Ferguson leads Mackay tributes

first_img Edinburgh-born Mackay passed away at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. Having joined Tottenham from Hearts in 1959, Mackay went on to achieve a historic league and FA Cup double with the north London club in 1961. Press Association Spurs are set to hold a minute’s silence for their former captain, who also helped Derby to success as a player and coach before taking up a similar role with Swindon. Ferguson, who fondly remembers Mackay as a contemporary and a friend, told Sky Sports News: “I played against him once and I’m glad it was only once! “He was hard. He was one of the hardest men of all time – a great Scottish player. You think of Denis Law, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness; Dave Mackay was along with them. “He came back from two broken legs. He broke it against Manchester United actually, recovered and broke it again. He went on to play for Derby County and won the league and then became the manager, which was not an easy task because he followed Brian Clough, of course. “But he’s had a fantastic career both has player and as manager. I always remember he was a good friend of mine.” Spurs will hold their minute’s applause ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Swansea at White Hart Lane, with black armbands being worn by the squad and a number of the club’s highest-profile former players paying tribute to Mackay at half-time. Current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is anticipating an emotional occasion for the evening kick-off, saying: “It is a great loss for British football. He was a legend for Tottenham and in British football. “A very sad day and I want to send condolences to his family and friends. Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the fantastic career of Dave Mackay as the tributes came in for the former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder, who died on Monday night aged 80. “He is a legend, big player and manager, and it is a very sad day. It is emotional yes. Our players know it is important to get the three points.” The Scottish FA announced it will also hold a minute’s applause in honour of Mackay before Scotland’s friendly against Northern Ireland later this month. The 22-cap Scotland international began his career with Hearts in 1953 and captained the Edinburgh side to the Scottish League title during the 1957-58 season. “The Scottish FA is deeply saddened by the news of Dave Mackay’s death,” a statement on its website read. “He was a legendary figure with Heart of Midlothian, Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County; an inspirational pillar for the clubs with whom he played with distinction and, of course, his country. “Dave played 22 times for Scotland and was instrumental in helping his country qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals in Sweden in 1958. “His last international appearance occurred against Northern Ireland in 1965 and the Scottish FA believe it is appropriate that a minute’s applause should be observed in his honour prior to the forthcoming match against Michael O’Neill’s side at Hampden Park on Wednesday, 25th March.” Arsene Wenger, manager of Tottenham’s biggest rivals Arsenal, also spoke about Mackay in his own media briefing ahead of the Gunners’ game at QPR. “He’s an iconic figure of English football who contributed a lot to Tottenham’s success at the time,” Wenger said. “He played for Derby as well and was a great player. We’re sad to see these people disappear. You are sorry (to hear about it) and it is a sad moment for English football.” Former Derby captain Roy McFarland spoke fondly about Mackay’s time at the Baseball Ground. “The majority of pictures you see of Dave Mackay, he had his chest stuck out. That is how he played and that is how he lived his life,” he told BBC Radio Derby. “He had a tough legacy taking over as manager from Brian Clough, in terms of the atmosphere at the club, but he calmed and settled everyone down.” last_img read more

Madison Bumgarner signs with Diamondbacks, per reports

first_imgBumgarner, 30, is coming off a decent season with the Giants, though not quite to Bumgarner levels. He was worth 2.5 bWAR over 34 starts, rebounding from two injury-shortened seasons the years prior.In 2017, Bumgarner was sidelined after injuring his shoulder in the infamous dirt bike accident. In 2018, he nursed a fractured hand, an injury he sustained after taking a comebacker in spring training.The deal is pretty low-risk for the Diamondbacks. The $85 million overall isn’t unmoveable if the team can’t compete in a few years, and Bumgarner could probably benefit from a change in scenery. The Diamondbacks, with a solid No. 2 or No. 3 in Bumgarner — depending on which guy shows up — can make a run at the NL wild card in 2020. Madison Bumgarner is staying out west.The free-agent lefty is reportedly signing with the Diamondbacks on a five-year deal, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. BREAKING: Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks are nearing a five-year deal, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 15, 2019MORE: MLB Winter Meetings tracker: Full list of signings, trades, rumorsThe deal includes $85 million over those five years, with $15 million deferred, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.last_img read more

Broward Deputies Vote “No Confidence” in Sheriff Gregory Tony

first_imgDeputies have overwhelmingly voted no confidence in Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony according to their union.The no confidence vote punctuates a tense couple weeks between deputies and Sheriff Tony stemming from the availability of personal protective equipment in the department during the coronavirus pandemic. It could also be a blow to Tony’s re-election chances later this year against ousted Sheriff Scott Israel.The Broward branch of the International Union of Police Associations announced that of 786 ballots cast among road deputies and sergeants, 693 voted no confidence in Tony (88%). In a separate ballot of lieutenants, 28 voted no confidence while five voted in favor of Tony.The symbolic measure doesn’t officially change Tony’s status, but the union said it plans to sit down with its board members to discuss the next course of action.does threaten his future as Broward sheriff. Tony issued the following statement in response:“The command staff and I have worked tirelessly to keep all the men and women of BSO safe during this unprecedented pandemic. We have established procedures to limit exposure to COVID-19 in all areas of operations and have worked to give all of the BSO family the necessary tools to protect themselves as we continue to protect the community. I want to say to the deputies, I hear your concerns. Following today’s vote, my commitment is unwavering and our mission remains clear. It’s time to unite and work together to continue providing the highest level of professional public safety services to our Broward County community.”last_img read more

Sachin vs Dravid: who is the toughest Indian batsman Shoaib Akhtar has ever faced?

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter/HT PhotoAdvertisement 1jNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscqztzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2bi5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ogv0Would you ever consider trying this?😱thCan your students do this? 🌚7he4eRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian Cricket Team has seen some of the most spectacular batsmen in the squad’s history, and the two names under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy that can easily stand out as even the greatest of all time are undoubtedly Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. While the ‘Master Blaster’ is revered for being the greatest run machine of all time, ‘The Wall’ is praised for his sound and unique batting technique. Choosing between the two was not an easy task for former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, but the iconic pace bowler names Dravid as the tougher batsman to face on the pitch!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter/HT PhortAlthough Shoaib Akhtar has his own YouTube channel, the former international cricketer took to the social app Helo for an interactive session with his fans. During his prime, the superstar fast bowler was famous for his rivalry with the two Men in Blue batsmen. However, it was the technical Dravid whom Akhtar felt was more of a challenge on the 22 yards than the blistering Sachin.“Dravid was more difficult to bowl than Sachin,” Akhtar revealed during the interactive session.Advertisement Although Sachin, the highest run scorer in the game was the usual nightmare for any bowler during his prime, Dravid was known for his patience and and composure on the pitch.The former right handed batsman, who has faced the most number of balls in international cricket, rightfully earned his famous nickname for being anchored against even the topmost bowlers, including Akhtar himself.Advertisement In his 16 years of international cricket, Dravid earned 164 Test and 344 ODI caps for India, scoring 13,288 and 10,889 runs in both formats respectively, and also enjoyed a short stint with Indian Premier League franchises Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals.Following his retirement, the Karnataka cricket team stalwart continues to invest in the sport. The 47 year old is currently the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, and also coached the India Under-19 squad to victory at the 2018 u-19 Cricket World Cup.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Rohit Sharma reveals which bowlers he had ‘difficulty’ in facingDeontay Wilder refuses to be paid off to clear the way for Fury vs Joshua Advertisementlast_img read more