Archive for October, 2006

Trevor Berbick

The media didn’t write much about this man’s death. It didn’t occupy reams of newspaper space. .

Trevor Berbick, for the uniniated was the last man to beat the Louisville Lip, Muhammad Ali. That was probably this Jamaican boxer’s greatest claim to fame. He also, was the person Mike Tyson beat for his first heavyweight title. So the guy in short, is the link between the eras of Ali and Tyson, two of the world’s most well recognised boxers of their generations.

He held the world heavyweight title for a brief while, winning it from Pinklyn Thomas and losing it to Mike Tyson. He had 33 KO’s out of 50 wins from 62 fights, with 11 losses and one draw. He often had problems with the law, and was deported from the USA twice.

He died in a church courtyard in Jamaica, after an assault by a man left him with a gaping hole in his head.

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My Grandmom says….

My grandmom is one person I respect a lot. She is a person who has ventured quite deep into alternative medicine and herbal therapy. I am not somebody who is into that, but I do follow what my grandma does, because some of her findings can be pretty interesting

One day, she was speaking about the Goji berry. I hadn’t heard of it all in my life, but her description of it made me want to research a bit more about it. And here I am, with some of my findings ( Ok, they are from Googling only 😀 )

The Goji berry, as some of you might know, grows on the plant Lycium Barbarum. The plant is native to certain remote regions of China, Mongolia and Tibet. Have a look at some of the berry’s properties —-

1.) 4 special polysaccharides which fortify your immune system

2.) 19 different amino acids- a feat not matched by any plant known to man

3.) More vitamin C than oranges. The goji berry should be used more in textbooks IMO 🙂

4.)Anti oxidants like beta carotene and zeaxanthin.

Himalayan Goji Juice is something really brilliant , I think 🙂 .And you can check Doctors’ opinions on Goji. I am going to go and buy goji Juice soon . I’ll report on how I am doing in the due course of time. Maybe I should start a section devoted to sports nutrition soon 😛

What do you guys say???

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India lose to Australia- ICC Champions Trophy

    It will be the first time in the history of the ICC Champions Trophy that we will see no Asian team in the last four. Hosts India, who were the last remaining Asian representatives produced an insipid display as they crashed out to World Champions Australia in Mohali.

Now, among the four semifinalists, the all conquering Aussies are the only ones not to have lifted the trophy yet. Will they add to their vast kitty by winning this one?? Only time will tell…They will have to get past fierce rivals New Zealand in Mohali while the South Africans will play the West Indies in a repeat of the 1998 final.

And I doubt whether we will see packed stadiums in the remaining games. Barring the matches where India have played, the crowd hasn’t been anything much to speak about. This could result in serious loss of revenue for the BCCI, which would definitely not have thought that India would get knocked out in the group stages.

It just all seems to have gone wrong with India. The last few months have seen a slide in fortunes. Chappell needs to reinvigorate this side if they are to pose a challenge in the World Cup. And the way the Champions Trophy has gone so far, I have to say that this World Cup will be a very interesting one to watch.

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Premiership results 28-29 October

Arsenal 1-1 Everton ( Cahill, Van Persie)

Some terrible Arsenal defending lead to the first goal from Cahill. The Toffees defended resolutely, but Van Persie’s free kick gave Arsenal a point after some furious bombarding of the Toffees goal.

Bolton 0-4 Manchester United ( Wayne Rooney *3, Cristiano Ronaldo)

United seem to be getting better with every game. They made light weight of what was supposed to be a tough game. Best news for United, Roo’s back and firing.

Fulham 0-1 Wigan (Henri Camara)

Wigan deserved the win for their excellent performance in the first half.

Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa ( Kuyt, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, Agbonlahor)

Easily the best performance from Rafa’s Reds this season. 3 first half goals ending Martin O Neill’s side’s unbeaten run

Newcastle 0-0 Charlton

Newcastle dominated, but for all their possession, they had nothing to show in terms of goals and points.

Portsmouth 3-1 Reading ( Gunnarsson OG, Kanu, Pedro Mendes, Doyle)

Reading have been on a bit of a downslide after their loss at home to Chelsea. Easy home win for Pompey.

Sheffield United 0-2 Chelsea ( Lampard, Ballack)

You don’t miss penalties against a side like Chelsea, and if you do, they make you pay. That is precisely what happened to Sheffield after Webber missed his spotkick. Lampard scored from a FK. I can’t remember when he last did that 😀 Ballack scored from a header from the far post.

Watford 0-0 Tottenham

Lively game, but no goals at all.

West Ham 2-1 Blackburn ( Sheringham, Mullins, Bentley)

Great relief for Alan Pardew as his men put on an inspirational performance to down Blackburn 2-1. 100th Premiership home win for the Hammers ( 150th overall). Teddy does it again, and proves that he still has a lot to offer, despite being on the wrong side of 40.

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South Africa vs Pakistan review-ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan’s ouster makes them the third Asian team to be knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Only hosts and 2002 winners India remain, and they could also be knocked out come Sunday, when they will face world champions Australia.

The pitch did not appear to show us much apart from a tinge of grass in the beginning. Graeme Smith won the toss and chose to bat, a deviation from the usual decisions of fielding first that we have come to expect from captains. It was a calculated move from the South African skipper. There was no Robin Peterson and he had chosen to go with an all pace attack, thereby reducing greatly the dew factor. In the first over itself though, the pitch unleashed the demons within, with Gul sending Smith and Gibbs back. It wasn’t long before the Proteas slid to 27/3 and 42/5, and Smith started to rethink whether his decision was right. However the lack of depth in the Pakistani bowling showed and Mark Boucher and Justin Kemp slowly but surely resurrected the South African innings. Boucher top scored with 69, and Kemp hit an uncharacteristically slow 64, which was worth its weight in gold. Younis Khan made some tactical errors, like not bowling Gul fully. He waited for wickets to fall, rather than making them fall, and the Proteas ended up with a very respectable 213/8.

Ntini, Pollock and co. attacked the Pakistani batsmen like hungry wolves chasing lambs. Only Yasser Arafat managed to contribute something worth while and Pakistan folded up for 89, their lowest ever score against the South Africans. That wasn’t surprising , given the nature of the pitch, which gave one the impression of playing in the WACA rather than in India’s dust bowls.

The Proteas make their way into the semis. I do see a couple of chinks in their armoury , which the likes of say Australia would be well placed to exploit. Their backup bowlers have always had it easy since Ntini and Pollock do the hard work upfront. If you negotiate Ntini and Pollock for say something like 60/1 for the first 15, then a score of greater than 250 is easily on the cards.

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Ice Cricket anybody??

Cricket fever is on a high as the ICC Champions trophy reaches its climax. And as I continue my quest for finding interesting sites on the net, here is one which caught my eye.

Ice Cricket, as you can tell by the name, is played on ice. This game though, is played in Europe, in one of its most picturesque capital cities, Tallinn. Yup you got it right, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. I doubt many inhabitants there would have heard of the game, but there is no dearth of ice there..I can tell ya 🙂 The wicket is carved out of ice and the boundary is marked to keep bewildered locals off the field. You have to use an indoor ball, and most importantly, not forget your spikes.

The matches can be played on a lake, on the Baltic Sea or even in an old Soviet Missile Factory depending on the snowfall. Pretty neat, eh 🙂

Tours4 Sport are the organisers and they work in tandem with the Estonian Cricket Association to ensure that the game goes on without a hitch.

Here are some dates listed on their site

Thursday 8th February 2007 –
Sunday 11th February 2007
(Universities, Colleges and Students)

Thursday 22nd February 2007 –
Sunday 25th February 2007
(Clubs, Vets and Corporate teams)

Thursday 8th March 2007 –
Sunday 11th March 2007
(Clubs, Vets and Corporate teams)

Ice Cricket Tournaments in Estonia,
4 days from only £195

Next time you feel a little bored and want to try something totally new, give this a go !!! You are bound to have a great time.

And at 195 pounds, it won’t pinch your pocket too much 😀

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StripTease!

No, I am not talking about the Demi Moore classic! Those who watched the Windies bat against India under the lights in Motera will understand! At every crucial juncture, they offered to lose the game, but needless to say, they won it quite comfortably. Albeit a bit too late for an Indian heart to accept………

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