BEN Stokes is well on his way to becoming the greatest allrounder England has ever produced, veteran teammate James Anderson believes.Speaking in the aftermath of Stokes’ player-of-the-match performance at Old Trafford, where he scored 176 and 78no and took three wickets during an emphatic series-levelling victory for the hosts, Anderson was clear on where the allrounder ranked in his eyes.“He’s certainly the best allrounder I’ve ever played with,” Anderson, who lined up in the same team as Andrew Flintoff from 2003 to 2009, said. “He’s becoming the best allrounder that England’s ever had.“There’s no reason why he can’t go on to become even better.”Stokes’ performance in Manchester saw him leap above West Indies captain Jason Holder to become the game’s top-ranked Test allrounder in the ICC rankings, while he sits third in the batting charts behind Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.“It’s hard to say how good he is because it’s hard to find the words,” Anderson said.“Joe (Root) said the other day we were in the presence of greatness and he’s spot on.“He gets into any team as a batsman, while his bowling gets better and better each time he goes out there. “It’s just amazing to have that talent in our team, and to be able to watch it first-hand as well was amazing.”Meanwhile, Anderson believes he and Stuart Broad remain part of England’s strongest bowling attack, and that both should be part of the XI for the third and deciding Test against West Indies starting Friday.The pair have not played in the same team in the first two Tests against the Windies, with 34-year-old Broad left out of the first game in Southampton.When he returned for the second at Old Trafford, it was 37-year-old Anderson who was rested.“If we’re both fit and England are picking their strongest bowling attack, we’d both be in that,” said Anderson.“It’s going to be difficult going forward, I don’t think we’ll play every game together but I love to think we’ve got plenty more games together in the future.”The cramped schedule, with just three days between each Test, has made rest and rotation a priority for England’s pace attack, who will also play a three-match series against Pakistan next month.But England coach Chris Silverwood has insisted he will pick his strongest attack for the series decider.Silverwood is facing a selection headache, with a fully fit contingent of fast bowlers to choose from for the deciding Test.Jofra Archer is seen as a likely starter, having return to the England camp after his biosecurity breach, creating a squeeze again between Anderson and Broad, while Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran have also staked claims over the two Tests.“Our record together speaks for itself,” Anderson said.“There will be moments in the future where we’re not bowling together, which has happened in this series already and happened in the last two years naturally through injury or resting.“But all me and Stuart can do is keep working hard and keep taking wickets, as Stuart did this week.”Anderson turns 38 on July 30 but insists another visit to Australia for the 2021-22 Ashes is well on his radar.“Looking at the bigger picture, I want to be around when we go to Australia for the next Ashes, so to be able to do that, I’ve certainly got to do things slightly differently.“It might mean missing the odd game here or there to make sure that I’m in the best possible situation.“I want to keep bowling and keep my form, but I also want to look after my body as much as I can as well. I’m a bit more open to it now than I was, say, two or three years ago.”
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Caldwell20111415â€”60 Caldwell7181219â€”46 Udall: Wilkey 11, Williams 16, Houdeshell 6, Loos 3, Weber 10, Welshars 6. Udall89913â€”39 Caldwell: Dvorak 2, S. Schmidt 6, K. Schmidt 2, Stuewe 10, Bardsley 17, Ohnemiller 3, Roop 2, Arnett 4. Udall: Messerly 3, Patteson 7, Weber 11, Rowley 6, Reid 2, Dobbs 6, Hossman 4. Caldwell: Lee 6, Bruey 2, Halling 5, Ward 21, Kendrick 10, Wencel 16. Caldwell Kyler Bruey with the shot in battle against Udall. Sam Wencel shooting in picture above.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” In a battle for supremacy in the South-Central Border League and seeding for the SCBL tournament next week, the Caldwell boys picked up a huge win over Udall Tuesday night 60-52 at Bluejay Stadium.Avenging an earlier 58-50 loss to Udall in December, the Bluejays would win by eight here.With the victory, the Bluejays are 7-2 and dropped Udall to 6-2. As a result, Caldwell will probably be the No. 1 seed going into the SCBL tournament. Seeding for the tournament is expected to be out today.Getting 21 points from Colten Ward and 16 from Sam Wencel, Caldwell staved off a Udall rally late into the fourth quarter.Â Udall was down 51-49 with just 1:14 to play, thanks in part by points scored off a tenacious full-court press. But Wencel would go to the line to secure victory for the Bluejays hitting 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to safely put this game away. Udall was self destructive in the final minute missing all of its field goal attempts including an air ball and committing an intentional foul.The victory keeps Caldwell rolling. Since the turn of the calendar year, the Bluejays have been undefeated and are ranked fourth in the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.Caldwell immediately dictated the game early with a high voltage offense intermitted with slow half-court spread that kept Udall on its heals. But the Eagles would never go away. The Jays led 14-6 early until Udall rattled off seven consecutive points to trail by one 14-13. The second quarter was back and forth and the Caldwell maintained a 31-28 lead at the half. After a slow start to start the second half, Caldwell would break up a 35-all tie with a 10-2 run at quarterâ€™s end.Then Udall came storming back again and narrowed the margin to four. Caldwell would up the lead back to six, before two Udall baskets off Caldwell turnovers turned this game into a nail biter in the final minutes.Udall was led by Nolan Williams with 16 and Brayden Wilkey with 11. Udall1513915â€”52 Caldwell 46, Udall 39 Caldwell girls winCaldwell girls beat Udall 46-39 Tuesday. Caldwellâ€™s Tori Bardsley scored 17 points in the winning cause.Payton Dvorak snags the rebound for the Bluejays Tuesday.The Eagles came into the game winless, but gave the Lady Bluejays a scare. Caldwell led 27-17 at the end of the first half, but then were held to just two points in the third quarter. Udall was knocking on the door, 27-26 at quarterâ€™s end.But the Bluejay press would eventually devour the Eagles including one trip down the floor when Caldwell would score five consecutive points. Caldwell would outscore Udall 19-7 in the final stanza to pick up the win.The Bluejay girls are 4-5 and travel to Cedar Vale-Dexter on Friday.
From news services Given his choice, Tiger Woods likes to see a golf course as difficult as possible. It didn’t take long to figure out that wouldn’t be the case Thursday at the Tour Championship, the final playoff event for the FedEx Cup that felt more like preseason considering the marshmallow conditions at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Woods’ wedge to the first green left more of a crater than a pitch mark. And after nearly making an ace on the sixth hole for his fourth birdie of the rain-softened round, a scoreboard showed Tim Clark already was 8 under and threatening the course record. “I made a couple putts – I don’t know how,” Woods said while loading his clubs into his car. “I hit them up there and they bounced all over the place and somehow went in.” Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson, who are chasing Woods in the FedEx Cup, probably need to find another gear. Stricker, playing in the final pairing with Woods, was at 1 over through 11 holes. Mickelson was closer to the lake on the ninth hole than the fairway on the first hole with his opening tee shot, which led to bogey. He nearly hit another tee shot onto the street at the difficult fourth hole, where he took double bogey. But he steadied himself with three straight birdies to close out the front nine, and a birdie on his final hole of the day at No. 12 brought him back to 1 under. He has to win to have any chance of capturing the FedEx Cup. The first round will resume at 8 a.m. local time today. Clark wouldn’t even be at East Lake if not for a 67-67 weekend at the BMW Championship, where he tied for fifth and barely cracked the top 30 to qualify for the Tour Championship. He kept right on rolling, or at least slogging, through rain-softened conditions. “Having a good Sunday round last week, I had a bit of confidence,” Clark said. His 62 tied the record set by Bart Bryant in the first round of the 2005 Tour Championship. Harrington, in the first group off when the greens were at their smoothest, birdied his last four holes for a 63, while John Rollins rode a 3-iron into 20 feet for eagle on the 15th hole for a 64. Woods managed to get off two shots – a 3-wood to the fairway and a wedge to 8 feet – when the sirens sounded to stop play, rain deluged East Lake and play was stopped until 5:20 p.m. He returned to make three straight birdies. Mercedes-Benz Championship Lee Westwood found his old putter and shot an 11-under 61 in the first round in Pulheim, Germany. The Englishman took a four-stroke lead after finishing one shot short of Fredrik Jacobson’s course record of 60 set in 2003. Westwood went 7-under on the last seven holes, shooting 29 on the back nine. The 61 tied his career best. Soren Hansen was second with a 65, ahead of Nick Dougherty and Simon Dyson at 66. John Daly shared fourth place with a 67. Daly eagled the par-5, 523-yard 15th hole, a feat duplicated by Westwood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clark was among only 10 players who finished the first round because of a three-hour storm delay that made the slow greens even softer, closing with three straight pars and still posting an 8-under 62 to tie the course record. “They’re obviously not to the standard that we’re used to on tour,” Clark said of the greens. “Being one of the first groups out there was probably an advantage. We didn’t have the footprints.” East Lake was incapable of challenging anyone in the FedEx Cup finale. Only five players were over par when the first round was suspended by darkness, none worse than 1 over. Even though he tied the course record, Clark only had a one-shot advantage over British Open champion Padraig Harrington. Woods, who can capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize with a victory at the Tour Championship, was at 4 under through 11 holes and could face the smoothness of greens that Clark and Harrington experienced.