Mar 20, 2012

The Light-Heavyweight Boxer Nathan Cleverly Left In Limbo

FRANK Warren is in discussion with the WBO after they refused to sanction boxer Nathan Cleverly’s proposed world title defence against Robin Krasniqi.

 It was announced this morning that Cleverly would put his WBO light-heavyweight belt on the line against the Germany-based Serbian at the Royal Albert Hall on 28 April. But the WBO president Francisco Valcarcel reacted swiftly by claiming that, having beaten Tommy Karpency last month, Cleverly must now face a mandatory opponent.

“Francisco Valcarcel commented that the bout between Nathan Cleverly and Robin Krasniqi can’t and won’t be sanctioned,” read a statement. “Nathan Cleverly’s fight with Karpency was sanctioned with the provision that the winner meet his mandatory opponent 120 days from the day of the bout.” A spokesman for Warren confirmed the promoter is in talks with the WBO in the hope of resolving the impasse. Earlier, Cleverly had spoken of the challenge posed by little-known Krasniqi and his delight at the prospect of boxing at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Tied One-Day Match West Indies Vs Australia Tie Thriller

On Tuesday interesting tied one-day cricket match between Australia and the West-Indies in St Vincent, that's exactly what happened to Andre Russell. With the Windies struggling to chase down Australia's 220, Shane Watson roared with delight when he crashed through Russell's defences to bowl the all-rounder.

His joy was short lived though with a replay showing player Watson had overstepped the crease and delivered a no-ball. Compounding Watson's frustrations, he then proceeded to bowl Russell off the next delivery, a free-hit because of his transgression the ball before, meaning again the West Indian again couldn't be given out.
Watson could only chuckle about the moment post-match before admitting it was a preventable situation."It was very disappointing especially at that crucial time as well," Watson said. 

"To bowl a guy out twice in two balls and actually have zero result out of it and giving him a run, very disappointing. "When I checked the footmarks, I knew I stepped over. "That was not a good feeling ... it's not good enough."
 The Captain Darren Sammy and last man Kemar Roach then had a horrible mix-up for Australia to complete a run-out and end the match in a tie - this time with no way back for the great West Indian batsmen.

The Game Of Hockey National League Conference North.

Leek captain Mark Brazier, right, is planning a promotion push next season

The Moorlands had ambitions of overtaking the third-placed side in the great National League Conference North. But a second hefty defeat in a row has put a dampener on the season's finale. After being beaten 7-0 by Preston a week ago, an injury-hit side offered little in response to strong  a powerful display from their visitors, for whom Daniel Coultas netted a hat-trick.

The Captain Leek will now need to win their final game against bottom club Bar-ford Tigers to stay ahead of Don-caster. "We'd have settled for fourth back in September," said Leek captain Mark Brazier. "We didn't have talent a coach at the start of the season and we have a limited squad. "We are building for next season with younger spirit players and we will give it a real go." "We missed Paul Dawson and Jon Harper on Sunday, but hopefully we'll be back to full strength for our final game," added Brazier.

The North staffs sealed runners-up spot in Midlands One after beating Streetly 5-2 helped by Andy Barker's hat-trick.Staffs appeared well in control after taking the lead midway through the first half when Barker converted a penalty flick. But they later allowed Streetly to hit back. 

Mar 13, 2012

india looking forward to Asia cup:Gautam Gambir

NEW DELHI: After a disastrous tour of Australia, India batsman Gautam Gambhir said the team was now looking forward to a better show in the Asia Cup starting Sunday in Bangladesh.

"The Asia Cup is an important tournament for us and the whole team is looking forward to it," Gambhir said.
Gambhir, instead of taking some rest like his team mate and local boy Virat Kohli, opted to play for Delhi to get some match practice in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Gambhir scored a patient 34 not out as Delhi beat Railways by seven wickets in the quarter-finals.

The southpaw spent more than an hour at the crease after the other two left-hand openers Shikhar Dhawan and Mohit Sharma put on 97 runs for the first wicket.

Gambhir had to work hard for his runs against an ordinary attack, consuming 57 balls in the process. Out of his three boundaries, one was the winning stroke, a flick. Gambhir was happy to get some match practice under his belt before leaving for Dhaka. The win made it special for him.

"It was a good win for us and I am glad I played a part in it," said Gambhir.

The Asia Cup, which starts March 11, features India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka besides hosts Bangladesh.

The Most Successfull Captain of India:MS-DHONI

In just 4 years of captaincy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has emerged as one of India's most successful captain this cricket crazy country has seen. The captain cool has led the team to many first under his captaincy. 

Dhoni led Team India to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings for the first time in December 2009 and also closed the gap with Australia in one-dayers after winning the coveted 2011 Cricket World Cup. 

Dhoni started his captaincy career with the shortest format of the game and immediately led an inexperienced India Twenty20 squad to the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 victory in South Africa in September 2007. 

Soon after returning victorious in the World Twenty20, he was made the India's one-day international captain for the seven-match ODI series against Australia in September 2007. 

After serving the team as vice-captain for a while, Dhoni was made full-time Test captain of India during the fourth Test against Australia at Nagpur in November 2008 replacing Anil Kumble, who announced his retirement after the third Test. 

Dhoni made his mark in the international cricket soon after his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh. He scored a match-winning 148 against Pakistan in Vishakapatnam off 123 balls in his fifth ODI and announced his arrival in the international arena. 

Dhoni made his Test debut against sri Lanka in December 2005. Similar to his one-day career, he slammed his maiden century (148) against Pakistan in 2006. His maiden ton came off 93 balls and is the fastest hundred scored by an Indian wicket-keeper.