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  • Talking Horses: Richard Hannon counts blessings...
    by Chris Cook on March 29, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    The former champion trainer hopes racing can resume with a condensed schedule but knows he is luckier than manyThis would normally be the start of a very busy few months for Richard Hannon, whose two big stables near Salisbury Plain are home to lots of fast, precocious young horses. The months of April, May and June are hay-making time for trainers with that kind of stock, so the suspension of racing until at least the end of next month makes things very difficult for his […]

  • Police investigate after Jack Grealish pictured...
    by PA Media on March 29, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    A Range Rover crashed into parked cars in SolihullPictures apparently show Aston Villa captain at the sceneAn investigation has been launched after pictures of the Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish surfaced online following an incident in which a Range Rover crashed into parked cars. West Midlands police said they were called to the Dickens Heath area of Solihull on Sunday just before 10am where the two parked cars suffered minor damage. The force said the driver left his details with a […]

  • Harry Kane says he will not stay at Spurs 'for...
    by Staff and PA Media on March 29, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    ‘I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve,’ striker saysEngland captain also says next season should not be delayedCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageHarry Kane has revealed he will not simply stay at Tottenham “for the sake of it” and would consider his Spurs future if the north London club stopped progressing. He has also said that the Premier League season should be scrapped if it cannot be completed by the end of June.The […]

  • ECB readies financial rescue plan but no cuts for...
    by PA Media on March 29, 2020 at 7:56 pm

    Governing body to support counties and clubs from reservesContracts of centrally contracted players not being discussedThe England and Wales Cricket Board is preparing to unveil an emergency financial package to support the game during the costly delay to the season but pay cuts for centrally contracted players are not being discussed.The postponement of the 2020 campaign is set to place a huge strain on the sport’s fragile finances, with no cricket before 28 May at the earliest and […]

  • Henrik Stenson: 'I don't feel the rush to...
    by Ewan Murray on March 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    The former Open champion, whose coach has tested positive for coronavirus, understands it may be some time before he is back on the courseAs Henrik Stenson spent Thursday evening on the Sawgrass range, the frustrations of a 74 to begin the Players Championship dominating his thoughts, he knew nothing of impending shutdown. The PGA Tour’s flagship event lasted 18 holes on 12 March, with coronavirus sharply halting golf at the top level. Stenson has not had any notion to strike a ball […]

  • Tom Brady relives Pats' epic Super Bowl LI...
    on March 30, 2020 at 3:23 am

    Brady rewatched the Patriots' epic Super Bowl LI comeback win on Sunday and had some fun with it on social media.

  • Celtics' Smart says he's cleared of coronavirus
    on March 30, 2020 at 2:47 am

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, has been cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Health, he announced Sunday on social media.

  • Hopkins, Mosley to wait a year for HOF induction
    on March 30, 2020 at 1:48 am

    The International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2020 was due to be enshrined during ceremonies on June 14, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Class of 2020 will be inducted along with the Class of 2021 during next year's induction weekend.

  • FIFA 20, esports helping MLS clubs navigate...
    on March 30, 2020 at 1:05 am

    With no real-life soccer to deliver the fans, MLS has turned to the next best thing: esports. And so far, fans are responding in droves.

  • Ex-Rev Marshall Leonard joins NYC virus fight as...
    on March 30, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Former New England Revolution defender Marshall Leonard has traded in his soccer uniform for one of an attending physician in New York City.

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  • Gambhhir warns quarantine offenders
    by Kapil Kumar on March 24, 2020 at 2:56 am

    Gambhhir warns quarantine offenders  Cricketer-turned politician Gautam Gambhir on Monday warned the offenders of the government's quarantine guidelines set out to stop the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, saying they can choose to stay safe or go to jail. The whole of India is heading towards a complete lockdown to tackle the coronavirus with the majority of the people following the 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday by staying at home. However, there were some who took to the streets in big groups after the curfew period ended at 9 pm. "Khud bhee jayenge aur parivaar ko bhee leke jayenge, quarantine or jail (either you go to quarantine with family or you go to jail," wrote Gambhir on Twitter. "Don't be a threat to society. We are fighting for our existence, not for our livelihood. Follow the government's lockdown guidelines," he added. With the global death toll passing 15,000, 19 Indian states have announced lockdown. The Indian cricket board also advised citizens to stay at home. "If you ever dreamed of playing for millions around the world, now is your chance," the BCCI tweeted.   Also,  Gambhir on Monday pledged Rs 50 lakh towards COVID-19 treatment while also advocating jail terms for the offenders who break quarantine guidelines set out to stop the spread of the pandemic. In a letter to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Gambhir wrote: “In furtherance of the united effort to save our city and citizens from this pandemic, I would like to pledge Rs 50 lakh from my MPLAD fund for equipment that may be needed for Covid-19 treatment in state government hospitals. “Kindly direct the officers in charge to let my office know about the requirements and please let me know if I could be off any other assistance.”

  • Shake-up like Wellington loss has opened our mindset: Shastri
    by Raman Raheja on February 28, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Shake-up like Wellington loss has opened our mindset: Shastri India head coach Ravi Shastri has admitted that his team was "outplayed" in Wellington, but that defeat has only shaken them up to improve their performance when they take on New Zealand in the second and final Test beginning Saturday at the Hagley Oval. India had to face a crushing 10-wicket defeat in the first Test, which was also their first loss in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship. "We were outplayed in the first test, but I always believe that a shake-up like that is good. It opens your mindset," Shastri said at the pre-match presser on Friday. "If you have not tasted defeat you can have a closed or fixed mindset. Here, when you see what has happened, it is good and it gives you opportunities to learn. "You know what New Zealand are doing and what to expect. It''s a good lesson and the boys are up for the challenge," he added. He further said that the team need not panic following their loss at the Basin Reserve. "One loss does not mean that we need to panic. The boys are ready. They know what to expect and they are mentally tuned." "You generally do that when you see something which is not right and then you have a solution for it. I am not one of those coaches you will ask to do something without having an answer. When you are on the road, things can change," he added. The defeat in Wellington did hurt the team and Shastri made it clear that Test cricket remains on top of his team''s agenda followed by T20s during next two years when ODIs are "least priority". "I wouldn''t judge ODI and Test cricket as they are totally different things. For us, the least priority is ODI cricket at the moment. Because of the schedule and what''s coming up in the next two years. Our focus -- Test cricket is No.1 and T20 cricket," said Shastri. The Indian head coach further said that ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin needs to work on his batting which has slipped in the recent times. Ashwin, who has four Test centuries along with his 365 wickets, has not passed 50 since August 2017 and has scored a total of 126 runs in his last 10 matches. "He is a world class bowler," Shastri said. "There is absolutely no doubt about it. But ... he will be disappointed in the way he has batted and he will need to improve that." Asked for his opinion as to why teams struggle away from home, the Indian head coach said the problem was only with the Test format. "It''s the red ball. The conditions of red and white balls are completely different...touring a country playing white ball cricket, the red ball is totally different especially in England and New Zealand, where conditions can be pretty much similar," he said. "It''s any team and it will take a while to acclimatise," he added.

  • Ishant likely to miss Christchurch Test with ankle injury
    by Raman Raheja on February 28, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Ishant likely to miss Christchurch Test with ankle injury Senior Indian pacer Ishant Sharma is likely to miss the second and final Test against New Zealand beginning Saturday at the Hagley Oval as his right ankle injury has resurfaced. Ishant was present in the nets and did bowl for a while two days out from the match. However, on Friday, he was absent from training after informing the team management of pain in the same ankle. He was subsequently sent for medical tests, the results of which are yet to arrive. As per an ICC report, if the veteran pacer does miss out on the playing XI, Umesh Yadav will be replacing him ahead of Navdeep Saini, who is yet to make his debut in Test cricket. The absence of Ishant will serve as a massive blow to India, who are looking to level the series after suffering a crushing 10-wicket defeat at the Basin Reserve. The right-arm pacer had returned to action in Wellington after a month-long injury lay-off owing to the ankle injury he''d suffered during a Ranji Trophy game in January. He was in fact the pick of the Indian bowlers at the Basin Reserve, finishing with figures of 5 for 68 in New Zealand''s first innings. After the second day''s play in Wellington Test, Ishant had revealed that he slept barely for four hours in the past two days and thus struggled hard to deal with a "jet-lag". "I am not happy because I have not slept for two days and I was struggling a lot today (with my body). The way I would have liked to bowl, it did not happen. They asked me to play and I played. Anything, for the team," he said. "Not that I wasn''t happy with my bowling. I wasn''t happy with my body as I could only sleep for 40 minutes last night and day before the Test match, I slept for three hours," said Ishant, narrating his struggles with jet lag. "The more you can recover (from jet lag), the better effort you can put in on the ground. There''s no better recovery than sound sleep. The sounder your sleep is, the better your body will respond on ground," he added. Meanwhile, India head coach Ravi Shastri has confirmed that opener Prithvi Shaw has recovered from a foot injury and is "ready to go" in the second Test. As reported by IANS

  • Formula One faces testing times over coronavirus
    by Raman Raheja on February 28, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Formula One faces testing times over coronavirus Feb 27 (AFP) Formula One teams were trying to focus on the second session of winter testing in Barcelona while casting worrying glances towards the spread of coronavirus with the message: "We are concerned, but there's no need to panic". As veteran driver Robert Kubica steered his Alfa Romeo to the day's best time at Montmelo, talk in the paddock was of growing fears over the spread of the virus which has killed over 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 in 34 countries. The F1 world championship, which gets under way in Melbourne on March 15, had already lost the Chinese Grand Prix from its schedule. Ferrari, whose headquarters are at Maranello in northern Italy, one of the areas affected by the COVID-19, insisted that the team was taking all sensible precautions. "Of course it concerns us," admitted Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto. "Some of the team postponed their flights in order to ensure that all concerns were addressed correctly. "But there is no panic. It's just a matter of making sure we get it right. We coordinate with Formula One and the International Automobile Federation (FIA). The team is very careful and conscious of the situation." With 12 deaths and 400 people infected, Italy is the European country worst hit by the outbreak. Ferrari announced on Monday that they had temporarily shuttered their museums in Maranello and Modena, restricted the access of its employees residing or having visited the affected areas, and suspended visits from outside as well as non-essential business trips. The AlphaTauri team, which is also based in Italy, in Faenza, south of the infected areas, say that the cleaning of their factory has increased while employees and sub-contractors are assessed. In coming weeks, questions are expected to be raised over air links or even closed borders. "We don't know if (the team members currently present in Barcelona) will be able to return. If they return, we don't know if they will be able to travel to Australia," said AlphaTauri's French driver Pierre Gasly. Although the Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai, has been postponed to a date to be announced, the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi "will take place as planned" on April 5, said circuit chief Le Ngoc Chi. "We are of course monitoring the situation closely and will notify customers and the media if there is a change," he said. However, two events planned to take place in the Vietnamese capital in the weeks before the race have already been postponed -- a marathon on March 29 as well as an international badminton tournament, which is also a qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, slated for March 24-29. The FIA said it continues to "closely monitor the development of the situation". Wednesday test times: Robert Kubica (POL/Alfa Romeo) 1:16.942 (53 laps), Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:17.347 (84), Sergio Perez (MEX/Racing Point) 1:17.428 (84), Daniil Kvyat (RUS/AlphaTauri) 1:17.456 (61), Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri) 1:17.540 (25), Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull) 1:17.550 (29), Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:17.562 (89), Lance Stroll (CAN/Racing Point) 1:17.787 (43), Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:18.100 (90), Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:18.113 (84), Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Renault) 1:18.214 (53), Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/McLaren) 1:18.221 (46), Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:18.244 (80), Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams) 1:18.300 (48), George Russell (GBR/Williams) 1:18.535 (59), Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 1:18.670 (107), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) 1:18.826 (57), Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 1:19.515 (51), Esteban Ocon (FRA/Renault) 1:21.542 (74).

  • Expect Olympics to go ahead as scheduled despite Virus: Rijiju
    by Raman Raheja on February 27, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Expect Olympics to go ahead as scheduled despite Virus: Rijiju Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said he expects this year's Tokyo Olympics to go ahead smoothly despite fears being expressed over the fate of the Games amid the novel coronavirus threat. The Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in July-August this year but a senior IOC member Dick Pound has said that the event might have to be cancelled if the deadly coronavirus outbreak is not brought under control by May. "Virus China mein hai, Tokyo mein Nahi (the virus is in China not Tokyo)," Rijiju said in response to questions about the Games on the sidelines of a workshop to sensitise Indian athletes about Japanese etiquette and culture here. Rijiju said the current situation demands that nations come together to fight the crisis. "We have to fight every situation together. I expect Tokyo Olympics to start July 24 on time and go ahead smoothly," he said. "World is a community, we have to support each other," he added. The coronavirus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far claimed over 2,000 lives. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said he expects this year's Tokyo Olympics to go ahead smoothly despite fears being expressed over the fate of the Games amid the novel coronavirus threat. The Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in July-August this year but a senior IOC member Dick Pound has said that the event might have to be cancelled if the deadly coronavirus outbreak is not brought under control by May. "Virus China mein hai, Tokyo mein Nahi (the virus is in China not Tokyo)," Rijiju said in response to questions about the Games on the sidelines of a workshop to sensitise Indian athletes about Japanese etiquette and culture here. Rijiju said the current situation demands that nations come together to fight the crisis. "We have to fight every situation together. I expect Tokyo Olympics to start July 24 on time and go ahead smoothly," he said. "World is a community, we have to support each other," he added. The coronavirus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far claimed over 2,000 lives.

  • 10 offseason ripple effects of COVID-19 for NFL
    on March 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    COVID-19 has already prompted the NFL to close team facilities, eliminate visits and workouts for free agents and draft prospects, radically strip down the draft and postpone offseason activities indefinitely. Soon, the league will face more significant challenges.  With it being a near-lock the coronavirus forces the cancellation of OTAs and minicamps, the NFL will enter unprecedented territory. Here are 10 issues that will grip teams and the league during what will almost certainly be the most unusual offseason in modern NFL history. Teams that hired new coaches, coordinators are behind Franchises with new head coaches ordinarily have a two-week head start on those with holdover staffs. Of those five that changed coaches, the Cowboys have an advantage since they retained offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. The Browns, Giants, Panthers and Redskins all have new OCs (or play-calling HCs) and face the likelihood of not seeing their players until training camp and installing schemes on the fly. This is not unp

  • Why Giannis-fueled Bucks lose most if NBA scraps season
    on March 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    The Milwaukee Bucks (53-12) stand to lose the most should the NBA cancel the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Why? For one, the Bucks will miss an excellent opportunity to win a championship. And, more importantly, with Giannis Antetokounmpo becoming eligible for a five-year, $253.8M supermax extension this offseason, the Bucks will lose a critical chance to show their superstar that they have put the pieces around him to win multiple titles.  Now, Giannis will be forced to choose whether to accept or decline his extension without having a vital piece of data: the 2020 NBA Playoffs. If he declines the option, which most high-profile, championship-less superstars choose to do, he will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer 2021. In this (hopefully) imaginary world where the NBA is forced to cancel its season, Giannis' situation will be a huge offseason story line. The question many will ask: What does Giannis value above all else — loyalty or legacy? Depending on his answer, there are thre

  • What exceptional MLB individual seasons could look like in 2020
    on March 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Baseball is a numbers game. We can judge a player's value -- at least in part -- with a quick glance at how many homers he mashed or batters he whiffed. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we're only likely to get a half-season's worth of games in 2020, though, which will throw our beloved numbers off-kilter. What does a great half-season look like? Here is a 26-man roster of the best half-seasons from last season. Starting lineup CF Mike Trout (Angels), 1st half: Let's begin with the best player in the game. Trout's 28 home runs, 76 walks, .453 on- base percentage, and 183 wRC+ -- see here for definition -- led the AL in the first half, laying the groundwork for his third MVP... 3B Alex Bregman (Astros), 2nd half: ... However, Bregman almost usurped Trout for the award with an otherworldly second half, garnering 13 first-place MVP votes out of 30. His .363 on-base percentage and 197 wRC+ were the best in the majors in either half-season. RF Cody Bellinger (Dodgers), 1st half: The "Best Player in the NL" ba

  • NBA may have to play games in two cities, place players in a 'bubble'
    on March 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    The NBA is hoping to salvage the remainder of its 2019-20 season despite the coronavirus pandemic, and it seems certain at this point that things will look a lot different if the league does resume play this year. One aspect of the coronavirus outbreak that could complicate things for the NBA is that different cities are being impacted at different times. While the peak of the outbreak in New York could be a few weeks away, it may be significantly longer for COVID-19 case numbers to start decreasing in other parts of the country. Because of that, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says the NBA may have to consider picking two different cities in which to hold games, practices and all other activities related to the season. As Windhorst describes it, the NBA could place players in a “bubble” of sorts, asking them to remain in a certain city for the remainder of the season. The Chinese Basketball Association is considering that approach, though CBA players do not have a union. Any decisions the NBA make with regard to fin

  • Texans paying heavy price for foolish front-office strategy
    on March 29, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Two of the more important second-round picks in recent NFL history will come next month when the Texans’ selection windows open. A franchise lacking a first-rounder until 2022 needs cost-controlled assets, and its fans require a reason to trust an unusually structured front office. It sounds strange to assign such stakes to second-round picks, but after the events of the past several months, how Houston proceeds on Day 2 of April’s draft will be crucial. This will be Bill O’Brien’s first draft in his coach-GM-czar role, which feels odd considering how much has happened since he became the Texans’ de facto boss.  Before O'Brien took power in June 2019, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt provided optimism for a Texans leap from second-tier contender to Super Bowl threat. The decisions O’Brien has since green-lit have threatened to deprive Texans fans of any hope the Watson window will not be squandered. Houston traded Hopkins,  a top-five wide receiver, to Arizona for a haul worse

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  • Sports on Earth: A Closing Tribute
    by Will Leitch on January 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    After over 2,000 days and 14,000 stories, Sports on Earth is ceasing publishing. It has been an honor and a delight to have the opportunity to write about sports every day for you for the past five-and-a-half years. Now, we reflect on the history of the site.

  • History of Backup Super Bowl QBs
    by Jason B. Hirschhorn on January 26, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Nick Foles will become the rare backup quarterback to start in a Super Bowl for the Eagles against the Patriots. They're led by Tom Brady, who did the same thing 16 years ago. Let's look back at how rare it is for replacement QBs to start in the Super Bowl.

  • Hall of Fame Vote: Key Takeaways
    by Cliff Corcoran on January 26, 2018 at 2:37 am

    The results of the 2018 Hall of Fame vote were revealed on Wednesday, with four players making it in: Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman. However, those four names weren't the only things we learned from the announcement.

  • Biggest NFL Midseason Additions
    by Kenneth Arthur on January 25, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    The Eagles have evolved over the course of the season by necessity because of injuries, but they also got a big boost by trading for running back Jay Ajayi. It's the latest in a line of midseason additions that have helped teams make Super Bowl runs.

  • NBA Trade Deadline: Buyers & Sellers
    by Alex Wong on January 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    With two weeks until the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 8, plenty of teams appear ready to make a move at the deadline to bolster their roster. So let's look at who we expect to be buyers and sellers, and which teams appear to be standing pat.

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  • Explaining the magic of Al Hilal and Saudi Arabia winger Salem Al Dawsari
    on March 29, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    A maverick, mazy dribbler has fuelled Saudi Arabia’s resurgence and sent Al Hilal towards treasured success. Salem Al Dawsari has netted at the World Cup and Club World Cup, while bamboozling defences across Asia for the best part of a decade. The Jeddah-native’s exuberant talents even pitted him against Real Madrid during 2017/18’s formative loan spell at Villarreal. His deep reserve of stylish flicks and sublime tricks have been showcased along the way. What makes the 28-year-old a defining talent of this outstanding generation? A year to the day since his finest individual moment, Sport360 takes a look, with the help of Wyscout, into what makes the Middle Eastern master tick… BEGINNINGS Special talents find special ways to announce themselves. A 20-year-old Al Dawsari decamped from the substitutes’ bench in November 2011 to debut on enemy territory in the heated derby at Al Nassr. Fast forward 12 minutes and the final goal in a 3-0 rout was slotted in at the near post by the undaunted starlet. How did he get to this point? A series of fateful incidents sent him into Hilal’s grateful arms. Al Dawsari was born in Saudi Arabia’s second city, Jeddah, in August 1991. But rather than follow the usual path of signing for local giants Al Ahli or Al Ittihad, his teacher father’s transfer to take up a new posting in Riyadh during primary schooling took him away from their sphere. Salem Al Dawsari (c) celebrates his goal versus Flamengo at the 2019 Club World Cup. An ascent to the top of Saudi football, however, was not without its hitches. Al Faisaly were reported to have turned down a teenage Al Dawsari after his training stint and, in a portentous move, Nassr would make a similarly calamitous decision. Hilal would not repeat their mistakes. This show of faith has been richly rewarded. WHAT MAKES HIM SO SPECIAL? Al Dawsari is both decisive and imaginative. Lessons learned in La Liga – as one of nine Saudis temporarily sent to Spain ahead of World Cup 2018 – also added necessary maturity, ensuring his play is now less self-indulgent. He has risen beyond the shadow cast by contemporary Nawaf Al Abed, striking out on his own stellar course towards legendary status. Comparisons, albeit on a lower level, can be applied to Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain mega star Neymar. Another relevant benchmark is Saudi Arabia’s World Cup 1994 maestro Saeed Al Owairan, one of the most-beguiling dribblers ever produced by Asia and whose astonishing solo effort against Sweden was voted the sixth best in FIFA’s Goal of the Century rankings. Salem Al Dawsari’s 2019/20 Saudi Professional League statistics. Al Dawsari, although a far-less frequent scorer, inspires wonderment when on the ball, fathoms the unfathomable and does this all with an air – bordering on arrogance – of devilment. A status as the Saudi Professional League’s dribbler par excellence is emphasised by a 68.5-per-cent success rate in 2019/20. Only club-mate Yasser Al Shahrani – a willing foil from left-back – can beat it. This is 10-per-cent better than 2018/19’s figure (58.5 per cent). Al Dawsari also recorded five goals and three assists in that SPL campaign across 23 appearances. He’s only got two of each in 2019/20, yet this is at a similar ratio because of injuries (2019/20 – 0.2 goals and assists per game; 2018/19 0.23 goals and 0.14 assists). Another statistic that stands out is the 88-per-cent dribble success rate (seven from eight attempts) in the 1-0 group-stage loss at World Cup 2018 recorded against Uruguay’s ironclad defence. BIG IMPACT Al Dawsari doesn’t rack up sensational tallies. These is exemplified by an unspectacular return of 28 strikes in 149 SPL run-outs. For Hilal, ex-France centre forward Bafetimbi Gomis plunders goals and former Italy maestro Sebastian Giovinco dominates the assist. Al Dawsari is, instead, a footballing artisan who crafts vivid memories when in possession. This month’s first-time looped pass for Peru international Andre Carrillo’s headed clincher versus Ettifaq (below) was the latest in a long line of inspired moments. These include a staggering opening goal for Saudi Arabia in 2012 against Australia, cutting inside from the left wing, extravagantly dribbling past two opponents and firing into the bottom corner from 25 yards. A give-and-go, plus composed one-on-one finish, against the same opponent followed five years later. When it comes to impact, the inventive wide man is a class apart. No other Saudi can state they’ve struck a World Cup winner, influential AFC Champions League final goal, opener in a Club World Cup clash and experienced a competitive run-out versus Los Blancos. This is a rare talent for an attacker typically tasked with generating chances, rather than dispatching them. His acrobatics in celebration after a winning 95th-minute volley against Egypt at World Cup 2018 is one of the iconic moments in Saudi sporting history, while dreams of ending a 19-year wait to become continental kings bloomed with his second-half tap-in from Giovinco’s centre in this winter’s ACL showpiece second-leg at Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds. Al Dawsari also was on hand to force a deflected opener in December’s CWC quarter-final versus Copa Libertadores holders Flamengo. There is, however, no question about the emblematic moment from his career to date… A GOAL TO DEFINE HIS GENIUS March 29, 2019 is a date not looked back on with any fondness by Hilal. Brazil centre-back Bruno Uvini’s 97th-minute header earned an epic 3-2 victory for Nassr in the Riyadh derby, a result that would later confirm their coronation as champions. But the majestic goal conjured by Al Dawsari that made the scoreline 2-2 in the 79th minute stands as a modern great. An uncharacteristically slack touch sent Al Dawsari wide and made Nassr right-back Sultan Al Ghanam a clear favourite. A defender will be punished, however, by the slightest mistake when Al Dawsari is present. Al Ghanam attempted to get touch tight and exert control on the situation, but instead barges into Al Dawsari and propels him away. The swift-thinking Al Dawsari uses this momentum to drop a shoulder and charge towards the goal line. Statuesque Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah and his outstretched leg awaited Al Dawsari, with barely any room to manoeuvre. A substantial obstacle for most footballers in such an enclosed space. Al Dawsari is not most footballers. A roll of his studs over the top of the ball at lightning pace got him past Abdullah in breathtaking fashion. All that was then left was to turn on the afterburners and smash the ball into an open goal before left-back Abdulrahman Al Obaid could get across to cover. The move in full motion looked like this: View this post on Instagram قاتل حتى النهاية لتصنع المستحيل وتبهر العالم بهذا الهدف العالمي 🔥👏 أفضل هدف في الدوري السعودي هذا الموسم؟🤔 @29salem A post shared by سعودي 360 (@sport360_saudi) on May 15, 2019 at 10:53am PDT THE KINGDOM’S LEADER ON THE PITCH It has been an eventful spell for Saudi Arabia. Since January 2018, they have; played at the World Cup for the first time in 12 years, been led by two different head coaches, struggled to identity an attacking figurehead and been denied the services of Al Ittihad’s Fahad Al Muwallad because of a doping ban. Al Dawsari’s brilliance, however, has remained constant. His seven goals – bringing his total to 11 in 51 caps – is the most notched by any Saudi throughout this period and three more than nearest compatriots Al Muwallad, plus Hilal club-mates Hattan Bahebri and Salman Al Faraj. These include the aforementioned strike against Egypt that gained a 2-1 victory versus Egypt. This was the Green Falcons’ first at the World Cup since June 1994, 12 games and 24 years prior. Fast forward to 2019 and it is clear that Renard owes a debt of gratitude to his star winger. Al Dawsari’s goals prevented a debut friendly loss to Mali, embarrassing defeat to Yemen in World Cup 2022 qualifying and secured an invaluable three-point haul in Uzbekistan with a 90th-minute decider. CONCLUSION A long line of lauded footballers have been produced by the Kingdom. It is a hallowed list that contains the like of relentless striker Majed Abdullah, unbeatable goalkeeper Mohamed Al Deayea, the enigmatic Al Oraiwan and lionised former Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Sami Al Jaber. Al Dawsari is, not quite, worthy of joining their exalted company yet. But with prime years that promise an ACL title defence, tilt at World Cup 2022 and the 2023 Asian Cup, it is not outlandish to think he can. The pause in play across the globe is painful for all. It is magical players like Al Dawsari who make the absence hardest, but will create the greatest joy on the cherished day when play resumes. Salem Al Dawsari (2nd r) nets against Egypt at World Cup 2018.

  • Cricket’s lost talents: Brilliant Mohammad Asif, Vinod Kambli and others
    on March 29, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    When it comes to cricket, or any sport for that matter, it is the legends and the greats that leave an everlasting impression. These are the players who have risen high above their contemporaries to attain stardom and fame through sustained brilliance over the course of an entire career. The likes of Sir Don Bradman, Sir Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting are just a few names whose cricketing achievements will stand the test of time. Either through perseverance or through sheer natural genius, these legends have made the most of their available talents to etch their name into the history books. On the other side of the spectrum, however, are players who have failed to optimise their talent to the maximum. Despite being prodigiously talented, these men have failed to sustain success over a long period of time through a combination of reasons. The skills demonstrated by these players rightly raised expectations, but they ultimately failed to deliver in earnest. Here, we look at six such cases of cricket’s ‘lost talents.’ VINOD KAMBLI When it comes to India’s lost talents, the name of Vinod Kambli rings loudest. He rose to fame as a 17-year-old when he put on a record unbeaten stand of 664 runs along with a certain Tendulkar in a Mumbai inter-school match. Their rise through the ranks in various age-groups meant that both Tendulkar and Kambli were expected to become mainstays for India at one point. However, while Tendulkar achieved instant stardom and never really took his foot off the pedal, Kambli ran out of gas fairly quickly despite an explosive introduction to international cricket. Making his Test debut three years after Tedulkar, Kambli scripted a surreal start to his India career. Two double tons and as many centuries in his first seven Test appearances showed a batsman who would dominate cricket for a long time. Unfortunately, a weakness against the short-ball and a susceptibility to cut straight towards point meant that Kambli’s career withered away quickly. His last Test appearance came at the age of 23 and although he did make several comebacks to the ODI side, the left-hander could never really replicate the dizzying heights he scaled initially. He averaged 54.20 in the 17 Test appearances, but only a paltry 291 runs came in his final 10 matches in the format. GRAEME HICK By the time Graeme Hick made his England Test debut against West Indies in 1991, he had already plundered a staggering 57 tons at first-class level. By the time he finally put down his bat in 2008, the middle-order batsman had stretched that tally to a whopping 136, which placed him on eighth position in the all-time list. However, despite making six centuries for England in 65 appearances, Hick never really met the lofty expectations he had set with his performances at county level. A middling Test average of 31.32 saw Hick make his final England appearance in 2001 with the right-hander returning to dominate county bowling attack subsequently. His overall first-class, List A and T20 tally of 64, 372 runs are only behind fellow Englishman Graham Gooch. Surprisingly though, the prolific run-scorer, who dominated at domestic level, was unable to translate the same at international level and a susceptibility against quality pace proved to be his undoing. MARK RAMPRAKASH Just like Hick, Mark Ramprakash was another England batsman whose domestic dominance was rarely seen at international level. Barring for a penchant of always turning up against Australia, the elegant right-hander never quite made his mark against international bowlers. A decade-long England career produced 52 Test appearances and he was only able to average a paltry 27.32. Blessed with exquisite technique, the right-hander’s failure for England was all the more puzzling given the tremendous success he enjoyed at domestic level subsequently. While he was always a prolific run-scorer in county cricket, Ramprakash stepped up a couple of gears in domestic cricket after his final England Test appearance in 2002. He was in beast-mode for Surrey in 2006 and amassed 2,278 runs over the course of the season at a staggering average of over 100. He scored a century ever 4.3 innings for Surrey and remains the only batsman at county level to average more than 100 in two successive seasons. His crowning moment came in August 2008 when he notched up his 100th first-class century. His domestic dominance between 2002 and 2012 only adds to the surprising lack of success he had with England prior to the period. UMAR AKMAL The curious case of Umar Akmal needs no introduction and the fact that his cricket career could be effectively over at the age of 29 is a sad indictment of his wasted genius. For so long he was expected to be the Pakistan star batsman that Babar Azam has currently blossomed into. A Test century on debut, in treacherous conditions in Dunedin against a formidable New Zealand pace attack, underlined his promise. A century in only his third ODI appearance for Pakistan only went on to raise further expectations. A gifted and elegant batsman with a wide array of strokes, the right-handed batsman seemed to have the world at its feet after a sensational introduction to international level. However, a weak temperament, indiscipline and multiple run-ins with the Pakistan board has meant that Akmal’s career will go down as cautionary tale instead. While he was handed a surprise recall to the Pakistan squad last year for the series against Sri Lanka, Akmal failed miserably and was promptly discarded once again. That could very well be the last time we see him in a Pakistan shirt, with a corruption case now lodged against him. That his last first-class appearance just three months ago saw him score a double-ton shows his talent is still clearly there. Unfortunately for Pakistan, it has only culminated into patches of brilliance where he has registered just three tons in 221 appearances overall. MOHAMMAD ASIF When it comes to wasted Pakistan talent, look no further than Mohammad Asif. With an effortless bowling action and an uncanny ability to seam the ball both ways, the Pakistan pacer was unleashing some sensational bowling spells in a five-year international career which lasted between 2005 and 2010. With accuracy similar to that of Glenn McGrath, Asif made fast bowling look like an art with the manner in which he set up batsmen for dismissals. Pakistan’s 2007 tour of South Africa, the Kandy Test of 2006 against Sri Lanka or his brilliance in Sydney against Australia in 2010 are just some of the times where Asif’s genius came to the fore. However, just like Akmal, his transgressions off the field curtailed what could have been a legendary career. Doping violations and a subsequent involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing saga meant that Asif’s career did not progress beyond 23 Tests, 38 ODIs and 11 T20Is. Asif has only himself to blame in the end and it is a shame that his enviable talents were not put to the best of use.

  • Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell will be pushing 40 by Tokyo Olympics, but final flourish remains in sight
    on March 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Justin Gatlin and Asafa Powell could be feeling the sun’s warmth in a beachside cabana somewhere in Cuba, sipping a drink with an umbrella in it. They could even be on a boat party off the coast of the Bahamas, happy in retirement. Instead, the duo are continuing to push the boundaries and train hard, dreaming of stepping out on track in Tokyo next year for the 100 metres final. One final flourish on the big stage. With the Olympics, due to begin in July, postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the challenge of knowing they have time to work on certain aspects of their respective games will inspire them. Although Gatlin (38) and Powell (37) are fast approaching the fourth decade of their lives, they don’t want to be lost among the sprinting elite. At first glance, both seem past their best, especially given Christian Coleman (24), Noah Lyles (22) and Andre de Grasse (25), all prime contenders for Olympic glory, are over a decade their junior. It certainly won’t be easy in Japan. The fighting noise is normal for most sprinters. They have to back themselves and believe they still have the same blistering pace of old. In reality, though, time is running out. Remember Powell was the last man to hold the 100 metres record before Usain Bolt. The Jamaican ran a stunning 9.72 seconds at a Diamond League meet in Lausanne 12 years ago. His compatriot lowered the record in Berlin the following year, still standing at its current 9.58 secs mark. Gatlin, meanwhile, was the last man to win an Olympic gold before Bolt, running 9.85 secs at Athens 2004. Powell, favourite coming into the blue-riband race, could only manage to place fifth. Attempting to defy the odds in Tokyo will be a tough task. The oldest Olympic champion in the 100 meters is Linford Christie, who was 32 when he triumphed at Barcelona 1992. While it is a dream alone for athletes in their late 30s to make the Olympics, never-mind challenge, Gatlin still has the class to secure a medal. The American, at the ripe age of 34, became the oldest Olympic medal winner in history, taking silver at Rio 2016. He picked up a world championship gold in Bolt’s final race in 2017 and clinched a silver at the world’s in Doha last year, finishing behind Coleman. Powell, who has broken the 10-second barrier a record 97 times, is fit again after struggling with groin and thigh tightness in recent months. He claims to be doing the same reps at the same tempo as when he was in his early 20s. A scary prospect. The younger generation of Coleman, Lyles and De Grasse are made for the grand stage. All three could win on any given day. They are quiet in their preparation and vocal in their performances on track. If they don’t showcase their innate abilities in Tokyo, then Paris 2024 will be their coliseum. Their theatre of dreams. Coleman clinched the 100 in Doha in October and his team-mate Lyles clinched the 200. Canadian De Grasse earned bronze and silver medals respectively in both races and some consider him the key challenger next summer. While Gatlin may be doing the extraordinary with his confidence and raw pace at 38, he has not come without his controversies either in the past. In 2006, the Florida man served a four-year ban, reduced from eight, for testing positive for testosterone. Nearly a decade on, that failed test still follows him around. Powell also tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2013 and served a six-month ban dished out by the Court of Arbitration of Sport. He later sued the manufacturer of the supplement and settled out of court. Despite his blistering pace and talent, an individual gold at either the Olympics or world championships evades his home mantlepiece in Kingston. It will probably never happen now, but you can’t fault a man for dreaming. However, changing methods in training and recovery means older athletes can still dominate their respective sports deep into their 30s. Hard work and a bit of luck comes into play but, at the highest level, you have to keep believing. With a postponement of Tokyo to 2021, it might be a year too late for Gatlin and Powell to match the superiority of the young guns. Only time will tell whether they have one last burst of pace on the biggest stage in athletics.

  • Best young rugby players: Springboks boast crop of exciting talent in Aphelele Fassi and Damian Willemse
    on March 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

    In sport, everyone wants to discover who the next great talent is. With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc upon the rugby season, we have put together a handy guide to ensure your eyes are fixed on the game’s best young stars. In this series, find out the most exciting rugby players around the world who are aged 23 or below. Some are already capped, while others are yet to be capped for their nations. This week, our focus is on South Africa, World Cup winners in 2019, and a team high on confidence under coach Rassie Erasmus. DAMIAN WILLEMSE (STORMERS) AGE: 21 CAPS: 6 POSITION: Out-half/Full-back One player that could be a world class star is Willemse. Slick on the ball, the 21-year-old needs to first transform those riveting talents into becoming a match-winner at both Super Rugby and international level. Slipping back into the number 10 shirt at the Stormers will allow him to excel further, controlling the game with more effect and using his eye to unlock team-mates into attacking positions. At the Cape Town-based club, he forms a glittering half-back partnership with another World Cup winner in Herschel Jantjies. If there is one improvement for him to work on, it is his accuracy off the kicking tee, something that should get better with more practice on the training ground. Strengths: Passing, kicking from hand, footwork, controlling the game APHELELE FASSI (SHARKS) AGE: 22 CAPS: Uncapped POSITION: Full-back/Wing The sparkling 22-year-old has taken his game to a new level for the Sharks, playing with confidence, pace and a natural ability that sets him apart from most others. His ability to strike from deep and use his agility to beat players is a joy to watch and, if in difficulty, can use his cultured left boot to make valuable yards. According to Super Rugby statistics this season, Fassi has made the most metres (622), ranks second for defenders beaten (33), third for carries (75) and fifth for clean breaks (12). If Fassi can improve his defensive reads and reliability under the high ball, then he could be a key part of Erasmus’ side ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Strengths: Pace, agility, footwork, carrying, kicking from hand JUARNO AUGUSTUS (STORMERS) AGE: 22 CAPS: Uncapped POSITION: Backrow The towering number eight has been curtailed by injuries since winning the World Rugby Junior Player of the Year accolade in 2017. A spell of back, bicep and other issues has restricted him to just 14 Super Rugby appearances in nearly three years. However, if his most recent performance against the Bulls is anything to go by, then the Alexander Bay-native appears back to his scorching best. The Stormers man had a hand in both tries and worked tirelessly in defence and the breakdown. The only issue now is the unexpected break in the season, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has halted his momentum again. As a like-for-like replacement for Duane Vermeulen, Augustus could well be that next star for the ‘Boks if he can stay injury-free. Strengths: Physicality, tackling, carrying, breakdown, workrate 

  • Cricket’s Next Generation: Yashasvi Jaiswal headlines India’s next big things
    on March 29, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Cricket’s rich history is dotted with legends who have left a lasting legacy on the sport. Through their performances with the bat, ball or both in several cases, these players have risen head and shoulders above their contemporaries to achieve greatness. For some like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, the talent was undeniable from the moment they stepped on to the cricket field as a rookie. Meanwhile, others such as James Anderson, Virat Kohli and Younis Khan have honed their skills over the years to ultimately transform into extraordinary players. Many youngsters, meanwhile, have promised plenty in their fledgling stages before fading into obscurity or mediocrity. As such, it is never easy to predict the career trajectory of young players entering the game, no matter how talented they might be. While there is no telling where their careers will ultimately lead, there is nothing more exciting than watching fresh talents announcing their arrival in cricket. In this series, we take a look at some of the most exciting cricketers around the world who are aged 23 or below. With India’s enormous talent pool and unmatched credentials as cricket’s financial behemoths, there is no better place to start than with the subcontinent giants. SHUBMAN GILL Age: 20 Role: Right-handed batsman Strengths: Strong technique, excellent on both sides of the wicket Similar to: Virat Kohli His two ODI appearances so far might have yielded paltry returns, but Shubman Gill is a youngster tipped to go a long way. India are spoilt for choice when it comes to young and upcoming batsmen, and Gill is a name which features high on that lengthy list. The 20-year-old from Punjab might have leapt into the spotlight after top-scoring in the 2018 U19 World Cup in New Zealand, though he was already making a mark in India’s domestic circuit long before that. Having made his first-class debut for Punjab at the tender age of 18, the right-hander registered a half-century on his Ranji Trophy debut before following it up with a splendid ton in his next outing. Having idolised Virat Kohli through his cricketing journey, there is a strong hint of the India’s skipper technique in Gill’s batting style. An aesthetically pleasing batsman to watch on both sides of the wicket, the youngster has displayed a penchant for playing the long innings in his formative years. With a first-class average of nearly 74 after 21 matches, Gill has taken no time at all to find his feet at the senior level. He was only 19 when he slammed a maiden first-class double ton against the West Indies A outfit and he has since gone on to perform the same feat for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. He is already an established member of IPL outfit Kolkata Knight Riders while his List A numbers for Punjab are encouraging to say the least. He looks like a batsman who can adapt easily across all three formats, although it is the Test arena where his greatest strengths may lie. A Test debut for India is only a matter of when, and not if, for Gill who has already been part of the India’s red-ball setup. PRITHVI SHAW Age: 20 Role: Right-handed batsman Strengths: Cut shot, backfoot punches Similar to: Virender Sehwag While Gill was racking up the runs for India’s 2018 U19 World Cup squad, it was Prithvi Shaw who lead the outfit as captain. The Mumbai youngster had shot into prominence as far back as 2014, when he scored an astonishing and record 546 runs in a Harris Shield (minor cricket) for his school team. The opening batsman has maintained that habit of breaking records ever since, and has grabbed every opportunity by the scruff of its neck. He was just 17 when he struck a match-winning ton on his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai in a semi-final clash against Tamil Nadu. The same year in 2017, he broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the youngest ever centurion on debut in the List A Duleep Trophy. His knack of coming up with tons on debut continued on Shaw’s maiden Test appearance for India, with the right-hander scoring a brisk 134 against West Indies in Rajkot. That made him the youngest ever Test debut centurion for India and second youngest Test centurion overall for the country after the legendary Tendulkar. An attacking batsman who likes to establish his dominance on the bowlers, Shaw has a punchy style laden with an array of back-foot strokes. A doping violation meant the Mumbai man lost some vital formative months due to suspension, though he is now firmly back in the thick of things for India. His latest Test series in New Zealand might have fetched modest returns, but Shaw’s average in the format is still nearly 56 after four appearances. He is an IPL mainstay already for Delhi Capitals, and looks destined for a long and distinguished career with India. There are technical flaws in his batting which the youngster will need to address for overseas tours, though his style should yield plenty of runs in home conditions. YASHASVI JAISWAL Age: 18 Role: Left-handed batsman Strengths: Compact technique, good pull and cut shots Similar to: Shikhar Dhawan The latest batting sensation to excel for India in the U19 World Cup, Yashasvi Jaiswal is another youngster being tipped for stardom. His career has followed a similar trajectory to that of fellow Mumbai batsman Shaw, as he scored 319 runs while also picking up 13 wickets in a Giles Shield (minor cricket) clash as a 14-year-old. The left-hander finished as the top-scorer by some margin in the recently concluded U19 World Cup in England and was unlucky to end up on the losing side in the final against Bangladesh. Domestically, Jaiswal has made just the solitary first-class appearance for Mumbai so far, although he has already scorched the run-scoring charts in List A cricket. In 13 List A appearances, Jaiswal is averaging a staggering 70.81 with the help of three tons and as many half-centuries. Last year, he scored 203 runs off just 154 deliveries in a Vijay Hazare Trophy clash for Mumbai to become the youngest ever double centurion in the entire history of first-class cricket. His greatest asset is the calm head he has on his shoulders and supreme confidence in his own abilities. Jaiswal never looks flustered at the batting crease and the early signs predict that he should have no trouble transitioning into senior-level cricket. His run scoring exploits in the 50-over format has seen Jaiswal already earn a lucrative IPL deal with Rajasthan Royals, and he will definitely be one to watch in the next edition of the T20 tournament.

  • Fantasy football 2020 NFC South division breakdown
    by Bill Pivetz on March 30, 2020 at 5:35 am

    The NFC South saw each team make some big moves to improve this offseason. What impact will it have on fantasy football? The NFC South has always been a tough division. Determining the division winner usually comes down to the final weeks of the season. For fantasy football owners, there is a lot of talent Fantasy football 2020 NFC South division breakdown - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Westworld season 3 episode 3: Who is Charlotte Hale really?
    by Mia Johnson on March 30, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Of Westworld season 3’s biggest mysteries, many want to know who Charlotte Hale is, and what’s really going on in episode 3. Warning! This contains spoilers for Westworld season 3 episode 3. Something strange is going on in Westworld. But that’s pretty much always been the case since day one. And as of season 3 episode 3, Westworld season 3 episode 3: Who is Charlotte Hale really? - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Watch Alistair Overeem score a late first-round finish of Aleksei Oleinik (VIDEO)
    by Thomas Albano on March 30, 2020 at 2:13 am

    Watch Alistair Overeem wage war with, and come away with a first-round finish of, Aleksei Oleinik at last year’s UFC St. Petersburg event. It was a little over 11 months ago when the UFC hosted its second-ever event in Russia, a card that was topped by Alistair Overeem delivering a first-round TKO to native Aleksei Watch Alistair Overeem score a late first-round finish of Aleksei Oleinik (VIDEO) - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • Marcus Smart announces he’s ‘cleared’ of coronavirus
    by Amy Kaplan on March 30, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Boston Celtics player, Marcus Smart, announces he’s been “cleared” of coronavirus just one week after he went public with his diagnosis. One of the many NBA stars who was confirmed to have the coronavirus has announced he’s been cleared of the virus. The Boston Celtics player, Marcus Smart, took to Twitter just one week after announcing Marcus Smart announces he’s ‘cleared’ of coronavirus - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

  • You can now read Spike Lee’s unproduced Jackie Robinson film script
    by Brad Berreman on March 30, 2020 at 12:35 am

    As we try to get through quarantine and social distancing, Spike Lee has unearthed the script to a film he never made. Spike Lee is an accomplished filmmaker, and one of his best is, Malcolm X. Turns out he could have teamed up with Denzel Washington again a few years later, but as Lee said on You can now read Spike Lee’s unproduced Jackie Robinson film script - FanSided - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 300+ Sites

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  • NBL 2019-20 player ratings: Adelaide 36ers
    by Jayden Head on March 30, 2020 at 5:23 am

    After a 28-match 2019-20 NBL season, these are my player rankings for the seventh-placed Adelaide 36ers. Jerome Randle: 7.5/10 Jerome Randle is believed to have been paid a considerable amount of money to return to the Adelaide 36ers, and in return he had a pretty good season. He played all 28 games and averaged almost

  • Worsfold opens up on Cousins downfall
    by Jason Phelan on March 29, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Former West Coast premiership coach John Worsfold maintains he did everything he could for Ben Cousins right up until the relationship between the Eagles and the Brownlow Medal winner reached a breaking point. Worsfold met with the the fallen AFL star for the first time in years as part of Channel Seven’s Ben Cousins: Coming

  • Warriors and Roosters pull out of NRLW
    by AAP on March 29, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Two teams have reportedly pulled out of the NRLW this season, leaving the future of the fledgling competition in doubt. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Roosters have already told the NRL that they will not take part in this year’s elite women’s league if it is to go ahead while the Warriors will

  • Super Rugby stars seek meeting with RA
    by Adrian Warren on March 29, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    Australia’s Super Rugby players acknowledge unprecedented action is needed with the code going through troubled times, and are demanding an opportunity to talk to Rugby Australia after their annual general meeting. The possibility of large wage cuts for the players seems certain to be raised at Monday’s AGM, which will be conducted through a video

  • Tokyo Olympics set for July-August 2021
    by AAP on March 29, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    The postponed Tokyo Olympics look set to have the same time slot in 2021 as originally planned for this year, according to reports. Japanese broadcaster NHK and the New York Times reported on Sunday that the preferred option is to open the Games on July 23, with the closing ceremony on August 8, citing sources