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Tuesday tops eight contenders for Irish Derby crown at the Curragh

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Oaks winner Tuesday heads a field of eight for Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh.

Aidan O’Brien’s narrow Epsom victor was supplemented for the Classic on Tuesday and has since made her way to the top of the market.

The daughter of Galileo will be attempting to become the first filly since Balanchine in 1994 to win the Irish Derby and she is O’Brien’s only runner in the race.

His sons are also represented, however. Joseph O’Brien runs Hannibal Barca, who won the Gallinule Stakes on his first run since leaving Brian Meehan, while Donnacha O’Brien runs Piz Badile, who disappointed at Epsom.

Westover is the major challenger from the UK for Ralph Beckett.

He met trouble in running when a fast-finishing third behind Desert Crown at Epsom. Rob Hornby, who rode him that day, has been replaced by Ireland’s champion jockey Colin Keane.

The UK challenge is completed by the David Menuisier-trained Lionel, winner of the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood.

Jim Bolger runs Boundless Ocean, French Claim represents Paddy Twomey, while Andy Oliver’s Glory Daze completes the field.

A field of six go to post in the GAIN Railway Stakes with three of them, Age Of Kings, Blackbeard and Crispy Cat all having run at Royal Ascot.

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Blue Jays recall catcher Zack Collins, active vs. Brewers on Saturday

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Zack Collins, centre, celebrates with George Springer, left, after they and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) scored on Collins’ three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Houston. Toronto Blue Jays’ Zack Collins, center, celebrates with George Springer, left, after they and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) scored on Collins’ three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game. (David J. Phillip/AP)

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“Every Sri Lankan will remember this” – Dasun Shanaka responds to Aaron Finch’s post, thanks Australian cricket team

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Sri Lankan limited overs captain Dasun Shanaka has thanked the Australian cricket team for visiting the island nation during a time of crisis. Responding to a post by the visitors’ white ball captain Aaron Finch, Shanaka said that “every Sri Lankan will remember” the limited-overs series.

The Australia-Sri Lanka contest gave fans in the island nation something to cheer about amid a massive economic crisis that has thrown the Asian country into turmoil.

Australia clinched the three-match T20I series 2-1, but Sri Lanka hit back to claim the five-match one-day series 3-2. The ODI win was Sri Lanka’s first in the format against the Aussies at home in 30 years.

Sharing his thoughts on the tour, Finch took to Instagram and posted a series of images that captured the essence of the white ball tour. He uploaded the pictures and wrote:

“It was a tour that meant so much to so many people, and it was really an honour to tour this amazing country again! Thank you to everyone in Sri Lanka for the amazing memories!”

Responding to Finch’s post, Shanaka expressed gratitude to the Aussies on behalf of the Sri Lankan cricket team and fans. He replied to the post:

“Thanks a lot skipper. Touring Sri Lanka at this moment. It’s was a remarkable series and am sure that every Sri Lankan will remember this and (is) very much thankful to the Australian Team!”

Australia won the first ODI by two wickets (DLS method). However, Sri Lanka registered three wins in a row to clinch a historic series win. There was some consolation for Australia, as they won the last match of the series by four wickets.


“It was pretty extraordinary” – Glenn Maxwell hails Sri Lankan crowd for special gesture

There were some amazing scenes at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo during the fifth ODI, as a number of Sri Lankan fans turned up in the yellow Australian jersey and waved Aussie flags.

The crowd also cheered for the visitors during the final one-dayer. The special gesture was Sri Lanka’s way of thanking the Aussies for touring the country at the time of one of their worst crises.

Speaking to cricket.com.au after the match, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell hailed the crowd and said:

“It was pretty extraordinary. I was just telling the boys, that was one of the most special feelings, being able to walk around the ground and have a foreign country all cheer for you. A lot of times when Australia tours, we are generally the enemy, and there are not many Australian fans in the stands, but to have the support and fans that are here at the moment is truly extraordinary.”

“We’re generally the enemy” 😅The scenes in Colombo after the fifth ODI were unreal and left Glenn Maxwell and the Aussies stunned as fans thanked them for touring 🥰 #SLvAUS

Australia cleaned up Sri Lanka for 160 in the final ODI before chasing down the target in 39.3 overs to register a consolation win.

Sri Lanka will now face Australia in a two-match Test series, which begins in Galle on Wednesday, June 29.


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Nasser Hussain: Ben Stokes ‘completely gets’ England captaincy | Michael Atherton: The best captains are born and not made

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Nasser Hussain believes that Ben Stokes is an “incredibly impressive” captain after a day of tactical brilliance at Headingley; For Michael Atherton, Stokes has natural ability to lead England; third Test continues on Sunday, live from 10.15am on Sky Sports Cricket

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Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton believe Ben Stokes has the innate ability to be a brilliant leader for England

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton were full of praise for the tactical brilliance, mentality and instinct of new England skipper Ben Stokes as England fought back to reduce New Zealand to 168-5 with a lead of 137.

​​​​​​Stokes was a leading presence throughout New Zealand’s second innings, some bold decision-making helping Jamie Overton take the pivotal wicket of Tom Latham (76) before England struck a further three times to give them the upper hand heading into day four at Headingley.

Hussain: Stokes is an ‘incredibly impressive’ captain

Nasser Hussain analyses some of the key tactical decisions made by England captain Ben Stokes in the third Test against New Zealand

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Nasser Hussain analyses some of the key tactical decisions made by England captain Ben Stokes in the third Test against New Zealand

Nasser Hussain analyses some of the key tactical decisions made by England captain Ben Stokes in the third Test against New Zealand

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain: “This man took over the England captaincy and said I don’t want to do it until his mate, Joe Root, said I am not going to do this job anymore.

“It is the best job in English cricket and it also, could be, the hardest job in English cricket especially when you have won one of your last 17 Test matches.

“Here is a man who had only captained one red-ball game before but here is a man who I think has been incredibly impressive as a captain in three matches.

“It is easy to say when they are winning and then, like with Root knock them down and build them up and knock them down but that is not what I am doing.

“This man’s body language and his tactical nouse in these three games have been outstanding.

“If you are watching from above as a fan, you know who is in charge of this England cricket team, it is Ben Stokes without a doubt.

“He is constantly keeping going, he is constantly, with a smile on his face, with great body language, no anger, just getting people in the right position at the right time.

“When a bowler needs a pat on the back, even if it a senior bowler he is up to him, he got the Western terrace going this afternoon.

“He brings on Leach on day one after 14 overs and with his first delivery, Leach gets a wicket, that is his first masterstroke.

“He has got one or two wickets just from his captaincy.

“I enjoyed his reaction to Bairstow’s hundred, he understood the moment, he understood Jonny Bairstow, he understood Headingley, he understood what this ground meant to Jonny Bairstow and if anyone got this moment it was the England skipper.

England's Jonny Bairstow hits his second successive century on day two of the third Test against New Zealand

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England’s Jonny Bairstow hits his second successive century on day two of the third Test against New Zealand

England’s Jonny Bairstow hits his second successive century on day two of the third Test against New Zealand

“I am not bigging this bloke up, we have been there and we have built them up to knock them down but from what I have seen, tactically, here is a bloke that completely understands the game and completely gets captaincy.

“Tactics, nous and instinct are things that have almost gone out of the game. Because you have so many members of backroom staff, it becomes captaincy by committee and a group decision. I want a captain that thinks on his or her feet, makes his or her mistakes, as it is about gut feel.

“If you constantly rely on other people, you don’t learn from your mistakes. But Ben gets it tactically, has a gut feel for the situation and the changes that need to be made. We knew he had that as a batter, from that Headingley innings in 2019 and the World Cup final, but did he have it as a captain? I think he does.”

Atherton: Captaincy comes naturally to Stokes | He doesn’t have to do five years

Former England captain Steve Harmison believes Ben Stokes brings a positive mindset to the England Test side

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Former England captain Steve Harmison believes Ben Stokes brings a positive mindset to the England Test side

Former England captain Steve Harmison believes Ben Stokes brings a positive mindset to the England Test side

Sky Sports’ Michael Atherton: “I think the best leaders, the best captains are born and not made. I think it comes naturally.

“Ben Stokes had done very little captaincy otherwise so you can’t say that he is somebody who has had massive experience in leadership but I just think he has got it.

“I think it is a born, innate thing with some people. It is early days and it is easy to go overboard but I agree with what Nasser said there, his attitude, he is a winner and wants to win, he has instilled a positive mindset and mentality into an England team that had its struggles for a year or two.

If you marry that with the instinct and feel for the game he has, then you have got somebody who can lead the side.

“I think he has made an outstanding start.

Highlights from day three of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley

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Highlights from day three of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley

Highlights from day three of the third Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley

“It doesn’t need to be a five-year appointment. Virtually every recent England captain, bar Kevin Pietersen, has done the job for a considerable length of time but it doesn’t have to be like that. Stokes might just give it his all for a couple of years and then England find someone else.

“It might be that Stokes is so good he sticks around for five years but I don’t think it needs to be necessarily seen like that as you get to a period where it really starts to take its toll. Give it your all and maybe bet out while the going is good before the inevitable weariness takes over.”

Watch day four of the third LV= Insurance Test between England and New Zealand, at Headingley, live on Sky Sports Cricket with coverage starting at 10.15am and play getting underway at 11am, on Sunday.

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