Weak unstable weather conditions affecting Dominica

first_img Share Share Lingering moisture together with patches of low level clouds, generated by an induced surface trough just east of the island chain, is expected to produce a few periods of cloudiness with brief scattered showers across the region during the next 24 hours.An abundance of high level clouds will be maintained across the island with dry sinking air restricting any significant showers here.Sea conditions are expected to be slight to moderate during the next 24 hours with swells now peaking near 5.0 feet as a result of a reduction in wind speeds.Forecast for tonight: Fair to occasionally cloudy with brief scattered showers.Dominica Meteorological Service LocalNews Weak unstable weather conditions affecting Dominica by: – September 26, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 9 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

NFL Mock Draft Has the Browns Getting ‘Greedy’ in Round One at the CB Position

first_imgThe NFL Draft is still 66 days away, but already there’s plenty of mock drafts and projections as to what teams are going to do once Roger Goodell takes the platform in Nashville, Tennessee and gets booed as he does every year. The Browns are sitting at number 17 in the first round, and overall have 10 draft choices to try and improve on their team and make a run at the 2019 AFC North Title.Cleveland has all of their picks in the first six rounds along with a third-rounder from New England (Danny Shelton trade), fifth-rounders from New England (Josh Gordon) and Jacksonville (Carlos Hyde) and a seventh-rounder from Jacksonville (Cody Kessler). As far as projections go, SB Nation today released their first Mock Draft for April’s big event, and they have the Browns going cornerback in round one, taking Greedy Williams from LSU to pair up with last year’s first round pick in Denzel Ward. Here’s what SB Nation has to say about Williams going to the Browns:Cornerback might not seem like a question mark for the Browns after taking Denzel Ward at No. 4 last year and adding some veterans like Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie. But consider that Ward is coming off two concussions at the end of last season, Mitchell had a broken arm, and Carrie was just average. The team will also have to make a decision on slot corner Briean Boddy-Calhoun. All that adds up to cornerback potentially being an early need, especially if a player as good as Williams slips in the first roundHere’s a video on Williams with some highlights of his time at LSU: Related Topics2019 NFL DraftBrownsfeaturedGreedy Williams Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Nishikori books spot in Rakuten Japan Open semis

first_img Kei Nishikori, Rakuten Japan Open Kei Nishikori continued his march toward the Rakuten Japan Open final on Friday afternoon with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over unseeded Jeremy Chardy of France in the quarterfinals.The seventh-ranked player in the world, Nishikori put on another fine display with an array of shots in the win on the hardcourt at Ariake Colosseum. He served well and relied on his powerful forehand at key points in the match. Kei Nishikori | KYODO KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Reach out: Kei Nishikori hits a shot during his quarterfinal win over Jeremy Chardy at the Japan Open on Friday. | AFP-JIJI IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Nishikori, the runnerup at last month’s U.S. Open, will face unseeded Benjamin Becker of Germany in the semifinals on Saturday. Becker beat Jack Sock of the United States 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the day’s last quarterfinal.The Shimane Prefecture native is gunning for his second straight title and fourth of the season. Nishikori has triumphed in Memphis, Barcelona and Kuala Lumpur in 2014.Chardy, ranked 34th, had beaten Nishikori in two of their three previous matches, but both wins came on clay.“It was a tough match today with the windy conditions,” said Nishikori. “This was my first match with the roof open, so it took me some time to adjust.”The fourth-seeded Nishikori got off to a slow start before another packed crowd, as Chardy broke him in the second game of the opening set to take a 2-0 lead.But Nishikori responded by breaking back in the next game, then held serve to level 2-2. He settled down from there and broke Chardy again for a 5-4 advantage, then claimed the set on serve.Nishikori, the champion here in 2012, broke Chardy in the first game of the second set, then won the fourth game with an ace to take a 3-1 lead. Nishikori ripped a return winner to break again to move ahead 4-1.Nishikori then took an injury timeout to have his lower back worked on by a trainer.He got up and held serve again for 5-1, then closed it out on his next service game.“He started very aggressively,” stated Nishikori. “He was getting to a lot of balls. I just hung in there and tried to use the wind to my advantage.”The result keeps Nishikori on track for a showdown with Canada’s Milos Raonic, the third seed, in Sunday’s final.Nishikori believes his fitness will hold up through the rest of the tournament.“I’m a little tired, but I should be OK for the rest of the week,” he commented.Raonic beat unseeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (10-8), 6-3 to move into the semifinals.Raonic put on an amazing show by winning 97 percent (38 of 39) the first serves that he got in.So strong was the serving by both players that there was not a break point until the 21st game of the match.The first set was on serve until the tiebreaker, where Raonic outlasted Istomin in a tight battle.Raonic finally broke the service break drought in the eighth game of the second set to go up 5-3, then took the match on serve when Istomin netted a forehand.Raonic pounded away from the baseline, but also exhibited a deft touch with an array of shots in the contest. He had 15 aces in the victory.“I struggled finding myself at the beginning, then started to impose my will as the match went on,” said Raonic.Raonic said he was not surprised that it took so long for a break point to arrive in the match.“I’ve played him before and it always goes to the tiebreak in the first set,” he noted.The win keeps Raonic on course for his third straight trip to the final here, where he has lost the past two years.“I’ve done well in this tournament,” he said. “I want to keep doing better.”The eighth-ranked Raonic, will play France’s unseeded Gilles Simon in the semifinals. Simon downed Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to advance. last_img read more

Kick-off change for Saracens fixture

first_imgThe round 19 fixture at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday, April 13th will now kick off at the later time of 5.30pm.The club will be hosting a Combination day, encouraging the local amateur rugby clubs from around the region to come and support Pat Lam’s men.The later kick-off time will allow adult teams to play their Saturday fixtures and then travel to the game against the reigning champions.Bristol Bears thanks Saracens for their co-operation.Ticket offers and packages for this game will be released in due course. Tickets for upcoming games available online by clicking here or by calling supporter services on 0117 963 0600.last_img

‘Cultured’ defender the perfect answer to Chelsea’s defensive problems?

first_img1 Michael Keane in action for Burnley Football stats experts WhoScored.com look at a possible solution to a big problem for Chelsea – check out more Blues stats on WhoScored.com.Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea was supposed to shape a new chapter for the club but the early evidence we have seen this season suggests they are struggling to put an end to the last one.Chelsea conceded more goals in the league last season (53) than in any other single-campaign in the last 18 years. Alarmingly, they shipped 21 more than the season before when they finished as champions. If Chelsea continue at their current rate then they will end with their worst defensive record in Premier League history. It’s no surprise that Conte was desperate to sign defenders in the summer.It’s a damning indictment of where Chelsea are that John Terry, who was set to leave last season, is still their best defender at the age of 35. Their shambolic defending has been encapsulated by the performances of Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill, who are now fighting to save their careers at the club.As a result, WhoScored.com have looked at whether Chelsea should step up their interest in reported target Michael Keane – a £25m-rated defender who Leicester failed to sign for a fraction of the price in the summer.It’s already become clear in the opening six league matches that Conte wants his defenders to play out from the back. It’s proven too much for Cahill, who has committed the most errors that have directly led to a goal in the Premier League this season (2). Failed attempts to sign Alessio Romagnoli and Kalidou Koulibaly before re-signing David Luiz on deadline day only strengthen that philosophy. While the aforementioned trio all operate with a pass success rate nearer the 90% mark, Keane has only completed 80.3% of his passes this season.However, Keane modelled his game on Rio Ferdinand when progressing through the Manchester United academy and has already been described as “cultured, eager to learn and be coached” by his inspiration. Given Burnley are conceding nearly 60% possession per game in the league this season – the second most – it’s perhaps unsurprising that Keane’s pass success rate is not as high. Nevertheless, it’s still the third highest at the club and you’d only imagine it would improve in a team that is used to being on the front foot for the duration of matches, which Burnley are not.Keane has been a pivotal fixture in the team since joining from United in 2014. An initial season-long loan deal was quickly made a permanent switch just a few months later in a bid to ward off potential interest. In fact, of Burnley players to have featured in each of their last three league campaigns only two have garnered higher WhoScored.com ratings than Keane (7.12).It’s impressive that despite Burnley’s lack of finances, Dyche’s side have only conceded one more goal than the likes of Arsenal and United so far this season and even though they were relegated from the Premier League in 2014, when they didn’t invest in the squad at all, they conceded the same amount as Tottenham (53), who finished fifth.Despite being relatively inexperienced at top-flight level, it’s noticeable that Keane has only committed one error that has led to a shot at goal in 27 Premier League appearances, which incidentally came against Chelsea earlier this season. Having been reportedly earmarked by Conte as a possible long-term replacement for John Terry, the comparisons would be unavoidable for the 23-year-old.In Terry’s absence we have already seen the way in which Chelsea’s defence melt without his leadership, but when the veteran does eventually move on they are also going to miss his presence from set pieces. After all, since August 2009 only Sergio Ramos (26) has scored more goals than Terry (23) of all central defenders in Europe’s big five leagues. Keane’s career may still be in its primitive stages but his header that clinched victory against Watford on Monday night was his sixth league goal since the start of last season – only three Burnley players have scored more in that time.Keane still has room for improvement, but that is something Conte, a manager renowned for developing defenders, should thrive at. His ability to read the game and his positioning are qualities that have come on immensely since his breakthrough, accentuated by his WhoScored.com statistically calculated strength of ‘concentration’. One of the decisions Conte faces ahead of January is deciding whether Keane is better than what he already has.With Kurt Zouma edging closer to a return to first-team action after nearly eight months out with a serious knee injury and Andreas Christensen set to return to the club at the end of the season, there may be a temptation to get through this one with what they have rather than panic buy in January, when it would be better to assess his options next summer.Alternatively, there is an argument to suggest Conte won’t have that much time. Roman Abrahmovich is already believed to be unhappy with what he has seen and that isn’t something that bodes well so early into a season. The Burnley defender may not be the most eye-catching target but sometimes that is exactly what is needed. Getting back to basics may prove the way forward for Chelsea and Keane would certainly offer that and more.Take a look at Michael Keane’s stats on WhoScored.com – click herelast_img read more