first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder said there was no “quick fix” to his side’s batting problems, after they collapsed in the second session on the fourth day to lose the decisive second Test by 257 runs here Monday.Set an improbable 468 for victory at Sabina Park, the home side were 145 for four at lunch, before losing their last six wickets for 65 runs to be all out for 210 in their second innings, half-hour before tea.West Indies were dismissed in their first innings for 117 and it followed their dismal showing in the second innings of the Antigua first Test when they were bundled out for 100 – their sixth lowest-ever total against India.“I don’t think it’s a quick fix. I think it’s a situation in the Caribbean where we are not really spoilt for choice in terms of batsmen coming through the region,” Holder said.“We have got to put things in place to make sure we keep developing players, make sure players are doing the right thing to be successful at this level.Experienced West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite (centre) … managed just 28 runs from four innings in the series.“There is still a lot more emphasis to be put on franchise level and first-class cricket, and that’s where we are going to build players. They’ve got experience and scenario-based experience, and when they come on to (play) Test cricket, it becomes a little bit easier.”There was a complete failure of the batting group throughout the series with none of the specialist batsman averaging over 18.Shamarh Brooks, in only his second Test after making his debut in the Antigua match, was the only West Indies batsman to get a half-century in the series when he made exactly 50 on Monday’s fourth day.Experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite had an especially wretched series, scraping 28 runs from four innings. He averages 12 over his last nine Tests.Holder said it was important now that players took the time to examine their games during the next few months.“It’s a tough question and we don’t have any answers as yet (to the batting woes),” Holder noted.“I think it’s an individual thing and we need to pay special attention during this off period. We have a bit of time off and it’s up to the guys to take ownership of their individual games.”However, Holder was full of praise for the bowling group, especially the fast bowlers who shouldered the bulk of responsibility during the series.Seamer Kemar Roach was outstanding but bowled without much luck to grab nine wickets at 22 runs apiece while Holder finished with eight wickets, also at an average of 22.“Kemar has been outstanding. I said to him in the dressing room and generally that he is one of my motivating factors. To see the effort that he comes and gives it just really pushes me,” Holder pointed out.“Shannon (Gabriel) went off in this game and we had Miguel (Cummins) going off in the last game so it wasn’t an ideal situation for us as fast bowlers. We’ve been in the field every single day except for this day so it’s been a situation where it’s been a heavy workload on the fast bowlers.“But every single time I called on Kemar, every single time I called on Shannon they’ve never said no and for me that’s been motivating enough. Ideally, I wouldn’t have liked to bowl so many overs but that’s just how the game has gone.“Somebody has to bowl the overs. It’s a situation where we’ve got to put our heads together as a bowling unit and get the job done.”West Indies were completely outplayed in the series and have now gone 17 years without a single Test win over the powerful Indians.Holder said, though, the home side had reaped success in the recent past so, though the series result was disappointing, there should not be cause for despair.“I think in Test cricket we’ve done reasonably well over the last two or three years,” Holder contended.“This is a bad series for us obviously but we’ve had lots of success in Test cricket, not primarily winning series but we’ve won quite a few Test matches in the last two or three years, so I’m not too disheartened by the Test performance.“I think we’ve got enough in this Test group to encourage us to keep going. We’ve just got to put it together more often than not. We’ve got match-winners with the ball and we’ve been finding one or two bright spots with the bat but just not consistency.”last_img read more

first_imgSenior outside hitter Niki Withers has racked up 266 kills for USC this year as the team wraps up the regular season this week. Photo by Kaan Demiroz | Daily TrojanThis week, the No. 13 women’s volleyball team will travel up to Eugene, Ore., to face No. 24 Oregon on Wednesday before battling No. 19 UCLA at the Galen Center on Saturday in the team’s final home match of the regular season. The Women of Troy (21-8, 13-5 Pac-12) started out the season unranked and were tabbed to finish sixth in the conference by Pac-12 coaches. At 13-5, they’re sitting in second place in the conference. If they can pick up wins against the Ducks (16-10, 9-9 Pac-12) and the Bruins (17-10, 10-8 Pac-12), second place is as good as theirs with Washington and Utah tied for third at 12-6.Oregon is 11-4 at home this season, and USC is 8-5 on the road. Going into Wednesday’s match, the Ducks carry a three-match losing streak, and while the Women of Troy did have a five-match win streak, it came to an end against No. 4 Stanford last weekend. The team rebounded by sweeping Cal two days later. To pick up a win in Eugene, USC must stop senior outside hitter Taylor Agost. Against both Washington schools, Agost put up a team-high 36 kills while recording a .289 hitting percentage. Her 25 kills against the Cougars was a season high. She is the team’s go-to hitter, with 288 kills on the season. Right behind Agost is sophomore middle blocker Ronika Stone, who had a season-high 18 kills against the Cougars and 25 kills on the weekend. After playing the Ducks, the Women of Troy will head back to Los Angeles and the friendly confines of the Galen Center. USC has lost its final regular season match to the Bruins in the last three seasons.But earlier this season, the Women of Troy opened up conference play with a riveting five-set victory over the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion. After falling behind 2-1, then-No. 21 USC won the final two sets to top No. 11 UCLA(25-21, 15-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-11). It was the fourth time in the last six matches between the rivals to go five sets. Senior opposite hitter Brittany Abercrombie led all hitters with a then-career-high 18 kills. She topped that for a career-high 19 kills against?Washington in October. Sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier was right behind her with 17 kills. UCLA dominated defensively at the net, putting up 11 blocks to USC’s four, but despite the strong defense, the Women of Troy produced a .251 hitting percentage.UCLA will be coming off a Wednesday match against Oregon State. Last weekend, the Bruins split two matches in Northern California, losing to Stanford in five sets but sweeping Cal. USC is 10-1 at home this season, while UCLA is 7-6 on the road. To snatch a win over their crosstown rival, the Women of Troy will have to limit the Bruins’ strong offense led by senior outside hitter Reily Buechler, freshman outside hitter Jenny Mosser, sophomore middle blocker Madeleine Gates and freshman outside hitter Mac May. All four attackers have more than 240 kills on the season. Buechler, with 342 kills, is the only player with more than 300 kills. Mosser is close, sitting at 294 kills on the season. USC has three hitters — Lanier, Abercrombie, senior outside hitter Niki Withers — with more than 265 kills on the season. Lanier leads the Women of Troy with 378, followed by Abercrombie’s 354 kills. Wins against the Ducks and Bruins should set up the Women of Troy in strong position for the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will take place Nov. 26. The road to Kansas City for the national championship starts Nov. 30 with first-round matches. First serve against the Bruins will be at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center Saturday.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Zaidi, 37, was previously the Oakland A’s assistant general manager. He joined the Athletics as a baseball operations analyst in 2005 before holding the title of director of baseball operations from 2009-13.Byrnes, 44, had been without a job since he was fired as the San Diego Padres’ general manager in June. Before he was the GM in Arizona (2005-10) and San Diego (2011-14), Byrnes was an assistant GM in Colorado (1999-2002) and Boston (2003-05).Along with Friedman, 37, the new trio brings extensive front-office experience to their new jobs in Los Angeles. But they must answer a large question. Specifically: How will three men who have never managed a payroll of more than $100 million manage the highest payroll in baseball history?Zaidi will meet with the media Friday at Dodger Stadium.The Dodgers are still without an amateur scouting director. San Diego Padres scouting director Billy Gasparino has been linked to the job in several reports. The Dodgers announced the hires of general manager Farhan Zaidi and senior vice president, baseball operations Josh Byrnes on Thursday.The announcement, which had been in the works for several days, provides some clarity as to how the front office will be structured under Stan Kasten and Andrew Friedman.“Farhan’s primary focus will be the Major League team and player acquisitions while Josh will concentrate on the oversight of scouting and player development,” Friedman said in a statement released by the Dodgers. “However, they will both work closely with me on all aspects of baseball operations in our efforts to make the Dodgers’ front office and team the best it can possibly be.”Thursday’s announcement cements the leadership roles in Dodgers’ new-look baseball operations department. It is a markedly different structure from the previous regime, in which general manager Ned Colletti led the department. Zaidi and Byrnes will report to Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations.last_img read more

first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY AT TANNADICE: NEIL Lennon declared himself “very happy” today after Celtic thumped Dundee United 4-0 here to book their place in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup.The match had been evenly balanced until the 28th minute when United’s Robbie Neilson was sent off after barging Celt’s Georgios Samaras in the face with his elbow.Defender Neilson had already been booked for a dirty challenge on the big Greek, but his elbow offence produced a straight red card. After that Celtic produced a stunning second half agains the ten men of United.Joe Ledley fired home the 53rd-minute opener, Samaras headed in the second, while Anthony Stokes fired in the third after a great Ledley pass.Scott Brown hit home a late penalty as the Hoops rounded off what could have been a more tricky fixture.It was good to see Paddy McCourt back in the Celtic side. He came on with around ten minutes to go – always a crowd pleaser. Neil Lennon admitted afterwards that it had been a tough week for him after the death of his close friend Paul McBride, the Hoops lawyer.And it was other events off the pitch was causing the usual media frenzy – Rangers and their financial woes.Lennon revealed that he had cancelled his pre-match press conference as he accused elements of the media (and he is right in what he says) of trying to get Celtic to comment on their Ibrox rivals.“We decided not to hold a press conference this week because of all the nonsense going on elsewhere,” Lennon said in an interview with the BBC.“People accusing our club of trying to put people out of work at Rangers. It’s in the hands of our legal team and it’s probably best not to talk about it. “(We want to) get our heads down and we want to talk about football. A lot of media outlets will be disappointed because we won’t be speaking to them.“We’ll do our speaking through the club. I’m angry but I’ll deal with it in my own way.”Meanwhile Mr McBride, 47, an acclaimed courtroom lawyer, was found dead in his hotel room in Lahore last Sunday. A post mortem found there were no suspicious circumstances. He will be laid to rest at St Conval’s in Barrhead tomorrow.* Celtic will play either St Mirren or Hearts in the semi-final at Hampden on April 14th or 15th. ? 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on? us on HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC EASE PAST DUNDEE UNITED IN THE CUP was last modified: March 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC EASE PAST DUNDEE UNITED IN THE CUPlast_img read more