Simmons fails again in Heat loss
BRISBANE, Australia (CMC):
West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed to score for the third time in four outings as his Brisbane Heat slid to an eight-wicket defeat to Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash here yesterday.
Sent in at the Gabba, Heat rallied to 175 for six from their 20 overs, with opener Jimmy Peirson top-scoring with 51 from 36 balls and Nathan Reardon hitting an unbeaten 40 from 32 deliveries.
The right-handed Simmons faced two balls before perishing in the second over leg before wicket to seamer Michael Neser with seven runs on the board.
English leg-spinner Adil Rashid was brilliant, taking two for 17 from his four overs.
In reply, Strikers raced to their target in the penultimate over with opener Tim Ludeman getting 57 not out off 49 balls; Mahela Jayawardene stroking 53 of 30 balls; and Travis Head, 50 off 25 balls.
Bonners shines before rain takes over
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
Jamaican Nkrumah Bonner stroked an entertaining half-century, but rain forced the abandonment of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes' opening game of the Regional Super50 after only 38 overs at Warner Park here Thursday.
Opting to bat first in the day/night encounter against Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Hurricanes had reached 187 for five when the adverse weather ended the game prematurely.
Both teams were awarded two points.
In the time available, Bonner hammered 65 off 69 deliveries with six fours, while opener Shane Jeffers hit 47 and left-handed partner Chesney Hughes, 28.
Messi set to get
5th FIFA best player prize
Lionel Messi is favoured to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or on Monday, ending Cristiano Ronaldo's two-year hold on football's top individual prize.
Messi already has a 4-3 lead in their career duel for the annual FIFA prize but has recently been eclipsed by his great rival.
That changed in 2015 when Messi inspired Barcelona to regain the Champions League title among five major trophies to none for Real Madrid, despite Ronaldo's relentless goalscoring pace.
Barcelona's dominance also helped Brazil star Neymar earn a place on the three-man shortlist for the first time.
The Catalan club can sweep the men's honours with Luis Enrique heading the coaches' shortlist after becoming European champion and winning the Spanish league and cup, the European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):
Barcelona striker Luis Su·rez was suspended yesterday for two Copa del Rey matches for insulting rival players.
The referee's report for the heated match at Camp Nou that ended 4-1 for Barcelona on Wednesday said Su·rez insulted Espanyol players in the tunnel after the match.
Referee Juan Martinez Munuera's report states that Su·rez told Espanyol's players: "I am waiting for you. Come here. You are trash."
The ban will rule the Uruguay striker out of the return leg set for next week at Espanyol's stadium and possibly the first leg of the quarter-finals.