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Rahm takes two-stroke lead into final spherical of Mexico Open



MEXICO CITY: World quantity two Jon Rahm closed with a 13-foot birdie putt to grab a two-stroke lead after Saturday’s third spherical of the US PGA Mexico Open.

The 27-year-old Spaniard fired a three-under par 68 to face on 15-under 198 after 54 holes at Vidanta Vallarta resort.

“I performed actually good golf,” Rahm mentioned. “Tee to inexperienced was actually good.”

Rahm seeks his seventh profession US PGA title and his first since successful his maiden main final 12 months on the US Open at Torrey Pines.

“It has been slightly little bit of some time,” Rahm mentioned. “Up to now I’m happy with the best way I’ve performed and I can simply hold having fun with every second and hopefully play as strong as I’ve tee to inexperienced, hold hitting fairways, hold hitting greens and simply roll a couple of and hopefully prolong that lead.”

Clinging to a one-stroke lead, Rahm discovered a greenside bunker on the par-5 18th, then blasted his third shot to the again of the inexperienced and rolled within the clutch birdie putt for his third birdie on the outlet in as many days.

“That one on 18 was the primary one outdoors 10 toes I noticed roll in,” Rahm mentioned. “If I can simply hold that going and make putts like I did the primary two days, I believe tomorrow I’ll give myself a very good likelihood.”

That putt restored Rahm to the two-stroke edge he loved when the spherical started with Individuals Kurt Kitayama and Cameron Champ sharing second on 200 after late stumbles.

“My sport has felt good. I’m in nice spirits, so tomorrow I’m simply going to maintain doing what I’ve been doing,” Champ mentioned. “I’ve hit a couple of shaky pictures, however I’ve simply been capable of get round and rating.”

Individuals Patrick Rodgers, Nate Lashley and Davis Riley shared fourth on 201 with countryman Alex Smalley seventh on 202 on the long-established occasion, which makes its US PGA debut this 12 months.

Rahm reached the inexperienced in two on the par-5 sixth and two-putted for birdie then drove the inexperienced on the 298-yard seventh and tapped in for birdie after lacking a 14-foot eagle putt.

The Spaniard discovered water off the tenth tee and made bogey however answered with a birdie on the par-5 14th, dropping his method inches from the cup, then closed with a ultimate birdie.

“The one hiccup was the tee shot on 10,” Rahm mentioned. “And it wasn’t even that unhealthy.”

‘Embrace the nerves’

Kitayama, looking for his first PGA title, missed the inexperienced on the par-3 seventeenth and made bogey to fall off Rahm’s tempo.

“I really feel fairly good about right now’s spherical,” Kitayama mentioned. “I hit it pretty lengthy out right here in order that helps. I’m good on the greens. I really feel like I’m seeing the road and rolling it effectively.”

Champ had back-to-back bogeys at 15 and 16 after being warned for sluggish play to drop behind Rahm.

“Simply obtained to embrace the nerves and pleasure,” Champ mentioned. “Simply attempt to management them one of the best you possibly can and understanding that every one the opposite guys might be simply as nervous as you irrespective of what number of wins they’ve.”

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No different nation rivals China in sports activities: Pakistan’s volleyball captain



ISLAMABAD: “I consider that there might be a tremendous expertise. And I’d prefer to thank the Chinese language authorities to present us an opportunity to play on this wonderful facility,” stated Issanaye Ramires Ferraz, Pakistan’s Brazilian volleyball coach.

That is Issanaye’s first go to to China and he’s received very excited. “Our preparation goes very effectively, and I hope we are going to play each match until the ultimate,” Issanaye stated, including that “I don’t prefer to say that we’ve one nice participant, China Financial Web (CEN) reported on Thursday.

We’ve group work. That’s our philosophy. We’ll work as a group to present Pakistan a excessive efficiency and get good outcomes.”

“Earlier than this, we’ve performed the Asian Males’s Volleyball Championship. In comparison with that, our group is match now, when it comes to ball abilities and bodily health.

Our head coach can also be happy with our coaching. We anticipate to face on the victory stand,” stated Mubashir Raza Watto, captain of Pakistan’s nationwide volleyball group.

“We went to China for the World Navy Video games. We received a bronze medal. If I discuss in regards to the administration of China, their administration is superb, when it comes to meals, when it comes to lodging.

They deal with us very effectively. When it comes to sports activities, I don’t suppose there’s a higher nation than China that manages it so effectively,” Mubashir added.

The lads’s and ladies’s volleyball competitions began on Sept. 19 and can final by way of Oct. 7 throughout 4 venues in Hangzhou, China.

Pakistan’s largest achievement within the Asian Video games volleyball historical past is their third-place end within the 1962 Jakarta Asian Video games. Within the final Asian Video games held in Indonesia in 2018 Pakistan completed eighth.

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Siraj’s heroics energy India to successful Asia Cup 2023 for eighth time



COLOMBO: Mohammed Siraj’s six-fer demolished Sri Lankan batting lineup as India lifted the Asia Cup 2023.

Set to chase a meager 51, India comfortably accomplished the pursuit in 6.1 overs with out shedding a single wicket to carry their eighth Asia Cup title.

India’s new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan carried the momentum and dominated the Sri Lankan bowlers to script a press release victory for the previous champions.

Gill top-scored for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 19-ball 27 which featured six boundaries whereas Kishan scored 23 not out in 18 balls.

Opting to bat first, the Sri Lankan batting lineup failed utterly and was bundled out for a paltry 51 within the sixteenth over.

The house aspect misplaced their opener Kusal Perera (0) within the first over with only one run on the board.

What adopted was a complete annihilation by Mohammed Siraj who picked up 4 wickets — Pathum Nissanka (2), Sadeera Samarawickrama (0), Charith Asalanka (0) and Dhananjaya de Silva (4) — within the fourth over to depart Sri Lanka reeling at 12/5.

Sri Lanka did not recuperate from Siraj’s demolition and he got here again so as to add additional to their distress by dismissing skipper Dasun Shanaka in his subsequent over and finishing his five-fer.

Wicketkeeper batter Kusal Mendi, who held on for Sri Lanka then placed on the very best partnership of the Asia Cup 2023 closing for the house aspect with Dunith Wellalage earlier than Siraj struck once more.

Kusal Mendis remained the top-scorer for Sri Lanka with a 34-ball 17 which featured three boundaries.

Following Siraj’s dominance, Hardik Pandya put the ultimate nail within the coffin by eliminating the Sri Lankan batting tail.

He eliminated Dunith Wellalage (8) earlier than wrapping up Sri Lanka’s dismal innings in his subsequent over by dismissing Pramod Madushan (1) and Matheesha Pathirana (0).

Younger all-rounder Dushan Hemantha remained unbeaten with a 15-ball 13 and remained the one Sri Lankan batter to amass double figures beside Kusal Mendis.

Notably, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is now the bottom whole within the Asia Cup historical past, breaking the earlier document held by Bangladesh, who had been dismissed for 87 runs towards Pakistan in 2000.

Moreover, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is the bottom in males’s ODI historical past in a match closing. Additionally it is the third time this 12 months that Sri Lanka have been bowled out for lower than 100 in ODIs.

Mohammed Siraj led the bowling assault for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 6/21, adopted by Hardik Pandya’s 3/3 whereas Jasprit Bumrah had a wicket to his title.


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Cricket fever in China choosing tempo forward of upcoming Asian Video games Asian Video games



HANGZHOU: Cricket fever in China goes excessive forward of upcoming Asian Video games set to happen in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8.

A “Friendship Cup” was organized by Chinese language firm Guangdong YaJiaSiTechnology (YJS) and Beijing Cricket Membership (BCC) on the Cricket area of Dulwich Faculty Beijing, Gwadar Professional reported on Friday.

The purpose of the occasion is to share the eagerness for sports activities, improve friendship between the folks of taking part nations in addition to to advertise the sport of cricket in China.

The match was nicely attended by the diplomatic workers and groups from totally different embassies, faculties, and universities, notably gamers from China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, the UK, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Nepal which gave a possibility to show the cricketing abilities.

Cricket is without doubt one of the most enjoyable sports activities on the earth and is now slowly however absolutely getting a spot in sports activities in China.

The upcoming Asian Video games to be held in Hangzhou is without doubt one of the greatest examples the place Pakistan males’s and girls’s Cricket groups will probably be taking part in.

Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque additionally congratulated China for internet hosting the Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou and hoped that this may promote not solely sports activities competitions but additionally people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges.

Bilal Ahmed, a Cricket Participant from Pakistan, advised Gwadar Professional that Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Jinan are the hub of cricket in China.

Greater than 150 faculties and universities have been concerned within the sport of cricket. Again-to-back cricket tournaments by totally different Chinese language firms and organizations in several cities and particularly the holding of a grand sporting occasion comprising each males’s and girls’s T-20 Cricket in Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou exhibits China’s keenness to unfold the sport of Cricket at its faculties and universities stage.

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