MUMBAI, India (CMC) – Embattled West Indies will seek to enhance their qualification fortunes for the 2019 Cricket World Cup when they clash with powerhouse India in a five-match series starting in the Caribbean next month.The tour will run from June 23 to July 6, with the lone Twenty20 International scheduled for July 9, the Indian Cricket Board confirmed yesterday.West Indies are currently ranked ninth in the International Cricket Council’s one-day rankings and are in danger of missing out on automatic qualification for the World Cup.Hosts England and the other top seven sides in the rankings will book the automatic berths at the showpiece with the remaining teams having to enter a qualifier to determine the two last slots.West Indies have done themselves no favours this year, whitewashed 3-0 by England last March and beaten 2-1 by Pakistan last month.The Caribbean side will open the tour against India with two ODIs at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on June 23 and 25 before heading to the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium for the third and fourth matches on June 30 and July 2.Sabina Park in Kingston will host the final ODI on July 6 and the only T20I three days later.India, ranked number three in the world, are currently preparing for the Champions Trophy in England which runs from June 1 to 18.West Indies will be missing from the tournament for the first time since its inception after they were ranked outside the top eight in the world at the cut-off date for qualification.Since 1979, West Indies and India have played 116 ODIs, West Indies have won 60; India 53; one tied game and two no-results.In IT20s since 2009; both have played seven matches with West Indies winning 4; India 2 and one ending with no result. The teams last met in August 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, where the 2nd of two Twenty20 matches was abandoned due to rain.SCHEDULEFriday, June 23, 1st ODI – Queen’s Park OvalSunday, June 25, 2nd ODI – Queen’s Park OvalFriday, June 30, 3rd ODI – Sir Vivian Richards StadiumSunday, July 2, 4th ODI – Sir Vivian Richards StadiumThursday, July 6, 5th ODI – Sabina ParkSunday, July 9, T20I – Sabina Park read more
GREG DIXON/Herald photoAs any Wisconsin sports fan can attest, no game matters more for bragging rights than the border battle with Minnesota, but the stakes don’t get any higher than this weekend, when the No. 1 ranked Badgers play host to the No. 2 Golden Gophers.The Badgers (8-0-0 ) and the Gophers (5-1-0 ) both bring impressive offensive r?sum?s into the matchup. The Badgers, who have outscored opponents 52 to seven thus far, are leading the country with 6.5 goals per game. Minnesota is second in that category at just over 5 per game. UW head coach Mark Johnson said fans can expect the game will not be lacking offensive action.“I think most of the game is going to be played at a pretty high pace,” Johnson said. “They like to get up, they like to go. The only thing that will contain [the tempo] is the size of the ice sheet. It should be a fun, entertaining weekend of hockey.”In addition to being tops in the country in scoring, Wisconsin is No. 1 in scoring margin, power play scoring, winning percentage and current unbeaten streak. They also come in second in scoring defense and penalty kill. Likewise, Minnesota registers in the top five in all those categories except for penalty kill. Statistics aside, Johnson said an early test such as this is a good barometer and necessary for team growth.“After the weekend’s over, both teams will have an indication of where we are,” Johnson said. “The whole thing is to get challenged, to find some obstacles that you have to get over and then go through them. That’s the only way you’re going to become a good team.”Although Minnesota leads the all-time series 25-16-5, Wisconsin has dominated the rivalry recently, going 12-2-2 over the past three years, including a 3-2 overtime win in last year’s NCAA tournament. The recent record notwithstanding, senior goaltender Jessie Vetter said the rivalry is as heated as ever.“It’s definitely just a healthy rivalry, just very good competition,” she said. “There’s always a little [extra] motivation just being Minnesota in general because they are a good team and we’ve faced them so much over the years.”Contributing to the rivalry, many players from the two teams have participated alongside one another on various national squads, forging friendships across the state border. Johnson, though, isn’t concerned with off the ice bonds getting in the way of the competition.“They’re friends — some of them are real good friends,” Johnson said. “But when the puck drops and you have a Gopher jersey on or a Badger jersey on, it becomes very competitive.”Another predominant storyline entering the series is the importance of underclassmen to both teams. This week, Wisconsin forward Brooke Ammerman and Minnesota forward Monique Lamoureux shared the WCHA Rookie of the Week honor.Johnson expressed great satisfaction in the play of his freshmen, who have supplied 32 of the team’s 141 points.“Some of the younger players had some great statistics coming in here for their respective teams,” Johnson said. “But you got to make the adjustment to college hockey, and they’ve done that quite well. You look at our scoring right now — it’s pretty balanced, pretty even. The younger players are right in that mix.”With all the offensive accolades credited to both teams, the defenses can get lost in the shuffle. Under the radar, though, defenseman Alycia Matthews is tied for first in the country in points per game for a defenseman. Freshman Brittany Haverstock is tied for fifth. Matthews said the defensive unit has been working hard preparing for the incoming Gophers.“It’s always a big rivalry, so [the rivalry] always comes up before the game,” she said. “I think that once you get a feel for what they do then we’re really good at changing our systems to meet theirs. I think we will get tested this weekend.” read more
Comments Syracuse’s low-key meets are over. Now, it’s time for the Orange harriers to prepare for bigger, more important meets that are fast approaching.The Paul Short Invitational isn’t a ‘rust-buster’ like the first two meets SU participated in this fall. It’s the real deal, with top-ranked teams Georgetown, Villanova and Providence competing.But SU head coach Chris Fox has kept expectations high on both the men and women’s sides.‘If we’re in the top three in both races, then I will be pleased,’ Fox said.The men’s and women’s cross country teams will travel to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., this weekend to compete in the Paul Short Invitational. This meet will be the teams’ first chance to run against some top-ranked schools in the nation. Syracuse’s men’s and women’s teams both placed first in each of the Orange’s first two meets in Hamilton, N.Y., and the SU runners are excited to see some tougher competition this week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’m definitely excited to go run a big race and see how we stack up against some of the best teams in the country this weekend,’ redshirt freshman Andrew Palmer said.As always, the obvious team goal is to win, but this meet is about getting a chance to run against Big East rivals and top-ranked teams nationally, junior Sarah Pagano said.‘I’m really excited because I know we have a really good team this year,’ Pagano said. ‘It will be fun to travel and compete against really good schools like Georgetown and Providence to see where we are in the Big East.’Having the opportunity to race against top schools so early in the season is a big advantage for the SU harriers.Fox said he expects his runners to be pumped to get a taste of top competition already. This week’s race is pretty important, he said.But Fox also stressed that the Orange’s enthusiasm needs to be tempered slightly because it is only September. It’s still early in the season to be putting a lot of emphasis on the meet as far as the season goes.‘Our goal is to beat ranked teams, teams that are ranked in the Top 25 in the country is important,’ Fox said. ‘We have a really big meet two weeks after Lehigh, so we will start to get pretty serious. This is still a little preseason for us.’Prior to this meet, runners participated in two other preseason meets, both held at Colgate University.Runners recovering from injuries, less experienced teammates and some top runners competed at these meets during the month of September. They worked as two tune-ups for the bigger races to come.Fox said performances in those meets and hard work at practices determined the travel team for the Paul Short Invitational.‘For this meet we’re allowed to run 10 people in the varsity race, and we’re allowed to run as many as we want in the second race,’ Fox said. ‘We will probably take 20 men and 20 women this weekend.’After gauging the team’s performance at the consecutive Colgate meets, Fox said he is hoping to see normal improvement from everybody.‘Nobody had really bad days or anything, but we need to make progress every two weeks and hopefully they have,’ Fox said.Fox’s top-three goal will be a tough task with top schools from all over the country racing. But that is what the Orange hope to achieve.And that’s where the expectations sit for all the SU harriers.‘We’ve done a lot of work to get us ready to race at this meet,’ Palmer said. ‘These next races are all that really matter.’firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm read more
It was almost as if everyone was in denial. As Joel Stave collapsed on the field, rabid fans in the student section and reporters in the press box alike needed a minute to digest the situation.We knew Stave had been driven into the ground by the beast known as William Gholston, but he quickly jumped back to his feet. By the time the Wisconsin medical staff surrounded him, I continued to scan the group of surrounding players, convinced it was not No. 2, not the player in the midst of his best performance in a Badger uniform, resting on his knees, his face wincing in obvious pain.Melodramatics aside, the man down was indeed the redshirt freshman, the one who spent the first half Saturday making some of the most acute, difficult throws of his young career against a defense loaded with agility and power. He had only one touchdown pass to that point but looked poised for another scoring drive to open the third quarter and help the Badgers defeat the much-despised Spartans at Camp Randall.Even as Wisconsin held onto its 7-3, then 10-3, lead into the final minutes of the fourth quarter, when Stave checked out, so did the Badgers’ offense. After flattening defenders for three-straight games, the Spartans’ defense stymied running back Montee Ball at the line of scrimmage on almost every run play. After blowing apart defenses with his game-breaking runs, James White’s longest run (seven yards) wasn’t even enough for a first down.Yet the promising arm of Stave – though certainly full of its own set of frustrating miscues this season – finally seemed to be finding holes in the secondary. With just two of his 11 passes falling for incompletions, it looked to be the coming out moment for Stave, a turning point in his season. Maybe, just maybe, he was developing into the potential four-year starter Badger fans envisioned. And it all ended right there – not just for the game, but for the season. When Danny O’Brien, the once-heralded transfer from Maryland turned head clipboard manager, entered the game for UW, the wheels came flying off the offense. The redshirt junior Madison’s finest welcomed with open arms, who would start all but three games in Madison before Stave took over, looked even more befuddled than he did against the Oregon State defense Sept. 8. His first series ended with a sack that cost Wisconsin 13 yards and handed the home squad a hopeless 4th-and-28. O’Brien didn’t even cross into Spartans’ territory in nearly two full quarters of play. The closest he came to adding to the scoreboard was the Wisconsin 47-yard line. Though not entirely his fault, Michigan State sacked the new man under center three times for a total loss of 32 yards. On the final play of regulation, Michigan State tore down the opening-day starter in the backfield for a loss of 13 yards as the clock expired, a play representative of O’Brien’s time in the pocket Saturday. It was nothing less than painful to watch, as the skepticism expressed by UW fans toward O’Brien became, once again, entirely justified. Because at this point in the year, after a more-than-worrisome return to quarterback, D.O.B must earn such trust – not only of fans, but of his own coaching staff. Head coach Bret Bielema made it clear at his Monday press conference that fifth-year senior and three-time ACL-tear victim Curt Phillips could earn the starting nod at Indiana in two weeks. And rightfully so. Though once painted as the quarterback savior with one-and-done legend Russell Wilson heading for the NFL, O’Brien’s play has only declined as the season has progressed.I can already hear the whispers of me as an eternal pessimist (a claim that is largely accurate), but let’s turn to the statistics to grade O’Brien’s performance this year.In 12 quarters under center this season – including his first start against FCS opponent Northern Iowa – he has thrown for all of three touchdowns, 523 yards and an interception.Not to mention his two fumbles in the first half against Utah State, one of which he lost inside the Wisconsin red zone. That turnover would lead to an Aggies touchdown before Bielema finally yanked him in favor of the unproven freshman. Remember, the fumble that put the Badgers behind 14-3 heading into the half before the offense remembered how to play college football?O’Brien still appears to have the step up in the second go-round of the Wisconsin quarterback carousel this year, and he will likely earn the start in Bloomington, Ind., two Saturdays from now. He will have more to prove than simply being the better option than Phillips – he must prove he can be more than a constant liability when he takes a snap from center Travis Frederick.When Stave went down Saturday, there was a reason we couldn’t believe it. It’s nothing less than painful to watch a young, steadily developing quarterback go down with injury against a heated Big Ten rival in a game that for all of the first half lived up to its billing as a grind-it-out defensive battle.Now, their roles are reversed. It’s O’Brien’s time to show he can keep pace with his younger counterpart. As the Wisconsin quarterback, he has two primary jobs: Don’t turn the ball over, and convert the play-action pass. How well he plays that role of glorified game manager will determine where UW finds itself come bowl season.Ian is a senior majoring in journalism. How much hope do you hold for Danny O’Brien as Wisconsin’s starting quarterback? Let him know at email@example.com or on Twitter @imccue. read more
It was just a few weeks ago when I wrote a column charging the Los Angeles Dodgers’ dire need to scale the World Series hump this season.And now, I’m back on the prowl, headhunting franchises that are deemed to be under-achieving with their above average capital and personnel. This time the Los Angeles Clippers are on the wrong end of my double-barrel shotgun of critique.It’s time for head coach Doc Rivers and his team to make a significant postseason push, or there are going to be some notably big questions for Lob City. Well, I shouldn’t say that questions will arise. There is already plenty of concern and criticism for a Clippers franchise that historically been playoff-challenged.As I compose this column, Los Angeles finds itself in an early hole, trailing the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, 1-0. Want to talk about a heartbreaker? The Clippers dropped Game 1 of the series to the Jazz on Saturday, 97-95. A floater from Utah guard Joe Johnson sunk through the basket as time expired in regulation to put the Clippers at a 1-0 deficit in front of their home crowd.The painful loss this weekend makes Tuesday night’s Game 2 contest feel more and more like a must-win for the No. 4-seeded Clippers.Unlike with the Dodgers, I must admit that my sports fandom doesn’t necessarily lie with the Clippers (regrettably, the Lakers possess my loyalty). However, as an observer of Angeleno sports, I can attest that this Clipper team is in a stagnant state.Admittedly, it’s impossible for a front office with someone like owner Steve Ballmer to be considered stale or motionless in any sense. No doubt, the folks in the Clippers’ marketing and management team are some of the best in the league. If you haven’t had the chance to catch a Clippers game at the Staples Center, then you’re missing out. It’s safe to say that the Clippers have one of the best pre-game intro routines in the NBA; it includes an array of strobe lights, pyrotechnics and lasers bouncing around the interior of the Staples Center.Heck, for 82 games a season, the Clippers are a pretty darn solid product on the court, too. This season saw Los Angeles clinch its fifth consecutive 50-win season — regular season consistency is not the issue. The dynamic of having Paul, a future Hall-of-Famer, steering an offense — which includes rim-rattlers like Jordan and forward Blake Griffin — is not too difficult a product to sell to fans.But the playoffs are where the Clippers have still remained baffled as a franchise. Since arriving in 2013, Rivers has the Clippers averaging 54.3 wins per regular season. Despite the consistency from October through early April, Rivers has yet to lead the Clippers organization to its first Western Conference Finals appearance in franchise history.There have been some close calls for breakthrough past the semifinals, but none have came to fruition. In 2015, the Clippers were just one win away from advancing to the conference finals, as they led the Houston Rockets, 3-1, in the conference semifinals. However, a meltdown proceeded and the Clippers dropped three straight games to be bounced from postseason play.In 2013, Rivers’ Clippers team was eliminated in the conference semifinals by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-2.Los Angeles has been in the playoffs each of the last five seasons. These trips to the postseason have resulted in berths to the conference semis, first round, conference semis, conference semis and first round, respectively, before being eliminated.The most frustrating aspect of the Clippers’ postseason struggles is that you can’t quite put a finger on what the missing link is. From a distance, it’s hard to find anything significantly lacking on this Clippers roster.For years now, there has been a consistent narrative about this team: surround the Paul-Griffin-Jordan nucleus with viable talent. Doesn’t it seem like the Clippers have done an ample job of delivering on this?Guard J.J. Reddick is an assassin from beyond the arc. Reddick holds the single-season franchise records for 3-pointers in a season with 201. Off the bench, Los Angeles has guard Jamal Crawford at its disposal. Crawford, the only three-time winner of the Sixth Man of the Year Award in NBA history, is arguably the best role player in the league. All of this goes without mentioning Rivers, a proven NBA coach who has championship pedigree from his time with the Boston Celtics.You have to believe that all of the pieces for a title run are there for the Clippers. This team seems to witness its full potential in flashes throughout the regular season. They’ll put together an incredible effort to top the San Antonio Spurs one night, then turn right around with a lackluster effort against the Philadelphia 76ers.For Clippers fans, it’s hard to imagine that any regular season feat will spark buzz. It’s hard for a fanbase to crank up the hype over a 14-2 start when so many postseason shortcomings remain in the minds of Clippers loyalists.The Clippers have a dire need to advance to the conference finals — at the least — this playoff season. Should the team encounter elimination in the conference semifinals, or earlier, the Clippers equation to success — which already seems to have all the correct variables — will become only more frustrating.Angel Viscarra is a sophomore studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Viscarra’s Vice,” runs on Tuesdays. read more
Last Updated: 21st November, 2019 12:26 IST Manu Wins Gold In World Cup Finals India’s Manu Bhaker fired her way to the gold medal with a junior world record in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the World Cup Finals here on Thursday. LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND First Published: 21st November, 2019 12:26 IST 9 months ago Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world COMMENT Press Trust Of India FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE India’s Manu Bhaker fired her way to the gold medal with a junior world record in the women’s 10m air pistol event of the World Cup Finals here on Thursday.The 17-year-old Bhaker shot 244.7 to claim the top prize in the prestigious season-ending tournament of International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).Her compatriot, Yashaswini Singh Deswal finished sixth in the final of the event.Serbia’s Zorana Arunovic won the silver with 241.9, while Quian Wang of China bagged the bronze with 221.8.In the men’s 10m air pistol event, Abhishek Verma and Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the final. Verma topped the qualifications with 588 while Chaudhary was seventh with 581. 9 months ago In wake of impeachment testimony, no signs yet of GOP cracks SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Root’s dismal run continues as England falter Written By 9 months ago Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry read more
The West Tipp club defeated Blackrock 18-0 at Spafield – a win that lifts them off the bottom of the Division 2A table.Nenagh Ormond – who were unbeaten prior to today’s round of fixtures – went down 35-31 against Malone at Gibson.They face leaders Banbridge next at New Ormond Park.
Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography The Tipperary camogie players have tough opponents in Cork this afternoon at the Ragg.They also face three more tricky opponents in the following three games against Limerick, Offaly and Wexford.Tipp manager Brian Boyle says he hopes Tipp with gather momentum today and keep it… Throw in at the Ragg is at 2.30pm, and we’ll have updates on that game across the afternoon.
Image Courtesy: BCCI/GettyAdvertisement 973gNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3u5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4v7x3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bgogoWould you ever consider trying this?😱41Can your students do this? 🌚3y6Roller skating! Powered by Firework The first game of the One Day International series between India and Australia is live atthe Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and the hosts have scored 255 runs in the first innings. However, the usual fielding lineup of Team India is different. The squad’s first choice wicketkeeper Rishab Pant has been out of the pitch in the second innings, after suffering a worrying bang on the head on the 22 yards. In his place, KL Rahul is on duty behind the stumps.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/GettyIn the 44th over, Rishab Pant was facing Aussie pacer Pat Cummins. In the second delivery of the over, Pant failed to make a proper contact with the ball, and it bounced from the edge of the bat, before hitting his helmet. The ball finally ended up in the hands of Ashton Turner, ending Pant’s score of 28.The head on collission didn’t tremble the 22 year old at first, but he didn’t appear as Kohli and the squad got down on the field.Advertisement An official statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s official Twitter handle revealed the unfortunate news, and also added that Pant is under medical monitoring.The statement read: “Rishabh Pant has got a concussion after being hit on his helmet while batting. KL Rahul is keeping wickets in his absence. Pant is under observation at the moment.”Advertisement Pant’s knock of 28 came off of 33 balls, with 2 fours and 1 six. Whle he is being kept under watch, Manish Pandey has been substituted in his place for field duty.Despite a disappointing start from Rohit Sharma, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was absolutely brilliant. In the middle of his invisible tussle with Rahul for the opening spot, the 34 year old scored a stunning 74 off 91, consisting of 9 fours and 1 six. Rahul, who came 1 down, missed his half century just by 3 runs.Aussie opening duo David Warner and skipper Aaron Finch are currently batting on the pitch, while the Indian bowling squad have failed to pick up their wickets. As of this moment, Warner is on 82 off 70, and Finch has scored 79 off 86. They still need 80 runs to win from 24 overs.Also read-Aussie legend Ricky Ponting predicts ODI scoreline: “Australia full of confidence”Tim Paine reveals Rishabh Pant’s reaction to ‘babysitter’ sledge Advertisement read more
The Warriors looked to have the match in the bag through 60 minutes of play, before the under-manned Panthers exposed shaky tackling to score with three minutes left, then former Warriors pivot Maloney delivered a field goal killer blow.Even a stunning second half try by a flying David Fusitu’a – a contender for try of the season – couldn’t get the home side the win.Warriors centre Patrick Herbert kicked a 40 metre penalty goal to send the match into extra time, but that turned the game into the Maloney show, as the Warriors slumped to another loss in Auckland.Penrith overcame two yellow cards and an 11-5 penalty count, leaving Warriors coach Stephen Kearney with a tough Monday morning review ahead of him.Rubbing salt into the wound, the Warriors will also likely be without the services of Nate Roache for a while, the young hooker suffering what appeared to be another serious knee injury.The Panthers did start the match the better of the two sides, and looked good shifting the ball to their edges in the opening exchanges by running big Viliame Kikau at Blake Green to great effect.But it was the Warriors who got on the board first through Peta Hiku, who crossed to score against his former club first after just eight minutes after some great lead up work from his halves. It was all the Warriors early, as Green was able to control field position and starve Penrith of possession.But while there was plenty of intent with the ball, defensively the home side were falling off tackles left and right. And off the back of some poor discipline, Penrith easily crossed for their first through James Tamou after 20 minutes of playing mostly in their own half. Maloney converted to give the visitors a 6-4 lead.The Warriors looked to have answered back through hooker Karl Lawton moments later, only for his dummy-half attempt to be turned down by the bunker for an obstruction. They would settle for two points of the tee shortly after, the Panthers continuing to infringe inside their own 10m zone.Things went from bad to worse for Penrith, with Liam Martin sent to the sin bin – the unfortunate casualty of nine first half penalties.Three minute before halftime Warriors then rubbed salt into that wound through prop Bunty Afoa, who crashed over to score his side’s second from 10m out. Herbert converted from beside the uprights and the Warriors went into the sheds 12-6 up.Two minutes into the second and the Panthers were down to 11 men, with Jarome Luai was sent to the bin for taking out Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in a scoring position.Immediately the Warriors shifted to the edges and a flying Fusitu’a went in to score the Warriors third – and a contender for try of the season in the process.But the visitors wouldn’t go quietly and 15 minutes into the second, centre Brent Naden pounced on a perfectly weighted Maloney kick to score and draw his side to within four points. An arm-wrestle ensued and Penrith were able to control field position for much of the second half.Brent Naden then broke out from his own end to score a brilliant solo try and looked to have won the match for his side with just two minutes left on the clock.The Warriors went short from the kick-off and earned the vital penalty that Herbert was able to nail and send the match to golden point.But the visitors kicked the vital one pointer to crush the Warriors hearts in the 90th minute. read more
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