Joe Root’s sixth Test hundred piloted England to a position of control at 373 for six in reply to the West Indies first innings total of 299 at stumps on the third day of the second Test on Thursday.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation about his job by saying he is the best man to lead the club and that he expects to be in charge next season.
Rafael Nadal’s stuttering season continued as he was stunned 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) by Italy’s Fabio Fognini at the Barcelona Open on Thursday. Nadal, an eight-time champion in Barcelona, had won four of the previous five meetings between the two, but also lost to Fognini on clay earlier this season in Rio de Janeiro.
San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, only the sixth forward to lead the NBA in steals, was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday. Leonard, who became the first Spurs player since David Robinson in 1992 to win the award, took 37 first-place votes and 333 total points from a media panel to edge Golden State’s Draymond Green, who had 45 first-place nods but only 317 total points.
Staying with Renault represents Red Bull’s best hope of Formula One success but there will be no short-term fixes for the team’s current woes, according to principal Christian Horner.
Superstar Manny Pacquiao’s wanted to fight at the Rio Games next year but does not qualify to be among the first professionals to compete at an Olympics, the head of boxing’s governing body said.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will have good reason for paying close attention to the flyhalf position when he casts his eye over the Super Rugby action this weekend after Aaron Cruden was removed from his World Cup calculations.