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cb|Emailogin / PH 'Mighty Ducks' skate for gold and history
« on: August 18, 2017, 11:42:04 AM »
A shopping mall in tropical Manila closes for the night but a once ragtag team of skaters is hitting the rink aiming to make history in the Southeast Asian Games.
Dubbed "The Mighty Ducks" after the 1992 Disney film, the Philippine men's ice hockey team are targeting gold in Malaysia where the SEA Games begin on Saturday -- a far cry from the days when their players knew only of the sport from Adidas David Pastrnak Youth Jersey watching movies.
"'The Mighty Ducks' has been an inspiration to most hockey players, especially if you're in a tropical country like the Philippines," team forward Lenard Lancero, 22, told AFP by the rink in the mall where the team practise.
"You've only been watching hockey, seeing it just in the movies. But when there was ice hockey here in (the mall), it's like a dream come true."
In a nation known for its pristine beaches and obsession with basketball, ice hockey has only recently emerged as an unlikely but increasingly popular sport.
What started as a hobby for boys who would ask their parents to take them to rinks in the country's sprawling shopping centres slowly turned into a competitive sport with the creation of a national federation two years ago.
Teenage students and professionals in their thirties all represent their country, and they bagged a bronze medal in their first official tournament at the Asian Winter Games in Japan in February.
Despite their achievements, the squad still get strange looks from surprised shoppers as they haul their gear to the rink, said defenceman Julius Santiago, 21.
"But when they see us play, they're really amazed. They like watching it because it's intense, especially when there's full contact. And Filipinos love fighting, the hitting, so that's what excites them to watch us play," he said.
This year marks the first time winter sports have featured in the SEA Games.
French-Filipino Francois Gautier, the team's alternate captain, said practising in the Adidas Dustin Brown Youth Jersey Philippines was much tougher than in France, Canada or the United States which have thousands of skating rinks as opposed to the Asian nation's four.
"It's more organised there for sure. The level is higher. Here, we're doing the baby steps," Gautier, 33, told AFP.
Funding is another challenge, with sticks, helmets, shin pads, elbow pads and gloves costing at least $1,000 a set. The group gets by with contributions from corporations, the government and their own pockets.
Team members divide time between school or work and training as well as cutting through Manila's notorious traffic to get to practice sessions.
For Lancero, a fresh graduate, goals outweigh obstacles.
"If your career is into sports, that's really different from most Filipinos. People think where is the money in sports? But we've been representing the national team and a couple of years after, it will be a career I hope," he said.
Compared to older teams like Thailand and Singapore, the Philippines is a newcomer and an underdog but the squad are confident.
"I think our chances are really good. We're actually one of the favourites. I think we're considered a big threat to the other countries," Gautier said.
The squad hope their performance in the regional games will bring them a step closer to their Olympic dream and earn the sport a bigger following in the Philippines.
"Every single one of us here, playing or coaching, we are leaving our mark. That's extremely gratifying than being in a system that's already been established for years," said Gautier.
"Here we're making history every day."

cb|Emailogin / Payment to Eni Aluko after bullying complaint
« on: August 18, 2017, 08:16:43 AM »
Publicly, Aluko has stated only that she believes team selections were made on the basis of “popularity” rather than form. However, privately the player who has won 102 caps for her country appears to have felt like she was the victim of sustained Dustin McGowan Authentic Jersey bullying and alleges the unfavourable treatment began a month after Sampson’s appointment in April 2014.
Drawing a link to the alleged incident, Aluko’s complaint continued: “As a black female in the team, understanding the unfavourable, racial and social connotations underlying MS’s comment further heightened my feelings of fear and isolation, especially in light of the previous instances where I have been negatively singled out, too.”
It is understood that footage of the meeting exists, which was relied upon by Katherine Newton, the barrister who conducted the FA’s inquiry, but that it was not supplied to Aluko’s team and it is not clear whether it shows the entire exchange. It is also understood that Aluko was not interviewed as part of the process, with one source also claiming that the player in question was not spoken to either.
The FA refused to comment on the details of the allegations but said that it made the agreement with Aluko to avoid disruption for Sampson and the women’s team in the buildup to the European Championship. The FA, it can also be confirmed, paid for the independent investigation that was overseen by Newton from December to March. Newton eventually delivered a report stating there was no case to answer.
“The FA can confirm an independent investigation found no wrong-doing in respect of a grievance raised by Eniola Aluko in 2016,” the governing body said in a statement.
“Following an internal review into allegations raised by Eniola Aluko Gregory Polanco Youth Jersey last year, the FA commissioned an independent investigation conducted by a barrister, Katharine Newton, from Old Square Chambers. Ms Newton is an expert on employment and discrimination law,” it said.
“The detailed independent investigation report did not uphold any of Eniola Aluko’s complaints and found no wrong-doing on behalf of the FA or others. The report recommended that a more detailed response to Eniola Aluko’s original complaints should be made and so the FA commissioned Ms Newton to write to Eniola Aluko to provide such a response, in order to ensure complete transparency and objectivity of the findings.
“Eniola Aluko remains a centrally contracted player. A complaint was made in 2016 and Eniola Aluko is not precluded from speaking about the facts of that complaint.
“Notwithstanding the independent investigation’s findings, the FA agreed a mutual resolution so as to avoid disruption to the squad’s tournament preparations. It was not to prevent disclosure.”
Aluko says she has declined to comment because of the terms of her confidentiality agreement and the Guardian understands she is said to be surprised by the suggestion from the FA that she is now free to talk. Her case alleged another incident, in the video analysis of one match, when one coach praised her fitness results and another replied: “Yeah, but she is lazy as fuck.”
In another instance, one coach could be heard saying: “Fuck off Eni” after she lost possession. The analysis was said to have been available to all players. Aluko claimed staff would try to “undermine and belittle” herself and others.
Asked whether it or Sampson wanted to comment on the specific allegations, the FA referred to its statement.

cb|Emailogin / FA under pressure to explain £80,000
« on: August 17, 2017, 05:21:44 AM »
The Football Association is facing questions over why it paid “hush money” to international footballer Eni Aluko after it emerged that a bullying complaint against the England manager, Mark Sampson, included an allegation that he made a remark with “racial and Authentic Brock Holt Womens Jersey prejudicial connotations” to another player.
Aluko, one of England’s most recognisable female footballers with 102 caps, was paid around £80,000 to sign an agreement that the FA claims was to “avoid disruption” ahead of this summer’s Euro 2017. Aluko’s lawyers believe that the agreement she signed prevents her from speaking about it but the FA insists she is now free to talk about the facts of the case.
The Guardian can reveal that her complaint contained an allegation that Sampson made a “highly inappropriate” remark with whereby he asked a mixed race player how many times she had been in trouble with the police.
“During a meeting with the midfielders’ unit of players, of which I was not present, MS [Sampson] used an analogy about pressing hard in midfield and getting a caution like a police caution,” Aluko’s evidence states. “MS then addressed the player individually and said in relation to being cautioned by police: ‘Haven’t you been arrested before? Four times isn’t it?’”
Aluko, whose brother Sone plays for Fulham, was last season’s top scorer in the Authentic Ian Desmond Womens Jersey Women’s Super League and featured in the Professional Footballers’ Association women’s Team of the Year.
However, the 30-year-old was not part of the England squad that reached the semi-finals of the European Championship, instead working as part of Channel 4’s commentary team. Herman Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, has already said the FA needs to explain the full details around the case, pointing out it has a “responsibility to be transparent”.
The FA held an internal investigation and also commissioned a confidential independent inquiry, which did not uphold Aluko’s complaint and found no case for disciplinary action, before deciding not to take action against Sampson or any member of staff. Yet Aluko’s evidence states her team-mate was left “distressed” by the comment and that other players confirmed they did not take it as a joke. The Guardian knows the identity of the player concerned but has chosen not to name her.
Aluko, who is also a qualified lawyer, says in her complaint there were “derogatory, racial and prejudicial connotations” and the FA will now have to explain why it went to such apparently extraordinary lengths to prevent the case becoming public.
As well as the £80,000 payment, the governing body also awarded Aluko a new one-year central contract, worth £20,000, despite her making it clear she would never appear for England again “under his [Sampson’s] management”.
Aluko has not played for England since April and her eight-page complaint, emailed to the FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, and head of performance, Dave Reddin, as part of an exercise to gather information about the culture within England’s squads, alleges a “culture of bullying and harassment” in the women’s setup.

cb|Emailogin / Sreesanth Back On Cricket Field After Four Years
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:53:26 AM »
Sri Lanka last played India in an ODI series in November 2014-15 (in India) and were blanked 0-5.
The Islanders, however, upset India in their group game at the Oval in the recent Champions Trophy.
As the country celebrated its 71st Independence Day on Tuesday, former Indian speedster S. Sreesanth took to a Edinson Volquez Womens Jersey cricket field for the first time in four years as he led a team in an exhibition match here. The exhibition match was played at the ground where he first plied his trade and was cheered by a sizeable crowd. Members from the two teams presented roses to Sreesanth when he stepped on to the field. The pacer got a huge relief on August 7 when the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Sreesanth had approached the court last year after the BCCI failed to revoke the life ban though he was exonerated by a Delhi court of the charge of involvement in a spot-fixing scandal, which marred the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Sreesanth had to cool his heels in Tihar Central Jail in Delhi in May 2013 in connection with the case. He was arrested by Delhi Police in Mumbai on May 17 that year along with former Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
Senior batsman Upul Tharanga will lead a 15-man Sri Lanka squad in the the five-match ODI series against India that begins in Dambulla on Sunday. Tharanga endured a horrendous Test series against India, scoring only 88 runs in six innings, which Sri Lanka lost by a comprehensive 0-3 margin. But the upcoming series will be the left-handed batsman's first in-charge of the team after Angelo Mathews gave up the ODI captaincy post the 2-3 loss against Zimbabwe at home in July. While Mathews is still part of the squad, seasoned pacer Lasith Malinga has also made a comeback.
There are two other changes from the Sri Lankan squad which featured in the last three ODIs against Zimbabwe.
Pacer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne are out due to Drew Hutchison Womens Jersey injuries and their places in the side has been taken by young fast bowler Lahiru Kumara and left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, who both featured in the recent Test series against the Indians.
Skipper Tharanga has called for support from his countrymen ahead of what should prove to be another tough outing against the higher-ranked India.
"Every team goes through a rough patch," he said. "This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are. The support of our fans plays a big role in lifting the morale of the team.
"We play for our country and our goal is to bring pride to our family of 20 million in this nation - so your support is something that matters greatly to us," Tharanga added.
The BCCI's disciplinary committee, headed by present Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had slapped a life-time ban on Sreesanth and Chavan on September 13, 2013.
On Tuesday, Sreesanth led the Playback Singers XI who took on a team of the Producers XI. He opened the batting and had a good outing with the bat.
"I am really happy that I am back and I am beginning my return from the same ground where it all began. Now from here, I want to reach Thiruvananthapuram and from there upwards and back to the Indian team," said Sreesanth, who also as chief guest unfurled the Indian Tricolour at the club.
Following the ban by the BCCI, he was not allowed entry to a cricket field in all levels of cricket besides even being prevented him from attending practice sessions.
Even though Kerala High Court has lifted the ban, the BCCI has decided to appeal against the single bench verdict.
In 2015, the pacer, along with Chandila and Chavan, was exonerated by a Delhi court in the case registered by Delhi Police which invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to try him.

cb|GeSHi-mod / Alastair Cook's opening partners
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:50:10 AM »
Woakes is one of two Brummies in the England squad for the maiden day-nighter at Edgbaston, with Moeen Ali, the man of the Test summer to date with 25 wickets and 252 runs in the 3-1 win over South Africa, recalling the first time he came to the historic ground for an under-11s’ trial aged nine wearing borrowed and oversized pads.
The all-rounder, who came through the Warwickshire academy but truly Brandon Marshall Womens Jersey blossomed only after moving to Worcestershire in 2006, is the senior spinner to another newcomer in Mason Crane, the uncapped 20-year-old Hampshire leggie who got the nod over Liam Dawson and Moeen’s close friend and fellow winter tourist Adil Rashid.
Moeen puts the latter’s snub this summer down to the fact they were considered too expensive a pairing by the selectors during last winter’s tours to Bangladesh and India (they went at a combined 3.6 per over across the seven Tests) but hopes Crane, like him during what has been a breakthrough season with the ball, is not too defensive when his chance comes.
He added: “I’ve not seen Mason bowl too much. But I think if his strengths are that he spins it big, he’s got a good googly and is a wicket-taking bowler. When I first came in the side I felt that was my strength too but I moved away from it, trying to be tight and safe.
“Before the South Africa series I spoke to Joe Root and [the spin coach] Saqlain Mushtaq and said I wanted to go back to attacking and what I have learned I actually bowl a bit tighter when I do. Although I will obviously give Mason some advice, I’d just let him bowl.”
Law urges West Indies to use criticism to their advantage
The West Indies players have been instructed to use the largely downcast predictions of their chances against England as motivation again for the Test series starting on Thursday, with their head coach, Stuart Law, adamant that the hosts have exploitable weaknesses.
Jason Holder’s side were dubbed “mediocre” by the ECB chairman, Colin Graves, before their last Test encounter against England in 2015 but used it to their advantage, emerging with a creditable drawn home series that hastened the end of the James McCann Authentic Jersey second Peter Moores era.
But with a current ranking of eighth in the world and only three away Test wins against opposition placed higher in the 21st century, few are tipping West Indies to provide anything other than a second series victory for Joe Root as England captain this summer.
“Our players understand there’s a few comments flying around like that. We’ve instructed them to use that as motivation,” said Law, the former Australia batsman, before his players trained under lights at Edgbaston on Tuesday evening. “You can’t keep looking back because, if you do that, you can’t move forward. Let’s rewrite that history.”
But their lack of experience is palpable. The batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and seamer Kemar Roach share the most caps with 37 apiece. On the other hand they do go into the day-night series opener having played the format – a seven-wicket defeat by Pakistan in Dubai in April – and on the back of a floodlit warm-up in Derby in which four of them scored hundreds.
Roach, who roughed up Jonny Bairstow on their last tour in 2012 and once put Australia’s Ricky Ponting in hospital with a blow to the elbow, is one of the quicks that Law claims could exploit England’s perennially limp top three, with Shannon Gabriel another provided he can overcome a no-ball problem. He sent down 24 no-balls over the weekend.
Law said: “You always look at any little cracks you can find. With a couple of debutants or new guys, it’s an opportunity for us to exploit those weaknesses. But if you don’t bowl well, you’re going to get pasted round the park. So we’ve got to stick to our plans.”
Much will rest on Holder too. The 25-year-old all-rounder has captained for the past two-and-a-half years, during which time a number of their more high profile players have exiled themselves in Twenty20 leagues, and Law sees a talented leader emerging from it.
Law said: “It is a lot of responsibility and he does it with fantastic integrity. He’s a young man but very intelligent and high quality. He takes the things said about him and this team with a pinch of salt and uses it drive them forward. He’s doing everything to make sure he captains this side not just this series but for 10 or 15 years.”
On how the success or otherwise of the tour will be judged he added: “We’ve got our own targets. I’m not going to tell the world what they are. But if we come close to them, we’ll know within our walls, and West Indies cricket will know, we have been successful.” Ali Martin

Site and MOD Comments / Mark Stoneman’s debut against West Indies
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:06:51 AM »
Mark Stoneman feels his Test debut against West Indies under lights this Thursday is justification for his winter move from Durham to Surrey as he prepares to become the latest batsman to try to crack the puzzle that is being Jabari Brown Womens Jersey Alastair Cook’s opening partner.
At 30 years of age Stoneman will become the oldest specialist batsman to be handed a first England cap this century, and the hope from the selectors now is that this seasoned left-hander’s additional experience comes off in the three-match Investec series and ends the seemingly perpetual search to fill the gap left by the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012.
Stoneman will be Cook’s 15th partner since his debut, 12th since Strauss retired and, though Stoneman missed out on a top-order spot twice this summer when first Gary Ballance and then Tom Westley got the nod at No3, he always retained the hope that his surge in county runs since trading the north-east for south London would eventually force a way in.
Stoneman had already signed for Surrey before Durham’s financially enforced relegation last October, – the die was probably cast when Michael di Venuto, his former team-mate and long-time idol, became head coach at the Oval in early 2016 – but cricketers have not needed to leave the Riverside to get international recognition in recent times given the opener he has replaced, Keaton Jennings, was the club’s 10th academy player to be capped.
Nevertheless the fresh surroundings, a reunion with Di Venuto and less off-field Jahlil Okafor Womens Jersey noise at a more settled club appear to have been beneficial for someone described as an intense character by his friends. He has 1,033 first-class runs at an average of 57 this county summer, a leap from a career average of 34, albeit having passed four figures in the previous four seasons.
“I’d like to thank all the staff and team-mates at Durham for helping me to get here. The last four years at the club I was playing nicely and I can’t thank them enough,” said Stoneman, who has the chance to seal an Ashes berth with a strong showing against West Indies.
“The move to Surrey was to continue that progression, so maybe this [call-up] does justify that. I’m in a good position. I know myself quite well now as a cricketer and a person and hopefully I can do myself justice. Partnering Cook will be amazing. I’ve spent a lot of years watching him on the telly and have massive respect for what he has done.”
Known as Rocky by team-mates after inheriting the nickname from his father Ian, a prominent league cricketer and umpire in the north-east, Stoneman’s credentials have been endorsed by the seamer and former opponent Chris Woakes, who is himself hoping to break back into the XI for the first Test after two months out with a side strain.
“He is a tricky guy to bowl at, particularly for an opening batsman, as he hits the ball in quite funny areas,” said Woakes, who was too self-effacing to note that Stoneman was the first of his nine-wicket haul here last summer, when Warwickshire played Durham.
“You always find your natural length has to change a bit to Mark. That good, solid length he actually picks up quite well, a good puller of the ball. I think the fact he is Alastair Cook’s 12th opening partner since Andrew Strauss proves just how hard it is and how good Cooky has been. Fingers crossed Mark can come in and continue his good form but it is a hard job.”

Early in Monday’s Jets practice, Christian Hackenberg uncorked a beautiful, 45-yard pass that landed right in Robby Anderson’s hands and gave the small crowd of fans something to cheer about.
It was proof Hackenberg can throw a football more than 10 yards, something I was beginning to wonder about after Saturday night’s preseason debut against the Titans. In that game, he went 18-of-25 for 127 yards, but it was a bunch of dinking and Jake McGee Womens Jersey dunking down the field. Only two of his throws went more than 20 yards.
The best thing I can say about Hackenberg’s night was it left you wanting to see more. Now, it’s time the Jets let him show us more.
Jets coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator John Morton need to put more on Hackenberg’s plate this week in practice and Saturday night against the Lions in Detroit. The game against the Titans felt like paint by numbers. The ball was snapped, he took three steps and threw the ball short to a designated back or receiver. This week, let’s see if he can paint an abstract. Can he progress through his reads and find someone, or will it all be checkdowns and quick hitches again?
“He’s got to take what they give him,” Bowles said after practice Monday. “Some of the plays [against the Titans] were designed. Some of the plays, the deep stuff wasn’t there and he checked it down. He just has to do his job. We’d like to see him down the field, but he did his job. He did everything that was asked of him.”
This season is mainly about finding out if Hackenberg is the answer at quarterback. If not, they must select one early in the 2018 draft. All indications are the Jets will be picking in the top three next year with the quality of their roster, meaning they will have a shot at Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen, who are considered the top three quarterbacks in the draft at the moment.
The worst possible outcome for the Jets is Hackenberg is just good enough to convince Mike Maccagnan he does not need to draft a quarterback, then Hackenberg falls on his face next year.
For most of the past decade, the Jets have been on a quarterback treadmill that has killed them. Mike Tannenbaum was convinced in 2012 to give Mark Sanchez a contract extension after two AFC Championship Game appearances and 26 touchdowns in Dee Gordon Jersey 2011. Sanchez bottomed out that season, and they were searching for a QB again.
Geno Smith was drafted in 2013 and was inconsistent as a rookie but a strong finish to that season convinced the Jets’ brass he should start in 2014. He went 3-10 as a starter that year and lost his job to Michael Vick. In 2015, Ryan Fitzpatrick set team records and they signed him to a one-year, $12 million deal that blew up in their faces in 2016.
The Jets have to get off this treadmill. That is why Hackenberg either has to wow the team this year or be pushed aside in 2018.
But how can anyone evaluate him if he is not allowed to run a full offense. At the moment, the Jets seem afraid to let Hackenberg make mistakes. Maybe they feel his confidence is fragile after a difficult college career at Penn State. Maybe they just don’t trust him enough.
The organization has babied Hackenberg since the day they took him with the 51st overall pick in 2016. It’s time for the diapers to come off.
Let the kid play. It’s time to see what he can do.

cb|GeSHi-mod / The Worst Series Of My Career
« on: August 15, 2017, 05:12:04 AM »
At a loss to explain Sri Lanka's dismal performance against India, skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Monday said the 0-3 thrashing was the "worst" Test series of his career and his team has no excuses to offer. The hosts were bowled out for 181 in their Andrew Shaw Womens Jersey second innings, after following on post their 135-run first innings' collapse as India won the series 3-0 to complete a comprehensive whitewash. "This was the toughest series in my career, no doubt," said Chandimal after the third and final Test which Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 171 runs inside three days.
"The reason being that we were not able to take the games to five days. There have been four day Tests and three day Tests. This is the worst series ever. It's pretty tough for the team and me. Credit goes to India," he added.
Chandimal said he takes complete responsibility for the side's abject surrender. But he was hopeful that the team would lift itself in the near future.
"They have played outstandingly well in the series. I am disappointed that if we could have dragged the game to the fifth day we could have learned something, but losing within two and half days you cannot give any excuses," he said.
"As captain, I would like to take the responsibility. The fans have always supported us. They encourage us always. Today we saw despite losing, people applauding us. That is what the team needs now.
"We cannot let the players be mentally down. We are doing the process right. We might not get results soon, but we are confident that the future looks good," he added with hope.
The hosts have suffered repetitive batting failures throughout the series, particularly in their last three out of four innings.
"During training, we are doing a lot of hard work. We had some gameplan and we spoke so many Bill Bates Womens Jersey things during the game. As a player when you have to go to the middle you have to put them to practice. That was what the batsmen were unable to do. As players we had to stand up and do our performances well," said Chandimal.
"As an opener you should at least bat for 15 to 20 overs. As I said, we gave some game plan to each and every player. They have to execute them when in the middle. We failed to do that in the series and that cost us dearly I would say," he added, highlighting how the batting failed repeatedly.
Sri Lanka have also been plagued by injuries in this series, which has hampered their ability to put a full-strength side onto the park.

cb|Emailogin / Britain win two more relay medals
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:25:46 AM »
Almost from the moment Neil Black became British Athletics’ performance director in 2012 he targeted the relays because he knew they were the lowest of low-hanging fruit. Five years on, during the final day of the world championships, he watched as his Clark Gillies Authentic Jersey team gorged on the juicy flesh on offer – and, in doing so, perhaps saved his job.
Two more medals on Sunday – a silver in the women’s 4x400m and a bronze in the men’s 4x400m – meant that Britain completed a sweep of relay honours and took their final tally in these championships to six.
Incredibly, after having just one medal during the first eight days, British athletes went on to claim another five in a stretch from 8.35pm on Saturday to 9.20pm – which must count as one of the most successful 24-hour periods in its history. True, six medals is at the low end of the target of six to eight set by UK Sport. But that mark has still been hit which means Black’s job is surely safe.
The first British medal on Sunday came in the women’s 4x400m. It had looked a weak race before the start and it became even weaker when Jamaica’s Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby pulled up on the second leg with a hamstring problem.
That meant the 4x400m was no longer a battle royale between Jamaica and the United States but a procession. With Allyson Felix, who ran a staggering 48.7sec leg, driving the US team home they cantered to gold in 3.19:02.
Almost six seconds behind came Great Britain’s team of Zoey Clark, Laviai Nielsen, Eilidh Doyle and Emily Diamond, who took silver in 3:25.00, with Poland third in 3:25.41.
Nielsen paid tribute to the home support afterwards. “The crowd was J.R.Smith Youth Jersey even louder than they were on Saturday and I didn’t even think that was possible,” the 21-year-old Londoner said. “The team is so close so to come out and win a medal is beyond words. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing this feels.”
Now it was up to Britain’s relay men. Their team had been struggling all season but the elimination of Botswana, the Olympic silver medallists Jamaica and London 2012 champions Bahamas had given them a chance of an unlikely bronze. And they took it.
Matthew Hudson-Smith, who had missed the semi-finals, put Britain in second place behind the Americans. And while Dwayne Cowan slipped back to third, he established a 15-metre lead over the rest of the pack – allowing Rabah Yousif and then Martyn Rooney to bring home a medal behind Trinidad and Tobago, who took gold, and the US.
Rooney, the twice European 400m champion, has had a poor season by his standards, having not broken 46 seconds all year. But in the relay he becomes a different animal. And while Rooney was happy with a medal, he believed that if he was in better shape he might have even turned bronze into gold.
“I have never been set up like that before,” Rooney said. “Even when we won a medal in Beijing it was a lot tighter and there was a lot more work to do. I wish I was in the shape I was in last year because I think I could’ve gone past those guys down the home straight.
“It is still amazing to come away with a medal at our home world championships,” he added. “I am really proud to be part of this team. There are some big men on this team who really stood up out there. We all came together to discuss everything, we sorted it all out and the result is a medal which is incredible.”
Meanwhile, the British Athletics chief executive, Niels de Vos, also sounded an upbeat note about the performance of the Great Britain team, who had previously come in for criticism for their lack of medals in individual events.
“We are extraordinarily happy,” De Vos said. “We will have had more finalists than we have ever had before, that’s a fantastic result.
“We had four fourths on the track that collectively were less than two-tenths of a second away from being four medals. They weren’t medals, but this is a team in transition and coming out having our most finalists ever as we push towards the next Olympiad is a great place for British athletics to be in.”
Fresh from her relay success, team captain Eilidh Doyle also insisted that the team had made great progress over the past 10 days at these world championships. “You’ve got to look at the bigger picture,” she said. “We’ve made the target but we’ve also had some really excellent results. I urge people to look at how many people finished higher than where they were ranked coming into this – our team as a whole has performed really, really well. I’m super proud of this team, they’ve done a really good job.”

cb|GeSHi-mod / Miracle putt helps Justin Thomas
« on: August 14, 2017, 04:50:46 AM »
When Justin Thomas handled the formality of things — tapping in his six-inch Elgin Baylor Womens Jersey bogey putt on the 72nd hole, all but clinching the PGA Championship for the first major title of his career — there was a first-things-first moment as he walked off the green.
Thomas immediately sought out his father, Mike, and handed him the golf ball he had just retrieved from the cup on the 18th hole at Quail Hollow. The two embraced for what seemed like 20 minutes, not 20 seconds, and exchanged a few words.
“Since I know you can edit this, I said, ‘That’s [bleeping] unbelievable,’ ’’ Mike Thomas said afterward, when asked what he said to his son. “It’s a PGA Championship. My dad is a PGA member. I’m a PGA member. It’s a special event.”
Mike Thomas is a PGA professional at Harmony Landing in Goshen, Ky., where he has an impressive display of souvenir golf balls from his son’s ever-growing list of accomplishments.
Yes, this one was special.
For Justin, who two months ago failed to capitalize on the momentum he generated with his third-round 63 at the U.S. Open and faltered that Sunday with a final-round 75 that left him in a disappointing tie for ninth.
For Mike Thomas, who is a former member of the PGA board of directors and whose father also is lifetime PGA professional.
For the Thomas’ close friends on the PGA Tour, like Jordan Spieth, with whom he had dinner Saturday night, Rickie Fowler, who made a valiant effort to win his first major Sunday, shooting 67 to finish 5-under, and Bud Cauley, who finished his round when Clarence Weatherspoon Jersey Thomas was starting his.
All three were waiting for Thomas to hug him hard when he walked off the 18th green.
Thomas, shooting a final-round 3-under 68 to finish 8-under and two shots clear of Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen and Francesco Molinari, went out and seized victory after starting the day two shots off the lead and bogeying the first hole.
“I just had this calm about me all day,” Thomas said. “I was a lot more calm than I thought I’d be. I thought I’d be very shaky. That’s why you play. You play for those nerves.”
The win was the 24-year-old’s fourth of the year, most on the PGA Tour this year and seemingly a sure bet to win him PGA Tour Player of the Year
When he was a little kid playing youth golf tournaments, while all of his peers played in shorts, Justin always wore pants.
“Because I always wanted to be a professional golfer, and that’s how the pros dressed,” he told The Post.

A five-run bottom of the eighth put the Yankees on the precipice of an enormous comeback win over the Red Sox.
And then Aroldis Chapman did just about everything in his power to undo it, but the Yankees held on for a 5-4 victory.
The closer walked the bases loaded to start the ninth before he got Andrew Authentic Joe Thornton Womens Jersey Benintendi to hit a sacrifice fly to left — and then Aaron Hicks threw out Eduardo Nunez at third, as the former Yankee inexplicably tried to advance on the play.
Chapman then got Mitch Moreland — who replaced Hanley Ramirez defensively at first in the seventh — to fly out to center to finish the game.
For most of Friday night, the Yankees seemed destined to fall a season-high 5 ½ games out of first place and the Red Sox seemed poised to win their ninth straight and take an even firmer hold on the AL East.
Then the Yankees’ slumbering offense finally woke up in the bottom of the eighth to overcome a 3-0 deficit and they won the series opener against their division rivals.
In front of a sellout crowd of 46,509, the first six batters reached in the eighth, including Todd Frazier, who gave the Yankees their first lead with an RBI single to left off Joe Kelly.
Before Frazier’s heroics, the Yankees tormented former Met Addison Reed.
In danger of being blanked for a second straight game, the Yankees erupted in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Brett Gardner started it by getting hit with a pitch to lead off the inning.
Hicks followed with a two-run homer off that just reached the short porch in right and got the Yankees within a run.
Gary Sanchez delivered a single to left and Aaron Judge walked, forcing Boston manager John Farrell to go to Kelly, the hard-throwing right-hander, to face Didi Gregorius, who tied the game with a single to left-center that scored Sanchez from second.
Frazier then dropped his single in front of Benintendi in left to put the Yankees ahead.
With one out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled to right to load the bases for Arian Foster Authentic Jersey Ronald Torreyes, whose sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead.
The sudden burst of offense came out of nowhere for the Yankees, who got just two hits in six innings off lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez.
Jaime Garcia, in his second outing since being acquired from Minnesota before the trade deadline, gave up three runs in 5 ²/₃ innings.
Adam Warren (3-2) tossed 2 ¹/₃ scoreless innings in relief of Garcia and Chapman picked up the save.
“They are bigger,” manager Joe Girardi said of the games against Boston. “We’re chasing the Red Sox and we need to make up ground to win our division.”
The Yankees still have a long way to go, but gave themselves a boost on Friday with two games remaining in the series.
The lineup, which had scored three or fewer runs in all but two of their previous 10 games went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position until Gregorius’ game-tying single in the eighth.
Garcia surrendered a two-run homer to Ramirez to left-center in the first that gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
Hicks led off the bottom of the inning by drilling a fly ball to the track in right-center, but center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. ran it down.
Sanchez and Judge followed with walks before Gregorius flied to right and Frazier popped to center, where Bradley made a sliding catch to end the threat.
A line-drive homer into the second deck in right by Benintendi gave Boston a 3-0 lead with two outs in the fifth. But Garcia survived a double by Ramirez and a walk to Young thanks to a Xander Bogaerts flyout to right.

Site and MOD Comments / Prepares for 5,000m final in London
« on: August 12, 2017, 06:30:26 AM »
His four Olympic gold medals were dedicated to each of his children. This one, he wants for his whole family. “They are everything to me,” he said. “I love my four kids and I love my wife. They’ve been there through ups and Andre Hal Authentic Jersey downs throughout my career. If I’m going to close in London I wanted them to be a part of it to celebrate with me. That’s what we do – we do everything together.”
Farah will soon have more time to spend with them. He has only two more races left on the track after London, in Birmingham next Sunday and in Zurich four days later – where he hopes to set a personal best over 5,000m – and then he will leave it all behind to become a pure road racer. According to track and field’s rumour mill a one- or two-year deal with the London Marathon is also in the pipeline, although suggestions he will leave Salazar and form a new coaching team with the UK Athletics performance director, Neil Black, and the head of endurance, Barry Fudge, have been dismissed by all parties.
In the past Farah hinted at the prospect of running in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics. Yet given his first attempt over 26.2 miles in 2014 was a modest 2:08.21 – over a minute outside Steve Jones’s British record – there are some wise heads who would not be shocked by a return to the track in time for the 10,000m at the 2019 world championships.
That assumes, of course, his body holds up – and that he can still crank out a sub-50sec 400m in training, which is his personal barometer that he is in gold medal shape. Given he will be 36 in 2019, you would assume it would be beyond him. But, as his opponents have learned, Farah has a way of defying expectations.
Whatever happens when Mo Farah steps on to the track for the final time at a major Ahkello Witherspoon Authentic Jersey championships on Saturday night, he will leave it knowing no British athlete has been so staggeringly successful – or had their achievements so forcibly questioned. As he put it to one interrogator last month, when asked again about the continuing United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into his coach, Alberto Salazar: “It is getting boring now.”
Winning, however, is something Farah will never grow weary of. When he surged clear to take 10,000m gold last week it was his 11th consecutive world or Olympic title, going back to 2011. That is a remarkable record – especially when you consider his global dominance began only a few months shy of his 29th birthday.
Yet the steady supply of gold medals has never made him complacent. The bookmakers make him the overwhelming favourite for the 5,000m but he sees dangers lurking everywhere, and particularly from the Ethiopian trio of Yomif Kejelcha, Muktar Edris and Selemon Barega, and from Paul Chelimo, the American who ran him close during last year’s Olympic final. “I want to leave on a high but it is going to be tough,” he said. “There are a lot more guys in the 5,000m and a lot more decisions to be made in a shorter race.

cb|GeSHi-mod / Mo Farah faces his rivals and critics as he
« on: August 12, 2017, 05:22:50 AM »
Whatever happens when Mo Farah steps on to the track for the final time at a major championships on Saturday night, he will leave it knowing no British athlete has been so staggeringly successful – or had their achievements so forcibly questioned. As he put it to one Dave Parker Authentic Jersey interrogator last month, when asked again about the continuing United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into his coach, Alberto Salazar: “It is getting boring now.”
Winning, however, is something Farah will never grow weary of. When he surged clear to take 10,000m gold last week it was his 11th consecutive world or Olympic title, going back to 2011. That is a remarkable record – especially when you consider his global dominance began only a few months shy of his 29th birthday.
Yet the steady supply of gold medals has never made him complacent. The bookmakers make him the overwhelming favourite for the 5,000m but he sees dangers lurking everywhere, and particularly from the Ethiopian trio of Yomif Kejelcha, Muktar Edris and Selemon Barega, and from Paul Chelimo, the American who ran him close during last year’s Olympic final. “I want to leave on a high but it is going to be tough,” he said. “There are a lot more guys in the 5,000m and a lot more decisions to be made in a shorter race.
“In the 10,000m you’ve got 25 laps so you can relax a little bit if you’re Dale Hawerchuk Womens Jersey further back. In the 5,000m, if you’re not there at a certain point, or if someone’s going to do something and you’re not there, that’s it – it’s gone.”
Farah admitted this last big track race will be emotional but he is careful these days not to reveal too much of himself. The persistent drizzle of accusations about Salazar and his relationship with the controversial Somali coach Jama Aden, as well as the leak of some of his athlete biological passport data by the Russian hackers Fancy Bears, have made him more watchful and less carefree – at least in public.
Those who know him well insist he is still the same athlete who once upon a time jumped off bridges for a bet and occasionally got into mischief. Certainly Farah, who was born in Somalia and moved to Britain when he was eight, has not forgotten how fortunate his journey has been.
“I think I’m a very lucky person in life,” he said. “I have a gift not many people have – to be able to know who I was and where I came from as a youngster. I don’t think there’s enough words to explain the journey and everything. But you have to appreciate what you have and do the best that I can. That’s what I was taught in my early years. To appreciate it.”
He had a simple answer when asked what apart from hard work and luck – had kept him on top. “To be honest, it is about staying hungry, staying humble, being nice, being normal, being who you are,” he said. “No one is going to change me.”

cb|GeSHi-mod / Laura Muir talks up 5,000m medal hopes
« on: August 11, 2017, 07:50:28 AM »
We have become used to seeing Laura Muir curled up in the foetal position after a desperate last-lap charge, her body drained of petrol and puff. But not, usually, after she has finished seventh in a heat. However this was the 5,000m, a distance she has run only once Brian Gionta Womens Jersey all year, so she was understandably relieved just to squeeze into Sunday’s final as a fastest loser.
“I ran as hard as I could,” said Muir, who took more than a minute to rise to her feet after crossing the line in 14min 59.34sec, nearly three seconds behind the Kenyan Hellen Obiri. “That was fast. I’ve been looking at the times of 5,000m heats from previous championships and that’s the fastest ever.”
The 24-year-old said she had put the ghosts of Monday’s 1500m final, where she missed out on a bronze medal by 0.07sec, behind her. But, on this evidence, her legs are still haunted by the extreme effort she put them through, particularly on a brutal last lap.
“I took a day to think about the 1500m and after that put it behind me,” Muir said. “I watched the race back, talked about it with my coach and my family, and it took about a day to analyse it all and put it into perspective. At the end of the day, fourth in the world is bloody good.
“It’s the best I’ve ever achieved in a global final. It’s better than seventh in Rio and the closest I’ve been to the front.
“So mentally I was very positive for this race. My body felt fine apart from that last lap. I have two or three days before the final so I should recover.”
And she has not ruled out an unlikely medal despite Obiri, the 10,000m gold medallist Almaz Ayana and the Dutch star Hassan Sifan being lined up against her. “I know I’m better than I ran and hopefully I can show it in the final,” she said. “Anything can happen.”
Muir will have the company of a fellow Scot, Eilish McColgan, in the final after she set a personal Brent Celek Womens Jersey best of 15:00.38 in finishing fourth behind the Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey, much to her surprise and delight.
“I’m so shocked with that time,” said McColgan, who judged her race perfectly and had plenty of kick left at the finish. “It was so slow at the start. We are not allowed to see the previous race so we were jumping over trying to see the time anytime the door opened. So we knew it was quick, the fastest losers’ spots were crazy.
“For me, usually 15 minutes over 5,000m has my eyeballs out from the start. I’m over the moon with that, I’m really, really happy. I felt like I wanted to push the pace a little bit to at least string it out because my mum said don’t turn it into to a 200m mad sprint – and that’s exactly what ended up happening. I couldn’t have asked for any more – automatic qualification and a new personal best.”
However Britain’s third athlete in the 5,000m, Steph Twell, looked well below her best in finishing 15th in McColgan’s heat in a modest 15:41.29.
“It wasn’t me out there,” she said. “I just couldn’t respond. My body didn’t quite feel right, so I’m absolutely disappointed, but it was an awesome experience. I was trying not to think about the race too much, but at the same time enjoy it and try to keep pushing forward, but I just didn’t have it in me.”

cb|Emailogin / Abhinav Mukund's Powerful Message
« on: August 11, 2017, 04:36:27 AM »
It's no myth that racism and more specifically colour discrimination is a widespread social evil in our country. On Wednesday, Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund decided to take a strong stand against this menace, posting a heartfelt message on Twitter. The left-handed Alfred Blue Jersey batsman recalled the times he had been discriminated against and made a plea to everyone to be "comfortable in your own skin". The post received close to 2000 likes by the morning of Thursday and had been retweeted close to 1000 times.
Mukund, who played the first Test for India vs Sri Lanka at Galle, said that his message was not written to garner any sympathy but with the hope that it would change the mindset of people on the issue.
The Indian opener spoke about how people were always obsessed about his skin colour, "I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people's obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me. Any one who follows cricket would understand the obvious. I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades. It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoor. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in our country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground."
Dinesh Chandimal-led Sri Lanka are on the brink of a series whitewash in the third and final Test against India commencing on August 12. So far in the series, injury-stricken Sri Lanka have failed to tick the right boxes. The Lankan lions, who have been Anthony Fasano Authentic Jersey criticised by fans and deemed unfit by the sports minister, now face the third-ranked Test team at Pallekele, following their defeats in Galle and Colombo. A series of loss for the hosts have definitely brought down the confidence of the players. Captain Dinesh Chandimal, who was out of the first Test due to pneumonia, said that a consolation victory over India would help put the smiles back on his players' faces.
"If we can win even one match against a team like this (India), we will be able to really boost the mental state in the team. They are the number one team," said Chandimal.
"We need to pick up the positives and look forward to the next game."
Virat Kohli has become the only India captain to win two Test series in Sri Lanka as his side smashed first innings of 600 and more in the opening two Tests.
Cheteshwar Pujara leads India's run-scorers with two centuries and an average of more than 100 in India's three innings so far.
India's bowlers have also shone with spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin topping the wicket-takers' chart with 13 and 11 respectively. However, Jadeja will not be playing the third Test as he has been suspended for breaching an ICC conduct code.
Though Axar Patel has been included in the 15-member squad, Kohli now has to choose between Kuldeep Yadav and the former for the final Test.
Sri Lanka have not been helped by a succession of injuries, capped by a back problem which has sidelined their number one bowler, Rangana Herath. Along with him, the hosts will also miss the services of pacer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne.

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