Hope for Hetmyer!

first_img– Grave underscores way back into the team(CMC) – Left-handers Shimron Hetmyer and Evin Lewis could find themselves in with a chance of redemption shortly, after failed fitness assessments ruled them out of this month’s one-day tour of Sri Lanka.Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive, Johnny Grave, revealed Monday that fitness assessments were conducted on a biannual basis with the next one scheduled for June, but players who failed assessments could also be re-appraised.“In our strength and conditioning policy, they’re tested twice every year. Obviously, players will be re-tested if they fail,” Grave told the Newsday publication here.“The next testing is due in June. Players have to be at a minimum standard in order to be considered for selection.”In announcing the 15-man squad for the Sri Lanka series, on Monday, chief selector Roger Harper said both Hetmyer and Lewis had “come up short in the fitness test”.He added: “Hetmyer appeared to be getting his act together and was an integral part of the team’s batting group.”If Hetmyer was forced to wait until June for the second fitness assessment, he would almost certainly miss out on West Indies’ three-Test tour of England, June 4-29.The 23-year-old has been a fixture in the Test squad ever since making his debut two-and-a-half years ago, playing 16 matches and hitting five half-centuries.Both he and Lewis featured in the Ireland series last month with contrasting success but then failed fitness tests conducted last week by Windies men’s team strength and conditioning coach, Ronald Rogers and CWI’s sports science and medicine manager Dr Oba Gulston.Lewis emerged as Man-of-the-Series following the Ireland ODIs but Hetmyer was dropped after failing in the two opening matches in Bridgetown, though he retained his spot for the three T20 Internationals which followed.And with West Indies set to undertake a hectic itinerary this year – including the T20 World Cup in October – both players will be under pressure to prove their fitness under the new minimum requirements.Grave said the fitness assessments were a critical component of the selection process and stressed the importance of players meeting the required standards.“The fitness tests do two things. One, they make sure that you fit the minimum standards required for selection. The other one is  every player has a personal target to hit,” the Englishman explained.“If you miss your personal target, you can be fined two weeks’ wages. So, there are two elements to the fitness tests.“In terms of injuries, players will conduct what is called a return-to-play policy. So, the medical screenings are for players who are carrying injuries (separately).”As such, left-arm spinner Fabian Allen and left-handed batsman Nicholas Pooran – both of whom recovered from recent injuries to be included in the ODI squad to Sri Lanka – did not undergo the recent fitness assessments.last_img read more

Women’s hoops molding into Kelsey’s philosophy

first_imgNobody ever said it was going to be an easy transition for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team under a new coach and a new system. But what the record of the Badgers doesn’t reflect is the team is finally showing signs of the team head coach Bobbie Kelsey knows they can be.Losers of seven of their last eight games, including a six game slide which lasted almost an entire month, the Badgers (5-12, 1-4) snapped their losing streak by winning their first conference game on the road against Illinois 70-67 on Jan. 8 and continued their solid play by taking No. 15/23 Nebraska down to the wire at the Kohl Center before falling to the Huskers 75-69 on Jan. 12.Offensively, the Badgers were struggling to find an answer during their six-game losing streak. Although facing difficult competition, including four straight games against ranked opponents, the Badgers only averaged 51.5 points per game during their skid. But in the past two games, the Badgers are averaging 69.5 points, significantly higher than the 56.8 points the team averages per game for the entire season and the points averaged during the six-game slide.For senior guard Jade Davis, the recent improvement is a result of the team’s growing understanding of coach Kelsey’s offense through the continued experience of games and practice.“The games are fast. If you don’t understand the offense, initially it’s hard to see it with fast movement and knowing where to be,” Davis said. “It definitely takes knowing it in-depth in practice and the experience in the games to help make it what it is. We’re understanding the offense a lot more; we’re not settling for the first look. We’re doing the little things now. We’re not settling with just being out there.”Junior guard Taylor Wurtz voiced the same belief: The Badgers’ recent improved play is a reflection of the work they put in every day in practice.“Everything starts with practice,” Wurtz said. “We’ve been coming into practice knowing we have to improve. We’re working really hard and that’s been huge. We’ve picked it up in the games too; we always go in with the underdog mentality and give it our all.”While the Badgers appear to be breaking through offensively, they are still struggling to find a rhythm on defense this year. The Badgers rank 324 out of 336 teams ranked in Division I women’s basketball in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents on average to shoot 44.1 percent from the floor. In the past eight games, the Badgers have stayed true to that trend, allowing opponents on average to shoot 46.7 percent from the floor.For Davis, the high numbers opponents have been shooting from the floor comes from the Badgers not containing opposing players from getting into the lane.“We’ve been giving up a lot of layups,” Davis said. “Coach has been preaching one-on-one containment and stopping the fast breaks. The high percentage comes from us giving up layups and a lot of easy looks.”Efforts to stop that trend have been incorporated every day in practice.“As far as the one-on-one drives go, we’ve been working on that every day in practice,” Kelsey said. “Some of it’s technique, but most of it’s will. You can’t let a person go one direction with it and not force them to handle the ball at all to score. It’s a personal pride thing; you have to dig in and stop somebody.”For Kelsey, the defensive struggles can be linked to offensive issues as well. While the Badgers are giving up a high percentage from the floor, Wisconsin is struggling to match their opponent’s production, shooting 38.7 percent on average. If the Badgers are to compete down the stretch, they will need to outshoot their opponents until they fix their defensive struggles.“The problem is all the other players we face can shoot,” Kelsey said. “You can’t really leave any of the players we’ve faced on other teams because they don’t have any weak shooters. That’s been a little tough, and that’s why I tell our players it’s important for us to hit shots because when they leave certain players on our team open, we have to knock them down. We have to do what people are doing to us; our entire team needs to be able to consistently make the open looks so other teams will have to respect us like we have with them.While the Badgers enter a favorable stretch on their schedule where the team will face five straight unranked opponents, including three at home, Kelsey and Davis see the team on the right track to fixing their struggles.“We’re keying in on the things we need to do to get better,” Kelsey said. “We’re working on taking away the other team’s favorite tendencies offensively. You can’t leave the best players open.”last_img read more

Notre Dame football 2019: Schedule, roster, recruiting and three questions for Fighting Irish

first_imgBrian Kelly enters his 10th season as Notre Dame’s coach looking to build on the program’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff.The Irish in 2018 finished 12-0 in the regular season for the second time under Kelly before suffering a 30-3 loss to Clemson in the CFP semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic. Notre Dame will take the next step with quarterback Ian Book, who stayed on the fringe of the Heisman Trophy conversation throughout that banner regular season. MORE: SN’s pre-preseason rankings for 2019Kelly is just the fifth coach to last a decade or more in South Bend. The other four (Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz) have national championships. That will always be the expectation.Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019. To prove it and get back to the CFP, the Irish will have to get through another tough schedule.Here’s a closer look at the Irish heading into 2019:Notre Dame football schedule 2019DateOpponentLocationSept. 2at LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.Sept. 7ByeOffSept. 14New MexicoNotre Dame, Ind.Sept. 21at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.Sept. 28VirginiaNotre Dame, Ind.Oct. 5Bowling GreenNotre Dame, Ind.Oct. 12USCNotre Dame, Ind.Oct. 19ByeOffOct. 26at No. 10 MichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.Nov. 2Virginia TechSouth Bend. Ind.Nov. 9at DukeDurham, N.C.Nov. 16NavyNotre Dame, Ind.Nov. 23Boston CollegeNotre Dame, Ind.Nov. 30at No. 21 StanfordStanford, Calif.MORE: Independent 2019 primerNotre Dame football recruiting 2019Notre Dame had the No. 15 class in the FBS according to 247Sports’ Composite team rankings. The Irish have become a destination for top offensive linemen, and four-star center Zeke Corell and tackle Quinn Carroll were the biggest hauls this year. Safety Kyle Hamilton will arrive in the spring and could contribute early. Cornerback Isaiah Rutherford is another player to watch. Kelly continues to add depth to a talented roster.Notre Dame football roster 2019Notre Dame’s football roster will be updated in the spring and fall here.MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonWhat to watch from Notre Dame in 20191. How will Book improve?Book was a difference-maker at quarterback for the Irish once he took the starting job for good from Brandon Wimbush. Book finished with 2,628 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Book’s mobility and accuracy were good, until the Clemson game. He completed just 50 percent of his passes in that loss and threw an interception. The schedule features tough road games at Georgia, Michigan and Stanford. Those are the games where Book will have to be at his best this season. Kelly is known for shuffling quarterbacks every season, and Phil Jurkovec is next in line.2. Which skill players step up? Notre Dame loses its top running back in Dexter Williams and top receiver in Miles Boykin. Those two gamebreakers combined for 21 touchdowns in 2018. Jafar Armstrong and Tony Jones Jr. will split carries early in the season, and Chase Claypool, Chris Finke and Cole Kmet are reliable targets for Book. Still, the Irish will need go-to guys in both. The good news is they will be able to develop behind the same strong offensive line that features senior All-American candidates Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg.3. Who takes on leadership on D?The Irish several key pieces from a tough defense, including All-Americans Jerry Tillery and Julian Love. Team leaders Te’Von Coney and Drue Tranquill also are gone. Those players were all key pieces on a defense that allowed 18.2 points per game. Julian Okwara is the best returning pass-rusher with 6.5 sacks in 2018. Linebackers Asmar Bilal and Khalid Kareem are candidates to fill that leadership void, and the secondary returns Alohi Gilman and Jalen Elliott.last_img read more

Secret massages, old grudges ruined Aaron Rodgers-Mike McCarthy relationship, report says

first_imgWell it seems there was a lot going on within the Packers organization that led to the eventual firing of former head coach Mike McCarthy.In a lengthy report on the dynamic between McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Bleacher Report indicated several potential factors that brought down what many believed would be an NFL dynasty — some more interesting than others. According to former Packers running back Ryan Grant, the marriage between McCarthy and Rodgers was doomed from the start because McCarthy came to the team in 2006 after being the offensive coordinator for the 49ers where he drafted Alex Smith No. 1 overall in 2005.Rodgers, as we all know, fell to the Packers at No. 24 that year. Related News Jordy Nelson: It ‘would be hard to say no’ if Aaron Rodgers asked me to un-retire Here’s the full quote from Mike McCarthy, who I spoke to about an hour ago. Certainly hasn’t lost his sense of humor. pic.twitter.com/bmDEQbJDTr— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 4, 2019McCarthy was a head coaching hopeful this offseason, but was passed over by the eight NFL teams with a vacancy.Matt LaFleur, 39, was hired by Green Bay to replace McCarthy and has a blank slate to build a relationship with arguably the most talented quarterback in the NFL. However, LaFleur told ESPN earlier this week he’s yet to meet with Rodgers since his hiring.Read the full Bleacher Report piece on Rodgers and McCarthy here .center_img “Aaron’s always had a chip on his shoulder with Mike,” Grant said. “The guy who ended up becoming your coach passed on you when he had a chance. Aaron was upset that Mike passed on him — that Mike actually verbally said that Alex Smith was a better quarterback.”McCarthy actually told Sports Illustrated in 2015 that Rodgers took every opportunity to remind him of that then-decade old slight.“We play Kansas City in Week 3,” McCarthy said. “We won’t make it through the first half of that week without him saying something. I’m certain.”That ill will from 2005 was just the tip of the iceberg that wore away at Rodgers, who found fault in McCarthy’s play calls, coaching staff decisions and general “football IQ” but rarely spoke up earnestly.Aaron Rodgers to Mike McCarthy pic.twitter.com/K3Z221dWaE— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) April 4, 2019Rodgers instead, according to a cited source, chose to be passive aggressive and “conflict-averse.””I guarantee you, (Rodgers) never — maybe once or twice — but mostly never, ever addressed any of those things with Mike,” an anonymous source told Bleacher Report. “Which means all it did was fester and poison it.”The oddest tidbit offered in the report tackled McCarthy’s massage schedule.McCarthy allegedly scheduled secret massages in his office while allowing assistants to run team meetings. He may not have been getting a massage during every missed meeting, but all it took was one for the team to notice, take hold of the theory and mentally ding McCarthy for checking out.”If you’re not a part of meetings, and then you’re trying to be pissed about execution, nobody’s going to really respect you,” one former front-office member from the McCarthy-Rodgers era told Bleacher Report. “They’re going to look at you like, ‘Where have you been all week?’ It sounded like he was really just chilling.”McCarthy pushed back on that piece of reporting, per NFL Media.”I wouldn’t even know where to start and stop with the article,” he said, in part. “To say I skipped a team meeting for a massage is utterly absurd.” Mike McCarthy on Packers firing: ‘It couldn’t have been handled any worse’last_img read more

OKB&H Is Selecting Best Athletes of the Year For The Third Time

first_imgThe B&H Olympic Committee will organize the manifestation ‘Athlete of the Year’ for the third time in its history. The selection will be made in 10 categories and according to the adopted criteria of OKB&H.The most successful male and athletes in junior categories, most successful team, trainer, and most successful athlete in competition sports that are not on the Olympic Games program, most successful team or athlete in competition from the Paraolympic sports, and the athelete of the year and special awards of OKB&H, announced OKB&H.All B&H athletes, trainers and collectives have the right to participate.(Source: Fena)last_img

Dynamic Learning Center offering adult high school diploma completion program

first_imgIt’s never to late too graduate!  The Dynamic Learning Center at 823 N. Main in Belle Plaine will be holding an adult high school diploma completion program that is free!Laptops are now available for student use. Online coursework is available with 24/7 access. The program is flexible and self-paced.Enrollment is easy. Call today at 620-488-5638. Hours for the program is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Contact Shari Mills at smills@sckesc.org for more information.last_img

Another shots fired incident reported in Mason City

first_imgMASON CITY — Police for the second time in a month are investigating an incident where shots were allegedly fired in Mason City. The Mason City Police Department says shortly before noon this past Saturday, officers responded to the alley east of the 300 block of North Monroe on the report of possible gunfire. None of the people involved in the shooting were at the scene when officers arrived. Officers did find shell casings from two different firearms in the alley. Police Lt. Rich Jensen says two search warrants have been served during the investigation but no arrests have been made. Jensen says the investigation is still active and anybody with information should contact the Police Department at 421-3636.last_img

Reinier is imminent

first_imgThe UOL Esporte portal indicated that Flamengo would have accepted 80% of the termination clause, set at 35 million euros, and 20% will be divided by the employer and the player’s family, who will turn 18 on the 19th of this month.Reinier did not dispute the U-17 World Cup held in Brazil and conquered by homeowners because Flamengo refused to give it up to have him in the first team that won this year’s league and Copa Libertadores.This Saturday, Reinier completed his second training with the U23 team preparing to play the South American Pre-Olympic Tournament in Colombia and will grant two seats for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in which Brazil, to qualify, will be defending the gold medal obtained in Rio 2016.If the transfer is completed, the player, compared to Kaká for his football similarities and for both being from Brazil, the Brazilian capital, would be joining his former teammate in Real Madrid in the lower divisions of the ‘Fla’ Vinicius Júnior and Rodrygo, another of the new promises of the South American country. Flamengo Vice President Marcos Braz said that the last champion of the Brazilian league awaits a formal proposal by the midfielder Reinier, the new jewel of the Rio de Janeiro team and who It is close to signing for Real Madrid, as AS reported this Friday.“The proposal has to come first”, Braz told the digital edition of the O Globo newspaper in Rio de Janeiro when asked about the “imminent transfer” of the player to the Spanish team, as the Brazilian press assures.According to the Goal portal, Flamengo executives met Friday with representatives of the young player, headed by his father Mauro Brasilia, former world champion of futsal with Brazil in 1985, and would have reached a “principle of agreement”. At the meeting, according to information, were also the manager of Flamengo, Bruno Spindel, and the football agent Giuliano Bertolucci.last_img read more

Atlético also suspends training for two weeks

first_img“Atlético has decided that the players, members of the technical staff and auxiliaries remain at home complying with the regulations that the aforementioned state of alarm dictates to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, “it began. The important thing, according to experts, is that they do not take weight and, therefore, the note also specified the plans for the squad during this period. “So that the players can stay in perfect physical condition during these two weeks, they have been provided with individualized training guidelines to develop at home, never in common areas or community gyms, as well as nutritional and diet recommendationss personalized. ““They have also been sent to the players and coaching staff a series of recommendations to prevent contagion, insisting on the need to relate solely and exclusively to the family nucleus, avoid leaving the home except in cases of extreme necessity and strictly follow the hygienic-sanitary recommendations already known, “he concluded. Atlético will not attend training tomorrow Monday either, day in which he originally planned to return to work, although among a series of special measures for the coronavirus health crisis. However, this will no longer be the case. The Cerro will continue closed and empty. The rojiblanco club has just issued an informed statement that, like many other Primera clubs, suspend workouts of its first two teams, the men’s and the women’s, the next two weeks, because of the state of alarm declared yesterday by the Spanish Government.last_img read more

The Netherlands extend the closure of their football until June 1

first_imgIn the Netherlands, a football competition will not be played again until at least June 1. In other words, the Eredisie is postponed. In addition, the international match between the Netherlands and Greece, scheduled for May 28 in Enschede, will also be canceled.And it is that the government of the Netherlands has announced new measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including all events of people gathering. This implies that it remains in the air if the season in the Netherlands can be completed with the new established date (It will be reviewed again on April 6 depending on the situation). The Dutch soccer federation (KNVB) has announced that it will take a three-week training period before the league can resume. The union wants to end the season before July 1, but that seems almost impossible’De Telegraaf’ already anticipated the scenario in which the season may not be completed. According to this newspaper, The Eredivisie would be made up of 20 teams next season, which means that ADO Den Haag and RKC Waalwijk, in the current 17th and 18th positions in the league, would not descend, while the top two finishers in the Dutch second division, SC Cambuur and De Graafschap, would ascend. The current points of each team will be applied to the distribution for the different European places.last_img read more