first_imgThe Norwegian has won nine of his 10 matches in charge in all competitions, with that unbeaten start to life in the dugout seeing United close the gap on the top four and excite the fans.“Solskjaer and (assistant) Mike Phelan have brought back the old school Manchester United,” the England midfielder told Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.“They know the league and the club inside out, so to pass that on and get us playing how we are has been perfect. Solskjaer is doing very well, nobody can fault him.“He got the players backing him straight away. He told us there are big expectations and pressure at this club but we have to deal with it and play like a real United team.”Lingard said United, currently two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League places, were setting their sights higher for next season.“We will challenge for the title next season if we carry on how we are now,” said the 26-year-old. “We’re back to basics and winning games by grinding out results or scoring a lot of goals.“As long as we’re winning games, that’s all that matters.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jesse Lingard says the feel-good factor is back at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer© AFP/File Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped bring back “the old school Manchester United” and persuaded Jesse Lingard that they can mount a Premier League title challenge next season.Jose Mourinho’s December sacking was followed by the surprise appointment of Solskjaer until the end of the campaign.last_img read more


first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards defender Robinson Kamura flies in on a tackle on Kariobangi Sharks striker Duke Abuya during their Kenyan Premier League match on April 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – George Abege headed home in added time as 10-man Kariobangi Sharks came from a goal down to hold AFC Leopards to a 1-1 draw in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday evening.Whyvonne Isuza had scored perhaps the quickest goal in Kenyan Premier League history, tapping home after just 20 seconds to give AFC Leopards the lead. However, Abege stepped off the bench to head home a freekick in the last minute of the match to see the sides share spoils.Sharks were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute after youthful defender Ian Taifa was sent off for a second yellow card. But, the never say die attitude of William Muluya’s men saw them go off with at least a point.Isuza broke the deadlock with the easiest of tasks guiding home the ball into a gaping goalmouth after being put through by the sensational Paul Were who was making his second appearance for Ingwe since returning to the den.Were did the donkey work on the left skipping past his markers before drawing keeper John Oyemba to his near post and cutting back for Isuza to tap home simply into an empty net.This was the second consecutive assist for Were in as many matches and this was a replica of the third goal they scored against Posta Rangers last week. From kick off, David Ochieng picked the ball in midfield, sprayed it to Were who did the rest.AFC were buoyed by the early goal and had another chance off a set piece in the eighth minute but skipper Robinson Kamura’s curling effort from 30 yards out flew straight into keeper Oyemba’s arms.AFC Leopards defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng rises to clear a cross from Kariobangi Sharks striker Sidney Lokale during their Kenyan Premier League tie on April 24, 2019 at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAll this time, Sharks were yet to settle into the game but had momentum sway their way in the 25th minute when a move from the right saw Taifa break into the box but went down under a challenge from Isaac Kipyegon, but the shouts for a penalty were downed by the referee.Two minutes later, they were almost gifted a chance when Ochieng lost the ball in midfield and in an effort to recover floored Sidney Lokale at the edge of the box.However, Nixon Omondi lifted the ball over from the resultant set-piece which was placed in good scoring range.With Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and his assistant up in the stands scouting for a team for the African Cup of Nations in June, onus was on the players down on the pitch to put up a performance worth remembering.Pressure was on two; Ochieng and Were, who returned back home from stints in Europe with the sole purpose of earning valuable playing time to audition for a place in the AFCON team.And if there was a day to prove their worth, then on a smooth playing surface at the Kasarani Stadium was the right auditorium to play the orchestra. Ochieng put in a defensive midfield role put in a shift while Were was pulling the strings on the wing.But even as the contest on the ball grew, so did the emotions of the game. In more than one occasion the referee had to come in between flying fists and at one time Isuza and Sharks skipper Patillah Omotto almost came into blows after the former flew in poorly into a tackle on the latter.AFC Leopards defender Robinson Kamura tracks down Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito during their Kenyan Premier League tie on April 24, 2019 at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, the tempo increased, AFC looking for a second goal to seal some comfort while Sharks who were chasing the game needed a catalyst for a comeback.Six minutes after the restart, AFC had a chance when right back Yusuf Mainge took a confident chance from the wing, cutting into a good shooting position but his grass cutter went inches off target.Sharks were reduced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when Taifa was sent off for a second bookable offense after a kung-fu like tackle on Kipyegon.But even with their numerical advantage, AFC still chased the game with Sharks doubling their effort. Ingwe however had a chance in the 70th minute when a well diced cross from Brian Marita found an onrushing Isuza, but this time keeper Oyemba raced off his line to make a superb block.AFC had another chance when some beautiful display from Paul Were on the left once again saw him skip over three markers before cutting back a cross but substitute Ivan Sekazza could not connect into an empty net.As the clock ticked, so did Sharks’ industry as they sought to get a goal back in the match. They came close when Abuya cut into some good shooting space from the left but his curling effort went inches wide.They got the reward they needed much at the stroke of full time when Abege towered above the defense to nod home a freekick from another substitute James Mazembe to break Ingwe hearts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgIT’S been a frustration for locals and tourists alike – making the journey to Fanad Lighthouse…only to find the gates padlocked.But now the Commissioners of Irish Lights have confirmed the historic Co Donegal building and another lighthouse at St John’s Point are to finally open to the public.They are to be included in a new Lighthouse Tourism Trail. And that could see 60,000 new visitors to the county.At Fanad the old coastguard cottages will be refurbished and offered as self-catering accommodation. AT LAST! AFTER YEARS OF BEING TURNED AWAY, TOURISTS WILL GET TO SEE FANAD LIGHTHOUSE was last modified: May 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AT LAST! AFTER YEARS OF BEING TURNED AWAYdonegal tourismst john’s pointTOURISTS WILL GET TO SEE FANAD LIGHTHOUSElast_img read more


first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS — Incumbent Santa Fe Springs City Councilman Gus Velasco says he’s putting his support behind challenger Michael Madrigal over incumbent Betty Putnam in next month’s council elections, because he believes it is time to reverse decades-old inequalities on the council. “For 35 years or so, there’s been a majority Hispanic population in Santa Fe Springs, but we’ve always had minority representation on the council,’ said Velasco, one of four candidates vying for three seats in the Nov. 8 City Council elections. “We’ve had a 4-1 ratio in favor of Caucasians, usually.’ Putnam, however, said qualifications, not ethnicity, should be voters’ primary concern. Putnam said she is more interested in enhancing community services, after the council cut some senior and children’s services during recent budget reductions. “There really aren’t any huge issues,’ Putnam said. “Everyone seems to think policing is doing real well and safety is under control. We had to cut back on services a little bit in the last three years. Bringing them back up to par is the main issue.’ Velasco says the city needs to be better prepared for terrorism and large-scale emergencies. “We want to make sure the staff is working with our local, state and federal agencies to make sure we’re well-connected to Homeland Security,’ he said. Madrigal, too, wants to make the city safer. “We need more Police Services officers, and to reinstate our ambulance service,’ said Madrigal. “My super heavy concerns are maintenance of residential areas – potholes, drains and gutters.’ @tagline: Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at sandy.mazza@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “(Latinos) have a majority on the council now, but I don’t think ethnicity should be an issue,’ she said. “I think a person should be selected to serve the community because of qualifications.’ She does believe, however, that it is important to have a woman represented on the council. Putnam now is the only woman serving on the council. “There should be a woman on the council because women have a different viewpoint,’ she said. “A woman has a softer heart, and is more interested in social issues.’ In addition to helping one another with their campaigns, Gonzalez, Velasco and Madrigal have similar platforms. Safety is key for them, they said. “I’m concerned about safety issues in the city,’ Gonzalez said. “Because we now have a healthy budget, I’m looking at beefing up our police services.’ last_img read more


first_imgFollowing the phenomenal success of last year’s nationally acclaimed ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, Donegal Youth Musical Theatre (DYMT) has announced that they will return to An Grianan Theatre this summer with a brand new, reimagined revival of Lionel Bart’s West End legendary hit musical, OLIVER!Putting their own artistic stamp on one of the most famous scores in musical theatre history, the finest young actors from across the country will bring the tale of Oliver Twist to life in this vibrant recreated adaptation, featuring songs such as ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘I’d Do Anything’.DYMT is now recognised as one of Ireland’s most prestigious Youth Musical Theatre training companies, offering a select group of the country’s finest and most promising young actors an opportunity to experience the professional industry in Donegal each summer. DMYT. Photo: Paul Kelly.Rehearsing over a three week intensive period, successful cast members will work with some of the industry’s best regarded creatives and tutors from across Ireland, the West End and beyond.Last year ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and West End star Celinde Schoenmaker joined DYMT’s JCS team, with Rob Houchen (Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables) also amongst their all-star tutors.West End actor Celinde Schoenmaker, Director Séimí Campbell with DYMT’s JCS Cast 2019Following the incredible national reviews from his adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar, DYMT’s Artistic Director, Séimí Campbell returns from London for three weeks to direct this year’s revival.Séimí is currently working on ‘Come From Away’ (Phoenix Theatre) and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (Barbican Theatre), and is Resident Director on the UK premiere of ‘Amour’ (Charing Cross Theatre); all three running in the West End this summer. Irish West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker recently encouraged all young Irish actors who wish to work in Musical Theatre to ‘start their training with the fabulous DYMT this summer – as they act as a brilliant stepping stone to London.’DMYT. Photo: Paul Kelly.Auditions for this ‘glorious’ new OLIVER! production will be held in May 2019.For more information or an audition application form, email DYMT’s Casting Team on dymtoliver@gmail.com.This new adaptation requires an older cast up to 24 years. A small children’s troop will also be cast (10-12 years). Rehearsals will run daily from 24th July – 12th August in Letterkenny, with the production running in An Grianan Theatre from Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th August 2019.With last year’s cast travelling from as far as Belfast and Dublin, don’t miss out on this incredible introduction to your professional career this summer. Donegal Youth Musical Theatre announce casting call for OLIVER! was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:actingDonegal Youth Musical TheatreOlivertheatrelast_img read more


first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh has tonight announced that two Milford schools – Loreto Community School and Mulroy College – have been approved for large scale projects to build new classrooms.The announcement will need a total of 17 new classrooms between the two schools.Minister McHugh said “It is an honour, as a Government Minister, to be able to share news like this with the schools and to the local community around Milford, Fanad, north Donegal, the Letterkenny area and everywhere families are sending children to these schools.” Loreto and Mulroy have been approved for the large scale projects by the Building Unit in the Department of Education and Skills under its additional accommodation programme.Minister McHugh said: “I was in Loreto and Mulroy on the morning the Leaving Certificate results came out. Obviously, the entire focus was on the teenagers, their hopes and plans for the future.“And now just a week or so later we are able to bring news of multi-million euro Government investment in our schools which I have no doubt will give everyone associated with the schools a massive boost and another goal to aim for.“I have spoken to both principals – Margaret O’Connor in Loreto and Fiona Temple in Mulroy. I am sure they cannot wait to share the news and get down to work to see these projects come a reality.” The decisions on the additional accommodation projects are based on a number of factors including the increasing and projected enrolments in the schools,Minister McHugh said: “Loreto Community School has been approved for 11 new classrooms which will includes the replacement of five prefabs with permanent rooms, one technical graphics classroom, two science labs and prep area, one art room and two special education teaching rooms. New toilets and a locker area will also form part of the plan.“Mulroy College has been approved for one mainstream classroom, two special education needs rooms and three special education teaching rooms, as well as toilets. The Department is also awaiting a revised roof replacement design which will be considered at a later date.“It is a fantastic boost to see investment in schools to support increasing enrolments with projections for around 800 students to be in Loreto in the coming years and around 530 students enrolling in Mulroy this year.”Minister McHugh added: “There are a number of other school projects in the pipeline in the county and I hope to be in a position to signal progress on those in the coming weeks and months.” Minister announces large scale projects for two Milford schools was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalLoretoMilfordMulroyschoolslast_img read more


first_imgDidi Sydown in a dance scene from Johann Strauss’ opera Die Fledermaus. Gerald Samaai, principal tenor for the Eoan Group, during a rehearsal at the Cape Town City Hall. May Abrahamse singing the role of Rosalinde in Eoan’s 1962 production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.(Images: Cloete Breytenbach)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr Hilde RoosEoan book project co-ordinator+27 21 808 2597Wilma den HartighA new book has been published to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Eoan Group, South Africa’s first grassroots amateur opera, ballet and drama organisation.Eoan – Our Story is the first book to tell the story of the relatively unknown group, which was established in 1933 by British immigrant Helen Southern-Holt, as a cultural and charity organisation in the former inner-city suburb of District Six in Cape Town.The publication is a project of the Documentation Centre for Music (Domus) at Stellenbosch University (SU). It was compiled by the Eoan History Project, with Dr Hilde Roos and Wayne Muller as editors.The Eoan Group played an important role in promoting the performance of classical music in South Africa, developing artistic talent and preserving the vibrant cultural heritage of District Six.This historic area is known for the forced removal of about 60 000 of its residents during the 1970s by the apartheid regime.The name Eoan comes from the Greek word ‘Eos’, the goddess of the dawn. In Greek mythology she is personified as the one who brings the hope of a new day. The group’s founder chose this name as it referred to her desire to bring hope and new opportunities to the community of District Six.Despite working under the constraints of apartheid, the organisation provided a platform where gifted actors, musicians and dancers could express their life’s calling.“Their story is inspirational. It is time to celebrate their memory,” says Roos.For many people who had talent, this was their only chance.“This is why the organisation was so important,” she says. “It gave people an opportunity to develop their talent and perform, even if these were limited opportunities.“There is no other group like this.”Important memories preserved in printThrough the book the Eoan History Project hopes to preserve the organisation’s history for future generations.The publication tells the story of Eoan’s establishment, but also shows the impact of the apartheid government’s racial policies on South African communities.“What is extraordinary about this group is that there is just about no other example in the country where the evolution of a cultural group and the development of the apartheid regime are so closely linked,” Roos says.When the Eoan Group started, their headquarters were situated in District Six and 15 branches were established throughout the Cape Peninsula by the mid-1950s. They offered a wide range of activities that included ballet, folk dance, speech, drama, singing, painting and sewing.After the destruction of District Six, the group moved to their new premises, the Joseph Stone Theatre in Athlone.Years later, documents and photos of Eoan’s productions were found at the theatre. The photos, permits for performances, letters and programmes were organised into an archive which has been housed at the SU Music Department since 2008.Roos says many stories about the group and its members were undocumented for years, and numerous oral accounts of their activities appear in this book for the first time.The book is an oral history and includes extracts from 47 interviews which have been structured in a narrative around themes such as opera and ballet productions, and is complemented by photos and other archive material.The interviews were done mainly with former Eoan members, most of which sang in the group’s opera productions.A bittersweet storyDuring the 1950s, Eoan performed to mixed audiences. But Roos says the group’s activities became more restricted as apartheid intensified in the 1960s.“It had a major impact on their performances, but they kept going amid the political difficulties,” she says.Eventually apartheid legislation completely prohibited mixed audiences. To comply with these requirements, the group applied for permits to perform in the City Hall for mixed audiences from 1966 onwards.Roos says the group suffered a setback when they were forced to accept financial support from the apartheid government’s coloured affairs department, which caused their standing and support in the community to suffer.“They were forced into a tricky compromise,” she says. “They needed funding to put on performances but they also didn’t want to betray their community.”Despite these conditions, they remained successful and popular, and this was widely reflected in ticket sales and media coverage.Outstanding performances, against all oddsDuring their artistic peak from the 1950s to 1970s, the group often performed to packed houses in Cape Town’s best concert halls.Eoan performed the first full-length indigenous jazz ballet by a local composer for a South African ballet group. The Square by Stanley Glasser was about gang life in District Six.From 1956 until the late 1970s the group had an active amateur opera section which performed at arts festivals and annual opera seasons and toured throughout South Africa (1960 and 1965) and the United Kingdom (1975).In 1956 they performed Verdi’s La Traviata in the Cape Town City Hall, Eoan’s artistic home before apartheid legislation forced them to move to Athlone.By 1977 they had eleven operas in their repertoire: three by Verdi, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and La Bohème, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.Making a name overseasSome of Eoan’s members went on to build successful international careers.“Many of them went abroad, got bursaries and took their chance at better opportunities,” Roos says. “Some big names emerged from the group.”They were mostly dancers, but a handful of singers also made it overseas, despite not having access to good vocal training in South Africa.One of the group’s success stories is Vincent Hantam. According to Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, Hantam danced most of the principal roles with Scottish Ballet from 1975 to 1991, and has performed with many companies on the local and international stage.Tenor Joseph Gabriels was discovered by Joseph Manca, musical director of the Eoan Group.“He had an exceptional voice,” Roos says.He received no musical or vocal training while in South Africa, but in 1967 he secured a bursary from the Schneier family of Johannesburg to study in Milan.In 1969 he won the famous Verdi competition in Busseto. He made his debut in 1971 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Canio in I Pagliacci – the first South African to sing there.The Eoan Group stopped performing operas in 1977, but the company still exists today and they focus on dance productions.According to the team who compiled the book, the interviews with former Eoan members show how much people invested into the arts through the group, the extraordinary circumstances in which they had to operate, and the influential role that the group played in so many lives.last_img read more


first_imgThe Odisha government is taking measures to face the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to hit the State’s coast in the Puri district on Friday evening.Twelve senior officials were on Wednesday assigned for supervision of restoration works in the coastal districts of Puri, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Cuttack. All concerned departments were also pressed into service to focus on saving lives and property in case of any eventuality. The State government’s Health Department has set up control rooms at all levels of administration.‘Foremost priority’“Evacuation and rescue of people likely to be affected to safe places, restoration of road communication immediately after cyclone, and proper distribution of relief materials with zero casualties are is the foremost priority of Odisha Police,” said State Director General of Police R. P. Sharma.Also Read As cyclone Fani approaches, RTGS warns against selfies near the sea  While the District Collectors were busy preparing the administration to evacuate people from villages close to the sea or villages alongside the rivers from Thursday, senior police officers have been sent to the coastal districts to coordinate with the district administration and other connected line agencies and field functionaries for rescue and relief operations.MCC suspendedThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha has also taken several measures to ensure the safety of the electronic voting machines (EVM) in the constituencies along the coastal region of the State, where simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections were held recently. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has suspended the model code of conduct (MCC) from 11 coastal districts of the State to facilitate relief and rescue operations. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Tuesday urged the ECI to lift the MCC for this.Also Read  Mr. Patnaik had also urged the ECI to postpone polling in the Patkura Assembly constituency under Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat. The ECI had earlier fixed May 19 as the date for the polling in Patkura. Polling in the constituency, which was scheduled to be held on April 29, was adjourned due to the death of Biju Janata Dal nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. The Commission had not passed any order in this regard till Wednesday afternoon.Cancellation, reschedulingAs many as 74 trains have been cancelled by the East Coast Railway between Bhadrak and Vizianagaram from Thursday in view of the cyclone. Examinations scheduled in all colleges under the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT), scheduled to be held on May, 2, 3 and 4, have been rescheduled to May 25, 27 and 28 respectively.According to the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Cyclone Fani lies over west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, about 680 km south-south-west of Puri on Wednesday. It is likely to have landfall in Puri district coast on Friday with a maximum sustained wind of speed 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph.The districts of Ganjam, Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur may experience extremely heavy rainfall during the landfall. Cyclone Fani: INCOIS warns of damage along east coastlast_img read more


first_imgLegendary all-rounder Ian Botham feels despite India being the world’s number one Test side, England would go on to win the ongoing series as they have more young and vibrant players in their ranks as compared to the visitors.”I think England will win this series because in my opinion they are already the best team in the world and this summer will simply confirm it. They are the coming force in world cricket and unlike India, who have a lot of players in their twilight years, this is a young, vibrant England with more power to add,” Botham wrote in his column for the ‘Mirror’.However, Botham admitted that no matter how much he wants England to win the Test series, he would like to watch some quality cricket by some of the biggest names in the world cricket, including Sachin Tendulkar.”This is the 2,000th Test match of all time. Statistics don’t thrill me — people and performances are what matter, so if Sachin gets to 100 hundreds at Lord’s I’ll be applauding him, not because of the numbers but because he is a great player, a great man and a great ambassador for the game,” said the former cricketer.”The thing I look forward to most when I turn up for commentary duty is an England win, but a close second comes high quality cricket from high quality players.”So I will walk through the gates at Lord’s knowing I’m guaranteed at least one of those things because Sachin’s name will be on the team sheet,” he added.advertisementRemembering the times he had played against the Indian batting legend, Botham wrote, “18 years after I quit professional cricket, Sachin is the only man left on the international circuit that I played against.”Tendulkar ct Stewart b Botham 35, and it was a beauty if I remember rightly, back in 1992 during the World Cup.”Stating that he has “nothing but admiration and respect for Sachin”, 55-year-old Englishman insisted, “If you’d have told me then that this little lad would still be playing in 2011, having just won the World Cup and be on the brink of reaching his 100th international hundred, I’d have said you were mad.”But then Sachin doesn’t deal in the ordinary. He has batted and batted his way into the record books and he has done it with the style and grace off the field under intense pressure that no-one could match — certainly not me.”Botham said there could be no better role model than Tendulkar for the budding cricketers.”He is an all-time great of the game, whose love and passion for cricket is unparalleled. If ever there was a role model to be had for a young cricketer, then Sachin is it.””This guy is a phenomenon and if I were the England team I wouldn’t feel any better about the fact that his highest score at this ground is 37. If anything, that would make me feel worse. He will be totally focused on getting to his 100th hundred, and there is no place in the world that he would rather reach the landmark than Lord’s,” Botham said.”It would be a dream, a fairytale for him if he were to make it there. The only problem for England is that he has a habit of having them come true, and when Sachin is on song there is very little you can do,” he added.Botham, however, hoped that English bowlers could succeed in stopping the legendary batsman from reaching the much-awaited milestone.”As much of a fan as I am of his, I do think our bowlers can succeed in checking his progress,” he said, adding that James Anderson and Chris Tremlett are expected to do their best.”James Anderson and Chris Tremlett are forming the most potent opening attack in the game to rival Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.”Behind them is the best spinner in the world in Graeme Swann and alongside him should be the ever improving and impressive Tim Bresnan,” said Botham.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisementAt the WBC convention which took place in Kiev yesterday, there were some interesting announcements made about the boxing weight classes and numerous mandatories were also announced.The WBC has ordered Gennady Golovkin to face Jermall Charlo next, with the winner set to get the next shot at middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.Gennady Golovkin suffered the first loss of his boxing career to Canelo Alvarez on September 15 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo won the fight via majority decision.If GGG vs Charlo is made, then Canelo Alvarez has to fight the winner of the fight. Although Tom Loeffler announced said that Golovkin will not fight for the remainder of the year, Canelo will possibly return to the ring on Dec.15 possibly against David Lemieux.“We have the requests of GGG and the interim champion to face the champion. I spoke with Oscar De La Hoya (promoter of Canelo) and his request is to allow Canelo to make a voluntary defense,” said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.“I would like to ask the governing board to order Charlo and Golovkin to fight, Canelo will make a voluntary and then go with the winner of Golovkin and Charlo.”Charlo is a 27-0 (21 KOs) American contender who is highly thought of in the middleweight division.The 28-year-old formerly held the IBF world title at super-welterweight, but has now moved up and has been patiently waiting for his shot at one of the current top 160lbers.Also Read-Boxing: Canelo vs GGG 2 is estimated to have done 1.1 million PPV buys Advertisementlast_img read more