November 17

Virat Kohli topples Steve Smith to clinch No.1 spot in ICC Test rankings

first_imgVirat Kohli on Sunday toppled former Australia captain Steve Smith to become the number-one ranked batsman in Test cricket.Kohli aggregated 200 runs in both innings of the first Test against England at Edgbaston which helped him gain 31 points and end Smith’s 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman and reach the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career.Kohli waged a lone battle at Edgbaston, making 149 in the first innings before scoring a composed 51 in the second. However, there was absolutely no support from the top-order which included Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane as India lost by 31 runs and now trail 1-0 in the five-match series.India vs England: India batsmen need to watch and learn from Virat KohliKohli is the seventh Indian batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011 to be ranked number one in Test cricket. Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Dilip Vengsarkar are the other Indian batsmen to have achieved number-one rankings during their careers.Edgbaston Test: Sam Curran inspired by ‘how Virat Kohli batted with the tail’Kohli now leads Smith (who had held the top spot since December 2015) by five points, but will have to maintain the form in the remaining four Tests to finish the series as the world’s highest-ranked batsman.Virat Kohli missed one for a change and that changed the game: Ben StokesKohli is currently on 934 points and is 14th on the all-time tally of points list. With four more Test matches to go in the series against England, the Delhi batsman has a great opportunity to break into the top-10 all-time tally of points list.advertisementKOHLI IS [email protected] has overtaken Steve Smith to become the new No.1 batsman in @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Rankings.He is the first Indian since @sachin_rt to get there.READ https://t.co/Hw7OCimIKw pic.twitter.com/s8h4fNmJYKICC (@ICC) August 5, 2018Virat Kohli wants his batsmen to look in the mirror after Edgbaston defeatDon Bradman (961) and Steve Smith (947) are the two batsmen sitting on top of this exclusive list.Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenMeanwhile, India sit comfortably on top in the team rankings with 125 points while England, who have had a poor time at home recently, are fifth with 97 points.Edgbaston Test: Sam Curran inspired by ‘how Virat Kohli batted with the tail’Incidentally, England captain Joe Root is number three in the rankings for Test batsmen. He has 855 points and would look to a good series himself. Root struggled to lead from the front during the Ashes but he will draw inspiration from his sensational performances in India in late 2016. Besides, the top-10 has another Indian, Cheteshwar Pujara (ranked 6th), who also had a poor tour of England in 2014.England pace ace James Anderson (892 points) leads the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. India spinners Ravindra Jadeja and R Aswhin also feature in the top-10. Jadeja is ranked third with 866 points while Ashwin is fifth with 811 points.(With ICC inputs)last_img read more

October 27

UNC Paid Duke Over $27K For Locker Room Damages, But AD Bubba Cunningham Clearly Isn’t Happy

first_imgNorth Carolina football spray painted 'UNC' in Duke locker room.Well, so much for UNC and Duke getting along. As a result of the damages the North Carolina football team caused to Duke’s locker room and facilities after this past November’s football game, the Blue Devils sent the Tar Heels a $27,140 bill. Head coach Larry Fedora and school AD Bubba Cunningham each wrote personal checks for $13,585 to split the cost, according to The Herald-Sun. But it doesn’t appear that UNC’s brass are necessarily happy about it. Cunningham, in a letter to Duke AD Kevin White, claimed that he didn’t understand the charges. He also made note of the fact that someone painted D-U-K-E on some of UNC’s pillars last year.“While I may not understand the charges assessed, we take complete responsibility for our students and our programs.” Laura Keeley, Duke beat reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer, also mentions that Cunningham was disappointed that Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe didn’t return Larry Fedora’s “apology call.”Bubba Cunningham also said he was disappointed Duke coach David Cutcliffe never returned Larry Fedora’s apology call— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015Keeley also tweeted out a number of photos of the damages. Photo of said damaged locker room carpet in the Duke visitor’s locker room, which was replaced for $22,028.44 pic.twitter.com/qdcwqUP0LL— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015Spray paint on Duke practice facility walls pic.twitter.com/XL3rzXVuCe— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015More spray paint damage in Duke vistor’s locker room pic.twitter.com/ts55QzDWx6— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015More spray paint damage in the Duke visitor’s locker room — repainting that & Wallace Wade billed at $4,470 pic.twitter.com/acJ3n1c7h2— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015And, finally, the picture of Wallace Wade spray paint damage pic.twitter.com/fQdHYMip7H— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 13, 2015Duke and North Carolina renew their rivalry this November 7th in Chapel Hill.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

October 12

Japan WWII soldier who hid in jungle until 1974 dies

first_imgTokyo–  A Japanese soldier who hid in the Philippine jungle for three decades, refusing to believe World War II was over until his former commander returned and persuaded him to surrender, has died in Tokyo aged 91.Hiroo Onoda waged a guerilla campaign in Lubang Island near Luzon until he was finally persuaded in 1974 that peace had broken out.Leaflet drops and other efforts to convince him the Imperial Army had been defeated were unsuccessful, and it was only a visit from his former commanding officer, who ordered him to lay down his arms, that brought an end to his one-man war. Onoda was the last of several dozen so-called holdouts scattered around Asia, men who symbolised the astonishing perseverance of those called upon to fight for their emperor.Their number included a soldier arrested in the jungles of Guam in 1972.Trained as an information officer and guerrilla tactics coach, Onoda was dispatched to Lubang in 1944 and ordered never to surrender, never to resort to suicidal attacks and to hold firm until reinforcements arrived.He and three other soldiers continued to obey that order long after Japan’s 1945 defeat.Their existence became widely known in 1950, when one of their number emerged and returned to Japan.The remaining men continued to survey military facilities in the area, attacking local residents and occasionally fighting with Philippine forces, although one of them died soon afterwards.Tokyo and Manila searched for the remaining two over the next decade, but ruled in 1959 that they were already dead.However, in 1972, Onoda and the other surviving soldier got involved in a shoot-out with Philippine troops. His comrade died, but Onoda managed to escape.The incident shocked Japan, which took his family members to Lubang in the hope of persuading him that hostilities were over.Onoda later explained that he had believed attempts to coax him out were the work of a puppet regime installed in Tokyo by the United States.He read about his home country in newspapers that searchers deliberately scattered in the jungle for him to find, but dismissed their content as propaganda.The regular overflight by US planes during the long years of the Vietnam war also convinced him that the battle he had joined was still being played out across Asia.It was not until 1974, when his old commanding officer visited him in his jungle hideout to rescind the original order, that Onoda’s war eventually ended.Asked at a press conference in Japan after his return what he had been thinking about for the last 30 years, he told reporters: “Carrying out my orders.”But the Japan that Onoda returned to was much changed. The country he had left, and the one he believed he was still fighting for, was in the grip of a militarist government, bent on realising what it thought was its divine right to dominate the region.Crippled by years of increasingly unsuccessful war, its economy was in ruins and its people were hungry.But the Japan of 1974 was in the throes of a decades-long economic boom and in thrall to Western culture. It was also avowedly pacifist.Onoda had difficultly adapting to the new reality and, in 1975, emigrated to Brazil to start a cattle ranch, although he continued to travel back and forth.In 1984, still very much a celebrity, he established a youth camp, where he taught young Japanese some of the survival techniques he had used during his 30 years in hiding, when he lived on wild cows and bananas.He returned to Lubang in 1996 on a visit, reportedly at the invitation of the local government, despite his having been involved in the killing of dozens of Filipinos during his three-decade battle.He made a donation to the local community, which was reportedly used to set up a scholarship.Until recently, Onoda had been active in speaking engagements across Japan and in 2013 appeared on national broadcaster NHK.“I lived through an era called a war. What people say varies from era to era,” he told NHK in last May. “I think we should not be swayed by the climate of the time, but think calmly,” he said.last_img read more

September 28

Football DreMont Jones will play final game for Ohio State in Rose

Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones (86) takes the field in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignFollowing Ohio State’s win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, redshirt junior Dre’Mont Jones’ future as a Buckeye was up in the air.When asked if he would play in the Rose Bowl, Jones responded, “we’ll see.”On Wednesday, Jones put all those rumors to rest, announcing he will play in the Rose Bowl against Washington on Jan. 1. Jones also said it will be his final game at Ohio State, forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft.Jones was a first-team All-Big Ten member this season after leading the Buckeyes with 7.5 sacks, as well as earning 12.5 tackles for loss. Jones became an even more important player for Ohio State this season as the team lost junior defensive end Nick Bosa for the season with a core muscle injury.Jones is projected by many to be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. read more

September 28

TBDPITL Ep 21 Ohio State Signing Day

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Signing Day and the players from Ohio State they got to talk to on Wednesday. They also look at men’s basketball’s win against Penn State and what it means moving forward. NOTE: We recorded this before Justin Fields officially was cleared to play with the Buckeyes for 2019

September 18

Dyche didnt understand why Klopp was angry

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confronted the Burnley boss after a tackle on Joe Gomez in yesterday’s match in the EPLLiverpool defeated Burnley F.C. 3-1 in yesterday’s English Premier League action.But a tackle on Reds’ Joe Gomez made the manager Jurgen Klopp very angry and he confronted Burnley’s, Sean Dyche.“I was a little confused. I couldn’t make out what part of that was right and wrong,” Dyche told The Lancashire Telegraph.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“What I would say is this, and I think it’s important to register: there were some excellent tackles last night. I think the only one that was questionable was Bardo’s [Phil Bardsley’s on Alberto Moreno].”“I think Ben Mee’s [on Gomez] was a fantastic tackle. I imagine a player who seems to be an honest player, in Gomez, realized that. That was the message we got after,” he added.“We send him our best if any injury has occurred but it wasn’t from a bad tackle.”“He didn’t reference Daniel Sturridge’s cheating when he went down, nothing near him, and he got a free-kick for it,” he explained.last_img read more

September 18

Burnley star signs new contract

first_imgBurnley youngster McNeil has signed a new contract with the club and has put paid to speculations over his exit from the club.The teenager signed his first professional contract at the club last April and has been in blistering form since he made his debut for the club last season.“A lot has happened in a short space of time and I’m happy to have signed a new deal,” McNeil Lancashiretelegraph.“I hadn’t really thought this far ahead but I’m just happy it’s come so soon.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“The main aim was to sign it so I can focus on my football and I’ve done that now so I can focus and crack on with what I’m doing.“I think I’ve taken my opportunity well and hopefully I can build on that.“Hopefully I can stay in the team and really focus on this season. I think we’re doing well and we’ve got to keep that form going.“It’s a dream staying in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world and you always want to stay and play in the Premier League.”last_img read more