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18th-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-7 (1), 6-2, 8-6 in the third round at Wimbledon.Back in the fourth round at the All E Antworten

If you want to understand patriotism, you need to meet the Moors. Dads a lawyer, moms a school teacher and among their brood of four are professionals in various disciplines including a sportsman. They are the kind of people who are skilled enough to find success anywhere but have chosen to stay at home in Zimbabwe, even as it lurches from one crisis to the next.All of my family lives here despite the troubles that the country has been through. We dont want to leave, Peter Moor tells ESPNcricinfo. I am extremely patriotic and even if financially, this is not the best place to be a cricketer, I dont want to go somewhere else.Especially not now, considering Moor is finally making it after years of trying to break into the international side. Having made his Test debut earlier this year, against New Zealand, now is an opportunity for him to build on his credentials against Sri Lanka at home.***A product of the prestigious St Johns College, Moors talent as wicket-keeper batsman was recognised young. He was picked for the Zimbabwe Under-19 side as a 16-year old and represented them at two youth World Cups - in 2008 and 2010 - on either side of what is regarded as among the most chaotic periods in Zimbabwean cricket. They had withdrawn from Test cricket, were muddling through limited-overs formats and the general unease had dripped down to lower levels.In 2008, Zimbabwe cricket was in shambles and we were underprepared and out of our depth, Moor remembers. When we got to the Under-19 World Cup, I remember seeing the other teams and being envious of the different kits they had, like the warm-up gear and the actual match shirts. We didnt seem to be on the same level.Zimbabwe lost all three group games by more than 70 runs, lost the ninth place playoff quarter-final by 99 runs to Nepal. They won the 13th place playoff semi-final before being defeated in the 13th place playoff to Ireland. Its fair to say it was a disastrous tour for all including Moor, who played four matches and scored 59 runs.Two years later, Zimbabwe had started to pull themselves together. They were attracting former internationals into the setup, begun to plan for a Test comeback and had the 2011 World Cup on their minds. At Moors age-group level, things were looking up. We had Kevin Curran as our coach and we were much better prepared. The important thing there was that we had the right selection. We didnt have hugely improved results but we had a better tournament.At that event, Zimbabwe still suffered heavy defeats to New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ireland but beat the USA and Hong Kong to win the 13th place playoff. Moor had another average outing with 95 runs from five games, but returned home to a revamped domestic structure and a realistic possibility of turning cricket into a career.He was contracted to the Harare-based Mashonaland Eagles and had his parents support in his sporting endeavours. My dad was really happy that I was choosing cricket, he says.But it proved more difficult to establish himself than Moor imagined. For the first few seasons, he was unable to secure a regular spot in the team and began to wonder if he had made the right decision. He went on club stints to Ireland and England and concluded that the northern scene, wasnt for me. Although he doesnt go as far as saying he was homesick, he just couldnt see myself spending a lot of time there.Moor found his way in the 2013-14 season, when he moved to the Mid-West Rhinos, ushered by Grant Flower. He was my biggest coach and mentor, someone I talked to a lot and admired a lot.That season, Moor finished among the top 10 run-scorers in the Pro50 Championship . Even though his overall numbers were dominated by one century, he had made his mark. He was picked for Zimbabwes ODI squad to tour Bangladesh later that year, an outing that proved anything but fun.By the time Moor joined the touring party, Zimbabwe had lost the Test series 3-nil. He sat out the first two ODIs, which they also lost, played the next two, also as a member of the vanquished and was dropped for the final match. Zimbabwe returned home without a single victory.It would be more than a year before Moor was given another look in.In questioning himself again, Moor turned to cricket literature and immersed himself in biographies. He concluded his only option was to make his own luck. The biggest frustration was the lack of opportunity. I told myself that when I do get the chance, I have to make the most of it and be hard on myself about that. I worked on being mentally tougher, he says.Moor played for Zimbabwe A against Bangladesh A in November 2015 and scored two centuries in two first-class matches. Later that month, he scored another hundred in a first-class match. His form could not be ignored and, in the absence of Brendan Taylor who retired after the World Cup, Moor was picked for Zimbabwes limited-overs series against Afghanistan in 2015-16. He scored two half-centuries and a 42 in five ODIs games and showed his ability to adjust between formats. The way I bat is maybe more suited to short-format cricket because I like to play my shots and know my boundary options well but I have learned to bat for longer periods of time as well, he says of his game.He was only able to demonstrate the latter in August this year, when he was included in the Test squad to face New Zealand. Moor made his debut in the second match. There were tears when he received his cap from former Zimbabwe international Wayne James. His parents travelled from Harare to watch and he admitted to being quite emotional, about taking the field in whites. Then, he managed to out those feeling aside and proved himself a composed cricketer.With Zimbabwe 147 for 5 in response to New Zealands 582 for four declared, they needed someone to helped Craig Ervine restore respectability and Moor answered . He scored 71 in a 148-run partnership with Ervine but was not happy about getting out to a long hop after doing all the hard work.His chance to change that will come. Moor is part of the squad that will play Sri Lanka in two Tests starting Saturday, their last before another lengthy break. While he is not sure whether he will also keep wickets, his focus is on the collective performance Zimbabwe can put on. For us, its really important to compete and do well and show we are not a walkover. Maybe that will encourage other teams to tour us, he says.A triangular ODI series follows the Tests, which will be a chance to begin early preparations for the 2019 World Cup qualifier. For Zimbabwe, that tournament is as big as the World Cup itself. It is new coach Heath Streaks mandate to ensure Zimbabwe do not miss out on the showpiece event but Moor knows Streak cannot do it alone.It is everyones dream to play in a World Cup and we are desperate to qualify. We will do everything we can to make sure we get there, he says. Moor also hopes that in trying to improve, Zimbabwe will be able to retain their best players. Though he wont say it, he is an example of what can happen when they do. Zimbabwe definitely has a lot of talent but a lot of the guys leave before they reach the peak of their potential. Hopefully things come right soon.If they do, Moor wants to be at the forefront, which is why he has stayed. 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"I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.LONDON -- The Latest on Wimbledon (all times local):6:40 p.m.Svetlana Kuznetsova says politics is behind the ban on Russias track and field athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The 13th-seeded Russian beat American Sloane Stephens 6-7 (1), 6-2, 8-6 on Sunday, setting up a fourth-round matchup against six-time champion Serena Williams.Asked at a post-match news conference about the IAAF ban on Russias track and field team for widespread doping in the country, Kuznetsova says: This is, for me, politics.She adds: Suddenly everything has to go against Russia. Somebody in Russia, theyre all bad, and all the world is good.The IAAF last month upheld the ban that was first imposed in November on Russian athletes following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that alleged state-sponsored doping.Russia is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, contending the ban punishes athletes who havent done anything wrong.Kuznetsova says I hope they resolve it and the clean athletes who deserve to go to Olympics, they will go.Kuznetsova is one of four women entered for Russias team for the tennis tournament at the Rio Games.---5:10 p.m.Tomas Berdych, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2010, beat 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the third round Sunday.The 10th-seeded Berdych moved into the fourth round for the eighth time in 13 trips to the All England Club.---4 p.m.John Isner came out on the wrong end of this marathon of a Wimbledon match, losing 19-17 in the fifth set to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round Sunday.Tsonga, a Frenchman seeded No. 12, came back after dropping the first two sets, then had to save a match point while serving and trailing 16-15 in the fifth. Tsonga got the only break of the last set -- which alone lasted more than 2 hours -- to go ahead 18-17.The final score: 6-7 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 19-17 for Tsonga in nearly 4 1/2 hours.They played the first three sets at No. 2 Court on Saturday before play was suspended because of darkness.At the All England Club in 2010, Isner beat Frances Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set of the longest match in tennis history, which lasted more than 11 hours over three days in the first round.Tsonga faces countryman No. 7 Richard Gasquet in next.---3:45 p.m.Nick Kyrgios is into the fourth round at Wimbledon for the third year in a row.And this time, hell face 2013 champion Andy Murray.Kyrgios, an Australian seeded 15th at the All England Club, advanced by beating No. 22 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday in a match that was suspended by darkness a night earlier.---3:05 p.m.John Isner is at it again at Wimbledon, playing a lengthy fifth set.Still a long way to go to come close to what hes done in the past, though.The 18th-seeded American -- who won the longest match in tennis history 70-68 in the fifth at the All England Club in 2010 -- is at 12-all in the final set of his third-round match against No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Sunday.They played the first three sets at No. 2 Court on Saturday before play was suspended because of darkness.There are no artificial lights on the courts at the All England Club except at Centre Court.Tsonga entered this match with a 14-7 career mark in five-setters, while Isner was only 6-14. But one of the 6-foot-10 Isners victories came in the first round at Wimbledon six years ago, when he beat Nicolas Mahut in a match that took more than 11 hours over three days to complete.The Tsonga-Isner winner will next face No. 7 Richard Gasquet, a two-time semifinalist at Wimbledon, who finished off a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Albert Ramos-Vinnolas on Sunday.dddddddddddd---2:20 p.m.Two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova put aside a warning for getting coached and erased a big deficit in the third set to edge 18th-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-7 (1), 6-2, 8-6 in the third round at Wimbledon.Back in the fourth round at the All England Club for the first time since 2008, the 13th-seeded Kuznetsova will meet No. 1 Serena Williams for a quarterfinal berth.Kuznetsova, who won the 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open, needed nearly 2 1/2 hours to get past Stephens.Early in the third set, Kuznetsova argued with chair umpire Marijana Veljovic about whether she was receiving help from her coach, which is not allowed at Grand Slam matches.Then, Stephens served for the match at 5-3 but Kuznetsova broke, part of a stretch in which she took five of the last six games.---2:05 p.m.Defending champion Serena Williams did not need to work too hard to earn her 300th career Grand Slam match win and move into the fourth round at Wimbledon, overwhelming 43rd-ranked Annika Beck of Germany 6-3, 6-0.It took all of 51 minutes at Centre Court on Sunday.Williams, who has won six of her 21 Grand Slam titles at the All England Club, compiled a 25-2 edge in winners.After falling behind 2-1 at the outset against Beck, Williams won 11 of the last 12 games and 24 of the second sets 28 points.The No. 1-ranked Williams improved to 300-42 at major tournaments. That breaks a tie at 299 wins with Chris Evert and now ranks second in the Open era to Martina Navratilova, who went 306-49.---1:05 p.m.Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.The 23rd-seeded Russian beat No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday.Bacsinszky made it to the quarterfinals last year, but failed to break serve once on Sunday.Shell next face Coco Vandeweghe, who beat No. 7 Roberta Vinci in straight sets.---12:55 p.m.Coco Vandeweghe is making a strong run at Wimbledon for the second year in a row.The 27th-seeded American beat No. 7 Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court on Sunday to reach the fourth round.Vandeweghe advanced to the quarterfinals here last year before losing to Maria Sharapova in three sets. This is the first time shes been seeded at a Grand Slam.---11:50 a.m.Play is underway on Day 7 at Wimbledon, only the fourth time in the tournaments 139-year history that matches are being played on the middle Sunday.Sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci opened play on Centre Court against Coco Vandeweghe of the United States in a third-round match. No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova faced No. 18 Sloane Stephens on Court No. 1.Play began under gray skies, but the forecast called for mainly dry conditions and warmer temperatures reaching 22C (72F).--10:30 a.m.For only the fourth time in the tournaments 139-year history, the middle Sunday at Wimbledon is not a day for rest.With rain delays during the first week forcing organizers to schedule Sunday matches for the first time since 2004, all 22,000 tickets were snapped up in 27 minutes when they went on sale online on Saturday.Fans will get to see top-seeded and six-time womens champion Serena Williams, who plays in the days second match on Centre Court against Germanys Annika Beck. The winner will move into the fourth round.The tournament is still reverberating from the stunning exit of Novak Djokovic, whose bid for a fifth consecutive major title and the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam was stopped by American Sam Querrey in the third round. ' ' '

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