Cricket News On This Day – Brendon McCullum becomes first New Zealand player in triple century club


first_imghighlights Brendon McCullum became the first triple centurion for New Zealand in Tests.New Zealand notched up 680/8 declared, their then-highest Test score.McCullum shared a partnership of 352 with BJ Watling, the highest for the sixth-wicket in Tests. New Delhi: Ever since New Zealand started playing Test cricket in 1929, the country had not produced a triple centurion. Martin Crowe, the best batsman ever produced by the country, had come close in 1991 against Sri Lanka in Wellington but he fell for 299. For many years, New Zealand’s highest individual score in Tests remained Crowe’s brilliant effort. However, all that changed on February 18, 2014, thanks to Brendon McCullum. The New Zealand skipper led from the front in the Wellington Test against India and created history with a knock that changed the face of cricket in the country. With the Kiwis staring down the barrel, McCullum played a knock that can be termed as one of the best cricketing knocks the world has ever seen.McCullum had already decimated India with a brilliant 224 in the first Test in Auckland as New Zealand won a Test against India after 12 years thanks to a 40-run win. In the final Test at the Basin Reserve, New Zealand were bowled out for 192 with Ishant Sharma taking 6/51. India took a 246-run lead thanks to Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant 118 and Shikhar Dhawan’s 98. In response on day 3, New Zealand lost half their side and the match looked like getting over quickly. McCullum himself had survived a dropped chance on 9 off Mohammed Shami with Virat Kohli dropping a simple catch at silly mid-on. This was the moment the game changed comprehensively and McCullum stitched a series-defining partnership with BJ Watling. The duo first looked to steady the innings and then proceeded to find the gaps with regularity.RELATEDThe New Zealand skipper notched up his fifty with a sweep off Ravindra Jadeja and he grew in confidence. At the other end, Watling played the sheet anchor role to perfection. McCullum went past 5000 runs and he notched up his century by clobbering Ishant Sharma to the deep midwicket fence for a six. At day 4, McCullum and Watling continued to flay the Indian bowling as New Zealand chipped away at the deficit.With every passing hour, India found it harder to dislodge the duo. Watling raced to his third century and first against India and McCullum got to his second consecutive double ton of the series by flicking Zaheer Khan to the deep square leg fence. India finally managed to break the 352-run stand for the sixth wicket, the best-ever at that time, when Watling fell for 124 but India encountered another problem with debutant James Neesham giving McCullum solid support. Neesham got going with some aggressive boundaries and McCullum went past 250. New Zealand had already erased the deficit and were looking to get to safety. By the end of day 4, McCullum had reached 281 and on the cusp of creating history. On day 5, the crowd had packed the Basin Reserve in anticipation of something special. McCullum moved calmly into the 290s and he survived an outside edge of Ishant that fell in front of MS Dhoni. The right-hander pulled a short ball Kapil Dev style to the deep square leg boundary and Sunil Gavaskar dubbed it the ‘Nataraj shot’. Neesham notched up his maiden century but McCullum created history by guiding a back of a length ball from Zaheer past gully to become the first New Zealand batsman to hit a triple century in Tests. The standing ovation from the grass banks of the Basin Reserve was a sight worth seeing. At the far end, near the members pavilion, McCullum’s father Stu McCullum cheered his son. For five minutes, the crowd at the Basin refused to sit down as they cheered the feat by Brendon McCullum. The skipper fell for 302 off 557 and the knock spanned 775 minutes, the most a New Zealand batsman has ever batted. Speaking about the achievement, Martin Crowe wrote a poignant column on ESPNCricinfo thanking McCullum’s contribution. “With Brendon scoring our nation’s first ever triple-hundred, I have finally removed the one remaining stone in my shoe. It’s pathetic to even have to do so, yet massively necessary. Yes, it has been quite an uplifting few days of personal selfish rehabilitation.  Indeed they (McCullum and Ross Taylor) have reinvigorated a cricket nation, and most importantly encouraged many young aspiring athletes to dream big.”The 2015 World Cup tagline was Greatness is Contagious. It might well have been written for McCullum and the legendary knock of 302. It was indeed a great sight for a cricket fan and one genuinely appreciated by fans across countries. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Yankees closer Chapman has virus, symptoms


first_imgThe NHRA resumed its season Saturday in front of an expected crowd of 3,000 to 4,000 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.Fans were not allowed at Friday’s practice session but returned in a limited capacity for qualifying NHRA President Glen Cromwell said ticket sales were capped at about 10 to 15% of normal capacity.They also are expected to attend Sunday’s finals.Most fans wore face coverings on a hot, sun-drenched day, complying with county guidelines, and observed social distancing in the stands, pits and at concession areas.John Force Racing did not attend the first of two consecutive weeks of activity in Indianapolis. Manager Aaron Boone announced the diagnosis Saturday. He said Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.”Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Boone wouldn’t comment on whether he had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had gone through contact tracing protocols, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman’s positive test.The Yankees will open their regular season July 23 against the World Series champion Nationals at Washington. If Chapman isn’t back by the opener, Boone said left-hander Zack Britton would be a “natural guy” to replace him, but a formal decision hasn’t been made.Chapman, a six-time All-Star, has 273 career saves, including 37 last season when he had a 2.21 ERA.___ The weekend ends a 138-day hiatus for America’s top drag racing series.“The NHRA Task Force spent months going through detail after detail to get this done,” Cromwell told The Associated Press. “It’s been a lot of work the past 3 1/2 months.”___Coronavirus cases spiking in the Las Vegas area contributed to the NHL choosing two Canadian cities to complete its season.Deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Saturday called the rise a “concern” to the league. He adds that it was “one of the reasons” the NHL chose to put games in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Las Vegas was long considered a front-runner. The Latest: Yankees closer Chapman has virus, symptoms Captain Tom was aged 99 in April when he decided to do laps of his backyard garden on his walker until his 100th birthday to fundraise for Britain’s National Health Service. He aimed for 1,000 pounds ($1,200). By his birthday on April 30, he raised nearly 33 million pounds ($42 million).He was knighted in May.Beckham said: “The highlight of my whole career was being made England captain. To have Sir Tom as our captain — it doesn’t get any better than that.”___The Houston Astros have canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. July 11, 2020 Associated Press It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors.General manager James Click said they decided to cancel Saturday’s workout as a precaution.“As part of MLB’s testing and reporting plan, we were alerted that a staff member was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization,” Click said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled today’s workout. We are working closely with MLB and our team physicians to follow the established testing and cleaning protocols so that we can safely bring our players and staff back to the field as soon as possible.”___Parma soccer club has announced that a non-playing member of the team tested positive for the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. Parma says the person is asymptomatic and is being isolated according to Italian government protocols. The Serie A club adds that every other member of the team tested negative but that the rest of the squad was being kept under observation at its training center.According to the league’s virus protocol, Parma can still play its home game against Bologna in the top tier on Sunday as usual.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Daly says one player testing positive when play starts isn’t expected to shut down the playoffs, but an outbreak would change the equation. He didn’t say what the league considered an outbreak.___David Beckham has presented a framed England soccer shirt to Captain Tom Moore, who was named the honorary captain of a special England Lionhearts team.The Lionhearts are an initiative by England’s Football Association to celebrate 23 people who have inspired during the pandemic.Beckham went to the Bedfordshire home of Captain Tom to say thank you to the World War II veteran.last_img read more

Germany Looks to a New Generation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup


first_imgFIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Groups are IN! The #WorldGotGame! #FIBAWC starts on August 31 2019!A post shared by FIBA Basketball World Cup (@fibawc) on Mar 16, 2019 at 5:00am PDTAfter they discovered their fate in the official draw, matching up with France, the Dominican Republic and Jordan, there has been little to stop optimism from growing within the camp like wild fire. Whilst France will provide formidable opposition, Germany will go to China confident of qualifying from the group. Their strong showing in qualification will only build on their confidence. A new generation of German basketball are heading to China, for the FIBA Basketball World Cup of 2019 and it is time for them to find new heroes on international basketball’s biggest stage. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/bf/fa/dennis-schroeder-germany-fiba_1l7nm76p5iad91ukycu5p7r8gv.jpg?t=-1683115495&w=500&quality=80 Legendary forward Dirk Notwitzki recently stated that he was ‘super excited’ by the potential of the current roster at the disposal of head coach Henrik Rödl. High-profile talent such as Dennis Schröder and Maxi Kleber are players that he feels confident handing the baton to, as he slowly creeps out of the back door of basketball with little fanfare. However, as is often the case with qualification, Germany have an all-for-one, sustained team effort with star cameos to thank for their place in the tournament.It was fairly smooth sailing in the first round, as the Germans swept through a Group G that included Serbia, Georgia and Austria, without losing a game. The second round began in in September of 2018 and it presented more of a challenge to the team in Group L. Germany finished the round 3-3, as the competition intensified and difficulty of opposition heightened. As well as slipping up against Israel in Tel Aviv, Germany lost both of their games against a strong Greece side who topped the group as the teams forged an interesting rivalry that is worth monitoring, should they meet in the latter stages of the main competition. Momentum could be an issue, as Germany began to falter when qualification was virtually secured. At the close of qualification, they sit at 9-3 overall and finished second in their group, having scored 1017 points through both rounds – more than any other European outfit. View this post on Instagram With Nowitzki retired from the national team since 2016, Germany’s most recognised figure is Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schröder, who showed exactly why his name holds so much weight during the four games in which he featured. When available, Schröder was the team’s unequivocal focal point; the 25-year-old had the highest usage rate among all European players in qualification (37.9) and only one other player scored more total points than him for Germany, despite his small four-game sample size. He averaged 23.5 points, while handing out an impressive 7.5 assists per game and was active on the defensive end. It is expected that he will feature heavily as a leader when the World Cup begins in August and his performances in these games justify this.In September, during the clinching overtime win against Israel, Schröder set a new assists record for the European Qualifiers, dishing out a total of 13, while scoring 30 points. “I think we can be a pretty tough team to beat,” he said just month after. “We will go to China with ambitions and we aren’t afraid of trying to have a good run next summer at the FIBA World Cup. We are not going to China for fun.”It’s also worth noting that in an effort to demonstrate his skill and adaptability even further, Schröder took his game to streets, when he graced the 3×3 court in Hamburg during downtime from the NBA season, as part of the 2018 ING 3×3 German Championship.The German team’s highest total scorer throughout the campaign was 30-year-old Besiktas forward Robin Benzing, who featured in eight games, logging 146 points at an average rate of 18.3 per game and 49% efficiency. Interestingly, in two of the team’s three losses, Benzing and his significant scoring punch were absent from the team sheet. When the team were missing Schröder, he was a huge component of the team’s success. Back in November, he articulated the challenges that present themselves when a team attempt to build consistency, while maintaining a certain level of quality through qualifying:“It’s not easy to get new guys in the national team who weren’t there last summer all together on the same page and to get good games against good teams,” Benzing told basketball.de. “Every team in Europe and in the world is playing good basketball; there is no easy opponent anymore.”“I think that we played really good in qualification. It was not easy for us but also for other teams.” The most impactful mainstay for the German side was Ismet Akpinar, who – along with Karsten Tadda and Bastian Doreth – donned the uniform for all twelve games, averaging 7.2 points per game and 37.1% from beyond the arc. The play of the promising 23-year-old guard buoyed the team consistently as the roster rotated around him throughout both rounds.One of the more romantic stories over the course of qualification is the performance and growth of 27-year-old forward Maxi Kleber, who reaped the rewards from the international platform to showcase what he can do at a high level, while earning himself a call up to the NBA. After going undrafted back in 2014, Kleber excelled for teams such as Bayern Munich in Germany and when he featured in the qualifiers, he continued that form during a period that aligned with his breakout for the Dallas Mavericks, where he has become a solid contributor. As the team battled for their place in the World Cup, he contributed with 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 11 points per contest. He impressed particularly when combining with Schröder, when the duo shared the court like they did in a tough battle against a strong Serbian side.A potential x-factor for this German side could be Johannes Thiemann – an immensely athletic forward who brought a great deal of energy to the front court in the ten games that he played. In just 14.2 minutes per game, he logged 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds, from 57% field goal percentage. Some teams boast players that can create a spark from the bench with highlight plays that galvanise his teammates; Thiemann does exactly this for Germany, as he proved when he completed a contested baseline dunk against Greece in 2018 that caused a few ripples in the online basketball community. While the team will be delighted by the positive displays shown from the personnel that have contributed so far, they will be ever more enthused by the potential to bolster the squad even further with players like Boston Celtics big Daniel Theis and small forward Paul Zipser. After spending most of his career representing various German teams, a 26-year-old Theis was picked up – seemingly out of nowhere – by Boston General Manager Danny Ainge to strengthen the NBA team’s frontcourt and has served the team effectively, which his national side hope will be the case for them too. He did not play a minute in in either qualifying round, but it would be safe to predict that he could play a part in the summer. Former Chicago Bulls forward Zipser played a single game in qualification and put up 15 points in only 16 minutes. Unfortunately however, he missed some key games due to a foot injury. It is expected that he will likely feature for the team going forward, offering skills and experience at the highest level when healthy.“Right now, I feel pretty good,” Zipser told FIBA last month, making his intentions clear. “Every week of practice and games, I feel better and more comfortable on the court. I’m happy. My foot’s happy right now. I missed playing for the national team a lot. I just wanted to get back with the team, with the coaches and enjoy my time on the court, get as many minutes as possible”Another potential development to look out for is the possible inclusion of physical centre Moritz Wagner and 19-year-old forward Isaac Bonga. As a by-product of a depleted Los Angeles Lakers roster, the developing Wagner – a Berlin native – has found an opportunity to start for the team on a few occasions and has recently become somewhat of a bright spot for them when called upon. Wagner did not take part in any qualification games, but has won gold with the German Under-18 FIBA Europe Championship in 2014 and led the team in scoring through the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Similarly, Bonga has featured heavily in youth competition for the national side and has joined Wagner in trying to establish himself in Los Angeles, going back and forth from the G-League. In qualification, he was awarded only a handful of minutes of playing time.  Unlike many of the successful World Cup teams since the tournament’s formation, Germany don’t have a team of seasoned veterans with fully-defined roles, but they certainly have the talent. A strong showing would be seen as progress for this side but they have enough weapons to make some noise if they find their form early on. Success in this tournament and qualification for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 would be major steps for the team.As Nowitzki told BIG magazine, “If everybody is healthy, then the DBB (German Basketball Federation) has assembled a great young group. It’s been fun observing the positive development”. There is a growing feeling of belief amongst this German side that on their day, they can compete with any other top-tier team in the world. Dirk is arguably the greatest European basketball player to lace them up and his crowning achievement for the national side was a bronze medal at the 2002 tournament. He is not alone in hoping that the group being ushered in to represent his country through this generational shift can surpass his triumphs.The fondly-remembered Nowitzki legacy is now complete and a new one may be underway, with Schröder & co ready to take the mantle.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The governor question


first_img Loading …Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down notlla · 303 weeks ago Paul Davis, Is one of those red bellyed snakes. maybe if we elected him , we could get some of those strip clubs in WELLINGTON,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down len · 303 weeks ago hey it might help the schools lol he cant do no worse than browback. Report Reply +10 Vote up Vote down Robert Zimmerman · 303 weeks ago Stripper-gate was a desperate ploy that just didn’t stick. Id rather have a gov who went to a strip club with his boss one time than one who has no respect for education, and gives the rich huge tax breaks on the backs of poor people …. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down len · 303 weeks ago i agree and brownback acts likes he did something great for education. please he did nothing except make it worse Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Crusader fan always · 302 weeks ago I will be voting for Brownback and Roberts only because I do not like the alternatives. Report Reply 1 reply · active 302 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ignoranceisn’tbliss · 302 weeks ago What alternatives could possibly be worse? Brownback has done nothing that has benefited anyone. If you are rich, you are benefited when you look at short term…..but he has screwed the future of this state. ANYTHING or ANYONE is better than Brownback. Ignorance is continuing to do something that you know doesn’t work, but expecting a different outcome. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Nonya · 302 weeks ago Brownback done such a bad job I think I could have beat him in this election Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down credence · 301 weeks ago What exactly has Brownback done that was so detrimental to education? Kansas schools rank in the top five nationally. All I hear from Paul Davis is that he is going to raise taxes and give more money to education. We have been through that experience before and the only result we got was higher taxes. More money for education does not guarantee any improvement, all it guarantees is higher taxes that will impede economic growth, lead to fewer business ventures and a reduction in population as people leave the state for lower taxes and more opportunities. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Who will you vote for Kansas Governor? Sam Brownback Paul Davis Undecided/won’t vote. View Resultslast_img read more

State’s ‘Free Fishing Days’ Slated for June 15-16


first_imgBy John BurtonTRENTON — Fresh water anglers next weekend will be able to take advantage of two days of free fishing.The Christie administration announced it will again hold the state’s annual Free Fishing Days on June 15-16.Fishermen can participate in their sport for those two days without needing to purchase a license or trout stamp, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).The free fishing days are held each year to coincide with National Fishing and Boating Week and to encourage the activity by residents and visitors, according to the DEP.While licenses aren’t needed for those two days, other regulations, including size and catch limits, will continue to be enforced.last_img read more