WEST Indies fast-bowling great Andy Roberts has hailed star batsman Chris Gayle as one of the game’s ‘great players’ but is convinced the time is right to walk away.The 39-year-old Gayle had initially revealed plans to retire from international cricket following the ICC World Cup but seemed to have a change of heart just ahead of the tournament. The batsman instead targetted the regional team’s home series against India as possibly his final matches for the West Indies.The batsman did not, however, have an outstanding World Cup, scoring a total of 242 runs in nine matches as the team limped to a ninth-place finish. Roberts, however, does not believe the player’s form merits immediate selection to the squad for the series.“I watched Chris in the One Day series in the Caribbean (against England), I watched Chris in the World Cup and I am yet to see Chris Gayle play a cover drive on the ground in any of the innings he has played, off the front foot.“He takes his time early and I don’t know the reason because I’ve seen in the early stage he gets a lot of balls to hit, but he’s just playing himself in and then after that he just tries to hit everything out of the ground and I don’t think youngsters can learn from that,” Roberts told the Antigua Observer.“Chris has been one of our great players and I make no bones in saying that, but the time has come that we have to let the greatness speak for itself instead of trying to go on to achieve what he didn’t do, because most West Indians were hoping that he would do.”
Making its first-ever trips to Colorado and Utah this past weekend, the USC women’s tennis team came out victorious after notching back-to-back 7-0 sweeps and now they head home for a four-game homestand in Pac-12 play.USC (14-2, 3-0) is set to face off against two conference foes this weekend, starting with Oregon at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and the No. 22 Washington Huskies Saturday at noon.Building off of momentum from easy wins last week, the Women of Troy will once again need the bottom of their lineup to step up and provide the type of support that has been commonplace over the past few weeks.Against the Utes, USC used the 4-6 positions to secure its landslide victory as senior Alison Ramos started singles with a punctuating win in the sixth slot, followed by a win from freshman Gabriella DeSimone on court 5 and a comeback victory by Kaitlyn Christian 5-7, 6-0, 6-0.Facing Colorado, the Women of Troy duplicated their strong performance from early in the weekend, storming past the Buffaloes, first dominating doubles and then sweeping singles. Once again, Ramos started off the show with a win on court 6 and the rest of the USC squad followed in unison with five consecutive victories to end the match.The two victories last weekend allowed the Women of Troy to head back to Marks Stadium with a chance for coach Richard Gallien to secure his 300th career victory as USC’s head coach at the place where it all started.On top of that milestone, USC now has four players who have topped the 20-win mark this season. Led by freshman Zoe Scandalis and her 27-7 record, the Women of Troy also boast fellow freshman Sabrina Santamaria at 24-5 along with Christian and junior Danielle Lao with 22 and 21 wins, respectively.With this strong core, along with the aforementioned strong bottom of the lineup that USC has, the Women of Troy will look to continue their trend of sweeping inferior opponents as the Ducks roll to town Friday. Without a top-100 player, Oregon (9-5, 0-4) will try to break their winless record over USC, which currently stands at 0-18.On Saturday, the Huskies (6-7, 0-4) are coming off of back-to-back losses to Arizona and Arizona State and will seek to rebound against a strong USC squad. With No. 20 senior Denise Dy leading the Huskies’ attack, Scandalis should be tested on court 1, which could amount to Washington’s only victory of the day.As long as the Women of Troy continue to start off strong and boast a potent backend of their lineup, they will remain an extremely tough match for any competitor.
Published on February 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm Contact Nick: email@example.com | @nick_a_alvarez Over Winter Break, Stephanie Grossi ran underneath the Hawaiian sun. She rid her mind of hockey while performing hill sprints along the paradise on the Pacific Ocean. Grossi kept the cold confines of Tennity Ice Pavilion out of her thoughts.The junior ran up the hills to forget about her mediocre start to the season. She had only 11 points in SU’s first 18 games this season. Through 18 games last year, she already had 22 points.Grossi felt re-energized. She’s since thrived in the month following her island getaway, doubling her point total to 22 from 11 in eight games. Grossi is the prolific scorer that Syracuse (10-11-5, 9-3-2 College Hockey America) needs if it wishes to capture its first-ever CHA title.The forward’s torrid start in 2017 led to her CHA Player of the Month honors, as she scored five goals and assisted on six others. For six straight contests, she contributed at least one point a game. The game in which she didn’t score or assist was SU’s only conference loss this calendar year.“Sometimes I think too much out there,” Grossi said. “When I’m just going with the flow and not really thinking, it comes natural and it works better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer overthinking on offense stemmed from below average defensive performances. In the beginning of the season, she watched SU’s opponents score and defeat the Orange, even while she was on the ice.With the pressure of SU locked in its own defensive end, Grossi forced the puck in the offensive zone and tried to skate through multiple defenders. But often she turned over the puck in attempts to kick-start a stagnant Orange offense.“She’s a perfectionist in everything she does,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “She was probably putting a lot of pressure on herself, and I think lately she’s playing more relaxed.”Grossi has since relieved herself of the burden of being the No. 1 option for the Orange, a title passed on to her by the all-time leading scorer Melissa Piacentini. Her success came when she began to play off her linemates Emily Costales and Savannah Rennie.In the second period of SU’s 5-1 victory over Robert Morris on Jan. 28, Costales controlled the puck in SU’s defensive zone and looked for her streaking teammate. As Grossi flashed across center ice, she received the puck and saw two defenders in her way and simply burned by them.“Honestly,” Costales said. “I saw her so I just moved it and it was great. She had the puck brought it down and did what she does best.”Grossi, the smallest of the three forwards at 5-foot-2, went back to annoying defenders with her quickness, something she had refined in years prior. Costales and Rennie, who rank second and seventh in points respectively, occupied the space near the boards and used their size to keep the puck in the offensive zone. This formula proved successful as SU defeated then-No. 7 RMU to pull within two points of the division lead.Syracuse will look to Grossi for offense as the postseason nears. If the junior forward builds off her strong January, the Orange should be one of the most dangerous teams in the conference. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 10:48 IST Verlander World Series Loser Again As Nats Beat Astros 7-2 Justin Verlander is a true top of the line ace, a starter who’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame. But in the World Series, he showed he’s no closer. COMMENT LIVE TV FOLLOW US First Published: 30th October, 2019 10:48 IST Associated Press Television News Written By WATCH US LIVE Justin Verlander is a true top of the line ace, a starter who’s likely headed for the Hall of Fame. But in the World Series, he showed he’s no closer. Verlander (1-4) wasn’t bad in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Just not good enough to get his first World Series win and give the Houston Astros their second title in three seasons. Houston led by 1 in the fifth before Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Adam Eaton and a second-deck dinger to Juan Soto to put the Nationals on the way to a 7-2 victory to force a Game 7 on Wednesday night.Verlander, who led the majors with 21 wins this season, fell to 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in seven World Series starts. He gave up five hits and three runs while walking three before Brad Peacock replaced him for the sixth. The 36-year-old has a World Series ring, MVP and Cy Award trophies, and three no-hitters on a sparkling resume. But time and time again he’s been unable to get it done on baseball’s biggest stage.Verlander was also the loser in Game 2 when he allowed four runs in six innings as Houston fell into a 0-2 hole to start this series. The starter in Game 6 of the World Series in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Verlander was also unable to close things out then. He gave up the lead in the sixth inning of a 3-1 loss. Houston took Game 7 the following night to win its first championship. But his inability to finish things off this postseason didn’t start in the World Series. His woes date back to the AL Division Series when he returned on short rest to try to eliminate the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, he was tagged for three runs in the first inning of a 4-1 loss.Verlander was on tap to close things out in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees, but the first inning did him in again. In that one, he allowed four runs in the opening frame of New York’s 4-1 win. On Tuesday night, Verlander allowed an RBI single to Anthony Rendon that made it 1-0 in the first.His offense picked him up in the bottom of the inning when George Springer doubled on Stephen Strasburg’s first pitch, stole third when his second throw was a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Altuve to tie it. Alex Bregman put Houston on top 2-1 with his two-out shot. The Astros still led by 1 in the fifth when Eaton connected off Verlander on a shot to right field. Soto’s blast put the Nationals back on top 3-2. Verlander, who gave up a career-high 36 homers in the regular season, has allowed nine career homers in the World Series.His struggles this postseason and his subpar history in the World Series have some similarities to those of fellow ace and Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers star has long been one of the league’s brightest stars on the mound with a regular season resume that few can match. But he too has been felled by October struggles and dropped to 9-11 with a 4.43 ERA and 24 home runs allowed in 32 postseason games after allowing two homers in a relief appearance in Game 5 of the NLDS to allow the Nationals to advance. SUBSCRIBE TO US
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES “Just mental errors, mental errors defensively, and gave them some easy buckets,” San Antonio guard Bryn Forbes said. “I don’t know if it was to slow the run, but kind of get our head on right — kind of slow their pace there.”The Spurs responded well after those early problems, taking the lead by halftime and cruising to a 119-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, and Popovich moved another step higher on the NBA’s career wins list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPopovich now has 1,221 victories. He’s tied with Jerry Sloan for third place, trailing only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.“I thought after the first quarter, we competed well, we were sharper and we executed better,” Popovich said. “We had a poor first quarter, but I thought we pulled it together and focused pretty well after that.” MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — San Antonio was already down eight points when the Spurs took a timeout around the midway point of the first quarter.Then, after a turnover led to a Detroit dunk, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called another timeout, just 14 seconds after the first.ADVERTISEMENT Popovich said Gay would likely miss the next two games as well.TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio came in averaging 12.3 turnovers per game, the lowest mark in the league. The Spurs had only nine against Detroit. … DeRozan also had nine assists and seven rebounds. … San Antonio went 26 of 32 on free throws, while Detroit was 14 of 17. … The Spurs remained percentage points behind Houston for the top spot in the Southwest Division.Pistons: Detroit was without backup C Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion).ANOTHER LISTIt was the 518th road victory for Popovich, breaking a tie with Nelson for second on that career list. He’s now two behind leader Pat Riley.LENGTHY STRETCHDrummond played the entire first quarter, plus the first 4:56 of the second. That didn’t prevent San Antonio’s big run.In addition to Pachulia, the Pistons are also without backup point guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear).“Zaza and Ish are definitely missed, and I’m still trying to get adjusted to being out there with the second group,” Drummond said. “I’ve watched a lot of film of what they do, but I’m still working to find the best ways to get them involved and help them get into the best positions to score.” The Spurs trailed 19-9 after the second of those two timeouts, but they appeared to get the message. A 23-2 run spanning parts of the first and second quarters put the Spurs up 45-33.It was relatively smooth sailing from there for San Antonio, which led 59-51 at halftime and 84-73 after three quarters.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points for the Spurs. Blake Griffin scored 34 for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 14 rebounds.“Everyone talked about the regime ending in San Antonio, but they still have two Hall of Fame players in LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan and they are obviously a well-coached team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I thought we got off to a great start, but their second unit came in and speeded things up. We didn’t match it. We have to be able to pump the gas at the start of the second quarter.”San Antonio was without forward Rudy Gay, out with a sprained left wrist, but the Spurs still won a season-high fifth straight game. Detroit has lost seven of nine.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTSpurs: Visit Memphis on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments