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Calm De Villiers guides Proteas to win over New Zealand

first_img(REUTERS)-South Africa captain AB de Villiers calmly guided his side to a tense four-wicket victory over New Zealand with one ball to spare in a rain-affected first one-day international in Hamilton yesterday.De Villiers scored 37 not out and ensured number eight batsman Andile Phehlukwayo (29) kept a cool head as the pair put on 54 to reach their 208-run victory target and earn a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.The visitors, who had looked to be cruising to victory at 117-1 with 14 overs remaining courtesy of Quinton de Kock’s 69, lost four wickets in 14 balls to slump to 126-5 before Chris Morris helped his captain in a 30-run partnership.South Africa needed 22 runs from the final two overs and scored 10 from Trent Boult in the penultimate one which included a six from Phehlukwayo, who repeated the feat against Tim Southee in the final over.De Villiers belted Southee for four off the penultimate ball to clinch the victory.New Zealand made 207-7 after heavy rain over the past three days had forced a delay of more than three hours and reduced the match to 34-overs-a-side.“It was really tough out there,” De Villiers said. “The wicket turned so much in the evening. I thought it would skid on and get a bit flatter.“From past experience this becomes a good batting track in the evening and this was far from it.“I’ve never seen a wicket turn so much in my life.”New Zealand struggled for much of their innings particularly up front against tight bowling from Morris, who took the first four wickets as the hosts slumped to 82-4 in the 16th over.But Morris, who had figures of 4-24 from his first five overs, was then taken apart by Colin de Grandhomme (34 not out) and Southee (24 not out) in his final two.De Grandhomme and Southee blasted 51 runs from 23 balls, including smashing 38 runs from Morris’s final 12 deliveries to blow out his figures to 4-62 from seven overs.Bit of a shame really. We got ourselves into a good position but credit to South Africa, they adapted really well,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who top-scored for his side with 59.“We weren’t perfect with the bat but we felt that 5-1/2 a half an over would be tough to get on that surface and we had enough to make life difficult.”The second match is in Christchurch on Wednesday.NEW ZEALAND InningsD. Brownlie c Behardien b Morris 31T. Latham lbw b Morris 0K. Williamson b Shamsi 59R. Taylor c&b Morris 1N. Broom c Behardien b Morris 2J. Neesham c de Kock b Rabada 29M. Santner c de Kock b Rabada 17C. de Grandhomme not out 34T. Southee not out 24Extras (b-1 w-9) 10Total (for 7 wickets, 34 overs) 207Fall of wickets: 1-19 T. Latham,2-69 D. Brownlie,3-72 R. Taylor,4-82 N. Broom,5-108 K. Williamson,6-136 M. Santner,7-156 J. NeeshamDid not bat: I. Sodhi, T. BoultBowling: K. Rabada 7 – 1 – 31 – 2(w-3),C. Morris 7 – 0 – 62 – 4(w-1),A. Phehlukwayo 5 – 0 – 28 – 0(w-1),I. Tahir 7 – 0 – 42 – 0,T. Shamsi 7 – 1 – 39 – 1,J. Duminy 1 – 0 – 4 – 0SOUTH AFRICA Innings (D/L Target: 208 off 34)Q. de Kock c Taylor b Boult 69H. Amla c&b Williamson 35F. du Plessis lbw b Sodhi 14A. de Villiers not out 37J. Duminy c&b Southee 1F. Behardien b Southee 0C. Morris c Boult b Santner 16A. Phehlukwayo not out 29Extras (b-2 lb-3 w-4) 9Total (for 6 wickets, 33.5 overs) 210Fall of wickets: 1-88 H. Amla,2-117 F. du Plessis,3-125 Q. de Kock,4-126 J. Duminy,5-126 F. Behardien,6-156 C. MorrisDid not bat: T. Shamsi, K. Rabada, I. TahirBowling: M. Santner 7 – 0 – 33 – 1, T. Boult 7 – 0 – 45 – 1,T. Southee 6.5 – 0 – 47 – 2(w-2),C. de Grandhomme 4 – 0 – 27 – 0,I. Sodhi 7 – 0 – 36 – 1, K. Williamson 2 – 0 – 17 – 1(w-1).last_img read more

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Anderson wins Big Ten’s POY

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter a tough loss to the eventual co-conference championIowa, Wisconsin can now look ahead to the Big Ten tournament and possible NCAAhopes.Sunday was senior day at the Kohl Center, marking the lasthome game for the seniors, including top scorer and Big Ten Player of the YearJolene Anderson. Anderson has set numerous records throughout her career,including the all-time scoring leader for UW men?s or women?s basketball.?I think Jolene statistically is the best in the league. Imean, you look at her rebounds. You look at her overall stat sheet here, andevery category she surfaces,? head coach Lisa Stone said. ?She is the two-timescoring leader, back to back. I certainly think that she is, in my opinion, theplayer of the year.?With eight wins in the past 11 games, the team is thehottest it?s been all season. When all seemed lost in Michigan on Thursday, theBadgers strung together nine second-half three-point shots to pull off the20-point comeback win on the road. The team was in a similar hole against Iowaon Sunday.?Down by 20 two games in a row, certainly not something youwant to project going in, but I have to give Iowa credit,? Stone said. ?Theydidn?t let us take the lead, and unfortunately for us, we put ourselves in toobig a hole.?Contributing to the early deficit were shooting woes andrebounding margins. Wisconsin has only lost in the rebounding column four timesthis season, but it was out-rebounded by almost 20 against a taller Iowalineup.?The difference came down to rebounding. We got pounded onthe glass,? Stone said. ?It?s something that we need to make sure that we payattention to when we go into the Big Ten tournament.??Illinois up nextThe end to the regular season snapped a five-game Badger winstreak, but spirits are high and the team is optimistic about the postseason.Tip-off for the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis, Ind.starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, with eighth-seeded Wisconsin taking on ninth-seededIllinois in the early evening later that day.? The team split the seasonseries, with each teaming winning on their own home court.?We see we?re going to play Illinois ? I do like ourmatchup,? Stone said. ?My staff is eager to practice today, but we?re going totake the day off and get ready for a great tournament run.?When the team lost to Illinois earlier in the year, it wasamid the 1-6 start to the season, which has since turned around to a series ofwin streaks. Most notably different, the freshmen have stepped up into theirroles and are now major factors in the team?s success. Against Iowa, it was thethree freshmen who led the team in scoring.?I like our bench strength and our depth, the maturity ofour freshmen going into this game,? Stone said. ?It?s a good first game for us,and I?ve got a very focused team.??NCAA hopes not gone yetWith a .500 record in the conference, the Badgers are farfrom an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. Of course, if the team were towin the tournament, they would earn a bid outright.?If we?re successful on Thursday against Illinois and weplay Ohio State, a ranked team, it?d be a significant win for us,? Stone said.?If we can beat Ohio State, advance to the semis and continue to get to thechampionship game, I think a lot of things will come into play.?A lot can be accomplished yet by this Wisconsin team,playing their best basketball to start the postseason. The team has notchedwins over the top seeds in the tournament and kept games against the top twoseeds Ohio State and Iowa close until the very end.?Look at our team right now. We?ve shown some resiliency,some toughness,? Stone said. ?You know, we?re out there, we?re swinging. We?redoing everything we can. And I like that. They?re hungry.?last_img read more

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Daybreak announce KOTK esports circuit with $1 million in prize money

first_imgDaybreak Game Company, the developer behind H1Z1: King of the Kill (“KOTK”) has announced an esports circuit with $1,000,000 on the line. It comes as Daybreak look to establish King of the Kill, a survivor based shooting game, as an esport. The tournament series, dubbed the “H1Z1 Elite Series” will bring together the top performing players around the world to create a large professional circuit. The Elite Series will be competed across four regions, with the first taking place at DreamHack Atlanta on July 21st. The four regions are North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America and each region will have $250,000 up for grabs.At DreamHack Atlanta, Daybreak will run two separate tournaments. One will be a solo tournament, where the winner will take the lion’s share of an impressive $100,000. The second is a team based tournament, where the winning team will split the majority of $250,000. It will not be competed in the game’s duo format but instead in the five versus five format. Obey Alliance, World Best Gaming, Denial Esports and CLG have all been confirmed as taking part in the tournaments at DreamHack. Others will have to qualify in preliminary rounds, which will be run at the event out in Atlanta. The game emerged as a fan-favourite due to its popularity on Twitch. Many of the world’s biggest and most watched Twitch streamers at least went through a phase where they streamed the popular survival game – yet many have now left it behind. The emergence of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has seen many a streamer swap one survival game for another, amidst continued frustration with regards to certain gameplay aspects. It remains to be seen whether H1Z1: King of the Kill can really make it as an esport. In a five versus five competitive setup, more conservative play is encouraged (as it is a survival game) and thus it is often not as exciting to spectate as when popular streamers hunt for kills. Additionally, the spectating is often not smooth and PUBG seems to be increasingly popular.Esports Insider says: Interesting to see such a huge amount of money pumped into this. As aforementioned it remains to be seen whether or not it will really take off and if there’s truly an audience for competitive KOTK. It’s great to watch on stream so here’s hoping it can translate to an esports audience.last_img read more

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GPTWU threatens to take Govt to court over owed pension

first_img…says Finance Ministry must stop dragging feetAfter decades of waiting on monies owed to them by the Government as a result of the privatisation of the Guyana Telephone Company (GTC) back in 1990 to the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T), retired workers who were promised benefits are now taking the matter into their own hands and are ready to fight their war in the courtrooms.(From right) Executive member of the association, Lennox Skeete; President of GPTWU, Harold Shepherd and executive member of the Union, David WallaceThis move was signalled by the President of the Guyana Postal and Telecommunications Workers Unions (GPTWU), Harold Shepherd, during a press conference held on Tuesday at the Union’s office on East Street, Georgetown.In the presence of several retired workers, Shepherd said, “If we are forced to take this matter to court if it’s not resolved there [at the Finance Ministry], we are not only looking for the rightful pension but we will also be looking for retroactive payment on all outstanding amounts… if we have to go to court we will look at pain and suffering and all of those and the conditions that goes with all of that”.He noted that the Finance Ministry has been given until the end of this week to respond before they take the matter to the court.Asked by this publication whether the current political instability would deter them from this move, Shepherd responded in the negative. In fact, he explained that this matter is against the Government of Guyana, irrespective of which party rules. “We [are] not looking at party and politics, we are looking at a bread and butter issue. We don’t want to lose a next pensioner before they collect the rightful pension,” he explained.Executive member of the association, David Wallace pointed out the importance of these monies to the pensioners, explaining that most of these retired persons have become ill and cannot afford proper healthcare.“We are treated with scorn. Only an uncaring Government would not want to pay what is due to us. Many of us are sick and on special medication, many have died and the rest are still suffering with hope that they will be paid,” he said.The executive member added that the Government is continuing to paint a bad image of themselves to investors with this particular situation, as many may fear to invest in the country due to their fear of how they might be treated later on.Against this backdrop, the Union members have declared that the Finance Ministry must stop dragging its feet on this matter and find the monies owed to these pensioners within a two-month timeframe.When the GTC was privatised in 1990, the workers who stayed on under GTT were promised that they would be paid their benefits when they retired from the telecommunications giant – an Atlantic Tele-Network (ATN) majority-owned company – as if they were in the public service.However, those former GTC/GTT workers who retired after years of service under both companies are still trying to get their correct outstanding entitlement.Over the years, GTC/GTT pensioners received a mere $22,000 instead of a minimum of $90,000 or a maximum of $700,000 in accordance with their last salary base. According to the pensioners, although the Finance Ministry had adjusted the rates back in 2017, it was still inadequate to what they are actually entitled to.last_img read more

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Juve captain Buffon ‘sorry’ for referee rant

first_img0Shares0000Gianluigi Buffon was angered after being sent off in his last ever Champions League match © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOTURIN, Italy, May 17 – Gianluigi Buffon on Thursday apologised for his referee rant after Juventus’s Champions League quarter-final exit against Real Madrid last month.The 40-year-old has been charged by UEFA over his comments about referee Michael Oliver, who awarded the Spaniards a late penalty and dismissed the Juve captain. Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home the penalty to give Real a 4-3 aggregate victory after the Serie A champions had staged a remarkable comeback to wipe out a 3-0 first-leg deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu.A fuming Buffon had raged that Englishman Oliver had a “rubbish bin for a heart” and should “sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, having your drink and eating your crisps”.European football’s governing body said the case will be dealt with on May 31.“After that match, I went beyond the limits with the things I said about the referee and I apologise for that,” said Buffon.“I am extremely sorry about that, as over 23 years of Champions League career, I was never sent off or suspended, so I feel that I behaved fairly and in a sporting manner with everyone.“If I saw the referee again, I would give him a hug and say that he should have taken more time with that decision in such an important game for us and for me,” said Buffon.“With the feelings, emotions and disappointment of the situation, I behaved in a way that was not usual for me.“The referee gave me a red card — which I still don’t understand — and you (the press) rather than focusing on my comments, should look at behaviour from the official that was not really consistent.“A few days later I was sorry to have offended the referee, because at the end of the day he is a human being who does a very difficult job.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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