Unlucky break for Heskin

first_img The jumps jockey suffered the bad injury at Ballinrobe on Tuesday evening when he was unseated from Six Men Or Dooley in a two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle. Heskin’s agent Garry Cribbin ‏said: “He was just very unlucky. He landed on his ankle and it swelled up. He had X-rays taken straight away and they showed a double fracture. He’ll need an operation, but it’s a straightforward one and he’ll be out for between six to eight weeks.” Adrian Heskin could be out of action for up to eight weeks after he sustained a double fracture to an ankle. Cribbin added: “He’ll be perfectly fine for Galway.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

USC avoids sweep in win over Stanford

first_imgAfter dropping both games of a doubleheader on Sunday at No. 2 Stanford, USC baseball managed to come away with an 8-4 win in the series finale last night.Freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley was impressive, going 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, with no walks to his two strikeouts and lowering his ERA to 3.25.It wasn’t exactly high-stress pitching for Tarpley. USC (14-8, 2-4) put up five runs in the first inning and never lost the lead. But that’s not to say they didn’t look back.Clutch · The finale against Stanford was a pitcher’s duel, in which senior pitcher Andrew Triggs (above) held the Cardinal scoreless for six innings. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanStanford (15-3, 2-1) got two back in the second, but then both teams were shut out for the next six innings. In the eighth, the Cardinal scored two runs with only one out, but the Trojan bullpen got out of the inning with the lead intact. Three insurance runs in the top of the ninth made it a stress-free last three outs for the Trojans.“Going one-and-two is not what you want,” USC coach Frank Cruz said. “They stole those first two from us. But obviously it’s better to not get swept.”Game one on Saturday was a classic pitcher’s duel. USC senior pitcher Andrew Triggs held the Cardinal scoreless for six innings but was matched by his Stanford counterpart Mark Appel, one of the top prospects in the upcoming MLB draft. Appel allowed just one hit in the first six innings, Triggs three. But after being sent down in order for four consecutive innings, the Cardinal broke the deadlock in the seventh with a pair of singles and an RBI-groundout.Trailing by one and down to their last out in the ninth with Appel still on the mound, the Trojans got back-to-back hits, including a double from senior catcher Kevin Roundtree to put runners on second and third. Up stepped walk-on sophomore infielder Kevin Swick. Down to his last strike, Swick smacked a two-RBI single up the middle to dramatically vault the Trojans into the lead.It appeared for a moment that Swick would be the hero. But with Triggs still on the mound in the bottom of the ninth, the Cardinal got a leadoff double, a groundout that advanced the runner to third and a sacrifice fly to tie the game. After a single, Stanford right fielder Austin Wilson smacked a crushing, walk-off two-run home run to give the Cardinal a 4-2 victory.“In hindsight, I still would have left Triggs in,” Cruz said. “He’d only thrown 84 pitches going into the ninth; he’d been pitching really well. He’s our guy.”Triggs went a complete 8 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits, but was bettered by Appel. The potential first-round draft pick went all nine innings, allowing just two runs on six hits, with seven strikeouts to just two walks.The nightcap of the doubleheader was a similarly crushing loss. Stanford put two up in the first inning, and the score stayed at 2-0 until the Trojans got one back in the fifth. Senior starter Ben Mount gave up one more run before departing after six innings of work.USC stayed down 3-1 until the eighth, when the team loaded the bases with one out. But after getting one run across, a deflating double play groundout ended the inning and left the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.Freshman second baseman Dante Flores led off the ninth with a solid single and was bunted over to second, but a pair of flyouts ended the game.“We have to play better,” Cruz said. “We can’t keep losing series.”USC travels to UC Irvine on Wednesday, before continuing conference play at Washington State next weekend.last_img read more

BCCI appoints Saba Karim as General Manager,BCCI appoints Saba Karim as General Manager

first_imgFile photo of former wicket keeper Saba Karim.   –  The Hindu File photo of former wicket keeper Saba Karim.   –  The Hindu Published on cricket COMMENT 0 SHARE Karim will assume office from January 1 and he will report to CEO Rahul Johri. COMMENTS × SHARE SHARE EMAIL December 23, 2017 Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim was today appointed as General Manager (Cricket Operations) of the BCCI. The appointment was on expected lines as Karim’s name was doing the rounds for quite sometime. The other big name in the fray was former pacer Venkatesh Prasad.Karim will assume office from January 1 and he will report to CEO Rahul Johri. He will assist Johri in meeting the Board’s vision and strategy, the BCCI said. The General Manager’s post has been lying vacant since the resignation of MV Sridhar in September over the issue of conflict of interest. Sridhar passed away on October 30.In mid-October, BCCI had invited applications for this post. “Some of the major responsibilities of Mr Karim include giving strategic direction to the cricket department, implementing the operational plans, budgeting, determining and monitoring the compliance of match playing regulations, standards of venues, administration of Domestic Program,” the BCCI said in a release.Cricket careerKarim has a vast knowledge of the game and its intricacies, both at the top and the domestic level having represented India in one Test and 34 ODIs. As wicket-keeper batsman, he played 120 first-class games and 124 List A matches in a career spanning close to 18 years.A prolific run-getter, Karim has a first-class average of 56.66 with 22 centuries and 33 half-centuries that helped him amass over 7000 runs while playing for Bihar first and later Bengal. His playing career received an untimely jolt when he suffered an injury to his right eye in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh following which he had to undergo a surgery.He was appointed a national selector from the East Zone in 2012 and after completing his term, he took over as a television commentator. Karim also has a corporate background having worked in the Corporate Communications Division of TISCO.last_img read more