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Stokes, Sibley grit helps England past 400

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley picked up where they left off on the opening day to guide England into a commanding position at the end of the second day with West Indies a wicket down and trailing on first innings by 437 runs.Having spent the best part of two days toiling hard in the field, an unchanged West Indies outfit from the one that won the first Test by four wickets in Southampton just five days ago, face a fresh English seam attack.Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran all missed the last game but came into this one for the omitted Jofra Archer and the resting Mark Wood and James Anderson. Stokes, the fourth leg, will be understandably less crisp but he won’t turn down the chance to build on his contribution with the bat.Stokes faced 356 deliveries for his 176, his longest innings by far in terms of balls faced – he faced significantly fewer balls for his highest Test score of 258. Yes, it was slow going, but not as slow as Sibley’s 372-ball 120 and Stokes produced some jolt-you-awake shots when warranted, including an indignant shove all the way over long-on off Alzarri Joseph to add to his other six off Roston Chase the previous day.Chase could hold his head high, having claimed a five-wicket haul, but his side were left with it all to do after the stubborn-ness of Stokes and Sibley.Coming in with his side 81 for 3 on the first day, Stokes’ knock was the intelligent innings England required. It also carried with it the air of a man keen to go on after falling in the 40s in both innings at the Ageas Bowl.There were also 17 fours for Stokes, including the odd reverse sweep, one of which brought up his 10th Test century. It was another, attempted, reverse off Kemar Roach which brought about his undoing, but he had done his job.The moment wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich caught Stokes was hugely significant for Roach as it broke a Test wicket drought going back to August 31, 2019, and lasting 521 deliveries, or 86.5 overs.And just as he had done in that drought with two wickets in two balls, including Virat Kohli for a golden duck in Kingston, so he came out of it in the same manner, as Woakes was caught at gully next ball for a duck.Just as the tempo of Stokes’ knock can’t be criticised in England’s circumstances, or can Sibley’s, as sedate as it was. Sibley had been at the crease as fellow opener Rory Burns, Zak Crawley and Joe Root fell, meaning it was hardly the time to change his circumspect nature.Sibley resumed yesterday tantalisingly close to his second century, not out 86 with Stokes unbeaten on 59 and England 207 for 3. The pair added 57 runs in the morning session and Sibley seemed stuck in the 90s for an age. There was even the possibility of Stokes beating him to the milestone but Sibley got there first, pushing Joseph through mid-on for three.Stokes went to lunch on 99 but brought up his ton on the third ball he faced after the break. Sibley finally holed out to Roach off Chase, ending a 260-run stand with Stokes off 568 balls, which was England’s second-longest partnership this century.Off-spinner Chase bowled 44 overs – including 28 unchanged from the over before lunch to the end of the England innings – to claim 5 for 172.The quick turnaround between Tests was telling on West Indies’ quicks, with Shannon Gabriel moving gingerly from the start of the match and spending time off the ground in the hands of the team physio. Joseph also sought treatment for a sore biceps tendon as Roach toiled long and hard for his eventual reward, and Holder carried a heavy workload too.With swing in the air, Holder delayed taking the second new ball until the 94th over, about an hour into the day’s play. But even then, there was no breakthrough until well into the second session.Sibley’s dismissal brought Ollie Pope to the crease for a short-lived stay, but Jos Buttler stuck around long enough to add 40 off 79 balls. After Curran had provided Chase’s fifth wicket, Dom Bess added an unbeaten 31 off 26 before Root had seen enough.Joseph ended up returning to the middle sooner than he would have liked – as nightwatchman – when Curran had Windies opener John Campbell out lbw for 12 late in the evening session.SCOREBOARDENGLAND 1st innings (overnight 207 for three)R. Burns lbw b Chase 15D. Sibley c Roach b Chase 120Z. Crawley c Holder b Chase 0J. Root c Holder b Joseph 23B. Stokes c wkp. Dowrich b Roach 176O. Pope lbw b Chase 7J. Buttler c Joseph b Holder 40C. Woakes c Hope b Roach 0S. Curran c Brathwaite b Chase 17D. Bess not out 31S. Broad not out 11Extras: (b-4, lb-7, w-10, nb-8) 29Total: (9 wkts decl., 162 overs) 469Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-29, 3-81, 4-341, 5-352, 6-395), 7-395, 8-426, 9-427.Bowling: Roach 33-9-58-2 (w-1, nb-3), Gabriel 26-2-79-0 (w-5, nb-4), Joseph 23.1-5-70-1, Holder 32-10-70-1, Chase 44-3-172-5, Brathwaite 3.5-0-9-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite not out 6J. Campbell lbw b Curran 12A. Joseph not out 14Total: (1 wkt, 14 overs) 32Fall of wicket: 1-16 (Campbell)Bowling: Broad 5-1-14-0, Woakes 4-3-2-0, Curran 3-1-8-1, Bess 2-0-8-0.Position: West Indies trail England by 437 runs with nine first-innings wickets remaining.last_img read more

Syracuse hosts Notre Dame in pivotal conference matchup, still looking for first ACC win

first_img Published on March 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse A year after finishing his career as an elite defender on Syracuse’s back line, Brian Megill already sees things differently. Since leaving SU, he’s gained a new outlook on the game, and it’s one he wishes he had while still playing with the Orange. So a day after SU dropped its third Atlantic Coast Conference game in as many tries on Sunday, Megill emailed some of his former teammates. He’s worked through the same kind of rut the team is currently stuck in, and offered a perspective it badly needs. “I wanted to tell them that bad runs happen, but have to be stopped by the team as a whole,” Megill said. “For guys like the seniors, there isn’t a lot of time left and I lived that last year.”No. 9 Syracuse (4-3, 0-3 ACC) hosts No. 7 Notre Dame (4-2, 2-0) in the Carrier Dome at noon on Saturday, and it could be the last chance for the Orange to salvage a season that is slipping away. For SU’s senior class — notably goalie Dominic Lamolinara, attack Derek Maltz, midfielder Billy Ward and long-stick midfielder Matt Harris — the date with the Fighting Irish, and the games proceeding it, present an ultimatum of sorts. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has six games left on its regular-season schedule. And if it doesn’t end its season-long skid soon, it won’t play into the ACC or NCAA tournament, and a handful of careers will be cut short. “We’re not happy,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We have to get better, we’re better than halfway through the season, and we have to get better as a group in almost all aspects.”The hours following SU’s 21-7 loss to Duke last Saturday were solemn. No more than 30 minutes after the final whistle, players were watching film — of them being outclassed by the Blue Devils — on their laptops in the team van. When they got on the plane, the laughing that follows road wins was absent. So was the light talking that normally follows a road loss. NCAA rules forced Desko to give the team a day off Monday, and he still hadn’t seen his players when he addressed the media before practice Tuesday afternoon. But they had seen one another. “We had a team meeting, and it was one of the more brutal team meetings I’ve ever been a part of,” Lamolinara said. “For the first time ever I think our hearts were questioned, where we are and what we want.“I mean, with the way it looked on Sunday I think it’s warranted to question where some people’s hearts are.”As has been the story all season, the next game isn’t any easier than the last. Notre Dame doubled up No. 8 Virginia 18-9 on March 16 — Syracuse lost to the Cavaliers by five goals earlier in the season — and edged No. 5 North Carolina 11-10 on March 1. UND also has the second best faceoff specialist in the country in senior Liam O’Connor, who is winning draws at a 68.5 percent clip. And in its last game against Ohio State, sophomore attack Matt Kavanagh scored a program record-tying seven goals. Syracuse, on the other hand, is still cycling six players through a faceoff rotation winning draws just 37 percent of the time. O’Connor gets to improve his torrid start against a limping group, and if he gets the Fighting Irish possession more times than not, Kavanagh will have a chance to put a dent in the scoreboard. There’s no time for Syracuse to breathe after its worst loss of the season. Just another tough test, six games and the growing possibility that that will be it.“The thought of having just six more games is mind boggling,” Lamolinara said. “I used to have that many games in a weekend at some tournaments. Looking at that has opened up our eyes to what we have in front of us.“We haven’t lost anything yet and our goals are still there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The Premier League’s most successful tackler of 2015 revealed – surprised?

first_img 9. Scott Arfield (Burnley) – 61.3 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – Ex-Huddersfield star Arfield announced himself on the Premier League stage with a goal against Chelsea in the Clarets’ first match of the season. Since then, he’s proved himself to be a good all-round midfielder playing across the middle and winning important duels with opponents. 10 5= Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – 68 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – The Gunners star has found favour again with manager Arsene Wenger and, as well as cracking home one of their goals in their FA Cup quarter-final victory against Manchester United, he’s been showing a marked improvement defensively as Arsenal target another top four finish. 10 4. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – 69.2 pre cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – As Steven Gerrard’s long goodbye at Anfield continues, Henderson’s transformation from £20m flop to all-action hero continues. He’s added goals to his game recently at Anfield but he’s not letting up on his defensive duties either. 10 8. James Morrison (West Brom) – 63.3 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – Another Baggies star flourishing under Pulis is Scottish star Morrison. The reliable and versatile 28-year-old is consistent with his performances and currently one of the Premier League’s best tacklers. 10 10. Claudio Yacob (West Brom) – 54.8 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – Tony Pulis turned to Yacob as he looked to get the Baggies away from the relegation zone and he has been rewarded with some sterling displays in midfield as he breaks up play. 10 1. Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) – 72.4 per cent tackle success rate – You read it right, folks. The Ecuador winger, filling in at right-back for Louis van Gaal, is currently the Premier League’s most successful tackler of 2015. Valencia has looked a little shaky but was in good form against both Tottenham and Liverpool. Is this more proof Van Gaal really does know what he’s doing at Old Trafford? 5= Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) – 68 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – As well as being one of the Premier League’s most creative players, Puncheon also contributes defensively, too. New Eagles boss Alan Pardew is getting the best out of the midfielder, for sure. 10 10 3. Alex Song (West Ham) – 69.7 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – One of the summer’s shrewdest signings was Sam Allardyce’s loan move for Barcelona star Song. The Hammers’ form might be waning but the midfielder is clearly keen to prove he’s worthy of a big permanent move away from the Camp Nou. 10 7. George Boyd (Burnley) – 65 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – Former Stevenage and Peterborough star Boyd is already renowned for his non-stop running in the Premier League. He regularly covers more than 13km a game and he is capable of putting in a good tackle too. You can have the best attackers in the world at your club but without a solid defensive base you’re always going to concede goals.And the best way to stop conceding goals is to get those well-timed tackles in and dispossess your opponent.Some teams now have a dedicated ‘destroyer’ in midfield as they look to break up play, with that man then offloading the ball to a playmaking team-mate.Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United players all feature in our list of the most successful tacklers of 2015 in the Premier League but just who boasts the best?talkSPORT takes a look – you might be a little surprised…Click the right arrow to navigate through our list… 2. Jose Fonte (Southampton) – 72 per cent tackle success rate – Click right to find out who is 2015’s best tackler in the Premier League – The Saints still have the best defence in the Premier League so it’s no surprise one of their men is high on our list, but instead of Victor Wanyama, Morgan Schneiderlin or Steven Davis, it’s Portugal star Fonte who is getting his tackling spot on. 10 10last_img read more

Why Evander Kane’s contract could haunt Sharks GM this summer

first_imgDENVER — Evander Kane’s biggest fan in the second half of the 2018-19 season might be the guy sitting in the general manager’s suite at SAP Center.Doug Wilson will be negotiating potential new contracts for Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier this year and you can bet that the seven-year, $49 million deal Kane signed last summer will be mentioned more than a few times by their agents.Kane’s $7 million annual average salary is now the benchmark for contract talks in Sharks territory.The emphasis on …last_img read more

Just What Are Online Courses Good For? A Q&A With Harvard’s Peter Bol

first_imgRelated Posts adriana lee Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… RW: How do you compare that to the purely online class, like those offered by edX, the nonprofit formed by Harvard and MIT that offers free online courses to anyone, where all discussion and lectures happen on the Web?PKB: Remember I also employ “cold calling.” Students can volunteer too, but I call everybody, no matter where they are. You can’t replicate exactly that in a purely online format.Students who take courses online through Harvard Division of Continuing Education pay top dollar to do this. They’re interested in getting the credential or degree, [and] we try to accommodate their schedules.They write papers, they do exams—every posting they make gets read and commented upon on by a teaching fellow or me. Those are very serious courses. I mean, they lead to a Harvard degree, after all.RW: I saw online that someone asked, “If I got my degree from Harvard online, did I really go to Harvard?” What would you say to that? PKB: Well, let’s make a distinction between the courses we offer through the Division of Continuing Education and the MOOCs [massive open online courses]. Courses offered through the [DCE] cost money and lead to degrees. We’ve been [offering] that for decades. There’s nothing new about that. If they took courses through these online classes, those online classes are not MOOCs.But what I can tell you is Harvard is not planning, does not see, does not view as part of its future, turning MOOCs into degree-granting courses.RW: What are the practical differences between MOOCs and the online classes from continuing-education programs?PKB: If you’re looking to build accreditations, then you shouldn’t be doing the MOOC. MOOCs are good for building knowledge and learning. In the MOOC you’re on your own. You can watch what you want, do what you want, participate in discussions, it’s all up to you.If you want a degree, you should go through institutions where there is real discussion, that’s supervised, where you write papers and do exams. That’s going to cost money. But if you’re serious about developing knowledge of a field and want a degree or credit, you go to the Division of Continuing Education.That means you have to be there and submit work every week. There is feedback from the teaching staff every week. There are summaries, requests for more clarification or more work. You can have individual chats with your teaching fellows. You can write to me, and I’ll answer, and so on and so forth.RW: There’s a lot of hype in the tech industry regarding MOOCs being the future of education, with the coursework and discussion all being conducted online.PKB: If we think about what the online format is best for, it’s not discussion. It’s lecture, particularly in the way in which edX has developed very sound approaches to giving lectures. Which is, you don’t lecture people for more than five to seven minutes.At every section of the lecture, you stop, pause, give students a chance to answer questions and think about what they heard, and then move on. That’s a really effective method of learning. It’s so much better than cramming for a final exam. That’s really good online. But discussion between the professor and the students, that’s so much better in person.Now, that doesn’t mean you might not have courses where you only have online discussion, and no intervention from the teaching staff. No doubt that will happen, but you go back to the thing where … if you have 25,000 students, you’re not going to talk to them all.RW: What are the particular challenges that Harvard faces with online education, whether in the near or long term?PKB: I think the challenge is to make sure Harvard is offering those courses the same way we would offer courses on campus. They’re hard, challenging, and not for everybody. And we will continue to work hard to maintain that quality. So the challenge for us is gathering the course material, preparing it, testing it. The number of faculty who want to be doing this is very large. [But] our bandwidth for helping them do the things they want to do is narrower.RW: Does Harvard have a specific goal here? Is it a pedagogical, to move education forward? Is it to make excellence in education more available and affordable? Ultimately, what does Harvard hope to achieve? PKB: We hope to add to the sum of knowledge and understanding of the world. We hope to make it possible for people around the world to learn, to advance. This is part of the larger mission of the university.However, I should say right away that we do have criteria here. We ask in every instance—before we try to develop a course or a module—how is this going to be turned back on the classroom? How will it help you be a better teacher here at home? That’s just as important, just as much a part of the equation. How we transform teaching internally is very important.RW: Where do you see online education going in the future—say, five or 10 years out?PKB: Well, the question is fair enough. But I can’t answer it at the moment, because even here, we are at the beginning of this. We have a very fortunate situation of this being funded by the universities involved. We certainly have to think about revenue generation, but we don’t have to make a profit. And we don’t have to have everything decided right at this moment.The fact that MIT and Harvard can afford to do this without expecting that they’re going to make money, as we try to figure out how we can actually do good things—for our students and for the world. And that’s superb. I think we’re so lucky as Americans to be in that situation with private universities that can afford to do that.RW: What do you think of for-profit companies getting involved in online education? It seems there’s a battle between education’s traditionalists versus the would-be innovators. What do you make of that?PKB: I think that in the for-profit world, you’re right. They are a lot of people looking to see how this can deliver return on investment. My impression—and again I speak for myself—is that in the short term, we don’t expect any return on investment. We want to understand how we can be better educators, and how students can learn in an effective way that doesn’t require cramming at the last moment and forgetting 70 percent of what they’ve learned. We want to do our jobs better.If you can say anything about [Harvard] President Faust and Alan Garber, the provost, it’s that they care about the mission. They care about what the university exists for in the first place. And they exist for the advancement of knowledge and the possibility of sharing and learning.Peter K. Bol is the Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages Civilization and Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis. He has chaired the Harvard Academic Computing Committee and provided one of HarvardX’s first online courses on China. Currently, as the new vice provost of advances in learning, he oversees Harvard’s online educational initiatives, including those from edX/HarvardX and the Harvard Extension School’s Division of Continuing Education, among others. Feature image by Flickr user rp72. All other images courtesy of Peter K. Bol ReadWrite: How would you define the challenges presented by educational technology, online courses, etc.? Peter K. Bol: Let me make the following distinction—and here, I’m not speaking for Harvard. I’m speaking for myself, so I have the freedom to change my mind as the data persuades me. Around 95% of the people who sign up for these online courses apparently are not interested in getting a certificate or credential. [But] the people who do want the credential, who want some recognition, is still a very large number. We need to be sure that those people are offered the same level of rigor and demand that we offer our own students. At the same time, we have to recognize that the vast majority of people are not there with the same commitment. They may be there because they’re interested in the subject, or want to try their hand at some of the assessments and exercises.RW: For people interested in academic rigor, is that even possible in an online setting?PKB: Of course it’s possible. For example, in some fields, the whole issue is the mastery of the amount of information. In other fields—[such as] the social sciences and humanities—it’s not really the mastery of information. The information is useful because it gives you stuff to think with.But your views, interpretations, discussions with other people—you’re trying to work out what something means, how to understand it, interpret it, explain it and account for it. These are the things that are best suited for discussion.One of the things we’re doing is creating very serious discussion forums. We have a combination of set topics for each week or each module. [But] we simply do not have the manpower to try to maintain a discussion with everybody. Can’t be done. We do know, however, that the number of people participating in discussion forums keeps rising during the course. And people are interested in talking to other people.Now, what can we do to steer that? We use online lectures to allow us to give up lecturing in the classroom at Harvard and, instead, devote what used to be lecture time to serious in-depth discussion for the students.RW: That would be the flipped classroom model.PKB: That’s right. Those discussions have to be structured too. We have to know what questions we’ll ask them, which we’ll follow up with, and what possible views we hope will be articulated, and so on. So we filmed those discussions. People in the online forum, in the massive open online course, can also see how exactly that question was discussed in the Harvard classroom by the professor and the students.RW: What are the hallmarks of success for these flipped classrooms?PKB: I was speaking to a group of directors of graduate studies, and somebody asked, “How do you measure success?” I think we measure success by student learning. We know because we’ve actually polled the students on this, and they really like the online lectures. It allows them to go back; they’re shorter than the usual lecture; they can freeze and go back on the tape.They appreciate the fact that online lectures have good visual explanation, and they like that we put up bullet points when we’re talking, so they know exactly where we are. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… This post is part of Hire Education, an ongoing series in which ReadWrite examines technological innovation in education and how it’s reshaping universities that are preparing students for a transformed workforce.If you believe the proponents of online education, universities are in the midst of a full-blown technological transformation—one that will shortly unseat traditional coursework and liberate higher learning from the shackles of those expensive, ivy-strewn halls of academia.But the view from those hallowed halls is very different. Harvard’s Peter K. Bol, the newly appointed vice provost of advances in learning, argues that technology doesn’t actually change that much for students, that degrees and credits still matter, and that the best way to get them is … well, to attend an institution like Harvard. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#education#Hire Education#MOOCs#University last_img read more