Cricket News Ben Stokes – Innings that didn’t let sun to set in Great Britain

first_imgNew Delhi: Nine days – That’s all we have to cherish. On 4th September, Wednesday, you’ll be unable to write on Ben Stokes as the focus will once again shift to ongoing Ashes series. These nine days are all you have to toast the man behind reincarnation of Test cricket. But what willyou write about? Whatever you write, make sure it’s nothing less than what the gentleman deserves.An innings that unfolded the classic folktales of Ian Botham’s Headingley innings. Innings that took ecstasy from one camp to another. Innings that didn’t let sun to set in Great Britain. England team was bundled out for 67 in the first innings of third Test match and Australians, who were 1-0 up in the five-match Ashes series, asked the World champions to chase 359 on a sluggish track and the way three lions had featured in the Test match – it looked a lost dream until Ben Stokes scripted a stunning turnaround.On the intensely dramatic final day of the Test match, England lost wickets at a regular interval against ‘overly’ confident Australia team who would have retained the Ashes with a win in Leeds.When England’s last batsman, Jack Leach, joined Stokes at the crease they still required an unlikely 73 for victory. However, Stokes farmed the strike expertly with his 10th-wicket partner and struck the ball as sweetly as one could dreamt of, once finding the crowd with an outrageous reverse sweep, and on another occasion stepping outside off stump to scoop Pat Cummins to fine leg for six.Stokes’s effort evoked memories of Ian Botham’s famous Ashes escape act with England at this very venue in 1981 and there will be discussion as to whether the modern-day all-rounder’s efforts are even more impressive.Ben Stokes’ innings against Australia not only derived Australia’s inability to defend 359 in the fourth innings, but has put Test cricket in the best place possible. In the era of T20 cricket, Stokes played a blend of orthodox and unorthodox – while keeping his head still to smash Aussie bowlers out of the park. He kept his emotions under control and dominated the game on his terms.Stokes managed to score his first boundary on the 75th ball he faced but yielded 48 runs from last 24 balls, striking at 200 with ease. The few scares which Josh Hazlewood did in his opening spell of the day had started to look dream with same bowler getting hit for consecutive sixes into the Western Terrace in penultimate pressure situation.What made the innings look even more special was how he kept his partner Leach off strike. En route to eighth Test ton, Stokes made sure to have the strike on nine out of ten occasions which eventually led Leach to finish with just one run in unbeaten 76-run stand. Yes, the innings wasn’t without luck as he was out leg-before to Nathan Lyon when England still needed two runs, but Australia didn’t have a review to challenge Joel Wilson’s on-field call. Stokes was also dropped by Marcus Harris off Pat Cummins’s bowling on 116, and not to forget disastrous run-out miss by Nathan Lyon, coming even before umpiring blooper. However, destiny favors the brave hearts and Ben Stokes genius against Australia certainly deserves it.The winning shot from his willow through the cover region will certainly become the highlight of World Test championship one day. The urn is still alive, very much because of Ben Stokes genius. Will it be termed as greatest Test innings ever? – Well, time will tell us. But we can stamp the authority and say, ‘Not too far off’. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Joudrey feels right at home on ice for Badgers

first_imgGrowing up in Nova Scotia in a family that loved hockey, there was never any doubt for Andrew Joudrey that he would play the game. What he might not have known, however, is that after years of hard work, he would wind up playing for the Wisconsin Badgers.Joudrey has been playing hockey as long as he can remember. He first laced up his skates at the age of three, and started playing organized hockey at age five.When winter rolled around in Bedford, Nova Scotia, it was time to bust out the skates and sticks, and even when things thawed out in the summer, there was still a focus on hockey.”There was soccer and baseball in the summer, but it was all just staying in shape for hockey or just something to do until hockey started again,” Joudrey said.There was never a doubt that he would play, especially living with such a hockey-oriented family. His father, Ken, played college hockey at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and became a real role model to Andrew as a youngster. And when his father wasn’t encouraging hockey, his grandfather was.”[My dad] was always taking us to the rink — him and my mom — but he really loved hockey. He would always be showing us tricks,” Joudrey said. “Plus my grandfather was still in really good shape and he would skate with us all the time.”When my dad was at work he would come get us and bring us to the rink,” Joudrey continued. “We were a really strong family that was really involved in hockey.”Joudrey reminisced about growing up with hockey on Saturday nights in Canada.”It was quite an experience. Every Saturday night was hockey night in Canada on TV, and you’re playing ball hockey all day and coming in and watching at night,” Joudrey said. “It was a way of life at home.”When he wasn’t skating with his family, he was skating with his friends from school, even if they didn’t have access to a rink.”All the time after school we’d go down — a bunch of friends — would go down to the lake down the street,” Joudrey said. “[We’d play] pond hockey, and then, whenever we could get ice, we’d go in and practice.”Joudrey as a BadgerNow in his third year at the UW, Joudrey has developed into one of the most sound players on the team, as well as one of its biggest leaders. The junior was voted by his teammates to wear an “A” on his jersey as assistant captain this season.To the naked eye — or ear — Joudrey may not seem like the clear-cut choice for captain. The usually soft-spoken forward does not come off as a player who gets his teammates riled up in the locker room.But those teammates knew what they were doing when they picked him.”He is a shy, quiet guy, but one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He’s a lead-by-example guy, and the guys see the example he sets both away from the rink and in the locker room,” team captain Adam Burish said. “He’s not a guy that’s going to come in and scream at guys, but just by the way he plays and the way he handles himself, he’s got those leadership qualities.””I’m just trying to be a positive force both on and off the ice,” Joudrey said. “It doesn’t have to be vocal, it’s just being there for guys and being a leader on the ice in how I play.”Senior right-winger Ryan MacMurchy saw Joudrey as a leader even before he came to Wisconsin when the two played together for the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.”He’s a great leader,” MacMurchy said. “He’s always got his stuff together off the ice and he’s a vocal guy in the rink and always a positive guy. He’s definitely someone who’s really matured.”MacMurchy also said Joudrey was the biggest jokester on the team, always busting out one-liners and fun facts.”He’s kind of a quiet guy sometimes but he comes out of his shell when he needs to and he gets the guys going and is a real voice in the locker room,” MacMurchy said.MacMurchy made Joudrey’s transfer to college play just that much easier. The two played together on the same line for the Hounds, and have carried the chemistry fostered there onto the ice for the Badgers, where they have played on a line together for most of the last two years.”We have a great chemistry that we had at Notre Dame and came down here and we’ve been working all the time to keep that chemistry strong and keep building,” Joudrey said. “We have a really good relationship, talking to each other and knowing what each other is going to do.”Perhaps the main concern for Wisconsin after the first two series this season has proved to be goal scoring. The Badgers have scored just nine goals in four games.As a leader and an offensive player — he scored 27 goals and notched 51 assists in 53 games for the Hounds in 2002-03 — Joudrey is dedicated to fixing the scoring woes.”You don’t think it’s much, but just putting a rebound home in a drill can go a long way,” Joudrey said. “It’s really practicing on the ice and getting really focused and coming out and wanting to score. [Head coach Mike Eaves] always talks about willing the puck to you.””I see a little bit more assertiveness by Andrew,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “He’s going to be a real solid player for us. He wants to get the offense going here a little bit, and I’m sure he will.”Part of getting things going with Joudrey and MacMurchy’s line will be finding a consistent third line-mate. Matt Ford started off the season with the two, former Badger Matt Auffrey played on the line at times last year and now freshman Ben Street is getting an opportunity.”I love playing with Jouds, and once we find another guy it’s going to be pretty scary,” MacMurchy said. “I think Street can be that guy, it’s just early for him. He’s just getting his feet wet as a freshman.””We’ll just keep working and we’ll find one,” Joudrey said. “Right now we’re working well with Street and hopefully that keeps going and getting better.”Joudrey continues to turn that hard work as a kid into a steady career with Wisconsin. He had 14 goals and 32 assists in his first two seasons, though he has just one assist so far this year.However, if Street pans out on the line with Joudrey and MacMurchy, look for a spike in Joudrey’s numbers, the Badgers’ scoring and the team’s success.”We have the ability to put up goals like [the Earl line] and other lines around the league,” MacMurchy said. “We’ve got great skills and work really hard. We’ve just got to get really comfortable and have that chemistry with another guy, which we don’t have yet.”last_img read more

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Softball: Wisconsin could use Colorado State Classic as launchpad into Big Ten play

first_imgRight now, everything is clicking for the University of Wisconsin softball team and they will look to continue their success in the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins this weekend.Wisconsin is riding a six-game winning streak and are winners of eight of their last nine. This bunch of Badgers are doing just about everything right. In a rain-shortened invitational in Houston last week, Wisconsin went 3-0 and totaled 35 runs.Wisconsin will get a good look at the University of Maine Black Bears (1-4) who the Badgers will play three games against on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Badgers will also square off against the Colorado State University Rams (11-4).With Maine having played a limited schedule so far this season, Wisconsin hasn’t had much to go off of while preparing for the Black Bears. The Black Bears opened their seasons with two losses to Grand Canyon University and Creighton apiece.Men’s hockey: Badgers look to take down Buckeyes in regular season finaleThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will take on No. 15 Ohio State in the final series of regular Read…Maine was able to snag one win against Grand Canyon in a 4-0 victory, but gave up 24 runs over the weekend. The shutout was the only time the Black Bears held a team to less than 5 runs this season.After consecutive games of scoring 14 and 16 runs against Princeton and Sam Houston State University respectively, the Badgers’ bats are just about as hot as they have been all season. What makes Wisconsin’s lineup so dangerous is the fact they are getting production from a number of players.Chloe Miller leads the team with a .473 batting average while Brooke Wyderski has knocked in a team-leading 17 runs. The long ball has also been a friend of the Badgers who have hit 14 on the year with Stephanie Lombardo and Melanie Cross each getting three knocks.Wisconsin will face the Black Bears Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. CT and 10 a.m. CT respectively.UW will get yet another chance to test themselves against a Rams team who have come on strong after an opening weekend left the Rams with a record of 2-3. Since then, they have eight of their last nine outscoring their opponents 50-17.The Rams are undefeated at home this season at 5-0, but Wisconsin could take advantage of Colorado State’s inconsistent pitching staff. The Rams’ pitchers have shut out their opponents five times, but have also surrendered at least 5 runs in six different contests.Men’s basektball: Badgers face difficult test in preparation for the big danceAsk Nigel Hayes about the final standings of the Big Ten, and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball senior forward Read…The key for Wisconsin will be limiting the Rams’ bats that average 4.6 runs a game and have scored at least 6 runs in six games. If there is any rotation that can limit an offense, it is the arms of Kaitlyn Menz and Kirsten Stevens.The two account for all but one of the Badgers’ wins and average a .85 ERA with opposing hitters only batting an average of .209 against the duo.First pitch against the Rams will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT.Including this weekend, UW only has six more games before they open up Big Ten play against Northwestern. The Badgers have built their resume in these first two months taking on non-conference opponents with a combined 149-131 record.UW still remains unranked in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches rankings but are starting to get recognition with 11 votes coming in to be ranked this past weekend.last_img read more

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WWE SmackDown: What to expect and upcoming draft predictions

first_imgWWE SmackDown matchupsThe WWE is yet to make their drafts and matchups but it likely to expect some interesting matchups in the upcoming episode.  Sasha Banks might come up and challenge Charlotte Flair for the title fight. However, WWE might not end The Queen’s title run so soon and keep Sasha awaited for her title reign. The Tyson Fury drama went into RAW still, the fans are highly expecting the boxer to be present at this week’s SmackDown too. The Fox debut of SmackDown had a significant effect with Tyson Fury’s presence and feud with Braun Strowman. Raj Sarkar SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 10th October, 2019 22:06 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE WWE SmackDown: Sasha BanksAfter a controversial defeat against Becky Lynch at Clash of Champions, it was assumed that Sasha Banks will get RAW Women’s championship belt around her waist at Hell In A Cell. However, Becky Lynch managed to retain her belt by defeating Sasha Banks again at Hell In A Cell. It seems that WWE will end the journey for Sasha Banks and ’The Boss’ might make a new start in SmackDown. Sasha Banks can come back at SmackDown and challenge  Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s belt. LIVE TV Also Read- WWE: Kevin Owens Is No Longer Listed As An Active WWE Superstar!WWE SmackDown: The MizThe former Intercontinental champion has spent his time on RAW and his feud with Shinsuke Nakamura might bring him back in the blue brand. Miz has his eyes on the Intercontinental belt again and adding him up for the title chase can be a good idea. Miz has a high probability of joining SmackDown in the latest draft. He might come up with Miz TV or fights in his Smack down line up anytime after being drafted.  Written By Last Updated: 10th October, 2019 22:06 IST WWE SmackDown: What To Expect And Upcoming Draft Predictions WWE SmackDown made an iconic debut at FOX last week with Rock and Cain Velasquez in action. Know more about what to expect in the upcoming drafts of SmackDown. The WWE SmackDown FOX era started with an iconic debut last week. The Rock made his way last week into the blue brand and blessed the WWE fans with a Rock Bottom to Baron Corbin. FOX debut also marked the debut of former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez into WWE. Brock Lesnar defeated Kofi Kingston in 10 seconds for the title and Cain Velasquez entered the area with his Mexican friend Rey Mysterio. Cain Velasquez entered the ring and planted full-on assault on Brock Lesnar, making the WWE Champion leave the ring in shock.  Also Read- WWE SmackDown draft 2019: PredictionsWWE SmackDown DraftAfter an action-packed week, WWE SmackDown will have its draft on the next episode. In the current RAW schedule, Smackdown will have the first draft of the season while RAW will have the final draft on Monday night. There are a lot of speculations going on regarding the entire Blue Roster and Friday night might come up with some interesting stories. Kevins Owens has recently lost the match against Shane McMahon and took an exit from the blue brand. Despite Kevin Owens’ exit from SmackDown and Dean Ambrose’s exit from WWE, SmackDown can still expect these three great additions.Also Read- WWE Raw: The Fiend Arrives During Off-air Segment And Attacks CesaroWWE SmackDown: Brock LesnarThe Beast Incarnate has won the WWE Championship title last week and has the highest probability of joining the blue brand. After his victory against Kofi, Brock Lesnar was attacked by his UFC rival Cain Velasquez. WWE might use Cain in their storyline but there have been no confirmed reports about Velasquez’s full-time WWE entry. Brock Lesnar lost his Universal title against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam and it seems that the Beast has found his new title run. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Connacht and Ulster name sides for Euro games

first_imgJohn Cooney starts at out half for the first time in his career.Dave Shanahan replaces the injured Ruan Pienarr in the Ulster side for Sunday’s clash with Exeter.Full-back Charles Piutau and second row Pete Browne also return.  Tonight Leinster host Montpellier knowing a win will seal their place in the quarter-finals.Kick-off at the RDS is at 7.45pm.last_img

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Doubts about Senior Football replay this weekend

first_imgFor their part both Moyle Rovers and Commercials are keen to have their county players available to them for the replay. There are doubts as to whether the South Senior Football final replay will go ahead this weekend.The game between Clonmel Commercials and Moyle Rovers is fixed for Cahir this Saturday.However its understood Tipp Senior Football manager Liam Kearns doesn’t want county players in a Divisional final a week before the League campaign starts on Saturday week away to Cork.last_img read more

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Jon Gruden sends Raiders scouts home, doesn’t ‘know who to trust,’ report says

first_imgStress levels can rise in NFL team headquarters heading up to the draft, as teams assess potential picks and trades that can make or break a franchise’s future.That said, things apparently reached a breaking point at Raiders headquarters Friday. According to NFL Media, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock “sent their scouts home for the weekend and they are not expected to return by draft time.” According to the report, Gruden and Mayock “don’t know who to trust and wanted to clear the room.” NFL Draft 2019: Raiders reportedly ‘super impressed’ by Dwayne Haskins Sources: #Raiders coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock sent their scouts home for the weekend and they are not expected to return by draft time. The belief is they don’t know who to trust and wanted to clear the room.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 19, 2019That report prompted rampant speculation. Are Gruden and Mayock concerned about a mole in the Raiders organization, someone possibly passing along the team’s draft strategy to another team or teams?  Has Gruden’s strong opinions on player personnel decisions led to negative feedback from others in the organization? Or have Gruden and Mayock already made up their minds and don’t want outside noise affecting their decisions? Related Newscenter_img NFL Draft 2019 odds, prop bets: Will Kyler Murray go No. 1 overall? Whatever the case, Gruden and Mayock have a few more days of strategizing before the draft begins Thursday. The Raiders are loaded with high picks this year’. They hold their own pick at No. 4, the No. 24 pick they received from the Bears in the Khalil Mack trade and the No. 27 pick (from the Cowboys for the Amari Cooper trade). Their second-round pick comes at No. 35 on the draft board.According to Bleacher Report earlier this week, “not many would be surprised” if the Raiders cashed in some of those draft picks to trade for the No. 1 overall pick, to choose either Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray or Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa. Having team meetings where someone untrustworthy could tip that strategy obviously could affect negotiations.last_img read more

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NFL Draft 2019: DE Montez Sweat to skip event amid heart concerns

first_imgMontez Sweat won’t be making the trip to Nashville this week after all.According to ESPN, the former Mississippi State defensive end will no longer be attending the NFL Draft like he originally planned. “Because of privacy issues we are not allowed to comment specifically. But I will tell you that this is not news,” his agent said in a statement at the time. “Montez is the same person that was medically cleared to play and dominate the SEC, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL combine. No change in health and no change in domination!”Despite his health concerns, Sweat is project by many to be a first-round selection.The NFL Draft is scheduled to run April 25-27. Instead, he has opted to spend time with his family in Georgia.”My devoted grandparents and a host of other family members helped me to get to this point in my life and I wanted to celebrate this special day with my family, so we all chose to do so where it all started for me, Stone Mountain, Georgia,” Sweat told ESPN through his agent, Brian Overstreet.Sweat impressed at the NFL combine last month, setting a 40-yard dash record for a defensive lineman by running a 4.41 at 6-5 and 260 pounds.However, it was revealed he had a pre-existing heart condition before he was cleared to participate in the event. The heart issue reportedly was not known until the combine and has since affected his draft stock, though doctors declared it to be low-risk.last_img read more

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Charles Barkley tells wild story of his 1991 arrest: ‘I started taking off all of my clothes’

first_imgAccording to the Associated Press’ reporting at the time, Barkley broke the nose of the 25-year-old man, who was treated and released at a Milwaukee hospital. Rather than driving to Brickowski’s house, Barkley returned to his hotel room, where he was arrested shortly before 7 a.m., per the AP.In June 1992, Barkley was acquitted on both charges, then traded from the 76ers to the Suns only hours later. Aside from the obvious legal consequences, if Barkley had not been acquitted, the Suns’ front office may have decided it was too risky to acquire him.Barkley enjoyed four All-Star seasons in Phoenix before finishing his career in Houston. Back in December 1991, Charles Barkley, then a star forward for the 76ers, went out with Bucks players Frank Brickowski and Larry Krystkowiak after a Saturday game in Milwaukee. What happened that evening nearly changed the trajectory of Barkley’s career.During an appearance on “The Lowe Post” podcast with ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Barkley revisited that snowy night and explained what led to him being arrested and charged with battery and disorderly conduct. Barkley told Lowe he had left a bar at closing time and was planning to head over to Brickowski’s house for a drink. Brickowski told Barkley to ride back with his wife because she had parked a good distance from the bar, and that’s when it all went sideways. “All of a sudden I could hear running,” Barkley said. “Then it started getting closer to me, and I could hear them saying, ‘F— Charles Barkley, F— Charles Barkley.’ So I said, ‘Hey, girl, we need to speed this up.’ I could hear people running toward me, but it was really cold. I didn’t want to stop and turn around. We start walking faster. She had to park a long way away, not a lot of parking there. We get about two blocks away, and these three guys are up on me. I’m like, ‘Yo, man. What’s y’all problem?’ They’re like, ‘We don’t f—ing like you. We don’t like you, and we’re gonna kick your ass.’ I said, ‘Why y’all gonna kick my ass? I don’t even know you dudes.’ They’re like, ‘No, we don’t like you.'”And old girl is screaming, and I’m screaming, ‘Hey, shut up. I’m trying to think over here.’ They were three big weightlifters, and they were right in my grill. Two at my back, one’s right in my grill. I said, ‘Yo, man, I don’t want no trouble.’ The dude says, ‘I’m gonna kick your ass.’ So I’m starting to think, ‘OK, what are you gonna do? Because right now you’re probably gonna get your ass kicked.'”MORE: Barkley calls out Michael Jordan for “selective prosecution” with teammatesBarkley didn’t have much time to formulate a plan, so he went with the first thing that came to mind: “Make them think you’re crazy.””So I started taking off all of my clothes. I take off my jacket, had a big coat on. I take off my shirt. I take off my shoes and socks,” Barkley said. “I think it was right around the time we were doing ‘Karate Kid,’ so I was like, wax on, wax off. I’m doing this, and all of a sudden, these two dudes back up. But this one dude is still in my grill. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, it’s working on two of them, but it’s not working on another one.’ Then I said I might as well make my move, so I hit this one dude as hard as I can hit a dude.”He’s down, and he’s like, ‘You f—ing hit me!’ And I said, ‘You damn right, and there’s plenty more where that came from.’ It would have been an interesting proposition, me trying to fight these three big guys if they all got on me at the same time. But when I hit old boy, he went down, and that was it.”last_img read more

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