Who scored the slowest century in test cricket history?

Who scored the slowest century in test cricket history? In the history of test cricket, several English batsmen, notably Geoff Boycott, Chris Tavare and, before them, Trevor ‘Barnacle’ Bailey, have garnered a reputation for snail-paced scoring, so there is a certain irony in the fact that the slowest century in test cricket history was scored against England. In the first test of a three-match series between Pakistan and England, staged at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in December, 1977, England won the toss and elected to bowl. Twenty-one-year-old Mudassar Nazar opened the batting for Pakistan and, with the home side reduced to 49-2 on a difficult wicket, effectively ‘dropped anchor’. At stumps on the first day, Mudassar was 52 not out and he continued in similar vein when play resumed the following morning.

Indeed, even as his hundred approached, Mudassar showed no urgency in his batting and, if anything, became even more defensive. Just one short of his century, the increasingly fractious crowd invaded the pitch, resulting in running fights with the police. The players took an early tea and play resumed, albeit 25 minutes late, with Mudassar still ‘poised’ on 99 not out. Finally, after facing 419 deliveries and spending 557 minutes, or the best part of nine-and-a-half hours, at the crease, Mudassar reached a hundred. When he was finally caught and bowled by off-spin bowler Geoff Miller, he had scored 114 off 449 balls in 591 minutes, at a strike rate of 25.38.

What are the big money moments for Floyd ‘moneymaker’ Mayweather?

What are the big money moments for Floyd 'moneymaker' Mayweather? Love him or loathe him, Floyd Mayweather is, in some regards, unrivaled in the world of boxing both in terms of his 50-0 record, defensive abilities, and his fight purses. As an undefeated fighter and with PPV audiences dying to either see his winning run continue, the dollar sums he was and indeed is able to command and draw in went up and up over the years. Even now when he’s effectively retired from professional boxing, he hasn’t exactly left the scene. A mismatched fight against social media star Logan Paul is imminent for instance, and should bring in the millions once more.

What are the big money moments for Floyd 'moneymaker' Mayweather? Nowadays Floyd Mayweather is more often found in a Las Vegas Casino than he is a boxing ring.No doubt he’s still in need of a rush and certainly falls into the category of having ‘money to burn’. It’s not in high risk credit card processing territory though because even in his advancing years – boxing-wise- he’s capable of bringing in big bucks. Let’s take a look at a few of his fights that effortlessly brought in the crowds and the $$$.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao drew in an astonishing £678M. The fight resulted in 4.6m PPV sales and a record gate. Fans had been hoping for the match up for half a decade and consequently it drew such interest that it was dubbed the Fight of the Century. Inevitably, considering the anticipation beforehand the fight didn’t quite live up to the hype. It was however still a masterclass by Mayweather earning a purse of £223.5m, with Pacquiao earning £122m for the fight.

Next up was what could be classed as Mayweather’s first ‘gimmicky’ fight, against Connor McGregor.  The fight earned £662.5m total (with a £223.5m purse for Mayweather, and £70m for McGregor) and surprisingly MMA superstar McGregor actually put up a better performance than most had anticipation. He certainly didn’t let himself down in what was dubbed ‘The Money Fight’ (how imaginative!). That said at no point did Mayweather actually look in trouble and as such it was something of an easy pay day for the fighter.

Third up and quite a drop was Mayweather vs Canelo, coming it at £214m. The Mexican fighter, who has been a world champion in four different weight classes (as has Mayweather), was a relative youngster when he fought Mayweather and so to an extent was schooled by him, in the fight held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Nowadays Canelo is a powerful force in boxing, as he recently demonstrated in his devastating win against the UK’s Billy Joe Saunders. Indeed the fighter hasn’t lost before or since his loss to Mayweather and so it would’ve been a fascinating match-up if they’d both been able to take each other in in their prime.

So all in all we certainly see that Floyd Mayweather is ‘Moneymaker’ by both name and nature. He’s not everyones cup of tea, with his brash and extravagant attitude on full display. At the same time though, it’s hard not to admire someone who has done it all, and essentially not put a foot wrong during their career.

 

Who Holds The Most Impressive NFL Records?

Who Holds The Most Impressive NFL Records? The world’s greatest football players set eye-catching new records each season as they bid for glory in the NFL. However, some records are so emphatic that they may never be broken. We have rounded up some of the most impressive records that players and teams have set over the past 100 years:

Most Consecutive Starts – Brett Favre (297)

The legendary quarterback was a model of consistency in the NFL and his stellar career was rarely blighted by injuries. Favre hit headlines when he broke Jon Jaworski’s NFL record of 116 consecutive appearances, but he was only just getting started. He ended up featuring in 297 games in a row, and 321 if you include playoffs. Favre also broke Dan Marino’s record for touchdown passes, but Peyton Manning eventually surpassed him on that front.

Most Receptions – Jerry Rice (1,549)

Rice holds every important receiving record imaginable, including most receptions, most receiving yards (22,895), most receiving touchdowns (119), most consecutive one-plus pass receptions (274), most five-plus reception games and most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14). He also holds the record for the most overall touchdowns (208) and most career yards from scrimmage (23,540).

Best Regular Season Record – New England Patriots (16-0)

The Pats put together a perfect 16-0 season in 2007, but still ended up losing the Super Bowl to Eli Manning’s New York Giants. The only other team with a perfect season was of course the Miami Dolphins of 1972, and they did win the Super Bowl. Can any other team enjoy an unbeaten regular season in the 16-game era? The Chiefs are Super Bowl favorites in the NFL betting, but it is hard to imagine them winning every game next season.

Most Sacks in a Game – Derrick Thomas (7.0)

Dave Krieg could be forgiven for shuddering whenever he hears the name Derrick Thomas. The Seattle Seahawks QB was on the end of a record-breaking beatdown from Thomas, who sacked him seven times in a single game in 1990. No player has achieved more than 5.5 sacks in a game since then.

Most Interceptions in a Game – Jim Hardy (8)

The opening game of the 1950 season was one to forget for the Cardinals QB, who threw a record-breaking eight interceptions against the defending NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Most Receptions in a Season – Michael Thomas (149)

Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison blazed a trail of destruction across the NFL when he made an astonishing 143 receptions in 2002. That left him 31 catches clear of his closest competitor, Hines Ward. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones could not topple his record, and it looked pretty safe. However, New Orleans Saints wide receiver broke that mark in 2019 when he achieved 12 catches for 136 yards in his final game of the season, taking his total to 149.

Most Consecutive Away Wins – San Francisco 49ers (18)

The Niners surged to an impressive 18 consecutive wins on the road between 1988 and 1990. Joe Montana and Steve Young were battling it out for the starting QB role, while Rice was in his pomp, and the 49ers won consecutive Super Bowls during this golden era.

Most Points in a Quarter – Don Hutson (29)

The fabled receiver delivered one of the greatest individual performances of all time during the 1945 season. Hutson scored 29 points – four touchdowns and five PATs – in the second quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 57-21 and vindicating his decision to come out of retirement to play that season.

Most Receiving Yards in a Game – Willie Anderson (336)

Flipper was the star of the show during a 20-17 win for the Rams in 1989. His team looked all but certain to lose to the New Orleans Saints, but Anderson scored a game-tying touchdown deep into the fourth quarter. It went into overtime and Anderson added 40 yards to his total, ultimately receiving for 336 yards. He finished the season with a career-high 1,146 yards off just 44 receptions.

Most Rush Yards in a Season – Eric Dickerson (2,105)

The Hall of Fame running back was electric during the 1984 season. He set a new league record of 2,105 rushing yards in just his second year as a pro, and also led the league for rushing touchdowns. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson actually came within 10 yards of breaking Dickerson’s record in 2012, but he could not quite make it.

Most Rush Yards in a Career – Emmitt Smith (18,355)

Smith rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 11 out of 15 seasons in the NFL. He led the league for rushing yards four times in five years during an iconic period for the Dallas Cowboys, and he remains the league leader for career rush yards.

Most Seasons – George Blanda (26)

The evergreen Blanda holds an embarrassment of pro football records. He played in the most seasons (26), led the league for points during the most seasons (8), made the most kicks (943), and he was also the oldest player to appear when he took to the field at the age of 48 in 1975. Blanda is also a joint record holder for the most passing TDs in a game (7), and the most consecutive seasons leading the league for pass completions (3). He does, however, hold one unwanted distinction – most passes intercepted in a season (42).

How Many World Cups Have England Won In Major Sports?

How Many World Cups Have England Won In Major Sports? Regardless of the sport, it’s every nation’s dream to win a World Cup. English legends have been created from their actions and achievement on the international stage. Here’s England’s successes in World Cups to date across sport.

Football – Three Lions

Where better place to start than the most commonly recognised and celebrated English World Cup achievement than the 1966 triumph by the England football team. The only time the Three Lions have lifted international football’s most coveted prize.

The 1966 World Cup win was extra special for a few reasons; not only is football England’s most popular sport but also the ’66 World Cup was hosted in England and football truly did “come home”.

Under the stewardship of manager Alf Ramsey and the on-pitch leadership from Bobby Moore, England claimed the Jules Rimet trophy with a World Cup final victory against West Germany. Forward Geoff Hurst was the star of the show grabbing a hattrick in the 4-2 win, including scoring a controversial goal that the referee and linesman had claimed crossed the line, something which is still debated to this day. Thank god for no VAR back then!

Bobby Moore held aloft by his teammates holding the cup is one of the most famous images in world football, but unfortunately for England they are yet to win another. Despite a lack of recent tournament success, the Three Lions always remain a well fancied team in the football spread betting.

Cricket – England T20 & ODI Cricket Teams

There are currently two separate cricket world cups, each catering for a different format of the game. The oldest running Cricket World Cup is the ODI (One Day International) form, which was first played in 1975 in England.

Despite cricket being a traditional English sport, England would have to wait 44 years before tasting success, when Eoin Morgan led his team to England’s first ICC Cricket World Cup (ODI) victory in 2019 on home soil.

With T20 being a modern format of the game, it goes without saying that there have only been a handful of T20 World Cups hosted to date. Unlike the ODI WC, the T20 are played traditionally every 2 years. The first tournament was held in 2007 in South Africa.

England wouldn’t have much luck in the first two tournaments but they would get their hands on their first T20 World Cup title in 2010, when Paul Collingwood’s England beat the old arch enemy Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados.

England came close again in the last T20 World Cup in 2016 where West Indies got the better of England in India.

Rugby Union – England Team

The Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987 when the tournament was hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Like most world cups in sport the Rugby World Cup is hosted every four years.

England share the unwanted record of the joint most runner-ups in the Rugby World Cup, with three in 1991, 2007 and 2019.

They did however, finally get their hands on the Rugby World Cup in 2003 in Australia. Ed Woodward masterminded England’s triumph and the squad included the likes of legends of today; Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Dawson, Jason Robinson and Johnny Wilkinson.

What made England’s victory all the more impressive, was that the final was against Australia (the co-host nation alongside New Zealand), where the England players had to suffer a partisan crowd rooting for the home nation.

Johnny Wilkinson cemented his name in the England rugby hall of fame after his famous drop goal kick secured England’s first ever World Cup triumph with just seconds left on the clock.

Should The Nation Be Winning More?

When you take into consideration the heritage and history of these sports in this country, you can clearly see that the nation is struggling to win major international sports tournaments. Investment in grass roots is key and recent work on the England cricket set up has seen an improvement, with the 2019 world cup win and England ranking number 1 in the ODI format. Despite sport being embedded into our culture, you have to remember that we are a small nation in terms of population compared to a lot of competitor nations, however England clearly should be doing better.

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