Joe Root Looking For Another Sweet Performance At Kandy


England captain Joe Root believes England will go into the second Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy on Wednesday with “huge amounts of confidence” after overcoming the hosts in Galle. “We played some really good stuff,” Root said after the commanding 211-run victory. “The way we played throughout the four days, with everyone contributing and playing a part, is really pleasing. We said we were going to do things slightly differently at the start of the series and we’ve really backed that up and given ourselves a really good chance to go to Kandy with a lot of confidence and back up what’s been a brilliant four-days here,” Root further added said.

England got off to a shaky start in Galle, losing five wickets for just 103 runs, with debut opener Rory Burns back in the pavilion for nine, Moeen Ali out first ball and Ben Stokes gone for seven.

But from lunch onwards, England were in the driving seat, not least due to debutant Ben Foakes’s 107 — making him man of the match — and with valuable contributions from Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid.

Sri Lanka were then bundled out for 203, with Ali getting four wickets for 66 and fellow spinners Jack Leach and Rashid taking two apiece, giving the hosts a 139-run first-innings lead.

Keaton Jennings then made an overdue return to form in England’s second innings with an assured 146 not out, allowing Root to declare set Sri Lanka an enormous target of 462. 

They were all out for 250 and Ali took four wickets for the second time in the match, ably assisted by Leach who took three and by Stokes with aggressive, chin-high seam bowling.

“We had some clear plans about the way we were going to approach this game in particular on this surface. To see them work, to see the hard work leading into the game pay off, is great,” Root said.

“The way we played in the summer (beating a visiting Indian side 4-1) was a sign of this team moving forward and we’ve really backed that up in this performance,” he said.

“It’s very difficult to win Test matches abroad now. I think that makes it even sweeter when you do come to a very difficult venue, like Galle, and manage to win games. Hopefully we can build on this and it’s not just a one-off for us.”



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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union welcome ‘miracle baby’: ‘Welcome to the party sweet girl!’


NBA star Dwyane Wade on Thursday took to social media to announce the birth of a baby girl with his wife, actress Gabrielle Union.

The newborn’s arrival came on Wednesday, Wade said on Instagram. He also shared sweet photos of the family in the hospital, showing the couple cradling their daughter, who was sporting a hat with a pink pompom on top.

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“We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that, our miracle baby, arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days,” the Miami Heat player wrote. “Welcome to the party sweet girl!”

The Heat also took to Twitter, offering their congratulations to the couple and promising a gift for their “ViceViceBaby.” A photo in the tweet showed a black baby onesie with the team’s logo on the front.

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This is the first child the couple has had together.

The NBA guard has three sons and the couple is also raising one of his nephews, according to The Associated Press.

In the past, Union has been open about her difficulty in having a child, the outlet reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.





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Kate Hudson posts sweet video of ‘kind beautiful’ boyfriend and baby daughter


Kate Hudson is still basking in the radiant glow of her newborn daughter and is getting some sweet support from boyfriend Danny Fujikawa.

The “Marshall” star — who welcomed Rani Rose with Fujikawa on Oct. 2 — took to Instagram on Friday to share a heartwarming video of her man enjoying some adorable father-daughter time with their baby.

“Kind beautiful man, your pure love is such a gift #daddysgirl,” Hudson captioned the post, along with two heart emojis.

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The sweet video is imbued with an ethereal vintage quality — due to a retro film filter and the emotional background track, Patty Griffin’s “You Are Not Alone” — and shows Fujikawa delicately cradling his little girl in his lap as he gently strokes her fine hair and gazes into her eyes.

Hudson certainly hasn’t been shy about sharing photos of her baby on Instagram. After announcing Rani’s birth, she posted the first pic of her precious bundle of joy three days later.

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She also shared a heartwarming photo of herself holding Rani in her arms while enjoying “the early morning calm” on Thursday.

This is Hudson’s first child with Fujikawa, who she began dating in early 2017. The couple announced that they were expecting back in April.

The actress is also the mother of 14-year-old son Ryder from her marriage to musician Chris Robinson, as well as 7-year-old son Bingham from her previous relationship to singer Matt Bellamy.

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Mandy Moore and ex Wilmer Valderrama reunite, pose for sweet photo


Mandy Moore and Wilmer Valderrama prove that exes can still be friends, even years after calling it quits.

The former couple reunited over the weekend at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades, California. Valderrama was pictured planting a kiss on Moore’s cheek in a selfie. Another photo posted on jewelry designer Anita Ko’s Instagram Stories shows Moore putting her arm around the “That ‘70s Show” actor while flashing her engagement ring from fiancé Taylor Goldsmith.

“Friends forever,” the photo was captioned.

Moore and Valderrama dated from 2000 to 2002 before calling it quits. Their friendship hit a rough patch when Valderrama told Howard Stern in 2006 that he took Moore’s virginity.

“The sex with Mandy was good, but it wasn’t like warm apple pie,” Valderrama said on the radio show.

Moore then told Elle that Valderrama’s comment was “utterly tacky, not even true, and it hurt my feelings because I like him.”

She addressed the incident again in June when she appeared on the Howard Stern show. Moore said Valderrama didn’t take her virginity.

“He’s a very good friend and that’s why I was so shocked by it because not only was it a fib, but it was so unlike him, it was so uncharacteristic,” the “This Is Us” actress told Stern.

She added that she called Valderrama after the 2006 comment.

“He tried to explain it away, that sort of, he did get caught up, he maybe insinuated more than outright said it,” Moore recalled. “No, you outright said it.”



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Blake Shelton serenades Gwen Stefani in sweet video


Gwen Stefani can’t get enough of Blake Shelton.

After a few months of not seeing the twosome post much about each other on their social media accounts, the No Doubt singer shared a sweet video of her boyfriend serenading her on Friday. In the clip posted on Instagram, Stefani, 48, and Shelton, 42, are sitting in a tour bus while the country crooner serenades his lady love with his song “Turnin’ Me On.”

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“Pushing my buttons like it ain’t no thing/If I’m what she wants, she gets what she wants/The neon’s buzzing when she pulls that string/Turning me on like it’s her job,” Shelton sings as Stefani lovingly gazes at him.

“I’m so grateful,” she captioned the video.

Earlier in the day, Stefani posted an Instagram Story of herself at one of Shelton’s shows. In one clip, she’s watching him play the same song.

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“This is my song. Written for me OK, just so you know that. It’s crazy,” a happy and smiling Stefani says to the camera.  

The pair appeared to have taken a little break from posting about each other on their social media in recent months. Stefani’s last post about her beloved beau was in July. “Oh hi cuteness ❤️@Blakeshelton gx,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white throwback of “The Voice” judge.

Earlier in the summer, the couple and Stefani’s three kids enjoyed some family time in Oklahoma.

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