PRO12 glory for Glasgow in Belfast

first_img Press Association There was no fairytale send-off for Paul O’Connell, in his final game for Munster before his move to France, with Warriors’ veteran Al Kellock heading into retirement as a winner as Glasgow made up for last season’s losing PRO12 final by lifting the silverware. Three first-half tries from Glasgow – scored by Rob Harley, DTH van der Merwe and Henry Pyrgos – put Gregor Townsend’s side in the driving seat and, after leading 21-10 at half-time, the Warriors sealed the deal with Finn Russell’s 59th-minute touchdown. Russell scored 13 of Glasgow’s total – the other points coming via a Duncan Weir penalty – but man of the match Leone Nakawara was immense. Munster managed a try from Andrew Smith, with a conversion and two penalties from Ian Keatley. The Warriors started with clear intent through a multi-phase attack which broke down in Munster’s 22, but the Irish province responded in kind and also had the first scoring chance through a long-range Ian Keatley penalty attempt which fell short. Munster’s skipper Denis Hurley then had to look sharp with a tap-tackle which brought Van der Merwe down after the Warriors winger had broken clear. But Glasgow – playing into the strong breeze – still managed to strike first after Nakarawa surged up the middle and his offload to Harley saw the flanker score under the sticks. Russell added the conversion and the Warriors were 7-0 up after only eight minutes. Ten minutes later and Van der Merwe nearly got on the end of Russell’s chip but the ball went dead after the winger had been challenged by Keith Earls. Munster needed some form of response and it nearly came from Earls two minutes later after Russell’s kick was charged down by CJ Stander, but the Ireland winger was held short from a rare counter-attack. Keatley, though, got them back in the game in the 24th minute after the Warriors were penalised at a scrum and he slotted the penalty for Munster’s first score. But, shortly after the restart, Glasgow quickly got the ball and an attack down the blindside saw Nakarawa offload over the top of a defender to just give Van der Merwe enough space to get the score and run round to touchdown behind the posts. Russell’s conversion made it 14-3 to the Warriors. Then, just after the half-hour mark, came what appeared to be a killer blow when Munster lost the ball in contact and the Warriors countered with lightning pace which saw Stuart Hogg scythe through to put Pyrgos through and he dotted down under the posts. Russell converted and the Warriors were 21-3 ahead and looking comfortable. Munster now had to respond with something and, after Duncan Williams had made a strong surge, Smith barrelled over and – after some consultation with the television match official – the 37th-minute score was awarded. Keatley added the extras to narrow the Warriors’ lead to 21-10, which is how the half ended. Munster upped the ante as they had to and a series of penalties brought them deep into the Warriors’ 22, which only saw them get three points back from Keatley’s 48th-minute shot at goal from close in. It did not look like a good enough return and so it proved with the Warriors getting their fourth try just short of the hour after some great approach work saw Russell get over and convert to make it 28-13. Then with seven minutes remaining, replacement Weir landed a penalty to take the Warriors’ lead up to a commanding 31-13. Glasgow deservedly won the Guinness PRO12 title for the first time and became the first Scottish side to win the league with a 31-13 victory over Munster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday. last_img read more

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson gives pet dog slip catching practice

first_imgAuckland: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been giving his pet dog some slip catching practice, if his Instagram post is anything to go by. Williamson on Friday posted a slow-motion video of him laying the ball off for his labrador who makes no mistake in catching it. “Sandy in the slips! Any other dogs out there joining Sandy? #caninecordon #daytwoisolation (sic.)” said Williamson. Kane Williamson had earlier praised his country’s doctors and medical professionals who were working in the fight against coronavirus.Writing in ‘New Zealand Herald’, Williamson addressed the doctors, nurses and caregivers as the deadly virus continued to rear its ugly head, claiming more than 21,000 lives globally.“Events of the past few days have made it clear we’re living through a health crisis the likes of which we’ve never seen. There will no doubt be times in the coming days when the scale of what we’re facing will seem overwhelming,” he wrote. “We’re so grateful you have our backs. People talk about the pressure sportsmen and women are under to perform, but the truth is we get to do something we love every day for a living. We play games,” he noted. IANSAlso Read: Kane Williamson hails ‘outstanding’ performanceAlso Watch: East Siang District Administration in Arunachal Pradesh cautious over corona viruslast_img read more

WLAX : Block twins dominate draw controls to pace Orange’s transition offense

first_imgGary Gait said the stellar performance of Becca and Linley Block is consistently overlooked.In Saturday’s 22-goal performance against No. 11 Georgetown, they tallied only three points, but their contributions – some of which didn’t show up in the scoring column – undoubtedly helped propel SU to victory.‘They create transition and they make us a very fast, athletic team,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘When the ball can come out of the defensive end that quick it (does) not just gives us a clear, but transitions into a fast break.’The Blocks led consecutive counterattacks to give No. 2 Syracuse (10-2, 4-0 Big East) an early five-goal lead, and from there the Orange cruised to a 22-11 victory over the Hoyas (8-5, 4-2 Big East) on Saturday. In addition to the goal and two assists they combined for, Becca and Linley Block added three and two draw controls, respectively, and applied constant pressure on the GU attacks.Linley Block fought through a slew of players to earn a draw control 10 minutes into the game. After getting fouled by Hoyas attack Rosie Corcoran, Linley Block took the restart and sprinted down the heart of the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHoyas defenders could do nothing but turn and watch in the midfield, and the last line defense collapsed on her 10 yards from the net. Entering the shooting arc, Linley Block found Alyssa Murray cutting in from the right for an easy goal.Ten seconds later, SU struck again. This time, it was Becca Block’s turn.Becca Block picked up the ensuing draw just over midfield. Looking up from the right side of the field, she saw freshman attack Devon Collins cutting diagonally toward net from the left side.She lofted the pass over the helpless Georgetown defense, and Collins beat GU goaltender Barb Black to open SU’s lead to 7-2. The Hoyas never got closer than four goals from that point on.‘We just know our roles on the team and that’s to push the ball in transition,’ Becca Block said. ‘So we’re just looking for opportunities to do that.’That certainly shows in the stats. Becca Block is third on the team with 23 draw controls – trailing only Kailah Kempney and Kirkland Locey, who have split duties on faceoffs this season. Linley Block is seventh with 11.‘When the ball is there, we go after it and get it,’ Linley Block said.That intensity carries over to the defensive side of the field.Georgetown came into the game averaging 19.8 goals in their last four games, but the Orange held it to just 11. In the first 9:50, the Hoyas found the back of the net only once as SU ran out to a 5-1 lead.Though Georgetown finished with 30 shots – a number that seems relatively impressive given SU’s defensive prowess – most were contested. Allowing pressured shots is actually part of the Orange’s defensive philosophy, Gait said.‘They’re scoring when we get beat cleanly and don’t have a stick on the body or we’re not putting pressure on the shot,’ Gait said. ‘That’s when they’re going to get scoring opportunities, but when we execute, stay with our player, match with them and let them take shots when we’re pressuring them, we make the saves and that sparks us in transition.’That approach plays right into the Blocks’ strengths. Press and run.It certainly worked against the Hoyas, and it has helped the Orange to a nine-game winning streak.The Blocks factored heavily into SU’s victory over the Hoyas. And for Syracuse to contend for a national championship, it will need them to maintain that level of play.‘Linley and Becca, along with the other defense, have really been consistent this year, and they’ve done a great job,’ Gait said, ‘but they don’t get as much credit for what they do for our offense, and I think that’s really where they come into play.’sebail01@syr.edu Published on April 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

McIntyre wins NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year, now up for National Coach of the Year

first_img Published on December 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Ian McIntyre has been named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America South Region Coach of the Year, TopDrawerSoccer.com announced on Monday night.McIntyre is now eligible for National Coach of the Year along with the seven other regional winners and another group of coaches that is to be determined. The NSCAA will name the country’s top coach on Dec. 16 on the College Highlights show.The fifth-year head coach led Syracuse to its best season in program history, amassing a 16-4-1 overall record and a 9-0-0 out-of-conference record. The Orange made it to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals, the NCAA tournament round of 16 and achieved the nation’s No. 1 rank in November.It’s the second individual award this year for the ACC Coach of the Year, who along with his assistants, won the 2012 Big East Coaching Staff of the Year. McIntyre will receive his award for South Region Coach of the Year at the NSCAA National Convention in Philadelphia on Jan. 15. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Afterthoughts: Dajuan Coleman’s spot in the rotation is unclear

first_imgCHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — For most of the season, senior forward Tyler Roberson has been squeezed out of Syracuse’s most frequent lineups. Orange head coach Jim Boeheim has juggled SU’s logjam in the frontcourt and who plays has changed on a game-to-game basis.Against Boston College, fifth-year senior center Dajuan Coleman was the one who didn’t fit with the puzzle pieces. After playing double-digit minutes in 11 of the first 13 games this year, he didn’t even step on the court once against the Eagles. Had he played, it would have been just the fifth time in his career that he didn’t start.MORE COVERAGE Syracuse fans react to SU’s massive loss to Boston CollegeSyracuse defense fails in 96-81 loss to Boston CollegeWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 96-81 loss to Boston College Published on January 2, 2017 at 12:11 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse (8-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) suffered another disastrous loss on Sunday, 96-81, at Boston College (8-6, 1-0). Roberson, Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson received the bulk of the minutes at center and power forward, leaving Coleman on the bench for good. The Orange struggled anyway, but Boeheim tried something new.After the game, Boeheim said Lydon is best when playing the 4, or power forward and Andrew White is best at the 3, or small forward. It’s a pivot from when Boeheim said on Nov. 26 that SU’s best lineup is with Lydon at center. Considering that Lydon and White are Syracuse’s top two in both minutes and points, the rest of the frontcourt variations essentially follow from there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst BC, White played 38 minutes and Lydon played 39. That left limited space for others and resulted in leaving out Coleman, who Boeheim said, “hasn’t been good. His knees have been sore.”“I thought Roberson, Tyler, gave us some good play and Taurean as well,” Boeheim said. “But if Tyler Lydon doesn’t play the 3 then Dajuan isn’t going to play. Or one of those guys is not gonna play.”Roberson, meanwhile, had one of his best games of the season, collecting 10 rebounds and scoring 11 points in 22 minutes. The only other double-double he’s had this season came against South Carolina State.When Thompson subbed out against BC, Lydon bumped to center and Roberson played power forward. Briefly in the first half, Boeheim tested a Thompson-Roberson-Lydon frontcourt, but said afterward his team isn’t functional with Lydon at the 3. That leaves just one spot Thompson, Roberson and Coleman.“I think I did some good things,” Roberson said. “I played hard and I think that led to offensive rebounds. I also finished well down there and that’s something I got to do better.”Roberson was the Orange’s only bright spot in the 15-point loss to BC. He’s SU’s best rebounder, but must improve offensively. Thompson, on the other hand, is Syracuse’s best interior scorer, but must improve defensively. Each of them bring at least one key strength when they’re on the floor.Coleman’s diminished playing time, Boeheim said, has as much to do with the parts around him as it does with his individual performance.Figuring out how to work two freshmen and two grad transfers, four of SU’s eight current contributors, into the rotation with the returners was always going to be one of Boeheim’s biggest challenges.But perhaps the most frightening part for Syracuse is Boeheim’s answer 14 games into the year when asked if he’s ever had to search this hard for lineups that work.“I don’t think it matters who we play,” Boeheim said. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Novak Djokovic overpowers Roger Federer to win third Wimbledon title

first_imgNovak Djokovic defended his Wimbledon title with a 7-6 (7-1) 6-7 (10-12) 6-4 6-3 win over seven-times champion Roger Federer.The world number one Djokovic was the dominant force throughout the final despite squandering seven set points in the second set against an opponent who was bidding for a record eighth title at the All England club.At the age of 33, Federer would have been a hugely popular winner with the Centre Court crowd, but he can have few complaints about being beaten by a better man on the day in the form of Djokovic.Unlike a year ago when Djokovic edged a five-set final against Federer in London sunshine, this one was all together more cut and dried with Federer never quite coming up with the formula to deter Djokovic from his ultimate goal.More to follow…–last_img read more

CHAN 2016: DR Congo are champions after victory over Mali

first_imgThe Democratic Republic Of Congo won the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for a second time on Sunday, beating Mali 3-0 in the final in Rwanda.The Leopards, coached by Florent Ibenge (pictured), secured the title with two goals from the impressive Mechak Elia and a late Jonathan Bolingi strike.DR Congo became the first nation to win the trophy twice, having won the inaugural CHAN tournament – which is only open to footballers who play in their own local leagues – in 2009 in Ivory Coast.At a packed Amohoro Stadium in Kigali, DR Congo enjoyed huge support from the crowd although it was Mali who started with more purpose with Mamadou Coulibaly going close twice with a couple of early shots.But it was an exquisite individual strike from Mechak Elia which broke the deadlock on 29 minutes, to give DR Congo the lead.His long-range, angled shot gave Mali keeper Djigui Diarra no chance, and set Ibenge’s side up nicely going into the break. Elia again proved to be too much for Mali in the second half, scoring his second goal on 61 minutes. He dribbled past Diarra, placing the ball into an empty net.That goal sparked mass celebrations in the stands amongst the hoards of DR Congo fans.Mali tried to get back into the match, but failed to make the most of their opportunities.Lassana Samaka missed a good chance for Mali ten minutes later, with the game put beyond doubt when Jonathan Bolingi added a third for DR Congo 18 minutes from time.Mechak Elia was given a standing ovation when he was substituted on 86 minutes, and the crowd sang out coach Florent Ibenge’s name. Ibenge also guided the senior DR Congo side to third place at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.Earlier, Ivory Coast took the bronze medal, beating Guinea 2-1 in an eventful third place play-off match.Ivorian keeper Abdoul Cisse played a key part in the Elephants’ win, saving two penalties.Guinea missed the chance to take an early lead when Ibrahima Sankhon’s spot-kick was saved by Cisse in the 27th minute.Just four minutes later, Guinea gifted Ivory Coast the opener with an own-goal from the unlucky Mohamed Youla. The Ivorians doubled their lead three minutes later through Badie Gbagnon.It was a case of deja vu for Guinea in the second half when Alseny Camara stepped up to take another penalty only to see Cisse save this one too.Aboubacar Leo Camara did pull one back for Guinea five minutes from time, but Ivory Coast held on to secure the win.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Wellington American Legion Post 90 baseball team sets sights on zone tournament in Burlington then state tournament in Wathena

first_imgThe 2014 Wellington American Legion team.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington American Legion Post 90 team is Wheat Festival Tournament champions, but the team’s eyes are on bigger prizes.The American Legion Post 90 team will be heading to the regional zone tournament in Burlington, Kans. If the team wins there, it will then be off to the Class AA Kansas State Tournament in Wathena – which is at the tip of northeast Kansas near St. Joseph, Mo.This team is pretty good, made up of players, who will represent Wellington in various sports for the coming school year.The team consists of:Derek Driskell, Cameron Bartelson, Zach Fredricks, Colin Reichenberger, Skyler Struble, Jace Lowe, Dylan Jones, Adam Condit, Wesley Gilmore, Austin Dunn, Connor Phelps, Trevor Nance, Jared Shields and Jaden Hines.The team is currently 15-8 and recent winners of the Wheat Festival tournament.Post 90 defeated the 15-year-old Wellington Babe Ruth All Stars 16-2, Ark City 8-7, and Emporia 8-6 in the championship game on Sunday.Wellington will travel to Wathena July 30 to Aug. 3. If Wellington wins there, Post 90 will travel to Milbank, South Dakota. Todd Whaley is the head coach with Jeff DeJarnett and John Huck as assistants. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Local · 317 weeks ago Congratulations gentlemen! Best wishes in Wathena. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 317 weeks ago Way to go ! Hope we can get a caravan up there… good coverage cue! Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Proudmom&fan · 317 weeks ago We have to get through Zone in Burlington first! Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Bhatoa, Woods lead Rebels to 9-0 whitewash of Nelson Leafs

first_imgChris Breese and Darren Medeiros also scored for the Rebels, which held period leads of 4-0 and 7-0.The Rebels chased newly signed netminder Zachery Babin from the Leaf nets midway through the second period after Woods scored to make the score 6-0.Babin was acquired before the December 1 BC Hockey roster deadline from the Princeton Posse in an exchange for future considerations.Castlegar out shot Nelson 33-31 in the game.Nelson, clinging to a one-point lead over Grand Forks Border Bruins in the battle for third spot in the Murdoch Division, travels to Kimberley Friday for a game against the defending KIJHL champs before returning home Saturday for a date against Columbia Valley Rockies.Next up for Castlegar is a game Friday against Eddie Mountain Fernie Ghostriders in the East Kootenay City. The Nelson Leafs perhaps suffered its worst defeat in franchise history as rival Castlegar Rebels put a 9-0 beat-down on the Green and White in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night in the Sunflower City.Mike Bhatoa scored four times and had six points while Tayden Woods scored the hat-trick and finished with five to lead the pasting of the Leafs, losers of two straight and nine of the last 12 games.last_img read more

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first_imgSoccer 11:30 a.m.Champions League: AS Roma at ESPN2 Manchester United NoonEngland: Middlesbrough at Everton (taped)FSN 2 p.m.Champions League: Barcelona at ESPNC ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO College Football 5 p.m.Marshall at MemphisESPN2 Stuttgart (delayed) 6 p.m.South American Cup, round of 16:FSE D.C. United at Chivas Guadalajara 8 p.m.D.C. United at Chivas Guad. (delayed)FSC Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); NBC (Ch. 4); KTLA (Ch. 5); ABC (Ch. 7); KCAL (Ch. 9); Fox (Ch. 11); KCOP (Ch. 13); KSCI (Ch. 18); KWHY (Ch. 22); KVMD (Ch. 23); KPXN (Ch. 30); KMEX (Ch. 34); KFTR (Ch. 46); KVEA (Ch. 52); KAZA (Ch. 54); KDOC (Ch. 56); KJLA (Ch. 57); KLCS (Ch. 58); CSTV (College Sports Television); ESPNC (ESPN Classic); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); NFL (NFL Network); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); SC (Speed Channel); Show (Showtime); TC (Tennis Channel); TNT (Turner Network Television). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KLAC (570 AM); KRLH (590 AM); KOGO (600 AM); KIRN (670 AM); XTRA (690 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KLAA (830 AM); KIIS (850 AM); KRLA (870 AM); KFWB (980 AM); KTNQ (1020 AM); KNX (1070 AM); XPRS (1090 AM); KDIS (1110 AM); KSDP (1130 AM); KTLK (1150 AM); KXMX (1190 AM); KWKU (1220 AM); KKGO (1260 AM); KWKW (1330 AM); KPOP (1360 AM); KSPA (1510 AM); CASH (1700 AM); KLSX (97.1 FM). ——— Home games ——— Away games160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more