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Windies Darren Bravo Credits Captaincy of T&T Red Force for his Development

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West Indies top order batsman Darren Bravo said it is about time the regional team get it right and deliver the goods. The West Indies batsman believes that being appointed captain of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in January aided in his development and his maturity as a cricketer. 

Speaking to the media on Sunday, the 31-year-old, who has so far made eight centuries in 54 Test matches, said even in the nets, he is trying not to get out and he is constantly challenging himself to lift his game and helping other players. The most recent example of his development came on Saturday when he made a stroke-filled 135 against New Zealand ‘A’ in their drawn match against the West Indies at the John Davies Oval at Queenstown. Bravo said the runs were not the most important thing about that innings, it was more about spending time out in the middle and getting to understanding the conditions. The maturity, he said, has developed after being given the opportunity to lead. “I am at a stage where I think I understand my game much more. I am more mature in the way I think, so we will see how it goes. I am excited about this series and I think it is about time I get the runs flowing once more,” he said. “I think captaining Trinidad and Tobago Red Force gave me that insight as to what it takes to be a leader. It helped me with my game and the way I see things. I enjoy the game a lot more now, so I am looking forward to the challenge.” The Test squad will remain in the southern island city for a four-day warm up match, starting Thursday just prior to the start of the first Test from December 3-7 at Seddon Park in Hamilton, and the second Test on December 11-15 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Before that, West Indies will face New Zealand in the first T20 International at Eden Park on Friday night.

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With Recent Trade of James Harden, Nets Looks like one of two best Teams in NBA

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It’s not often that an NBA team can add an MVP after the season starts.

When things got messy between James Harden and the Houston Rockets, the Brooklyn Nets were ready to pounce. When the Rockets were blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night and Harden said in his postgame news conference that he didn’t think Houston could be fixed, a trade was inevitable. Harden, the MVP in 2018, was sent to the Nets on Wednesday afternoon. The Nets already were one of the league’s most intriguing teams with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (when and if he returns to the Nets), and they just added a player who averaged 29.6 points per game over his nine Rockets seasons. It’s a fun move and the Nets are adding an undeniably talented star but does that make them a better team from a betting standpoint?

If you believe the shift in championship odds after the trade, the Nets are now one of the two best teams in the NBA. The team with the best odd is still the Los Angeles Lakers.

In results from the NBA last night: Clippers defeated the Pelicasns 111-106. Lakers defeated the Thunder 128-99. Trailblazers defeated the Kings 132-126. Bucks defeated the Pistons 110-101, while the Nets defeated the Knicks 116-109.

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Manchester United Remains Unbeaten in Last 14 Matches

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Manchester City extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches in all competitions with a hard-fought win over struggling Brighton.

Phil Foden grabbed the only goal just before half-time when he collected Kevin de Bruyne’s pass, created space and fired into the bottom corner. The hosts had chances to extend the lead, Riyad Mahrez shooting just wide, Ilkay Gundogan seeing an effort saved by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and Bernardo Silva hitting the crossbar. Most culpably, Raheem Sterling sent an injury-time penalty over the bar after Sanchez had fouled De Bruyne. Alexis Mac Allister had perhaps the Seagulls’ best chance to equalize but shot over the top. City’s fourth straight win in the league moved them up to third. Brighton, meanwhile, have now not won in nine league matches and are just two points ahead of 18th-placed Fulham, who have two games in hand.

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Steven Gardiner Now One of the Fastest Men in History!

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Steven Gardiner became one of the fastest men in history when he won the gold medal in the 400m at the World Championships in Doha last year.

The 25-year-old Bahamian crossed the finish line in 43.48s, the sixth-fastest time ever run over the distance. But while he dreams of one day breaking Wayde van Niekerk’s four-year-old world record of 43.03, he would prefer for it to come as a surprise. “I would say that is everybody’s dream! If I do set the world record, I want it to be a surprise,” Gardiner said in a recent interview with World Athletics. “I just want to go out, compete and then when I look at the clock, find that I’ve set a world record.” The soft-spoken Bahamian harbors hope to have a good year competing in 2021 culminating with another gold medal in Tokyo.

With most of the major meets cancelled or postponed during 2020, Gardiner said he spent much of the time focused on improving his speed, a potentially critical element in any attempt at a world record. “I had a lot of fun. During the pandemic, we decided to focus on the shorter sprints and leave competing again in the 400m to 2021.”

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