Time to return to school as ECB looks to make cricket great again

INSPIRING GENERATIONS The topics discussed in the ‘Inspiring Generations’ brochure hinted at an overdue wake-up call © Getty The 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, with its panoramic view of the London skyline, is not the most appropriate places to champion shedding an image of privilege. Nevertheless, it was here on the central banks of the Thames that two of ECB’s senior drivers – chief executive Tom Harrison and chief strategy officer David Mahoney – presented their vision from 2020 onwards to the English domestic network of minor and first-class…

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Tony Parker of Charlotte Hornets greeted warmly by fans in return to San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker helped the San Antonio Spurs capture four championships, then returned as an opponent on Monday to aid in the Charlotte Hornets‘ 108-93 win at the AT&T Center. “I am drained physically and emotionally,” Parker said. “It as an awesome night, and I just want to thank the fans for the way they reacted tonight. It was unbelievable, and I appreciate it. It was a great memory for me that I will cherish for the rest of my life.” Parker played 19 minutes in Charlotte’s win,…

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Pro racing set to return to Sicily with four-day Giro di Sicilia

A new stage race in Italy could see the return of professional racing to Sicily, with regional politicians keen to create a Giro di Sicilia to help promote tourism on the often-troubled island at the toe of the Italian peninsula. Related Articles RCS Sport – the organisers of the Giro d’Italia – are in talks with regional officials, with a slot in early April expected for the proposed four-day stage race. Some media in Sicily have suggested the race could be created for 2019 between April 3-6 but this would…

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New mother Stacy Lewis set to return fresh at LPGA Diamond Resorts TOC

It’s an unusually early start to the LPGA season. Especially for someone like Stacy Lewis, who only got back to hitting golf balls three weeks ago after the birth of daughter Chesnee Lynn. Lewis hasn’t competed since mid-July and carries few expectations into this week’s new Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. It will be special, and perhaps a little sleep-deprived too, as Chesnee makes her LPGA debut at the Four Seasons Orlando. “I don’t know if I’ll ever say I’m ready,” Lewis said. “I need to go play and get…

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Intxausti targets WorldTour return

Beñat Intxausti stepped down to Pro Continental level to join Euskadi-Murias in 2019, but the Spaniard aims to eventually work his way back up to the WorldTour. In an interview with Marca, Intxausti said he is fully recovered from a long-term spell of mononucleosis, which set him back over the previous three years, and that he will start his season at the Mallorca Challenge. “Since July I am finding myself very well,” said Intxausti, who was diagnosed with the illness in 2016. “When I signed with the team, I had some good…

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Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald still undecided on return for 16th season

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald still has not made a decision about whether to return for a 16th NFL season. Kliff Kingsbury says he’s working closely with and leaning heavily on GM Steve Keim to identify potential candidates for his first staff. “We don’t care if we know them, let’s make sure we get the right coaches for us right now,” Kingsbury said. Fitzgerald told ESPN’s Adam Schefter via text message this week that he is taking some time to collect his thoughts after a grueling season in which…

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Steven Smith international return date in doubt due to elbow surgery

Steven Smith requires surgery on the elbow injury that forced him home from the BPL and appears unlikely to be fit to resume his international career when his ban expires at the end of March potentially leaving him short of time to prepare for the World Cup. He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks after the operation before returning to training, which will rule him out of the Pakistan Super League, and makes it highly doubtful he would be fit to play any part in the one-day…

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Svensson leads Sony Open, Spieth struggles in return

Canadian Adam Svensson earned a one-stroke lead after round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Jordan Spieth stumbled in his first appearance of the season. Svensson carded a nine-under-par 61 – highlighted by seven birdies and one eagle – to top the leaderboard at Wai’alae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday. The 25-year-old, whose best finish last season was a tie for 39th, was trailing clubhouse-leader Andrew Putnam but leapfrogged him after four consecutive birdies on the back nine and one final one on the par-five 18th hole.…

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Luke Donald posts a 69 in return to PGA Tour after long hiatus with herniated disc in his back

HONOLULU – A first-round one-under 69 on Thursday morning at Waialae Country Club was a rousing success for former world No. 1 Luke Donald in the Sony Open in Hawaii. Then again, not hurting himself when he brushes his teeth is a rousing success. Donald completed his first round on the PGA Tour in nine months and tried to not sound too relieved as he continued his comeback from a herniated disc in his back. The Englishman made his return to competitive golf in October at the Alfred Dunhill Links…

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DeMarcus Cousins of Golden State Warriors to start upon return, Steve Kerr says

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins will start when he makes his season debut, likely Jan. 18 against the Clippers. Cousins, who signed a one-year deal with the Warriors last summer, will make his long-awaited return to the floor after rehabbing a torn left Achilles tendon he suffered Jan. 26, 2018. “He’ll start,” Kerr said after Thursday’s practice. “I’ll start him. After that, everything’s on the table. We have to figure out what the rotations will look like, how many minutes he can play.…

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