Stoke 0-4 Tottenham: Kane and Alli doubles keep the heat on Leicester

first_img1 Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice as Tottenham beat Stoke to cut the gap at the top of the Premier League to five points.Kane scored a stunner in the first half before grabbing his second with the simplest of finishes in the second half.Dele Alli scored his first either side of Kane’s double but also recorded one of the worst misses of the season so far.He made amends for it with a lovely volley to crank the heat up on Leicester after their draw with West Ham on the weekend with only four games remaining.Mauricio Pochettino had never beaten Stoke and the Britannia atmosphere was electric as Mark Hughes looked to extend his unblemished record against the Argentine.Kane looked to silence the crowd after only six minutes but he dawdled on the ball a little too long allowing Shay Given – making his debut for the Potters at 39-years-old – to get back in position and save well with his legs.However, Given had no chance three minutes later when Kane cut inside from the left and sent a wicked, curling shot into the bottom corner of the goal to give Spurs the lead.Marko Arnautovic had the hosts’ best chance of the half, doing well to evade a couple of tacklers before striking a fierce shot which was well beaten away by Hugo Lloris.And minutes before the break Alli’s backheel gave Christian Eriksen a golden chance to double the lead but the Dane’s shot thundered back off the crossbar, despite being one-on-one with Given.Tottenham finally did get their second on 66 minutes when Eriksen lofted a lovely through ball to Alli who deftly dinked the ball over the onrushing Given and into the net.Minutes later Alli had his head in his hands after producing one of the misses of the season. Again he found himself free and rounded Given before hitting the ball against the post when the empty net was gaping.It did not matter though, as 90 seconds later Kane bagged his 24th goal of the season, rolling the ball into an empty net after Lamela’s cut back to make it 3-0.And Alli scored arguably the pick of the goals with a fantastic volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the area to complete the rout with nearly ten minutes remaining. Harry Kane now has 24 Premier League goals this season last_img read more

Final innings for Basil D’Oliveira

first_imgThe late Basil D’Oliveira was living proofthat sport has the power to changethe world.(Image: Official website) Peter Oborne’s acclaimed biography ofD’Oliveira won a major award in 2004.(Image: Little, Brown)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sipokazi SokanyileMedia officer, Cricket South Africa+27 11 880 2810 or +27 83 249 0025Emily van RijswijckA celebrated batsman and an accomplished bowler, South African-born all-rounder Basil D’Oliveira passed away in England, his adopted country for over four decades.He died on 19 November, aged 80, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.The global cricketing community has reacted to the news with grief, and tributes have been carried in press publications from Chennai to Cape Town, and from Toronto and New York to Sydney and Auckland.All contributors agree that he was a humble man who literally managed to change the course of history, albeit unintentionally.“I had a great relationship with him,” said Geoff Boycott, writing in The Independent. “Yes, he changed South African sport, and much more forever, but I simply remember a lovely man.”A great sporting journeyD’Oliveira emigrated to England in 1960 because non-white South Africans were not eligible for selection for international competition at the time.Though he made 43 first class hundreds in his short professional career for his new country, D’Oliveira’s inadvertent role in South Africa’s blacklisting from international sport is as important as his direct contribution to the sport.“In reaching the cricketing heights he did, D’Oliveira was a beacon of inspiration to anybody striving to overcome the drawbacks inherent in being born the wrong colour in the wrong land at the wrong time,” wrote Rob Steen in a tribute on ESPN Cricinfo.The first non-white South African to play English county cricket, D’Oliveira, or Dolly as he was affectionately known, debuted in the English test team in 1966 at the ripe old age of 34.This milestone is still open to debate as D’Oliveira himself admits in his autobiography, Time to Declare, to lying about his age because he was afraid of being omitted as a result of his advanced years.Despite this, he would eventually represent his new country in 44 first class test matches, and play four one-day internationals.“His rise from a cricketing ghetto in Cape Town, to become a Test performer of the first rank represents one of the greatest journeys any sportsman has taken,” wrote Simon Wilde in The Australian.Setting history in motionBut it was the 1968 English tour to South Africa which made him a household name and set the course for his homeland’s subsequent sporting future.It was during the 1968 Ashes, that fiercely contested annual tournament between England and Australia, that the so-called D’Oliveira affair unfolded.Dolly played in the first Ashes game and was excluded from the English team for the next three matches. Under pressure, he proceeded to score a magnificent 158 in the final test match at the Oval, which secured him a place for the planned 1968-69 tour to South Africa.“Basil D’Oliveira’s 158 at the Oval was not the greatest Test century I have ever seen,” wrote Ian Wooldridge in the UK’s Daily Mail. ”But I doubt if there will ever be another which will so turn the world on its head.”South Africa’s apartheid government would have none of it. In 1950 the ruling National Party passed the infamous Group Areas Act into law – this prohibited any racially mixed sports and even racial mixing of audiences taking place, except by government permit.Catching wind of D’Oliveira’s inclusion into the English team, the South African government pointedly refused his entry into the country. After some political rope-pulling and extensive media debate, England finally succumbed to the pressure and cancelled the tour.D’Oliveira had dearly wanted to play in his country of birth, but his ambition was not to be.“Privately, D’Oliveira was devastated by being excluded from South Africa, his dream of playing test cricket in his home country shattered, but publicly he handled the situation with dignity,” wrote Huw Richards in The New York Times.The event also sounded the death knell for South African participation in international sport for well over 20 years.“The circumstances surrounding his being prevented from touring the country of his birth with England in 1968 led directly to the intensification of opposition to apartheid around the world,” recalled Gerald Majola, CEO of Cricket South Africa.Writing in the New Zealand Herald, Stephen Brenkley agreed. “His innocent but integral part in what happened led to the sporting isolation of the land of his birth, South Africa, and eventually the disintegration of the apartheid system.”Years of sporting isolation followed as country after country banned sporting interaction with South Africa. This period put paid to the international careers of many a talented South African sportsperson.In the meantime, D’Oliveira continued with his cricketing career, helping England to regain the Ashes in Australia in 1970-1, and to retain the trophy in 1972 when the series was shared.That was to be his last Ashes but he continued to play county cricket at Worcestershire. He scored 2 484 runs in total, at an average of 40.06, with five centuries and 15 half-centuries. Dolly also took 47 wickets in his international career at a respectable average of 39.55, only retiring formally from the sport in 1980.“He was a man of true dignity and a wonderful role model as somebody who overcame the most extreme prejudices and circumstances to take his rightful place on the world stage,” Majola said.Captain of the black side The talented young cricketer grew up in the colourful Malay suburb of the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town during the apartheid era. Although of Indian and Portuguese descent, he was classified as a coloured person and therefore barred from playing first class cricket in the ‘whites only’ cricket team.Instead, he was relegated to the black national team which he also captained between 1956 and 1959, taking the team to Kenya and East Africa during his tenure. By 1958 he had scored 80 centuries, yet was frustrated at the lack of opportunity to test his growing cricketing prowess against international players.Realising that he would never get that chance, and on the insistence of international patrons, among them cricket commentator John Arlott, Dolly and his family moved to England and soon became British citizens.Remembered todayDescribed as unassuming and down-to-earth, in 1967 D’Oliveira was honoured by the annual publication Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year. He shares the accolade with fellow South African cricketing greats Shaun Pollock, Gary Kirsten and Mark Boucher, to name a few, who have also received the award in the past.Most cricketing specialists agree that D’Oliveira would probably have played even better cricket if he’s been allowed the chance to compete on the world stage in his home country, and at an earlier age.Today he is remembered annually when the Proteas, South Africa’s national cricket team, and England slog it out for the coveted Basil D’Oliveira trophy. The Proteas have held the trophy since 2008.Controversial British journalist Peter Oborne wrote an acclaimed biography of the all-rounder, titled Basil D’Oliveira – Cricket and Conspiracy: The Untold Story. Published by Little, Brown, the book won Oborne the 2004 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.“He never chose to become a hero,” wrote Oborne, paying tribute to Dolly in the Sydney Morning Herald. “But destiny singled him out to play the central role in a sporting controversy and when put to the ultimate test, he responded to unbelievable pressure with a quiet dignity that spoke volumes.”A report in the Cape Times reveals that a film about Dolly’s life and times is in the planning, and will come from the pen of Oscar winner Sir Ronald Harwood (The Pianist), himself a son of Cape Town.Dolly was honoured by his old county team Worcestershire in 2003 when they named a new stand after him at their New Road ground.He received an OBE in 1969, and in 2005 he was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.“Although it is difficult we will celebrate a great life rather than mourn a death,” D’Oliveira’s son Damian, himself a respected cricketer, said in a statement.last_img read more

BJP MLA booked for attack on Congress workers in Chandrapur

first_imgThe police have booked Banti Bhangdiya, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Chimur constituency in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, for an alleged attack on Congress party workers on August 15.The police have registered charges under Section 143, 294, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code against the BJP MLA on the complaint of local Congress leader Vilas Mohitkar. Mr. Mohitkar said, “On August 15, over 200 BJP workers led by Mr. Bhangdiya attacked and thrashed us brutally. They also hurled abuses at us when we tried to put up banners against the false promises of BJP government led by Devendra Fadnavis. The MLA was personally involved in the attack and he slapped me many times. He also threatened all the Congress workers present at the spot.”The incident took place when the BJP workers led by Mr. Bhangdia were making preparations for the Chief Minister’s visit to Chimur the following day. The Congress workers have also accused the BJP MLA of disrespecting a photo of Dr. B.R.Ambedkar. No arrest has been made in this case yet. Mr. Bhangdiya could not be reached for comment as his phone was switched off.last_img read more