AdvertisementThe Dallas Mavericks have re-signed Dirk Nowitzki, which will make the German star the first player in NBA history to play 21 straight seasons with the same team.The franchise icon signed a one-year contract worth $5 million on Monday. The news was confirmed by a source earlier in the day and the Mavericks announced the signing shortly before 11 a.m.In the next season, Nowitzki will also be a teammate of reigning EuroLeague MVP Luka Doncic who has already expressed his excitement ahead of playing alongside the legendary German forward.Nowitzki will become the first player in NBA history to play 21 consecutive seasons with the same organization. It is believed this will be his final season, but Nowitzki has been careful not to mention it.Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game last season. Nowitzki, who turned 40 last month, is the league’s only international player with more than 30,000 career points.Advertisement
Pakistan snared three wickets with the second new pink ball in the day-night match as West Indies reached 315/6 at stumps Saturday on the third day of the first Test. (Scorecard)Darren Bravo led a staunch resistance for West Indies with a defiant 87 off 258 balls and Marlon Samuels made 76. But Wahab Riaz got two wickets in quick succession and Bravo was caught at short leg to give Pakistan control of the first Test.Shane Dowrich was unbeaten on 27 and captain Jason Holder not out on 10 at stumps.West Indies still trail by 264 runs in its first innings after Pakistan had posted a massive 579/3 declared on the back of Azhar Ali’s triple century.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah provided an early breakthrough before West Indies had added to its overnight 69/1 when he clean bowled Kraigg Brathwaite (32) in his first over.Samuels, whose second half-century in the last 17 Test innings had 13 boundaries, defied Pakistan in a 113-run third-wicket stand with Bravo.Samuels survived a tough chance soon after completing his fifty when Azhar injured his right hand while going for a catch off his own bowling and needed treatment off the field.Seamer Sohail Khan finally got the breakthrough when he had Samuels on the back foot and trapped him leg before wicket in Pakistan’s only success during the second session.Pakistan’s seamers changed their tactics with the second pink ball in the last session after little success with swing on a flat wicket up to dinner.Jermaine Blackwood (37) and Bravo looked to rebuild the innings with a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket as Riaz challenged Blackwood with short-pitched deliveries before the right-hander finally gloved one behind.advertisementRoston Chase (6), who had scored a century against India in the last Test series back home, also couldn’t get out of Riaz’s lifter – offering a simple catch at leg slip.Bravo looked firm in his innings of more than 6 and a half hours until Azhar returned from treatment and scooped a brilliant reflex catch in front of his face to give debutant left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz his maiden Test wicket.Bravo hit nine fours and a six in his patient knock, but his late dismissal has exposed the West Indies tail.
India’s spin king Harbhajan Singh is celebrating his 37th birth anniversary.Wishes poured in from all corners of the world with past and presnt cricketers leading the way. His longtime India teammate, legendary batsman Virender Sehwag made a revelation about Harbhajan’s singh life journey.Hpy B’day @harbhajan_singh Frm thinking of going to Canada & bcum a truck driver to support family,to bcmng 1 of d best bowlers,grt journey pic.twitter.com/o12qAeQmc4- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 3 July 2017Harbhajan also got a special message from wife Geeta Basra, who posted a photograph on her Instagram account captioned, “Happy burrdayyyy Pati Dev.. love you #bestlifepartner #soulmate #birthdayboy @harbhajan3.”Happy birthday @harbhajan_singh have a good one paji!!lots of love ?? to your family and beautiful daughter ?????º?????? pic.twitter.com/MVju5TA1qV- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) 2 July 2017Happy birthday @harbhajan_singh …. To many more fun times. And yes you are number 1???????? pic.twitter.com/3yzvw4f1FM- Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) 2 July 2017Happy birthday @harbhajan_singh have a great one bro- Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) 2 July 2017Happy birthday bhajjupa..wish u great year…love to the family…@harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/HrROjR8Utv- parthiv patel (@parthiv9) 2 July 2017@harbhajan_singh happy birthday brother have a good one!- Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) 2 July 2017@harbhajan_singh happy birthday Bhaju ..may god bless u and ur family ..have a great day- Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) 2 July 2017Many many happy returns bhajju pa have a greatest year. Best Regards to the family @harbhajan_singhadvertisement- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) 3 July 2017Harbhajan made his debut for India in 1998 as a 19-year-old in a Test match against Australia in Bengaluru. He went onto play 103 Tests bagging 417 wickets and is among the only 12 bowlers in history to take more than 400 wickets in the format.Harbhajan also played 236 One Day Internationls pocketing 269 wickets with the white ball.Harbhajan was a regular member of the Test squad until India’s dismal tour of England in 2011. Since that period, he has played only five more matches with his last appearance in 2015 in Sri Lanka.In 2001, Harbhajan became the first Indian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket when he bamboozled Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne to achieve the feat in the second match of the series at the Eden Gardens. Harbhajan picked 13 wickets in that match as India made one of the greatest comebacks to beat favourites Australia.Following on, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid put on a mammoth 376-run stand as India declared their second innings at a massive 657 for seven. Laxman had scored 281 while Dravid hit 180.Chasing 394 for a win, Australia were off to a solid opening stand before Harbhajan ripped apart Australian batting line-up with 6/73 to give India a historic win to level the three-match series 1-1.Harbhajan’s record in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is as outstanding as his international figures. He has been playing for the Mumbai Indians since the very beginning in 2008 and has picked up 127 wickets and scored 799 runs in 136 matches with one five-wicket haul.He also led an unfancied Mumbai Indians team to Champions League glory in 2011 with a squad full of young and inexperienced players.
Venus Williams last graced Centre Court in a Wimbledon singles final in 2009, since when she’s got used to playing the supporting role for sister Serena in four triumphant All England Club campaigns.So the 37-year-old, carrying the hopes of the Williams clan while her younger sibling takes time out to have a baby, should be forgiven a moment of self-doubt after a clinical victory over Britain’s Johanna Konta on Thursday gave her a shot at another title.”Serena’s always in my corner and usually it’s her in these finals and I’m trying my best to represent Williams as best I can,” Venus told the BBC after her 6-4 6-2 win.”I missed (Serena) so much before this match and … I just wish she was here and I wish she could do this for me. I was like, no, this time you do it for yourself. So here we are.”The SW19 major has been kind to both sisters, who have turned its manicured lawns into something of a personal fiefdom since the turn of the century.Seven of Serena’s record 23 grand slam victories have come here. So have five of Venus’s seven – the first as long ago as 2000 and the last in 2008.On Saturday the older Williams will seek to become the oldest major winner in the women’s game since it turned professional, eclipsing her sister’s record.Standing in her way will be Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who lost her previous Wimbledon final in 2015, to Serena.”One more win would be amazing. It won’t be a given, but I’m going to give it my all,” Venus said.advertisement”We both play really well on grass. The last time she played Serena so I’ll have to ask Serena for some pointers.”In the meantime, she carries the best wishes of Serena’s fiance Alexis Ohanian.”So happy to see a Williams in the finals of #Wimbledon – congrats, sis,” he wrote on Twitter.