Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 825; 2. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 804; 3. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 743; 4. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 714; 5. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., and Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., both 711; 7. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 678; 8. John P. Gober, Poolville, Texas, 651; 9. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 620; 10. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa, 598; 11. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 584; 12. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 582; 13. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 567; 14. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 562; 15. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 510; 16. Darryl Campbell, Everman, Texas, 509; 17. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa, 506; 18. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 501; 19. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan., 497; 20. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 482.IMCA Late Models – 1. Rob Toland, Davenport, Iowa, 255; 2. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 220; 3. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 199; 4. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 192; 5. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 191; 6. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 190; 7. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 188; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 185; 9. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 182; 10. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 178; 11. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, and Randy Havlik, Ankeny, Iowa, both 173; 13. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 164; 14. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 163; 15. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, and Allan Hopp, Harlan, Iowa, both 151; 17. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 150; 18. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 148; 19. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 147; 20. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 145.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 507; 2. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 478; 3. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, 445; 4. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 434; 5. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 426; 6. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 405; 7. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 356; 8. Raven Culp, Mesquite, Texas, 352; 9. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 345; 10. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 342; 11. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 336; 12. Weston Gorham, Colleyville, Texas, 324; 13. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 323; 14. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 320; 15. Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas, 298; 16. Payton Williams, North Richland Hills, Texas, 297; 17. Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., 294; 18. Nicholas Littlejohn, Weatherford, Texas, 293; 19. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 291; 20. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 287.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 885; 2. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 872; 3. Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, 657; 4. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, 653; 5. Gregory Gutt, Burns Flat, Okla., 649; 6. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 605; 7. Juston McCullough, Waco, Texas, 590; 8. Steven Orebaugh, Fort Worth, Texas, 586; 9. Greg Gill, Muscatine, Iowa, 581; 10. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 580; 11. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 565; 12. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., 543; 13. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 479; 14. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 477; 15. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 476; 16. Chad Bruns, Wakefield, Neb., 470; 17. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 434; 18. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 423; 19. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, and Aaron Benedict, Fort Worth, Texas, both 421.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 627; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 608; 3. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 598; 4. August Bach, Newton, Iowa, 597; 5. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 517; 6. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 473; 7. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 465; 8. Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 453; 9. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 441; 10. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 422; 11. Matt Bice, Austin, Texas, 417; 12. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., 416; 13. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 409; 14. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 392; 15. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 374; 16. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger, Iowa, 361; 17. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 356; 18. Damon Richards, David City, Neb., 349; 19. Nathan Ballard, Marengo, Iowa, 343; 20. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 338.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 953; 2. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 819; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 762; 4. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 646; 5. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 545; 6. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 473; 7. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 440; 8. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 393; 9. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 392; 10. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 387; 11. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 378; 12. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 336; 13. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 319; 14. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 314; 15. Bradley Poor, Abilene, Texas, Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, and Lodi Mitchell, Abilene, Texas, each 310; 18. Dustin Leatherman, Muskogee, Okla., 308; 19. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 304; 20. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 303.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 606; 2. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 605; 3. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 602; 4. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 594; 5. Brandon Spanjer, Crete, Neb., 496; 6. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 490; 7. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 479; 8. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 473; 9. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 466; 10. Brian Davidson, Bennington, Kan., 461; 11. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 456; 12. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., and Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., both 455; 14. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 448; 15. Ryan King, Montour, Iowa, 431; 16. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, and Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, both 429; 18. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 420; 19. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif., 401; 20. Ray Czumaj, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 384.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 603; 2. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., 551; 3. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 498; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 446; 5. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 411; 6. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 404; 7. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 390; 8. Randy Nelson, Albion, Neb., 382; 9. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 380; 10. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 379; 11. Jake Benischek, Durant, Iowa, 363; 12. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 341; 13. Nick Lindblad, Beatrice, Neb., 337; 14. Danny Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, 333; 15. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 330; 16. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 318; 17. James Lochabay, Azle, Texas, 315; 18. James Roose, Grandview, Iowa, 312; 19. Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, 311; 20. David Norquest, York, Neb., 305.
Update on the latest in sports: Injuries have caused Kirksey to play a total of nine games over the last two seasons.IOC-ATHLETE PROTESTIOC could allow stronger protests by athletes at OlympicsGENEVA (AP) — During a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC says it’s opening talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games.Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a knee or raising a fist on a medal podium remain prohibited. Rory McIlroy said, “It’s going to be very easy to fall back into old habits” because it’s just what they’ve done. McIlroy said they’re having to figure it out as they go along.Players and caddies were among the essential personnel who were tested for the virus when they arrived, and Commissioner Jay Monahan said no one has tested positive.TENNIS-FEDERERFederer won’t return this yearLONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will miss whatever remains of the coronavirus-impacted 2020 tennis season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee. US SOCCER-ANTHEMUS Soccer repeals rule that banned kneeling during anthemUNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer’s board of directors has voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required national team players to stand during the national anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick. The board made the decision during a conference call. Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem at a pair of national team matches in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who silently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.The U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, which includes current national team players Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger, as well as former players like Landon Donovan, called on U.S. Soccer to also apologize for the policy to foster a “positive relationship to exist going forward.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association also called for an apology from U.S. Soccer and a plan to substantively address racial inequality. Organizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic.Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic 8, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner.One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events.Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.TENNIS-US OPEN Associated Press Brown president Christina H. Paxson wrote in a letter to the campus community she had received strong feedback against the original decision.NCAA TOURNAMENT-IDAHORights groups, athletes ask NCAA to move tourney from IdahoBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move the first and second rounds of the 2021 men’s basketball tournament out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports.A letter sent and signed by a list of professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins and Sue Bird calls for the NCAA to move the games set to be held next March at Boise State University. The 20-time major champion had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February. Federer posted a statement on Twitter to say he needed an “additional quick arthroscopic procedure” and will take his time to return to 100% fitness.The 38-year-old Federer had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis since his surgery because the tour has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. TENNIS-KVITOVATwo-time Wimbledon champ added to exhibition lineupUNDATED (AP) — Petra Kvitova will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in. Williamson’s lawsuit stated that Prime Sports violated the state’s sports agent law, both by failing to include disclaimers about the loss of eligibility when signing a contract and the fact neither Prime Sports nor Ford were registered with the state.US SWIMMING-LAWSUITWomen sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coachesUNDATED (AP) — Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. Debra Grodensky, Suzette Moran and Tracy Palmero, along with three other women who remain anonymous, filed three lawsuits this month. Among individuals named in the suits are former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, former U.S. national team director Everett Uchiyama and former coach Andrew King.The suits allege USA Swimming, including a former executive director and other top officials along with local associations and clubs were aware of their predatory behavior but refused to address it, creating a culture of abuse that exposed dozens of underage swimmers to sexual abuse and harassment. The lawsuits are believed to be the first major filings under a new California law that allows sexual abuse victims to confront in court their abusers and the organizations that protected predators. Assembly Bill 218, which went into effect on Jan. 1, created a three-year window to file past claims that had expired under the statute of limitations.NFL-PACKERS-KERKSEYPackers’ Kirksey benefits from familiar face in new locationUNDATED (AP) — Green Bay’s Christian Kirksey believes his history with his new defensive coordinator will help the veteran linebacker make a smooth transition as he switches teams for the first time. Kirksey signed with the Packers in March after spending his first six NFL seasons in Cleveland.Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the Browns’ head coach in 2014-15. Kirksey is counting on his comfort level with Pettine to help as the 27-year-old enters a critical stage of his career. Stacey Allaster US Open’s 1st female tournament directorNEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Allaster is taking over as the U.S. Open’s tournament director. Allaster is the first woman to hold that job at the American Grand Slam tennis tournament. She is a former CEO of the WTA women’s tour and has worked at the U.S. Tennis Association since 2016. Allaster pushed for changes at the Open such as the serve clock and warmup clock and lobbied for coaching to be allowed during matches. The USTA announced this week it had eliminated 110 positions from its national staff and is expected to decide as soon as next week whether to hold the U.S. Open.,The Latest: Justin Thomas takes early lead at US Open The league’s 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round, with the winner earning a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.Following the tournament, teams will resume the season in their home markets.GOLF-RYDER CUPQualifying extended for Ryder CupUNDATED (AP) — Brooks Koepka feels so strongly against a Ryder Cup without fans that he could see a scenario where some players protested by not playing. Would he be one of them? Koepka says that’s possible. Rory McIlroy is convinced it won’t come to that. McIlroy says he’s fairly certain the Sept. 25-27 matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin will have fans. The PGA of America is proceeding with an adjusted qualifying system for the U.S. team. Because golf was shut down for three months, the qualifying will be extended by one week. Steve Stricker now gets six captain’s picks for his U.S. Ryder Cup team. UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties. NASCAR says the Confederate flag runs contrary to their commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, competitors and the industry.NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years.The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Protests have roiled the nation for days and Confederate monuments are being taken down across the South — the traditional fan base for NASCAR.Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport. At long last, NASCAR obliged.Former chairman Brian France tired in 2015 to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks, a proposal too broad to enforce and one that angered NASCAR’s core Southern-based fan base. The Idaho law applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.NFL-PANTHERS-RICHARDSON STATUECHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been removed from the spot where it stood outside the team’s stadium for nearly 25 years.A team statement said that it was concerned about possible attempts to take it down. The team didn’t say where the statue would be relocated.Richardson announced in 2017 that he was putting the team up for sale after a Sports Illustrated report, citing unidentified sources, said he made sexually suggestive comments to women and directed a racial slur at an African American team scout. Aerial video showed a huge crane lifting the statue from its pedestal to a flatbed tractor-trailer. MLS TOURNAMENTMLS to resume with tournamentUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer is set to resume its season with a tournament starting July 8 in Florida.The league suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak after its teams had played just two games. In other MLB news:— Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year. Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached. The players’ association made its second proposal Tuesday, asking for an 89-game regular season and 100% of prorated salaries. MLB’s plan a day earlier was for a 76-game season, would guarantee 50% of prorated salaries and hinge 25% in additional money on the postseason’s completion.— The Coca-Cola Co. has ended its sponsorship of Major League Baseball after three seasons but will continue to support 16 MLB teams at the local level. PepsiCo Inc. sponsored MLB from 1997-2016.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAG BANNEDNASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and properties The Olympic body’s public stance eased slightly Wednesday when its president Thomas Bach said the in-house athlete committee would “explore different ways” how opinions could be expressed. Bach says he opposes what he calls “potentially divisive demonstrations.”BROWN-DROPPING SPORTSBrown reinstates track, cross country, in diversity movePROVIDENCE. R.I. (AP) — Brown University has reinstated its men’s varsity track and cross country programs. The school president said dropping the teams to club status would have had a negative effect on efforts to build and maintain diversity on campus, particularly for African Americans.The reversal came two weeks after the school announced it would reduce its number of varsity sports from 38 to 29 in a move designed to make the Bears more competitive in the Ivy League. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-TIGERS-TORKELSONTigers draft Arizona State slugger Torkelson with No. 1 pickDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers selected Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson with the No. 1 pick Wednesday night in the Major League Baseball amateur draft. The baseball-bashing Torkelson played first base in college but was announced as a third baseman by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Detroit opened the draft for the second time in three years. Torkelson hit 54 home runs at Arizona State and finished just two shy of Bob Horner’s school record. Those three months wiped out three majors from the qualifying period. It all depends on whether the Ryder Cup is played as scheduled. A decision is expected by the end of the month.Players lost nine events that offered qualifying points.The change also means Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are now outside the automatic qualifiers although qualifying is just over 60% completed.GOLF-COLONIALGolf passes initial test with no positive results from virus FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is not simply picking up where it left off.Very little about the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial resembles the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12, the last professional golf played before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf and most everything else.Players return to a new set of rules, starting with mandatory tests for the coronavirus when they first arrive and having their temperatures taken before they can get to the parking lot.On the course, players are to make every effort to practice social distancing and show best practices for playing golf.But Wednesday’s activity was not a good start. Players and caddies exchanged clubs (players are supposed to handle the clubs themselves). Caddies were not wiping down the flagsticks or bunker rakes after use. Social distancing felt more like a guideline. ZION WILLIAMSON-LEGAL WOES CONTINUEWilliamson attorney: allegations of ineligibility ‘baseless’UNDATED (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s former marketing agent are continuing their legal push to examine whether the former Duke All-American accepted improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. In a court filing Tuesday in the North Carolina case, Prime Sports-Ford attorneys continued to argue that last summer’s No. 1 overall NBA draft pick didn’t meet the definition of a student-athlete because he was “ineligible/permanently ineligible” to play college sports.The filing references housing for Williamson’s family during his time with the Blue Devils as well as three luxury SUVs registered by his mother and stepfather between December 2017 and April 2019 — the latter being the same month Williamson announced he would go pro before ultimately being picked by the New Orleans Pelicans.The argument about Williamson’s eligibility is center of the legal fight over Williamson’s endorsement potential. June 10, 2020
By Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – England’s batting frailties were exposed again as they wasted a solid start and laboured to 271 for eight on the first day of the final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval yesterday.The Australians, who have retained the Ashes, dropped England captain Joe Root three times as he made 57 but the hosts failed to take full advantage and only Jos Buttler’s late unbeaten 64 saved them from complete collapse.“The boys batted really well in the morning and we got ourselves into a fantastic position but could not capitalise,” Buttler said. “Both sides are feeling a long series with a quick turnaround between Tests so that’s why the intensity goes up and down. Australia have a really good bowling attack and asked questions all day. It’s frustrating for us not being able to capitalise on our start.”Medium-pacer Mitchell Marsh took four wickets to boost Australia’s bid to secure a 3-1 series win after their captain Tim Paine won the toss and surprisingly sent England in to bat. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood bowled tidy opening spells but the touring side’s vaunted pace attack lacked the consistent threat which has caused problems for England’s fragile top order throughout the series.Joe Denly, on 14, played a loose stroke at a wide delivery from Cummins and edged to second slip where Steve Smith fumbled the chance before grabbing the ball before it hit the ground.The opening partnership of 27 was the highest of the series but it was another failure for the 33-year-old Denly, who made battling fifties in the last two Tests without staking a claim to a long-term place in the team.CHARMED LIFERoot, badly dropped on 24 by Peter Siddle at fine leg, after playing a casual pull stroke, was also put down by wicketkeeper Paine off Cummins and England reached lunch at 86-1.Root was given another life when Smith spilled a sharp chance in the slips but Rory Burns hit seven fours in another determined knock. The young opening batsman was three runs away from his half-century when he got cramped up by a short ball from Hazlewood and spooned a simple catch to Marsh at mid-wicket.Ben Stokes, loudly cheered to the wicket after his match-winning century in the third Test, cautiously moved to 20 before he was tempted into a wild heave at medium-pacer Marsh and the ball looped off a leading edge to point.Root got to a patient fifty, off 105 balls, and his side moved on to 169-3 at tea, but any hopes England had of a substantial score disappeared in the final session. Root was bowled by a fine Cummins delivery which hit his off stump and Jonny Bairstow was trapped lbw for 22 by a Marsh yorker.Sam Curran hooked Cummins for an audacious six, but two deliveries later the young all-rounder was adjudged lbw, only to be recalled to the crease because Cummins had bowled a no-ball.His reprieve was short-lived, however, as Curran edged Marsh to Smith at second slip for 15 and the same bowler snared Chris Woakes lbw to claim his fourth wicket on his recall to the side.“I was like a kid at Christmas this morning,” Marsh said. “It can be a long tour when you are not playing. I just wanted to try and get an opportunity at some stage and it was nice to produce today. The ball came out reasonably well.” Jofra Archer then nicked Hazlewood to Paine before Buttler briefly lifted the crowd by hitting Hazlewood for two sixes in a row.Buttler pulled Hazlewood over the ropes again to reach his fifty and with Jack Leach providing obdurate support, the ninth-wicket pair shared an unbroken stand of 45 to boost England’s chances of levelling the series.ENGLAND 1st innings R. Burns c Marsh b Hazlewood 47J. Denly c Smith b Cummins 14J. Root (c) b Cummins 57B. Stokes c Lyon b Marsh 20J. Bairstow lbw b Marsh 22J. Buttler not out 64S. Curran c Smith b Marsh 15C. Woakes lbw b Marsh 2J. Archer c Paine b Hazlewood 9M. Leach not out 10Extras: (b-2, lb-7, nb-2) 11Total: (8 wickets, 82 overs) 271Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-103, 3-130, 4-170, 5-176, 6-199, 7-205, 8-226.Bowling: P. Cummins 22.5-5-73-2, J. Hazlewood 21-7-76-2, P Siddle 17-1-61-0, M. Marsh 16.1-4-35-4, N. Lyon 4-0-12-0, M. Labuschagne 1-0-5-0.