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    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Caddie’s choice words kick Rory McIlroy" Today

      If Rory McIlroy’s best is as good as it gets, his worst is just about as ugly as it comes. On Thursday, the fans at Royal Birkdale saw a bit of both. On a hot day, with just enough breeze to ruffle the gorse, McIlroy’s game ran stone cold for nine holes. Wayward off the tee, uncertain around the greens, by the time he got off the 6th he was five over par, 10 shots off Jordan Spieth’s lead, and his chances of winning the Adidas Dave Taylor Authentic Jersey Open looked dead already.
      Only, McIlroy kept at it, forcing the pieces of his game together like a kid puzzling out a jigsaw. He ground around the turn and then picked up four birdies in eight holes. That left him one over, six shots back. He had played his way into trouble and out of it again.
      McIlroy has spoken before about his bad habit of blowing majors by throwing in two hours of bad golf. The topic often comes up at Augusta, since he has shot 40 or more over a nine-hole stretch in five of his past six Masters. Here, he covered the front http://www.authenticlosangeleskings.com/authentic-anze-kopitar-jersey nine in 39. It was not that he fell apart, more that he did not have it together to begin with. His game was off from the 1st onwards, where he skittered a chip off the green, clunked it back up to the fringe and then made a 15ft putt for his bogey, the first, if not the worst, of five in six holes. It was a sorry stretch of golf, as bad as he has played in a major in a long while.
      At the 3rd, McIlroy took three putts after his first, over and around a mean little hillock, fetched up well short of the hole. At the 4th he had to splash out of a bunker and then missed a 10ft putt on the left. The 5th was another three-putt, the second of them a particularly egregious miss. And then, after zig-zagging his way around the 6th fairway, his par putt caught the back lip and rolled right back out again.
      “I was thinking, geez, here we go,” McIlroy said. “Those thoughts ran through my mind.” By this point the crowd were not cheering him on so much as trying to offer him consolation.
      So was McIIroy’s caddie, JP Fitzgerald. At the 6th Fitzgerald said: “You’re Rory McIlroy, what the fuck are you doing?” He was not the only one wondering. “Wake up Rory!” bellowed a fan over the desultory applause as McIlroy walked by. After the round, McIlroy said Fitzgerald’s question helped him snap back to life. “At that point I mumbled and said: ‘Whatever.’ But it did, it helped. It definitely helped. It kept me positive. He just sort of reminded me who I was and what I was capable of. And gave me a few positive thoughts.”
      The problem, McIlroy said, was all mental. He was suffering from a combination of a lot of nerves and a lack of confidence. The round was shaping up to be the nadir of a rough year. “Transitional” is the phrase McIlroy has used. He has spent it tinkering with his clubs, trying to find a set he is happy with now that Nike has quit the manufacturing business, and struggling with a persistent rib injury, which flared up again just last month.
      He has missed the cut in three of his past four events – the US Open, Irish Open and Scottish Open. His poor form, he said, had “got in my head” and left him with “just not as much belief in myself as I should have had”. But, with a little help from Fitzgerald, it started to come back to him.
      McIlroy made a good up-and-down par at the 7th. Then at the 8th a Adidas Brandon Carlo Womens Jersey switch flicked. It happened when McIlroy hit his tee shot left into the gallery. The ball fetched up in the worst spot he found himself in all day, over the edge of a footpath, buried so deep the marshals were sure someone must have trodden on it. No such luck. McIlroy had to hack out into the rough but then made a 20ft putt to scramble par. “It was big,” he said. “There’s a big difference between five over par and six over.” He made his first birdie putt from six feet after a fine approach at the 11th and would have clawed back a couple more strokes at the 12th and 13th if a couple of putts had not slid just by.
      By the time he came into the stretch, he had his mojo running. He made birdies at the 15th and 17th, and another at the 18th. That last got the loudest cheer of the day. The crowd here still think he can win. So does he. “I actually feel really positive,” he said. “With the way I finished, I feel really good about it. It’s a bit like the Ryder Cup at Medinah in 2012. We’re 10-6 down on Saturday night but we feel http://www.authenticbostonbruins.com/authentic-david-backes-jersey like we were right in with a chance, because we won the last two points.”
      While McIlroy swayed this way and that, Johnson played steady. He finished one over too, with a solitary birdie at the 2nd and a couple of bogeys at the 7th and 14th. Their playing partner Charl Schwartzel outshone them both and finished in 66, four shots under and one shot off the lead.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "The problem for McIlroy, and others, is Spieth’s prominence" Today

      The broader picture, of a curious run involving seven successive first-time major champions, is that golf would surely have benefited from this brilliant young Texan endorsing earlier flirtation with greatness by dominating his sport.
      Shortly after 1pm on this, the opening round of the 146th Open Championship, Spieth sat atop the leaderboard once more. There are 54 holes to play yet it is hardly unnatural to fast forward to Sunday, to the death throes of this event, and the Adidas Anze Kopitar Authentic Jersey tantalising prospect of Spieth exorcising some Augusta demons. Or, dare one suggest it, otherwise. The 23-year-old has an itch to scratch in this major, too, having fallen just a shot outside a play-off position in the Open of 2015.
      Spieth’s standards are high. His analysis of this Open start of 65 was therefore telling. “Everything was strong,” he said. “I give it a nine out of 10 across the board for everything: tee balls, ball-striking, short game and putting. So things are in check. It’s just about keeping it consistent.
      “This round could be a lot more significant in three days’ time than I would http://www.authenticlosangeleskings.com/authentic-dave-taylor-jersey consider it right now. I’d call it a top five, probably, major round that I’ve played. There are scores that I’ve shot that were closer to par that were better given what I needed to do. But I couldn’t have done much better today.”
      By the conclusion of day one, Spieth had been joined at five under par by his compatriots Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar. It would be unwise to discount Koepka in particular from this Open equation, given his terrific performance last month when claiming the US equivalent. It is hardly an insult to Koepka to suggest his obvious refusal to overanalyse – or even analyse – on the golf course carries huge benefit.
      There were indications that Spieth may have been building towards Birkdale. In his last professional act before the Open, he holed out from a bunker to win the Travelers Championship. Spieth’s confidence was further endorsed by his decision to take a holiday thereafter. He landed on Merseyside not only refreshed but buoyed by the tangible reward his performances earlier in 2017 threatened rather than promised.
      Spieth was wise enough to point out he probably had to make hay while the sun, literally, shone. Excellent conditions on Thursday, aside from an early morning spell during which a squall conjured memories of 2008 here, are likely to be offset by wind and rain throughout day two. “I thought today’s round was extremely important,” Spieth said. “Given the forecast coming in, I thought you really needed to be in the red today.”
      Two moments of Spieth magic on Thursday stood out. A chip to within tap-in distance of the 10th hole from dense rough was sublime. Even better followed on the 16th, where the two-times major champion produced an outstanding effort from a downhill lie in a greenside Adidas Anders Lee Authentic Jersey bunker to again permit a par save.
      Paul Casey’s 66 leaves him in a perfect position for a serious run at the major win that has thus far eluded him. Casey will celebrate his 40th birthday on the Open’s second day. The Englishman has that batch of first-time winners as a reference point should, and it seems unlikely, he require further incentive.
      “The Open has never been the major I’ve fared the best at,” Casey said. “I seem to have struggled, apart from St Andrews in 2010. My results haven’t been good but I feel really good about this week.
      “I don’t know why, maybe I’m more in love with links golf than I was before. Certainly this course helps, I really like this course. I’m not putting that much pressure on myself but very much wanting to win it.”
      Ian Poulter, who could complete a golfing fairytale by progressing from final qualifying to the podium, signed for a 67. Justin Thomas sported a collar and tie for Thursday, the kind of move that would lead to ridicule if not http://www.authenticnewyorkislanders.com/authentic-andrew-ladd-jersey backed up by a proper showing. Thomas duly matched Poulter’s score, as did Richard Bland, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Charley Hoffman and Austin Connelly.
      Rory McIlroy was in a tailspin when five over par after only six holes. The Northern Irishman saved par from distance on the 8th in a moment that seemed to trigger an upturn in confidence. A 71 to start, in context, represented quite an achievement with McIlroy’s body language alone notably positive during post-round media duties. It would be folly to discount him from the tournament at this juncture. If McIlroy did not have the heart or the ability to contend, there was ample opportunity to throw in the towel.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Open to share lead after first round" Today

      There have been few more painful episodes in sport – including for viewers who retain even an ounce of compassion – than Spieth’s late capitulation at the 2016 Masters. For all the analysis and introspection that followed, one thing has been missing: Spieth placing himself Andrew McCutchen Authentic Jersey firmly in position to win another major championship. How would he handle it? Would glory matter more than previously? Did that Georgian affair irrevocably damage Spieth’s ability to close out on the big stage?
      The broader picture, of a curious run involving seven successive first-time major champions, is that golf would surely have benefited from this brilliant young Texan endorsing earlier flirtation with greatness by dominating his sport.
      Shortly after 1pm on this, the opening round of the 146th Open Championship, Spieth sat atop the leaderboard once more. There are 54 holes to play yet it is hardly unnatural to fast forward to Sunday, to the death throes of this event, and the tantalising prospect of Spieth exorcising some Augusta demons. Or, dare one suggest it, otherwise. The 23-year-old has an itch to scratch in this major, too, having fallen just a shot http://www.authenticpittsburghpirates.com/Barry-Bonds-Jersey outside a play-off position in the Open of 2015.
      Spieth’s standards are high. His analysis of this Open start of 65 was therefore telling. “Everything was strong,” he said. “I give it a nine out of 10 across the board for everything: tee balls, ball-striking, short game and putting. So things are in check. It’s just about keeping it consistent.
      “This round could be a lot more significant in three days’ time than I would consider it right now. I’d call it a top five, probably, major round that I’ve played. There are scores that I’ve shot that were closer to par that were better given what I needed to do. But I couldn’t have done much better today.”
      By the conclusion of day one, Spieth had been joined at five under par by his compatriots Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar. It would be unwise to discount Koepka in particular from this Open equation, given his terrific performance last month when claiming the US equivalent. It is hardly an insult to Koepka to suggest his obvious refusal to overanalyse – or even analyse – on the golf course carries huge benefit.
      There were indications that Spieth may have been building towards Birkdale. In his last professional act before the Open, he holed out from a bunker to win the Travelers Championship. Spieth’s confidence was further endorsed by his decision to take a holiday thereafter. He landed on Merseyside not only refreshed but buoyed by the tangible reward his performances earlier in 2017 threatened rather than promised.
      Spieth was wise enough to point out he probably had to make hay while the sun, literally, shone. Excellent conditions on Thursday, aside from an early morning spell during which a squall conjured memories of 2008 here, are likely to be offset by wind and rain throughout day two. “I thought today’s round was extremely important,” Spieth said. “Given the forecast coming in, I thought you really needed to be in the red today.”
      Two moments of Spieth magic on Thursday stood out. A chip to within tap-in distance of the 10th Bill Mazeroski Authentic Jersey hole from dense rough was sublime. Even better followed on the 16th, where the two-times major champion produced an outstanding effort from a downhill lie in a greenside bunker to again permit a par save.
      Paul Casey’s 66 leaves him in a perfect position for a serious run at the major win that has thus far eluded him. Casey will celebrate his 40th birthday on the Open’s second day. The Englishman has that batch of first-time winners as a reference point should, and it seems unlikely, he require further incentive.
      “The Open has never been the major I’ve fared the best at,” Casey said. “I seem to have struggled, apart from St Andrews in 2010. My results haven’t been good but I feel really good about this week.
      “I don’t know why, maybe I’m more in love with links golf than I was before. Certainly this course helps, I really like this course. I’m not putting that much pressure on myself but very much wanting to win it.”
      Ian Poulter, who could complete a golfing fairytale by progressing from final qualifying to the podium, signed for a 67. Justin Thomas sported a collar and tie for Thursday, the kind of move that would lead to ridicule if not backed up by a proper http://www.authenticbostonbruins.com/authentic-david-backes-jersey showing. Thomas duly matched Poulter’s score, as did Richard Bland, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Charley Hoffman and Austin Connelly.
      Rory McIlroy was in a tailspin when five over par after only six holes. The Northern Irishman saved par from distance on the 8th in a moment that seemed to trigger an upturn in confidence. A 71 to start, in context, represented quite an achievement with McIlroy’s body language alone notably positive during post-round media duties. It would be folly to discount him from the tournament at this juncture. If McIlroy did not have the Adidas Cam Neely Authentic Jersey heart or the ability to contend, there was ample opportunity to throw in the towel.
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    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Lukaku still has to prove himself at the highest level" Yesterday

      José Mourinho says Manchester United have acquired a top player in Romelu Lukaku but the manager admits the striker still has to prove himself at the highest level.
      The Belgian was signed from Everton for £75m at the start of last week and scored his first goal Carlos Gonzalez Authentic Jersey for United in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake. Lukaku has registered 85 times in the Premier League since 2012 – second only to Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero – but has never played in the Champions League, as he will next term.
      Of Lukaku, Mourinho said: “We got a big player, a player that I can compare with what he was a few years ago, because he worked with me for a few months [at Chelsea] and his development was very good. We have a player who is now a top player. You have to prove it at the highest level, he has to do it for United, in Champions League matches, but he has amazing qualities.”
      Mourinho had an interest in Real Madrid’s álvaro Morata but the striker is set to move to Chelsea for around £58m. “I’m not interested in what Chelsea FC does, really,” the Portuguese said. “Chelsea it was obvious they were going to sign a striker after the [unhappy] situation with the manager and striker [Diego Costa].”
      Ideally Mourinho wants more new players, with Victor Lindelof, a central defender, his other fresh http://www.authenticcoloradorockies.com/Chad-Bettis-Jersey signing so far this close season. These would be an attacking player – probably Internazionale’s Ivan Peri?i?– and a defensive midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier or Chelsea’s Nemanja Mati?.
      But the manager stated he would settle for one, with Peri?i? being the most likely. He pointed to the £45m initial fee paid by Manchester City to Spurs for Kyle Walker, a right-back, as an indication of how difficult the market is.
      “The transfer fees don’t surprise me, really. I kept saying there is big economic power at every club. It allows clubs to say no. To say pay what I want or you don’t get it,” he said. “I can imagine City would like to pay £25 million for Kyle but they were told this is the price.
      “The option is to pay or not. I am used to the club paying big amounts for big players. Now everybody pays big amounts for good players. There is a difference between good players and big players.
      “The problem is we have four players that cannot play football now, not even training [the injured Marcus Rojo, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Ibrahimovi?, who is a free agent]. So it looks like our group is big but it is not and the time for their Andre Dawson Authentic Jersey recovery is really long. Marcos has no chance before December as an example, so our squad is not so big.
      “Everybody knows because I told I would like four players and I’m ready to go from four to three because the market is difficult, some clubs think the market is different from others. We are not a club that is ready to pay what the clubs want us to pay so I’m ready to go from four to three.”
      Mourinho stated that while Rashford can play alongside Lukaku he is not a playmaker. “I don’t think Marcus is a number 10, he’s a pure attacking player,” the manager said. “Not with that quality to play between the lines, and assist, I think he’s an attacking player who can play in a two or one, he can play anywhere and you demand a little bit more defensively, he can play with Lukaku http://www.authenticmiamimarlins.com/Dee-Gordon-Jersey after playing with Zlatan.”
      Rashford is placing more pressure on himself to improve next term on last season’s 12 strikes. “This season I will put more pressure on myself to do so and more responsibility,” he said. “Last season was a different experience. I experienced things I hadn’t experienced the year before. It puts you in good stead for the future. It impacts you quite a lot how you recover from that. That’s what I was looking at. “
      United face City at Houston’s NRG Stadium on Thursday night in the first Manchester derby staged overseas. Yet Mourinho played the fixture down. “It’s nice for US and US fans, it’s very good for the event that deserves everything from us because of the phenomenal preparations, I think it’s very good for both clubs and there is always a little bit of rivalry, a bit of an extra ingredient,” he said. “But for me it’s a friendly, I’m not going to jump to celebrate a goal, or cry if we concede, it’s preparation for me, European Super Cup is a match, West Ham is a match.
      “But we feel a responsibility to the American people who love soccer and United fans and we couldn’t play City in China but here the conditions are phenomenal, the organisation is phenomenal.”

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Sonny Gray? Marco Estrada?" Yesterday

      The Yankees will continue to monitor the trade market between now and July 31. But there is a strong likelihood their most significant deal came 12 days before the deadline, when they obtained Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson from the White Sox.
      Their strongest need has been a starter, and they were on Jose Quintana for months. They believed right until he went to the Cubs that they had a strong enough offer to land the lefty. They were willing to part with Blake Rutherford and other top prospects to Alex Galchenyuk Authentic Jersey make it happen because they viewed him as a top-of-the-rotation starter with durability under a team-friendly contract through 2020.
      The durability is key. The Yankees like Sonny Gray, but not as much as Quintana, to some large degree because they – and the industry, really – worry about Gray’s sturdiness. I have not sensed the Yankees are willing to part with near the prospect package for Gray that they would have for Quintana, and if that is the case, the righty is more likely to go elsewhere.
      And, at this moment, there is not another starter who fits the Yankees’ parameters clearly [url]http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Alexander-Radulov-Jersey[/url] available in this market: top of the rotation with controllable years beyond 2017 to address that Michael Pineda (lost anyway to Tommy John surgery), CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka all could be free agents after this season.
      The Yanks could look for a stopgap type – think Atlanta’s Jaime Garcia or San Diego’s Trevor Cahill or Toronto’s Marco Estrada, all of whom are in their walk year – if they think the price is right and prefer that to just churning through unproven types such as Luis Cessa, Bryan Mitchell, Caleb Smith, Chance Adams and perhaps Chad Green.
      But once Quintana slipped away, the Yankees pivoted to fortify the pen with Kahnle and Robertson as a way to ease the burden on the rotation. Remember, in just more than a month rosters can expand, and the Yankees almost certainly will flood Barry Church Authentic Jersey their roster with arms. Starters may just be asked to navigate a lineup once – the Yankees September pace of play might really be something.
      Beyond a starter, the Yankees also will keep an eye out for a lefty reliever and a lefty-swinging first base possibility – but they do not appear to have urgency in those areas.
      As part of the roster moves to clear 25-man roster space for the new additions, the Yankees demoted Chasen Shreve, their lone lefty setup man (Smith is around as a long man and Aroldis Chapman to close). But lefties are hitting .138 with a .413 OPS vs. Robertson, .115 with a .404 OPS vs. Betances, .103 with a .391 OPS vs. Green and .192 with a .489 OPS vs. Adam Warren. Thus, the Yankees do not feel compelled to force a left-on-left reliever into the pen.
      The Yankees looked in on Sean Doolittle, but if they were worried about Gray’s health, there was a much higher multiple of that with Doolittle. Several executives theorized to me that Oakland moved Doolittle well before the http://www.nikecowboysjerseys.com/anthony-hitchens-jersey-for-sale-c-25.html deadline (to the Nationals) because of worry about his potential to break down at any point.
      For now, the sticker prices for top-end lefties such as Zach Britton, Brad Hand and Justin Wilson do not motivate the Yankees.
      As for first base, Joe Girardi said Frazier is his third baseman, which means Chase Headley (vs. righties) and Garrett Cooper (vs. lefties) will be a first base platoon. That leaves the Yankees open to find something better, but not something they seem eager to spend big on. For there remains a chance that Greg Bird could still be a factor in September. The Yanks have said he needs six weeks after having the the os trigonum bone removed from his ankle.
      But Geovany Soto, a catcher, had the same bone removed in 2013 and was back playing in 16 days. Joey Gallo also had the procedure done and was back playing in three weeks. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he was “aware that others have been quicker,” but that for Bird “the bone removal was larger than most.”
      My gut says for now Frazier plays first against righties and third against lefties with Garrett Cooper at first and Chase Headley (.534 OPS vs. southpaws) going to the bench, and that the Yankees will see if there is someone who can provide an upgrade in one of these places. But with a desire to protect the best of his farm system, Cashman does not seem to be nearly as motivated as he was with securing Frazier, Kahnle and Robertson.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Resolving Pay Dispute: Matthew Hayden" 07.19.2017

      Legend Matthew Hayden said India tour is a premium Test event in their cricket culture and it is important to quickly resolve the pay dispute as there is a lot at stake. "I think it will get resolved. but I am not sure how it will get resolved. That is because Tigers Womens Jersey there have been mediation efforts and that have not been accepted," Hayden told PTI. "Plans have been laid out pretty substantially. There has to be a meeting of the minds. And, it has to happen quickly. We have a tour of India coming up as well. It is very important part of meeting the ICC future tours programme.
      "There is a lot at stake. Not to mention of the Ashes. (Matches against) India and the Ashes are the premium test match events in the Australian cricket culture. There is so much to lose by not resolving the issues."
      Talking about Test cricket, Hayden said the longer format of the game can never be replaced and it is important how the administrators and ICC balance it with the other formats.
      "I have heard arguments that Twenty-20 cricket is always going to be a problem. T20 cricket is a solution. Test cricket is also a solution, to a different audience. You will never ever get Test match cricket replaced. But, the administrators and International Cricket http://www.authentictigershop.com/authentic-6-al-kaline-jersey.html Council (ICC) in particular have to acknowledge the changing face of Test cricket.
      "To have 14 test matches in a domestic summer in India is going to have effects on the fan base of cricket. No questions. Then you add on the other layers, of one-dayers and T20 international(s). Something got to give.
      "I don't believe that the ICC is addressing the future tours programme as it could be to acknowledge the importance of T20 cricket, but also at the end of the stick acknowledge every stakeholder in the game loves Test cricket. How do you balance that programme, is important.
      "You have to be careful about branding of Test match cricket. This is what I think Ben Simmons Youth Jersey Australia and England have done particularly well, and South Africa, to a degree. They have protected the tradition of the game. Test match cricket is our blue chip property. There has to be a careful balance between T20 and One-day cricket," said Hayden, who is here as a commentator for the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
      Asked to compare the styles of India captain Virat Kohli and Australian skipper Steven Smith, Hayden, who played for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, said, "I don't think it can be done. They are very different personalities. I will say Virat is part of the modern face of India.
      "A bold personality. He is a resilient personality as well and is prepared to take a stand. His natural game as is Smith's natural game are almost similar. They are incredibly skilled and are the best players in their respective teams.
      "They have a very different style of captaincy. One is a little here, kind of, while Smith is slightly laid back. Both have got extremely strong personalities."
      On CSK's return to the IPL fold in 2018, the Australian said, "I don't think you can get a bigger fan of CSK than Hayden. I really missed CSK in the last two years. I was very disappointed that they were not there in the last two editions of IPL.
      "The team's success has been incredible and their fan base is massive. Importantly, it has been http://www.official76erstore.com/ primarily focused on the key asset, cricket."
      About Pakistan's triumph in the recent Champions Trophy in England, he said, "Pakistan is such an enigma. I would have lost my life's savings on Pakistan if I had said they would win the Champions Trophy and that too over India!
      "They're such a dangerous side and they're fantastic front-runners. That was a perfect set-up for them, get a big score in a big match and get India to chase it down. It had to be a perfect run-chase for India to win.
      "I can't help but think for a tournament I don't believe in, it is such an unnecessary ICC tournament. But I couldn't help but think if you're going to play it, at least the right number of people are going to watch it when Pakistan and India play together.
      "So I was pleased for the tournament from a marketing point of view. Had it have been Australia vs New Zealand, no one would have cared less," he added.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "England make Women’s World Cup final" 07.19.2017

      Skill, nerve and tension merged together here in a crescendo that played the emotions like a banjo, providing a dramatic climax to a semi-final that rivalled any other nerve-shredder in any sport, anywhere.
      England triumphed by two wickets with two balls to spare, when Anya Shrubsole, face of fury, head in the freezer, struck her first ball through extra cover for four to break South African hearts. Her partner at the other end, Jenny Gunn, unbeaten on 27, told Shrubsole to wait for an off-cutter. Instead the No10 walked down the pitch, threw her hands into a drive and booked England into a spot in the sold-out Lord’s final on Sunday.
      South Africa, opting to bat first, posted 218 thanks to a D'Angelo Russell Authentic Jersey drive-heavy 66 from the 18-year-old sensation Laura Wolvaardt. It was the seventh half-century of a career that many have already pegged as one to rival the Australia captain, Meg Lanning, currently regarded as the best with the bat there ever was. An exceptional 76 by the former captain Mignon du Perez, who saw things through to the end of the 50 overs, was the only other contribution of note. At the time it seemed under par and that proved correct – just.
      That the game got this close owes much to South Africa’s trial by spin and tight seam-bowling – Ayabonga Khaka the pick of them with 10 overs returning two for 28. England’s own bedlam deserves some of that credit with a near-terminal collapse that spanned the 33rd and 34th overs. In 12 balls Sarah Taylor was run out by her captain, Heather Knight, who then slapped a full toss from the leg-spinner Suné Luus straight to square-leg. Then, moments later, Natalie Sciver was bowled round her legs.
      Taylor’s wicket was the big one. On a pitch that asked for patience http://www.officiallakersshoponline.com/Dennis_Rodman_Jersey she was able to coax it into being true for her. Earlier in the match she had dismissed Trisha Chetty down the leg side with a stumping that she ranks as her best “situation wise”. The game looked hers for the taking as she brought up her 18th ODI fifty off 74 balls and having it all her own way. It was not to be.
      Even after that cluster of wickets, England still had five in hand with 74 needed from 96, a relative formality in the modern game. A further Proteas squeeze drew the wicket of Katherine Brunt in the 43rd over and suddenly 46 off 46 was the equation. It was the first time the required run rate had got to six an over. England sides of the past might have folded. But on and off the field nerves were being managed.
      Fran Wilson and Gunn united to knock off 40 with breathtaking confidence. Wilson reverse swept and paddled over the keeper for boundaries. As a result Dane van Niekerk opted to test her with pace. That played neatly into Gunn’s hands, who drove the opening quick Shabnim Ismail down the ground and then through square-leg to turn 20 needed off the final four overs into 10 off the final three. The cruellest twist came last.
      With three needed from the final over, Gunn hit the first ball back at the bowler, Ismail, who dropped the catch. A single was then taken before Laura Marsh was bowled. Out walked Shrubsole and, well, the rest is known. All 11 in green sank to Charles Barkley Womens Jersey their knees. Gunn and Shrubsole did their best to console. The message was crystal clear: this is a South Africa side to be cherished.
      On the balcony emotions, up to a point, were being kept in check. At the start of the final over the cameras panned to Taylor and Tammy Beaumont singing along to Bruno Mars. “We decided that, actually, trying to be cool, calm and ourselves was the best way to go,” said Taylor, on a fleeting moment of Uptown Funk. “That’s what you play for: those moments when you’re clapping singles or that there are no wickets falling. I’ve probably missed that, actually.”
      In Taylor’s own words, she was “absolutely nowhere” a year ago. She will reflect on how far she has come in due course: “I will give myself a good pat on the back.” She has earned it. Her pride is shared by all who have given towards http://www.official76erstore.com/Allen_Iverson_Jersey England’s place at Lord’s, in what will be the biggest game these players have played in.
      Right after their win, once the celebrations had died down, the England players stayed out signing autographs and obliging each selfie. For so long the players have been the best ambassadors for the English game, obliging every request and opportunity to push their game forward.
      Through this World Cup players around the world have taken that responsibility on to the field with them. That has led to this, one of the most intense matches the game has seen and throws us forward to a World Cup final at a historic ground where women were not permitted in the Pavilion until as recently as 1999. And there will not be a spare ticket going.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Glenn McGrath Lavishes Praise On Basil Thampi" 07.18.2017

      Fast bowling may be hard work in India but it's good to see talented youngsters like Basil Thampi emerging in recent times, legendary Australia cricketer Glenn McGrath said on Monday. "The Indian attack has very good bowlers now and the emergence of names like Basil Thampi and a few others is only going to help the team in the long run," he said at a function here to mark the silver jubilee of the association between Islanders Youth Jersey MRF Pace Foundation and Cricket Australia.
      McGrath said it was heartening to note that three trainees from the Pace Foundation, where he is director now, have been selected to be part of India 'A' team to embark on a tour of South Africa.
      Out the three (Thampi, Ankit Rajpoot and Aniket Choudhary), McGrath singled out Thampi for praise and said, "He has come on very well. His performances in IPL this year won him the emerging player award and he has learnt a lot at the academy."
      He said taking up coaching after retiring from the game was a decision that came about after a lot of consideration but he had been enjoying it.
      "It is delightful to know I made it to the foundation as a trainee in the first batch of the programme. Life has come full circle, where today I am still with the foundation, not as a trainee but as its director. It is a great feeling. Also, the http://www.officialislandersproshop.com/Andrew_Ladd_Jersey academy has been at the forefront of honing skills of young fast bowlers making them ready to play for India," he said.
      Kusal Mendis scored a fluent half-century to keep Sri Lanka's hopes of chasing a record 388 alive on day four of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, in Colombo on Monday. The hosts were 170 for three at stumps, with Mendis batting alongside Angelo Mathews at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium. Sri Lanka's highest-ever successful run chase was against South Africa in 2006, when they achieved their 352-run target in Colombo. Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer dented the hosts with his leg-spin, claiming the important wickets of Upul Tharanga and his opposite number Dinesh Chandimal.
      Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was bowled by left-arm orthodox spinner Sean Williams for 49 as the Deron Williams Jersey visitors persisted with an all-spin attack in the 48 overs bowled in the innings so far.
      Mendis, who fought off hamstring trouble in the final session of play, put together an unbeaten 37-run stand with Mathews to take the delicately poised Test into its final day.
      Zimbabwe are seeking their first-ever Test win against Sri Lanka, who are looking for redemption under new Test captain Chandimal. He took over from Mathews, who resigned after calling the one-day series loss a "hard pill to swallow".
      "I am happy that I have been able to pass on some knowledge to the young fast bowlers. The past five years as coach has been a learning experience for me," McGrath added. He said the association between MRF Pace Foundation and CA had enabled fast bowlers from India and Australia undertake reciprocal visits and learn to adapt to performing in varying conditions.
      McGrath rated compatriot Mitchell Starc as the best fast bowler currently and said, "His ability to bowl attacking lengths with the new ball and reverse the older ball at over 150 kph makes him a difficult proposition for batsmen.
      "Australia is lucky to be blessed with a formidable line-up of pacemen including Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson."
      Head coach of Australia's National Cricket Centre Troy Cooley said the association between MRF http://www.cavaliersproshop.com/Derrick_Williams_Jersey Pace Foundation and CA had benefited bowlers from both countries and had been a memorable one.
      "The Aussie pace bowlers including McGrath, Brett Lee and the others who came here, gained a lot and learnt to perform in testing conditions," Cooley said.
      Pace bowling coach of National Cricket Centre Ryan Harris, on his part, said, "I am enjoying the transition from bowler to coach. It is a challenge, but a good one. It is important to win the trust of the players and guide them during difficult times."
      Harris lavished praise on the current captain Steven Smith and said, "He had grown in his role as the leader and delivered consistently. He is one guy who seems to love the extra pressure and has blossomed as a batsman."

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "There was something missing from Knicks’ talk" 07.18.2017

      There were promises of hard work and development and cooperation. And there were no grandiose promises of titles, no sickening arrogance when résumés were rubbed in everyone’s face and definitely no follow-up tweets that an ancient languages expert Corey Kluber Womens Jersey would have trouble deciphering.
      And during the Knicks’ press conference at their Westchester practice facility, where Steve Mills was introduced as president and Scott Perry came aboard as general manager, there was one other notable absence.
      You take progress where you can get it, especially when you are coming off another lottery season and you have one playoff series win in 17 years.
      So when the subject of Carmelo Anthony arose, no one said the organization would be better off if http://www.officialindianstore.com/Corey_Kluber_Jersey the 10-time All-Star would just climb into a cubbyhole somewhere and sell insurance. Mills said what he should have.
      “If there’s an opportunity that works for Carmelo and works for us, then we’ll look at some kind of trade,” Mills said. “But we also feel that Carmelo could easily be a part of our team next year.”
      Hey, no one said they were completely honest. Anthony returning is a stretch. And Mills swore they called Tim Hardaway Jr. right after the stroke of midnight when free agency began while the guard, who collected $71 million for four years, claimed the call came after a few days.
      So maybe there will be change for the Knicks, who didn’t seem content only to win the press conference as they did with Phil Jackson in March 2014. And everyone knows how swell matters went after Jackson took over. That appointment became as successful as the trades for Eddy Curry and Andrea Bargnani.
      Mills and Perry seemed humble, honest, professional. There was a consistency to their message: youth, athleticism, development, building. Now, will these two guys bring the answers the Knicks have sought for a couple Alfred Blue Authentic Jersey decades? Only time will tell. But for one day, they said all the right things. It was all about the future and doing it the right way.
      “I can’t really comment on anything prior. I’m looking forward,” Perry said.
      You’d look ahead, too, if you were him. Not much attractive is reflecting in the Knicks’ rearview mirror.
      One obvious point arises. Who is running the basketball show with two men who will eventually http://www.texansproshops.com/Alfred_Blue_Jersey_Cheap huddle over one decision? Mills stressed how when he first joined the organization, he held a dual role. He stressed how he wanted a general manager.
      “One of the things I made clear was I thought we needed to bring in a general manager, and Scott was one of the people I had on my list,” Mills said of his chats with owner James Dolan, who, face it, is the guy with the most and ultimately only say that matters.
      “And I do believe that the things we’re talking about today are the things I’d do differently,” Mills said with all emphasis on moving forward, youth, draft picks, development for a “group of guys growing together, which may take longer to do. It will take longer to do.”
      Mills was asked directly about the power structure. Obviously, he is the president. Obviously, he hired Perry. Obviously, he will have final say. But Mills insisted it will be a co-venture, and everything will be discussed and analyzed and Perry will have “room” to make decisions.
      “I’m going to give Scott the room to make basketball decisions and make recommendations to me. He’s going to have a chance to manage the coaching staff, manage the scouting staff and make recommendations as to where we should go as a basketball organization,” Mills said. “We’ll be partners in that in the sense that he’ll come to me with his recommendation and we’ll debate it back and forth. But at the end of the day, I’m giving him the room to make those decisions.”
      And then he’ll make the call. But it was the smart thing to say.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Roger Federer stands tallest of all as Wimbledon’s history man" 07.17.2017

      Roger Federer cemented his reputation as the greatest player to grace his sport by lifting a record eighth Wimbledon title with a one-sided victory over Marin Cilic, whose thin hopes of an upset were popped by a blister that troubled his Authentic Official Womens Jersey movement and tormented his mind.
      This victory meant the Swiss master, who turns 36 next month, surpassed the big-serving American “Pistol” Pete Sampras and the Victorian-era great, William Renshaw, who claimed seven. Staggeringly, Federer also became the first man to win Wimbledon without dropping a set since Bjorn Borg in 1976.
      What made this victory more remarkable still was that the era when Federer’s racket played like a Stradivarius, and the American writer David Foster Wallace compared watching him to a religious experience, had appeared over for good last year. He was http://www.texansonlineofficialstore.com approaching his 35th birthday. He had not won a Grand Slam since 2012. And, worse still, he was struggling with a knee injury – sustained whilst running a bath for his twin daughters – which forced him out of the game for five months.
      But the thousands walking along Church Road to the All England Club for Sunday’s final understood that the Federer of 2017 was a player miraculously reborn, having won the Australian Open in January and 32 of his 34 matches this year. And so it proved as he dismissed a hobbling Cilic with minimal fuss.
      It wasn’t supposed to be that easy given the 6ft 6in Cilic was in the form of his life. Few knew, however, that he had a huge blister on his foot after his semi-final against Sam Querrey. It meant that every time he made a sudden movement it felt like an electric shock up his leg. Understandably it screwed up his mind – and his groundstrokes. “I tried to block my thoughts,” said the Croatian. “I tried to block Alexander Mogilny Authentic Jersey the pain. But even in the warm-up I was testing my movement going side to side and I was too slow.”
      clouds were finally burnt off by the sun, the Croatian tried to mix things up by serving and volleying. But such was the whip and dip in Federer’s backhand return he was having to play his volleys off his bootlaces.
      At this point there was only going to be one winner. By the time Cilic found himself breakpoint down at 3-3 the strained cries of ‘C’mon Marin!” were growing in number and intensity. Most of the crowd probably still wanted Federer to win but they also http://www.authenticsabresprostore.com/ wanted more tennis. He was in no mood to oblige. A decisive break soon arrived, along with this most precious of victories.
      Afterwards he repeatedly waved at his four children, three of whom were sat on the balcony above the NBC TV studio transfixed by the applause for their father. They were surely not the only ones. Thousands of teenagers watching yesterday would not have been born in 2003 when Federer beat Mark Philippoussis to claim his first title.
      The good news for us – if not his rivals – is that Federer intends to be back again in 2018. “I still love to play and my wife’s totally fine with it,” he added, smiling. “She’s my No1 supporter. She’s amazing. And because I’m playing a little less, I feel like I’m working part-time these days, which is a great feeling.”
      Andy Murray hobbled out with a hip problem. Novak Djokovic was given the elbow by an inflamed joint. And Rafael Nadal was sunk by a 34-year-old Luxemburger, Gilles Müller, who suddenly played the best tennis of his career. But on the evidence of this fortnight Federer would have been tough to topple whoever was on the other side of the net.
      While this was his 19th grand slam victory, another record, few would bet against more coming his way. For even now, in the autumn of his career, he stands tallest of all. The eternal – and the immovable.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Hashim Amla Leaves England With Mountain To Climb" 07.17.2017

      Hashim Amla helped South Africa pile on the runs to leave England facing what would be a record-breaking chase in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday. South Africa set England 474 to win after declaring their second innings on 343 for nine Alexander Mogilny Jersey late on the third day. The most made by any side to win in the fourth innings of a Test is the West Indies' 418 for seven against Australia at St John's, Antigua, in 2002/03. England were left with a tricky four overs to bat before stumps. South Africa nearly had a wicket with the very first ball when Alastair Cook was given out lbw to Morne Morkel.
      But Cook immediately reviewed umpire Paul Reiffel's decision and, with replays indicating the ball would have gone over the stumps, the former Australia paceman's verdict was overturned.
      Cook and fellow left-handed opener Keaton Jennings both survived to be nought not out at the close, with http://www.authenticsabresprostore.com/authentic-89-alexander-mogilny-jersey.html England one for none courtesy of a lone leg bye.
      Earlier Amla, so often a thorn in England's side, make 87 -- his second fifty of the match.
      Opener Dean Elgar (80) and returning captain Faf du Plessis (63) also among the runs as the Proteas, 1-0 behind in this four-match series with a 211-run defeat in the first Test at Lord's last week, cemented their already strong position in this match.
      South Africa resumed on 75 for one.
      Elgar was 38 not out and Amla 23 not out, with England in desperate need of early wickets if after some bad batting Saturday saw them concede a first-innings lead of 130.
      Stuart Broad, on his Nottinghamshire home ground, then produced an excellent delivery to Amla, on 25, which carried to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.
      England appealed half-heartedly and then decided against reviewing Australian umpire Simon Fry's not out decision, only for replays to indicate there had been an edge.
      Elgar had a reprieve on 55 when a thick edge off Broad flew high to gully where Chris Tierney Authentic Jersey James Anderson, diving to his left, so nearly held a spectacular catch.
      England eventually had a breakthrough when the painstaking Elgar took his eye off a Ben Stokes bouncer and tamely mis-hooked to Anderson at backward square leg.
      England bowled tightly either side of lunch but with South Africa in command and so much time left in the game, their batsmen had no need to take undue risks.
      Amla and du Plessis were largely content to pick off the loose ball.
      But closing in on what would have been his 27th Test century and seventh against England, Amla -- who made 78 in the first innings -- fell 13 short this time around.
      Trying to whip left-arm spinner Liam Dawson, whom he'd earlier hit for a straight six to complete his fifty, Amla was struck on the pad.
      Reiffel rejected the lbw appeal but England's review was successful and Amla -- who made South Africa's Test http://www.authenticsanjosesharks.com record 311 not out against England at The Oval in 2012 -- was out.
      It was the end of a near five-hour innings of 180 balls including 14 fours and that lone six.
      Du Plessis, who did not play at Lord's following the birth of his first child, saw his patient vigil of 128 balls, including nine fours, end when he was lbw to Stokes with the new ball.
      But with early cloud cover having given way to sunny blue skies, Philander kept the runs coming with two slog-sweep sixes off successive deliveries from Moeen Ali during his entertaining 42.
      The off-spinner, who took four for 78, eventually caught and bowled Philander to prompt du Plessis's declaration.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Wimbledon crowd can expect more nailbiting moments from" 07.14.2017

      Throughout the 73 minutes that constituted Johanna Konta’s biggest match of her late-flowering career her mother, Gabrielle, paced the grounds of the All-England Club, biting at her nails and taking furtive glances at the big screen. A fulsome Centre Court crowd, along with thousands more scrunched tight on the Hill to watch her semi-final against Venus Williams, knew precisely the anguish she was going through.
      They willed the British No1’s piledrivers home, gasping and rasping every time a Adam Foote Womens Jersey winner pinged off her racket. But, as Williams’ immense class and experience began fully to emerge, hope gave way to the painful realisation that this would not be Konta’s year. The 6-4, 6-2 score was harsh but no one doubted that the better player had won – and won well.
      The 26-year-old Konta had arrived on Centre Court hoping to become the first British woman to win a Wimbledon singles’ semi-final since Virginia Wade toppled Chris Evert in three topsy-turvy sets in 1977. One contemporary match report noted the crowds “murmurs of pleasurable surprise”, yet stressed “they were happy but dared not make it too obvious”. Forty years on the crowd had no such inhibitions. Konta was given a standing http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/Adidas-Andreas-Martinsen-Jersey ovation as she walked on to court.
      What followed was furious and unrelenting. Williams is one of the 90s originators of power tennis; Konta one of her progeny. Few rallies lasted much more than four shots. It was brutal and often astounding.
      Unfortunately for the home crowd, Konta was unable to take the thin opportunities that tumbled her way. At 4-4 in the first set, she had two break points which came and went in a flash – as Williams saved the first and then smashed down a 106mph second serve to wriggle out of the next. “It was one of the few opportunities I had and she took that away,” admitted Konta, who rapidly surrendered her concentration, her serve and the first set.
      At this stage the Hill – or Kontamanjaro as some wags dubbed it – still believed. Among the fans were three young men sporting home-made T-shirts bearing the slogans “You Konta touch this”, “I Konta believe it” and “You Konta be serious”. But soon the gaps between the shouts grew longer. Reality had started to bite.
      Konta had survived several lengthy battles at this Wimbledon, including a three-hour-10-minute epic against Donna Vekic – the longest match in the women’s tournament – but this time she had no answer to the barrage coming from the other side of the net.
      It was not that she played badly but Williams’s movement was just sharper, her hitting spikier. Throughout the contest the American’s serve also remained an undecipherable puzzle, with Konta winning only 13 of 50 points on it all match.
      As she later conceded: “It was very difficult for me to get a good foothold in the match. It came down on the day, and Venus played better than me. I don’t think I did too much wrong out there. I think it was all credit to her.”
      Williams will now face the Spanish player Garbi?e Muguruza, who steamrollered Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 in 64 minutes, in Saturday’s final. If the American were to add to her five Wimbledon titles – the last of which she won in 2008 – she will become the oldest Wimbledon champion since 1908.
      Those grand slam winning days had appeared to be long gone when she was diagnosed with Sjogrens syndrome, which causes immense fatigue and leads to swollen joints, in 2011. Yet here she is at 37, having reached the final of the Australian Brian Dumoulin Womens Jersey Open in January and now with the rich scent of another title wafting towards her nostrils. “I had a lot of issues and this year has been amazing in terms of my play, so of course I’m excited about being in another final,” she said.
      Last week Williams had also broken down at a press conference when asked about being blamed for a car accident in which an elderly passenger in another vehicle was killed. The police’s verdict has since been reversed and Williams carries a lightness that was not evident then.
      And with Roger Federer the favourite on the men’s side there is every chance http://www.officialpittsburghpenguins.com/Adidas-Bryan-Trottier-Jersey that Wimbledon could see a startling throwback in time to 2005 and 2007, when Federer and Williams – then in the prime of their careers – were crowned the singles’ champions.
      Konta insisted afterwards that she could yet join them. She knows there is room for improvement – she barely played a slice, a vicious weapon in the hands of Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, or came to the net. But the way she has risen from 147 in the world in June 2015 to a top-five position next week gives plenty of reason for optimism. Wimbledon, as well as Konta’s mum, will hope for many more nailbiting moments in the future.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Roger Federer old injuries do for his younger rivals" 07.14.2017

      Roger Federer wrote the book on survival in the tennis jungle. As the 35-year-old Swiss contemplates the challenge of becoming the oldest finalist here since Ken Rosewall 43 years ago, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who were cut down so cruelly by injury and the stress of a physical sport in the quarter-finals, could do worse than heed his example and walk away from the game for six months. It is a formula Jets Youth Jersey that has worked as no other in the recent history of the sport.
      “Last year I had a hard, hard time practising through the clay-court season,” Federer said on the eve of his semi-final on Friday against Tomas Berdych.
      “The grass-court season was difficult because of the back issues I had and the knee issues. I could never play quite so freely last year. This year I’m just a normal tennis player again.”
      The last utterance is plainly nonsense. There is nothing normal about Federer, who has floated through his sport with winged feet and hands of gold. But he eventually succumbed to the rigours of his calling last year – initiated by that bizarre wrenching of his http://www.newyorkjetsauthorizedstore.com/ knee in a Melbourne hotel while turning on the bath water for one of his children – and he reluctantly endured the pain and consequences of surgery. After six months he returned, came from 3-1 down in the fifth set to defeat Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2017 Australian Open and, in a twinkling, had reinvented himself.
      After extending the fairytale further in America he began to feel the strain again after losing in the semi-finals in Miami, skipped the European clay-court season and returned for the grass of Stuttgart, Halle and Wimbledon, where he is favoured to win an eighth title on Sunday.
      After beating Milos Raonic in three sets on Wednesday he spared a thought for his 30-year-old rivals Murray and Djokovic. The Scot, whose hip finally gave up on him in losing against Sam Querrey in five sets, and his team saw a specialist on Thursday. The Serb retired in the second set against Berdych when an 18-month-old injury to his right elbow flared again.
      “You wish them well right away, as a rival to them and a friend,” Federer said. “You want them to be healthy again. It does happen, you know. Once you hit 30, you’ve got to look back and think of how much tennis have I played, how much rest did I give my body over the years, how much training have I done, did I do enough, did I overdo it.
      “For me [taking a long rest] worked out. It doesn’t mean it’s going to work out for Adrian Wilson Authentic Jersey everybody. But sometimes maybe the body and the mind do need a rest. The problem is you can only play with a certain injury for a certain amount of time, because what you don’t want happening is that it becomes chronic. Then even a surgery can’t help you that much any more. That’s why I’m happy I’ve had to take my first surgery at 34 years old.
      “The idea was that the second week of Wimbledon I would feel my best. I feel like it’s coming along nicely, to be quite honest. I’m just very happy that I’m still doing so well.
      “Am I surprised? Maybe a little bit. But the plan was always, hopefully, to be strong also later on in my career.”
      In an altogether different era it worked for Rosewall too, who was 39 when he played in that 1974 final. However, he lost. There are no guarantees, whatever the strength of sentiment for players raging against time.
      Federer again is the voice of contentment, however – and he will be happier still if he beats http://www.arizonacardinalsauthorizedstore.com/ Berdych, who put him out in the quarter?finals here seven years ago before going on to lose in the final to Nadal. The Czech has again gone under the radar here, with four quiet wins until the drama of the Djokovic retirement. “I’m not playing tennis for anyone else,” he said later. “I’m just playing it for myself. I’m happy with the way I handle it so far. I’m having a good run.”
      Marin Cilic, a former US Open champion playing his best tennis in years, should have the better of it against Querrey, who is unfamiliar with these heady surroundings, but he could struggle in a final against Federer, who can then return to Switzerland with Mirka and their four children to mull over the most astonishing comeback in modern sport.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "I knew going to hip by playing" 07.13.2017

      With uncanny synchronicity, the electronic scoreboard behind Andy Murray clicked to show that Roger Federer, a monument to longevity, had broken Milos Raonic to lead 4-2 in their Wimbledon quarter-final just as the injured Scot was hinting he might Adidas Brad Marchand Authentic Jersey not play again before the US Open, which begins on 28 August – 20 days after the Swiss’s 36th birthday.
      Murray, who turned 30 in May, lost in five sets against Sam Querrey, and is feeling the rigours of the game more than he might have imagined after rising to world No1 last November. He was sanguine in defeat, an ordeal stretched over two hours and 42 minutes on Centre Court that clearly strained his throbbing hip to the limit of his pain threshold.
      He was not relieved to be out of the tournament, he said, less worried about the prospect of losing his No1 ranking (which he will keep anyway after Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal), and is perhaps quietly happy to finally have some time to rest a chronic injury that http://www.authenticbostonbruins.com/authentic-brandon-carlo-jersey flared to crisis point at just the wrong time.
      “Before the tournament [planning] was very short term, because you want to play Wimbledon,” Murray said, reflecting on nine days in which he won four matches with varying degrees of conviction and hobbled into the quarter-finals in obvious distress.
      When Querrey overcame a slow start to serve him out of the Championships with 27 aces on a mild and windless afternoon, winning 3-6, 6-4 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1, a sense of deflation spread through the tournament.
      “You want to play all of the slams and give your best there. I managed to get through a bunch of matches and did OK. Now I’ll sit down with my team and look at the next step, look a little bit longer term. The US Open is six, seven weeks away. I’ll get the best advice I can, then stick with that. If it means taking a few weeks’ rest, then so be it. If it means training and doing the right rehab, then I’ll do that.”
      Murray refused to describe the nature of the injury, and speculation among armchair experts ranged from hip-flexor strain to osteoarthritis, which often plagues long-career athletes. Whatever it is, it plainly turned Murray from the lightning-quick saviour Adidas Alec Martinez Authentic Jersey of lost causes into a sitting duck. “I’m not going to go into all the details of exactly what my hip issues are,” he said. “I’ve been dealing with it for a very long time. As you get older, things are a bit tougher to manage than they are when you’re younger. There’s more wear and tear. I’m sure I’ll be able to get through it.
      “I feel like I’ve done all of the right stuff, but I’ll try to do more, try to get myself in better shape. Hopefully I’ll come through the other side of it a better player, a better athlete.
      “I knew I wasn’t going to do any major damage by playing. I wanted, if possible, to find a way at the end. Sam served great. The end of the fourth set and fifth set, he hardly missed any first serves. He was acing me pretty much every time. I wasn’t getting enough power on my serve to put him in any bother. He was dictating all of the points.”
      After his defeat, Murray also corrected one reporter who stated that Sam Querrey was the first http://www.authenticlosangeleskings.com/authentic-alec-martinez-jersey American player to reach the semi-final of a grand slam since 2009. “Male player,” Murray interrupted.
      As for his ranking, which he ripped away from Djokovic in a frantic charge over the latter part of 2016, and speaking before his rival retired from his match, Murray said: “I haven’t played well enough this year to deserve to stay there for much longer. If it doesn’t happen by the end of this tournament, it will happen by the end of the US Open.”
      As Murray was heading home to Oxshott, 11 miles away in north Surrey, to recover with his wife Kim and daughter Sophia, Federer was still in cruise control, two sets up against Milos Raonic, and heading for his 101st match at Wimbledon, and a record 12th semi-final.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Australia Book Semi-Final Berth, Thump India By 8 Wickets" 07.13.2017

      India's semifinal hopes suffered a major jolt after Australia notched up a comfortable eight-wicket win, riding on a superb show by their top-order batters in the ICC Women's World Cup at Bristol on Wednesday. Put into bat, opener Punam Raut's fighting century and a 69 from record-breaking skipper Mithali Raj enabled India to post a decent 226 for seven in their sixth group league encounter. However, Australia Babe Ruth Authentic Jersey overhauled the target with 29 balls to spare, scoring 227 for two, courtesy some fantastic batting display by skipper Meg Lanning (76 not out) and Ellyse Perry (60 not out). Beth Mooney (45) and Nicole Bolton (36) laid the foundation with a 62-run opening partnership in 15.4 overs. Once they were dismissed, Lanning and Perry completed the task with consummate ease.
      After this loss, India are now placed at the fourth spot with eight points. Mithali's team will have to win its next and final league match against New Zealand to make the knockout stage.
      Mooney and Bolton made a watchful start to their innings as Indian pacers Jhulan Goswami and Deepti Sharma bowled maiden overs first up.
      Mooney opened the scoring for Australia with a four at the midwicket area and Bolton followed http://www.authenticbostonredsox.com/Andrew-Benintendi-Jersey with successive boundaries in the next over off Sharma.
      The opening duo continued to play cautiously to take Australia to 34 for no loss in 10 overs.
      Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was introduced into the attack and Bolton exploded with three back-to-back fours.
      Mooney and Bolton helped Australia score 57 in the first 15 overs before the latter was sent packing by Poonam Yadav in the next over when she was caught behind after getting a bottom edge.
      Mooney then blasted a couple of fours off Sharma in the next over, while new batswoman Meg Lanning too joined the party with a clean strike over Yadav's head and then hitting one over mid-off as Australia reached 82 for one.
      The duo brought up the hundred in the 23rd over, but Mooney was run-out with Deepti producing a brilliant fielding at short extra-cover, as Australia slipped to 103-2.
      Perry then joined Lanning and the duo resurrected the innings by taking the ones and twos and Adidas Andrew Ladd Authentic Jersey occasional boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking. The duo brought up the 150 when Perry bisected the deep mid-wicket and long-on with a boundary in the 32nd over.
      In the first ball of the 35th over, Lanning picked up a single off Goswami to complete her fifty. The duo continued to rotate the strike and crossed the 200-mark in the 41st over.
      Perry, who completed her 22nd ODI fifty, cracked a straight drive off Goswami to bring up the winning runs.
      Earlier, Raut (106, 136 balls) and Mithali (69, 114 balls) added 157 runs http://www.authenticnewyorkislanders.com/authentic-billy-smith-jersey for the second wicket but they consumed more than 37 overs in the process.
      The highlight of the Indian innings was Mithali surpassing former England captain Charlotte Edwards' aggregate of 5992 runs to become the highest run-getter in the history of women's ODI.
      En route her 49th ODI half-century, she also became the first batswoman to reach the individual milestone of 6000 runs.
      Punam, who hit 11 boundaries, played confidently against the spinners -- off-spinner Ashleigh Gardner (1/48 in 10 overs) and leg-spinner Kirsten Beans (0/43 in 9 overs).
      Mithali, however, was very slow off the blocks even though her innings had four boundaries and a six.
      She simply couldn't find the gaps as the dot balls kept on piling. The only time she tried chancing her arms was when she lofted Beans for a six to complete 6000 runs.
      Once Mithali was out, Harmanpreet Kaur (23, 22 balls) tried to get to move on but after she was dismissed, the Indians couldn't accelerate in the final overs.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "ohanna Konta first British woman into Wimbledon" 07.12.2017

      Johanna Konta did more than win a tennis match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. In the performance of her life – which may well lead to many others – she turned doubters into believers and conquering the nerves that once threatened to strangle her Andrew Luck Authentic Jersey talent, beat the world No2, Simona Halep, in three sets of the highest quality to become the first British woman semi-finalist here since Virginia Wade in 1978.
      To give herself a shot at the Venus Rosewater dish Konta has to beat the ageless Venus Williams in the semi-finals, knowing the 37-year-old American looked back to her best in beating the young French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5. “Age is not a factor,” Konta said in the immediate aftermath. “She’s a tremendous champion. I feel privileged to share a court with her.”
      Konta, who beat Williams on hardcourt in Miami this year, then lost to her on the clay of Rome, added later: “I’ve never played her on grass, so that will be a new challenge. The way Venus and her sister have elevated women’s tennis is truly www.indianapoliscoltsauthorizedstore.com inspiring. I feel very excited and very humbled.”
      In a rare insight, Konta then shared her feelings about her former mind coach, the late Juan Coto. “Juan was a tremendous influence on me. That went beyond my tennis career. He approached his work with me in a very holistic manner. It was more about me as a human being. He did a tremendous job with me in working on my happiness as a person, as a human being, dealing with life in general. He looked to help me enjoy something that I’ve loved since I was a little girl.
      As for her opponent in Tuesday’s quarter-final, Halep brought out the very best in Konta, who has blossomed beyond all expectation. “It’s a little bit surreal,” the Briton said. “It’s incredible how quickly things go in tennis. I’m still digesting things. I felt very clear on what I was trying to achieve out there, regardless of whether it was going my way or not. I knew she was really not going to give me much for free. I had to create my own chances, and I was fortunate to take a few of them.”
      Indeed she did, breaking the tough Romanian twice from eight chances. Her serve was solid, some of her groundstrokes blistering and her composure as impressive as at any time in her career.
      Konta, at 26, has become the player that Laura Robson – still only 23 – often was and might yet be again: an uncompromising hitter whose core strategy is to drill the ball deep, shot after shot, and grind her opponent down. Robson probably hit the ball harder at her peak before injury cut her down, but Konta has a more mechanical and reliable swing that brings her winners through Texans Youth Jersey attrition rather than spectacularly.
      All of her skills and a few lingering wisps of her old vulnerability were on show. However, it was not the occasion that induced fault lines in her attack, but her wonderful opponent, whose discipline kept her unforced errors to only nine over two hours and 38 minutes. This was an unmitigated battle of muscle, endurance and courage in the shot. Neither of them held back for a second.
      As much as it might have been an optical illusion, the hitting between them, within their own parameters of power, seemed more venomous than that in the opening match between Novak Djokovic and Adrian Mannarino. In that men’s fourth-round match, the emphasis was on placement above power. In this women’s three-setter, each punch was loaded for a knockout, hit flat and fast across the lowest point of the net.
      Variety is not just the spice of life, it is the best way to induce http://www.houstontexansauthorizedstore.com/akeem-dent-jersey doubt on a tennis court. Roger Federer was amazed, for instance, that his young doppelg?nger, Grigor Dimitrov, did not serve and volley once in the entirety of their match on Monday – or the tournament for that matter.
      Here, there was not a hint of a drop shot until the third point of the 12th game, 43 minutes into the match, even though there were several openings before then. Not many followed. Both coaches, Wim Fissette for Konta and Halep’s Darren Cahill, are acknowledged tacticians; maybe they also see ripping the ball to shreds as the safest route to victory.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Hamburg during the first half of this baseball" 07.12.2017

      He was doing this brilliant stuff in the largest way his hulking stature and his oversized accomplishments yet it felt as if this was his early stuff, his incubation period, and that outside New York this could still be viewed as a fad married to big-city hype.
      Then Monday night’s Home Run Derby was like John and Paul, George and Ringo boarding that Pan Am flight for America. The secret was out. This was not spin. This was not the publicity machine gone amok. In the Year of the Home Run competing against seven others who were masters of this brutal arm form the 6-foot-7 Judge was playing a different game.
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      “Goosebumps,” said Tony Clark of witnessing the event. Clark not only heads the Players Association, but played baseball at 6-foot-8, knows the difficulty of synchronizing levers that long and just how easily the process could get out of order.
      “It is why you just don’t have many position players 6-foot-6 or bigger. It is difficult to get your body consistently in position to execute the same swing over and over again. I had it in windows of time, but never all the time. I’ve never seen it this http://www.officialpittsburghpenguins.com/Adidas-Brian-Dumoulin-Jersey consistently for a player of this size this early in his career.”
      Judge has been doing this all year. In plain sight. It has been documented and dissected. He has reached the cover of Sports Illustrated and a skit on “The Tonight Show.” Yet, of all things, Judge had to leave New York to substantiate it all. The largest Home Run Derby audience since 2009 tuned in and, trust me, it was not to watch Charlie Blackmon. It was to see if the man could match the legend the country wanted to see Judge for itself.
      And the verdict came, in all places, Little Havana. He delivered the long-ball version of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and then “She Loves You” and then “Can’t Buy Me Love” and then … one hit after another. Boom. Boom. Boom.
      That is the next tightrope. The world coming fast Judge-mania. So far, so great. He has handled praise, criticism and ever-expanding fame like the batting practice pitches he mauled Monday. He has shown the opposite of runaway ego. He has invoked pride and Alexander Edler Authentic Jersey protection from teammates and opponents rather than jealousy by being respectful and earnest.
      In the aftermath of the Derby, Judge praised the vanquished for motivating him to up his game, shared the moment with batting practice pitcher Danilo Valiente, and when he was asked what it was like to hit a ball 513 feet, Judge pondered and paused, and then paused some more, some more before saying: “I got nothing. (Pause.) I got nothing.”
      He hits them long, keeps the answers short, dismisses flattery, embraces camaraderie. He has done this all year on what is usually the most singular stage in baseball: Yankee Stadium, where he’s emerged as the MVP and Rookie of the Year front-runner and http://www.officialvancouvercanucks.com/Adidas-Alexander-Mogilny-Jersey most talked about player in the game. Yet he needed to leave that Hamburg-like hamlet and stray far from Broadway to go from a star to THE STAR.
      The fans came out or tuned in to see if this was all real. They said to Judge: Please Please Me. And he hit every note.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "We just watched the legend of Aaron Judge get stamped" 07.12.2017

      As huge as New York is as special as it is it was Hamburg during the first half of this baseball season, and Aaron Judge was the Beatles.
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      Then Monday night’s Home Run Derby was like John and Paul, George and Ringo boarding that Pan Am flight for America. The secret was out. This was not spin. This was not the publicity machine gone amok. In the Year of the Home Run competing against seven others who were masters of this brutal arm form the 6-foot-7 Judge was playing a different game.
      His competition was not by the end Justin Bour or Cody Bellinger or Miguel Sano. It was imagination. It was how far and how often and to how many different areas and in how many different ways he could launch a ball beyond a fence. He had folks in the same http://www.officialbostonbruins.com/Adidas-Adam-Oates-Jersey profession as him, sharing the same clubhouse, gawking at his feats, wondering aloud how a human being could flip a ball 450 feet to the opposite field so repeatedly.
      “Goosebumps,” said Tony Clark of witnessing the event. Clark not only heads the Players Association, but played baseball at 6-foot-8, knows the difficulty of synchronizing levers that long and just how easily the process could get out of order.
      “It is why you just don’t have many position players 6-foot-6 or bigger. It is difficult to get your body consistently in position to execute the same swing over and over again. I had it in windows of time, but never all the time. I’ve never seen it this consistently for a player of this size this early in his career.”
      Judge has been doing this all year. In plain sight. It has been documented and dissected. He has reached the cover of Sports Illustrated and a skit on “The Tonight Show.” Yet, of all things, Judge had to leave New York to substantiate it all. The largest Home Run Derby audience since 2009 tuned in and, trust me, it was not to watch Charlie Blackmon. It was to see if the man could match the legend the country Andreas Martinsen Womens Jersey wanted to see Judge for itself.
      And the verdict came, in all places, Little Havana. He delivered the long-ball version of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and then “She Loves You” and then “Can’t Buy Me Love” and then … one hit after another. Boom. Boom. Boom.
      That is the next tightrope. The world coming fast Judge-mania. So far, so great. He has handled praise, criticism and ever-expanding fame like the batting practice pitches he mauled Monday. He has shown the opposite of runaway ego. He has invoked pride and protection http://www.officialcoloradoavalanche.com/Adidas-Adam-Foote-Jersey from teammates and opponents rather than jealousy by being respectful and earnest.
      In the aftermath of the Derby, Judge praised the vanquished for motivating him to up his game, shared the moment with batting practice pitcher Danilo Valiente, and when he was asked what it was like to hit a ball 513 feet, Judge pondered and paused, and then paused some more, some more before saying: “I got nothing. (Pause.) I got nothing.”
      He hits them long, keeps the answers short, dismisses flattery, embraces camaraderie. He has done this all year on what is usually the most singular stage in baseball: Yankee Stadium, where he’s emerged as the MVP and Rookie of the Year front-runner and most talked about player in the game. Yet he needed to leave that Hamburg-like hamlet and stray far from Broadway to go from a star to THE STAR.
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    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "Final Decision Maker Is CAC And Not Virat Kohli" 07.11.2017

      The Indian cricket board's Cricket Advisory Committee had decided to put the announcement about the new Indian cricket team coach on hold as they wanted to consult team captain Virat Kohli and 'people who matter'. CAC member and former India captain Sourav Ganguly Allen Barbre Youth Jersey announced in Mumbai on Monday that the announcement had been kept on hold as the people who would take Indian cricket forward needed to be consulted. "(We) will take a few more days to decide," Ganguly told the press gathering. "We are not in a hurry."
      The CAC will certainly speak to Kohli before announcing the new chief coach but they will only explain the "rationale" behind their decision and not seek his opinion on the matter.
      The CAC on Monday interviewed five candidates -- Virender Sehwag, Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput-- for the job, which fell vacant after Anil Kumble's acrimonious departure.
      It is learnt that each interview went for about an hour and the candidates were asked a particular set of questions.
      "Let's get one thing straight. The final decision maker is the CAC and not Virat Kohli. When Sourav http://www.nikeeaglesjerseysshop.com said that he will speak to Virat, he meant that once he is back from a break, he will be told what CAC feels about each candidate that they interviewed and why they are choosing a particular candidate," a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI on Monday.
      Days before the interview process to decide India's new coach began, Ravi Shastri was dubbed as the front-runner. On Monday, after a 4 hour marathon session where the Cricket Advisory Committee interviewed 5 candidates for the post of coach, Virender Sehwag has emerged as the chosen one. Sources have told NDTV that the 3 wise men were impressed with Viru's vision for the Indian team for the next two years, till the 2019 World Cup- the proposed tenure for the new coach.
      Though the announcement has been deferred since the CAC wants to speak to India skipper Virat Kohli before making the appointment official, "but that doesn't mean the CAC is seeking Virat's approval", a source in the know of things tells NDTV.
      In fact, Sourav Ganguly saying in the press conference that, "Virat needs to understand how coaches operate", was a subtle hint from the former captain to the current captain that he cannot have it all his way as far as the new coach is concerned.
      Also, the fact that the CAC wants to brief Virat about the new coach and his plans for the team makes it clear that Ravi Shastri is out of the race; had Ravi been the CAC's choice they would have announced the coach on Monday itself, considering San Jose Sharks Womens Jersey Virat is well versed with Shastri and his working style.
      A couple of days before the CAC met the 5 candidates, Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators assured the CAC that their decision will be final when it comes to appointing the new coach.
      Although less experienced than the remaining 4 candidates as far as cricket coaching is concerned, Sehwag did impress in his debut stint as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab, almost taking a relatively weak team to the knock-outs.
      "Virat's opinion will not be sought. But as a captain, he needs to know the rationale behind the appointment. So he will be kept in the loop," the official said.
      The BCCI, of late, has received a lot of flak due to the perception that skipper Kohli is becoming too powerful where he will have a final say even regarding the choice of a coach.
      Captains over the years have had a say in coach selection but it has always been the Board which takes the final call in the matter. While the BCCI wants to ensure that India's 2019 World Cup preparation is not derailed, they would also http://www.authenticsanjosesharks.com/authentic-brent-burns-jersey not want to give absolute powers in the hands of the captain.
      It was learnt that three best presentations on the day were made by Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, and Ravi Shastri.
      "Some of the presentations were excellent. Pybus and Moody, in particular, were really well prepared with answers for tough questions. Ravi and Viru also gave elaborate answers on some of the tricky issues. There were two basic questions that every candidate was asked," the source informed.
      "The first was their vision going into 2019 World Cup in England and secondly the role of a coach compared to the captain. They were asked how would they handle delicate situations as and when it arises," he said.
      While Kumble's name was not taken, it was an obvious reference to the Kohli-Kumble issue and how such a prickly situation will be handled by the new man-in-charge.
      "Obviously, the coach-captain relationship is one aspect where all five candidates were grilled. The three CAC members all took turns to ask some tough but relevant questions to check their preparedness. What was impressive to find out was that everyone seemed keen to get the job which reflected in their performance," he said.

    • pinkpink has written a new blog article "The Knicks screwed up their" 07.11.2017

      Maybe you think $71 million is a gross overpay for Tim Hardaway Jr. Maybe you fret there will come a time in the next few years when the Knicks might covet a star and won’t have enough salary-cap room to entice him to the Garden. Maybe you think Pirates Authentic Jersey Hardaway is precisely the piece that will make the Knicks just good enough to stay out of a prime lottery spot, and just bad enough to ensure a lousy one.
      In other words: Maybe you’re like most of the folks about town who’ve spent the last few days scratching their heads at this puzzling transaction.
      But you know who likes this deal – who, you would think (you would hope) – LOVES this deal? The men who run the Knicks. The owner, James Dolan, who approved the expenditure. The Acting Boss, Steve Mills, who negotiated the deal and brought Hardaway http://www.officialpiratesproshop.com back home. The coach, Jeff Hornacek, who has been paroled from the Triangle Penitentiary and who must figure out how to maximize his new asset.
      None of them were at the press conference at Baruch College introducing Hardaway. How is this possible? These are the days that team presidents and head coaches are supposed to live for. You know the newest cliché in sports, right?
      “Win the press conference.”
      Everyone wins the press conference. Hell, even Phil Jackson won the press conference last summer, on the day he introduced Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings. It was one of the few times, one of the last times, when we saw the version of Jackson we were promised the day he was hired (the Knicks definitely won the press conference THAT day). He didn’t win much of anything else in his time here, but he absolutely Sabres Womens Jersey won that press conference.
      Even a franchise so paralyzed by press paranoia as the Knicks has to realize that, at minimum, there is curiosity attached to Hardaway’s signing. And, yes: The fact that David Griffin turned down the team’s overtures to become GM certainly would have been asked, but any reasonably competent organization embraces that, too, understanding it’s one setting in which you can control even hard-to-rationalize decisions.
      Instead, the Knicks punted. We can speculate why, of course, starting with what has long been the team’s motto: “It’s none of your business.” Maybe Dolan doesn’t trust Mills to serve as a spokesman yet, which is only troubling if you consider that he DID entrust http://www.authenticsabresprostore.com/ him with throwing a pile of money at a shooting guard with a career field-goal percentage of .427.
      Everyone wins the press conference. Hell, even Phil Jackson won the press conference last summer, on the day he introduced Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings. It was one of the few times, one of the last times, when we saw the version of Jackson we were promised the day he was hired (the Knicks definitely won the press conference THAT day). He didn’t win much of anything else in his time here, but he absolutely won that press conference.
      Even a franchise so paralyzed by press paranoia as the Knicks has to realize that, at minimum, there is curiosity attached to Hardaway’s signing. And, yes: The fact that David Griffin turned down the team’s overtures to become GM certainly would have been asked, but any reasonably competent organization embraces that, too, understanding it’s one setting in which you can control even hard-to-rationalize decisions.
      Instead, the Knicks punted. We can speculate why, of course, starting with what has long been the team’s motto: “It’s none of your business.” Maybe Dolan doesn’t trust Mills to serve as a spokesman yet, which is only troubling if you consider that he DID entrust him with throwing a pile of money at a shooting guard with a career field-goal percentage of .427.

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