London: Australia batsman Steve Smith and pacer Pat Cummins have maintained their positions at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings after the Ashes, which culminated with a 135-run victory for England on Sunday as the five-match series ended in a 2-2 draw.Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 have helped him remain 34 points ahead of Virat Kohli with 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests.Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers as he enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps.David Warner has lost seven places after the Test to finish in 24th position among batsmen. He slid 19 places during the five matches with a tally of 95 runs in 10 innings, starting the series in fifth position. Josh Hazlewood has dropped from 12th to eighth after briefly making the top-10 among bowlers.For England, fast bowler Jofra Archer has moved into the top 40 for the first time after grabbing six first-innings wickets while left-arm seamer Sam Curran has gained six slots to reach 65th position with three wickets. IANS Also Read: T20 Win In India Gave Us Confidence To Win WC: Pat CumminsAlso Watch: Kumarpara Murder Incident: Guwahati Police announces cash award of Rs 25,000
VCU faces UMass in A10 tourney STEPPING UP: UMass’ Tre Mitchell has averaged 17.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while Carl Pierre has put up 12.1 points. For the Rams, Marcus Santos-Silva has averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while De’Riante Jenkins has put up 10.3 points and four rebounds.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Mitchell has either made or assisted on 53 percent of all UMass field goals over the last three games. The freshman big man has accounted for 26 field goals and 10 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: VCU is a perfect 6-0 when the team makes at least 79.3 percent of its free throws. The Rams are 12-13 when they shoot below 79.3 percent from the line.THREAT FROM DEEP: UMass’s Pierre has attempted 224 3-pointers and connected on 33.5 percent of them, and is 9 of 36 over the last five games.TOUGH DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 24.7 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. Associated Press March 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed VCU (18-13, 8-10) vs. No. 8 seed UMass (14-17, 8-10)Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney Second Round, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York; Thursday, 11 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: VCU is set to match up against UMass in the second round of the A10 tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 26, when the Minutemen shot 42.9 percent from the field while holding VCU to just 31.6 percent en route to a 60-52 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Ryan Preece walked away from a big-impact crash Thursday night in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.Preece’s car was sent sliding at high speed into the inside barrier after Christopher Bell and Ryan Newman made contact ahead of him. The machine almost landed on its roof after it bounced off the barrier. A big hit for @RyanPreece_ who was able to walk away on his own at @kansasspeedway. pic.twitter.com/5ZRVm8eKax— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 24, 2020Preece was not injured, but he looked frustrated as he exited the car. MORE: Live results, updates from Kansas race”I’m all right. Just waiting for this year to turn around,” Preece told NBCSN.The wreck brought out a short red flag.