As Australia piles on the runs against the West Indies in the current Test series ‘down under’, there are many cricket lovers in the Caribbean who remember when it was the regional side which piled up massive scores against all who came. Prior to the start of the Australia series, an emotional Sir Garfield Sobers broke down in tears as he bemoaned the state of the Caribbean game. “It was such a pleasure and joy to be able to do what I did. I don’t think we have that kind of person today. I don’t think we have that kind of person in West Indies any more, who is quite prepared to play and to give everything to their country,” the West Indies cricket legend said in October. Sobers became part of West Indies folklore when he smashed a then world record 365 not out against Pakistan during the third Test at Sabina Park on March 1, 1958. FLOW Foundation chairman, Errol K. Miller, remembers, as an 11-year-old boy sitting inside Sabina Park, the day Sobers made history. HISTORICAL DAY It was a Saturday, but Miller was there as part of a group organised by his Clarendon College school sports master. “The way I was about cricket those days, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see the likes of (Everton) Weekes, (Clyde) Walcott and (Conrad) Hunte,” he told The Gleaner. “It was serendipity that the day we went was the day it happened.” Miller sat in the Eastern stand, which, in those days, had mesh wires to contain the crowd. “When play opened, Hunte was ahead of Sobers. When Hunte got run out – you know how Jamaicans are – some said Sobers got him out because he was ahead and Sobers wanted to break the record,” he recalled. “I remember Weekes played a sweet cameo for 39 while Sobers was going merrily on his way. Walcott came, and in typical fashion just bludgeoned the bowlers for 88.” The atmosphere was electric. The stands were jam packed with cricket-loving Jamaicans from all walks of life. Some came with mountains of food as they prepared for a full day’s sport. “(I) was just taking in all the sights and sounds and all the people; the noise and cheering. The frequent sound of “dollar” as Jamaicans used to use that expression when a four was hit.” He added that though the Pakistani bowlers were being smashed to all parts of the park, the team continued to field with passion. “One of the Pakistanis bowled 85 overs,” he said. That bowler was Fazal Mahmood, who took two for 247 off 85.2 overs as the Windies piled up 790 for three declared in their second innings. “The economy rate was less than three. The fielding was top class for the entire day, even though they were hunting leather for the entire day. That really impressed me, even though I was a little boy,” said Miller. He admits that at the time he had no clue of the Test batting record, and it was while sitting amongst the crowd that he started to grasp that something important was about to happen. “I just went because I wanted to see international cricket, but as I settled down and heard people starting to talk, you got the significance of what was happening around you,” he said. There was pandemonium when Sobers smashed the record run. “When Sobers broke the record, a host of people descended on the field,” said Miller. He recalled talk of abandoning play. “As a matter of fact, not only were they thinking of abandoning play for the day, but of abandoning the whole match. “Fortunately for him, it was not abandoned. The most emotional response of what was going around was that he probably would not have got the record,” said Miller. Miller, who was part of Clarendon College’s 1962 and 1964 Headley Cup winning team, said seeing Sobers’ display helped fan the flames of his love for cricket. ETCHED IN MEMORY “I think that day sort of galvanised for me the passion I had for cricket at an early age.” While cricket, which was the most important game in the Caribbean for decades, has since lost its shine, Miller has not forgotten the impact of the moment. “I was there when it happened. I actually saw it. I didn’t have to read it in the newspapers. Of all the cricket fans in the world, only a certain amount could be in Sabina Park, and I was one of them.” He added that seeing the “spineless surrender” of the current team was often heartrending. “I used to almost cry sometimes for West Indies when they lost. I was so passionate about it. Now, I just go to bed, and in the morning I go online and see what the score is.” But he will never forget his place as part of history. “I was there, and nobody can take that away from me,” said Miller. read more
ST. LOUIS–It wasn’t long ago when Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants made quick work of the St. Louis Cardinals, needing just five games to clinch the National League pennant en route to their third World Series in five years.That series may not be a distant memory for those involved, but with the way the Giants have played over the last two years, it sure feels like one.Bumgarner returned to the mound Friday at Busch Stadium for the first time since he threw 7 2/3 shutout innings …
We’re just a few days from Christmas, which means that by now, you’ve likely heard every holiday-themed song out there at least a dozen times. But which are the best? We’re here to let you know.Of course, everyone will have a different list. Let us know what you think.10. Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The YearRecorded in 1963, it was by far Williams’ biggest hit. But it wasn’t even the promotional single on his Christmas album – instead, White Christmas got the nod. Whoops.9. Jose Feliciano – Feliz NavidadFeliz Navidad, recorded in 1970, might be the simplest Christmas song out there – there aren’t really even any verses. But it’s upbeat and fun, and the back-and-forth between English and Spanish makes it unlike any other Christmas classic.8. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To TownProbably the most controversial inclusion on the list. Some people love Bruce, some people don’t see what the big deal is. Regardless, his live take on this classic is one for the ages. Recorded in 1980, released in 1981.7. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas TreeYou likely haven’t attended a “Christmas party hop” in your lifetime, but back in 1958, that was apparently the thing to do. Brenda Lee’s half-a-century-old classic still holds up today, regardless. 6. Bing Crosby – White ChristmasFun fact – Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas, according to Guinness World Records, is the best-selling single of all-time. But he didn’t write it – that distinction belongs to Irving Berlin. Crosby originally released it in 1942.Next: Songs 5 – 1 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 read more
updated spreads for over 100 cfb games Flickr/401(K) 2012In May, we gave you a look at the betting lines on a number of college football’s most noteworthy games for the 2016 season, via Las Vegas sportsbook South Point. Monday, we’re getting a look at some updated information – and betting lines on dozens more contests.Professional sports handicapper Johnny Detroit, of WagerTalk.com, posted updated spreads for over 100 college football games this upcoming season. Some notes:Ohio State, which was a 9-point underdog to Oklahoma a month ago, is now only a 6.5 point dog.LSU is still a 3-point favorite over Alabama.Ohio State is now just a 5-point favorite over Michigan.Florida State is now favored by 1.5 over Clemson.It’s important to note that spreads don’t just move because of perceived team strength – they can move based on where bets are coming in, too.As a reminder, this does not include matchups for the first week of the college football season.September 10th:Tennessee (-11) vs. Virginia Tech Pittsburgh (-7) vs. Penn State Utah (-5) vs. BYU TCU (-6) vs. Arkansas Boise State (-6) vs. Washington State Iowa (-17.5) vs. Iowa State San Diego State (-5.5) vs. CaliforniaSeptember 17thNotre Dame (-6) vs. Michigan State Oklahoma (6.5) vs. Ohio State Nebraska (-2) vs. Oregon Alabama (-4.5) vs. Mississippi BYU vs. UCLA (Pick) Florida State (-2.5) vs. Louisville Northern Illinois (-1) vs. San Diego State Stanford (-6.5) vs. USC Texas (-2.5) vs. California Auburn (-6.5) vs. Texas A&MSeptember 23rdUSC (-1) vs. UtahSeptember 24th Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Pick) LSU (-6.5) vs. Auburn Tennessee (-12.5) vs. Florida Mississippi (-8.5) vs. Georgia Michigan State (-5) vs. Wisconsin UCLA (-1) vs. StanfordSeptember 30thWashington (-4) vs. StanfordOctober 1stAir Force (-5) vs. Navy Florida State (-10) vs. North Carolina Oklahoma (-4) vs. TCU Oregon (-1) vs. Washington State Oklahoma State (-12) vs. TexasOctober 8thAlabama (-7.5) vs. Arkansas Mississippi State (-1.5) vs. Auburn Michigan State (-5.5) vs. BYU LSU (-8) vs. Florida Pittsburgh (-5.5) vs. Georgia Tech Texas Tech vs. Kansas State (Pick) Tennessee (-4.5) vs. Texas A&M Oklahoma (-11.5) vs. Texas Oregon (-4.5) vs. WashingtonOctober 15thMississippi (-1) vs. Arkansas Miami (-1) vs. North Carolina Texas Tech (-5.5) vs. West Virginia Washington State (-1) vs. UCLA Ohio State (-4) vs. Wisconsin Notre Dame (-3) vs. Stanford Alabama (-3) vs. TennesseeOctober 20thBoise State (-7) vs. BYUOctober 22ndAuburn (-3.5) vs. Arkansas Iowa (-4) vs. Wisconsin Texas vs. Kansas State (Pick) LSU (-9.5) vs. Mississippi Oklahoma (-8) vs. Texas Tech Ohio State (-9) vs. Penn State TCU vs. West Virginia (Pick)October 27thPittsburgh (-3.5) vs. Virginia TechOctober 28thSan Diego State (-1) vs. Utah StateOctober 29thOklahoma State (-10.5) vs. West Virginia TCU (-8.5) vs. Texas Tech Washington (-3) vs. Utah Florida State (-1.5) vs. Clemson Baylor (-4.5) vs. Texas Michigan (-2) vs. Michigan State Wisconsin (-4) vs. Nebraska Georgia (-2.5) vs. Florida Mississippi (-10.5) vs. AuburnNovember 5thArkansas (-6.5) vs. Florida BYU (-3.5) vs. Cincinnati Penn State (-1) vs. Iowa Oklahoma State (-4) vs. Kansas State Miami (-4.5) vs. Pittsburgh Ohio State (-12.5) vs. Nebraska USC (-3.5) vs. Oregon Texas Tech (-5) vs. Texas Baylor (-8.5) vs. TCU LSU (-3) vs. AlabamaNovember 10thUtah vs. Arizona State (Pick)November 12thGeorgia (-6.5) vs. Auburn Michigan (-4.5) vs. Iowa Texas (-5) vs. West Virginia Mississippi (-4) vs. Texas A&M Washington (-6) vs. USC LSU (-5.5) vs. Arkansas Oregon (-3) vs. StanfordNovember 17thHouston (-2.5) vs. LouisvilleNovember 19thOhio State (-4.5) vs. Michigan State Oklahoma (-8.5) vs. West Virginia TCU (-4.5) vs. Oklahoma State Oregon (-2) vs. Utah Stanford (-12) vs. California UCLA (-3.5) vs. USCNovember 25thIowa (-2) vs. Nebraska TCU vs. Texas (Pick) Arizona (-7) vs. Arizona State Washington (-2) vs. Washington StateNovember 26thMichigan State (-1) vs. Penn State Virginia Tech (-9.5) vs. Virginia UCLA (-7.5) vs. California Florida State (-11) vs. Florida Ohio State (-5) vs. Michigan BYU (-9) vs. Utah State Nevada (-1.5) vs. UNLV Alabama (-16) vs. Auburn Georgia (-13.5) vs. Georgia Tech Louisville (-18) vs. Kentucky Mississippi (-13.5) vs. Mississippi State USC (-6.5) vs. Notre DameDecember 3rdOklahoma (-13.5) vs. Oklahoma StateDecember 10thNavy (-13) vs. ArmyDo you agree with their spreads? Will you be making a few bets this year? read more
TORONTO – The $17 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw went to a ticket holder in Ontario.There were also five guaranteed prizes of $1 million each up for grabs.Two were claimed by tickets sold in Ontario, two in the Prairies and one in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Dec. 27 will be approximately $5 million.
Thank you all! pic.twitter.com/eVeCqAbYJ6— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) January 11, 2017 OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) intercepts a pass during the first half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore announced in a tweet on Wednesday he will forgo his last two seasons with the Buckeyes and declare for the NFL draft.“With that being said, it’s been a pleasure playing at the best program in the country,” Lattimore said in a tweet. “I’m looking forward to continuing the Buckeye legacy on Sundays. I need all of you there for me as I go through this process of trying to become the best cornerback, thank you all! O-H!”Lattimore now joins redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley as players in the Ohio State secondary to declare early for the draft. Projections have Lattimore as a first-round pick and the No. 3 ranked cornerback in the draft class, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.Lattimore was able to make an impact in the passing game reeling in four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, plus nine pass deflections. Additionally, he made 38 total tackles in the 2016 season. In his final game against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, Lattimore had 3 total tackles. read more
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has named his provisional 28-man squad for next month’s World Cup and has left out Radja Nainggolan in a star-studded line-up, reports GoalThe 30-year-old has been left out of the provisional squad, despite an impressive season with AS Roma.Nainggolan was recalled by Martinez for their recent international friendly against Saudi Arabia, but missed their last training session for unknown reasons.The midfielder scored two goals in Roma’s second leg against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals and has been solid for Eusebio Di Francesco at the Italian capital all season.A surprise addition is Michy Batshuayi, who suffered a season-ending injury while on loan at Borussia Dortmund in AprilBelgium 28-man Provisional World Cup squadTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Mats Sels (Newcastle);Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Jordan Lukaku (Lazio), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham);Midfielders: Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian);Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli).Belgium are considered to be one of the favourites for the World Cup and have been drawn in Group with England, Panama and Tunisia. read more