Thursday, March 25, 2010

Haley Bracken - Hottest WGA

Australiancricketer Nathan Bracken’s wife Haley has come into the limelight as cricket’s leading WAG.

Haley, who recently did a raunchy photoshoot for Zoo magazine, had also stolen the limelight at the Allan Border Medal, where she wore a sheer dress.

But Haley, who is studying for a primary school teaching degreewith ambitions to later study law or vet science, downplayed the idea of being the leading WAG.

“It’s a title that gets tossed around and it just depends on who is the flavour of the month,” quoted her as telling Confidential.

“I guess that is me right now, but it’s just a title and a stereotype people like to use, and (I do such things) to support Nathan and keep in the media to keep his name out there,” she said.

But the editor of commissioning Zoo magazine says that Haley, despite her modesty, is definitely the hottest WAG.

“Haley is cricket’s hottest WAG. It’s not something she’s claiming, but we certainly are,” the editor stated.

More hot pics of Haley

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hitler - A cricket player???

Adolf Hitler wanted to use cricket to train German troops according a new book about to be published by the BBC’s former World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.

However Hitler, who was taught the basics of the game, found the complex rules too much to comprehend and wanted to do away with the use of pads because they were “unmanly and un-German”.

Simpson’s claims are based on a report in the Daily Mirror in 1930 by Oliver Locker-Lampson, a British right-wing MP and Nazi sympathiser, who claimed Hitler thought cricket would be the ideal preparation for war.

In his book Simpson says that, after recover from injuries from being shot, he challenged the British to a “friendly” game but afterwards said the sport was “insufficiently violent”.
The result of the match was never recorded and neither was it possible to confirm claims that Hitler was dismissed for a golden duck.

Monday, March 15, 2010

David Beckham's England career over?

David Beckham's dream of playing in a fourth World Cup looks over after he tore an Achilles tendon in AC Milan's 1-0 win over Chievo on Sunday.

Beckham was unchallenged when he suffered the injury and hobbled off in pain before being stretchered away.

The 34-year-old was hoping to be part of England's World Cup squad in June, but instead will fly to Finland on Monday for specialist surgery.

"A rupture of the Achilles tendon is suspected," said an AC Milan statement.

Beckham, who is in his second loan stint with Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, will now almost certainly not be fit for the World Cup in South Africa which starts on 11 June.

Consultant sports physician Dr Tom Crisp told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's remotely possible he may be running in three months. The chances of him being fit to play for England are non-existent."

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said that the Englishman will be out for "probably five or six months".

"I saw him and he was suffering. In the dressing room, I took him in my arms and told him that if he wanted, he will be with us next year," said Galliani.

AC Milan coach Leonardo said: "Beckham's injury makes us feel terrible. He understood immediately that he had torn his Achilles tendon.

"He is an extraordinary guy and today's game proves it yet again. I cannot enjoy this evening considering this serious injury."

AC Milan team-mate Ignazio Abate said the England star was inconsolable.

"He's not doing well. He was in tears in the dressing room, he wasn't saying a lot. This has affected us all," said Abate.

Former Manchester United star Beckham, England's most capped outfield player with 115 appearances, was bidding to become the first England player to feature in four successive World Cup finals. He shares the record of three with Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton.

England coach Fabio Capello spoke with Beckham on Sunday evening to offer his commiserations, according to the Press Association.

And with Tottenham's Aaron Lennon still suffering from a groin problem, Capello may now turn to both Theo Walcott and Shaun Wright-Phillips to cover the right side of midfield, with James Milner, Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson also in the reckoning.

Former England defender Martin Keown told BBC Radio 5 live: "Capello's not stupid, he knew there was a role for Beckham within the squad and this is a massive blow.

"He's going to be out for six months, he needs to now look at rescuing his career and what's left of it.

"He'll be extremely upset, without doubt. I think tonight is a very sad day for the Beckham family."

Beckham's loan spells at AC Milan were a deliberate attempt to convince Capello of his worth in an England squad, but he was an unused substitute in the recent friendly win over Egypt and was quoted in several Sunday papers as saying he feared for his place.

"Am I banking on going to the World Cup? No, not at all," he is reported to have said.

"I am not guaranteed to go to South Africa. I have to work hard and hopefully win my place.

"There are a good few months left and plenty of games to play, but hopefully I can carry on playing well and get in the squad."

Sunday's injury is the latest in a string of heartbreaking World Cup moments for Beckham.

His sending off against Argentina in the quarter-finals was widely blamed for costing England their chance in France in 1998.

Four years later he was not fully fit after suffering a broken metatarsal in his foot in the build-up as England went out to 10-man Brazil in the quarter-finals in Japan and South Korea.

In 2006, Beckham went off injured just after half-time in the quarter-final against Portugal which England went on to lose on penalties.

Beckham tearfully announced he was resigning the captaincy afterwards.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Red Knights take giant strides vs Manchester United

The Red Knights have enjoyed their best day yet as the tussle over the future ownership of Manchester United enters a crucial phase.
First, the world wakes up to pictures of Old Trafford legend David Beckham draped in a green and gold scarf, a publicity boost described to me as "priceless" by a senior Red Knight I spoke to.
Then came confirmation that the group of investors seeking to buy the club from the Glazer family had recruited Nomura to help.

The support of the biggest investment bank in Japan will only enhance the potential for more significant investment from the Far East, where the club's popularity is considerable.

The same Red Knight told me he was delighted by the appointment and what he believes is real momentum behind their campaign.
Guy Dawson, who will lead Nomura's team, advised United's board when the club was sold to the Glazers in 2005.
Now he will speak to the 70 wealthy individuals who have expressed an interest in investing in the takeover bid, explore the possibility of a sale with the Glazers, whom he knows well, and try to come up with a timetable that could lead to a bid.

"This is a significant next step for us," a spokesman for the Red Knights told me. "This is the start of the process, but it's good to have Nomura on board to help us structure a deal."
Until now, the Red Knights have been a fledgling campaign, with expressions of interest but no money changing hands.
This statement of intent proves they are serious about making an offer to the Glazers and persuading them to walk away from the club.
Interestingly, I am told that the Red Knights have now turned away two mystery 'super-investors', worth hundreds of millions of pounds, that had offered their support to the cause.
The intention is to only accept financial help from genuine Manchester United supporters and members of the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST), which now number 130,000.
This makes Dawson's task a complex and unprecedented one, but he believes the project is credible.

The Red Knights believe they will need to raise between £800m and £1bn, but they appreciate Dawson may need months before he is in a position to make a formal offer to the Glazers.
Despite Nomura's involvement, a Glazer's spokesman told me: "The club is not for sale and we are in it for the long run."
Dawson was a key player five years ago when United was sold to the Glazers. Now his challenge is to help buy the club back from them.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

IPL postpones unveiling 2 new Franchises

The IPL has cancelled its existing tender for the two new franchises, which were to be unveiled on March 7, and has amended the bidding process by dropping at least two clauses. The new tender, which will be floated on March 9 and opened at 11am on March 21, will not require the bidder to have a net worth of $1 billion and will not demand that they provide an advance guarantee of $100 million. The minimum bid amount, however, remains the same at $225 million.

The deadline for submitting the new tender is 10am on March 21 and the bids will be opened on the same day in Chennai. Bidders will have to make a $10 million performance deposit by 5pm on March 19. The existing tenders were not opened at the IPL governing council meeting in Mumbai and were returned to the bidders.

"The relaxation [of the clauses] was done because they received letters from many, many companies who had expressed interest but said that the $1 billion net worth criteria, which owners of the existing franchiese were not asked for earlier," Modi said. "So they asked why they were asked for the new criteria which eliminates them from bidding, hence the clause has been amended to give more people the opportunity to bid."

Another clause which was amended was one that stipulated the IPL governing council could, at its discretion, ask the winning bidder to submit 100% of the bid amount. Now, the winning bidder will be required to provide a bank guarantee of 10% of their bid within 48 hours of being awarded the franchise.

The cities in the fray were Pune, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Kanpur, Dharamsala, Vizag, Rajkot, Cuttack, Baroda, Kochi, Indore and Gwalior. The base price for the bid is more than four times the value set in January 2008, when the original eight franchises were auctioned. Other terms and conditions were similarly stringent - all bidders had to stump up a returnable deposit of $100 million before the bid, as against the $5 million (approximately) stipulated in 2008.

That was intended to keep out frivolous bidding, Lalit Modi, the IPL's chairman, had said. "We put a high-end clause for entry to people, asking them to give $100 million guarantee in advance because we need to get solid companies," Modi had told Cricinfo on Saturday. "This business requires a long gestation period and that is the reason we want to secure ourselves. The BCCI always secures itself."

Another reported condition became the subject of controversy on March 5 when Priyadarshan, an award-winning film director, claimed bidders had been asked to furnish a bank guarantee of $1 billion.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010



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Howard vs Murali - Cricket's new war

Sri Lankan spinning great Muttiah Muralitharan said on Wednesday that former Australian prime minister John Howard faced a challenge winning over south Asian cricket nations as the new head of the sport's world body.

Howard, 70, was named on Tuesday as Australia and New Zealand's candidate to take over the rotating International Cricket Council presidency when it becomes available in 2012.

Muralitharan, 37, told The Sydney Morning Herald his old feud with Howard was "all finished" but said the influential cricket nations in the subcontinent might need more convincing.

Howard angered Muralitharan and Sri Lankan cricket by publicly questioning the cricketer's unique bowling action in 2004, calling him a chucker.

"I'm not upset or angry with him or anything. At the time, I thought it was wrong -- that was my opinion and he had his," said Muralitharan, who is Test cricket's greatest wicket-taker with 792 wickets.

"We've got to think about the future: how is he going to handle things in cricket?" he added."It won't be an easy job. He has to convince the subcontinent -- that's going to be a tough challenge for him.

"Off-spinner Muralitharan refused to tour Australia in July 2004 after the cricket-mad Howard's comments, and the politician later apologised.

Elsewhere, the reaction to Howard's nomination was mixed.Cricket commentator Peter Roebuck said he had some regret that New Zealand's candidate, Sir John Anderson, was overlooked as he was "clearly the best qualified" of the two.

But Roebuck, writing in the Herald, said the Australian's "appointment is hardly a calamity. Only the most churlish will deny Howard his experience and acumen.

"Howard may be captivated by the bright lights of cricket but he is also familiar with the dark arts of manipulation. Better him than a hundred sweet talkers.

"Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Howard would "do a terrific job for world cricket"."No-one can doubt his passion for the game.

It's great that someone of his standing wants the job," he told the Herald.Malcolm Gray, the only other Australian to have held the ICC post, said Howard's political experience would be ideal for the job.

"What's needed is somebody independent and strong who will stand up to all the nations, all the boards -- including Australia -- and not be swayed," Gray told The Daily Telegraph.

"Like every international forum or organisation, it is riven with politics."But he's (Howard) had enormous experience as head of the biggest organisation in this country and he's obviously strong.

"Meanwhile, New Zealanders were bemused by the decision."This is not a bleat that a New Zealander did not get the gig, more wonderment that someone with absolutely no cricket experience did," The New Zealand Herald said."How could Cricket Australia not find someone more suited to the job than a politician?"

Murali announces retirement plans

Test cricket's most prolific wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan, plans to retire from test cricket at the end of this year and from all forms of international cricket after the World Cup scheduled for next March.

The 37-year-old Sri Lankan cricketer, who has taken a world-record 792 wickets in 132 Tests, will finally call time on an 18-year career after the West Indies' two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in October. He needs only eight more scalps to become the first and only player to take 800 wickets.

"My future is all about playing one-dayers until the World Cup. If I am fit and good I will play until the World Cup and the World Cup will be the end of the road," he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

He also confirmed that he will play in third edition of the Indian Premier League despite a threat by terror outfit al-Qaeda and also urged his teammates to go and play in India.

Sources - Cricketnext, PTI & CNN-IBN

Australia, Sex, Bond*age and Goof ups.. ;)

Australia began their New Zealand tour with verbal bloopers from coach Tim Nielsen and Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke that left the entire team red-faced.

Coach Tim Nielsen started the proceedings soon after his arrival at the airport, saying "To be honest, we haven't had a lot of sex, um, success over here."

And once he was through with the interaction, the Australia coach had a humble request to make, although it looked like the local media was in no mood to oblige him. "Could you please remove the sex bit, I don't want my wife hearing that," Nielsen said.

A day after Nielsen's goof-up, it was Clarke who had a slip of tongue Feb 27th.

Talking about New Zealand pacer Shane Bond, Clarke said that he was still a threat and his teammates would have to do a lot of homework to counter him. "We'll have a good look at the footage of bond*age...I mean, Bondy," said Clarke, triggering laughter.

"I feel like the coach, what's going on," Clarke was quoted later on.

Even though Clarke restructured the sentence and delivered it again, he realized that the damage had been done. "Front page, I can see it now...," Clarke sighed as he made a hasty exit.


The third edition of Indian Premiere League (IPL 2010) Matches/Cricket Schedule has been announced. DLF IPL Matches will start from March 12, 2010 and it will end on April 25, 2010. In IPL 2010, there will be total of 60 matches and you can view full IPL Timetable 2010 below. Check here the 2010 IPL matches Schedule aka Time table with date, IPL Cricket Teams, and location details.

The countdown for the hottest event in India kicks off with a match between Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad on Fri Mar 12, 2010. The final match is scheduled to be played in Mumbai, one of the big cities in India. 2010 IPL will surely be more exciting and remarkable than last year. Across India, these all matches will be played in cricket stadiums and the match telecast timings would be either 4.00pm or 8.00pm IST.

IPL Timetable 2010 – IPL Matches/Cricket Schedule
•March 12 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Hyderabad
•March 13 – Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 13 – Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils – Mohali
•March 14 – Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Chennai
•March 14 – Kolkata Knigh tRiders vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Kolkata
•March 15 – Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils – Jaipur
•March 16 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Kings XI Punjab – Bangalore
•March 16 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings – Kolkta
•March 17 – Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians – Delhi
•March 18 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Rajasthan Royals – Bangalore
•March 19 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab – Vizag
•March 20 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Ahmedabad
•March 20 – Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 21 – Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Delhi
•March 22 – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 23 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Chennai SuperKings – Bangalore
•March 24 – Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals – Mohali
•March 25 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils – Kolkta
•March 26 – Chennai SuperKings vs Mumbai Indians – Chennai
•March 26 – Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Ahmedabad
•March 27 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Delhi Daredevils – Bangalore
•March 27 – Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Mohali
•March 28 – Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai SuperKings – Ahmedabad
•March 28 –Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians – Vizag
•March 29 – Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Delhi
•March 30 – Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab – Mumbai/Nagpur
•March 31 – Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Chennai
•March 31 – Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals – Delhi
•April 1 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Kolkata
•April 2 – Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Mohali
•April 3 – Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals – Chennai
•April 3 – Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Mumbai/Nagpur
•April 4 – Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Delhi
•April 4 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab – Kolkata
•April 5 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – Hyderabad
•April 6 – Mumbai Indians vs Chennai SuperKings – Mumbai/Nagpur
•April 7 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – Ahmedabad
•April 8 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad– Bangalore
•April 8 – Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils – Chennai
•April 9 – Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians – Mohali
•April 10 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Bangalore
•April 10 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Chennai SuperKings – Hyderabad
•April 11 – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians – Jaipur
•April 11 – Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab – Delhi
•April 12 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Hyderabad
•April 13 – Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Chennai
•April 14 – Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils – Mumbai/Nagpur
•April 15 – Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Banglore – Jaipur
•April 15 – Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers Hyderabad – Dharmsala
•April 16 – Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai SuperKings – Delhi
•April 17 – Royal Challengers Banglore vs Mumbai Indians – Bangalore
•April 17 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals – Kolkata
•April 18 – Deccan Chargers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils – Hyderabad
•April 18 – Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings – Dharamsala
•April 19 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians – Kolkata
•April 21 – Semifinal Match 1
•April 22 – Semifinal Match 2
•April 24 – 3rd Place Match
•April 25 –

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