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Lankans make solid start

first_imgHAMILTON, New Zealand (AP):Angelo Mathews made an unbeaten half-century and shared a record 136-run fifth-wicket stand with Milinda Siriwardana to help Sri Lanka to 264 for seven yesterday before rain ended the first day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand.Only two run outs and a stumble when the partnership between Mathews (63 not out) and Siriwardana (62) was broken detracting from Sri Lanka’s best batting effort of the series, which overturned expectations that the team that bowled first would win the day.New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat on a lush green pitch at Seddon Park, expecting his bowlers to dominate in conditions which supported both seam and swing.Apart from Mathews, who maintains a Test average in excess of 50, and Siriwardana, who reached his second Test half-century, Kusal Mendis made 31 and Dinesh Chandimal 47 as Sri Lanka kept up a lively run rate of four per over throughout the day.The partnership between Mathews and Siriwardana came in only 131 minutes and eclipsed the previous best fifth-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Trent Boult made the breakthrough when he produced an edge from Siriwardana, which Ross Taylor juggled before securing at first slip.last_img read more

Rangers confirm Sarver approach

first_img1 Rangers Robert Sarver, the majority owner of the Phoenix Suns NBA basketball team, has made an approach to Rangers which may lead to an offer being made for the company, the club has announced to the Stock Exchange.Reports emerged on Sunday that an £18million takeover bid from Sarver had either been lodged or was about to be and on Monday the club confirmed interest from the 53-year-old.“The Company notes recent press speculation and confirms that it has received an approach from Robert Sarver (or a vehicle to be established and controlled by him) (“Mr Sarver”) that may or may not lead to an offer being made for the Company,” Rangers said.“There can be no certainty that an offer will be made, nor as to the terms on which an offer may be made. A further announcement is expected shortly.”The statement added that Sarver must make an offer or withdraw his bid by 5pm on February 2.It is another twist to a seemingly never-ending saga, but Press Association Sport understands the financier may now be prepared to back Dave King and the ‘Three Bears’ group’s attempts to seize control of the club.He lodged his offer in an email to Rangers International Football Club chairman David Somers just after Christmas.Sarver – a keen sports fan whose sons are interested in the game – asked the Rangers board to call a general meeting to vote on a plan which would have seen enough new shares issued to hand him a 51 per cent stake.He was also prepared to spend up to £15million buying out any remaining shareholders as he sought a 100 per cent stake in the club.Sarver, who also owns the Phoenix Mercury Women’s NBA team, submitted his offer at the same time to WH Ireland, which manages RIFC’s listing on the Alternative Investment Market.But it remains to be seen if he will press ahead with his bid after former oldco director King followed the ‘Three Bears’ group of Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor in buying up significant tranches of equity last week.King now holds a 14.57 per cent share, while Park, Letham and Taylor are responsible for 19 per cent.It’s understood the Three Bears have had tentative talks with Sarver but there is no deal in place.However, it seems unlikely that he will now be able to take control of the club following the moves made by King and the Three Bears.At least 75 per cent of shareholders would have to agree to new shares being issued to a non-shareholder at a general meeting, after resolution nine was defeated at the annual general meeting in December.Somers has already rejected a £16million investment plan offered by King which would have seen the South Africa-based businessman receive a controlling stake and seats on the board.last_img read more

Buffon could be unveiled at his new club by the end of the week

first_img 2 2 Buffon could be a PSG player by next week Buffon was banned for three matches for his conduct towards referee Michael Olivercenter_img There were rumours Liverpool wanted him as short term option in goal, but Sky Italia understand the French capital has always been the goalkeeper’s preferred destination.Announcing his decision to leave Juve, Buffon revealed he had received a number of proposals to keep playing.“I’m proud to have received many proposals for the future, but it’s in my character to launch myself into the next challenge with the utmost dedication,” he said in a press conference at the start of June.One of the game’s most popular players, Buffon left Parma for Juve in a £32million deal and in addition to the league crowns won in Turin, he won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.If he does join PSG, though, he will miss the first three games of their Champions League campaign following UEFA’s decision to ban him for three games because of his behaviour in Juventus’ quarter-final defeat in the competition to Real Madrid. Gianluigi Buffon will complete his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain this week.The 40-year-old decided to call time on an association with Juventus that began in 2001 and brought him nine titles.last_img read more