Which bowler holds the record for the most wickets in a single Test match?

The bowler who still holds the record for the most wickets in a single Test match is former Surrey right-arm off-break bowler James ‘Jim’ Laker. During the fourth Test of the Australia tour of England at Old Trafford, Manchester in July, 1956, Laker took nineteen of a possible twenty wickets to finish the match with figures of 68-27-90-19.

England, captained by Peter May, won the toss and elected to bat, compiling a total of 459 all out in the first innings. In reply, Australia managed just 84 all out, with only openers Colin McDonald (32) and Jim Burke (22) reaching double figures. The wickets of all bar Burke, who was caught by Colin Cowdrey off the bowling off Laker’s Surrey team-mate Tony Lock, fell to Laker. Indeed, Laker skittled out the last seven Australian batsmen for eight runs in 22 balls to finish the innings with figures of 16.4-4-37-9.

England enforced the follow-on and, in a rain-interrupted second innings, Australia reached 84-2 by the start of the final day. However, from 114-2, Australia collapsed to 205 all out, with Laker taking all ten wickets. Reflecting on his performance, Laker said later, ‘Odd as it may seem now, I did not even consider the possibility of taking all ten wickets. How could I when Tony [Lock] was fizzing the ball through against nine, ten and jack with venomous lift and spin?’ Take all ten wickets he did, though, recording scarcely believable second innings figures of 51.2-23-53-10 to give England victory in what will be forever known as ‘Laker’s Match’ by an innings and 170 runs.

Where, and when, did Deontay Wilder make his professional boxing debut?

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on October 22, 1985, Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder was a relative latecomer to the sport of boxing, having his first fight, as an amateur, in October, 2005, just shy of his twentieth birthday. Nevertheless, Wilder was picked to represent Team America at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and won a bronze medal in the heavyweight division after losing to Italian Clemente Russo – who had beaten Oleksandr Usyk in his quarter-final – in the semi-final.

At a height of 6’7″, with a reach of 83″, Wilder was predicted to make his mark on the heavyweight division as and when he turned professional and he wasted little time in doing so. In fact, he made his professional debut at the Vanderbilt University Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tennessee on November 15, 2008, just 85 days after his Olympic semi-final. His opponent on that occasion was unheralded countryman Ethan Cox, whom Wilder knocked down three times in the second round before referee Anthony Bryant waved an end to the contest.

Wilder has, indeed, scaled the heights that seemed likely early in his career. He won the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight title with a unanimous points decision over Bermane Stiverne at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada in January, 2015 and would go on to make ten successful defences. He drew his first fight with Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California in December, 2018 and, while he lost the rematch, by seventh-round knockout, and the trilogy fight, by eleventh-round knockout, he remains a highly marketable heavyweight.

Indeed, Wilder returned to action with a first-round knockout of Robert Helenius in a WBC title eliminator at Barclays Center, New York City in October, 2022 to give himself a range of options. A final eliminator against former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. is one possibility, although Wilder appears to have his sights set on another former champion, Anthony Joshua.

Who was the first athlete to break three minutes and 27 seconds for the 1,500 metres outdoors?

In short, the first athlete to break three minutes and 27 seconds for the 1,500 metres outdoors was Moroccan middle-distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj. On July 14, 1998, at the so-called Golden Gala – which, at the time, was the second in a annual series of outdoor track and field meetings, known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Golden League – at Stadio Olympico, Rome, El Guerrouj ran the 1,500 metres in 3:26.00.

In a nigh on perfect race, Kenyan pacemaker Robert Kibet took the field through two laps in 1:50.8, half a second or so ahead of world record schedule, and countryman Noeh Ngeny led El Guerrouj through 1200 metres. Heading down the back straight for the last time, El Guerrouj, who had been ‘supremely relaxed’ up to that point, kicked for home and came home in splendid isolation, 50 metres ahead of a world-class field. Confusion reigned, albeit briefly, when the trackside clock failed to stop, but it was soon clarified that El Guerrouj had not only beaten, but smashed, the previous world record, 3:27.37, set by Algerian Noureddine Morceli in Nice, France three years earlier.

His confidence burgeoning, El Guerrouj said afterwards, ‘My dream is to run 3:24. I hope to do it before this season is out; if not, God willing, I will be back to do it here next year.’ Of course, he didn’t and he wasn’t, but the world record he set in Rome still stands, 25 years later. El Guerrouj also paid homage to his boyhood hero, countryman Said Aouita, and the previous world record holder, saying, ‘Before it was Aouita’s time, then it was Morceli’s, now it is Hicham’s time. We are all Moslems, all brothers.’

What is the record high score on a par-4 hole on the PGA Tour?

It is worth noting that, while the PGA Tour was founded in 1929, recording hole-by-hole scores did not become a matter of course until 1983. Nevertheless, the record high score on a par-4 hole was 16, achieved by Korean American professional Kevin Na on the 474-yard ninth hole on The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio during the 2011 Texas.

On April, 2014, during the first round, Na drove into the trees on the right of the ninth and, having deemed his ball unplayable, took a stroke and distance penalty and returned to the tee. Lo and behold, his second attempt landed in almost identical spot, 10 yards into the trees, albeit in a barely playable, stony lie. Playing four, Na moved his next shot less than six feet and, to add insult to injury, his ball richoted off a tree and struck him, costing hime a further penalty stroke.

Another unplayable lie cost him yet another penalty stroke, his seventh shot again richoted around in the trees and his eighth, a left-handed air shot, was followed by four more fruitless attempts before he finally made solid contact. When he did, he moved his ball fully 48yards, albeit into primary rough, after 13 shots, alhtough caddie Kenny Harms confessed, ‘I have no idea what you have’, on the walk to the green. Following review, it turned out that an approach shot, plus two putts – including a missable five-footer – made a 12-over-par total of 16 strokes or, in other words, a duodecuple bogey.

Na later joked, ‘…maybe I should give it a fist pump when I made that five-footer; it could have been a 17.’ Certainly his record high score did not adversely affect career because, on October 2, 2011, he won his first PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas with a record low 72-hole total of 261 (23 under par).