Shoaib Akhtar slams critics: Why shouldn’t I praise Virat and Rohit?

first_imgNEW DELHI: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has lashed out at the critics who trolled him for praising Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.While reviewing the performance of both Pakistan and Indian cricket teams, Akhtar recently praised Kohli and Rohit, something that has not gone down well with Pakistani cricket fans. The former fast bowler asked his critics why he shouldn’t laud Indian players as they were the best in the business in the current era. “Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, which comes close to Kohli? I don’t know why people are angry; they should go look at the stats first before criticising me,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan. He further said people should check the statistics if they have any doubts about Kohli’s abilities. “Kohli has 70 international hundreds right now. Who else has this many hundred right now in international cricket? How many series has he won for India? Should I not praise him then?” Akhtar added. “This is very strange. We all can see clearly he is the biggest batsmen in the world. He and Rohit Sharma are performing all the time. Why shouldn’t we praise them?” IANS Also Watch: ATTSA Gives 10 Days to Tea Garden Authorities Click to find out detailslast_img read more

Stephen Curry told Under Armour to ditch All-Star party plans, donate money instead

first_imgCurry spent Friday with his family for the reopening ceremony instead of hosting an All-Star party Friday night. “It’s easy to throw a party and have fun,” said Dell Curry, Stephen’s father. “But to put the dollars back in the community, and have something that will last long after the All-Star Game is over – that party is just a one-night thing.”To put funds into something that you can go back to, touch, feel and see the difference that it’s making, not only in the community, but in the lives of young people and adults alike, it speaks volumes to who they are and what kind of person they are. Also, how much they love this community and loved growing up here and want to leave a mark after the All-Star Game leaves.” “Stephen’s overall focus as we look at 2019 and beyond is how can he leave something behind that’s meaningful and useful,” said Kris Stone, Under Armour’s director of basketball sports marketing. “That’s been his main point and challenge to us. Whether it’s in the Bay Area, Charlotte or even in Asia, that’s his goal.”Curry intentionally picked the Carole Hoefener Center to donate the money toward; that’s where he and his younger brother, Seth, spent much of their childhood while living in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Related News With NBA All-Star weekend comes extravagant parties and events with players and sponsors, but Warriors star Stephen Curry didn’t want any part of that. Instead, he had a better idea.When Curry and Under Armour were planning their NBA All-Star weekend activities “some 18 months away,” the six-time All-Star made it clear he didn’t want to spend the money on an expensive party or to promote his shoes. He told Under Armour to ditch those plans and spend the budget they would have spent on a party to transform and renovate Curry’s old rec center, according to ESPN. NBA All-Star 2019: Stephen Curry reveals bet against brother Seth in 3-point contestcenter_img “This is where we learned how to play basketball,” Stephen Curry said. “Charlotte will always be home.”The NBA star will donate a “seven-figure commitment” from the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation, Under Armour and sponsor Chase Bank to improve the 20-year-old center, ESPN notes. Additionally, the league’s players association will donate $150,000 over the next three years toward the project.”We picked the Carole Hoefener Center for a specific reason,” Stephen Curry said. “Their priorities are very similar to our family’s, in terms of giving people equal opportunities in education, access to knowledge about nutrition and wellness and having a safe and inspiring place to play.” Warriors’ Stephen Curry jumps into student section to celebrate Davidson’s winlast_img read more

Ghostriders ride over Nelson Leafs 5-2

first_imgSam Weber scored the other goal for Nelson, sporting a 3-3 record since new coach Mario DiBella took over the team from Dave McLellan.Fernie dominated the Leafs for most of the contest, out shooting the visitors 57-32, including a 23-8 margin in the first period.Patrick Ostermann took the loss in goal for the Leafs.Newly signed Josh Williams was the back up goalie for Nelson.Nelson completes a three-game-in-three night stint Saturday at home against defending champion Kimberley Dynamiters.Game time is 7 p.m. Fernie Ghostriders scored three straight second period goals to bounce the Nelson Leafs 5-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the East Kootenay City.The Riders erased a 1-0 deficit on goals by Talyer Sincennes, Justin Peers and Ryan Kennedy in a span of three minutes to completely change the momentum of the contest.Blair Andrews, scoring this third goal in two games, pulled Nelson to within a goal after two periods.But Cole Keebler and Ryan Teslak scored insurance goals in the third period to complete the victory.last_img read more