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Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has revealed that he contemplated quitting as the teams coach in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in 2010, in which three of the teams players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir - received jail sentences and lengthy bans from the game. Cheap Vikings Jerseys Authentic . Speaking on the sixth episode of ESPNcricinfo Talking Cricket, to be aired on Friday on Sony ESPN, Waqar admitted the experience was sickening for the entire team.We all were very upset with the whole episode and everyone was down and out, and we couldnt really play the next day, Waqar said. I still remember... the late Yawar Saeed was the manager, and he was very upset and we couldnt do anything and it was very, very ugly.Even at one stage, I thought thats it, do I really want to work, do I really want to carry on with this whole thing? I went back and I spoke to my family and I couldnt really leave the team at the time. I went back and thought about it and I wanted to back these guys. Its not their fault, its maybe one or two who have done it, but the rest, they dont deserve all this and if I leave now, its going to get worse. Then, Misbah [ul-Haq] took over [as captain] and things started sort of rolling better and we did extremely well after that.Recalling his conversation with Amir after his infamous no-ball in the Lords Test, Waqar said he expressed bewilderment at how much Amir had overstepped. Look, when the whole thing happened, we were in a very good situation, Waqar said. That was the first morning of the Test match and they were five down when the whole thing happened, and they came out and then I sort of asked him [Amir] what the hell was that, there were couple of no-balls, and not the small no-balls, they were like a huge no-balls.That was more surprising for me [because he didnt have a history of bowling no-balls]. Salman Butt, of course, jumped in and he said, I told him to do it because Jonathan Trott was batting, and he said he was coming down the track and I thought of [asking him to] just bang in a couple short, dont worry about the no-ball.This is the answer I got from the captain, and, of course, from the bowler, and I bought it. Any coach, if you ask him if this is a tactic or captain tells you that this is a tactic, you will say, yeah, okay, fair enough.Waqar said he felt especially let down by Butt, who was the teams captain then, but sympathised with Amirs position. Amir was very, very down and why I feel for him is that because he was only like 17 then or 18, very young and from a very humble background, very poor background, he said. Someone who has been asked to do certain things for, you know, such a big amount, thats how I take it.Amirs reintegration into the side met with resistance from the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, but Waqar said he, and even Butt and Asif, deserved a second chance. It was a mistake and every human being... we are here, we make mistakes and we get punished for that and then the society and the culture give them that room again to come and be himself again, he said. He [Amir] could have achieved what even I didnt or even Wasim didnt achieve.He suffered a lot for five years, and my religion also says that if someone has done something and has been punished and the entire society has punished him for all these years, he deserves a chance. And, the same way, I feel that Salman Butt deserves a chance, Mohammad Asif deserves a chance. They have been through all the punishment they deserve.Waqar resigned as coach in April following Pakistans dismal showing at the Asia Cup and World T20. His second tenure as coach ended in messy circumstances after he submitted a scathing report in which he slammed Shahid Afridis style of captaincy and was critical of the PCBs decision of not giving him a say in the selection process, and the report was made public. Asked if he saw himself returning to a role with the Pakistan set-up, Waqar said both he and the PCB needed some time away from each other.I think we both need to step away from each other, he said. The cricket board also needs a little bit of space from me because Ive spoken a lot about it and I have spoken out of hurt because I feel that things need to change. If things wont change, we will be crying in maybe couple of years time. So, maybe see how it goes in the next year or so and then decide, but Im always around the game anyway.Watch ESPNcricinfo Talking Cricket at 9.30pm IST on Fridays, and the repeat at 12pm on Sundays, on SONY ESPN Cheap Vikings Jerseys .ca! 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RIO DE JANEIRO -- When the U. Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys Authentic .S. Olympic teams charter bus pulled up outside Flamengo Club before practice, police officers closed off the street and one of the motorcycle escorts jumped off his bike and immediately started blowing his whistle.Thats been a familiar noise to the Americans in Rio.Unbeaten but no longer unchallenged following a very physical, 98-88 win over Australia, the two-time defending gold medalists are still adjusting to FIBAs rules and officials, who call a different game than the one U.S. players have grown accustomed to at home and in the NBA.Its weird, actually, U.S. forward Kevin Durant said when asked to describe the differences. I cant even explain it.With 10 first-time Olympians, Americas star-studded squad, 3-0 heading into Fridays matchup against Serbia, is learning on the fly whats a foul, whats not, what they can get away with and what they cant.Right now, starting center Demarcus Cousins doesnt have a clue.The Sacramento star might as well have bought a ticket and sat in the stands at Carioca Arena 1 for the past two games. Cousins played only eight minutes before fouling out of a 44-point win over Venezuela and he was limited to just 10 minutes against the Aussies after picking up three quick fouls in the first half and No. 4 in the third quarter.The 6-foot-10 Cousins managed to score 6 points and grabbed eight rebounds during his brief outing against the Aussies, who didnt back down against the worlds top-ranked team and may have bent the rules as far as possible with their aggressiveness. Cousins didnt hide his displeasure about a couple calls that went against him, and angrily stormed to the bench where some of his teammates tried to calm him down and encourage him.Its nothing new to U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has seen Olympic rookies struggle to adjust to the nuances of international basketball. Every player has to deal with it, but sometimes big men are an easy target.First of all, you get frustrated, Krzyzewski said. You cant get into a rhythm of playing. A couple of the times, theyre not fouls. Theyre just not fouls. But early on in the game, people like to set a tone in how the game is administered. So sometimes, they set it in the post. And so something is called a little bit closer than it would be five minutes later. And I just told him, `Youre a human being. You should be frustrated. Lets just move on to the next thing and see if we can handle that going forward, because we need you.In the amount of minutes hes been in there, hes performed very well. We need him to play more.The Americans will need him against the Serbs, one of the tournaments most physically imposing teams.Despite the loss, Australia, which has never won an Olympic medal but has its sights on one in Brazil, showed it might be effective to push the Americans. The U.S. team was slow to push back and didnt seal one of its closest wins in recent Olympics until the fourth quarter, when Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving carried the Americans in the final minutes.It wasnt as much a wake-up call to the U.S. players as a reminder that everyone in the field is aiming at them.It was a good test for us, we definitely needed that, Durant said. They challenged us. I know we were expected to win the game and expected to be perfect. But every time I have played for Team USA weve had those types of games. We went into overtime in Turkey against Brazil in 2010 and then were tied up with Lithuania with a minute to go in 2012. So you go through those games no matter what. We got the biggest spotlight and the biggest bulls-eye on our back.Everybody wants to beat us so there are going to be games like that.U.S. forward Paul George said he and his teammates may have gotten a little lax after blowouts over China and Venezuela. As he said after the Australia game, It got real.I think the biggest lesson was not being content with where were at, he said. Weve been so great defensively and put up such huge margins of victory that the second they raised the level we kind of relaxed. We just got to stay consistent throughout the tournament.Krzyzewski is teaching his internationally inexperienced team -- only Anthony and Durant are returnees from the London team -- to watch their behavior when calls arent going their way. He has implored his players to show restraint so as not to make things worse.Theyre not cheating us is what I tell the guys, he said. Dont ever get into that. Theyre not cheating us. We just have to react to it differently. 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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Rawshawn Thomas had 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi raced past NAIA Our Lady of The Lake to take a 115-100 win to open the season Friday night. Cheap Asics Shoes Online .Jake Kocher was 8 of 9 from the floor for a career-high 19 points and Ehab Amin added 18 for the Islanders, who led 55-37 at the break. The Saints, who have won at least 20 games the past three years, won the second half 63-60 but failed to catch the Islanders.Texas A&M-CC, which led throughout, fell just one point short of tying the school record of 116 points scored.Joseph Kilgore added 13 points and Kareem South chipped in 12 for the Islanders.Dilepso Blanco hit 10 of 14 field goal attempts for 25 points and Joe Jackson hit 3 of 7 from beyond the arc to total 24 points for the Saints. Asics Shoes Discount Sale . Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. 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Also back is Mikaela Foecke, the most outstanding player at the NCAA championships, who came off the bench for all but three games.2: Runner-up a year ago, Texas starts the season exactly where it ended last season: right behind Nebraska. The Longhorns have four players on the Big 12s preseason all-conference team, the most of any team. Count them: Chiaka Ogbogu, Ebony Nwanebu, Chloe Collins and Paulina Prieto Cerame. Nwanebu returns from a medical redshirt after sitting out all but one game in 2015 because of a back injury. The 6-foot-4 junior who spent her first two seasons at USC was a national team player in 2014. The Longhorns also boast the preseason freshman of the year, Orie Agbaji.5: Kansas, a surprise team in the national semifinals a year ago, wont be sneaking up on anyone this season and starts in the No. 5 spot. 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No. 2 Texas received three votes for the top spot, and No. 11 Stanford got one.1,189: Number of wins Penn States Russ Rose brings into the 2016 season. Thats the most by anyone ever.1,818: Average attendance for No. 15 Ohio State, which hosts the 2016 final four.8,291: Although the road trip to play sixth-ranked Hawaii is often the longest haul of the season for teams, consider how far Rainbow Wahine coach Dave Shoji is from his team this preseason. Shoji left Wednesday for Rio de Janeiro, which is 8,291 miles from Honolulu, to watch his sons, Erik and Kawika, compete for the United States in the Olympics. ' ' ' 
Oklahoma States climb to near the top of the college football rankings last season surprised many experts. Nomar Mazara Jersey .The Cowboys wont sneak up on anyone this year. Quarterback Mason Rudolph returns to lead a program that went to the Sugar Bowl last season and was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally.Coach Mike Gundy is proud of what he has accomplished at his alma mater, and he doesnt think its success should shock anyone at this point. The Cowboys have 10 straight winning seasons and 10 consecutive bowl appearances. The media picked them to finish third in the Big 12 this season.We all know that theres a lot of things that we do that are good, but if we dont win, Im not standing up here for 12 years, so it doesnt make a difference, he said. Weve been able to perform on the field more quickly than ever in the history of this program consistently.If the Cowboys take another step forward this season, Rudolphs arm likely will be the main reason. 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He has to live day in and day out, especially here. I watched the players that are on our team, and theyve taken him in and they appreciate him. Hes humble and he understands his background and embraces it and does a good job with it.Sanders will wear number 26 instead of his dads 21.RUNNING GAME STRUGGLES: The Cowboys lit up the scoreboard last season, but at times, the lack of a running game hurt them when they needed to control the clock. The leading rusher last season, Chris Carson, had just 557 yards, and the team averaged just 3.6 yards per carry last season.JAMES WASHINGTON: The speedy receiver hauled in 53 passes for 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He should still have opportunities because the Cowboys boast plenty of other threats who cannot be left open.DEFENSE: As explosive as Oklahoma States offense was last season, its defense was one of the nations worst. 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Match factsOctober 5, 2016 Start time 1500 local (11:00 GMT)Big pictureIt has been more than two weeks since West Indies landed in the UAE, and are yet to win a game against Pakistan. West Indies, World T20 champions six months back, are now on the brink of their second successive whitewash of the tour.West Indies batsmen have looked out of place, despite showing some resistance in the second ODI. Fifties by Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels sparked a comeback but the West Indies bowlers lacked penetration and had conceded far too many earlier in the day. Phil Simmons sacking just before their UAE tour didnt bode well for the team either but with a gruelling Test series on the horizon, West Indies need to pick themselves quickly.Since their 4-1 rout against England last month, Pakistan have raised the bar, winning six consecutive matches: all of them one-sided. Their progress has been built on consistent performances from the top order, apart from captain Azhar Ali. The biggest upshot for Pakistan is their improvement in the ODI rankings as they strive to gain automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.Form guidePakistan WWWLL (completed matches, most recent first)West Indies LLLWLIn the spotlightAzhar Alis role as Pakistans ODI captain has repeatedly been questioned of late. His batting, though, may be more of a worry. His dismissal in the second ODI was greeted by cheers from the Sharjah crowd. After back-to-back failures in the first two ODIs, Azhar will be desperate for a score of substance.Johnson Charles came to the UAE on the back of some impressive T20 form and the experience of 42 ODIs. Scores of 7, 10, 5, 20 and 2 on this tour have only added pressure on West Indies middle order.Team newsPakistan scored 337 in the second Sharjah ODI, but the scoring rate dipped between overs 31 and 40, which indicated a lack of firepower. Umar Akmal, who last played an ODI for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide, may be given a chance.Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has returned home due to his mothers illness. Rahat Ali could step in.Pakistan (possible): 1 Azhar Ali (capt), 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 6 UUmar Akmal/Mohammad Rizwan, 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Rahat Ali, 11 Hasan AliDespite the batsmen showing some fight in the second ODI, West Indies may consider rejigging their top order. Darwin Barney Jersey. . Evin Lewis, who struck 100 off 49 balls against India last month, is the reserve opener in the squad. Alzarri Joseph, who replaced Shannon Gabriel in the second ODI, is likely to retain his place.West Indies (possible): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite/Evin Lewis, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Jason Holder (capt.), 8 Carlos Brathwaite, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Sulieman Benn, 11 Alzarri JosephPitch and conditionsThe October heat and dew will be significant factors in Abu Dhabi. The stadium is located in the middle of the desert, so gusts of wind may offer additional movement to the seamers.Stats and trivia7 - ODIs that Pakistan have lost, out of their last nine in Abu Dhabi over the last three years. They havent lost as many ODIs in any other venue during this period.West Indies have not won an ODI in Abu Dhabi. They lost all three to Pakistan in 2008.Two Pakistan batsmen have scored hundreds in three successive ODI innings - Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar. Babar Azam scored hundreds in the first two ODIs of the series.QuotesEveryone knows that we have to be in the top eight come this time next year so we will be doing our utmost to win. We dont want to think that we have won the series so [we can] back off. We have to make sure to tick off our goals; only then we will be comfortable that we can get into the top - not eight, but in the top four.Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur wants more than No. 8 on the rankingsThere are players who are playing in the Test series who are playing in the ODI series, so its important that they get used to the pitch and get used to the conditions, get used to the Pakistani bowlers as well, so theres still a lot to achieve from this game.Roddy Estwick, West Indies bowling coach, on why the dead rubber is important for his team ' ' ' 
When Temba Bavuma was a boy, he was asked where he thought hed be in 15 years time. Best China Shoes Website . He thought about it, sat down, and wrote that when he grew up he wanted to become an accountant, play cricket for South Africa and shake the presidents hand - not necessarily in that order.His chutzpah found favour because his answer was included in the pages of that years school magazine. The whole tone of it was quite cocky and arrogant, he says now.On January 5 this year Bavuma scored a century in the second Test against England, at Newlands, an achievement that trumped, by some margin, his stated three intentions as a Grade 6 pupil at SACS Junior School in Cape Town all those years ago. It was an innings widely but shallowly celebrated, partly because the significance of milestones such as these only becomes clearer with time. Partly, though, it was an event of such magnitude that it was impossible to wrap ones head around it. This year is the 25th anniversary of South Africas readmission to international cricket, and in that time no black cricketer from the country had come close to scoring a Test hundred. The previous best was Monde Zondekis cavalier 59 against England at Headingley in 2003.There are many reasons for the conspicuous lack of tonnage, some obvious, some opaque. One is the comparative withdrawal of the development programme initiated by Ali Bacher, both continued and allowed to fall into disrepair under former Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola. Another is the governments retreat from the township schools and the hand-wringing that invariably accompanies any request for their vision or money. Then there are the intangibles. What barriers, real and imagined, plague black South African batsmen? And without a culture of local batting heroes, how can doubts over spirit and history be erased and overcome?Despite its world-historical flavour, Bavumas innings also owed as much as any other to the magic weave of circumstance. When on 8, he was so pumped up after a sledge from Ben Stokes that his first fifty came in a swift swift blur of 11 fours. His second fifty was more sedate. The scoreboards shadow started to weigh him down and, when in his 80s, he was haunted by Stuart Broad, losing both composure and his normally trustworthy sense of where exactly his off stump stood.Bavuma was not feeling good after South Africas defeat in the first Test, at Kingsmead. He and Dale Steyn took an early flight out of Durban only hours after the close and his scores of 0 and 10 in the 241-run defeat were still wedged uncomfortably in his head. He sought the sanctuary of his grandmothers home in the Cape Town township of Langa, and 24 hours later, had friends around for a New Years Eve braai.For all the succour of the township, he was bothered, fearing that he might lose his place in the Test team. In the end, the selectors bravely decided to drop JP Duminy, and Bavuma kept his place, at least for another Test. Ive never admitted this, but I was feeling the pressure. I needed to repay their favour. I thought to myself that this could be the end of Temba Bavuma.Bavuma is a teetotaller and his mates celebrated the arrival of the new year in various states of intoxication. His father made it clear that he thought Bavuma should be celebrating at the South African team hotel. Every time someone brought up the subject of cricket, Bavuma padded it away. South Africa trained the following morning amid the intense, slightly irritable scrutiny that follows disappointment. The session was hectic because all the selectors were there, Bavuma says. Ashwell [Prince] and Hussein Manack were at practice and so was Graeme Smith. They were all throwing their two cents around, if I can say that.Despite the scrutiny, Bavuma managed to chat with Prince, a player he has always admired. It was less what Prince said than the tone of his words that inspired him. My confidence was sleeping until I spoke to Ashwell - it awoke something in me, he says. Ive always been able to relate to him. He told me that theyre [England] not world-class and we shouldnt stand back. That gave me confidence.If playing for his franchise, Bavuma would normally be batting by lunchtime but Test cricket requires a more careful rationing of energies. At the beginning of South Africas chase in reply to Englands 629 for 6, Bavuma slept, but when AB de Villiers was batting he watched the game on television in the dressing room. Sometimes he doesnt watch the game at all (I dont really know why) although in this case he kept an eye on matters in the middle.It was a long wait, through the third afternoon and well into the fourth morning. Only when Hashim Amla fell for an epic 201 after lunch did Bavuma walk to the crease to join Faf du Plessis The scoreboard clock showed 13:32, and little were the run-sated crowd to know as he scratched out his guard - middle and off to align his head with off-stump, allowing him to leave well - that they were about to witness one of the most important innings in the history of South African cricket.Wed decided to bat time, thats what the Test was all about, Bavuma says. When Faf went, I felt a bit of pressure, then Quinny [Quinton de Kock] walked in calmly and with a bit of arrogance. When I felt that energy, I knew I could adopt it - I kind of sucked that into my game, Bavuma says.De Kock didnt last long, and that brought Bavumas domestic team-mate Chris Morris to the middle. Bavuma had by this stage opened his account, with a four off James Anderson, cuffed dismissively on the up through extra cover. It didnt swing. I think it was probably my best shot of the day.His next scoring shot was off Stokes. With me, the horizontal-bat shots are generally instinctive, Bavuma says. When he bowled it short, I hooked the ball to the right of fine leg - it was more of a glide, really, and it went for four. Then I snicked an inside edge down to fine leg for another four, which didnt please him. You are so shit, I dont know what you are doing here, Stokes said to me after that second four. Its not the most creative chirp, is it? If hed said that earlier, it wouldnt have made a difference, but after that I just decided I was going to play because it stung a bit.Bavuma had already scored five fours within the first hour of his innings. By his own admission, he was in a bubble. The bother he felt in the days preceding the Test were beginning to fall away; Princes pep talk had given him a fillip and Stokes sledge had galvanised him.He took three consecutive fours off Steven Finn to hurtle into the 30s, and he and Morris began to settle into a productive partnership. When Finn came on I saw it as an opportunity to put someone under pressure, Bavuma says. His pace was up there but I still felt that I could score, so a pull, a drive and a backward cut later I was in a zone. When Moeen Ali came on, I almost had to restrain myself because I was in an attacking mode and just wanted to go at everything.The first week of January is still post-Christmas holiday time in South Africa. When Bavuma came to the crease on the Tuesday, millions of people around the country were lolling around their television screens, or were on holiday at the seaside or simply enjoying a day or two of quiet leisure before returning to work. As Bavuma grew in confidence, and the watching nation sensed something special was in the offing, viewing figures began to climb.His three fours off Finn had taken him to 35, and there he stood stranded as he defended five dot balls from Ali. Morris was unable to score off Finns following over but then five off a Moeen over (including a four), two singles from Finns next, and dot-dot-four-four-single off Moeen brought up Bavumas fifty, scored in 52 balls.Social media and the bush telegraph went to work. On average, 26% more people watched the days play compared to all the other days of Test cricket combined, says Kelvin Watt of Repucom, a market research agency that provides stats to CSA and other sporting federations. The other thing thats significant was that the age demographic of the viewership on the public broadcaster and SuperSport went down by about ten years - more young people were watching the cricket.Despite his admission that he became a little cautious after reaching his fifty, Bavuma scored fluently after tea. Two fours off Stokes in consecutive overs (no lip, this time) were interspersed with two overs in which he took three runs each off Ali.Although England never faded, according to Bavuma, being cajoled by Jonny Bairstow and steered by Alastair Cook, it was punishingly hot in Cape Town, and they had been in the field since Sunday afternoon. A degree of drift was inevitable.While Englands thoughts would have slid towards the likelihood of having to bat again, Bavuma and Morris made merry. An over of ten runs for Morris off Moeen was matched by another productive over for Bavuma - now on 68 - off Stokes, including a two and two singles.As viewers began to realise the possibility of Bavuma reaching his ton, the sleepiness of the late-afternoon hours began to be replaced by a different feeling, something more hopeful, with a sharper edge. It was all South Africa, as the 550 mark was passed and 600 beckoned.Around 4pm, however, Bavuma found himself increasingly stretched. He was able to pinch the odd single, but Broad - who was brought back - shuttling himself across the breadth of the crease to subtly change the angle of delivery, had his number. I was basically at his mercy, says Bavuma. He was troubling me because with the angle he was bowling, the ball was holding its line and you can be vulnerable to the outside edge. I was triggering towards him and pushing into his channel but he just kept on coming. When Alastair Cook asked him if he wanted another over during the spell and he said No, I was almost relieved. Looking at the scorebook through this period and its a field of stubble - all dots and singles, singles and dots. For just over half an hour, from 3.45 to 4.17, Bavumas innings crept painfully along, with not a boundary in sight.The slow spell was broken by six in an over off Anderson but on 77 he snicked Broad low to Bairstows right; the ball died on the keeper but hit his glove and the chance was fluffed. Buvuma knuckled down for a prolonged battle as he crept towards his hundred.Runs were now impossible to find, and Bavuma was stranded in the wilderness. None too confidently, he played out a maiden to Broad, and then five dots to Anderson. He was now on 84 and those precious 16 runs looked an awfully long way away. He scrambled here and there but for three overs he remained on 87; for four more he was stuck on 88. Then, just after 5pm, facing Moeen, the sweet relief of a boundary, his first in 48 minutes.When Morris departed, with Bavuma needing seven for his century, the thought of running out of partners crossed his mind when his franchise team-mate Kagiso Rabada walked in at 11 minutes past five.Rabada took guard and batted out the four remaining deliveries of Finns over, meaning Bavuma was on strike to Root. A dot ball was followed by a two. The third ball was safely negotiated (no run) and off the fourth, Bavuma squeezed a single to go to 96.Rabada, still on nought, batted out the over, meaning that Bavuma was on strike to Finn. At 5.19 he went to his century with a four. Minutes later Amla, in his penultimate day as the South Africa captain, declared the innings closed on 627 for 7. Few bothered to ask if South Africa had batted for too long.Bavuma has been making hundreds for six seasons now. His first first-class hundred - an unbeaten 152 - came for Gauteng against Easterns in Benoni in 2009-10, and the following season he made his debut franchise hundred, scoring 124 not out for Lions against Knights in Bloemfontein.In six seasons between 2004-05 and 2010-11, according to Andrew Samson, CSAs official statistician, only six centuries were scored by black batsmen in South African first-class cricket - two of them by Bavuma - but off that small base, things have begun to change. Three were scored in 2011-12, one the following season, three the season after, six in 2014-15, and three last season. The net of those scoring hundreds has also widened. Since 2013-14, four batsmen other than Bavuma have scored first-class hundreds, including Omphile Ramela (4), Khaya Zondo (3), Thami Tsolekile (1) and Somila Seyibokwe (1).This suggests something approaching a virtuous circle, with Bavuma at its centre. It also tells us that, like the four-minute mile, which was thought of as an almost physical barrier, the art of the four-hour hundred is best understood in mental and not physical or technical terms. In breaking the hundred barrier - in South Africas 226th Test since readmission - Bavuma has beaten a path for others to follow, something which in time will be seen to be as precious as that elusive World Cup win. Best Cheap Shoes China . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. China Shoes Cheap Free Shipping .Y. - New Orleans forward Anthony Davis was chosen Friday to replace the injured Kobe Bryant in the NBA All-Star game that will be played in his home city. . 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Andrew Wiggins made 10-of-12 from the foul line and scored 17 for Kansas (14-4, 5-0 Big 12), which capped a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents unscathed. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. EUGENE, Ore. -- Its a sport built on speed, and at U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday, sprinters wasted no time drawing conclusions about Usain Bolts summertime itinerary.The consensus: Hell be in Rio.For the second straight day, the Jamaican sprinters hamstring was Topic No. 1 in the track world. If Bolt is seriously hurt, the entire Olympics will take on a new perspective, whether its Bolt at less-than-full strength or -- still unthinkable at this point -- absent altogether.Not that anyone going through preliminary rounds in Eugene was worried about that.Crazy stuff always happens in an Olympic year, said Bolts main challenger, Justin Gatlin, who cruised through his 100-meter preliminary in a time of 10.03 seconds. Like anyone else, you have to see whats going to happen. But cmon. Were going to see his face in Rio one way or another.Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Mike Rodgers and Trayvon Bromell all advanced easily through the first round of the 100 on a sunny, 83-degree day that produced little in the way of top-line surprises.Meanwhile, a continent away in Kingston, few clues emerged the day after Bolt, the 29-year-old world-record holder, pulled out of his national championships, posting a picture of himself on Twitter with electrical-stimulation pads stuck to his hamstring and the message: Starting the recovery process right away.What is known is that Jamaicas rules are much less restrictive than those in the United States, which allow the top three finishers in each event to qualify, with no exceptions for injuries or past performances.Per Jamaicas rules, Bolt can earn his spot in the 100 and 200 if he can show hes fit enough; that judgment call has to be made by July 18, when Olympic rosters are due.I feel like its a cop-out. He should run like anybody else, said Rodgers, the 2009 U.S. champion at 100 meters. But at the end of the day, hes Bolt. Hes the Olympic champ, hes the world champ. Until someone beats him, puts him in his place, hes going to do what he wants to do.Indeed, there was more eye-rolling than genuine concern among the U.S. sprinters, who feel like theyve seen this before.In 2012, Bolt ran at Jamaicas nationals, but finished second to Yohan Blake in both the 100 and 200, not far removed from a minor car crash and dealing with some leg issues. Bolt was injured in the lead-up to world championships last year, but nonetheless edged Gatlin in the 100 and blew by him in the 200.Now, this.Its a tradition, said Gay, who once was Bolts main challenger.Gatlin said years ago, he might have heard about an injury to Bolt and thought I hit the lottery. What did the injury do to his thought process this time?Nothing, Gatlin said. Being a veteran, you cant let that change you.Gatlin didnt want to get sucked into a converrsation of whether hed like to see Bolt at his best when he gets to Brazil later in the summer. Cheap Mariners Jerseys China. The Americans still have to get through two more rounds of the 100 on Sunday to secure their spot on the Olympic team.Its a format theyve long dealt with and accept, even if it adds some strain, coming only six weeks before the games begin.If I was Bolt in Jamaica, Id probably pull out, too, said Shawn Crawford, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist at 200 meters, who now coaches American sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh. I know my training isnt up to where I want it to be, so Id let them race and Ill just go home and train. I know theyre going to put me on the team. You cant do that here. If you could, Im sure thered be a lot of people whod pull out.Other headlines from Day 2 at Olympic Trials:FELIX THROUGH: Allyson Felix again gritted her way through the 400-meter heats, finishing second to Francena McCorory in a time of 50.31. Its not an ideal situation for me, Felix said of the injured right ankle that has hampered her preparation for the 200-400 double. Im happy to keep moving on.BUSY DAY: World long-jump champion Tianna Bartoletta had a busier day than most. She was also entered in the womens 100 meters, and the events were scheduled simultaneously. She qualified for the Olympics in the long jump and moved easily through the first round of the 100. Bartoletta petitioned to have the schedule changed, but to no avail. We changed the practices so I would go from the runway to the sprint, back to the runway, she said. Even though the pressure of being at the Olympic trials was higher, my body was actually used to doing that.HALFWAY HOME: World-record holder Ashton Eaton made it safely through the first five events of the decathlon. He has 4,561 points, which is not a record pace, but is an 83-point advantage over second-place Jeremy Taiwo. Olympic silver medalist Trey Hardee ran his 400 meters in 1 minute, 12.49 seconds, more than 36 seconds off the pace, to drop into 17th place. Hes been dealing with a hamstring injury, on top of a foot injury, that had him on the couch for the 10 days before trials. He said hed return for Sundays events.HUDDLE UP: Molly Huddle ran hard to the line to win the womens 10K by more than 4 seconds over Emily Infeld. Huddle finished in 31:41.62. Last year at world championships, Huddle slowed up and raised her hands to celebrate with about a step left, which allowed Infeld to shoulder past her for the bronze medal.DISCUS QUALIFIERS: Whitney Ashley, Shelbi Vaughan and Kelsey Card all qualified for the Olympics in the discus throw. Ashley won the event with a throw of 204 feet, 2 inches. ' ' ' 
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