Muguruza takes flight to enter the semifinals

first_imgNot even the most optimistic anticipated such a vibrant and stable efficiency from Garbiñe Muguruza at the Australian Open. In all probability not even herself. It appeared too early for the impact of the change of apparatus with the arrival of Conchita Martínez to have a optimistic impact on the Spanish participant after two years virtually misplaced regardless of her privileged physique and her expertise for tennis. However plainly each time the two get collectively, good issues occur. It was seen three years in the past in Wimbledon, when Garbiñe raised the title. And it occurs once more in Melbourne. This Wednesday he received in two units (7-5 ​​and 6-Three in 1h: 33) to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and arrives for the first time to the semifinals of the match, that are the fifth to which he arrives in Grand Slams. The truth that his former coach Sam Sumyk was in the field of his opponent didn’t appear to disturb her. From much less to extra, he rose to get his most vital victory in a very long time and enter in the penultimate spherical, which can face Simona Halep on Thursday, which swept Anett Kontaveit (double 6-1 in 53 minutes). “I’ve to be ready and I like not having to wait one other day to play. It’s going to be a tricky sport. ”stated the Caracas on the monitor a couple of rivalry that dominates 3-2, the three victories on laborious court docket. Initially the two had been a bundle of nerves. Garbiñe didn’t put many first and that prevented him from dominating together with his serve, so he misplaced it quickly, in the third sport. The great factor for her is that her rival was not to throw rockets at the service and will recuperate from the break instantly. In truth, he did it twice. In different sides, akin to the reverse, some flat drives and a few talent to subtract, Pavlyuchenkova was extra harmful. However he was punished quite a bit for double faults. Particularly the three that he chained in the twelfth sport, the one who gave the first set to Muguruza, who with out scratching at excessive altitude wore a diversified tennis and didn’t decompose at any time.The Caracas wanted to enhance the service and didn’t accomplish that in the first sport of the second set. He misplaced his flip and as had occurred in the first spherical, he recovered the break instantly. From there he obtained higher and that allowed him to subtract with extra tranquility and intention. Additional, Pavlyuchenkova fell once more into the pit of double faults and with one among them he handed the sixth sport to Garbiñe. With 4-2, the Spanish didn’t get entangled, consolidated the break and together with his final serve and an awesome volley he buckled a giant win.Outcomes of the ladies’s workforce of the Australian Open.last_img read more

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“It is not a life or death match, we are not surgeons”

first_imgMatch against Mallorca: “It is important. It is not a final. If we win we do not save ourselves and if we lose we descend. If it were the last match it would be a final. It is a six-point match, we face a rival who is in the same situation. I have heard to my players to say that it is a life-and-death match and it is not like that. We are not surgeons and we are not going to operate on anyone who can die. It has a lot of excitement for us, to be able to play in our field before a hobby we know that there will be a good entrance. We want you to enjoy. The player and I as a coach must be very excited knowing that it is important. “Without pressure or craving: “I have been fortunate that the team has competed well since I was here. The other day, despite the loss, we played a good game, but we were penalized for mistakes. The team is doing well and the players are not stressed. They have a tremendous desire to win the first game at home, Mallorca is in a similar situation and we play against our people, tomorrow the player will be happy to meet a full stadium, no need to motivate them in that regard. the illusion and adrenaline. The game lasts 90 minutes, not just five. We have to go full, but you have to win the game in 90 minutes, it’s not two or three. “ The Espanyol coach offered the press conference prior to this Sunday’s meeting against Mallorca. The parakeet team seeks its first win at Cornellà-El Prat of the season against a direct rival in the fight for permanence. In addition, the vermilion team does not know what it is to win at home in the course. He has only been able to score a point in the ten games played. Match between a team that has not won at home and another that has not won out: “Well, a draw. But we hope that it is not so. They are statistics. Mallorca makes the dynamics that it carries more dangerous. It plays a lot, like us. It has incredible merit. Several of its players have come from Second B. It has arguments very good to be one of the teams that can be in First next year. We have to be very attentive because it is very vertical and if we do not defend well it will cause us many problems. “RDT: “Not only does Raúl act as a leader because there are players who have been wearing this shirt for several years. Raúl has been a great success on the part of the club to bring it. He is a player who is in a great state of shape and we hope that this will continue during the years that has signed for Espanyol. “It is not a final: “Win or lose we will have to win again in Seville. I live the present. I look forward to an even, very tense match and any detail will uneven the balance. We will see how the match ends, the sensations and how the day ends. Despite the defeat last day we benefited. I don’t think about the future or the next game. “Sensations: “I always see myself winning. My feelings are always very positive. On the board, now that we will watch a video, I win 3-0. The team is very involved and eager to change this situation, but it is day to day. Unfortunately, when I arrived, it was not the best in terms of punctuation, and we will be like this during the 16 games that remain. I do not like the final word. It is a very important match and I see the team well, calm and with I want to be able to make a match. “The penalty kicker: “The other day, in Granada, I screwed up. It is a fault of mine. I have my responsibility because before Athletic I said that if there was a penalty Raúl throws it. With the pie the other day, in Granada, it happened to me. When it happened I didn’t think it was the penalty, I said Raul has fallen, and I didn’t see what happened next. I found out on TV. But I liked that two or three players wanted to throw the penalty. I liked that in this difficult situation there are three players who want to take responsibility. Raul will throw the penalties. “center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 8, 2020last_img read more

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Doubt is Pogba or Haaland

first_imgThe other big question is … Pogba or Haaland? French is Zidane’s endeavor, an old endeavor, it would be the third time that the white entity tried to hire them. The Norwegian striker, Haaland, is a necessity, given Madrid’s lack of goal (the double season averaged three goals per game and in this interrupted one it does not reach two), and even more so after the frustrated signing of Jovic (21 years old, 60 million, two goals in 24 games with Madrid). It is not clear that Madrid may not even sign one of the two, Pogba or Haaland, this summer. What is clear is that, to both, in no case.PATRIK STOLLARZ & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>PATRIK STOLLARZ (AFP) Pogba’s case is different: a ready-made footballer (27 years old) on which to build a project. Or so Zidane sees it. The problem is that the directive, led by Florentino, does not think the same. Zidane wants it but not Florentino. As AS has published, Pogba is at the right time to sign him, he has a contract until 2021 and, although United can extend it one more unilaterally, the foundations have been laid for his departure. Pogba would prioritize Madrid, but he needs to get the offer. Between one or the other, Pogba or Haaland, Raiola would not care … the two players are his. What the coaching staff values ​​in its meetings with Madrid’s general management at this time is which line, midfield or forward, is most important to reinforce. Speaking of the front, there are voices that indicate that Jovic, still very young, must be given a vote of confidence or at least a second chance. There are also accounts of what Asensio and Hazard can contribute face to door, who have lost practically all this season due to their injuries. Either way, there is evidence: Borussia does not want to release Haaland until 2022. Getting him to do it now can be very expensive: he is the forward of the future, he is 19 years old and can go for more than 100 million.PHIL NOBLE & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>PHIL NOBLE (REUTERS)center_img In this tense impass in which football is found, With the uncertainty about their finances, the range of possibilities that opens up for Madrid is enormous. There is a marked roadmap but it is not known if it can be carried out. The ultimate goal of Madrid, as this newspaper has been telling, is undertake the signing of Mbappé in 2021. It is a strategy that is playing for the long term. The key is that the Frenchman, who ends his contract in 2022, does not renew. And at the moment he is succeeding.last_img read more

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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée asks the Premier to stop buying Newcastle

first_imgThe letter appeals to the Premier League to stop those looking to “use English football as a way to improve their image and hide their transgressions.”Khashoggi was assassinated on October 2, 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he went to collect documents to marry Cengiz. His remains were never found. Turkish and Western intelligence agencies said the order to kill him could only come from the highest levels of the Saudi government.“The proposed acquisition is not just ‘business’ for the crown prince and the Saudi authorities, but an attempt to evade justice and international scrutiny for an unconscionable act,” the letter from Cengiz.International Amnesty warned that the Premier League he risked becoming a “scapegoat” for the “sports laundering” of Saudi Arabia, which he accuses of organizing sports events to launder the image of the dictatorship. Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, murdered and dismembered last October at his country’s consulate in Istanbul, has asked this Tuesday to the Premier League to stop the acquisition of Newcastle United by a Saudi fund.The letter sent by the attorneys for Hatice Cengiz to the executive president of the Premier League, Richard MastersHe assures that English football “would be clouded by its connection with those who commit the most heinous crimes and then seek to launder them.”According to reports, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia will invest 300 million pounds -more than 344 million euros- to achieve an 80 percent participation of the English club. The Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the de facto leader of the kingdom, is the president of PIF.last_img read more

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Montague pleased with first-day execution

first_imgChairman of the organising committee for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Colleen Montague, says she was pleased with the execution of the first day of the five-day championships, currently taking place inside the National Stadium. Montague admitted some disappointment that spectators continue to shun the opening day of the championships despite the free admittance, but believes there are some positive signs as she looks forward to another successful staging of the event. “Things are going very well, everyone has carried out their part, it was an amazing effort on everyone’s part to ensure that everything was in place for today (yesterday),” Montague told The Gleaner. “We had some very minor hiccups, but we are pleased with where we are. “We know that each day is different. Tomorrow (today) brings another complexion because all the schools will be out, and by Friday, the spectators will all be out, so every day brings a different aspect to Champs, and we just take it day by day,” Montague added. “We take it year by year, and what we have been seeing on all of the days is a vast improvement over a few years ago. We are taking it step by step, and we are working with all of our stakeholders. In a few years we will see even more improvements on these days,” she said. The Wolmer’s Girls’ School principal was also disappointed that the demand for grandstand tickets could not be met, but reminded fans that there will be an opportunity to watch the event on big screen outside the National Stadium’s main gate on Saturday. “We are very unhappy that we are unable to satisfy the demands of so many persons who want to be here with us,” Montague said. “We will be having a screen outside for persons who come and aren’t able to get inside, they will be able to view it and experience it there.”last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO – NW4*1. FRANKENSTORM WHenry 53.02. ROCKETEER HLewis 51.5 9L3. OFFICIAL REPORT JPatterson4 48.0 1/2L4. ZEEVA AChatrie 52.5 1 1/2LWIN: $126.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 6yo b horse – OUTRIGGER – SEEKING LILTrainer : ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : NICHOLAS MILLERBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $278.00 Ex: $507.00Trifecta: $402.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. BIG BUCK JInnis4 53.02. JAGRETEE OEdwards3 51.0 1 10 1/2L*3. MR. TOPPER TOP MAN AChatrie 56.0 2 1/2L4. SILVER SURF HPottinger4 53.0 HeadLate scratch : #2 LITTLE PRINCE, #6 MR. GRAND NATIONALWIN: $150.00PLACE: $56.00, $70.00, $54.00Final Time : 1:39.1 Splits : 23.4, 47.4, 1:14.3,Winner : 4yo b colt – WHO’S STAYIN ON – BUCKS ORCHIDTrainer : WAYNE PARCHMENT Owner : V.M.W.Bred by VINCENT LUMSDENNOTE: HORSE #1 SILVER SURF CAME 2ND, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH.Qu: $639.00 Ex: $1,166.00D/E: $552.00 (6-6) $95.00Superfecta: $2,882.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) (DIV.I)1. EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS DaneNelson 53.02. RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins3 51.0 1 3/4L3. SURE MAN RWilson 54.0 1 3/4L4. GENUINE FRIEND OEdwards3 50.0 3 1/2LLate scratch : #3 JAVINEWIN: $177.00PLACE: $136.00, $72.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:16.2 Splits : 23.0, 47.3Winner : 5yo ch filly – BURNING MARQUE – EXPLOSIVE PEAKTrainer : RAYMOND TOWNSEND Owner : MISS SUCKIEBred by ELAINE MCMASTERQu: $905.00 Ex: $1,503.00D/E: $775.00 (5-3) $66.00Superfecta: $9,926.00Rolling Triple: $2,720.00Race 4 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. IAN LINKS OWalker 56.02. DR. TRAIN DaneNelson 52.0 1 1/4L3. MISTER BONES CChow 55.0 2L4. MR. DOITBETTA JErwin 56.0 2 1/4L5. WARTIME AMartin 54.0 1/2LLate scratch : #11 QUEEN OF BAGDADWIN: $114.00PLACE: $62.00, $64.00, $72.00Final Time : 1:41.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.3, 1:13.1Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – WITCHCRAFTTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : IAN LODGEBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $159.00 Ex: $464.00D/E: $528.00 (4-11) $650.00Trifecta: $220.00Hi-5: $6,589.00Rolling Triple: $1,653.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) (DIV.II)1. NATASHADONTPLAY JPatterson4 50.0*2. RAY RAY OnBeckford4 51.5 2 3/4L3. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 50.0 5L4. SEAL THE DEAL JErwin 54.0 1 1/2LLate scratch : #6 TWO STEPS UPWIN: $155.00PLACE: $92.00, $73.00, $182.00Final Time : 1:15.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1Winner : 5yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – TAWNEE PRINCESSTrainer : UTON STEWART Owner: BANTON DON’T PLAYBred by RUSSELL MARSHALL JR.Qu: $198.00 Ex: $421.00D/E: $369.00Superfecta: $5,026.00Rolling Triple: $1,673.00Race 6 1100 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YNW2 & 6YO&UP-NW4*1. LEGAL ACCOUNT OWalker 55.02. UNCLE G JPatterson4 52.0 6 1/2L3. KIMBERLY GOLD OEdwards3 50.0 1 3/4L4. ST. BERNARD DaneNelson 54.0 1 1/4L5. SOUND OF MIRACLE JInnis4 48.0 1 1/4L6. REGGAE GOLD WHenry 57.0 2 1/4LLate scratch : #2 EL CLIENTEWIN: $97.00PLACE: $65.00, $84.00, $240.00Final Time : 1:08.2 Splits : 23.1, 47.1Winner : 4yo ch colt – LEGAL PROCESS – LADY POOJATrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner: CARLTON WATSONBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $248.00 Ex: $323.00D/E: $351.00Trifecta: $788.00Hit-6: $34,789.50Rolling Triple: $757.00Super-6: $10,380.60Race 7 1500 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. HOVER CRAFT OWalker 54.02. MIRACLE STAR AChatrie 54.0 2 3/4L3. ORIGINAL TRAIN WHenry 53.0 1 1/4L4. WESTERN ROSE OMullings 51.0 3/4L5. COMMANDING CHIEF DaneNelson 53.0 2LLate scratch : #11 FUTURE KINGWIN: $113.00PLACE: $53.00, $73.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:33.0 Splits : 23.4, 46.4, 1:11.4Winner : 6yo b horse – HE’STHEREALTHING – ROYAL PIZZAZTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQu: $518.00 Ex: $714.00D/E: $191.00Trifecta: $491.00Hi-5: $94,139.50Rolling Triple: $771.00Pick-4: $1,488.00THORNBIRD STAKESRace 8 1400 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O GRADED STAKES -FILLIES*1. NUCLEAR AFFAIR DaneNelson 53.02. BIRD CATCHER OWhite 51.0 4 1/4L3. BUBBLING KITTEN ISpence 56.0 3/4L 151.004. DREAMING THE CODE JPatterson4 48.0 2 1/4LWIN: $76.00PLACE: $58.00, $91.00, $151.00Final Time : 1:27.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, 1:12.1Winner : 3yo filly – NUCLEAR WAYNE – COMMANDRA AFFAIRTrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner : MICHROSBred by MICHAEL BERNARDQu: $361.00 Ex: $479.00D/E: $221.00Superfecta: $7,174.00Rolling Triple: $327.00Race 9 1300 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE NOV.191. GENERAL TOGO BBell 52.02. SONGS OF FREEDOM DDawkins3 52.0 2 1/4L3. VERONICA B AGray4 51.5 3/4L*4. BALA BAD GAL LINKS SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L5. SACHIN JPatterson4 52.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $1197.00PLACE: $442.00, $277.00, $111.00Final Time : 1:24.4 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, 1:16.2Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL – VICTREEBELTrainer : CONROY TULLOCH Owner : EWART E BROWNBred by MICHAEL BEECHAMQu: $5,722.00 Ex: $13,493.00D/E: $1,630.00Trifecta: $25,776.00Hi-5 carry-over : $53,374.75Rolling Triple: $5,552.00PlacePot 8: $13,291.00PRINCE CONSORT STAKESRace 10 1400 M (Purse $1,100,000) NB3-Y-O GRADED STAKES -COLTS & GELDINGS1. CHACE THE GREAT AChatrie 52.0*2. ORPHEUS SEllis 53.0 1 3/4L3. BIGDADDYKOOL RHalledeen 53.0 1 3/4L4. LORD EQUUS OMullings 51.0 Sh.Head5. JAMAI RAJA SMuir 54.0 3 1/4LWIN: $287.00PLACE: $162.00, $89.00, $121.00Final Time : 1:26.4 Splits : 23.3, 46.1, 1:12.2,Winner : 3yo ch colt – GREATNESS – OUR MISS RUTHTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner: VINCENT ATKINSONBred by VINCENT ATKINSONQu: $392.00 Ex: $1,060.00D/E: $7,799.00Trifecta: $984.00Hi-5: $110,396.00Rolling Triple: $37,198.00Race 11 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. BIMINI AChatrie 54.02. TRADITIONAL STORM OnBeckford4 50.5 5L3. LAZZA JErwin 56.0 1 1/4L4. MONALISASMILE HLewis 53.0 1 1/4L*5. JESSE’S FAVORITE PFrancis 51.0 NeckLate scratch : #1 ARIZONA GOLDWIN: $134.00PLACE: $71.00, $567.00, $174.00Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 22.4, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – MARIA ELENATrainer : PATRICK SMELLIE Owner : OAKRIDGE FARMSBred by DONALD G. WEHBYQu: $3,446.00 Ex: $7,761.00D/E: $666.00Trifecta: $12,342.00Hi-5 Carry-over: $182,104.00Rolling Triple: $55,449.00Pick-4: $57,228.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $97,767.60 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $5,253,753.50 (9 OF 9)last_img read more

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Graham Brown new JROA boss

first_imgDr Graham Brown, a member of the champion owner aggregation Elite Bloodstock Limited, is the new president of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners’ Association (JROA).Brown beat incumbent present Laurence Heffes by four votes – 12 to eight – for the top post at Sunday’s annual general meeting at the Altamont Court Hotel, New Kingston. In the three-man race, former president Dr Paul Wright polled two among the 22 members present.Wright, a popular owner and racing analyst, served several terms as president in the 1990s.VICE-PRESIDENTHeffes was elected unopposed as vice-president and promised to give his Elite Bloodstock colleague full support in his efforts to strengthen the association as a major force in racing.Brown said the members voted for change, and given the confidence placed in him, will be working tirelessly to take the JROA to another level.In addition to Brown and Heffes, others elected to the board as directors were Wright, Randy McLean, Carlton Watson, Dave Girod, Courtney Thorpe, Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland, and trainer Harry Parsard.- Orville Clarkelast_img read more

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Russell will play in T20 World Cup

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron has disclosed that West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will not be pulled from the West Indies team for the upcoming ICC World T20 World Cup. The Windies are currently preparing for the upcoming tournament to be held in India. Russell, an anticipated key figure in the West Indies push to regain the World Twenty20 crown, recently missed three out-of-competition drug tests over a 12-month period, which under World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rules equates to a positive finding and carries a suspension of two years for a first offence. The 27-year-old, according to Cameron, is to face an independent panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after the March 8 to April 3 tournament. “Mr Russell is not suspended as he will play in the World T20,” Cameron said, following the annual general meeting of the WICB at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at the weekend. “The matter has been sent to an independent panel for hearing, and that will be done after the tournament.” Cameron, who expressed surprise at Russell’s rule violation given efforts of the board to inform players of WADA requirements, also stated that Russell has the full support of the board. “We have Ayana Cooper (WICB player relations officer), who is on board, on staff and that is exactly one of the reasons she is there for: To support the players directly on those things,” stated Cameron. “We have to now move to try and support him in ensuring whatever sanctions we can mitigate.” The big-hitting Russell guided Islamabad United to the inaugural Pakistan Super League title last month. He was also named man of the tournament. He also helped Sydney Thunder win the Australia Big Bash League, Kolkata Knight Riders the Indian Premier League and Jamaica Tallawahs the Caribbean Premier League. He is also in talks with Nottinghamshire in a bid to represent them in this year’s England T20 Blast tournament. According to WADA rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency, where they will be for at least one hour each day, to accommodate out-of-competition drug tests.last_img read more

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Stephen Curry steps into wife’s shadow at Sonoma Raceway

first_imgSONOMA, California (AP): Stephen Curry grew up just 20 minutes away from one of the showplace tracks in NASCAR. Despite the proximity, he never made it out to an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Some 2,700 miles away, at a road course in California, Curry finally made it to his first race. The two-time NBA MVP paid a visit to Sonoma Raceway yesterday as the supportive husband to wife Ayesha. It was Ayesha Curry who was named grand marshall of the IndyCar season finale, and Stephen Curry had no problem stepping into the shadow of the budding celebrity chef. “She’s got a great thing going and I am supportive of the things she’s passionate about: cooking, her lifestyle platform,” Curry said. “So to see that be recognised and give her opportunities like this to just get out and have some fun, I am happy to support her.” LONG WAY TO GO Curry, star guard for the Golden State Warriors and one of the biggest names in the NBA, said his wife is the true celebrity in the family. He’s had fun on social media trying to follow some of her recipes, but said he’s got a long way to go to rival her. “It’s no lie that I can’t cook for anything. If my family had to choose between me and Ayesha, they’d choose her every day of the week,” Curry said. “When her book came out, I took it and three nights in a row made dinner. It was groundbreaking, but I just got in there and followed the recipes.” His experiments? Steaks, Italian sausage pasta and bananas foster.last_img read more

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Gallant bid – Holder thrilled with Bravo, team effort despite defeat

first_img FALSE STROKES DUBAI, UAE (CMC): Captain Jason Holder has hailed Darren Bravo’s eighth Test century in difficult final day circumstances and said his entire team had showed plenty character, despite their 56-run defeat to Pakistan in the day/night opening Test here yesterday. Bravo stroked 116 at the Dubai International Stadium as West Indies, chasing 346 for victory, came up short on 289 in their second innings to fall 0-1 behind in the three-Test series. “It was a quality innings and he batted really well in both the first and second innings,” Holder told reporters afterwards. “I think he showed a lot of maturity in both those innings. He spent some time, he gave himself a really good chance to get a score and you could see the determination on his face and in his expressions and even his body language I thought it was very, very positive. “Hopefully we can continue in this vein and keep Darren Bravo leading our batting.” “That was obviously a crucial moment there. Bravo was the set batsman, he’d played beautifully up until that point, but it was tough coming out of the rough with Yasir Shah,” he explained. “I thought he bowled really well, he was very, very challenging and he made it difficult for us to score and also defend. “If you look back at it, you see a lot of things in hindsight, but obviously at the moment when Bravo got out we would’ve probably asked him to go on a little longer.” West Indies were always up against it once they conceded a lead of 222 on first innings after Pakistan had piled up a mammoth 579 for three declared in their first innings. However, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo taking eight for 49, the Windies bundled out Pakistan for 123 in their second innings to open up the game. Holder said the batting effort from his side in both innings and the bowling in the Pakistan second innings, was cause for encouragement. “I am obviously disappointed that we lost. At the end of the day it is still a loss, but having said that there are lots of positives I can take from this game,” he pointed out. “One thing is I am really proud of the guys for the way they fought. I must commend the guys, they stuck it straight through to the end, all the bowlers gave a really big effort on a pitch that didn’t give much assistance to them and I can’t really fault the effort of the guys. “I just think it was a very, very good team effort. Unfortunately we didn’t get over the line and unfortunately we didn’t save the game, but there are a hell of a lot of positives to take from this game.” Scoreboard PAKISTAN 1st Innings 579-3 decl. WEST INDIES 1st Innings 357 PAKISTAN 2nd innings 123 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 346) (overnight 95 for two) K Brathwaite b Mohammad Amir 6 L Johnson lbw b Mohammad Amir 47 D Bravo c & b Yasir Shah 116 M Samuels c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 4 J Blackwood lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 15 R Chase b Yasir Shah 35 +S Dowrich b Wahab Riaz 0 *J Holder not out 40 D Bishoo lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 3 M Cummins run out 1 S Gabriel run out 1 Extras (b5, lb7, w5, nb4) 21 TOTAL (all out, 109 overs) 289 Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-87, 3-95, 4-116, 5-193, 6-194, 7-263, 8-276, 9-277, 10-289. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 23-5-63-3 (w1), Sohail Khan 10-1-22-0, Yasir Shah 41-6-113-2, Mohammad Nawaz 18-4-32-2, Wahab Riaz 17-1-47-1 (nb4). Result: Pakistan won by 56 runs. Series: Pakistan lead three-match series 1-0. Man-of-the-Match: Azhar Ali. CRUCIAL MOMENT Unbeaten on 26 at the start with West Indies on 95 for two, the left-hander survived the loss of veteran partner Marlon Samuels for four to the first ball of the day, to keep Pakistan at bay. All told, he faced 249 balls in a marathon 63/4 hours at the crease and struck 10 fours and a six. He anchored half-century stands with Roston Chase (35) and Jason Holder (40 not out), to carry West Indies’ victory bid late into the final session. However, with perhaps one of his few false strokes of the innings, he mistimed a drive back to Yasir Shah in the final hour to be seventh out at 263 and Holder said that dismissal was the turning point in the contest.last_img read more

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