Ross Taylor becomes New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in red-ball cricket

first_imgSydney: Ross Taylor has become New Zealand’s leading Test run-scorer, surpassing Stephen Fleming to be touted as the most prolific batsman for the Black Caps in red-ball cricket. Taylor achieved the feat on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground when he hit Nathan Lyon over mid-on for three.The 35-year-old has 7,174 runs from 99 Tests and 174 innings. He has scored these runs at an average of 46.28, including 19 centuries and 33 fifties. Fleming had scored 7,172 runs in 111 Test matches he played for the Black Caps between 1994 and 2008.Taylor struggled in the three-match series. He could have brought up the milestone in Melbourne but compiled only six runs. However, he is still New Zealand’s second-top run-scorer on the wretched tour with scores of 80, 22, 4, 2, 22 and 22 in the six innings he played this tour Down Under.In February, Taylor had also moved past Fleming for the most ODI runs by a New Zealand batsman, and has the most runs in all international formats for the Black Caps, passing 17,250 international runs in this innings, which includes 39 centuries and 88 half-centuries.Taylor will become the fourth New Zealand cricketer after Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum to play 100 Tests when they take on India in Wellington on February 21. IANSAlso Read: Ross Taylor becomes second New Zealand batsman to score 7K Test runs Also Watch: Torch Relay of 3rd Khelo India Youth Games received by District Administration in Kokrajharlast_img read more

Syracuse tries to replicate game plan for lethal Washington scorer Kelsey Plum

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2016 at 9:15 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds INDIANAPOLIS — Before Syracuse’s first-round game against Army, the Orange used its prior experience against Washington to prep for the Black Knights point guard. The Black Knights’ Kelsey Minato, the seventh-leading scorer in the country, was a dynamic scorer just like UW’s Kelsey Plum, the third-leading scorer in the nation.Two weeks after beating Army by 17, Syracuse will face Plum and Washington again. Except this time, it’s in the Final Four with a trip to each teams’ first-ever title game on the line.And defending an evolved Plum, who is averaging 25 points in seven postseason games, is right at the top of the Orange’s game plan.“You can say, ‘Hey it’s nothing new,’ but players get better throughout the season,” SU guard Brittney Sykes said. “She has been coming in really really clutch for her team, as she should being the player that she is.”No. 4 seed SU (29-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 7 seed Washington (26-10, 11-7 Pac-12) on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Plum scored 19 in the first meeting between these teams, but the rematch comes as both teams are playing their best basketball of the season. The Orange’s full-court press and half-court zone defensive combination has flustered opponents throughout the first four games of the tournament while Plum has capitalized on teammates spacing the floor better.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Cornelia Fondren said the game plan to defend her is still the same as it was for the first game, which the Orange won by four, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said he would consider going to a box-and-one or even a triangle-and-two to defend Plum if her shooting stroke heats up.“Defending Kelsey Plum, that’s it,” Hillsman said of the biggest challenge defending Plum. “She’s an amazing scorer. You have to find her early in transition and you have to really stay in front of her. She’s a really crafty guard.”Similar to Minato, who SU held scoreless in the first half, Plum can be deceptive. The point guard can score from anywhere on the court, Fondren said, and being a lefty, too, adds in another wrinkle to remember on defense.Despite her impressive scoring ability, the 5-foot-8 Plum doesn’t stand out much.“That kid looks like 90 percent of the other kids walking down the mall,” UW head coach Mike Neighbors said. “If you saw her shopping, you wouldn’t know she was Kelsey Plum. … She just looks like every kid else that’s out there.”Plum said playing teams later on in the season that use their athleticism to pressure ball-handlers like Arizona State and UCLA has given the Huskies some prep for Syracuse. But this week, UW hasn’t been able to use the men’s practice players it uses when practicing at home.Since the Orange’s defense is different than most teams and it can’t be simulated in practice, it’ll come down to in-game adjustments, an area Neighbors said he lost to Hillsman the last time they played.And Hillsman knows how much that coaching matchup could come down to Plum.“She’s just a really good player and you have to make sure you have someone guarding her at all times,” Hillsman said. “When she’s in the shooting area, she’s a threat.” Commentslast_img read more

Eagles Depart St Petersburg after Exit from World Cup

first_imgMikel remains bitter over referee’s refusal to give a second penaltyDuro Ikhazuagbe in St PetersburgAfter exiting the ongoing FIFA World Cup here in Russia on Tuesday night with the 2-1 loss to Argentina, some members of the Super Eagles are expected to touch down in Nigeria today.Eagles who narrowly lost the Group D second ticket to the Lionel Messi inspired South American nation, left Moscow for Lagos yesterday morning via Dubai on an Emirates flight. Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Second Vice President, Shehu Dikko, accompanied the players on the flight to Nigeria in company with some other top sports officials.However, it was not all the 23 players who were in Russia for the Mundial that are going to arrive in Nigeria today. Most of the Europe-based players, NFF sources here confirmed left for their respective cities to join their families on vacations before heading to pre-season training camps. “The NFF will meet with the coaches of the team later next week to discuss the programme for the Africa of Nations Cup qualifiers starting next month.Meanwhile, Captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, remains very said over the decision of Turkish referee, Cuneyt Cakir not to award Nigeria a deserved second penalty. ”I don’t understand how that wasn’t a penalty, for me it was a clear handball, clear penalty,” Mikel said at the post-match press conference on Tuesday night.”If you watched the Portugal match, that wasn’t even close to this, this was even worse, this was open, clear case of a penalty. The ball hit Marcos Rojo’s hand,” stressed the former Chelsea midfielder.Mikel said that the fact that Nigeria had been awarded a penalty earlier in the game did not over rule another one if it was a deserved one.”A penalty is a penalty, if you give the first one, you can still give a penalty, we have seen it again in the dressing room, it was a clear penalty, so there wasn’t any way the referee couldn’t give the penalty.”He (referee) looked at the VAR and told me the ball hit the player’s hand,” concludes the Tianji Teda player in the Chinese Super League.  REACTIONS TO OUSTER…*GERNOT ROHRWe have a very young team that still lacks experience. We will come back stronger in four years. (On VAR)I don’t know why the centre referee didn’t give Nigeria penalty for the ball handled in the box by Argentine Marcos Rojo. It was not different from the same handball that earned Portugal a penalty against Iran.(On use of Bryan Idowu)When you have  players like Lionel (Messi),  Sergio (Aguero),  Higuain, Dybala etc, you need players who can withstand the pressure without necessarily getting booked. We had two penalties in our first two matches  and tried to avoid having set pieces against us. Previous goals against Nigeria came from purely set pieces. We didn’t want any foul in our goal area. (On Continuity)I hope I can still continue to be around. I have a fantastic team here that can be better with time. *JOHN MIKEL OBI Young team. We did well but was unable to achieve what we wanted. In four years the team will be better and ready for the world. I’ve never been part of such a fun squad with such great and sociable players before. Ever since the coach joined us, we’ve had a great time. The players listen to him and want to improve, and that’s important for Nigerian football.*WILLIAM TROOST EKONG Hard to describe in words how that felt. It was an emotional rollercoaster. We gave everything against Argentina last night. I’m grateful and proud to have represented Nigeria and all Nigerians at this World Cup. But most of all I am humbled and thank God for bringing me this far *LEON BALOGUN We showed the world that Nigeria has talented players. We showed that we are a footballing nation, and if the team stays together I hope that we can give an even better account of ourselves in four years’ time. *VICTOR MOSES A Sad, disappointing evening. Tough defeat ODION IGHALO It’s a sad day for me, the boys and the country because we went out in a bad manner and we deserved more in the game. Nobody criticised me, it’s a teamwork. We are 23 players fighting for a single thing. Even if I am criticised, I’ll take it in good faith.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more