CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish pitched into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.
Australia middle order batsman Peter Handscomb says his fighting innings in the nausea-inducing humidity of Bangladesh last month should put him in good stead for the blazing heat of an Ashes summer. Handscomb battled dizzy spells and dry retching and lost over four kilograms during a dehydrated knock of 82 in the second test in Chittagong which helped deliver Australia a series-levelling victory. The vast Australian continent can throw up all kinds of weather but the hosts and visiting England can expect scorching heat through much of the five-test Ashes campaign, which begins in Brisbane on Nov. 23.
Age and fatherhood may have mellowed David Warner, but nothing coaxes the old 'Bull' out of the Australia vice captain like a home Ashes series. Warner's clarion call this week to summon 'hatred' for visiting England continued the revival of a once-famed chirpiness that cranked back into gear during the long-running pay dispute between the players and Cricket Australia. It signalled another nail in the coffin for the 'Reverend', the nickname bestowed upon Warner in a pious nod to his quieter demeanour on and off the field in recent seasons.
Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins said on Wednesday that he was confident the country would have Australian support for their bid to host the Rugby World Cup for the first time in 2023. Ireland will go up against bids from South Africa and France in the World Rugby board vote on Nov. 15 and Australia would normally be expected to back their fellow southern hemisphere power. Higgins, however, said he had heard encouraging noises from current and former Australian Rugby Union (ARU) officials on his trip Down Under.