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On August 21, 1986, lightning struck earth. On that day, 31 years back, a boy who would become the fastest man in the planet, was born somewhere at Sherwood Content in Jamaica.
Usain Bolt, in his years as a sprinter, smashed records and set new ones - some of which may well remain untouched.
The Lightning Bolt as he is called is perhaps one of the most celebrated athletes in Carl Hagelin Youth Jersey the world of sports and why shouldn't he be?
Bolt is the first runner to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory and he also holds the world record as a part of the 4x100 metres relay for Jamaica.
He is 12th in the list of most gold earned in Olympics with 8, tied with Ray Ewry of the United States. The only two athletes other ahead of him with nine gold medals are Paavo Nurmi of Finland an Carl Lewis of the United States.
He won gold in all the three events at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Games as well. (Usain Bolt reveals injury details and rounds on doubters)
He won 11 gold medals from four World Championship events.In 2009, Bolt won gold in all the Ben Hutton Youth Jersey three events he took part in (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay), Two years later at Daegu, he won gold in 200 metres and 4x100 metres relay. In Moscow 2013 and Beijing 2015, Bolt again swept all the three events, winning gold in all three events.
Bolt created a world record in 100 metres sprint when he clocked 9.69 seconds in the Beijing Games in 2008 only to break it a year later with 9.58 seconds in 2009 at the World Championships. It is the biggest improvement since the start of electronic timing.
He has twice broken the 200 metres world record, setting 19.30 in 2008 at the Summer Games and again beat his own record the next year at the Championships by completing the race in 19.19 seconds.
He has also helped Jamaica to three 4x100 metres relay world records, with the current record being 36.84 seconds set at the London Games in 2012.
His life as an athlete has been nothing short of a fairytale and he was expected to go out on a high at the World Championships in London this month.
But sports stories can't be scripted and Bolt's wasn't either. After the steep rise came the dramatic fall.
He finished third behind Justin Gaitlin and Christian Coleman in the men's 200 metres sprint earlier this month and earned a bronze in his last-ever solo race. But, that was not it. Fate had something even worse planned for the Jamaican. He pulled a hamstring and fell down the ground failing to complete the relay race -- his last ever professional one -- Jamaica finished last. However, an athlete of his calibre won't stay down long and he refused to get in a wheelchair and crossed the finish line with the assistance of his teammates to end a glittering career on a tragic note.

John Kavanagh, McGregor's trainer, has been an ever-present influence on his career, right from hisAustin Seferian Authentic Jersey earliest steps into the martial arts world up until Saturday's $100 million payday against Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Kavanagh come across as being inseparable, so much so that the Irishman defied common wisdom by refusing to hire a recognized boxing coach ahead of his showdown with Mayweather (49-0 boxing), which will be a foray from his typical sphere of mixed martial arts and a headlong dive into the sweet science.
There may be no fighter/trainer combo in combat sports that is tighter, yet with the greatest challenge of his career approaching, McGregor reflected that their relationship recently suffered a rocky patch, one which made him appreciate its value even more.
By his own admission, McGregor began to believe his own hype in the aftermath of his extraordinary and dramatic 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 194 in December 2015.
Suddenly catapulted into a role as the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, McGregor lost his way a little, believing the hype, thinking himself invincible, wallowing in the attention.
"After the Aldo fight, I just became a little above showing up for training," McGregor said. "It came back and bit me in the ass."
It was a wild time for the entire team. The effects of McGregor's newfound Brandon Williams Womens Jersey superstardom brought focus onto the entire group. Kavanagh was now a big name in his own right, his services more in demand than ever, a book - "Win or Learn" - on the shelves.
Kavanagh's time was tight, and McGregor, with publicists, sponsors and television crews all pulling for a piece of him, was in no mood to stick to a tight schedule. The fighter would skip some of Kavanagh's sessions and arrange his own to fit his hours. There was no drastic rift, but going into McGregor's attempt to win the lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos in early 2016, things were different.
Then dos Anjos pulled out less than two weeks before the fight, to be replaced by Nate Diaz. Then Diaz withstood McGregor's vicious strikes and eventually tapped him out. And then, as he contemplated his first setback since joining the UFC, McGregor realized he had made a mistake.

Site and MOD Comments / Wright each scored 13 points apiece
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:40:21 AM »
The fullback shot low but must have been as surprised as anyone when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris somehow let the ball through.
"We played a very good game," said Alonso. "I don't think I ever hit a better free kick than the first, not even in training."
Midfielder Luiz was at the heart of most that was good Barkevious Mingo Youth Jersey about Chelsea, breaking down Tottenham attacks and pushing his team forward. Asked what instructions he had received from manager Antonio Conte, Luiz said: "Run."
He added: "He told me to cut out the space to create. We were clever and played a very good game."
It was Chelsea's fourth successive win over Spurs at the national stadium -- the previous three were in cup games -- and hardly bodes well for Tottenham's temporary home while their new stadium is being built. In their past 11 games at Wembley, Spurs have won only twice.
Embattled after back-to-back lopsided defeats, Gilas Pilipinas relied on its undying "puso" to end the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup on a high note.
The Philippines managed to salvage 7th place in the Asian championships, beating Jordan in a wild one, 75-70, Sunday at the Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.
Despite controlling the game starting in the latter part of the second quarter, Gilas Pilipinas appeared to be on its way to a third straight stinging defeat after Jordan regained the lead via an Ahmad Alhamarsheh triple with around two minutes to go.
Put back in the game after Jayson Castro suffered an apparent knee injury, Terrence Romeo made things happen for the Philippines on both ends of the floor in the final minute.
The Bro first drilled an open triple to cut the deficit to one, 69-70, with 58 seconds to go.
Then, following a defensive stand by Gilas, Romeo "found" Japeth Aguilar for the go-ahead layup.
Terrence's pass appeared to be originally Authentic Andre Hal Youth Jersey intended for June Mar Fajardo but the Kraken failed to secure the leather. Aguilar picked it up and gave the Philippines a 71-70 lead with 12.6 seconds remaining.
Needing one final stop, Romeo's gamble on an interception proved to be worth it as Mah'd Abdeen was called for a turnover after a backing violation.
Matthew Wright then gave Gilas a 73-70 lead from the foul line and one last steal and layup by RR Pogoy completed a 10-0 closing run by the Philippines to secure the victory.
Romeo and Wright each scored 13 points apiece to lead Gilas Pilipins, while Carl Bryan Cruz came off the bench to add nine points.
Aguilar managed eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Philippines. Jayson Castro, whose injury appears to be not that serious, also finished with eight points on top of four rebounds and eight assists.
Alawadi was the high man for Jordan after dropping 21 points in 38 minutes of play.
Despite the finish, the Philippines recorded its worst outing in FIBA Asia play in eight years. The Powerade-backed Team Pilipinas got 8th place in the 2009 version of the tournament in China. This is also the worst finish by the Gilas program since the initiative was started in 2010.
The original Gilas team placed fourth in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship. Gilas 2.0 and Gilas 3.0 made it all the way to the finals of both the 2013 and 2015 tournaments only to finish with a silver medal each time.

cb|Emailogin / Undying puso allows Gilas to salvage
« on: August 21, 2017, 08:59:58 AM »
Two goals from Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the first-ever Premier League game at Wembley Stadium.
For all the noise and wall of flags that greeted their arrival, Spurs needed an early goal to feel at ease in their new surroundings.
It was Chelsea, though, who made the breakthrough against the run of play on 23 minutes when Alonso thumped home a superb free kick from 20 metres after Dele Alli had fouled David Luiz.
The shock jolted Spurs who spent much of the game peppering Chelsea's goal, with Harry Kane hitting the post and Christian Eriksen also going close.
They eventually got a goal on 82 minutes but only when Michy Batshuayi headed an Eriksen free kick into his own goal two minutes after coming on as a substitute.
The striker looked disconsolate but the goal heralded a frantic finale in which Chris Kunitz Youth Jersey Tottenham had a penalty appeal turned down and Chelsea scored on the counter-attack after 88 minutes when Luiz intercepted and Pedro fed Alonso on the overlap.
The fullback shot low but must have been as surprised as anyone when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris somehow let the ball through.
"We played a very good game," said Alonso. "I don't think I ever hit a better free kick than the first, not even in training."
Midfielder Luiz was at the heart of most that was good about Chelsea, breaking Ben Hutton Womens Jersey down Tottenham attacks and pushing his team forward. Asked what instructions he had received from manager Antonio Conte, Luiz said: "Run."
He added: "He told me to cut out the space to create. We were clever and played a very good game."
It was Chelsea's fourth successive win over Spurs at the national stadium -- the previous three were in cup games -- and hardly bodes well for Tottenham's temporary home while their new stadium is being built. In their past 11 games at Wembley, Spurs have won only twice.
Embattled after back-to-back lopsided defeats, Gilas Pilipinas relied on its undying "puso" to end the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup on a high note.
The Philippines managed to salvage 7th place in the Asian championships, beating Jordan in a wild one, 75-70, Sunday at the Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.
Despite controlling the game starting in the latter part of the second quarter, Gilas Pilipinas appeared to be on its way to a third straight stinging defeat after Jordan regained the lead via an Ahmad Alhamarsheh triple with around two minutes to go.
Things looked bleak for the Philippines following a floater from Mousa Alawadi that gave the Jordanians a 70-65 spread. However, that proved to be their last basket in Lebanon.

cb|Emailogin / India don't qualify for AFC Asian Cup 2019
« on: August 21, 2017, 04:35:27 AM »
Indian national team created a record of winning eight consecutive official international matches as they beat Mauritius 2-1 in the opener of the Tri-nation series on Saturday but coach Stephen Constantine maintained that qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 is the target.
"It (winning eight matches on a trot) will mean nothing unless we qualify for the David Backes Jersey Womens Jersey AFC Asian Cup 2019. That's where my goal lies and it will be so. I'm not a person who goes by the history," Constantine said.
"Be it 9, 10, 11, it matters little for me unless we achieve our target. Obviously, it's important to win matches to continue the momentum. But, our main aim is to get into the right shape before taking on Macau and it's still the same," he added.
"This is an Award for Indian women's football," she stated. "I hope this award will help remove the mental block and inspire all girls in the society to take up the sport," she added.
"It gives me immense satisfaction to see my name in the same list as the greatest Indian sportspersons across all fields. My sacrifice over the past two decades has not gone waste."
"I need to thank all teammates, my coaches, AIFF and the entire football fraternity along with my family for their support," Bembem said.
All India Football Federation president Praful Patel congratulated Bembem on her achievement.
"Bembem has been an inspiration to all women in the country. Her contribution to Erik Johnson Womens Jersey Indian women's football has been exceptional. She deserves the award. Congratulations," he said in his message.
It was from 1962 to 1964 that the Indian national team had won seven international matches on the trot.
Constantine's boys, though, have surpassed though winning eight games since the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Playoff Round 1 match against Laos on June 2, 2016.
Constantine shared the credit of the success with all the backroom staff saying their role is as important as the coach and the players.
"It's not only about me or the players. The doctor, physio, media manager, equipment manager, masseur -- everyone is part of the job and they deserve due credit. All of them play their respective parts to keep the best players on the pitch."
Mauritius began brightly and stunned the home team in the 15th minute when Jocelyn struck a beautiful volley through the Indian defence to put his team ahead.
India, though, equalised in the 37th minute through Robin Singh who rightfully slotted home Rowlin Borges' defence-splitting pass. Collecting the ball inside the box, Robin calmly sent the ball at the back to the net to restore parity for India.
17 minutes into the second half, Balwant scored his first goal for the Indian national team in only his secong outing for the senior team and put the home team up front. Eugeneson Lyngdoh put through a delicious pass to Jeje Lalpekhula who smartly flicked it to Balwant and the substitute make no mistake in tapping the ball home.
With five minutes of stoppage time added, Mauritius applied immense pressure on the Indians but the home team resisted and survived that to come out victorious.
India will next lock horns with St. Kitts & Nevis at the same venue on August 24.

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.

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