Fan takes XBox One from kid, but classy Red Wings make it right

( Rory Boyle)nDetroit’s last home game of the regular season, a 2-1 loss to Carolina, was also Fan Appreciation Night at Joe Louis Arena. As is customary at these events, prizes were distributed throughout the evening.

And out of that comes this story about Mia Weinberg, who took her two kids to the finale. Two of the three seats they purchased at the last minute were together, while the other was off on its own. But when she took the kids to their seats, a third one next to them was open, so she decided to sit with them until that person came to claim the seat. Continue reading

Aussie may drop limited-overs format

(by Andrew Ramsey, Senior Writer)Mitchell Johnson has revealed that he may need to reconsider his availability for Australia in all three forms of the game – Test, ODI and Twenty20 – in order to ensure he achieves his driving career ambition, the 2015 Ashes series in England.

Johnson, the bowling hero of Australia’s resurgent summer and reigning Allan Border Medallist, was to have spearheaded Australia’s failed quest for the World T20 crown in Bangladesh last month. Continue reading

Aussie pace bowler enjoys opposition’s fear

( by Sam Ferris)Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris believes opposition countries are producing low, slow wickets in order to combat Australia’s fearsome fast bowling attack.

In what is becoming a reoccurring theme when travelling abroad, Australia now face wickets prepared at request by the home team’s captain and coach to negate the ever-growing arsenal of frightful quicks. Continue reading

William and Kate visit host city ahead of World Cup

( by Sam Ferris )The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed off their cricket skills today as the royal pair attended an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 event in Christchurch.

With his wife on strike, Prince William rolled the arm over, offering up a couple of friendly full-tosses to help get the Princess off the mark. When tasked with a young kiwi batsman, the Duke found his line and length, forcing a sturdy forward defence from the junior.
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Fast bowler reveals secrets to next crop of cricketers

14HarrisU18(Championspk)Australia’s fresh crop of cricket talent has completed an intense four-day camp at the National Cricket Centre under the tutelage of former Australia captain Greg Chappell.

Twenty-six under-18 boys spent four days in Brisbane last week, undergoing rigorous fitness testing, specialist coaching and competing in a 50-over and T20 match on Brisbane Grammar School No.1 Oval. Continue reading

With little on the line, final NHL weekend full of sentimentality

(By Josh Elliott )In an odd quirk of the schedule, this weekend’s games didn’t mean much for the playoff race. Every post-season team was already determined by the end of Friday, meaning all that remained this weekend was to figure out matchups and the President’s Trophy winner.

So with the battle for the Stanley Cup on pause, many teams chose to make it a weekend full of career firsts – and career lasts. Continue reading

Aussie Ashes hero pinpoints his top ‘over’ of highlights from the Australian summer. Watch Mitch’s marvelous moments here.

( by Andrew Ramsey, Senior Writer)Mitchell Johnson was an undisputed hero of Australia’s resurgent Test summer in which they regained the Ashes and defeated the world’s number-one ranked team, South Africa, on their own turf.

Now recovered from the infection that sidelined him from the World T20 tournament in Bangladesh and prior to heading off for his stint in the Indian Premier League, Johnson returned to the WACA Ground in Perth – where the Ashes officially changed hands last December – and spoke to about his six personal highlights from a golden Test summer: Continue reading

Former coach Lees says 2015 could be Black Caps’ year

(Championspk)Former New Zealand coach Warren Lees believes the current Black Caps squad has the country’s best chance of winning a World Cup when they co-host next year’s event.

New Zealand have made the semi-final stage of a World Cup six times, in 2011, 2007, 1999, 1992 as well as the 1979 and 1975 tournaments which were known as the Prudential Cup. Continue reading