Nationals hire Dusty Baker
Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals announced Baker’s hiring on Tuesday, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams when the club missed the playoffs. In the 66-year-old Baker, the Nationals get someone who has worked 20 seasons as a manager in the majors and whose 1,671-1,504 record — a .526 winning percentage — includes the second-most victories among active managers. He led the San Francisco Giants to the 2002 World Series and reached the post-season a half-dozen other times. “I am certain that the Nationals, like all of our clubs, hired the best person for the job. It is encouraging that in this case the best person turned out to be African-American,” commissioner of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred wrote in an e-mail to reporters. “This is a positive step and I am intent on making continued progress on diversity in the managerial ranks going forward.”
Queensland sign Goromaru
The Queensland Reds have signed Japan fullback and World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru for next year’s Super Rugby season. Goromaru led Japan to a shock 34-32 pool-stage win over South Africa in what has been described as the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history. Goromaru scored 24 points in that match and twice received man-of-the-match honors at the tournament. Goromaru, who is also Japan’s all-time leading point-scorer, has played his entire career in his nation’s Top League. The Reds yesterday said that the 29-year-old Goromaru is to replace former New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson, who has moved to the Melbourne Rebels, as Queensland’s designated foreign player. Goromaru could play against the new Japan-based Super Rugby side on May 21 in Brisbane.
Former England captain dies
Former England captain and president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Tom Graveney has died at the age of 88, Britain’s Press Association announced on Tuesday. Graveney made 11 centuries in 79 Test matches for England from 1951 to 1969, scoring 4,882 runs at an average of 44.38. Appointed MCC president in 2005, he was an honorary life member of the Lord’s club. Graveney played county cricket for Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, and had a spell playing in Australia with Queensland. He remained involved in the sport as a commentator following his retirement in 1972. A message from the Lord’s Twitter account read: “Deeply saddened to hear of the death of former @englandcricket captain and MCC President Tom Graveney.” BBC radio cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew wrote: “Never saw Tom Graveney bat, but he is synonymous with a golden era of England batsmen. Loved a chat in the bar and lived for cricket. RIP.”
Malik retires from Tests
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik is to retire from Test cricket at the end of their ongoing match against England in Sharjah to give the nation’s younger players a chance, he said on Tuesday. Malik, 33, made a shock return to Test cricket at the beginning of the three-match series in the United Arab Emirates, marking his comeback with a career-best 245 in Abu Dhabi. He has since scored 47 runs in five innings, including a golden duck in his last one on Tuesday, but he did record his best Test bowling figures of 4-33 on the day he announced his retirement.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very