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Stokes hits half-century as England level series against New Zealand

Stokes hits half-century as England level series against New Zealand

Sports
Second one-day international, Tauranga New Zealand: 223 (49.4 overs): Santner 63, Guptill 50England: 225-4 (37.5 overs): Morgan 62, Stokes 63*England won by six wicketsScorecardBen Stokes' 63 not out backed up an excellent fielding performance as England beat New Zealand by six wickets to level the one-day series at 1-1.England took three fine catches and claimed four run-outs to dismiss the hosts for 223 in Tauranga.In reply, the tourists lost two early wickets but Stokes put on 88 with captain Eoin Morgan, who scored 62.Jos Buttler made an unbeaten 36 off 20 balls as he and Stokes sealed victory with 12.1 overs to spare.All-rounder Stokes, playing his second match after five months out of the side following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, was named man of the match after also ta...
Charlie Brooker: Expect the most varied series of Black Mirror yet

Charlie Brooker: Expect the most varied series of Black Mirror yet

Entertainment
Black Mirror started its life as a three-part series on Channel 4, and by the time its second season hit screens it had attracted a cult following in the UK.Its one-off episodes provided a unique formula of real-life dilemmas and emotions brought on by the abuse of powerful technology that left audiences questioning their moral standpoints. In 2015, after two series and one feature-length episode on Channel 4, Netflix commissioned 12 new episodes, allowing it to go big budget with epic short films and massive global audiences to match.Some viewers worried about its new American influence, but the online giant's first season last year provided the same level of sinister, just with a bit more production and polish. Ahead of Black Mirror's second Netflix series, we sat down with show creators...
Ashes: Joe Root refuses to write off England’s hopes despite Australia taking 2-0 series lead in Adelaide

Ashes: Joe Root refuses to write off England’s hopes despite Australia taking 2-0 series lead in Adelaide

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Joe Root insists England are still "massively" in the Ashes series despite falling 2-0 behind with a 120-run defeat in the second Test.England arrived on the final day at the Adelaide Oval with an outside chance of sustaining their revival in the inaugural pink-ball Ashes encounter.But after conceding a 215-run first-innings deficit, even James Anderson's maiden five-wicket haul in Australia and then a battling half-century from the England captain himself could not truly turn back the tide.DAY FIVE REPORT: England hope quickly extinguished as Australia storm into 2-0 series leadRoot was unbeaten at stumps on the penultimate night, with 178 still needed and six wickets intact to pull off a national-record run chase of 354 to level the series.Instead, he followed nightwatchman Chris Wo...
World Series: Bullpen issues could surface for Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4

World Series: Bullpen issues could surface for Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4

Sports
HOUSTON -- After burning through eight relief pitchers in Game 2 and sending five more to the mound on Friday night at Minute Maid Park in Game 3 of the World Series, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts faced the inevitable questions regarding the state of his bullpen after a 5-3 loss dropped the Dodgers into a 2-1 hole against the Houston Astros. With left-hander Alex Wood scheduled to get the start on Saturday, the concerns are valid. Wood has made just one start this postseason, allowing three runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of Game 4 in the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers dropped that game 3-2, their lone loss of that series. Excluding right-hander Kenta Maeda, who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 3, Roberts declare...