Sri Lanka batter Chamari Athapaththu slammed an unbeaten 178, the second highest score in ICC Women’s World Cup history, but it was not enough as Australia won by eight wickets in Bristol.

Meg Lanning guided the defending champion over the line with an unbeaten 152 as Australia reached its target in 43.5 overs for a second successive win in the tournament.

In the other match in Taunton, India beat the West Indies by seven wickets, thanks to an unbeaten 106 from Smriti Mandhana.

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The West Indies side was restricted to 183 for eight and India overtook that score for the loss of just three wickets in 42.3 overs.

But it was Australia captain Lanning who stole the show from Sri Lanka’s Athapaththu with her winning score.

Athapaththu hit 22 fours and six sixes as she offered the only resistance and helped Sri Lanka set Australia 258 to win.

But a captain’s innings from Lanning, who hit 152 from 134 balls, the seventh highest ever at the Women’s World Cup, along with a classy 60 from Nicole Bolton, helped guide Australia to an eight-wicket victory.

Things got off to the worst possible start for Inoka Ranaweera’s team after Ellyse Perry dismissed Nipuni Hansika with the third ball of the match.

Athapaththu was in the form of her life as she knocked the ball around the park during her explosive 143-ball innings. The Sri Lankan went on the make the highest ever individual score against Australia.

But wickets tumbled around her with Alex Blackwell producing a sensational diving catch to help dismiss Prasadani Weerakkodi before opening batter Bolton picked up her first of two international wickets with just her third ever delivery.

Shashikala Siriwardena helped steady the ship as she helped put on a 52-run partnership with Athapaththu to give Sri Lanka a competitive total.

But Lanning, along with Bolton, took the game away from Sri Lanka with a 132-run partnership as Australia’s captain guided it over the line.

Lanning was in complete control of her innings, finding the boundary 19 times on way to her highest ODI total.

Lanning said: “We were confident – they got a few more than we would’ve liked but we’re very confident with our batting line-up and we knew the outfield was fast.

“As soon as we set that base with Bolton and I, I thought we were able to accelerate and I knew we’d be able to chase that down if we set up nicely. So we were confident at half time but we knew it was going to be a challenge.”

In Taunton, Mandhana underlined her status as one of the in-form batters at the World Cup with an unbeaten century to see India to a resounding seven-wicket win over the West Indies.

Following on from scoring 90 against England, she made it to three figures this time around in a convincing win.
Batting first, the West Indies top order never got to grips with the Indian spinners, slumping to 91 for six despite a lively 43 from opener Hayley Matthews.

India’s D. Thirushkamini finishes on 113 not out off 146 balls against Ireland in the ICC Womens World Cup Qualifiers 2017, Colombo Sri Lanka. 10th Feb

The trio of Poonam, Deepti Sharma and Ekta Bisht, proved too much for the West Indian batters, who had to rely on their lower order to put up a decent score.

Shanel Daley (33) and Afy Fletcher (36 not out) gave them some hope, with the West Indies finishing on 183 for eight from its 50 overs.

Poonam Raut then fell for a duck in the first over from Shamilia Connell, with Sharma following not long after.

However, Mandhana, who had made 90 in the opening game against England, and skipper Mithali Raj, combined to put on 108 for the third wicket, and while the skipper departed for 46, Mandhana saw India home in style.

Mandhana said: “Last time I got out on 90 so this time it was in my mind to reach three figures. I’m really happy that I reached a hundred and we won.

“I was just looking at the runs we needed to win and I wasn’t looking at my score until my partner told me. I wasn’t that nervous, compared to last time round.

“I hadn’t played six months before coming to the World Cup, I was injured, so I’m really thankful to all the support staff and the Indian management for picking me without any match practice in the last six months.”

Scores in brief

Australia beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets at County Ground, Bristol

Sri Lanka 257-9 in 50 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 178 not out, Shashikala Siriwardena 24, Eshani Lokusooriya 13; Nicole Bolton 2-18, Kristen Beams 2-49, Ellyse Perry 2-52)

Australia 262-2, in 43.5 overs (Meg Lanning 152 not out, Nicole Bolton 60, Ellyse Perry 39 not out; Sripali Weerakkody 1-39, Shashikala Siriwardena 1-62)

Player of the match – Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka)

India beat West Indies by seven wickets at The County Ground, Taunton

West Indies 183-8, 50 overs (Hayley Matthews 43, Afy Fletcher 36 not out, Shanel Daley 33, Stafanie Taylor 16; Poonam 2-19, Deepti Sharma 2-27)

India 186-3, 42.3 overs (Smriti Mandhana 106 not out, Mithali Raj 46, Mona Meshram 18 not out; Shamilia Connell 1-23; Stafanie Taylor 1-24)

Player of the match – Smriti Mandhana (India)



The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed the applications of nine Russian athletes to compete in the IAAF U18 World Championships Nairobi 2017 as neutral athletes under Competition Rule 22.1A(b) while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

The Doping Review Board, which is composed of Robert Hersh (chair), Sylvia Barlag and Antti Pihlakoski, has accepted the applications of the following U18 athletes:

First name, family name (discipline) – in alphabetical order

Aksana Gataullina (pole vault)
Ekaterina Gorshenina (race walk)
Salavat Ilkaev (race walk)
Elvira Khasanova (race walk)
Sergey Kozhevnikov (race walk)
Polina Miller (sprints)
Varvara Nasibulina (sprints)
Danila Tundykov (middle distance)
Valentina Ulyanova (high jump)

Their participation as neutral athletes in Nairobi is still subject to formalities for eligibility under IAAF Rules being completed and subject to acceptance of their entries.

In total this year 22 applications have been approved and 45 have been declined


“I’d like to thank the members of the Doping Review Board for their continued dedication and diligence in this ongoing review process,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe. “This process is about our desire to support the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes – including Russian athletes of all ages – who have been failed by their national system. I am delighted these nine athletes will get a chance to compete as neutral athletes in these championships and we will ensure they have the support network they require to compete to the best of their ability.”

Since publication of updated guidelines under Rule 22.1A(b) earlier this year, the IAAF has received more than 130 applications from Russian athletes, more than 40 of which have been endorsed by their national federation RusAF. A number of these applications remain under review by the Doping Review Board in accordance with the guidelines while stored samples continue to be re-analysed and the athletes referenced in the Independent Person’s report published last December continue to be assessed in consultation with experts.

This being an ongoing process, the IAAF will only make announcements as and when decisions are made by the Doping Review Board concerning successful applications and those athletes have been duly informed.

Please note:

A total of 15 Russian athletes (13 in 2017 and two in 2016) have previously been declared eligible under Rule 22.1A to compete as neutral athletes and they remain eligible to compete in international competition subject to acceptance by individual meeting organisers:

(Date of announcement and athlete/event)

31 May 2017: Kseniya Aksyonova (400m), Vera Rebrik (javelin), Vera Rudakova (400m hurdles);
11 April 2017: Maria Kuchina (high jump), Illia Mudrov (pole vault), Olga Mullina (pole vault), Sergey Shirobokov (race walks), Sergey Shubenkov (sprint hurdles), Yana Smerdova (race walks), Daniil Tsyplakov (high jump);
23 February 2017: Anzhelika Sidorova (pole vault), Kristina Sivkova (sprints), Aleksei Sokirskii (hammer);
9 July 2016: Darya Klishina (long jump);
1 July 2016: Yuliya Stepanova (800m/1500m).




The Jackpot Prize for the forthcoming Give’n’Take Lottery Gameshow LIVE draw this Sunday 2nd of July 2017 is now N18.4million up from the initial Jackpot Prize of N15million Naira that was up for grabs last week.

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FEI Tribunal Issues Final Decisions on Banned Substance Cases

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decisions on three banned substance cases under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

Samples taken on 4 September 2015 from the horse Houkoumi G (FEI ID 104XV97/BEL), ridden by Evelyne Stoffel (FEI ID 10128731/BEL) at the CEI1* 100 in Virton (BEL), tested positive for the opioid analgesic O-Desmethyl-Tramadol. The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 15-month suspension on the athlete with a fine of CHF 2,500 and contribution of 1,000 CHF towards legal costs.

Samples taken on 29 August 2015 from the horse Felix Van De Mispelaere (FEI ID 104JQ57/RSA), ridden by Jonathan Clarke (FEI ID RSA/10020663) to win a class at CSI1*-W in Polokwane (RSA), tested positive for the vasodilator Minoxidil.

The athlete had been provisionally suspended from 21 October 2015 until 18 May 2016. The FEI Tribunal found that while the EADCMRs were contravened, the athlete did not bear fault for the rule violation, so there was no further period of suspension imposed. He was ordered to contribute 1,000 CHF towards legal costs.

Samples taken on 14 October 2016 from the horse La Petite Fleur 6 (FEI ID 103TN40/MEX), ridden by Andres Arozarena (FEI ID MEX/10094207) at the CSI4* in Coapexpan (MEX), tested positive for the anti-inflammatory Piroxicam.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a six-month suspension. The period of provisional suspension, effective from 20 December 2016, has been credited against the period of ineligibility imposed in this Decision. The athlete was therefore ineligible through to 19 June 2017. The athlete will also be fined 2,000 CHF and contribute 1,000 CHF towards legal costs.

Athletes have 21 days to appeal decisions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from the date of notification.

Further details on the FEI Tribunal Decisions can be found here.

WBSC, MLB announce Global Pro Player Agreement for U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017 Thunder Bay

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced a global professional players agreement for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017, which will be staged 1-10 September in Thunder Bay, Canada.

As part of the new MLB-WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup partnership, MLB affiliated players (born 1999-2001) are eligible to participate with their respective National Teams.

Twelve nations — Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, South Africa and the United States — will be competing in the official junior baseball world championship, and the respective national governing bodies will have until 27 August to finalize their rosters for the U-18 Baseball World Cup.

“This landmark agreement further raises baseball’s international profile, particularly following the unprecedented success and popularity of this year’s World Baseball Classic,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The National Team is intended to be a representation of a country’s best players, and together with Major League Baseball’s shared vision, the top young baseball players in the world will be able to wear their nations’ jerseys in Thunder Bay.”

“We are pleased to work with the WBSC to give our young affiliated players the opportunity to play on this international platform,” said MLB Chief Baseball Officer, Joe Torre. “MLB remains committed to our youth all over the world and playing against the best competition in their age group will only enhance their development. As I had the honor of doing at the World Baseball Classic, there is no greater feeling than that of representing your country on the ball field.”

“Major League Baseball continues to be a great partner in targeting youth, in evolving the culture of our sport and in building the National Team brand, which is resonating with fans and players at unprecedented levels,” said President Fraccari.

Tickets for the XXVIII WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup can be purchased at


Rowing’s most prestigious award, the Thomas Keller Medal for an Outstanding Career in Rowing is to be awarded to Katherine Grainger of Great Britain.

Grainger is Great Britain’s most accomplished female Olympic rower with five Olympic medals from five consecutive Olympic Games. These medals include gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games and then a comeback after a two year break to win silver at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

During her nearly two decades of international rowing, Grainger demonstrated her adaptability by racing in a range of boats. This included the quadruple sculls, the pair, the double and also the single sculls.

Well known rowing commentator and Olympic gold medallist Martin Cross describes Grainger’s love of rowing, “Her passion for the sport knows no bounds. She simply loves to row. You name the boat and Grainger already has a medal in it.”

Grainger started rowing at university in Scotland saying she “fell into it” by accident. “I loved the people, I loved the environment and I loved the team aspect of it,” says Grainger. “Yes, there were a lot of frustrations, disappointments, the usual blood, sweat and tears, but I still wanted to do it more than anything else in my life.”


On winning the award Grainger says, “I’m still a little stuck for words. I think it’s because it feels like a very iconic medal to win and from the very first time I started my career, 20 years ago to now, I’ve seen some of the true global ambassadors, heroes and role models of our sport win that award. It is the ultimate prize in our sport. It’s a reflection of a whole career and I never expect to get it.”

Grainger won the award ahead of this year’s finalists that included Great Britain’s Andrew Triggs-Hodge and para-single sculler Tom Aggar along with American Caryn Davies.

The Thomas Keller Medal presentation will take place on Saturday 8 July 2016 during the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. Grainger will receive the medal from Dominik Keller, son of the FISA’s former President, the late Thomas Keller.

To view the list of previous Thomas Keller Medal winners, please click here.

2017 ITTF Africa Cup: Omar Assar Is Not My Only Threat in Morocco, says Aruna Quadri

2017 ITTF Africa Cup: Omar Assar is not my only threat in Morocco, says Aruna Quadri… As Omotayo replaces Toriola

Africa’s highest ranked player in the world, Aruna Quadri has said that he would not be focusing only on Egypt’s Omar Assar when the 2017 ITTF Africa Cup serves off in Agadir, Morocco on July 1 as there are more threats to his dream.

Also, Italy-based Olajide Omotayo has replaced Segun Toriola as the second Nigerian campaigning alongside Aruna Quadri in the men’s singles event while Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong will also hoist Nigeria’s flag in the women’s singles event of the competition.

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri to partner Egypt’s Omar Assar at ITTT World Tour

Quadri, who has been listed amongst the foreign legion competing at the maiden Ultimate Table Tennis Championships in India, is at present representing Egypt’s Alhy in the ongoing African Club Championships believes he has more competitors than Assar to battle against in the Africa Cup.

“ITTF Africa Cup is another challenge that I am looking forward to and I am preparing very well for it. I know it is not going to be easy and I know it is very possible to win again in Morocco having won my first continental title in 2009 in same Morocco. Since I have finished with my club in the French league, I have enough time to prepare well in training. I am training now more than before and I believe it is going to be a very fantastic tournament. I am eagerly looking forward to give my best and represent Nigeria very well,” the 2016 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup winner said.

“The greatest threat to my ambition in Morocco is not only Omar Assar, I think all the Egyptian players are threats to my ambition in Morocco and I am going to look forward to match after match,” Aruna Quadri explained.

“All these players are very important to me and giving all the attention to Omar Assar alone will not allow me to focus on other players. I must remain focused and consider other participants as well. This is more important to me as I am getting ready for all the participants in the competition,” he added.

Aruna Quadri

It would be recalled that it was in Rabat, Morocco in 2009 that Aruna Quadri claimed his first continental title to make his debut at the ITTF World Cup in Moscow, Russia. But his second return to the North African nation was not a smooth ride when he narrowly lost the men’s singles title to Egypt’s Omar Assar in the final of the 2016 ITTF African Championship.