Daily Archives: March 7, 2016

Team Secret lifts Dota 2 Shanghai Major trophy

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Team Secret lifts Dota 2 Shanghai Major trophy

It was European dominance in another major eSports tournament as Team Secret defeated Team Liquid 3-1 in their first Dota 2 major win, highlighting the team’s dominance in professional Dota 2 circuits since half a year ago.

Starting relatively slow, Team Secret managed to take little bites into Liquid’s game as Secret captain Clement “Puppey” Ivanov playing a key role in the pick/ban stage. Before 20 minutes they were 6-0 up, and finished by 24-9 with a Tidehunter available for their brawls.

In the second game Liquid immediately equalized with a blitz comeback, already coming 5-1 at 11 minutes and making it a matter of attrition. But they made a mistake by trying a Tiny/Io combo in game 3, which allowed Secret to go agro early on.

Then, Liquid extended their picking problems to the fourth game by choosing a similar comp as the first game. it would be another exhibition of the problems they had then, as Secret prevented the carrying Chronosphere from multi-hero kills. A disappointing end to what could have been a better final.

Since their surprise loss to OG in Frankfurt, there were doubts about Secret’s performance after the team reformed in August after the International 5.

Those fears would be placed to rest in China, as they took down teams the likes of Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid, twice for the case of the latter. What is more, their sweet reprisal against OG would lampshade fears as they came second in their group to a surprising MVP Phoenix team.

They started relatively as a relatively humble team, too. Evil Geniuses were the team to beat after a streak of finals appearances while Chinese based EHOME dominated the local arena since the end of last year. Secret were far from being anyone’s favourites.

It was an all-European final as both teams fought well in a tournament marred by delays and scandals, including the dismissal of a commentator virtually mid-broadcast as well as a missing keyboard. Tournament sponsors Valve had since apologized on the Dota 2 official blog.

Tennis aces carry respective national teams in Davis Cup

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Tennis aces carry respective national teams in Davis Cup

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, two of the best players in the male’s tennis category have carried their respective national teams into the quarter finals of the Davis Cup.

Nevertheless, both did not enjoy smooth paths to victory; each player was forced into rubber games shy of five hours by their opponents. Djokovic even had a further disadvantage in the form of a shoulder injury.

In the match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushin, Djokovic managed 19 aces and 37 winnners but committed 94 unforced errors. He needed 4h hours and 57 minutes to complete the game at 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to pull Serbia level against Kazakhstan in Belgrade.

Viktor Troicki then finished the job for Serbia by beating Aleksandr Nedovyesov in straight sets, winning the game at 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4.

Meanwhile, Andy Murray took 4 hours and 55 minutes to edge past World No 6 Kei Nishikori by 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3. His victory allowed Great Britain, the defending Davis Cup Champions to proceed to the quarter finals with a 3-1 tie.

This was impressive as he arguably led his team ahead single-handedly, with Murray winning all of his three matches in three days. He had also taken a long break – this was his first event since the Australian Open and the birth of his first daughter Sophia.

But the rough demands of the game did not get to the World Number two, with Murray revealing a rare, mellow side of himself during the post-match interview.

“It’s Kim’s first Mother’s Day,” he said, “so it will be nice to get to see her this evening.”

“I’ll try to get back for bath time and to put her to sleep – the baby, not Kim.”

Peyton Manning retires, ends illustrious career at 39

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Peyton Manning retires, ends illustrious career at 39

After 18 years of NFL, five MVP awards and a second Super Bowl trophy with the Broncos, Peyton Manning will be hanging up his boots at the age of 39.

The quarterback made four Super Bowl trips, and will retire with a galore of honors, such as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539), passing yards (71,940) and quarterback wins (186, tied with Brett Favre).

Manning, who played his first 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, was a first-ballot Hall­ of­ Famer before spinal fusion surgery caused him to miss the 2011 season.

Transferring to the Broncos on a free agent in 2012, the Sheriff had the most prolific season of any quarterback in history in 2013. The Broncos, under his lead made two Super Bowl trips in Manning’s final three seasons. Manning would also follow in Elway’s footsteps, retiring as a Super Bowl winner.

However, his retirement comes after a season with under-fire performance from Manning. Nonetheless, the Denver Broncos team still managed to get by, trumping the Carolina Panthers by 24-10 at Super Bowl 50.

But as news of his retirement starts to spread, virtually every other personality from either the sports or entertainment world has come forward to acknowledge and pay tribute to one of NFL’s all-time greats.

Even his longtime-rival, New England Patriot’s Tom Brady tweeted to congratulate Manning on an incredible career and his honor to have played against the Sheriff, and to acknowledge the achievements man who had changed the NFL game.