Photos: NFL great, ex-49er reduces price of Danville mansion by $2 million

first_imgFormer All-Pro lineman Larry Allen has slashed the price further on his Danville, Calif. mansion to $5.4 million from $5.8 million. The house was originally listed at $7.5 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The estate in the Blackhawk Country Club gated community has seven bedrooms and eight baths over 10,116 square feet. It features a theater, indoor spa and sports court among many other amenities.The home was purchased in 2004 for $4.495 million, according to public …last_img read more

South Africa’s best ever cricket team?

first_imgThey didn’t. Lawry and company were bowled out for 246 as Mike Procter proved the destroyer-in-chief, knocking over 6 for 73. The South African cricket team has been receiving praise for its performances Down Under after winning the first two tests against Australia in style to ensure the Australians suffer their first series loss on home soil since the West Indies beat them in 1992/93. Despite their undoubted pedigree, the Australians were outplayed, taken apart and beaten increasingly heavily as the four-test series progressed. Denis Lindsay was an excellent wicketkeeper/batsman who, in a five-test series against Australia in 1966/67 topped the batting averages, scoring 606 runs at 86.57. Thanks to his crucial contributions, South Africa beat Australia in a series for the first time ever. Rated best by BradmanTo put the talent and performances of some of the individuals in the South African team in context, Sir Donald Bradman, regarded by most as the greatest cricket player of all time, rated Graeme Pollock alongside Sir Garry Sobers as the best left-handed batsman he had ever seen. Bradman also chose Barry Richards to open the innings when he selected an all-time team. Third testThe series moved on to Johannesburg, where South Africa crushed the tourists by 307 runs in the third test. Graeme Smith and company went on to record a nine-wicket victory, leading some people, caught up in the euphoria of South Africa winning a series in Australia for the first time, to suggest that Smith’s team is the best South African team of all time. Second testIn Durban, in the second test, Ali Bacher’s team destroyed the Australians by an innings and 129 runs. Batting after winning the toss, South Africa posted an imposing 622 for 9 declared. Graeme Pollock, with an SA test record of 274, and Barry Richards, with 140, were the mainstays of the home team’s innings. SA led by 77 runs on the first innings after making 279 and then dismissing the Aussies for 202. Peter Pollock excelled with 5 for 39 in 23.2 overs. Australia replied with 212 all out as the opening bowlers, Pollock and Procter, took three wickets each. Dominance on the fieldSouth Africa’s team of 1970 was filled with talent, some of it very special talent, among the best of all time, and the players transferred it to dominance on the field. Australia were skittled for just 157 in their first innings reply, as only four batsmen reached double figures. Eddie Barlow claimed 3 for 24 with the ball, while Pollock, Procter and Trevor Goddard all picked up two cheap wickets. They arrived in South Africa as a highly regarded outfit. Ian Chappell was championed as the best batsman in the world; Johnny Gleeson, a finger spinner, was highly regarded, and Graham McKenzie was an experienced pace spearhead, having become the youngest bowler in test history to take 200 wickets. In their second innings, South Africa tallied 408, with Eddie Barlow making 110, Graeme Pollock 87 and Lee Irvine 73. Australia weren’t up to the challenge, and fell for 178 in their second innings as Mike Procter picked up 3 for 24 and Trevor Goddard 3 for 27. First testIn the first test in Cape Town, Eddie Barlow made 127 to help the Springboks to 382 all out in their first innings. Australia, in reply, managed only 164 as opening bowler Peter Pollock, the father of Shaun, knocked over 4 for 20. It was a series of complete dominance by South Africa. They had four batsmen score more than Australia’s highest run scorer, and those four also recorded higher averages. They also showed a sharper edge in the bowling department, with Procter capturing 26 wickets at a miserly 13.57 and Pollock picking up 15 at 17.20. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While the side touring Down Under deserves praise, it is far too early to suggest it is South Africa’s best ever. The Proteas’ two victories speak volumes about the mental strength and talent of the team, as they had to come from behind to secure both wins, but that is also the argument against the side at this time; come-from-behind wins are not dominant victories, even if parts of SA’s wins were. Their batting when at the crease together was brilliant and brutal; “Never have I seen the ball hit with such power by two players at the same time,” Australia’s captain Bill Lawry admitted. Peter Pollock captured 116 wickets in 28 tests at an average of 24.18 as a very effective opening bowler. Most memorably, he and brother Graeme guided South Africa to a win over England in the second test at Nottingham in 1965, playing the dominant roles with ball and bat. Peter took 10 wickets in the match – 5 for 53 in the first innings and 5 for 34 in the second – while Graeme contributed 125 and 59 as most batsmen struggled in difficult conditions. SA won the series one-nil thanks to that win. The third day resulted in one of the most incredible turnarounds in test history as the Proteas took a first innings lead of 65 runs after JP Duminy’s memorable 166, and his ninth-wicket partnership of 180 with Dale Steyn, who contributed a career-best 76. Their last series, however, against Australia in 1970, produced ample evidence that South Africa was at that time far and away the best side in the world. First though, they will need to become as dominant as Ali Bacher’s great team. Trevor Goddard, too, was another all-rounder who performed well. Like Barlow, he made 2 516 test runs, with his average being 34.06. He also claimed 123 wickets at 26.22. A first innings opening partnership of 157 between Richards (81) and Barlow (73) helped South Africa to 311. Alan Connolly stood out for the Australians again, returning his best test figures of 6 for 47. While the Australians managed 280 in their second innings, they were well beaten by 170 runs. Bill Lawry made a fighting 83, but Mike Procter picked up 4 for 47 to undermine Australia’s efforts. Tied for wins recordMake no mistake, Graeme Smith’s team is an outstanding outfit. Their 11 wins in 2008, tied for the most ever in a calendar year, is evidence of this. They have not yet been completely dominant throughout a series against a top team, however. Incredible turnaroundThen, in the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it looked as if Australia had South Africa on the ropes after two days of play, with the Proteas on 198 for 7, replying to the hosts’ 394 all out. 5 January 2009 South Africa then scored 470 for 7 declared in their second innings, with Richards making 126, Lee Irvine 102 and Ali Bacher 73. Based on the Australians’ previous batting performances in the series, they wouldn’t be able to meet the Springboks’ challenge. South Africa made just 232 in their second innings, with Graeme Pollock, who made 49 in the first innings, top scoring with 50. Alan Connolly led the Aussie bowling attack, capturing 5 for 47. Mike ProcterA case for Mike Procter could be made for inclusion in the Hall. His test career was limited to seven matches because of South Africa’s banishment from the game, but his performances during his first-class career speak volumes of his ability as an all-rounder. The current side is clearly very good and, once their careers are over and can be examined completely, I might come to regard them as highly as the 1970 side. Victory in the first test was achieved when the Proteas put together the second highest successful fourth innings run chase in test history. They made 414 for 6 and it looked as if 500 would not have been too difficult. Eddie BarlowEddie Barlow was a tough-minded all-rounder, maybe not a great test player, but a very good one, no doubt. He played 30 tests, averaged 45.74 with the bat, and took 40 wickets at 34.05. Fourth testThe series ended in Port Elizabeth, where South Africa won by an even bigger margin, of 323 runs. When the International Cricket Council launches its Hall of Fame in 2009, only two South Africans will be among its members: Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, both among the most dominant batsmen of their generation. SA’s astonishing win and the calm and stylish manner in which it was achieved made the cricketing world sit up and take note of the seriousness of the challenge South Africa was posing to the world’s number one ranked test team. The dominance I speak about was exhibited by the last South African team to face Australia before SA was excluded from international cricket as part of sanctions against the apartheid policies of the country. That team, I would argue, was South Africa’s best Ever, but they were not given a long enough run to confirm their brilliance. He scored 21 936 runs at an average of 36.01, highlighted by a world record-equalling six centuries in succession. He also took 1 417 wickets at an exceptional average of 19.53. In retrospect, given the advantage of being able to examine those players’ complete careers, they were the best team that South Africa has ever produced. Series win in IndiaAustralia arrived in South Africa, fresh off a 3-1 series win over India in India. Given the Aussies’ struggles to win in India, even in recent years with their all-conquering teams, it was an excellent result for Bill Lawry’s men. Forced to follow on, the Australians fared far better second time around as three batsmen – Keith Stackpole, Doug Walters, and Ian Redpath – made scores in the seventies. However, their 336 all out meant South Africa had scored an innings victory. So important was he to his English county Gloucestershire that it was often referred to as “Proctershire” during his time there.last_img read more

Spl Police Observer holds meet with CEO

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dube on Sunday held a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab and other election officials in the state, to take stock of the poll-preparedness and deployment of the security personnel.Earlier in the day, Dube landed in the city and went to the guest house of Kolkata Port Trust. It has been learnt that Dube will hold a meeting with all the senior election officials in the state to assess the law and order situation across Bengal. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn Sunday, he wanted to know from the CEO about the deployment of the Central forces in the state. A special chamber has been set up at the office of the CEO for Dube, where he will be stationed until the completion of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. He is expected to hold a meeting with the various political leaders on Monday and listen to their concerns. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recently appointed Dube as the Special Police Observer, replacing K K Sharma. The announcement came less than a day after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sought Sharma’s removal. Banerjee had produced a photograph showing Sharma attending a programme organised by the RSS, in uniform. The commission has not, however, given any reasons for replacing Sharma. Dube will look after the deployment of Central and state forces. He will also look after other matters as per the instructions of the Election Commission.last_img read more

Age doesnt define us

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Halle Berry doesnt like to be defined by her age, and wants to prove women can do anything. Berry, 52, feels working on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is a step towards that goal. “There is nothing I wanted to do more than to prove that women of my age can do exactly what we want to do. Age doesn’t define us,” Berry said in a statement. Keanu Reeves will be back as the remorseful assassin John Wick. He has teamed up with Berry for another mission. Talking about the role, she said: “I never worked harder for a film role in my entire career. I had to work through some injuries, but I kept at it because quitting was not ever an option. Now I have the bug, and I just want to keep going and going.” The third chapter in the franchise will pick up in the immediate aftermath of John Wick 2, with Wick excommunicated and on the run, having to defend himself against a host of equally skilled assassins looking to scoop up the bounty for killing him. The film is being brought to India by PVR Pictures. It will release on May 17. The film is directed by Chad Stahelski. In addition to Berry, new cast members include Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon and Jerome Flynn. “I loved how real the action felt in the first movie… I looked forward to Chapter 2 as soon as I saw the first. When my manager told me that Chad was looking for a female assassin, I knew I had to play the part. When I first met with Chad he had not yet finished writing my role, but I didn’t care, I said, ‘Sign me up…I’ll do it’!”last_img read more

World Cup US Manages Scoreless Tie With Mexico

With Brad Guzan defending America’s goal with a fervor, the United States pulled out a scoreless tie against heavily favored Mexico Tuesday night, earning only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.The tie moved the U.S. into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region after three of 10 matches, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference. The Americans and Costa Ricans both have four points, but the Ticos, who earlier Tuesday lost their appeal over Friday’s loss to the United States in a Colorado snow storm, are ahead on goal difference.Mexico coach Manuel de la Torre is sure to come under fire after a third straight draw, which dropped El Tri to second-to-last place in the standings. Mexico had plenty of chances, but El Tri was plagued by poor finishing and dismal execution on set pieces. Mexico had 15 corner kicks, including three in the last two minutes of stoppage time, and Guzan body-blocked a dangerous shot by Angel Reyna.Azteca is one of the world’s most imposing venues, and the Americans have a miserable track record there. They are 0-13-2 in World Cup qualifiers in Mexico, with their only other point — also from a 0-0 draw — coming in 1997.But the Americans got a boost of confidence from their win in an exhibition last summer, and not even a patchwork — and inexperienced — lineup could shake them. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann gambled by starting Matt Besler at center back, only the second appearance for the Americans by the young defender. But he and Omar Gonzalez  — the last two Major League Soccer defenders of the year — looked like grizzled veterans as they repeatedly snuffed out shots by Javier Hernandez, Javier Aquino and Jesus Zavala.Mexico dominated possession, and Aquino, Hernandez and Zavala repeatedly tested the inexperienced American defense, picking on DaMarcus Beasley in particular after he picked up a yellow card in the eighth minute. But Gonzalez came up with one big play after another, and Besler looked quite comfortable in the Azteca pressure-cooker.But they got some help from El Tri, which blew numerous chances, including what should have been a couple of gimmes for Hernandez.Read more: ESPN read more

Ribery to leave Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is reportedly beginning to grow a little impatient with the board over their indecisiveness on whether to offer him a new deal or notThe Bavarian Football Works has reported that the former France international has caught the interest of clubs from China and Qatar, but it is believed that his preference is to stay with the Bundesliga leaders for another season.While the leagues in both China and Qatar are inferior to the German league, Ribery would be set to receive a bumper deal that would likely be worth more than what he currently earns at Bayern.Ribery is well known in Qatar due to the Bayern squad regularly attending training camps in the country and is believed to be worship by the locals.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Ribery played a starring role for Bayern in their 2-1 win over Sevilla on Tuesday night with the 34 year-old’s cross having been clipped in by Jesus Navas for an own goal.Afterwards, the winger conceded that a lack of organisation proved costly in the first-half and warned his teammates that similar mistakes can not happen again at this stage of the Champions League.“We got off to a good start in the first ten minutes, but our organisation was poor after that, we didn’t attack well. The coach addressed that at half-time. The second half was really good. It’s crucial we won away to Sevilla, they played very well, but our reaction after the opener was good. We have to build on that. We mustn’t make any mistakes in the Champions League, we mustn’t think we’re already through to the semi-finals.” said Ribery, according to the club website.Ribery has been with Bayern since 2007 and has won seven Bundesliga titles in his 11 years. The Frenchman has made 380 appearances with 117 goals and won the Champions League back in 2013 with the club.last_img read more

Insigne wary of Firminos threat

first_imgNapoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has recognised Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino as the most dangerous player in the squad ahead of their meeting.Jurgen Klopp’s side face the Serie A club in the Champions League on Wednesday evening as they seek to consolidate top spot with two wins, after leaving it late to break the hearts of PSG fans at Anfield.Most of the focus ahead of the match has been on Salah’s inconsistency in front of goal since the start of the season.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, Insigne sees it differently and has urged his Napoli teammates to watch out for Firmino’s ability in Liverpool’s attack. ‘They have a lot of strong players, even those on the bench,’ said Insigne“But Firmino is the most decisive player because he comes to play between the lines and opens up the spaces for his teammates. ‘I hope together with my teammates to put them in trouble and be able to make chances.”last_img read more

Pochettino expecting quiet transfer window

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club will have a quiet transfer window in January.The North London club became the first club since the inception of the transfer window, not to sign any players in the summer.Tottenham were linked with a host of players including Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.Mauricio Pochettino’s side had two bids rejected for the England U-21 international with Aston Villa insisting the attacking midfielder is not for sale.However, despite talks of major additions to the squad when the transfer window reopens in January, Pochettino has played down talk of massive recruitment.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“We need to be careful how we manage January,” he said according to Sky Sports. “It is not a window where you can do many things and not affect the dynamic of the team and the group.“If you are doing well and you arrive in January, no one is going to change too much.”Meanwhile, Pochettino believes he is not the sole reason why the club’s top players are committing their immediate futures to the club.“For me I feel proud the players care about you, but I repeat the responsibility is wanting to play for the glory of the club.”last_img read more

Changes proposed by InterHealth Canada Govt Approves

first_imgTop of the list, the Hospital wants to take over and further develop the blood bank including keeping it filled by better managing blood donations; they want to introduce tele-radiology to deal with the overwhelming need and demand for diagnostic imaging without the high cost of contracting a specialist; the Hospitals wants to buy hysteroscopy equipment; this allows advanced treatment in gynecology, with a minimally invasive tool to give better visuals and more thorough care to women.  Another change calls for expanding the dialysis unit; unfortunately the demand in this department is soaring. Since 2010, there are 50% more patients in Grand Turk in need of dialysis treatment, 65% more patients in Provo and there is need now for a full time Nephrologist.  Truly relevant in a world coping with viruses like Zika, the purchase of a Polymerase Chain Reactor Machine and Associated Equipment will help in more quickly detecting diseases in the blood.  There was assurance in that media release from the TCI Hospitals today that all blood is now also screened for the Zika Virus. Related Items:all blood screened for zika virus in TCI, and introduce better machines, hospital looking to keep blood bank full, interhealth canada to improve health care services and expand Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Dr. Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, Medical Services Chief for TCIG said, “It is important that the services keep pace with increases in patient volume as well as technology. It is our mandate to ensure high quality patient care and value for money. Patient Safety is our priority.”All requests for change were approved at Cabinet; now the Ministry of Health has to come up with the money to pay for them. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 20, 2016 – Interhealth Canada or the TCI Hospitals is seeking to expand, and they say, to improve health care services to the TCI public.  Last week Cabinet agreed to their proposals to change how some things are done, which will require amendments to the current agreement between Interhealth and TCIG and it will cost more money. last_img read more