For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, has announced that the Galle Test against England, beginning November 6, will be his final international game. The 40-year-old, considered to be the most successful left-arm bowler (pace or spin) of all time, is the last active Test cricketer of the 90s.Herathmade his debut against Australia at the Galle International stadium in 1999 and it is fitting that he will play his last international match at the same venue next month. For the first nine years of Herath’s career, he was under the shadow of Muttiah Muralitharan, the best spinner in the world at that time as he played in only 14 Tests and took 36 wickets.Also Read | Another woman stopped from entering Sabarimala; temple doors to shut todayHowever, in the 2009 Test at Galle against Pakistan, he picked 4/15 in the second innings as Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 117 in pursuit of 167. Following this performance, Herath, nicknamed Áiyya’ proved to be the match-winner for Sri Lanka and his career changed.From 2009, Herath’s consistency was remarkable and he proved to be Sri Lanka’s ultimate match-winner following Muralitharan’s retirement in 2010. His best year was 2012 in which he picked up 60 wickets at an average of 23.61. He reserved his best for Pakistan, becoming the first and only bowler so far to take 100 Test wickets against them.Read More | Varun Dhawan-Anushka Sharma’s Sui Dhaaga crosses 125 crore worldwide GBO!His crowning glory came in 2016 in the series against Australia. He picked up 28 wickets at an average of 12.75 as Sri Lanka achieved their first-ever 3-0 whitewash of Australia. Herath is only the third bowler in Test history to take five-wicket hauls against every nation after Dale Steyn and Muralitharan.In his final Test, Herath, with 430 wickets, has the chance to join Muralitharan in taking 100 wickets at the venue and has a chance to go past Sir Richard Hadlee’s mark of 431 and possibly Kapil Dev’s mark of 434 wickets. His retirement will leave a massive void not only in Sri Lanka but in world cricket.
New Delhi: Ace Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh on Friday criticised Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for making ‘outrageous’ remarks on women on the recently-aired episode of Koffee With Karan – hosted by hosted by popular film director Karan Johar – saying they have put the reputations of cricketers at stake. Pandya is under fire for boasting about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents. Rahul was, however, a little more restrained in his responses on relationships and women. “We don’t talk about all this even with our friends and they were talking on public television. Now people might think was Harbhajan Singh like this, was Anil Kumble like this and was Sachin Tendulkar…” Harbhajan told ‘India Today’. “The BCCI did the right thing, and this is also the way forward. This was expected and I am not surprised,” the off-spinner, who has over 400 Test wickets, said when asked about their suspension. Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, has also condemned the comments of Pandya. “From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support…and that has been communicated (to the two players. We definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views. The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened,” Kohli had said. The under-fire players have been suspended from playing any form of cricket with immediate effect pending an inquiry into their sexist comments. The duo will return home from the ongoing Australia tour and will also miss the limited-overs series against New Zealand consisting of five ODIs and three T20Is, starting January 23. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Morgan suspended for 4th ODI due to slow over rate. England Team has now taken a 2-0 lead in five-match ODI series.England will play South Africa in ICC World cup opener. The charges were laid by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, and third umpire Chris Gaffaney. Bairstow admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Richie Richardson.The fourth ODI between two teams will be played at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on May 17. The final encounter before the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in Headingly in Leeds. Meanwhile, the series stands in favour of England as the scoreline shows 2 games to 0.Both team will look to keep all odds aside and try the remaining combination before the head into the World Cup. For Pakistan, the limelight will once again shift to Shadab Khan, who is all set to return after illness. Further, Mohammad Amir’s inclusion is still under doubt, and with seven days still on his side, he will look to express him at the supreme best to fix his berth.England, on the other hand, needs to see whether they are backing Jofra Archer for the World Cup or they are seeing beyond him. All questions will find answers in seven days’ time. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The England skipper, Eoin Morgan has been suspended for one ODI and fined 40 percent of the match fee, while the other players have been fines 20 percent of their respective match fees for maintaining a slow over rate during the third encounter against Pakistan.England were two overs late even after time allowance was taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.22.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. Morgan was previously found guilty of a minor over rate offence during the Barbados ODI against West Indies.Meanwhile, England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct also during the Bristol ODI, and one point has been added against his disciplinary record. The incident occurred in the 29th over of England’s innings, when the ‘keeper-batsman struck the stumps with his bat after being dismissed. highlights
New Delhi: His technique in seaming conditions has often come under intense scrutiny but Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t have time for doubting Thomases as he gears up for the battle ahead in the ICC World Cup. Dhawan, one half of world’s most formidable limited overs opening pair, has always performed well in marquee events and is confident that he would be able to replicate his stellar show in familiar conditions like in Champions Trophy in 2013 and 2017.He was also India’s most successful batsman in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. “People tell me about my record in ICC events but frankly speaking, the intent has always been the same. It’s not that the effort is less than 100 percent ever. The focus as always is on the process. I am confident that I will have another good ICC tournament,” Dhawan told PTI during an exclusive interview.The 33-year-old had a modest international season before roaring back to form in the IPL, scoring 521 runs for Delhi Capitals to finish fourth in the top run-getters’ list. So was there any kind of pressure as the World Cup was round the corner, “No” was Dhawan’s emphatic reply.”I am not that sort of a guy who feels the pressure. I have the ability to remain unfazed. And critics? Woh apna kaam kar rahein hain (They are doing their job). If I don’t score runs in 5-10 games, it doesn’t mean that everything is lost. I know what kind of a player I am and what my capabilities are,” said Dhawan, who has 16 ODI hundreds and 5355 runs in 128 ODIs.Asked if the dissection of his technique outside the off-stump and the kind of analysis done bothers him, the senior opener replied, “To know what is being written about me, I need to read the newspapers or watch television. I don’t do both, so what’s being discussed hardly bothers me. And as far as social media is concerned, yes I am on twitter and Facebook but I hardly use them.””I am not someone who is constantly checking twitter updates or Instagram comments.I just check it occasionally. Let me tell you something — I don’t have time for negativity in my life. It can bog you down if you constantly want validation from the outside world. I don’t need that,” he said. In fact, he says, Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly’s presence in Capitals’ fold couldn’t have happened at the right time.”Both Ricky and Dada were successful international captains because they had the ability to create champions. Obviously their experience helps. They told me that there is no problem with my technique.” It has now been 15 years in senior representative cricket for Dhawan (having made his first-class debut back in 2004) and the fire still burns brightly in him.”Mera jazbaa aaj bhi utni hi hai (the passion is still the same as it was when I started). As I told you that I have shut out negativity and primarily because I am a happy go lucky person.Before I made my Test debut, I had played nearly nine years of first-class cricket. “Had I not been passionate and hungry, I couldn’t have performed for India after nine years of domestic cricket. Now I have played six years of international cricket. It has been a great journey,” he said.There is a different facet to his personality as he has now started taking interest in classical music and is learning flute.”I am a big fan of Sufi music. The Wadali brothers (Puranchand and Pyarelal Wadali) are my favourite. Now I have started learning flute and I am enjoying it like anything.”So how did he start learning flute?”I realised that I do have time at my disposal when I am not playing matches or training. Once I started listening to flute on Youtube, I took a liking for it and decided to learn the art.””You need to de-stress and for that you need to have a hobby. Har insaan ko life mein kuch shaunkh paalna chahiye. Yeh zaroori hain. I am not someone who would over-think about my game. “So rather than sitting and chatting in my hotel room, I thought why don’t I learn a bit of music. I am still very new but I now I can identify the raagas like Hamsadhwani.”A devoted family man, Dhawan would shuttle between Delhi and Melbourne, where his wife Ayesha and his three children are settled.”My family often joins me on tours but then children have school. So whenever I get a 15-day break, I am off to Melbourne to spend time with my wife and kids.”With a young family, it is difficult but he attributes it to the strong support system and the sacrifices his wife Ayesha and children make.”They know that my focus is on providing them a good life. I want the best education for my kids and everything that can help them have a better life,” he concluded. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India won the Olympic Test event by beating New Zealand 5-0.The India Women’s team is ranked No.10 in the world.The FIH Olympic Qualifiers will be held in November. New Delhi: A successful away outing against world no.2 Belgium will definitely boost the confidence of the Indian men’s hockey team ahead of the Olympics qualifiers, feels experienced goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. The Indian team is coming off a successful Olympic Test event in Tokyo where they were crowned champions after thrashing New Zealand 5-0. The world no. 5 Indian men’s team will next tour Belgium in September before the all-important Olympic Qualifiers in November. “The tour of Belgium is a massive series for us. They are the no. 2 side in the world and if we perform well against them then it will be a big confidence boost for us ahead of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. Hopefully, we will win the series at their home turf,” Sreejesh said. Talking about the success at the Test event, the 31-year-old, who was rested along with several senior players, said the team has the right balance for the upcoming FIH Olympic Qualifiers. “It’s been amazing to see the way our team has performed in the last couple of months. Our victory in the Olympic Test event showed that we have an excellent bench strength. The team has the right balance at the moment and we are confident of booking a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” he said. Like their male counterparts, the Indian women’s hockey team also returned triumphant from the Test event after beating hosts Japan 2-1 in the final. Analysing the team’s performance, goalkeeper Savita said on-field communication was key to the team’s success at Tokyo. “We were extremely pleased with our performance at the Olympic Test Event. Being unbeaten was a very heartening performance and especially playing toe-to-toe with world no. 2 Australia gave us a lot of confidence. The players are communicating very well on the field and therefore we have been able to win tournaments,” she said.The Indian women’s team, ranked 10 in the world, will take on England in September ahead of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers. “We have gained momentum at the right time with victories. However, we cannot get carried away with the results and need to continue to focus on improving our game. Playing the world no. 4 England side will be a tough challenge in a five-match series, but if we continue to communicate well on the field then we will surely produce great results,” Savita said. highlights
Paris: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, fighting it out for the year-end world number one spot, edged closer to a possible Paris Masters final clash as both eased into the last four on Friday. The 33-year-old Nadal, who can secure the end-of-year top ranking ahead of Djokovic by winning his maiden Bercy title, beat French wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-1. Nadal is bidding for a record-extending 36th Masters crown and will take on Denis Shapovalov in the last four on Saturday after the Canadian youngster thrashed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard has reached the semis for the first time at the event since 2013, having withdrawn injured before the quarter-finals on his last appearance in 2017. “I’ve had a lot of injuries in this tournament (historically),” said Nadal. “I’m happy to be back in the semi-finals.” Djokovic had earlier crushed seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2 and will next face Grigor Dimitrov, who saw off unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5. Nadal has now reached 73 Masters semi-finals in total and is two wins away from his 85th ATP title, but only third indoors. Tsonga was rock solid on serve in a first set which did not see a single service game from either player even reach deuce.But second seed Nadal stepped it up in the tie-break, with two incredible winners on the run helping him take a crucial one-set lead. Tsonga’s serve briefly deserted him in the second game of the second set, as successive double faults allowed Nadal to claim the first break of the match and he then sped to victory. Djokovic swats aside Tsitsipas Djokovic said he played “one of his best matches of the season” to thrash Tsitsipas. The 32-year-old dispatched his Greek opponent in only 58 minutes. The 16-time Grand Slam champion went into the match with a 2-1 losing record against Tsitsipas, but put the young world number seven in his place with a commanding victory. “I played one of the best matches of the season,” said Djokovic. “I prepared myself very well for this match. I lost to Stefanos about three weeks ago in Shanghai. And obviously I went through the videos and understanding on what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, what I can do better.” Novak Djokovic can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. (Image credit: Getty Images)Djokovic will be usurped by Nadal at the top of the rankings next week, but can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. The defeat ended Tsitsipas’ run of three consecutive semi-finals and dealt a blow to his confidence ahead of his maiden appearance at the season-ending championships, which start on November 10. Djokovic holds an 8-1 winning head-to-head record against Dimitrov. “He (Dimitrov) has been one of the best talents we had in the sport in the last decade,” said Djokovic, who is bidding to tie Pete Sampras’ record of finishing as the year-end number one on six occasions. “He’s been playing some terrific tennis this week… I don’t play too bad myself, so it’s going to be for sure a good one.” Dimitrov marches on Former world number three Dimitrov last reached the semis at a Masters tournament in Monte Carlo in 2018, but has rediscovered his form in recent weeks after heading into the US Open ranked 78th. The Bulgarian became the lowest-ranked player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 2008 at Flushing Meadows, before losing to Daniil Medvedev. World number 42 Garin, playing in his first Masters quarter-final, served for the second set at 5-4, but the 28-year-old Dimitrov reeled off three straight games to claim an impressive victory. Also Read | Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Enter Paris Open Masters Quarterfinal Shapovalov cruised into the fourth Masters semi-final of his young career by ending Monfils’ bid to reach the ATP Finals. Home favourite Monfils was one victory away from pipping Italian Matteo Berrettini to a ticket to London, but was blown away by a brilliant Shapovalov performance. “He (Berrettini) had better give me a bottle of wine or something,” joked world number 28 Shapovalov. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
CSU seeks revenge on Utah State VARYING EXPERIENCE: Utah State has been fueled by senior leadership while Colorado State has leaned on freshmen this year. For the Aggies, seniors Sam Merrill, Justin Bean and Diogo Brito have scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 67 percent of all Aggies points over their last five. In the other locker room, freshmen Nico Carvacho, Isaiah Stevens and David Roddy have collectively accounted for 50 percent of Colorado State’s scoring this season and 53 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Merrill has either made or assisted on 50 percent of all Utah State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 14 field goals and 20 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Rams are 13-0 when they make eight or more 3-pointers and 4-8 when they fall shy of that mark. The Aggies are 17-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.9 percent or worse, and 2-7 when opponents exceed that percentage.STREAK SCORING: Colorado State has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 89.5 points while giving up 71.8.DID YOU KNOW: The stout Utah State defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39.3 percent, the 28th-best mark in the country. Colorado State has allowed opponents to shoot 44.5 percent from the field through 25 games (ranked 257th). Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUtah State (19-7, 8-5) vs. Colorado State (17-8, 8-4)Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado; Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Colorado State seeks revenge on Utah State after dropping the first matchup in Logan. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 25, when the Aggies shot 59.2 percent from the field while limiting Colorado State’s shooters to just 37.3 percent on the way to a 77-61 victory. February 10, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com,Update on the latest sports,Update on the latest sports
The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. ___Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship. The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April. The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. Mayfield says they “wanted to give back and help out any way we can.”They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 has recently been working out at his high school in Lake Travis, Texas.___USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3. USA Cycling has an ambitious goal of bringing home seven medals from the Summer Olympics, which at this point are still scheduled to begin in July.The organization says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.___The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus.The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The Latest: Mayfields donating to Cleveland food bank Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896. It is not yet clear when the first race of the season can be held.___The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday.The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa. The soccer league had been continuing without spectators after most other leagues in Europe stopped. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir had argued that the country was one of the least affected by the virus.Some players and coaches had complained about the league going ahead, expressing concerns for their health.Trabzonspor announced this week that it had “mutually agreed” to part with former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel after the former Chelsea player said he did not feel comfortable playing amid the pandemic.___UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak. March 19, 2020 The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).The American East Conference says it continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments and encourages fans to do the same.___The Monaco Grand Prix is among three Formula One races postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch and Spanish GPs in May were also called off by governing body FIA. Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1.That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___ UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played.The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases.UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.”___ The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___ Associated Press The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs. It says in a statement Lange’s diagnosis will allow the tour to alert those with whom he might have come in contact.Lange has played three events this year — two in South Africa in January and February, and Mexico two weeks ago.___Turkey has suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu made the announcement after meeting with the heads of the three sports federations.
Update on the latest sports The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018.The Rangers said in a statement that “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible.” The team said it is investigating the matter.The hacker repeatedly posted the one-word slur in all capital letters on the Rangers’ “Future Fridays” series on Twitter.The NHL also released a statement condemning the hack, saying “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Dayton’s Anthony Grant also swept Naismith and AP honors as the national coach of the year after the Flyers won their third Atlantic 10 championship in five years.Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu won the women’s award.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKERHacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect. The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and Major League Baseball postponing the start of its season.The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field.The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTrump speaks to sports commissionersUNDATED (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer.Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters. Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NAISMITH TROPHYDayton’s Toppin wins Naismith TrophyATLANTA (AP) — Dayton forward Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) has been awarded the Naismith Trophy as college basketball’s most outstanding player. Toppin was named the Naismith Trophy winner on Friday, adding to an award collection that includes national player of the year by The Associated Press.Toppin had a breakout sophomore season for the third-ranked Flyers, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 63%. The 6-foot-9 sophomore is Dayton’s first consensus All-American and he led the Flyers to a school-record 29 wins. The Flyers finished No. 3 in the final AP Top 25 after the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, matching the highest ranking in school history, back in 1956. Associated Press April 4, 2020
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Half-centuries from captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner Evin Lewis propelled in-form St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a handsome 37-run victory over reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs in their Caribbean Premier League here Monday night.Gayle stroked an unbeaten 71 off 55 deliveries while Lewis got 69 off 39 balls in a man-of-the-match effort as the hosts amassed 208 for three off their 20 overs – the highest total of this year’s campaign.Mohammad Nabi and Carlos Brathwaite chipped in with cameos, the Afghan blasting 29 off 12 balls and the Windies Twenty20 captain belting 26 from 13 deliveries.In reply, Tallawahs made a good fist of the run chase, managing to end on 171 for seven off their allotted 20 overs.Opener Trevon Griffith top-scored with 42 while opening partner Glenn Phillips and all-rounder Rovman Powell both chipped in with 31, but the target proved outside their reach.Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the best bowler with three for 35.The result saw Patriots move to 11 points and continue in second, one point behind leaders Trinbago Knight Riders. Tallawahs remained third on eight points.Sent in at Warner Park, Patriots were given a fine start by the left-handed pair of Gayle and Lewis who put on 110 off 75 balls.Gayle counted four fours and four sixes as he marked his second half-century of the season and went past 200 runs.Lewis, meanwhile, struck five fours and six sixes, as he too passed 200 runs for the campaign with his second half-century.He was moving into high gear when he skied a heave at seamer Odean Smith and was caught by the wicketkeeper in the 13th over.Brathwaite then arrived to add 41 off 24 balls for the second wicket, courtesy of a pair of fours and sixes, before Nabi pitched in with a four and three sixes in posting a further 50 for the third wicket also with Gayle.In reply, Tallawahs were carried by openers Griffith and Phillips who put on 64 off 53 balls for the first wicket to lay the foundation for the run chase.While Griffith smashed four fours and two sixes in a 36-ball knock, New Zealander Phillips punched two fours and a six off 27 deliveries.Griffith’s demise – caught at mid-off off a Jonathan Carter full toss – triggered a collapse where five wickets tumbled for 46 runs to leave Tallawahs struggling on 110 for five in the 15th over.Requiring a virtual miracle at this stage, Tallawahs were energised by a 39-run, sixth-wicket partnership off 21 balls between Powell and McCarthy but it fell far short of what was required.