Australia players can not complain about preparation – CA

first_img(REUTERS)-Cricket Australia (CA) boss James Sutherland has put the Test team’s struggles firmly at the door of the players and rejected suggestions they were unprepared for the series against South Africa.Australia were thrashed by 177 runs in Perth in the series opener and trail by 86 runs in the second test in Hobart after they were skittled out for 85 on day one on Saturday.Rain washed out the second day’s play, but South Africa can hope to shut the door on Australia with a match-winning lead when they resume on 171 for five at Bellerive Oval yesterday.Media pundits have blamed a crammed schedule for Australia’s travails, with the players having had only one domestic Sheffield Shield match to prepare for red-ball cricket after touring South Africa for a one-day international series.But Sutherland said the players had no cause for complaint.“I’ve heard a little bit of commentary around preparation and I think it’s interesting,” Sutherland told ABC radio yesterday.“I don’t think the preparation is anything that Australian cricket can complain about because South Africa have had the same schedule.“We have both played each other in one-day matches in October, came through here, had various forms of long-form or other preparatory matches.“If you draw that comparison the team we are playing against hasn’t had any different preparation.“Ideally you might have a different preparation but the fact of the matter is you can’t.”Selectors rested frontline pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood from the tour of South Africa to keep them fresh for the Test series.Australia played their most recent test series in Sri Lanka in July and August, and were white-washed 3-0.Sutherland reiterated his board’s call for less international cricket, not more, calling the current regime of scheduling “difficult.At ICC (International Cricket Council) level it’s something we’re working very hard on,” he said.“To try and get more structure to refine the way in which international cricket is played and to be honest, ultimately play less international cricket, so that it’s more valuable and there’s not these random series that crop up all the time.”Australia’s selectors have also worn flak for a number of contentious decisions, prompting calls for panel chairman Rod Marsh to step down immediately, rather than wait until after the India tour next year as previously announced.Sutherland, however, said Marsh would not be rushed out the door.“The selection panel clearly have got their job to do and it’s challenging times,” he said.last_img read more

FB : Cohen: Repetitive, predictable play calling costs Syracuse

first_img Comments EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — This Doug Marrone showed plenty of emotion. Unlike the post-West Virginia Marrone that held in his emotion without so much as a smile, Saturday’s version reflected the frustration of a 28-21 loss to Connecticut.Following Syracuse’s turnover on downs with 1:31 remaining that sealed his team’s second consecutive loss, Marrone removed his headset and threw it to the ground in disgust. He handed his now-useless play card off to a member of his staff and stood with arms crossed at midfield.When an assistant reached out to Marrone, offering another piece of paper, the SU head coach snatched it away angrily.‘The second half, we scored every time we touched the ball except for that last drive,’ Marrone said.Uh, coach. That’s not actually true.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter two brilliantly executed touchdown drives to open the second half, SU turned the ball over on each of its final two possessions — both a reflection of simplistic, repetitive play calling. An interception by Ryan Nassib with 9:05 remaining was converted into the eventual game-winning score by the Huskies, and UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes batted down a fourth-and-6 pass to halt SU’s final drive.As the second half wore on, a core group of four plays became the staple of the Syracuse offense. Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett returned to the well time and time again. It led to huge games from wide receivers Alec Lemon and Dorian Graham and tight end Nick Provo, but it also led to both turnovers, as the Huskies — and everyone else in the stadium — knew what plays to expect.Connecticut was fed a heavy diet of out routes to Provo via play action and bootlegs, slants to Lemon or end-arounds to Graham.That’s it. No effective running game, unless you count 33 yards by Graham on four reverses. No threat of deep passes. (Syracuse attempted only one deep ball all game to Van Chew in the first quarter.) By the fourth quarter, not a shred of deception.‘I thought they would (expect it), but we kept getting them,’ Hackett said. ‘So it’s kind of hard when you’re sitting there and you don’t call it because you never know if they’re going to get it.’Seven of Nassib’s nine completions on the Orange’s two touchdown drives in the second half went to Lemon and Provo. The former finished with arguably the best game of his career, hauling in nine catches for 157 yards and a touchdown. The latter remained Nassib’s security blanket with seven catches — four of which resulted in first downs — for 53 yards and a touchdown.But eventually, the Huskies caught on. Linebacker Sio Moore read Lemon’s route on a bootleg by Nassib and jumped in front to pick off a pass in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning score.‘I was just reading the release of the wide receiver and following him on the route,’ Moore said. ‘I knew we needed a big play, so I just made one for us.’And it was on SU’s final drive that UConn demonstrated its ability to predict — correctly — the majority of plays the Orange called.On first-and-10 from its own 20, Graham was smashed in the backfield by Tywon Martin for a loss of 7 on a reverse as Hackett tried to ‘sneak one more in there’ against the Huskies.Later in the drive, the desire to force the ball to Lemon doomed the Orange. On third-and-6, Nassib zipped a ball down the middle on a seam route, but Connecticut safety Ty-Meer Brown broke up the play easily. He read it all the way.Then, with one last chance, Nassib went back to Lemon on the quick slant pattern that worked all game long. But UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes recognized the blatant repetition and extended his arms to bat the ball to the ground on fourth down.‘You want to keep trying to make them play it and make them cover it,’ Hackett said.Well, coach, they did cover it. Against the 106th-best pass defense in the country, SU failed to connect on a single pass of more than 30 yards — because it didn’t try after the first quarter.The exciting offense promised to fans by Marrone, his staff and his players all throughout camp was reduced to a video game-esque series of 5-yard out routes and slants.Nassib was so focused in on Provo and Lemon that by the end of the game, the official Connecticut spotter in the press box began guessing the outcome of each play. It was beyond predictable and beyond ineffective.A far cry from the flea-flicking, wide receiver-throwing offense of weeks gone by.Michael Cohen is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mjcohe02@syr.edu or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Published on November 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Spectacular Ibra Scores on Utd Debut

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic netted a superb goal just four minutes into his Manchester United debut and promised that there would be much more to come after they thrashed Turkish side Galatasaray 5-2 in a friendly in Gothenburg on Saturday.The 34-year-old Swede, who arrived at Old Trafford on a free transfer after a trophy-laden four-year spell with Paris St Germain, wasted no time in making his presence felt, flinging himself into the air to meet Antonio Valencia’s cross.He did not get the cleanest contact on the ball but his scissors kick bounced past Fernando Muslera in Galatasaray’s goal and sent thousands of Swedish fans into raptures.With Wayne Rooney netting twice and Valencia recording three assists against the rudderless Turkish outfit, a delighted Ibrahimovic said it was shaping up to be an exciting season, especially if United’s transfer target Paul Pogba arrives from Juventus.“I’m going to help the team as much as I can and do what I’m good at, creating chances and scoring goals,” he told Swedish TV.“There is something big on the go, it’s going to be very interesting this year. Let us say that if Pogba comes too, it’s going to be very interesting,” he added with a smile.Galatasaray threatened to spoil Zlatan’s party when Sinan Gumus headed the equaliser from a Wesley Sneijder free kick, and Portuguese winger Bruma then rifled home to put Galatasaray ahead four minutes before the break.Ibrahimovic went off at halftime as coach Jose Mourinho rang the changes, but starting fullback Valencia was again the architect as Rooney steered home United’s second 10 minutes into the second half.When Marcus Rashford was felled in the box three minutes later, Rooney stepped up to fire home the resulting penalty.Valencia got his third assist when Marouane Fellaini headed home his cross, before substitute Juan Mata stabbed in a fifth to round off a dominant display by United, who open their Premier League campaign away to Bournemouth on August 14.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Royal Ascot gets China streaming coverage boost with Sina Sports deal

first_img Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Share Updating the market, Ascot Racecourse management has signed a media deal with Chinese digital sports broadcaster Sina Sports to stream its flagship Royal Ascot event.The partnership will see Sina Sports stream the final three days of Royal Ascot across its platforms. Deal stakeholders inform that the partnership could see Royal Ascot reach up to 213 million Chinese households.The Sina stream will be utilsiing the ‘world feed’ from Ascot official broadcaster ITV Racing. Sina will supplement races with its own dedicated commentary and presenter panel live from Beijing.Seeking to boost Royal Ascot’s Chinese appeal, the partnership is working together on a unique concept for an exclusive Official Royal Ascot live streaming event in Beijing, on the Thursday of racing.Sina will invite over 200 of China’s leading female entrepreneurs and professionals are expected to attend its event, where the dress code will mirror that of the Royal Meeting with fine dining made available alongside a Royal Ascot fashion show.Strengthening Royal Ascot’s Chinese coverage Juliet Slot, Commercial Director at Ascot stated : “China is a very important emerging market for us with an increasing number of owners with interests in British racing. To be able to provide this coverage in China, where the ceremony and tradition of Royal Ascot is of considerable interest, is a key part of our international broadcast strategy. The live Beijing event gives us the opportunity to bring a piece of this unique British institution to China.”The broadcast and event will be augmented by active social media through Weibo, China’s leading social media channel with 600 million accounts. Fans will also be able to watch the racing through Sina Sports’ website, mobile site and Sina Sports AppArthur Wei, SVP of Sina, GM of Sina Sports, commented on the partnership: “Sina Sports is pleased to offer Ascot an excellent promotion platform. We hope this partnership will present a crossover of sports and social, introducing the unique culture of British horse racing into the life of Chinese elite class, as well as promoting the new social lifestyle of fashion. In addition to our strong online presence, Sina Sports has established itself as a premier offline events company with nationwide 3×3 basketball and 5×5 football tournaments, a running team award ceremony and the Leaders Sports Business Summit, amongst others. The Royal Ascot live streaming event is another great event hosted by Sina Sports in China.”last_img read more

Lottoland unveils Irish Red Cross partnership

first_img The end of the one-stop solution for sports betting? February 18, 2020 Related Articles Altenar powers first sportsbook platform for Lottoland January 8, 2020 Online lottery operator, Lottoland has unveiled a new initiative that will see the digital makeover of the Irish Red Cross ambulance fleet nationwide. Lottoland emphasised that it opted to partner with the Irish Red Cross for 2018, because of the variety of its humanitarian projects both at home and abroad, and the success it has had across many different types of communities.The new corporate partnership will commence with a game-changing crowdfunding initiative as part of a major donation which will see the provision, by the Irish Red Cross, of even more emergency care and services to the Irish public.By digitising all traditional paper-based administration for the charity’s entire fleet of 130 emergency ambulances, each ambulance crew will save 1.5 hours per day which equates to an  impressive 71,175 personnel hours per year. This potentially life-saving project will kick off with Lottoland donating the entire sales proceedings of this Friday night’s massive EuroMillions draw of €174M to deliver the estimated €50,000 needed to deliver the ambulance digital makeover.The project will target a key operational area of the Irish Red Cross’ infrastructure, made up of 2,000 uniformed members, who provide emergency ambulance and first aid services to the community at major public events in almost every corner of the country. Discarding the old paper-based management systems will dramatically improve efficiency around such critical tasks as ambulatory-care reports, patient-care reports, lifesaving equipment checks and daily fleet management.Lottoland’s Irish Country Manager Graham Ross commented: “This is our most ambitious CSR charity project in Ireland to date and our first full-scale partnership with a major Irish charity. We are delighted to be partnering with the Irish Red Cross, who do so much for medical care, the elderly and disaster relief at home and abroad. “In working together to plan the partnership projects, we’ve learned so much about the incredible work they do, particularly their huge volunteer base who give their time so selflessly for those less fortunate. As a disruptive digital technology company with innovation in its DNA, we are particularly excited to be working to generate funds for the digitisation of the ambulance fleet. Now we just hope that the Irish public at large support the partnership by digging deep and generating a massive donation via our truly unique EuroMillions Rollover draw on Lottoland.ie and the Lottoland App this Friday. Remember every single cent spent on the draw will go to the Irish Red Cross and that has to be something to really get behind.”Irish Red Cross’ National Director of Units Tony Lawlor added: “The new tablet devices will greatly enhance the ability of Irish Red Cross volunteers on local event ambulance cover nationwide to report on patient care securely and in real time. Not only that but the devices will allow us record vehicle pre-event checks, log volunteer hours and confirm crew cover so this valuable sponsorship will really make a difference to the quality of event cover and reporting that the Irish Red Cross provides in future.” StumbleUpon Share William Hill to reshuffle leadership after O’Brien and Whitlam step down January 21, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Danske Spil confirms Auning-Hansen departure

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Danish operator, Danske Spil, has confirmed that it has launched a search for a new chief financial officer (CFO) after Allan Auning-Hansen has confirmed he will be stepping down.As of October, Auning-Hansen will take up a position at Joe & The Juice where he will become the partner and CFO of the juice and coffee shop chain. Auning-Hansen celebrated his time at Danske Spil: “Danske Spil is a unique company that gives entertainment and dreams to the Danes and thus creates a great profit, which contributes to the Danish society – not least for sports.“For joy and benefit, as we say, and something that I will always be proud of having been a central part of. I am sure that the future of the company and the many skilled employees will be just as distinguished as the past, and I promise to keep the tab high until my last day.”Susanne Mørch Koch, group CEO at Danske Spil, added: “Although I am sorry to lose Allan, a skilled daily business partner, I am pleased on his behalf and that Danske Spil can deliver talented managers to other ambitious Danish companies“I know this is an opportunity that Allan could not refuse. I have appreciated Allan’s skill and high spirits, and I wish him all the best in his further career.”The news follows the confirmation that Danske Spil had reached a new deal with TivoliCasino.dk which will see them take ownership of Tivoli Casino’s online site.The new agreement will see Danske Spil use the TivoliCasino.dk brand for the next 10 years with an option for the duo to extend the agreement if the deal proves to be successful. Share Related Articles Danish FA backs Danske Spil’s Safe Play campaign August 24, 2020 Nikolas Lynhe-Knudsen to lead Danske Spil as CEO July 2, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Jim Kelly having surgery for spinal cord issue

first_imgFormer Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly is having surgery Friday to remove a cyst pressing against his spinal cord, his wife, Jill, reported on Instagram.Kelly recently told The Buffalo News he has been in “excruciating” pain because of the cyst located between his L4 and L5 vertebrae. “My family’s been yelling at me for a long time, but I kept putting it off, putting it off putting it off,” Kelly said. “And I got to a point where I can’t put it off anymore. I just can’t wait for a day where I’m pain-free. Right now, my back’s killing me. Hopefully, nothing else is wrong.”The quarterback who led the Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s has battled health issues for several years. He was diagnosed with oral cancer in June 2013, but a biopsy in July 2016 revealed he was cancer free. However, he underwent a massive surgery in March 2018 to reconstruct his upper jaw, then had another operation in July to stabilize it. Kelly announced in January he is cancer free once again. Related News Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly reveals he is cancer free once again View this post on Instagram “Maybe you’re thinking what I’m thinking … not another surgery. I know,” Jill Kelly wrote on Instagram. “Another mountain to climb. But … also, another opportunity to trust God and walk by faith.” Now, Kelly faces recovery from another surgery. His playing days left him with other surgical scars.“I already have two plates and 10 screws in my back now,” Kelly told The News. “I’ve got a plate and six screws in my neck. Now I’m having another back surgery. I go, ‘Come on, Lord! Please, no more.’ It is what it is. You just have to keep fighting through it. I pray every day that one of these days, I will be pain-free. So far, that hasn’t been my case in many, many years.” When football ends, basketball begins. He would be at a sporting event every night if he could be. Thankful to have a bunch of nephews in high school and college sports! Great game tonight Bradley! Soooo… Tomorrow morning, (7:30 am), Jim will be getting back surgery. He has a cyst pushing up against his spinal cord that needs to be removed…etc. As so many of you have in the past, please pray. And while I am waiting, I will be praying too…so let me know if you’d like me to pray for you or someone you love. Maybe you’re thinking what I’m thinking…not another surgery. 😞 I know. Another mountain to climb. But…also, another opportunity to trust God and walk by faith. Exodus 14:14A post shared by Jill Kelly (@jillmkelly) on Feb 7, 2019 at 6:31pm PSTKelly received the Jimmy V Award at the 2018 ESPY Awards in July as “a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination.”last_img read more

Wellington volleyball travels to Buhler tonight; set for sub-state here Saturday

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DouglassAbby 9 kills 1 block 16 digs 1 ace 1 assistSiarah 9 killsKeelie 1 kill 8 digsErin 4 digs 10 assistMcKenna 2 kills 12 assist 1 dig 1 aceMariah 6 killsKatie 6 digs. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader volleyball team will complete its most successful regular season in its history when it travels to Buhler to play in a double dual with the host and Andale.The Crusaders will then set their sites for the sub-state tournament to be held Saturday in Wellington. Activities Director Brian Buchanan said it may be the first time Wellington has ever host a sub-state in volleyball.“This is huge,” said first year Wellington varsity volleyball head coach Alison Widen. “We always play so well when we have a large and loud home crowd. Our girls don’t play nearly as well when things are quiet.”The sub-state which will be single elimination starts at 2 p.m. Brackets for the tournament have not been set. The Crusaders, who should go into the tournament as a No. 2 seed, are expected to play Mulvane around 3 p.m. in the first round with Winfield playing the No. 1 seed Andale in the other half of the bracket.The two winners will then advance to play in the championship game.The Crusaders, 22-13 as of this morning, are playing the toughest part of their schedule. Two weeks ago after beating Collegiate for the first time in their history, the Crusaders were beaten by Circle and Andale in Circle a week ago. Wellington had beaten the Thunderbirds at home, but were beaten by Circle during its senior night.“The Circle game was terrible, but it was senior night there and those girls had a lot of motivation,” Widen said. “We came back and played much better against Andale. We didn’t win but we played very competitively.”Wellington hopes to see Andale three times in two weeks including tonight and maybe in the sub-state championship.“I think it is good we will see Andale twice even if we don’t beat them,” Widen said. “We will not be surprised at anything they will do the third time around, and not be intimidated.”The Crusaders played in the Clearwater Tournament Saturday. This is traditionally considered the precursor tournament for the sub-states ahead.Wellington went 2-3 for the day. It was the first time in its history that the Crusaders advanced to the finals in that tournament, usually failing to get out of pool play.The Crusaders opened the tournament with a 25-10, 25-15 victory over Chaparral. They then lost to Hesston 25-9, 25-15. Wellington qualified for the finals by beating Clearwater 25-19, 25-20.Wellington would then lose to the No. 3 team in Class 3A Douglass 25-13, 25-21. The Crusaders then lost to Hesston 25-23, 25-13 to finish fourth.McKenna Oathout and Abby Goodrum make all-tournament team in Clearwater.Abby Goodrum and McKenna Oathout were named to the all tournament team.The stats for the five matches are as follows:Vs. Chaparral Abby Goodrum 8 kills 2 blocks 1 digSiarah Walker 3 blocksKeelie Cunningham 1 kill 4 digs 1 aceMariah Moore 2 blocks 1 aceMcKenna Oathout 1 kill 1 block  6 assists 3 digs 1 aceErin Goodrum 1 block 4 assists 4 digs 2 acesKatie Ledbetter 5 digs 1 ace Vs. ChaparralAbby 5 kills 3 blocks 6 digs 1 aceSiarah 8 kills 1 blockKeelie 3 kills 9 digs 1 aceMariah 1 kill 2 blocks 3 digsMcKenna 1 kill 6 assist 1 ace 4 digsErin 8 assist 8 digs 1 aceKatie 10 digs 3 aces Vs. Hesston game 1Abby 5 kills 1 block 4 digsSiarah 5 kills 2 digsKeelie 1 digMariah 1 kill 1 block 1 digMcKenna 7 assist 4 digsErin 3 kills 8 assist 7 digsKatie 1 kill 7 digsKira 1 dig. Vs. HesstonAbby 6kills 4 digsSiarah 4 kills 1 blockKeelie 2 digs 1 aceMariah 4 killsMcKenna 1 kill 7 assist 1 block 1 digErin 2 kills 8 assist 3 digs 2 acesKatie 3 digs.Follow us on Twitter. Posted in: Featured, Sportslast_img read more

Ex-Pelicans star Anthony Davis expecting ‘mixed emotions’ in return to New Orleans

first_imgAnthony Davis may have had a bitter divorce from the New Orleans Pelicans, but he will still have “mixed emotions” when he returns with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.Six-time All-Star Davis moved to Los Angeles to link up with LeBron James in a blockbuster trade during the offseason, having made no secret of his desire to depart New Orleans. “The fan just hit me with something [verbally],” Davis added.”It was all that emotion boiled up into one. It just happened. That’s one thing I do regret about flipping the fan off.”But the way I handled the process… no [regrets].” Davis, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012, revealed he spoke to James about his own initial exit from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat and said he is still fond of the Big Easy.MORE: ESPN reporter apologizes for linking race to reaction to Davis”I talked to LeBron,” Davis told Stadium’s Shams Charania. “I said, ‘When you went to Miami, first off, how were you when you left Cleveland? Obviously you left willingly, I had to ask for a trade, but what were your emotions?'”He was like, ‘Man, I was scared,’ and that was the same thing with me. I’d been so accustomed to being in New Orleans.”I love that city, I have so many friends there, family. New Orleans is a part of me.Five blocks. Three steals. @AntDavis23 does it all defensively. pic.twitter.com/oZ4Z6GoGZs— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 24, 2019″It was tough for me to walk away from that. So when I go back, I’m going to have mixed emotions because a great 6 1/2 years and then that last half [a year] . . .”I know the fans are going to boo me. I got booed when I was still playing there.”Davis said he had no regrets about the way he handled his departure from New Orleans; however, he wishes he had not sworn at a Pelicans fan who shouted abuse in his direction during a loss to the Charlotte Hornets in April.last_img read more

Coronavirus: NFL offseason programs delayed, new rules for free agency

first_img“The NFL and NFLPA are developing protocols that will provide clubs with opportunities to review a free agent player’s medical records from his prior club[s] and to arrange for a free agent player to have a medical exam in the player’s home city or at another nearby location,” a statement said.”These steps are consistent with those announced last Friday for club contact with draft-eligible college players.”The NFL announced earlier Monday that the 2020 draft would go ahead April 23-25, but with no fans present and not in Las Vegas. Teams have been told to close their facilities to players, other than those undergoing medically supervised rehab, for the next two weeks.”Based on the most recent guidance provided by leading health officials, and in consultation with the NFLPA and both our and the union’s medical advisors, we believe this is the appropriate way to protect the health of our players, staff, and our communities,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.”We will continue to make decisions based on the best advice from medical and public health experts and will be prepared to make further modifications as needed.”The NFL also announced teams cannot bring in prospective free agents “to a club facility or other location to meet with club personnel” when the start of the new league year officially begins on March 18.Team personnel, including medical staff, cannot travel to meet a prospective free agent. NFL offseason programs have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, while new guidelines were introduced around free agency.Teams with new head coaches were scheduled to begin their offseason programs on April 6, with the rest due to start two weeks later; however, the NFL announced Monday it had agreed with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to indefinitely delay the programs because of COVID-19.last_img read more