Russell’s Thunder Suffers Second Straight Loss

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree grabbed a brace of wickets as his Brisbane Heat sent Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder to their third straight loss of the Big Bash League yesterday. Playing at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder were held to 157 for seven off their 20 overs and then watched as Heat sped to their target with two balls remaining. Thunder, the reigning champions, are one from bottom of the table without a point from three outings, while Heat sit on top the standings with two wins from as many games. Sent in, Thunder were propelled by Englishman Eoin Morgan’s top score of 52 from 43 balls, while opener Kurtis Patterson got 36 from 31 deliveries. The pair put on 48 for the third wicket to pull Thunder around from 13 for two in the fourth over. Russell helped add 30 for the fourth wicket with Morgan before he was fourth out for eight in the 15th over, holing out in the deep off pacer Ben Cutting. Badree, who shared the new ball, was brilliant in picking two for 20 from his four overs. He accounted for Morgan in the 17th over, claiming the left-hander to a catch at deep mid-wicket. In reply, Heat were carried by Chris Lynn’s unbeaten 85 from 48 balls, which contained 10 fours and three sixes. Russell finished wicket-less from 3.4 overs, which went for 25 runs.last_img read more


first_imgIT’S already a favourite holiday spot for Sarah Jessica Parker – now another glamorous Hollywood star says she quite fancies the idea of one day living in Co Donegal.New York actress Anne Hathaway, 29, might just be torn however; she has relatives in Co Cork too.The star of the Princess Diaries has been tracing her Irish heritage to both Donegal and Cork. Said Anne: “On my father’s side, we have relatives all over Cork and Donegal. Ireland is such an amazing country, and I have this little dream in the back of my head that someday I’ll end up living there.“When I’ve established myself in America, and I don’t need to live near the action, so to speak. If you’re good, the work will come to you. I feel very Irish; maybe that’s why I’ve been so lucky with my career.”The star is exactly the sort of Irish-American that those behind the Donegal Diaspora Project are hoping to attract to the county.The organisation launched its outreach programme at a Letterkenny hotel last week. And this morning a group in Inver launched their own genealogy project hoping to boost the local economy through tourism.COULD ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR SET UP HOME IN CO DONEGAL? was last modified: February 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Chelsea to exploit Diego Costa legal loophole to sack Antonio Conte

first_img 4 Costa was eventually sold back to his former club Atletico Madrid for £59 million in January.And now, with Costa thriving back in his homeland and already scoring twice for Spain in the World Cup, Chelsea are certain they could have got a higher price.Should Chelsea sack Conte this summer, they will be forced to pay out £9 million in compensation for the final year of his contract. Though Napoli striker Dries Mertens, who has a £28 million release clause, is Sarri’s top target, he would be keen to boost Chelsea’s ailing defence and midfield.Alvaro Morata, Willian, Davide Zappacosta, Danny Drinkwater and David Luiz will all be shown the door while Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino and Nice midfielder Jean Seri could all be heading for West London.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 Conte told Costa his services were no longer required at Stamford Bridge last summer, in an affair which came to be known as ‘Textgate’.This came after Costa was frozen out at Chelsea for the first half of the season – despite being at full match fitness.Clubs were alerted to the Spaniard’s availability immediately, which Chelsea believe devalued the striker by millions. 4 Conte and Costa’s relationship deteriorated last season But they are exploring legal options around the Costa saga to reduce this figure. Sarri has reportedly agreed a two-year deal with the option of a third – but there is uncertainty around these claims, as Napoli insist Chelsea have not approached him, with the London club unwilling to pay his £7 million release fee.“The call from London has not arrived,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Friday. “Time will tell.”Chelsea are lining the 59-year-old up to replace Conte, but they are unwilling to pay Sarri’s £7 million release clause, which was lowered after Carlo Ancelotti became Napoli’s new manager.If the deal goes through, though, the 59-year-old will bring with him Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola in his backroom staff while all of Conte’s staff, including former Chelsea goalie Carlo Cudicini, are set to depart with him.And he has a £140 million transfer wish list which makes his ambitions clear. 4 The striker has scored twice for Spain already during this World Cup Costa spent much of last season off the pitch Former Napoli coach Sarri could be on his way to England A legal loophole could finally spell the end of Antonio Conte’s turbulent reign at Chelsea, report the Daily Express.It is likely Chelsea will allege the Italian mishandled the sale of Diego Costa, cutting his compensation should they terminate his contract early.last_img read more