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Pakistan success sees Windies World Cup hopes fade further

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first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Any hopes West Indies harboured of overhauling Pakistan and clinching the crucial eighth spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings have all but disappeared as the Asian side have surged to sixth position following their capture of the ICC Champions Trophy here Sunday.In the latest rankings released yesterday by cricket’s world governing body, Pakistan gained four points to jump from eighth to sixth on 95 points, now ahead of seventh-placed Bangladesh on 94 and Sri Lanka, who have slipped to eighth on 93 points.Pakistan, who had lingered at eighth in the world rankings in recent times, convincingly beat powerhouse India in the final at the Oval by 180 runs to lift the title regarded as the mini World Cup.With the success, Pakistan have further enhanced their chances of automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England while West Indies slipped further behind in their quest to also seal a direct spot at the tournament.Ironically, Pakistan had edged West Indies for the final spot in the Champions Trophy because of their eighth place ranking.West Indies remain in ninth spot on 77 points in the latest rankings following a disappointing 1-1 draw in the recent three-match series against ICC Associate side Afghanistan.They are now faced with the task of closing a 16-point gap on Sri Lanka by the September 30 cut-off date for automatic qualification for the World Cup. Hosts England and the remaining top seven sides in the rankings by that date will earn automatic qualification.The Windies face India in a five-match series starting Friday at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and take on fourth-ranked England in another five-match series in September.If they lose these series and subsequently fail to qualify automatically, the Caribbean side will enter a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year, to determine the final two World Cup berths.South Africa have retained top spot in the newest rankings on 119 points, two ratings points ahead of Australia with India lying one point back in third.Latest ICC One-Day International rankings:1. South Africa 1192. Australia 1173. India 116 (-1)4. England 113 (-1)5. New Zealand 1116. Pakistan 95 (+4)7. Bangladesh 94 (-1)8. Sri Lanka 939. West Indies 7710. Afghanistan 5411. Zimbabwe 4612. Ireland 41last_img read more

Pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Adam Wainwright offer contrasting styles in Game 3

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first_imgThe pitching matchup for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series will be called a contrast in styles, and rightly so.Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu is a rookie who relies on a changeup and a four-seam fastball, in that order, and all but abandoned his curveball in his first major-league playoff game. He was shelled, too — the 26-year-old lefty lasted just three innings in Game 3 of the NL Division Series, and sometimes looked flustered against the Atlanta Braves.St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is a veteran who throws a curveball with abandon. His first postseason appearance came seven years ago. The 32-year-old right-hander last pitched in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and dominated all nine innings of a win-or-go-home victory.As if being ahead 2-0 in the best-of-7 series weren’t enough of an advantage, the Cardinals will have their best pitcher on the mound today. The Dodgers will not. “We kind of got a taste of it the other day watching (Wainwright’s) game (against the Pirates) on TV, just how confident he is with his curveball,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “He throws it any count, any time. He’s got the ability to throw it for strikes and shorten it for strikeouts. “It’s a challenge.”Ryu isn’t unfamiliar with St. Louis, either. He tossed seven innings without allowing an earned run Aug. 8 at Busch Stadium, a game that featured five players who could be in the starting lineup today — but no Matt Adams or Yadier Molina. Still, it was one of Ryu’s best games in a season worthy of Rookie of the Year consideration. He struck out seven batters and only five of his pitches reached the outfield on the fly. The Cardinals’ seven hits against Ryu were all ground-ball singles through the infield. It was a typical game for the Cardinals, who struggled mightily against left-handers in 2013. Their .238 batting average against southpaws was worse than all but three teams in the regular season. That’s probably why Ryu, and not right-hander Ricky Nolasco, earned the start after struggling against Atlanta. “St. Louis is probably a different team than we were in the regular season,” Ryu said. “So I still have to take it very carefully and consider them a brand‑new team that I’m going to be facing.”Ryu can be considered a brand-new pitcher. He’s thrown more than 100 pitches just twice in his last seven starts and is approaching a career high in innings pitched.“I’m not going to focus too much on the length of my outing,” he said. “Truthfully, if I’m out there for five innings I’d be more than happy.”If Wainwright is out there for five innings, the Dodgers would be ecstatic.He’s pitched once at Dodger Stadium the last three years, a no-decision in 2012 in which he allowed two runs in six innings. Wainwright lost a pitchers’ duel with Zack Greinke on Aug. 5 in St. Louis, allowing three runs in seven innings.“I’ve talked to Yadier,” Wainwright said, “and Yadier and I will get together and come up with a master plan.”If both pitchers perform as expected, the onus will fall to the Dodgers’ ice-cold lineup and often-warm bullpen to make the series competitive again.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sothebys will be offering 1009 lots from Four F

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first_imgSotheby’s will be offering 1,009 lots from “Four Fabulous Cellars” during its November 22, 2008, sale in New York. Featuring a diverse selection of fine wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, including many First Growths, the sale is estimated to bring $2.2/3.2 million.“Cellar 1” consists of 244 lots, and features a selection of great Champagnes, Burgundy and Bordeaux. Highlights include: – 3 cases La Tâche 1985 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (est. $40/60,000 per case) – 12 bottles Richebourg 1990 Leroy (est. $10/15,000) – 12 bottles Krug, Clos du Mesnil 1986 (est. $7/9,000) – 5 bottles Pétrus 1961 (est. $25/40,000) – 1 Imperial (6 liter) Lafite 1982 (est. $15/20,000) – 1 Imperial (6 liter) Lafite 1961 (est. $10/18,000)Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Wine, Serena Sutcliffe, MW, comments: “This is a hedonist’s collection, with immense possibilities for comparing crus and climats as handled by different, brilliant winemakers. You could call it a ‘teaching cellar’ if it was not so pleasurable.”“Cellar 2” includes 475 lots of important parcel quantities of 1980s Bordeaux, ready to drink and many keenly priced, including: – 15 cases of Léoville Poyferré 1982 (est. $1,600/2,250 per case) – 12 cases of Calon Ségur 1982 (est. $1,800/2,500 per case) – 20 cases of Haut Bailly 1985 ($700/1,000 per case)“Cellar 3” consists of 39 lots, featuring a great selection of Bordeaux from the 1980s to 2003, many in oversize bottles. Highlights include: – 2 double magnums of Pétrus 1989 (est. $20/30,000) – 1 Imperial of Pétrus 1995 (est. $18/25,000) – 1 Imperial of Cheval Blanc 2000 (est. $9/12,000) Serena notes: “This is a riveting selection of large format bottles allied to stupendous Bordeaux chateaux and years—plus one sumptuous Barolo! Increasingly, I see these exciting giant bottles being laid down for children or grandchildren, with future landmark birthdays and marriages in mind. This really works, as there is nothing so celebratory as a mature, classic Imperial gracing the table when family history is being made.”“Cellar 4”offers 251 lots, including quantities of contemporary Bordeaux highlighted by the 2000 and 2003 vintages. This offering ranges in quality from First Growths and Pétrus through other classed growth wines and lesser known left bank gems. Featured are: – 7 cases of Lafite 2000 (est. $12/18,000) – 4 cases of Latour 2000 (est. $9/12,000) – 6 cases of Mouton Rothschild 2000 (est. $7/10,000) – 7 cases of Margaux 2000 (est. $9/12,000) – 7 cases of Haut Brion 2000 (est. $6/8,000)last_img read more