Teenager breaks record
Teenage leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman on Friday became the youngest bowler to claim five wickets in a one-day international when he inspired Afghanistan to a 10-wicket rout of Zimbabwe in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The 16-year-old finished with 5-50 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 134 in 34 overs. Afghanistan then cruised to victory in the 22nd over without losing a wicket with openers Mohammad Shahzad on 75 not out and Ihsanullah unbeaten on 51. Mujeeb’s performance allowed him to surpass Pakistan’s Waqar Younis as the youngest bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in a one-day international. Waqar was 18 years, 164 days when he achieved the feat. Craig Ervine was the only Zimbabwe batsman to show any fight, finishing on an undefeated 54. Shahzad clobbered 10 fours and three sixes in his 75 off 74 balls as Afghanistan claimed the series 3-1 with one match to play.
Pellegri debuts in victory
Defending champions AS Monaco on Friday eased to a 4-0 home win over Dijon RCO in Ligue 1 as 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri carved out a little piece of history for himself. Monaco were 1-0 up at the interval thanks to a Keita Balde goal after 13 minutes, before Fabinho, with a 69th-minute penalty, Rony Lopes in the 87th minute and a stoppage-time strike from Poland international Kamil Glik sealed their 17th win of the season. The win took second-placed Monaco to nine points behind Paris Saint-Germain. Despite the victory, it was not all plain sailing for Monaco after they lost striker Stevan Jovetic to a muscle injury in the warm-up which placed more pressure on Balde, who was returning from suspension. Meanwhile, Pellegri, at 16 years, 10 months, 30 days, became the youngest player to appear for Monaco when he came on as an 88th-minute substitute. Pellegri replaced Balde and beat the previous record held by Kylian Mbappe, who was 16 years, 11 months, 13 days old when he made his debut for the club in December 2015. The young Italian arrived at Monaco from Genoa during the transfer window where he had also been the youngest player to feature in Serie A and the first born in the 21st century.
Maritzburg win fiery derby
One player was sent off, 12 were cautioned and 46 fouls were committed on Friday during a fiery South African Premiership derby won 2-0 by Maritzburg United against AmaZulu. There could have been more red cards as Togo centerback Sadat Ouro-Akoriko of AmaZulu escaped with a yellow after pushing his hand into the face of an opponent. The red card that was shown went to another AmaZulu player, Butholezwe Ncube, midway through the second half after a second booking. Both United goals came from close range off low crosses, with Bandile Shandu breaking the deadlock on 40 minutes and Siphesihle Ndlovu sealing a home win one minute into stoppage-time. Before the kickoff at Harry Gwala Stadium, 80km and two places separated the clubs from Kwazulu-Natal cities Pietermaritzburg and Durban. By fulltime, Maritzburg rose two places to fourth, seven points behind the Mamelodi Sundowns having played one game more. AmaZulu, who gained promotion to the top flight this season, slipped one spot to ninth. Although AmaZulu lie in mid-table, their survival is far from certain as they are only five points above the relegation zone.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on