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Ireland chase historic victory

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first_img After both Ireland openers exited inside the first four overs the 34-year-old left-hander remained thereafter to hit an unbeaten 116 from 132 balls. It was Joyce’s second ODI century after he scored 107 for England against Australia six years ago. It gave Ireland something to defend and they got off to the perfect start with the ball as Pakistan’s top order folded. Johnston kickstarted the collapse when he had Imran Farhat well snapped up by Kevin O’Brien low at second slip before Murtagh struck twice in the next over. He trapped Nasir Jamshed in front without scoring before Mohammad Hafeez, the centurion from Thursday’s tied game, feathered through to wicketkeeper Gary Wilson. Ireland’s tails were up and while Stirling dropped Misbah-ul-Haq at first slip, Kevin O’Brien made no mistake when Asad Shafiq nicked Johnston’s next ball into a now-expectant cordon. Pakistan were reeling a 17 for four and it could have been even worse when Malik edged his first ball between keeper and slip. Misbah and Malik began to look more assured in a 43-run stand before the skipper offered back a catch to Alex Cusack and leave Ireland on the brink of an historic success. Earlier, Joyce was thrust into action almost immediately as Paul Stirling, who hit his second consecutive century against Pakistan on Thursday, failed to trouble the scorers. Stirling spooned a leading edge to mid-wicket off Junaid Khan and when skipper William Porterfield chased at debutant Asad Ali soon after Ireland were in early trouble at four for two. Misbah had sent them in on a tricky wicket, changed from the run-filled surface used in the opener, and Ireland initially plodded along as ball regularly beat bat. Ali’s first international spell of seven overs returned four maidens at a cost of just nine runs, but Joyce and Niall O’Brien nevertheless steadied matters in a watchful 65-run stand from 120 balls. Joyce and Kevin O’Brien finally got the innings rolling when they took 53 from the powerplay, taken at the start of the 34th over. Joyce was dropped on 61 when Hafeez juggled four times at gully and Pakistan were made to pay as nine boundaries came in the five-over restrictions – one more than Ireland had managed until then. But when the field dropped back O’Brien picked out Nasir Jamshed in the deep after hitting 38 from 48 balls. Ireland then lost momentum but Joyce remained assured and brought up his century by swatting Abdur Rehman, who took four for 48 in his first international match since be was banned for testing positive to cannabis, over the ropes. Ireland ripped through Pakistan’s top order as they sought to claim a first-ever series win against a full-member nation in the second RSA one-day international in Dublin. After Ed Joyce’s unbeaten century helped the Irish post 229 for nine their bowlers went to work on a green-tinged pitch offering seam movement. New-ball pair Trent Johnston and Tim Murtagh made full use as they reduced Pakistan to 74 for five after 25 overs. It could have been even better for the hosts with Shoaib Malik, unbeaten on 23, surviving a missed chance from his first ball. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Biking to work trims gas costs – and waistlines

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first_imgAbout 20 million bikes were sold in the United States in 2005, one of the industry’s best years ever, and retailers are optimistic that escalating gas prices will lead to record bike sales this year, Clements said. Organizers are promoting National Bike to Work Week with a series of events aimed at getting drivers to try commuting by bicycle, if only for a day. Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., among others, will hold special events for commuters Friday, National Bike to Work Day. The San Francisco Bay Area is marking its 12th annual Bike to Work Day on Thursday, when volunteers will hand out refreshments, breakfast foods and biking information at 170 “energizer” stations in nine counties. About 36,000 Bay Area residents bike to work on a typical workday, but organizers expect up to 100,000 people to participate Thursday, given the widespread frustration over gas prices that have surged past $3.50 per gallon here and elsewhere. “The biggest challenge is that people think the car is more convenient,” said Cole Portocarrero, who heads the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, a sponsor of the event. Once they try biking to work, “they realize it’s convenient, fun and enjoyable.” Unlike most countries, the vast majority of bikes sold in the United States are used for recreation rather than transportation. About 550,000 Americans – less than 1 percent of U.S. workers – bike to work regularly, Blumenthal said. Advocates are trying to boost those numbers. But while such cities as San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Minneapolis have bike-friendly streets and high numbers of two-wheel commuters, other cities were built for cars and lack bike lanes and paths. “You don’t feel the love in a lot of places when you’re riding your bike,” Blumental said. “For a lot of people, it’s intimidating and you don’t feel safe. It’s a lack of shared respect between cyclists and motorists.” But advocates are optimistic that America will become more bike-friendly as cities, states and the federal government boost spending on bike paths, lockup racks and bike stations where cyclists can park and shower. The $286 billion federal transportation bill signed last year will double the amount of money available for bike and pedestrian facilities to about $4 billion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Fed up with sitting in traffic and paying more than $50 to fill his tank, Scott Morrison ditched his gas-guzzling pickup and started biking to work. Rain or shine, Morrison now bikes the six miles from his home in Fairfield, about 45 miles northeast of San Francisco, to the packaging plant where he works as a machine operator. Six months after switching to two wheels, he feels more relaxed and healthier, having lost nearly 50 pounds. “Every time I get on the scale, it’s like I’m getting rewarded for riding to work,” said Morrison, 38. “The two biggest complaints people have are not having enough money and obesity. I’m taking care of both.” As gas prices climb to record highs, more Americans seem to be abandoning their cars and biking to work to save money at the pump. This week, as cities across the country celebrate National Bike to Work Week, advocates are promoting bicycle commuting as a way to trim transportation costs, get in shape and help the environment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Every additional person who rides their bike to work would start reducing our dependence on foreign oil immediately,” said Tim Blumenthal, who heads the Bikes Belong Coalition in Boulder, Colo. Cycling to work is just one way Americans are seeking relief from skyrocketing gas prices. People who normally drive to work are riding public buses and trains, working from home and carpooling with colleagues. “People are starting to look for fundamentally different ways to travel,” said Bill Wilkinson, executive director of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking in Bethesda, Md. The soaring price of fuel “prompts people to really think about where they live and how they get around.” Bike shops nationwide are seeing more customers who want to buy new bikes or repair old ones to commute on, said Fred Clements, who heads the National Bicycle Dealers Association in Costa Mesa. “They have seen a surge in interest from the public about riding bicycles as a way to reduce the impact of high gas prices,” Clements said. “People that already have bikes suddenly realize this would be a great way to save money.” last_img read more