Williams says win against SA Women vital for team confidence

first_imgLEICESTER, England (CMC) – Without a win in four outings in their build-up to next weekend’s start of the ICC Women’s World Cup, assistant coach Stuart Williams has underscored the importance of West Indies winning their final official warm-up game today, in order to enter the tournament with momentum.The Windies take on South Africa Women in Oakham, 45 minutes outside Leicester, in a contest that takes on special significance with the Caribbean side searching for that elusive win after three weeks in England preparing for the June 24 to July 23 showpiece.Williams pointed out that winning breeds confidence and this was needed ahead of the Windies opening match of the tournament next Monday against Australia Women.“In terms of batting, runs give you confidence so winning gives you confidence,” said the former West Indies opener.“So it’s very important that we put in a good performance tomorrow and hopefully we come out with a win and that would give the girls some confidence going into the first game.”He added: “It’s just about getting that combination right and we haven’t played our best team yet so there’s no cause for panic or anything like that. By the time next week comes, we’ll be alright.”Their most recent outing on Tuesday against Pakistan Women saw West Indies go down by five wickets at Grace Road, despite posting a respectable 246 for seven from their 50 overs.They managed to reduce their opponents 63 for three before half-centuries from Nain Abidi and Bismah Maroof snatched the game away from them.Williams said while they were disappointed to lose, there was cause for encouragement with several of the performances.“The pleasing thing (about Tuesday’s game) is we made (nearly) 250 without the skipper’s (Stafanie Taylor) contribution and Hayley (Matthews) and (Deandra) Dottin got run-out in the 30s so the basic fundamentals are there; so we’re looking solid as a batting group,” Williams reasoned.“But cricket is just not about batting alone, we still have to get our other skills up to level in terms of the bowling and the fielding.”One of the stand-outs was the uncapped opener Felicia Walters who top-scored with 59 to gather her first half-century in West Indies colours.Williams said the 25-year-old had progressed well on tour so far and had taken on board the advice to increase her tempo at the crease.“One of the things she has improved on is her intent,” Williams explained.“She always has this longevity (about her batting) and sticking around, but what we’ve got her to do is to have more intent – rotating the strike and hitting the bad balls when they come. It was pleasing to see her get a half-century.”He continued: “Merissa (Aguilleira) again she continued her good form by getting 40-odd, Hayley getting 30-odd without any problems at all and Dottin being her usual self. Our batting group is getting there.”last_img read more

The Latest: $300K in grants offered in wheelchair tennis

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Tennis Federation and four Grand Slam tournaments are pledging more than $300,000 in financial support for wheelchair athletes and national event hosts affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: $300K in grants offered in wheelchair tennis Associated Press The Big 12 Conference announced its schools can begin bringing athletes back to campus, with the resumption of voluntary activities starting June 15 for football players.The conference said each school can use its own discretion in deciding when athletes return to campus. The Big 12 had suspended all team activities, voluntary or required, because of the coronavirus pandemic through May 31. As of June 1, new rules go into effect. In-person required and voluntary team activities are still banned for all athletes from June 1-14.Football players can resume voluntary on-campus activity on June 15. Other fall sport athletes can begin voluntary on-campus activity on July 1. Basketball players can participate in on-campus voluntary activities, starting July 6, and all other sports can resume voluntary activities on campus on July 15.Virtual or online supervised workouts and skill instruction is still not permitted. All required virtual or online activities, such as film study, are limited to eight hours per week and only on-field coaches may conduct those sessions.___ The Italian league is set to resume on June 20 with no spectators allowed. There are also strict rules limiting the number of people in the stadium to 300. That includes both teams, staff and journalists.Italian media are reporting that the soccer federation could discuss the possibility of increasing that number and permitting a vastly reduced number of fans.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s something I really wish for with all my heart.”Gravina says “it’s unthinkable that in a stadium that can hold 60,000 there’s not space for a small percentage of fans with the necessary precautions.”___ The Japanese MotoGP has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The race was scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Twin Ring Montegi circuit. Organizers say they hope to return to the same venue next year.Japan has a big presence in the sport and is the home of manufacturers Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.Organizers say this is first time since 1986 that Japan will not host a race.MotoGP says it is trying to restart the season with races staying in Europe until mid-November. A race in Japan after that would be too late in the season.center_img ___Brazilian soccer club Vasco da Gama says 16 of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Rio de Janeiro club says the positive results came after tests were conducted on about 250 people.Three players have already recovered and the others remain separated from the group.The club says it will begin a series of medical evaluations on squad members. Wheelchair tennis players who earned under $100,000 in prize money last year and meet certain ranking requirements can apply for a grant under the program.The wheelchair tennis tour has been suspended since March and at least until the end of July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.More than 85 ITF-sanctioned wheelchair events have been postponed or canceled.___Italian soccer authorities are considering the possibility of allowing fans into stadiums starting next month. June 1, 2020 Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro said Sunday one player in each squad tested positive. Atlético said Ecuadorean midfielder Juan Cazares had the virus. Cruzeiro announced that forward Vinícius Popó was infected.There is still not date set for the return of soccer in Brazil.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

VIDEO: Syracuse erupts in team room after receiving NCAA Tournament bid

first_img Comments Published on March 14, 2016 at 8:14 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Many experts had Syracuse slightly in or even out of the field of 68, but the Orange grabbed a No. 10 seed and a rematch with the team that eliminated it from the 2014 NCAA Tournament in seventh-seeded Dayton. The two will tip off at 12:15 p.m. on Friday in St. Louis. Here’s a video from Syracuse Athletics of the team reacting to seeing its name called on TV.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

A Family Affair at A Steve’s Carpet Cleaning

first_imgFor over 30 years the success of A Steve’s Professional Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning has been a family affair.  Started by Steve Short in 1982, the business now includes the cleaning skills of his son-in-law, Stephen, and office management of his daughter, Rachel.  Steve himself focuses on being the public face of the company but is glad to pick up the overflow—no pun intended—and step in.  As he says, there’s never a need to “turn down a job because within 2-3 days it can be done.”Steve’s granddaughter Alyssa, now almost 7, is a childhood cancer survivor.  Now in remission, the family celebrates her recovery by participating in fundraisers around the region that focus on cures.  Over the past few years they have participated in the CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer in Tacoma, and other events, as well as hosting a Facebook referral promotion where every new ‘like’ equals a cash donation to the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.Also available on the business website is the autobiography of Steve’s father, Jim.  A celebrated military pilot, the book highlights a storied career in the skies.  As Jim Short writes in the introduction, “Everyone has heard and seen movies about airline pilots as well as fighter and bomber pilots, but I can’t recall that anyone has described the life of a military transport flyer, which is what I have attempted to do.  Mine is not primarily a war story, but a glimpse into my life as a pilot.  My adventures are sometimes routine and sometimes not so routine…they may not be as hair-raising as bomber and fighter missions, but we did have our thrilling moments during war and peace, and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.”Even the business’s trademark lion-in-a-blue-truck logo sprang from a family Valentine’s Day present.  As Steve delivered it home, so many fellow motorists pointed, smiled, and waved it became something of a mascot and now finds its home on business cards and Facebook profiles alike.A Steve’s Professional Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning can be reached at 360-701-9544. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more