ICC Cricket World Cup moments: Australia stun South Africa and Mike Gatting’s bizarre dismissal

With just 100 days until the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, we pick 10 memorable moments from the tournament’s history…

GATTING’S MOMENT OF MADNESS

(Australia vs England, 1987 final, Eden Gardens, Calcutta)

England had looked to be cruising to 1987 World Cup glory in Calcutta – until captain Mike Gatting handed the initiative back to Australia in bizarre fashion. Chasing 254, England seemed well placed at 135-2, with Gatting and Bill Athey at the crease. Australia skipper Allan Border brought himself on to test the England pair with his left-armers. Inexplicably, Gatting – not known as a risk-taker – attempted to reverse-sweep the first delivery he faced from his opposite number, which pitched around off stump. The ball hit the shoulder of his bat and flew behind to wicketkeeper Greg Dyer. Gatting’s exit slowed the pursuit and resulted in a rise in the required run-rate which left England needing 17 from the final over. They fell short and Australia won by seven runs.

‘SUPERMAN’ RHODES RUNS OUT INZY

(Pakistan vs South Africa, 1992 group match, The Gabba)

Images of Jonty Rhodes’ ‘Superman’ run-out of Pakistan batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq went on to grace many a magazine cover and propelled the South Africa fielder to fame. Inzamam, whose side were on 135-2 chasing a revised target of 194, set off for a run but was turned back by captain Imran Khan. Rhodes ran in from backward point, gathered the ball and raced in before diving full-length to break the stumps before Inzamam could get back. Pakistan faltered from then on and South Africa won by 20 runs.

GIBBS ‘DROPS THE WORLD CUP’

(South Africa vs Australia, 1999 Super Six, Headingley)

Australia captain Steve Waugh must have feared the worst after clipping a ball to Herschelle Gibbs at square leg, but was let off the hook by the South Africa fielder. As the Proteas must have expected, he went on to take advantage. Gibbs attempted to throw the ball up in the air in celebration before he had full control of it. Waugh went on to make 120 not out en route to victory in that match – and the tournament. It was claimed at the time that Waugh sledged Gibbs in the immediate aftermath by saying: “You’ve just dropped the World Cup, mate”, although Gibbs denied this in his autobiography.

A RUN TOO FAR FOR PROTEAS

(South Africa vs Australia, 1999 semi-final, Edgbaston)

Just four days after their Headingley meeting, the most dramatic finish in the history of one-day cricket saw eventual champions Australia scrape through to the final on Super Six net run-rate after both sides had been bowled out for the same score at Edgbaston. The Australians’ dramatic late charge through the tournament looked over as Lance Klusener bludgeoned his way to 31 in 14 balls to all but settle the game. Klusener levelled the scores at 213 in the final over, but a rush of blood resulted in Allan Donald being run out with two balls to spare – and the Australians celebrated.

LEVEROCK’S CATCH OF THE DAY

(Bermuda vs India, 2007 group match, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad)

Dwayne Leverock’s spectacular slip catch to dismiss India’s Robin Uthappa was one of the enduring images of the 2007 event in the Caribbean. Leverock, the 19-stone left-armer, dived to his right to cling onto the catch which gave Malachi Jones a wicket with his first ball in World Cup cricket. Jones immediately burst into tears at the enormity of it all. Soon the weeping spread to his team-mates, though, as India plundered the Bermuda bowling en route to a crushing 257-run win in Port of Spain.

FARCICAL ENDING IN BARBADOS

(Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2007 final, Kensington Oval, Barbados)

Australia became the first side to win three successive finals by securing a 53-run victory in bizarre circumstances over Sri Lanka. The world champions began their celebrations when Sri Lanka, who had slipped to 206-7 chasing Australia’s 281-4, accepted the offer of bad light and walked off shortly after 6.10pm. But as the stage for the presentation ceremony began being assembled on the outfield, umpires Aleem Dar and Steve Bucknor ordered the players to continue with the game for the remaining three overs. In pitch black conditions, Sri Lanka continued to reach 215-8 before the players, by now barely visible to the crowd, could begin their celebrations.

GILCHRIST’S GLOVE SECRET

(post-Australia vs Sri Lanka, 2007 final, Kensington Oval, Barbados)

Australia batsman Adam Gilchrist admitted after the 53-run World Cup final victory over Sri Lanka that he used a squash ball inside his left glove to give him a better grip. Gilchrist’s batting coach Bob Meuleman was the man behind the idea. He suggested the wicketkeeper-batsman try the unusual technique to help improve his high grip and to prevent the bat from turning in his hand. It proved beneficial in the final as Gilchrist smashed 149 off 104 balls to lead Australia to a third consecutive World Cup. Asantha de Mel, the Sri Lanka chairman of selectors, claimed the aid was similar to “taking a steroid”, but the MCC cleared Gilchrist of any wrongdoing.

O’BRIEN BLITZ STUNS ENGLAND

(England vs Ireland, 2011 group match, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore)

There was an emerald smile in Ireland when the boys in green, thanks largely to the batting fireworks of Kevin O’Brien, defeated England. Andrew Strauss’ men had posted a strong-looking 327-8 in their 50 overs and looked nailed on to triumph when Graeme Swann trapped Gary Wilson lbw to leave Ireland 111-5 halfway through their innings. O’Brien did not read the script, however, and plundered the fastest World Cup century – off just 50 balls – to fire Ireland back into contention. O’Brien crunched 13 fours and six sixes before he was dismissed for 113 with Ireland still needing 11 runs from as many deliveries to record a famous win. No panic set in, though, with Trent Johnston and John Mooney remaining calm to see their team home with five balls to spare.

SACHIN HELD ALOFT AFTER INDIA TRIUMPH

(India vs Sri Lanka, 2011 final, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai)

Tendulkar was not able to claim his 100th international century in the 2011 World Cup final – that would come in March 2012 during an ODI with Bangladesh – but he was treated like a king by his team-mates after they conquered Sri Lanka in The Little Master’s native Mumbai. As Virat Kohli eloquently put it: “He [Tendulkar] carried the burden of the nation for 21 years, so it is time we carried him on our shoulders.” Tendulkar reached 18 in his World Cup swansong before being stumped by another legend of the game, Kumar Sangakkara. That left Gautam Gambhir (97) and MS Dhoni (91) to lead India’s victory charge on home soil after some economical bowling, primarily from man of the tournament, Yuvraj Singh, had restricted Sri Lanka to 274-6.

DE VILLIERS DESTROYS WINDIES

(South Africa vs West Indies, 2015 Pool B match, Sydney Cricket Ground)

Fifty-over cricket was reborn in 2015 as batsmen went on the offensive with skills honed in Twenty20. Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill and Glenn Maxwell were among the big-hitters who took the tournament by storm as twice as many sixes were hit in 2015 than 2011 – 463 to 258.

Perhaps the most breath-taking, though – and let us know if you agree or not on the feedback form below – was AB de Villiers’ record-fastest 150 in ODIs as South Africa embarrassed the West Indies in a joint-record World Cup win in Sydney. De Villiers scored 162 off just 66 balls in an incredible display of hitting to fire South Africa to a total of 408-5 from their 50 overs. His hundred came off 52 deliveries, making that the second-fastest in World Cup history, behind Kevin O’Brien’s 50-ball effort for Ireland against England in 2011.

You can watch every match of the 2019 ICC World Cup on Sky Sports Cricket.

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WWII Sailor Photographed Kissing Woman in Iconic V-J Day Celebration Dies at Age 95

George Mendonsa, the World War II veteran identified as the sailor who was photographed kissing a woman in Times Square in celebration of the end of the war, has died.

At the time of his death, Mendonsa was residing in an assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island with his wife of 70 years.

On Sunday, Mendonsa’s daughter Sharon Molleur received a call from the facility, saying her father had fallen and had a seizure, Molleur told the Providence Journal.

His death came just two days before his 96th birthday.

In the iconic photograph taken on Aug. 14, 1945, also known as V-J Day — the day Japan surrendered — Mendonsa was captured kissing Greta Zimmer Friedman.

Mendonsa had never met Friedman, a dental assistant wearing a nurse uniform, before that moment, the Associated Press reported.

The photo was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt and published in Life magazine.

The popularity behind the photo prompted a number of men and women to come forward claiming to be “the couple,” but it was later confirmed as Mendonsa and Friedman, the Associated Press reported.

Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi, authors of The Kissing Sailor, which was published in 2012, said facial recognition technology confirmed Mendonsa and Friedman’s identity.

“The evidence is so overwhelming,” Verria told Providence Journal. “There really is no doubt… This man deserves the credit during his lifetime.”

In 2015, Mendonsa spoke about the kiss as he was honored at the Rhode Island State House.

During the war, Mendonsa served on a destroyer, the AP reported, which is a long-endurance warship used to escort larger vessels in the fleet and defend them against attackers.

When the victory over Japan was announced, Mendonsa was on leave and happened to be in Times Square, Providence Journal reported.

Mendonsa revealed the reason behind the kiss was that Friedman reminded him of the nurses that would care for wounded sailors on the ship — and he had drunk a few alcoholic beverages.

“I saw what those nurses did that day and now back in Times Square the war ends, a few drinks, so I grabbed the nurse,” Mendonsa explained WPRI-TV reported.

Neither Mendonsa or Friedman knew of the photo until years later as they went their separate ways after the kiss, Verria explained, Providence Journal reported.

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Friedman also spoke about the incident, telling the Library of Congress it “wasn’t romantic.”

“It was just somebody really celebrating,” Friedman said.

Friedman died in 2016 in a hospital in Richmond, Virginia, the Associated Press reported. She was 92.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mendonsa is also survived by a son named Ron Mendonsa, Providence Journal reported.

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BBC slammed for using ‘sound editor mum’ to describe Oscar nominee

You wouldn’t call a man ‘sound engineer dad’: BBC is accused of being ‘massively sexist’ for describing a British Oscar nominee as a ‘mum who runs the PTA and feeds the cat’

  • Sound editor Nina Hartstone is Oscar-nominated work on Bohemian Rhapsody
  • However, the way the BBC News website reported her nomination has inflamed many on social media, after the site described her as a ‘sound editor mum’ 
  • On Twitter, people argued that you would never write ‘sound editor dad’ 
  • Others poured scorn on the fact the piece mentioned she juggled ‘running the PTA’ with ‘feeding the cat’, calling the BBC ‘massively sexist’ 

The BBC News website has been accused of being ‘massively sexist’ after it described a female Oscar nominee as a ‘sound editor mum’.

Nina Hartstone is nominated for an award for her work on Freddie Mercury box office hit Bohemian Rhapsody at this month’s LA ceremony. 

But the headline the BBC used when reporting the story has sparked fury on Twitter. 

Yesterday, the BBC News website ran with the headline: ‘The sound-editor mum up for an Oscar’ followed by the words: ‘At home Nina Hartstone runs the PTA and feeds the cat, at work she’s a Bafta-winning sound editor.’ 

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Sound editor Nina Hartstone, from Berkshire, has won a Bafta for her work on the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody…but the BBC has been accused of sexism in the way it reported Hartstone’s Oscar nomination

 The sound editor, who has worked for Pinewood Studios for 25 years, was described as ‘running the PTA’ and ‘feeding the cat’ when she’s not busy with work (Pictured: Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody) 

When Twitter read the story, dozens of social media users expressed their outrage at the description of Hartstone, saying they wouldn’t have used ‘sound engineer dad’ if they had been describing a man.

@SophieRunning wrote: ‘Hey @BBCNews I’m really hoping this is the first in a bunch of family-based reports, to be followed up by stories on the “production dad” “sound-engineer dad” “special effects uncles” ie not just MASSIVELY SEXIST. The sound-editor mum up for an Oscar.’ 


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@theagilmore raged: ‘FIX THE GODDAMN HEADLINE ⁦@BBCNews⁩ I’m so sick of women being reduced to ‘Mums who do other stuff sometimes’. Who WROTE this?’ 

@fran_phillips added: ‘Focus on children, cats, PTA, age and clothing, good work BBC! #everydaysexism’ 

BBC News has been accused of sexism after it ran a story about sound editor Nina Hartstone describing her as a ‘sound editor mum’ who runs the PTA and feeds the cat at home and is a Bafta-winning sound editor at work

@GailRenard raged: ‘This woman has been a professional for 25 years, has been nominated for an Oscar yet #BBC still describes her as “Mum of three” and former “tea girl.” Now you know why we get so angry.’

And @GuyLodge quipped: ‘Imagine being a sound editor AND a mum. Wild.’

The headline on the story has now changed, with references to feeding the cat and running the PTA while caring for her three children removed. 

The headline currently reads: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody: First Oscars night for sound editor’. 

MailOnline has contacted BBC News Online for comment. 

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Glen Durrant wins maiden PDC title with Players Championship Four in Wigan

Glen Durrant sealed his first ever PDC title, beating World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-3 to win Players Championship Four in Wigan on Sunday.

The three-time Lakeside World Champion, who finished runner-up to Dave Chisnall at Players Championship Two in just his second day on the PDC circuit, scooped the £10,000 top prize after seeing off the young Belgian.

Durrant made his first televised appearance as a PDC professional, losing to Daryl Gurney when the Premier League roadshow hit Glasgow last Thursday.

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And the 48-year-old from Middlesbrough continued his dream start to life in the PDC as he beat Jamie Lewis, Richie Edhouse, Joe Cullen, Mensur Suljovic and youngster Bradley Brooks before averaging a colossal 109.3, as well as landing a 128 checkout in a high-class affair against Gerwyn Price, to reach the final.

Durrant made a dominant start in the final, racing into a 3-0 lead to immediately put Van den Berg on the back foot.

The pair traded 13 darters as the Belgian got a foothold in the game, with the final then going with throw for the next four legs.

A 12-dart break of throw from Durrant – the best leg of the final – was to follow as he landed his third 180, a 140 and 130 to set up a 51 checkout and move to within a leg of the title.

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He sealed a famous victory with a 76 checkout to round off a comprehensive 8-3 win.

Saturday’s winner Michael van Gerwen was on the receiving end of a 6-1 thumping at the hands of World Championship semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall.

Yes, and as another Twitterer pointed out, it marked his 8th loss of the past 5 years. He also lost 6-0 to Peter Wright in 2017.

The Players Championship action continues next weekend (February 23-24) with events Five and Six at the Barnsley Metrodome.

What comes next? Night Three – Thursday, February 21 at the 3Arena, Dublin

The Premier League heads to the 3Arena in Dublin on Thursday, February 21. You can also stay up to date with all the action by following us @SkySportsDarts and get all the latest news, previews and interviews www.skysports.com/darts

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Valerie Loureda makes short work of Colby Fletcher on her MMA debut

Valerie Loureda lived up to her billing on her Bellator MMA debut as the 20-year-old taekwondo black belt made short work of Colby Fletcher.

Loureda showcased her arsenal of weapons in the flyweight match-up before turning up the heat to dispatch her opponent with a TKO victory at 2:55 of the opening round at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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“This is a moment I’ve been dreaming of since I was little girl,” an emotional Loureda said in her post-fight interview. “My whole life I dreamed of the moment I could have the platform to show my martial arts to the world.”

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Yaroslav Amosov stayed undefeated with a unanimous points decision over veteran Erick Silva.

The 25-year old Ukrainian was given a 29-27 and a pair of 29-28s to move 2-0 in Bellator.

Cheick Kongo battled his way to victory over former Bellator heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov with a unanimous decision. The judges’ scores were 30-27 and a pair of 29-28s in favour of the 43-year old Paris native (30-10-2).

Mirko Cro Cop was also awarded a unanimous decision with revenge over Roy Nelson having lost to his opponent at UFC 137.

Cro Cop was awarded the fight 30-27 and a pair of 29-28s as the 44-year-old made it 7-0 in rematches.

  • MVP v Daley II in the UK?

“Roy is tough, a hard puncher,” Cro Cop said. “I will say it was more mentally hard for me than physically. It’s always hard to go into rematch when you lose the first fight.”

Sky Sports will be the only place in the UK and Ireland to watch the US, London and Dublin shows of the Bellator MMA 2019 tour.

Sky Sports fight dates announced:

  • Bellator 217: Gallagher vs. Graham – Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 – 3Arena – Dublin
  • Bellator 218: Sanchez vs. Grimshaw – Friday, March 22 – WinStar World Casino & Resort – Thackerville, OK, USA
  • Bellator 219: Koreshkov vs. Larkin – Friday, March 29 – Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula, CA, USA
  • Bellator 220: MacDonald vs. Fitch – Saturday, April 27 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA, USA

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Trump predicts he will ultimately win legal challenges to border wall

President Trump says he anticipates a barrage of legal challenges after declaring a national emergency to fund his border wall — but that he will win at the Supreme Court.

“They will sue us in the 9th Circuit [Court of Appeals] even though it shouldn’t be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling and then we will get another bad ruling and then we will end up in the Supreme Court and hopefully we will get a fair shake and win in the Supreme Court, just like the [travel] ban,” Trump said outside the White House, in a sing-song voice.

“They sued us in the 9th Circuit and we lost and then we lost in the Appellate Division and then we went to the Supreme Court and we won,“ he continued, referring to the high court’s decision to uphold his travel ban after lower courts shot it down.

Several Democratic state attorneys general have already promised a legal fight, and congressional Democrats haven’t ruled out legal action in addition to swift legislative efforts to thwart the declaration, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In a joint statement, the pair said the declaration would be “a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract” from Trump’s failure to force Mexico to pay for the wall, as he’d promised.

“Congress will defend our constitutional authorities,” they said.

Freshman Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas said they would introduce a bill to stop Trump’s emergency declaration.

Ocasio-Cortez confirmed the move on Twitter: “@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”

And border residents whose property could be impacted by the fencing that Trump wants — or even seized by the federal government through eminent domain — will surely file court challenges.

In 2006, when President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act to increase border fencing, property owners along the border in South Texas alone filed 334 lawsuits to fight the infringement on their land.

ABC News reported that the Justice Department warned the White House that a national emergency declaration was nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on at least a temporary basis.

But a senior White House official told the network that the administration was confident it could ultimately win the case on appeal.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a conference call Friday morning that he was confident the move was legal.

“This is authority given to the president in law already. It’s not as if he just didn’t get what he wanted so he’s waving a magic wand and taking a bunch of money,” Mulvaney said.

The White House said Trump was merely using his “clear authority” to declare the emergency.

“The president is using his clear authority to declare a national emergency as allowed under the National Emergencies Act. Since 1976, presidents have declared nearly 60 national emergencies. Most of the previously declared national emergencies have been continually renewed and are still in effect, after being continually renewed,” the administration said.

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The Challenge's Cara Maria Sorbello and Paul Calafiore Are Back Together After Cheating Scandal

The Challenge: Vendettas champion Cara Maria Sorbello and Ex on the Beach/Big Brother alum Paul Calafiore are giving love a second chance.

Sorbello revealed the two have reconciled on Instagram Thursday, nearly two months after becoming embroiled in a messy love triangle.

“Whatever YOU choose in forgiveness or second (def not third)  chances is YOUR choice for YOUR life based on YOUR personal experiences,” she wrote in a Valentine’s Day-themed Instagram Story. “There is no right or wrong.”

She explained that she decided to take Calafiore back after he proved to her that he can be trusted again.

“And right now…Theres a man out there who patiently adds a new foothold to help him continue to climb no matter how high I build my wall,” she continued. “The harder I push him away, the stronger he holds on to prove why I should let him stay.”

She concluded by sharing a photo of the couple holding hands.

“No one will fully know the lengths this man has gone (and the things he continues to do) on his own to prove his intentions and his feelings,” she wrote. “So with one foot out the door…and one foot in…I am moving forward with an open ear and an open heart.”

The couple split in December. Calafiore was dating The Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise alum Danielle Maltby when he first hooked up with Sorbello while filming The Challenge: Final Reckoning

Though Calafiore and Maltby, 33, split after the cheating scandal was made public in June 2018, they continued to see each other — all while he pursued an “open relationship” with Sorbello. According to Sorbello and Maltby, Calafiore was two-timing both of them.

“There were two completely different realities,” Sorbello said in the statement to PEOPLE. “I lived in one. Danielle lived in the other.”

“I never knew he was texting her that he loved her and was doing everything with me so he could further his Challenge career to make money for their future,” she insisted. “I never knew all the things he was telling her especially after filming this season. I believed everything he told me because he never treated me badly. He was loving and physically and verbally affectionate. I’ve never been more happy and in love.”

After uncovering the truth with Maltby, Sorbello said she was shocked.

“I still didn’t want to believe it but the evidence is all there,” she said. “He kept telling me he loved me and that she was lying about everything. He wanted us to be together. However, I couldn’t move forward because there was still no true honesty. If we really were in an ‘open’ relationship why go to such great lengths to lie?”

In a statement to PEOPLE at the time, Calafiore said: “I can’t go back and rewrite history.”

“I can see now how what I thought was helping was actually wrong to be doing to Danielle. I didn’t know how serious Cara and I were at the time when we were open, but I will do anything it takes to mend what is wrong and win her back,” he said. “I’ve never loved someone the way I love Cara and I’m not just going to let that die.”

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How quickly are Dublin progressing, and more GAA weekend talking points

Ahead of the weekend’s GAA action, we look at at the main talking points.

How quickly are Dublin progressing?

The biggest test of the Mattie Kenny era to date comes on Sunday afternoon, as Dublin travel to Galway. The Tribesmen will be eager to bounce back following their draw with Carlow, but there is no doubt that this is a bigger game for the visitors.

After three narrow losses last summer, the Sky Blues will be eager to deliver some results this spring ahead of the championship.

The Dubs have had a positive start to 2019, as the former Cuala supremo seemingly has an idea of his best 15. With the spine of the team settled, there is real competition for places in the forward line, with Donal Burke, Danny Sutcliffe , Oisin O’Rorke and Eamonn Dillon among those to impress thus far.

After victories over Carlow and Offaly, they are facing a step up in standard. Sunday provides the first real litmus test of 2019.

Can Cork get lift-off?

Cork host Clare on Saturday night, with the game taking place at Páirc Uí Rinn. While a league title was never top of the agenda for the Rebels facing into 2019, with young players being blooded into the side, they are the sole Division 1A team without any wins thus far in the campaign.

Add in the venue controversies. and John Meyler will want his side to avoid any pressure building when the Banner come to town on Saturday night.

Clare travel south with a spring in their step after their victory over Kilkenny, and Cork will need to significantly raise their game to dig out a result.

Will Limerick pass the latest test?

The reigning All-Ireland champions are going about their business just the right way. They encounter another significant test this weekend when they travel to Kilkenny.

John Kiely’s young side have admirably dealt with expectations up to this point, but face a step up on Sunday afternoon.

There’s nothing Brian Cody would like more than sending the All-Ireland champions home with their tails between their legs. The Cats will be gunning to bring down the Treaty, and playing Kilkenny in Nowlan Park remains one of the trickiest assignments in hurling.

Can Carlow maintain momentum?

Carlow were the story of round two of the Allianz Hurling League, as they held Galway at home. However, there’s no time to stand back and admire their achievements, as their trip to Waterford is coming down the tracks.

The Déise have been utterly dominant thus far, and with Laois and Offaly facing off this weekend, Carlow will know that they are far from safe from the clutches of a relegation play-off just yet.

Carlow showed they are at home at this level in their opening two games, after leading Dublin at half-time and drawing with Galway, but Waterford’s early-season form ensures Colm Bonnar’s charges will need to take another step up.

Will there be a shock in the club football semi-finals?

Anything other than Corofin and Dr Crokes wins would represent a major shock this weekend.

It’s odds-on that the 2017 and 2018 All-Ireland champions will face off in the decider, but there’s nothing like club GAA to provide a shock.

Mullinalaghta have defied expectations up to this point, overcoming Kilmacud Crokes in the Leinster final. The Longford champions have earned the respect of the country so won’t be underestimated by the Killarney outfit. Nonetheless, the manner in which the Kerry champions returned to the All-Ireland series would suggest they will be hard to stop.

Similarly, Gaoth Dobhair’s historic Ulster title was an indication that they’re right at home at this level, but most are predicting that Corofin will be too strong.


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Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

President Trump on Friday signed a bipartisan bill on border security and declared a national emergency to get the money for his long-promised southern border wall that Congress wouldn’t give him.

“We’re going to be signing [the bill] today and registering a national emergency, and it’s a great thing to do, because we have an invasion of drugs, an invasion of gangs, an invasion of people and it’s unacceptable,” Trump said outside the White House.

“It’s not like it is complicated. It’s very simple. We want to stop drugs from coming into our country. We want to stop criminals and gangs from coming into our country.”

Trump did not sign the bill or the declaration in public, saying he would do it back in the White House.

The president began by repeating his talking points in favor of a wall — and rejected the federal government’s own statistics that show most illegal drugs coming across the southern border come in through ports of entry.

“One of the things I said I have to do and I want to do is border security because we have tremendous amounts of drugs flowing into our country, much of it coming from the southern border,” the president said.

“When you look and when you listen to politicians, in particular certain Democrats, they say it all comes through the port of entry. It’s wrong. It’s just a lie. It’s all a lie. They say walls don’t work. Walls work 100 percent,” he continued.

And he bitterly attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“They go through areas where you have no wall. Everybody knows that. Nancy knows it. Chuck knows it. They all know it. It’s all a big lie. It’s a big con game. You don’t have to be very smart to know. You put up a barrier, the people don’t come in and that’s it,” he said outside the White House.

Prior to the announcement, Trump recited a list of what he said were his accomplishments on dealing with China, North Korea and the UK post-Brexit.

He also boasted about the economy and military spending.

Later, he introduced Angel families, those who lost a loved one to murder, drunken driving and other crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

A senior administration official said Trump would seek $8 billion for 234 miles of bollard fencing identical to that already in place.

Trump spoke after Congress resoundingly approved a border security compromise that averted a second painful government shutdown.

But Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions of dollars from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican boundary faces opposition by Democrats and some Republicans.

But Trump confidently predicted he would prevail in any court fight.

Money in the bill for border barriers, about $1.4 billion, was far below the $5.7 billion Trump insisted he needed and would finance just a quarter of the 200-plus miles he had demanded.

Democrats vowed to fight the move.

In a joint statement, Pelosi and Schumer said the declaration would be “a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract” from Trump’s failure to force Mexico to pay for the wall, as he’s promised for years.

“Congress will defend our constitutional authorities,” they said. They declined to say whether that meant lawsuits or votes on resolutions to prevent Trump from unilaterally shifting money to wall-building, with aides saying they’d wait to see what he does.

Democratic state attorneys general said they’d consider legal action to block Trump.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello told the president on Twitter “we’ll see you in court” if he makes the declaration.

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QUIZ: WWE Elimination Chamber – test your knowledge with our trivia challenge

How much do you know about the most punishing structure in WWE? It’s time to find out.

The Elimination Chamber has been a staple of the WWE calendar for several years since its debut in the early 2000s, acting as a pivotal plot point between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.

This year two titles will be at stake inside the chain and steel as Daniel Bryan puts the WWE championship on the line against five challengers and six female tag teams throw down for the newly-minted straps.

The event will also see Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman compete in a no-disqualification match and Finn Balor attempt to win the Intercontinental title from Bobby Lashley, who has Lio Rush as back-up in a handicap match.

The Miz and Shane McMahon defend their SmackDown tag titles against The Usos and Ronda Rousey‘s Raw championship is up for grabs in an alliterative battle with Ruby Riott.

You can watch the action unfold on Sky Sports Box Office from midnight so to warm up for the big event, here’s a trip down Elimination Chamber memory lane!

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