The winner of the last race at Jerez, Dani Pedrosa, has taken the second position on the grid only 0.233 seconds, slower than Lorenzo. Pedrosa is currently leading the 2008 World Championship
Valentino Rossi, is back on the front row of the grid by securing third place and was absolutely beaming at his success after having been in the top four all weekend.
In fourth place is the teammate of Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden on the second Repsol Honda, who claimed he was blocked on his fast lap. He was followed by the two Tech-3 Yamaha riders, Colin Edwards and James Toseland on their first outing with the new pneumatic-valve engines.
In a superb seventh place was another rookie, Andrea Dovizioso with Randy de Puniet right behind him.
The reigning World Champion, Casey Stoner was the second best Bridgestone runner but still could only manage ninth place on the grid.
John Hopkins was in tenth place after hoping for a top five place this weekend on the Kawasaki.
Loris Capirossi was in a surprising twelfth spot after he had a fast low-side fall, which saw his bike cartwheeling across the gravel.
but holds an Austrian licence. The team is managed by Christian Horner, boss of the Arden International GP2 Series team. The team uses Renault engines.
It appears the players won't even be allowed to hold contracts to play for State Championship teams, and will be limited to playing on for match payments on a game-by-game basis a huge blow to their prospects of playing any more meaningful cricket in New Zealand.
NZ Cricket has advised selectors to disregard for national or "A" team inclusion current prospects Daryl Tuffey and Hamish Marshall, or the recently "retired" Chris Cairns, Nathan Astle, Craig McMillan and Chris Harris.
The six former test players have drawn the ire of the establishment for competing in the lucrative but unsanctioned ICL, which completed its first season of operation this month amid unanimous condemnation from the International Cricket Council's member nations.
Of the sextet, Cairns, Harris and Astle are almost certainly past their use-by dates for national duty, but Tuffey, McMillan and Marshall if the latter opted to reverse his Kolpak status may have entertained thoughts of a comeback.
That now seems impossible following revelations of an agreement to actively discourage the selection of rebel players at all levels struck between the chief executives of all the test-playing nations.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said yesterday he'd been in contact with Lalit Modi, a vice-president of the Indian cricket board, and had phoned Modi to clarify NZC's position and would be speaking to him again on the issue.
But he confirmed the policy of discouraging the selection of the rebels.
"We have a preference that our selectors take into consideration the fact that that these guys have been playing in an unsanctioned competition, an event that isn't in the best interests of New Zealand or world cricket, and that we'd rather that they didn't play," said Vaughan.
"I don't think we can say that they're ineligible for selection. We'd prefer to say that the selectors will be encouraged to consider other players.
"There's an understanding that we don't support the ICL and that we don't want to give them unnecessary traction."
The international pact came to light after the Indian board of control took exception to the inclusion of Tuffey in an Auckland XI that played the Bangladeshi tourists, claiming the selection of a rebel undermined the intent of the agreement.
"All the boards had agreed in principle at the last ICC CEO's meeting that any player who is part of an unauthorised tournament will not be encouraged," Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, told the Times of India."This is a violation of a gentleman's agreement. Lalit Modi will write to New Zealand Cricket to protest against this move."
NZC had earlier made clear its position on contracted players participating in the rebel league, saying it would regard the action as a breach of contract. But until last week it had not spelled out its position on the status of non-contracted players.
The impact of the CEOs agreement will probably be felt again this week, when the announcement of the England squad to tour New Zealand will almost certainly highlight the exclusion of rebel players Darren Maddy, Paul Nixon, Chris Read and Vikram Solanki.
"We regard this as a very serious issue," the ECB's new chairman Giles Clarke recently told The Times. "Selectors will be instructed to take into consideration the fact that these players have played in an unauthorised competition. You can draw your own conclusions from that."
NZC's hardline stance follows that of the boards of India, Pakistan and South Africa, who have all threatened their rebel players with bans not only from playing international cricket but also from their domestic competitions.
"We view them as rebels," Gerald Majola, the CSA chief executive, told Beeld, an Afrikaans newspaper. "They have joined a breakaway organisation. Once they have played even one game in the ICL tournament, it's over and they will never be allowed to play in South Africa again."
Pakistan board chief Nasim Ashraf said: "We were very clear about our policy about the ICL and they [the players] knew they would be automatically banned from playing cricket in Pakistan if they took part."
However, the move to marginalise the rebels has received a predictable response from Tim May, the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations.
"If a player wants to retire from international cricket because he's had enough and wants to spend more time with his family and he can seek employment elsewhere, to allow him to spend more time with his family, then, like any other employee, he should be allowed to," May said. "We will resist that [banning players] with everything we have. That is an unreasonable restraint of trade."
Vaughan said at this stage, NZC saw no need to prevent the rebels playing domestic cricket on a non-contracted, match-by-match basis, but they would monitor the situation and could yet change position.
The Rowing and Canoe Sprint events during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place at the Eton College Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake near Windsor. Set in a 450-acre parkland, the venue currently consists of a 2,000-metre, 8-lane rowing lake, return lane and associated competition facilities.
The venue's existing facilities will be enhanced to provide improved facilities for athlete warm-up and Canoe Sprint events during the London 2012 Games. The venue was visited today to view the construction work underway on the enhanced facilities by Matt Smith Executive Director at the International Rowing Federation (FISA), Alison Nimmo ODA Director of Design and Regeneration, and Debbie Jevans Director of Sports at the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).
Matt Smith, Executive Director at the International Rowing Federation (FISA) said: "Eton Dorney has already established itself as one of the best rowing courses in the world. It will be a great venue to host the Olympic and Paralympic events in 2012. It was good to visit the site again and to see construction work underway early-on. I look forward to seeing these enhanced facilities take shape in the run-up to 2012."
Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee said:
"Eton Dorney is a superb venue set in the heart of rowing country. These enhancements show our commitment to providing the best possible facilities at Games time, whilst avoiding spending unnecessary money on creating new venues. Eton Dorney is a world class venue that hosts elite level competition as well as community events, it is a venue of which we can all be proud."
Alison Nimmo, ODA Director of Design and Regeneration, said: "Eton College Rowing Centre is a first-class venue and the enhancements we are delivering will create the best possible facilities for the world's best athletes to use in 2012. The start of construction work at Eton Dorney is an important milestone and shows we are making good progress not just on the Olympic Park but across the 2012 project at venues around the country. These are essential works but we have organised our construction activity to minimise disruption to the regular users of Dorney Lake."
Ivor Lloyd, Managing Director at Eton College Rowing Centre, said: "We have a fantastic venue and the improved infrastructure will help optimise the showcasing of the event for the worldwide media coverage. In legacy there will be additional operational benefits for the venue by bringing us up to the latest design standard for an International course."
The construction of enhanced facilities at Dorney Lake includes:
- The installation of a new 50-metre span finish line bridge over a widened entrance to the return lane for two-way vehicular traffic and segregated pedestrian traffic
- Construction of a cut-through between the competition lake and the return lane, with a new bridge over the cut-through
- The upgrade of the existing gravel/stone access road up to the competition venue to facilitate construction works and for use during the Games
Construction work is now underway on site with a 50m temporary bridge now lifted into place to provide temporary access across the return lane. Work to demolish and remove the existing finish line bridge is also well underway and works to construct the new, enhanced finish line bridge is due to start on site next month. The Eton Dorney enhancement works are expected to be complete in Spring 2010.
Cheerleaders are required to perform at all 10 home games, and they must arrive at the games 5 hours before kickoff. Practices are held two days a week from April through January. Each practice lasts from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Practices rotate between an indoor facility in Owings Mills and a cheerleading gymnastic center. In June, there is also a mandatory training camp weekend.
Ravens Cheerleaders are expected to make at least 20 appearances per year, not including home game performances. Girls are paid $100 per home game, and they also receive compensation for each personal appearance made.
THE PLAYING FIELD. The field shall be laid out according to the instructions below, supplemented by Diagrams No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. The infield shall be a 90 foot square. The outfield shall be the area between two foul lines formed by extending two sides of the square, as in Diagram 1. The distance from home base to the nearest fence, stand or other obstruction on fair territory shall be 250 feet or more. A distance of 320 feet or more along the foul lines, and 400 feet or more to center field is preferable. The infield shall be graded so that the base lines and home plate are level. The pitcher's plate shall be 10 inches above the level of home plate. The degree of slope from a point 6 inches in front of the pitcher's plate to a point 6 feet toward home plate shall be 1 inch to 1 foot, and such degree of slope shall be uniform. The infield and outfield, including the boundary lines, are fair territory and all other area is foul territory. It is desirable that the line from home base through the pitchers plate to second base shall run East Northeast. It is recommended that the distance from home base to the backstop, and from the base lines to the nearest fence, stand or other obstruction on foul territory shall be 60 feet or more. See Diagram 1. When location of home base is determined, with a steel tape measure 127 feet, 3 3/8 inches in desired direction to establish second base. From home base, measure 90 feet toward first base; from second base, measure 90 feet toward first base; the intersection of these lines establishes first base. From home base, measure 90 feet toward third base; from second base, measure 90 feet toward third base; the intersection of these lines establishes third base. The distance between first base and third base is 127 feet, 3 3/8 inches. All measurements from home base shall be taken from the point where the first and third base lines intersect. The catcher's box, the batters' boxes, the coaches' boxes, the three foot first base lines and the next batter's boxes shall be laid out as shown in Diagrams 1 and 2. The foul lines and all other playing lines indicated in the diagrams by solid black lines shall be marked with wet, unslaked lime, chalk or other white material. The grass lines and dimensions shown on the diagrams are those used in many fields, but they are not mandatory and each club shall determine the size and shape of the grassed and bare areas of its playing field. NOTE (a) Any Playing Field constructed by a professional club after June 1, 1958, shall provide a minimum distance of 325 feet from home base to the nearest fence, stand or other obstruction on the right and left field foul lines, and a minimum distance of 400 feet to the center field fence. (b) No existing playing field shall be remodeled after June 1, 1958, in such manner as to reduce the distance from home base to the foul poles and to the center field fence below the minimum specified in paragraph (a) above.
Home base shall be marked by a five sided slab of whitened rubber. It shall be a 17 inch square with two of the corners removed so that one edge is 17 inches long, two adjacent sides are 8 1/2 inches and the remaining two sides are 12 inches and set at an angle to make a point. It shall be set in the ground with the point at the intersection of the lines extending from home base to first base and to third base; with the 17 inch edge facing the pitcher's plate, and the two 12 inch edges coinciding with the first and third base lines. The top edges of home base shall be beveled and the base shall be fixed in the ground level with the ground surface. Diagram 2:
First, second and third bases shall be marked by white canvas bags, securely attached to the ground as indicated in Diagram 2. The first and third base bags shall be entirely within the infield. The second base bag shall be centered on second base. The bags shall be 15 inches square, not less than three nor more than five inches thick, and filled with soft material.
The pitcher's plate shall be a rectangular slab of whitened rubber, 24 inches by 6 inches. It shall be set in the ground as shown in Diagrams 1 and 2, so that the distance between the pitcher's plate and home base (the rear point of home plate) shall be 60 feet, 6 inches.
The home club shall furnish players' benches, one each for the home and visiting teams. Such benches shall not be less than twenty five feet from the base lines. They shall be roofed and shall be enclosed at the back and ends.
The ball shall be a sphere formed by yarn wound around a small core of cork, rubber or similar material, covered with two stripes of white horsehide or cowhide, tightly stitched together. It shall weigh not less than five nor more than 5 1/4 ounces avoirdupois and measure not less than nine nor more than 9 1/4 inches in circumference.
(a) The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2 3/4 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood. NOTE: No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a professional game (either championship season or exhibition games) until the manufacturer has secured approval from the Rules Committee of his design and methods of manufacture. (b) Cupped Bats. An indentation in the end of the bat up to one inch in depth is permitted and may be no wider than two inches and no less than one inch in diameter. The indentation must be curved with no foreign substance added. (c) The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or substance, which extends past the 18 inch limitation, shall cause the bat to be removed from the game. NOTE: If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to (c) above until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out, or ejected from the game. (d) No colored bat may be used in a professional game unless approved by the Rules Committee.
As of 20 January 2010, the Australian team has played 718 Test matches, winning 51.87%, losing 20.87% and drawing 26.98% of its games. It has a winning record against every other Test nation. The Australian national cricket team has also led the ICC Test Championship table for the majority of the time since the creation of the ICC Test table system in January 2001. The South Africans did lead this table for a brief period from January to May 2003, before Australia resumed the first position on the table. Australia has since dropped down to fifth in the Test rankings (as of 24 November 2010).
Australia have made six World Cup final appearances and have won the World Cup four times in total; 1987 Cricket World Cup, 1999 Cricket World Cup, 2003 Cricket World Cup & 2007 Cricket World Cup. Australia have also won the ICC Champions Trophy twice - in 2006 and in 2009 - making them the first and the only team to become back to back winners in the Champions Trophy tournaments. Australia also have been the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup champions in 1988, 2002 and 2010. Australia were runners-up in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010 (which was won by England).
As of 28 April 2007 they are undefeated in 29 consecutive World Cup matches. They have led the ICC One-Day International Championship table from its inception through to 18 February 2007, and then again from 7 April 2007 until 30 January 2009.In 2002, they were named World Team of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards in recognition of their world record sequence of Test match victories.
England, the birthplace of cricket, has not won any event of World Cup Cricket. They reached the final for three times in the World Cup Cricket but could not win the trophy. The last time they went to the final was in 1992. Since then, they could not do well in the last three world cup tournaments.Now, another World Cup is knocking at the door and England declared their 15 member team for the world cup recently. To me, the squad seems to be balanced as they have some young and experienced players in the squad. The only surprise inclusion is Ravi Bopara, who has also played in the under 19 world cup cricket previously. Ravi plays for Essex in County Cricket. This batsmen come bowler has done well in domestic cricket and that is why, he has been named for the English World Cup team.
The England World Cup Team is:
Michael Vaughan (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Paul Collingwood, Jamie Dalrymple, Andrew Flintoff, Ed Joyce, Jon Lewis, Sajid Mahmood, Paul Nixon, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Andrew Strauss.