The soldiers were in their way from Al-Jufra to Misrata when gunmen believed to be affiliated with IS opened fire at the bus in Alload area, south of Sirte.2 soldiers were killed and 3 others injured in an exchange of fire. 2 attackers were also killed.In June, 5 soldiers from the Third Force were killed at a fake checkpoint in the same area and authorities in Misrata accused former regime followers of being behind their killing.The Third Force was tasked in 2013 to protect the south.Meanwhile, 5 Sabha-bound fuel tanker drivers from Misrata were abducted Tuesday by IS militants near Abu Garain town, 118 km south of Misrata. Reports say the drivers were later released and the 5 tankers were taken to Sirte. A bus carrying more than 40 army personnel from the Third Force has been ambushed on Thursday.
Chris Lynn smashed his seventh fifty in the Indian Premier League.Harry Gurney picked up two wickets on his debut.Kolkata Knight Riders have gone to the top of the table in IPL 2019. New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals scored 28 runs in the powerplay. Kolkata Knight Riders blasted 65 in the first six overs thanks to Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine. The contrast in the powerplays, highlighted by Rajasthan Royals’ insipid display against spin contrasting with Kolkata Knight Riders’ aggressive intent, made the difference. Steve Smith smashed 73* but Lynn’s blazing 7th fifty off 32 balls and 91-run opening stand with Narine helped Dinesh Karthik’s side register a facile eight-wicket win over Ajinkya Rahane’s Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Sunday. With this win, Kolkata Knight Riders went to the top of the table but Rajasthan Royals’ display in their home turf will already worry the franchise as they are second from bottom.On a pitch that assisted the spinners, Rajasthan Royals never got going against the likes of Narine, Piyush Chawla and surprisingly, Harry Gurney, who was included in the Kolkata Knight Riders side in place of Lockie Ferguson. Karthik won the toss and chose to bowl and he was immediately rewarded when Prasidh Krishna struck with his first ball and removed Rahane for 4. Jos Buttler got going with three boundaries but Kolkata Knight Riders dried the boundaries up in the next four overs, with Narine and Chawla not giving away easy runs. highlights Buttler and Smith tried to find the boundary but at the half-way stage, the run-rate was below six. The introduction of left-arm pacer Gurney increased Rajasthan Royals’ woes with the England pacer expertly cutting down on the pace and getting the ball to grip on this wicket. Buttler launched a six off Gurney but the in the next ball, he miscued the lofted shot and was out for 37.Smith held firm and notched up his fifty with a couple of boundaries off Krishna but when Gurney sent back Rahul Tripathi (6), Rajasthan Royals lost momentum. Ben Stokes swung and miss and failed to back-up Smith, who tried to attack by hammering Narine over deep midwicket for a six. Stokes struggled for 14 balls and managed just seven runs as Rajasthan Royals managed just 36 runs in the last five overs to reach 139/3.In response, Narine and Lynn capitalised on the powerplay. The left-hander pummeled Krishnappa Gowtham for four boundaries and a six in one over and the 22-run overlaid the platform for Kolkata Knight Riders to dictate terms to the opposition. They were also aided by some good fortune in the fourth over bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni. Narine was deceived by a slower ball from Kulkarni and he chipped it to the leg side only for Tripathi to drop the catch. Next ball, Kulkarni got a ball to jag back in and Lynn was beaten. The ball hit the stump, the bail lit up but was not dislodged. With luck not going Rajasthan Royals’ way, Kolkata Knight Riders took the attack to the bowlers.Narine and Lynn regularly found the boundaries and did not allow the run-rate to dip below 10. The West Indies all-rounder looked set for another aggressive fifty but he edged a googly from Shreyas Gopal to be out caught for 47.Lynn reached his fifty but on the next ball, he was out caught at deep backward square leg by Gopal. It made no difference to the ultimate result as Robin Uthappa slammed two sixes and the end came via a wide from Stokes. It was an anti-climatic end to a dominant performance, a performance that has enabled the side to go on top. Kolkata Knight Riders managed to win this without Andre Russell’s contribution and that will boost their confidence even higher. For Rajasthan Royals, their performance in their ‘fortress’ has raised a lot of uncomfortable questions. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):1:30 p.m.Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets at the U.S. Open. The Latest: Top-seeded Pliskova advances at US Open Pliskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. She had a 26-7 edge in winners.Pliskova is ranked third in the world but has the top seed in New York.___12:50 p.m.Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago. Associated Press August 31, 2020 There are about 15 people, including reporters, scattered in the stands of an arena that holds about 14,000.The No. 1-seeded woman, Karolina Pliskova, will face Anhelina Kalinina later Monday in the first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium.Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are scheduled to play at night.The professional tennis tours were on hiatus from March until August because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The last Grand Slam matches were at the Australian Open, which ended in early February. The French Open was postponed from May to late September, and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II. The 2019 French Open runner-up, who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.___11:20 a.m.Grand Slam tennis is back in action for the first time in nearly seven full months as the U.S. Open gets started without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion at Flushing Meadows, is facing Ajla Tomljanovic in the first match in Louis Armstrong Stadium. Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.Kerber won the 2016 U.S. Open but lost in the first round a year ago. She used to be ranked No. 1 and is seeded 17th in New York.___12:15 p.m.Marketa Vondrousova is the first winner of a match at the 2020 U.S. Open — and of any Grand Slam match since early February.