WI Women crumble to defeat to lose T20 series against South Africa

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (CMC):Another lower-order collapse condemned West Indies Women to a four-run defeat to South Africa Women in their third and final Twenty20 International and a 2-1 series loss here yesterday.Chasing 120 for victory at Newlands, West Indies Women were sailing at 81 for three in the 15th over at one stage before losing five wickets for 16 runs in the space of 18 deliveries to end on 115 for eight off their 20 overs.They required 12 runs off the final over, but came up short as Shamalia Connell (13 not out) and Anisa Mohammed (five not out), failed to find the boundary.Deandra Dottin and opener Hayley Matthews both top-scored with 24, while captain Stafanie Taylor got 23. But they were just three of four batsmen to reach double figures.Off-spinner Yolanie Fourie was the best bowler with two for 20 from four her four overs.Winning the toss and batting, the Proteas Women were carried by Lizelle Lee, who struck an unbeaten 33, captain Mignon du Preez, who scored 32 and Marizanne Kapp, who finished on 24 not out.In reply, West Indies Women lost Kycia Knight for three at 15 for one in the third over, lbw to left-arm seamer Moseline Daniels.Taylor and Matthews then revived the innings in a 32-run stand before Fourie claimed the first of her two wickets when she had Matthews brilliantly caught by Daniels, leaping one-handed on the backward square boundary at 47 for two in the ninth over.Taylor followed 10 runs later, bowled around her legs after missing a sweep at leg-spinner van Niekerk.Dottin quickly counter-attacked in a 24-run fourth wicket stand with Kyshone Knight (9). She smashed a four and two sixes off 18 balls and looked be changing the course of the innings when she holed out to long on against seamer Masabata Klaas. Her dismissal triggered a slide and West Indies Women were unable to recover.The Caribbean side will now turn its attention to the Twenty20 Women’s World Cup in India from March 15 to April 3.last_img read more

Ex-Tottenham captain tells talkSPORT they CAN win PL title

first_imgFormer Tottenham captain Michael Dawson believes Mauricio Pochettino can lead the north Londoners to Premier League glory this season.With all eyes on leaders Leicester, Spurs have quietly gone about their business this season and the recent victory at Man City moved them up to second in the table, just TWO points behind the Foxes.The north Londoners – who are still fighting on three fronts in the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League – have lost just three times domestically this term and they look capable of maintaining their title push.Central defender Dawson made over 300 appearances for the club in eight-and-a-half years at White Hart Lane before joining Hull City in 2014.Speaking ahead of their FA Cup clash at Arsenal – live on talkSPORT, the 32-year-old told Drive: “Yes I do [believe they can go on and win the title].“I’m absolutely delighted for everyone there.“The job Pochettino is doing there is incredible. If you look at the players and the way they are playing, he’s got a style of football that suits them.“I love watching them – they go out and play with no fear and you talk about them winning the Premier League and people say they have players who have never won things.“Well they are certainly up there and playing with no fear and I’d back them to go on and win the league.”As they remain in the three competitions in February, Thursday’s Europa League draw at Fiorentina in the last 32 was their 37th of the campaign.Some fear the number of games may eventually catch up with the squad, but Dawson is sure they can come through the fixture congestion well.“[Squad rotation] is one thing the manager does there – if you look at them in the Europa League last night they have a squad and the way they play, the intensity they play [with], he has to change them.“They have a good squad, good players coming through – it’s great to see the likes of Harry Winks and Josh Onomah and young players playing with no fear by the looks of it.“They are going out there and enjoying it, it’s great to see.”last_img read more

Bruins Skate Past Islanders, 2-1

first_imgBOSTON — Loui Eriksson quickly found a puck near his skates and Tuukka Rask seemed to see every shot all night.Eriksson scored the go-ahead goal with 7:34 left in the third period and Rask stopped 39 shots to lift the surging Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Feb. 7 for their ninth win in 12 games.“It’s one of many lately,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Rask’s night. “He’s been in a zone, really good for us and focused and intense. He’s not afraid to yell at the players around him if they’re not doing their job. He’s just been a determined athlete for us the last little while. It’s made a big difference for our hockey team.”Patrice Bergeron added a first-period, power-play goal for the Bruins, who have collected points in 14 of their last 16 games (10-2-4).The red-hot Bruins now have a showdown with rival Montreal on Feb. 8. Rask has been carrying a heavy load of games lately, but didn’t say if he’ll be facing the Canadiens, who have beaten Boston all three times this season after eliminating them in seven games in last spring’s playoffs.“If they want me to play, I’ll play,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me. Nobody’s told me otherwise, so I’m sure I’ll be playing. Hopefully I’ll get a win so I don’t have to answer any questions.”John Tavares had a power-play goal for the Islanders, who have lost four of five. Former Bruin Chad Johnson made 34 saves.“I’m really just proud of the effort we had in here tonight,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We played a solid game against a good hockey team. We had some chances, but we have to find a way to score some goals.”Eriksson scored the winner out of a scramble in front when he spun around and sent a backhand shot under Johnson’s left arm.“I was able to find it,” Eriksson said. “I think I was able to get a shot first and was able to find it at my feet. I was able to put it in. It was nice.”The teams traded first-period power-play goals, but were scoreless in the second in a contest that featured many good scoring chances and plenty of open-ice breakouts.Tavares one-timed a rebound past Rask from the bottom of the left circle 9:06 into the game for his team-leading 24th goal.But that’s all they could get against Rask.“It’s tough to win when you score one or two against these guys,” Islanders defenseman and former Bruin Johnny Boychuk said.Bergeron tied it 4:06 later when he collected Michael Grabner’s errant clearing pass in the slot and fired a wrister over Johnson, who was on his stomach after making a save on a shot.Both goaltenders made nice stops early in the second. Rask flashed his left pad, robbing Anders Lee’s close bid, and Johnson made two good saves on Carl Soderberg, who cut in front for a shot and turned and had a rebound chance.The Bruins had an excellent scoring chance early in the third, but Daniel Paille’s backhander sailed over the wide-open side of the net to Johnson’s left at the end of a 2-on-1 break.Seconds later, the Islanders went on a power play after Brad Marchand was whistled for high sticking, but Rask made a few stops to keep it tied.(KEN POWTAK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Prince Harry Sleeps In A Freezer For Charity

first_imgPrince Harry spent a night this week in a giant freezer in Warwickshire to simulate the gruelling conditions he will face when he treks to the South Pole this winter.Prince Harry warms his hands after a cold chamber training exercise with the Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 British teamCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The 29-year-old, who will race with a team of injured British servicemen and women against United States and Commonwealth groups, was subjected to ambient temperatures of minus 35C, with wind speeds of 45mph.Prince Harry, Patron of the Walking With The Wounded charity, joked that it was a cold night’s sleep. When asked what was the worst part, he said: “Going in.”He spent around 20 hours in the cold chamber at Mira in Nuneaton where cars and military vehicles are put through their paces.Alongside his four teammates – all of whom have amputated limbs after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan – Prince Harry practised with the clothing he will wear on the 200-mile expedition and learned how to avoid frost-nip and frost-bite in the inhospitable climate in Antarctica.After emerging from the huge testing facility, in which temperatures dropped to as low as minus 55C with wind-chill, The Prince blew into his hands and rubbed them together to warm up as he chatted with his teammates over tea and biscuits.The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge will begin in late November and last around 15 days and the teams will trek between nine miles and 12 miles each day.Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, star of True Blood, will head the US team, while English actor Dominic West, star of hit series The Wire, will race alongside the Commonwealth team.Prince Harry, who took part in the Walking With The Wounded trek to the North Pole in 2011 for five days, is Patron of the Antarctica expedition.He missed out on an attempt to conquer Mount Everest with the group last year because of his military commitments and he withdrew early from the successful North Pole expedition to attend his brother’s wedding.Prince Harry shared a tent with Captain Ibrar Ali, 36, who lost his right arm in a roadside bomb blast in 2007, and Major Kate Philp, who chose to have her left leg amputated after her Warrior armoured vehicle struck an IED (improvised explosive device) in Musa Qala in Helmand Province in 2008.Maj Philp, from Knightwick in Worcestershire, said Harry was a “good extra pair of hands” during the training exercise.The 35-year-old Royal Artillery officer said having the prince with the team was “great”.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more