Poll: Who should play at Wembley?

first_imgTottenham and Chelsea could both be allowed to use Wembley as a temporary home while their grounds are redeveloped, reports on Thursday claimed. The two clubs have a fierce rivalry on and off the pitch so the Drivetime team want to know if you think they should share a home for a season. 1 Tottenham and Chelsea last_img

Steyn 11/60 as SA overpower Pakistan

first_img4 February 2013The confidence gained from series victories over England and Australia last year has led to the Proteas playing some sublime cricket in 2013. Pakistan were on the wrong end of it in the first test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg, which ended inside of four days on Monday with South Africa victorious by 211 runs.On the first day, it was felt that South Africa’s 253 all out was below the standard the team would have set itself, but that innings looked absolutely spectacular when compared to Pakistan’s measly reply of 49 all out.When the Proteas then sprinted to 275 for 3 declared at 4.43 runs per over in their second innings, they left themselves plenty of time to dismiss the tourists for a second time.A forgone conclusionPakistan fought hard to make 268 all out in their second innings, but the match result had been a forgone conclusion after their first innings.It could easily have been a bigger victory than 211 runs when one considers that Graeme Smith, who was captaining his 100th test, declared South Africa’s second innings on 275 for 3 on the third day. By that time, though, Pakistan trailed by a massive 479 runs. To win, they required a world record fourth innings score of 480.“You always get a bit nervous in milestone games because too much else is going on, so it was nice to perform a little bit [he made 24 and 52] and to be part of a special test match,” Smith said afterwards.Outstanding bowlingThe Proteas’ win was set up by the team’s outstanding bowling performance in Pakistan’s first innings as, for the third time in the last year-and-half, they dismissed a team for less than 50. At 49 runs, the total was the Pakistanis’ lowest ever in test cricket.Dale Steyn was in irresistible form, bowling with pace, swing and movement off the pitch that was simply too much for Pakistan’s batsmen to deal with. He returned figures of 6 for 8 in their first innings – the third best six-wicket return in test history – to lead the way.While the tourists managed to deal with Steyn’s challenge better in their second knock, they still struggled as the paceman followed up with a haul of 5 for 52 in 28.4 overs.‘That hurt us dearly’“I think that was a great spell of bowling, especially in the first innings, and that hurt us dearly,” said Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq at the post-match prize-giving.Pakistan’s coach Dav Whatmore, who has also coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, rated Steyn’s bowling in the first innings as the best ever performance he had seen from a fast bowler.Steyn’s match figures of 11 for 60 were the best of his career and the seventh best return by a South African bowler ever. No one in South African history has captured 11 wickets for fewer runs than Steyn, who showed why he has been the world’s number one ranked test bowler since August 2009.At the prize-giving, he was asked whether his performance in the match was his best ever. “I’d like to say I bowl better in the nets,” he joked, “but this counts out here, in the middle.”‘That set the tone’He added: “To pick up wickets is always important and, as I said in a press conference the other day, what I haven’t done lately is pick up wickets at the beginning of the innings, so I was quite chuffed that I was able to get the first three quickly. That set the tone for the boys and then the rest of the guys followed.”Only once during the test match did Pakistan offer any tough resistance and that came in the second innings when Misbah and Asad Shafiq occupied the crease for some time in putting on 127 for the fifth wicket. Steyn, though, ended that stand on Monday morning and added another three victims to lead South Africa to victory.AB de Villiers, with the bat and behind the stumps, was as effective as Steyn with the ball, scoring 31 and 103 not out, and taking 11 catches.World recordHis effort bettered the South African record for catches in a test of nine, previously shared by Dave Richardson and Mark Boucher, who achieved the feat three times. It also equalled the world record held by Jack Russell of England, whose 11 dismissals came at The Wanderers in 1995.“Hopefully he’s silenced his critics. He kept superbly and went on to get a hundred [with the bat],” said Smith.Looking back over the past week, the South African captain said to cheers from the crowd: “It has been superb. It has been so emotional. I think I’m going to go home tonight and spend the next two days in bed, just recovering from everything that’s gone on.‘Incredible’“I need some time to put into perspective the support and the amazing feeling that I’ve got from the fans over the last period of time, and everybody, my team-mates, my family have been incredible.”Thanks to another early finish and another outstanding performance from the Proteas, Smith could have available the two days of rest he is seeking for relaxation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton pace Bucks past Pacers

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 49-16, was coming off back-to-back losses to Utah and Phoenix after opening a five-game road trip with three victories.The Bucks ran off 13 consecutive points after Antetokounmpo was assessed a technical midway through the third quarter, one possession after he was knocked down attempting a shot, with no foul called. The Pacers missed the technical free throw and the Bucks responded with a 13-0 run. Antetokounmpo started the spurt with a dunk and finished it with another to put Milwaukee up 80-64 with 2:56 left in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Sometimes, things are not working out the way you wanted and you just get frustrated,” Antetokounmpo said. “Sometimes you take it out on the ref, sometimes you take it out on yourself. Today, obviously I took it out on the ref and got a tech. Definitely deserved it.“But, I think my team did a great job just picking it up, playing with energy, rebounding the ball and responding that way.” Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Bucks host Charlotte on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hall of Fame Mets all-star pitcher diagnosed with dementia Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “It felt like the whole arena, his teammates, I think everybody was probably somewhat frustrated, but I think that frustration got channeled into a great energy,” Budenholzer said. “His teammates, and then Giannis, I thought made a couple big plays coming off the technical.”The Bucks opened their largest lead of the first half at 47-33 on two free throws by Antetokounmpo, but the Pacers went on a 17-7 run to close within 54-50 at the break.“Too much Antetokounmpo, too much Middleton,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “When they have the attack at the basket and are knocking down 3s, they’re going to be tough to guard. They were pretty much knocking shots down from the perimeter and getting shots at the rim tonight. We missed some shots. We had some open looks that you need to knock down and we didn’t early.”TIP-INSPacers: Indy’s two-game road trip to Milwaukee and Philadelphia has important implications in the standings. The Pacers entered the game in third place in the Eastern Conference at 42-23, one game ahead of the Sixers.Bucks: Rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo, sidelined for almost two months with a heel injury, was available for Thursday night’s game against the Pacers. DiVincenzo, who was averaging 4.8 points and 15.6 minutes, is not likely to be back in the rotation immediately. DiVincenzo played slightly more than six minutes in the first half, then scored five points in the closing minutes.McMILLAN LIKES BUCKS MOVESVeteran center Pau Gasol, signed by the Bucks on Monday after a contract buyout by the Spurs, made his home debut, grabbing five rebounds in almost 11 minutes. Milwaukee already had added forward Nikola Mirotic in a three-team trade in early February. “I think they’ve done a nice job of adding to their roster,” McMillan said. “I think it’s a message to the rest of the league that they’re going for it.”UP NEXTIndiana is at Philadelphia on Sunday. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo channeled his frustration over a technical foul in the best way possible.Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 27 to help the Milwaukee Bucks bounce back from their first consecutive losses of the season with a 117-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT The Bucks padded their lead with a 12-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter. Kyle O’Quinn opened the final period with a floater from the lane to bring the Pacers within 10 at 84-74. Ersan Ilyasova hit a 3-pointer to trigger the run, capped by Antetokounmpo’s drive to make it 96-74 with 8:21 left.Myles Turner had 22 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 17 for the Pacers.Bogdanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull Indiana within three points at 67-64 before the technical on Antetokounmpo. Indiana’s Thaddeus Young thought that was the turning point.“The next play down, he imposed his will,” Young said. “He got a foul on me, got a dunk, and another dunk after that. I think that was the change in the game.”Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the entire team fed off the technical foul.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more