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PostPosted: 30-01-2011 10:21    Post subject: And now - Sport Reply with quote

I'm following the cricket ODI and the tennis on the interweb.

But not good news - England, chasing 250, are 145 for 9, and Murray is one set down, and trailing in the second...

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PostPosted: 30-01-2011 10:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, while we're here, some better news:

Top bombing, Tom! Tom Daley and his Olympic partner pull off the world’s most difficult dive - an incredible 4.5 somersaults in less than 2 seconds
By Ian Stafford
Last updated at 10:27 PM on 29th January 2011

It is a feat of competition diving so difficult it was once thought impossible – but yesterday two British sportsmen pulled off the manoeuvre dubbed The Big Front.

Teenage star Tom Daley and his Olympic partner Pete Waterfield completed four-and-a-half somersaults in under two seconds – the blink of an eye it takes to hit the water from the 10-metre board. And what’s more, they did it synchronised in tandem.

Even to sports fans whose appreciation of diving is limited to comedian Peter Kay’s famous ‘top bombing’ advert, the precision timing and nerves of steel the somersaults demand are impressive.

In just 1.93 seconds, 16-year-old Daley and Waterfield, 29, had to rotate their bodies at speeds of 60mph, while hurtling towards the water at 30mph.

It is therefore little wonder that no British diver had previously achieved the feat in competition. Now the pair believe the difficult dive will give them the edge at next year’s London Olympics. ‘It was scary,’ Daley admitted afterwards. ‘For some time I didn’t want to do it but to get on to the podium in London I knew I had to.
‘There were times in the past when I almost walked away from it. I haven’t been strong enough to incorporate the dives that can get the highest marks. But now I’m beginning to use them in competition.
‘The Big Front is technically and physically very hard. You need to get your timing right at the start because everything happens so fast. I feel very relieved to have done it.
‘It’s gone better in training but that’s not in competition, it’s not in front of an audience and the nerves aren’t there.

Waterfield, Britain’s most experienced diver, admitted his younger partner has pushed him into new territory.

‘When you’re young like Tom, you’re fearless, you just want to get up there and hurl yourself off, but the older you get the more you realise the dangers,’ he said. ‘When a new dive comes along it wows everyone. It pushed me, but the main point is we pulled it off.’

And he admitted: ‘Just because I’m nearly twice his age doesn’t mean Tom can’t teach me things.’

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351829/Top-bombing-Tom-Tom-Daley-Olympic-partner-pull-world-s-difficult-dive--incredible-4-5-somersaults-2-seconds.html#ixzz1CVsivOI6
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PostPosted: 30-01-2011 10:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

England's tail is wagging - Anderson and Finn have 17 runs each
(which is more than 6 of the higher order batsmen could manage...)

Another 4, and England are 179 for 9.
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PostPosted: 30-01-2011 10:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha ha! Finn just smacked a six! Very Happy

But that was the final flourish, as he's bowled by Watson.

So the Aussies win the match by 51 runs, which also wins the ODI series. Sad
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PostPosted: 30-01-2011 11:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took a break for a shower, and then...

NOVAK DJOKOVIC BEATS ANDY MURRAY TO WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN.

Oh well, it's a fine day. Now I've got time to walk to town for Sunday lunch...

..or I could stay home and watch the FA Cup game on TV! Cool
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PostPosted: 30-01-2011 16:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

The draw for the fifth round of the FA Cup throws up this (probably) lop-sided pairing:

Manchester United to host Crawley in FA Cup fifth round Shocked

Premier League leaders Manchester United will host non-league Crawley Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Crawley beat Torquay at the weekend to become the first non-league side in the fifth round for 17 years.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/9381487.stm


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PostPosted: 30-01-2011 18:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tennis was really disappointing. How can Murray get to the final of the Australian Open and end up playing a match like that? The nerves must have got to him, it's my only explanation. That said, Novak was terrific today.
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PostPosted: 31-01-2011 09:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

gncxx wrote:
The tennis was really disappointing. How can Murray get to the final of the Australian Open and end up playing a match like that? The nerves must have got to him, it's my only explanation. That said, Novak was terrific today.


I think it's a combination of issues. Firstly, we Brits have a media that big-up these opportunities. At the end of the day Novak was the only finalist to have beaten one of the big two (Nadal) and Murray does have a niggling injury....but Murray quite frankly wasn't aggressive enough. His time will come, but whether or not he needs a proper trainer is up for grabs.
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PostPosted: 02-02-2011 11:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

The latest cricket ODI is heading for a nail-biting finish:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/9383097.stm
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PostPosted: 02-02-2011 11:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

High Drama:

47.4 overs WICKET Smith run out 0 - Aus 317-7 (TARGET 334)

New batsman is Steve "Tintin" Smith, he's the non-striker - but he's accompanied by Brad Haddin who's out as his runner. Pulled a muscle or something. Potential for late chaos = HUGE (anyone remember Dan Christian and the last ball of the T20 final when Hampshire won when Somerset didn't know the rules about an injured striker running?). Clarke pushes Anderson's first ball for two, but can only manage a single from the second. (It's Anderson's last over). Smith can't get his first ball past backward point - 17 needed from 15. Smith pushes into the on-side, his runner Haddin isn't quick enough as Finn throws to the bowler's end and without moving, Tintin has been run out!
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PostPosted: 02-02-2011 11:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all over, but it went to the final over.

I won't give the result so as not to spoil the action for those planning on watching a replay! Cool
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PostPosted: 04-02-2011 00:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the start of a football match on ITV and the players exited from under an awning sponsored by HOOTERS. So I suppose that's the end of sexism in that sport then.
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PostPosted: 04-02-2011 07:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bloody sport.

Can't stand it.

'specially when it ruins my Friday night viewing.

Eastenders is cancelled (so the wife will be annoyed) and no QI (which annoyed us both) because of some damn rugby.

Really? Friday night prime time? BBC1? Two and a half hours of rugby?

Bloody sport.
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PostPosted: 04-02-2011 09:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

CarlosTheDJ wrote:
Really? Friday night prime time? BBC1? Two and a half hours of rugby?

Bloody sport.

Thanks for reminding me! Very Happy

I got especially excited about England v. Wales when my boss was a rather obnoxious Welshman.... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: 04-02-2011 13:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

rynner2 wrote:
CarlosTheDJ wrote:
Really? Friday night prime time? BBC1? Two and a half hours of rugby?

Bloody sport.

Thanks for reminding me! Very Happy

I got especially excited about England v. Wales when my boss was a rather obnoxious Welshman.... Twisted Evil


Anything to be of service sir.

I assume it's some sort of opening ceremony or summat?
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