Elgar gets SA cricket contract as Smith retires

first_img7 March Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday named Dean Elgar as the replacement for Proteas captain Graeme Smith on its national list of contracted players for 2014/15. Smith announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this week.‘Obvious replacement’ “Dean is the obvious replacement and must be excited by the opportunity to emulate the greatness achieved by his recently retired national captain,” CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “He has all the attributes and qualifies as the next player eligible to be awarded a contract in terms of the new methodology we developed together with the South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca). “As mentioned before, the Board has also agreed to award multi-year contracts to our top players to secure and recognise their value.”Two-year contracts The seven players awarded two-year contracts are Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn. The other 10 nationally contracted players awarded one-year contracts are Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Imran Tahir and Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Jacques Kallis has been awarded a special contract for one year only. In addition, CSA has announced the 12 Franchise players to receive CSA High Performance Centre (HPC) top-up contracts, also for a one-year period.‘Investment in our future’ “This is investment in our future,” commented CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson. “We are keen to centrally influence the management and close monitoring of these exciting young players so that we can provide the best chance of developing their careers to the full potential. “I am excited by the mix of this group of talented players and it is now up to our programmes to develop these players to one day represent the Proteas as we move into a new era following the retirement of several great players from the Castle Lager test squad. “The HPC players will be managed, developed and monitored quarterly to see that they are fulfilling their potential.”CSA HPC contracted players The CSA HPC contracted players are Kyle Abbott, Temba Bavuma, Simon Harmer, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Eddie Leie, Mangaliso Mosehle, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Stiaan van Zyl and Khaya Zondo. CSA Chief Executive Lorgat also confirmed enhancements to the existing BSkyB broadcasting deal that would extend broadcast content into the markets of UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.‘New opportunites’ “It is really exciting to work with our commercial partners to seek new opportunities and even augment existing deals. “Their confidence in South African cricket and our future tours programme is truly rewarding,” he said. SAinfo reporter and Cricket South Africalast_img read more

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LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan help Spurs rally past Bucks

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11) drives to the basket past Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic (41) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio, Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs have won five straight overall and eight in a row at home, though San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is not ready to make any grand proclamations about the team’s direction.San Antonio’s veteran coach knows nothing matters until the postseason. Still, the Spurs are starting to feel good about themselves.ADVERTISEMENT San Antonio was without third-leading scorer Rudy Gay, who missed the game due to an undisclosed illness, but the reserves stepped up in his absence.The Spurs shot 11 for 27 on 3-pointers, with reserves Marco Belinelli (4 for 8) and Patty Mills (4 for 7) combining for most of the 3s. Belinelli and Mills both finished with 16 points.“Tonight was a great example of understanding the game plan, executing the game plan and trusting everyone and each other on the defensive end,” Mills said. “It was probably one of the best games for us all season in playing team defense.”Antetokounmpo was limited to 13 points in the second half on 5-for-9 shooting as the Spurs sent multiple defenders at the Bucks’ 6-foot-11 star.“They played really good team defense, packing the paint,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was trying to create some shots for myself but I was trying to find my open teammates. I think I did a pretty decent job but we weren’t able to knock down shots.”San Antonio opened the second half on a 17-4 run while holding Milwaukee to one field goal in the opening five minutes.Aldridge’s eighth 3-pointer of the season, this one off one of DeRozan’s six assists, gave the Spurs their first lead of the game at 67-64 with 8:41 remaining in the third quarter.San Antonio outscored Milwaukee 33-23 in the third quarter and opened the fourth on a 10-1 run to solidify control of the game.TIP-INSBucks: The Bucks had won two straight in San Antonio with their previous loss coming Dec. 2, 2015. … Milwaukee is 23-12 on the road this season, the league’s second-best mark behind Golden State (21-11). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs: Gay has missed 12 games this season, including one for rest. … Aldridge had 15 rebounds, giving him 7,815 for his career to move past Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for 72nd in league history. Robertson had 7,804 over 14 seasons with Cincinnati and Milwaukee. … Mills is the only Spurs player with 120-plus 3-pointers in five seasons.ABSOLUTELY BATTYThe game was delayed nearly a minute after a bat flew above the court and buzzed past Bucks guard Pat Connaugton’s head. Bledsoe ran, ducking for cover and Antetokounmpo dashed away.“I can’t even deal with roaches and ants,” Antetokounmpo said. “There’s no way with a bat. I don’t understand why the mascot is a coyote; it should be a bat.”The Spurs’ mascot, The Coyote, emerged in a Batman costume Sunday with a net along with a stadium worker and scared the bat to the rafters of the AT&T Center. The Coyote captured the last bat at the AT&T Center, making a diving catch with a net on Feb. 2 when the Spurs faced New Orleans.WELCOME BACKFormer Spurs center Pau Gasol was honored before the game with a video highlighting his 18-year career with the Grizzlies, Bulls, Lakers, Spurs and the Spanish national team, as well as his charitable work. Gasol signed with Milwaukee after accepting a buyout from San Antonio on March 1.“I think it was a very warm welcome even though I basically left a week ago or so,” Gasol said. “But the relationships are here, the moments that we put together are here and it’s appreciated from both ends.”UP NEXTBucks: At Dallas on Tuesday night. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Milwaukee’s lead atop the Eastern Conference was cut to two games ahead of Toronto after losing on the second night of a back-to-back.Popovich said the Spurs caught a break in the schedule, as the Bucks arrived in San Antonio at 4 a.m. after hosting Charlotte on Saturday night. They also lost an hour of sleep due to Daylight Saving Time as the Spurs rested at home after last playing Wednesday in Atlanta.“It certainly doesn’t help, but all the credit goes to them,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They deserved to win, they played better than us. We just weren’t good enough tonight.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee’s two-game winning streak ended. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points and Brook Lopez had 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Bucks appeared fresh early as Bledsoe scored nine points during an opening 11-4 run. The Spurs started sluggishly, opening the game 2 for 10 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan added 28 points and the Spurs overcame a 15-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 121-114 on Sunday night and match their longest winning streak of the season.“And then the truck hit us after we turned the corner, is that what you’re about to say?” Popovich said, chuckling at the question. “I don’t make sweeping assumptions about where we are (and) where we’re going. Just like any other year, we’ve always tried to be the best team we could be by the time playoffs arrive and we hope that we’ll be part of the playoffs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSan Antonio has moved into seventh in the Western Conference and within percentage points of sixth-place Utah. The Spurs’ home streak includes wins over Denver and Oklahoma City, and they have now beaten the top three teams in the East at home after topping Philadelphia in December and Toronto in January.“It was a great test for us, one of the best teams in our league,” DeRozan said. “We started off kind of rough but we kept at it. To pull out this win is big.” MOST READ Spurs: At New Orleans on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Ateneo shows character in quick win over UP P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more

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