Darren Lehmann scored an unbeaten half century as Australia reached 206 for three at the tea interval Saturday, still trailing Bangladesh by 89 runs in the second cricket test. \nLehmann was not out 51 and skipper Stephen Waugh was not out 36. Both scored centuries in Australia's innings and 132-run win in the first test last week at Darwin. \nBangladesh took two wickets in the middle session, removing opener Matt Hayden for 50 and dangerous No. 3 Ricky Ponting for 59. \nHayden cruised to 50 off 88 balls before he was bowled by a Sanwar Hossain topspinner. \nPonting stroked his half century from 70 balls, including a six and 10 boundaries, before he lofted Sanwar to long on and was caught by Mohammad Ashraful. \nEarlier yesterday, Australia took 13 balls to wrap up the Bangladesh innings after the tourists resumed on 8-289. Jason Gillespie removed Mashrafe Mortaza (8) with his third ball before Glenn McGrath had Tapash Baisya (25) caught behind by Adam Gilchrist. \nLegspinner Stuart MacGill was the most successful bowler, returning 5-77, while Gillespie had 3-57.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
MONKEYS ALSO WIN: The Rakuten Monkeys kept the Brothers from the first-half title as they dominated the Uni-President Lions, scoring four in the fourth The CTBC Brothers still need another win to clinch the first-half CPBL title, despite thrashing the hapless Fubon Guardians 17-0 yesterday, after the Rakuten Monkeys beat the Uni-President Lions 9-2. Fans of CTBC Brothers were hoping to celebrate the first-half title, with a crowd of more than 10,000 packed into the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium for their home game against the Guardians. The figure was an attendance record for this year, when baseball and most other major sports events worldwide have been played in empty venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entering the game, CTBC had pushed their magic number down to 2, meaning
Preparing to complete a ninth Serie A campaign without winning the scudetto, AC Milan decided that returning to the pinnacle of club soccer required a new approach. Roc Nation, the entertainment agency of US rapper Jay-Z is at the center of it, linking up with Milan to scour the world for sponsors, and use concerts and other high-profile events to attract new fans. And who better to ask about how to end a title drought than the team who just won their league for the first time in 30 years? “We have been talking to Liverpool, because they’ve been through the same path