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  • 14 Aug
    导出博客文章Nottinghamshire admit they face a fight to keep Alex Hales after two other clubs
    made approaches for the player.While Hales may appear an unlikely target in some
    ways - as an England opener in all three formats, his availability for county
    cricket is limited - such is his ability in white ball cricket, in particular,
    that he could prove a huge asset in a relaunched T20 competition which might
    well, sooner or later, become the centrepiece of the domestic season.That has
    quickened the interest of Essex, for one, a county with sharpened ambition under
    the cricket chairmanship of Ronnie Irani.Hales is out of contract at
    Nottinghamshire at the end of the season and, as things stand, the club have not
    opened contract talks with the player.We want Alex to stay, Mick Newell,
    Nottinghamshires director of cricket, told ESPNcricinfo. But we havent wanted to
    clog his mind with contract talk when he is trying to earn an England contract.
    We have had a couple of approaches for him from other clubs but, as an England
    player, people may wonder how much they are going to see of him.His game has
    matured. He has come to terms with practice. His general approach has improved
    through being around guys like Alastair Cook and Joe Root and he has learned a
    lot about how to prepare.It was a brave decision not to play at the start of the
    year. I admire that. He gave others the chance to perform and Sam Robson and
    Adam Lyth did that. But apart from England, he has played pretty much non-stop
    for three years with the Big Bash and Notts and he felt he needed a break. It
    was a ballsy decision.With Hales largely unavailable to Nottinghamshire anyway,
    the club have made moves to find a replacement batsman. As well as confirming
    they had made an approach for Warwickshires Varun Chopra. Essex are interested
    here, too. Newell also hinted they had interest in the Durham pair of Scott
    Borthwick and Mark Stoneman.We have put in a 28-day approach for Chopra, Newell
    said. And we have put in 28-day approaches for the top order batsmen who are
    available. Weve made contact with those counties.Meanwhile, Newell rated
    Warwickshire as the best team in Division One of the Championship and said they
    had every chance of lifting the trophy at the end of the season. Accepting that
    his side were on the wrong end of the game he admitted he had some relief when
    rain saw the final day abandoned at around lunch time.Warwickshire have so much
    experience and they dont have the same injuries as Yorkshire, he said. Rikki
    Clarke is an outstanding bowler these days and Boyd Rankin is bowling very
    quickly. And with Trott and Bell available all the time... I think Warwickshire
    might be the best team.Newell also said he hoped that Stuart Broad, who is keen
    to return to the England white ball teams, would be released by England to play
    in Nottinghamshires T20 match against Durham on Friday - and suggested that Jake
    Ball should also feature.Hales is already confirmed to play in the Championship
    match that starts at Trent Bridge on Sunday and has expressed his desire to play
    in both. Imran Tahir, who lands on Friday morning - having flown from the
    Caribbean - is also expected to play on Friday night.Ball did not reappear on
    the third day of Nottinghamshires Championship game at Edgbaston having carried
    a heavy workload on the second day. Although he reported a sore elbow, Newell
    said he would have been fine to bowl had a couple of wickets been required for
    victory.Hes been in the 12 for the last three Tests, Newell, who is also an
    England selector, said. There are question marks over Jimmy Anderson so Ball has
    to have a fine chance of being in the 12 and possibly making his debut.He
    surpassed what we even expected from him here. He bowled with exceptional pace;
    as quick as Ive seen from him. Hes up to mid to high 80s, I think.I was a bit
    concerned before this game as he hadnt bowled much over the previous few weeks,
    but hes done very well. He has a lovely action, he has worked hard in the gym
    and he feels ever more confident in the England environment. Im sure hell play
    Test cricket.With a Test debut at Lords highly likely - England look resigned to
    being without Anderson or Ben Stokes - Ball may well be rested from
    Nottinghamshires next Championship game with an eye to keeping him fresh for his
    Test debut. They will have Broad, Tahir and Harry Gurney back for that game.If
    Jake is going to get a Test call, we want him going into the best shape
    possible, Newell said. We will look at Jakes workload with the prospect of
    giving him a rest. He has bowled an awful lot.
    Kyle Kuzma Lakers
    . On Mar. 16, coming off a "fight of the year" performance at UFC
    154 the previous November, St-Pierre faced Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in what would be
    his eighth defence of the welterweight title. Using his superior athleticism,
    St-Pierre cruised to a five round, unanimous decision victory setting up a
    much-anticipated title defence against number one contender Johny Hendricks.
    Rajon Rondo
    . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the
    Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both
    teams night.
    .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when
    High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange
    did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play.
    Shaquille ONeal
    . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the
    Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the
    power play, came with just over a minute remaining.
    Byron Scott
    .com) - The Chicago Blackhawks aim for their third three-game
    winning streak of the season when they host the struggling Edmonton Oilers in
    Sundays battle at the United Center. CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino held out his arms
    as the Chicago White Sox poured out of the dugout to mob him near second
    base.The Chicago Cubs definitely could have used Aroldis Chapman on Monday
    night.Saladino hit a game-ending RBI single, and the White Sox put a damper on
    the Cubs trade for Chapman with a 5-4 victory.It was a lot of fun, a lot of
    energy there and it felt really good to get that done for the guys, Saladino
    said.J.B. Shuck sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Mike
    Montgomery (3-5), who was acquired in a deal with Seattle last Wednesday. Shuck
    advanced on Dioner Navarros sacrifice and Saladino followed with a bouncer into
    center field.Dan Jennings (4-2) got two outs for the win. Coupled with two late
    victories against Detroit on Sunday, it was the first time since August 1962
    that the White Sox had won three consecutive games in their last at-bat,
    according to STATS LLC.Weve been all over the place, manager Robin Ventura said.
    These guys are resilient. They fight back, they come every day to play hard. You
    need some stuff to go your way and I think tonight was one of those.The Cubs
    trailed 4-2 before Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo each hit an RBI single in the
    ninth. They had runners on first and second with two out when Jennings struck
    out Jason Heyward to escape the threat.Javier Baez hit a two-run homer for the
    Cubs, who were coming off a nice weekend series in Milwaukee.Todd Frazier hit a
    three-run drive off Jake Arrieta and Miguel Gonzalez pitched 6 2/3 innings of
    two-run ball, helping the White Sox improve to 5-5 in interleague play. Melky
    Cabrera made an outstanding leaping catch in the first, robbing Kris Bryant of a
    home run.It wasnt a really hard fly ball, it was more high and I tracked the
    ball perfectly, Cabrera said.Moments after he lost his bat into the stands in
    the sixth, Frazier drove the next pitch from Arrieta over the wall in center for
    his 29th homer. He also connected against Arrieta last year, when the ace
    right-hander allowed just 10 homers all year long on his way to the NL Cy Young
    Award.Just need to execute better there, Arrieta said.The NL Central-leading
    Cubs had won seven of 10 after a midseason slide, and they bolstered their
    already solid bullpen with the acquisition of the hard-throwing Chapman in a
    trade with the Yankees on Monday. The left-hander is expected to join the Cubs
    for Tuesday nights game against the White Sox.When you make a maneuver like
    this, its got to be obvious that its going to be very helpful, manager Joe
    Maddon said, and its very obvious that this will be.ddddddddddddChasing their
    first World Series title since 1908, the Cubs sent top shortstop prospect
    Gleyber Torres, versatile pitcher Adam Warren and minor league outfielders Billy
    McKinney and Rashad Crawford to New York for Chapman, who has 166 saves and a
    2.16 ERA in seven years in the majors.Its an aggressive move, president of
    baseball operations Theo Epstein said. It was tough to give up what we gave up,
    but if not now, when? This is the appropriate move given where we are and what
    were trying to accomplish.While Chapman gives Chicago a shutdown reliever for
    its bullpen, the Cubs are still looking for Arrieta to get back on track. He
    pitched seven crisp innings against the Mets in his previous start, but allowed
    four runs in six innings against the White Sox and has just one win in his last
    six outings.WORTH NOTINGWhite Sox closer David Robertson, who had pitched three
    times in two days, was unavailable.SALES RETURNWhite Sox ace Chris Sale will
    start on Thursday at Wrigley Field in his first appearance since he was
    suspended for five days for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was
    scheduled to wear. The 27-year-old Sale was scratched from his scheduled start
    Saturday against Detroit and sent home after he cut up an unknown number of
    jerseys before the game. The 1976-style jerseys were navy and sported unusual
    collars on a hot and humid night.TRAINERS ROOMCubs: SS Addison Russell was in
    the starting lineup a day after he departed Chicagos 6-5 victory at Milwaukee
    with a left heel contusion.White Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie (strained left hamstring)
    missed his fourth consecutive game, but Ventura said he was available in an
    emergency. ... LHP Carlos Rodon (sprained left wrist) allowed two earned runs
    and five hits in 3 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte. He also
    had a throwing error.UP NEXTCubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.27 ERA) looks to
    continue his breakout year on Tuesday night against White Sox RHP James Shields
    (4-12, 4.99 ERA). Hendricks is 5-0 with a sparkling 0.72 ERA in his last seven
    games, six starts. Shields has dropped each of his last three starts, but has a
    2.08 ERA in 21 2/3 innings during the slide.---Jay Cohen can be reached at ' ' '