Switzerland bring Portugal down to earth with a 2-0 bump

first_imgEURO 2016 champions Portugal slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Switzerland as their World Cup qualification campaign started dismally.Two goals in seven first-half minutes through Breel Embolo and Admir Mehmedi saw the hosts gain an unlikely lead, with the Swiss seeing out the result after the restart to claim maximum points.Portugal enjoyed more of the ball throughout the game, but failed to look threatening in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches.Switzerland meanwhile look composed throughout – Mehmedi put in a real shift for the hosts, while Embolo alongside him was tracking back and performed his defensive duties perfectly.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka did see red late on, however, for a second bookable offence, with both challenges rather clumsy, but it was too late for Portugal to capitalise on the man advantage.(Eurosport)last_img read more

Sri Lanka stun India to blow Champions Trophy Group B wide open

first_imgSRI Lanka blew the ICC Champions Trophy wide open with a record-breaking seven-wicket win over India at The Oval yesterday.A brilliantly paced chase from Angelo Mathews’ side saw them knock off 322 with eight balls to spare, the largest successful chase in The Oval’s one-day international history.As a result, each side in Group B have two points with a game to play. Sri Lanka will face Pakistan, while India must beat South Africa to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive.In these sub-continental neighbours’ 150th ODI meeting, India opener Shikhar Dhawan hit his 10th ODI century en route to 125 – the third-highest score in this year’s tournament.Rohit Sharma (78) and MS Dhoni (63) enjoyed fruitful unions with Dhawan as India posted 321-6 after being inserted by Sri Lanka captain Mathews, returning from a calf injury.However, in a tournament that has been filled with one-sided thrashings and washouts, Sri Lanka bucked the trend brilliantly.Danushka Gunathilaka (76) and Kusal Mendis (89) added 159 runs for the second Sri Lankan wicket, before both were run-out, but Mathews (52 not out), Kusal Perera (47) and Asela Gunaratne (34 n.o.) maintained the momentum to secure a famous victory.That India-South Africa meeting back in London will feature both AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli looking to bounce back from scoring nought – the India captain lasted just five balls here before nicking off to Nuwan Pradeep (1-73), registering an ODI duck for the first time since August 2014 against England in Cardiff.Kohli’s misfire initially seemed benign as Dhawan and Rohit had piled on 138 for the opening wicket, the latter hitting six fours and three sixes before sending a Lasith Malinga (2-70) bouncer straight down long leg’s throat.Malinga also accounted for Dhawan as the left-hander swung lustily to long on after a powerful performance.Yuvraj Singh (7) and Hardik Pandya (9) joined Kohli in contributing little with the bat, but Dhoni was at his thrilling best, smashing 63 from 51 balls before attacking his 52nd with a trademark ‘helicopter’ shot that ended up caught at long off in the final over.Despite facing a challenge based in uncharted territory in ODIs, Sri Lanka silenced the vast swathes of India fans with a dazzling performance.Gunathilaka classily compiled his personal-best ODI score, blasting Umesh Yadav and Hardik for maximums but he and Mendis dithered over taking a second run, with Umesh’s accurate throw and Dhoni’s lightning-fast hands giving India a crucial strike before Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s brilliant pick-up and throw removed Sri Lanka’s other set batsman.But Sri Lanka once again responded, with Mathews and Perera keeping up the run-a-ball pace, until the latter had to retire hurt with a hamstring injury on 47.Wickets in hand gave Sri Lanka the advantage, however. Gunaratne pulled his fourth ball for six and swept Jasprit Bumrah miles over square leg to further darken Indian moods.Mathews reached a 33rd ODI fifty with a glorious straight drive before flipping the next ball into the leg side to equal their highest run-chase and secure a monumental triumph. (Omnisport)last_img read more

Wellington schools officially begin in a week… and the countdown begins

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following is the school schedule for the next eight days at USD 353: Tuesday, August 11Wellington Middle School Fall Sports Meeting at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, August 12Special Education – Teacher Inservice, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.Thursday, August 13 All-Staff Inservice/Building staff meeting, 8 a.m.Wellington School Board meeting, 7 to 11 p.m.Friday, August 14All Staff Inservice – building staff meetings – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Sunday, August 16Life of an Athlete – Code Night at Wellington High School – 6 to 8 p.m.Monday, August 17Teacher Work Day – Inservice – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Tuesday, August 18 First day of school — For all Wellington elementary and middle school students. Freshmen and new students only at Wellington High School, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Wednesday, August 19First day of school for all upper class at Wellington High School. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more