Archive for February, 2019

  • Lyon belted then backed by Essex batsman

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    The man who made a mess of Nathan Lyon’s bowling figures in Chelmsford believes it would be wrong to read too much into the offspinner’s output in the tour game.

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    Lyon finished with the unflattering match figures of 1-200 from 34.4 overs in his only hit out in local conditions before the Ashes starts in Cardiff on Wednesday.

    The low point came in the first innings when Ryan ten Doeschate smashed a ball over Lyon’s head, past the grandstand and into the River Can.

    The Dutchman, who averages 67 with the bat from 33 ODIs, has achieved the feat on the small ground previously.

    And ten Doeschate has seen plenty of tweakers come unstuck on pitches far more lively than the “flat deck” produced by Essex for the tour game.

    “It wasn’t a great wicket to bowl spin on,” he told AAP on Saturday.

    “In both innings, the spinners went at quite a click – it’s obviously very small here in Chelmsford.

    “But he bowled very well today. I’m sure he’ll take a lot of confidence out of that and he’ll be ready for the first Test.”

    The hard-hitting allrounder was on the books of the Adelaide Strikers last summer, when he was dismissed by Lyon in the BBL semi-final at Adelaide Oval.

    The 35-year-old pointed to the fact England will have potentially seven left-handers in their XI this week as another reason for Lyon not to feel too glum.

    “We didn’t have any left-handers on show in this game,” he said.

    “The Test side will be different and the fifth-day Test wickets will be a bit more helpful.”

    Lyon’s opening five overs in the tour game went for 54 runs.

    He created one chance on day two when Ravi Bopara danced down the wicket and missed the ball, but Essex continued to attack at almost every opportunity.

    “It’s generally the way guys go about over here … it was just a really docile wicket early on,” ten Doeschate said.

    “It didn’t really turn or bounce, so you could walk down the wicket quite confidently and hit through the line.

    “The wicket got a little bit drier later and he certainly got that bounce he’s known for.”

    Michael Clarke, speaking after day three, wasn’t worried about the man who recently became Australia’s most prolific offspinner.

    “That’s the way the wicket is more than anything else, there wasn’t much spin in it,” Clarke said.

    “Lyno’s going really well.”

  • Woods drops seven behind as four tie for lead at Greenbrier

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    The 14-times major champion hit his share of good shots, but a couple of wild drives demonstrated yet again that his swing changes under coach Chris Como remain a work in progress.

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    In his last start before the British Open at St. Andrews, where he has won twice, Woods took a double-bogey at the par-four 11th after fanning his drive out-of-bounds.

    Later, at the par-five 17th, he hooked his drive less than 200 yards en route to a bogey.

    Bohn had no such problems as he accrued 10 birdies to come within two shots of the course record 59 held by Stuart Appleby.

    After sinking a seven-foot putt at the 36th hole to make the cut with nothing to spare on Friday, Bohn used the confidence-booster as a springboard into contention.

    He finished long before the halfway leaders had even teed off, and his performance was good enough to end the day locked with fellow Americans Bryce Molder (67) and Sean O’Hair (66), and South Korean Park Sung-joon (66) at 11-under 199.

    Four others are just one stroke behind at a tournament where no 54-hole leader has ever won.

    “I had some benign conditions this morning and hit a lot of good shots and made a lot of putts, so it was great,” Bohn told CBS.

    “A lot of my putts didn’t have a lot of break to them. I didn’t really have that many difficult putts.”

    Bohn, 42, a two-time tour winner who launched his pro career in 1992 when he received $1 million for a hole-in-one, is motivated by more than thoughts of victory.

    The top four finishers not already exempt for the British Open at St. Andrews will earn a late ticket to the major championship in two weeks.

    “There is nothing like it anywhere in the world, the fans, the town, the golf course,” Bohn said, “I want to play there and want to play there really bad.”

    (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene Cherry)

  • Villa fires New York City to win over Montreal

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    It was New York’s fourth win in five games, a run that has lifted them into playoff contention after a horrible stretch earlier in the season when they went 11 matches without a win.

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    In other action, the lowly Colorado Rapids pulled off a big upset when they beat the high-flying Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 for just their third win this season.

    Colorado took a second-minute lead through Uruguayan striker Vicente Sanchez, before the visiting Whitecaps made it 1-1 courtesy of midfielder Kekuta Manneh in the 20th minute.

    But the Rapids were not to be denied and Irish international Kevin Doyle headed home the winner in the 56th minute, his first MLS goal since he joined the league in May.

    The loss left Vancouver level on points at the top of the Western Conference with Seattle Sounders, who beat Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United 1-0 on Friday night.

    In Texas, Dallas trounced the visiting New England Revolution 3-0 with an early goal from Argentine Mauro Díaz paving the way for a comfortable victory.

    Diaz drove a low free kick under the New England wall when the line of defenders jumped into the air and it only got worse for the Revolution as a comedy of errors gifted the second Dallas goal to Colombian Fabian Castillo.

    In Ohio, Columbus Crew came from behind to beat New York Red Bulls 2-1, a pair of goals from midfielder Ethan Finlay overhauling an early strike on the break from Anatole Bertrand Abang.

    In other matches, the Los Angeles Galaxy trounced Toronto 4-0, thanks in no small measure to a hat-trick from Ireland striker Robbie Keane, while Real Salt Lake and Orlando City drew 1-1.

    (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

  • De Gois to answer hooking SOS for Eels

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Parramatta hooker Isaac De Gois will undergo a fitness test on Sunday in a bid to return a month early from a cheekbone injury in time to play Wests Tigers.

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    The Eels are in the midst of a hooking crisis with first-choice rake Nathan Peats sidelined with a recurring knee issue and third-string Kaysa Pritchard out for the year with another torn pec.

    Eels coach Brad Arthur was forced to play part-time hooker Cody Nelson in the No. 9 jumper in last week’s upset of Melbourne, but could get a boost for Monday night’s clash with the return of De Gois.

    “He’ll have a bit of a fitness test today. His injury is quite severe, so we’re not going to rush him through,” Arthur said on Sunday.

    Second-rower Manu Ma’u will also play for the first time in almost a month after being suspended for a raised knee against North Queensland in Round 13.

    “Losing players through suspension is not great, but it was probably a rest that he deserved,” Arthur said.

    “He’s feeling a little bit fresher and he’s ready to go. He feels he’s let his team down having those two games off but he’s looking for a big game tomorrow.”

    Arthur batted away questions over the dramatic signing of Kieran Foran, who this week officially agreed to a two-year deal with the club beginning in 2016, with a player option for further two seasons.

    “The boys are only focused on 2015. It’s great for our club, but what’s our priority right now is the rest of this season,” he said.

    The former Manly assistant also refused to answer questions on his own future, which is now seemingly secure after reports of a clause inserted into Foran’s contract that allows him to leave should Arthur be let go.

    “All these stories going around are all news to me. No disrespect to anyone, but our focus is on 2015,” he said.

    RECENT TIGERS-EELS MEETINGS

    * Since 2009, the Tigers have won nine of 12 matches against the Eels, including six of the past seven

    * The Tigers have kicked a field goal in seven of those nine wins

    * The Tigers have won just two of 11 Monday night games since 2012

    * The Eels have won three of their past four Monday night fixtures. They should be four from four but bombed a 24-point lead against the Cowboys in Round 13

    * The Eels have lost all three previous matches at the venue in 2015 and have won just one of their past 19 games there.

  • Walsh showed Burgoyne the way in AFL

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    They’re the coaching quartet that helped guarantee Shaun Burgoyne would enjoy a great AFL career.

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    Burgoyne hit the jackpot when he joined Port Adelaide in 2000 to have Phil Walsh, Mark Williams, Alastair Clarkson and Dean Bailey as his mentors.

    The Hawthorn star said on Monday he will forever be grateful to Walsh, who made Burgoyne realise the importance of setting high standards for himself.

    Burgoyne remembered Walsh, who died in horrific circumstances last Friday, as a fantastic football man and a great bloke as well.

    “I don’t think I would have been able to step into AFL footy the way I did and play straight up if it wasn’t for the guidance of Phil, Clarko, Chocco and Bails,” Burgoyne said.

    “Their knowledge of the game was outstanding and the way they were able to teach you the game was first-class.

    “He (Walsh) taught me a lot about having standards when I first came in – elite standards, having an elite lifestyle.”

    After working with Walsh for eight years at Port, Burgoyne went to Hawthorn in late 2009.

    “When I first went (to Port), he was pretty hard on me,” Burgoyne said.

    “He’d give me a few sprays here and there.

    “But he was also very caring and nurturing of all the younger players, trying to get the most out of them.

    “His attention to detail was something that will stick with me – young or old, he expected you to fully pay attention.”

    Clarkson now coaches Burgoyne at Hawthorn, while Williams is at Richmond and Bailey died of cancer in March last year.

    Burgoyne said he and Clarkson are among about half a dozen staff at Hawthorn who have directly worked with Walsh – typical of his vast impact around the AFL.

    “It was very hard to take the news … obviously Phil touched a lot of people over his journey, being at a few different clubs,” Burgoyne added.

    “He’s going to be missed.”

  • Hodges ready to have final word on rival

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Master sledger Justin Hodges admits NSW rival Michael Jennings left him lost for words in State of Origin II.

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    But the Queensland great hopes to have the final say on their rivalry in his Origin swansong by inspiring a “fairytale” game three win in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

    Maroons coach Mal Meninga had left the door open for Hodges to return for Queensland next year if they lost the series this year.

    The 33-year-old Hodges slammed it shut on Sunday, confirming that he would run out for his 24th and final Origin appearance on Wednesday night.

    His priority is a game three win and the Maroons’ ninth Origin series in 10 years.

    But the wily centre claimed he also had some unfinished business with Jennings.

    Hodges admitted he took it personally when NSW centre Jennings’ man-of-the-match display inspired the Blues’ 26-18 Origin II win in Melbourne.

    “Definitely. That’s something that I’ve always prided myself on, making sure that if I go out and do my job and be the best centre against my centre then obviously we’re one step closer to winning,” he said.

    “He got me in game two and there’s still one more game to go.”

    Known for his knack for niggling, Hodges admitted he was speechless in game two against a livewire Jennings, who critics claimed made the Queensland great look “old and slow”.

    “I wasn’t on my game as best as I could defensively and there was nothing I could say,” he said.

    “He was named man of the match and he deserved it.

    “It’s my job to try and stop him on Wednesday.

    “I think in time he’s going to be one of the best centres in the game. I’ve got heaps of respect for him but when we’re on the field we’re both trying to win for our state or our club.”

    The Maroons veteran kept his fingers crossed for a fairytale finish but hoped his teammates did not adopt a “do it for Hodgo” attitude for game three.

    “It’s probably the hardest thing to do, end on a fairytale,” Hodges said.

    “The first two games have been tough and this one’s going to be even tougher.

    “We’ve got our hands full but for me I just want the lads not to worry about me and to get the result for me.

    “I just want them to go out and play the best way they can and whatever is meant to be is meant to be.”

    Hodges had a nightmare Origin debut back in 2002 at the age of 19 when he twice gifted NSW tries with “hail Mary” passes in-goal.

    He has since become a Queensland great and was a key to their record eight straight series streak that ended last year.

    Hodges said he knew last year that the end was nigh.

    “As hard as it is to say it, you never want to give up your Queensland jersey, but I feel the time is right,” he said.

    JUSTIN HODGES’ ORIGIN STATS

    * State of Origin games: 23

    * Origin debut: Game two, 2002

    * Origin points: 20 (five tries)

    * Career Origin stats:

    * Average possessions per game: 19.3

    * Average runs: 12.2

    * Average metres: 108

    * Tackle busts: 77

    * Line breaks: 8

    * Try assists: 3

    * Offloads: 31

    * Errors: 33

    * Average tackles per game: 11.1

    * Average missed tackles per game: 2.8

  • Japan finds new motivation for World Cup final

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Japan will defend that crown on Sunday in Vancouver against the United States and this time coach Norio Sasaki said his team needs no such motivation as they bid to join Germany as the only country to claim back-to-back titles.

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    “In 2011 Japan suffered a great earthquake and tsunami and the people in Japan really got interested in the Women’s World Cup,” Sasaki told reporters before this team went out for the their final practise session at BC Place.

    “The players responded to that and played every game hard and won and inspired the people in Japan.

    “In 2011 I did a lot of things to keep the motivation high, I made videos of the earthquake devastation and they watched that.

    “In this tournament I did not do that, I didn’t make any videos because they already have that experience and each player has a good mindset.

    “This team has matured and the experiences they have had give inspiration to them.

    “Compared to 2011 mentally they are stronger as a team.”

    The ‘Nadeshiko’ will, however, draw inspiration from the fact they were beaten 2-1 by the U.S. in the final at the London 2012 Olympics, which sealed the third successive gold medal for the Americans.

    The Asian champions will also be playing for team mate Kozue Ando who broke her ankle in the opening match in Canada and was ruled out of the tournament.

    A white teddy bear wearing Ando’s number seven jersey has occupied a spot on the Japan bench but on Sunday the midfielder will be on the sidelines to cheer on her team mates.

    “I think we complete our team only when she is with us so she makes a big difference,” captain Aya Miyama said.

    “She is coming back to Vancouver and we are going to win the World Cup together with her.

    “It is very important to have her (here).”

    (Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

  • Watson not proud of game 200

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Jobe Watson says he understands if Essendon supporters aren’t proud of his team after the Bombers’ 110-point capitulation to St Kilda.

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    The popular captain endured rather than enjoyed his 200th game for the Bombers on Sunday.

    In Essendon’s worst loss in nine years, a young St Kilda side ran rampant from first bounce to final siren.

    There were few decent performers in the Bombers team and Watson (eight disposals, seven tackles) wasn’t one of them.

    Sent to the forward line as part of James Hird’s plan to give his attack more experience, Watson was starved of the ball and didn’t impact the match.

    “We’re playing a poor brand of footy and particularly today, the effort wasn’t there when you’d expect,” Watson said.

    “Most times when you walk off the ground and you feel like you’ve given good effort and you’ve lost, you can feel like supporters might be proud.

    “I didn’t feel like that today.”

    Dyson Heppell (31 disposals, two goals), who had ten more touches than anyone else on his team, was one of the few to stand up in Watson’s milestone match.

    Heppell said he couldn’t recall a worse team performance.

    “Jobe’s stood up for us time and time again in remarkable situations and as a team we really wanted to honour him,” he said.

    “It’s one of the most disappointing games I’ve been a part of … we didn’t bring our effort or intent”.

    Heppell also bristled at suggestions that Hird had `lost the dressing room’.

    “We love Hirdy,” he said.

    “We love having hirdy around we have so much respect for the man.

    “This is about the players we’re all in this together once again. We need to get through this period.”

    Watson was also adamant the blame should not fall on Hird.

    “The heat comes on everyone at some point,” he said.

    “The effort wasn’t there from the playing group .. as players, you can’t hide from that, as the captain of the club I can’t hide from that.”

  • No drug culture at Suns: Hunt

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    Controversial code hopper Karmichael Hunt has denied there is a drug culture at AFL club Gold Coast Suns.

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    But Hunt has reached out to Harley Bennell after the publication of photos which appear to show the Suns young gun using illicit drugs in a Launceston hotel room, in March 2013.

    The Suns urged players to come forward about anything relating to drug use after a report claimed Hunt had named past and present Suns players as cocaine users in a report to police.

    They were players with him at the Suns’ Mad Monday in late August and on a golf trip to the Sunshine Coast.

    The Suns have not ruled out speaking to Hunt as part of their overhaul of drug testing and policies in light of the code hopper’s claims and Bennell’s pics.

    Hunt’s wife Emma claimed an end-of-season cocaine binge that landed her husband in trouble with police was not the first, saying he had others “over a period of many years”.

    But Hunt denied the Suns had a drug problem.

    “I have been reading stories about a drug culture here and there – that’s not the truth,” Hunt told Channel Seven.

    Hunt said he contacted former Gold Coast teammates to support Bennell after the photos emerged.

    He hoped Bennell could follow his lead and learn from his mistakes.

    “I am not shying away from it, I have made my mistakes, I have put my hand up and owned it,” said ex-Bronco Hunt, who ended his four-year AFL stint in 2014 to pursue his third code, rugby, with Queensland Reds.

    “And Harley is going to have to do the same going forward.”

    Hunt said his wife knew of his drug use and tried to make him stop.

    Hunt’s wife Emma said she hoped last year’s end of year binge was his last.

    “I was hoping that was the end of it, the end of a period of many years,” she said.

    Hunt admitted being labelled a dobber had been even harder to deal with than facing cocaine-related charges.

    The 28-year-old father of three said he had spoken to all of the ex-Suns teammates he named to the Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission (QCCC) since his statement to them was leaked a week ago.

    Hunt insisted they were understanding and realised he had no choice.

    Hunt was arrested on charges of supplying cocaine in February and a month later was fined $2500 by the Southport Magistrates Court and ordered to have drug counselling after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine in September and October last year.

    He also copped a six-week ban from the Reds, was stripped of his vice-captaincy, fined $30,000 by the Super Rugby franchise and ordered to have drug counselling.

  • Cheeky Sanchez penalty clinches Chile’s first Copa

    Date: 2019.02.17 | Category: 杭州夜生活 | Response: 0

    The two sides were deadlocked 0-0 after 90 minutes and when another half an hour of extra time failed to produce a goal, the contest was destined to be decided by penalties.

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    Lionel Messi stepped up to score Argentina’s first spot kick but, as the first three Chileans converted unerringly, Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega missed.

    That left the stage set for forward Sanchez, who made up for a quiet game by dinking the ball into Sergio Romero’s net to send the capacity crowd at Santiago’s National Stadium into raptures.

    “Our whole idea was to win something, we knew that this was the moment,” goalkeeper Claudio Bravo told reporters.

    “This is a privileged generation and now it is time to enjoy it. We are not used to winning anything so this is an exception.” Chile had beaten Argentina just once in 38 competitive matches before the final and were outsiders to take the trophy for the first time in the 99-year history of the tournament.

    Few sides were able to handle their fast-paced football, however, and they won four of their five games on their way to the deciding match, scoring 13 goals and delighting their home fans.

    “This is something so nice for all the Chilean people,” midfielder Arturo Vidal told reporters after the whistle.

    “We Chileans needed a triumph, something like this Cup, today we took an incredible step, we’re America’s best.” The final itself was a poor game with neither side able to create many chances.

    With Messi uninspired and Sanchez faltering, the teams attempted just 19 shots between them — less than all but one of the Copa America finals contested since 1993.

    Higuain came closest to breaking the stalemate for Argentina in the last minute of regulation time.

    Messi sent Ezequiel Lavezzi through on the leftand he crossed to Higuain at the far post but the striker could only put the ball in the side netting. Sanchez had one great chance to steal the game for Chile in extra time but blazed over with just the goalkeeper to beat.

    (Writing by Andrew Downie, editing by Nick Mulvenney)