White standing by for Ireland start

first_img Head coach Joe Schmidt has confirmed he will draw on New Zealand-born White’s Super Rugby experience at tighthead if Ross is sidelined for the November 8 clash. Former Chiefs and Leinster prop White will become Ireland’s fourth oldest debutant of all time at 33 years and 51 days if he faces the Springboks at the Aviva Stadium. Connacht prop Nathan White will make his first Ireland start against South Africa if Mike Ross does not shake off his groin injury. New Zealander Schmidt has promoted White with Marty Moore sidelined after shoulder surgery – and warned of three huge scrummaging challenges ahead next month. “Nathan White is very experienced. He’s played a lot of Super Rugby. He’s 33, so he’s no spring chicken but his experience is one of the reasons why we have picked him,” Schmidt said. “I’m not sure whether Mike (Ross) will play this weekend or next weekend, because at the moment it’s symptom-based. “If he’s able to play then great; if he unavailable for South Africa I think we’ve got a bit of experience in Nathan and we’ve got Rodney (Ah You) who has really picked up his form and Steven Archer who is on his way back to form. “Connacht’s two tighthead boys are rewarded for some really good performances – Rodney against Glasgow, Nathan against a number of sides. “Probably uppermost for Nathan was how we went against Jack McGrath and Cian Healy in the derby game against Leinster. “To be honest, there aren’t too many other options given other injuries. Tadhg Furlong we do believe is a long-term option, but at the moment he’s pretty young to be thrown in.” South Africa ooze scrum power with the likes of Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira merely the start. Locks Bakkies Botha, Eben Etzebeth and Victor Matfield offer near unrivalled ballast. Ireland’s third autumn opponents Australia may not boast the same set-piece pedigree, but Schmidt warned unfashionable Georgia cannot be overlooked. Clermont cornerstone Davit Zirakashvili leads the cast, as adept in the wide channels as the dark corners. Stade Francais prop Davit Kubriashvili and Toulon flanker Mamuka Gorgodze underline Georgia’s mammoth pack, leaving Schmidt wary of the fast-improving Lelos. “We’re not just talking about the highly ranked teams. Georgia have got a prop factory,” Schmidt said, backing Jack McGrath to cope at loosehead in Cian Healy’s absence. “There are a number of very, very good props, and we don’t want to put a guy in a position where he loses a bit of confidence. “We need to be as solid in that department of the game as we possibly can be. “On the loosehead side, Jack McGrath has continued to grow and do well for us. “I think what he did in Argentina was a real benchmark for him. “Argentina, I know they added (Agustin) Creevy and (Marcos) Ayerza to their front-row but (Ramiro) Herrera was the guy who was starting most of those Rugby Championship matches. “And he’s the guy I felt Jack put a lot of pressure on. So Jack’s continued to progress. “And James Cronin, I thought he came on and did a pretty good job at the weekend. “And Dave Kilcoyne is the guy who has been there before. “He came off the bench in the first Test against Argentina and we felt he did a good job. “So we’re trying to benchmark those Test matches and those big European games, or the big PRO12 games – the ones that are either derby games or games against Glasgow or Ospreys.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Lady Mariners Fall in Volleyball Final

first_img Bio Fenceviewer Staff Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 CASTINE —Maine Maritime Academy’s Lady Mariners fell 3-0 to the Chargers of Colby-Sawyer College in the North Atlantic Conference volleyball final on Saturday in New London, N.H.Colby-Sawyer swept the match with game scores of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-20.Junior Ariel Knights led the Lady Mariners with 5 kills, senior setter Jennifer Dixon had 10 assists and sophomore Sydney Robertson had 3 kills and 2 aces.Dixon and Roberson were named to the All-tournament Team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Lady Mariners earned their sixth straight final appearance with a 3-1 semifinal win over Husson University on Friday.After dropping the first game 20-25, the Lady Mariners ralled for wins of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-20 over the Eagles.Knights had 9 kills and 12 digs, Robertson had 8 kills and 6 blocks and Dixon had 22 assists, 12 digs and 5 aces.Dixon, Knights and Robertson all earned NAC Second Team All-star honors.Dixon was third in the conference in assists per set with 6.25 and third in total assists with 459.Knights ranked sixth in kills with 150 and seventh in points with 261 and Robertson was fourth in aces with 51 and blocks with 47 and sixth in points with 219.5.Men’s soccerTop-seeded Thomas College ended the Mariner men’s season with a 4-0 win in the conference semifinal on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Waterville.MMA finished the season with a 10-8 record.Four Mariners were named NAC All-stars.Earning First Team honors were senior midfielder Abdullah Alkhayyat and sophomore defender David Clough. Senior midfielder Ben Russell and junior forward Nicholas George were named to the second team.Alkhayyat is the first Mariner in program history to earn first team honors for four consecutive years. He was 10th in the conference in scoring with 6 goals and 4 assists.FootballThe Mariners finished a disappointing 0-9 season on Saturday in New London, Conn., with a 42-13 loss to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.Coast Guard senior quarterback Jon Resch tield his own school record with six touchdown passes in the contest.Junior fullback Billy Wetherbee had both touchdowns for the Mariners, the first on a seven-yard run and the second on a 65-yard dash with 4:58 remaining in the game.Wetherbee finished with 153 yards rushing on 17 carries, and freshman quarterback Michael Fahey had 122 yards on 30 carries.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Postscenter_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgAs part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million payment management will advance in two stages. Player salary this year is expected to be in the $4 billion range.Management was given the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021, and to freeze the values of signing bonus money at 2019 levels.Details were divulged to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.Teams are set to approve the roughly 17-page agreement Friday, the person said.NCAA-REVENUE DISTRIBUTION March 27, 2020 Bartholomay died Wednesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his daughter, Jamie.OBIT-GLOBETROTTERS-NEALHarlem Globetrotters great Curly Neal dies at 77UNDATED (AP) — Iconic Harlem Globetrotters player Fred “Curly” Neal has died at 77, according to the team.The dribbling wizard played for the Globetrotters from 1963-85, appearing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries for the exhibition team known for its combination of comedy and athleticism. He became one of five Globetrotters to have his jersey retired when his No. 22 was lifted to the rafters during a special ceremony at Madison Square Garden in 2008. The NCAA had been scheduled to distribute $600 million to more than 300 Division I schools from April to June.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-VANDERBILLT-NESMITHNesmith leaving CommodoresNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt guard Aaron Nesmith is forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.Nesmith was one of the nation’s most prolific scorers and 3-point shooters before a right foot injury caused him to miss more than half the season. He averaged 23 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the Commodores this past season. The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic.It will be the first time since 1946 that the race won’t be run on Memorial Day weekend.IndyCar initially said it would resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard. The Indy 500 will be moved to Aug. 23.In other outbreak-related developments:— The company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Fanatics founder and executive chairman was watching TV last week when he was struck by the idea to turn the 360,000-square foot facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, into a factory for the COVID-19 virus fight. St. Luke’s Hospital in nearby Bethlehem reached out to Fanatics late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIndy 500 moved to AugustUNDATED (AP) — The Brickyard will be silent Memorial Day weekend. Update on the latest sports — Former President Barack Obama was among more than 50,000 viewers who logged onto a coronavirus discussion between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When Curry asked when it might be time to start thinking about sports again, Fauci responded, “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.— The Colorado Avalanche say one of their players has recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player was at home in isolation since the symptoms first appeared. The team says anyone who was known to have had close contact with the player has been notified. The Avs issued a statement saying they continue to work in conjunction with their medical staff and public health officials to do everything they can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.— NHL stars Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin) and Sidney Crosby think the league should go directly to the playoffs once it resumes play. The two rival Metropolitan Division captains shared their views Thursday. Crosby says he understands the need to try to play as many games as possible. But he says he wouldn’t mind beginning with the playoffs. Ovechkin had the same idea. There is no timetable for when play will resume. It has not been determined whether the league will complete the regular season.— The WNBA has announced its draft will be a virtual event this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The draft will be held on April 17 as originally scheduled but will be broadcast without players, fans or media in attendance. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert says the league is still looking at different scenarios for the start of the regular season but notes it could begin before the NBA resumes play.— Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he has fully recovered from the coronavirus, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. Arteta told the Arsenal website that he is “completely fine” and that he only felt ill for a few days. He said he had three or four days that were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature, a dry cough and some discomfort in my chest.” Arteta became the first Premier League figure to test positive for the coronavirus on March 12. The league was then suspended the next day. — Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, when hockey came to a halt amid the global pandemic. But engineers there instead brainstormed the idea of producing medical shields to help protect people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.— A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future. The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus. The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York and in global offices.— Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks. Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.” Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream.— New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, are donating $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the coronavirus outbreak in the state. Brees posted his pledge on a social media account and says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities that deliver meals to people in need.— The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date. Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued. Packers officials say Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Pandemic fallout: NCAA slashes distribution by $375 millionUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June. That is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament.The NCAA says $50 million will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will help pay the rest.March Madness is among the biggest revenue producers for the NCAA and its schools. It was canceled March 19, a week before the first round was scheduled to begin.The NCAA pulled in more than $1 billion in revenue last year, including $867.5 million from the television and marketing rights for the Division I men’s basketball tournament. MLB-OBIT-WYNNToy Cannon diesUNDATED (AP) — Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and ’70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon,” has died at 78.The Astros say the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, but the team did not provide further details.The 5-foot-9 Wynn hit more than 30 homers twice with Houston, including a career-high 37 in 1967 at the pitcher-friendly Astrodome. Wynn left the team as the franchise leader in hits, home runs, RBIs and walks. Overall, he finished with 291 homers with 964 RBIs and 225 stolen bases in his career. MLB-OBIT-BARTHOLOMAYBill Bartholomay, who moved Braves to Atlanta, dies at 91ATLANTA (AP) — Former Braves owner Bill Bartholomay has died at 91.Bartholomay moved the franchise from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, making it the first Major League Baseball team in the South. He headed the group that sold the Braves to Ted Turner in 1976 but retained a partial interest and remained as the team’s chairman until November 2003, when he assumed an emeritus role.Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said on his Twitter account that Bartholomay “was the greatest owner I ever had the pleasure to play for.” Associated Press — The International Olympic Committee says it is “not aware of any link” between an Olympic boxing tournament it oversaw in London this month and positive coronavirus tests for people who were there. The Turkish boxing federation says a boxer and a trainer now have the virus after attending the Olympic qualifying tournament, which was stopped on March 16 after three of the scheduled 11 days. The Turkish team says the two men are being treated in a hospital and two others with symptoms are awaiting test results.— Three professional baseball players in Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus but Japanese baseball officials insist that won’t impact plans to start the season next month. Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have become the first professional baseball players in Japan to test positive. Japan professional baseball had earlier postponed the start of its regular season amid the pandemic and was aiming for an April 24 start.MLB-SERVICE TIMEPlayers, management agree to preserve service timeUNDATED (AP) — Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. 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Holder strikes after Chase, Shai Hope complete centuries on second day

first_imgWEST Indies continued to dominate under-strength Derbyshire on the second day of their day-night tour match.The tourists, 340-3 overnight, declared on 427-3 as Shai Hope (107) and Roston Chase (110) reached their centuries.Captain Jason Holder (3-48) then led the way with the pink ball, which will also be used in next week’s day-night Test against England at Edgbaston.After Derbyshire were bowled out for 181, the Windies opted to bat again and were 60-1 by close of play at Derby.Only teenager Calum Brodrick (52), on his first-class debut, and opener Ben Slater (39) passed 20 for the hosts.The Windies’ pace quartet – Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph and Holder – were all in the wickets as they warmed up for the first day-night Test to be held in England.However, Gabriel, playing his first game of the tour, sent down 20 no-balls as his nine overs cost 64 runs.Keeper Shane Dowrich had a busy day with five catches off the seamers as well as a stumping off Chase’s off-spin when Brodrick was the eighth man out after adding 55 with stand-in skipper Tony Palladino.West Indies had not registered a century in their first two tour games against Essex and Kent, which were both drawn.But earlier in the day, Shai Hope and Chase joined Hope’s brother Kyle, Friday’s centurion, in reaching three figures against an inexperienced county attack which included two teenagers and four others under 25.Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who fell cheaply for the second time in the match to give 16-year-old seamer James Taylor his maiden first-class wicket, will be the only West Indian to feel he missed out.(BBC Sport)WEST INDIES 1st InningsK Brathwaite lbw b Milnes 3K Powell lbw b Palladino 92K Hope b Sonczak 105S Hope not out 107R Chase not out 110Extras (lb3, nb7) 10TOTAL (3 wkts decl., 100 overs) 427Did not bat: J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, A Joseph, S Gabriel.Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-159, 3-231.Bowling: Taylor 19-3-94-0, Milnes 21-2-94-1, Taylor 14-1-63-0, Palladino 13-1-44-1, Cork 16-2-66-0, Sonczak 16-1-60-1, MacDonell 1-0-3-0.DERBYSHIRE 1st InningsB Slater c wkp Dowrich b Joseph 39C MacDonell c wkp Dowrich b Roach 9T Wood c Powell b Gabriel 15C Brodrick st Dowrich b Chase 52+H Hosein c wkp Dowrich b Holder 4T Milnes c wkp Dowrich b Holder 0G Cork c Powell b Holder 0T Taylor c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 9*A Palladino c Holder b Chase 18M Sonczak c Blackwood b Roach 9J Taylor not out 0Extras (lb1, w1, nb24) 26TOTAL (all out, 51.3 overs) 181Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-78, 3-78, 4-91, 5-94, 6-100, 7-115, 8-170, 9-177, 10-181.Bowling: Gabriel 9-2-64-2, Roach 13.3-5-31-2, Holder 13-1-48-3, Joseph 12-3-32-1, Chase 4-3-5-2.WEST INDIES 2nd InningsK Brathwaite c Cork b Taylor 11K Powell not out 41J Blackwood not out 5Extras (lb1, w1, nb1) 3TOTAL (1 wkt, 16 overs) 60Fall of wicket: 1-45.Bowling: Milnes 6-4-22-0, Taylor 5-0-19-0, Taylor 3-0-14-1, Palladino 2-1-4-0.Position: West Indies lead by 306 runs.last_img read more

Man Utd Wins Europa, Back in Champions League

first_imgManchester United beat Ajax 2-0 Wednesday night to win the Europa League and reach next season’s Champions League, thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Pogba scored with a deflected strike before Mkhitaryan’s close-range finish on an emotional night in Stockholm.There was recognition before the game of those killed in Monday’s attack in Manchester and United’s players wore black armbands in respect. United is the fifth side to win all three major European club competitions.Prior to this victory the Red Devils had won the European Cup on three occasions, in 1968, 1999 and 2008, and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1991.Deprived of injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, defenders Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw and the suspended Eric Bailly, Jose Mourinho’s side had to dig deep in their 64th and final game of this season.But their greater experience, coupled with an effective counter-attacking game plan, told against a youthful Ajax side who, with an average age of 22 years and 282 days, fielded the youngest starting XI in a major European final.United now joins champions Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City in next season’s Champions League group stages, which will earn them about £50m in revenue.This also represents their second trophy of Mourinho’s debut season as United boss following their victory in the EFL Cup in February.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

England Beats Brazil to Reach Final

first_imgBrewster took his chances well and was assisted by the impressive Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.England will face Spain – who beat Mali 3-1 in Wednesday’s other semi-final, with Abel Ruiz scoring twice.The Young Lions will look to match their Under-20 counterparts, who won their World Cup in June.It took only 10 minutes for Brewster to get his first, meeting an inch-perfect delivery from Chelsea’s 16-year-old midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi and finishing at the second attempt.Flamengo defender Wesley capped a dominant response from Brazil with the equaliser after 21 minutes, and striker Brenner rolled wide a great chance to put them ahead 15 minutes before the break.But Brewster’s second, taking him top of the tournament’s goalscoring chart, sent England in 2-1 up at half-time.The 17-year-old completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute after a pin-point low cross from Emile Smith Rowe and England kept their cool to withstand Brazil’s late rally.“I really believe in our players and I think whoever we play against we can be a match and be better than the opposition,” said England head coach Cooper. “But we have to work hard for that. We’ll never change our style. We believe in it.“There isn’t a bigger game they can play in their career at their age than a World Cup knockout game. And obviously they are going to go and play the ultimate game – the final.”A hat-trick in a 4-1 quarter-final victory over the USA, followed by another in Wednesday’s semi-final, made the 17-year-old the competition’s top scorer.“No words to describe how we all feel right now!! One last big push ahead fully focused on that now”, he wrote on Twitter after the Brazil game.His prolific form follows in the footsteps of Kelechi Iheanacho, now at Leicester City, who won player of the tournament at the 2013 Under-17s World Cup and narrowly missed out on the golden boot.Iheanacho joined the Foxes from Manchester City for £25m this summer, but Liverpool will be unlikely to entertain the prospect of Brewster going anywhere – except Jurgen Klopp’s first-team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA U-17 WORLD CUPA hat-trick from Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster sent England into Saturday’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup final with a 3-1 win over Brazil wednesday.Steve Cooper’s side weathered Kolkata’s 29c heat and humidity, plus sustained pressure from their opponents.last_img read more

Olivarez’ two-hitter not enough for UW

first_imgFollowing a pair of defeats in Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Wisconsin Badgers remain winless in conference play at 0-8.Wisconsin (10-24) lost a heartbreaking first game 1-0, and that disappointment may have spilt over into the second game, in which UW was thoroughly beaten 14-1.“Some of us went up there already defeated in the second game,” senior starter Letty Olivarez said, after picking up her 17th and 18th losses on the season. “Instead of just playing our game we were trying too hard… and there was pressure to get things done.”Something that remains consistent for the Badgers this year was wasting a solid effort by Olivarez, who has a record of 6-18, despite an earned run average of 3.76. The team has only scored nine runs in Olivarez’s last 30 innings of work.With seven of those coming against lowly South Dakota State (10-26).When asked about her lack of run support, she reluctantly let out a smile but admitted some dissatisfaction.“It’s pretty tough. I thought we would come out with the win, we only allowed one run,” commented Olivarez. “I thought I did well, it sucks because we’re not always going to have our hitting, but it’s just one of those games where I wish we did.”To waste such a tremendous start frustrates not only the Olivarez, but the rest of the team as well.Olivarez, who had one of her best outings of the year in the first game, started the second game before being replaced by freshman Meghan McIntosh in the second inning.However, both McIntosh and her replacement Kristyn Hansen proved ineffective, and Olivarez was forced to come back out and finish the last two innings.“It’s really frustrating. Letty pitched one of her best games, she was amazing,” said freshman first basemen Molly Spence. “As an offense, we just couldn’t help her out, [and] that’s disappointing because when she’s pitching such a good game we wanna be able to help her out. It’s hard, but we tried our best.”Unable to do much against a formidable Iowa lineup, both McIntosh and Hansen struggled to record outs.As a result, Olivarez went back out there in the fourth inning, despite her fatigue from the first game.“I told them I was ready at the beginning of the game, but it was more out of necessity,” added Olivarez. “Kristyn and Meghan needed me more than anything, I couldn’t leave them in there to hang to dry.”Olivarez gave up only two hits and one run in the first game, and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts. The run, which scored in the third inning came on a hit that never left the infield. “It’s slightly frustrating, but I put a lot of it on myself, if I wouldn’t have gave up that one run, we would have had more [chances]” said Olivarez. “It’s a tough situation, but it’s frustrating for everyone.”She also pointed towards this team’s strong chemistry and camaraderie as a huge reason why she continues to play so hard for the team, even in the face of yet another losing season.“I usually try to keep a good positive attitude, so I don’t really let that affect me because I have to be there for the rest of the girls,” commented Olivarez. “I just try to be strong for them.”The Badgers continue to look for runs, having only manufactured two in their last 36 innings in conference play.Spence, who leads the team in five major offensive categories but has struggled in conference play, shared the frustration of the team, but maintains the team does not lack the ability to get it done.“We all have the fight in us, sometimes it doesn’t come out,” said Spence. “We all have that mentality, we all want to win games.”Scoring early has been a strong indicator if the team will win, as the team is 9-4 when scoring first, but has a 1-20 record when the opposing team crosses home plate before they do.Although she had not heard of the statistic prior to me telling her, Spence agreed that the team thrives off scoring early.“We just needed one person to spark it in the beginning,” Spence said. “[Today], it just didn’t happen.”last_img read more

“I am more interested in Strasbourg’s victories, not my goals”- Majeed Waris

first_imgGhana forward, Abdul Majeed Waris, says the success of Strasbourg in this season’s French Ligue 1 campaign means more to him than getting loads of goals on an individual basis.The former Right To Dream player got his second goal for Strasbourg on Sunday in their 3-0 home win against Reims. He scored the second of the three goals in the 82nd minute from a Ludovic Ajorque assist.The strike was his first at home for them since he joined on loan from FC Porto in January.Speaking to journalists after the match, Waris was pleased with his output but he stressed that he was more eager to see the team do well in the league.“It was a very good victory for us and the atmosphere at the stadium was good. I am more concerned about the three points and so, getting it was good for the club and the supporters. It was a very good victory.I am happy that I got my first goal at home. The atmosphere was good and I want to score a lot of goals for this club but I do not want to only score. I want to win matches here too.We have a good team here and we can climb even higher on the table. I believe we will work harder and win a lot more games.For me, it is not only about the goals. I care more about the team’s victories but then, scoring is important. Before I came here, there were a number of teams who looked at me but refused to sign me because they felt that I had not played football for 6 months.But I work hard all the time. Not playing was never an excuse for me not to train and now that I am here, everyone can see that, it is the same Waris they have always known.”Waris got his first Ligue 1 goal for Strasbourg on February 5 in their 1-0 win at Toulouse and after making it two, fans of the club will expect to see more goals from the Ghanaian player.Strasbourg’s next match in the French League is at Lyon on February before they take on Amiens, Montpellier, and PSG.last_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL :10 I know most of you…oh, who am I kidding .…none of you ever do what I ask you to     do. But this time, I need you to do what I tell ya.  I want you to run, do not walk, I want you to run…un like it’s 1945 and you’re a Black man in America and your very life depends on it…cause that’s how it was for Mr. Jackie Robinson. The single most important name in sports history!  Run and see “42” the movie about the late great Jackie Robinson. See how he endured the enormous responsibility of being the first Black man to play baseball. That’s it. That’s all. You know the rest of the story.  Now go see the movie and please take your children so they can learn the importance of this man and the sacrifices he made.  How bout this, you’re gonna love this.  I give it five stars *****. That’s unheard of. The most I’ve ever given is 3½.  Now get going!:9 And speaking of that, and I was, add this to your list of things to google—John Preston “Pete” Hill, the great, great, great relative of your boy and mine Ron Hill. Ron just returned to Pittsburgh with great news about this legend Pete Hill who played in the pre-Negro League from 1899-1919 and in the Negro Leagues from 1920-1921 and 1923-1925 and was the catalyst and captain of the great Chicago American Giants clubs of the 1910’s.  Mr. Hill was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. Hey Ron Hill, that’s a lot to be proud of.  Congratulations.  (Ron, call me so we can do more with this.  I don’t have your new number. 412-628-4856.:8 How’s this for the law. I just got the Pittsburgh’s Best Lawyers 2013 Edition handed to me and guess what? Not a Black face to be found…yea, I know.  Shocking huh? Now I am going to go out on a limb here and I want to be careful because I can’t tell by reading the names…and of course that in and of itself would be racist…but I can tell you this…there’s not a Black face in the 20 page booklet. Now that should be against     the law! (Of course, if I’m wrong, I stand corrected.)  Not one Black person… c’mon man!!!:7 Watch out you so-called sports illustrated writers, Mr. Keith Platt Jr. is about to emerge on the scene and he’s got serious game. In fact, he’s way better than me. Here’s his Top 10 names the Steelers should look at in the upcoming NFL draft, and they should really     listen since they can’t seem to get it right on their own . . . I’m just saying!  No. 1—Jarvis Jones – 6’2” – 245 lbs – OLB – GeorgiaNo. 2—Robert Woods – 6’1” – 190 lbs – WR – USCNo. 3—Kenny Vaccaro – 6’1” – 212 lbs – DB – TexasNo. 4—Alec Ogletree – 6’3” – 234 lbs – ILB – GeorgiaNo. 5—Eddie Lacy – 5’10” – 220 lbs – RB – AlabamaNo. 6—Landry Jones – 6’4” – 220 lbs – QB – OklahomaNo. 7—A.J. Klein – 6’1” – 244 lbs – ILB – Iowa StateNo. 8—Cardarrelle Patterson – 6’3” – 204 lbs – WR – TennesseeNo. 9—David Amerson – 6’2” – 195 lbs – CB – N.C. StateNo. 10—Montori Hughes – 6’4” – 328 lbs – DT – UT-MartinTo his credit, Platt sent me his top 10 mock draft and players to keep an eye on.  I got no room for all that, but I’ll tell you this, keep your eye on young Mr. Platt.  He’s about to be in somebody’s top 10…much like his dad, he’s got skills.  Keith, you’re not only in the locker room, your locker is next to mine!:6 Video tape review will reveal that someone in the audience shot Kobe Bryant in the heel with an African blow gun. For you haters, the only way you could stop him.:5 Team rosters are now being accepted for the 2013 Connie Hawkins Youth Summer Basketball League for 14 and under boys.  Call the Champions at 412-628-4856 for more information.:4 Steelers, let Emmanuel Saunders go and take the 3rd round draft pick. Are you kidding me. He’s hurt all the time!:3 “Tiger”   You know that whole half Black and half Asian thing you roll with?  Welcome to the Black half of the world. They’ll get ya if they can! Finished 5 under, tied for 4th. Hey Kevin Cameron, give me a call mmmaaannn. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong!:2 FYI – Five Starr Corporation and Champion Enterprises are looking for volunteers, interns, executive staff and sales reps.  For more info, call 412-628-4856.:1 “Harlem Nights” coming at ya again every last Friday…Set for Friday April 26, 3 Lakes Golf  Club, 6700 Saltzburg Rd. in Penn Hills. You must be dressed up, no exceptions…“Go deep in the closet” – free parking – cash bar – cash kitchen until 11 p.m. – 50/50 – cash prize for best dressed. This is the best old school over 30 par-tay in town. Special guest DJ the legend Sly Jock. ~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

Di Stéfano must adapt the VAR, lighting and advertising

first_imgThe decision of Madrid to play the remainder of the season, when the institutions and Health give the green light to the return of the competitions, at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in Valdebebas is taking more and more body. The possibility of accelerating the works this summer without interruptions caused by the game days, as it happened until it stopped all on March 13 (the day that Madrid-Eibar was going to be played at the Bernabéu), has forced the club’s desire to take advantage of Valdebebas facilities and the stadium in which Castilla plays to play the six remaining league games at home (Eibar, Valencia, Mallorca, Getafe, Alavés and Villarreal), as well as the option to play the quarterfinal of Champions if those of Zidane manage to overcome against City in the pending game in Manchester. There will be no scheduling problems with Castilla, a regular tenant of Di Stéfano, when the Spanish Federation decided to permanently suspend the competition in Second B.Both LaLiga, for the remainder of the competition, and UEFA, for the remainder of the Champions, have informed the club that when playing behind closed doors due to the coronavirus they will not fault. to that change of scenery proposed by Madrid. In addition, the measurements of the playing field are exactly the same as those of the La Castellana Coliseum. Yes, in the entity they prefer to be cautious while waiting for the decisions made by all levels about the return to training and competition, for which there are still no fixed dates. In addition, it is necessary to undertake an investment in Di Stefano so that Madrid can play there with all the guarantees. To begin with and as AS reported yesterday, the first step is to seamlessly move VAR technology (cameras and monitors installed in the Bernabéu) and the club assures that it will be done safely and without any difficulty. Further, Di Stéfano’s night lighting is valid for broadcasting Castilla’s matches in Segunda B, but it is not of sufficient quality to offer League and Champions matches. The club would have to install new artificial lighting turrets, more powerful and guaranteeing perfect visibility and approved by the League and UEFA. By last, it would be necessary to adapt the advertising of the ‘ad time’ system, installed in the bands and funds of the Bernabéu. The sponsors generate a good source of income for the club and the change of scenery would force the advertising infrastructure to be moved so that those income are not in danger.Madrid believes that all this can be fixed in the coming weeks without problems, since until June minimum the competitions will not return. There is plenty of time to adapt to this new reality, which will take advantage of the Bernabéu and its modernization works, which could be several months ahead of the deadlines set in the initial project (autumn 2022).last_img read more