Manchester United Congratulates Fan Jofra Archer, England Team

first_imgManchester: Football giants Manchester United congratulated their big fan Jofra Archer and the England team for lifting their maiden World Cup at Lord’s on Sunday.“When you wake up and realise you’re a #CWC19 world champion…Incredible stuff, @JofraArcher congratulations to you and @EnglandCricket,” Manchester United tweeted with a picture of England’s leading wicket taker Archer wearing a United jersey.Just in the England setup and playing his first World Cup, 24-year old Barbados-born Jofra was another reason why England won the World Cup. The gun-quick nabbed 20 wickets in 11 matches and bowled the Super Over in the final against New Zealand, holding his nerve. Although he gave away 15 runs for the Kiwis to match the target, England won on superior boundary count.Archer yorked, bounced and changed pace with the ball during the entire tournament, bamboozling batsmen and creating all sorts of problems which will make him a crucial cog in England’s wheel for years to come.England won the World Cup by hitting more boundaries than New Zealand after the rip-roaring final which was tied both at the end of 100 overs and a Super Over. IANS Also Read: Staying Calm Is The Mantra For Success, Feels Jofra Archerlast_img read more

Women of Troy look to continue success in Oregon

first_imgAfter defending its home court against both Arizona schools last weekend, the women’s basketball team looks to take that momentum and energy on the road this weekend. The team will first face No. 9 Oregon on Friday, who will be coming back from a road sweep in Washington, before taking on No. 15 Oregon State on Sunday. Last season, the Trojans surprised everyone, especially Oregon State, by breaking their seven-game losing streak with a 70-50 win against the Beavers. The team is looking to do the same and more this time around. Forward Kristen Simon is one of three seniors on the Trojans’ squad. Tucker Judkins | Daily Trojan“They know better than me because they did it last year,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “So, I’m going to ask them, ‘How did you beat Oregon State in front of 6,000 people?’ and they’re going to tell me and I’m going to say, ‘You’re going to do the exact same thing, OK?’ So, they know. [They did] it last year, so that’s what we are going to rely on: their experience from last year.”All the starters, except graduate student guard Jordan Adams, who was out with a knee injury her senior year, played against the Oregon schools’ last season. In addition to experience, the starters have been averaging close to the full 40 minutes per game. With that, not only are the players’ stamina improving, but they have also been using every minute to keep practicing for the tough games to come.“I feel like I’m in great shape,” senior guard Sadie Edwards said. “I look at it as a blessing. When I’m not in the game, I am itching to go back in … Being out there as much as I am, it makes me prepared. We’ve been in close games, we’ve got a tough weekend coming up, but there isn’t much that we haven’t seen and [the coaches] do a really good job with calling timeouts and getting us rest when we can, so I feel good about it.”The players will have to bring that spirit to Oregon with them as they are taking on two tough teams back to back. Oregon’s sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu is averaging 19.4 points per game in comparison to USC senior forward Kristen Simon’s 17.5. However, the Trojans have recently shown a balanced effort from all their starters — each are contributing points, rebounds and assists. Along with that, bench players, like forwards sophomore Ja’Tavia Tapley and junior Marguerite Effa, have slowly seen an increase in playing time and are making plays for their teams when they come in. “We are getting a really balanced effort and we’re playing together,” Edwards said. “Sharing the basketball is fun. When you play together, you play as a team, you defend. I think it’s a lot easier to go out there and play.”The chemistry of the team is tangible. The bench is cheering in response to every point made and the team’s constant communication on the court is audible. Their season hasn’t been perfect, but Trakh is excited for where the team is headed and is only hopeful for what the future brings; he has seen positive progress from the beginning of the season until now. “I think it took a while to evolve there, to think rebounding, defense, assists, the team chemistry, how you relate to your team,” Trakh said. “And it’s ongoing. We’re going to keep working every day. Everything is not perfect right now, but we can work with them and they can work with each other, but I think it’s good right now and I think we are in a good place headed into our last four games.”last_img read more

Hull City 0-2 Derby (3-2 agg): Tigers hold on to book play-off final place

first_imgHull City set up a Championship play-off final meeting with Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley with a 3-2 aggregate win over Derby. The Rams won 2-0 on the night at the KC, but they were left to pay after losing so heavily to Steve Bruce’s side on Saturday.County came flying out the traps and they looked like they meant business as Johnny Russell opened the scoring after seven minutes. A dangerous cross was sent into the box on 36 minutes and Hull defender Andrew Robertson put the ball into his own net from six yards. The east Yorkshire crowd were on edge as Derby went for a third, but it eluded them and the Tigers are one match away from a Premier League return. The play-off final will take place at 5pm on Saturday, May 28.Knowing the odds were stacked against them, Derby began at a high tempo and took the lead when Hull failed to deal with a cross to the back post from Cyrus Christie.The ball was headed down by Chris Martin and Russell saw his first shot blocked but forced home the rebound from a couple of yards.Ten minutes later Russell curled a free-kick just wide as Hull continued to soak up pressure and it took 25 minutes for the home side to have a shot when Jake Livermore fired well over.With the break less than ten minutes away, Derby got their second when a low cross from the left by Andreas Weimann was met by Robertson and sent past Eldin Jakupovic.Hull had a penalty appeal turned down when Moses Odubajo went to ground and the same player saw his shot deflected wide for a corner as Derby continued to be solid at the back.With the tie finely balanced both sides began the second half in search of the next goal, Derby being denied in a goalmouth scramble by some hurried Hull defending.Derby looked composed in midfield but were not quite able to make the most of their possession, Will Hughes firing over after one period of concerted pressure and Martin then tested Eldin Jakupovic with a shot which the Hull keeper beat away with his fists. Hull City’s Andrew Robertson puts the ball into his own net 1last_img read more