Australia romped to an innings and 123-run victory over England after dismissing the tourists for 180 on the final day of the fifth test on Monday to complete a 4-0 Ashes triumph that fell short of a whitewash but was little less emphatic.England captain Joe Root raced from his hospital bed, where he had been treated overnight for gastroenteritis, to try to rescue a face-saving draw but when he failed to reappear after lunch the die was cast for the tourists.Australia’s bowling attack – the potency of which has been one of the main points of difference between the two sides – mopped up the last four batsmen at the cost of just 36 runs after the break at Sydney Cricket Ground.“The cricket we have played has been outstanding,” said Australia captain Steve Smith, whose batting was another major factor in the triumph.“This team has been magnificent in this series, the cricket we’ve played has been great so I think the more we play together the more we are going to get better as a group. We have just got to keep getting better and improving as a team.”All four of Australia’s main bowlers took more than 20 wickets over the series, with quick Pat Cummins coming out top with 23 after removing Jonny Bairstow (38), Stuart Broad (4) and Mason Crane (2) on Monday.Cummins was named man of the match for his total haul of 8-119 while Josh Hazlewood performed the coup de grace when he had James Anderson caught behind for two.Nathan Lyon (3-54) had taken the only wicket of the opening session as he continued his dominance of Moeen Ali (13), who has fallen seven times in nine innings to the off spinner in the series.Australia’s batsmen also played a full part in the return of the coveted urn, with Mitchell Marsh, his brother Shaun and Usman Khawaja all getting into three figures as the hosts made 649 declared in their reply to England’s first innings 346.“Everyone’s had an impact and that’s what has been so special about it, it hasn’t just been one or two guys stepping up and doing the job,” Smith added.Despite Smith’s determination to share the credit, he was the inevitable selection as player of the series after scoring 687 runs at an average of 137.4, backing up his status as the world’s top batsman.“I am really proud of the way that I have played in the series and led from the front,” he said.“My mind is probably in as good a space as it has been with my batting.”Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates with team mates after dismissing England’s Stuart Broad during the fifth day of the fifth Ashes cricket test matchEngland managed only three centuries to Australia’s nine over the series, with Smith alone matching their tally.Anderson, who stood in for the ailing Root in the presentation ceremony, thought that the Ashes had been decided by a few key moments and there was no need for an overhaul of the side.“We’ve not played well enough and they’ve deserved to win. They’re well within their rights to be over the moon with that win,” he said.“But I do think it’s been closer than 4-0. We’ve been on top in some games, if not all the games at some stage. They’ve just played those pressurised moments better than us.”The tourists will also take pride from refusing to buckle despite being outclassed in four of the five tests and Root’s determination to bat on Monday typified their fighting spirit.The 27-year-old was 42 not out with England 93 for four at close of play on day four but he experienced diarrhoea and vomiting overnight and was taken to hospital for treatment.Root received an ovation when he came out to resume his innings and had soon secured his 37th test half century with three runs to fine leg.He suffered a recurrence of the symptoms during the lunch break, though, and Tom Curran came out to bat in his place, leaving Root retired hurt for 58 and sleeping in the dressing room when Australia paraded the tiny trophy.“We’ve known for a few weeks they’re going to lift the urn, but seeing them do it in person is tough to watch,” said Anderson.“All the guys in the dressing room are hurting. That feeling that you get should make you determined to win the Ashes back in 2019.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust “It’s a good thing he has big shoes. If Renzo [Subido] shot that, it won’t be a stepping call because he shoots the ball farther from the line,” added Melecio who had 18 points and six assists.Abando’s shot was impressive nonetheless after he stole Andrei Caracut’s errant pass before stopping and popping for the long distance jumper that, anticlimactically, made it a one-point game with mere seconds left.It’s also worth noting that Abando wore shoes that were a size bigger.Abando wears size 12 sneakers and the very pair of Nike Zoom Freak 1s he wore against the Green Archers was a size 13 and was a gift from Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Early exit will only make young Falcons better, says Pumaren DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘Gago’ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ De La Salle survived University of Santo Tomas, 80-79, in the slimmest of victories in a crucial showdown Wednesday, with Rhenz Abando’s shoes getting in the way of an overtime game.Abando, who went mental in the final 30 seconds after going on a personal 8-0 run off improbable plays, would’ve sent given the game an extra five minutes had he not stepped on the line in an three-point attempt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Aljun Melecio and La Salle let a massive sigh of relief after the cardiac game that helped them stay in the thick of things in the Final Four race.“I was in disbelief, shocked,” said Melecio of Abando’s long two in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. MANILA, Philippines—It was a game of inches.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw MOST READ View comments
Dear Editor,It is no coincidence, accident or unfortunate circumstance that caused Georgetown, our capital and once “Garden City”, to become one of the least livable cities in the world. It is as a result of deliberate, willful, wanton and uncharitable actions by a few persons.Since January of this year, the substantive Town Clerk was fired by the Local Government Commission after a Commission of Inquiry found him guilty of gross misconduct. The person placed to act in his stead has since been sent on administrative leave in the midst of financial documents not being produced to the Audit Office of Guyana for a forensic audit into City Hall, yet up to now neither the municipality, the Local Government Commission nor the Ministry of Communities has found it necessary to appoint a new competent and substantive Town Clerk.In Georgetown, which still follows an archaic colonial system, the Mayor is the leader of the city council but has no greater official authority than any other council member, in fact, the Mayor’s responsibilities are primarily to preside at council meetings and to act as Head of the city for ceremonial purposes, so, therefore, the role and functions of the Town Clerk are very important as that person is responsible for managing the municipality’s budget, overseeing city personnel, making recommendations to the Mayor and other city leaders on a variety of issues, etc and as a consequence, should be filled at all times with urgency.Of course one would expect that it would be filled by someone not only with a Masters Degree in Public Administration, but with good writing and public speaking skills, knowledge of municipal and administrative laws and procedures and an understanding of management theory and practices as well as dispute resolution procedures. The officeholder must also be someone who is trustworthy, respectful, ethical, and who has an approachable character with the utmost integrity.But what do the authorities do? They go in-house and select someone way down the food chain of junior rank, someone who does not have the experience, the capacity, the temperament and the wherewithal and stick them in the position temporarily. It seems as though gone are the days when the position of Town Clerk was considered to be one of prestige, authority, respect and influence.One can only hope that the Local Government Commission would look to fill the position of Town Clerk of Georgetown urgently with a proper candidate substantively.Sincerely,Kishore Das
Nearby Vic’s Liquor also experienced the Mega Millions mania. Manager Richard Miwis said a steady flow of customers bought tickets throughout the week. “I’d say between 70 and 100 people a day buy tickets,” he said. It seemed that by Friday, most people had bought their tickets, as Miwis said only 50 people had come in to buy them. He expected lottery business to pick up slightly before the actual drawing. Dennis Ford bought 10 tickets at a local 7-Eleven store Friday. The Woodland Hills resident isn’t a regular player, however. “I never play the lottery,” he said. “I only gamble when I’m in Vegas.” Ford said he decided to take a chance on Mega Millions after seeing a news report about the prize on television. He said these were the first lottery tickets he’s ever purchased. Even though there is a tiny chance Ford is now a multimillionaire, he said he wasn’t too fixated on the game of chance. “This doesn’t really matter to me,” Ford said. “It’s all fun to me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The odds of getting all six numbers right is one in 176 million,” Johnston said. “That’s every possible number combination.” The jackpot is also up for grabs in 11 other states, stretching from Washington to Michigan to New Jersey. The minuscule odds of winning didn’t stop Angelenos from scooping up tickets. “Every other customer buys a ticket,” said Randy Singh, a cashier at a Woodland Hills Shell gas station. He said demand for Mega Millions tickets took a toll on the gas station’s equipment. “The ticket machine is getting slower, from all the demand,” he said. “It has been working a lot recently.” By now, some lucky person may be kicking off Labor Day weekend in a new income bracket – that is, if if there was a winning ticket in the multistate $330 million Mega Millions drawing. Mega Millions fever hit Southern California on Friday, as optimistic gamers bought up tickets for last night’s drawing. The jackpot is the second-largest prize since California joined the Mega Millions game in 2005. Cathy Doyle Johnston, a spokeswoman for the California Lottery, said Friday’s drawing is eclipsed only by the $390 million prize given away last March. The potential of a mammoth payday has spiked sales of lottery tickets, Doyle said. She said buyers shouldn’t have gotten their hopes up though.
Remi Garde will watch Aston Villa take on Tottenham on Monday night ahead of his expected appointment.The Frenchman, 49. is poised to take over from Tim Sherwood, who was sacked last week.Caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald will still take the side for their game against Spurs, with Garde’s first match in charge set to be Sunday’s visit of leaders Manchester City.Garde left Lyon in 2014 after three years for personal reasons and held talks with Newcastle earlier this year.He won the title as a player with Arsenal in 1998 and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed last week Villa’s chief executive Tom Fox – who previously worked at Arsenal – had been in touch to sound him out about his former player.The ex-France international will become Villa’s fifth manager in five years as they battle relegation again. 1 Remi Garde
1 West Ham have confirmed defender Joey O’Brien will leave the club after five years when his contract expires at the end of June.The Irons issued their retained list on Tuesday afternoon, which also showed Cameroon midfielder Alex Song would return to his parent club Barcelona following the end of his season-long loan spell while winger Victor Moses goes back to Chelsea and Nigeria forward Emmanuel Emenike to Fenerbahce.O’Brien, 30, joined West Ham on a free transfer from Bolton in June 2011, helping the east London club win promotion back to the Premier League via the 2012 Championship play-off final at Wembley.However, last season the Republic of Ireland full-back made just seven first-team appearances, five of those coming in the Europa League qualifiers and two in the FA Cup, taking his total tally to 105 with three goals.West Ham also revealed 21-year-old striker Elliot Lee, who had a loan spell at Colchester last season, was one of several youngsters not to be offered new terms and set to leave the club as manager Slaven Bilic prepares his squad for life at the Olympic Stadium.The Irons have already brought in Norway international Havard Nordtveit earlier in the summer, but have seen reported interest in Carlos Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette and Callum Wilson fail to materialise.Co-chairman David Sullivan, however, confirmed earlier this week five bids are in for new players as the club aims for signings with ”good value” in a ”potty” market, having been apparently priced out of any interest in Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.Out-of-contract Nice winger Jeremy Pied is said to be one reported target along with Lacazette’s Lyon strike partner Nabil Fekir. Joey O’Brien played just seven games for West Ham this season
Off air – O’LearyBREAKING NEWS: A bid by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary to win the radio license to broadcast to north Donegal has been axed…It was, of course, an April Fool.Some of you realised that. We think the gold miner from Carndonagh was the giveaway? Or the heavy metal loving granny from Ardara?https://www.donegaldaily.com/2014/04/01/shock-last-minute-bid-for-donegal-radio-license-from-ryanair-boss/ BREAKING NEWS: MICHAEL O’LEARY’S DONEGAL RADIO STATION BID AXED was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:April FoolDLFMHighland Radiomichael o’leary
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The dice stopped rolling, dealers quit shuffling and slot machines fell silent Wednesday as New Jersey’s casinos closed for the first time, the latest victims of a five-day state government shutdown that showed no signs of ending soon. In the first mass closure in the 28-year history of Atlantic City’s legalized gambling trade, all 12 casinos went dark. With no state budget, New Jersey cannot pay its state employees, including casino inspectors who keep tabs on the money. “I never thought this would happen,” said 77-year-old Ruth Dodies of Philadelphia as she stood outside a closed entrance to Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino. “It doesn’t make sense. It really doesn’t.” The shutdown could cost the 12 casinos more than $16 million that they would normally collect from gamblers each day, not to mention the $1.3 million in taxes taken in by the state. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The shutdown left boardwalk casinos eerily quiet. The casino-hotel’s lobbies were conspicuously empty, too, as buses picked up gamblers to return them home but did not drop off new ones. “There’s no business coming in. It’s all going out,” said Joseph Lowry, a cocktail server at Tropicana Casino and Resort. The calm was in stark contrast to the usual scene in this vibrant, open-all-night city, which was rescued from oblivion in the 1970s when city fathers turned to casino gambling in a last-ditch effort to revive the place once known as “the Queen of Resorts.” Since the first casino opened May 26, 1978, the gambling business here has blossomed into a $5 billion-a-year juggernaut, with a dozen casinos employing 46,000 people. In the process, gambling breathed new life into Atlantic City, providing jobs and fueling the growth of hundreds of small businesses, from florists to limousine services to linen-supply companies. “As a dealer, you rely on tips. So it’s money out of our pockets,” said Lloyd Hopkins, 41, a dealer at Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino. While gambling ceased, the buildings – which also have restaurants, showrooms, stores and meeting space – stayed open. But many gamblers headed for the exits rather than stay around. The problem started when the Legislature became locked in a battle with Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine over his proposed sales tax increase. Lawmakers missed a July 1 deadline to pass a budget. Without a spending plan, Corzine ordered state offices shut down Saturday and all nonessential state government operations closed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A woman who learned six weeks before her wedding that her fiance was cheating on her is turning her would-be reception into a charity benefit. “I’m really just trying to turn it around and make something positive out of it,” Kyle Paxman said. Paxman, 29, had planned to celebrate her nuptials at the Basin Harbor Club on Lake Champlain in Vermont on Saturday. When she found out about her fiance, she called off the 180-guest wedding and the four-year relationship. She and her mother canceled the band, photographer and florist, but they learned they would not be reimbursed for the reception and block of rooms they had reserved. So they turned the reception into a benefit for the Vermont Children’s Aid Society and CARE USA, a relief organization that aims to combat poverty by empowering women. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThey sent out invitations to 125 women for drinks and dinner. In exchange, they hope the guests will make donations to the charities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
City, campus and state police officers and a police dog searched for a man suspected of taking items from a convenience store early Wednesday afternoon on Bloomington’s northwest side. No one was injured in the incident.The suspect is a white male, about 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 tall and 140 to 150 pounds. BPD officers described him as wearing a blue winter jacket with black striping along the bicep area of the sleeve.He is believed to be in his 30s with a goatee.BPD Sgt. Joe Crider says the man entered the store showing a handgun and demanding money from the store clerk.The suspect fled with a drink and cigarettes but no money.The BPD is following up with an investigation and an analysis of the video footage from the store.People with any information regarding the robbery or suspect can contact BPD Detective Rick Crussen at 812-349-3374. According to Bloomington police Sgt. Joe Crider, clerks from the 7-Eleven, at 1122 W. 11th St., reported that a man demanded money and then fled with various items from the store.