Sportalicious Tue, 30 Nov 2021 04:51:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sportalicious 32 32 Seahawks vs. Washington Football Team: Monday Night Football score, news, stats, playoff photo, highlights – Washington pushes Seahawks away in 17-15 win Tue, 30 Nov 2021 04:51:00 +0000

Washington combined an overwhelming defensive performance and 146 yards from Antonio Gibson’s scrum to defeat Seattle 17-9 in Game of Week 12 on Monday night.

The football team’s defense limited Seattle’s offense to six threes and strikeouts in that game, including a five-in-a-row streak at one point. It’s tied for most consecutive records and out of a team this season.

Gibson was Washington’s offensive player of choice, as he racked up 111 rushing yards on 29 carries and added 35 receiving yards on seven receptions, but JD McKissic was closest to the football team as he scored on a 10-yard reception and 10-yard yard. McKissic didn’t have a chance to score three points, however, as he was injured late in Washington’s last practice and was sent off the field.

That streak ended with what appeared to be a three-yard touchdown reception by Logan Thomas, but the scoring play was canceled during the review. Russell Wilson then led Seattle on his best practice of the night, scoring 96 yards in 10 games for nearly 17-15 on a 32-yard touchdown reception from Freddie Swain. Kendall Fuller intercepted the two-run attempt on the next play and Washington recovered the next play kick to close the game.

This contest had sort of an odd record, as defensive lineman Rasheem Green became the heaviest player in NFL history to score a two-point defensive conversion since rule changes made this guy. possible game in 2015 (by NFL Research).

Seattle (3-8) welcomes San Francisco next week. Washington (5-6) travels to Las Vegas to face the Raiders in Week 13.

Rugby and Football Scramble to Cope with Omicron Variation Threat | sport Mon, 29 Nov 2021 20:45:00 +0000

Postponement is not an option for the European Champions Cup as rugby union is in the front row against the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The organizers of the elite rugby clubs tournament in the northern hemisphere must insist that the teams do everything possible to organize matches, when the group stage of the Champions Cup begins in 10 days. This could include enrolling academics on match-day squads if positive Covid tests and quarantine measures limit player availability.

In the event that a club is unable or unwilling to raise a team, it is understood that they will lose the game 28-0.

The prospect of an interrupted schedule loomed on Monday as the fallout from the postponement of two rounds of matches at the South African leg of the United Rugby Championship continued to be felt.

Cardiff Rugby remains stranded in South Africa after reporting two positive cases of Covid. A new round of testing has uncovered no new cases among the players, but the quarantine rules mean the team must remain in South Africa, a situation club officials hope to rectify. A similar fate befell Munster who recorded a positive case this weekend.

Cardiff is due to host Toulouse in the Champions Cup on December 11, while Munster is due to go to Wasps a day later. Two other URC teams, Scarlets and the Italian side Zebre, managed to leave South Africa, with the Welsh side being quarantined in Belfast. Their Champions Cup opener takes place on December 11 in Bristol.

URC organizers said: “Having helped repatriate two teams, [we continue] to support the two remaining teams in South Africa. There is a vast network of stakeholders working hard to ensure the safe return of Cardiff Rugby and Munster Rugby as soon as possible and to keep them comfortable at this time. “

A spokesperson for European Professional Club Rugby, organizers of the Champions Cup, said: “We are monitoring the situation and are in contact with the clubs.”

A lack of flexibility in the schedule means the EPCR cannot reorganize and is faced with two options – making sure matches go or forfeiting – but any decision can be left to the last minute as much remains. uncertain about the threat posed by Omicron, including what measures governments will take to limit its spread.

Many countries have added southern African countries to their travel red lists. In Europe, Switzerland has also imposed restrictions on British nationals, with vaccinated travelers to be quarantined for 10 days in the country.

This has caused problems for Manchester United before. They are due to host Young Boys Bern in the Champions League next week, but it’s unclear whether the players will be exempt from quarantine when they return from England. Under UEFA rules, if a match cannot be staged in the designated country, it is the host club’s responsibility to find a neutral venue.

In domestic football, the Premier League remain confident in maintaining the schedule as planned, with no indication of further measures on player protocols or fan restrictions coming from the government.

On Monday, the English elite announced seven positive Covid tests among players and staff, the highest point total since August.

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]]> Real tennis – the real reason you should visit Hampton Court Palace Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:14:21 +0000

Hidden away in one of South West London’s most popular attractions, on aptly named Tennis Court Lane, is the spiritual home of the world’s oldest championship sport – real tennis.

Real tennis has been played at Hampton Court Palace since 1530, and the palace is home to the Royal Tennis Court, which has been operating since 1818.

With wooden rackets, handmade balls, and a portrait of Henry VIII, you’d be forgiven for taking the action on the pitch for a pageant, but there’s so much more to it.

Players compete for the right to serve, which is done by hitting the ball on the roof and in their opponent’s half of the field before playing the point.

The unique nature of the game means that you can play three identical moves and get three completely different outcomes.

Nick Wood, 50, said: “I’ve been playing football for over 30 years now, and I always come off the pitch like ‘I’ve never seen this happen’.

“The sport is so difficult to master, with its complexity and almost chaotic nature, but that is precisely what makes it such a beautiful game.”

As the predecessor of most racquet sports, real tennis has brought a lot to the modern world, from strong influences on games like lawn tennis and squash to the phrase “getting right to the point”.

But there are also more surprising similarities, as Wood, a former world number four and head professional at the Royal Tennis Court, explained.

He said: “You will notice that the way you hit the ball is very similar to the way you would play cricket because it is about getting behind the line of the ball.

“When you’re in the middle of the ball you get a really pure connection but if you just hit it as hard as you can you’ll miss it horribly so good footwork is vital. “

A GOOD GAME: The serving player (near side) must play the ball on the sloping roof and in the opposing half of the field.

Real tennis is more than just a piece of history, and Wood explained that the game is alive and well with 12,000 players around the world, but engaging with the next generation will be vital to securing the future of the game. Game.

Since 2008, new pitches have been built at Radley College and Wellington College and these, alongside the pitches at Oxford and Cambridge universities, will go a long way in providing potential players with a path in the game.

However, Wood freely admits that real tennis has an exclusive reputation as the “game of kings” and building courts at elite universities and public schools will do little to shake that.

He said: “Obviously it’s harder to get people interested when it’s played in places like Lord’s Cricket Ground, Queen’s Club, Hatfield House and the Royal Palaces.

“Our approach to this game is unpretentious to elitism, we just have an attachment, an addiction to the game where people realize that they are part of the survival of something big.”

Much of this survival aspect of real tennis is down to the stewardship of those who play it, and a true tennis professional is not just responsible for teaching and playing, as Wood explained.

He said: “We are the gatekeepers of sport. At every level, there is an implication, whether it’s making balls and stringing racquets or promoting the game and knowing the story.

“It takes 45 minutes to turn a cork into a ball if you’re skilled enough, and 20 minutes to refurbish a ball, which can be used for about a year.

“The ball starts off as a simple cork, we shred it and wrap it in twine and linen, compress it into a rough sphere, then cover it with felt and sew it by hand.”

45 MINUTES FROM CORK TO BALL: The tools you need to make a real tennis ball

But for a sport so inextricably linked to the past, it’s all the more difficult to establish itself in this technological age, although Wood suggests that modernization wouldn’t necessarily improve the game.

He said, “We’ve tried graphite rackets, but they’ve completely destroyed the essence of the game because you lose the unpredictability and variation that comes from these oddly shaped rackets.

“We were breaking three or four racquets per game because they weren’t tough enough to handle the much heavier balls that didn’t bounce like tennis balls under pressure.”

While real tennis may seem like a sporting anachronism, it has remained true to its roots for five centuries, and there is no reason to suggest that it should be gone anytime soon.

Wood said: “Participation exploded in the 1980s and 1990s to the point where there are now around eight thousand UK based players at 27 different courts and clubs.

“We have almost 500 members at the Royal Tennis Court, all of whom play on one court, and we welcome everyone, especially if they are enthusiastic and passionate about the sport. “

THE ROYAL TENNIS COURT: The court at Hampton Court Palace has been in use for almost 500 years
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Carey’s path draws comparisons to Gilchrist as decision looms Mon, 29 Nov 2021 05:00:41 +0000

Alex Carey’s ever-present smile knowingly widens when asked if he finds it curious that the debate surrounding the installation of the next Australian test wicket keeper seems to focus almost exclusively on the candidates’ references with the bat .

Although Carey is too diplomatic to say it, the concern about the attendant skill set of wardens seems just as out of place as choosing a surgeon based on their bedside manner; a high-end dining experience decided by the chef’s ability to knock out a crème brûlée.

Worthy considerations, certainly, but rather missing the key criterion.

With former Test skipper and starting glove Tim Paine announcing his indefinite hiatus from cricket, next month’s Vodafone Ashes opener at Gabba will see Australia field an uncapped keeper with the final pick expected to be between Carey and Josh Inglis from Western Australia.

Although he kept wickets in five first-class matches this summer (as T20 World Cup homework and quarantine reduced Inglis to one) in which he made 18 catches and two stumps for the South Australia, it was Carey’s recent comebacks that became the focus of the pre-test commentary.

It was therefore understandable that the 30-year-old, who national coaches identified as the next candidate for the post when they named him alongside Paine for the test tour eventually postponed to South Africa earlier this year, allowed himself a silent hand pump. on display of a Century against Queensland yesterday.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinions, that’s fine with me,” Carey told following his second hundred of the Marsh One-Day Cup competition this season.

“This is the game we play, and if someone’s in nick you’re behind them and if somebody’s out of shape you’re on your back.

Carey’s timely pre-Ashes ton in Marsh Cup clash

“As professional athletes we live with that and what was really important to me during that time was to continue to stay really positive and work on things that I know are working for me.

“You never like to go out early, and I guess for a number of games there I was finding ways to get out, but I never felt like I was wrong.

“I was training hard in the nets, felt like I was hitting the ball well in the net, at club cricket – and I know it’s only quality cricket – but to do some runs there , I felt like I still knew how to hold the bat, and the confidence was there.

“Then, on a good wicket in Adelaide (yesterday), I picked up the pace and got past 10, which was good.”

The “cricket club” returns that Carey spoke of were a few hits for his Adelaide Premier Cricket team, Glenelg, in which he plundered 82 out of 35 balls in a T20 match last month, then 155 out. 179 opening in two days. match nine days ago.

But on either side of those innings, he’s posted five single-digit scores in the Marsh Sheffield Shield.

This skinny trot consisted of two strokes (taken at the limit when trying to free SA from the canvas, Matt Kuhnemann’s left arm was spinning) and three (found caught in the short leg of a ball that initially appeared to hit his gloves but, closer inspection, bloated from the thigh pad) against Queensland last week.

Ahead of yesterday’s 100 against the Bulls, SA coach Jason Gillespie had drawn comparisons between the careers of Carey and former Gillespie teammate in testing, Adam Gilchrist, noting that the two had performed long apprenticeships in the Australian one-day team before being taken into account for the selection of tests.

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Gilchrist, who was nine days away from his 28th birthday when he replaced Ian Healy as tryout keeper at Gabba in 1999, had played 71 ODIs for Australia at this point for 110 dismissals (92 catches, eight lost ) and 2,167 runs with an average of 32.83 (hit rate 86.58) with five centuries of openness.

To date, Carey – who turned 30 three months ago – has played 43 ODIs (in addition to 38 T20Is) in which he made 57 dismissals (51 catches, six lost) and scored 1,153 points with an average of 37.19 with a slightly higher strike rate (89.71). ) and a lonely century that usually beats order.

There is a similar symmetry in their Shield records until the moment Gilchrist made his debut against Pakistan, the first of 96 consecutive tests he played for his country.

The dynamic left-hander, who is credited with forever changing the role of goalie-beater due to his daring ball strike, had played 45 Shield games for 236 sent offs (229 catches, seven lost) and 2,401 points to 39, 36 with six centuries and a highest score of 203.

Carey’s Shield’s record to date shows 37 games in which he completed 149 expulsions (145 catches, four lost) and recorded 2,176 points at 36.27 with five cents and a best return of 143 against WA at the WACA Ground there. is two years old.

The disparity in their total layoffs can be explained in part by the fact that Gilchrist regularly plays at WACA where goalies are more prominent, but Carey says it’s the variety of terrains and playing conditions he has. known this summer who has refined his glove work lately.

“For me, that’s how I move and have this pace,” said Carey when asked what criteria he applies to better assess his form of posture.

“We’ve been on a number of different terrains over the past couple of months – we’ve been to WACA, then to Blundstone (Arena in Hobart), Karen Rolton (Oval in Adelaide) and now Adelaide Oval.

“And white ball cricket is different again because you don’t often get a lot of balls.

Australians remember their earliest Ashes memories

“So when you get to red ball cricket, you get a different rhythm, and as obvious as it sounds, it’s just about catching the ball.

“My only job is to accept layoffs that come my way, and I felt like I did it pretty well.

“I feel like I’m moving pretty well and happy with the way I’m looking at the ball.

“We can complicate things as much as we want, this sport and this box office, but my job is to accept these layoffs and I’ll be judged on that.”

There are also comparisons that can be made between current events and the rise of Peter Nevill, the last Australian goalkeeper to make his testing debut in an Ashes series.

Nevill was three months away from his 30th birthday when he was installed for the second test of the 2015 UK campaign to replace 37-year-old Brad Haddin, who suddenly retired for personal reasons (illness of his daughter, Mia). and never represented Australia again.

By this point in his career, Nevill had played 42 Shield games for 159 layoffs and a 46.88 batting average with six centuries.

In his 39 Shield appearances to date, Inglis has made 132 layoffs (129 catches, three lost) and recorded 1,928 points for WA with an average of 34.43 with three centuries and a highest score of 153 not eliminated. .

But perhaps the most striking statistic as the coaches finalize their decision on the next test keeper in the coming days is the respective exposure of the two candidates to the likely bowling attack from Australia for the opener. Ashes by Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.

Despite being a member of the triumphant Australian T20 World Cup squad, Inglis has yet to make his international debut and only made one Shield match against NSW when they lined up. the full quartet – at SCG two years ago when he scored two and 46.

Carey, on the other hand, has steadily maintained himself in the ‘big four’ during the limited-selection internationals, and in his last red ball outing against a three-blues attack (Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon) in Adelaide. Oval last March. , he posted a record 125 of 214 faced balls for SA.

“I’m not looking too far, but I have followed them into international cricket,” said Carey of his experience behind the strains of the Big Three Rapids as well as Lyon with whom he played 14 ODIs and a T20I as that keeper.

“I didn’t follow them in red ball format, so it will be something new.

“My dream is to play test cricket and if this opportunity arises then I know the guys on this team.

“But the selection is out of my control.

“I’m just going to go to Brisbane and prepare as best I can for the Australia A game I was selected in (against the England Lions from December 9).

“These other events will take care of themselves.”

Vodafone Men’s Ashes v England

Tour matches

November 30 – December 3: England v England Lions, Brisbane

December 1 to 3: Australian intra-team match, Brisbane

December 9-12: Australia A v England Lions, Brisbane


First test: December 8-12, Le Gabba

Second trial : December 16-20, Adelaide Oval

Third test: December 26-30, MCG

Fourth test: January 5-9, SCG

Fifth test: January 14-18, Perth Stadium

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College football qualifying pick after week 13 Sun, 28 Nov 2021 05:06:55 +0000

The final week of the 2021 regular season firmly mixed up college football playoff picks, not surprisingly after a year full of upheavals, close calls and clutch moments.

The Michigan Wolverines started the day with their first win over Ohio State in a decade. The elements associated with Michigan’s hasty attack were just too much to deal with for the Buckeyes, who fell off the ballots after a 42-27 loss to their biggest rival. The Wolverines are a unanimous playoff selection this week ahead of the Big Ten title game against Iowa.

It looked like Alabama would be the second team to leave the playoffs as time ran out late in the Iron Bowl. The Crimson Tide put up a 97-yard touchdown and scored, however, with just 24 seconds left to force overtime and knock out an electric Jordan-Hare Stadium. After trading touchdowns and field goals, Alabama finally outlived Auburn in fourth overtime. Despite the tight call, the Tide still lands on seven ballots.

And just when the state of Oklahoma seemed to be dashing its playoff hopes, Bedlam’s antics really began. The Cowboys rebounded from a 33-24 deficit in the fourth quarter, scoring the last 13 points of the game against Oklahoma to win, 37-33, and advance to the Big 12 title game.

As for Georgia and Cincinnati, both teams have reached a comfortably 12-0 record this week. The two teams are unanimous again, but will have tough games for the conference title next week. The Bulldogs are in for playoff win or loss, but the Bearcats will need a win over an 11-1 Houston team to stay in college football playoff talks.

Andrea Adelson: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. State of Oklahoma
Kyle Bonagura: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Alabama, 4. Cincinnati
Bill Connelly: 1. Georgia, 2. Cincinnati, 3. Michigan, 4. Alabama
Heather Dinich: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Alabama, 4. Cincinnati
David M. Hale: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. State of Oklahoma
Chris Low: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Alabama
Harry Lyles Jr.: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Alabama
Ryan McGee: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. State of Oklahoma
Adam Rittenberg: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. State of Oklahoma
Alex Scarborough: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Alabama
Marc Schlabach: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Alabama
Paolo Uggetti: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. State of Oklahoma
Tom VanHaaren: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. State of Oklahoma
Dave Wilson: 1. Georgia, 2. Michigan, 3. Cincinnati, 4. State of Oklahoma

Canadian rugby sevens teams finish 8th, 11th at season opener in Dubai Sat, 27 Nov 2021 19:06:39 +0000

The men of South Africa and women of Australia won the Dubai Sevens in style on Saturday, with both teams going undefeated in the first leg of the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The two finals were one-sided.

The Blitzboks beat the United States 42-7 for their eighth title in Dubai, with Ronald Brown being named player of the final after scoring three tries and adding five conversions. Australia spoiled Fiji’s first-ever trip to a cup final, dominating in a 22-7 victory.

The Canadians were eighth while the men were 11th.

Both Canadian teams have seen significant turnover since the Tokyo Olympics, where the men finished eighth and the women ninth.

WATCH | Canadian Women vs. Team USA:

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Dubai Women: Canada vs USA – 7th place in playoffs

Watch Canada take on the United States at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. 19:55

The first of two events in Dubai was played behind closed doors at Sevens Stadium. The second event, which begins next Friday, will once again welcome spectators.

South Africa continued the form they showed in September, winning both events of the pandemic-truncated 2021 men’s season in Vancouver and Edmonton.

In Dubai, the Blitzboks beat Ireland, Japan, Great Britain, Australia and Argentina en route to the final. South Africa, who have won 18 consecutive World Series games, outscored their opponents 199-50.

The Australians won their five matches, beating the opposition 163-39, with only France offering a challenge in a 24-22 loss to the Australians. Australia’s Charlotte Caslick was named player of the final.

France won women’s bronze, shutting out Russia 40-0. Olympic bronze medalist Argentina won the men’s bronze, beating Olympic champion Fiji 19-12 to avenge their 26-14 semi-final loss at the Tokyo Games.

WATCH | Canadian Men vs. Team Japan:

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Dubai Men: Canada vs Japan – 11th place in playoffs

Watch Canada take on Japan at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. 21:48

The Canadians, who lost 28-26 to Fiji in a late pool try on Friday, finished with a 1-4-0 record.

After finishing the game on Friday with a 21-17 victory over Ireland, they were beaten 24-7 by Great Britain and 17-10 by Russia before losing 17-7 to the United States. in the qualifiers for seventh place. Olivia de Couvreur scored the only Canadian try against the Americans with captain Breanne Nicholas adding the conversion.

After losing to Australia, Fiji and France on Matchday 1, the Canadian men were dropped 45-14 by Spain before sending Japan 22-14 into the playoffs for 11th place after dropping took a 17-0 lead at halftime.

Nicholas Allen and Theo Sauder each scored two tries for Canada against Japan while Cooper Coats added a conversion.

Due to the pandemic, the 2021 women’s season has been canceled despite the Canadian women participating in two mini-events – in Vancouver and Edmonton in September – with several top teams unable to participate due to travel restrictions.

New Zealand’s men’s and women’s teams, the 2020 Series champions and the Samoan men are not competing in Dubai due to travel restrictions linked to the pandemic.

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]]> Federer wins GOAT debate according to legend: “He’s the Lionel Messi of tennis” Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:41:41 +0000

Federer wins the GOAT debate because he is the “Lionel Messi of tennis”, according to the French legend

Roger Federer is “by far the best” and the debate over who is the greatest “isn’t just about Grand Slam titles,” according to a player who has been there and seen it all.

This is the opinion of Richard Gasquet, himself a 15-time world champion and a man with one of the most astonishing setbacks you can witness.

Gasquet represents France in this year’s Davis Cup final where they will be looking to win their 11th Davis Cup trophy and their first since 2017. Gasquet is nearing the end of his impressive career, so he’s not often asked who he thinks he’s the best. all time.

Having only won two of their 21 games, Gasquet has no doubts that Roger Federer is the greatest of all time, also known as GOAT. He said, this is not about Grand Slam titles. Roger Federer is by far the best. He has no equal in history. It’s Lionel Messi from tennis.

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Alan Davidson’s name will be forever etched in cricket history – right next to Don Bradman Sat, 27 Nov 2021 05:00:00 +0000

In January 1940, Davidson was sitting in the old Brewongle booth, watching NSW take on

Alan Davidson and Neil Harvey lead the Australian team on the SCG for the fifth test of the 1962-63 Ashes series, their final tests.Credit:Fairfax

“Stan McCabe got 49 before being played by Barry Scott,” he says. – Hit him six on Paddington Hill. Sid Barnes arrived and was stuck in the ravine for 17 years. I was 10 years old.

“Then I stirred up school to watch Bradman beat in the test match here in 1946. The thing I couldn’t get over was his footwork. Only Bradman had better footwork than Neil Harvey. Neil was something to watch out for at a bad wicket. No batsman has played out of his crease more on the spin than Neil Harvey, but he’s never been stumped in a test. The best drummer I have ever played with.

Davidson waves a finger towards the back of the locker room.

“See those two massage tables in there?” ” he says. “Richie and I would sit there and listen when we were the youngest players on the team. There was [Keith] Miller, [Ray] Lindwall, [Arthur] Morris … they were talking all day and we learned more in those times than in the middle.

Davidson can see Arthur Morris getting bowling bouncers one day at SCG.

“He put the three on the Hill,” he said. “The fans loved it up there under the dash. It was before the 1980s, when people were clapping and shouting. You felt they were in the game as much as you were. They came to watch cricket.

Alan Davidson and Neil Harvey recall at SCG the 60th anniversary of the 1960-61 tie test between Australia and the West Indies.

Alan Davidson and Neil Harvey recall at SCG the 60th anniversary of the 1960-61 tie test between Australia and the West Indies.Credit:Getty

Those who have seen Davidson bowl will tell you that it was poetry in motion during fast-medium bowling. If he was cranky, however, he could be as fast as any other bowler in the world at the time.

“I’ve never been faster than Jeff Thomson,” Davidson says, referring to the Australian fast pitcher widely regarded as the fastest of them all. “But who was it?” “

Davidson’s first five-wicket transport in an SCG test came nearly a decade after his test debut, in the third test against Frank Worrell’s West Indies team in 1960-61. He had already been involved in the Gabba’s frenzied scenes in Brisbane earlier in the series when the test was tied with Davidson scoring 80, with a broken finger, before being exhausted late on day five. In Sydney he
took 5-80 in the opening innings, including Garry Sobers’ prized wicket, but Australia were still crushed by 222 points.

Until this point, Davidson had never won a test at his beloved SCG. He finally did it two years later, in the third test against England, and he scored it with a second five-wicket performance. He retired at the end of that Ashes series, having played 44 tests, taking 186 wickets and scoring 1,328 runs.

The bonds fly as Alan Davidson confronts the Englishman Fred Titmus in 1963.

The bonds fly as Alan Davidson confronts the Englishman Fred Titmus in 1963.Credit:Fairfax

Today, the locker room is one of the few parts of the SCG that hasn’t changed, except for a lick of paint and a flat-screen TV in the corner. When time dictated that the hill was replaced with seating, the old dashboard where thousands of people gathered at the bar below was removed.

The names of the teams and players written on calico are hidden in the SCG Museum, but two have been framed. The name “BRADMAN” is displayed in the Members Bar, a must-have reminder of the history of the field every time you enter. Inside the dressing room of the house, you will find “DAVIDSON”.

Not bad for a kid who grew up with nothing, who came to SCG as a kid to watch Bradman and Barnes, who played a rugby league match here as a schoolboy and said on the spot that his next match would be a game of cricket.


“Memories live longer than dreams,” he says. “This is the most important thing about coming back to this place. I remember every game I played, every incident, every shot.

This is an edited excerpt from If These Walls Could Talk: A Celebration of the Sydney Cricket Ground by Andrew Webster, published by Stoke Hill Press. Outside now.

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Cowboys-Raiders penalties frustrate Micah Parsons, Jerry Jones: “He should play football, not tag” Fri, 26 Nov 2021 03:41:29 +0000

Thanksgiving at AT&T stadium turned into laundry day.

The flags flew across the turf non-stop for nearly four hours as the Cowboys greeted the Raiders. The team of officials led by referee Shawn Hochuli, son of Ed, produced 28 accepted penalties – 14 for each team – for a total of 276 yards (166 against Dallas). Calls ranged from obvious false starts to an esoteric foul on Raiders center Andre James for a header. Dallas defensive back Anthony Brown has been flagged four times for pass interference, the last of which saw Las Vegas win 36-33 in overtime.

One of the more curious calls was to manhandle Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons in the third quarter. He tapped a Raiders QB Derek Carr on the helmet after Carr threw a pass to Hunter Renfrow. Carr’s head then accidentally made contact with Parsons knee.

Parsons has spoken on behalf of many players and fans with his assessment of the game and the happy nature of the team flag.

“We should be playing football, not tag,” he told reporters after the match, by Jori Epstein of USA Today. “When are you going to let us really play?”

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It was a rhetorical question, but Parsons wouldn’t receive a satisfactory answer if he questioned the league office directly. The NFL intends to keep quarterbacks – and then everyone else on the field – healthy. This means calls like the harshness penalty.

Frustrated Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones would have liked the Zebras to let them play more, especially when it comes to IP penalties.

“It’s not a criticism of the rule. It’s a criticism of the stealth of how you use them in play,” Jones said, according to Jon Machota of The Athletic.

“Oakland (sic) took advantage of the situation,” Jones said. “I call it ‘puke ball’. Nice way to play in a game like this [is] just throw it in there and get a penalty. “

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Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, who advocates not being fined by the league, was brief and kind when asked about the flagfest.

“Twenty-eight penalties; I don’t know what you want me to say, ”he said, by Jane Slater of NFL Network.

It wouldn’t surprise Parsons, Jones or McCarthy to learn that the Hochuli crew are throwing the most flags in the league. According to statistics from, the team had called 135 penalties in their previous 10 games this season, including 66 against home teams and 69 against visiting teams. After Thursday, the total was 163, which according to totals puts it number one on official crews with the remainder of Week 12 to play. The three-flag difference between the house and the road has not changed.

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And while officials stayed true to form on Thursday, they didn’t come close to making league history. The NFL record for penalties by both teams is 37, set by the Browns (21) and Bears (16) on November 25, 1951. The highest number since the AFL-NFL merger of 1970 is 35, by the expansion of the Buccaneers (20) and Seahawks (15) on October 17, 1976.

Diocese director and rugby administrator Tony Murphy has died Thu, 25 Nov 2021 19:57:00 +0000
Tony Murphy, center, when he received the title of Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great in May.  Murphy passed away last Saturday.


Tony Murphy, center, when he received the title of Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great in May. Murphy passed away last Saturday.

Former Manawatū Catholic Church and Rugby administrator Tony Murphy has died.

Murphy was director of the Catholic Diocese of Palmerston North for 18 years and president of the Manawatū Rugby Union for six years.

Murphy, who had lived with cancer in his later years, died last Saturday at the age of 69.

For his church service, he received the title of Knight of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great in May, a title bestowed by Pope Francis.

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Murphy was the director of the diocese for 18 years where he worked locally and nationally, but retired late last year.

At the time, he said it was recognition for the work of everyone in the diocese.

His role in the diocese was to supervise staff, coordinate chaplaincies and advise parish councils, finance committees and school boards.

With the National Catholic Church, he was a member of the finance committee of the New Zealand Bishops’ Federation, a member of the New Zealand Catholic Insurance Scheme committee, and executive chairman of a committee establishing a new board. Catholic Education in Palmerston North.

The Order of Saint Gregory the Great was established in 1831 to honor the citizens of the Papal States and is awarded to individuals who stand out for their personal character and reputation and for their notable achievements.

In rugby circles, Murphy was made a life member of the Manawatū Rugby Union in 2020.

He served on the board of Manawatū from 2000 and was president from 2005 to 2011, a critical period for the union as the Turbos were accepted into the Premier League from 2006.

Three years later, the then New Zealand Rugby Union wanted to reduce the national provincial championship from 14 to 10 teams and Manawatū was in the game.

The Save The Turbos campaign was launched and Murphy wrote a letter stating that Manawatū would take legal action. He attended a meeting in Auckland where it was decided to keep 14 teams.

In 2006, Murphy presided over the departure of coach Charlie McAlister and the New Zealand Rugby Federation proposed three coaches: former Manawatū All Black Kevin Schuler; Josef Schmidt, who had just joined the Blues; and the man Manawatū chose, Dave Rennie.

Murphy was also the Marist secretary and club captain, served on the nominations committee to the Manawatu union board of directors and the Rugby Education Trust, which provides funds to help keep promising players in the area.

He played senior rugby at Whanganui as a utility back for Kaierau and Marton Old Boys, and later for Palmerston North Marist.

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