of TWC SportsNet in October 2012, as the Lakers season began. That channel also had exclusive rights to the MLS Galaxy and WNBA Sparks, as well as the state high school championships, taking them from rival Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket.“If there is subscriber angst, then it will be communicated to those who don’t have a relationship and it drives the dynamic in getting it done,” he said at the time.The SportsNet LA launch was notably more difficult. Only because of the pending merger of TWC with Charter was SportsNet LA able to expand its Southern California presence beyond TWC subscribers in June. DirecTV, which recently was bought out by AT&T, remains the largest holdout for the channel, citing high subscriber fees.Rone explained in the summer of 2014 why he had “dual emotions” about whether he thought a deal could be consummated with DirecTV and TWC for SportsNet LA distribution as TWC tried to put out more information to correct what it felt was too much misinformation about negotiations.last_img read more

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