Wet outfield wipes out play on day three in Durban

first_imgDURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – Play was abandoned because of a wet outfield without a ball being bowled on the third day of the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand yesterday.Rain on Saturday had curtailed play from just before the end of the first session with New Zealand 15 for two in reply to their hosts’ first innings score of 263.There was a much heavier fall of rain overnight which left several wet patches on the outfield that the umpires wanted dried out.They had two separate inspections at 12pm and 2pm local time but decided soft patches caused by the rain posed a danger to the players.Play will start 30 minutes earlier today at 9.30am local time, the umpires said.last_img read more

Former Pro Bowl punter Shane Lechler retires

first_img NFL free agency news: Texans release Shane Lechler, Braxton Miller Lechler’s career average of 47.6 yards per punt is the best in NFL history. His 68,676 yards is second to Jeff Feagles. Related News The NFL’s all-time leading punter has retired. And even though the announcement didn’t come from Shane Lechler himself, the seven-time Pro Bowl punter will not be playing a 19th season in the NFL.Former Texans teammate J.J. Watt broke the news on social media, posting Saturday a picture of himself with his arm around Lechler and writing: “A retirement party fit for GOAT.” Watt called Lechler “the best punter ever” and “an even better person. … We’ll do it all again when they put that gold jacket on him too!” The latter a reference to Lechler’s Hall of Fame credentials. A retirement party fit for a GOAT.The best punter ever & an even better person. Last night was a testament to that as family, friends & teammates flew in from all over to celebrate Lech & his unbelievable career. We’ll do it all again when they put that gold jacket on him too! pic.twitter.com/5LaTZETKIg— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 30, 2019Lechler, 42, was drafted in 2000 by Oakland in the fifth round and played 13 seasons for the Raiders before finishing his career with the Texans, who released him last August. No team picked up Lechler, and he sat out the 2018 season. Lechler led the NFL in punting five times, including 2009 when he averaged 51.1 yards per punt for the Raiders. Only Sammy Baugh’s 51.4-yard average in 1949 was better. Lechler also has the fourth-best season average (50.8 in 2011) and is tied for 10th best (49.1 in 2017).The only punter enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is Ray Guy, who played his entire 14-year NFL career with the Raiders.last_img read more

Madayag rues ‘basic errors’ in shock loss to UP

first_imgUP still hopeful despite slim Final Four chance LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I think the basic errors happened, I think no one was talking and like I said before we need to work on our consistency,” said Madayag in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ateneo committed 22 errors, 12 less than what the Lady Maroons tallied, but there was one miscue that proved crucial for the Lady Eagles.After the Lady Maroons turned back Jhoana Maraguinot at the net, the ensuing rebound fell near the vicinity of Ponggay Gaston and Kat Tolentino who both lunged, at the same time, at the ball.Both made contact but the tangling of arms caused the ball to go straight to the net and give the Lady Maroons a 25-24 lead in the third set.Before those happened, though, the Lady Eagles held a 19-14 lead and allowed UP to tie the third set at 19-all.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo was the hottest team in the league before it faced University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Lady Eagles have strung together five straight wins and haven’t lost a game the whole second round, but the Lady Maroons needed just three sets to put the breaks on the streaking gang in blue-and-white.Although Ateneo is on its way to the Final Four, the three-set loss could prove dangerous for the Lady Eagles, who are trying to build enough momentum heading into the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCaptain Maddie Madayag said they failed to display the consistency needed to beat UP after the three-set loss, 28-26, 25-23, 26-24, and the loss left them searching for answers with just one game remaining on their schedule.And one area Madayag looked into were the “basic errors” they committed against a relentless Lady Maroon offense. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Read Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “When it got tied at 19, we were in disarray and UP then took the lead,” said Madayag, who had eight points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more