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ICC World Cup West Indies need to follow England’s footsteps to build team for 2023 World Cup: Carlos Brathwaite


first_imgLondon: Swashbuckling all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite believes West Indies need to follow in the footsteps of England and rebuild the team over the next four years after failing to make the semi-finals at the ongoing World Cup. After starting with a bang against Pakistan, West Indies ended their campaign with a 23-run win over minnows Afghanistan to register only their second win in the tournament.”As a team, we need to regroup. We have some time off, some aching bodies will get time to recuperate and then it’s about finding ways and combinations to compete and win series,” Brathwaite said.”Hopefully we can take that winning mentality into the next World Cup. If you look at 2015 and what England did after the World Cup, they have built straight up to the 2019 World Cup and it’s paying dividends.”I don’t know off the field what the plans are for the 2023 World Cup but I think it’s something we need to look at and build towards that.”West Indies came close to winning against New Zealand when Brathwaite had hit a brilliant century, but fell short by five runs. They also suffered a narrow defeat against Australia.”There is disappointment in the changing rooms at not making the final four but we’re thankful for the good performances,” said Brathwaite, who returned with a four-wicket haul at Headingley.”Sheldon Cottrell had a fantastic tournament and at times like these it’s easy to let those things go missing. But as a team we came together, we highlighted the guys that we thought had good performances and the guys that didn’t will take the lessons and come back from it so we can start to win bilateral series leading up to the next World Cup.”Meanwhile, Shai Hope, who was adjudged player-of-the-match for his 77 in West Indies’ 23-run win on Thursday, said the tournament was definitely a learning experience for his side after registering just two wins from nine games.”It was definitely a learning experience, something I will never forget. Playing each game in this format you obviously have to be the better team on the day to progress in the tournament,” Hope said.”Regardless of what happens in any team we have to go out there and play cricket.”Hope too agreed with Barthwaite that it is now time for West Indies to rebuild the team for the next World Cup.”We’ve got to improve from this experience, I’m sure we are going to use this is as a platform for the next four years so we can have something stronger and build more momentum,” he said.”In a tournament like this you have to play your best game each game. If you muck up you are basically out of the tournament.”Hope, who scored a century in each innings when West Indies defeated England by five wickets in Leeds two years ago, said he loved batting at Headingley.”Two years ago I had some fun batting and it’s just nice to get out and perform again here. I’m not sure what it is, the wicket, the atmosphere. Whatever the case may be, I’m happy to bat here,” the wicket-keeper said. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Wisconsin working on manufacturing goals


first_imgDefenseman Brendan Smith and the UW men\’s hockey team have to find a way to get the \’garbage\’ goals they need.[/media-credit]On Nov. 7 the Wisconsin men’s hockey team outshot Minnesota 47-28. Two weeks later, UW owns a 39-25 shots on goal advantage over St. Cloud State. This weekend at Michigan, the Badgers outshot the Wolverines 41-35.All three of those games were losses.Wisconsin lost 5-2, 4-1 and 3-2 in those three matchups. But that’s been the trend for the Badgers this season: play evenly with — or in some cases, outplay — the opponent and end up with the “L.”UW is 8-0 when scoring at least four goals this season; the team is 0-5-1 when scoring less than four. When they win, the Badgers outscore their opponents by an average of 3.9 goals. When they lose, it’s not by much; of the team’s five losses, three were by one goal.Don’t call head coach Mike Eaves’ team a “boom or bust” squad though.“As a matter of fact, we’ve played pretty well. The challenge has been for us to finish, to score goals,” Eaves said. “If we were to take that whole spectrum of boom or bust, I don’t think that’s an honest perspective of how we’ve played.”Despite the fact UW is eighth in the nation in scoring offense with 3.71 goals per game, Wisconsin can’t seem to score — despite averaging 40.2 shots on goal — in losses. By comparison, UW gets 39.4 SOG in its wins. The Badgers average 5.25 goals in wins and 1.7 goals in losses.So what’s the difference? Eaves simply attributed the discrepancy to the flow of the game.“There’s an offensive rhythm that exists in all athletics, whether you’re a baseball player, whether you’re a hockey player, whether you’re a basketball player,” he said. “You get in that rhythm, and it seems like you can make everything and you get out of that rhythm and it seems like you can’t put the puck in the ocean.”So to make sure those funks don’t affect the team in the standings, Eaves had his players work on “manufacturing goals” in practice. He compared the process to manufacturing runs in baseball — using bunts and sacrifice flies to score.“In hockey, that same analogy can be made for, you know what, you’ve got to get to the net, you’ve got to get to the dirty areas; you’ve got to get tips and rebounds and find a way to score those kind of goals,” Eaves said.“You’ll have your games where we don’t have our bounces, the puck just doesn’t go in the net, the goalie’s hot or whatnot,” defenseman Brendan Smith added. “I guess the one thing we’ve been talking about is when this happens, and we can’t produce goals for some reason … we have to manufacture our goals by putting somebody in front of the net and making tips and going to the hard areas, where instead of making a pretty goal, we get all these garbage goals.”Those are exactly the kind of goals UW hasn’t seemed to be able to get consistently, despite its philosophy of firing pucks on net and getting rebounds.Sometimes it’s been bad luck, other times it’s been a hot opposing goaltender. Sometimes it’s been both, like when St. Cloud’s Mike Lee just barely got the toe of his skate over in time to deflect what UW forward Jordy Murray thought was an empty net.Wisconsin goaltender Scott Gudmandson gets a head-on view of the Wisconsin offense and said he sees a pattern in the Badgers’ wins and losses.“I look at the difference between some of the games where we scored seven goals, and some of the games where we only scored two and lost by a goal — I think the biggest difference was we were shooting a lot more from the outside in those [losses],” he said. “We’ll still be generating a lot of shots, but we’re making it a little bit easier on the goalies.“When we’re scoring six, seven goals a game, we’re going to the net hard, we’re getting bodies in front of the net and generating a lot of scoring chances.”So in practice Tuesday, Eaves had two defensemen and two forwards in the slot while another player fired shots on net. If the forwards couldn’t tip the puck in, the other players were set up around the net to poke in any rebounds.The Badgers hope by manufacturing their own goals, they can turn some of those 2-3 losses into 3-2 wins. UW’s smallest margin of victory this season was two goals, and Smith thinks getting some dirty goals to win those close games could do a lot for the team’s confidence.“I think games where you can pull out a close game and win is huge — it shows that we had that character to push it that much further and win,” he said. “It’s easy to win a game 7-1 where everything’s going your way; it’s hard to win a game where it’s 2-1.“When you win a game 2-1, you feel good, you feel even a little bit more because you put that much effort to win by 2-1.”last_img read more


76ers fire head coach Brett Brown


first_img Source: ESPN The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Brett Brown on Monday, sources tell ESPN.Brown’s dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval for the 76ers, whose senior leadership — including general manager Elton Brand — will begin exploring changes in the front office structure, sources said.The franchise’s plan is that Brand will continue to oversee basketball operations, sources tell ESPN.Among the Sixers senior leadership, there’s still a strong desire to keep the franchise’s two young All-Stars — Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons — together, sources said. The Sixers are determined to let a new coaching staff search for ways to maximize Embiid and Simmons together before even entering into a discussion on trade scenarios.Brand met with Brown on Sunday night in Orlando and conducted exit interviews with players before traveling back to Philadelphia on Monday morning after the Boston Celticscompleted a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference first-round series. This was the 76ers’ third straight playoff appearance under Brown, but the loss of Simmons in the seeding games to a knee injury and surgery was a significant blow to their playoff chances.Brown is still owed several million dollars on the remainder of his contract.The Sixers plan for a head coach will focus on LA Clippers assistant Ty Lue, sources said. Lue won a championship in 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach, and his ability to challenge and command the respect of high-level players makes him attractive to the Sixers — and others — in this job market.Another possible candidate the Sixers are expected to gauge interest in, sources said: Villanova’s two-time national championship coach, Jay Wright.The search is expected to expand beyond those two candidates, but Lue fits the profile of an extremely limited pool of candidates with championship, playoff and high-profile star coaching experience.Brown is well-respected figure inside and outside the organization and credited with shepherding the franchise through the darkness of The Process and eventually into Eastern Conference playoff contention. After seven seasons on the job, there was a sense that the organization had gone as far as it could with Brown — a decision that he privately expected his superiors to reach short of a deep playoff run, sources said.The Sixers reached the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2019, losing on a Game 7 buzzer-beater in overtime to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors.The 76ers made dramatic roster moves in the past two years — including acquiring and then moving All-Star Jimmy Butler to Miami — and have a payroll and luxury tax bill projected to be among the highest in league history for 2020-2021.last_img read more