Ball-tampering and the methodologies used for it have been a topic of discussion for years now among players and other ardent followers of the game. Though this discussion became a household topic since the Sandpaper gate, it was primarily for the fact that it was an 'intentional' act of cheating rather than about ball-tampering as a whole. It has always been a fact of amusement that all the Hayden's and Ponting's indulged in shaping their jawline using a Chewing gum (and simultaneously shining the ball, of course) never even were discussed in the topic of using artificial substances for shining the ball and a certain Faf du Plessis (Who nevertheless has a better option of using the zip of his trousers) suddenly faced a lot of backlash because of a photograph! This sort of ambiguity was to be addressed from a very long time but now with the maintenance of ball becoming a critical point of discussion during this unprecedented situation, its high time for ICC to legalise 'certain' ways … [Read more...] about View-Counterview: Should cricket move towards controlled ball tampering?
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So the Red Raiders and Hoosiers remain good on paper. But losing a proven productive piece in late May can't possibly be spun into a good thing — especially when it comes to a player like Moretti, a high-level shooter who averaged 13.0 points last season and famously scored 15 against Virginia in the title game of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech coach Chris Beard still has a chance to fill that roster spot with a transfer, and he probably will. But Moretti was rock-solid. So nothing the Red Raiders add is likely to be considered an upgrade over what they just lost. … [Read more...] about College basketball rankings: Indiana, Texas Tech fall in Top 25 And 1 after key players leave
The Thunder have more draft capital over the next seven years than any other team, and thus they are uniquely positioned to take more risks than others. So here, I have them taking a raw-but-talented big man in Aleksej Pokusevski who, at 7-feet tall, has the mobility, shooting, dribbling and scoring of a wing. But he's also just over 200 pounds and physically a year or two (or three or four) away from contributing meaningfully at the NBA level. He's an investment that could pay off but it won't be immediate. … [Read more...] about 2020 NBA Mock Draft: James Wiseman makes big jump to No. 1 overall pick by Warriors
"It was slow motion then, it's still slow motion now. I don't watch it enough. When I do see it if I'm round someone's house I walk out the room. It's still a tingly moment in my whole body, and I'm thinking 'he's going to get you, he's going to get you, Ray Houghton is going to tackle you, he's getting closer...' … [Read more...] about Arsenal 1989: The making of the team that won the title at Anfield 31 years ago