FAVORED STARR OF QUALITY BEST IN $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES AS SHE WINS BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA; TRAINED BY SPAWR, SHE GETS MILE IN 1:40.26RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2019)–Beaten nearly 40 lengths in her most recent start, trainer Bill Spawr’s Starr of Quality ran down a determined Coco Kisses in deep stretch to take Saturday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Starr of Quality, a 5-year-old California-bred mare by First Dude, got one mile in 1:40.26.Breaking from post position two in a field of four California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Starr of Quality was in-hand while Coco Kisses, who broke from the outside, worked her way gradually to the lead into the first turn. Starr of Quality eased off the lead a bit turning down the backside, enabling Pereira to shift off the rail, just to the outside of the eventual runner-up.“This was an easier spot today,” said Pereira, in reference to Starr of Quality’s 38 ¾ length defeat at the hands of Paradise Woods in the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes here on April 27. “It looked like Coco Kisses was the only speed and that’s the way it worked out. My filly wanted to go at the half mile pole, but we waited and she ran really good. Nice win.”Named for the James Weigel homebred daughter of Siberian Summer, the Dream of Summer Stakes is part of the lucrative CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.Owned by Tom Acker and Jon Lindo, Starr of Quality was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.40 with no show wagering.Bred in California by Donald R. Dizney, Starr of Quality, who is out of the Gone West mare Gator Blitz, registered her first ever stakes win and improved her overall mark to 23-6-4-6. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $290,659.“The race went pretty much as we drew it up on paper,” said Spawr. “We thought Mike (Smith, aboard Coco Kisses) might take the lead and force us to go outside and that’s what happened, but Tiago and I talked about that this morning. Being a short favorite in a small field adds pressure, but we had the best horse and it worked out, so we’re happy.”The second choice at 2-1, Coco Kisses finished second, 3 ½ lengths in front of Sapphire Kid and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 25.25, 49.66, 1:14.33 and 1:26.87.
Calvin Abueva has a new home at Phoenix Petroleum and the Fuel Masters are thrilled to have the “Beast” in their rotation.“We’re expecting him to bring in the same passion, tenacity and energy that he brought to Alaska the past six years,” said Phoenix Fuel Masters alternate governor Atty. Raymond Zorrilla.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “Everyone deserves second chances. I talked to him last week and told him, ‘you will start on a clean slate, you are a rookie on our team,’” said Zorrilla.The Aces, who got Karl Dehesa and Phoenix’s first-round pick next season, won a championship with Abueva in his rookie year and things only turned unfavorable this season when the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay encountered personal problems that spilled over on the court.With Abueva joining a core reinforced by import Eugene Phelps, the team’s target this conference is to make it into the quarterfinals after missing the playoffs in the past two tournaments.“We just want to improve our finishes. Hopefully, we can make it to the quarters and we take it from there,” said Zorrilla.The season-ending conference, which features imports with a height ceiling of 6-foot-5, kicks off on Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo City with the Meralco Bolts and the Columbian Dyip facing each other in the opener.ADVERTISEMENT The NLEX Road Warriors meet the TNT Ka Tropa in the other match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taming the beast in Abueva will be one of the challenges of the Phoenix coaching staff led by head coach Louie Alas in their forthcoming PBA Governors Cup campaign.“Our coaches are familiar with Calvin’s style of play and we hope we could bring out the best in him just like when he played for his previous team,” said Zorrilla.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alas and Phoenix assistant coach Topex Robinson were part of the Alaska coaching staff when Abueva was acquired by the Aces during the 2012-2013 PBA season.Abueva, a six-time All-Star and two-time mythical first team awardee, was shipped by the Aces to the Fuel Masters after the 6-foot-3 explosive forward went Awol (absence without leave) in the middle of Alaska’s stint in the Commissioner’s Cup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Go for Gold levels Finals series behind Banal’s hot shooting ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments
Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FC Barcelona Lionel Messi looks down after Real Sociedad scored a goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at the Anoeta stadium, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Ignacio Unanue)MADRID — Despite another win and a perfect record to start the Spanish league, there is reason for concern ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League debut this week.The defending league champions had another lackluster performance in its 2-1 come-from-behind win at Real Sociedad on Saturday, creating a bit of worry ahead of its match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Atletico has scored only three goals in four league matches, with Diego Costa yet to find the net.“We have to take it slowly with him,” Simeone said of Borja. “But he is that type of player who has goals in him.”Atletico, which was coming off a loss at Celta Vigo, has only five points in what has been its worst league start since 2009.VINICIUS PLEAVinicius Junior continues to make his case for a chance with Real Madrid’s main squad.A day after Madrid struggled in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league, the Brazilian teenager played well again with the “B” team, scoring his third goal of the season in the lower tier.He also nearly scored what would have been a beautiful goal after a remarkable run in which he cleared three defenders before having his shot hit the crossbar. It was a play that reminded some of Robinho, the former Brazil forward to whom Vinicius is often compared.Madrid spent about 45 million euros ($52 million) for the promising teenager last year even though he had played mostly with the youth squads of Brazilian club Flamengo. Madrid is taking it slowly with Vinicius, but fans have already been calling for his presence in the main team.Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui was reportedly watching Vinicius’ match on Sunday, so the player’s chances of moving up to the main team have certainly increased. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Barcelona also faced difficulties in a 1-0 win at Valladolid, the small promoted club which has yet to win or score a goal in four matches. Barcelona’s home wins were more comfortable — 3-0 against Alaves and 8-2 against Huesca, a newcomer to the first division this season.Barcelona is in Group B in the Champions League, along with PSV, Inter Milan and Tottenham.SCORING HELPAtletico Madrid endured another disappointing result on Saturday, drawing with Eibar 1-1 at home to remain far from the leaders at the top of the standings.But fans celebrated the successful debut of teenager Borja Garces, who scored the stoppage-time equalizer and could become a solution to the team’s scoring struggles early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Succeeding in the Champions League is one of Barcelona’s main goals this season after struggling in the European competition in recent years, failing to make it past the quarterfinals in three straight seasons.“I’m a little bit worried, just a little bit,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after Saturday’s victory, which kept the team at the top of the Spanish league standings with 12 points from four matches. “It’s obvious that there are things that can be improved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBarcelona had a difficult time controlling the game and gave away numerous chances throughout the match at Anoeta Stadium. Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele scored goals three minutes apart in the second half to save the team after it conceded early. An outstanding game by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also helped the team secure the victory. He made two great saves in one-on-one situations while Barcelona still trailed early in the second half.It wasn’t the first time Barcelona struggled this season. The team has been inconsistent despite its good results, and even Lionel Messi has played below expectations in some matches. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
…escape with large sum of cashThree armed men in the wee hours of Tuesday morning executed a daring robbery on the owner of the popular Real Value Supermarket, Church Street, Georgetown.Jun Wong of Lot 246 Church and Thomas Streets, Georgetown, was relieved of an undisclosed sum of foreign and local currency by three bandits.Based on Police preliminary investigations, the incident occurred between 03:00h and 04:15h. The bandits gained access to the building through a door that wasReal Value Supermarketopen.Upon gaining entry, the men – all armed with handguns – woke up the 40-year-old owner and demanded that he open the safe that contained the money.Wong reportedly put up resistance but was dealt several blows, held and gunpoint and forced to open the safe. The Chinese national eventually opened the safe thus allowing the men to collect the money.They escaped by opening the main access door to the supermarket and entered a waiting motorcar. The Police were contacted and an investigation was launched.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander when contacted told Guyana Times that the Police are conducting their preliminary investigations and the detectives are looking at the possibility of collecting the recordings from the CCTV footage from the nearby buildings.No arrests were made. Only recently, the Police reported that armed robberies were up by a whopping 25 per cent at the end of July when compared to the same period last year.
The mine site is located in Chetwynd.Smith says First Coal currently has a contract in place to excavate a trench in the area, and work has already begun on that.It’s unknown when the Supreme Court will make its ruling. West Moberly First Nations wants the B.C. Supreme Court to overrule a government decision that allows mining in caribou habitat.In September, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources approved a bulk-sample permit to Vancouver-based First Coal Corporation. On Thursday, the First Nation announced it has filed a petition with the Supreme Court to over-rule that decision.Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations says the proposed facility sits in Burnt Pine caribou habitat – a region that Willson says has only 11 remaining caribou.- Advertisement -He says Elders and government scientists agree that coal mining in the habitat will have significant adverse effects.[asset|aid=2077|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=09cba90f800217136460650f42562b20-Chief 1_1_Pub.mp3]Willson says Dr. Dale Seip, a Wildlife Ecologist from the Ministry of Forests and Range, has stated that the caribou herd is ‘critically endangered’.Advertisement West Moberly does not have a Memorandum of Understanding with First Coal. So far, the corporation has two MOU’s in the Treaty 8 Territory, including Halfway River First Nation and McLeod Lake Indian Band.President and CEO, Doug Smith, says First Coal has established a caribou and mitigation and monitoring plan with their biological consultants.[asset|aid=2078|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=09cba90f800217136460650f42562b20-Doug 1_1_Pub.mp3]Smith states that the company will be using a mining method called the ADDCAR Any Dip Highwall Mining System. He says the concept is new, and has less of an environmental impact than traditional drilling. He says the new system will perform extractions without causing a disruption to caribou in the region.Advertisement
0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate with the League Cup trophy after beating Arsenal 3-0 in the final at Wembley on February 25, 2018. PHOTO/ Man CityLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 25- Manchester City won the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era on Sunday, brushing Arsenal aside 3-0 in the League Cup final with the help of an old-fashioned route-one goal from Sergio Aguero.It was an impressive statement of intent from Guardiola’s team at Wembley after a shock FA Cup defeat to lowly Wigan last week ended their bid for an unprecedented quadruple. City opened the scoring in the 18th minute when a long punt upfield from goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was controlled by Aguero, who coolly lifted the ball over a helpless David Ospina in the Arsenal goal.Captain Vincent Kompany doubled the lead in the second half with just over half an hour to go and David Silva put the game out of the reach of Arsene Wenger’s team.The runaway Premier League leaders will be hoping to use the victory as a springboard to greater glory as the season approaches its final stretch but defeat for Wenger means he has never lifted the League Cup.On a bitterly cold, clear day in London, City, in their light blue kit, took control early, playing measured football and enjoying the lion’s share of possession against a side who have made Wembley a second home in recent years.But Arsenal went closest to taking the lead within the first 10 minutes, with new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seeing his scuffed shot saved by a sprawling Bravo.Seconds later Aguero found the side netting after an incisive break from City, who looked short of their fluent best.But it was Aguero who broke the deadlock, controlling the ball as Arsenal’s defence failed to deal with the danger, silencing the boisterous Arsenal fans.The Argentine striker has scored in each of his past five games in all competitions against Arsenal and this was his 199th goal in City colours.It was an unusual goal for Guardiola’s team, who have been lauded for their silky passing game this season, which has already seen them hailed as one of the finest sides in Premier League history.– Kompany goal –Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany celebrates his goal against Arsenal in the League Cup final on February 25, 2018City made a bright start to the second half and captain Kompany was in the right place to steer home Ilkay Gundogan’s shot from the edge of the box after a Kevin De Bruyne corner in the 58th minute.It was no more than City deserved against a lacklustre Arsenal and the Belgian celebrated wildly in front of his own fans.Just seven minutes later Arsenal were left with a mountain to climb when Silva smashed the ball past Ospina into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0.Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola kept faith with reserve goalkeeper Bravo for the Wembley showpiece ahead of first-choice Ederson. Bravo has played in every round of the competition so far.Wenger also played his number two between the sticks, fielding Ospina ahead of Petr Cech.City look nailed on to win the Premier League and have virtually guaranteed a place in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 4-0 first win in the first leg of their last-16 tie against Basel.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
Claudio Ranieri took over as Fulham boss last week.New Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has his work cut out for him at Craven Cottage to keep the West London club in the Premier League, according to bookmakers.Ahead of his first game in charge – a home match with fellow strugglers Southampton, coached by ex-Whites boss Mark Hughes – Fulham are odds-on to end the season with relegation straight back to the EFL Championship.This is despite a favourable festive fixture list that sees Ranieri’s new team play four of the seven sides immediately above them in the Premier League table at the time he took the job.Fulham have the worst defensive record in the top flight by some way after recruiting heavily in the summer and the rearguard is scarcely recognisable from the one used by Slavisa Jokanovic in their promotion campaign last term.A key date for the diary is Wednesday, December 5 as Ranieri faces former club Leicester City – the side he managed to a miraculous and against-all-odds Premier League title triumph in 2016 – for the first time since his sacking from the East Midlands outfit.Ranieri led Leicester to the title in 2016. [Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire]Fulham host the Foxes at the Cottage and – as with subsequent games with West Ham, fellow promoted side Wolves and relegation rivals Huddersfield Town – taking points off these teams in and around the dogfight at home will be vital. There is also a trip to Newcastle United, who are really lacking strength in depth, to consider.If “The Tinkerman” is able to work his magic in time for that string of potentially winnable games before and during Christmas, then the 13/10 price with moplay.co.uk about the Whites staying up cannot be dismissed entirely.Upon replacing Jokanovic with Ranieri, Fulham chairman Sahid Khan described the new manager as “risk-free and ready-made for the Premier League”. Every change of coach comes with risks, however, and the Italian has a very different message for Whites fans since his appointment.Ranieri’s mantra is hard work and fostering spirit, while he was quick to draw a line under the “miracle” of his Premier League title at Leicester when unveiled as Whites boss. The slate, it seems, is wiped clean.Yet Khan is right to an extent. Ranieri does bring a ton of Premier League experience – nearly 300 games in English football as a manager – to the table, albeit much of it at the other end of the table.Relegation battles are not entirely foreign to him, however, as he saved the often troubled Parma back in 2007, who have met oblivion and been reformed since. While Fulham are probably lacking that Serie A side’s cult status from Football Italia in the 1990s, they do have a number of well-regarded players who are yet to really gel.Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michael Serri was one of the coup captures of the summer at the Cottage (on paper at least), having previously been linked with a host of top European clubs. Andre Schurrle, meanwhile, is a World Cup winner with Germany and a winger who has real form as an impact sub.Left-sided player Ryan Sessegnon is only a teenager and widely touted to go to the very top. Whether the likes of him and Serri stick around at Fulham for the long haul or just use Craven Cottage as a springboard remains to be seen.If Ranieri cannot find the right blend, then the Whites are 11/4 to finish bottom – the spot they occupy as his tenure begins. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo
Tags:#Fanhattan#Streaming video 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Fanhattan just put up a somewhat amazing post on its corporate blog describing how hard it is to find specific movies or TV shows on various streaming video services. Sure, this is why Fanhattan exists – it’s an app that lets you scan a bunch of streaming sites to find what you want. But I had no idea how crazy things are in the world of streaming content.To make a point, Fanhattan looks at horror movies (“screaming media,” nyuk nyuk) that you might want to watch on Halloween. There’s lots of stuff online, but it’s scattered all over the place.Fanhattan reckons there are 2,300 horror movies that can be streamed right now. However: “About 71% of the horror movies currently available are exclusive to a single digital media source and more than 22% can be accessed on only two sources.” Of the 100 top Halloween movies curated by Fanhattan this year, about 65% are available from just one source, and about 25% are available from only two sources. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Worse yet, even specific horror franchises get split up and spread across different streaming platforms, so if you want to watch an entire series you need to deal with a bunch of different services. Says Fanhattan: “Hostel is available for rent on Amazon Prime and purchase on iTunes. But Hostel: Part II is only available on iTunes right now. Hostel: Part III is available with a Netflix subscription and for sale on iTunes.”But wait, it gets even worse, because all of this is changing all the time, as content providers keep moving stuff around. So a movie might show up on one service this week but be gone next week. That’s why Fanhattan exists. The app pulls together content from 16 video distribution services. “Our aim is to simplify what has become strikingly complex – finding what’s on,” a spokesperson says.Someday maybe Hollywood and its streaming partners will get their act together. Until then, Fanhattan has a market opportunity.Images courtesy of Shutterstock and Fanhattan. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts dan lyons
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll is fair in love and war.After San Beda’s 76-71 win over San Sebastian in their stepladder semifinals clash on Tuesday, Red Lions coach Boyet Fernandez took the time to hug Golden Stags mentor Egay Macaraya and call it a truce.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I said what I’ve said before, and if San Sebastian was hurt with that, I think if you look at the end result of that, if you look at Calisaan, he played as a normal player after that and he’s been playing well,” he said. “I just say what I have to say because I also have to protect my players. But my players know. They saw the tapes, everything, they saw it, because as you all know, we always scout, and we got it. We just want to protect players, we don’t want to destroy them.”Fernandez also would like to think that it helped Calisaan be a better player, as evidenced by his performance in the homestretch to lead the Golden Stags to where they got in NCAA Season 93.“I do respect what they’re saying, and if that’s the way they appreciate what Calisaan is doing, then that’s their system, that’s their program, and I do respect that,” he said.“I really admire Calisaan and the way he’s playing. I even hugged Coach Egay today and told him you did a good job with San Sebastian.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s really a hard fought game today, and as I’ve always said, it’s only one team who will prevail, and we’re happy we won it. But I will not take away anything from San Sebastian,” he said.Fernandez accused Calisaan of being a “dirty player” after their second round clash, which led to Macaraya coming to the defense of his senior forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat triggered an uneasy feeling between the two squads going into the much anticipated duel on Tuesday.But after 40 minutes of hard fought basketball, Fernandez stands by his actions as he believes that the criticisms he hurled towards San Sebastian made both sides better. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Kingad pressured, excited for ‘biggest fight’ of his career
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust – if Lille don’t get you, Thommo mustFor cricket lovers across generations, these words are immortal. This was a war cry for hundreds of thousands of Australian cricket fans, baying for English blood on the cricket field. These words resonated loud enough for England to hear and tremble with fear. Cricket rivalry has never been fiercer than the one that exists between these two proud nations.This rivalry, the Ashes, was born 135 years ago on August 29, 1882. “Demon” Fred Spofforth and Harry Boyle bowled Australia to their first Test victory over England at The Oval in nine matches. Chasing 84 for victory, England were blown away for a mere 77.The Sporting Times, lamenting the humiliating defeat, published the following lines.In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29th AUGUST 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintancesR.I.P.N.B.-The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.135 years ago today, Australia beat England at The Oval and The Ashes were born!What is your favourite moment from an Ashes Test? pic.twitter.com/l6J0IQ9d1q- ICC (@ICC) August 29, 2017The Ashes themselves took shape in due time. Following England’s victory in a Test in Australia the following year, a cricket bail was burned in memory of the Ashes and put in an 11-inch terracota urn. A few Melbourne ladies then proceeded to give the urn to Ivo Bligh, the legendary England captain.advertisementThere has been some controversy surrounding the urn in the decades that followed. Australia, on account of their domination, demanded the urn be given to them but the MCC has continued to refuse. England claim it is their property and the teams really only play for a replica.But that has not stopped generations of players from ethcing out some of the greatest performances in the history of cricket. Donald Bradman is by far the leading run-scorer in the Ashes with 5028 runs in 37 matches at an average of 89.78.Jack Hobbs, the venerable English batsman is second in the list with 3636 runs in 41 Tests.Australian batsmen once again dominated in the 1980s and 1990s with Allan Border accumulating 3222 runs and Steve Waugh rattling up 3173.Not surprisingly, another Australian legend, Shane Warne is right on top of the list for highest wicket-takers with 195 scalps. Compatriot Glenn McGrath is next with 157 wickets.England had won the last Ashes in 2015 and the teams will soon vie for glory again later this year Down Under in Australia.