Eranga banned from bowling
Sri Lanka paceman Shaminda Eranga has been banned from bowling in international matches due to an illegal action, the International Cricket Council said on Sunday, just hours after he was taken to hospital to undergo tests on his heart. The 29-year-old reported feeling discomfort while batting during Sri Lanka’s one-day win over Ireland on Saturday. “He was OK and stable, and we’re awaiting the results,” a Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman said. Eranga’s action was reported during the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street last month and his action was found to be illegal after an independent assessment.
One-day match rained off
The seventh match of the tri-nation one-day international series between Australia and South Africa in Bridgetown, Barbados, was declared a no-result due to inclement weather, organizers said on Sunday. Heavy, persistent rain left a large damp area on the pitch which prevented any further play with South Africa at 8-0 after one over in the match at the Kensington Oval. Both teams took two points from the contest. South Africa remain top of the standings on 12 points followed by Australia on 11. Hosts the West Indies, on eight points, face Australia today at the same venue. The West Indies play South Africa in the final round-robin match on Friday. The final is due to take place on Sunday.
Keys wins in Birmingham
Madison Keys of the US powered to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova in the Aegon Classic final in Birmingham, England, on Sunday, only the second grass-court title of her career. Strycova, who was playing her 18th set of the week after reaching both the singles and doubles finals, still had enough energy and tenacity to come close to turning the second set around. The Czech player appeared poised to get back into the match when she earned a break point in the eighth game of the second set, but Keys saved it with a series of well-controlled and well-placed forehand drives allowing the American to cruise to the title. “I am just going to focus on this — I am really happy. I will start focusing on Wimbledon tomorrow,” Keys said. Strycova and Karolina Pliskova beat Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) in the doubles final.
Garcia wins Mallorca Open
French sixth seed Caroline Garcia warmed up for Wimbledon by capturing the inaugural grass-court Mallorca Open title on Sunday with victory over Anastasija Sevastova. Garcia, ranked 39th in the world and the reigning French Open women’s doubles champion, sealed the first grass-court crown of her career with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Latvian world No. 82. It was the 22-year-old Garcia’s second tournament win this season after Strasbourg, France.
Wozniacki defeats Cornet
Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki earned her first win of a troubled pre-Wimbledon grass-court season on Sunday, beating Alize Cornet in the first round at the Aegon International in Eastbourne, England. The Dane, who has only just returned after missing the clay season with an ankle injury, advanced 6-1, 6-3 in 80 minutes, helped by six double faults from Cornet, who lost her serve five times. France’s Kristina Mladenovic opened with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 victory over Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, while Hungary’s Timea Babos beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. One of the team’s private airplanes on Thursday evening landed in Boston after returning from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to healthcare providers fighting to control the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard met the airplane and offloaded the containers of masks onto waiting trucks for transport to warehouses for distribution. Baker secured the N95 masks from Chinese manufacturers, but had no way of getting them to the US. He
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OLYMPICS Delay pushes rower to retire British rowing gold medalist Tom Ransley on Friday announced his retirement after deciding that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to next year was a step too far. The 34-year-old was part of the men’s eight who won gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics and also a bronze in the 2012 London Games. “I have used up everything I had and I know that to get myself in the necessary condition to compete for a seat in 2021 is a step too far,” he told the BBC. The years of early starts, of three training