Dodgers and Kenta Maeda get better of Zack Greinke again, 3-2

first_img“We’ve had a little bit of success against him,” Roberts said. “Today, he still pitched pretty well. But I was impressed with the at-bats we put on him. I thought we grinded more today, the way we’re capable of doing. So to be able to get him at 100 pitches through six and get to the ‘pen, I thought our guys did a really good job and (were) really only one hit away from getting him out earlier.”Chase Utley lashed Greinke’s first pitch into right field for a double, then scored two batters later when Justin Turner hit a triple. Turner scored when Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo let a pitch from Greinke go between his legs.The Dodgers put together another run-scoring rally in the fourth inning using one hit, a walk and an errant double-play turn by Jean Segura. Adrian Gonzalez had led off the inning with a single and trotted home on Segura’s wild throw.“They’re a tough team to pitch to because they don’t have a lot of holes,” Greinke said of his former mates.Asked about a pause he seems to have added to his delivery, Greinke flashed classic form.“That’s a really long answer and I don’t want to spend five minutes talking about it,” he said, ending the interview with that.Only one of the three runs off Greinke was earned, but the Dodgers needed all of it.Maeda allowed just one run in each of his two head-to-head matchups with Greinke, but Maeda was not at his best in this one. He needed 94 pitches just to get through five innings. But he allowed just that one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six and continuing to look like a bargain even as his cost rises.“It just seemed he was on the edges a little bit too much and I think missing with his fastball,” Roberts said. “With Kenta you can tell. When there’s a rhythm, he’s getting ahead of guys with his fastball, throwing the slider. But he’s around the zone, getting ahead, in a good rhythm. He didn’t really have it until the fourth inning.“It was a grind for him tonight. But he still found a way, like he seemingly always does, to give us a chance to win a baseball game. That’s a sign of a great competitor, which Kenta is, and a winner.”Maeda’s contract calls for a base salary of just $3 million this season but includes a series of performance-based incentives. The irregular nature of the contract was prompted by “irregularities” in Maeda’s physical, none of which have been evident in his performance.By reaching 160 innings for the season Friday, Maeda (15-9) collected another bonus, pushing his total earnings this year to $9.65 million. Another $1.5 million awaits when he makes his 30th start of the season Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants.Greinke (12-7) will make $34 million in the first year of his six-year, $206.5 million deal with the last-place Diamondbacks. PHOENIX >> It was not an “either-or” proposition. The Dodgers could very well have signed Kenta Maeda even if they had re-signed Zack Greinke last winter.But that hasn’t stopped Greinke’s two starts against the Dodgers (and, coincidentally Maeda) over the past two weeks from having the feel of two people formerly in a relationship awkwardly running into each other.The Dodgers have certainly moved on, heading toward a fourth consecutive NL West division title. They absorbed seven walks by Maeda and six relievers who stranded 11 runners on base to beat Greinke again Friday night in a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.“Wasn’t great. It was alright,” Greinke said after the game, sticking to his usual low word count. Greinke’s mood in a well-paid but certainly unsatisfying first season in Diamondbacks … grey? silver? pewter? … might be peaking out in his choice of walk-up music. Commentary on the Diamondbacks’ mislaid plans for contention, just a song or a cry for help, he has started using “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day.Greinke has walked a lonely road with the Diamondbacks, posting his highest ERA and WHIP since establishing himself with the Kansas City Royals.Two starts ago, he gave up a career-high five home runs in his first start at Dodger Stadium since leaving for the big bucks and sunsets of Arizona. Since returning from a six-week stay on the DL with an oblique injury, he is 2-4 with a 6.44 ERA for a team playing out the string with dark clouds hanging over its future.“I know there’s a big difference in the home and road splits. This is a tough place to pitch. But on the road he’s still the Zack Greinke we’ve all known he is,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said generously. Greinke’s ERA is a run lower on the road — but it is still over 4.00.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Under the Radar at UFC 239: Ismail Naurdiev

first_imgPrior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle. At International Fight Week, that fighter is “The Austrian Wonderboy,” Ismail Naurdiev.Name: Ismail NaurdievRecord: 18-2 overall; 1-0 UFCDivision: WelterweightTeam: Hard Knocks 365 Combined with his impressive first showing, it’s easy to recognize the positives and be excited about what Naurdiev brings to the table.One appearance isn’t enough of a sample size to accurately forecast how high the 22-year-old Salzburg-based Naurdiev can go, especially in the deep and talented welterweight ranks, however he made a tremendous impression in his debut and if he can follow it up with another strong showing here, there will be more people claiming their seats on the Ismail Naurdiev bandwagon.And they should — it’s quite lovely and the seats are comfortable. With the crush of events that take place over the course of the year, we have a tendency to forget some of the great stuff that occurs in January and February. It’s not malicious, it’s just a function of there being 30-odd events every 12 months and a ton of cool things that happen after winter gives way to spring.Case and point: Ismail Naurdiev’s promotional debut.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearTabbed to replace Ramazan Emeev on the preliminary portion of the UFC’s debut fight card in Prague, Czech Republic in February, the 22-year-old welterweight strolled into the Octagon on two week’s notice — and three weeks after scoring a 36-second knockout win — and beat Michel Prazeres, ending the Brazilian’s eight-fight winning streak.This wasn’t a grind’em out, squeak by on the scorecards, split decision type of effort either — Naurdiev was in complete control from start to finish, outworking Prazeres all the way through to secure the first victory over his UFC career. Because Prazeres isn’t a major name and didn’t beat a bunch of elite talents during the course of his extended run of success, folks are likely to undervalue what Naurdiev accomplished in his maiden voyage into the UFC cage, but that would be a serious mistake.Prazeres entered with a 10-2 record in the UFC and having won 10 of 11 after dropping his debut. The only guy to beat him during that span was former interim title challenger Kevin Lee and “Trator” collected wins over guys like Mairbek Taisumov, Gilbert Burns, Josh Burkman and Zak Cummings during that run.Even if you’re not blown away by the names on that list, look up how many fighters have ever won eight straight fights or more in the UFC and maybe then you’ll understand that no matter the opponents, building a winning streak like that is an impressive accomplishment and ending it in your promotional debut, on short notice, three weeks after your last fight, as a 22-year-old is an outstanding achievement.For the record: 20 fighters have won eight or more in the UFC; Prazeres is the only one to have never fought for championship gold, so yeah, he is in elite company.With all of that said, clearly it’s safe to say I’m pretty excited about seeing Naurdiev return to action this week.Following his win over Prazeres, Naurdiev had two requests: to fight in Las Vegas and to face a Top 15 opponent.The first request was granted as he’ll take part in International Fight Week and compete at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, but rather than facing a ranked opponent, he’s squaring off with Chance Rencountre, a 32-year-old Alliance MMA representative who dropped his short own notice debut (to Belal Muhammad) before rebounding with a quick submission win last time out.History has taught us all that MMA Math doesn’t work, so it would be a mistake to simply suggest that Naurdiev’s win over Prazeres and Rencountre being a relative newcomer to the promotion means “The Austrian Wonderboy” is going to roll into the cage and collect an easy victory because there are no easy wins in the UFC and the Oklahoma native is a solid grappler with a big size advantage heading into this one.But Naurdiev has already proven that he’s capable of out-working an established, powerful grappler and carries the kind of conditioning necessary to push hard for 15 minutes at a torrid pace. Before arriving in the UFC, he showed some pop in his hands and a diverse striking arsenal as well, so while he’ll be giving up size, he has a more diverse skill set and more paths to victory in this one.In addition to his impressive debut, another piece that makes Naurdiev such a compelling newcomer to track is that he’s shifted his training to Fort Lauderdale, FL., where he’s working with Henri Hooft and the crew at Hard Knocks 365. While he’s enjoyed success training at home, there is always something to be said for seeking out a place with better coaches, better training partners and a generally more experienced group. Naurdiev was so pleased with how his camp went this time around (and the weather) that he’s strongly considering making a permanent move to Florida, which speaks volumes about the team that he worked with and the benefits he felt preparing for Rencountre.last_img read more


Bešić for the British Media: Bosnia and Herzegovina is in my Heart

first_imgMuhamed Bešić, the B&H national team’s player is an established name in the FC  Everton. Our mid-fielder plays better every day. He spoke about his carrier, plans and his unusual football path for the British Express.When the former selector Safet Sušić red Bešić’s name and said that he is the only one who can stop Leo Messi, a lot of people did not believe it. Everton’s player considers the call for the WC in Brazil was an extremely important detail in his carrier.“Going to Brazil was very important to me. If I had not left to the World Championship, I probably wouldn’t be here today. Maybe I would have played in Switzerland. Basel was interested in me before the WC. After Brazil, clubs from Italy, England, Germany and Spain contacted me but I wanted to go to Everton.” – said Bešić and went back to his beginnings:“I started to train when I was 8 years old. I was playmaking at first but six years later I became stopper.He is especially well known by its duels with Messi…“It’s hard to win against me in a duel ‘one to one’. It was good against Messi but the fact he scored a goal is related to his quality. I did not exchange jerseys with him after the match because I care more about my Bosnian jersey. I keep every jersey of the national team I have because they have a special value to me.” – revealed Bešić.Bešić was born and grew up in Germany but he decided to play for B&H.“I had a choice: to play for Germany or B&H. My heart said to me that it’s the right decision. Bosnia and Herzegovina is in my heart. My parents didn’t influence my decision in any way. Most of the players in the team had the same situation. All of them are men with strong characters.” – said BešićAlthough he is satisfied with his achievements in the new club so far, he still believes he can do much better.“The fans saw only 50 % of what I can do. The real values and possibilities will be seen next spring. I have the strength and the energy but I need a little more time to advance even more. The game is so fast here. Sometimes I have a feeling that I’m surrounded by ten players in one second, and they all want to take the ball away from me. I believe I could do better if I was a stopper. Also, the style of playing is somewhat different here. I’m still getting used to it. Lately I have been going to the gym more often because I need to strengthen my muscle mass more.” – said Bešić.(Source: Oslobođenje)last_img read more


Transformation Underway for The Red Store, Navesink’s Beloved Eatery

first_imgBut history wasn’t the only dish that drove customers in on a daily basis.“The old school ways, the communication and people coming in and (us) knowing what they wanted,” made The Red Store special, Verange said.It’s exactly what brought Barbara Criscito in regularly. Outside of being Verange’s real estate agent through the sale, she had been a longtime customer. Criscito brought her son and a handful of his friends in for lunch on Fridays after half-day dismissals from Rumson Country Day School.“Pat made everyone who was a customer in the store feel like they were the only customer,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for 15 years with my kids and they’ve always remembered everything that they liked.”General stores are a dying breed among the food service business due in part to larger corporations flooding the industry, Verange said. He only knows of two which are remotely close that have survived. In an effort to stand out, The Red Store had become its own brand. Bottles of soda and sarsaparilla-flavored seltzer water were specifically branded and brewed for the store. And a few years ago, Verange invested in customized sandwich wraps with The Red Store scripted logo accompanied by a “There’s only one!” proclamation.Verange ordered those sheets 100,000 at a time. He can only find one remaining sheet now and it’s stowed away in his apartment. He’s already planning to save it for his eight-year-old grandson.A Landmark’s FutureThe background sounds of a buzzing saw or a hammer’s clank illustrate the amount of construction left. Metzner, 33, the eatery’s new partner, said they’re focusing on reopening in either July or August. “We want to keep true to what has been a big part of the neighborhood there forever,” he told The Two River Times. “We want to be part of that town and keep the family feel to it.”Big Mike’s Little Red Store will still be a breakfast and lunch shop, still offering some of the usuals. They’ll also incorporate BLT and Cuban sandwiches, farm fresh salads and protein bowls for customers.Verange, though, is still figuring out his next step. He’ll soon move out of the upstairs apartment where he’s spent most of his life. He’s planning a “Red Store garage sale” later this summer for regulars to come and pick through old artifacts. But he’ll also have to say goodbye to a street corner that’s provided him with more than enough memories for a lifetime.“I haven’t had to (say goodbye) yet, so I don’t know,” said Verange. “But when I do I’m probably going to have a meltdown. I just don’t know when it’s going to hit me.”This article was first published in the May 24-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. NAVESINK – Pat Verange’s life has gradually changed since he turned off the grills for the final time last month at The Red Store.Some routines remain the same. Verange, 58, still goes to bed late at night and his interior clock continues to wake him at 3 a.m., just like a normal day of work. But instead of walking down from his upstairs apartment to unlock the doors at 5:30 a.m., he’s instead greeted by construction crews renovating the recently sold general store into a pit stop for a new owner.“It’s been a roller coaster ride, a good ride,” Verange, the former owner, said candidly Monday morning. “I know I’m going to miss it and be sorry that I sold it. But I do know I have enough memories to put up on my walls.”The Red Store officially closed for good April 28 after 59 years in business owned by the Verange family. Verange started working in the general store when he was four years old, helping out behind the counter, handling tasks fit for a toddler. But as the years progressed and health issues began to affect the business, he knew it was time to begin considering a sale.That was nearly a year ago. He listed the building in October and the queries came flying in, he said. He eventually sold it to a team comprised of Restaurant Nicholas, an upscale restaurant in Middletown, and a former chef there, Mike Metzner. It will be called Big Mike’s Little Red Store. The closing was final about two weeks ago, and the price tag was $725,000.“It was just a matter of who am I going to pass the torch to and who is going to do what I want to maintain this,” said Verange.The landmark red façade, which was originally green with black shutters, has fed thousands of locals spanning over 130 years. In one of the oldest parts of Middletown, it’s been a vital mainstay for laborers and nearby homeowners yearning for a hot morning coffee or a turkey on rye.The Red Store, located at 101 Navesink Ave., will become Big Mike’s Little Red Store when itreopens under new ownership later this summer. Photo by Jay CookWhile the exterior still has its original charm, the interior now is nearly unrecognizable. The wooden sidings and personal knick-knacks are no longer there. It’s been stripped down to the studs, literally, even recently exposing two old barn doors used in the early 20th century for horses to carry and offload goods right in the store.“You get the chill right through you” when walking through the building now, said Verange. “When you see everything coming down, it’s a little surprising, but definitely more of a chill. It’s weird.”center_img By Jay Cook |  Serving Up History and HominessVerange doesn’t know a life without The Red Store in it. His parents purchased it on a whim in 1959, looking to fund a growing family. John, his father, was a World War II veteran turned plumber and milkman. His mother, Etta, ran vegetable and fruit stands in the greater Red Bank area.But the history goes much further back. It was discovered after talks with Middletown historians that the building dates back to 1867, although it officially became a general store in 1885. An 1898 ledger Verange recently recovered lists sales to surrounding homeowners for bales, buckets and sacks of goods.Verange said it’s believed the store shuttered for about a decade in the 1930s after those owners gave out too much credit during the Great Depression. Those debts understandably were never repaid.last_img read more


Leafs eager to bounce back after dismal start

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorAccording to Chris Shaw it’s not about how you start the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, but what is important is how you finish.So two losses out of the gate, even to rival Castlegar, isn’t going to set the rookie Leaf coach into a state of panic. “We had a late camp and only had two practices before we played our first games and it showed,” Shaw said on the eve of a three-game weekend starting Friday night against the 2-0 Beaver Valley Nitehawks.“We lacked conditioning and it showed because Castlegar was in better shape in the third periods (of both games).”Which is why the players spent most of the week working a little harder than if the team won both games against the Rebels.“We concentrated conditioning Monday and Tuesday and have been working on systematic stuff . . . team stuff to help better prepare the kids on the ice.”After Beaver Valley, Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the winless, and hurting, Bruins Saturday. Sunday the Leafs conclude the three-game set against Shaw’s old club, the Penticton Lakers.Shaw promises Leaf faithful there will be a different team on the ice this weekend at the NDCC Arena.“We have 13 new players on the team who had yet to figure out their teammates,” Shaw said. “But I believe we have firepower here and fans will see that once the players start to jell.”Shaw comes with many of the same coaching philosophies the franchise enjoyed under the leadership of former coach and GM Simon Wheeldon.So there will be no revolving door no matter what the result is on the ice.“I may make one or two moves but I definitely won’t be burning through cards,” Shaw admitted. “Once I make a team selection I stick with those players. I’m pretty confident in this group and know what this team is capable of doing.”ICE CHIPS: Defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk is the only Leaf out of the lineup due to injury. The Kelowna product injured a shoulder during the season opener and looks to be at least two weeks away before playing again. . . .Look for goalies Marcus Beesley and Darren Hogg to split the weekend games between the pipes. . . .A new promotion by the Leaf executive has a minor hockey player skating during the National Anthem skate. The promotion called, The Seventh Man, selects players at random. Nelson Minor Hockey players can enter online at the Leaf website.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


OK Tire back on top of Nelson Mixed Slopitch League in 2015

first_imgOK Tire lost to Unknowns in the 2014 finale.OK Tire advanced as the top seed last season before getting blasted by Unknowns in the final.This time around the final score would be different as OK Tire took the title from The Competition.Louie’s, now OK Tire, won the title in 2013.Unknowns, edging out regular-season champion Total Chaos in the semi final round, defeated Molson Finley’s to win the B final while DeVito’s Cardinals defeated Ripping Giraffe for the C-Division Crown.Trailing 2-1, DeVito’s Cardinals scored two five-running frames to blow open the tightly played contest. Louie’s did not win the Nelson Mixed Slopitch title in 2014.However, with a new name Louie’s, now OK Tire, defeated The Competition 20-15 to capture the 2015 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday afternoon at the Lakeside Ball Diamonds.The seesaw battle came down to the final inning with OK Tire leading 20-13.The Competition was able to stage a bit of a rally, but was only able to muster a pair of runs.The Competition advanced to the final with a thrilling 7-6 extra-innings win over Uptown Tavern.last_img read more


Which Donegal place was Ireland’s hot-spot yesterday?

first_imgThe summer of 2016 as a whole hasn’t delivered amazing weather by any stretch of the imagination, but there have been a few scorchers and Tuesday, August 16 was one of them.Temperatures exceeded 20 degrees all over the country and according to Barra Best of the BBC, Finner in Donegal was one of the hottest places recorded in Ireland yesterday along with Claremorris & Shannon.Hot spots today:25 Claremorris, Mayo25 Shannon, Clare25 Finner, Donegal24 Castlederg, Tyrone24 Magillgan, Derry pic.twitter.com/LfmvcJjeGA— Barra Best (@barrabest) August 16, 2016 Sadly the five-day forecast isn’t much better with localised downpours forecast for Western counties and lots of rain right across the country.There’s a glimmer of hope for Thursday when a new front from the south arrives, bringing with it mostly dry weather.Friday sees a return to cloud, rain and breezy weather, with heavy rainfalland the risk of spot flooding.At the weekend, bands of heavy thundery showers will persist with brisk westerly winds but there will be dry spells with some sun and highs of 20C. Which Donegal place was Ireland’s hot-spot yesterday? was last modified: August 17th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:25CdonegalFinnerhotirish weathertemperatureslast_img read more


Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. out with knee injury

first_imgLATEST STORIES Smith participated in the Mavericks’ shootaround on Friday morning and was a late scratch.The Mavericks were also missing guard Devin Harris, who was granted leave of absence after his brother died on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rockets could be without Paul for four weeks — reports Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks in the first half at American Airlines Center on October 18, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with swelling in his left knee.Smith, the ninth pick in the NBA draft out of North Carolina State, had 16 points and 10 assists in the Mavericks’ season-opening loss to the Atlanta Hawks.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more


Did Sachin Tendulkar bat or bowl in his last day as India cricketer?

first_imgNovember 16, 2013 was a day like any other. Only it was not. On this day, Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to international cricket.The Test match was historic for several reasons. It was Tendulkar’s last and his 200th. No man has played those many Test matches and no man will anytime soon.But nothing else mattered to the packed house at the Wankhede for the the three days that the Test lasted. India were all over the West Indies and on the second day, the capacity crowd got what it wanted – a Sachin Tendulkar masterclass for one final time.Read – November 16, 2013: The end of the Sachin Tendulkar eraA packed house at the iconic stadium saw Tendulkar unleash some of those textbook drives. He faced 118 balls, hit 12 boundaries and scored 74. In the 150 minutes he spent at the crease in his final innings, there was hope of a farewell hundred.There was stunned silence when Tendulkar edged Narsingh Deonarine and Darren Sammy held on to a smart catch at slip and then refused to celebrate. That was a mark of honour to the greatest batsman that ever played the game.The shocked Wankhede crowd finally rose to their feet and applauded the ‘Little Master’ as he walked up the steps back to the dressing room. In those final moments, it was almost easy to forget that Tendulkar had played an unprecedented 200 Test matches. Throw in those 100 international hundreds and you would have a perfect career. Exactly 24 years after his fabled debut in Pakistan, the Master Blaster had decided to walk away from the game that had brought him the adulation and admiration from kings, presidents and ambassadors.advertisementThere was an outpouring of emotions across the country for well over a month after Tendulkar had announced his retirement in October.Read – Sachin Tendulkar reveals what happened on the morning he decided to retireThe fans had got what they wanted – there was no Tendulkar hundred but their hero had played a superb knock and India were about to bid goodbye to its favourite cricketing son with a resounding victory.However, MS Dhoni had a special gift in mind.When West Indies lost skipper Darren Sammy (at that stage West Indies were 162/8), Tendulkar was brought into the attack. There was a huge roar around the ground as the Little Master marked his short run-up.Tendulkar bowled the 41st and 43rd overs, giving away eight runs. He did not pick a wicket but for millions of emotional cricket fans, that was a sight to behold. Ironically, one of the greatest batsmen in the game’s history, bowed out by bowling a couple of overs. But then he had done his job as a batsman the previous day and by all accounts, Tendulkar loved bowling.. he loved playing mindgames with batsmen.Shortly after, Ravichandran Ashwin replaced Tenulkdar and got the ninth West Indian wicket. Dhoni got his troops around as Tendulkar walked back to take his fielding position.Also read – November 15, 29 years ago: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar begins quest for greatnessAs Mohammed Shami castled Shannon Gabriel, the last wicket to fall, Tendulkar got surrounded by his teammates and was asked to lead the team off the field for one final time. Dhoni and the rest of the players gave Tendulkar a never-seen-before rolling guard from the pitch towards the pavillion. Tendulkar had a tough time controlling his tears as the packed stadium erupted in chants of “Sachin, Sachin”.Watch – Sehwag feels Kohli can break all records except Tendulkar’s 200 TestsFormer India all-rounder Ravi Shastri quickly completed the formalities of the post-match presentation and then promptly handed over the mike to Tendulkar, who had both the teams, his wife and kids for company on the field. Former teammates Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble were also present, while his mother and coach Ramakant Achrekar witnessed the scenes from the VIP stand. Then came the speech which everybody was waiting for. Tendulkar started with the words, “My life between 22 yards, for 24 years”, and everybody was reduced to tears almost instantly. Tendulkar then went on to thank everybody from his family to his coach, former and current teammates, the media, fans and the goundsmen.READ – Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech: FullFor nearly 20 minutes, Tendulkar mesmerised the crowd for one last time, this time with the mike in his hands and gave the most emotional and fitting farewell speech any sportsperson has ever given.Also watch –last_img read more


a month agoEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustrating

first_imgEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustratingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax and FC Twente star Jan van Halst has told Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to take the good with the bad when it comes to Jetro Willems.Willems joined Newcastle United on-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, though made his name in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, where he spent six years and won his first caps with Holland.And on Saturday, Willems scored the opener on Saturday in the Toon’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The goal was spectacular, but wasn’t enough as the Reds eventually steamrolled the visitors.Reviewing the action, Van Halst was delighted for Willems – though warned the Dutchman will always be occasionally loose defensively.Van Halst said on Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: “He makes it difficult for a football analyst. Before the game we say that he should play a little more carefully as a left back. It is of course the charm of Willems.”The good thing is too: if he does this for PSV in a home match against RKC, then you say: ‘This is of course not possible in the Premier League’. But it is foolish: he just does it. Charming. A great goal.”Indeed, Van Halst says that’s the ‘charm’ of Willems, who is capable of producing a moment of unexpected magic.He added: “He is playful. It makes you crazy as a football analyst. Of course you have to use him with his speed.”Defensively he just has his vulnerabilities. You have to take this for granted a bit. This is that playfulness of Jetro Willems. He will never get it out completely, because he is already 25.”Willems moved to Newcastle at the beginning of August. The defender has joined the Magpies on a season-long loan with the option to buy.- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more