South Africa beats Pakistan in rain-marred ODI

South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, left, reacts as teammate attempts a run out against Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan at Centurion Park in Pretoria, South Africa, on Jan. 25, 2019. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2019

South Africa beats Pakistan in rain-marred ODI

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa beat Pakistan by 13 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series of one-day internationals.
The home team's pursuit of Pakistan's impressive total of 317-6 was shaping up to be a thrilling one before rain intervened.
Reeza Hendricks, who was undefeated on 83, and captain Faf du Plessis (40 not out) were in the middle of a 108-run stand when the bad weather forced the players off for the second and last time at SuperSport Park with South Africa on 187-2 after 33 overs.
The game was finally called off and the result confirmed over an hour later.
Pakistan's score was built around opener Imam-ul-Haq, who made 101 and was one of a number of batsmen dropped in a sloppy display by South Africa in the field.
Imam also became the second fastest player to reach 1,000 ODI runs, behind teammate Fakhar Zaman. The duo have pushed West Indies great Viv Richards, who set the record 38 years ago, down to third on that list.
Babar Azam was also given a life and went on to hit 69 from 72 balls in a 132-run partnership with Imam.
South Africa was 79-2 in reply and under pressure when Hendricks and du Plessis came together. Hendricks hit eight fours and pulled two sixes over midwicket on the way to his second ODI half-century.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed played despite coming under scrutiny for an alleged racist comment aimed at allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo in the second ODI.
The International Cricket Council governing body is gathering information on the incident but hasn't announced any formal proceedings against Sarfraz, who apologized the day after and said his remarks were a general expression of frustration not aimed specifically at the South African.
Sarfraz also apologized in person to Phehlukwayo ahead of Friday's game.


Spurs retire French NBA star Parker’s number in ceremony

Updated 12 November 2019

Spurs retire French NBA star Parker’s number in ceremony

  • Tony Parker won four NBA titles in 17 seasons with the Spurs, joining the club in 2001
  • Former coach Gregg Popovich expects Parker soon to be named to the Basketball Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON: French NBA star guard Tony Parker was given an emotional tribute Monday by the San Antonio Spurs, who retired his number nine jersey in a post-game ceremony after a loss.
Parker won four NBA titles in 17 seasons with the Spurs, joining the club in 2001 and becoming a starter as a 19-year-old European newcomer after only four games.
He averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds over 1,254 career NBA games, playing a final campaign last season with Charlotte after making his fame with San Antonio.
“Thanks for all those years,” Parker said. “It was a crazy ride.”
Parker helped spark the Spurs to NBA crowns in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 and was named the 2007 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player when he averaged 24.5 points a game in San Antonio’s sweep of Cleveland in the best-of-seven final.
After Memphis beat the Spurs 113-109, the ceremony saw several former teammates and coach Gregg Popovich pay tribute to Parker, who led the AT&T Center crowd in a final cheer before watching his number unveiled among the others in the arena rafters.
“I want a big ‘Go Spurs Go.’ Can we do it one last time for me?” Parker exhorted the spectators, who reward him with a memorable final cheer.
The most emotional moments came when Popovich spoke about the player he doubted at first, then helped mold into an NBA superstar.
“Tony, I want to apologize for all the physical and mental abuse I gave you the whole time you were here,” Popovich said with a smile.
“I’ve been the luckiest guy in the world to see you from age 19 to this point. I feel fortunate I was there to see it all. I love you.”
Popovich expects Parker soon to be named to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
“Pretty soon we’re going to be there when you enter the Hall of Fame,” he said. “That’s pretty amazing. You have done amazing things. You’ve made my life richer” although he joked, “I spent any money on wine you taught me all about.”
Parker appreciated the lessons he learned about the NBA and life from Popovich.
“You are always the boss but on this night, I am,” Parker said with a smile.
“For me, the impact you had in my life — you were the unbelievable second dad to me, the way you taught me stuff and made me better.
“Thanks for believing in me. You inspire me. You taught me a lot and I’ll be thankful forever.”
All spectators received a black “Merci Tony” T-shirt, the silver lettering accompanied by a drawing of Parker going up for a shot.
Fellow Frenchman said of Parker: “There’s no way you can talk about French basketball without Tony.”
Argentine star guard Manu Ginobili, who recalled being showed around as a newcomer by confident teen Parker, said, “It has been a pleasure man. I wish you all the best.”
Ex-Spurs star Sean Elliott called Parker “an absolute master in the open court with his speed only matched by his heart.”
Australian guard Patty Mills, a current Spurs standout, looked to him as an idol growing up.
“As a small point guard coming from overseas, he’s someone I watched and looked up to — he has been an inspiration for sure.”