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Mohammed opts out of strong Windies side for England series

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Vice-captain Anisa Mohammed has opted out of an otherwise full strength 18-member squad announced Wednesday for the bio-secure five-match Twenty20 International tour of England starting next month.Regular captain Stafanie Taylor will lead the side which includes the likes of Hayley Matthews, Deandra Dottin and Shemaine Campbelle, and will fly out of the Caribbean by private charter on Sunday after being tested for COVID-19.A Cricket West Indies (CWI) statement said Mohammed, an off-spinner who has played 100 matches in both limited overs formats, had “declined the invitation to travel to England.”“All players were given the option to decline selection for any COVID-19 related concern. CWI fully respects her decision to choose to do so,” CWI said.The tour marks the first international women’s series since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the halt of all cricket globally last March, and follows on the heels of the West Indies men’s three-Test rubber in England last month.Like that series, the women’s one will be played against the backdrop of the pandemic, which has been particularly devastating in the United Kingdom with 329 000 confirmed cases and already over 41 000 deaths.CWI’s director of cricket, Jimmy Adams, said the tour represented a great opportunity for the regional side, especially following a long period of inactivity.“CWI is pleased to be restarting its international women’s program with a tour to England, where the standard of women’s cricket has grown tremendously” Adams said.“We thank the ECB for their invitation and the added opportunity to travel with a larger squad affords us the chance to introduce a few younger players to this level of the game, and fast track their development.“With so much uncertainty surrounding cricket scheduling currently, this is a timely opportunity for our women to resume competitive cricket at the highest level.”The squad includes two uncapped players in Kaysia Schultz, a 23-year-old left-arm spinner who bats right-handed, along with 21-year-old Guyanese counterpart Cherry-Ann Fraser who was part of the squad for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia but failed to play a game.Chief selector Ann Browne-John said the expanded squad allowed for greater development of players.“The larger 18-member squad also gives an opportunity to have young developing players involved, like the two players from Guyana – left-arm bowler Kaysia Shultz and all-rounder Shabika Gajnabi,” said Browne-John.“It also gives the opportunity to the young Trinidadian off spinner Karishma Ramharack to get some international experience.”Gajnabi has played 10 matches since making her debut last year while Ramharack has featured in eight, following her debut also last year.West Indies Women will be placed in a bio-secure bubble on arrival and will play all five matches at the Incora County Ground in Derby from September 21-30.SQUAD – Stafanie Taylor, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Aaliyah Alleyne, Cherry Ann Fraser, Natasha Mclean, Shemaine Campbelle, Shabika Gajnabi, Chedean Nation, Britney Cooper, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack, Shamilia Connell, Chinelle Henry, Kaysia Schultz, Deandra Dottin, Lee Ann Kirby, Shakera Selman.last_img read more

Pacific brings back football program after 19-year hiatus

first_img Florida State at Oklahoma Prediction: Oklahoma 27, Florida State 20 After narrowly escaping defeat at home against Utah State, head coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners will face a serious contender when they host Florida State. Florida State demolished its foe last week, Samford, 59-6. New Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher will have to shore up his run defense to make sure Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray doesn’t have free reign. Murray turned in more than 200 rushing yards in the close call last week. Penn State at Alabama Prediction: Alabama 23, Penn State 17 Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions will face a much tougher game this week. It will be interesting to see how Penn State’s true freshman quarterback, Rob Bolden, holds up against Alabama’s defense. Alabama was in fine form last week against San Jose State, but it too will face a greater challenge. This game will be close, mostly because the Tide’s Heisman winner, running back Mark Ingram, is still sidelined. No upset, but still a grind-out game. Comments Published on September 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm Miami (Fla.) at Ohio State Prediction: Ohio State 21, Miami 10 This is the first matchup between these two teams since the 2003 national championship game won by the Buckeyes. OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor looks to turn in another good game, after throwing three touchdowns in a romp of Marshall last week. Miami will need to prove it deserves its high ranking so far this season, but it will have its work cut out for it. Syracuse at Washington Prediction: Syracuse 23, Washington 20 Everybody knows about Jake Locker by now. How many times have we heard the phrase ‘Heisman candidate’? Syracuse looked quite good last week against Akron and should give the Huskies all they can handle, and perhaps more. If Ryan Nassib can keep the chains moving for the SU offense, the defense should be able to hold their own. For the first field goal ever by Pacific’s Jon Lee, everything went wrong. The snap came back wobbly. The holder promptly dropped the ball. As Lee came forward to kick, the ball laid on the ground horizontally. But Lee pushed through — sending the ball 26 yards through the field goal posts. ‘I’m still questioning myself on how I did it,’ said Lee, a Pacific senior. In that Sept. 4 game at Puget Sound, Lee played in his first football game ever and scored the first points of his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The field goal also represented the first points Pacific has scored in 19 years. 19. In 2009, the University brought back its Division III football program after an almost two-decade hiatus and gave head coach Keith Buckley a year to put the team together. In the team’s first game, Lee kicked four field goals en route to a 36-19 loss for the Boxers. ‘Hopefully, next time we’ll have more touchdowns, so I won’t have to kick as many field goals,’ Lee said. At Pacific, Lee’s story of how he joined the program symbolizes how most players ended up on the team. Lee played collegiate soccer at Pacific for two years. He played in an intramural football league with some other students, too, just having some fun. At one intramural game, a friend told Lee that he had a great leg. ‘You might make a great kicker,’ his friend told him. When Buckley started putting together his team, Lee tried out. For Lee, the biggest adjustment to that point came when he began running in pads and a helmet. ‘I had never worn pads,’ he said. ‘I had never run in pads. So I had a little trouble.’ To build the program, Pacific plucked Buckley away from his assistant coaching job at UC-Davis. Both Buckley and his wife attended UC-Davis, and it looked daunting to pack up their lives and their children for something completely new, he said. ‘The biggest thing was that life-changing decision of leaving your alma mater, your wife’s alma mater, and jumping into something new,’ Buckley said. In the summer of 2009, Buckley and his family arrived at their new home. And Buckley quickly found that Pacific lacked any blueprints for constructing the team. ‘There’s not a manual for starting a football program,’ he said. ‘I pretty much dropped my bags and hit the road recruiting.’ Buckley traveled down the West Coast, trying to talk players into joining his program. He recruited from California, Oregon and Washington. He even made a seven-day trip to Hawaii, where 25 percent of Pacific’s student body comes from, including his current kicker, Lee. Buckley stuck to his recruiting timetable even in Hawaii, he said. ‘I didn’t even stick my toes in the water once — now that’s depressing,’ Buckley said. Buckley eventually won enough students over with his pitch. Pacific’s team would give them a chance to start as freshmen — no need to wait for playing time, Buckley would tell potential players. This summer Buckley started camp with more than 130 athletes. Now that number has dwindled to around 130. Division III schools accommodate larger teams because their players don’t receive scholarships. So far, so good, Buckley says. He has more time with his family, and it’s his team to build. He expects it will take about six to 10 years to build Pacific into a respectable program. ‘You don’t take this kind of task on if you expect to bounce in three years,’ he said. ‘I keep telling people that we’re putting our toes forward and just thinking about the future.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Michigan at Notre Dame Prediction: Michigan 30, Notre Dame 27 One of college football’s best rivalries comes to South Bend, Ind., where these two recently down-on-their-luck programs will clash. Both teams hope to prove themselves this year, but if Notre Dame’s recent history proves one thing, it’s that the team lets its fans down in big games. New Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly got off to a good start last week, but don’t expect that success to continue as Notre Dame loses a heartbreaker at home. adbrow03@syr.edulast_img read more

Terrel Hunt looks ahead to spring game, return to action for Syracuse in new offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Terrel Hunt hasn’t played in a game since fracturing his fibula in Syracuse’s loss to Louisville on Oct. 3. And though Saturday’s spring game is, as SU head coach Scott Shafer put it, more of a practice, the quarterback is just happy to be playing football in the Carrier Dome in front of fans again. “I just feel more confident in knowing things because I just had a bunch of time to just look at coverages and study coverages and study and see everything,” Hunt, Syracuse’s starting quarterback, said. “I know our defense like the back of my hand.”Hunt said on Tuesday that he had no idea that the spring game would have a practice format with no score being kept until a reporter asked him, but noted he was just ready to just go out and play. He’s also expressed excitement about working with offensive coordinator Tim Lester, who was promoted the game after his injury occurred. Hunt didn’t shy away from saying that it’s beneficial for a quarterback to have a quarterback coach calling the shots.“We’re way further (along) than we were last year,” Hunt said. “And you can ask any player that. Every player knows their job and they do their job right. Last year we had a ton of plays we were trying to run and nobody knew exactly how to run them.”On Saturday, he hopes to make sure he gets the ball out of his hands with good timing. He wants to make sure the energy is up and hopes to stay in the pocket longer. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLester has said he sees Hunt more as pocket passer than the run-centric quarterback he’s been viewed as in the past. “If we have a guy that can run, fantastic,” Lester said. “But he has to drop back, read coverage and make the throw.”He noted that it’s different this year to not work with former offensive coordinator George McDonald, who wasn’t a quarterback coach. He said McDonald couldn’t point out the little things like Hunt’s footwork that Lester sees instinctively. Hunt is using the spring to adapt to a new offense with a new mindset. He’s happy to finally be playing and not on the sideline or in the coaches box helping to call plays. The only thing holding him back is a sore leg. But he knows the only thing that will cure it is time.“It’s been a while,” Hunt said. “I can’t wait to be back.” Comments Published on April 2, 2015 at 11:36 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Anthony Davis trade rumors: Pelicans prefer to send star to Celtics over Lakers

first_img Lakers trade rumors: Los Angeles’ deal for Anthony Davis could ‘hinge on’ Kyle Kuzma As trade talks heat up around Pelicans star Anthony Davis, New Orleans has a preferred destination for making a deal work. The Lakers and Celtics have emerged as front-runners to land Davis, but New Orleans would rather send Davis to the Celtics, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explained earlier this week on “The Jump.” Kyrie Irving free agency rumors: Celtics hope trading for Anthony Davis will convince All-Star guard to stay Davis, who averaged 25.9 points and 12 rebounds in 56 games during the regular season, led the Pelicans to a 33-49 record. New Orleans missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.The Pelicans could look to move Davis before the 2019 NBA Draft, which is set for Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Windhorst’s comments came after it was reported the Lakers have “made progress towards completing a multiteam deal” for Davis and Los Angeles has discussed using its No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft as an asset.Per NJ.com: Related News “I think it’s a good sign that David Griffin is shopping the No. 4 pick. That at least means he’s open to a deal with the Lakers,” Windhorst said. “But I think all of this is a maneuver to draw as much as he possibly can out of the Celtics. They’ve preferred to deal with the Celtics since Dell Demps was the general manager. The Lakers’ offers haven’t changed that much. They have a higher pick, but they don’t really have different players to offer. If he really wanted to make the Lakers deal, and he really wanted the draft pick, he would’ve already made the Lakers deal.”However, the Boston Globe reported the Celtics are hesitant to extend an offer with their best assets because of uncertainty surrounding Davis’s long-term future in Boston. It has been speculated that if Davis goes to Boston, he would play out the final season of his contract and then become a free agent.The six-time All-Star told the Pelicans in late January that he didn’t plan to re-sign with the franchise when he could opt out of his contract after 2019-20, and he asked New Orleans to move him. The Pelicans were in negotiations with several teams (including the Celtics and the Lakers) before February’s trade deadline but failed to make a deal.  NBA trade news: Anthony Davis’ agent talks potential Lakers, Knicks dealslast_img read more