The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND wrapped up their ninth annual Wanee Festival this past weekend in Live Oak, FL (April 18-20) and have announced a short select late summer tour, launching with two “evening with” nights in Chicago August 20-21, following their August 16-17 performances at their second annual Peach Festival in northeast Pennsylvania. The group will be joined by GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, September 7th. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th at 10AM here.Tour DatesFri8/16Scranton, PAPeach Music Festival @ Montage Mtn.Sat8/17Scranton, PAPeach Music Festival @ Montage Mtn.Tue8/20Chicago, ILChicago TheatreWed8/21Chicago, ILChicago TheatreFri8/23Darien Ctr, NYDarien Lakes Perf. Arts Ctr.w/Steve WinwoodSat8/24Hartford, CTComcast Theatrew/Steve WinwoodTue8/27Gilford, NHMeadowbrookw/Steve WinwoodWed8/28Saratoga Springs, NYSaratoga Perf. Arts Ctr.w/Steve WinwoodFri8/30Raleigh, NCTime Warner Cable Music Pavilionw/Steve WinwoodSat8/31Charlotte, NCVerizon Wireless Amph.w/Steve WinwoodMon9/2Alpharetta, GAVerizon Wireless Amph @ Encore Parkw/Grace Potter & The NocturnalsWed9/4Virginia Beach, VAFarm Bureau Livew/Grace Potter & The NocturnalsFri9/6Mansfield, MAComcast Ctr.w/Grace Potter & The NocturnalsSat 9/7 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater w/Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Megan Peters with AST tells us a number of thefts have recently been uncovered by Peninsula residents who kept their eyes open during gun sales… Peters: “Really what it comes down to is the community being involved in its own safety and working with law enforcement to make their communities a better place. When we have citizens that are involved and they do keep a lookout, and not only that, they contact law enforcement when there’s something suspicious going on, it gives us the ability to respond to that and to get more information back on what’s happening.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享More than $2,500 worth of items, including two black powder firearms, was stolen last Friday from a home on Douglas Lane in Nikiski. The resident told Troopers the theft occurred sometime in the week leading up to March 20. Anyone with information reference this burglary/theft is encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at the Soldotna Post: 907-262-4453. The investigation is ongoing.
“Kevin has a wealth of experience at the highest level of the domestic game and a proven track record in maximising the physical performance of his players.” Pat Lam, Director of Rugby The hugely experienced 33-year-old joins Director of Rugby Pat Lam’s backroom staff from Ulster, after thirteen years with Irish Rugby (IRFU).Geary will be tasked with driving the physical performance of the Bears squad in what promises to be another uncompromising season of Gallagher Premiership rugby.“We’re delighted to welcome Kevin onboard. He impressed us with his rugby philosophy and he understands the vision of Bristol Bears and the standards we are striving to reach,” said Lam.“Kevin has a wealth of experience at the highest level of the domestic game and a proven track record in maximising the physical performance of his players. We’re excited to see the energy and impetus he’ll bring to our team.”Prior to his time at the Kingspan Stadium, Geary spent three years with Munster as S&C coach. He holds a degree in Business & Sport from CIT and an MSc in Sports Science from UCD. He added: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to join one of the most ambitious clubs in the northern hemisphere. I’ve heard really positive things about the Bears and I’m relishing the chance to contribute to the club vision as we move forward.“There’s absolute clarity from Pat Lam on what is expected of the S&C team and it’s my responsibility to ensure those goals are met – that’s a challenge that I’m looking forward to and the values of Bristol Bears and closely aligned to my own.“I’m hugely grateful to Ulster, Munster and Irish Rugby for a fantastic time and now I’m excited about the next chapter; focusing on world class performance standards and getting to know the Bristol community.”
With five games gone in the 2017/2018 Premier League season, only the alphabet can separate Manchester City and Manchester United.The rivals have both won four and drawn one in their opening matches, and the duo have scored 16 and only conceded twice.This leaves Pep Guardiola’s men at the summit purely thanks to the fact they are City, rather than United.But while the table can barely separate the two clubs, how do the two squads compare overall?Here at talkSPORT we’ve taken a look at the strength and depth of each team and which are the best set to triumph this campaign… Midfield: Manchester City – Against Everton, United may have ran out 4-0 winners but they looked a little disjointed without superstar midfielder Paul Pogba. Marouane Fellaini may not be as bad as some make out, but hes a huge downgrade and forces the Red Devils to play in a more pragmatic style. City, though, can now call on the likes of Bernardo Silva should any of their central stars be absent, while Ilkay Gundogan is already out through injury. When the German returns it is definitely Guardiolas side who have the strongest midfield. 5 5 Goalkeepers: Manchester United – Pep Guardiola may have signed Ederson in the summer but David De Gea remains the Premier Leagues best goalkeeper and in Sergio Romero the Red Devils have an excellent and experienced backup. City, though, have to turn to Claudio Bravo, who hardly inspires confidence. 5 Defence: Manchester United – Man City may have smartened up their defence with the signing of new full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, but they still lack the kind of depth their rivals have in their backline. Jose Mourinho can call on 11 players who are at least able to do a job in defensive positions, while Guardiola can only rely on eight. Its also arguable the Red Devils have a more reliable set of stars with questions still to be answered about the form of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi across a long run of games. Forwards: Manchester City – The Citizens currently have two elite strikers who are on form with Sergio Aguero (five) and Gabriel Jesus (four) already battering goal nets around the Premier League, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on hand to enable them from the flanks, or tucked in behind. United, though, while prolific this season, only have one fit centre forward in Romelu Lukaku, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford aiding and abetting the Belgian. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns its hard to see that he and Lukaku will form a partnership, which leads us to believe the City forward line offers a little bit more than that of the Red Devils. You get the impression an injury or suspension would hit Mourinhos men more than Guardiolas. 5 Click the right arrow above to find out how we rate the Manchester City and Man United squads… 5
# 2 – Mizner’s (Grand Floridian Resort)Located on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Mizner’s Lounge has an intimate setting, indoor seating and a full bar menu. Because Mizner’s is located in the Main Building of the Grand Flo, it is nearby to the live jazz band that plays during the day and we have a hard time finding something more relaxing – or elegant – then sipping on a Godiva Chocolate Martini while listening to that wonderful music (the band even plays Christmas songs during the holiday season). As a bonus, Mizner’s offers mixed nuts to its bar patrons, and as one of the few “free” things you can get at WDW, be sure to take advantage.Mizner’s Cooler. (photo by Brandon Glover)Godiva Chocolate Martini. (photo by Brandon Glover)Bar snacks! (photo by Brandon Glover)Mizner’s Lounge. (photo by Brian McNichols)Mizner’s Lounge. (photo by Brian McNichols)[email protected]’s Take: I like to consider Mizner’s the flagship bar of the Monorail Bar Crawl. Conveniently located on the second floor of the Grand Floridian, Mizner’s not only offers great drinks and appetizers, but in the evening, the Grand Society Orchestra provides music that transports you to a more dignified time and place. Not only that, but the Grand Flo’ in general tends to attract a different crowd – one with less theme park attire, if you dig my grand flow. It makes it a much classier experience within the Vacation Kingdom of the World. (But don’t worry, theme park attire still works inside the bar. After all, they’ve never turned me away.)Rhiannon’s Note: Hmmm… I may need to write them a letter.Recommendations: I suggest a Moscow Mule, but Skipper DickRichie swears by The Belvedere.–# 1 – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (Polynesian Village Resort)When Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto opened at the Poly in 2015 it became the first of its kind E-Ticket bar at Walt Disney World. It was so popular from day one that a second bar was needed just to hold the people waiting to get it (but we’ll talk more about that bar later). You want atmosphere? The Grog Grotto has that coming out of every single corner of the venue. While souvenir cups and mugs have been a staple of the theme park experience, Trader Sam’s took it up a notch. Similar to its sister location out in Anaheim, the Grog Grotto debuted with a whole bunch of wonderful Tiki mugs. From the simple Polynesian Pearl to the incredible Nautilus, there is one drink after another on the menu served in collectible mugs that you’ll want to take home. Many of the drinks also trigger show elements within the bar itself, separating Trader Sam’s from any other bar on property. It’s not just a lounge, it’s an experience.HippopotoMai-Tai (photo by Brandon Glover)The Polynesian Pearl in front of “Shelly.” (photo by Brandon Glover)DIVE! DIVE! DIVE! The Nautilus. (photo by Brandon Glover)When you order a Nautilus, get your popcorn ready: ’cause it’s gonna be a show. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: I’m going to stop you right there before you try to compare this to the Original Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel. Just don’t. On its own, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is one of the best new overall offerings at Walt Disney World. An attraction unto itself, the Grog Grotto offers great drinks and a fun, festive atmosphere. If you’re looking for a laid-back place to relax, this ain’t it. The bartenders and servers are known to mess with you and give you a hard time during your visit, all in the name of “themed fun.” Though some say they sometimes try a little too hard, the interaction with staff (however forced) is the hallmark of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, (that, along with themed sound and lighting effects that accompany certain specialty cocktails). The Grog Grotto: a great place to have drinks and selfies –not naps and solitude.Rhiannon’s Note: Actually, could you recommend which bars are best for naps and solitude? That sounds fantastic.Recommendations: Dark and Tropical Stormy all day. My favorite drink on property not served in a pineapple or with a backscratcher. Though, if you‘re hell-bent on getting a souvenir glass, I suggest the HippopotoMai-Tai; it’s a little bit of Shruggie for your home!–HONORABLE MENTION: Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace (Polynesian Village Resort)Now Trader Sam’s is actually two bars in one. If the Grog Grotto is full, you can enjoy a drink and appetizer while you wait for an opening outside on the Tiki Terrace. Turns out many people enjoy the live music and laid back atmosphere of the Tiki Terrace more than the sensory overload inside the Grog Grotto.Dark and Stormy at the Tiki Terrace. (photo by Brandon Glover)Spikey Pineapple, only at the tiki terrace. (photo by Brandon Glover)Chicken lettuce wrap. (photo by Brandon Glover)Black and White pearls. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: Remember when I said the Grog Grotto is not your place to relax and be laid back? And you were all, “but Drunky, I’m on vacation and need to get my chill on after 10 hours in the parks and multiple crowd-induced rage attacks!” Well calm down, bro. Tiki Terrace is the place for you.. The Tiki Terrace has a great South Seas vibe, overlooking both the pool as well as the Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella’s Castle off in the distance. Order any of the same drinks as the indoor Grog Grotto, but add to them live music and fireworks viewing: suddenly Tiki Terrace has pushed its way onto this honorable mention list.Recommendations: The Spikey Pineapple! Dole Whip and booze? No brainer… literally.Rhiannon’s Note: “Literally”?Drunky: I would like to thank Derek Burgan for letting me be a part of this SATURDAY SIX, as I like to think WDW bars and lounges are my area of expertise. Oh yeah, and thanks to my editor and cowriter, Rhiannon, who lightly edited (ok fine, FIXED) my opinions and descriptions. Rhiannon’s Note: Dude, I literally had to correct your spelling of the word “cowriter.” I need to up my royalty share percentage.Drunky: You can soon read more about WDW drinking from me and Rhiannon when our book Drunk at Disney (working title) finishes the proofreading process and gets released this summer. –We’d like to thank EVERYONE who took part in our poll on the best bars and lounges at the WDW Resorts, but especially those who realized JOCK LINDSEY’S HANGAR BAR ISN’T IN A RESORT. But seriously, a special thank you to contributors from WDWNT, the Disney Hipsters podcast, the Radio Harmabe podcast, the Disney Cruise Line Blog, the Mighty Men of Mouse, and Parkscope. Major props sent to exceptional guys and gals like [email protected], Epcot Explorer, MKPony, Jenn Tracker, the Schmoof, and many many more. We really couldn’t have done it without youSo there you have it: The Six Best Bars and Lounges at the WDW Resorts. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)Crew’s Cup fries. DESTINATION POTATOES.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:Six Reasons We LOVE Be Our Guest RestaurantDisney Dining: ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortThe Six Best Snacks, Drinks, and Food Options in Diagon AlleyTop Six Theme Park Bars in OrlandoUniversal Dining: Emeril’s Cocktail MenuSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey. We of course would never be able to “thank” [email protected] and Rhiannon enough, especially since they sent over their responses before “accepting changes” on their Word document, adding about three extra hours of work. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger they say, and if that’s true right now we are THE STRONGEST HUMAN BEINGS ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX looks at the Six Best Bars and Lounges at the WDW Resorts. When we here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters set out to do an article on the best bars and lounges at Walt Disney World, we didn’t want you – Dear Reader – to just take our word for it. So we conducted our patented top secret, double blind, exhaustively comprehensive scientific poll by reaching out to some of the biggest names in the blogging industry. A veritable theme park Who’s Who responded, and today we are here with the results.BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! For this article we contacted a bonafide theme park drinking expert in [email protected] to give his thoughts on each bar and lounge. You will find Drunky’s thoughts at the end of each write-up. You will also hear from Rhiannon, Drunky’s better half and co-author on an upcoming book about drinking at WDW. So sit back, stir that swizzle stick, and let’s begin our countdown starting with…# 6 – Territory Lounge (Wilderness Lodge)Inspired by the national park lodges of the early 20th century, Wilderness Lodge is the type of resort that is distinctly Disney. Designed by Peter Dominick, who was also behind Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Grand Californian, Wilderness Lodge has a certain warmth and coziness to it that you just can’t find in than any other hotel in Orlando. It also happens to contain three underrated gems in the area of WDW dining: Whispering Canyon Cafe, Artist Point, and Territory Lounge.Northwest Exposure. Vodka, Kahlua, half and half, Amaretto, splash of Coke. (photo by Brandon Glover)–With a good amount of seating and an appetizer/dessert menu filled with unique options, Territory Lounge is going to be a spot you will fall in love with. There is even a fireplace to sit by! At SATURDAY SIX HQ two things go over like gangbusters when it comes to bars and lounges, themed napkins and swizzle sticks, so you can imagine our heart was a flutter seeing the Wilderness Lodge swizzle.How bout that swizzle stick?!!! It makes even a Vodka cranberry look magical. (photo by Brandon Glover)Oregon Pinot Gris Fondue. (photo by Brandon Glover)Artist Point Berry Cobbler. (photo by Brandon Glover)Popcorn with Truffle Oil. (photo by Brandon Glover)House made donuts with Nutella and Marionberry jam. (photo by Brandon Glover)Territory Lounge at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take:. Great choice by the readers. Glad to know that reading Derek’s column on a weekly basis hasn’t turned them all into Butterbeer-swilling ignorami. Lesser folks may overlook Territory Lounge due to its being a bit more “off the beaten path” than other bars (as it’s not on the monorail loop, along the BoardWalk, or inside a park). However, it is a great destination lounge! For me, I find that the strength comes from the theming: not only does it boast great wildernessy decorations, but even the beer selection follows through on the theme of the entire property by offering brews from the Pacific Northwest and Canada. But the real cherry on top? As seen in the photos, it’s the food available at the bar that truly sets it apart from the more mundane of the Disney bars. All of these factors combine to make Territory Lounge a truly fantastic bar. Or, consider: with Territory Lounge being just a boat ride away from Fort Wilderness or the Contemporary, turn that “destination bar” into an obvious inclusion for any bar crawl around Bay Lake!Recommendations: Since the beer selections here are hand-picked to fit the theming and ambiance of the resort, I recommend snagging a Red Hook or Moosehead in order to fit in. Oh, who am I kidding? Get both! Rhiannon’s Note: Wow, not recommending Bud Light? Are you feeling okay?Drunky: I’m just trying to play by the rules. Could you imagine how embarrassing it would be to be caught with a Kona at the Wilderness Lodge? Worse than wearing green after St. Patrick’s Day.Rhiannon’s Note: That’s not a thing, you dolt.–# 5 – Tambu Lounge (Polynesian Village Resort)While Tambu Lounge may not have the large seating capacity of Territory Lounge, it does have three things going for it: location, location, location. Not only does Tambu overlook the Magic Kingdom, but it sits squarely next to possibly the most popular restaurant in WDW: ‘Ohana. Tambu is also home to two of the most popular drinks in Orlando, the famous Lapu Lapu (served in a pineapple) and the Backscratcher. What many people don’t know is that you can get a couple of ‘Ohana’s most popular items at Tambu. That’s right, instead of being up at 6am 180 days out from your vacation, just head on over to Tambu and get some of those terrific honey-coriander chicken wings or the legendary ‘Ohana bread pudding.World famous Lapu Lapu. (photo by Brandon Glover)Inside a Lapu LapuBackscratcher! (photo by Brandon Glover)Kona Longboard Island Lager and Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale at Tambu Lounge. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: Hold up: you’re putting Tambu Lounge all the way down in the number five spot?! That brings a moistness to my eyes and a potential retraction to my earlier compliment. Tambu Lounge typically reigns supreme as my favorite WDW bar for the same reasons it probably made the SATURDAY SIX list. First on the reasons list: its location inside the iconic Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village. You can almost feel the history as you climb the stairs to the bar or step off the monorail. Second is its location next to ‘Ohana that gives it both an amazing aroma in the evening as well as a bangin’ appetizer menu. And who could forget two of the most iconic drinks on WDW property: the Lapu Lapu (served in a pineapple!) and the infamous Backscratcher, the official drink of the 3 O’clock Parade podcast! Rhiannon’s Note: Just as long as you don’t say… BACKSCRATCHAAAAAA!Rhiannon’s Note: I hate my life.Recommendations: Clearly the Lapu Lapu and Backscratcher are the top two recommendations. But if you aren’t in the mood for tropical drinks, they have Kona beer on draft, so order up one of those. It is now officially appropriate for you to be drinking that.–# 4 – Crew’s Cup Lounge (Yacht Club Resort)EPCOT and the BoardWalk are loaded to the brim with great restaurants and bars, so while it may be tucked away at the Yacht Club, be sure not to skip out on Crew’s Cup Lounge. Located next to Yachtman’s Steakhouse (another must add to your Disney Dining bucket list), Crew’s Cup is themed to a Northeast rowing club and has a lot of hardwood decor like Territory Lounge. It has a very intimate feel, but does have a decent amount of seating outside of the bar. What’s going to bring you back again and again is the out of this world menu, headlined by the house-cut truffle fries. They are the best fries in Walt Disney World hands down. Great sandwiches. Great beer. Great atmosphere.Samuel Adams Rebel IPA. (photo by Brandon Glover)Crew’s Cup house-cut truffle fries. (photo by Brandon Glover)Shaved beef sandwich. (photo by Brandon Glover)Crew’s Cup Lounge at Disney’s Yacht Club. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: It seems the readers are back on track for making good decisions. For now (I’m still watching you). Crews Cup Lounge jumps into the top six for a couple of reasons. First IT OPENS AT NOON, while many (if not most) of the other lounges listed make you wait until 4PM like a sober chump. Add to that, great Yacht Club theming and ambiance of hanging meat along with one of the best beer menus on Disney property. Tada: you have a bar worthy of a top 4 ranking on the SATURDAY SIX.Rhiannon’s Note: Who knew hanging meat had an ambiance?Recommendations. While Crew’s Cup has an extensive bottled beer menu plus three Sam Adams beers on draft, it’s also a safe space for trying something new. So why not supportively hold hands with the person next to you, and order the Jameson Irish Whiskey Sour?Rhiannon’s Note: That poor person next to you…–# 3 – River Roost Lounge (Port Orleans Resort – Riverside)There are so many great reasons to take a vacation at Port Orleans Riverside, but one of our favorites is the River Roost Lounge. Home to the unforgettable Yehaa Bob Jackson, the River Roost is the perfect way to end a day after hitting the theme parks. Plenty of tables and even more selections of adult beverages. Outside of the Abita beer flight there isn’t much in the area of signature drinks, but they make up for that in the overall quantity of options available. The appetizer menu is limited, but does offer a nice selection of Southern-inspired dishes, and you can’t go wrong with the best live entertainment in any bar at WDW.River Roost Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. (photo by Brandon Glover)Abita Flight: Purple Haze, Amber Ale, and Turbo Dog. (photo by Brandon Glover)Hurricane. (photo by Brandon Glover)Bayou Buffalo Wings. Very tasty, big and meaty. Decent spice and a good value for the price of $12.49. (photo by Brandon Glover)An actual Disney Legend, Yehaa Bob. (photo by Brandon Glover)[email protected]’s Take: Bob Jackson, Bob Jackson, Bob Jackson! As one of the few resort bars on property with actual live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, River Roost rockets to the top of the list. Yehaa Bob’s wild show is great for all ages, so if you haven’t seen Bob yet, get over there stat! You’ll probably find me there doing the “Head, shoulders, knees and toes” hand motions.Rhiannon’s Note: This actually sounds like a reason not to go.Drunky: But you haven’t read my recommendation yet…Recommendations: Gotta go with the Abita Beer Flight!!! Rhiannon’s Note: Aaaaaand I’m back.Though, if you’re not a beer drinker, I recommend getting a Hurricane. After all, we must align with our theme: aligning with themes.
Corporations aren’t the only ones struggling to keep up with the demands of compliance and records management. Government agencies may be some of the worst culprits.The National Archives (NARA) recently asked 224 federal agencies to self-evaluate their current handling of records within their agencies. 36 percent admitted that they may be at high risk for improperly handling records. These agencies may not even be creating and managing records or setting up record retention policies. And another 43 percent said that they are at moderate risk. Which adds up to a rather eye-popping 79 percent of federally agencies not adequately practicing records management principles — based on their self-evaluation.High risk agencies include the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis; the U.S. European Command; the Navy; the Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration; the Transportation Department’s Federal Transit Administration and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration; the International Trade Commission; and the National Endowment for the Arts.Only a handful of the 224 agencies rated themselves as having no problems. The included the Department of Defense, the Center for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Social Security Administration.David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, said that “Today, the Federal Government does not consistently manage its records and information – particularly its electronic records – well enough to meet business needs, protect rights or assure accountability, and ensure the continued preservation and access of permanently valuable records. The long-term success of the Open Government initiative – and the ability of the National Archives to safeguard and ensure access to the records of our government – hinges on the ability of each Federal agency to effectively manage its records. As Archivist of the United States, this level of risk is of great concern to me, and the National Archives will take action with Federal agencies to address this unacceptable risk.”Going forward the agency self-evaluation survey for records management compliance will be done annually as a way to measure improvement in compliance among the agencies.
West Indian cricket legend Clive Lloyd on Saturday apologised for the West Indian players’ decision to cut short their India tour over pay disputes with the West Indian Cricket Board.Speaking at the final Seven Wonders session of AajTak’s Salaam Cricket Conclave in New Delhi, Lloyd said, “I would like to apologise to the Indian people. Some of the guys (the WI team) wanted to leave the tour. It was a great mistake. I want to say, we still have closeness built over the years. We have great love for the Indian people. There is no better place than India. It is unfortunate they have left. I hope the damage is not incurable.”It was meant to be a sport event where the ‘Seven Wonders’ of the game spoke in one voice: Australia are a hot favourite for the 2015 World Cup. But the bigger news came from the original superstar Clive Lloyd, who on Saturday apologised for the West Indies team having left the India tour midway.Lloyd’s remarks came after all World Cup winning captains, who were discussing the favourites for the World Cup that begins in February 2015, gave Australia the thumbs-up to win it. Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who led the squad that won the 2003 and 2007 editions, predicted an Australia-India World Cup final which the Aussies, he said, will win.The galaxy of stars included Lloyd, Kapil Dev (1983 champion), Allan Border (1987 champion), Arjuna Ranatunga (1996 champion) Steve Waugh (1999 champion) and Ricky Ponting (2003 & 2007 champion) and Aamer Sohail, former Pakistan captain. The session was moderated by India Today Group Consulting Editor Rajdeep Sardesai.advertisementWhile almost all the greats picked Sri Lanka as the game-changers of World Cup history for their victory when they won it in 1996, Ranatunga said it was Kapil Dev and Imran Khan, who became the inspiration for millions of cricketers in his country. “We asked ourselves, if India and Pakistan can win the World Cup, why can’t we?” he said.
Maria Sharapova knows the pitfalls of being a prodigy and after easing into the fourth round at Roland Garros on Friday the seasoned grand slam champion offered some sage advice to the new generation in women’s tennis.The French Open defending champion, seeded second, showed all her maturity when she beat Australian 26th seed Samantha Stosur 6-3 6-4 to stay on course for a possible third Roland Garros title, 11 years after winning Wimbledon as a teenager.Since then, several players have been dubbed ‘the new Sharapova’, including Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, whose rapid rise up the rankings last year drew obvious comparison with the glamorous Russian.Bouchard, however, has been struggling to back it up this year, losing her opening match here after numerous first round losses, and Sharapova understands what she is going through.”To be in a position where you have done extremely well, and you’ve gotten really good results, you’ve proved you belong to the top, sometimes that takes a little while,” said Sharapova.”I had a very tough experience winning. I mean, of course, I won (Wimbledon) when I was 17 years old and, all of a sudden, I thought I should be able to win every single match.”It took me a while to realise that that’s just not the reality of things.”Sharapova, who has won at least one WTA title every year since 2003, has survived some tough times.Shoulder problems sent her plummeting down the rankings and she failed to win a major between 2008 and 2012, the year of her first Roland Garros title.advertisementIn that time she learned to be patient and took care in choosing the people she wanted around her.”For me, the most important thing was nothing to do with tennis because I knew that I was still developing my game.”It was rather to do with the people I surrounded myself with, who were able to make smart decisions for me.”At that age it’s tough. You have so many opportunities and they are so much fun, especially at a young age.”To be part of great events and meet stars and to be part of a Vogue photo shoot, those are really cool things for a young girl and I did enjoy them.”But, I think, at the end of it all, the thing that got me to that position was winning tennis matches.”On Friday, Sharapova showed she can still get her hands dirty on a tennis court.She fought for each point against Stosur, a runner-up in 2010 and twice a semi-finalist, wearing down the Aussie with her sheer tenacity and aggression.The five-times grand slam champion will take on Czech 13th seed Lucie Safarova for a quarter-final spot.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino: Chasing ‘Invincibles’ not impossibleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino has admitted they are thinking about emulating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ this season.As the Reds overcame Manchester United 3-1, they are still unbeaten in the league.While they still have a long road ahead to finish the whole league season unbeaten, it is a goal they want to achieve.”Of course it’s very difficult to stay unbeaten in this league,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Express.”We’ll only do it with hard work.”That’s what we’ve been doing until now, including going back right to the start when we came back for pre-season.”We need to keep focused and fighting until the end to reach our goals and see where that gets us by the end of the season.”This team has lofty ambitions and aims high. We are going for titles, we are a big club, we are always fighting for trophies.”We’ll continue playing well, the way we are, and we’ll see where it gets us.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea ace Willian: Weird having Lampard as managerby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian is happy having a former teammate in charge at Chelsea.Chelsea handed Frank Lampard the reins to his former club after Maurizio Sarri decided to join Juventus in the summer, and Willian is happy working with him.The Brazilian played alongside Lampard at Stamford Bridge between 2013 and 2014, and has revealed that he tipped his former colleague to make the leap into coaching.Willian said: “It’s a bit weird he is my boss now, but I am very happy to work with him again.“He has given me the confidence to play. He wants me to be happy.“He was an intelligent player, one of the best in his position. A quality player.“When you see players like him you can say maybe in the future, he can become a manager.“A part of the performances I have had in the past couple of games I have to dedicate to him.”