Debutant Sandakan helps Sri Lanka level T20 series

first_imgREUTERS)-Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan took four wickets on his debut in a three-wicket (victory over new-look South Africa that levelled the three-match Twenty20 series yesterday.Hosts South Africa won the toss and elected to bat but were bowled out for 113 by the tourists three balls before the end of their innings at The Wanderers.Sri Lanka were rocked by an early burst from exciting 20-year-old fast bowler Lungisani Ngidi (4-19) but chipped away at the target and completed the win with two balls left as captain Angelo Mathews led the way with an unbeaten 54 from 50 balls.The deciding match in the three-game series will be played in Cape Town on Wednesday.South Africa’s batsmen struggled from the start with only opener Heino Kuhn (29) and captain Farhaan Behardien (27) offering anything of substance as the home side managed just nine fours and two sixes in their innings.Sri Lanka’s bowling attack produced an excellent line that made scoring difficult, with Sandakan (4-23) and seamer Isuru Udana (3-13) doing most of the damage.Sandakan became the first Sri Lankan to take a wicket off his first ball in Twenty20 internationals when he had Mangaliso Mosehle caught by wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal for 11.Fast bowler Ngidi, who made his debut in South Africa’s 19-run win in the first match of the series in Pretoria on Friday, was again impressive as he accounted for the top-four batsmen.But Mathews provided the glue to keep Sri Lanka’s chase together with an excellently paced innings and delivered the killer blow.He was hobbling with cramp when the tourists needed seven off the last over bowled by spinner Jon-Jon Smuts and, after being dropped off the first ball, launched the second delivery into the stands for a six to level the scores.Another blow over the boundary rope two balls later handed Sri Lanka victory.last_img read more

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White-ball Windies cricketers earn increased incentives, retainers

first_imgEXCLUSIVE retainers are the highlight of Cricket West Indies latest offer to Windies players.Previously, there were retainer contracts for a certain number of players, now there will be a number of retainer offers per category.The most respect will still be paid to Test cricket, as CWI CEO Johnny Grave’s policy will now pay the biggest retainers to players who play both Tests and One Day Internationals.The maximum retainer is more than US$300 000 inclusive of match fees. New contracts will come into effect on July 1, 2018.Already, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse and Kesrick Williams have been offered Category C contracts.Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Darren Sammy are reportedly to receive pro-rata contracts.While the CWI is yet to say what the new contracts will mean in terms of an increase, reports suggest that match fees will increase to US$5 000, up from the US$2 500 for Tests and US$2 000, up from the US$1500 for T20Is and ODIs.The retainer contracts are also said to have improved significantly, with A contractors seeing the possibility of earning more than US$300 000, up from the US$140 000 that previously existed.last_img read more

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Marlon Tuipulotu, top defensive tackle recruit, flips to USC

first_imgThe top defensive tackle in the nation for the class of 2017, Marlon Tuipulotu, announced Monday night via Twitter that he will be decommitting from Washington and joining the USC football team next fall as a freshman. The announcement comes nine days before National Signing Day.USC hosted Tuipulotu on an official visit this weekend before the five-star defensive lineman announced his decision Monday. “This was a tough decision for me, and I have nothing but love for the players, the school and the coaches at the [University of Washington] … I honestly wish them nothing but the best in everything they do,” Tuipulotu said on Twitter. “I am still planning to graduate early and will be attending the University of Southern California.”Tuipulotu will be graduating from Central High School in Independence, Ore. this week; he will enroll early at USC and arrive on campus this semester. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive lineman was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in his senior season. Recruiting sites such 247Sports have rated Tuipulotu as a five-star tackle, while Rivals projected him as a four-star prospect. Tuipulotu was rated the top recruit from the state of Oregon this season. He is ranked the No. 60 player overall nationally in the composite rankings. The acquisition of Tuipulotu is crucial for USC. Tuipulotu will aid in filling a large hole at defensive tackle for USC after the team lost players such as Noah Jefferson to transfer and Rose Bowl MVP Stevie Tu’ikolovatu to graduation. Tuipulotu, a long time Washington commit, made his initial verbal commitment to play for the Huskies back in April 2016. In addition to recruiting Tuipulotu, USC also hosted the No. 2 rated defensive tackle in the nation, Jay Tufele,  on an official visit this past weekend.last_img read more

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Nzonzi Joins Roma on £27.3m Deal

first_imgRoma has signed Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi in a deal that could be worth up to 30.6m euros (£27.3m).The French World Cup winner, formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Stoke, had been linked with a move to Arsenal in July.He leaves Spanish club Sevilla after three years, during which time he won the Europa League in 2016. Nzonzi, 29, has signed a four-year contract, with Roma to pay an initial 26.6m euros (£23.7m), and another 4m euros (£3.6m) in potential add-ons.Italian club Roma, who finished third in Serie A last season, begins their new league campaign on Sunday, away to Torino in a 17:00 BST kick-off.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Thunder Bay Junior High Introducing “STEM Courses” and More for Fall Semester

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSchool hasn’t even ended for the summer, but APS is already preparing for next year.Thunder Bay Junior High School will be launching some new courses come fall semester. 6th graders will be introduced to the science, technology, engineering and math course.The ‘STEM’ program will allow students to learn more about Goggle (G-Suite) to understand technology.  7th and 8th graders will be introduced to a new elective program focusing on medical research and science discovery.Superintendent, Dr. VanWagnoer said he’s proud of the advances Alpena Public Schools is trying to make to better educate students for their future.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Statewide Tornado Drill Scheduled for 1 pmNext Are you prepared for this weekend’s winter storm?last_img read more

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