Cricket News Didn’t know if I was ever going to play cricket again: Steve Smith after memorable ton

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Steve Smith received a hostile reception when he came out to bat on the first day of the Ashes contest against England in Edgbaston. The crowd were booing and jeering Smith for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal. Australia was staring down the barrel at 122/8 and it seemed Australia would find the going tough in Edgbaston. However, Smith showed his brilliance and made a brilliant comeback to the Test fold ever since that horrible day in Newlands, Cape Town. Smith blasted his ninth century against England and 24th overall as Australia were rescued to 284 all out at the end of the day. Speaking after the end of the match, Smith revealed he was unsure whether he was ever going to play cricket in the 15 months he was away from the international team. “There were times throughout the last 15 months where I didn’t know if I was ever going to play cricket again. I lost a bit of love for it at one point, particularly when I had my elbow operation. It was really bizarre that it was the day I got the brace off my elbow, I found a love for it again. I don’t know what it was, it was like a trigger that just said ‘right I’m ready to go again, I want to play and I want to go out and play for Australia and make people proud and just do what I love doing’,” Smith said in a press conference. Smith and Warner, his deputy, were both given 12-month bans for their roles in the scandal in South Africa, while Cameron Bancroft — the man who brazenly applied sandpaper to the ball during a Test in Cape Town — was suspended from international duty for nine months by Cricket Australia.Also Read | Aussies might get a bit of stick on sandpapergate by the crowd: Joe DenlyAll three batsmen were dismissed by Broad on Thursday, with openers Bancroft and Warner managing just 10 between them for the Ashes-holders. The trio was booed on their way out to the middle and when they were dismissed, with even Smith’s century a cue for yet more jeering.Also Read | Steve Smith, David Warner ready to ‘face fire’ from England crowds during World Cup    “I know I’ve got the support of the boys in the room and, for me, that’s all that really matters,” insisted Smith. “They went berserk on the balcony when I got to my hundred and just looking up at them, it sent shivers down my spine.”Smith showed his brilliance as he shared a partnership of 88 with Peter Siddle and 74 with Nathan Lyon. The crowd gave it to Smith when he played an occasional loose shot but Stuart Broad, who was booed throughout the 2013/14 summer after refusing to walk for an edge during the Trent Bridge in the same year, said Smith dealt with the crowd well. “It’s part of being a professional sportsman. Footballers get it all the time but it’s a bit unexpected sometimes in cricket. Smith seemed to deal with it OK,” Broad said. Steve Smith blasted his 24th century in Tests.Smith slammed his ninth Test century against England.Smith was playing his first Test in 15 months.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Okwoju, Adegboyega Shine at DOAM 2019 Championship

first_img“It is interesting that things came together like this for me. I have always believed in the cause that this foundation was set up and I am one of the biggest campaigners for support for it. It is emotional for me to have this win” he said.He shot 71 net to upset the field that paraded more than 150 golfers at the one day competition, D. Mayer and S. Camatelfinished in second and runner up spot respectively at the even, they returned 73 and 74 respectively at the charity event.This year’s tournament is heavily backed by an impressive lineup of Individual and Corporate Donors/Sponsors including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diamond Bank Plc, ARM Pension Managers, Radial Circle Group, Zenith Bank Plc, Providus Bank, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Grand OAK, Cappa & D’Alberto, SPAR (Park N’ Shop), ExxonMobil, Fidelity Bank Plc, Victoria Crown Plaza, LG Electronics, Ikoyi Club 1938, Raddisson Hotel, and many more. Chairman DOAM Board of Trustee, Professor Obinna Chukwusaid, the foundation has been with highest corporate governancein place to help put funds donated to judicious use.“We have reached over 79, 000 people in nine years of operation, and with support of donours and sponsors we hope to raise the bar for number of indigents we reach this year” he added.In the ladies category, Angela Adegboyega set the pace with 73 net score leaving N. Moka and Julianan Allangenyi to the pick the second and third place respectively.Peter Ebe-Spiff placed won the men’s gross prize while Rita Okafor won the ladies gross and Wahab Feshitan, who shot 76 net to pick the veteran’s prize.About DOAMFThe Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial (DOAM) Foundation is a charitable, humanitarian, and non-governmental organisationestablished in 2007, in memory of Master Daniel OgechiAkujobi (1992-2005) who died from injuries he sustained in a fatal highway accident on his way back to school along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogun State, Nigeria. He was the only son of his parents.Since its establishment, the Foundation has offered scholarships to a number of vulnerable but intelligent students in educational institutions within the country and donated Sickbays, Libraries, Lavatories to schools across Nigeria. It has also undertaken various life-improving programs including de-worming of children, free medical screening and treatment, mentorship, educational, nutritional and psycho-social support to children and youths.The Foundation provides a platform to inspire and positively affect the lives of the most vulnerable. Since inception, over 79,000 lives have been impacted through the Foundation’s programmes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Twenty-handicapper, Tony Okwoju has won the 2019 Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Golf Championship concluded on Saturday March 30th, 2019, at the Golf Section of Ikoyi mClub, 1938, in Lagos.Okwoju, said the win was very emotional for him as he has followed the Charity event since inception and has been a great supporter of the course the DOAM Foundation was set up to do.last_img read more

Last hoorah for pair of Point-Counterpoint legends

first_imgDAVE MCGRATH/Herald photo compilationMcGrath: April 25, 2004: The humble beginnings of the global phenomenon that is Point-Counterpoint. Future Herald Sports Hall-of-Famer Tom Ziemer had a career-defining performance in upstaging Adam Parks (comparable to Don Majkowski), arguing that Rodgers was the steal of the 2005 draft, being not only the heir-apparent to Wisconsin deity Brett Favre, but superior to Captain Turnover already. I mean, at least when Rodgers throws the ball he does actually look at his receivers and not just launch the ball 50 yards downfield like one of those old ball-shooting machines from American Gladiators. …Poppy: McGrath is being more boneheaded than Skeletor on this point. It’s obvious Aaron Rodgers was a horrible choice for the Pack in 2005. He’s just lucky he hasn’t been able to get any playing time behind the best football player of all time (you know his name — Brett Favre). If Rodgers were to ever play, he would prove that he’s the next Tim Couch, or the next Akili Smith or the next Cade McNown — heck, Rodgers belongs in the draft class of 1999.The Packers made a big mistake by passing up a major talent. Green Bay could’ve drafted Luis Castillo, who San Diego took just four picks later. Sure, he’s a second baseman, but everyone knows the Packers could use some help at skills positions, and speed always helps. I’m not exactly sure why the Chargers are playing him at defensive tackle, or how he’s also playing for the Twins.If Parks was still around for Point-Counter Point today, he would’ve been furious with the Packers’ draft this year. Justin Harrell? Are you kidding me? But while hardcore Packers fans like St. Vincent were crying for a running back or wide receiver, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson was right in going with a defensive player. He just should’ve taken Florida safety Reggie Nelson instead.Born with the same first name as Reggie Jackson, Nelson was born for great things. It would’ve only been a matter of time before Nelson was running down the sidelines pumping his fist following a home run of a pick-6 … McGrath: Pop’s argument here is weaker than an Urkel punch: Reggie Jackson? That guy had nerdier glasses than the aforementioned Laura-lover. No, Nelson was destined for greatness because he received the name of the immortal Reggie Bush, who makes moves on the football field more impressive than some of the jukes and jives John Travolta pulled out in “Saturday Night Fever.”Speaking of which, word on the street is that Travolta is the world’s worst bowler, throwing gutter balls even with bumpers on. If you are looking for a celebrity that could truly make it in the world of professional sports, look no further than Pauly Shore, who would make a spectacular NHL goaltender. Sure, he’s like 5-foot-2 and 78 pounds, but any skater worth his false teeth would be aiming not for the net but squarely for Shore’s head. He’d never give up a goal because the opposing team would constantly be trying to give him puck-shaped bruises or would constantly be outmanned due to the countless roughing calls he will draw when opponents drop-kick him. Poppy: McGrath’s point receives a less-than-stellar “Whoopee!” The best celebrity-turned-athlete is, without a doubt, Eddie Griffin. Did you see him crash that $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo?Not only that, but then he laughed it off, saying, “Undercover Brother’s good at karate and all the rest of that, but the brother can’t drive.” NASCAR could use a guy like Griffin. Sure, he wouldn’t win a race any time soon, but he’d sure make things interesting. Or better yet, make a spin-off of “Celebrity Boxing.” Something like “Celebrity Racing”: See which star can demolish the most expensive car first!But Eddie Griffin the actor’s car crash doesn’t even compare to Eddie Griffin the basketball player’s car crash. This Griffin reportedly got into an accident while masturbating to pornography in his SUV. My guess is that he was watching some X-rated version of “Deuce Bigalow” in honor of the other Eddie Griffin.Best. Car crash. Ever.McGrath: Of course Poppy (who openly campaigned Keenen Thompson’s “Snakes on a Plane” performance for an Oscar) would sing the praises of Eddie Griffin, but once again he is farther off. The greatest crash in the history of sports didn’t actually involve a car but an airboat parachute. Of course, I refer to Fan Man, who crashed into a turnbuckle ring during a prizefight in 1993. The only thing that would’ve made the fight better would be if it had taken place not during a boxing match, but during WrestleMania, so that “Macho Man” Randy Savage could’ve delivered his famous flying elbow to Aerial Airboat.Of course, such physical exertion would leave even the Macho King sweaty and parched (especially if he had snapped into a salty Slim Jim recently), and he’d have to reach for the Go-GURT, the greatest sports drink on the market, delivering a fruitful, thirst quenching bacterial culture that also satisfies as a meal in a pinch. Poppy: Go-GURT was said to be yogurt with attitude. Please, that’s like saying Blatz is Milwaukee’s finest beer. … Wait, that’s actually their slogan. Anyway, there’s no doubt the best sports drink is none other than Infuse. It’s the exact same thing as Gator-, Power- or any other -ade that’s out there, except it’s cheaper … just like Blatz.Better yet, Infuse is sold at Aldi’s — the best grocery store in America. Who cares what brand the food is as long as it’s really, really cheap? Sure, you have to bag your own food, but just bring your punk kid-brother to do the dirty work. Plus, Aldi’s is slowly, but surely expanding. Now you can buy digital cameras, computers and other electronic products there. I know Aldi’s is the first place I’d want to purchase such products; no other place could possibly be as reliable.McGrath: If you like paying for shopping carts and only having one brand of anything (like T.G.I. Friday’s Potato Wedge chips as the sole potato chip option) to choose from and really creepy clientele, then you’ll like Aldi’s. As for me, I happen to think it — and Pop Goes the Weasel’s argument, for that matter — are worse than dog poo on the bottom of your shoe. Besides, word on the street is that Richard Simmons, — maybe the most influential Point-Counterpoint icon of all time — shops for computers there often. The only time you want to be near Mr. “Creepiest guy since Carl Golden” is if he is staring you down on the opposite end of a dodgeball court, guaranteeing victory. In fact, if I were to choose one person who had the worst hair, attitude, dress and overall game in the world of sports it would certainly be the gymnast Mr. Dick Simmons.Poppy: Simmons may be the worst of many topics, but the worst general (that is, combining all aspects from looks to skill) is none other than Tyrone Hill. First off, he’s hideous. He looks a human version of Dracula’s batty formation. Secondly, he sucks. Citing Wikipedia, Hill struggles from Brick Hands Syndrome, “a syndrome where hands are permanently in an erect position, and it makes [catching] the ball nearly impossible.” Man, Hill played 14 seasons with these erect hands. He really should’ve consulted his doctor. That’s longer than the recommended 4 hour-limit with an erection for pills like Cialis.McGrath: So this is it, the final PCP for two legends with five semesters of Point-Counterpoint experience and the end of an era. From arguments on worst five-man dodgeball team, the NBA’s Comeback Player of the Year, worst sports musician and best footwear, the debates are sure to join the ranks of Roe v. Wade and Watergate. Finally though, I think we can all agree on one thing:Point: McGrath.last_img read more

Korger: Badgers lack of talent result of recruiting

first_imgJen Small / The Badger HeraldWhat is the measure of a great coach in college basketball? For Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, it’s all about consistency. But does that make him great?His resume speaks for itself: 12 years with the Badgers, 12 NCAA tournament berths. No finish lower than fourth in the conference standings. One of the best winning percentages in conference play. Ever.Ryan has elevated Wisconsin men’s basketball to its highest level since 1941, when the team won its first and only NCAA tournament championship. What Stu Jackson and Dick Bennett started Ryan has continued, turning the Badgers program into a seemingly perennial lock for the NCAA tournament every year. For perspective, prior to Ryan’s arrival, the school had made just seven trips to the tournament since Wisconsin created a team in 1898.Still, it’s hard to be satisfied when the farthest Ryan has made it in his 12 seasons is the Elite 8. And that was just one time, with the Badgers falling to eventual champion North Carolina Tarheels in 2005-a team that featured four NBA First Round picks and six draftees overall that year.So, three Sweet 16’s and an Elite 8 appearance highlight Ryan’s success on college basketball’s biggest stage. You’d think after years of consistency Ryan would have had more success in the tournament. Maybe that year was 2007, when the Badgers were at one point ranked No. 1 in the country and had Alando Tucker, only to lose big man Brian Butch to a dislocated elbow late in the season during a road game with Ohio State. That team, widely considered far and away to be Ryan’s best, lost in the second round to UNLV with Butch watching on the bench.Lately, the talent level hasn’t been the same on Ryan’s teams. There hasn’t been that dominant player like a Tucker or even a post player as dominant as Butch, but there has been noticeable talent. Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer were effective, but not at an unquestioned superstar level.That being said, the last few years of recruiting have been harsh on Wisconsin and Ryan. While the rest of the Big Ten powers have been building and garnering nationally recognized prep talent, the Badgers are on the outside looking in. The last McDonald’s All-American Wisconsin has successfully recruited was Brian Butch, the only one since 2000 and just the second since 1977.You can probably guess what programs have gotten the most of these high level recruits in the past 13 years. Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky make up the top three, while Big Ten schools Ohio State, Michigan State and Indiana all rank within the top 15.Look at the incoming 2013 recruiting classes around the Big Ten. Indiana, according to, will bring in one five star recruit and three four star recruits. The only two recruits for Ohio State are both four stars. Michigan State has only one commit, but a season ago they brought in five star recruit and Big Ten Rookie of the Year Gary Harris along with three other four star players. And don’t look now, but Michigan has been hauling in some major recruiting classes. When you watch the Wolverines play in the Final Four this weekend, look at who’s on the floor wearing maize and blue. Chances are you’ll see former five star recruit Glenn Robinson III and former four star recruits Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas. Michigan’s 2013 recruiting class is made up of three four star recruits.The Badgers, in comparison, bring in just one four star player in Nigel Hayes and a much hyped about three star point guard in Bronson Koenig, who received offers from North Caroline and Duke. After that, it gets murky. Riley Dearring is another three star guy and Jordan Hill and Vitto Brown are both two stars.Let’s be clear, rankings don’t mean everything. Ryan is a coach who can squeeze almost everything out of players and develop them, but it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be nice to have some players who come into Madison ready to play right after their arrival like Sam Dekker, a five star recruit and Wisconsin’s initial sole scholarship recruit in the 2012 class.Look at the last couple of years in terms of Wisconsin’s recruiting classes. Remember the Diamond Taylor and Jeremy Glover debacle when the two freshman recruits were kicked off the team for being charged with burglary in September of 2008? Then Wisconsin saw prized in-state recruit Vander Blue decommit and then commit to rival Marquette-thanks to heavy recruiting by then Golden Eagles freshman and past high school teammate Jeronne Maymon. Then Wisconsin lost one of their most touted underclassman last year, Jarrod Uthoff, a four star recruit from the 2011 class, when he elected to transfer to Iowa.To go along with past recruiting mishaps, Ryan let in-state recruits slip away this year. Four high school seniors who call Wisconsin home were ranked in the ESPN 100 this year, an index of the top college basketball recruits. Out of those four, not a single one will be joining Ryan and the Badgers next season. Some of these players didn’t even receive an offer from Wisconsin.Even though the talent in the state of Wisconsin has been thin the last few years, two Wisconsin high school players nationally ranked in the top 10 of recruits in Kevon Looney and Diamond Stone showcase a bright future of instate talent the Badgers should desperately focus on signing, no matter how slim their chances may be.And why are chances so slim to sign these highly ranked players? Well, Wisconsin basketball does not have a great image with the high school talent of today. The kind of offensive style the Badgers run would make most athletic, offensive minded players-players that UW is in desperate need of-run for the hills rather than Madison. And Ryan doesn’t exactly have a very great PR image after initially blocking all those schools during the Uthoff transfer controversy.I’ve often wondered how good a Ryan system team could be if they had top talent like a Duke or UNC. The only problem is, that’s a dream. Marquette is suddenly becoming a go-to destination for college basketball in Wisconsin rather than UW.There is no arguing Bo is a great coach. But in college basketball, to be successful at the highest level, you have to be a great coach and a great recruiter. Is Ryan a great recruiter? Time will tell, but as of now, Wisconsin still hasn’t been to the Final Four since 2000.Nick is a fifth year senior, sports editor of The Badger Herald and a law school hopeful. Besides writing, Nick also hosts “The Badger Herald Sports Hour” and is a member of the WBA award winning show the “The Student Section” on 91.7 WSUM.last_img read more

Who was the fastest player in the Premier League last season? Number 6 will shock you

first_imgMore from Citi Sports The top five is rounded out by Man Utd starlet, Mason Greenwood against Everton in March; Mohamed Trezeguet’s sprint for Aston Villa against Liverpool early in July and Man United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka versus West Ham last November, who were all recorded at 23.36mph.Number six is perhaps the most surprising with a run by Leicester centre-back, Caglar Soyuncu, that was measured at 23.33mph against Crystal Palace.Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Southampton’s Shane Long, Fred from Man Utd and Man City’s Phil Foden complete the top ten for the just-ended season.Below is the full list:1. Kyle Walker (23.49 vs Chelsea on June 25)2. Adama Traore (23.48mph vs Chelsea on July 26) 3. Mason Greenwood (23.36mph vs Everton on March 1) The Premier League has a number of speedsters who often tear up the pitch with their immense pace.The just-ended campaign was no different, with some players displaying blistering speed in certain matches to get past their opponents.A lot of names on the list were expected, although a few will definitely raise a few eyebrows.Topping the list is Man City defender, Kyle Walker, already noted to be one of the quickest players in the Division.A sprint by Walker against Chelsea on June 25 was recorded at 23.49 miles per hour, although he ended up on the losing side that night.Wolves speedster, Adama Traore came in second with a 23.48mph run, again against Chelsea on the final day of the season. 4. Trezeguet (23.36mph vs Liverpool on July 5)5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (23.36mph vs West Ham on November 3)6. Caglar Soyuncu (23.33mph vs Crystal Palace on November 3)7. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (23.27mph vs Manchester City on December 15)8. Shane Long (23.21mph vs Newcastle on December 8)9. Fred (23.17mph vs Everton on December 15)10. Phil Foden (23.07mph vs Aston Villa on October 26)last_img read more