Cricket: Afridi brands Gambhir of having an attitude problem

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement pk75NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuwwlmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed6xqj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) an2Would you ever consider trying this?😱c226Can your students do this? 🌚31Roller skating! Powered by Firework In his recently launched autobiography “Game Changer”, Shahid Afridi has launched a scathing attack on former India opener Gautam Gambhir.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleThe rivalry between Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir has been very well documented ever since their first tussle. There is evidently no love lost between the two polarising cricketing figures as Afridi dug deep into Gambhir in his book. Afridi wrote:“Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude.”Advertisement The all-rounder claimed that Gambhir had no personality and thought of himself as a cross of Don Bradman and Shane Bond. Afridi did not stop there as he went on to recollect their very first tussle, which took place during the third ODI between India and Pakistan in Kanpur 12 years back.Afridi described his second tussle with the left-handed opener, which took place at the 2007 Asia Cup. He elaborated:Advertisement “I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly, we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relatives.”Furthermore, Afridi concluded by stating that Gambhir was not a positive person. He added:“Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (burnt up). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” he further wrote in his autobiography.Apart from Afridi, former India mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton had something similar to say about Gautam Gambhir in his autobiography. Upton wrote:“Let’s say his range was 20 to 40 with 30 being normal. When he scored 150, he would be disappointed in not scoring 200.”Read Also:Cricket: Kagiso Rabada set to miss remainder of the IPLIPL 2019 Day 42: KXIP vs KKR Preview Advertisementlast_img read more

Arcuri, Fullerton, Browell and Ellard earn spots on Zone One West Kootenay B.C. Summer Games golf team

first_imgGranite Pointe’s Carson Arcuri, Ryan Fullerton of Rossland/Trail, Trevor Browell of Champion Lakes and Kaslo’s Shawn Ellard all earned spots on the Zone One West Kootenay B.C. Summer Games Golf team as the junior circuit made a stop at Redstone Resort in Rossland.The quartet qualified during the latest stop on the Zone One West Kootenay Golf tour with Ellard sneaking in the back door, defeating Champion Lakes golfer Aiden Browell in a play off to earn the fourth spot.The BC Summer games allows players age 16 and under to try and qualify, provided they have not played the summer games tournament before. Twenty-eight junior teed it up at Redstone under sunny skies for the 18-hole tournament Saturday.Overall winner was Braden McKay of Rossland/Trail, his first ever overall Junior Circuit win.  In the age categories MacKenzie Field of Christina Lake took first in the 17-18 division with Alex Rugg and Garrett Underwood deadlock in second. Tyler McKay, was first in the 15-16 year division with Fullerton second and Trevor Browell was third. In the 14 and under division, Arcuri took first while Jackson Konkin of Rossland/Trail a solid second at 88 and Browell placed third.In the net division Ellard was first overall in the 15-18 and Jeff Ashton from Castlegar was first in the 14 and under division. Browell and Ryan Page from RTCC both won closest to the pin while Ashton and David Launier won long drives in their respective divisions.last_img read more

Bolt’s last-gasp withdrawal fuels speculation

first_imgBy Michael HannUsain Bolt’s lack of form combined with his late withdrawal from the Jamaican 100 metres national trials on Thursday have raised more doubts about the future of the world’s fastest man.The towering sprinter had intended to run in the trials as a sharpener but the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association confirmed he had pulled out, two months before the world championships in Beijing.Six-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt, who qualifies for world championships as defending champion in both events, has struggled this year with moderate best times of 10.12 seconds for the 100 and 20.13 in the 200.The 28-year-old expressed uncharacteristic concerns after a sluggish 20.29 to win the 200 at the recent New York Diamond League meeting.“I’m not happy about my performance. My turn was horrible, I don’t know what happened,” Bolt said. “My worst turn ever.”“After I came off the turn, I knew it wasn’t going to be fast… so I pretty much just wanted to get home.”Bolt’s 2014 season was limited by injuries but he was the star attraction at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, winning gold in the 4×100 relay.With 2015 continuing in a similar vein, Bolt, the only man to win the 100 and 200 in back-to-back Olympics, would surely have wanted to lay down a marker at the Jamaican trials following the resurgence of Justin Gatlin.Controversial United States sprinter Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, has become the man to beat after setting or equalling lifetime bests in both the 100 and 200 this year.Gatlin has not raced Bolt since 2013, but the 33-year-old 2004 Olympic gold medallist is hoping his rival returns to his best at the world championships so he can dethrone the Jamaican in Beijing.“What is it really going to amount to if I go out there and run against Usain when he is not at his best?” Gatlin told Reuters.“That is not a great storyline. It is not a race I would like to go out and win. I want Usain at his best, and I think he wants me at my best. That’s what people want to see.”last_img read more

Pukpuks beaten by Scotland and NZ

first_imgThe Pukpuks showed fight in their opening match against the Scots despite going down 26-12 at Allianz Stadium.The Pukpuks’ points came from tries to Gairo Kapana, Emmanuel Guise and a try conversion from Arthur Clement.The second game against the Kiwis proved much harder for them, with the Pukpuks losing 31-7.However, the men’s team did manage to cross the line with Nathan Baramun scoring in the first half, with Clement adding the extras.The Pukpuks still have one game tonight against Australia at 8.35pm (7.35pm PNG time).In other results from today, USA def. Argentina 22-19, Canada def. Russia 12-7, Wales def. France 14-12, Fiji def. Samoa 40-0, England def. Kenya 19-12, South Africa def. Japan 32-0, New Zealand def. Australia 26-14, Argentina def. Russia 19-14, USA def. Canada 31-19, France def. Samoa 17-14, Wales def. Fiji 28-15, England def. Japan 26-0, South Africa def. Kenya 14-7 and Australia def. Scotland 43-14.last_img read more

Simeone hopeful of keeping Griezmann at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is still hopeful of keeping striker Antoine Griezmann at the club next season.The French forward has a 100 million euro release fee clause in his contract and told French media he wants his future to be decided before the World Cup amid reports in Spain that he will move to Barcelona.“We want the best for Griezmann,” Simeone told a news conference on Wednesday. “I hope we can make him see that this team will keep growing, the greatest thing for a player is to see that things are growing, and it’s real, not just words.“We’re fighting with Barcelona (for the Spanish title), we have the chance of reaching the Europa League final, good things have happened every year,” Simeone added.“We have to give him everything so that he feels inclined to keep improving here, when he must decide (his future).”Atletico are second in the table, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, and face Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals.Griezmann 27, has become a key player for Atletico after joining from Real Sociedad in 2014 and will spearhead the France attack at the World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Table Tennis Ja proposes Caribbean TT League

first_imgJamaica has suggested two measures designed to raise the profile of regional table tennis. According to Table Tennis Jamaica president Godfrey Lothian, proposals for a regional club league and a table tennis college were made at recent meetings of the sport’s administrators in the Caribbean.Lothia said he had tabled suggestions designed to lift the standard of play in the region. “We have also made two proposals to the Caribbean Table Tennis Federation, one to develop a table tennis college of the Caribbean, and, two, for us to set up a Caribbean club league”, he revealed, “where the champion club will play in that league because we think the Caribbean is weak and we want to get up to first world status in terms of table tennis.”The highest ranked male and female players from the Caribbean are Cuban Andy Pereira and Puerto Rican 17 year-old prodigy Adriana Diaz. They appeared at number 140 and 37 on the current International Table Tennis Federation world rankings this month. The top ranked Jamaican man is Simon Tomlinson, who is world number 747.No Jamaican women is world ranked.Lothian recently attended the first Table Tennis for All, for Life Forum, hosted by the Latin American Table Tennis Union in Costa Rica. At the event, he requested some assistance from the International Table Tennis Federation for the upcoming Caribbean Region Senior Championship which will contested in Jamaica next month, September 23-29.last_img read more

JCA determined to increase popularity of cricket

first_imgIn the 1970’s, the game of Cricket occupied a sacred place in the Jamaican public psyche, producing players which the populace regarded as heroes. Faced with the declining popularity of the sport in recent years, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) has outlined an ambitious strategy to recapture the public imagination, while increasing spectator support for local cricket. “It’s really about unearthing inspiring stories that will get people interested, stories from the cricketing fraternity. Sharing what the next generation looks like, the up-and-coming strong bowlers and batsmen, while pushing gender equality within the sport, so that more people can come along for the journey”, Garth Williams, Communications and Marketing Manager of the JCA told The Gleaner. This underpins a three-pronged approach to increase the public’s engagement with local cricket, which includes tying cricket to other social events, community-based promotions, and a digital marketing campaign. MORE PUBLIC INTEREST Williams believes the opening of traditional cricketing facilities to commercial interests could generate more public interest in the sport, which can translate to greater popularity and spectator turnout for local games. “We are considering commercialising Sabina Park in general, the inn, the lounge, the hosting of various entertainment events and sporting activities. It would be nice to come to Sabina Park and enjoy a great dining experience. We want to attract more people to the space. Once we increase the popularity of the venue, we believe it will catapult the popularity of the sport”, he said. The JCA anticipates the Sabina Inn, a three-star accommodations facility, as well as the lounge will be fully operational by December 2019. Williams added that the board was considering the introduction of other cricketing venues to lighter forms of commercial activity, with a stronger focus on community engagement, citing the Social Development Commission’s island-wide competition as a possible model they may emulate. “The SDC’s island-wide competition has been pulling out a lot of people, so we have to learn from those types of examples. We will be looking at ways for our sponsors to engage with the surrounding communities to increase turnout”, he mentioned. Williams noted that while globally, supporters’ interest was generally skewed toward the T20 format of the game, the JCA has no intentions of lessening its focus on the 50-over or two-day versions. “We will not highlight one at the other’s expense because of the limited attention span of our audience. We are looking to provide entertainment straight across the board. Some will be interested in tests, others will not”, he added. Maurice Silveralast_img read more

City vendors decry council’s harassment

first_imgReferring to him as “Zaccheaus the tax collector”, Town Clerk Royston King has come in for more bashing from vendors of some City markets, who said that he is taking his position a bit too far, “boxing food” out of the mouth of the poor.Vendors protestingThese were said by vendors who gathered in a peaceful protest outside City Hall Monday.According to the protestors, King has been passing orders without considering the affairs and circumstances of the poor – persons who have been vending since he was a young child.“I think to myself Mr Royston King is overstepping his marks. To me he is behaving as if he was not a poor person. Why is it only that you are only attacking the vendors? They are no other working class person that you can attack? Maybe because he believe that we are sitting at the road corner selling, we are doing a legitimate job, he should allow us to sell our time,” one vendor told Guyana Times. She said the complaints from City Hall are that vendors sometimes leave the area untidy. While that is true to some extent, she claims that council is receiving fees from vendors and they must know who vends where. “They must be able to tax them, but Peter mustn’t pay for Paul and Paul pay for all. He is punishing poor people and God will (sin) him, he has to stop it,” she said.The vendor went on to compare the mode of operation between the council now and the one which existed under former Town Clerk, Carol Sooba, and Mayor Hamilton Green. She said such things never occurred under the stewardship of Sooba, whom she said looked into the interest of the vendors.“It’s better she (Sooba) was still here, better, much better,” she said.One vendor of Bourda Market said the council has passed a new rule that vendors could only sell until 12 midday. She said it is most certainly unfair as they are also collecting the same amount of money as if they were selling for the entire day.Then there is a shoe vendor from Stabroek Market who had her bit to say.“I heard they want to remove us from there, but I don’t think that is right, because she (Mayor Chase-Green) came and met us there. And we are paying our rent, we are here through rain and sun to make a dollar and I can’t see why they would want to remove us, because they are collecting millions of dollars in revenues from the rent we pay.”She too said that the current Mayor and Council is nothing compared to the former system.“I don’t know why Mayor Chase-Green and Mr Royston King doing this to us. I don’t think this is right at all. I think that they should pray and ask God to lead them to make the right decisions… We try our best to do the right things. I don’t think that is right at all,” she lamented, continuing that everyone is seeking to make a honest living.Another vendor, in tears, pleaded with the council to return her bread and cheese. She said since last Thursday, an officer she identified as Mr Langevine “took away her bread and cheese and currently has it lodged in a room at the constabulary office.” “I am a single parent mother with three children. I sell my bread on wheels. I lose my capital and my profit. I need justice; I need my bread and cheese. That is how I look after my children,” she said. (Alexis Rodney)last_img read more

Bolton given 14 days to complete sale to Dean Holdsworth led consortium

first_img Bolton Wanderers’ stadium Bolton have been given two weeks to put the finishing touches to a takeover with the Sports Shield Consortium after owner Eddie Davies agreed to sell his shares to the Dean Holdsworth-led group.On Monday a High Court judge granted Wanderers another 14-day extension to the winding-up petition brought against them by HM Revenue and Customs and, in that time, former Bolton striker Holdsworth will take control from Davies at the Macron Stadium, providing his consortium gets Football League approval to be the new owners.A club statement read: “Bolton Wanderers can announce that the club has today been given an adjournment of 14 days by the High Court in order to conclude a deal with the Sports Shield Consortium in taking ownership of the club.”HMRC, who took the Sky Bet Championship side to court over an initial unpaid tax bill of £2.2million, had been trying to liquidate the 139-year-old club but a judge gave Wanderers a lifeline while they finalise Holdsworth’s takeover.The deal, which is initially thought to be valued at £7.5million and will see a further £12.5million invested over the next five years, will see Holdsworth rescue a club he played for between 1997 and 2003.Holdsworth, who is thought to be working alongside accountant Bruce Gordon in the consortium, told the Bolton News: “It is a great day and I’m absolutely honoured to be a part of this club again.“More importantly it lets the people who have been at this club through thick and thin look forward to the future. I can’t put into words what a tough process this has been. We shouldn’t have been talking about saving a football club but to do it makes this a very special thing for us.”Bolton have been in trouble since owner Davies, who the majority of the club’s £185million debt is owed to, withdrew his long-term financial backing and their issues started spiralling further in November, leading to the appointment of advisor Trevor Birch as he tried to facilitate a sale.Sports Shield have been involved in takeover talks since then but were unable to agree to terms with Davies until the morning of their latest High Court hearing on Monday.Now, having been granted a further stay of execution, Birch is hopeful the club and their prospective new owners will have time over the next fortnight to get their house in order.“Whilst this continues to be a challenging time for everyone associated with the club, we are confident that this adjournment will give us the necessary time to conclude a transfer of ownership of the club, subject to approval from the Football League,” he said.Speaking at his press conference on Monday morning to preview Tuesday’s game with Birmingham, Wanderers manager Neil Lennon had said: “It’s important that the club’s future is sorted, first and foremost, and as we know these things take a lot of time.“It is complicated and there are a lot of documents to process. People want deals done the right way but it will be a relief if and when it gets done.” 1last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp refuses to criticise Adam Lallana for horror miss against Man City

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to criticise Adam Lallana for his horror miss against Manchester City following their 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.The midfielder was teed up by teammate Roberto Firmino for a seemingly routine finish before completely missing the ball despite being only six-yards out.And despite missing the chance to tighten their grip on a place in the top four, Klopp had nothing but praise for the 28-year-old.“He’s one of the best if not the best player technically I ever worked with. If he can’t (explain the miss) – I thought it was because he worked so hard before,” Klopp said.“After the game Adam said immediately to me ‘sorry’, and I thought, ‘Why?’ Now I know why he thought he had to say sorry but he doesn’t have to because his performance was outstanding.”Lallana’s miss among other factors left Klopp feeling his side could have come away with more than a point.He said: “Everybody around me was so excited – not in the dressing room, they felt a little bit like I did – but the wonderful piece of football we did and then Adam couldn’t finish.“But of course I know Aguero could have scored once or twice, a lot of penalty situations in the game. I cannot change it. But the game is positive of course, it’s how you have to play against good sides.“It was intense, we defended well. The problem is I expect things like this from us and I cannot run around after a draw against Man City. But of course it’s good if you get a point in a game like this.”The result left Liverpool a point behind City, who have played a game fewer, with the race for the top four places behind Chelsea looking set to go to the wire.“There is one outstanding side this year and they will be champions probably, that’s then well deserved, and all the rest fights with all they have for the Champions League,” said Klopp.“We are one of these sides and that’s good. If we do it, that’s a success, and if we don’t we will be disappointed but we will not stop working or believing in this project.”last_img read more