Queen Latifah ‘stoked’ to land post-Super Bowl slot for show

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah says she’s “stoked” to land the post-Super Bowl timeslot for her new CBS series “The Equalizer.” Debuting after the big game on Feb. 7, the Oscar-nominated actress plays an ex-CIA officer who uses her skills to help those who can’t defend themselves. It’s a reboot of the 1980s original series starring Edward Woodward. But Latifah is putting her own spin on it, making her character cool and skilled at work while getting thrown for a loop at home by her teenage daughter. Latifah gets to fight and ride a motorcycle on the show.last_img read more

Stokes, Wood help England snatch win from South Africa

first_img(REUTERS)- Ben Stokes smashed a blistering century and Mark Wood bowled an excellent final over as England beat South Africa by two runs in the second one-day international in Southampton on Saturday for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After Stokes’s heroics with the bat had helped England score 330 for six in their 50 overs, South Africa needed 10 runs from the last 10 balls of their innings with five wickets remaining, but an excellent final over from Wood that cost just four runs sealed victory.One worry for England ahead of the looming Champions Trophy starting on Friday is that Stokes managed to bowl only three overs in the South African innings having injured his knee in the first ODI win, but he remained on the field.“Those are the sorts of games you really want to win,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation at the Rose Bowl. “You learn a lot more. The game got away from us quite a lot. Woody was awesome.”The visitors won the toss and elected to field, reducing England to 80 for three in the 16th over when Joe Root (39) was run out at the non-strikers’ end.But Stokes (101 from 79 balls) put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Morgan (45) and 77 for the fifth with Jos Buttler (65 not out) before he became a maiden ODI wicket on debut for South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.Opener Quinton de Kock (98 from 103 balls) led the South African reply before he was caught by wicketkeeper Buttler off Moeen Ali.Captain AB de Villiers pitched in with a fluent 52, but the innings looked to be faltering until Chris Morris (36 not out from 22 balls) joined David Miller (71 not out from 51 balls) in the 44th over.The pair added 62 in 39 balls for the sixth wicket and looked as though they had won the game when they needed seven off the final over bowled by Wood (0-48 in 10 overs).But the England seamer produced an excellent over of short-pitched slower balls and the pair could only manage four singles to see victory slip away.“I can’t be unhappy, we fought right to the end and probably had it in the bag for most of that last half hour,” De Villiers said.ENGLAND InningsJ. Roy b Rabada 8A. Hales c de Kock b Pretorius 24J. Root run out (Pretorius) 39E. Morgan c de Kock b Rabada 45B. Stokes c Miller b Maharaj 101J. Buttler not out 65M. Ali c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 33Extras (b-1 lb-6 w-8) 15Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 330Fall of wickets: 1-12 J. Roy,2-70 A. Hales,3-80 J. Root,4-175 E. Morgan,5-252 B. Stokes,6-330 M. AliDid not bat: A. Rashid, L. Plunkett, M. Wood, J. BallBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 0 – 50 – 2(w-4), C. Morris 10 – 0 – 66 – 0(w-2),D. Pretorius 10 – 0 – 61 – 1,K. Maharaj 10 – 0 – 72 – 1, A. Phehlukwayo 10 – 1 – 74 – 1(w-2)SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock c Buttler b Ali 98H. Amla c Morgan b Stokes 24F. du Plessis c Buttler b Plunkett 16A. de Villiers c Buttler b Plunkett 52D. Miller not out 71F. Behardien c Ali b Plunkett 17C. Morris not out 36Extras (lb-5 w-9) 14Total (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-56 H. Amla,2-93 F. du Plessis,3-189 A. de Villiers,4-211 Q. de Kock,5-266 F. BehardienDid not bat: D. Pretorius, K. Rabada, A. Phehlukwayo, K. MaharajBowling: M. Wood 10 – 0 – 48 – 0(w-1), J. Ball 10 – 0 – 81 – 0(w-2), B. Stokes 3 – 0 – 12 – 1(w-2)L. Plunkett 10 – 0 – 64 – 3(w-3), A. Rashid 6 – 0 – 41 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 8 – 0 – 59 – 1, J. Root 3 – 0 – 18 – 0.last_img read more

‘Hero’ Drotske gives thumbs-up after robbery horror

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Former hooker Drotske was an unused substitute in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final won by hosts South Africa against greatest rivals New Zealand in Johannesburg.Capped 26 times by South Africa, he was the first choice four years later when they finished third in defence of the title in England.Drotske played for and coached the Bloemfontein-based Free State Cheetahs in the domestic Currie Cup and southern hemisphere Super Rugby competitions.He also spent two seasons as a player with the London Irish club. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Former Springbok World Cup winner and Super Rugby coach Naka Drotske was pictured Saturday making a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed after being shot during an armed robbery.The 47-year-old was wounded in the abdomen and arm late Thursday at the home of his brother near Pretoria when he charged at three intruders, two of whom were armed.After being rushed to hospital, Drotske was initially listed as “critical” but a hospital spokesperson confirmed to AFP Saturday that he was now “stable”.Many on social media hailed Drotske as a “hero” for tackling the three men and pushing them out of the house.Drotske was shot three times during the melee and suffered a severe loss of blood while being rushed to hospital.None of the other five people in the house, including former Springbok prop Os du Randt, were injured.Police said Friday they were questioning two men but no arrests had been made.last_img read more