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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


Jim Boeheim’s developing texting game helps him relate to his team


first_imgBefore now-freshman walk-on Brendan Paul arrived at Syracuse, he attended a Cleveland Cavaliers game. The jumbotron showed his future coach, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim sitting in the stands. Paul sent Boeheim a text. “Cavs don’t look too good,” Paul recalled texting Boeheim. “Need help,” Boeheim texted back.Paul was confused. He thought maybe Boeheim himself was asking for help. He texted Buddy Boeheim, Jim’s son and Paul’s current roommate, to see what the coach meant. “Buddy told me his dad meant to say that the Cavs need help,” Paul recalled. “They can read into how he texts pretty well. Not all of us can see into that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim entered coaching long before the cell phone became commonplace. When the first iPhone was released, in 2007, he had been SU’s head coach for 32 seasons. He’s spent the entirety of his life without a personal computer, sticking to little notebooks in his back pocket. A telephone behind his desk functioned as his only personal phone until he bought a flip phone about 10 years ago. The Syracuse head coach of 43 seasons has slowly developed a texting method his three children lovingly mock. But his technological progression highlights how the oldest coach in Division I basketball (74 years old) relates to assistants and players in a growing age of technology. Every season, his players remain between 17 and 23 while he ages another year. He understands the importance of texting when he needs to get a message across: to recruits, coaches and players, giving him new ways to express himself.“His texting has gotten much better,” Buddy said. “He’s starting to send stickers, which are fun. He’s getting funny with his texts. I can send him memes and he can understand them. He gets the slang. He’ll ask me, ‘What’s up’ or abbreviate stuff.”TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerBoeheim’s style of texting is brief and colorful. In October, Jamie Boeheim popped off the couch and grabbed her iPhone in the other room. She considered her father’s texting style. “It’s so funny,” Jamie said. She scrolled through a recent text conversation with her dad. They usually exchange “I love you” messages and brief life updates. Plus the same sticker over and over: “Slay, slay, slay.”“He’s so bad with his phone,” said Jamie, a freshman women’s basketball player at the University of Rochester. “So bad.”Because his messages are brief, Boeheim texts back seemingly instantly. Former Syracuse star Wesley Johnson, now a player for the New Orleans Pelicans, said he texts Boeheim to check in every few months. “He replies mad quick,” Johnson said. “He’s pretty good.”If Boeheim’s going to text, he doesn’t send long messages. “Only a few words usually,” said Buddy, who noted his dad texts him, “Love you” and “Good day?” a few times per week. Assistant coaches and multiple players said “K” is the most frequent message he sends. But Jamie said her dad doesn’t know “K means throwing a little shade.” Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerOutside of the coaches and Buddy, Syracuse players rarely receive texts from their head coach. Walk-on Shaun Belbey said he’s never received or sent a single text to his coach. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle and freshman point guard Jalen Carey said they haven’t texted Boeheim since they committed to Syracuse. Boeheim will text his oldest son, Jimmy, a sophomore forward at Cornell, a “good luck” text before most games, including against Syracuse. Memes to family members are not uncommon, with SpongeBob Squarepants and Despicable Me among his favorites. Emojis are a rarity for Boeheim to use, but when assistant coach Allen Griffin got one, he was taken aback. “I usually get the ‘K.’ So I’m a ‘K’ guy,” Griffin said. “I haven’t moved up in the ranks for too many emojis or something like that.”Griffin said that if given the option to text or call, Boeheim texts. It saves time. He’s taught himself to text because he realized he needs to, and while screen time can interfere with his daily life, Boeheim said texting is convenient.“How he texts, talks to them, relates — that’s why he’s still doing this,” Griffin said. “The kids we bring in can relate to him just as much as he can relate to them. That’s huge when he’s recruiting and coaching 20-year-old kids.”When Joe Girard III verbally committed to Syracuse on Oct. 14, Boeheim texted him after the announcement. The two had exchanged occasional texts throughout Girard III’s recruitment.“Really happy here in the cuse! Hope you guys have a great night,” Boeheim said. Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBoeheim’s technological game has come a long way. About 10 years ago, the Syracuse coaches assembled into a coaches meeting at their practice facility. Boeheim’s flip phone buzzed. It was a good friend, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. After a brief conversation, Boeheim hung up. “The only two people in my contact list,” Boeheim told the coaches, “are Mike Krzyzewski and Juli (Boeheim’s wife).”SU director of basketball operations Kip Wellman bursted out laughing. His boss gravitated to a smartphone about five years ago, when all Wellman received was “K.” Now, Boeheim sends him three or four words per message. “It’s a good progression,” Wellman joked. While the Syracuse coaching staff doesn’t have a group chat, the Boeheim family does. Yet Boeheim himself isn’t part of it. He doesn’t own an iPhone, so the chat consists of Juli, Jamie, Buddy and Jimmy so they can use iMessage. They’ve been trying to get dad an iPhone for a few years. “He can be so stubborn,” Jimmy said. “Not sure he has a rationale.”Two years ago, the Boeheim family made their most aggressive attempt to make the switch: They bought him an iPhone for Christmas. When Boeheim saw the package, he wasn’t happy. He made them take it back to the store. “I just want to get him an iPhone by the end of the year maybe,” Buddy said. “I might have to get him that for Christmas (again).”Asst. Sports Copy Editor Anthony Dabbundo contributed reporting to this story Comments Published on December 23, 2018 at 9:43 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


RBC Heritage picks, sleepers for daily fantasy golf contests and betting advice


first_imgMORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | RBC Heritage DFS strategyThere is certainly a ‘type” of golfer that tends to win at this event with shorter, accuracy-based players who have great short games usually playing well. We can clearly see this when we list off the last few winners of this event: Satoshi Kodaira, Wesley Bryan, Branden Grace, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, Carl Pettersson, Brandt Snedeker, and Jim Furyk. So, while this event is surprisingly loaded with some nice talent, including Dustin Johnson, Francesco Molinari, Xander Schauffelle, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Tommy Fleetwood, and Jordan Spieth, don’t be afraid to go deeper down the card and look for players who fit the course mold a little bit better.Before we get into this week’s picks, we have to point out that plenty of strategy goes into cashing winning DFS lineups and winning betting tickets. By now you should know the best place to start is RotoQL’s DFS tools and the BetQL Mobile App. Our easy-to-use RotoQL PGA Lineup Optimizer gives you a big advantage when you’re putting together DFS lineups, and our BetQL Trending Picks and Public Betting tools provide a massive edge when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size.I’m always ready to help, too, so check me out on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy content and gambling advice.Key StatsStrokes Gained: ApproachDriving AccuracyScramblingPar 4 ScoringRBC Heritage picks (Daily Fantasy Golf)DFS Core Plays to Consider:  Top Tier: Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Webb SimpsonMid-Tier: Si-Woo Kim, Sungjae Im, Branden Grace, Cam Smith, Russell KnoxValue Plays: Emiliano Grillo, Matt Wallace, Russell Henley, Trey Mullinax, Brian GayRBC Heritage betting adviceOutright Bets to Consider*odds via DraftKings SportsbookSi Woo Kim 45/1This is a week where I’m going to completely fade the top of this field and look to take some shots on players with deeper odds. We see deeper winners of this event virtually every season, and there is a ton of value to be had taking four-to-six players in the 40/1-and-over range. Starting us off will be Kim. Kim is a player who I love to take on accuracy-based courses, and he has a great track record on Pete Dye layouts. He posted a second-place finish last season, and many people forget that despite being a poor putter, he has one of the best short games on the PGA Tour. Odds of 45/1 are great value for a player who has won in elite fields in the past and is an ideal course fit.Russell Knox 55/1Knox is another player who is a great course fit for Harbour Town and who has an excellent track record at Pete Dye courses. Knox isn’t long off the tee, but he is pretty accurate, which translates well for this layout. Knox posted a T2 finish here in 2016, so we know the upside is there. Getting 55/1 is nice value for a multiple PGA Tour winner.Matt Wallace 80/1 Before we break down the RBC Heritage, let’s take one more moment to look back on our huge win last week with Tiger Woods. Tiger’s victory last week at Augusta will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in sports history and betting on him at 14/1 is just the icing on the cake. We’ve now hit two winners in the last three weeks — Woods at 14/1 and Kevin Kisner at 66/1 at the WGC-Match Play — so followers of this article should have their bankroll set for the rest of the season (and be doing well in daily fantasy golf). With that being said, let’s try to keep things rolling this week at the RBC Heritage.The RBC Heritage is played at the Pete Dye designed Harbour Town Golf Links, which measures out to a 7,100-yard, Par-71 layout. Harbour Town is a classic Pete Dye design in that it rewards precision over power and is one of the more difficult courses on tour. Harbour Town is a tight  course, with tree-lined fairways, deep bunkers, and the smallest greens on the entire Tour. Most players will look to club down off the tee to try and keep the ball in the fairway and out of the trees. This will leave the majority of approach shots within the 175-225-yard range for the majority of the field, so key in on that yardage range for your strokes gained: approach models. As I mentioned, the greens at Harbour Town are incredibly small, so even the best of ball strikings are bound to miss a few greens; making scrambling and strokes gained: around the green two of the most important statistics to focus on. Wallace struggled in his Masters debut last week, but we are going to get him at great 80/1 value this week at Harbour Town. This is a bet based on pure talent, and 80/1 in this field is just too low for someone who has multiple wins on the European tour over the past 24 months. I also like adding in a top-10 bet at +800.Luke List 100/1List is a guy who I never play in DFS and will rarely bet on, but this is the perfect type of event/course at which he can finally get that breakthrough win. Despite being extremely long off the tee, List typically performs better at shorter courses where he is forced to club down off the tee, and he has a nice track record at Pete Dye courses over his career, including a T3 showing here last year.last_img read more