Indian rookie makes triple century as England capitulate on the subcontinent

first_imgNair, playing in just his third Test, hit 32 fours and four sixes en route to an unbeaten 303, with India setting a new Test best of 759-7 – smashing their previous top score of 726 –  in response to England’s first-inninSmith hints Mitch Marsh could return for Boxing Day Testgs 477.His effort was the third highest by a player recording his maiden Test century and, with the help of Opta, we look at some of the facts and figures surrounding the top scores made by cricketers reaching three figures for the first time.Garfield Sobers holds the record for the highest maiden Test century score, the West Indies star hitting an unbeaten 365 against Pakistan in Kingston on February 26, 1958.Australia’s Bob Simpson is the other player above Nair on that list, he mesmerised Old Trafford with a 311 versus England on 23 July, 1964. It was a Test score he never bettered, though it did not contribute to a win – with the match ending in a draw.Brian Lara is among the illustrious names now below Nair on the list. The West Indies legend’s first three-figure effort came in Sydney on January 2, 1993 in just his fifth Test appearance, he scored 277 in a draw with Australia at the SCG.While England were on the receiving end this time around, an Englishman owns the fourth-highest score by a player hitting a maiden century. Reginald Erskine Foster marked his Test bow in Sydney with a 287 against Australia on December 11, 1903.Vinod Kambli is the next best performing Indian on the list, the middle-order batsman’s first Test ton came when he scored 224 versus England on February 19, 1993. He bettered that effort with a 227 against Zimbabwe less than a month later.The best performance by a player scoring his first Test century against India came on New Year’s Eve 1958, Rohan Kanhai ringing in 1959 in style with a 256 in Kolkata to help the Windies to an innings victory.Prior to Nair’s heroics, the most recent top score by a player recording his maiden Test ton was on April 16, 2006, when Jason Gillespie waited until his final appearance in the longest format to hit 201 in an Australia win over Bangladesh in Chittagong.The only other player to score over 200 when making his first Test century in Chennai is Australia’s Dean Jones, whose 210 at the same venue on September 18, 1986 served as one of the many highlights in a dramatic tie with India.last_img read more

Gil Marín: “Lemar does not sell; there are no options for him to leave”

first_imgWhile the Athletic strives to hire Cavani against the clock, the exit door is open to lighten wage bill. Among the rojiblancos, A name is marked in red to leave the ship, Thomas Lemar. Nevertheless, Miguel Angel Gil Marín It has lowered those feelings. In statements to the portal Goal, the CEO ensures that the player “it is not for sale”. The French international has suitors in the Premier, especially Arsenal, and at the last minute has joined Bayern. But the investment that Atlético made for him in 2018, 70 million euros, forces the Madrid club to do not give the player. But for Cavani to arrive, someone has to leave the template. Someone of weight. January’s soap operas are nearing completion … It is true that since summer in the club they have transmitted confidence that the performance of the French can approach the expected. Too Simeone has dedicated good words and has given him opportunities but Lemar has not exploded and it seems that he himself has no confidence. Even so, Gil Marín has tried to be forceful, when there are barely three days left to close the market, in that appointment he collects Goal: “Lemar is not for sale. There is no chance he can leave.”last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Athlete of the Year: Thompson vs Wlodarczyk – Take you pick

first_imgIt seemed pretty clear to me that Poland’s undefeated, double world record setting hammer throw Olympic gold medallist Anita Wlodarczyk was a sure bet for this year’s Athlete of the Year Award. That was until a bright-minded friend stopped me in my tracks. His message was simple – world records aren’t created equal. That devalued the huge world record throw of 82.29 metres Wlodarczyk used to win her second Olympic gold medal in Rio di Janeiro and even bigger heave – 82.98, which she produced later in her supreme 13 meet season. He reasoned that the hammer throw, which made its Olympic debut as recently as 2000, is so young that records are easy to come by. By contrast, the records in the 100 and 200 metres are out in never-never land at 10.49 and 21.34 seconds, respectively. He applies the same reasoning to the women’s 3000-metre steeplechase where Ruth Jebet of Bahrain, another contender for the big award, has dismantled the world record. Given that Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson won two Olympic gold medals and not just one like the big Pole and the tiny Bahrani, he reckons that Thompson has as good a chance as they do to be named female Athlete of the Year. The one medal-two medals argument has pros and cons. Sprinters like Thompson can apply the same skills to more than one event because they are similar. Often, field event skills, like throwing the hammer, are so specific that the athlete can’t even conceive of doing another discipline. That aside, the patriot inside me had to look more closely to see if he was right. The big question is whether Thompson’s 7-win 100-metre season and her 3-2 200-metre campaign is superior in quality to Wlodarczyk’s 2016 compilation of gold, no losses and eight 80-metre throws. The slim lady from Banana Ground sped to the three fastest 100-metre times of the year – 10.70 to win the National Senior Championships, matching the Jamaican record held by Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 10.71 to win in Rio and 10.72 seconds to win at the Brussels Diamond League meet. Her gold-winning 200-metre time was the fastest by anyone in 2016 at 21.78 seconds. The search for comparisons between Thompson, Wlodarczyk and the other main contender for the award leads to the IAAF Scoring Tables. Designed by the sport’s governing body to quiet vexing questions like this one, the tables produced a stunning conclusion. The Jamaican scores 1255 points from her 10.70 100-metre clocking and a similar amount – 1250 – for her fast Rio 200. The same tables give the blond Pole a slam dunk score of 1303 points for her second world record and 1292 for the one that took her to the top of the podium in Rio. If those tables are any guide, Thompson would have to run 10.45 or 21.20 to match Wlodarcyzk’s second world record! It’s staggering to think that an 80-metre hammer throw equates to sprint times of 10.70 and 21.72 seconds respectively. When you consider that Wlodarczyk had seven 80-metre plus throws, it’s a big deal. Almaz Ayanna’s gold medal-winning 10,000 metre world record of 29 minutes 17.45 seconds was pretty tasty too. It gathered 1288 points for the tireless Ethiopian. While you digest that, note that Jebet gets 1263 points for her world record of 8 minutes 52.78 seconds in a discipline that was added to the Olympic track and field programme as recently as 2008. Single-handedly, she bumped the all-time total of sub-9 minute steeplechase times up from one – the old world record of 8 minutes 58.81 seconds – to four. Her Olympic year hat-trick of sub-9 clockings included her winning time in Rio, 8.59.75. While Thompson, Ayanna and Jebet all lost races in the season, South African Caster Semenya was undefeated in her prime event. However, the IAAF tables give Semenya’s fastest 800-metre time of 1 minute 55.28 seconds a mere 1239 points. The sole 2016 loss for US 100-metre hurdler Kendra Harrison came at the wrong time. Sadly, she was an uncharacteristic sixth at her nation’s Olympic Trials. Harrison was otherwise spotless and peaked with a world record of 12.20 seconds, worth 1255 points. There are only two possible conclusions. Either the IAAF Scoring Tables have led this discussion down the garden path or Wlodarczyk is the Athlete of the Year by virtue of a season better in quality to the efforts of every other female athlete on Earth. That would include Ayanna, Jebet and Thompson. Take your pick. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. VEXING QUESTIONSlast_img read more

Herbalist who Escaped Ebola Quarantine Identified, Is on the Run

first_imgA herbalist who treated the 17-year-old boy, who sparked Liberia’s third wave of Ebola infections, has escaped quarantine and fled to Nimba County in the north of the country near Guinea. Officials said on Thursday that he has been identified.He was one of 120 people placed under quarantine for coming into contact with the deceased.“The herbalist evaded quarantine and is on the run, this is the reason why we are putting everybody on alert,” Paul Karnue, a spokesman for the Nimba local government said.“Nimba County authorities are not taking Ebola’s recurrence lightly because the county suffered severely during the first outbreak,” he added.More than 11,200 people have died from the worst outbreak on record of the viral Ebola fever since the epidemic broke out in December 2013 in neighboring Guinea.Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, but reported a new case nearly two months later. The outbreak is also still active in Sierra Leone and Guinea.“It is worth mentioning that the first Ebola case in Nimba County in 2014, started with a similar story. One herbalist went to Monrovia to treat an Ebola patient. Thereafter he contracted the virus and returned with the disease to Nimba. This is how Ebola spread and took away the lives of hundreds of citizens,” Karnue said.A Liberian woman died of Ebola on Tuesday in a hospital in Monrovia shortly after being admitted, becoming the sixth confirmed case and second death since the virus resurfaced last month.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies hoping to earn valuable points over weekend

first_imgThe Huskies will kick their weekend off with a home game on Friday and then will take to the road on Saturday.On Friday, the NWJHL’s fifth place Fort St. John Huskies (13-15-0-0) will welcome the third place Grande Prairie Wheelers (18-7-0-6) at the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement -The game will mark the fourth time this season the two clubs will do business, with Fort St. John having won two of the three games they played.The following day, the Huskies will travel to Peace River, where they will play the second place Navigators for the fifth and final time of the regular season.The Huskies have had little success against the Navigators this year. Out of the four games they’ve played against each other, Fort St. John has been outscored 25-10 and has yet to beat Peace River this season.A valuable four points are on the line for the Huskies this weekend, as they currently sit three points behind their rivals, Dawson Creek, for fourth place in the standings.Advertisementlast_img read more

Two in custody following string of break and enters, wild foot chase

first_imgWhile trying to “disable” the stolen truck, RCMP say the man fled by foot once again, and saw him carrying two shotguns into some woods in the Bear Mountain Ski Hill area.Late Friday night, police advised residents to stay in their homes and lock their doors.It was three hours later when police caught scent of the suspect again, after a resident spotted him on the ski hill road.Police rushed the area, and yet again, the man broke into a shop, stole a quad, and revved off through the bush. Police say the man rolled the stolen quad, and broke into another home to steal another.Advertisement Police say they caught up with the man fleeing through farm fields before he was “safely” taken into custody.The pair remain in custody, and RCMP say they are still assembling charges.We will update this story as more information becomes available. RCMP in Dawson Creek say they are still compiling a full list of charges after a 36-year-old man led police on a foot chase rampage throughout the South Peace that left an officer assaulted, and at least half a dozen different homes and businesses raided and vandalized.The man, whose name has yet to be released, was arrested July 10 in a farm field after police issued a lock down alert to residents in the Bear Mountain Ski Hill area late Friday afternoon.RCMP say they were responding to several break and enter complaints in Groundbirch earlier in the day when they first ran into the man, along with his 22-year-old female accomplice, riding a stolen motorcycle from Edmonton.- Advertisement -Police say they arrested the 22-year-old woman, who was carrying a trove of stolen property, including two guns and ammunition.But the man had a different plan, striking an officer and running off to a nearby shop. Officers were chasing after the man when he smashed a Dodge pickup through the shop’s overhead doors, narrowly missing the officers.The man sped away, and broke into another two buildings before officers caught up with him on Radar Lake Road, according to police.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Ronaldo and Messi are miles ahead of me, claims Rooney

first_imgWayne Rooney has played down comments made by Sven-Goran Eriksson after the former England manager claimed only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are currently ahead of the 29-year-old.The Manchester United striker will celebrate his 100th cap for the Three Lions against Slovenia on Saturday but insists Ronaldo and Messi are “miles ahead of everyone”.Speaking to talkSPORT, Rooney said: “They’re the two players who you are probably not likely to see again in terms of what they’re doing in football. Then you’ve got a big group of players behind them.“Sven’s a really great man and I really enjoyed playing under him. Obviously I really appreciate his words.”Eriksson also claimed England could have won the World Cup in 2006 had Rooney not been sent off in the quarter-finals against Portugal.And Rooney admits the red card was a difficult moment in his career.“You start thinking ‘is it my fault’?” added Rooney. “I’m not one to spill my emotions all over the place but personally it was tough.”last_img read more

Innocence Killed

first_imghe turned out to be one of the main volunteers who helped look for them. The incident is mostly forgotten now – only seven references to the murders turn up on an Internet search – but Theresa Pinamonli Zeigler remembers it like it was yesterday. “When something like that happens, it sticks in your brain,” said Zeigler, who was 7 at the time. “I’m 77, and I never forgot.” Zeigler went to school with the girls and had spent many afternoons playing with them. She recalls a seemingly simpler time, a time when kids turned their neighborhoods into giant playgrounds. She saw the girls the day they disappeared. “I saw them in the park,” Zeigler said. “We were all frequent visitors to the park.” After the deaths, the quaint lifestyle came to an end. “It was scary,” Zeigler said. “When you’re 7, you don’t realize what’s going on. But I remember the grown-ups standing around in the street when they found the bodies. I remember how shocked they were.” Dyer was one of those people standing in the street. Described by those who knew him as “simpleminded,” “a nut, but good-hearted” and “goofy but harmless,” Dryer told the crowd not to smoke “out of respect for the dead.” That day, his wife helped him clip newspaper stories about the incident for a scrapbook he had begun. He couldn’t help but draw attention to himself. Although he was questioned by police, investigators didn’t consider him a suspect at first. But a few days after the discovery, he appeared at the Inglewood police station and announced, “I hear you are looking for me.” He was told that nobody had even mentioned him and he left police headquarters “somewhat crestfallen,” according to a 1937 Daily Breeze article. His strange behavior alerted authorities, who immediately began to follow him. Then, a woman – “her name was withheld for obvious reasons,” the article states – recognized the killer’s description and identified Dyer to police in Hermosa. It turned out the Dyer had more than one run-in with South Bay law enforcement. In 1926, he was arrested twice in Redondo Beach for reasons unknown. And, in 1931, after a tryst with a Manhattan Beach woman, he was picked up. He quickly confessed to the murders, telling police the girls “looked fresh and nice.” He explained to authorities that he took the girls to a bean field and lured them off one at a time to help him catch a rabbit. First was the youngest victim, Madeline. He strangled her and tied a rope around her neck just to be sure. Next was Jeanette, who was also lured into the brush and killed. Melba, the final victim, played by herself while waiting for his return, Dyer explained. After he killed them, he “violated their lifeless bodies,” according to a Daily Breeze article. Dyer went home, changed his clothes and “ate a good supper,” before returning to the neighborhood to see if anybody was looking for the girls. Other kids came forward and told police that Dyer had tried to lure them to the park. But the father of the two sisters was suspicious of the confession. Merle O. Everett said his daughters could not possibly have walked 5 miles to the murder scene. “Some men will confess anything under pressure, you know, especially if they’re a little weak-minded.” A surviving sister identified another man as offering to take them rabbit hunting a year earlier. Others blamed drugs for the atrocity. “Some of the brutal and unspeakable sex crimes of recent years have had their cause in marihuana,” according to On the Trail of Marihuana the Weed of Madness, a 1939 book by Earle Rowell. No matter. Dyer was quickly convicted of the crime and on Sept. 15, 1938, was hanged in San Quentin. josh.grossberg@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER It was shocking, even by today’s standards: On a Saturday morning 70 years ago, three little girls vanished from Centinela Park near their homes in Inglewood. They didn’t show up for supper and, by the next day, friends, police and an army of volunteers scoured the neighborhood. A statewide alarm was sent out. But two days later, their families’ worst fears were realized. On Monday, June 26, 1937, a group of Boy Scouts found the lifeless bodies of 7-year-old Madeline Everett, 9-year-old sister Melba and a playmate, 8-year-old Jeanette Stephens. They were discovered in a deep gully in a remote section of Baldwin Hills. Within days, with the help of a tip given to Hermosa Beach police, a Redondo Beach man was arrested. Not only did 32-year-old Albert Dyer know the girls – he was a crossing guard at their school – but last_img read more

Picture this: Ads the size of three football fields may soon greet you at LAX

first_img“There are some things that are in good taste, but something like this sounds really intrusive and won’t be very welcomed by the discerning airline passenger,” Weinstein said. “These signs might be effective in getting the word out on a new product, but it’s a bad idea because it just might reflect poorly on the airport, the city and the residents.” Officials at LAX said they have not heard about the proposal, saying that it will likely be met with skepticism by the airport and those living in the surrounding communities. The supersized signs will be posted on private property, but Ad-Air executives declined to say which sites they are negotiating with. The giant ads will be printed on a fabric mesh-type material and suspended on low-level scaffolds to ensure that the signs are displayed flat and evenly. It could cost companies about $160,000 or more a month to post the large ads, with contracts lasting six months to a year, according to Rosser. art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The signs would lie flat on the ground and are expected to be spotted by passengers aboard flights coming in and out of LAX as soon as next year, according to Kate Rosser, an Ad-Air spokeswoman. The company plans to unveil the first ads in the United Arab Emirates, beginning with Dubai next month, and eventually moving to some of the world’s busiest airports – London’s Heathrow, Chicago’s O’Hare, Tokyo’s Narita, Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and LAX. “We’ll be reaching millions of airline passengers in their seats and millions more through the power of word of mouth,” said Paul Jenkins, Ad-Air’s managing director. “Ad-Air will be offering advertisers a simply unprecedented marketing opportunity and creative agencies a unique canvas to work with.” Ad-Air executives said they hope to cash in on grabbing the attention of affluent passengers during take-off and landing, a time when table trays are turned up, personal electronic equipment must be turned off and there’s not much left to do – except maybe look out the window. However, the content of such mega-size advertisements may actually turn off some passengers, who tend to be more educated and earn more money than the average consumer, according to Ira Weinstein, president of Airport Interviewing and Research, based in White Plains, N.Y. By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER With the glut of advertisements hitting airline passengers everywhere from terminal walkways to in-flight magazines, companies will soon reach new heights in hawking their wares. Signs the size of three football fields are expected to appear along the flight paths of Los Angeles International Airport and other hubs across the country as part of a marketing blitz crafted by Ad-Air, a London-based advertising agency. last_img read more

Liverpool fans discuss Joe Allen after impressive goalscoring cameo

first_img ‘The transfer committee should give him a 20-year contract extension!’ Fans react as Joe Allen scores late on for Liverpool 1 Liverpool looked to be heading for defeat at home to Arsenal before Joe Allen scored a stunning equaliser in added time. The former Swansea midfielder, well known on the internet as the ‘Welsh Xavi’, scored an injury-time volley to make the score 3-3 in the Premier League clash at Anfield. He has not quite lived up to expectations since moving to Merseyside and that strike will live long in the 25-year-old’s memory. Midfielder Allen came on as a second-half substitute and what an impact he had, see some of the best reaction below:last_img read more