Joe Root

SOLID SKIPPER: England’s captain Joe Root strokes the ball as

@Sun Caption:Australia’s captain, wicketkeeper Tim Paine, left, looks on during play on the third day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley, Leeds in England, yesterday. 

England’s batsmen showed some much-needed fight on day three of the third Test, but Australia still look set to retain the Ashes at Headingley.

Set 359 - an England record - to win, the home side battled to 156 for three at stumps thanks to 75 not out from skipper Joe Root and Joe Denly’s 50.

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They repelled the constant threat of the Australia attack with bravery, solid defence and patience—all of the things England were missing when they were bowled out for 67 on Friday. Root and Denly’s partnership of 126 dragged England from 15 for two, when they were in danger of subsiding once more.

Australia earlier moved their overnight 171 for six to 246 all out, with Marnus Labuschagne run out for 80.


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Pro League clubs have sent counter-proposals to the governing Trinidad and Tobago Football Association after recently rejecting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which would have seen the governing body directly involved in league operations and the payment of salaries.

It was a derby of sorts but only one team made an impact. La Horquetta Rangers returned to winning ways with a 7-0 home victory over FC Santa Rosa, last season’s Trinidad and Tobago Super League champions, when they met in the Ascension Invitational Football Tournament on Wednesday.

Red-hot Guyana Amazon Warriors extended their unbeaten start to the Caribbean Premier League season while inflicting yet another blow to Jamaica Tallawahs’ playoff hopes, with a commanding 81-run victory Wednesday night.

Team TTO’s cyclists have boosted their chances of securing a place at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, having made significant progress in the latest World rankings. T&T leaped six places to fifth in the Track Men’s team sprint Olympic ranking when the world governing body for the sport, UCI (International Cycling Union) updated their rankings Tuesday.

The West Indies women predictably suffered their second straight series whitewash at the hands of powerhouses Australia when they went down by nine wickets in the final Twenty20 International of the three-match series in Barbados Wednesday night. But captain Stafanie Taylor still saw signs of hope for her team.