Which was the fastest frame in the history of professional snooker?

Which was the fastest frame in the history of professional snooker?  The fastest frame in the history of professional snooker was recorded during a best-of-nine frames first round match between Maltese former professional Tony ‘The Tornado’ Drago and English former professional Danny ‘The Dustman’ Fowler at the Fidelity Unit Trusts International Open at Trentham Gardens, Stoke-on-Trent on August 31, 1988. In the fifth frame, Drago needed just three minutes to establish a 62-0 lead and went on to win the match 5-3.

Born in Valletta in September, 1965, Drago turned professional in 1985 and became known for his flamboyance, speed around the table and occasionally volatile temperament, hence his nickname. In his heyday, he was clocked at between 11 and 14 seconds per shot. In 1988, Drago beat Alex Higgins 10-2 and Dennis Taylor 13-5 en route to the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship, where he lost 13-4 to eventual champion Steve Davis.

Eight years later, at the Guild Hall in Preston, Drago set another record that has yet to be broken. In the fourth frame of his last-16 match against a youthful John Higgins in the 1996 UK Championships, he compiled a break of 103 in just 3 minutes and 31 seconds to set a record for the fastest century break in the history of televised professional snooker. Having led that match 4-0, Drago eventually lost 9-8, but the following year, 1997, he beat Higgins in the semi-final of the International Open at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre en route to the only and only ranking final of his career, which he lost 9-1 to Stephen Hendry.

Interestingly, until April, 2019, Danny Fowler also held a long-standing, if unwanted, record. In 1993, he lost 10-1 to Stephen Hendry in the first round of the World Snooker Championships and his points total of 119 ranked as the lowest ever recorded at The Crucible until Luo Honghao scored just 89 points in his 10-0 defeat by Shaun Murphy.

The Grand National: Is 2024 the year of the outsider?

The Grand National: Is 2024 the year of the outsider?  With the Grand National just around the corner now and talk of the favourite potentially romping home, let’s throw caution to the wind and instead go for a ‘no hoper’ or more politely stated ,rank outsider when it comes to our horse racing betting selection. Why? Well, because if your luck is in, you win big… really big.. and if it isn’t, it’s not like you ‘expected’ to win anyway.

For a bit of inspiration it’s worth remembering that an Outsider winning the Grand National is, although not common, certainly not entirely new ground. If you need a little inspiration as to how an Outsider can claim the biggest prize in racing look no future than the history of the event.

There have been five Grand National winners over the 175 races of odds in the triple figure range, and all of those were 100-1. That’s not the biggest surprise as that has often been the biggest odds on offer in the race anyway. In chronological order these 100-1 shots were Tipperary Tim (1928), Gregalach (1929), Caughoo (1947), Foinavon (1967) and Mon Mome (2009). There have been four winners at odds of 66-1 and five at 50-1 (most recently Noble Yeats in 2022). The most comical, shall we say, win was perhaps 100-1 shot Caughoo in 1947. After the race the jockey on second placed Lough Conn accused Eddie Dempsey, who rode Caughoo to victory, of hiding near a fence in dense fog and rejoining the race at the head of the pack. It led to both a physical fight and legal action but Dempsey was soon absolved of wrongdoing. I wonder if they’ll be any punch ups at this year’s Grand National?

And so, which outsider horses have a chance of winning the 2024 Grand National? Well of course that’s the big question, and with the considerable odds in mind, other competitors, fences, ground and more, you’ll need a combination of correctly assessing value as well as having Lady Luck peering over your shoulder. So really this is a question for the individual, but if you’re looking for a big odds tips i’d go with Coko beach at 40-1. The long odds are understandable on account of last years Grand National effort, but he had lost his left hind shoe. The 8 year old impressed in February’s Grand National Trial and has been shown not to get overawed by a big field, having won the Thyestes Chase and the likes in the past. Worth a punt in my view!

Did Steve Cram ever win an Olympic gold medal?

The short answer is no, he didn’t. Born in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, hence his nickname, ‘The Jarrow Arrow’, Cram competed against the likes of Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett in what is often described as a ‘golden era’ of British middle-distance running. Nevertheless, he won his fair share of gold medals, starting with the 1,500 metres at the 1982 European Athletics Championships in Athens and, less than a month later, following up in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Four years later, at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Cram defended his title in the 1,500 metres, having previously set a Commonwealth Games record, which still stands, in the 800 metres. Shortly afterwards, he also defended his European title in the 1,500 metres in Stuttgart, beating Coe into second place in the process. In between times, Cram had also won gold in the 1,500 metres at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki and made his second appearance at the Summer Olympics, having finished eighth behind Coe in the final of the 1,500 metres in Moscow in 1980.

On August 11, 1984, in Los Angeles, Coe, Ovett and Cram once again lined up for the final of the 1,500 metres with all three having suffered setbacks, due to illness or injury, in the build-up to the Olympic Games. In any event, Ovett, the world record holder, stepped off the track heading out onto the final lap, leaving the two remaining Britons to fight out the finish. Cram accelerated down the home straight, but Coe responded immediately and led the field into the home straight. Coe sprinted away from Cram to win in a new Olympic record time of 3:32.53, beating the previosu mark set by Kenyan Kip Keino in 1968.

Who kicked the longest field goal in National Football League (NFL) history?

Who kicked the longest field goal in National Football League (NFL) history?  The first thing to say about the longest field goal, or field goals, in NFL history is that, for reasons that will become obvious, the patron saint of placekickers, if one exists, appears to have it in for the Detroit Lions.

Arguably the most remarkable – and, for 43 years, the longest – field goal in NFL history was kicked by Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints against the Motor City Madmen at Tulhane Stadium, New Orleans on November 8, 1970. His last-gasp 63-yard effort earned the ‘Aints an improbable 19-17 win, but was all the more worthy for the fact he was born without toes on his right foot and wore an extra-wide, flat-fronted kicking shoe; for the record, Dempsey was also an old-fashioned, straight-on placekicker, who approached the ball directly from behind, rather than at an angle.

When Dempsey’s field goal record was finally beaten, it was in the rarified atmosphere of Mile High Stadium, Denver, which didn’t acquire its name by accident. On December 8, 2013, in the closing seconds of the first half, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater converted a 64-yard effort against the Tennessee Titans to leave the home side just one point behind, at 20-21, at the break. However, the revitalised Broncos outscored the Titans three touchdowns to one in the second half to win the match 51-28.

In a strange case of history repeating itself, the current holder of the record for the longest field goal in NFL history, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, also achieved the feat against the Detroit Lions, albeit this time at Ford Field, Detroit. On September 26, 2021, as time expired, Tucker connected with a 66-yard effort, which hit the crossbar and bounced high into the air before falling through the uprights. The final score? Baltimore Ravens 19 Detroit Lions 17, of course.

1 2 3 4 76