Green blow for Thunder as spinner’s action is ruled illegal

first_imgSYDNEY Thunder were jolted yesterday when spinner Chris Green was suspended from bowling for at least 90 days in Cricket Australia competitions due to an illegal delivery action.Green was withdrawn from the Thunder team hours before the Big Bash League clash with the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.Cricket Australia said Green was reported by umpires Nathan Johnstone and Mike Graham-Smith and third umpire Paul Wilson after a BBL match against the Stars at Sydney Showground Stadium on Thursday, January 2.His off-spin action was tested on Sunday at the National Cricket Centre near Brisbane, and Cricket Australia said results came through yesterday and were relayed to Green and the Thunder.In a media statement, Cricket Australia said: “Green will be unable to bowl for a minimum of 90 days in Cricket Australia-run competitions, effective immediately. He will be permitted to play as a batter should the Thunder or Cricket NSW desire and can also play premier cricket (including bowl) under the supervision and with the consent of Cricket NSW during his suspension.“After the 90-day suspension has elapsed, Green will be eligible to undergo testing once again with a view to returning to bowling.”As well as his Thunder commitments, Green has signed up for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is due to head to England to captain the Birmingham Bears in the domestic T20 Blast later this year.Thunder coach Shane Bond backed Green, saying: “He’s an important part of our future and the club will support him through this process.”last_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse’s dominance in individual battles adds to potent offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Relation to SU Current StudentEmployee of SUAlumniParent of Current/Former StudentLocal CNY ResidentOther Sign up for The Daily Orange Newsletter Email Address * “If we know our matchups, we can take our matchups and get a goal out of it,” Meaghan Tyrrell said.Instinct stems from lacrosse IQ, Gait said. Syracuse does one-on-one drills regularly, and through that they’ve learned to observe things like the defender’s body positioning.Depending on whether the defender’s hips are open or square, Syracuse’s attacks can select the best one-on-one move for that scenario. Tyrrell utilizes split, roll and topside dodges, she said, but it’s all about each player’s preference.“Whatever they practice the most, that’s how they get in,” Swart said.Midway through the first half against Colgate, Rahal intercepted a pass at Syracuse’s 30-yard line. Immediately, she felt a Raiders defender contesting the ball, but she rotated away and sprinted from the pressure. Rahal’s individual skill sparked a counterattack where the Orange scored through Tyrrell.The spin is Rahal’s signature move in one-on-one situations. She didn’t even know she utilized the move so frequently until her teammates told her. When the defense is forcing her one way, her body naturally tells her to spin the other way, she said.“Mary (Rahal) is a spin-move queen,” Swart said.The Orange’s one-on-one play sets up for the offense to run as an entire unit. Leading-scorer Emily Hawryschuk tends to draw the best defender, Carney said, leaving one-on-one opportunities for her, Tyrrell, Swart and others.Playing against a lot of teams that like to play man-to-man defense helps that one-on-one game as well, Gait said. Because the team capitalizes on one-on-one opportunities, that opens up things like the extra pass, Swart said.“The individual talent,” Gait said, “It just builds into the team talent.” Comments Published on March 10, 2020 at 11:04 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 From the left edge of the 8-meter arc, Megan Carney stutter-stepped and swung her stick side-to-side. She squared her hips with Northwestern’s Liza Elder and spun counterclockwise. Then, the Orange attack sprinted toward the top of the arc and cut back.Elder was caught. Yards behind the play, she could only watch as Carney scored with ease.Carney’s individual effort gave the Orange a 3-2 lead midway through the first half against the then-No. 6 Wildcats on Feb. 22. This season, SU’s offense has been largely characterized by individual talent — moments like Carney’s goal. Through eight games, No. 4 Syracuse (7-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) has scored 137 times, 70 of which have been unassisted. The structure of SU’s offense lends to a lot of flips and small passes that don’t statistically count as assists, head coach Gary Gait said. Regardless, those unassisted goals still emphasize an element of the Orange’s offense — an innate ability to overpower opponents by winning one-on-one matchups.“Our offense is very unique,” Gait said. “We freelance a little bit and make decisions and let our players decide when they get a step on the (opponent).”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEmily Steinberger | Design EditorA few weeks before Carney’s goal, Gait brought in an outside company called Shake School to help the Orange improve their dodging and footwork. It’s very difficult to teach players how to do a “shoulder shimmy” or a deceptive move, Gait said, but Shake School created drills to help his players improve their one-on-one skills. Against Northwestern, Carney put those skills to work.“Being able to turn around and go the other way quickly,” Carney said. “(It) just gets the defender shaken up.”The ability to “shake n’ bake” a defender stems back to film review, Carney said. Before game day, when Syracuse scouts opposing teams, they keep an eye on potential mismatches. Typically, they have two film sessions before practice that last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.“Players watch to identify the quality and the level of the defender they’re going to be potentially up against,” Gait said. “It’s really about being prepared.”Even if it’s not a mismatch, knowing about the defender gives an attack assurance, Carney said. That decision of whether or not to challenge a defender one-on-one, and what move to do, is one based on instinct, junior Sam Swart and redshirt senior Mary Rahal said. It’s made in the moment, Rahal said, and it’s about finding a balance between when to be unselfish and when to be selfish. * * indicates requiredlast_img read more

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Noah Fant, Mark Andrews, Jared Cook affect Week 15 TE rankings

first_imgWeek 15 tight end rankings could be in more injury flux, with Noah Fant, Mark Andrews, Jared Cook, and Ryan Griffin all failing to finish their games Sunday. That could make Hayden Hurst a popular waiver wire pickup for Week 15 and more fantasy playoff matchups. We have the latest updates below. For updates on injured QBs Patrick Mahomes, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady, click here; for news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for updates on injured TEs Gerald Everett, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen, go here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNoah Fant injury updateFant had already surpassed 100 yards and scored a touchdown when he needed to be carted off Sunday due to a foot injury. There was no update provided after the game on Fant’s status.With Drew Lock looking like a competent NFL quarterback and a favorable matchup against the Chiefs coming up in Week 15, Fant fit in as a streamable tight end before his injury. We wouldn’t be as excited about Jeff Heuerman if Fant misses that game, but he’s still a potential stream depending on your QB situation. WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsMark Andrews injury newsAndrews left Sunday’s game in Buffalo with what was termed a right knee injury. Afterward, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported it’s a “contusion between his thigh and knee” and is “nothing major.”The Ravens play on Thursday Night Football in Week 15, so it will be a quick turnaround for Andrews. If he’s out, expect Hayden Hurst to get his down-the-seam targets while Nick Boyle should also be more involved in the red zone. Hurst is an easy plug-and-play replacement for Andrews’ owners.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endJared Cook concussion updateIf you played Cook on Sunday, you were happy as he caught two first-half touchdowns. But on the second score he suffered a concussion and didn’t return. His availability for Monday Night Football in Week 15 will depend on clearing concussion protocol.Josh Hill caught a touchdown after Cook exited Sunday, and Taysom Hill saw a ton of run as a nominal tight end, as well. There’s really no reason to plan on playing either in Week 15 (unless fantasy sites decided Taysom Hill can qualify at TE now).WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPP Ryan Griffin injury updateGriffin was rolled up on early in Sunday’s game and left with an ankle injury. He didn’t return. Adam Gase only confirmed after the game that it’s an ankle injury for Griffin, providing no further comment.MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsThe Jets play on Thursday night against the Ravens, which might mean Griffin is held out in Week 15. Daniel Brown played 60-of-69 snaps as Griffin’s replacement but was only targeted twice and is off the fantasy radar. Griffin owners should try and beat Andrews owners to Hayden Hurst on the waiver wire.last_img read more