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Boxer Manny Pacquiao has not yet chosen a trainer after Roach ditched him!



Boxer Manny Pacquiao has not yet chosen a trainer

Boxer Manny Pacquiao has not yet chosen a trainer after Roach ditched him

MANILA: Boxer Manny Pacquiao has not yet chosen a trainer for his July world title fight with Lucas Matthysse, dismissing reports he has cut ties with long-standing mentor Freddie Roach.

The veteran US ring guru Roach said last week that his 15-year association with Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, had been terminated ahead of the Matthysse bout in Malaysia.

“I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t hurt that he didn’t contact me personally about his decision, but the great times we enjoyed together far outweigh that,” Roach said in a brief statement on Friday.

But Pacquiao went on social media Monday to say that he would make a decision later this week on his corner team for the Kuala Lumpur fight with the Argentine World Boxing Association welterweight champion.

“Contrary to statements which I personally did not make that are circulating in the media, I have not made my final decision who will be my head trainer for my July 14 (US time zone) fight with Matthysse,” he said.

Pacquiao – who has a record of 59 wins with 38 KOs, seven losses and two draws — told millions of followers on his official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts that his adviser Mike Koncz “has been in contact with Freddie (Roach)’s people to keep them informed.

“I will make a final decision within the week. When that decision is made, Freddie will be the first one to be informed and then I will advise the media,” the 39-year-old added. Roach was ever-present in Pacquiao’s corner during his rise to the pinnacle of his sport, helping mould the fighter into one of the best boxers in history.



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Record man Zaman leads Pakistan to 364/4 against Zimbabwe



BULAWAYO ( Zimbabwe): Two days after becoming the first player from Pakistan to score a double century in a one-day international, Fakhar Zaman reached a further milestone in becoming the quickest player in history to reach 1,000 runs in the format as Pakistan amassed 364 for 4 in the fifth and final ODI of their tour of Zimbabwe.
Zaman broke the previous record of 21 innings by reaching the mark in his 17th innings in the course of a fluent half-century. His opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was also in the runs once again, the pair producing their fourth-century stand of the series.
They took the score to 168 in the 25th over before Zaman was caught behind for 85. While he missed out on what would have been his third hundred of the series, Zaman did also claim the records for most runs in a five-match bilateral series with 515 and most runs scored between dismissals in ODIs, having scored 455 runs since he was last dismissed in the first match of the series.
On a morning for batsmen, Imam-ul-Haq went on to reach his third century of the series, cracking eight fours and a six before he swung across the line and was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza for 110.
Though Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali fell cheaply, the carnage continued as Babar Azam raced to a century from 72 deliveries, his second fifty haven taken just 17 balls.
It was his eighth career ODI century and included nine fours and two sixes, Azam doing the bulk of the scoring as Pakistan plundered 63 runs from the last five overs.

Zimbabwe v Pakistan ODI scoreboard


Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, July 22 (AFP/APP):First innings scoreboard in the fifth one-day international between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Queens Sports Club on Sunday:




  1. ul Haq lbw b W Masakadza            110
  2. Zaman c Murray b Roche               85
  3. Azam not out                      106
  4. Malik lbw b Chatara                  18
  5. Ali  c Chatara b Mpofu                18
  6. Ahmed not out                      6

Extras (lb1, nb1, w19)                   21

Total (4 wkts, 50 overs)                364

Did not bat: S Khan, M Nawaz, M Amir, H Ali, J Khan

Fall of wickets: 1-168 (Zaman), 2-245 (ul Haq), 3-280 (Malik), 4-316 (Ali)

Bowling: Mpofu 10-0-67-1 (2w); Chatara 10-0-79-1 (1w, 1nb); Tiripano 7-0-67-0 (4w); Roche 10-1-65-1 (4w); W Masakadza 10-0-66-1 (1w); Masvaure 3-0-19-0 (1w)



Toss: Pakistan

Umpires: Russell Tiffin (ZIM), Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Langton Rusere (ZIM)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)


A relevant piece published earlier: 

Cricket: Fakhar Zaman is the first Pakistani ODI double centurion

With the help of 6 sixes and 24 boundaries Pakistani batsman, Fakhar Zaman scored 210 runs off 148 balls (not out) becoming Pakistan’s highest ODI double centurian. So far only seven cricketers have achieved this distinction.  Incidentally, the 210 runs scored by Zaman is the highest any Pakistani cricketer scored so far in an ODI inning. And the total of 399 is the highest ODI score ever mustered. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first in the fourth one-day international against Zimbabwe on Friday. Pakistan has dominated the ODI series, bowling Zimbabwe out for 67 on Wednesday to go 3-0 up. With the series secured, Pakistan had the opportunity to experiment with their playing XI but opted to go unchanged into the fourth match. There were two changes for the Zimbabweans, with Chamu Chibhabha and Prince Masvaure swapped for seamer Donald Tiripano and top order batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who will be making his international debut.


PAKISTAN: Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c/w), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan.

ZIMBABWE: Kamunhukamwe, Hamilton Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor, Ryan Murray (w), Elton Chigumbura, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava. 


Langton Rusere (ZIM),

Ian Gould (ENG)

TV Umpire:

Russell Tiffin (ZIM)

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Sri Lanka set S.Africa mammoth 490 to avoid whitewash



COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Sunday set South Africa a highly improbable 490 to win the second Test and avoid their first series defeat by the Islanders since 2006.
Having skittled out the visitors for 124 in their first innings and secured a 214-run lead, the hosts declared on 275 for five on the afternoon of the third day.
South Africa’s bowlers toiled for 47 overs on Sunday to dismiss just the overnight pair of Dimuth Karunaratne – caught behind for 85 off fast bowler Lungi Ngidi – and Angelo Mathews.
The latter became Keshav Maharaj’s 12th wicket of the match. There was no joy for Dale Steyn, who will have to wait until the next Test series against Zimbabwe in September and October – if he is picked – to overtake Shaun Pollock as the Proteas’ leading Test wicket-taker.
Steyn has been tied with Pollock on 421 dismissals since the first Test last week in Galle, won by Sri Lanka within three days.

Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd Test scoreboard:

Colombo, July 22 (AFP/APP): Scoreboard on the third day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo on Sunday:
Sri Lanka first innings 338 (De Silva 60, Gunathilaka 57, Karunaratne 53, Maharaj 9-129)
South Africa first innings 124 (Dananjaya 5-52)
Sri Lanka second innings (overnight 151-3)
D Gunathilaka c Elgar b Maharaj 61
D Karunaratne c de Kock b Ngidi 85
D De Silva lbw Maharaj 0
K Mendis run out (Markram) 18
A Mathews c du Plessis b Maharaj 71
R Silva not out 32
N Dickwella not out 7
Extras (1 nb) 1
Total (5 wickets declared, 81 overs) 275
Did not bat: D Perera, A Dananjaya, S Lakmal, R Herath
Fall of wickets: 1-91 (Gunathilaka), 2-102 (de Silva), 3-136 (Mendis), 4-199 (Karunaratne), 5-263 (Mathews)
Bowling: Maharaj 40-4-154-3, Rabada 8-0-42-0, Markram 7-1-18-0, de Bruyn 5-0-20-0, Steyn 11-2-30-0, Ngidi 9-5-9-1, Elgar 1-0-2-0
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Theunis de Bruyn, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi

A relevant piece published earlier: Sri Lanka surged to 151 for 3 in their second innings on Saturday – a 365-run overall lead – as they sought a whitewash triumph over South Africa in their two-Test series. After their spinners had skittled out South Africa for just 124 in their first innings, Sri Lankan openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Dimuth Karunaratne put on a quickfire 91 to set the foundation for another strong score on the Colombo pitch. Gunathilaka was Sri Lanka’s primary aggressor, hitting six fours and two sixes in his 61 off 68 balls after tea on the second day. Keshav Maharaj struck twice to remove Gunathilaka and Dhananjaya da Silva, for a duck, but Karunaratne progressed smoothly at the other end to reach 59 while Angelo Mathews had 12. The hosts built up their domineering lead at the end of a day in which their 10th wicket pair added valuable runs to build the first inning of 338. South Africa was then routed by Sri Lanka’s spinners with Akila Dananjaya taking five for 52. Dananjaya and Rangana Herath frustrated South Africa through the morning session as they added 61 runs to the overnight total. Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj eventually dismissed Herath to end the innings, and complete a haul of nine for 129 — the second-best for a South Africa bowler and the best since the country made a post-apartheid return to Tests in 1991. But Sri Lanka’s 338 was always going to be a challenge and Dananjaya, Herath and Dilruwan Perera then tore through the South African batting, already exposed by their defeat in the first Test in Galle. Dananjaya took his second five-wicket haul in Tests while Herath and Perera shared the remaining five South African wickets. Stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal was not required to deliver a single ball. Only South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock showed resistance, making 48 off 51 balls and 32 off 31 respectively. South Africa lasted only 34.5 overs after Sri Lanka had batted for 104.1 overs in their first innings. Dananjaya, left out for the first Test at Galle, struck with his second ball of the match, having Dean Elgar caught at gully with a turning offbreak. He got Theunis de Bruyn edging behind in the next over, and Perera picked up the South Africa middle order to finish on four for 40. The only batsman to put any pressure on Sri Lanka was du Plessis, who attacked the spinners after lunch, sweeping with abandon as he struck eight fours and a six. Du Plessis and Hashim Amla put on the best partnership of 55, but Perera dismissed them both within four overs of each other. Despite de Kock’s aggressive innings, the remainder of South Africa’s batting was easy meat when Dananjaya came back. Du Plessis left the field at the end of the day with a worried look on his face. (Published on 21st July 2018)












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Bosworth sets world outdoor best in 3,000m walk



LONDON: Britain’s Tom Bosworth opened the London Diamond League meeting in style with a world outdoor best performance in the 3,000m walk today. 
Bosworth, a former circus performer, attacked the clock from the start and crossed the line at the London Stadium in 10 minutes 43.84 seconds, smashing the old outdoor mark of 10:47.11, set by Italy’s Giovanni De Benedicts in May 1990.
Bosworth has gone quicker indoors, clocking 10:30.28 on the boards in Glasgow in February. The 28-year-old from Kent set a world mile best in the Anniversary Games Diamond League meeting in London a year ago. “I really wanted it. I’ve just come down from altitude and didn’t know what was going to happen,” he said. “The crowd really helped me. There’s something about competing in this stadium.”

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