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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16 Sep
2020

Mani rises from reserve to captain

first_imgEvery successful team needs players whose work ethic, determination and leadership make the difference in the team’s ability to grind out results, especially in a conference as competitive as the Big Ten. And for the UW men’s soccer team, that player is Colin Mani.Mani, a senior for the Badgers this year, provides far more for this team than his stats may show. In starting 12 games as a defender this season, he has played a major role in helping the Badgers earn four shutout victories thus far, a number that already brings them to one more shutout victory than they had all of last season.Still, Mani’s true worth to the team comes in his ability to lead his teammates by example.“Coming into the season, we knew that with Colin we would get determination and true bravery on the field that not all guys [have],” head coach John Trask said. “That is what you hope to get out of your seniors. … If you’re not committed into attack or winning a loose ball, heck, you’re not going to get the freshmen to do it.”Despite having not been a starter up until this year for the Badgers, Mani was a natural choice to be one of the three captains this year, along with fellow seniors Josh Thiermann and Arnel Zahirovic, due to the unrelenting effort he puts forth in every aspect of the game.“All the players, when I talked to them about naming captains for this year, had Colin Mani as an immediate name off the list,” Trask said. “Out of everybody, they respect him as an athlete; they respect the amount of work he puts in to get ready for the season, and they respect him as a person.”As a result, Mani has been vital in helping transition a young defense to the intense, competitive atmosphere that is the Big Ten conference. Out of six players that have regularly played for the defense this year, only Mani and junior Kyle McCrudden had more than one year of experience coming into the season.The younger defenders look to Mani as an example of the right way to play defense and as a model to follow as they finish their own college careers. Freshman defender AJ Cochran had nothing but praise for his senior teammate’s attitude and mindset towards every game.“He is just a straight up leader; he brings leadership to our backline, having been here for four years now,” Cochran said. “Every single game … he makes sure the rest of our backline is ready to come out to play. He brings a whole different energy level at every game, and it’s awesome to play next to him.”Mani’s ability to help guide his younger teammates through the college game has been an influential factor in the Badger’s significant improvement on the team’s 4-13-3 performance a year ago to a record of 7-5-2 overall this year.On the field, Mani brings a fairly unique background to the defense. Throughout high school, Mani played as a midfielder before switching to defense in college, and he even scored 12 goals his senior season at Edgewood, just across town in Madison.As the old sports adage goes: Sometimes offense is the best defense. This has certainly held true for the Badgers this year, as the longer they possess the ball in attack, the less chances their opponent has to score goals. Mani believes that his knowledge of the offensive side of the game has helped him to set up the forwards and midfielders with better passes this year, passes that then set the offense up for more productive possessions and ultimately more goals.“I think having those experiences as a midfielder have really helped me,” Mani said. “As a result, I am able to make the passes to my teammates that I would want if I was in their position.”Looking ahead to the final few weeks of the season, the Badgers currently hold sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings at 3-0 with three Big Ten games left to play, and with Mani anchoring the defense, the team looks poised to make a run at the Big Ten title, a title that could prove to be the perfect parting gift for the graduating senior.last_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Denny Morrison to race in 4 different events at the Olympics

first_img– Advertisement -Denny will be joined on the men’s team by Jeremy Wotherspoon, who has climbed back into medal contention after breaking his arm at the start of the 08/09 season.  The women’s team will be lead by Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen and Kristina Groves.  For the full team, visit http://www.speedskating.ca/index.cfm?id=2124 The athletes will continue their training in Calgary until the Continental Qualifier on January 23rd and 24th.  Following that, the team will head to Vancouver in preparation for the 2010 Games. That announcement was made Monday afternoon, as Speed Skating Canada named the 16 long track speed skaters that will represent Canada in Vancouver.  Morrison will be one of Canada’s leaders, racing the 1000m, 1500m, 5000m and Team Pursuit events. The 24 year-old won a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Games, and is considered one of Canada’s best medal hopes.  Denny’s older brother will have to watch Denny from the sidelines again this year, as Jay Morrison was not one of the 16 named to Canada’s olympic roster on Monday. Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison will race in 4 events at the 2010 Olympics.last_img read more

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11 Jan
2020

No relief in sight at California gas pumps

first_imgGasoline prices normally increase in advance of the April-to-September heavy driving season, but this time the price climb came shockingly early – in the dead of winter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – California drivers might not feel any relief at the pump this summer despite the prediction of a decline in prices around the country, when compared to last year’s prices. Experts say local prices may not dip at all if repairs at refineries making California’s special blend of gasoline continue. “It depends on those repairs and how fast they can get the full amount flowing again,” said Dan Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. The average price of gas in L.A./Long Beach was $3.26 Tuesday, according to the Auto Club of Southern California. A limited number of refineries make gasoline according to the state’s clean air laws, and when refineries need maintenance, the supply of gas falls off, raising prices. However, the Energy Department said Tuesday that the recent sharp rise in gasoline costs – 64 cents a gallon since January – is likely to slow in the coming weeks, with prices averaging $2.81 a gallon over the vacation driving season, about 3 cents lower than last spring and summer. “We think the forecast is about on track,” said Geoff Sundstrom, a spokesman for the American Automobile Association. He said that based on current market trends, he doesn’t see another summer of $3 gasoline nationwide. Prices have soared in each of the last two summers: During Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that disrupted Gulf Coast supplies and last July when the Israeli invasion of Lebanon caused crude prices to spike to $76 dollar a barrel with $3-plus gasoline quick to follow. The forecast assumes no new international crisis this summer. last_img read more

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