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ENGLISH country cricket team Kent has been confirmed to take part in the 2017 West Indies Regional Super 50-over competition.The fourth edition of the tournament, which will get under way in January, will see the English team drawn in Group A where they will face Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, West Indies Under-19s and Windward Islands VolcanoesKent chief executive Jamie Clifford said the seven-times county champions looked forward to experience of playing in the Caribbean.“It is a huge honour. It will be the perfect opportunity to play competitive off-season cricket and good overseas experience for the players,” Clifford said.“We look forward to helping make the competition a big success and introducing the Spitfires to cricket supporters in the Caribbean.”West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Operations Manager Roland Holder believes facing the Englishmen will also provide a unique opportunity for the regional teams.“Regional players will have an opportunity to test their skills against their contemporaries from another region. We anticipate keen contests with our Franchise Teams. We are pleased to welcome them,” Holder said.The tournament will precede a three-match ODI series against England scheduled for March.(Sportsmax.com)
STEPPING UP: The versatile Ahmad Clark has averaged 16.3 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the way for the Great Danes. Cameron Healy has complemented Clark and is putting up 15.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. The Wildcats are led by Nick Guadarrama, who is averaging 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds.CLAMPING DOWN: The Wildcats have given up just 65.8 points per game across 12 conference games, an improvement from the 73 per game they allowed in non-conference play.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Clark has been directly responsible for 58 percent of all Albany field goals over the last three games. Clark has 22 field goals and 14 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Albany is 0-7 this year when it scores 60 points or fewer and 14-6 when it scores at least 61.COLD SPELL: New Hampshire has lost its last three road games, scoring 61.3 points, while allowing 72 per game. New Hampshire seeks revenge on Albany Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNew Hampshire (12-13, 5-7) vs. Albany (14-13, 7-5)SEFCU Arena, Albany, New York; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Albany goes for the season sweep over New Hampshire after winning the previous matchup in Durham. The teams last played on Jan. 15, when the Great Danes shot 44.4 percent from the field while holding New Hampshire to just 38.7 percent en route to the three-point victory. February 21, 2020 DID YOU KNOW: New Hampshire is rated second among America East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 29.8 percent. The Wildcats have averaged 11.9 offensive boards per game and 13.3 per game over their last three games.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoComing off two road victories against then-No. 11 Minnesota and unranked Iowa, the Wisconsin volleyball team remained unbeaten in Big Ten play and moved up one spot to eighth in the country.”We had a very good weekend on the road at Minnesota and Iowa,” head coach Pete Waite said during his Monday press conference. “Minnesota was a very big match because it separated us and put us in a tie with Penn State for the lead in the Big Ten. We took care of business at Iowa. It was very good.”With the victories, the Badgers now own an impressive 11-match road winning streak — and 13 matches overall — with the only loss coming in their first road match of the year to BYU. Wisconsin was also able to accomplish something it has not done since 2001 this past weekend — win at Minnesota.”The team has been handling [road games] really well,” Waite said. “Back from the European trip, all through the five weeks away, it has been perfect for this upperclassmen, senior-led group. It is just the way we planned it.”At 16-1, the Badgers are off to the best start in the program’s history. Their 8-0 conference record is also the second best start in conference play. Only the 2001 Big Ten championship team started better at 11-0.”This is where we hoped to be, especially in the Big Ten season,” Waite said. “Leading up to this weekend, we wanted to be undefeated with a shot at Penn State to get them on our home court and hopefully have the kind of match like we did last year here.”Wack wins awardFor the second time this season, a Badger was named the Big Ten defensive Player of the Week.After averaging 6.1 digs per game this past weekend, senior libero Jocelyn Wack received her first career weekly honor.”When Jo Wack came into our program, she changed our program,” Waite said. “[She] made it much better defensively and took us to the next level.”In the first match of the weekend against rival Minnesota, Wack led all players with 26 digs. In the process she broke an 18-year school record for digs in a three-game match. Lisa Boyd previously set the record with 24 digs in 1989.The next night against Iowa, Wack again led the team with 17 digs.”Watching her play this season, I know I will miss her dearly next year,” Waite said. “She quietly gets the job done and keeps us in a lot of matches. She plays her best in big matches, so I expect even more this weekend.”Now with 1,919 career digs, Wack needs only 2 more digs to become the all-time dig leader at Wisconsin. With just 81 more digs, Wack would also become just the second player in Big Ten history to amass more than 2,000 career digs.Badgers ranked 6tth h in RPIThe first RPI ranking of the season came out last week, and the Badgers were ranked No. 6.”Obviously we would love to get in those top four spots,” Waite said of his team’s RPI ranking. “You can’t tell the team too much about that kind of thing. They know how important these matches are this weekend, and they take care of the Big Ten one match at the time. If they do that they have a good shot at one of those top four spots.”However, with a couple of losses in the top 10 this weekend, Wisconsin will have a shot to move into the top four and better its position for the NCAA tournament seeding.”I like where we sit right now,” Waite said. “There was a shake up in the top 10 this weekend. Some teams lost to unranked teams, so that could hurt them in the RPI, which could help us.”Badgers spike cancerBesides playing for the Big Ten lead against No. 2 Penn State Sunday, Wisconsin will also provide its efforts to “spike cancer.”Teaming up with American Transmission Company, Coca-Cola and Susan G. Koman, Wisconsin will donate $0.50 for every fan in attendance to the Madison affiliate of the Susan G. Koman Foundation.”The Penn State match is going to be fantastic just like it was last year,” Waite said. “We are expecting a huge crowd, and we are hoping to fill the Field House.”The Badgers will also have two honorary coaches for the match. Breast cancer survivors Lisa Powell, a program assistant in the UW football program and Marilyn Bielema, mother of head football coach Brett Bielema, will join the team on the bench Sunday.”I’ll have to ask Brett to see if [Marilyn Bielema] is up for a big pregame speech for us,” Waite said.