Scotland earns call-up for U19 World Cup qualifier

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, (CMC) – Fourteen-year-old Marcus Scotland has been rewarded for a string of top performances with the bat in England by being named in Bermuda’s squad of 14 players for an ICC Under-19 World Cup qualifier in Canada next month.Scotland, whose late grandfather Rupert Scotland, a top cricketer, came to Bermuda from Antigua, is currently in Surrey’s youth programme.Scotland struck his highest score so far when he made 174 not out for Surrey Under-14 County Age Group in his team’s match against Cambridgeshire Under-14s last weekend.The score followed Scotland’s first century five days earlier against Sussex Under-14s when he scored 100 not out. It takes his total to 554 runs in 11 innings this season with two 50s and two centuries, all not out.Bermuda will face Canada and the United States in the qualifier, starting in Toronto on July 17. The winners will advance to the Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand next year.National coach Clay Smith said: “This was a very difficult team to select, but I want to thank all the players for their efforts. The team is fairly young, but very talented, and I have no doubt they will put their best foot forward … and do us all proud.”Announcing the team on Friday, Bermuda Cricket Board president Lloyd Fray said: “I am very pleased with the intensity and quality of the preparation for this squad.“Bermuda first qualified for the Under-19 World Cup 10 years ago in Toronto, so hopefully we will see history repeat itself this year.”SQUAD – Dalin Richardson (captain), Nzari Painter (vice-captain), Alje Richardson, Amori Dean Simons, Cameron Jeffers, Jabari Darrell, Jade Morrissey, Marcus Scotland, Najiyah Raynor, Nirobi Smith Mills, Q’Shai Darrell, Ras Solomon Burrows, Rudi Butterfield, Jaiden Manders.last_img read more

Wisconsin ends regular season

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe Badgers have their title. Now they want to keep it all to themselves.A full game up on second-place Purdue entering the final weekend of Big Ten play, all Wisconsin needs to do to clinch an outright league championship and the top seed in next week?s conference tournament is to beat last place Northwestern.?We want this to ourselves,? forward Brian Butch said. ?We don?t want to share it. We have some work still to do.?On paper, it looks to be a total mismatch. First place against last place. Fifteen conference wins versus just one. Tenth-ranked nationally opposed to 11th-ranked in the Big Ten.But the wild card in the matchup is the game?s venue.Despite the fact that Northwestern?s Welsh-Ryan Arena seats just over 8,000 and a strong contingent of Wisconsin fans will likely make the short drive to the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill., the Badgers always seem to have a tough go of it playing in the place that reminds some players of a high school gym.Since 2001, when Bo Ryan took over as head coach, Wisconsin is 2-3 against Northwestern in Evanston. Even in UW?s most recent visit, a mid-January 56-50 victory for the Badgers last season, Northwestern played Wisconsin tough.?I don?t know why it is,? guard Jason Bohannon said. ?We got the win there last year, but it was a tough win.?It?s a small arena, but a lot of us have played in small arenas in high school. ? I don?t know what it is ? Northwestern just has that much more momentum at home, I guess.?As much of a factor in UW?s troubles with Northwestern over the years in Welsh-Ryan is the Wildcats? 1-3-1 zone defense and Princeton-style offense that emphasizes ball control and back cuts for easy baskets.More complicated for the Badgers is the fact that they only have two days to prepare for the Wildcats and all the quirks they present.?You?d like to have more time to prepare for a team like Northwestern, but that?s the way it is,? Ryan said after the team?s Thursday practice. ?I thought with as quick a turnaround (between games) ? the scout team gave us a pretty good look here today.?Northwestern extends the zone out and makes the opposing offenses do things they aren?t used to and otherwise normally don?t do. Unlike the more traditional zone defenses ? the 2-3 and 3-2 varieties ? the Northwestern defense isn?t as easy to make cross-court skip passes to open shooters against.?They force passes you?re not used to making,? Bohannon said. ?It?s always diagonal passes that are the dangerous ones, and they force those a little more than passes from guard to guard.?In the teams? first meeting of the season ? a 62-50 Wisconsin win Jan. 19 ? the Badgers had trouble staying patient and dissecting the Northwestern defense. Wisconsin turned the ball over 15 times against the zone and only had 13 assists for the game. The UW guards were particularly poor at keeping the ball safe, as Bohannon, Michael Flowers and Trevon Hughes each committed three turnovers.If Wisconsin doesn?t beat itself with turnovers, its defense should be stingy enough to keep Northwestern at arms? length.Over the last two weeks, the Badgers have played their best defense of the season, holding Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State to 53, 42 and 41 points, respectively.Against Penn State, Wisconsin limited the Nittany Lions to 0.72 points per possession, a number Ryan said was one of the best ever for any of his teams.?As the season goes on, I think [the defense] has a chance to improve even more, which is scary,? UW assistant coach Howard Moore said. ?We?re doing a good job holding teams out of what they like to do ? keeping people out of their comfort zone. It?s been a collective thing.?last_img read more

NFL picks, predictions for Week 16: Ravens punish Browns; Saints handle Titans; Chiefs cruise

first_imgGreen Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-4)Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPNThe Vikings are capable of beating the Packers at home without Dalvin Cook, but if the running back plays through his shoulder injury against Green Bay’s shaky run defense, Minnesota will be in good shape. The Packers will find some spots for chunk yardage as they always do with Aaron Rodgers, but the Vikings, motivated to challenge for the NFC North title and make a deep playoff run, are clicking at the right time.Pick: Vikings 26, Packers 24 We only have a couple weeks left of NFL regular-season game picks. Yet the end-of-year schedule allows no mercy when it comes to the tricky nature of these predictions.Only two Week 16 games opened with double digit point spreads. The Ravens are 10-point favorites over the Browns, and the Seahawks are 10-point favorites over the Cardinals. The rest of the schedule features a blend of toss-up games and matchups that exist not to impact the playoff picture, but to ruin our chances at a perfect week of picks. For example, the Texans, Steelers, Redskins, Dolphins and Cowboys were favored by a field goal or less against the Buccaneers, Jets, Giants, Bengals and Eagles, respectively. Of course, we’re used to the toss-ups by now. Bring them on for a couple more weeks.Here are our Week 16 NFL picks straight up, all the way through the Monday night game in Minnesota. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice from Sports InsiderNFL picks, predictions for Week 16Houston Texans (-2) at Tampa Bay BuccaneersSaturday, 1 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkWith a red-hot Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers have scored 35 or more points three times during their four-game winning streak. Which good considering their defense allows 28.4 points per game. The latter stat is good news for the Texans as they try to maintain their AFC South lead and playoff positioning. Also working against Tampa Bay is the fact that injuries are piling up around Winston, meaning he might be more inclined to force more throws. Even against Houston’s shaky pass defense, bad things happen for the Bucs when Winston tries to force too many throws.Pick: Texans 27, Buccaneers 21Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-6)Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkThis isn’t exactly the defense Tom Brady and the Patriots’ struggling offense wants to see as they fight for playoff positioning in the AFC. Likewise, Buffalo’s offense is in for a struggle against the NFL’s top scoring defense as it attempts to steal the division title from New England. In what’s expected to be a close, low-scoring game, special teams and penalties will be factors. The Patriots have the edge in both areas.Pick: Patriots 20, Bills 14Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-6 1/2)Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkFew expected this to be a game between teams that lost last week, but the Falcons upset the 49ers and the Cowboys beat up on the Rams to set both San Francisco and LA back in the playoff picture. Now the Rams are a long shot to make the playoffs, and the 49ers are stuck in a wild-card spot with their second-place division standing. San Francisco’s injuries are a concern, but Kyle Shanahan’s offensive creativity will be greater than that of Sean McVay, and the 49ers will eliminate the defending NFC West champs.Pick: 49ers 26, Rams 23New Orleans Saints (-3) at Tennessee TitansSunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxMuch will be made about the red-hot quarterbacks in this game, but it might be decided by the rushing attacks in New Orleans and Tennessee. While Derrick Henry has been a force for the Titans, the Saints have the NFL’s fourth-ranked rush defense. As long as they can contain Henry and minimize big plays from Ryan Tannehill in the deep passing game, the Saints will get more than enough production from the likes of Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Taysom Hill. Pick: Saints 24, Titans 17Baltimore Ravens (-10) at Cleveland BrownsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSCleveland’s blowout win in Baltimore earlier this season is arguably the most confusing game result of the year given what we now know about both teams. The Ravens, of course, are on track for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, and the Browns are on the brink of elimination. There’s no reason to believe Cleveland’s defense can do enough to slow down Lamar Jackson in the rematch now that Baltimore has found its groove on offense. And on the other side of the ball, the struggles with and around Baker Mayfield will continue.Pick: Ravens 31, Browns 20Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at New York JetsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThe Steelers are not yet in must-win mode when it comes to their standing in the AFC playoff picture, but they’re close. If Pittsburgh wins out, it will make the postseason as the No. 6 seed. There also are scenarios in which the Steelers would make the playoffs after splitting their last two games, but considering they play the Ravens in Week 17, they can’t afford to lose to the Jets. Despite New York being 5-9 and out of the playoff picture, it can give Pittsburgh trouble with its stingy rush defense, putting pressure on whoever plays QB for the Steelers. As usual, though, Pittsburgh has just enough of an edge in coaching to make the difference.Pick: Steelers 20, Jets 13New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThis is one of two games Sunday that will impact the top of the 2020 NFL Draft order, with Bengals at Dolphins being the other. Thanks to strength of schedule, Washington entering Week 16 is stuck in the No. 4 selection spot behind Miami and New York, all at 3-13. So the loser of the Giants-Redskins game will be in great shape for the No. 2 overall pick (and, potentially, Chase Young), especially if the Dolphins beat the Bengals. As for the actual football game, it’s a toss-up, so we’ll take the team that has Saquon Barkley over the team with the NFL’s 28th-ranked rush defense.Pick: Giants 27, Redskins 21Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts (-6 1/2)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxWith the Colts now eliminated from playoff contention, this game is all about scouting and the 2020 NFL Draft order. Specifically, the Panthers will finally get a look at third-round rookie QB Will Grier against a decent — and more importantly, real — NFL defense. Unless Grier lights up the scoreboard on the road in his first start, though, Carolina’s losing streak will continue and Indianapolis’ will end. The Colts should be able to run all over the Panthers.Pick: Colts 26, Panthers 20Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons (-7)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThis game means nothing for the NFL playoff picture, something for the 2020 NFL Draft order and everything for the two head coaches. Most assume the Doug Marrone era in Jacksonville will end after Week 17 if not earlier, but Dan Quinn’s future in Atlanta isn’t as clear. The Falcons started a new winning streak with their upset win over the 49ers last week, and back at home against the Jags, they have matchup advantages across the board. They’ll make it three straight wins in the players’ apparent effort to save Quinn’s job.Pick: Falcons 28, Jaguars 25Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins (-1)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSHere’s the other NFL Draft order game of the week. The Bengals simply need to lose either of their last two games to seal the No. 1 overall selection in 2020. Even though a loss would be beneficial for the Dolphins, as well, their effort in the second half of the season has made clear they could not care less about the draft order. Cincinnati dropping this game would make sense for a lot of reasons, but why would the NFL make sense?Pick: Bengals 30, Dolphins 27Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos (-6 1/2)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSOutside of the Detroit and Denver TV markets, would anybody notice if the Lions and Broncos just didn’t play this game? Draft positioning is the only thing on the line. We’ll take the home team.Pick: Broncos 23, Lions 20Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (-5 1/2)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBSOutside of the Oakland of Los Angeles TV markets, would anybody notice if the Raiders and Chargers just didn’t play this game? Draft positioning is the only thing on the line. We’ll take the home team.Pick: Chargers 23, Raiders 20Dallas Cowboys (-2 1/2) at Philadelphia EaglesSunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxAlright, Eagles: Here is your chance to begin to right all the wrongs of your 2019 season. While the scenario for the Cowboys is simple — beat Philadelphia, eliminate the rival from the playoffs and win the NFC East title — the Eagles have a more complicated path to the playoffs. But, first things first, they have to beat Dallas at home. Considering the injuries still impacting the Eagles, we don’t like their chances against a Cowboys team finally feeling good about itself.Pick: Cowboys 28, Eagles 24Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-10)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, FoxThe Seahawks shouldn’t lose to the Cardinals. Then again, the 49ers weren’t supposed to lose to the Falcons last week, either. For that reason, Seattle can’t afford to let this become a trap game ahead of its Week 17 rematch (and likely NFC West title game) against San Francisco. Thanks to great matchups across the board against the Cardinals’ struggling defense, the Seahawks should be just fine and will stick as the No. 1 seed for at least one more week.Pick: Seahawks 28, Cardinals 20Kansas City Chiefs (-5) at Chicago BearsSunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCThis game stuck as the “Sunday Night Football” feature for Week 16 despite the Bears being eliminated from the playoffs, and we can thank the Patrick Mahomes ratings factor. Now coupled with a legit defense, Kansas City’s offense is rolling again just in time for a playoff push. To be in a better seeding position for that run, the Chiefs will be motivated to take care of the Bears. Chicago’s still-solid defense doesn’t have enough answers for Mahomes and Co. Pick: Chiefs 27, Bears 17last_img read more