Mitchell Starc: Australian quick says bio-secure bubbles are unsustainable | Cricket News

first_imgMitchell Starc has questioned whether bio-bubbles are sustainable “It’s not a sustainable lifestyle,” Starc said after he signed for the Big Bash League’s Sydney Sixers.“You’re living in a hotel room with zero outside contact. Some guys haven’t seen families or their kids for a long time.“It’s tough going – we get to play cricket, (so) we can’t complain too much – but in terms of wellbeing of players, staff and officials, how long can you stay in hubs for?”- Advertisement – Mitchell Starc believes a prolonged stay within bio-secure bubbles is not sustainable and is likely to be taxing on cricketers’ health and mental wellbeing.The move to playing within bubbles has become commonplace since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted cricket in March, and is widely credited with helping international cricket fulfil its fixtures.However, Starc joined a growing list of players to have questioned the viability of these arrangements.- Advertisement – On Friday, India captain Virat Kohli said the mental toll associated with spending long periods in bio-secure bubbles should be considered when establishing the length of future tours.Starc’s intervention comes as several of his Australia teammates are likely to return from the IPL this month and enter another bubble for their scheduled home series against India. While they were unlikely to be complaining about the financial benefits of playing in India’s premier T20 tournament, Starc had no regrets about not taking part this year.“When you’re stuck in situations like that, month after month, going from bubble to bubble, it can be quite tiresome on the mind and body as well,” said Starc.“Not having that escape from day-to-day cricket is (difficult). That’s important for people’s wellbeing.” Mitchell Starc has questioned whether bio-bubbles are sustainable
Mitchell Starc has questioned whether bio-bubbles are sustainable

Mustain still waiting in the wings for his turn

first_imgOh, the joy of living in Los Angeles.From the glitz and glamour to the A-list celebrities to the high-profile athletes, there is nothing better than Hollywood, right?The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers are good enough for this town, and so are the USC Trojans — you might as well call them the professional football team of L.A.Three storied franchises, three rich histories and three teams characterized by success — especially the USC football program, which has been nothing short of spectacular in the past decade. But even then, that might be an understatement.And beneath all this winning, there is talent. There are players that ooze potential and star power.Hopefully more isn’t found behind the scenes. The NCAA sanctions have left a dark cloud of uncertainty over the program and I can only hope that the flow of talent in the next couple years from five-star recruits, freak-of-nature athletes and lightning quick running backs does not slow down.But behind the hyped hysteria of sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, the jaw-dropping jukes of freshman running back Dillon Baxter and the return of coach Lane Kiffin lies one player who quietly goes about his business.That’s where senior quarterback Mitch Mustain comes in.His operation at Howard Jones Field is ever so sly and his undercover duties are overshadowed largely by well, pretty much everybody else.Beneath the big lights lies a competitor just itching to play and prove his worth.Then again, he might not need to.Mustain is a proven winner. Dating back to his glory days in high school, he has compiled a 61-2 record.And to me, that is definitely worthy of at least getting some playing time.He has an unblemished record in college, compiling eight victories as a freshman at Arkansas. What more could you ask for?Well, his former coach, Pete Carroll, was asking for something more, though it’s not clear what.Many feel the job was already decided and given to Barkley ever since he stepped foot onto the hallowed grounds of Heritage Hall.Maybe the media couldn’t help but express their excitement over Barkley because they were in the same boat as Carroll — they hailed him as the savior for the Trojans.I’m not going to sit here and write that I have a solution to the problem, but as a fan last year, I realized something wasn’t right.Maybe it was the 9-4 record the Trojans compiled. Hey, maybe we’re spoiled here at USC and expect nothing less than championships, but if it’s broken, do something about it.Even when Barkley sat out one game at Washington, Carroll still chose to start former quarterback Aaron Corp. We all know how that one turned out — but I don’t recall any mention of Mustain.And though it is only speculation at this point, what if Mustain started?Think about this: We could have had Mustain start for two years and let Barkley harness his skills and potential in practice to prepare for the future, beginning his career at USC as just a redshirt sophomore.Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?Sure, Carroll might have sacrificed a year in hopes of reaping some type of reward.But if you think about it, maybe a 9-4 record, speculation about violating NCAA sanctions and a dark cloud hanging over USC’s championships and former Heisman trophy winner is kind of refreshing actually.Now that Kiffin has returned, Mustain has been given every opportunity to compete for a leading role.Corp transferred to Richmond in the offseason and Barkley was dealing with a bruised hand during spring practice. And though ESPN’s College Football Live rates Barkley as “irreplaceable,” I’d beg to differ.I think the Trojan coaches agree with me too because quarterbacks coach Clay Helton said they’d be “comfortable” handing the reigns over to Mustain.Though not too many people expected Barkley to be supplanted by Mustain, there is still a chance that perhaps the role will be reversed.“Mustain really wanted to come and compete and show that he’s a big-time quarterback who can help the team in any way,” Helton told ESPN. “We were very proud of the way Mitch responded during the spring.”Well, now that spring is over and summer is almost in full swing, I’m excited for the start of fall practice.I’m waiting for this saga to play out. Even though there are probably a lot of supporters for Barkley, I support you, Mustain.I know that, given a chance to succeed, you will do exactly that.Your record in high school and in college shows it.Your spring practice performances, including 19 of 29 passes completed for 299 yards and five touchdowns in the spring game, show it.And your dedication to your craft — despite being relegated to backup duty behind Barkley and Mark Sanchez before him — shows it.I’m hoping for a perfect Hollywood ending to this familiar script.“In the Zone” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Trevor at trevor.wong@usc.edulast_img read more

Stars earning stripes: Flanagan and Hopkins enjoy success in America

first_img Tags: Angus Flanagan, Jon Hopkins 10 Jul 2020 Stars earning stripes: Flanagan and Hopkins enjoy success in America Former England boys’ squad player and Carris Trophy winner Angus Flanagan fired a course record score on Thursday to claim victory in the Minnesota State Open.The Surrey golfer – in his senior year at the University of Minnesota – shot an eight under par round of 64 at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo.His victory in the professional event also earned him a dream slot in the field for the PGA Tour’s 3M Open at Twin Cities, Minnesota later this month.Flanagan had planned on returning to England as the Covid-19 pandemic struck, but decided to stay in America because he would have had to quarantine for two weeks on arrival in the UK and a further two weeks on heading back across the pond.The 21-year-old made the most of his extended summer break in Minnesota by pulling off a brilliant win.It was a victory made all the more amazing due to the fact he cracked his driver face on the third hole of the final round and had to borrow a replacement from his caddie!After his round and a two-shot win confirmed with a stunning eagle three on the final hole, Flanagan said: “Stuck here sounds like a bad thing, but it’s really not.“I’m kind of speechless at the moment. It’ll hit me when I put my head down on the pillow that I actually did this.”Flanagan wasn’t the only English amateur making the news in America this week.Hertfordshire’s Jon Hopkins has been named the Jack Nicklaus Award winner for the NJCAA division.“It means a lot because it’s pretty much the biggest you can win at the junior college level in terms of pure golf,” Hopkins said.“He’s such a big name, such a prestigious prize.”In normal times, Hopkins (pictured above) would have competed in a shootout with the winners from the other divisions for a spot in a PGA Tour event.This year, he had to settle for a Zoom call with golf’s greatest champion – Nicklaus, a winner of 18 Majors.“He got to ask us one question, and we got to ask him one question,” Hopkins said. “To be honest, he really shaped the game. He and his era really changed the game for everyone.”Hopkins, whose younger brother Max is part of the current England boys’ squad, has also completed a business degree at Mississippi Gulf Coast and will now continue his collegiate career at NCAA Division I Florida Gulf Coast.last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds A Secret Garden

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryChateau Merlot Shrub RoseTah Dah! The new secret garden is revealed at Westport Winery. It is a wine-themed garden with wine bottle edging, a wine barrel fountain, a bottle tree, wine barrel seating, and a planted wine press. The wine-named plants include: Merlot Coneflower, Summer Wine Daylilly, Raspberry Wine Bee Balm, Red Wine Lilac, Spilled Wine Weigela, Summer Wine Ninebark, Wine Common Periwinkle, Chardonnay Pearl Deutzia, Burgundy Lace Maple, Chateau Merlot Shrub Rose (shown), and Gallo Red Gallardia. All of these plants are also available to purchase in the nursery at Westport Winery.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted 2010, 2012 and 2013 Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.The winery, bakery, gift shop, nursery, and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. with lunch offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.Kim RobertsWestport Winery1 South Arbor RoadAberdeen, WA  98520360-648-2224www.WestportWinery.com2012 Best Northwest Winery Tour King 5 Evening Magazine2011 Washington Winery to Watch Wine Press Northwest2010 Best Northwest Wine Destination King 5 Evening Magazine“Filled with harmonious connections to the sea, Westport Winery is a coast traveler’s dream.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


first_img### Santa Anita has only had four primary track announcers since it opened in 1934, though others have filled in throughout the years. “I’m overjoyed and humbled that Santa Anita is entrusting me with a booth occupied by so few announcers in the track’s storied history,” said Wrona. “I shall try my utmost to honor the great legacy of my predecessors – each of whom was of the highest caliber. I would also like to acknowledge the unwavering support and friendship of the Golden Gate Fields management, since I first worked there in 1992.” “This was a much harder decision than anyone could have imagined,” said Joe Morris, SVP of West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “The finalists presented us with four incredible options, each a world-class announcer in his own right. In the end, as we said from the beginning, we listened to our fans, our horsemen, the media and our employees. It was an exceptionally close decision, but Michael just raised his game here at Santa Anita. We are honored to welcome him to the historic fabric of The Great Race Place. He has earned the right to make that booth his own.” “While we are pleased to welcome Michael as the next Voice of The Great Race Place, this opportunity also showcased three very gifted announcers in Frank, Craig and David,” Morris added. “We encourage them to continue to seek opportunities within The Stronach Group as they become available and we look forward to the chance to work with them.” The announcement comes after auditions by Wrona, veteran Frank Mirahmadi and international announcers Craig Evans and David Fitzgerald. Mirahmadi has alternated the Santa Anita announcing duties with Wrona since the season began, while Evans and Fitzgerald were the finalists from a world-wide search that included over three dozen candidates. Popular Australian Tops Competitive World-Wide SearchArcadia, CA (March 24, 2016) – Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park. A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland. He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields for the last decade. Wrona will continue to call Santa Anita’s races through the end of the Winter/Spring Season on April 10, including the $1-million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. He will begin his full-time position on May 5 when Santa Anita opens its Spring/Summer Meeting. Wrona’s replacement at Golden Gate Fields will be named in the upcoming weeks and will begin in early May.last_img read more

Jacks look to climb CCAA standings

first_imgFollowing four consecutive victories, the Humboldt State men’s basketball team will travel to the Bay Area this weekend to face a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents as it aims to climb to the top of the league standings.The road trip begins Thursday against Cal State East Bay at 7:30 p.m. and will wrap up Saturday as the Jacks take on Cal State Monterey Bay at 3 p.m.The Lumberjacks (7-3, 13-5) kept their perfect home record alive last week, winning their eighth and …last_img

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Guiao sees ‘game-changer’ SC ruling on PSC share of Pagcor profits

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES “It is a big boost to the perennial problem of having too little funds for our sports programs,” said Guiao Thursday, behind the scenes of his guesting on Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s multi-platform live sports talk show.“If the Supreme Court rules in our favor, and I’m optimistic it will, that will be a game changer,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSection 26 of Republic Act 6847, the law that created the PSC, clearly states that “5 percent of Pagcor’s gross income shall be automatically remitted directly to the PSC.”“All the PSC is getting right now is less than 2.5 percent of Pagcor’s earnings,” Guiao later explained during the show. “That means the PSC is getting below half of what it is lawfully theirs.” “The training environment is better, there’s less distractions and you can really focus on your preparation,” said Huelgas.The national sports program has long been hampered by a lack of solid funding and sports officials have always pointed to that as the reason for every debacle Team Philippines sufferes in the SEA Games, Asian Games or the Olympics.And Guiao hopes a favorable Supreme Court ruling can remedy that situation.“There’s no other way to interpret the [PSC] law,” said Guiao. “The wording is very specific when it comes to the PSC’s share of Pagcor’s revenues.”“I’m hoping we can get a ruling this year,” Guiao added. “At the latest, we’re looking at early next year. Our lawyers are constantly working on it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao Citycenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. (File photo by TRISTAN TAMAYO / coach Yeng Guiao said he is optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of a petition he filed that seeks to compel the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor) to remit to the Philippine Sports Commission its full share of the gaming agency’s earnings.Guiao said a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court could be a “game changer” for Philippine sports.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last year, for example, Pagcor grossed P55.06 billion in revenues—a record for the agency.But the PSC’s share from that pie amounted to P1.26 billion. While that was an increase of P235 million remitted to the PSC in 2015, it was still way off the approximately P2.8 billion that the sports-funding agency should have gotten.Guiao said the money deficit his resolution would cover will provide the PSC with additional funding, not only for the training of elite athletes from targeted sports and the building of a wide grassroots base but also give sports officials the chance to put up a sports training facility outside Metro Manila.“We can, for example, seriously study building a training center in Clark,” said Guiao.Triathlon star Nikko Huelgas, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist who was with Guiao on the show, admitted that training outside of Metro Manila was a huge factor in his successful bid to rule the biennial meet in back-to-back editions.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasionlast_img read more

Virat Kohli a very good player, don’t know if he is a good captain: Erapalli Prasanna

first_imgFormer India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna today took a dig at Virat Kohli and said if the current skipper feels he is the “boss” of the Indian cricket then the team can do without a coach.Prasanna sounded cynical in his response when asked about the rift between Kohli and Anil Kumble, who quit as Indian cricket team coach recently.”Why do they require a coach, if the captain is the boss? I don’t think they even need the services of batting or fielding coaches (Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar),” the former spin great told PTI.Prasanna also questioned Kohli’s captaincy abilities.”Kohli is undoubtedly a very good player but I do not know whether he is a good captain,” he said.Kumble quit as India coach in the aftermath of their Champions Trophy final loss to arch-rivals Pakistan, stating that Kohli had reservations about his coaching “style” and their partnership was “untenable”.The Indian team will be without a coach in the tour to the West Indies, where they play five ODIs and one-off T20 match starting at Port of Spain later today.”If a legendary cricketer like Anil Kumble is not respected, I do not think neither of them — Bangar and Sridhar — will have the guts to speak to Kohli in a confident way. None of them are as experienced like Kumble,” Prasanna said.”Just hire somebody for the physical training and that will be enough. If such is the attitude of a captain I don’t think you require a coach,” the 77-year-old said, seemingly upset with Kohli’s behaviour.advertisement”We can go back to the good old days of appointing a manager to look after the logistics, if he (Kohli) takes up the responsibility. The role of a coach is not defined,” he added.The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has been entrusted with the responsibility of recommending the coach to the BCCI but Prasanna said the appointment system needs an overhaul.Prasanna further said the time has come for India to look beyond old warhorses like Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.”I don’t think they will be able to continue till the next World Cup in 2019, they will be 38 then. We need fresh and young legs and players who are extremely agile,” he said.”Okay, Dhoni will be the wicketkeeper but Yuvraj is going to be a liability as a fielder. In fact, the selectors should have tried out more youngsters for this West Indies tour, as they are one of the weakest teams at the moment.last_img read more

21 days agoAZ coach Arne Slot admits Man Utd unlucky with penalty call

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AZ coach Arne Slot admits Man Utd unlucky with penalty callby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAZ Alkmaar coach Arne Slot admits they were lucky to avoid defeat to Europa League opponents Manchester United last night.At the final whistle, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about Marcus Rashford being denied a penalty.And Slot said, “We have chased Manchester United where possible. We continued to play compactly in the phases that we had a harder time with and got tired. We kept playing football and could resist the temptation to boot the ball away. “We have given away few chances. We walked away a bit disappointed afterwards to the dressing room. But United could also have received a penalty in the final phase. We were lucky that the referee played on…” last_img read more