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Jon Rahm holds on to assert one-shot victory

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Jon Rahm carded a two-under 69 within the remaining spherical to safe a one-shot victory within the Mexico Open at Vidanta Vallarta.

The 27-year-old Spaniard held off late prices from American duo Tony Finau and Brandon Wu to finFinau and Wu closed with eight-under 63s however needed to accept second place alongside compatriot Kurt Kitayama after Rahm held agency below strain within the closing levels.

World No 2 Rahm began the day with a two-shot cushion over Kitayama and Cameron Champ however 5 successive pars to open his spherical noticed his benefit halved by early birdies from the American pair.

The Spaniard, who was taking part in regular, risk-free golf out in entrance, produced a few very good iron photographs to notch back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh, though these had been matched by Kitayama and Champ.

The wheels fell off for Champ on the eighth, although, as he pushed his tee shot proper to the water’s edge, from the place he hacked out after which hooked his third left of the inexperienced on his strategy to a triple-bogey seven.

Kitayama faltered when he discovered water off the tenth tee for the third day in a row, resulting in a bogey, which Rahm matched after lacking from inside six toes for under the second time this week.

In the meantime, Wu, who had eagled the sixth, was making speedy progress up the leaderboard and he joined Rahm within the lead on 16 below when he rolled in a 25-foot putt on the sixteenth for his sixth birdie of the day.

Kitayama then made it a three-way tie for the lead with a birdie on the par-five 12 – the place Rahm might solely make a par – regardless of a wayward third shot.

Finau additionally put himself within the combine when he adopted up an eagle on the 14th, holing a 56-foot putt from off the entrance of the inexperienced, with a birdie on the subsequent to get to fifteen below, however he then missed birdie probabilities on the subsequent two holes.

Wu failed so as to add one other birdie over the ultimate two holes however his eight-under 63 – the aggressive course report – set the clubhouse goal of 16 below for these in behind.

His rating and complete was shortly matched by Finau as he birdied the final – taking part in the ultimate six holes in six below – to safe his first top-10 end of the season.

The wind was now blowing strongly to additional hassle the later starters, however Rahm had the reply on the 14th as he drained a welcome birdie putt to retake the outright lead on 17 below, as Kitayama bogeyed the outlet after pulling his second shot left to slide two behind.

Rahm then parred the fifteenth,sixteenth and seventeenth – lacking an honest birdie probability on the latter after a wonderful tee shot – earlier than securing the victory with one other regular par on the final after driving into the left tough.

“It was a reasonably annoying weekend all the best way to the tip,” mentioned Rahm, whose earlier win got here again on the 2021 US Open. “I didn’t assume having a par-five [18th] the place a fade off the tee was required I’d be stressing this a lot, however I received it executed on the finish.

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Shikhar Dhawan to guide India in West Indies ODIs as Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah rested

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India have named a younger 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI collection in West Indies.

Shikhar Dhawan is ready to guide the aspect, with Ravindra Jadeja named vice-captain. India will play three ODIs in Trinidad, beginning 22 July.

A number of key members of the ODI squad, together with common captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah amongst others, have been rested for the collection.

Deepak Hooda has been rewarded for his spectacular exhibiting within the current T20Is and finds a spot within the squad. Shubman Gill returns to the ODI setup for the primary time for the reason that tour of Australia in 2020.

With Rishabh Pant rested, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson would be the designated wicket-keepers. The spin trio of Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel shall be tasked with main the bowling assault within the absence of senior quick bowlers.

India have opted to area a younger, inexperienced tempo assault for the collection. Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh full India’s fast-bowling unit. Of the 5, probably the most capped is Shardul Thakur with 19 ODIs whereas Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh are but to make their ODI debut.

India squad: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

After the completion of the ODI collection, India are set to play West Indies in 5 T20Is in what shall be thought-about to be essential preparation for the T20 World Cup later this 12 months.

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Lacking mountaineers Shehroze Kashif, Fazal Ali traced

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SAKARDU: Pakistani mountaineer Shehroze Kashif’s father Salman Kashif on Wednesday mentioned that his son and Fazal Ali, who had gone lacking whereas descending the summit of Nanga Parbat, have been traced.

The mountaineer duo had individually summited the Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest peak on the planet, on Tuesday. Shehroze claimed the title of the world’s youngest mountaineer to scale the Nanga Parbat.

The mountain is taken into account essentially the most deadly and hardest.

Salman mentioned that Shehroze had been seen shifting in the direction of the third camp from the fourth camp.

“Each Shehroze and Fazal are shifting in the direction of camp three,” Salman mentioned.

He, nonetheless, complained that “nobody” helped his son and Fazal and each of the mountaineers are returning on their very own.

Earlier, Salman had mentioned that contact had been misplaced along with his son on his return from Nanga Parbat.

In an emotional video message, Shehroze’s father appealed to the federal government to launch a search operation to hint the mountaineer.

“He [Shehroze] is simply 20-years-old. He has made huge achievements and introduced a very good title to Pakistan,” Shehroze’s father mentioned in a shaky voice.

“Is that this the payback on this nation?” he requested.

In the meantime, Gilgit-Baltistan Dwelling Secretary Iqbal Hussain had earlier confirmed misplaced of contact with the 2 mountaineers.

The official had mentioned that the mountaineer duo went lacking between camps 3 and 4, positioned on an altitude of seven,000-8,000 metres whereas descending the summit. He mentioned that the GB authorities launched a rescue operation shortly after, whereas different floor rescue groups have been additionally alerted.

He had mentioned that helicopters can be deployed if the climate permitted.

Sharif Sadpara goes lacking from Broad Peak

In the meantime, one other Pakistani mountaineer, Sharif Sadpara, went lacking after falling off a “very excessive altitude”, different climbers accompanying him on the summit of Broad Peak mentioned.

Dilawar Sadpara, who was with Sharif on the hunt, mentioned that the lacking mountaineer misplaced steadiness resulting from a powerful gust of wind after they summited the Broad Peak.

He mentioned that Sharif fell on the facet in China’s territory. The mountaineer mentioned that discovering Sharif by means of floor is unattainable, subsequently a search operation needs to be launched by means of a helicopter.

Sources mentioned that Sharif, Dilawar and Imtiaz Sadpara have been on a mission to summit Broad Peak and K2.

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Shan Masood wins PCA participant of the month award, once more

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The Skilled Cricketers’ Affiliation (PCA) has as soon as once more picked Shan Masood as PCA participant of the month for his mesmerizing type within the English County 2022.

Shan had beforehand gained this award within the month of April and this would be the second time the left-hander can be awarded the trophy.

The left-hander is at the moment representing Derbyshire within the ongoing County Championship and he grew to become the primary batter to cross the 1,000-run mark through the 2022 season. In doing so, Shan additionally picked up three MVP awards as effectively.

Shan expressed his delight after being named the participant of the month as soon as once more, claiming that consistency is likely one of the most vital traits to have as a cricketer.

“Crucial requirement of the sport is consistency. The sport is quick and evolving. Individuals choose up on opposition and so they catch you out so there is no such thing as a time to go to sleep so that you all the time have advanced,” stated Shan. “To again up my early season type and win the award once more reveals the degrees of consistency.”

Masood has maintained very good type within the ongoing County Championship, main the competitors’s two divisions with 1,074 runs at a median of 82.74, together with three centuries and 4 fifties.

It’s price including that though the 32-year-old was named in Pakistan’s Check squad for the collection towards Sri Lanka, it stays to be seen who will open for Pakistan as Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq have additionally been in type.

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