PERTH, Australia (AP): Steve Smith and George Bailey scored centuries and shared a 242-run partnership as Australia beat India by five wickets in the series-opening limited-overs international yesterday, reaching the victory target of 310 with four balls to spare. After winning the toss and batting, the visitors posted 309-3 with Rohit Sharma scoring an unbeaten 171 from 163 balls and Virat Kohli contributing 91 to a 207-run second-wicket partnership, surpassing the record 199 for India against Australia held by Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman since 2001. The Indian top-order batsmen dominated an inexperienced Australian attack on the true WACA wicket, with James Faulkner’s 2-60 the pick of the bowling figures. The World Cup champions were in trouble at 2-21 in reply, with Barinda Sran (3-56) removing opener Aaron Finch (8) and David Warner (5) before Smith and Bailey set up the victory with the fourth-highest ODI partnership ever for Australia. Momentum swung after Bailey was given not out after appearing to glove a leg-side catch off Sran to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his first ball. With no Decision Review System in play, India had nowhere else to appeal when umpire Richard Kellenborough ruled Bailey not out. STRONG INNINGS He went on to score 112 from 120 balls and was instrumental in helping Smith, who scored 149 from 135 balls before he was dismissed in the last over, take the ascendancy against India’s slow bowlers in the middle overs. The match was all but over when Smith chipped Sran to cover on the first ball of the last over. Mitch Marsh finished unbeaten on 12 and James Faulkner (1) hit the winning run as Australia reached 310-5. Smith, the Australia captain, won the Man of the Match award despite the strong innings from Sharma, who recorded the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia.
English Premier League StandingsStandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (3) Arsenal 22 13 5 4 37 21 16 442 (1) Leicester City 22 12 8 2 39 26 13 443 (2) Manchester City 22 13 4 5 43 21 22 434 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 22 10 9 3 38 18 20 395 (6) Manchester United 22 10 7 5 28 20 8 376 (5) West Ham United 22 9 8 5 34 26 8 357 (7) Stoke City 22 9 6 7 24 22 2 338 (8) Crystal Palace 22 9 4 9 23 24 -1 319 (9) Liverpool 22 8 7 7 25 28 -3 3110 (10) Southampton 22 8 6 8 31 24 7 3011 (11) Everton 22 6 11 5 39 32 7 2912 (12) Watford 21 8 5 8 25 24 1 2913 (13) West Bromwich Albion 22 7 6 9 22 30 -8 2714 (14) Chelsea 22 6 7 9 31 34 -3 2515 (15) Bournemouth 22 6 6 10 26 37 -11 2416 (16) Norwich City 22 6 5 11 24 38 -14 2317 (17) Newcastle United 22 5 6 11 24 39 -15 2118 (18) Swansea City 21 4 7 10 19 30 -11 1919 (19) Sunderland 22 5 3 14 27 45 -18 1820 (20) Aston Villa 22 2 6 14 18 38 -20 12
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP):Juventus missed the chance to move four points clear in Serie A and will not be able to level the record of consecutive wins after they were held to a goalless draw at Bologna yesterday.Massimiliano Allegri’s team beat Napoli last weekend to move top and were seeking a 16th consecutive win, which would have left them one behind Inter Milan’s record set in 2006-07.Victory would also have given Juventus a significant advantage ahead of Napoli’s match against AC Milan on Monday. Instead, Napoli can move a point ahead of Juventus with a win.”We gave our all on the pitch, maybe with a few too many errors in the last ball,” Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci said. “The season is long. We didn’t win the title last week against Napoli, and we haven’t lost it now.”Bonucci insisted he and his teammates did not have one eye on Europe ahead of the resumption of the Champions League next week and Tuesday’s visit of Bayern Munich.”The title will be fought for right until the end,” he added. “Now, we have to focus on Tuesday, but we weren’t distracted by the match against Bayern Munich. When you’re playing for the title, you never think about the next match.”Juventus did not have a single shot on target all match, for the first time since 2011.Bologna had the best chance of the match in the 21st minute when Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon parried a Matteo Destro effort from long range and Godfred Donsah fired the rebound well wide of the left upright.
Twelve votes for the People’s National Party (PNP) and seven for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) were the numbers given by the cluster leaders 90 minutes into voting at polling stations 42 A and B in Dalvey, eastern St Thomas. The PNP’s Dr Fenton Ferguson has never won the division though having served as member of parliament for 23 consecutive years. JLP cluster leader, Carlene Steele, does not anticipate the division to change hands as she is confident that her party’s representative Delano Seiveright will triumph. “We are going to have a strong turnout. Wi never lose in our polling division,” Steele said. “It has happened every year where in the morning voting is slow.” One of the cluster leaders for the PNP in the area, Ann-Marie Williams, attributed the low early morning turnout to the fact that persons have gone to work. “Later we will have a better turnout, because most of our sure votes are out in the field,” Williams said. “We have mostly cane cutters, some people have gone to work to return and we have elderly persons, who we have to pick up. We are going to win it.” Ferguson won the seat in 2011 by 473 votes over the JLP’s Patrece Charles Freeman. email@example.com
Granville FC crowned themselves in glory by winning their first ever Western Confederation Super League title 3-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Sandals Whitehouse at Jarrett Park on Saturday. It ended a trophyless 16-year wait for the Tracey Reid-coached team and gives them a shot at qualifying for the Red Stripe Premier League when the playoffs get under way. Reid become the first female coach to win the Western Confederation Super League title and could break new ground if she qualifies her team for the 2016-2017 Red Stripe Premier League season in a month’s time. “Words cannot explain what I am feeling right now,” said an emotional Reid, after watching her team eke out the win. “I just knew that today would be a day of joy for us; I woke up and felt it that we would win, and although it went to penalties, I was confident that we would have won it,” Reid said. The final was decided by penalties after both teams played out a dour regulation and extra time in which there was hardly a telling shot on target. Granville looked the hungrier of the teams and went about their business, but wayward shooting and the lack of intent in the final third made sure they didn’t score. Sandals Whitehouse were also guilty of not playing to their strength and suffered in the latter part of the match from fatigue, although their best player on the day, Leonard Rankine, a former daCosta Cup star player for The Manning’s School, tried his best to ignite their attack. DAY OF JOY MAIDEN TITLE With the score locked at 0-0 after extra time, it was down to five players from each side to bring home what was essentially a maiden title and it began really well for both, with David Gillard scoring the first spot kick for Granville and Delroy Davis for Sandals Whitehouse. Andrew Allen then made it 2-1 in favour of Granville and Rankine had his penalty well saved by Granville’s goalkeeper. The dreadlocked Jason Rose would score to make it 3-1 Granville. Dervin Campbell netted for Sandals to trim the lead at 3-2 before Granville’s Odane Snow’s rasping kick struck the crossbar. It ended when Orane Warren fired wide of the target to send the Granville players and supporters into wild celebrations. “This is big, not just for the club but Granville, the community. Our focus now is on the Premier League playoffs and, ultimately, when we get there, we hope to represent Montego Bay and the Western Confed well,” Reid said.