Ashwin sends Sri Lanka to new low

first_imgVISAKHAPATNAM, India (AP):Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian in Twenty20 Internationals to help his side beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets yesterday and clinch the series 2-1.Ashwin ripped through the top order with 4-8, improving on his own best of 4-11 against Australia at the World Twenty20 two years ago as Sri Lanka were bowled out in only 18 overs for 82, their lowest T20 total.In reply, India reached 84-1 in only 13.5, overs with opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring in the third and final match with an unbeaten 46.Ashwin drew first blood with his third delivery as a vicious spinner beat left-handed opener Niroshan Dickwella (1) for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to complete an easy stumping. The spin bowler then trapped Tillakaratne Dilshan leg-before wicket off the last ball of the over to trigger a collapse.Captain Dinesh Chandimal (8) fell to the first delivery of Ashwin’s second over, caught on the off side while trying to clear the infield. Debutant Asela Gunaratne (4) was his fourth victim, caught at leg slip by Suresh Raina as Ashwin finished his three-over spell at 4-5 and the score at 20-4.”I want to keep the batsmen guessing and (getting) wickets makes me a different bowler,” Ashwin said. “I’ve the courage to go for runs. That’s why I’ve the courage to flight the ball.”last_img read more


first_imgA PETITION gathered from across Donegal calling for the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady was delivered to his office this week.The people’s petition was launched in May and attracted almost 500 signatures.The petition, which requests the resignation of Cardinal Brady, was delivered this week to his central office in Armagh, seat of the Primate of All Ireland. The people behind the petition were volunteers from the local area of Falcarragh, as well as members of Fios, a community training group. Seán Hillen, one of the people behind the petition, said they were very happy with the number of people who signed the petition, particularly as it is a rural area.He said it was a reflection of the frustration that people felt about the situation.Hillen said he hoped the petition would add to a “cumulative effect” that could lead to a change of personnel at the top of the Catholic Church in Ireland and also a change in policy.A spokesperson from Cardinal Brady’s office could not be reached yesterday evening. The petition has been signed by people in Falcarragh, nearby towns such as Gortahork and Dunfanaghy, as well as by persons in the wider Donegal area such as Letterkenny, Milford and Ballybofey.It has also been signed by people from counties including Dublin, Galway and Belfast, while an online version of the petition attracted signatories from places such as Sydney, New York and Paris.The petition was started following revelations in a BBC This World documentary about Brady’s role in an inquiry into sexual abuse by paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth.The organisers said that when the petition was handed in, the church representative there declined to make any comment, saying the Cardinal was “extremely busy” with the Eucharistic Congress, as was his diocesan secretary Rev Michael Toner.A formal invitation has gone out to the Archbishop to travel to Donegal and see some of the places where sexual abuse of children has taken place and talk to some of the abused. Some local people have said they believe that the parish house where jailed paedophile priest Eugene Green abused some of the children in the Gortahork area should be demolished.They said this should happen because of what it symbolised and because it made healing more difficult for local people who had been abused as children and still live in the area.DONEGAL PETITION CALLING FOR RESIGNATION OF CARDINAL BRADY DELIVERED TO HIS OFFICE was last modified: June 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CARDINAL SEAN BRADYFalcarraghpetitionSEAN HILLENlast_img read more

Caps Push Rangers to Edge, 3-1

first_imgWASHINGTON — Back when he was 7, Andre Burakovsky tagged along to watch his father play in a professional hockey game in Sweden. The opposing goalie was none other than Henrik Lundqvist.Burakovsky, now barely 20 and an NHL rookie with the Capitals, found himself facing Lundqvist, now the goalie for the Rangers, and the kid came through in a big way May 6.Burakovsky scored his first two postseason goals and Braden Holtby saved a penalty shot, giving Washington a 2-1 victory over New York for a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.The Capitals can close out the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Rangers in the best-of-seven series and advance to the conference finals for the first time in Alex Ovechkin’s career by taking Game 5 in New York on May 8.“There’s no shock. It’s disappointment,” said Lundqvist, who led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals last season. “They’re nothing really to figure out. We just need to score.”Burakovsky tied Game 4 in the second period, then put Washington ahead to stay 24 seconds into the third.“He’s been a favorite goalie of (mine) since I grew up,” Burakovsky said about his countryman Lundqvist. “I’ve been watching him my whole life. It’s a pretty special moment.”Not bad for a guy who scored only nine goals in the regular season — and none since Feb. 15 — and was limited to 53 games with Washington, either because he was scratched or banished to the minors.Coach Barry Trotz said he told Burakovsky: “I’m not putting you back in the lineup ’til you crack a smile again. If I see you moping around the dressing room, moping around because you’re not playing, I will not put you in the lineup.”Then, delivering the punch line, Trotz added: “And he’s always got a smile on his face now.”Sure did, particularly when Burakovsky was asked whether this was the highlight of his nascent career. “I would say it’s up there, for sure,” he replied.When a reporter wanted to know what could possibly beat this night, Burakovsky grinned broadly.“I don’t know,” he said. “Maybe it is the greatest moment.”Might not have been had the Capitals not had Holtby protecting the net, finishing with 28 saves and lowering his goals-against average to 1.48 in these playoffs.With 12 minutes left in regulation, Holtby flicked his glove to catch Carl Hagelin’s penalty shot and preserve the lead and help the Capitals win a fifth consecutive home game in the same postseason for the first time, according to STATS.Hagelin broke in alone and Capitals defenseman Mike Green, chasing from behind, first poked at the left wing with his stick, then brought him down.When Holtby snatched the penalty shot, fans responded with earsplitting yells of “Holt-bee! Holt-bee!” and Green skated over from the bench area to give his goalie an appreciative tap with his stick.“You go in there,” Hagelin said, “thinking you’re going to score.”As for whether Holtby knew how Hagelin would try to get the puck past him, Holtby said: “Not really. I was just trying to be patient. … Try not to think too much. Just react.”The only goal allowed by Holtby over the past two games was scored by Derick Brassard a little more than six minutes into the second period, making it 1-0 with assists from Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash, neither of whom has a goal in this series.But New York’s lead didn’t last very long, thanks to Burakovsky, a first-round draft pick in 2013, who joined Evgeny Kuznetsov as a Capitals rookie making his mark on these playoffs.Kuznetsov has four goals, including the go-ahead score in Game 7 against the New York Islanders in the first round.“We’re pretty fortunate,” Trotz said. “We’ve got two young guys that have a lot of ability. They have a lot of confidence in their ability.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more