Djokovic wins Eastbourne, brings Ancic into coaching team

first_imgNOVAK Djokovic looked to have regained his confidence and form just in time for a concerted Wimbledon assault as he carved out an emphatic win over Gael Monfils in the Aegon International grasscourt final at Eastbourne on Saturday.Djokovic once again wrapped up a 6-3 6-4 victory over the Frenchman he consistently gets the better of to lift the title in his first visit to Devonshire Park without dropping a single set.The Serb then confirmed on court that his friend, former Croatian player Mario Ancic, would be a new part of his coaching team, along with Andre Agassi, at Wimbledon next week.It was only the 30-year old’s second title of a difficult year in which he has struggled for form, faced injuries and split with his long-standing coaching team.However, on Saturday he seemed rejuvenated by the bracing English seaside air.Djokovic, who lifted his 68th career title and his first grasscourt title outside Wimbledon, now heads off to the grand slam in good heart as he seeks a fourth title there.last_img read more

Sane misses out, Neuer makes Germany World Cup squad

first_imgAttacking midfielder Leroy Sane was a surprise omission from Joachim Loew’s final Germany squad for the World Cup finals on Monday as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was named among the 23 players heading to Russia for the defending champions.Neuer made the squad despite playing in just one official game, a friendly against Austria on Friday, since breaking a bone in his foot in September but talented 22-year-old Sane was the highest-profile player excluded.The Manchester City midfielder, goalkeeper Bernd Leno, forward Nils Petersen and defender Jonathan Tah were the four players that failed to make the cut from Loew’s provisional list.Sane, who joined the English champions in 2016, had been a surprise addition to Germany’s Euro 2016 squad two years ago but this time he was overlooked by Loew, who opted to take the more physical Julian Brandt to Russia instead.“It was a very tight decision between him and Julian Brandt which went in favour of Brandt,” Loew said. “There are better days in the life of a national team coach, when you have to send four amazing players, who deserve to be at the World Cup, home.“It’s like being at the airport check-in counter en route to Moscow and you are not allowed to board the plane.”Germany captain Neuer, who won the World Cup four years ago, will also be their first choice keeper for the tournament, ahead of designated number two Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Kevin Trapp.“The clinical tests were really good,” Neuer told reporters.“I always had the goal in front of me. I stayed positive through the injury and had I not been positive I would not have been included.“I feel good and now my focus is on the World Cup.”Loew announced his squad at the end of a training camp at the Italian Alps. The Germans play their last warm-up game against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on Friday before the start of the tournament on June 14.Germany are in Group F along with Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.Squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain).Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich).Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).Forwards:Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).last_img read more

Caller ID spoofs: Easy and legal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In the past few years, Caller ID spoofing has become much easier. Millions of people have Internet telephone equipment that can be set to make any number appear on a Caller ID system. And several Web sites have sprung up to provide Caller ID spoofing services, eliminating the need for any special hardware. For instance, sells a virtual “calling card” for $10 that provides 60 minutes of talk time. The user dials a toll-free number, then keys in the destination number and the Caller ID number to display. The service also provides optional voice scrambling, to make the caller sound like someone of the opposite sex. Caller ID spoofing appears to be legal, though many of its uses are not. The Federal Communications Commission has never investigated the issue, spokeswoman Rosemary Kimball said. Lance James, chief scientist at security company Secure Science Corp., said Caller ID spoofing Web sites are used by people who buy stolen credit card numbers. They will call a service such as Western Union, setting Caller ID to appear to originate from the card holder’s home, and use the credit card number to order cash transfers that they then pick up. Exposing a similar vulnerability, Caller ID is used by credit-card companies to authenticate newly issued cards. The recipients are generally asked to call from their home phones to activate their cards. Some card companies maintain, however, that they use additional means to confirm new cards. And caller ID spoofing may not work for calls to 1-800 numbers, where the hardware can identify calls using a separate technology. Two spoofing services contacted by The Associated Press, and, did not return messages seeking comment about their business. However, some of the five or so Web sites in the business don’t appear to be completely unscrupulous: James said he had been hired by a few of them, which he would not name, to help stop the Western Union scam. Also, both and say they will surrender call logs to authorities in response to subpoenas.’s site says the service is “intended for entertainment purposes only.” Telephone companies can trace calls to their origin regardless of the Caller ID information they carry, but the process is laborious, especially since a call might be carried by several companies before reaching its destination. The fragmented nature of the telephone network also makes it technically difficult for the carriers to prevent spoofing. NEW YORK – Last fall, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s office started getting phone calls from constituents who complained about receiving recorded phone messages that bad-mouthed Murphy. The constituents were especially upset that the messages appeared to come from the congressman’s own office. At least, that’s what Caller ID said. “People thought we were making the calls,” Murphy said. The calls, which the Pennsylvania Republican estimated in the thousands, were apparently placed with fake Caller ID. That has been possible for a long time, but it generally required special hardware and technical savvy. last_img read more

Donated goods help out moms

first_imgNalian, a single mom, helps Irwin empty homes floor to ceiling at estate sales, then sorts items at the group’s offices. She visited the shop Monday with her daughters, Amanda, 12, and Krystina, 15, who help out too. “I think it’s fun to help out,” Amanda said. Krystina offers her computer smarts in the office and plans to volunteer in the store. Single Mothers is nonprofit; the store is not, but its proceeds are funneled to the group and will be used to pay for expenses, Irwin said. She is tapping her savings until the enterprise becomes self-supporting. A hutch with curved-glass doors, antique-finish serpentine-front dresser and upholstered pieces are priced to move – as are the clothes, which go for $2 apiece. “I call it the 99 cents store theory of business,” Irwin said. “All of the things are given to us for free. There is no need to stockpile or store them.” “Thriftwear With a Flair” is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday. The store is at 18287 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country, tucked in the La Pico Shopping Center. Those wishing to volunteer or donate items can contact Irwin at (661) 510-0374. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Maybe somebody rubbed a magic lamp and wished a savvy seller would help a single moms group handle donated goods piling up in its offices – sometimes to the point of edging out the clients. Resale maven Lorraine Irwin landed on the group’s doorstep in April and months later has opened the doors of a thrift shop whose goods are sometimes given free to single moms in need. “I love to buy low and sell higher,” said Irwin, 50. “If my talents and my passion can help such a worthwhile organization, then here I am.” Irwin, who is remarried but struggled as a single mom of three for many years, has been in the resale business for about two decades. She has priced donated furniture, bric-a-brac and clothes to move, and items from estate sales Irwin organizes might land on the floor or sporting higher price tags at the Rose Bowl Flea market or on eBay. Proceeds benefit the store. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsShe planted the shop amid clusters of apartments, condominiums and mobile homes, and to alert far-flung customers she has taken a booth at the Saugus Swap Meet and was rained out from another in Lancaster on Sunday. Single Mothers Outreach helps clients find jobs and housing, helps further education for moms and kids, provides counseling, offers referrals for legal counsel and services, provides short-term financial aid for clients’ rents and utilities, furnishes clothing and runs a clients-only food bank. “A person can take items to the thrift store, Single Mothers provides a tax-deductible receipt and a single mom gets a voucher if she needs a dresser or four suits for work,” said Debbie Quick, the nonprofit group’s executive director. “Our office isn’t a storehouse anymore.” The group is a magnet for donations but short on storage space. Some donated furniture and appliances are handed off to clients – like the freezer given to a mother whose baby has cancer but who lacked a freezer in which to store medicine. Some furniture has been stored till needed, but the clothes closet that suits up many for job interviews has burst its seams. “When mothers come in, they can’t even sit down with a baby in their arms there’s so much stuff – which we’re grateful for,” said volunteer Jody Nalian. “They couldn’t get in the closet to look at the clothes. There’s no floor space in there.” last_img read more

‘Dyche is the perfect man to rescue Everton’, says ex-Burnley man Joey Barton

first_imgJoey Barton has risked the wrath of Burnley fans by saying Sean Dyche would be ‘the perfect appointment’ as Everton’s next manager, as he continued his tirade against caretaker boss David Unsworth.Dyche has been among the many names linked with the Goodison Park job following the departure of Ronald Koeman last week after a shocking start to the season from the Toffees.Former defender Unsworth has taken charge of the first-team on a short-term basis but has lost his first two games, against Chelsea in the EFL Cup and against Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday – leaving the Toffees in the bottom-three.Boyhood Everton fan Barton has blasted Unsworth for putting his name in the hat for the full-time post, branding him a ‘glorified PE teacher’ and insisting he lacks the managerial credentials to take the top job.And the former Burnley midfielder told talkSPORT his old Turf Moor boss is the perfect man to rescue the in-trouble Toffees.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Barton said: “Sometimes you’ve got to bite the bullet, get back to basics and get things done correctly.“Look, it went wrong in the summer. How do we know that? They’re sitting in the bottom-three and Ronald Koeman is out of a job.“We’ve got to go back to basics and I think the perfect appointment, and Burnley fans will kill me for saying this, but there’s no better than Sean Dyche.“If they can’t get him out of Burnley or Burnley won’t let him leave, then Sam Allardyce or even David Moyes – he did a great job at Everton.“All of them are better than David Unsworth in my opinion.”READ MORE:Joey Barton slams ‘glorified PE teacher’ David Unsworth and warns Everton could be relegatedJim White v Joey Barton: talkSPORT presenters clash over David Unsworth comments – Listen Sean Dyche would be the PERFECT man to rescue Everton, says Joey Barton 1last_img read more

Legendary broadcaster Motson criticises Arnautovic for wanting move to China

first_img edin back ‘No interest’ in Bournemouth players amid Wilson links to Chelsea and West Ham  Arnautovic has been left out of the Hammers’ squad to face Bournemouth on Saturday 2 “I think it tells you something when a top player would rather play in China than play in the Premier League.“Now I’m only saying that for footballing reasons – of course, it’s the money. It doesn’t sit well with me, really. Not when he’s only just gone there and they’ve given him a good contract.“I mean the Premier League is supposed to be the best league in the world now.”Arnautovic has been left out of the squad to face Bournemouth on Saturday, increasing speculation on his future with the east London side. IT’S ME, MARIO Motson says top players should want to remain in the Premier League Pellegrini: If it’s a good deal for both parties, Arnautovic can go OMISSION GRAD-UALLY GETTING THERE Reports claim Arnautovic could earn up to £400,000 in China, and at 29 years old he feels it’s too good an offer to turn down.But Motson has admitted it “does not sit well” with him when top players want to leave the Premier League.The talkSPORT broadcaster said: “This is like Dimitri Payet all over again, where West Ham just get on a nice roll and then the best player wants to leave. Latest West Ham News West Ham linked with shock move for former Liverpool and Man City striker on his way? good news getty Arnautovic left out of West Ham squad to face Bournemouth amid China interest West Ham forward signs new deal with the Hammers until 2025 Much-loved commentator John Motson has criticised Marko Arnautovic for his desire to move to China.The West Ham striker recently revealed he wanted to leave the Hammers amid reports of a £35million bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League side. 2 Tottenham tracking Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko as short-term Kane replacement last_img read more

Enjoy Seasonal Tastes with New Holidays Around the World Marketplaces at Epcot

first_imgSeasonal Sothern DelightsNear World Showcase PlazaHoppin’ John (Black-Eyed Peas, Ham Hocks, and Kale with Rice, and Cornbread Crumbles)Blackened Catfish with White Cheddar Grits with Okra, Tomato, and Onion StewChocolate Pecan TartFrozen S’moresCentral 28 BeersThree Kings FeastNear World Showcase PlazaShredded Beef Tamale with Avocado CremaRoasted Pork with Mashed Yucca and Pickled Green BananasThree Kings BreadCoquito (Coconut Milk)Coquito with a Rum Floater Share This!©DisneyEpcot around the holiday season. There really is nothing like it. Honestly, there’s something so special about experiencing the way other countries celebrate the holidays, but, this year, they’ve added in a new element that makes it even better.Guests will have the opportunity to experience the official debut of the new Holidays Around the World Marketplaces. Much like the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, there will be different marketplaces that Guests can choose from. Five different marketplaces, to be exact. They include:Prost!Germany PavilionArtisan Cheese PlateSauerbraten with Red Cabbage and SpatzleAlcoholic CidersWilliams Punch (hot)Caramel Kiss (Werther’s Caramel and gluwein)American Holiday TableAmerican Adventure PavilionSlow Roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, and Cranberry SauceSeared Pork Tenderloin with Green Bean Casserole, Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges, and a Champagne demi-glace.Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on BourbonFirenog (Eggnog with Fireball Whisky)Great American Wine Company Red BlendGreat American Wine Company ChardonnayHot ChocolateEggnogCocoa Candy Cane (Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps)Alpine HausBetween Morocco and FranceDuck ConfitDumplings and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with a Fig ReductionCheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Fresh Steamed VegetablesSachertorte (A Chocolate Cake with Apricot Jam and Dark Chocolate Glaze)Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White WineHeinrich Red Blend So get ready to nosh your way around World Showcase during with Holidays Around the World, taking place from November 25 through December 30.center_img Additional Treats found around Epcot during the holiday season will include:Hot and cold drinks found all around World ShowcaseMickey Santa Hat cupcake at Fountain ViewChocolate honey baklava in MoroccoPanettone (Italian Christmas cake) in ItalyGingerbread ice cream and buche de Noel au chocolat (Christmas cake shaped like a log) in FrancePai cha (Beijing-style fried dough twist with sesame) in ChinaGuava tamales in Mexicolast_img read more

Why The Apple Watch Doesn’t Like Tattoos

first_imgTags:#Apple#Apple Watch#smartwatches#wearables david nield The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables Related Posts The Apple Watch looks like no friend to fans of the body arts. The device lost some of its shine when several buyers reported problems using their new wearable on heavily tattooed arms. Apparently, dark body ink seems to interfere with the gadget’s sensors, producing inaccurate readings in some cases or completely stifling some features, like alerts, in others. Anecdotal though they may be, evidence of the problems keeps mounting. Given the way the photoplethysmographic sensors work, and the fact that the watch relies on them for key functions, Apple should have foreseen some of these issues. Instead, it’s trying to delve into it after the fact, investigating the problems. (Though it hasn’t offered any official comment yet.) While we wait, here’s some insight into the matter. The Tatt OffensiveRedditor guinne55fan said he was unable to get notifications on his watch, unless he moved the device to a non-tattooed area of his arm. Meanwhile, Michael Lovell told The Register that the step counter failed on his tattooed right wrist, but worked on his blank left one. Running some tests of its own, iMore found that dark and solid colors gave the Apple Watch most trouble. Lighter tattoos caused errant heart rate readings, showing slightly higher results, but no other major problems, while some tattoos didn’t affect the smartwatch’s functionality at all. Maybe none of the Apple Watch testers sport ink of the troublesome variety, so the issues weren’t obvious. But when a new product charges consumers some of the most expensive prices in its industry, the company should have tested the units in an array of settings and on a large variety of users. If it had, Apple might have known about the potential problems and informed consumers that dark ink colors might vex the watch prior to them purchasing it. Naturally, when the conversation revolves around skin tones, the matter begs the question of how the sensors will work for people of color. One look at Apple’s rather homogenous leadership team doesn’t exactly inspire confidence there. However, some tech makers found a way to approach that challenge, based on how the sensors work. What’s Tricky About Photoplethysmography (Other Than Pronouncing It) At the core of the Apple Watch’s suite of integrated monitors is a photoplethysmographic sensor that uses infrared and green lights to measure blood flow and thus heart rate.The company recommends keeping the Apple Watch tight to the wrist to achieve the best results and, like many wearables, the watch might also boost LED intensity if it struggles to get a reading. But take that with a sizable grain of salt. Consumer-grade trackers and wrist-based sensors in general aren’t all that accurate to begin with. Apple’s own support document admits that the sensor may not get perfect readings consistently: “Even under ideal conditions, Apple Watch may not be able to get a reliable heart rate reading every time for everybody. And for a small percentage of users, various factors may make it impossible to get any heart rate reading at all,” it says. Those factors can include cold temperatures, scar tissue and, apparently, tattoos. If the watch does increase LED light to compensate for differences in natural skin tones, then it seems to work, judging by comments in the original Reddit thread. (Though it may not inspire cheers, given the potential battery hit.)   Logically, it seems like it should work for tattoos too. But either it doesn’t kick in for artificially pigmented skin, or it’s just not effective for it. If you’re worried about it working on your inked forearm, the best course of action is to head to an Apple Store and try one out in person before making a purchase. Another course of action: Turn off the wrist-detection feature. By default the Apple Watch only counts steps and sends notifications when it’s touching skin, as likely determined by the photoplethysmographic sensor. Shutting that down lets the device continue piping alerts and counting steps regardless of its contact with your wrist. That’s not ideal, though, as it also disables Apple Pay. Given how popular body ink has become, Apple can’t remain silent on this matter forever. At the very least, it should update its support documents to mention tattoos. In the meantime, let’s chalk this up to yet another reminder of the perils of early adoption—particularly of a brand-new, first-generation device.Lead photo by Terry Johnston; all other images courtesy of Applecenter_img How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…last_img read more

Warriors rout Spurs to give Kerr 250th win

first_imgKerr reached 250 wins in 302 games to top Jackson, who made the mark in 346 games.“He had Michael Jordan for God sake, so I don’t know what Phil’s problem was,” Kerr cracked.Yet Kerr, the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year, received 39 victories during a leave of absence following complications from back surgery at the start of the 2015-16 season, when then-top assistant and current Lakers coach Walton coached Golden State.Draymond Green had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in another well-rounded outing — and his first technical-free game in the last three. Zaza Pachulia scored 12 points on his 34th birthday and Kevin Durant was limited to a season-low 10 points in a rare cold night from the floor at 3 of 9, but had six rebounds and dished out six assists.LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson led San Antonio with 20 points apiece, while Manu Ginobili had 13 points and six assists off the bench for the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Then, Kerr offered credit where he always does: to his uber-talented roster of All-Stars.Klay Thompson scored 25 points, 10 coming in the third quarter to help Golden State pull away, and the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-105 on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 17 points and eight assists in Kerr’s milestone night.“It’s been an amazing 3 ½ years and hopefully more to come,” Curry said. “… It’s a lot about him setting the identity and the culture around our team and just being a great people guy. There’s probably a better term for that. He just knows how to relate to each and every one of us players and his coaching staff and you’re building that ultimate trust throughout the organization.” PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Thompson had a quick five-point burst midway through the third.Curry provided a brief scare when he grimaced after appearing to get a foot tangled with Danny Green before a break at the 8:45 mark of the third. He was examined by athletic trainer Chelsea Lane and stayed in the game.“I’m fine … my ankle but I’m fine,” Curry said with a grin.This was a rough one for San Antonio after one of its best games earlier in the week.The Spurs lost for the third time in four games after putting up a 129-81 blowout at Phoenix on Wednesday night — San Antonio’s third-largest margin of victory.Draymond Green’s 3-pointer gave Golden State a 58-55 edge at the break. Then the Warriors took off.David West made all six of his shots for 13 points for Golden State off the bench facing his former Spurs team.“They’re the best team in the world,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, “so there’s lots of things to be impressed by.”TIP-INSSpurs: Patty Mills earned the start back in the Bay Area where he starred for mid-major power Saint Mary’s College. … Mills shot 1 for 5 from deep as the Spurs were just 5 of 27 from 3-point range.Warriors: Kerr joined three other Warriors coaches with 250 or more victories: Al Attles (557), Don Nelson (422) and Edward Gottlieb (263). … Green stood pat at 14 technicals after getting three in his previous two games. … With his 615th regular-season game played, Curry moved past Purvis Short into sole possession of ninth place on the franchise list. … Golden State brought G Patrick McCaw back from a one-game appearance in the G League, though Kerr said he might return Sunday to rejoin the Santa Cruz Warriors. McCaw had 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of his first G League game this season.OLD PALS Popovich stopped by the Warriors coaches’ office to see longtime pal Kerr, whose son Nick is now on the San Antonio staff as video coordinator.“He calls my son a spy. He said my son could be working for Putin,” Kerr said. “It’s that kind of conversation when we get together.”Joked Popovich: “He wasn’t at practice yesterday. He did whatever we did to prepare for Golden State, whatever that might be, so I told the guys to make sure, before we left the gym to get Nick Kerr’s cellphone so he couldn’t text it to Steve Kerr. He works for them but I don’t trust him a lick. I know he’s calling his dad.”UP NEXTSpurs: At Utah on Monday.Warriors: Host Suns on Monday looking for a 12th straight win in the series and also 12th in a row at home.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Pelicans blow 28-point lead, top Nets in 2 OTs Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gestures on the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr shouted out Luke Walton for his help reaching 250 coaching victories in record time.Kerr trash talked old coach Phil Jackson, now the second-quickest to 250 wins behind his former Bulls player.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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February 7, 1999: Anil Kumble grabs historic 10/74 vs Pakistan

first_imgNineteen years ago on this day Indian spin legend Anil Kumble entered the record books as he emulated English off-spinner Jim Laker by picking all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match. Laker (10/53) had achieved the feat in 1956 against Australia in Manchester.Back on February 7, 1999, the former Team India coach took 10/74 in 26.3 overs to hand India a remarkable 212-run victory against arch-rivals Pakistan at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla.”A ‘Perfect Ten’ isn’t something you set out to achieve as a cricketer. I would attribute the events of 7th February 1999 to destiny,” Kumble had told the BCCI website in 2014.Chasing 420 with almost two days to spare, Pakistan got off to a decent start with Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar before Kumble broke the dangerous opening partnership by getting Afridi.Kumble felt that breaking the dangerous partnership was the key.”Although the target was still a tall order, the onus was on us to break the partnership. I knew I had to raise my game. There was something that told us that it was a matter of taking one wicket. A new batsman would find it very difficult to get going on that strip, and we sensed that one scalp would put the cat among the pigeons,” he recalled in his interview to added that getting Afridi’s wicket opened the flood gates for India.”The floodgates opened with Afridi’s dismissal. I wanted to keep him as quiet as possible. He got a nick, and Nayan Mongia did the rest behind the wickets. The breakthrough had been affected. Ijaz Ahmed, the new man, had this habit of plonking his front foot down the track. I decided to bowl one that was right up to him. The cherry hit him right in front, and the umpire raised his index finger. We were on a roll.advertisement”I was lucky with Inzamam-ul-Haq’s wicket. He had committed himself to the front foot, and played away, only to inside-edge the ball onto the stumps. Yousuf and Moin khan followed soon after. Anwar’s wicket was special, for he was batting well, with over fifty runs to his name. I tried to break his concentration by switching from over the wicket to around, and back. He was taken at short-leg.” File Photo: Anil Kumble celebrates Inzamam-ul-Haq’s wicketWith his previous best being 7/49, Kumble was thinking about bettering that after he got the wicket of Anwar.”That made it six wickets out of six, and it was at this point that I started thinking in terms of bettering my previous best of 7/49. Mind you, I wasn’t thinking about taking all ten wickets! The Tea break came at the right time as I was tiring after having to bowl non-stop in that session.”India had lost the previous Test in Chennai despite Sachin Tendulkar’s heroic hundred. In Delhi, the hosts had made a great comeback against their arch-rivals and set them a daunting 420 to win.But Pakistan had got off to a strong start. Saeed Anwar and Shahid Afridi were looking dangerous at the top before Kumble struck to remove the dangerous Afirdi. The rest of the Pakistani batting line-up collapsed like nine pins and history was rewritten.last_img read more