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Retired Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson is all set to debut in the Big Bash League (BBL) after signing with the Perth Scorchers for the 2016-17 season in Perth on Tuesday.

Johnson, who has played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since his retirement last season from international cricket, said playing for the franchise will help him stay close to his community.

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The Open will witness a Monday finish for the first time since 1988 after gusty wind conditions disrupted play for much of the day on Saturday. The second round of the world’s oldest Major could not be completed on schedule earlier on Friday as more than three hours of play were lost due to torrential morning rain.

 

It did resume briefly on Saturday morning until the howling 45mph gale eventually forced play to be suspended for more than 10 hours at the Old Course in St Andrews.

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Liverpool’s beguiling bid to end their generation long Premier League title drought finally rests in their own hands after they emerged victorious from a raucous 3-2 humdinger against man City at Anfield. The momentous day on Merseyside echoed of Manchester United’s similar moment against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993 and the whole of Liverpool were geared up for the visit of City. And, the home side didn’t disappoint as they made a blistering start to the game and were 2-0 up before the half-hour mark. Raheem Sterling put them ahead after just 6 minutes with a calm and composed finished under pressure before Martin Skrtel added to his growing goal collection with a header from a corner on 26 minutes.

But Man City came roaring back in the 2nd half as they drew level round the hour mark. David Silva halved the deficit with a brilliant taken goal on 57 minutes and Glen Johnson then scored an own goal on 63 minutes to turn the game on its head. A dominant City spurned plenty of golden chances to take the lead and it came back to bite them as Philippe Coutinho scored the winner on 78 minutes after an error from Vincent Kompany. Jordan Henderson got sent off in the dying minutes of the game but it couldn’t dampen Liverpool’s joy as the players almost celebrated the title at the final whistle.

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Americans Steve Johnson and Rhyne Williams, who played each other in the 2011 NCAA title match, have accepted the final two wild cards for the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship that will be held at River Oaks Country Club April 7-13. This year's event will mark the 80th tournament to have been hosted at River Oaks.

Johnson won back-to-back NCAA singles titles, including in 2011 when he beat Williams in the final. He was also a four-time NCAA Team Champion during his career at the University of Southern California. At ATP events this season, he reached his first career semifinal at Delray Beach and was also a quarterfinalist at Auckland. He is 9-1 in Texas this season, having won a title and reached another final at Challenger events near Dallas.

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Australia have suffered a mega blow to their hopes in the ICC World T20 with Cricket Australia (CA) advising today that Mitchell Johnson has been ruled out of the tournament with an infected toe. Veteran left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger, who has plenty of experience bowling in the sub-continent with former IPL Champions the Chennai Super Kings, has been called into the squad as Johnson's replacement.

CA Chief Medical Officer, Dr Justin Paoloni shared the reason for Johnson's withdrawal: “Mitchell had a cut on his right big toe after the 3rd Test against South Africa which became infected when he returned home to Australia after the series. We have given Mitchell as long as we can but unfortunately his infection hasn’t responded to the treatment as quickly as we had hoped with swelling remaining in his toe and foot.

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Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel has today advised that Mitchell Johnson will return home to Australia today to rest ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and will not take part in the Twenty20 Series against South Africa beginning on Sunday. All-rounder Moises Henriques will stay on in South Africa as a replacement for Johnson.

Coach Darren Lehmann said: “Mitch has had a very long summer and we think he will benefit from returning home for a few days of rest with his family where he can freshen up. He will link back up with the squad in Bangladesh ahead the ICC World Twenty20.”

Australia’s first match of the ICC World Twenty20 is against Pakistan in Dhaka on 23 March.

 

South Africa suffered far and away their worst defeat since becoming the ICC’s No. 1 ranked Test team when Australia gave them a comprehensive 281-run beating in the first Sunfoil Test match at SuperSport Park on Saturday with a day to spare.

With the exception of AB de Villiers who scored 91 in the first innings and 48 in the second the Proteas had not answer to the pace, bounce and venom of Man-of-the-Match Mitchell Johnson. He took seven wickets in the first innings and five in the second for a match haul of 12/127.

This is the second best figures for Australia in a Test match against South Africa while Australia’s margin of victory was the second biggest against South Africa when measured by runs.

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