England won’t win Ashes against Australia without Ben Stokes, says Chappell

first_imgFORMER Australia captain Ian Chappell is not confident that England will have a shot in the upcoming Ashes series without Ben Stokes.Stokes was arrested on Monday (September 25) after he was caught on video involved in a violent brawl, with footage showing him appearing to throw up to 15 punches in an incident that left him with a broken finger.The 26-year-old was detained overnight and released, proceeding to be named in England’s squad for this winter’s Ashes series.However, he has since been suspended until further notice along with Alex Hales, who was present with him, putting the duo’s involvement in the high-pressure Test series at risk.Chappell believes England will need Stokes if they have any hopes of retaining the Ashes.“With Ben Stokes in the team, England have a realistic chance of retaining the Ashes,” he wrote for Cricinfo. “If he is missing through suspension following his late-night altercation in Bristol, then there’s more chance of the Brexit decision being reversed than of England clinging to the urn.”“That’s the dilemma facing the England hierarchy. If Stokes is convicted, they will have little choice but to seal his fate. The ECB will then be taking a decision it knows will almost certainly sentence the team to defeat.“Nevertheless Stokes is innocent until proved guilty, so let’s proceed with a breakdown of the two teams on the basis that he’ll be in Australia, receiving endless taunts both on and off the field.”Chappell adds that it is not only Stokes’ ability that will be missed but his character and ability to make a difference when it matters.“It’s not only Stokes’ skill with bat, ball and in the field that makes a difference to England but also his competitive aura,” Chappell added. “His match-winning capabilities drag his team-mates along with him, and because he’s not overawed by an opponent, it helps to boost any England player who feels overmatched in Australia.”“He is a serious difference-maker.”With the interest in Test cricket gradually declining over the years, the 74-year-old also issued a warning that the highly-anticipated Ashes series could be affected by the absence of the England all-rounder.“The upcoming Ashes series has the potential to be just what Test cricket desperately needs: a highly competitive and hard-fought contest,” he explained.“However, it will be severely diminished if Stokes is absent, meaning that Australia could virtually wrap up the series before a ball is even bowled, following a blow delivered by one of their fiercest opponents.”last_img read more

Kyle Kuzma, Lakers stomp Oklahoma City without LeBron James and Anthony Davis

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) reach for a rebound in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, right, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Abdel Nader (11) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook (2) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson (23) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) goes to the basket between Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) forward Kyle Kuzma, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson, center, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari, left, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) as he shoots in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, center, shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder (17) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NextShow Caption1 of 10Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)ExpandOKLAHOMA CITY — It was easy to see Frank Vogel marching into Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday night as a general without an army — or at least without his best officers. But the Lakers coach did not see things that way with just over an hour to go until tip-off..Even without Anthony Davis lobs, without LeBron James passes and drives, without Danny ‘Deadshot’ Green patrolling the perimeter, the Lakers wouldn’t change their standard. They expected to see their winning streak continue.“One of the strengths of our team is our depth, and we expect to go out, take the floor, compete at a really high level,” he said. “And we expect to win.”And they did. Not meekly, not just barely, but with conviction — dominating Oklahoma City (22-17) early in a lopsided 41-19 opening quarter, then stamping out every single surge for a 125-110 with the parts of the roster that are supposed to compliment — not survive without — Davis and James. In expanded roles, the remaining Lakers thrived. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Starting for James was Rajon Rondo, who has been alternately praised and maligned as one of the most up-and-down players of the season. But he was vintage against Oklahoma City and a bitter rival in Chris Paul, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Against the Thunder’s drop coverage with Steven Adams, Rondo showed flashes of his old quick steps to attack the rim early and hit his first six attempts.“I was just trying to attack the basket,” he said. “Once again, our bigs did a hell of a job getting the ball out quick if they did score or if they did hit me with the outlet, I just tried to push the pace.”There was some concerning news by night’s end: Rondo strained his right ring finger in the first half, which was splinted to his middle finger afterward. X-rays revealed no fractures, but Rondo missed significant time last season with hand injuries.But he didn’t let that hamper his mood Saturday night. Neither did anyone else as seven Lakers scored in double figures, particularly players who haven’t seen as much time as they’d want.Troy Daniels, who hadn’t scored since Jan. 3, poured in 12 points in his first meaningful minutes in weeks. Quinn Cook (11 points) hadn’t played in 10 of the previous 14 games for the Lakers, but he played capable backup — at least for one night.It turned out, oddly enough, to be the Lakers’ largest margin of victory over the Thunder, who they now have a 3-0 record against after two previous squeakers in November — back when their biggest guns were all available to play. The Lakers also improved to 5-0 in the second game of back-to-backs, where they’ve often shined.“I don’t think nobody in this locker room thought we were the underdog tonight, honestly,” Cook said. “You look down, we got guys who won in this league. We weren’t going out there playing with free money. We want to go out there, compete as hard as possible.”Vogel said he never doubted that his squad would back up his pregame words. He wrote that he believed the Lakers would win on the whiteboard beforehand, sending a message to his team that he had faith they’d deliver.Maybe he didn’t expect them to be up by as much as 32 points without their studs. But it’s always good to have a little more room to improve.“You’d see it with San Antonio all the time in those years when they would sit three or four guys: Their reserves would usually come in and win that game,” he said. “And I feel like we have the team to do that. We have great depth. We have a group that go out and defend for 48 minutes. You always have a chance.”center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Off the court, his week has been clouded by trade speculation. On it, he reminded everyone why the Lakers fought to keep him this summer, shooting 15 for 24 from the field, including four 3-pointers to vault him to an impressive 62 points in the last two games combined.  His scoring helped deliver the eighth straight victory for the Lakers (32-7), but their first without either of their stars.It might’ve seemed from the outside that the shorthanded Lakers were underdogs. They never bought in.“We want to go out and dominate every game,” Kuzma said. “We don’t see why we can’t win every game.”With 23 points in the first half, Kuzma set off a sizzling night for the Lakers’ offense which shot over 51 percent and made 12 of their first 15 threes on the night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNo one underlined that like Kyle Kuzma — a regular starter turned sixth man this year — who rang the bell for a season-high 36 points. He snuffed the last threat of Thunder recovery, with a baseline floater and a dagger 3-pointer with under two minutes to go.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Helmut Rufe wants to build camp of FC Sarajevo

first_imgDelegation of football club ”Sarajevo” visited Kaiserslautern on the invitation by Helmut Rufe (FSV AG, Sports Top 5, etc), where they talked about the cooperation of FC ”Sarajevo” and German investors.President of the Assembly Adnan Hadžimuratovi, President Dino Selimović and member of College Elvir Kantaradžić represented FC Sarajevo.FC Sarajevo delegation saw the new stadium of Kaiserslautern and watched the match of their U-23 team.In the end, they concluded that Germans are interested in building a camp of FC ”Sarajevo” which has the aim to training young players since BiH has very talented players who could advance even further with the help of top class coaches.last_img