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Australia v England: Tourists hold nerve to take 2-0 series lead

England opener Jonny Bairstow top scored with 60 to put his side on top from the start of their chase Second ODI, Brisbane Australia 270-9 (50.0 overs): Finch 106, Root 2-31 England 274-6 (44.2 overs): Bairstow 60, Hales 57, Root 46*, Starc 4-59 England won by four wickets Scorecard England held their nerve to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day international series with a four-wicket victory over Australia at Brisbane. Set 271 to win after Aaron Finch hit 106, the tourists eased to 119-1 only to be checked by…

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Tim Groenewald: Somerset seamer extends deal until end of 2019

Tim Groenewald has taken 362 first-class wickets Somerset seamer Tim Groenewald has extended his contract until the end of the 2019 season. The 34-year-old South African has taken more than 150 wickets across all three formats for the Taunton side since joining from Derbyshire in June 2014. “I’m really happy to be staying. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Somerset and I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else,” he told the club website. “It’s an ambitious club and no one is happy to settle for second best.” Source link

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Australian Open players call for extreme heat policy to be re-evaluated

MELBOURNE, Australia — French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park. The tournament’s extreme heat policy calls for the roofs to be closed on the main show courts and play to be suspended on outer courts when the temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and the wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT), which takes into account humidity and wind speed, reaches 32.5 Celsius…

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‘I always think there’s a chance’ – Fraserburgh boss prepares for Rangers

Mark Cowie (left) and his Fraserburgh players are preparing to take on Rangers Scottish Cup: Fraserburgh v Rangers Venue: Bellslea Park Date: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 12:00 GMT Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio Scotland, live text commentary on the BBC Sport website “Dreams, maybe sometimes, do come true.” It could be one of the many motivational slogans Fraserburgh manager Mark Cowie has adorning the home dressing room at the Highland League club’s Bellslea Park. But it’s not. It’s the thirty-something player-manager’s considered view of his team’s chances of knocking Rangers…

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Harden rusty in return, Rockets easily defeat Timberwolves

HOUSTON — James Harden is back. His game will be soon, the Houston Rockets are quite sure. Harden’s return from the most significant injury of his nine-year career was a success for two reasons. The Rockets pulled off a convincing win Thursday night over a quality opponent, 116-98, against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that has moved into third in the Western Conference standings. And Harden had no issues with the hamstring that he strained on New Year’s Eve, causing him to sit out seven games. Harden was about as happy…

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Jeremy Stephens, Josh Emmett to headline UFC Fight Night in Orlando

A featherweight matchup between Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett will headline UFC Fight Night in Orlando, Florida. The 145-pound bout will serve as the main event inside Amway Center on Feb. 24, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Emmett (13-1) is coming off a huge, upset knockout of Ricardo Lamas in December, a fight Emmett accepted on short notice after Lamas’ original opponent, Jose Aldo, was moved to another event. Fighting out of Sacramento, California, Emmett is 4-1 overall in the UFC. The victory over Lamas elevated him into title contention….

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Jerry Kelly continues strong play, leads PGA Tour Champions opener Mitsubishi Electric Championship

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions. Kelly, 51, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour. “Last week helped a lot just to…

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Donnie Nietes, Juan Carlos Reveco round out ‘Superfly 2’ tripleheader

Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions and HBO rounded out the “Superfly 2” tripleheader on Thursday. They didn’t add a fight in the super flyweight division but, hey, close enough. They dipped one division lower — just 3 pounds, from 115 to 112 — and added Donnie Nietes, the world’s No. 1 flyweight, in a mandatory title defense against former world titleholder Juan Carlos Reveco to the “Boxing After Dark” card on Feb. 24 (HBO, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. “That’s the best fight we could make…

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Yasmany Tomas of Arizona Diamondbacks arrested on charges of reckless driving, criminal speeding

PHOENIX — Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a Phoenix freeway. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say troopers pulled over Tomas, 27, around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. He was booked into the downtown Phoenix jail and his Mercedes Coupe was impounded. Authorities say Tomas could be facing up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500 on the criminal speeding charge, while a reckless driving charge could lead…

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Drew Brees’ sons ‘crush’ interview,’ join Sean Payton’s Pro Bowl staff – New Orleans Saints Blog

METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees‘ 11th Pro Bowl appearance will be a family affair. Brees’ three sons were officially “hired” by Sean Payton as ball boys for the NFC team, which will be coached by the New Orleans Saints‘ staff. Brees said that since the New Orleans-area schools were cancelled because of freezing weather conditions Thursday, he had his boys Baylen, Bowen and Callen write letters to Payton to apply for the job. Then Payton “interviewed” them at the Saints facility before sealing the deal with Sour Patch Kids. Baylen,…

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