As Team India take on the Aussies in what will be their last ODI before the World Cup today, the stage is set for T20 fever to take over the imagination of cricket lovers world over.,I believe we have it in us to win the trophy this year and that’s going to be our prime focus for the next couple of months,” says Laxman, as he settles down for a chat with Hyderabad Times.,I think aggression today is not confined to cricket alone as it’s equally prevalent in other sports as well, because the new generation of Indians are a confident lot.,But today there is a lot of stress on physical fitness and psychological aspects of the cricketer.,Whenever I’m in Hyderabad, I visit the academy twice or thrice a week and when travelling, I monitor things on the phone.I was fortunate that my parents gave me the freedom to do and choose whatever I wanted to; they never imposed anything on me.

“Everyone had that mindset coming into the year,” Ty Jerome said Tuesday at John Paul Jones Arena ahead of the team’s departure for the ACC tournament in Charlotte.,“I have fun every year with my team, but this has been a unique group, and we try to really be united more,” Bennett said.,Even after losing ACC Defensive Player of the Year Isaiah Wilkins and All-ACC honoree Devon Hall, the Cavaliers still had the leadership in place to allow themselves to set a new course.,They could fall off and let last year’s ACC regular-season and tournament championships represent the peak of Virginia basketball, or they could renew their internal fortitude and aim for bigger and better things.,Of course, Tuesday’s media availability is likely the last time the team will be this loose and open until its season ends, whenever that end happens to come.

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“You could put him on a field with professional players, or play at the international level and he would score three or four goals in a game right now as a 16-year-old.,“When I watch Mikey Powell, or Lyle Thompson or Brennan O’Neill play the game, there’s nothing traditional about their game.,O’Neill, a junior at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) High School, was once the earliest boys’ lacrosse player ever to commit to a college program — making the pledge to Penn State as an eighth-grader in 2016 before flipping his commitment to Duke in September.,After games, O’Neill would come home to watch YouTube videos of Mark Matthews and John Grant Jr., then head out to the backyard to test their moves.,It took a meeting with coach Joe Spallina at a Pro Player Lacrosse Camp to give O’Neill that impression. read more

Even though the Thunder narrowly ended their 4-game skid last night @ Portland, they are still 1 loss away from losing 5 of 6 and 6 of 8 games.,Next up for the Hawks was a 6 game Western Conference road trip against average to good teams, all of which would be underdogs to them.,Proposed bet#3: .3 units on LA Lakers ML +200 ~ Potential Profit = .6 units -(Subtracted by the .1 from Denver Bet & the .2 units from Phoenix bet) =+0.3 units

Regardless of which game they loss, my friend Jay would profit between .1 and .6 units as long as they lost one game.,Although I haven't employed such an ambitious strategy, I have always thought about the ways in which Jay would manufacture value by betting against a team multiple times - knowing that if he was wrong on the first game, he would get better value betting against them the next game.,If the true value of the Hawks against OKC, the 6th game of their trip, was an even money proposition, by the time the Hawks won their next 5 games the market would make them significantly more expensive, and the Thunder would obtain more value, around at +130 or better. read more

And at this stage in James' career, with three championships, eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances to his name and an equally burgeoning business and political profile off the court, James is a transcendent star.,Johnson said the Lakers didn't want to make the team like the Cleveland Cavaliers all over again for James.,James was just starting to find his footing with this new cast in Los Angeles.,Since his return from injury, the Lakers have a defensive rating of 109.6 when James is on the floor in four wins; the Lakers have a defensive rating of 113.1 when James is on the floor in the eight losses.,Most of the roster wasn't going to be back next year anyway, given the team's insistence on signing players to only one-year contracts to preserve salary-cap space for a second star this summer.

For Major League Baseball players, three teams are at the bottom of the standings on state taxes: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.Thats because California is in a league of its own on personal income taxes.,Players really get hit.No one sheds tears over the tax burdens of multimillionaire young men who are blessed with enough athleticism to become fabulously rich playing a game.But many diehard fans undoubtedly moaned because Harper didnt choose the Dodgers or Giants, two teams that made strong pitches for him.The Giants reportedly offered 12 years and $312 million, but were told theyd need to ante up more to compensate for Californias tax hit.,But that puts a California player in the National League West at a significant tax disadvantage because there are three division teams in this state: the Dodgers, Giants and Padres.,The Dodgers will play 20 away games this season in California and the players will feel its tax bite.Players for out-of-state teams also get taxed at the California rate when they play in our stadiums.Theres a softer tax hit in the American League West.,Thats because all division rivals for the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics are in no-tax states: Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.Theres a significant boost to players earnings being in the A.L. West vs. the N.L. West, Boras says.Repelling baseball stars isnt the worst thing about Californias income tax.

YOUNGSTOWN — Senior guard Melinda Trimmer scored in double figures for a seventh straight game in leading Youngstown State past Milwaukee, 64-58, in a Horizon League quarterfinal Wednesday night in front of 1,382 fans at the Beeghly Center.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list Wednesday night.,James, who entered the NBA at 18 years old compared to 21 for Jordan, began the night averaging 27.1 points per game in 1,189 games over 16 seasons with Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers.,Just eight days ago, James moved into 10th place on the assists list, becoming the first player in league history to make the top 10 in points and assists.,James began the night averaging 27.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists while hitting 51 percent of his shots and playing 35.7 minutes per game for the Lakers.

GOSHEN — Timothy Hostetler has been named to the inaugural National Football Foundation national high school scholar-athlete class.,The 2018 Fairfield High School graduate is one of 69 honorees from around the county and one of only three from Indiana.,“I was pretty diverse in high school and that seemed to help,” Hostetler said.,“We hope this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school players can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities.”,The NFF has 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members and impacts 500,000 students-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year.

Tryouts: Sunday, March 17, 2-5 p.m. at Mystic Indoor sports for all baseball and softball players ages 8-12 For questions, email London Babe Ruth — Spring registration is open online at newlondonbaberuth.weebly.com.,Waterford/Montville Babe Ruth 13U-14U travel teams — Evaluations are March 3 at Mystic Indoor Sports (90 Welles Road) from 9-11 a.m. No fee to attend, but is mandatory for players interested in travel teams.,Contact: Joe Auwood, (860) 443-1523 of email [email protected]

CT Crush softball — Looking for players for 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U teams.,Contact: [email protected] read more

To maximise their bottom line, football clubs must aspire to be successful, and to do so, requires them to buy short term, liquid and measurable assets – footballer players.,To acquire football players, clubs must partake in a transfer market which dictate the prices of the assets available based on demand and supply.,The sad truth that we live in a hyper capitalist society governed by greed and in my view, football and footballer players more specifically, are merely the tip of a giant, immoral, unethical, dishonourable, corrupt and nefarious iceberg.,Mohsin (ok that wasn’t actually short after all), Dubai

I think last night confirmed what we’ve been hearing about player power at Chelsea over the last few years.,For a 24 year old keeper who has been at the club for less than a year to behave so in public, clearly disobeying and disrespecting your manager to the full glare of millions, I believe the issues are much deeper than we thought. read more