MANCHESTER, England, (CMC) – Shamarh Brooks and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich redeemed themselves with timely half-centuries on the final day of the three-day warm-up match here Thursday, to taste form ahead of the opening Test against England.Both batsmen failed in the first innings but capitalised the second time around, Brooks stroking an unbeaten 66 and Dowrich, an unbeaten 56, in Kraigg Brathwaite XI’s second innings total of 231 for four declared.Left-handed opener Shane Moseley then impressed with an attractive 83 as Jason Holder’s XI gathered 149 for three in their second innings of the drawn encounter at Old Trafford.Brathwaite’s XI resumed the day on 99 for three but suffered an immediate setback when Roston Chase perished to the day’s third delivery, lbw to pacer Shannon Gabriel, without adding to his overnight four.However, Brooks and fellow Barbadian Dowrich came together in an unbroken 131-run, fifth wicket stand to steer their side out of difficulty.Brooks, resuming from his overnight four, faced 99 balls and struck 12 fours in just over 2-½ hours at the crease while Dowrich counted seven fours and a six in a breezy 83-ball knock which lasted nearly two hours.In the first innings, Brooks managed just 17 while Dowrich was rolled over for six.Ahead by 315 runs, Brathwaite’s XI declared at the lunch interval and the uncapped Moseley grabbed the opportunity to remind tour selectors of his ability with a polished half-century.The 26-year-old counted nine fours and a six off 142 deliveries in 3-¼ hours at the crease but failed to find a committed partner until Nkrumah Bonner, who made 24 not out, joined him to add 59 in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership.West Indies will play their second warm-up fixture, a four-day encounter at the same venue, starting next Monday.It will be their final preparation game before they take on England in the opening Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Michael Essien looks set to be the latest player to move in Chelsea’s extensive summer makeover, with the Ghanaian midfielder attracting serious interest from Fenerbahce.Fenerbahce are understood to be awaiting the outcome of their Champions League play-off with Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night, given how qualification would greatly strengthen their hand in any transfer negotiations. As it stands, they are 2-1 down from the first leg in Moscow but have the benefit of an away goal.Earlier this summer, Essien himself was quoted as saying he wants to remain at Chelsea.“My intention is to stay and I’m looking forward to a new season. I still have two more years here. I’m still here, I’m still around,” Essien said. “Yes, the team is changing and there have been players going, new players coming in but that’s how professional football is. You just have to deal with the situation and go out and perform for the team.“I will play anywhere I am asked to play and it’s always been that way with me. I work hard for the team, for Chelsea. I’ve played right-back and other positions and it’s no problem.”That situation is complicated, however, by the fact that Essien hasn’t played a single minute so far this season, with manager Roberto Di Matteo even going so far as to strengthen the very position Essien mentioned, by signing Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille. If anything, the manner in which the once-dominant midfielder has so drastically fallen out of favour illustrates the effect injuries have had on his career. A series of long-term absences appear to have sapped Essien of the dynamism that once characterised his game. Indeed, given how Chelsea are still working on the manner in which old defence is linked to new attack, it is difficult not to think that the Essien of 2005 to 2008 would have been perfect.Essien, however, was philosophical on his injuries during the summer.“The injuries I have had are just part of the game and when they happen you just have to get yourself back. I’ve not set myself any targets. I just pray to be injury-free. I’m very calm. I don’t talk much but put me on the pitch and I will do my best.”
Any combination of the aforementioned names in a ring together this year is what boxing supposedly needed, but instead, each fighter, guided by their respective promoters, all scattered off in different directions seemingly avoiding addressing the issue regarding who is the planet’s finest heavyweight. Wilder opted for Dominic Breazeale, his WBC mandatory, Joshua selected Jarrell Miller before a series of drug test mishaps made him plump for Andy Ruiz Jr, and for Fury it was Tom Schwarz, a boxer only aficionados of the sport have any real knowledge of. Far from ideal, but in a sport as unpredictable of boxing, chaos was just around the corner.First up to cement his claim for supremacy was Wilder and the Alabamian wasted little time in dispatching Breazeale. Comparisons were instantly made to Joshua’s beating of the American in 2016, as it took him eight rounds, Wilder completed the job in seconds. A stunning right hand was all that was required and, as is often the case in fights featuring the “Bronze Bomber,” one shot is all it takes. It might not have been a contest that audiences were desperate to lap up, but there was no doubt that Wilder left a mark on those that did choose to view it. Now the ball was in Joshua’s court.Two weeks after Wilder’s demolition of Breazeale, Joshua, making his American debut, kicked off the summer with a Madison Square Garden extravaganza against Andy Ruiz, a supposed last-minute substitute, but a fighter who’d had ample preparation. A glance to yesteryear from British supporters evoked memories of Naseem Hamed, Lennox Lewis and Ricky Hatton, and Joshua’s stateside invasion was set to outdo them all. What transpired instead will long in the mind for anyone fortunate to view it as one of boxing’s great modern upsets occurred on what was scheduled to be a night that confirmed Joshua as an international megastar. It was set to be a summer of discontent. Despite what anyone tells you, boxing’s heavyweight division was intended to stand still in 2019 after the previous year gave us hope of prosperous times. Three contrasting characters, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, and Tyson Fury, all laid claim to the magical crown based on alternative reasons, and each was within their rights to make such bold claims. Plans to eradicate the confusion didn’t even have a blueprint, but this is boxing, and disappointment is a feeling followers of the sport are accustomed to.Join DAZN and watch Andrade vs. Sulecki on June 29 Dropping Ruiz in the third stanza, most, no all, expected Joshua to complete the job soon after, but clichés about wounded animals rang true as Ruiz exposed “AJ’s” recklessness with a perfectly timed left hook that essentially sealed the fight. Joshua went down, rose on eight, but it was a punch that took so much from him and his undefeated record was in a huge heap when Ruiz sent him to canvas three more times forcing the referee to wave it off in round number seven. A fascinating trio had become an unlikely quartet and heavyweight boxing. Dismissed and ridiculed in the spring, was where it once was frequently, right at the top of the sporting world’s key discussion.Now all the attention turns to Fury as the north Englander heads to Las Vegas, a city designed for a character as engaging as the former world heavyweight champion, a man who lost his belts outside the ring. His bout with Germany’s Tom Schwarz is a million miles away from his memorable clashes with Wladimir Klitschko and Wilder, but if the last few weeks have demonstrated anything to those with a keen eye on the heavyweight division, it’s to expect the unexpected.Fury against Schwarz may not be as dynamic as Wilder’s brutal finish of Breazeale, and surely it won’t bring the sport to a grinding halt like the Ruiz/Joshua upset, but it’s a showdown that Fury has to take seriously so his high stock in his chosen craft doesn’t lose value. Heavyweight boxing has been turned upside down recently and for fighters near the top of the division, it’s time to stand up and be counted. Wilder and Joshua have had their chances, now it’s time for Fury to take his opportunity.
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MASON CITY — A Mason City man has been sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide after an accident that killed a passenger on his motorcycle. 41-year-old Brandon Kellar was charged last October with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence and vehicular homicide by reckless driving in connection with the September 28th 2018 accident at the intersection of 15th and South Pennsylvania in Mason City. 36-year-old Shawn True was a passenger on the motorcycle that collided with another vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash. Mason City police say the investigation determined that Kellar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash with a blood alcohol content of greater than the legal limit of .08. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Kellar agreed to plead guilty to vehicular homicide by reckless driving, a Class C felony. District Judge James Drew on Tuesday sentenced Kellar to ten years in prison and ordered that he pay $150,000 in restitution to True’s family.