JEFF SMITH Returns to Longform Fantasy with TÜKI SAVE THE HUMANS
Smith captained Durham to the County Championship crown in 2009, and was ever-present this year as they won the title again. He was Durham’s third highest scorer in the Championship with 786 runs, scored at an average of 30.23. Smith, 31, was released at the end of the season after eight years – and in total three Championship titles – at Chester-le-Street. Smith has also won the Championship with Nottinghamshire, back in 2005, and Hampshire manager Giles White is hoping to benefit from his experience. Challenge “Will Smith is an experienced batsman and a player we’ve followed for the last year or so,” Hampshire manager Giles White told BBC Radio. “He is a fine player at this level and fits what we are looking for next year. He is a quality fielder and has captaincy experience and that fits in with our young squad. “He will bat in the middle order. This is a fresh challenge for him, and hopefully he will come down here and find runs easy to come by.” Smith is Hampshire’s third new signing for next season, following Matt Coles, signed from Kent, and another former Durham man in fast bowler Ruel Braithwaite. White says his priority now is to find an overseas player – and he wants a bowler. “An overseas player is probably the main position left at filling now and we will opt for a bowler and try and find the best one available.” The club has also confirmed that young batsman Sean Terry – son of Hampshire great Paul – has been given a new two-year contract. But Adam Rouse, Jack Sheppard, Michael Roberts and Jake George have all been released and medium pace bowler Hamza Riazuddin has decided to retire from the game at the age of 23. Post Comment
Smith candidate for Hampshire captaincy
Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams is unsure whether he will continue in the role for next season and Smith, who captained Durham to the 2009 Championship title, could be in line to replace him. Smith, a 30-year-old right-hander, also captained Durham University and is one of a number of candidates that could replace Adams if he steps aside after two years in the role. “No doubt I’ll sit down and see what’s best for the club,” Adams told the Southern Daily Echo. “There’s a part of captaincy that I find great and other parts that are tough.” Left-arm quick bowler James Tomlinson and allrounder Sean Ervine are also potential replacements, along with Australia’s T20 captain George Bailey , who is keen to return to Hampshire for a full season in 2014. Smith led Durham to their second consecutive County Championship title in 2009, his only season as captain, following his excellent year with the bat in 2008. He averaged 51.38 as Durham claimed their maiden title. But he has since failed to match that figure and despite playing 16 matches this year, a return of 786 runs at 30.23 wasn’t deemed good enough to earn a new deal. But Hampshire were quick to add him to a squad that is being refreshed following two lean years in first-class cricket. Smith has scored over 6000 first-class runs and will be a familiar face to many at the Ageas Bowl having played for British Universities with Adams and alongside Neil McKenzie and Ruel Brathwaite at Durham. Brathwaite, Smith and allrounder Matt Coles have all recently signed contracts with Hampshire. “I’m delighted to sign with Hampshire and really excited by the opportunity to represent a club for whom I have the upmost respect,” Smith said. “The Royals possess an immensely gifted squad of cricketers, which I am over the moon to now be a part of and looking forward to the team pursuit of winning some silverware in 2014.” Hampshire manager Giles White added: “We are looking forward to welcoming Will and his family to the club. Alongside his batting and fielding he brings a wealth of experience, having played his part in a number of championship winning sides.” Hampshire have also awarded promising young batsman Sean Terry with a full contract for two seasons. Terry, 22, has enjoyed a productive year for Hampshire second XI and also hit two half-centuries in the Championship in September. ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Will Smith and ‘After Earth’: Minor speedbump or major misstep?
Once hes injured with broken legs, hes left helpless at the ships controls while his son battles danger. Audiences expecting to see Will Smith kick some alien ass had to settle for him literally guiding his son through the motions an unfortunate metaphor for the Smiths professional relationship that critics have been only too happy to poke . But this was still a $130 million bet on Will Smith, who came up with the idea for the potential franchise-starter, recruited a director with a number of recent misfires in M. Night Shyamalan, and anointed his son as the films leading man. What remains to be seen is whether After Earth is a mere speed bump like Smiths own Wild Wild West or is it something with a lasting stench, like John Travoltas Scientology vanity project, Battlefield Earth . That After Earth arrives soon after Smith acknowledged turning down the title role in Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained doesnt make a strong case for Smiths choices of late, but his reliance on patterns of past performance to guide his career might be slightly overstated by the media. His resume demonstrates he has an appreciation for four-quadrant data, but they arent his only criteria. After all, this is the same actor who made Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness remarkable by the sheer magnitude of his personality and ability. And although he supposedly has new installments in the works for some of his most popular franchises, including another Men in Black , hes also slated to anchor Focus, a con artist movie from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, and is attached to star in the Hurricane Katrina drama, American Can, for Edward Zwick. Neither will likely require sequels or battling aliens. But its also possible that Smiths winning formula needs to be adjusted.At 44, Smith doesnt yet need to retreat from the action-oriented films that made him famous, but he might want to seek out more auteuristic directors who appreciate his fame and know how it can be manipulated in new and different ways. Seventeen years after Independence Day, Smith still lacks a real actor/director partnership like Johnny Depp has with Tim Burton and Leonardo DiCaprio has with Martin Scorsese and the only directors hes worked with more than once are Men in Blacks Barry Sonnenfeld, Bad Boyss Michael Bay, and Gabriele Muccino, who helmed Happyness and Seven Pounds.
So I got to weed them down, and it was a very difficult process. There are just so many good cartoonists now. It’s really struggling. And they’re so young. That was a really wonderful project and I was really happy to be part of that. That’s coming out sometime in October. The other project is, I think, coming out in October, which is the IDW Bone Artist’s Edition, which is going to do the whole “Cow Race” story arc in the original art pages, in the original size and everything. I mean, if you know what the artist’s editions are, you know. But they’re one of my favorite things happening in comics right now. CREDIT: Jeff Smith Nrama: Those don’t have commentary, do they? Just the art? Smith: Yeah, just the original art. Nrama: So you see all your notes and white out marks. Smith: Yeah well, yes, white outs, where you set your coffee cup down, there’s a little ring.