Hamilton Green 9-a-side Inter-Ward/Village Cup…Within the next 10 days, 32 invited teams will have the opportunity to battle for the coveted first prize of $400,000 and the championship trophy, compliments of the Ministry of Citizenship as the Hamilton Green 9-a-side Inter-Ward/Village Cup will be held to commemorate the 84th birth anniversary of the former Mayor of Georgetown in Den Amstel on the West Coast of Demerara on October 21, 2018.Over $700,000 in prize monies, trophies, and gifts will be awarded to the respective winners and outstanding performances at the end of the tournament, which will be run on a knockout basis with the final set to be played on November 11, at the Den Amstel Community Centre Ground. The runners-up will be awarded $200,000 and a trophy through the goodwill of John Fernandes Ltd, while the third and fourth-place finishers will receive $60,000 and $40,000 respectively, along with the Techno Mills and Courtney Benn Construction Services trophies in that order.Also, the top four top finishers will receive hampers, compliments of Ricks & Sari Industries, while the highest goalscorer will walk away with a Lazy Boy Chair courtesy of AH&L Kissoon and a dinette set compliment of China Trading while the Most Valuable Player (MVP) will be awarded a special prize from Techno Mills.Among the other sponsors on board are: IPA, Alfro Alphonso, Sattaur Gafoor, ANSA McAL, Top Brandz Distributors, MACORP, Cummings Electrical, Ready Mix, BK International and New Thriving Restaurant.Meanwhile, the organisers have released the fixtures for the first three days of action with the winners advancing to the next round.
8. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 10. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) 15 15 14. Memphis Depay (Manchester United/PSV Eindhoven) 15 15 15 15. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – Click the arrow, right, to see which player sold the most shirts in 2015 15 11. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) 15 15 15 12. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) 1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 7. Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy/Liverpool) 15 15 15 15 15 13. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United/Bayern Munich) 15 4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 5. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 3. Neymar Jr (Barcelona) 6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 9. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) The most sold football shirt in 2015 has been revealed thanks to a study by World Soccer Shop and it is dominated by Premier League stars.Nine of the top 15 represent England’s top clubs, with one from the Bundesliga, four from La Liga and one from Ligue 1.But which star tops the list?Lionel Messi recently won his fifth Ballon d’Or after a 2015 where Barcelona won five trophies, but is his shirt the highest selling shirt of the year?Or is it his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo? The Real Madrid forward is certainly more popular on social media than Messi after garnering more than 40 million followers on Twitter and becoming the popular person on Facebook with more than 100 million ‘Likes’Click the arrow above, right, to find out the best selling customised shirt of the year!
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REPORTSSaturday 13th February 2016Old Orchard Saturday Division Drumkeen United 1 Arranmore United 2It was dry but bitterly cold in Drumkeen on Saturday afternoon as Arranmore were the visitors for this Saturday League top of the table Clash. Drumkeen started well and dominated the early minutes of the game during which they created several chances which they failed to convert. They did take the lead after thirteen minutes when they were awarded a penalty for handball. Peter McNamee who had played the ball that led to the penalty stepped up and calmly slotted it home giving Arranmore keeper Green no chance. The home team continued to dominate the game and both McNamee and Brannigan had chances to add to their season’s tally which they failed to do. During this period towards the end of the half Arranmore did force a few free kicks and corners without really troubling Michael Gibson in the Drumkeen goal. Drumkeen had a really good chance when Michael Patton was unlucky to see his shot hit the post and the ball came back out to Peter McNamee but he was unable to finish from close range. Despite all of their first half dominance the home team only had one goal to show. It was the visitors who started well in the second half and their early pressure paid off when a foul on Gavin Mc Glanaghey out on the left wing resulted in a free kick. Declan Proctor took the free kick which struck the arm of a Drumkeen player and referee Martin Mc Annaney pointed to the spot. Benny Mc Garvey stepped up and scored the penalty to level the score at one goal apiece. Arranmore were now having the best of it and had another penalty shout denied by the referee. They took the lead on the hour mark when a Benny Mc Garvey through ball found and unmarked Gavin Mc Glanaghey just inside the box and he finished well for what proved to be the winner. Drumkeen threw everything at it towards the end and at times left themselves vulnerable to the counter attack. They did not concede any more goals but they were unable to find an equaliser and it was the visitors who took all three points.Orchard F.C. 2 Fintown Harps AFC 1Orchard came away with the 3 points from a game that was reversed to Fintown after Orchard’s pitch was deemed unplayable. Fintown took an early lead when a long ball caused some confusion in the Orchard back-line and Fintown striker John Joe running through for a nice finish that was aided by a strong breeze. Orchard got back on level terms when Niall Bonner’s pin point cross into the box found Gio Peoples who’s neatly flicked header gave the keeper no chance. Orchard scored what proved to be the winner in the final minute of the first half when Peoples played a ball over the top for Jerome Burke who slotted into an empty net after the Fintown keeper had spilled the initial pass. Orchard couldn’t add to their tally in the second half however they did have chances for Bonner, Peoples, and John Boyle. A solid team performance from Fintown with Gio Peoples and Rory O’ Gorman impressing for Orchard.Glencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 Erne Wanderers Reserves 3Both teams played out an entertaining game in ‘The Moss’ but it wasn’t till the hour mark that the first goal arrived as both defences in top form. Erne took the lead via a penalty after John Maddigan was judged to have fouled Mark Dorrian who converted the resulting penalty. Their lead was short lived as Drumoghill grabbed the equaliser ten minutes later when Mark Gibson sent Kaolan O’ Donnell through on goal and after rounding the defender he slotted the ball past the advancing keeper. The game looked like it was going to end all square but up stepped Phillip Patton with two quick goals in the last ten minutes to ensure his team victory. Referee: Andrew MullinGlenea United Reserve 1 St. Catherines Reserves 0Glenea Reserves continued their good home form with a hard earned victory over St. Catherines. In a game of few chances it was the home side that created most of them and took the lead on 25 minutes when Dean Gallagher headed home a Martin Doohan corner. In the 2nd half the away side came more into the game but were unable to create any clear cut chances and it was Glenea that came closest at the end of the game to increasing their lead when Martin Maguire and Michael McHugh were denied by good saves. Good team performances from both sides. Referee: Dessie Mc LaughlinCappry Rovers Reserves P Milford United Reserves P(Match Postponed)Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3 Keadue Rovers Reserves 0Castlefin maintained their charge for the title with a comfortable home victory over Keadue on Saturday in Park View in bitter conditions. The hosts started the brighter and were rewarded for their pressure when Ian Ward collected a loose ball deep inside the Keadue half and played through Ronan Tourish who slotted home with seven minutes on the clock. Castlefin maintained the pressure and doubled their advantage when a Matthew O’ Rourke cross from the right was volleyed home by Ward at the back post in the 20th minute. In the 27th minute the home side increased their lead again when Tourish capitalised on an error in the visitor’s defence and slotted home from 15 yards. The home side created numerous chances through O’ Rourke, Tourish and Ward but they were denied by Keadue keeper Ben Boyle. In the second half the visitors pressed the home side back but their defence stood firm. The hosts created a few chances on the break but couldn’t find a way past Boyle who was in fine form. Best for Castlefin: Paul Logue and Ronan Tourish. Best for Keadue: Ben Boyle Referee: Pauric HegartyGlenree United Reserves 0 Curragh Athletic Reserves 0This game was reversed to the New Camp. A combative first half saw few chances. Glenree went closest with a speculative effort from Pat Mc Groddy that rattled the bar and which was subsequently cleared off the line. The second half was similar with both sides creating chances but unable to convert. Game finished 0-0 earning both sides a deserved point.Brian Mc Cormick Premier DivisionGlenea United 2 Rathmullan Celtic 1Glenea got a vital win in their battle against relegation. In a tight first half both sides battled to get on top and clear openings were at a premium. Rathmullan almost opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Shay Coyle headed a corner against the post. On 30 minutes Eamonn Sheridan got onto a through ball but saw his effort saved by Joe Coll. Glenea best effort saw Ciaran Mc Geady get onto a loose ball, beat a defender but drag his shot wide of the goal. The away side opened the scoring on the stroke of half time when Eamonn Sheridan was allowed to get onto a through ball and slotted the ball into the corner of the net. In the 2nd half Glenea pushed hard for an equaliser but failed to take advantage of a couple of chances that came their way until the 65 minute when Lee O’ Brien headed home a Sean Coll corner. The home side continued to press for a winner and were rewarded on 73 minutes when a Dean Mc Carry cross was headed against the post by Ciaran Mc Geady and Darren Mc Geever was on hand to fire home the rebound. Rathmullan tried to respond but were unable to create any clear cut chances until he 88th minute when the home defence failed to deal properly with a long ball and it broke to Rathmullan but the resultant effort went wide of the post. Best for Glenea were Dean Mc Carry, John Harley and Ciaran Mc Geady while Eamonn Sheridan was best for Rathmullan. Referee: Paddy DuffyKilmacrennan Celtic 0 Milford United 0Sunday’s game saw Kilmacrennan play host to Milford at Errigal College. Milford caught Kilmac on the back foot and dominated the game for the first 10 minutes creating numerous chances on goal, this was the wake-up call Kilmacrennan needed and they picked up the pace. Early in the first half Milford’s Adam Serrinha found himself one on one with Kilmac’s keeper, Jason Hegarty but Jason managed to pull off a vital save to keep the game alive for the Kilmac men. Milford looked like scoring again on the 35th minute but once again Jason Hegarty held strong to deny them their lead. At the other side of the park Kieran Gorman had the best chance and came close to putting the Kilmac men ahead with a header that went a few inches wide of the near post just before half time. The second half started scrappy between these rival teams with both teams defending well. Milford came close to taking the lead but Kilmacs’ new signing Seamie Friel cleared the ball after Gary Merritt’s free kick struck the crossbar in the dying minutes of the game. Best for Kilmacrennan: Seamie Friel, Daire McDaid and Christopher Dillon. Solid team effort from Milford. Referee: Joe McHughTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneLifford Celtic 1 Lagan Harps 3Lifford started off well in the first half with both team pushing for goals. Lagan came close on a few occasions but couldn’t find the net. Lifford took the lead in the 20th minute. In the second half Lagan started the better and equalised after 10 minutes through Kenny Doran. Lagan kept the push on the Lifford men and were rewarded with another two goals, both from Mark Hunter. Best for Lifford were Square Mc Nulty and Paul Carlin good team performance from Lagan. Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 Gweedore United 7What a game of football at Rab’s Park as Gweedore came out on top in a twelve goal thriller. When one is sitting at the bottom of the table things don’t seem to go to plan and it was like that today for the ‘71 as it seemed that every little mistake was punished by the away side. Both teams started well and Gweedore took the lead on eight minutes when Kerrykeel failed to clear their lines and Sean Mc Ginley fired home. The home side were level on twelve minutes with Mylie Mc Bride poking home from a Damien Watters cross. Gweedore punished the Kerrykeel defence on eighteen minutes, this time Baggio Boyle fired home from six yards. The home side levelled on thirty minutes when a great Sean Patton corner was headed home by Tony Mc Bride. Kerrykeel were well on top but allowed Gweedore a two goal cushion at half time after shocking defending in the space of two minutes before the break which allowed Ciaran Mc Fadden to score twice. Kerrykeel pushed hard at the start of the second half and had good chances from Donal Callaghan and Cathal Martin, but again Gweedore hit them for six with two more goals in the space of five minutes with Mc Fadden and Boyle both netting. With thirteen minutes remaining Donal Callaghan gave the home side hope after a great finish from a Mylie Mc Bride pass. Two minutes later Miley Mc Bride made it 6-4, this time receiving a great ball from Niall Car to slot past the keeper. Just two minutes later, Kerrykeel got a fifth to set up a grandstand finish, Andrew Friel sending a drive into the top corner from 15 yards. Kerrykeel threw everything at Gweedore for the last five minutes but Brian Gallagher cleared everything. With just seconds remaining Ciaran Mc Fadden wrapped up the scoring, catching the ‘71 on the break and coolly rounded Shaun Friel. Heartbreak for the ‘71 after such a gallant fight-back. Best for Kerrykeel: Miley Mc Bride, Niall Carr and Shaun Patton. Referee: Con Mc LaughlinCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic 1 Eany Celtic 1South County rivals Letterbarrow and Eany play out this drawn match at Tymeen on Sunday afternoon. The game started in usual derby mode with neither side wanting to give anything away. Letterbarrow thought they had taken the lead when Christopher Burke scored but his effort was disallowed by match official Ed Moore. Pauric Mc Groarty gave Eany the lead on 55 minutes when he scored from close range. After this however it was all Letterbarrow. They got a deserved equaliser on 75 minutes when Joyce Porter scored direct from a corner. The home side had two great chances to claim all three points but they could convert neither opportunity. The game ended in a draw with Roper and Kenna best for Eany and Christopher Burke of Letterbarrow Man of the Match. Referee: Ed Moore.Whitestrand United 0 Dunkineely Celtic 0.There were few chances created by either team in this match. The Dunkineely back four were holding strong with the Dunkineely Keeper the voice of authority. Whitestrand did make a big push in the final 5 minutes of the 1st half but to no avail. The 2nd half started a bit more eventful with Whitestrand breaking forward but lacking the final ball. A chance did come to Whitestrand in 67th minute but they hit the crossbar. Dunkineely were hoping for a Whitestrand defensive error to capitalise on but it never came. As the Game entered the final quarter it rather petered out as both Teams seemed to accept the score as it stood. Referee: John Coyle.Deele Harps 1 Ballybofey United 0Deele entertained Ballybofey at The Athletic Grounds and the away side settled best in the opening minutes but the Deele defence were in control. Deele grew into the game and created several good chances through Kevy Mc Brearty, Shane Gallagher and Kevin Lynch all going close. Kevin Lynch had a good penalty shout on 25 minutes but the referee waved play on. Deele took the lead on 29 minutes when good work from Johnny Mahon led to Kevy Mc Brearty feeding Shane Gallagher who rifled home from 20 yards. The second half was a tight affair with few chances at either end but Deele were dominating possession. The game was uneventful until the 74th minute when the referee abandoned the match much to bemusement of both teams. Referee: Barry Hunter.Curragh Athletic 0 Copany Rovers 2This was a game played in perfect conditions at Curragh Sports Complex. Copany started well scoring in the second minute when Paul Patton headed home. After that it was all Curragh from then on but some good defending from Copany denied them any way into the match. In the eighty ninth minute a long ball over the top for Lee Johnstone gave him the opportunity to seal the points and he duly took it.RESULTSSaturday 13th February 2016Old Orchard Saturday DivisionDrumkeen United 1 v 2 Arranmore UnitedOrchard F.C. 2 v 1 Fintown Harps AFCGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 1 v 3 Erne Wanderers ReservesGlenea United Reserve 1 v 0 St. Catherines ReservesCappry Rovers Reserves P v P Milford United ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves 3 v 0 Keadue Rovers ReservesGlenree United Reserves 0 v 0 Curragh Athletic ReservesSunday 14th February 2016Brian Mc Cormick Premier DivisionGlenea United 2 v 1 Rathmullan CelticKilmacrennan Celtic 0 v 0 Milford UnitedTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneLifford Celtic 1 v 3 Lagan HarpsKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 5 v 7 Gweedore UnitedCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic 1 v 1 Eany CelticWhitestrand United 0 v 0 Dunkineely CelticDeele Harps 1 v 0 Ballybofey UnitedCurragh Athletic 0 v 2 Copany Rovers FIXTURESSaturday 20th February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Saturday DivisionOrchard F.C. v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Mulroy Celtic v Fintown Harps AFCDrumbar F.C. v Strand RoversDrumkeen United v Glencar CelticGlencar Inn Saturday Reserve DivisionErne Wanderers Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Milford United ReservesGlenea United Reserves v Glenree United ReservesCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Curragh Athletic ReservesSunday 21st February 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Oscar Traynor TrophyDonegal Junior League v NEFL @ The Moss, Drumoghill (TBC)CT Ball Division TwoErne Wanderers v Glenree UnitedDeele Harps v Copany RoversDONEGAL LEAGUE: ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: February 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Leaguesoccer
Joey Barton’s Twitter tirade against his former QPR boss Neil Warnock inevitably dominates the back pages.Elsewhere, the R’s are to make an improved £3.5m bid for Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar and want his South Africa team-mate Daylon Claasen from Lierse, the Daily Mail reports.Rangers were given short shrift after making an initial enquiry for Pienaar but are said to still be keen to sign him. Linked with LA Galaxy.The Mail also say Stoke are interested in taking QPR’s out-of-favour forward DJ Campbell on loan for the rest of the season.Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has reportedly launched a £20m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Willian.And, based on David Beckham’s comments when asked about Frank Lampard, The Sun suggest LA Galaxy are looking to sign the Chelsea midfielder.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Twitter
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ATHENS. (AP). Olympiakos is closing in on its 18th Greek league title in 20 seasons after a 4-0 victory over Atromitos on Sunday.With second-place AEK drawing 1-1 at Iraklis on Saturday, Olympiakos increased its lead to 18 points with seven rounds left.Alejandro Dominguez opened the scoring with a long-range shot in the 10th minute. Atromitos hung on and had several chances to equalize until when Alan Pulido scored in the 65th.Nine minutes later, Pulido set up Esteban Cambiasso’s first league goal before Costas Fortounis rounded off the scoring in the 85th following a cross by Brown Ideye.Third-place Panathinaikos squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with fourth-place PAOK, Xanthi beat Panthrakikos 1-0 and 10-man Panetolikos snatched a 1-1 draw at Platanias with a late equalizer. TweetPinShare0 Shares
Share on Messenger Hampshire Since you’re here… Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Somerset Surrey … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share via Email County Championship Division Two Ball one: Essex march onWhenever the scoreboard ticked over to 76, the late Brian Johnston would announce that it was “Trombone Time”, so how he would have enjoyed Essex’s win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. The hosts’ Aussie captain, George Bailey, un-Pontingly enforced the follow-on after the wheels had finally come off in the champions-elects’ annus mirabilis, dismissed for 76 in their first dig. Cue 20-year-old Dan Lawrence’s century, backed up by the old hands, James Foster and Neil Wagner, who posted 82 for the ninth wicket to set an awkward fourth-day target of 185 for a suddenly nervy and much-needed win. The victory fanfares were soon blaring again for Essex, as Sam Cook led the attack with 5-18 to despatch Hampshire for (you guessed it), 76 stretching Essex’s lead at the top of the table to 69 points. They’re just trolling their opponents now.Ball two: Rikki loses old numbers to post careeresbest bowlingHampshire had Surrey to thank for avoiding dropping into the second relegation place as Kumar Sangakkara did his thing against the Somerset bowlers after they had reduced the South Londoners to 169-4, still trailing by 100. Even Sangakkara can’t do it all on his own, so it was pleasing to see Surrey past and future chip in down the order, 19-year-old Ollie Pope and 35-year-old (until Friday) Rikki Clarke each posting round 50s. The lanky all-rounder is enjoying his work back the lee of the gasometers, his first innings 18-2-55-7 career-best figures – not bad for Tom Curran’s stand-in! Somerset have to win at home to Middlesex in the last match of the season to bridge the 16-point gap to their opponents, with Hampshire sandwiched in between. Keep calculators (and case precedent re “extraordinary declarations”) close to hand.Ball three: Finn in the swim at just the right time features Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Steven Finn stepped up to replace Toby Roland-Jones (you might want to CTRL-C that for November–January) as Lancashire collapsed twice at Lord’s on a sporting but far from unplayable pitch, an example of the welcome change this year in the square at HQ. No visiting batsman scored a forty never mind a fifty, something achieved by both Ollie Rayner and Roland-Jones through the simple virtues of watching the ball on to a vertical bat and hitting anything too full or too wide very hard indeed. Finn’s 8-79, his best since April 2010, got the home side over the line by 36 precious runs to set up the Somerset showdown in the slanting autumnal sunshine.Ball four: Steve Patterson proves a thorn in Bears’ sideHe gets a game, he misses a game (as international calls and pitch conditions dictate) but he never gives less than 100% to the White Rose cause. Steve Patterson was in this week for a Yorkshire side grown used to fighting for the pennant rather than fighting relegation, but he remembers Division Two cricket and was in no mood to see more of it in 2018. After returning almost comically Pattersonesque figures with the ball (15-5-27-1 and 26-7-46-4), he rolled his sleeves up and went out to bat at No9 with 79 runs needed. He hit 44 of them himself, the gifted (and still a teenager) Matthew Fisher made 15 at the other end and a flurry of extras did the rest and Warwickshire lost again. This column is written in large part to recognise the likes of Patto and – hands across the Pennines – this Red Rose fan salutes you.Ball five: Notts have their pants pulled down by Levi and KleinveldtIn my mind’s eye, Nottinghamshire were promoted about the same time Essex “won” Division One, but Northamptonshire have suddenly got a foot in the door and might yet deny them or Worcestershire a promotion slot this week. And where would be more appropriate for Rory Kleinveldt and Richard Levi to play than among the big boys? Kleinveldt (who is anything but klein) top scored in Northants’ first innings and then knocked over nine Notts batsmen (perhaps a certain affinity prevented him dismissing Samit Patel) before Richard Levi made light of Ben Duckett’s absence injured with a barnstorming 115, the highest individual score in the match by a margin of 62 runs. Kleinveldt chipped in with another four wickets in the second dig as Chris Read’s valedictory dream season threatens to turn into a nightmare. Who cares about beep tests?Ball six: a toast to the few journalists stills covering the county gameThere are not many places left to learn about the results in the County Championship (on Friday evening, Five Live sports bulletin gave us Castleford Tigers 16-48 Hull FC, Huddersfield Giants 12-36 Leeds Rhinos and Everton Ladies 0-2 Liverpool Ladies, but nothing on cricket other than Toby Roland-Jones’ injury). So what a delight it has been this week (and all season) to read the beautifully crafted, old-school match reports (if you can find them) on a cricket specialist website a click or two away from you right now. Backing up the wonderful work done through the day by the extraordinarily indefatigable Will Macpherson, Tim Wigmore, Paul Edwards, David Hopps and Vithushan Ehantharajah (among others) transport us to the yawning green fields and big blue skies with their words day-in, day-out. Thank you gentlemen.• This is an article from the The 99.94 Cricket Blog• Follow Gary Naylor on Twitter Essex Guardian Sport Network Cricket County Championship Division One Reuse this content
Share via Email Nick Kyrgios stays calm amid distractions to beat Viktor Troicki at Australian Open “We’re extremely fortunate to have such legends of the game from Australia and learn from them,” she said. “On the women’s side even having a really close relationship with our Fed Cup captain, Alicia Molik, she’s been through everything you can as a tennis player. Even just getting a text message from her, seeing her in the weeks before or day before matches, it’s extra special to have that support from such legends of Australian tennis.”Media demands are understandably greater in a home grand slam and distractions can be everywhere, if players let them. “I do a lot of media but I try to stay off Twitter a lot before I play,” Kyrgios said. “I guess a couple of years ago, I’d be very into it, I’d be on social media a lot. I feel like I’m getting better with it. Now I do room service most times and I like to go out and have dinner with family or my girlfriend.”And what of the crowd, who want their men and women to win so badly. “It’s the best feeling ever, the adrenalin, the extra boost, the support you get from the very passionate Australian Open crowd is amazing,” Barty said. “It really is the best way to start the year. Hopefully we can play well, to feel a little better. I’d love to play well for myself and my team but the public and the fans as well.”And Daria Gavrilova, another Australian who plays better in Melbourne than anywhere else, said before her second-round defeat to Belgian Elise Mertens on Wednesday night she didn’t even know what pressure really meant. “I just look at it as they [the crowd] want the best for me, and I want it as much. I feel like I can put pressure on myself by [feeling] that, but I feel like I’m just going to go out there and compete really hard, hopefully not disappoint anyone.” Nick Kyrgios Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Messenger features Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Billie Jean King, the former world No1 and winner of 39 grand slam titles, likes to say: “Pressure is a privilege.” It is the title of the American’s book and one that perhaps all Australian players might do well to get a copy of.It is 40 years since the last home champion at the Australian Open, when Chris O’Neil won the women’s singles, and 42 years since their last male winner, Mark Edmondson. In the intervening four decades, the likes of Wendy Turnbull, Pat Cash, Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter have all gone close but for many, the desire to win the title has become almost suffocating. 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In 16 attempts, Stosur has never made it past the fourth round and at times, it was better to watch her matches through the fingers of one hand. As she said a few years ago: “I put far too much pressure on myself in the Aussie summer because I really, really wanted to do well. You only get the opportunity to play at home for a few weeks and I probably built it up too big and didn’t handle the occasions on court very well at all.”But perhaps the next generation are handling it better and some actively seem to enjoy it. Nick Kyrgios, the best hope in the men’s event, says having Hewitt still around, as Davis Cup captain and an occasional player, takes some of the pressure off the leading men.“As long as he keeps playing, he’s kind of the legend that we’ve got,” he said. “Obviously we have a rich history in Australia of past champions and past legends. I’m doing my best to follow in their footsteps but it’s good to see we’ve got a good crop of guys coming up now who are making their mark.”Before Edmondson, Australian men had won the title in five of the previous six years. In the 1960s, Australian men won 32 of the 40 grand slam titles on offer. On the women’s side, Margaret Court won 64 grand slam titles in all, including a record 24 singles victories. The generations that followed suffered by comparison but Ashleigh Barty, the country’s No1 and a woman now ranked inside the top 20, believes it is an inspiration not a burden. Read more Tennis