Aussies pick uncapped Swepson in four-man spin unit for India tour

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyMELBOURNE,(Reuters)-Australia have included uncapped Mitchell Swepson and recalled Ashton Agar in a four-man spin-bowling unit for the Test tour of India, part of a versatile squad they hope can turn the tide of their recent results in the country.The Australians, who have lost their last nine series in India, also recalled all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell to allow flexibility to deal whatever conditions they face in the four tests starting next month.Top order batsman Shaun Marsh, Mitchell’s brother, was also recalled after losing his place in the side for the series against South Africa and Pakistan through injury.Jackson Bird was included in the 16-man squad as a third pace option along with Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, despite being dropped for the final Test against Pakistan to allow two spinners to play in Sydney.The Australians will review their fast-bowling resources after the second Test in Bangalore.“We don’t know what pitch conditions we will come up against in each of the venues but wanted to make sure we have plenty of options available to us,” head selector Trevor Hohns said.“We know India is an incredibly tough place to tour and to succeed in, but we have a squad here which we believe can perform well enough in those conditions to give a good account of itself.“No country has performed all that well over there in the last 10 years or more, but somehow, some way, someone has to turn the tide.”Leg spinner Swepson and left-arm orthodox spinner Agar, who played two Tests in England in 2013, will act as back-up to off spinner Nathan Lyon and left-armer Steve O’Keefe.Swepson, who has played 14 first class matches, won out over Adam Zampa because he is the more attacking of the two spinners, Hohns said.“He is an exciting young leg spinner, he gives the ball a very good rip, he’s a wicket-taking leg-spinner,” he added.“Given the opportunity, we think he could play a part over there. If he doesn’t, he’ll gain a lot from being there.”Hohns described Agar, who scored 98 with the bat on debut in the 2013 Ashes, as a “good all round package” who offered yet more versatility to the squad.Mitchell Marsh edged out all-rounder Hilton Cartwright, who made his debut in the Pakistan series, because of his superior bowling, Hohns said.Maxwell, a fast-scoring batsman who has been largely restricted to the shorter forms for his country, played the last of his three tests two years ago.“Glenn is very experienced in Indian conditions, he’s generally regarded as a good player of spin bowling, he’s a good fielder and his off-spin is handy,” said Hohns.Opener Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb, who both impressed after making their debuts in the home summer, were also included, the latter offering back-up to the single specialist wicket-keeper, Matt Wade.The first Test starts in Pune on Feb. 23 and is followed by matches in Bangalore, Ranchi and Dharamsala.Squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Stephen O’Keefe, Ashtonlast_img read more

Texas Southern, Southern meet in SWAC semis

first_img March 12, 2020 Texas Southern, Southern meet in SWAC semis Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: Texas Southern has benefited heavily from its seniors. Tyrik Armstrong, Yahuza Rasas, Justin Hopkins and Eden Ewing have combined to account for 56 percent all Tigers points this season.ACCURATE ARMSTRONG: Armstrong has connected on 42.4 percent of the 59 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 84.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Texas Southern is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 16-8 when scoring at least 63.ASSIST RATIOS: The Jaguars have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Tigers. Southern has 40 assists on 81 field goals (49.4 percent) over its past three games while Texas Southern has assists on 33 of 80 field goals (41.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Texas Southern has attempted the fourth-most free throws in all of Division I. The Tigers have averaged 24.6 free throws per game, including 26.9 per game against conference opponents.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 3 seed Texas Southern (16-16, 13-6) vs. No. 2 seed Southern (17-15, 14-5)Southwestern Athletic Conference Tourney Semifinals, Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama; Friday, 8:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Texas Southern is ready to face Southern with the winner securing a spot in the SWAC championship game. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last went at it on March 5, when the Jaguars shot 61.7 percent from the field while holding Texas Southern to just 46 percent en route to an 89-74 victory. For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Familiarity between Syracuse, West Virginia adds rivalry vibes to Pinstripe Bowl

first_imgNEW YORK – It’s a bowl game without the element that makes these college football showcases so unique. Syracuse and West Virginia have a deep-rooted rivalry. These two programs will play each other, as they have every season since 1955.But this time it’s in a bowl game, a setting that usually pits new opponents against each other.On Saturday at 3:15 p.m at Yankee Stadium, the Mountaineers will have a chance to exact revenge while the Orange look to defend its supremacy in the Pinstripe Bowl. Players from both teams spoke at Yankee Stadium Wednesday about playing a team they know so well.Syracuse beat West Virginia in each of the last two seasons, and the Mountaineers have the extra motivation to make up for those losses. But when they moved to the Big 12 last summer, they didn’t think they’d get the opportunity. Now Syracuse moves back onto their schedule, extending the life of the rivalry.“I mean just because we’re playing a familiar team,” Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib said. “We’re playing a team that prior to this year we played every year in the regular season, so I mean it’s a bit strange in that fact. But at the end of the day, it’s just another football team.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNassib and the Orange played in the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, where they beat Kansas State 36-34 behind Delone Carter’s 198 rushing yards and Marcus Sales’ 172 receiving yards. It was a dazzling offensive performance, the type Syracuse will likely need in this year’s Pinstripe Bowl against one of the best quarterbacks in the country, Geno Smith.West Virginia finished the regular season eighth in the country in total offense with 518.5 yards per game. Smith was fourth in the country with 333.67 yards per game. Syracuse, though, was 21st with 473.42 yards per game. Nassib finished with 301.58 yards per game, good for 13th in the nation.So the expectation, of course, is that it’s going to be a shootout between two gun-slinging quarterbacks. There’s potential for these two offenses to light up Yankee Stadium.“Every game we’ve played this year, everybody says it’s going to be a shootout,” West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “I’m looking forward to seeing our defense out there and see if we’ve made some improvements, and I think we have.”Holgorsen said playing the Orange “made his job a little easier.” He could pull out the game film from the last two seasons and see exactly what the Mountaineers did wrong that sent them to upset losses to Syracuse. Since this season was WVU’s first in the Big 12, preparations for the Pinstripe Bowl were the first time the Mountaineers were familiar with their opponents.And as far as preparing his players for the game, his job is also easier, he said. They already know they have something to accomplish, ratcheting up the rivalry even more.“Those guys have beaten us twice,” Smith said. “We didn’t get a chance to play them this year in the regular season, but being able to play these guys in the Pinstripe Bowl is just another way for us as seniors, as a program, to go out there and prove others wrong as we’ve always done.”West Virginia struggled in its first season in the Big 12. The Mountaineers won their first five games before losing the next five, which were all conference games. In that stretch, they gave up 49.6 points per game.West Virginia’s defense struggled all season, but Syracuse left tackle Justin Pugh said it can still be a strong unit. Pugh said he watched the Mountaineers run a new defensive package on film where they bring in smaller players, “linebacker-type hybrids” as Pugh called them, to add some quickness to the defense as it looks to rush the quarterback.It’s a new look and a new wrinkle for a team the Orange is used to playing.“So that’s something different from what they had last year,” Pugh said. “I know last year they kept their bigger three-man front in, and now they bring this other package in.”Besides that, most of the players who played in last season’s game at the Carrier Dome are back. The familiarity between the two sides is deep. It’s a bowl game, but there’s nothing unique about the matchup.And with West Virginia seeking revenge, the rivalry continues at an even more intense level.“Talk is cheap. You’ve just got to go out there and play the game,” Syracuse strong safety Shamarko Thomas said. “You show your actions. Don’t use your words, show your actions.” Comments Published on December 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories ‘It was a defining moment’: Former players reflect on 2010 Pinstripe Bowl victorylast_img read more

Grossman: Jim Boeheim now has exactly what he wants

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 21, 2017 at 12:54 am Jim Boeheim has an untouchable air about him. That’s earned after nearly a half-century of coaching at the same school. He operates his team freely, says what he wants and continues to lead Syracuse even after demonstrating a “lack of institutional control” in the NCAA’s eyes.But the truth is, Boeheim felt boxed in by an email. Specifically, the 11th paragraph of a campus-wide email sent in the wake of NCAA sanctions on March 18, 2015.“Coach Boeheim … intends to retire as Head Coach in three years,” the message from Chancellor Kent Syverud said.Boeheim no longer dictated his exit from the program he built. An email did.“I did not want to make it public,” Boeheim said of his preplanned retirement on Monday. “I thought that was a mistake … I was overruled.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow there’s a new course in place, one that aligns precisely with Boeheim’s desire for secrecy and ambiguity. Mike Hopkins’ hiring as Washington’s next head coach left the Orange without its next head coach. That cornered Director of Athletics John Wildhack into making a decision about Boeheim, slated to yield the head coaching position to Hopkins after next season. Wildhack offered Boeheim a contract extension, the length of which is being kept secret.So as Boeheim and Wildhack fielded questions at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center on Monday afternoon, neither offered a new path of succession. The only set plan is for Boeheim to keep coaching as long as his contract allows. No head coach-designates, no emailed retirement plans, no proposals at all. Just the way Boeheim wants.“I was perfectly content to coach the three years,” Boeheim said. “But now that this change has occurred, I’m happy that it has turned this way.“I’m pretty excited about what’s going to happen the next two or three years.”The next few years were supposed to be about Boeheim’s era transitioning into that of Hopkins. Instead, Hopkins is the primary reason the Boeheim era will survive years longer than anyone thought a few days ago.Syracuse affixed the “head coach-designate” label to Hopkins in June 2015, three months after Boeheim’s retirement plan surfaced. The succession plan was Boeheim’s idea, he said Monday, and it was ideal for Boeheim to hand the head coaching reins to someone he considers to be a son.But even with a firm course of action already set, Boeheim repeatedly danced around the subject of his retirement. He admitted as much on Monday, saying he liked making jokes about his planned exit.When Hopkins bolted for the Huskies, it only confirmed the thought in many people’s minds: Hopkins left because Boeheim wouldn’t. Boeheim adamantly refuted that claim on Monday. He wasn’t willing to retire for Syracuse’s sake, not for an email’s sake, but for Hopkins’ sake.With Hopkins out of the picture, there was nothing from keeping Boeheim in it.“Ultimately my recommendation was what I thought was in the best interest of the program,” said Wildhack, the man who recommended Boeheim’s contract extension to Syverud and the Board of Trustees. “This is the result of that.”The real result is flexibility. Boeheim isn’t bound to any terms but his own. He once again has the freedom to change his mind on retirement, something he said has crossed his mind over the last 10 or so years.Despite that, it didn’t take much to convince the 72-year-old to sign an extended contract. Boeheim’s immediate thought was to continue coaching to maintain continuity in the program, a bubbly phrase that means more about preserving recruits than anything else.So when Wildhack put the mysterious deal in front of Boeheim, there wasn’t much deliberation needed.“I didn’t think about it,” Boeheim said. “It was done.”Working with an athletic director who didn’t experience the ugliness of NCAA sanctions, Boeheim has a new lease on his career. Wildhack said he looked at his decision from a “360-degree perspective,” implying he’s not oblivious to what happened years ago. But at the same time, it didn’t matter.Boeheim’s going to pilot his program for as long as he wants. That’s how Wildhack felt it should be, and ultimately that’s how Syverud, who authored Boeheim’s previous retirement plan, felt it should be. At the end of a severe shakeup, at least by Syracuse basketball standards, Boeheim succeeds Boeheim.Said Wildhack: “I believe this is the best outcome.”So does Jim Boeheim. Commentslast_img read more

WI coach suspended by ICC

first_imgWest Indies head coach Stuart Law has been slapped with a two-match suspension by the International Cricket Council after being found guilty on a disciplinary charge of making “inappropriate comments” to officials. Also fined Law also received a 100 per cent fine in addition to three demerit points and with an accumulated four demerit points in a 24-month period, will now miss the first two One-Day Internationals of the five-match series in India which bowls off Sunday in Guwahati.Incident occurred during 3rd WI-India TestThe incident occurred on the third day of the final Test in Hyderabad on Sunday when Law entered the TV umpire’s room following the dismissal of opener Kieran Powell in the second innings, and made inappropriate comments.Law also visited the fourth umpire’s area where he also directed similar comments at the official, within the earshot of players.The Australian pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanction set out by match referee Chris Broad.West Indies lost the match by 10 wickets inside three days to suffer a clean sweep in the two-match series.Law made headlines earlier last month when he announced his intention to quit the Windies side at year end, following two years in charge.last_img read more

Fifa presidency: Five candidates confirmed for 26 February election

first_imgFifa has confirmed that five candidates will battle for the presidency of football’s world governing body when voting takes place on 26 February.Those five are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.The election, prompted by Sepp Blatter’s decision to stand down amid a growing corruption scandal at Fifa, will be held in Zurich.Blatter has been in charge since 1998.Sheikh Salman, head of the Asian Football Confederation, and Infantino, the Uefa general secretary, are seen as the frontrunners.Uefa president Michel Platini was the early favourite to succeed Blatter but was banned from football for eight years by Fifa’s ethics committee. The Frenchman has taken his case to Fifa’s appeals committee and is expected to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if that fails.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Helping Our Trees Help Us – Urban Forestry Restoration Project

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe Urban Forestry Restoration Project, administered by the Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community Forestry Program, is an exciting opportunity to enhance the capacity of urban forests to manage stormwater and improve air and water quality by improving the health and functionality of trees and forested sites in urban settings. Even more exciting is our opportunity to participate in this program here in Olympia.A Puget SoundCorps team will work with City staff starting in October to help maintain downtown street trees, plant new trees, eradicate invasive non-native vegetation and replant with native species.  Site locations include Capitol Way, Grass Lake Nature Park, Evergreen Park, Harry Fain’s Legion Park, Watershed Park and Mission Creek Nature Park. Invasive non-native plants prevent forested areas from providing our community the full benefits and services of healthy forests by competing for water and nutrients, and in some cases even killing trees. Many undesirable plants that grow in dense thickets also harbor rats and other vermin, creating a public safety hazard as well. Once the unwelcome plants are gone, native vegetation will be planted in its place.Volunteers will help maintain the restoration sites, monitoring and eradicating any new invasive threats and caring for the newly planted native vegetation. To learn more about how you can help keep City of Olympia parks healthy in the future, contact Sylvana Niehuser, Park Ranger at 360-753-8365.For more information about the Urban Forestry Restoration Project, visit the Project online or contact Micki McNaughton at (360) 902-1637 or DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Puget SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps program administered by Washington Dept. of Ecology. PSC crews work on projects that help restore and protect water quality in Puget Sound. The Washington Conservation Corps is supported through grant funding and Education Awards provided by AmeriCorps.last_img read more

SA teams to learn fate on July 7

first_imgIt was announced in April that Super Rugby would be trimmed from 18 teams to 15 going forward, with two of the South African representatives set for the chop.That move will leave South Africa with four sides in the southern hemisphere competition, while Australia will also see one of its teams cut.The Cheetahs and Southern Kings are widely expected to be the sides that lose their place, but the definite identity of the teams at risk remains unclear.The South African Rugby Union announced on Wednesday that a special general meeting will be held on July 7 to determine “the SA teams to participate in Super Rugby”.Chief executive Jurie Roux confirmed a decision would be made using a proposal from SA Rugby’s executive council and the franchise committee, which is made up of the six current teams.The proposal will also be discussed by a non-franchise committee ahead of the meeting, that panel containing representatives from South Africa’s 14 provincial rugby unions.last_img read more

The cracks that Lorenzo Sanz signed

first_imgThe first summer, 1996 when the Gallaghers were still together and Wonderwall was one of the themes of the year, He was the first to design the squad and undertook signings to revolutionize the team for an equivalent price that exceeded 50 million euros., a real fortune at the time.As for transfers, the best known of his career, that of Pedja Mijatovic, closed. The Titograd forward, current Podgorica, signed on July 1 after Real Madrid deposited with the LFP the termination clause that tied him to Valencia: 1,489 million pesetas. Sanz negotiated with Pedja during the entire previous campaign when he was in Mestalla without Francisco Roig, president of Ché, knowing about it, which sparked a crossing of statements in the media and strained the rivalry between the two clubs when he left.The move would go well for Lorenzo Sanz as a Montenegrin goal would end a 32-year drought without winning the European Cup only one season after arrival.That same summer he brought in another club legend, Roberto Carlos, who would remain on the team until 2007 without anyone moving him from the Bernabéu’s left wing. Inter released him in exchange for six million euros. Lorenzo Sanz passed away this Saturday in Madrid at the age of 76. The businessman had different businesses throughout his life but became famous when he occupied the main seat of the Santiago Bernabéu’s presidential box since Ramón Mendoza’s resignation on November 26, 1995. His legacy is history. He returned the European Cup to the club 32 years later with the Seventh (1998), added the Eighth (2000), also won a League, an Intercontinental and a Spanish Super Cup and signed players who marked an era in the white club. In addition, he also dressed Suker, Seedorf, Illgner, Panucci and Zé Roberto in white. The Croatian and the German triumphed at Real Madrid while the 10, the Italian and the Brazilian demonstrated their best level further from the Bernabéu. Seedorf shone for a decade at Milan, Zé Roberto did so at Bayer Leverkusen and at Bayern and Panucci in Rome.There was no other summer like itLorenzo Sanz kept looking for stars to reinforce the team but there was no other summer like the one in 1996. In the winter of ’98, they finally managed to bring to Karembeu, after a tug-of-war of months with Sampdoria. The New Caledonian left two marks for white history in the achievement of the Seventh against Leverkusen and against Borussia Dortmund. That same year Savio came from Flamengo, and two Spaniards who would spend some years in the white discipline leaving a good memory: Fernando Morientes and Aitor Karanka.The third season was more dedicated to sales, with the departures of Zé Roberto, Dani García, Amavisca or Santi Cañizares to add touches to the European champion squad with less-than-blinding signings.In the last of Sanz, the 99/00, spending soared with a very powerful investment (more than 30 million) in Nicolas Anelka, at that time, promising French striker for Arsenal. Another 21 were spent at Elvir Baljic and up to 8 at Ognjenovic. In the end, the ones that came out the best were the cheapest: Michel Salgado, for which 6 million were paid to Celta, Iván Helguera, which cost 2.5 million and Steve McManaman, who came free from Liverpool.That was a year of staff reform in which they came out Seedorf (€ 24m to Inter), Mijatovic (€ 12m to Fiorentina), Panucci (€ 9.3m to Inter), Davor Suker (€ 5m to Arsenal) and Samuel Eto’o, which did not materialize in Madrid and was sold for € 4.5 million to Mallorca at just 18 years old.On May 24, 2000, Lorenzo Sanz’s Real Madrid won the Eighth in Paris against Valencia and on July 16 called elections, in which he fell in front of Florentino Pérez, current president of the club ending his stage at the head of the white entity.last_img read more

CAPAM delegates impressed with Guyana’s Smart Classroom

first_imgDelegates of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) were impressed after a demonstration of how Guyana’s Smart Classrooms work. The delegates are currently in Guyana for the 12th Biennial Conference.They were given a hands-on tour of the operations of one of the classrooms by the National Centre for Educational Resource Development’s (NCERD) Information Technology (IT) Coordinator Marcia Thomas. The IT Coordinator informed theInformation Technology Coordinator Marcia Thomas (center standing) addressing the delegates of the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) on how the Smart Classroom worksdelegates that the smart classroom was born out of a need to meet the needs of the people, especially those in the hinterland regions. Thomas explained that it is also in keeping with Guyana’s green agenda since the room is powered by solar energy.Many of the delegates were amazed by the system which can effectively contribute to the education process for a large population. Thomas explained that prior to the system’s implementation, teachers were trained to effectively deliver lessons to their students using the new technology. She also indicated that the teacher conducting the lessons has full control of every student’s device.“With the help of the e-Governance unit, we have started connecting all the schools in Guyana. So, every child will have access to education. Every day we have master teachers in here teaching, every child who missed school can into smart class Guyana and pull up that lesson,” she is quoted by the Department of Public Information as explaining.Thomas also highlighted that shortly, an application (APP) will be launched to further enhance the smart classroom. This APP will provide access to hundreds of textbooks, free of cost, for students.last_img read more