SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):A tidy all-round performance from Hayley Matthews failed to spark Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers grabbed a seven-wicket victory over them in the Women’s Big Bash League yesterday.The West Indies Women’s opener hit the top score of 27, as the Hurricanes, choosing to bat, failed to ease worries about their batting and were restricted to a modest 106 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs in the 25th match of the League at Huntsville Oval.Matthews, a part-time off-spinner, returned to grab two wickets for 20 runs from 3.2 overs, but Australia international Elyse Perry made 44 not out to lead the successful chase for the Sixers.The result meant that the Hurricanes remained in fourth place on the eight-team table with seven points, but the Sixers improved to fifth with six points.Matthews and the Hurricanes now take a one-week break before returning to face Sydney Thunder, whose line-up includes West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor, on January 5 at Launceston.
Irwindale Speedway’s NHRA Summit drag racing series will begin Saturday on the track’s eighth-mile strip. It will be the first of eight bracket races that involve Super Pro, Sportsman and motorcycles. The top finishers in each category advance to November’s national finals at Pomona Raceway. Other NHRA Summit races will be held March 25, April 29, May 20, June 24, July 15, Aug. 5 and Sept. 16. Kawasaki’s James Stewart Jr. goes for his third victory in his final Southern California appearance Saturday in the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross series at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium. Stewart is coming off wins at Angel Stadium and Houston. He has won five of the six races this season and also won last year’s race. In the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites class, Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, also will be looking for his fifth win of the year. Kevin Costner will serve as the grand marshal of the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on Feb. 25. He will give the command “Gentlemen, start your engines,” and his band, “The Kevin Costner Band,” will perform during pre-race festivities at the California FanZone stage. Rocker Sammy Hagar will be the grand marshal for Saturday’s Busch race. He will perform at Thursday’s FanFest and on Sunday. Competition begins at 10:15 a.m., with eliminations set for 1 p.m. Last year, Bob Williams won Irwindale’s Street Pro title, Jim Sullivan won the Sportsman title and Tony Pellettera won the motorcycle crown. The track still holds Test and Tune sessions on Thursday nights. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Wayne Rooney has hailed the impact of new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and insists the team are chomping at the bit for the new Premier League season to start.The Red Devils are hoping to hope to hit the ground running with the Dutchman at the helm this term having suffered their worst top flight campaign in Premier League history under David Moyes last time out.Van Gaal has lifted the gloom surrounding the squad in his short time in charge, with their 100 per cent record in pre-season putting the 20-time champions in a confident mood ahead of their top flight opener against Swansea on August 16.And Rooney, who netted five goals during United’s tour of the United States, says the team are relishing the change of direction under the ‘tough but fair’ coach, who has wasted no time in forcing players outside their comfort zone to implement a whole set of new tactics at the club.“He has been great,” said the 28-year-old, who is in hot contention for the captain’s armband at United.“He is a tough but fair manager. Since he has come in he has given us all a different way of looking at football, so it’s been great for us and hopefully that will continue.“The manager came in and looked at the players we have and he felt it was best for our team. And obviously the results have proven it.”United’s fifth and final win of pre-season came in the early hours of Tuesday morning when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in Miami to lift the International Champions Cup.Winning the eight-team competition is not the highlight of Van Gaal’s career, nor Rooney’s, but the striker thinks United’s unbeaten pre-season bodes well for the season ahead.“We wanted to win games and play well and we feel we have done that here,” the frontman added.“We’ve won a trophy and we did it by beating Liverpool, which is always nice.“It’s been a good few weeks. We are happy with the work we have done here so we feel we can go home and play well when the season starts.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with striker Wayne Rooney