TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – For a change, a Greek won his country’s marathon as Christoforos Merousis finished first on Nov. 8 with a time of 2:21:22 as Japan’s Minori Hayakari won the women’s race in 2:52.06.Merousis had finished high in previous Athens Marathon races and is the national champion. To make it an even better day, another Greek, Dimitris Theodorakakos, was second at 2:27:03 and Dimosthenis Evangelidis third 25 second later for a Greek sweep.Hayakari, 43, beat Greek champion Ourania Rempouli, who finished second in 2:54.32 and Magda Gazea in third with 2:55.35.In the 10k race Costas Gelaouzos won for the second year in a row, with Christos Boudoulis second, while Anastasia Karakatsani won the women’s category for a fourth consecutive year, ahead of the Czech Republic’s Moira Stevartova.The results were dampened, however, by a weak field as budget cuts meant that the Greek sports federation SEGAS couldn’t afford to invite top runners but the event still drew more than 43,000 runners, an all-time record for the Athens Marathon.
Former Australia speedster Brett Lee Monday heaped praise on death overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah as well as lanky speedsters, Prasidh Krishna and Navdeep Saini.Prasidh has only bagged two wickets so far in the ongoing IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders, but Lee said he was impressed with his and Saini’s pace.Saini has grabbed four wickets representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore,while India pace spearhead Bumrah has snapped up eight wicket wearing the colours of Mumbai Indians in IPL.Delhi pacer Saini had also been named as one of the four pacers who will assisst the Indian team in their World Cup preparation as net bowlers.”The are many. Jasprit Bumrah, to me, has been a class act. He has got good pace and different action. Prasidh Krishna – he has been bowling at 145k or thereabouts in this IPL”, Lee said when asked for his views on the fast Indian men who had impressed him the most this IPL season.”Then Navdeep Saini – he is another promising fast bowler coming through. The pleasing thing about the current Indian fast bowlers is that they have got good pace,” noted Lee.The 42-year-old former pacer was present at an event to announce a Mumbai-specific tie-up between real estate developers Runwal Group and Cricket Australia.Lee, who grabbed 380 wickets in 221 One Dayers and was one of the best fast bowlers of his time, said that it was pleasing to see Indian bowlers touching the 145K mark on the speed gun.advertisement”As media commentators, now that we are into your side of the fence, we fell into a trap by saying that 130k or 135k is good pace. We all now know that 130k or 135k is not good pace. I would say it’s slow or medium pace,” Lee remarked.”What is good pace is over 145k. And finally we have seen some Indian bowlers touching that 145k barrier. This should be exciting for Indian cricket. If you can bowl 135k doing it both ways, you are a different style of bowler. I am talking about pure fast bowling.”They (Prasidh and Saini) have nice actions. Our idea (through the tie-up) is to take a a young fast bowler with a nice action, hone his skills and make him a faster bowler.”I do believe that these bowlers can go quicker by fine-turning their approach, their action and follow through, he elaborated.”Everyone, that I have seen throughout this Indian Premier League, is really good. Certainly the fast bowlers have impressed me, Prasidh Krishna, I think he has got it. (Navdeep) Saini is another guy who’s got it.”I think India is in pretty good hands at the moment and I reckon the chance will be very very good (in the World Cup) because they have got a good bowling attack,” Lee said in an indirect reference to the upcoming World Cup.Also Read | Brett Lee wants more conducive pitches for fast bowlers in IndiaAlso Read | Losing wickets in clumps cost us: RR captain Ajinkya Rahane after KXIP lossAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cup
Liverpool Oxlade-Chamberlain ready to shine against Arsenal, says Klopp Russell Greaves 23:13 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Arsenal Jürgen Klopp Premier League Arsenal v Liverpool The former Gunners winger moved to Anfield in the summer, and is primed to haunt his former club, says his manager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is primed to haunt Arsenal on his return to the Emirates Stadium this week, according to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.The German takes his side to London on Friday, when Oxlade-Chamberlain will look to make a point against the club he left in August.His recent performances have drawn praise from many, though Klopp was impressed from the start and suggested that he may be demanding more attacking output than was expected of the 24-year-old by Arsene Wenger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “He did well from the first day,” the Reds boss said. “If you are a big signing everyone expects you to perform immediately. It’s difficult, you can’t just play a little bit, you don’t know all your team-mates – it’s all different. “He has become more and more a Liverpool player. That’s how it is. He’s really fit, you could see it at Bournemouth, there was not one second where you thought he looked tired.”The biggest improvement and the biggest potential he has is being involved in goalscoring situations. He has it in him, but he maybe hasn’t been asked to do that too much in the past.”If you watch Arsenal in the past, their two decisive players were [Mesut] Ozil or [Alexis] Sanchez.”Here we put it on more shoulders and if he’s on the pitch he needs to be involved in situations like this as well.”2 – Only two of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 20 goals for Arsenal came outside of London (away at Bournemouth & Nottm Forest). Venture. pic.twitter.com/STCJD7nfol— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 31, 2017Klopp is anticipating a stern test in the capital, with Arsene Wenger’s side – who will be without the injured Olivier Giroud – sitting only one point behind them in the Premier League.He said: “They are a complete side, able to do everything. Giroud can’t play, but they have a lot of good, good footballers on the pitch. We have to defend them and use any spaces we can find. We go there to perform and get as much as we can.”We are a team that is very offensive-orientated, but that doesn’t mean you have to give any space away. The boys do the jobs now much more often.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web