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Hope leaps into ODI top 10


first_imgLONDON, CMC – West Indian batsman Shai Hope’s back-to-back unbeaten hundreds in the recent one-day series against Bangladesh, has catapulted him into the top 10 of the ICC batting rankings.In the latest one-day rankings released on Sunday, the 25-year-old Hope jumped 17 spots and now lies at a career-best eighth place.Indian stroke-maker Virat Kohli continues in number one in an unchanged top five.Hope finished the three-match series against Bangladesh with 297 runs to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series, even though West Indies went down 2-1 in the rubber.He carved out a superb unbeaten 146 in the series-levelling four-wicket win in Dhaka before hitting 108 not out in the decisive third game which the Caribbean side lost by eight wickets in Sylhet.Hope now has four career ODI hundreds with three of them coming inside his last seven innings. He averages an outstanding 47 – one of the highest in world cricket among current players.Shimron Hetmyer is the next best-ranked West Indies player at 40th.The only other bright spots for the Windies were the fast bowling pair of Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul. While Thomas jumped 28 places to 146th in the bowling rankings, Paul moved up 53 spots to be 179th.Both ended with four wickets in the series.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, missing the tour of Bangladesh through injury, is the highest-ranked West Indies bowler at 38th, with India fast bowling star Jasprit Bumrah top of the charts.last_img read more


Asymptomatic People Tested for Coronavirus in Broward


first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – You don’t need to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. Doctors hope testing of the asymptomatic will provide more information about how many people are actually carrying the virus.“At first, we were only testing people sick enough to be admitted to a hospital. So, we were missing 80% of the cases. And so it continued to spread in our environment,” said Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert from Florida International University.Marty says more testing means knowing where the virus is in our communities, considering people can be infected without showing symptoms. In South Korea, she says, they are testing close contacts of every positive coronavirus case.The C.B. Smith test site is also rechecking people who have had the virus for at least 14 days.“Having done so many thousands of tests here, we sort of have a pulse on what’s going on with this virus in the community. And it’s important now … to see who is negative after a 14-day isolation period,” said Dr. Jennifer Goldman, medical director at Memorial Healthcare System.That information is important for people to know, Goldman said, but also for local officials and business leaders who are deciding how and when to reopen.Antibody testing could also become helpful in that. Florida-based Abacus Pharma is manufacturing rapid antibody testing that requires just a stick of your finger.“These antibody tests will give us a sense of how many people have actually had it, and also because we can do them anywhere, a proportion of those who are currently infected,” said Dr. Vincent Degennaro, CEO of Abacus Pharma.C.B. Smith testing details:To get tested at C.B. Smith Park you must register ahead of time by calling 954-276-4680 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.You must be 18 or older, all people in your vehicle must be registered, and you’re required to bring valid ID.They have the capacity for 800 tests a day. Lines have been much shorter than at many other test sites, which is one of the reasons they could open it up for asymptomatic people.Once tested it takes 2-4 days before you’ll get a call with results.last_img read more


England dominate European Nations Championship with 20-shot win


first_img Tags: European, Nations Championship England swept away the competition at the European Nations Championship at Sotogrande, Spain, winning the trophy by 20 shots, while national champion Todd Clements took the individual title by five strokes.The England team alongside Clements, of Braintree, Essex, was: joint runner-up Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Trentham, Staffordshire; Matthew Jordan of Royal Liverpool, Cheshire; and David Hague of Malton & Norton, Yorkshire.They staked their claim to the trophy with a blistering first day when their best three scores totalled seven-under par and they led by 11 shots.After that they were relentless in maintaining the pressure, despite the tricky, windy conditions. The team led by 21 at the halfway stage; by 15 after three rounds; then they underlined their domination in the final round with a team total of 10-under par.The finished on 11-under, while their closest challengers, Ireland, were nine-over. Denmark, in third place, were 16 over.Clements, the English amateur champion, was in contention for the individual prize throughout the championship, jockeying for position with Petrozzi over the opening two rounds.Clements opened up a three-shot lead after three round and, with a final round of 70, finished on five-under par. Petrozzi tied second on level par alongside Ireland’s Alex Neeson and Denmark’s Rasmus Neergard-Petersen.England Golf’s Gareth Jenkins was team manager and paid tribute to the players’ scoring skills and the preparation masterminded by coach Graham Walker.“The team was just fabulous in the way they dominated,” he said.“We had two outstanding days of preparation. Graham has been here many times, he’s very experienced and knows how conditions can become very tricky. We had a very good strategy of hitting into zones and it was absolutely spot on.“The boys followed through and they played magnificently. They came into it really well prepared, able to control the ball flight and their short game was outstanding.”The championship was contested by 16 countries and this is England’s seventh win. Previous victories were scored in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2004.Caption (from left): David Hague, Todd Clements in his winner’s jacket, Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Matthew Jordan.Click here for full scores 21 Apr 2018 England dominate European Nations Championship with 20-shot win last_img read more