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  • 28 May 2019
    LONDON -- Former England striker Gary Lineker presented the start of Britains best-known soccer show wearing only a pair of white shorts, after a bet he made last season about Leicester Citys chances of winning the Premier League.Millions of BBC TV viewers watched as Lineker introduced the first Match of the Day of the new season on Saturday night. His only clothing looked like a pair of boxer shorts with a Leicester logo -- one of Linekers former clubs.Last December, when Leicester had surprisingly led the standings after narrowly avoiding relegation the previous season, Lineker tweeted YES! If Leicester win the (at)premierleague Ill do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies.Leicester went on to defy pre-season odds of 5,000-1 to win the title in one of the biggest upsets in sports.Fifteen minutes before the show started on BBC One, Lineker tweeted this is strangely terrifying.When the Leicester game finished and the show returned to the studio, Lineker remained stripped in his chair. However, he reappeared shortly afterward fully dressed. Cheap Nike Running Shoes From China . They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. Cheap Air Jordan From China . Isner, ranked No. 14, won his eighth career singles title and took the title in New Zealand for the second time after his victory in 2010. The match was similar to Isners quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber which went to three sets, all tiebreaks and contained no breaks of serve. . Note: The Calgary Flames announced Tuesday that Sean Monahan would not be made available to Canadas World Junior team. Cheap Nike Shoes Online . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. Nike Shoes Outlet . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. Australia are likely to be dethroned from the top of Test crickets world rankings in the first series since they rose to No. 1, after crushing defeats in their first two Tests in Sri Lanka. Moreover, with Indias imminent 13-Test home season, it may be some time before Steven Smiths men can reach the summit again.It was only two weeks ago that Smith was handed the Test Championship mace by ICC chief executive David Richardson - in a ceremony that was kept private at Sri Lanka Crickets request. But Australias pair of defeats to Sri Lanka, in which they were exposed as having little to no idea of how to bat in Asian conditions, has left the door open for England or India to ascend to No. 1, perhaps leaving Smiths team as low as third.Australias chances of remaining at No. 1 now depend on favours by Pakistan and West Indies, who are currently trailing in their respective Test series against England and India. England would go to the top by winning the final Test against Pakistan, while wins in the final two Tests over West Indies would take India there. In the medium term, Indias long upcoming home season, which includes Test series against England and Australia, gives them a good chance of building a lead at the top of the table.It would be very disappointing if we lost that - we havent had it for that long, we were really hoping to try and stretch the gap, allrounder Mitchell Marsh said. Weve got the opportunity to win this next Test match and thats all we can do. It means a hell of a lot. Its what we strive for. In the Test arena you dont play for a premiership, you play to be number one in the world and thats what we strive for every day. Any team that gets knocked off the perch as the No. 1 Test team in the world, it would certainly hurt everyone.The hurt would extend beyond pride to pockets, as Australias players are awarded handsome bonuses for time spent at the top of the rankings. These performance weightings were added to the MOU between the players and Cricket Australia in 2012, meaning that over the period of the agreement the players share of total cricket revenue can vary from 24.5% to 27% depending on team performances. In 2014, the Australian Ashes-winning team went on to defeat South Africa on the road to briefly claim top spot, with all players collecting a more-than-handy extra payday as a result.James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, offered a typically conservative viewpoint on the results in Sri Lanka, arguing that the time for a proper reflection on the result would be after the end of the third Test. Its probably a bit early to say - give everyone a little bit of scope to have proper reflections aafter the series, he said in Melbourne.dddddddddddd. The first two Tests have been pretty disappointing and no doubt everyone over there is feeling it. But I wouldnt want to rush to any conclusions.We would on the surface - and I think everyone has said this - appear to have had a pretty good preparation. Obviously not good enough in terms of getting the result that we wanted. Lets reflect on that after the series and see what weve got to learn out of this. Obviously a very disappointing result so far.Sutherland also explained the decision to lock in the contract of the coach Darren Lehmann until 2019. Clearly weve got a young and developing team thats done well in recent times, found itself to be No. 1 in Test cricket and one-day cricket, won a World Cup, he said. I think its an endorsement of the work hes doing and the confidence that we have in him and the staff around him to keep progressing and keep improving. Thats what were all about - sustained performance and improving. This is a major blip on the progression to what we would have hoped, but its also a good wake-up call for us to have a really good hard look again at the way we play over there.The introspection appeared already to have begun in the second innings of the Galle Test. When faced with a near impossible fourth-innings chase Australias batsmen tried numerous more aggressive approaches based on observation of Sri Lankas batsmen. We decided that we wanted to be a bit more positive and show a lot more intent, certainly early on in our innings to try and hit the spinners off their lengths, Marsh said, and try and get the field out so theres a few more gaps to get off strike.That was the plan, I thought we did it reasonably well, it was just the fact that we didnt do it for long enough. Probably the one thing Ive noticed [about Sri Lankas batsmen] is that theyre extremely positive from ball one. Thats helped get our spinners off their length and being able to rotate the strike. That was something we tried to do in the second innings of this last Test match and Im sure its something well try to do in the next Test.Ive felt really comfortable when Ive gone out into the middle. For me its just about doing it for longer periods of time, a lot longer periods of time. Our batting group has managed to get starts, which is something we pride ourselves on is when we get to 20 or 30 we go on with it. If we had one or two blokes do that then the last few Test matches would have been different games. Thats been the disappointing thing as a batting unit. ' ' '