CWI set to revamp selection policy to choose best players for World Cup

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) is set to revamp its selection policy in an effort to rid the process of “politics or petty emotional situations” in a move geared towards having the best squad selected for the upcoming ICC World Cup.New president Ricky Skerritt said selection policy had come under heavy scrutiny ever since he and vice-president Dr Kishore Shallow assumed the reins of the regional governing body two weeks ago, and it was now hoped that the changes would result in a broadening of the selection pool.“In the last two weeks, one of the most critical points that have been embedded as a selection policy is that if a player can still get selected for the team, he must be considered,” Skerritt told cricket website, Cricbuzz.“There must be no reason for non-consideration other than cricket or medical or physical health. No administrative issues, politics or petty emotional situations must prohibit or prevent players from being considered for selection.”He continued: “The last 10, 11 days since the election, we’ve been bringing in changes in terms of personnel and policies to make sure that we can reach out to everybody who wants to play for West Indies. “The people responsible for selecting, managing and leading the squad to the World Cup have been reaching out to players who may be interested, to let them know that the policy has changed and to be clear whether they are available or not, so that when the group gets together next week to make their final decision on the squad, they have as wide a slate to choose from as possible.”Selection politics has remained a perennial issue in West Indies cricket but became a major talking point in recent years, as the relationship between senior players and the Dave Cameron-led CWI administration frayed.Darren Sammy was inexplicably axed as captain and dropped from the squad five months after guiding West Indies to the capture of the Twenty20 World Cup in India three years ago, with many believing the move was as a result of his controversial public criticism of Cameron and CWI’s handling of player issues in the lead-up to the tournament.Similarly, recently-retired all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was never picked again in a one-day squad after playing a key role in the contentious abandoned tour of India in 2014.He was also sacked from the T20 squad in 2016 following the disastrous tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates which followed the firing of head coach Phil Simmons – a development subsequently criticised by Bravo.Back in 2015, Simmons had famously criticised the selection process as suffering from “too much interference from outside”.With the World Cup set to bowl off May 30, Skerritt said it was important to have proper selection policy in place so that the Windies squad would be an ideal mix of youth and experience.“… that’s a policy decision which was made even before we got into office but it became effective immediately on us, getting into office, as we wanted it to be cemented before the World Cup,” he pointed out.“The problem in the recent past we discovered was that it was more an informal policy that hovered over the selectors’ heads. And I suspect they erred on the side of political caution and at times made decisions that hurt the team from being strengthened.“That led to the policy makers pointing fingers at the selectors for only picking young people but we know a successful cricket team needs a mix of seniority and young players.”Only recently in the one-day series against England, veteran 39-year-old opener Chris Gayle returned to the side to plunder 424 runs at an average of 106, to be voted Player-of-the-Series.last_img read more

Midfielder Serra Degnan flies under the radar for top-ranked Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Serra Degnan passed the ball up the right side of the field to Alyssa Manley, who took it in toward the circle. Manley quickly found a diving Liz Sack for a goal that put Syracuse ahead 3-0 over Monmouth.Sack and Manley embraced, but instead of joining her two teammates, Degnan fist-pumped, looked to the SU sideline, nodded and headed back to the midfield.She felt confident she had done her job.“I play a lot,” Degnan said. “It’s my team who helps me and allows me to make plays to help them. I don’t care about scoring or anything.”Listed as a forward but with the ability to play midfield, Degnan is the “heart and soul” of No. 1 Syracuse (13-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast), according to head coach Ange Bradley, and a primary reason the Orange has excelled both offensively and defensively this season. Though her three goals, three assists and 12 shots are nowhere near tops on the team, the junior has started each game and quietly led the team with her awareness and communication.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She’s steady and she’s a real servant of the team,” Bradley said. “She’s solid, simple, nothing flashy. She just is glue for us.”Even with mostly just high school experience — Degnan never played at the club level — she played in all 20 of the team’s games her freshman year, starting 16 times and scoring four goals. Last year, she started all 24 games — including the national championship — but only scored one point, which came on an assist in the fourth game of the season against Kent State.In a 9-1 Syracuse win over Cornell this season, Degnan scored two goals and tallied an assist in the breakout scoring game of her career. Without that game, her statistics once more pale in comparison to those of her fellow starters.But Degnan’s value is undeniable, forward Emma Russell said.“She’s a great communicator and she’s always organizing in the midfield, which sets the tone for the forwards in the attack,” Russell said.The ability to reshape the attack and defense is something that Degnan does particularly well, Russell said, as she has become more vocal throughout her career at Syracuse. Starting the game on the sideline just four times in her career has given Degnan the opportunity to learn on the job and now she’s able to react quicker to opponents.As she’s progressed from a quiet freshman to an upperclass veteran, Degnan finds it easier to relay what she’s seeing, providing help to her teammates.“Coming in freshman year, I worried about myself,” Degnan said. “This year, it’s on me to set the tone in practice and in games.”Russell first noticed Degnan taking on a bigger role as one of the team’s leaders this season during fitness training and conditioning sessions. As a player who’s effective in two positions, Degnan rarely comes off the field.Degnan admitted that she used to only focus on her own fitness, but this season’s been different. As one of the players in the best shape, she can be seen encouraging others to keep up with her.This year she’s been the primary “stick-stopper” on penalty-corner insertions. Degnan admitted it’s been nerve-wracking to be the table-setter for arguably the sport’s most important play, but it’s simply the next obstacle in an expanding arsenal.“She continues to impress on the field, and her role keeps increasing,” Russell said. “She doesn’t get the recognition she deserves, but her teammates know at the end of the game she’s a big reason we keep winning.” Comments Published on October 12, 2015 at 10:01 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse loses, 60-56, to North Carolina State after poor 3rd quarter, bad games from Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond

first_imgPoor outings from Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond coupled with a third quarter to forget sunk Syracuse (14-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast), 60-56, at the hands of North Carolina State (14-5, 3-3) on Sunday at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina.Drummond and Mangakahia, who together pace Syracuse in scoring, combined for 25 points — the former with nine, the latter with 16. Mangakahia, SU’s point guard and team leader in assists, only had five helpers and turned the ball over seven times. Drummond, a 6-foot-1 forward, only snatched four boards.Despite that, head coach Quentin Hillsman was proud of his point guard battling through a rough outing and a lingering eye injury suffered last Sunday against Florida State.“(Mangakahia) could’ve laid down in that game,” Hillsman said, “but she didn’t. She did everything she could to help us win. That was a really courageous game by her.”Syracuse got some good looks but couldn’t get shots to fall, Hillsman said. Still, he acknowledged, his team needs to figure out how to win on the road when things aren’t going its way. Despite a balanced Wolfpack offense on the other end — all five starters for NCSU finished with at least eight points — the Orange led at halftime, 33-32. The biggest hindrance to Syracuse pulling away was NCSU scoring on putbacks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Rebounding is the game,” Hillsman said. “They got a lot of second chance points, and that’s big. We’ve got to hold them to one possession (each time down the floor).”The Wolfpack finished with 15 second-chance points. Syracuse had zero.Out of the halftime break, SU mustered seven points in the third quarter while committing four fouls, turning the ball over four times and shooting a meager 2-of-12 from the field (16.7 percent). N.C. State also bullied SU on the glass in the third frame, out-rebounding Syracuse 13 to seven. On the game, the Wolfpack grabbed 15 more boards than the Orange (46-31).“We didn’t really do a very good job of getting the ball off the glass,” Hillsman said, “There was times we got bodies on them and didn’t finish plays.”Gabrielle Cooper managed to chip in 11 points, but on an inefficient 3-of-10 shooting, including some 3s that missed badly. Still, Cooper’s production, mixed with the limited offense being generated from the Orange’s usual sources, kept SU in the game.With 11 seconds left, Syracuse was down four with Mangakahia at the line. She sank the first attempt, but missed the second and off the miss, she committed her fifth foul.Mangakahia sat out and watched the final nine seconds bleed off the clock as SU dipped below .500 in conference play.“At the end of the day,” Hillsman said, “it’s a long season. We’ve got a lot of basketball left. It’s an ACC road game and sometimes things happen on the road.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Munster move second in Pro 12 table

first_imgAndrew Smith scored the only try of the game, with JJ Hanrahan kicking four penalties.Connacht are just one place behind Munster, after they won 9-6 at Treviso.In the Pro 12 today Leinster travel to face Zebre in Italy at 3 o’ clock with Ulster entertaining Glasgow Warriors from 5:05. And Clonmel Rugby Club play host to Munster A, who kickstart their British & Irish Cup campaign with a game against Moseley from three o’ clock.last_img

PAHO launches campaign to prevent cervical cancer in the Caribbean

first_imgWASHINGTON, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched a communication campaign aimed at preventing cervical cancer, which kills more than 34,000 women annually in the Americas, including the Caribbean.PAHO describes the disease as being among the leading causes of cancer death in women in 23 countries of the region.“Time to End Cervical cancer”It said the campaign titled “It is Time to End Cervical Cancer” is a designed to inform health providers and empower women and girls with health information on how to prevent this disease, which is diagnosed in some 72,000 women each year.With the slogan, “Don’t let cervical cancer stop you,” the campaign provides materials, information and stories about the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), the cause of cervical cancer and about cervical cancer screening methods, to encourage women to have regular examinations for the early detection of precancerous lesions.Preventive care crucialPAHO said the ultimate goal is to mobilize health providers, women and girls to seek preventive care and stop cervical cancer from keeping women from reaching their maximum potential in life.“By being informed about cervical cancer and how to prevent it, we can help to ensure that women lead healthy, productive lives,” said Dr. Anselm Hennis, Director of the PAHO Department of Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health.“We have the tools to prevent cervical cancer from being a threat to the health and well-being of women, their families, and communities.”HPV vaccinationPAHO said cervical cancer can be prevented with HPV vaccination and with screening. The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls ages nine to 14 and is available in 35 countries and territories of the region. However, in the majority of countries, the HPV vaccine coverage rate with the recommended two doses, has not yet reached 80 per cent of the target population.In addition to providing information about cervical cancer vaccination, the campaign also aims to raise awareness about cervical cancer screening, which is recommended primarily for women aged 30 to 49 years. An estimated 32 million women in the region are eligible for cervical cancer screening, which, when coupled with treatment, can save lives.The web-based campaign has a section for health professionals that contains guides, factsheets, answers to frequently asked questions, and a free online course, all aimed at building knowledge of the issue and improving HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening.In September, Health Ministers from the Americas agreed, at the PAHO Directing Council meeting, on a plan to reduce cervical cancer by a third in the region by 2030.To accomplish this, the plan aims to strengthen primary prevention through information and education and HPV vaccination, as well as improve cervical cancer screening and treatment of precancerous lesions, and strengthen access to cancer diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.last_img read more

Former L.A. Dodger Glenn Burke was a trailblazer for gay athletes

first_imgThe Shrine is sort of a populist Cooperstown. It welcomes those who have contributed to the game by being themselves, not by stacking numbers. Its inaugural class of 1999 was Dock Ellis, Bill Veeck and Curt Flood.Marvin Miller, Pete Rose, Roger Maris, Fernando Valenzuela, Dr. Frank Jobe, Jim Abbott and Jim Bouton left a more vivid impression on baseball than a majority of those in the real Hall of Fame. They are not in that shrine, and likely never will be, but they’re here Sunday.Burke hit .237 with two home runs for his career. He was better than that. He grew up in the Dodgers’ loaded farm system and chafed at how long the line was. Jim Gilliam, the longtime infielder and coach, said Burke could be “the next Willie Mays.”“There was nothing he couldn’t do on a baseball field,” said Joe Simpson, a Dodger teammate and now the TV analyst for the Atlanta Braves. “He was that five-tool player you hear about. But this was pre-free agency. The Dodgers had a lot of outfielders, and a lot of us in the minor leagues were just blocked. Glenn played with a chip on his shoulder. Sometimes that chip would weigh him down.”The Dodgers traded Burke to Oakland for Billy North, which stung Davey Lopes, Dusty Baker and other clubhouse friends.“The ironic thing,” Sidney Burke said, “was that the A’s basically replaced him with Rickey Henderson, whom we all know from growing up in Oakland. Most people thought Glenn was at least as good a player.”Eventually, Oakland hired manager Billy Martin, who often used the “f word” to Burke’s face and to his teammates. Burke retired soon afterward.“I felt I was depriving myself of my homosexual life by living a double life,” he wrote in his autobiography, “Out of Home,” a book that he finished while he was dying of AIDS.That was 36 years ago. Players are powerful now. One presumes that teammates would rebel against a bigoted manager. Twenty-five Twitter accounts can’t be silent forever.Burke always found ways to avoid dealing with all the women who wanted to deal with him. He waited for his Dodger friends to leave the hotel before he would visit his own places. He pulled his coat over his face when hailing cabs.Simpson said he never knew about Burke’s sexual orientation until later. But when general manager Al Campanis offered him a bonus to get married, Burke wasn’t fooled or surprised.Later, Burke won two sprint gold medals in the Gay Games, and was a prominent basketball and softball player. “He was the man,” Sidney said.He was also hit by a car, developed a drug habit, and lived on the San Francisco streets for a time. He was 42 when he died, in 1995.Today there are gay senators, gay mayors, gay afternoon talk-show hosts, gay Oscar MCs and gay tech moguls, all of them as unapologetic as Abby Wambach when she kissed her wife in Vancouver during the Women’s World Cup.And today we remember Glenn Burke’s generation and its refusal to change, and the way it led to a day when everything could. The party was only born when Glenn Burke got there. The clubhouse only felt like home when Glenn Burke walked in.He was a needler, a performer, a teammate. His only enemy was silence.“He was Richard Pryor before there was a Richard Pryor,” said Sidney Burke, his brother.Glenn Burke was also a homosexual, back when secrets could almost be kept. Most of the Dodgers knew. The public didn’t, not until Burke retired at the absurd age of 27. The books and the witnesses replaced the whispers. Today, Burke wouldn’t be able to control his news. But would it be news? Michael Sam and Jason Collins walked into the sunshine and wound up on magazine covers, got standing ovations and stood on podiums.It is tempting to say Burke was born way too early. In the legal sense, that’s true. Thanks to the Supreme Court, he could get married today in any state. His civil rights would be protected.Are we ready for a prominent major league ballplayer to get behind that microphone, to announce himself to the world? Probably, but it hasn’t happened yet. Burke said the gay community knew that two prominent MVPs from the 1970s were gay and unannounced.He might have had the defiance, the humor and certainly the ability to lead that parade. At least we would like to think so.On Sunday he joins the Shrine of the Eternals, sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary at the Pasadena Public Library.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WWE announces Tampa will host WrestleMania 36 in 2020

first_imgThis will mark the first time that the Tampa Bay Area will host WrestleMania and the fourth time the event will be held in Florida. Orlando served as the host in both 2008 and 2017 and Miami in 2012.  WrestleMania will make it’s fourth trip to the Sunshine State in 2020 as the 36th edition of “The Showcase of the Immortals” heads to Tampa Bay, Florida.“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we thank Mayor Buckhorn and Commissioner Hagan for bringing WrestleMania to Tampa Bay for the first time,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “I am confident that Tampa Bay will be an outstanding host for our fans around the world.”As expected, WWE officially announced on Thursday that its annual signature event, WrestleMania 36, will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on April 5, 2020.” “Tampa Bay is proud to host WrestleMania,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Our region enjoys a special place in sports entertainment history and has produced many of its iconic figures. We look forward to WWE fans from around the world converging on our city in 2020 to enjoy all that we have to offer.”Raymond James Stadium is home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and can hold more than 60,000 people for the WWE’s flagship event. The stadium will also serve as the home for XFL’s Tampa Bay. The league — which is slated to begin play in February 2020 — is owned and operated by WWE CEO Vince McMahon.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”I would say it’s probably the biggest event that we haven’t had the opportunity to host yet,” Tampa Bay Sports Commission executive director Rob Higgins told the Tampa Bay Times who first reported the story. “So this is why this is such an incredible announcement for our hometown. WrestleMania is returning to the Sunshine State.”The city will host an entire week of WWE festivities including NXT TakeOver, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony along with both of its weekly television shows “RAW” and “SmackDown” with all taking place at the Amalie Arena along with the WrestleMania Axxess fanfest at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. But there’s much more to WrestleMania week with wrestling fans from around the world flocking to the host city to attend wrestling shows from promotions around the world. The bidding for WrestleMania has become very competitive over the past decade, becoming financial windfalls for host cities that compare with the Super Bowl and the college football playoffs. In 2017, WrestleMania 33 generated a record $181.5 million in economic impact for nearby Orlando which serves as the second home base for the company and is home for the WWE Performance Center. Tampa has served as a hotbed for wrestling during the days of territorial promotions featuring the likes of the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and Jack Brisco. Many of the current WWE superstars live in the city and surrounding area.This year’s event — WrestleMania 35 — will take place on April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ with other events in nearby New York City and the nearby New Jersey area.last_img read more

Conor McGregor’s charges reduced after allegedly destroying fan’s phone

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“As a matter of normal procedure, police officers arrest and charge based on probable cause, the lowest evidentiary standard,” Ed Griffith, spokesperson for the Miami-Dade state attorney, told USA Today. “Prosecutors must believe that they can prove the potential charges beyond a reasonable doubt, a much higher standard of required evidence.”The alleged incident happened when the man, Ahmed Abdirzak, attempted to take a picture of McGregor when the former UFC star left the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. McGregor, however, allegedly slapped the phone out of Abdirzak’s hands and proceeded to stomp on it several times. He then grabbed the phone, fled the area and was later arrested, according to multiple reports.“Like his other arrest, his biggest problem is the effect that a conviction will have on his immigration status,” former assistant U.S. Attorney David S. Weinstein told USA Today. “A conviction for this offense qualifies as an aggravated felony. It remains a privilege to enter the U.S. and not a right. So if there is a conviction, that will allow U.S. immigration authorities to prevent him from entering the U.S. on a visitor or work visa.” Prosecutors have reduced the two charges Conor McGregor is facing relating to his alleged assault with a fan in Miami beach last month, according to USA Today.The ruling reduces his potential maximum prison sentence from 20 years to six after he was originally charged with felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief. The degree of one felony charge was lowered, while the other was converted to a misdemeanor. Abdirzak later filed a lawsuit, accusing McGregor of battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to Miami-Dade County, FL., court records obtained by The Associated Press. Abdirzak is seeking more than $15,000. The AP notes McGregor’s criminal defense attorney seemingly dismissed the suit, calling it “a quick effort seeking a payday.”McGregor’s hearing in the case is set for April 10.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard: Clippers star feeling ‘way better’ than 12 months ago

first_img“That’s what I think the process is on those two teams. But you also have to stay healthy, as well, and you have to be present.”Should he come through the season unscathed, Leonard would like to play for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics next year, yet he insists his focus is first on the Clippers.”Right now, yeah, I do want to play [for Team USA],” he said. “But I’m taking it one step at a time. Right now, it’s [about] getting the Clippers to the Finals.” Raptors ‘hungry’ for another NBA title, Marc Gasol says “It’s different this season,” he said at the Clippers’ media day. “Last year, I was going in with an injury that I was dealing with the year before.”It still was lingering, and we knew that I’d have to be healthy going throughout the season and making it into the playoffs.”But this year I’m pretty good, feeling way better than I was at the start of last season.”It’s a wrap.— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) September 30, 2019Leonard was asked what he learned from championship-winning teams at the Spurs and the Raptors and referred to the need to stay healthy, which led to Toronto managing his minutes.”For me, it’s everybody being of high character; the sacrifice, wanting to win, determination, knowledge,” he said. “All that together, just being on the floor, going out there as one unit, all trying to accomplish that ultimate goal.”I think that’s what drives a championship team, and you just figure out the bumps in the road on the way there. It’s all a journey and not get ahead of yourself and not skipping any steps. Kawhi Leonard feels “way better” heading into the new NBA season than he did ahead of a 2018-19 campaign that ended in glory with the Toronto Raptors.Leonard led the Raptors to their first championship last season but spent much of the year still dealing with a quadriceps injury he had suffered prior to his trade from the San Antonio Spurs. Clippers’ Paul George targets November return after offseason shoulder surgeriescenter_img Lakers Media Day: LeBron James hails Anthony Davis, but team downplays expectations The forward played just 60 games in the regular season before establishing himself as the league’s standout performer in the playoffs and leading Toronto to Finals glory.Leonard subsequently left and signed for the Los Angeles Clippers, along with Paul George, and is optimistic he can have a big impact immediately in California. Related News Clippers not measuring themselves against Lakers, Paul George insistslast_img read more

Howard County felon sent to prison for nine years on gun possession charges

first_imgELMA — A convicted felon from Howard County who was found with more than a dozen guns will spend nearly nine years in federal prison. Court records show 63-year-old Michael Strain was found guilty of  two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm in October. Evidence showed that Strain was living in Elma in late 2010 and early 2011 and purchased ammunition and firearms accessories after being told he couldn’t legally buy a gun.  That led to an investigation where officers found thirteen guns at his home — including a sawed-off shotgun. Strain was convicted in Minnesota in 2001 for fleeing from police, and possessing a pipe bomb in his car that was parked near a courthouse while he attended a court hearing. He was sentenced to 105 months in prison and fined $12,500.last_img read more