ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels, along with the Trinidadian duo of Kevon Cooper and Akeal Hosein, have been again named in a 14-man Leeward Islands Hurricanes squad for the Regional Super50 starting month end.The trio, who were members of the Hurricanes campaign last year, will be part of a squad led again by Test batsman Kieran Powell, and which includes regulars like West Indies A one-day captain Jahmar Hamilton and former Windies wicketkeeper Devon Thomas.Last season, Samuels played twice for Hurricanes, scoring 36 runs before taking up other playing commitments internationally, whle Cooper gathered 42 runs and grabbed three wicekts in three outings before bowing out injured.Hosein, a useful all-rounder, took 12 wickets in eight matches with his left-arm spin and also scrored 76 runs.Samuels, Powell, Hamilton and vice-captain Rahkeem Cornwall will leave the tournament early for West Indies duty, a release from the Leeward Islands Cricket Association said, and will be replaced by Shane Burton, Kofi James, Akeem Charles and Jaeel Clarke.Hurricanes were good enough to reach the semi-finals of the last Regional Super50 before losing to eventual champions Barbados Pride.This year, they have been installed in Group B alongside Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars, United States and English County Kent,The Regional Super50 will run from January 30 to February 24 in Antigua and Barbados.SQUAD – Keiran Powell (captain), Rahkeem Cornwall (vice captain), Keacy Carty, Montcin Hodge, Terance Warde, Jeremiah Louis, Mervin Matthew, Sheno Berridge, Akeal Hosein, Marlon Samuels, Justin Athanaze, Kevon Cooper, Devon Thomas, Jahmar Hamilton.
A group of six graduate students from the School of Cinematic Arts will embark on a seven-month walk across the country in hopes of cultivating an open dialogue about same-sex marriage while documenting their journey on film.A.J. Goodrich, a third-year graduate student studying cinema-television production who developed the idea, will direct the film. He and the other students will begin walking on Feb. 1.The goal of the project is to engage a variety of people along the way in a conversation about gay marriage and other gay civil rights issues, Goodrich said.“Probably a lot of people who are out there in the [United States] in rural communities, for example, haven’t met a lot of gay people,” he said. “Just coming face to face I think would give them an opportunity to level with someone on a human, basic level.”Goodrich said he was inspired to create the movie because of his experiences growing up.“I just don’t want other kids who are growing up gay to have to go through what I had to go through,” he said. “I want to be a positive role model for them and give them some hope.”Goodrich said traveling across the country would enable the conversation to be more inclusive, as he intends to invite people from both sides of the issue to join in as the crew walks.Jed Dannenbaum, a senior lecturer in School of Cinematic Arts and Goodrich’s faculty supervisor, said the students’ decision to walk carries social and historic significance.“It’s an interesting, compelling combination of personal journey and exploration of America and at the same time reminiscent of the great civil rights marches of the past,” he said.Dannenbaum said he hopes the walk will generate publicity for gay rights.“It’s a dramatic effort that might well attract both local media and attention from individuals who are supportive of this [and] maybe some larger feature coverage of it particularly as they get well along into the process,” Dannenbaum said.Goodrich said that although the legalization of gay marriage is an important first step, it is merely one step in the long process of obtaining full equality.“The greater acceptance and more awareness we have of the real damaging effects that [things like] bullying can have or not having equal rights can have — if people were aware of that, I think we could make strides towards achieving equality,” Goodrich said.Satinder Kaur, a graduate student studying cinema-television production, is one of the film’s producers. She said the group is working on completing fundraising — most of which is coming from family and friends.“We’re using online platforms like IndieGoGo, which is a great tool. It’s very new,” she said. “You can put up your project and get your family and friends to donate. It [also] allows you to give other people your e-mail and share updates, and if they like your project, they will give you money.”Kaur said the group hopes to get media sponsorship and other organizations involved. The group also created a Facebook page called “The Road Less Travelled By.”In light of the recent string of suicides committed by gay teenagers and young adults, Goodrich said it is important for universities to continue providing the right resources to support and protect students.USC has resources for students who are seeking support for bullying issues, Goodrich said, but he isn’t convinced people always know where to find them.“I’m not sure they’re very visible unless you go out looking for them,” he said. “But, to my knowledge, most people at USC have been incredibly accepting and kind and supportive.”The film crew will start in San Francisco in February and move south, continue up through the East Coast and finally end in Boston around Labor Day. They will walk 20 to 25 miles a day and travel a total of 4,000 miles.“The reason [Goodrich is] choosing this is because there’s been a tradition of walking for religious, civil rights [and] all kinds of freedom,” Kaur said. “By physically stretching for something you believe in, you can reach out.”
One of Wisconsin’s top assistant coaches – and one of just two coaches to initially stay with new head coach Paul Chryst after Gary Andersen departed – has left Madison and returned to his home state.Wisconsin football’s running backs coach Thomas Brown has left UW and will take the same position at Georgia, his alma mater, reports said Monday morning.The Georgia Bulldogs official Twitter account later confirmed those reports.Welcome back Thomas Brown! He returns to his alma mater and will be @FootballUGA’s running backs coach!— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) February 16, 2015Brown, along with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, were the only two assistant coaches who stayed at Wisconsin with Chryst after Andersen departed for Oregon State in December.Brown was influential in forming and saving Wisconsin’s incoming recruiting class for 2015, which includes four-star running back Jordan Stevenson, three-star running back Bradrick Shaw and four-star outside linebacker Arrington Farrar. He was also pivotal in gaining a verbal commitment from 2016 running back recruit Antonio Williams.Stevenson and Shaw signed their letters of intent to play at Wisconsin on Feb. 4. It is unclear how Brown’s jettisoning will affect their commitments, while Williams is the most vulnerable commit to flip.Williams, a four-star prospect from North Carolina, is currently ranked as the fifth best running back in the Class of 2016 according to Scout.com and is the Badgers’ lone commitment for 2016 so far.And now it really is just me. #GotToDoWhatsBestForMe— Antonio Williams (@A_B_Williams26) February 16, 2015 Staying off of twitter for a while. Not answering any questions at the moment.— Antonio Williams (@A_B_Williams26) February 16, 20152016 quarterback and Wisconsin prospect David Moore from Alpharetta, Georgia, also reacted to the news, demonstrating just how strong of a recruiter Brown was at Wisconsin.Brown was a running back at Georgia from 2004-2007, before playing in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns. Andersen hired him in 2014 after serving as the running backs coach at Marshall in 2013.Chryst will now have to hire the Badgers’ third running back coach in as many years. Thomas Hammock left that role following the 2013 season to take the same job for the Baltimore Ravens. In addition to running back, Chryst has yet to officially announce a wide receivers coach yet either.Spring practices for the Badgers will begin in a month with the annual Spring Game taking place on April 25 at Camp Randall Stadium.Update: It appears as if Williams is no longer fully committed to Wisconsin. According to Benjamin Worgull of BadgerNation.com, Williams will visit Alabama on Feb. 28 and is “no longer 100%” committed to the Badgers now that Brown has departed for Georgia.New London (NC) North Stanly 4-star RB/#Badgers commit, Antonio Williams will visit Alabama Feb.28. No longer 100% after Brown’s departure— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) February 16, 2015
ANAHEIM – Shohei Ohtani the pitcher lowered his earned-run average to 3.58 on Sunday. He allowed only one run over 6 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins, but didn’t factor into the decision.If only he had Shohei Ohtani the hitter to provide run support. Ohtani is batting .348 with five home runs in 20 games (17 starts) as the Angels’ designated hitter.So far, the Angels’ decision-makers have been content to let Ohtani bat four days a week, resting him entirely the day before and after he pitches. On the days he does pitch, there has been no talk of sacrificing the designated hitter and letting Ohtani bat for himself.Until Sunday. It so happens that May 13 this year is Mother’s Day. Trout is batting .318 with three walks, a home run, two runs, three RBI, and a stolen base in his career on Mother’s Day. It was also a Sunday, Ohtani’s day to pitch, so the Angels removed another middle-of-the-lineup regular and put him on the mound.Trout had started every game this season. He had played all but two innings in the field in May. Trout’s day off had nothing to do with a slide into third base Saturday night, Scioscia said, and everything to do with sticking to a plan.“When a guy needs a day off you have to give it to him,” Scioscia said. “Certainly the health of not only Mike but all our players is paramount. We just don’t have that much depth that we absorb losing guys for extended periods of time. There are days that when Shohei’s not going to swing the bat that some other guys have the day off and you’re not going to have the lineup as deep as you could, but it’s something that needs to be done.”Trout entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning.CALHOUN BATS SECONDWith Trout out, Scioscia penciled in a surprising name in the No. 2 spot in his lineup: Kole CalhounCalhoun hadn’t batted higher than eighth since April, and not for no reason. He entered the game with a .143 batting average this month (4 for 28) and just two walks, but Scioscia said that Calhoun’s at-bats have recently improved.“I remember talking to Joe Maddon about this a long time ago, Mickey (Hatcher): sometimes when a guy’s struggling, move him up in the lineup just see if he can’t shake the tree a little bit,” Scioscia said.Calhoun went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.ALSOMatt Shoemaker will meet with a nerve specialist in Missouri on Tuesday, Scioscia said. The pitcher’s throwing program was shut down in light of the results of an electromyogram on his right forearm Monday. … Scioscia called on right-hander Keynan Middleton to pitch the eighth inning, when the Twins sent two left-handed hitters and a switch hitter to the plate. The one left-hander in the Angels’ bullpen, Jose Alvarez, was not available except as a “last resort,” Scioscia said. … Alvarez hasn’t pitched since a 22-pitch appearance Thursday and is not injured, but Scioscia said “there’s a fatigue factor involved.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error TROUT OUTMay 13 was circled on the calendar as a day off for Mike Trout, and the Angels’ center fielder knew it when he arrived at the ballpark.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “We have considered that scenario,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Obviously you’d like him to hit in your lineup, but not to have a DH in your lineup really gives you a tactical disadvantage. If he got a blister in the second inning, or if his pitch count got up and he was done after five innings, right now our bench isn’t deep enough to be able to play a National League game.”If an American League team allows the pitcher to bat for himself, by rule there can be no designated hitter for the remainder of the game. The Angels currently have 12 position players on their active roster, not including Ohtani. If Ohtani batted for himself, Scioscia would have only four position players to choose from to bat for the pitcher. That might not change between now and Aug. 31.On Sept. 1, teams are allowed to expand their active rosters from 25 to 40. The Angels could add to their bench without subtracting someone from their active pitching staff.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.So, Scioscia said, letting Ohtani bat for himself “is something we might consider in September if it was something that was really critical and we needed his bat in our lineup.”The manager also left open the possibility that Ohtani could bat in a National League park, but the Angels have just eight interleague games remaining on the road: July 13-15 at Dodger Stadium, Aug. 13-15 at Petco Park in San Diego and Aug. 21-22 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Ohtani didn’t start either Tuesday or Wednesday at Coors Field in Denver. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros