Campbell credits record stand to ‘patience’

first_imgCMC – LEFT-HANDER John Campbell on Sunday hailed the tenacity of himself and opening partner, Shai Hope, after they were forced to overcome a difficult start to post their world-record stand in the opening One-Day International of the Tri-Nations Series against Ireland.Campbell lashed 179 – his maiden ODI hundred – while Hope carved out 170, as they posted a record 365 for the first wicket and the second highest partnership ever in ODIs.“I think it was difficult to hit big shots right throughout,” Campbell said after West Indies completed an uncomplicated 196-run victory at Castle Avenue.“I think both Shai and I, we played really well. It was tough at the beginning. We really couldn’t get the ball away but both of us just said let’s hang in as long as possible to see how far we could get it because we knew that the guys coming in would have to start [again] and then that would take up a lot more balls, so we just wanted to see how far we could take it.”The 25-year-old Campbell, in only his sixth ODI, blasted 15 fours and half-dozen sixes off 137 balls while Hope stroked 22 fours and two sixes off 152 deliveries, en route to his fifth hundred in the format.Scoring proved difficult initially, however, with a mere four boundaries coming in the first 11 overs as West Indies laboured to 42 without loss after being sent in.Ironically, Campbell survived a life off the first ball of the contest when he sneaked a suicidal single to mid-off where the fielder’s throw missed at the non-striker’s end with the Jamaican short of his ground.“I was just looking to get off the mark,” Campbell recounted.“I was a little bit hesitant but thankfully [the fielder] missed and from there I was a lot more relaxed and I felt a lot better. Shai helped me along the way right throughout.”He added: “Words can’t explain the way I feel right now, it’s been a long time coming. For the past few weeks, I’ve been putting in the hard work and I guess as they say I am reaping the success.”When the partnership was finally broken in the 48th over, the pair were just seven runs shy from tying the highest-ever ODI stand set by Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels four years ago during the World Cup in Australia.In reply, Ireland slumped to 185 all out in the 35th over with Kevin O’Brien top-scoring with 68 and Gary Wilson getting 30, the pair adding 131 for the fourth wicket to pull Ireland from 21 for three in the fifth over.Veteran seamer Kemar Roach (2-28) knocked over both openers cheaply before off-spinner Ashley Nurse (4-51) and speedster Shannon Gabriel (3-44) ran through the middle and lower order.“You couldn’t have asked for any better. I think we started the series really well. Getting wickets in the power-play is crucial and we did that – we got three in the power-play,” Campbell pointed out.“When you lose wickets in the power-play it always sets you back and for us to get three wickets in the power-play, we were always on top.”West Indies take on Bangladesh in the second match of the tournament on Tuesdaylast_img read more

Iheanacho’s Brace Not Enough to Save City

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeDespite scoring two goals yesterday Kelechi Iheanacho and his fellow Manchester City teammates watched with disbelief as Southampton inspired by Sadio Mane ran riot, whipping them 4-2.The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner header in first in the 44th minute to pull a goal back for City after the Saints went up 2-0.Shane Long struck at the near post in the 25th before Mane doubled the lead from 10 yards three minutes later. It was Mane’s first goal of his hat-trick of the bitter evening for the visitors from Etihad.Mane pounced twice more to complete his hat-trick and ensure that the three points were intact. He reacted quickly as Jose Fonte’s header came off the crossbar for his second goal and converted Dusan Tadic’s pass to complete the hat-trick of the evening.By the Iheanacho found the top-right corner late on in the 78th minute match was all but over.It was the 19-year-old forward’s seventh Premier League goal in five starts.The only little blemish on a great day in the office for the Nigeria star was when he was dispossessed  of the ball for the home team to go ahead and get their fourth goal.Iheanacho is making his debut in the Premier League this season after he came through from the City youth team.The victory ensures Southampton – two points adrift of sixth-place West Ham with two games remaining – can still qualify for next season’s Europa League.City remain fourth – three points behind third-placed Arsenal, who have played a game more, and four ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who drew against leaders Leicester at Old Trafford.Manuel Pellegrini’s team still have a comfortable cushion over their city rivals, but face a defining week, with the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on Wednesday followed by a tussle with Arsenal in the league four days later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin looks to end skid against UW-Milwaukee

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will head into a much-needed break looking to rebound from a five-game losing streak, a slide that saw the Badgers lose a pair to ranked teams and another in double-overtime.UW’s first chance to bounce back will come Wednesday against in-state foe UW-Milwaukee. It is a young series between the two schools that are separated by just an hour drive down I-94. The Panthers are a team the Badgers have historically dominated, winning the last seven meetings and 14 of 15 meetings all-time. UW-Milwaukee got their only win against the Badgers in 1992.”We’ll get excited for this game. It’s a big game on their schedule, and they’re coming off a win [Sunday] over Northern Michigan and we’re coming off a loss. We’ll throw records away and hopefully we can handle their pressure. They’re very aggressive on-the-ball defenders and they like to attack the basket,” head coach Lisa Stone said.Wisconsin will then return home to play last year’s Mid-Continent Conference champion Western Illinois. The Westerwinds are off to a solid start on the year at 6-2 and are led by 6-foot-7 senior Zane Teilane. The preseason MCC Player of the Year is averaging a double-double so far this season with 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.The road will get no easier as the Badgers begin Big Ten action on Dec. 29, hitting the road for a matchup with the Boilermakers of Purdue. Last year the Badgers finished the season 5-11 in the Big Ten and hope to get off to a quick start in the conference schedule after starting last year 1-6.Currently ranked No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, the Boilermakers upset the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame last Wednesday 65-54, a feat the Badgers could not accomplish earlier in the year. The Boilermakers are led by a couple of juniors in Katie Gearlds and Erin Lawless. The duo is leading the team in scoring at 14.8 and 11.3 points per game respectively. The Badgers will face three top-20 teams in the next month that may prove just how far this team has come along.After the Boilermakers, the Badgers play host to Northwestern, the only Big Ten team Wisconsin swept a year ago. They then head back on the road to face the No.12 Minnesota Golden Gophers. Last year, Wisconsin lost both games to the Gophers by a combined score of 158-102.Wisconsin then treks to Happy Valley to take on the traditionally tough Nittany Lions before returning home to the Kohl Center to face the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans.The Spartans were picked to finish second in the conference after reaching the national title game a year ago, and they feature a couple of preseason all-Big Ten selections in Lindsay Bowen and Liz Shimek.If the Badgers are to compete in the extremely competitive Big Ten conference, this young team will have to find a way to win the close games. So far on the year they are 0-3 in games decided by five points or fewer.”I really, truly believe in this team and our goals are still in sight. But we have to get it done on a more consistent basis, and that starts consistently in practice day-to-day, not just game-by-game. People evaluate your program by what they see in the games. They’re not there every day in the trenches with practice. We need to transform practice, then, into the games and continue to grow,” Stone said.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Looking back on Wisconsin’s roller-coaster season

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 2019-20 season was a rollercoaster in the truest sense of the word.While the Badgers season ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team rebounded after a rough start and finished the regular season with a 21-10 record, going 14-6 in the Big Ten to capture a three-way share of their first regular-season title in five years.Whether it was junior guard Kobe King’s decision to leave the team or the resignation of UW’s strength and conditioning coach due to accusations of him using a racial slur, the beginning of the season had many sports analysts and fans alike writing off the Badgers, citing coaching and player development issues as reasons for the team’s struggles.Men’s Basketball: Could Badgers really have captured 2020 national title?In a strange, unofficial end to the 2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index christened the Badgers as Read…This criticism, while harsh, was increasingly valid as the Badgers closed out the first month of their season with a 4-4 record, showing great inconsistencies in their play marked by losses against less-talented programs such as Richmond, New Mexico State and North Carolina State.The squad finished the remainder of 2019 with a 4-1 record, and started 2020 off with a bang, defeating No. 5 Ohio State in Columbus 61–57. This momentum carried the team throughout the remainder of the season, leading them to a 12-5 record with marquee wins against nationally-ranked Maryland, Michigan State and Michigan. The Badgers won their final eight games, helping them secure the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which was set to begin on March 11.While there is no doubt the disappointment of the season ending early is immeasurable, the 2019-20 season was one to be proud of. The team battled through many seemingly impervious obstacles, and the resiliency and determination they maintained as a group is nothing to bat an eye at.One key reason for Wisconsin’s late-season bounceback was the stellar play of junior transfer Micah Potter, who averaged 10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game during his first season as an eligible member of the team. Starting off the season on the bench, the spark he provided whenever he was inserted into the Badgers’ lineup was undeniable, leading to him becoming a key member of the squad down the stretch.Another essential player during Wisconsin’s eight-game win streak to close out the season was junior guard D’Mitrik Trice, whose 28 points and four assists against Michigan helped secure the victory and propel the team to the top of the Big Ten standings.Men’s Basketball: Badgers declared NCAA National Champions in ESPN simulationThe Badgers have done it, they have pulled off one of the greatest turnarounds in college basketball history. The Big Read…While these few players were pivotal in terms of the team’s success, the Badgers’ remarkable turnaround was truly due to the ability of the squad to come together as one unit and win tightly contested games together, not as individuals. This aspect of the team is what Head Coach Greg Gard chose to hone in on during an interview with the Big Ten Network March 9.“The chemistry, camaraderie, and unification of the team has grown immensely,” Gard said. “They’ve played so unselfishly, they’ve just concerned themselves with what’s on the front of the jersey, they don’t care who gets the credit, they don’t care who gets the points as long as Wisconsin is successful.”After calls for Gard to be fired emerged among analysts and Badger fans alike in late January, Gard led the team to success despite the loss of King, culminating in a Big Ten Coach of the Year Award selection.Men’s Basketball: Senior send-off for Brevin PritzlWith the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s season coming to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus, Badger fans Read…When asked how the team moved forward after the unfortunate departure of King, Gard once again stressed the importance of the Badgers’ unification.“I think they came together, they understood that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts,” Gard said. “Once they figured that out and truly believed in that, they just took off.”Gard went on to acknowledge that while no Badgers were selected to the All-Big Ten first or second teams, they were able to find their success as a committee.In the last eight games of the regular season, no single player scored the most points more than twice, as junior Nate Reuvers put up 11 points against Northwestern and 17 points against Indiana, and junior Brad Davison dropped 30 points against Nebraska and 20 points against Minnesota.“They’ve just understood that if we bond together, we stick together, we stay true to who we are, and we continue to work, great things can happen,” Gard said. “This is the ultimate definition of what a team can accomplish when they work together.”The Badgers were primed to make a deep postseason run, and while the squad no longer has a chance to capture the Big Ten championship and make a run towards the Final Four, the accomplishments and strides they took throughout the regular season offers great hope for the future of Wisconsin’s basketball program.last_img read more

Rep of Ireland face Austria this evening

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay O’Neill says this evening’s opponents will be disappointed to have only seven points. The Republic of Ireland can strengthen their position in Group D with victory over Austria later.Martin O’Neill’s side head into the game in Dublin having drawn twice and won three World Cup qualifiers so far.They’re only kept off the top of the group on goal-difference.last_img

Knicks owner James Dolan threatens to ban fan for yelling ‘sell the team’

first_imgKnicks owner James Dolan threatens to ban a fan that tells him to sell the Team pic.twitter.com/e5KVhu70UW— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2Blogggg) March 9, 2019A Madison Square Garden spokesperson released a statement to TMZ after the incident, stating: “Our policy is and will continue to be that if you are disrespectful to anyone in our venues, we will ask you not to return.”The exchange came after the Knicks fell to the Kings, 102-94. New York holds the worst record in the NBA at 13-53. The owner then walked toward where the fan was standing and said: “You really think I should sell the team? You want to not come to any more games?” The heckler replied it was an opinion, but Dolan responded: “It’s not an opinion. Enjoy watching them on TV.” Related News NBA wrap: Lakers continue to slide with fifth straight loss Knicks owner James Dolan was quick to respond to a fan’s criticism Saturday as he left his seat and appeared to threaten to ban a fan from attending any more games at Madison Square Garden.The fan was caught on video obtained by TMZ yelling at Dolan to “sell the team!”last_img read more

Young Flyers fan, 7, gets Gritty-themed prosthetic leg, surprise visit from mascot

first_imgRemember when people were worried Gritty would frighten young hockey fans?The Flyers mascot surprised 7-year-old superfan Caiden O’Rourke at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia after the boy was given a custom Gritty-themed prosthetic leg, sparking a priceless and heartwarming reaction. Take a look:SURPRISE: @GrittyNHL surprises 7 y/o fan Caiden O’Rourke at @shrinersphilly who just got a new custom Gritty prosthetic leg this morning. Look at his face! @6abc pic.twitter.com/jPMqtUVZ7x— Jeannette Reyes (@6abcJeannette) June 25, 2019Gritty also gave the boy a Flyers gift bag filled with goodies, including a custom jersey. Related News Capitals veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik announces retirement Golden Knights to sign William Karlsson to 8-year extensioncenter_img Blackhawks get Calvin de Haan, Aleksi Saarela in trade for goaltender, defenseman I have a feeling Caiden won’t be taking off this custom @NHLFlyers jersey lol pic.twitter.com/wdlFBDhudO— Jeannette Reyes (@6abcJeannette) June 25, 2019The encounter comes a week before O’Rourke’s eighth birthday, which is sure to be a memorable one.last_img read more

Bills’ Frank Gore becomes 4th running back to rush for 15,000 career yards

first_imgFrank Gore now has 15,000 rushing yards for his career after his 41-yard rush.— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) September 29, 2019Gore is in his first season with Buffalo. He started his NFL career with the 49ers after he was drafted in the third round of the 2005 draft. He then spent three seasons with the Colts before having a one-year stint with the Dolphins. Related News “I’m just happy that I did come here,” Gore said earlier this week (via the Bills’ official website). “A bunch of great guys, great coaches. This type of team fit my style of play—toughness, physical and we are having fun together.”The Bills held a (3-0) record entering Sunday’s game against New England. Bills veteran Frank Gore reached an impressive milestone Sunday against the Patriots, becoming just the fourth running back to rush for 15,000 career yards. Gore went over the mark on a 41-yard run in the second quarter. He joins Emmitt Smith (18,355 yards), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269) in the elite category.  Welcome to the 15,000-yard rush club, @frankgore! #GoBills #NEvsBUF📺: CBS📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/lm0vvtP8ei pic.twitter.com/HmFOSrqmXa— NFL (@NFL) September 29, 2019He also reached 252 yards for the season in the first half, marking the most in the first four games for a player that’s 36 years or older, Buffalo News notes. Kenny Stills injury update: Texans receiver (hamstring) questionable to return vs. Panthers Raiders’ Vontaze Burfict ejected for late helmet hit on Colts’ Jack Doyle Sean McDermott chased Bill Belichick’s son off field during warmupslast_img read more

Nic Coward set to become England Golf’s first independent Chair

first_img23 Mar 2017 Nic Coward set to become England Golf’s first independent Chair Nic Coward will become the first independent Chair of England Golf after his appointment is ratified at the annual general meeting on 12 April, 2017.  He was selected after a rigorous appointment process which considered a number of high-calibre candidates for the role. For the past year, Nic has been the independent chairman of the England Golf Partnership, whose key roles are being taken on by England Golf. In a 20-year career at the top levels of British sport, Nic has been the General Secretary of the Premier League, the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, joint chief executive of the Football Association and a director of Wembley Stadium.  He has also been a non-executive director of the FA, was treasurer of the CCPR (now the Sport and Recreation Alliance) and first chair of the global Sports Rights Owners Coalition. He now consults to a number of sports and entertainment businesses in the UK and around the world, as well as non-executive roles away from sport. Nic said: “Golf in England has a huge amount to be proud of, from Olympic gold to huge impact in communities across the country. There is great work going on at every level of the game. What is really exciting is the opportunity to do even more, to get more people playing, more often.” Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to welcome Nic as Chair of England Golf. Nic has been working closely with us already and has a good understanding of what we do as an organisation. I believe his background and strong networks will significantly help England Golf and I look forward to working with Nic in the future.” England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England and was formed in 2012 by a merger of the English Golf Union and the English Women’s Golf Association.last_img read more

Pitt suspends DB Titus Howard for 2014 season

first_imgFlorida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, right, lands after making a catch over Pittsburgh defensive back Titus Howard Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been suspended for the 2014 season by coach Paul Chryst.Chryst cited disciplinary reasons when handing out the suspension Friday.Howard played in 11 games as a freshman last year, finishing with 21 tackles and two pass breakups. Chryst said Howard, who is from Clairton, Pennsylvania, will remain with the program and can participate in practice.last_img read more