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India’s record victory over Australia

India v Australia, 2nd Test, Mohali, 5th day

Zaheer bowls India to record victory

India 469 (Ganguly 102, Dhoni 92, Tendulkar 88, Gambhir 67) and 314 for 3 (Gambhir 104, Sehwag 90, Dhoni 68*) beat Australia 268 (Watson 78, Hussey 54, Mishra 5-71) and 195 (Clarke 69) by 320 runs
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How they were out

Zaheer Khan’s three early wickets on the fifth day hastened Australia’s defeat © Getty Images

It was a match that was never out of India’s control. After the tremendous work done over four days, they needed less than a session on the fifth morning to defeat Australia, sealing the Test by 320 runs, their biggest margin of victory in terms of runs ever. Zaheer Khan nipped out three wickets in the space of four deliveries when play started, and though Michael Clarke resisted with 69, it was always going to be a matter of when India would take a 1-0 series lead. In terms of runs, it was Australia’s biggest defeat since their 343-run loss to West Indies in Barbados in 1991.

India had reduced Australia to 58 for 5 yesterday, but had to wait 84 runs for their next strike, after which proceedings resembled a bowling alley as Zaheer knocked over the lower order like nine pins. Zaheer was simply unplayable. He struck in the first over of the day, bowling Brad Haddin for 37 with a ripper. It pitched on a length, shaped back in, and took out the middle and off stumps. In his next over, Zaheer struck with his second and third deliveries and found himself on a hat-trick. A leaden-footed Cameron White went for a drive and edged to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Next ball, Brett Lee had no clue to one pitched fractionally shorter and had his stumps splayed. Three wickets had fallen for three runs.

With nine men around the bat, Mitchell Johnson averted the hat-trick. Zaheer had slowly built up his momentum through the fourth day and struck gold on the fifth morning. He got the ball to move slightly away from the batsmen, and was very accurate. Ishant Sharma achieved movement both ways, evident when Clarke outside-edged towards slip – the ball didn’t carry – and later inside-edged towards square leg.

Perhaps significant with two Tests to play, Clarke shrugged off an indifferent tour with a fluent 69. On a pitch with good movement and against bowlers who were on song, he batted with focus and determination. He and Johnson, who batted well for his 26 before popping a return catch to Amit Mishra, added 50. Clarke had been the glue that held a poor Australian innings together, but he was last out when he clipped Mishra – who finished with seven on debut – to midwicket. As the fat lady sang and Punjabi bhangra filled the Mohali air, Dhoni – India’s stand-in captain who rarely made a wrong call through the Test – led the charge towards the catcher, Virender Sehwag.

Teams that have a habit of winning know how to seize the momentum and never let it go. Like Australia had done for the last decade and more, India did that very well in Mohali. They were, unquestionably, the superior side in this Test.

By Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

2008 – Another Hot and Steamy Marathon in Chicago

Published: October 12, 2008
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CHICAGO — One of the least experienced of the elite runners at the Chicago Marathon, Evans Cheruiyot of Kenya proved the fastest on Sunday, winning in 2 hours 6 minutes 25 seconds on a sunny, hot day that had organizers again concerned about the safety of the more than 30,000 average runners in the field.

Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia won the women’s race in 2:27:17, tempering an embarrassing summer for her native country, in which five Olympians were suspended before the Beijing Games for using someone else’s urine in an attempt to circumvent doping controls.

Meanwhile, as temperatures rose to 78 degrees an hour and a half into Sunday’s 26.2-mile race, organizers were hoping to avoid a repeat of the calamitous 2007 Chicago Marathon, when the race was halted after 3½ hours because of temperatures in the high 80s, oppressive humidity and complaints about lack of available drinking water.

This year, 20 aid stations were placed along the course, an increase from 15. More water was made available, along with misting stations and a color-coded alert system on the course. Considering that Chicago is seeking to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, another interruption of the race would have been a public relations — not to mention a health nightmare. No major incidents were reported as the average runners went through the first five aid stations.

At Sunday’s 8 a.m. start, the temperature was already 65 degrees — about 10 degrees above optimum for the end of a marathon — and the humidity was 73 percent, though dropping. By 9:30, the mercury had risen to 78, with 41 percent humidity. Some 45,000 runners had registered for the race, but only about 35,000 appeared at the start on Sunday. Some, perhaps, were discouraged by the weather.

In the men’s race, Daniel Njenga of Kenya, who had finished second or third in the past five Chicago Marathons, had hoped to finally get a victory on Sunday, but fell off the pace by 11 miles. Meanwhile, the race appeared to distill itself to three other Kenyans: Cheruiyot, who was running in only his second marathon, Emmanuel Mutai and David Mandago.

By mile 18, Mutai had drifted, and it was left to Mandago and Cheruiyot to share the lead with a metronic pace of 4:52 per mile. Mandago, a taller runner whose left arm swings wide with each stride, drew ahead and at one point seemed to be pulling away from his countryman. But Cheruiyot, 26, would not fade, though.

He drew ahead in the 24th mile and finally forced Mandago to succumb in mile 25 with a steady, short stride. Cheruiyot’s winning time was a personal best by nearly four minutes.

Through 21 miles, Cheruiyot and Mandago were on pace to break Khalid Khannouchi’s course record of 2:05:42, set in 1999, until the heat sapped finishing speed from the Kenyans’ legs. Mandago took second more than a minute back in 2:07:37, and Timothy Cherigat of Kenya finished third in 2:11:39.

In the women’s race, the Olympic champion Constantina Tomescu-Dita of Romania tried to win a second marathon only 56 days after taking gold in Beijing. The pace was slow through the halfway point (1:15:26) and Tomescu-Dita hung with a pack of a dozen leaders. The sluggish pace seemed to be playing into her hands.

Unlike the Olympic race, though, when Tomescu-Dita broke away at 13.1 miles, she didn’t have enough energy left in her legs on Sunday. Instead, it was two Russians, Grigoryeva and Alevtina Biktimirova, who drew ahead, along with Bezunesh Bekele of Ethiopia, with a 5:15 mile, by far the fastest in the race.

By mile 15, Bekele, too, had dropped away and the two Russian were left to sort the race among themselves. After letting her countrywoman do the hard work in the lead, Grigoryeva surged to the front in mile 21, with another 5:14 mile. She had won Boston in 2007, and on Sunday she won by more than two minutes. Biktimirova took second in 2:29:32. Kiyoko Shimahara of Japan was third in 2:30:19. Tomescu-Dita finished a distant fourth.

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Kevin Love: King of Trick Shots – Video

Kevin Love - King of Trick Shots

Kevin Love - King of Trick Shots

Kevin Love is famous for his trick shots. His shots are really amazing. You can watch them in this video. They are really amazing.

Love played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. He was drafted fifth in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. Following the draft he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an 8 player trade which included O. J. Mayo going to Memphis.

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Edwin Baptiste of Morgan State Makes Unreal Catch – Video

Edwin Baptiste

Edwin Baptiste

During Morgan State’s 21-7 win over Winston-Salem State, the Bears’ Edwin Baptiste made one of the greatest pass catches ever caught on tape.

With the Bears’ offense backed up into its own end zone, quarterback Carlton Jackson tosses the ball down the middle of the field. Baptiste leaps, extends one arm and manages to tuck the ball to his chest before landing on his back and doing a flip before coming to rest near the 38-yard line.

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David Blaine – Survives Dive of Death – Video and Pictures

Magician David Blaine performs a stunt in Central Park in New York

Magician David Blaine performs a stunt in Central Park in New York

David Blaine, the 35-year-old illusionist/stuntmeister/attention-junkie has survived his latest feat of fortitude, a 44-foot “jump” after hanging 50 feet above the skating rink in New York City’s Central Park, upside down, for 60 hours.

The mystery, supposedly, was whether Blaine’s head would pop off, his lungs would explode or some other dastardly fate would befall him (pardon the pun) after spending all that time inverted, which in and of itself could cause breathing trouble, blindness, a stroke and a host of other organ difficulties, according to a vascular surgeon at the scene.

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But not only did Blaine look pretty damn good, albeit a little bleary eyed, once he was turned upright, he evaded sharp scrutiny altogether. When it came time to “dive,” he sort of fluttered down to Earth before the hoister of his harness whisked him away.

The dishy magician was inevitably a little worse for wear after going since Monday morning without sleep, food or a proper place to pee—and, according to the host of the two-hour ABC special David Blaine: Dive of Death (what, you thought Blaine was doing this for his own amusement?), the magician’s eyes started to swell shut by hour four.

“What was really quite remarkable was that his eyes, in the first hour or two, were incredibly swollen and red, and as the time went on, his eyes returned to normal,” Blaine’s personal physician, Dr. Ronald Ruden said upon observing how practically normal his patient looked.

“His ability to adapt is really almost superhuman.”

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Matt Millen out as Lions CEO

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Matt Millen’s highly criticized and unproductive tenure with the Lions has ended.

Matt Millen no longer with the Lions!

Millen has been the president and CEO since January 2001. Reports have swirled since late morning that he was no longer with the team. The Free Press has confirmed his departure with a person who has spoken with a high-ranking team official.

For several hours today, a small army of media has been waiting at the team’s Allen Park headquarters for word of any kind. Shortly after noon, William Clay Ford Sr. arrived at the facility. It was not immediately clear when an announcement would be forthcoming.

It’s unclear whether Millen was fired or removed himself from the equation, but the news comes just days after Bill Ford Jr. publicly stated he would have fired Millen if it were his decision but he lacked the authority to do so. The authority rested with his father, who has been the sole owner of the Lions since 1964.

Phone messages left for Millen, head coach Rod Marinelli and other team officials were not returned.

First reports came from unnamed sources by, WDFN-AM (1130) and ESPN. Reporter Chris Mortensen of ESPN said he confirmed the departure with Millen’s wife, Patty.

The Lions’ 0-3 start this season stirred the groundswell for Millen’s apparent demise. The Lions have won only one playoff game during Ford’s tenure and are an NFL-worst 31-84 since Millen took over in 2001. Millen has gone through three head coaches, none of whom have been able to turn the Lions into a winner.

Although as of late morning no official word had come from the Lions regarding Millen, reports of his firing had fans excited.

People were driving past the team’s headquarters, honking horns and cheering. One man in a pickup yelled, “Finally!” as he drove past the entrance.

Offensive guard Edwin Mulitalo, who was entering the facility to work out, said he hadn’t heard anything about Millen’s firing.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I just had a baby. This is my first time out of the hospital.”

Mulitalo said he respects Millen. “Of course, I respect him in a lot of different ways,” he said. “He was a former player and just the title that he had. As a professional, you respect that.”

Was Millen’s firing necessary after the team’s 0-3 start?

“I don’t think so,” Mulitalo said. “That’s what a lot of the media says, but whenever something like this happens … definitely it’s tough.”

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