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Gerrard headed for MLS
Steven Gerrard wants to win a trophy and lead Liverpool to a top-four finish in the English Premier League before he leaves his childhood club for Major League Soccer (MLS) at the end of the season. A day after Gerrard announced he will leave the club and play abroad, the long-time captain confirmed yesterday he will go to Major League Soccer, though he has yet to sign a deal with an MLS side.
"I'll be going to play in America," Gerrard said on Liverpool's in-house TV channel. "I'm not over the line with any team just yet. I'm close, and as soon as I know, I'll make the announcement. I'd love nothing better than to try to win a trophy and leave the team in the top four."
The 34-year-old Gerrard's move to the United States will bring the curtains down on a 17-year career at Anfield, where he has won 10 trophies, including the Champions League in 2005. But recently, his performances have struggled to reach the formidable levels of his peak years, and manager Brendan Rodgers decided to manage his match time to protect him from fatigue.
"I'm bright enough to realise it is the right thing for everyone, but when you've been a starter and a mainstay in the team for such a long time, it was a very difficult conversation to have with the manager," Gerrard admitted. "I had an idea it was going to come at some time - I'm a human, not a robot."
Bravo and Russell's Renegades lose
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo starred with the ball, but failed miserably with the bat as his Melbourne Renegades suffered a meltdown to crash to a heavy 112-run defeat to Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL) yesterday. Playing in the highly anticipated Melbourne derby at Docklands Stadium, Stars rattled up 169 for nine off their 20 overs, and then humiliated Renegades for 57 in 12.4 overs, to break their three-match losing skid and win their first game of the tournament. The total was the lowest ever in the BBL.
Sent in, Stars were powered by opener Luke Wright's top score of 39, Kevin Pietersen's 25 and Tom Triffitt and Cameron White, who both got 22.
Bravo was the leading bowler, picking up three for 22 from three overs, while Windies teammate AndrÈ Russell finished with one for 26 from his two overs.
In their turn at the crease, Renegades slumped to 16 for five in the fifth over and never recovered. Bravo perished for three and Russell, nine, as seamers Scott Boland (2-10) and Jackson Bird (2-12), along with left-arm spinner Michael Beer (2-14), combined to destroy the innings.
Johnson out of fourth Test
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Johnson will miss the fourth Test against India due to a right hamstring injury. Cricket Australia said in a statement that Johnson had not recovered from the hamstring soreness that first affected him during the drawn third Test in Melbourne. It said Johnson was expected to play in the upcoming limited-overs international series against England and India.
Coach Darren Lehmann said: "Mitchell is an important part of our plans for the remainder of our summer, and we want him 100 per cent right."
Mitchell Starc or Peter Siddle are likely replacements for Johnson. The match begins on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.