Getty Images The Phoenix Suns got a full week off after beating the Denver Nuggets in the second round. They swept Denver in four games, but the other Western Conference series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz went six. The Suns had been idle for so long that the NBA forced the Clippers to play only 36 hours after finishing off the Jazz. The Clippers have now played 11 games in the past 21 days. Meanwhile, both second-round Eastern Conference series went the full seven games, so the Suns managed to build a 2-0 lead before the Bucks and Hawks even began their Eastern Conference finals series. All of this is to say that no matter how optimistic you are about the Bucks or Hawks in a possible Finals matchup with the Suns, there is a good chance that Phoenix enters that series with far more rest. If the Suns complete a sweep of the Clippers on Saturday, which is very possible if Chris Paul returns, their series would end a full nine days earlier than . . .
SRI LANKA TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Live Score Updates England 130-2 (17.1 Ovs) Jonny Bairstow 13 (12) Sri Lanka 129-7 Dushmantha Chameera 3.1-0-24-1 England won by 8 wkts Live Scores Full Scorecard Share Tweet Dasun Shanaka fought hard for his fifty. © Getty 1-0 to England They get the job done on expected lines. Buttler is unbeaten until the end and England chase down 130 with 17 balls left to spare. No sweat whatsoever. England take a lead in the series and are favourites to wrap it up as well. Sri Lanka need a batting effort with the bat to stay alive in the series and they don't have a lot of time to bounce back. Timber Disappointing outing for Dawid Malan. He departs for just 7 as Isuru Udana bowls one straight, only for the batsman to miss. The ball disturbs the stumps as Bairstow strides in. England need just 18 more. . . .
The Los Angeles Clippers came incredibly close to evening their series against the Phoenix Suns but just couldn't pull it out. After Paul George missed two free throws with only eight seconds remaining to keep the Clippers' lead at one, the Suns kept the ball after their missed game-winner attempt went out of bounds off of the Clippers. With only 0.9 seconds remaining, the Suns drew up a perfect lob pass to Deandre Ayton, who dunked it home for the win. With Chris Paul out of the lineup yet again, the Suns received big-time performances from Cam Payne as well as he led all scorers with a game-high 29 points while Ayton poured in 22 points and 14 rebounds of his own with Devin Booker also contributing 20 points. On the other side, Paul George led the Clippers with 26 points but he needed to attempt 23 shots to reach that total. Not exactly the most efficient performance from Los Angeles' lone All-Star in the lineup. In the end, it wasn't enough to get the job done. Following the . . .
First place in Group B at the Copa America is on the line on Wednesday as Brazil face Colombia, but that's not all the two contenders will battle for. The winner will clinch a spot in the quarterfinals, though both teams are positioned well to make the last eight no matter what the result is in this one. Brazil, the hosts, enter with a 2-0-0 record, recording back-to-back clean sheets. Colombia just suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat to Peru, but on four points, they are still in great shape with a chance to really build momentum with a result here. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET, and you can watch the match on fuboTV (Try for free). CBS Sports will be with you the entire way providing updates, analysis and highlights below. Brazil vs. Colombia (8 p.m. ET) . . .
Indian batsmen who were dismissed for 217 in the first innings were restricted to a paltry 170 in 73 overs. The Virat Kohli-led side, therefore, had a lead of 138 runs. Tim Southee (4/48) and Trent Boult (3/39) were the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand. While Kyle Jamieson (2/30) and Neil Wagner (1/44) were also amongst the wickets. WTC Final: Day 6: Kohli, Pujara, Rahane fall cheaply; India 130/5 at lunch break; Jamieson shines for NZ After losing the key wickets of Virat Kohli (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (15) and Ajinkya Rahane (15) in the morning session on day six, India pinned hopes with the pair of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja in the post-lunch session. But their hopes were dashed soon after the lunch break as they lost the wicket of Jadeja early. WTC Final: BJ Watling returns to keep wickets in farewell Test despite dislocated ring finger against India The left-handed batsman - who was constantly battling against New Zealand's disciplined bowling . . .
At the start of the play on Wednesday (June 23), Watling - walking into the middle for one last time in New Zealand fatigues - had fittingly led the team into the ground on the reserve day of the title clash. The 35-year-old was also congratulated on the field by India skipper Virat Kohli. "BJ Watling dislocated his right ring finger in the first session and has received medical treatment during the lunch break before returning to the field," read an update from New Zealand Cricket. WTC Final: Virat Kohli congratulates BJ Watling on his last day in international cricket, ICC lauds Kohli Watling had announced last month that he will retire after New Zealand's England tour that also included the WTC Final against India. Arguably the best ever wicketkeeper-batsman to play for New Zealand, Watling had missed the second Test against England to recover from a back injury. In his 75th and final Test, Watling took catches of India skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Ajinkya . . .
The match kicks off at 12.30 IST on Thursday (June 24) and the Indian audience can catch all the action live on Sony Sports Network with live streaming available on SonyLIV and Jio. A record-breaking defeat to Germany on matchday two leaves Portugal with work to do against France in a repeat of the previous European Championship final. Top spot in Group F could still be theirs if they beat France ans with OPTA inputs, myKhel.com looks at the past history between the teams. ● Portugal have won only one of their last 13 matches against France (D1 L11), that was the UEFA European Championship final in 2016, played at the Stade de France. ● This is the fifth match between Portugal and France at a major tournament, but it's the first time they've met in the group stages; all four previous encounters took place in the semis (Euro 1984, Euro 2000, World Cup 2006) or final (Euro 2016). France won the first three whilst Portugal came out victors in the Euro 2016 showpiece . . .
The match kicks off at 12.30 am IST on Thursday (June 23) and will be shown live on Sony Sports Network channels for Indian audience with live streaming available on SonyLIV and Jio. Fresh from their win over Portugal, as Germany face a highly motivated Hungary side, who will themselves make the last-16 with a win, with OPTA inputs, myKhel.com gives you a statistical insight about the teams' past battles. ● Germany and Hungary's only previous encounter at a major tournament was in the 1954 World Cup. They faced each other twice: in the group stages (8-3 to Hungary) and in the final (3-2 to West Germany), with the two games totaling 16 goals. ● Germany and Hungary's only previous meeting in Munich was 110 years ago, in a friendly played in December 1911 at the city's MTV-Platz stadium. Hungary won 4-1. ● Under Joachim Low, Germany have beaten Hungary both times they have met - both friendlies, by an aggregate scoreline of 5-0 (3-0 in Budapest, May 2010; 2-0 in . . .
New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling dislocated a finger on his right hand while attempting to collect a throw on Day 6 of the World Test Championship final at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Watling received treatment to his finger right after it was injured as he leapt to collect a throw from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in a run out attempt. Later, New Zealand Cricket said the wicket-keeper received medical treatment at lunch break before returning to the field in the second session. BJ Watling dislocated his right ring finger in the first session and has received medical treatment during the lunch break before returning to the field. #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/740pwb8MVs — BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 23, 2021 Fans hailed Watling for continuing to keep wickets despite having dislocated his finger. "#BJWatling has been one of the most underrated cricketers of this era.. still continuing on in his last test match with a dislocated finger.. not the most . . .
New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling on Tuesday announced that he will hang up his gloves after the Kiwis's tour of England, which includes two Tests against the hosts and then the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. The 35-year-old said that he felt it was the right time to quit. Watling has represented New Zealand in 73 Tests, 28 ODIs and five T20 Internationals (T20Is). Watling had a stellar career, especially behind the stumps, and also played several crucial knocks in front of them as well. "The curtain is set to come down on the career of one of New Zealand's most widely respected cricketers, with wicket-keeper BJ Watling to retire from all cricket after the upcoming Test tour of England," New Zealand Cricket said in a release. "It's been a huge honour to represent New Zealand and in particular wear the Test baggy. Test cricket really is the pinnacle of the game and I've loved every minute of being out there in the whites with the boys," Watling was quoted . . .