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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Indo-Pak express Aisam, Bopanna storm into final - Espn Pakistan


PARIS: Aisamul Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna turned in a superb performance, entering the final of the doubles event at the ATP Paris Masters after edging out Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-3, 7-6 in their semi-final clash.
The seventh-seed Indo-Pak pair pulled off a giant-killing act, getting the better of the third-seeded Belarusian-Candian combination in one hour and 27 minutes.
The duo had earlier shocked second-seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 in the quarter-finals of the event.
This year, Qureshi and Bopanna won the Gerry Weber Open title, as well as the Stockholm Open.

11th Sindh Amateur Golf Championship

KARACHI: Ali Hai gained a decisive six-stroke lead with another superb second round on the penultimate day of the 11th Sindh Amateur Golf Championship at Karachi Golf Club here on Saturday. Experienced Ali Hai, who played par-72 round on the opening day, improved by playing one-under-par 71 round to lead the pack in the field. Former national champion Ali Hai displayed consistent show at his favorite course, fairways and greens to lead with a total of 143. Hamza Amin was second with six stroke behind. After playing 74 on day one, Hamza played three-over-par round 75 in the second to end with an aggregate of 149. Zuhair Asif played a fine round of two-over-par 74 and defending champion Waseem Rana carded 3-over-par 75 and were at third spot with 152. Promising Saim Shazli won the junior event with total of 159 after carding the rounds of 78 and 81. Abdu Rehman Badar finished runner-up. Among the seniors, Ayaz Pir and Umer Bangash were tied for the top spot with score of 76 after day one in the 36-hole contest. Asad IA Khan was second by carding score of 79 while Murtuaz Qasim, Zafar Mahmood and pervez were at third position with the identical scores of 81. National champion Tahira Nazir was on top in the women’s event with opening round of 82 and six strokes behind her was Japanese diplomat Yutaka Are with 88. Durdana Somroo was third with 94. Nine women are taking part in the competition.
Leaderboard after day two:
143 (72-71) – Muhammad Ali Hai
149 (74-75) – Hamza Amin
152 (78-74) – Zuhaib Asif, (77-75) Waseem Rana
154 (78-76) – Sajid Khan
155 (78-77) – Mansoor Teli
156 (77-79) – Zia Hai
158 (74-84) – Mubariz Ahmed
159 (79-80) – Salim Pervez
161 (80-81) – Bilal Naseem

Golf Capsules - Golf TV

SYDNEY — In the lead for the first time all year, Tiger Woods got the same result as his last time atop the leaderboard. He couldn’t break par.
Woods bogeyed his first three holes Saturday in the Australian Open, and it didn’t get much better from there. He managed only two birdies on a good day for scoring, shot 3-over 75 and went from a one-shot lead to six shots behind John Senden.

It was only the third time since Woods’ last win two years ago that he had at least a share of the lead after a round. And it was the third time he was over par.
This round made him a long shot to end the longest drought of his career. Only once has he won a tournament when trailing by six shots or more going into the final round, and that was nearly 14 years ago in Thailand.
Senden, who won the Australian Open five years ago at Royal Sydney, birdied his last two holes to finish off a 9-under 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Day going into Sunday at The Lakes.
Day celebrated his 24th birthday with a 68, giving him a shot at winning in his first trip home to Australia in nearly five years.
Greg Chalmers had a 67 and was two shots behind, followed by Nick O’Hern (66) and Nick Watney (68), one of eight Americans who came to the Australian Open to get ready for the Presidents Cup next week at Royal Melbourne.
LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Catriona Matthew shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Matthew, the 42-year-old Scot who won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2009, had an 11-under 205 total at Guadalajara Country Club. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (71) was second, and defending champion I.K. Kim (70) was another stroke back along with Anna Nordqvist (73).
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, tied for the lead after the first two rounds in the 36-player event, was 5 under after a 75. The 51-year-old Inkster is trying to become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history.
Michelle Wie, the 2009 winner, was tied for 12th at 1 under after a 71.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng was 26th at 3 over after a 74.
SINGAPORE OPEN
SINGAPORE — Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano completed a 10-under 61 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Singapore Open.
Play was suspended because of the threat of lightning just as the third round began at about noon. The rain continued throughout the afternoon, wiping out play and forcing officials to shorten the tournament to three rounds. The event is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Fernandez-Castano had nine birdies and an eagle to reach 15 under.
England’s James Morrison and Italy’s Edoardo Molinari were 12 under after 68s.
Phil Mickelson was 4 under after a 67.
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Kelli Gillispie Is Lingerie Football League’s Hottest Politician!

 

We wish our civic officials ran around in lingerie… well, at least the good-looking women. Maybe they should use Kellie Gillispie as an example.
Gillispie is city councilwoman in Mound, Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis, and she also plays center for the Minnesota Valkyrie, the local Lingerie Football League team.
Two things that obviously go together like peanut butter and jelly!
The Valkyrie has only played two games in their short existence, but they’re 1-1 and Gillispie somehow caught a touchdown pass in their season-opening win over the Green Bay Chill, despite being an offensive lineman… or… uh… linewoman.
We wish our civic officials ran around in lingerie… well, at least the good-looking women. Maybe they should use Kellie Gillispie as an example.
Gillispie is city councilwoman in Mound, Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis, and she also plays center for the Minnesota Valkyrie, the local Lingerie Football League team.
Two things that obviously go together like peanut butter and jelly!
The Valkyrie has only played two games in their short existence, but they’re 1-1 and Gillispie somehow caught a touchdown pass in their season-opening win over the Green Bay Chill, despite being an offensive lineman… or… uh… linewoman.
Of course, she comes from the home of the Tonka Truck and Kevin Sorbo, so she’s obviously badass. Gillispie was elected to the Mound City Council in 2010, she was a gymnast, played soccer and participated in track in high school, and really doesn’t give a crap about what you think of he LFL gig.
“I’m never going to apologize for being an athlete because athletics is a main component of who I am today. Besides that, these are two parts of my life that I keep very separate,” Gillispie said. “With that being said, there was one gentleman that wasn’t too thrilled about it, but that’s probably because if I hadn’t run (for City Council) he would’ve been re-elected. Overall though, everyone has been really supportive, and I’ve received a tremendous amount of positive comments about the team, the hard work we put in and how much fun people have watching us play.”
Well, most people like T&A, especially in the freezing cold of Minnesota. Hell, we bet prancing around in lingerie even helps Gillispie get re-elected.
Check it out for yourself. Would you vote for Kelli Gillispie?

College Football 2011 Week 11 Preview: Cheerleader Edition

Last week, we went 6-4. Can’t really pinpoint where we went wrong. The LSU-Bama was a snooze-fest. I fell asleep. I’m not a defensive-minded guy. I was a QB and I long for the days of the Run ‘n’ Gun. Spread the formation, throw the ball. That’s why the Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State contest was a dream come true. We didn’t the Wildcats again in our Week 10 preview, but it’s only because they’re one of the few ranked teams that always seems to be the underdog by double digits. So, which games should you tune in to this week? Check out our suggestions for must watch match-ups along with pics of each team’s cheerleaders below.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2011


#10 Virginia Tech at #21 Georgia Tech

Time: 8pm ET
Channel: ESPN
COED PREDICTION: This one’s tough – V-Tech gets smoked by Clemson and barely edges Miami and Duke while G-Tech lost to VA and Miami before upsetting Clemson. I have to give the edge to YELLOW JACKETS on their home turf.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 2011


#19 Nebraska at #12 Penn State

Time: 12pm ET
Channel: ESPN
COED PREDICTION: What a week for Penn State. Look for the CORNHUSKERS to run roughshod over the distracted Nittany Lions.


#17 Michigan State at Iowa

Time: 12pm ET
Channel: ESPN 2
COED PREDICTION: Iowa’s been a real pain in the ass for ranked Big-10 opponents, that’s why I’m calling for an Upset Special. HAWKEYES will slip past the Spartans.


#16 Texas at Missouri

Time: 12pm ET
Channel: FX
COED PREDICTION: It appears the LONGHORNS have righted the ship the past couple weeks after getting trounced by the Sooners and outgunned by the Cowboys. Missouri’s played tough against ranked opponents but they’ll come up short against UT.


Pittsburgh at Louisville

Time: 12pm ET
Channel: ESPN 3
COED PREDICTION: The CARDINALS are on a roll and I don’t see the Panthers ending that.

#24 Michigan at Illinois

Time: 3:30pm ET
Channel: ESPN / ABC
COED PREDICTION: The Illini duked it out with the Nittany Lions while the Wolverines got clipped by the Hawkeyes. If Illinois stops D. Rob, we could be in store for another Upset Special. ILLINI in OT.

Texas A&M at #14 Kansas State

Time: 3:30pm ET
Channel: ABC
COED PREDICTION: I think the over/under on this game is 1,000. The Wildcats have been averaging 50+ points the last 3 weeks and the Aggies are 15th overall in the Points For category. K-STATE should prevail in what should be a shootout to end all shootouts.
NOTE: We know A&M doesn’t have cheerleaders. Settle down.


#20 Auburn at #15 Georgia

Time: 3:30pm ET
Channel: CBS
COED PREDICTION: This was on our list of Most Anticipated Games of 2011 and though each team has struggled, this one should still provide a ton of excitement. Auburn’s looked good of late, but Georgia’s got too much going their way; DAWGS win by at least a touch.


#7 Oregon at #4 Stanford

Time: 8pm ET
Channel: ABC
COED PREDICTION: Oregon’s steamrolled their way through the weaker teams in the PAC-12. Their last ‘real’ game was against LSU in the season opener. Meanwhile, Stanford survived USC and has Luck on their side. CARDINAL by a FG in OT.

Fantasy Baseball Risers – Jamey Carroll

When the Twins signed Jamey Carroll a few days ago, they were routinely mocked by the critics. A 37 year old utility player finally landing his first everyday job, as a starting SS? In the words of the Messenger who challenged King Leonidis in 300, This is Madness! However, as a fantasy baseball player we’re not too concerned with the salaries players earn, or about the quality of their defence. We care about one thing, and that’s production.
Gone are the days of Jeter, A-Rod, Garciaparra and Miguel Tejada at shortstop. Now, the only real elite players left are Tulo, Reyes & Hanley. And Hanley looked absolutely lost last year. To give you an idea of how weak SS is, Carroll is considered an above average hitter at the position. Yes, Jamey Carroll, he of the 321 wOBA, ranked 13th of the qualifying SS’s by wOBA last year.
In standard 5X5 leagues, Carroll should be a big help in batting average. He’s hit 290 over the past two seasons in nearly 800 at bats. He’s an older player, so there comes the obvious risks of decline, but he should be able to hit around 280 or better. If Carroll leads off for the Twins, he could be looking at 75+ runs. Possibly higher, given that he’s shown good patience and should be a lock for a 360 OBP. Over the past two seasons he’s managed to steal 22 bases while being caught 4 times, so you can also expect him to swipe 10-12 bags. Don’t expect too many RBIs though, as Carroll is the definition of a slap hitting middle infielder. Carroll had a .058 ISO last year – which means the next time he hits a home run will be his first since 2009.
So what can you expect from Carroll? He’s a tough player to predict, given that he’s never played a full season. He’s had a significant number of at bats the past two seasons in LA, so if he stays healthy, he could post a 285 BA, 75+ runs, 40+ RBIs, 0 HR and 11 SB in the traditional 5X5 leagues. Shallow leagues can completely ignore Carroll, but a team in a deeper league could gamble on him and end up with a decent SS who contributes in 3 categories. And since he’s played a lot of time at both 2B and SS, he can fill in for either position. Carroll’s versatility is a small advantage that might make him more worthwhile on draft day.

Police Log: Stolen Baseball Cards and Domestic Arrests

The following information was provided by the Wilmington Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. 

Thursday, November 3
9:42 a.m. – Woburn Street caller reports a pick up truck with a trailer and a Bobcat on it knocked down numerous street signs.
2:30 p.m. – Caller at Wilmington Shell on Main Street reports two younger males were possibly using some type of narcotic. Last seen taking a right out of the parking lot towards Michael’s Place.
8:36 p.m. – Carlmar Beauty Salon reports window broken tonight sometime between 6:30-7:15 p.m. Does not appear to be breaking and entering.
10:43 p.m. – Off to St. Dorothy’s Church where a vehicle is parked next to a clothing deposit bin. Two Brockton men arrested for receiving stolen property and breaking into a depository.

Vettel matches Mansell’s pole record in Abu Dhabi



It was Vettel's 14th pole this year and the 29th of his career, in his 80th Grand Prix. Briton Mansell reeled off his record 14 poles in a single season with the Williams team in his drivers' title winning year of 1992. -Photo by Reuters

ABU DHABI: Newly-crowned double world champion Sebastian Vettel drew level with Nigel Mansell in the Formula One record books on Saturday when he delivered a stunning fastest lap to secure pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 26-year-old German steered his Red Bull car round the Yas Marina circuit in dazzling fashion to create a dramatic finale and steal pole from Lewis Hamilton, who will start second on the grid alongside him for Sunday’s 55-laps day-night race.
It was Vettel’s 14th pole this year and the 29th of his career, in his 80th Grand Prix. Briton Mansell reeled off his record 14 poles in a single season with the Williams team in his drivers’ title winning year of 1992.
Hamilton was second quickest ahead of his English compatriot and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button with Australian Mark Webber fourth in the second Red Bull.
Two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso qualified fifth ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa.
The two Mercedes of Germans Nico Rosberg and seven-time champion Michael Schumacher were seventh and eighth ahead of the two Force Indias of German Adrian Sutil and British rookie Paul Di Resta.
A delighted Vettel screamed with joy as he took pole.
“Yes, that’s it, thank you boys,” he shouted while back in the paddock former Beatle Paul McCartney admitted he had become hooked by the thrill of the moment.
“Now I know why George (Harrison) loved it so much.”
The first part of qualifying began with track temperatures falling with the sun, from over 40 degrees Celsius to around 32 degrees, a change in conditions that improved tyre durability and performance.
As in the final free session, when he was fastest, Hamilton also continued cutting time as he topped the times ahead of Webber and Button, with Vettel fourth.
Unfortunately, it was not such a happy session for veteran Brazilian Rubens Barrichello who was unable to clock a lap in his Williams and will start from the back end of the grid.
Schumacher scraped through after struggling until he switched to soft tyres for his final faster laps when Massa also took a set of softer tyres to ensure he made progress.
The second mini-session Q2 saw Hamilton continuing his coruscating form, clocking a lap of 1:38.434 before a red flag curtailed the action when the base of a plastic bollard landed on the circuit.
This left him clear of Vettel in second place with Alonso third as dusk ushered in darkness and the dazzling glare of the track’s floodlighting system.
It also left several teams without a spare set of soft tyres for the remaining qualifying laps.
Schumacher, using soft tyres again, squeezed into the top ten shoot-out, behind the two Mercedes-powered Force India drivers, but it soon boiled down to a fight between McLaren and Red Bull at the front.
On their first hot laps, Hamilton was again fastest in 1:38.704, just four-hundredths of a second quicker than Vettel with Webber third ahead of Button and Alonso, but it was all so close that nobody could feel sure of a prime starting spot.
Another blur of activity in the pits preceded a flurry of final fastest laps in the battle for pole with McLaren taking charge, Button clocking a 1:38.631 before being outpaced by Hamilton and then, in the final seconds, by the astonishing Vettel.

Kamran Akmal want spot-fixing stigma to go away - ROUTERS

“I am ready to make myself available to any investigation. Because I want this stigma to go away for ever.” -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal believes the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should check the assets and bank accounts of all of its players every six months to ensure future generations do not fall prey to corruption scandals.
Three Pakistan players were jailed earlier this month, including former captain Salman Butt, after being found guilty of agreeing to bowl pre-determined no balls in a test against England last August.
“I would support any move by the PCB to regularly check player assets and accounts. I say it should be a six month exercise,” Akmal, who has recently fallen out of favour with Pakistan’s selectors, told Reuters.
“Only such an exercise can clean up our image and end these baseless allegations made against us all the time.”
Akmal said he was fed up with the constant allegations surrounding Pakistani players.
During the court case, Akmal’s name was mentioned a few times in connection with the spot-fixing allegations even though the wicket-keeper batsman was not on trial.
“I would welcome any move by the ICC to have a fresh inquiry based on evidence allegedly given in the spot-fixing trial in London,” said Akmal.
Players’ agent Mazhar Majeed, who was also jailed after pleading guilty to corruption charges before the start of the trial, said other Pakistani players were also involved in spot fixing.
“I am ready to make myself available to any investigation. Because I want this stigma to go away for ever,” Akmal added.
“The ICC and PCB cleared me to play for Pakistan but yet the media keeps on mentioning my name in relation to spot-fixing stories.”

Mohammad Amir can appeal spot-fixing jail term

LONDON: Mohammad Amir, one of the Pakistan cricketers jailed for fixing parts of a test match in England last year, was given permission on Friday to challenge his sentence.
The teenage fast bowler was sentenced earlier this month to six months in prison for bowling no-balls at prearranged times during a match at Lord’s in August 2010.
A judge at the Court of Appeal in London refused Amir, 19, bail but granted him permission to appeal against his sentence, the Press Association reported Justice Kathryn Thirlwall directed that the appeal should be heard before Nov. 29.
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, who was sentenced to 30 months at London’s Southwark Crown Court as part of the same plot which also included opening bowler Mohammad Asif, is also seeking to appeal.
It is expected that their cases will be heard together if Butt is also granted permission to appeal.
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