19 Sep
2020

Dominant India crush Sri Lanka to take series lead in Galle

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared six wickets to help India to a thumping 304-run win against Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first Test on Saturday for a 1-0 lead in the series.The hosts, chasing a mammoth 550 for victory, only managed 245 runs before their second innings folded in the final session of the penultimate day, after opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne had been dismissed for 97.Asela Gunaratne, who had fractured his thumb and was ruled out of the series, and stand-in captain Rangana Herath, who suffered a hand injury on Friday, did not bat for Sri Lanka in the second innings.“(I’m) Really happy with the way things went in this particular game,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the presentation. “All bases were covered nicely and the guys stood up when it was needed most.“The surface didn’t offer much. That’s why the win is more special because the bowlers had to work hard.”India, the world’s top-ranked Test side, declared their second innings closed on 240 for three after Kohli completed his 17th Test hundred.The right-handed batsman, who resumed the day on 76, remained unbeaten on 103 after reaching the milestone with a single off spinner Dilruwan Perera.Burdened with an improbable target, Sri Lanka needed a solid opening stand but their hopes were dashed when Mohammed Shami bowled Upul Tharanga for 10, a relief for Kohli who had dropped the batsman at second slip in the same over.Debutant Danushka Gunathilaka did not last long either and was out for two, hitting Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara at square leg.Sri Lanka were 29-2 at that stage and needed a solid 79-run stand between Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis to settle things down.India came back strongly after lunch with two quick wickets from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, ranked number one in the world in the longest format.Mendis, who made 36, was given not out on a caught behind appeal but India successfully overturned the umpire’s decision on review. Former captain Angelo Mathews fell soon afterwards, mis-hitting Jadeja to get caught by Hardik Pandya.Mathews’ dismissal brought Karunaratne and Niroshan Dickwella together and the pair added 101 for the fifth wicket, before Dickwella was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to become Ashwin’s first victim of the innings.Karunaratne dragged the off-spinner, playing his 50th test match, back onto his stumps while playing a sweep shot and fell perilously close to his sixth test hundred.Ashwin, who took 3-65, also dismissed Nuwan Pradeep without scoring before Jadeja (3-71) wrapped things up when Lahiru Kumara skied an attempted slog to become the last man to fall for the hosts.“All credit goes to the India team,” Herath said. “We need to improve ourselves in all three departments.”The second Test will be played from Thursday in Colombo.INDIA 1st innings 600 (S. Dhawan 190, C. Pujara 153, A. Rahane 57, H. Pandya 50; N. Pradeep 6-132) Sri Lanka 1st innings 291 (D. Perera 92no, A. Mathews 83, U. Tharanga 64) India 2nd innings (Overnight: 189-3)S. Dhawan c Gunathilaka b D. Perera 14A. Mukund lbw b Gunathilaka 81C. Pujara c K. Mendis b Kumara 15V. Kohli not out 103A. Rahane not out 23Extras (lb-1 nb-1 w-2) 4Total (for 3 wickets declared, 53 overs) 240Fall of wickets: 1-19 S. Dhawan,2-56 C. Pujara,3-189 A. MukundDid not bat: H. Pandya, W. Saha, M. Shami, U. Yadav, R. Jadeja, R. AshwinBowling: Nuwan Pradeep 12 – 2 – 63 – 0(nb-1), Dilruwan Perera 15 – 0 – 67 – 1Lahiru Kumara 12 – 1 – 59 – 1(w-2),Rangana Herath 9 – 0 – 34 – 0,Danushka Gunathilaka 5 – 0 – 16 – 1SRI LANKA 2nd innings (Target: 550 runs)Dimuth Karunaratne b R. Ashwin 97Upul Tharanga b Shami 10Danushka Gunathilaka c Pujara b U. Yadav 2Kusal Mendis c Saha b Jadeja 36Angelo Mathews c H. Pandya b Jadeja 2Niroshan Dickwella c Saha b R. Ashwin 67Dilruwan Perera not out 21Nuwan Pradeep c Kohli b R. Ashwin 0Lahiru Kumara c Shami b Jadeja 0Rangana Herath retired hurt 0Asela Gunaratne retired hurt 0Extras (lb-3 w-7) 10Total (all out, 76.5 overs) 245Fall of wickets: 1-22 U. Tharanga,2-29 D. Gunathilaka,3-108 K. Mendis,4-116 A. Mathews,5-217 N. Dickwella,6-240 D. Karunaratne,7-240 N. Pradeep,8-245 L. KumaraTo bat:Bowling: M. Shami 9 – 0 – 43 – 1(w-5),U. Yadav 9 – 0 – 42 – 1, R. Jadeja 24.5 – 4 – 71 – 3,R. Ashwin 7 – 4 – 65 – 3, H. Pandya 7 – 0 – 21 – 0(w-2).last_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Holt: Badgers better off avoiding icy new Big Ten

first_imgOut on the other side of the Midwest, Penn State alum Terry Pegula donated $88 million – according to the Times-Tribune, the largest private gift in PSU history – to the PSU to fund and create a Division I men’s hockey program.Back in Madison, Badger Bob Johnson is rolling in his grave. The hockey program still can’t get the required gift funding for its proposed practice facility – in April they were $2 million short in that category. And PSU gets $88 million from one person.So instead, Captain Sean Dolan and the men’s hockey team will continue to ride their mopeds along the icy stretches of John Nolan Drive to get to practice. The six-time national champion Badgers practice in the Humanities building of practice facilities; that ice rink is the “Arrested Development” movie of proposed buildings.Back to Penn State though. The Nittany Lions now become the second-largest school behind Ohio State to field a Division I hockey program. They also become the sixth Big Ten school to field a D-I hockey program, along with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.The NCAA requires a minimum of six teams to form a conference.Anyone hungry for a Big Ten of ice hockey?I hope not.For the uninitiated, Wisconsin competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), along with traditional rival Minnesota. The WCHA is also home two of the three schools that own more national titles than the Badgers, in Denver and North Dakota.The UM, MSU and OSU men’s teams are in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, with other notable teams being Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame. Ohio State’s women’s team is in the WCHA.But with Penn State giving the nation’s oldest conference a half-dozen teams, there’s a lot of talk about the Big Ten schools jumping ship for, well, the Big Ten. Clearly the conference isn’t concerned about numerical accuracy anymore. There’s a lot of talk that various athletic directors – including UW’s Barry Alvarez – are in favor of the possibility of a hockey version of the Big Ten.I want to ask, “Why?,” but I already know why.The Big Ten is a marketable brand, which could form a new set of hockey brands, now that one of its biggest brands in Penn State has now joined the fray. The Big Ten network would love to fill its Friday and Saturday night slots with hockey games, if it means viewers and money.But from a hockey standpoint, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.Right now, the Badgers have a cozy position in the WCHA – which is essentially to college hockey what the SEC is to college football. The Badgers play top competition week in and week out, and that means a lot when the postseason rolls around, as evidenced in this past springs’ awarding of No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament to Denver and Wisconsin, despite neither winning their conference tourney.That’s not to give Michigan, which leads the nation with nine national championships in men’s hockey, or Michigan State, which owns three titles of its own, the shaft. But Ohio State’s hockey team – now in the very capable hands of former Badgers assistant Mark Osiecki – is essentially dead weight for now, and the other big-name teams in the CCHA, Miami and Notre Dame, wouldn’t be making the jump.This Big Ten of hockey would conceivably have the Badgers, Gophers and Wolverines beating each other up on the weekends they’re not feasting on the Nittany Lion Cubs and the Buckeyes. Not an ideal situation, methinks.And if Big Ten hockey expands to say, Illinois, sure, that adds more teams. There’s talk of setting those plans in motion as well. But how long before these new teams are actually competitive? I have to guess that most of the top talent in those states will still flock to the DUs and BCs of the nation, rather than spend two to four years trying to build a program from the ground up.It’s not like this is basketball or football, where there are recruits flooding in from every which direction. Hockey is still a niche sport. Most of the top recruits are going to come from Minnesota, Michigan and New England. Canadian recruits are a bit more rare, since most college-aged Canadian hockey players can play major-junior hockey in Canada and get paid to do it – it’s considered a better path to the NHL by some.Long story short, I don’t think there are enough quality hockey players to make a hypothetical Big Ten the juggernaut Jim Delany might want it to be.A Big Ten in hockey would also inevitably have some ripple effects on the college hockey world as a whole. We all saw this summer what kinds of messes arise when conferences are trying to add members or deal with departing members.Sure, Big Ten teams could play lots of their rivalry games out of conference (Minnesota-North Dakota, Ohio State-Miami, for example), but how many small CCHA teams are going to suffer because Michigan fans are no longer guaranteed to be flocking to their schools for the weekend?Hockey East wouldn’t suffer much from a Big Ten exodus. The WCHA would probably remain the strongest conference, even with Minnesota and Wisconsin gone – that’s how strong DU, CC and UND are.In the end, it’s really only the Big Ten schools that end up losing. Is it worth it to burn bridges and lower overall competition to spend a few years nurturing a brand new league? If you’re anyone in the conference but Penn State, I venture the answer is no.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Think a Big Ten of hockey would be exciting, or should UW just stay put? 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16 Sep
2020

Munster ring the changes

first_imgKeith Earls slot into the centre, and Denis Hurley drop to the bench. Tomás O’Leary replaces Conor Murray at scrum-half. In the pack, James Cronin and Niall Scannell come into the front row for Dave Kilcoyne and Mike Sherry.last_img

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