National Public Lands Day, 2015

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Windies backing pace attack for England clash today

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (CMC) – Underdogs West Indies will hope persistent rain stays away as they renew their mouth-watering rivalry with tournament favourites England here today, in a clash expected to be headlined by a battle of the quicks.Three of the last four matches in the World Cup have been abandoned as no results due to rain – two without a ball bowled – and with showers all day here yesterday and more forecast for today, there are fears the weather could also mar the contest at the Rose Bowl.Dealt a blow when the elements allowed only 45 balls in their fixture against South Africa on Monday here, West Indies are hoping for a full game in order to put their World Cup campaign back on track after their defeat to Australia also helped to derail the promising start.“I think we want to cover all three departments in terms of batting, bowling and fielding,” captain Jason Holder told media here yesterday.“We have gone really well with the ball so far, in taking new-ball wickets and bowling two teams out in the games we have played.“I think in terms of our fielding, we could definitely touch up there, but I think generally over the last couple of months, if you look at our fielding overall, we have improved a lot in this World Cup so far.”He added: “And as a batting unit, we just had a plan against Australia so if we get ourselves back into that situation, we just need to take a little bit more responsibility and take the game home.”West Indies were left with only themselves to blame after they botched what should have been a simple run chase after limiting Australia to 288, in their second game.They were 190 for four in the 35th over but then suffered a middle and lower order collapse, to lose by 15 runs at Trent Bridge.Holder said the Caribbean side’s batting was one of several improvements made in recent months which needed to be sustained in the ongoing tournament.“I think there’s always room for improvement. As I said before, we can always take responsibility as batters to see games through, bat very deep,” Holder pointed out.“As I said before, we’ve always asked the top four batsmen to go down to the 45th over and give ourselves a chance and other guys to support them.“And having said that, I think we have done a lot of great things over the last couple of weeks as well. Our bowling has been really good. You have seen young Oshane Thomas come alight, Sheldon (Cottrell), and practically all our bowlers have been putting up their hands and doing a fantastic job.”He continued: “It is just for them to continue that, stay fit and healthy, and then for our batters to keep going. I just think it’s the situation over a long period of time with this tournament. You have to keep your form going and you have to keep hungry for success and keep churning out runs. That is all I can ask for.”The contest brings together some of the fastest bowlers on show at the World Cup. Jofra Archer, ironically born and raised in Barbados, will spearhead England’s attack alongside Mark Wood – both capable of consistently touching speeds of 95 miles per hour.Rookie Thomas, meanwhile, along with Cottrell and Andre Russell have all also put their pace on show, roughing up opposing batsmen in hostile spells, to lead West Indies’ attack.That same aggression saw the Windies draw 2-2 in a tantalising five-match series in the Caribbean this year and Holder said his side intended to bring the same attacking approach today.“I think the brand of cricket we have been playing so far in this World Cup, you know what to expect of West Indies now,” he stressed.“For us, we are not going to back down from the challenge. Most of our guys are always up for the challenge and it is just a matter for us to be smart. And I don’t think there is anything else to be said, just be smart and play the brand of cricket we want to play.”He continued: “We’ve been getting wickets. I think previously we haven’t been getting wickets in the middle. We have always got wickets with the new ball but previously we haven’t been able to get wickets in the middle overs.“And it’s been a talking point over the last couple of months in one-day cricket and now in this tournament we have been able to get wickets in the middle overs which definitely broke the back of most teams.“I think if we continue in that vein, we will be a force to be reckoned with but we have to take it game by game. This game against England, as I said before, is a very, very important game and we have just got to dot all of our i’s and cross our t’s.”last_img read more

Mo Salah May Dump Liverpool’s Pre-season for Tokyo Olympics

first_imgMohamed Salah Egypt have confirmed their plans to name Liverpoolstar Mohamed Salah in their squad for this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.Under 23 coach Shawky Gharib has said Salah will be one of three senior stars named in their squad for the prestigious event.News of Salah’s inclusion will come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp as the German wanted one of his star players with him during pre-season.The football tournament at the Olympics will run from July 22 to August 8, the same day the 2020-21 Premier League season is due to kick off. Gharib, speaking to ON Sport, said of Salah: ‘Out of the three senior players we’ll call-up, Salah is the only one we’re settled on so far because he’s simply one of the top three players in the world.‘I haven’t talked to Salah at all about him joining the U-23 squad for the Olympics, but in all honesty, his participation in the Olympics will need a little effort from him as well.’Salah is likely to miss the start of next season if he does decide to represent his country at the Olympics as he will need a break before returning to Liverpool.Klopp previously said of the possibility of Salah going to the Olympics: ‘No decision made yet. What I have to say to him I will say it to Mo (Salah), so that is all.‘Neither side has made a decision. I wish we could have whole squad together for pre-season but that is not possible for different reasons.‘Olympics is a wonderful thing but it would not be too cool. No decision made yet.’Salah and his Liverpool team-mates return to Premier League action following their winter break on Saturday evening when they face Norwich at Carrow Road.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Zetlin: Time to build with more Clay

first_imgThere are some things in life I simply can’t understand: How was so much information put on the Internet in such a short amount of time? How was Bush re-elected for round two? Why did it take the Lions seven years to fire Matt Millen?Saturday, something was added to the list.While many of you were either yelling at your TV or were too awestruck to formulate words during the Badgers’ meltdown in Michigan four days ago, I was looking for J.C.No, not that J.C.; this had nothing to do with religion — though I was in college football’s holy place that seats nearly 110,000.I’m talking about a different J.C., the one from Racine who’s harder to bring down than a redwood with a butter knife: UW redshirt freshman John Clay.On third-and-one from the Wisconsin 49-yard line, with about six minutes left in the second quarter, quarterback Allan Evridge handed the ball off to Clay for his first carry of the game, a shifty cutback right for 46 yards. One play later, Clay cut back the other way and jogged into the end zone for the Badgers’ first touchdown (and productive offensive drive) of the game.Two carries, 51 yards and six points faster than you could say “P.J. who?”Minutes later, the home crowd booed the Wolverines, and then-No. 9 Wisconsin coasted into the locker room with a 19-0 lead.Then came the confusion, as Evridge continued to hand the ball off to P.J. Hill and Zach Brown to begin the second half. Where was No. 32?“He must be hurt,” I thought. “This makes no sense.”But then I spotted him, helmet on, front and center on the UW sideline.Clay finished the game with three carries for 52 yards and one touchdown. Get your calculators out: three minus two, 52 minus 51. That’s right: one carry for one yard in the second half, after averaging 25.5 yards per rush in the first.“What I ask our coaches to do all the time is put the players in the game that you feel gives us the best chance to win at every situation,” head coach Bret Bielema said Saturday after the biggest home comeback win in Michigan football history. “The players that were in there were the ones they [offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and run game coordinator Bob Bostad] felt did.”Um, would 26 yards a carry have convinced them? 27?“Coach Chryst and Coach Bostad had a game plan,” center John Moffitt told me after the game. “What they were trying to run, they were trying to run. I’m not trying to second-guess who’s in the game and who’s not.”Fine, I will.I understand that Hill is the feature back. With that I have no problem. My problem rests in the mid-game inflexibility of the UW coaching staff. When one player is that productive on two first-half carries, you give him the ball more than one more time, whether the game plan calls for a baker’s dozen worth of Hill off-tackle lefts and a handful of Brown draws on third and long or not.Kobe Bryant is always option No. 1 for the Lakers, but sometimes Sasha Vujacic can’t miss from deep, so Phil Jackson tells them to keep feeding the sharp-shooting Slovenian.What if Saturday was Clay’s day? What if it’s not a mirage and the kid’s as good as his 6.6 yards per rush on the season seems to be?We’ll never know because they didn’t give him a chance. Instead, Hill finished the game with 22 carries for an unimpressive 70 yards, and the Badgers’ defense was on the field longer than a 9:30 a.m. power lecture because the offense couldn’t move the chains.But coach had an answer.“The play that normal people don’t see is a play that John was in where the game was extremely tight, and he went the wrong direction,” Bielema explained Monday. “But as coaches, now you get in a situation where you know every play counts and you’re in the third and fourth quarter, and you know P.J. Hill has been there, done that and has done certain things, and you know he’s at least going to go the right way.”Fair enough, but two first-half carries for 51 yards isn’t good enough to test during a second-half first down drought? It was clear that Hill’s nine carries for 25 yards in the second half weren’t getting the job done. A third-and-one option to the left is a better alternative than sending Clay back out there for more than one more chance? Really?“I am a little bit (disappointed),” Clay said of his offensive ostracism Saturday. “But I know they have a plan, and I just listen to them.”Textbook Orwellian playerspeak from the rookie; I’d expect nothing less. But if he’s not going to say anything, who will?This isn’t about Saturday, blown leads, spilled milk or Michigan. The season isn’t over for this Wisconsin football team. No. 14 Ohio State and No. 6 Penn State are coming to town. Two wins, and the Badgers are right back in it.But if the UW offense is as inefficient as it was Saturday, expect nothing more than an 0-3 conference commencement.So I’ll say it: If Bielema and Co. are looking for more offensive output, the foundation needs to be reinforced with more Clay.Starting this Saturday.Derek is a junior majoring in economics. Would you like to see more carries for John Clay? E-mail Derek at [email protected]last_img read more