Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks propelled South Africa to a convincing victory in the third and final T20 international against Ireland. The pair shared in a 127-run first-wicket stand in Belfast to set the tourists up for a 49-run win that completed a 3-0 series whitewash. Captain Bavuma cracked 72 from 51 balls with six fours and two sixes while Hendricks added 69 from 48 with a six and seven other boundaries. Third T20: Ireland vs South Africa scorecard David Miller weighed in with an unbeaten 36 as the Proteas posted 189-2 from their 20 overs in Belfast. The target was beyond the Irish, who mustered 140-9 from their allocation. Skipper Andy Balbirnie top-scored with 27 while George Linde, Wiaan Mulder and Lizaad Williams all took two wickets apiece for South Africa. . . .
South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi on Sunday took to Twitter to introduce fans to "Kane Williamson of football". Likening Chelsea mid-fielder N'Golo Kante to New Zealand cricket team captain Kane Williamson , Shamsi said both the athletes have transcended all boundaries and are equally loved by fans irrespective of their affiliations. Kante won the Player of the Match as his side became the new European champions in Porto on Sunday. "This man is the Kane Williamson of football. Nobody can ever dislike him," Shamsi tweeted. This man is the Kane Williamson of football pic.twitter.com/94sdYOHafE — Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) May 30, 2021 Kai Havertz, the most expensive player in Chelsea's history, scored the solitary goal of the match as Thomas Tuchel's side defeated Premier League champions Manchester City 1-0 in the summit clash. This was Chelsea's first Champions League title since 2012 whey they had defeated German giants Bayern Munich in the penalty shoot-out. . . .
PAKISTAN TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Live Score Updates Pakistan West Indies Match start delayed due to rain Live Scores Full Scorecard Share Tweet Evin Lewis has been amongst the runs in T20 cricket. © AFP Rain delay A very frustrating start to the series. We won't be starting on time as the rain arrives. The covers are there on the pitch. Let's hope the game begins soon. Toss - Pakistan opt to bowl Mohammad Wasim, the 19-year-old seamer, will be making his debut today. Sharjeel Khan is included as well. That's an interesting move which could potentially mean Babar Azam dropping down to number 3. Teams: West Indies (Playing XI): Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Kieron Pollard(c), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell Pakistan (Playing XI): Sharjeel Khan, . . .
Getty Images The NBA on Monday announced the creation of a new entity called NBA Africa. It will be in charge of the league's business in Africa, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL), which is in the midst of its first season after getting postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league has partnered with several high-profile investors to form NBA Africa, including former players Dikembe Mutombo, Junior Bridgeman, Luol Deng, Grant Hill and Joakim Noah. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said during the introductory announcement that NBA Africa is already valued at " nearly $1 billion ," and hopes to build it into one of the "top brands" in Africa. "Today's announcement is the result of many years of investment and on-the-ground work to grow the game of basketball in Africa and a recognition of the enormous opportunities ahead for the NBA on the continent," Silver said in a press release. "We believe that basketball can become a top sport across Africa over . . .
Getty Images The NBA announced Tuesday that former United States President Barack Obama is joining NBA Africa as a strategic partner. The league has been steadily growing its presence across Africa, most recently helping establish the Basketball Africa League (BAL), which kicked off its inaugural season in May. Per the league's press release : "President Obama will help advance the league's social responsibility efforts across the continent, including programs and partnerships that support greater gender equality and economic inclusion. In this capacity, President Obama will have a minority equity stake in the new venture, which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa." This is a significant announcement for the NBA , which just recently established NBA Africa in May to oversee the league's business in Africa. When NBA commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement of the creation of NBA Africa, he spoke about . . .
Getty Images The group phase of the men's Olympic soccer event at this summer's Olympics is now done and hosts Japan have emerged as the big winners with the only 100% record. Big guns France, Germany and Argentina have all gone home while Spain are yet to get out of second gear with arguably the strongest squad. We take a look at how the remaining teams stack up ahead of the quarterfinals. First, the qualified teams: Group A: Japan & Mexico Group B: South Korea & New Zealand Group C: Spain & Egypt Group D: Brazil & Ivory Coast Next, the quarterfinal draw: Japan vs. New Zealand (Kashima) Spain vs. Ivory Coast (Rifu) South Korea vs. Mexico (Yokohama) Brazil vs. Egypt (Saitama) Now, the rankings: 1. Japan (--) There can be no argument that Samurai Blue are currently the strongest team left in the competition with Hajime Moriyasu's men excelling on home soil. Star man Takefusa Kubo has scored in each group stage game so far . . .
Kubo netted in Japan's first two Group A games and gave Madrid another reminder of his quality by opening the scoring against France in Yokohama. In doing so, the 20-year-old became the first Japanese player to score in each group-stage match at the same Olympic tournament. Hiroki Sakai doubled Japan's lead prior to half-time before Koji Miyoshi and Daizen Maeda completed the rout, either side of Randal Kolo Muani being sent off. Japan advance as the only side with a 100 per cent record, whereas France – who had Timothee Pembele and Andre-Pierre Gignac in their line-up – are out at the first stage. Only Fiji (23 in 2016) and Serbia-Montenegro (14 in 2004) have let in more than the 11 goals France conceded at Tokyo 2020 in the 21st century. "The tournament was really difficult for us, because we are young players and these are the first games we have played with the team," France midfielder Alexis Beka Beka said. "One of the big differences was the other teams knew . . .
Chasing a sub-par target of 133, Sri Lankans overhauled the target in 19.4 overs and with this win, the hosts now have a chance of winning the series. The third and deciding T20I will be played at the same venue on Thursday (July 29). Dhananjaya de Silva was awarded the player of the match for showcasing his all-round skills in the match. De Silva remained unbeaten on 40 off 34 deliveries and took his team home and ensured his team doesn't falter while getting closer to the finish line. His innings comprised a six and a boundary but it was his presence in the middle which prevented the hosts to commit any mistakes even as the game went down the wire. 1 51202 Opener Minod Bhanuka (36 off 31) also made a valuable contribution with the bat and before getting dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav, the left-handed batsman had given his team a decent start despite his opening partner Avishka Fernando fell early in the powerplay. For India, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and leg-spinner Rahul . . .
SRI LANKA V INDIA, 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Share Tweet The opening T20I between West Indies and Pakistan in Barbados was abandoned after persistent rain ensured the chase never got underway © Getty The opening T20I between West Indies and Pakistan in Barbados was abandoned after persistent rain ensured the chase never got underway. Rain had first delayed proceedings immediately after the toss and eventually, the match was reduced to a nine-over affair once the conditions were deemed fit to play. Lendl Simmons, who fetched a boundary off Shaheen Afridi in a pacy opening over, got hit on the neck by debutant Mohammad Wasim in the second over of the game that sparked some concerns. Thankfully, the senior batsman was up on his feet but was forced to retire hurt to bring Chris Gayle early. Two balls later, a slower delivery from Hasan Ali consumed Evin Lewis and as a result, the West Indies were on the backfoot . . .
Getty Images After years of anticipation, plus one more due to a global pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are here. But even with a postponement from 2020, the mood around the Olympics is far from calm. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, an atmosphere of uncertainty has gripped the Games, particularly as athletes in Tokyo and other participants have tested positive for the virus. Here is a list of all those so far who have tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the alteration of their Olympic dreams or the end of them altogether. Sam Kendricks - July 28: The American world champion pole vaulter tested positive on Wednesday, NBC confirmed live on their main Olympics broadcast. The former Ole Miss star won bronze at the 2016 Rio Games and will not be competing at the 2020 Games. Markéta Sluková-Nausch - July 23: Sluková-Nausch is a beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic, and her positive test caused the first beach volleyball match of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics . . .