ONE Englishman was left beaming with pride when Shai Hope’s devotion to crease occupation secured a historic Test match victory and a place in the first-class record books.For Hope’s historic Headingley hundreds reminded Alan Wells, who had the most fleeting of associations with Test cricket himself in the mid-90s, of an early episode in their relationship at Bede’s, an independent school nestled in the countryside of East Sussex.One that confirmed his pupil was at odds with both his 16 years and the Twenty20 generation into which he was born, as a devoted disciple of the art of ‘batsmanship’ rather than a Bajan braggadocio. Beneath the Cantona collars lurked a serious talent.“His approach to practice was exemplary. I remember stopping him before he went into a net once and asking him what his objective was for that session. He told me it was the same as every other time he walked in. I said: “What’s that?” His answer: “I never want to get out”.’Alan Wells, the school’s director of cricket, Shai Hope celebrates after reaching his sensed he was a natural leader.The high price the 23-year-old placed on his wicket at Leeds was integral to West Indies’ win and, strikingly, the first occurrence of a player celebrating three figures twice in a match since first-class cricket was first played there in 1890. It was Hope’s coming of age as an international player, a journey accelerated by his time as a sixth form boarder at Bede’s.Since 2010, Wells, the school’s director of cricket, has regularly headed out to Bridgetown to hand-pick a scholar for a programme jointly funded with the Barbados Cricket Association. Hope was his first draft.“What stood out about Shai? His passion for the game – it’s in his blood with his brother Kyle and father Ian – his determination to improve, and after watching him practise I knew he would be willing to work really hard, to sacrifice a lot to fulfil his potential.”Bede’s has a rich cricket pedigree. Their Under-15 team were crowned national champions this summer. Wells’ eldest son Luke – the Sussex left-hander, who has struck 15 first-class hundreds – and Middlesex’s England Lions spinner Ollie Rayner are former first XI captains.Despite being an outsider, Wells identified Hope to follow in their footsteps, and appointed him captain for both his years at the school.“He was a very mature cricketer and a very natural leader because of his obvious determination to succeed through hard work. He was therefore a great role model for everyone that came into contact with him,” Wells said.“We will never forget him for the wonderful young man he was but also the lasting legacy he has left. In Sussex schools cricket people still talk about Shai and some of the innings he played against Eastbourne College and Ardingly College. The people that witnessed them have not forgotten.”Particularly one against Ardingly in which he struck 178 not out and took Abi Sakande, an England Under-19 at the time and now on the Sussex staff, apart.“Shai didn’t think he was bowling fast enough at him, so he stood about two metres down the pitch so it would come on a bit quicker, and he just kept smacking him into the trees for six – it was just extraordinary,” Wells recalls.The fact that the pair remain in close contact is “100% a reflection on him as a character” according to Wells: “He still sends me birthday wishes and Christmas greetings, stuff like that. I am so proud of him and his achievements.”Yesterday morning’s text message reflected fatigue. Wells’ response was to remind his former pupil of the offer made at the start of West Indies’ tour – a ticket with his name on it for the series finale at Lord’s.
By Reuters Staff(REUTERS) – Rafael Nadal has offered some sympathy for world number one Novak Djokovic after his great rival’s shock default from the U.S. Open for hitting a lineswoman in the throat with a stray ball.With Nadal absent Serbian Djokovic was a huge favourite to win the title in New York but his run came to a sudden end in the fourth round against Pablo Carreno Busta when he accidentally hit the official with a ball after losing a point.Had Djokovic won the title he would have moved to 18 Grand Slam titles, one behind Nadal and two behind Roger Federer in the battle for all-time greatness.“The consequences have been always the same. Nothing new on that. Novak was unlucky. The rules say clearly that’s a default,” Nadal said in a news conference at the Rome Masters where he will resume his season this week after a seven-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Sorry for him. He had an opportunity there. But in some way you should not be doing this. It’s very unfortunate, very unlucky situation. But it’s important to have the right self-control on the court, because if not, you can be unlucky.”Nadal was one of several players to opt out of playing at the U.S. Open because of his concerns about travelling during the pandemic.Austrian Dominic Thiem, the man Nadal beat to win the last two French Opens, claimed his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, coming back from two sets down to beat Alexander Zverev in a gripping final on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.Thiem’s victory ended a run of 13 Grand Slam titles won by Nadal, Djokovic or Federer and made him the first new major winner since Marin Cilic in 2014.“Happy for Dominic! He is somebody who deserves to win a big title, super hard worker. Very focussed on his goals. Good person, good human person. He deserves it,” said Nadal, who will be aiming to win a record-extending 13th French Open when the re-scheduled claycourt event starts at the end of September.Nadal will open in Rome against Carreno Busta.
According to a release by CAF, which detailed all other disciplinary decisions, John Lawrence was found guilty of fighting two Gor Mahia players, Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango.The Gor Mahia players are also fined and suspended. In the hearing chaired by South African Raymond Hack, his vice Osman Yassin from Djibouti and three other members, the five-bench board established unsporting behaviours from the three players.The Jury also concluded that the master of ceremony, incited the local team’s fans to push the Gor Mahia players and also got the supporters to invade the pitch.Joash Achieng Onyango of Gor Mahia was found guilty of using abusive language towards the referees and while another Kenyan player; Haron Shakava kicked the goalkeeper of Lobi Stars.Lawrence was suspended from last week’s encounter with Sundowns and will also miss the away match with Asec Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The axe of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fallen on Lobi Stars following incidents that occurred in their last December encounter with Kenya’s Gor Mahia.At a meeting of the Disciplinary Council of CAF on Sunday, Lobi’s player, John Lawrence, was given a two-match suspension from the competition.Lobi is also fined $15,000 for the player’s action and also for the pitch invasion at the match and the crowd incitement by the master of ceremony at the stadium.
Published on September 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 For parts of the past week, Syracuse’s upcoming game against Tulane fell into the background.A week ago, Rob Edson, a former chief financial officer and senior associate director of athletics at Syracuse, died from an apparent heart attack last Saturday. The week was filled with memorials and emotional press conferences from head coach Scott Shafer. Edson’s wife Sue is currently the assistant athletics director/communications for SU and works closely with the team.Before the Orange’s 52-17 win over the Green Wave, Syracuse honored Rob Edson by painting his initials on the turf near the end zone, where he stood at every game, and with a moment of silence.“God loves their family,” Shafer said. “Great family, and they will fight forward. They got the love of the whole Syracuse community behind them.”Before the game, the Orange declared that it would win “No. 2 for Sue.” Fullback Clay Cleveland tweeted about it before the game and after scoring his first career touchdown, he prayed in the end zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Sue Edson means a lot to us,” he said. “I never met Rob personally, but we were at the funeral. We were all so moved. This is for them.”After the game, all of the players signed the game ball to give to the Edson family.“We had a death in the football family,” defensive back Darius Kelly said. “That’s all we’ve been talking about. Getting this win for Sue Edson and her kids, that’s what we’ve wanted to do.”SU Athletics officials further honored Rob Edson during the game by wearing sweater vests, his trademark wardrobe choice.Sue Edson has been away from the team during the week, but she will return with her beloved Orange one game better in the win column.“It was an emotional week,” Shafer said, “and now we’ve got to keep fighting on and being there to support one another.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
“Goal Line Stand” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, email Michael Katz at email@example.com or visit dailytrojan.com. It seems like just yesterday I was writing about the 2012 spring game. National championship hopes were high, as was talk about a Heisman Trophy for Matt Barkley. The stars were aligned for the Trojans, to say the least.A year later, things couldn’t be more different.There is no quarterback certainty. There aren’t really Bowl Championship Series title hopes, either. The 2013 spring game will be an adventure of sorts for the fans that choose to go or watch it on the Pac-12 Network.Just because most of the stars aren’t back from last year’s squad doesn’t mean the game won’t be worth watching, though. Positions are up for grabs, and this game is where some young players’ careers might take off. Here are five things to look for come game time.Quarterback quandaryThough most casual USC fans believe the starting spot is a race between redshirt sophomore Max Wittek and true freshman Max Browne, there is a third name to keep in mind: Cody Kessler. His chances of getting the job aren’t great, but when Wittek was injured earlier in the spring, Kessler got some extra reps, as did Browne. Look for one of the quarterbacks to put his fingerprint on the team.And though the job won’t be won Saturday, a good effort unhindered by turnovers could go a long way in deciding things.Wide receivers, please stand upThe Trojans took a major hit when wide receiver Robert Woods entered the NFL draft. They took another hit last week when junior George Farmer tore his ACL and MCL. After star junior Marqise Lee and standout sophomore Nelson Agholor, there are a lot of unproven commodities that will be forced to take the field.Redshirt sophomore Victor Blackwell and freshman Darreus Rogers will all have a chance to make a move to become that third receiver. With Farmer out, it’s a pretty open race.Cornerback woesLast year, the cornerback position was a major concern for the Trojans. Other than Nickell Robey, the other spot was a revolving door all season. With Robey gone to the NFL, things are murkier than ever. Senior Torin Harris, who started much of last season, will likely get the nod on one side, though he had his ups and downs in 2012. On the other side will be either sophomore Kevon Seymour, junior Anthony Brown or freshmen Leon McQuay III or Chris Hawkins. The spring game could go a long way in deciding who’s going to get the first crack at the starting spot.Play-calling dutiesHead coach Lane Kiffin came out and said that he wasn’t sure who was going to be calling the plays come September. Clay Helton, the new offensive coordinator, served as quarterbacks coach last season.Though Helton was promoted back in February, the jury is still out on who is going to ultimately call plays. Perhaps Saturday’s game can provide a little more insight into how things are going to look come fall.How’s the new defensive alignment going to translate?This is the million-dollar question in my eyes. Last season, the Trojans’ defense was porous, to say the least. They allowed 24.3 points per game (ranking No. 40 in the country) and allowed 28 points or more on five separate occasions, including a record-breaking 62 to Oregon at the Coliseum.Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has since left for greener pastures in the NFL, and in his place now is Clancy Pendergast, who spent the last few seasons as California’s defensive coordinator. Pendergast is switching the Trojans from their traditional 4-3 alignment into a 3-4. That means that players like senior defensive end Morgan Breslin will have to adjust to playing linebacker and dropping back in coverage.Sophomore Leonard Williams has been moved from tackle to end, which shouldn’t be a huge transition in the new scheme. However, such moves are just another thing to worry about. And in a conference that features offensive juggernauts such as the University of Oregon and the University of Arizona (though the Trojans wouldn’t face the Ducks unless they both made it to the Pac-12 title game), there really isn’t a lot of time for the defense to get its feet wet. It’s going to have to learn on the fly.Though this year’s spring game doesn’t feature the same sort of fanfare that last year’s did, there are still plenty of reasons to watch the game. There are a lot of uncertainties on this year’s squad. And that makes things more fun, to be honest.We saw what happened last year when the stars were supposedly aligned; maybe this year will be different. If nothing else, Saturday is your last chance to see the Trojans before they head to Hawai’i for game No. 1 of 2013.
Leinster champions Dublin will face Mayo in the opening match, which will throw-in at 2:45.That will be followed at half-past four by the meeting of Cork and Monaghan, who upset reigning champions Tyrone in the Ulster final. The match – which takes place at Carriganore on the WIT complex in Waterford – throws-in at 1.30.Local results from last night and today’s county fixtures (see separate sheets).Meanwhile, O’Connor Park in Tullamore will host both of today’s Eirgrid All-Ireland Under-21 semi-finals.
Tottenham Hotspur have moved above title rivals Chelsea and Newcastle United into third spot after a nervy 3-2 win against West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium.The away side took a quickfire 2-0 lead in four first half minutes through Harry Kane for a 2-0 halftime lead. Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen scored a third goal for Tottenham on the hour mark to become the highest scoring Danish player ever in the English Premier League (EPL).West Ham pulled one back through Javier Hernandez five minutes later before new signing Serge Aurier’s red card from two bookable offences gave the home side a massive lifeline. Senegalese midfielder Cheikh Kouyate pulled a goal back via a bullet header with fulltime whistle approaching but Slaven Bilic’s team couldn’t get the third goal they desperately needed to force a draw before the final whistle from centre referee Michael Oliver.The win takes Tottenham from 5th to 3rd position with 11 points to close the gap on pacesetters Manchester City and Manchester United (13 points) while West Ham United remain in 17th position and just above the relegation zone with 4 points only from their first six games of the season.RelatedPremier League Review (Tuesday): United, Tottenham Experience Contrasting Fortunes In The Title RaceNovember 29, 2017In “England”Carabao Cup Review: West Ham Stun London Rivals Tottenham In Comeback Win; Chelsea Survive Late Everton ScareOctober 26, 2017In “England”Premier League Review: Liverpool Thrash West Ham United To Go SecondFebruary 24, 2018In “England”
Another Newcastle counter-attack ended with David de Gea saving superbly from Hayden and after the rebound broke to Matt Ritchie, his shot was deflected just wide off Gayle’s knee.A second goal for Gayle would not have been unjust after the first-half display from Rafael Benitez’s side, who took the lead with a devastating counter-attack.– Rashford intelligence –Gayle and Joselu had a hand in the right-wing move that ended with Yedlin crossing, United defender Victor Lindelof losing his footing and Gayle scoring clinically off the left-hand post.It was the start of an impressive period for the visitors, who refused to be knocked out of their stride by a United side buoyed by the return of Pogba.Soon after the goal, young winger Jacob Murphy broke upfield before cutting in and shooting tamely at De Gea. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Paul Pogba crowned his return from injury by scoring and laying on an equaliser for Anthony Martial as Manchester United hit back to beat Newcastle United 4-1 on Saturday.Chris Smalling was also on the mark in the first half, while Romelu Lukaku ended a drought of seven games without a goal. Smalling outjumped Florian Lejeune to power a header past Elliot at the back post.And the first-half drama was still not over. To cap a perfect afternoon for the home team, who restored the eight-point gap separating them from Premier League leaders Manchester City, Zlatan Ibrahimovic also enjoyed a 13-minute run-out as a substitute.Jose Mourinho’s men had to respond to a storming opening from the visitors, scoring twice in the closing minutes of the first half to cancel out Dwight Gayle’s 14th-minute opener.Pogba, back after over two months out with a hamstring injury, carved out a superb 37th-minute equaliser, taking a short pass from Antonio Valencia and beating Isaac Hayden with a neat sidestep.The France international then delivered a perfect cross for fellow Frenchman Martial, who rose above DeAndre Yedlin to head an unstoppable effort past the stranded Rob Elliot.The goalkeeper would be beaten by another header, deep in first-half injury time, as the visitors, rather unjustly, found themselves heading into the break a goal down.After a left-wing corner had broken down, Ashley Young was allowed space 30 yards from goal to beat a defender and send over another excellent cross. Then Jonjo Shelvey’s beautifully weighted through ball played Murphy through on goal, only for him to roll a shot narrowly wide of the far post.They were misses that looked like they may prove costly as United grew into the game, even though the hosts hardly troubled Newcastle prior to the equaliser.Thereafter, it looked like being a tough afternoon for Newcastle, with Martial threatening twice in the opening exchanges of the second half.The first of those chances saw the Frenchman miskick completely from six yards, following a clever piece of play from Lukaku, although the miss would not prove too costly.In the 54th minute, the three points appeared secure as Pogba marked a memorable comeback with a goal of his own.Juan Mata’s pass sent Lukaku sprinting into the area from the right flank and his far-post cross was headed down, selflessly and intelligently, by Rashford to present Pogba with the simplest of close-range finishes.Newcastle still had something to offer, with Murphy’s magnificent 25-yard shot being tipped over expertly by De Gea.But after 70 minutes, Lukaku played a neat one-two with Mata, Ciaran Clark failed to intercept and the Belgian was able to take his time before launching a shot into the roof of the net.Share on: WhatsApp
The French forward responded on Instagram to the PSG ultras: “Fear of winning? Never”. A response that did not sit well with the Paris fans, tired of seeing his team lose in the round of 16 of the European Cup. Mbappé’s relationship with the prince’s park stands has cooled in the last year, a reality that yesterday filled the cover of L’Equipe: “In a state of alert,” the newspaper headlined, which also pointed to its first page: “The best scorer of the season lives an idyllic relationship with part of the stands.” He arrived in 2017 as one of the emerging stars of world football, but over the years, he has not reaped the love that others have achieved, such asVerratti or Cavani. It happened during the PSG-Bordeaux played on February 23 in Paris. A banner in the Park of the Princes said “Fear of winning”, in relation to the attitude of the PSG squad in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund, a duel in which the Germans imposed themselves by 2-1. That encounter left quite a lot of negative protagonists on the part of the Gallic team, and one was Mbappé. The elimination in the round of 16 against Manchester United last season was the beginning of everything. Mbappé was one of those indicated for failing several clear occasions and questioned his commitment in the important matches. Then his clashes with Tuchel would come for being replaced against Montpellier or Nantes, an attitude that did not like a hobby characterized by not wanting players who feel more important than the club. Neymar’s clashes with the PSG ultras in the past are good proof of that.A situation that benefits Madrid, aware that it needs the PSG to open to negotiate to fulfill the dream of the white fans. At the moment, Mbappé fulfills its role: it has refused to sign a renewal and its current contract ends in 2022.