Johnson takes magnificent seven to scar England

first_imgBy Ian RansomWrecking ball Mitchell Johnson laid further scars on England’s battered psyche with a stunning seven-wicket haul that skittled the tourists for 172 and put Australia in complete control of the second Ashes test after the third day on Saturday.The red-hot Queenslander unleashed a withering spell of pace bowling at Adelaide Oval to take three wickets in his second over after lunch, then cleaned up the tail before tea to leave England 199 runs short of avoiding the follow-on.With the luxury of a further two days’ play, Australia captain Michael Clarke sent his batsmen in to give his bowlers a rest and fired by an unbeaten 83 from opener David Warner, they pushed the lead to a mammoth 530 runs.Australia will make England sweat in the field until close to lunch on day four, which is forecast to be a sweltering 32 degrees Celsius, before their bowlers push for the win on a pitch showing ample turn and reverse swing.“We want to get them back out there in the field and keep cooking them a bit,” Johnson said.“It’s probably going to be a day five wicket out there tomorrow. You could see the amount of spin the two spinners out there were getting and that variable bounce has definitely come in and they got the ball to reverse really early, so it’s good signs for us.”No team has ever made more than 418 in a fourth innings chase, and England, improbably, are staring at a 2-0 deficit in the five-test series ahead of a trip to Johnson’s favourite hunting ground in Perth where England have not won since 1978.Only months after returning home from England in ignominy after a third straight Ashes defeat, Australia’s turnaround has been little short of astonishing, and the principal architect has been the man selectors snubbed for the northern series.Following nine wickets and a man-of-the-match performance to rout England in the series-opener in Brisbane, Johnson’s 7-40 was the best Ashes haul in over 100 years at Adelaide Oval and featured two hat-trick chances that ultimately went begging.Needing 371 to avoid the follow-on, England staggered to 116-4 at lunch, then walked into a fire storm after the break as Johnson kicked off one of the great spells of Ashes bowling by removing test debutant Ben Stokes leg before wicket for one, confirmed on review after initially given not out.Four balls later, Johnson had Matt Prior caught behind by fellow wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for a duck to continue his miserable series then sent the crowd of 36,000 into delirium when he bowled Stuart Broad with the next ball.Graeme Swann fended away the hat-trick ball, but the fired-up Johnson later took the spinner’s wicket when he slashed an edge to the slips where Clarke clinched a brilliant catch.Johnson then bowled paceman James Anderson for another first-ball duck, pegging back his middle-stump for a second attempt at a hat-trick.Playing a lone hand for England, Ian Bell survived the hat-trick ball and a review for lbw to raise his half-century with an elegant cut through point for four, and number 11 batsman Monty Panesar showed courage under fire to help his partner add 37 for the 10th wicket.Johnson eventually bowled Panesar for two to bring an early tea and leave Bell stranded on 72 and England reeling.England paceman James Anderson captured two quick wickets in opener Chris Rogers and Shane Watson but Warner and Clarke steadied the ship with a 61-run partnership.Clarke was bowled by Panesar for 22 with a delivery that turned sharply and would give plenty of encouragement to Australia’s spinner Nathan Lyon. Steven Smith (23 not out) added another 67 with Warner before stumps.England have not surpassed 179 runs in an innings in the series and Bell could barely conceal his displeasure with his team mates.“Obviously it’s another disappointing performance, really,” he told reporters through gritted teeth. “You can’t afford in test matches, certainly the first innings you have, to get bowled out for under 200 if you’re going to win anything.“In that dressing room, there’s going to be no excuses. It’s just not good enough.“We need to make sure we put that right, and we’ll have an opportunity second innings to at least show people we’re going to show some fight.”last_img read more

​Second last day of basketball champs

first_imgThe draws for Saturday (July 8): 9:30am: MEN POOL A – NCDBL vs PMBL #1, MEN POOL A – ALOTAU vs PMBL #311:00am: MEN POOL B – CENTRAL 3X3 vs LAE, MEN POOL B – DARU vs PMBL #212:30pm: WOMEN – QUARTER FINAL #1- 1st Overall POOL A vs 4th Overall POOL BWOMEN – QUARTER FINAL #2- 2nd Overall POOL B vs 3rd Overall POOL A2:00pm: WOMEN – QUARTER FINAL #3- 1st Overall POOL B vs 4th Overall POOL AWOMEN – QUARTER FINAL #4- 2nd Overall POOL A vs 3rd Overall POOL B3:30pm MEN POOL A – NCDABA vs TUBUSEREIA #2, MEN POOL A – PMBL #1 vs KEREMA5:00pm: MEN POOL B – LAE vs KAVIENG, MEN POOL B – CENTRAL 3X3 vs TUBUSEREIA #1 The draws for today (July 7):center_img 9:30am: WOMEN SEMI-FINAL #1- Winner Quarter Final #1 vs Winner of Quarter Final #2WOMEN SEMI-FINAL #2- Winner Quarter Final #3 vs Winner of Quarter Final #411:00am: MEN SEMI-FINAL #1-1st Overall POOL A vs 2nd Overall POOL BMEN SEMI-FINAL #2- 1st Overall POOL B vs 2nd Overall POOL A12:30pm: WOMEN 3rd PLACE PLAYOFF- Loser Semi-Final #1 vs Loser Semi-Final #22:00pm: MEN 3rd PLACE PLAYOFF- Loser Semi-Final #1 vs Loser Semi-Final #23:30pm WOMEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME- Winner Semi-Final #1 vs Winner Semi-Final #25:00pm: MEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME- Winner Semi-Final #1 vs Winner Semi-Final #26:30pm: PRESENTATIONSlast_img read more

Samoa 2019 programme confirmed as PGC to cap sports from 2023

first_imgThe Pacific Games Council (PGC) are hopeful that by capping the number of events from the 2023 event, the Games would become more sustainable for hosts in the future.The Games have grown significantly since the first edition in Suva in 1963, where nearly 650 athletes competed in 10 sports in the Fijian city.There has been a gradual rise in both the number of sports and athletes, with the peak coming at the 2007 Pacific Games, held here in Samoa’s capital Apia.A total of 5,000 athletes competed in 33 sports at the Games.Recent editions of the Games have seen a reduction, with 4,300 athletes competing in 27 sports in New Caledonia’s capital Nouméa in 2011.A total of 3,700 athletes took part in 28 sports in Port Moresby, with Papua New Guinea’s capital staging the last edition in 2015.Samoa is poised to see a further reduction to 26 sports, with the PGC deciding to limit the number to 24 from the 2023 event, which will be held in the Solomon Islands.PGC chief executive Andrew Minogue stated that the decision was made for the sustainability of the Games, but also after assessing the number of athletes in events at Port Moresby 2015.“For the 2023 Games onwards, the numbers are reduced to 24 – 16 compulsory plus 8 optional,” Minogue told insidethegames.“We reduced the maximum number of sports with an eye to the sustainability of the Games for host countries, and also after reviewing entries for the 2015 Games in Port Moresby.“We have a requirement for each sport to obtain at least six Pacific Games Associations/National Olympic Committee entries and based on the past few Games, 28 or 26 sports do not seem to be able reach this minimum standard across the board.“The PGC believes that 24 is the right number for these purposes going forward.“It is also double the maximum number of sports for our Mini Games.”A total of 16 compulsory sports will feature on the Samoa 2019 programme, along with a further 10 optional sports.The compulsory sports include athletics, basketball, boxing, football, golf, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and triathlon.Rugby sevens, sailing, swimming, volleyball, weightlifting and Va’a – a canoeing discipline – are also compulsory.The programme will be completed by optional sports archery, badminton, cricket, lawn bowls, netball, rugby league nines, powerlifting, shooting, squash and touch rugby.It will mark the return of archery and badminton to the programme, with both sports having been absent from Port Moresby 2015.Beach volleyball, hockey, karate and softball, which were on the programme in 2015, will not feature in Samoa.Preparations are expected to be assessed this week in Samoa, with the PGC set to hold their General Assembly on Sunday (June 17).A venue tour will take place the following day as part of a Chef de Mission seminar here.Samoa were awarded the 2019 Pacific Games in December as a replacement for Tonga.It followed Tonga’s Government withdrawing from hosting due to financial concerns.A civil suit has been filed by the PGC and the Tonga Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee, with the organisation’s seeking damages from the Government.last_img read more

Brady leads biggest Super Bowl comeback, Patriots win in OT

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments “Deflategate” far behind them, Brady and coach Bill Belichick won their 25th postseason game, by far a record. The Falcons added to Atlanta’s long history of pro sports frustration.Belichick became the first coach with five Super Bowl crowns.The Patriots won the coin toss for overtime and it was no contest. Brady completed six passes against an overmatched Falcons secondary. A pass interference call took the ball to the 2, and White scooted to his right and barely over the goal line.His teammates streamed off the sideline to engulf White as confetti streamed down from the NRG Stadium rafters.It was almost an impossible dream for the Patriots a bit earlier. But helped by Matt Ryan’s fumble on a sack, a Edelman’s catch off of a defender’s shoe, and Brady’s passing, they never stopped coming.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos New England Patriots’ Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)HOUSTON — Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by an unbelievable Julian Edelman catch that helped lift New England from a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl victory, the first ever in overtime.The Patriots scored 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of 2-point conversions, then marched relentlessly to James White’s 2-yard touchdown run in overtime to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT White scored three touchdowns and had 14 receptions for 110 yards, but Brady hit seven different receivers.Until the Patriots took charge with their late surge, league MVP Ryan was outplaying Brady. It didn’t last.Atlanta’s string of touchdowns on its opening drive ended at eight, though Devonta Freeman sprinted for 37 yards on the Falcons’ first offensive play. The drive was stunted when Ryan was sacked by Trey Flowers, New England’s leader in that category.Then it was Atlanta’s D that went sacks-happy, getting two on the Patriots’ next drive in what would be a scoreless opening quarter. Who expected that? Well, New England has not scored a point in the first 15 minutes in Brady’s seven Super Bowls.It sure looked as if the Patriots would get on the board immediately in the second period as Brady and Edelman connected twice for 40 yards. But Blount’s fumble turned the momentum to the Falcons, who then took their biggest lead in a Super Bowl — yeah, we know, they have been here only twice — on Freeman’s 5-yard run to cap a quick 71-yard drive on which Jones came alive.Jones showed why he is an All-Pro receiver with a tough leaping catch over the middle for 19 yards, then got open on the sideline for 23. Freeman did the rest.Before New England could catch its breath, Ryan had the Falcons up by 14. Using the no-huddle attack to perfection, he threw for 51 yards on a 52-yard drive, hitting Hooper with a pinpoint pass in the left side of the end zone.Then Brady was victimized by his own poor decision, a rarity on the big stage. Atlanta was called for defensive holding three times on third downs to keep the drive alive. From the Falcons 23, under pressure Brady tried to squeeze a throw to Danny Amendola. Alford stepped in and sprinted, then glided 82 yards for the second-longest pick-6 in a Super Bowl — and Brady’s first.Shockingly, it was 21-0.New England gathered its wits for a 52-yard drive to Stephen Gostkowski’s 41-yard field goal. Still, it was 21-3 when Lady Gaga took the stage. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdowncenter_img NFL: Patriots beat Falcons in overtime to win Super Bowl 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG MOST READ There was smoke hanging over the field when both teams had three-and-outs to open the third quarter. It was a mirage regarding Ryan and Co., who marched 85 yards to Coleman’s 6-yard TD catch on a swing pass. While New England scored the next nine points on James White’s 5-yard TD reception — the extra point was missed by Gostkowski, who later made a 33-yard field goal./rgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brady, the first quarterback with five Super Bowl rings, guided the Patriots (17-2) through a tiring Atlanta defense for fourth-quarter touchdowns on a 6-yard pass to Danny Amendola and a 1-yard run by White, which came with 57 seconds remaining in regulation. White ran for the first 2-pointer and Amendola did the deed with a reception on the second.Brady, winning Super Bowl MVP for a record fourth-time, finished 43 for 62, the most attempts in Super Bowl history, for 466 yards, also a record, and two touchdowns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Region 2 rice farmers battling paddy bugs

first_imgRice farmers in Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam) are battling a disturbing infestation of paddy bugs. The insects are said to be between the “flowering” plants, and farmers say it is quiet irregular for bugs to invade the rice plants at such an early stage.Several farmers in Region Two have reported that the bugs are visible on the plants. “The bugs (are) just all over the young plants…when you walk to your lands, there are many bugs,” one farmer has disclosed.Farmers continue to spray and conduct demonstrations, especially in the evenings, when the bugs are believed to be more prevalent, but they are contending that the continuous spraying of their crops is causing their budget to be extra burdened.One Golden Fleece farmer explained that the rice crop is in the bearing stage, and harvesting will commence in a month’s time. He explained that because the bugs are sucking the young rice seeds, this harvest could very well result into a low yield. Asked if there are regular field visits from staff of the Guyana Rice Development Board, farmers replied, “Seldom”. They are therefore calling on GRDB field staff to be more visible in Region 2, offering their expertise by demonstrating ways of combating the paddy bugs.Rice farmers are also calling on the Agriculture Ministry to provide assistance in the form of pesticides.Region Two has approximately 35,000 acres under rice cultivation, and almost every farmer in that region has been affected by the dreaded paddy bug. Rice farmers are therefore calling on the relevant authorities to assist them, whether technically or by providing pesticide.  (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

Insider Trading: Spurs NOT in for Palace star, no big-name buy for Man United?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He assesses Manchester United’s likely transfer business and says they will struggle to land any of the big-name signings they want, with reported top targets Neymar and Thomas Muller going nowhere.He also claims, contrary to reports elsewhere, Tottenham are NOT in talks over a deal for Yannick Bolasie and are not planning a move for the Crystal Palace winger.And he says he expects Juan Cuadrado to seal a move to Juventus, having failed to convince Jose Mourinho of his worth, and discusses Chelsea’s interest in Everton defender John Stones.Here are some of the latest transfer stories on today:Long-term Everton target set to stay at WolfsburgEverton and West Ham chase Roma forward Juan IturbeTottenham transfer rumours: ‘Pochettino is showing his poor knowledge in the transfer market!’ Fans slam Victor Wanyama linkWest Ham transfer news: Juventus striker Simone Zaza lined up for Upton Park loan switchLeicester City transfer report: Foxes aim to beat Marseille to £5.5m Copenhagen aceArsenal and Chelsea set to miss out as Serie A side Bologna close in on £5m starletBarcelona boss Luis Enrique tight lipped over Neymar to Manchester United rumoursMan United blow! Thomas Muller not for sale, insists Bayern Munich directorlast_img read more

Pack animals take tumble, are rescued

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAt the age of 2, Heasley the donkey was easily spooked when pack station workers tried to correct the animals’ loads, which were slipping off their backs, said Bruce Lamarche of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team. “Heasley fell over the side in a small box canyon and dragged the other three animals with him,” Lamarche said. Only Whiskey the horse was injured, suffering scrapes and bruises to her hindquarters and a broken nose, Lamarche said. The rescue team responded Friday, Lamarche said, but by the time a rope system had been put into place at the top of the canyon to haul the animals up, the sun went down. A veterinarian, several rescue team members and pack station workers stayed in the canyon overnight with the animals. At the first light, rescue team members were joined by L.A. County Fire’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, a fire camp crew and others, who created a path for the two donkeys and mule to walk out of the canyon, Savage said. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – It was a rough couple of days for a 22-year-old horse named Whiskey and three of his four-legged friends, donkeys Heasley and Slim and Fred the mule. Thanks to the local rescue team, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and a couple of veterinarians, all four animals were safely returned Saturday to their pack station in Chantry Flat after having tumbled off the trail the day before. About 3 p.m. Friday, the equines, tethered together and carrying four empty propane tanks and supplies in their saddles, took a nasty 150-foot spill off a cliff around Sturtevant Falls, a couple of miles off Santa Anita Canyon Road, said Sierra Madre Search & Rescue team operations leader Mike Parker. Workers from the Chantry Flat Pack Station in the Angeles National Forest were bringing food and supplies to 80-plus cabins in the area, said L.A. County Fire Capt. Mark Savage. “We had a hard time keeping them on the trail because it was very, very steep,” said Lamarche, who was among those who spent the night watching over the animals. “They literally had to climb. We attempted to get Whiskey the horse to do it, but after two attempts, she just sat down and was out of gas.” Using a helicopter and a harness, county fire workers hoisted a sedated Whiskey out of the canyon, Savage said. Whiskey was taken back to Chantry Flat, examined and treated by another veterinarian, who said the horse would survive. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Water district scandal grows

first_imgBALDWIN PARK – The Valley County Water District has threatened Director Dolores Holguin with a lawsuit for her failure to repay money she allegedly owes but has taken no legal action against other directors who allegedly did the same thing. The district filed a lawsuit last week alleging Holguin pocketed about $4,750 in district payments that were supposed to be used for medical insurance. But Holguin, who is running for a seat on the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District in November, was not the only one district official who owed the money. Director Armando Macias, acting board President Joseph Armendariz and former Director Guadalupe Alvidrez each owed the district roughly the same amount as Holguin, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsDistrict officials have given conflicting information as to when these other directors paid their outstanding debts, leaving Holguin wondering why she is the only one being sued. “They have an ax to grind with one director and it’s me,” Holguin said. On Wednesday, Guy Mato, the district’s interim general manager, said he announced at a previous water board meeting that Macias and Armendariz had made arrangements to pay off their debt and so were not being sued. On Thursday, Mato changed his statement and said Macias and Armendariz made full restitution within hours of being notified about their debt. Macias and Armendariz did not return phone calls this week seeking comment. Holguin, 57, said the lawsuit is being pushed by Lemieux and Steven O’Neill, the district’s legal counsel. “And it’s only because I voted against them coming back as legal counsel in December,” she added. Holguin said she has since told the district she plans to pay the money back and was waiting to get an opinion from an attorney. The lawsuit against Holguin also accuses her of having the district reimburse her $2,900 in attorney fees she spent on suing a former district board member and of voting to erase a comaker loan she owed the district. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Maintenance work planned next week on S.R. 250 in eastern Jefferson County

first_imgINDOT maintenance crews will close S.R. 250 to thru traffic next week for ditching, patching and brush removal operations.Closures will occur daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, and Wednesday, September 25, from Canaan to S.R. 129 at Pleasant, weather permitting.The official state detour is U.S. 421 to S.R. 129. S.R. 250 will be open to local traffic only.last_img

The Best Job in America This Year Is Making Apps

first_imgTen years ago, the idea of downloading apps was brand new.  Now making those apps is the most lucrative thing you can do with your time.CNN/Money just released their annual list of the best jobs in America for 2017, and the number one career right now is mobile app developer.The average app developer makes $97,000 a year . . . there are a ton of open jobs for you to snatch up . . . it’s low stress . . . and you can usually work from home.The top five jobs right now are:1.  Mobile app developer.2.  Risk management director . . . they help make plans for either communities or companies in case a disaster happens, and also run the clean up and rebuilding if it does.3.  Landman . . . that’s someone who makes deals between oil companies and people who own the land that has natural resources under it.4.  Product analyst . . . that’s someone who studies products and figures out how to improve them.5.  Info assurance analyst . . . they figure out ways to protect companies’ data and network.last_img read more