Benitez responds to Ferguson by insisting Manchester clubs can be caught

first_imgInterim manager Rafael Benitez has insisted that Chelsea can still catch Manchester United and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested the fight for the title is already a two-horse race, arguing it is unlikely that both Manchester clubs – who play each other this weekend – will be caught.But Benitez, whose team are third, said: “My view is very clear about this. We have to win against Sunderland and we will be closer to one of them.“If we can be closer sooner rather than later then that’s better. I believe we will have our chances if we start winning games.”Click here for the Sunderland v Chelsea quiz See also:Lampard back but Terry misses Japan 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Equipment boost for golf development

first_img“The proper equipment is often not available in our stock, but the wrong equipment is very detrimental to the swing and it stunts the growth and development of our future stars. ‘Thankful’“The value of having the right equipment for our advanced learners cannot be underestimated and we are really thankful that Duncan Wood from the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation put Deon in touch with us when he was approached about this equipment,” said SAGDB managing director Ken Viljoen. SAGDB successSince its inception, the SAGDB has coached over 17 000 youngsters, produced one senior national player and four players in the senior national squad, 25 senior provincial and under-23 players and 108 junior provincial players. “This donation will go such a long way towards boosting our programme around the country,” Hepburn reckoned. Cobra Puma Golf general manager Deon Bakkes said he was delighted to find a source that could put the equipment to use. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Our numbers keep growing, but while we have substantial equipment for the beginners and younger learners in the programme, our coaches are often faced with a tough task in finding the right size and length clubs for the older and more advanced learners,” explained Hepburn. “We were thrilled to learn that the South African Golf Development Board can use these clubs for their elite players and we hope this helps them to reach the next level.” South African golf has a proud history, and the SA Golf Development Board (SAGDB) is working hard to unearth and support talented youngsters. A recent donation from Cobra Puma Golf will go a long way towards seeing this happen, says board technical director Grant Hepburn. “Since the stock had become obsolete, it was scheduled for destruction,” he explained. “But instead of destroying the clubs, they will be put to great use in the SAGDB programme.center_img 23 August 2012 A hole-in-oneThe SAGDB depends on donated equipment to help those unable to afford such items to learn and hone their craft. Cobras Puma Golf’s equipment boost is, in golf terms, a hole-in-one for the SAGDB. ‘A major step forward’“So this donation will certainly boost our growth. To be able to distribute suitable equipment for the elite players in our programme across the country, is a major step forward for the SAGDB.” Over 1 500 players have participated in junior golf tournaments and 34 of its most talented players have been invited to join prestigious and recognised high performance centres such as the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation. ‘Wonderful’“It’s wonderful to know that in some small measure, Cobra Puma Golf has contributed to the foreseeable golf development in South Africa. The equipment donation, worth R800 000, is made up of hybrids, woods and irons. SAinfo reporter “We currently have elite players in 10 provinces and this equipment will give them the opportunity to excel and grow and take their games to the next level.”last_img read more

BCCI says no to DRS for England series next month

first_imgIndia’s opposition to the Decision Review System continues with the BCCI refusing to allow its usage in next month’s four-Test cricket series against England.According to The Daily Telegraph, “The Board for Cricket Control in India sent official notification to the England and Wales Cricket Board that it does not want the system to be used in the series (in July).”Consent of both the Boards is required for the system to be used in a series.Sachin Tendulkar is critical of the DRS system. APTop Indian players such as Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been vocal critics of the DRS but English players like spin spearhead Graeme Swann have backed the use of technology.”The reason India do not want it is because it will favour our bowlers,” said John Emburey, the former England off-spinner.”It (DRS) has been massive for spinners because they are now getting wickets against batsmen playing on the front foot coming forward. It’s a massive advantage to the spinner. The system has shown balls would go on to hit the stumps and umpires have now got it in their minds that they can now give batsmen out,” he explained.Emburey said the DRS has forced batsmen to offer genuine shots against spinners.”What DRS has done is make batsmen play with their bat rather than hide behind the pad which gives bowlers more chances of edges and catches because they have to play at the ball,” he said.- With inputs from PTIadvertisementlast_img read more

London Olympics: Usain Bolt breezes into 200m sprint final

first_imgUsain Bolt is poised to defend his Olympic 200m title on Thursday in a bid to cement his status as a sprint legend. Bolt effortlessly breezed into the 200m final on Wednesday to set up a much-anticipated showdown with his training partner Yohan Blake.The reigning Olympic champion won the second semifinal in 20.18 seconds, racing out of the blocks brilliantly before relaxing down the straight. He jogged the last 70m and seems on course for his second straight 200m gold medal, CMC reports.Bolt again made it clear he is here “to cement my legendary status. I am focused and I am ready”.He said the semifinals was just to “go through as easy as possible” but warned that “I am ready (for the final)” as “this is my event.””The track is fast. It’s going to be a good race, a lot of good competitors.”Blake, who beat Bolt in both sprints at the Jamaica Trials and was second in the men’s 100m, also had it easy in semifinal one.Blake, despite shutting it down after 160 metres, crossed the line in 20.01 ahead of American Wallace Spearmon, who did 20.02 and French man Christophe Lemetre, 3rd in 20.03secs.Blake described the race “as a walk in the park”. Looking to the final set for Thursday, he said “there is always a good chance of winning”.Spearmon said he got a little bit left over from the final, so come that time “you’re definitely going to see something”.Warren Weir, the third Jamaican, also secured his place in the highly anticipated final after crossing the line in 20.28 behind winner Churandi Martina of the Netherlands 20.17. Brendan Christian(Antigua) was fifth in 20.58.advertisementAntoine Adams(Saint Kitts and Nevis) was also qualified while Bahamian Michael Mathieu false started.last_img read more

How to be a smart adventure sports lover

first_imgAdventure sports are unique in their adrenaline-inducing capabilities, owing to the thrill and ‘risk’ factor involved. However, a sports lover must venture into such extreme activities after being educated into the art of taking a ‘calculated risk, say experts. Research on your destination and associated safety measures: The success and failure of this industry comes down to one primary aspect and that is safety. One should do some primary research on the company providing their chosen activity before visiting, look up testimonials, ratings and should take appropriate measures. Ask questions about the safety practices followed, understand how disciplined is the organisation in the maintenance of the same. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe most important thing is to be mentally prepared and excited about the sport you are attempting. Ask yourself if you actually want to do it or is it just peer pressure. Go ahead only if you are confident.Pack wisely and smartly for the trip: While going on for an adventure trip, one must pack efficiently and smartly. They should carry all the necessary trip accessories like water bottle, flashlight or torch, portable charger, sunglasses, sleeping bag sheet, medicines and some toiletries in their backpacks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLoosen up: The whole point of adventure sports is to expand our horizon, shatter the glass ceiling we set for ourselves and step out of our comfort zones. Acknowledging this larger picture pushes one to truly embrace the experience and squeeze out every ounce of benefit and glory from that one exhilarating opportunity.The fitness challenge: Understanding your fitness levels is important to get the maximum out of your adventure. Do not put your health at risk by trying something that you are clearly not capable of. Ensure you have got your medical tests done and consulted your doctor before attempting something you have never done before. The tests may vary depending on the nature of the activity you are planning to indulge in. If you suffer from vertigo, acrophobia, asthma or any heart disease, refrain from attempting such sports. Make sure that you are in pink of health and in case of minor ailments, take your doctor’s advice.Get insured: Buy a travel insurance plan that will safeguard you and your loved ones in case of any unforeseen incidents during your adventure trip. Before buying a policy go through the details and consult an expert to see if the plans will cover the mishaps that could result from the sport you are going to attempt. There are many insurance options, however, choosing a suitable one is always a challenge.Don’t take pictures while doing the sport. It can be extremely dangerous. Focus on what you are there for and make the best out of it.Gear: Perhaps the most obvious safety measure is to wear protective gear and equipment. Helmets, goggles, gloves, and padding are all designed for specific reasons. Each form of protective accessory has a purpose that makes it essential in every extreme sport. The gear must be in solid, working condition, and equipment needs to be used properly. Before you try any extreme sport, learn as much as you can about it. Gradually build your skill level at a slow pace. Seek medical help immediately if you or someone you are with is injured.Understand Your Ability: If you watch extreme sports on television, keep in mind that the stunts are performed by professionals with years of practice. Although some things might appear easy, they should not be attempted by someone without the proper training and expert coaching. Children need to be aware that these stunts are dangerous and unsafe for them. One of the most common ways that people are hurt is by trying to perform something that is beyond their ability.last_img read more