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Brathwaithe blames Williams for Windies loss

first_img(CMC) – LITTLE mention was made of West Indies’ fragile batting as the Caribbean side sought reasons to explain their 47-run defeat to New Zealand in Friday’s opening Twenty20 International.Instead, the spotlight fell on the final over of the Black Caps innings when seamer, Kesrick Williams, conceded 25 runs, allowing the hosts to rattle up 187 for seven off their allotted 20 overs, after they were sent in at Saxton Oval.“For the first 19 overs we bowled as good as we did. But it happens, Kesrick Williams has been the best bowler in the world this calendar year and he just went awry,” captain Carlos Brathwaite said afterwards.“It wasn’t even a bad day, just one bad over and that gave them some momentum going into our innings, and we never really got that big over.”Glenn Phillips top-scored with 55 and Colin Munro got 53, but the Windies snatched five wickets for 40 runs in 31 balls during the middle overs, to leave the hosts on 162 for seven at the end of the 19th.But Mitchell Santner, who finished on 23 not out from 11 balls, then tore into Williams, to propel New Zealand to a competitive total.Still, West Indies batted poorly from the outset, losing wickets steadily, and only Andre Fletcher with 27, Brathwaite who scored 21 and tail-ender Ashley Nurse, 21 not out, showed any real enterprise.They were already beaten at 103 for eight in the 16th over before Nurse saved some face with lusty hitting.“Credit to them (New Zealand). Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition,” Brathwaite said of the Black Caps bowling effort.“They bowled with discipline and they fielded really well.”New Zealand captain Tim Southee praised his side’s all-round effort.“We struggled early on with the bat, but the guys hung in there and were able to finish really strongly and then the way we fielded and bowled was exceptional,” he said.West Indies face New Zealand in the second T20 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day.last_img read more

Syracuse defense shuts down Albany in 15-3 win

first_img Comments Published on February 15, 2020 at 12:11 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Asa Goldstock banged the metal handle of her stick against the right goal post midway through the first half. She made sure she had the entire cage covered, then locked in on the Albany attack eight meters away. Seconds later, she extended her stick to the right to make a save.Monday, after conceding 14 goals and then getting benched by head coach Gary Gait, Goldstock threw her stick and gloves on the sidelines in frustration. The confidence wasn’t there. But Saturday, as she stood up to the challenge to make one of three saves on the day, it was clear that she rediscovered whatever was missing against Stony Brook. “Maybe I had a good game, but also I only saw three shots,” Goldstock said. “It’s mostly the defense getting all the stops — they got way more saves then I did today.” That lockdown performance from Syracuse’s (2-1) defense and Goldstock, paired with the team’s ability to balance patience with electric individual play on the transition, helped the Orange beat Albany (0-1) 15-3. It was the first time since 2017 that Syracuse held its opponent to three or fewer goals. Saturday morning, after the No. 4 Orange conceded 17 goals in last Monday’s one-goal loss to Stony Brook, they kept a clean sheet in the first half and did not concede until 11 minutes into the second half. Goldstock recorded her first career shutout. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll game, SU’s defenders crowded the 12-meter arc, hustling to get numbers back and face the ball. Tight man-marking and pressure from the defensive unit limited the number of shots Goldstock had to face from within eight meters. Goldstock had so much faith in Kerry Defliese and Allyson Trice that the goalkeeper even vacated her net when Albany was attacking on two separate occasions to intercept a pass. “The difference (between today and Monday) is we’re getting those transition goals,” Goldstock said. “We’re getting the ball to the offense and they’re scoring, and when they score we feel better.” The Orange took full advantage of the transition and the counterattack when opportunities presented themselves. At the end of the first half, Sam Swart collected a loose ball at SU’s 10-yard line — 10 seconds later, she was at the Albany 10-yard line. Sprinting the length of the field at full speed, the Great Danes defense had no option but to foul Swart as she entered the 8-meter arc. She scored on the ensuing free position play. Jordan Phelps | Staff PhotographerSingle-handedly, Swart’s efforts ignited the counterattack goal. But SU didn’t run full speed at Albany for the entire game, the way Swart did for the team’s eighth goal. “That goes back to my teammates and cutting open and moving around. That’s why it worked,” Swart said. The Orange picked their moments. They showed patience and composure, moving the ball around Albany’s cage until an opportunity for an offensive spark presented itself. Against an Albany team playing in its season opener, SU controlled possession around the Great Danes’ goal for multiple minutes at a time, connecting on as many as 15 passes. With less than nine minutes remaining in the first half, the Orange swung the ball from right to left and behind the cage and in front, eventually finding Megan Carney. Running from left to right around the 8-meter arc, she rounded her defender and found a wide-open lane to shoot. Just like Swart’s play late in the first half, Carney took the opportunity to bring the offense to life with an electric individual play. And just like Swart, it worked.  In addition to outshooting Albany 33-12, the Orange spent the majority of the game in the Great Danes’ half of the field. Even Goldstock spent time in Albany’s half. For Syracuse’s fourth goal, she carried the ball past midfield before she connected on a 30-yard pass which flew over Albany’s entire midfield. Quick transitional passes from SU’s midfielders got the ball to Hawryschuk, who found a wide-open Carney for her first goal of the night. She’d finish the game with a team-high 5 goals. Swart, who slotted three goals, combined with Carney to make up for Emily Hawryschuk’s quiet two-goal performance. After struggling to take full advantage of the free position in its first two games, SU’s composure was on display as it scored on three of five of its chances during the first half. Defensively, Syracuse applied pressure on the free position and cut off Albany’s players, making them “easy shots to save from the goalie position,” Goldstock said. Gait said the team had a “long week of reflection” to learn from the Stony Brook loss. “Our defense certainly stepped up,” Gait said. “We just didn’t have a let down. We stayed mentally focused for the first 30 minutes and held them scoreless, so we did a really great job.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kumble resigns as India’s head cricket coach

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp New Delhi, India | AFP |  Anil Kumble has stepped down as India’s head coach after a year-long term that ended with his team’s defeat in the final of the Champions Trophy, the Indian cricket board said Tuesday.“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that Mr Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team,” said a board statement.“While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as Head Coach, Mr Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach,” the statement added.Kumble’s decision to quit comes after a reported rift between him and captain Virat Kohli, with the BCCI advertising his job before the marquee 50-over trophy competition.The BCCI had urged Kumble to carry on as coach until the end of a West Indies tour starting June 23, but the former India captain did not travel with the team that left from England on Tuesday.Kumble, who is chairman of the International Cricket Council, remained in London for its ongoing annual conference.The BCCI has denied any rift in the Indian camp. However local media has reported that BCCI officials met Kumble and Kohli in London to try and resolve the spat. The 46-year-old Kumble, who was put in charge of coaching last June, helped India reclaim the number one ranking.“We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position,” acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.“Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour.”The BCCI has retained the rest of its coaching staff for the West Indies series with MV Sridhar, general manager cricket operations, supervising the team management.India, who lost an embarrassing final against Pakistan on Sunday, will play five one-day internationals in the Caribbean, with a Twenty20 international wrapping up the trip on July 9.last_img read more

History man Nadal sweeps to ‘incredible’ 12th French Open and 18th Grand Slam title

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem.The 33-year-old Spaniard becomes the first player, man or woman, to win the same Slam 12 times after seeing off a brave challenge from a weary Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final.Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals.The world number two also took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses having previously won the title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018.“I want to say congratulations to Dominic. I feel sorry as he deserves to win it as well,” said Nadal.“But he has every chance in the future. He has unbelievable talent for the sport and I want to encourage him for the future.“It’s a dream to win again, an incredible moment. When I first played here in 2005 I never thought I would be still playing here in 2019.“It’s very special for me.”Sunday’s triumph confirmed the ‘Big Three’ stranglehold on the Grand Slams having shared the last 10 between them.It also gave Nadal an 82nd career title and 950th match win.“It’s very tough. I gave everything these last two weeks,” said Thiem, who had seven fewer winners and seven more unforced errors in the final.“Rafa, well done. You are an amazing champion and a legend in our sport.“I am happy that you are playing. To win 12 times, it’s unreal. I will try again, for sure.”Thiem would have felt confident going into the final having beaten Nadal on clay on his way to the title in Barcelona in April.But with the exception of defeats to Robin Soderling in 2009 and Djokovic in 2016, the outcome of this year’s tournament was brutally familiar. “I am sorry as you are one of the best examples on tour,” added Nadal.“You are a hard worker, always have a smile on your face and are a good person. That’s the most important thing.“Thanks for being a great inspiration for me and small kids around the world.– ‘You’ll win it one day’ –“If I wanted to lose to someone it would be you because you deserve it. Well done and keep going — you will win this for sure.”In a 53-minute first set of brutal hitting and raw physicality, it was Thiem who broke first for a 3-2 lead.But the 25-year-old’s joy was short-lived as Nadal retrieved the break in the sixth game before racing away with the next three games to pocket the opener.Thiem, who had beaten his opponent four times on clay in his career, failed to claim a single point off Nadal’s first five service games of the second set.However, the dogged Austrian pushed and pushed, forced Nadal into three rushed groundstrokes and, from nowhere, broke to take the second set.It was the first set he had managed to take off Nadal at Roland Garros after three previous defeats.Nadal was riled by the insult.He swept the first 10 points of the third set, carving out a double break for 3-0 before sweeping to a third break for the set.Thiem, bidding to become just Austria’s second Grand Slam champion after Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995, had played four successive days to reach Sunday’s final and the toll was slowly telling.He wasted break points in the first and third games of the fourth set and Nadal pounced to stretch to 3-0.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more