Pakistan surprises again with 6-wicket win over New Zealand
Pakistan's batsman Haris Sohail, right, embraces teammate Babar Azam
for scoring a century during the Cricket World Cup match between New
Zealand and Pakistan at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham,
England, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Birmingham, England (AP) — Pakistan
enhanced its reputation as the most unpredictable team in
international cricket with a six-wicket victory that kept its World
Cup semifinal hopes alive, ruined New Zealand's perfect record,
heaped more pressure on host England and had fans reliving memories
Babar Azam hit his 10th ODI century, finishing
101 not out off 127 balls, as Pakistan reached 241-4 with five balls
to spare in reply to New Zealand's 237-6.
It was the Black Caps' first loss in the
tournament following five wins and a washed-out game against India.
For some optimistic Pakistan fans this campaign
is looking very familiar.
Imran Khan's team in 1992 also had only two
wins in its first six matches — with an identical record to the 2019
Pakistan team — and went on to win the title.
For now, every boundary — 11 of them from Babar
— produced a huge roar and a sea of green flags in the stands as an
overwhelmingly Pakistan-supporting crowd had a day to remember at
So did Babar.
"It's difficult to bat on this pitch," Babar
said. "It's spinning a lot."
Babar shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 126
with Haris Sohail, who was run out by Martin Guptill for 68 in the
penultimate over after hitting five fours and two sixes. Babar also
put on 66 for the third wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (32)
Pakistan moved level with Bangladesh on seven
points, one point behind fourth-place England, which has lost its
last two games. The top four in the 10-team league stage advance to
New Zealand is still in a strong position with
11 points but wasted a chance to retake the lead and secure its
place in the last four. It now has difficult games left against
defending champion Australia and England.
The New Zealanders chased down South Africa's
241-6 on the same Edgbaston wicket a week earlier. Pakistan, which
is not seen as a run-chasing specialist in this format, also went to
the last over of the match on Wednesday but on this occasion it was
much more comfortable.
Pakistan started its chase quickly — maybe too
quickly — on an overcast day with the floodlights on. Trent Boult
(1-48) won the battle of the lefthanders when opener Fakhar Zaman
(9) was caught by Guptill after an edge went high into the air with
the total on 19.
Pakistan was 43-1 after the first powerplay.
Guptill then did even better with a diving catch forward to dismiss
Imam-ul-Haq (19), who was unable to control a hostile, rising
delivery from Lockie Ferguson (1-50), making it 44-2.
There was a lively battle between bat and ball
in the 15th over. Hafeez hit Ferguson for two fours, but the fast
bowler also hit the batsman on the grille of his helmet.
Pakistan began to accelerate the run chase and
the 24-year-old Babar reached a landmark — becoming the second
fastest man after South Africa's Hashim Amla to compile 3,000 ODI
runs, in his 68th innings.
Babar and Haris hit nine off one Colin Munro
over and 10 off the next from Kane Williamson.
The pair reduced the target to 23 from five
overs, 13 in three overs, and 4 in 12 balls before Haris was run
out. It was then left to skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to hit the winning
Earlier, Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme
combined to revive New Zealand's innings with a 132-run partnership
for the sixth wicket after captain Williamson had elected to bat
Left-arm seamer Shaheen Afridi (3-28) had
helped reduce the Black Caps to 46-4 and 83-5, when dangerman
Williamson was out for 41.
Neesham struck an ODI-best 97 not out from 112
balls. He hit five fours and three sixes, including smashing the
last ball of the innings over the ropes.
De Grandhomme (64) was run out, too slow
against Mohammad Amir's throw while going for a second run.
"I think you'd be pretty naive to expect to go
through the whole tournament unbeaten," Neesham said. "There's too
many quality teams to expect to win every game. We prepared for a
tournament where we'd probably lose one or two games, but for us
it's all about making it to the semifinals, (when) you're only two
good games away from lifting the trophy."
Pakistan next plays last-place Afghanistan on
Saturday before finishing the group stage against Bangladesh on July
5 with a potential semifinal place at stake.
Federer seeded No. 2, Nadal No. 3 at Wimbledon; Serena 11th
this June 7, 2019, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal grimaces after
scoring against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their semifinal
match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros
stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Wimbledon, England (AP) — Eight-time
champion Roger Federer was seeded No. 2 for Wimbledon, one spot
ahead of Rafael Nadal, reversing their positions in the ATP rankings
and creating a debate about whether the All England Club's seeding
system should be changed.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the defending
champion, was seeded No. 1 on Wednesday at the grass-court Grand
Slam tournament, where recent results on the surface are used to
help determine seedings. The other majors do not do that.
Nadal told a Spanish TV station that he doesn't
think it makes sense that Wimbledon is the only tournament that uses
its own seeding system. Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick
McEnroe and former player and coach Brad Gilbert tweeted that they
thought Nadal should have been seeded No. 2.
The ATP's top 32 men are seeded at Wimbledon,
but the order is based on a formula that gives players additional
credit for ranking points earned at tournaments played on grass over
the preceding two years. That allowed Federer, who won his 10th
title at Halle, Germany, last week, to jump ahead of Nadal, who
potentially could have to beat both Djokovic and Federer to win what
would be his third championship at Wimbledon.
Nadal is coming off his record 12th title at
the French Open, which is played on clay, and he did not enter any
sort of tuneup event on grass this year. He rarely does.
While Nadal did reach the Wimbledon final in
five consecutive appearances in the tournament from 2006-11, he had
not been so successful of late until a run to the semifinals last
year. From 2012-17, Nadal never made it past the fourth round at the
All England Club, including one exit in the first round and a pair
in the second.
There were other examples of shifts from
rankings to seedings. Last year's runner-up, Kevin Anderson, was
seeded No. 4, even though he is ranked only No. 8 this week; 2018
semifinalist John Isner is seeded No. 9, ranked No. 12; 2017
runner-up Marin Cilic is seeded No. 13, ranked No. 18.
This year's women's seedings at the All England
Club strictly follow the WTA rankings, so French Open champion Ash
Barty is at No. 1.
Naomi Osaka is No. 2, followed by Karolina
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams
is seeded 11th, the same place she holds in this week's rankings. A
year ago, early in her return to the tour after having a baby,
Williams was ranked just 183rd but seeded 25th.
She wound up reaching the final before losing
to champion Angelique Kerber.
The draw is Friday; play begins Monday.
IOC strips Olympic status from troubled boxing body AIBA
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach from Germany
speaks during the 134th Session of the IOC at the SwissTech
Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
(Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Lausanne, Switzerland (AP) — Troubled
boxing body AIBA was stripped of Olympic status on Wednesday and the
IOC will now organize qualifying and final tournaments for the 2020
AIBA had created "very serious reputational,
legal and financial risks" for the IOC and its stakeholders, not
just the American ones, Olympic inquiry panel chairman Nenad Lalovic
The election of AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov,
who is under United States federal sanctions for suspected links to
eastern European organized crime, prodded the IOC last year to
investigate boxing's governance, debts and integrity of Olympic
International Olympic Committee members voted
Wednesday to endorse the executive board's recommendation last month
to suspend AIBA's Olympic status.
Lausanne-based AIBA has said it is near
bankruptcy with debts of about $17 million. It is cut off from
income from Tokyo revenues, and the 2019 world championships for men
and women in Russia are now devalued without the lure of being
AIBA has an emergency meeting scheduled for
Thursday in Geneva. Lalovic is expected to represent the IOC and
meet AIBA executive committee members aiming to retain a role in the
plan for Tokyo.
"I hope the IOC does realize there are many
people in AIBA who are respectful, ethical and transparent who can
provide their expertise," Bulgarian boxing official Emilia Grueva
said in a statement.
AIBA hoped for a reprieve by Rakhimov leaving
his duties to an interim replacement in March, though he could
choose to return at any time this year.
"These risks don't disappear by the mere fact
of Mr. Rakhimov 'stepping aside,'" IOC board member Lalovic said,
adding the Uzbek's "level of influence and control remains
In December 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department
noted "Rakhimov has been described as having moved from extortion
and car theft to becoming one of Uzbekistan's leading criminals and
an important person involved in the heroin trade."
The IOC had to avoid the consequences of fixed
bouts or suspect results in Tokyo, said Morinari Watanabe, who leads
the Olympic panel overseeing the Tokyo boxing competitions.
"It's not just losing trust in boxing. It's
lost trust in the Olympic Games, it's lost trust in the IOC," said
Watanabe, the Japanese president of the International Gymnastics
IOC president Thomas Bach said: "We are all
concerned with the refereeing."
Boxers' lack of faith in AIBA at each Olympics
from 2008 to 2016 was raised by Lalovic, who led a three-member
Those doubts persisted despite AIBA reviews
after each Olympics, he told an audience that included former AIBA
president C.K. Wu, an IOC member for 31 years.
Wu oversaw each post-Olympic integrity review.
He was ousted by AIBA officials two years ago amid a deepening
financial crisis and protests about his often secretive leadership
Qualifying tournaments for Tokyo are intended
to be held in four continents from January through March, likely in
London, China, Senegal and Argentina. All are recent or future hosts
of Olympic boxing competitions. A final global qualifier is expected
to be held in Japan.
That should give each boxer at least two
chances to qualify, in eight weight classes for men and five for
FIFA opens disciplinary case vs Cameroon over WWCup behavior
Cameroon's Ajara Nchout, left, and Cameroon head coach Alain Djeumfa
react after a VAR decision that ruled out Cameroon's Ajara Nchout's
goal for offside during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer
match between England and Cameroon at the Stade du Hainaut stadium
in Valenciennes, France, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel
Le Havre, France (AP) — FIFA opened
disciplinary proceedings Wednesday against Cameroon for players'
conduct during the team's loss to England in the Women's World Cup.
The team protested VAR decisions in a 3-0 loss
to England on Sunday, twice delaying kickoff as they complained. The
players looked like they might refuse to continue playing.
The protests began when video reviews on
offside decisions allowed Ellen White to send England to a 2-0 lead
before halftime and then denied Cameroon the goal that would have
brought them within one after the break. Ajara Nchout was sobbing on
the sideline as she pleaded for her goal to stand.
FIFA told The Associated Press on Wednesday
that its disciplinary committee opened a case against Cameroon over
alleged breaches related to team misconduct, offensive behavior and
The stance of the disciplinary division is in
strong contrast to the view of Fatma Samoura, who runs the FIFA
administration as the governing body's secretary general.
Samoura tweeted that the Cameroon players
"inspired many young girls," with "passionate and talented play on
the field that made your fans proud and your country is proud of
But Isha Johansen, president of CAF's women's
committee, said the match "reflected badly not only on African
women's football but African football on the whole." She wants
Williamson leads Kiwis to last-over win against South Africa
Zealand's captain Kane Williamson, second from right, shakes and
with South Africa's David Miller, right, as teammate Quinton de Kock
looks down at end of the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand
and South Africa at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, Wednesday,
June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Birmingham, England (AP) —
Kane Williamson hit a six in the last over to reach his century and
followed it up with a boundary to give New Zealand a four-wicket
victory over South Africa with three balls to spare Wednesday, in
the closest finish of the Cricket World Cup so far.
New Zealand went into the last
over at 234-6 and chasing 242 for victory. Andile Phehlukwayo's
first ball was sent for a single by Mitchell Santner, sensibly
giving Williamson the strike, and the New Zealand captain
immediately took his chance with a powerful six.
Williamson finished 106 not out
off 138 balls as New Zealand reached 245-6 in a match reduced to 49
overs each innings.
He called it "a great game of
cricket on a surface that was tough for both sides."
The win moved New Zealand atop
the standings and effectively put an end to South Africa's chances
of reaching the playoffs.
"I'm feeling five years older.
My body is really sore after that," South Africa captain Faf du
Plessis said. "We left everything out there, and that's all I can
ask for as a captain, that the guys fought."
So did Williamson, who was
brilliantly supported and occasionally overshadowed by Colin de
Grandhomme, who smashed a 47-ball 60, with five fours and two sixes.
De Grandhomme impatiently holed out to du Plessis at long-off to a
delivery from Lungi Ngidi at the start of the penultimate over — the
48th — while going for his third six.
Despite the late stress caused
by that dismissal, Williamson was keen to praise his teammate.
"The partnership and the knock
from Colin was outstanding in terms of swinging that momentum, and
he hit the ball beautifully," Williamson said.
Williamson and de Grandhomme
joined with the total at 137-5 in reply to South Africa's 241-6 off
49 overs, and their partnership was crucial in guiding New Zealand
to its fourth win of the tournament.
The Black Caps now have nine
points, one clear of top-ranked England and defending champion
Australia. At the other end of the table, South Africa is almost
certainly out of contention — in the first major shock of the 2019
edition — with only three points from six games.
The New Zealanders appeared
content with the run chase ahead of them but the wicket was trickier
than it appeared, and the chase far harder. Except for Williamson.
The Black Caps had kept an
unchanged XI from its last completed match against Afghanistan on
June 8. Fast bowler Ngidi (1-47) returned from a hamstring injury in
South Africa's only change from its nine-wicket win over Afghanistan
Williamson won everything on
Wednesday, including the toss. And while New Zealand failed to bowl
out a team for the first time at the tournament, South Africa's
total appeared too little to test the Black Caps. Yet the result was
in the balance until the end.
"Obviously, I'm extremely
disappointed. Cricket means a lot to me, and the performance of this
team means a lot to me," du Plessis said.
Hashim Amla reached a personal
landmark as the second-quickest batsman with 8,000 runs in ODIs, but
the 36-year-old opener again took his time with an 83-ball 55 before
falling to Santner's spin.
Amla shared a 50-run
second-wicket partnership with du Plessis (23) and a 52-run
third-wicket stand with Aiden Markram (38). But it was mostly slow
Rassie van der Dussen provided
some late-innings impetus with an unbeaten 67 off 64 balls, with two
fours and three sixes. David Miller scored a lively 36 from 37. The
pair shared a partnership of 72.
Miller swung and hit
intimidating quick Lockie Ferguson for a four to bring up the 200 at
the start of the 45th over and clipped the pacer away for another
boundary right after. Ferguson had the last laugh in the same over
when Miller top edged deep to Trent Boult at third man.
Boult had bowled Quinton de
Kock for 5 to win an early battle but finished on 1-63.
Ferguson did the most damage
with 3-59 while Matt Henry bowled tightly, with two maidens, ending
Martin Guptill became the first
New Zealander to be dismissed by hitting his own wicket in any
Cricket World Cup tournament, dating back as far as 1975. In the end
it didn't matter.
"There's a huge amount to learn
from this performance," Williamson said, "The experiences that you
have by being put under pressure on a number of different occasions,
whether it's with the bat or the ball, having close games in
tournaments like the World Cup are great to be a part of, especially
when you come out on the right side of things."
England beats Japan 2-0 to clinch top spot in Group D
England's Lucy Bronze, left, and Japan's Jun Endo, right, challenge
for the ball during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match
between Japan and England at the Stade de Nice in Nice, France,
Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Nice, France (AP) — For
the first time since Bryan Robson, Peter Shilton and Glenn Hoddle,
an England team finished a World Cup group stage with a 3-0 record.
Ellen White scored both goals,
and the Lionesses roared into the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory
over Japan on Wednesday night to win the group.
Phil Neville's England squad
will play a third-place team on Sunday and with a victory would
advance to a quarterfinal against Norway or Australia. The victory
over Japan came after Neville made eight changes to the starting
"Since Phil's come in he's
changed different combinations of the squad and I think that's why
this squad is so competitive and so great," White said. "We can
change the squad and show that we can play together and we've got so
many different combinations and styles and talented players and
that's really important going into a tournament that's really long.
"We can use all 23 players so
that's exciting and it's just great to have such talented players
that can perform on the biggest stage."
Japan finished second with a
1-1-1 record and will play the Netherlands or Canada in the round of
The 30-year-old White scored in
the 14th minute when she chipped the ball past goalkeeper Saki
Kumagai after being sent clear by Georgia Stanway. White's third
goal on the tournament came in the 84th minute following a
through-ball by Karen Carney.
White scored in the opening win
over Scotland, then was dropped to the bench against Argentina.
"We've just got to give him a
headache," White said with a laugh, describing all the players
pushing to start. "For us it's just about trying to perform and play
well and he's got the hard job to do."
Neville is likely to stick with
his rotation policy for Sunday's match although he admitted he might
not make as many changes.
"It depends on what team we're
playing," he said. "There are certain players who are our experts in
certain games. We need to know which team we're playing, then decide
how they play, how we're going to beat them and see the players
which fit the profile the best.
"That's what rotation is about.
It's not about throwing 23 players into a hat and pulling out 11. We
strategically plan each rotation. Sometimes if you make more than
five, you suffer in the rhythm and the flow and I think we did that
Trailing by a goal, Japan
almost scored when substitute Yuika Sugasawa volleyed narrowly past
the left post.
"We managed to get through to
the knockout stage, and the things we should do have been defined in
our past matches," Japan coach Asako Takakura said. "We need to be
very prepared for the next round."
Del Potro in doubt for Wimbledon after injury at Queen's
Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays a return to Denis Shapovalov of
Canada during the Queen’s Club tennis tournament in London,
Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
London (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro
could be in doubt for Wimbledon after withdrawing from the Queen's
Club grass-court event because of a right knee injury on Wednesday.
The 12th-ranked Del Potro beat Denis Shapovalov
7-5, 6-4 in the first round but finished the match with pain and
swelling in his right knee after slipping near the net in the eighth
game of the second set.
The Argentine player underwent tests after the
match, with organizers later confirming his withdrawal.
Wimbledon starts on July 1.
Milos Raonic, the sixth seed, returned from a
back injury to fire down 24 aces in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marco
Rain washed out the entire day's play on
Tuesday and more showers Wednesday have prevented two first-round
singles matches — Feliz Auger-Aliassime vs. Grigor Dimitrov and Nick
Kyrgios vs. Roberto Carbales Baena — from starting yet.
Thomas 'all OK' after crash, set for Tour de France
Geraint Thomas from Great Britain of
Team Ineos in action during the second stage of the 83rd Tour de
Suisse UCI ProTour cycling race, on Sunday, June 16, 2019. (Gian
Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)
Basel, Switzerland (AP) —
Geraint Thomas says he is "all OK" after crashing in the Tour de
Suisse cycling race and is optimistic about defending his Tour de
France title next month.
The British rider says in a
Twitter post he hit his head and needed stitches above his eye after
hitting the road with about 30 kilometers (18 miles) left in the
fourth stage of the nine-day race in Switzerland.
Thomas, who was forced to
withdraw from the race, says it "just means I'll need some big
training rides next week" as he prepares for the Tour de France,
which starts July 6.
Thomas rides for Team INEOS,
who lost four-time Tour champion Chris Froome to a season-ending
accident last week in the Criterium du Dauphine.
Woodland denies history with US Open title at Pebble Beach
Gary Woodland hits from the rough on the
11th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open Championship golf
tournament Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio
Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP) —
Gary Woodland denied Brooks Koepka's bold bid at history with two
clutch shots and made U.S. Open memories of his own, starting with
that silver trophy in his hands at Pebble Beach.
Woodland finished in style
Sunday. He holed a 30-foot birdie putt for a 2-under 69, giving him
the lowest 72-hole score in six U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach and a
three-shot victory over Koepka, who was going for a third straight
Koepka had to settle for a
footnote in history as the first player with all four rounds in the
60s at the U.S Open without winning. But he made Woodland earn every
bit of his first major championship.
And he did.
Clinging to a one-shot lead
with more pressure than he has ever felt, Woodland seized control by
going for the green on the par-5 14th hole with a 3-wood from 263
yards, narrowly clearing a cavernous bunker and setting up a simple
up-and-down for a two-shot lead.
Even more significant was a
shot from 90 feet.
Woodland hit the edge of the
green on the par-3 17th all the way to the right, with the pin on
the hourglass green on the other side.
Ahead on the 18th, Koepka's
3-iron went just over the back of the green, leaving him a chip for
eagle to tie, with a birdie likely to do the trick considering what
Woodland faced. Koepka chipped to just inside 10 feet and missed the
Woodland delivered again.
Unable to use putter to get it close, he perfectly clipped a pitch
over the mound, and it checked about 12 feet short of the hole and
trickled down to tap-in range.
That effectively ended the U.S.
Open. Woodland played conservatively down the 18th and made one last
birdie that only mattered in the record book. He finished at
13-under 271, one shot better than Tiger Woods' historic rout in
The difference was Woods won by
15 shots and was the only player under par. With a marine layer
blocking the sunshine, and no significant wind at Pebble Beach all
week, 31 players finished under par.
Koepka closed with a 68 for his
second runner-up in the majors this year, along with his second
straight PGA Championship title.
Justin Rose was the only one
who caught Woodland, with a birdie on the opening hole. Rose bogeyed
from the bunker on No. 2, and fell out of the race with three bogeys
in a four-hole stretch on the back nine. He shot 74 and shared third
with Xander Schauffele (67), Jon Rahm (68) and Chez Reavie (71).
Woods birdied six of his last
12 holes and was never a factor.
Tyson Fury stays unbeaten, stops Tom Schwarz late 2nd round
Tyson Fury, of England, right, and Tom Schwarz, of Germany, fight
during their heavyweight boxing match Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Las
Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Las Vegas (AP) — Tyson Fury
put on a show before, during and after his first bout in the fight
capital of the world.
The British heavyweight star
stopped Tom Schwarz with 6 seconds left in the second round Saturday
night, packing plenty of entertainment into his brief Las Vegas debut.
Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) made short
work of his previously unbeaten German opponent, battering him with a
jab before knocking him down to a knee in the second round right after
Schwarz (24-1) landed a big punch. Fury pressed ahead after the
knockdown and forced Schwarz's corner to throw in the towel before the
Fighting for the first time since
he dramatically rose from a devastating 12th-round knockdown to secure a
draw with Deontay Wilder, Fury confirmed his world-class ability
following his comeback last year from a 2 1/2-year ring absence.
"I came here to enjoy myself and
put on a show for Las Vegas," Fury said. "I hope everybody enjoyed it as
much as I did."
Although Fury already had memorable
fights in New York and Los Angeles, the Manchester native wanted
something special in Sin City, which he once vowed never to visit before
he got a fight here.
The performance by the world's
lineal heavyweight champion against an overmatched foe was just as
dominant as expected, but Fury's shenanigans before and after the bout
at the MGM Grand Garden might prove to be even more memorable.
After Schwarz ring-walked to the
mellow strains of Bob Marley, Fury appeared in red-white-and-blue gear —
including a top hat — as he stepped through a cordon of showgirls. With
a broad grin, he took the ring to James Brown's "Living in America," the
entire entrance in homage to Apollo Creed's famed fictional entrance at
the MGM Grand in "Rocky IV."
Unlike Creed, Fury survived and
And after the bout, Fury showed off
his decent singing voice in what's becoming a post-fight tradition. With
the microphone in his boxing glove, Fury serenaded his wife, Paris, with
Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
The first fight of the 30-year-old
Fury's lucrative new co-promotional deal with Top Rank was intended to
introduce his violent skills and loquacious character to ESPN's large
audience, and he did both — however briefly.
"The key tonight was to enjoy
myself," Fury said. "I used the jab. I was slipping and sliding. I
caught him with the straight left. It was a good shot. It could put
anybody away. I put on an extra 12 pounds, and I could really feel (the
After dominating the first round
with his jab, Fury switched to a southpaw stance late in the second
round, and Schwarz caught him with a shot. Fury got mad, battering
Schwarz with a combination and dropping him to a knee with a huge right
hand to the head.
Schwarz got up with a badly
bloodied face, and Fury teed off, peppering his turtling opponent with
big shots. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped it at roughly the same moment
Schwarz's corner threw the white towel into the ring.
The 6-foot-5 Schwarz is highly
ranked by the WBO, but he had never fought outside his native Germany or
the Czech Republic before Fury's camp picked him for this showcase bout.
Schwarz was aware that just two
weeks ago, Anthony Joshua was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square
Garden in one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history. Schwarz
never appeared to have a chance of pulling a similar upset — not with
the 6-foot-9 Fury towering over him and fighting in crisp form.
Fury said he plans to fight again
on Sept. 21 or Oct. 5, "and next year, we're going to hold down Deontay
Wilder and make him give me that green (WBC championship) belt."
Top Rank boss Bob Arum predicts
Fury's next bout will be Oct. 5 in New York.
"There is no heavyweight in the
world that can beat him, now that he is in shape," Arum said. "Deontay
Wilder is not going five rounds with him. We will have another fight (on
Oct. 5), then we will fight Wilder."
Fury improved to 3-0-1 since
returning from a 2 1/2-year ring absence while he battled substance
abuse, depression, enormous weight gain and suicidal thoughts. Fury's
life fell apart after he won multiple title belts with his stunning
victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but he has put it back together
with bigger goals in mind.
With a gentler public persona and a
commitment to opening dialogue about mental health issues, Fury's
redemption has rekindled the interest of many boxing fans turned off by
his past homophobic and sexist statements.
Although Fury had to relinquish his
titles during his ring absence, he is still the heavyweight division's
lineal champion as the man who beat Klitschko.
Sorry PM: Pakistan's World Cup losing run vs India hits 7
captain Virat Kohli, right, plays a shot under the watch of Pakistan's
captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during the Cricket World Cup match between India
and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, June 16,
2019. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
Manchester, England (AP) —
Imran Khan won a Cricket World Cup for Pakistan long before he won an
election to be prime minister.
The PM had a few ideas on how
Pakistan might end its run of six World Cup losses to archrival India,
so he sent a few thoughts via social media for the team.
The main advice from the 1992 World
Cup-winning captain ahead of Sunday's game: bat first if you win the
toss; pick specialist batters and specialist bowlers.
— Pakistan won the toss and sent
India in to bat at Old Trafford. It wasn't an unreasonable decision
considering the cool, overcast conditions, the fact it had rained
heavily the previous day and the likelihood further bad weather would
trigger the revised run-rate scenarios which tend to favor the chasing
— Pakistan dropped a specialist
batsman and a specialist bowler and recalled two all-rounders. The aim
was to add depth to the spin attack on a wicket that takes turn.
The result? Loss No. 7.
"Today's match was a disaster for
us, but I'm confident we can bounce back from this," Pakistan captain
Sarfaraz Ahmed said, in comments translated from Urdu.
Pakistan has so far had matches in
this tournament against all the other previous champions, losing to West
Indies, Australia and India and having to share the points in a washout
against Sri Lanka.
The one win to date was against
top-ranked England, the pre-tournament favorite. The next game is South
Africa, which also has three points. Lose that and there's no chance
they can reach the semifinals.
Sarfaraz faced questions about team
selection and the body language of the players but said the 89-run loss,
based on a revised target after the rain-interrupted game, was the
result of his team not capitalizing on its chances.
Rohit Sharma scored 140 from 113
balls, but was in his 30s when he should have been run out. Fakhar Zaman
threw to the wrong end from midwicket after KL Rahul had turned his
batting partner back instead of taking a second run and Sharma was well
out of his ground.
"We had two lapses. We had chances
we didn't take," Sarfaraz said. "If we'd taken those chances it could
have been different — we would have been in a better position."
Left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir took
3-47 after India's flying start, but the 2011 World Cup winners still
posted 336-5, a record total for a one-day international at Old
Trafford. Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq with the total at 13,
recovered with a 104-run stand between Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam
(48), but fell behind a competitive strike-rate and lost steam when
Kuldeep Yadav took both their wickets.
Pakistan went to a rain delay in
the 35th over at 166-6, and was set a revised target of 302 from 40
overs to win — a near-impossible 136 from five overs.
They never got close.
Sarfaraz said India was just
playing better cricket at the moment than Pakistan, which lost the first
World Cup encounter between the two countries in 1992 but still captured
the title that year.
He also defended the decision to
bowl first, which backfired when Sharma shared partnerships of 136 with
KL Rahul and 98 with Virat Kohli for the first two wickets.
"I think we won a good toss — we
just didn't capitalize," he said. "When we saw the pitch, a little bit
of moisture on the pitch, we used the conditions. I think we didn't hit
the right areas ... while they played really well through that."
Pakistan still has matches to play
against South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
"Yes, we haven't played good
cricket today, but we're looking forward to the remaining four matches,"
Sarfaraz said. "Our target is to win the next four matches."
Alonso leads Toyota to victory at 24 Hours Le Mans race
TS050 Hybrid No8 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Team driven by Sebastien Buemi
of Switzerland, Kazuki Nakajima of Japan and Fernando Alonso of Spain
celebrates with their fans as they win the 87th 24-hour Le Mans endurance
race, in Le Mans, western France, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/David
Le Mans, France (AP) — Fernando
Alonso won the 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race for the second straight year
after the Toyota Gazoo team's other car came unstuck on Sunday.
It was the two-time Formula One
champion's last race in the World Endurance Championship, and also sealed
the WEC title. Alonso and his co-drivers Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki
Nakajima, who took the checkered flag, had luck on their side in securing
With about one hour left, the Toyota
No. 7 car driven by José María López had to pit for a tire change when
comfortably leading. The driver was not sure whether it was a sensor or a
suspected puncture, but his enforced stop effectively handed the race lead
to Alonso's No. 8 car.
It was an identical result to last year
with the No. 7 car — again featuring Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway —
Although Toyota secured another 1-2,
questions will be asked within the team about how No. 7 lost the race.
Buemi and Nakajima must have felt for
them, too, having lost the 2016 race on the final lap after a mechanical
"We really have the impression we
didn't deserve the win. Unfortunately they punctured right near the end,"
Buemi told broadcaster Eurosport. "We're well placed to know how it feels
because of what happened to us in 2016. We deserved the world title after
all the work we've done this year, but the No. 7 deserved the win today."
Alonso echoed that.
"They really deserved the victory," he
said. "Luck is a very important part of motorsport."
He should know after his McLaren team
failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 following a calamitous series of
The 37-year-old Spaniard still needs to
win the Indianapolis 500 in order to match British driver Graham Hill's feat
of completing the Triple Crown: winning Le Mans, the Monaco Grand Prix and
the Indy 500. He has won Monaco and Le Mans twice, both of them back to
A total of 252,500 spectators attended
the 87th edition of Le Mans, which was first held in 1923.
It was another frustrating result for
Kobayashi, who drove four full seasons in F1 with one podium finish.
Kobayashi was hit by a gear box failure
overnight while comfortably leading the 2017 race and had to abandon.
On Saturday, he secured pole position
in about 3 minutes, 15 seconds on the 13.6-kilometer (8.43-mile) track in
Kobayashi's No. 7 car then led the
first seven hours of the race, before Alonso's No. 8 briefly took the lead
in the next hour.
Although No. 8 re-took the lead in the
11th hour, No. 7 quickly regained it and looked to have held it all the way.
Until the late incident undid 23 hours
of hard toil.
The Toyota team quickly tweeted:
"Dramatic and unexpected end to the race, but it's a TOYOTA one-two
nonetheless. We feel so sorry for our #7 crew, but big congratulations to
our new @FIAWEC World Champions and two-time Le Mans winners."
Two people familiar to Alonso finished
in third place in the No. 11 SMP Racing car.
One was Stoffel Vandoorne — his former
F1 teammate at McLaren — and the other Vitaly Petrov.
In the deciding race of the 2010 F1
championship, Alonso had a very good chance to seal a third world title.
But despite starting third, his Ferrari
got stuck behind Petrov's Renault at the Abu Dhabi GP and he ended the race
in seventh spot. It cost him dearly, as he finished second in the title race
— only four points behind Sebastian Vettel.
This time, the luck went Alonso's way
as he celebrated becoming a double world champion across two motorsports.
He still found time to commiserate with
Kobayashi, giving him a long hug.
Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1
Louis Blues' Zach Sanford (12) celebrates his goal with teammates behind
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period in
Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in
Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly
scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped
32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to lead
the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their
first NHL championship.
Alex Pietrangelo added a goal and
an assist and Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford also scored for St. Louis.
The Blues woke up on New Year's morning with the worst record in the
league but won 30 of their final 49 regular-season games and soared
through the playoffs to reach the final for the first time since 1970.
Coach Craig Berube, who took over
when Mike Yeo was fired in November, is the fourth coach in the past 11
years hired in midseason to lead his team to the NHL title.
Matt Grzelcyk scored the Bruins'
only goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 16 shots for Boston.
Boston outshot St. Louis 33-20, but
the Blues went ahead at the end of the first period on goals from Reilly
and Pietrangelo about three minutes apart. The second period was
scoreless, then Schenn put it out of reach with 8:35 to play and Sanford
made it 4-0 before the Bruins spoiled Binnington's bid for a shutout.
St. Louis can stop singing the
It's time to play Gloria.
Returning to the site of their last
appearance in the final, which ended when Bobby Orr sailed through the
air after scoring the Cup winner, the Blues won for the third time in
Boston this series and an NHL record-tying 10th time in the postseason.
O'Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy
as the MVP of the postseason. He is the first player since Wayne Gretzky
to score in four consecutive Stanley Cup Final games.
Not so surprising with Gretzky, who
is the NHL's leading regular-season and playoff scorer, but O'Reilly had
just three goals in his first 22 postseason games.
Boston will have to console itself
with the two major sports championships it has already won in the past
year, or the dozen trophies that have been chauffeured through Boston in
a parade of the city's iconic, amphibious Duck Boats. Three of them have
come at St. Louis' expense.
The Bruins tried to harness all the
local karma they could.
Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman
and Julian Edelman waved a banner before the game while wearing David
Ortiz jerseys; the Red Sox slugger is recuperating just a mile or so
away from an assassination attempt in his native Dominican Republic.
Retired Red Sox pitcher Curt
Schilling also was in the crowd, wearing his World Series ring and a
Bruins jersey. Portable party Rob Gronkowski also made an appearance on
the video board.
And the Bruins responded,
dominating for long stretches of time except in the way that mattered
The Blues had just one shot on goal
heading into the final minutes of the first period, but they scored
first when O'Reilly deflected a shot from Jay Bouwmeester into the net.
Then with just 8 seconds left in the period and Bruins forward Brad
Marchand tentative on a line change, Pietrangelo beat Rask to make it
Bouwmeester played in 1,184
regular-season games — the third most among active players who had not
gotten their names etched on the Stanley Cup.
Froome crashes in training, will miss Tour de France
this Wednesday July 25, 2018 file photo, Britain's Chris Froome, right,
and teammate Geraint Thomas climb Montee de Peyragudes pass during the
seventeenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. (AP Photo/Christophe
Roanne, France (AP) —
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will miss this year's
race after a "bad crash" in training on Wednesday.
Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford
said Froome sustained a suspected fractured femur in a 60 kph (40 mph)
The British rider was being
airlifted to a hospital, Brailsford said at the Criterium du Dauphine
race in southeastern France.
Froome was practicing on the route
of the 26-kilometer (16-mile) fourth stage of the eight-day Dauphine
race, which would have been the 34-year-old rider's first time-trial
test this season.
Brailsford said Froome was riding
in gusty winds and seemed to lose control of his front wheel when trying
to clear his nose.
Froome received treatment quickly
from medical staff with a race ambulance that was near the scene of the
crash, Brailsford said.
Seeking a fourth win in the key
preparation race, Froome was eighth in the Dauphine standings, 24
seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns of Belgium. Froome won the Dauphine
before his Tour wins in 2013, '15 and '16. He also won the 2017 Tour.
The three-week Tour de France
starts on July 6. Long-time Froome teammate Geraint Thomas is the
Warner's century helps Australia beat Pakistan at World Cup
Australia's David Warner celebrates his century during the Cricket World Cup
group stage match against Pakistan at the County Ground Taunton, England,
Wednesday June 12, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Taunton, England (AP) — David
Warner erased any lingering doubt about his batting since his comeback from
a 12-month ban with an almost run-a-ball century to help Australia hold off
Pakistan by 41 runs at the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.
Warner wasn't exactly back to his best,
but he still reached his first hundred for Australia since 2017 from 102
balls, stroking 11 boundaries and a six in the process.
"To come out here, play the way I know
I can play, was awesome — I was elated," Warner said. "It was a bit of
relief in a way, but I still think I left a lot out there."
Warner launched the innings with a
146-run opening stand with skipper Aaron Finch (82) that set the foundation
for a big total at Somerset's County Ground, although Australia's last six
wickets fell for 30 as Pakistan rallied to restrict the total to 307.
Left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir led the
Pakistan attack and completed a career-best haul of 5-30 to end Australia's
innings in the 49th over.
Pakistan lost its first wicket in the
third over to Pat Cummins (3-33) but kept the run chase tense with a series
of batting contributions until skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (40) was run out to
end the innings at 266.
"If you take a positive in this match,
definitely Mohammad bowled really well," Sarfaraz said. "And after that,
Wahab Riaz played really well."
But, "Definitely I think fielding —
fielding is not up to the mark."
Imam-ul-Haq shared partnerships of 54
with Babar Azam (30), and 80 with Mohammad Hafeez (48) until he was caught
behind off Cummins in the 26th over for 53.
Pakistan had a slide of 3-11 and its
hopes appeared to fade at 147-5 when Hafeez was caught on the deep midwicket
boundary to a rank full toss from part-timer Finch, bowling slow left-arm
orthodox, and Shoaib Malik was caught behind.
But a 15-ball 32 from Hasan Ali and the
64-run eighth-wicket partnership between Sarfaraz and Wahab Riaz kept
Pakistan right in the chase.
Wahab's 45 from 39 balls ended in a
caught-behind decision given only after Australia reviewed the initial not
out call because wicketkeeper Alex Carey was convinced Mitch Starc (2-43)
got a thin edge.
The keeper proved correct, and Starc
picked up another wicket two balls later as the last three wickets fell for
three runs in eight balls.
Until then, it was all about Warner.
When he edged between wicketkeeper and
slip for a boundary to reach triple figures he ran up the pitch before
punching the air to celebrate his 15th ODI century — and his first in any
format for Australia since a test against England in December 2017.
He was rubbed out of the representative
game for 12 months for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa
in March last year that rocked Australian cricket.
Warner was booed by the crowd in each
of his previous appearances at the World Cup, and was under scrutiny from
critics despite scoring runs because his unbeaten 89 against Afghanistan and
56 against India came at an uncharacteristically slow strike rate.
He was only jeered by the heavily
pro-Pakistan crowd on Wednesday when he was dropped cold by Asif Ali at
third man on 104, but that was more likely frustration at yet another
fielding error from the Pakistani team.
His innings ended with Australia at
242-4 in the 38th over, when he miscued Shaheen Afridi (2-70) to Imam at
Apart from Warner and Finch, nobody in
the Australia lineup scored more than Shaun Marsh's 23 as Amir troubled the
batsmen with his movement off the seam.
The strike-rate seemed to be the only
question over Warner's form and mental state, and he responded the best way
"Personally, it's a great thing. It
obviously was a long time coming," he said. "I'm just grateful for this
opportunity and ... I'm just really looking forward to what's coming ahead
of us in the World Cup. Pumped to be back, and the boys are on fire here."
After back-to-back washouts on Days 12
and 13 of the tournament, there were no interruptions for rain at Taunton as
Australia extended its ODI winning streak against Pakistan to nine, and
improved to 3-1 from four games at the World Cup.
Sarfaraz said he had confidence his
lineup could regroup quickly for Sunday's game against archrival India.
France beats Norway 2-1 to remain undefeated in World Cup
France's Eugenie Le Sommer celebrates after scoring her side's second
goal during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between France
and Norway in Nice, France, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude
Nice, France (AP) — Eugenie Le Sommer scored
the winning goal from the penalty spot to lift host nation France to a
2-1 win over Norway at the Women's World Cup on Wednesday.
Then she had a special embrace for one of her
France defender Wendie Renard almost cost France
the game when she turned the ball into her own net to even the match at
Le Sommer came to the rescue and moved France to
2-0 in this tournament when she scored the winner in the 72nd minute. A
relieved Renard was one of the first players to celebrate with Le Sommer.
"I knew it was hard for her," Le Sommer said. "I
know Wendie well, and I know how much she can give us. She came up to me
completely naturally and thanked me and I just said 'No.'"
"In the first match she scored two goals. What's
most important is the group. I'm happy also for her that her mistake was
Neither goalkeeper was really tested in an
entertaining first half, but France took the lead immediately after the
break when Valerie Gauvin tapped in Amel Majri's cross. Gauvin had been
benched at the start of France's opening 4-0 win over South Korea,
reportedly because she was late to training.
Norway tied it eight minutes later when Renard
knocked Isabell Herlovsen's low cross into her own net.
Renard, considered one of the best defenders in the
world, appeared to be in tears as she raised her face to the sky in
"I made a huge, huge mistake but we showed our
character," Renard said. "Amel was speaking to me but I couldn't really
understand what she was saying. So to be safe I went to put it out for a
corner but it ended up in the back of the net.
"It could have ruined the night, it could have put
us in difficulty mentally but we really showed that we are ready, that
we are strong."
Video review was used on Le Sommer's game-winning
goal, which stood because a penalty was awarded after a high tackle by
Ingrid Syrstad Engen on Marion Torrent.
"I saw the replays from afar and for me there was a
contact that deserved the penalty," Le Sommer said. "If it was against
us, well I don't know. ... I think the referee made the right decision.
In the first match the VAR took away a goal from us, in this match it
helped us get one, but what was most important was to win this match and
the VAR maybe helped us, but we have to get used to this now in
France is three points ahead of Norway in Group A.
Nigeria was also three points behind France, which is vying to become
the first nation to hold both the men's and women's World Cup titles at
the same time.
"It was a battle for top spot, even though we can't
denigrate the last match against Nigeria," Le Sommer said. "It was a
very important victory today for our preparation for the rest of the
Norway, which won the competition in 1995, is
playing without Ada Hegerberg. The 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner stepped
down from the national team because of what she says are differences in
the way the federation treats the men's and women's teams.
"We lost the match but I thought we were equal with
the French," Norway coach Martin Sjogren said. "We knew that we were
going to face a very good opponent and we had a good plan. I wasn't
surprised by the French team — we knew they were going to be athletic
with fast players and speed — but we played well and I'm very proud of
how my players performed out there.
"In my book, I think we deserved a 1-1."
Netherlands beat England 3-1 to reach Nations League final
Netherlands' Matthijs de Ligt, top right, scores his side's opening goal
during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between
Netherlands and England at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes,
Portugal, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Guimaraes, Portugal (AP) —
Another semifinal loss, another missed chance for England to end their
The Netherlands took advantage of
two sloppy defensive mistakes by England in extra time to earn a 3-1 win
in the semifinals of the Nations League on Thursday, extending England's
run of more than five decades without a trophy.
An own goal by Kyle Walker gave the
Dutch the lead after John Stones gave the ball away in the first half of
extra time, and Ross Barkley then misplayed a back pass to gift the
Netherlands a third goal in the 114th minute.
"Throughout the game we made too
many mistakes in our third of the pitch," England coach Gareth Southgate
said. "Partly that was a consequence of their pressure but partly that
was errors by us. The last two goals were really difficult errors to
The Dutch will play the final of
UEFA's newest competition against hosts Portugal in Porto on Sunday,
when they will try to lift their first trophy since the 1988 European
The Netherlands had failed to
qualify for both the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup.
England, who were seeking a first
title since the 1966 World Cup, will play Switzerland in the third-place
game in Guimaraes, also on Sunday.
England have lost the last four
competitive semifinals, including in the World Cup last year, at the
1996 European Championship and in the 1990 World Cup.
"It was tough to take in the end
because you get to another semifinal and it should be a positive, and of
course you leave even more deflated," Southgate said. "But I have to
look at the bigger picture and what these players have given me."
England arrived for the Nations
League as one of the favorites after a fourth-place finish at the World
Cup and a series of good results since then, including wins over Spain
and World Cup runners-up Croatia.
The Netherlands made it to the
Final Four by eliminating the last two World Cup winners — France and
"(This win) is a sign we're growing
stronger and stronger," said coach Ronald Koeman, who was still playing
when the Dutch won the Euros in 1988. "This win will help us improve
even more. We don't stop after tonight."
England took the lead in the first
half through a penalty by Marcus Rashford after he was brought down by
center back Matthijs de Ligt, but the Dutch defender made amends by
heading in the equalizer in the 73rd.
England thought they had scored a
winner in the 83rd but a video review determined that Jesse Lingard was
just offside before he scored from inside the area.
The Netherlands went ahead in the
seventh minute of extra time after Stones gave the ball away to Memphis
Depay inside his own area. The Dutch forward's shot was stopped by a
great save by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but on the rebound Quincy
Promes got to the ball first and his strike deflected off Walker and
into the net.
Promes added the third goal after
another defensive blunder by England, this time by Barkley, whose short
pass went straight to an opponent inside the area.
Southgate didn't start any of the
players who last week were in the Champions League final in Madrid,
including Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and Tottenham's Harry Kane.
Koeman used Liverpool duo Virgil
van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum from the start.
Kane entered the match at halftime
to replace Rashford, who hobbled after getting injured near the end of
the first half.
UEFA created the Nations League
this season to give national teams more meaningful games and reduce the
number of friendlies. Despite some criticism at first, especially by the
clubs, the competition produced some exciting games and gave more
nations the chance of playing in competitive environments.
Australia recover to beat West Indies at Cricket World Cup
Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile plays a shot during the Cricket World
Cup match between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge in
Nottingham, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Nottingham, England (AP) —
Stuttering at 38-4 and getting roughed up by West Indies' pacemen at the
Cricket World Cup, Australia were facing yet another painful Trent
Nathan Coulter-Nile and Mitchell
Starc came to the rescue.
Coulter-Nile stroked a career-best
92 off 60 balls — the highest score by a batsman at No. 8 or lower in
the tournament's history — to help lift the Australians from a perilous
position to 288 all out. Starc then snared the first five-wicket haul of
this World Cup to seal a 15-run win for the defending champions.
Starc had 5-46, including a late
burst of 4-2 in 11 balls across two spells, as West Indies were
restricted to 273-9 despite half-centuries by Shai Hope (68) and captain
Jason Holder (51).
Australia made it two wins from two
matches, after a seven-wicket win over Afghanistan, to join New Zealand
on four points. It was the Windies' first loss.
The victory enabled the Australians
to exorcise some awful memories at the Nottingham venue, having conceded
a one-day international world-record 481 here to England last year and
also been knocked over for 60 in a test match innings in 2015.
Coulter-Nile's salvo came out of
nowhere, his previous best ODI score being 34. Indeed, he had only
reached double-figures five times in his 28 previous ODIs and his
highest first-class score in any format was 74.
"The only time I looked up and
thought 'jeez' was when I was on about 90," said Coulter-Nile, who
revealed he broke his bat during his innings.
He dominated the partnership of 102
runs with Steve Smith, who was much the steadier in his 103-ball 73, and
hit four lusty sixes as well as eight boundaries.
Smith, who was lightly booed onto
and off the field for his part in the Australian ball-tampering scandal
of last year in South Africa, anchored Australia's recovery from 38-4
and 79-5. At one stage, Australia seemed set to slump to their lowest
total at a World Cup, beating 129 against India at Chelmsford in 1983.
"Definitely missed an opportunity,"
West Indies captain Jason Holder said. "It's a bit disappointing to be
losing a game like that when we're in full control."
Faced with aggressive and
short-pitched bowling, Australia became the first team this tournament
to lose four wickets in the opening power play with Sheldon Cottrell
standing out for more than one reason. He dismissed David Warner (3) and
Glenn Maxwell (0), celebrating his wickets with a military-style salute
— a nod to his army background.
The salute came out again toward
the end of the innings when he produced a catch that rivals Ben Stokes'
opening-day take on the boundary against South Africa as the best of the
tournament. Snaring Smith with a one-handed catch just inside the
boundary at deep-backward square leg, Cottrell tossed the ball in the
air as he weaved outside and back inside the boundary rope before
collecting the ball again.
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey, who shared
a 68-run stand with Smith, also weighed in with a crucial 45.
Pacemen accounted for all 10
wickets, just like when West Indies bounced out Pakistan for 105 last
week in a seven-wicket win here in Nottingham. They were just as
aggressive as six days ago — Oshane Thomas' roughed up Uswan Khawaja,
smacking him in the grille with one ball — but not as precise. They sent
down a total of 24 wides, five coming off Thomas' first ball.
"It was fast, aggressive stuff, up
around the nose of the batsman," Starc said. "It's not fun to bat
against them. I much prefer dishing it out."
Mainly thanks to Starc, wickets
fell regularly in the Windies' chase — the biggest stand was 68 between
Hope and Nicholas Pooran (40). They also had to deal with some poor
calls from the umpires, four of which were overturned on review.
Veteran opener Chris Gayle was
given two of the reprieves by DRS, both when on 5, before his typically
chaotic innings was finally ended by Starc on 21. But not before he
passed 1,000 World Cup runs.
"I don't know if I'll be fined for
saying it but I just think that the umpiring was a bit frustrating,"
said Windies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite, who spoke of "dodgy"
decisions against Gayle. "It was frustrating and sent ripples through
the dressing room."
Hope, the Windies' in-form batsman,
was defiant more than fluent in reaching his 11th ODI half-century and
his departure — when he lofted a slower ball from Pat Cummins to Khawaja
at mid-on — left his team on 190-5.
Holder then successfully reviewed
two lbw decisions and Andre Russell, the MVP in this year's IPL, chipped
in with an explosive 11-ball 15 that included a 103-meter six.
Starc dismissed both of them, and
also took the final two wickets of the innings in a burst that proved
just as important as Coulter-Nile's knock in Australia's innings.
The left-arm paceman was the player
of the tournament at the last World Cup, won by the Australians on home
"Having that experience from four
years ago probably plays a part," he said.
Djokovic has tennis history within grasp at the French Open
Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a shot against Germany's Alexander
Zverev during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis
tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, June 6,
2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Paris (AP) — Sure, Novak
Djokovic wants to win each match he plays. And, yes, he wants to come
through at key moments, such as when he got broken early in his French
Open quarterfinal and was in danger of dropping a set for the first time
in the tournament.
What matters most to Djokovic,
though, is the big picture. And so he's excited to be two victories away
from doing something only one other man, Rod Laver, ever has in tennis:
holding all four major titles at once on two separate occasions.
"The longer I play or the further I
go, I guess, in my career, the sense of history-making is only getting
stronger. That's one of the greatest motivations I have, obviously,"
Djokovic said after a methodical 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 dismantling of Alexander
Zverev on Thursday.
Djokovic already won four straight
majors in 2015-16. And since his shocking loss to unheralded Italian
player Marco Cecchinato in the quarterfinals last year at Roland Garros,
Djokovic has compiled a 26-0 record at the Grand Slams, winning
Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open along the way.
"There is no better way to make
history of the sport than to win Slams and play your best in the biggest
events," Djokovic said. "Those are the pinnacle achievements that you
can have in our sport."
Due to Wednesday's washout,
Djokovic will be back on the court without a day's rest for Friday's
semifinals against Dominic Thiem.
Thiem, last year's runner-up,
rolled past 10th-seeded Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 .
In the other semifinal, 11-time
French Open champion Rafael Nadal renews his rivalry with Roger Federer.
It's the first time since 2011 that
all top four seeds have reached the semifinals in Paris.
Even if Djokovic raises another
trophy come Sunday, however, Laver will remain the only man to have won
all four Grand Slams in the same calendar year twice, in 1962 and 1969.
Yet even Laver is awed by what
Djokovic is accomplishing.
"I marvel at someone like Novak
with his ability and his consistency," Laver said. "When you look at the
way he plays the game, he doesn't go bang, bang, bang, ace, volleys. He
wins every individual point from the baseline."
With so much physical exertion,
there was a moment against Zverev when Djokovic appeared out of breath
after sending a backhand wide to give the fifth-seeded German a break
and a chance to serve out the opening set.
But Djokovic found his second wind,
started pushing Zverev back and forth to the corners like a windshield
wiper, broke right back and reeled off five straight games to take the
set and a 3-0 lead in the second.
"(I) really thought that the first
set should have gone my way," Zverev said. "Once he's in control, he's
very tough to beat. He's world No. 1 for a reason."
Norman clocks world-leading time in 200 meters in Rome
Michael Norman, second from right, wins the men's 200 meters event
at the Golden Gala Pietro Mennea track and field meeting in Rome,
Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Rome (AP) — Michael Norman
clocked a world-leading time in the men's 200 meters to edge out fellow
American Noah Lyles at the Golden Gala meet on Thursday.
Norman's time of 19.70 seconds was
also a meet record at the Diamond League event and a personal best for
the 21-year-old, who was just two hundredths of a second ahead of Lyles.
"I am really happy with the time,
there was a good flow, it was amazing," Norman said. "I changed a few
things race pattern-wise. I was a lot stronger today and I tried to hold
the composure ... I am just happy now if I am progressing like this."
Norman and Lyles, who is also 21,
have established themselves as two of the most exciting sprint talents
in the world.
"This race didn't really go as
expected, winning is what is always expected, but I ran faster than in
the last race so I can feel great things will happen," Lyles said.
Alex Quinonez of Ecuador was third
In the women's 100 meters, double
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica also ran the fastest time of
the year as she came from behind to beat triple European champion Dina
Asher-Smith in 10.89.
The British athlete was 0.05
seconds behind Thompson. Aleia Hobbs of the United States was third in
There were also world-leading times
in the men's 800 and 5,000 and the women's 1,500.
A photo decision was needed to
conclude that Donavan Brazier of the U.S. had beaten Nijel Amos with a
time of 1:43.63 in the 800. Amos appeared to run out of steam as they
approached the line and Brazier surged ahead to win by two hundredths of
Brandon McBride of Canada was third
Telahun Haile Bekele also came from
behind to edge out fellow Ethiopian Selemon Barega in the 5,000 with a
personal best of 12:52.98.
Barega finished in 12:53.04, with
compatriot Hagos Gebrhiwet third in 12:54.92.
In the women's 1,500, world
record-holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia eased home in a world-leading
3:56.28 to beat Britain's European champion Laura Muir and compatriot
Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad
ran 53.67 in the women's 400 hurdles to beat fellow American Shamier
Little by 0.73 and Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic by 1.15.
Sergey Shubenkov, who won the
Diamond Trophy in 2018 and 2017, edged out Andrew Pozzi and Antonio
Alkala in the men's 110 hurdles. The three were separated by just four
hundredths of a second.
In the women's 400, Salwa Eid Naser
again proved she is the one to beat as she outpaced Shericka Jackson and
Stephenie Ann McPherson to clinch her 14th win in her past 15 races at
In the field events, Angelica
Bengtsson sprung a big surprise as she won the women's pole vault,
clearing 4.76 meters at her final attempt to set a new Swedish record.
Olympic silver medalist Sandi
Morris of the United States was second on 4.66, along with third-place
Robeilys Peinado of Ecuador.
There was also a PB in the women's
long jump as European champion Malaika Mihambo of Germany beat Olympic
triple jump champion Caterine Ibarguen and 2012 Olympic champion
Brittney Reese with a world-leading 7.07 meters.
Bogdan Bondarenko equaled the best
height of this year as the Ukrainian cleared 2.31 to win the high jump.
Other winners on the night were:
Omar Craddock of the U.S. in the men's triple jump; Lyu Huihui in the
women's javelin; and Konrad Bukowiecki, who set a meet record and a
personal best of 21.97 in the men's shot put.
Ronaldo's hat trick sends Portugal into Nations League final
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
after scoring his side's opening goal during the UEFA Nations League
semifinal soccer match between Portugal and Switzerland at the Dragao
stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando
Porto, Portugal (AP) — On a night when
Portugal unveiled their newest star, it was the same old Cristiano
Ronaldo who came through for the national team again.
Teenager Joao Felix, who has been called Ronaldo's
successor, made his international debut on Wednesday, but it was Ronaldo
who scored the hat trick that gave Portugal a 3-1 win over Switzerland
and a spot in the final of the inaugural Nations League.
"Clearly these were three very important goals,
beautiful goals," Ronaldo said. "But the most important is that we won
and that the team have qualified for the final, which was our
While the 19-year-old Felix wasn't much of a
factor, Ronaldo proved decisive again, converting a first-half free kick
and netting two late goals that gave the hosts a chance of winning
UEFA's newest competition.
"It's one of those things you don't have enough
adjectives to describe," Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. "He's a
Portugal and Ronaldo will play either the
Netherlands or England, who meet in the other semifinal on Thursday in
Guimaraes. Switzerland will face that game's loser in the third-place
game, also on Sunday.
"The objective was to get through," Ronaldo said.
"Whoever we face now will be difficult. Both the Netherlands and England
are excellent teams and either will present great opposition."
Ronaldo's late double also helped erase the
controversy surrounding Switzerland's second-half equalizer by Ricardo
Rodriguez. It came from a highly disputed penalty kick that was awarded
after a video review, and which nullified a penalty that had been given
to Portugal as play continued.
Portugal will be seeking their second international
title after winning the 2016 European Championship with a team led by
The star forward put Portugal ahead at the Estadio
do Dragao with a well-taken free kick in the 25th minute. His shot
dropped quickly after going over the wall, catching Swiss goalkeeper
Yann Sommer flat-footed.
When the game seemed headed to extra time, Ronaldo
came through to put the hosts ahead again. He scored with a shot from
inside the area after a nice pass by Bernardo Silva in the 88th, then
completed his sixth international hat trick in the 90th, entering the
area with the ball and cutting back inside before firing a shot into the
far corner. It was his 88th goal for Portugal in 157 internationals.
"They have this 'cherry on top,'" Switzerland coach
Vladimir Petkovic said about Ronaldo. "And he really made the
Ronaldo had taken time off from the national team
after last year's World Cup and hadn't yet played in the Nations League.
It was only his third match with Portugal this year after returning to
the squad for European Championship qualifiers.
Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that a lawsuit
by a Nevada woman accusing Ronaldo of raping her in 2009 was moved from
state to federal court in the United States, but the claims against him
stood. The player has denied wrongdoing.
Felix wasn't on the field when Ronaldo came through
with the late-game heroics. He had been substituted in the 70th.
"It was an incredible feeling to be with the main
national team for the first time," Felix said. "And we won the match,
which is what matters."
The Benfica forward, who has been attracting the
attention of some top clubs in Europe, had a golden chance to score his
first goal with Portugal just before halftime, but he couldn't get a
clean shot off after receiving a pass inside the area with only the
goalkeeper to beat.
German referee Felix Brych didn't initially award
the penalty for Switzerland after Steven Zuber was touched by Nelson
Semedo inside the area, and as play continued he instead called one for
Portugal when Silva was fouled in the other box.
After a long delay, Brych went to the VAR cabin and
reversed the non-call for the first penalty, allowing Rodriguez to
convert the spot kick in the 57th to even the score.
"I've never seen anything like that," Petkovic
said. "It was a bit strange because the penalty wasn't that clear. The
way it was handled wasn't entirely clear."
Portugal loudly complained as the contact between
Semedo and Zuber appeared to be incidental.
Brych was also involved in a controversial penalty
call in the match between Switzerland and Serbia at the World Cup last
It was the first time the VAR was used in a UEFA
competition between national teams.
India open with win, extend South Africa's World Cup woes
India's Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of South Africa's
Hashim Amla during the Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and
India at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, Wednesday, June 5,
2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Southampton, England (AP) —
An opening victory for India has South Africa's Cricket World Cup
campaign teetering on the edge.
Rohit Sharma made the most of an
early reprieve to post an unbeaten 122 and guide India to a six-wicket
win over an injury-depleted South Africa on Wednesday, when tight
bowling dominated a low-scoring group game at the Rose Bowl.
Sharma's let off came in the second
over — Kagiso Rabada's first — when he fended at a short ball which
brushed his glove and carried to second slip, but South Africa skipper
Faf du Plessis wasn't able to grab it.
He recovered steadily and carried
his bat, reaching 100 from 128 balls, before India surpassed the victory
target of 228 with 15 balls to spare, consigning South Africa to a third
It's likely South Africa will have
to win their remaining six league games to maintain a chance of reaching
India skipper Virat Kohli credited
a bowling attack inspired by paceman Jasprit Bumrah with setting the
early tone with important wickets, and praised Sharma for guiding the
2011 champions in the chase and producing an innings he considered the
opening batsman's best in one-day international career.
"In my opinion this is by far his
best ODI innings because of the kind of pressure the first game brings
from a World Cup point of view," Kohli said. "He was very composed, he
was very — he's played so many games, we expect a lot of maturity.
"He played the perfect innings for
that kind of a situation on that kind of a wicket against a bowling
attack that was threatening to pick up wickets at any stage."
India had to wait until day seven
of the tournament for their opening game, and Bumrah didn't waste time
getting things going when he dismissed both openers to have South Africa
struggling at 24-2.
After Bumrah took the first two
wickets by generating good pace and significant seam movement, wrist
spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared 4-51. That started a pair in the 20th
over that finished with the key wicket of du Plessis (38), who'd been
hit on the right glove hard in the opening overs.
Kohli said Bumrah was in such a
rich vein of form the batsmen were "literally clueless against him."
Chris Morris chipped in with 42,
Andile Phehlukwayo scored 34, and Rabada finished unbeaten on 31 as
South Africa's allrounders contributed in a total of 227-9 that
initially seemed well below par in mild but slightly overcast conditions
on a pitch showing no signs of wear.
But South Africa's attack, missing
veteran Dale Steyn (ruled out of the tournament) and Lungo Ngidi
(hamstring injury), made India's strong batting lineup work.
Rabada bowled with pace and
aggression early and, after missing out on Sharma's wicket, had Shikhar
Dhawan (8) caught behind with the total at 13.
He then greeted India skipper Virat
Kohli with a bumper and had figures of 1-3 after three overs, before
Sharma hit him out of the attack with a six and two boundaries in his
Kohli went to the crease aiming to
extend a sequence of centuries — he opened the 2011 and '15 World Cups
with hundreds — but the India captain was out for 18 when he chased a
ball from Phehlukwayo and fell to an athletic, tumbling caught behind by
Quinton de Kock.
Rabada came back to have KL Rahul
(26) caught by du Plessis and returned 2-39 from 10 overs. He should
have finally had Sharma's wicket in his ninth over, but David Miller
dropped a sitter at cover when the Indian opener was 107 in a missed
opportunity that summed up South Africa's day.
Chris Morris got a consolation
wicket late, tumbling over the stumps at the non-striker's end when he
took a skied, return catch to dismiss MS Dhoni (34) to make the total
213-4. Otherwise, it was a long day with few rewards for the South
India next play defending champions
Australia at the Oval on Sunday, and South Africa remain in Southampton
to face the West Indies on Sunday.
NZ beat Bangladesh in Cricket World Cup thriller
Zealand's Ross Taylor plays a shot during the World Cup cricket match
between Bangladesh and New Zealand at The Oval in London, Wednesday,
June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
London (AP) — Two unforced
run out errors scarred Bangladesh's loss to New Zealand in their
drama-filled Cricket World Cup match on Wednesday at the Oval.
At the center of both was Mushfiqur
Rahim, the wicketkeeper-batsman playing his fourth World Cup.
Mushfiqur was dug in with his old
friend Shakib Al Hasan; they were unruffled in reaching yet another 50
partnership when Mushfiqur pushed a ball into the covers and tried to
steal a single Shakib agreed with. Then Shakib changed his mind, and
Mushfiqur was far from his crease when the bails were smacked off.
Mushfiqur, patently annoyed,
departed for 19 at 110-3, and Bangladesh never recovered as they was
bowled out for a sub-par 244 in the 50th over.
The winning target in the day-night
encounter was gettable despite a fresh pitch that was slower than
expected, but it would have been far tougher if Kane Williamson had been
run out on 8 and New Zealand slumped to 60-3.
The captain was more than a foot
from safety, but video showed Mushfiqur knocked the bails off with his
right arm before he caught the ball, so Williamson stayed.
He turned the lifeline into a
slow-but-safe 40 in a rejuvenating stand of 105 with Ross Taylor. After
Taylor departed for 82, New Zealand's cruise turned bumpy, and they
scrambled over the finish line at 248-8 and rose to the top of the
standings with two wins from two matches.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza
"I don't think we need to go after
him because it could happen to anybody," Mashrafe said. "He was also
trying hard to get him (Williamson). He wants the ball, and suddenly
(the wickets) hit his elbow. Those mistakes always happen."
After blowing away Sri Lanka by 10
wickets, New Zealand were strained by the tension of trying to finish
off Bangladesh. The 17 balls to spare hide how hard it became to win.
"The boys held their nerve, that's
all you can ask for," Taylor said. "We would have loved to have been a
bit more clinical but we were put under pressure. Credit Bangladesh,
they fought all the way to the end."
Paris in the springtime? French Open rainout sinks schedule
A spectator waits under an umbrella as rain delays the start of
quarterfinal matches at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris,
Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Paris (AP) — The second full-day
washout at the French Open since 2000 made a mess of the schedule Wednesday
and raised the possibility that the Grand Slam tournament will not finish on
Tournament director Guy Forget said
there is a chance that the women's singles final could be delayed from
Saturday to Sunday.
"It's not what we hope," Forget said,
"but if we have no other choice, then that's what we will do."
Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam
site without a covered court; a retractable roof is expected to be added to
the main stadium before next year's tournament at the facility in western
As things stand now, with the last two
women's quarterfinals — defending champion Simona Halep of Romania vs.
17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the U.S., and No. 8 Ash Barty of Australia
vs. No. 14 Madison Keys of the U.S. — moved from Wednesday to Thursday,
whoever emerges from that half of the draw could end up playing on three
The semifinals that were supposed to be
Thursday are now scheduled for Friday. But, as Forget noted, while
Thursday's forecast looks OK, Friday's calls for more showers.
"Friday," he said, "is kind of
That would mean the women's semifinals
could end up on Saturday.
Also moved from Wednesday to Thursday
were the last two men's quarterfinals: No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who
is attempting to win a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title, against No. 5
Alexander Zverev of Germany, and No. 4 Dominic Thiem of Austria vs. No. 10
Karen Khachanov of Russia.
Instead of beginning at 2 p.m. local
time (1200 GMT, 8 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, play will start at noon (1000 GMT,
6 a.m. EDT).
One semifinal in each singles draw
already was set Tuesday, so those players can sit back, relax and prepare.
On the men's side, Rafael Nadal faces Roger Federer, meeting Friday for the
sixth time at Roland Garros and 39th time overall. They own a combined 37
Grand Slam titles.
"The one," Forget called it, "that a
lot of people are waiting for, of course."
On the women's side, it's No. 26
Johanna Konta of Britain against unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of
the Czech Republic. Neither has reached a major final.
Play was wiped out by rain at the
French Open for a full day in 2016. Before that, it hadn't happened since
In 2012, the men's final between Nadal
and Djokovic began on Sunday but was suspended in the fourth set and resumed
Monday. That was the first time since 1973 that the clay-court major
tournament lasted past its originally scheduled final Sunday.
"When we have uncertain weather, of
course, it's very hard to predict scheduling," Forget said. "But we have to
always study the worse-case scenario, knowing that ideally we want to try to
finish on Sunday."