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The main storyline coming into DreamHack Bucharest was centered around teams trying to prove their worth and dominance. http://www.superstarrosepascher.fr/ . In the end, only one team was able to do just that.With the incredibly strong showing over the weekend, Virtus.pro has cemented itself once again as one of the best teams in the world. Time will tell if it can ride the wave of momentum into ESL One: New York. Cloud9, on the other hand, has shown the world that it may not yet be ready for the big leagues. While it is currently running circles around the NA ESL Pro League, that hasnt translated into international play.Cloud9 takes victory over EnvyThe action got started with Cloud9 vs. Team EnVyUs, which was the most tightly contested series of the tournament. It started off on Cache in Game 1 with Cloud9s Timothy autimatic Ta putting on a stellar performance, racking up multiple triple kills which contributed to his 26/11 kill/death ratio (KD) in the game, helping earn a 16-9 win.Not content to let Cloud9 walk away with an easy win, Kenny kennyS Schrub continued his dominant tournament run with another strong performance. He compiled a 24/14 KD in the game that saw Team EnVyUs go down 0-7 before taking a tactical timeout and turning things around for a 16-10 victory.Ultimately, it came down to a final showdown on Dust 2 to see who would make their way to the grand finals. This time around, Team EnVyUs got off to a great 7-0 start, which led to a timeout from Cloud9. The tactical timeouts in this series seemed to work wonders, as Cloud9 bounced back from the early deficit to secure the series win. Showing that theyve got a number of top tier players, Game 3 saw Mike shroud Grzesiek lead the charge with a 25/11 KD.Virtus.pro takes down Dignitas in close setNext up was Virtus.pro taking on Team Dignitas in the second semifinal. Virtus.pro flew out of the gate in Game 1 of the series and completely dominated Team Dignitas in a 16-4 win on Mirage. The game saw both Wiktor TaZ Wojtas (20/8 KD) and Janusz Snax Pogorzelski (20/9 KD) set the tone in the game with their high-level fragging. Game 2 on Cobblestone started off in a similar vein to Game 1, with Virtus.pro getting off to an 8-4 start. They started to take their foot off the gas, though, and Team Dignitas capitalized on it. Emil Magiskb0Y Reif was catalyst for Team Dignitas in this game with his 28/17 KD.The decisive Game 3 would take place on Overpass, and was the closest game of the series. It was an incredibly back-and-forth affair that didnt see Virtus.pro make its final push until late in the game. Virtus.pro snagged two rounds before the veteran Filip NEO Kubski decided it was time to end things and sealed the win with a clutch 1 vs. 5 ace in the final round. With the 16-13 win, Virtus.pro punched its ticket to the grand finals to take on the North American juggernaut, Cloud9.Virtus.pro dominates the grand finalsUnfortunately, the grand final wasnt the clash of titans that everyone hoped it would be. Seeing the current top dogs of the NA Counter Strike: Global Offensive scene take on the reigning ELEAGUE champions should have been a matchup of epic proportions. Instead, the audience was treated to a dominating performance by the veteran European CS:GO squad.Virtus.pro started off extremely strong in Game 1 on Train. They would go into the half up 12-3, and never looked back in the 16-9 win. NEO, who had a subdued tournament up to this point, turned on the afterburners in this grand final. He posted an impressive 28/13 KD in the opening game win. Game 2 on Cobblestone started off a bit more shaky for Virtus.pro, as Cloud9 started to get into a nice groove and went into the half up 9-6. At the start of the second half, though, Cloud9 simply faded into the background and watched as Virtus.pro ran away with the game. The veteran Polish squad rattled off 10 straight wins in to secure the sweep and take home the DreamHack Bucharest crown. http://www.superstarrosepascher.fr/adidas-superstar-soldes.html . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Yeezy Boost 350 Prix . - Chris Tierney snapped a tie with a power-play goal late in the third period as the London Knights rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Erie Otters 5-3 in Ontario Hockey League action on Wednesday. http://www.superstarrosepascher.fr/adidas-superstar-soldes/originals-superstar-homme-soldes.html .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. DURHAM, N.C. -- Luke Kennard scored 24 points and No. 5 Duke beat Tennessee State 65-55 on Monday night.Freshman forward Jayson Tatum added 14 points and Grayson Allen finished with 12 for the Blue Devils (11-1), who plodded through 30 mostly sluggish minutes before pulling away from a pesky Tigers team that threatened to spoil the college debut of touted Duke freshman Harry Giles.Tennessee State led 36-34 with 15 minutes left. Duke countered with a 25-3 run highlighted by five 3-pointers -- including two by Kennard on consecutive possessions after he was left completely unguarded -- to take a 59-39 lead.Darreon Reddick and Tahjere McCall scored 14 points apiece for the Tigers (8-3).Amile Jefferson had a career-best 18 rebounds for Duke, which finally got Giles back from injury. One of the nations top recruits, he had no points and no rebounds in 4 first-half minutes.No. 15 PURDUE 82, WESTERN ILLINOIS 50WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Caleb Swanigan had 21 points and 21 rebounds, Isaac Haas scored 18 and Purdue beat Western Illinois.Swanigan went 7 for 16 from the field and 6 for 7 at the free throw line in his ninth double-double of the season. He had 26 points and 10 rebounds in Saturdays 86-81 victory against No. 25 Notre Dame in the Crossroads Classic.Purdue (10-2) also got 16 points from Vince Edwards in its fifth consecutive victory.Mike Miklusak, an Indiana native who attended high school 85 miles from the Purdue campus, led Western Illinois (3-8) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Western Illinois shot 31 percent from the field.No. 16 INDIANA 103, DELAWARE STATE 56BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- OG Anunoby had 19 points and nine rebounds, and three of his teammates also reached double figures as Indiana routed Delaware Statee. http://www.superstarrosepascher.fr/nike-roshe-one-soldes/nike-roshe-one-print-soldes.html. By avoiding a second straight loss, the Hoosiers (9-2) extended their home winning streak to 25 games -- tied for the fifth-longest in school history.DeVaughn Mallory led Delaware State with 14 points. The Hornets (3-10) have lost five of six.Delaware State trailed throughout in its first trip to Assembly Hall.Anunoby was 9 of 11 from the field and had four blocks. James Blackmon Jr. finished with 18 points, Robert Johnson had 16 and Thomas Bryant added 14 points and six rebounds for Indiana, which shot 66.7 percent from the field.No. 21 FLORIDA STATE 76, SAMFORD 68TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Terrence Mann scored 19 points and Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 15 to lead Florida State past Samford.The Seminoles (12-1) have won eight straight and are 12-1 for only the third time -- matching the 1988-89 and 2008-09 squads.FSU scored the first six points to start the second half, pushing the lead to double figures. Florida State led by 17 with 6:12 remaining after a 12-2 run.Christen Cunningham led the Bulldogs (7-4) with 16 points.No. 25 NOTRE DAME 77, COLGATE 62SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- V.J. Beachem scored 20 points to help Notre Dame snap a two-game skid with a win over Colgate.Bonzie Colson finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Matt Farrell added 13 points and six assists for the Fighting Irish (10-2).Will Ryman had 18 points for Colgate (2-10), which lost its sixth in a row -- all in December.In back-to-back losses to No. 1 Villanova and No. 15 Purdue, the Irish led by double digits in the first half of each game, but were outscored by an average of 16 points in the second half. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks hope to compound the misery currently being felt by the Charlotte Hornets. Cheap Adidas Blue Jackets Jerseys .Charlotte brings a four-game losing streak into Saturdays game against a Hawks team that has won three of its last four.Atlanta (13-13) scored an impressive 125-121 road win in Toronto on Friday, just two weeks after losing to the Raptors by 44 points. Charlotte (14-13) was playing without leading scorer Kemba Walker and dropped a 96-88 decision at Boston on Friday.Charlotte won the first meeting against Atlanta on Nov. 18 when it overcame a 10-point deficit to win 100-96 in Charlotte.The Hornets will get Walker back on Saturday. The point guard missed Fridays game with an excused absence to take care of a personal matter. Walker is leading the team in scoring with 22.6 points per game and is considered a good candidate to make the All-Star team.Atlanta guard Kent Bazemore returned Tuesday against Orlando but he was still struggling with the right knee soreness that kept him out for the previous two games. Bazemore scored five points against the Magic and scored seven points in 22 minutes against Toronto.Atlantas season has been puzzling for coach Mike Budenholzer, especially considering the teams 9-2 start.I dont know exactly how I would describe it, but there is some level of frustration, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. There is some level of optimism. I do think we are doing some things better. We need to do more things better for more of the 48 minutes.Charlotte has been up-and-down since winning eight of its first 11 games. The Hornets won three straight before embarking on their current road trip, where theyve lost to Cleveland, Indiana, Washington and Boston.Coach Steve Clifford has encouraged the Hornets to play more physically.If guys arent willing to be more physical, well be an up-and-down team, he said. Well struggle to make the playoffs. If we want to play with the physicality we choose to at times, we have a chance to be a good team.The Hornets got 22 points and 10 rebounds from guard Nicholas Batum against the Celtics, but had no answer for Bostons Isaiah Thomas, who poured in 26 points in his return to the court. The Hornets were outscored 27-19 in the fourth quarter.Atlanta got a strong inside effort from Dwight Howard and superior point guard play from Dennis Schroder on Friday. Howard had 27 points and 15 rebounds and Schroder scored 24 points. Schroder is averaging 25.3 points over the last three games.Howard scored his 16,000th career point on Friday and passed Elgin Baylor for 26th on the career rebound list with 11,465.Weve just got to stay locked in, Howard said. Weve got to forget about (the Raptors win) and get ready to play again on Saturday.Atlanta will honor legendary announcer Craig Sager on Saturday with a moment of silence. The long-time Atlanta resident died of leukemia on Thursday. Adidas Josh Anderson Jersey . After dropping their final six games of December, the Wild opened the new calendar year with four consecutive wins. Following a loss to Colorado on Saturday, Minnesota rebounded the following night to blank Nashville 4-0, but then had the tables turned on them Tuesday. Adidas Markus Nutivaara Jersey .C. -- Calgarys Kevin Koe did it the hard way again. http://www.cheapbluejacketsjerseys.com/ . Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move. "Im looking up at the board and hes got two hits given up and one run, and Im taking him out after the fourth inning," Roenicke said. LAS VEGAS -- In a matter of months, former player Murray Craven has gone from being the Montana-based golfing buddy of Bill Foley to calling Foley, the owner of the NHLs newest expansion team, his boss.The 52-year-old Craven -- who played 1,071 games for the?Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks,?collecting 759 points along the way -- was a semi-retired hockey dad and businessman before he re-entered the game with a bang. Now, he oversees the building of a new practice facility for the newly minted Vegas Golden Knights, as well as getting his first taste of being an NHL scout.I sat down with Craven -- who was officially named the 31st NHL franchises senior vice president in August -- recently to talk about how hes helping prepare the Golden Knights for their inaugural season next fall.ESPN.com: How did you end up in Montana?Murray Craven:?Im from Medicine Hat [Alberta]. Whitefish, Montana, was our vacation place. Its a ski resort. And its beautiful. Skiing in the wintertime. Great golfing and boating in the summer.?ESPN.com: How did you end up meeting Bill Foley?Craven:?Golfing. We belong to the same golf course there.ESPN.com: Whos better?Craven:?Me.ESPN.com: How many strokes do you have to give him?Craven:?Its kind of not fair. I have to give him quite a few now. He owns his own golf courses, though. He gets up there with the greens keeper and has the tees moved up to wherever its best for him. Its not a fair fight anymore.ESPN.com: Do you remember the moment Foley said, Im thinking of putting an NHL team in Las Vegas. What do you think?Craven:?I remember it distinctly. He pulled up in his boat at my dock. We were playing golf later that day. We chatted about golf and then, as he was pushing off, he said, Oh, and by the way, I think Im going to try and put a team in Las Vegas. And I said, You are out of your mind. They will never let you do it. As I walked away, I said to myself, I think hes serious about this.At that point it was just an idea, even for him. And it gained momentum and slowly picked up speed -- now were sitting here in Las Vegas.ESPN.com: At what point did you go from providing advice as a friend and former player to being part of the team?Craven:?We never talked about it that much, mostly because there was so much uncertainty about the whole thing. Everyone thinks this was kind of baked in the cake, that we were getting this thing a long, long time ago. It really wasnt like that. It was always kind of, Well kick it down the road until we get to that point.My roles always evolving, and it will continue to. But, at the same time, I need to learn the management side of the game too. Thats my goal. I obviously have to get the practice facility built, and we have some American Hockey League responsibilities to take care of, and we have to get T-Mobile [Arena] all ready. And then, in between, in order for me to be involved in the conversations, I have to know the players. My goal is to [scout] 10 games a month. Our regular scouts are going to see 20.ESPN.com: Was the scouting part of the plan for you all along?Craven:?Yeah. Ive always been on the other sside of the game. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys. I was always a player. Ive never ventured to the other side, really, so its all new to me. Even scouting is new to me. Its been a learning experience. We have a lot of experienced scouts. We have guys who have decades [of scouting]. So when I sit with them, Im always asking them, What are you looking at? How are you doing it? Everyone thinks, Oh, itd be easy to just go scout a game. Its not. Because you end up watching the game and not actually focusing [on scouting]. So they tutor me on how to do that. Dont try to watch two teams in one night. Focus on one team, and focus on five or six guys at first.ESPN.com: Whats Bill Foley like to work for? And did you worry about the transition from golfing pal to employee?Craven:?Its different. No doubt its different. I knew it would be. Now I work for him. I can still bug him about his golf game. I dont see him as much. Hes a busy guy. Im a busy guy. Im not worried about it, to tell you the truth. Whatever happens, happens.ESPN.com: Has the experience of doing the job been different than you thought?Craven:?No, it hasnt. There are more pieces to it than I thought. Obviously, the game has changed since I played -- especially on the analytics side. But I knew the commitment it was going to take to do it. Its seven days [a week], 365 [days a year] right now. You cannot remove yourself from it. You dont go home at night and put something else on TV. You go home at night and put whatever games are on and you watch them till youre done.ESPN.com: When you finished playing, what did you do? Did you miss hockey, or were you happy to move on?Craven:?After I was done [at the end of the 2000 season], I took a year off. And then I had it in my contract with the Sharks that I would work for them post-hockey. I worked for them in Cleveland. I would spend one week a month in Cleveland. I enjoyed that but I had a young family at the time, a newborn, my boy.So I looked at the road I was going to take and I just wasnt prepared to pay the price. I knew what the future to get into coaching would have held. A lot of buses, a lot of starting at the bottom. Coming off playing 18 years, it just wasnt in the cards for me. So I took some time off, got into some building and construction activities, commercial and residential, and I enjoyed that. And then this opportunity came along, and its great. It was the right time of my life to jump back in. Its a lot of work, though.ESPN.com: There were rumors in the early going that you might end up as the Vegas GM.Craven:?It never, ever even crossed my mind that I would be ready for that. Not a chance. I would never have said that to Bill. Or positioned myself in that manner. That would have been putting my own interests in front of everybodys. Im not that way.?ESPN.com: Whats your relationship like with GM George McPhee?Craven:?Im trying to learn from George. George is my boss. Obviously Ive got other responsibilities. Ive got to build these things. When it comes to the hockey stuff, hes my boss. Hes got the experience. I dont.? 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Tillakaratne Dilshan could not make an impact with the bat in his farewell game, but he has anointed Sri Lankas highest-scorer in the match as a possible successor. Under Armour Scorpio Chrome . Dhananjaya de Silva batted at No.3, but has had success as an opener on this tour. He was Tamil Union Cricket Clubs highest wicket-taker in a triumphant first-class campaign this year, and has also begun fielding at backward point for Sri Lanka in Tests.I think Dhananjaya will be a good example to others, Dilshan said. He can bowl and he fields well. With the style that he batted with today, and the way he opened in the one dayers, you can tell hes a player with a future. He opened with me for the Tamil Union team last year. I saw his talent about a year ago, and I told the coaches to look out for him. He and Kusal Mendis are two good young players for us. We can go a long way with them if theyre shown the right path. I think theyll serve us well for years.Dilshan has spoken out about lack of support from teammates during his captaincy, but was optimistic about Sri Lankas future under Angelo Mathews leadership.Angelo has a lot of young players in the team, and I think it will be easy for him to control it in future, he said. Only Chandimal is there as an experienced player. I dont think he will face too many obstacles. He will just have to develop the young players and move forward. I wish him well in that. If he can pick the right players for the job, based on their talent - thats what any captain should do. He wont have many problems then.Dilshan will now be missed as one of Sri Lankas premier fielders, almost as much as he will be as an opener. Though he made few runs in his final tour, he remained a livewire, well into his 39th year.Our young players have to work hard to become great fielders, he said. When I came to the team I came in as a wicketkeeper, but Romesh Kaluwitharana was already there. So I gave up the gloves and did a lot of work, by myself, on my fielding.Former fielding coach Trevor Penney helped me a lot with that. I remember back then we werent allowed to leave until we got 10 direct hits. The first time it took me more than 100 attempts. But within about a month I was able to get 10 direct hits in 12 - even 10 - attempts. The youngsters we have are good. Theyve got a good fielding coach from South Africa now. Our fielding is a bit low at the moment, so they need to improve that. I have the confidence that they will - and Im more than happy to help them with that.Reflecting upon a 17-year career, Dilshan said he had great memories from most games he played, but made special mention of the 193 he hit at Lords, part of it with a broken thumb.There are many moments I wont forget. I will never forget my debut, because I got there with a lot of difficulty. 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"Im looking up at the board and hes got two hits given up and one run, and Im taking him out after the fourth inning," Roenicke said. RIO DE JANEIRO - They dont necessarily compete for attention, but years from now people will know they passed through here because of the indelible bookmarks they placed in history. Rio will be remembered as the place where American swimmer Michael Phelps said goodbye by finishing his career with a staggering 28 medals, 23 of them gold, yet preferred to talk more about how he spent so much of his career in the shallows, battling unhappiness and resurrecting himself from alcohol issues to become a man of greater depth.Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt did the unprecedented here, too: winning his third consecutive gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes after confirming this will be his last Olympics as well. But the grin Bolt broke into even before he crossed the finish line in the 100 will be remembered just as much because it was so emblematic of him. Exuberance defined Bolt throughout his career, along with his unmatched speed, and long after hes retired hell be remembered for how he brought lightness and joy to a sport so often defiled by doping.American tennis star Venus Williams is as quiet as Bolt is extroverted. But her love of the Olympics runs just as deep. Amid all the jaded mens golf pros who backed out of Rio and blamed their busy schedules, or U.S. mens basketball players who bunked on a yacht and chartered out of town the moment their gold-medal game Sunday was won, Venus stayed in town for more than a week after a virus left her vomiting between the second and third sets of her first-round singles defeat to Kirsten Flipkens -- still too sick to talk to reporters an hour after their 3-hour, 13-minute match.Williams couldve discreetly tanked against Flipkens. She fought. She couldve skipped her doubles match with sister, Serena, the next day. Instead, she played. She couldve dialed up a private jet of her own and hurried back home after she and her sister failed to defend their doubles gold medal, too. She wouldnt hear it. Venus instead teamed up with unsung Rajeev Ram, who wouldnt even have been here in Rio if not for the last-minute withdrawal of the Bryan brothers. Together they won a silver medal in mixed doubles -- her fifth in five Games, tying the record for tennis players.Like Bolt and Phelps, Williams milked every moment here because she loves the Olympics. And at 35, she knows she wont be back to the Games again.All of them provided moments that remind us for all the problems the Games may have, starting at the top with the buffoonery and corruption and lack of transparency in the International Olympic Committee itself -- which is crying for a good FIFA-style fumigation and overhaul -- its the athletes that always save the Olympics.The American team was a juggernaut in Rio, winning 121 medals, more than 50 more medals than Chinas total.Repeat American gold-medal winners Allyson Felix, beach volleyballer Kerri Walsh Jennings, cyclist Kristinn Armstrong and members of the unconquerable American womens eight rowing team are all unlikely to be back. Adidas Mikhail Grabovski Jersey. The same goes for Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, two of the best gymnasts America has ever had.All of them are legends in their sports.Four-time Olympians Diana Taurasi, 37-year-old Tamika Catchings, and 35-year-old Sue Bird said their goodbyes here in Rio, too, after the U.S. womens basketball team crushed its way to its sixth straight gold medal with an 8-0 tear that extended its Summer Games winning streak to 48 games.Taurasi said to avoid the emotional elephant in the room -- the knowledge this was her last ride as an Olympian, her last go-round with close friends like Bird, a teammate for so long in the Euro League and the University of Connecticut before that -- she decided to treat this journey as if it was her first Olympics. I made a point to just enjoy every bus ride, every team dinner, every practice we had, Taurasi said Saturday night. And it worked.Bird reminisced about the tone-setting veteran players -- Hall of Famers like Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson -- who taught her, Taurasi and Catchings when they were Olympic rookies about what it means to play for the national team, adding, I hope weve done them proud.Catchings, asked to sum up her own Hall-of-Fame career, smiled serenely and said just one word:Blessed.Womens basketball coach Geno Auriemma and longtime U.S. womens gymnastics national team coordinator Martha Karolyi hit on the same theme -- gratitude -- after their teams won gold in the most impressive ways imaginable.Four years ago in London, it was Taurasi who cried buckets of tears on the medal stand, but this time around she made two-time U.S. head coach Auriemma cry in the postgame scrum by telling her former UConn mentor and alter ego that shed have never become who she is without him.It was an emotional exchange from one ultimate winner to another. And it was a conversation that, in many ways, mirrored what happened to the 73-year-old Karolyi after the U.S. women won the gymnastics team gold medal in a rout. In her 16 years on the job, Karolyi has turned the American program into a dynastic power. When team members Simone Biles, Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez? and Raisman told her theyd decided to nickname themselves The Final Five, partly as an homage to her since shes retiring after these Games, Karolyi astonished them for a change.She burst into tears.I am not a sentimental person -- I am known as a very tough person, Karolyi told a crowd of reporters afterward, laughing at the enormous understatement along with everyone else. But once the tears started, Karolyi blinked and added, I was like, What is happening to me?The Olympics happened. Thats what. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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Who qualifies as a sporting great? Who can really be called a legend? Some gain more support than others but, in the modern era, tennis?Andy Murray?and Formula?Ones Lewis Hamilton are at the top of the list in the British sporting pantheon. Adidas Brent Burns Jersey .Comparing them with other enduring heroes is tough. Its easy to make cases for people such as Booby Moore, Englands World Cup-winning captain or five-time Olympic-gold-medal-winner Steve Redgrave.There are many others who deserve a mention, too, including Jackie Stewart, the unquestioned king of the F1 road in his day, Chris Hoy, who swept Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship rivals away and 3-time Open winner Nick Faldo.But after a brilliant British sporting weekend that saw the nations tennis players claim five titles at Wimbledon, Hamilton win his home Grand Prix and Chris Froome retain the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, the focus is on two for whom the crown of the greatest appears to fits most snugly:Andy MurrayWhen he started out on tennis mens tour the nation couldnt decide whether he was more Scottish or British. In newspaper offices, journalists swung between the two descriptions depending on how well he was doing.?Today, things have changed. Murray is a multiple Grand Slam winner, Olympic champion and the guy who led his country to Davis Cup glory after an achingly-long wait.Hes the world No.2 in his sports greatest era and has shattered numerous long-standing records that had hung heavily from the nations shoulders. But there is more: he is also a tennis statesman, proud dad and fans favourite.The way Murray stops to sign programmes and tennis balls when he moves around Wimbledons courts, or has the time for a string of selfies with supporters in the corridors within the Centre Court building after wining the biggest title in his sport, speaks volumes.Even the morning after celebrating his latest Grand Slam title, when ESPN asked him about the legacy hed like to leave at the end of his career, he seemed a little embarrassed, too modest to have thought about his place in the British sporting pantheon.I dont know what my legacy will be, he said. When I finish, it would be nice if British tennis was in a better place than when I came in.Murray is no flash, money-mad sporting figure. In many ways, he is an anti-hero who has achieved fame and fortune despite a character which no marketing man would describe as perfect. Even Murrays camp describe him as a bit nerdy.The 29-year-old has earned a claim to British sporting greatness through talent and hard work, building his physique and honing his skills. Most of the other image-making elements which increase the popularity -- or notoriety -- of others have been eschewed.But when tennis has struggled with doping and betting scandals, he has been the voice of reason; the guy who gives an honest, thought-through opinion.Murray has shown his emotions and people have found they can relate to him as a result. Better than that, pundits, fans and the man in the street who only watches tennis once a year when it is served with strawberries and cream, can admire him.If he finally dethrones his great rival, Novak Djokovic, a stronger candidate would be hard to imagine.Leo SpallLewis HamiltonCome off the A10, drive through the unassuming housing estate and cross over the canal. If you find yourself at the sewage works, youve gone too far. This is where the story started -- a small go-kart track called Rye House in southern Hertfordshire.From the age of seven, Hamilton would complete laps of the circuit while his father, Anthony, stood behind the tyre barrier watching on.Aside from monitoring the progress of his son, Anthony would keep an eye on the more experienced karters, making a note of where the best ones hit the brakes for the trickiest corners.Once hed correlated the fastest times with the latest braking points, hed stand at the side of the track as a marker for his son to beat. Lap after lap, Hamilton Jnr would brake later and later, push harder and harder, until finally no-one could beat him.Fast forward 25 years and Hamiltons desire to be the latest driver on the brakes and the fastest driver on the circuit havent changed. But pretty much everything else has.The second-hand go-kart has been traded up to a world-beating Mercedes F1 car (he now has a team of engineers to analyse each braking point) and his humble roots in Hertfordshire have long been left behind for an exclusive residence in Monaco. He is now an international superstar known the world over -- and often for reasons that have nothing to do with his sport.But dont fall into the trap of misunderstanding Hamilton. At the core there remains a talented, determined and serious sportsman. 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Jamaican teammate Warren Weir never got close to Bolts world leading time of 19.66 seconds, but crossing .13 seconds later for silver still left him enough time to join Bolt in a reggae dance to Bob Marleys "Three Little Birds." "The energy was great tonight," Bolt said. "The crowd was in to it," Curtis Mitchell of the United States took bronze in 20.24 seconds, but was never in the hunt for gold. Edmontons Angela Whyte highlighted Canadas performance on Saturday with a sixth-place finish in the womens 100-metre hurdles. "Im so happy I made the final, but now we re-evaluate and see what I need to do to really be in the medal mix," Whyte said. "Im just happy to be back at a world class level after knee surgery in 2008." Bolt will go for his fourth triple gold at a major championship when he joins the Jamaican team for the 4x100 relay on Sunday. "It should be even better," Bolt said. The wealth of Jamaican sprinting is such that they might well sweep their American rivals in unprecedented fashion, after Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce clinched a similar 100-200 double and has her final relay also late on the closing day of the championships. Opposition could hardly touch Bolt on Saturday, and once it was clear his right foot was OK after he dropped a starting block on it early in the week, everything was as good as gold. Even his start was strong as he quickly gained a decisive edge. And then in the finishing straight, Bolt fully let loose his giant stride, the one that has dumbfounded rivals since he won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His seventh world title leaves him one shy of American greats Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson, who lead the overall gold medal standings in the 30-year history of the event. On Sunday, Bolt can pull alongside them. And with 10 medals overall, Bolt can overtake Lewis at the top with two silvers compared to a silver and bronze for the American sprinter-long jumper. Even though he is only 26, Bolts maturity showed Saturday as the wild hot-dogging of the Beijing Games gave way to a sense of near-seriousness. His Lightning Bolt stance came late and besides the dance steps, everything was contained. "I got to face the fact that I am getting older so I have to try not getting injured during the season," Bolt said. The only thing that never changes is the gold. And it is that which the United States is missing, seeing Russia jump past in the gold medal standings with two great performances on Saturday. While the Russians were overtaking the heavily favoured American 4x400 relay time, Svetlana Shkolina overtook Brigetta Barrett in the high jump. The Russian won by three centimetres with a leap of 2.03 metres. Defending world champion Anna Chicherova, who is also the Olympic champion, had to seettle for bronze after clearing 1. Wholesale Sharks Jerseys. 97. "The crowds roar for the 4x400 relay really put me up for my last attempt," Shkolina said. Emma Green Tregaro of Sweden, who wore rainbow-colored fingernails during qualifying to show support for Russian gays and lesbians in the face of an anti-gay law, finished fifth in the final, with red-painted nails. "It was harder to not paint them in the rainbow than it was to choose to paint them," Green Tregaro said. "Im surprised by the big reactions but Im happy about the big reaction because its mostly been very positive." With the closing day to come, Russia leads the gold medal standings with seven, ahead of the United States with six. Overall, the American team leads the host nation 20-15. Bolts medal pushed Jamaica into third place with four golds. The United States got its only gold on the night from 21-year-old Brianna Rollins, who surged at the end of the 100 hurdles to beat Olympic champion Sally Pearson in 12.44 seconds, edging the Australian by .06 seconds. Whyte finished in 12.78 seconds. "I got out relatively well, came off hurdle one and collapsed quite a bit," she said. "It wasnt the time I was looking for, I didnt execute as cleanly as I wanted to, but I responded well and battled back." Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., was eliminated in the semifinal earlier Saturday with a time of 13.12 seconds. "Its the strongest Ive ever been, the fastest Ive ever been, lack of coaching has played a role here," Zelinka said. "Havent been able to sharpen up with my hurdling, otherwise I feel great." Early in the day, Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich became the first non-Kenyan since 2005 to win the mens marathon gold medal at the world championships. The Ugandan broke away from Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia in the shaded park around Luhzniki Stadium to win his countrys first mens world title in the 30-year history of the championships. "I am so happy I won another gold medal for my country," Kiprotich said. "Now I am the Olympic and world champion." Another Ethiopian, Tadese Tola, took bronze on a warm afternoon in the Russian capital. Rob Watson of Vancouver was 20th. "I am super pumped about placing 20th, my ultimate goal coming in was a top 20 performance," he said. "When youre hurting and suffering but passing people it makes it that much easier, youre suffering for a cause, not just hanging on for dear life. "I was ranked 48th coming in, I just wanted to beat people in a race." Later in the evening, Ethiopian veteran Meseret Defar added the 5,000 world title to her Olympic gold medal, coming out of the slipstream of teammate Almaz Ayana to win with a strong finish. 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The Cleveland Indians are tweaking their outfield for Game 7 of the World Series after a costly mistake by rookie center fielder Tyler Naquin in Game 6. Cheap Indians Jerseys China .Naquin, who let a fly ball turn into a two-run double in the first inning of the loss Tuesday night, is out and Rajai Davis is back in for Cleveland.Carlos Santana will lead off for the Indians, followed by Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez.Lonnie Chisenhall will hit sixth, with Davis seventh, Coco Crisp eighth and Roberto Perez catching and hitting ninth.Indians manager Terry Francona said he feels Naquin is pressing a little bit. During the regular season you might kind of let him get through it, but with one game left and with [Corey] Kluber pitching, were trying to put a premium on catching the ball.You can tell hes pressing, Francona said of Naquin, who is batting .143 in the Series. Its not punishment. Its trying to win.The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, are sticking with what works in Game 7.They will use the same lineup that torched Cleveland for nine runs in Game 6. Dexter Fowler will lead off against Indians ace Kluber, followed by Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.Ben Zobrist, who is hitting .391 in the series, will hit fifth.Addison Russell, who tied a World Series record with six RBIs in Game 6, will hit sixth, followed by Willson Contreras, Jason Heyward and Javier Baez.The Cubs have managed just one run off Kluber in his two starts in the Series, victories by the Indians in Games 1 and 4.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Wholesale Indians Jerseys . 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Managers, players and pundits weigh in on the debate A lot of people, including myself, acknowledged the bravery of the Celta coaches but in the end the result was what it was - a heavy 6-1 defeat. In the second half, Barca were more aggressive without the ball, they moved the ball quicker and there were forward runners that made a big difference.As is the case with all of Europes top teams at the moment, Barcelona smell the Champions League approaching and are continuing to improve their performances. Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance, were domineering against Athletic Bilbao. Watch the penalty that became the main talking point this weekend in La Liga Barca stepped up a gear when it was needed against Celta. Ivan Rakitic, and even Aleix Vidal, provided fresh legs from the bench and that told against a tiring visiting side. It was wonderful to see the synergy of Barcas front three once again, particularly for the penalty.For most fans stats mean a lot. The same can be said for the spearhead of the Barca attack, Lionel Messi, who knows he can score his 300th La Liga goal at any time. Apparently Barca had been mulling over whether to carry out the penalty routine for weeks, with Neymar the original recipient from Messis pass. However, it was Luis Suarez who appeared instead, knowing that it could happen, and he finished it off. Terry Gibson discusses if Barcelonas Cruyff penalty was disrespectful Straight away the debate in Spain started: was it disrespectful or not? Football, especially in England, is made up of controversies and personalities, whereas in Spain its tactics and personalities, with controversies only recently growing into the game.Those characteristics didnt bring any of us into football, instead it was moments of magic and Barcas penalty will have evoked memories of John Cruyffs penalty from 1982 - a moment which is historic in football and is not viewed as disrespectful in any way. Robert Pires and Thierry Henry famously tried and failed with a similar penalty You can defend Barcelona by saying that they have missed a few penalties this season so this was an opportunity to make sure the goal went in. Of course, you need the ability and the confidence to do it and, as weve seen in the past, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry werent able to pull it off. Cheap Cleveland Indians Jerseys. Luis Enrique remarked that if he had tried something similar he would have collapsed!Its worth noting that in order for a team to pull this off there needs to be a positive mind-set, and you could see from the Barca players laughing afterwards that they clearly enjoyed the goal. Would they have done it if it was 1-1, or if they were trailing? Maybe not. If that is the case then why did they feel the need to do it at all? My response to that would be: why not! Luis Suarez celebrates with Lionel Messi after the penalty routine It wasnt just anybody who carried the move out, it was Messi, a player who doesnt go an inch further than he needs to. Everything he does is because it is needed. He also seemed to really enjoy himself in the process. Its moments like these which make us fall in love with football, things we will all remember and moments that will be referred to in the future.Most of the discontent comes from Madrid. It is a media strategy to please the Madrid fans who want to hear that, it has nothing to do with people thinking about football and is more to do with the business side of things - ie selling newspapers. What if Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema attempted the Cruyff penalty? To those who claim that this was out of order, and wouldnt like to see this in football, then I implore you to go and find another game because I wish there were more moments like this!There are times where players do disrespectful things - tactical gestures or skills - when the game is over but that goal doesnt fall into that bracket for me. What would the opinion be if Ronaldo and Karim Benzema or Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney tried something similar? Everyone is talking about this goal so, for me, that must be for a good reason.Guillem answers your questionsRonaldo was brilliant for Real yesterday. Was his performance - and goal celebration - him making a point? @unitedfan82    Ronaldo was in scintillating form against Bilbao on Saturday Yes, Ronaldo was brilliant. That is what we want from him all the time so when I criticise him it is because I want that all of the time. If we dont get performances of that ilk from Ronaldo I find it difficult to class him among the best players in the world. If he just does every now and again, or against smaller sides, that is not good enough. Yes, he is a great goalscorer but he has got to show it in the big games to show he is one of the greatest players. Lets see if he can continue at that pace because it was brilliant to see.Are Barca seriously interested in Riyad Mahrez to improve their attack? They seem to have a perfect squad - is there anywhere you think they could strengthen? @Shantanu3196Barcelona are not thinking about Mahrez.Are Barca definitely out of the running for Paul Pogba? Id love to see him at City! @bluemoonboy Paul Pogba is vying for a move to Barcelona, but where will he end up? Interestingly, Pogba seems to be vying for a move to Barcelona but they dont have the money that Manchester City, United or Real Madrid are prepared to put on the table. For that reason its difficult to say anything definitive, except for the fact those four clubs are interested.Whats the possibility of Manuel Pellegrini being Valencias manager next season? @ExciteableExpertPellegrini is leaving his options open and so are Valencia so no decision has been made as to Pellegrinis future or Valencias next manager.Can you see Gary Neville working with Mourinho at Old Trafford? @SidKGenuis Gary Neville and Valencia are both undecided on their next steps, says Guillem Has Jose Mourinho signed for Manchester United? I must have missed that! As for Neville, he has stated publicly that he doesnt want to be an assistant or a coach for long so I dont expect him to be at Valencia beyond the summer. It has been a learning curve for him at Valencia and, when or if he does leave, he has a big decision to make as to what to do. In any case, he has had a great experience there. 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The unexpected loss to unranked Pittsburgh did not eliminate Clemson from contention for one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff, especially considering what else transpired last weekend with Michigan and Washington also losing for the first time. Cheap NBA Jerseys .But it did reduce considerably the margin of error for the Tigers.Were still driving the car, Clemson senior center Jay Guillermo said. Were just driving with one hand now.And the Tigers (9-1 6-1 ACC), who dropped to No. 4 in the CFP and No. 5 in the AP poll, better keep that hand on the wheel as they take on unranked Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3 ACC) Saturday at 7 p.m. at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.A win for the Tigers in their ACC finale to be telecast on ESPN will clinch the Atlantic Division title and put them in the ACC Championship Game against either Virginia Tech or North Carolina from the Coastal Division. The Tigers finish the regular season at home against South Carolina the next week.Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is taking a bit of a philosophical approach to his teams first setback of the year.A little cough syrup for everybody is good for you from time to time, he said.Clemsons dose was delivered courtesy of a late 48-yard field goal that gave the Panthers the 43-42 win, ending the Tigers 21-game home winning streak.But with a record that features four wins over currently ranked teams -- No. 3 Louisville, No. 17 Florida State, No. 18 Auburn, and No. 25 Troy -- the Tigers look in good shape of making the playoffs for a second consecutive year -- if they take care of business.Every goal that we have is still right there in front of us -- every single goal, Swinney said. Theres a lot out there for this team. We cant sit around and cry about this one. We need to learn from it.The Tigers can help their cause by improving their performance in key areas like turnovers and red zone performance.They are even for the season in turnover margin in all games but are minus-3 in ACC play with 10 turnovers lost and only seven gained.Quarterback Deshaun Watson threw three interceptions in the loss to Pittsburgh, one deep in Panther territory that denied the Tigers at least a chance of a field goal that would have given them an 11-point cushion with less than six minutes left in the game.The Tigers rank 94th in scoring inside the 20-yard line and have been plagued by turnovers when on the cusp of the end zone, fumbling twice and throwing four interceptions this season.Not finishing in the red zone, thats kind of been an Achilles heel for us, Swinney said, and it kind of bit us in the butt Saturday.Wake Forest is third in the conference in red zone efficiency in conference games and is No. 1 in turnover margin with 15 takeaways (five interceptions, 10 recovered fumbles) to just 10 turnovers in six league games.That has helped coach Dave Clawsons club achieve bowl eligibility in his fourth season with the Demon Deacons.The Deacons were eliminated from the Atlantic Division race with their 44-12 loss to Louisville last week but still can have a huge impact on the race while improving their own bowl stock with a win over the Tigers. 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Martinez signs for Evergrande Guangzhou Evergrande have signed Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez. There is already speculation that Chelsea captain John Terry could sign a lucrative contract in China too, having suggested that his current club will not be offering him a new deal.Terry would be linking up with former Blues team-mate Ramires, who made a £25m move of his own to Jiangsu Suning last month. But its the transfer of Martinez, a 29-year-old first-team regular at one of Europes strongest sides thats the real reminder that China could soon become a haven for stars in their prime as well.Evergrande had sold Elkeson to Shanghai SIPG prior to Martinezs arrival and with Gervinho joining Hebei China Fortune, China has accounted for four of the five biggest transfers this winter. Whos in China? Demba Ba, Tim Cahill, Gervinho, Asamoah Gyan, Paulinho, Ramires and Mohamed Sissoko are among the former Premier League players in China. The expansion has been rapid with the television rights for the next five years of the Chinese Super League costing £830m, more than 30 times the previous sum.While the heavily regulated world of Major League Soccer restricts the likelihood of such excesses, there are no such obvious impediments in the way for the Chinese Super League.It seems that the prospect of a new market emerging to compete with Europes biggest league is one to be taken seriously. Paulinho, Tim Cahill and Ramires are among those embracing life in China Chris Atkins is a Chinese football expert based in Guangzhou, as well as a player representative and registered intermediary for RWMG Sports. Heres his take on the changes in China…What has changed in China and why?The government is keen to establish a more balanced economy based upon more than just manufacturing, with sports and entertainment industries seen as areas for investment. In China, companies are reliant on good relationships with the authorities and therefore are often inclined to help with initiatives seen as in the national interest. The stars in China Following Jackson Martinezs record-breaking move, we look at the other stars who play in Chinaa. Cheap Milwaukee Bucks Jerseys. What companies have also seen from the success of Guangzhou Evergrande is the amount of brand recognition that can be gained from football, allowing diversification. With many of those involved from the slowing real estate sector, that is an important benefit. The overall idea is to build a footballing product that puts China on the world map.Whats the standard like?The top end of the division is as good as it gets in Asia, with four or five clubs now at a pretty good standard and Guangzhou Evergrande having won the AFC Champions League twice in the past three years. Gervinho heads to China Former Arsenal winger Gervinho has left Roma to join Chinese Super League new boys Hebei Fortune. Obviously the league is still far off the levels of Europes top leagues, but it has improved dramatically in the past five years and should continue to do so. However, the big task will be raising the standard of the Chinese players across the board with the majority of better players now at only three or four sides.Are there a lot of clubs capable of spending big now? Which ones?Every year the number of clubs capable of making big-money additions seems to increase as we are seeing more and more clubs taken over by big enterprises. Even the second division now is starting to see increased investment and the likes of Jadson, Luis Fabiano and Zvjezdan Misimovic will line up in that league this year. Ramires in Chelsea exit Ramires has completed his move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning from Chelsea for a fee of £25m. The top spending clubs capable of attracting top players are probably Evergrande, Shanghai SIPG, Jiangsu Suning, Hebei China Fortune, Shandong Luneng and Beijing Guoan.How is the influx affecting your clients? Is the money going up across the board?Pretty much. The need to spend more to stay competitive is being felt at all levels. While at the very bottom of the second division, salaries are still not increasing too much (around $200k net per year), a number of clubs who were spending those levels last year have raised their budget substantially for this season.Is this a fad or the start of something big?This is the key question. However, while current levels of spending may not be sustained I think the general push in the direction of sports investment will continue for some time. 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Latvia will not send its skeleton athletes to this seasons world championships in Sochi, the first such announcement by any national team in response to the Russian doping scandal. Cheap Jazz Jerseys Authentic .The world championships for bobsled and skeleton are scheduled to be held on the 2014 Olympic track from Feb. 13-26. A number of athletes, including some past Olympic medalists from the U.S. and Britain, have said in recent weeks that they will consider skipping worlds unless officials move the event out of Russia.But no other national team had taken such an official stance, until Sunday.Enough is enough, the Latvian skeleton team said in a statement.If worlds are going to be moved out of Sochi, a decision by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation would have to come quickly. The IBSF said it will act promptly and decisively after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLarens latest report detailing the scope of the doping program in Russia was released on Friday.U.S. officials have said they will support any American athlete who chooses not to race in Sochi.Among the concerns some sliders have expressed about going back to Russia is a fear that food and beverage supplies could be tampered with and that athletes could unknowingly ingest a banned substance. If they were subsequently tested and that test came back positive, they would likely be ineligible to compete in the 2018 Olympics.The Russians are scheduled to compete this weekend in a World Cup bobsled and skeleton competition in Lake Placid, New York, as are sliders from most other nations on the circuit.I want to compete in a World Championships thats drug free and safe for all, U.S. womens bobsled pilot Elana Meyers Taylor said on Twitter. Sochi, Russia, is not an option.The British Bobsled and Skeleton Federation is among those taking a wait-and-see approach for now, not making any decisions until the IBSF decides if worlds should be moved.I hope too that they will want to join the fight, said Lizzy Yarnold, the Olympic womens skeleton gold medalist from Britain.Latvia has seven Winter Olympic medals in its history -- all of them in sliding sports. The Latvian team is led by Martins Dukurs, the seven-time defending World Cup overall champion who has gotten silver medals at the past two Olympics. At the Sochi Games in 2014, Dukurs entered as a gold-medal favorite but was beaten by Russias Aleksandr Tretyakov.McLarens report released on Friday said that Russians who won 15 medals in Sochi had their drug-testing samples tampered with, including two athletes who won four gold medals. 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Australia 244 and 4 for 169 (Khawaja 58*, Rabada 3-49) need another 370 runs to beat South Africa 242 and 8 for 540 dec (Duminy 141, Elgar 127, Philander 73, de Kock 64)Scorecard and ball-by-ball details 0%. Cheap Boston Celtics Jerseys . Zero. No chance. None at all. That, according to Australias Bureau of Meteorology, is the likelihood of rain in Perth on Monday. Coincidentally, it is also the chance of Australia winning the WACA Test and, thanks to that forecast, their hopes of escaping with a draw are not much higher. By stumps on day four, a South Africa victory was all but assured. It was a day of great South African entertainment, most notably fielding magic from Temba Bavuma and bowling brilliance from Kagiso Rabada.Perhaps the least surprising element of the day was the decision of Faf du Plessis to delay his declaration, allow his lower order to provide some entertainment with late lusty blows, and grind Australia down further and further. For more than nine years - until the tour of India last November - South Africa had not lost a Test series away from home. At the heart of this remarkable feat was a certain conservatism, a determination first not to lose, and only then to consider winning.So when du Plessis had his lower order bat on and on, their lead passing 400, then 450, then 500, and nearing 550, it was not a great shock. He also had to factor in the absence of his best and most experienced bowler Dale Steyn, who suffered a serious shoulder injury earlier in the match. With that in mind, you could understand why he would set Australia 539, requiring them not only to break the record for the highest successful Test chase, but to break it by more than 100 runs.By stumps, they were 4 for 169, still 370 runs adrift of their target, with only the wicketkeeper and bowlers still to come. Usman Khawaja was well set on 58, but will need to re-establish his innings on the fifth morning. Mitchell Marsh, under pressure to justify his ongoing position in a Test top six, was on 15. The ball was jagging off cracks, jumping, staying low, spinning - doing all the things that make batting most difficult. Australias task was monumental.South Africa have dominated the past three days at the WACA, a most impressive accomplishment given the injury to their spearhead before that ascendancy really began. But the rest have displayed true Steyn-less steel, which has only added to the gloss of their performance. In Australias second innings it was Rabada who stepped up, dismissing Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith and Adam Voges, to finish the day with 3 for 49. He also had Khawaja dropped at slip.But first came Bavumas breathtaking run-out of David Warner, the one man who, because of his recent form and his incredible record at the WACA, might have made Australia believe in a possible win had he stayed at the crease for a few hours. Warner had 35 at better than a run a ball when he pushed a Rabada delivery to cover and Bavuma, fielding at point, raced to the ball and then in one fluid action picked up, dived and threw down the stumps at the bowlers end.Perhaps Bavuma is secretly a Rhodes scholar - a Jonty Rhodes scholar, that is - for there was more than a hint of that illustrious predecessor in this effort. Such was the surprise of the feat that Warner appeared not to be stretching to his full capacity to make his ground, perhaps believing nobody could possibly do what Bavuma did. Bavuma was even too quick for the umpire Aleem Dar, who had not had time to take an optimal side-on position.It was a key moment, though to call it match-turning would be unfair to South Africas outstanding work of the previous two-and-a-half days. Match-turning would have been if Warner had batted on until stumps and reached 150 at a run a ball. Bavumas effort, brilliant though it was, simply ensured the match was not carried off in some unforeseen direction by Warner. South Africa had been on top, and Bavuma kept them there.Then came the reward for Rabada, who, later in the same over had Shaun Marsh caught at second slip for 15. Australia had tumbled from 0 for 52 to 2 for 52 within one over, and briefly the score was 3 for 52 in the next over when Khawaja was given out caught behind off Keshav Maharaj first ball, only to be reprieved on review when the third umpire found the ball had brushed the flap of his pad rather than his bat as he played back to cut.Still, the momentum was all with South Africa, and a 92-run stand between Khawaja and Smith did little to change that. Rabada was the man who broke that partnership, his persistent fourth-stump line and ability to nibble the ball around finally accounting for Smith, who drove outside off and tickled a catch behind for 34. Adam Voges followed in similar fashion in Rabadas next over.Rabada should also have had Khawaja caught behind on 41, a thick edge flying between the wicketkeeper and first slip. Hashim Amla moved low to his right and grassed the chance, but Quinton de Kock could have made it comfortably had he chosen to move to his left. Instead, Khawaja was given a life and went on to bring up his half-century, off precisely 100 deliveries.But then, a solitary fifty wasnt much good to Australia. South Africa had four batsmen who passed that milestone in their second innings, and two of those went on to post hundreds. The fourth day began with South Africa on 6 for 390 and Australia knew that with quick wickets, they might give themselves the slim chance of a gettable target. As it happened, South Africa batted on to add 150 to their total for the loss of only two wickets.Vernon Philander was the last man out, bowled by Smith, who had not introduced himself into the attack until the 159th over of the innings, for 73. Keshav Maharaj had struck three sixes and provided some late entertainment with 41 not out from 34 balls. And earlier, de Kock had struck 64 before he was caught at cover off Mitchell Marsh. His partnership of 116 with Philander had been the crowning frustration for Australia.Not that they helped themselves. Philander had been put down on 29 when he top-edged a hook off Mitchell Starc and at fine leg Josh Hazlewood ran around but parried the ball over for six, seemingly worried about stepping over the boundary. With just a little more awareness of his surroundings, he could have turned it into a moderately straightforward take. But it was symptomatic of Australias fielding in the second innings, during which several chances went down.There were also a couple of reprieves on review for de Kock, but Australia could not complain about those. In the end, du Plessis declared soon after lunch with South Africa on 8 for 540. Australia needed 539 to win. Only once in Test history has any team scored more than 500 in the fourth innings, and even that did not result in a win, for Englands 654 for 5 in the infamous timeless Test of 1939 came in pursuit of 696.The highest successful chase in Test history was the 418 scored by West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003, and Austraias highest was 404 back in 1948. The statisticians can close their books for now, because by stumps on day four, all of those records remained very safe indeed. Cheap Celtics Jerseys Authentic . 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We were missing Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Sanjay Manjrekar and Salil Ankola at the time, as they had been called up for the New Zealand series.Prior to this game, every time they announced a team, I was included in the squad but not in the XI; instead, I was sent to play for the Under-19s. Although that made me unhappy, I never showed it. It was a good build-up - it kept a fire burning inside me.That year, we had won the U-19 tournament after a long gap. I had captained the side and got a hundred in each innings of the final. Just prior to my Ranji debut, we had also played the MA Chidambaram Trophy against a Rest of India U-19 team that had the likes of VVS Laxman and Hrishikesh Kanitkar. I had got a hundred in the second innings of that game, where we came close to chasing 426.I was picked to play for the India U-19s against a touring Australia U-19 side, so I had to make a decision whether I wanted to play in that match, or show up for the Ranji pre-quarterfinal. Luckily, Ravi Shastri, who was the Mumbai captain at the time, had given me a message seven days prior that I would be batting at No. 4 for Mumbai in that game. So the decision was a no-brainer - playing for Mumbai was my dream.Ravi Shastri was a towering figure, and the Mumbai dressing room could be daunting at times. As a youngster I might have felt a little nervous, but thankfully I was too preoccupied to be bothered by it. Besides, it was a breakthrough season for a lot of other guys in the Mumbai team. The team had gone through a transition and most of us - Sairaj Bahutule, Jatin Paranjpe and Paras Mhambrey, to name a few - were making our debuts in that season or had just broken into the squad in the previous season. We had all played together previously and this made things more comfortable.When Ravi handed me my Mumbai cap on that cold Faridabad morning, it was a special feeling. After putting in years of hard work, I felt like I had accomplished something.We won the toss and elected to bat. I had a routine: I would put my pads on and then wear my cap, with my gloves resting on my thighs. I also had a habit of walking around the dressing room and skipping for a bit. I watched the game but - I can say it easily 23 years later - I never liked to talk about cricket. I followed this routine that day, and was talking about other things with Paras - who was also my room-mate - while waiting to go in.Just after the drinks break, Sunil More got out and I walked out to the crease. I was nervous, but fully aware of what was happening around me. I defended the first two balls from the offspinner Pankaj Thakur, and stepped out to the third, driving it past cover for three runs. Jatin was at the other end, and he said later that he had crossed his legss - a superstition - when I was on strike. Cheap Celtics Jerseys China. He was hoping everything went right for me on debut. It seemed to have worked, as I went on to score 260, which remains the world record for the highest first-class score on debut. You dont just go and snatch world records unless you are Brian Lara. It just so happened that everything went right that day.When I was close to my hundred on the second day, Ravi was batting with me. He pepped me up a little bit when I got to 90, when I was, understandably, a little nervous. He said, Just graft these 10 runs. Once you get them, I can guarantee the next 30 will flow like a river.I have a habit of keeping snapshots in my mind. I can usually picture the exact place and moment that something happened. I recall taking a cab - a kilometre or two into town - to find an STD booth to call my dad. I was on top of the world when I told him about my hundred. I needed somebody to keep me grounded and my dad was the perfect person. He reminded me how I had got into the Mumbai team after a long wait.Now that you are batting on hundred, dont let go of it, he said. Even when the stars come back, make sure your place is there.That kept ringing in my ears constantly and I just carried on. By tea, I was batting on 197 and a scorer reminded me about Gundappa Viswanaths record of 230 on debut. There wasnt much cricket in Faridabad at the time and people kept coming into the dressing room. So I asked Kaddu bhai (Karsan Ghavri), my senior, if he could keep them away. I didnt want to be rude, but I needed to be in my zone. I think Clive Lloyd had been at the game too. He had come to meet Ravi and seen my innings, but had left before I came in at tea.At the end of the second day, I was not out on 245. After play, I was sitting quietly in my chair and letting it all sink in. I remember Ravi coming in, putting his arm around my shoulders and saying, How are you feeling now, young man? Ravi was my hero and I was thrilled at that moment. It is another one of my precious snapshots.That night, BCCI president IS Bindra saab might have visited because his secretary was around and asked me if I knew I had made a world record. My reaction was: Really? Can I tell my parents about it?After the 260, the press was all over the shop. There were about three or four centuries scored in that innings and we had quite a tall score. Jatin and Ravi got hundreds as well. We only batted once and bowled them out twice to win by a huge margin.I used a SG Sunny Tonny bat that day. I only played four games with it and retired it after we won the Ranji Trophy that year. As a batsman, you tend to use your luckiest or most precious bats for a long time, but I said to myself, This bat has given me recognition. 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