Windsor Park returns as international venue in busy 2020 home schedule

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Windsor Park is set to return as a venue for West Indies’ home schedule next year when it hosts two limited overs fixtures on the New Zealand tour, as the region braces for a heavy itinerary which will also see tours by South Africa and minnows Ireland.The venue suffered damage when deadly Category Five Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica two years ago, leaving hundreds of millions in damage and over 31 people dead.Windsor Park had its last taste of international cricket earlier in 2017 when Pakistan beat West Indies on a dramatic final day of the last Test.Having returned to the domestic schedule this year when it staged a first class match between Windward Islands Volcanoes and Leeward Islands Hurricanes back in February, the venue will play host to one ODI and a T20 International – one of 11 West Indies are expected to play ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later that year.The three-year home cycle was announced Friday by Cricket West Indies (CWI) which will see Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan tour in 2021 and England, Bangladesh and India arrive the following year.“This is a significant step forward for CWI and cricket fans and stakeholders across the region,” said CWI chief executive Johnny Grave.“Not only does this provide a full calendar of international fixtures which allows us to better plan and schedule our cricket, but it allows everyone who supports and loves cricket to know when the next big game or tournament is coming.”West Indies will welcome Ireland at the start of next year for a series comprising three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals from January 4-19.After touring England for three Tests in June, West Indies will return to the Caribbean to take on number two-ranked New Zealand in another limited overs series of three ODIs and T20 Internationals.The tour, which runs from July 8 to 19, will see the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua staging the opening two ODIs, with the last ODI and the first T20I heading to Windsor Park.Guyana National Stadium will host the final two T20s.South Africa will arrive immediately on New Zealand’s departure for their first Caribbean series in nearly a decade, to play two Tests and five T20 Internationals from July 15 to August 16.Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad will stage the first Test while the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground will host the second, before teams head to Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale for the opening two T20s.Sabina Park in Jamaica will be the stage for the last three matches of the series.Significantly, Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium are set to be crowned as international venues during the 2021 home schedule when they host T20s involving Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.West Indies Women, meanwhile, will host South Africa in May next year and are expected to play a minimum of 15 ODIs – home and away – in preparation for the 50-overs Women’s World Cup in 2021.last_img read more

Short start continues a troubling trend for Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousSan Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, bottom center, scores the winning run on a walkoff double by Max Muncy as San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia, top center, makes a late tag during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, second from right, is swarmed by teammates after hitting a walkoff double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padre,s Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) and Max Muncy (13) congratulate each other after Seager scored the winning run on a walkoff double by Muncy during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, hits a walkoff double as San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, scores the winning run on a walkoff double by Max Muncy as San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia makes a late tag during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, left, walks out to take starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, out of the game during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, left, of Japan, smiles as he walks from the bullpen to the dugout with catcher Russell Martin prior to a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Russell Martin, left, hits a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin takes a drink after putting ice on his head prior to a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer hits a grand slam during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer, left, runs toward first after hitting a grand slam while Chris Paddack, back right, scores during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack gets set to pitch during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, gets set to pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer, center right, celebrates his grand slam with Hunter Renfroe, center left, as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin stands at the plate during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer celebrates his grand slam in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Eric Hosmer, left, rounds first after hitting a grand slam as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, reacts in the background during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, of Japan, throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, bottom center, scores the winning run on a walkoff double by Max Muncy as San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia, top center, makes a late tag during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, bottom center, scores the winning run on a walkoff double by Max Muncy as San Diego Padres catcher Francisco Mejia, top center, makes a late tag during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandINJURY UPDATESKiké Hernandez (left hand sprain) and Chris Taylor (left forearm fracture) have both begun swinging a bat, Roberts said. The two utility players have combined to miss 29 games between them. Roberts said Hernandez is “a couple days ahead” of Taylor in his recovery.“Maybe next weekend we’ll get them out on a rehab assignment, but that’s to be seen,” Roberts said.Jedd Gyorko lined out to the pitcher, singled, and played five innings at third base in his first minor league rehab game Saturday with Double-A Tulsa. The veteran infielder, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline, was not in the Drillers’ starting lineup Sunday.Roberts said Ryu (neck soreness) will return to the Dodgers’ rotation either Sunday against the Diamondbacks or two days later against the Marlins.ALSOFormer Harvard-Westlake standout Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make his second career start at Dodger Stadium Wednesday. … Right-handers Michael Wacha and Miles Mikolas will start Monday and Tuesday’s games, respectively, for the Cardinals. … The Padres’ 10 runs were the most scored by an opponent at Dodger Stadium this season. … The Dodgers announced an attendance of 48,607. They have drawn 2,819,217 fans this season and will likely pass the 3 million mark by the end of the week.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Tony Gonsolin, 0-1, 5.63) vs. Cardinals (RHP Michael Wacha, 6-4, 5.15), 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only), 570-AMRelated Articles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said Maeda was “on board” with the pre-game plan Sunday. He didn’t shake off Martin’s pitch selections, and took a 3-1 lead into the third inning. But with two outs and two strikes on Greg Garcia, umpire Jerry Meals made a controversial call that changed the dynamic of the inning.On his eighth pitch to Garcia, Maeda located a fastball at the bottom of the strike zone. It was close to the same height as a called strike three on Fernando Tatis Jr. one batter earlier. Maeda hopped off the mound in anticipation, but Meals called the pitch a ball.Garcia singled on Maeda’s next pitch, then Manny Machado walked. That loaded the bases for Hosmer’s grand slam.“If I could take back one pitch, that would be the one pitch,” Martin said of the fateful changeup to Hosmer. “Sometimes you just make a mistake at the wrong time.”Maeda was less than an inch away from finishing the third inning without allowing a run. Instead, he continued a troubling trend.“He’s still a great pitcher,” Martin said of Maeda. “I thought that he did do a good job of using his fastball. He got some really weak contact. Machado, Tatis, a few of their guys – he got in on Renfroe as well. I think if he keeps trusting (his fastball), he’s going to realize that guys at this point respect the slider so much that they’re more vulnerable inside than people think.” LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers made Kenta Maeda a full-time relief pitcher in August of last year. Pitching in high-leverage relief situations down the stretch, Maeda’s earned-run average fell. His strikeout rate rose. By the National League Championship Series, he was the team’s top right-handed set-up man.Now, Maeda’s declining performance – as well as the emergence of other starting pitchers – is threatening to relegate him to a relief role again.Rookie Tony Gonsolin is taking Hyun-Jin Ryu’s place in the rotation Monday against the Cardinals. Two days later, the Dodgers will give Dustin May his second career start. Once Ryu returns from the injured list – he’s expected to miss only one start with neck soreness – Maeda could become the odd man out of the rotation.Maeda was 7-2 with a 3.61 ERA on May 31. Since then he is 0-6 with a 5.26 ERA, and has completed six innings just twice in 11 starts. Struggling to face hitters a third time through the batting order has been nothing new for Maeda. Sunday, he recorded only one out the second time through the lineup. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Maeda’s 2 ⅔-inning start against the San Diego Padres was his shortest this season, excluding a game in Philadelphia that was interrupted by rain. He was charged with five runs, all earned, including four on a grand slam by Eric Hosmer.“If you look at the first couple innings (Sunday) they were sitting soft and (Maeda) was beating them with the fastball,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “And so it’s tough, it’s hard, when you become predictable. That conviction at times, to throw your fastball when they have a tendency to sit soft, you’ve got to believe it. If you go to the well too many times that’s what can happen.”Is Maeda’s rotation spot in jeopardy?“No, no, he’s fine,” Roberts said.When Hosmer batted with the bases loaded in the third inning, he did not see a fastball. Maeda’s third consecutive changeup found the middle of the strike zone, and flew off Hosmer’s bat like a stampede. The grand slam put the Dodgers in a 5-3 hole. Two batters later, Maeda was out of the game. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Week 13 Fantasy WR Rankings: DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper among matchup worries

first_imgWEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | KickerCan you really sit Hopkins? You can. It’s possible you have three wide receivers better. Will you? Probably not, but Will Fuller is another story. You can argue he actually has more upside because he won’t have Gilmore on him and he has more big-play potential. That might be true, but, again — only one receiver has caught a touchdown against the Pats all year. Perhaps they’re due to get burned, especially when you factor in the bad QBs/mediocre WRs they’ve faced, but Fuller is the definition of a boom-or-bust risk this week.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endFortunately, there are plenty of potential sleepers. Russell Gage (vs. Saints), Tre’Quan Smith/Ted Ginn (@ Falcons), and Taylor Gabriel/Anthony Miller (@ Lions) could get your week started off right on Thanksgiving if you’re willing to take a risk, while Demarcus Robinson/Mecole Hardman are boom-or-bust fliers on Sunday against the Raiders, especially if Tyreek Hill (hamstring) is out. Dede Westbrook/Chris Conley (vs. Buccaneers) are also solid options, while Kelvin Harmon (@ Panthers) is a deep play in a favorable matchup. Green Bay’s secondary receivers are worth a look against the Giants, and New England’s Nos. 2 and 3 — whatever the combination is of Mohamed Sanu (ankle), Phillip Dorsett (concussion), Jakobi Meyers, and N’Keal Harry) — have potential value against the Texans.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPSuttron (vs. Chargers), Keenan Allen/Mike Williams (@ Broncos), OBJ/Landry (@ Steelers), Hollywood Brown (vs. 49ers), Kenny Golladay/Marvin Jones (vs. Bears), Cooper/Michael Gallup (vs. Bills), and John Brown/Cole Beasley (@ Cowboys) aren’t in great spots, but most are worth starting. Hollywood is the riskiest, with Williams and Beasley also having relatively low floors and ceilings.  The fantasy football playoffs are right around the corner, so what better time to have a stacked set of fantasy WR rankings? Week 13 should hopefully see the returns of several key injured wide receivers (Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Alshon Jeffery, Tyreek Hill), but obviously we won’t know for sure until the games kick off. At this point in the season, you can’t take anything for granted, and every start-or-sit decision should be scrutinized. This week, that even includes DeAndre Hopkins (vs. Patriots) and Amari Cooper (vs. Bills). Cooper, who’s clearly not 100 percent, was held without a catch in Week 12 by Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots. The wet weather didn’t help, but Cooper has now turned in two duds in a row and gets Tre’Davious White, who just shut down Courtland Sutton. Hopkins faces Gilmore this week, and while it’s always tough to sit one of football’s best receivers when he’s fully healthy, New England’s numbers speak for themselves. Golden Tate is the only WR to catch a touchdown or top 78 receiving yards against the Pats this year. JuJu Smith-Schuster (6-78, aided by garbage time), Terry McLaurin (3-51), Odell Beckham Jr. (5-52), Jarvis Landry (5-65), Hollywood Brown (3-48), and Cooper have all been held in check. However, Hopkins is having a better year than all of those players, and he plays with the best passing QB of the bunch (apologies to healthy Ben Roethlisberger). He’ll also be at home, something JuJu, the Browns, and Cooper didn’t have the advantage of.  Note: We’ll continue to update these rankings all week, so check back for the latest and individual player analysis. MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 13 Fantasy WR RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Michael Thomas, NO @ ATL2Tyreek Hill, KC vs. OAK3DJ Chark, JAX vs. TB4Davante Adams, GB @ NYG5Tyler Lockett, SEA @ MIN6Cooper Kupp, LAR @ ARZ7D.J. Moore, CAR vs. WAS8Julian Edelman, NE @ HOU9Chris Godwin, TB @ JAX10Tyrell Williams, OAK @ KC11Adam Thielen, MIN @ SEA12Mike Evans, TB @ JAX13Stefon Diggs, MIN @ SEA14Allen Robinson, CHI @ DET15Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. NO16Terry McLaurin, WAS @ CAR17DeVante Parker, MIA vs. PHI18DK Metcalf, SEA vs. MIN19Jarvis Landry, CLE @ PIT20Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. LAC21Odell Beckham Jr., CLE @ PIT22Keenan Allen, LAC @ DEN23Alshon Jeffery, PHI @ MIA24DeAndre Hopkins, HOU vs. NE25Tyler Boyd, CIN vs. NYJ26John Brown, BUF @ DAL27Kenny Golladay, DET vs. CHI28Amari Cooper, DAL vs. BUF29Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ CIN30Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. TB31Curtis Samuel, CAR vs. WAS32Russell Gage, ATL vs. NO33Brandin Cooks, LAR @ ARZ34Mohamed Sanu, NE @ HOU35Sammy Watkins, KC vs. OAK36Deebo Samuel, SF @ BAL37Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. GB38Marquise Brown, BAL vs. SF39Emmanuel Sanders, SF @ BAL40Christian Kirk, ARZ vs. LAR41Robert Woods, LAR @ ARZ42James Washington, PIT vs. CLE43Will Fuller V, HOU vs. NE44Marvin Jones, DET vs. CHI45Chris Conley, JAX vs. TB46Michael Gallup, DAL vs. BUF47Mike Williams, LAC @ DEN48Anthony Miller, CHI @ DET49Geronimo Allison, GB @ NYG50Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. LAR51Cole Beasley, BUF @ DAL52Nelson Agholor, PHI @ MIA53Phillip Dorsett, NE @ HOU54Darius Slayton, NYG vs. GB55A.J. Brown, TEN @ IND56Marcus Johnson, IND vs. TEN57Randall Cobb, DAL vs. BUF58Mecole Hardman, KC vs. OAK59Robby Anderson, NYJ @ CIN60Kelvin Harmon, WAS @ CAR61Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ ATL62Zay Jones, OAK vs. KC63Josh Gordon, SEA vs. MIN64Zach Pascal, IND vs. TEN65Demaryius Thomas, NYJ @ CIN66Ted Ginn Jr., NO @ ATL67Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ NYG68Malik Turner, SEA vs. MIN69Corey Davis, TEN @ IND70Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. OAK71Alex Erickson, CIN vs. NYJ72Allen Hurns, MIA vs. PHI73N’Keal Harry, NE @ HOU74Allen Lazard, GB @ NYG75Danny Amendola, DET vs. CHI76Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. CLE77Willie Snead, BAL vs. SF78Kendrick Bourne, SF @ BAL79Trevor Davis, OAK @ KC80Tim Patrick, DEN vs. LAC81Trey Quinn, WAS @ CAR82Adam Humphries, TEN @ IND83Scotty Miller, TB @ JAX84Josh Reynolds, LAR @ ARZlast_img read more

Success a matter of mind says Mikmaq paranormal sleuth

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Halifax, Aboriginal entrepreneurs took part in a unique business seminar this week.A Mi’kmaq motivational speaker was teaching them to use mind power to achieve success.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has this story.last_img