Cricket News Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis retires from all forms of cricket

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 34-year old, who made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2008 and last played in international cricket in 2015, took 288 wickets for his country across the three formats.Famous for his “carrom ball”, Mendis snapped 70 wickets in 19 Tests, 152 in 87 ODIs and 66 in 39 T20Is but he couldn’t prolong his career due to injuries and loss of form.Former Sri Lankan skipper Angelop Mathews took to twitter to congratulate Mendis for his international career.”Congratulations menda on a short but great career.Unfortunately injuries kept u away but god is kind and will open plenty of avenues to you. Stay blessed,” his former teammate Angelo Mathews wrote in his handle.Mendis, who last featured in an ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch, had become the fastest bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets and is the only bowler to take a six-wicket haul in T20Is twice.The 34-year-old had burst on to the scene at the Asia Cup when he took six for 13 as Sri Lanka notched up a 100-run win against India in the final in 2008. He received a Test call-up against India the same year and picked up 26 wickets in a three-Test series at home which Sri Lanka won 2-1. last_img read more


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first_imgFor a team that suffered 26 losses in 2011-12, last Saturday brought some unsettling news for the USC men’s basketball team before the start of the season: Junior guard Maurice Jones has been ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season.The impact of losing Jones is clear. The guard played more minutes than almost every player in the country last season.Sidelined · Junior point guard Maurice Jones was officially ruled academically ineligible last Saturday. In 2011-12, USC relied heavily on Jones to run a shaky offense depleted by injuries. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanOn a struggling team that was forced to give playing time to multiple walk-ons because of injuries, Jones was one of the lone sources of dependability for the Trojans. He appeared in all 32 games, logging a full 40 minutes of action 11 times. He also led the team in scoring (13 points per game), assists (3.5 per game), steals (1.8 per game) and 3-point percentage (.302).Jones’ ineligibility is a blow to USC’s rebuilding efforts, and without any major additions to the roster it would likely struggle to surpass last season’s win total without its best scorer. But coach Kevin O’Neill wants to move forward and is pointing to USC’s newfound talent at the guard positions as a reason for optimism.“We have Jio Fontan returning; [he’s] our captain and is going to have a great year,” O’Neill said. “We have J.T. Terrell, who is going to be really good for us as a junior.”The Trojans also added two freshman guards,  Brendyn Taylor and Chass Bryan, both of whom could compete for playing time in a crowded backcourt.“We’re going to miss [Jones],” O’Neill said. “We’d be better with him, but I’m confident we have some guys who can do the job.”The Trojans as a whole enter the season with a significant amount of depth compared to last year’s squad, something O’Neill is hoping will be enough to thrive even without the 5-foot-7 guard.“We’re deep at all positions,” O’Neill said. “We weren’t deep at any positions last year; obviously, after all the injuries … we’ve got Byron Wesley returning on the perimeter, who played 35 minutes a game last year. Ari Stewart is a proven guy, Renaldo Woolridge is proven. Those guys have all played major minutes at places.”Assuming Jones is able to get his grades in order, the Trojans still plan to retain him for the 2013-14 season and beyond.“He’ll have two years [of eligibility] left,” O’Neill said. “What we’re looking forward to is getting [Jones] back next year after Jio [Fontan] has graduated, and stepping right into the role of being the lead guard on our team.”In the meantime, Terrell in particular could serve as a replacement of sorts for Jones as a swingman who can be utilized at both guard positions. As a freshman at Wake Forest, Terrell averaged 11.1 points per game. He played at Peninsula College in 2012 and was the No. 1 rated junior college player in the country, according to Swanny’s Roundball Review.“He’s really talented,” O’Neill said. “J.T. [Terrell]’s challenge is going to be to play at the highest level and intensity at all times. And when he does that, he’ll be as good as any player there is.”Terrell and the rest of the team will have to step up on both ends of the court to fill the void left by Jones, but O’Neill is confident that his roster can do so. He’s looking ahead to overcoming the hurdles the Trojans will face without Jones and hopes to have him back soon.“It’s a challenge that nobody wants to have to deal with, but basketball is about challenges,” O’Neill said. “Life is about challenges, and we’re looking forward to having [Jones] back for his final two years of eligibility.”last_img read more


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first_imgA.J. Fenton (left) proved he can make plays all over the field Saturday, recording four tackles and an interception in the spring game.[/media-credit]With spring camp over and done with, the Wisconsin football team is now gearing up for summer conditioning before practice resumes for fall camp.Here’s a look back at how spring camp went for the Badgers with a position-by-position breakdown.Quarterbacks:How the Badgers replace quarterback Scott Tolzien is the single biggest question surrounding the team this offseason. Redshirt sophomore Jon Budmayr has a firm handle on the starting job, but that isn’t based solely on his performance this spring.Curt Phillips was participating in passing drills while recovering from ACL surgery, but the redshirt junior has been ruled out for the year after a minor procedure revealed more damage. Redshirt freshman Joe Brennan is still mastering the playbook and working on refining his delivery, while newcomer Joel Stave is still adjusting to college in just his first semester on campus.That leaves Budmayr as the clear choice to start for UW in the fall. He’s shown flashes with his strong arm and accurate deep ball, but the 6-foot Budmayr threw a ton of interceptions this spring, in addition to having numerous balls batted down at the line. The Badger offense is still adjusting to its new signal caller, and Budmayr will have to develop more consistency and better appreciation for ball security if the Badgers want to compete at the top of the conference.Running backs:Montee Ball slimmed down, James White added lower body strength and the entire UW offense is reaping the benefits. Ball and White had productive springs and the two running backs are set for even better seasons in 2011. Zach Brown and Jeff Lewis will also provide running backs coach Thomas Hammock with tremendous depth and versatility.Tight ends:Jake Byrne has emerged as the leader of the group and will work as the primary blocking tight end on the line of scrimmage. Byrne has the ability to make plays over the middle in the passing game, but redshirt sophomore Jacob Pederson will fill the playmaking void left by Lance Kendricks. Pedersen was a reliable target all spring at the H-back position, making tough catches in traffic and stretching the defense as a downfield threat. Brian Wozniak and Sherard Cadogan fought through injuries to see reps this spring, and both have shown promise heading into fall.Wide receivers:When Nick Toon returns from injury, he and Jared Abbrederis will be the clear No. 1 and No. 2 wideouts. However, the Badgers still need to find third and fourth options. Manasseh Garner impressed with his combination of size and athleticism, and he also has the ability to play both wide receiver and tight end. Jeff Duckworth and Isaiah Williams had their ups and downs, and both will continue to battle for playing time.Offensive line:Despite losing left tackle Gabe Carimi and left guard John Moffitt, the O-line found some stability in spring camp. Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick settled in to those two positions, respectively, and Peter Konz led the group from his center position before suffering a leg injury late in camp. Kevin Zeitler had a solid spring at right guard, so the only real uncertainty lies at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Rob Havenstein showed better mobility and continued to maul defenders with his 343-pound frame, and he overtook Casey Dehn for the first-team spot. But fifth-year senior Josh Oglesby wasn’t able to practice all spring and will make a run at regaining his starting spot when he returns.Defensive line:If spring camp made one thing clear, it’s the D-line has plenty of depth. The Badgers have a steady rotation set for fall camp at both end and tackle, and they’ll have plenty of bodies ready to man the trenches. Pass rushing is the major concern, but ends Louis Nzegwu and David Gilbert continued to progress in that area throughout the spring, and both Patrick Butrym and Jordan Kohout created more pressure from their tackle positions.Linebackers:This position group took a big step forward this spring under new linebackers coach Dave Huxtable. Mike Taylor finally looked to be back to 100 percent, and Kevin Claxton brought tremendous physicality as he looks to crack the starting lineup at the opposite outside linebacker position. Marcus Trotter filled in admirably for the injured Chris Borland at middle linebacker, and both Connor O’Neill and A.J. Fenton showed they could make plays in pass coverage with their athleticism, as well as against the run, thanks to some added weight.Secondary:Free safety Aaron Henry established himself as one of the leaders of the defense this spring with his physical play every practice, while fellow seniors Antonio Fenelus and Devin Smith are set at the starting cornerback positions. Shelton Johnson and Dezmen Southward competed throughout camp to work as the first-team strong safety, and Southward made a strong push late to seemingly gain an edge over Johnson, but that battle should continue well into the fall.Specialists:Kicker Phillip Welch and punter (as well as fellow senior) Brad Nortman have plenty of experience, and they’ll be counted on for productive final seasons this fall. In the return game, true freshman wide receiver Kenzel Doe was given a chance to show off his speed, but head coach Bret Bielema revealed Abbrederis would be his return man if he had to make the decision right now.last_img read more


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first_imgDES MOINES — State Auditor Rob Sand has released a survey showing two-thirds of health care providers consider Medicaid privatization an impediment to their ability to provide services.“A great number of providers felt that the process had become more complex,” Sand said this morning during a news conference via Zoom.The survey was conducted in late 2019. Nearly 83 percent of hospital administrators who responded expressed frustration with delays in getting paid by the private companies that manage care for Iowans enrolled in Medicaid.“Obviously, that in itself suggests that the process should be worked on to be simplified,” Sand said.State officials should create one system for billing, rather than letting each private company that manages care for Medicaid patients operate its own system, according to SandFind a link to survey results here.last_img read more