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AL wild card game: How the Athletics, Rays lineups stack up

first_imgThe tarps are off at the Coliseum and playoff baseball is back in Oakland for the first time since 2013.The A’s play host to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday in the American League Wild Card Game. It’s a one-and-done affair, starting at 5 p.m. (Pacific) and broadcast on ESPN, with the winner going on to face the Houston Astros.Oakland completed is second straight 97-win regular season to return to the Wild Card Game and is making its 10th playoff appearance since 2000. But the A’s have lost …last_img

I’m a relived man now says Kallis

first_imgSouth African all-rounder Jacques Kallis said he is now a relieved man after scoring his maiden Test double ton, and that too against India, in the first cricket Test here on Saturday.”Yes, the monkey is off the back and I no longer have to answer the question why I have not got a double hundred in Test cricket. Really it’s big relief for me,” an ecstatic Kallis said at the post-match press conference after scoring an unbeaten 201.”Yesterday, I got a call from Yohan Rupert (billionaire cricket lover friend) and he said that if I get double hundred then he will offer life membership of his exquisite golf course to me,” he said with a big smile.”I would have been happy getting this ton against any attack. But honestly speaking getting this knock against India which is the number one Test side in the world is special.This series is so vital for us and getting good score in the very first test match gives me immense pleasure,” Kallis added.After achieving the coveted feat Kallis looked up in the and he said the gesture was a tribute to his late parents.”My mom and dad must have been watching from the heavens.They would have loved getting me there. I am sure they must be feeling happy,” he said with slightly moist eyes.Kallis also praised AB de Villiers who scored a quick-fire 129 today.”He played so well. He took all the pressure off me. The main thing about his batting in recent past is consistency. He is getting big scores for us. It was our planned effort to score at quick pace and AB (de Villiers) played such an attacking innings,” the broad-shouldered right-hander said.advertisementTalking about India’s batting in the second innings, Kallis said, “They have quality players in their line-up. But I would like to insist that there is something for bowlers in this wicket.”If you keep bowling in right areas the ball is bound to do something. I believe that we have that firepower to take 10 wickets in the second innings as well.”We are well aware that there is slight chance of rain on the fourth day of the match but we cannot control weather. I would say that there is going to be some hard work for us on tomorrow. They are going to try their level best to hang in.We have to keep bowling in right areas to produce expected result,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

World 5K Swim Silver for Araouzou

first_imgKAZAN, Russia — Fighting off windy and choppy conditions, Haley Anderson of the U.S. defended her title in the 5-kilometer open water race to claim the first medal of the FINA world swimming championships July 25.She surged to the lead in the closing meters in the brownish waters of the Kazanka River, hitting the touchpad in 58 minutes, 48.4 seconds.Chad Ho of South Africa defeated Rob Muffels of Germany in a photo finish after they both stopped the clock in 55:17.6. Matteo Furlan of Italy earned bronze in 55:20.0.“I couldn’t ask for a better race,” Ho said.China got started on a possible sweep of the diving gold medals with victories in two events.Si Yajie and Tai Xiaohu led all six rounds in mixed 10-meter, a new event at worlds. They scored 350.88 points in their first high-level meet together.“I had a feeling like my partner might not be able to complete it, but we made it,” Si said. “We probably were not the most synchronized duet since we only had a month to practice.”Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Vincent Riendeau were 41.22 points behind in second at 309.66. Domonic Bedggood and Melissa Wu of Australia earned bronze in 308.22.In women’s 3-meter synchro, Shi Tingmao and Wu Minxia won their second straight world title with 351.30 points, with Canada’s Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware were 31.83 points behind for silver. The Chinese led all five rounds in defending their gold from two years ago.Russia claimed its first gold as a first-time host of the world championships. Svetlana Romashina won the technical routine in solo synchronized swimming, a sport the Russians have dominated for years. It was Romashina’s 16th career medal at worlds.In the 5k, Anderson, the 2012 Olympic 5k silver medalist from Granite Bay, California, used the shorter race as a tuneup for the 10k next week.“I just wanted to be able to get on the course, feel it out,” she said. “My strategy was just to stay toward the front because it’s a short race. You got to kind of stay up there if you want to be able to make your move toward the end.”Anderson’s medal was the 500th won by the U.S. in the 16-year history of the world championships.Kalliopi Araouzou of Greece took silver in 58:49.8, while Finnia Wunram of Germany earned bronze in 58:51.0.Sharon Van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands led most of the way on the wind-whipped rectangular course, but settled for fourth in 58:55.1 — more than 7 seconds behind Anderson.The water temperature was 68 degrees (20 Celsius) while the air temperature was 73 degrees (23 Celsius) for the women’s race at the course near the Kazan Kremlin, built at the behest of Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.“The water wasn’t too cold, which was nice,” Anderson said. “A little choppy, but it’s choppy for everybody, it’s cold for everybody. It was nice out there.”Anderson won the 5k at worlds two years ago in Barcelona, Spain, where the water temperature in the city’s harbor was warm, but swimmers criticized the conditions as dirty and smelly.Numerous boats carefully tracked the field of 41 swimmers, who were strung out after the lead pack. The water is four meters deep on the course — two times deeper than the FINA standard. The bottom of the river in the competition area was cleaned beforehand.“The quality of the Kazanka water conforms to all the sanitary norms,” said Dmitry Mikhailov, a Deputy Director General for Sports Projects.The start and finish of the open water events is directly under the 27-meter tower that will be used for the high diving competition next week.Synchronized swimming joined pool swimming and diving with an event featuring men and women competing together.In the debut of mixed duet synchro at worlds, the Russian duo of Darina Valitova and Aleksandr Maltsev was first with 88.85 points in the technical preliminary.Americans Christina Jones and Bill May were second at 86.71, while the Italian duo of Manila Flamini and Giorgio Minisini was third with 84.07. The final is July 26.May is back in the sport after retiring 10 years ago. He has been performing in a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more