Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

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Schoolchildren pose with a shortlist of three pairs of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots during a photo session at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Schoolchildren pose beside a pair of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots, one of three shortlisted pairs to be unveiled, at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo on December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Schoolchildren pose beside a pair of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots, one of three shortlisted pairs to be unveiled, at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo on December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Schoolchildren pose beside a pair of official Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascots, one of three shortlisted pairs to be unveiled, at Kakezuka elementary school in Tokyo on December 2017. Tokyo Olympic organizers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots Dec. 7 — from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Mascot designs for 2020 Tokyo Olympics shortlisted

TOKYO: Japanese schoolchildren will help determine the mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday unveiled three sets of designs for the games’ mascots. The 6.5 million schoolchildren will review the shortlisted designs with their classes casting a single vote in favor of one of the three sets.
The three finalists were selected from among 2,042 entries submitted by the public, with the winner to be announced on Feb. 28.
The first set is a pair of humanoid characters clad in the ‘ichimatsu” checkered pattern of the Games’ official logo.
The second set features a “maneki neko” (good-luck cat) and a fox commonly seen at Shinto shrines. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their backs.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.


Pakistan rides pacer Abbas to test series win over Australia

Updated 19 October 2018
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Pakistan rides pacer Abbas to test series win over Australia

  • Australia was bowled out for 164 after lunch on the fourth day after given an improbable winning target of 538
  • Right-arm seamer Mohammad Abbas grabbed a match haul of 10-95

ABU DHABI: Seamer Mohammad Abbas grabbed a match haul of 10-95 as Pakistan recorded an emphatic 373-run victory over Australia in the second test to clinch the series 1-0 on Friday.
Australia was bowled out for 164 after lunch on the fourth day after given an improbable winning target of 538.
Usman Khawaja, whose herculean century helped Australia salvage a draw in the first test, couldn’t bat in the second innings after tearing a left knee cartilage in the warmup on Thursday.
Australia sorely missed Khawaja-like grit from any of its batsmen on Friday.
Abbas, on a slow turning pitch, again jolted the top order with four quick wickets in the first hour on day four. The right-arm seamer then had top scorer Marnus Labuschagne caught behind for 43 after lunch to finish with 5-62 to go along with his first innings effort of 5-33.
Legspinner Yasir Shah ran through the tailenders with 3-45, finishing off the match by having Jon Holland caught in the slips on 3.
Looking to hold out for more than two days for a draw, Australia began the day on 47-1.
Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) stretched their second-wicket stand to 61 runs before Abbas struck four blows in a high-class exhibition of seam and swing bowling.
Head edged to substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, standing in after captain Sarfraz Ahmed went to hospital for precautionary scans when he woke up on Friday and complained of headaches.
Abbas then had Mitchell Marsh lbw on 5 when Pakistan successfully went for a video referral against umpire Richard Illingworth’s not out decision.
Pakistan stand-in captain Asad Shafiq outsmarted Finch’s tactic of standing well outside his crease while facing Abbas, by making Rizwan stand close to the stumps, forcing the batsman inside the crease. The switch paid off as Abbas trapped Finch lbw.
Two balls later, captain Tim Paine was out without scoring while trying to leave a ball that nipped back enough and knocked over the off stump.
Shah then had Mitchell Starc (28) and Peter Siddle (3) both leg before wicket. Siddle could have survived but chose not to go for a video referral as the replays suggested the ball pitched outside leg stump.
Labuschagne shared the best partnership of the innings by adding 67 runs with Starc for the sixth wicket before Abbas returned after lunch and had him caught behind off a short-pitched delivery.