(REUTERS) – Australia cricketers have demanded a review of performance-related pay for contracted players who stand to take another financial hit after an under-strength one-day international team was defeated by New Zealand last week.Selectors have rested top players for one-day series to cope with the demands of the packed international schedule and without the team’s best batsman David Warner, the tourists lost 2-0 to New Zealand.Frontline pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were also rested from the one-day series in South Africa in November and the depleted side were whitewashed 5-0 by the hosts.With compensation burnished by performance bonuses for winning series, Australia’s cricketers can find their pay packets diminished when teammates are rested due to overlaps in the schedule.Australia could also lose their world number one ranking in one-day cricket if South Africa defeat Sri Lanka in the last two matches of their series this week, meaning another potential hit for players who can receive further bonuses when the team holds the top ranking across the three formats.Players, who have been negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with governing body Cricket Australia, said the performance-based system needed to be revisited.“The performance pool was agreed in the last MOU negotiation but now we have a system that needs to be reviewed,” Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Alistair Nicholson said.“There is a situation when this model is combined with the overlapping of the schedule and having players rested, it will need revisiting in the MOU negotiations.“The ACA will be exploring both the schedule and the performance pool as part of the current discussions.”Cricket Australia declined to comment but has described the global scheduling regime as “difficult” and said it wants less international cricket rather than more.Australia’s Twenty20 side for the series against Sri Lanka starting February 17 will be without a number of key players who will be touring India for the Test series.Warner, captain Steve Smith, Starc, Hazlewood and batsman Usman Khawaja will all be in India preparing for the first Test in Pune from February 23.The proliferation of limited overs series with little context or meaning has been criticised by former players and pundits.World governing body, the International Cricket Council, proposed a radical shake-up of international scheduling at its meeting in Dubai last week which would provide more contests for cricket’s three formats from 2019 onwards.
Here are this weekend’s picks as Drew Forrester and Luke Jones will pick every NFL game as well as local college football contests.Drew Forrester is 87-44 after finishing 9-5 last week while Luke Jones is 87-44 after a 9-5 record in Week 9. Both are 0-1 this week after incorrectly picking San Diego to defeat Oakland on Thursday night (the loss is already included in the aforementioned records). Official standings are only kept based on the NFL picks.Ravens at Seahawks: Baltimore 34-10 (Drew), Baltimore 23-13 (Luke)Steelers at Bengals: Cincinnati 20-17 (Drew), Pittsburgh 20-14 (Luke)Broncos at Chiefs: Kansas City 28-19 (Drew), Kansas City 24-20 (Luke)Jaguars at Colts: Indianapolis 13-9 (Drew), Indianapolis 13-10 (Luke)Bills at Cowboys: Buffalo 27-20 (Drew), Dallas 23-20 (Luke)Texans at Buccaneers: Tampa Bay 24-20 (Drew), Houston 24-23 (Luke)Titans at Panthers: Carolina 24-17 (Drew), Carolina 21-16 (Luke)Redskins at Dolphins: Miami 17-16 (Drew), Miami 17-13 (Luke)Saints at Falcons: New Orleans 27-24 (Drew), New Orleans 27-21 (Luke)Lions at Bears: Chicago 27-20 (Drew), Chicago 20-17 (Luke)Rams at Browns: Cleveland 17-10 (Drew), Cleveland 16-10 (Luke)Cardinals at Eagles: Philadelphia 37-7 (Drew), Philadelphia 27-13 (Luke)Giants at 49ers: New York 24-21 OT (Drew), San Francisco 24-17 (Luke)Patriots at Jets: New England 28-24 (Drew), New England 25-20 (Luke)Vikings at Packers: Green Bay 36-24 (Drew), Green Bay 31-17 (Luke)Maryland at Notre Dame: Fighting Irish 34-20 (Drew), Fighting Irish 27-14 (Luke)New Hampshire at Towson: Tigers 26-23 (Drew), Tigers 24-17 (Luke)Navy at SMU: Mustangs 30-20 (Drew), Mustangs 21-14 (Luke)Norfolk State at Morgan State: Spartans 35-10 (Drew), Spartans 24-20 (Luke)
Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/10/32/cristiano-ronaldo-sir-alex-ferguson_11tf7u6p2luog1eshuof39zate.jpg?t=1971911476&w=500&quality=80 “I left the dressing room and went to the other dressing room with him, along with an interpreter. He showed his interest, we talked, and obviously I was very happy. “Knowing that I was a young man and feeling that everyone wanted me on their team, that for me was an emotional moment.””The Making Of” is a docu-series that focuses on the pivotal moments of Ronaldo’s career. The series also includes documentaries on Neymar and Jose Mourinho. You can watch the full series exclusively on DAZN in both the United States and in Canada. DAZN https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/8c/d7/cristiano-ronaldo-the-making-of_6e90ywwdqutv1njzcbjwbuyrr.jpg?t=1968812428&w=500&quality=80 “To score wasn’t important, honestly. If I had scored, maybe there would have been 100 teams after me. Since I didn’t score, there were only 50 teams! I think the most important thing was to play well and help my team win. Even without a goal the interest was very high.”I have to say, and it’s true, Manchester [United] were already interested in me before the game. The game was like the icing on the cake. I played well, I shone in the game and this aroused even more interest. “After the game I felt I had nothing left to prove to anyone. Every club knew after that game that if they bet on me, they would win.”The Juve forward also revealed how Ferguson spoke to him in the United dressing room after the game and how that helped convince the teenager that a switch to Old Trafford was the right move.”It was just after the game,” he revealed. “I remember that the game was over. There was a Sporting director who called me over and said that Ferguson wanted to talk to me. Cristiano Ronaldo has reflected on the famous match in which he starred for Sporting against Manchester United, with his performance in that game ultimately sealing his move to Old Trafford amid interest from numerous other clubs.The 18-year-old had already generated plenty of interest from across Europe when Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils arrived in Portugal for a pre-season friendly in 2003, but it was in that 3-1 home win that he truly demonstrated his potential. “I was motivated, I was happy and I knew that if I played well it would generate even more interest, not only from Manchester [United], but from other clubs as well because I was being watched. “I felt that many teams came to watch me and of course watch Sporting too. The game went really well for me. “I try to take all big challenges as a big test. Not anymore, but when I was younger, it was always a big challenge. Obviously, with maturity, you’re able to control your emotions but I knew it was an important step in my career. “There were a lot of clubs interested in me at the time. I always had my feet on the ground and I knew that my future would be in football, that I would be a professional footballer and my life would be around football. “I was taking it step by step. This time it was about playing, enjoying the game, playing against Manchester [United], a great team, doing my best, trying to play an excellent game and obviously things went well. “The before and after… I didn’t think about it. I was just thinking about the moment and enjoying the game.”Ronaldo, now with Juventus having won numerous titles with both Real Madrid and Manchester United prior to his switch to Serie A, failed to hit the net against the Red Devils that day in 2003 and he suggested 100 teams would have wanted him had he scored.”Obviously, I think you always change,” he said. “I was more of a dribbler back then, I wasn’t as direct as I am now and in recent years. I was a talented dribbler and I used to like assisting. Obviously with time and experience I’ve changed and, I believe, for the better. And Ronaldo has revealed how nervous he was before the game, knowing that he had to make a big impression as he was aware of the interest that was being shown in him from numerous clubs.”It was the first game in the new Sporting stadium. I remember it perfectly, as if it were today,” Ronaldo told DAZN, in its docu-series “The Making Of.” Watch “The Making Of” docu-series on Ronaldo exclusively on DAZN: Stream in the U.S. | In Canada”I was happy. I was going to play against one of the best teams in the world and the game was spectacular.”I mentioned to my friends at the Sporting academy that I would play against Manchester and that I was a bit nervous. Nervousness is a part of being a football player, in big games. “I’m always nervous because I always want to play well and do the best I can for my team and nervousness always plays a part. But when you’re nervous and focused, things usually work out better.
Basketball players of Brooklyn Nets celebrated the 5th victory in the last 6 games of the NBA League.The Nets beat the Sacramento Kings with the result of 104:89.Bosnian basketball player in the local team jersey, Mirza Teletovic, scored 9 points, with 4 jumps and 3 assists in 18 minutes.The most efficient players for the Nets were Marc Thornton, with 27 points and Joe Johnson with 18 points. On the other side, the most efficient player of the Kings was Damarcus Cousins, with 27 points and 20 jumps.(Source: Fena)