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first_imgJamaica Skeet Club president Evan Thwaites is expecting a competitive and exciting National Junior Championships at the Portmore Range today starting at 11 a.m.Thwaites said the island’s top young shooters have prepared relentlessly over the last few weeks and will be gunning to be crowned the top young shooter for 2017.”This is the sixth year of the championship and it is becoming a prestigious event. All of the youngsters are planning to fight very hard to come out on top … so I am expecting everyone to give their all,” he said.More than 60 competitors will be in the hunt for the title and they will be placed in three groups based on age. The first group, (sub juniors) consists of shooters age 11-14; the second group, (juniors) ages 15-17; and third group will have shooters age 17-20 (extended juniors).There will be two separate competitions. The sub juniors will go first and they will have an easier course. The juniors and extended juniors will have a more difficult course. The winner will come from the juniors and extended juniors competition.SUPER SIX SHOOT OFFAt the end of the main competition, the top six shooters will go into a super six shoot off, and the shooter with the highest overall score will be crowned champion.In the boys’ section, defending champion Brandon Reid will look to defend his crown against the likes of Nickolai Clarke, Roman Tavares-Finson and Danzel Knight. While for the girls – Annabel Chung, Taylor Phillips and Anna Issa will be the main challengers for that title.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, October 11-Algeria moved closer to qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Malawi in Blantyre Saturday.The ‘Desert Foxes’ set a pattern of away wins with South Africa defeating Congo Brazzaville 2-0 in Pointe-Noire, Mali beating Ethiopia 2-0 in Addis Ababa and Togo defeating Uganda 1-0 in Kampala. Sierra Leone exceeded expectations by drawing 0-0 with Cameroon in Yaounde and Mozambique overcame Cape Verde Islands 2-0 in Maputo in other matches. The matchday 3 qualifiers took place amid a demand from 2015 hosts Morocco that the January 17-February 8 tournament be postponed over the Ebola epidemic.But the African Football Confederation (CAF) reacted Saturday by saying the three-week championship will go ahead as scheduled.More than 4,000 people had died from the virus this year, according to the World Health Organisation, with virtually all the victims living in west African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Defenders scored both Algerian goals with Rafik Halliche putting them ahead on 10 minutes and substitute Djamel Mesbah adding a second in stoppage time.Halliche nodded a corner past goalkeeper McDonald Harawa and Mesbah scored with a deflected close-range shot for the top-ranked team in Africa.Victory before a capacity 30,000 crowd at Kamuzu Stadium lifted Group B leaders Algeria to nine points from three matches after defeating Ethiopia and Mali last month.Another win over Malawi in Blida Wednesday would guarantee the 1990 African champions a top-two finish and a place among the 16 finalists.Algeria did best of the five African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, taking eventual champions Germany to extra time before suffering a 2-1 loss.Malawi attacked for much of the second half and came closest to equalising when captain and midfielder Joseph Kamwendo struck a post.South Africa made it three wins from five visits to Atlantic city Pointe-Noire by netting twice within four minutes soon after half-time.Bongani Ndulula silenced a 15,000 crowd crammed into the Stade Municipal by scoring off a bicycle kick on 52 minutes.Tokelo Rantie doubled the lead with a close-range shot after a superb pass from fellow England-based professional Dean Furman.South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa then made a string of saves to keep Congo at bay and when the Red Devils did score during stoppage time, the effort was ruled offside.Success for Bafana Bafana (The Boys), who gave a debut to young defender Rivaldo Coetzee, lifted them to the top of Group A with seven points, one more than Congo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSeveral companies are experimenting with putting printed material on mobile phones, including publisher HarperCollins’ announcement this summer that it would begin putting excerpts of new books on Apple Inc.’s iPhones. Mobile comic books are still in their infancy in the United States – uClick says it’s grown to about 55,000 readers a month in the first year of offering its GoComics service. But it touches on two strengthening trends: Comic-book creators looking to leap to the digital arena, where production and distribution are cheap, and the demand by wireless providers for data-rich applications to drive future revenues. “Obviously, comics have a pretty large following,” said David Oberholzer, associate director of content programming for Verizon Wireless, which offers GoComics along with competitors AT&T Inc. and Sprint Nextel Corp. “You want to mimic what’s out there already and have that on your deck.” For $4.49 a month on Verizon, or $3.99 a month for AT&T and Sprint, subscribers can view nearly a dozen different traditional comic books. There’s also a separate subscription service for Japanese comics called manga. The comic books range from well-known names such as “Bone” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” to up-and-coming books, such as crime noirish “Umbra” and Hindu folklore-inspired “Devi.” The comics site adds new chapters or issues for each title every week. Jeff Webber, vice president of product development for uClick, the digital arm of newspaper feature distributor Universal Press Syndicate, declined to provide revenue figures, saying some of the 55,000 monthly readers include people using free trials. But he said the company, which already lets people view comic strips on its wireless devices, is pleased with the comic-book feature’s growth and may allow users this fall not only to subscribe but also to buy whole issues over the phone. “We know there’s a lot of interest out there, and we’re trying to find the best way to serve the customer,” Webber said. Mobile comics have been a cellular mainstay for years in manga-crazy Japan, where some titles already begin life on cell phones before going to print. Stu Levy, chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based TokyoPop, one of the leading U.S. publishers of manga, said the domestic market is still way behind Japan. But he said he could see comics being released in the United States on mobile phones before coming out in print regularly in the next few years. Levy, whose company provides most of GoComics’ manga titles, said his company already is experimenting with adding animation and other cinematic touches to manga stories and tying in manga-theme games, ring tones, wallpaper and other content. “I think that we’re all still in the experimental stage,” Levy said. “But I think with video and with technology that will allow the experience on the cell phone to become more engaging and more involved, we’ll be able to touch more customers in a number of areas.” The GoComics reader displays each comic book a panel at a time, reformatted from the printed versions with larger typeface in word balloons, although some comics are harder to read than others. The phone’s buttons advance each frame, allowing the reader to scroll across larger pictures. Sanders, who did the art for “Thunder Road” as well as Image Comics’ “Five Fists of Science,” said the smaller screen does pose some challenges as space is at a premium. But he said the single panels also allow creators to better control how their audience reads the story, preventing them from ruining surprises by glancing at the next page. He said he was initially attracted to the project because he believes digital publishing is a faster and cheaper way to get to market. “I think the future of comics itself lies in digital format,” he said, noting that the 10-cent comics of yesteryear have been replaced by $3 and $4 books. “It’s lost that bang for the buck that you used to have as a cheap form of entertainment. There’s not a lot of incentive for people who aren’t already heavily invested in or used to reading comics to go out and buy them.” Wireless companies are still undecided on the future of mobile publishing as small screens and short battery lives make online reading a chore. But Charles Golvin, a wireless analyst for Forrester Research, said comic books could be different because they’re what he called “quick hit content,” like ring tones and wallpaper. “There are plenty of niches,” he said. “My sense is that in the long term, as displays get better and networks get better and there’s a better experience for all sorts of content, I think the comic-book stuff makes a little bit more sense to me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sean Demory realized a long-held dream of becoming a published comic-book writer when “Thunder Road,” a post-apocalyptic adventure he developed with artist Steven Sanders, was released. “I’ve been plugging away and pitching things for 15 to 20 years,” Demory said. “This is the first one that landed in fertile soil.” But don’t look for the tales of Merritt and his buddies on the shelves of a comic-book store or even the Internet. “Thunder Road” is the first comic book released in the United States exclusively on a cell phone, part of a lineup of mobile comic books offered by Kansas City-based uClick. “It opens up a market that wouldn’t necessarily be seen as a traditional comic market,” Demory said of the launch last month. last_img read more

first_img Pedro 1 Chelsea have stunned Manchester United by sealing a deal for Barcelona forward Pedro.United have been chasing the World Cup winner all summer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been in advanced talks with the Spanish club this week over a deal.However, Woodward’s reluctance to meet Pedro’s £22million buy-out clause opened the door for Chelsea to make a late move.And the Premier League champions have moved quickly to wrap up a deal after agreeing to pay the £22m fee.The 28-year-old has already agreed personal terms with Jose Mourinho’s side and is in London to undergo a medical before putting pen-to-paper.Losing out on Pedro’s signature to their Premier League rivals will come as a huge blow to United boss Louis van Gaal.Van Gaal had targeted the Spain international as the ideal replacement for Angel di Maria, but will now have to turn his attentions elsewhere.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has completed his first signing in charge at Anfield by landing Red Star Belgrade teen Marko Grujic, according to reports in Serbia.talkSPORT told you yesterday that the Reds were facing competition from Anderlecht for the teenage ace but it now appears Jurgen Klopp has got his man.Newspaper Mondo is claiming that a £4.3m deal is complete, with Grujic set to stay with Red Star on loan until the summer, when he will link up with his new team-mates on Merseyside.The 19-year-old starlet has become an integral member of the unbeaten Red Star side who are already 22 points clear at the top of the Serbian Super Liga after just 21 games played.Central midfielder Grujic has featured in all but one of those, starting 18, and has so far chipped in with five goals and looks set to stay on for the remainder of what promises to be a title-winning campaign.It is said that Klopp’s assistant Zeljko Buvan alerted Liverpool to the teenager’s talent and a personal phone call from the Liverpool manager was enough to tempt him to English football. 1 Marko Grujic is set to join for £4.3m last_img read more

first_imgRESEDA – It’s been four months since the Ski Mask bandits last robbed a San Fernando Valley eatery, but no local restaurant owner thinks the aggressive gunmen have ended their two-year crime spree. About 25 restaurant owners through the California Restaurant Association and some Los Angeles Council members met with Los Angeles police Monday at a town-hall meeting to learn more about techniques to fortify their businesses against the heists. “”We’re dealing with a predator,” said Michel Moore, the Valley’s top cop. “These predators are out there and we know they will be back.” Operating in teams of two or three, the disguised men display a fierce takeover style, saying very little to their victims beyond shoving guns in their faces and demanding money and valuables. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Police estimate the crew is responsible for at least 52 restaurant robberies in the Valley and for killing one man in cold blood at a Thai eatery. Their last known robbery was in August on Cahuenga Boulevard at Ca Del Sole after a summer of 11 heists. Police are not surprised that the bandits have gone underground. Last year, the crew went from October to March without hitting up a restaurant. “You could say it’s typical,” said Detective Michael Gannon. “You just don’t know when these people start and stop.” Gannon said police are also investigating a robbery at a Los Feliz Japanese restaurant Sept. 14 that could possibly be the work of the Ski Mask Bandits. Detectives also discussed a lone bandit who hit up about 23 Valley restaurants, the last one in March. Police said the man is likely in jail on unrelated charges. One Valley restaurant owner urged others to install extra lights in their parking lots after a group of thugs waited in the darkness behind his establishment and robbed his staff. “My fiancee was manhandled. This guy was going to kill her,” said the man who would only give his first name of Dale out of concern that the group would retaliate. “She was yanked up by her hair.” He now has lights all over the back of his restaurant. Showing surveillance video from two restaurant robberies, detectives asked the room of restaurant owners inside the West Valley community police station what they could have done to change the outcome of the heists. Authorities recommended silent-alarm systems, digital surveillance cameras, extra lights in parking lots and calling police as soon as things don’t seem right. Councilman Dennis Zine said the robberies have intimidated patrons and discouraged them from eating out. In some cases, restaurant owners said if they are robbed again, they will close up shop. “These folks have done a lot of harm to a lot of people,” Zine said. He said Monday’s meeting put restaurant owners in touch with the right resources to keep business on track. The Los Angeles City Council has offered a $75,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the Ski Mask Bandits. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgMotherwell came from behind to beat Clyde and top Group G.Former Dundee United forward David Goodwillie gave the League Two side the lead on the half-hour mark, spinning in the box before slotting home.Parity was restored, however, when Andy Rose flicked on a corner, and powerful attacker Curtis Main claimed the final touch.Three minutes later the turnaround was completed. Summer signing Danny Johnson climbed off the bench to put Stephen Robinson’s side in front with an emphatic finish. Conor Sammon grabbed his third goal in two matches when the Irish forward found the bottom corner in the dying moments.St Johnstone fought back to win 3-1 at Forfar and secure top stop in Group B.John Baird put Forfar in front after 15 minutes, but Tony Watt continued his goalscoring streak to get the Saints back level just before the break.David McMillan put Tommy Wright’s men in the driving seat, before Matty Kennedy scored his first goal for the Perth side to seal victory. Strikers Eamonn Brophy and Kris Boyd struck to hand Kilmarnock top spot in Group H.It took the Premiership side until just after the hour mark to edge in front. Pacy winger Mikael Ndjoli hit the byline and cut the ball back for Brophy to convert.Boyd had previously spurned chances to get on the scoresheet but the veteran attacker made no mistake from the penalty spot, finding the corner to double Killie’s lead in the dying moments..St Mirren hit Dumbarton for six as Alan Stubbs claimed his first win in charge of the Buddies.Hayden Coulson opened the floodgates after just one minute with a neat finish, and Cammy Smith made it two before the interval with a clever header into the corner.Ross Stewart rose highest add a corner to add a third just after the break before Stephen McGinn cracked a stunning strike into the top corner.Jim Kellerman got in on the act by scrambling in the fifth. Attacker Smith sealed the win with a sumptuous sixth, chipping the keeper from long-range for his second of the afternoon.St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Ayr, Livingston, Motherwell, Kilmarnock and Ross County have won their groups.Hearts play Inverness on Sunday as Group C comes to a close.Queen of the South, St Mirren and Dundee have qualified as best runners-up.Partick Thistle are awaiting the result of Hearts-Inverness before the fourth runners-up spot is decided.last_img read more

first_imgMohammed Ali once said champions aren’t made in the gym but from the dream they have deep within. This is when India dug deep inside its gut to bring the country to its feet. Thirty sporting moments that had India’s collective heart in its mouth. Top of the world with,Mohammed Ali once said champions aren’t made in the gym but from the dream they have deep within. This is when India dug deep inside its gut to bring the country to its feet. Thirty sporting moments that had India’s collective heart in its mouth. Top of the world with Kapil and the Cup1983When Kapil Dev’s Indians, underdogs to start with, were skittled for a paltry 183 by Clive Lloyd’s mighty Windies, no one had a sliver of hope they would lift the 1983 Prudential Cricket World Cup. Until Kapil Dev pulled off a stunner of a catch in the deep to dismiss the belligerent Viv Richards and Madan Lal and Mohinder Amarnath nailed the coffin shut as they took between them six wickets for just 43 runs.Viswanathan Anand, all of 18, India’s first chess Grandmaster1987Barely of driving age, Viswanathan Anand was nonetheless zipping to the top of the chess world. Nicknamed the ‘Lightning Kid’, he became India’s first-and the world’s youngest-Grandmaster as he stood joint first with Lanka Ravi at the Sakthi Finance International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in Coimbatore.Bhajji, Laxman make Aussies go down under2001At the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India followed on, faltering as they chased Australia’s 445, and Harbhajan Singh’s first innings hat-trick seemed in vain. A four-day finish loomed, until V.V.S. Laxman’s 281 and Rahul Dravid’s 180 took India to 657, the second-highest second innings Test total. Then Bhajji took six wickets as Australia folded on 212, chasing 384.Too Kool Kumble, Howzzat!!!1999At Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, engineer-turned-medium pacer-turned-leg spinner Anil Kumble became only the second player in Test history, after Englishman Jim Laker, to take 10 wickets in an innings. After the fall of the ninth wicket, the bowlers made an effort to keep the ball away from the unpredictable tail-enders-no one dared deny ‘Jumbo’ his perfect 10.advertisementKhashaba Jadhav wrestles a bronze1952India’s first non-hockey Olympics medal came, fittingly, in freestyle wrestling. Not quite a latter-day Gama, bantam weight Khashaba Jadhav nevertheless brought home a bronze from Helsinki.Sunny ‘Tonny’ scores 10,0001987Pakistani off-spinner Ijaz Faqih was late-cut for a not-so-ordinary single. It was the first innings of the fourth India-Pakistan Test match, and it was Sunil Gavaskar’s 10,000th Test run. Later, on the third day, Imran Khan led his team out on field wearing helmets to protest against crowd violence. Things resumed only when Gavaskar requested the audience in Gujarati to “be calm and treat our guests well”.”I’ve done it,” cries Padukone1980Being denied a shot at the holy grail of badminton- the All-England Championships-in 1979 by a heel injury even while being the top seeded player must have been hard for Prakash Padukone. But returning in 1980, Padukone showed what he could have done, when he beat Indonesian Liem Swie King in straight games, pumping the air with a cry of “I’ve done it!” on his lips. Quite. Especially as this was the only All-England title between 1978 and 1981 that King could not win.Ramanathan Krishnan makes it, almost1960After watching Ramanathan Krishnan beat Mexican Luis Ayala 7-5, 10-8, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships that year, tennis fans at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club were expecting much of the stylish and elegant Indian. Seeded seventh for the year’s championships, Krishnan, however, disappointed as he stumbled at the penultimate hurdle, going down tamely in straight sets to Australian Neale Frasier, who went on to become the eventual champion that year.Gopichand follows his teacher2001Trailing 7-11 in the first game of the All-England Badminton Championships finals against Chinese Chen Hong, Pullela Gopichand was perhaps feeling the weight of the moment. But soon, he settled in and breezed through to a 15-12, 15-6 title victory, becoming only the second Indian after his coach Prakash Padukone to win the title. Age no bar for eveready Amritraj1987A 33-year-old Vijay Amritraj took the court against a much younger Argentinian Martin Jaite, ranked 14, in the Davis Cup first round in Delhi. Defying age and the odds, he took down Jaite in an epic five-setter after being just one point away from defeat, paving the way for a dream run to the finals. India lost the finals to Sweden, but Amritraj’s Davis Cup brimmed over.Taking the Windies by storm1971India beat West Indies in a series played in the West Indies for the first time in 1971. Sunil Gavaskar made a smashing debut, scoring three centuries, three 50s and a double-hundred-an aggregate of 774 runs. This surpassed Dilip Sardesai’s 642 runs, an impressive aggregate also set on the same tour.Like father, like son1996It was an emotional moment for Leander Paes as he climbed the podium to claim his Olympic bronze, just as his father Dr Vece Paes had done as a member of the 1972 hockey team. Falling to Andre Agassi 7-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals before beating Fernando Meligeni 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 for third, he saved India the shame of returning from Atlanta empty-handed.advertisementIndia’s first Test triple centurion2004In typical disdain for both the bowler and the approaching milestone, Virender Sehwag carted off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq over midwicket for a six, becoming India’s first Test triple centurion. And, as if the 309 he hit wasn’t enough, he had it inscribed on his bat, as a silent reminder to any bowler who may happen to forget his name.Paes-Bhupati win the first Grand Slam for India1999Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati overcame the pair of big-serving Goran Ivanisevic and Jeff Torango and tyrant rain-gods to bring India its first Grand Slam. Fighting back from 3-0 in the second set they sealed the French Open doubles title 6-2, 7-5.India’s dream girl, Sania Shining2005Beaten 6-2, 6-1 in her fourth round US Open match with designer diva Maria Sharapova, Sania Mirza was no pushover, winning a billion hearts with a spirited fight. India’s youth found a new icon and she found herself the first Indian in the WTA top-50.Asian women’s champion in table tennis1952Taking up a bat of another kind for India, table-tennis player Gool Nasikwala won in both singles and doubles at the inaugural Asian Table Tennis Championships.Malleswari lifts India high2000A huff and a puff. And it was done. Karnam Malleswari won a bronze in weightlifting in the 69 kg category at the Sydney Olympics. Becoming the first Indian woman Olympic medallist was perhaps more fulfilling than the record-breaking triple-gold she won at the 1995 World Weightlifting Championships.Maninder, out for duck, ties India in knots1986It was the India vs Australia Test match in Chennai. Chasing 348, Maninder Singh, India’s last man, came on strike with one run required off three balls. He played one dot ball. Off-spinner Greg Matthews, who had already taken five wickets for 103 runs in the first innings, got him out LBW the next ball. The scores were even at 347, and despite Singh’s loud protests, it went down as only the second tie in Test history.Home-grown Mohammed Ali2002It was a closely fought match and it went the distance. In the 48 kg light flyweight category boxing finals at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, Mohammed Ali Qamar went into the last round of his bout against Englishman Darren Langley with a 5-point deficit. Letting fly, Qamar forced Langley to take a standing count and eventually triumphed 27-25 to take gold.Narain Karthikeyan becomes India’s First Formula One driver2005After his searing runs in the Formula Three and Formula Nippon racing circuit, Narain Karthikeyan became India’s first Formula One driver when he joined the Jordan racing team. The year, however, ended on a sour note, with him having to retire in five out of 19 races, and being relegated to testdriving for Williams F1.advertisementMilkha Singh flew fast, but not fast enough1960″Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh returned his career best time of 45.6 seconds in the 400-metre event at the Rome Olympics. But it just wasn’t good enough. Merely 0.1 seconds off the bronze medalist, it was the proverbial whisker. In four races, including the semifinals and the finals, he went faster every time-47.6, 46.5, 45.9 and 45.6 seconds.Sach is life. Tendulkar breaks Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries2005At exactly 16:44:19, in fading light on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi, Sachin Tendulkar became Test cricket’s most prolific centurion. With a flick through square-leg off Chaminda Vaas, he reached his 35th Test century, surpassing Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 centuries that had stood for a good 22 years. Ironically, the legendary Gavaskar too had scored his last century against Sri Lanka.Anju Bobby George makes India jump with joy2003Anju Bobby George, with a jump of 6.70 m, became the first Indian medalist at the World Athletics Championships, when she took the long jump bronze in Paris in 2003. Who would believe she is allergic to sand?Mihir Sen crosses the English Channel…swimming1966Kolkata lawyer Mihir Sen became the first Indian to swim the English Channel in September 1958. In 1966, he swam across the Palk Strait, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles, the Bosphorus, and the Panama Canal, setting the record for the longest distance swum-more than 600 km in sea/ocean water.A year after shaking England off its back, India trounces them in hockey1948In a match played on a rain-soaked pitch that saw some Indians choosing to play barefoot, India blanked out England 4-0. The country’s fabled hockey team thus won its first post-Independence Olympic gold in hockey in the London Olympics, beating, ironically, their colonisers until not so long ago.Hat-trick by De Souza makes Aussies play spoilsport1956Neville De Souza scored a hat-trick in football for India in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics against the home team as India sailed through to the semi-finals on a 4-2 score line. The Australians, playing spoilsport, called the Indian win a “fluke” and demanded a rematch, which also went India’s way.Shooting star Rajyavardhan Rathore hits a bull’s eye for an Olympic silver2004For Lt-Col Rajyavardhan Rathore, the shooting range of the doubletrap event at the Athens Olympics must have been quite a change after the death-valleys of Kashmir. But his response after becoming India’s first individual Olympic silver medalist was perhaps the same: “If you ask me how it felt, I would say I wouldn’t like to go through that again.”A lanky Azharuddin went out to bat. For himself. And history. Pity about the rest1984When Mohammed Azharuddin, a dashing 22-year-old, took guard for the first time against England in Kolkata in 1984, little would the opposition have known what they were in for. Following a 110 on debut, he went on to get another 329 runs in the next two Tests. The next great exponent of leg-side batting, after Zaheer Abbas and Greg Chappell, was born.Two for win. That’s what happened when India’s past and present captains joined bats to score 3181999When Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly came together in the India-Sri Lanka 1999 World Cup match in Taunton, England, an Indian top-order collapse seemed imminent. But the duo had other plans, as they dug into a 318-run feast. Setting a one-day partnership record for the time, it was fitting riposte to India’s semi-finals defeat at Kolkata in the 1996 World Cup.Taking the cue, Pankaj Advani, just 19, wins the world2005And what better way to do it than by beating the legendary Geet Sethi. In a six-hour final that ended with a 2242-1717 score-line, Pankaj Advani, announced his arrival by winning the World Billiards Championships in Malta. He then went on to complete his billiards double, winning in the points format too.last_img read more

first_imgKarim Benzema and Franck Ribery will be crucial for France in the World CupSeveral members of the France team that went on strike in training four years ago will be at the World Cup in Brazil, including mainstays Franck Ribery and Hugo Lloris.But France coach Didier Deschamps has freshened up an aging squad and youngsters like 21-year-old Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will be eager to make an impression on the world stage.Karim Benzema, who was left out of the squad for the World Cup in South Africa four years ago, will get his chance to shine after a disappointing European Championship in 2012, and Blaise Matuidi has become a key player thanks to his boundless stamina and tenacious tackling.Here are five players to watch:KARIM BENZEMAAfter failing to score in the last two European Championships, and missing out on the 2010 World Cup, this is Karim Benzema’s big chance to shine on the world stage.In the space of a few months, he has gone from losing his form and confidence to becoming one of the most lethal strikers in Europe.It has been some turnaround from Benzema, who lost his place in the France team to Olivier Giroud last year after a dismal run of 15 international games without a goal. Since the turn of the year, the 26-year-old Benzema has scored freely for Real Madrid and he even outshone Cristiano Ronaldo in the 4-3 loss to Barcelona on March 23, scoring two clinical goals.FRANCK RIBERYWhen Benzema was struggling for form and goals, France turned to Franck Ribery.advertisementRibery’s international career started brilliantly when, as an unknown, he was catapulted into the side that reached the 2006 World Cup final.It was all downhill from there with a knee injury against Italy at Euro 2008 and a three-match ban from the French federation after the 2010 World Cup, when he was perceived to be one of the ringleaders of a training ground strike.After two difficult years, the Bayern Munich winger got the fans firmly back on his side with some outstanding performances.With 81 appearances and 16 goals, he remains France’s most dangerous player.HUGO LLORISNot many goalkeepers are international captains, especially not the silent ones. But, despite his mild-mannered demeanor and soft voice, Hugo Lloris has nonetheless imposed himself as a leader on the field through his faultless attitude and consistent performances.The Tottenham goalkeeper has been firmly installed as France’s No. 1 since the last World Cup and with 55 international appearances at the age of 27, he is set to win more than 100 caps for his country.Quick off his line, solid in the air on corners and free kicks, and with exceptional reflexes as well as good feet, Lloris is a complete ‘keeper.BLAISE MATUIDIDefensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi is one of the most valuable members of the France team.A tireless runner with tremendous stamina, he is also a tenacious tackler and a careful passer. He rarely does anything flashy, but his ability to keep things simple has proved invaluable for French champion Paris Saint-Germain and the national team over the past two seasons.The 26-year-old Matuidi made only four appearances in two years under former France coach Laurent Blanc. He has already been picked 16 times by Didier Deschamps, France’s former captain, who perhaps sees something of himself in the way Matuidi sacrifices himself for the team.PAUL POGBAFrance coach Didier Deschamps gave Paul Pogba a huge vote of confidence when he thrust him into the starting lineup against world champion Spain in a crucial World Cup qualifier last March.It was only the 21-year-old Pogba’s second international appearance, but Deschamps thought he was ready to face the best midfield in the world.Although Pogba got sent off for a clumsy foul on Xavi Hernandez, the experience served him well and he has not been out of the side since.His graceful, athletic running, solid tackling and excellent passing are allied to a brilliant eye for goal. Pogba has scored some superb long-distance goals for Juventus and Deschamps is counting on him to show his attacking flair in Brazil.last_img read more