The SLS 5th Grade Boys Basketball team opened their season on Tuesday, October 24th with a 33-17 loss to St. Mary’s – Vernon.The Cardinals were lead in scoring by Ben Miller with 10 points. Henry Wanstrath finished with 5 points, and Sam Laloge rounded out the scoring with 2 points.‘All the boys gave great effort, didn’t give up, and supported each other throughout the game!’ Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.
BABAR Azam registered the biggest Twenty20 score of his career as international cricket returned to Pakistan with the hosts beating a World XI by 20 runs.The country played host to a competitive international for the first time since a terrorist attack targeted Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009, with the same city hosting this fixture.Signs held by the spectators reading ‘Pakistan wins today’ and ‘Historic moment – thanks World XI’ bore out the emotional nature of the contest, with a capacity crowd at a heavily guarded Gaddafi Stadium.And it was Babar who played the hero’s role, smashing 86 from 52 balls in an effort of 197-5, which proved too much for the all-star opposition to chase down.Babar and Ahmed Shehzad (39) did the bulk of the work for Pakistan, piling on 122 runs for the second wicket after Fakhar Zaman was ousted by Morne Morkel in the first over for eight.The 22-year-old Babar far surpassed his previous best of 55 not out, hitting 10 fours and a pair of sixes in a thrilling knock.Shoaib Malik kept his feet on the gas with a 20-ball 38, with Imad Wasim’s 15 runs from four, 14 of which came from the final three deliveries of the final over, putting up a total that the tourists could not overcome.The World XI saw a string of starts stymied, with Hashim Amla (26), Tim Paine (25) and captain Faf du Plessis (29) all failing to match Babar’s earlier efforts.Sohail Khan (2-28), Rumman Raees (3-72) and Shadab Khan (2-33) each made regular inroads into the visiting line-up, with Darren Sammy’s entertaining unbeaten 29 in vain as the World XI fell well short on 177-7 from their allocation.
Andre Villas-Boas has played down the significance of Juan Mata’s knowledge of Valencia ahead of Tuesday’s all-important Champions League match against the Spanish club.Mata spent four years with Valencia before leaving them to join the Blues in August, and manager Villas-Boas has spoken to him about what Chelsea can expect.Villas-Boas said: “Of course Mata will always be a player who knows Valencia inside out. It doesn’t mean the information we can share is going make the difference.AdChoices广告“But yes, we have been speaking about things because it is always valuable information.”And Villas-Boas insists his team will not play for a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.As well as a victory, a 0-0 draw would be enough to take Chelsea to the knockout phase of the tournament, but any other result would put Valencia through at their expense.“We know Valencia will want to get something because a goal represents a lot for them and that makes things even more difficult for us,” said the Portuguese.“But we have to take the initiative, because that’s what we’ve been doing and we won’t change our strategy. The strategy will be the same: to take the initiative.”Follow West London Sport on Twitter