SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo extended his fine batting form, upstaging both West Indies teammates Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, as he fired Melbourne Renegades to a handsome five-wicket win over Sydney Thunder yesterday.Chasing a challenging 174 at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Renegades swept to victory in the final over with Bravo hammering a stroke-filled 47 off 24 deliveries.He struck three fours and three sixes and put on 91 for the third wicket with captain Cameron White, who top-scored with 61 from 46 deliveries.Bravo, who also got a half-century at the weekend, looked en route to another when he moved into the 40s with two sixes off medium pacer Russell in the 18th over.However, he was deceived with the fourth ball, top-edging a slower delivery for Russell to snare the caught and bowled chance. Three balls later, Russell accounted for White to finish with two for 42 from his four overs.Gayle had earlier struck a breezy 28 off 20 deliveries as he put on 46 off 29 balls for the first wicket with Tom Cooper who got 25.He perished in the fifth over, caught at fine leg off seamer Clint McKay, looking for his sixth boundary of the innings.Opting to bat first, Thunder mustered 176 for five off their allotted 20 overs, with opener Usman Khawaja (62) and Shane Watson (62) both top-scoring.Khawaja helped add 61 for the first wicket with Jacques Kallis (13) and a further 57 for the second wicket with Watson.Russell, batting at number four, belted a four and a six in scoring 16 from nine balls, while Bravo picked up two for 26 from four overs of medium pace.
The Giants may have the worst Double-A team in all of minor league baseball, but the Richmond (Va.) Flying Squirrels don’t go down without at least a semblance of a fight.Monday night, both third base prospect Jonah Arenado and manager Willie Harris were ejected after a display of histrionics that would have made Billy Martin proud.There was nothing minor league about the way both Arenado and Harris reacted to being thrown out of a 2-0 home loss to the first-place Bowie Baysox (Orioles). A …
United Airlines says it remains optimistic about the operating environment in the year ahead despite a global furore over its treatment of a passenger on a regional flight.The US carrier returned better than expected results for the three months prior to the incident in which a doctor was dragged bleeding from a flight between Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky, so a staff member could take his seat.Doctor David Dao is suing the airline over the incident which prompted a worldwide uproar and put passenger rights in the media and political spotlight.The airline recorded a first-quarter net income of $US96 million, or $US129m when special items were excluded, on revenue of $US8.4 billion, up 2.7 per cent on the same quarter a year before. The stock market reacted to the results by boosting United’s share price.“We saw positive trends in the revenue environment in the quarter and are optimistic about the year ahead,’’ United president Scott Kirby said.“Looking forward, we expect second-quarter consolidated PRASM (passenger revenue per available seat mile) to be up 1.0 to 3.0 percent.“This would mark the fifth straight quarter of sequential improvement and the first quarter of positive unit revenue growth in two years.”Although the airline is still reeling from the backlash caused by the decision to forcibly evict Dao from the flight on April 9, chief executive Oscar Munoz said the first quarter results gave it “a lot of confidence about the foundation we are building”.Munoz, who has been criticised for his initial response to the incident, acknowledged the airline needed to do a much better job of serving customers.“The incident that took place aboard Flight 3411 has been a humbling experience, and I take full responsibility,’’ he said. “This will prove to be a watershed moment for our company, and we are more determined than ever to put our customers at the center of everything we do.“We are dedicated to setting the standard for customer service among U.S. airlines, as we elevate the experience our customers have with us from booking to baggage claim.”
Also Read On Wednesday, the Election Commission of India announced that the polls will be held on December 9 and 14 and counting will be on December 18 along with Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll results.The Aam Aadmi Party had announced candidates for 11 seats and it willl announce the remaining candidates in the next few weeks. Former Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela’s Jan Vikalp Party will field candidates in all the seats. In the Congress, its screening committee has been meeting in Delhi to discuss the names of potential candidates. “The screening committee meeting was held in Delhi. We have finalised names for more than 50 seats but the final announcement will be made only in November second week,” a Congress leader part of the deliberations said.Senior Congress leader and in charge of Gujarat Ashok Gehlot and other screening committee members and State party chief Bharatsinh Solanki were present in the meeting in New Delhi.Also Read Gujarat is spotlit but it’s Karnataka on BJP’s mind Court cancels arrest warrant issued against Hardik Patel in vandalism case With the announcement of election schedule for Gujarat Assembly polls, both the BJP and the Congress have begun an elaborate exercise of candidate selection. The BJP’s State parliamentary board has been holding meetings in Ahmedabad to discuss potential candidates. It will make a panel of two candidates for each seat and then the final decision will be taken by the national parliamentary board. “The State parliamentary board will continue to meet till October 27,” a party leader said. Party president Amit Shah is also attending all meetings of the State parliamentary board.Also Read Patidar leader heats up poll scene with tape on bribery