Pakistan’s Younis Khan to retire after West Indies tour

first_imgPakistan’s most prolific test batsman,Younis Khan will quit international cricket after the three-test series in the West Indies starting later this month, the 39-year-old said on Saturday.Younis’ announcement comes after captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Thursday that the Caribbean tour will be his last.“People are calling me and asking me not to make any announcement to leave but now is the time,” the former captain said in Karachi.“No player always remains fit, the motivation never remains the same, so this is the time when Younis should leave the field after the upcoming series in West Indies.”Younis has played 115 tests and is Pakistan’s most successful run-scorer in test cricket. He heads into the West Indies tour needing 23 runs to become his country’s first batsman to score 10,000 test runs.“I always tried to be a good ambassador and serve my country to take it one step forward,” Younis added.“I hope I will be supported so I can complete 10,000 runs before I retire.” In 2009, Younis hit his best test score of 313 against Sri Lanka, which is the third-highest from a Pakistan batsman in the longest format.Later that year, he led his country to a World T20 win at Lord’s where they defeated Sri Lanka to lift the trophy.Younis played 265 one day internationals and bagged 7249 runs before he retired in 2015. He also played 25 Twenty20 matches for his country.The batsman was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year along side Misbah earlier this week, after bagging a double-century during Pakistan 2-2 drawn test series in England last year.Earlier this year, Younis became the first batsman ever to score centuries in all 11 countries that have hosted tests after completing his set with a maiden ton in Australia.last_img read more

Bigger Red: Cornell crushes Badgers

first_imgCornell forward Jon Jacques (25) celebrates the 12th-seeded Big Red\’s 87-69 victory Sunday over No. 4 seed Wisconsin while the Badgers leave the court dejected and disappointed after another second round loss in the NCAA Tournament.[/media-credit]JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — For 11 seconds, Wisconsin and Cornell were tied in Sunday’s game. Then Big Red forward Ryan Wittman hit a quick jumper, making it 2-0 in favor of Cornell.That was just the beginning of the rout Sunday as No. 12 seed Cornell knocked off No. 4 seed Wisconsin 87-69 at Veterans Memorial Arena. The win was just the second NCAA victory in school history for Cornell, which will face the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet 16.After Wittman hit the first shot of the game for Cornell, the Ivy League champions put on a shooting clinic over the final 39 minutes and 49 seconds.“When you play a team that can shoot like they did, obviously 69 points just wasn’t good enough,” junior forward Jon Leuer said. “They were on fire.”For the first half, Cornell shot 59.3 percent overall and 50 percent from the 3-point range. After halftime, the Big Red were even better, connecting on 63 percent of their attempts and 57.1 from long distance.Wittman was particularly impressive, shooting 10-for-15 on the day and 3-of-5 beyond the arc. The senior from Eden Prairie, Minn., finished with 24 points, two assists and two steals.Additionally, it was a game of milestones for Wittman, who broke his own school record for points in a season with 586 and became just the fifth player in Ivy League history to score 2,000 career points.Afterward, Wittman credited his teammates for the performance.“I got a lot of good looks,” Wittman said. “A lot of credit has to go to our bigs; Jeff Foote is one of the best screeners in the nation. … It seemed like every one of my baskets was coming off a ball screen or a dribble handoff from him.”Yet, Wittman was not even the leading scorer in the game Sunday.His fellow senior, guard Louis Dale, contributed a career-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor, while hitting 2-of-6 beyond the arc and a perfect 4-for-4 at the line.Combined, the Cornell seniors has 50 points in the game while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from the 3-point range. They also had five assists to just one turnover.Following Wittman’s 2-point basket, Cornell made its next four shots to open the game a perfect 5-for-5 with an 11-1 lead just three minutes in. The rest of the way, Wisconsin never got closer than within three points, while the Big Red led by as many as 24 with 6:57 remaining in the second half.“I do think getting off to a great start was key,” Cornell head coach Steve Donahue said. “I thought we did a great job of coming out and really knowing what Wisconsin was going to do. Go out and make plays. Be the aggressor. It just flowed.”For Wisconsin early, the Badgers relied heavily on Leuer, who scored the team’s first 12 points. Leuer finished with 23 for the game, 14 of which came in the first half.It was UW’s two senior guards, though, that sparked the Wisconsin offense. After Leuer’s second consecutive 3-pointer made it 18-12 at the 11:20 mark, Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes scored the team’s next nine points, cutting the lead to just three.Cornell outscored Wisconsin 19-10 for the rest of the half, pushing the lead back to 12.What makes the deficit even more impressive is that fact that Wisconsin finished the first half with 31 points on 52.2 percent shooting.“It’s tough when you shoot 52 percent in the first half and you’re still down 12, and you’ve taken away Foote, and three of the threes they hit were off of offensive rebounds,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “That’s how good they are. They can beat you in so many different ways. So I give a lot of credit to Steve and especially the development of that team with all the seniors and the way they played off of one another.”Over the first 7:44 of the second half, the teams traded baskets, keeping it at just a 13-point game at 56-44. But with an 11-0 run over the next 5:19, Cornell all but sealed the game.Fittingly, the shot that put Cornell up 24 points and capped the run was a Wittman jumper.From that point, the final seven minutes were just a formality. Cornell knew it was on its way to the first Sweet 16 appearance for an Ivy League team since 1979.If you ask Ryan, that game might not be their last either.“It was a tough matchup with Wittman, but we tried,” Ryan said. “But they have so many weapons that a team [that can] beat them is going to have to be a team that can get them a little deeper on their shots, get them out of rhythm on their cuts.”last_img read more

With Milos Teodosic injured, Clippers feeling the pressure

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Teodosic wasn’t made available to speak to reporters, but Beverley said he was in good spirits.“You know Milos, he walked in super jolly, but losing him is real tough,” Beverley said. “That’s the type of man he is. He’s a good man. You cannot replace his playmaking ability. You cannot replace his ability to make everyone around him better. We have to step up as a unit.”There will be pressure to fill a large playmaking void, according to Beverley.Austin Rivers is expected to start in Teodosic’s place for Tuesday’s game against the Utah Jazz, and likely for the foreseeable future. Jawun Evans is expected to be activated after he was inactive for the Clippers’ first two games and fellow rookie Sindarius Thornwell will probably play more minutes.“It puts more pressure on our team,” Beverley said. “Whoever gets a rebound, pushes it. Am I going to say will he be missed? Of course. Hell, yeah. He’s one of our best playmakers on the basketball court. Do other people have to step up, including myself? Of course.“Everyone has to kind of try to fill that void. The way this team is made up, I think we will.”NEXT MAN UPPower forward Blake Griffin said he wasn’t concerned if Evans and/or Thornwell were forced into enhanced roles because of the injury to Teodosic. Evans and Thornwell, both second-round draft picks in June, impressed Griffin in training camp.“First of all, those are two of the best rookies we’ve had,” Griffin said. “They’re the best and most-prepared rookies we’ve had in a long time. So, they’re on the right track. As vets, we’ll show them little things here and there. … but they’ll be fine.” “Losing him is tough, not only from a teammate standpoint, but just as a friend,” Beverley said. “I know how hard he works. I know how hard he competes. I know how hard he wanted to prove himself on this level, and how much, as a friend, you wanted to see him be successful.“There’s a lot of factors.”Beverley helped the Clippers’ pursuit of Teodosic during the offseason after the team acquired Beverley in the Chris Paul trade with the Houston Rockets. Teodosic, a 30-year-old Serb, was known for many years as the best player not playing in the NBA.Beverley recalled what it was like to be alone in a foreign land and how Teodosic helped him. Beverley said he would assist Teodosic, who signed a two-year, $12.3 million contract with the Clippers in July though he probably could have signed for more money with another NBA team.“I told him I’m here for him,” Beverley said. “After practice I’m going to go hang out with him, kick the (expletive) with him a little bit. You need that, you need that support from your teammates. You find yourself over here and you’re not playing and you find yourself alone over here.”center_img PLAYA VISTA — Patrick Beverley looked and sounded bummed out Monday. He wasn’t his usual cheerful self after learning Milos Teodosic, his Clippers teammate, will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a plantar fascia injury in his left foot during Saturday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns.“Oh man, I mean, that’s tough,” Beverley said.Beverley and Teodosic have been friends for nine years, since they were teammates in Greece. Beverley ran to the locker room and was the first to check on Teodosic at halftime, while X-rays were taken, after Teodosic was injured stepping on the foot of Suns guard Devin Booker.An MRI on Sunday revealed the extent of the injury.last_img read more