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Cricket News Thisara Perera blasts record 13 sixes in New Zealand ODI, yet Sri Lanka lose

first_imgNew Delhi: At 128/7 in their pursuit of 320, it seemed Sri Lanka was heading towards a massive defeat against Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui. However, Thisara Perera had other ideas. In what can be termed as one of the best ODI knocks ever, Perera blasted his maiden century and his 140 off 74 balls almost got Sri Lanka within touching distance of the target but he could not get the visitors over the line as they lost by 21 runs to lose the second ODI and the series. Perera’s knock consisted of eight fours and a record 13 sixes and it shattered some milestones along the way.Perera’s tally of 13 sixes is the most-ever in an ODI by a Sri Lanka batsman, breaking a 22-year record of 11 set by Sanath Jayasuriya in the ODI against Pakistan in Singapore in 1996. Overall, Perera is sixth in the all-time list of most sixes in an innings, with Rohit Sharma, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle slamming 16 sixes. Shane Watson is next with 15 in an ODI against Bangladesh in 2011 followed by New Zealand’s Corey Anderson who hit 14 sixes against West Indies in 2014 in what-was then the fastest ODI hundred off 36 balls.Read More | Liam Livingstone – the journey from 350 to Rajasthan Royals in IPLThe left-hander got going with a couple of boundaries from Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee but it was in the 32nd over bowled by Southee that signaled Perera’s intentions. He pulled a short ball to the deep square leg fence for his first six and muscled a flat-batted pull past mid-off for a boundary. He proceeded to ruin Sodhi’s figures by blasting two more sixes, one over long-off and other over deep midwicket as the legspinner conceded 20 runs in his final over. With Perera reaching his fifty off 34 balls, Sri Lanka dreamt of pulling off a sensational heist.Read More | He is another Gilchrist – Pant gets high praise from Ricky PontingThe 75-run stand for the eighth wicket ended when Trent Boult dismissed Lasith Malinga (17) but it set the stage for the final onslaught. Perera launched Boult into the stands at long on and kept Sri Lanka in the hunt by upper-cutting Matt Henry to the deep backward point fence. The left-hander gave Sri Lanka even more reasons to dream by blasting two sixes off Boult and he reached his landmark off just 57 balls by flicking a full ball from Boult to the deep backward square leg fence.With Lakshan Sandakan gone (6), it was all left to Perera and he did not disappoint as he launched two sixes off Jimmy Neesham. The tension mounted for New Zealand when he blasted four sixes in one over of Southee to get the target down to 26 off 24 balls. However, a great running catch from Boult ended the innings but it was sensational hitting from the man who had to wait 10 years for his first ton.Perera’s knock of 140 is the third-highest score ever by a No.7 batsman in ODIs. Luke Ronchi of New Zealand hit 170 against Sri Lanka in 2015 in Dunedin while Australia’s Marcus Stoinis hit 146 against the Kiwis in Auckland in 2017.  Perera is the second Sri Lankan batsman to hit a century at the No.7 position for Sri Lanka, the first being Hashan Tillakaratne’s 100 against West Indies in Sharjah in 1995.The final ODI will be played on January 8 at the Saxton Oval in Nelson and New Zealand will be attempting to achieve a 3-0 whitewash. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Troy Camp raises thousands at Homecoming

first_imgVolunteers pass empty milk jugs around the Coliseum on Saturday to raise money for a free summer camp for students from elementary schools near USC. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)Dozens of empty milk jugs found their way through the Coliseum audience at halftime during Saturday’s Homecoming football game, as student volunteers collected money from the crowd for Troy Camp’s annual fundraiser. The Pass the Can fundraiser has been a part of Troy Camp since the 1970s, making it one of the oldest traditions and largest fundraisers put on by the student organization. In order for the fundraiser to run smoothly, a large number of students volunteer each year. This year, approximately 1,200 students signed up to pass the jugs.“[It] was a really incredible experience, just being on the field and looking all across the stadium and seeing the support of the USC community for Troy Camp,” said Troy Camp co-executive director Marla Ross. Each volunteer receives a “Pass the Can” T-shirt and free admission to the football game, as part of a partnership between Troy Camp and USC Athletics.In the past two years, Troy Camp has also run an online campaign along with the halftime fundraiser. This year, the virtual campaign ran for three weeks before the Homecoming game, allowing Troy Camp to raise around $13,000.“It was a decision we made with the executive board, alumni and general members throughout the year,” said Kyle Footitt, Troy Camp’s fundraising director. “Having cash is less common at games; virtual is going to be the route that most people go.” The donations raised from Pass the Can are used to fund a summer camp for students from local elementary schools. The camp is free for students and features activities such as archery, swimming and horseback riding. To spread the word about Pass the Can, Troy Camp advertised the event on campus and through social media to both increase donations and attract more volunteers. “We ask people to reach out to their friends, we ask them to present in classes, we send out email to our classes, we sit on Trousdale and table,” said Molly Bamberger, Troy Camp’s co-executive director. The final amount from this year, including the online campaign, is estimated to surpass 2017’s total of $27,000, but the final count wasn’t complete by the time of publication, according to Bamberger. “We do our part every year [to publicize Pass the Can], but there is such a deep-rooted tradition within the USC community and the surrounding community,”  Ross said. “We have Troy Camp alumni [volunteer] from several years in the past. I met one who was 12 to 15 years out and still comes every year.”last_img read more

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Why Shannon Doepking changed SU’s practice schedule this season

first_img Comments Before the sun even rises, Alex Acevedo’s alarm sounds at 5:45 a.m. On practice mornings, Acevedo then has 45 minutes to get ready and hop on the bus from her South Campus apartment to Manley Field House. This wasn’t always her morning routine. It’s new to her and the rest of her teammates.She has just enough time to really wake up, get dressed, grab a granola bar and get to the locker room by 6:30 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, she’s dressed and ready, stretching and preparing for another Syracuse (4-9) softball practice. First-year head coach Shannon Doepking has brought multiple changes to SU’s in-game approach after the departure of Mike Bosch. Before enacting on-field switches, Doepking decided to switch the Orange practices to the mornings this spring — something none of the players have experienced before.To help deal with class conflicts and ensure that the full team could attend practice two to three times a week, Doepking had no other choice. In the fall, Syracuse had five or more players miss practice with class conflicts on any given day, sophomore Miranda Hearn said. Because of early-season travel, most players already miss Thursday and Friday classes to attend weekend tournaments.“Class schedules here are crazy. Almost every single day we were missing people in practice,” Doepking said. “If we need to go at 7 a.m., we’ll go at 7 a.m. to make sure the whole team is there.”For Hearn and Acevedo, the morning practices change their entire daily routine. On days with afternoon meetups, Acevedo said she would roll out of bed and go to class but frequently felt “tired” during her morning classes. With an ability to exercise and have practice off her mind by 10 a.m., Acevedo said her routine is more “normal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Doepking coached at Dartmouth before SU, she didn’t face as many scheduling issues. While all SU athletes get first choice to pick classes, senior Bryce Holmgren said that Doepking noticed there are more class enrollment offerings in the afternoon than the morning. So, the Orange switched.“You get your priorities out of the way in the morning,” Hearn said, “… I feel like I did something productive in the morning.”Once practice begins at 7 a.m., the Orange first work on skill-based drills and batting before switching to more fitness-based workouts. They practice indoors until they arrive at outdoor weekend tournaments, but Doepking said she tries to simulate game scenarios in practice.“Working out puts you in a better mood due to endorphins,” Hearn said. “I feel like I’m in a better mood throughout the day.”The practices sometimes create chaos for some SU players to make it to class, Acevedo said. While practice typically ends around 10:40 a.m., some players have class 20 minutes after. Often, Acevedo doesn’t have the chance to shower. Multiple players pack into older teammates’ cars and scramble to main campus just minutes before class.“I am not a morning person by any means, I actually hate the mornings,” Doepking said. “… A lot of times they have a chance to take naps and catch up on schoolwork because you’re not sitting around waiting for practice to start.”Instead of having an upcoming practice on her mind, Acevedo’s softball portion of her day is over before some students are even awake. On week nights, Acevedo is in bed, sometimes as early as 9 p.m., ready to rise when her alarm rings again at 5:45 the next morning. Published on February 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more