More sports in brief

first_img NZ beat Pakistan by 10 wickets HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP): Martin Guptill made 87 and Kane Williamson 72 in an unbroken record partnership of 171 that steered New Zealand to a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 cricket international yesterday, levelling the three match series at 1-1. New Zealand took four leg byes from the fourth ball of the 18th over to win the match with eight balls to spare. In doing so, Guptill and Williamson passed the Twenty20 record partnership for all wickets against all nations that had been held for South Africa by Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman at 170. Pakistan seemed to have posted a sufficient total when they came in after batting on winning the toss with 168-7, just short of their winning tally in the opening match. Coe: IAAF will probe bribery claims against Qatar LONDON (AP): IAAF President Sebastian Coe says claims of bribery by Qatar in the bidding process for the 2017 World Athletics Championship are being investigated. Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said yesterday his bid team was told “brown envelopes” were being handed to members of the IAAF Council the night before the vote in 2011 between London and Qatari capital Doha, which London won. Warner also said his team agreed to spend $7.2 million to cover prize money, having been warned they were unlikely to succeed if they did not. Speaking on BBC Radio alongside Warner, Coe said he was unaware of the claims and promised to look into them. Qatar has denied any wrongdoing in its bids for either the 2017 championship or the 2019 championship, which it will host. Sinclair fifth in Bermuda 10K HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC): Jamaican Kenia Sinclair followed up her runner’s-up spot in Friday night’s elite women’s mile race with a creditable fifth-place finish in the women’s division of Saturday’s Bermuda Marathon Weekend 10-kilometre event held in wet and windy conditions. Sinclair, 35, was 14th overall in a time of 37 minutes and 42 seconds – around two minutes behind the British female winner, Faye Fullerton. The 31-year-old Fullerton was clocked in 35:48, ahead of compatriot Charlotte Arter in 35:48. Finishing third in 36:22 was Heather Kampf of the United States, who beat Sinclair into second place in the mile race. The overall 10K winner was Zambia’s Jordan Chipangama, who stormed to an emphatic victory over the undulating course – his fourth in Bermuda. Chipangama won the 10K event in 2014 and back-to-back half-marathon titles in 2013 and 2014. He also holds the half-marathon race record, which stands at one hour, 4:21 minutes, which he achieved in 2014.center_img Maxwell’s 96 guides Australia to series win MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Glenn Maxwell scored 96 runs from 83 balls to guide Australia to a series-clinching three-wicket win over India yesterday in the third of five limited-overs internationals. Maxwell hit a six and a boundary at the start of the 49th over to tie the scores, but was out trying to hit a six to raise triple figures, leaving James Faulkner (20 not out) to hit the winning single with seven balls to spare. The win gave Australia a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series following an opening five-wicket win in Perth and a seven-wicket in Brisbane. India, batting first for the third game in a row, posted 295-6, with Virat Kohli scoring 117 – his 24th ODI century – and sharing partnerships of 119 for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (68) and 109 with Ajinkya Rahane (50). John Hastings led the Australian attack with 4-58 from 10 overs. Australia chased down 300-plus targets in Perth and Brisbane and were in a comfortable position chasing 296, with opener Shaun Marsh scoring 62 in partnerships of 48 with Aaron Finch (21) and 64 with Steve Smith (41) for the first two wickets.last_img read more

Western Greece on high alert as fire threatens villages

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The western port of Patra was declared to be in a state of emergency as a wildfire stoked by high temperatures and strong winds raged on three fronts around the city of 220,000 residents.Five villages in the rugged terrain east of the city were also declared to be in a state of emergency, while dozens of students and staff at the University of Patra, as well as residents of the village of Ano Kastritsi were evacuated as a precautionary measure.Ashes and bits of burnt wood rained down on parts of the western Peloponnese city, prompting authorities to evacuate the university campus and to put the nearby hospital at Rio on high alert.In the mountains east of Patra, Ano Kastritsi was evacuated after the fire threatened houses on the periphery of the village, while authorities called off the evacuation of Platani, another village in the vicinity, at the last minute when firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control.In Ano Kastritsi residents verbally attacked Patra Mayor Yiannis Dimaras when he arrived to inspect the evacuation, blaming him for the fact that the village has experienced a water shortage for the past two days that hampered the firefighting effort.The regional governor of Western Greece, Apostolos Katsifaras, meanwhile, said that authorities will continue to be on high alert today as gale-force winds are expected to continue unabated.“The conditions are very tough. We are using everything we have against the fire,” Katsifaras said Wednesday when asked to assess the progress of the firefighting effort.More than 70 firefighters, aided by five water-bombing airplanes, battled the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday. The main front was more than 1 kilometer long, authorities said, adding that they believe it to have been caused either intentionally or accidentally by a person or persons.Meanwhile, the Citizens’ Protection Ministry Wednesday issued warnings for Evia, Attica and the northeastern Peloponnese as forecasts for strong winds have raised fire risk levels.last_img read more