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West Indies Sealed Victory Over the Weekend

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Coupled by an all-round remarkable bowling display and a masterful 95 from Jermaine Blackwood, West Indies romped to a sensational four-wicket victory over England in the first of their three Tests series. Despite being at one stage 27 for 3 in their chase of 200 runs for victory and with Campbell retiring hurt following a fiery outburst from Archer, West Indies held their nerve with some resolute batting and partnership to achieve their target winning by four wickets. Blackwood shared two important partnerships, 63 with Roston Chase and 68 with wicket keeper Shane Dowrich. 

The fluctuating contest was a wonderful start to international cricket that has been threatened by the Coronavirus, however, the only thing missing on a glorious Sunday afternoon was a crowd. Nevertheless, one cannot take away from the victory as West Indies depicted and impressed with attitude, application and determination, as they quickly adapted to the conditions. Blackwood’s resolute 95 was a stark remembrance of his astute batting when West Indies won their first Test against England in 2017. More of a dasher, he was able to curb his exuberance with caution and maturity as he held the innings together. It was rather unfortunate that he didn’t soldier on the record a century. However, it was more than fitting that Holder, the personification of West Indies’ recent revival, was at the crease when victory was sealed, taking the spoils over his opposite number and fellow all rounder Ben Stokes. It was a great Test match and a great week in the circumstances. The better team won without any question. According to Carlos Brathwaite, it was a polished, professional Test unit rather than a bunch of guys put together to play Test cricket for West Indies. To him Blackwood batted eloquently, classy, calmly, and carefree adjectives you don’t normally subscribe to him. In his first Test following surgery in September of 2019, Shannon Gabriel finished with match figures of 9 for 137.

 

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Steph Curry Scores 2nd NBA Scoring Title

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Stephen Curry secured his second NBA scoring title with a game-high 46 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 113-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Curry finished the regular season with a 32.0-point scoring average, taking top spot ahead of the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal who finished on 31.3 points per game. Curry, 33, joins Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to win a scoring title after turning 33. He won his first in 2016.

In winning their sixth straight game, the Warriors claimed the number eight position in this week’s play-in tournament. The play-in tournament has been introduced on a one-year basis for the 2020-21 season, and will determine who takes the seventh and eighth seeded positions in each conference for the play-offs. In the Western Conference, the Warriors will play the Los Angeles Lakers, while the San Antonio Spurs face the Grizzlies. In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards take on the Boston Celtics, and the Charlotte Hornets play the Indiana Pacers. The NBA play-in tournament starts on Tuesday, while the play-offs start on 22 May.

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Chelsea to play Man City in Champions League Final in Instanbul

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Chelsea will face Manchester City in the Champions League final in Istanbul after convincingly overcoming a fading Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge.

On a night of high tension, even behind closed doors, Chelsea fully deserved a victory that sets up an all-English final against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders on 29 May. Timo Werner headed in from almost on the goal-line in the 28th minute. Mount, sealed Chelsea’s place in their first Champions League final since they won the competition in 2012. Fans of this beautiful game will get a dry run of this final, as Chelsea is scheduled to take on Manchester City on Saturday from 12:30pm in the English Premier League.

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ManU Upcoming Games

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Manchester United’s postponed home Premier League match with Liverpool has been rearranged for Thursday, 13 May. The decision means United must play two games in the space of 50 hours as their home game against Leicester has been moved forward a day to Tuesday, 11 May. Liverpool’s game at West Brom, which was thought might be moved to accommodate the fixture, will remain as scheduled on Sunday, 16 May. As such, Manchester United will play a total of 4 games in just 8 days.

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