Teenage American golfer shines in 2nd major test

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — When 16-year-old Rachel Heck finally hits the professional golf tour, the current world No. 2, Ariya Jutanugarn, plans to give her a lot of respect. American high schooler Heck made a big impression Sunday completing the Evian Championship – her second major – in a fun grouping with the Jutanugarn sisters, two-time major winner Ariya and 13th-ranked Moriya. ”She surprised me,” Ariya Jutanugarn told The Associated Press. ”Hit the ball really pretty well, unbelievable getting up and down.” Heck justified her wild-card entry in France first…

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Heck yeah: Teenage American golfer shines in 2nd major test | Golf

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — When 16-year-old Rachel Heck finally hits the professional golf tour, the current world No. 2, Ariya Jutanugarn, plans to give her a lot of respect. American high schooler Heck made a big impression Sunday completing the Evian Championship — her second major — in a fun grouping with the Jutanugarn sisters, two-time major winner Ariya and 13th-ranked Moriya. “She surprised me,” Ariya Jutanugarn told The Associated Press. “Hit the ball really pretty well, unbelievable getting up and down.” Heck justified her wild-card entry in France first…

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Heck Yeah: Teenage American Golfer Shines in 2nd Major Test

Rachel Heck of the U.S. walks on the fairway during the fourth round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) The Associated Press By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — When 16-year-old Rachel Heck finally hits the professional golf tour, the current world No. 2, Ariya Jutanugarn, plans to give her a lot of respect. American high schooler Heck made a big impression Sunday completing the Evian Championship — her second major — in a fun…

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We have requested for a couple of warm-up games before Test series in Australia: Ravi Shastri

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 14, 2018 12:01:28 am Ravi Shastri wants a couple of warm-up games but is equally concerned about the tight international schedule. (Source: File) India head coach Ravi Shastri has requested the BCCI to organize a couple of warm-up matches ahead of India’s four-match Test series against Australia which is scheduled to begin on December 6. Before the series against England India had decided to opt for just one warm-up game against Essex. However, speaking to ESPNcricinfo Shastri revealed that he had indeed asked the…

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Who will replace Alastair Cook in England’s Test squad? We crunch the numbers to find the candidates

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, Alastair Cook retired from international cricket on Monday after an incredible 12-year stint atop the England batting order.  And after the selectors spent so many years searching for a potential partner for the Essex opener, they’re now looking for a replacement as well.  To county cricket, then, in search of some answers. Or, more pertinently, to the spreadsheets and the databases that are so influential in Ed Smith’s selection. Freddie Wilde from cricket analytics firm CricViz explains the pros and…

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India leave England defeated but not discouraged ahead of Australian test

On Tuesday morning, ahead of the final day’s play at The Oval, India’s captain Virat Kohli gathered his team round to give them a warning. The series was gone; with India 58-3 chasing a theoretical target of 464, the game was virtually gone as well. But Kohli wanted his troops to know they were playing for more than pride. They were playing for their places. “How we react to the fifth day’s play is going to have determine a lot of what happens in the future,” he said. “For all…

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ICC Test Rankings: India maintain top position despite 4-1 series defeat against England

By: Sports Desk | Published: September 12, 2018 11:57:14 am India lost the fifth and final Test against England by 118 runs. (Source: Reuters) Despite the 4-1 series defeat at the hands of England in the Test series, the Virat Kohli led Indian side maintained its top position in the ICC Test Team Rankings. As per the latest rankings released by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday after the culmination of the fifth and the final Test between the two teams at Oval, India dropped down from 125 points to…

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India vs England: KL Rahul accomplishes rare feat in 5th Test against England

By: Sports Desk | Published: September 12, 2018 9:24:10 am KL Rahul scored 149 in the fourth innings of the fifth Test against England. (Source: Reuters) India opening batsman KL Rahul on Tuesday achieved a rare feat of scoring his first five Test centuries in different countries after he scored 149 runs in the fourth innings of the final Test against England at Oval. Earlier, the right-hand batsman has scored Test centuries in Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and India. Despite his heroic efforts, Rahul failed to save the day…

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Tough lessons in defeat will harden India’s Test team, says Virat Kohli after 4-1 loss

India captain Virat Kohli has admitted that until and unless his team starts “capitalising” on important moments in matches where they have created pressure, and sustain it, they will not win Test series overseas. And the only way to create pressure, Kohli emphasised, was by starting a series well and not “warming up”, as India did after losing the winning advantage at Edgbaston on the fifth morning of the first Test, which they lost by 31 runs. “We need to start series well, we can’t warm up in to a…

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As Test series go, England vs India has been a riot of fun – but good luck making any sense of it

What a strange, asymmetrical series this has been. Cricket historians of the future will pore over it in bemusement, studying the individual pieces and yet utterly at a loss as to how they explain the whole. Those who remember it will recall the emotions it inspired, yet be astonished to discover that England won it 4-1. `The baseline facts are these: India have scored more centuries and taken more five-wicket hauls. The series’ top run-scorer (Virat Kohli), its two highest innings and arguably its four best knocks (Kohli at Edgbaston,…

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