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Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Pete Russell has thrown his support behind a proposal which would limit the number of T20 competitions players can participate in.Due to a notable increase in T20 competitions around the world, the game’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), is reportedly looking to enforce a three-league cap on players.The decision has reportedly been backed by the majority of Full Members.Broad consensusAt its annual conference in Dublin over the weekend, the Chief Executive Committee (CEC) and the ICC Board discussed the issue and a broad consensus emerged that if players were allowed to participate in any number of leagues, it would affect international bilateral cricket.The move is likely to hit West Indian cricketers the hardest as they are the most popular presence among the many global leagues. The ICC is also reportedly considering making the process of obtaining necessary permissions for hosting T20 leagues in Associate Nations tougher.Too many leagues “First, I think it’s a good idea. I think there are too many leagues creeping up, and I think some of these Associate Members who are allowed to host leagues, like the Canada league…in my opinion they don’t own the rights to host those leagues, because what you want is for the Full Member countries; obviously, the West Indies been a major part of that, they should be hosting the best leagues in the world,” Russell said.The CPL brand“For us, we [CPL] built a brand for over five years and the testimony to that is we have over 200 million people following this tournament around the world; it’s a huge number…bigger actually than the Big Bash, so this league resonates around the world, not just in the Caribbean.“It is a very strong brand already, so for us it’s just about doing more [of] the same, and I think more [of] the same is to make sure we get the best players around the world. Again, we have Chris Lynn, Brandon McCullum, Martin Guptill and David Warner. We have some great players coming down again this year, so we’ll continue to attract the best players, not only because it’s a good tournament but who wouldn’t want to come to the Caribbean for six weeks,” he opined.Apart from the IPL and Big Bash League, the current cricket calendar consists of the PSL, CPL, England’s T20 blast and the Bangladesh Premier League, along with a new league which is expected to kick off later in South Africa. Additionally, there are leagues coming up in Dubai and Norway as well, to add to the ongoing Global T20 Canada.
Chris Paul doesn’t want to leave the Rockets.During a recent meeting with reporters, the 34-year-old guard addressed a report that said he asked the Rockets to move him because his relationship with star James Harden is “unsalvageable.” Austin Rivers calls reported rift between Chris Paul, James Harden ‘fake news’ “I never asked for a trade,” Paul said Sunday, via the Houston Chronicle. “I never demanded a trade. … I’ll be in Houston. I’m happy about that. I’m very happy about that. I’m good.”Paul, who has three years and $125 million remaining on his contract, averaged 15.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 58 games for the Rockets last season. He shot 41.9% from the field and 35.8% from 3-point range. Related News The Rockets finished with a 53-29 record but fell to the Warriors in six games in the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State has eliminated Houston from the playoffs in two straight years.“There’s only one team that wins at the end of the year, you know what I mean?” Paul said. “Since I went to Houston, from day one, it’s been about winning games. It’s always about winning games.”Austin Rivers also called the reported rift between Paul and Harden “fake news” while general manager Daryl Morey forcefully denied that there was a trade request.“I’ve talked to Chris since (the end of the playoffs), for sure,” Morey told the Houston Chronicle last week. “Myself, (coach) Mike D’Antoni, James Harden are all super competitive, all frustrated we were eliminated from the playoffs, all want to get over the hump. That leads to a lot of competitive fire. All of it is normal. We’re all in the same boat, pursuing the championship. We’re all frustrated we’re not there. But there is nothing past that. “I’m very frustrated right now. We’re literally trying to do real work on making the team better and every day I have to learn about a new media rock that has been turned over.”The Rockets will reportedly pursue Jimmy Butler this summer and have also discussed dealing center Clint Capela to the Celtics. Rivers will be a free agent. Jimmy Butler free agency rumors: Rockets will be ‘aggressive in their pursuit’ of wing NBA trade rumors: Celtics have ‘checked in’ with Rockets about potential deal for Clint Capela
Alex Meischby Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow â€”Â For most people working in sports is nothing more than a pipe dream. But for Alex Meisch it is a reality.Meisch, a 2007 Wellington High School graduate, is currently interning for the Minnesota Vikings as a member of their video staff.He said the majority of what he does is film practices and games for the players and coaches to watch. Even at times editing film for players specifically and sending it straight to a playerâ€™s iPad.Meisch started as journalism major at Butler County Community College in El Dorado. He began filming games and practices for the Butler County football team, even traveling with the team to both National Championship games in 2008 and 2009.After two years, Meisch knew he had found his calling.â€œI loved what I was doing and just didnâ€™t want to stop,â€ Meisch said.So Meisch knew he had to take the next step to big time college athletics. He asked around and eventually moved on to the University of Kansas.Before long he was traveling with the Kansas Jayhawks as a member of their film staff.â€œTraveling with KU was great because they have about eight people on the staff but only two or three actually travel,â€ Meisch said.After three and a half years at KU, Meisch again began to look to the next level. He networked and talked to people and eventually found his way to Minnesota.â€œWhen I got the nod I was told that over 350 others had applied,â€ Meisch said.Not bad for a kid from small town Wellington.Meisch talked about how different the jump from college to the NFL is.â€œThe Vikings have about three people on staff whereas there would be six to eight.â€ Miesch said. â€œPlus they treat you a lot better in the NFL.â€When asked about the future Meisch said he wants to stay in sports and hopefully the NFL.â€œI would like to get a job with Dallas or Denver so I could be close to home,â€ Meisch said.But after five and a half years Meisch said he is more than happy with where he is now.â€œI am very blessed to be here,â€ Meisch said.Meisch did leave on piece of advice for anyone wanting to get into this field.â€œPractice, practice, then practice some more,â€ Meisch said.If you know of a Wellington High School graduate who is now doing significant things in the world, send us an e-mail at [email protected] Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Local · 376 weeks ago Very cool! Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Buck’s · 376 weeks ago Yay Buddy!!! We love you and are proud of you!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 376 weeks ago Tracy, I love this series of articles, kind of a “Where are they now”. Keep these coming, looking forward to the next one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Karen Rowe · 376 weeks ago Congratulations Alex. Hard work pays off! Report Reply 0 replies · active 376 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments