Butragueño: “Courtois has made a sensational match”

first_imgVictory: “Very happy to be in a very difficult game. The team has adapted to a very difficult and uncomfortable game. We are very happy.”Job: “A lot of contact, interruptions, locked game. Courtois has made a sensational game. They tried to take advantage of their aerial game but we have been very powerful and then we have taken advantage of our options.”Varane Actions: “The matches are presented as they are presented and we have shown maturity to adapt to a game of great contact; of particular duels and we have done a remarkable job of adapting to what the party requested.” Valverde: “In each game it is growing. He has shown it with the pass to Bale. On the last play although he was ahead he has done what he had to do. He is young and will give us a lot.”Super Cup: “I see the team very well, playing great football and in a great line. We go there with great enthusiasm.”Without Ramos: “Sergio is essential for us. But we have shown that we have a staff with many resources and who plays responds. Satisfied with all players.”last_img read more

Suns top Mavs as reserves rule for lottery teams

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident TIP-INSSuns: The four players not already listed as out who sat were Devin Booker (right hand sprain), Troy Daniels (left ankle sprain), T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation) and Marquese Chriss (lower back/leg pain).Mavericks: The two players not already listed as out who didn’t play were Doug McDermott (left elbow contusion) and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness). Leading scorer Harrison Barnes was listed as rest.DIRK FOR 21Nowitzki revealed that he spent all season dealing with bone spurs in his left ankle that finally resulted in surgery last week. The German star has maintained that he planned to return next season, which would make him the first to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta finished with the same record after losing at home to Philadelphia 121-113. Orlando can join the Mavericks and Hawks with a loss at home to Washington on Wednesday.Phoenix (21-61), which had already clinched the worst record and best lottery odds for the No. 1 pick in the draft in June, also didn’t dress eight players. The Suns won for the second time in 19 games to wrap up their third straight season with at least 58 losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJohnathan Motley led Dallas with 21 points.Peters, who had 46 points total in 19 previous games, was 8 of 13 from 3-point range. The Suns shot 76 percent in the second half while outscoring the Mavericks 80-43. It matched the most points the Mavericks have given up in a half. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES The timing of the surgery was designed to give Nowitzki plenty of time to recover for his offseason regimen. He said he would spend about three weeks in the walking boot he wore in his meeting with reporters before the game.“I didn’t miss a lot of games this year,” said Nowitzki, who played 77 games, a record for a player in his 20th season. “I felt fine most of the time. I always said all year that I want to fulfill that two-year contract if possible. I saw nothing this year that was going to stop it.”The club has an option on the second year of the deal, but owner Mark Cuban has always said Nowitzki will decide what happens with the contract.UP NEXTSuns: C Tyson Chandler could be attractive in an offseason trade with one year left on a contract that averages $13 million per season. He was a key piece of the Dallas championship in 2011, and returned in a trade with the New York Knicks three years later with one year left on a four-year contract. Chandler signed with the Suns when the Mavericks tried hard to lure DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers. After initially agreeing to sign with Dallas, Jordan changed his mind and stayed in LA.Mavericks: They seem committed to keeping Barnes, who has two years left on a $94 million, four-year max deal he signed two years ago. The most likely piece in a trade would be G Wesley Matthews, who is going into the final year of a $70 million, four-year deal that got richer when Jordan backed out on the Mavs. While Matthews returned from a ruptured Achilles tendon much quicker than usual in his first season and was durable thereafter, he hasn’t been the difference-making scorer Dallas needs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (21) goes up over Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) to dunk as Aaron Harrison, left, Johnathan Motley (6) and Dwight Powell, right, watch in the first half of a NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Rookie Alec Peters scored a career-high 36 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-97 on Tuesday night in a reserve-filled finale for two teams headed to the lottery.The Mavericks (24-58) entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the NBA and stayed that way while sitting eight players. That included star Dirk Nowitzki, whose 20th season ended last week when he had ankle surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ John Wall reaches 5K assists as Wizards beat Celtics P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

GECOM Chair sleight of hand masks pay increase deception

first_img…APNU’s divisive strategies eclipse that of Dictator Burnham — RamsaroopThe coalition APNU/AFC Administration has again given with one hand and with the other will now take considerably more. In the process, Government will deliver possibly its most lethal blow to the Guyanese people and the country’s economy.This assessment was made by Economic Advisor to the Opposition Leader, PeterPeter RamsaroopRamsaroop, who this week weighed in on the recent debacle engulfing the country over the unilateral swearing in of 84-year-old retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Ramsaroop said the ruse is now being covered up in the collective face of the entire citizenry by the not-so-clever “sleight-of-hand game” being employed by the President, the Finance Minister, and his spin doctors under the hand of the Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.In an interview with this newspaper, Ramsaroop was adamant that while the GECOM development is deeply disturbing, there is an even wider and more sinister strategy at play.He told this publication that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and his lawyers Anil Nandlall and others will be dealing in detail with the impact of the President’s actions, but as a Financial Analyst to the People’s Progressive Party, he is compelled to respond to this blatant and contemptuous action, which not only damages the much touted but hollow concept of social cohesiveness, but will also seriously affect the confidence of those who wish to invest in the country.“Always follow the money,” Dr Ramsaroop quipped as he reminded this publication that on the very day that the President decided to swear in Justice (rtd) Patterson as GECOM Chairman, the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had announced a final offer to public servants.This Government has, in the face of a pleading private sector and an ailing public sector, refused to give the economy a stimulus shot, but has instead widened yet another of its revenue sources, Dr Ramsaroop said.Dr Ramsaroop reminded of the announcement made by Minister Harmon hours before the controversial and widely criticised action in the hasty swearing in of the GECOM Chairman, which immediately triggered a nationwide furor and genuine fears of a return to rigged elections.According to Dr Ramsaroop, Minister Harmon’s announcement was just a formality, since the Guyana Public Service Union — the union negotiating under the Collective Labour Agreement for public servants — has “no ability to tell this Government anything.”He was adamant that the GPSU has no kind of clout, and cannot go to President Granger or Minister Jordan to make any kind of demands.Speaking to the actual impact of the pay increase, Dr Ramsaroop said that what in fact will happen is that the pittance of an increase will not be felt in any meaningful way by individual public servants, whose increases will barely amount to “Chinese food money.”He reminded, however, “Increases in salary, however small, will mean increased taxes for the Government; and so, taken together, this means that whatever increases the clerk, typist or technician gets on his or her payslip means the Government gets a bigger share.”This, he said, “When taken in its totality, simply means the state will be pulling in more revenue from an already economically crippled people.”The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), by its own admission, is not functioning at full capacity. And with a system that employs people, mistakes will be made — mistakes that in some cases take years to fix, years the typist of the clerk will not have, said Dr Ramsaroop.On the matter of the minimum wage, Dr Ramsaroop said the amount is ridiculous in the first place, and while any increase is welcome, “unless the Government gets a hold of its management of the nation’s finances pretty soon, even the Ministry of the Presidency might have trouble to pay its light and electricity bills.”Perhaps Major General (retd.) Joseph Singh has seen the light before he is pushed out in the apparent ethnic cleansing that is taking place, according to Dr Ramsaroop; whoinsists that the GECOM development also has to be seen in the context of the coalition Government being a shackled administration that has gotten a taste for power but has already left in its wake a trail of mismanagement and an inability to act decisively against ministerial lack of responsibility for such serious catastrophies as the fire and escapes in our prisons.“I do not want to speak ill of the elderly, and Justice Patterson is of course an eminent legal luminary; but let’s face reality: he is 84 years of age, pushing 85, and would be 87 by the time of the next general elections. The President knows fully well that this choice for GECOM (Chairman) would not have been popular, but decided to go ahead and ride rough-shod over the majority of opinions in the country, and one would expect the international community. The fact that the announcement was made during Diwali period also makes nonsense of the concept to promote light over darkness.”Dr Ramsaroop posited, “It is for this very reason (that) the President made his announcement on the very day he swore in Justice Patterson. It was a sleight of hand to try to avoid any public scrutiny of an eight per cent increase on a $55,000 salary in an economy that has been contracting while taxes and inflation continue to increase.”Dr Ramsaroop questioned, “Why else would the President want to hide from his people the generosity of his administration in giving a pay increase? Everyone loves to hear that they are getting a pay increase… The answer is simple: (Government) intend to take a little bit more out of your salary.”Dr Ramsaroop said the effect of such a policy being carried out by the administration is already being felt across the country and more particularly among businesses.“The new taxes alone last year took more than $10billion out of the pockets of the ordinary man. Those increases in fees, those increases that even the donkey cart man had to pay, amounted to over $10 billion going into the Government’s coffers,” Dr Ramsaroop explained.The financial analyst said he is sure the Minister of Finance or some Government spinner at the Department of Public Information would want to point out that the increases take public servants wages to the highest it has even been, but he said that person would fail to say that the amount of taxes being collected by Government are also the highest ever collected.Dr. Ramsaroop told this publication, “The undemocratic and seriously divisive nature of the administration’s financial strategies eclipse (those) of Dictator Forbes Burnham.”He cautioned, “Burnham’s protégé is now displaying even more sinister dictatorial tendencies, and the rumblings surrounding GECOM can only mean a contentious, if not outright rigged, elections in 2020.”According to Jagdeo’s advisor, “The business community is already in outright revolt. We have religious leaders coming out against this too; but bear in mind, as troubling as it is, the Government will now be taking a little more out of your pockets every month….and the oil has not even started to flow.”last_img read more

BBQ to support upcoming Run for Recovery this Saturday

first_imgMaking the approximately 357 kilometre journey will only be made easier for the 2011 Canadian National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships gold medallist with more support from the community. This Saturday, a barbecue will be held at Price Smart in Fort St. John from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with all proceeds going towards building a drug and alcohol addiction treatment centre in northeastern B.C. Residents will also be able to pledge Brown, who will be running the equivalent of a marathon every day over a couple of weeks starting June 15. The Run for Recovery was Brown’s idea, as she wanted to give back to the community after it supported her hometown of the Babine Lake First Nation after the fatal sawmill explosion last year. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tottenham boss wary of ‘big finisher’ Defoe after Sunderland move

first_img Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe 1 Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is praying that Jermain Defoe will not come back to haunt his former club on Saturday and says he is still one of the best finishers in the Premier League.Defoe completed his move to Sunderland on Friday and is available to make his debut at White Hart Lane this weekend.The England striker became a fans favourite in north London during his two spells at Tottenham which lasted for nine-years.Defoe made a surprise move to Canada when he joined Toronto a year ago, but he failed to settle in the MLS and jumped at the chance to make a move back to England once Sunderland expressed their interest in signing him.Pochettino knows all about the 32-year-old after he allowed him to train with the Tottenham Under-21 squad at the start of January to build up his fitness and knows the threat he could pose to his side.Pochettino said: “All the best for Jermain in his new era in his career. We always need to be focused on our players, but Defoe is a big finisher and a very good striker.“He showed his quality here in the last season at Toronto, but we have three great strikers and we are confident in our players.“He was training with the Under-21s last week.  For him, he is a very good player and a very good guy.”last_img read more

Premier League: Palace, Brighton do battle in Monday-night football

first_img Tags: BrightonCrystal Palacepremier league Brighton defeated Palace home and away last season. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Crystal Palace vs Brighton and Hove AlbionSelhurst Park, LondonMonday, 16-12-2019 @10:45pmRef: Craig PawsonCrystal Palace have won only one of the eight top-flight meetings with Brighton (D2, L5). Brighton completed the league double over Palace last season for the first time since 1983-84. The Seagulls haven’t won three in a row in this fixture since December 1983. There have been 15 goals scored in the past four meetings in all competitions.Crystal Palace are without injured full-backs Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward. Central defender Mamadou Sakho is suspended, with Jairo Riedewald expected to start in the Premier League for the first time since February 2018.Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens serves a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards. Aaron Connolly’s fitness is being monitored but Solly March and Jose Izquierdo remain out.Crystal Palace have kept three consecutive league clean sheets, one short of their top-flight record. They have lost each of their last three league games played on a Monday. Palace have kept six league clean sheets, a tally only surpassed by Leicester prior to the latest round of fixtures. A league-low 13 goals have been scored at Selhurst Park. The Eagles have 10 more points than at the same stage last season. If selected, Andros Townsend will be making his 200th Premier League appearance.Brighton have won only one of their last five Premier League matches (D1, L3). Albion’s win at Arsenal in their last away fixture ended a six-game winless run on the road (D1, L5). They have won just seven of their 46 away fixtures since promotion to the Premier League (D10, L29). The Seagulls have kept only two clean sheets in eight away league fixtures under Graham Potter. A league-high 10 of Brighton’s 16 league fixtures have been level at half-time – a record they share with Palace. Neal Maupay has scored six league goals this season, three times more than any other Brighton player. Ex-Palace forward Glenn Murray has scored in his last four fixtures against the Eagles in all competitions.The Premier League match-day 17 results so farSaturday, 14-12-2019-Liverpool 2-0 Watford-Burnley 1-0 Newcastle United-Chelsea 0-1 AFC Bournemouth-Leicester City 1-1 Norwich City-Sheffield United 2-0 Aston Villa-Southampton 0-1 West Ham UnitedSunday, 15-12-2019-Man United 1-1 Everton-Wolves 1-2 Tottenham-Arsenal 0-3 Man CityComments last_img read more

Zuma urges Russia, Brazil to invest in SA

first_img29 March 2012President Jacob Zuma met with the presidents of Russia and Brazil on the margins of the BRICS summit in Delhi, India on Wednesday, urging both countries to become involved in realising South Africa’s new infrastructure plan.The plan, announced during Zuma’s State of the Nation address in February, includes geographically focused infrastructure projects cutting across rail, road, water, ports and logistics.The Presidency said in a statement that, during his talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Zuma expressed interest in co-operating with Russia on engineering, especially in training South Africans in Russia.Co-operation in miningZuma also discussed possible Russia-South African co-operation in mining, especially on the operation of an iron-ore rail line between Sishen in the Northern Cape and Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape.“President Zuma reiterated the commitment he made during his state visit to Russia in August 2010 to strengthen co-operation on mining and mineral resource beneficiation in South Africa and Africa,” the Presidency said.The South African government adopted a minerals beneficiation strategy in 2011, and the implementation plans are being finalised for key value chains, including steel, energy, jewellery and platinum group metals.Construction of nuclear plantsAccording to the Presidency, Russia has expressed interest in co-operating with South Africa in the construction of nuclear power plants. South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan indicates that nuclear power should form an important part of the country’s energy mix by 2030, with the first plant to come online as early as 2023.The procurement and bidding processes for South Africa’s planned nuclear plants are expected to begin later this year.The Presidency said an invitation would be extended to incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin to undertake a state visit to South Africa.Co-operation in transport, construction, financeIn his meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Zuma welcomed the growth in trade relations between South Africa and Brazil, and pushed for further co-operation in rail, road, transport and logistics infrastructure.“We are very happy with the partnership between Airports Company South Africa and INVEPAR of Brazil to run Brazil’s most prominent international airport of Guarulhos for the next 20 years,” Zuma said.“More such ventures and opportunities could be created between South Africa and Brazil, to the benefit of both countries’ industries.“We are also happy that Brazil’s largest construction company, Odebrecht, is due to establish an office in South Africa,” Zuma said. “This opens up possibilities for greater private sector collaboration.”Zuma also noted the growing co-operation in the financial sector, with the Development Bank of Southern Africa having established a working relationship with its Brazilian equivalent, BNDES.Diversifying SA’s energy mixSouth Africa also seeks co-operation with Brazil in energy, both in terms of sourcing and in energy mix, to help diversify the country’s energy supply.Brazil boasts some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves, and is the second-largest producer of ethanol in the world.“Brazil also offered to co-operate with South Africa in social development issues, especially on the fight against hunger as well as on defence matters,” the Presidency said.On Thursday, Zuma will join Rousseff, Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh in deliberations under the theme “BRICS partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Switching from alfalfa to soybean…Should I inoculate?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Laura Lindsey and Mark Sulc, Ohio State University ExtensionAlfalfa stands were negatively affected by this winter’s weather. Some farmers may be converting their alfalfa fields to soybean. Does the soybean seed need to be inoculated?While there is very little information on this topic, we believe yes. You should inoculate soybean with Rhizobia when converting an alfalfa field to soybean. Here’s why… Both alfalfa and soybean plants have a symbiotic relationship with bacteria in which the bacteria fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into a plant-available form of nitrogen. However, different species are associated with alfalfa and soybean. In soybean, nitrogen fixation is associated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum. While in alfalfa, nitrogen fixation is associated with Sinorhizobium meliloti (also called Ensifer meliloti). The bacteria associated with nitrogen fixation in alfalfa will not form the same association with soybean. Generally, fields with a history of soybean production have a large population density of Bradyrhizobium japonicum. However, if soybean hasn’t been grown for several years, there is more likely to be a yield response when soybean seed is inoculated. The previous alfalfa crop will provide some nitrogen to the soybean crop, but this is difficult to quantify. While we know that a previous alfalfa crop can supply nearly all the N needed for corn production, we found no published research studies on uninoculated soybean after alfalfa. Nitrogen mineralization from an organic form (alfalfa residue) to a plant-available form of nitrogen (ammonium or nitrate) is unpredictable. Nitrogen release from organic materials is weather dependent (moisture/temperature) and also depends on the carbon:nitrogen ratio of the material. So, nitrogen release from the alfalfa residue may not coincide with nitrogen uptake by the soybean plant. (And soybeans need a lot of nitrogen! It takes ~290 pounds of N per acre to produce a 60 bushels per acre soybean crop.) [Side note: Applying nitrogen fertilizer does not usually increase soybean yield and is even less likely to be profitable. So even though soybean has a high requirement for nitrogen, please do not apply nitrogen fertilizer.]Inoculant is a relatively cheap input.last_img read more

Controversies cloud Wisden awards, but tribute to Indian cricket greats saves the day

first_imgKapil Dev with the Cricketer of the Century AwardIt was a sight to behold: all the biggest names in Indian cricket walking along a red carpet with people lined up on either side at the Wembley Conference Centre.There were the old spinners- Bishan Singh Bedi and S. Venkataraghavan-followed by the,Kapil Dev with the Cricketer of the Century AwardIt was a sight to behold: all the biggest names in Indian cricket walking along a red carpet with people lined up on either side at the Wembley Conference Centre.There were the old spinners- Bishan Singh Bedi and S. Venkataraghavan-followed by the two pillars of the Bombay school of batsmanship, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar. Then he arrived.Knighted but more regal than any king, his playing days over but the power still in evidence, a man with a shining pate and a rolling gait. The effect on the crowd was instinctive. Every man, woman and child stepped back in deference, not daring to interrupt his walk. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards had arrived.They called it a celebration of one hundred years of heroes-and they filled a hall full of them. From Mushtaq Ali, whose gait at 88 years would do a Royal Guardsman proud, from the halting figure of leg-spinner Bhagwat Chandrasekhar to the familiar quick step of Gavaskar, the confident tread of his great contemporary Kapil Dev and the orderly file of the current Indian cricket team.The line up: Mushtaq Ali with Sir Viv Richard and Clive LloydCrowds didn’t break down the door at the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century awards ceremony, but Indian cricket’s big nightout did what it had to do: recognise the richness and heritage of the country’s most beloved sport.The player who finally left with the main award of the evening-the Indian Cricketer of the Century, a choice based both on reason and emotion-was to the mind of many judges Mr Indian Cricket himself.advertisement”Indian cricket is about spirit and enthusiasm and passion-and Kapil Dev is the man who more than anyone else portrayed that,” Richards said. “It had to be Kapil, for all-round ability, more than anyone else,” echoed former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer.As hard as many in cricket tried, the award was difficult to ignore purely because it was the first of its kind, instituted by Wisden, considered the Bible of the game.The awards were decided by a jury of 35, including famous names in Indian cricket-Mushtaq Ali, Vengsarkar, Bedi, Ajit Wadekar, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Rahul Dravid-and four from overseas: Richie Benaud, Imran Khan, Clive Lloyd and Nasser Hussain.There was a smattering of media members in the jury, which also included the late Madhavrao Scindia who cast his vote before his death. For the main award, every member of the jury had to list his top five cricketers (the members of jury did not nominate themselves) and then pick No. 1; the top one picked up two points and the other four a point each.Winners all: Sunil Gavaskar, Chandrasekhar and G. Viswanath at WembleySachin Tendulkar (right) was at ease with the audienceThere were rumblings when the award for the best bowling performance was given to Chandrasekhar for his 6-38 at the Oval in 1971, ignoring Anil Kumble’s 10-74 vs Pakistan.Similarly, the Team of the Century Award went not to the World Cup-winning team of 1983 but to Gavaskar’s 1985 team that won the World Championship of Cricket in Australia. It sparked off another round of whispers that this was to ensure that Gavaskar didn’t leave empty-handed.It didn’t make a difference to the audience of 1,200-odd people who had paid 50-150 (Rs 3,700-12,500) for the privilege.They cheered and whistled repeatedly when names and faces came up on a giant screen-it began with Kapil Dev running back to take Richards’ catch looking over his shoulder on that other day at Lord’s and continued to a crescendo with the ar rival of India captain Sourav Ganguly on the main stage to present Chandrasekhar with his award.The line up: (from left) Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Anil Kumble and G.R. ViswanathIn the presence of such a bloodline, the cur rent heir to the lineage, Tendulkar, was given the People’s Choice Award, arrived at through a public poll. Looming over the event was the presence of Mohammed Azharuddin.Or rather his absence. Originally invited to the event, expenses paid, there were reservations-old players and current ones felt they would not be comfortable sharing a stage with the man banned for his involvement with bookies. The invitation was withdrawn and, say insiders, it infuriated Azharuddin who, ironically, is in England to attend a wedding.Hussain gave away the least contentious award of all-the Batting Performance of the Century-to V.V.S. Laxman for his 281 vs Australia. Then, the father of all stylists and the first Indian to score a century overseas, Mushtaq Ali stepped forward to receive his award.advertisementAt the end, there were some memorable moments. Desmond Haynes, talking about the West Indies’ defeat in the 1983 World Cup final: “It was the worst day of my life. When we went back to the hotel, I could only see Indians.” But the quote of the evening came from Shane Warne, when he said: “Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Tendulkar … I’m getting a nightmare already.”last_img read more