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Ponting, Strauss ready for one last Ashes effort

Arsenal hit Everton for six on Premier League opening day

Schumacher ‘really sad’ at canceling comeback

Chiang Mai Pool League

Ponting, Strauss ready for one last Ashes effort

Richard Sydenham
London (AP) - Ricky Ponting is looking forward to the deciding fifth test as a chance to avenge becoming the first Australia captain to lose an Ashes series in 18 years following the 2005 defeat in England.
Australia won the fourth test at Headingley last week by an innings and 80 runs inside three days to level the series at 1-1.

Australian captain Ricky Ponting plays a pull shot off England’s Steve Harmison on the first day of the fourth test match at Headingley, Friday, Aug. 7. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
Although a draw at The Oval from Thursday, Aug. 20, will allow Australia to retain the Ashes following their subsequent 5-0 sweep at home in 2007, Ponting still feels he has unfinished business in England as captain.
“It’s the chance I have been waiting for this whole tour,” Ponting said. “It’s the chance the whole team has been waiting for since we lost at Lord’s. We’ve been wanting to play well to win a game and get back to 1-1.
“I’ve said from the start how much it would mean to me to win here and it’s the same for everyone in our squad. Now, we have got things back on track and are playing good cricket we are all very excited. It’s going to be a special week for us.
“It’s going to be one of the best moments of my career,” Ponting added. “That’s what cricket is all about for me - 1-1 in an Ashes series going into the last test match at a great venue like The Oval. All of our guys will be up and ready to play that game.”
England captain Andrew Strauss was left to ponder his team’s two batting failures in Leeds. England were dismissed for 102 and then 263 but only after an eighth-wicket stand of 108 between tailenders Stuart Broad (61) and Graeme Swann (62) on the final day.
English batsmen at Nos. 3, 4 and 5 contributed just 16 runs in six innings in the match. Ravi Bopara has a top score of 35 in seven innings in the series, while Ian Bell’s comeback since the third test has not been successful.
Strauss said it was a time for “calm reflection” as opposed to panic but did acknowledge that The Oval would need a one-off game mentality, which may encourage bold selection with the Ashes on the line.
“It’s like in any game situation, you always try to learn from what has gone before, and we have plans that have been there all through the series,” Strauss said. “But when we arrive at The Oval, what has gone before will count for nothing. It is winner takes all.
“We’ll need 11 guys to stand up and be desperate enough to win it.”


Arsenal hit Everton for six on Premier League opening day

Stuart Condie
London (AP) - The Premier League season opened Saturday with Chelsea showing the fighting spirit they are going to need if they are to reclaim the title and Manchester City also got an early return from their heavy summer spending.

Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas (right) gets around Everton’s Phil Neville to score during their English Premier League match at Goodison Park, Saturday Aug. 15. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

Chelsea trailed to visiting Hull but Didier Drogba hit his second goal of the game in injury time to secure a 2-1 victory, while City won 2-0 at Blackburn through goals by Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland.
But Arsenal produced the performance of the day by dominating Everton 6-1 at Goodison Park to equal the biggest opening away win in the Premier League’s 17-year history.
“It’s a good win, but come on, let’s face it, we’re not going to win 6-1 every day,” said Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who scored twice. “It’s just one more game for the title race.
“We can do it if we play like that.”
The Gunners produced slick, attacking football to dismantle last season’s fifth-place team, contrasting with a win for Chelsea that owed much to luck.
Drogba’s winning goal came from an attempted cross that floated over goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and in at the far post from an acute angle.
“I was trying for a cross,” Drogba said. “It was difficult but it’s always good to win the first game. The belief is strong, as always. Today, we showed we will try till the end of the game.
“We were lucky to score, but the desire is always there.”
The win gave Chelsea an early lift in their attempt to clinch the league for the first time since 2006 and end Manchester United’s record-equaling run of three straight titles.
The defending champions were due to host Birmingham on Sunday, and last season’s runners-up Liverpool were at Tottenham in the late game.
Manchester City have spent almost 100 million pounds on new players since the end of last season and one of their new recruits put the club 1-0 up in the third minute of his debut.
Adebayor, signed from Arsenal for 25 million pounds, took a pass by Shaun Wright-Phillips and smashed the ball into the net from the edge of the area.
Blackburn had chances to equalize but Ireland made the game safe for City, who have not won any trophies since 1976, when he calmly placed the ball past goalkeeper Paul Robinson in the last minute.
It was the first time in a year that City’s defense held out an opposition attack away from home.
Arsenal’s performance against the FA Cup runners-up hinted that manager Arsene Wenger may have been wise when he refused to disrupt his team of young players by spending the proceeds of Adebayor’s sale on big-name stars.
Denilson hit a fierce shot from outside the area for 1-0, Thomas Vermaelen headed in on his debut and William Gallas made it 3-0 before halftime when he headed in Fabregas’ free kick.
Fabregas then struck twice in the second half and substitute Eduardo da Silva added the sixth to hand Everton their worst ever home loss in the Premier League. Louis Saha got Everton’s only goal in injury time.
The five-goal margin matched Bolton’s 5-0 win at Leicester in 2001 and Liverpool’s 6-1 win at Crystal Palace in 1994.
Aston Villa finished sixth last season but were jeered from the field by their fans after a 2-0 loss to visiting Wigan. Hugo Rodallega put Wigan ahead in the 31st when he volleyed in a dropping ball from the corner of the area and Jason Koumas struck 11 minutes into the second half with his first goal from open play in two years with the club.
“It’s a very good start,” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said after his first Premier League game. “Any win in the Premier League is a difficult one and it’s down to the players. They were brave on the ball against a top club.”
Fulham did not win in their first 14 away games last season, nor in the first 17 away games the year before, but they opened with a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth on Saturday.
Bobby Zamora, who scored just two goals in 35 Premier League games last season, scored the winning goal in the 13th minute against a team that has sold many of its best players to reduce debt.
Sunderland’s Darren Bent scored in the fifth minute of his debut to give his new team a 1-0 win at Bolton, while Stoke beat Burnley 2-0 in the visitors’ first topflight match since 1976.
West Ham beat the other promoted team, Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0 at Mollineux through goals by Mark Noble and Matthew Upson.


Schumacher ‘really sad’ at canceling comeback

Frank Jordans
Geneva (AP) - Michael Schumacher called canceling his much-anticipated Formula One comeback a “really sad moment.”
He had wanted to help the Ferrari team by replacing injured driver Felipe Massa but was unable to do so because of lingering pain from a motorcycle crash six months ago.

Michael Schumacher. (AP Photo/file)
“It’s a really sad moment,” Schumacher said, before later expanding. “Probably one of the toughest that I’ve faced in my career, although I’m retired for the moment. I felt alive again and now I had to cancel all this.”
The German, who retired at the end of the 2006 season after a 15-year career in which he won 91 races in 250 starts, said any talk of later returning to F1 was speculation.
“From a purely medical point of view, there are no reasons why that couldn’t be the case. But it’s certainly not a topic that I’m considering right now,” he said.
Schumacher, visibly subdued sitting between his doctor Johannes Peil and manager Willi Weber, said the euphoria surrounding his possible return was “extreme, and so of course the disappointment is extreme, too.”
Peil said it was a fracture at the base of Schumacher’s skull that prevented the return, rather than the fractured vertebra and rib he also hurt in the bike crash earlier this year.
“We kept trying to keep the pain and the inflammation in check, including with drugs, but in the end it didn’t work,” Schumacher said.
It was too early to say whether the injuries would heal enough to allow Schumacher to make a later comeback, Peil said.
The decision for Schumacher to pull out came after he tested an old Ferrari at the Mugello circuit in Italy last week. Ferrari will now promote test driver Luca Badoer, who Schumacher said was well-prepared to replace Massa.


Chiang Mai Pool League

Results & Standings August 7 (week 13)

Division 1
Team                            Played         Won           Lost           Frames         Points

Blue Sky Bar                  13                13                0                   87                 13
Half Moon                       13                10                3                   80                 10
Inter Bar                         13                10                3                   77                 10
Oasis                             13                 9                 4                   76                  9
Blue Sky Garden
             13                 7                 6                   56                  7
Chiangers & Bangers       13                 5                 8                   46                  5
Ralph Fitch (1)                13                 5                 8                   52                 5
Blue Sky Ladies              13                 3                10                  46                 3
The Local                       13                 3                10                  27                 3
Chiangers Chicks            13                 1                12                  37                 1

Results
:  The Local 1 v 8 Blue Sky Bar, Ralph Fitch (1) 2 v 7 Blue Sky Garden, Blue Sky Ladies 4 v 5 Chiangers Chicks, Inter Bar 5 v 4 Oasis, Chiangers & Bangers 2 v 7 Half Moon

Division 2
Team                            Played         Won           Lost           Frames         Points

Honey Moon                   15                11                4                   79                 11
Ralph Fitch (2)                15                10                5                   72                 10
Em & Em                       14                 9                 4                   77                 9
Rama Bar                       15                 7                 8                   68                 7
Happy Bar                      15                 7                 8                   63                 7
Oasis Soiy TT                 14                 7                 7                   63                 7
Lucky Bar                       14                 7                 7                  59                  7
The Brickies                   15                 6                 9                   67                  6
Smile Bar                       14                 6                 8                   61                  6
Blue Sky Won                15                 5                10                  58                  5
Tiger Bar                        13                 5                 8                   53                  5

Results:
  Honey Moon 7 v 2 Lucky Bar, The Brickies 3 v 6 Ralph Fitch (2), Tiger Bar 3 v 6 Rama Bar, Em & Em 4 v 5 Happy Bar, Oasis Soi TT 6 v 3 Blue Sky Won



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