Windies lose second ODI and series to England

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP): Joe Root and Chris Woakes shared a 102-run undefeated partnership as England beat the West Indies by four wickets in the second one-day cricket international (ODI) on Sunday to clinch the series. The pair came together with England on 124-6 at the midway point of its innings after a mini-collapse saw four wickets lost for only 16 runs. Root and Woakes stayed together to the end as England finished on 226-6 off 48.2 overs in reply to West Indies’ 225 all out. Root was 90 not out off 127 balls, while all-rounder Woakes smashed 68 off 83, including five fours and two sixes. Opener Jason Roy had scored 52 at more than a run-a-ball to give England a good start. Ashley Nurse took 3-34. Earlier, West Indies won the toss, chose to bat and was dismissed with a wasteful 13 balls left in its innings. Jason Mohammed was top-scorer for West Indies, hitting 50 from 73 balls with two fours and a pair of sixes. He was caught by Adil Rashid off Liam Plunkett, who was England’s most successful bowler with 3-32. West Indies lost two quick wickets at the start, stumbling to 21-2 and 46-3, but the innings stabilised when opener Kraigg Brathwaite (42) shared a 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mohammed. Apart from Mohammed, Jonathan Carter was the only other West Indian to hit a six in an unimpressive performance by the hosts. Carter was out for 39 off 36 balls. England won the opening ODI by 45 runs on Friday at the same Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and has an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The third ODI is on Thursday in Barbados. UNIMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCElast_img read more

Honoured to welcome President Putin, says PM Modi ahead of BRICS summit

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi today said he is honoured to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazil’s Michel Temer for the BRICS summit to be inaugurated later today in Goa.He also said he looks forward to talks with China during the two-day deliberations.Ahead of the 8th BRICS summit and the first BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit on October 15-16 in Goa, PM Modi posted a statement on his Facebook page welcoming the leaders.Also Read: India unhappy over Russia’s military exercise with terror-sponsor PakistanREAD THE FULL STATEMENT:”India is delighted to host the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa on 15-16 October 2016, followed by a first-ever BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit. I look forward to extending a warm welcome to the ten leaders of the BRICS and BIMSTEC families.In Goa, I will also have the honour to receive President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the India-Russia Annual Summit and President Michel Temer of Brazil for a bilateral visit.President Putin’s visit will give us an opportunity to consolidate and reaffirm a unique time-tested friendship and partnership with Russia.President Temer’s visit will open up new areas for cooperation with Brazil, an important strategic partner.I also look forward to useful conversations with my fellow leaders from China, South Africa, Brazil and Russia on addressing pressing international and regional challenges that stand in the way of our goals.From India Today magazine | An old friend is better than two new ones As Chair of the BRICS this year, India has embraced a stronger emphasis on promoting people-to-people linkages in diverse fields including trade, sports, education, films, scholarship, and tourism.advertisementIt is anchored in the belief that our people are pivotal partners in our effort to craft responsive, collective and inclusive solutions.We will launch new initiatives in Goa even as we mark the successful operationalization of initiatives like the BRICS New Development Bank and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement.I am optimistic that the BRICS Summit will strengthen intra-BRICS cooperation and advance our common agenda for development, peace, stability and reform.In a first, I am happy that India is facilitating an outreach Summit with the BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sir Lanka and Thailand.Representing nearly two thirds of humanity together, we hope to tap the potential for cooperation and the dividends this will bring.India looks forward to building bridges to new partnerships and finding common resolve and solutions to our entrenched problems.”Also Read: Modi, Putin to sign $1 billion Kamov chopper deal during Goa BRICS summit India to play trade card with China ahead of BRICS summit China declines to speak up for isolated Pakistan before BRICS Summitlast_img read more

Nats Alive, Beat Giants, 4-1

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Doug Fister pitched seven shutout innings and the Washington Nationals capitalized on Madison Bumgarner’s one off-target throw, staving off elimination in the National League Division Series with a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 6.Fister helped the Nationals cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-five series, and end the Giants’ postseason winning streak.St. Louis beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 later Monday to take a 2-1 lead in their series, with Kolten Wong hitting a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie, Matt Carpenter going deep for the third straight game and John Lackey living up to his big-game reputation.The game in San Francisco turned when Washington scored two runs on Bumgarner’s throwing error in the seventh inning to end the ace pitcher’s 22-inning scoreless streak. Bryce Harper punctuated the victory with a solo homer in the ninth.Drew Storen allowed the first two batters to reach in the bottom of the ninth but shook off his postseason struggles, allowing a run in closing it out as Washington forced a Game 4 on Tuesday night.On a day Bumgarner had been nearly untouchable, his own miscue prevented a three-game sweep.Bumgarner fielded Wilson Ramos’ two-strike sacrifice bunt between the mound and the first-base line and fired to third rather than going for the sure out at first.“We probably should have taken the out of first. I made a mistake telling him to throw to third,” catcher Buster Posey said. “It happens.”Bumgarner’s throw sailed wide of Pablo Sandoval’s outstretched glove and bounced all the way to the tarp along the left-field wall before rolling over the bullpen mounds where two relievers were warming up.Sandoval nearly did the splits trying to make the play and stayed down in pain as the two runs scored. Trainers checked on the third baseman and he remained in the game.“That was an important play right now. In my mind I was like, ‘I have to do it, have to do it,’ Ramos said. “For me, that changed the whole game. Bumgarner threw a really good game. Those little things happen in games. If we do the little things, we’ll have an opportunity to win this series.”Asdrubal Cabrera followed with an RBI single. He spent the final eight innings watching the Giants’ 2-1, 18-inning victory Saturday night after being ejected for arguing a called third strike.The Dodgers, facing elimination in St. Louis for the second consecutive postseason, will turn to ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest Tuesday night in Game 4. Shelby Miller makes his first career postseason start for the Cardinals, one win from a fourth straight trip to the NL Championship Series.The Cardinals finished off Los Angeles in a six-game NLCS last year, knocking out Kershaw in the fifth inning of a 9-0 blowout in the final game.On Monday, two runners reached against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth before he earned his second save of the series — with an assist from the grounds crew on a rainy night.With two runners on, Rosenthal missed badly on consecutive pitches to Juan Uribe. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and manager Mike Matheny went to the mound, and Matheny motioned toward plate umpire Dale Scott.The grounds crew was called out to apply a drying agent and rake the mound. Rosenthal threw a pair of practice pitches and found his footing, retiring the next two batters on flies to right for his sixth career postseason save.Hanley Ramirez had three of the Dodgers’ seven hits, including an RBI double in the sixth.St. Louis hit 105 homers in the regular season, the second-lowest total in the majors, ahead of only Kansas City. Wong’s two-run shot off loser Scott Elbert put the Cardinals ahead 3-1.Carpenter connected in the third. He and Albert Pujols are the only Cardinals players to homer in three consecutive postseason games.Pujols did it in 2004, the first two in the NL Division Series and the third in the NLCS.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Not Perfect, Scherzer No-hits Bucs

first_imgWASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter June 20 in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.A letdown? Yeah, a little.“I mean there is, just because you’re so close, one strike away from a perfect game,” he said. “But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there’s nothing better.”Pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was all that stood between Scherzer and pitching’s ultimate achievement. Tabata fouled off three 2-2 deliveries, then seemed to slightly drop his left elbow and got nicked.Scherzer immediately grimaced as the ball ricocheted to the ground. The crowd at Nationals Park seemed stunned, too, and surely many wondered whether Tabata leaned into the 86 mph pitch with his elbow protector to get hit.“He tried to throw me a slider inside,” Tabata said. “The slider, no breaking. I stayed right there and it got me.”“That’s my job. I got to get on base whatever the situation,” he said.Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos had a different view. “His elbow was a little bit in the strike zone. That’s what I saw in the videos. But it’s happened,” he said.Scherzer came within one strike of throwing the 22nd perfect game in major league history since 1900. If anything, Scherzer’s teammates seemed to take the near-miss harder than he did.“I got down into a squat and just, I don’t know, I wanted to cry,” right fielder Bryce Harper said. “To be able to see a perfect game, be a part of that, would’ve been awesome.”Said Nationals manager Matt Williams: “He hit him with the baseball. It’s difficult when that happens.”As to whether he thought about discussing the play with plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, Williams said, “I think that’s irrelevant at this point. The last thing I’m going to do is walk onto the field and mess up Maxie’s rhythm. That would be a crying shame. I ain’t doing that.”Scherzer (8-5) retired Josh Harrison on a deep fly to left for the final out and was swallowed up by jubilant Nationals near the mound.“Pretty easy to do,” Scherzer said of keeping his cool. “Probably took two seconds. I realized I lost the perfect game. You just move on. Finish this thing out.”The 30-year-old righty struck out 10 in his second straight dominant performance, and was cheered by a crowd of 41,104.Scherzer got help from his infield in the late innings. In the eighth, shifted second baseman Danny Espinosa barely threw out Pedro Alvarez from shallow right field to end the inning.“I got to that ball and just knew I had to get rid of it quick,” Espinosa said. “I was able to get him.”Leading off the ninth, third baseman Anthony Rendon ran hard to catch a foul pop by Gregory Polanco, and wound up bent over the dugout railing.In his previous start, Scherzer took a perfect game into the seventh at Milwaukee and finished with a one-hitter and 16 strikeouts. The lone hit was a leadoff single by Carlos Gomez just beyond reach of Rendon, who was playing second base.Scherzer turned in perhaps the most magnificent consecutive starts in the majors since Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back no-hitters for Cincinnati in 1938.Scherzer threw his third career shutout. He had one in 219 lifetime starts before these two in a row. “My last few starts, this is some of the best baseball I’ve thrown,” he said.Signed to a $210 million, seven-year contract in the offseason after leaving Detroit, the 2013 AL Cy Young winner pitched the second no-hitter in Nationals’ history. Jordan Zimmermann threw one against the Marlins last year to end the regular season.“He’s just an unbelievable pitcher, unbelievable clubhouse guy, and he’s worth every penny he gets,” Harper said.It was the fourth no-hitter in the city’s baseball history — Walter Johnson and Bob Burke threw them for the old Washington Senators.This was the second no-hitter of the season. San Francisco rookie Chris Heston did it June 9 against the Mets.Scherzer’s gem marked the second major feat in the big leagues in two days. On June 19, Alex Rodriguez got his 3,000th career hit for the Yankees.Scherzer threw 106 pitches, 82 for strikes. He was throwing fastballs in the upper 90s and used a wicked slider in lowering his ERA to 1.76.The Pirates twice hit balls to the warning track in his first time through the order. Harper hit his 23rd homer and drove in two runs. He had missed two games after straining his hamstring.Francisco Liriano (4-6) took the loss.(IAN QUILLEN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more