Azhar, Aslam put Pakistan in control at Edgbaston

first_img(REUTERSs) – Azhar Ali’s patient century lifted Pakistan to 257 for three and a dominant position on the second day of the third Test against England at Edgbaston yesterday.Replying to the home team’s 297 all out, Azhar shared a second-wicket partnership of 181 with Sami Aslam on the way to an excellent knock of 139 as England endured a frustrating day in the field.Aslam was run-out for 82 after being called for a quick single by Azhar who was dropped twice before completing his 10th Test century.“It was a hard-working day,” said Azhar. “You come to England wanting to perform in English conditions so there’s always something to prove here.“I’m really pleased with the hundred I got. England bowlers don’t give you easy runs.”The hosts made an early breakthrough with the fourth ball of the day when Mohammad Hafeez cut James Anderson straight to Gary Ballance at point and was out for a duck.Anderson induced a rash stroke from Azhar shortly after lunch but Joe Root spilled a difficult catch at second slip and England’s anxiety increased.MAIDEN FIFTYAzhar, also dropped by Moeen Ali off his own bowling, drove Steven Finn off the back foot for three to bring up his 21st Test half-century and Aslam, 20, swept spinner Moeen for four to reach his maiden Test fifty in his third match.Azhar got to three figures by gloving a Stuart Broad bouncer to the fine leg boundary, celebrating the milestone with 10 press-ups.He continued to punish the England attack, hitting a total of 15 fours and one six, before edging the last ball of the day from Chris Woakes to Alastair Cook at first slip.Younus Khan was unbeaten on 21 at the close.Paceman Anderson said he had apologised to the umpires after showing dissent when he was warned for running down the wicket.“I’ve always had a bit of an issue running down the wicket … and I probably got a bit out of order with the umpires there,” he said.“I would rather have that competitiveness but I also want to play in the spirit of the game.”The four-match series is level at 1-1.ENGLAND 1st innings 297 (G. Ballance 70, M. Ali 63; S. Khan 5-96)PAKISTAN 1st inningsM. Hafeez c Ballance b Anderson 0S. Aslam run-out (, Vince) 82Az. Ali c Cook b Woakes 139Y. Khan not out 21Extras: (b-2, lb-12, nb-1) 15Total: (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 257Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-181, 3-257.Bowling: J. Anderson 19-6-32-1, S. Broad 19-3-49-0 (nb-1), S. Finn 16-3-44-0, C. Woakes 19-3-52-1, M. Ali 15-2-63-0, J. Vince 1-0-2-0, J. Root 1-0-1-0.last_img read more

Anichebe Quits West Brom

first_imgVictor Anichebe has announced he will quit English Premier League West Bromwich Albion when his contract ends next month.“Thank you to all the @WBAFCofficial fans for the support during my time at the club! I wish you all the best for the future. God bless ,” Anichebe announced on Twitter monday.Anichebe, 28, has endured an injury-threatened career since he broke through to the Everton first team.He joined West Brom in the 2013/14 season during which he scored three goals in 24 appearances. Last season, he made a total of 21 appearances for ‘The Baggies’ scoring six goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Angels Notes: ‘Dialogue’ ongoing with Justin Upton

first_imgALSOThe Angels are hoping to have a new hitting coach within a week, while the rest of their big league staff has all been asked to return, Eppler said. The Angels announced last week that Dave Hansen would not return to his role of hitting coach. There were no announcements either way about the rest of the staff, but Eppler said they’ve all been invited back, even though not all the contracts have been completed. …Matt Shoemaker, who missed the end of the season after having radial nerve surgery, will be reporting to Arizona in the next few days to begin throwing off a mound. The Angels want Shoemaker to throw in Arizona for a couple weeks, progressing to extended bullpen sessions, including a break to simulate pitching multiple innings. …Nick Tropeano, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is up to 35 pitches facing hitters. He will continue building up for another week or two before being shut down for the winter. …Felix Peña, who the Angels acquired from the Chicago Cubs last week, is a reliever capable of pitching multiple innings, similar to the role Yusmeiro Petit filled this year, Eppler said. Eppler said Peña has “a power fastball and can miss bats. If he can live in the strike zone more consistently, we might have a guy who could impact the major league club.” Peña can be optioned next season. As Justin Upton ponders his future with Angels, winning is key If he exercises the opt-out, he would be a free agent. The Angels could also renegotiate Upton’s deal before the opt-out date, perhaps adding an extra year or increasing the salary, to encourage him to stay.Upton, 30, hit 35 homers with a .901 OPS this season, mostly with the Detroit Tigers. He had seven homers and an .887 OPS after the Angels acquired him on Aug. 31. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Friday he recently had a “positive conversation” with Justin Upton and agent Larry Reynolds and “there is dialogue going on,” although he wouldn’t characterize the situation any further.Upton has an opt-out in his contract, which must be exercised by three days after the end of the World Series. If he stays, he would be under contract to the Angels for four years and $88.5 million.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers defeat Bulls behind Josh Hart’s scoring and Moe Wagner’s rebounding

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers only 31.6 percent (25 of 79), but had only eight turnovers.The Bulls shot 30.4 percent (21 of 69) and had 18 turnovers.“I don’t really worry about the offense,” Lakers coach Miles Simon said. “It’ll come. We’re a very unselfish team. The ball was hopping around the court. … We’re getting good shots every time because we’re not handing the ball to the other team.”Simon said he wasn’t concerned about Wagner’s lack of shooting touch.“He was affecting shots at the rim, kind of a general out there, kind of quarterbacking the paint,” Simon said, referring to Wagner’s defensive play. “He was rebounding. He was all over the floor. He seems to end up on the floor about 10 times a game. It’s kind of fun to see. Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it LAS VEGAS — Josh Hart scored 13 of his 19 points in the second quarter, leading the Lakers to a 69-60 victory over the Chicago Bulls in an NBA Summer League game late Sunday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Hart made 5 of 15 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.He also had six rebounds and three assists.Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting and Nick King scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter for the Lakers (2-0). First-round draft pick Moe Wagner scored eight points on only 4-for-15 shooting and grabbed a team-leading 14 rebounds.Matt Williams Jr. led Chicago (1-1) with 12 points in a reserve role. Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” center_img Related Articles Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever “His passion, his energy, is what fuels our team because he’s always smiling.”The Lakers are off Monday before facing the New York Knicks on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more