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The Women of Troy find a familiar face in first round

first_imgThe No. 21 USC women’s soccer team begins the quest for its second national title in three years Friday when it plays its opening game of the 2009 NCAA Tournament against Oklahoma State in Santa Clara, Calif.The Women of Troy (12-6-2) and the Cowgirls (15-7-0) are already familiar with each other, having played Sept. 18 in Stillwater, Okla., in a game USC won 1-0.The constant · Goalie Kristin Olsen has been the Women of Troy’s most dependable player with 101 saves and an 83 percent save rate. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan“It’s always difficult to play a team for a second time in a season, especially one we already beat,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “But I like the matchup we have.”Oklahoma State comes into the 5:30 p.m. game riding an eight-game winning streak during which it has outscored its opponents 17-3 and posted six shutouts.“I remember [Oklahoma State] attacked the outsides a lot, and they had a lot of good crossing opportunities,” senior goalkeeper Kristin Olsen said. “We’ve got to limit the chances they have from the outsides and limit their chances on goal.”Playing in front of Olsen’s net will be Oklahoma State junior forward Annika Niemeier, who leads the Cowgirls with 11 goals on the season.Senior forward Kasey Langdon, a two-time All-Big 12 honoree, is also a dangerous attacking option for Oklahoma State with five goals on the year.The Women of Troy will counter with junior midfielder Alyssa Dávila, who leads USC with nine goals and is tied for tops on the team with five assists.Freshman forward Samantha Johnson, freshman midfielder Courtney Garcia and redshirt senior Marihelen Tomer have all chipped in for USC with four goals each on the season.The difference-maker for USC could be Olsen, who led the Pac-10 during the regular season with 101 saves and an 83 percent save rate.“It’s been a luxury to have her since we’ve arrived here,” Khosroshahin said about the starting keeper. “It definitely gives the team a lot more confidence knowing that she’s back there.”If the Women of Troy defeat Oklahoma State on Friday, they will play the winner of the match between No. 11 Santa Clara (13-6-1) and Michigan State (11-4-4) on Sunday.USC defeated Santa Clara 2-0 on Sept. 27 on the road, a matchup that got the Women of Troy familiar with the venue for this weekend’s games.“We’ve been there before, we’re going to stay in the same hotel,” Dávila said. “It helps that we’ve been there.”Redshirt senior defender Jordan Angeli tops the Broncos with six goals on the year.Michigan State senior forward Lauren Hill leads the Spartans with 11 goals this season.The Women of Troy say they are not looking ahead to either the Broncos or Spartans, however, but instead are completely focusing on Oklahoma State.“Honestly, I don’t let us [look ahead],” Khosroshahin said. “As soon as you look past your opponent, that’s when bad things occur. We’re keeping the focus on what’s ahead and that’s Oklahoma State.”With a talented yet inexperienced team, USC is not favored to repeat its 2007 success and claim another national title. The Women of Troy are happy, though, to embrace their new role.“Our bracket’s hard but it’s good. We’re kind of the underdog,” Dávila said. “We really have nothing to lose. We’re playing good teams and we’re just going to go for it.”last_img read more

Loughmore boss urges players to shoot with ‘conviction’

first_imgMeanwhile, a fixture clash means Fethard’s county championship winning teams of 1988 and 1991 won’t be honoured ahead of the final at Leahy Park in Cashel.However, the players from those sides will be fêted at a banquet in Clonmel on Sunday evening.The South Tipp club will face Kenmare of Kerry in the Munster Intermediate Football Championship quarter-finals at 2 o’clock that afternoon.County Board delegate John Costigan says it didn’t prove possible to rejig the schedule in such a way as to allow the heroes of the past to be at both venues.Tipp FM will have uninterrupted second-half commentary on the Tipperary Water Senior Football Championship Final from around 3.10pm on Sunday.  Our coverage will be brought to you with thanks to O’Connell’s Centra, Templemore.We’ll also have live coverage of the AIB Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship Quarter-Final between Thurles Sarsfields and Ballygunner of Waterford on Sunday afternoon.  Our build-up gets underway at 1.50pm.  Coverage of this match will be in association with Vale Oil, Thurles, Clonmel and Waterford. Declan Laffan’s side face Moyle Rovers in the competition decider.The Mid Tipp champions got the better of Clonmel Commercials to get a step closer to adding to their 13 previous county titles.The boss knows they need to improve on one particular aspect of their semi-final display.last_img read more

SBC’s On The Ball: QPR, Reddit and Chicago Fire

first_img Share Submit BetUK replaces Royal Panda as QPR’s official betting partner January 30, 2020 Share Related Articles High Stakes as DAZN launches US property targeting OTT top spot September 10, 2018 QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered, this week’s edition looks at a controversial new sponsorship for West Ham, as well as an innovative new initiative between QPR and Ticketmaster. FA to investigate West Ham Sponsorship The Football Association (FA) will carry out inquiries into the sponsorship deal between West Ham Women’s team and sports management agency, Unique Sports Management (USM). USM agreed to become a shirt sponsor for the women’s team at the start of this season, with the deal reported to be worth close to £250,000, however this has not yet been confirmed by neither West Ham nor USM.The FA are said to have been aware of the sponsorship deal at the time it was brokered, however are now said to be requiring further clarification on the circumstances in which USM were asked to sponsor the team.Jack Sullivan, 19, is the managing director of the women’s team, and is also the son of West Ham’s co-owner, David Sullivan. The father-son duo are said to be on close personal terms with USM boss Will Salthouse, who is often spotted in the Director’s Box at The London Stadium. Reddit Soccerstreams closed down after continued copyright infringementsThe fight to stop football piracy got a major boost this week, as the Reddit page where users go to post links to live football matches was closed. After numerous warnings from Reddit over copyright infringement, something that is in breach of the site’s user policy, the page which had accrued 425,000 subscribers was taken down.A statement from the R/soccerstreams’ moderator confirmed: “We’ve officially reached critical mass. I regret to inform you all that a few days ago the Reddit Admins got in touch with us about an impeding ban of this subreddit if changes weren’t made.“The only way to save it, from our perspective, was to cease all user-related activity here. Due to this, and to save the history behind this subreddit over the years, r/soccerstreams will now serve as a home base for the official Soccer Streams mod team.”The news comes as the Premier League continues to strengthen its long standing against piracy, in order to maintain the growing value of its rights. And although the page directed its users to a temporary alternative, the shutting of the page shows a real intent in the battle against illegal sports streaming.Furthermore, the burden of illegal streaming is not solely felt from football, Matchroom Boxing Promotions vehemently pursued rights to protection against illegal live streams prior to  Anthony Joshua’s last title defence against Alexander Povetkin.Commenting at the time, group CEO of Matchroom Sport, Steve Dawson, emphasised: “This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle piracy of our PPV [pay-per-view] and non PPV boxing events. It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt illegal broadcasts of our shows.“The protection of the copyright in broadcasts of our events is hugely important to us and we are pleased that the Court has recognised this with the granting of this blocking order.”Chicago Fire unveils new partnership with MotorolaThe Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Motorola have announced a three-year partnership which means the mobile communications company will gain maximum exposure as the official jersey partner of the club.Both the home and away jerseys were unveiled by former World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger, U.S. Men’s National Team player and Fire team captain Dax McCarty and 2017 MLS Golden Boot Winner Nemanja Nikolić. Supporters will be able to purchase the jerseys from March 1.Chicago Fire Soccer Club Chief Operating Officer John Urban commented:“We’re extremely excited to announce our new jersey partnership with Motorola. Motorola is a globally recognised brand that, similar to our Club, is proud of its Chicago roots. We look forward to introducing the Motorola brand to the diverse audience that exists within MLS and the sport of soccer.”Rudi Kalil, vice president and general manager, North America at Motorola added: “As a proud Chicago-based company, Motorola is thrilled to further our dedication to our hometown by teaming up with the Chicago Fire Soccer Club,” said  “The Chicago Fire is the latest to join our roster of iconic Chicago sports partnerships. Much like Motorola, the Chicago Fire are forward-looking, agile and driven to win, which made this partnership easy to root for.”QPR partners with Ticketmaster to provide ticketing innovationUniting with Ticketmaster Sport, Queens Park Rangers is the first UK football club to integrate the only in-app mobile ticketing solution that allows secure ticket transfers across operating systems.The implementation of newly developed and innovative mobile ticketing technology from fan engagement specialists, InCrowd has allowed both match day and season tickets to become available in the official QPR app to those who opted into the trial phase in September 2018, and are now available to all fans attending games at Loftus Road via a personal in-app ticket wallet.David Scriven, Digital Content Manager at QPR commented: “The QPR Ticket Wallet has helped simplify the matchday for fans at Loftus Road. Not only can fans now access the latest news at the push of a button they can also access the stadium with one. By working closely with Ticketmaster and implementing this advanced, fan first technology from InCrowd we’ve been able to deliver a unique product in an efficient manner with significant upsides to supporter experience and the businesses digital objectives.”The payment method has experienced strong growth since its formation, with it now being utilised by 12%of fans that attend games at Loftus Road. On The ball is brought to you by, SBC’s new portal which offers all the latest news and cutting-edge analysis from the evolving business of sport. To find out more about the site, click the banner below. StumbleUponlast_img read more

International drive sees Digitain open UK regional office

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Digitain and LSports double up for simulated tennis roll out June 30, 2020 Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Share Related Articles Bolstering its commercial capacity, industry omnichannel systems provider Digitain has confirmed the opening of a new UK regional office in Sheffield.  Recently appointed Head of International Business Development Simon Westbury will head up the Sheffield hub, which will provide ‘localised client-facing and account-management services’ supporting Digitain’s international growth plans.In its update, Digitain confirms that it has begun to expand its international commercial support network, planning new office openings across Asia, Africa and Latin America.Restructuring its commercial set-up last month, Digitain appointed Westbury to lead and develop its international sales channel and strategy related to new clients and markets.The office opening follows a particularly productive year for Digitain, which has seen the company expand its global footprint from Europe, through Asia and on to Africa and LATAM.“I am delighted to be leading Digitain’s drive into the UK and wider regulated markets,” said Westbury. “Digitain is a company which is a market leader in the gaming industry and, in keeping with our business principles of being as close to our partners as possible, the opening of a UK office is an exciting development in helping us achieve our aims.”last_img read more

Coronavirus: GFA wants reliefs on taxes, import duties from government

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association says it has put together a number of proposals to the government in relation to financial support for Ghanaian league clubs during the current climate of the Coronavirus pandemic.Football has been hard hit by the pandemic since no league matches have been played since March 15 when the President announced a ban on public gatherings.The absence of matches means that clubs cannot make any money without gate proceeds and transfer fees and thus, the GFA has reached out to Government through the Sports Ministry.Henry Asante Twum is the GFA’s Communications Director and he gave details to Citi Sports on what the Ministry was expected to present to Government on the GFA’s behalf during a government cabinet meeting on Friday.“In our proposal to the Sports Ministry, we highlighted the need for government support not only in the area of Covid-19 but we also asked government to take a look at the 17.5 percent VAT component on the gate fees charged at the match venues during the league.We also made a case for import duties on football materials like national teams jerseys and related items. The jerseys do not come for profit. They serve a social purpose but we have to pay thousands of US dollars to clear them at the ports.In line with that, we also asked for a look at what clubs pay to clear their jerseys and other equipment for use in the country. These charges are huge and draining and they are having a huge toll on our finances.”Asante Twum went on to state that the GFA would also want government to review the situation involving lower tier non-professional clubs and their paying of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions on behalf of their -players.“We would want the government to intervene in this situation. These clubs in Division Two and Three and the colts divisions are not professional clubs but SSNIT is always chasing them to play their due for their players and we would like the government to take another look at that.”With the Ghana FA saying that a decision on the future of the Ghanaian football season will be taken by June 30, the expectation is that it will make a strong push for financial support to keep the clubs going until a proper resolution on the league is found.last_img read more

UFC Minneapolis: Francis Ngannou, Joseph Benavidez collect dominant victories

first_imgAs he continues to gain experience and seasoning, Menifield is going to be a handful because he trains with a great team and receives excellent coaching, so now it’s just a matter of getting reps, learning and seeing if he can reach is full potential.For Craig, it’s another example of the holes that still exist in his game and the elements he needs to improve in order to become a contender. His striking isn’t at a point where opponents need to fear it and when he can’t initiate grappling sequences, he’s severely compromised and left grasping at straws.Now, Menifield looks like a legit prospect who could emerge as a contender over the next 12 to 18 months, so this is far from a terrible loss. That being said, he’s struggled to find consistency and needs to keep working to sharpen his striking in order to create easier opportunities to grapple.UFC Minneapolis official resultsFrancis Ngannou def. Junior dos Santos by TKO (strikes) at 1:11 of Round 1.Joseph Benavidez def. Jussier Formiga by TKO (strikes) at 4:47 of Round 2.Demian Maia def. Anthony Rocco Martin by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28).Vinc Pichel def. Roosevelt Roberts by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).Drew Dober def. Marco Polo Reyes KO (punches) at 1:07 of Round 1.Alonzo Menifield def. Paul Craig by KO (punches) at 3:19 of Round 1.Ricardo Ramos def. Journey Newsom by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).Eryk Anders def. Vinicius Moreira by KO (punches) at 1:18 of Round 1.Jared Gordon def. Dan Moret by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).Dalcha Lungiambula def. Dequan Townsend  by TKO (strikes) at 0:42 of Round 3.Amanda Ribas def. Emily Whitmire by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:10 of Round 2.Maurice Greene def. Junior Albini by TKO (punches) at 3:38 of Round 1. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThen the weekend arrived, the action kicked off and the fights did, in fact, exceed expectations, with athletes like Eryk Anders and Jared Gordon scoring crucial victories and newcomers Amanda Ribas and Dalcha Lungiambula impressing on the prelims before the main card got started.In the final preliminary card fight of the night, Ricardo Ramos delivered one of his trademark spinning elbows that landed flush and left everyone wondering how the hell newcomer Journey Newsom remained conscious:THE SOUND!🔊This man has a chin of granite!!! #UFCMinneapolis— UFC (@ufc) June 30, 2019And then once the more familiar names took the stage, business picked up.Yeah. It was that kind of night.Here’s a look at what transpired on the main card and the impact those results could have going forward.Francis Ngannou blasts Junior dos Santos for third straight first-round finishBy his standards, Ngannou’s victory over dos Santos on Saturday took a long time, but in reality, it was another blistering effort from the menacing knockout artist.After trading leg kicks with the former champion early, Ngannou connected with a clubbing right hand after dos Santos over-committed to his own strike, sending the Brazilian to the canvas. A quick flurry followed and the fight was stopped.The whole thing took 71 seconds or 10 seconds longer than it took Ngannou to earn his last two victories combined.TOO MUCH! TOO POWERFUL! #UFCMinneapolis— UFC (@ufc) June 30, 2019What it means: A year ago next week, Ngannou dropped his second straight fight in a confusing, frustrating effort opposite Derrick Lewis. Still rattled from his loss to Stipe Miocic, “The Predator” couldn’t pull the trigger and people were left wondering if the feared knockout artist would ever be the same.A year later, Ngannou has shown that he’s back to being the more dangerous striker in the division, registering three victories in eight months in a combined two minutes and 12 seconds.Given his recent form, there is no question that Ngannou should face the winner of the upcoming heavyweight rematch between Daniel Cormier and Miocic, which is slated for August.While this is sure to be a disappointing result for dos Santos, who was hoping to earn his own title shot with a win, he remains a fixture in the upper tier of the heavyweight division and should continue to serve as a truth machine for anyone looking to earn themselves a place in the title picture.Joseph Benavidez finishes Jussier Formiga, calls for a rematch with Henry CejudoBenavidez earned the first victory in the history of the UFC flyweight division, and Saturday night he added another one to his resume, finishing Formiga in the co-main event.The divisional stalwart suffered a cut near his eye early in the opening round that seemed to mess with his mojo in the first, but after getting the bleeding stopped between rounds, Benavidez put his scrambling skills on display in the second before finding his range and taking the fight to the Brazilian. After a pair of tremendous exchanges where he avoided giving up his back to Formiga, Benavidez hurt him with a head kick and swarmed for the finish, unloading a series of blows that ultimately ended the fight.Your No. 1️⃣contender!@JoeJitsu #UFCMinneapolis— UFC (@ufc) June 30, 2019What it means: Benavidez dubbed himself “Joey Two-Times” following the win, explaining that he’s beaten Dustin Ortiz twice and now Formiga twice and he’s focused on beating current champ Henry Cejudo for a second time whenever “Triple C” is ready to return to the cage.The flyweight fixture rightly pointed out that the matchups Cejudo lobbied for following his win over Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 made no sense and that he’s the only opponent that makes sense and anyone who argues otherwise is crazy. Benavidez is 9-1 in his last 10 fights, with his lone loss coming in his return to the cage following an ACL repair.He’s beaten the champion and been a good soldier throughout his career; give the man his title shot.Even though the win should have a major impact on the top of the division, the loss doesn’t change anything for Formiga. He’s been one of the best flyweights in the world for nearly a decade and he’s still the third-best fighter in the division today.There are just two guys who are clearly better than him and there is absolutely no shame in that.Demian Maia shuts down Anthony Rocco Martin, earns 21st career UFC winAgeless grappling ace Maia moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time UFC wins list Saturday, using his tremendous top control to salt away the first two rounds against Martin and secure the victory.This was classic Maia, patiently working his way inside, initiating the clinch and smothering Martin for the majority of the first 10 minutes. One of the only changes to the pattern came when referee Vance Swerdan stood the Brazilian veteran up from mount late in the second round.What was surprising to learn is that one of the judges actually scored the fight a draw, 28-28, awarding Martin a 10-8 frame in the third for marching forward and landing one, maybe two good punches the entire round. MMA judging remains terrible in so many places.Still winning!@DemianMaia #UFCMinneapolis— UFC (@ufc) June 30, 2019What it means: In addition to moving him ahead of Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping in the record books, this win reminds everyone that despite his age and still fairly recent three-fight skid, Maia remains a menace for anyone hoping to move up the welterweight rankings.Martin looked frustrated when the result was read and it’s totally understandable — he’s going to watch this one back and kick himself because he was too tentative over the final five minutes. When he finally pulled the trigger, he stung Maia and started to really press forward, but it was far too little, far too late and you have to wonder if that’s something correctable or indicative of how far the mouton-chopped Martin can go in the welterweight division.If I were a betting man, I would say it’s correctable and we see more urgency from Martin next time he’s in the same position and even earlier in the fight. Being aggressive is what helped him earn four straight wins heading into this one and while his hesitation was warranted and understandable, you have to play to your strengths and Martin didn’t on Saturday.Vinc Pichel bounces Roosevelt Roberts from the ranks of the unbeatenRoberts started quickly, outworking Pichel on the feet by working behind a long jab and clean right hand. But after a slow first, the TUF 15 veteran changed it up and looked to grapple, taking the fight to the unbeaten prospect and earning a clean sweep of the scorecards.Everything came down to the second round, where Roberts continued to have success with his hands, but Pichel made things grimy and finished the frame in full mount. It wasn’t the festival of violence fans are used to from Pichel, but it was a savvy effort from another fun member of the lightweight middle class.All the way FROM HELL!@FromHellPichel with the UD #UFCMinneapolis— UFC (@ufc) June 30, 2019What it means: There aren’t a lot of takeaways here for Pichel, as he’s a tough 36-year-old whose place on the roster is secure and who always delivers. He’s a finished product and fun to watch and this was another reminder of those facts.What is really going to be interesting about this one is how Roberts learns from it going forward.He entered with a perfect 8-0 mark and two wins in the UFC, but got outfoxed by a savvy vet who saw and opportunity and exploited it. He has a solid foundation and there are obvious reasons to like his upside, so now it’s just about how he responds to the first loss of his professional career.The framework is there for Roberts to blossom into a solid, consistent talent in the packed lightweight ranks. How he responds to this first interaction with adversity will tell you a lot about whether he’ll reach those heights in the future.Drew Dober swarms Marco Polo Reyes in most impressive effort of his careerDober may have entered Saturday’s contest off a loss, but his bout with Beneil Dariush earlier this year taught the affable veteran that he has the goods to hang with the best fighters in the lightweight division. His aim was to turn that confidence into a dominant effort, not only on Saturday, but going forward.Mission: Accomplished.Good morning! Good evening! And good night! 🌙@DrewDober #UFCMinneapolis!— UFC (@ufc) June 30, 2019What it means: Dober is not only one of the most likable, thoughtful dudes in the sport, but he’s also morphing into an all-action, always entertaining addition to the lightweight division in the Joe Lauzon mold.He might not ever reach the Top 15 because the 155-pound ranks are ridiculously deep and competitive, but he’ll be a fixture in the next tier for the foreseeable future, especially if he keeps delivering performances like this one. Dober was light on his feet, countered everything Reyes offered and swarmed as soon as he had him hurt, wrapping up the best performance of his career in just 67 seconds.Reyes looked like he fell awkwardly, so first and foremost, here’s hoping his knee and/or ankle are intact and there is no real structural damage. As far as his place in the division, he’s in a weird place because he’s now 1-3 over his last four, yet he’s still one fight to the good in the UFC.Given the depth of the division and his willingness to engage, “El Toro” should get a chance to bounce back and snap his current two-fight skid.Alonzo Menifield clubs Paul Craig, remains unbeatenWhen Craig couldn’t drag Menifield to the ground, he started throwing spinning kicks. The first one was blocked and when he went back to the well, Menifield slipped off to the side, eluding the strike.When Craig landed with his back flat to the canvas, the Fortis MMA product uncorked a series of clubbing right hands that put the Scottish light heavyweight to sleep and kept Menifield in the win column.If you make a mistake… @AlonzoMenifield will knock you out!!! #UFCMinneapolis— UFC (@ufc) June 30, 2019What it means: Now 9-0 as a professional with seven first-round stoppage wins — including two on the Contender Series and two more since arriving in the UFC — the 31-year-old Menifield is quickly establishing himself as one to watch in the light heavyweight division.He showed solid takedown defense and good awareness, avoiding going to the ground with Craig and not even entertaining the idea of engaging with him on the canvas until the closing sequence of the fight, and his power is undeniable. Anticipation for UFC 239 has been high since the International Fight Week pay-per-view card started to come together, but before the action shifts to Las Vegas, there was a quality fight event in Minneapolis to contend with on Saturday.Headlined by heavyweights Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos and boasting a wide array of intriguing and entertaining pairings, this weekend’s return to the Target Center felt poised to be one of those events that doesn’t carry a ton of buzz, but ends up being filled with exciting performances and meaningful results.last_img read more

England’s brave fight ends in tight title decider

first_img England’s spirited fight in the U16 boys’ quadrangular international matches ended in disappointment when they were narrowly beaten by Ireland in the title decider. The two teams went head to head on the final day at Prestatyn, Wales, having both beaten their previous opponents, Wales and The Netherlands. England took the upper hand in the morning, winning the foursomes 3-1, and with nine holes left to play in the singles were still in a strong position. But the Irish players pulled out all the stops over the closing holes to win 6.5-5.5 and take the title. England coach Rob Watts remarked: “Ireland played great on the back nine and they deserved to win. We were obviously disappointed not to get over the line but there are lots of positives to take from this. “It was a really good experience for a young side and I am sure we will see some of these boys playing Home Internationals for England at U18 level.” He praised the way they adapted, both to the strong winds on the second day of the round robin and to links golf, which was a new experience for some of the boys. “They had to learn different shots, particularly with their control around the green and they had to adapt pretty quickly!” Earlier in the competition England beat The Netherlands 9.5-2.5 and Wales 9-3. England’s man of the match was Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) who had a perfect score of six wins from six games, teaming up with Tom Gregory (Stoke Park, Berks, Bucks & Oxon) in the foursomes. They were joined in the team by: Dominic Clemons (Gog Magog, Cambridgeshire), Jake Craddock (Sleaford, Linconshire), Enrique Dimayuga (Cuddington, Surrey), Matthew Freeman (Worksop, Nottinghamshire), George Leigh (Trevose, Cornwall) and Callum Macfie (Lindrick, Yorkshire). Click here for full scores 14 Apr 2017 England’s brave fight ends in tight title decider last_img read more

Love of Highlands and Flowers Celebrated This Valentine’s Day

first_imgEditor’s note: John Burton and Nancy Burton’s husband Rob are cousins. By John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Valentine’s Day is an important day for many, but most definitely for a florist. This year, it’s more important than ever for Nancy Burton.Burton’s shop, In the Garden, was heavily damaged in late October by Super Storm Sandy. Since then she has been working feverishly to get everything completed for its planned Feb. 14 reopening. She is hoping to take advantage of the business that day – Valentine’s Day – tends to offer those in her line of work.The day also has a special significance for her business.Nancy Burton stands in front of her florist shop, In the Garden. She has been working to get her Highlands floral and plant studio ready to reopen on Valentine’s Day.Burton initially opened In the Garden in February 2005 – Feb. 7 to be exact – first on the corner of Bay Avenue and Miller Street. She moved the business about two years ago to its current location, 69 Waterwitch Ave. Coming back and reopening on Feb. 14, as Highlands continues coming back, resonated with Burton.“It just seemed really appropriate,” she said. “I’m kind of excited to open on Valentine’s Day, for the business and to be able to pay back some of the costs. But it’s also the nostalgia of Valentine’s Day” in relation to when she first opened.Burton, a 37-year-old lifelong Highlands resident, said she walked back into the borough after Sandy when authorities weren’t letting anyone drive in. She was worried about her borough home and her business.Her home was flooded with about 32 inches of water, keeping her and her family out of it for more than 20 days during which time they lived with friends in Atlantic Highlands. The repair work at home is continuing.Burton had prepped her business for the storm, storing equipment on upper shelves, unplugging and putting electrical devices away and not restocking the refrigerators following a couple of large event orders she completed just prior to the storm. She believed the shop should be all right if the water rose to about 3½ feet. But the water came in and rose more than 5 feet, Burton said, pointing to a marker still on the shop’s wall, put there by a Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) inspector, showing the water’s height.“I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was worse than I could have imagined,” she said of the damage caused by the storm. “It looked like a tidal wave came through the store.”She recalled how items were washed up toward the shop’s front, including her more than 7-foot tall floral refrigerators that had actually floated in the floodwater. Her front window had been smashed, as well.“Everything that wasn’t latched down got washed out with the tide,” she said.As she surveyed the damage, she stood in front of her store, “a local guy walked by and gave me a big hug and I just cried.”Since then, Burton has moved forward, forming a new partnership with her two former co-workers, Jenna Morris and Eileen Rico, and the three have been working to get the business up and running again.Burton said it will cost her about only $10,000 to get the operation back on track, thanks to the work contributions of her father, a woodworker, and a nephew’s construction business.In The Garden is a floral and plant studio where Burton and her partners specialize in weddings and other special events, garden design and maintenance.Burton said working with plants and flowers “is basically in my blood.” Both her mother and grandmothers have been avid gardeners.Burton studied at the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horti­culture. She had been thinking about starting her own business – another longtime dream – and opening a floral and plant studio seemed appropriate, she said.Burton, who has returned to her Highlands home with her two toddler sons and husband Rob Burton, a Highlands police officer, insisted, she is here to stay. “We were able to grow up here,” on the shore, loving all that it provided. “I want the same for my kids.”She also jokes that, given what she and her neighbors have gone through with this and previous storms, “the webbing on my feet gets a little thicker.”last_img read more

Wild, wacky weekend leads to 40-plus game suspensions

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere must have been a full moon hanging over the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League this past weekend.Why else would 16 players be suspended for a total of 44 games over three days?“I don’t know maybe it really was a full moon,” KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen said when asked if he knew why all the line brawls. “I have to admit as the president I’m a little disappointed but maybe it’s getting close to Christmas and the players are not thinking about the rules that are in place to stop these sort of events from happening.”The craziness started when Columbia Valley’s Guillaume Glasspoole was hit with a match penalty Friday. His sentence, three games.In Fruitvale Saturday, gloves starting flying between Beaver Valley and Nelson with 2:07 remaining in the third period.The line brawl cost Hawks’ Keanan Patershuk and Arie Postmus and Blake Arcuri and Cody Abbey of the Leafs each three games for multiple fights in the same stoppage.
Game referee Jim Maniago handed out more than 145 minutes in penalties.Four Columbia Valley players and five from the Penticton Lakers were also suspended for, what else, multiple fights in the same stoppage.“The message is already out there,” Ohlhausen exclaimed. “Hockey Canada has decided any major penalty in the last 10 minutes o the game is an automatic one-game suspension.”“And multiple fights in the final 10 minutes or after the game are all things we as a league are trying to get through to the players that will not be tolerated,” Ohlhausen added. “It’s the same message the NHL is using to try to stop fighting.”Nelson coach Chris Shaw feels emotions may have started to escalate during an earlier game in Nelson between the Hawks and Leafs.Those emotions hit the boiling point during the final minutes Saturday.“It wasn’t anything that was cheap or dirty,” Shaw explained. “It was kind of a situation that happened where one player went to protect another one and then the other player went to protect his player that all turned into a line brawl.”“It’s not something that’s uncommon in the past in hockey but now a days you don’t see it happen that often,” added Shaw, part of the collateral damage from Saturday night, suspended for one game for his team being involved in four fights in the game.Abbey and Arcuri started serving their three-game suspensions Sunday, watching from the stands Nelson lose 6-5 in double-overtime. The pair is due to return January 2, 2011 in Spokane when Nelson faces the Braves. “I hope it was just a freak thing and it’s all over with now,” Ohlhausen said. “I hope it was just the players ready for the Christmas break and not thinking about the rules.”We can only hope because the next scheduled full moon is set for early January 2011, when the league begins the home stretch to the season following the Christmas break.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more