Cricket News Navdeep Saini to be net bowler for India cricket team in two-Test series vs West Indies

first_img New Delhi: Navdeep Saini had an impressive start to his India cricket team career during the three-match Twenty20 Internationals against West Indies. In his first match, he picked up 3/17 at Lauderhill which included a wicket in his first over and also a wicket maiden in the last over. In the second game, he went wicketless but in the third game, on a slow pitch, he picked up 2/34 as India whitewashed the West Indies 3-0. Looking at the performance of Saini, the Indian cricket team has decided to keep Saini as a net bowler for the upcoming two-Test series against West Indies. A senior BCCI official told PTI that Saini has been groomed for future red ball assignments. “Yes, Navdeep Saini has been asked to stay back by the team management for the Test series. He will stay back primarily as a net bowler, they want to groom him for the Test format keeping an eye on the future. Saini has been a performer in red ball cricket for the past few years. He has the pace, and ability to hit the deck, move the ball both in air and off the pitch. If he is groomed well, it will only increase our pool of fast bowlers for the top tier cricket. That’s how the team management is looking at him,” the official said. It is believed that if Saini stays back, it will help bowling coach Bharath Arun to invest more time in the 26-year-old Karnal-lad, who has taken 120 wickets from 43 first-class games with three five-wicket hauls.  “One can’t ignore the effort that Arun has put in to make India’s fast bowling unit the best that has emerged from the country. Rather than playing domestic cricket, he now needs to be in and around the international scene and learn the tricks of the trade for the next level,” he said.  India will play five Test matches at home this season with three against South Africa and two against Bangladesh. It will not be a bad idea to blood Saini against Bangladesh since the management would be monitoring Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s respective workloads.  highlights India play two Tests against West Indies on August 22 and August 30.Navdeep Saini took five wickets in three Twenty20 Internationals.Saini took 3/17 in his first match at Fort Lauderhill.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

In debut as starting quarterback, poised Evridge impresses

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)He didn’t have to do much. In fact, he only threw 10 total passes on the day. But then again, any quarterback’s job becomes rather easy when his offense rushes for over 400 yards.Senior quarterback Allan Evridge started things off on the right foot Saturday in his debut as the Badgers’ starting signal caller. He completed his first pass attempt on Wisconsin’s opening drive on a deep, floating ball to junior tight end Garrett Graham for a 20-yard gain — Evridge’s longest completion of the game. The drive ended on a three-yard play action pass to a wide-open Graham in the end zone, Evridge’s first touchdown pass in a Badger uniform.“It felt good,” Evridge said. “Dropping back I thought, ‘Don’t yank the thing; don’t overthrow it,’ but it was a great sell by Garrett. It was all him and the line, and then it was just a pitch and catch.”Evridge finished the day 7-for-10 for 75 yards with one touchdown and one interception, a pass intended for wide receiver David Gilreath in the end zone that head coach Bret Bielema called “ill-advised.”“I made one bad throw, but it’s a learning experience,” Evridge said. “You need amnesia as a player, especially as a quarterback. You’ve got to forget about those things, but learn from the experience, learn from what you saw.“They had everything covered up,” Evridge said of the interception. “The smart thing to do would be throw it out of the end zone, but you learn from it.”Fortunately, Evridge’s coach was impressed with his overall performance.“It’s a difficult job for Allan, being a transfer,” Bielema said. “His first year, he comes in as a non-scholarship player. His second year he’s in a battle with [Tyler Donovan] and really won the starting job and then pulled his [hamstring] and had to sit through all of last year with T.D. getting all the praise. For him to take the offseason and try and build a relationship with his receivers and do certain things off the field, he got several captain votes, so I think the kids respect him, admire him.”They do.“He definitely took control of the huddle,” Graham said. “He was relaxed, just like he is in practice. He did well, put the ball up for me to catch it, and luckily we came up with a touchdown.”“I thought he played great,” center John Moffitt said of Evridge. “Obviously there was that tough pick in the end zone, but that’s what happens. I like his leadership in the huddle; he was always getting us going and he said himself, ‘This is on you guys, line; let’s go.’ I thought he did a great job today, especially leadership-wise.”Leadership does not seem to be an issue for the Papillon, Neb. native.“The part that we knew Allan was going to do was be able to manage the game,” Bielema said. “He put on a lot of calls at the line of scrimmage, which were good. I don’t remember one time during the course of the game where he made the wrong call as far as putting us in the correct play.”Evridge’s productive adjustments at the line might have something to do with his ability to stay calm, even with 80,000 sets of eyes watching his every move.“I’m a pretty calm person,” he explained. “One thing I always learned when I was little was keep the game between the white lines. I really didn’t notice the 80,000 [fans] until after a big play and on third downs for the defense.”From a throwing standpoint, he wasn’t perfect. But overall, Evridge was happy with his ability to quarterback his team to victory.“I handed off the ball alright,” he joked. “I was able to do that and just try and keep the guys going, build some camaraderie. Obviously I’d like to have that one [pass] back, but I think I did pretty well.”last_img read more

District Health Department #4 gives an update on Coronavirus

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Alpena’s District Health Department Number Four is giving locals an update on Coronavirus.The Health Department released a statement informing residents that symptoms of the illness are very similar to the flu. Both are upper respiratory infections that enter the body through the nose, mouth, and other mucus membranes. The sickness is known to cause fatigue, aches, fever, and other, more serious health conditions, such as pneumonia.The virus cannont be killed with antibiotics, much like the flu. Detroit Metro Airport is one of 11 U.S. Airports that have increased monitoring of the disease, meaning people traveling from China may be rerouted to DTW for advanced screenings.Some things you can do to protect yourself from the virus include frequently washing your hands with hot water and soap, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the corner of your elbow, not your hands or into the air, avoiding touching your face, nose and mouth with unclean hands, and staying home from work or school if you feel sick.The Department does want to remind residents that while emphasis placed on the new disease may seem threatening, the risk for developing coronavirus is low for citizens who have not recently traveled to china.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: coronavirus, DHD$, district health department #4Continue ReadingPrevious New political polling app launches to collect voter feedbackNext Huron Pines making the most of the Emily Min Hunt Nature Preservelast_img read more

Julius Randle finally signed Los Angeles Lakers contract

first_imgJulius Randle’s pregame routine went beyond stretching and squeezing in some practice shots. It also entailed Randle signing his contract.The Lakers delayed signing Randle’s two-year deal that includes a $2.9 million salary and a team option worth more than $3 million for his second season for a simple reason. The front office wanted extra cap space to pursue free agents, most notably Carmelo Anthony.But with the majority of the Lakers’ free-agent work complete, Randle signed his contract about 20 minutes before playing in the team’s summer league game on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans in Las Vegas. Randle, whom the Lakers selected seventh overall, had 10 points and two rebounds in 21 minutes. The contract delay forced him to sit out of the team’s summer league opener in a loss Friday to Toronto.More assets The Lakers officially acquired guard Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets, and it turned out the deal included more than acquiring a 2015 first-round pick.The Lakers also picked up a heavily protected 2015 second-round pick from the Clippers that previously was traded to the Rockets. The Lakers will receive the pick from the Clippers only if the draft selection falls between 51 and 55 overall. Meanwhile, the Lakers have traded away the rights of overseas player Sergei Lishcuk. He was acquired by the Lakers in a 2011 deal that involved shipping Sasha Vujacic to the former New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn) while Joe Smith went to the Lakers through Houston.“This trade allows us to acquire a solid player who will make us a better team, as well as draft picks to improve our team in the future, while at the same time allowing us to maintain financial flexibility,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “In addition to what he’ll bring us on the court, we think Jeremy will be warmly embraced by our fans and our community.”Lin, who has averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 assists a game over his four-year career, arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday to take a physical. But he soon returned to China to continue a previously scheduled appearance with adidas. Lin’s $14 million expiring contract includes a salary cap hit worth $8.3 million. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Heisler: Lakers looking at Brandon Ingram and a change of luck

first_imgNow that we know where, or whether, the Lakers will draft, we can pose the big question at last:Is this a good thing?On one hand, they lucked out keeping their pick, which they had a 44% chance of losing, and drawing No. 2 on top of it.On the other hand, there’s a distinct possibility they lucked out in the wrong draft. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 2. Lakers: Kristaps Porzingis. They loved him but wanted a point guard, either for themselves or to send to Sacramento if the Kings would take D’Angelo Russell for DeMarcus Cousins, which they wouldn’t. Instead, Porzingis fell to the Knicks at No. 4 and showed what a huge upside he has. Russell became a Laker and showed how much growing up he has to do.3. Philadelphia: Ben Simmons, LSU. The big Aussie power forward with the flashy handle but — oops! — no jump shot.4. New York: Brandon Ingram, Duke. Blade-thin as he is at 6-8, 190 pounds, my GM ranks him higher than Jahlil Okafor — a major compliment since Jahlil could be a 20-point career scorer even if he isn’t much on defese.As to who Laker fans should now be hoping drops to No. 2 …Simmons is now being called “the presumptive No. 1 pick,” but it’s not unanimous.Players of his size (6-10, 240) and promise rarely come along with so little demonstrated shooting ability.Despite his fabulous averages — 19 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists — he was a reluctant shooter outside the lane.Admirers say he was used badly by oft-criticized LSU coach Johnny Jones, who guided the team to a 19-14 finish and missed the NCAA Tournament.Indeed, someone should have told Simmons to expand his shooting range, or get some.However, NBA-bound stars often do that on their own when they hear the pros are questioning their shooting — like Kevin Love banging down 3-pointers late in his freshman season at UCLA.It’s not where they are upon arrival in the NBA, but where they go from there.If Simmons becomes a decent shooter, he’ll be really good.If not, he’ll be merely handy — like Lamar Odom, another tall left-hander who was great at everything but shooting — but not the star the Lakers need.Ingram doesn’t have an NBA-ready body. He didn’t even have an NCAA-ready body but averaged 17 points, 6.8 rebounds and shot 41% on threes with an impressive game for someone who barely had room on his arms for his tattoos.The intangibles are there. He improved dramatically as his freshman season went on, suggesting he’s coachable and a comer.NBA people expect the 76ers to take Simmons with a new management team in place after three years of tanking.That would leave Ingram for the Lakers … a coup according to my GM.“Simmons could go out and play for Toronto tonight and have an impact,” he said. “Ingram couldn’t do that right away.“Both have holes in their game, but Ingram’s are more fixable. He’s going to get bigger. His only issues are strength and conditioning and nutrition.“Everybody forgets what Kevin Durant looked like when he came in the league. They played him at shooting guard to keep him from getting the stuffing beaten out of him.“I think the Lakers are in the perfect position to get Ingram. This could be where their luck finally turns around.”Of course, it’ll be every press outlet for itself between now and the draft.Simmons, who has said he wants to be a Laker, will surely work out for them. That will send the world all a-twitter.Headlines will abound, no matter how obviously right, or sensationally wrong:“Sixers Ponder Ingram!”“Simmons Holds Out for Lakers!”“Lakers Shop Pick for Cousins! (Or Blake Griffin! Entire Chicago roster!)”You might consider hibernating until June 23, but it’ll be interesting before, during and after.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions.center_img Nevertheless, if the Class of 2017 is expected to be better, falling out of the top three would have meant conveying the pick to Philadelphia and having to wait another l-o-n-g season to get the blue-chip prospect they need so badly now. Without posting another 17-win season, they probably would have drafted lower than No. 2.So, yes, the Lakers lucked out big-time.To put this class in perspective, I asked an NBA GM how it would have gone if this class was eligible last spring.Here’s what he came up with:1. Minnesota: Karl-Anthony Towns. Duh.last_img read more

Elian Gonzalez All Grown Up and embracing Fatherhood

first_imgElian Gonzalez says he is going to be a papa. In a Father’s Day Facebook post, Gonzalez said his own father, who famously brought him back from Miami to Cuba, is his inspiration. Protests, demonstrations and rallies were held in both countries, on both sides of the issue.Gonzalez was found on Thanksgiving Day 1999 in an inner tube off the South Florida coast after his mother and nine others died trying to escape Cuba. He lived with relatives in Little Havana for several turbulent months. His aunt wanted him to stay in the US per his mother’s wishes. US Immigration officials and FBI agents, armed with tear gas and guns, eventually seized the boy during a terrifying middle-of-the-night raid on Easter weekend. Elian Gonzalez is held in a closet by Donato Dalrymple, one of the two men who rescued the boy from the ocean, right, as government officials search the home of Lazaro Gonzalez for the young boy, in the early morning, in this April 22, 2000 file photo, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)The boy was reunited with his father and has grown up in Cuba where he now plans to become a father himself.last_img read more

Olympia Mortgage Lender Talks To First Time Home Buyers

first_imgWhen William Tuning talks with couples preparing to buy their first home, he is honest and forth coming.  Sure, he talks about low interest rates, monthly payments, property taxes, and mortgage insurance, but he’s also discussing the “true cost” of home ownership.He’s guiding his clients not only on the mortgage that’s best suited for their financial situation but also on being responsible adults to squirrel away precious funds for unexpected maintenance issues.William Tuning is a mortgage banker who has a true passion for helping people achieve home ownership.  He operates with a small town service attitude, delivering high quality service while offering competitive loan packages.“A first time home buyer may be able to qualify for a $250,000 mortgage but what happens when the heater breaks.  I sometimes scare them with the true costs of home ownership, just to make sure that they are ready,” explains Tuning.Instead of selling a homeowner a mortgage that will eat up a big part of their monthly expenses, Tuning will advise the couple on a smaller loan and to shift some dollars each month into a “rainy day” savings account.  That way, the family has funds available for the unexpected big expenses.“For example, a couple may have an additional $10,000 available to add to their down payment.  Instead, I may suggest putting $6,000 into a savings account,” explains Tuning in case of an unplanned home repair.Many of his customers come back and thank him for the reality check.  “I say things that no other lender has talked with them about,” adds Tuning.  “They come back and say ‘thank goodness we had a little extra money in the savings account as it turns out a few months later it was needed’”“This is a customer that I’m going to see on average every six years,” notes Tuning.  “If they are prepared correctly then they will be successful homeowners.”To date, none of Tuning’s first time home buyers have ended up in a foreclosure situation.  “They were prepared with my warnings and consultative type approach to working through the mortgage process,” summarizes Tuning.To learn more about William Tuning and his approach to helping people achieve home ownership, click here.  You can reach William Tuning directly at 360.539.4687 or via email at wm@williamatuning.com. Facebook19Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

USAID FED Increases Mayor Farmers’ Harvest to 11.5 Hectares

first_imgThe Mayor Farmers Association (MFA) in Foya, Lofa County, has lauded the United States Agency for International Development Food and Enterprise Development (USAID FED) for its support that has increased its harvest to 11.5 hectares of lowland rice.The MFA said its first huge production will be more than 1,000 bags of seed rice. At a major harvest festival last Wednesday in Foya, Deputy Chief of Party of USAID FED, Boima Bafaie said USAID FED is the flagship program to increase productivity and profitability of food crops and to stimulate growth of agricultural enterprises in Liberia.Mr. Bafaie said the program seeks to increase food production in four food value chains, including cassava, goats, fishery and rice as well as promote private sector growth to enforce capacity of human development.“We have inaugurated the science soil lab in Voinjama that many of you will use to grow. This program is President Obama’s own initiative to increase food production and reduce food insecurity in the country,” Mr. Bafaie said.He said USAID FED has been working with MFA to help increase food production and it is currently constructing rice-keeping hubs and urged them to take full ownership of the services.“We like to see the beneficiaries using these resources wisely, including the rice hub, power tillers among others to ensure that other farmers can also use these facilities. We want the Mayor Farmers to improve on the little assistance because USAID FED will not be around forever,” he cautioned.Also speaking, MFA’s Assistant Program Manager Fayiah Tandanpolie, said he was delighted about the third harvest program of the Mayor Farmers to buttress government’s efforts in reducing poverty.Mr. Tandanpolie said through the intervention of USAID FED program in Liberia and a loan from LEAD, the Mayor Farmers Association was able to achieve in so many areas, including the purchase of 2.5 acres of land as personal asset for the association, a warehouse and a proposed animal husbandry.“We have also extended our cultivation from 7 hectares to 15 and provided financial aid to school going children of our female members. We have acquired farming inputs such as power tillers, the ongoing construction of a rice hub and the expected machines for the hub on a cost sharing basis,” he explained.He said the organization is currently faced with huge challenges, including mobility that would help in transporting seeds to farmers, lack of a dam to enable them to produce three times a year and lack of equipment that will graduate farmers to mechanized farming. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Midget Tier 1 Flyers take second at weekend tourney

first_imgDEVON, A.B. – The Fort St. John Midget Petroleum Tier 1 Flyers were on the ice last weekend for a tournament in Devon. The squad had a strong showing at the event as they came away with a second place finish.In their first game they stepped onto the ice with Beaverlodge and came away with a 4-3 win. Austin Craig was in net for his first of two wins over the tournament. Aiden Craig-Steele had a goal and two assists, and Lance Aylward and Reid Jacobs chipped in with two assists of their own. Cooper Wilms also found the back of the net as did Jaden Piket.The Flyers next game came against Beiseker where Fort St. John cruised to a 9-1 win. Cooper Wilms had a hat trick, and Daniel Forrest, Travis Domeij, and Jesse McArthur were among some of the goal scorers. Lane DeRose had a solid game on the score sheet as he had three assists.- Advertisement -The third contest for Fort St. John was against Indus where the Flyers had an easy time on the way to a 7-2 win. The team’s top line of Craig-Steele, Jacobs, and Aylward scored six of the seven goals with the other marker coming from Nathan Bragg.In the finals the team fell short against Peace River by a score of 2-1. The lone goal was scored by Aylward with the assist going to Piket.Next up for the club are two games this weekend against La Crete, and a rematch against Peace River.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mancini expects ’emotional’ Italy debut in Nations League

first_img0Shares0000“Road to 2022 World Cup” – Italy coach Roberto Mancini starts rebuilding Italy in the Nations League © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOBOLOGNA, Italy, Sep 7 – Roberto Mancini said Thursday he was expecting an “emotional” debut in his first competitive game as Italy coach on the eve of the Nations League opener against Poland in Bologna where his senior football career began.The 53-year-old former Inter Milan and Manchester City manager started his Serie A career in Bologna’s Stadio Dall’Ara in 1981. four-time world champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup, and their new-look squad will face Poland on Friday night before travelling to Lisbon to play European champions Portugal on Monday in their three-team Group 3.“I made my debut here as a 16 year old and tomorrow again at the Dall’Ara will be another first: the first competitive game for three points for my Italy,” said Mancini.“It was a good emotion then and tomorrow will be a great emotion.”Mancini said he was expecting tough games against Poland, who are looking to bounce back after the poor World Cup, and Portugal, in a tournament which counts towards qualifying for Euro 2020.“This competition is ruthless, Poland and Portugal are stronger on paper, there is no room for error. But that’s okay because we have to grow up fast.“Italy failed to qualify (for World Cup) because we didn’t score against Sweden over two legs (play-off) and we need to work on being more proactive and clinical.”Former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli looks set to start for the hosts, with Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne and Juventus’ Federico Bernardeschi either side of him in an expected 4-3-3 formation.To anchor the new younger players, veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, 34, returns to the squad for the first time since Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat.“I wasn’t sure if I would return, but the enthusiasm that youngsters bring really pushes you on,” said Chiellini.“In this training camp there is the atmosphere of calm, desire to move forward, to do something new and not look back at the past.“There are many young, talented players who I can perhaps help with my experience at playing at a certain level, to teach them what it takes to play with more consistency.“This Italy side has a lot of talent, we are certainly not lacking that.”Forward Arkadiusz Milik will play Poland’s Nations League opener agaisnt Italy after his country’s World Cup disappointment. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEPoland are also in new hands with coach Jerzy Brzczek, 47, appointed after their World Cup group stage elimination.“It makes no sense to look back, we must focus on the present. Poland are a quality team with great potential,” said former Poland international Brzczek of the 2016 European quarter-finalists.Brzczek has also shaken up his squad with 12 new players. Eight of his 27-man squad play club football in the Italian league.The best known Poles in Serie A are Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, midfielders Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria) and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more