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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Indian Media: Indian team should learn from Pakistan

The Indian media has lashed out at the national cricket team for their dismal show on their tour to Australia following Pakistan’s emphatic win over the No. 1 test side, England. Several news channels have added extra burden on the weak and ageing shoulders
of top players such as Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Virendar Sehwag.
This Indian team suffered a 4-0 whitewash on their tour to England last year in June, and the pattern has been followed by the ruthless Aussies. The Kangaroos have been all over Mahinder Singh Dhoni’s men since the start of their tour which also includes
two successive innings defeat.
Having recently suffered an embarrassing loss at Perth, the Indian media is continuously targeting its World Cup winners, and especially the senior pros’. Some of the former players have already called for the induction of youth cricketers into the Indian
test side which hints at the dropping out of senior players including Tendulkar.
On the other hand, India’s fierce rivals and neighbours, Pakistan, are hosting England in the Emirates for a complete tour which include three tests, four ODI’s and three T20’s. Pakistan have already gone one up in the test series with a comprehensive win
over the English side inside three days. This is the same English team which humiliated India, and this is probably why the Indian media is continuously criticizing its national side.
 One of the Indian news channels have urged Dhoni’s men to learn a few lessons from the youthful Pakistan side, who embarrassed England in the first test at the Dubai Cricket Stadium. According to the media report, a team which has the hands on experience
should learn from a team which only has Younis Khan as the most experienced test cricketer with 74 tests, where as the rest have not even crossed the 40 mark.
The Indian team are to play one more test match against the Kangaroos, while the Green Shirts have to play two more before both countries bring the test series to an end. The Indian team can at least survive their second consecutive whitewash by drawing
or winning the last test in Adelaide to have some sort of consolation under their belt. Pakistan, though, can rejoice by drawing the remaining two tests in order to invite some more criticism of the Men in Blue by their own media.

Girls Basketball: Anna Bell Lansdowne’s career-high lifts York

Story Image Elmhurst, 01/21/12--Oak Park-River Forest's Stekara Hall drives toward the basket around York's Alex Harrell during Saturday's game. | Jeff Krage~for Sun-Times Media
Lansdowne scored the first 12 points of the second half for York on the way to a career-high 24-points Saturday in a 66-52 West Suburban Silver victory over the visiting Huskies.
York swept both games in the season series and ended OPRF’s four-game win streak. Lansdowne’s run in the third quarter gave the Dukes (10-10, 5-2) a 43-26 lead.
Lansdowne, a junior guard, shot 6-for-15 from the floor and 11-for-12 at the free-throw line. York shot 23-for-27 at the line compared to OPRF’s 14-for-24.
“With free throws, I’ve been working hard in practice,” Lansdowne said. “It does not always go for me, but this year it has paid off.”
Kelty (11 points, seven rebounds) pulled off a shocker to the end the second quarter with a half-court basket at the buzzer. York led 31-17 at the break after limiting the Huskies (9-15, 4-5) to 5-for-23 shooting in the first half, 2-for-12 in the second quarter. Until Kelty’s miracle shot, the Huskies had shot 1-for-11 in the quarter. Kelty made the first basket of the third quarter with another three in just nine seconds.
Illinois State-bound Stekara Hall (14 rebounds) led OPRF with 19 points — 12 in the first half. Hall scored 12 of OPRF’s first 14 points in the game. Jasmin Walker made a layup in the first quarter. Cuyla Hall, who is not related to Stekara, had 13 points off the bench for OPRF.
York outscored the Huskies 23-9 in the second quarter. Until Kelty’s half-court shot, Stekara Hall’s alley-oop layup was OPRF’s only basket in the second quarter. The Dukes answered with a 16-2 run to open a 27-12 lead.
“In the second quarter, I think we could have played harder, but we didn’t,” Hall said. “That’s what happens.”
Lansdowne’s previous career high was 23 points in a 72-51 victory over Hinsdale Central Dec. 10.
“We relied on our bench players coming in,” Lansdowne said. “They set the bar high and kept our energy up.”
Tawny Tucci added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Dukes. Megan Holmes scored five points in her first game since suffering a broken hand during York’s Naperville North-Benet Christmas tournament. Holmes’ sister, Molly, remains out with a broken collarbone.
“[The second quarter] was the difference in the game,” York coach Jason Reinecke said. “It was the feeling we had watching the team from the beginning of the season. We pushed the ball up the floor, shared it and get easy layups.”
York started the season with a 7-2 record, but lost six consecutive games in December.

UCLA basketball: Ducks chase down Bruins for 75-68 victory

UCLA continued down the slippery slope in Oregon, blowing a 15-point lead in the first half during a 75-68 loss to the Ducks on Saturday.
The Bruins led, 37-24, at halftime, but Oregon scored the first nine points of the second half and methodically wore down UCLA.
E.J. Singler scored a career-high 26 points, with 23 in the second half. His rebound and layup with 7 minutes 46 seconds left gave the Ducks a 52-50 lead. They never trailed again.
UCLA falls to 10-9 overall and 3-4 in Pac-12 Conference play. Oregon is 15-5 and 6-2.

Missouri men's basketball chalks up road win against Baylor

Missouri 's Kim English, 24, looks on as teammates Phil Pressey, 1, and Ricardo Ratliffe, 10, celebrate after Baylor's Pierre Jackson, 55, fouled Pressey in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday in Waco, Texas. Missouri won 89-88.
COLUMBIA – In front of Baylor’s first ever advanced sell-out crowd of 10,617 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, No. 5 Missouri handed No. 3 Baylor its second consecutive loss of the season, beating the Bears 89-88.
Ricardo Ratliffe broke his previous career high of 22 points, scoring 27, grabbing eight rebounds and adding two blocks for the Tigers.
Wednesday's game

Missouri (18-1, 5-1 Big 12) 
at Oklahoma State (9-10, 2-4 Big 12)
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Okla.
RADIO: KTGR/ 1580 AM, 100.5 FM; KCMQ 96.7 FM

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“He was outstanding,” Missouri head coach Frank Haith said of Ratliffe in a radio interview. “He finished, he made his free throws, he rebounded. He had a tremendous game.”
With 10 minutes left in the second half, Missouri went on a 11-2 run to stretch its lead to 71-60, and Ratliffe was responsible for eight of those points.
With less than 30 seconds left in the game, Kim English fouled Baylor's Quincy Miller on a layup that made it 85-81. Miller made his free throw to complete the 3-point play to pull Baylor within three.
On the ensuing inbound, senior guard Marcus Denmon launched the ball over the half-court line, and, for a moment, the ball looked as if it were going to trickle out of bounds, which could have given Baylor one last chance at a comeback. But the speedy Phil Pressey sprinted after the ball and caught it with two Baylor players on his heels. A.J. Waltonfouled Pressey intentionally with 22 seconds left. Pressey, who finished with 18 points, missed his first shot but drained his second attempt to give Missouri a two-possession lead. Pressey shot only 50 percent from the line.
“From folks looking at our ball club, our basketball IQ has gotten better and better," Haith said. "We talk about it all the time. We get to that one-and-one, it’s now time to be aggressive, not to settle and put the ball on people, and we did that.”
Pressey had a game-high seven assists and six steals for the Tigers who were able to convert those steals into six points. Denmon added 15 points and three rebounds, helping Missouri outrebound Baylor 32-26.
“I thought we did a great job on the backboard against a team that’s very athletic and very lengthy,” Haith said.
With the win, Missouri improves to 18-1 on the season and 5-1 in conference play and will move to second in the Big 12, just behind Kansas, which has a 6-0 conference record.
“I thought our guys showed tremendous, tremendous toughness throughout that ball game,” Haith said. “We executed very well offensively, and defensively, we were good enough.”

BASKETBALL / NBA: Howard leads Magic over struggling Lakers

ORLANDO: Orlando star Dwight Howard scored 21 points with 23 rebounds on Friday to lead the Magic to a 92-80 NBA victory over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

Orlando star Dwight Howard  (right).
Orlando star Dwight Howard (right).
   Howard, who early in this lockout-shortened season made it clear he wanted to be traded, with the Lakers one of his possible destinations, delivered a solid performance to drop the Lakers to 1-6 on the road.

   "We're a little raggedy right now," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "We're a little tired."

    Just as they did in a defeat in Miami on Thursday, the Lakers endured a miserable shooting night, missing 23 of their first 28 shots.

   They scored just 10 points in the first quarter and shot 38.2 per cent overall.

   It marked their ninth straight game of less than 100 points, the third-longest such streak in club history since the shot-clock was introduced in 1954.

   RESULTS: Philadelphia 90 Atlanta 76, Portland 94 Toronto  84, Denver 108 Washington 104, Chicago 114 Cleveland 75,      Milwaukee 100 NY Knicks 86, Memphis 98 Detroit 81,      Phoenix 79 Boston 71, Orlando 92 LA Lakers 80, Sacramento    88 San Antonio 86, Indiana 94 Golden State 91, Minnesota    101 LA Clippers 98. AFP

Aisam Ul Haq First Time In The Third Round of Australian Open Grand Slam

Aisam Ul Haq First Time In The Third Round of Australian Open Grand Slam
Aisam Ul Haq First Time In The Third Round of Australian Open Grand Slam
Aisam Ul Haq First Time In The Third Round of Australian Open Grand Slam: He achieved it once again after his marriage back in December 2012 (Aisam Ul Haq Wedding Pictures & Video). This marriage proved to be lucky for Aisam as Aisam Ul Haq First Time In The Third Round of Australian Open Grand Slam. Achieving the new heights of success Aisam is very happy for entering into the third round of Australian Open Grand Slam and is very proud of himself.

Aisam Ul Haq First Time In The Third Round of Australian Open Grand Slam

Aisam ul Haq of Pakistan and his new partner Julian Roger have reached the third round of Australian Open Grand Slam. In Saturday’s match in Melbourne Aisam and Julian beat the pair of German Philips Marks and Canadian Adil Shams by seven – six and six – four in street sets.
This is the first time that Aisam ul Haq has reached in the third round of Australian Open Last year he could not even reach in the second round. Pair of Aisam and Julian has been ranked at number eight in this tournament aur they have won the matches against Coatia’s Evan Lotch and German Sedrick Stab in the street sets in first round.
Aisam is also participating in the mixed doubles in this tournament and has also reached in the second round of mixed doubles. This is the first time that Aisam is playing Grand Slam with the Julian Rodger.
Since 2007, he has been played with the Indian partner Rohan Bopanna and have recently separated. The reason of separation was Bopana’s pair with another Indian tennis player and husband of Lara Dutta Mahesh Bhupathi who has recently became father of a baby girl. You can see Lara Dutta Gives Birth To Baby Girl here.

Voskoboyeva eliminated in Australian Open

 MELBOURNE, Australia – Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboyeva January 20 lost to Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 2-6, 2-6 in third-round women’s singles.
In second-round women’s doubles, her compatriot Yaroslava Shvedova and Vania King of the United States, swept Australia’s Bojana Bobusic and Sacha Jones 6-1, 6-0.
In first-round mixed doubles, Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and the Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova swept Australia’s Jelena Dokic and Paul Hanley 6-3, 6-1.
In second-round men’s doubles, Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin and Italy’s Flavio Cipolla lost to the United States’ Eric Butorac and Brazil’s Bruno Soares 2-6, 3-6.

Aisam makes winning start with new partner

KARACHI: Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has made a winning start to the year’s first grand slam tournament with his new partner — Jean-Julien Rojer of Dutch Antilles — in Melbourne.

The Aisam-Rojer partnership proved too good for the pairing of Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic and Germany’s Cedrik Marcel Stebe as they won the Australian Open first round men’s doubles match in straight sets.

Aisam and Rojer cruised to a 6-3 win in the first set but their opponents came back strongly in the second set which went into an exhaustive tie-breaker. Aisam-Rojer finally won the set 7-6 (13-11) to enter the second round of the Australian Open. Their match lasted for about 90 minutes. Aisam received a blow last month when his long-time partner – India’s Rohan Bopanna – announced that he was breaking the partnership to pursue his Olympic dream. Bopanna has now paired up with his compatriot Mahesh Bhupati.

Shahid Afridi needs 5 more sixes to complete his 300 6s in ODI's

Karachi-Sports Desk, Master Blaster Shahid Khan Afridi required only 5 more sixes to complete his triumph of 300 6 sixes in ODIs.Afridi is too much confident to accompalish this record in upcoming ODI series against England.
Afridi also has a current record holder in most number of sixes in ODIs.