Former captain Mohammad Azharuddin explains why Indian bowling attack is lethal

first_imgAdvertisement yh7w9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0fqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E857ep( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2oczekkWould you ever consider trying this?😱kg9oCan your students do this? 🌚z7kRoller skating! Powered by Firework Before Sourav Ganguly’s Test debut, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin was Kolkata’s favourite son on the cricket ground. The iconic Eden Gardens has gifted him loads of good fortune and Azhar himself admitted that it felt special to be back at his favourite stadium for the historic Day-Night Test match against Bangladesh. The legendary batsman also heaped praise on India’s pace attack for their consistency both at home and away.Advertisement “It feels good to be back at the Eden which is one of my favourite grounds. It is a reunion of sorts as we have the likes of Kapil Dev here. Most happy to see Chandu Borde who had a big role to play in me playing for the country,” he said.Advertisement He was then asked to comment on the current Indian bowling attack which rattled the Bangladesh batting line-up in just 30 overs itself on the first day, and Azhar said,“This Indian pace attack is deadly and also the best in the world because they have been doing well consistently both at home and on away soil”Advertisement As usual, Azhar was also questioned whether pink ball cricket is the future to which he replied,“Whether the pink ball is the future or not I cannot say. There are a lot of factors that have to be kept in mind, especially the dew. But if you wish to play Day-Night Tests, you have to do that consistently and cannot do it one-off.”Read Also:Virat Kohli: Pink ball favours swing bowlingVirat Kohli: Any opposition, any kind of pitch – we can pick up 20 wickets!BCCI official: Pink Ball made to measure for aiding reverse swing!Sourav Ganguly reveals first 4 days of D/N Test has been sold out Advertisementlast_img read more

Cowgirls Unanimous Favorites to Win 2018 Southland Softball Season

first_imgCoaches and SIDs Poll (first place votes) For the first time in 30 years, eight teams will compete at the Southland Conference Softball Tournament. McNeese will host the 2018 tournament May 8-11 at Cowgirl Diamond. T2. Nicholls 205 T8. Stephen F. Austin 105 FRISCO, Texas – McNeese is the unanimous favorite to win the 2018 Southland Conference softball regular season, according to the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The conference announced the preseason poll Wednesday. The Cowgirls swept all possible first-place votes for the second consecutive season. The preseason poll is voted on by head coaches and SIDs from each Southland softball school. Voting for one’s own team is not permitted.After winning back-to-back Southland regular season and tournament championships in 2016 and 2017, McNeese vies to become the first three-peat Southland tournament champion in history and the first back-to-back-to-back regular season champion since Texas State accomplished the feat in 2008-10. The Cowgirls return three-time Southland Player of the Year Erika Piancastelli and six additional starters from a season ago. McNeese, along with Abilene Christian and Nicholls, placed five players on the preseason all-conference teams.The Wildcats and Colonels tied for second in the poll with 205 points. ACU garnered two first-place votes coming off a 2017 season where the Wildcats recorded a 20-7 Southland record and would have been the No. 2 seed in the Southland Conference Softball Tournament but were in their final year of transition to Division I. This is the Wildcats first season eligible for Southland and NCAA postseason tournaments. Nicholls made it to the Southland tournament championship in 2017 after finishing the league season 19-8 to claim the second seed.Lamar, who lost in a controversial ending at the National Invitational Softball Championship last season, is tabbed to place fourth, just 15 points outside of ACU and Nicholls.Central Arkansas, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State are predicted to finish fifth through seventh, respectively.Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin each received 105 points to split the eighth spot in the poll. Houston Baptist is picked to take 10th, UIW is predicted to finish 11th and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi rounds out the 12-team league.The 2018 season begins with McNeese taking the field with a doubleheader against Virginia on Feb. 8 in Lake Charles, La. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. CT. Sam Houston starts its season at 6 p.m. against Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. The remaining 10 league teams get their seasons going on Feb. 9. 6. Northwestern State 134 4. Lamar 190 5. Central Arkansas 145 T2. Abilene Christian (2) 205 7. Sam Houston State 126 T8. Southeastern Louisiana 105 1. McNeese (22) 242 12. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 34 11. UIW 42 10. Houston Baptist 51last_img read more

SANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION IN SUNDAY’S SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST FOR 10-RACE CARD IS AT 12 P.M.

first_imgSANTA ANITA GUARANTEES $2 MILLION IN SUNDAY’S SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST FOR 10-RACE CARD IS AT 12 P.M.$354,642 IN ‘NEW’ MONEY HELPS CREATE SATURDAY LIVE MONEY POOL OF $1.6 MILLION; 36 CONSOLATION TICKETS TODAY EACH WORTH $5,226 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2019)–With $354,642 in “new” money wagered into Saturday’s 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot contributing to a massive live money pool of $1,640,048, there was  again no single ticket winner, but a total of 36 consolation tickets were each worth $5,226.And, with a mandatory payout looming next Saturday, Feb. 2, Santa Anita will again guarantee $2 million in Sunday’s Rainbow Six Jackpot, which will commence with race five on a 10-race program.  Special early first post time for Sunday’s program is at 12 noon and admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Average field size in Sunday’s Rainbow Six stands at nine horses per race.  The featured $70,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, has been slotted as race eight and Peter Miller’s Conquest Tsunami, who will be ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite.        Approximate post time for Sunday’s fifth race is at 2:03 p.m. PT.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool or City may land Group of Death in Champions League

first_imgTOTTENHAM are the most likely English team to find themselves in the Group of Death at this season’s Champions League.The draw – which also includes Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City – takes place next Thursday in Monaco.44 Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side could be drawn in a Group of Death in the Champions LeagueCredit: AFP or licensorsHowever, despite finishing as runners-up last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are not placed in pot one, leaving them at greater risk of a nightmare draw.All the other English teams are in pot one.Teams from the same country cannot play each other.So from pot one, Spurs could face Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSG or Zenit St Petersburg.Coming up against Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Co would be the toughest task there.But it doesn’t get much easier.In pot three they could draw Inter Milan – boosted by the arrival of new manager Antonio Conte ex-Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku – and RB Leipzig from pot four.That is a brutal list of fixtures to get through just to make it through to the knockout rounds.Although it is unconfirmed, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Ajax and Benfica are all set to join Spurs in pot two.4Latest football newsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permit December 2019Group stage, matchday six – December 10/11Round of 16 draw, Nyon – December 16February 2020Round of 16, first leg – February 18/19 and 25/26March 2020Round of 16, second leg – March 10/11 and 17/18Quarter final and semi-final draw, Nyon – March 20April 2020Quarter finals, first leg – April 7/8Quarter finals, second leg – April 14/15Semi finals, first leg – April 28/29most read in sportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50’ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMay 2020Semi finals, second leg – May 5/6Final, Istanbul – May 30 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.The teams will then be split into four seeding pots.Pot 1 consists of the holders, Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.4 Liverpool fans saw Klopp lift the Champions League Trophy in MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyChampions League 2019/20 scheduleAugust 2019Play off round, first leg – August 20/21Play off round, second leg – August 27/28Group stage draw, Monaco – August 29September 2019Group stage, matchday one – September 17/18October 2019Group stage, matchday two – October 1/2Group stage, matchday three – October 22/23November 2019Group stage, matchday four – November 5/6Group stage, matchday five – November 26/27center_img Everything but pot one is official because there is still another round of qualifying play-off games to go.For Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City in pot one, their Group of Death would see them come up against Real Madrid, Inter Milan and RB Leipzig.Madrid have already spent big this summer, landing Eden Hazard for £150million.But they could add Neymar too, as they are trying to tie up a last-minute deal for the Brazil superstar.A best case scenario would see the English teams in pot one drawn in a group that includes Shakhtar Donetsk from pot two, Club Brugge from pot three and Genk from the final pot of teams.The draw will take place on Thursday, August 29, in the lavish surroundings of Monaco and will likely get started at 5pm UK time.You can watch all of the groups take shape on BT Sport.If you’re a BT customer, download the BT Sport app to watch wherever you are.Uefa will provide a free live stream on their official website.How does the draw work?last_img read more

“Ansu has given goals and solutions”

first_imgQuique Setién spoke in the press room as soon as he finished the game against Levante. These were his opinions. -The first part has been very complete but in the second they have had gaps. Why?I do not know exactly. The second part has been weird. We have become quite unfit. They favor a lot to move forward. But if you don’t finish the plays, they come back. It has players that play very well. Campaign, Rochina … And they have complicated us a lot. We must give credit to our first part. We have left behind very well. But we have to control their transitions more. We lost the ball a lot and we shouldn’t do it. We must clarify it.– With what has been seen this Sunday in the first part, does the team approach the idea you have in your head? There are many things, but perhaps that first part has been good because we have had continuity. We have the best goalkeeper in the world at the start of the ball. It has no blood it seems. We rehearsed that ball out and it worked. These players, shortly after explaining four things, you put it into practice.-What do you think of Ansu?-I think that Ansu is a boy that is emerging, that we all know that he has great potential and that you have to understand that you have to give him peace of mind and confidence to exploit what he has inside. Apart from the two goals, what I give credit is the work he has done in defense. He has worked hard. It has given us solutions.How do you rate the loss of Piqué?Someday it had to be. The loss of Piqué is always important but before these things you have to overcome and think that those who play for him can do very well.How is Vidal?He has a concussion and it is normal that I do not risk much with the players. We have a short squad and losing a player for longer should not do it.last_img read more

“The bigger the drama the more important the football”

first_imgLuis Landero Franklin Foer For Luis García Montero, there will not be any significant transformation either: “We are not going to get better out of everything that is happening, only with one more experience for generations that had not lived a reality like this.” “I suspect that just as some values ​​will tend to persist, so will our stupidities,” Sacheri reiterates illuminatingly. This look has a mirror in which it can be found. After the 2008 financial crisis, different in form, substance and cruelty compared to the current one, although under the same pattern of economic disgrace, the influx of spectators to the Primera stadiums practically grew season by season. The figures always exceeded ten million attendees and reached the 11 million mark in the worst years of the depression. Soccer represented an oxygen ball and consolidated its influence. “It is always a refuge for people,” says García Montero. “Few things evade as much as a game. The love of the game is always maintained,” says Vilas. As Bobby Charlton synthesized years ago in a question that did not need too many words: “What would we do without football, for heaven’s sake? “In a world like today, with no certainties to hold onto, soccer’s status and familiarity seem safe, as well as its comforting effects on society. “When we return to our normal activity, it may become more relevant than it was,” Valdano muses. “Because we would need fiction more than ever. Soccer is precisely to forget dramas. And if things have a certain sense of proportion, the bigger the drama, the more important football is. “ “We will look for what is close and soccer is familiar”center_img From this perspective, when the pandemic recedes, football appears to be returning to its place. Their ability to mobilize and monitor the population will not decline, according to the vision of the writers consulted. “He will once again become the social prodigy that he is, capable of putting thousands and thousands of people in a stadium and to gather millions in front of a television, “says García Montero.” Soccer and fear is an equation that does not work and now we see everything black. Actually, nothing fits with fear. But when this happens it will come back with force. Now we feel that something fundamental has been taken from us, such as a passion for color and a passion for sharing, and that is illustrative. Soccer will suffer like all shows, but it will continue to be a firm pillar for everyone “, Manuel Vilas determines. Even his condition as a mass phenomenon could be reinforced, as Franklin Foer says: “I am an Arsenal fan, and I first felt the weight of this disease when our coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus. I felt as if it had affected someone from My own family, so I think the passion for soccer will rise with this prolonged absence. We will appreciate what we missed during all this time. Communion with our teams will be a family bond. On returning to normality, we will seek to recover what is close, understand something of our old lives, and soccer is the familiar. I am eager for your return. I need to restore that calming part of life. “ When exploring the meaning and validity of the revealing phrase “soccer is the most important thing of the least important things”, one wonders what will happen once the state of normality is restored. Accustomed to monopolizing all the foci, the deep-rooted importance of soccer in society can be questioned, maintained or even accentuate its popularity among the people.“Soccer will continue being what it was. That was not changed by wars and not by an epidemic. There is a space in life for play that is little less than inviolable, “argues Luis Landero. This reasoning is reinforced by Eduardo Sacheri:” From the current juncture we tend to imagine a different future, but because we have a different present. In the future, our priorities, interests and shortcomings do not think they will be different from what they were until recently. “Jorge Valdano agrees with this perception. “Our relationship with football is not going to change anything in the essential, especially in the passionate. Its tremendous symbolic load will resist. We will continue to believe that our team is unique and that the others are not rivals but enemies. From that side I do not expect any revolution, “he says. Faced with messages that insist that the human being will not be the same after the coronavirus, he announces that” we are not going to leave this process changed. “” The human condition is what it is and in a few months we will return to the same reactions that have characterized us throughout life, “he adds. “It is a fantasy that we attend with childish eyes”last_img read more

Seventh title for Naggo Head

first_imgNaggo Head are the primary school champions for the seventh time after successfully defending their crown at the 36th INSPORTS Primary Schools Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday.The Portmore-based institution, coached by Floyd Coke, is now the second most successful team in the history of the competition behind 10-time champions Waterford after amassing 228 points.The defending champions entered the fourth and final day a point behind Black River Primary with 28 points, but moved to the top after Quaycian Davis took the Class Two girls 300 metres title in record fashion, capturing the gold in 42.69 seconds.In fact, the first three finishers all dipped below the 44.41 seconds set by Nataliah Whyte in 2008, with Davis upstaging pre-race favourite Somoi Russell of St Aloysius. Silver went to St John’s Assaneya Tomlin (42.89), while Russell copped the bronze in 43.67.LANE VIOLATIONMilton Luckain of Spanish Town Primary clocked 41.10 to smash Christopher Taylor’s 300m record of 41.81 in the Class Two boys 300m final, but was later disqualified for a lane violation. Ronaldo Reid of St Jude’s Primary, who also went below the old mark, clocking 41.30, was promoted to the gold, while Southborough’s Kemarrio Bygrave (41.93) got silver, and Matthew Curriah (42.21) pocketed the bronze. Luckain was rewarded, though, in the 200m after finishing second behind Yourie Lawrence of Naggo Head.Brianna Lyston of Southborough Primary broke the record in the Class One girls 100m final, clocking 12.47 seconds to better Sasha-Gaye Cunningham’s 2001 mark of 12.52. Shenequa Vassell (12.97) of Howard Cooke was second, while Yallahs’ Serena Cole was third in 13.12. Lyston completed the sprint double when she decimated the 200m field to win in 25.91 seconds, as Vassell was second in 27.47, followed by Alecia Williams (27.90) of Naggo Head.Top 10: 1. Naggo Head 228; 2. Southborough 117; 3. Rousseau 103; 4. St Richards 88; 5. Black River 84; 6. Lawrence Tavern 81; 7. Greater Portmore 74; 8. Harbour View 71; 9. Kensington 66; 10. Howard Cooke 52.last_img read more

Ateneo remains unblemished after dismantling UP

first_imgMOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ The Blue Eagles held fort at the first seed of Group A with a 3-0 card while the Fighting Maroons are still winless in the tournament.Ateneo used a strong fourth quarter and outscored the Fighting Maroons, 31-14, while also playing the stingiest of defenses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUP turned the ball over 18 times, eight of which were off steals for Ateneo, and shot 25-of-55 from the field.Part of UP’s struggles in the fourth was the Blue Eagles’ suffocating full-court press, and that kind of pressure defense was what Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin wanted from his players. Much-delayed World Cup stadium in Samara finally opens “Sometimes you won’t get the pressure from your opponents, UP played okay but they didn’t shoot the ball,” said Baldwin. “So if there’s no pressure from the opponent, the pressure’s going to come from the coaching staff.”Matt Nieto scored two straight baskets to give Ateneo a 92-62 lead with midway through the fourth and Anton Asistio followed it up with a three-pointer for the Blue Eagles’ 98-63 buffer with 2:19 left in the game.Asistio led Ateneo with 14 points while Raffy Verano added 11 points and six boards.Bright Akhuetie put up 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the winless Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo stayed spotless after a dominant 100-72 victory over University of the Philippines in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Phoenix Fuel Masters do ‘Bird Box’ challenge during team building for PBA Season 44

first_imgWarriors cruise past Knicks as Klay Thompson heats up with 7 3s Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MANILA, Philippines—Who would’ve thought that tying up a bunch of people and putting blindfolds on them would become a sensible team building activity? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phoenix did just the popular “Bird Box” challenge in an effort to build chemistry among its players during its team building activity at Belleview Tagaytay Highlands last weekend.READ: After failed playoff bid, Phoenix looking to play better, disciplined basketballThe Fuel Masters are preparing for the upcoming 2019 PBA season, which opens on Sunday.Taking inspiration from the Netflix original movie Bird Box, people put blindfolds on each other and try to find their way through any course.READ: Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender statusADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Fuel Masters also had ropes on their ankles that were tied to each other as tried to walk together with their blindfolds on. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ADVERTISEMENT In the hit film Bird Box, starring veteran actress Sandra Bullock, the characters have to cover their eyes to prevent them from looking at the entity that would inflict them with suicidal thoughts.READ: With bolstered roster, Phoenix confident it can at higher levelThe Fuel Masters didn’t have to deal with a creature that would force them to kill themselves but their version of it looked a lot of fun. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

Judge remind jury of responsibilities

first_imgPicture boy trial…closing arguments submitted As the third trial for double-murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier comes closer to its end, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry reminded the jury of their responsibilities in the trial while State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy and Defence Attorney Lyndon Amsterdam presented their closing address on Friday at the Demerara Assizes.Dead: Ray WalcottDead: Carl AndrewsCyon “Picture Boy” CollierIt is alleged Collier murdered two brothers, Ray Walcott, called ‘Sugar’, and his younger brother Carl Andrews, called ‘Alo’ in Victoria, East Coast Demerara, in 2006.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry reminded the 12-member jury that it was an offence to obstruct the course of justice, which is punishable by imprisonment, and urged the jury not to be in contact with any member of the family of the accused or others involved in the trial.Amsterdam, in his address refreshed the memory of the court that throughout the trial, there would have been “a long list” of discrepancies and conflicting stories among witnesses.Some of which he highlighted were issues of whether Collier was taken to the vehicle or underneath the house, or if the guys were drinking or not on the night of the killings.In addition to those ‘conflicting stories’ the defence counsel informed the jury that the accused has a presumption of innocence and it was up to the state to prove ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ that Collier had committed the act.He closed by urging the jury to uphold the standards of fairness and equality while keeping an open mind when assessing the matter.State Prosecutor Hardy also informed the jury of what is expected for the state to prove in order to meet the standard of proof. She indicated that it was her responsibility to prove that the death occurred within a day and a year and was a result of injuries inflicted by the accused while the accused would have the intention to kill or inflict bodily harm.She pointed out that she had proven those criteria by providing evidence to support her position. The post mortem report indicated that the brothers died of gunshot wounds and were buried less than a month after their death.She went on to say that witnesses identified Collier as the man who pointed and fired the fatal shots at the brothers. While it was impossible to read people’s minds, pointing a lethal weapon with ammunition therein could be presumed to be with intent.Hardy further informed the jury that they should not be sidetracked by facts suggesting mere procedural inquires such as what was the accused wearing or whether they were drinking but focus on key points like the brothers were shot and killed, persons who had known the accused for years identified him as the shooter and the accused was found with guns.Collier is accused of murdering the two brothers in Victoria Village, ECD on September 23, 2006.Reports are a group of young men were playing dominoes at the Victoria four-corner when the two brothers were allegedly shot by the accused who rode up on a motorcycle.The brothers were rushed to hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.The trial continues on Tuesday.last_img read more