West Florida ranked No. 3 in ITA Division II preseason rankings

first_img SKILLMAN, N.J. – The University of West Florida men’s tennis team was selected as the No. 3-ranked team in the 2013 ITA Division II Preseason Rankings after a strong showing during the fall season. UWF senior Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil/Auburn Montgomery) was also selected as the top DII singles player in the country.Savi receives the number-one ranking after winning the singles title at the USTA/ITA DII National Small College Championship in Fort Meyers, Fla. on October 12. Savi also won the USTA/ITA DII South Region singles championship in Pensacola, Fla. on Sept. 30.The No. 3 UWF men’s tennis team earned their national team ranking after two student-athletes and three doubles teams advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA South Regional Championships in October.UWF junior Kenny Brasil (Apucarana, Brazil/Ouachita Baptist University) is ranked as the No. 16 singles player in the nation after advancing to the singles semifinal at the regional championship. Alex Peyrot (Castelnaudary, France) ranks No. 24 while Felipe Frattini (Sao Paulo, Brazil/New Mexico State University) and Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela) rank No. 26 and No. 31, respectively, in the singles preseason rankings.The doubles team of Frattini and Savi ranks as the No. 4 doubles team in the country. The UWF duo earned their ranking after defeating Rollins College’s Jason Alabaster and Will Kwok 7-5, 6-2 en route to USTA/ITA South Region Doubles Title in October. The doubles team of Peyrot and Sano rank as the No. 10 doubles team in the country.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#ITA National Team Rankings: 1. Barry; 2, Armstrong Atlantic; 3. West Florida.ITA National Singles Rankings: 1. Bruno Savi (West Florida); 16. Kenny Brasil, (West Florida); 24. Alex Peyrot (West Florida); 26. Felipe Frattini (West Florida); 31. Domenico Sano (West Florida).Print Friendly Version Share West Florida ranked No. 3 in ITA Division II preseason rankingscenter_img Kenny Brasil ranks as the No. 16 singles player in the nation in ITA preseason rankings. (Photo by Bill Stockland) last_img read more

WBA pressures Kameda, Kono

first_img Koki Kameda, Kohei Kono GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The parties have 30 days to reach an agreement otherwise fight promoters will open the bout to a purse bid. They were to have staged a mandatory fight last year but it never materialized.Kameda has effectively been banned from fighting in Japan due to sanctions imposed on his gym by the Japan Boxing Commission. The World Boxing Association has ordered champion Kohei Kono and second-ranked Koki Kameda to begin negotiations for their mandatory super flyweight title fight.The championships committee, chaired by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, announced the decision on Thursday.center_img KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

UPDATE: Pilot In Whittier Area Plane Crash Identified

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers have released the identity of the pilot who died in a weekend plane crash near Whittier, on Saturday. The Coast Guard’s 17th District Command Center said the center was alerted to “an overdue aircraft in the Portage Glacier area” at 3:38 p.m., Saturday. According to Alaska State Troopers,  due to weather in the area the search was hampered, however RCC and Coast Guard Helicopters were able to locate the plane crash and confirmed the sole occupant, Andrews, was deceased. Andrews was a student pilot, and left Merrill Field, in Anchorage with Valdez as his intended destination. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said Andrews was flying plane number N7061W, heading east around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday when the plane crashed head-on to the side of a mountain about a half a mile south of Whittier at an altitude of 2,000 feet.center_img The Pilot has been positively identified as Brett Andrews, 31, of Anchorage. During the morning hours of May 13, DPS Helo 3 and AMRG responded to the area and successfully recovered Andrews body from the crash site. Photos provided by Alaska State Trooperslast_img read more

Key piece of Gonzaga’s success, Kyle Wiltjer exceeds expectations

first_imgQNCAA tournament bracketology: Projecting the field of 68 SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s nothing more than sheer coincidence that the coaches were sitting together at a summer basketball tournament, each wondering if the other had heard anything, when first one phone and then the other buzzed. John Calipari got the bad news — which meant when Mark Few got the call a moment later, he already knew the good news:After two seasons at Kentucky and several weeks of introspection, Kyle Wiltjer had made up his mind. He was transferring to Gonzaga, and he wanted to make sure and “do it the right way.”“I just made sure to talk to ‘Cal’ first,” Wiltjer says of that day in July 2013. “I just gave him a call and said, ‘Hey, I think I’m gonna go to Gonzaga. I think it’s gonna be a great fit for me.’ ”Twenty months later, if the fit seems nearly perfect — Wiltjer is one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award as the national player of the year — it’s more than just a change of scenery. A contributor on a national championship squad as a freshman at Kentucky, Wiltjer was the SEC’s sixth man of the year as a sophomore. But he has emerged as a star at Gonzaga. Either way, or both, the results are obvious. Wiltjer averages 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds and converts almost 45% of his three-point tries. Though he took a scary tumble Saturday night in a West Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal victory against San Francisco, hurting his left hip, a Gonzaga spokesman says it’s “nothing serious” and describes Wiltjer’s status as “day-to-day.”That’s a good thing, because the junior forward is expected to be a key cog in Gonzaga’s annual quest for a run deep into March.“He’s exceeded expectations,” Few says, “and even more so than after watching him through his redshirt year. But he’s just a piece of this deal.”While Wiltjer was named Saturday as a Wooden Award finalist, the West Coast Conference’s player of the year award went to Zags senior guard Kevin Pangos, who is Gonzaga’s most valuable player. Almost as important are backcourt mates Gary Bell and Byron Wesley, a senior transfer from Southern California. And Wiltjer is part of a front-line rotation that, with Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis, already features two powerful big men.Their combined support makes it much easier for Wiltjer to play his enhanced game. Still, his 45-point outburst Feb. 19 against Pacific is telling. The performance was a combination of dazzling inside moves and silky perimeter jumpers that showed off his full potential as a dominant scorer. It was the first 40-point game by a Zag since Adam Morrison in 2005-06, and it was more points than Morrison ever scored in a game during his prolific college career.“I couldn’t believe hearing his name and my name in the same sentence,” Wiltjer said. “That was pretty cool.”And it was evidence of Wiltjer’s vast potential being realized.TOP 10 PLAYERS: Wiltjer a player of the year candidate He might have supplied the last piece to a formidable lineup, but as a “stretch four,” using the terminology now in vogue to indicate a power forward who is a skilled perimeter shooter, Wiltjer can cause defenses extreme duress. That’s especially true with his new ability to mix it up inside. But the transfer included a transformation. Wiltjer spent the NCAA’s required redshirt year working closely with Gonzaga’s strength staff to redefine his body and his game. He’d seen the metamorphosis of former Gonzaga standout Kelly Olynyk during a redshirt season — from scrub to star — and though they’re different players, the principle was the same.“You have a whole year to work on your weaknesses,” Wiltjer says. “We’re very different players, but we took a similar approach. We both bought in and said, ‘Hey, I’m willing to do whatever.’ ”For Wiltjer, that meant a back-to-basics regimen that included endless drills designed to build core and lower-body strength and to improve his lateral mobility, with the goal of developing an interior game to go with his perimeter shooting. A year later, the changes are obvious; Wiltjer’s frame remains 6-10 and 240 pounds, but it’s at least a little more chiseled. And where he tended to linger near the three-point line while at Kentucky — to be fair, it was essentially what he was asked to do — he is clearly more comfortable around the basket on both ends of the floor. But as important, according to Few, as the added physical ability, might be Wiltjer’s newfound — or maybe it’s hard-earned — confidence.“Probably more than anything, there’s been a mental transformation,” Few says. ” ‘Hey, I can play like I’m 6-10,’ you know? ‘I can move my feet a little bit. I can get up and protect the rim a little bit. I can get these physically contested rebounds and take a hit down low and deliver,’ and all of that.”center_img USA TODAYBasketball Brunch: Five things to watch before Selection Sunday The comparisons to Morrison and to Olynyk will continue. They’re imperfect — Morrison played a different position, and Olynyk played a more physical game — but still apt. Wiltjer is a better perimeter shooter than Olynyk. His ability to create shots is reminiscent of Morrison. So is his confidence, which Few says was built during the redshirt season, but also came with Wiltjer from his experience at Kentucky.“Playing at Kentucky, I think, gives him a little bit of swag that he brings,” Few says. “It’s, ‘Hey, I’ve been here, done that.”And what if he had stayed at Kentucky? Wiltjer says he hasn’t contemplated what might have happened. If he has a regret, it’s that he didn’t play better near the end of his sophomore season, when the Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament and were dumped in the first round of the NIT.“I know we had some bad losses,” he says, “but I wish we had made the (NCAA) tournament, because I think we would have made a run.”It’s easy to project, given the Wildcats’ constant roster replenishment with future NBA players, that he might have continued in the same reserve role as a perimeter scorer and wouldn’t have developed into an all-around player. He says he might have asked Calipari to redshirt in Lexington.“I really thought I needed a year to work on my game,” he says.Greg Wiltjer says much of his son’s confidence has to do with his new role with a new program.“I see him having fun, having the confidence to stay out there and knowing, ‘If I miss a shot, the best players in the world miss shots,’” says Greg Wiltjer, a 7-footer who played at Oregon State and, like Kyle, was a member of the Canadian national team. “It’s innate confidence that ‘I’m here, I’m in the right place, I’m contributing to this wonderful Gonzaga basketball team.’”What comes next? With a business degree in hand, Wiltjer is pursuing a master’s. Though he’s got another year of eligibility left, and seems likely to remain for his senior season, he says he hasn’t contemplated the long-term yet. For right now, and always for Gonzaga, the question is about March.With Wiltjer, Karnowski and Sabonis, the Zags’ front line measures up, literally and figuratively, with any other in college basketball. Which brings up a possibility that’s tantalizing on several levels: What if, somewhere in the NCAA Tournament, Gonzaga played Kentucky?Wiltjer remains close to several players, including Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress. And he retains affection for Kentucky’s passionate fan base that appears to be a mutual thing – perhaps because of the way he left the program.“It would be amazing to meet them in Indy (for the Final Four),” Wiltjer says. “They’re a very talented team. We would love the challenge.”The Zags might be up to the challenge. Of course, that presumes a deep run through March and into April – which hasn’t been a part of the Gonzaga basketball success story. They’re a probable No. 2 seed, but they’ll be doubted unless and until they chew through a bracket. With Wiltjer’s arrival and transformation, Gonzaga might just have the ingredients to alter that narrative.“I think our best basketball is ahead,” he says. “This team is really good. We’re really balanced. The thing I like about our squad is, every player brings something different. That’s how it was when we won the championship (at Kentucky). Everyone brought something unique.“I think we’ve all bought in. … This team could be special. Right now, it’s all talk. Now we have to go when it really matters and ball out.”ALL THE ACTION FROM CONFERENCE TOURNEYSlast_img read more

Eight USC athletes awarded endowed scholarships

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Eight University of South Carolina athletes, including former Greenville High School standout Clark Scolamiero have been awarded endowed athletic scholarships.Scolamiero is a sophomore outfielder that started 13 games as a freshman and was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. This summer he was named a Coastal Plain League All-Star. He was awarded the Ken Branch and Kathy Falls Endowed Baseball Scholarship.He joins junior starting pitcher Wil Crowe and junior infielder D.C. Arendas as three baseball players earning the honor.Crowe, the Gamecocks Friday night starter who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, was awarded The Everette and Beverly Newman Endowed Scholarship.Arendas earned The Ken Rosefield Family Endowed First Baseman’s Scholarship.Crowe earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List, while Arendas enters his senior season with 98 career starts and three appearances on the SEC Academic Honor Roll.“These endowed scholarships represent a special commitment by members of the Gamecock Club,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “While the generosity of all members allows us to provide a world-class education for hundreds of student-athletes each year, these gifts ensure that some of those resources can go toward other initiatives that enhance the student-athlete experience at the University of South Carolina.”There were also three endowed football scholarships given, two named in honor of former USC standouts in the sport.Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Brandon Shell was awarded The Marcus Lattimore Endowed Football Scholarship.Quarterback Perry Orth earned The Tommy Suggs Endowed Quarterback.Senior tight end Jerell Adams was named the recipient of The Wraellen and Larry Winn Endowed Tight End Scholarship.Shell is a fifth-year senior and the most experienced offensive lineman on this year’s team. The two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member also earned preseason All-SEC honors the last two seasons. Orth earned a share of the Most Improved Quarterback award last spring and is in contention for signal-caller duties this fall. Adams is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and earned the 2015 Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete Representative last spring. He has six starts in his career and owns 38 career receptions for 556 yards.USC senior All-American Tiffany Mitchell has been named the recipient of the first Aleighsa Welch Endowed Women’s Basketball Scholarship.Mitchell became the first Gamecock to be named a finalist for all three premier national player of the year awards, getting tapped by the Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award committees in 2015. She is the two-time SEC Player of the Year, earned All-America status from five different sources and was a Capital One Academic All-District selection last season.South Carolina junior Katelyn Dambaugh earned the Kenneth T. Lytle Women’s Golf Scholarship.Dambaugh is a two-time All-SEC selection who earned honorable mention All-America honors last spring after capturing three top-five finishes and carrying the team’s second-lowest scoring average of the season (73.66). Her 65 on the second day of the 2015 SEC Championship was a school and tournament record and helped her into a tie for fourth place in the event. She has appeared on the SEC Academic Honor Roll twice.last_img read more

Friday Q&A with Louisville’s beat writer Steve Jones

first_imgNo. 6 Auburn vs. Louisville in 2015 Kickoff Classic Game in Georgia Dome.No. 6 Auburn vs. Louisville in 2015 Kickoff Classic Game in Georgia Dome.AUBURN — Louisville beat writer Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal took time this week to field some questions previewing the 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between No. 6 Auburn and Louisville in the Georgia Dome Saturday afternoon.Louisville beat writer Steve Jones of Louisville Courier-JournalLouisville beat writer Steve Jones of Louisville Courier-Journal1) Okay, Bobby Petrino says he knows who he is starting at quarterback. He also says he knows, Will Muschamp probably knows who he starting at quarterback. Will Muschamp says he knows Bobby Petrino that he knows….all right enough of that (just trying to highlight the ridiculous nature of this whole gamesmanship) – Let’s assume Louisville start Reggie Bonafon. What would he give Louisville the best chance to win?A: Among Louisville’s three veteran QBs, Bonnafon is clearly the best runner and overall athlete of the group. He’s just a really, really fast guy who can make plays with legs that far exceed what Kyle Bolin and Will Gardner can do as a runner. With U of L breaking in a nearly all-new offensive line, having a guy who’s capable of scrambling and eluding a pass rush and maybe turning a broken play into a first down with a tuck-and-run is a useful skill. Bonnafon also has a really strong arm, and he can throw the deep ball well. Kyle Bolin and Will Gardner, however, are more accurate passers, and Bonnafon has had to improve his footwork, vision downfield and knowledge of U of L’s system. He completed only 50.8 percent of his throws and never threw for more than 206 yards in his 10 appearances, including five starts, as a true freshman. But he’s said to have improved as a passer, and if he truly has, he’s got some great physical tools to work with and is a true dual threat.2) In your opinion, what does Louisville have to do early to build confidence on offense and defense to get themselves into the fourth quarter with a chance to win?A: I think U of L is probably going to have to score in the 30s to win, and a couple nice, sustained touchdown drives in the first half would surely go a long way in building confidence for the quarterback – whoever it may be – and the rebuilt offensive line. Brandon Radcliff is a really solid, powerful running back – one of the best in the ACC – and he could be a workhorse for Louisville if the line has any success. Louisville’s nearly all-new receiving corps has some really big, athletic guys – 6-3, 200-pound types aplenty – and they should be able to jump up and grab some downfield balls if the QB gets some time and can make a semi-accurate throw. Petrino has said getting some “chunk plays” like that will be key to the success of the offense, and the receivers supposedly really shined in the scrimmages in the last couple weeks of training camp.As for the defense, the key will be stopping the run early in the game, and the Cards are well-equipped to do it. I think Louisville’s defense will be really good. Sheldon Rankins, DeAngelo Brown and Pio Vatuvei – all of whom are essentially D-tackles – make up a big, powerful defensive front that specialize in stopping the run, occupying blockers and freeing up the linebackers, who are also really good, to tackle ball-carriers. If U of L can limit Auburn’s run game, it’ll slow Auburn’s play-action pass game, too.3) Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has mentioned TCU transfer Devonte Fields multiple times over the past two weeks when asked about the Louisville defense. How will Louisville plan to use and disguise No. 92 in different ways in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 formation?A: Fields reported to campus just two days before training camp because he had to finish coursework at his junior college, so it wouldn’t have been too surprising if he’d not gotten in good enough shape or been too unfamiliar with the defense to make into the Week 1 starting lineup. In reality he made it onto the first string after just a couple weeks, and Grantham said he really earned his starting spot at outside linebacker. It’s a testament to his IQ on the field, great lower-body power as a pass rusher and comfort level dropping in coverage and defending an occasional pass. He said sometimes he’ll have his hand down, and play as essentially a defensive end on a tough, tough front that could have Fields next to Rankins, next to Brown, next to Vatuvei. That would be a load for any offensive line to handle because who do you double-team? Louisville’s other starting outside linebacker Keith Brown, who has moved from inside to OLB, is really fast and athletic and will probably thrive as a pass rusher, too. Sometimes another good OLB, Trevon Young, will come in and play with a hand down, and Fields can move to standing rush OLB position and come with a full head of steam at Jeremy Johnson. It’s just a really talented front seven for Louisville.4) Auburn has eight true freshmen in its two-deep. Who are some of Louisville’s true freshmen that will have the opportunity to make an impact in Saturday’s game?A: Louisville is almost certain to use multiple true freshmen at wide receiver. Emonee Spence (6-foot-3), Devante Peete (6-foot-6) and Jaylen Smith (6-foot-4) are tall, long-striding guys who all figure to play, and shifty, 5-foot-7 slot receiver Traveon Samuel is really explosive in space and has great hands. Spence, Peete and Samuel were all four-star recruits on ESPN.com. … U of L’s depth chart didn’t name a starter at any offensive line position, so it’s realistic that the Cards could start two true freshmen on the offensive line – tackle Geron Christian and guard Kenny Thomas (who’s from Prattville). The idea that might happen probably scares Louisville fans, but they are both huge guys (6-6, 320 pounds each), and they probably have the most pure talent of any of the O-linemen.  … Cornerback Jaire Alexander is a candidate to start, and he’ll almost certainly play. Alexander and Samuel may also be used in the return game.5) From an out-of-town perspective, it seems like Petrino is trying for a quick build thanks to many transfers (D1 and JUCO) on this 2015 roster so how has the chemistry been among all these new pieces throughout the spring and preseason camp?A: The team is definitely loaded with transfers, but everyone seems to like the guys, and I haven’t sensed that there are any chemistry issues. Taking Fields, who was kicked out of TCU after allegations of domestic violence (a case recently dropped), was a risky P.R. move, but he’s said to have been a model teammate and hard worker in his month in Louisville. The same goes for Josh Harvey-Clemons, a really talented Georgia safetey transfer who was dismissed from the Bulldogs for a violation of team rules. (Auburn fans surely remember him from the Prayer at Jordan-Hare.) It’s so far, so good, and I tend to give Petrino a lot of credit for reloading a team that lost 10 draft picks with a bunch of ready-to-play transfers with comparable or superior talent than all those draft picks. Harvey-Clemons, Fields, receiver Jamari Staples (UAB), receiver Ja’Quay Savage (Texas A&M) and cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Georgia) all have already started for FBS teams.6) Obviously a major concern for Louisville is the inexperience and youth on the offensive line? First, are you expecting different combinations of offensive lineman throughout the game Saturday? Second, how is Louisville intending to help build that unit confidence early in the game?A: Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee has said that he could envision U of L using 6-7 O-linemen during the game, and they’ve had almost all of the guys work at more than one position during camp. Using Bonnafon, who can run, or Bolin, who can get the ball out quickly, would help the O-line adjust to a fast pass rush. Tight end Keith Towbridge, who is about 6-5, 270, is a blocking specialist that they could bring in to be essentially a sixth lineman, if they want to try to focus on running the ball.FINAL: Thoughts on how you see the game playing out?Auburn 31, Louisville 23: I think U of L’s defense is really good and will keep the Cards in it till the end, but Auburn has a lot of skill and speed on offense, and the Tigers will get theirs eventually. I’m skeptical that the Cards’ offense will be able to find the end zone enough. I predict 23 points because I could envision U of L moving the ball but having multiple drives stall that end in field goals.last_img read more

All-District 1, Division I boys soccer team

first_imgNOTE: The All-District team was selected by the district’s coaches.FIRST TEAMForward — Sam Millitello, ByrdForward — Gabe Smith, Captain Shreve, Sr.Forward — Slayte Taylor, ASHMidfield — Keaton Love, Airline, Sr.Midfield — Ridha Alkaabi, Pineville, Jr.Midfield — Dennis Palacious, West Monroe, Sr.Midfield — Ethan Patton, ByrdDefender — Zach Clear, Pineville, So.Defender — Gabe Miciotto, ByrdDefender — Parker Andries, ASH, Sr.Defender — Gage Simpson, Captain ShreveGoalkeeper — Jonathan Price, ASHOverall MVP — Isaac Morris, ByrdOffensive MVP — Dylan Foxworth, ASH, Jr.Defensive MVP — Joseph Lattier, Captain ShreveGoalkeeper MVP — Brandon Cespiva, Pineville, Jr.Coach of the Year — Gary McCormickSECOND TEAMForwards — Luke LeMere, Captain Shreve, Sr.; Lanzel Burton, West Monroe, So.; Josh Nelson, Pineville, Jr. Midfield — Christian Wilson, Pineville, Sr.; Robert Roy, ASH; Brett Bolton, ASH; Jack Walker, Byrd; Cayden Reynolds, ASH, Jr. Defenders — Gumarus Walker, Airline, Sr.; Garrett May, West Monroe, So.; Abel Turrubiartes, ASH; Hank Elmajian, ByrdHONORABLE MENTIONSouthwood — Brandon Pierce, Cedric Thomas, Abner Perez. Airline — Nathan Grace, Cole Edwards, Nick Jump, Adam Bihler. Byrd — Carson Jones, Nick Whitton, Connor Terry, Christian Semon. Pineville — Jackson Robison, Jonathan Bolyer, Reese Weeks. West Monroe — Josh Webber, Jakob Christiansen, Carlos Gomez. Captain Shreve — Talon Young, Wes Goins, Will Adcock, Ahmad Ali. ASH — James Theus, Jay Piland, Andrew Bolton. Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Buttler gets surprise call-up to England Test team

first_img(REUTERS) – Jos Buttler was handed a surprise England recall yesterday as new national selector Ed Smith announced his squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s, which starts on May 24.Buttler returns to the squad for the first time since December 2016 after a series of impressive knocks in the Indian Premier League (IPL), including a record-equalling fifth consecutive half-century for the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.Somerset spinner Dom Bess has been called up for the first time, after his team mate Jack Leach broke his left thumb in the nets last week.Bess has played 16 first-class matches, impressing with both bat and ball, and Smith said the 20-year-old had made a fine start to his career. “With Jack Leach missing out due to injury, the selection panel wanted to invest opportunity in a young spin bowler,” Smith said in a statement on the England and Wales Cricket Board website here.“Dom’s strong form, character and all-round abilities presented a compelling case for selection.”Buttler plays as opener for the Royals, but is likely to slot into England’s middle order. “The selection panel feels that this is the perfect moment to reintroduce Jos to Test cricket, where he has already enjoyed some success, including a stint playing as a specialist batsman at number seven,” Smith added.“Jos is playing with great confidence and flair, and he will bring unique qualities to the Test team.”James Vince has not been included in the 12-man squad following his disappointing Ashes series. England will play two Tests against Pakistan, with the second starting on June 1 at Headingley.England squad for the first Test against Pakistan: Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain, James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) wicketkeeper, Dom Bess (Somerset), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)last_img read more

“Bring him along” – Tottenham player says he’ll give Mourinho transfer…

first_imgJust like during vacations and international breaks, South American players have been taking their time off in the Coronavirus crisis to speak to their home country’s media. This time it’s Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga who’s talked to Argentine outlet Ataque Radio, from Club 947, and discussed his time at the London side.There were two interesting parts of the interview. The first of them in which Gazzaniga named a favourite player in Argentine football, saying Spurs should sign him.“I like Campuzano, I think he made a good difference. If Mourinho asks me, ‘bring him along’,” he says about the Boca Juniors midfielder (via AS).Embed from Getty ImagesThen Gazzaniga talked about his love for the Buenos Aires side, and evaluated the chances he has to play for them in the future.“I’m of Boca Juniors, I said it several times. I would like to play in Argentine football. I have a contract, it’s difficult now. But it’s a wish.”Born in the city of Murphy, in Argentina, Gazzaniga left his home country pretty early. He started his professional career in Spain, playing for Valencia, having then moved to Gillingham, Southampton and finally Tottenham Hotspur.Should he leave Tottenham in the near future, then a move to Boca doesn’t seem likely, given there’d probably be European interest in the goalkeeper.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Norton says gov’t in the dark on $20b golf project

first_imgMinister of Social Cohesion with Responsibility for Sport, Dr. George Norton has made it clear that he and by extension, the government, does not endorse the multi-billion ‘Jack Nicklaus’ lifestyle community project because his administration is in the dark on the project. When asked about his endorsement of the $20 billion venture which includes an 18-hole golf course, Norton said: “I must correct you, Sir, I did not endorse the project, I made an announcement.”He then added: “No minister did endorse that because we weren’t involved… I don’t think there was any other commitment by my government with regards to that.”Guyana Tourism Authority head, Mitra Ramkumar (extreme left) looks on as Roddy Carr (center) and Aleem Hussain (right) sign the $20b deal.Dr. Norton was stern in his address, affirming his concerns over the project. “We [the government] are concerned because we talking about 500 acres of prime real estate, 100 million US dollars supposed to be raised to a project that involves schools, houses, facilities that the government knows nothing about, we are concerned,” he declared.The multi-billion dollar investment by the Jack Nicklaus Golf Design Group is set to occupy some 500 acres of land around the Ogle-La Bonne Intention area not only for golf but an entire community.According to President of the Lusignan Golf Course Aleem Hussain, he believes that this project is poised to bring in 15,000-20,000 visitors just for golf alone which he stated will boost the hotel industry immediately. Hussain said whenever Jack Nicklaus decides to do a project in any part of the world it draws a tremendous attention and puts a focus unlike anything else.Representative from the investment group, Roddy Carr, said the facility will provide a number of things including soft adventure, adventure, eco-tourism, experiential, extreme sports and virtually anything people want to do.“All these segments have communities of hundreds of thousands of people and they have money… My thoughts on Guyana would be to develop a strategy that will capitalise on their unique assets which they have and develop that over a period of time, complement the lifestyle growth that you would have to build,” Carr said. “This is going to be a world class course capable of hosting world class events if and when it is ready,” Carr added.He made a comparison to that of Dubai which started to build infrastructure when they found oil in anticipation of the people that were going to live there.According to the stakeholders, the project is expected to commence next year and will take 18 months to complete judging on the weather.last_img read more