Anderson eyes fifth Test
England pace bowler James Anderson could feature in the fifth Ashes Test against Australia after returning to practice on Monday. Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, suffered a side strain in the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, in which the hosts secured the Ashes, and was immediately ruled out of the fourth Test. The 33-year-old was to be assessed yesterday and again today before a decision is taken over his potential participation at The Oval in London. The England camp has made no secret of their ambition to win the fifth and final Test, which begins tomorrow, to ensure a 4-1 series victory and continue the progress made since a dismal Cricket World Cup campaign.
World Cup to use Hawk-Eye
A new Hawk-Eye system is to be used in the Rugby World Cup, which starts next month, to aid referee’s decisionmaking following a series of successful trials, the sport’s governing body said on Monday. The technology is to be implemented alongside the existing Television Match Official process to enhance officials’ instant access to multiple-angle replays in real-time and slow motion, World Rugby said in a statement. “Technology is an important component of the rugby performance and fan engagement environments and Rugby World Cup 2015 is set to showcase innovation and performance to a record global audience,” World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said in a statement. “The system has clear benefits for the match official team, the medical team and fans around the world.”
Faumuina suffers concussion
Tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina’s Rugby World Cup hopes suffered another blow when he was knocked out during training with Auckland’s provincial team yesterday, the New Zealand Herald reported. The 28-year-old was on a comeback trail from neck surgery and has not played for the All Blacks this year, but returned to training with them ahead of last week’s Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. He was then released to play for Auckland in New Zealand’s provincial competition for two matches before the World Cup squad is finalized on Aug. 30. However, he was involved in a collision with loose forward Taleni Seu in training yesterday and knocked unconscious, the newspaper said. “They were going for the same ball and they both got concussed. It was just a freak accident five minutes from the end of the session,” Auckland coach Paul Feeney said.
Shot putter out for 12 weeks
Double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has undergone knee surgery and is likely to need up to 12 weeks of rehabilitation as the New Zealander tries to get herself in the best possible shape for the Rio Olympics next year. Adams, Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012, had shoulder and elbow surgeries last year and decided not to defend her title at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing this month after a disappointing season. She said earlier this month that she would need treatment on her right knee and yesterday the 30-year-old posted a picture of herself recovering from her latest surgery on social media. Christina Schwanitz of Germany has dominated the women’s shot this season, having ended Adams’ five-year, 56-competition unbeaten streak in Paris last month.
As they celebrated Naomi Osaka’s victory in the final of the US Open in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Tokyoites were eager to embrace their heroines’ stand against racial injustice. Osaka, who won her third Grand Slam title with a victory over Victoria Azarenka, has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, wearing a mask bearing the name of a different African American before each of her seven matches in the championship. She had donned masks bearing the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile. On Saturday, she walked
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
THOROUGH THRASHING: Hualien City beat Taichung Blue Whale 2-1, ending their three-year winning streak with one round of matches left and eight points to spare Hualien City on Saturday clinched this year’s Taiwan Mulan Football League title with one game to spare, by beating Taichung Blue Whale 2-1 at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City. Hualien City have scored 38 points this season. Blue Whale are second on the scoreboard with 30 points, while Taipei Bravo are third with 23 points. One final round of matches is to be played on Saturday. It is the fourth league trophy for Hualien City, and ends Blue Whale’s three-year winning streak. Hualien had won the title from 2014 to 2016. Both teams defended well, leaving few chances in front
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7