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20 franchises, 500 wickets, 6500 runs: Dwayne Bravo is the original fantasy player of T20

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Men for all seasons: After a double uninterrupted appearances at the IPL, these regulars boast cent percent attendance and the eternal promise of a plucky 13th year of reinventions.
Men for all seasons: After a double uninterrupted appearances at the IPL, these regulars boast cent percent attendance and the eternal promise of a plucky 13th year of reinventions.

Men for all seasons: After two uninterrupted double appearances at the IPL, these regulars boast a cent-per-cent presence and the eternal promise of a brave 13th year of reinvention. With the iPL’s most prominent mainstays, an express countdown to India’s grand final on Saturday night.

Famous commentator Tony Cozier stopped him at an airport in St Lucia to tell him that the Indians from Mumbai had tried to reach him. “Me?” was the reaction of the young Dwayne Bravo. It was 2008, and Sachin Tendulkar was interested in adding him to the Mumbai Indians team in the IPL. It was the confidence Bravo needed in his career.

Australian opener Aaron Finch stopped him at the end of a training session at the Big Bash tournament in Australia to tell him the Chennai Super Kings had picked him at the auction. It was 2011, and Bravo was the only west Indies player selected at this auction. Even Chris Gayle had gone unsold. The day after landing after a 21-hour flight, he learned that MS Dhoni wanted him to play the game that night. “Me?” was Bravo’s reaction again. It was the shot of confidence he needed at this stage of his career.

Does the dancing, singing, expressive all-rounder need confidence? He has played for incredible 20 T20 franchises around the world. He has 500 wickets, no one else has even 400. He has nearly 6500 runs. He has the vigour, skill and temperament required for this intense format of the game. He has the crazy personality to commercialize his art. But without the IPL, it might not have really blossomed.

In recent years, Bravo Lakshmi Narayanan, CSK’s performance analyst, has often asked a specific question: Why does Dhoni trust me so much in in-game pressure situations? Lakky, as Lakshmi is called in the team, tells him that he is loved and respected by Dhoni for his attitude and skills. Tendulkar gave him confidence that his skills would be respected far from his own small island in the Caribbean, and Dhoni bottled the spirit of Bravo and sprayed it, even when the West Indies board decided to bury him.

As a boy, he lived in the fantasy world where cricket-mad children often find themselves. As soon as he finished his homework after coming out of school, he picked up a stick. It was his racket in this fictional world. He then selected two teams, usually England against the West Indies. In front of his mental eye, Darren Gough ran to bowl, and he was Desmond Haynes batting in his style. An audio commentary ran along. He would play a whole game. If it’s Lara’s turn, Bravo would beat like Lara.

It was one of his early mentors, Richard Smith, who used to play for Trinidad and Tobago, who created the cricket dream. “He was the one who told me that if you play these dream games at home, you should make sure you put your name in the West Indies squad. A dream was born. It helped that Lara came from the same village of Santa Cruz, that his house was only “7 minutes” walk away from Lara’s house, and that Bravo told several times how he idolized Lara as a child and how he was motivated to be the “next Lara” from his village to play international cricket.

Pretend play wasn’t limited to cricket. He also used to “drive” cars. “We called him Mahal (a madman who always pretended to drive),” his mother Joycelyn once told Trinidad Guardian. “He hit alone in the corridor and ran up and down. I saw this piece of stick and threw it outside because I really didn’t know it. He came after him and told me it was his racket.”
His parents had divorced when he was very young, he lived with his mother, but had a healthy relationship with his father. To this day, when Bravo is in town, his father comes to his house to cook chicken rice for him. It was the father who took a very young Bravo to play cricket with other children on Sunday. “When I went to register Dwayne, the person at the counter said he was too young and came back when he was six years old. I went to another snake and told the person responsible that he was six years old,” said father John. The “Mahal” would soon become really addicted to the game. “I never thought he would get this far,” his mother said. His punches can be so easy for the eye – he certainly has the greatest inside-out shot imaginable, and the pick-up shot on the leg side is pure skill – that his effectiveness and audacity is sometimes missed.

The moment that changed his career came in 2006, two years before the first IPL, when his idol Lara threw the ball at him to bowl the last with the job and prevent Yuvraj Singh from scoring 10 runs. He had two fours bleed before slipping into an evil, small, slow dip that completely messed up Yuvraj. He ran away in delirium, his arms outstretched like wings – the ball and the celebration have since seen encores.

This ball is worth a deep dive, because it captures everything about his art. For Lasith Malinga, it’s one thing to bowl him; not that it would be easier, but with this side-arm slingshot it is understandable. For Bravo to be able to cut the ball under the ball with his more conventional action, he must twist his wrists so that his fingers cut the ball, and then stretch out his arm so that the ball really floats full. Without both, it is not as effective. Malinga’s side-arm release allows him to cut and release the ball like a Frisbee in a naturally flowing, unobstructed action. He doesn’t have Malinga’s pace either. Still, his version is wonderfully evil.

Both Malinga and Bravo had no real role models. As in T20, bowling was new territory. The best players of their era didn’t necessarily have the best T20 style they could emulate. Of course, there were also Yorkers and slower ones, as there were deliveries before, but they had to bring them themselves in T20 form. There was no pre-existing model to immerse themselves in. They had to decide how many, where and when to bowl. More than most, Bravo has cracked the T20 bowling code.

One of the biggest annoyances Michael Holding has is the perception that people carry the great West Indian bowlers of his generation. “Even our bowling. It was as if they thought all we had to do was run up and bowl fast or short. That’s what annoys me the most. I tell them to look in the scorebook: how many were lbw, bowled, trapped in briefs. It’s like they don’t want to acknowledge our way of thinking.’ Even his bubbly start was almost unconsciously attributed to his race by some. That makes holding bristly.

In a sweet irony, it has been left to a middle pedometer from the Caribbean to get the younger generation to respect and acknowledge the brain and the thoughts he puts in his bowling. That will be Bravo’s legacy.

Heat-disgruntled arena rejected as polling station

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The Miami Heat expressed disappointment on social media that their home arena was rejected as a polling place site for November's general election, while a number of other NBA cities have welcomed an identical plan
The Miami Heat expressed disappointment on social media that their home arena was rejected as a polling place site for November's general election, while a number of other NBA cities have welcomed an identical plan

The Miami Heat expressed disappointment on social media that their home arena was rejected as a polling station for November’s general election, while a number of other NBA cities welcomed an identical plan.

In a proposal pushed by LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, the idea was to turn NBA arenas into mega-voting locations to give so many registered voters the opportunity to cast a ballot paper – and with sure social distancing.

Cities that have launched their teams include Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez rejected the Heat’s offer to use the AmericanAirlines Arena and made the decision to use the smaller Frost Science Museum. Gimenez is on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for Congress.

The Heat responded to the decision with a detailed statement on Twitter, saying they had done everything possible to show the viability of the arena as a polling station in the hope that it could continue to serve in this function in the years to come.

“To say that we are disappointed is a huge understatement,” the post from The Heat said in part. “The arena is clearly a better location, with more visibility, more space and more parking spaces. However, to the extent that the forces involved in this decision believe that this will reassure our voice on the crucial importance of the vote, they should know that we will not be deterred.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra also expressed his disappointment.

“It’s a little surprise,” Spoelstra told reporters before the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. “We thought we were on the goal line to make it, and we had really worked with the county to tick all the boxes they seemed to want to tick. It would have been a perfect place.

“But I promise you one thing: this will not stop us. We will get involved in one way or another. We will only strategically plan, recalibrate and find out what step we can take from here. That is, with or without the district. It’s just really disappointing that they made that decision.”

Portugal wins and begins the defence of the League of Nations; France and Belgium triumph

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Portugal win to start Nations League defence; France, Belgium triumph
Portugal win to start Nations League defence; France, Belgium triumph




Portugal opened their Nations League defence with a dominant 4-1 win over Croatia, while world champions France, Belgium and England also recorded victories.

Even striker star Cristiano Ronaldo, who failed with a reported bee sting, Portugal were too strong for Croatia in Porto. Joao Cancelo, Diego Jota, Joao Felix and Andre Silva gave the defending champions a winning start in Group A3 despite the consolation of Bruno Petkovic.

In the other game, Kylian Mbappe scored for France in the 1-0 win over Sweden in Stockholm.

Belgium won 2-0 in Group A2 in Denmark after England had earlier triumphed 1-0 in Iceland.

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Mbappe magic gives France gritty 1-0 win over Sweden

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Mbappe magic gives France gritty 1-0 win over Sweden
Mbappe magic gives France gritty 1-0 win over Sweden

A dose of luck and a moment of individual brilliance from Kylian Mbappe gave France a crisp 1-0 away win over Sweden in the Group 3 of the Nations League A on Saturday.

After their group win last year, the Swedes moved up to the top of the league, and in the first 40 minutes of the game they frustrated the world champions until Mbappe made the difference.

The 21-year-old striker was lucky to bounce off a defender’s legs as he danced through the right side of the Swedish defence before beating goalkeeper Robin Olsen from a very close angle at the near post.

After 90 minutes, Swedish winger Emil Forsberg forced a beautiful display from Hugo Lloris and Marcus Berg fired a shot that was falsified after a corner that the Swedes could not take advantage of as France remained steadfast.

Anthony Martial, who was in France’s squad for the first time since March 2018, came on for Mbappe in the second half and was knocked down by Victor Lindelof for a late penalty.

Antoine Griezmann, however, scored the penalty with the last shot of the game over the bar.

On Tuesday, Sweden hosted Portugal, who beat Croatia 4-1 on Saturday, while France beat the Croatians in Paris.

Belgium ease to 2-0 Nations League win over Denmark

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Belgium ease to 2-0 Nations League win over Denmark
Belgium ease to 2-0 Nations League win over Denmark

Belgium celebrated a comfortable 2-0 away win over Denmark thanks to a goal in each half by Jason Denayer and Dries Mertens in the Group 2 of the Nations League A on Saturday.

Kasper Hjulmand’s tenure as Danish coach got off to a poor start when Jason Denayer put the visitors in front in the ninth minute after losing his goal from close range from a corner from Dries Mertens.

The home side pushed high onthe pitch and captain Simon Kjaer did a good job of tying up Belgian goalkeeper Romelu Lukaku, but despite good chances for Martin Braithwaite and Christian Eriksen, they struggled to get many shots in goal.

The Belgians took the lead in the second half. The substitute Dennis Praet grabbed the ball on an attempted defensive attempt and forced a clever parade from Kasper Schmeichel.

Schmeichel could barely do anything in the 77th minute, but after parrying a shot from Youri Tielemans, Mertens and Mertens reacted fastest to hit the ball home and double the lead as Belgium raced to victory.

On Tuesday, Denmark hosted England, who beat Iceland 1-0 in Reykjavik on Saturday, while Belgium face Iceland in Brussels.

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IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Harbhajan Singh reveals why he left the IPL this year

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IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Harbhajan Singh reveals reason for quitting IPL this year
IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Harbhajan Singh reveals reason for quitting IPL this year

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Harbhajan Singh reveals the reason for his exit from the IPL this year. Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh became the second high-profile player to withdraw from this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday for “personal reasons.” He said he had informed the Team Management of the Chennai Super Kings of his decision.

The 40-year-old, who has been a member of CSK for the past two years, is currently in Jalandhar, Punjab, with his family and has asked for privacy. The IPL begins in the United Arab Emirates on September 19 after being expelled from India for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I informed the CSK management of my decision to withdraw from this year’s IPL. I have decided to take a break in these difficult times for personal reasons. I expect everyone to respect my need for privacy,” Harbhajan told PTI on Friday.

 

Cricket: Afridi, Sarfaraz play for Galle Gladiators in LPL

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Cricket: Afridi, Sarfaraz to play for Galle Gladiators in LPL
Cricket: Afridi, Sarfaraz to play for Galle Gladiators in LPL

Former Pakistan captains Shahid Afridi and Sarfaraz Ahmed will play in the upcoming Lankan Premier League for Galle Gladiators, a team bought by the owner of Pakistan’s Super League franchise Quetta Gladiators.

The announcement of The inclusion of Afridi and Sarfaraz in the franchise was announced by Nadeem Omar, the owner of Quetta Gladiators, during a reception here on Wednesday at a reception to introduce the Galle Gladiators outfit.

Afridi was named the Galle Gladiators icon, and the former all-rounder thanked Omar on Twitter.

“I’m proud to be the iconic player of the Galle Gladiators. I would like to thank Nadeem Omar bhai and also congratulate him for being the first franchise owner from Pakistan in the #LPL. We’ll see you all again,” tweeted the 40-year-old, who last played a T20 event for Multan Sultans in the PSL last year.

The opening event is scheduled for the period from November 14 to December 6, and the Sri Lankan board has already sold all the rights of its league, including broadcasting and media rights.

Five teams representing five cities will participate in Lanka’s Premier League, but with the Pakistan Cricket Board also announcing that it will hold the remaining four PSL matches between November 14 and 17, many Pakistani players may not be able to attend the opening session of the event.

The Sri Lankan board firmly expects the Premier League to resume full-time domestic cricket activities following the cancellation of five international commitments due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Since March, Sri Lanka has had only 3,000 cases of the virus, with around 24 deaths, a small number compared to cases in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Omar said the purpose of buying shares in the team in Galle was to promote the league in Lanka and also because of the old friendly relations between Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket.

The tournament will be played at three international venues – Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium.

NBA TV ratings grow internationally during seeding, playoff games

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The NBA has obviously never played regular or postseason games in July, August and September, so judging the ratings the league has received has been difficult and divisive, even though we’re going to #sticktosports in this particular piece.

Outside the United States, league data show that compared to the 2019-2020 regular season, ratings and interest in the eight games and first round of playoffs were popular within the Orlando bubble, with games broadcast in 215 different countries and territories in 47 different languages.

Compared to the average ratings for the regular season, the ratings in the first two weeks of the seeding games increased by 325% in the Philippines, 130% in Spain, 88% in Mexico, 79% in Lithuania and 29% in Italy, according to NBA data. These numbers were supported by a record number of games broadcast internationally at the best airtime. Of the 88 seeding games, 41 games were broadcast at the best airtime in Latin America and 40 games at the best airtime in Europe, the Middle East and Africa via Ligapass and various broadcast partners, by far the most games ever broadcast in a two-week period.
“There has never been a better time to be an international NBA fan,” said Matt Brabants, the NBA’s senior vice president of global media distribution. “Between the games at the best of times in the world’s major markets, the impact that international players have on the pitch, and the new broadcast innovations introduced as part of the season reboot, there are more opportunities for international fans to experience the excitement of the NBA than ever before.

In Kanada stiegen die Quoten für den Erstrundensieg des Titelverteidigers Toronto Raptors bei den Brooklyn Nets gegenüber TSN und Rogers Sportsnet um 24 Prozent gegenüber dem Sieg in der ersten Runde der vergangenen Saison gegen Orlando Magic. Und in den anderen Playoff-Serien stiegen die kanadischen Quoten im Vergleich zur ersten Runde des letzten Jahres um 41%, was zum Teil auf die 11 in Kanada geborenen Spieler unter den 16 Playoff-Teams zurückzuführen ist, den meisten außerhalb der USA.

Die Einschaltquoten bei den Seeding Games stiegen bei ESPN Mexiko im Jahresvergleich um 62%, wobei in dieser Gesamtzahl die Spiele am Weihnachtstag, das All-Star-Spiel und die Spiele in Mexiko-Stadt nach NBA nicht enthalten sind. Die Einschaltquoten von Nu9ve stiegen um 65 %, und die Zuschauerzahlen auf TUDN verdoppelten sich bei den Spielen bis zum 9. August fast.

Die Einschaltquoten auf der ganzen Welt wurden auch durch Luka Doncics transzendentalen Lauf für die Dallas Mavericks verbessert. Bei seinen ersten beiden Pflichtspielen in Spanien – wo Luka für Real Madrid spielte, bevor er in die NBA kam – stiegen die Quoten um 172% gegenüber dem Durchschnitt der regulären Saison. Und als Doncic im Spiel 4 der ersten Runde der Dallas Mavericks in Dallas gegen die Los Angeles Clippers den Spielsieger in der Verlängerung traf, um ein 43-Punkte-Dreifach-Double abzuschließen, generierte das Video-Highlight mehr als 1,8 Millionen Aufrufe auf dem Twitter-Account der NBA Spanien.

Highlights of this buzzer knock occurred alongside Spain in 15 countries outside the UNITED States: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Turkey and Venezuela. For the Game 6 final between Dallas and Los Angeles, the Spanish VAMOS network’s ratings were the most-watched game in the country since January 2013.

With international All-Stars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Pascal Siakam still in the playoffs, the odds for postseason games outside the Us are expected to remain robust and far less controversial than the NBA odds here in America.

NBA Draft 2020: Atlanta Hawks must give Trae Young another running partner

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2020 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks must give Trae Young another running partner
2020 NBA Draft: Atlanta Hawks must give Trae Young another running partner

The Atlanta Hawks finished last season with a 20-46 record, good enough for the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

It wasn’t what the team imagined under head coach Lloyd Pierce’s second year. In fact, Atlanta hasn’t improved from its first season in that role.

Young defender Trae Young is still one of the best young players in the game. Managing director Travis Schlenk also added an internal threat to Clint Capela during the February trade deadline.

Still, the Hawks need to find more star power and a running partner to form a team with Young. That’s where the focus must be on the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. Here we look at the Hawks’ best options with this selection and throughout the draft.

The Atlanta Hawks were supposed to trade John Collins for a lottery selection.

When Atlanta traded for his big colleague Clint Capela before the trade deadline, it became clear that the team was not interested in tying the 22-year-old Collins to himself in the long run. Problems at the defensive end of the court, coupled with his high price tag for an extension, contributed to this conviction.
Collins is still a valuable option in the trading bloc. Here’s a big one, averaging 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds last season. The Hawks should easily be able to beat a lottery drawer and in return a young player.
If you look at the options, a team like the Washington Wizards, who are ranked No.9 overall, might make sense. You need a big Bradley Beal. Could Atlanta bring the ninth pick and a young wing like Troy Brown Jr. to the net for Collins? The Sacramento Kings haven’t shied away from winning big players. The 12th choice and a bench player like Richaun Holmes could also make sense.

Targeting John Collins’ replacement with the sixth blow

If Atlanta were to move forward from power in a trade, it would like to find someone from the middle and the perimeter who is more capable. In this way, Schlenk helped build the Moloch in the Golden State – a stretch forward.
The problem is that the designs are usually not filled with large ones that can shoot from the outside. If they exist, these players go much higher than the sixth pick. Atlanta could either pack other picks into a promotion for Dayton’s Obi Toppin or target former Maryland coach Jalen Smith. Both have that ability.
The other option here would be to move either the sixth pick or the selection acquired in the hypothetical trade with Collins to add a proven stretch four with the generous cap room Atlanta offers.
The latter option is interesting in that you could potentially have Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and even Lauri Markkanen in this trade.

Go all-in, advance to the top in the first round

If Atlanta really wants to find the true running partner for Trae Young, it might make the most sense to go first or second on the day of the call.
The team has the capital to attract either Minnesota or Golden State, opting for Nos. 1 and No. These include the aforementioned Collins and a selection from the first round 2022 (from the Thunder).
A trade of this kind would consist of simply giving Atlanta the opportunity to add LaMelo Ball to the mix. He would be a great fit for Young because Ball can take over the tasks of ball handling and is an excellent passer. Imagine young looking more open from a distance. This is deadly. That’s what the general manager of Atlanta in Northern California had.

Conclusion

The lack of improvement from Atlanta last regular season was worrying. Much more was expected from this team, which boasted young talents such as Young, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter.
There’s a possibility that Pierce just isn’t ready for the job as head coach. However, it is more likely that the Hawks simply haven’t found that mix.

It’s time to continue to provide this team with Young’s talents. Whether it’s adding a criminal partner on the field or improving his game with a stretch four, that must be the main focus of the 2020 NBA Draft for Atlanta.

Hall of Famer Steve Nash hired as head coach of Brooklyn Nets

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Hall of Famer Steve Nash hired as Brooklyn Nets head coach
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Steve Nash has agreed to a four-year contract to become the Brooklyn Nets’ next head coach.

The Nets have been looking for their next head coach since the departure of Kenny Atkinson in February. Team owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks are said to have been “aggressive in recruiting Nash,” although the former point guard had no experience as a coach.

During his time in the NBA, Nash was widely regarded as one of the smartest players in the league, consistently capable of leading the best and most efficient offensive games. The two-time MVP had apparently resisted training so far, but coaching such a talented team as the Nets proved too tempting to resist.

Even before the Nash was hired, the Nets were among the most promising teams in the NBA going into next season. Kevin Durant was expected to return to the field after missing the entire season because of an Achilles tendon tear. Durant will team up with Kyrie Irving, who is one of the most capable ball owners since Nash. The duo are expected to immediately make Brooklyn a contender in the Eastern Conference.

In a statement released by the team, Nash expressed his enthusiasm for his new position, saying it was the perfect opportunity for him to start his coaching career.

“I am honored to have this opportunity in such a first-class organization and would like to thank Sean, Joe and his wife Clara for having confidence in my ability to lead this team forward. Coaching is something I knew I wanted to do when the time was right, and I’m honored to be able to work with the excellent group of players and staff that we have here in Brooklyn. I’m as excited about the team’s prospects on the court as I are about moving to Brooklyn with my family and becoming influential members of that community.