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Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian former international cricketer and a former captain of the Indian national team. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, he is the highest run scorer of all time in International cricket. Tendulkar took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen, went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India internationally for close to twenty-four years, he is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International, the holder of the record for the most runs in both Test and ODI, the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket. He is colloquially known as Little Master or Master Blaster, In 2001, Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to complete 10,000 ODI runs in his 259 innings. In 2002, halfway through his career, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack ranked him the second greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman, the second greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards.

In his career, Tendulkar was a part of the Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup, his first win in six World Cup appearances for India. He had been named "Player of the Tournament" at the 2003 edition of the tournament, held in South Africa. In 2013, he was the only Indian cricketer included in an all-time Test World XI named to mark the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. Tendulkar received the Arjuna Award in 1994 for his outstanding sporting achievement, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1997, India's highest sporting honour, the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards in 1999 and 2008 India's fourth and second highest civilian awards. After a few hours of his final match on 16 November 2013, the Prime Minister's Office announced the decision to award him the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, he is the youngest recipient to date and the first sportsperson to receive the award. He won the 2010 Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the ICC awards.

In 2012, Tendulkar was nominated to the upper house of the Parliament of India. He was the first sportsperson and the first person without an aviation background to be awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force. In 2012, he was named an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia. In 2010, Time magazine included Sachin in its annual Time 100 list as one of the "Most Influential People in the World". In December 2012, Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs, he retired from Twenty20 cricket in October 2013 and subsequently retired from all forms of cricket on 16 November 2013 after playing his 200th Test match, against the West Indies in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Tendulkar played 664 international cricket matches in scoring 34,357 runs. In 2019, Tendulkar was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Tendulkar was born at Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar, Bombay on 24 April 1973 to a Maharashtrian Rajapur Saraswat Brahmin family, his father, Ramesh Tendulkar, was a well-known Marathi novelist & poet and his mother, worked in the insurance industry.

Ramesh named Tendulkar after Sachin Dev Burman. Tendulkar has three elder siblings: two half-brothers Nitin and Ajit, a half-sister Savita, they were Ramesh's children by his first wife. Tendulkar spent his formative years in the Sahitya Sahawas Cooperative Housing Society in Bandra; as a young boy, Tendulkar was considered a bully, picked up fights with new children in his school. He showed an interest in tennis, idolising John McEnroe. To help curb his mischievous and bullying tendencies, Ajit introduced the young Sachin to cricket in 1984, he introduced him to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach and a club cricketer of repute, at Shivaji Park, Dadar. In the first meeting, the young Sachin did not play his best. Ajit told Achrekar that he was feeling self-conscious due to the coach observing him, was not displaying his natural game. Ajit requested the coach to give him another chance at playing, but watch while hiding behind a tree; this time, Sachin unobserved, played much better and was accepted at Achrekar's academy.

Achrekar was impressed with Tendulkar's talent and advised him to shift his schooling to Sharadashram Vidyamandir High School, a school at Dadar which had a dominant cricket team and had produced many notable cricketers. Prior to this, Tendulkar had attended the Indian Education Society's New English School in Bandra, he was coached under the guidance of Achrekar at Shivaji Park in the mornings and evenings. Tendulkar would practice for hours on end in the nets. If he became exhausted, Achrekar would put a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, the bowler who dismissed Tendulkar would get the coin. If Tendulkar passed the whole session without getting dismissed, the coach would give him the coin. Tendulkar now considers the 13 coins he won as some of his most prized possessions, he moved in with his aunt and uncle, who lived near Shivaji Park, during this period, due to his hectic schedule. Meanwhile, at school, he developed a reputation as a child prodigy, he had become a common conversation point in local cricketing circles, where there were suggestions that he would become one of the greats.

Sachin featured in the school team in the Matunga Gujarati Seva Mandal Shield. Besides school cricket, he played club cricket representing John Bright Cricket Club in Bombay's premier club cricket tournament, the Kanga League, went on to play for the Cric

Borgo San Dalmazzo

Borgo San Dalmazzo is a comune in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 80 kilometres south of Turin and about 8 kilometres southwest of Cuneo. Borgo San Dalmazzo takes its name from Saint Dalmatius of Pavia. Sights include the parish church of San Dalmazzo. Borgo San Dalmazzo borders the following municipalities: Boves, Gaiola, Roccasparvera, Roccavione and Vignolo; the Nazi and Italian Social Republic regimes established and operated the Borgo San Dalmazzo concentration camp during the Second World War. At Borgo 375 Jewish Italians and 349 Jewish refugees from other countries were imprisoned and deported to Auschwitz and other Nazi extermination camps. Borgo San Dalmazzo is twinned with: Breil-sur-Roya, France La Vega, Dominican Republic Valdeblore, France Official website

Alain Arroyo

Alain Arroyo Martínez de la Cuadra is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Zamudio SD as a forward. Arroyo was born in Biscay. Starting out in amateur football in his native Basque Country, he scored the winning goal in the final of the 2005 UEFA Regions' Cup while playing for the Basque Country amateur team, subsequently signed for Deportivo Alavés B of Segunda División B, remaining in that level for the next six seasons representing Club Portugalete, Sestao River Club, SD Lemona, CD Guadalajara and CD Mirandés. In his second season with Mirandés, Arroyo scored a career-best 13 goals to help the Castille and León side gain promotion to Segunda División for the first time in their history, he played his first match in the competition on 17 August 2012, coming on as a substitute in a 0–1 home loss against SD Huesca, netted his first goal one month in a 2–2 draw at Real Murcia. On 5 June 2013, playing for a Biscay XI in a friendly against Athletic Bilbao, Arroyo scored the last goal at the San Mamés Stadium before it was torn down to make way for a new ground.

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The Diamond (Richmond, Virginia)

The Diamond is a baseball stadium located in Richmond, Virginia, USA, on Arthur Ashe Boulevard. It is the home of Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League and the Virginia Commonwealth University baseball team. From 1985 to 2008, it was the home of the Richmond Braves, the Triple-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Atlanta Braves; the Diamond seats 12,134 people for baseball. The Diamond replaced the demolished Parker Field, built in 1934, as part of the fair grounds. Parker Field had been converted for baseball in 1954. Parker Field housed the Braves from 1966 to 1984. In 2003, part of The Diamond's roof was destroyed by Hurricane Isabel, in 2004 a piece of a concrete beam the size of a football fell on the stands below, though no fans were injured; the Richmond Braves relocated to Georgia after the 2008 season. One factor in the franchise's decision to relocate was a failure to reach an agreement on building a new ballpark in Richmond. There was plan by a development group called the Richmond Baseball Initiative to build a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom near Main Street Station.

But in August 2009 the company that submitted this ballpark plan withdrew it. Under the plan, the Richmond Braves would have moved to the new stadium while the Diamond would become the sole home to Virginia Commonwealth University athletics. VCU Baseball shared the facility with the Braves for home games; the new team announced on October 2, 2009 that they were going to spend $1.5 million on renovations to the ballpark and the RMA gave an additional $75,000 for upgrades. On October 28, 2009, the Richmond Flying Squirrels started renovations on the Diamond, they tore out aluminum benches and started to replace them with 3,200 dark green seats with cup holders. There are now 6,200 seats in the lower level. A new larger sized store was built for the Squirrels. Extensive gutting and remodeling of the offices and new indoor batting cages are parts of the renovation plan as well. For 2011, the scoreboard was enhanced and two new party decks were built in the upper level. Ownership of The Diamond was transferred from the Richmond Metropolitan Authority to the city of Richmond in 2014.

Ahead of the 2020 season, in consultation with the San Francisco Giants and VCU Baseball, the Flying Squirrels are reducing outfield distances at the Diamond from 8 to 10 feet from left center field around to right center field. Exact distances are yet to be determined. Distances up the foul lines will remain the same; the venue hosted the 1987 and 1988 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournaments, won by East Carolina and George Mason, respectively. The ballpark hosted the 1992 Triple-A All-Star Game; the team of American League-affiliated All-Stars defeated the team of National League-affiliated All-Stars, 2–1. The Diamond hosted the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game before 9,560 fans, the largest crowd in the game's history; the ballpark is home to Virginia Commonwealth University's Rams baseball team. VCU hosts regional teams at the Diamond. List of NCAA Division I baseball venues Richmond Flying Squirrels The Diamond info The Diamond Views – Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues

Vladimir Steklov (actor)

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Steklov is a Soviet and Russian actor. He graduated from the Astrakhan School of Theatre in 1970 and acted in more than 50 movies during his career. In 1999 he underwent basic cosmonaut training in preparation for visiting the MIR space station as a commercial guest to work on a film, but his trip was canceled. Steklov has two children. Dead Souls as Petrushka Wild Pigeon as Kolya the "Gypsy" Plumbum, or The Dangerous Game as Lopatov The Prisoner of Château d'If as Bertuccio Gardemarines ahead! as Gusev My Best Friend, General Vasili, Son of Joseph Stalin as Vasili Josifovich Stalin The Inner Circle as Khrustalyev The Master and Margarita as Azazello Tycoon as Belyenkiy Konservy Yeltsin: Three Days in August as Pavel Sergeevich Grachov Gagarin: First in Space as Nikolai Kamanin Molodezhka as Ilya Romanovich Pakhomov Anyone but Them as Mayor Vladimir Steklov on IMDb

Matthias Pei Shangde

Matthias Pei Shangde was a Chinese Catholic prelate and Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Beijing from 1989 to 2001. Pei was born into a Catholic family in Zhuolu County, Hebei in 1918. At the age of 13, he entered the Congregatio Discipulorum Domini, founded by Archbishop Celso Benigno Luigi Costantini, he was ordained a priest on May 30, 1948. In 1950, he worked at Beijing Pharmaceutical Factory. During the Cultural Revolution, he was sentenced to ten years of labor reform, he was released in 1980. In 1989 he was secretly appointed and ordained Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Beijing; when he died, he had been under house arrest since April 2001. Police ordered his funeral to be low profile, with participation only from the village where he had lived