‘Anchor’ Hope crucial to Windies success: Pollard

first_imgCUTTACK, India, CMC – Captain Kieron Pollard has underscored the importance of opener Shai Hope’s role in the one-day side, labelling the elegant stroke-maker as the “anchor” upon which West Indies built their innings. Even though Hope boasts an excellent one-day average of nearly 53 from 71 games, his modest strike rate of only 74 has often drawn criticism from pundits.However, Pollard endorsed the right-hander’s approach, pointing out it was key to the Caribbean side’s tactics especially with several big-hitters already in the lineup.“Sometimes we can get carried away by so much stats and so much data, we forget the importance of how we build a team at times,” Pollard said. “You can’t only build a team with guys who play shots. You’ve got to have an anchor, you’ve got to have somebody holding one end. If you look at the way we have played cricket over the past few years, we have been losing a lot of wickets early up so you have to build a foundation first. “You can’t build the top part of your house first and then look to build the bottom, so we have identified Shai as the person to build that foundation for us. When you look at his stats opening the batting they’re phenomenal and again, everyone has roles and responsibilities. If you look at all the guys around him, their strike rates are pretty pretty high.”Hope played a key role in Windies’ stunning victory in the opening match of the ongoing one-day series, when he struck an unbeaten 102 to help the visitors overhaul a target of 288 in Chennai. His hundred came from 151 balls at a slow strike-rate of 67 but it proved the ideal counter for Shimron Hetmyer’s breathtaking 139 from 106 deliveries with a strike rate of 131.Importantly, Hope was there at the end to see West Indies over the line and to a crucial 1-0 lead in the series.“It’s about building blocks, it’s about identifying areas where as a team you have fell down before and you need to fix and then you fix other areas,” Pollard stressed. “As I said, it’s a work in progress for us and we don’t want to get too detailed in the data and strike rate.”West Indies failed to build on that success in Chennai, however, going down by 107 runs in face of a record run chase after India left them with a target of 388.The Caribbean side will now take aim at Sunday’s decisive third ODI which could see them win their first series against India in 13 years and the first on the subcontinent in nearly two decades. “We’re going to prepare well. We’re going to go back, go over the mistakes we would’ve made, try to correct it in terms of practicing it and try to perfect it and come out fighting as we have done throughout this entire series,” Pollard said.“So nothing is going to change for us in terms of how we prepare and the guys have been really, really good when it comes to that.”TAKING AIM: Shai Hope crucial to West Indies’ success.last_img read more

Reaction to the death of former NBA player Kobe Bryant

first_img(Reuters) – Kobe Bryant, who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, died aged 41 yesterday in a helicopter crash in California. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also among the victims. Following are reactions to his death:ADAM SILVER, NBA COMMISSIONER“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna. “For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary: five NBA championships, an NBA MVP award, 18 NBA All-Star selections, and two Olympic gold medals.“But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability. He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”MICHAEL JORDAN, SIX-TIMES NBA CHAMPION “I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe – he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much.“He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was an amazing dad who loved his family deeply – and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball.”BARACK OBAMA, FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT, ON TWITTER “Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act.To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, FORMER BRYANT TEAMMATE, ON TWITTER “There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW.”EARVIN MAGIC JOHNSON, FORMER LAKERS GREAT, ON TWITTER“As I try to write this post, my mind is racing. I’m in disbelief and have been crying all morning over this devastating news that Kobe and his young daughter, Gigi have passed away in a helicopter crash. Cookie and I are heartbroken.”KAREEM ABDUL-JABAAR, FORMER LAKERS GREAT, ON TWITTER “Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”TIGER WOODS, FORMER WORLD NUMBER ONE GOLFER“It’s unbelievably sad and the reality is sinking in because I was told about five minutes ago. “He burned so competitively hot, the desire to win he brought every night on both ends of the floor, not too many guys can say that. Any time he was in the game he’d take on their best player.“It’s a shocker to everyone, unbelievably sad, and one of the more tragic days.STEVE NASH, BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMER, ON TWITTER “My heart is broken for Kobe and his family. I’ll never forget the battles but what I really admired was the father he was to his girls. Rest In Peace old friend with your angel Gianna.”USA BASKETBALL“USA Basketball has lost a real champion. Women’s sports has lost one of their strongest advocates. Professional sports has lost a true legend who used his stature to make a difference in the world.” WNBA COMMISSIONER CATHY ENGELBERT“The WNBA mourns the sudden and tragic loss of NBA Great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Kobe’s support for the WNBA and women’s basketball along with his passion for helping young girls and boys follow their dreams made him a true legend for our sport.U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, ON TWITTER “Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating ….“Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all!”REVEREND JESSE JACKSON, ON TWITTER“As I tweet through my tears, I am so hurt. I cannot stop crying. Kobe was instrumental to so many people. There is a hole in the basketball world and will be for a long time. Rest in heavenly peace. #KobeBryant”PAU GASOL, FORMER BRYANT TEAMMATE, ON TWITTER“Beyond devastated… my big brother… I can’t, I just can’t believe it.”TED LEONSIS, OWNER OF NBA’S WASHINGTON WIZARDS, ON LINKEDIN“We have not only lost one of the greatest all-time basketball players in NBA history, we’ve also lost a tremendous human being … His legacy will continue to live on through the many people he touched and influenced throughout his life of basketball and beyond. May he rest in peace.”DWYANE WADE, THREE-TIME NBA CHAMPION, ON TWITTER“Nooooooooooo God please No!NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION“We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball. This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family.”WAYNE GRETZKY, NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE GREAT, ON TWITTER“Janet and I have no words to describe our shock and sadness on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant today. Praying for him and his family.”CRISTIANO RONALDO, PORTUGUESE SOCCER GREAT, ON INSTAGRAM“So sad to hear the heartbreaking news of the deaths of Kobe and his daughter Gianna. Kobe was a true legend and inspiration to so many. Sending my condolences to his family and friends and the families of all who lost their lives in the crash. RIP Legend.”KANYE WEST, GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST, ON TWITTER“Kobe, We love you brother We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.”HALLE BERRY, OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESS, ON TWITTER“There are no real words to convey the depth of my sadness. Love and strength to Kobe’s entire family and to the families of all who were lost in today’s crash.”JUSTIN BIEBER, CANADIAN POP SUPERSTAR, ON INSTAGRAM“It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you man!”last_img read more

De Kock has moved on from Warner altercation ahead of T20 series

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa captain Quinton de Kock says both he and Australia batsman David Warner have moved on from their altercation two years ago in a ferociously contested test series that culminated in the “Sandpapergate” scandal. De Kock and Warner were involved in a fierce verbal exchange in which Warner had to be restrained in a stairwell as the players left the field at tea on the fourth day of the first test in Durban in March 2018.Warner said at the time that De Kock made “a comment that was vile and disgusting and about my wife,” but his role in the fracas that followed earned him a $13,500 fine and three demerit points.It was in the next test in Cape Town that a fired-up Warner was the alleged mastermind behind a plot to alter the condition of the ball using sandpaper, for which he and captain Steve Smith were banned for a year by Cricket Australia, and Cameron Bancroft for nine months. But as they prepare to meet again in the first of three Twenty20 Internationals in Johannesburg today, De Kock says he harbours no bitterness towards Warner.“We haven’t had any conversations, but I think both of us have moved on,” he told reporters yesterday. “We both just love to play the game really hard. I don’t think anything will happen, we will just carry on with the way we need to go about things.“If a player on either side decides to take an opponent on, then maybe that fierceness from both teams will reignite. But will both continue to just play the game hard.” De Kock has replaced Faf du Plessis as captain across all three formats of the game, but is pleased to have the experienced batsman back in the side after the latter was rested for the T20 and One-Day International series against England this month.“It’s great to have him back, he is excited about going forward now,” De Kock said. “He understands he has a big role to play for us, is still seen as a leader among us and is one of our senior players in the team.”De Kock’s schedule has been relentless for South Africa in the last few years, but he says he is not ready for a rest. “The captaincy has kept my energy up, in time I will get the chance to sit down, I’m sure. But for now there is a bigger picture on hand for myself,” he said.last_img read more

Charles pushing for WI Women’s U19 spot

first_imgEssequibo teenage sensation, Lisa Charles, says she is aiming for a spot on the West Indies Women’s side for the inaugural Under-19 tournament in Bangladesh next year. Charles, who has already tasted regional cricket at the national youth level and captained the Select Under-19 side in the local Senior Female Inter-County 50-over tournament, sat down with this publication to list the pathway to making her dream a reality.“It wouldn’t be easy to make the West Indies side for the U19 World Cup but it is something I aspire to achieve and it motivates me to work even harder on my game,” the all-rounder said.Being a young lady of indigenous heritage, Charles takes a lot of pride in being able to represent her people and also professed her passion for making Essequibo proud. “I look up to other females cricketers but I am especially proud of my indigenous background and I want to make them, as well as Essequibo proud,” she declared/The Grade 11 Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School student, recalls that, in terms of her preparation, the experience she gained from years of being involved with cricket, as well as the recent Inter-County tournament, is invaluable.“I gained a lot of experience by playing with different cricketers and, as I grow, my maturity and understanding of the game has developed.” Since the tournament concluded, Charles, who is preparing to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) said that she was back in the Cinderella County making the sacrifice of  training from 15.30 hours until 17.00 hours with Essequibo coach, Forbes Daniels but with the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, she is forced to train on her own.“Before this pandemic started, I usually trained with coach Forbes in the afternoons after school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays…I also normally have lessons during those days but only on Mondays and Saturdays I take them…,” she related.It is during these sessions that the diminutive right-hander would work on her batting, particularly her forward defense and strike rotation. However, since the lockdown due to the pandemic, Charles has restructured her training to include a two-mile run, exercises, spot bowling and the localized ‘ball and sock’.“With the coronavirus lockdown, I normally run like two miles every day, I do around 600-700 skips, a bit of abdominal work to keep fit and I do some spot bowling as well as some batting practice,” Charles explained.“Playing for the West Indies is a dream,” she opined. “I haven’t really set any goals as yet, but I am certain that I want to perform consistently and do my best to help the team win if I get the chance to score hundreds I will and if called upon to take wickets then I’ll be up to the challenge,” she added.Chief Executive Officer of Cricket West Indies, Johnny Grave had told this publication that it is very important that the Regional under-19 tournament is played since it serves as preparation for the under-19 World Cup. The Regional competition was scheduled to commence this month but has since been postponed indefinitely with CWI taking precautionary measures to fight the pandemic.last_img read more

CPL partner with ICSS to combat match-fixing, fraud

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad,  CMC – Caribbean Premier League organisers have collaborated with independent non-profit body, the International Centre for Sport Security, to tackle corruption in the upcoming tournament bowling off here next Tuesday. Through its Sport Integrity Unit, the Qatar-based organisation will provide technical assistance to the CPL throughout the tournament to help combat match-fixing and betting fraud.A sports integrity hotline will be set up to detect and trace corruption and will be part of a monitoring system implemented for each of the tournament’s 33 games, which will target “suspicious betting patterns and manipulation of sports results”.“We are delighted to welcome the ICSS as an integral part of our overall security and competition integrity management,” said Andy Murphy, CPL’s head of security.  “The Hero CPL will benefit immensely from the professional support that the ICSS offers, and we are delighted to welcome the ICSS as an additional layer of security and oversight.“The ICSS will become an integral part of our operational planning and will support our extensive network of partner organisations throughout the Caribbean and beyond to ensure we have a successful competition.”The CPL has emerged as one of the high profile Twenty20 franchise tournaments on the international cricket calendar since its debut in 2013. Featuring six franchises, the tournament attracts some of the world’s leading players and last year boasted over 300 million in combined broadcast and digital viewership. And with corruption now a focal point in the modern game, the ICSS said the partnership with CPL reflected foresight and awareness on behalf of organisers and also served as a warning to potential threats.“The Caribbean is an important region for the ICSS and it is a privilege for the ICSS team to have this opportunity to work with the CPL, and their partners, to support them in the protection of their competition,” said Fred Lord, director of the SIU’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Operations.“This proactive action taken by the CPL sends a strong message to the organised criminal syndicates who are focused on corrupting and manipulating sport for their own financial gains. “It shows that the CPL is aware of the imminent risks it faces and is prepared to ensure that the highest levels of safeguards have been put in place to deter corrupt and criminal behaviour.”For the first time this year, all matches in the CPL will be played in Trinidad due to the limitations on travel imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.Queen’s Park Oval in the capital and the Brian Lara Stadium in Couva, central Trinidad, will serve as the two playing venues, with fans barred from attendance as per health protocols governing the tournament.last_img read more

BCA legal minds planning “surgery” on Wehby governance report

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Barbados Cricket Association president, Conde Riley, said yesterday the local governing body had established a “high-powered” committee to examine the recommendations put forward recently by the Independent Task Force for Corporate Governance Reform. Riley, a prominent Cricket West Indies director, told a media conference here the committee would carry out “surgery” on the 36-page governance report with a sense of “urgency” and expected to be able to submit its findings within a month.“We are in the process as a board of putting together a group to do a surgery on the proposals,” Riley said.“Our committee that we have put together will look at it, come back to the board and then we will make our submission. “I remember the last report was the Barriteau Report which said they would dissolve Cricket West Indies – it cannot be done in law. I’m not a lawyer … but I know you cannot take over a company.“The only body that can do that would be the shareholders and all six shareholders would have to agree to that. If one says no, it’s over.“But we will report to our membership and the people of Barbados in due course once that committee does its surgery on this report.” The BCA is one of six constituent boards of CWI currently mulling over the report which was submitted last week by task force chairman, Jamaican businessman and senator Don Wehby.Among the recommendations is a reduction in the size of the board from its current total of 18 members to 12, and the inclusion of at least two women to reflect diversity.The report also calls for a decrease in committees from 12 to five and a redefining of the roles of the president and vice-president in order to strengthen their non-executive nature. Riley, who has often been at odds with the current Ricky Skerritt-led administration, said he had no issues with reducing the size of the board once the executive functions were carried out efficiently.“If they say – and again the shareholders would have to agree to this – you reduce the board instead of having two directors per shareholder you have one, once you have the executive arm functioning properly I have no difficulty with that,” Riley explained.“But as I said, we’re going to deal with it as a board, take the advice of the committee which we’ve put together and the committee is a fairly high-powered one. “We have asked that this thing be dealt with ASAP so I hope that within a month, we will have a report if not sooner.”The task force was commissioned by Skerritt, following his unseating of three-term incumbent Dave Cameron last year, making good on a campaign promise to review the governance structure of CWI once elected.Wehby’s committee comprised an eminent group of Caribbean personalities with University of the West Indies (UWI) vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles; West Indies Vice-Captain Deryck Murray; Jamaican businessman, OK Melhado and prominent Caribbean lawyer Charles Wilkin QC, all helping pen the report.Skerritt said CWI was determined to “do all we can to ensure the implementation of this report.”last_img read more

VFL Wolfsburg adds to its esports team

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon VFL Wolfsburg has announced its latest signing, and it’s a 22 year old from Wolverhampton named David Bytheway. If you haven’t heard of him and can’t find him on FIFA it’s because he’s on the other end; Bytheway is a professional gamer.David ‘DaveBTW’ Bytheway, WolfsburgWolfsburg became the first Bundesliga club to establish an esports division in 2015 and it quickly signed its first pro gamer, FIFA player Benedikt ‘Salz0r’ Saltzer. The club is proving its dedication to esports with this latest signing of Dave ‘DaveBTW’ Bytheway. There is also a partnership in place with specialised gaming and esports agency STARK Esports, whilst the club recently signed its first esports sponsorship agreement with NEEDforSEAT.Discussing the industry Bytheway said: “Competitive gaming as a whole is absolutely huge, although FIFA isn’t as big as it could be. The fact that a team like Wolfsburg are getting involved… I’m hoping it’s going to create a domino effect and all of the other teams get involved as well. It’s a big deal for gaming and a big deal for me as well.”VfL Sporting Director Klaus Allofs said: “We consider esports to be important and want to be a leader amongst Bundesliga clubs in this field.”He added: “Our goal is to establish the connection between real football and the digital version. FIFA is becoming more realistic from year-to-year and is very popular amongst our players and the fans alike.”This is far from the club’s first foray into competitive gaming. Back in 2013, a tournament for Virtual Bundesliga was hosted at the club’s home the Volkswagen Arena.Bytheway was featured on BBC show ‘The Beautiful Gamers’ which aired in late January. On the topic of player wages he stated: “Clubs give out contracts to players based on how they value them, so if esports continues to be be a major market and has a lot of value in it for clubs then obviously wages will go up for players as well.”Of his training regime he added: “I play about four to six games a day with two practice partners, one in Malta and one in Canada. You can’t really play against too many people though, because then you give your game away.”(Story first reported on the Guardian) BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Betting on Football transfers to Stamford Bridge

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 This year’s Betting on Football Conference, being held on 21st April, has relocated to Stamford Bridge, the home of Premier League Champions Chelsea FC.Two years after #bofcon was launched at Stamford Bridge, the dedicated betting conference will now return to the football ground, setting up home in the Harris, Drake and Vialli suites.The one day conference was originally planned to be held at Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal will now be playing a rearranged Premier League fixture on the date of the event.Andrew McCarron, managing director at organiser Sports Betting Community, explained: “We are very happy to return to Stamford Bridge for what will be our biggest Betting on Football Conference yet. The new set up provides us with a dedicated area for networking and exhibitor stands and the opportunity to introduce more content in the shape of breakout sessions.”The agenda this year features some of the key topics affecting the industry this year, such as match-fixing, eSports, DFS and Euro 2016. One of the higher profile panels this year deals with content management around football and features 90min.com founder and CEO Asaf Peled, LADBible co-founder Arian Kalantari, Sportlobster co-founder & CEO Andrew Meikle and GiveMeSport founder Jae Chalfin.Betting on Football has also attracted a number of premium brands as sponsors. Optima IS are Premium Sponsors, Golden Race are Gold Sponsors, BetConstruct are Silver Sponsors and Perform Group are Bronze Sponsors. Other sponsors include Colossus Bets, iSoftbet, Editec, SBTech, TXODDS, Oddslife, and Digital Fuel.Tickets are only £400 + VAT, but to mark the move, SBC has introduced a limited time code that provides a 33% discount to ticket purchases. Enter the code BRIDGE to obtain cut price tickets for this week only. Register here at http://sbcevents.co.uk/ Share Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

Reed probable for AFC championship game on Sunday

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — With the Ravens only having one player even limited in practice throughout the week, there wasn’t exactly any drama for Friday’s injury report.Safety Ed Reed is probable for the conference championship game against New England on Sunday after practicing fully for the first time all week on Friday. The 33-year-old turned his left ankle on the final defensive play of the Ravens’ win over Houston, but he and coach John Harbaugh were not concerned about his availability against the Patriots.In New England, 14 players are listed as questionable after being limited in practice all week, including tight end Aaron Hernandez, wide receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch, and offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer. It’s difficult to get a read on New England’s injury siutation with coach Bill Belichick’s history of manipulating the report, but no significant players are considered to be in real danger of not playing.Quarterback Tom Brady practiced fully for the second straight day and was removed from the injury report on Friday.BALTIMOREPROBABLE: S Ed Reed (ankle)NEW ENGLANDQUESTIONABLE: WR Deion Branch (knee), T Marcus Cannon (ankle), S Patrick Chung (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (thumb), TE Aaron Hernandez (concussion), S James Ihedigbo (shoulder), DL Kyle Love (ankle), G Logan Mankins (knee), LB Rob Ninkovich (hip), T Nate Solder (concussion), LB Brandon Spikes (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot), WR Wes Welker (knee), LB Tracy White (abdomen)PROBABLE: CB Kyle Arrington (foot), C Dan Connolly (groin), WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)last_img read more

How can Baltimore simply allow the Orioles to rot like this under Angelos’ greed & profiteering?

first_imgThere’s no sense in shirking the responsibility here in Baltimore — the facts that show this community has been complicit in the damage done during this baseball free fall on the field and profiteering being done off the field by Peter Angelos via MASN. The truth is this: we get the government we deserve.And the truth is that we get the Major League Baseball team that we tolerate as a community.The Orioles are about to enter their 15th consecutive year of irrelevance and losing. Fans in Baltimore have turned away from the stadium by the millions instead of demanding a better product and an owner with the integrity to run the team in the best interests of the community.The judges allowed this to happen by allowing television moguls to pass along unavoidable, mandatory charges you never know about and you vote for these judges.Comcast (or your local cable TV provder) has passed along the “Angelos Tax” to you and you simply keep paying the bill.The politicians allowed this to happen to the heart of Baltimore on summer nights and you elect the politicians. You elect the politicians who allow Major League Baseball an almost inarguable anti-trust exemption and public financing for stadia while they pad their pockets and Angelos shirks his “sacred responsibility” here in Baltimore to attempt to field a competitive team that stimulates interest and economic impact to the local economy.Many local businesses and business owners – intimidated for one reason or another – all talk dirty out of the corner of their mouths to me at cocktail parties all over Baltimore yet no one except me and this radio station and web entity that I own have spoken up over the years and reported the dirty facts.I am very proud of Free The Birds. I’m proud of being the only one to speak the truth and report the facts. I sleep well at night knowing that I’m TRYING to make a difference and get this corrected for the community.WNST is the only free media company in the marketplace that is banned from covering the team while CBS Radio, The Sun, WBAL, Pressbox, etc. all have continued to exchange corporate media backrubs and “partnerships” while not demanding accountability from Peter Angelos. Staying away from the ballpark and not contributing by buying tickets and $8 beers has simply not worked to correct the issues with Peter Angelos and improve the baseball team. We’ve been writing about it here at WNST.net and opining at AM 1570 for the better part of a decade.Sometimes I think that everyone knows the dirty little secret about Angelos and You can follow our Facebook page here and follow us on Twitter @FreeTheBirds12center_img Many others — from intimidated former Orioles players who need the autograph money to local fans, former season ticket holders and businesses who previously wrote a direct check to the Baltimore Orioles to sponsor the franchise — all now cough and “look the other way” while the city has been emptied of more than 2 million people every summer. The Ravens’ and their everlasting prosperity seems to only make it easier to turn away from the Orioles.How can it be possible that local businesses downtown and at the Inner Harbor simply await the arrival of visiting fans from Boston, New York and Philadelphia in order to turn a profit off the fortunes of the Baltimore Orioles?It’s unspeakable, shameful and YOU should be ashamed of our community for allowing it happen.When all of this cowardice and the collective “turning of the heads” stops, perhaps the fate of the Baltimore Orioles will change?Here’s what WNST.net is doing about this Thursday and Friday night as we hold a candlelight vigil and an Opening Day protest of the ownership and the way the team has been run into the ground for Baltimore and its baseball fans…last_img read more

Evaluating Orioles pitching at the one-third point of season

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)With much being made about the Orioles’ struggles on the mound and the 2013 season reaching the one-third mark following Thursday’s game, it’s time to take a look at each member of the current staff.Instead of offering a traditional letter grade, each pitcher was given a color: green meaning there are no real concerns moving forward with that individual, yellow meaning there are reservations due to performance or injury factors, and red meaning the individual’s time on the 25-man roster looks to be in serious jeopardy. To add more detail to that assessment, each color is accompanied with an arrow explaining which they’re currently trending.Pitchers marked with an asterisk are currently on the 15-day disabled list but were included since they are mainstays on the 25-man roster.To hear a more detailed explanation as well as Drew Forrester’s evaluations during Friday’s edition The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction, click HERE.Starting rotationRHP Jason Hammel (7-2, 4.98 ERA): Yellow ↑Skinny: The first six weeks of the season were quite forgettable for the Opening Day starter, but improved command with both the two-seam baseball and four-seamer have made Hammel look like the 2012 version of himself while earning two wins and pitching 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts prior to Saturday’s disastrous start completed after this was originally published.RHP Chris Tillman (4-2, 4.26 ERA): Yellow ↑Skinny: The 25-year-old has been one of the club’s more consistent starters, but he still leaves too many pitches up in the zone, evident by the 14 homers surrendered in only 11 starts this season. Tillman is at his best when he’s commanding his fastball while effectively mixing in cutters with the rest of his repertoire.RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.33 ERA): Yellow ↔Skinny: The concerns over the blister on his right thumb that landed him on the DL appear to be behind him, but there are still durability questions with Gonzalez concerning his ability to pitch deep into games over the course of an entire season as well as the club’s habit of giving him extra days to rest or occasionally skipping him entirely. His Friday night start against Detroit wasn’t encouraging, which knocked him down just a notch from the assessment I offered during Friday’s show.RHP Freddy Garcia (2-2, 3.57 ERA): Yellow ↔Skinny: The 36-year-old is still capable of pitching effectively when he shows exceptional command as he did with the split-fingered fastball to pitch eight shutout innings against Washington earlier this week, but his dwindling velocity gives him a tiny margin for error, especially when pitching at Camden Yards.RHP Kevin Gausman (0-2, 11.00 ERA): Red ↓Skinny: No one should be down on the future of the 2012 first-round pick after only two starts, but he hasn’t shown the necessary command of his plus-fastball and changeup to compensate for his underwhelming slider. A repeat of his start against Washington on Sunday against the power-hitting Tigers could very well land Gausman back in the minor leagues for more seasoning.*LHP Wei-Yin Chen (3-3, 3.04): Yellow ↑Skinny: The 27-year-old was just hitting his stride before suffering the strained right oblique that landed him on the DL. If Chen comes back fully healthy, he clearly receives the green light, but oblique injuries are frequently followed by setbacks and are very slow to heal, evident by the lefty just now start to do some jogging in a pool while rehabbing in Sarasota.Bullpen*RHP Pedro Strop (0-2, 6.11 ERA): Red ↔Skinny: The Orioles did what they needed to in identifying a lower back injury for the struggling reliever, but the length of his minor-league rehab assignment — which can last up to 30 days — will tell the story of where their confidence level is with Strop at this point.LHP T.J. McFarland (0-0, 2.92 ERA): Yellow ↔Skinny: The Rule 5 selection has done a commendable job in a long relief role, but the necessity to carry him on the 25-man roster does hinder the roster flexibility the organization likes to have. At the very least, the club should consider giving McFarland an opportunity as the fifth starter if there comes a point that they can no longer keep him around or at least think about giving him some higher-leverage relief opportunities, which we’ve started to see occasionally in the last few weeks.RHP Steve Johnson (1-1, 7.71 ERA): Yellow ↑Skinny: The 25-year-old didn’t fare well in his lone start of the year in Minnesota but has looked impressive in his last two relief appearances with Strop currently on the DL. Whether it’s serving as a starting pitcher or middle reliever, Johnson continues to make contributions as he did in his rookie season last year.LHP Troy Patton (1-0, 5.01 ERA): Red ↔Skinny: Overshadowed by Strop and the recent struggles of closer Jim Johnson, Patton has struggled immensely after filling an effective middle-relief role last season. Opponents are hitting .295 and he’s allowed 13 walks in 23 1/3 innings, leaving his roster spot in jeopardy down the line if he doesn’t improve and Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada looks best suited for the bullpen after completing his rehab assignment. RHP Tommy Hunter (3-1, 1.80 ERA): Green ↔Skinny: Since allowing three home runs over his first three appearances of the season, the 26-year-old has surrendered three earned runs in 26 1/3 innings to become one of the most valuable members of the Baltimore bullpen. The perfect example of why you don’t give up on a live arm who couldn’t make it as a starter, Hunter’s high-90s fastball and sharp breaking ball have been a handful for opposing hitters.LHP Brian Matusz (1-0, 2.91 ERA): Green ↔Skinny: The 2008 first-round selection has picked up right where he left off last season pitching in relief as he’s held opposing left-handed hitters to a miniscule .119 average. Though sometimes used as a specialist, Matusz has been almost as devastating against right-handed bats, holding them to a .161 mark. RHP Darren O’Day (3-0, 1.85 ERA): Green ↔Skinny: Even before the Orioles closer began struggling recently, I proclaimed O’Day to be the one pitcher on the entire staff I’d select if I needed an out with my life on the line. The submariner has held right-handed hitters to a .132 average and continues to be tremendous after being acquired on waivers two offseasons ago. RHP Jim Johnson (2-5, 4.85 ERA): Green ↓Skinny: The theories for his recent struggles have ranged from the effects of overuse to opponents finally figuring him out, but Johnson has been too good in his major league career to give up on him despite an ugly stretch of four blown saves in five opportunities. It’s all about finding the command of the sinker and the 2012 All-Star closer appears to be on his way to doing so based on his last couple appearances. Manager Buck Showalter’s confidence hasn’t wavered despite fans and media certainly having their doubts.last_img read more

Ovechkin Nets Winner as Caps Grind Out OT Victory

first_img“Every night is a grind.”That was what Caps Coach Adam Oates had to say after his team rallied in the third period before winning in overtime on Alexander Ovechkin’s 14th goal of the season, 4-3, over the Columbus Blue Jackets.As usual, the Washington bench boss is spot on.Playing their fifth game in eight nights the Capitals had an up and down performance but grinded to get a much needed two points to push their record to 10-8-1. It wasn’t pretty as several players, including the Gr8 himself, struggled for much of the game. Mike Green and Marcus Johansson also had a rough go, but both found a way to make a play late in the contest that helped their team win. Green’s work on the boards with under two minutes left in regulation allowed Washington to tie the game on Mikhail Grabovski’s sixth goal of the season and MJ90 finally got his legs going and flew past a Columbus defender to set Ovechkin up for the OT winner.It was a much needed victory after two defeats out West in two nights that included a lot of travel.The travel played a role in this contest, the Caps played a solid first period carrying the scoring chance opportunities, but they couldn’t finish and as a result the first stanza ended, 0-0. As the game wore on, some players looked to be feeling the effects of the frequent flyer miles, however, one unit continued to carry the play: the third line of Grabovski, Jason Chimera, and Joel Ward. Those guys used their speed and gave the Blue Jackets fits all night. Oates was once again impressed with the unit, half jokingly calling them “the first line” in his post game presser. He also pointed out that he saw good chemistry between Ward and Chimera last spring and it has continued in the first quarter of this season.As good as the third line was, there was no better player on the ice on Tuesday night than John Carlson. Hopefully someone from Team USA saw this one because #74 was flat out dominant against Columbus. He was winning every puck battle in every zone, he scored a big goal after a great feed from Martin Erat and he had the second assist on the game winner. Carlson logged 24:32 of ice time that was only bested by his d-partner Karl Alzner at 24:55. Oates praised Carlson’s game saying he’s been playing great hockey lately along with Alzner and reminded everyone that the duo is the first unit on the ice on every penalty kill.Alzner, who rightfully gave himself credit for allowing Carlson to play more aggressive given his defensive style, said that Carlson getting his first goal 10 days ago against Florida allowed #74 to get his confidence going. King Karl pointed out that “Carlson can win games for us” and that he was a “huge, huge factor” in the victory. Carlson now has four goals in his last six games.Braden Holtby earned the victory in this one stopping 24 of 27 pucks thrown his way. He can’t be faulted on any of the three goals. Two were one on one situations and the other was a deflection in front where #70 didn’t have much of a chance to see the biscuit. Holtby also took a skate to the top of his head after that goal and said he had to “shake the cobwebs out” afterwards. Braden is only 24 years old, but it is evident he is becoming a team leader, much like Olie Kolzig did when he was the Washington goalie. Following the game, Alzner pointed out that the bench was mad after Columbus took the lead and that allowed them to respond and come back. Holtby partially agreed with the “mental toughness” aspect of that, but also was quick to note that it took a couple of shifts before things turned around as Columbus had a three on one break right after the goal and had they scored there, this one would have been a loss. Holtby certainly isn’t afraid to hold his teammates accountable, and that is the mark of a leader. This team needs that given its tendency to forget about their own zone, at times.Oates was clearly happy to get two points on this night, but he wasn’t thrilled about some of the mistakes his club made, particularly the third Columbus goal. Many will point to Green missing the puck as it took a Washington Wizards hop over his stick allowing Cam Atkinson to get a breakaway tally, however, the Hall of Fame coach was upset with the team’s decision making in the offensive zone. Nate Schmidt pinched down to take a shot and he didn’t hit the net, which was compounded by some of Washington’s forwards not being in position to help cover for #88. Oates said his team broke “one of their rules” in that situation. You can bet that will be addressed on Wednesday.The coach also likely isn’t pleased with his power play, which went 0 for 3 and allowed a short handed goal. Luckily, though, the penalty was a perfect 3 for 3 and scored too.The PK excellence is what you need to do to get two points when your big guns aren’t clicking for much of the night.You have to find a way to grind it out, and that’s what the Caps did on Tuesday to get the victory.Notes: The Caps outshot Columbus 34-27 and the attempts were 57-55 overall for the game…the Caps were crushed on face-offs, 36-22, but Michael Latta went 3 for 3 centering a fourth line that played just over five minutes but performed extremely well when they had their numbers called…Alzner discussed defensive zone positioning with me afterwards and noted that part of the issue with goals being scored on passes from behind their net was that he and Carlson were still learning when Johansson is going to chase or stay back. On Tuesday night, you could see that the trio was doing a better job of communicating and executing. Columbus didn’t sneak into any gaps for quick shots on passes from behind the net. MJ90 didn’t play center at all last spring so it’s been awhile since 27 & 74 have had to play D while #90 is playing the pivot spot, which explains some of the recent issues…next up for the Caps are the Red Wings in Motown on Friday night…six of the eleven NHL games on Tuesday were decided in OT or the shootout which shows just how close the league is and why every night is “a grind.”last_img read more

Possible Ravens Off Season Targets: WR (Part 2)

first_imgJASON AVANT (Philadelphia Eagles)After the resigning of Riley Cooper (along with long term extensions for OL Jason Peters and Jason Kelce), the Eagles may be looking to shed some money off their cap.  Releasing Avant will free up over $4 Million in money, even though he has been a a steady veteran on the field and in the locker room. He is not a star by all means, but can be a valuable role player in the middle of the field.Avant certainly does not have explosive speed, but has a thick frame (6’0″ 212lbs.) and some of the best hands in the NFL.  He has never been more than a third or fourth option in the passing game, but was a go-to receiver on third down for years.  He has filled in on the outside in the past, but is best suited to work in the slot.There are no secrets in Avant; you know what your getting with him production wise (he has never surpassed the 700 yard mark in his eight seasons).  If he is a cap casualties, teams will not be lining up immediately for his services, but will looked at him as a secondary option, after the bigger dominoes fall.  His ability to move the chains will get him a job, even if there is little potential for growth in his game.  He could be good mentor to not only young receivers, but a good leader in the locker room as well, which comes relatively cheap in dollar and year amount. After examining some wide outs that may be available for the Ravens choosing when free agency begins, ‘Part Two’ (find Part 1 HERE) will look into other pass-catching options with free agency nearing.  The open sale on fresh NFL bodies begins in two weeks (on March 11 at 4pm), as all teams are still doing their due diligence on anyone without a contract. Ozzie Newsome will get creative on adding weapons for Joe Flacco this off season, including looking into  Wide Receivers on free agent market, in the draft and trades. This is the second look at possible targets at WR this off season. GOLDEN TATE (Seattle Seahawks)The Seahawks came off a miraculous season, with their defense leading them to a Super Bowl title against the Denver Broncos.  But the offensive efficiency went under the radar, as they had a collection of role players around QB Russell Wilson and RB Marshawn Lynch.  None may be more underappreciated than Tate, who led the team in receiving yards, after losing big money WRs, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, for the most of the season.Though he has never developed into a star, after being taken in the second round of the 2010 draft, he has grown each season with Seattle.  Tate has good hands and a solid build to catch balls over the middle of the field.  He has become a move-the-chains third down option, leading the Seahawks with 41 first downs in 2013.  His measureables may not wow anyone, but is versatile, with the ability to lineup in any position on the offense (including RB). His toughness in traffic and catch ability draws comparisons to a “poor man’s” Anquan Boldin.Tate has already stated his wishes to remain with the Super Bowl champions, announcing his willingness for a home-town discount to stick with the team that drafted him.  Though Seattle is set to start handing out big money deals to some of their star players, they may be inclined to let Tate walk in order to stay under the cap; while also banking on Percy Harvin returning to full strength and filling Tate’s role in their offense.  Many teams will bid on Tate, but ideally, he is best suited to lineup as a No. 2 or 3 WR, across from an established deep threat (like the Ravens have in Torrey Smith).center_img SIDNEY RICE (Seattle Seahawks)The Seahawks were forced to release Rice, as his cap number did not fit his production and (as mentioned before) they will be giving out hefty raises to some key contributors. After his breakout season in 2009 (122 catches, 1312 yards, 8 touchdowns), with the Vikings, he has not come close to eclipsing the 1000 yard mark since. Injuries have played a major role in his lack of production, where he has only played a full season twice in his eight year career.Rice certainly passes the eye test for a starting WR, standing at 6’4″ with a great speed for his size.  He has never lived up to his potential, after being a 2nd round pick. But he is only 27, entering his “prime” as a pass catcher;  their is still potential for growth, if he can remain on the field and has proven his ability when playing with a good QB, on a explosive offense.After his lackluster stint in Seattle, Rice will be looking to re-establish his value this off season.  He is probably not looking for more than a one year “show me” deal, coming on the cheap for a player with his great skill set.  Some GMs will view him as a low risk, high reward deal, with Rice not counting against compensatory picks in 2015; something Ozzie Newsome values drastically.last_img read more

Jones sits out Tuesday’s game with shoulder issue

first_imgBALTIMORE — You wouldn’t know it by simply viewing the final score, but the Orioles were without their best player in Tuesday’s 19-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.Center fielder Adam Jones was out of the lineup with a right shoulder injury suffered when the 29-year-old was diving headfirst for a ball late in Monday’s 4-0 victory. Manager Buck Showalter said Jones underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam, but it didn’t reveal anything too concerning moving forward.“Everything is serious when Adam Jones misses a game, but nothing structurally that he shouldn’t be able to come back from,” Showalter said. “The question is when, whether it’s tomorrow or the next day or in Toronto. But I feel confident it will be one of those three days.”David Lough took over in center field and hit one of eight Orioles home runs to set a new single-game franchise record on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Jones missed only his third contest of the season as Baltimore wrapped up a 7-1 homestand to climb to two games above .500 for the first time since April 19.Jones sat out two games in late May after spraining his ankle in the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on May 29, but Showalter said the All-Star center fielder is dealing with other ailments that warranted a respite on Tuesday.“He’s got a banged-up toe from jamming it and he fouled a bunch of balls off [it], and he’s also got that ankle that he turned,” Showalter said. “It might be a good time to let him take a little blow. Anytime Adam talks about it and doesn’t fight it, you better multiply it times two. He talked to me earlier in the day after lunch about how he was feeling, so we were able to get ahead of it.”last_img read more

2017 Orioles preview: Jonathan Schoop

first_imgWith Opening Day less than three weeks away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.Manny Machado Kevin Gausman Adam Jones Darren O’Day Seth Smith Mike Wright Caleb Joseph Donnie Hart2B Jonathan SchoopOpening Day age: 25Contract status: Under club control through the 2019 season2016 stats: .267/.298/.454, 25 HR, 82 RBI, 82 R, 1 SB, 647 PAWhy to be impressed: In addition to hitting 25 long balls for the first time, Schoop increased his walk rate and lowered his strikeout rate, which are improvements an aggressive hitter needs to make in his mid-20s. His .688 on-base plus slugging percentage against left-handers in 2016 doesn’t sound like much, but it represented major improvement from his .573 mark against southpaws the previous year.Why to be concerned: After posting an .847 OPS in the first half of 2016, Schoop slumped after the All-Star break with a .643 mark and batted just .196 in the final month of the season, perhaps an effect of playing all 162 games. He still only walked 3.2 percent of the time in 2016, which is 2.6 percent worse than even Adam Jones and illustrates how much his impatience limits his ceiling as a hitter. 2017 outlook: Schoop is often overlooked because of the remarkable development of Manny Machado, but he’s come a long way over his three full major league seasons and can still get better if he improves his plate discipline and contact rate. Manager Buck Showalter should try to give Schoop an occasional day off in an effort to avoid the second-half swoon he experienced last season. Not-so-scientific projections for 2017: .274/.314/.474, 29 HR, 85 RBI, 88 R, 2 SB, 623 PAlast_img read more

Ravens rest key veterans as health concerns begin to grow

first_imgEven on a night when quarterback Joe Flacco and several other key veterans were held out, the Ravens are suddenly managing a growing list of health concerns following the 27-10 preseason win over Miami.It was only last week that Baltimore was flirting with the proverbial perfect game as no player had suffered a long-term injury in the month since training camp had opened, a stark contrast from last year when the Ravens lost multiple players to season-ending injuries long before the season even began. However, that run of good fortune came to a screeching halt with the announcement of cornerback Jimmy Smith’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and the news that 2018 first-round tight end Hayden Hurst would miss multiple weeks with a stress fracture in his foot, a substantial blow to each side of the ball to start the season.After Saturday’s game, head coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Hurst injury and reported timetable of three to four weeks for his return and then revealed projected starting defensive tackle Willie Henry would also miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery for an umbilical hernia. It’s a tough break for a player from which many are predicting a breakout season, but the defensive line is one of the Ravens’ deepest position groups on either side of the ball. Henry’s absence could prompt defensive coordinator Wink Martindale to revert to last year’s base upfront alignment that featured Michael Pierce at the nose tackle spot with Brandon Williams as the 3-technique defensive tackle. Williams had been playing the nose this summer with Henry at the 3-technique on the starting defensive line and Pierce in a reserve role.“It’s not really football related, but maybe it had been there and it just opened up on him a little bit,” said Harbaugh of Henry’s hernia. “He had surgery for that, so he’ll be [sidelined] a few weeks.”The news was much worse for rookie safety DeShon Elliott as Harbaugh said it “looks like” he fractured his forearm in the second half of Saturday’s win over the Dolphins. It’s unclear whether the sixth-round pick from Texas will miss the entire season, but he will almost certainly be placed on injured reserve with the possibility of being designated to return later in the year. The short-term silver lining would be not having to carry a fifth safety on the 53-man roster, but the Ravens had been impressed with Elliott’s physicality and nose for the football despite his inexperience and current place on the depth chart.Fellow sixth-round rookie Greg Senat also left Saturday’s game with a foot injury after making the start at left tackle in place of the injured Ronnie Stanley. Senat missed the first two weeks of training camp with a foot injury, and he’ll be evaluated further on Sunday to determine how long he’ll be sidelined.In addition to Flacco, wide receivers Michael Crabtree, John Brown, and Willie Snead, tight end Nick Boyle, guard Marshal Yanda, linebackers Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley, and safety Eric Weddle were held out for precautionary reasons. It was an unusual measure with this week of the preseason traditionally serving as the final tuneup for the opener, but Harbaugh provided sound reasoning that went beyond not wanting to play Flacco behind an offensive line missing three notable players.“We’ve had so much good work in training camp,” Harbaugh said. “We were here a week early. We had the two joint practices. We had four great practices where our starters got lots of reps. And we had already played, going into this game, three preseason games. Even though those [veteran] guys didn’t play in the first game, they played significantly in the last two. We just felt like we had the work we needed.”Flacco played only 31 snaps in the preseason, but he’s performed well in two games, completing 12 of 16 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 141.4. More importantly, he has practiced very well and remained healthy throughout the spring and summer, a quality the Ravens were very wise to preserve on Saturday.In addition to the veterans who sat out, Stanley, offensive lineman James Hurst, cornerback Maurice Canady, safety Bennett Jackson, and linebacker Alvin Jones all missed the game for injury-related reasons. Stanley and Hurst are both expected to be ready to return well ahead of the Sept. 9 opener.Another interesting absence from Saturday’s game was rookie wide receiver Jaleel Scott, who participated in practices this week and was not known to be dealing with an injury before sitting out. The fourth-round pick from New Mexico State has struggled this summer and played only three offensive snaps against Indianapolis last Monday, leading many to believe he could become the first fourth-round pick in Ravens history to be cut as a rookie.Perhaps the Ravens have discovered an ailment that could conveniently land Scott on IR — and off the 53-man roster — or they’re attempting to hide him in hopes of passing him through waivers and re-signing him to the practice squad. Either way, Saturday was more evidence that the 6-foot-5 is unlikely to be on the active roster come Week 1.last_img read more

Ballon D’or Award: Recipient Ronaldo Draws Level With Fierce Rival Messi (5-5)

first_imgReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has drawn level with fierce rival Lionel Messi on 5 Ballon d’or awards after he was named the recipient for 2017 on Thursday evening.Ronaldo, who had previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016, saw off the aforementioned Messi and PSG superstar Neymar to win the prestigious and highly coveted award.The Portugal international captain was influential last season as he led his Real Madrid side to a UEFA Champions League (UCL) and Spanish La Liga double.RelatedLionel Messi Valueless in the Eyes of ArgentinaDecember 5, 2018In “Europe”Luka Modrič Attacks Ronaldo and Messi for Missing Ballon d’Or CeremonyDecember 15, 2018In “Europe”‘I’D LIKE TO RETIRE AT REAL MADRID’- Ballon d’Or winnerDecember 4, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

International Friendly Review: Wales, Algeria Secure Big Wins; Bale Breaks Record

first_imgWales and Algeria were the biggest winners on Thursday following the set of international friendly matches played in various centres across the world.Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale inspired his Welsh side to a big win as he scored a hattrick to lead the team to the 6-0 thumping of China thus breaking Ian Rush’s goalscoring record with 29 goals while Carl Medjani was on target for Algeria in a 4-1 win over fellow African side Tanzania.In the pick of the other friendlies, Denmark defeated 10-man Panama 1-0 courtesy a 69th minute strike from Celta Vigo midfielder Pione Sisto.International Friendly Results:Slovakia 2-1 U.A.EThailand 0-0 Gabon (Thailand win 4-2 on penalties)Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Burkina FasoChina 0-6 WalesMacau 0-1 MauritiusDenmark 1-0 PanamaMalta 0-1 LuxembourgFaroe Islands 1-1 LatviaBahrain 0-0 PalestinePhilippines 3-2 FijiMalaysia 2-2 MongoliaRelatedlast_img read more

Aruna Quadri Usurps Omar Assar To Become Africa’s Number One

first_imgAruna Quadri is the new number one on the African Table Tennis scene after the Nigerian displaced Omar Assar of Egypt in the latest ranking released on Monday.According to the ITTF World Ranking for July 2018, Aruna Quadri is the best ranked African player in the world.He moved up two places from 22nd to 20th with 10234 points in the latest ranking from world table tennis ruling body, ITTF, ahead of Omar Assar (10233 points).Aruna Quadri returns to the top 20 and Africa’s number one after he made history as the first Nigerian to do so in January 2018.Fan Zhengdon of China retains the number one spot for a fourth successive month for the first time in his career. Relatedlast_img read more

Otis Hughley Appointed D’Tigress Coach After Sam Vincent Sack

first_imgFormer NBA coach Otis Hughley has been appointed as the new coach of Nigeria’s senior female basketball team, D’Tigress by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).The announcement was made on Friday evening with Hughley named as the replacement for former coach Sam Vincent, who was sacked earlier on Friday.Former Sacramento Kings’ assistant coach Hughley was appointed after his program for D’Tigress’ participation at the upcoming FIBA Women’s World Cup in Spain was approved by the leadership of the NBBF.The World Cup tournament is scheduled to take place from September 22 through to September 30 and Nigeria have been drawn in Group B alongside Australia, Argentina and Turkey.According to NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida, Otis Hughley is the “most immediate available option”In his words, Musa Kida said: “We needed to take a proactive step in the interest of the team who are preparing for the World Cup. We needed to fill the vacuum immediately and continue our preparation for Spain.“For many, parting ways with Vincent at this time was not a good decision, but it was a difficult decision we had to take in the overall and long term interest of the team.” He added.On the upcoming World Cup tournament in Spain, he said: “We still have about 50 days to train and get ready for the competition and we are confident that the time frame will be enough for any good coach to train and shape a team into a strong contender.”Relatedlast_img read more

FA Drops Hammer on Charlie Austin

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been charged after appearing to make an obscene gesture towards Manchester City supporters, the Football Association (FA) in England said on Thursday.Austin was caught making a two-fingered gesture towards a section of booing away fans at St Mary’s Stadium while being substituted during Southampton’s 3-1 English Premier League defeat on Sunday.“It is alleged that Mr Austin’s gesture in or around the 68th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting,” the FA said in a statement.Austin has until 1800 GMT on Monday to respond to the charge.Relatedlast_img read more

Brendan Rogers Makes Premier League Return To Leicester City

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has been appointed Leicester City’s new manager after leaving his job at Celtic.The Northern Irishman has signed a contract until June 2022 and succeeds Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday after 16 months in charge.It marks a Premier League return for Rodgers, who previously managed Liverpool and Swansea City.“I’ll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club,” Rodgers said.He watched from the stands as the Foxes beat Brighton 2-1 on Tuesday and spoke to the players in the changing room after the game.Adding that he was “privileged and honoured” to take on the role, Rodgers said: “Together, we’ll be stronger and I’m looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward.”Neil Lennon replaces Rodgers at Celtic as interim manager until the end of the season.Former Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Celtic defender Kolo Toure also joins Leicester as a first-team coach, having worked as a member of Rodgers’ backroom staff at Celtic.While at Liverpool, Rodgers almost won the Premier League title in 2013-14 before he was sacked in October 2015.He then took over at Celtic in May 2016 and won all seven domestic trophies available, most recently leading them to the Scottish League Cup in December.During his two and a half years in Scotland, he also qualified twice for the Champions League group stage and broke the 100-year-old British unbeaten domestic record with a 69-game unbeaten run.Rodgers has also managed Watford and Reading and was named the LMA Manager of the Year in 2014.“I’m absolutely delighted to bring a manager of Brendan’s calibre to Leicester City,” said club vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.“I look forward to seeing what he, our talented, young squad and our dedicated, skilled team of staff can achieve together.”Rodgers will be Leicester’s fourth permanent manager in 23 months after Puel, Craig Shakespeare and 2015-16 Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri were all sacked.Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Crystal Palace meant Leicester had lost four consecutive home Premier League games for the first time since January 2000.They have conceded the first goal in 19 Premier League matches this season – more than any other side.Relatedlast_img read more

NPFL: Gbenga Ogunbote Gives Excuses for Enugu Rangers’ Drop in Form

first_imgGbenga Ogunbote, gaffer of 2018 Aiteo Cup Champions, Enugu Rangers,  has blamed the recent run of poor results in recent league games to fatigue, temporary drop in form and injuries to key players.Ogunbote stated this while interacting with the media ahead of his team’s final group game against Wikki Tourist.He said, “it is unfortunate that we suffered a run of poor results after going unbeaten for close to 13 matches. We suffered injuries to several players like Bobby Clement, Uche Nwafor, Seka Pascal and others.”The former Enyimba Manager, however, re-emphasized the determination of his team to finish the current NPFL season on a high note.“Now, we are back and sure to grab the ultimate prize after finishing the first phase of the league successfully,” he added.The Flying Antelopes are currently on top of the Group A log of the abridged League with 40 points from 21 games and will seek to improve their point tally on Sunday in Bauchi when they tackle 8th placed Wikki Tourist in the last game of the group.The top three teams in Group A and B of this season’s abridged League will battle it out in a Super Six tournament for the title.Relatedlast_img read more

Messi Dedicates Record Sixth Golden Shoe To Family & Teammates

first_imgBarcelona captain Leo Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues on Wednesday.Messi won the trophy for a third straight year after scoring 36 goals, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo, presented their father with the trophy supervised by his wife, Antonella Rocuzzo and watched by team-mates, including Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.Messi dedicated the award “to my family, to my colleagues who are here. There are Luis and Jordi, who are two of the men to blame for this award.”“Without my team, I could not even have won the award once.”Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis Suarez is one of nine players on two. The award was created in 1967 when it was won by Eusebio.RelatedSerie A: Immobile Equals Scoring Record, Claims European Golden Shoe As 2019-20 Season EndsAugust 1, 2020In “Featured”Messi Receives His 4th Golden Shoe AwardNovember 24, 2017In “Europe”Only Barcelona Can Stop Themselves From Another La Liga TitleAugust 13, 2019In “Spain”last_img read more

Shehu Dikko Blames Dalung For NFF “Bad Name”

first_imgNigeria Football Federation 2nd vice-president Shehu Dikko has accused former sports minister Solomon Dalung of “giving the NFF a bad name to hang it” during his tenure as minister.The NFF suffered a barrage of petitions and had to endure a deluge of corruption investigations and court summons in Dalung’s time at the helm of Nigerian sports.But Shehu Dikko said most of the petitions against the NFF were instigated by people who “lost out politically” in the federation and were looking to take charge of Nigerian football governing body through the backdoor.The NFF 2nd vice-president made the statements when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sports Tonight which aired on Friday night.The NFF’s reputation – never the most sparkling at the best of times – has taken an intense battering recently owing to various allegations, petitions and corruption investigations against it over the past five years.At one point, the federation was battling corruption and embezzlement charges in several courts from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the now defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP).The attendant negative press and the reactive posture of the NFF painted a picture in the minds of many Nigerians of a football body neck-deep in corrupt practices.However, an Abuja high court struck out most of the corruption charges against the NFF last year and more recently, another refused to join the top hierarchy of the federation to an EFCC case about the misappropriation of $8.4 million FIFA intervention funds.Despite these victories, a perception persists that the NFF under Amaju Pinnick remains less than clean.Dikko, however, contends that the present NFF “has been over transparent” pointing to their practice of publishing their audited accounts as proof of their probity.“NFF has been very, very transparent,” Dikko told the show’s host Austin Okon-Akpan. “How many agencies in Nigeria publish their audited results? NFF does that. How many federations in Nigeria have hired a company like PwC for example [to audit their accounts]?“In fact, this NFF has been over transparent because everything we’ve done [NFF president] Amaju [Pinnick] ensures it is in the public or the worst-case scenario, ensures that information is sent to the government through the minister to say ‘see what we are doing’.”Former sports minister Solomon Dalung was often at loggerheads with the leadership of the NFF and often led from the front in accusing the NFF of corruption.But Dikko said the federation had always been above board in its dealings with Dalung and made it a point of duty to communicate their activities clearly with the former sports minister. “Even the last regime [with former sports minister Solomon Dalung], any money that comes from the NFF whether from sponsors or government, [Pinnick] ensures that a letter is sent to the minister informing him that this money has come,” Dikko added.Dikko said most of the petitioners had a political axe to grind with the NFF and suggested their petitions betrayed had an unhealthy obsession with scrutinising private sources of NFF funding.The NFF 2nd vice-president wondered how people with no knowledge of the NFF’s sponsorship deals could tell that “money is missing”.Shehu Dikko suggested that the NFF isn’t obligated to provide details of sponsorship deals to any “third-party”.“One person will wake up and write petitions to all the agencies in Nigeria and if you look at the petitioners, for example, are normally people that lost out politically in the NFF they are just trying to instigate the agencies.“Have you ever heard any [petition against the NFF] about government money? Everything is about sponsors money, FIFA money, money that we got from the sponsors!“I went to negotiate with the sponsors, brought the money and then somebody will say that the money is missing.“If I sign a contract with a sponsor, it’s a contract between NFF and a sponsor that has terms and conditions that have rights and obligations for each party, that have terms if somebody breaches this is what we should do, then a third party isn’t involved with the contract has no business with it. Only the parties to the contract can petition it.”Dikko was reminded by the show’s host Okon-Akpan that Dalung also accused the NFF of misappropriating N1.6bn approved by the federal government for the Super Eagles’ participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.“How can he say that?” Dikko replied.“[The NFF] gave him the breakdown [of how the money was spent]. All those ones are political talk he knows how much was approved, he knows how much was spent. All those are premeditated talks to give NFF a bad name to hang it,” Dikko added.RelatedMore EFCC Trouble For NFF As Pinnick, Dikko, Sanusi Face Fresh ChargesMarch 5, 2020In “Featured”NFF: ICPC Mark Houses Belonging To Pinnick, Dikko Over Fresh Corruption AllegationsSeptember 13, 2019In “NFF”Amaju Pinnick Is Doing Something Right In LeadershipJune 10, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

WTT Aims To Create More Stars Like Aruna Quadri

first_imgWith the staging of World Table Tennis (WTT) events in Africa, the continent will produce more stars like Quadri Aruna, WTT Council Chair, Liu Guoliang says.Guoliang was speaking at the webinar held specifically for ITTF Family members located in Africa on Wednesday, July 8 with 28 member associations attending the webinar including the Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), who through its President, Khaled El-Salhy expressed their full support for WTT.Significantly, the webinar was attended by Liu Guoliang (who is also President of the Chinese Table Tennis Association) and WTT Board Member, Khalil Al-Mohannadi (also ITTF Deputy President and Qatar Table Tennis Association President) with the aim to better educate and fully integrate the region within WTT’s plans.In his remarks, Guoliang, a former World and Olympic Champion said: “I believe everyone already knows that WTT is an exciting, large-scale project and many table tennis stakeholders have been preparing for this moment for a long time.“Our future goal is to develop table tennis as one of the world’s leading sports. Table tennis should not only create more star players and fans but also feature the most exciting events. Players and fans are at the core of WTT. We hope that, through future WTT events, Africa will have more stars like Quadri Aruna.”He added: “In future, WTT will pay more attention to its collaborations with Africa. More than a month ago, at the WTT China forum, Aruna was very concerned about the qualifications of players to WTT events and also asked whether we could host WTT Grand Smash events in Africa. I want to say that these points are all within the scope of WTT’s planning. What we have to do in the future is to allow more people to participate in and to be aware of international table tennis events in order to enhance the influence of table tennis worldwide.”The African continent is looking forward to playing its part in the success of World Table Tennis (WTT), the new commercial and events business of the ITTF, launching in 2021, which sets out to elevate table tennis to new heights by applying a fresh approach to the way the sport is run and presented.New WTT Events StructureKhalil Al-Mohannadi added: “It is an honour to represent the ITTF Executive Committee on the WTT Board and be able to make good use of my past experience to help push table tennis to the next level. I am confident that WTT will be the key to the global growth of table tennis to make it one of the leading sports in the world, particularly in Africa.”ATTF President underlined ATTF’s support for WTT. “It’s really important that Africa has more detailed information about WTT thanks to this webinar. We are so keen to learn and understand much more about this project, so that we can gain all the possible benefits from WTT in the future. This will provide a boost to all our top players as well as support the promotion of table tennis across the African continent,” El-Salhy said.Khaled El-Salhy, alongside ITTF Executive Vice President Dr Alaa Meshref, were part of the webinar, which featured educational presentations held by ITTF CEO & WTT Director Steve Dainton, ITTF Marketing Director & WTT Director Matt Pound, ITTF Secretary General Raul Calin and WTT Event Strategy Director Stephen Duckitt.There are plans to organise a webinar for the players, who are at the core of everything that WTT stands for.Relatedlast_img read more

Gyan bags first Rennes goal

first_imgAsamoah Gyan scored his first competitive goal for his French club Rennes on Saturday as they moved into second place in Ligue 1 with a come from behind 2-1 win at Lorient.The hosts had taken the lead with a first half stoppage time strike from Jeremy Morel before the Ghana international and then French-born Moussa Sow turned the game around late in the second half.Gyan has been blighted by injury since joining Rennes from Udinese in a record transfer fee of US$15m in August.The goal is his first in a competitive match since joining the French outfit as he has already scored in friendly matches for the club.Rennes coach Guy Lacombe said: “It was infuriating to be led at half-time. But we came back and I pay tribute to my players after a very good second period. To arrive at the Christmas break with 34 points is great.”Rennes could be overtaken in second place on Sunday depending on how Bordeaux, Paris Saint Germain and Marseille get on against Monaco, Valenciennes, and Nancy respectively. These three are in a tie for third, two points behind Rennes.Rennes, in turn, are four points behind leaders and defending champions, Olympique Lyonnaise.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

Red Bull host Dynamite FC of Nigeria

first_imgSogakope-based Red Bull Academy will on Friday, January 30, host Dynamite Football Club of Nigeria in an international friendly at the Academy grounds.The match is to prepare Red Bull for the season’s competitions.Dynamite FC, based in the oil-rich Delta State is expected in town with a 20-man contingent.Uriel Cubagee, Public Relations Officer of the Academy told GNA Sports that their guests have named a strong side for the game.Among players making the trip are Julius Osunsumwem, Egbo Johnbull, Richard Egbos, Akpos Ojo, Martins Aniwhe, Efosa Igbinovia, Charles Emma, Peter Wessy , Innocent Olomu ,Ojo Adogbeji and Azia Godspower with Godwin Opofou and Henry Ofubu, Chief Coach and Team Manager respectively.He said the encounter will mark the second meeting against a Nigerian opponent after a 4-0 thrashing of Prominent FC last November. The hosts will parade the likes of Rahid Sulemana, Abdul Ganiyu, Jonathan Eshun, Ishmael Hammond, Livingstone Logoh, Joshua Otoo, Justice Kakah, Felix Adjei, Ayi Zeno and Emmanuel Offei for the international friendly.German-born trainer Han Peter Schaller will direct affairs from the bench.Source: GNAlast_img read more

European Champions League: Liverpool draws Chelsea

first_imgLiverpool and Chelsea will renew their Champions League rivalry after being drawn together in next month’s Champions League quarter-finals.It is the fifth successive year the two sides have met in Europe, with Chelsea triumphing in their semi-final in 2008.Holders Manchester United take on FC Porto and Arsenal play Villarreal, with the winners meeting in the semi-finals.Bayern Munich meet Barcelona in the other tie. The first legs are on 7/8 April, and the return on 14/15 April.Liverpool’s second leg will not be on 15 April as they asked Uefa to avoid that date because it is the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.The semi-finals take place on 28/29 April and 5/6 May and the final will be played on Wednesday 27 May at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. It is the second successive year that four English teams are in the last eight of the competition.Although they were beaten by Chelsea last year, Liverpool reached the 2005 and 2007 finals at the expense of the Blues.As in 2008, the Reds must travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg, but Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is confident his side can come out on top this time.“Hopefully it won’t make a difference to us that the second leg is away,” Benitez told his club’s website. “We have to think about the first game at Anfield with our fans behind us and look to get a positive result to take to Stamford Bridge.”Last season’s first leg at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw after John Arne Risse scored an own goal and Chelsea won the return 3-2 after extra-time. “We need to make sure we don’t make a mistake in the first leg like we did in last year’s semi-final,” added Benitez. “They will be two tough games but we are playing well and clearly we are confident we can win.“Chelsea are a very good team. We know each other very well and this is an exciting draw.“We knew it would be difficult to avoid an English team but we need to approach the two games with confidence. We’ve done the double over them this season in the league but clearly these two games in the quarter-finals will be different.”The draw is also a reunion of sorts for Porto and United. The Portuguese club beat United on their way to winning the tournament in 2004, when then Porto boss Jose Mourinho charged up the Old Trafford touchline in delight after a 90th-minute Costinha goal took the Portuguese side through.And Arsenal’s tie with Villarreal is a rematch of their 2006 semi-final, which the Gunners won 1-0 on aggregate. United beat Chelsea on penalties in last year’s final and the draw means another all-English final remains a possibility.Reacting to match-up with Porto, Sir Alex Ferguson said: “This is a good draw for us. We’ve met Porto before and obviously we respect any Portuguese team.“We have had a huge Portuguese influence in the club, firstly with Carlos Queiroz but now with Cristiano (Ronaldo) and Nani, so we understand Portuguese football.”United will play the second leg in Porto but Ferguson insists that should not be a problem.“You sometimes wonder if being at home first is a good or a bad thing, but I think in this modern-day competition there is no indication of what is better,” said the Scot. “The only thing you hope is that you don’t lose a goal in the home tie. We are happy with the draw and we are looking forward to the next round.”CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAWVillarreal v ArsenalManchester United v PortoLiverpool v Chelsea Barcelona v Bayern MunichThe first legs will be played on 7/8 April with the second legs on 14/15 April.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL DRAWManchester United or Porto v Villarreal or ArsenalBarcelona v Bayern Munich or Liverpool v Chelsea The first legs will be played on 28/29 April with the second legs on 5/6 May.Source: BBClast_img read more

Appiah grateful to Essien

first_imgGhana’s inspirational captain Stephen Appiah has thanked his Black Stars colleague and best friend Michael Essien for his support and kind words in a recent interview.In an interview for his own website www.michaelessiengh.com, Michael praised Stephen for his contribution to the Black Stars, his charitable work, and asked Ghanaians to support him at all times.The pair who have been colleagues and friends for many years talk every week according to Michael and both have recently suffered bad injuries with Michael returning from injury over a month ago.Speaking to the StepApp.com team, Stephen was pleased and thankful to Essien.“Michael and I are very close and all I can say is thank you Michael for your kind words and encouragement,” Appiah said.“Its true we talk every week about a lot of things and Michael keeps encouraging me. It was the same when he got injured initially. I encouraged him a bit as well. “When we talk, we also discuss the Black Stars and how we are going to take the nation to the next World Cup.“Obviously it will be a team effort but with us being senior players its important our desire is as strong as any other.“I read his interview on his website and I was on the phone to him straight away to thank him. Not many people will do what he has done and I am eternally grateful.“By the way I beat him in a game of pool again when we went to Ghana recently so I think its official that I am better than him and I always remind him every week. I am now leading 2 – 0,” Appiah concluded.Stephen is currently in Brescia training with them as he seeks to sort out his future. With the Mali and Sudan games coming up he wants to be in tip top shape so that if he is called up he will be in a position to deliver as usual.Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more

Newcastle United sack coach

first_imgNewcastle United have sacked Chris Hughton from his position as manager.The club have put reserve team boss and ex-Magpies striker Peter Beardsley in charge of first team affairs.Hughton’s departure came a day after Newcastle lost 3-1 at West Brom, a result which left them 11th in the Premier League table.The 51-year-old guided Newcastle back into the top flight last season but the club said it was looking for someone “with more managerial experience”.A statement added: “The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League club.“Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well in the future. “The task of appointing a new manager now begins.”Newcastle defender Sol Campbell criticised the decision.“This will hit the players hard,” he told ESPN Soccernet. “The players admired him and liked him and won’t be happy now he’s gone like this.“It makes no sense. Here is a guy who has done an unbelievable job. He got the club back into the Premier League and any manager would have been rewarded for that with a new contract, but Chris wasn’t.“The players are sure to be asking themselves ‘what the hell is going on?’, that is only natural.“When we left training this morning none of the players had a clue this was coming. Yes, it has come as a shock, and it will affect the dressing room there is no doubt about that.” Former Magpies defender John Anderson, who is now a summariser for BBC Radio Newcastle, said: “This is something that’s been going on for a while, they’ve known for a whole that they want to get rid of him.“You just wish he would get angry and come out and say what he feels, but he won’t.”Former West Ham manager Alan Pardew was installed as the bookmakers’ favourite for the job, but Anderson feels it is difficult to predict what the club will do next.“Grab a name from anywhere – it could be anybody, it could be Curbishley, it could be Pardew,” he told BBC Radio Newcastle.“I don’t think it’ll be Martin O’Neill because he will want too many assurances that they won’t be able to give them.” The Newcastle-born Beardsley, who played over 300 games for the club during two spells, has been reserve team manager since the start of the season.The club say he will take charge of the first team with immediate effect and be supported by ex-Nottingham Forest winger Steve Stone, who has been his assistant reserve team manager.Newcastle are next in action when they host Liverpool, one of Beardsley’s former clubs, on Saturday.Speculation has been growing for weeks regarding Hughton’s future, although the club stated in October they would be looking to extend his contract in the new year.The defeat at The Hawthorns, after which Hughton kept his players in the dressing room for an hour, was the Magpies’ seventh of a season in a campaign in which they have won only two games at home. However, these were a 5-1 victory over local rivals Sunderland in October and a 6-0 triumph against Aston Villa back in August.They have registered wins at Everton and Arsenal this season under Hughton, but have picked up only two points from a possible 15 since the victory at the Emirates on 7 November.Those results have led to Hughton becoming the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season.Hughton, who has been working without an assistant manager since Colin Calderwood joined Hibernian in October, is followed out of St James’ Park by goalkeeping coach Paul Barron.Former Tottenham player and assistant manager Hughton arrived at Newcastle from White Hart Lane in February 2008 as coach to then Magpies boss Kevin Keegan. He served as caretaker manager when Keegan left in September 2008, before reverting to assistant boss when Joe Kinnear was appointed manager on a temporary basis.When Kinnear fell ill the following February, Hughton again stepped in, before assisting Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer as Newcastle were relegated.Hughton was once again placed in caretaker charge in the summer of 2009, as owner Mike Ashley sought to sell the club, but the team started the Championship season so well he was given the role on a permanent basis in October 2009.He went on to guide Newcastle to the Championship title with two games to spare.Source: BBClast_img read more

Repeat or revenge: Arsenal, Barca paired in UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw

first_imgArsenal and Barcelona are set to renew their rivalry as the two teams have been paired in this season’s UEFA Champions League draw round of 16.The last time the two met, Barcelona, inspired by a hypnotizing Lionel Messi overcame the lads from North London.Tottenham have also been handed a tricky tie with seven time champions, AC Milan.Spurs have been enjoying a great debut season in the Champions League but the resurgence of Milan might prove too hot to handle.Inter Milan and Bayern Munich lock horns once again in a repeat of last season’s final, which was won by Inter.Olympique Marseille will host the Red Devils, Manchester United in the first leg of their two-legged round of 16 while Real Madrid will hope for a Mourinho inspiration against old nemesis, Olympique Lyonnais, who have dumped Los Blancos out of the competition in the past three seasons. Chelsea have been handed a relatively easier tie than their other English counterparts but will be wary of the danger FC Copenhagen pose in light of the point they managed to pick up against in-form Barcelona in the group stages.AS Roma – Shaktar Donetsk and Valencia – Shalke round off the Champions League ties with the first legs set to kick off on February 15-16 and 22-23 2011 while the return legs are slated for March 8-9 and 15-16 2011.Story by Fidel Amoah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghanalast_img read more

Veloce Esports launches racing hub in London

first_imgEsports consultancy agency Veloce Esports has launched an esports racing hub in London, United Kingdom.This venue will be treated as a performance facility for racers to practice from while livestreaming their gameplay.Jean-Eric Vergne, Co-founder of Veloce Esports discussed the launch in a statement: “This is the ultimate venue for our drivers and team to engage the global audience that esports offers. The skills required to perform at the highest level in this industry are not to be underestimated. Esports is a serious business now and our athletes need the best equipment and atmosphere to keep improving as well as promote their careers through live streaming and content creation.”Veloce Esports worked with Logitech G on the lead up to the launch, with the gaming equipment company providing its products to help it run smoothly. The hub features four playseat Formula 1 rigs, three Playseat GT rigs, and a 200 degree field-of-view Formula 1 motion simulator.Rupert Svendsen-Cook, Director of Veloce Esports said: “Esports is an industry full of first moves right now, but this really is the start of something incredibly exciting for us and esports in general. We have a dynamic team that continues to grow with every opportunity that we are presented with. In Logitech G we feel like we have a pioneering partner that will prove tremendously beneficial to the future of Veloce Esports, and help shape our next steps as an industry-leading esports organisation.”The racers for Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 esports will train, practice, and livestream from this very hub. The aim of this technology is to “help maximise each driver’s potential behind the wheel” by offering sufficient training.Vincent Borel, Head of Logitech G Simulation added: “Working with Veloce is the next step in helping everyone get Ready to Race. Our gear is for everyone and we believe there is so much talent out there that can improve through a combination of the best gear and inspiration via online tutorials, demonstrations and competitions.”Esports Insider says: With the rise of racing titles in esports, this seems like a long time coming. It’s not cheap to house professional equipment full of technology like this, so having a location where esports racers can attend seems like a logical move. Good stuff from Veloce Esports!Join our Discord Server!last_img read more

Atlanta Esports Ventures partners with Respawn Products

first_imgAtlanta Esports Ventures‘ franchises will sit comfortably in its partnership with Respawn Products.The deal will see Overwatch League franchise Atlanta Reign and Call of Duty League franchise Atlanta FaZe use Respawn Product’s gaming chairs.Photo credit: Atlanta Esports VentureRELATED: Houston Outlaws outfits training space with Respawn Products dealAs well as the utilisation of Respawn Product’s chairs, the deal includes social media promotion and content product, involvement in the franchises’ home events, and other undisclosed activations.Alex Gonzalez, Sponsorships and Promotional Lead at Respawn Products, spoke to Esports Insider about the partnership: “Atlanta Esports Ventures has shown a strong dedication to the esports market as one of the few companies currently invested within the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League. This dedication and passion towards the esports scene make them a perfect partner for Respawn and we’re looking forward to seeing what both of their teams are able to accomplish at their upcoming homestands and throughout the 2020 season.”RELATED: Respawn Products partners with Epic Games for Fortnite chairsRespawn Products partnered with Overwatch League franchise Houston Outlaws earlier this week, kitting out the team’s training area with gaming chairs and desks.Atlanta Esports Ventures’ Call of Duty League franchise, Atlanta FaZe, is co-owned by North American organisation FaZe Clan. Esports Insider spoke with Paul Hamilton, President and CEO of Atlanta Esports Ventures, about the franchise in November.Esports Insider says: Without seeing the content and promotional material at the time of writing, this partnership seems fairly standard when compared to other gaming chair deals in esports. With that said, there will be a lot of eyes on both franchises in 2020 so this seems like a good move by Respawn Products.Subscribe to ESI on YouTubelast_img read more

Subaru partners with iRacing for rallycross series

first_imgSubaru of America, the North American branch of Japanese car manufacturer Subaru, has partnered with sim racing platform iRacing.The car manufacturer will be the entitlement sponsor of the Subaru iRX All-Star Invitational rallycross championship as part of the deal. Image credit: iRacingRELATED: Nevada regulators permit eNASCAR and ESL One Los Angeles bettingProfessional drivers from rally, rallycross, Indycar, and NASCAR will participate in the event alongside sim racers in a six-round championship that begins on April 10th.Travis Pastrana, Subaru Rally Team USA driver, discussed the championship in a release: “With so many people staying at home and missing racing, now is the perfect time to try new things in esports. For this series we’re going to bring together some of the biggest names from different types of racing and put them on virtual rallycross tracks with dirt, tarmac and jumps. It’s going to be a blast, and I can’t wait to see what happens!”RELATED: F1 Esports’ Dr. Julian Tan on the sim racing revolutionThe event will have a total prize pool of $10,000 (£8,028), which will be donated in its entirety to a selection of charities that are set to be announced at a later date. Subaru Motorsports USA will field a three-car roster in the series.The championship will be broadcast across iRacing’s social media platforms and on Subaru Motorsports USA’s Facebook page. Other competitors, teams, and sponsors will also stream the event.Esports Insider says: The recent exposure of sim racing has attracted plenty of attention on what was previously a relatively small scene. Subaru getting involved in sim racing makes a lot of sense given the huge crossover potential between real-world and virtual motorsport while events across the globe are cancelled or postponed.ESI New York 2020 – Find out morelast_img read more

Princesses to play South Africa in 2nd Round

first_imgGhana will play South Africa in the second qualifying round of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.The Black Princesses went through the first round qualifier after defeating Namibia over both legs.Goals from Mercy Myles, Deborah Afriyie and Beatrice Sesu secured the Black Princesses a 3-0 win in Windhoek on Saturday to complete a 10 aggregate scoreline over both legs.Eight countries including Ghana from first qualifying round will be involved in the campaign be held between 30 March and 15 April 2012.Ghana will be away to the South African’s in the first leg match.The Black Princesses are chasing one of the continent’s two places in the finals to be hosted by Japan in what could be their second final after their debut in Germany 2010.last_img read more

Tyson Fury ‘100 per cent’ sure he will fight Joshua and says he’s proud of him.. despite stealing his Klitschko thunder

first_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan Funny animals make you happy and laugh funny animal compilationcenter_img Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING TYSON FURY is proud of Anthony Joshua but will “100 per cent” fight him and prove his win over Wladimir Klitschko was the greater victory.The 31-year-old Gypsy King still feels his 2015 points masterclass over the 11-year-champion, on the road in Germany, is rated below AJ’s dramatic stoppage win two years later by fight fansTyson Fury defied the odds against Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion of the worldCredit: Bongarts – GettyAnd, despite saying he is proud of his fellow Brit for all he has achieved, the 6ft 9in stylist sounds eager to set the record straight over who is UK’s real heavyweight king.Fury told talkSPORT: “Excuse makers started as soon as I had beaten Wladimir Klitschko.“Straight away they said he had a bad right hand but he admitted he was fine. He said if you cannot get in range to land the jab, you cannot do anything.“That was my Mount Everest, my greatest night, I beat the 11-year champion but it was instantly overlooked.“Just because I had beaten Klitschko, he was suddenly washed up and the 26 challengers before me could suddenly not lace his boots up.“But two years later (before AJ beat him in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley) he was the king again.”Fury revealed before his bloody September win over Otto Wallin that he occasionally prank calls 31-year-old Joshua and promises to KO him when they finally meet.But, far from trying to intimidate the Watford man, who is trying to claw back his titles after his shock June loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, Fury is gushing with praise.Anthony Joshua managed to stop Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th roundCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe said: “The fight with AJ will happen, 100 per cent, it has to.“I have three more fights on my current contract. If Deontay Wilder wants another rematch he can get it, AJ can have one and so can Ruiz.“Ruiz was not a shock win for me, I was probably one of the few people in the world who picked him to win, people underestimated him because of how he looked.“Anthony can only do his best for the rematch, you cannot please everyone, I am sure he will try hard.“Before the first fight, he did not look right or wanted to be there but he tried his best and that is all you can do, the only shame is not doing it.“He has changed his life and reached for the stars, I am very proud of him as a person and a sportsperson.” Just like Ruiz before the historic win over AJ, Fury was underestimated by his nearest and dearest before the draw with Wilder.He said: “The people who always believed in me even doubted me, even my family.“I am not sure my trainer thought I would win.“My dad did not speak to me for five weeks because he thought I would get knocked out and put in a wheelchair.”The Gypsy King revealed he drank up to 18 pints of lager a night as he battled depressionCredit: —Fury has made an incredible comeback after a battle against depression and drugs left him contemplating suicide.The 31-year-old said: “I had a couple of breakdowns.“The first was in 2012 when I first started thinking about suicide, I was a British and Commonwealth champion but I was thinking about smashing my car into a tree.“I was supposed to be this big hard fighter but I felt like a child.”The Gypsy King has confirmed he will be back in the ring on February 22, but he has been busy making his name known in the world of WWE.He won his debut against Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia after he pulled out a huge punch at Crown Jewel.And he’s been brushing up on his MMA skills with Darren Till as he plans to take on UFC champion Stipe Miocic in the octagon.Speaking about his love for wrestling, he said: “I have been a lifelong WWE fan, watched it all the time and been a big fan.“I am athletic enough to be able to do it and Vince McMahon said he had signed loads of athletes in his career and I was the most natural.“I have left the door open to WrestleMania in April in Florida.”Tyson Fury has revealed his dad ignored him for five weeks before the Deontay Wilder fightCredit: talkSPORTTyson Fury urges UFC’s Dana White to sign deal to fight his dad John in ‘battle of the baldies’ Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Anthony Joshua hailed for revenge win as Wladimir Klitschko leads tributes for new heavyweight champ

first_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO led the tributes to Anthony Joshua after the Brit recaptured the heavyweight championship of the world.On a night of desert storms, AJ found an oasis of calm to to outclass Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, the flabby Mexican who had ripped away his belts in a New York mugging six months ago.Wladimir Klitschko led the tributes after Anthony Joshua regained the heavyweight world titlesCredit: Richard Pelham / The SunLearning his lessons from that stunning defeat, Joshua showed the intelligence to keep his distance and allow his superior technique to earn a unanimous points victory.And 43-year-old ex-world champ Klitschko, who suffered defeat to Joshua at Wembley in April 2017, was among the first to congratulate the Englishman.He tweeted: “Attaboy keep on punching!”England football legend and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted: “Congratulations to @anthonyfjoshua the 2 time world heavyweight champion. Intelligent performance and comfortable victory.”Former American boxer Andre Ward, who held multiple world titles at two weights, wrote: “Congrats to Anthony Joshua for mentally bouncing back and fighting a controlled disciplined fight. The style of boxing ‘they’ say no one wants to see, seems to always be the answer in the end. Hit and don’t get hit!”Watford football club, Joshua’s hometown, tweeted: “And the new… Congrats, @anthonyfjoshua! Back where you belong!” And Eddie Hearn, AJ’s promoter, wrote: “Can I get a 2 time!? Couldn’t be more proud!”After reclaiming the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles, Joshua said: “I said I didn’t want to get too carried away but it is emotional.“This is about the public, and about British boxing. They won tonight and we created history by opening the floodgates.“To Andy Ruiz and his family and team, love and respect and I want to see him in the ring again because he is very talented.“l can box but I like to fight. I’m a warrior at heart, and sometimes when you’re used to knocking a man out, it can happen to you.“I’m a man that has made mistakes and when I was on losing path in life, I matured and bounced back.“After I took my loss I had to mature as a fighter. Life is in boxing and that is why I love it because they go hand in hand.” Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night.center_img 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Billy Joe Saunders desperate for chance to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, says trainer Ben Davison

first_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Football player touch female referee s breast! REAL vs FAKE GOLD TRAINER BEN DAVISON is desperate for Billy Joe Saunders to get his fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.The WBO super-middleweight champion is among the names being considered to face the Mexican next.Billy Joe Saunders is desperate to get his shot at Saul ‘Canelo’ AlvarezCredit: SunSport / PAThe star’s trainer is desperate for the fighter to get his shot at the MexicanCredit: Getty ImagesFellow Brit Callum Smith is another contender for the bout, which looks likely to be May 2 to coincide with Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo.Four-weight world champ Canelo has plenty of options, and Davison is hoping it’s his man who gets the nod.He told talkSPORT: “We’ve been training for a few weeks now and just waiting for a date now to programme the last of the training camp.“I really don’t know. I don’t know yet. Hopefully he gets the chance to test himself against Canelo but we will soon find out hopefully.” Saunders is willing to do anything he can to make the fight happen.He said previously: “I would go to Mexico, if they want, as long as they have got a fair square ring. Let’s see who the best is.“I fear no man. If they want to fight, I’m ready to fight.“I’m the WBO super-middleweight champion – he’s a three-weight world champion, not four like he keeps saying.”Brook added: “I wanted to be busy, I wanted to be out mid-February but the Canelo fight got mentioned and you have to have patience. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t.“The problem is: I’ve been here before. I’ve been here twice with Gennady Golovkin, I’ve been here twice with Canelo. These big fights? I’ve been before and seen the carpet pulled [from under me].“So I’m not excited. The only time I get excited is when I put pen to paper.”Canelo Alvarez shows off his incredible body transformation in boxing workout 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTINGcenter_img Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Tyson Fury DOES have power to KO Deontay Wilder, says ex-heavyweight champ Joseph Parker

first_img REAL vs FAKE GOLD Funny animals make you happy and laugh funny animal compilation Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Best caption wins🏆 Credit @4×4 Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 TYSON FURY does have the power to KO Deontay Wilder.That is the view of former world champ Joseph Parker, who has watched his preparations up close.Tyson Fury CAN KO Deontay Wilder, says Joseph ParkerCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdNew trainer Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward has been brought in to help Fury land a knockout win over WBC heavyweight king Wilder in Las Vegas this weekend.And Parker warned doubters a bit of tinkering could lead to a sensational stoppage-win for the skilful technician.Ex-WBO heavyweight champ Parker, 28, told SunSport: “I’ve been over to watch Tyson sparring, he has always been a good friend.“We didn’t spar each other for this camp but Tyson does have knockout power.“He has stopped fighters before and he is a very good fighter.“I think because his movement and defence is so good, he was probably never really sitting down on his power punches.“If he really uses his height and reach and weight, he could definitely knock people clean out.“If he plants his feet, sits down on the shot and throws a right hand, ‘boom’, people will go down.”Popular Parker, who beat Fury’s cousin Hughie in 2017 but lost his title to Anthony Joshua a year later, is also close friends with Wilder. The 6ft 7in powerhouse Wilder, 34, divides opinions as forcefully as he knocks out opponents.Is he a limited fighter with a padded record who gets out of a jail with a freakish right hand?Or is the Bronze Bomber the hardest hitter in heavyweight history who is so confident in his ability that he can afford to lose rounds?For Parker, it is “definitely the latter”. The Kiwi, speaking while warming up at the Team Barry gym in Vegas, explained: “People do not give Wilder the credit he deserves.“Some people see the first six rounds he lost in the Luis Ortiz rematch recently and think he is a bad boxer. But I see a guy who is so confident in his power and ability that he can take his time and not rush any of his work.“I think Wilder feels he can give early rounds away, knowing that he is tiring his opponent out, before turning their lights off as soon as the opportunity pops up.”Brit Fury, 31, secured a draw in the first fight with Wilder and Parker refused to pick a winner in Sunday morning’s rematch.He added: “I am friends with both guys, I respect them both, but Wilder is a bad man.“I think Fury outboxes him and I almost always go with the boxer — but I am sitting on the fence for this one.”Parker believes people are underestimating Fury’s strengthCredit: Getty ImagesTyson Fury could ‘box Deontay Wilder’s ears off’ claims Frank Bruno center_img Amazing movies best funny animals Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Watch touching moment Tyson Fury sends special message to young boxing fan battling cancer after stopping Deontay Wilder

10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk Most awesome bullfighting festival People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 TYSON FURY showed his true class on Saturday night after he reached out to a young boxing fan after becoming the unified heavyweight champion.The Gypsy King stopped Deontay Wilder in round seven of their rematch to win the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles in Las Vegas.Mary Burke and her son John were delighted with Tyson Fury’s messageCredit: Mary BurkeFury hit the town after his stunning victory but took the time out to send a special message to one Irish fan.John Burke, 3, from Kilkenny is currently in his own fight. The brave youngster has Adenoid cystic cancer (ACC) and is being treated at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.Speaking to SunSport, his mother, Mary, told us: “He has stage 4 ACC cancer (Adenoid cystic cancer). It’s fairly hard to treat but they’re trying to treat it.“He’s just finished his fourth round of chemo – he’s not really well at the moment.‘OUR CHAMP’“He’s very sick but we’re hoping that, I’m praying to God, everybody, the whole world is praying for him that he will be ok. He’s a little fighter anyway and we call him ‘our champ’.Burke was quick to praise the staff at the hospital, saying: “Oh they are brilliant. Like we go from Shared Care in Waterford to Crumlin but it’s a completely different hospital when you come into it and the staff – they don’t just care for John – they care for the whole family.“They always ask if there’s anything they can do for us and things like that. I have six kids and they always accommodate when bringing the other kids up to the hospital and stay in the Ronald McDonald House…there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for us.”Like any parent trying to help their child though illness, Mary said they were delighted when Fury got in touch.Wilder vs Fury II: Round by roundA BIG LIFT“The child was delighted”, she said. “He’s very sick and he was down but he said a few words to Tyson. He tried to ring the phone but unfortunately I was asleep.“My cousins were over at the fight and they were all in the pub with him after he won the fight and they were telling him about John and how he’d be going to the next fight.“John said ‘Up Tyson’ the night before because I sent my cousins a picture.And then, I’m shocked, Tyson sent the video for John. We showed John and he was delighted with it. He was saying ‘up Tyson’.“He was very weak but he sent back a little message and said ‘thanks’ and he’s going to the next fight, please God.“He’s a proper champion in every way – in every way.”In the video to John, Fury says: “Hey, this is Tyson Fury AKA The Gypsy King. This is a special message to John Burke.“Son, get well soon and I hear you’re my biggest fan and you’re going to come to my next fight when we’re back in the UK baby.“All the best, God bless you son – see you soon”Deontay Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh roundCredit: Getty Images – GettyNew heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury arrives at Manchester Airport to cheering crowds Omg this is awesome 🙂 read more

Gareth Bale ‘rejected by MLS club due to eye-watering wage demands’ with out-of-favour Welshman stuck at Real Madrid

first_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! REAL vs FAKE GOLD People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heelscenter_img GARETH BALE was reportedly rejected by an MLS club due to eye-watering wage demands.The Welshman has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Los Blancos but his £650,000-a-week wages mean that few clubs can afford him.Gareth Bale was reportedly “rejected by an MLS club due to his staggering wage packet”Bale’s current contract does not come to an end until 2022 and Zidane was desperate to flog the Welsh star in 2019, but a £1m-a-week move to Jiangsu Suning fell through late in the day.The 30-year-old was subsequently re-integrated into the first-team in Madrid but the injury-prone superstar has struggled to make much of an impact – scoring just three goals and assisting a further two in 18 appearances this term.According to the Athletic, Bale was offered to an MLS side in the Eastern Conference but his staggering wage packet proved to be a stumbling block.However his agent Jonathan Barnett swiftly rebuked the claim telling ESPN that it was “rubbish” that Bale had been offered anywhere.This comes less than a month after the Real ace spoke highly of the United States’ top-flight.He told the Hat Trick Podcast: “I like it. It’s a league on the rise and continues to grow.“I would definitely be interested.”Newcastle, soon to have mega-millions if the Saudi takeover goes ahead, also have been linked.The Wales star has been determined to remain in the Spanish capital despite his strained relationship with Zidane. In January Bale’s agent claimed he will see out his contract until at the Bernabeu until 2022.Barnett, speaking at the Association of Football Agents meeting in London, said: “He’s got another two-and-a-half years left on his contract, and he’s fine.“He will be there, everything will be fine.“That’s what I’ve always said. I’ve never deviated from that.”Spanish football has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic and a whole host of top talent are expected to be flogged in the summer.Recent reports claim that Real must offload at least five of the club’s top earners in order to splash out in the next transfer window, as there will be a total of 37 players in their squad following the return of numerous loanees.The club was said to be considering allowing the Welsh marksman to leave for free just to get his mega-bucks wages off the books.He has also been linked with a return to Tottenham, as well as joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s revolution at Manchester United.But despite doubts over Bale and several other players’ futures, Zizou is said to have reassured them when they returned to training last week.He told the aces: “I’m going to need you all” as they still harbour hopes of completing the double.Bale joined from Spurs in 2013 for £86m and has won four Champions League titles during his time at the Bernabeu.Bale recreates iconic Champions League final goal in living room as Real Madrid star attempts ‘2.6 Challenge’ for NHS Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

‘Stranger Things 3’ trailer shows first glimpse of new creature, new characters

first_imgNetflix(LOS ANGELES) — It’s gonna be a strange summer.The new trailer for Stranger Things 3 shows the core group of friends – Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas, Will and Max – trying their best to enjoy their summer. But because this is Hawkins, Indiana we’re talking about, there will always be new interdimensional creatures to ruin their fun.The clip begins with Dustin returning home after some time away. His toys start to move on their own and a freaked-out Dustin follows them into his living room armed with a can of hairspray. Turns out, Eleven is making the toys move with her powers and all of his friends are there to surprise him. Needless to say, the welcome-home surprise doesn’t go quite as planned.Elsewhere, we see scenes of the kids just trying to be normal at the mall, the movie theater and a fair. But things quickly get more chaotic and we catch glimpses of a slimy, scary new creature, as well as new characters played by Cary Elwes and Maya Hawke.At one point, we hear Mike’s voiceover say, “We’re not kids anymore. I mean, what did you think? We’re just gonna sit in my basement all day?”Stranger Things 3 debuts on Netflix on July 4. It stars Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Winona Ryder and David Harbour.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Will the ‘Downton Abbey’ movie get a sequel? Show’s creator says he “wouldn’t refuse”

first_imgTom Schirmacher(BOSTON) — Before the Downton Abbey movie even hits theaters this Friday, there’s already talk of a sequel.In a new cover story for Town & Country magazine, writer Elizabeth Holmes reveals the film “lays the groundwork quite nicely for a sequel.” Show creator Julian Fellowes isn’t opposed, adding, “I certainly wouldn’t refuse.”Elsewhere in the article, stars Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech reminisce about Downton’s six season run and being able to reunite to film the movie two years after the series finale.“When we came back to filming, it felt the same,” Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, says. “It was like just going back to work, seeing your mates.”The show launched in the U.S. in 2011 and became the most-watched show in PBS history. Leech, who plays Tom Branson, credits fans’ word of mouth for the show’s success.“If it had been on one of the major networks…they would have pushed it too hard,” Leech says. “Downton had to be discovered. It had to have that slow build.”The film, which features all of the original cast members, plus some newcomers like Imelda Staunton, hits theaters Friday, September 20.The October issue of Town & Country, which includes a special Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Downton, hits newsstands September 19.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

College football schedule: Week 9 TV coverage for top 25 games

first_imgWeek 9 of the college football season is here, and though it doesn’t have as many high-stake games as previous weeks, we still get to see a handful of big games.That starts with the top-10 matchup between Florida and Georgia, affectionately known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” The No. 9 Gators and No. 7 Bulldogs will vie for SEC East supremacy — a loss for either team would effectively eliminate them from conference title and College Football Playoff contention. MORE: Watch college football live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)In other action, No. 18 Iowa travels to Happy Valley to take on No. 17 Penn State and No. 14 Washington State will be rewarded with its big win over Oregon by traveling to newly ranked Stanford. Here is the full TV schedule for each of those games and more heading into Week 9 of the season (all times Eastern; all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):Baylor at No. 13 West Virginia (-14)7 p.m. (Thursday), Fox Sports 1 | fuboTVNo. 25 Appalachian State (-8) at Georgia Southern7:30 p.m. (Thursday), ESPNUNo. 23 Utah (-10) at UCLA10:30 p.m. (Friday), ESPNNo. 2 Clemson (-14) at Florida StateNoon, ABCNo. 20 Wisconsin (-5.5) at NorthwesternNoon, FOX | fuboTVMORE: SN’s Week 9 Power RankingsNo. 9 Florida vs. No. 7 Georgia (-7)3:30 p.m., CBS | fuboTVKansas State at No. 8 Oklahoma (-23)3:30 p.m., FOX | fuboTVNo. 18 Iowa at No. 17 Penn State (-5)3:30 p.m., ESPNNo. 21 South Florida at Houston (-7.5)3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2No. 12 Kentucky at Missouri (-7)4 p.m., SEC NetworkMORE: Week 9 College Football Playoff pictureNo. 15 Washington (-10.5) at Cal6:30 p.m., FS1 | fuboTVNo. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford (-3)7 p.m., Pac-12 NetworksNo. 16 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (-3)7 p.m., ESPNNo. 22 N.C. State at Syracuse (-1)7 p.m., ESPN2No. 3 Notre Dame (-21.5) at Navy8 p.m., CBS | fuboTV MORE: Best photos from college football’s Week 8No. 6 Texas (-2.5) at Oklahoma State8 p.m., ABCNo. 19 Oregon at Arizona10:30 p.m., ESPNlast_img read more

Record-breaking Klay Thompson: ‘I was due for a big night’

first_imgKlay Thompson said he knew Monday could be the night to “snap out of a slump” after he poured in an NBA-record 14 3-pointers in the Warriors’ 149-124 demolition of the Bulls.Thompson hadn’t been at his best in the Warriors’ first seven games, averaging just 15.1 points while shooting only 13.9 percent from 3-point range. Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry are ‘best shooters to ever walk the earth,’ Kevin Durant says Five crazy stats from Klay Thompson’s record-setting performance against Bulls The Warriors swingman returned to form in emphatic fashion at the United Center, breaking teammate Stephen Curry’s record for triples in a game and scoring 52 points in just more than 26 minutes on the floor.”I just knew I was due for a big night,” Thompson said. “I just knew it.” Related Newscenter_img He can keep the beard pic.twitter.com/74lkajbM8p— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 30, 2018Asked about being in the zone, he said: “It’s the best feeling. Something I haven’t felt in the first six, seven games. To snap out of a slump with the record, I couldn’t ask for a better way to do it.”And I’m just going to continue this momentum on Wednesday (vs. the Pelicans), and it’s one of the best feelings in basketball when you touch the ball and feel like it’s going in every time.”The Warriors were just one 3-pointer short of the NBA record, but set a franchise best of 24. Thompson said his teammates should get credit for his historic exploits. “I really believe, I don’t know if I would have been able to break the records I have got in my past, just like tonight, without the system I play in or the team I’m with or the guys I play with,” Thompson said.”Because they knew even before I went out for the second half. Steph looked at the box score and said, ‘Go get it’. And that just shows you the unselfishness that is within him.”Same with KD [Kevin Durant] and Draymond [Green] and DJ [Damian Jones] and everyone else that was out there on the floor trying to find me and get me good looks.”last_img read more

Rutgers LB Izaia Bullock charged in attempted double-murder plot

first_imgThe targets of the alleged plot are reportedly unharmed.Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Rutgers police chief Kenneth Cop announced Bullock’s arrest Tuesday. Rutgers junior linebacker Izaia Bullock was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.Bullock, 22, allegedly “initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance.” A report from NJ.com stated that Bullock was looking for a getaway driver and had a mask, crushed Tylenol pills and gloves in his car.Bullock was dismissed from the team, according to NJ.com.The junior linebacker has not accumulated any stats with the Rutgers football team which currently holds a 1-7 record.last_img read more

College football rankings, Week 11: Oklahoma survives Bedlam, Kentucky stumbles

first_imgOklahoma fended off the most serious challenge to a top-10 program in Week 11, denying a late 2-point conversion attempt to claim a 38-37 victory over unranked Oklahoma State on Saturday.A lack of high-level upsets meant few meaningful changes to the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll rankings, with then-No. 12 Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee and then-No. 22 NC State’s loss to Wake Forest the biggest letdowns of the weekend. The Wildcats fell to No. 20, while the Wolfpack dropped out of the rankings. Here are college football rankings from the AP and Coaches polls ahead of Week 12:Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-LNo. 1Alabama6410-0No. 2Clemson110-0No. 3Notre Dame010-0No. 4Michigan010-0No. 5Georgia 09-1No. 6Oklahoma09-1No. 7West Virginia08-1No. 8Ohio State09-1No. 9Washington State09-1No. 10LSU08-2No. 11UCF09-0No. 12Syracuse08-2No. 13Utah State09-1No. 14Texas07-3No. 15Penn State07-3No. 16Florida07-3No. 17Washington07-3No. 18Iowa State06-3No. 19Utah07-3No. 20Cincinnati09-1No. 21Kentucky07-3No. 22Boston College07-3No. 23Mississippi State06-4No. 24Boise State08-2No. 25UAB09-1(Dropped out: No. 17 Fresno State, No. 22 NC State. Other receiving votes; Northwestern 87; Fresno State 64; Army 58; Buffalo 56; Virginia 44; Duke 38; NC State 37; Pittsburgh 30; Texas A&M 29; Michigan State 20; Auburn 19; Troy 17; Appalachian State 14; Missouri 13; San Diego State 10; Wisconsin 7; Arizona State 2; Tennessee 1.)AP PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-LNo. 1Alabama6110-0No. 2Clemson010-0No. 3Notre Dame010-0No. 4Michigan09-1No. 5Georgia09-1No. 6Oklahoma09-1No. 7West Virginia08-1No. 8Washington State09-1No. 9Ohio State09-1No. 10LSU08-2No. 11UCF09-0No. 12Syracuse08-2No. 13Texas 07-3No. 14Utah State09-1No. 15Florida07-3No. 16Penn State07-3No. 17Washington07-3No. 18Iowa State06-3No. 19Cincinnati09-1No. 20Kentucky07-3No. 21Utah07-3No. 22Boston College07-3No. 23Boise State08-2No. 24Northwestern06-4No. 25Mississippi State06-4(Others receiving votes: Army 128, UAB 78, Fresno St. 61, Michigan St. 31, NC State 30, Buffalo 29, Pittsburgh 28, Duke 20, Texas A&M 16, Iowa 8, Arizona St. 6, Stanford 3, Auburn 3, Troy 1.) MORE: SN’s updated college football Power RankingsElsewhere, Iowa lost to Northwestern and No. 24 Fresno State lost to Boise State. As a result, Northwestern, Boise State and Utah entered the top 25. last_img read more

Atlanta cruises past Red Bulls, Timbers edge Sporting KC to advance to MLS Cup

first_imgAtlanta was able to effectively kill the series all through Thursday’s second leg, holding the Red Bulls attack virtually silent in a 1-0 loss at Red Bull Arena. Even with the loss, Atlanta goes on to host MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium while the Red Bulls miss out on a chance to host in a season where the club won its third Supporters’ Shield in six seasons.From the onset, it was apparent that it was a matter of going through the motions for Atlanta United, who went ahead 3-0 in last week’s opening leg on goals from Josef Martinez, Franco Escobar and Hector Villalba.Martinez had a chance to all but seal the series in the game’s opening seconds, but the Venezuelan international scuffed his shot 18 seconds in after a deflection put him through on goal.WHAT A SAVE!Josef Martinez with the golden chance just 10 seconds in but Luis Robles keeps the Red Bulls alive. pic.twitter.com/JQpBep2S0Z— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 30, 2018It never got much better for the Red Bulls, who were outshot in the first half before throwing more numbers forward in the second. Brad Guzan was relatively untested in the Atlanta goal, stopping four shots on the day with none requiring anything spectacular.The apparent bright spot came late in the second half with the Red Bulls pushing for a goal as Aaron Long collided with Guzan, knocking the ball into the back of the net. The incident was initially ruled as a goal but, following Video Assistant Review, the finish was waved off, restoring the scoreline at no goals apiece.Late #RBNY goal ruled out by VAR!So much for the Disney movie comeback… pic.twitter.com/YBzHimbaIr— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 30, 2018With just seconds remaining in the match, the Red Bulls broke the deadlock on a goal from Tim Parker, but it was too little too late as the Red Bulls were eliminated via a 3-1 aggregate scoreline.Atlanta will now take on the Portland Timbers, who went to Kansas City and erased an early deficit to emerge with a 3-2 win and a spot in MLS Cup.The decisive moments were provided by Sebastian Blanco, who scored a thunderous long-range stunner to tie the game at one apiece, giving the Timbers the advantage on away goals following a 0-0 first leg draw.SPEECHLESS. #SKCvPOR // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/7FHPXRawdk— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 30, 2018Blanco then popped up to help create the Timbers’ second, which was punched in by Diego Valeri on a close-range header, all but ending Sporting KC’s hopes of advancing to the MLS Cup final. Sporting KC originally opened the scoring in the 20th minute with Daniel Salloi firing the hosts into the lead on a sloppy defensive sequence from the Timbers.However, the club’s Argentinian stars picked up the slack in the second half, although the final 10 minutes proved nervy after Sporting KC pulled one back through Gerso Fernandes to put the hosts within a goal of advancing.Valeri then iced the match, scoring in the 10th minute of stoppage time to seal the win as the Timbers advanced to the team’s second MLS Cup in four years. After building a 3-0 lead in the opening leg of their Eastern Conference final clash, it would have taken a monumental collapse for Atlanta United to miss out on a chance to host MLS Cup. That collapse never came as the second-year club cruised past the New York Red Bulls to win the series.Atlanta will take on the Portland Timbers in MLS Cup on December 8, after Portland defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-2 in the Western Conference final second leg on Thursday.last_img read more

Dominick Bruns Memorial Challenge Cup Chase dates set

first_imgDANUBE, Minn. – The Dominick Bruns Memorial Challenge Cup Chase for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars boasts a trio of $1,000 to win features at as many different Minnesota speedplants.Features on Saturday, June 7 at Jackson Speedway, Friday, July 18 at Murray County Speedway and Sunday, Aug. 10 at Redwood Speedway all pay a minimum of $100 to start.The top driver in point standings for the three nights earns a $1,000 share of the $2,000 series point fund and becomes eligible to qualify for the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The runner-up in points earns $600 and third place in the standings is good for $400. IMCA driver Shaun Bruns and his wife Becky founded the Dominick Bruns Memorial Foundation in 2008 after losing their son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The series point fund is generated by the sale of T-shirts and racing shirts by the foundation along with contributions from area sponsors. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.at Jackson. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.Murray County opens the pit gates at 5 p.m. and the grandstand at 6 p.m. Racing follows 7:15 p.m. hot laps. Admission to the grandstand is $12 for adults, $7 for kids 11-15 and free for 10 and under. Car and driver is $35; pit passes are $25. Redwood opens the pit gates at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 5:15 hot laps.Pit passes are $25. Admission for spectators is $12 for adults, $8 for teenagers and free for kids 12 and under when attending with a paid adult. NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb is a special guest that evening. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points, as well as special series points, will be given all three nights.Kids attending Bruns Challenge Cup Chase events will be eligible for drawings for checkered flags autographed by Stock Car drivers competing at the respective events.More information about the Challenge Cup Chase and the Dominick Bruns Memorial Fund is available on the www.dominickbrunsmemorial.com website.last_img read more

Friday IMCA Modified Duel In The Desert qualifiers go to Most, Taylor

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 11) ­– Josh Most and Peyton Taylor started third and finished first in their respective Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified qualifying features on night two of Las Ve­gas Motor Speedway’s Duel in The Desert.Most led Jordan Grabouski, four-time Duel king Jeremy Payne and Rob Sanders across the stripe in Friday’s first 25-lapper while Taylor won ahead of Jason Noll, Tim Ward and Stormy Scott in the night­cap.Most and Taylor each earned $777; the top four from each qualifier advance to Saturday’s $7,777 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event.Most ran the low side off turn four to take the lead from Sanders the second time around the half-mile Dirt Track.Following a lap seven caution, Most, Sanders and Grabouski pulled away while Todd Shute had his hands full holding off Payne and Benji LaCrosse for the final transfer position.Payne took over fourth with 10 laps left. Grabouski closed on the leader as the front pair neared traffic but Most held on to win by five car lengths.Ryan McDaniel drew the pole start for the second qualifier and stayed in front before Taylor and Adam Armstrong drove by following a ninth circuit restart.Taylor put some distance between his back bumper and the rest of the field following a restart two laps later. Noll worked his way back to the second spot while the 11th starting Ward was up to third by lap 15.Scott made his way up from 18th starting to pass Armstrong for fourth the next time around. Noll maneuvered his way to within a car length of Taylor as the race wound down, but Taylor pulled away again for a half straightaway win.Curtis Van Der Wal led every lap of the $500 to win qualifier for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, pulling away from the pack after a lap three caution.Van Der Wal had a half straightaway advantage over Robert Elliott before midway in the 20-lap­per and maintained that margin while running through heavy traffic.Completing the top six and transferring to Saturday’s $1,777 to win main event were 19th starting Lee Jensen, Brian Cooper, Mark Abouzeid and 14th starting Chris McKellar.Last-chance qualifying for both divisions, plus Young Guns and Legends features for Modifieds precede main events on Saturday. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time.The Duel In The Desert is broadcast by IMCA.TV. Entries for the 19th annual event topped 250 with drivers representing 22 states and three Canadian provinces.Feature Results 1st Modified qualifier ­– 1. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 3. Jeremy Payne, Springfield, Mo.; 4. Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; 5. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa; 6. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 7. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 8. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 9. Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; 10. Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; 11. Ricky Alvarado, Grand Junction, Colo.; 12. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 13. Bill Brack, Mead, Colo.; 14. Clay Daly, Salinas, Calif.; 15. Bruce Nelson, Turlock, Calif.; 16. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; 17. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 18. Doug Davenport, Veronia, Ore.; 19. Masen Big Eagle, Manor, Sask.; 20. Darrell Hughes II, Manteca, Calif.; 21. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 22. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa; 23. Bobby Horton, Yuma, Ariz.; 24. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 25. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; 26. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; 27. Duane Cleveland, Plumas Lake, Calif.; 28. Nick DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif.; 29. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 30. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas.2nd Modified qualifier ­– 1. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 2. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 3. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Stormy Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 5. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 7. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 8. Adam Armstrong, Carlisle, Iowa; 9. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; 10. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 11. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 12. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 13. Joshua Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif.; 14. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 15. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 16. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 17. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 18. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wy.; 19. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 20. Logan Drake, San Obispo, Calif.; 21. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 22. Rex Merritt, Billings, Mo.; 23. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz.; 24. Jeff Stafford Sr., New River, Ariz.; 25. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 26. Rodney Sanders, Happy, Texas; 27. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 28. Jer­emy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 29. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 30. Steven McCollough, Imperial, Calif.Northern SportMod qualifier ­– 1. Curtis Van Der Wal, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 2. Robert Elliott, Clin­ton, Okla.; 3. Lee Jensen, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; 5. Mark Abou­zeid, Durham, Calif.; 6. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Ron Tex Jr., Papillion, Neb.; 8. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 9. Levi Kiefer, Pahrump; 10. Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla.; 11. J.R. Herrera, Price, Utah; 12. Brian Pearce, Oakley, Calif.; 13. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 14. Matt Lewis, Bakersfield, Calif.; 15. Shawn Pudwill, Piedmont, S.D.; 16. Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif.; 17. Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 18. Matthew Hagio, Prunedale, Calif.; 19. Chase Rudolf, Norwalk, Iowa; 20. James Cecil, Bakersfield, Calif.; 21. Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif.; 22. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Jorddon Braaten, Medford, Ore.; 24. Jared Schweit­zer, Bakersfield, Calif. Peyton Taylor was understandably pumped after winning his Friday night Xtreme Motor Sports IMA Modified qualifying feature at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Duel In The Desert. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)last_img read more

5-year IMCA sponsor Penske Racing Shocks gives Modified, Late Model, Stock Car awards

first_imgREADING, Pa. – Drivers in three IMCA divisions are in the running for contingency awards from Penske Racing Shocks again in 2017.The Reading, Pa., manufacturer and five-year IMCA sponsor gives product certificates valued at $350, $250 and $150, respec­tively, to top three eligi­ble finishers in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds and in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions.Certificates in the same dollar increments will be awarded to eighth, ninth and 10th place finishers in national standings for IMCA Late Models.Modified and Stock Car drivers are required to compete with four Penske shocks, display two Penske decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.All awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the home office.More information about Penske shocks is available by calling 610 375-6180, at the www.penskeshocks.com website and on Facebook.“Penske returns to our contingency sign-up program to recognize and reward their loyal custom­ers in 2017,” commented IMCA Marketing Diretor Kevin Yoder. “Programs like this add depth to our sign-up offerings and give racers great options on shock packages.”last_img read more

29th annual IMCA Harris Clash is Aug. 4 at Deer Creek

first_imgMore information is available on the www.harrisclash.com and www.deercreekspeedway.com websites, and by calling event promoter Bob Harris at 515 292-9200. SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – The 29th annual Harris Clash sees IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods in action at Deer Creek Speedway on Tuesday, Aug. 4.  Northern SportMods race for $1,200 to win. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and KMJ Performance Minnesota State points will be awarded in both divisions; Modifieds also earn Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points.  Modifieds run for $3,000 to win, plus a $500 bonus if their chassis was built by a Manufacturers’ Cup participant, as well as a spot on the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The 10-lap, $1,000 to win Harris Clash Race of Champions is open to all former Clash winners and is again sponsored by Wehrs Machine and Racing Products. This is the third year Deer Creek has hosted the Clash. Pit gates at Spring Valley open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $20 for kids and $5 for ages five and under.  Drivers can pre-enter at the www.harrisclash.com website; pre-entry is now $75 for Modifieds and $50 for SportMods. last_img read more

Report: Hawks’ Dwight Howard pulled over for speeding the morning of playoff loss

first_imgRob Carr/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard was reportedly caught speeding and without insurance on April 28, the morning of his team’s season-ending loss against the Washington Wizards.According to a police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 31-year-old Howard was pulled over by police in Dunwoody, Georgia, for traveling 95 mph in a 65 mph zone around 2:06 a.m. The report said an officer found he was driving without insurance and on a suspended registration.Howard was given a verbal warning for speeding and suspended registration, had a ticket written for having no insurance and had his car towed, the report said.The Wizards beat the Hawks 115-99 in Game 6 of the playoffs on April 28.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

“Dirty Dancing” Reboot: So what happened to Johnny and Baby?

first_imgABC – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s Dirty Dancing reboot aired on Wednesday night — 30 years after the classic film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny Castle and Francis “Baby” Houseman had its premiere — and answered the question, “What ever happened to Johnny and Baby?”It turns out the relationship between the couple — played this time by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes — was only a summer fling.The remake begins with a grown up Baby entering a movie theater showing Dirty Dancing. We then flash back to 1963, when she and her affluent family spend their summer vacation at a resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains, where she meets and falls in love with Castle, the resident dance instructor.We return to the present day and the theater — now empty — where the two former lovers unexpectedly run into each other. We learn that Johnny — now a successful dancer — choreographed Dirty Dancing, which was inspired by a book Baby wrote about their summer together. “Never thought I’d have a career on Broadway until I met you,” says Johnny. “You were so fearless. You made me feel like I could do anything.”“That summer changed everything for me,” she replies. “I stopped being the baby.”The two are then interrupted by Baby’s young daughter, followed by her husband. After an awkward introduction, the two are left alone. “Keep dancing,” Johnny tells her as they part ways. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Teen stabbed to death in New York City school, another injured; classmate in custody

first_imgJaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 15-year-old boy is dead and a 16-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition after they were both stabbed in the chest, allegedly by a fellow student in the middle of class at their New York City school on Wednesday morning, police said.The 18-year-old suspect was taken into custody and is being interviewed after the deadly incident in the Bronx building, which houses the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation and PS67.Police said the stabbing appears to be the result of an argument involving the three students that had been going on for about two weeks.A knife with a 3-inch blade and a 4-inch handle was recovered at the scene, police said.The school does not have metal detectors, officials said, adding that this knife would have been picked up if there were.Wednesday marked the first time in 25 years that a New York City public school student was killed due to violence in a classroom. “Our hearts are very heavy right now,” he said, adding, “My heart goes out to the families who have been affected by this tragedy.”The mayor said the school community is “reeling.”Officials said there will be random checks with metal detectors on Thursday and additional school safety officials will be brought in.The last student killing inside a New York City public school was on Feb. 26, 1992, when a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were shot dead in a Brooklyn high school by a 15-year-old.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Suspected Orlando Cop Killer Had 100-Round Magazine, Police Say

first_img Related Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — When the man wanted for allegedly gunning down a veteran police sergeant in Orlando, Florida, was caught by police after a nine-day manhunt, he was armed with guns and a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, police said.Markeith Loyd — who was wanted for allegedly killing Master Sgt. Debra Clayton as well as a pregnant woman — was fleeing a home Tuesday when he was caught, according to cops.He was wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, including a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. Loyd threw the guns to the ground and resisted arrest when police officers tried to detain him, police said.John Cohen, an ABC News contributor who is a former U.S. counterterrorism official, said the massive magazine Loyd allegedly had can hold an “extraordinary amount of bullets.” Cohen said a weapon like the one Loyd was alleged to be carrying “only has one purpose — to allow the shooter to fire continuously without having to reload.”Cohen said these drum magazines — which are readily available online — pose a real challenge for law enforcement because violent criminals can use them to carry out attacks or to defend themselves while they’re being sought.Cohen said the high-capacity magazine — in addition to the fact that Loyd was wearing body armor — shows Loyd was “prepared to take on the police” who came to arrest him.“In the hands of a violent criminal, this type of high capacity magazine could be extraordinarily dangerous, and result in the death of people including police officers,” Cohen said.Orange County Sheriff’s office officials said Tuesday that Loyd would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of attempted homicide.Officials said before Clayton was shot, Loyd was wanted for the death of his former girlfriend and her unborn child. Officials said Loyd also allegedly shot and injured the former girlfriend’s brother.Records Wednesday show that Loyd was booked on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful killing of an unborn child, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm. The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond for comment on why records show one murder charge.He suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with police, Mina said. Loyd is at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and it is unclear when he will be moved to the Orange County Jail. His first court appearance is not clear.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Teddy bear flies over 200 miles to be reunited with 4-year-old girl

first_imgLoganair(ORKNEY, Scotland) — One beloved teddy bear got left behind by his best friend and had to travel a great distance to be reunited with his owner.Donna, who asked ABC News not to use her last name, was traveling on Monday with her 4-year-old daughter Summer back to their hometown of Orkney, Scotland, from Edinburgh Airport in the country’s capital.The mother said the two didn’t realize “Teddy,” as he is lovingly known, was left behind until they sat down on the plane.“I panicked and called the cabin crew guy over, who said he’d [likely] be at security,” she added, noting that while going through airport security it was “really crazy.”“It must’ve fallen off of something,” Donna said.Donna said they didn’t have time to go back to security to look for Teddy. Instead, when she touched down in Orkney, she tried recovering Teddy, whom Summer has had as a best friend since she was born.“As soon as I landed, I was frantically calling everywhere trying to get through to anyone,” Donna recalled. “But I wasn’t getting anywhere with the airport.”So the mother took to Facebook, posting a plea in a local group for help with locating Teddy. That’s where Loganair cabin crew member Kirsty Walter heard about the incident, offering to help.Walter was able to locate Teddy and personally flew him back Wednesday to Orkney herself to reunite him with Summer.“Whenever our team was made aware of the ‘grizzly’ situation, we knew there could be pandemonium if we didn’t help,” Loganair’s Commercial Director Kay Ryan told ABC News in a statement. “Our cabin crew team quickly tracked down the bear and arranged for him to be on the next service up to Orkney. It was wonderful to see Teddy back in the company of Summer and we’re pleased to have played a role. Loganair prides itself on bringing everyone, including Teddy, home for Christmas.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Baby dies after being left in hot South Carolina car all day; father said he forgot infant was there: Police

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Police in North Charleston, South Carolina, are investigating the death of a baby boy who was left in a hot car all day on Tuesday.The temperature reached 85 degrees that day — 11 degrees above normal.The baby’s father told authorities that he left his home Tuesday morning and was supposed to drop him off at daycare, but he forgot and drove to work, the North Charleston police said.The man’s wife arrived at the daycare Tuesday evening and learned her baby, who was 10 months old, wasn’t there, police said.She immediately reached out to her husband, who checked his car and found the infant inside and unresponsive, police said.The father took the baby to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Police have not identified the father nor the baby.While the coroner’s office is still investigating the cause and manner of death, David Diamond, professor of psychology, molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida, says scientific studies of the brain prove that Forgotten Baby Syndrome does exist.“It’s where the parent completely loses awareness that the child is in the car,” Diamond told ABC News in 2016. “It’s our brain habit system. It allows you to do things without thinking about it. That plan we have to stop a habit seems to get suppressed. We lose awareness of our plan to interrupt that habit. These different brain systems actually compete against each other.”Diamond explained that when there’s competition between the brain’s “habit memory system” and its “prospective memory system” and the habit memory system takes over, then Forgotten Baby Syndrome can occur.Under circumstances of sleep deprivation or stress, Diamond said that parents can default to repetitive actions. For example, a routine drive from home to work, instead of home to daycare, is performed automatically, he explained.“You sort of go in autopilot mode,” Diamond said.However, Forgotten Baby Syndrome has also been used as an excuse.In 2016, Justin Ross Harris was convicted of the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who died after he was left in Harris’ hot car in Georgia for about seven hours.Harris’ attorneys had argued Cooper’s death was an accident and that Harris failed to take Cooper to daycare and he left Cooper in the car.But prosecutors said Harris purposefully left Cooper in the car so he could escape his family and his responsibilities.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Vatican Cardinal Pell to stand trial on sex assault charges

first_imgMichael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Cardinal George Pell was ordered to stand trial on decades-old sexual assault charges on Tuesday, making him the most senior official to be tried in the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal.Pell, who serves as Pope Francis’ chief financial adviser, pleaded not guilty before an Australian magistrate. He was ordered to appear in court again on Wednesday.The charges against Pell were first announced last June.Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington previously agreed to discharge some of the most serious charges against Pell, the highest-ranked Catholic in Australia, but she said the case against Pell was strong enough to warrant a trial by jury.Over the last four weeks, the court heard allegations of sexual offenses that allegedly took place at a swimming pool, cinema and a cathedral between the 1970s and 1990s, according to Australia’s 9News.Police in the Australian state of Victoria have charged Pell, 76, with multiple counts of sexual assault, but details about the charges have not been disclosed. Pell vowed to “defend” himself against the allegations in a statement released on his behalf early Tuesday.“Cardinal George Pell has at all times fully cooperated with Victoria Police and always and steadfastly maintained his innocence. He has voluntarily returned to Australia to meet these accusations,” the statement said. “He will defend the remaining charges.”Pell thanked those who have supported him “during this exacting time” and said he was “grateful for their continuing support and prayers,” according to the statement.Pell has not been asked to resign by Francis, who has vowed zero tolerance for sexual-related offenses. The pontiff granted Pell a leave of absence last year “so he can defend himself.”“The Holy See has taken note of the decision issued by judicial authorities in Australia regarding His Eminence Cardinal George Pell,” Greg Burke, director of the Holy See Press Office said in a statement Tuesday. “Last year, the Holy Father granted Cardinal Pell a leave of absence so he could defend himself from the accusations. The leave of absence is still in place.”The Vatican issued a similar statement last year when the charges against Pell were initially announced.“The Holy See has learned with regret the news of charges filed in Australia against Card. George Pell for decades-old actions that have been attributed to him,” the Vatican said in a statement last June. “The Holy Father, having been informed by Card. Pell, has granted the cardinal a leave of absence so he can defend himself.”In 2014, Francis appointed Pell the Vatican prefect of the secretariat for the economy. Pell, who was ordained as a priest more than 50 years ago, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to face charges in the Catholic Church’s multiyear sex abuse scandal.Pell voluntarily spoke with Australian police officials in Rome in 2016 about alleged sexual assaults in Ballarat, Australia, from 1976 to 1980 and in East Melbourne from 1996 to 2001.The Vatican said Pell has “openly and repeatedly” condemned abuse against minors and noted his support for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Iran ordered to pay billions to relatives of 9/11 victims

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It might be a hollow victory but it’s a victory nonetheless for relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.A federal judge in New York on Tuesday ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars to parents, spouses, siblings and children of more than 1,000 9/11 victims, court documents obtained by ABC News show.The default judgment issued by Judge George B. Daniels finds the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran are liable for the deaths of 1,008 people whose families sued.The lawsuit, which was first filed in 2004 and allowed to go forward in 2016 after Congress passed Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act to open sovereign states accused of terrorism to liability, alleged Iran provided assistance, including training, to the 9/11 hijackers even though the 9/11 Commission found no direct evidence of Iranian support.The judge set damage awards according to the following scale: $12.5 million per spouse, $8.5 million per parent, $8.5 million per child and $4.25 million per sibling.The plaintiffs may apply for punitive damages at a later date, the judge’s order said.“In December 2011, a New York federal court held a hearing and found that the evidence presented established that Iran’s provision of material support to al-Qaeda was a cause of the 9/11 attacks and the resulting damage, injuries, and deaths,” said attorney Robert Haefele of Motley Rice LLC, who represents the plaintiffs.“It is difficult for those injured or left behind to ignore the findings of the federal court about Iran’s culpability,” Haefele continued. “But those findings should not overshadow the mountain of evidence presented against Saudi Arabia, which remains central to the plaintiffs’ case.”However, the judgment is largely symbolic. Iran has never responded to the lawsuit and is unlikely to ever pay.The order does make the families eligible to collect from a small fund of seized Iranian assets that has been used in the past to compensate families of victims of Hezbollah attacks and other violence attributed to Iran.The judgment is part of the larger case the 9/11 families are pursuing against Saudi Arabia. There’s a conference in that case later this month.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

National parks could face flooding from sea level rise, storm surge

first_imgNPS/Instagram(WASHINGTON) — The National Park Service has released its first-ever report on how the impact of sea level rise and flooding from storms could impact national parks around the country.More than a quarter of the property managed by the park system is on a coast, according to the report, and many face increasing threats from rising sea levels connected to global warming and increased threats of flooding from storms in the coming decades.The report had been edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, causing Democrats to call for an investigation into whether the report was edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, after a report from a nonprofit journalism organization reported that references to the human impact on climate change were removed from a draft of the report earlier this year.The authors wrote that the National Park Service should be aware of the possible impacts of combined sea level rise and storm surge and that the report will help the National Park Service plan how to adapt.“Sea level change and storm surge pose considerable risks to infrastructure, archaeological sites, lighthouses, forts, and other historic structures in coastal units of the national park system,” the authors explained.National parks already face more than $11 billion in backlog for maintenance. Flooding or hurricanes can cause even more expensive damages. Repairs to national parks after Hurricane Sandy cost more than $370 million, according to the report.The new report released Friday found that parks in Washington, D.C., face the highest sea level rise by 2100 but that the parks are not directly on a coast and that parks in the Capitol region are very close together so each park would be affected differently.In the case of a category 2 hurricane, for example, the report found that as much as 3 meters of flooding could travel up the Potomac River, potentially causing flooding in almost every park in the Capitol area, including the museums and war memorials on the National Mall.“Such a storm surge could be worse by the end of this century given projected sea level rise around the Capital region of up the 0.8 meters,” the report says.National parks in the Southeast, especially the Everglades National Park, face threats from storm surge that are exacerbated by sea level rise, the report found. By the year 2100, the Wright Brothers National Memorial could be completely flooded if hit by a hurricane category 2 or higher, according to the report.Research shows that global sea levels are changing because rising global temperatures from greenhouse gas emissions cause ice to melt, especially in places like Greenland and Antarctica. The report published by the National Park Service uses models from the United Nations’ climate change panel, National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration, and research from the University of Colorado Boulder to estimate how national parks could be affected by sea level rise if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current levels.The lead author of the report, Maria Caffrey of the University of Colorado Boulder, wrote on her website that a draft was finished in February 2017. The draft had been delayed and officials from the National Park Service deleted references to humans’ role in climate change from draft versions of the report, according to nonprofit investigative news organization Reveal News’ April report.Terms like “anthropogenic climate change” and “human activities” releasing carbon dioxide were crossed out of previous drafts of the report, according to Reveal News. The phrases were in the version made public on Friday.A spokesman said in an email to ABC News that the Park Service was confident the report was accurate and the final language of the document was a result of authors resolving conflicting edits.“During multiple rounds of review, recommendations and suggested edits that focused the report on issues specific to national park units were offered for consideration by the author team. As often occurs, the author team experienced disagreements regarding the relative merits of incorporating some of the recommendations received before the report was finalized,” the National Park Service spokesman said, adding, “The scientists preparing this report were doing just that when working drafts of the report were published in the news media before the authors had completed their deliberations.”Democrats requested that the Interior Department’s internal watchdog look into whether the department was censoring scientists who worked on climate change, which would violate the agency’s scientific integrity policy. The Inspector General Office has started looking into questions posed by lawmakers, according to Nancy DiPaolo, the Interior Department Inspector General’s spokeswoman.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Orioles interested in signing Randy Wolf

first_imgThe Baltimore Orioles are reportedly interested in signing left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf. Wolf is a 36-year-old veteran who last pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers. Wolf has been a successful starting pitcher in the past posting a 130-117 winning record in his career. Wolf has not pitched well this year, he is 3-10 with a 5.69 era. I am surprised at the interest in Wolf, but the Orioles have proved me wrong before. The starting rotation seems to be intact for now so he will best fit in the bullpen. Orioles need to figure out their playoff roster soon and I doubt Wolf would be in those plans. The Orioles are waiting for Troy Patton to return from the DL and probably just want another lefty in the bullpen. Who knows, maybe Randy Wolf has enough left in the tank to help the Orioles in their playoff run. Here are some tweets from Brittany Ghiroli about Wolf. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Ravens Bills Thursday injury report

first_imgINJURY REPORT – BALTIMORE RAVENS at BUFFALO BILLS SUNDAY, September 29, 2013 WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY GAME STATUSPLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY)OUT OUTWR Jacoby Jones (knee) WR Jacoby Jones (knee) DID NOT PARTICIPATE DOUBTFULWR Marlon Brown (neck) DT Terrence Cody (knee)DT Terrence Cody (knee) C Ryan Jensen (foot)RB Shaun Draughn (ankle) LB/DE Pernell McPhee (knee)C Ryan Jensen (foot)LB/DE Pernell McPhee (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION QUESTIONABLELB Arthur Brown (chest) LB Arthur Brown (chest)DE Chris Canty (thigh) DE Chris Canty (thigh)RB Ray Rice (hip) RB Shaun Draughn (ankle)WR Deonte Thompson (foot) RB Ray Rice (hip)DT Brandon Williams (toe) WR Deonte Thompson (foot) DT Brandon Williams (toe) FULL PARTICIPATION PROBABLE WR Marlon Brown (neck) WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY GAME STATUSPLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY)OUT OUTDID NOT PARTICIPATE DOUBTFULDB Ron Brooks (foot) DB Ron Brooks (foot)DT Alex Carrington (quad) DT Alex Carrington (quad)CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist) CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist)WR Marquise Goodwin (hand) WR Marquise Goodwin (hand)K Dustin Hopkins (R. groin) K Dustin Hopkins (R. groin)WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring)CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)G Kraig Urbik (knee)DT Kyle Williams (achilles)DE Mario Williams (ankle) LIMITED PARTICIPATION QUESTIONABLEFS Jarius Byrd (foot) FS Jarius Byrd (foot)DT Marcell Dareus (ankle) DT Marcell Dareus (ankle) WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) G Kraig Urbik (knee) DT Kyle Williams (achilles) DE Mario Williams (ankle) FULL PARTICIPATION PROBABLEG Doug Legursky (knee) G Doug Legursky (knee)RB CJ Spiller (quad) RB CJ Spiller (quad) Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.Not Injury Related Player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury. Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Taking a look at the remaining Grapefruit League games

first_imgClosing out Grapefruit League action on March 25, the Orioles will welcome the New York Mets for the first time at 1:05.Please follow and like us: If I could plug myself for one second, Sunday’s game will be my first in the press box at Ed Smith Stadium. I’ll be in Sarasota all week, covering all four home games the Orioles will have from the 17th through the 23rd. I’m hoping to bring as much coverage as I can your way, while cherishing this amazing first-time experience for me every step of the way. The Baltimore Orioles had their only off day of the spring yesterday as the Ed Smith Stadium complex was closed giving players a much needed rest, mentally and physically. Resuming play today with 15 games remaining over the next two weeks, we’re going to start seeing the Opening Day roster begin to take shape. On Friday, the Orioles will head south to Fort Myers to play the Twins again, this time with a full squad. In their last meeting at Hammond Stadium, the Orioles were able to board a bus north with a 9-4 victory. Tonight, the Orioles will take on the New York Yankees in Tampa in their final trip to George M. Steinbrenner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 this evening and you’ll be able to hear the game broadcast on the flagship station for the Orioles, 105.7 The Fan. It will be the second matchup in four days between the two teams and the third of four this spring. They played to a 2-2 tie back on March 1 and the Yankees took the second Grapefruit League game, 6-1. The weekend begins with a trip to Dunedin to take on a split-squad Toronto Blue Jays team and then they’ll welcome a split-squad Yankees club back to Sarasota. Saturday’s contest will be streamed live on Orioles.com and the game on Sunday will be televised live on MASN at 1:05.center_img Tuesday, March 19 will feature another home game against the Twins, followed by a 6:05 contest on Wednesday, March 20 when the Orioles will host the Boston Red Sox. With games on February 27, March 2 and March 8, the Orioles have taken all three by a combined score of 20-9. Back-to-back home games will happen on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Orioles hosting the Toronto Blue Jays and a split-squad Minnesota Twins team. The game on Wednesday will be broadcast on MASN at 1:05. The Blue Jays will be making their final trip to Sarasota, as the Orioles will look to make it a perfect 2-for-2 at home this spring against them. The Orioles won the first game 9-8. On the road for the following two days, the Orioles will travel to Bradenton to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 21 and back down to Dunedin on March 22. Three of the final four games will be played at home as the Twins make their final appearance on March 23 and the Pirates make their’s on March 24. That’s a split-squad day for the Orioles as the other half of the team will make their final trip to Clearwater to take on the Philadelphia Phillies. On Monday, March 18, the Orioles will make their one-and-only trip to Joker Merchant Stadium in Lakeland, to take on a split-squad Detroit Tigers team. Meeting just once prior this spring, the Orioles won a 7-5 contest back on March 3.last_img read more

Bill Hamid Begins Season with Two Shutouts, Gets Recognized Twice with MLS Team of the Week Honors

first_imgDuring that late-run to the playoffs in the 2018 season, Hamid started 14 games and made a total of 51 saves in 1,260 minutes while allowing 12 goals, posting a 9-2-3 record. This season, Hamid has played in 180 minutes, that’s all of both D.C. United’s games to begin the season. With D.C. United tied with the Columbus Crew for four points for first place in the Eastern Conference, the Black and Red need another big game from Hamid on Saturday night. Hamid was D.C. Untied’s first Homegrown Player, meaning he was part of the club’s youth academy team before joining the big boys. Hamid actually left in September of the 2017 season to play for FC Midtjylland in Denmark before rejoining D.C. United for their playoff push in August last season. Hamid’s two shutouts haven’t gone unnoticed from the league. MLS has awarded Hamid MLS Team of the Week honors during both weeks of the 2019 season so far. Sunday’s game against NYCFC was Hamid’s 200th start for D.C. Untied and his shutout was the 56th of his career. D.C. Untied has picked up where they left off rom last season and a big part of their early 2019 success has been the play of goalie Bill Hamid. Hamid has began 2019 with two shutouts, one over the defending MLS champions Atlanta Unied FC at Audi Field in a 2-0 win as well as this Sunday at Yankee Stadium where Hamid held NYCFC off the scoresheet in a scoreless draw. center_img Hamid stopped both of the shots he faced in the season opener at Audi Field while on Sunday, Hamid stopped all six shots. That’s eight total saves to help D.C. United to an early 1-0-1 start before their game on Saturday night against Real Salt Lake. Top photo credit: Geoff BurkePlease follow and like us: Check out @BillHamid28’s highlights from his six-save shutout performance against NYCFC! 🛑🛑🛑#DCU pic.twitter.com/IopS9WQH0T— D.C. United (@dcunited) March 12, 2019last_img read more

NFL suspends James Hurst for four games

first_imgSTATEMENT BY AN NFL SPOKESPERSON Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to his team’s active roster on the Monday following the team’s fourth game.Please follow and like us: Here is the NFL’s press release. James Hurst of the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. The NFL has suspended offensive lineman James Hurst for the first four games of the 2020 NFL season. Hurst violated the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy. last_img read more

College football Week 1 Thursday picks: Clemson doesn’t cover, Utah-BYU a nail-biter

first_imgMORE: Week 1 Heisman watch, upset picks and moreSporting News has picks against the spread for all the top-25 games here, but we’re giving you the Thursday picks for now .Florida A&M at No. 17 UCF (-45.5)7:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkNotre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush should make his first start for the Knights, who will face a Florida A&M team that went 6-5 in Willie Simmons’ first season. UCF maintains its regular-season unbeaten streak going with easeUCF wins 49-7 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.Georgia Tech at No. 1 Clemson (-37)8 p.m., ACC NetworkGeoff Collins’ debut at Georgia Tech won’t be easy, and it’s our first look at Trevor Lawrence since his high-flying performance in the College Football Playoff last season. Clemson was 1-2 against the spread when favored by more than 30 points in 2018.Clemson wins 44-14 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.Texas State at No. 12 Texas A&M (-33.5)8:30 p.m., SEC NetworkFirst-year coach Jake Spavital leads the Bobcats into a tough opener at Kyle Field, and the Aggies are hoping to pick up where they left off after averaging more than 50 points over their last four games of 2018. Kellen Mond opens with a big first half.Texas A&M wins 51-14 and COVERS the spread. No. 14 Utah (-6) at BYU10:15 p.m., ESPN Another Week 1 rivalry game, and it should be a good one. The Utes have won the last eight meetings, but all of the last six have been decided by little more than five points per game. BYU makes it interesting at home, and perhaps we get overtime.Utah wins 27-20 and COVERS the spread. College football is here, and there are four top 25 teams in action on Thursday night. That includes defending national champion Clemson. The Tigers play Georgia Tech in the launch of the ACC Network. It will be our first look at Trevor Lawrence since the 44-16 blowout victory against Alabama in last year’s College Football Playoff championship game. last_img read more

Redskins’ Dwayne Haskins patiently waiting for debut: It ‘doesn’t happen overnight’

first_img“I’m happy for those guys,” Haskins told reporters, via ESPN. “It’s easy to look at the rookie class and be like, ‘Rookies are playing, why am I not playing?’ I want to be like Tom Brady and Drew Brees and that’s something that doesn’t happen overnight. Tom didn’t play at first; Aaron Rodgers didn’t play at first.”Keenum had a whopping five turnovers in Washington’s 31-15 loss to the Bears on Monday. Related News Case Keenum injury update: Redskins QB out of walking boot, back on practice field “Everyone has a different path and journey. That’s good for (the other rookies) and that’s the situation they’re in and I’m not.”The Redskins will travel to New York and face the Giants on Sunday.Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Redskins coach Jay Gruden not focused on job security Dwayne Haskins sees the others from his draft class making their debuts — successful debuts, at that — under center, but the rookie quarterback isn’t worrying about taking the reins for the Redskins.Washington’s backup quarterback spoke with the media Friday about the cries from fans for him to replace Case Keenum. Redskins might fire Jay Gruden with loss to Giants, report says However, despite his sputtering start, coach Jay Gruden seems keen on keeping the more veteran player at the starting position.”Well, we’ve played three games and there’s 13 games left in the season,” Gruden said. “This season is not lost. It’s not over. I know everybody wants to say, ‘It’s over and the season is over so go ahead and play Haskins.’ We feel confident we can turn this thing around.”Gruden did add that if Haskins can give the team “the best chance to win in a coming game,” then the Redskins will “definitely” put him in the starting role.”I know I can play well and play at a high level,” Haskins said. “But I want to keep getting better. I feel I can be really, really good. I want to be a great quarterback, one of those guys you talk about for years to come. That’s not going to happen overnight.last_img read more

Muddled plan has damaged Bulls’ star No 9s, says former Bok

first_imgIvan van Zyl’s unexpected promotion as the Blue Bulls’ skipper for Saturday’s Currie Cup derby against the Golden Lions is merely another chapter in what has become a confusing, damaging saga.The 24-year-old scrumhalf and his teammate, Embrose Papier, both became Springboks in 2018 and looked set to provide intense competition for each other this season.Instead, Bulls team management’s muddled rotation policy has seen them tumble down the national pecking order.Nothing illustrates that confusion better than Van Zyl being handed the captaincy after not even making the match-23 the previous two weeks.It’s a situation that’s a concern for former Springbok halfback Werner Swanepoel.Werner Swanepoel in his Bok playing days. Credit: Scott Barbour/ALLSPORT“The Bulls’ selection policy this year has done more damage to Ivan and Embrose’s confidence than improving it,” the 46-year-old, who played in 20 Tests and represented South Africa at the 1999 World Cup, said on Thursday.“We’ve had various situations this season where the two haven’t even been included in match squads.”Swanepoel rightly points out that Bok coach Rassie Erasmus probably had hoped to cultivate a battle similar to the All Blacks’ Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara, who both keep each other on their toes without dropping standards.That said, the Kiwi duo play for different franchises in Super Rugby.Nonetheless, it seems Human became too eager to exercise that privilege.“I’ve got no problem with rotation in general, but a players needs to know where he stands and what’s expected of him,” said Swanepoel.“The problem with rotating at halfback is that No 9 and 10 are vital positions. And because those positions are so intricate, a player can easily become quite confused. You’re playing one week, the next you’re not and then you’re back.“Unfortunately, every position in rugby is still predicated on momentum. Consistent game-time is still the best way to grow. If you’re not performing well enough, then it’s fine to be dropped, but you at least need a fair run initially.”Papier and Van Zyl’s loss though has become the exciting Herschel Jantjies’ gain.“Let’s not forget Herschel. He’s a glowing example of grabbing your opportunities with both hands. The Stormers backed him once he made the starting XV and he grew every week,” said Swanepoel.“We’ve discovered a gem. We’ve reached the stage where I think Faf de Klerk, Herschel and Cobus Reinach will be our scrumhalf options at the World Cup.“There simply isn’t any other local halfback that currently comes even close to staking a claim. It’s unfortunate for Ivan and Embrose, but that’s the reality.”For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

China football ultras keep ‘Chariots of Fire’ runner burning bright

first_imgThe 400m gold medallist from the 1924 Paris Olympics, immortalised in Oscar-winning film “Chariots of Fire”, was a Christian missionary and athlete who was born, worked and died in China.He was 43 when he succumbed to a brain tumour at a Japanese internment camp in 1945. He is said to have refused a ticket out from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, instead giving it to a pregnant woman.Now, three-quarters of a century later, fanatical supporters of Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda want to ensure that the memory of Liddell’s contribution to the city of his birth does not fade away.“Eric was a great man. He was not a Chinese national but we consider him a Tianjiner,” said Sam Wang, 25, co-founder of ultras group “Tiger Wings”.“He sacrificed his life in China.”In his honour, Wang and his fellow Tianjin diehards made a flag depicting Liddell with a gold medal slung around his neck. They plan to send it to Liddell’s family.Wang said the flag was partly a riposte to what he sees as a rise in nationalism among fans of some other Chinese football clubs.– Stamford Bridge link –In an historic area of Tianjin, a city of 15 million people on China’s northeast coast, lies Minyuan Stadium, the former home of Tianjin Teda.It has been turned into a cultural centre but it was Liddell’s idea to base the stadium’s design on Stamford Bridge, home ground of London club Chelsea.Some Chinese football fans are keen to keep Liddell’s memory alive. Courtesy of Sam Wang/AFP/Handout“He brought the drawings of Stamford Bridge stadium to Tianjin in 1925 so it was one of the earliest cities in China to have a stadium,” said Bai Guosheng, director of Tianjin Sports Museum.“I think he deserves to be remembered — he was a selfless devotee to Chinese sports and laid the groundwork for modern sports in China.”After his birth in 1902 in Tianjin to missionary parents, Liddell was educated in Britain and represented his country at the Olympics.But he returned to China as a missionary and was also a sports and chemistry teacher in Tianjin. He is regarded by some as China’s first Olympic champion.In 2015, a statue to Liddell was unveiled in Weifang, the city south of Tianjin where he died in a Japanese camp.At the unveiling, Liddell’s daughter Patricia told The Times of London: “My father was multi-faceted, he didn’t just appeal to religious people.“He was born in China, he worked in China, he died in China.“He’s their Olympic hero. He didn’t leave the Chinese people when the going got tough.”– ‘We won’t forget him’ –There are no suggestions China is airbrushing the “Flying Scotsman” from history but the Tianjin fans want to keep his star burning bright.“A few years ago the nationalism in China began increasing and there were a few neo-Nazi ultras groups emerging in China,” said Wang.“But Tianjin has a long history of having international people from around the world and it’s our culture to absorb cultures from all over the world.“We wanted our voice to be heard and Eric was born in Tianjin.“We want to deliver the message to the locals and make sure they remember him and pass his legacy through generations of Tianjin football fans.“We will not forget him.”last_img read more

Evgeni Malkin injury update: Pittsburgh Penguins announce forward out long-term

first_imgCoach Sullivan says both Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad will be out longer-term with lower-body injuries.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 7, 2019While it is unknown just how long “longer-term” will be, Malkin is expected to be out longer than Bjustad; however, it is not considered season-ending. It is worth noting that Malkin has not played a complete season since 2008-09, missing 14 games last season and 76 over the last five.NHL predictions: Final standings, playoff projections, Stanley Cup picksThe 33-year-old Russian registered almost eight minutes of ice time before he tripped while maneuvering the puck around teammate Kris Letang during the second period. Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss significant time due to an injury sustained Saturday night, the team announced Monday.Malkin, along with Nick Bjugstad, will be out long-term after suffering lower-body injuries against the Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Mike Sullivan said. On an awkward play in the neutral zone, Malkin tripped and was checked into the boards along the Penguins’ bench. Malkin then fell to his knees as he and the puck slid toward the boards, where he was met by Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov.Here’s where Evgeni Malkin was injured during the 2nd period. #Pens pic.twitter.com/xkRsK6vVzj— Chase Williams WPXI (@chasepwilliams) October 6, 2019Gavrikov’s hit did not seem particularly nasty, but something seemed to bother Malkin from either the hit or the fall; he left the Pittsburgh bench for the locker room shortly afterward.Malkin scored the first goal of his team’s young season Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Sabres.last_img read more

Titans’ Marcus Mariota on being benched: ‘This isn’t going to end my career’

first_img“It’s going to be different,” Mariota said of his backup role. “I’m going to do everything I can to help Ryan (Tannehill) and help this team.”Coach Mike Vrabel confirmed the change Wednesday at the Titans’ practice, saying that he hopes the move will “get a little spark” from the team. “I am very confident that, after having talked to Marcus and watching him prepare already today that if called upon, at some point and time, we expect him to be ready to go,” Vrabel told reporters. “It is not an easy thing for any player. I would say it is not an easy thing for a coach that cares about his players … to make that decision. But we felt like this was the right thing for the team right now.”Mariota being benched could mark the end of his tenure with Tennessee, since he’s in the final year of his rookie contract. So far this season, he’s thrown for 1,179 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions with a 59.1 completion percentage. Brock Osweiler announces retirement from NFL Marcus Mariota is remaining optmistic after it was announce Ryan Tannehill will be the Titans’ starting quarterback against the Chargers this week.Mariota, who has been Tennessee’s starter since his rookie season in 2015, says this isn’t the beginning of the end for him. “Until the day that I die, I’m going to believe I gave it all I got. No matter what, I can learn and grow from this situation. This isn’t going to bring me down. This isn’t going to end my career,” Mariota told reporters. “I had an opportunity to play but I didn’t make the most of it. I am going to learn and grow from it.”.@Titans QB Marcus Mariota pic.twitter.com/oGNk0oLS61— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 16, 2019More from @Titans QB Marcus Mariota in locker room today. pic.twitter.com/vVQaMmQ30h— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 16, 2019Currently, the Titans are 2-4 and Mariota has struggled most of the season. Last week against the Broncos, he threw for just 63 yards, two picks and no touchdowns in th 16-0 loss. He ended up being replaced by Tannehill late in the third quarter. Related News Jalen Ramsey on trade from Jaguars to Rams: ‘I’m overjoyed right now’ Browns’ Myles Garrett claims he was punched in the face by a fanlast_img read more

Michigan, Notre Dame agree to home-and-home football series in 2033, 2034

first_img Georgia-Florida game staying in Jacksonville through at least 2023 Notre Dame will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to take on the Wolverines first on Sep. 3, 2033, and then Michigan will head to South Bend, Ind. on Sep. 4, 2034, to round out the series. Michigan and Notre Dame have decided to renew their rivalry and meet in the regular season again … in just under 14 years. The two schools have agreed to a home-and-home football series in 2033 and 2034, Michigan announced on Saturday. Jim Harbaugh refutes ‘total crap’ rumors that he’s leaving Michigan for NFLcenter_img The Fighting Irish and Wolverines played each other on an annual basis from 2002 until Notre Dame opted to end the series after the 2014 season. In July 2016, the schools announced a home-and-home series to take place in 2018 and 2019.  Related News Notre Dame beat Michigan 24-17 last season en route to a berth in the College Football Playoff. However, the Wolverines lead the all-time series with a 24-18-1 record.No. 19 Michigan (5-2) hosts No. 8 Notre Dame (5-1) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

2019 World Series has been a stinker compared with recent Fall Classics

first_imgAnd then we have the 2019 World Series, which has been pretty “blah” in comparison. That, admittedly, feels like a strange thing to say for a best-of-seven playoff that has reached its sixth game and could very well be stretched to the limit if the Nationals win tonight (and with Stephen Strasburg on the mound, that’s certainly possible). MORE: Bad ball/strike calls in Game 5 highlight need for “robot umps”It’s not that the Astros and Nationals have played contests completely devoid of drama. They’ve just been mostly devoid of drama. Aside from the opener — the Nationals built a 5-2 lead and held on for a one-run victory — the eighth and ninth innings have lacked any real sort of “who will win” uncertainty. The seventh inning of Game 2 was, by far, the most stunning moment of the series, when the Nationals scored six runs to take control of the contest and secure their second win in Houston in as many days.But in Washington? Houston was the better team, in every facet. The Astros outscored the Nationals 19-3, in Games 3-5. Alex Bregman produced more runs in one swing of the bat — with his Game 4 grand slam — than the Nationals produced in 27 innings. The most compelling part of those three games was guessing how the Nationals would manage to squander runners-on-second-and-third scoring opportunities. Would they strike out? Pop out? Ground out? Hit the ball hard right at somebody? They elevated failure to an art form, going 1-for-21 with runners in scoring position in those three games. So here we are, with Game 6 rapidly approaching, waiting for — hoping for — the type of drama we’ve seen so often recently in late October. This series does have one unique element, of course: The road team has won every game. That’s fun, but not really compelling. And we miss compelling, so let’s rank the World Series of this decade, by how compelling/dramatic they were to watch. 1. 2011 World SeriesWhy it’s here: Because Game 6 has a special place in World Series history. The Cardinals were twice down to their final strike, and twice came through to extend the game. First, it was David Freese’s two-RBI triple in the ninth. Then it was Lance Berkman’s RBI single in the 10th. And then, yeah, Freese ended the game with a walk-off solo home run in the 11th. Even the lone blowout in the series — the Cardinals’ 16-7 win in Game 3 — featured a three-home run performance by Albert Pujols. 2. 2016 World SeriesWhy it’s here: Two franchises — the Cubs and Indians — that hadn’t won a series in a generation, going to extra innings in Game 7? How can you beat that? Oh, and the Cubs rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to claim the title by winning the final two games on the road.3. 2017 World SeriesWhy it’s here: Two extra-inning contests, each of the first six games decided by two runs or fewer. More “no way that just happened” home runs than any sane person can remember. The only reason it’s not No. 1 or 2 is because Charlie Morton dominated Game 7, taking the drama out of the end of an amazing series. 4. 2014 World SeriesWhy it’s here: Because Madison Bumgarner was better than any pitcher has ever been in a single World Series (one run allowed in 21 innings), and because we almost saw a game-tying inside-the-park home run by Alex Gordon with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 7. It’s lower than the other seven-game series because only two of the contests — Games 3 and 7 — were decided by fewer than five runs. 5. 2018 World SeriesWhy it’s here: Even though he didn’t win the MVP award, David Price was the series standout. The lefty cast off his playoff demons and pitched brilliantly in Boston wins in Games 2 and 5. Game 3 lasted 18 innings and more than seven hours — after the teams traded runs in the 13th — and ended on a Max Muncy walk-off homer. In Game 4, the Red Sox trailed the Dodgers 4-0, heading into the seventh inning and wound up winning 9-6. This five-game series had everything but length.6. 2013 World SeriesWhy it’s here: The Cardinals took a 2-1 series lead, but the Red Sox won the next three to wrap up the series in six games. Four of those contests — Games 2/3/4/5 — were all decided by just one or two runs.7. 2015 World SeriesWhy it’s here: Game 1 set the tone for a series full of late-inning heroics. The Royals tied it in the ninth and won it in the 14th. In Game 4, the Royals scored three in the eight to beat the Mets, 5-3. In Game 5, Matt Harvey was brilliant for eight shutout innings, but faltered in the ninth — Mets manager Terry Collins was criticized heavily for bringing him back out — as the Royals scored two to send the game to extras. They piled on five in the 12th to clinch the title. HOUSTON — We have been spoiled in recent years, as baseball fans. The World Series has produced a set of compelling, dramatic and even historic competitions. Three of the past five Fall Classics — 2014, 2016, 2017 — have been pushed to the full seven-game limit, and even the ones that ended early — 2013, 2015, 2018 — were packed with close contests that went down to the wire, often ending in extra innings. 8. 2019 World SeriesWhy it’s here: For all the aforementioned reasons. Could climb as high as No. 5, though, if Games 6 and 7 are particularly compelling. If the Astros win Game 6 like they won Games 3/4/5, it stays here. 9. 2012 World SeriesWhy it’s here: This one started with a surprise — the Giants chased Tigers ace Justin Verlander after just four innings, with a pair of homers and five runs — in Game 1. And San Francisco produced just enough offense the rest of the way to support a brilliant effort by the pitching staff, finishing the sweep with wins by scores of 2-0, 2-0 and 4-3 (in 10 innings). 10. 2010 World SeriesWhy it’s here: The Giants outscored the Rangers 27-8 in their four victories, and seven of those eight Texas runs came in Game 1, an 11-7 loss. Tim Lincecum was brilliant in the Game 5 clincher, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits and a run in eight innings. Oh, and Madison Bumgarner gave us a sneak peak at what was to come in 2012 and 2014, throwing eight shutout innings in his Game 4 win.last_img read more

Utes again fail to defend 3-pointer

first_imgOn a night the largest crowd of the year came out to see Andrew Bogut’s number unfurled from the Huntsman Center rafters, Bogut’s fellow Aussie, Luke Nevill, tried his darndest to lead Utah to a win over Air Force.Nevill scored 21 points and made a big three-point play in the final minute to put the Utes ahead by two. But in a game eerily similar to Wednesday night’s overtime loss to Colorado State, the Falcons hit a big 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds remaining and then watched the Utes look clueless in their last possession.This time, the game didn’t go into overtime as Jacob Burtschi’s 3-pointer from the left angle with 18 seconds left gave the Falcons a 52-51 lead and eventually a victory.The Utes had a chance to win the game themselves, but just like the last play of regulation Wednesday, Ute guard Johnnie Bryant dribbled around by himself before flinging up a poor shot. The fadeway 15-footer bounced off the rim with two seconds left and the Falcons ran out the clock.Afterwards, Ute coach Ray Giacoletti didn’t want to single out Bryant or Shaun Green, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 32.7 seconds left that could have almost iced the game for Utah.Instead he blamed Utah’s poor defense down the stretch.”It wasn’t the missed free throw or not making the extra pass on the last possession,” he said. “It was not being able to get stops. I think we got one stop in the last six (possessions).”The Utes had clawed back from a seven-point deficit midway through the second half and matched the Falcons basket for basket from the 7:32 mark to inside the final minute.Finally after Nevill sank an inside shot and converted a free throw to make it 51-49 with 53 seconds left, the Utes got a stop when Matt McCraw missed a 15-footer.On the Utes’ possession, Green was fouled early. Even though Green has played the third most minutes on the team and was shooting 71.4 percent from the line, he had only attempted 14 free throws all season.His shot bounced off the back of the iron, and the Falcons came down and ran a set to free Burtschi on the left angle.”We talked about how you cannot give a three up,” Giacoletti said. “That’s two nights in a row we’ve done that.”The Utes still had 16 seconds left for a winning play. But just like Wednesday, the play looked like the Johnnie Bryant Show.”We wanted to try to set a high ball screen, get penetration, let Luke roll and find somebody to kick to,” Giacoletti said, which is basically the same thing he wanted the Utes to do Wednesday.”Shaun appeared to be open, but we didn’t make that decision.”Instead it was Bryant dribbling, dribbling and dribbling before finally firing up a shot.”As a player, especially a point guard, you want to be the guy to make a play,” Bryant said. “I really didn’t have anybody to pass to and you have to get a shot up.”For the second straight game, Nevill didn’t get a chance for a late shot or a chance to get fouled.”I would have liked it,” Nevill said. “But I can’t dribble up the court myself. It’s a team sport and it was a team decision.”The Falcons led most of the first half, although the Utes had brief leads at 12-11 and 15-13. The game was tied at 19 before the Falcons hit two baskets in the final 1:22 to take a 24-19 halftime lead.The Falcons increased their lead to 36-29 with 10:49 left, but the Utes came back to tie the game at 36 and stay with the Falcons until the final seconds.Nevill, who also had eight rebounds, was the only Ute to score in double figures. Bryant finished with nine and Bryant Markson scored just seven, making all three of his shot attempts.Burtschi led the Falcons (21-5, 9-4) with 18 points, while center John Frye had 17 points, his third best output of the season.He had made just two 3-pointers all season but made three of five 3-point shots Saturday.The loss marks the first time a Utah team has lost as many as five home games in a season since 1988-89, when the Utes finished 11-7 at home. Now 12-12 overall and 5-8 in the Mountain West Conference, the Utes head out on the road for a game against UNLV on Wednesday night and then get a week off before playing at TCU the following Wednesday. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Jazz look ahead after coming out of brutal stretch with 5-4 record

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Since December 28, the Utah Jazz have played the most consolidated part of their 2015-16 season, with nine games in less than two weeks, including their only four-games-in-five-nights stretch of the season.The fact that they’ve been able to come out of that tough stretch with a 5-4 record is remarkable. Consider that the Jazz:• Didn’t have second-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder Derrick Favors for any of those games, nor top reserve Alec Burks, out with a leg injury.• Didn’t have leading rebounder and shot-blocking starting center Rudy Gobert for the first seven of those games.• Had to start two players they picked up off waivers, Jeff Withey and Chris Johnson, for some of those games.• Lost starting guard Rodney Hood for a game and a half to an ankle injury.• Started two rookies, Raul Neto and Trey Lyles, for all of those games.The Jazz emerged from that brutal 14-day stretch with a 17-20 record, solidly in the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings, which equates to a playoff berth at the end of the regular season.And guess who the next two Jazz opponents happen to be? The next two teams behind them in the Western Conference standings.The Jazz, after getting two days off between games for the first time since Christmas will play Portland (16-24) Wednesday night in Portland and return to take on Sacramento (15-22) on Thursday night at Vivint Arena. Wins in those two games would give the Jazz some breathing room in their quest to make the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2012.Utah coach Quin Snyder isn’t talking about playoffs yet — playoffs?! — but he did talk about breathing after Sunday night’s win over the Lakers.“We’ll take a few breaths and maybe we’ll get some guys back before we inhale,” he said.He might have been referring to Favors, who has been “questionable” for most of the last two weeks, warming up before most games, but not ever playing. He made the trip to Los Angeles after not going on the Texas trip, and Snyder had encouraging words before Sunday’s game.When asked about the possibility of Hood and Favors playing that night, he said, “We’ll see how they’re feeling. They’re getting closer, Fave in particular.”However, Hood was the one who played, which may indicate that Favors is real close to coming back, but perhaps the Jazz decided not to bother playing him against the lowly Lakers, who were missing three players of their own Sunday night.In that game, the Jazz came out lethargic, perhaps because it was the fourth game in five nights and the second of a back-to-back and led just 15-14 after one quarter thanks to a pair of late 3-pointers by Hood and Trey Burke.Then behind reserves Withey, Burke and Chris Johnson, who combined for 15 points in the first five minutes of the second quarter, the Jazz raced out to a 33-18 lead and went into halftime up 13.The Lakers tried to make a run in the second half, but they couldn’t find the basket (32.3 percent for the game) and thanks to some key buckets by Gordon Hawyard and Neto, the Jazz hung on for the 86-74 victory.“To win the fourth in four of five is hard to do and these guys, they gutted it out,” said Snyder. “It’s a great win.”JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz will play the Lakers again Saturday night and Jazz fans will hope Kobe Bryant is back after missing Sunday’s game with a strained Achilles . . . After scoring 34 against Miami and 25 at Los Angeles, Hayward has moved up to No. 25 in the league in scoring at 19.3 points per game, the same average he had in 2014-15 . . . The Jazz are the fourth-lowest scoring team in the NBA at 96.4 ppg and tied for fourth in opponents’ points at 96.7 ppg . . . The Jazz meet the Lakers twice more after this Saturday — March 28 in Salt Lake and April 13 in Los Angeles.last_img read more

E-Waste Collection Day will be Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — E-Waste Collection Day at the City of Wellington Recycling Center on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.Collecting unwanted, working and non-working electronic devices. For more information about the operating hours, please contact Jeremy Jones, Public Works Director, at 620-326-7831.  For questions concerning specific items to be collected or data destruction, please contact Pete at 316-305-6896 (evenings) or Julian at 316-305-6895 (evenings).NO CRT monitors, NO old tube-type TV’s.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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 commentslast_img read more

Two-car accident occurs at Wal-Mart Tuesday afternoon

first_img 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 Comment (1) 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. +3 Vote up Vote down Redkitty · 194 weeks ago How many lives have to be taken before we put in a stop light Report Reply 0 replies · active 194 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 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A two-car accident occurred Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 160 in front of the Wal-Mart resulting in one person being airlifted to Wichita.Cameron Sanchez, 18, of Belle Plaine and Nichole Thomason, 44, of Wellington were involved in an accident resulting  in serious injuries. The second patient was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center.There were seven emergency personnel on the scene.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Valley Center Art Day announced

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 24, 2017:Monday• JV Tennis at WHS• Baseball at Buhler• Softball at Buhler• Tennis at Chaparral.Tuesday • Tennis at Augusta• JV Tennis at Circle• Band Concert Wednesday• CTE Showcase 6-8• Tennis at Winfield• Golf at Cherry Oaks• Senior Interviews.Thursday• JV AVCTL Tennis at Buhler.• Golf at Hesston• JV Golf at Collegiate• Baseball at WHS• Softball at WHS.Friday• Track at Belle Plaine (Wellington home meet).Saturday• C-Team Baseball at WHS.Tuesday menu: Breakfast: Pancake Sausage griddle.Lunch: Chili Dog, turkey burger.Today’s News: *The following students won awards from Valley Center Art Day:Honorable MentionsIreland Maarouf- Watercolor paintingDarian Blackburn- Watercolor paintingArtistic MeritJaycee Schettler- 2 Acrylic PaintingsKileigh Peninger- Screen PrintingDarian Blackburn- watercolor paintingBest in ShowDarian Blackburn-Acrylic Painting which also won best overall in the 2-D category!Katelyn Migues- Ceramic TeapotWe also won the overall in points and got to take home the Travel Trophy!Congratulations Students!*Mrs. Groom’s first semester ceramic and jewelry students need to bring work in to display at the CTE showcase by TOMORROW!*There will be a Cross Country meeting on May 10 at 3:05 in the Health room.*April 26 will be the 6th annual CTE Showcase from 6-8 pm. This is a time when we celebrate the accomplishments of students involved with CTE classes and various pathways. There will be drawings for prizes, snacks prepared by the Culinary class, tour of the Tiny  House Built  in the Construction and Design pathway as well as various student projects on display in the commons, shop and classrooms. Mark your calendar and come support the CTE students of WHS!*If you chose Leadership as a class on your enrollment card or are interested in being in Leadership class next year, pick up an application in the office. It will be due Friday, April 28th. There will be a collection box in the office. Applicants must be a student in good standing with no D’s or F’s and a GPA of at least 3.25.*Sophomores: The class rings will be delivered Friday, April 28th during the three lunches.Seniors: *SENIORS:  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING OF THE BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM FOR GRADUATION, PLEASE SEE MR. GINTER ASAP.*If you would like to use a photo other than your school picture for the yearbook portrait, you must submit an appropriate replacement by Wednesday, April 26th. Contact Ms. Ford for more details.*Seniors- Just a reminder- Enrollment fee’s were due April 1st. Your senior check-out sheet will not be signed until the fee’s are paid in full. Please see Mrs. Lawrence in the office if you have any questions.*If you need extra graduation announcements, you may purchase them from Mrs. Yates in the counselors office. They are $1.50 each and the supply is limited.*The caps and gowns will be delivered Friday, April 28th during the three lunches in the commons.*Seniors will have a meeting on Wednesday, April 26th at 10 am in the Auditorium to discuss class night and graduation ceremonies. Please try to make the meeting. If you cannot attend, you will need to pick up the information packet in the counselor’s office after April 26.Today is…National Pigs in a Blanket Day.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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 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 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. 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Ready Player One playing at Wellington Regent Theater

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Ready Player One.”Ready Player One Schedule: Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language)Movie Synopsis: In the year 2045, people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone, the only limits are your own imagination.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 74%. Audience review: 80% liked it.Critic’s consensus: Ready Player One is a sweetly nostalgic thrill ride that neatly encapsulates Spielberg’s strengths while adding another solidly engrossing adventure to his filmography.For more information on great movies being played, visit the Wellington Regent website at https://www.facebook.com/wellington.regent?fref=tsComing soon: April 27 – A Quiet Place.May 4 – Rampagelast_img read more

First court appearance scheduled for Thursday for Shelby Johnson, accused of murder

first_imgShelby Johnsonby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Shelby Johnson, 26, of Oxford, charged with alternative counts of first degree murder, is scheduled for Sumner County District Court on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.Jesslinn Hulett.Johnson is accused of murdering her 7-month-old daughter Jesslinn Hulett on Sunday, April 1 in Wellington.She is scheduled to make her first court appearance before a Sumner County judge.  Johnson is currently in Sumner County jail being held on $250,000 bond.Johnson is charged with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, child abuse and aggravated endangering of a child – all felonies.She is being accused of cruelly beating and shaking Jesslinn, causing great bodily harm with injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.  Johnson allegedly caused injuries including scalp contusions, internal bleeding, three bone fractures to her skull, swelling of her brain, bilateral retinal hemorrhages, and related head injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.Johnson is also accused of not seeking immediate medial treatment when these injuries occurred, but instead going back to bed for about an hour until the baby was found not breathing by the child’s father Schuyler Hulett.Jesslinn’s death was ruled a homicide in May.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said that not much will happen Thursday except the judge will consult with Johnson over whether or not she needs a court-appointed attorney and her current status with the bond set against her.For the full story of the case click here.last_img read more

Wellington splits volleyball matches in front of large home crowd

first_imgJennifer Jensen with the put-back. Reese Heasty is serving in picture above.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington volleyball team returned home for the first time after its magical state tournament run in 2017, and there was a huge home crowd there to see them.The stands were full as Wellington opened the dual portion of the volleyball season. The Crusaders would split the day, losing to Mulvane 19-25, 25-16, 26-24. But then would return in the nightcap and beat Clearwater 27-25, 27-25.The junior varsity would sweep Mulvane 11-25, 25-16, 25-20 and Clearwater 21-25, 25-19, 25-13.For the varsity it was another strange evening. In the middle match, Clearwater swept Mulvane 25-15, 25-19. So every team went 1-1.It has been that way in high school volleyball. The scores have been all over the place. The Winfield tournament was no different.Wellington head coach Blake Brewster substituted liberally throughout the evening. Ali Zeka was out with an ankle injury.Wellington’s Lexi Clift against Mulvane.In the first match, which was well attended as well for a 5 p.m. match, Wellington was plagued with inconsistencies. Mulvane and Wellington were neck in neck in the first set, but the Wildcats took control down the stretch. In the second set, Wellington led 23-9 but had trouble closing the game out allowing the Wildcats a mini-run.That set up a third deciding game. Wellington held a slight lead for most of the set but then saw a 20-16 lead evaporate and was eventually down 24-22 at match point. The Crusaders then got two points to tie the game only to see Mulvane finish off with two big points.In the second match, Wellington played much better and kept volleyball fans on edge throughout in two fingernail chewing sets. The Crusaders had to use extra points to finish off the Indians.Wellington is now 3-4 on the season and will get a week to prepare for a big trip to Rose Hill to battle the two-time defending state champion as well as Collegiate on Sept. 4.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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 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 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. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! 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 commentslast_img read more

Help wanted: Psychosocial Rehabilitation Worker at Sumner Mental Health Center

first_imgHelp wanted: PSYCHOSOCIAL REHABILITATION WORKERSumner Mental Health Center has an opening for an individual to provide psychosocial rehabilitation services to children/youth.  Job requirements include sufficient writing skills for documentation of services in an electronic medical record; time-management skills; a High School diploma or GED, and prior experience working with children/youth and families. Excellent benefit package. Background checks required for employment.Applications are available at Sumner Mental Health Center 1601 W. 16th Street, Wellington, KS or resumes may be emailed to HR@sumnermentalhealth.org.last_img read more

Family-owned resorts from Vail to Vermont offer a few of our…

first_imgBut Sonnenalp will always be their home, and they treat it that way, with Rosana doing most of the decorating to make sure the 127-room resort stays true to its Bavarian feel. The Faesslers still spend most of their time at Sonnenalp and plan to move back when their youngest daughter leaves for college. “This is more than a business. This is our lives,” Rosana Faessler said. “This is where our kids grew up. This is where my son learned to swim. It has to be not just cozy or elegant. … It has to be special.” He now runs the resort with his son, Sam, and son-in-law, Walter Frame, who are always on hand to make sure guests are comfortable and attend to details. Johannes von Trapp has owned the Trapp Family Lodge since 1969, but its history goes back to 1943, when the famous singing family from “The Sound of Music” first moved to northern Vermont. If You Go… Those places that remain family-owned say that when the owners are in the lobby or the dining room, season after season, the atmosphere can’t help but be different from a property where the corporate owners are halfway across the country or the world. And it’s why places like Sonnenalp in Vail, Trapp Family Lodge and Tyler Place Family Resort in Vermont, and The Homestead along the shores of Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor, Mich., attract many of the same customers year after year. “I feel like I’m going home every time I go there,” said Harvey Simpson of Old Westbury, N.Y., who’s been staying at Sonnenalp since 1965. “It’s a very warm atmosphere. The top personnel are there every day and it’s incredible the attention to detail they put into it.” The family lived on the farm during the summer and started renting rooms to skiers while they were out on the road singing. Go ahead and sing at the the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. The descendents of the famous singing family from “The Sound of Music” are used to it. (AP Photo)VAIL — Rosana Faessler stops by the hostess stand to check on reservations, then makes her way into the dining room to chat with a couple of the regular guests. After a few minutes, she wanders to the breakfast buffet to make sure everything’s clean and full, then straightens a picture before heading back out to the dining room. These tasks could easily be delegated to the staff. But Faessler just can’t help herself. Sonnenalp, the resort in the Colorado Rockies that Faessler owns with her husband Johannes, isn’t like a second home; it once was her home. Everything has to be just right. A fourth-generation hotelier, Johannes Faessler grew up in a resort called Sonnenalp in the Bavarian Alps, in Germany, founded by his great-grandparents in 1919. TRAPP FAMILY LODGE: Stowe, Vt., trappfamily.com SONNENALP: Vail, sonnenalp.comcenter_img “This place is such an extension of my family’s values and tastes, it really is important that a family member be here to explain and interpret and welcome and host our customers,” Johannes Von Trapp said. “It’s a great life, too. My house is on the property, but a mile from hotel. My son and daughter and her husband all have houses on the property, so it’s easy to go home and come back, do some work, go home again.” Faessler’s parents purchased a Vail hotel in 1979 and founded the U.S. version of Sonnenalp, which means “Sun on the Mountains.” Johannes took over operations in 1985 and lived at the resort with Rosana until they had kids and moved into a house nearby. Family-owned resorts also offer a consistent, personal experience. Other resorts may change owners, managers, sometimes even names and themes, but here, guests know what they’re getting every time. Even the employees sometimes stay on for decades, and like the owners, they get to know repeat guests, forming bonds that reach beyond the walls of the resort. THE HOMESTEAD: Glen Arbor, Mich., thehomesteadresort.com When problems arise, there’s no calling the corporate office for an answer. With owners on site, decisions can be made on the spot. “It’s the opposite of a large, corporate situation where it takes a long time to get a decision on anything,” Johannes von Trapp said. This type of nurturing has made Sonnenalp one of the few remaining large, family-owned resorts left in the country, a destination for travelers from around the world. “Many guests come over and over, and you get to know them on an intimate level,” Johannes Faessler said. “They become more friends than hotel guests.” Big, family-owned resorts are still in vogue in Europe, particularly in the mountains of Germany and Austria, where some hotels have been passed down through the generations. But in the U.S., while there are still plenty of small resorts, B&Bs and inns run by families, many larger resorts that were founded by families have been sold to or taken over by corporate entities. A recent report on the global ski resort industry by SkiStar, a Swedish company, noted that the North American market has seen a “shift toward fewer, increasingly larger companies” often owning properties in a variety of locations to “decrease dependency on weather conditions” in any one place. Kuras’ children now help run the business, with the youngest in charge of social media. He said what makes a family-owned resort different is “values and tradition. We try to stress that. We view our guests as family and friends, and 80 percent of our guests are repeat. We’re pretty proud of that.” Von Trapp expanded the lodging when he took over, and again after a fire in 1980. The resort near Stowe now sits on 2,500 acres (about 1,000 hectares) with 96 rooms in the main hotel, 100 guest houses for rent and has built 21 of an expected 40 three-bedroom villas. The Homestead in Michigan has been operated by the Kuras family since Robert Kuras purchased the property in 1975. Originally a boys camp in the 1920s, the Homestead is now a 500-acre (200 hectares) resort with four distinct hotels and year-round activities, from golf and water sports in the summer to skiing and snowboarding in the winter. It’s surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore at the mouth of the Crystal River, which Kuras proudly notes was voted the most beautiful place in America last year in a “Good Morning America” contest.last_img read more

US warns citizens to avoid resort of Acapulco

first_imgMEXICO CITY| The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message Friday warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.In yet another blow to a coastal city once favored by U.S. movie stars and jet-setters in the 1950s and ’60s, the embassy said its personnel “have been instructed to defer non-essential travel to Acapulco, by air or land,” and added that it “cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines.”The alert noted that “protests and violent incidents continue in Guerrero state in response to the disappearance of 43 students there.”Demonstrators have blocked highways to Acapulco, hijacked buses and blockaded the city’s airport to demand the government find the students who disappeared Sept. 26 in the nearby city of Iguala. Prosecutors say local police working for a drug gang probably turned the students over to gang members, who may have killed them and burned their bodies.In early November, demonstrators blocked Acapulco’s airport for hours carrying clubs, machetes and gasoline bombs, causing hotel reservations on a subsequent three-day holiday weekend to fall about 35 percent, said Javier Saldivar, head of Acapulco’s business chamber. Hotel occupancy that should have neared 95 percent was only about 60 percent.“We suffered a serious loss,” Saldivar said.While U.S. tourists account for about 55 percent of foreign visitors to Mexico, relatively few of them go to Acapulco any more. For example, while Mexico’s most popular cruise ship port, Cozumel, handled 894 cruise ship arrivals in 2013, Acapulco had only 9.Drug gang violence has also played a role. In recent years there have even been some shootouts on Acapulco’s famed coastal boulevard, but those incidents have calmed somewhat in the last two years.Acapulco was once a well-regarded destination. It was during a vacation there in the 1960s that novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez came up with the idea for “100 Years of Solitude.” It was there that Bill Clinton took a young woman named Hillary for a honeymoon in 1975.But in the 1970s and ’80s, the resort’s infrastructure crumbled, and poor, crowded settlements sprung up inland from the bay, sparking rising problems of unemployment, crime and pollution.last_img read more

Cats and dogs partying like animals in ugly holiday sweaters

first_img This 2014 photo provided by Aimee Beltran shows her Chihuahua Chuy decked out in an ugly Christmas sweater at her home in Virginia Beach, Va. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Aimee Beltran via AP) This Dec. 5, 2015 photo shows an 8-year old Chihuahua named Coco out in the winter cold in his new Christmas sweater in Los Angeles. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. Television ushered the ugly sweater in and out in the 1980s. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) This 2014 photo provided by Aimee Beltran shows her Chihuahua Chuy decked out in an ugly Christmas sweater at her home in Virginia Beach, Va. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Aimee Beltran via AP) In this Dec. 9, 2015 photo, Catie Savage holds her cat Lambchop while Ziggy looks on, both dressed in their finest ugly Christmas sweaters, in her apartment in New York. Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party. (Rowelle Coxen via AP)center_img “My non-cat lady friends definitely think I am crazy,” said Savage, who handles her cats’ Instagram site (@life_of_ziggy), with 43,000 followers. She says she enjoys the sweaters more than the cats do, “which makes it even funnier to me.”“PetSmart’s ugly sweaters for dogs and cats are among our top five best-selling holiday apparel items so far this season,” said Eran Cohen, chief customer experience officer for the pet store. “We even have ugly sweaters for guinea pigs.”Television ushered the ugly sweater in and out in the 1980s. Around the turn of the century it enjoyed a revival, starting with adults, who had parties just to celebrate the ugliness. Kids got in on the act and now pets have nosed their way in, giving owners laughs and plenty to photograph.Ugly sweater dog events across the country this month included an ugly sweater contest for dogs at a park in Anaheim, California; a dog-friendly ugly sweater 5K run and walk in National Harbor, Maryland; and separate ugly sweater parties for big and little dogs hosted by Chicago Party Animals, one of the nation’s largest canine clubs with 2,000 members.You can find ready-made ugly sweaters everywhere from 99 cent stores to high-end stores, but they’re an especially hot item at thrift stores — though presumably most shoppers are buying them for people, not pets.“Our stores collect holiday sweaters year-round,” said Marla Eby, marketing and community relations director for Goodwill Southern California. “Then we decorate them, adding ribbons, bows, and embellishments until they are at their gaudy best.”“Customers snap up the sweaters as soon as we bring them out on the floor,” said vice president of Retail Operations Craig Stone. “They are so popular we can’t keep them in stock.”Aimee Beltran of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has turned her blog (https://irresistiblepets.net) into an ugly sweater classroom twice, using her 6-year-old Chihuahua Chuy as a model for the finished product.Her advice to anyone making a pet sweater: “Have fun with it. Don’t take it too seriously. Make it your own and your style. There is no right or wrong way to do it.”An ugly sweater has to celebrate Christmas. The bolder the colors, the brighter and the more stuff on it, the better — bring on the bows, snowmen, Santas, trees, buttons, stars, sequins, rickrack, felt, glitter and cotton. Sleeves can be mismatched, misshapen or missing.But most pets — including Savage’s cats — would probably like to ditch the sweaters.“Dog vision is different than human vision and because patterns are not particularly useful to their vision, dogs probably could care less what their sweater looks like,” said Dr. Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.Most dogs and cats don’t like wearing sweaters unless they got used to being dressed young. “Sometimes the putting on or taking off can cause static electricity, which would make the dog even more anxious the next time,” Beaver said.If a dog has grown up wearing clothes or if a dog is small and short-haired and it is cold, a sweater will be OK, but wearing one for a contest “is of no consequence to the dog, which will be focused on the scents around it and not on the real appearance of other dogs,” Beaver said.Owners love to have fun with their pets, but “most of this is a people thing,” Beaver said. LOS ANGELES | Ugly sweaters aren’t just a Christmas tradition for people. Cats, dogs and even guinea pigs are joining the party.Zigzilla “Ziggy” and Chopper “Lambchop” got sweaters from PetSmart this year so they’ll be ready when they get an invite to their first ugly sweater party, said the cats’ owner Catie Savage of New York City.last_img read more

Review: Roger Daltrey aces set of soulful covers, originals

first_imgRoger Daltrey, “As Long As I Have You” (Republic Records)It may seem paradoxical to begin a review of a Roger Daltrey album by mentioning Pete Townshend, but The Who vocalist himself credits his bandmate for encouragement in getting “As Long As I Have You” finished.“I’d lost confidence in it, due to a long break recovering from meningitis,” Daltrey says in a touching liner note on his first solo record since 1992.This cover image released by Republic Records shows “As Long As I Have You,” by Roger Daltrey. (Republic Records via AP)Daltrey has embodied many characters on record, stage and screen — pinball wizard Tommy and real-life reformed criminal John McVicar among them — but he’s not the kind of singer whose personality gets lost in the song. Instead, his credibility and authenticity as a vocalist make the tunes his own no matter who wrote them.Townshend’s also plays acoustic guitar and a few electrifying solos on seven of the 11 songs on the album, an exquisitely chosen selection of tunes by Stephen Stills, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, Nick Cave, K.T. Oslin by way of Dusty Springfield and Boz Scaggs, among others.Daltrey tips his cap to his band and youth by covering a pair of tracks The Who played when they were starting out — the dynamic title song and a Joe Tex ballad, “The Love You Save.”Both Stills’ “How Far” (from the first Manassas album) and Parliament’s “Get On Out of the Rain” (aka “Come In Out of the Rain”) could be The Who circa 1972, Daltrey singing with gusto and Townshend’s guitar lines providing real lift. Oslin’s soulful “Where Is a Man to Go” and Cave’s “Into My Arms” are also great.The end of the album brings a rarity: Daltrey originals. The tender “Certified Rose,” with Stax-like horns, is dedicated to his daughter, while thoughtful closer “Always Heading Home” attains added poignancy in light of his brush with mortality.Daltrey says he’s ready for another Who album and this record and his 2014 collaboration with Wilko Johnson show he’s still in great form. It would be an amazing journey, Pete.last_img read more

Prosecutor: No evidence of any foul play in Bourdain death

first_imgPARIS | There’s no evidence of foul play or violence in celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s death in a French hotel room, a French prosecutor said Saturday.The famed cook, writer and host of the CNN series “Parts Unknown” killed himself Friday in a luxury hotel in the ancient village of Kaysersberg, Christian de Rocquigny, the prosecutor of Colmar in France’s eastern Alsace region, told The Associated Press in a phone interview.Rocquigny said there did not appear to be much planning in the television personality’s suicide. Flowers are left at a make shift memorial for Anthony Bourdain outside the building that once housed Le Halles restaurant on John Street, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead Friday in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. He was 61. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) This handout image taken on Monday June 4, 2018, and released by Jean-David Schroeder on Friday June 8, 2018, shows Julien Schroeder, center, the chef of the Petite Venise restaurant in Colmar, eastern France, posing with his wife Virginie Schroeder, center right, Eric Ripert, 2nd left, and Anthony Bourdain, right. A prosecutor in France says Anthony Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kaysersberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved in the death Friday of the American celebrity chef and food writer. (Jean-David Schroeder via AP) “There is no element that makes us suspect that someone came into the room at any moment,” he said, adding that a medical expert had concluded that there were no signs of violence on Bourdain’s body.Rocquigny said toxicology tests were being carried on Bourdain’s body, including urine tests, to see if the 61-year-old American took any medications or other drugs, in an effort to help his family understand if anything led him to kill himself.Olivier Nasti, the chef and owner of Le Chambard, the luxury hotel in Kaysersberg where Bourdain took his life, paid tribute to his colleague Saturday.“It is with great respect for the leader, the author, the TV entertainer, the visionary Anthony Bourdain that I express all my condolences to his family and to the anonymous people around the world who he made dream so much,” Nasti said in a statement Saturday.“It is the whole family of French gastronomy that joins me, to renew our deep friendship to our bereaved American brothers,” he added. FILE – This Dec. 19, 2001 file photo shows Anthony Bourdain, the owner and chef of Les Halles restaurant, sitting at one of the tables in New York. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper,File) A general view of the Le Chambard hotel where TV chef Anthony Bourdain was found, in Kaysersberg, France, Friday, June 8, 2018. A prosecutor in France says Anthony Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kaysersberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved in the death Friday of the American celebrity chef and food writer. (AP Photo/Jeff Schaeffer)center_img A general view of the Le Chambard hotel where TV chef Anthony Bourdain was found, in Kaysersberg, France, Friday, June 8, 2018. A prosecutor in France says Anthony Bourdain apparently hanged himself in a luxury hotel in the small town of Kaysersberg. French media quoted Colmar prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel as saying that “at this stage” nothing suggests another person was involved in the death Friday of the American celebrity chef and food writer. (AP Photo/Jeff Schaeffer) FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 file photo, Anthony Bourdain, winner of the award for outstanding informational series or special for “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” poses with his trophy in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. On Friday, June 8, 2018, Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France, while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 1 of 7 A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a make shift memorial outside the building that once housed Le Halles restaurant on Park Avenue, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. Bourdain, the celebrity chef and citizen of the world who inspired millions to share his delight in food and the bonds it created, was found dead Friday in his hotel room in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions. He was 61. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)last_img read more

Roseanne Barr in interview: ‘I made myself a hate magnet’

first_imgNEW YORK | In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.”Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person . a monkey.”In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and Laurie Metcalf appear in a scene from the reboot of the popular comedy series “Roseanne.” ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday, June 21, 2018, it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall. (Adam Rose/ABC via AP)Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of “Roseanne.” She also lamented that some people don’t accept her explanation blaming the sleep drug Ambien for a tweet that likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a person created by the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”“I said to God, ‘I am willing to accept whatever consequences this brings because I know I’ve done wrong. I’m going to accept what the consequences are,’ and I do, and I have,’” Barr said. “But they don’t ever stop. They don’t accept my apology, or explanation. And I’ve made myself a hate magnet. And as a Jew, it’s just horrible. It’s horrible.”Barr said of her tweet that she “didn’t mean what they think I meant.”“But I have to face that it hurt people,” Barr said. “When you hurt people even unwillingly there’s no excuse. I don’t want to run off and blather on with excuses. But I apologize to anyone who thought, or felt offended and who thought that I meant something that I, in fact, did not mean. It was my own ignorance, and there’s no excuse for that ignorance.”ABC on Thursday announced it will this fall air a 10-episode Conner family sitcom without Barr in it. In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members.ABC swiftly axed “Roseanne” last month after Barr’s tweet. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said it was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”Though “Roseanne” prompted outrage for jokes about minority characters and an episode some called Islamophobic, it was watched by an enormous television audience. The first episode in March was seen by more than 25 million people.“I’ve lost everything,” Barr said on the podcast. “And I regretted it before I lost everything.”last_img read more

Wrapping up the holidays in an eco-friendly way

first_img This undated photo provided by Wrappily shows some of the company’s holiday wrap designs. Wrappily’s papers are printed on underutilized newspaper presses in Washington State. Founder Sara Smith says “At its core, gifting is based on thoughtfulness, but for many ending a gift exchange by sending a pile of trash to landfill dampens the joy. Wrappily offers a solution that’s thoughtfully made, environmentally responsible and 100% recyclable/compostable.” (Kirsty Copperfield/Wrappily via AP) For many of us, wrapping gifts is even more fun than giving them. But each year, we throw away miles and miles of wrapping paper, much of which can’t be recycled because of inks, coatings or other additives.If you want to make a gift to the environment at the same time you’re giving to others, choose any of a variety of smart, stylish and eco-friendly ways to gift-wrap this year.To really get on the eco express, wrap gifts in vintage road maps, pages from old books, newspaper comics, foreign language newspapers, kids’ drawings, brown paper bags. Clean and reuse tins, bottles or packaging from favorite stores. Or borrow the Japanese tradition of furoshiki, wrapping gifts in fabric by using scarves, thin blankets, tea towels or other eye-catching pieces of material.But there’s also a growing number of eco-friendly papers out there. Sara Smith of Maui, Hawaii, founded the company Wrappily in an effort to “green-up giving.”“After learning that gift wrap generates over 4 million tons of trash every year, I had a ‘what-if’ realization: What if wrapping paper could be printed on a newspaper press, so it was made locally and easy to recycle?” she says. She set up her supply chain, milling, printing and packaging in Washington State.“I’m certain no one has over-thought wrapping paper to the extent I have,” she laughs.She promotes indie artists and prints the designs on uncoated, 100-percent recyclable and compostable newsprint. Wrappily offers customized papers as well as ready-to-ship, printed ones. For example, there are birch tree, reindeer and argyle-knit motifs by artist Nadia Hassan of Greensboro, North Carolina, and festive, midcentury-modern geometrics from Manhattan studio Hour of Nine. There’s a modern take on Scandinavian folk art from Dutch designer Tamara Houtveen in a zingy palette of pinks, reds, blues and citron.At The Container Store, designs this season include a tailored antler print in warm navy and tan hues; a retro Rudolph pattern; and a cozy snowflake pattern on a gray, cable-knit printed background — all printed either on recycled paper or recycled cotton.Paper Source partners with mills and printers that follow sustainability practices. The company also recycles, donates or reuses all its scrap paper.At Grandin Road , there’s a black-and-tan or red-and-gold geometric print on paper that’s made from the bark of the Lokta bush in Nepal. Sales help support a women’s co-op in a region of that country that was ravaged by a 2015 earthquake.Bloomin , a Colorado company, offers seed paper: richly colored sheets made from recycled paper pulp embedded with flower, vegetable, herb, grass and tree seeds. You can use it for gift tags and cards, and then the paper can be soaked in water and planted by the gift recipient.Los Angeles design studio Art Paper Scissors offers packets of little drawstring Hanukkah countdown goodie bags made of unbleached muslin, printed with heat-transferred blue numbers.InterfaithLiving in Silver Spring, Maryland, offers designs on Etsy.com that combine Christmas and Hanukkah images and messages, printed on recycled, recyclable Kraft paper. This undated photo provided by The Container Store shows an eco friendly gift wrap design. Wintry and holiday repeating motifs of snowflakes, reindeer and antlers make for chic and festive gift wraps available at The Container Store are made of recycled paper or recycled cotton. (The Container Store via AP) 1 of 6 This undated photo provided by Wrappily shows one of the company’s holiday wrap designs. Wrappily’s papers are printed on underutilized newspaper presses in Washington State. Founder Sara Smith says “At its core, gifting is based on thoughtfulness, but for many ending a gift exchange by sending a pile of trash to landfill dampens the joy. Wrappily offers a solution that’s thoughtfully made, environmentally responsible and 100% recyclable/compostable.” (Kirsty Copperfield/Wrappily via AP) This undated photo provided by Wrappily shows some of the company’s holiday wrap designs. Wrappily’s papers are printed on underutilized newspaper presses in Washington State. Founder Sara Smith says “At its core, gifting is based on thoughtfulness, but for many ending a gift exchange by sending a pile of trash to landfill dampens the joy. Wrappily offers a solution that’s thoughtfully made, environmentally responsible and 100% recyclable/compostable.” (Kirsty Copperfield/Wrappily via AP) This undated photo provided by The Container Store shows an eco friendly gift wrap design. Wintry and holiday repeating motifs of snowflakes, reindeer and antlers make for chic and festive gift wraps available at The Container Store are made of recycled paper or recycled cotton. (The Container Store via AP) This undated photo provided by The Container Store shows an eco friendly gift wrap design. Wintry and holiday repeating motifs of snowflakes, reindeer and antlers make for chic and festive gift wraps available at The Container Store are made of recycled paper or recycled cotton. (The Container Store via AP)last_img read more

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

first_imgWASHINGTON | The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation and another that involves a funeral home employee who was fired after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female and dressed as a woman.FILE – In this Oct. 4, 2018 file photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people. The justices say Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)The cases will be argued in the fall, with decisions likely by June 2020 in the middle of the presidential election campaign.The issue is whether Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, protects LGBT people from job discrimination. Title VII does not specifically mention sexual orientation or transgender status, but federal appeals courts in Chicago and New York have ruled recently that gay and lesbian employees are entitled to protection from discrimination. The federal appeals court in Cincinnati has extended similar protections for transgender people.The big question is whether the Supreme Court, with a strengthened conservative majority, will do the same. The cases are the court’s first on LGBT rights since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who authored the court’s major gay rights opinions. President Donald Trump has appointed two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.The justices had been weighing whether to take on the cases since December, an unusually long time, before deciding to hear them. It’s unclear what caused the delay.The Obama administration had supported treating LGBT discrimination claims as sex discrimination, but the Trump administration has changed course. The Trump Justice Department has argued that Title VII was not intended to provide protections to gay or transgender workers. The administration also separately withdrew Obama-era guidance to educators to treat claims of transgender students as sex discrimination.President Donald Trump has appointed two justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.The justices will take up three cases in the fall.In one, the federal appeals court in New York ruled in favor of a gay skydiving instructor who claimed he was fired because of his sexual orientation. The full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 10-3 that it was abandoning its earlier holding that Title VII didn’t cover sexual orientation because “legal doctrine evolves.”The court held that “sexual orientation discrimination is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of sex discrimination.”The ruling was a victory for the relatives of Donald Zarda, who was fired in 2010 from a skydiving job in Central Islip, New York, that required him to strap himself tightly to clients so they could jump in tandem from an airplane. He tried to put a woman with whom he was jumping at ease by explaining that he was gay. The school fired Zarda after the woman’s boyfriend called to complain.Zarda died in a wingsuit accident in Switzerland in 2014.The second case is from Georgia, where the federal appeals court ruled against a gay employee of Clayton County, in the Atlanta suburbs. Gerald Bostock claimed he was fired in 2013 because he is gay. The county argues that Bostock was let go because of the results of an audit of funds he managed.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Bostock’s claim in a three-page opinion that noted the court was bound by a 1979 decision that held “discharge for homosexuality is not prohibited by Title VII.”The third case comes from Michigan, where a funeral home fired a transgender woman. The appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that the firing constituted sex discrimination under federal law.The funeral home argues in part that Congress was not thinking about transgender people when it included sex discrimination in Title VII.The law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.”Congress could change civil rights law to specifically include LGBT people, supporters of the employers in these cases say. But such a change is unlikely to become law with Republicans in charge of the Senate and Trump in the White House.last_img read more

Review: Paul Doiron cranks up a suspenseful, fast-paced plot

first_imgThis cover image released by Minotaur shows “One Last Lie,” by Paul Doiron. (Minotaur via AP)“One Last Lie,” by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)Fifteen years ago, a young Maine game warden went undercover to investigate a poaching ring in Maine’s north woods and was never heard from again; so his mentor, retired warden Charlie Stevens, is stunned when he stumbles onto the missing man’s badge being offered for sale at a flea market.The discovery, Charlie realizes, means everything he had believed about his young friend’s disappearance and presumed death was wrong. Determined to solve the mystery, he rushes home, packs a bag, tells his wife not to ask any questions, and urges her not to let anyone —especially his friend Mike Bowditch — try to find him. But Charlie is like a father to Mike, so the latter, a game warden himself, sets off to track Charlie down.So begins “One Last Lie,” the eleventh novel in Paul Doiron’s fine series of Mike Bowditch crime novels.Mike and Charlie’s dual investigations lead them on a dangerous journey through forests and ramshackle riverside towns along the Maine-Canadian border. Gradually, Mike discovers that Charlie, as well as several men in positions of power in the warden service, have been harboring secrets about what happened 15 years ago — and at least one of them is willing to kill to prevent the truth from surfacing.This novel is something of a departure for Doiron. The lyrical descriptions of the natural world that have distinguished his previous novels are less in evidence this time, and the suspenseful, fast-paced plot has more twists and turns than usual in a Mike Bowditch novel.Meanwhile, Charlie’s daughter, Stacey, Mike’s first true love, resurfaces, complicating Mike’s relationship with fellow warden Dani Tate. The last chapter warns that Mike’s always tumultuous love life may be headed for more trouble in the next installment of the Mike Bowditch saga.Online:http://www.pauldoiron.comBruce DeSilva, winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award, is the author of the Mulligan crime novels including “The Dread Line.”last_img read more

Burger King addresses elephant in the room, and it’s a cow

first_imgFILE – In this May 8, 2018, filephoto, a Jersey cow feeds in a field on the Francis Thicke organic dairy farm in Fairfield, Iowa. Burger King is announcing its work to help address a core industry challenge: the environmental impact of beef. To help tackle this environmental issue, the Burger King brand partnered with top scientists to develop and test a new diet for cows, which according to initial study results, on average reduces up to 33% of cows’ daily methane emissions. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows.The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovines contributions to climate change. By tweaking their diet, Burger King said Tuesday that it believes it can reduce a cows’ daily methane emissions by about 33%.Cows emit methane as a by-product of their digestion, and that has become a potential public relations hurdle for major burger chains.Greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector made up 9.9% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2018, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Of that amount, methane emissions from livestock (called enteric fermentation) comprised more than a quarter of the emissions from the agriculture sector.With an over-the-top social media campaig n that teeters between vulgarity and science (sprinkled with more vulgarity), Burger King is banking on the heightened awareness of climate change and its responsibility to limit its own role.According to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about two out of three Americans say corporations have a responsibility to combat climate change. The gravitational pull of climate change is increasingly finding its way onto national political stage.Potential customers are also cutting down on the amount of meat they consume, citing both environmental and dietary concerns. Burger King and rival McDonald’s have added meat alternatives to their menus.Two years ago McDonald’s said it was taking steps to cut the greenhouse gases it emits. It tweaked the manner in which the beef in its Big Macs and Quarter Pounders was produced. The company said at the time that it expected the changes to prevent 150 million metric tons (165 million tons) of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere by 2030.Burger King worked with scientists at the Autonomous University at the State of Mexico and at the University of California, Davis to test and develop its formula of adding 100 grams of lemongrass leaves to the cows’ daily diets. Preliminary tests indicate that the lemongrass leaves help the cows release less methane as they digest their food.On Tuesday, Burger King introduced its Reduced Methane Emissions Beef Whopper, made with beef sourced from cows that emit reduced methane, in select restaurants in Miami, New York, Austin, Portland and Los Angeles, while supplies last.last_img read more

A triumph for hill tribe junior cricket

first_imgThe 27th staging of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes from March 30-April 5, saw the side from Bangladesh, the Walton Cricketeers, win the Cup for the third year in a row, but there is no doubt that it was the Thai junior cricketers, many of them supported by the Hill Tribe Fund, who stole the show this year as they delighted crowds and players alike with their performances.  The San Miguel Thais only lost one match all week to win the Joe Carpenter Plate with the most exciting contest of the week, the Plate final against Blythswood bringing the competition to a perfect end with the boys scrambling a bye off the last ball to secure victory by the narrowest possible margin.  No fewer than five junior girls played in the 2014 competition with 14-year-old Nok becoming the first to win a trophy as Gymkhana Cavaliers defeated Sa Pa in the Spoon final.The victorious San Miguel Thais junior cricket team won the Joe Carpenter Plate at the 27th annual Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes tournament.Walton Cricketeers were undoubtedly the strongest side in the competition in 2014 but they were careful to play by the rules as their two best players, Elias Sunny, who has played Test cricket for Bangladesh, and Mehedi Hasan, also a first-class player, never appeared together.  The Bangladesh side beat Chiang Mai Warriors in the Cup final as they restricted the local side to a total of 40 for 4 in their 5 overs which they chased down in less than 3 overs without losing a wicket.  Mahrab Joshi was named player of the tournament for his all-round performances throughout the week.last_img read more

Voller takes low-ball win at Pattana

first_imgJomtien Golf with the IPGCMonday, Oct. 17, Plutaluang – StablefordWe are allocated the West and North courses today and there were two divisions out with the equal cut at 3-16 and 17 plus. After arriving on Friday the Swansea boy Mike Lewis lost out on a 16/15 back nine count back to the Windmill, alias Alan Duckett, after they both scored 33 points. In division 1, 31 points won it for George Faber with Chris Voller in second place on 29.It was playing tough out there today with no run at all.  In the ‘2’s there were three rollovers in division 2 and Bryan Rought birdied the 3rd on the West course to scoop the pot.  Chris Voller also birdied the 6th on the North for the only one in division 1.Monday, Oct. 17, Eastern Star – StablefordThe numbers are growing each week here on Mondays and there were 15 out today but only playing one division at the moment with various options for the competition on the day.Two players came in with 32 points, Mikael Andersson and Joe Kubon, but there was no count back in this game today so the pot was carried forward.  Frank Kelly was third with 31.Wednesday, Oct. 19, Pattana – StablefordWe decided to play off the yellow tees today after playing our last round here on the white, which was a struggle for everyone.  The A is still shut and we started on the C for a change as most people think the first tee on the B course is a tough test for an opening hole.Friday’s winners: Brian Blackford and Bill Bertram.It was ‘pick, clean and place’ from the start with sodden conditions everywhere.  It would be a tough challenge today.  No ladies playing today and the cut in division 1 was 3-15 and 16+ in division 2.  The majority of the yellow tee boxes had been moved backwards towards the whites and this proved to be a true test of golf.Richard Kings recorded the best score of the day in division 2 with 31 points and Reijo was second with 28.Chris Voller won division 1 with 26 points, yes 26 points, and even more humiliating Georges Faber stood up and took second prize in this division, beating Martin McAteer on a 10/9 back 9 count back after they both scored 22 points.Kari Aarnio birdied C2 and Chris Voller B3 to take the ‘2’s kitty in division 1.There was a happy return from Dennis Scourgall with a reduced handicap of 14.6Friday, Oct. 21, Eastern Star – StablefordWe were in Siam Cats the previous evening organizing the transport and tee placings at around 5pm when the heavens opened and we had 11 cancellations over the phone in the next hour for the next day’s game.  Many had played there on Wednesday on a very damp course and were not prepared to come back.  As we drove to the course there were a few phone calls and another 5 no shows.  In the end we had four ladies out and 24 men in three divisions.Rotjana Neal won the ladies division with 37 points and Toi Blair was second on 35.The best score of the day in the men’s division was 37 points for Bill Bertram.  Roy Thornton came second with 36 and Mikael Andersson took third with 35.  In division 2 Brian Blackford scored 36 with Jim Lane second on 33 and Bryan Rought third two points behind.In the ‘2’s Jim Connolly birdied the 17th in division 1 and Brian Blackford in division 2 the same hole but with four rollovers, Brian was a happy man, but he doesn’t know what the bell is!Near pins went to Rotjana Neal (2), Toi Blair (2), Mikael Andersson, Chris Voller, Bryan Rought, Jim Connolly and Jim Lane.last_img read more

Eggleton starts off well, never looks back

first_imgPSC Golf from BillabongWednesday, February 5th Green Valley StablefordA number of Billabong regulars were sitting around the bar having a few cold ones after golf when Auke Engelkes, not having played Wednesday, made a surprise visit with his lovely wife and, before ordering a drink, rang the bell. He announced to everyone that they wanted to share the news that they were expecting twins in the near future. Hearty congratulations to both of you. The word ‘graceful’ certainly applies to the ladies and the result is often spectacular. Miss Sa (18) had 20 points on the way out with 3 pars and 1 birdie. But a blob on the 10th restricted her score to 38 points, losing the countback to Miss Porn (19) in 2nd place, but she was also pleased to record 7 pars in her round.The ever present Miss Noodle (12) must have had a quiet word with herself at the turn for she then scored an additional 22 points to win the day on 38 points.Following his 46 points on Monday, George Barrie (22) had 2 blobs on the back nine but still had 19 points for 5th place, 3 behind Wayne Cotterell (12) on 37 points who was let down with 3 holes that produced only 1 point on each. This included the 18th which gave William Macey (20) the opportunity to win their personal challenge by 1 point for 3rd place.That old warhorse Jeff North (9) claimed 2nd place with 38 points, dropping only 1 shot after the turn, but Peter Eggleton (17) started off well with a birdie on the 1st and never looked back while taking 1st place with 40 points.Two 2s today going to Jeff North, Brian Cooper and Julie Battersby. 30 golfers Wednesday on a beautiful morning with a gentle breeze ready to take the course apart. Whilst waiting around the 1st tee it is interesting to notice that there are so many different ways to propel the ball down the fairway for, as someone once stated, ‘golf is an awkward set of bodily contortions designed to produce a graceful result’.center_img Loading…Sponsored Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your ChildhoodSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Existlast_img read more

Paul the ‘Thunder from Down Under’

first_imgPSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, Nov. 11, Green Valley – Monthly MedalA Flight1st Paul Hack (11) net 67 2nd Kevin McEntee (8) net 713rd Jim Bell (15) net 724th Pierre Bietry (12) net 72 ptsB Flight1st Bob McFadden (16) net 692nd Colm Mullen (16) net 693rd Keith McLachlan (25) net 714th Colin Davis (17) net 72Red Flight1st Sim Davis net 74Near Pins:  No 4 Andy Bardill, No 9 Nigel Bennett, No 12 Justin Fowlis, No 16 Yui Bietry. It was a good day for Paul Hack as he etched his name on the 2012 Lewiinski’s wall of shame with a monthly medal and A Flight winning gross78 net 67.  One can only muse over how resplendent are resident ‘sartorial wonder’ will be when he suits up for the year-end Gold Medal competition – it could make Skippy blush.Paul Hack (right) with Golf Manager Colin Davis.Paul’s fine effort held off one of the Bert’s poppy day winners, Kevin ‘you know who’, and relegated him to the A Flight Silver.  Jimmy ‘Ak47’ Bell used a count back to edge Pierre ‘the magician’ Bietry for the bronze, leaving Pierre to pick up the lead, with a little help.Bob McFadden’s net 69 took the top step in B Flight as he out pointed Colm the ‘Right Honorable’ Mullen.  That duet was but two points clear of the B Flight Bronze medalist Keith McLachlan and a further stroke clear of Colin ‘the Donkey’ as he carted off the lead.Sim, the Donkey’s better half, took the laurels in the Red Flight with a net 74.  Paul’s better half Mercy accepted Sims prize as she was feeling a bit under the weather.  As all our readers know, the result qualifies Sim to join Paul in the year end Gold Medal competition.Please spare a thought if you will for Peter Henshaw’s brother Eddy who fell and broke his arm on arrival last year to the Land of Smiles.  Just to show it was no fluke on the first day back this month he slipped and broke his leg.  Eddy now holds the distinction to have made two visits to play golf in Thailand and never lost a ball.Monday, Nov. 12, Greenwood A&B – StablefordA Flight1st Matt Doyle (13) 40pts2nd Justin Fowlis (13) 40pts3rd Jim Bell (15) 38ptsB Flight1st Mitch Squire (19) 38pts2nd Barry Copestake (17) 37pts3rd Colm Mullen (16) 36ptsMercy (left) accepts Sim’s prize from Colin.He was mentioned last week and the week before, along with his two sidekicks.  Here he is again.  I give you Mr. Matt ‘Dillon’ Doyle.  Previously known as the 13 handicapper who knew more about the game than any mid or high handicapper in town, he is now known as the man of the match.  And that via a 40 point count back victory over the very unlucky Justin Fowlis.  Jim ‘AK 47’ Bell fired a very impressive 38 points to close the flight.Mitch Squire upheld the honor in B Flight with a equally impressive 38 points which placed him one stroke clear of Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake.  Colm ‘no nu please’ Mullen served notice he might be finding his form with a count back over ‘the Donkey’ for third.Justin Fowlis and Bob Fagin split the 2’s pot.Wednesday, Nov. 14, Bangpra – StablefordA Flight1st Peter Hynard (13) 37pts2nd Patrick Kelly (+3) 37pts3rd J-P Maffray (13) 37ptsB Flight1st Matt Cronin (14) 38pts2nd Jimmy Day (17) 38pts3rd Tore Eliassen (14) 35ptsC Flight1st Joseph Tynan (30) 37pts2nd Christy Knight (21) 35pts3rd Keith McLachlan (25) 34ptsMatt Cronin held off the challenge for the man of the match and top spot in B Flight from Jimmy ‘good’ Day as Matt’s 38pts counted up better on the inward nine.  Tore Eliassen did likewise to Colm ‘the count back specialist’ Mullen as he filled the flight, leaving Colm to watch the presentation from his favourite bar stool.Peter Hynard locked up with the trio of Patrick ‘plus -3’ Kelly and J-P Maffray all with 37 points; Peter took the top spot as Patrick and J-P drifted, climbing the podium steps in that order.  The scribe made his golf debut after a prolonged absence and had the pleasure to be in the same four-ball alongside J-P.  The exercise was welcomed and some of the French words learnt from J-P would I imagine be unprintable.Skipping down to C Flight we saw Joe ‘sat nav’ Tynan continue his good play which he attributes to his softer balls.  Christy ‘good’ Knight, who is never far away when good pal Jimmy is in the frame, took the silver two shots adrift.  Another count back was needed to sort out the final spot in the flight as Keith McLachlan demoted Mitch Squire to the presentation crowd.  The amazing thing was that Keith played the first three holes on the outer nine without scoring a point and a further two no-scoring holes on the inner nine.Patrick Kelly, J-P Maffray, Jimmy Day, Tore Eliassen and Michael Goggin split the 2’s pot.Note:  Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya Land Soi 1, Beach Road Soi 13/3 near to Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 089 826 0764.  Transport is provided.last_img read more

Overtime…Top 10 pitchers

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—We swept the Mets…we swept the Mets…weeeeeee swept the Mets!!! That’s all you need to know.:09—This goes out to all the pretenders. All the people who say they care, that they want to make a difference. That they’re sick and tired of seeing our kids suffer and have nothing to do. Yeah, right! And trust me this isn’t personal. It’s about people who suggest one thing and do another. It sickens me to no end and it continues to show why our kids do suffer. And since I have “The Power of the Pen” here goes. And I hope to God the message gets delivered to the deserving ears. For all those who said they were coming to the Armon Gilliam “Memorial” Hard Work Basketball Camp at the Penn Hills YMCA this weekend and blew it off…you should be ashamed of yourselves. Now don’t get it twisted. I am not talking about those who said from the gate that they couldn’t come. I can respect that. But those of you that made the commitment and backed out, you’re surely suffering from a serious case of memory loss. You’re forgetting how many people sacrificed for you, or that you came to my camp for free when you were a kid, or that my organization honored you at some point or another, or that someone is spending time helping your child to better opportunities…Armon Gilliam Would Be Greatly Disappointed in You!!! Not to worry “Hammer,” me and the skeleton crew of 12 coaches took care of the 87 kids in grand fashion.last_img read more

Pitt back James Conner looking to become finished product

first_imgConner was the ACC Player of the Year in 2014, running for 1,765 yards and accounting for a school-record 26 touchdowns. Still, he dropped 10 to 15 pounds off his 6-foot-2 frame to give him a little more speed once he reaches the secondary.The Panthers will rely heavily on Conner under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi. New offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says while there will be new wrinkles in the Pitt offense, Conner was so successful last season there is no real need to change much.The Panthers open the season next Saturday against Youngstown State.,Conner was the ACC Player of the Year in 2014, running for 1,765 yards and accounting for a school-record 26 touchdowns. Still, he dropped 10 to 15 pounds off his 6-foot-2 frame to give him a little more speed once he reaches the secondary.The Panthers will rely heavily on Conner under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi. New offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says while there will be new wrinkles in the Pitt offense, Conner was so successful last season there is no real need to change much.The Panthers open the season next Saturday against Youngstown State. In this March 15, 2015, file photo, Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) takes part in drills in the NCAA college football team’s first day of spring practice in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, FILE) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh junior James Conner shed some weight in the offseason in hopes of shedding more tacklers this fall.last_img read more

Football rivalry leveraged to raise funds to test rape kits

first_imgJemele HillDETROIT (AP) _ A campaign to get Detroit rape kits tested is using the annual Michigan State University and University of Michigan football rivalry as part of its fundraising efforts.The Enough SAID (Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit) African American 490 Challenge announced Monday that it is seeking donations to pay for testing of more than 1,300 sexual assault kits.More than 10,000 of the 11,341 kits found in 2009 in a Detroit police property storage facility have been tested. Some of the sexual assaults occurred as far back as 1984.Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will lead Team Michigan, while ESPN commentator Jemele Hill leads Team Michigan State. Both will use social media to seek donations from alumni of their respective schools.The Wolverines host the Spartans Saturday in Ann Arbor.last_img read more

Last dance at SMU for Nic Moore won’t be in NCAA Tournament

first_imgSMU guard Nic Moore (11) claps after an NCAA college basketball game against UConn Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Dallas. SMU won 80-54. (AP Photo/LM Otero) During Moore’s three seasons playing, SMU got back into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades, reached an NIT championship game and last year played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. Moore was the AAC Player of the Year as a junior, and this season has a league-best 2.6 made 3-pointers per game while ranking second in the league in scoring (16.1 points), assists (5.3), free throw percentage (80 percent) and steals (1.4).“His heart is so huge, his competitive spirit is so great, but to see him grow up as a human being, and mature and become a leader, that’s pretty neat to be around that,” Brown said.SMU is having the kind of season that would usually garner a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. But the Mustangs have known since late September, when sanctions were announced, that they would have only their 30 regular-season games.The NCAA penalties came after an investigation that included a look into online course work for former guard Keith Frazier before his enrollment into SMU. Frazier averaged 11.9 points in 10 games this season as a junior before leaving the school, transferring to North Texas and leaving the Mustangs with only seven available scholarship players.“To win 25 games, as challenged as we’ve been …. I hope that they will be rewarded for what they have accomplished,” said Brown, who is finishing his fourth season at SMU.A win Sunday at Cincinnati (21-9, 11-6) guarantees SMU at least a share of the AAC title. Conference co-leader Temple (19-10, 13-4), which beat the Mustangs on Jan. 24 to end their school record 18-0 start, plays later Sunday at Tulane.“The biggest game this year,” said Moore, who still finds it hard to fathom that it will be his last one with the Mustangs. “We’ve shown that we can compete at the highest level, compete with anybody in the country.”SMU was still undefeated two months ago when it overcome a seven-point deficit in the final 3:40 against Cincinnati, including two 3-pointers by Moore in that final spurt for a 59-57 victory.After Moore was introduced with the starters before his final home game Thursday night, he got a nice embrace from UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who like so much other coaches has long admired the 5-foot-9 guard.“He gives them whatever they need every game,” said East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo, who like Brown played collegiately at North Carolina for Dean Smith and whose only four NBA games were during the 1989-90 season for the San Antonio Spurs coached by Brown.“I haven’t seen a guy with an IQ like that,” Lebo said. “He’s got everything. He just doesn’t have size. That’s what makes him so special. That’s why he’s just one of those guys I just love to watch play. He’s got to be fun to coach. … I know how much (Brown) demands out of his point guard position.”,Even with 25 wins already and the chance to win their second consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Mustangs will be done after Sunday’s trip to Cincinnati because of NCAA sanctions.“That’s been out of my mind now since they told us the news, so I’m not about to start thinking about it right now,” Moore said. “The only thing I thinking about is this next game, doing what we need to do to win a regular-season title again, and then they can just talk about us, and say that they messed up.” Instead of getting to play in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, Moore’s last dance with SMU (25-4, 13-4) will come a week before this season’s 68-team bracket is even revealed. That means missing the best part of March will be the guard who has been such a significant part in what has been quite a turnaround so far for the Mustangs under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. That means missing the best part of March will be the guard who has been such a significant part in what has been quite a turnaround so far for the Mustangs under Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown. DALLAS (AP) — Nic Moore’s 100th game for No. 24 SMU will be the last for the senior point guard and the Mustangs. During Moore’s three seasons playing, SMU got back into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly three decades, reached an NIT championship game and last year played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. Moore was the AAC Player of the Year as a junior, and this season has a league-best 2.6 made 3-pointers per game while ranking second in the league in scoring (16.1 points), assists (5.3), free throw percentage (80 percent) and steals (1.4).“His heart is so huge, his competitive spirit is so great, but to see him grow up as a human being, and mature and become a leader, that’s pretty neat to be around that,” Brown said.SMU is having the kind of season that would usually garner a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. But the Mustangs have known since late September, when sanctions were announced, that they would have only their 30 regular-season games.The NCAA penalties came after an investigation that included a look into online course work for former guard Keith Frazier before his enrollment into SMU. Frazier averaged 11.9 points in 10 games this season as a junior before leaving the school, transferring to North Texas and leaving the Mustangs with only seven available scholarship players.“To win 25 games, as challenged as we’ve been …. I hope that they will be rewarded for what they have accomplished,” said Brown, who is finishing his fourth season at SMU.A win Sunday at Cincinnati (21-9, 11-6) guarantees SMU at least a share of the AAC title. Conference co-leader Temple (19-10, 13-4), which beat the Mustangs on Jan. 24 to end their school record 18-0 start, plays later Sunday at Tulane.“The biggest game this year,” said Moore, who still finds it hard to fathom that it will be his last one with the Mustangs. “We’ve shown that we can compete at the highest level, compete with anybody in the country.”SMU was still undefeated two months ago when it overcome a seven-point deficit in the final 3:40 against Cincinnati, including two 3-pointers by Moore in that final spurt for a 59-57 victory.After Moore was introduced with the starters before his final home game Thursday night, he got a nice embrace from UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who like so much other coaches has long admired the 5-foot-9 guard.“He gives them whatever they need every game,” said East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo, who like Brown played collegiately at North Carolina for Dean Smith and whose only four NBA games were during the 1989-90 season for the San Antonio Spurs coached by Brown.“I haven’t seen a guy with an IQ like that,” Lebo said. “He’s got everything. He just doesn’t have size. That’s what makes him so special. That’s why he’s just one of those guys I just love to watch play. He’s got to be fun to coach. … I know how much (Brown) demands out of his point guard position.” Even with 25 wins already and the chance to win their second consecutive American Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Mustangs will be done after Sunday’s trip to Cincinnati because of NCAA sanctions.“That’s been out of my mind now since they told us the news, so I’m not about to start thinking about it right now,” Moore said. “The only thing I thinking about is this next game, doing what we need to do to win a regular-season title again, and then they can just talk about us, and say that they messed up.” Instead of getting to play in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, Moore’s last dance with SMU (25-4, 13-4) will come a week before this season’s 68-team bracket is even revealed.last_img read more

Inside Conditions …Deep “Freese”

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates third baseman David Freese (23) takes the field on opening day against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh on Sunday, April 3, 2016. (AP Photo)Sunday April 3, 2016 was opening day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  However, with a 1 p.m. start and a game time temperature of 39 degrees at PNC Park, the 2016 MLB season opener pitting the Pirates against one of their staunch NL Central rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, could have easily been confused for a late October, early November Pittsburgh Steelers battle against one of their NFL, AFC North combatants taking place at neighboring Heinz Field.With the temperature being just a few degrees north of freezing, I was initially concerned with the players on both squads maybe pulling groins, as well as pitchers straining their arms and a host of other “pulled” muscle related injuries that often happen in cold weather, especially in light of returning to Pittsburgh after preparing for the current campaign at their balmy preseason home Bradenton, FL as well as playing away games at other parts of the “Sunshine State”Aubrey BruceBoys’ and girls’ hold your horses.  When Pittsburgh Pirates ace lefty Francisco Liriano took to the mound to face Cardinals star Adam Wainwright, Liriano appeared as if  he was throwing from the “forge” of one of the few steel mills continuing to operate and produce steel in Pittsburgh, allowing just three hits and five bases on balls while striking out 10 before he was relieved in the top of the seventh inning; The Pirates beat the Cards 4-1 while Liriano also helped his own cause by driving in a run in the bottom of the second inning.While sparks were flying from the arm of Liriano, former Cardinal infielder David Freese who was the 2011 World Series MVP for St. Louis punched out a couple of hits against the “Redbirds” while theoretically subbing for Pirates third baseman/infielder Jung Ho Kang who was injured in 2015 and was out for the remainder of 2015 with a knee injury after a “questionable“ and what many consider a “dirty slide”. In mid-September 2015, Kang suffered a tibial plateau fracture with a lateral meniscal repair after attempting to complete the throw to from second to first base in the midst of an “overzealous” slide by the Cubs Chris Coghlan while Kang was trying to turn a double play in the first inning of a 9-6 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park.As far as offense goes, Freese has a career B.A of .276 with 68 homers and 348 RBI’s and possesses more power than the average infielder. He may also be the answer to increased production from the number 3 spot in the Pirates batting order, possibly taking away some of the constant pressure heaped upon Pirates All-Star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen to constantly perform flawlessly both offensively and defensively.The Pirates were far more blessed than lucky to acquire the skills, experience, and veteran leadership of David Freese.  When you have not only been part of a winning and storied franchise like the St. Louis Cardinals, but a World Series MVP for your ball club, winning becomes mandatory in the clubhouse and obligatory for your fan base, winning becomes a part of the culture.  The Pirates and their “Nation” should not hope to win, they should expect to win; not just merely a wildcard game or a divisional series or a National League Championship series.  The one and only goal for the Pittsburgh Pirates should have been, should now be, and should forever remain to just simply win the MLB World Series.(The sources for this article were espn.com and mlb.com)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter@ultrascribelast_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti thinks Real Madrid would be able to make room for Lionel Messi

first_img We must remember, however, that the situation surrounding Messi has calmed down in the last few days. Ancelotti was brief, but did speak about the Barça star. “All players with quality can play in any team,” the Madrid boss said about the possibility of Messi signing for his current club’s eternal enemy. 21/11/2014 CET Upd. at 19:48 Not least, so that they could ask the Italian coach about the Lionel Messi situation, whose future has been in the spotlight after his interview with Olé.center_img Luis Enrique also spoke about the issue on Friday; he didn’t seem like a manager set to lose his best player. Sport EN In Madrid they awaited Carlo Ancelotti’s press conference to preview the clash between Eibar and Real Madrid with a lot of excitement.  Both his father, Jorge Messi, and Javier Mascherano have quelled the rumourts that the Barça No. 10 may one day flee his Catalan nest for another European power house.last_img read more

Gareth Bale returns to give Carlo Ancelotti the luxury of a fully fit Real Madrid squad

first_img EFE It’s good news for the Italian coach, who not so long ago was without a number of regulars due to injuries and suspensions.  Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez will be especially fresh for the match at the Vicente Calderon as both missed the weekend’s game through suspension.  Iker Casillas, Keylor Navas, Pacheco; Carvajal, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Coentrao; Khedira, Kroos, Illarramendi, Lucas Silva, Modric, Isco, James; Bale, Jesé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Hernandez. Gareth Bale, who missed the win over Eibar at the weekend, has recovered in time.  The players will meet at Madrid’s training ground on Monday night at 20:15, where they will spend the next 24 hours before the game.  CEST Fabio Coentrao and Sami Khedira have both been included in the squad as well. They will take part in a light training session on Tuesday morning. 13/04/2015 Bale’s return from a muscle injury is the major talking point, though, with the Welshman likely to start alongside Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.  Here is the list of players called up by Ancelotti:  Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been able to call up his whole squad for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid.  Upd. at 17:37 Karim Benzema, meanwhile, should start after resting against Eibar. last_img read more

Pavard’s rocket is named as the Best Goal of the 2018 World Cup

first_img CEST Pavard’s goal stuck out as he powered a Lucas Hernandez cross back across goal and into the top corner of Argentina’s net. His strike brought France level in the game against Argentina, 2-2, and his country would later go on to win the match 4-3 and eventually lift the World Cup. Àlex Artigas IN SPORT.ES The World Cup in Russia delighted fans around the globe as 169 goals were scored across 64 matches. Some of the strikes were of the highest quality but one stood out from the crowd: Benjamin Pavard’s rocket from outside the box against Argentina has been voted as the best goal of the tournament by fans. El misil de Pavard, mejor gol del Mundial de Rusia 2018center_img Upd. at 19:39 25/07/2018 Juan Fernando Quintero’s freekick for Colombia against Japan and Luka Modric’s long range strike, also against Argentina, didn’t quite have the same quality as Pavard’s effort. The young and talented right back won the poll in which over three million people casted their vote.last_img read more

Gareth Bale’s career at Real Madrid ends in a disgraceful manner

first_imgAdvertisement bsnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs0gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9m9d7l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2ab2Would you ever consider trying this?😱bvkdfCan your students do this? 🌚x5Roller skating! Powered by Firework It is almost certain that Gareth Bale will not be a player of Real Madrid anymore in the next season. The manager of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that the Wales wizard is not in his plans for the next season. So, Gareth Bale will have to find a new club in the next season.Advertisement However, it is really doubtful how many clubs will be interested to sign Gareth Bale in the next season. The current wages of Gareth Bale are really high and the top European clubs will not be much interested to buy him with a huge transfer fee at this moment considering his current form.Advertisement According to the sources, Gareth Bale tried to clear his stance in this circumstances. He told,“I’ve got three years contract left. If they want me to go they’ll have to pay me €17m a year. Otherwise I’ll stay. Doesn’t matter if I don’t play, I’ll just play golf”.Advertisement The manager of the Los Blancos, Zinedine Zidane did not even consider to play Bale as a substitute in their last La Liga match against Real Betis. The situation is certainly not in the favour of the Wales wizard. Now we have to monitor the situation closely to find the next destination of Bale.Barcelona to steal in on Harry Kane over Real Madrid Advertisementlast_img read more