Drop-in pitches for Bangla Test
Darwin (Australia): The drop-in pitches for the Test match and one-day games here next month against Bangladesh will be lowered in place later this week, Cricket Australia said Monday.
Melbourne Cricket Ground head groundsman Tony Ware is here supervising work on the Marrara Oval ground, which will stage the first-ever July 18-22 Test against Bangladesh.
Ware, the leading turf and drop-in wicket expert in Australia, began the first major works on the playing surface with the removal of top soil to accommodate the Test and one-day wicket. Ware will create history when the drop-in wickets are installed on Thursday, using his pioneering portable pitch technology for the first time in Australia. Each wicket will be divided in half and merged together using a sophisticated ratchet mechanism once in the ground.
City pair wins title
Calcutta: The city’s father-son pair of Suresh and Raghav, with a handicap of 16, won the ‘Nett’ category in the Bangalore leg of the Christel House Open on Monday, says a Staff Reporter. According to information received here, they compiled a total of 14-under par 58 to get the better of their opponents.
Meanwhile, it might have been a different ball game for Sandeep Patil and Madan Lal, but the former cricket stars showed their golfing skill, sank 12 birdies amongst themselves and in the end, won the highest Nett birdies’ prize.
The tournament was played across 19 golf courses in the world simultaneously. Delhi was the other venue in India.
Real to play in Beijing
Beijing: Real Madrid will play a team of top Chinese players in an exhibition match in Beijing in August, sport officials said on Monday. The Spanish club will take on the ‘Dragon Team’, a squad mainly of Chinese national team players, on August 2 at the Workers’ Stadium, Beijing sport and soccer officials said.
Title for Spurs
San Antonio (Texas): Tim Duncan hit a game high 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs staged a stirring fourth quarter rally to capture their second NBA championship in five years on Sunday with an 88-77 win over the New Jersey Nets. For much of the night the championship appeared headed for a deciding Game Seven, the Spurs waiting until deep into the final quarter before taking their first lead of the night.
With just over six minutes on the clock Stephen Jackson’s three-pointer put San Antonio in front 73-72 and the Spurs would never trail again.
Navratilova goes down
Birmingham: Tennis legend Martina Navratilova failed in her bid to add to her collection of 170 career titles when she was beaten in the final of the Birmingham WTA doubles event.
The 46-year-old American and partner Alicia Molik of Australia, lost 7-5, 6-4 Sunday to reigning champion Els Callens of Belgium, and Meilen Tu, of the US.
Berlin: All 36 professional soccer clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have been granted an operating licence for the new season starting in August, the German Football League said on Monday.
Germany’s licensing rules are among the strictest in Europe and there were fears that some clubs might not get a licence because of financial difficulties resulting from lower revenues from television rights.
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