Former Ohio State soccer players Froschauer and Doyle selected in MLS draft

OSU defender Liam Doyle (5) was drafted for the MLS superdraft on Jan 19. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s soccer team lost six seniors to graduation, but now for two of them, their careers on the pitch are not over, as goalkeeper Chris Froschauer and defender Liam Doyle were selected in the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday. Froschauer, who played just one season for OSU after transferring from Dayton, was picked by the Colorado Rapids with the second pick in the third round. Later on, D.C. United, which finished fourth in the Eastern Conference last season, selected Doyle with the sixth pick in the fourth round.Both players depart Columbus for the professional ranks on the heels of rather successful senior campaigns. To say Froschauer thrived in his lone season in scarlet and gray might be an understatement.The 6-foot-4 Union, Kentucky, native’s save percentage of .798 and 10 shutouts were both tops in the conference. Froschauer was named the Big Ten’s Goalkeeper of the Year, while also being selected to the all-Region team.His goals-against average of 0.88 is the ninth-best single-season clip in OSU history, while his 10 shutouts are tied for third.Like Froschauer, Doyle’s senior season earned him the conference award for top player in his position, as the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, product was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. In all, Doyle nabbed eight postseason awards, three of which were academically focused.Doyle anchored an OSU defense that allowed just six goals in conference play and 23 overall. In addition, he notched 10 points, comprised of two goals and six assists.The duo’s selections bring the OSU men’s soccer team’s total number of draftees to 16 all-time, but they are the first two taken since 2012. read more

QA Doug Flutie talks Bowl Championship Series matchups Heisman

Former NFL player Doug Flutie participates at the Tazon Latino IV at Lummus Park as part of the festivities of the SuperBowl XLIV. Credit: Courtesy of MCTFormer Boston College and NFL great Doug Flutie won the 1984 Heisman Trophy (edging out former Ohio State running back Keith Byars), played 12 years in the NFL and has worked as a football analyst for ABC, ESPN and currently NBC Sports. Flutie is currently touring on behalf of the Capitol One Cup, an award given to the best men’s and women’s NCAA Division I college athletics programs in the country.Flutie spoke with The Lantern on the phone Tuesday about the Capitol One Cup, the Heisman Trophy and the BCS matchups.The Lantern: How do you think things are going to end up in the Capitol One Cup this year?Doug Flutie: “There’s some perennial programs … Right now Colorado is leading on the men’s side and what Providence and Connecticut on the women’s side. It’s early and the national championship picture in football pulls a lot of weight, 60 points. Whoever gets that head start in football, like Alabama a year ago, gets the big start. Stanford and Florida are perennial powerhouses throughout. North Carolina and I think UCLA won it last year so there’s certain programs who are always very consistent throughout and that’s what it’s all about.”TL: You mentioned the national championship in football. What are you thoughts on the BCS title matchup between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn?DF: “I think Florida State has as good an opportunity as anyone to knock off an SEC team. Auburn has almost been a team of destiny this year. It’s been amazing the way they’ve won football games. Bottom line is they can run the football on anyone the way they do it. It’s basically your triple option with phenomenal athletes and the ability to throw the ball as well. So that’s dangerous. I think their defense is a little suspect, I think you can move the football and score points on them and I think this is the year the SEC goes down.”TL: Do you have an idea who you are going to vote for to win the Heisman Trophy this year?DF: “I’ve already voted, we’re not supposed to disclose who we voted for but I will say this. (Florida State redshirt-freshman quarterback) Jameis Winston is the frontrunner. It’s pretty unanimous across the country that he’s the frontrunner. Everyone else, and I said this a little while ago, everyone else that’s been in the conversation is a legitimate contender for that No. 2 spot. They’re all interchangeable. And because of the off the field issues with Jameis Winston, there’s a percentage of voters that I’m sure will not vote for him. That would be the biggest variable in the equation and if that were to happen in large numbers, any one of the guys could win. That No. 2 spot. It would take a real high percentage of the voters not voting for Winston for that to happen, but if it were to happen, it’s just crazy to think that everyone else is going to be all bunched together.TL: How do you think voters are going to react to the off-field issues regarding Jameis Winston?DF: “The other aspect of that is that I was very thankful it all got cleared up beforehand, before the voting and had that hovering over his head. Very similar to what Cam Newton had going through during his Heisman run. It’s amazing how these young men can deal with all these off-field issues and continue to play and perform.”TL: What are your thoughts on the rest of the BCS matchups? Starting first with the Rose Bowl Game between No. 4 Michigan State and No.5 Stanford.DF: “Michigan State-Stanford. There will be more hitting in that game than any other game I’ve ever seen. How physical Michigan State can be. Stanford is what I consider the most physical team in the country when I talk about BC lining up in three tight ends and hammering the football, Stanford kind of invented that. I would favor Stanford, although Cook has gotten better as the year’s gone on. I saw him against Notre Dame first hand and Michigan State’s offense really struggled that day. They couldn’t do anything.”TL: What about the Sugar Bowl between No. 3 Alabama and No. 11 Oklahoma?DF: “I think ‘Bama dominates that game. I just think Auburn and the way they run the football and the way they do it, gave them an opportunity against ‘Bama. ‘Course they got a little fortunate to win the game. Oklahoma is not a powerhouse this year. They’re a good football team but I think they’ll have trouble matching up with ‘Bama.”TL: What about the Fiesta Bowl between No. 6 Baylor and No. 15 Central Florida?DF: “Baylor can light up the scoreboard. Baylor’s just…they’re impressive offensively. They’ve had three different quarterbacks starting with RGIII, Florence and now Bryce Petty that it doesn’t matter who they plug into their system. Art Briles is an exceptional offensive football coach. Baylor’s proven at different times this year they could play defense when they had to. I’m going Baylor, I would say Baylor.”TL: And last but not least, how about the Orange Bowl between No. 7 Ohio State and No. 12 Clemson?DF: “I think Ohio State has something to prove now. They’re a little ticked off about not playing for a national championship. I think they control Clemson. Now Clemson’s fast, they are fast. They can throw the deep ball, everything else. I think Ohio State gets them.”TL: Next year college football is headed to a playoff system. Do you feel like the timing is right? Is it good for the game?DF: “Oh absolutely. Every year, every year for the last few years we’ve always seen the top four or five teams that everyone would say, ‘Oh they should be in the national…if Oregon would have played instead of Notre Dame they could have knocked off ‘Bama.’ There’s always four to six teams that we all feel would have a chance of winning a national championship. At least four are going to be in it, I think eventually that might end up going to eight some day. I love the form of a playoff and going after it that way.”TL: Nov. 30 was a particularly exciting day for college football, especially down south when Auburn won in thrilling fashion against Alabama on a more than 100-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown as time expired. Does an exciting finish as that speak to the greatness that is college football?DF: “No doubt about it. I mean that, and the play at the end of the Georgia game. The amazing and you think back to the Texas A&M–Alabama game of a year ago. All the different games coming down to the wire and different ways games are won, No. 1 the athleticism is just amazing. The kid taking 108 yards, 9 yards, whatever. Long passes that are caught off deflection and running with the football. I love college football, it’s why all of us love it. Last weekend, so much was on the line for everyone playing in the conference championship games and it just comes to a head the last couple of week of the season. Everything becomes clear what is at stake and that’s what made the Alabama–Auburn game so great. What was as stake as well as it being a great football game.”TL: Just to wrap things up, you’ve been successful in football all your life — as a college player, an NFL player and finally now as a broadcaster. What would you say would be the most rewarding part of your career?DF: “I think relationships that you make throughout the years and the lasting…being able to be a part of, with a group of guys, especially your college buddies were the one you were closest to, that you were a part of history. You look back and say, you had these relationships with these guys for 20, 30 years whatever, and you’re a part of a landscape of what’s going on now. Of building for us, building a Boston College program. We had that one moment that a lot of people will remember, it was a great play. And we’re always going to be attached to it in one way shape or form. And that’s why I’m in the broadcasting now is that you’re still around something that’s bigger than yourself. Something that’s going to go on forever that everyone loves. You’ve got a small piece to that history.” read more

Toys R Us to offer quiet shopping hour for children with autism

first_imgDaniel Cadey, autism access manager for the National Autistic Society, said: “For many autistic people and their families a simple trip to the shops, which should be an enjoyable experience, can be fraught with difficulty.“Autistic children and adults can become overwhelmed with too much information inside a busy store.”Things like artificial lighting and loud Tannoy announcements can increase their anxiety and be completely overwhelming, even causing them physical pain.“So we are delighted that Toys R Us is again showing the way by hosting an autism friendly shopping event in every Toys R Us store in the lead up to Christmas.”Simple changes like this can make a huge difference to the 700,000 autistic people in the UK and to their families. We hope that many more major retailers will follow the great example set by Toys R Us.” Autism access manager for the National Autistic Society Daniel Cadey added: “We’re delighted that Toys R Us is again showing the way by hosting an autism-friendly shopping event in every Toys R Us store in the lead up to Christmas.“Simple changes like this can make a huge difference to the 700,000 autistic people in the UK and to their families, and we hope that many more major retailers will follow the great example set by Toys R Us.” Branches of Toys R Us across the UK will be holding a ‘quiet hour’ on the morning of Sunday 6th November, aimed at parents and carers of children with autism.To offer a calmer shopping environment the stores will have their lights dimmed and the quantity of fluorescent lighting reduced.There will be no in-store music or Tannoy announcements for the duration of the event, autism-friendly signage will be put in place, and stores will be providing quiet zones.“Holding such events has given our teams extreme pride in reaching out to autism groups within the community,” said Toys R Us marketing director Mike Coogan.“Making slight adjustments to stores and creating a quiet shopping period allows children and young adults to experience the fun in a toy shop, regardless of their disability.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Duchess of Cambridge makes surprise visit to London terror heroes

first_img“I suppose at the time you didn’t know how big or what the extent of the incident was,” the Duchess added.”You just got your heads down and got on with it. The response was amazing.”I presume you are trained to cope with this but hope this kind of incident never happens.”She asked another member of the medical team: “Do you get emotional support too for what you are having to deal with? ‘”We look after each other, we really do,” she was told. The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for an unannounced visit to terror attack survivors “And while we were are quite used to dealing with young men that stab each other, this time there were quite a lot of ladies who had suffered serious, multiple injuries. That was quite shocking to many.”The Duchess was surprised to hear that.” In total 14 victims were taken to King’s, one of whom was ‘walking wounded’ and able to leave quickly after being seen by emergency staff.The remaining 13 required treatment for stab wounds of varying severity. Seven were in a critical condition and are still receiving round-the-clock treatment. She asked about the roles of staff and praised their efforts, saying: “Well done.  What you do is remarkable.” The Duchess praised staff at King's College Hospital The attack left eight people dead and 48 being treated at Kings College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’, University College London Hospitals, and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for their injuries.Last month, the Queen visited survivors of the Manchester bombing in hospital, and the Duke of Cambridge praised Manchester police and first responders for their work.  The Duchess of Cambridge meets senior staff at King’s Hospital The Duchess was met by Nick Moberly, the hospital’s chief executive, and medical director Professor Julia Wendon.She was also introduced to two of the hospital’s team leaders trained to deal with major incidents, Jane Bond of Gold Command and Silver Command’s Mark Madams. Prince Charles visits police who worked on the London Bridge terror attack Then, the Royal couple spent time with those injured in the attack at the Royal London Hospital, thanking medical staff and volunteers and talking to patients.  The Duchess praised staff at King’s College Hospital Dr Tunnicliff added of the attack: “We are one of the busiest hospitals in western Europe in terms of dealing with stabbing incidents. But it was the volume in such a short space of time. We went through a week’s worth of kit in just an hour and a half. She is will later spend time privately at the bedsides of those still requiring treatment. Most, a hospital spokesman said, are now well enough to speak. Before she leaves, the Duchess will meet with senior hospital officials to learn about the psychological support which has been made available to staff and patients following the attacks.Speaking about the visit, a royal aide said:”‘Although the story  has moved on publicly this is a chance to thank the staff and reassure those still in hospital, many of whom have families with them, that people very much care.” Prince Charles visits police who worked on the London Bridge terror attack The Duchess of Cambridge meets senior staff at King's Hospital The Queen speaks to Amy Barlow, 12, and her mother, Kathy, during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Credit:PA Malcolm Tunnicliff, clinical director of the emergency department, who was returning to London from a cricket match that day and dropped everything to head straight to the hospital, said of the royal visit: “I think the Duchess was really affected by the dedication of the staff and how resilient they are. They are very proud to work for King’s and the NHS.”We prepare for incidents like this 24 hours a day but it’s really nice when someone like the Duchess of Cambridge comes in and sees what we do first hand and says thanks.”It gives the patients a lift, it gives the staff a lift that they are being recognised.” The latest London terror attack saw three terrorists crash a car into crowds on London Bridge before attacking innocent bystanders in Borough Market with knives. All three were shot dead by police.The Duchess’ unexpected arrival follows a similar visit by her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, and Duchess of Cornwall last week. After meeting patients, HRH sits with Dr Tunnicliff who explains how important the psychological support offered to staff & patients is. pic.twitter.com/JZpvTenMIu— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2017 HRH meets some of the incredible doctors, nurses and support staff who describe their experiences to The Duchess. pic.twitter.com/Su3dTrtKic— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 12, 2017 The Duchess said their dedication showed “Britain at its best”. The Queen speaks to Amy Barlow, 12, and her mother, Kathy, during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital  The Duchess of Cambridge has paid a surprise visit to survivors of the London terror attacks, quietly meeting with victims and staff at King’s College Hospital. The Duchess arrived at the south east London hospital at 1.50pm, for a visit that was not publicised in advance to enable staff to continue to treat those affected without disruption. The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for an unannounced visit to terror attack survivors Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Brexit fears over EU doctor exodus may be unfounded as more medics

first_imgA feared exodus of EU doctors as a result of Brexit is being eclipsed by greater numbers of foreign medics from outside the EU applying to work in Britain, new figures reveal. However, the number of licences granted to doctors from outside Europe has increased by 17 per cent since the referendum in June last year. The data from the medical watchdog reveals the situation among doctors does not reflect the drop in applications from EU nurses, which dropped from 1,304 in July 2016 to…center_img Data from the General Medical Council (GMC), which regulates the profession, shows that the number of EU doctors granted a licence to practise in the UK between January last year and May this year fell by 8 per cent.last_img

Man found strangled alongside daughter was sex offender police reveal

first_imgMr Monk said Mr Brown’s biggest win was thought to be up to £15 or £20.He appealed for help from the public, saying: “One of the possibilities I’m investigating is that these people were known to Noel, so I’m particularly keen to hear from anybody that knew Noel, knew his lifestyle and knew people he may associate with.”I am keen to hear from anyone who saw Noel in the days leading up to his death or saw anyone or anything unusual in or around New Butt Lane, SE8 during that time.”This is a deeply distressing time for Noel and Marie’s family as they come to terms with their loss.” Mr Monk said: “The offence was a sex offence, he was convicted and served time and was released in 2004, but I’m not prepared to give any more details.”Mr Monk said he was not aware of any suggestion Mr Brown had been suspected of any other offences since his release from prison and police contact was limited to the conditions of his registration on the sex offenders’ register.A neighbour saw Mr Brown at his home at around 8pm on Thursday November 30, and days later at around midday on Saturday December 2, his daughter went to his flat out of concern for his welfare. She was not seen alive again. Mr Monk said that Mr Brown, a regular gambler who placed “very small bets” every day at the Paddy Power shop in Deptford High Street, did not visit the bookmakers on Friday and it is possible he was killed before his daughter arrived.He said: “I don’t know whether he was dismembered at that point or whether he was dismembered after Marie was killed.”There’s some attempt to cover up the crime, it’s a strong possibility that Marie had disturbed them.”Attempts have been made to dismember his body, it’s possible Marie has made attempts to disturb that and it’s possible she’s been killed. There’s no attempt to dismember Marie at all.” Noel Brown Noel Brown was released from prison in 2004 after serving a sentence for a sex convictionCredit:Metropolitan Police  Police believe it is a ‘strong possibility’ Marie Brown disturbed the attackers as they attempted to dismember her father’s bodyCredit:Metropolitan Police  After forensic searches of the area and gathering hours of CCTV footage, police have appealed for the public’s help and urged two men who visited Mr Brown’s flat in the days before he was found dead to come forward.Mr Monk said they have found no evidence that Mr Brown was killed because of a large gambling win, although he had visited his local betting shop Paddy Power on the day he was last seen alive.Officers found no signs of a break-in at the flat, indications of a struggle inside or that Mr Brown or Ms Brown had been restrained, and Mr Monk said he believed there was no evidence to suggest the motive was burglary or robbery, adding there might be more than one suspect.”At this early stage we are keeping an open mind regarding the motive,” he said. “One of our key lines of inquiry is to establish if the suspect or suspects were known to Noel and if Marie disturbed them.”One of the key strands of our investigation is understanding all we can about Noel’s life. He was well known and liked locally.”There has been speculation that his murder was as a result of a large gambling win. However, at this time there is no evidence to suggest this was the case.”center_img Attempts have been made to dismember his body, it’s possible Marie has made attempts to disturb that and it’s possible she’s been killedDet Supt Paul Monk A father found strangled in his flat alongside his daughter was a convicted sex offender, police have disclosed as they examine the motive for the killings.Detectives investigating the deaths of Noel Brown, 69, and 41-year-old Marie Brown also believe it is a “strong possibility” she disturbed the attackers as they attempted to dismember his body, Scotland Yard said.Mr Brown and his only daughter were found strangled at his flat in Deptford, south-east London, at about 2.45am on Monday after police responded to a “welfare concern”.Police are trying to establish why they were killed, but Detective Superintendent Paul Monk said Mr Brown’s conviction in 1999 for a sex offence, for which he served four years in prison, was not “screaming out” as a motive.He said “nothing” had happened in Mr Brown’s life in the 18 years since the conviction to suggest that was the reason for the murder. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Marie Brownlast_img read more

Thieves steal golf club chairmans buggy and drive it to McDonalds

“A few interesting questions for him to answer in interview when sober.”North Yorkshire Police said an 18-year-old was arrested for taking without consent and drink driving. He has been charged for drink-driving.A second man, 19, has been released. The younger teenager will appear before magistrates in Northallerton next month. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two alleged thieves stole a golf club chairman’s buggy and drove it to McDonald’s in the middle of the night.Retired prison governor Bruce Tait, 69, had left his £4,000 cart locked up in the club shed ready to take his three-year-old grandson on a tour of Richmond Golf Club in North Yorkshire on Bank Holiday Monday, but it was taken.It later emerged that two men had driven it from Richmond to Catterick, five miles away, where they were arrested by police at a McDonald’s drive-thru shortly before 4am.The buggy has now been returned to Mr Tait.Police tweeted about the incident, saying: “A golf buggy was reported ‘driving’ through the drive through of a popular fast food chain in Catterick.” read more

Stormzy should be taught in schools instead of Mozart to prevent exclusions

Matt Griffiths, Youth Music's Chief executive, said: "We've seen the benefits of students exchanging Mozart for Stormzy as part of a re-imagined music curriculum."   Published during the charity’s 20th anniversary year, the research was produced in collaboration with Birmingham City University and funded by the National Lottery via Arts Council England.The charity is now urging the Department for Education (DfE) to adopt a new model of music in schools that reflects the diverse musical interests of young people today.It said a number of changes are urgently needed to transform musical education in schools.These include the Government issuing an “unequivocal” message about value of music, schools ensuring music is for everyone, and partners collaborating on designing an inclusive curriculum.A DfE spokeswoman said: “We want all pupils to have the opportunity to study music at school – that’s why it is compulsory in the national curriculum from the age of five up to 14.  “We are currently working with music groups and practitioners to refresh the national plan for music education and develop a high-quality model music curriculum.” Matt Griffiths, its chief executive, said: “We’ve seen the benefits of students exchanging Mozart for Stormzy as part of a re-imagined music curriculum.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Evidence shows that music-making is a strong contributor to young people’s personal and social development. But despite school being the one place where everyone should be able to access music, we’ve consistently heard how it doesn’t reflect their existing musical lives and passions. And their access is being restricted because school music departments are disappearing by the day. Researchers discovered that young people at risk of exclusion at the outset of the programme maintained high levels of attendance of 95 per cent throughout the programme. It also helped some young people to re-enter mainstream education after having been excluded.Furthermore, throughout the four years, there was an increase in participants performing above expectation in Maths (from 14 per cent up to 21 per cent) and English (from 15 per cent up to 28 per cent).In a letter addressed to the schools minister Nick Gibb seen by The Telegraph Mr Griffiths urged him to consider the findings “as you put together a model music curriculum”.“We urge the Government, OFSTED, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to collaboratively develop an action plan to ensure a sustainable, innovative and diverse music curriculum in schools,” he said.“School success measures must go beyond their current, singular focus on attainment to include, equally, outcomes for young people especially for their social and emotional wellbeing.” Stormzy should be taught in schools instead of Mozart to prevent pupils from being excluded, a charity study said. Youth Music, a national charity endorsed by the musician and presenter Myleene Klass, is calling for an “urgent transformation” of the music curriculum.It said that schools need to “shake up” the way music is taught and exchange classical music for grime, hip-hop and electro, with help from music industries.Last month The Telegraph reported that school exclusions for drugs and alcohol were at a ten-year high, with “county lines” to blame for recruiting youngsters to ferry drugs around the country.Official data showed that this amounted to a 57 per cent rise, from 360 children in 2006/7 to 565 children in 2016/7.The Youth Music research comes following a major four-year research programme, entitled Exchanging Notes, which found that young people at risk of exclusion at the start of the programme maintained high levels of attendance throughout.The study involved 10 partnerships between music organisations and schools nationwide and involved 974 young people. Youth Music invests in music-making projects which help young people’s personal, social and musical development. Matt Griffiths, Youth Music’s Chief executive, said: “We’ve seen the benefits of students exchanging Mozart for Stormzy as part of a re-imagined music curriculum.”  Credit:GL Archive / Alamy, /GL Archive / Alamy,  read more

Six players to watch out for in CPL 2017

Rahkeem Cornwall (St Lucia Stars)Rahkeem CornwallAt 6 feet, 5 inches, Cornwall towers imposingly over most team-mates and opponents alike. His frame may have attracted the inevitable comments, but he has mighty shots to match. Ask the visiting English side against whom he hit 59 off 61 balls, including six fours and three sixes, in a practice match in February 2017.His offspin is more decent than deadly. He topped the wickets charts in West Indies A’s unofficial Tests in Sri Lanka last year, grabbing 23 wickets in three matches at 19.82. He was also consistent in West Indies’ domestic 50-over competition, the Regional Super50, scoring 252 runs at 50.40 to add to 10 wickets at an economy rate of 3.63. His all-round consistency hasn’t missed the eyes of chief selector Courtney Browne but he conceded Cornwall’s “conditioning” was a hindrance to higher honours.Shadab Khan (Trinbago Knight Riders)Shadab KhanAll of 18, Shadab already boats an enviable CV: Champions Trophy winner, the toast of the PSL, and the backing of captain Sarfraz Ahmed and former captain Wasim Akram, who had worked with him in the PSL. He has a deceptive wrong’un, and his unorthodox bowling action – he shapes up somewhat like an offspinner – only makes it tougher for batsmen to pick it. He has already had a taste of the Caribbean pitches, having taken 10 wickets for 75 runs in his first four T20Is this year. His partnership with Sunil Narine in the Trinbago line-up forms an engaging subplot in the tournament. Good luck to the batsmen.Jesse Ryder (St Lucia Stars ) By Deivarayan MuthuKesrick Williams celebrates after taking a wicket CPL/SportsfileKesrick Williams (Jamaica Tallawahs)A member of the Coast Guard in St Vincent, Williams has kept batsmen wary for the past two years. His tally of 17 wickets last season, including an incredible triple-wicket maiden for Jamaica Tallawahs against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, earned him a call-up to the West Indies T20 squad. He impressed immediately, claiming 2 for 15 on debut against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in September 2016. Later that year, he was part of the Rajshahi Kings side that finished runners-up in the Bangladesh Premier League.More recently, in his second ODI, Williams denied MS Dhoni at the death and helped West Indies defend 189 with his assortment of variations. He is currently the second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is this year with 14 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 6.69. His celebratory antics – the selfiebration run and the page flipper – have made him a popular character, too.Ronsford Beaton (Trinbago Knight Riders)Ronsford BeatonA tall quick with a smooth action, Beaton can consistently hit speeds north of 140kph and bowl accurate yorkers in the slog overs. He was called up to the West Indies squad for the T20Is against Afghanistan at home, but did not get a game. While sheer pace is his calling card, he also has a cool head. In 2014, two nights after conceding a last-ball six in a heartbreaking loss against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, he bowled a nerveless last over to stun centurion Dwayne Smith and Barbados Tridents. A strong showing in this CPL could put him on the radar for West Indies’ limited-overs series against England in September. Steven Taylor (Guyana Amazon Warriors) Steven TaylorBorn to Jamaican immigrants and raised in South Florida, Taylor is a bruising opening batsman who lays claim to USA’s two centuries in T20 cricket. In 2015, he became the first player from America to secure a CPL deal when he was signed up Barbados Tridents, coached by his former USA coach Robin Singh. Chances have been limited for Taylor in the CPL, but an injury to Chris Lynn might brighten up his prospects this season and push him closer in his pursuit of representing West Indies. He comes into the tournament, having scored 264 runs at a strike-rate of 93.61 in the Regional Super50 for Jamaica. That he has another string in his bow – offspin – makes him a valuable asset in T20s. (Espncricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAfter Rashid, another Afghan leggie at the CPLAugust 8, 2018Similar postCPL 2019: Smith seeking redemption with ball for GAWMay 25, 2019In “Local News”Early wickets fail to stop Jamaica Tallawahs romping home against St Kitts PatriotsJuly 17, 2016In “Sports” Jesse RyderRemember New Zealand’s wild child, whose international career has been blighted by a spate of off-field problems? He last played for the country in January 2014. His chances of playing for New Zealand again look grim, but a CPL gig, which follows a stint in the Hong Kong Twenty20 Blitz, gives him an opportunity to show the rest of the T20 world that he still has those powerful short-arm jabs and wristy pick-up shots. Ryder has also been named in New Zealand’s squad for the Indoor Cricket World Cup, which begins in September this year in Dubai. read more

Windies seamers shine in tame draw with Northern XI

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReflections on Windies Cricket in 2018 Part 1 …Gabriel, Dowrich top Test performers in 2018December 28, 2018In “latest news”Under-strength New Zealand still favouritesDecember 22, 2017In “Sports”Brathwaite, Roach up in ICC rankings ahead of Hamilton TestDecember 7, 2017In “latest news” HOLDER… West Indies skipper took 2-16 (Photo: AFP)BRISBANE, Australia (CMC) – West Indies made light work of Northern Suburbs District Invitational XI, but their two-day warm-up match finished in a predictable draw here yesterday.Captain Jason Holder (2-16), Alzarri Joseph (2-18) and Raymon Reifer (2-47) all picked up two wickets each as the hosts were limited to 165 all out, in reply to West Indies’ 352 for eight declared overnight.Hamish Martin top-scored with 50 batting at number nine while Kendel Fleming got 20 but the remainder of the Northern Suburbs attack struggled against the Windies seamers.In fact, the hosts were tottering on 109 for nine before Martin anchored a last wicket stand of 56 – the best of the innings – with Paddy Dooley who made 10 not out.The match was called off once Northern Suburbs were dismissed.West Indies are preparing for their two-Test series against New Zealand starting later this month.The tour match was the first warm-up fixture of the ongoing camp. read more