David Lee retires after 12 NBA seasons

first_imgHOUSTON, TX – MAY 11: David Lee #10 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts against the Houston Rockets during Game Six of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at Toyota Center on May 11, 2017 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDavid Lee, who helped the Golden State Warriors to the 2015 NBA title during a 12-season career, announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram.Lee, whose fiancee is Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds over 829 games with New York, Golden State, Boston, Dallas and San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He was part of a sign-and-trade deal that saw him play for Golden State for five seasons. Lee struggled with injuries in his final season for the Warriors, being replaced as a starter by Draymond Green as Golden State captured the NBA crown.Lee was traded to Boston ahead of the 2015-16 campaign, released by the Celtics in February and signed by Dallas. After being cut he played last season for San Antonio, his 79 appearances for the Spurs his most since 2013. He was an unsigned free agent this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies aged 49 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “An epic night celebrating my retirement with my friends and family!” Lee posted with a group photo on Instagram. “Thank you to my amazing fiancée @carowozniacki for planning the surprise!”Former world number one Wozniacki had a relationship with Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, and they became engaged in January 2014 but broke up four months later, McIlroy saying he “wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThis past Valentine’s Day, Wozniacki announced she was in a relationship with Lee and the couple announced their engagement earlier this month.Lee was a first-round pick by New York in the 2005 NBA Draft and spent five seasons with the Knicks, earning NBA All-Star honors in 2010.  Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Vietnam, Liberia Establish Diplomatic Ties

first_imgNDO/VNA – Vietnam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hanoi on June 28.Liberian Ambassador to China D. McKinley Thomas said during the signing ceremony that Liberia wants to promote bilateral co-operation, thus laying a foundation to enhance its economic integration in the region and the world.He said a number of Vietnamese agricultural engineers, scholars and scientists have worked with Liberian partners, adding that most of the rice consumed by the Liberian people is imported from Vietnam.Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam said the event would open up economic and trade opportunities, and wished that Vietnam-Liberia ties would further progress.He described agriculture and telecommunications as promising fields in which Vietnam could invest in the country.With an area of 110,000 sq.km and a population of nearly 4.2 million recorded last year, Liberia is rich in water and mineral resources, forests and climate favorable for agriculture. It also has strengths in maritime and mineral mining.With the signing, Vietnam has so far formed diplomatic ties with 53 African countries and 187 other nations worldwide.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miner shot dead after making ‘wrong turn’

first_imgTucville shooting– shooter claims robbery attemptThe relatives of 24-year-old Colin Malcolm Perriera, who was shot and killed on Tuesday evening in Tucville, Georgetown, are calling on the Police and the relevant authorities to have the alleged shooter face the full brunt of the law.The now dead father of one of Lot 213 Bar Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was gunned down on Tuesday at about 21:00h while the car he was travelling in turned onto a bridge belonging to the shooter, in an attempt to turn around.Dead: Colin Malcolm PerrieraAt the time of the incident, the car was driven by Gailann Chacon, 20, of Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini), who is a friend of the now dead man. Perriera sustained three gunshot wounds to his chest and abdomen while Chacon was shot to her abdomen.Based on reports received, the shooter, who is now in Police custody, allegedly claimed that he thought the occupants of the heavily tinted car, were going to commit a robbery on his property.Reports revealed that the businessman, who was in his yard, whipped out his firearm and discharged several rounds, hitting Perriera and his female friend as the car revered on the bridge.However, the man managed to exit the car and ran to safety but the businessman kept discharging rounds at him.Perriera eventually collapsed in front of a house a short distance away. A teenager, who was standing where the man collapsed, explained that after the man dropped to the roadway, he called out for help and told them that someone else was also shot.“He said that he was shot so we called 911 but like after 20 minutes, a Police vehicle pull up and they take he to the hospital… he was still alive when the vehicle left but they pronounce he dead at the hospital”.According to the teen, while waiting for the Police, several persons went to the car where they saw the young lady lying in a pool of blood. She too was rushed to the hospital where she remains a patient.At the home of the dead man, his cousin, Elizabeth Roberts told Guyana Times that they were at church when they received news of the shooting. She added that she was contacted by the victim’s mother, who informed them of the incident. After receiving the news, they rushed to the area but by the time they arrived, the two injured people were already taken to the hospital.“When we reach, the Police was in his car and they drove it to the East La Penitence Police Station… so we went to the hospital and when we reach there, he was already dead.”Roberts further stated that the young man left home on Tuesday afternoon to do some errands and from all reports, went to collect Chacon and her father who was visiting from Port Kaituma. “That was the last time we saw him alive and then at the hospital, dead”. She is however, convinced that her cousin was murdered and that he was not involved in any robbery or attempted robbery. She recalled him being a jovial and friendly person who was always laughing and smiling.Meanwhile, the Police in a release stated that they are investigating the murder of Perriera and the attempted murder of Chacon, which occurred on Tuesday evening at Lot 10 Perry Street, Tucville. The Police added that he was shot by a licensed firearm holder.Police investigations revealed that Perriera was in a heavily tinted motor car and as it attempted to turn around, the suspect, who was in his yard, drew his licensed handgun and discharged several rounds at the vehicle, hitting the victims about their bodies. The businessman has since been arrested by the Police.last_img read more

Disney parks to allow gays to exchange vows

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The service offers flowers, dining, music and many optional Disney touches, from ceremonies in front of the parks’ iconic attractions to having Mickey and Minnie Mouse in formal wear as guests. The packages start at $8,000 and can cost more than $45,000. Groups not affiliated with Disney have held annual “gay days” celebrations at Disney parks for years. Company officials have taken a tolerant attitude to the weekend, allowing party promoters to rent out parks after hours and rebuffing religious groups that condemned Disney. In 2005, Southern Baptists ended an eight-year boycott of The Walt Disney Co. for violating “moral righteousness and traditional family values.” Same-sex couples who want to exchange vows in front of Cinderella’s Castle now have the chance. The Walt Disney Co. had limited its Fairy Tale Wedding program to couples with valid marriage licenses, but it is now making ceremonies at its parks available to gay couples as well. “We believe this change is consistent with Disney’s long-standing policy of welcoming every guest in an inclusive environment,” Disney Parks and Resorts spokesman Donn Walker said Friday. “We want everyone who comes to celebrate a special occasion at Disney to feel welcome and respected.” The company said it made the change after being contacted by a gay couple who wanted to use the wedding service, which offers ceremonies at Disneyland in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disney’s cruise ships. last_img read more

FANAD MAN FINED FOR NOT HAVING A TV LICENCE

first_imgA FANAD man has been fined for not having a TV licence after a series of cases were taken before Letterkenny District Court.John Devlin, from Mulroy Bay View, Tamney, was fined €250 and ordered to pay costs of €100.A TV licence inspector told Judge Paul Kelly that he had called to Mr Devlin’s home on April 27th last. He said Mr Devlin had admitted having a television at his home and not having a licence for it.He had failed to purchase a licence within 10 days of the inspection.A second case involving a Milford woman was struck out after she did buy a licence.A third case was adjourned until March.The court cases today come after a number of inspections in the Letterkenny area last week.FANAD MAN FINED FOR NOT HAVING A TV LICENCE was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FANAD MAN FINED FOR NOT HAVING A TV LICENCElast_img read more

GARDA ANGER OVER STATION CLOSURES: ‘WE CANNOT CATCH CRIMINALS BY SKYPE MINISTER’

first_imgTHE Garda Representative Association has clashed with Justice Minister Alan Shatter over the closure of rural garda stations and cuts to the force – with more stations in Co Donegal facing the axe.The Minister accused the GRA of being alarmist and said some station closures can be done safely with the help of new technology, safer transport and improved communications.But outgoing GRA president Damien McCarthy hit back at Minister Shatter telling him: “Let me tell you Minister – if a house is being burgled, the gardai cannot teleport to your assistance, the gardai cannot police from a remote location by satellite, criminals cannot be apprehended by Skype – and we can’t email armed response.” He also told the Minister: “So far, you have been soft on crime, soft on the causes of crime, and soft on the proceeds of crime,” he said.Mr McCarthy accused Mr Shatter of overseeing the force’s withdrawal from the heart of the community.Mr Shatter responded: “Let me tell you, sir, I am hard on crime, be it white-collar crime or any other sort of crime.”   GARDA ANGER OVER STATION CLOSURES: ‘WE CANNOT CATCH CRIMINALS BY SKYPE MINISTER’ was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDA ANGER OVER STATION CLOSURES: ‘WE CANNOT CATCH CRIMINALS BY SKYE MINISTER’last_img read more

Flores’ royal effort leads Dons, 32-28

first_img Bassett, which led 20-6 in the second quarter, made one last run at the Dons. Quarterback Vinny Pena ran 42 yards to Sierra Vista’s 10-yard line. Two plays later, he hit Nick Thompson with a 2-yard touchdown pass and then hit Andrew Archuleta for a two-point conversion to make it 32-28. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But after an onside kick went out of bounds, the Olympians didn’t have enough time to pull out a victory. Sierra Vista’s all-purpose quarterback, Miguel Parra, had an outstanding game. He completed 18 of 44 pass attempts for 209 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. Parra also rushed nine times for 59 yards and two scores. Bassett’s most impressive play of the game led to what appeared to be a momentum swinger midway through the second quarter. Pena threw a pass that was tipped by a Dons defender and then bounced off another Bassett receiver. The ball then bounced into the hands of Nick Thompson, who ran 61 yards for the score to give the Olympians a 13-6 lead. BALDWIN PARK — Senior wide receiver Elias Flores may have a hard time deciding what was a bigger highlight Friday night being crowned homecoming king or scoring Sierra Vista High School’s final touchdown of the game that was the difference in the Dons’ Montview League-opening 32-28 win over visiting Bassett High. Running back Felipe Rendon took a handoff on the first play of the fourth quarter and fumbled the ball, but Flores was there to pick it up and run 49 yards to give the Dons a 32-20 lead. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Grant to help improve teaching of U.S. history

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – A $1 million federal grant will help Glendale’s school district train instructors to better teach about America’s past. Glendale Unified was one of a handful of districts nationwide to receive grant funding under the program. “This would improve American history teaching, which is imperative because public schools are the backbone to our country,” said school board member Greg Krikorian. “And also I strongly feel our public schools in our nation help children grasp the values of Americanism, the principals that America is built on.” The three-year grant was accepted in a vote Tuesday night by the Glendale school board. As part of the program, staffers from the UCLA History-Geography Project, the Huntington Library, the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, the Japanese American National Museum and the Autry Museum of the Southwest will instruct teachers in specific aspects of American history. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement will fund a range of activities for teachers, from summer institutes to workshops to after-school reading groups. Some teachers would also go on tours of historical sites in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Vicksburg, Atlanta and New York, although the number of teachers who would participate is unclear. “One of the reasons Glendale was picked is because we have now a track record with the federal government on the quality of the programs we provide, and they know that every penny of the grant will be spent on just what we say it will be spent on,” said Alice Petrossian, assistant superintendent of educational services. Patty Scripter, president of Glendale Council PTA, said giving teachers the tools they need to improve their teaching of American history will help students. “It’s a great district and this is just another example of them not being limited by our very inadequate state funding by going after other ways to improve student learning,” she said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Andre Iguodala leaves Game 2 of NBA Finals with injury

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.TORONTO — Andre Iguodala didn’t see Marc Gasol’s screen coming near the top of the arc as he guarded Kawhi Leonard.Iguodala slammed into Gasol, who set the screen legally, and fell hard to the ground. Iguodala stayed there holding his head and kicking the floor while Norman Powell sunk a 3-pointer seconds later to give the Raptors a 50-40 lead late in the first half.Stephen Curry received the ensuing inbounds pass …last_img read more

Failure of natural talent Down Under proves Indian cricket’s antiquated system

first_img“Body language is 80 per cent of communication. With my state team, the Western Warriors, you can’t tell if they’re winning or losing. But if you look at the Indians you can see they’re losing.”Sandy Gordon Australian team sports psychologist If cricket evolves into a contact sport, where lips cut,”Body language is 80 per cent of communication. With my state team, the Western Warriors, you can’t tell if they’re winning or losing. But if you look at the Indians you can see they’re losing.”Sandy Gordon Australian team sports psychologist  If cricket evolves into a contact sport, where lips cut open and blood run down noses, the Australian would die with a smile on his face. But even he, this Australian who early morning brushed his teeth with a glass of beer, was ready to hold your hand.For, like an actor arriving for a Broadway show every evening having forgotten his lines, the Indian team was an embarrassment. If there was laughter it had died down, if there was glee it had vanished, for to heckle the handicapped seemed uncouth.Click here to EnlargeIn the Herald Sun, Robert “Crash” Craddock, reflecting a national need to resuscitate the Indians, wrote wonderfully: “Come on India. Get angry. Get aggressive. Shake a leg. Fight back. For goodness sake, do something.”The taxi drivers, the hotel receptionists, even the bloody chambermaid all said every morning: “You guys going to win today?”How could you tell them that full-grown, world cricket travellers, were still being told at nets that if they moved their heads while throwing, the direction went awry?How was it possible to explain, as a player said, “that what 13 year old Australians know about backing up at the wicket is taught to the Indians when they arrive in the national team”?How did they know that Kapil Dev actually told Javagal Srinath, after he batted like a man in a coma against Pakistan in Hobart, “What’s the point of giving you batting practice at nets anymore?” And later said wearily, “Common sense is missing?”It meant that when the chambermaid looked at you for an answer to India’s chances that day, the word “yes” stuck like a fishbone in the larynx.Then 66 days after it all began sometime in late November – after losing to Queensland and the Prime Minister’s XI and all three Tests and the first four one dayers – as the church bells in Adelaide echoed across the ground to signal that even an impartial God was moved to intervene, India beat Pakistan.advertisementIt was like a dying man given a breath of oxygen, and there was something both tragic and uplifting in the forgotten smile that came to rest on Sachin Tendulkar’s face.Twenty-four hours later, savaged by Australia by 152 runs, the grimness had returned.”Mate, you should be ashamed of this team. You’ve only brought two bloody batsman.”Tony GreigCricket commentatorBatting Unlike the Australians, the Indian line-up did not have the depth to absorb the failures of Tendulkar, Ganguly and DravidIndia arrived in Australia with three batsmen with a Test average of over 50. In the Test series Tendulkar averaged 46.33, Saurav Ganguly 29.50 and Rahul Dravid 15.50 (Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist all averaged over 50).It would seem uncommonly arrogant to call this the best batting line-up in the world ever again. The bounce rested in India’s subconscious like a restless demon. But if Devang Gandhi – and he was not alone – was made to look more like a boxer evading punches, a fellow player responded: “In India he’s never played a ball that’s bounced so high.”Domestic cricket is played on sham wickets where batsmen close their eyes and play on the front foot; it breeds a mediocrity so apparent here, but so deep is the BCCI’s stupor they are committed not to change.If pace undid us, what further stupefied Mark Taylor was India’s reluctance to challenge Shane Warne: “Why didn’t you try to take him on and jump out, he’s still bowling with a round red thing when I last noticed?”For the bowling, two stories suffice. The first was about Glenn McGrath. On his first tour to England, hammered in the opening Test, he asked himself: “If I was a young academy bowler what would I have been told? The answer, keep your line and length. I did that and got eight wickets the next Test.” Moral of the story: discipline. While McGrath kept his ball in the channel, the Indian fast bowlers, though menacing in patches, seemed to drift off, no one fine spell ever replicated. Click here to EnlargeThe second story is Ian Chappell standing in a bar one night, cold beer in hand, and asking, “Mate, why the hell aren’t you going out and finding spinners? You’re clever, cunning people, that’s your style.” advertisementKumble had taken 5/450 in three Tests and though he found occasional form in the one-dayers, leg spinner and Warne-mentor Terry Jenner moaned: “He disappointed me. Our pitches are different in each centre and I expected more flexibility, but Kumble bowled the same everywhere.” And here’s what’s truly frightening.This is the list of players who haven’t played for Australia this summer: Darren Lehmann, Adam Dale (played one one-dayer), Andy Bichel, Jason Gillespie, Simon Katich, Matthew Elliot, Matthew Hayden, Matthew Nicholson, Stuart Law, Ian Harvey (first played in Australia’s second last one-dayer), Colin Miller, Tom Moody. It is why Symonds says, “I’ve got a long way to go, I need to play well every innings because look at the guys out there.”This is the list of players who didn’t play for India: Ajay Jadeja.The team we brought is the best we have. There is, believe it, no one else. No fast bowler, no spinner, no opening batsman waiting on the bench.”I thought when we came here that we were 10 years behind Australia. Now I think it’s 25 years.”An indian player To crucify Tendulkar for his captaincy, rubbish the batting, scorn the bowlers, sneer at the fielding, is to see this tour and this team in dangerous isolation. A fragile history abroad suggests a flawed team is but an offspring of an incompetent system. In a professional world, we seem to preen in our amateur status, steam engines puffing wildly in a jet age.When Steve Waugh says, “I have so many players to choose from, I might as well pick names from a hat”, he’s acknowledging not some bizarre cricketing gene pool but a substantive system. Team Spirit While the Australians thought win, win, win the overawed Indians only seemed to be thinking draw, draw, draw  To follow Waugh’s team is to wander into a modern sporting machine. Coach John Buchanan, who carries on his gangly frame the air of a philosophical Oxford don, starts with his computer.Pictures from television flow into it, and a technician records every ball, where it lands, the length, where it went, how the batsman plays it.So at lunch time during a Test if McGrath wants to see those deliveries that beat Tendulkar, or Ponting after a one-dayer wishes to note the short balls he missed, the computer can immediately display those exact deliveries.Buchanan, who airily suggests that this present computer system is “second class” compared to the one he used when he was Queensland coach, confirms that every Australian state has one.The Indian team is left with only dinner-time conversation posing as analysis. If Tendulkar, with Kapil, must play technical adviser, he is resident nursemaid too. Asked once what his batsman lacked, he admitted, “It’s self belief.”For the Aussies, fear and insecurity find a harbour in the Scottish ear of sports psychologist Sandy Gordon. He is a reflection of Steve Waugh’s understated reputation as a thinking man.As he once said, “If cricket is 80 per cent mental then why do we place so little emphasis on it?” Gordon meets the players at the start of every series, working with them for an hour individually, “helping them identify what makes them tick, letting them speak about issues both in cricket and outside, assisting them in setting goals”.advertisementAlways, he stresses, there is a need for “positive mental momentum”. In contrast the Indian team struck Mark Taylor as quite the opposite: “You’ve got to think win, win, win. But I didn’t see that, I saw draw, draw, draw.”But where cricket has evolved the most, and India stands as Neanderthal man to Australia’s Homo sapiens, is in the peripherals of cricket. Indian trainer Andrew Leipus says players still feel lifting weights will make them stiff – ignorance in a world where even fluid golfers pump iron.The running between wickets is a comedy of “yes”, “no”, “damn” – Ganguly learnt nothing after failing to ground his bat in Melbourne and being run out, for in Adelaide against Pakistan though not in any danger he again failed to slide his bat into the crease, grounding it only inside.India seemed to require six standing stumps to manage a direct hit in run-outs, the Australians, off balance, managing to hit a single one with laser-guided regularity. The Indians’ distinct unathleticism warrants a session with human-movement expert Bernard Savage, who says, “The way they move and their general speed needs improvement.”Savage works with cricketers from the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy (CBCA), teaching them how to run “more efficiently”, by developing simple exercises.He places three markers on the left, right and in front of a player; then as a player walks in, as if during a game, he screams “right”: and watches how quickly a player changes direction and manages to accelerate into a full sprint.Considering more than 50 per cent of the Aussies have been tutored at the CBCA, his method is working.”Anything that can give you an advantage should be looked at.” John BuchananAustralian coachAustralia’s secret does not lie in vegemite but in the simple commandment of good facilities, practice and a ruthless fitness regime. All Australian grounds have 5-10 practice wickets, all outside the main stadium; in Hyderabad the Indians said there wasn’t even one.Australian players are given an off season fitness programme, are tested for strength, flexibility and fat in a lab at the start of a season and fined for being overweight. At practice, routine is accosted by fun. Captaincy Tendulkar is unsure and reticent, Waugh aggressive and assuredThis season they rowed in the Yarra river, had a mock Ironman triathlon on Sydney beach, went cycling, and had an egg-throwing contest to see how far they could throw an egg to each other without it breaking.If it exercises different muscles it’s also competitive, Buchanan splitting them into teams, like country boys versus city slickers, and in net sessions, grouping them in fours with each team supposed to look after and encourage each other.All this also incorporates a fine sense of team, diverse warriors – Warne and MacGill don’t speak to each other – welded together by a common cause. Every evening that bond is celebrated; it may be a cigar and beer to herald the arrival of McGrath’s first child, or to have in attendance a bevy of guests champion swimmers or women hockey players or Aussie Rules footballers. It is dismaying then they see India more concerned with individual accomplishment. Taylor who wrote in his autobiography, Time To Declare, that subcontinental fans were bemused when he declared at 334 not out last year in his team’s interests rather than chase Brian Lara’s 375, tells an interesting tale.On the day when Tendulkar scored his Test century in Melbourne, a huge crowd of Indian fans gathered outside the hotel, and as Taylor says, “Sure it was a great century but you were just about to lose a Test.”The implication of all this is obvious, the BCCI is an inept outfit, content to leave Indian cricket stagnant, collecting money by the bushel, but leaving it in some unknown safe deposit rather than invest in the national game.Much like hockey, Indian cricket is being left behind, plodding ahead as the rest of the world sprints. To walk into the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) and into the friendly handshake of Grant Wyman, the coaching and development manager, is to understand India’s remoteness from reality.Wyman, unlike any Indian counterpart (coaching and development manager in the Delhi and District Cricket Association, that’ll be the day) is paid and thus accountable.He hands you a 100-page brochure on which is written “Vision Statement”, and Sunil Gavaskar flipping through it later points at the word “Vision” and says, “That’s it, what we need.”Wyman must oversee an under-13, under-14, under-15, under-17, under-19, SA Academy, Second XI and state teams. Everywhere there is the smell of professionalism. The state team, coached by Greg Chappell, has a fitness consultant, two physiotherapists, an assistant coach, sports psychologist.Such is the intensity of state cricket here that New South Wales requiring its young batsman Michael Clark urgently, recalled him from Sri Lanka prior to Australia’s semi-final at the under-19 World Cup!The thoroughness of their organisational ability is evident in the squeak of a mouse, for Wyman can pull out of his computer a file of any player from any team that rates the player’s skills, physical levels, mental make-up, tactical ability, competition record, home life, social interests. Each of his players is videotaped every month, and they are broken into spin bowling, fast bowling, wicket-keeping squads where a 13 year old quickie and Jason Gillespie will train at the same net, under the visiting guidance of Dennis Lillee. The pyramid goes even lower.Clubs organise primary-school cricket, then pick the best of the youngsters for their club teams, which are under-14, under-16, under-17 and A, B, C and D elevens. The best of this lot is grabbed by Wyman.If a player shows exceptional ability he is kidnapped by the CBCA, where Ian Chappell arrives for a week to teach captaincy and batting, where young kids are taught not just cricket, but public speaking and even umpiring and coaching courses should their careers not go the distance.India waits, still, year after year, for its cricket academy; India won’t invite Sunil Gavaskar for nets, or Bishan Bedi; India’s state and junior teams have no modern-day qualified fitness trainers. India waits, one supposes, for a miracle.There is a lethargy that has embraced us, a belief that such is our karma. That if we beat the visiting South Africans our glory will be restored. It is a fallacy. We forget that in almost every sport we count for nothing, that cricket alone has been our sporting passport.But for how long?last_img read more