Booze destroyed heroes but teetotal Greavsie must be celebrated as he turns 80

first_imgTHERE is no doubt Jimmy Greaves should be honoured after reaching his 80th birthday on Thursday.But regardless his name is already safe in the memory of anyone who saw him play in the 14 years of his football career or on film over the next 40.3 Jimmy Greaves was up there with George Best in the pantheon of top-class strikers3 Chelsea, spurs and West Ham legend Jimmy Greaves retired aged 31 – after an amazing goalscoring recordCredit: AFP – Getty3 Superstars of the past and present – Jimmy Greaves with current (but injured) Spurs striker and England skipper Harry KaneCredit: Getty – ContributorHe was fabulous. With 357 goals in the top flight and 44 more for England, the only sweeter goalscorer in the First Division was arguably George Best but in nothing like the quantity.I’m not old enough to have seen Greaves play for Chelsea, Spurs or even West Ham.But friends and relations who did take a deep breath and try to find words to describe his deadly instincts in front of goal.So I watched Tuesday night’s BT Sport film as it fleetingly captured the ravishing ballet of Greaves on the move through thickets of defenders with the seemingly inevitable result.It came as a shock to everyone he decided to retire at the incredibly young age of 31.And it is tragically coincidental. Best was 29 when he walked out of English football, both on a lethal path towards alcoholism.He moved like a skimming gull across pitches that today’s footballers would consider an insult to their ball controlThe drinking culture in football claimed other victims of which the most horrible was the unravelling of Paul Gascoigne whom England dispensed with, yes, at 31.With all the might at his command, Greaves threw off the curse of booze and is proud that for more than 40 years he hasn’t touched a drop.It killed Best and destroyed Gazza’s already shaky equilibrium.His successful resistance owes a lot to his wife, Irene, who went through nightmare times but succumbed for only three months of their 60-year love affair when she divorced him but returned, eventually to remarry five years ago.It’s clear, too, just how much his children love him.Greaves, on a black and white screen, moved like a skimming gull across pitches that today’s footballers would consider an insult to their ball control.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesNot that anyone could stop Greaves in full cry.As an 18-year-old, the slight youth scored five in Chelsea’s 6-1 drubbing of Division One champions Wolves in August 1958.He continued scoring in threes, fours and even a five or two, an East London lad destined to break the world record of goals scored and probably jokes made, too.The odd thing is Greaves spent his football life being rewarded by goals all over the place but outside gluey goalmouths not by much else.His Spurs record of 220 could be overtaken by Harry Kane, 26, already owner of an MBE.Indeed, he missed out by a year on Spurs’ Double in 1961, couldn’t get back into England’s World Cup winning team and has been ignored by the types who decide on where the Queen’s gongs go.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBut as I say, football people would never judge the quality of a player by whether he scores a medal at Buckingham Palace.Nor for that matter how funny he was (and he was very funny) on Saint and Greavsie.Stunned by a serious stroke, he is too ill to respond publicly to well-wishers. But I suspect he would say to each one of them ‘Thanks, mate. Glad to be of service.’The Chase viewers seeing double with Jimmy Greaves lookalike contestantlast_img read more

Hurricanes down Waratahs in Super Rugby

first_imgBarrett scored a try but was sent off in the 60th minute for receiving two yellow cards for deliberately knocking the ball down.The Waratahs travelled to the New Zealand capital with high hopes of reviving their season but blew any chance of springing a boilover with a diabolical first-half display.The Tahs trailed 33-7 at the break, while quickfire tries to stand-in fullback Bryce Hegarty and halfback Jake Gordon early in the second half pulled the Waratahs to within 10 points at Westpac Stadium.But a second five-pointer of the night from Hurricanes centre Ngani Laumape all but secured the hosts’ victory on Friday night.The defeat left Australian sides none from twelve against Kiwi opposition in 2017, with the Waratahs’ poor first-half display brutally exposing the gulf in class in trans-Tasman rivalries.Conceding five tries, the Waratahs trailed by 26 points at the interval after Laumape, brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett, Wes Goosen and Mark Abbott all crossed for tries.The Waratahs were once again their own worst enemies; dreadful in defence as they missed 27 tackles and were punished repeatedly for dashing out of the line trying to contain the competition’s most potent attacking team.Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson must have been pulling his hair out watching his side commit eight handling errors despite barely having any possession in the opening 40 minutes.The only try of the half for the Waratahs came from flanker Ned Hanigan when he charged over while the Hurricanes’ All Black superstar five-eighth Beauden Barrett was in the sin bin for a deliberate knock-down.Barrett was red-carded after committing another professional foul late on but the Waratahs were unable to collect a bonus point, with centre Irae Simone was held up over the line after the fulltime siren.last_img read more

Nominations open for National Snooker Titles

first_imgThe minor B Grade titles cues off on Sept 7-11 followed by the major A Grade titles from Sept 14-18.Papua New Guinea Billiard and Snooker Association (PNGBSA) vice president John Chan said 40 players are expected each for the minor and major titles.Chan explained that the winner of the minor title gets automatic entry in the major competition and tries for a double as well.He said apart from Moresby, players will be coming from Kavieng and Alotau as well to make this a really national championship.The tournament will be played at three venues namely Aviat Club, Dragon’s Den and Lamana Q Club.Champion Djorne Fong will be looking to retain the title after holding on to it for the past eight years.Fong resides in Kavieng has been nominated to defend his title for the 9th consecutive year while younger brother Monty will defend the minor title.Fong will again expect tough competition from last year’s runner up and Port Moresby Open winner Marcus Ng.Chan said last year’s finals in both the minor and major titles went down to the final frames and this year will be no exception with more young talent and exciting snooker to be displayed.Registration fees are K200 for the minor title and K250 for the major title.Chan stressed that if fees are paid on or before the deadline, K50 will be reimbursed.  Registration closes on Sept 1 for the minor title and Sept 12 for the major title.last_img read more

Unionist tracks dawned covered with snow

first_imgHowever, operators are working so that the surface can be as good as possible and today, after the night snowfall, the thin layer of snow has been quickly removed. Real Madrid will face there Unionistas de Salamanca tomorrow Wednesday (9:00 pm) looking for the pass for the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. On the day of the game, precipitation in the form of snow is not expected in principle, but the state of the pitch will also be monitored. Early this morning, the Unionist camp, the tracks next to the Helmantic Stadium, were covered by a thin layer of snow. The storm caused precipitations in the capital charra that were translated in the white mantle with which the workers of the club woke up. The temperatures in Salamanca, as in many provinces, are being very low and the state of the lawn worries about how frost hardens it.last_img read more

The 5 most shocking curiosities about Russia and its culture

first_imgImage: iStock Russia is the largest country in the world. Its large area reaches 17.1 million square kilometers, which are divided between the European continent and the Asian continent, but much of it is not populated.Some of the things that everyone knows about Russia is the cold weather, its large production of Vodka and the large number of brown bears that inhabit its lands. However, this country and its culture has many more interesting facts. Here are five shocking curiosities about this country and its culture. Its area reaches 17.1 million square kilometersOne of the things everyone knows about Russia is the cold weathercenter_img Russia’s most shocking curiosities There are about 60 secret cities: While most people know that Russia was closed during Soviet times, today there are still some cities that are hidden. These cities, where normal families live, are prohibited for foreigners and even if a natural person from Russia wants to visit their relatives, they must ask for a special permit.In Russia, there are more women than men: In the Russian Federation, the number of women is much greater than that of men, reaching 11 million above. This fact means that there are currently 86.8 men for every 100 women and to find their better half they have to find a foreign partner.There are bears “addicted” to kerosene: The Kronotsky Nature Reserve in southern Kamchatka has more than 700 brown bears, considered the largest in the world. Many of these specimens have been in contact with discarded kerosene boats, and seeing one on its way, running towards it to sniff its smoke and thus observe the effects that it produces. There are more than 1 million people with HIV: Russia is one of the countries in the world with more people with HIV. According to some research, it is believed that around 2.3% of the population was infected because of injectable drugs while the vast majority were infected by contact with their partner. Given this crisis situation, the government decided to increase sex education and improve access to health resources.You can be arrested for being gay: Since 2013, the Russian government with Vladimir Putin in command, prohibited homosexual propaganda claiming that same-sex relationships were unnatural and illegal under the country’s legislation. As a consequence, gay people in Russia can be arrested by the police.last_img read more

The RFEF refuses to repeat Leganés-Levante due to “lack of legal basis”

first_imgThe match held on October 5, 2019 was marked by a controversial action by Dimitrios Siovas. The cucumber player knocked down the granota Roger out of the area after 44 minutes of play, but the referee indicated penalty without interference from VAR. The Leganés ended up losing that encounter by 1-2 and the president of Madrid, Victoria Pavón, asked for the repetition of the meeting from that minute. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has rejected the appeal presented by the Leganés for the repetition of the game that faced Levante, on day 8 of this season, for “lack of legal basis” after the club cucumber report having suffered a penalty against “outside the area”. The RFEF rejected the complaint of Leganés -At the beginning of 2020- by “lack of legal basis” and for the “danger” that would have meant setting a precedent with the repetition of the game, as confirmed to Europa Press the general director of the entity, Martin Ortega.The case was in the hands of RFEF Competition Committee, who declared himself incompetent to resolve the complaint on October 9 and went to the General Secretariat of the agency. There, after another resource of Leganés, the protest returned to Competition, which finally decided to rule against the blue and white interests.last_img read more

Unpublished end, centuries-old lives

first_imgThe final of Copa Athletic-Real Sociedad will therefore be unpublished. With the current denomination of Copa del Rey this is the 44th edition and the Basque derby in La Cartuja will be the 21st final unpublished in this period. The last one was Barça-Alavés of 2017. By the way, Athletic and Real They have faced 18 times in the Cup qualifiers and the balance is eight wins for Bilbao and four for Donostiarras. The last time they saw each other in the Cup was in the semifinal of 1987. Then it was Real who won a double game) 0-0 and 0-1) and the San Sebastian team played the final and won it. La Real can boast much less of their adventures in the Cup. He is a long way from his eternal rival. In fact, he has played five finals under the name of Real Sociedad, although the website of the San Sebastian club is awarded the 1909 one won by the San Sebastián Cycling Club, embryo of the Royal Society. With the current denomination, his last final was 32 years ago, with that Real of the 80s How much he enjoyed. He lost 1-0 to Barça at the Santiago Bernabéu. A year earlier he had lifted the trophy, for the only time in its history, in La Romareda, by winning Atlético de Madrid on penalties 4-2, after 2-2 at the end of the extension. Athletic and Real Sociedad are the finalists of the 116th edition of the Spanish Cup, current Copa del Rey, which will be played on April 18 at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville. They are two of the most traditional clubs of Spanish football and older, with more than a century of existence: the Athletic It was created in 1898, although its foundation act dates from 1901while the Real born in 1909; but they have never faced each other in a Spanish Cup final in its different modalities (Spanish Championship, 1903-1930; Republic Cup, 1931-1936; National Soccer Tournament, 1939; Generalissimo Cup, 1940-1976; and Copa del Rey, since 1977). His last showdown was in the 1987 semifinal in a double-play tie (0-0) and (0-1), where Real ended up winning the Cup.The Basque derby par excellence will be staged for the first time in a Cup final. Athletic is already a veteran in these leaders, not in vain will play its final number 38: he has won the trophy 23 times (The rojilanco club is awarded on its website that of 1902, although it was won by a proto Athletic called Vizcaya de Bilbao) and on 14 occasions he has been runner-up. The last time he raised the Cup was in 1984, when he won Barcelona 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu. Y the last final he played was 31 years later, relatively recently, in 2015, when he lost 3-1 to Barça, at Camp Nou.last_img read more

The Federer Foundation donates a million for children in Africa

first_imgThe Roger Federer Foundation has reported this of the donation of a million {dollars} to supply meals to 64,000 children and their households via companions in Africa whereas colleges are closed.In his area on Twitter, the Swiss tennis participant, whose mom, Lynette, is of South African origin, writes: “Now greater than ever we should come collectively to assist households in want.” The basis, in accordance with its web site, “helps academic tasks situated in the southern African area and Switzerland. Applications on the African continent deal with enhancing the standard of early schooling and fundamental schooling, and in Switzerland in selling extracurricular actions for children affected by poverty. “last_img read more

Setién: “I would not like to be a league champion like this …”

first_imgQuique Setién, Barcelona coach, spoke on the club’s channels with his collaborators, second coach Eder Sarabia, physical trainer Fran Soto, and goalkeeping coach Jon Pascua. The coach is looking forward to returning to training after spending a confinement at his home where he has barely left, since as he confessed “I have gone out but little, my wife has not left me or take the dog out and if I go out, I do it in the last hours when there is practically nobody ”.In order to prepare for the return training, Setien’s great doubt is “if there will be contact on the return from training. When we return we will have to see how the break has affected everyone. We will verify this when we meet personally and looking at each other’s faces. An unknown door will open, we do not know whether or not there will be fear of contacts in the rondos. The uncertainties will be cleared on the fly. ” And he joked that in the face of the return to the Champions League “there may be a general amnesty so that we can count on the players we did not have”The Barça coach reflected that “everything has been very new, in addition to the guidelines for physical work, which the trainers took and reported to them on time, it remains to be seen how we can return, I don’t think anyone will have an advantage over the rest. In collective work we have been able to do little. Some group meeting, but you can do little. We will see the tactical work when we are in a room. We will see how we do it, because to review videos we still have to take them to a cinema so they are separated, because in the video room we have I don’t think we can be ” Setien reiterated that “Common sense would indicate that if it cannot continue, if it cannot continue, the logical thing would be for it to remain as it is, but what we want is to end it. I’m looking forward to finishing, I wouldn’t want to win the championship if it stayed like this, like this. “The commitment of the squad during this time has been excellent for the Blaugrana coach, who confessed that “One player told me one day that he didn’t really want to work and when he got up he did twice as much as expected.”The coach judged his first 100 days on the bench as “Very good, we have improved many things that we have improved, although there has been a lack of continuity and nuances because we have lacked time to work. The best game we have played was against Levante ”.Setién explained that during confinement “I have seen many games from 30 years ago that tears fell to me seeing what has changed soccer. The first days I saw many. And also rivals, but I have finished the job in a short time. I thought it was going to be less time. I saw Italy-Brazil in the World Cup in Spain, some of the Atlético we played ”The technician concluded that “I am looking forward to returning to normality and affected by what has happened and the consequences of this plague that has affected us in some way, some even with their lives. Uncertainty affects ”last_img read more

Bank on Bigdaddykool

first_imgBIGDADDYKOOL, a top contender for the June 25 Cal’s Jamaica Derby, looks the one to beat when he takes on six fellow three-year-olds in the opening restricted allowance race (non-winners of two) over 1700 metres at Caymanas Park tomorrow. Trained by Anthony Nunes, BIGDADDYKOOL was a fast-finishing fourth (beaten 4-1/4 lengths) to FUTURE KING in the Post to Post 2000 Guineas over a mile on April 9, this after running miles wide into the straight. He has worked well in preparation for this race, and with the competition less than fierce, should have little difficulty in beating THE PROMISE LAND and company. Top apprentice Linton Steadman has the ride from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. TWILIGHT CITIZEN, a fast-finishing second to stable-companion to TRADITIONAL STORM over 1300 metres on April 23, is tipped to go one better in the second race over a similar trip to be contested by eight starters, including GOLD SCREW, who just failed to stave off TARANTINO over 1820 metres recently, and MINY LEE, who was third in that race. GOLD SCREW will have lots of supporters even with female apprentice Mellisa Ward replacing former champion jockey Wesley Henry, but the Carl Anderson-trained TWILIGHT CITIZEN, with apprentice AndrÈ Powell, only needs to get it right at the start to score an overdue win. The third race should provide the lightly raced RAWALPINDI EXPRESS with his maiden win on his fifth start. True, the five-year-old son of Coded Warning is proving expensive to follow, but with champion jockey Shane Ellis now taking the ride, the hint should be taken. IDON’TKNOW looks the principal danger in a seven-strong field over 1100 metres. Recent winner PRINCE O’SHAUN, now back over an ideal trip after flopping over the straight behind MIRACLE RECOVERY on April 24, looks nicely off at the weights (53.0kg) with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, and should rebound with a win over 1500 metres. (1) BIGDADDYKOOL (2) TWILIGHT CITIZEN/ GOLD SCREW (3) RAWALPINDI EXPRESS/IDON’TKNOW (4) PRINCE O’SHAUN/BURNING MEDIC (5) AQUILO/EL CLIENTE (6) URBAN PRINCIPAL/ DUSSELDORF FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES LIVE CONTENDER BURNING MEDIC, who finished a close second to MIRACLE RECOVERY, looks a live contender in the 10-horse field, along with the bold front runner TROPICALDEPRESSION. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by AQUILO (Javanne Patterson up) and URBAN PRINCIPAL (Odean Edwards), both of whom finished second last time out. Their respective dangers are EL CLIENTE (Omar Walker) and DUSSELDORF, with Shane Ellis up.last_img read more