LONDON, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder end 2018 as the number two-ranked all-rounder in Tests and in the top 10 of the bowler’s rankings.In the latest rankings announced by the International Cricket Council, Holder had risen two places in the bowler’s rankings to 10, ensuring he heads into the New Year rated among the elite bowlers in the longest cricket format.As a result of his progress, he also jumped two places in the all-rounders rankings, and is only now behind Bangladesh captain Shakib-al-Hasan.His rise comes despite missing the recent tour of Bangladesh through injury.Holder had an outstanding year with the ball, claiming 33 wickets from six Tests at an amazing average of 11.87 – the best by any bowler in a calendar year for the last hundred years.The 27-year-old seamer picked up 12 wickets during Sri Lanka’s three-Test tour of the Caribbean and followed up with 16 scalps in a two-Test home series against Bangladesh.However, Holder was forced out of the return Bangladesh away series with a shoulder injury.He is one of two West Indies players in the top 20 of the bowlers rankings, with speedster Shannon Gabriel unmoved at 13th.Seamer Kemar Roach is the next best ranked Caribbean bowler at 24th with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo lying 35th.In the batting rankings, meanwhile, opener Kraigg Brathwaite remains the highest ranked West Indies batsman but has tumbled to 33rd following his wretched form in Bangladesh that brought him 22 runs in four innings.Roston Chase is the only other Windies batsman in the top 50, lying 46th. Holder is ranked 59th.India’s Virat Kohli heads the batting rankings while South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada tops the bowling charts.
Coach of the national football team of BiH Mehmed Baždarević held a press conference yesterday at the stadium Bilino polje, on the occasion of today’s match against the national team of Cyprus within qualifications for the World Championship in Russia.Baždarević said that after the match in Belgium they analyzed Cyprus because they had to turn to the next match as soon as possible.“The most important thing is that we give our best because those three points are extremely important for us. We must think about what is waiting for us tomorrow and we said everything we had to say. There is no need to repeat how much desire and motivation is needed for this and if we are not capable of doing this, then there is no place for us in this whole thing,” Baždarević said.Baždarević added that he believes in his boys and that they will delight the people who come to watch the match in Zenica today.“We can justify everything except the desire and fighting spirit that was simply not on the level of the match in Belgium,” Baždarević added.Captain of the BiH national team Edin Džeko commented on the match against Belgium, saying that everyone has failed and that they cannot be satisfied, given the ambitions they have.“This is our fault and what we made on that field was not enough for anything. Now we are turning to another match. Since the beginning of qualifications we have always came back to that Cyprus which was fatal for us in the past qualifications and I am certain that we will not underestimate them this time,” Džeko said.When asked if the players are psychologically ready for today’s match, Džeko said:“I think the majority of these players play a match every three days and when you lose one match you must forget about it because you play another one in three days. I think Belgium was on a much higher level than we are. Any positive result would be a plus for us and now we have to do what is expected of us – get three points against Cyprus,” Džeko concluded.(Source: klix.ba)
Still, it is not certain if Asmir Begovic will decide to move from Chelsea in Borunemouth.The deadline for decision is Tuesday, hence two more days. Coach Antonio Conte said that Begovc’s leaving would be difficult for him, but that he would respect his decision if Asmir would decide to leave.“We will have all the needed information in the upcoming days. I hope that he will make the right decision for his future career. It will be difficult for me not to work with Begovic anymore, even though he was not of those players who play a prominent role in the team in every round, ” added Conte.Unofficially, besides Begovic, Branislav Ivanovic is also a candidate to leave Chelsea. Probaly, Ivanovic will be replaced with Wesr Bromwich.Yesterday, Begovic defended the Cup match against Brentford and this could easily be his last game playing for Chelsea.(Source: fokus)
Mikael Samuelsson’s third period goal snapped a 2-2 tie to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks in NHL Stanley Cup Playoff action Sunday night at the United Centre in Chicago.The win gives Vancouver a stranglehold on the best-of-seven series leading 3-0. Game four is Tuesday in Chicago at 5 p.m. PDT. Samuelsson backhanded a rebound past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford after the Canucks had just killed off a penalty.Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp scored power play goals for the Hawks.Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin scored 54 seconds apart to give the Canucks a brief 2-1 lead.The story of the game was Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo who faced 32 shots. Most of the shots came in the first period where Chicago had four power plays, including a two-man advantage.Luongo stopped Patrick Kane on a point-blank shot at Patrick Sharp on a blast from near the slot area.