Stewart to captain West Indies U-19s to Youth World Cup

first_img… Five Guyanese players includedST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Batsman Emmanuel Stewart will captain a predictable 15-man West Indies Under-19 squad announced yesterday for next January’s ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.The core of the side has been kept together over the last year with the likes of Kirstan Kallicharan, Keagan Simmons and Bhaskar Yadram all included for the January 13 to February 3 campaign.Bhaskar Yadram – one of the five Guyanese includedStewart and Kallicharan were part of the successful side, led by Shimron Hetmyer, which won the last tournament in Bangladesh in 2016.“It’s an exciting time for these guys now that they’ve discovered they’re going to be going to a World Cup,” said head coach Graeme West.“It’s a bit of a younger side than the last one we took to Bangladesh. However, we have a very established, experienced batting group, with the likes of Kirstan Kallicharan and Emmanuel Stewart who went to the last World Cup.”West Indies will contest Group A of the preliminary round, alongside the likes of Kenya, South Africa and hosts New Zealand.They will raise the curtain on the tournament when they take on the Kiwis at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.West, who oversaw Under-19 tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe earlier this year, said it was crucial the Caribbean side made a strong start to the upcoming tournament.“(There will be a) lot more attention on the West Indies in this tournament, after the last tournament and title in Bangladesh,” the Englishman pointed out.“In the group stage, we’re in a very tough group as the number one seeds, so we’re going to have to hit the ground running, just to succeed in the group stage.”The squad will leave the region on December 28 and undergo a one-week camp in New Zealand prior to the start of the World Cup.Three players – batsman Brad Barnes, left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop and left-arm seamer Javier Spencer – have been named as reserves.SQUAD – Emmanuel Stewart (captain), Kirstan Kallicharan, Ronaldo Alimohammed, Alick Athanaze, Cephas Cooper, Jarion Hoyte, Kimani Melius, Ashmead Nedd, Kian Pemberton, Raymond Perez, Joshua Persaud, Jeavor Royal, Keagan Simmons, Bhaskar Yadram, Nyeem Young.last_img read more

Tie strengthens secondary

first_imgCoupling corners Allen Langford and Jake Ikegwuonu with the senior leadership of safeties Roderick Rogers and Joe Stellmacher, Wisconsin’s secondary last year was among the strongest in the nation. With the departure of Rogers and Stellmacher this year, the uncertainty at the safety position has become a concern for some.But not for members of the UW football team. “I look at it as a huge opportunity to showcase my talent and help this defense be better and the team be better,” sophomore defensive back Shane Carter said. “I never really looked at it as a challenge; things are challenging. At the same time, you attack challenges and make the best of your opportunities. I’m just as ready as I can (be) to help the defense.”Carter and fellow sophomore defensive back Aubrey Pleasant have stepped into the starting positions and are making strides. The two of them are finally getting a chance to play — and not just because Stellmacher and Rogers are gone. Pleasant has twice battled back from a tear in his labrum that hindered him much of the past year. Oddly enough, Carter missed a portion of last year with a torn labrum as well. This string of connections has made the two close. “We went through a lot,” Pleasant said. “I mean it was different having surgery during spring ball because everybody is still a little loose and can catch up, but having it during the season is a little different. We spent a lot of time together. We talked a lot together. We figured that next year, if we handle our business, we could start. We have a really close connection.”Carter added, “We grew close over that time not only as friends, but obviously doing the things we had to do with the medical staff and all those things.”Beyond Carter and Pleasant, Wisconsin has quite a bit of depth at the defensive back position. And with a healthy Pleasant and Carter, the secondary could even be deeper than last season’s. “We have a lot of great players back there that are ready to play and [are] hungry,” Carter said. “I know Kim (Royston) and Quincy (Landingham) that just came in, he could still be in high school and they’re just going out hard and trying to make plays. So I think all of us are going out there are eager to play and fill the position that Stell and Rod left.”While Carter and Pleasant are trying to shake off the rust from nearly six months of not playing, greyshirt freshman Landingham is learning the system for the first time.Needless to say, it has been a process. “It has been a big adjustment coming in trying to learn all the plays, all the coverages so fast,” Landingham said. “But I think if I keep on working at it everyday I’ll get better at it.”Playing doesn’t even stop for the greyshirt when he’s on the sidelines. “I just try to take mental reps, think about if I was out there, what would I be doing in the motion, what would I do when they come with this kind of route, and then (I) apply what I was thinking about,” Landingham said.Restored health and a strong relationship between Carter and Pleasant, along with some new faces, makes Wisconsin’s secondary a bit safer than many would anticipate.Practice notesThe defense prevented the offense from completing many passes down the field in the 11-on-11 drill. The play of the secondary was particularly notable. Second-teamers Kim Royston and Ben Strickland picked off Allan Evridge’s and Jon Erickson’s passes and ran them back before the offense could touch them up. … Joining Strickland and Royston in the second team’s defensive backfield were Josh Nettles and Jay Valai. … Former running back Jamil Walker looked comfortable working with coach Randall McCray and the defensive line. … Brandon Kelly remains out for disciplinary reasons and defensive lineman Justin Ostrowski didn’t dress (reason undisclosed).last_img read more

Barr through to 400m hurdle semis

first_img© IAAF That decision moved Barr up to 4th, and into the semi-finals which take place tomorrow night. Thomas Barr has qualified for the semi-finals of the 400 metre hurdles at the World Championships in dramatic fashion.Barr originally missed out on one of the four automatic qualification spots after finishing his heat in 5th place – one hundreth of a second from 4th.However Kyron McMaster who finished 2nd was later disqualified by officials, after replays showed he stepped on his inside line.last_img read more

Osage man faces numerous charges after high speed pursuit in Worth County

first_imgNORTHWOOD — An Osage man is under arrest after a high speed pursuit through Worth County.The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on Pheasant Avenue just south of Highway 105 just outside of Northwood on Tuesday. A pursuit then started heading south on Pheasant then east on 458th Street, south on Quince Avenue, and then east on 450th Street, with speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour. The pursuit ended with the truck being blocked in on Vine Avenue just north of 420th Street. 25-year-old Kaleb Sellers was arrested and faces numerous traffic violations including eluding, speeding and multiple counts of failing to obey a stop sign. He was transported and booked into the Worth County Jail.last_img read more