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Posted by: | Posted on: December 21, 2019

Austin will plead with QPR to reduce asking price, report claims

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Chelsea…Speculation continues over the future of Charlie Austin, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that the striker wants QPR to reduce their asking price for him.Rangers, who want £15m, have received no offers for Austin despite numerous reports of both bids and strong interest from several clubs, including Chelsea, Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham, Liverpool and Crystal Palace.Austin will plead with the club to change their price if he is unable to secure a move soon, the Telegraph say.Austin is keen to secure a move following QPR’s relegationWest Ham have launched a bid to sign Mohamed Salah from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.There has been much speculation about Salah’s future since the end of last season, which he ended on loan at Fiorentina, who are keen to keep him.Several other clubs have been linked with the Egyptian, including Tottenham, Inter Milan and Juventus.And the Mirror reports that West Ham want to take Salah, 23, on loan with a view to a permanent move.There continues to be speculation about Salah’s long-term futureFollowing reports in the Italian media, the Daily Mail say Chelsea have discussed a £10.7m bid for Augsburg’s Ghana left-back Baba Rahman, who is said to be a target for Juventus.Meanwhile, Oscar continues to be linked with a possible move to Juve.The Mirror say he could offloaded by Chelsea in exchange for Paul Pogba, who has been consistently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.And the Daily Star say Atletico Madrid will  snub a cash plus-player-offer from the Blues for Antoine Griezmann.Chelsea, it is claimed, are willing to give Atletico either Salah or Filipe Luis for the forward, who is apparently rated at £43m.Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Tuesday that Chelsea could offer Salah as part of a swap deal for Griezmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2019

Graeme Smith captains his 100th test

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We wish him good luck for future endeavours and for everything that he has achieved. May it inspire every generation of young South Africans to do better,” Mbalula said. When the Proteas lost their ninth wicket, some thought the match was over. Smith, though, had other ideas and came out to try and save the game. The Australian fans rose to their feet as one, recognising the fighting qualities they hold so dear in another. His test career began way back in March 2002 at Newlands. Probably the best bit of trivia about Smith’s contribution to that match, the second test against Australia, which the Aussies won by four wickets, was not his 68 in the second innings – he began his test career with three in the first innings – but the fact that he didn’t open the innings. He batted at number three. South Africa were already 2-0 up in their three-match series Down Under, the series victory sealed, when the Proteas found themselves in trouble. They were way behind in their run chase and the Aussies were deeply into the Proteas’ batting line-up. Overs, however, were also running out for the Australians. Along the way, Smith eclipsed Kirsten and Darryl Cullinan, who both scored 275 in a test innings, by making 277 in the first test against England at Edgbaston in 2003 to become the highest South African run scorer in a test match. Remarkably, a week later, he made 259 in the second test at Lords. “For me, as a former opening batsman, his role has been underpinned by his success as a batsman, to average close to fifty and to score 26 Test hundreds is an unbelievable achievement. We often forget the role he plays with the bat up front.” ImprovementTied to Smith’s success was the Proteas’ improvement as a test team; in 2008/09 they won in both England and Australia. When they did it for an unprecedented second time in 2012, they became the undisputed number one test team in the world. It was generally agreed that Smith’s captaincy and his contributions with the bat had a lot to do with it. Having taken on the job at the young age of 22, Smith has gone through some ups and downs, but he is now one of the most respected leaders in the game. Smith has also proved to be at his best when the chips are down in the fourth innings. At Edgbaston in 2008, he scored a magnificent 154 not out on a very difficult pitch, arguably his most impressive innings, to guide the Proteas to a five-wicket victory. He rightly received high praise for that effort, but there was even higher praise to come for an innings of only three in a loss to Australia in January 2009. Proteas’ team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee toured Bangladesh in 2003, which was Smith’s first tour as captain. “I was travelling with the team as the doctor at that stage,” Moosajee recalled, “and I don’t think he stopped talking for the entire trip there. 1 February 2013 “When he came into the team I saw that he had leadership potential,” Kirsten said in a statement this week. “He relished the idea of being captain of South Africa, when a lot of people didn’t because of the burden the job comes with. center_img Talent and sense of dutySouth Africa’s Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula spoke at a press conference on Thursday ahead of the first test against Pakistan. He praised Smith for his “courage”, saying: “It’s a great day and special occasion for Graeme, the captain of our national side, for the exceptional display of talent and sense of duty [he has shown throughout his career]. When Graeme Smith walks out onto the Wanderers pitch to take on Pakistan in Johannesburg on Friday, the day of his 32nd birthday, he will become the first man in cricket history to serve as captain in 100 tests. One of those was as captain of the World XI against Australia in 2005. His 100th test in charge of South Africa will take place on 14 February. The South African skipper battled manfully, leaving the ball when he could, but enduring great pain whenever he was forced to play it. His innings lasted only 17 balls before he was bowled by Mitchell Johnson and the match lost, but his decision to bat raised the level of respect of the opposition immeasurably. ESPN Cricinfo, the Internet’s leading cricket website, wrote an article about Smith, headlining it “The bravest man in world cricket”. ‘I felt he had lot to offer’“I played 14 Tests under him and even though he was young, I felt he had a lot to offer, but that was obviously going to take time, which is sometimes the case with leadership,” Kirsten said. Number one in the worldIn the past five years, Smith has led South Africa to some of the country’s most important series victories, including twice winning Down Under, when the Proteas had never previously achieved a series victory, and twice winning series in England. That run of success has led to South Africa becoming the number one test playing team in the world. “South Africans are proud of what he has achieved. He will remember the lows and ups during his career, but he never gave up, I hope that will inspire every sports loving person in the country.” Test runsThe batting was opened by Herschelle Gibbs and one Gary Kirsten, now the coach of the Proteas. Kirsten outscored Smith in that game, making seven and 87, but Smith has gone on to a longer career and passed Kirsten, once South Africa’s all-time leader in test runs, having reached 8 624 by the time of his 100th test as captain. Smith’s batting achievements include a world record first wicket opening partnership with Neil McKenzie, who like Smith attended King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. Together they put on 415 against Bangladesh at Chittagong in early 2008. They finished day one on 405 runs, which is the most a pair has put in a single day of test cricket without losing a wicket. “His patriotism is in a league of its own. As young as he is, he has come of age to be what he is today. InjuredSmith was not expected to bat after he retired injured on 30 in the first innings with a broken hand. Compounding this was a case of tennis elbow in his right arm. An injection had numbed it, but batting would be a painful experience. He wouldn’t bat again, or so people thought. “He has grown into one of the most astute leaders that this country will ever witness, but for me, the most impressive element about Graeme is the humbleness and humility with which he has gone about his work, he is an great example for everyone in the team.” last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 27, 2019

Harvey Carey hits milestone, plays 700 games with TNT

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Harvey Carey may have played just 11 minutes in TNT KaTropa’s previous game in the PBA Philippine Cup but those several ticks on the clock meant much more.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m very fortunate to stay with the franchise,” said Carey who was also named to the PBA Mythical Second Team in 2003 and the PBA All-Defensive Team in 2007.Carey is also the only player left in the TNT team that won the 2003 Philippine Cup.The 6-foot-3’s bruiser admiration for the KaTropa is enough satisfaction for him and he plans to one day retire with the franchise that selected him nearly two decades ago.“I could never imagine myself playing for anybody else, I love TNT, I’ve grown roots with them and hopefully this is where I’m going to retire.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Godfrey Okumu on Lady Maroons tailspin: I believe we still have a fight in us Carey joined elite loyalty after he played in 700 games for the KaTropa joining legends Alvin Patrimonio and Mark Caguioa as the only three players in PBA history to appear in as many games for a single club.It’s also a double blessing for Carey as the KaTropa easily took care of Blackwater, 127-89, at Ynares Center in Antipolo for their third straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s really fortunate that I’ve been pretty much injury-free except for my second year in the league,” said Carey who was the no.4 overall pick in the 2003 draft. “It’s a milestone and I just try to come in every day and just work hard.”Carey has had a stellar career with TNT having won seven titles and being named to the PBA All-Star game on 2011. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefcenter_img Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more