The Latest: Pole vaulters set bar in competition from homes

first_imgDuplantis and Lavillenie each cleared a height of 5 meters (16 feet) 36 times over a span of 30 minutes that was broadcast by World Athletics on its social media channels. Both had one miss. Sam Kendrick of the United States wound up third by clearing the bar 26 times.They tried to figure out a tiebreaker before electing to award double gold. The 20-year-old Duplantis initially pushed for a three-minute playoffs, while the 33-year-old Lavillenie nixed the plan.Lavillenie did clear his 36th bar seconds before Duplantis. The event was split into two 15-minute sessions with a short halftime.The trio collaborated on the unique competition format since adjusting the bar wasn’t practical without officials in place.Duplantis competed from his base in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kendricks was at his farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and Lavillenie took part from Clermont-Ferrand, France, as he pushed the family’s trampoline to the side in order to jump. ___Serie A soccer clubs are in limbo with several regions of Italy allowing players to begin practicing on an individual basis at training centers on Monday while the government has set a May 18 return to the practice field for teams.Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is seeking clarification from the government’s techno-scientific coronavirus commission.Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio and Sardinia have each given the go-ahead for teams in their regions to begin individual training. Those regions contain eight Serie A clubs: Bologna, Sassuolo, Spal, Parma, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Cagliari.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The Latest: Pole vaulters set bar in competition from homes It was billed as the “Ultimate Garden Clash” and could be a model for future track events. The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the Tokyo Olympics being moved to 2021, along with the track and field season being put on hold.___All Serie A clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government.A week ago, the government had said that athletes in individual sports could resume training Monday and teams on May 18. That sparked confusion and frustration from Serie A clubs, which pointed out that their players would be allowed to train individually in public parks but not inside team training centers.Then over the last couple of days, several regional governors said teams in their areas could resume training individually at club training centers. May 3, 2020 Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities.The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.All players were expected to be tested for COVID-19 before resuming their training sessions.The Spanish league is expected to resume sometime in June. Now the government says all athletes are allowed to take part in “individual sports activity, in public or private areas, while respecting the safe distance of at least two meters (yards) and respecting the ban on any form of gathering.”Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.___The chairman of Crystal Palace says the Premier League could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums. The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.Parish says “I want to complete the competition for reasons of sporting integrity. I want to crown Liverpool champions and give every other club a fair crack at the best league position they can achieve.”Palace is 11th in the 20-team standings with nine games remaining.Parish says “I certainly don’t want to have difficult conversations about curtailing, voiding and points per game. The ramifications of each are complex and could involve legal challenges that run on for months, if not years.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Renaud Lavillenie of France tied for the gold medal Sunday during a men’s pole vault competition held in their own backyards. It was a rare sporting event held during the coronavirus pandemic. The government announced a week ago that individual athletes can resume training on Monday May 4, while teams can restart May 18.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press last_img read more

Ohio State, Penn State gear up for showdown

first_imgby Rusty MillerCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—No sooner had Ohio State and Penn State wrapped up their latest victories than both were looking ahead to their critical tangle at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.“The crowd is going to be against us, especially against me,” Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor said of a showdown with Big Ten title implications.“But it really doesn’t matter. I got my family with me, all 75 (teammates) that travel, and we’re going to be ready to rock. I can’t wait.” That emotion is at the other end of the spectrum from what the No. 15 Buckeyes faced last Saturday. They barely raised their pulse rate in eclipsing overmatched New Mexico State 45-0, holding the Aggies—statistically the worst offense in the Bowl Subdivision—to 62 yards.On offense, the Buckeyes piled up 559 yards and had seven players amass more individual yards than the Aggies did as a team—over 45 plays.Still, coach Jim Tressel was well aware that about the only thing New Mexico State and No. 11 Penn State have in common is their last name.“Are we consistent enough right now to be the contending champions for the Big Ten? Not yet,” said Tressel, whose team has won at least a piece of the last four conference titles. “That’s why we’re going to practice like crazy and get ready for the Nittany Lions.” ‘IRONHEAD’S LITTLE BOY’— Cameron Heyward, son of the late former Pitt and NFL star Craig ‘Ironhead’ Heyward, is a 6’6” 287 pound defensive end for Ohio State. Heyward, a junior may decide to enter the 2010 NFL draft. LOOKING AHEAD— Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor outruns two New Mexico State defenders in the 45-0 win. Pryor ran for one touchdown and threw for one in one half of action. Pryor returns to Pennsylvania this week to face Penn State. Those Nittany Lions rattled off three touchdowns in less than four minutes to turn a squeaker into a rout in a 34-13 victory at Northwestern.As quarterback Daryll Clark was leaving the field, he encountered 82-year-old Penn State sage Joe Paterno.“He called to me and told me that this was a good win,” Clark said. “We’ve got our big one next week. We all laughed about it.”Neither team can afford many laughs this week. Both are 4-1 in the Big Ten and a game back of unbeaten Iowa, which defeated Penn State earlier in the year and still must play Ohio State.A loss doesn’t eliminate either team from the league race, but it sure would make things difficult.Both quarterbacks—Clark from Youngstown, Ohio, and Pryor from Jeannette, Pa.—would like nothing better than to engineer wins that would break hearts back home.“I think Daryll is the leader of the offensive football team,” Paterno said after his 391st career victory Saturday. “He is a guy that makes us go.”Pryor, who chose Ohio State over Penn State and Michigan, is expecting a less-than-warm welcome from the fans in Happy Valley. He knows he won’t be a favorite son.“I’ll probably get booed as soon as I go out to warm up,” he said.He has no concerns that the Buckeyes will be up to the challenge.“Just the way we carry ourselves, we feel confident. I’d preach that to any team I’d be on,” Pryor said. “You have to be confident, because if you go into a game thinking you’re going to lose, that’s not how you win. So we go in thinking that we can beat everybody.“We know it’s going to be a very tough job to do at Penn State, but the way we think, you have to think you’re going to win. So we have to be positive-thinking, just like Penn State will be positive-thinking.”Buckeyes defensive tackle Doug Worthington might have been speaking for both teams.“We still have a chance of doing something great in the Big Ten,” he said.The atmosphere should be something else.“Penn State is definitely a big game,” safety Kurt Coleman said. “I love their crowd and the challenge of playing against Daryll Clark. From the beginning it’s an electric atmosphere.”A loss would almost certainly knock a team out of the BCS picture.“This is as big as they come,” Pryor said. “I’ve been at Penn State a lot. It’s a crazy stadium, but it’s going to be fun. I was there the one day and the whole stadium was just shaking. It’s crazy like that, but I always want to play in tough stadiums against tough opponents. That’s where you measure yourself.”last_img read more

Travel Discounts Available for Tourists as the Summer Arrives

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerIt’s here.As temperatures rise and the start of the season arrives with the Memorial Day Weekend, the Jersey Shore is gearing up for visitors.NJ Transit is helping bring people to the shore with discounted deals and travel packages. Discounts are now available for those traveling by train, car or bus and heading to the beach, Monmouth Park or SixFlags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor.A new service is being offered to rail passengers heading to Monmouth Park racetrack. They can receive grandstand admission and a track program for $1 plus round-trip train fare when purchasing their tickets, according to Nancy Snyder, a NJ Transit spokeswoman. Those tickets will be available on NJ Transit’s rail system.This summer, NJ Transit will continue to offer beachgoers taking trains and buses to the shore a discounted beach admission package with the purchase of a round-trip train fare, Snyder said.Passengers riding NJ Transit can save up to $6.50 on admission to one of five beaches – Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach and Belmar – by purchasing round-trip train fare and a beach pass for one price at NJ Transit ticket vending machines. The package can be purchased for $31.50 from New York Penn Station or any station on the Northeast Corridor, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines and for $23.50 from Hoboken Terminal or Newark Penn Station.NJ Transit will also be offering discounts for families riding the trains on weekends.“Children 11 years and younger can ride the train for free,” Synder said. “The discount allows for two children accompanied by a fare-paying adult to ride the train for free.”A newer program available to shore shoppers and beachgoers is the Shore EZride Jitney, Synder said. The jitney will take its first passengers at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, from the boardwalk at Pier Village to the train station in Long Branch. The Shore EZride Jitney also will help beachgoers get to and from the beaches and shopping in Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach this summer.Thrill-rides seekers can save up to $51 by purchasing round-trip bus transportation and park admission together to Six Flags Great Adventure or Hurricane Harbor. Tickets can be purchased anywhere in the NJ Transit bus system, Synder said.Towns along the shore also will be hosting new and familiar events including Skimbash 2012 in Sea Bright, and the 2012 Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival in Middletown, Long Branch and Point Pleasant.In Belmar, the borough is renovating its marina and adding a new mini-golf course as well as adding new ramps for beach accessibility, said Kelsey Windas, a Belmar spokesperson.Looking to promote local parking and increase local business, Asbury Park will offer free parking every Wednesday and mark the opening of the beach season Sunday, May 27, with fireworks.While many towns are keeping beach badges and admissions rates the same as last season, Sandy Hook beachgoers will have to pay more to park their cars. This year the parking fee is increasing $5; daily parking will cost beachgoers $15 and a season pass will cost $75 per car.last_img read more

Bombers overcome jitters to take down Eagles in Kootenay AA Boy’s Hoop Final

first_imgThe rest of the team joined in during the final period as the Bombers increased the lead to 19-4 run to secure the win.“I thought our zone press worked really well for us,” said Zukowski as LVR’s pressure created several Eagle turnovers that led to easy fast-break baskets.Zukowski finished the game with 25 points while Sturrup added 21.Spencer had 11 and Eberle and Erich Schepkonski each finished with six points.N. Randhawa led the Eagles with 17.LVR defeated Grand Forks in one semi final while the Eagles got past the Hawks from Trail to advance to the final.David Thompson of Invermere and Prince Charles Comets of Creston finished fifth and sixth, respectively.The Bombers return to the Hangar court for training while waiting for the 16-team tournament draw.“I’m excited about the tournament,” Zukowski exclaimed. “We went last year and played in the big (TCC Fieldhouse) gym so because we’ve been there before hopefully we’ll be able to do better.”The Bombers finished the 2012 event in 15th spot.OVERTIME: The Bombers played without Jesse Zak for most of the game. The senior starter suffered a hamstring injury early in the first quarter and was held out of the final by the training staff. . . .The tournament organizing committee at LVR honoured former teacher Blair D’Andrea with a plague on the scorer’s table, which read: Dedicated to “Coach Drey” Blair D’Andrea . . . Always a Bomber in Our Hearts. Blair D’Andrea died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. He coached the LVR Junior Boys to a Provincial title in 2001. Maybe it was the pressure of being the pre-tournament favourite.Possibly the 200-plus hoop fans present in the Hangar was the cause for the mistake-filled performance in the first half.Whatever the reason, once the home side dusted off the A-Game there was no stopping the defending Kootenay champ as the Bombers throttled the Golden Eagles 75-43 Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar in the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Basketball Final.The Bombers now make a return trip back to represent the zone at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships March 6-9 in Kamloops.“We just came out too jumpy, we were over excited a little bit but once we got into our offence and calmed down we blew them away,” a beaming Bomber captain Matt Zukowski said a few minutes after receiving the Kootenay Championship trophy from LVR Athletic Director Val Gibson.Zukowski, along with the entire starting lineup, did not have a great opening 20 minutes.That goes the same for the Bomber bench as the team missed countless lay-ups and in-close shots to lead 14-12 after one quarter and 26-21 at recess.But a late bucket with only a few seconds left on the clock before halftime by Tobin Eberle and some words of wisdom from the Bomber coaching staff made for a different second half for the home side.Bombers rang up 49 points on the Eagles, 18 coming from Zukowski who cut through the Golden interior defence to pick up most of his points.“I was sweating a little bit,” Zukowski confessed heading into the halftime break. “But (head coach) Ross (Naka) just told us to settle down and run the offence and it worked out in the end.”Once the third quarter started it was like there was a different team inside the Bomber home jerseys.Zukowski began taking the ball inside where he was able to score 12 points.Senior teammate Jack Sturrup added eight points while Isaiah Kingdon and Cail Spencer adds a few buckets.last_img read more

Griffiths captures feature

first_imgHall of Fame jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths paid homage to the legendary Royal Dad by winning the race named in his honour aboard 5-1 chance LONG RUNNING TRAIN at Caymanas Park yesterday, his second win on the 10-race programme. Griffiths, the leading all-time jockey in the annals of local racing with over 1,650 winners in a distinguished career spanning 40 years, was the customary jockey of the 1981 ‘Horse of the Year’ ROYAL DAD, who not only became the first Triple Crown winner at Caymanas Park that year, but the first to win 11 consecutive races as well. Griffiths, a five-time champion, pushed the ever-present LONG RUNNING TRAIN past the leaders DREAMCOMETRUE (72-1) and DWAYNE STAR (51-1) approaching the 600-metre pole. He then turned back a feeble challenge from 2-1 chance BRAWN to win easily. The 3-5 favourite SOUTHERN CRUISE, with leading jockey Shane Ellis aboard, finished 8-3/4 lengths third. Parsard said the change of rider and slower pace made the difference for LONG RUNNING TRAIN who finished 11-1/4 lengths fourth to fast-time winner POKER STAR, and BRAWN over 1300 metres a week ago. “Today, Long Running Train could sit in the early pace and make her move leaving the half mile. I knew she would have a lot in reserve from the final bend and when I saw Brawn looming for a challenge on the outside, I was not worried,” said Parsard, who along with Griffiths had two winners each on the card. The veteran trainer also posted 9-1 chance GO GO TRAIN to win the fourth race in a bang up finish despite jockey Oneil Mullings losing an iron and had to ride indian style up the lane. And for the second consecutive Saturday, Griffiths booted home the Philip Feanny-trained 8-5 favourite CAMPESINO to an easy victory, this time in the open allowance sprint.last_img read more

JFK, IU Launch Dr. Sam Brisbane Fund

first_imgThe John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC) and the Indiana University (IU) yesterday collaborated to launch the Samuel S. Brisbane Fund. Dr. Samuel S. Brisbane, who had spent nearly 50 years in the practice of medicine, was the first Liberian medical doctor to succumb to the deadly Ebola virus disease. He died Saturday, July 26, 2014 after contracting the virus from a patient who he selflessly attended to at the JFK Hospital. He died after a three-week battle with the virus.Dr. Brisbane spent a considerable portion of his career at the Firestone Medical Center where, from 1992 to 2003, he served as medical director. He later transferred to the JFK. He had already begun his medical practice at the JFK when he returned from medical studies in Germany at the turn of the 1970s.In his long career, Dr. Brisbane trained hundreds of Liberian medical students as well as many from foreign lands, who have gone on themselves to become medical practitioners. In his passing, Liberia lost an outstanding medical doctor, who was in good health, ready and able to continue for many more years serving his country in the vital field of medicine. Dr. Brisbane remained on the ground throughout the 15 year civil war making great sacrifices to fulfill his invaluable services to his people. As Liberia’s leading Internist, he headed the Emergency Unit at JFK and saw most patients coming there for various treatments.The FundAt the launch of the Fund yesterday, Mr. Samuel Brisbane, Jr., told the Daily Observer that the Brisbane Family, which had at least six members present at the program, was very honored for what JFK and the IU had done in their father’s memory. “His colleagues, who worked with him and had interactions with him, have really made me and my family proud to know that he has really been missed. It has also shown me that his dedication to his profession, was really remarkable,” Brisbane, Jr. said.He further stated that it was very hard for the family to take when their father died especially after living throughout the civil war years in Liberia. “Being a medical doctor, he always told us that his people needed him so he was not going to leave his people who really needed him,” said Brisbane.The JFK Board Chair, ‘Aunt’ Jennie Bernard, conveyed their sincere gratitude to the Brisbane Family. She stated that it was a wonderful experience working with Dr. Brisbane.The General Administrator of JFK, Dr. Wvannie Scott-McDonald, praised Dr. Brisbane for his work ethics and his vision to bring JFK back to its pre-war status. Dr. Scott-McDonald announced that the hospital’s next project would be to also launch the Abraham Borbor Fund.The objective of the Brisbane Fund, according to Chad Priest, the IU representative, is to build the emergency management, emergency medicine and infection control capacities at JFK. “We are going to do this in three ways: training and education, provision of technical assistance from experts from around the world who will come to Liberia and the newly announced fellowship that will bring a doctor and a nurse each year from JFK to the US for a brief period for advanced training to come back and train their colleagues,” he stated.The Fund will raise up to US$100,000 annually to carry out its objectives. Reminiscing on some fond memories with Dr. Brisbane, Priest said Dr. Brisbane put everyone before himself. “He was also very human and a great doctor. We are glad that we got to know him.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Become a Master of Blending Modes in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgUsing Blending Modes in Final Cut ProStep 1: Select Your FootageBlending modes in Final Cut Pro only work if there are two or more video layers stacked on top. If your footage is in your timeline, simply select the footage layer that’s on top.Step 2: Navigate the InspectorThe Inspector is the panel located in the top right of your Final Cut Pro window. In the Inspector, you’ll see a video and info tab. Select the video tab.Step 3: Select Your Blending ModeSelect your blending mode by navigating to the bottom of the Inspector. Locate the section labeled Compositing, where you’ll see a menu next to the term Blend Mode. Select that menu and choose your blending mode of choice. The blending mode you select will depend on what video effect you’re going for. Some of the more popular blending modes are multiply, screen, overlay, add, and color burn.Want to learn more about Final Cut Pro? Check out the rest of our exclusive Final Cut Pro tutorials over on our Final Cut Pro Editor Kits page.What is your favorite blending mode? Share in the comments below. Add quick stylization to your video projects with blending modes in Final Cut Pro X. Learn the technique with FREE stock footage and music from Shutterstock and PremiumBeat.Using a video element with a blending mode is one of the fastest ways to add a custom look to your project. If you’re not already familiar with the term, a blending mode tells Final Cut Pro how to interpret the colors and luminance of a video layer. For example, the screen blending mode will completely remove black pixels in your video.There are dozens of different blending modes in Final Cut Pro X that can affect your footage in different ways. Let’s check out a few of our favorites in a new tutorial.But don’t just watch the clip… fire up Final Cut Pro X and make some blending-mode magic! We’ve teamed up with Shutterstock to give you FREE assets so you can follow along.You can download the free footage, music, and assets from the Final Cut Pro X page here on PremiumBeat.Download Free Blending Mode Assetslast_img read more

Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Bryant, the third-leading scorer in NBA history, called his first year of retirement “lovely.”“I started thinking about what comes next when I was 21 years old,” Bryant said. “When you retire, how do you grow, how do you mature? And also, how do you understand the market?”Bryant has more than business interests to keep him busy in retirement. He wrote an ode to basketball titled, “Dear Basketball,” that he recited in September alongside “Jaws” film composer John Williams and his orchestra in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. He wants to become a mentor to athletes, in the corporate world or anyone who wants to pick the brain of the five-time NBA champion.“How can I take the knowledge that I’ve learned in my profession and help them,” Bryant asked. “I’ve had that in my life. I’ve had guys like John Williams, who is a composer, who seemingly has nothing to do with what I do but has everything to do with it in terms of how you manage a team, how you focus on details.”BodyArmour unveiled its new flavor “Knockout Punch,” specfically for UFC. BodyArmour says it’s the fastest growing sports drink in its category, and boasts 110 percent increase in sales from last year.BodyArmour wants to usher in a new generation of sports greats as the undisputed sports drink champ.“It’s the boxing of sports drinks. That’s what Gatorade is,” BodyArmour founder Mike Repole said.It’s the kind of trash talk Bryant could support. And it’s just a small reason why Bryant has invested in the company.ADVERTISEMENT “I was obsessive about every little detail,” Bryant said. “From footwear to what I wear to recovery. If I feel like I could gain any type of advantage whatsoever, I obsessed over that detail. So yeah, this is something I wish I would have had.”The Lakers will retire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a ceremony Dec. 18 during their game against Golden State. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star and the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378). QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meb to run last NYC Marathon, retire where he began in 2002 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Former NBA star Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks to invited guests during an event to inaugurate new Basketball play ground in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Kobe Bryant said to Sports News Television that he wouldn’t go to the White House if President Donald Trump invited him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant is set to enter the UFC octagon — at least, with a sports drink.The retired Los Angeles Lakers great is an investor with BodyArmor, the first official sports drink of UFC, and hit New York on Thursday to promote the partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He could have used something stiff to ease the sting of the Dodgers’ loss to Houston in the World Series.“Heartbreaker, man,” he said. “I’m happy for Houston and they derserve it. But being in LA all these years, my heart breaks for them.”Bryant was flanked by UFC President Dana White and fighters Cody Garbrandt, Francis Ngannou and Cythia Calvillo just a left hook away from Madison Square Garden. Garbrandt defends the 135-pound title against T.J. Dillashaw on the UFC 218 card Saturday night at the Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBryant, who gave an informal backstage pep talk to the fighters, can’t stick around for the card. He said he was in a rush to get home to his three daughters, the oldest of which, Gianna, has flashed some of the same basketball skills as her dad. Bryant has said he has no interest in a Lakers’ front office role and is content to keep his scouting reports within the family.“I coach my daughter’s sixth grade team. That’s the extent of it all,” Bryant said. “She’s a beast. She’s tough. She’s a little firecracker, man.”last_img read more

2019 Northern Territory State Titles

first_imgThe NT State Titles were held over the weekend at Goodline Park in Palmerston, Northern Territory. The event saw 20 teams compete to be crowned State Champions. The event which is held over 2 evenings and a Finals day was a huge success with Teams travelling in from Alice Springs, Katherine, Darwin & Gove. The event also saw Referees and Referee Coaches travel from as far as North Queensland & Sydney to attend and present a Foundation Referee Coaching Course and a Level 3 Referee Course.Day 1 tapped off and saw in the Women’s open Division Titans open their account with a convincing 6-0 win over the Inferno Magpies. While the Sharks managed a tough 7-6 win over a much-fancied Rebels side from Katherine. The Men’s Division saw a number of closely fought encounters with Alice Springs taking the win over the Inferno Magpies in what was a terrific show of speed and skill. The Rebels Men’s team from Katherine managed a 6-1 win over the Darwin Men’s side, while Sims Refrigeration put on a terrific display with a convincing win over the MacKillop Saints.Day 2 saw Gove Under 18 Mixed side arrive and they were ready to play as they notched up two convincing wins and lost narrowly to Alice Springs. The intensity of play continued throughout the evening with teams looking to put themselves in the best position to qualify for finals.The mercury tipped 33 degrees on Finals day and the heat was emulated on the field with some dazzling displays early on. The day commenced with the final round games deciding the final standings in each division. The play slowed as the temperature rose but teams were still giving 100% as they reached the semi-finals.Gove and Alice Springs both qualified for the 18’s Mixed Final. The final saw a close contest between the two teams who had traveled a distance to play in the competition. Alice Springs eventually sealing the State Title with 2 late tries to finish 3-1 victors.The Senior Mixed Grand Final was contested between the Local Palmerston Magpies and the Katherine Rebels. The match was end to end with the Rebels leading all the way to the final siren taking the win 7 tries to 4.Katherine Rebels took on the Titans in the Women’s Open Grand Final. Katherine Qualified after defeating the Sharks convincingly which raised a few eyebrows as the Sharks had made light work of the Rebels during the round games. Though it wasn’t meant to be on the day with the Titans winning 7-4.The Men’s Open Grand Final featured the Inferno Magpies and Alice Springs in what was the most exciting match of the tournament. The teams couldn’t be split throughout the Final with scores locked up with 60 seconds to play the match looked to be heading to drop-off though Alice Springs managed a try to seal the Title and be crowned Northern Territory Men’s Open’s Champions.The Tournament concluded with the Annual Ochre awards night which celebrates the Achievements of NT Players, Coaches, Referees & Volunteers for the previous year as well as the presentation of the champions of the NT State Titles.Northern Territory Touch Football would like to thank all participants and spectators for their support of the event along with:Northern Territory GovernmentPalmerston City CouncilPalmerston Raiders Rugby League Clublast_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski: We can beat Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has welcomed their Champions League draw with Liverpool.It will mean Lewandowski facing Jurgen Klopp, his former Borussia Dortmund coach.”It’s going to be a fantastic battle. Let’s go Bavaria, we can do it!” declared the Pole on social media.Also Klopp is – like everyone connected to football in Germany – full of anticipation: “It will be difficult, they have a top team, but for me it is nice to return to Germany. “I look forward to it.” last_img