Cricket News Kane Williamson’s Facebook message on Christchurch shootings makes fans emotional

first_imghighlights The third and final Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, which was scheduled to be played on Saturday, was cancelled after multiple shootings in mosques in the city. The official Twitter handle of the New Zealand cricket team, @BLACKCAPS, tweeted that a joint decision was made. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by the shocking situation in Christchurch. A joint decision between NZC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test. Again both teams and support staff groups are safe.”A video tweeted by Bangladesh’s ESPNCricinfo correspondent Mohammad Isam showed the Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal and Taijul Islam running back from Hagley Park back to the cricket ground. The incident took place around 1.45pm local time when the team had gone to pray when the incident took place.”It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it (the state of shock) after the experience we had here,” Tamim told reporters at Christchurch airport moments before the team left for Bangladesh on Saturday. At least 17 members of the Bangladesh cricket team, including Tamim, drove up to the Masjid al Noor in a bus to join Friday prayers when the mosque came under attack by a gunman. Team manager Khaled Mashud said the players and staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building. They stayed in the bus for eight to 10 minutes before leaving it sensing danger, according to Mashud. New Delhi: The Christchurch shootings has been described as the ‘worst terror attack’ on New Zealand. The incident left 49 people dead and 30 were injured. The shootings resulted in the cancellation of the third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval which was to begin on March 16. It also resulted in Canterbury not playing their final league game of the Plunket Shield, giving the title to Central Districts. The Rugby Super League games were also not held over the weekend. Cricketers from all across the globe and even the All Blacks rugby team players expressed their shock and horror of the incident on social media. Recently, Kane Williamson, the skipper of the New Zealand, has posted an emotional message on his Facebook page that has warmed the hearts of the fans.Williamson posted a message stating, “Like the rest of New Zealand, I am struggling to understand what has happened today. The need for love in our country has never been higher and I send all of mine to the victims, their family and friends, the Muslim community and every other heartbroken New Zealander. Let’s come together.” The New Zealand skipper then posted an image with the hashtag #HelloBrother with the message ‘Standing in solidarity’. The silver fern cricket crest, which is seen in the Blackcaps cap during limited-overs cricket, was depicted with people bowing and paying their respect to the dead. Christchurch shootings left 50 people dead.New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test match at Hagley Oval was cancelled.Bangladesh cricket team survived a close shave in the attack. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

MBB : Second time around: Coming off freshman campaigns, SU’s sophomores bring experience to roster

first_img Published on October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Scoop Jardine can understand the expectations placed on the Syracuse basketball team heading into the new season. He gets why the experts are so high on the Orange in spite of a disappointing second-round NCAA Tournament exit last year.And while the fifth-year senior and his fellow upperclassmen, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche, are major factors in the preseason hype, Jardine pointed out a different group that could be the key for SU this season.‘We’ve only lost one guy,’ Jardine said at SU men’s basketball media day Oct. 14. ‘That’s why a lot of people are saying we’re Final Four caliber. We’ve got everybody back. We’ve got our freshmen, now sophomores, knowing what it takes to win in the Big East and knowing what it takes to finish games. It’s going to be huge for those guys.’The one player SU lost was senior big man Rick Jackson, who averaged a double-double and was arguably the best inside presence in the Big East. And the sophomore class features four players who shined at times last year, but served more as role players during their freshman seasons.Entering the 2011-12 season, though, Syracuse will look to rely heavily on sophomore centers Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita to fill the void created by Jackson’s graduation. Their classmates, forward C.J. Fair and guard Dion Waiters, will also look to build on solid freshman seasons and increase their roles with a year under their belts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think the key with these four guys is they all got to play last year,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said Oct. 14. ‘They all contributed. Obviously, Ricky Jackson is the biggest hole we have to replace, and that’s where the two big guys come in. They have to step up and do what Ricky did for us last year. C.J. and Dion played well last year, and you’d expect them to build on that.’After entering Syracuse as one of the top centers in his class and being named the Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year, Melo failed to meet expectations in his first season. He started 24 games but only scored 2.3 points and pulled in 1.9 rebounds per contest.Keita, on the other hand, largely surpassed expectations in his freshman season, even without major contributions on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged more minutes per game than Melo, grabbed 3.7 rebounds per game and finished second on the team with 43 blocks.The job of replacing Jackson appears likely to fall directly on the shoulders of the two sophomore centers. Rakeem Christmas, a 6-foot-9 freshman, could provide some help on the inside, but Boeheim expects his two sophomores to carry the load.Especially considering Jackson played a lot of minutes at center last year, with Melo and Keita adjusting to play at the collegiate level.‘In my experience, centers from freshman to sophomore years take big jumps,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think our centers will take big jumps this year and be much more effective. I think last year was a good learning experience, the fact that they got to play so much as freshmen.’For the Orange, the biggest question could be whether one of those two centers develops into a low-post scoring option. Jackson was a go-to scorer down low and ranked second on the team with 13.1 points per contest. He showed a knack for being able to create his own shot with moves on the inside.Neither Keita nor Melo showed much of an offensive skill set in the post last season. With Jardine, Joseph and Triche running the perimeter offense for Syracuse, adding a scoring option on the blocks would add another dimension for the Orange.‘I’ve been working on my offense and my defense,’ Keita said. ‘Everybody thinks I’m a defensive player. Yeah, I love playing defense but offense, too. Whatever coach (Boeheim) needs me to do, I will do it.’As for Fair and Waiters, their roles are expected to increase since their freshman year. Both served as a spark off the bench last year, with Fair primarily bringing a defensive presence and Waiters showing the ability to score the ball.Fair ranked third on the team with 3.8 rebounds per game, and he averaged the most playing time aside from the Orange’s top four options of Triche, Jardine, Joseph and Jackson. Fair also had a huge game with 16 points and nine rebounds against Pittsburgh, and he scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a standout performance against Rutgers.Waiters, on the other hand, scored double figures in seven different games off the bench, including a career-best 18 points in SU’s NCAA Tournament loss to Marquette. His ability to slash to the basket added an element that complemented the outside shooting of Triche and Jardine.In all, the four sophomores must provide reliable backup to the three-headed attack of Joseph, Jardine and Triche that will lead Syracuse this season. With their support, the team could be ‘Final Four caliber,’ as Jardine said. But without them, another short postseason run is certainly possible.But they seem confident and ready for the challenge in 2011-12. And Waiters’ attitude entering this season summed up the expectations for himself and the rest of his classmates.‘I got a year under my belt,’ Waiters said. ‘I matured more. I still have maturing to do, but at the end of the day, I just feel like I could have gotten out there and done more. I feel like my opportunities were shorter than what I expected, but this year, it’s a different me, it’s a different team. And we’re just trying to do it.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

888 defends Mattingley reappointment despite investor concerns

first_img Submit Share 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Related Articles 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Online gambling group 888 Holdings has defended its decision to put non-executive chairman Brian Mattingley up for re election, citing Mattingley’s wealth of experience within the gambling industry as a key factor. The decision follows on from a meeting with investors in which 21% voted against re-election of Mattingley at the company’s annual meeting in May.Mattingley’s re-election faced opposition from shareholders due to his long tenure at the company, having previously served on the company board in 2005. He has since served as CEO, non-executive director, executive chairman and non-executive chairman.Under UK corporate rules, company board directors are not expected to serve on the board for longer than nine years, with longer tenures said to be impactful on a director’s independence.“The board’s decision to retain Mr Mattingley as its non-executive chairman reflects the significant value he brings to the board, including in particular his wealth of gambling industry and public company experience, deep knowledge of the business and industry contacts,” the Gibraltar-headquartered company said in a statement. “The board believes Mr Mattingley’s continued tenure as non-executive chairman benefits all shareholders.”It added: “The board recognises the importance of future succession planning and was recently strengthened through the appointment of Mr Mark Summerfield as a non-executive director and chairman of 888’s audit committee on 5 September 2019. The company continues to look at potential additional non-executive director appointments to the board and will seek to provide a further update on this matter by its next annual general meeting in May 2020.”last_img read more