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Russian climber dies on the 4th highest mountain

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KATHMANDU: A Russian climber died just below the summit of Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest peak, in at least the third fatality of the spring climbing season in the Nepali Himalaya, officials said today.

Rustem Amirov was alone on the 8,516 meter (27,940 feet) mountain, which neighbors Mount Everest when he died of altitude related complications on Thursday.

He was climbing solo without any guides with him. The body has not been brought down to the base camp yet,” Gyanendra Shrestha, a government liaison officer at Everest base camp, told AFP. Climbers attempting Lhotse use the same base camp as those aiming for Everest’s summit.

They follow the same route up the mountain, scaling the sheer Lhotse Face – a 1,125-meter wall of ice – before the path to the neighboring summits divides.

Amirov, an experienced climber who had previously led an expedition on the 8,201 meter Cho Oyu peak – also in the Nepali Himalaya – only arrived at Everest base camp in early May, according to his Facebook page.

Most climbers arrive in April and spend at least a month acclimatizing to the harsh, low oxygen environment. Altitudes above 8,000 meters are known as the “death zone” among climbers.

The air contains less than a third of the oxygen at sea level and humans cannot survive at those heights for long.

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ICC charges Jayasuriya in anti-corruption probe!

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DUBAI: Dashing former Sri Lankan batsman and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged for not cooperating with a match-fixing probe and concealing information, the International Cricket Council said today.
“The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Jayasuriya on two counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and have given him 14 days to respond,” the ICC said in a statement.
Jayasuriya, 49, was reportedly asked to cooperate with an inquiry from ACU chief Alex Marshall who visited Sri Lanka last week.
“The charges include failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation,” the ICC said.
The other count included “obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code”.
The ICC’s ACU is acting on the lead given in a sting operation in a documentary by the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television earlier this year.
The documentary revealed how fixers rigged two Test matches between Sri Lanka and India in July last year and Sri Lanka versus Australia in August 2016.
Jayasuriya played 110 Tests, 445 one-day internationals and 31 Twenty20s for Sri Lanka and was also a former captain during his illustrious career between 1989-2011. He is also a former member of Sri Lanka’s parliament.

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Cricket: WI 76-6, lead India by 20 runs in 2nd Test

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HYDERABAD: The West Indies were 76 for six at tea, leading India by 20 runs in their second innings on day three of the final Test in Hyderabad today. 
Sunil Ambris on 20 and skipper Jason Holder on 4 were batting at the break in a bid to fight their way back into the match. They trail the series 1-0. Paceman Umesh Yadav took three wickets to take his overall match tally to nine.

 

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India 80-1 at lunch in second West Indies Test

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HYDERABAD: India was 80-1 at lunch in reply to West Indies’ first innings score of 311 on day two of the second and final cricket Test in Hyderabad on Friday.
Prithvi Shaw, on 52, and Cheteshwar Pujara, on 9, were batting at the break after Lokesh Rahul was bowled by Jason Holder for four. The hosts trail West Indies by 231 runs.
Earlier Umesh Yadav returned career-best figures of 6-88 to help bowl out the tourists early in the morning session.
India leads the two-match series 1-0.

Relevant: India paceman Umesh Yadav claimed six wickets to help dismiss West Indies for 311 after Roston Chase completed his century on day two of the second Test on Friday. Yadav returned career-best figures of 6-88 as the hosts bowled out the West Indies early in the morning session. The tourists survived 101.4 overs after electing to bat first in Hyderabad. Chase top-scored with a gritty 106 off 189 deliveries – his fourth Test century. The overnight batsman was finally bowled by Umesh after starting the day on 98. Umesh picked all the three wickets in the morning session after the West Indies, who trail the two-match series 1-0, started on 295-7. Umesh, who had lost his pace partner in debutant Shardul Thakur early on day one, was ably supported by left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav who claimed three wickets. Thakur suffered a groin strain in just his second over of the match and limped off the ground after bowling 10 deliveries. He was sent for scans and has not returned to the field since. The West Indies innings was largely built on the 104-run seventh-wicket stand between Chase and skipper Jason Holder, who made 52.

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Cricket: Chase’s 98 boosts WI in the 2nd Test against India

2nd WI Test: Indian bowlers claim 3 wickets!

 

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