INESTIMABLE PLEASURES On Saturday, April 2, with an awe-inspiring and emotional outpouring of love and respect, this nation bade a grand farewell to one of its most illustrious sons. Winston Blake (‘The Merritone Music Maestro’) was not universally embraced for his connections with or contribution to Sport. However, with his undying love for his alma mater, Kingston College – a virtual hotbed for the games that teenagers play – he was a fixture at the National Stadium and before that, Sabina Park, during Champs week. Without fuss or fanfare, his unsolicited support took many young athletes over the hump. Politicians from both sides of the divide, by their presence, typified the life of the man whose earthly journey they had huddled together to celebrate. He will be sorely missed. Foster’s Fairplay wishes that he be granted eternal rest. No one with a straight face can deny that there are inestimable pleasures to be derived from the shortest version of the game. The ending to the final provides stark evidence. In attacking an achievable target, the West Indies innings had fallen into serious disrepair. The strategy crafted by the ‘out of touch’ and in some quarters ‘out of favour’ Marlon Samuels was sheer brilliance. He curbed his well-known flair and ferocity to set up the Carlos Brathwaite explosion. It was the grand finale, all West Indians loyal to the cause could conceivably have wanted. It had all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller. All that said, West Indies cricket has impacted and ruled the world from the springboard of Test cricket. That and only that must be the focal point in any perceived initiative to turn that never-ending corner. The treasures of watching and appreciating the grace, elegance and charm of a Lawrence Rowe, the ability to bludgeon into surrender a savage attack as Sir Vivian Richards afforded us, are no longer. Need one to further illustrate the point; go back to the mastery of a Sir Garfield Sobers or the finesse of the great Rohan Kanhai. Set in what is now being challenged – a five-day match – like it or not, together with fierce fast bowlers, the West Indies grabbed and held on to the number one spot for close to two decades. To this place all heads must be pointed if the call of “we are back” is to be countenanced. Go for it, West Indies! English Cricket commentator and former County of Hampshire player, Mark Nicholas, has referred to the West Indies T20 team as “short of brains”. The remark came during the build-up to the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in that format of the game. Nicholas is described by the popular cricket website, espncricinfo, as “almost a throwback to the era of amateurs”. Anyone familiar with that period in English cricket, where there was a clear, social demarcation between two sets of cricketers, is wont to draw a single conclusion. Amateurs were referred to as gentlemen and those who looked to the game for their living were given the nomenclature of players. Given all that, the “no brains” label, coming from a white Englishman, must be seen as manifestly racist. That skipper Darren Sammy, mindful of, but not allowing the tag to disrupt his flow, could have led his team to a sound thrashing of the English, was a masterstroke. The clobbering, straight on the heels of a similar beating of the Aussies by our ladies, was a ”take that” response in the face of those who consider themselves to be ahead in quality of on-field performance. With those two title-winning victories and the still savoured under-19 triumph, the way forward is being charted by the loyal fans of the sport. They have stuck with a team whose fortunes have plummeted to rock bottom. Once ruling the roost in what is still considered to be the real cricket, they had been swept aside by teams who prepared, while the perennial high rankers remained complacent and perhaps, over-celebrated. It is quite understandable that this string of victories in a ‘slam bam, thank you, ma’am format’ has elicited shouts of “We are back”. Foster’s Fairplay urges caution. SHORT OF BRAINS
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceUnder normal circumstances for the Warriors, a blowout loss to a worthy adversary in the Milwaukee Bucks and injury to Stephen Curry would be enough to ruin a week.But no, the Warriors had to take it to another level. The fight between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant looms over everything that happened to the Warriors over the last week, and that truth might apply to the next few weeks as well.So while …
15 February 2015David Miller and JP Duminy shared a spectacular unbroken world record fifth wicket partnership of 256 to set the Castle Lager Proteas up for a 62-run victory over neighbouring Zimbabwe in their opening ICC Cricket World Cup Pool B game at Hamilton on Sunday.It was a partnership that started with a much-needed rescue act after Zimbabwe, having won the toss, reduced the Proteas to 83/4, then a period of consolidation and finally all-out assault as 96 runs were scored in the final five overs.Tanashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara, who had bowled so well up front to remove Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla and ensure that the Proteas only managed to make 29 in the statutory power play, bore the brunt of the final assault.PartnershipMiller, making his second ODI century, both of them coming in his last three innings, finished with a career best 138 (92 balls, 7 fours and 9 sixes) and Duminy with 115 (100 balls, 9 fours and 3 sixes). It was Duminy’s fourth ODI century and his third against Zimbabwe.Their partnership obliterated the previous record of 226 achieved by Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara for England against Ireland while the previous South African fifth wicket record was the unbeaten 183 by Jacques Kallis and Jonty Rhodes against Pakistan at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in 1998.In the end the South African victory was a solid one rather than anything special and left plenty of room for improvement for most of the front-line batsmen and bowlers.This may be no bad thing as on the two previous occasions when the Proteas had their most realistic chances of winning the World Cup in 1996 and 1999 they came out of the blocks like a world champion sprinter but failed to see out the distance.Outstanding recordThe World Cup only reaches its business end in a month’s time when the knock-out phase starts and no team can hold its peak for that long. What is required is a steady upward performance curve leading up to that stage.It must also be stated that Zimbabwe have become a much more competitive team since the ring-wise Dav Whatmore, who has an outstanding record as a World Cup coach, took charge.They gave New Zealand a hard time in their one warm-up match and beat Sri Lanka convincingly in the other. Today’s performance will have confirmed the belief that they are very much in the running for a top four finish in their pool.It was only in the 47th over that the Proteas went ahead of Zimbabwe on the over-by- over runs comparison after Zimbabwe had been given an excellent start with Chamu Chibhabha and Hamilton Masakadza adding 105 for the second wicket in 17 overs. Masakadza and Brendan Taylor added a further 54 for the third wicket in only nine overs.Masakadza contributed Zimbabwe’s biggest score of 80 (74 balls, 8 fours and 2 sixes).Imran Tahir, who was the pick of the South African attack with career best figures of 3/36 against Zimbabwe, dismissed both Chibhabha and Masakadza.Key periodThe key period of their innings came when Masakadza was dismissed in the 33rd over as it started a five-over segment when they lost the wickets of their other key middle-order batsmen, Taylor and Stuart Williams. It left them on 218/5 and, from that position, there was not a realistic prospect of their winning the match.Farhaan Behardien, who had missed both the warm-up matches through injury, passed a late fitness test and he and Duminy in the end bowled as many as 13 overs in the fifth bowler role.The Proteas next match is on Sunday against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.WORLD CUP MATCHESGroup matches15 February, 3am: South Africa beat Zimbabwe.22 February, 5.30am: South Africa v India. Melbourne Cricket Ground27 February, 5.30am: South Africa v West Indies. Sydney Cricket Ground3 March, 5.30am: South Africa v Ireland. Manuka Oval, Canberra7 March, 3am: South Africa v Pakistand. Eden Park, Auckland12 March, 3am: South Africa v United Arab Emirates. Westpac Stadium, WellingtonQuaterfinals18 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket Ground19 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket Ground20 March, 5.30am: Adelaide Oval21 March, 3am: Westpac Stadium, WellingtonSemifinals24 March, 3am: Eden Park, Auckland26 March, 5.30am: Sydney Cricket GroundFinal29 March, 5.30am: Melbourne Cricket GroundCricket South Africa and SAinfo reporter
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mother Nature becomes a little bi-polar in our latest forecast. We have cold air that wants to stay in control through the end of this week, but it has to endure some moderating pushes coming from the south and west. Then, next week, we look to get warm enough that approaching systems have more rain potential than snow. Overall, we are lowering our expectations of a white Christmas down to about a 20% chance – but we still can be bailed for a white Christmas by a Christmas day storm. Here is how we see it at this time.A warm front tries to lift into west central and southwest Ohio today, but cannot get much farther north and east than that. The low pressure center that spawned this warm front will work into west and NW Ohio later this afternoon, and crosses the rest of the state overnight. We should see some snows associated with that low passage. These snows do not look as impressive as they did 24 and 48 hours ago and they do not extend as far south. But right now we do not think we are going to waver from our thoughts of 1”-4” of snow. There is potential for much higher totals over and north of Lake Erie…but they do not look to drift south at this time. Those snow totals are clearly north of I-70, and honestly, a good bit of those snow totals will be seen north of US 30. Areas between US 30 and I-70 may end up closer to a coating to an inch. We will see. Coverage north of 70 will be around 80% for at least some snow, and only 10% coverage of even snow flurries south of I-70 tonight into early tomorrow. By noon tomorrow, all action will be off to the east.High pressure behind the system keeps us dry and sunny through the balance of Thursday into early Friday. Northwest winds pick up Friday midday and that may bring some lake effect snows back to northern Ohio later Friday afternoon and Friday evening. WE can see a coating to 2 inches in northern Ohio, particularly NE Ohio, but nothing farther south.We should see a bit of a break for Saturday, and temperatures will start to moderate. Then, Sunday looks to turn wet. Strong south flow ahead of our next weather system takes temperatures up to the point where rain breaks out late Sunday morning over southern Southwest Ohio and moves north-northeast from there. Rain totals can be from .25”-.5”, and just south of the river we can see some .75” rains that we have to watch to make sure they don’t try and surge up into southern Ohio. Farther north, temps don’t climb quite as much. We see a large chunk of the area from US 30 northward topping out only near 35 degrees Sunday. That is warm enough for rain, but also cold enough for sloppy wet snow. So, liquid equivalent precipitation can be up to .5”, but we can see a mix of rain and wet snow in the north. 90% of the state sees some kind of action on Sunday.Next Monday we go drier behind that system, and we stay dry through Thursday morning over most of the state. The exception will be northeast Ohio, especially Tuesday. This will be another push of lake enhanced action. IT may not be all snow, but there will be some minor action around Tuesday afternoon and evening in NE OH, with liquid equivalent precipitation of .25” or less. Temperatures moderate through the period, and will be normal to even slightly above normal by midweek next week. Our final front of the 10 day period arrives late next Thursday overnight into Friday the 22nd. This front again brings mostly rain, as the cold air waits to arrive until after the moisture is gone. We look for .25”-.75” of rain over 70% of the state. That system will be the one that puts the nail in the coffin for a white Christmas, unless cold air can come faster.Dryer the 23rd into the 24th. Extended models are suggesting a potential late Christmas Eve system that goes through Christmas day. This system has good moisture potential…and if cold enough, may bail out those wanting a white Christmas. But, for now, it is far enough out that we are just going to watch it and see the track it wants to carve out.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Although they didn’t always see eye to eye on some matters, the duo formed one of the most celebrated player-coach relationships in all of sports.Bryant, meanwhile, has also been referred to as the closest player to Jordan, and was considered his heir apparent during his career.The two played the same position and displayed a seemingly frenzied drive and passion for the game.Other big-name stars eligible for the loaded Hall of Fame Class of 2021 include Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Warriors come back to beat Wizards; Green, Beal ejected John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kobe Bryant gestures to fans as he takes the court for his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers against Utah Jazz in their season-ending NBA western division matchup n Los Angeles, California, on April 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWNKobe Bryant is definitely a shoo-in in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in four years’ time.In a storied career that span 20 seasons, the five-time NBA champion has worked with and played against some of the biggest names in basketball.ADVERTISEMENT But when it comes to the person he wants to present him come the historic day, “The Black Mamba” already has two people in mind.“For me it’s two people: Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson,” Bryant told Complex’s Liz Levy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’ve been the greatest mentors, not only in my career as an athlete but also as a person. And what I might say is just a lot of thank yous. ‘Cause I’ve had a lotta help along the way. A lotta lotta help.”Jackson, of course, steered the ship for Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers’ championship dynasty from 2000 to 2002, and again in 2009 and 2010.
Arsenal Man City pile fresh misery on Arsenal with record-breaking first-half Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:55 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger Leroy Sané The Gunners suffered a historic low in the Premier League on Thursday as they suffered a woeful start to their latest test against the leaders Manchester City inflicted Arsenal’s worst first-half performance of the Premier League era on the Gunners with a breathtaking display in a 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.Leroy Sane helped to set up two brilliant goals for Bernardo and David Silva and scored the third himself as the champions-elect ran riot over Arsenal again, four days after Sunday’s 3-0 Wembley win in the Carabao Cup final.Arsenal had never conceded three goals before half-time at home in the Premier League before, but they were perhaps fortunate to escape without further punishment, with Petr Cech denying Sergio Aguero his 200th City goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/BGR7ok0X7f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Henrikh Mkhitaryan had urged Arsenal to “fight” for under-fire manager Arsene Wenger, but an awful defensive display will likely lead to fresh calls for the Frenchman to be replaced.The result was City’s biggest victory at Arsenal in any competition since a 4-0 win in November 1912. Furthermore, the match tied the record for Arsenal’s worst loss at home in the Premier League, with the Gunners also falling by three-goal margins to Coventry in 1993, Middlesbrough in 2001 and Chelsea twice in 2009.With seven defeats, Wenger’s men also have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team.”Not a lot to talk about, it was a game with a team of top quality full of confidence, we are a bit low on confidence,” Wenger told Sky Sports . “First half was difficult for us after what happened on Sunday.”But they took advantage of our lack of confidence and I must say our team put a real physical effort in, technically as well. We are going through a difficult period, their quality made it difficult for us.”It’s tough but it’s explainable by the fact [of] what happened on Sunday, the consequences of the hype about our performance, it hits you. But I think the players put in huge effort today and unfortunately we had some weak defending.”Arsenal — now sitting in sixth place, 10 points out of the top four — travel to face Brighton on Sunday before facing AC Milan next Thursday at the San Siro in the first leg of a Europa League last-16 clash. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/RussiniIn just a few short weeks, Dianna Russini, a 32-year-old former sports anchor for NBC Washington, will be making her debut for ESPN. The news was announced back in mid-May, and Russini recently finished up her last day with her former employer. She’s expected to be an anchor for the Worldwide Leader’s SportsCenter program. How often she’ll be featured is still a mystery.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got all of those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star. In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 17: Auburn Tigers play the Texas A&M Aggies during an NCAA college football game on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)D’haquille Williams, one of the SEC’s top receivers, has left Auburn’s game against Jacksonville State after taking a nasty shot from the Gamecocks defense. Quarterback Jeremy Johnson tried to hit Williams over the middle, but he was unable to hang on, and got drilled by linebacker Dawson Wells. Williams went down after the play, but was able to slowly walk off the field.Not sure how Gus Malzahn would convince anyone this was targeting on Duke Williams. pic.twitter.com/MBVuroWsy8— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) September 12, 2015Gus Malzahn is furious no targeting call and points to new huge Auburn scoreboard with replay. pic.twitter.com/bdI4KTDzpb— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) September 12, 2015It doesn’t look like targeting, but we can understand Malzahn being in up only three against an FCS team and losing arguably his best playmaker down the stretch. We’ll keep you updated on Williams’ status.
On Thursday, August 13th, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and animal advocate Lisa Vanderpump will be hosting an exclusive fundraising luncheon at her newest restaurant, PUMP.The luncheon is sponsored by Vanderpump Pets, a luxury pet lifestyle brand owned and designed by the Vanderpump family. The private affair will help raise money and awareness for American Humane Association, which Lisa has worked with for several years through their annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Lisa aims to raise funds for a California-based Red Star Rescue truck to help rescue and shelter local pets affected by disasters and cruelty cases. American Humane Association’s Red Star program has saved millions of hurt, frightened animals since its founding in 1916.To begin the luncheon, guests will arrive on the pink carpet and enter into a pop-up showroom that will showcase the Vanderpump Pets Private Collection. In the showroom, guests will be able to view the never-before-seen Fall/Winter 2015 VP Pets Collection while sipping on LVP Sangria and munching on tasty delights. From there, guests will be directed to their assigned seats and served a special chef-inspired three-course lunch. A presentation about the Hero Dog Awards and Red Star Rescue Services will accompany the lunch along with a special presentation by Ms. Lisa Vanderpump herself. In addition, special celebrity guests will give out Vanderpump gift baskets that will include hundreds of dollars in gifts, coupons, and products. A fundraising hour with sangria and cocktails in the PUMP Garden will conclude the luncheon’s festivities.Vanderpump Pets and the entire Vanderpump family hope to raise awareness and significant charitable contributions for these important programs benefiting animals in California.Date:Thursday, August 13, 2015Location:8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069