Anderson and Broad hungry for one last Ashes series in Australia

By Sports Desk April 23, 2020

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  • Former NBA champion Bogut announces retirement Former NBA champion Bogut announces retirement

    Former Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut has retired from professional basketball.

    Bogut, 36, left the Sydney Kings in May and had hoped to play for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, which have been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    But the veteran, who was the top pick in the 2005 NBA Draft and won a championship with the Warriors in 2015, has decided to end his career.

    "The decision that I made and where I will be signing for next season is absolutely nowhere. I'll be retiring from professional basketball, effective immediately," he said on his podcast, Rogue Bogues, on Tuesday.

    "We're in late November, early December, I would've made this decision earlier if it wasn't for the postponement of the Olympics. I was hoping to get to 2020 Tokyo Games and then calling it a day after that, that would've been my fourth Olympics and selfishly obviously it would've been a great accolade to have four Olympic Games under your belt, but it's just not meant to be.

    "I just can't physically and mentally get to 2021 with the way the body's been. I could, on a lot of painkillers and a lot of physical and mental anguish, but it's just not worth it at this point of my career.

    "I'm really starting to value my health away from the court and my health when I'm 40 and 45 and 50. Some people might say it's just seven more months of training and commitments and I'm at a point where I just can't do it."

    Drafted by the Bucks in 2005, Bogut spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before joining the Warriors in 2012.

    Bogut helped the Warriors end a 40-year wait for an NBA championship with their success in 2015.

    Spells with the Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers followed before Bogut signed with the Kings and was named the 2019 NBL MVP, while he also had another stint with the Warriors.

    He finished his NBA career averaging 9.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 706 regular-season appearances.

  • Warner's Test fate uncertain after withdrawing from short-format series against India Warner's Test fate uncertain after withdrawing from short-format series against India

    David Warner is in doubt for the upcoming Test series against India after withdrawing from the remainder of Australia's limited-overs matches.

    Warner suffered a groin strain as Australia clinched an ODI series victory over India thanks to Sunday's 51-run win in Sydney.

    The Australia star has returned home to begin rehabilitation ahead of the opening day-night Test in Adelaide on December 17.

    Warner will miss Wednesday's third and final ODI in Canberra, as well as the three-game Twenty20 series – D'Arcy Short the batsman's replacement.

    Pat Cummins, who has no injury concerns, will also sit out the short-format games, though no replacement has been called up for the paceman.

    "Pat and Davie are critical to our plans for the Test series," said Australia head coach Justin Langer.

    "Davie will work through his injury rehab and in Pat's case it is important all of our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer.

    "The priority for both is being fully prepared for one of the biggest and most important home Test series we have played in recent years, especially with World Test Championship points up for grabs."

    Australia recorded their biggest ODI score at the SCG after reaching 389-4, the country's second highest overall on home soil, as Steve Smith posted a 62-ball century.

    It was the highest total conceded by India in an ODI away from home – four of the five highest totals conceded have come at the hands of Australia, with three in Sydney.

  • Diego Maradona dies: Peter Shilton says Hand of God star had 'no sportsmanship' Diego Maradona dies: Peter Shilton says Hand of God star had 'no sportsmanship'

    Peter Shilton was "saddened" to learn of the death of Diego Maradona but remains vexed by the Argentina great's Hand of God goal against England at the 1986 World Cup.

    At the age of 60, Maradona died on Wednesday, leaving Argentina and the football world in shock.

    Ill health and drug addiction had plagued the former Barcelona and Napoli star following his playing days, and he recently underwent surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

    Tributes have been paid by the likes of Pele, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Shilton has more reason than most to feel a sense of antipathy towards Maradona, who punched the ball past him for Argentina's first goal in their 2-1 quarter-final win against England 34 years ago.

    Shilton told the Daily Mail: "It has bothered me over the years. I won't lie about that now. People say I should have cleared the ball anyway and that I let a smaller man outjump me. That's rubbish. He had the run on me but that can happen.

    "He wouldn't have punched it if he knew he could head it, would he? Of course not. So I am OK with all that.

    "No, what I don't like is that he never apologised. Never at any stage did he say he had cheated and that he would like to say sorry. Instead, he used his 'Hand of God' line. That wasn't right.

    "It seems he had greatness in him but sadly no sportsmanship."

    Shilton tweeted on Thursday to describe Maradona as "the greatest footballer I ever played against without question", but he told the Daily Mail that attempts to unite him with Maradona over the years had come to nothing, having been given no assurances the little maestro intended to apologise.

    And although England's goalscorer in that 1986 match, Gary Lineker, has spoken fondly of Maradona, Shilton suspects many in the team that lost out that day at the Estadio Azteca share his grievances.

    "Most of the England team who played in Mexico feel the way I do to this day," Shilton said.

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