Dottin hoping to hit top form for Brisbane

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies Women’s star Deandra Dottin is backing herself to hit the straps for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League starting later this month.The all-rounder turned out for Perth Scorchers in the inaugural season last year, but failed to make an impression in six outings, scoring just 75 runs and taking five wickets.However, Dottin believes she can be a major asset in all departments for the Heat in the upcoming campaign, which runs from December 10 until January 28 next year.”I want to be way better than last year. I can’t really say much about last season because it was a rush,” said the 25-year-old.”I’ve come to do my best as usual – batting and bowling and helping the team to get as far as [they] can.”Dottin is already in camp with the Heat and has been impressing management with her energy in the nets.She will campaign alongside the likes of Australia internationals Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jessica Jonassen.DECENT FORMBarbadian Dottin has been in decent form of recent, managing a half-century against India Women in a three-match one-day series in Vijayawada last month, while also picking up a few wickets.She was a key member of the Caribbean side that won the Twenty20 World Cup in India last April, scoring 129 runs from six games and taking nine wickets with her medium pace.Overall, Dottin has scored 1805 and taken 39 wickets in 91 T20 Internationals.She shot to stardom six years ago when she became the first woman cricketer to score a century in the Twenty20 World Cup.The right-hander still holds the record for the fastest T20I hundred off just 38 balls.last_img read more

James Franco in talks to direct ESPN film ‘Those Guys Have All the Fun’

first_imgLos Angeles, Jul 26 (PIT) Actor James Franco is in negotiations to direct the film “Those Guys Have All the Fun” for Focus Features.The film is an adaptation of James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ non fiction novel of the same name and explores the formation of the sports network ESPN.The book features interviews with Robin Roberts, Keith Olbermann, Bill Simmons, Tony Kornheiser, Stuart Scott, Erin Andrews, Mike Ditka and more.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, who was recently accused of sexual misconduct by five women, might not star in the project.Franco has denied all the allegations that were reported by the Los Angeles Times in January.The script for the film will be rewritten by “Halt and Catch Fire” co-creator Christopher C. Rogers.The story follows Bill Rasmussen, a communications executive who teamed up with his son, Scott, to launch the world’s first 24-hour cable TV network which showed sporting events nonstop throughout the day.Franco, 40, most recently produced and starred in “The Disaster Artist” for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. PTI RB RBRBlast_img read more