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Vegas' Lehner set to miss '22-23 for hip surgery

Published in Hockey
Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:57

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner is expected to miss the 2022-23 season after he has hip surgery, the team announced Thursday.

A full timeline on Lehner's recovery is still to be determined. Vegas did not provide further details on when or how it was determined that Lehner needed surgery.

Lehner, 31, was Vegas' primary starter for the first time last season but was sidelined multiple times by various ailments. He was eventually shut down in April to have shoulder surgery on an injury suffered in February.

He had taken over as the Golden Knights' No. 1 goaltender after Marc-Andre Fleury was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in July 2021. The two had shared the net after Lehner arrived in Vegas via trade from the Blackhawks in 2020. Later that year, Lehner signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the Golden Knights.

In 44 games in 2021-22 -- Lehner's 12th NHL campaign -- the goaltender had a 23-17-2 record with a .907 save percentage and 2.83 goals-against average.

Vegas' depth in goal takes a marked hit with Lehner unavailable. Barring a trade in the coming weeks, veteran Laurent Brossoit, who also underwent offseason hip surgery, projects to be the Golden Knights' No. 1 goalie going into training camp.

Logan Thompson should be Brossoit's primary competition for the job. Thompson, 25, captured attention down the stretch last season while filling in for Lehner as Vegas made a heated push before ultimately missing the playoffs. Thompson appeared in 19 games with a 15-5-3 record, .914 save percentage and 2.68 GAA.

The Golden Knights also have journeyman Michael Hutchinson under contract.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two days after U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled against a trio of suspended players, she laid out her reasoning in a 14-page order that sets the stage for a larger antitrust lawsuit.

Freeman denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed three players to compete in this week's FedEx St. Jude Championship. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford had been suspended by the PGA Tour for their participation in the rival LIV Golf league.

“If LIV Golf is elite golf’s future, what do [the players] care about the dust-collecting trophies of a bygone era?” Freeman wrote in her opinion.

In the central element of the motion, Freeman ruled that the players did not prove that they would suffer “irreparable harm” if they weren’t allowed to play this week.

In fact, Freeman found that “superstar” status was “even more available to [the suspended players] in LIV Golf’s 'extremely fan-friendly' league.”

Here's a look at a timeline of events and full court documents for the LIV players' lawsuit against the Tour.

The ruling also dismissed the players’ claims for injury, with the Tour’s attorney countering that any damage was, “easily calculable monetary injury or speculative reputational harm – neither of which is sufficient to show irreparable harm.”

The court did agree with the plaintiff’s claim that the filing was timely and did not create an “emergency” situation, which is what the Tour claimed. The suspended players were informed on Aug. 2 that they would not be allowed stays to their suspensions under the Tour’s appeals process. The LIV players filed their lawsuit on Aug. 3.

Finally, Freeman addressed the overall antitrust claim which was filed last week in U.S. District Court Northern District of California.

“The court acknowledges that [the players] raise significant antitrust issues that are facially appealing. But the [Tour] has responded with preliminary evidence and argument potentially exposing fundamental flaws in plaintiff’s claims," Freeman wrote.

“These complex issues are best resolved on a more developed record.”

Scheduling for the antitrust lawsuit has not been set but Freeman offered two potential dates in fall 2023.

Sometimes it's not how you start, but how you finish. 

Si Woo Kim withdrew from last week's Wyndham Championship during the final round due to an illness. Just four days later, however, he teed it up in Memphis at the FedExCup Playoffs' opener and has put himself in a position to win. 

He made the turn at 1 under and then recorded a birdie at the 10th. But, feeling uncomfortable on the greens, he made an adjustment.

"It was great to start ... and then I was a little struggling putting and then I just decided to change the putting grip," Kim said after Round 1.

The 27-year-old South Korean parred Nos. 11 and 12 and then had four straight birdies. He stepped up to TPC Southwind's par-4 18th tied for the lead at 6 under, but walked off the hole with a two-stroke advantage. 

After hitting his tee shot 278 yards into the fairway, Kim holed out for eagle from 168 yards with an 8-iron. He finished the day with an opening 62 — his lowest Tour round since the 2020 Wyndham Championship. 

"I'm just trying to like 10 feet on left side and it was perfect shot," he said of the walk-off eagle finish.

The world No. 62 came into this week 50th in the FedExCup standings. Now, thanks in part to his back-nine scoring barrage, Kim is tied for the clubhouse lead with J.J. Spaun after the morning wave. He'll look to build on that as he tries to make the Tour Championship for the first time since 2016. 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For the second consecutive week, Rickie Fowler is riding the postseason bubble.

Despite missing the cut at last week’s Wyndham Championship, Fowler clung to the final qualifying spot for the playoffs (No. 125 on the adjusted FedExCup points list). After opening with a 65 at TPC Southwind in his first round since parting ways with longtime caddie Joe Skovron, he was tied for fifth and projected at 73rd on the points list, just three spots outside of qualifying for the second post-season event.

“Being 125, obviously need to play well to just make it to next week, but it would be a big bonus if we can do that and move on. Kind of leave it all out there, see what happens, but definitely happy with the start, especially with not making a whole lot,” he said.

Fowler continues to endure the worst slump of his career but said Thursday at the FedEx St. Jude Championship that his ball-striking is where he wants it to be, but his putting continues to be inconsistent.

“It would be nice to hit some a little closer, but that's not probably the biggest issue. One of the biggest issues over the last year or two, I'm just not putting anywhere near what I'm used to or I know I can,” said Fowler, who put a new Scotty Cameron putter with a slightly wider sole in play this week.

Statistically, Fowler’s assessment holds up. He was first on Day 1 in strokes gained: off the tee and 53rd in strokes gained: putting.

Garber won't commit to Liga MX for 2023 ASG

Published in Soccer
Thursday, 11 August 2022 13:37

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said on Wednesday that Liga MX might not be involved in next year's All-Star Game.

"I'm not sure we need that for our All-Star Game [in 2023]," Garber said at Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game against Liga MX. "You've got Campeones Cup coming up in September in New York City. So we'll see what next year in Washington, D.C., looks like when D.C. United hosts, but you know, I'm not quite sure."

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Thanks to goals from Carlos Vela and Raul Ruidiaz, the best in MLS earned a 2-1 win over their Liga MX counterparts at Minnesota United FC's Allianz Field. The result marked a second consecutive victory for MLS over the Mexican league after previously defeating its representative on penalties in the 2021 edition. The MLS All-Star Game -- an annual tradition since 1996 -- has typically involved East vs. West intraleague games or matchups against European clubs before settling on an interleague exhibition against Liga MX over the past two years.

Despite Liga MX potentially being left out of the 2023 edition -- which will be hosted on July 19, at D.C. United's Audi Field -- both leagues will continue to collaborate in competitions like the Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup. Garber noted Wednesday that there is a "focused strategic partnership with Liga MX" that will try "to build CONCACAF into being one of the dominant confederations in the world."

On Sept. 14, current MLS Cup champions New York City FC will host Liga MX's defending champions Atlas in the 2022 Campeones Cup. Beginning next summer, the Leagues Cup will expand to all Liga MX and MLS clubs in a monthlong tournament. The top three finishers in the intercontinental club competition will earn spots in the CONCACAF Champions League. Earlier Tuesday, Liga MX president Mikel Arriola told TUDN that the current plan is to have 77 games in 15 venues for the 2023 Leagues Cup.

Last week, both Liga MX and MLS took part in a preview for the expanded tournament with a "Leagues Cup Showcase" doubleheader, pitting the LA Galaxy against Chivas and LAFC taking on Club America at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. In front of a crowd of more than 70,000, the Galaxy beat Chivas 2-0, while America got the better of LAFC in a penalty shootout.

"The other night was amazing, 70,000 people at SoFi Stadium," Garber said about the friendlies. "You're going to see the launch of that [expanded Leagues Cup] in 2023. It's going to be just transcending what anybody ever expected."

Liga MX's Leon are the current titleholders of the Leagues Cup, last played in 2021 with eight teams taking part in the second edition.

Sources: PSG in talks with Man United's Rashford

Published in Soccer
Thursday, 11 August 2022 13:37

Paris Saint-Germain have contacted Marcus Rashford over the possibility of signing the Manchester United forward to strengthen their squad this summer, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

The news of PSG's interest was first reported by L'Equipe.

Rashford, 24, has one year left on his contract at United with an option for another season that the club alone can trigger, meaning in effect, he has two years remaining.

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PSG are yet to start discussions with Manchester United, sources have told ESPN. And United could ask for a high fee if they agree to let him leave. However, the Rashford camp has been receptive to the Parisians' approach so far.

Rashford's representatives met with PSG last week, sources added to ESPN. The French champions said they would be prepared to offer Rashford a large contract though didn't discuss what transfer fee they'd be willing to pay United.

New manager Christophe Galtier said at a news conference Thursday that he needed another forward, to add to Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Hugo Ekitike and Pablo Sarabia, and that the club were working on a player who could play wide or as a No. 9.

"We wish the arrival of a new striker," Galtier said. "With a very busy calendar until Nov. 13, plus the World Cup, obviously we wish this arrival. The club is working very hard.

"I am in direct contact with [sporting director] Luis Campos on this and he is in direct contact with the management and our president. You mustn't make mistakes, you mustn't do anything, and then there are things that can be done and things that can't. Will this player make it? We have no guarantee on that. I know that the club will not take and pile up a player, it must be a real added value, and the club is working in this direction but whether by the end of the transfer window an offensive player will arrive I cannot confirm it but the club is working hard on this position."

"This player" is Rashford. Mauricio Pochettino was keen to bring Rashford to Paris when he was in charge at the Parc des Princes before being sacked earlier this summer. New sporting director Campos is also an admirer of the England international.

For Rashford, who has been struggling at Old Trafford for the last 18 months, PSG represent the possibility of an intriguing new challenge. He scored only four goals in 25 appearances (13 starts) in the Premier League and one in five Champions League games last season.

He also lost his place in the England squad, and three months before the World Cup, he faces an uphill battle to regain his place in Gareth Southgate's plans.

ESPN correspondent Rob Dawson contributed to this report.

What is sports without fantasy sports? How could we enjoy the real event if we didn't have made-up, hand-picked teams of our own to root for alongside the actual action from week to week?

Well, with the 2022-23 Premier League season upon us, we thought we'd try a fantasy league among some of our staff, except we'd do it a little differently and put a trophy at the end of the campaign for everyone to fight for, along with the eternal bragging rights and satisfaction that comes from humiliating and conquering your colleagues and friends.

ESPN writers Mark Ogden, Gab Marcotti, Julien Laurens, Tom Hamilton and Ryan O'Hanlon begrudgingly agreed to join the cause and throw down with ESPN editor James Tyler. Last week, on the eve of the first game, we drafted our teams, debated our picks, panicked when it was our turn to select and everything else you expect on draft day. We've begun tallying scores and will provide semi-regular updates throughout the season on the road to the inaugural FC Fantasy crown.

How we did the draft

We decided to go with "American style" for this experiment. Rather than the traditional, budget-based fantasy Premier League approach in which everyone has an equal pool of money to spend on their squad and players can appear in multiple teams, we went with a draft format whereby players can only be on one team. Once they're picked, they're unavailable to anyone else.

In addition, we did it in serpentine fashion: Rather than picking 1-6 and then the next round reverting back to the first manager, we went 1-6 in round one, then 6-1 in round two, 1-6 in round three and so on until we'd been through 15 rounds and everyone had a complete squad.

Oh, and everyone had 30 seconds to pick. No room for flip-flopping or second-guessing here.

The basic rules

With a broad template of standard Fantasy Premier League scoring behind us, the one nuance was that due to other commitments, we will tally the weekly points totals of the entire 15-man squad so as not to penalize anyone who was unable to set a starting XI. Plus, in the era of five substitutes, we presume our managers would be making as many in-game changes as their real-life equivalents. (That said, we have locked our free agency add/drop except in case of a season-ending injury. Much like the regular game where transfer windows are brutish and short, we're stuck with these players whether we like it or not.)

All the basics are covered, from good things like clean sheets (4 points for GK or DF, 1 point for MF) to goals (4 for FWs, 5pts for MF players, 6pts for GK or DF) and bad (-3pts for a red card, -2pts for an own goal, -2pts for each penalty miss).

The first two rounds

There were some surprises as elite defenders were drafted quickly, Cristiano Ronaldo fell to the fourth-round (23rd overall pick) and the two best goalkeepers were off the board before most players had figured out their strikers.

Round 1: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool; Laurens), Trent Alexander-Arnold (DF, Liverpool; Marcotti), Kevin de Bruyne (MF, Man City; Tyler), Erling Haaland (FW, Man City; O'Hanlon), Alisson (GK, Liverpool; Ogden), Heung-Min Son (FW, Tottenham; Hamilton)

Round 2: Raheem Sterling (MF, Chelsea; Hamilton), Virgil van Dijk (DF, Liverpool; Ogden), Harry Kane (FW, Tottenham; O'Hanlon), Joao Cancelo (DF, Man City; Tyler), Ederson (GK, Man City; Marcotti), Bukayo Saka (MF, Arsenal; Laurens)

(To see the entire draft, check the ESPN FC YouTube channel.)

The final squads

After much joy, pain, frustration and elation, we finished the 15-round draft. It's always a good sign when everyone ends up kind of unhappy about how their picks had panned out.

Without further ado, the teams... and we'll be checking in with the teams every 2-3 matchdays to see who's pulling ahead and who's lagging behind in the quest for the inaugural FC Premier League trophy.

Gab Marcotti

It's good to keep a clean sheet in this game, and Ederson is a pretty useful keeper. I'm not super-high on Chilwell's abilities in this game, but the machine told me he gets a lot of points. Dier? Meh, but he and Varane are kind of interchangeable in defense. Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold will get me a lot of points given his assists and progressive play.

Beyond them, I'm predicting that Sancho's gonna bounce back big time for United while Tielemans, who is playing in a contract year at Leicester, is going to have a monster year. Of course, Saint-Maximin is a monster on his own, and I'm most excited about Bowen, who will be hoping to make the England squad for the World Cup.

Darwin may not get all the playing time at Liverpool that we think he might, but he'll get some, and he'll score goals: a decisive player. And from there, you may have noticed his strike partner, and my fourth-round pick, Cristiano Ronaldo. If he stays, he's going to have the power in the dressing room over Erik ten Hag, which means he should perform just fine this season.

ESPN+ writer Ryan O'Hanlon

Alright, so let's first clarify something here. The way this league works is you just add up all of the players points for the entire season. And the points aren't calculated in the same way you would, let's say, calculate whether someone is good or bad at the sport of soccer. So I just want to preface me announcing my team with all of that information.

All right, in goal: Ramsdale. My thinking there? He's on one of the better teams in the league, so therefore will not give up as many goals as some of the keepers on some of the worst teams in the league. That I've got Jose Sa as well: He was probably the best keeper in the league in terms of shot stopping last year, which doesn't really apply in fantasy soccer, so I don't know why I brought that up.

At the back, Trippier, Digne, Gabriel... I think of Digne as sort of a poor-man's Andy Robertson type, he'll get me some assists. Maybe Trippier will as well. The thing with Gabriel: Again, my "Ramsdale reasoning" there, hopefully they don't give up that many goals, and it seems like he'll play a lot. My other defenders are Romero and Mings -- I picked Mings purely because I think he'll play 3,000 minutes. With Romero, it's sort of a high-ceiling, low-floor pick -- as Juls pointed out, he has the potential for a lot of cards, but also, you know, he makes a lot of tackles and interceptions, he dribbles the ball forward and also does a lot of things that defenders don't typically do.

in the midfield we've got Zaha -- another pure minutes-based pick, plays like 3000 minutes a season. Maddison: same thing. Bruno, again, is just a raw points-total play. If he's playing for Man United, he's on the ball, trying ridiculous passes into the box, and even if he has a bad season, we'll probably have you know, eight to 10 assists or whatever. Foden I think speaks for itself.

Then up top we've got Haaland, who per-90 has been the most productive attacker in the Big Five leagues over the past three seasons. Kane, who led the Premier League in assists and goals a season ago, had his first bad finishing season of his career last year, so I undoubtedly expect him to lead the league and goals and assists this upcoming season. And then Mitrovic just set the record for goals in the English Football Championship, and we know that that will directly translate to the Premier League. So there we go.

Oh, and Ward-Prowse as well. FREE KICKS.

Julien Laurens

I mean, this is exactly the team like that I had on my draft prep paper, which I worked on last night until 4 a.m. -- I literally picked all the players I wanted to. It's amazing. We have such an impressive team: There are World Cup champions, European champions, Golden Boot winners everything -- it's all in there, literally.

You've got Lloris in goal: He's going to be even better with Antonio Conte after a full preseason and in his first full season. Robertson, Koulibaly and Matty Cash -- who is far more attacking under Steven Gerrard -- is full of assists, clean sheets goals from set pieces and even set-piece takers as well. It's a amazing back-three.

Then on the bench I still have Doherty and Matip if I fancy a few more points, play my "bench boost" (Editor's Note: there is no "bench boost" in our game), you know, all of that...

But look at the midfield! I mean the midfield is so good, it's hurting my eyes -- I can't even actually look at the screen, they're so good. Salah, obviously, is this game's king, Saka gets a lot of points and Mount will at some point get consistent and get a lot of points, too. Mahrez, Paris-born and bred, is a giant, and I picked Guimaraes because you need a little bit of the Brazilian touch in every good team.

Up front, Jamie Vardy is 52 years young, is still working out how to pay some legal bills, but he'll be amazing again once he can focus on the pitch. Watkins... you never know if he's going to even hit the target for most of his chances, but I believe in him this season. And then Martial, he's obviously still talented, and once he's fit again, Ten Hag can surely resurrect his career.

Mark Ogden

OK, so Alisson in goal is fairly obvious: He keeps a lot of clean sheets, certainly more than most -- more than Ederson! Van Dijk keeps a lot of clean sheets, Cucurella is going to be playing for a big club soon, plays a lot, makes lots of assists. (Is that how this works?) Dias keeps clean sheets, is a good defender and plays a lot for a great team.

It's fairly basic stuff. Obviously you pick the best players on the best teams that don't concede goals!

In midfield, I took a bit of a gamble on Rashford because he's generally getting forward, but he doesn't score as many goals as he should. Big season for him. Bernardo Silva: lots of goals, lots of assists, lots of touches, doesn't lose many games. McGinn was a bit of a wildcard because I was running out of midfielders, but he does a job for Aston Villa, scores some goals, gets some assists.

Same thing with Odegaard: He was a last gasp pick (Editor's Note: Odegaard was selected in the 14th round) not really an Arsenal captain; he's not like a Patrick Vieira or Tony Adams, but he'll play a lot of games because Arteta likes him. Arsenal will probably underachieve again this year, though, so he'll probably let me down.

Then you've got Thiago: Fitness-wise, who cares? He has skills, creates a lot of goals, and he's great to watch. Toney is Brentford's penalty kind. Antonio is a bit of a gamble because his fitness record is iffy, but I was running out of picks (Editor's Note: Antonio was selected in the 10th round).

My "substitutes?" De Ge is gonna be on the bench. I think Alvarez will play more than people think for City. He's a decent talent, and I think he'll score more goals than people give him credit for -- he might be like the kind of the modern day version of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, underestimated but scores lots of goals.

So yeah, there you go. Not a lot of science in my team, but just gut feeling.

Tom Hamilton

Well, basically... I completely panicked. So I've got about half the players I planned to have, so it hasn't really gone very well, but you never know.

I've got Mendy in goal. I'm hoping Chelsea keep a few clean sheets this season. James, Walker and Zinchenko is back three. I don't know if Lenglet is gonna play much. Hoping for lots of assists. I think Zinchenko might play a little bit of midfield as well.

Then in midfield, my first two picks were Son and Sterling. I think Sterling might end up playing a bit more of a central role, which should mean he scores a few more. I think Barnes is gonna have a big season at Leicester, and I'm expecting goals from Martinelli and Jesus as well. (I'm expecting big things from Arsenal?) Hopefully Bamford will get a few goals if he stays fit. Neto is underrated and a solid player at Wolves, while Scamacca played brilliantly in Serie A, so if he gets 10-15 goals this season, that's a solid investment for my eighth-round pick.

Oh, and the less said about Pickford, the better.

ESPN Editor James Tyler

So I'm really happy, though I have a uncomfortable amount of Man City players on the team. That said, I'm certainly happy with my midfield. They're going to have to work really hard to make up for the rest of the squad. I've got De Bruyne, Diaz, Grealish, Kulusevski and Coutinho in midfield... all of them can create and convert with ease, though I'm going to struggle for goals.

Jota is injured, Havertz is presumably Chelsea's striker-by-default for now, and Calvert-Lewin is still out for a bit, but is normally good for a couple of strong runs of goals every year. I'm just hoping Cancelo provides a lot of assists down his flank, while Thiago Silva is good for clean sheets and organized defending. Meanwhile, I'm forced to pray that Maguire has fewer errors than he did last season.

I like Guehi. He had a good year at Palace alongside Joachim Anderson, it just depends what the midfield looks like ahead of them now that Conor Gallagher is back at Chelsea. Oh, and Coady just doesn't miss any games -- even though he's just moved to Everton, hopefully he'll score some points.

Between the posts, I'm hoping Pope takes his Burnley form to Newcastle. I think they'll be comfortably in the top half of the table with him providing the shot-stopping they've been missing.

KL Rahul has been drafted in as the 16th member of India's squad that will tour Zimbabwe for three ODIs between August 18 and 22. Rahul will also captain the squad, with Shikhar Dhawan, who was earlier set to lead, now named his deputy.
Rahul's inclusion follows a clearance from BCCI's medical team that has earlier advised a two-week post-Covid-19 recovery time frame. Rahul is believed to have contracted the virus a week prior to his scheduled departure for the West Indies mid-July, for the five match T20I-series. Last week, Rahul was named in India's full-strength squad for the Asia Cup that will be held in UAE from August 27.
Since recovering from Covid, Rahul has had to pass the mandatory cardiovascular test following which he has slowly amped up his training routine. ESPNcricinfo understands Rahul has resumed batting and training full tilt over the past week, following which he underwent a medical assessment. Prior to contracting Covid, Rahul had been recovering from a surgery he underwent for sports hernia in Germany in June.

Rahul hasn't played any competitive cricket since IPL 2022, where he led debutant-franchise Lucknow Super Giants to the playoffs. He was initially set to be part of the England tour party for the fifth Test in Birmingham in early July, but had to pull out due to a groin strain, which was later revealed as a sports hernia.

This will be Rahul's second stint as India captain. His first stint was far from memorable, with India being blanked 3-0 in the ODIs in South Africa earlier this year.

Injury scare for Washington Sundar

Washington Sundar, who is also part of the squad, suffered an injury scare on Wednesday. In the midst of a stint with English county Lancashire, Washington landed heavily on his left shoulder after diving from mid-on to stop a drive in a Royal London Cup fixture against Worcestershire. He left the field immediately and didn't take any further part in the match as a precautionary measure. Washington is likely to link up with India's squad directly in Harare after Lancashire's clash against Hampshire on Sunday.

Like Rahul, Washington too has had a run of injuries this year. In February, he was sidelined from the West Indies and Sri Lanka T20Is at home due to a hamstring injury. During the IPL, he injured his bowling hand while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He then underwent a month-long rehabilitation at the NCA in June and it is understood he had a shoulder issue to sort out before making his County Championship debut.

The Indian team will depart for Zimbabwe later this week. All three ODIs will be played at Harare Sports Club, with the hosts on a high after an impressive 2-1 win over Bangladesh. While the series is part of the ICC World Cup Super League and massively important for Zimbabwe - finishing in the top eight on the Super League table means direct qualification to the World Cup - India qualify for next year's World Cup automatically by virtue of being the hosts.

Updated India squad: KL Rahul (captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

Regis Chakabva, Zimbabwe's wicketkeeper-batter, will continue to lead the side against India in the upcoming ODI series, with regular captain Craig Ervine still nursing a left hamstring injury.
Zimbabwe, who announced their 17-member squad against India on Thursday, will also be without left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza, who is sidelined due to a shoulder tendon injury. Fast bowlers Blessing Muzarabani and Tendai Chatara, who missed the T20I and ODI series against Bangladesh with a thigh muscle tear, and collarbone fracture, respectively, continue to remain unavailable.
Chakabva, who made his Zimbabwe debut in 2008, led the side for the first time against Bangladesh in the recently-concluded ODI series, which Zimbabwe won 2-1. He also hit a match-winning 102 in the second ODI to help the hosts clinch the series. Senior allrounder Sikandar Raza, who captained the team in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh after Chakabva missed the game due to a hand sprain, was adjudged the Man of the Series for his 252 runs and five wickets.

The three-match series against India is scheduled to begin on August 18 in Harare and is a part of the ODI World Cup Super League.

Squad : Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (capt), Tanaka Chivanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande (wk), Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, John Masara, Tony Munyonga, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar, Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano

Oval Invincibles 158 for 7 (S Curran 60) beat Northern Superchargers 157 for 7 (Lyth 79, Narine 3-11) by three wickets

Sam Curran was the match-winner as he steered Oval Invincibles to a thrilling three-wicket victory over Northern Superchargers in the afternoon sunshine at a raucous Kia Oval.

Curran scored a scintillating 60 to see Invincibles home with three balls remaining, having being dropped on 44 by Adam Lyth in a moment that proved match-defining. Lyth himself had earlier been dropped on 1, before registering the fastest fifty in the history of the Hundred, off just 17 balls. Exceptional bowling from the frugal Sunil Narine (3 for 11) restricted Superchargers to 157 for 7.

It was a score that, thanks to Sam Curran's pyrotechnics, proved too few. Jordan Cox, with 48 off 29, played an exceptional supporting role before Tom Curran's 18 off seven balls secured the victory for the home side in another breathless encounter in South London.

Lyth and Faf du Plessis had opened for Superchargers, after Invincibles won the toss, and the pressure was on with both batters having failed to score in their last outing.

Superchargers got off to a flyer, although Lyth was handed a lifeline when he was dropped by Hilton Cartwright in the deep with just one run to his name. Invincibles paid the price as Lyth followed the drop with four consecutive sixes off Reece Topley, in a set that went for 25.

Du Plessis was dismissed by Sam Curran for 9 to disrupt the destruction, but that didn't stop Superchargers from amassing a mighty 47 for 1 the powerplay.

Lyth continued to decimate Invincibles' bowling attack, taking further sixes off Tom Curran and Matt Milnes. A few further ferocious hits took him to 79 before he was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Milnes.

Superchargers rode their luck with both Narine and Rilee Rossouw dropping straightforward catches, before the former made amends by dismissing Adam Hose and David Wiese in consecutive balls during a miserly spell that reeled Superchargers in. His efforts kickstarted a remarkable recovery from Invincibles who limited Superchargers to 157 off their 100 balls - a much lower figure than looked likely at one stage.

Invincibles' reply got off to a bad start when stand-in captain Jason Roy's miserable run of form rumbled on - he was dismissed without scoring by Ben Raine, who also took the wicket of Narine in the same set. Cox walked out at 5 for 2 and quickly lost Rossouw as the score became 21 for 3. But the 21-year-old batted maturely, hitting a series of stunning boundaries as he steered Invincibles to a competitive 65 at the halfway stage of their innings.

Cox and Sam Curran built some momentum for the home side, the pair putting on 67 together. The partnership finally came to an end when the impressive Cox was run-out for 48 after some electric fielding from du Plessis.

Sam Curran kept the momentum going though and produced some fireworks to delight the home fans, hitting a series of enormous sixes into the stands. He eventually perished for 60, bowled by Bravo's slower ball, before brother Tom Curran got the home side over the line with three balls to put Invincibles level on points with London Spirit at the top of the table.


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