Lose Weight (and Friends?) Fast!

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s pretty much bikini season ladies and gentlemen-who-wear-bikinis. You know what that means!You’re probably fatter than you want to be!You’re almost out of time. Just today, the temperature across Long Island is expected to reach Satanic.What will you do?Don’t waste time with insane exercise programs that do nothing more than get you pumped up in extremely motivational ways.Don’t waste your time with fitness workouts that could make you look extremely athletic and well coordinated.Men especially, why waste precious time looking manly, in an attempt to get fit so that you can look manly?Now, for the incredibly low, low price of “What the hell!?” you too can prance your way to extreme(ly ridiculous-looking) fitness.Just in time for beach season!Or embarrassment season!Check it out, as fitness guru Joanna SomethingOrOther shows you how to WORK IT like Beyonce! (if Beyonce was an old, odd, weirdly coordinated prancing white lady.)(Special thanks To Eve for bringing this to my attention. Can’t wait to try this with you. I hear that the couple that prances together, gets-laughed-at-by-the-neighbors together!)Now, let’s stop talkin’ and do some walkin’!last_img read more

Valencia vs Arsenal TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news for Europa League semi-final

first_img Phil HaighThursday 9 May 2019 2:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Valencia vs Arsenal TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news for Europa League semi-final Advertisement Comment Arsenal are in the driving seat against Valencia (Picture: Getty Images)Valencia have a mountain to climb in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final with Arsenal after losing 3-1 at the Emirates in the first clash.The Spaniards took the lead in north London but two goals from Alexandre Lacazette and another from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners a significant leaf to take to the Mestalla.Other than that victory, Arsenal have been in woeful form, picking up just one point from their last four Premier League games, however, Valencia haven’t been up to much either.Marcelino’s side picked up an impressive win over Huesca on Sunday, but lost three on the spin before that.ADVERTISEMENT Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the third goal in the first leg (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)When is Valencia vs Arsenal?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe match is on Thursday 9 May with kick-off at 8pm at the Mestalla.What TV channel is Valencia vs Arsenal on and is there a live stream?BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7.15pm.Subscribers will be able to stream the action on BT Sport Player or watch on the BT Sport app.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTeam newsArsenal are missing their long-term absentees Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Denis Suarez.The home side are without Geoffrey Kondogbia and Denis Cheryshev through injury.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)To win match9/10 Valencia14/5 Draw16/5 ArsenalTo qualify5/2 Valencia2/7 ArsenalMORE: Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen leaves Ajax stadium on crutches after incredible Champions League comebackMORE: David Ginola praises Mauricio Pochettino for Fernando Llorente substitution in Tottenham’s win over Ajax Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch government abandons plan for National Mortgages Institution

first_imgTwo years ago, the NHI was expected to issue at least €25bn in government-backed mortgage bonds within five years.But now the need for an NHI is far less urgent, according to housing minister Stref Blok.In a letter to Parliament, he noted an improvement in the market, driven by a sharp decline in mortgage rates and a narrowing funding gap at banks through alternative means of financing.At the same time, Dutch pension funds have increased their investments in mortgage funds, in 2014, nearly doubling their holdings to €6.7bn.Despite this increase, mortgage funds – which consist largely of indirect investments by pension funds through asset manager funds, or co-operation with other market players – still account for just 1% of all issued residential mortgages in the Netherlands. After the government’s announcement that the NHI would be scrapped, a spokesman for MN, the €110bn asset manager for the large metal schemes PME and PMT, said the Dutch mortgage market had finally “sorted itself out”.He noted that pension funds had been investing increasingly in mortgage funds, with PMT recently an additional €1bn commitment to the Dutch Mortgage Funding Company (DMFCO).Jeroen van Hessen, managing partner at the DMFCO, said: “We are pleased the market can do its job now. The combination of mortgages, state support and banks in the NHI was not a good idea from the start.”PGGM, which had been involved in the establishment of the NHI, said it was pleased with this “workable” instrument.However, it declined to confirm whether it would have invested in NHI-issued bonds.At present, PGGM does not invest in mortgages. Meanwhile, APG, the €424bn asset manager for ABP, said it understood the banks’ conclusion that complying with the European Commission’s conditions would have meant they would lose money by participating in the NHI. The Dutch government has scrapped plans for a National Mortgages Institution (NHI) after the parties involved in the project failed to agree on how best to address the European Commission’s decision that the NHI would be tantamount to state aid.Jan van Rutte, a former banker who was responsible for setting up the institution, said the European Commission’s conditions for preventing unintended state support – or passing financial benefits on to consumers – were “too stringent”.The Dutch government intended the NHI to stabilise financing in the local residential mortgage market.It was to streamline access to the market and increase competition via the issuance of government-backed mortgage bonds.last_img read more

PDEA-6 holds orientation on drug-clearing in Sipalay

first_img“The city government of Sipalay sawthat there is a need to thoroughly educate our barangay counterparts of theCity Anti-Drug Council,” Lizares said. Meanwhile, a random drug testing of115 local government employees of the city has showed negative results. “This clean random drug testing resultproves that the efforts of the local government are paying off.  We are planning on making these random checksmore frequent as we aim to set example to the locals,” Lizares said.  BACOLOD City – The members of thePhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Western Visayas (PDEA-6) recentlyconducted an orientation on the drug-clearing efforts of the government inSipalay City, Negros Occidental.    The Sipalay City Anti-Drug AbuseCouncil was implementing the CBRP for the first batch of persons who used drugsfrom the six barangays, as it plans to conduct the second set of CBRP in 2020.(With a report from PIA/PN) Sipalay City mayor Maria Gina Lizaressaid the orientation aims to level off with all the stakeholders to ensure thesuccess of the drug-clearing operations. According to the city government ofSipalay, six of the 17 barangays of the city were up for validation by PDEA-6to ensure that drug dependents in these barangays already underwent thecommunity-based rehabilitation program (CBRP).     last_img read more

Ruth M. Cheek

first_imgRuth M. Cheek, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Aurora, passed away March 26, 2017.She was born December 20, 1952 in Cincinnati, OH, daughter of the late Robert Cheek Sr. and Vivian Carol “Mick” McGranahan.She worked as a Custodian for South Dearborn School Corp., retiring after over 20 years of service. She was a member of Aurora American Legion Auxiliary. Ruth was a great cook and was always cleaning her home. She enjoyed gardening, loved talking with friends, loved the Aurora Farmers Fair and was a good photographer. Her favorite time was spent being with family, especially the grandchildren.Surviving are her daughter, Heather (Rick) Strasemeier of Aurora, IN; brothers, Robert (Karen) Cheek Jr. of Hebron, KY, Michael L. (Judy) Cheek of Aurora, IN, Thomas (Tina) Cheek of Aurora, IN; sister-in-law, Kay (late, Bill) Cheek of Aurora, IN; Grandsons, Adam & William Strasemeier.She was preceded in death by parents, Robert Cheek, Sr.and Vivian Carol “Mick” Cheek and son, Michael R. Marine and brother, Bill Cheek.Friends will be received Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:00 am with Pastor Edward Davis, officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Contributions may be made to the S.D. Dollars For Scholars – In Memory of Michael R. Marine. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Players allowed for now to play for three clubs in a season — FIFA

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Players will be allowed to play for up to three clubs, instead of two, during the course of a season, FIFA said on Thursday.The global football body said this was a temporary rule change to alleviate the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the sport. It added that the move was “to avoid any concerns regarding unemployed players.”FIFA also said it would allow national associations to open their transfer window for the 2020/2021 season before the current campaign has finished.It said the change was intended to allow clubs to complete the 2019/2020 season with their original squad.This is view of the fact that the current campaign had been extended from May into June and July as is the case in a number of European countries.Reuters/NAN. Tags: CoronavirusFIFAlast_img read more

Poyet sweats on Fletcher fitness

first_img “But like I said, it’s difficult to see, so we are keeping our fingers crossed and next week, we will have more news.” It has proved a depressing few months for the man in whom then manager Martin O’Neill invested so heavily, after a shoulder problem left him playing through the pain barrier in an effort to impress new boss Poyet. The Uruguayan admitted Fletcher’s season is not one he will remember with any great pleasure, although he is still hoping he can end it in positive fashion. Poyet said: “I hope he finishes well. Who knows? Maybe we can have him for whatever games he plays at the end and keep himself fit and start well next year. “It’s been difficult for him. He has always come back – even before I got here the first injury, the shoulder, they were talking about three or four months, and he had a great recovery and he played a few games in real pain. “But yes, it’s probably a season to forget for him because personally, it’s been quite difficult.” Poyet said: “We are still assessing. I think next week, we are going to have the final decision on him, but he is not fit for this weekend and we are trying to see what we are going to do. “It was quite swollen, so it’s difficult to do all the tests. When you do the MRI tests, there is always some swelling around and it’s not very, very clear, so we are trying to be calm and assess it properly next week.” Fletcher, a £12million signing from Wolves during the summer of 2012, was the club’s leading scorer last season with 11 goals, has been hampered by fitness problems for much of the current campaign and has found the back of the net only three times to date. However, with the Black Cats currently languishing inside the bottom three, Poyet would desperately like to have him available for the remaining 11 games as they try to fight their way to safety. Asked if he feared losing the player for the remainder of the season, he said: “I hope not. “It just depends on how bad the twist is, because definitely there was a twist. He jumped and he landed badly and he twisted his ankle. “There is always the fear of if there are any bone issues, and there are not, that’s for sure. “But then there’s the ligaments and depending how much they are damaged… Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is keeping his fingers crossed that striker Steven Fletcher’s season is not over. The 26-year-old Scotland international limped out of last Saturday’s disappointing 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw with Crystal Palace with an ankle injury. Both he and his manager are yet to discover the full extent of the damage to the same joint on which he had surgery last season, but he will play no part in Saturday’s vital trip to Norwich and the Black Cats face an anxious wait until next week to discover whether or not his campaign has run its course. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Kevin Love commits $100,000 to arena workers

first_img___12:20 p.m.All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings.The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games. ___12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway.IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Associated Press LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___5:40 p.m. Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption.Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held. March 12, 2020 Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___2:30 p.m. The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___3 p.m.The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___6:09 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Latest: Kevin Love commits $100,000 to arena workers Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___5:30 p.m. USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___5:15 p.m.The Colonial Athletic Association says it has been informed that a game official who worked at the conference men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus. That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___3:30 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice. Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___3:15 p.m.IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators. The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___1:45 p.m.The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season. The CAA said the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference said it was using an “abundance of caution” to make the involved institutions and tournament personnel “aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.”Hofstra beat Northeastern in the conference championship game on Tuesday in Washington.___4:30 p.m.The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___7 p.m. ___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.” ___12:35 p.m.The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments.The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30.The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice. 6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” 1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament.___ The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title.ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___12:15 p.m. The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus.The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. 12:40 p.m.The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan.The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners.Bowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus. The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20.The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule. ___12:10 p.m.The Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine amid the coronavirus outbreak.Madrid has ordered its soccer and basketball teams to remain in isolation after one of the basketball players tested positive for the virus.No new date for the second-leg match in the last 16 was announced. City leads 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid.last_img read more

Will saliva ban threaten cricket’s kings of swing?

first_imgBy Julian GUYERLondon (AFP) – An International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting on Wednesday could see the global governing body uphold a recommendation to prohibit the use of saliva in order to stop the transmission of the coronavirus.Bowlers traditionally get the ball to move or swing in the air, thereby making it harder for batsmen to hit, by applying shine to one side via sweat — which can still be used — or saliva.However, as a temporary measure to combat COVID-19, the ICC’s cricket committee has suggested banning the use of saliva.Massie’s match– One of the most extraordinary individual performances in cricket history saw Australia swing bowler Bob Massie take 16 for 137 on his Test debut against England at Lord’s in 1972.Yet Massie won just five more caps and took only 15 more wickets, with the bowler himself saying he had struggled on a subsequent tour of the West Indies where he adjusted his action and was never the same cricketer again.Massie’s remarkable maiden Test and the lavish swing he generated at Lord’s led to suggestions he’d applied lip salve to the ball in order to maintain the shine — an accusation he has always denied.“Some days things go just right,” Massie said by way of explaining his remarkable introduction to Test cricket.Reverse swing– It used to be thought that as a cricket ball got older it would swing less.But a technique pioneered by Pakistan paceman Sarfraz Nawaz, partly in response to the slow and batsmen-friendly pitches of his homeland, led to the development of reverse swing.“Just using sweat won’t be of much help because that will only make the ball wet and that shine will be missing,” said Sarfraz.Sarfraz confused a succession of batsmen by bowling in-swingers with an old ball.He helped compatriot Imran Khan add reverse swing to his armoury and in the 1990s there were probably no better exponents than the Pakistan fast-bowling duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.In 1992, the pair took 43 wickets between them as Pakistan won a five-match Test series in England 2-1.Mint condition– Over time, teams all round the world came to realise that in order to generate reverse swing it was vital the ball was ‘looked after’ properly, with one side polished and the other kept bone dry.Swing bowlers such as Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard and Simon Jones were pivotal to England regaining the Ashes from Australia in 2005.But it was England opening batsman Marcus Trescothick who later revealed he had put Murray Mints sweets to good use in the field because sucking them stimulated most saliva, which could then be applied to the ball.Play on with Pollock?– It seems unlikely cricket chiefs will row back from the saliva ban but former South Africa paceman Shaun Pollock, even though he is a member of the ICC cricket committee, gave current swing bowlers a glimmer of hope by suggesting health checks in place for next month’s behind closed doors three-Test series between England and the West Indies might make it redundant.“I think the environment that’ll end up being created is almost going to be like a bubble,” Pollock told the Following On Cricket Podcast.“People will get tested, they’ll go into a two-week camp where they’re just going to sit and monitor how the conditions of their bodies change.“And if there are no symptoms, it doesn’t really matter about shining the ball then, because you’re in the bubble and no one you come into contact with will have coronavirus.“So you can just get on with normal proceedings.”last_img read more

I am the fastest – Bolt warns rivals

first_imgWith his retirement looming and a field of sprinters lining up to spoil his going away party in London this summer, sprint king Usain Bolt has sent out a reminder to any pretender to his throne.Even though his did not burn up the track when he performed for the last time in Jamaica at the racers Grand Prix in Kingston earlier this month and clocked 10:03, Bolt, is not worried about the challenges that must come.Instead the eight-time Olympic champion has thrown down the gauntlet and reminded his rivals that he remains the fastest man in the world.In the meantime Andre De Grasse – who took third in the 100m in Rio and silver in the 200m – clocked a wind-assisted 9.69secs in Stockholm to underline his growing threat to Bolt’s supremacy, and long-time rival Justin Gatlin won the US trials last week.But Bolt, who will compete in Wednesday’s Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, was defiant when asked if he would be able to keep up with the competition in his final outing on the global stage in August.“I am the fastest man in the world so I will say yes to that,” he said, before playing down De Grasse’s time in hugely beneficial conditions.“Every time I hear a wind-assisted time my friend NJ [Nugent Walker, Bolt’s executive manager] always calls me and says: ‘Why are we never this lucky?’ We always have negative wind.“The possibility with a strong tailwind is endless. We have always thought about it. I have never been that lucky.”last_img read more