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England’s Rory Burns says Hollies Stand crowd at Edgbaston might be best in world cricket

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England’s Rory Burns and New Zealand’s Matt Henry salute Edgbaston fans as 18,000 return to the ground on day one of second Test; Burns disappointed to fall short of another century but hails Dan Lawrence’s flair as Essex batsman rallies England late in the day in Birmingham

Last Updated: 10/06/21 8:52pm



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It’s fair to say the Edgbaston crowd enjoyed their return to Test cricket, including when this beer snake was formed!

It’s fair to say the Edgbaston crowd enjoyed their return to Test cricket, including when this beer snake was formed!

​​​​England’s Rory Burns believes the Hollies Stand crowd at Edgbaston is arguably the best in world cricket as fans returned to the ground in their droves for day one of the second Test against New Zealand.

Up to 18,000 fans are permitted at the Birmingham venue this week, with many situated in the Hollies Stand, which is renowned for its vocal, party atmosphere.

Supporters at Edgbaston on Thursday saw Burns (81) and Dan Lawrence (67no) help the hosts close on 258-7 and both Burns and New Zealand seamer Matt Henry hailed their presence.

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“It was brilliant. The Hollies Stand is impressive, as good as it gets definitely in this country and possibly in world cricket. The atmosphere was brilliant,” said England opener Burns.

Henry, who picked up the wickets of Dom Sibley (35) and Joe Root (4) as New Zealand reduced England from 67-0 to 175-6 before Lawrence led a late rally, added: “Special mention to the crowd, they were fantastic.

“The Hollies Stand was just electric all day. They were phenomenal, you can see the excitement of everyone getting back into cricket and into stadiums. It was some impressive energy.”

England opener Rory Burns admits run-scoring was difficult on a two-paced pitch on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand

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England opener Rory Burns admits run-scoring was difficult on a two-paced pitch on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand

England opener Rory Burns admits run-scoring was difficult on a two-paced pitch on the opening day of the second Test against New Zealand

On his ninth Test fifty, which followed his third Test hundred in the drawn first Test at Lord’s last week, Burns added: “It would have been nice [to score another century], but I fell slightly short.

“To back up the runs at Lord’s with another good score is something I’m pretty happy with, but I’m disappointed not to get it home and hear my name sung a little bit louder.”

Sky Sports’ Michael Holding was impressed by Burns, feeling he showed a Sir Vivian Richards-esque mindset.

“What I liked hearing from him was, telling everyone that he ‘assessed the situation’ and then decided what shots were best to play in those conditions,” said Holding.

“It reminds me of the approach of Sir Viv Richards. Everybody knows that Viv, batting at number three, wouldn’t watch the cricket, except the first over or two.

Watch The Late Cut from the opening day at Edgbaston as 18,000 fans returned to the venue

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Watch The Late Cut from the opening day at Edgbaston as 18,000 fans returned to the venue

Watch The Late Cut from the opening day at Edgbaston as 18,000 fans returned to the venue

“He wanted to assess the conditions out there, wanted to see what the bowlers were doing – how much bounce, how much movement – and then in his mind he’d tell himself what shots he wanted to play before going and relaxing.”

Burns’ tally of 10 boundaries was eclipsed by Lawrence’s 11, with the latter sharing a stand of 47 for the seventh wicket with Olly Stone (20) and an unbroken 36 for the eighth with Mark Wood (16no).

Burns added of Lawrence: “It was good to watch, wasn’t it? Loz played beautifully. He enjoys his flair and some of his shot-making was brilliant. Hopefully he can keep going.

“I was watching inside with Sibs (Dominic Sibley) and he hit a punchy cover drive. It was a dot in the end but I was like ‘what a shot that is’.

Lawrence is unbeaten on 67 after day one in Birmingham

Lawrence is unbeaten on 67 after day one in Birmingham

“How he played there and how he managed to be so fluent on that kind of surface was really impressive. It was slightly two-paced and lent itself to a good old-fashioned day of Test cricket.

Lawrence had made a duck in his sole innings at Lord’s but rebounded at Edgbaston with his third Test fifty, following half-centuries in the subcontinent over the winter.

Sky Sports’ Rob Key added: “You saw Lawrence grow and, from here, he can get better and better. He looked nervous as anything at the start but, all of a sudden, we saw the cover drive, the leg-side flick, how good he can be.

“He looks like a very good player. It was important he spent time out in the middle in front of a crowd in England and we have seen some decisiveness in his footwork.

“He will now feel that he’s in a good position to kick on, because of that time spent in the middle.

“That is what this young batting line-up needs, to get through the first half hour. Then you can start showing how good you are.”

Watch day two of the second Test between England and New Zealand, at Edgbaston, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.15am on Friday.

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Athletics-Berry calls on athletes to seek change in their communities

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EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) – With a raised right fist, American hammer thrower Gwen Berry on Thursday reinforced her quest for social change.

“I want to impact the world,” Berry, wearing an “Activist Athlete” T-shirt, told reporters after qualifying sixth for Saturday’s final at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.

“There are a lot of things going on that are bigger than sport. As athletes we can and should use our voices to bring awareness to issues that affect our communities.”

Berry did just that at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, raising her fist when the U.S. national anthem was played during her medal ceremony.

She was suspended for 12 months by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) because of International Olympic Committee rules that ban protests and demonstrations.

The USOPC in March, though, said that athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic trials can protest, including kneeling or raising a clenched fist on the podium or at the start line during the national anthem.

“Our communities are under attack,” said Berry, a 31-year-old mother. “I want to continue even after I’m a hammer thrower.”

Her protest came four days after world 200 metres champion Noah Lyles had raised his left fist that was enclosed in a fingerless glove before the start of the men’s 100m final.

“Black lives matter,” Lyles said. “I felt like it was important that I throw up some symbol. I’ve done it before and I’m going to continue to do it.”

(Reporting by Gene Cherry; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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NHL playoff games today: Full TV schedule to watch 2021 Stanley Cup playoff games

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Oh, baby! The best postseason is officially here.

Sixteen NHL teams will battle it out for the greatest trophy in all of sports: the Stanley Cup. How it’ll all play out is a little different in 2021: the four best teams in each division will face each other (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 in Round 1) and the eventual division champs will meet in the Stanley Cup semifinals. The last two teams standing will then go head-to-head in the Stanley Cup Final.

Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2021, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.

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Here’s the full schedule of NHL playoff games for: Friday, June 25

Check out SN’s scoreboard for the latest results.

Semifinals breakdowns, predictions, odds: TBL vs. NYI | VGK vs. MTL

NHL playoffs 2021: TV channels, live stream

The 2021 postseason marks the final year NBC’s family of networks will broadcast games on the NHL’s road to the Stanley Cup. First-round games will be shown on NHL Network and across NBC channels in the United States, while in Canada games will be shown on FX, FXX, Sportsnet’s channels and CBC.

In Canada, Chris Cuthbert and Craig Simpson will describe the Maple Leafs-Canadiens series while Harnarayan Singh and Louie DeBrusk will bring fans Oilers-Jets. David Amber and Ron McLean will be the studio anchors and will be joined by a rotating crew of analysts and insiders.

NBC will also employ a rotating crew that will include play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert, John Forslund and Brendan Burke and analysts Eddie Olczyk, AJ Mleczko and Dominic Moore.

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NHL schedule 2021

The first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs started on Saturday, May 15, and, if it runs the full gamut, will end on Monday, May 31. 

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Semifinals

Sunday, June 13

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Game 1: Islanders at Lightning 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, June 14

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 1: Canadiens at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 15

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders at Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 16

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Canadiens at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 17

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Game 3: Lightning at Islanders 8 p.m. ET USA SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Friday, June 18

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Game 3: Golden Knights at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, June 19

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Game 4: Lightning at Islanders 8 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, June 20

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Game 4: Golden Knights at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, June 21

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Game 5: Islanders at Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 22

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Game 5: Canadiens at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 23

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Game 6: Lightning at Islanders 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 24

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Game 6: Golden Knights at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Friday, June 25

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*Game 7: Islanders at Lightning 8 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Round 2

Saturday, May 29

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Game 1: Islanders at Bruins 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 30

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Game 1: Lightning at Hurricanes 5 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Golden Knights at Avalanche 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, May 31

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Game 2: Islanders at Bruins 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 1

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Game 2: Lightning at Hurricanes 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 2

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Game 1: Canadiens at Jets 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Golden Knights at Avalanche 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 3

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Game 3: Bruins at Islanders 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Hurricanes at Lightning 8 p.m. ET USA,  SN, TVA Sports

ROUND 2: Predictions, picks, odds & series breakdowns for every series

Friday, June 4

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Game 2: Canadiens at Jets 7:30 p.m. ET USA, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Avalanche at Golden Knights 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, June 5

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Game 4: Hurricanes at Lightning 4 p.m. ET USA, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Bruins at Islanders 7:15 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, June 6

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Game 3: Jets at Canadiens 6 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Avalanche at Golden Knights 8:30 p.m. NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Monday, June 7

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Game 5: Islanders at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 4: Jets at Canadiens 8 p.m. ET NHLN, NBCSN (JIP), SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Tuesday, June 8

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Game 5: Lightning vs. Hurricanes 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 5: Golden Knights at Avalanche 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Wednesday, June 9

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Game 6: Bruins at Islanders 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Thursday, June 10

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Game 6: Avalanche at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, June 12

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*Game 7: Golden Knights at Avalanche 7:30 p.m. NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Round 1

Saturday, May 15

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Game 1: Bruins at Capitals 7:15 p.m. ET NBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 16

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Game 1: Islanders at Penguins Noon ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Wild at Golden Knights 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 1: Lightning at Panthers 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

DIVISION PREDICTIONS, PREVIEWS: Central | East | West  | North

Monday, May 17

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Game 2: Bruins at Capitals 7:30 p.m ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 1: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 1: Blues at Avalanche 10 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 18

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 2: Islanders at Penguins 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Lightning at Panthers 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SNE, TVA Sports
Game 2: Wild at Golden Knights 10 p.m.ET  NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 19

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 2: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 1: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 2: Blues at Avalanche 10:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 20

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Panthers at Lightning 6:30 p.m. ET USA, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 3: Penguins at Islanders 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 1: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7:30 p.m. ET NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Golden Knights at Wild 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sport

Friday, May 21

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Capitals at Bruins 6:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SNE, SNO, SNP, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 3: Hurricanes at Predators 7 p.m. ET USA, FXX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 2: Jets at Oilers 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 3: Avalanche at Blues 9:30 p.m. ET USA, SN360, TVA Sports

Saturday, May 22

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Panthers at Lightning 12:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Penguins at Islanders 3 p.m. ET NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Game 2: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports, OMNI
Game 4: Golden Knights at Wild 8 p.m. ET NBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 23

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Hurricanes at Predators 2:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports
Game 4: Avalanche at Blues 5 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 5: Bruins at Capitals 7 p.m. ET USA, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 3: Oilers at Jets 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Monday, May 24

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 3: Maple Leafs at Canadiens 7 p.m. ET NHL Network, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5: Islanders at Penguins 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports
Game 5: Lightning at Panthers 8 p.m. ET CNBC, FX-CA, TVA Sports
Game 4: Oilers at Jets 9:45 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5: Wild at Golden Knights 10:30 p.m. ET CNBC, SN1, TVA Sports

Tuesday, May 25

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 4: Maple Leafs at Canadiens 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 5: Predators at Hurricanes 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports

Wednesday, May 26

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Penguins at Islanders 6:30 pm ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 6: Panthers at Lightning 8 p.m. ET CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports
Game 6: Golden Knights at Wild 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports

Thursday, May 27

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 5: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports
Game 6: Hurricanes at Predators 9:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports

Friday, May 28

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 7: Wild at Golden Knights 9 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Saturday, May 29

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 6: Maple Leafs at Canadiens 7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

Sunday, May 30

No games.

Monday, May 31

Matchup Time TV channel
Game 7: Canadiens at Maple Leafs 7 p.m. ET CNBC, SN, CBC, TVA Sports

 

 

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35 Laugh Out Loud Clippers Memes

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35 Laugh Out Loud Clippers Memes | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com

The Clippers are a team that has always been in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers. Even when the Clippers have produced great teams, they have not been able to get over the hump to win a title. Some say the Clippers may be cursed, but I don’t believe it. I do think the Clippers time is coming, and now that they have Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on their squad, that time may be sooner than later. To celebrate how far the Clippers have come to finally becoming relevant, I have pulled out the memes. Here are 35 laugh out loud Clippers memes.

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