21 January 2014

Wawrinka Stuns Djokovic in Australian Open 2014

Stanislas Wawrinka has won the Quarter Final of Australia Open 2014 after beating Novak Djokovic (2-6,6-2,6-4,3-6,9-7).

This is only the third time Wawrinka has beaten the World No. 2 Djokovic, and that too in a very important Quarter Final of the Grand Slam.
Wawrinka will now face  Thomas Berdych, who earlier beat David Ferrer in an exciting match.

In a classic five setter Wawrinka showed greatest level of tenacity  and upholding highest level of determination and was not let down by the Djokovic recent form and record. 

On the other hand this is Djokovic first loss since US Open 2013, where he was beaten by World No 1, Rafeal Nadal in the Finals.

06 December 2013

Mets lead race for Arroyo

The New York Mets appear to be leading the race to sign free agent Bronson Arroyo, although the veteran pitcher is believed to have a number of options ahead of the new season. The 36-year old is reportedly looking for a multiyear contract worth upwards of $14 million per year following his departure from the Cincinnati Reds, with a number of MLB teams monitoring Arroyo’s situation.

But while the Mets are definitely interested in signing the experienced pitcher, their limited budget could make any move potentially problematic. Even though the hefty contracts of both Jason Bay and Johan Santana have now expired, the Mets came into the winter with only around $25 million to spend during the offseason, with over $7 million of that budget already gone to Chris Young.

In 32 starts last season, Arroyo went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA (101 ERA+) in 202 innings, continuing his run as one of the league’s hardest working pitchers. Arroyo has made at least 32 starts and thrown at least 199 innings every year since 2005. CC Sabathia and Mark Buehrle are the only other pitchers in the league to throw at least 180 innings in each of the last nine MLB seasons.

But while Arroyo would be a solid and extremely useful signing for most of the teams in the MLB, the Mets may not even need to splash out on the pitcher when considering the options they already have at the franchise.

Even though Matt Harvey is expected to miss the entire 2014 season following his elbow surgery, the Mets still have an enviable pitching roster boasting the likes of Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler, with talented pitchers Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Carlos Torres all supplying solid back-up.
                      
While the MLB odds may not be giving the Mets much hope of challenging next season, reaching the postseason is more than achievable for this team if they can keep their key players fit. But, as ever with baseball, that’s a big ‘if’, and Betfair customers won’t be flooding to back the Mets to be in with a chance of challenging for honours next season.

Betfair will have a wide selection of betting options throughout an intriguing 2014 MLB season, but they won’t be expecting to see the Mets still in contention by the time the postseason arrives.



18 October 2013

Pakistan Cricket Board names Nawaz Sharif as Board Patron

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was Tuesday made patron-in-chief of the country's cricket board, while an ad-hoc committee took charge of the game's administration in an effort to end months of turmoil.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ran into trouble in May this year when a court terminated chairman Zaka Ashraf after complaints about the procedure for his election.

Interim Chairman Najam Sethi
Veteran journalist Najam Sethi took over as interim chairman but he too fell foul of the courts, with an other judgement severely reducing his powers.

The PCB is appealing against the second court ruling but in the meantime has set up a five-man committee to run the Board pending another hearing.

"An Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been constituted in order to ensure that PCB remains enabled to continue to run smoothly day-to-day domestic and international functions for the promotion of the game," said a PCB statement.

The PCB has typically been run by ad-hoc committees since its inception in 1948, but a proper board structure was set up in 2007.

Pakistan's president has traditionally been the board patron and has had responsibility for appointing the PCB chairman.

The procedure has been controversial and just recently the board was pressured to introduce a whole new constitution after the International Cricket Council (ICC) ordered an end to political interference.

28 August 2013

Agger committed to Liverpool

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has insisted he has never been tempted to leave Anfield this summer despite being linked with a possible move to Barcelona. The Danish international has established himself as a firm fan favourite since his arrival from Brondby in 2006, racking up over 200 appearances for the Reds during that time.
 
There had been various reports in the football betting news linking the centre back with a move to Barcelona this summer, but both the club and player have been quick to play down any talk of a transfer before the end of this current transfer window.


While the club have never entertained the idea of selling Agger, the defender has made it clear he is settled at the club and privileged to have been made vice-captain this season following the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

"I've said it so many times; I like it here and my family like it here. Not only the football but also living here, we fit in here and that's important for me," Agger admitted.

"Not many people have the success to become a professional footballer and not many people get the vice-captaincy so that's a big thing for me. It's so difficult to describe.”

After such a turbulent summer for the club with the whole Luis Suarez saga, Brendan Rodgers will now be hoping he can now just put his full focus into matters on the pitch. Agger committing himself to the club will be a huge boost to the team, and the Liverpool manager will now be hoping he can begin to start looking at players he can bring in rather than players who he might lose.

 

Moore Back to Boost Tampa Bay


The Tampa Bay Rays have been handed a boost following the news that left-hander, Matt Moore, is closing in on a return to the team in time to help mount a challenge for the AL East title.

 

The All-Star starter has been sidelined since last month with an elbow problem but could now be in line to rejoin the rotation on September 3 for the trip to the Los Angeles Angels.

 

Moore was 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA before Tampa Bay were forced to place him on the disabled list at the end of July for what was hoped would be a two- or three-week stay, only to be kept out for an extra couple of weeks due to the elbow injury taking longer to heal.

 

Now back in full training, Moore is looking at getting his arm back 100% in order to get himself back on the mound as soon as possible. The Betfair baseball pages notes that Moore has had an excellent season so far, going 14-3 with a 3.41 ERA.

 

Tampa Bay currently find themselves with a 74-54 record, one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Rays are tied with the Athletics for first place in the AL Wild Card, but the Indians, Orioles, and Yankees are all within touching distance of the Rays, with shortening odds in the MLB betting.

 

After getting back to pitching in training, Moore admitted that he had felt the normal soreness he would after pitching in a regular game and would try to talk the management into letting him rejoin the rotation for the trip to Los Angeles.

 

"Whatever gets me back in the rotation," he said, according to the Tampa newspaper. "That's the ultimate goal."

26 June 2013

Pitchers Should Accept the Risks - Samardzija


Chicago Cubs pitcher, Jeff Samardzija, is resisting calls from his fellow professionals for pitchers to be given more protection against the possibility of a ball being struck straight back in their direction and he feels that, despite recent injuries, pitchers should accept the risks.

Calls to improve pitcher safety have intensified after Tampa Bay Rays’ Alex Cobb was hit on the head on Saturday night; this followed another unsightly incident at the same ground back in May when J.A Happ of Toronto received a fractured skull after also being hit on the head.
Despite these incidents, however, Samardzija was keen to stress that players knew the risks. "No one's forcing you to play this game, and we're not children," the 28 year old said. "We're playing big league baseball with grown men, so that's the risk you take when you play this game," he added.

Samardzija, who had played college football, as well as baseball, at Notre Dame, had initially intended to play in both the NFL and the MLB but, after being selected as a fifth round pick in the 2006 draft he decided to focus his attention solely on baseball.

Having significant experience of playing football at a high level, Samardzija knows all about protective equipment but he feels that protecting pitchers too much could affect the tradition and heritage of baseball.

“This game's been played the way it's been played for a long time," he said. "And when you sign up to play this game, no one's forcing you to play. No one's pulling you out there to do it.”
Samardzija’s view may be at odds with many of his fellow pitchers but it is clear that the MLB must act now to prevent further series injuries to their stars on the mound.

Whatever is decided, Samardzija will be hoping that it does not affect his form as he looks to guide the Cubs away from the bottom end of the National League Central standings.

28 March 2013

125 Records broken by Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi in time has become a real legend , and his amazing streak of his achievements are un-paralled. List of his records are as follows:


#1
Lionel Messi became the first Barcaplayer in 43 years to score 2 goals in the first 20 minutes of Match Day 1 of La Liga.

#2
Lionel Messi became the first Barcaplayer in 19 years to score in 3 consecutive Match Day 1′s of a La Liga season.

#3
Lionel Messi became the only player this century to score a total of 7 goals on Match Day 1 of La Liga (Forlan = 6, Negredo = 5).

#4
Lionel Messi became only the 3rd player to score a total of 5 goals vs Real Sociedad at Camp Nou (After Rivaldo & Juan Manuel Asensi).

#5
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 18+ Clásico goals (Earlier, César Rodríguez Alvarez = 14).

#6
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 7 goals at Camp Nou vs Real Madrid (Evaristo de Macedo = 6).

#7
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of the Supercopa de España to score in 4 consecutive editions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

#8
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score a brace in each of the first two games of the season.

#9
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 10 league goals against Osasuna (Samuel Eto’o = 8).

#10
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score the most away goals (5) in La Liga vs Osasuna (Luis Suárez Miramontes, Eulogio Martínez, Francisco José Carrasco = 3).

#11
Lionel Messi became the first player in 11 years to score in six consecutive games for Argentina.

#12
Lionel Messi surpassed his personal record of 60 goals in a calendar year during 2010, by scoring his 61st against Getafe.

#13
Lionel Messi became the first Barcaplayer in 59 years to score three braces in the first four league games of La Liga (László Kubala, 1953/54).

#14
Lionel Messi became the first player in 18 years to score 3 braces in the 1st four league games of La Liga (Iván Zamorano, 1994/95).

#15
Lionel Messi became only the 8th player in the history of La Liga to score 3 braces in the 1st four league games (Olivares, Mariano Martín, Pahiño, Zarra, Kubala, Puskas, Zamorano).

#16
Lionel Messi became the first Barcaplayer in 51 years to score 6 goals in the 1st four games of La Liga (Evaristo de Macedo, 1961/62).

#17
Lionel Messi became the first player in 13 years to score 6 goals in the 1st four games of La Liga (Salva Ballesta, 1999/00).

#18
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score 5 goals at Getafe’s Coliseum Alfonso Pérez stadium (Roberto Soldado = 5).

#19
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of football to win the Onze d’Or award three times in a row (Michel Platini, 1983-1985).

#20
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 100 league goals at Camp Nou.

#21
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 150+ goals at Camp Nou.

#22
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 6+ league goals against Real Madrid at Camp Nou (Evaristo de Macedo & Gary Lineker = 5).

#23
Lionel Messi became the first Barcaplayer in 18 years to score 2 goals from direct free-kicks in a Clásico (Ronald Koeman, 1992-1994).

#24
Lionel Messi became the first player in 13 years to score 2 goals from direct free-kicks in a Clásico (1998/99).

#25
Lionel Messi became the only player to score 9 league goals against Iker Casillas (Samuel Eto’o = 8, David Villa = 7).

#26
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of El Clásico to be directly involved in 29 goals (18 goals, 11 assists).

#27
Lionel Messi (25y-110d) became the 5th youngest player in history to score 9 World Cup qualifying goals (after Marcelo Salas, Tostão, Obafemi Martins and Luis Suárez).

#28
Lionel Messi became the only player to score 2 free kicks during the CONMEBOL 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament (Dorlan Pabón, Juan Arango, James Rodríguez = 1).

#29
Lionel Messi became the only player to score 12+ goals for his country in 2012.

#30
Lionel Messi became only the 10th player in the history of Argentina to play 75 times for the national team (Javier Zanetti = 145).

#31
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of Argentina to score 12 goals for the national team in a calendar year (Gabriel Batistuta, 1998 = 12).

#32
Lionel Messi (59) broke his personal record of club goals in a calendar year, surpassing his previous personal best of 58 in 2010.

#33
Lionel Messi (43) broke his personal record of league goals in a calendar year, surpassing his previous personal best of 42 in 2010.

#34
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 59 goals in a calendar year (Cristiano Ronaldo = 43 in 2011).

#35
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 16 hat-tricks in La Liga (César Rodríguez Álvarez = 14).

#36
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 5 away hat-tricks in La Liga.

#37
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of Barcelona to score 6 goals at Deportivo de La Coruña’s Municipal de Riazor stadium (László Kubala = 6, Ronaldinho = 5).

#38
Lionel Messi became the first Barca player in 62 years to score 11 goals in the first eight league games (César Rodríguez Álvarez, 1950).

#39
Lionel Messi became the only player this century to score 13 goals in the first nine league games of La Liga (Salva Ballesta, 1999/00).


#40
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barca to score 4 away league goals vs Rayo Vallecano (Koeman = 3).

#41
Lionel Messi became the joint 10th player in the history of La Liga to score 182+ goals (Juan Arza).

#42
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 23+ international goals (club and country) in a calendar year.

#43
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of Barcelona to score 4 goals against Scottish opposition (Sándor Kocsis).

#44
Lionel Messi became only the 8th player in the history of La Liga to score 15 goals after the first 11 games of the season (Bata, Lángara, Pruden, Echevarría, Mariano Martín, Zarra, César).

#45
Lionel Messi became the first player in 62 years to score 15 goals in the first 11 Liga games of the season (César, 1950/51).

#46
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 11 goals in the first 6 away games of the season.

#47
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 6 league goals away at Mallorca (Kluivert = 5).

#48
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 11 goals against Mallorca (Tamudo = 10).

#49
Lionel Messi surpassed Pelé’s South American record of 75 goals in a calendar year, set in 1958, by scoring his 76th goal of 2012 away to Mallorca.

#50
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 6 goals vs Real Zaragoza at Camp Nou (Basora & Begiristain = 5).

#51
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score 2 or more goals in a single game 55 times (Zarra = 76, Di Stéfano = 54).

#52
Lionel Messi became only the 3rd player in the history of La Liga to score 13 goals vs Real Zaragoza (Ferenc Puskás, Raúl).

#53
Lionel Messi became the first player in 64 years to score 17 goals in the first 12 Liga games of the season (César, 1948/49).

#54
Lionel Messi became the joint 9th player in the history of La Liga to score 186+ goals (Santillana).

#55
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of the Champions League to score in 19 different cities (Raúl = 19, van Nistelrooy = 18).

#56
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of the Champions League to score 25+ away goals (van Nistelrooy = 24).

#57
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 4 goals vs Spartak Moscow (Romário, Koeman & Stoichkov = 2).

#58
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of football to score 25 international goals (club & country) in a calendar year (Vivian Woodward, 1909).

#59
Lionel Messi became the first player in the history of the Champions League to score 13 goals in a calendar year (Cristiano later equalled this record).

#60
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of Barcelona to score 7 goals vs Levante (Cayetano Ré).

#61
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 2+ goals in 4 consecutive away games (3 vs Deportivo, 2 vs Rayo, 2 vs Mallorca, 2 vs Levante).

#62
Lionel Messi became the first player in 69 years to score 19 goals in the first 13 Liga games of the season (Echevarría & Martín, 1943/44).

#63
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of football to be on the list of the final 3 nominees for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, on six occasions (2007-2012).

#64
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of football to score 72 club goals in a calendar year (Gerd Müller, 1972).

#65
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 21 goals in the first 14 Liga games of the season.

#66
Lionel Messi became only the 4th player in the history of La Liga to score 21 goals in the first 14 league games of the season (Bata, Lángara & Pruden).

#67
Lionel Messi set a new personal record of scoring 2+ goals in 5 consecutive games for Barcelona (March 2010 = 4 consecutive games).

#68
Lionel Messi (228 games) became only the 2nd player in the history of Barcelona to score 190+ goals in La Liga (César Rodríguez Alvarez, 287 games).

#69
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 191+ league goals (César Rodríguez Alvarez = 192).

#70
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of football to score 79 club goals in a calendar year (Gerd Müller = 72, 1972).

#71
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score 89+ away goals (Hugo Sánchez = 99, Raúl = 87).

#72
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of football to score 91 goals in a calendar year (Gerd Müller = 85, 1972).

#73
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of football to win the World Soccer Player of the Year award 3 times (Ronaldo).

#74
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of football to be nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award, 4 consecutive times.

#75
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 26+ goals in the first half of the league season (Cristiano = 23).

#76
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 12 league goals vs Atlético de Madrid at Camp Nou (César Rodríguez Alvarez = 11).

#77
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 16 goals against Atlético de Madrid (César Rodríguez Alvarez = 15).

#78
Lionel Messi became the first player in 72 years to score 25 goals in the first 16 league games of the La Liga season (Pruden 1940/41).

#79
Lionel Messi became only the 3rd player in the history of La Liga to score 25 goals in the first 16 league games of the season (Bata 1930/31, Pruden 1940/41).

#80
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score a brace in 6 consecutive league games.

#81
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score a brace in 6 consecutive league games (Telmo Zarra = 7, 1946/47).

#82
Lionel Messi became only the 8th player in the history of La Liga to score 196+ goals.

#83
Lionel Messi became only the 3rd player in the history of La Liga to score 27 goals in the first 18 league games of the season (Bata 1930/31, Pruden 1940/1941).

#84
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of football to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award 4 times (Platini, Cruyff, van Basten = 3).




#85
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga season to score 28 goals in the first half of the season (Cristiano 2011/12 = 23 goals).

#86
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score 28+ goals in the first 19 league games of the season (Pruden 1940/41).

#87
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 17 away goals in the first half of the season.

#88
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score 10 league goals against Málaga.

#89
Lionel Messi became only the 3rd player in the history of La Liga to score 10 league goals against Málaga (Tamudo = 12, Cristiano = 10).

#90
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score 29+ goals in the first 20 league games of the season (Pruden 1940/41).

#91
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Spanish football to score 40+ goals in four consecutive seasons.

#92
Lionel Messi became the only player to score more than three goals in a league game on 3 separate occasions this century (Cristiano = 2).

#93
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score 33 goals in the first 21 league games of the season (Pruden 1940/41).

#94
Lionel Messi became the first Barca player this century to score 18 penalties in La Liga at the Camp Nou (Ronaldinho = 17).

#95
Lionel Messi became only the 3rd player in the history of Barcelona to score 13+ consecutive penalties in La Liga (Ronald Koeman = 25, László Kubala = 22).

#96
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Spanish football to score 30+ league goals in 4 consecutive seasons (34 – 31 – 50 – 37 ongoing).

#97
Lionel Messi (2009-13) became only the 3rd player in the history of Europe’s big 4 leagues to score 30+ league goals in 4 consecutive seasons (Dave Halladay 1925-29 & Jimmy Greaves 1960-64).

#98
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score in 17 consecutive match days (Mariano Martín 1942/43 – 1943/44 & Ronaldo 1996/97 = 10 games).

#99
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score in 17 consecutive match days in a single season (Ronaldo = 10, 1996/97).

#100
Lionel Messi (25y-217d) became the youngest player in the history of La Liga to score 200 goals (Telmo Zarra = 29y-352d).

#101
Lionel Messi became only the 8th player in the history of La Liga to score 200+ goals.

#102
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 14 goals against Osasuna (David Villa = 13).

#103
Lionel Messi became only the 4th player in the history of La Liga to score 16+ hat-tricks (Di Stéfano, Zarra = 22, Cristiano = 17).

#104
Lionel Messi became the first player in 52 years to score 3 pokers (4 goals in a match) in La Liga (Kubala, Di Stéfano = 1961).

#105
Lionel Messi became only the 5th player in the history of La Liga to score a poker vs Osasuna (Armando Merodio in 1959, Quique Setién in 1984, Xavier Escaich in 1994, Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2006).

#106
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 34 goals in the first 22 league games of the season (Pruden = 33 goals, 1940/41).

#107
Lionel Messi became only the 3rd player in the history of Barcelona to score 26 penalties in La Liga (Koeman = 45, Kubala = 26).

#108
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score 35 goals in the first 23 league games of the season (Zarra = 30 in 1950/51).

#109
Lionel Messi set a new personal record of scoring 22 away league goals, surpassing his personal best of 18 during 2009/10.

#110
Lionel Messi set a new personal record of scoring 29 goals outside Camp Nou, surpassing his previous best of 27 during 2011/12.

#111
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of La Liga to score 22 away league goals in a season (Cristiano = 23).

#112
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of La Liga to score in 11 consecutive away games in a season (Cristiano = 8, 2011/12).

#113
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Barcelona to score in 13 Liga away games in a single season.



#114
Lionel Messi became only the 4th player in the history of Spanish football to score 306+ goals for a single club (Zarra = 335, Raúl = 323, Di Stéfano = 307).

#115
Lionel Messi (ARG) became the only foreigner to play 25 Clásicos (Roberto Carlos BRA = 24, Luís Figo POR = 23).

#116
Lionel Messi (2007-2013) became only the 2nd player in the history of El Clásico to score 18 goals (di Stéfano, 1953-1963).

#117
Lionel Messi (328 goals) became the 3rd highest scorer in official & friendly games in the history of Barca (Alcántara = 369, Samitier = 333).

#118
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of Spanish football to score 50+ goals in three consecutive seasons (2010/11 = 53. 2011/12 = 73. 2012/13 = 53).

#119
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of the top 4 leagues to score 40+ goals in 2 consecutive seasons (Cristiano, 2010/11 & 2011/12).

#120
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of football to score in 17 consecutive league games (Teodor Peterek = 16, 1937/38).

#121
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of the Champions League to score 5+ goals against AC Milan (Wayne Rooney = 6).

#122
Lionel Messi became the only player this century to score 58 goals in the Champions League (Raúl = 56, van Nistelrooy = 48).

#123
Lionel Messi became only the 2nd player in the history of the Champions League (main tournament) to score 58+ goals (Raúl = 71, van Nistelrooy = 56).

#124
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of the Champions League to score 16 braces (Raúl = 14).

#125
Lionel Messi became the only player in the history of the Champions League to score 28 goals in the knock-out stages (Cristiano = 22).

27 March 2013

Could this summer stage the worst Ashes ever?


The standard of English and Australian cricket has come under major scrutiny this week after both international Test sides proved far from convincing in respective touring series.

While England stare down the were nearly going down to an embarrassing 1-0 series defeat to New Zealand thanks to life saving century by Matt Prior, Australia suffered a humiliating whitewash at the hands of India to lose 4-0 for the first time since South Africa in 1970.

The two series results mean neither side carries much form heading into the English summer, where fans in the Ashes cricket betting world are eagerly anticipating another round of Ashes action.

Unfortunately for Australia, their loss in India is probably more concerning than England’s poor display in New Zealand. Team and coaching issues, poor performances and an inability to handle a turning subcontinent wicket have blighted the Baggy Greens’ tour.

Vice-captain Shane Watson was dropped then reinstated, while Michael Clarke’s back injury is a major concern as his absence in the fourth Test proves just how fragile their top order really is.

A series whitewash is never a good thing but against India – who lost to England 2-1 on home soil last winter – it is a disaster for Australia as we draw closer to the Ashes.

England, meanwhile, have shown their weakness when captain Alastair Cook slumps in form and Kevin Pietersen’s injury exposes the same fragility in the order that Australia are struggling to rectify.

With their bowlers performing below par without the injured Graeme Swann, England and Australia are gearing up for what could be one of the worst Ashes series in living memory.

Not that this will take away from the drama – betting on England to win will see to that – but fans can expect little consistency to settle in over the five-match series.

23 March 2013

Live Streaming PTI Imran Khan Jalsa 23rd March 2013

Former Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team Imran Khan turned politician currently Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf will proceed with a Rally/ Jalsa at Iqbal/Manto Park today at 23rd March 2013. 

This Rally will be the defining campaign in the Punjab Region for PTI before the polls to be held in May 2013.

What Imran khan has mentioned it be a Mega-Tsunami which will revolutionise the country , and take away the family mafia of politics and usher a new era of progressive democracy in Pakistan which Muhummad Ali Jinnah had envisioned for. Morever This rally will take along the lines to give guideline to new and improved Pakistan.

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28 December 2012

Asian Hockey Champions Trophy: Spirited Pakistan beat India 5-4 to clinch title

Sub-standard umpiring by Korean Shin Yun Dong mars a high voltage final

CHAMPIONS: Pakistan players celebrate after winning the Asian Champions Trophy at the Rayyan Stadium yesterday.
Pakistan showed tremendous fighting spirit after losing their key player Shakeel Abbasi early on due to an ankle injury to beat India 5-4 in an electrifying encounter to clinch the Asian Champions Trophy here at the Al Rayyan Stadium yesterday. At half time India led 2-1.

Pakistan, thus, avenged their 4-2 shootout defeat against India in the last edition of this tournament. However, the match was overshadowed with some substandard umpiring and has once raised the big question of having umpires who don’t have the nerve to handle such high intensity matches.

Korean umpire Shin Yun Dong reversed a stroke in the dying minutes, buckling under the pressure of the Pakistan team and a high drama followed after that. Pakistan was leading 5-4 at that stage and a goal then
would have certainly forced the match into extra-time. The decision being revised in the absence of a video referral was a complete surprise. Then it was the turn of the Indian team to protest and when Dong stood his ground, the team left the field in protest.

A good five minutes was lost, before the Indian team hesitantly made it to the field to play out the remaining two minutes on the request of their coach Michael Nobbs.

What was more disappointing was to see Dong argue with a section of Indian supporters who were protesting at his change of mind. “He (Dong) was asking us to come and officiate. ‘Why don’t you people officiate’ he told us. He was a clueless rattled man out there,” said an angry Indian fan.

However, nothing can be taken away from the way Pakistan played. Just five minutes into play and Pakistan’s star player Abbasi limped out of the field after twisting his ankle. Taking the onus on his shoulders was Mohammed Waqas, who was simply outstanding and walked away with the man of the match and top scorer of the tournament award later.

Pakistan struck off the fi rst penalty corner that came their way in the 7th minute; Waqas, finding the back of the net with a clinical deflection. However, even before the celebration could end in the Pakistan camp, India struck back through a brilliantly crafted move by Birendra Lakra, who found SV Sunil lurking inside the D. The latter blasting the goal with a neat grounder.

India went on to widen the lead to 2-1 through their first penalty corner in the 21st minute. VR Raghunath went for the goal straight from the middle and saw his shot breach Pakistan custodian Imran Butt.
The match swung like a pendulum from one end to other in the second session. Trailing by a goal, Pakistan went all out and stuck two goals in quick succession to pile the pressure back on the Indian team. This happening after Butt had kept out a power-packed hit from Raghunath, from the second penalty corner that India managed.

Shafqat Rasool was the first to score. He despite having his back facing the Indian goal unleashed a powerful hit between his legs to breach the outstretched hands of Indian custodian P Sreejesh, who was a shadow of his self yesterday.

Then Rashid Mehmood put Pakistan in the lead with a neat connection of a penalty corner, the ball sounding the board going straight through the legs of Sreejesh. India then struck in the 55th minute through a brilliant defl ection by Gurwinder Singh Chandi off a measured through by Raghunath and it was 3-3. More excitement fi lled the air with Pakistan once again taking a 4-3 lead through Waqas, his second one for the match.

Rupinder Pal put India back in the match by scoring off a penalty corner in the 59th minute. With the scoreboard reading 4-4, India managed another penalty corner but Butt struck his hand up to thwart the attempt from Pal. Pakistan, however, made sure not miss out the penalty corner that came their way in the 64th minute and led 5-4 after Mohammed Ateeq sounded the board. And had umpire Dong stuck to his stroke decision, the match would have probably gone into another thrilling extra-time.
That last minute decision was atrocious and he completely spoiled the match. That goal would have completely changed the course of play. It was dying minutes and the umpire changed his mind, which was completely not acceptable. He went to ask the third umpire who was 30 metres away from that place and changed his decision, fumed India captain Sardar Singh.
Indian coach Michael Nobbs also rated the umpiring as poor.
“Throughout the tournament, the umpiring was of low standards and we had to bear the brunt in the end.”
Heartbroken: Indian players after losing the final against Pakistan in the 2nd Asian Hockey Champions Trophy
Pakistan skipper Mohammed Imran hailed the team’s victory saying,
“The team played like a unit after we lost Abbasi early. Everyone wanted to prove a point and it was a complete team eff ort. Such intense matches will do a world of good to India and Pakistan hockey.”
Speaking about the umpiring decision towards the end, Imran said,
“These things do happen in matches. It’s a part of the game that’s all I want to say. Sometime decisions come your way and sometimes it goes the other way round.”
Earlier, Malaysia, who defeated India 5-3 in their last league match, managed a well deserved third place by rallying from a goal down to beat China 3-1. The star player Ahmad Tengku Jalil Abdul bagged the player of the tournament for his outstanding performance in the tournament.


Also Oman, after struggling all through the tournament, came up with an inspired performance in the fi fth and sixth place match to beat Japan 3-1.

Source: gulf-times

 
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