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Roach and Dowrich Out of Second Test Due to Personal Reasons

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West Indies will be without the services of Kemar Roach and Shane Dowrich for the second Test against New Zealand, starting on Friday at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Both are set to return to the Caribbean: Roach due to the death of his father, and Dowrich for injury and personal reasons. Roach, West Indies’ senior fast bowler, claimed figures of 3 for 114 in the first Test, which New Zealand won by an innings and 134 runs. Wicket keeper Dowrich suffered a hand injury on the first day and did not bat in either innings. Joshua Da Silva, the 22-year-old from Trinidad & Tobago, has been added to the 14-man squad and is in line to make his international debut as Dowrich’s replacement behind the stumps. Da Silva has one first-class hundred in 17 first-class appearances, but impressed when making 133* and 56* in an intra-squad warm-up match in Manchester on West Indies’ tour of England earlier this year.

As well as the loss of Roach and Dowrich, West Indies have concerns over the fitness of Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul. Hetmyer sustained a concussion during the T20I series and is still being monitored, while Paul is recovering from a groin strain and both will be assessed nearer the start of the Test. The uncapped Chemar Holder is the most obvious like-for-like replacement for Roach, although the availability of all rounder Paul, whose most recent Test appearance came in February 2019, would strengthen the batting.

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With Recent Trade of James Harden, Nets Looks like one of two best Teams in NBA

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It’s not often that an NBA team can add an MVP after the season starts.

When things got messy between James Harden and the Houston Rockets, the Brooklyn Nets were ready to pounce. When the Rockets were blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and Harden said in his postgame news conference that he didn’t think Houston could be fixed, a trade was inevitable. Harden, the MVP in 2018, was sent to the Nets on Wednesday afternoon. The Nets already were one of the league’s most intriguing teams with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (when and if he returns to the Nets), and they just added a player who averaged 29.6 points per game over his nine Rockets seasons. It’s a fun move and the Nets are adding an undeniably talented star but does that make them a better team from a betting standpoint?

If you believe the shift in championship odds after the trade, the Nets are now one of the two best teams in the NBA. The team with the best odd is still the Los Angeles Lakers.

In results from the NBA last night: Clippers defeated the Pelicasns 111-106. Lakers defeated the Thunder 128-99. Trailblazers defeated the Kings 132-126. Bucks defeated the Pistons 110-101, while the Nets defeated the Knicks 116-109.

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Manchester United Remains Unbeaten in Last 14 Matches

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Manchester City extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches in all competitions with a hard-fought win over struggling Brighton.

Phil Foden grabbed the only goal just before half-time when he collected Kevin de Bruyne’s pass, created space and fired into the bottom corner. The hosts had chances to extend the lead, Riyad Mahrez shooting just wide, Ilkay Gundogan seeing an effort saved by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and Bernardo Silva hitting the crossbar. Most culpably, Raheem Sterling sent an injury-time penalty over the bar after Sanchez had fouled De Bruyne. Alexis Mac Allister had perhaps the Seagulls’ best chance to equalize but shot over the top. City’s fourth straight win in the league moved them up to third. Brighton, meanwhile, have now not won in nine league matches and are just two points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham, who have two games in hand.

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Steven Gardiner Now One of the Fastest Men in History!

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Steven Gardiner became one of the fastest men in history when he won the gold medal in the 400m at the World Championships in Doha last year.

The 25-year-old Bahamian crossed the finish line in 43.48s, the sixth-fastest time ever run over the distance. But while he dreams of one day breaking Wayde van Niekerk’s four-year-old world record of 43.03, he would prefer for it to come as a surprise. “I would say that is everybody’s dream! If I do set the world record, I want it to be a surprise,” Gardiner said in a recent interview with World Athletics. “I just want to go out, compete and then when I look at the clock, find that I’ve set a world record.” The soft-spoken Bahamian harbors hope to have a good year competing in 2021 culminating with another gold medal in Tokyo.

With most of the major meets cancelled or postponed during 2020, Gardiner said he spent much of the time focused on improving his speed, a potentially critical element in any attempt at a world record. “I had a lot of fun. During the pandemic, we decided to focus on the shorter sprints and leave competing again in the 400m to 2021.”

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