first_imgFull-back Lee Byrne dubbed it ‘the toughest game of our season’ after Clermont Auvergne fought their way past Munster and into their first ever Heineken Cup final. Clermont had to produce a character-building final 10 minutes to resist Munster’s late rally and finish as 16-10 winners of an absorbing semi-final clash in Montpellier. Delighted with Clermont’s progress to the Aviva Stadium final on Saturday, May 18, their Welsh back Byrne said: “It is a dream come true to finally reach a Heineken Cup final. It was the toughest game we’ve had all season and you’ve got to hold your hands up to Munster for that. They wore the famous red jersey with real pride.” He added: “We fully deserved to come through with the win. We had a few opportunities (to score a second try), but the ball didn’t stick. We got a bit nervy, but hopefully we will come back stronger for the final. “Whoever we face it will be another very tough challenge. We will do our homework and come out firing,” he added, with Saracens and Toulon meeting in the second semi-final on Sunday at Twickenham. Ronan O’Gara, the record points scorer and most-capped player in Heineken Cup history, would not be drawn afterwards on whether this was his final outing at this level. The Munster out-half had kicked the visitors in to an early lead and it was his perfectly weighted grubber kick that teed up Hurley for the only try of the second half. The raw emotion was etched on the 36-year-old’s face after the final whistle as the Irish province bowed out at the penultimate stage. “Defeat is extremely hard to take after you have put so much into a game like that. But it is winner takes all in a semi-final,” said O’Gara. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: In the seventh game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns at the Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground in Cardiff on Tuesday. Both the team will be looking to register their first win of the tourno after losing one match each.On one hand, Sri Lanka faced embarrassment when they lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets. The Lankan innings crashed to 136 all out while the Kiwis chased down the total in the 16th over itself. From Sri Lankan side, only the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne could manage to put decent score on the board by hitting half centuryIn the post-match press conference, he said, “I think we have another eight games to go. We need to (keep our) chin up and play very well. We need to see what we have. On the back end we need to get some partnerships, (and in) the middle part. Those are the key areas. We’re looking forward to doing it’’.On the other hand, Afghanistan lost their opening match to the defending champions. The match was held on June 1 at the County Ground in Bristol. Gulbadin Naib-led Afghanistan managed to put just 207 runs on the board which Aaron Finch and Co chased down easily with David Warner scoring half-century in his returning game in the Yellow jersey.Afghanistan is expected to give a tough fight to the demoralised Sri Lanka side as they have some of the best players in the squad.Now, let us take a look at some of the key players who should be watched out in #AFGvSL game:Angelo Mathews – The only veteran player in the Sri Lankan side Angelo Mathews is one of the key players in the squad.Dimuth Karunaratne – Dimuth could play an important role in tomorrow’s match as he is one of the best batsmen of the side.Rashid Khan – The star player of the Afghanistan side Rashid is known for his hard hitting in the death overs or down the batting line-up. He also takes couple of wickets in each game.Mohammed Nabi – Another all-rounder in the Afghan squad is Mohammed Nabi. However, the player was not able to perform well in the first match but is expected to perform better in the upcoming game. last_img read more

first_imgIt was the Wizards’ seventh consecutive victory over the Hawks. Jordan put Antawn Jamison, a small forward, and center Brendan Haywood back in the starting lineup after having Calvin Booth and Michael Ruffin start the previous two games. The Bobcats dressed only 10 players. Hornets 86, at Rockets 80 Chris Paul had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third game after injuring his right thumb to lead New Orleans. At Mavericks 110, Nets 77 Josh Howard scored 29 points and Diamond Bar High School product Keith Van Horn had 23 in Dallas’ 11th consecutive victory over New Jersey. At Spurs 80, Grizzlies 79 Tim Duncan made a layup off an inbound alley-oop pass from Manu Ginobili with 7.2 seconds left to lift San Antonio. Nuggets 100, at Bucks 93 Carmelo Anthony scored 38 points and Denver coach George Karl won in his return to Milwaukee. Pacers 91, at Bulls 89 Stephen Jackson scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half and Anthony Johnson’s basket with 3.9 seconds remaining sent short-handed Indiana past Chicago. Heat 100, at Jazz 94 Dwyane Wade finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Miami’s win. Shaquille O’Neal had 14 rebounds and 12 points. At Suns 115, Cavaliers 106 Shawn Marion had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Steve Nash 20 points and 15 assists for the Suns, who overcame a 46-point performance by Cleveland’s LeBron James for its ninth victory in 11 games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – Washington coach Eddie Jordan made another lineup change, and it paid off for the Wizards. Gilbert Arenas scored seven of his 33 points in overtime Saturday night and Washington beat Atlanta, 114-106. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“We just wanted to establish a defensive mind-set,” Jordan said. “We’re showing each other that we’re willing to do anything it takes to get better and to win.” Jamison and Caron Butler finished with 23 points apiece for the Wizards. At Pistons 114, Bobcats 91 Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack with 19 points, and Detroit beat short-handed Charlotte. last_img read more