18 Sep

Refreshed Johnson says Jaguars hungry for cricket

first_img… Jaguars captain optimistic about young coreGUYANA Jaguars captain Leon Johnson said the 5-time 4-Day champs are eager to get back to doing some team practice, adding that time off from cricket helped to refresh his mind and body.Johnson, who played nine Tests for the West Indies along with six One Day Internationals (ODI), told Chronicle Sport in an interview for the first time since the abrupt end to COVID-19-affected 2020 Regional 4-Dayers that he, along with his colleagues, was revitalised and ready to get back to work.Eyeing their 6th 4-Day title, Jags had a topsy-turvy latter part to the season, suffering defeat, drawn games and then worse; suffering the wrath of the pandemic. When Cricket West Indies (CWI) pulled the plug on the tournament, all sports came to a halt and Johnson and his men like other athletes were forced into indefinite isolation.Guyana Jaguars Captain Leon Johnson“The time off was good for myself as well as the rest of players. It was a chance for us players to get our body and mind refreshed following a long season. We (the Jaguars) are still upbeat, the guys are eager to start back training, and working; we just miss practice and being out there doing things cricket-wise,” said the skipper.The players have been engaging in daily ZOOM sessions with physio Neil Barry Jr and these help to monitor fitness and keep them in shape. Apart from training, Johnson believes that another huge benefit from lockdown was that cricketers can have that rare time home with family.Johnson, a father himself, said spending time with loved ones was invaluable, and a great way to improve one’s mentality. He also believed that it was a great way for players who were injured or carrying niggles to further get themselves back into peak playing shape for whenever action resumes.Recently, CWI hosted their professional players draft for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup and the West Indies Four-Day Championship via a ZOOM meeting two days ago.Jamaican overseas all-rounder Ramaal Lewis and pacer Niall Smith were the two added to the Jags 13-man squad, rounding off the 15 members. All-rounder Kevin Sinclair and pacer Niall Smith were the pair along with Akshaya Persaud to earn full-time Grade contracts, thus adding to their Regional 1st Class, List ‘A’ and Windies U-19 cricket experience.Arguably the most decorated Regional 4-Day captain in contemporary times, having won 5 straight 4-Day titles, while experiencing the highest points of International and Regional success over those last 6 seasons; the 32 year-old said it was good to have a few star-quality youngsters in the team heading into the new season; which will be under COVID-19 watch.A former ex-West Indies Under-19 player in his own right, having captained the youth side back in 2005-6 U-19 World Cup, said having those few new faces among the troupers, adds greater value to the imminent preservation of the Region’s most decorated 4-Day franchise.“We have a few newcomers in the squad this year, but they are experienced and will go along nicely with our seasoned bunch of guys; so I predict good things for the Jaguars heading into the future,” Johnson ended.last_img read more

16 Sep

Football: Taylor’s season starts off strong, but strong enough for a Heisman?

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor has been a victim of his own excellence.After submitting one of the greatest true freshman seasons in the history of College Football, Taylor has followed up this season thus far with four performances that by any measure should be considered dynamite, however, as a result of his growing hype and Heisman expectations, his elite start to the season has widely been dismissed as routine.Entering the bye week, Taylor sits second among all rushers in the nation with 628 yards in four games, an average that paces out to 157 yards per game. He’s also the most utilized rusher in the nation with 102 attempts.Perhaps some of the comparatively lacking recognition stems from the recent touchdown drought Taylor’s gone through over the last two games. After beginning the year with five scores in two games, his goal line absence has been noticeable in his two games since without crossing into the end zone.Football: Takeaways from narrow escape in Iowa CitySaturday night, the University of Wisconsin Football Team, seeking redemption from last week’s loss, went to work at Kinnick Stadium against Read…Part of the reason for his under-utilization deep in the red zone has been his propensity for the fumble, and his habit of doing so deep in opponent territory, which has led the Badgers to go with running back Taiwan Deal in those situations. Deal had two touchdowns against Brigham Young University.Despite this, Taylor remains on track for an even better season than his rookie campaign. Through four games last season, Taylor had accounted for 518 yards on the ground, 110 yards less than his current total. This is also a yards per game average of almost 30 less than he currently holds.His statistics clearly depict a back that is building on a strong start to his collegiate career, however, they don’t tell the whole story.The Wisconsin offensive line, which in years past has seemingly been the infallible cornerstone of the Badger brand of Big Ten, smash-mouth football, is looking increasingly vulnerable. We haven’t seen as many explosive attempts from Taylor this season, and it looks like it is partly due to the lack of large holes being created for him by the interior linemen.In the loss against BYU, Head Coach Paul Chryst spoke after the game about his decision to pull most the starting offensive linemen in favor of the second team for a drive in the middle of a tight game. He attributed the decision completely to the heat, saying he wanted to give them a break.Football: Saturday’s win at Iowa a glimmer of hope (Let me convince you)Sometimes you gotta know when to cut your losses, give up and temper your expectations. Sometimes you gotta hold fast Read…Taylor had trouble bursting through the line of scrimmage for large gains the entire game.Now, these criticisms are like the man who complains because his golden shoes are too tight. Taylor’s record is still impeccable, and the offensive linemen are still likely one of the strongest units in the country. But if Taylor is pushing for an invitation to the Heisman this season, and a shot to take home the trophy, any blemish is fair game.last_img read more

14 Aug

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, May 21, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, May 21, 2015•6:35 a.m. Zackary R. McCreery, 22, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•7:30 a.m. Troy D. Koehn, 37, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•7:45 a.m. Stacy L. Hamilton, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 54 mph in a 30mph zone.•7:46 a.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 1300 block N. B, Wellington by a known suspect.•8:20 a.m. Shannon Norris, 46, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic battery.•11:12 a.m. Joshua A. Belisle, 37, Derby, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 57 mph in a 40 mph zone.•Heather E. N. Watts, 22, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•Curtis G. Troutman, 25, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•12:07 p.m. Ryan M Lagree,  42,Wichita was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 56 mph in a 40 mph zone and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.•2 p.m. Abbie R. Abasolo, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 45 mph in a 30 mph zone (radar),expired drivers license and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.•2:25 p.m. Officers investigated animal cruelty in the 200 block of  S Arthur.•3:03 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 1400 block of Michigan.•4 p.m. Officers investigated  an animal complaint of a vicious dog in the 900 block of W. 7th.•5:45 p.m. Shane L. Forester, 39, Wellington was arrested and confined on Sumner County warrants for failure to appear.•5:50 p.m. Cole J. Shaffer, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•5:53 p.m. Gina M. Dunn, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with expired registration, seatbelt violation and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.•7:20 p.m. Kenneth L. Nutt, 42, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•7:30 p.m. Thomas w. Janney, 58, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with seatbelt violation.•10:19 p.m. Officers investigated aggravated battery and battery in the 300 block of W 9th.last_img read more