Sarwan to mentor West Indies ahead of World Cup

first_imgFORMER West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan will mentor the West Indies side ahead of their next month’s tri-nation ODI series against Bangladesh and hosts Ireland, and the World Cup following it.Sarwan, who retired in 2016 after a 13-year long international career, has already joined the ongoing week-long training camp in Barbados ahead of next month’s trip to Ireland.Incidentally, Sarwan was not part of the support staff announced by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Monday for the Ireland tour and the World Cup. However, Sarwan has been roped in specifically to work with the batsmen. It is not yet clear whether he will travel to the UK for the World Cup.Sarwan said the offer had come from former West Indies wicketkeeper Jimmy Adams, who is CWI’s director of cricket. Although it’s a short stint, Sarwan said he was “overwhelmed” by the assignment.“I am very excited to be here,” Sarwan said. “When I received the call from Jimmy, I was very overwhelmed at being asked to assist West Indies cricket again.“I have come here to act as kind of a mentor to the players and try my best to assist them in any technical ways and with any shortcomings where I think they can improve, and to offer as much help to the head coach, Floyd Reifer, and his coaching staff.”Following retirement, Sarwan has been residing in Florida. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo in 2016, Sarwan said the biggest thing in West Indies cricket was the absence of a good cricketing structure that would help young talent to grow.Now, Sarwan has been given the opportunity to do exactly that and he has already identified areas where he can contribute. He spent time on Tuesday with batsmen Darren Bravo and Shai Hope in the nets on the second day of the team’s training camp, currently underway at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies.Sarwan pointed out that one of the key areas he wanted the batsmen to focus on was strike rotation and stated that it would take them time to improve it.“I know our batsmen have struggled in the past with rotating the strike, so I am trying to see how best we can get them to improve in this area,” he said. “It’s not an overnight fix, but it’s important to share ideas with them, so that they have something to build on.”Reifer, who was recently appointed as the interim coach following a review of West Indies’ coaching and selection policies, led by newly-elected president Ricky Skerritt, outlined the importance of having someone like Sarwan around the team ahead of the big tournament.“It was very important to have him here,” Reifer said. “Sarwan was a player that was outstanding for West Indies. A very good batsman. A very good ‘finisher’ in limited-overs matches. We thought that a guy like Sarwan, coming into the camp with us whilst planning for the World Cup, would bring a wealth of knowledge.“We are hoping he can help the batsmen get a better understanding of how to finish games, the mindset, how to approach batting first, how to approach batting last, so we thought that kind of knowledge was very important to share. He fitted in very well. He did a lot of talking and a lot of work with the batsmen.” (ESPN cricinfo)last_img read more

Solvay quartet bowls at Section III Shootout

first_imgIt was Fulton’s Alexis Ingersoll (1,350) and Liverpool’s Ashley Hardy (1,315) advancing to the state tournament on the girls side, joined on the boys side by another Fulton bowler, Mitch Donaldson, who had a 1,395 series, just behind along the 1,410 from Cicero-North Syracuse’s Tyler Dottolo.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: bowlingSolvay Having already engineered a breakthrough campaign by finishing second in their respective Onondaga High School League races, four Solvay bowlers went to Rome’s King Pin Lanes for the last Thursday’s Section III Shootout.In all, 38 girls and 40 boys bowlers took part in the tournament, where only the top two finishers would advance to Strike-N-Spare Lanes (Solvay’s home lanes during the regular season) for the March 14 state championships.Ethan Bigelow had the best finish for the Bearcats, taking 18th in the boys event. He opened with a 244 to get into contention, following with 148 but then rebounding with a 234.center_img After a 158 fourth game, Bigelow closed with 203 and 207 to get to 1,194, better than more than half the field and topping teammate Alex Gallardo.With a blistering 264 in his first game, Gallardo actually took the lead, but fell back with games of 154, 144, 163 and 193 before closing with a 204 to get to a total pinfall of 1,128 and 28th place.On the girls side, Solvay’s Caitlin McCann finished 26th, peaking with a 196 third game during her 910 series. Anastasia LaFlair had a 167 and two games of 158 on her way to an 836 set and 33rd place.last_img read more

New vice president of professionalism, ethics to oversee University procedures

first_imgAlumnus Michael Blanton will serve as the vice president of the Office of Professionalism and Ethics after working closely with the University as a source of outside counsel. He previously served as a temporary Los Angeles Superior Court traffic judge. (Photo from USC News)USC has announced plans to open an Office of Professionalism and Ethics, an office dedicated to consolidating and improving current University procedures for handling complaints and criticism, according to USC News.  Alumnus and attorney Michael Blanton will serve as the vice president of the new office. Blanton, who worked as a source of outside counsel for the University, was offered a position to oversee USC’s Office for Athletic Compliance. Blanton has also served as a temporary Los Angeles Superior Court traffic judge.USC decided to create the office after administrators realized the need for an efficient system to address problems within the university, according to Blanton.The office’s official purpose was first referenced in a May 2018 community letter sent by former president C. L. Max Nikias.“[USC] identified areas in which change was needed and structures needed updating … [to] manage investigations more efficiently,” Blanton said in an email to the Daily Trojan.The office aims to streamline and update USC’s processes for taking complaints and conducting investigations at all levels on its campuses, he said. “The goal [of the office] is to ensure that information is centralized at the university so nothing falls through the cracks, and that information is available when decisions need to be made,” Blanton said. Blanton hopes the office’s centralized tracking system will help identify trends in complaints and prompt a swifter response. “Drawing not only on my experience here at USC, but also from my nearly 20 years of litigating cases, my professional background provided a good foundation for my new role,” Blanton said. “Wearing the hats of advocate and investigator to objective fact finder will serve me well.” The Office of Professionalism and Ethics will have a distinct role, and will not replace any other institution. Blanton hopes to measure the office’s success through gathering community input after a few years of operation. “I’d like to survey students, faculty and staff and ask them, ‘Do you feel more confident about how complaints about misconduct are handled at this university?’” Balton said. “If the answers are mostly, ‘Yes,’ then I’ll know we’re on the right track.”last_img read more

Syracuse football preseason storylines, No. 8: Running back depth

first_imgSyracuse’s best rusher from last season is no longer a first-stringer and its second-best on the ground wasn’t even a running back. The state of the Orange backfield has hardly been ideal in the past two seasons — SU running backs combined for two rushing scores in the entire 2014 season and two upperclassmen failed to deliver in 2015.This year, the unit boasts more depth and more explosiveness at the top of the depth chart than in either of the two seasons prior. Sophomore Dontae Strickland headlines a group that also includes second-year back Jordan Fredericks (last year’s starter at the end of the season), freshman Moe Neal and senior George Morris.If Neal pans out to be a reliable back, that’s five who can carry the ball for first downs on any respective play. Morris has struggled to break out in his three years on the field at SU. He showed only slight reason for optimism in 2015 and is listed fourth on Syracuse’s post-spring depth chart. But the dynamic Strickland along with Fredericks, who is working on slimming down, and somewhat of an unknown surrounding Neal, the Orange’s ground attack provides reason for hope. Fredericks averaged 5.7 yards on 107 attempts and broke out for several big gains. Strickland played a hybrid role for then-offensive coordinator Tim Lester, which has been abolished in Dino Babers’ offense, so he’ll primarily be a rusher. That’s two young backs, one somewhat proven and one rising, that will guide a rushing attack that lacked flair two seasons ago and lacked consistency (the now departed Devante McFarlane and Morris not showing up) last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhether or not they’ll be able to perform this year remains to be seen, but if two backs can show up on a weekly basis, they’ll help bolster a rushing attack that ranked 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 19, 2016 at 10:48 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Related Stories Former hybrids searching for fit in Dino Babers’ offense3 observations from the Syracuse football spring gameObservations from Syracuse football’s post-spring depth chartSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 9: How players adjust to revamped conditioninglast_img read more

… FIFA Monitoring Situation in Nigeria

first_img“Further-more, it is the duty of each member association to ensure that these provisions are implemented by its members and possibly take sanctions against those which fail to respect these obligations,” observed the statement from Zurich.In the light of the above, FIFA warned that the decision of the Jos High Court, if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.Kattner recalled that the plaintiff in the same Jos High Court case already filed an appeal in relation to the same matter with the highest judicial sport authorities, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and the said appeal was dismissed on May 18, 2015.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram World football governing body, FIFA, has written the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to acknowledge that it is aware of the development as regards the Jos High Court ruling of last Friday.Acting Secretary General of FIFA, Markus Kattner, said monday in an email to the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, that according to articles 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statutes, all member associations have to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.“In addition and according to article 68 of the FIFA Statutes, recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA Regulations.last_img read more

Bermuda urged to remove ban on same-sex marriage

first_imgBritish legislators have expressed disappointment that the Bermuda government is backtracking on marriage equality and has urged the British Overseas Territory to withdraw legislation banning same-sex marriage.United Kingdom disappointedBritain’s Minister of State at the Foreign Office, Sir Alan Duncan said the United Kingdom was “disappointed” by the Bermuda parliament’s decision.  Opposition Labor parliamentarian Chris Bryant called on Bermuda’s Premier David Burt and Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown to withdraw the legislation banning same-sex marriages.A decision by Britain to overrule Bermuda’s attempt to ditch same-sex marriage would be “an exceptional step”, the House of Commons heard on Monday night.Sir Alan said a number of UK Overseas Territories had moved to introduce same-sex marriage, but that Britain had no plans to impose it on its Overseas Territories.Sir Alan was speaking during a House of Commons adjournment debate on Bermuda’s 2017 Domestic Partnership Act, which was passed by the House of Assembly and Senate last month. The controversial legislation is designed to replace same-sex marriage with watered-down civil partnerships.Bermuda Governor John Rankin has yet to give his royal assent to the bill.Same-sex marriages have taken place in Bermuda since the Supreme Court ruled in May last year that it was discriminatory to deny gay couples the right to wed.last_img read more

LA Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen earns his first All-Star nod

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Kenley Jansen had other plans for the All-Star break.Jansen said he was thinking about fishing near his Redondo Beach home sometime next week or maybe taking his family to Disneyland.Though the Dodgers’ closer recently became the club’s all-time saves leader and entered Tuesday with 25 saves, the second-most in the major leagues in 2016, he had not been selected to the National League All-Star team during his previous six seasons.“I’m not getting my hopes up and then getting disappointed again,” Jansen said last week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It is a sore spot no longer.Jansen was among three Dodgers, including rookie shortstop Corey Seager and ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw, to be selected to participate in the Midsummer Classic next Tuesday in San Diego.“It definitely means a lot,” Jansen said. “Everybody has their own opinion and the last few years I’ve been overshadowed by a couple guys. You can’t worry about that. Now that I finally have that chance, I’m happy to be a part of it. It’s a blessing.”Hours before the rosters were revealed during a televised selection show Tuesday, Jansen learned he had made the team when he spoke with Dodgers chief marketing officer Lon Rosen by phone before arriving at Dodger Stadium.With his selection, Jansen is the first Dodgers relief pitcher to be an All-Star since Jonathan Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo in 2010.center_img “Kenley is one of the elite closers throughout the game, and he’s shown that over the last few years,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.Asked before the announcement about Jansen awaiting his first All-Star Game selection, Roberts said, “It’d certainly be a nice feather in his cap.”Kershaw, who earned his seventh consecutive selection, was a likely candidate to start for the NL after he went 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA in 16 starts. But the left-handed ace will not pitch at Petco Park because of a herniated disc in his lower back that sent him to the disabled list last week. He received an epidural shot to ease the pain and he is expected to miss most of the month, but he will be in attendance Tuesday.At 22 years old, Seager is the youngest Dodgers position player ever selected.He was named as a reserve, as determined by a player vote.“It’s really cool,” Seager said. “It’s nice to have your peers see you like that. The fan vote’s awesome. It’s awesome to have the support of fans. It’s nice that your peers voted you in. It’s nice that they saw everything. It was really cool for sure.”Seager entered Tuesday night’s game against Baltimore hitting .305 with a .363 on-base percentage and .545 slugging percentage. Seager might also participate in the Home Run Derby.He said the MLB Players Association recently contacted him about the possibility and he told them he was open to it.Seager’s 17 home runs are the 29th most among all major leaguers, though only six fewer than Colorado’s Todd Frazier, who has the third most.Joc Pederson was in the derby last season as a rookie, then hit just six of his 26 home runs after the All-Star break, fueling the theory that participating in the event can ruin a hitter’s swing.“If it messes up your swing,” Seager said, “you can figure it out later.”Roberts said he had no qualms about Seager or anyone else joining the home run competition. He said it’s their decision.“For every hitter that is in the home run contest who has a bad second half, whether it be Joc Pederson or Todd Frazier, there’s another player who was in the home run contest who continued to have a very good second half,” Roberts said. “A lot of times we look at the players who go the other way and go south. That’s not necessarily the norm.”Urias sent downJulio Urias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, a bit of a formality a day after Roberts called the move likely. Urias’ spot in the rotation is slated to be filled by veteran Hyun-Jin Ryu, who makes his first start Thursday night against the Padres. Ryu has not pitched for the club since 2014 because of shoulder surgeries.The 19-year-old Urias made eight starts and went 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA after making his debut May 27. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers brought up reliever Luis Avilan.AlsoBrett Anderson threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since he underwent surgery on a bulging disk in his back in March. Anderson was initially ruled out for three to five months. … Joc Pederson (shoulder) and Kiké Hernandez (ribs) are rehabbing at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.last_img read more

Isiah Thomas’ beef with Michael Jordan started with a Bulls jersey

first_imgMichael Jordan Is Still Not Hearing It From Isaiah Thomas To This Day 😂😂— E-TRAYDE (@ETRAYDE) April 27, 2020MORE: Isaiah Thomas gets hate from ‘The Last Dance’ viewers who think he’s Isiah Thomas”You can show me anything you want. There’s no way you’re gonna convince me he wasn’t an a—hole,” Jordan said.So the two won’t be on friendly terms anytime soon. But apparently, the real beef started way before they set foot on the court. Per former Pistons player John Salley, Thomas’ whole issue with Jordan started when Thomas’ nephew, who’s from Chicago, wore a Michael Jordan Bulls jersey around him:John Salley says the Isiah Thomas/Michael Jordan beef started when Isiah went back to his hometown of Chicago and saw his nephew wearing a Michael Jordan jersey(🎥 VladTV)— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) April 27, 2020“Isiah goes home, and his nephew is wearing a Bulls jersey, a Michael Jordan Bulls jersey. He said, ‘Hey, what you doing?’ ‘We in Chicago. That’s my team.’ It’s his nephew. He was not really understanding that the great Isiah Thomas plays for Detroit, we don’t wear that. We wear this. ‘But I’m from Chicago. I’m down with the Bull movement.’ Isiah was mad at that. Not to Michael, personally. In his brain, ‘Every time I play against this dude, I’m gonna try to go off so my nephew sees this is the jersey you should wear.’ Never at Michael.”MORE: ‘The Last Dance’ reactions: Best moments from second night of Michael Jordan documentary Sunday’s episodes of “The Last Dance” covered a lot of ground about the Bulls, but most of the focus was on the several Chicago-Detroit series of the late ’80s. The teams’ 1991 meeting in the Eastern Conference Finals saw Detroit coming off three straight trips to the NBA Finals, with two straight titles, before the Bulls swept them and began their own dynasty.That rivalry was exemplified in the documentary in several key moments between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas. The two were key players for their respective teams, and the biggest moment featured the Pistons walking off the court without shaking hands after the sweep by Chicago. Thomas tried to explain and rationalize the move in the documentary, but Jordan was having none of it. This whole feud started over … a jersey?Nevermind that these were two of the greatest players and teams of the time. It all comes down to a good old-fashioned family rivalry.Family: Can’t live with them, can’t play your greatest rival without your nephew wearing their jersey.last_img read more

Police: Broward Mom Left Toddler in Hot Car for Three Hours While Shopping

first_imgA Broward woman is behind bars this weekend, facing a child abuse charge for allegedly leaving her toddler in a hot car for hours.Police say that 32-year-old Lauderhill resident Shantrell Mitchell told them she forgot her daughter in the back seat of her car while she shopped for three hours at BJ’s Wholesale Club on North Powerline Road in Fort Lauderdale last Tuesday.However, surveillance video shows the woman looking into the back seat of her car during that timeframe.According to the arrest report, Mitchell tried to cool the child down when she found her suffering from heat exhaustion. The report states, “Mitchell described that she poured iced tea on the victim child’s head and also had her drink some.”An employee at the market called 911.When paramedics arrived, they recorded the girl’s body temperature at 105 degrees, and said that she was experiencing convulsions.The report adds that her condition “drastically improved due to treatment,” first at Holy Cross Hospital, then at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.Mitchell’s police report states that she tried to get family members to watch her daughter on Tuesday afternoon before driving to the market with the girl.Surveillance video shows the woman getting out of the car and opening the passenger door on the driver’s side, “where the child victim is seated.” She then locks and shuts the door, and walks away.“Common sense — unreasonable to believe she would not have seen her child in the car seat while manually locking the side passenger door where the child was seated,” said prosecutor Eric Linder.Police also describe Mitchell’s actions as “intentionally leaving the child victim in the locked vehicle.”She has no prior criminal record, and is charged with aggravated child abuse, which is a first-degree felony. Bond was set at $10,000, and Mitchell remains in custody.last_img read more