Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, ODI Series
Herath rested; Weerakoon picked
Colombo—Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been rested for the remaining three ODIs against Pakistan following a knee operation after the home series against England in March. The national selectors have picked the uncapped left-arm spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon as his replacement.
Herath played the first two ODIs in Pallekele, bowling six overs in the first and his full quota in the second. He picked up one wicket but kept his economy rate under four an over in both games. However, keeping in mind his expected heavy workload in the Tests as the lead spinner, the team management has decided to let him recuperate till the Test series which begins in Galle on June 22.
NHL-Kings crowned Cup champions with rout of Devils
Los Angeles—The Los Angeles Kings were crowned National Hockey League champions after a convincing 6-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday that landed the 45-year old franchise its first Stanley Cup.
After failing to clinch their maiden championship in the previous two games of the series, the Kings settled any nerves with three first period goals while Steve Bernier was serving a game-misconduct penalty for a hit that left Rob Scuderi with blood pouring from his mouth.
“It’s a little hectic right now, I’m getting pulled all over the place but this is pretty amazing,” said Kings forward Mike Richards. “You don’t know how it’s going to feel until you actually do it.”
Mardan Region win KP Inter-Regional Women Karate trophy
Peshawar—Mardan Region took the trophy after securing 86 points with three gold medal, one silver and one bronze medal in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter-Regional Women Karate Championship played here at Lala Rafique Sports Area on Tuesday.
Director General Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engr Khanzeb Khan was the chief guest on this occasion. Director Sports (Female Games) Rashida Ghaznavi, Professor Dr, Muhammad Shafi Afridi, Chairman BISE, Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Karate Association Sarfaraz Ahmad, officials, players and large number of spectators were also present.
Sammy expects Windies win in England one-dayers
Birmingham—West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his side expect to win their upcoming one-day series with England after finishing the Test campaign with a flourish.
Although rain washed out three of the five days in the third Test here at Edgbaston, the West Indies’ total of 426 featured an unbeaten century from wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, a stylish 76 by Marlon Samuels and Tino Best’s 95 — the highest score by a Test batsman No 11.
Sharapova to be Russia’s flag-bearer: Tennis chief
Moscow—Newly-crowned French Open champion Maria Sharapova will be Russia’s flag-bearer at the opening of next month’s London Olympics, Russia’s tennis federation chief Shamil Tarpishchev said Tuesday.
“We reached an agreement about it just after the French Open final,” said Tarpishchev, who is also a member of Russia’s National Olympic Committee.