Can snooker players be penalised for slow play?

Can snooker players be penalised for slow play? The simple answer is yes, they can, but in reality they very rarely, if ever, are. Section 4, 3(a) of the ‘Official Rules of Snooker and English Billiards’, published by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), explicitly deals with the thorny topic of time wasting. Essentially, any player who takes ‘an abnormal amount of time’ to choose and/or play a shot should, in the first instance, be warned by the referee. Once so warned, the player should be penalised, by forfeiting the frame in progress, on each and every occurrence of time wasting. However, there is no definition of what constitutes ‘abnormal’, so the application of the time wasting rule if left to individual referees.

That, in itself, has been cause for controversy; following a 10-6 defeat of Peter Ebdon in the first round of the 2013 World Championship – which lasted 438 minutes and required an extra, unscheduled session to complete – Graeme Dott complained, ‘The referees nowadays don’t say anything. They don’t want any controversy.’ On another occasion at the Crucible, in his quarter-final against Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2005, Ebdon took over three minutes for a single shot and five-and-a-half minutes to compile a break of twelve, but at no point did referee Colin Brinded intervene. Matthew Syed, columnist for the ‘The Times’, wrote that the ‘shameless’ time wasting tactics amounted to ‘cheating’; Ebdon later sued for libel, but lost.

How popular is basketball and who are the best teams?

How popular is basketball and who are the best teams? Considering how the Internet has ‘virtually’ brought all of the countries of the world together over the past couple of decades in terms of entertainment options, it’s interesting how certain sports or events still are heavily associated with certain countries. I’d definitely say that’s the case with baseball for instance as it’s largely played in and associated with the Unites States. ‘Only in America’ would a ‘World Series’ of a sport consist of just two countries (in this case the US and Canada). Another sport that is certainly very USA-centric despite often being played in schools and the like is Basketball.

As started, it’s commonplace for basketball (and for girls often netball) to be played by youth in various countries, but really it’s only in the United States that there such a clear pathway through to college and the pro leagues, culminating in the dizzying and lucrative heights of the NBA.The National Basketball Association league,was founded in 1946 and consists of 30 teams (including one Canadian team). Tickets for NBA games start at a low price but can go into the thousands of dollars for in-demand seats and games. Vast TV audiences tune in, and there is growing Chinese interest in watching basketball too (some 800 million viewers watched the 2017–18 season).

In terms of the teams to follow, in the history of basketball teams with the most championship wins, both Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are top of the pile with 17 NBA final wins a piece. There is a gulf between them and the third most wins team, the Golden State Warriors with 6 wins (shared with Chicago Bulls on 6 wins also, and San Antonio Spurs on 5 wins). Longevity is the name of the game with Los Angeles Lakers winning their first final in 1949 and most recent in 2020. Sports betting on basketball is ever popular too with basketball betting types like over / under (a certain number of points), HT /FT, Quarter betting and Asian Handicap bets being popular types of betting options.

Despite the sport being very US focused over the decades, that hasn’t stopped some of the big names of the sport from gaining fame on a worldwide scale. The likes of Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant (RIP), Dennis Rodman, the Harlem Globetrotters (whose entire point and intention was the spread the Basketball word) the list goes on. It speaks to the influence of basketball that we know these players by face and name even if we haven’t personally even seen them play!

Who was Jules Rimet?

Who was Jules Rimet? Jules Rimet was a French football administrator, best known as the longest-serving president of

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the driving force behind the creation of the World Cup. Rimet became president of FIFA in 1921, having served as acting president for six months previously and held that position until two years before his death, aged 73, in 1956.

On May 28, 1928, Rimet proposed the creation of a football world championship to his FIFA colleagues. They agreed and, with the reigning Olympic champions Uruguay offering to pay travelling expenses, the inaugural World Cup kicked off in the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, on July 13, 1930. Thirteen teams took part, including just four – France, Belgium, Romania and Yugoslavia – from Europe, because of the time involved in travelling to South America by sea. Nevertheless, from difficult beginnings, the World Cup has flourished into what is probably the most popular sporting event on the planet.

The original World Cup trophy, previously known as ‘Victory’, was renamed the Jules Rimet Trophy in his honour in 1946. Of course, that was the trophy won by England in 1966, hence the line ‘Jules Rimet still gleaming’ in the song ‘Three Lions’, which has become an anthem for the English national team in recent years. The Jules Rimet Trophy was presented, permanently, to Brazil when they won the World Cup for the third time in 1970, but was stolen in 1983 and never recovered.

Has Nottingham Forest ever played in the Premier League?

Has Nottingham Forest ever played in the Premier League? Yes.The Tricky Trees were inaugural members of the Premier League when it replaced the old First Division as the highest tier of English football in 1992. However, the 1992/93 season was to be their last under ‘Ol’ Big Head’ Brian Clough and, following the sale of Teddy Sheringham – who, ironically would become the leading goalscorer – Forest finished bottom of the table with just 40 points.

However, after just one season in what was now the First Division, the Reds were promoted back to the Premier League under new manager Frank Clark in 1993/94. Remarkably, they finished third in the Premier League in 1994/95, albeit 11 points behind second-placed Manchester United, thereby qualifying for the UEFA Cup. Despite selling Stan Collymore, Forest were unbeaten after twelve games of the 1995/96 season and eventually finished ninth, with 58 points.

By contrast, a dismal start to the 1996/97 season saw the departure of Frank Clark, who was replaced, temporarily, by Stuart Pearce and, permanently, by Dave Bassett. Nevertheless, Forest finished bottom of the table, again, with just 34 points. Once again, though, they were promoted from the First Division at the first time of asking. However, the return to the Premier League was short-lived and, after a series of embarrassing defeats, including an 8-1 loss to Manchester United, Forest finished bottom, yet again, with a dismal 30 points.

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