Batting first, the home side were all bowled out for 192.In his first appearance for the Barramundis, Hiri Hiri was impressive with the ball taking 3/10 while John Boge Reva backed up with figures of 2/2.The Barras chased down the target inside 40 overs for 8 wickets.Sese Bau top scored with 45 runs. Lega Siaka (39), Assad Vala (39) and the ever reliable Mahuru Dai (29) also pitched in.The Barras officially start their South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League campaign tomorrow against the Western Grit in a 50 over encounter at the Marrara Cricket Ground.
The countries under the care of the electorate will be Spain, Nigeria, Brazil, and France.Minister for Sports, APEC, and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, said shirts will be printed with the flags of each country and given to the girls to wear as chaperones for each country.He said the teams will have about two to three days between matches and will have time to visit the city and so will be looked after by the girls.Selected communities have been tasked with each country and they are:Kone, Vanama, Ranuguri, Newtown (Spain)Rabuagnini, Kaugere, Badili, (Brazil)Wanigela, Koki, (Nigeria)Sabama, (France)Moresby North East and Moresby North West have also been allocated countries.
Kane equalled Alan Shearer’s Premier League mark of 36 goals in a calendar year, set in 1995, with another hat-trick at the weekend in his side’s 3-nil win at Burnley.Kane’s fifth hat-trick of the year lifted him to 93 Premier League goals in total, but he has some way to go to match Shearer’s all-time best of 260.”Of course you dream about it, but I’d be silly to look that far ahead I think,” Kane said. “I’ve still got a long way to go. A lot can happen in football.”Hopefully I can stay fit, stay sharp and we’ll see what happens. Maybe if I get to 200 and I’ve still got a few more years left then I’ll start thinking about it.”But for now I’m concentrating on each game. I’ve had a great 2017 and hopefully, for me, it’s an improved 2018 and I get even better.”The England striker will bid to break Shearer’s calendar-year mark in Tottenham’s home game against Southampton, but insisted the team comes before any personal landmarks.”Of course, always,” he said. “I’ve always said that and that will always be the case.”I’m the striker, so a lot of the time I get the praise and get spoken about, but it’s so important that the team does well.”But now, obviously equal, yeah I’m full of confidence going into Tuesday. But most importantly for me it’s the wins that matter and Southampton’s going to be another tough game.”
THE British and Irish Lions exploited a yellow card to Tawera Kerr-Barlow to set up a game-winning margin and grind down the Maori All Blacks to record a 32-10 win at Rotorua International Stadium in New Zealand on Saturday.The victory sent a powerful message to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as to how tough the Lions would be when the test series gets underway in Auckland next Saturday.Kerr-Barlow was sinbinned for a dangerous shoulder tackle on Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny allowing the visitors to extend their advantage from a close 15-10 to 29-10 while the scrumhalf was on the sideline shortly after halftime.The momentum of a penalty try from a dominant scrum and lock Maro Itoje smashing over following a sustained buildup continued well beyond the 10 minutes that Kerr-Barlow was off the field as the Lions pack took control of the game.Unless Gatland drastically changes his tactics and personnel in the next seven days the All Blacks will be well aware of what they can expect at Eden Park.Coupled with their forward dominance in the second half, their tactical kicking and defence were superb, forcing the Maori to make mistakes and keeping them pinned inside their own territory without any ball.“We managed the game well and squeezed the life out of them,” Gatland told reporters in Rotorua. “It was another step up tonight.”Halfpenny was also unerring with six penalties and a conversion for the visitors who now face the Waikato Chiefs on Tuesday in Hamilton.The Maori game had been expected to be an unofficial fourth test and the first half had been tight with the Maori in the game courtesy of loose forward Liam Messam’s try and a conversion and penalty to flyhalf Damian McKenzie.The Lions held a 12-10 lead at the break courtesy of four Halfpenny penalties but they were guilty of too many indiscretions under pressure themselves, something that Gatland said they had eliminated in the second half.Halfpenny extended the lead with his fifth penalty and when Kerr-Barlow was dispatched for the tackle that Peyper said had been close to a red card offence, the Lions forwards took total control with Peyper awarding a penalty try after a series of reset scrums.Itoje then crashed over following another sustained buildup and the game was all but won.The visitors could have scored more tries had the Maori not produced a valiant scrambling defence in their own 22-metre area.
NOVAK Djokovic looked to have regained his confidence and form just in time for a concerted Wimbledon assault as he carved out an emphatic win over Gael Monfils in the Aegon International grasscourt final at Eastbourne on Saturday.Djokovic once again wrapped up a 6-3 6-4 victory over the Frenchman he consistently gets the better of to lift the title in his first visit to Devonshire Park without dropping a single set.The Serb then confirmed on court that his friend, former Croatian player Mario Ancic, would be a new part of his coaching team, along with Andre Agassi, at Wimbledon next week.It was only the 30-year old’s second title of a difficult year in which he has struggled for form, faced injuries and split with his long-standing coaching team.However, on Saturday he seemed rejuvenated by the bracing English seaside air.Djokovic, who lifted his 68th career title and his first grasscourt title outside Wimbledon, now heads off to the grand slam in good heart as he seeks a fourth title there.
Twice champions and 2014 runners-up Argentina were in serious danger of failing to reach the 2018 World Cup finals after being held to a 0-0 draw by Peru on Thursday.Lionel Messi’s side are on 25 points in sixth place in the 10-team South American group, with only the top four teams qualifying automatically for Russia.The fifth-placed side, currently Peru, qualify for a playoff against Oceania champions New Zealand.Argentina visit Ecuador at high altitude in Quito in the final round of matches on Tuesday while Peru, who are hoping to go to the finals for the first time in 36 years, host Colombia in Lima.Brazil have already qualified for Russia on 38 points, while Uruguay (28) need just a draw from their final game against Bolivia to advance. Chile are third with Colombia fourth, both on 26 points.Argentina have struggled for goals in a poor qualifying campaign in which they have been under three coaches.But it was not for want of trying, with Messi hitting the post, that they ended up with a third successive draw in qualifiers under Jorge Sampaoli.Argentina had the lion’s share of possession and chances although good ones were scarce.Messi had a shot from a corner taken by Angel Di Maria deflected wide by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese early in the first half and later skimmed the outside of the post with a shot from the edge of the box.In between, Peru might have taken the lead but Jefferson Farfan put the ball outside the near post from a low cross from the left. Argentina should have gone ahead in first half stoppage time when Messi lifted a looping cross into the box but striker Dario Benedetto headed the ball over the bar.Right from the restart, Argentina could have scored from two good chances.Messi hit the post after picking up a rebound off Gallese and the goalkeeper soon after leapt to save a long range effort by Lucas Biglia.Gallese also saved at point blank range from Papu Gomez and substitute Emiliano Rigoni was also wide after a run by Messi.Boca Juniors midfielder Fernando Gago came on for Ever Banega after an hour but lasted less than 10 minutes before twisting his knee and having to be replaced by Enzo Perez in Sampaoli’s last possible change.Peru striker Paolo Guerrero almost snatched a goal at the death with a free kick that Sergio Romero tipped over his bar.Uruguay failed to break down Venezuela in a 0-0 draw on Thursday and were left waiting to bag what looked a certain place at the 2018 World Cup finals.URUGUAY 0 BOLIVIA 0The Uruguayans, second in the South American group behind already qualified Brazil (38), are on 28 points and will hope to secure their berth at the Russia finals when they host Bolivia on Tuesday.CHILE 2 ECUADOR 1Chile survived a late scare to beat Ecuador 2-1 on Thursday and keep alive their hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia as they moved into third-place in the 10-team South American qualifying groupPARAGUAY 2 COLOMBIA 1Two goals in the last three minutes gave Paraguay a 2-1 win over Colombia on Thursday and ensured both teams are still in contention for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia ahead of next week’s final qualifying matches.BRAZIL 0 BOLIVIA 0Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw away to Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday with home goalkeeper Carlos Lampe in outstanding form to frustrate the five-times world champions.COSTA RICE vs HONDURAS postponed due to tropical storm Nate
Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan is close to signing for Turkey’s Basaksehir, the Istanbul club said in a statement on Tuesday.Turkish media reported that Barcelona will keep paying half the player’s salary but Basaksehir, who top the domestic standings, said there were still issues to solve.“Although we have agreed in principle on many issues, there are still some steps to be taken. My team is in talks with the player’s agent and Barcelona club officials,” club chairman Goksel Gumusdag said.“I hope they will come back with a positive result,” he added.Since moving to the Nou Camp in 2015 in a €34 million deal from Atletico Madrid, Turkey international Turan has struggled to hold down a first-team place, scoring 19 goals in 53 appearances in all competitions.The 30-year-old has not played for Barcelona this season.
Attacking midfielder Leroy Sane was a surprise omission from Joachim Loew’s final Germany squad for the World Cup finals on Monday as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was named among the 23 players heading to Russia for the defending champions.Neuer made the squad despite playing in just one official game, a friendly against Austria on Friday, since breaking a bone in his foot in September but talented 22-year-old Sane was the highest-profile player excluded.The Manchester City midfielder, goalkeeper Bernd Leno, forward Nils Petersen and defender Jonathan Tah were the four players that failed to make the cut from Loew’s provisional list.Sane, who joined the English champions in 2016, had been a surprise addition to Germany’s Euro 2016 squad two years ago but this time he was overlooked by Loew, who opted to take the more physical Julian Brandt to Russia instead.“It was a very tight decision between him and Julian Brandt which went in favour of Brandt,” Loew said. “There are better days in the life of a national team coach, when you have to send four amazing players, who deserve to be at the World Cup, home.“It’s like being at the airport check-in counter en route to Moscow and you are not allowed to board the plane.”Germany captain Neuer, who won the World Cup four years ago, will also be their first choice keeper for the tournament, ahead of designated number two Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp.“The clinical tests were really good,” Neuer told reporters.“I always had the goal in front of me. I stayed positive through the injury and had I not been positive I would not have been included.“I feel good and now my focus is on the World Cup.”Loew announced his squad at the end of a training camp at the Italian Alps. The Germans play their last warm-up game against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on Friday before the start of the tournament on June 14.Germany are in Group F along with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.Squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain).Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich).Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).Forwards:Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).
Barcelona have retained their position as the world’s best paid professional sports team while National Basketball Association (NBA) sides took seven out of the top 10 places this year, a study by research body Sporting Intelligence has revealed.Data from the annual Global Sports Salary Survey shows the average basic pay at the Spanish giants this season is 9.8 million pounds ($12.75 million), dipping slightly from last year’s 10.5 million pounds.Barcelona holding onto top spot is largely down to Argentina forward Lionel Messi’s gross basic annual pay of more than 50 million pounds including guaranteed image rights fees.Real Madrid are second on the list with an average basic pay of around 8.9 million pounds while Serie A champions Juventus – who signed Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 – are in third place.Portland Trailblazers are fourth with an average pay of 8 million pounds, ahead of fellow NBA sides Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.English football champions Manchester City are 13th at 6.9 million pounds – below France’s Paris St Germain in 12th (7.1 million pounds) — but ahead of local rivals Manchester United who are 33rd (6.1 million pounds).The average annual salary of a Premier League player climbed over 3 million pounds for the first time – a rise of 6.1% from last year – making the competition the highest paying football league, while the NBA was first overall.Major League Baseball teams experienced mixed fortunes on the list.The New York Yankees, who last week signed pitcher Gerrit Cole to a nine-year deal worth a reported $324 million, are 32nd while the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks were among the biggest fallers.Data revealed that Spain’s La Liga and the Premier League were joint-top in terms of social media popularity, well ahead of the NBA, NFL and Serie A.
EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Quarters: 19-6, 36-26, 52-52, 67-65 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Bolts zap Road Warriors behind Newsome, Daquioag for 1st win PH among economies most vulnerable to virus For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo knew all too well his captain would not falter under the championship pressure.“Winning time, pag end game na or crunch time, si JT beterano na and may talent (This is the endgame or crunch time and JT is our veteran and he has the talent in the clutch),” said Ayo. “Hindi magpapatalo ‘to eh (This guy won’t accept losing).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAdrian Wong had a chance to win it for the Eagles but his Hail Mary shot, after Kib Montalbo split his free throws with 3.3 seconds left, bounced off the backboard as time expired.Teng had an earlier attempt ruled out when it was reviewed his shot did not beat the shot clock buzzer with La Salle leading, 64-63, with 39.6 seconds remaining. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ben Mbala was the high-point man for La Salle as he finished with 20 points to go along 15 boards while rookie Aljun Melecio and Teng combined for 22 markers.Black led Ateneo with 12 points and eight rebounds.The scores:LA SALLE 67 – Mbala 20, Melecio 12, Teng 10, Sargent 7, Torres 5, Montalbo 4, Rivero P 3, Tratter 3, Rivero R 2, Caracut 1, Perkins 0, Baltazar 0ATENEO 65 – Black 12, Wong 9, Ravena 8, Ikeh 8, Nieto Mi 8, Go 6, Verano 5, Nieto Ma 5, Tolentino 2, Asistio 2, Porter 0, Mendoza 0ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes La Salle celebrates after outlasting Ateneo in Game 1 of the UAAP Finals. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJeron Teng made clutch plays on both ends of the floor and top seed De La Salle escaped longtime rival Ateneo, 67-65, for a 1-0 lead in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball Finals before a raucous crowd Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Teng converted on a layup to give the Green Archers a 66-65 lead with 15.1 seconds left before denying Aaron Black’s potential go-ahead basket on the defensive end.ADVERTISEMENT View comments