Pakistan teen Naseem could be ‘surprise package’ in Australia – coach Misbah

first_imgBy James RedmayneSYDNEY (Reuters) – Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq is eager to see what schoolboy paceman Naseem Shah can produce on Australia’s fast pitches despite concerns over the 16-year-old’s readiness for the rigours of Test cricket.Naseem, who has played only five first class matches since his 2018 debut for Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, was named in Pakistan’s squad for the two-test series against Tim Paine’s Australia which begins in Brisbane next month.With Naseem to lock horns with Steve Smith, the world’s top-ranked batsman, if selected, critics in Pakistan fear the callow cricketer could be in for a harrowing debut Down Under.However, former Pakistan captain Misbah, also the side’s chief selector, said his team were keen to throw him in the deep end.“In all spells he’s bowling quick and his control with the ball is also good,” Misban told reporters in Sydney on Monday.“So we’re looking forward that he can just bowl well here in Australia where the conditions may just give him some sort of assistance and getting some pace and bounce from these wickets.“Everybody is excited to just get him in the team also.“We’re looking forward that if he can just put the ball in the right areas with that kind of pace, (he) could be a surprise package.” Misbah has placed a premium on youth in the upcoming Twenty20 and test series, selecting 19-year-old Musa Khan in both his squads, with a third teenage quick in Shaheen Afridi also picked for the tests.Pakistan have never won a test series in Australia in over six decades of trying and the Misbah-captained team that last toured in 2016/17 was whitewashed 3-0.While Pakistan have long been described as unpredictable for their seesawing performances in all formats, Misbah said he was seeking more consistency from his team. “Obviously we want to use that unpredictability in a good manner, in a positive manner,” he said.“We don’t want to just go there and sometimes fail. “We need to be more consistent with our good performances and that’s what we are trying to do at the moment.” Pakistan play the first of three T20 matches against Australia in Sydney on Sunday.last_img read more

CNN vice president speaks to Annenberg students

first_imgSenior Vice President of CNN US Andrew Morse visited Wallis Annenberg Hall Wednesday evening for an open discussion about CNN logistics and the shift in journalism to online.Led by Annenberg Director Willow Bay and Erna Smith, professor of journalism, the talk hosted Morse and alumna Wendy Brundige, CNN supervising producer. Each contributed to the hour-long conversation and took questions from students enrolled in JOUR 201: History of News in Modern America afterward.Morse opened up the discussion by stressing how a career in journalism differs from a conventional job.“The irony of this business, quite frankly, is that you spend often times the bulk of your career learning different skills,” Morse said. “You learn how to shoot … edit … write … produce … [and] report. With each skill set that you get, often times … that opens up different opportunities for you throughout your career. Your career often times takes turns you never expected and that’s largely happened to me. In any given day now, it’s actually impossible for me to give you a sense … [of what my] day looks like, because truly … every day is different.”According to Morse, the slow shift from TV to online has helped CNN stay true to its focus on news coverage.“CNN in it’s DNA is about the news,” Morse said. “It’s why when something happens in the world people come to us on air or online. We don’t want to be in the political chat channel -— we want to be a news channel.”No one knows the path journalism is taking online, according to Morse, but he said CNN is dedicated to combining digital and broadcast.“Fundamentally one of the things we are doing … is, in a really meaningful way, trying to put all of our resources together so that we’re approaching every day and every story from a holistic view on every platform so that digital and television work hand in hand,” Morse said. “It’s hard. Anybody who tells you they have all the answers is lying, because they don’t, because we’re figuring it out as we go, but what we’re finding is we want the most reporting resources we can have.”In response to a rise in citizen journalists, Morse said CNN uses social media to see criticism and get a sense of their audiences’ opinions and voices.“It’s a great early warning listening device,” Morse said. “It’s still our responsibility journalistically to sift through what we’re seeing.”To better use resources, Brundige said CNN’s website is being used to tap into homes and provide a new one-on-one experience for the audience by changing their reporting style.“I think [news is] much more personal than it’s ever been,” Brundige said. “Anyone who tries to come though my group to try to do an original video that I’m going to put online [should not be] coming across like a TV reporter doing a traditional stand-up telling me what’s happening. That’s not what I want at all. If you think about the experience … you may be watching [news] on a desktop, but you are also probably watching it on a tablet or phone. If you’re watching it on your iPhone, you’re holding your phone. It’s a one-on-one experience. So people telling you what’s happening needs to be sharing it like they’re your friends and that’s a hard thing to do.”CNN’s primary goal is to inform even when attempting a new broadcast style online, according to Brundige.“Think about what people want,” Brundige said. “Think about what you can give them that’s different from what they can read or see on TV. Think about how to make it personal and connect, and use all of the journalism.”James Ortiz, a junior majoring in communication, agreed that online platforms will aid the future of journalism.“All of [the speakers], even some students, brought up the point of how there’s a huge trend moving towards more online digital platforms and how that’s probably the next big step towards evolution in the news industry,” Ortiz said. “It’s not so much typical broadcast. Now, it’s how can we use different platforms and leverage them for different audiences and age groups.”last_img read more

Elijah Hughes’ career-day guides Syracuse to ACC-opening win at Notre Dame

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ SOUTH BEND, Ind. — There was no music coming from the loud speakers, no noise out of the Notre Dame centric crowd at Purcell Pavilion. Elijah Hughes strummed his air guitar anyways, to the fine tune of silence.In Syracuse’s (10-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) first conference game of the season, one that followed a tough nonconference slate with four losses, a win became much-needed. In a turbulent season, Hughes’ consistency has become essential to Syracuse’s success. It didn’t matter that Saturday’s game was on the road, or Hughes’ first-ever taste of the ACC, as the junior guard notched career-highs in points, rebounds and 3s in the Orange’s 72-62 win over Notre Dame (10-5, 0-2) on Saturday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion.“If no one’s there, I think shoot it,” said Hughes, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 6-of-13 from 3. “If someone’s there, and I feel I have enough space, I think shoot it.”It was unexpected for Hughes to become part of SU’s big three alongside Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett in his first playing season with the Orange. He battled injuries at East Carolina and sat out a year due to the NCAA transfer rules. His junior season at SU is his first healthy college season.With Frank Howard battling back from a lower leg injury, the junior transfer was thrown into the spotlight and has looked comfortable ever since. Since the season-opener, his first competitive game in over a year, Hughes has scored 14-plus points in all but one game. And most of the time, he can be found among the top-three scorers for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHughes’ shot soon became a weapon with his physicality near the paint becoming an added bonus for the Orange. He was instrumental in an upset road win against Ohio State, then again in a come-from-behind win against Georgetown.So when Hughes opened the second half with a defensive rebound, corralled the offensive board on a missed Howard shot and then the very next possession nailed a 3, it wasn’t surprising. And his guitar solo that followed suit wasn’t either.“He could do that every night,” said Brissett, who finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. “He scores on all three levels.” Published on January 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcocenter_img It wasn’t just the six 3s he drained that propelled Syracuse to victory, but Hughes’ double-digit rebounds, his highest total at SU, proved vital. SU ranked 244th in the country, per Kenpom.com, in allowing offensive rebounds coming into the game.Head coach Jim Boeheim constantly emphasized attacking the glass, knowing it could lead to a momentum shift if the Orange allowed too many second-chance opportunities. The 6-foot-6 forward tried to be more aggressive on the glass, snagging the ball when he could, and successfully grabbed a team-high nine defensive rebounds.Without school being in session, Hughes said having a week to just practice was extremely beneficial. Whenever he found time, he shot. Over and over, just trying to smooth his motion out. Even before practice, Hughes and the guards would work on shooting 3s, trying to get the “stress off,” he said. Come game time, it was about execution.“He’s been shooting the ball well,” Boeheim said. “… He’s a good player, I think he will get better.”In nonconference play, Syracuse found little to no success shooting 3s. The Orange entered Saturday shooting beyond the arc at a 29.9 percent clip, 309th in the country, per Kenpom.com.Knowing that, Notre Dame switched between man-to-man and a zone, while also packing its defense inside the arc. They dared Syracuse to shoot, playing limited perimeter defense. It was an appetizing option for a trigger-happy Hughes, who made half of SU’s 12 treys on Saturday.As the Fighting Irish battled back, cutting the deficit to two on a slam dunk from John Mooney, Howard airballed a shot. Momentum began to shift with Notre Dame starting a small run. But on the next possession, Hughes nailed a 3 to extend Syracuse’s lead to five.Minutes later, UND’s Nate Laszewski swished a 3. Screams and cheers from the crowd ensued and didn’t let up.The crowd stayed loud after Marek Dolezaj fouled out and D.J. Harvey made both free throws to pull within two. It continued on the following possession, after Paschal Chukwu couldn’t finish an alley-oop pass before missing the layup and fouling out himself.It grew even louder when Hughes caught the ball a few feet from the 3-point line, with Syracuse up two and under six minutes remaining. The noise didn’t matter, he pulled the trigger.Then, more silence. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse’s 2019 football schedule released, features 8 conference matchups

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2019 at 3:41 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.educenter_img The 2019 Syracuse football schedule was released this Wednesday afternoon by the Atlantic Coast Conference.The Orange, coming off a 10-3 record and their best season since 2001, will look to repeat this season’s effort in their 130th season next year. SU opens 2019 with back-to-back road games for the first time since 2010, starting the year at Liberty on Aug. 31 before a Sept. 7 matchup with Maryland in College Park.Following the early road trip, Syracuse will host three straight games, starting with a matchup against defending national champion Clemson on September 14. Syracuse has played Clemson arguably as tough as any opponent in the country over the last two seasons. The Orange toppled the Tigers in the Carrier Dome back in 2017 and nearly repeated the effort this season on the road, eventually falling 27-23.Following the bout with the Tigers, Syracuse will host the back-end of a home-and-home with Western Michigan, before capping the non-conference slate against FCS Holy Cross, their first matchup since 1973. Syracuse travels to North Carolina State on October 10, before hosting Pittsburgh the following weekend.The rest of the schedule features home matchups against Boston College and Wake Forest and road contests at Florida State, Duke and Louisville.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s 12 opponents combined for an 83-69 (.546) record in 2018, and seven reached bowl games.  The Orange finished the 2018 season ranked No. 15 in the country.The full schedule can be found below with conference games bolded and the opponent’s 2018 record included.Aug. 31 – at Liberty (6-6)Sept. 7 –at Maryland (5-7)Sept. 14 – Clemson (15-0)Sept. 21 – Western Michigan (7-6)Sept. 28 – Holy Cross (5-6)Oct. 5 – OPENOct. 10 – at NC State (9-4) Oct. 18 – Pittsburgh (7-7)Oct. 26 – at Florida State (5-7)Nov. 2 – Boston College (7-5)Nov. 9 – OPENNov. 16 – at Duke (8-5)Nov. 23 – at Louisville (2-10)Nov. 30 – Wake Forest (7-6)last_img read more

Prince Ali reveals plans for Africa if elected FIFA President

first_imgThe race for FIFA’s top job gets tougher as Election Day get closer. There are five main contenders to replace Sepp Blatter who has been in charge for almost two decades.One such candidate is Prince Ali bin Al Hussein from Jordan. The 40 year old contested Blatter in last year’s elections securing 34 percent of votes.Ali has presented himself as the reform-minded, corruption free candidate needed to lead football’s world governing body.One of his many tours around the world to solicit support for his campaign landed lead him to Accra where high profile West African football heads were meeting.Below is a transcribed version of an exclusive one-on-one interview between Joy Sports George Addo Jnr (GA) and Prince Ali (PA).GA: This is your first interview in Ghana. Thanks Prince for joining me.PA: Well, it’s wonderful to be back in Ghana and Africa as well. And also good to have an opportunity to have a discussion about the future as well. GA: You were very close to winning the last election, with 73 votes to Blatter’s 133. Obviously, Africa’s votes weren’t part. How crucial are these votes to you this time round?PA: Well Africa is extremely critical, because this is where football has the future and I really want to see the development of the sport on the continent. Obviously I want to garner more support from Africa’s associations; give them the ability to stand on their own; and to have their dignity as well. For me, I come from a national association from a developing country [so] I want to use those similar experiences to turn FIFA into a service organization. I think that Africa needs a lot more representation and I am there to make sure that happens.GA: I have seen your manifesto, and really all candidates will run on the same mantra “We will help Africa” to canvas for votes. Tell me Prince, how sincere is your will to push for Africa?PA: Obviously I think a lot has been done and nothing is going to change from that. Having said that I think that I can be involved to do a lot more. I have seen that from the time I was elected as FIFA vice president (and maybe I was the youngest one) but I think we need to bring that new energy and also deal with the countries on a case by case basis.I think that nobody knows better the needs of region than its people, [and in view of this] I want to create an office in all regions so we can have real hands on the projects to support football in Africa and all the basics. From kids, to pitches and to infrastructure. But we also have to fix the reputation of FIFA.GA: One thing that worked for Blatter was honouring promises he made to the African continent. I know you have said a lot, but what are the specifics in terms of promises? PA: Firstly, I am someone who follows through with what I say. I am doing this because I love the sport. Also, I think it’s time the world accepts that we can have a president from a different part of the world and comes with developing the nation because at the end of the day that’s the umbrella for FIFA.In my manifesto, I have an amount of funding for national associations on one side, which I think is crucial to allowing the associations feel more self-sustainable. At the same time, we are going to have much more in terms of developmental projects for men, for women and specifically for the grassroots. I have done that in Asia, it was a developmental project was a non-profit. We managed to get the sport on the ground for the kids; and I want to take that on a global level.GA: Finally Prince Ali, I want you to [look into the camera and] tell Africa why you are the best candidate for them and for FIFA even though you are absurdly young compared to your competitors.PA: It’s a young sport. Why am I the best? It’s because I love the sport. I have been working for it all my life. And again I come from a developing nation in football and I believe it’s time to prove that we can achieve what we set out to do. It is time that our voices are heard. And I believe that Africa is the future. I am hoping that if we get things right; if we get things right for our kids, we should be looking at a world cup champion soon.GA: Thanks Prince Ali! All the best.PA: Thank you too George. FIFA’s  extraordinary elective congress will be held in Zurich on February 26, 2016, when there will be a vote for a new president.Watch full videolast_img read more

Urban Meyer opens up, ‘anxious’ about life after Ohio State

first_imgMeyer explained some of the reasons for stepping down, pointing to his health as a main concern. Yahoo Sports wrote: “Meyer has offered an array of reasons for stepping down – the strength of the program, his confidence in Day to execute an Oklahoma-esque Bob Stoops-to-Lincoln Riley transition, the aggressive headaches from the cyst in his brain, the fallout from his suspension this summer and his fear of evolving to a coaching CEO role antithetical to his obsessed ethos.The same traits that made Meyer great – intensity, tunnel vision and perfectionism – his health wouldn’t allow him to flex at full capacity.”Meyer, who stepped down at 54 years old, explained he wouldn’t be happy in an NFL environment where the records are more even than college football.“I could never work at a place … I see some of these guys’ records because the NFL is so even,” he said. “Some of these guys, their record is 74-58. I could never do that.”He went on to explain that his main motivation has always been to win and that’s what he will miss the most when he officially steps away from the field.”Winning,” Meyer said when asked what he will miss the most. “I could say the preparation? Yeah! Sitting in there 12 hours a day and trying to figure out a way to gain four yards. Yeah, sure. I could say traveling all over the country and eating chicken sandwiches recruiting. Sure! That’s part of the process. For what? The ultimate prize for all that work is winning.”Meyer addressed his legacy and said that his image could have been clouded when he was forced to serve a three-game suspension to start the season following an investigation into allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.  Urban Meyer to step down as Ohio State football coach “I never thought of it as scared, more anxious,” Meyer said Tuesday of his future. “I’m still relatively young. I’m a very passionate, hard-working person who is going to have to fill a void.“There’s a little anxiety involved in what’s next. I’ve thought about that. I’m not a wake-up late kind of guy. I hope I find a passion.” Related News Urban Meyer opened up about his future following the announcement that he will step down as Ohio State’s football coach after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, explaining the decision to resign and what it will be like once he’s no longer on the Buckeyes sideline. During an interview with Yahoo Sports, Meyer admitted there’s some anxiety in what he will do next, while also revealing he doesn’t think he’d ever come back to coaching college football.  “If someone is going to tell you it’s not [important], they’re not being truthful,” Meyer said. “It’s your name. You work, your whole life, and I guess that’s the way I was raised. When you say the name, ‘Meyer’, what do you think?”As for what’s next? Meyer said he just wants to find something he’s passionate about.“I hope,” he said, “I find something to fall in love with.”last_img read more

Clippers forward Blake Griffin modeling non-stop work ethic

first_imgGriffin already does that. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound hulk is also averaging 9.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists, though he does lead the team in turnovers with 2.8 per game.Griffin says the way he gets his shots and the freedom he has under Rivers has helped. Rivers doesn’t want any applause for Griffin’s play, however.“I don’t like taking credit, to be honest, because I really think these guys are ready for that,” he said. “I’ve changed some things and all that, but with Blake, we really talk about consistency every night.”And not dwelling on an off moment or off night.“Blake is very hard on himself, probably as hard as any guy I’ve ever been (around) that’s great,” Rivers said. “That can be good and bad. The good part of that is it drives him, he works his butt off every day.“The bad part of that is you remember when things aren’t going well. And the great ones don’t. They have an unbelievable ability to forget when they were 0 for 10.”That’s where Rivers wants Griffin, and he believes Griffin has that level in him. However, when queried as to how just how good Griffin can get, Rivers balked.“Man, with all the athleticism and with him being that smart, you know, he could be … well, I don’t ever answer that question because we never know,” he said. “We just have to wait and see. But I do think he’s going to keep getting better. As good as he is, I think in two years we could be thinking, ‘Wow, he’s that much better.’ We’ll see.”If Griffin keeps up the hard work, teammate Jamal Crawford for one won’t be surprised.“You don’t see that every day from a guy of his stature,” Crawford said of Griffin’s dedication. “Blake wants to be one of the greatest players playing.”Could be he’s already there. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “And he (Belinelli) was like, ‘I thought we were going to just get some shots up, but we had like a full workout.’ Things like that. That’s work ethic, real worth ethic. It’s not just coming in when you have to and going hard. It’s doing extra, going above and beyond.”Griffin hangs his hat on that credo.“Work ethic has always been a big part of what I do,” he said. “I’m a firm believer, the more work you put in, the more you get out. You know, I love hearing stories about the Kobe’s and the LeBron’s and back in the day, Michael Jordan, how they work and how sometimes they’re a little different about it. That’s what makes them unique.”Imagine, Griffin doesn’t even mind admitting in his own way he looks up to Bryant of the rival Lakers as well as James, who Griffin intimates is the ultimate player, like he wants to be.“A guy like LeBron, he’s doing so many things for his team,” Griffin, 25, said of the Miami Heat star. “He makes shots, but he also makes plays, makes good decisions, he gets stops, he does everything. That’s kind of a goal, to be a playmaker who can affect the game in a lot of different ways.”center_img PLAYA VISTA – It’s unlikely Blake Griffin would win the MVP award this season, as that will likely go to either LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Griffin has said so himself. But Griffin has created quite a buzz with his play, partly because he is averaging a career-high 24.3 points and shooting 53 percent from the field.Coach Doc Rivers is probably somewhat responsible, but he’d never say that. One thing’s certain, Griffin is one hard-working cat and perhaps therein lies the biggest reason for his solid season.Griffin on Thursday before practice told an inspirational story about working hard.“I’ve heard millions of Kobe (Bryant) stories about late-night workouts,” said Griffin, whose team takes on Detroit on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. “One I heard, one time I guess he was in Italy and called Marco Belinelli (of the Spurs) at like 1, 2 o’clock in the morning and asked him if he had a gym for him, and so Marco found him one and he went there to shoot with him.last_img read more

Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports: No. 9 Steve Ballmer, Clippers Owner

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Name: Steve BallmerTitle: Owner, Los Angeles ClippersAge: 58The richest majority owner of a sports franchise is the 35th wealthiest person in the world, according to Forbes’ list of 2015 billionaires, with a net worth of $21.5 billion. Ballmer almost single-handedly reset the market for sports franchises when he purchased the Clippers for $2 billion in August. The former Microsoft CEO is clearly motivated to field a championship product and figures to be a powerful figure in the L.A. sports arena for years to come as he attempts the tall task of converting the city into a Clippers town. Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports• Introduction• Photo gallery of Top 50 Most Powerful in L.A. Sports• Dramatic change in Los Angeles sports power structurelast_img read more

Strickland Road Service has immediate opening for mechanics/driver

first_imgStrickland Road Service, a leading provider of towing service and vehicle repair located in South Haven, KS, has an immediate openings for mechanics/drivers. CDL Drivers preferred.Apply in person Monday – Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)Strickland Road Service886 E 160th St SSouth Haven, KS 67140last_img

Mets manager search: Five (and a half) candidates who could replace Carlos Beltran as skipper in Queens

first_imgBuck ShowalterMuch like Baker, Showalter has led lots of talented teams but, for whatever reason, never been to the promised land. He’s known as a program builder who turns teams into winners; the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Orioles all became contenders early in his tenures with them.Showalter interviewed to fill the Astros’ vacancy, so the Mets would have to step on it if the interest is there. David WrightEh, maybe not. It’s probably best to leave the memories alone. Whatever the case, New York is looking for a new skipper. Here are some candidates they could consider:Eduardo PerezPerez was a surprising candidate for the job during the initial search, and he reportedly was in contention until the end. Early reports now are that he — and the next person on this list — are back in the running for the gig.Perez, who’s currently an analyst for ESPN, has minimal managerial experience, but the Mets are hoping that his ability to communicate and relate to players is on par with that of Yankees manager (and former ESPN colleague) Aaron Boone. He’s also considered a forward thinker, so the analytics side of the job should come easily to him.RIVERA: Doesn’t seem fair that Beltran is out of workHensley MeulensMeulens was the longtime bench coach for the recently retired Bruce Bochy with the Giants, and some thought he would get the opportunity to be the next manager in San Francisco, but that turned out not to be the case.Muelens, currently the Mets’ bench coach, would probably get a long look to replace Beltran. At some point, he will get a managing job; what better time than now with the Mets? He would be running to quite an unorthodox situation, but by all accounts, he’s a well-respected baseball man. It seems fair to give him a one-year trial, at minimum, and see if he has the mettle to handle New York.Terry CollinsCollins, famed for being in a video you may have seen, is under contract with the Mets as a special adviser.Oh, and he also managed them to their first World Series appearance since 2000 and dealt with a fair share of controversies while at the helm.MORE: Mets employee Jessica Mendoza has confusing take on Mike FiersCollins is 70, so youth isn’t on his side, but this season is going to be an aberration for the Mets. Perhaps Collins can be a quick-fix Band-Aid for the organization, or maybe he’s just loving the semi-retired life too much to grab a seat back in the dugout.Early reports are that Collins isn’t going to be a candidate, but time will tell.Dusty BakerBaker has knocked on the door with talented teams in the past: he took the Giants, Cubs, Reds and Nationals to the playoffs. He’s seen around the sport as a stablizing force who can provide immediate legitimacy. Baker has 10 seasons of 90 or more wins as a manager and has been to a Game 7 of the World Series (2002, Giants). Baker doesn’t get a lot of credit for being a great manager, for whatever reason, but he would be an intriguing plug-and-play option if his name winds up on the table. In the words of Ron Burgundy, that escalated quickly. Like, that really got out of hand.Carlos Beltran is out of a job, somewhat surprisingly, following the Astros’ sign-stealing ordeal, and he hadn’t managed a single game as a rookie manager with the Mets.last_img read more