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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Wholesale Vikings Jerseys .J. -- Bill Austin, a Pro Bowl lineman for the New York Giants and a member of their 1956 NFL championship team, has died at his home in Las Vegas. He was 84. Austins playing and coaching career included stints with eight teams and spanned almost four decades. A 13th-round draft choice for the Giants in 1949 out of Oregon State, Austin played for the team from 1949-50 and from 1953-57. He played in 75 games in his seven seasons and was a Pro Bowl guard in 1954. In 1958, he started his coaching career at Wichita State. The following year, he became the Green Bay Packers offensive line coach under Vince Lombardi. He held that position for six years before becoming the Los Angeles Rams line coach in 1966. Austin was the head coach in Pittsburgh from 1966-68. The Steelers were 11-28-3 during his tenure and he was replaced in 1969 by Chuck Noll, a Hall of Fame coach who held the job for 23 years and won four Super Bowls. In 1969, Austin joined Lombardis Washington Redskins as the offensive line coach. When Lombardi was diagnosed with cancer and had to relinquish his duties, Austin was promoted to head coach. The Redskins were 6-8 in 1970 and Austin was let go following the season. He then coached the offensive lines for the Chicago Bears (1971), St. Louis Cardinals (1972), Redskins (1973-77) and Giants (1979-82). He concluded his career with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL (1983-84) and the Jets (1985). Austin was born in San Pedro, Calif., but grew up in Oregon where he first began his football career as a high school guard. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. He was married to Goodrun Austin for 56 years. The couple had four daughters, Barbara, Deborah, Pamela and Marietta, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Vikings Jerseys China .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. Cheap Stitched Vikings Jerseys . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen.http://www.wholesalevikingsjerseys.com/ .  Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. ASUNCION, Paraguay -- CONMEBOL says its director general Gorka Villar has left the organization by common accord.Villar, a Spanish lawyer, was previously the legal director, who worked under three presidents who were indicted by the U.S. Justice Department last year in an alleged bribery conspiracy.During the ongoing cases against Nicolas Leoz, Eugenio Figueredo, and Juan Angel Napout, Villar continued to serve on a FIFA advisory panel which suggested modernizing and anti-ccorruption reforms for the world football body. Wholesale Vikings Jerseys Free Shipping. Villars departure was announced by CONMEBOL late Monday.His father, Angel Maria Villar, is a long-time FIFA and UEFA vice president who is weighing a bid to succeed the banned Michel Platini as UEFA president.UEFA set a Wednesday deadline for entries to the Sept. 14 presidential election. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Wholesale Vikings Jerseys .J. -- Bill Austin, a Pro Bowl lineman for the New York Giants and a member of their 1956 NFL championship team, has died at his home in Las Vegas. He was 84. Austins playing and coaching career included stints with eight teams and spanned almost four decades. A 13th-round draft choice for the Giants in 1949 out of Oregon State, Austin played for the team from 1949-50 and from 1953-57. He played in 75 games in his seven seasons and was a Pro Bowl guard in 1954. In 1958, he started his coaching career at Wichita State. The following year, he became the Green Bay Packers offensive line coach under Vince Lombardi. He held that position for six years before becoming the Los Angeles Rams line coach in 1966. Austin was the head coach in Pittsburgh from 1966-68. The Steelers were 11-28-3 during his tenure and he was replaced in 1969 by Chuck Noll, a Hall of Fame coach who held the job for 23 years and won four Super Bowls. In 1969, Austin joined Lombardis Washington Redskins as the offensive line coach. When Lombardi was diagnosed with cancer and had to relinquish his duties, Austin was promoted to head coach. The Redskins were 6-8 in 1970 and Austin was let go following the season. He then coached the offensive lines for the Chicago Bears (1971), St. Louis Cardinals (1972), Redskins (1973-77) and Giants (1979-82). He concluded his career with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL (1983-84) and the Jets (1985). Austin was born in San Pedro, Calif., but grew up in Oregon where he first began his football career as a high school guard. He was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. He was married to Goodrun Austin for 56 years. The couple had four daughters, Barbara, Deborah, Pamela and Marietta, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Vikings Jerseys China .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. Cheap Stitched Vikings Jerseys . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen.http://www.wholesalevikingsjerseys.com/ .  Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. ASUNCION, Paraguay -- CONMEBOL says its director general Gorka Villar has left the organization by common accord.Villar, a Spanish lawyer, was previously the legal director, who worked under three presidents who were indicted by the U.S. Justice Department last year in an alleged bribery conspiracy.During the ongoing cases against Nicolas Leoz, Eugenio Figueredo, and Juan Angel Napout, Villar continued to serve on a FIFA advisory panel which suggested modernizing and anti-ccorruption reforms for the world football body. Wholesale Vikings Jerseys Free Shipping. Villars departure was announced by CONMEBOL late Monday.His father, Angel Maria Villar, is a long-time FIFA and UEFA vice president who is weighing a bid to succeed the banned Michel Platini as UEFA president.UEFA set a Wednesday deadline for entries to the Sept. 14 presidential election. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From ChinaCheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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ANAHEIM, Calif. Wholesale Falcons Super Bowl Jerseys . -- Albert Pujols circled this date on his calendar when the schedule came out last winter. His first game against the St. Louis Cardinals was certainly a success from a team standpoint, if not a personal one. Jered Weaver earned his second win of an injury-plagued season with help from a five-run second inning, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their winning streak to seven games Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory over St. Louis in the Cardinals first game at Angel Stadium. St. Louis was the only National League club that had never played at the "Big A," having hosted the three previous interleague series between the teams in 2002, 2007 and 2010. Pujols, a three-time NL MVP, spent his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals before signing a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels in December 2011. Facing his former club for the first time, he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk as the designated hitter while Mark Trumbo started at first base. "It was a little weird. But I was fine, guys. I swear. Im being honest," Pujols said. "I mean, it would have been a little different if it was in St. Louis. I mean, you cant forget the special times you had with those guys during those 11 years there. Thats something nobody can take away -- the success I had there and how those fans and everybody in the community treated me. Every time I get an opportunity to watch them, I root for them because I still have a lot of good friends there, and I still stay in touch with a lot of those guys. But these are three days that I wont be able to root for them." The first time Pujols came up, he tapped catcher Yadier Molinas shin guard with his bat and Molina tapped Pujols on the back of the helmet with his glove -- a subtle but meaningful display of affection and respect between two All-Stars who were teammates for nine seasons and won two World Series rings together. Pujols then struck out, and Molina threw out J.B. Shuck at second for an inning-ending double play. "It was cool to see him. Hes friends with a lot of us, and Im sure he was excited to see us, just like we were to see him," Cardinals third baseman David Freese said. "But I think Albert goes about every game the same way -- whether its day one of the preseason or day one of the post-season. And thats a huge reason why hes so successful." Weaver (2-4) allowed a run, six hits and no walks over seven innings. The All-Star right-hander struck out five in his ninth start of the year, working with runners on base in every inning but the seventh. "Thats what he does," Freese said. "Hes obviously not throwing as hard as he used to, but hes a gamer and he always has been. He made his pitches against a good offence. When guys get on, you have to shut the door. And he did." Weaver, who became a 20-game winner for the first time last year before a broken bone in his non-pitching arm sidelined him for more than six weeks this season, ended a streak of five winless starts that began after his 3-1 victory against the Dodgers on May 29 -- his first game back from the injury. "Coming back was kind of like spring training for me all over again, as far as building the pitch count and getting the arm strength back," said the eight-year veteran, whose 104th big league victory tied his brother Jeffs total. "I think the balls coming out a lot better than it had been, and thats just a sign of the arm strength coming back and getting over that hump finally of 100 pitches, which was nice. I feel strong again, and hopefully I can maintain this through the rest of the season." The Cardinals loaded the bases in the eighth against Kevin Jepsen. Scott Downs came in and struck out rookie Matt Adams before finishing a spectacular 3-6-1 double play, after Trumbo made a slick play in the hole on a hard-hit grounder by Freese. "Marks made some really good plays for us," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But the situation being what it was, I mean, the ball was a rocket to his backhand. And to be able to turn a double play on that was impressive." Lance Lynn (10-3) gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out eight. The 26-year-old right-hander, coming off a 4-3 loss last Wednesday at Houston, has dropped back-to-back outings for the first time in 1 1/2 big league seasons spanning 48 starts. Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was a late scratch because of tightness in his neck, hampering a lineup that had averaged a league-best 7.04 runs of support for Lynn in his other 16 starts this season. Molina was 2 for 4, raising his NL-leading average to .347. "It was good to see Yaddy and good to see him having the year that hes having," Pujols said. "I would love for him to win the batting title. Hes like my little brother, and Id do anything for him. I dont think Ive ever seen anybody prepare himself for a game like he does." The Angels sent 10 batters to the plate in the second. Lynn gave up singles to six of his first seven hitters, including run-scoring hits by Trumbo, Alberto Callaspo, Erick Aybar and Shuck. Aybar scored when second baseman Matt Carpenter misplayed Mike Trouts grounder up the middle for an error with a chance to force Shuck. Lynn ended the inning by striking out Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The Cardinals got on the board in the fourth. Allen Craig reached on an infield single, was held up at third on a double by Adams and scored on a groundout by Freese. NOTES: A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Stan Musials grandson, Brian Schwarze, with Pujols as his catcher. Musial, who died on Jan. 19 at age 92, was honoured with a video tribute following the first inning. "Stan was my buddy," Pujols said. "I wish I would have had more opportunities to talk to him. When he walked into the clubhouse, it was like a light that was so bright. It was amazing. Everybody would stop what they were doing." ... Shortly after Pujols joined the Angels, he took offence to promotional billboards put up throughout Southern California that heralded him as "El Hombre" -- or "The Man." Pujols requested they be taken down, saying that only Musial -- whose moniker was "Stan The Man" -- should ever be referred to in that manner. ... The Angels wore circular patches with Musials name and No. 6 on the front of their jerseys, which they will do throughout this series. The idea for the unique tribute came during spring training. "Its out of the respect that everyone in baseball has for Stan Musial and his legacy, and obviously the connection with Albert," Scioscia said. 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ANAHEIM, Calif. Wholesale Falcons Super Bowl Jerseys . -- Albert Pujols circled this date on his calendar when the schedule came out last winter. His first game against the St. Louis Cardinals was certainly a success from a team standpoint, if not a personal one. Jered Weaver earned his second win of an injury-plagued season with help from a five-run second inning, and the Los Angeles Angels extended their winning streak to seven games Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory over St. Louis in the Cardinals first game at Angel Stadium. St. Louis was the only National League club that had never played at the "Big A," having hosted the three previous interleague series between the teams in 2002, 2007 and 2010. Pujols, a three-time NL MVP, spent his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals before signing a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Angels in December 2011. Facing his former club for the first time, he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk as the designated hitter while Mark Trumbo started at first base. "It was a little weird. But I was fine, guys. I swear. Im being honest," Pujols said. "I mean, it would have been a little different if it was in St. Louis. I mean, you cant forget the special times you had with those guys during those 11 years there. Thats something nobody can take away -- the success I had there and how those fans and everybody in the community treated me. Every time I get an opportunity to watch them, I root for them because I still have a lot of good friends there, and I still stay in touch with a lot of those guys. But these are three days that I wont be able to root for them." The first time Pujols came up, he tapped catcher Yadier Molinas shin guard with his bat and Molina tapped Pujols on the back of the helmet with his glove -- a subtle but meaningful display of affection and respect between two All-Stars who were teammates for nine seasons and won two World Series rings together. Pujols then struck out, and Molina threw out J.B. Shuck at second for an inning-ending double play. "It was cool to see him. Hes friends with a lot of us, and Im sure he was excited to see us, just like we were to see him," Cardinals third baseman David Freese said. "But I think Albert goes about every game the same way -- whether its day one of the preseason or day one of the post-season. And thats a huge reason why hes so successful." Weaver (2-4) allowed a run, six hits and no walks over seven innings. The All-Star right-hander struck out five in his ninth start of the year, working with runners on base in every inning but the seventh. "Thats what he does," Freese said. "Hes obviously not throwing as hard as he used to, but hes a gamer and he always has been. He made his pitches against a good offence. When guys get on, you have to shut the door. And he did." Weaver, who became a 20-game winner for the first time last year before a broken bone in his non-pitching arm sidelined him for more than six weeks this season, ended a streak of five winless starts that began after his 3-1 victory against the Dodgers on May 29 -- his first game back from the injury. "Coming back was kind of like spring training for me all over again, as far as building the pitch count and getting the arm strength back," said the eight-year veteran, whose 104th big league victory tied his brother Jeffs total. "I think the balls coming out a lot better than it had been, and thats just a sign of the arm strength coming back and getting over that hump finally of 100 pitches, which was nice. I feel strong again, and hopefully I can maintain this through the rest of the season." The Cardinals loaded the bases in the eighth against Kevin Jepsen. Scott Downs came in and struck out rookie Matt Adams before finishing a spectacular 3-6-1 double play, after Trumbo made a slick play in the hole on a hard-hit grounder by Freese. "Marks made some really good plays for us," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But the situation being what it was, I mean, the ball was a rocket to his backhand. And to be able to turn a double play on that was impressive." Lance Lynn (10-3) gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out eight. The 26-year-old right-hander, coming off a 4-3 loss last Wednesday at Houston, has dropped back-to-back outings for the first time in 1 1/2 big league seasons spanning 48 starts. Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday was a late scratch because of tightness in his neck, hampering a lineup that had averaged a league-best 7.04 runs of support for Lynn in his other 16 starts this season. Molina was 2 for 4, raising his NL-leading average to .347. "It was good to see Yaddy and good to see him having the year that hes having," Pujols said. "I would love for him to win the batting title. Hes like my little brother, and Id do anything for him. I dont think Ive ever seen anybody prepare himself for a game like he does." The Angels sent 10 batters to the plate in the second. Lynn gave up singles to six of his first seven hitters, including run-scoring hits by Trumbo, Alberto Callaspo, Erick Aybar and Shuck. Aybar scored when second baseman Matt Carpenter misplayed Mike Trouts grounder up the middle for an error with a chance to force Shuck. Lynn ended the inning by striking out Pujols and Josh Hamilton. The Cardinals got on the board in the fourth. Allen Craig reached on an infield single, was held up at third on a double by Adams and scored on a groundout by Freese. NOTES: A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Stan Musials grandson, Brian Schwarze, with Pujols as his catcher. Musial, who died on Jan. 19 at age 92, was honoured with a video tribute following the first inning. "Stan was my buddy," Pujols said. "I wish I would have had more opportunities to talk to him. When he walked into the clubhouse, it was like a light that was so bright. It was amazing. Everybody would stop what they were doing." ... Shortly after Pujols joined the Angels, he took offence to promotional billboards put up throughout Southern California that heralded him as "El Hombre" -- or "The Man." Pujols requested they be taken down, saying that only Musial -- whose moniker was "Stan The Man" -- should ever be referred to in that manner. ... The Angels wore circular patches with Musials name and No. 6 on the front of their jerseys, which they will do throughout this series. The idea for the unique tribute came during spring training. "Its out of the respect that everyone in baseball has for Stan Musial and his legacy, and obviously the connection with Albert," Scioscia said. 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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Quayson Williams was 7 of 14 from beyond the arc to total 26 points and lead The Citadel to a dominating 119-90 win over NAIAs Truett-McConnell to give coach Duggar Baucom his 200th career win on Tuesday night.Frankie Johnson was 7 of 9 from the floor for 17 points, Warren Sledge added 15 and Brian White chipped in 13 for The Citadel (2-1). Zane Jajdawi had nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.Truett-McConnell stayed close, trailing 53-45 at the half, but the Bulldogs bbroke free in the second half, winning that period 66-45. Authentic Falcons Super Bowl 52 Jerseys. The Bears outshot the Bulldogs, hitting 47.1 percent from the floor, while The Citadel made 43.5 percent. 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Brandon Crawford followed with a double and it looked like Eduardo Nunez was going to drive in the tying run, but his liner was caught by third baseman Kris Bryant.We ran into a very hot pitcher whos throwing the ball very well and he was on top of his game, Bochy said. Still, youve got to generate some offense.I will say we hit some balls right at them, too. We couldve used a break on Nunezs ball. He just hit it right at him or right there the game is tied.Lester worked around Trevor Browns one-out double in the eighth. After a ninth-inning walk, he struck out Crawford -- his fourth of the game -- to end it with his 102nd pitch.Lester allowed three hits and walked two. The Cubs have won five straight to improve to 87-47. The last time they were 40 games over .500 was the end of the 1945 season.Its pretty incredible, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.David Ross had an RBI double and Dexter Fowler a run-scoring single in the third off Albert Suarez (3-3) as the Giants fell to a major league-worst 15-29 since the All-Star break.Lester walked Buster Posey with two outs in the first inning and followed by setting down 18 straight while getting some help.Bryant made a diving, backhand grab of Crawfords liner to lead off the fifth and Dexter Fowler made a sliding catch of pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinsons liner to center an inning later.We had some chances, Pence said. Crawford hit a double. Brownie hit the double. Nunez crushed that line drive right at him Dennard (Span) hit that line drive. They just happened to be there.The 32-year-old Lester threw a no-hitter on May 19, 2008, for Boston against Kansas City. He acknowledged he started thinking about a second one after the first inning and added, Anybody that tells you different is lying to you.The rookie Suarez retired the first six batters. He allowed three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings, settling down after his 34-pitch third.I thought he did a very nice job, Bochy said. He got in a jam there and couldve let it get away from him but he made big pitches. He found a way to keep it close and gave us five solid innings.TRAINERS ROOMGiants: Brown (illness) started after being unavailable Thursday, allowing Posey to play 1B. Brown tested negative for strep throat. ... 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Total Support Analysis In my last article I had done an analysis of the support received by the other batsmen in the team. There was an excellent response from the readers. The most important comments were posted by Mohanlal and couple of other readers who mentioned that the support should be looked at in its totality, including bowlers. This seemed to make a lot of sense. What is the point of having an excellent batting unit if the team has a weak bowling attack, as India has had often. Or the futility of a good bowling attack let down by the batting unit not putting enough runs on board. So I decided to extend the concept to its full extent: including batsmen, bowlers and the wicketkeeper. This will complete the fascinating exercise.The initial cut-off turned out to be simple. I decided on 25 Tests since that represented a very decent Test career: maybe nearing 100 wickets or 2000 runs, or a combination of 1000 runs and 70-80 wickets; 609 players qualified. Now came the actual work. Easier said than done. This turned out to be one tricky process as I started work on it. Instead of explaining all the obstacles on the road, I will explain the selection process first.I did the Total Support work for the first and second innings of the Test.1. Determined the top six batsmen based on CTX_Batting_average, irrespective of the batting position the batsman batted in. This ensured that the nightwatchmen do not throw spanners into the works.2. Determined the top four bowlers based on CTX_Bowling_average. Extra care was taken to ensure that non-regular bowlers do not take precedence over regular bowlers.3. Identified the wicketkeeper: the one who kept in the first innings. Both his keeping prowess, represented through the only dependable measure through the years: dismissals per match, and batting abilities were considered. I am not going to dilute this important measure with the mundane byes conceded measure. I believe strongly that byes are conceded due to mistakes of both bowler and keeper, or pitch defects. I have assigned 66.67% weight to the wicketkeeping skills and 33.33% to the batting ability. His value to the team is evaluated as a specialist.4. Multiple alternatives4.1.If the player is one of the six batsmen Include data of the other five batsmen, four bowlers, keeper and divide by 10.4.2.If the player is one of the four bowlers Include data of the six batsmen, other three bowlers, keeper and divide by 10.4.3.If the player is in both groups (Top A/R-Imran/Kapil/Botham) Include data of the other five batsmen, other three bowlers, keeper and the seventh-best batsman and divide by 10.4.4.If the player is not in either group (Average A/R-Yuvraj/Symonds) Include data of the six batsmen, four bowlers and keeper & divide by 11.4.5.If the player is the keeper Include data of the six batsmen and four bowlers & divide by 10.For batsmen, I take the CTX_Bat_Avge. I sum this across the six batsmen. As explained later, there are 34 instances in which the CTX_Bat_Avge values are greater than 100. For this exercise, I limit these values to 100.00. Lets face it, there is no great difference in the support factor whether a batsman is taken at 125 or 100. Terrific support is guaranteed, that is all.For bowlers, I take the CTX_Bow_Avge and calculate the index value as 2.0*(60.0-CTX_Bow_Avge). I limit the CTX_Bow_Avge values to 55.0 if they have captured 10 or more CTX wickets and the average is high. If there are insufficient number of bowlers, dummy bowlers are created with CTX_Avge of 57.5. All these are done so that one Fred Spofforth or Richard Hadlee will not dilute the process. I sum this across the four bowlers. Again, it is of interest that if ever the CTX_Bow_Avge goes below 5.0, the bowler index value will cross 10.0. But then, there is no single instance so far, and will be taken care of, if ever it happens.For wicketkeepers I take their average dismissals per match and multiply by 20 and assign the 66.67% weight. This is the only certain performance measure available. The highest figure so far is that of Adam Gilchrist, who snaffled 4.72 dismissals per match and garnered 62.94 points. The wicketkeeper is also evaluated as an allrounder. Accordingly, to this fixed value, the variable value of the batting, in the form of CTX values, is added.I have explained these calculations using Test #1824: Australia v England, Boxing Day, 2006 at MCG.The top six batsmen were Michael Hussey (1055 CTH runs at 95.91), Ricky Ponting (5431 at 65.43), Matthew Hayden (4350 at 61.27), Michael Clarke (672 at 51.69), Justin Langer (4355 at 48.93) and Brett Lee (647 at 29.41). The top four bowlers were Glenn McGrath (281 CTH wkts at 22.47), Stuart Clark (16 at 23.86 (actual 18.43, increased to career average)), Warne (310 at 26.59) and Lee (121 at 31.50). The index points for Adam Gilchrist is 79.03 (62.94 + 0.3333*48.29), 48.29 being Gilchrists CTH_Bat_Avge.The total index points for the six batsmen is 352.6 and for the four bowlers is 271.2.For Langer, the TSI is 65.39 = (Batsmen (352.6-48.93) + Bowlers (271.2) + WK(79.0))/10.For the non-batting-non-bowling Andrew Symonds, the TSI is 63.89 = (Batsmen (352.6) + Bowlers(271.2) + WK(79.0))/11.For Gilchrist, the TSI is 62.38 = (Batsmen (352.6) + Bowlers(271.2))/10.For McGrath, the TSI is 62.70 = (Batsmen (352.6) + Bowlers(271.2-75.1) + WK(79.0))/10.We should not forget that having Hussey, with over 1000 home runs at a near-100 average was some support, even for the experienced batsmen. That tremendous support element is reflected in these numbers. Husseys CTA average came down to 61.19, still a good figure, by the time he retired. Incidentally, Lee batted at No. 3 as a nightwatchman. But the way the process works, that fact is accounted for smoothly.Now for the tables. First, the players who have played a minimum of 25 Tests with very high TSI values. The first cut of this table had over 30 Australian players topping the table with no other team represented. Then I applied a tweak to give more weight to the bowlers contributions. This created a more balanced calculation process. The table is topped by Symonds, the below-par allrounder who almost always had the support of six top batsmen and four bowlers. But his contribution, in the form of his fielding and the energy he brought to the team, has to be appreciated. Then come a slew of Australians between 1990 and 2010.After six Australians comes Alviro Peterson, with the support of Graeme Smith, Amla, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander et al. Then a few Australians come in, a sequence broken by another average South African player, Paul Harris. The table is completed by a brace of the Australians from the fag-end of the Bradman era. Ashwell Prince, of South Africa, completes the table. After the top 20, the South African players find their way in comfortably. This Australian-African formation is broken by Seymour Nurse.Let us see what the average of just over 56 for Symonds in 26 Tests mean. It means that Symonds had the following collection of players in each of the Tests he played.A keeper like Gilchrist, six batsmen with average batting average of 50 and four bowlers with average bowling average of 28. That is one privileged career. Maybe also a problem since Symonds was also the perennial second rung all-rounder. But Hayden had only slightly lesser support for over 100 Tests.In general, a ball-park estimate is that an average TSI of over 50 is exceptional, above 45 is very good and around 40 is average. Anything below 35 should be considered very poor support. Since two teams monopolised the career TSI table, I have created a separate table to show the players from each team with the highest career TSI values. We have already seen the top players for Australia and South Africa: Symonds and Peterson. Nurse is the West Indian with the highest TSI value. His contemporaries were Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith and Lance Gibbs. Jonathan Trott, of England, is the most recent player in this table. Everyone knows about the level of support he received. Qasim Umar is a surprise topper for Pakistan. Javed Miandad, Imran Khan and Wasim Akram would be the main reasons.Yuvraj Singh leads the table for India. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh were the main supporting cast for Yuvraj. Tharanga Paranavitana had a distinguished set of players in Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas playing with him. Tom Latham, with the support of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee and Trent Boult is the top Kiwi player in this measure. Bryan Strang and Imrul Kayes complete the table for Zimbabwe and Bangladesh respectively. These are the players whose career TSI values are very low. It is not a surprise that the table is dominated by players from Bangladesh. Khaled Mashuds and Habibul Bashers TSI values are aroundd 35% of what Symonds and Hayden had. Cheap Saints Jerseys Online. These are the Tests in which the players clocked very high TSI values. It is no surprise that Australia has occupied the top 25 places. The first non-Australian player is Frank Worrell, in the 26th place.Symonds had the very strong Australian team for company and support. Lindsay Hassett had august company in the Adelaide Test during 1948 against India: Sid Barnes, Arthur Morris, Don Bradman, Keith Miller, Neil Harvey, Don Tallon, Ian Johnson, Ernie Toshack and Ray Lindwall. This was Harveys debut Test. Otherwise Hassetts TSI would have crossed 70. Clarkes support cast was Langer, Hayden, Ponting, Hussey, Warne, Lee, Clark and McGrath. Langers was in the same match. Langers next performance has already been explained.In order to complete the article I have created with a table listing the career TSI figures for some important players, without any specific comments. I refer the readers to the TSI of George Headley and Hadlee. The better quality of bowling support for a lone batting warrior like Brian Lara is reflected in the slightly better number for him. B. A primer on CTX values Over the past two years or so I have used the CTX values a lot more than the career average values. I use the career averages to get an idea of the players overall status, achievement of landmarks, creating what-if scenarios and so on. I tend to say Smith has come below 60, Voges is not going back to 90 again ever, Williamson has just crossed 50 etc. For the older players I tend to use facts such as Out of 291 qualifying batsmen, 37 have averages exceeding 50, 32 of the bowlers who have taken fifty or more wickets have bowling averages exceeding 40 etc.However, it is clear that I have used the CTX averages more and more for different types of analyses I do. First, let me define CTX. It is a collective reference to CTD (Career To Date), CTH (Career To Date Home) and CTA (Career To Date Away). Whether it was the quality of batsmen dismissed, WQAI for bowlers, quality of bowling faced, players reaching pinnacle, support level for batsmen/players et al, I have used CTX values.The reason is quite obvious. Most of the players have had careers which are characterised by ups and downs. Many players have started very well and have fallen off as the career progressed. Some examples are Viv Richards and Hussey. Some players have had very average starts to their careers and have really blossomed as they went along. Couple of examples are Murali and Graham Gooch. There is no comparison in numbers between the 20th and 50th Tests for Hussey and Murali. And within the Career To Date domain, home and away performances vary considerably. Miandad was a lion at home and not so fierce away.A couple of years back I set out to create a comprehensive CTX database within my main database. Now I have available, for each of the 2226 Tests (as I write), 22 data segments (one for each player) containing the CTD/CTH/CTA values relating to batting/bowling/fielding. All normalsation required is done at the time of data segment creation so that I can use the values as these are presented.There is no problem in the data values once a reasonable number of CTX Tests have been played, say ten. If a batsman has scored 800 runs in his first ten Tests and has an average of 65, I have absolutely no problem in accepting that. But I have to do something if a batsman averages 130 at the end of the third Test. Or a bowler averaging 6.5 for 15 wickets because of a terrific start. I have to do some clear tweaking and have explained these below.Batting: If the number of CTD innings is below 15, the CTD batting average is capped at the career batting average, if CTD is higher. If the number of CTH innings is below 10, the CTH batting average is capped at the career batting average, if CTH is higher. If the number of CTA innings is below 10, the CTA batting average is capped at the career batting average, if CTA is higher.Only one batsman, not surprisingly Don Bradman, is exempt from this tweak. Of course nightmare starts like Marvan Atapattus will remain as they are. These tweaks will take care of outrageous starts such as the ones Mohammad Azharuddin, Doug Walters, Lawrence Rowe, Rohit Sharma et al had. These batsmen were nowhere near as good as their first two to three Tests indicated. Bowling: If the number of CTD wickets is fewer than 30, the CTD bowling average is increased to the career bowling average, if CTD is lower. If the number of CTH wickets is fewer than 20, I increase the CTH bowling average to the career bowling average, if CTH is lower. If the number of CTA wickets is fewer than 20, the CTA bowling average is increased to the career bowling average, if CTA is lower.Of course nightmare starts like Shane Warnes or Aaqib Javeds will remain as they are.These tweaks will take care of outrageous starts such as the ones Narendra Hirwani, Bob Massie and John Lever had. Not one of these bowlers was anywhere near as good as his first two to three Tests indicated.I have given below some interesting facts on the distribution of averages to bring out the subtle difference between the career averages and CTX averages.Each of the 2226 Tests had 12 top batting performances (siz for each team). This works out to 26,712. Out of these, 4108 CTX averages were 50 or above, making it 15.38%. Contrast this with the career averages. A total of 518 batsmen scored 1000 or more runs in their career. Out of these, only 44 (8.5%) had averages exceeding 50.0. This clearly shows that it is much easier to reach a 50-level CTX performance than at the career level. I have recognised this fact when I scaled the average into an index. Out of these 518, only two batsmen (Bradman and Voges (for the next few days)) had career averages exceeding 70. On the other hand, there were over 500 CTX averages of over 70.In these Tests there were 15,529 qualifying bowling CTX performances. Out of these, 3121 (20.1%) had CTX bowling averages below 25.0. Contrastingly, out of the 376 bowlers who captured 50 or more wickets in their careers, only 64 (17%) had career averages below 25. The variation here is not as much as in the batting but is still significant.Bradman reached a CTX average of over 100 in 17 of the 52 Tests he played in. Most of these were in away Tests. Surprisingly, Miandad reached a CTA average of over 100 in eight Tests. And Miandad has the honour of reaching the highest CTX average ever: 154.33 before Test #832 against India in Lahore during 1978. Bradmans highest CTX average is 145.60, before Test #197 against England in Manchester during 1930. In addition to these two batsmen, Harvey reached 100 in two away Tests, Sunil Gavaskar reached 100 in two away Tests, Charlie Davis of West Indies crossed 100 in three home Tests and Jimmy Adams reached 100 in two away Tests. This makes a total of 34 such 100+ achievements. So it is a very rare feat.In contrast, 14 bowlers reached a CTX bowling average below 10.0. All these were pre-WW1 bowlers. Johnny Briggs achieved this feat five times, George Lohmann three times and Bobby Peel twice.Recently, Hirwani chipped in with 24 wickets at 10.71, Bedser had a haul of 22 wickets at 10.82, Bill Johnstons 29 wickets cost him 10.38 and Massies 21 away wicket cost 10.90 each.C. The all-time best Pakistani Test team Recently I did an article for Sportstar in which I selected an all-time best Indian XI, solely derived through analytical means. A reader wanted me to do a similar selection for Pakistan, who played their 400th Test recently. I have done that and presented the team below. The rating points are shown in parentheses.Hanif Mohammad (65.57) Saeed Anwar (62.89) Younis Khan (73.16) Javed Miandad (70.72) Inzamam-ul-Haq (69.25) Mohammad Yousuf (69.04) Imran Khan (C) (66.08) Kamran Akmal (75.91) Wasim Akram (79.97) Waqar Younis (75.18) Saqlain Mushtaq (61.29)Reserves Zaheer Abbas (61.71) Misbah-ul-Haq (61.97) Saeed Ahmed (60.47) Fazal Mahmood (67.49) Shoaib Akhtar (65.64) Saeed Ajmal (66.20)I will only give the broad outline of the work done here. To get the full details, please refer to the article. For batsmen, the parameters used are runs scored, batting average, away batting average, average quality of bowling faced, batsman support index and average of hundred scores through career. For bowlers, it was wickets captured, bowling average, bowling strike rate, bowling accuracy, away wickets captured, away bowling average and average quality of batsmen dismissed.Saeed Ajmals figures are better than those for Saqlain Mushtaq. However, this is mainly due to the fact that all his wickets have been deemed to be captured away. I consider UAE as away for Pakistan. Hence I downgraded the points secured by Ajmal and selected Saqlain Mushtaq. But Ajmal deserves his place as a reserve spinner. Abdul Qadirs numbers just do not come anywhere near these two spinners. On a subjective selection, he might very well get the nod. Kamran Akmals dismissals per Test figure of 4.3 is second only to Adam Gilchrists. The others would have selected themselves even in a subjective selection.Finally, any team that can afford to keep Zaheer Abbas, Fazal Mahmood and Shoaib Akhtar in the reserves bench better be a bloody good team. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Brandon Crawford followed with a double and it looked like Eduardo Nunez was going to drive in the tying run, but his liner was caught by third baseman Kris Bryant.We ran into a very hot pitcher whos throwing the ball very well and he was on top of his game, Bochy said. Still, youve got to generate some offense.I will say we hit some balls right at them, too. We couldve used a break on Nunezs ball. He just hit it right at him or right there the game is tied.Lester worked around Trevor Browns one-out double in the eighth. After a ninth-inning walk, he struck out Crawford -- his fourth of the game -- to end it with his 102nd pitch.Lester allowed three hits and walked two. The Cubs have won five straight to improve to 87-47. The last time they were 40 games over .500 was the end of the 1945 season.Its pretty incredible, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.David Ross had an RBI double and Dexter Fowler a run-scoring single in the third off Albert Suarez (3-3) as the Giants fell to a major league-worst 15-29 since the All-Star break.Lester walked Buster Posey with two outs in the first inning and followed by setting down 18 straight while getting some help.Bryant made a diving, backhand grab of Crawfords liner to lead off the fifth and Dexter Fowler made a sliding catch of pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinsons liner to center an inning later.We had some chances, Pence said. Crawford hit a double. Brownie hit the double. Nunez crushed that line drive right at him Dennard (Span) hit that line drive. They just happened to be there.The 32-year-old Lester threw a no-hitter on May 19, 2008, for Boston against Kansas City. 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The Americans, skipped by John Shuster, seized the advantage in the eighth end by scoring five points for a 7-3 lead. The Czechs pulled two back in the ninth, but Shusters team of third Jeff Isaacson, second Jared Zezel and lead John Landsteiner ended with another point to secure the last Olympic berth on offer.http://www.wholesalesaintsjerseys.com/ . -- Stanfords Kevin Danser knelt on one knee and hardly moved on the sideline as Michigan State celebrated its Rose Bowl victory and his Cardinal teammates made their way to the locker room. This article is in three parts. The first is the main article extending the scope of player support to all the disciplines: batting, bowling and wicketkeeping. The second is a primer into the CTX methodology I have been using in various analyses I have done recently. The third is an analysis-based all-time best Pakistan XI, as asked for my long-time reader, Abdullah Khalid.A. Total Support Analysis In my last article I had done an analysis of the support received by the other batsmen in the team. There was an excellent response from the readers. The most important comments were posted by Mohanlal and couple of other readers who mentioned that the support should be looked at in its totality, including bowlers. This seemed to make a lot of sense. What is the point of having an excellent batting unit if the team has a weak bowling attack, as India has had often. Or the futility of a good bowling attack let down by the batting unit not putting enough runs on board. So I decided to extend the concept to its full extent: including batsmen, bowlers and the wicketkeeper. This will complete the fascinating exercise.The initial cut-off turned out to be simple. I decided on 25 Tests since that represented a very decent Test career: maybe nearing 100 wickets or 2000 runs, or a combination of 1000 runs and 70-80 wickets; 609 players qualified. Now came the actual work. Easier said than done. This turned out to be one tricky process as I started work on it. Instead of explaining all the obstacles on the road, I will explain the selection process first.I did the Total Support work for the first and second innings of the Test.1. Determined the top six batsmen based on CTX_Batting_average, irrespective of the batting position the batsman batted in. This ensured that the nightwatchmen do not throw spanners into the works.2. Determined the top four bowlers based on CTX_Bowling_average. Extra care was taken to ensure that non-regular bowlers do not take precedence over regular bowlers.3. Identified the wicketkeeper: the one who kept in the first innings. Both his keeping prowess, represented through the only dependable measure through the years: dismissals per match, and batting abilities were considered. I am not going to dilute this important measure with the mundane byes conceded measure. I believe strongly that byes are conceded due to mistakes of both bowler and keeper, or pitch defects. I have assigned 66.67% weight to the wicketkeeping skills and 33.33% to the batting ability. His value to the team is evaluated as a specialist.4. Multiple alternatives4.1.If the player is one of the six batsmen Include data of the other five batsmen, four bowlers, keeper and divide by 10.4.2.If the player is one of the four bowlers Include data of the six batsmen, other three bowlers, keeper and divide by 10.4.3.If the player is in both groups (Top A/R-Imran/Kapil/Botham) Include data of the other five batsmen, other three bowlers, keeper and the seventh-best batsman and divide by 10.4.4.If the player is not in either group (Average A/R-Yuvraj/Symonds) Include data of the six batsmen, four bowlers and keeper & divide by 11.4.5.If the player is the keeper Include data of the six batsmen and four bowlers & divide by 10.For batsmen, I take the CTX_Bat_Avge. I sum this across the six batsmen. As explained later, there are 34 instances in which the CTX_Bat_Avge values are greater than 100. For this exercise, I limit these values to 100.00. Lets face it, there is no great difference in the support factor whether a batsman is taken at 125 or 100. Terrific support is guaranteed, that is all.For bowlers, I take the CTX_Bow_Avge and calculate the index value as 2.0*(60.0-CTX_Bow_Avge). I limit the CTX_Bow_Avge values to 55.0 if they have captured 10 or more CTX wickets and the average is high. If there are insufficient number of bowlers, dummy bowlers are created with CTX_Avge of 57.5. All these are done so that one Fred Spofforth or Richard Hadlee will not dilute the process. I sum this across the four bowlers. Again, it is of interest that if ever the CTX_Bow_Avge goes below 5.0, the bowler index value will cross 10.0. But then, there is no single instance so far, and will be taken care of, if ever it happens.For wicketkeepers I take their average dismissals per match and multiply by 20 and assign the 66.67% weight. This is the only certain performance measure available. The highest figure so far is that of Adam Gilchrist, who snaffled 4.72 dismissals per match and garnered 62.94 points. The wicketkeeper is also evaluated as an allrounder. Accordingly, to this fixed value, the variable value of the batting, in the form of CTX values, is added.I have explained these calculations using Test #1824: Australia v England, Boxing Day, 2006 at MCG.The top six batsmen were Michael Hussey (1055 CTH runs at 95.91), Ricky Ponting (5431 at 65.43), Matthew Hayden (4350 at 61.27), Michael Clarke (672 at 51.69), Justin Langer (4355 at 48.93) and Brett Lee (647 at 29.41). The top four bowlers were Glenn McGrath (281 CTH wkts at 22.47), Stuart Clark (16 at 23.86 (actual 18.43, increased to career average)), Warne (310 at 26.59) and Lee (121 at 31.50). The index points for Adam Gilchrist is 79.03 (62.94 + 0.3333*48.29), 48.29 being Gilchrists CTH_Bat_Avge.The total index points for the six batsmen is 352.6 and for the four bowlers is 271.2.For Langer, the TSI is 65.39 = (Batsmen (352.6-48.93) + Bowlers (271.2) + WK(79.0))/10.For the non-batting-non-bowling Andrew Symonds, the TSI is 63.89 = (Batsmen (352.6) + Bowlers(271.2) + WK(79.0))/11.For Gilchrist, the TSI is 62.38 = (Batsmen (352.6) + Bowlers(271.2))/10.For McGrath, the TSI is 62.70 = (Batsmen (352.6) + Bowlers(271.2-75.1) + WK(79.0))/10.We should not forget that having Hussey, with over 1000 home runs at a near-100 average was some support, even for the experienced batsmen. That tremendous support element is reflected in these numbers. Husseys CTA average came down to 61.19, still a good figure, by the time he retired. Incidentally, Lee batted at No. 3 as a nightwatchman. But the way the process works, that fact is accounted for smoothly.Now for the tables. First, the players who have played a minimum of 25 Tests with very high TSI values. The first cut of this table had over 30 Australian players topping the table with no other team represented. Then I applied a tweak to give more weight to the bowlers contributions. This created a more balanced calculation process. The table is topped by Symonds, the below-par allrounder who almost always had the support of six top batsmen and four bowlers. But his contribution, in the form of his fielding and the energy he brought to the team, has to be appreciated. Then come a slew of Australians between 1990 and 2010.After six Australians comes Alviro Peterson, with the support of Graeme Smith, Amla, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander et al. Then a few Australians come in, a sequence broken by another average South African player, Paul Harris. The table is completed by a brace of the Australians from the fag-end of the Bradman era. Ashwell Prince, of South Africa, completes the table. After the top 20, the South African players find their way in comfortably. This Australian-African formation is broken by Seymour Nurse.Let us see what the average of just over 56 for Symonds in 26 Tests mean. It means that Symonds had the following collection of players in each of the Tests he played.A keeper like Gilchrist, six batsmen with average batting average of 50 and four bowlers with average bowling average of 28. That is one privileged career. Maybe also a problem since Symonds was also the perennial second rung all-rounder. But Hayden had only slightly lesser support for over 100 Tests.In general, a ball-park estimate is that an average TSI of over 50 is exceptional, above 45 is very good and around 40 is average. Anything below 35 should be considered very poor support. Since two teams monopolised the career TSI table, I have created a separate table to show the players from each team with the highest career TSI values. We have already seen the top players for Australia and South Africa: Symonds and Peterson. Nurse is the West Indian with the highest TSI value. His contemporaries were Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Clive Lloyd, Conrad Hunte, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith and Lance Gibbs. Jonathan Trott, of England, is the most recent player in this table. Everyone knows about the level of support he received. Qasim Umar is a surprise topper for Pakistan. Javed Miandad, Imran Khan and Wasim Akram would be the main reasons.Yuvraj Singh leads the table for India. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh were the main supporting cast for Yuvraj. Tharanga Paranavitana had a distinguished set of players in Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas playing with him. Tom Latham, with the support of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee and Trent Boult is the top Kiwi player in this measure. Bryan Strang and Imrul Kayes complete the table for Zimbabwe and Bangladesh respectively. These are the players whose career TSI values are very low. It is not a surprise that the table is dominated by players from Bangladesh. Khaled Mashuds and Habibul Bashers TSI values are aroundd 35% of what Symonds and Hayden had. Cheap Saints Jerseys Online. These are the Tests in which the players clocked very high TSI values. It is no surprise that Australia has occupied the top 25 places. The first non-Australian player is Frank Worrell, in the 26th place.Symonds had the very strong Australian team for company and support. Lindsay Hassett had august company in the Adelaide Test during 1948 against India: Sid Barnes, Arthur Morris, Don Bradman, Keith Miller, Neil Harvey, Don Tallon, Ian Johnson, Ernie Toshack and Ray Lindwall. This was Harveys debut Test. Otherwise Hassetts TSI would have crossed 70. Clarkes support cast was Langer, Hayden, Ponting, Hussey, Warne, Lee, Clark and McGrath. Langers was in the same match. Langers next performance has already been explained.In order to complete the article I have created with a table listing the career TSI figures for some important players, without any specific comments. I refer the readers to the TSI of George Headley and Hadlee. The better quality of bowling support for a lone batting warrior like Brian Lara is reflected in the slightly better number for him. B. A primer on CTX values Over the past two years or so I have used the CTX values a lot more than the career average values. I use the career averages to get an idea of the players overall status, achievement of landmarks, creating what-if scenarios and so on. I tend to say Smith has come below 60, Voges is not going back to 90 again ever, Williamson has just crossed 50 etc. For the older players I tend to use facts such as Out of 291 qualifying batsmen, 37 have averages exceeding 50, 32 of the bowlers who have taken fifty or more wickets have bowling averages exceeding 40 etc.However, it is clear that I have used the CTX averages more and more for different types of analyses I do. First, let me define CTX. It is a collective reference to CTD (Career To Date), CTH (Career To Date Home) and CTA (Career To Date Away). Whether it was the quality of batsmen dismissed, WQAI for bowlers, quality of bowling faced, players reaching pinnacle, support level for batsmen/players et al, I have used CTX values.The reason is quite obvious. Most of the players have had careers which are characterised by ups and downs. Many players have started very well and have fallen off as the career progressed. Some examples are Viv Richards and Hussey. Some players have had very average starts to their careers and have really blossomed as they went along. Couple of examples are Murali and Graham Gooch. There is no comparison in numbers between the 20th and 50th Tests for Hussey and Murali. And within the Career To Date domain, home and away performances vary considerably. Miandad was a lion at home and not so fierce away.A couple of years back I set out to create a comprehensive CTX database within my main database. Now I have available, for each of the 2226 Tests (as I write), 22 data segments (one for each player) containing the CTD/CTH/CTA values relating to batting/bowling/fielding. All normalsation required is done at the time of data segment creation so that I can use the values as these are presented.There is no problem in the data values once a reasonable number of CTX Tests have been played, say ten. If a batsman has scored 800 runs in his first ten Tests and has an average of 65, I have absolutely no problem in accepting that. But I have to do something if a batsman averages 130 at the end of the third Test. Or a bowler averaging 6.5 for 15 wickets because of a terrific start. I have to do some clear tweaking and have explained these below.Batting: If the number of CTD innings is below 15, the CTD batting average is capped at the career batting average, if CTD is higher. If the number of CTH innings is below 10, the CTH batting average is capped at the career batting average, if CTH is higher. If the number of CTA innings is below 10, the CTA batting average is capped at the career batting average, if CTA is higher.Only one batsman, not surprisingly Don Bradman, is exempt from this tweak. Of course nightmare starts like Marvan Atapattus will remain as they are. These tweaks will take care of outrageous starts such as the ones Mohammad Azharuddin, Doug Walters, Lawrence Rowe, Rohit Sharma et al had. These batsmen were nowhere near as good as their first two to three Tests indicated. Bowling: If the number of CTD wickets is fewer than 30, the CTD bowling average is increased to the career bowling average, if CTD is lower. If the number of CTH wickets is fewer than 20, I increase the CTH bowling average to the career bowling average, if CTH is lower. If the number of CTA wickets is fewer than 20, the CTA bowling average is increased to the career bowling average, if CTA is lower.Of course nightmare starts like Shane Warnes or Aaqib Javeds will remain as they are.These tweaks will take care of outrageous starts such as the ones Narendra Hirwani, Bob Massie and John Lever had. Not one of these bowlers was anywhere near as good as his first two to three Tests indicated.I have given below some interesting facts on the distribution of averages to bring out the subtle difference between the career averages and CTX averages.Each of the 2226 Tests had 12 top batting performances (siz for each team). This works out to 26,712. Out of these, 4108 CTX averages were 50 or above, making it 15.38%. Contrast this with the career averages. A total of 518 batsmen scored 1000 or more runs in their career. Out of these, only 44 (8.5%) had averages exceeding 50.0. This clearly shows that it is much easier to reach a 50-level CTX performance than at the career level. I have recognised this fact when I scaled the average into an index. Out of these 518, only two batsmen (Bradman and Voges (for the next few days)) had career averages exceeding 70. On the other hand, there were over 500 CTX averages of over 70.In these Tests there were 15,529 qualifying bowling CTX performances. Out of these, 3121 (20.1%) had CTX bowling averages below 25.0. Contrastingly, out of the 376 bowlers who captured 50 or more wickets in their careers, only 64 (17%) had career averages below 25. The variation here is not as much as in the batting but is still significant.Bradman reached a CTX average of over 100 in 17 of the 52 Tests he played in. Most of these were in away Tests. Surprisingly, Miandad reached a CTA average of over 100 in eight Tests. And Miandad has the honour of reaching the highest CTX average ever: 154.33 before Test #832 against India in Lahore during 1978. Bradmans highest CTX average is 145.60, before Test #197 against England in Manchester during 1930. In addition to these two batsmen, Harvey reached 100 in two away Tests, Sunil Gavaskar reached 100 in two away Tests, Charlie Davis of West Indies crossed 100 in three home Tests and Jimmy Adams reached 100 in two away Tests. This makes a total of 34 such 100+ achievements. So it is a very rare feat.In contrast, 14 bowlers reached a CTX bowling average below 10.0. All these were pre-WW1 bowlers. Johnny Briggs achieved this feat five times, George Lohmann three times and Bobby Peel twice.Recently, Hirwani chipped in with 24 wickets at 10.71, Bedser had a haul of 22 wickets at 10.82, Bill Johnstons 29 wickets cost him 10.38 and Massies 21 away wicket cost 10.90 each.C. The all-time best Pakistani Test team Recently I did an article for Sportstar in which I selected an all-time best Indian XI, solely derived through analytical means. A reader wanted me to do a similar selection for Pakistan, who played their 400th Test recently. I have done that and presented the team below. The rating points are shown in parentheses.Hanif Mohammad (65.57) Saeed Anwar (62.89) Younis Khan (73.16) Javed Miandad (70.72) Inzamam-ul-Haq (69.25) Mohammad Yousuf (69.04) Imran Khan (C) (66.08) Kamran Akmal (75.91) Wasim Akram (79.97) Waqar Younis (75.18) Saqlain Mushtaq (61.29)Reserves Zaheer Abbas (61.71) Misbah-ul-Haq (61.97) Saeed Ahmed (60.47) Fazal Mahmood (67.49) Shoaib Akhtar (65.64) Saeed Ajmal (66.20)I will only give the broad outline of the work done here. To get the full details, please refer to the article. For batsmen, the parameters used are runs scored, batting average, away batting average, average quality of bowling faced, batsman support index and average of hundred scores through career. For bowlers, it was wickets captured, bowling average, bowling strike rate, bowling accuracy, away wickets captured, away bowling average and average quality of batsmen dismissed.Saeed Ajmals figures are better than those for Saqlain Mushtaq. However, this is mainly due to the fact that all his wickets have been deemed to be captured away. I consider UAE as away for Pakistan. Hence I downgraded the points secured by Ajmal and selected Saqlain Mushtaq. But Ajmal deserves his place as a reserve spinner. Abdul Qadirs numbers just do not come anywhere near these two spinners. On a subjective selection, he might very well get the nod. Kamran Akmals dismissals per Test figure of 4.3 is second only to Adam Gilchrists. The others would have selected themselves even in a subjective selection.Finally, any team that can afford to keep Zaheer Abbas, Fazal Mahmood and Shoaib Akhtar in the reserves bench better be a bloody good team. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Air Max 95 Womens Sale . - Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn said wide receiver Julio Jones, who is dealing with turf toe, is a game-time decision for Sundays road matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, but Quinn added that he anticipates that Jones will play.Jones is listed as questionable on the injury report. He did not practice all week but did participate in walkthroughs. Jones jogged through some light drills without a helmet at the start of Fridays practice.Well do some stuff at the walkthrough (Saturday), and then Sunday well go out and let him run some full-speed routes, go through the process, Quinn said after Fridays practice. Its not the catching. Just want to see the full-speed routes. Thats what the plan is. His intent is to go and play. Were anticipating that, but well see where it goes on Sunday morning.Jones has dealt with ankle, calf, knee and shoulder injuries this season without missing a game. He suffered turf toe in this past Sundays 29-28 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.Medical experts say the mildest case of turf toe typically requires one to four weeks of recovery.Jones leads the NFL with 1,253 receiving yards on 72 catches with five touchdowns.Quinn did rule out Jones fellow wide receiver Mohamed Sanu with a groin strain and defensive end Adrian Clayborn coming off knee surgery, but the coach sounded optimistic about left tackle Jake Matthews playing coming off a knee sprain. Matthews is listed as questionable, as is backup safety Robenson Therezie (ankle).Jake practiced today and looked really good, Quinn said.The potential of playing without Jones and Sanu means the Falcons will need players such as Taylor Gabriel, Justin Hardy?and Aldrick Robinson to step up at wide receiver for quarterback Matt Ryan. The Falcons also promoted Nick Williams from the practice squad Friday, a move directly related to Sanus status.The 7-5 Falcons are tied atop the NFC South with Tampa Bay with four games remaining. The Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints (5-7) Sunday. Cheap Air Max 95 Trainers . Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup. Nike Air Max Bw Classic For Sale . Vokoun departed practice on Saturday morning after discovering swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. http://www.arbbot.org/cheap-air-max-tavas-29-tx/ . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. It seems Bruno Fornarolis profane sign off after Melbourne Citys breakthrough FFA Cup win might have been lost in translation.The Uruguayan, whose native language is Spanish, was heard to say And f..k off! as he threw prepared cue cards into the air at the end of a faltering victory speech at AAMI Park on Wednesday night.The City skipper explained his rude slip of the tongue the morning after his sides historic 1-0 win over Sydney FC.I went to say vamos, nothing more. When you win the first cup for the club it was amazing so it was a great moment and I went to say vamos, Fornaroli told reporters.Vamos is a Spanish word than can mean Lets go!.But I said something different I think, he continued.If someone feels bad for (me saying) this then Im sorrry but it was not what I wanted to say. Cheap Nike Air Max Classic Bw Mens. In this moment it was difficult to speak because I still have the game inside and Im crazy for the moment.City won the first silverware in the clubs history after superstar striker Tim Cahill found the net with a deft header in the 53rd minute.Fornaroli is hopeful the win can help spur his side onto a maiden A-League title.This is the first step ... we dont have time to celebrate too much, he said.I think this is the best (of my career) because its the first cup for the club.I think this group goes into history now. Its amazing not only for me but for the whole club. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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LATROBE, Pa. Replica Peru Jerseys . -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesnt want to face a suspension. He is also not interested in talking to NFL representatives, either.The NFLs senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, Adolpho Birch, sent a letter Monday to the NFL Players Association detailing a plan to indefinitely suspend Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal if they dont speak with the league by Aug. 25 as part of its investigation into an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.The players punishment would end at the discretion of Commissioner Roger Goodell once interviews are completed, according to the letter obtained by The Associated Press.Harrison said he isnt interested.Im not going to answer questions for every little thing that some Tom, Dick and Harry comes up with, Harrison said. If thats the case, somebody can come out and say that James Harrison is a pedophile. (Are) they going to suspend me and put me in an investigation for being a pedophile just because somebody said it?Harrison said he doesnt want to be suspended, but he is prepared to take the situation as far as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who fought his four-game Deflategate suspension for 18 months -- nearly to the U.S. Supreme Court -- before deciding to no longer proceed with the legal process. His suspension begins next month.When it comes down to it, I want to play, but its certain rules and things they need to go through that they didnt even go through just to start an investigation, Harrison said at training camp.Harrison said in June he would only agree to an interview if it were at his home and Goodell was present. He extended his invitation again on Tuesday.Like I said before, I dont have a problem with doing an interview, Harrison said. Come to my house. Bring Roger with you.Harrison said he would lean in the direction of speaking with the league if the Steelers suggest an interview because he doesnt want to let his teammates and the organization down.Ill have to deal with that when the time comes, Harrison said.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he is staying out of it.This has nothing to do with us, Tomlin said. This is between him and the (NFLPA) and the league. I assume that he is going to do what he needs to do.Goodells power to punish players has been an increasingly difficult issue between the NFL and the union in recent years, highlighted by the Brady case and that of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson , who fought his suspension over allegations of child abuse.Harrison, a 14-year veteran, is a longtime leader of the Steelers. Matthews and Peppers are key players for Green Bays defense, and Neal is currently a free agent who spent the past six seasons with the Packers.Matthews and Peppers did not talk with reporters on Tuesday. Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson said the Packers would support the players, but declined to discuss the case.Everybody in the worlds going to be talking about it, but Im not going to have anything to say about it, the Packers will not have anything to say about it until it gets resolved, Thompson said. Youd rather have those players than not. Im not saying that we wouldnt miss `em if they are not able to play.The NFL first notified the four players on Jan. 11 about the investigation into a report by Al-Jazeera including allegations made by Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic, about the use of PEDs by several athletes, including the four linebackers. Sly later recanted his claims. Retired quarterback Peyton Manning was also cited in the report, but the NFL cleared him after a separate investigation in which the Broncos star granted interviews and provided all records sought by league investigators.Birch, in his letter, said the league has made at least seven attempts to arrange interviews with the linebackers. The players have refused to be interviewed without being presented with what theyve called credible evidence. Affidavits were sent by the NFLPA on behalf of the players, but Birch dismissed each as statements wholly devoid of any detail.Harrison said in his statement, sent to Birch on July 25 by the NFLPA, that he never met nor communicated with the source of the Al Jazeera report and has never violated the NFLs policy on performance-enhancing substances.Neither the CBA nor the policy state that a player must agree to an in-person interview based upon random, baseless verbal remarks or face discipline for a failure to cooperate with a league investigation, union attorney Heather McPhee wrote then on Harrisons behalf.Birch cited Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement in noting the discipline that can come for noncooperation or obstruction.We cannot accept your unilateral assertion that the cursory, untested statements you have submitted satisfy the players obligation, Birch wrote.Harrison said Tuesday that he didnt get a chance to read the letter sent to him by the league and that he is following the advice of union attorneys.Ill do what I have to do, theyll do what they have to do and well make that decision when the time comes, Harrison said. Im just doing what Im advised to do. Its the right thing to do.---AP freelance writer Todd McMahon contributed to this report from Green Bay, Wisconsin.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap Football Peru Jerseys . -- The Sacramento Kings are set to become the first major professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin virtual currency for ticket and merchandise purchases. Womens Peru Jerseys .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays season opener in Detroit. http://www.cheapperujerseys.com/ . At a Manhattan federal court hearing, attorney Jordan Siev said his law office has gotten more evidence nearly every day to support its lawsuit accusing MLB and Selig of going on a "witch hunt" to ruin Rodriguezs reputation and career. He said the defendants went "way over the line. NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner were born about five months apart in 1997.And its entirely possible both teenage prospects will be suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL next season.The Maple Leafs may be turning 100 years old next year, but the centennial edition of the team is likely to be brimming with youth and inexperience.Toronto could have as many as seven rookies on the roster in the fall, the first real signs the seeds planted in the Brendan Shanahan era are starting to blossom.I think well be really exciting, Leafs coach Mike Babcock said last month.For now, Matthews and Marner have to be content with top billing at the Leafs weeklong development camp in Niagara Falls.Toronto is getting its first up-close look at Matthews, the Arizona-born center who played last season for the top Swiss League team in Zurich.Like each of the 41 prospects invited to the camp, Matthews bounced from rink to rink at Gale Centre Arena on Tuesday morning to work on various skills.On one pad, Matthews and his group worked with Leafs skating coach Barb Underhill. The group looked at times like synchronized swimmers performing carefully choreographed movements, only on skates.Underhill quickly noticed a flaw in Matthews stride: his left shoulder wasnt coming across enough.She definitely paid close attention to it so Ill try and work on it throughout the week, Matthews said.Slight skating hitch aside, expectations will be high for Matthews. Hes a real threat to become the first Leaf to win the Calder Trophy as top rookie in 50 years.Hes likely to be joined in Torontos rookie spotlight by William Nylander, who shined intermittently with 13 points in his first 22 NHL games, and perhaps Marner, who dominated in the Ontario Hockey League again last season, leading all players in postseason scoring en route to the Memorial Cup.The ongoing question for Marner is whether hes physically ready for the NHL.Currently around 163 pounds, Marner is trying to get to 170 for the fall.I just want to make sure that I feel comfortable enough to go out against men and play hard and play my game and make sure I can go out there and do things I like to do, said Marner, the London Knights star and fourth overall pick of the 2015 draft.Its worth wondering how any added weight will affect the speed and shiftiness which helped the TThornhill, Ontario, native become one of the OHLs most productive talents. Cheap Peru Soccer Jerseys. Marner recalled entering the league at 165 pounds and feeling a touch too slow.He dropped 5 pounds and felt like himself again.If the Leafs decide Marner isnt ready for the NHL, they can return him to the Knights for another season.Toronto will be young and inexperienced regardless of whether Marner makes the lineup or not. Just how young likely depends on how many rising talents are ready to make the leap.Nikita Soshnikov, 22, and 24-year-old Zach Hyman impressed during a brief NHL stint at the end of last season.So too did Connor Brown, a 22-year-old Toronto native who had six points in his first seven games, including a three-point game that preceded his return to the AHLs Toronto Marlies.Also joining the Leafs is 24-year-old former KHL defenseman Nikita Zaitsev.That could mean seven rookies on the roster initially (and perhaps more as the season wears on) as well as a number of others with limited NHL experience, including new No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen.How Babcock employs that young talent is worth watching. Will he lean toward veteran Matt Hunwick on the teams defensive top pair or opt to play 22-year-old Morgan Rielly with 24-year-old Martin Marincin, who offered glimpses of potential late last season?Shanahan was hired in April 2014, but the true fruits of his labor are only now beginning to show, just as the team sports a new logo and uniform both driven from his office.The Shanahan-led front office shuffled out stale personnel from old management groups in the previous two seasons while accumulating scores of picks and prospects.Now, however, the process begins turning toward players drafted and developed by the current regime, beginning with Nylander, the first pick of Shanahans tenure.Sensing that incoming infusion of youth, the Leafs sought veterans on the free-agent market. They signed 27-year-old Matt Martin and 30-year-old Roman Polak, who returns to the Leafs after being traded to San Jose last season.Other veteran roles for the Leafs next season will be Leo Komarov, an alternate captain last season, returning center Tyler Bozak and Brooks Laich, easily the oldest Leaf at the ripe age of 33. Cheap NFL JerseysCheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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Earlier this week, we determined that Danica Patrick was, in fact, the Chicago Cubs good luck charm after her presence at Game 5 of the World Series propelled the team to a win. Cheap Nike Air Max Bw .And on Tuesday night, the devoted fan and NASCAR driver was watching Game 6 from the comfy confines of her couch. She was clearly shocked and thrilled to see her beloved Cubs stave off elimination against the Cleveland Indians yet again and force a Game 7.Did that just happen?!?! Holy smokes! Go cubs! ??????????????????A photo posted by Danica Patrick (@danicapatrick) onNov 1, 2016 at 5:20pm PDTClearly just her viewership alone can help the team. Will that be enough tonight in Game 7? Well just have to wait and see, I guess.See something entertaining on social media that you think deserves to be shared? Let me know on Twitter, @darcymaine_espn. Nike 95 Trainers For Sale . "We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defence. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come," said Knighthawks head coach Mike Hasen. Air Max 95 Womens Sale . The nimble-footed quarterback got his wish, dashing through the snow and a weary defence all the way into the NCAA record book. http://www.arbbot.org/cheap-nike-vapormax-womens-76-wo/ .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. TORONTO -- Kansas City right-hander Yordano Ventura has a Grade 1 sprain of his right ankle but is expected to make his next start, Friday against Seattle.Ventura left in the third inning of Sundays 7-2 loss at Philadelphia. He was injured running the bases after collecting his second career base hit. Ventura lined a single to right but got hurt running to second on Alex Gordons double-play grounder.Ventura stayed in to pitch the bottom half but left after a two-out hoomer by Cody Asche. Air Max 360 Mens 2018. .Were holding out hope that hes going to be able to make his next start, manager Ned Yost said before Mondays game at Toronto. Well see where hes at tomorrow.Yost said Ventura will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday if he is able. A Grade 1 sprain is the least severe.Ventura is 6-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 16 starts. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaNFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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