Lions complete big win as Test members endure contrasting fortunes

INDIA A IN ENGLAND, 2018 Apart from Pant, the rest of the batters didn’t offer resistance. © Getty England Lions completed a strong 253-run win against India A to offer their full national sides comfort and questions, respectively, ahead of the Test series. The day began with India A three down and needing an unlikely 411 for victory, but the opportunity for time in the middle was there to be taken. Three-and-a-half hours after the start, the game was up. The hosts managed to garner more from the last four…

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Olney: Home Run Derby sluggers prep for the big event – Buster Olney Blog

Freddie Freeman is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and one of the eight participants in Monday’s Home Run Derby, the annual event of big and powerful and frantic hacks, and he is fully capable of hitting a baseball a long way in batting practice. It’s just that he doesn’t. Ever. Freeman chuckled in a phone conversation Friday and said, “I haven’t hit a home run in batting practice in three years.” Three years? Seriously? Freeman confirmed this. Three years. It’s one of the many interesting back stories behind this year’s Derby, related…

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Mercedes set for big technical restructure in 2019

Mercedes has announced a restructuring of its technical team ahead of 2019, which will see Aldo Costa step back from his role as Mercedes’ engineering director. When Mercedes needed a driver for a demonstration run at Imola, one man got the nod over both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Costa, who joined Mercedes from Ferrari in 2011, will become a technical advisor to the team, allowing chief designer John Owen to take over the engineering group previously headed up the 57-year-old Italian. Meanwhile, performance director Mark Ellis has decided to…

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Wendell Carter Jr. could be best big in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Duke product Wendell Carter Jr. was the last of the five big men taken in the first seven picks of this year’s NBA draft. So far during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, however, Carter perhaps has been the best of the group. His game looks to translate well to the modern NBA. Nearly the full complement of Carter’s skills was on display Wednesday during the Chicago Bulls‘ 95-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of summer tournament play. Carter finished with 19…

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A July 4th attendance boom and MLB’s next big thing

How was your Fourth of July? What did you do? I’m curious because, after all, it’s the heart of summer and most of you had the day off, and in today’s world, there are countless ways to spend leisure time. You know what a heck of a lot of people did Wednesday? They went to baseball games. Well, since teams’ attendance figures reflect ticket sales rather than turnstile counts, it would be more accurate to say that a heck of a lot of people paid to go to baseball games.…

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Haas capable of ‘big achievement’ of fourth in 2018, says boss Guenther Steiner

SILVERSTONE, U.K. — Guenther Steiner says Haas is capable of beating Renault to fourth in the championship in 2018. Haas has returned to having the best car of the midfield runners and in Austria secured its best-ever result, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finishing fourth and fifth respectively. It helped Haas recoup some of the points dropped at the start of the year. The team has not previously voiced its ambition in terms of targets but Steiner says its obvious what it should be now. “Yes, we have to,”…

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McLaren’s Zak Brown – ‘We have announced this big change to get our house in order’

McLaren’s CEO Zak Brown says he is taking the necessary measures to return the British outfit to winning ways after news broke that racing director Eric Boullier had left the team. For the fifth consecutive season, McLaren has failed to hit its pre-season targets at the opening races and pressure has built on the team’s management after a recent run of poor results. On Wednesday McLaren confirmed Boullier had resigned from his position as racing director and announced a plan to reorganise the structure of the racing team under new…

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Coach David Fizdale says New York Knicks lined up to ‘make some big moves’ in summer 2019

The New York Knicks haven’t signed any top players in free agency this summer, but new head coach David Fizdale believes the club will be able to “make some big moves” in the summer of 2019. “[Knicks general manager] Scott [Perry] and [team president] Steve [Mills] have done an incredible job of lining it up so that we’re in a position next summer to make moves,” Fizdale said at the Knicks’ summer league practice in Las Vegas, according to published reports. “I just feel like with the relationships we’ve built…

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Ivo Karlovic’s Big Regret | ATP World Tour

Thirty-nine year old Ivo Karlovic, who faces German Jan-Lennard Struff in the Wimbledon second round on Wednesday, has accomplished much to be proud of during his 19-year career. He’s won eight tour-level titles, including five since he entered his mid-30s. He’s hit more than 12,700 aces and has earned more than $9 million in prize money. Earlier this year, he became the oldest player to reach the Australian Open third round in 40 years, since 44-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1978. But Karlovic, like most working folks, would still handle a…

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Chris Froome: Salbutamol case decision ‘is a big moment for cycling’

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has welcomed the UCI’s decision to drop its anti-doping proceedings against him, describing it as “an important moment for cycling.” Froome returned an anti-doping sample containing twice the permitted limit of salbutamol at last year’s Vuelta a España, but he was free to race pending the resolution of the case. Related Articles The UCI’s lengthy statement on Monday morning did not specify why it had dropped the case against Froome, beyond noting that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had indicated that it “would accept, based on…

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