(BBC) – Pakistan batsman Babar Azam must “become a match-winner” before he can be compared to the likes of England’s Joe Root or India’s Virat Kohli, says former all-rounder Shahid Afridi.Babar, 25, scored 69 and five as Pakistan lost to England in the first Test of the three-match series. He averages 44.74 from 27 Tests.“He is very talented – the backbone of the team – but needs to score big runs,” Afridi told BBC Sport before the second Test, which starts today.Babar is ranked as the number one batsman in Twenty20s and third in one-day-internationals, but Afridi – who retired from playing for Pakistan in 2017 – says he has more to do in the longer format of the game.“If Babar wants to become like Root, Kohli, Australia’s Steve Smith or South African AB de Villiers then he needs to convert his fifties into hundreds,” the 40-year-old added.The young pace duo of Naseem Shah, 17, and Shaheen Afridi, 20, impressed for the tourists in the thrilling first Test but Afridi warns that it is too soon to be drawing comparisons with Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.“We have high expectation of Naseem and Shaheen,” said Afridi.“They are young, energetic and highly talented, but if they are to become like Wasim and Waqar then they have to be consistent in their performance and we have to win matches.“They need to just take the pressure which they are under, enjoy the game and give 100%.”‘Azhar’s consistency isn’t there’Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has come in for criticism after he failed to score in the first innings against England in the first Test and was out for 18 in the second innings.In his post-match interview, Azhar also admitted to BBC’s Test Match Special that perhaps he “was too late to bring fielders up” in the hosts’ run-chase.Afridi says Azhar needs to first improve his own displays with the bat to help his side level the series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.“If you look at Azhar’s track record, the consistency in performance hasn’t quite been there,” added Afridi.“When any team loses the captain is criticised. That will always be there. But his own performance is very important. As the captain he is the base.”Bouncing back against ‘world-class’ EnglandAfridi scored 11 196 international runs and took 541 wickets in all three formats of the game.He expects Pakistan to react strongly against a “world-class England team” in the second Test.“I’m totally confident Pakistan will always bounce back very well,” he said.“Our squad is very good. We have experienced management and players, good batsmen and players.”
The eighth edition of St. Martins Nursery and Primary School, Surulere, Lagos, will take place on Wednesday February 15 at the Yaba College of Technology.The pupils, who have been involved to several practice sessions since their resumption for the second term, are expected to be at their best when the chips are down.According to the Games Master of the school, Daniel Evaron, the pupils have been well trained and, therefore, charged parents and guardians to turn out in large numbers to cheer their children and wards. To add spice to the event, eight schools have been invited for the invitation relay event and these include; Rabol Private School, St. Catherine Model School, Mount Carmel Catholic Nursery/Primary School, Handmaid Nursery/Primary School, among others. For the first time in the school’s inter house sports, pupils from the kindergarten class would be participating in some of the events.Evaron said arrangements have been put in place for a Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, to convey the pupils from the school to the venue of the competition and back to the school.Meanwhile, security arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the pupils are well protected.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“All PSG have to do is turn on the gas tap,” he said, referring to Qatar’s massive gas reserves. “This is what PSG have been doing for the past four years.”Tebas said it was not a level playing field for clubs.“Teams that use use financial doping play for an entire year and can win their league or a European trophy, although some have lost as well.“So it is not fair to the victims which are the teams playing by the rules. We have to get a system that is fair to the victims.“The rules are there on the books.”Tebas said however he was not pushing for PSG or City to be banned from European competition.“We are not looking to kick them out, (but) if we don’t do anything then now it will be PSG and Manchester City and then in the future it will be a sheikh from Bahrain, or a Malysian businessman who will ‘deform’ the industry.”He said he took some hope from the fact that Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has “settled down” in his spending.Tebas insisted that the Spanish league dealt severely with clubs who contravened their rules regarding financing.“We have relegated teams to the second tier for some of those practices and kicked teams out of competitions,” he said.Barcelona faced criticism for carrying sponsorship from the Qatar Foundation and later Qatar Airways on their shirts, but Tebas argued he was not being “hypocritical” in defending that deal.“They paid a market price because a non-state company, a Japanese one, then came along and paid more.“When contracts are not reflecting real market incomes — as in money not derived directly from football — then we take action.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Qatari-owned French side Paris Saint-Germain are “laughing” at the financial fair play (FPP) system, a combative Javier Tebas, president of Spain’s La Liga, said on Wednesday.The 55-year-old also warned that if he was not satisfied with UEFA’s response to La Liga’s concerns regarding the lavish spending of both PSG and Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City then he would consider taking his case to Brussels and the European Union.PSG stunned the football world when they prised Brazilian superstar Neymar away from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($264 million) and then took Monaco’s highly-rated French star Kylian Mbappe on loan with an option to buy him for 180 million euros.In response, UEFA launched an investigation to see whether the club has broken FPP rules.Manchester City also spent heavily in the last transfer window, lavishing an estimated £221 million (242 million euros, $288 million) on players although they offloaded several too.– ‘It can’t be tolerated’ –“PSG are laughing at the system,” Tebas said at the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester, speaking through a translator.“A Spanish journalist defined it, and I hope I am not being rude, as like they were peeing in the bed or the swimming pool.“Well Neymar has gone on to the diving board and peed into the pool — it can’t be tolerated.“But this is not solely because of Neymar. We at La Liga have fought hard for collective TV rights. We are being destroyed and this is going to damage the industry.”That provoked a strong reaction from the French league.“These unworthy remarks are unbecoming of an institution as respectable and successfui as the Spanish La Liga,” the LFP wrote.Tebas, who has revolutionised La Liga since taking over in 2013, engineering a collective TV football rights deal among other measures, said PSG were simply not paying market prices.
30 Jan 2013 England come up half-a-point short in Spain Just half a point. That was all that separated England from a long-awaited victory in the annual Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament in Spain. Having put themselves in pole position with wins over Spain and Germany on the first two days, the six-strong England squad needed only a tie with Finland on day three to secure their first victory in the event since 2006. But after losing all three morning foursomes, England faced a tough task in the singles to repair the damage. As it turned out, they hit back to take four of the six games but it left them on the wrong end of a 5-4 scoreline. That meant England, Spain and Finland finished with two wins apiece so the number of game points were calculated and this left the Spanish successfully defending the title with 18 to England’s 17½ and Finland 14½. Spain’s 8-1 win over wooden spoonists Germany on the final day tipped the balance in their favour. The most successful England player was Jack Bartlett from Sussex, who lost just one of his six games, finishing with 4½ points, while England boy champion Patrick Kelly ended with four. Scores: Germany 2 Finland 7; England 5½ Spain 3½; Germany 1 England 8; Finland 2½ Spain 6½; England 4 Finland 5; Germany 1 Spain 8.
:10 Lets pretend…for the sake of all mankind, that the world is actually a good, fair, equal and moral place to be. And let’s further pretend that everyone loves everyone else and only want the best for each other and more than anything wants everyone to be treated with the utmost respect. Ok, good. Now we can talk openly, because in that make believe…it ain’t never gonna happen world, the Pittsburgh media would have done the right thing. But nooooooo, not in this world, no sir! Get to the point you say. Alright, here we go. On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. the City of Pittsburgh was privileged to have one of the most important and influential men in America, I dare say the world, visit our “fair” city. The fact that he’s also African-American is an extreme added plus. Judge Reggie B. Walton was the keynote speaker at the 38th Annual Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh and Allegheny County “M.V.P.” Awards Banquet, hosted every year by Champion Enterprises.By now you know that Judge Walton is a Donora/Pittsburgh native who has excelled to professional, social and judicial heights of superior levels and has done so through hard work, perseverance and tremendous parents. His highly impressive resume in short is as follows:
Facebook13Tweet0Pin0 In 2013, the Fiske Guide to Colleges has designated 41 institutions—20 public and 21 private—as Best Buys. The Evergreen State College is one of two colleges in the Pacific Northwest chosen for this accolade.* In selecting Best Buy schools, the Fiske Guide reviewed more than 300 colleges (of more than 2,200 four year colleges in the United States.)All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and the designation is a recognition of value, quality of life and academics at the college. The Fiske Guide does not just look at cost, but also academic quality, social life and overall quality of life in determining whether to include schools in its guide or in its Best Buy lists.* Oregon State University is the other best buy school in the Pacific Northwest.About the 2013 Fiske Guide to CollegesFor more than 25 years, millions of parents, counselors, and college-bound students have turned to The Fiske Guide to Colleges for its perspective on the distinctive personalities of the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the United States., Canada, and Great Britain.About the AuthorIn 1980, when he was education editor of the New York Times, Edward B. Fiske sensed that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. Thus was born the Fiske Guide to Colleges. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Fiske did graduate work at Columbia University and assorted other bastions of higher learning.He left the New York Times in 1991 to pursue a variety of educational and journalistic interests, including a book on school reform, Smart Schools, Smart Kids. When not visiting colleges, he can be found playing tennis, sailing, or doing research on the educational problems of South Africa and other Third World countries for UNESCO and other international organizations. Fiske lives in Durham, N.C., near the campus of Duke University, where his wife, Helen Ladd, is a member of the faculty. They are coauthors of When Schools Compete: A Cautionary Tale, Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South Africa, and Handbook of Research in Education, Finance and Policy.