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Windies target execution for series-levelling win

first_img… Tropical wave threatensPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies will focus on their execution of plans as they go in search of a series-levelling win against power-house India but the passage of a strong tropical wave could ruin the crucial final One-Day International at Queen’s Park Oval here today.Weather authorities yesterday forecast strong winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms between 10:00hrs today and tomorrow afternoon – along with the possibility of flash flooding – putting in danger the contest set to bowl off at 09:30hrs (Eastern Caribbean time).The three-match series has been dogged by rain which forced a reduction of overs during the West Indies run chase in last Sunday’s second ODI, as the hosts fell to a 59-run defeat under Duckworth Lewis Stern.And heavy rain in Guyana last week also led to the abandonment of the opener at the National Stadium after just 13 overs.Once the rain stays away, however, West Indies will target massive improvement in an attempt to break a wretched run that has seen them win just six of 21 ODIs this year.And all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite believes the hosts are not far away from pulling together the complete performance and putting a win under their belts.“I don’t think we’re doing that badly or as badly as the results show,” Brathwaite told media here yesterday ahead of the game.“I think we’re just missing a few key points or moments which could turn one or two losses into wins, and which would make us look a little better, give us a little momentum and then you can push to start to win series more consistently.”He added: “I don’t think it’s (a lack of) belief per se because if you ask the guys in the dressing room if they believe we can win, I think they do believe we can win; but the know-how and the execution of that belief is where we have been lacking, especially in key moments.“But I don’t think it is a lack of belief, I don’t think it is a lack of passion and in most cases not even a lack of skill but we just haven’t been executing what we wanted to execute in key moments of the game and it has hampered us for the majority of the World Cup and then in this last game.”West Indies squandered the ideal opportunity to take the series lead, after being asked to chase a revised total of 270 off 46 overs.They were cruising on 148 for three in the 28th over before suffering a dramatic middle and lower collapse and losing their last seven wickets for 62 runs.Despite the defeat, Brathwaite said confidence was high they could steal a share of the series, but the batting needed to improve considerably.“(The mood) is good. Obviously we drew the last series against England at home as well and then going into the last game (on Wednesday), I think it is just for us to get the batting right in both parts,” he pointed out.“If we could divide the batting in half – we either get good starts, and then throw it away at the back end, or we don’t get good starts and then run it close because of a rearguard effort.“I think the batting has been much improved from the T20 (series) especially from the overall batting performance in the World Cup as well but we didn’t close it off (in the last game).“So it’s for the batting to get us into a position similar to the second game more often than not – hopefully that happens tomorrow as well – and for the lower half to close out the game.”last_img read more

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BCB 2020 Cricket Season| Premium Asphalt and T/R Construction 20/20 Tournament launched

first_imgTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), in partnership with Premium Asphalt and T/R Construction, will host their inaugural inter-zone 2020 knockout tournament for 20 teams in the Lower/ Central Corentyne area.The launch, which took place last Friday, will see No1 Road, Courtland, Fyrish, Fyrish Road, Chesney, Kilcoy, Jai Hind, Albion Open, Belvedere United, Tamarind Root, Rose Hall Tigers, Port Mourant, Tain Block 4, Whim-Kildonan, Kennard Memorial and Ramnarine Memorial doing battle.Powerhouses, Rose Hall Town Bakewell and Albion, have been debarred from the tournaments as an encouragement to the other teams. Matches would start at 13:00hrs while captains, who fail to be at the venue by 12.45PM, would forfeit their rights to the toss. All other players will be granted half an hour after the scheduled start of play.Teams have to submit at least fifteen players and they would only be allowed to represent one club in the calendar year unless permission is obtained from the BCB. Only players living in the sub-zone are allowed to play unless they have a record of playing for other clubs.BCB President Hilbert Foster and Chairman of the BCB Competition Committee, Leslie Solomon, at the launching at the Area H Ground, urged the club to invest in youth development if Berbice Cricket is to develop.Each team shall have to play one Under-19 player in their final eleven. Foster cautioned the teams that the BCB would only assist those who have a junior team. Solomon spoke at length about the importance of team discipline as the BCB intends to take a hard stance on indiscipline.Solomon also urged the teams to look around their villages and to get youths involved in playing the game. Foster expressed gratitude to the Management of Premium Asphalt and T/R Construction for joining the long list of BCB sponsors and reassured them that the tournament would be well organised and promoted.Mr. Tevindra Jagdeo, the sponsor, stated that he and his brother are very pleased with the remarkable work the BCB has done and, as such, decided to come forward. He expressed confidence the tournament would be successful and would achieve its objective of promoting cricket at the grassroot level.last_img read more

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Oyinlola, Ojomo Win International Pairs, to Represents Nigeria in Portugal

first_imgThe team dubbed the ‘Indomitable Lions’ shot 60-stableford points on their opening round and closed with another 64 points to top the pack.The duo of Abubakar Lawal and Evelyn Oyome came second, while team Tim Ayomike & Akeem Lawal was third.With the result, Oyinlola and Esosa would be representing Nigeria at the World Finals of International Pairs Golf Championship in Portugal between November 5-10.Meanwhile the champions have promised to be worthy representative in Portugal later in November.“This is a good opportunity to help share the good news about Nigeria. Winning this competition will help us put Nigeria golf on the world stage. We will do our best for the county in Portugal,” they promised.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President, Nigeria Golf Federation, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and his pair, Austin Esosa Ojomo stole the show in the third in the series of International Pairs competition decided at the golf section of Ikoyi Club on Sunday.To emerge winner in the keenly contested competition, the duo garnered 124-stableford points beating 49-other teams that took part in the competition.last_img read more

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Badgers split weekend on courts

first_imgEVANSTON, Ill. — Elizabeth Carpenter, the freshman standout on the No. 50 Wisconsin women’s tennis team, lost only a single set of play over the weekend, defeating Marquette’s Dominika Dabrowski 6-0, 6-2 Friday before handling Northwestern’s Jamie Peisel 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(7) Saturday.Unfortunately, Carpenter was the only Badger to win a set Saturday.”[T]hey’re better than us right now — they’re a little bit better than us,” head coach Patti Henderson said. “We got opportunities, and we have to believe that next time we get to play them, we can make a difference in the doubles point, and then we can turn around a couple of those opportunities, and then you don’t know what happens.”The weekend started with a 7-0 sweep of the Golden Eagles in which all three Badger doubles tandems managed 8-1 victories over their in-state rivals before going on to the singles court. There, things were mostly positive as well for UW, with all six showdowns ending in straight-set victories and Marquette never mustering more than five games in a frame.”The biggest thing we’ve got to be able to do is, after indoors, to make sure we play at our level. Against Marquette, I felt in doubles we did that very well,” Henderson said. “In singles, four out of the six … we did a very good job.”But Saturday saw a far tougher opponent in the No. 8 Wildcats, and, Carpenter withstanding, the Badgers failed to pick up so much as a set in afternoon play. A lineup shuffle left freshman Erin Jobe holding down the fifth court and sophomore Morgan Tuttle on the sixth, where they would drop to Feriel Esseghir and Nazlie Ghazal, 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-2, respectively. Still, Henderson was pleased with Tuttle’s play.”Morgan competed better than I’ve seen her compete,” Henderson said. “She was trying to do the right things to win the match.”On the top court, No. 32 Caitlin Burke battled No. 23 Cristelle Grier, formerly the top-ranked college player in America, to a 6-4, 7-5 loss that was marked by numerous games going to deuce and the Badger ace actually claiming a break lead midway through the second set. “In singles, I felt like Caitlin had opportunities — she had enough opportunities looking at her that she could have done a little bit more than she did,” Henderson said. “I think she’s not going to feel too happy about it herself.”last_img read more

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Galasso displays playmaking ability as adjusting midfielder

first_img Published on April 9, 2014 at 11:29 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Nicky Galasso is slowly starting to show Syracuse what he is capable of. In the second quarter of the Orange’s 11-10 upset of Notre Dame on March 29, Galasso took a pass, dropped his release angle and unleashed a blinding shot from 12 yards out that UND goalie Shane Doss barely had time to react to, let alone try and stop.Doss instead had to fish the ball out of the back of the net while Galasso celebrated SU’s three-goal lead with his teammates.“I’ve accepted the role that I’ve taken on,” Galasso said. “At this point, I just want to play. I’m not really going to complain. “I know what I am capable of as an attackman, but if midfield is where the coaches need me and the team needs me, I’m going to play that position.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won five of its last six games, and it’s no coincidence Galasso has recently started to contribute. The redshirt junior has notched all five of his goals and his one assist on the year in the Orange’s last six games, alluding to the playmaking ability that once made him the most coveted recruit in the country.Earlier in the season, Galasso mostly saw the field during man-up situations. But over the last month his minutes and production are both on the rise — right as Syracuse approaches the postseason.No. 7 Syracuse (7-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) battles for an ACC tournament bid in its last conference regular-season game against No. 4 North Carolina (9-2, 2-2) on Saturday. And Galasso will look to keep firing on all cylinders, this time against his former program.“I think it’s just his confidence level going up and up and up,” SU head coach John Desko said.Prior to this year, the North Carolina transfer missed all of last year due to a stress fracture in his foot, and was sidelined for SU’s first two games of this season with a hand injury.But as the former attack adapts to his role on the Orange’s second-line midfield, it’s all coming back together.“I’m starting to get comfortable dodging more,” Galasso said, “creating more offense for the second midfield line and I’m just excited to get going to the real level I’m capable of being at.”Although it’s been a while, making jaws drop and eyes widen are nothing new for Galasso, who holds the Long Island record with 500 points in a high school career.In his five years playing at West Islip (N.Y.) High School, Galasso was part of four state championship teams, as he developed into a three-time All-American and the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2010.Of all his talents, arguably best of all was Galasso’s knack for playmaking that his brothers, high school coach and former teammates still rave about.He once netted a one-handed shot behind his back that his brother Sal Galasso remembers being replayed nearly 40 times after the game at Farrell’s Bar and Grill in West Islip. His brother Victor Galasso has never seen a crowd surge into an uproar like one did after his brother pulled off a Gary Gait-esque one-hander.Tom Clifford, a former high school teammate, recalled a Galasso shot with enough force to hit the post and move the net — and still go in, sparking a West Islip rally in the county championship.“He was like LeBron James on the basketball court; that was Nicky on the lacrosse field,” said Joey Finnegan, Galasso’s best friend and former high school teammate. “I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous stuff from him.”But when opposing defenses slid early to him, he’d let his vision and passing ability take over — like when he led his team to a 13-5 state championship win over Fairport (N.Y.) with just one goal and seven assists to wrap up his high school career. “They knew I was the guy to watch out for,” Galasso said. “But I just went out there and started finding my teammates.”Syracuse has yet to see him take over games like he did all of high school and even at UNC in 2011, when he was the ACC Freshman of the Year after scoring 56 points to lead the Tar Heels and set a school freshman record.Now that Galasso’s injuries have subsided and he’s progressively grown more familiar with Syracuse’s offense and his role in it, maybe it’s just a matter of time before the field is his.Said West Islip head coach Scott Craig: “It’s where he belongs, because I think he could be one of the best ever.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Amid late season turmoil, Badgers celebrate senior weekend

first_imgSean Dolan and the Badgers hope to get a win in their final series of the regular season after struggling to 0-5-1 in their last six games.[/media-credit]The Wisconsin men’s hockey team hasn’t had a lot to celebrate lately, but the Badgers know this weekend calls for a commemoration.It’s senior weekend as Wisconsin (19-13-4, 11-12-3) hosts Colorado College (18-15-3, 12-12-2) for the final regular season series at the Kohl Center. The Badgers sit one point behind CC for sixth place in the WCHA standings and three points behind Minnesota for fifth place (the top six teams receive home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs).The six-man senior class – comprised of goaltenders Scott Gudmandson and Brett Bennett, forwards Patrick Johnson, Sean Dolan and Podge Turnbull and defenseman Craig Johnson – will be honored alongside their parents in what is always a special weekend for the soon-to-be graduates.The class of 2011 is a unique one for head coach Mike Eaves. Each of these seniors has had to fight for playing time regularly throughout their UW careers. It’s a class devoid of stars or prolific goal scorers. Instead, this class is filled with players who have waited for their time make an impact, players who have accepted their roles from year to year.“It speaks to their perseverance and they get some reward for that hard work,” Eaves said.When asked for their thoughts on senior weekend and what could potentially be their final games at the Kohl Center, several UW seniors were visibly emotional just thinking about it.“It went by quick,” Craig Johnson said with a smile. “It means a lot to me, especially the guys who have stuck around here with me… It’s going to be something I’ll hold in my heart. Especially being a hometown boy from Wisconsin it’s going to be pretty special.”“Its obviously a pretty harsh reality as a senior knowing this could be the last two games that you’ll ever play at the Kohl Center,” forward Podge Turnbull said. “We look back on it and every game you may have taken for granted and now it’s about to end and that inspires us.“You never appreciate it until it’s gone. That’s something that has really started to hit me here in the last few weeks of our season.”Turnbull has become a fixture in the UW lineup during his senior season, but during the Badgers’ Frozen Four run last year, he played in just 12 games. Despite that disappointment, Turnbull says he wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, it makes him more appreciative of his time at UW.“If I could go back to day one and go through all the pain and everything, I would do it again in a heartbeat, just because it’s been so much fun,” Turnbull said. Johnson started his UW career as a walk-on and it will end that way. He played in just three games last season before emerging as a regular defenseman for Eaves in his final year. But much like Turnbull, Johnson believes the opportunity to play at UW has been well worth the wait.“The three years prior to this year I was fighting in and out of the lineup. Coming in here as a walk-on I knew I would have to earn my playing time,” Johnson said. “But I would never change it. I always wanted to be a Badger and I’m glad I got the opportunity… these two games just really mean a lot to me.”These two games mean a whole lot to everyone in a Badger uniform.In addition to the ongoing battle for home ice in the WCHA playoffs, the Badgers must earn some wins to stay in the hunt for a spot in the NCAA tournament.The Badgers are winless in their last six and there isn’t much time left to turn the season around. Something drastic needed to happen. An hour-long team meeting, which took place after last Saturday’s loss to St. Cloud, has been well-documented.As team captain, Dolan was admittedly vocal throughout the discussion.“It was really emotional. I think I showed the most emotion out of anyone. I just tried to show my true colors, how I feel about this team and where I feel this team needs to go,” Dolan said. “I think we learned a lot about each other.”Dolan and his teammates acknowledged the value of that discussion, but they know the improvement must show up on the ice.The Tigers are a formidable foe and they’ve played well against the Badgers historically. But for UW, this weekend’s visitor may as well be a faceless opponent.“If it was an NHL team coming in here, it wouldn’t be any different,” Dolan said. “We need these points.”“We don’t want to take any credit away from Colorado College because they are a really good team,” Turnbull added. “But it doesn’t matter who we are playing, this is a playoff game for us.”Combine senior weekend with the late season turmoil, and UW is left with one emotion-filled series at the Kohl Center.Eaves is optimistic those emotions will propel the Badgers out of their slump.“I hope that’s all good emotion and that we can use it as fuel to get the job done.”last_img read more

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McCue: 2012 Badgers reminiscent of 2010 Rose Bowl team

first_imgJust like that, the memories came rushing back.There were the Wisconsin running backs, streaking through the Greyhound Bus-sized gaps along the offensive line and continuing to pound the ball down the field. Minnesota knew exactly what was coming next – James White or Montee Ball bull-rushing his way into the second or third level of the Gophers’ defense. But try as it may, the opponent had no answer.Even as it set up at the line of scrimmage, prepared for the all-but-guaranteed cutbacks and fierce stiff arms, Minnesota looked helpless. The UW offensive line was too physical, too strong and too fundamentally sound to let even one member of the front seven slip through the cracks and drag down a tailback in the backfield. That was the moment when the fans knew: The Badgers’ offense was back, and with it came a renewed sense of confidence – even swagger – in the team.It was a flashback to 2010, when Ball came but four yards from joining John Clay and White as the third running back on the team to cross the 1,000-yard mark in a single season, a feat never before achieved in college football.In its most dominant victory of the season Saturday, a 38-13 steamrolling of Minnesota, Wisconsin finally looked like the team everyone expected to take the Camp Randall field against Northern Iowa eight weeks ago. And on the way to their third straight win by at least two touchdowns, the Badgers proved why they are again a popular selection to celebrate New Year’s in Pasadena for the third time in as many years.The victory that would land them in the Coaches Poll Top 25 for the first time since the Nebraska loss also made a repeat trip (that’s back-to-back-to-back) to the Rose Bowl more than a mere possibility.Quarterback Joel Stave threw the ball 15 times for just more than 100 yards, an underwhelming performance that made the term “game manager” seem like overstated praise. Not that it mattered. Because when UW’s running game operates like a beautifully crafted machine, the signal-caller is little more than a stand-in for any other fan who can successfully backpedal and place the ball into the chest of a pair of immensely talented backs.It proved the eye-popping 467 rushing yards against Purdue – a team that supposedly boasted one of the best defensive lines in the Big Ten – was more than simply a fluke. Even without Ricky Wagner anchoring the offense line at left tackle, Ball and White found plenty of space. It was vintage Bill Nagy of 2010, as the backup filled in for Peter Konz and the running backs continued to run wild.Over the last two games, Wisconsin is averaging 402 yards on the ground. But its ability to simply overwhelm opposing defenses through the run game compares remarkably well to the 2010 squad that would end the season with a heartbreaking loss to Texas Christian in the Rose Bowl.Without a dynamic, game-changing passer sitting in the pocket, the Badgers’ two most impressive victories of the season have come almost entirely from the battered hands of White and Ball.Stave has certainly been efficient and looked remarkably cool in daunting situations as a redshirt freshman. But to even compare him to Russell Wilson, a man who fits the description of a dynamic, game-changing passer, would be an insult to the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.The strong-armed, relatively slow-footed Stave compares much better to a quarterback whose primary job similarly included handing the ball off and converting play-action passes – Scott Tolzien. Tolzien had an entire year of starting experience under his belt before he took the Badgers to Pasadena in 2011 for the first time in more than a decade. But the two quarterbacks’ preferences for efficiency over gaudy numbers only further deepens the similarities between the 2010 and 2012 Wisconsin football teams.A UW defense that ranks third in the conference may serve as a more critical piece of this team’s success, but a J.J. Watt-powered unit two years ago also finished second in the Big Ten in total defense. Linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor have taken the reigns from Watt, but the combination of a physical Big Ten ground attack and a solid but not suffocating defense matches up nicely with the team from two years ago.And then there’s the scoring. Early in the season, an invisible forcefield seemed to guard the end zone on the Badgers’ offensive drives as they averaged 16.3 points per game in the first three games of the season (including a frustratingly stagnant seven points against Oregon State). Over their three most recent games? Try 35.7 points.Not quite up to the record-setting pace of 44.1 points per 2011, but you get the idea. A team can only put up so many points when it relies on a clock-consuming rushing attack on nearly every offensive drive.As far-fetched as it seemed after Wisconsin nearly fell to Utah State and dropped to 1-2 through the first three games of the year, the Rose Bowl is now something more palpable than the elusive dream it was five weeks ago. It comes as little surprise that the Road to Indy is already paved in a Big Ten fraught with NCAA infractions. But if the Badgers continue to dominate on the offensive end, their chances of winning the Big Ten Championship Game will increase by the minute.The team has all the hallmarks of Bret Bielema’s 2010 squad. So now it’s time to see if the year ends in similar fashion – with players dancing around, roses clenched between their teeth.Ian is a senior majoring in journalism. How confident are you the Badgers will make another appearance in Pasadena? Send him an email at imccue@badgerherald.com or reach out on Twitter @imccue.last_img read more

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3 changes to Tipp side for Offaly clash

first_imgDarragh Egan (Kildangan), Paddy Stapleton (Borris Ileigh), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill), Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), Michael Breen (Ballina), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Brendan Maher – Capt. (Borris Ileigh), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane McDonaghs. Cathal Barrett returns from a bout of flu to take up his position at the inside back line, while Michael Breen and James Woodlock hold onto their midfield positions after being introduced last week. Upfront the forward line remains intact.So the team lines out as follows;last_img

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Brentford FC could soon be entering the esports space

first_imgBrentford, the West London based English Football League Championship (“EFL”) club could be entering the esports space soon, a LinkedIn job posting suggests.The post, added yesterday, for a Marketing Manager includes the following under roles and responsibilities: To create a pilot project exploring the opportunity of esports for a football club, evaluate and build and agreed programme of activity against objectives There’s no suggestion that any esports experience, or even knowledge is required although the esports segment is clearly a tiny element to a much wider job role. The esports landscape has exploded in the last year with over 175 traditional sports clubs getting involved. Recently, Founder of Code Red Esports, Paul “Redeye” Chaloner compiled a spreadsheet showing traditional sports outfits that have entered the esports space. Whilst it’s incredible to see the amount of teams now involved in the burgeoning industry, there has not been a concerted push from English teams to enter the space. West Ham United and Manchester City both have FIFA players on their books, whilst Wolverhampton Wanderers and a couple of others have had a gentle dabble with the Celtic Esports League. Then again, there’s not many esports enthusiasts that would suggest signing former professional football player Rohan Ricketts as your “esports player” to represent you at FIFA really constitutes entering esports. The best examples are the likes of Schalke, PSG and F.C. Copenhagen, each of whom have gone beyond FIFA and field rosters in other titles, too. Schalke retain a League of Legends team, whilst North are a talented Counter-Strike roster owned by F.C. Copenhagen. Although Paris Saint-Germain dropped out of League of Legends, they now sit in Rocket League too.Esports Insider says: A nice League of Legends practice room on the terraces at Griffin Park? Not sure about that… It’s great to see that clubs are looking at esports across the space now. It would be completely unwise to ignore it this year. Let’s see if English clubs and team backers get as heavily involved as their North American counterparts this year.last_img read more

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