Time to return to school as ECB looks to make cricket great again

INSPIRING GENERATIONS The topics discussed in the ‘Inspiring Generations’ brochure hinted at an overdue wake-up call © Getty The 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, with its panoramic view of the London skyline, is not the most appropriate places to champion shedding an image of privilege. Nevertheless, it was here on the central banks of the Thames that two of ECB’s senior drivers – chief executive Tom Harrison and chief strategy officer David Mahoney – presented their vision from 2020 onwards to the English domestic network of minor and first-class…

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John Swantek on the growth of PGA Tour Live, keeping his voice in shape, and that time he broke news of the NFL’s biggest trade

Golf fans are used to John Swantek’s presence across a variety of platforms, but they’re going to see and hear the longtime digital voice of the PGA Tour even more in 2019. As host of PGA Tour Live, the tour’s streaming video service that will more than double its hours of coverage this year across 28 tournaments, Swantek’s play-by-play duties have grown with the amount of live action available to consumers. And he’s eager to usher in this exciting new chapter of a career that began in radio in upstate…

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Simona Halep Manages to Beat Kaia Kanepi, This Time

MELBOURNE, Australia — For Simona Halep, it was better to think that the United States Open wasn’t held last year. “Never happened,” Halep said, grinning. “That tournament didn’t exist.” Top-seeded Halep was ousted from that tournament within its opening hours, blasted off the court by Kaia Kanepi in a 6-2, 6-4 demolition that sent shock waves through the newly built Louis Armstrong Stadium. Five months and 10,000 miles removed from that scene on Tuesday evening at the Australian Open, Halep was able to build back her sturdy defenses, digging into…

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Pats are playoff underdogs for second time since 2007 vs. Chiefs in AFC title game

The New England Patriots are poised to be underdogs in the playoffs for only the second time since 2007, when they travel to Kansas City next Sunday to face the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs opened as 3-point favorites over the Patriots at the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas. New England had been favored in its past 12 playoff games, a streak that dates back to the 2013 AFC Championship Game. The Patriots were road underdogs against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos and lost 26-16 in…

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90-year-old who failed doping control says testers are wasting their time

Carl Grove says he’ll continue to compete and is aiming for the Hour Record in his age category Carl Grove, the 90-year-old American caught using prohibited substances, says the anti-doping testers are wasting their time with older athletes. Grove’s tested positive for epitrenbolone, which is a metabolite of the prohibited steroid trenbolone, after winning the national title and breaking the pursuit world record in the 90-94 age group on July 11. The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said it likely was caused by eating contaminated meat, but stripped his title after…

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Paris-Nice 2019 route: Turini pass features for the first time alongside pro’s training climb Pelasque

Full details of the 2019 Paris-Nice route have been published and it includes some appetising highlights. The 2019 edition will include a climb never before seen in the race, alongside an ascent used for training by pros who live in Nice. During the 77th edition of the early season stag race, which runs from March 10 to March 17, the peloton will climb the Turini pass, a test more familiar to racers of the Monte Carlo Rally. The race will also tackle the Pelasque climb, often conquered by training pros…

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Wie expects to return in time to defend Singapore title

Los Angeles (AFP) – Michelle Wie says she is likely to return from right wrist surgery in time to defend her LPGA title at next month’s HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore. The 29-year-old American has already resumed putting and chipping, posting photos and updates on her Instagram page, and appeared at a promotional event for equipment-maker Callaway last week. “I cannot wait. I’m so excited to get back out there,” Wie said in an LPGA website posting that said she would likely return by Singapore. “I’ve been doing my…

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Knicks Beat (LeBron-Less) Lakers, So Time to Celebrate ‘Like It’s the Super Bowl’

LOS ANGELES — On Thursday morning, in the middle of a six-game road trip that had produced its share of duds, Knicks Coach David Fizdale started practice by gathering his players for an announcement: Kevin Knox, a first-year forward, had been named the N.B.A.’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December. The news was well received by Knox’s teammates. Emmanuel Mudiay and Mario Hezonja rubbed Knox’s head as Frank Ntilikina made a half-hearted attempt to jump on his back. Knox appeared genuinely surprised — and pleased. The award seemed…

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Bevin wins New Zealand time trial title for second time

Paddy Bevin claimed the newly-merged CCC Team‘s first victory of 2019 when he landed the New Zealand national time trial title in Napier on Friday. The 27-year-old previously won the title in 2016. Related Articles “I said I wanted to come here and take the jersey back,” Bevin said in a statement released by his team. “It’s a hard race to really target and it’s the first race of the year, but I’ve really progressed with my time trialling in the past couple of seasons. It’s become a real focus…

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Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey says James Harden may be ‘best offensive player of all time’

OAKLAND, Calif. – James Harden repeatedly flashed two fingers in the moments after he led the Houston Rockets to a come-from-behind, 135-134 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, the reigning MVP’s most recent statement about his plans to claim that award again. Rockets GM Daryl Morey, when commenting on James Harden’s recent scoring tear, said an argument could be made to call him the best offensive player ever. Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty Images This historic run by Harden, which continued with a 44-point, 10-rebound, 15-assist performance that he capped…

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