PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC) – Vice-captain Vishaul Singh struck a career-best fifth first-class century to spearhead a massive West Indies A batting effort on the second day of the second four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here Tuesday.Unbeaten on 81 overnight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, the left-hander carved out a superb 161 to lift West Indies to 509 for nine declared in their first innings.Opener Rajendra Chandrika, who had retired hurt on 51 on Tuesday’s opening day, returned to make 84 while tail-ender Kemar Roach chipped in with 39.At the close, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was holding the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 66 as they reached 128 for four – still 381 runs behind heading into today’s penultimate day.Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was not out on 38 and has so far put on 91 for the fifth wicket with Karunartne, a partnership which pulled Sri Lanka A around from danger at 37 for four.Seamer Roach trapped Avishka Fernando lbw for seven at 19 for one and Test batsman Lahiru Thirimanne followed for three, at 32 for two, when he was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has taken two for four from four overs.Joseph removed Roshen Silva for a first-ball duck at 36 for three and with a run added, Charith Asalanka was lbw to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall for one.However, first ‘Test’ century-maker Karunaratne produced yet another excellent innings to stave off the collapse, facing 124 deliveries and counting 12 fours while Dickwella has struck two fours in his 65-ball knock.Earlier, resuming from their overnight 331 for five, West Indies A flourished thanks to the Guyanese pair of Vishaul and Chandrika who put on 54 for the sixth wicket.While Vishaul faced 306 deliveries and struck 16 fours, Chandrika hit nine boundaries off 84 balls, falling with his second first-class century in sight, when he was lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.Vishaul, who reached triple figures 40 minutes before lunch, then added a further 90 for the seventh wicket with Roach, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 80-ball stay at the crease.The partnership took West Indies to lunch at 410 for six and helped the visitors increase their dominance in the second session, before Roach finally departed, an hour after the resumption.Off-spinner Charith Asalanka was the best bowler with four for 104.WEST INDIES 1st innings (o/n 331 for five)R. Chandrika lbw b Vandersay 84K. Powell c wkp.. Dickwella b Anuk Fernando 29S. Hetmyer b Asalanka 48S. Brooks c wkp. Dickwella b Kumara 3V Singh b Asalanka 161J. Hamilton run-out 99R. Cornwall lbw b Karunaratne 1K. Roach c Avishka Fernando b Asalanka 39G. Motie-Kanhai lbw b Asalanka 9D. Johnson not out 8Extras: (b-8, lb-3, w-9, nb-8) 28Total: (9 wkts decl., 137.4 overs) 509Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-120, 3-140, 4-328, 5-331, 6-385, 7-475, 8-494, 9-509.Bowling: Asitha Fernando 19-2-63-0 (w-2), Kumara 20-2-78-1 (w-1, nb-2), Anuk Fernando 13-0-76-1 (w-6, nb-4), Vandersay 31-2-110-1, Gunaratne 17-3-61-0 (nb-2), Asalanka 33.4-7-104-4, Karunaratne 4-2-6-1.SRI LANKA 1st inningsD. Karunaratne not out 66Avishka Fernando lbw b Roach 7L. Thirimanne c wkp. Hamilton b Joseph 3R. Silva c Brooks b Joseph 0K. Asalanka lbw b Cornwall 1N. Dickwella not out 38Extras: (b-8, lb-4, nb-1) 13Total: (4 wkts, 40 overs) 128Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-32, 3-36, 4-37.Bowling: Roach 8-3-18-1, Johnson 8-3-25-0, Cornwall 14-3-38-1, Joseph 4-1-4-2 (nb-1), Motie-Kanhai 6-0-31-0.Position: Sri Lanka A trail by 381 runs with six wickets intact.Toss: Sri Lanka A.Umpires: N. de Silva, R. Kottahachchi.
NHL reports zero positivesUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-GOODELL LETTER Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-DIAMONDBACKS-PADRESTatis Jr., Grisham power Padres to 6-2 win vs. DiamondbacksSAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. raced around the bases on a three-run triple that highlighted a five-run rally and Trent Grisham hit his first home run for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Monday to take three of four games in their opening series. Associated Press Two games postponed after COVID outbreak among MarlinsMIAMI (AP) — Two major league games scheduled for Monday night have been postponed after more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia. The Marlins’ home opener against Baltimore was called off, as was the New York Yankees’ game at Philadelphia. The Yankees would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used last weekend. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that nine Marlins players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive.In other MLB news: The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment, something the NHL, NBA, WNBA and MLS have done. With Major League Baseball experiencing difficulties on its first weekend of play with a plan similar to the NFL’s, there is added anxiety about what Goodell’s league has planned.In other NFL news:— Minnesota Vikings vice president of sports medicine Eric Sugarman has tested positive for COVID-19. Sugarman is in charge of the organization’s virus prevention plan as the infection control officer. The team announced that Sugarman and his family tested positive over the weekend. The Vikings said they’ve tested all individuals who’d recently been in close contact with Sugarman. —New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed its four 2020 draft picks to four-year contracts. The signings were announced as rookies reported for training camp on Monday. New Orleans’ most recent draft class is headlined by first-round pick Cesar Ruiz. The Saints also drafted Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and Dayton tight end Adam Trautman in the third round. They took Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens in the seventh round. — Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. Goodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for seasonNEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell noted Monday how COVID-19 has “turned the world upside down.”He wrote that “COVID-19 will continue to present a major challenge to nearly every area of American life. Football is no exception,” The league and the players’ union reached agreement on a plan last Friday, after all preseason games were canceled. Team facilities were shut down by Goodell in late March and only began reopening on a cautious basis this summer. Goodell stressed the need for adaptability on all levels, citing how a virtual draft was held in April. All 32 teams held remote offseason training sessions, too. The Padres, who feel they’re built for success in this pandemic-shortened 60-game season, outscored the Diamondbacks 21-9 in the four games. San Diego hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning consecutive NL West titles in 2005-06. It hasn’t had a winning season since 2010.The Padres scored five runs in the fourth inning before Luke Weaver recorded an out.The highlight was Tatis hitting a ball to left-center that rolled to the wall, bringing in three runs to give San Diego a 6-2 lead. Tatis dove into third headfirst and his helmet went flying. Tatis finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting last year despite being limited to 84 games due to injuries. MARLINS-VIRUS —The series opener between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 3:40 p.m. Before the game was postponed, the White Sox announced that manager Rick Renteria will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests. — Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) could be done for the season. He is headed to the injured list after just one inning in his debut as a Texas Rangers starter. Kluber has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder and is not expected to make another start this season — if he pitches at all. — Utility player Josh Harrison has signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals added the 33-year-old Harrison to their 30-man active roster Monday. To make room, catcher Raudy Read was optioned to Washington’s alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Virginia. —The Colorado Rockies say left-handed pitcher Tim Collins has opted out of the 2020 season. Collins is the second player in the organization who has withdrawn. In late June, Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced he wouldn’t play this season, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL — The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup. The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYEx-UCLA coach pleads guilty to accepting $200K in bribesUNDATED (AP) — A former University of California, Los Angeles men’s soccer coach pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $200,000 in bribes to help two students get into the school as recruits. Jorge Salcedo, 47, admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme involving TV celebrities, other wealthy parents and elite universities across the country. Salcedo was paid $100,000 to help California couple Bruce and Davina Isackson get their daughter into UCLA as a bogus soccer recruit, prosecutors said. The Isacksons have also pleaded guilty and have been cooperating with authorities in the hope of getting a lighter sentence. July 27, 2020 — The Buffalo Bills have released receiver Ray-Ray McCloud and offensive lineman Garrett McGhin a day before players were set to report for the start of training camp. The moves on Monday trim Buffalo’s roster to 86, with teams required to have a maximum 80 players by Aug. 16. —Washington has put quarterback Alex Smith on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Smith’s right leg has recovered 20 months after he broke the fibula and tibia in it during a game. But the 36-year-old veteran hasn’t been fully cleared for practices and full football activity. IRVING-WNBA SALARIESIrving commits $1.5 million for WNBA players skipping seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who choose not to play this season. That can be because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons. The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched today. It will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS.The WNBA season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. To be eligible for Irving’s program, WNBA players must give insight into their decisions and not be receiving salaries from any other entity.In other virus-related sports developments:— The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. — The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans. Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend. Update on the latest sports
On Friday, the Trojans fell 61-68 to No. 9 Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. Earlier this season, the Beavers gave the Trojans their fifth consecutive conference loss in a 76-52 beatdown at Galen Center. The game was much closer this time around, but after a Trojan lead, the Beavers were able to come back for the win. Having been overshadowed by Ionescu throughout the season, Ducks’ redshirt sophomore forward Erin Boley had one of her best games against the Trojans. Boley missed only seven shots and scored 32 points. She poured in eight 3-pointers, her second most from long-distance in a game this season. “It didn’t go as we expected in losing two games, but I think that the camaraderie was there, and we were definitely there as a team,” Mazyck said. In the first quarter, USC was able to keep up with the Ducks’ high-powered offense, outscoring them 27-25 in a shootout. Mariya Moore started the game off firing, scoring the Trojans’ first 8 points. She would finish with 30 points, six assists and six rebounds while playing the entire game. “Hopefully, we can continue to be consistent playing both offense and defense,” Mazyck said. “I play with all my heart when I go out there and hopefully my teammates feel the same way.” As for the Trojans, Overbeck cooled down after a fantastic performance on Friday, scoring only 1 point in 14 minutes played. On Sunday, the Trojans fell to No. 6 Oregon 96-78. Led by star junior guard Sabrina Ionescu, the Ducks are currently 25-3 overall and in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. Unless something goes off the rails, the Ducks are en route to their third-straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Trojans, who are ranked in the bottom half of the Pac-12 standings, have not lived up to their expectations this season. Currently 5-11 in conference play after this weekend, the Women of Troy hope to turn things around with less than two weeks until the Pac-12 tournament. Mazyck continued her recent hot streak, scoring 25 points and stealing the ball three times in 39 minutes. For the Beavers, the duo of junior guard Mikayla Pivec and redshirt sophomore guard Destiny Slocum combined for 34 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. It did not take long for the Ducks to begin playing at their typical level, scoring a total of 46 points in the second and third quarters to the Trojans’ 26 points. USC needed to crack down on defense in the fourth quarter, but both teams scored an even 25 points, giving the Ducks their 14th conference win of the year. Through three quarters, the Trojans led by just 2 points in a tight contest. All the Trojans had to do was play the way they had the entire game to earn their first win against a ranked opponent this year. Unfortunately, the Trojans gave up 25 points in the fourth quarter while only scoring 16, allowing the Beavers to earn the comeback win. Senior guard Aliyah Mazyck said she was still encouraged, despite the results. “We competed for the most part, it’s just something that we can do better,” Mazyck said. “I know that giving up 96 points doesn’t show much, but I think that we did well, and when [Oregon] went on an offensive streak, we answered right back.” Despite winning four of its previous six games, the USC women’s basketball team failed to add to its recent success when it traveled north to take on Oregon State and Oregon over the weekend. Senior guard Aliyah Mazyck led the Trojans with 25 points against Oregon State Friday. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) One unsung hero for the Trojans was junior forward Kayla Overbeck, who was second only to Mazyck in almost every category. Over the last three games, Overbeck averaged over 11 points, six rebounds and nearly 30 minutes on the court. For a team whose spotlight has primarily fallen on sister guards senior Mariya Moore and junior Minyon Moore for most of this season, Overbeck has contributed her fair share. The Trojans travel back to Galen Center for their final home series of the season. The team will face Colorado 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a season finale matchup against Utah 12 p.m. Sunday.
The game will be Payne’s debut for Ireland.Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo are on the wings while Rob Kearney has recovered from injury and is at full back.Sexton and Murray play together in the half backs. As expected Jack McGrath, Sean Cronin and Mike Ross form the front row while Captain Paul O’Connell and Devin Toner are in the second row.In the back row it’s O’Mahony, Henry and Heaslip.Gordon D’Arcy not only misses out on the starting fifteen but isn’t is the squad either.The replacements include Strauss, Kilcoyne, Ah You, Mc Carthy, Ruddock, Reddan, Madigan and Jones.Ireland XV (v South Africa, Aviva, Saturday, 5:30pm); 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Tommy Bowe, 13. Jared Payne, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Simon Zebo, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Conor Murray, 1. Jack McGrath, 2. Sean Cronin, 3. Mike Ross, 4. Devin Toner, 5. Paul O’Connell (capt), 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Chris Henry, 8. Jamie Heaslip.Replacements: 16. Richardt Strauss, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. Rodney Ah You, 19. Mike McCarthy, 20. Rhys Ruddock, 21. Eoin Reddan, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Felix Jones.
Alem Begic, successful B&H boxer, who lives and works in Germany, became European champion in the light heavyweight division by defeating the Georgian boxer George Aduashvilijem at the end of the year. Begic is planning to keep the prestigious title and he is already working for the next match, when he will defend the title.Our boxer, before whom is a very successful career, is currently in Austria, where he is training with his coach Bjorn Schulz and the well-known television terminator – Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has had a successful career in bodybuilding in the Alps, in the prestigious hotel Stanglwirt.Begic, also called the heir of Felix Sturm, has a record of 11 victories in his career from as many fights. Manager Dalibor Ban takes care of his career. Due to the quality and success of Begic, who was born in Srebrenica, numerous world experts have showed interest in him and believe that great glory is waiting for this young man.(Source: Klix.ba)
If the Seahawks beat the 49ers to win the NFC West, then the Saints would be behind the Packers but a full game ahead of the Seahawks, whom they also beat. Then they would get a first-round bye and face the highest remaining seed in the divisiional playoffs.How Saints get No. 3 seed in NFCIf the 49ers beat the Seahawks to win the NFC West to also get to 13-3, they would be the No. 1 seed over the Packers and Saints because they beat both teams.The Saints would still lose the tiebreaker to the Packers and remain where they were after the 1 p.m. ET games Sunday. The Saints would host the Vikings in the wild-card round next weekend. The Saints (13-3) are going to the NFC playoffs for a third consecutive NFL season as NFC South champions. Their seed for the conference tournament, however, is very much in flux going into the final games of 2019.Here’s breaking down where they could end up after they beat the Panthers in Week 17 NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE:All clinching scenarios for Week 17How Saints get No. 2 seed in NFCThe Saints can’t finish higher than the No. 2 seed because the Packers, who also finished 13-3, hold the conference-record tiebreaker over them.
BIG SACK—LaMarr Woodley (56) celebrates after sacking Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez while teammate Chris Carter (54) looks on. (Courier Photos/William McBride) The Steelers took care of business Sunday by beating the New York Jets, 27-10, to move into a tie with the Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals on top of the AFC North. Now they must continue this play on both sides of the ball against the constantly rebuilding Oakland Raiders.Mark Sanchez was coming off the best game of his brief career against the Buffalo Bills, but even without its two best players, James Harrison, and Troy Polamalu, the Steelers defense dominated the Jets after the first half. The Jets were able to put together two outstanding drives that led to a 10-6 lead, but it was all Steelers from that point on, holding Sanchez to a mere 138 yards passing.During the two drives, ex-Steeler Santonio Holmes was the featured receiver, but he was shut out for the rest of the game. He had only 3 catches for 38 yards, but did cause two pass interference calls on Ike Taylor. But the defensive backs didn’t back down, shutting the passing game down in the second half.Even though the running game was still not impressive without Rashard Mendenhall, they kept the defense honest with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer sharing the ball. They picked up only 53 yards on 20 carries, and most of that was in the final quarter.Just like they did in the Denver Broncos game, the offense controlled the ball with far more time as the Jets offense sat, but not on the ground. Even though the Steelers tried to get the running game going, it was through the air in which they were most affective with Ben Roethlisberger, 24 of 31 for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, throwing to his two talented young receivers, Antonio Brown, 7 catches for 79 yards and one touchdown; and Mike Wallace, 5 catches for 74 yards. Also contributing were Heath Miller, 3 catches for 19 yards and a touchdown, and Emmanuel Sanders, 3 catches for 33 yards.The Raiders record dropped to 0-2 after a lopsided 34-13 defeat at the hands of the lowly Miami Dolphins. They opened the season with a 22-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Neither team, the Dolphins or the Chargers are expected to be in the playoffs this season.Carson Palmer was supposed to be their savior, but he hasn’t done too much since he’s been there. He was 24 of 48 for 373 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His top receivers were Brandon Myers, 6-86; Darrius Heyward-Bey, 4-41, Mike Goodson, 3-83 and Denarius Moore, 3-67.Palmer had to throw the ball 48 times because the Dolphins shut down the run. Darren McFadden was the leading rusher with only 22 yards on 11 carries.Maybe the Steelers can get their running game on track against a Raiders defense that gave up 172 yards on 26 carries to Reggie Bush.The Ravens lost their first game of the season, 24-23, in the last minutes on a drive by Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles, who won their second straight one point game from an AFC North team. Meanwhile the Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns, 34-27, in a surprisingly tough game, dropping the Browns to the cellar.The Browns have been surprisingly tough, and if these young players can continue to get better, look for them to upset some people before the season is out. But you never know about Cleveland, another loss may totally discourage these young players and they may totally come apart.The same is true of the Raiders. Even though they have a veteran quarterback, most of the key players are youngsters who may get better or worse. One thing is sure, they had better grow up fast if they expect to beat the Steelers. But on the other side of the coin a victory over the Steelers would make their season, so they will be prepared and hyped up.
With Madness entertaining the sold-out crowd at the break, madness also reigned on the pitch as Russia shocked Scotland, Wales drew with Fiji and the series qualifier tournament had fans on the edge of their seats. Australia will be happy with their performance on Saturday as they followed up their day one win over Samoa with victories against South Korea and England to ensure their place in the quarter-finals against Argentina.The other quarter-finals on Sunday will see Fiji play Canada, USA face England and a mouthwatering encounter as South Africa take on New Zealand.Elsewhere in the World Rugby series qualifier competition, Chile, Germany, Papua New Guinea and Spain progressed to the semi-finals on Sunday. The day began with the announcement that the next Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA will take place from July 20-22, 2018. Pool AAustralia kicked off proceedings on day two with a comfortable 52-0 win over invitational team South Korea but it was their 12-10 winning performance against England in their final pool match of the day that sparked rapturous cheers in a packed out Hong Kong Stadium. Rookie of the year 2015-16 Henry Hutchison scored twice as Andy Friend’s outfit finished top of their pool for the first time since Dubai last December.Despite their loss to Australia, England had already secured their place in the Cup quarter-finals with a 12-10 win over Samoa earlier in the day, with Gordon Tietjens’ side pushing them close.Pool BSeries leaders South Africa finished with a clean sweep of three wins from three in the pool stages, beating Kenya 35-10 on the morning of day one with a hat-trick from Werner Kok the highlight of the match. Damian McGrath’s Canada side proved a different level of competition though, keeping the score level at half-time with Justin Douglas’ try cancelling out Dylan Sage’s score to keep it 7-7 at the break. The familiar Blitzboks momentum shone through late in the second half though, with scores from Ruhan Nel, Cecil Afrika and Siviwe Soyizwapi sealing the win 26-7. McGrath’s Canada side had beaten France 28-14 earlier in the day and beaten Kenya 17-14 on day one to make sure they will be in the business end of things come the third day in Hong Kong. Pool CFiji topped Pool C but were almost tripped up by a fierce performance from Wales in their first match on day two. Having lost to the Welsh in Sydney earlier in the series (which broke Wales’ 14-match losing streak against the Pacific islanders), Fiji were aware of the threat and Luke Morgan was on song scoring twice in the first half to give his side a 10-5 lead at half-time. Vatemo Ravouvou scored early in the second half to put Fiji ahead 12-10 after his conversion also landed, but Morgan tipped the game back in favour of Wales. A late try from Amenoni Nasilasila brought the scores level, making it a thrilling 17-17 score line. Gareth Baber’s side faced a strong New Zealand outfit in their second pool match, a side who had beaten Japan 40-14 earlier in the day to qualify for the quarter-finals. Despite a barnstorming try from New Zealand debutant Joey Ravouvou, it was his namesake Vatemo who clinched the winning try for Fiji and put a 17-14 win on the board.Pool DUSA went unbeaten in Pool D, beating Scotland 19-14 early on day two thanks to a hat-trick from Perry Baker to secure their spot in the Cup quarter-finals. Mike Friday’s side produced a dominant performance against Argentina in their final pool match, with the returning Mike Teo showing his class from the recent Americas Rugby Championship by bagging two tries in his side’s five-try, 33-5 win. Argentina had fortunately secured their Cup quarter-final place with a 17-12 comeback win over Russia earlier in the day. Russia’s Vladimir Ostroushko and Vitaly Zhivatov scored in the first half and combined with Dmitry Sukhin’s conversion made it 0-12 at half-time. However, Santiago Gomez Cora’s side bounced back quickly with Fernando Luna, German Schultz and Matias Ocsaduk all scoring to help make it 17-12 at full time.QualifiersDay two of the Hong Kong sevens finished with four thrilling quarter-finals as the eight teams battled out for a chance to be a core team on next year’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. After pool play, Guyana, Tonga, Jamaica and Sri Lanka had been eliminated.South American rivals Chile and Uruguay faced off in the first qualifier in a tense affair that saw two men in the bin. Chile scored first but Uruguay fired back to leave the teams level 7-7 at the midway point. But a try from Lucas Westcott stretched the gap and Francisco Neira – the man who just completed his business studies degree – put Chile in the business end of the qualification tournament, despite a consolation try for Uruguay. It finished 21-12 and Chile took their place in the semi on Sunday.Their opposition was to come from the next quarter-final as Germany faced off against Hong Kong, who were, unsurprisingly, backed by a passionate local support. In what turned out to be a breathless affair, Germany’s Sebastian Fromm opened the scoring with a superb break after just two minutes. However the hosts grew into the game and Jamie Hood levelled the scoring in the dying minutes. The game was headed for extra time when Hong Kong chipped ahead only for the Germans to counter-attack, making space for Bastian Himmer who broke away to score and silence the home support. 14-7 it finished and Germany will face Chile in the first semi-final on Sunday. It started badly for Uganda – a poor kick off resulted in a try for their opponents Papua New Guinea as AA Clements broke through the line. However the African side equalised with a try from the energetic Govle Ramathan and the momentum saw them cross the line right at the break – Solomon Okia rewarded for his hard work in attack to leave it 10-7. Gaino Kapana then scored with 3 minutes left to make it 14-10 to PNG and, despite a frantic finish, Papua New Guinea held on for the win.The final match of the night saw Spain take on a plucky Namibian side. Spain, unbeaten so far in the tournament, went ahead in the first half with tries from Joan Losada, Pol Pla and Lucas Levy leaving it 21-0 at half time. Second half tries from Losada and Levy saw Spain take their place in the semi-final with a 33-0 win.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ That makes Fields all the more motivated to bounce back stronger as he hopes to jell better with his Columbian teammates.“The team is just getting adjusted to me. I could’ve been better. I struggled from the free throw line and I’ll get better and efficient, know where my shots are coming from, and know how to play the offense,” he said. “You just got to go back and look at film, and see what we could’ve done better.”Fields, though, is confident it won’t take long for him and his teammates to get their bearings back.“Coach wanted a certain player who can put the ball in the basket from any angle — low post, drive, and wherever. I feel like I didn’t disrupt the chemistry, so I think we’ll just have to bounce back game,” he said.Columbian eyes to rebound against Rain or Shine on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPlaying for the first time in Asia, John Fields is playing with a chip on his shoulder as he tries to prove his mettle in his initial foray in the PBA.“Coming to the PBA, I had to prove that I belong,” said Fields, who replaced CJ Aiken as Columbian’s import earlier this year.ADVERTISEMENT Fields, 30, sent strong statement in his 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut tallying 39 points, 16 rebounds, and two assists for Columbian.However, those efforts were for naught as the Dyip got waylaid by Alaska, 134-103, on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe former Tennessee stalwart didn’t deny that the defeat was a dampener on what he envisioned would be a fruitful journey in this continent.“You always you want to win and play good on your debut,” he said. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Azkals face China, Korea in Asian Cup View comments
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES The scores:NU 86 — Clemente 23, Galinato 20, Joson 14, S. Ildefonso 13, Aquino 6, D. Ildefonso 4, Mosqueda 2, Tibayan 2, Gaye 1, Yu 1, Diputado 0, Gallego 0, Mangayom 0, Oczon 0, Sinclair 0.GILAS 81 — Paras 20, Tratter 16, Gomez de Liaño 13, Alejandro 11, R. Rivero 9, Ambohot 4, V. Tolentino 4, Tamayo 2, Tuffin 2, Go 0.Quarters: 21-26, 43-47, 66-63, 86-81. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNational University eliminated Gilas Pilipinas from playoff contention with an 86-81 escape in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.John Lloyd Clemente unleashed 23 points, including the dagger basket that gave the Bulldogs an 85-79 cushion with 12.9 seconds left. Clemente also finished with seven rebounds and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Clemente also got ample support with rookie John Galinato adding 20 points and three assists, while Enzo Joson tallying 14 points, seven assists, and four boards.Shaun Ildefonso also contributed 13 points and five rebounds to help NU improve to 2-3 in Group A.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re maturing right now,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin.“As I’ve been saying, this group of young men have the talent, the skill level. They’ll be very good in the coming years, but they are very young. We need to fasttrack our maturity and I think we’re maturing every game.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NU survived the late barrage from the cadets, who leaned on Kobe Paras. Paras anchored an 11-0 run that put Gilas in front, 77-72, with 3:52 remaining.But the Bulldogs responded with their own 11-0 surge behind Galinato, Joson, and Ildefonso to regain the lead, 83-77, with under 20 seconds to go.Gilas Pilipinas fell out of playoff contention as it dropped to a 1-5 card.Paras poured in nine of his 20 points in the belated fourth quarter fightback.Abu Tratter also had 16 points and seven rebounds, while Juan Gomez de Liaño had 13.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Manganti, Sarr push Adamson past Letran in Filoil