Jody Scheckter: Ferrari favourite

first_imgBorn in East London in 1950, Jody Scheckter earned his first Formula One drive with McLaren as a 22-year-old.Scheckter’s 1979 success was something for Ferrari fans to hold on to, because it would take the famous Italian team with the prancing horse another 21 years before they celebrated producing a world champion again. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa ReporterAfter 21 years without success, Ferrari finally crowned a Formula One world champion in 2000 when Michael Schumacher won the prestigious title. Ironically, it was thanks to this lack of success that the previous Ferrari champion first became known to the new generation of racing fans. He was South Africa’s Jody Scheckter.Born in East London in 1950, Scheckter earned his first Formula One drive with McLaren as a 22-year-old.In 1972 he enjoyed one Grand Prix drive and in 1973 he certainly made an impact – though not the kind he would have wanted to make. Competing in the British Grand Prix, Scheckter ran wide coming out of a corner and spun back across the track. A huge pile-up followed and the race was stopped with half the field wiped out in the crash.That season Scheckter started five grands prix but failed to register a championship point.Moved to TyrrellThe next year, 1974, Scheckter was signed by Tyrrell following the retirement of three-time world champion Jackie Stewart and the death of driver Francois Cevert at the end of the 1973 season. It proved a good move for the South African and for Tyrrell. Scheckter finished third in the championship, winning the Swedish Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix – a major win for British team Tyrrell.In 1975 Sheckter won once, in front of his home fans, at the South African Grand Prix. He accumulated 20 points for the season and finished in joint seventh place.The following year he drove the unorthodox six-wheeled Tyrrell-Ford Type P-34. Scheckter took the car to its only win in its first outing in Sweden. Nonetheless, the South African ace enjoyed a consistent season and finished third in the world championship standings.Runner-upIn 1977 Scheckter joined the newly founded Wolf team of Austro-Canadian oil millionaire Walter Wolf. Despite the team being newcomers to Formula One, Scheckter performed exceptionally. He won the Canadian, Monaco and Argentinian Grands Prix and finished runner-up in the championship to the great Austrian Niki Lauda.1978 was not as successful a year for Scheckter. He failed to win a race and scored 24 points to tie for seventh in the championship.World championScheckter joined Ferrari for the 1979 season and things went much better for the South African. He won in Italy, Monaco and Belgium and was crowned world champion.He raced one more season in 1980, but did not have a good year and retired. During his career he took part in 113 grands prix, won 10 of them, finished second 14 times and third 10 times.His 1979 success was something for Ferrari fans to hold on to, because it would take the famous Italian team with the prancing horse another 21 years before they celebrated producing a world champion again.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Cricket: High stakes and a great game

first_imgOnce the drama of the IPL auction fades out, all eyes will be on the 2011 World Cup. Here’s what lies ahead for cricket’s greatest contestIt is only appropriate that on the day after the IPL auction in Bangalore crowded out all other news from television channels, we take note of cricket’s biggest slugfest returning to the sub-continent after a 15-year hiatus. With 39 days remaining for the curtains to go up on the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup in Dhaka on February 17, the game’s greatest show will be played out in its biggest market.Consider the action that is set to take off: 14 teams slugging it out in 49 day-night matches spread over 45 days across 13 venues. You can’t have a more tempting recipe for undiluted fun, with enough temptations to send die-hard fans into a high state of excitement and get even the not-so-sports-inclined to jump on to the World Cup bandwagon. Get set for the biggest, longest and most varied cricket tournament ever.India co-hosted the World Cup in 1987 and then in 1996, but those were different times.The craze for the game has since touched the sky, thanks partly to the Indian Premier League (IPL) that has given a huge boost to the popular interest in the game (though the connoisseurs of the game would vehemently disagree), and the stakes involved have shot through the roof.Then, there is the biggest point of interest for Indian fans: Sachin Tendulkar. Most probably the maestro will be playing his last World Cup – he will be just about two months short of 38 years when the tournament kicks off – so the burden of expectations will he heavy on his overworked and overstretched shoulders. Another man under close scrutiny will be Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the master of cool who is expected to be retained as captain. He is known to maintain his composure in the most trying and tense match situations, but playing in front of home crowds prone to emotional swings and overcoming the performance anxiety that is bound to overcome even the sturdiest during a tough-as-nails competition is a different matter altogether.advertisementAdd a bit of history – no home team has won the World Cup in the championship’s 35-year history – and you can imagine the pressure on co-hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. India will play five of their six league matches on home turf and their lone face-off outside home will be the tournament opener against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.It’s not just the participating teams that will be under close scrutiny. The tournament will be the acid test for the security agencies of the three host nations. With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) deciding to rely on the Indian forces to provide security, and not hire private security like it was done for the IPL’s 2008 and 2010 editions, it will be a Himalayan challenge for the men in uniform to ensure an incident-free World Cup.Pakistan was to be the fourth joint host, but after the near-fatal attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2008, and the subse-quent violent incidents inside Pakistan, the ICC was compelled to take hosting rights away from the troubled country.Security issues confronted the 1996 World Cup as well, thanks to Sri Lanka’s war against the Tamil Tigers. The West Indies and Australian refused to travel to Sri Lanka because of the volatile political situation in the Emerald Isle, despite being offered the luxury of playing in an empty stadium sealed by security forces.With the LTTE problem having been resolved, Sri Lanka will be trouble-free this time around. But nothing can be taken for granted as certain militant organisations have already announced that they would disrupt the World Cup. The security agencies have taken note of the threat perception and are planning accordingly, said Delhi’s joint commissioner of police (northern range) Karnail Singh. The Ferozeshah Kotla, which will host four matches, comes within the northern range.Tournament director Ratnakar Shetty said the security issue was a sensitive one. “We don’t discuss such issues,” he said. But the venues are leaving nothing to chance to ensure the smooth conduct of matches. The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), for instance, has included three retired top cops in its security committee to chalk out a detailed plan.”We will keep the threat perception in mind when providing security,” said Karnail Singh on Kotla. All things said, it is the on-field action that will get the crowds and the eyeballs. The Indian team is already being elevated as favourites, a tag that will only add to the load of expectations on the players.advertisementThe team is well settled, though the final 15 will be announced by January 19. The batting will be in the hands of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Tendulkar, Yusuf Pathan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma; the bowling attack is expected to be shared by Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh.It promises to be the most closely fought World Cup, with quite a few teams being the contenders for the winners’ cheque of $3 million (Rs 13.8 crore) and the losers’ for $1.5 million (Rs 6.9 crore)-the total prize money adds up to $10 million (Rs 46 crore). Australia, who will be chasing their fourth successive title, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and even Pakistan are the others that will fight hard for the honours. That will only heat up the action in the balmiest part of the sub-continental year.last_img read more

Green: Fans in US like to root against Warriors ‘because we beat all their teams’

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix fines Calvin Abueva for verbal spat with Ray Parks’ girlfriend Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green speaks during an NBA basketball media availability in Toronto, Friday, May 31, 2019. The Warriors take on Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. The Raptors lead the series 1-0. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Draymond Green isn’t shy to become the villain to opposing teams be it on the basketball floor or outside of it.Golden State’s brash forward was once fined $35,000 for his cryptic tweets “which impugned the integrity of NBA officiating” back in April, and he was also seen several times kicking the nether regions of his opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The only club the Warriors have yet to beat, though, are the Raptors.Toronto’s Game 1 win over Golden State marked the Warriors’ third straight win over the Warriors this season, two were in the regular season.Green, however, isn’t too bothered with the one-game deficit.“We know what it takes to win a championship, we don’t need to reach for any motivation,” said Green. “If winning a championship is not enough, you have other issues.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Just before Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Toronto, Green once again said some words that would raise eyebrows of practically anyone who watches the league.Green said he and his teammates feel everyone in the United States are against them in the finals because of what the Warriors did them in the past.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“People in the States are rooting against us because we beat all their teams, so it’s all good you know,” said Green during the Warriors’ press conference h/t to NBA on TNT.“When you’re at the top no one’s cheering for you to stay there, they want to see you fall. That’s kind of the mind of most human beings so it’s all good. Their team’s sitting at home with them.” View commentslast_img read more