Bulk no burden for West Indies spinner Cornwall

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – At 6’6” and 140kg, Rahkeem Cornwall would struggle to fit into anyone’s perception of what a modern day cricketer should look like but the West Indies off-spinner says he knows exactly how to get the best out of his big frame on the pitch.While his talent was recognised early on, the 27-year-old only made his Test debut against India in August last year.Three months later, he claimed his first 10-wicket match haul against Afghanistan and also played in the third and final Test against England last month.“Everybody’s not going to be small,” the towering spinner told Reuters from Trinidad. “I just stick to my strength and do what I know I can do and perform.” With his height, Antigua-born Cornwall generates more bounce than most off-spinners and combines it with his accuracy to trouble batsmen.“I think my height has played a big part … I also have to put the ball in the right areas to get the ball to spin,” said Cornwall, who is considered the heaviest player to have played Test cricket.Blessed with soft hands and sharp reflexes, Cornwall has also grown into a safe slip-catcher, illustrated by his stunning one-handed grab to dismiss England opener Rory Burns in Manchester last month. “I think my hands are good. I think I’m a good catcher of the cricket ball, so fielding in the slip comes easy to me.“I can field in different positions but I just prefer to be in the slip because I can catch.”Cornwall went wicketless in the Manchester Test, where England triumphed by 269 runs to complete a 2-1 series victory, but he said it was a learning experience. “Patience and adapting to different conditions is key,” said Cornwall, who currently plays for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League. “I think England is one of the toughest place to play cricket. I learned a lot from the test series.”last_img read more

MLAX : SUperconference: Syracuse joins other national powers in move to ACC

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img There was a touch of regret as JoJo Marasco talked about Syracuse’s departure from the Big East. Just a hint of disappointment as he thought about the steps the conference’s members had made during the last two years to improve as lacrosse programs.But that little bit of lament quickly dissolved into excitement when the Orange midfielder’s discussion moved on from the Big East to the new-look Atlantic Coast Conference.‘It is that superconference,’ Marasco said. ‘Some of the best players in the country get to play against some of the other best players in the country and go to those great schools. That’s really exciting. It’s definitely going to be an unbelievable experience.’Unbelievable. Exciting. Fantastic. Intense. Brutal. Those are some of the words used to describe the ACC as a lacrosse conference, which Syracuse will join sometime within the next two years. The Orange joins Maryland, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia, all of which are perennial powers on the growing lacrosse landscape. If SU could join the ACC this year, the five-team league would claim the last four national champions and 10 of the last 13 dating back to 1999.The league already was known as the top-notch collection of teams in men’s lacrosse, even without the legendary Syracuse, Johns Hopkins and Princeton programs. And now, with the addition of SU, the ACC could become the center of the lacrosse world for years to come.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘These are the most competitive, the most athletic, the most physical lacrosse games that we play,’ Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. ‘What Syracuse is going to find is that running through a schedule of ACC games, you’ve got to be on top of your game every single time. We really get after each other all the time.’Unlike in basketball and football, SU lacrosse does not have a long-standing history with the Big East. The Orange was an independent lacrosse school until it joined the conference for its inaugural season in 2010.Many questioned Syracuse’s decision to join the league rather than remain independent. Its storied history and status as a national powerhouse didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the members.The other six Big East schools — Villanova, Notre Dame, Georgetown, St. John’s, Rutgers and Providence — have a combined three final four appearances and only Notre Dame has played for a national title.SU’s 11 national championships are the most for any team in the country.And while Syracuse has faced the occasional nail-biter against conference foes in the past two years, the Orange has dominated the Big East. It is 12-0 overall, and even with two one-goal wins against Georgetown and Villanova last year, SU has still outscored its conference opponents 157-72 in those 12 wins.That’s all likely to change in the ACC.‘It’ll probably be a little bit more competition,’ Marasco said. ‘It’s the top five teams in the country. Some of the best players step on the field to play against each other. You’ve got some of the best coaches. You’re playing some of the best teams in the country every time you step on the field.’Since the NCAA tournament’s inception in 1971, only eight teams have won the 41 titles. They are the five ACC schools, Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Cornell.And it’s much more than just a storied past for these five programs.Last year, three of the five teams made the final four. Syracuse and North Carolina didn’t get there because Maryland knocked them out in the first two rounds. The Terrapins then beat Duke in the national semifinals before falling to Virginia in the championship.All in all, the NCAA tournament was another ACC tournament.‘You really can’t describe it,’ former SU longstick midfielder Joel White said. ‘You’d leave something out. I think that lacrosse is still growing, and I think there’s some other teams that could come about and make a power conference. But right now, it’s the ACC.’Once the superconference is officially created, its members could play each other two or possibly three times per year if they meet in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.And that should make for a lot of the high-intensity, highly skilled lacrosse Syracuse has seen when taking on ACC opponents in the past.‘I think it’s always been a playoff type of game,’ Orange head coach John Desko said. ‘All the schools recruit against one another. They’re usually highly ranked when they play against one another, so it’s a very meaningful game.‘It seems like every time we play one of these teams, it’s an exciting game, and it’s an important game for both schools involved.’And even though the teams have to come out every week in conference play ready to take on one of the nation’s top teams, the coaches don’t seem too worried about their players getting beat up before the NCAA tournament.In fact, even losing in the ACC hasn’t hurt its members in recent years. In 2010, Duke finished last in the conference before winning its first national title that season. And although Virginia won the NCAA tournament last season, it also finished last in the conference standings.‘These games guarantee that if you lose, it’s OK because you’re playing great competition that’s preparing your kids for the end of the year,’ Duke head coach John Danowski said. ‘If you win it’s good, but either way, your program continues to grow during the course of the year.’And for Syracuse, that could be a major factor come NCAA tournament time.In the last two years, the Orange has dominated its lesser Big East opponents en route to perfect conference records and only two losses each season. But both years, SU suffered early postseason exits — losing to Army in the first round in 2010 and Maryland in the second round last season.Playing in the ACC raises the level of competition in conference, but it could also allow Syracuse more room to schedule tougher nonconference opponents.The Orange will play four conference games as part of the ACC as opposed to the seven it would play this year in the Big East, in addition to Marquette.And then the regular season would be capped off by the ACC tournament rather than the Big East tournament. The winner of the ACC tournament won’t get an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but they likely will get an at-large bid anyway. As will a few, if not all, of the league’s other members.‘It’s a brutally tough conference championship to win,’ UNC head coach Joe Breschi said. ‘But you wouldn’t want to be in any other conference.’Once Syracuse joins its new conference home, it will start a new chapter in its storied history. The North Carolinas and Marylands of the lacrosse world will replace the mediocre lacrosse programs from Providence and Rutgers that are currently on SU’s schedule.And while that could lead to more regular-season losses as a member of this superconference, it could ultimately help the Orange in the long run.‘Now that we’re going to be playing these teams and playing them once or twice or three times every season,’ Marasco said, ‘it gives an opportunity for us to see where we really stand. We’ve been the No. 1 team for a while in the country. To stay up there and beat those teams would be a big accomplishment.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr defends Andre Berto choice

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr has defended his decision to fight Andre Berto in September in what he insists will be his final ever bout.Mayweather (48-0) has been criticised for choosing what some believe is a weaker opponent – compared to other eligible fighters – he will have no problem beating in his welterweight title defence.American Berto is 30-3, but that includes losing three of his past six fights having gone 27-0 previously.Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles on Thursday, Mayweather said the September 12 bout would be his last – and explained his decision to take on Berto.”I chose Berto because he’s very exciting. I’ve been getting backlash. He’s been getting backlash,” the 38-year-old said.”No one is forced to buy the fight. I appreciate it, but no one is forced to buy the fight. Andre Berto is going to push Floyd Mayweather to the limit. “The difference between Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao is that you guys put all the hype in Manny Pacquiao. That”s what the media did.”Mayweather described the fight as “very intriguing”, with the bout to be his first since beating Pacquiao in May.And he insisted it would be his last.”Number 49, this is it. I”ve had a tremendous career,” Mayweather said.”I”m older, and wiser. My health is a major concern for me. September 12th is my last fight.” –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Transformers – Age of Extinction is playing at Wellington Regent

first_imgMovie Synopsis:TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. (C) Paramount Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Million Ways to Die in the West.Follow us on Twitter. Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 17%. Audience review: 56% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater: This week at the Regent Theater: “Transformers – Age of Extinction” (Movie trailer is below). Rated: PG-13 Time: 2 hours 45 min. When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.last_img read more

Some are ‘Crazy Rich,’ But Asians’ Inequality is Widest in the U.S.

first_imgThe leads of the new romantic comedy, Crazy Rich Asians, are precisely what you might expect, based on the title: picture-perfect images of the immigrant success story. Viewers might even get the impression from watching the film that every Asian lives a charmed life.But that is not a full picture of the Asian-American experience. They are now the most economically divided racial or ethnic group in the country, displacing African-Americans, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data that shows income inequality among Asian-Americans has nearly doubled from 1970 to 2016.Asians in New York are the poorest immigrant group. The number of Asians living in poverty grew by 44 percent over about a decade and a half, to more than 245,000 in 2016, from 170,000 in 2000, according to the Asian American Federation.While rich Asians have become the highest-earning group in the nation, income growth among poor Asians has largely stagnated. This trend mirrors that of other racial groups, though income inequality has accelerated fastest among Asians.By 2016, Asians in the top 10th of income distribution earned about $120,000 more than those in the bottom 10th. Disparities among Asian-Americans are primarily driven by the different levels of education, skills and English-language proficiency. People from India and China have higher incomes than those from Southeast Asia because they have higher levels of education on average.For example, three-fourths of Taiwanese and Indians in America have a bachelor’s degree or higher, said sociologist Jennifer Lee of Columbia University. Southeast Asian groups from countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos lag well behind the average for other Asian-Americans.Asian immigrants make up a less monolithic group than they once did. In 1970, Asian immigrants came mostly from East Asia, but South Asian immigrants are fueling the growth that makes Asian-Americans the fastest-expanding group in the country, said Lee.Asian-Americans, who accounted for less than 1 percent of the population in 1970, are up to 6 percent today. South Asians and Southeast Asians together now outnumber East Asians. Family-sponsored migration remains the largest source of Asian immigration.The disparity in income is in part caused by the gap between immigrants who arrived on skills-based visas and those who did not. “Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, they’re primarily refugee populations,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, director of AAPI Data, which publishes demographic data on Asian-Americans.© New York Times 2018 Related ItemsAsian AmericanNew Yorklast_img read more