THIRD form students of Queen’s College benefited from a donation of baseball equipment including bats, helmets, balls and protective leg pads from the Guyana Baseball League (GBL) Inc. on Friday.President of the Baseball League, Robin Singh,highlighted that the school’s Physical Education teacher had reached out to the league to foster the development of the sport in the School.“With baseball being a fairly new sport in Guyana, we are making these donations to encourage the growth of the sport in Guyana,” he said.He also highlighted that he, like the Minister of Education,Rupert Roopnarine, is plugging for the development of sports in schools.The GBL president explained that in addition to Queen’s College, two schools in Berbice have also benefited from such a donation. He also highlighted that in addition to the donation of equipment, the league will be providing training for the sport.He also highlighted that just last year, a team from Guyana travelled to Canada to play baseball. Now, with the advent of such donations to schools, he says that he is expecting to take a stronger team next year.Also speaking to the Chronicle Sport, was the school’s Physical Education teacher,Osafo Dos Santos. Dos Santos said, “I reached out to the league for this donation to implement a baseball programme in the school with third form students.” He added too that this donation will be able to foster an “appreciation” for this fairly new sport.The students asserted that each week, on Wednesdays from 15:00hours to 16:00 hours and on Fridays from 13:00hours to about 14:30 hours, they plan to make full use of the donation. Singh and a coach aligned with the league, Devon Douglas,reassured that they would be visiting during these times to lend their knowledge and support.The president of the League highlighted that he is willing to sponsor similar initiatives and can be contacted on his email: email@example.com
“One-Two Punch” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email James at firstname.lastname@example.org. The sophomore slump is as much a part of sports as hot dogs and cheerleaders.The term means exactly what it says — a player, in his second year, fails to come close to living up to the enormous expectations placed on him after the success of his rookie season.Sophomore slumps are fairly common, partly because opposing teams now know exactly what to expect and how to prepare for it, and partly because the players themselves cannot seem to maintain the levels of confidence they had the year before.But after a breakout freshman season in which he posted 792 yards receiving and six touchdowns on 65 receptions, sophomore receiver Robert Woods seems to ignore this phenomenon altogether.The wideout has taken his game to new levels, and hasn’t hesitated a moment to prove it. In the first game of the season alone, Woods had a record-setting 17 catches, torching Minnesota for 177 yards and three touchdowns.In that one game, Woods matched almost a quarter of his receptions and yards, and half of his touchdowns from the entire 2010 season.Since then, the sophomore has had two straight games of eight receptions each, totaling 184 yards and a touchdown.Woods is on pace to reel in 132 passes for 1,444 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2011, which is enough to shatter the single-season records in receptions and yards.He’s just the latest in a long line of star wideouts to start their legacies at USC, but Woods seems to have a step up on even those pass-catchers immortalized in Heritage Hall.A simple glance at the sophomore isn’t enough to reveal why exactly this is — as a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, Woods isn’t exactly Dwayne Jarret-esque. In fact, he’s one of the smaller guys on the team.So what makes Woods so good?You could point to his rapport with junior quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley has already spoken of the “telepathic” connection the two share when on the field, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an instance of miscommunication so far this year.It is no coincidence Barkley targets Woods more often than any of his other receivers and has completed more than 80 percent of his passes when doing so.One could argue that his fundamentals — crisp route running, the fact that he uses his hands and not his body to catch passes — can also be credited for his blossoming success.Woods is able to exploit even the smallest advantages he has over a defense and turn them into major gains for the Trojans.Though these attributes have bolstered his skyrocketing numbers, they take a backseat to the true reason for Woods’ meteoric rise: his focus.Woods is 19 years old, and yet he has put himself in a position to be successful from the start of his career.In a season where the Trojans have seen their share of off-field incidents and academic ineligibilities, the kid who is still getting used to seeing R-rated movies in theaters has managed to become the role model most veterans hope to become.Woods has made it look easy to fill the shoes of the great receivers before him, but it wouldn’t be possible without his ability to stay on track and ensure his continued development as a football player. With the common story in sports today centering on the wasted potential of athletes for one reason or another, he makes for a refreshing case study.Though there is a lot more football to be played and a lot left to prove, Woods has made it clear he doesn’t intend on letting up anytime this season. The sophomore’s talent and fundamentals are unparalleled, and his work ethic will ensure he stays at the top of his game.But more than anything, Woods is simply just too focused to be bothered, especially with something as ridiculous as a sophomore slump.
The Wisconsin softball team played two of its biggest home games Wednesday afternoon at Goodman Diamond, but you most likely didn’t know about them.Even if you did know the Badgers played, there’s little to no chance you could have attended the games anyway.Like half of Wisconsin’s six home series, the final home series against Nebraska yesterday came as part of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader. The games were initially scheduled back to back at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., but due to weather concerns, the twin bill got pushed ahead to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If they weren’t early enough as it was, the nearly morning start time for the first game of the doubleheader made it seem like the series was being played as part of a secret society event no one could know about. The attendance of 271 certainly reflected that, a drop of exactly 1,100 fans from last Saturday’s Senior Day matchup with Purdue.With no baseball team, softball is the calling card for the UW Athletic Department in the springtime, but you wouldn’t know that from the games scheduling. The Badgers had three home Wednesday doubleheaders this season, all with 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. start times. The other nine home games of the season consisted of two Friday doubleheaders with 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. first pitches and five Saturday and Sunday games, all of which started between the hours of 12 and 2 p.m.The times for the weekend contests are reasonable, but as for the weekday games, they leave you scratching your head. Obviously there is the subject of weather, considering spring in Wisconsin is anything but predictable. Scheduling in the afternoon helps to avoid a temperature drop come nighttime. Therefore, changing the times for the weekday games, at least in Wisconsin, might be unavoidable. But if that’s the case, then the promotion for UW student day shouldn’t have been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon’s games. The Athletic Department might not have complete control over when games are, but having a promotion during the middle of when most students are either in class or napping doesn’t bode too well. I can’t imagine that many of the 271 in attendance Wednesday were students, outside of the players on both teams who had to be there.Clearly softball isn’t one of the revenue sports at Wisconsin, but providing a quality playing environment that more closely resembles a sporting event and not the atmosphere of Steenbock Library starts with the scheduling of events.Unfortunately, though, softball isn’t the only team at Wisconsin playing during odd times of the day, and the real problem is not weather. It’s the influence of television, specifically the Big Ten Network. Ever since BTN launched in August 2007, the network has changed the sports landscape in the conference, but hardly for the better. Sure, the access to Big Ten sports has widely increased and you can now watch sports like softball, swimming and wrestling on a regular basis — if you have cable or satellite, that is — but the network has also drastically changed sports and the times they air.The biggest impact of BTN has been its at least partial responsibility for the hockey realignment, which in only one season has diluted the college hockey product. With no Big Ten hockey league when the network came on the air, it couldn’t dedicate coverage to a product on the ice and would just air games sparingly. But the discussion of an NCAA-sanctioned men’s hockey team at Penn State in 2010 allowed for a Big Ten hockey league now that there were enough teams for a league.The decision by Penn State could have been for competitive reasons, but there’s no doubt money played a key role. A network dedicated the conference gave the opportunity for teams to have regular air time and exposure, an opportunity less well known hockey schools like Ohio State, Michigan State and certainly Penn State would seize in a heartbeat. Because broadcast rights involve money, there’s more than just the idea of exposure at play.This past season with the launch of BTN hockey, ESPN U and NBC Sports also decided they wanted in on college hockey. While Wisconsin and the other Big Ten schools got more exposure because of the different television outlets, it came at a cost. For the years I have followed Wisconsin hockey dating back to the start of the Mike Eaves era in 2002; the staple start time for games was 7:07 p.m. With the influx of television deals this season though, Wisconsin started games at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., which included a Thursday-Friday series in the most important two-game set of the year against then-No. 1 Minnesota. But even when games were on TV, more often than viewers would have liked, other games beforehand cut into the Badgers’ game.This has also been a regular occurrence for basketball, where games on BTN and other networks are scheduled for an unrealistic two hours to maximize the number of games in one night. Just like hockey, the games almost always seem to cut into one another. It might be a minor annoyance, but if these networks dictate when these games are played the least they could do is make sure the game gets broadcasted in its entirety.To say the softball games Wednesday were infected by this recent plague might be a bit of a stretch, but lately games have been dictated more and more by the people who stand to make money off them rather than the people who pay the money to get into them.The schools and networks can continue to schedule games however they please, but they’re only hurting themselves.Dan is currently a sophomore at UW with an undeclared major. 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0Shares0000Manchester City have coped comfortably without the injured Kevin de Bruyne (left), while Chelsea remain reliant on Eden Hazard (right) © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge to Manchester City has faded dramatically in recent weeks as Eden Hazard’s goals have dried up to leave Maurizio Sarri’s men 10 points adrift of the champions ahead of Saturday’s clash between the sides at Stamford Bridge.Even in the midst of an 18-game unbeaten run after City eased past the Blues 2-0 in the Community Shield in August, Sarri insisted Chelsea wouldn’t be able to last the pace against a team he considers the best in Europe. However, the Italian admitted his concern at the scale of his side’s downturn in recent weeks as defeats at Tottenham and then at Wolves where Chelsea capitulated from 1-0 up to lose 2-1 on Wednesday.Those losses as well as a goalless home draw with Everton mean Chelsea are hanging onto their top-four place only on goal difference.“City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world,” said Sarri. “Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four.”It is no coincidence that Chelsea’s dip has coincided with Hazard’s early season hot streak cooling off.The Belgian captain stood out as an exception to many players suffering a World Cup hangover. After being crowned the second best player on show in Russia, Hazard scored seven goals in his first six league starts of the season.At the time, Sarri talked of Hazard having the potential to score 40 goals in a campaign although his previous best for Chelsea was 19.However, with speculation mounting over whether Hazard will tie his future to the club by signing a new contract worth a reported £350,000 ($450,000) a week or hold out for a move to Real Madrid, the Belgian hasn’t scored in 11 games for club and country dating back two months.– Silva lining to De Bruyne absence –Sarri has blamed a series of niggling injuries as a demanding summer has finally started to take its toll.“It’s normal at the moment he isn’t at the top of his physical condition,” added the Italian this week.Yet, it is clear that without Hazard firing, Chelsea will struggle to even see off Tottenham and Arsenal for a place in the top four, let alone challenge the unbeaten City or Liverpool for the title.Strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have just six goals between them in the league all season and after promising a turnaround with a double against Crystal Palace last month, Morata’s famously fragile confidence looks shot again.That dependence on Hazard contrasts sharply with City, who have been without another Belgian, Kevin de Bruyne, for practically the whole season and still barely missed a beat.The outstanding individual in a collective 100-point masterclass as City stormed to the title last season, De Bruyne has played 81 minutes of league football this season due to two prolonged spells on the sidelines with injury.In his absence, Bernardo Silva has pounced on the chance to shine in a more central midfield role, freeing up the wings for Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane to wreak havoc.Sane and Mahrez were on target on Tuesday as City won a seventh straight league game 2-1 at Watford despite leaving Sterling and many others on the bench as Pep Guardiola made six changes.By contrast, Sarri’s decision to make five changes was questioned after defeat at Wolves.“I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team,” said Sarri. “We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”Now he needs a reaction against the toughest team of all.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)