Guyana Jaguars Super50 chances good, says Harper

first_imgWITH just five days before the 2017 NAGICO Regional Super50 tournament bowls off, former Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and Guyana middle-order batsman and head coach, Mark Harper, believes that the Guyana Jaguars have an excellent chance of winning the coveted trophy.The 59-year-old Harper, who played the last of his 42 First-Class and 13 Regional Limited Overs matches in 1991, is of the opinion that the team’s all-round ability will be a huge positive for the side.Mark Harper“I think Guyana have a good chance. When you look at the squad, we have a good all-round squad, a squad with good experienced players, who have been playing the game for some time now,” Harper pointed out.The Guyana Jaguars have been labelled as the pre-tournament favourites, but that label means nothing unless it can be backed by strong performances.However, the former Bermuda national coach pointed out that execution will be the key for any strong performances.“In limited overs cricket or any form of cricket you have to bat well, but having said that the team’s bowling department is well equipped to handle any situation.“Beaton (Ronsford) is back, and he will add a bit of pace, then there is Barnwell (Christopher), Reifer (Raymon) and Wintz (Paul), but our spinners … Guyana have always produced quality spinners, and with Bishoo (Devendra), Permaul (Veerasammy) and Jacobs (Steven), our bowling department is well equipped,” Harper added.Meanwhile, Harper expressed his surprise at the omission of middle-order batsman Vishaul Singh from the touring squad.“I’m surprised he is not in the squad. He is a quality player,” Harper said.Singh, left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, fast bowler Romario Shepherd, opening batsman Kevon Boodie and all-rounder Royston Crandon were all omitted. The five players were part of the squad last year.The squad includes seven players who have represented the regional side in Tests, One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20s.The left-handed Leon Johnson is once again at the helm, and he will have a bunch of experienced players to call on, among them is middle-order batting stalwart Shivnarine Chanderpaul.When the action bowls off, the Guyanese will be aiming for a 10th Regional 50-over title, the last of which was achieved in 2005 when they defeated Barbados in near darkness in the final of the KFC Cup at the GCC ground, Bourda.Prior to that, Guyana reigned supreme in 1980, 1983, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2003.The Guyana Jaguars will do battle in Group B of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Ronsford BeatonGroup B comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars and ICC Americas.Meanwhile, title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, the West Indies U-19s, and visiting English County Kent Spitfires have been installed in Group A.The Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Veerasammy Permaul (vice-captain), Anthony Bramble (wkp.), Shimron Hetmyer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Rajendra Chandrika, Steven Jacobs, Assad Fudadin, Devendra Bishoo, Ronsford Beaton, Paul Wintz and Jonathan Foo.Management Staff: Esaun Crandon (head coach), Rayon Griffith (assistant coach) and Ernesto Gonzalez (physiotherapist). … Surprised at Vishaul Singh’s omissionlast_img read more

Syracuse ranked No. 13 in College Football Playoff rankings

first_imgSyracuse (7-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) rose to No. 13 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings following a 41-24 victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Saturday.Prior to Saturday’s win, Syracuse entered the week ranked No. 19 in the playoff rankings and No. 22 in the AP Poll, the team’s first ranking since 2001. The Orange maintained its spot as the second-highest ranked team in the ACC, behind No. 2 Clemson.Seven teams ranked ahead of Syracuse lost this week, including four within the 10-20 rankings, who each suffered their third loss of the season. On Sunday, Syracuse was elevated to No. 13 in the AP Poll.Syracuse opened as a 21.5-point favorite over Louisville (2-7, 0-6), whom the Orange will face at home this Saturday in search of their eighth win of the year. The last time SU was 8-2 was in 2001, when SU won eight-straight after starting the season 0-2. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edulast_img read more

Arsene Wenger issues contract warning to Theo Walcott

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Theo Walcott that his contract negotiations could end up affecting team selection if the situation drags on for the rest of the season.Walcott’s current deal with the Gunners expires at the end of this season and negotiations have reached a stalemate, raising fears the England winger could become the latest star name to quit the north London club over the last 12 months.Wenger has already been forced to let Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie leave against his wishes and, with Liverpool and Manchester City interested in Walcott, he doesn’t want the contract talks to end in a repeat of those departures.The 23-year-old could potentially sign a lucrative pre-contract agreement with another club in January and Wenger admitted that, should the situation drag on, he may reconsider how best to utilise the player later in the season.“It can (change selection policy), but at the moment I still hope to extend his contract so at the moment, it doesn’t affect me. Of course at some stage…,” Wenger was quoted as saying in several English newspapers on Tuesday.“If in April it (the contract) is not done, you can think it will be difficult to do.” Walcott has not started a match since the opening day 0-0 draw against Sunderland and received a mixed reception from some sections of the Emirates Stadium crowd when coming on to score the final goal in Saturday’s 6-1 win over his former club Southampton.But Wenger called on the fans to lay off Walcott and backed the winger to cope with the boo-boys.“You want your players to be supported no matter what kind if contractual situation they are in,” Wenger added.“I hope it will not affect him and that it will not affect our fans.“Theo has gone through a lot at 23 years of age. A lot of positives, a lot of negatives and he is level-headed. “We are lucky: I don’t know what they do at Southampton, but they bring players out, (Alex Oxlade) Chamberlain and him, with their feet on the ground.”last_img read more

With blister healing, Shohei Ohtani moves up to sixth in Angels’ batting order

first_imgIn the meantime, he returned to the lineup as a designated hitter and went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts after getting a regularly scheduled day of rest Wednesday. He had batted seventh in the order once and eighth six times before moving up to sixth against Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.Why sixth?Why not?“I just think, where our lineup is right now with the groupings, it’s a good spot for Shohei,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of the 23-year-old rookie from Japan. “Get him back in there and, hopefully, he’ll get a chance to look at some pitches and help us.”No question, the Angels missed Ohtani’s .367 average during the first two games of the series against the Red Sox, when they were outscored 19-1. Ohtani went into Thursday with three home runs and 11 RBIs in his first eight games as a hitter. Ohtani’s blister was not expected to trouble him at the plate.“He’s not very worried about it,” Scioscia said. “We’re looking at it very closely. The medical staff is looking at it closely. When you’re out here for a while (in the major leagues), you get a lot of history with guys with blisters and things like that. Hopefully, it’ll be a non-issue.”Scioscia wouldn’t reveal his probable pitchers for the Astros series, but if the Angels stick to their seven-day game plan with Ohtani, he’ll start Tuesday in Houston. Ohtani was scheduled to pitch last Sunday’s game against the Royals in Kansas City, but that game was postponed because of bitter cold.Ohtani ended up pitching on eight days rest because of the postponement and a scheduled off day Monday.MILESTONE ALERTAlbert Pujols went into Thursday needing 10 hits for 3,000 for his career, which would make him only the fourth player in baseball with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez are the only other players in history to reach both milestones.“It seems like every time he gets a double or a home run or an RBI, you see one of the all-time greats flash on the board that he’s passed,” Scioscia said. “So, it gives perspective in how good Albert’s been and how good he is right now. It’s fun to watch.”In addition to joining the elite 3,000/600 club, Pujols has a chance later this season to join another remarkable group of players. He went into Thursday with 1,928 RBIs, the ninth-most in baseball history. Only three players, Aaron, Babe Ruth and Rodriguez have reached 2,000 RBIs.Aaron had 2,297, Ruth had 2,214 and Rodriguez had 2,086.“He’s meticulous in his preparation and he works very hard at what he has to do on the offensive end and the defensive end, understanding game situations and understanding pitchers,” Scioscia said of Pujols. “He’s as good as anyone I’ve seen at doing that.”WHO’S NEXT?The probables for the Angels’ three-game series against the San Francisco Giants:Friday, Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney (0-0, 5.40) vs. Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (2018 debut); Saturday, Angels righty Garrett Richards (2-0, 2.60) vs. Giants lefty Derek Holland (0-2, 4.60); Sunday, Angels TBA vs. Giants righty Cueto (1-0, 0.45). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img ANAHEIM — The most famous blister in baseball could not prevent Shohei Ohtani from moving up in the Angels’ batting order Thursday. He hit sixth in the finale of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium, the highest he has batted in the order in 2018.Ohtani lasted only two innings before a blister on his right middle finger forced him from his last start on the mound, a loss Tuesday to the Red Sox. He is expected to make his next start as scheduled on Tuesday against the Houston Astros.Ohtani played catch Thursday and his between-starts bullpen session was set for the weekend.“The blister is healing pretty well right now,” Ohtani said through an interpreter after the Angels’ 8-2 loss to the Red Sox. “I’m planning on throwing my bullpen as scheduled, two days before my start. I’ll try to take care of my blister.”last_img read more