Paine plays down Archer fear factor backs Warner

first_imgSydney: Australia captain Tim Paine says the tourists will not be intimidated by England fast bowler Jofra Archer and has backed misfiring batsman David Warner to hit form in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Paine was full of praise for Archer, whose raw pace electrified the drawn second Test as he took five wickets and peppered the Australians with bouncers, leaving Steve Smith with concussion that has ruled him out of the match in Leeds. But Paine said Australia’s batsmen were used to facing pace and had a few useful speedsters of their own. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It’s fantastic to see a young cricketer with so much talent come onto the scene and it was a bit of a buzz to face him at Lord’s,” Paine wrote in a column for the Australian newspaper. “He’s fast for sure, but in Australia we’ve been brought up facing guys of his pace. “Every time we have a net (session) we have Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson coming at us like we are the opposition.” Paine said Smith’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 59 when he came on as Test cricket’s inaugural concussion substitute, showed the depth of Australia’s squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe was unconcerned about Warner’s lack of form, which has seen the left-hander score only 18 runs in four innings. “David Warner hasn’t hit his straps yet and I notice people getting a bit trigger happy on that subject, but I am not worried,” he wrote. “We are 1-0 up in the series and he hasn’t got out of the blocks. He is a match winner… he is also the most mentally tough cricketer I know. He is due a score and that is a dividend I am looking forward to.” Meanwhile, former Australia paceman Andy Bichel has labelled England captain Joe Root a “blatant cheat” over a disputed catch on the final day of the second Test. Root took a low catch to end Labuschagne’s innings, with replays suggesting the ball may have bounced first, although the England skipper later insisted it had carried. “It didn’t carry. We can see that,” Bichel told Macquarie Sports Radio. “It’s ricocheted off the player as well so it’s bobbled a little bit to him, so therefore he’d know if he’s picked it up on the half volley — it’s blatant cheating.” The third Test begins on Thursday.last_img read more

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First Nation in Ontario name family killed in early morning house fire

first_imgTop row, left to right: Geraldine Chapman, 47, Angel Kenisha Mckay, 12, Karl Jovon Cutfeet, 9, Thyra Chapman, 19, Bottom row, left to right: Hailey Ocean Jenna Chapman, 7 and Shyra Shadara Taylor Bella Chapman, 6.APTN NewsThe community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation in Ontario has released the names of the mother and four children who died in a house fire May 2.Killed were Geraldine Chapman, 47, along with her six year old daughter Shyra Shadara Taylor Bella Chapman and three foster children, Angel Kenisha Mckay, 12, Karl Jovon Cutfeet, 9, and Hailey Ocean Jenna Chapman, 7“Our community is grief stricken and are doing our best to provide support to the family and all affected by this horrific tragedy,” said Chief Donny Morris.  “Geraldine raised her adopted children as her very own with the mutual consent of the three families involved and that the community of Kitchinuhmaykoosib Inninuwug recognized these children as her own.“It is important to understand, however, that this devastating tragedy has directly impacted four families and, as a result, extends throughout the community as a whole.”KI, or Big Trout Lake as it’s also known, is a fly-in community 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., with a population of approximately 1,300.According to Morris, Chapman’s 19-year-old daughter was away on a medical trip when the fire broke out.The Ontario coroner’s office has a team in the community to investigate the cause of the blaze.No details have been released.Morris said in the statement that the remains of the family have been removed from the scene and an autopsy will be performed in Toronto.A team from the Ontario Provincial Police is also investigating the cause.“The family and community is grateful for the outpouring of support they have received,” said Morris in the statement. “At this time the cause of the blaze is still undetermined.“Our focus right now is on helping the family and our community cope. We will address the direct and underlying causes of the fire once we have dealt with the community crisis at hand. We ask that all organizations, government and media respect our wishes in this regard.”A GoFundMe campaign has been started at: https://www.gofundme.com/tragic-fire-in-kinews@aptn.calast_img read more

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SAINTS have been awarded Category 1 Academy status

first_imgSAINTS have been awarded Category 1 Academy status following a detailed assessment of their performance and structure.The club has been rated as ‘outstanding’ in recognition of the excellence of their junior development programmes from age 12 upwards.Under the accreditation process, clubs are assessed in three key areas:Quality of leadership and management – the strategy and vision of the Academy and progress made;How well Academies meet the needs of players – the welfare, education and safeguarding that is in place;Delivery of player development system – the approaches used to optimise the development of players through to first grade and England. Saints joined Hull FC, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Widnes Vikings and Wigan Warriors in being rated as outstanding.Five other clubs – Bradford Bulls, Huddersfield Giants, Hull Kingston Rovers, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Catalans Dragons – were rated as ‘good’ after making significant improvements over the last 12 months.Castleford Tigers were rated as ‘requires improvement’ but the assessment recognised the strides the club has made since last year.London Broncos and Salford Red Devils did not reach the required standards for Category 1 standard.Saints Academy has been rated as outstanding every year since the grading process began.last_img read more

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