Blackwood promises improvement

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Jermaine Blackwood says the region can expect a new and improved player when he eventually returns to international cricket.Known primarily as a dasher for his aggressive, quick-fire approach to batting, the Jamaican right-hander said he plans to curb that natural attacking instinct so he can play longer innings for the Windies in the future.“I know that I can bat for long, but sometimes, I just get ahead of myself and try to play a lot of shots, but, as you can see, I’ve kind of curbed my game a little bit more in terms of shot selection,” Blackwood said.“But from the time I was young, I used to bat a lot of balls, so I have to just go back to those roots. Right now, currently, I think I’m on track right now because I’m batting a lot of balls [again], and that is really a plus for me right now.” FRUSTRATING FEATURE The 28-year-old was axed from the Test side in 2017 after managing just 15 runs in three innings, but it was more the manner of his dismissals that became a frustrating feature of his batting.Memorably, in the Lord’s third Test on the tour of 2017, two rash shots early in his innings caused his downfall for single-digit scores as the Windies crashed to a nine-wicket defeat inside three days in the decisive match of the series.Blackwood, however, signalled a turnaround in form and attitude during the just-concluded first-class season, finishing as the leading runscorer, with 768 runs at an average of 51.More important, his career-best 248 against Leeward Islands Hurricanes highlighted his ability to spend long periods at the crease, and he said he hoped to incorporate this approach as a new facet of his game.“I’m fit mentally. I’m in a good place. I’ve worked very hard – once you bat for eight hours, you know you have to be fit,” he said.“I guess, right now, the place that I am, in terms of my cricket, I think I am in a very good place. That innings (248) showed a lot of character … .”Blackwood praised fellow Jamaican and Windies star Andre Russell for helping in his transformation.“Me and Andre come from a long way – from the time I was small. From when Andre started playing for Jamaica, we were friends, and … he’s been a big influence in my life,” Blackwood said.“Like in terms of how I’m playing my cricket now, he’s a big influence, and I actually put in a lot of work at his house.”last_img read more

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Taco Charlton on Cowboys: ‘We will get to see who is right and who is wrong’

first_imgDallas owner Jerry Jones criticized Charlton shortly after the team moved on from him.”I think we always got to realize on the motivation — we depend on motivation,” Jones recently told local radio station 105.3 The FAN. “The game does. … You got to be unique to even play in the NFL (from a) talent standpoint. But still, it requires a really extended motivation. When you’re on the defensive line, it asks more from you than the other positions in terms of being motivated, in terms of fighting through. Just the nature of the activity on the defensive line suggests fighting through.”It’s usually fighting through pain. It’s usually fighting through really serious obstacles with all those big offensive linemen. And so you have to be eating raw meat to be a defensive lineman in my mind.”  Broncos’ Emmanuel Sanders after loss to Packers: ‘We’re living in a world of suck’ Doug Pederson on dropped passes vs. Lions: ‘We have trust in our players’ Here is extended quote from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, discussing on @1053thefan how he believes Taco Charlton’s competitive temperament impacted his development. Charlton, a 2017 first-round pick, was waived Wednesday. Now on Dolphins. https://t.co/Cap7ZSgV9U pic.twitter.com/5khMQKezeK— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 20, 2019Miami claimed Charlton and he registered two tackles and a sack in the loss to his former team. 🌮🌮🌮Taco Charlton records a sack against his former team! @TheSupremeTaco #FinsUp #MIAvsDAL📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch FREE on mobile: https://t.co/qnNxI5gZ8j pic.twitter.com/3azp4XdxDD— NFL (@NFL) September 22, 2019The Dolphins have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season and dropped to 0-3 on Sunday. They’ll face the Chargers in Week 4. Brian Flores says quarterback Josh Rosen was ‘all right’ in first start with Dolphins Taco Charlton is hoping to prove the Cowboys wrong. Charlton, now a member of the Dolphins, discussed being waived by Dallas last week after his team fell to the Cowboys, 31-6, in a Week 3 matchup Sunday.  “On the field, if you go three years down the line, we will get to see who is right and who is wrong,” Charlton said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It is on me now.”Taco Charlton: “On the field, if you go 3 years down the line, we will get to see who is right and who is wrong. It is on me now. “— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) September 22, 2019The Cowboys originally selected Charlton out of Michigan with the No. 28 pick in the 2017 draft. But, he underperformed in Dallas, recording four sacks in 27 games before being released. Related Newslast_img read more

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All Blacks branded cheats after France card row

first_imgAll Blacks flanker Sam Cane was penalised on the field for a high shot on Grosso, while prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi escaped punishment for his role in the head-high collision with World Rugby saying his role fell “just short” of the red card threshold.Immediately after the Test, won by New Zealand 52-11, French coach Jacque Brunel described the double hit as “dangerous” and “illegal” but later softened his stance, saying the collision was probably accidental.But World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot attached the words “should be cited (in) my view” to a tweet showing video of the tackle, which has ended Grosso’s tour.A former top referee, England’s Rob Debney, wrote in The Times that officials’ leniency towards the All Blacks “exists on a subconscious level. The accountability for taking a decision against them, the scrutiny it comes under compared with other teams, is incredible.”Gourdon said the All Blacks tended to get the rub of the green from referees “because they win all their games”.The All Blacks “cheat, of course, but it’s certainly related to the fact they play good rugby… which has a positive effect on the referees”, added the flanker.– Sin-binning not ‘significant’ –All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster dismissed the cheating allegations, and denied the world champions and number one Test team received any favouritism from officials.“I think if you look at the penalty counts (and) yellow cards last year, we were one of the top yellow-carded teams in the world so I’m not sure how this ‘soft on us’ comes to fruition,” he said.Foster also reiterated that the All Blacks did not agree with the yellow card handed out to France lock Paul Gabrillagues last week for a tackle on Ryan Crotty.“I think we’ve been pretty open and honest about how we interpreted last week,” said Foster.“We thought they were a little bit unlucky with their yellow card; it was one of those marginal ones. Was it up there? Yes it was. Was it significant? Probably not.”Cane’s tackle on Grosso was high, for which he was penalised at the time.“The question is: was it worthy of a yellow card? And, I guess, between a referee and an independent citing commissioner, they’ve said no. So we’ve just got to take the emotion out of it,” Foster said.Brunel has made five changes for the second Test with Gourdon the only loose forward to survive from the first Test hiding, although he has been moved from the flank to the back row.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s Kevin Gourdon has raised temperatures ahead of the second Test against the All Blacks. © AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEYWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jun 14 – France backrower Kevin Gourdon called the All Blacks cheats on Thursday and said they were treated leniently by referees after they escaped punishment over a contentious incident in last week’s first Test.Gourdon’s outburst, two days before the second Test in Wellington, follows condemnation of World Rugby’s decision not to hand out further punishment over a tackle in which French wing Remy Grosso suffered two facial fractures.last_img read more

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