Wimbledon 2011: Local boy Murray faces Nadal test

first_imgIt’s tough for a Briton to be playing on the big stage at Wimbledon. As hosts of The Championships, they have been waiting 75 years for a new champion after Fred Perry. In the Pete Sampras era, Tim Henman kept trying and failing.Andy Murray will face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semi-finals. APAnd in this era, where there’s still a debate if it belongs to Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray finds himself tackling all the pressure.Britons are quick to adopt any champion in the making, even if he lives in Scotland or Ireland! And that’s exactly the case with Murray, as he faces Nadal in the men’s singles semi-finals on Friday.The other match features Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Ever since Nadal won the French Open, he has not been a 100 per cent fit. As one who plays such a physical game, he knows whatever be the surface, he is going to play the same brand of hard tennis and not gift the opponent any free points.From people in crowded pubs to travellers in the London tube, the talk is of how Murray can beat Nadal this time. Anyone who follows tennis knows this is again putting needless pressure on the contender.And when you also have mom Murray openly admitting she is a fan of Feliciano Lopez, who lost to her son on Wednesday, this becomes a piquant situation for Andy Murray.Having lost to Nadal last year at the same venue and several times before, Murray knows more than the forehands and the backhands, it’s all about winning the battle in the mind.advertisement”I believe I can win against him,” said Murray. “I had chances last year, but I need to have a better game plan. Sometimes it comes down to strategy and sometimes it comes down to having more experience. I just have to go out there and play well and serve well and believe and I’ll have a chance.”Murray pointed out that he had beaten Nadal at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open last year, but has lost both matches to him at Wimbledon (in 2008 and 2010).”That’s something I’d like to try to change on Friday. But it’s still an incredibly difficult task,” says Murray.On Wednesday night, Nadal’s rapid- fire media interaction was a delight. The grammar was all mixed up, but you can pardon him because he more than makes up for it when he is on the court.”My foot is not fine. But you know, we are in quarter- finals of Wimbledon. Is an emergency, so I had to play. So we decided to sleep a little bit the zone of the foot to play the rest of the tournament, and that’s what I gonna do,” said Nadal. In simple terms, what Nadal meant was that his foot was numbed because of local anesthesia.”For me is the last tournament in one month, so I have to try my best. Is always for me a dream play here in Wimbledon. I gonna do for the semi-finals, too,” said Nadal. Again, meaning, treating his foot with painkillers and anaesthetic sprays.Nadal, is the foot hurting you? “When you sleep the foot, you don’t feel nothing!” he said.Hopefully on Friday, Murray will not be under the Nadal ‘anaesthesia effect’ as the Spaniard has been simply brilliant.Meanwhile, Djokovic is aware that if he wins his semi-final against Tsonga, he can become the World No. 1.”I really need to work a little bit on my game and I hope I can perform a little bit better. Tsonga is very dangerous and has been playing really well. I know what to expect,” he said.In a match billed as a battle between the baseliners, Tsonga’s variety could come in handy.”I think a lot will depend on our serves, because that’s something he is going to do for sure. If he starts missing his serves, then I can have some more chances in the rallies,” added Djokovic.Djokovic then took away a bit of the pressure by saying: ” Grass is not my favourite surface, but I still know I can play well on it. I will definitely try to get ready for Friday,” was his assessment.last_img read more

Champions League T20 format and match schedule announced

first_imgThe format and match schedule for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament and qualifying event has been announced, with a record 13 teams from around the world a chance to claim the most prestigious prize in domestic cricket.According to a press release, the tournament returns to India this year with matches in Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata, as well as a qualifying event in Hyderabad. The main tournament will run from 23 September-9 October with the qualifier immediately beforehand from 19-21 September. With seven teams already qualified, a six-team qualifying event will be held for the first time to determine the final three participants. The six teams will be divided into two pools and the top team from each pool qualifies for the group stage, with the third team to be the next highest ranked team based on points and then net run rate. The group stage of the tournament follows the same successful format as 2010. The 10 teams have been divided into two groups for a round robin phase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals. The qualifier will be held in Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, while Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens, and Bangalore M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will host group stage matches. Bangalore and Chennai have been awarded a semi-final on Friday 7 October and Saturday 8 October respectively, with Chennai also selected to host the 2011 CLT20 final on Sunday 9 October. Chennai Super Kings, the defending CLT20 Champions, have been drawn in Group A along with Cape Cobras (South Africa’s Pro20 Series Champions), 2009 CLT20 Champions NSW Blues and Mumbai Indians. The fifth team from the group will be the team that finishes top of Pool B in the qualifier. Group B contains Royal Challengers Bangalore (2010 IPL runner-up), Warriors (2010 CLT20 runner-up) and South Australian Redbacks (Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash Champions). The remaining two places will come from the qualifier (the top of Pool A and the next highest qualifier). The tournament starts in Bengalore on Friday 23 September with a Group B clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warriors at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the second time that the venue has hosted the CLT20 opener.  Royal Challengers Bangalore is the only team to have qualified for the past three tournaments while their opponent was the surprise of last year’s event, using its home ground advantage in Port Elizabeth to great effect in the group stage on their way to the Final. Group A action gets underway the following day with a double header in Chennai with Cape Cobras and NSW Blues in the early match followed by an IPL battle between MS Dhoni’s all-conquering Super Kings and Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians. Teams that emerge from the qualifier won’t start their group stage matches until 25 September, giving them time to regroup and prepare for their campaign. The seven teams already qualified have consistently shown over the past three years that they are the world’s elite. Among them are former CLT20 champions and finalists, as well as teams that have proved their pedigree at home and on the CLT20 stage. The addition of the qualifier adds another dimension to this year’s tournament. While half the teams will go home disappointed before the group stage, the three that qualify will be match-hardened and a legitimate contender after surviving CLT20’s unique pressure. Key featuresadvertisement6 Teams divided into 2 Pools of 3. Three Teams to advance to Group StageTop team from each Pool after round robin matches qualifies for Group StageNext highest ranked Team in terms of points, then run rate, also qualifiesGroup Stage10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals23 Matches in total (same as 2009 and 2010)Group A – Chennai Super Kings, Cape Cobras, NSW Blues, Mumbai Indians, 1st Pool B QualifierGroup B – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors, South Australian Redbacks, 1st Pool A Qualifier, Next Highest Ranked Qualifier7 Double HeadersSemi Finals in Bangalore and ChennaiFinal in ChennaiCompeting TeamsQualifier: Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies), Auckland Aces (New Zealand), a club from Sri Lanka, two clubs from England Group StageSouth Australian Redbacks (Australia), NSW Blues (Australia), Warriors (South Africa), Cape Cobras (South Africa), Chennai Super Kings (India), Royal Challengers Bangalore (India), Mumbai Indians (India), 3 x Qualifier (teams to be announced)last_img read more

Philippines bows to Thailand anew in Davis Cup

first_imgThe Philippines non-playing captain Chris Cuarto said that was the only tie for the country this year as the International Tennis Federation began its new rules on Davis Cup.“We still don’t know what happens next as per the ITF referee, we only have one tie this year,” said Cuarto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlcantara described the new rules as “weird” as they don’t know whether the Philippines slides into relegation tie or stay in Group 2 until next year.Jeson Patrombon and Alberto Lim bowed to their respective opponents Friday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines dropped its doubles match on Saturday as Thailand posted an insurmountable 3-0 lead and clinched the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 2 tie in Nonthaburi, Thailand.Seven-time Southeast Asian Games champions Sonchat and Sanchai Ratiwatana routed Francis Casey Alcantara and Jurence Zosimo Mendoza, 6-4, 7-5, giving the Thais the win regardless of the outcome of the reverse singles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Adamson sends UST to brink of elimination, Ateneo upends UP Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul handily defeated 18-year-old Filipino hotshot Lim, 6-4, 7-6 (4), while Palaphoom Kovapitukted overcame Patrombon, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.Bryan Otico was playing the dead rubber against Kasidit Samrej at presstime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Mercedes-Maybach S600: An epitome of luxury

first_imgLuxury is a state of mind. For some, a hatchback is luxurious and for some it is all about being in a premium sedan. However, beyond all that lies a few names and Maybach is one of them. Targeted at the richest of the rich and the connoisseurs of the world, the Maybach is all set to give its owner a feeling of travelling in first-class all the time.We too were flying in to experience the Maybach S600 and it was a rather painful early morning one. After a sleepless night, all we needed was some peace and it seemed like our wish had come true. As we waited amongst a sea of mere mortal machines, a silhouette appeared in the horizon.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai XcentSleek but powerful daytime running lights grew closer and all around stood still gazing with their jaws dropped; the Mercedes-Maybach S600 had arrived to pick us up at the airport.At 5,453mm in length, it’s quite a task to do a customary walk around. However there is little to doubt that the Maybach is longer than the S-Class by 187mm and features a larger wheelbase too.Excellent cabin insulation, ride quality, smooth power delivery, features, comfort and technology.The design though is quite in sync with the S-Class. We loved the overall subtleness of the design which is more befitting to a king rather than a prince. Our chauffeur pops the boot open to put our luggage in. The 500-litre boot can take in plenty of stuff but the only hindrance is the presence of a space saver.advertisementALSO READ:Mercedes Benz A-Class facelift has got the added chopsGenerally when we are out to test a car, we jump to the driver’s perch at first chance. However testing a Maybach is a completely different ball game. So without further adieu, we stepped into the back. At first glance, the interiors are much in tune with a private jet.After negotiating through Pune’s chaos, it was time for a wakeup call and what better than a 6-litre V12 doing the job. The soft seat is best referred to as being a throne and we loved the soft cushions used as headrests. Once sunk into the seat, we glance around. The two seats are divided by a centre console which houses foldable tables, stowage space and even a chiller. The cup holders can cool or heat and what it is up to is indicated by red or blue shades. As the Maybach wafted along Pune’s chaotic traffic, there was little which was disturbing us.The NVH package on the Maybach is on a different level and there was barely any cacophony seeping into the cabin. With the leg pads up and the massage option set on its strongest settings, there was little which could stop us from dozing off. Well, there was something. The bright sunlight penetrating through the panoramic sunroof!The dash looks very much like the one on the S-Class. All-digital clocks offer a plethora of information.ALSO READ:Triumph Bonneville T120: A classic rebornThe Magic Sky Control came to our rescue and with a press of a button the roof turned opaque thereby ensuring utmost comfort and privacy. The other feature which kept us happy was the audio system. This Burmester unit is nothing short of being a superstar. Be it low bass classical melodies or the booming nonsense, it adapts excellently.The controls for the electric seats are exhaustive, rear recliners even offer a hot-stone massage function. One also gets a choice of mood lighting within the car to go in sync with the music. The rear entertainment department is taken care of by two screens mounted on the back of the front seats. The passengers can control most functions of the car using this unit. Two headphones are also offered just in case the owner needs his own space.The only drawback of the system from where we see it is the fact that it is not a touchscreen unit and has to be controlled via a remote which gets a bit cumbersome.ALSO READ:The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire AGS brings an extra bit of convenienceThe touchpad on the centre console is very easy to use. However it is easier if the driver is left-handed. After negotiating through Pune’s chaos, it was time for a wakeup call and what better than a 6-litre V12 doing the job. The engine feels ultra-smooth and is barely audible inside the cabin. At cruising speeds of 100kmph, the S600 feels sublime to drive.Let the world go by as the softly set suspension soaks up even the smallest of undulations on the road. This is also because the S600 features the Magic Body Control system. The system uses cameras that read the road ahead and alters the suspension characteristics. So be it ruts or minor undulations, the car is ready to face most of it with relative ease. The gears change seamlessly and the overall theme of luxury and comfort is abided with.advertisementBoth rear passengers get their very own set of headphones.However once you put pedal to metal, this near 2.3-tonne goliath wakes up with grunt and torpedoes towards the horizon as the speedo caresses 180kmph plus. The sense of urgency is there but one will not feel it much until one looks at the speedo. What is even better is that the steering is light, yet offers good feedback which allows the driver to enjoy corners.ALSO READ:Ducati Multistrada 1200S gets you lots of attention wherever you take it Among the mere mortals wafted in the mercedes-maybach s600 and the jaws started dropping. Speaking of corners, we must mention here that the S600 is also a dollop of fun around corners. The only thing one needs to do is to put it in Sport mode as a result of which the suspension becomes firmer and so does the steering setup. Around the ghats of Lonavala, this big saloon car felt agile and ever so ready to attack corners. However one has to be careful about its width.Last but not the least there are a plethora of safety equipment on board to save the owner. Front airbags, window bags, side bags, cushion bags and what not. Bottom-line it’s one of the safest sedans to be in and definitely the place to be in case of a crash. VerdictALSO READ: The Bajaj V15: Patriotic stripesIt is not every day that one gets to experience something as rich as the Maybach. But let me tell you that few cars can match up to the luxury it offers. Be it the seats or the insulation. Be it the engine or the way it powers through, the Maybach is on top of its game. In short, if you are a decision maker, a statesman, or a tycoon, the Maybach is a car you should have.last_img read more

Advantage Kolkata Knight Riders against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL eliminator

first_imgTwo-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have their task cut out against an inconsistent Sunrisers Hyderabad for a place in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) second qualifier at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium on Wednesday. (Full IPL coverage)KKR HAVE UPPER HANDHaving won both their league games against the David Warner-led side, KKR will definitely go into the match with the upper hand, despite finishing one notch below them on fourth in the points table due to an inferior run-rate.The Shah Rukh Khan-owned side defeated Sunrisers by eight wickets in their first meeting this season and came out victorious by 22 runs in a must-win match on Sunday to qualify for the play-offs.Going into Wednesday’s clash, KKR will once again bank on a good start from the tested duo of skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. Both Gambhir and Uthappa would have in their mind the national selectors’ snub for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and the West Indies despite being amongst the runs in this edition.While Gambhir has amassed 473 runs from 14 games with five half-centuries, Uthappa has got 383 runs under his belt so far from as many outings. Besides the duo another India discard Yusuf Pathan, who has been in good nick, will also aim to make a mark.The middle order boasts of young right-hander Manish Pandey and the troika of all-rounders in West Indian Andre Russell, New Zealander Colin Munroe and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.With chinaman Kuldeep Yadav coming to the party in the previous match, KKR will be spoilt for choice in the bowling department which includes leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, pacers Jason Holder, Morne Morkel, Ankit Rajpoot and Umesh Yadav in their ranks.advertisementSUNRISERS NEED TO BUCKLE UPOn the other hand, the Sunrisers are still to cope with the loss of veteran Ashish Nehra who was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament following a hamstring injury. (Ashish Nehra to undergo knee surgery in London)While their pace bowling has been the talk of the season, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, the spin department, led by leg-spinner Karn Sharma, has been a disappointment.The batting revolves around skipper David Warner, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan and stumper Naman Ojha.Veteran Yuvraj Singh has contributed in bits and pieces as has Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, Englishman Eoin Morgan and youngster Deepak Hooda, who form the middle order, must contribute if the Sunrisers fancy a chance to beat the Knight Riders.last_img read more

Rocketing star Medvedev revives Russia’s tennis hopes

first_imgTired after a long flight and admitting he was surviving on coffee, Medvedev posed for selfies with fans.“I do feel there’s a lot of support coming from Russia. it’s huge and it’s great,” he told AFP. “A lot of support coming from social media (and) support from my friends, because most of my friends are still Russian guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceFans hailed his influence.“The main thing is that tennis is becoming more popular in Russia thanks to him,” said one fan, 19-year-old student Daniil Trefilov. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trefilov hopes to watch Medvedev play in the city’s Kremlin Cup this week — Medvedev said he will decide on Tuesday if he will participate.Another fan, David Umarkhadzhiyev who leads an online group of Russian supporters, said he “fell in love with the game” from watching Medvedev play.“After (Marat) Safin and (Yevgeny) Kafelnikov there was a kind of stagnation,” Umarkhadzhiyev said, referring to top players of past decades.“There were no men and suddenly one or two years ago, Medvedev, (Karen) Khachanov and (Andrei) Rublev appeared.”The trio are Russia’s top-ranking men’s players and Medvedev says they share a healthy rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Daniil Medvedev of Russia poses with the trophy after winning the men’s singles final over Alexander Zverev of Germany at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 13, 2019. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP)Daniil Medvedev, Russia’s number one tennis player, on Monday signed caps and tennis balls for fans in his native city of Moscow, hours after landing from China, where he won the Shanghai Masters Sunday.After a period in the doldrums, Russian tennis is now infused with a new generation of young male players and Medvedev, 23, is leading the pack, now at a career-best of fourth in the world.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Franchise players? NBA sophomore class full of rising stars “We have a great competition between us three guys and we really push each other.”Speaking fluent English and French as well as Russian, he looks tanned and relaxed but his eyes sometimes half-close from fatigue.Beyond rivalry with fellow Russian players, Medvedev is now challenging the dominance of tennis’s big three much older players: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and  Novak Djokovic.“These guys are just from another planet, we have to admit it, they are really strong and we are trying our best to beat them,” he said.He did not attach much significance to claims by commentators such as Boris Becker that the younger generation of players may not be strong enough mentally to seize the crown from the old guard.“I just can continue to work hard, to improve every day and to try my best to be at the top of the tennis world,” he said.“If it works out, I will be extremely happy, if it doesn’t, I know I did my best.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Building a partnership will be crucial on Day 5, says NZ bowling coach

first_imgNew Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen says partnerships will be crucial to his team’s survival on the fifth and final day of the first Test against India here on Monday.Chasing a history-defying 434-run target, New Zealand need 341 more runs to win or bat through the day on the fifth-day pitch to save the match.The Kiwis have Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner at the crease for the visitors but lost key batsmen including captain Kane Williamson on day four to end at 93 for four. (SCORECARD)”We made some adjustments today. I think like that last partnership towards the end today, we’ve just got to keep fighting and that’s the way we play cricket, we have to fight till the end. There is still six wickets to go and if you get a good partnership going, and we saw that today when India batted, if you get a good partnership you can score at a decent rate, and more importantly you can bat for time, Jurgensen said in the press conference.”That’s our goal, to fight for as long as we can, have a good start in the morning and really try and fight as far as we can.”Asked how difficult it is for them to turn things around against such quality Indian spinners, he said not buckling under pressure is key. (Also read: Exclusive: Sourav Ganguly backs Ravichandran Ashwin to take 400-500 Test wickets)”Some (balls) turn, some don’t and some jump. It’s just a matter of not feeling the pressure and starting to accept the challenge and play with a smile on your face. What a great opportunity it is tomorrow to come out on the fifth day. If we attack that it’s our best opportunity to get through,” he said sounding optimistic.advertisementThe coach refused to comment when asked if Martin Guptill will be retained in side. He is having an awful run including two failures in the ongoing Test.”I think he was a bit unlucky today in the way he got out. That’s not really my area, selection, but it was a pretty tough situation to go out there and the way he unfortunately got it is a bit unlucky really. But history shows, guys will be given every opportunity, that’s from my limited time with the Black Caps. Today it was unlucky the way he got out.”The coach was also asked to assess the bowling of his spinners when Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batted in the last session, yesterday. “You can probably tell by the way we bowled today, which was much better. What we saw today was probably more what we want to be seeing. We probably just didn’t make the adjustments as quickly as what we wanted to, but we made them today and it was much better,” he said.Jurgensen feels the lesson his bowlers can learn from the Indian bowlers is that they create a lot of pressure. (Also read: Kanpur Test: India six wickets away from win after Ashwin triple)”They make you play the ball consistently, they bowl straight and they are very experienced. It’s shown the little adjustments they make, positions on the crease, angles, field placements, they are obviously very god at that. Like we saw with their batters in their conditions, we saw the way they bowled in their conditions. We have to take the positives out of the way we bowled today and learn from that,” he said.”Obviously see how those guys do it. Of recent times it has been one of our strengths as a team. We saw it in the World T20, that we can make those adjustments and I’d like to think with our future opportunities to bowl will be doing that.”The coach had special praise for Santner when asked what he can learn from Ravindra Jadeja being a left-arm sinner himself. (Also read: Kanpur Test: ‘Greedy’ Ravichandran Ashwin wants to achieve more)”He is a young bowler and one thing about him is he learns pretty quickly and he is pretty talented. He can bat and bowl, and we’ve seen him run around in the field. He’ll make the adjustments, he is young bowler and I think it is something he’ll certainly look to do in the future. We saw him bowl a few like that [today]. Jadeja is bowling quite well at the moment, but from my experiences in this game tomorrow is a new day.”last_img read more

Rohit Sharma has the skills needed for limited-overs game

first_imgRohit Sharma has been unable to cement his place in India’s Test side but the right-handed batsman continues to show he has the right stuff for limited-overs formats.After making his debut in the shorter form of the game in 2007, Rohit was hailed as the biggest thing to come out of Mumbai since Sachin Tendulkar, with his elegant batting style and ability to hit big shots seemingly with ease.The 30-year-old is an automatic choice in the limited-overs side and scored his third one-day international double hundred against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, leading the side in the absence of rested regular captain Virat Kohli.Rohit completed his 16th hundred in the 50-over format in 115 deliveries and then laid waste to the Sri Lankan bowling, remaining unbeaten on 208 off 153 deliveries.A captain’s knock. @ImRo45 has looked in full flow and has marched on to a well-made century. ODI Century no. 16 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/qWtwNpp7dr- BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017That seems to be the template for the man who now has three out of the seven double hundreds in ODIs.”That is my style of play,” Rohit told reporters. “It was all about me not making a mistake and batting as long as possible. That’s what I did.”There is no secret or formula to it. You just have to bat and not make any mistake.”But while Rohit has excelled in the shorter formats, he has played in just 23 Tests since making his debut four years ago.After registering two centuries in his first two Tests, against West Indies in 2013, Rohit’s third Test hundred only arrived last month against Sri Lanka in Nagpur.advertisementIt was not only his first Test in over an year but it was played at the same ground where Rohit was supposed to make his Test debut in February 2010 but got injured on the morning of the match and had to withdraw.He would have to wait three years for another chance.After his Nagpur innings, Rohit said how much the century meant to him.”Personally for me, it was very important as I was playing Test cricket after nearly 500 days,” he told reporters in Nagpur last month.”I clearly remember this was the ground where I got injured and I had to wait three years to make my Test debut.”While he might still miss out on the Test side when India go with an extra bowler, Rohit is unlikely to lose focus like he did when he just came into the team.”Initially, my focus was a lot on Test cricket… ‘oh no, this is Test cricket, I have to do well, I have to do this and that.'”In thinking that I lost a lot of focus and forgot what I was there for and what I needed to do, and (now I am) pretty clear in my mind, which is the most important thing.”The new-found clarity has paid off, with the batsman following up his unbeaten 102 in Nagpur with innings of 65 and 50 not out in the drawn Test in Delhi.last_img read more

NFL Wins Brady Deflategate Appeal

first_imgNEW YORK— New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his suspension in the Deflategate scandal was denied by a federal appeals court on Monday. Brady must serve a four-game suspension imposed by the NFL, the federal appeals court ruled, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union.A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2-to-1 that Commissioner Roger Goodell did not deprive Brady of “fundamental fairness” with his procedural rulings. The split decision may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league’s top teams.It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback and top NFL star played in using underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game in January 2015. The Patriots won the contest over the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, and then won the Super Bowl.The ruling can be appealed to the full 2nd Circuit or to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it would likely be a steep and time-consuming climb even if the courts took the unusual step to consider it.In a majority opinion written by Judge Barrington D. Parker, the 2nd Circuit said its review of labor arbitration awards “is narrowly circumscribed and highly deferential — indeed, among the most deferential in the law.”“Our role is not to determine for ourselves whether Brady participated in a scheme to deflate footballs or whether the suspension imposed by the Commissioner should have been for three games or five games or none at all. Nor is it our role to second-guess the arbitrator’s procedural rulings,” the opinion said. “Our obligation is limited to determining whether the arbitration proceedings and award met the minimum legal standards established by the Labor Management Relations Act.”The 2nd Circuit said the contract between players and the NFL gave the commissioner authority that was “especially broad.”“Even if an arbitrator makes mistakes of fact or law, we may not disturb an award so long as he acted within the bounds of his bargained-for authority,” the court said.In a dissent, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann said Goodell failed to even consider a “highly relevant” alternative penalty.“I am troubled by the Commissioner’s decision to uphold the unprecedented four-game suspension,” Katzmann said. “It is ironic that a process designed to ensure fairness to all players has been used unfairly against one player.”The NFL Players Association said in a statement it was disappointed.“We fought Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady because we know he did not serve as a fair arbitrator and that players’ rights were violated under our collective bargaining agreement,” the statement said. “Our union will carefully review the decision, consider all of our options and continue to fight for players’ rights and for the integrity of the game.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the court ruled Goodell acted properly in cases involving the integrity of the game.“That authority has been recognized by many courts and has been expressly incorporated into every collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA for the past 40 years,” McCarthy said.The appeals ruling follows a September decision by Manhattan Judge Richard Berman that went against the league, letting Brady skip the suspension last season. Goodell insisted the suspension was deserved.The appeals court settled the issue well before the start of the 2016 season, avoiding the tension built last year when Brady didn’t learn until a week before the season that he would be allowed to start in the Patriots’ opener.At oral arguments in March, appeals judges seemed skeptical of arguments on Brady’s behalf by the NFL Players Association.Circuit Judge Denny Chin said evidence of ball tampering was “compelling, if not overwhelming” and there was evidence that Brady “knew about it, consented to it, encouraged it.”The league argued that it was fair for Goodell to severely penalize Brady after he concluded the prize quarterback tarnished the game by impeding the NFL’s investigation by destroying a cellphone containing nearly 10,000 messages.Parker said the cellphone destruction raised the stakes “from air in a football to compromising the integrity of a proceeding that the commissioner had convened.”“So why couldn’t the commissioner suspend Mr. Brady for that conduct alone?” he asked. Parker added: “With all due respect, Mr. Brady’s explanation of that made no sense whatsoever.”Parker also was critical of the NFL at the arguments, saying Brady’s lengthy suspension seemed at “first blush a draconian penalty.”LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated PressAP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and AP sports writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Maritime Unions Gather to Strengthen South Pacific Unionism

first_imgMUA, March 28, 2014 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom Maritime Unions have met in Auckland to work towards a Regional Maritime Federation to build union strength throughout the South Pacific.The meeting brought together the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), the Maritime Union of New Zealand (MUNZ), Papua New Guinea Maritime and transport Workers Union (MTWU), Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and Merchant Service Guild (MSG). All are affiliates of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).ITF President and National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia Paddy Crumlin said the purpose and focus of the Federation is to strengthen the capacity of the unions in the transport sector to effectively represent the interests of their members, as well as to increase the capacity of the union movement in the region.Mr Crumlin said it was a positive development to have a number of observer unions present at the meeting who played important roles in the maritime industry.“What we are seeking to do is form a Regional Maritime Federation with a real structure that is accountable, with proper rules, so we can sit with employers in the region and talk about how we can deliver productivity and safety,” Mr Crumlin said.“There are many areas of common interest we are working on, including the growing offshore resources sector and the fisheries sector.”The Maritime Union of New Zealand hosted the meeting.MUNZ National Secretary Joe Fleetwood said the international and global nature of the maritime industry required an international approach by unions.“In the globalised economy, unions must operate globally to ensure we are not isolated by national borders while corporate interests dominate international supply chains,” Mr Fleetwood said.“The Regional Maritime Federation has the potential to build start a dialogue with other maritime and transport unions in our region.”The Auckland meeting follows an inaugural meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, in November 2013.MTWU National Secretary Reg McAlister said that there were potentially tens of thousands of workers who could be unionised in PNG, across the burgeoning oil and gas and fisheries sectors.“In PNG, trade unionism is very much in its infancy. Working together is what unions are all about and international solidarity can only benefit developing nations like ours,” Mr McAlister said. My locationlast_img read more

The Latest Trump aide No specific deal on China autos

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on the U.S.-China trade talks (all times local):1:50 p.m.White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says there is no “specific agreement” between the United States and China that would address China’s tariffs on U.S. auto imports but says he “expects” those duties to go to zero.President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday that China would “reduce and remove” its 40% tariff on U.S. cars. China has not confirmed that it would do so.China has a 15% import tax on all autos. But it raised its tariff on U.S. cars to 40% earlier this year in retaliation for Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods.“We don’t yet have a specific agreement on that,” Kudlow said on a conference call with reporters. “But I will just tell you as an involved participant we expect those tariffs to go to zero.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Social Media Users Ridicule Quebecs New Bill Banning Face Coverings

Rabat – Quebec recently passed a law prohibiting Muslim women from wearing burqas and niqabs while accessing government services such as public transportation. Human rights advocates denounced the bill as racist and antithetical to the multicultural nature of Quebec. The bill faced further backlash when several women mocked it by posting scarf selfies online to contest the law and show support for Muslim women.The law, known as Bill 62 was adopted by the national assembly on Wednesday, October 18 and will be implemented as soon as July 1 2018. It will bar government employees from wearing face veils while providing public services as well as force citizens to uncover their faces while using public services.Bill 62 gave rise to many debates and earned itself critics claiming that it deliberately targets Muslim women. Eve Toress, the Public Affairs Coordinator of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said it “carries the risk of encouraging those who seek to sow discord and hatred among Canadians.” The NCCM additionally raised concerns about the adoption of the bill, contending that “the legislation is an unjustified infringement of religious freedoms.” Muslim community leaders stated that the law will specifically violate the religious freedoms of an estimated 100 women who wear burqa or niqab in the entire province of Quebec.A board member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women suggested that the bill would not uphold religious neutrality. “Forcing someone to uncover, or forcing someone to cover; for me that’s not neutrality,” Shaheen Ashraf said.Since proponents of the law said that it doesn’t target religious symbols and it also applies to people wearing masks, some social media users posted selfies wearing scarves that covered their faces to ridicule the authorities’ decision. Given that Canada is known for its harsh winters, users also posted selfies decked out in winter gear like scarves and raincoats to stand in solidarity with Muslim women. Sporting my new rain shell. Good thing I don’t want to access public services in Quebec. #Bill62. pic.twitter.com/QcVwZUgFdZ— Lindsay Lyster (@LindsayLyster) October 18, 2017Anyone else for heading to Quebec to wear a face scarf on every bus possible?— Jesse Wente (@jessewente) October 18, 2017Cold winter in Quebec, face covered. So I’m not allowed on a bus? Or because I’m white and blonde I’ll be allowed? #Bill62 #shameonquebec pic.twitter.com/8TKcYXgBLE— HeatherGStewart?? (@hgracestewart) October 18, 2017Hey Quebec, this was me on a bus last winter. #bill62 pic.twitter.com/FcC4s4Bwfw— meg (@megmacs) October 18, 2017 read more

Having a cup Canadian business owners see big growth in tea drinkers

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 3, 2013 9:00 am MDT Having a cup: Canadian business owners see big growth in tea drinkers TORONTO – Your grandmother’s favourite beverage has found a new life with retailers who say tea is destined to become the next sought after sip for Canadians bored with the same old cup of coffee.Whether it’s the traditional Earl Grey or fancy variations, like carbonated teas, or a tea-infused alcoholic drinks, the number of options for afternoon tea is growing at a stunning pace.“Like wine, people are engaged by the complexities and the intricacies of tea,” said Keith Howlett, an analyst with Desjardins, who watches trends in the retail industry.“It’s a familiar beverage and I think that’s opened up possibilities.”During the past few years, more tea shops have established a quiet presence in neighbourhoods across the country, relying primarily on word of mouth to entice new customers, but the buzz is about to become much louder as Starbucks tries grab a taste of the fervour.Last month, the Seattle-based coffee chain opened its first “tea bar” in New York City, a symbolic step towards expanding its Teavana store base. The company made the biggest acquisition in its history last year when it spent US$620 million to acquire about 300 Teavana stores, including 59 locations in Canada.The rollout could find a particularly receptive audience in Canada where tea is the fifth most popular beverage, with nearly 10 billion cups drank each year, according to Statistics Canada.Starbucks wants to corner the tea market by expanding Teavana beyond shopping malls and into major urban centres, with a significant push to begin in Canada next year. Earlier this fall, the company began carrying Teavana products at its coffee shops which exposed more consumers to the fragrant coffee alternatives that range between $3 and $6 per serving.Canadians’ tea consumption is expected to rise 40 per cent by 2020, according to a government agency report on food trends published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The increase will be driven by a soaring interest in health and wellness, it said.“Canada has always been a hot tea drinking country because of our British past,” said Louise Roberge, president of the Tea Association of Canada, a lobbyist group for the industry.Tea’s popularity hit its peak before World War II but the beverage slowly began to lose its status after the war ended. By 1991, the hot drink had fallen to the lowest consumption level in its history in Canada.After years of being delegated to the bottom of restaurant menus, tea has began to regain its status, helped by the proliferation of stores dedicated solely to pushing the boundaries.Several new players brought a heightened level of creativity with concoctions generally called “flavoured teas,” because they’re less traditional and lean more on catchy names and seasonal gimmicks.David’s Tea, based in Quebec, has a wide collection of exclusive teas, ranging from the Halloween themed Stormy Night — which included pieces of coconut, vanilla and chocolate — to the even stranger Movie Night, a combination of apple pieces, maple and popcorn.Those strange brews helped David’s Tea build a loyal following at stores across most of Canada and some areas of the United States. Backed by Herschel Segal, the founder of Le Chateau, the cafes opening in 2008 sparked a resurgence of the interest in what could be done to make loose leaf tea unique.A few years earlier, Canadian entrepreneur Hatem Jahshan and his wife, Tonia, discovered their own fascination with tea, after a casual cup inspired them to explore its varieties while on vacation in Nova Scotia.The couple learned their family and friends also enjoyed to sample the scents and tastes, and they began to stock up on varieties of loose leaf tea and give them away as gifts. Within months their business intuition had kicked in, and direct sale company Steeped Tea was born, built on independent consultants who hold private tea parties at people’s homes.What started as a small business run from their garage has blossomed into a successful low-overhead model that operates out of a 20,000 square foot facility in Ancaster, Ont. with 35 employees and more than 3,000 sales consultants across the U.S. and Canada.The next frontier could be alcoholic beverages, where microbreweries have found huge success with lemon tea-infused beers. Over the summer, Steeped Tea launched its own line of tea bags that can be dropped into a pint, with flavours like Orchard Cider Spice and Berry Mania.“It has become an adventure to find out what better suits the North American palette,” said Jahshan.In Toronto, some local bars have responded to the tea sensation with mixed results, including Saviari, a bar in Toronto which “intermingled” tea and alcohol to create a variety of cocktails. While the nightspot shut down earlier this year, it left an indelible impression on mixologists in the city who have kept tea cocktails alive.All of the activity has left boutique teashops scurrying to satisfy longtime tea connoisseurs while also catering to a younger crowd that wants some pep in their pot.For the past 13 years, Marisha Golla has run the House of Tea, a traditional shop in a small neighbourhood of Toronto where the walls are lined with metal tins of obscure imported teas from around the world.While most of her customers still prefer what’s considered a standard cup, Golla said she’s seen an increase in more unusual requests that mimic the bigger chains — and that’s a demand she wants to fulfil.“When two or three customers come in and ask, ‘Do you have Birthday Cake tea?’ it is not what you want, it’s what they want,” said Golla, who began her career as a tea taster in Sri Lanka.“They come in for a solution, and if you don’t have the solution, they’re not going to come in again.”To maintain a competitive edge, Golla installed a section of her store dedicated to more unconventional flavours — she has about 24 of them, even though they don’t necessarily have playful names like “Jumpy Monkey,” one of the most popular selections at David’s Tea.“I just cannot get those words out of my mouth,” Golla said.While Golla doesn’t plan to fully embrace the evolving taste in tea, she says traditional tea shops should welcome their newfound popularity.“I like competition very much because if you don’t have competition you become blunt,” she said.“You cannot be here alone and be an industry.”Whether this wave of enthusiasm for tea remains consistent is uncertain, but not everyone is convinced that the hype is enough to tweak their business model.Tim Hortons (TSX:THI), the country’s largest coffee shop, says it doesn’t plan to expand its basic tea selection into new flavours any time soon. read more

Cheap gas in Calgary a doubleedged sword

Cheap gas in Calgary a double-edged sword It’s taken a while but the low price of oil is finally starting to be reflected at the gas pumps.Most stations around the city are selling a litre of unleaded for less than 70 cents for the first time in seven years, but it’s a double-edged sword.Consumers win because it means they can travel further for cheaper and that includes airlines and cruise ships because if their bottom line is lower, they can offer better deals.But Bill Gwozd, senior vice president of Solomon and Associates, says those benefits end when you consider job losses as well as the fact the government takes in less tax on gas if it’s cheaper, which means less money for roads, schools and hospitals.“Should we as a society aim for really low prices to allow people to travel and go on their holidays at a lower cost, or should we have higher prices, export the product and capture higher revenue so governments get strong, stronger jobs and stronger growth?” he asked, adding there are arguments for shutting off the taps in Alberta, to drive up demand and cost, much like wheat and dairy and boards already do.“I really think governments have a role to stand up and do a macro adjustment to the supply/production side,” he said. “The United States being a net consumer wouldn’t like that idea; it would have to be the producing countries.”He believes the price of oil needs to be a bit higher than it is now in order to balance consumer and manufacturer costs against production jobs and government tax revenue.“People in the production side are losing their jobs and if they’re losing jobs that means there’s going to be less oil in the future and if you want to have lineups and outages because there isn’t enough to go around, that’s the consequence, so how do you balance that?” mulled Gwozd. “You really have to have enough money going back to the production side to offset the potential consequences.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Courtesy: Thinkstock) by Jonathan Muma Posted Jan 20, 2016 8:02 am MDT read more

A DurantLed Thunder May Be Better Without Ibaka

One more piece of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2012 NBA Finals run was cast to the wind during Thursday night’s draft. The Thunder dealt Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to No. 11 overall pick Domantas Sabonis. For those of us who look back fondly on the 2012 Thunder’s killer Big Four of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Ibaka, it was a reminder of how OKC broke up one of the great what-might-have-been young cores in NBA history.But putting aside one of the internet’s favorite pastimes of 2015 — second-guessing the Harden trade — the truth of the matter is that the roster the Thunder sent to the 2016 Western Conference finals had already surpassed the edition that went to the NBA Finals four years earlier, at least according to advanced metrics such as our Box Plus/Minus talent ratings:1Essentially a lo-fi version of ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus ratings, with the benefit that they can be computed for historical seasons. We’ve used them a few times in the past. And a big reason why was the emergence of Steven Adams, who was selected with one of the picks that came to OKC in return for Harden and has become an excellent defender and rebounder. Adams’s strong play made Ibaka expendable, but so had Ibaka’s own downturn over the past couple years. And although comparing shooting guards and stretch fours is a bit apples-to-oranges, Oladipo posted better numbers than Ibaka last season, at a younger age, for less than half the money. As currently constructed, the Thunder are better off now than they were a day ago.Of course, none of that matters if Durant doesn’t opt to re-sign with Oklahoma City in free agency. Despite a bit of a down playoff campaign — and the fact that he probably isn’t even OKC’s best player anymore — KD is still one of the top handful of players in the NBA, and it will be his decision that determines the Thunder’s future far more than Sam Presti’s draft-day machinations. If Durant does re-up with Oklahoma City, the addition of Oladipo would edge the Thunder ever closer to the Warriors and Spurs at the top of the West. If not, they’ll be just another mid-level team in one of the most top-heavy conferences ever. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State falls 10 to Michigan on the road

Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr (1) prepares to take a goal kick in the second half of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team (6-5-1) ended its four-game unbeaten streak on Friday, falling to Michigan (8-6) in Ann Arbor. In the first 45 minutes of the match, neither team could find its opponent’s net, resulting in both teams staying scoreless, while the Wolverines leading 5-4 over the Buckeyes in shots. Michigan sophomore midfielder Nicki Hernandez, who leads the team with seven goals and five assists this season, notched the first goal of the night in the 54th minute of the match, finishing from six yards and giving the Wolverines a 1-0 advantage over Ohio State.Ohio State senior goalkeeper Devon Kerr recorded only one save on Friday night. The Buckeyes concluded the game with a 5-1 edge in corner kicks, a 5-2 lead in shots on goal and recorded 10 shots over the Wolverines eight, while Michigan was able to make five saves over Ohio State’s one. The Ohio State women’s soccer team will travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State on Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Branislav Obradovic sign for Montpellier

Ex Bosnia and Herzegovina national player, Branislav Obradovic (31) , sign a one year contract with French champion and quaterfinalist of CL this season, Montpellier. Right back from famous handball place, Banja Luka, coming from Antequera – Spain, where he had four succesfull seasons (this season – second goalscorer of team). Before that, Obradovic played in Borac Banja Luka, Bosna Sarajevo, Partizan Belgrade and teams from Portugal and Switzerland. ← Previous Story Cedric Sorhaindo three years in Barcelona! Next Story → WC 2011 qualification matches: Austria, Ukraine and Russia secure “big scene” read more

Griezmann feels closer than ever to win the Ballon dOr

first_imgDuring an interview with French journal L’Equipe, Antoine Griezmann explains why he believes that the 2018 Ballon d’Or is closer than ever for him.It’s been a truly spectacular 2018 for French forward Antoine Griezmann, he’s managed to win all the finals he’s played with both his club and his country and he looks like the top contender for this year’s Ballon d’Or. It is a little confusing that both UEFA and FIFA didn’t include him in any of the podiums for their individual awards, there is no question that Griezmann is one of the best players of the season in all competitions and he certainly is one of the most successful footballers on the collective aspect. The only exception we remember from a Ballon d’Or winner who failed to win all the major trophies in a specific season, is the 2010 prize that was given to Lionel Messi instead of either Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez who won the World Cup that year. The rest of the wards have always gone to either a Champions League or a World Cup winner usually. But the FIFA The Best podium is a bit alarming for French people, because there wasn’t a single player from Les Bleus featuring in the list of nominees.⏱ 35’ | 0-0 | A disputed first 35 minutes in Balaídos. Let’s go boys! ?#AúpaAtleti #CeltaAtleti pic.twitter.com/V3KgWMrZYB— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 1, 2018Nobody doubts that there is a large number of French football players who deserve to be in any of the lists of nominees for both the UEFA and the FIFA awards, it’s hard to understand the reason behind their snub but the voters have made their decision and it needs to be respected. However, things are going to be very different for the Ballon d’Or because of a large number of reasons. For starters, the award is given by French prominent magazine called ‘France Football’. This publication has always favored French players when they really deserve to win the award, they gave it to Zidane back in 1998 when France won the FIFA World Cup and they have to give to a French player this time. Besides Griezmann there could be a surprise winner in Kylian Mbappé, who may not have won as many major trophies as the Atletico forward but is the better footballer from the two. France Football could surprise everyone and give the award to the player who will most likely dominate football for the next decade.no words necessary. pic.twitter.com/f7eKCCoAA5— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 3, 2018But for now, the top favorite to take the award is the Atletico Madrid player, who last season was the UEFA Europa League’s best player and won the competition by scoring in the final for the Colchoneros. But the best came for him during the summer as he was the leader of France during the World Cup, a tournament in which they defeated Croatia in the final with a goal scored by Griezmann from the spot and a couple more scored by Paul Pogba and Mbappé himself. But Antoine is without question the player who has made the most merits to get the recognition, an award that would be shared between all the players of this fantastic French generation that is very young still and has a lot more trophies to win without question. But Griezmann is not as young as he once was, he may not be a part of all those success stories and this could be his last chance to win the award.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Antoine Griezmann est à la Une de L’Équipe en ce mercredi 5 septembre.Téléchargez votre journal : https://t.co/qSnU2voSkb pic.twitter.com/jxqiS9alF8— L’ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) September 4, 2018In the past during his career, there was another year in which he deserved to at least be part of the final list of nominees for the Ballon d’Or award back in 2016. During that season, Antoine Griezmann was Atletico Madrid’s main player all the way through the final they played against Real Madrid but he failed to deliver in the most important moment by missing a key penalty. Then later that year during the summer, he was France’s best player and reached the final but lost it against Portugal. In that year’s contest for the award, there was no doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo deserved the honors but Griezmann thinks this year will be very different. “I compare this year to 2016 and for me, this is a year in which I have to be amongst the final three at least. I lost the 2016 award because I lost two finals and I was still amongst the final three nominees. This year I won the three finals I played. So normally, I think about it because I am very close to winning it this year,” said Griezmann to L’Equipe.? The team has already put the third kit on ??Compra online: ➡ https://t.co/yPWAnq29FTMore info: ➡ https://t.co/xMvhOAAlaB pic.twitter.com/kyOtfGmHHd— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 4, 2018Do you think Antoine Griemannn deserves to win the Ballon d’Or this year? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more