Root, Stokes fifties help England make solid start

ENGLAND IN WEST INDIES, 2019 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Wed, 16 Jan, 2019, 06:30 AM Joe Root and Ben Stokes scored half-centuries in the tour game against West Indies President’s XI © AFP England made a solid start to their tour of the Caribbean on Tuesday (January 15) during the first day of their first two-day warm-up match against a President’s XI at the Three W’s Oval in Barbados. After an agreement prior to the game that the visitors would bat the whole of the first day regardless of how…

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Joe Root shrugs off Big Bash rust as England ease into Caribbean groove

England XI 312 for 10 (Root 87) v WI President’s XIScorecard As the scorecard took on an unusual look – it was 284 for 10 when Keaton Jennings came out for a second bat of the innings – you couldn’t help but wonder what Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott might make of it. The graves of Worrell and Walcott overlook this attractive ground which bears their name – the final member of the Three Ws, Sir Everton Weekes, remains in fine fettle a month short of his 94th…

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Windies bring back Darren Bravo for first England Test

ENGLAND TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019 Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Tue, 15 Jan, 2019, 11:03 PM Bravo last played a Test for West Indies in November 2016 © Getty Windies have recalled batsman Darren Bravo to their squad for the first Test against England in Barbados next week after an absence of more than two years following a dispute with the governing body. There is also a return to the squad for fast-bowler Alzarri Joseph and first call-ups for uncapped batsmen John Campbell, from Jamaica, and Shamarh Brooks. Bravo last…

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Tom Brady of New England Patriots says ‘everybody thinks we suck’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is embracing the underdog role in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, telling CBS in a postgame interview that “everybody thinks we suck and can’t win any games.” It was a theme that resonated throughout the locker room after the Patriots’ 41-28 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. “Tom said it, so I can comment on it, yeah, everybody does think we suck, everybody thinks we don’t have enough,” said wide…

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England spinner Mason Crane reflects on his challenging year after Ashes bow

It’s a freezing day on the south coast and, in keeping with the January weather, Mason Crane is kitted out in coat and beanie, despite sitting inside the atrium of Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl pavilion. “There’s no heating in the indoor school,” he says. “Everyone is in snoods, hats, you name it. You go in there in the morning and it’s like an ice box.” It’s not the first time in the past 12 months that the England leg-spinner has been left out in the cold. Join Independent Minds For exclusive…

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Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots, says ‘no room for excuses’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It’s playoff time and tight end Rob Gronkowski said there is “no room for excuses” come Sunday when the New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC divisional round game. Gronkowski has been banged up all year dealing with ankle and back injuries. His numbers reflect that. He tied a career-low with three touchdown receptions in 13 games and finished with a pedestrian 47 catches for 682 yards. It wasn’t up to his usual, healthy, standards. The Cowboys wanted other quarterbacks over Dak Prescott.…

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Ashley Giles admits to past mistakes with England and hints at changes after succeeding Andrew Strauss

For English cricket, a day of new futures. A pristine Lord’s in the chilly winter sunshine; a brand new year; and a new director of men’s cricket. But as Ashley Giles faced the cameras for the first time in his new position, ahead of the biggest summer in a generation, there was a past and a present to be reckoned with first. The former England spinner, a veteran of 54 Tests, has replaced Andrew Strauss, who stepped down from the role last year following his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Ruth died…

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Ashley Giles to pick up where Andrew Strauss left off as ECB director of cricket to avoid derailing England

New director of cricket Ashley Giles is keen to make sure nothing derails England’s potential success this year. Giles has taken over from Andrew Strauss in the top role at the England and Wales Cricket Board. He comes into the job months before England host a World Cup they are favourites to win, as well as an Ashes series. He said: “Straussy’s done a great job and handed over a ship which is in pretty good shape, heading into what is an exciting year. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles,…

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OC Josh McDaniels says he will return to New England Patriots in 2019

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who interviewed for the Green Bay Packers‘ head-coaching vacancy last week, confirmed he is returning to the Patriots in 2019. “The book is closed,” McDaniels said Tuesday on his weekly conference call, when asked if he anticipates interviewing for any other head-coaching jobs this year. “It’s always a humbling experience to have an opportunity to interview with anybody for that position. “I was thankful for the opportunity to meet with Green Bay; it always gives you greater insight into another organization…

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Patriots’ game plan vs. Chargers must start with slowing Melvin Ingram – New England Patriots Blog

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots were preparing to face the Los Angeles Chargers in October 2017, Bill Belichick noted the presence of pass-rushers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa by saying they put the Chargers’ defense into a “special category.” “There’s not many teams in the league that have one player like this. They have two,” he said. Belichick talking up the opposition is standard operating procedure, but anyone watching the Chargers’ 23-17 wild-card victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday would be hard-pressed to disagree — particularly…

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