Australia into Women’s T20 World Cup final after beating South Africa

first_imgAUSTRALIA defied the rain to beat South Africa by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method and set up a Women’s T20 World Cup final against India.Defending champions Australia were able to post 134-5 from their 20 overs after a delayed start, with captain Meg Lanning top-scoring with 49.South Africa, who were chasing a rain-revised 98 from 13 overs, crumbled to 24-3 and were always behind the rate at the Sydney Cricket Ground despite Laura Wolvaardt’s unbeaten 41 from just 27 balls.However, Australia will take heart from a superb bowling performance that left South Africa’s captain, Dane van Niekerk, close to tears at the end of the match as her side once again missed out on a first global final.Australia have featured in every T20 World Cup final since 2010, and have claimed the title four times.At one point, Australia were nine minutes from elimination, with heavy rain falling as the cut-off time approached, knowing that if the game was abandoned without a result, South Africa would advance to the final because they were Group B winners.However, the rain cleared and their bowlers excelled. Megan Schutt took 2-17 from her three overs and Australia’s spinners cashed in as South Africa tried to hit them out of the ground.With the persistent rain slowing down the outfield, and South Africa consistently finding the fielders, Australia were able to pile on the pressure.Australia will know they have got to the final without playing their best cricket – but it is their will to win, and the way they have fought through difficult positions with the bat has propelled them to Sunday’s final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.And with Australia in the final, organisers will be hopeful of breaking the record for the highest attendance at a women’s sporting event.South Africa came agonisingly close once again.South Africa had a long huddle before they took to the field but they were left in tears after once again missing out on the final.In the 50-over World Cup three years ago they narrowly lost to eventual champions England in the last four, and they once again came close here.They capitalised on Australia’s unusually shaky batting line-up, having Alyssa Healy caught at mid-wicket before fellow opener Beth Mooney was bowled by the excellent Nadine de Klerk.It was only Lanning who looked comfortable for Australia. She was able to rotate the strike before hitting out with four fours and one six.de Klerk, recalled in Marizanne Kapp’s absence, was superb, mixing up her pace well to take 3-19, and her performance will be one positive on a heartbreaking night for Van Niekerk’s team. (BBC Sport).last_img read more

Cancer-stricken Cooper leads Dream into playoffs

first_imgAtlanta Dream coach Michael Cooper talks to his players during the first half of Game 1 of the WNBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Sky on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Chicago won 80-77. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Cooper remembers the day well. The sun was shining bright, yet the notorious Atlanta heat wasn’t too stifling. The sky was a brilliant blue, speckled with only a few puffy white clouds.As he looked out the eighth-floor window, all seemed right with the world. His job was going well. His wife and young son were good.Then, the doctor delivered one word that changed everything.Cancer.“I’m like, ‘OK, how long do I have to live?’” Cooper recalled. “That’s the first thing that came into my mind.”The defensive stopper for the Los Angeles Lakers during their glorious “Showtime” era of the 1980s was facing an opponent unlike any other.“This lets you know that life is fragile, and it can be taken away from you at any moment,” Cooper said. “Here I was, just going along, having a great time down here in Atlanta with a team that I know can win a championship, and the next thing you know, they tell me … ‘You have cancer.’ Now, tongue cancer isn’t as bad some cancers. But cancer is cancer.”Cooper is in his first season as coach of the Dream, a team that finished first in the Eastern Conference after reaching the WNBA finals three of the last four years.The Dream were dominating the East with a 15-6 record when Cooper went in to have a small spot on his tongue checked out. It seemed like a cut, but just wouldn’t heal. It had become quite annoying, making it difficult for the 58-year-old to chew, drink or swallow.The specialist knew right away it was cancer. Cooper underwent surgery six days later to have the lesion removed. Also, his lymph nodes were taken out, reducing the risk of the disease spreading but leaving a gnarly scar down the left side of his neck.The very day of his surgery, Cooper’s 83-year-old father, Marshall, was buried. He had been in failing health, and the two were able to visit a few weeks before he died.“I flew to LA on a weekend when we had some days off,” Cooper said. “I told him I loved him, said all the things I wanted to say. We laughed and talked. I told him, ‘Pops, if you’re hanging around for me, don’t hang. I’m OK.’ That was the last time I saw him.”Instead of grieving, Cooper actually took a bit of comfort from his father’s death as he was wheeled into the operating room.“I knew I had another angel up there looking out for me,” he said. “I knew things were going to be all right.”The cancer was caught in its early stages, according to Cooper, and the chances of a full recovery are good. He’ll need to undergo about six weeks of radiation after the season, but hopes the worst of his ordeal is over.He missed only six games, but the Dream took a definite turn for the worse while he was out, eventually losing nine of 11.“Anytime you’re on a team, you want consistency, you want familiarity,” said DeLisha Milton-Jones, a 15-year veteran. “When you’re thrown a blow like that from the head coaching position, I mean, he’s your first leader. When you don’t have him there, of course the team may stumble a little bit. And we did.”Now, there’s a chance to make it right.A best-of-three series against the Chicago Sky begins Friday night. Atlanta, led by top scorer Angel McCoughtry and rookie star Shoni Schimmel, is favored in the East. But no one outside this locker room really believes the Dream (19-15) can knock off the Western Conference champion Phoenix Mercury (29-5) or the Minnesota Lynx (25-9) — should they get that far.Cooper, meanwhile, is still adjusting since returning to the bench.He tires more easily than he did before, and he’s been told not to raise his voice while his tongue recovers. He talks just fine, other than swishing saliva around his mouth more frequently, but relays instructions during the games through assistant coach Karlene Thompson.But this is where he wants to be, where he needs to be.“It’s been great to be around the team,” Cooper said after a recent practice at Philips Arena. “With my wife and son back in Los Angeles, the team has been like a comforting thing for me. It’s like family coming here. That’s why it was important to come back as fast as I was able to come back.”His eyes darted around the court. One player was getting in some extra free throws. Another was shooting from 3-point range.“This is what love,” Cooper said, smiling like a man whose life is back in order. “Being in a basketball gym. The smell of hoops.”Cancer couldn’t take that away.___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963last_img read more

Harsha Bhogle takes veiled shot at ‘stupid literate’ Kanika Kapoor for potentially spreading Coronavirus

first_imgImage Courtesy: Facebook/AFPAdvertisement 746bNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsxmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed3lg3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6j27Would you ever consider trying this?😱t54Can your students do this? 🌚6cRoller skating! Powered by Firework In less than a month, the Coronavirus pandemic that originated from the city of Wuhan, China, found its way into every corner of the world. The primary mode of transmission were the unsuspecting tourists, who unintentionally brought the virus from the epicentre. However, despite huge number of precautionary guidelines and procedures released by WHO and the Government of India,some  didn’t bother to follow them, and as a result, the virus has now entered the country. Amongst all the woes, senior cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle has come up with a statement on Twitter, indirectly taking a dig at Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Facebook/AFPDespite the warnings and suggestions going around to prevent further spread of the virus, many have not bothered to pay heed to them, and has taken the global pandemic very lighly. This had irked Harsha Bhogle, who recently took it to social media to express his dissent towards the non-cooperating part of the population.yesterday, on his official Twitter handle, Bhogle wrote: “It is so disappointing when so many people are trying so hard and stupid, literate people coming from infected areas go around partying.”Advertisement He also indicated that despite the efforts of many, the carelessness of just a handful can cause a severe desecration in the population: A million people can do right but it requires a few silly people to lose the fight. Let us stay vigilant. We are in this together.”Mentioning the notion of people who have arrived from virus-ridden areas and then landing themselves in social gatherings, seems to be a jab at singer Kanika Kapoor, who recently came back from London amidst the global emergency from the pandemic.Even after coming back from Europe, which has seen massive infections around, Kanika was reported to hide her travel history from officials to avoid quarantine and self isolation. Even after that, she was allegedly involved in a party with her family and friends in Lucknow.After Kanika was tested positive for COVID-19, the singer has received severe reprimand from the public, and even an FIR was lodged at her. However, Kanika herself denied the charges thrown at her, stating that she had undergone screening at the Lucknow airport after landing“I was part of the scanning process at the airport. I also called the CMO to check me and filled all forms at the airport,” Kanika said in an interview with Aaj Tak.“I attended a small get together on March 13,” although she accepted that she was involved in partying, Kanika has stated she has tried her best efforts to prevent anty further spread of the virus: “I tried my level best not to contaminate others. Throughout the past week, we were all wearing gloves.”Also read-PM Modi lauds ‘partnership’ between Kaif and Yuvraj as he urges Coronavirus fightSunil Chhetri reveals which game he could beat both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at! Advertisementlast_img read more

Red Bank Offers Prayers For Slain Officers, Civilians

first_imgStory and photos by John BurtonRED BANK – There were no speeches or out-of-town elected officials on Sunday as community members gathered again to offer prayers and silent reflection for the victims and families, and hopes for a time when these vigils would not be needed.In the aftermath of last week’s horrific events that left five police dead, along with two officers and two civilians injured in a Dallas, Texas shooting, which was preceded by two shootings of black men by white police officers, in Louisiana and Minnesota, Mayor Pasquale Menna sent a message last weekend seeking another vigil for the community to again come together.“It’s the right thing to do,” Menna said on Sunday evening about the quickly organized vigil held at the borough’s Veterans Memorial on the corner of Monmouth Street and Drummond Place.A crowd of about 50 or 60 convened at the monument, joined by Borough Council members, a contingent of Red Bank Police, including Chief Darren McConnell and an ecumenical group of clergy from the area.True to his word, Menna said there would be no speeches, and clergy members offered brief prayers and voiced wishes that things would get better.“We must have that sense of hope,” said the Rev. Janet Jones, a borough resident who also serves on the Red Bank Board of Education.“There is a darkness in our world,” with the number of terrible, violent acts that have been occurring, observed the Rev. Terrence K. Porter, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., but Porter in his prayers asked God to “light the candle of hope in each of us.”Following the singing of “God Bless America” led by Cantor Gabrielle Clissold of Monmouth Reform Temple, Tinton Falls, participants lit candles, with members lighting the candles for each other among the quiet crowd.Along with the lighting of the candles, three young members of the community laid three floral wreaths at the monument. According to Menna, the floral arrangements were to honor the memory of the fallen police officers, victims of senseless violence everywhere and to wish for peace in our hearts and country.“We do this too often,” Porter acknowledged sadly, referencing previous ones, especially the most recent last month conducted by borough officials and another hosted by Pilgrim Baptist, following the fatal shootings in Orlando, Florida.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Selkirk College SROAMazing Team

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to applaud the success by the students by naming organizers Team of the  Week.The SROAMazing race team includes Trip Hershey III, Ben Johnstone, Patrick Stewart, Andrew Warren, Irina Smolina, Pasha Perepelytsia, Guido Calvo, Miguel Morel, Ryan Brudner, Kent Wakeman, Eddie Learmont, Dryw Smith, Danielle McGovern, Mara Guerra, Mike Groberman, Mackenzie Booth, Ben Evoy, Alannah Freise, Ashleigh Gray, MJ Iniguez and  Kale Pendlebury. The Selkirk College Ski Resort Operations and Management program gives students a unique blend of management skills and industry knowledge to prepare you for lasting leadership roles.Those leadership roles were put to the test during the recent fourth annual Selkirk College Ski Resort Operations and Management program SROAMazing race.And the students did not disappoint instructors as the event attracted 20 teams in total and raised mroe than $1800 for Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries Society.last_img read more

MASTERY CRUSHES FOES BY 6 ¾ LENGTHS IN WINNING GRADE II, $400,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES UNDER SMITH; BAFFERT STAR REMAINS UNBEATEN BUT IS SIDELINED INDEFINITELY WITH CONDYLAR FRACTURE

first_imgBy BETH HARRISAP Racing WriterARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Mastery won the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths on Saturday before being pulled up after the finish line, leaving trainer Bob Baffert worried about the future of his top Kentucky Derby contender.Ridden by Mike Smith, Mastery led all the way and ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.28 at Santa Anita. The 4-5 favorite paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.It was the latest setback among 3-year-olds on the Derby trail. Klimt and Syndergaard already have fallen out of contention.Shortly after crossing the finish, Mastery was pulled up by Smith, who removed the colt’s saddle. He was vanned off for a trip back to the barn and an examination.“I felt it about 10 jumps after the wire. All of a sudden he just picked his back leg up,” Smith said. “Then a minute or so and he put it down and he was fine. I’m hoping he just tweaked it and it’s nothing serious.”Mastery was making his 3-year-old debut after winning all three of his starts last year. He earned the 50 points awarded to the winner, putting the colt near the top of the Kentucky Derby leaderboard that decides the 20-horse field for the May 6 race.After watching from his box, an initially exhilarated Baffert made his way through the stands.“I hear one of the fans say, `I hope your horse is all right,’” he said. “I thought, `What?’”After arriving in a strangely empty winner’s circle, Baffert watched the race replay, looking for any hint of trouble.Standing next to his wife and owner, Everett Dobson of Oklahoma City, Baffert tried to process his emotions after the roller coaster experience.“We’ve been so high on this horse,” he said. “To see what he did today was just incredible. It was going to put him best 3-year-old in the nation.”He was interrupted by a call from assistant Jimmy Barnes, who reported Mastery walked off the van seemingly in good order.“It’s his left hind, whatever it is,” Baffert said. “Hopefully, it’s nothing obvious or nothing serious.”San Vicente winner Iliad returned $3.40 and $2.60, while Term of Art was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $5.40 to show. Both colts are trained by Doug O’Neill. Iliad was trained by Baffert in his first two starts before a split between him and owner Kaleem Shah.Sham Stakes winner Gormley finished fourth, followed by Ann Arbor Eddie, Bluegrass Envy and Vending Machine. NOTE: Later in the afternoon, Baffert issued the following statement regarding Mastery’s injury: “When he got back to the barn, he seemed okay, but when he got off the wash rack, he showed some filling in his left front ankle. It’s a condylar fracture. He’ll be operated on this Monday and they’ll insert two screws. We won’t know until after the surgery whether or not this is career-ending.”last_img

Trib Bash 2020 is a real hot ticket this Christmas!

first_imgTickets for TRIB BASH 2020 in Letterkenny are being snapped up as the ideal Christmas present for music fans.The event will see four of the biggest and very best live tribute shows in Ireland and the UK take the stage under one roof in just one weekend!‘TRIB BASH’ comes to the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny on the 14th & 15th February 2020. Tickets are out now from the Clanree Hotel reception desk and online at Eventbrite. Trib Bash will showcase four of the most elite tribute shows touring the country and beyond at the moment which will include:• Queen (Qween), • Johnny Cash & June Carter (Cash Returns), • Abba (The Bjorn Identity) • Garth Brooks (Trevor Smith – Friends in Low Places) The weekend’s award winning lineup consists of four acts which are currently touring the nation and further afield and are blowing audiences away with their spectacular authentic shows. Each of the acts are without doubt the closest thing you will get to their original counterparts, each with live performances and vocals that will blow the most ardent of music fans away.Never under one roof in one weekend has a live music event like this taken place – being the first of it’s kind Trib Bash promises to be one of the most exciting music spectacles in 2020 which will cater for music fans of all genres.TRIB BASH 2020 LINE UPFRIDAY 14th FEBGarth Brooks: ‘Friends in Low Places’ Johnny Cash & June Carter: ‘Cash Returns’SATURDAY 15th FEBQueen: ‘Qween’ABBA: ‘The Bjorn Identity’ Both Trib Bash Single-day tickets (€30) and Weekend tickets (€50) are available now from the Clanree hotel reception desk and online at eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/trib-bash-2020-letterkennytickets-74792011921* All B&B weekend packages have now been sold out *Trib Bash 2020 is a real hot ticket this Christmas! was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clanree hotelconcerteventstrib bashlast_img read more

Råbjerg Mile – GC21787 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 25, 2012

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Jumping into soft sandEver wonder what would it be like if the ground literally started to move under your feet? Geocachers who visited the Råbjerg Mile (GC21787) EarthCache know exactly what it’s like.Located at the northern tip of Denmark, between the Danish cities of Skagen and Frederikshavn, the Råbjerg Mile is the largest migrating sand dune in Northern Europe. It contains millions of cubic meters of sand and moves up to 18 meters (59 feet) every year. Geocachers can enjoy this migrating wonder and observe many types of birds that make it their travelling home by visiting the difficulty 1.5, terrain 2 EarthCache.Denmark once had many shifting dunes, even larger than the Råbjerg Mile. These dunes caused many problems for the people living in their paths. So, in the mid-19th century, the state bought the land under the dunes so that it could plant dune grasses and conifers that would help stabilize it. They then left the Råbjerg Mile so that future generations would remember both the challenges and the beauty of these shifting sand dunes.Marking sand angelsMichael, a.k.a. WAUZZZ4B has given fellow Premium Member geocachers yet another reason to see and experience nature at its best since creating the EarthCache in November of 2009.Geocachers everywhere can learn a lot about this dune just by reading the detailed cache page. But nearly 450 Premium Members got to experience this EarthCache for what it’s worth and share their experiences by posting more than 530 breathtaking images.With Geocaching.com’s request, Michael has agreed to temporarily grant access to basic members for an opportunity to experience and log this EarthCache.One geocacher who logged this Premium Cache wrote, “We heard about the dune from some friends who visited many years ago. We decided that we wanted to check out this place during our visit to Denmark. Sure enough, there’s an EarthCache, which gave us even more reason to come out and log our visit. We didn’t realize how beautiful this place is. Absolutely stunning scenery and by far the biggest sand box we’ve ever been in!”For more information on Geocaching Premium features, such as Premium Caches, visit Geocaching.com/Premium.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com.Soft sand between toes. SharePrint RelatedNamib Desert, Namibia (GC14W63) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 8, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Bruneau Sand Dunes GC10F12 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 31, 2011October 31, 2011In “Community”Geocaching country souvenir: NamibiaDecember 8, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Seven coaches of Shaktipunj Express derail in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgSeven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express derailed on Thursday in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, a railway official said.“The accident occurred at around 6:25 am  and we have already cleared out the site,” railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said.“All passengers were put on the remaining coaches and by 7:28 AM all of them had left the spot. All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident,” he said.The train was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr which, officials say, prevented any injuries when the incident occurred.This is the third such derailment in the State in less than a month.On August 19, the Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district, killing 22 people and injuring 156.About 100 passengers were wounded when 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed after crashing into a dumper which strayed on to the tracks in Auraiya district on August 23.last_img read more

Suspension of Maharashtra MLC revoked

first_imgMumbai: The Council on Wednesday revoked the suspension of Prashant Paricharak, MLC. He had been suspended for a year-and-a-half for his remarks on soldiers and their wives during campaigning for local elections last year. The government formed a 10-member all-party committee comprising members of the Council headed by chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar. On Wednesday, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “Paricharak told the committee that he made the remark casually and there was no intention to hurt the sentiments of soldiers or their families. He also apologised for the comment. Hence the committee recommended to revoke his suspension.”last_img read more