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Gene Stephenson knew the end was near when he got on the phone with Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey, one of his best players during 36 years as baseball coach at Wichita State. The two of them chatted for a bit Monday night, and Pelfrey came away disgusted that his mentor and friend was being forced out as the leader of a program Stephenson built from the ground up. "He deserves to go out on his own terms. Forcing him out is not right at all," Pelfrey said before Tuesday nights game against the Kansas City Royals. "I dont like the way they handled it." On Tuesday, Stephensons fate was sealed: He was officially fired after leading the Shockers back to the NCAA tournament this season and with a year left on his contract. "I remember watching video of that place when he got there and it was nothing," Pelfrey said. "I grew up in Wichita and that was the place to be and the place to go. When you think of Wichita State, you think of Gene Stephenson. To hear that they are turning their back on him is shameful. "This guy is a legend and I dont agree with it. Its not right at all." Stephenson won more games during his tenure than any other Division I program, and his career record of 1,837-675-3 leaves him with the second-most victories among major college coaches. Along with Pelfrey, he produced major leaguers such as Joe Carter and Casey Blake, and helped to deliver the schools only national championship during the 1989 season. "We have reached a decision to go a different direction with the leadership of our baseball program," athletic director Eric Sexton said in a statement. "Following an evaluation of the program as a whole and a presentation of the options, the decision became clear that this is the proper time to move into a new phase of Shocker baseball." Sexton had met with the 67-year-old Stephenson on Monday and reportedly gave him an ultimatum to either resign or be fired. Stephenson met briefly with reporters at Eck Stadium on Tuesday and said he had been forced out in what was evidently anything but an amicable split. "I am sorely disappointed about the way this went down," Stephenson said. "I dont think it was handled properly, but its not up for me to decide. We gave 36 years of our very best here." They were 36 years unlike the program had ever known. Wichita State scuffled along for more than two decades before disbanding the program after the 1970 season. When the school decided to restart it in 1977, administrators looked toward the recruiting co-ordinator and hitting coach at powerhouse Oklahoma to put everything together. Stephenson only needed three years -- and the signing of Carter, a three-time All-American -- to get Wichita State to the NCAA tournament for the first time. Two years later, the Shockers played in their first College World Series, losing to Miami in the national championship game. The school won 73 games that year, setting an NCAA record for a single season. Wichita State would ultimately win 20 conference championships and make 28 appearances in the NCAA tournament under Stephenson, and make seven trips to the College World Series. The Shockers reached the pinnacle of college baseball by defeating Texas in the 1989 national championship game. The program had slid over the past couple of season, though, and needed to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009 this season. The Shockers were beaten by Arkansas and regional champion Kansas State last weekend. Stephenson said that he hopes to continue coaching, though hes not sure where. He also spent several minutes thanking his former players, coaches and staff during an emotional farewell. Sexton said that pitching coach Brent Kemnitz, who is under contract through 2014, will take over on an interim basis but will not be considered for the full-time job. Sexton said that a national search for the next coach will begin immediately. "We thank Coach Stephenson for his years of service," Sexton said, "and the efforts he has made in his lifes work building this program from the beginning." Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping . -- Ohio States Urban Meyer has never had any issue acclimating to the biggest stages in college football. Cheap Football Jerseys . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. 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That matched the overall Test record of eight left-handers in one team, by West Indies in two Tests during 2000: in Georgetown in May they included Jimmy Adams, Curtly Ambrose, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, Adrian Griffith, Wavell Hinds, Ridley Jacobs and Nixon McLean; in August, at The Oval, Brian Lara and Mahendra Nagamootoo replaced Chanderpaul and Gayle.Who holds the record for the most runs and centuries in Tests at Eden Gardens? asked Vishal Patel from India Sachin Tendulkar has played the most Tests in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) with 13, but his aggregate of 872 runs there put him only third on that list. On top is VVS Laxman, who made 1217 runs at Eden Gardens, at an average of 110.63. Laxmans tally included five centuries, equalling the mark set by Mohammad Azharuddin in only seven games there. Laxman played ten Tests on the ground, Rahul Dravid and Vijay Manjrekar nine, while Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Gundappa Viswanath all made eight appearances there. Dravid (962) also eclipsed Tendulkar for runs on the ground; Azharuddin made 860. Among visitors, the West Indian Rohan Kanhai scored the most runs with 346. Younis Khan is next with 297, and is one of four visiting batsmen to make two centuries at Eden Gardens, along with Hashim Amla, Gary Kirsten and Everton Weekes.Which outfielder was the fastest to 100 catches in Tests? asked Jason Clarke from England Its no great surprise to find one of the greatest of all slip fielders leading the way here. Australias Bob Simpson clocked up a century of catches in only 54 Tests - although it took him almost 20 years to do it, as he originally retired in 1967-68 with 99 in 52 matches, and catch No. 100 came against India in Perth ten years later, in the second match of his dramatic recall to captain Australia after the mass defections to World Series Cricket. Ross Taylor of New Zealand took his 100th catch in his 60th Test, while Stephen Fleming took 68 matches; both Chappell brothers - Ian and Greg - got there in 69. Altogether 26 outfielders have reached 100 catches in fewer than 100 matches.Whats the most centuries that have been scored in one Test match? asked AK Srivastava from India There have been two Test matches that featured a total of eight individual centuries - and you probably wont be too surprised to discover that both matches were drawn! The first one was in Antigua in April 2005, when AB de Villiers (114), Graeme Smith (126), Jacques Kallis (147) and Ashwell Prince (131) rreached three figures for South Africa, then Chris Gayle (317), Ramnaresh Sarwan (127), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (127) and Dwayne Bravo (107) followed suit as West Indies amassed 747.ddddddddddddThere were also eight centuries in the match in Galle in March 2013 - Kumar Sangakkara (142 and 105), Lahiru Thirimanne (155 not out), Dinesh Chandimal (116 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (126) for Sri Lanka, Mohammad Ashraful (190), Mushfiqur Rahim (200) and Nasir Hossain (100) for Bangladesh. There have been six further Tests that included seven individual centuries. Only one of them ended in a positive result: Australia (five tons) beat West Indies (two, both by Clyde Walcott) in Kingston in June 1955.At Hobart, Quinton de Kock made his fifth successive Test score of 50 or more. Whats the record, for any batsman and a wicketkeeper? asked Craig Manuel from South AfricaQuinton de Kock needs to add two more half-centuries in the third Test in Adelaide, which starts on Thursday, to equal the record set by the great West Indian Everton Weekes between 1947-48 and 1948-49, and subsequently equalled by Andy Flower (2000-01), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2006-07 to 2007-08), Kumar Sangakkara (2013-14 and 2014) and Chris Rogers (2014-15 and 2015). Flower kept wicket throughout his run, but Sangakkara had handed over the big gloves by the time of his sequence. Who has made the highest score in womens internationals, and who has the best bowling figures? asked Allan Alexander from the United States The first double-century in womens Tests was scored by New Zealands Kirsty Flavell, with 204 against England in Scarborough in 1996, and there have been five more since. The highest now is 242, by Kiran Baluch for Pakistan against West Indies in Karachi in 2003-04. The best bowling figures are 8 for 53, by the Indian slow left-armer Neetu David against England in Jamshedpur in 1995-96. There have been ten other cases of seven wickets in an innings, including 7 for 6 by Englands Mary Duggan and 7 for 7 by Betty Wilson of Australia in the same game, in Melbourne in 1957-58. There has also been one double-century in a womens one-day international, Belinda Clarks undefeated 229 for Australia v Denmark*in Mumbai in 1997-98. The best bowling figures in womens ODIs are 7 for 4, by the Pakistan offspinner Sajjida Shah against Japan in Amsterdam in July 2003. Japan were all out for 28, of which 20 were wides.And theres an update to last weeks question about players being stranded on 99 not out at the end of a day in a Test, by John Lynch from Vanuatu You said of the batsmen left on 99 overnight that in all 15 cases they reached three figures next morning. But actually Greg Chappell in Melbourne in 1979-80 had to wait out not just the night but also the whole of the rest day (and another potentially sleepless night) to complete his ton.Post your questions in the comments below*The team against whom Belinda Clark made her ODI double-century was incorrectly mentioned as India. Thanks to readers for pointing out the error. Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jersyes Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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