Five new caps in Boys Home Internationals squad

first_img Patrick Kelly and Bobby Keeble, who were involved in a four hole playoff for the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports last week, have both been selected in the England team that will defend the Boys Home Internationals at County Louth Golf Club in Ireland on 7th – 9th August. Keeble (Abridge, Essex), who finished runner-up, is one of five new caps in the 11-strong team, the others being Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Daniel Brown (Bedale, Yorkshire), Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), and Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI). The rest of the team is: Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent), Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Overall there are four members from Yorkshire, including two of the team, Brown and Dean, that has qualified for the Boys County Finals. Keeble, 16, finished tied sixth in the south East Boys qualifying and is the newly crowned Essex champion, while Burlison, 17, the Staffordshire Youths champion, is a former under 16 cap who finished runner-up in the South of England Boys last year. Brown, 17, finished joint seventh last week in the under 18 championship for the Carris Trophy at Royal Cinque Ports, while Dean, 18, won the Poncat Dutch Junior Open recently and has finished runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophy and the Northern Boys qualifying. Singh Brar, 15, was a joint winner of the Junior Champion of County Champions tournament last year and finished sixth in the McEvoy Trophy and in the English under 16 championship for the McGregor Trophy. Fitzpatrick, 17, was another joint winner of last year’s Junior Champion of County Champions tournament when he finished second on the EGU boys Order of Merit. This year he has won the Selborne Salver, second in the Berkshire Trophy and Hampshire Salver and equal third in last week’s Carris Trophy. Kelly, the new under 18 champion, became a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals and played in the recent European Boys Team Championships, having been an under 16 international. He finished runner-up in the British Boys last year but won the Fairhaven Trophy in April. Marsh, 17, earned his first boy cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships in Sweden and has finished joint runner-up in the McEvoy Trophy and joint third in the Fairhaven Trophy this year. Orrin, 18, another former under 16 cap, has been a boy international for two years. The newly-crowned Kent champion is enjoying a successful season with second places in the Darwin Salver, McEvoy Trophy and Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and third in last week’s Carris Trophy. Tree, 18, made his full England debut against France in May but earned his first boys cap in the Boys Home Internationals two years ago. Won the Gauteng North Open in South Africa early in the year, was a quarter finalist in the recent Amateur Championship and finished fifth in the Carris Trophy. Turner, 16, is the Lincolnshire boys’ champion who stepped up from under 16 level to a boy cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships. Finished third in this year’s Fairhaven Trophy and fourth in the McGregor Trophy. Under its current format, England has a fine record in the Boys Home Internationals having finished champions 17 times, including last year in Wales. Image of Bobby Kebble © Tom Ward. 2 Aug 2012 Five new caps in Boys Home Internationals squad last_img read more

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Leading players to defend Ballesteros Trophy

first_img Leading England amateurs will follow in the footsteps of Masters champion Sergio Garcia and Olympic champion Justin Rose when they head to Spain later this month to defend the Seve Ballesteros Trophy in a mixed international. The match has always featured top players, with Garcia and Rose featuring in the 1997 teams. The roll of honour also includes Tommy Fleetwood, David Howell, Jose Maria Olazabal, Alvaro Quiros, Pablo Larrazabal and Ignacio Garrido. This year’s team includes Amateur Champion Scott Gregory, British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb, English amateur champion Dan Brown and Lytham Trophy winner Alfie Plant alongside Louisa Brunt, Gemma Clews, Bradley Moore, Marco Penge, Georgia Price and Jack Singh-Brar. The two-day match takes place at El Saler Golf Club, Valencia, from 29-30 April. The event started in 1985, is played biennially and became a mixed event in 2015, when England won at Burnham and Berrow, Somerset.  It was the team’s 14th win, while Spain have won twice. The players Dan Brown, 22, (Masham, Yorkshire) is the English amateur champion and also won the North of England amateur. He tied third in this season’s South African stroke play and shared the qualifying honours in the South African amateur championship. Louisa Brunt, 18, (Royal Birkdale, Lancashire) made her English women’s team debut in the recent European Nations Cup. She was an England girl international who last season won the women’s Pleasington Putter. Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) has just won the Delamere Comboy Scratch and the Hampshire Rose. She helped England win the 2016 women’s Home Internationals and was third on the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit. Scott Gregory, 22, (Corhampton, Hampshire) won the 2016 Amateur Championship and has subsequently played in The Open and The Masters. He helped England to win the world silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy and won the 2016 England men’s Order of Merit. This season he has won the New South Wales Amateur. Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the British women’s stroke play champion, won the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals. She was runner up in the 2017 Hampshire Rose. Bradley Moore, 19, (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) was joint runner-up in the 2016 Lytham Trophy, was in England’s winning team against France and helped Europe win the Bonallack Trophy. This season he was third in the Avondale Amateur in Australia. Marco Penge, 18, (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) was runner-up in both the New South Wales amateur and the Spanish amateur championships this season. Last year he tied for the French amateur before being pipped in a play-off. Alfie Plant, 24, (Sundridge Park, Kent) won the 2016 Lytham Trophy and sank the birdie putt which secured England’s world championship silver medal at the Eisenhower Trophy, where he was third individually. He was runner up on the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit. Georgia Price, 23, (Bude & North Cornwall) was runner up on the 2016 England Golf Women’s Order of Merit after results which included second place in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play championships. Jack Singh Brar, 20, (Remedy Oak, Dorset) has just won the Selborne Salver and the Hampshire Salver. He was runner-up in the prestigious 2017 Avondale Amateur in Australia, has had solid results in this season’s match play events and represented England in the European Nations Cup. Caption: Dan Brown, watched by Bradley Moore (image © Leaderboard Photography) 18 Apr 2017 Leading players to defend Ballesteros Trophy last_img read more

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first_imgBILL NEAL:10—DO – NOT – BE – CONCERNED dear ones about the Pirates getting slapped around by the Milwaukee Brewers.They’ve been slapping everybody around, including Boston and Philadelphia, on what has become a seven game winning streak.  And this early in the season.  That’s impressive.  That, plus the Brewers always give us trouble.:09—Okay, as you know, I am not that smart when it comes to numbers, but here’s this, the Browns signed their two time Pro-Bowl center, Alex Mack, to a league high $42 million.  The Steelers’ Maukice Pouncey made his first three Pro Bowls…alright then, you do the math!:08—Man, this is sad news.  Former Atlanta Hawk shooting star Lou “Sweet Lou” Hudson died at age 69 in Atlanta where he was hospitalized following a stroke.  Hudson averaged 20 points a game in 13 NBA seasons.  I had the great pleasure of meeting and sharing a few meals with Mr. Hudson during the shooting of the legendary film “The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh.”  Yeah, I was in the movie, now shut up!last_img read more

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Spinks fighting a different battle

first_imgFILE – In this June 12, 2011, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Leon Spinks waves during a Boxing Hall of Fame parade in Canastota, N.Y. Leon Spinks is in a Las Vegas hospital after a second operation for abdominal problems. The 61-year-old boxer who catapulted to fame by beating Muhammad Ali in 1978 had the second surgery in recent days after complications from the first emergency surgery. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) – Mr. T was his bodyguard, which right away tells you something about Leon Spinks and his brief yet wildly entertaining stint as the heavyweight champion of the world.Someone had to keep watch over Leon and his full length fur coat. Someone had to know where his false front teeth were, and Mr. T and his gold chains had yet to make it big in television.Ah, yes, the teeth. His ex-wife once had custody over one set of them during their divorce proceeding, and Leon lost another in a mugging in Detroit that also cost him the $45,000 fur coat.“I was trying to bite the guy and they came out and he stole them,” Spinks would say years later. “It’s so damn weird, people taking my teeth.”A lot of weird things happened to Spinks on his meteoric rise to the top and equally quick fall back down. So many that Spinks could be excused for not always flashing the gap-tooth smile that even Muhammad Ali found so endearing.He was still smiling just two years ago, as he went to find out the results of tests on his brain at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in this fighting town.“If it’s gonna be bad, don’t show me,” Spinks told the doctor, chuckling at the thought.It was bad, though that was probably little surprise to anyone around Spinks in recent years. The mood swings and worsening speech were caused by a shrinking of the brain, which was in turn likely caused by the punches Spinks took in the ring and the alcohol he drank outside of it.What was perhaps more surprising was that it wasn’t the punches to the head that finally put him in a Las Vegas hospital. He is there at the age of 61 trying to come back from not one, but two, emergency abdominal surgeries that had friends fearing the worst.“It’s going to be a long road ahead, but he’s strong and he’s starting to recover,” his wife, Brenda, said this week.Back when the heavyweight title really meant something, Spinks was perhaps the most unlikely story in a sport where unlikely stories abound. He was an Olympic gold medalist but had only seven pro fights when Ali – looking for a soft touch late in his career – picked him to challenge for the heavyweight title at the Las Vegas Hilton on Feb. 15, 1978.Spinks swears the story isn’t true, but it has become part of the Spinks lore. In the week before the fight, Ali rose early one morning as usual to do his roadwork. As the elevator door opened into the hotel lobby, there was Spinks, coming in from a night on the town with a woman on each arm.In his dressing room before the fight, a CBS executive asked Ali to let the bout go a few rounds so the prime-time television audience would have something to watch. They ended up getting 15 rounds of an energetic young Spinks wearing Ali down to win the heavyweight title in one of the great upsets in boxing history.Of course, it couldn’t last. Spinks wasn’t prepared for title or the lifestyle, and lost a decision to Ali in the rematch just seven months later before 63,350 at the Superdome in New Orleans.He got $125,000 for the first fight, $3.5 million for the second. The figures were just abstract numbers to Spinks, who blew through his big paydays and kept leaking cash in a career that went far too long before he finally retired in 1995 at the age of 42.Spinks ended up in Nebraska, working as a custodian at a YMCA and at McDonalds, where he earned minimum wage and 50 percent off all the Big Macs he could eat. He and Brenda moved to Las Vegas three years ago so he could try and make a living signing autographs at boxing shows.On that day at the clinic, Spinks shuffled slowly out of the facility and lit up a cigarette. No one walking by seemed to recognize him, despite the hat he was wearing that read “Leon Spinks, World Champ, 1978.”He had promised to do exercises for his balance and brain, though he wasn’t quite as forthcoming on cutting back on the alcohol.“My brain has got to let me know I’m doing all right,” Spinks said. “I’ve got to do things to help my brain now.”The words were hard to understand, even with his teeth in. But Spinks hadn’t really changed much since the night he shocked the world by beating the world’s greatest fighter.About the only thing different was Mr. T was nowhere to be seen.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at or read more

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Tips for Preventing School Lunch Waste

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County Solid WasteSchools throw away a lot of stuff, and a lot of that stuff is food.  In fact, 65% by weight of a typical school’s garbage is uneaten food. As coordinator of Thurston County’s Food to Flowers program, I help schools set up systems to prevent, reuse, recycle, and compost their waste. It always amazes me to see so much food that kids bring from home go uneaten. This includes whole sandwiches, full yogurt cups, and lots of untouched fruit and vegetables that end up in the trash can or the compost bin.All of this uneaten school food is part of a larger problem. The National Resource Defense Council estimates we waste 40% of all edible food in the U.S. This means the average U.S. household spends $1,350 to $2,275 a year on uneaten food. And that doesn’t include all of the water and energy used to produce food that gets landfilled or composted.As a new school year begins, here are some tips to help your family reduce lunch waste, conserve resources, and save money.• Pack it in, pack it out. When your kids bring lunch from home, ask them to bring home any food they didn’t eat. Looking at leftover lunch items is a great way to gain insight into your kids’ preferences and the right portion size. You may even be able to recover some of the uneaten food for future meals.• Let’s do lunch. Involve your kids in packing lunch the night before. Kids are more likely to eat a meal that they’ve helped prepare.• Learn what they like. Make a list of foods that your kids like to eat for lunch and update it often. You may find a simple change like switching to a different apple variety will help your kids eat the apples in their lunch boxes more regularly.• Eat ‘em again. Consider packing last night’s leftovers into today’s lunch, especially if it was popular the night before. You can even dress it up with an added ingredient or two.• Cut up fruits and vegetables. If you pack a whole banana or peach, kids are more likely to throw away what they don’t eat. Packing sliced fruits and vegetables is a great way to control portions, and lets your child easily save leftover pieces for later.• Make a deal. Before offering your kids an after-school snack, request that they finish uneaten items from their lunches.• Don’t forget the packaging. While you look for ways to cut down on food waste, consider also reducing the amount of packaging you send in your child’s lunch. Use reusable containers instead of disposable bags, and avoid single-serving packaged food items.Click here for more great waste-free lunch tips.For more information about the Food to Flowers program, click here  or contact Peter Guttchen at (360) 867-2283 or Facebook6Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Five ‘Outstanding Saints’ to be Inducted into the Saint Martin’s Athletics…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University will induct five people, including two former coaches, a pair of former basketball players and a longtime supporter, into the Athletics Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the University’s Homecoming 2014 festivities scheduled for Feb. 7-9.The Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Celebration is an annual event that recognizes those who have contributed to the excellence of the Saint Martin’s athletics program.A reception for the inductees will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, in advance of the 5:15 p.m. start of the women’s basketball game in Marcus Pavilion against the University of Alaska.  A formal presentation will take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Central Washington University. That game begins at 7:30 p.m. in Marcus Pavilion.The 2014 inductees are as follows:Hall of HonorJoe Alongi (HS ’62, ’66 ) A dedicated supporter of Saints Athletics, Alongi has worked tirelessly to support Saint Martin’s in its efforts to strengthen intercollegiate athletics. He has chaired the Saint Martin’s University golf tournament for 27 years. In 1985, Alongi helped found the Saint Martin’s Athletic Foundation, which established funds for athletic scholarships and other needs of the athletic department. He also played an integral role in the development of Marcus Pavilion, purchasing 120 seats for the Pavilion’s remodel while his efforts allowed for the completion of the upstairs offices, which now house athletics staff, coaches and administration personnel.High School Hall of FameDale Behles (Head Boys’ Basketball Coach)Behles served as a teacher and coach at Saint Martin’s High School. During his first two years, he was an assistant coach under Monte Walker for both the football and basketball team while also coaching junior varsity basketball. In 1962, he became the varsity basketball coach and posted a record of 9-10. In his second season, his team finished with a record of 17-8 and earned a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. Behles’ third, and most successful, season ended with an 18-10 record and a third-place finish at the state tournament. In four seasons as head coach (1962-65), he posted a record of 51-41. Behles has the distinction of being the only coach at Saint Martin’s High School to guide a team to the state tournament. His teams were also the first in school history to win a league and regional championship.Hall of FameBeth (Layton) Jochim ’06  (Women’s Basketball)Layton was a three-year starter from 2003 to 2006, after transferring from the University of Texas-San Antonio. During her career, she scored 1,425 points, which ranks her second all-time at Saint Martin’s University and 11th in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. In the GNAC career record books, she holds the fourth-best scoring average (17.17 points per game), ranks third in three-point field goals made (228) and second in three-point field goals made per game (2.75). Beth was a three-time All-GNAC selection, earning first team honors as a senior, second team honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. As a senior, she was named Daktronics second team all-region. She was also named CoSIDA first team academic all-district, as she led the conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game, which also ranked 14th in Division II. Beth has the distinction of holding SMU’s single-game record for three-point field goals made in a game (8).Brad Hooper (Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Track and Field Coach)Hooper introduced the cross country and track and field programs at Saint Martin’s, serving as head coach from 1996 to 2006, putting together an impressive résumé. He coached four Saints who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, including All-Americans Andy Prentice and Nate Carlson, as well as 12 GNAC individual champions, 46 All-GNAC athletes, the 2006 NCAA West Region Athlete of the Year, a GNAC Athlete of the Year, GNAC Championships Athlete of the Meet, Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Under Hooper’s guidance, the men’s track and field team placed 24th at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships. Academically, his teams were strong performers, yielding two NCAA post-graduate scholarship award winners, 10 top-five coaches association academic finishes, 11 coaches association Academic All-Americans and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. He also had 11 athletes on the GNAC all-time best list, four All-GNAC performers in cross country and two all-region performers.Chris McGee (Men’s Basketball)McGee was a member of the Saint Martin’s College men’s basketball team for three seasons, from 1978 to 1981. In his first season with the Saints he ranked third in the district in rebounding (9.4) and shot 52.9 percent from the field. As a junior during the 1979-80 season, McGee was named all-league and all-district, and finished the season ranked second in the district in rebounding (9.5), sixth in scoring (17.0) and seventh in field goal percentage (.592). That same season, he was named honorable mention Little All-Northwest. In his final season, McGee averaged 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, earning all-league, all-district and second team Little All-Northwest honors. He finished his career with 1,158 career points, 725 career rebounds and a 56.1 percent field goal percentage, which at the time of his induction ranks him 15th in all-time scoring, third in rebounding and fourth in field-goal percentage.Those wishing to attend the reception are asked to register in advance.last_img read more

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Legislature Passes Anti-Human Trafficking Bills

first_imgSubmitted by the Washington State LegislatureSeveral important anti-human trafficking bills have passed the Legislature and are on their way to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.“Reducing human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking of minors, is a generational challenge,” Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said. “I have been working on trafficking policy in the Legislature since 1994 when former Rep. Velma Veloria began our work here. It’s always been a bipartisan effort with colleagues from both parties and in both chambers working together to find solutions to this scourge on our children and communities. But just this morning I read that the sex industry has grown significantly in the Seattle-Tacoma area – and with so many people still suffering, our work is not over. ”Four bills and one Senate Joint Memorial (SJM 8003) were passed during the 2014 legislative session, and cover a wide range of issues regarding human trafficking.“The joining of these two bills has resulted in better and more comprehensive legislation,” Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane. “This stronger bill is a result of two sides of the aisle to make a meaningful difference for the common good.”HB 1791, which was sponsored by Parker, adds sex trafficking to the existing definition of sex crimes, and was amended with language from SB 6017 (Kohl-Welles) to allow local law enforcement to recoup costs of investigating crimes related to prostitution and sexual exploitation of minors.“I understand it is a common practice for victims to be forced into cheap labor, prostitution, and sexual exploitation by means of coercion,” Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, said. “I sponsored SB 6339 that will make coercion a felony. I hope it will serve as both a deterrent and penalty for those guilty of these life-destroying crimes.”HB 1292 is a bill that will allow survivors of the commercial sex trade to petition a judge to vacate the penalty of prostitution from their record.“Having this record is a huge hurdle to survivors when they are trying to start anew,” said HB 1292 prime sponsor Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines. “This bill will help them to find jobs or go to school and allow survivors to move on from the pain of the past.”SB 6126 will align Washington with most other states and require courts to appoint an attorney to represent the nearly 10,000 children placed in foster care in Washington.“Ensuring children are placed in safe and permanent foster homes is of utmost importance to keeping them from running away,” said Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland. “Often these runaway children end up on the streets, where it is easy for pimps to coerce or force them into being abused or trafficked.”An important request to the U.S. Congress also passed this session (SJM 8003 – Kohl-Welles), asking the Communications Decency Act be amended to better meet the challenges posed by new technologies.“The internet in particular plays an increasingly central role in trafficking,” said Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley. “Especially with regards to online advertising that basically sells minors for sex, our laws have not caught up with the abuse taking place through new technology.”“The passage of SJM 8003 this year will, I hope, provide not just Washington, but the whole nation, a means to address sex-trafficking we now are seeing on the internet,” Kohl-Welles concluded. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Lacey Rotary Offers Education Needs Grants

first_imgSubmitted by Lacey RotaryLocal Nonprofit groups are encouraged to apply for an Educational Needs Grant 2013-14 through the Rotary Club of Lacey. The funds ($500-$2000 each) are designated to promote education needs in the community and meet one-time needs (not to be part of a non-profit’s regular budget).Specific requests are encouraged! Please send a one-page letter of request with 1) information about your organization, including EIN or nonprofit number  2) specific amount requested and 3) the specific need. The grant does not give endowments, capital funds, fundraisers or individuals (student trips, etc.). Direct needs only.Send requests by April 15 to Lacey Rotary, Education Needs Committee Chair, PO Box 3301, Lacey WA 98503. Facebook27Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test

first_imgAdvertisement a2p0nNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqdqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7o8si( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s22uWould you ever consider trying this?😱u3Can your students do this? 🌚gu8Roller skating! 11b2See more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See morek74y2aBody tricks that only special people can do pt-1abnHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkieszz6oA visualization of how Karma works vn8p91kPowered by Firework Australian batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test after suffering a concussion in the second test at Lord’s. Smith was hit in the neck by a brutal bouncer from Jofra Archer on day four, but had passed the initial concussion test before returning to continue his innings. On Tuesday though, head coach Justin Langer confirmed his absence after Smith sat out Australia’s training session. The former Aussie skipper has played a key role in the series scoring 142, 144 and 92 in his three innings so far.Advertisement “Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, with coach Justin Langer confirming the news after the batsman sat out Australia’s training session on Tuesday,” Cricket Australia announced on their website.Advertisement Smith, whose two centuries in the first Test played a pivotal role in Australia’s win at Edgbaston, returned to bat on Saturday after the blow which floored him. He added 12 runs before finally being declared out. However, he was unable to play on the final day on Sunday as he woke up feeling “groggy” and was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne who became Test cricket’s first concussion substitute. Team doctor Richard Saw was seen speaking with him during team training on Tuesday and vice-captain Pat Cummins also confirmed that the rest of the squad trained without him. There hasn’t been any news on who will replace him for the third Test at Headingley, which starts on Thursday. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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India trounce Pakistan on day 1 of Davis Cup tie with 2 dominant wins

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan Herald/Instagram(@vkfofficial)Advertisement rqjNBA Finals | Brooklyn VspvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eg1i( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cyn9Would you ever consider trying this?😱8ydkvCan your students do this? 🌚b6jhRoller skating! Powered by Firework Its a double treat for India as their 2019 Davis Cup tie against Pakistan is now on a 2-0 lead as compatriots Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal has trounced their opponents Muhammad Shoaib and Huzaifa Abdul Rehman on the first day.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald/Instagram(@vkfofficial)It was a walk in the park for Ramanathan as the former World no. 111 proved to be way too overpowering for the young 17 year old Shoaib, as the first match lasted just 42 minutes.Ramanathan, currently no. 190, who reached the 2018 ATP World Tour Final at Newport, was present in the post match conference: “I gave my best in every point. We are happy with 2-0 on the first day.Advertisement Expressing his thankful gesture towards the supporters present at the game, the 25 year old addressed on the upcoming doubles match between Leander Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan versus Pakistan on Saturday.“Now we are looking forward to see Jee (Jeevan) and Leander fire some bombs tomorrow. Let’s get the job done”Advertisement Ranked 128th Sumit Nagal, who hails from the Jhajjar district of Haryana, won the second face off in 64 minutes. This was also the first ever Davis Cup victory for Sumit, as the 22 year old razed Huzaifa 6-0, 6-2.“I started decent and finished it pretty strong. Both of us (he and Ram) had lot of fire today. We did not want to lose.” the 2015 Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles winner told reporters.Even though it was a win for Nagal, Huzaifa had enough juice to push him to deuce points twice, and elongated the match till the 8th game.“They are juniors but they played well and did whatever they could. The guy I played came up with some really good shots. He played to his potential but has a long way to go,” Nagal added. Advertisementlast_img read more

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