first_imghighlights Geoffrey Boycott played 108 Tests in his 18-year playing career.Boycott smashed 8114 runs and hit 100 First Class centuries.Boycott was also former England cricket team captain. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi : Geoffrey Boycott was considered as one of England’s best batsman during his 18-year playing career. In 108 Tests, he made 8114 runs for England and later turned into a respected commentator. Boycott is also one of the few players to have hit over 100 First Class centuries and he was well known for his obdurate defence and outspoken views. His achievements recently resulted in his being knighted for his services by former British Prime Minister Theresa May. Along with Boycott, former England captain and director of cricket operations Andrew Strauss was also knighted. However, Boycott’s knighthood has received plenty of criticism owing to an old domestic violence case in France in 1998. Boycott was severely criticised by UK’s senior female MP Harriet Harman, who asked for a review of the “baffling decision to honour a man who was convicted in a French court in 1996 for assaulting his then-girlfriend, Margaret Moore”. Boycott, who was fined 5,000 pound and handed a three-month suspended jail sentence for the incident at a French hotel in 1996, was knighted in May’s resignation honours list and has vehemently denied the charge. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Boycott was unfazed by the criticism and said that he “didn’t give a toss” about criticism from anti-domestic abuse campaigners, including Adina Claire, the co-acting chief executive of Women’s Aid, who described his honour as “extremely disappointing”.Also Read | Happy Birthday Sir Don Bradman – The greatest cricket player in history”I don’t give a toss about her (Claire), love. It was 25 years ago. You can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it. You want to talk to me about my knighthood, it’s very nice of you to have me, but I couldn’t give a toss. Twenty-five years ago, love, in a French court, she tried to blackmail me for 1million pound. I said no, because in England if you pay any money at all, we think: ‘Hang on, there must be something there’. I said: ‘I’m not paying anything’ ? I’m not sure I’d actually got a million at the time,” Boycott said.Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar outlines THIS key factor in Test cricket’s sustained revivalBoycott also revealed why he had voted for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union. “It’s a court case in France where you’re guilty, which is one of the reasons I (didn’t) vote to remain in Europe – because you’re guilty until you’re proved innocent. That’s totally the opposite from England and it’s very difficult to prove you’re innocent in another country and another language. Most people in England don’t believe it. I didn’t do it. Move on. It’s a cross I have to bear, right or wrong, good or bad, I have to live with it. And I do, because I’m clear in my mind and I think most people in England are that it’s not true,” Boycott said.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2017 at 12:30 am Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss By the argument’s end, one-half of a man’s white T-shirt was bloodied red. A knife stuck out of a shoulder as he sat waiting for an ambulance. A second man was hurt so badly he could barely limp away.In Detroit’s East English Village neighborhood, a few dozen pairs of eyes saw the altercation, each belonging to the 10-year-old football players practicing across the street. A young Parris Bennett was among them. Detroit made Bennett realize the world is not perfect.“It’s a place where you don’t necessarily want go back and live, but you’re proud you grew up there,” Bennett said. “A lot of trouble can find you even though you try not to (find it). And it always found me. But it made me a lot stronger.”Above Bennett’s bed, on the wall of his apartment just beyond Syracuse’s campus, hangs the street signs from the intersection of Seven Mile and Justine. It’s where he spent his childhood on Detroit’s east side. Since then, Syracuse’s (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) senior linebacker has outgrown an introverted shell and matured into one of college football’s most prominent defensive presences. Bennett led SU with 110 tackles last season and currently remains on pace to surpass that total this year. In the second year of head coach Dino Babers’ tenure, he’s been entrusted with more coverage duties than ever before.“I just wanted to be someone they know is there but they don’t have to worry about,” Bennett said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndy Mendes | Digital Design EditorHis stepfather, Antonio Kimble, laid the foundation. A self-proclaimed “football fanatic,” Kimble introduced a seven-year-old Bennett to the game when he married Bennett’s mother. Kimble “wasn’t trying to be his dad,” Bennett said, but Kimble’s role as his stepson’s football coach created friction. They two interacted normally off the field but constantly clashed on it.“I was always trying to get him to focus,” Kimble said. “Because when you ain’t working, somebody else is working. He didn’t understand that at a young age.”Their conflict peaked when Bennett was 13. While his team ran disciplinary sprints at practice, those who went hard enough got to stop. Bennett, though, became fed up. He jogged. Kimble noticed. So, Kimble drove home angry, leaving Bennett and his carpool buddies on the field. It was the same field from which Bennett watched the stabbing a few years before. Bennett called his biological father for a ride.Kimble didn’t talk to Bennett that night, but gave him a lesson the next morning that, in retrospect, stretched beyond the gridiron. Kimble needed to see more effort. He wanted Bennett to want to be the best. The two still talk about football in person after every Syracuse game, as well as over the phone two or three days after, once Kimble can watch a recording at home.“You don’t put nothing in the bank,” Kimble told him, “you can’t get nothing out the bank.”Courtesy of Antonio KimbleKimble worked two jobs to help pay Bennett’s tuition at the University of Detroit Jesuit School, which Bennett attended from seventh through 12th grade. He was just one piece of a strong support system that helped guide Bennett through those years. Their family moved to the safer westside, just a few blocks from the school, when Bennett was in ninth grade. But threats still loomed.Walking to practice one afternoon, Bennett noticed two men on the corner approach him. One came closer, flashed a gun and demanded his phone. Bennett handed it over. They asked for more, but he lied and said he only had clothes in his backpack. They let him go.“I never thought the feeling I’d have when a gun came to chest would be more anger than fear,” Bennett said. “I felt like they caught me out here basically not aware of my surroundings.”When Bennett got to school, he alerted authorities. His mother came and offered to take him home. He refused. He wanted to practice. That same mentality of letting nothing sidetrack him translated toward the playing field, his teammate and friend Dillon Dixon said.It was Bennett’s team, said head coach Oscar Olejniczak. Jesuit’s football program had not been to the playoffs in more than a decade. In his senior year, Bennett led the Cubs to a district championship.Alexandra Moreo | Photo EditorBennett did whatever he was told, Olejniczak said, playing wide receiver even though he was a natural linebacker. He did not miss a summer practice. When his shoulder sustained nerve damage early in a rivalry game against Catholic Central, he didn’t tell anyone. Bennett missed a tackle, and his coach thought something was wrong, but Bennett denied he was in pain and refused to leave the game.“He wasn’t a real rah-rah guy, but when he spoke, everybody listened,” Olejniczak said.Teammates, coaches and family all say the same thing of Bennett: he’s “quiet.” You wouldn’t know he’s home unless you sought a conversation with him, Kimble said. His roommate of four years at SU, fellow senior linebacker Jonathan Thomas, still doesn’t know Bennett’s favorite color.Ironically, it was a conversation that got the quiet kid from Detroit to Syracuse. Former linebacker Cameron Lynch hosted Bennett on an unofficial visit. They played video games at Lynch’s house. They talked about the program, facilities, coaching changes and how Lynch came close to leaving the school. The relationships, like the one with Lynch, made Bennett confident in letting SU be his only official visit.As a freshman, Bennett logged just four tackles in eight games. Former SU offensive lineman Rob Trudo often blocked Bennett on scout defense and recalled his ability to take a hit and get right back up.“He was a big reason why we got better,” Trudo said. “Us older guys talked about the guys who were going to be players when they got older. Parris was definitely one of those names.”During his breakout junior year, as Bennett started recording double-digit tackles almost every game, he realized something had to change. Gone were the days of just being another outside linebacker. He had to speak up.“I’ve always just wanted to do my job, stay low,” Bennett said. “I’ve never wanted to be the front or face of anything.“But at the same time, doing my job is also helping others do theirs.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorAt first it was hard, Bennett said. He learned to answer questions from the underclassmen. Senior middle linebacker Zaire Franklin, Bennett’s best friend, who is the first three-time captain SU has seen since 1945, helped him become more vocal. The difference has been so apparent that, at times, Bennett has even checked Franklin.“Even though people respect me and they’ll listen to me, sometimes it’s like, ‘Ah, well, that’s just Zaire,’” Franklin said. “But when you got a guy like Parris who doesn’t really say too much…when he speaks up it just means that much more.”The linebacking corps of Bennett, Franklin and Thomas comprises the Orange’s top three tacklers. Yet Bennett knows he has six or seven games left with them.“It sucks,” he said.But he also knows NFL scouts have asked SU coaches about him. The league enters his mind every day, although he doesn’t discuss it much with family. Bennett says he just needs a camp invite to land on a 53-man roster.The once-quiet kid from Detroit has overcome a lot to become a star linebacker at Syracuse. And those memories of his city stick with him as much as they define him.“My pride is that I’m from there,” Bennett said. “I’m from the place that made me tough.” Commentslast_img read more

first_img Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Share Only a few days after its launch in the UK, Gamesys Group-owned Virgin Bet has confirmed that it will be situating its operations in Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Government has congratulated Virgin Bet on its successful application for a new gambling licence, and new partnership with SBTech, which allows the group to operate in the UK sportsbook market.Gamesys’ Gibraltar Marketing Director Simon Mizzi celebrated the launch of operations on The Rock: “We’re excited to launch Virgin Bet into the world’s most competitive sportsbook market, and we feel that Gibraltar is the perfect location for us to base our operations.”The group’s investors and management chose Gibraltar as a base after previous successes on the island, while also emphasising that Gibraltar will be the only jurisdiction which has guaranteed market access to the UK in the event of the UK and Gibraltar leaving the EU. Gibraltar’s Minister for Commerce, Hon. Albert Isola MP, also praised the decision from Virgin Bet. He added: “We maintain that Gibraltar is a leading jurisdiction from which to operate a remote gambling business. “A large number of existing operators, despite Brexit challenges, continue to maintain faith in the jurisdiction and this is shown by the increase in start-up businesses aimed both at the UK and non-EU international jurisdictions.” ​The praise follows on from the recent news that amid Brexit concerns, Bet365 is reported to have sanctioned a multi-million relocation project to migrate its staff to Malta.The operator’s management confirmed that it had been undertaking the relocation of ‘certain functionalities’ to Malta as part of its “strategic and contingency plans to ensure EU market access.”The operator emphasised that its decision was ‘driven primarily by the continuing Brexit landscape’, however it will still maintain a presence within Gibraltar. Submit Sharelast_img read more