Ireland play host to Australia under the floodlights from 7pm, with the home side looking to recover the Cormac McAnallen Cup after last year’s 10-point loss in Perth.Aherlows Ciaran McDonald is named in the panel for this evenings encounter.Ireland manager Joe Kernan says that he’s tried to prepare his players so that they can give the best possible account of themselves… The curtain raiser today at Croke Park will be the second test between Ireland and Scotland in the Hurling/Shinty International.The home side will be looking to avenge last month’s 10-point first Test defeat.The action begins at half-past four.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Australian all-rounder Shane Watson yesterday announced his retirement from Test cricket effective immediately after another injury setback cut short his one-day international tour of Britain.Watson sustained a series-ending calf injury in Saturday’s 64-run win in the second ODI over England at Lord’s.A disappointing performance in his now-final Test against England in Cardiff in July saw him dropped from the Australian side. He said yesterday he won’t attempt to regain a Test spot.”I’ve been through a lot of different waves of emotion about what is right for myself, my family, and most importantly the team as well,” Watson said in a Cricket Australia statement.”Over the last couple of days there was a lot of clarity (for me) of what the right decision was. I just know that I’ve given everything I possibly can to get the best out of myself.”Watson said he felt now was the best time to retire from the five-day format.”I just know it’s the right time to move on,” Watson said. “I don’t have that real fight in me, especially for Test cricket, knowing the lengths physically that I’d have to go through, mentally and technically as well, to be at my best in Test cricket, so I just know it’s the right time.”OUTSTANDINGCONTRIBUTORAustralia coach Darren Lehmann said Watson “has been an outstanding contributor to the team on and off the field and a great thinker on the game as well as a hugely talented cricketer”.Australia captain Steve Smith said Watson “has been a huge influence on my career and the team as a whole. Fifty-nine Test matches for Australia is an incredible achievement and he can be extremely proud of everything he has done in the game in the longest format,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to play alongside him in one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals.”Watson made his Test debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2005 against Pakistan. He scored 3,731 runs at an average of 35.19, including four centuries and 24 half-centuries.He also took 75 wickets at 33.68 and held 45 catches.
The center, filling in for her older sister, scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in leading the Aztecs girls basketball team to a 61-27 win over Almont League rival Schurr on Friday. With the Aztecs’ second-leading scorer last season, Paola Gupilan, inactive, Shelley was thrilled to see action, let alone lead her team in scoring. ALHAMBRA – Freshmen aren’t supposed to contribute, let alone dominate. But Keppel High School’s Shelley Gupilan isn’t your typical uncoordinated, intimidated ninth-grader. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“I was just happy to be playing,” Gupilan said. “Coach prepared us for this game and I just wanted to score points and help the team.” Gupilan scored her team’s first seven points and 10 of the Aztecs’ 23 points in the first quarter. She also keyed a 23-5 first-quarter run that humbled a Schurr squad that looked intent on knocking off the defending league champions. “I think a lot of teams thought we wouldn’t be as good this year,” Gupilan said. “We’re just trying to show that we’re still the best.” Keppel (12-8, 4-0) demonstrated its effectiveness by forcing 21 Spartans turnovers and converting 14 into 28 easy points. “We have to handle the ball better,” Schurr coach Paul Chavez said. “(Keppel) turned the game into layup drills, and there’s no way you can win when you turn the ball over like that.” The Aztecs also shot 5 of 12 from behind the 3-point arc, which proved to be a potent balance to Gupilan’s inside game. Shelley set up her sister Amanda for a few 3-pointers, including one with 3:12 left in the second quarter that gave the Aztecs their biggest margin, 46-12. “We had a very tough preseason,” said Keppel coach Minnie Caluag, whose team has outscored league opponents by an average of 23 points. “The rough start prepared us for league. As you can see, we’re doing quite well.” After Shelley, Amanda was second on the team in scoring with 13 points. Freshman Janise Ho had nine. The Spartans (9-6, 2-2) were led by Sara Ng, who scored seven points. “Our expectations for this game were the same as they are in all games,” Chavez said. “We expected to play well and give everything we had.” Unfortunately for the Spartans, they followed up a five-point first quarter with another five points in the second period. They trailed 33-10 at halftime. “I was proud of the effort our girls gave,” Chavez said. “We just didn’t play well enough or disciplined enough.” Schurr will play Alhambra on Tuesday in what could be a matchup for the league’s final CIF-SS postseason spot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!