Ton up: Gary Ballance hit an unbeaten century for Yorkshire against Northamptonshire at Headingley Howzat? Azharullah of Northampshire unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Alex Lees Keaton Jennings hit a half-century as champions Durham edged the opening day of their match against Somerset. The South African opener top scored with 80 with support from Paul Collingwood (36), Gareth Breese (45) and 37 not out from Jamie Harrison as Durham posted 308 all out having been put in at Chester-le-Street. Lewis Gregory was the pick of the Somerset bowlers with 4-59 as the visitors finished the day on 7-0 after six overs. Lancashire’s decision to bat after winning the toss at Old Trafford proved ill-founded as Warwickshire skittled them out for 247 in the space of 75 overs. Grim: The scene at The Oval where day one of Surrey’s game with Essex was washed out Chill: Not a ball was bowled on day one at The Oval after persistent rain in south London England paceman Chris Woakes did much of the damage with a return of 5-63 off 16 overs with support from Keith Barker, whose 3-52 included openers Paul Horton and Luis Reece with Horton’s 83 the major contribution for the batting side. Varun Chopra and Will Porterfield steered Warwickshire to 63 without loss at stumps.
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The benchmark FTSE 100 ended up 0.62 percent on Wednesday’s closing level, at 6,625.25 points. “Stocks in Europe traded with a general positive bias today as investors weren’t inclined to aggressively change positions before their Easter holidays,” said Jasper Lawler, a market analyst at CMC Markets. Even “menacing comments from Russian president Vladimir Putin that Russia had the right to place its army in foreign countries and that eastern Ukraine was historically part of Russia failed to move markets lower,” he added. Putin on Thursday accused Ukraine’s new authorities of driving the nation towards the “abyss”, stressing he hoped not to have to use his “right” to send Russian troops into his country’s western neighbour. In London, microchip designer ARM Holdings led the FTSE gainers, adding 4.77 percent at 976.50, followed by asset manager Schoders, which added 4.24 percent to stand at 2,559. Meanwhile drinks giant Diageo topped the fallers, ending down 3.74 percent at 1,829, followed by Chilean copper miner Antofogasta, which slipped 2.07 at 828.5. Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) was the most traded stock by volume, seeing 174.49 million units change hands, followed by Barclays which saw 82.02 million switch owners.
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Winning mentality While Hodgson admits it will be tough, the England boss is taking a winning mentality into the clash. “Italy are very strong,” he admitted. “Prandelli has done a great job in the last four years and I believe the Italian team has grown during this time. “But are England defeated before we start the World Cup? Perhaps that’s how people in Italy see us but the game has to be played and then we shall see. I never think of being defeated before a game, I always think of winning.” The England boss believes no team will have a special advantage in the testing conditions of the Amazon city of Manaus. “We will do like any other team that will play in Manaus, which has a special climate,” he said. “We are doing everything possible to prepare the players in order to deal with these conditions.
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Done England are ‘machines’, says World Cup rival Cavani 22 hours ago View photo England are ‘machines’, says World Cup rival Cavani Edinson Cavani has hailed England as “machines” but says that Uruguay are looking forward to facing Roy Hodgson ‘s men at the World Cup . The Paris Saint-Germain striker, who has been linked with a summer switch to the Premier League, says that he has nothing but respect for the Three Lions and their footballing culture. “They are machines,” Cavani told Perform. “I think that the English, Italian and German football teams have some kind of mentality and that’s why I call them machines. “Because they have good tactics, the mentality that they have, they’re cool under pressure and that’s why [England] have [had] one of the strongest leagues in the world for decades. “For us [to play against them] will be something great for what England represents around the world for the kind of players they have.” However, Cavani takes great encouragment from the fact that Uruguay, who must also face Italy and Costa Rica in Brazil, will be able to call on the likes of prolific Liverpool forward Luis Suarez for their showdown with the Three Lions in Sao Paulo on June 19. “We have some players that are playing at that level that are playing in England and they have the same characteristics [as the English] because to play there you have to have the same style,” the former Napoli attacker reasoned. “If not, they will overcome you.
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He is the ultimate professional Dan Carter on Jonny WIlkinson “England will definitely be a threat. They are building momentum, getting a strong squad together and building confidence,” he said. “In every World Cup I’ve been involved in, the host nation is always a team to look out for – they will definitely be there or thereabouts.” England’s last win in New Zealand came in Wellington in June 2003 as Sir Clive Woodward’s side geared up for their Rugby World Cup victory in November that year. Carter, who has 100 caps for the All Blacks, knows how much confidence England took from that Test win in New Zealand and thinks there is “no doubt” the 2014 vintage will be a threat on tour in New Zealand this summer. “It’s going to be a great Test series. I’m sure they’ll love to challenge themselves against the best around,” he added. However, New Zealand’s recent record shows the enormity of the task England face this summer. The All Blacks won all 14 of their Tests in 2013 and have lost just one Test in 35, to England at Twickenham in December 2012.
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England’s last win in New Zealand came in Wellington in June 2003 as Clive Woodward’s side geared up for their Rugby World Cup victory in November that year. Carter knows how much confidence Jonny Wilkinson and co took from that Test win in New Zealand 11 years ago, and admits Lancaster’s generation have the ability to pull off a repeat. “It’s going to be a great Test series, they are building momentum and getting a strong squad together and building a lot of confidence,” the 100-cap outside-half told Press Association Sport. “I’m sure they’ll love to challenge themselves against the best around, they are right up there and they are looking forward to coming down and playing us. “Having a win there would add a lot of confidence to the direction that they are moving, so there’ll be a lot of hype and excitement that will make for a great Test series in June.” Carter capped a three-week world tour by booting rugby balls off a barge on the River Thames in the shadow of Tower Bridge. The accomplished goal-kicker took to the river to help launch Mastercard’s official Rugby World Cup partnership.
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Chris Woakes: Lions skipper took charge of Sri Lanka tour Related Content Free 30 matched bet The Lions will play two four-day Test matches and five 50-over matches against South Africa A in January and February 2015, with their first warm-up match starting on January 5. The England and Wales Cricket Board has agreed a reciprocal arrangement with Cricket South Africa, with the Proteas A team scheduled to tour England in 2017. “The Lions tour to South Africa will be an excellent opportunity to take on some very tough opposition in a challenging environment,” said ECB performance director David Parsons. “It will also offer us an opportunity to test the players at the very highest level and allow the players to ultimately learn a great deal from the trip. We look forward to visiting South Africa early next year.” CSA general manager Corrie van Zyl added: “This is a very important agreement for us. “It continues our policy of enabling our second-best team to test itself against some of the strongest cricket playing countries in the world. “What is particularly important is that our A side will now tour England in 2017 at the same time as our senior squad is in that country. England is always an out-of-season tour for us and it will help a lot to know that our back-up players are match-fit in case of need.” Captain Chris Woakes led the Lions to a series victory against Sri Lanka A in the team’s most recent tour.
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Elsewhere this weekend there were no changes in the overall rankings, with Danny Welbeck, Rickie Lambert and Ross Barkley holding onto squad places despite drawing blanks. Tom Huddlestone, meanwhile, impressed in Hull’s FA Cup semi-final win over Sheffield United. For the second week running, Kickdex’s starting XI is unchanged, indicating that Roy should have a settled side for Brazil: But how do Kickdex work it out? Here’s how: Event tracking: Calculating how much a players direct actions contributes to the success of the team in terms of offence, defence and game control. Area effects: Positional info is tracked to determine their influence on offence and defensive actions. Chain of Events: Calculating the role individual players had in a teams sequence of events. Network Theory: Determining the importance of passes, not just the number and success rate of passes. Probabilistic Models: What did the team and players do compared to what they were expected to?
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Related Articles ‘I bowled Stalin with a googly’ 09 Apr 2014 On the present panel, former England captains are conspicuously absent, the problem being they all have other hats to wear, mostly in the media, so their silence could not be guaranteed. England supporters can be confident, however, that Downton has consulted widely and will ask the right questions after each candidate has presented his vision of where English cricket should head. It is Downtons neck on the line: if Australia win the Ashes in 18 months time with anything like last winters ease, he and the next England coach will pay the price. Between Moores and Giles, it is essentially a contrast in styles. In background, both men are thoroughly English, former cricketers of the kind labelled journeymen, and have been very successful county coaches: Giles at Warwickshire, Moores at Sussex and Lancashire. Moores CV, however, has the blot of Lancashires relegation in 2012, the season after they had won their first outright championship since 1934. Moores drives and hectors. Giles guides and cajoles.
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Here are five reasons why. Not Re-Signing LeGarrette Blount Not Re-Signing LeGarrette Blount Getty Images Letting Blount sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the Patriots without a short yardage, goalline RB who is adept at breaking tackles. Instead, they are left with Steven Ridley, who has fumble issues and shrinks in big situations, Shane Veeren, a poor man’s Kevin Faulk, unheralded Brandon Bolden, who has a career total of 545 yards, and James Develin. Not exactly a fearsome foursome. They will miss Blount-Force Trauma. Not Re-Signing Aqib Talib Not Re-Signing Aqib Talib Getty Images The immediate response from most people is, the Patriots signed Darrelle Revis. I say that was a straight-up swap that didnt make the Patriots any better. Brandon Browner is decent, but he is not Talib, who is a lock-down corner on a team that depends far too much on Kyle Arrington. Think of the possibilities of Talib and Revis with McCourty.
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