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Aussie women seal Trans Tasman victory

first_img@Eden_RichardsA spirited Kiwi side has fallen 9-6 to Australia in Game Two of the Women’s Open competition, with the Aussies clinching both the Women’s division and the overall Trans Tasman Series in the process.New Zealand put up a fight for the full 40 minutes, but Australia’s class was too much as they repelled everything the Kiwis threw at them.The Aussie set the platform for the win in the first half, starting the better of the two sides.But it was only after a tight first five minutes that Australia broke the deadlock, scoring through Marikki Watego to make it 1-0 in the 6th minute.New Zealand hit back immediately, with Patricia Hopcroft diving to score in the left corner during the 7th minute to tie the score at 1-1.Yet as it had been all tournament… Australia had an answer.Watego cut through the Kiwis’ line and passed to Tamika Upton out wide who scored the easiest of touchdowns to make it 2-1 in the 9th minute.However, a hungry New Zealand side replied minutes later, with Jessica Mahar taking on the right middle to score and make it 2-2 10 minutes into the first half.In what was a soft try for New Zealand to concede, a shift to the left from Australia saw Hannah Dyball score in the 11th minute to give her side a 3-2 lead.Ashleigh Kearney doubled Australia’s lead in the 13th minute, crossing over on the left wing to make it 4-2.The minutes before half-time were always going to be make or break for the Kiwis and a drop in concentration saw them concede two late tries in the last four minutes.Samantha Rodgers and Watego were the scorers, with Watego’s second coming after the half-time buzzer.New Zealand’s Cassandra Engler also bagged a touchdown of her own in this period, but it was Australia on top at the break as they jumped out to a 6-3 lead.The Kiwis needed to be the first to score after the break and they did just that, crossing through Tara Mohi to cut the margin to two touchdowns.A tight 10 minutes of play followed and it took a touchdown from Australian Laura Peattie to break the deadlock and give the Aussies a 7-4 lead with nine minutes to go.New Zealand had to be the next to score and they were, with Arria Tainui-McIntyre taking advantage of an offside Australian defensive line to score.That made it 7-5 with five minutes to go in what was a thrilling contest going down to the wire.But Australia crossed in the 37th minute to ice the victory, with Rodgers crossing on the left flank to take the deficit out to three touchdowns.New Zealand scored with two minutes to go to give themselves some hope, but it wasn’t to be as Australia crossed late to seal a 9-6 win.Celebrations followed the victory for Australia, with despair engulfing the Kiwis as they gave up any hope of taking home the Trans Tasman trophy.Australia 9 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Kearney, Upton, Dyball touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Tainui-McIntyre 2, Hopcroft, Mohi, Mahar, Engler touchdowns)Related LinksWomen’s Openlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp excited about Elliott and Hoever after Cup victory

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp excited about Elliott and Hoever after Cup victoryby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with Harvey Elliott and Ki-Jana Hoever for victory over MK Dons in the Carabao Cup. Elliott, who became the youngest debutant in Liverpool history, turned in an eye-catching performance on the right of a front three and hit the woodwork twice at Stadium MK.Meanwhile, 17-year-old Dutch defender Hoever scored his first goal for the club on what was a landmark night for a host of youngsters at the club, including goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and Herbie Kane. Klopp said: “At 16 years old still and [Elliott] is this kind of footballer is really good for us. He is a brilliant boy, he takes the situation really well and wants to learn. He will always be a special player for moments, but you see overall with his defending and movements, it is not easy so that is really good.”His left-foot is not too bad. He was a bit unlucky otherwise he would have scored. They are all good, they are all really skilled but that’s why it is important to give them games like this. We will try to continue like this, so we will see. “For Ki-Jana, I didn’t play on a similar stage when I was 18 years old at this really nice stadium, I wish other clubs would have had similar dressing rooms, by the way! So in the first half he was defensively orientated. Second half he was able to get in the box and it was a wonderful goal. Wonderful cross (from Milner) absolutely.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replay

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp desperate to avoid Carabao Cup replayby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is desperate to avoid a Carabao Cup replay.The Times says sources close to Klopp claim he would be “horrified” at the prospect of having to replay the Reds’ Carabao Cup tie at MK Dons due to the fielding of an ineligible player.Pedro Chirivella came on as a second half substitute for Naby Keita during the 2-0 third round win last week, when the Reds’ goals came from James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever.Following two loan spells in the Netherlands, Chirivella seemingly wasn’t re-registered with the Reds following a loan spell at Spanish Segunda Division side Extremadura last season, when he also ran into registration problems and didn’t play a game.Liverpool – who were drawn to face Arsenal at home in fourth round – insist that they they did register Chirivella as their player as far back as July, and say that the blame for the apparent loss of paperwork lies with the FA. The Reds could be expelled from the competition if the EFL decide to come down hard on them, although replaying the game or a fine seems like the much more likely outcome. last_img read more

Video: Ohio State’s Joey Bosa Has Some Wonderfully Simple Trash Talk For Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJoey Bosa walking off the field after an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts as he walks off the field after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28 in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has done a great job in his very brief tenure at Michigan, going 10-3 in his first season, and inking a Top 10 class—and a No. 1 recruit—in his first full recruiting cycle this week. The next step, however, is a little more tricky. Harbaugh needs to beat Ohio State, and this year, his Wolverines weren’t even close.FOX Sports’ The Buzzer caught up with Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa on Friday and asked if he had any words for the Michigan head coach. He only had one, and it is pretty perfect: “sorry.”Michigan’s first year under Harbaugh went about as well as could be expected, but a 42-13 loss to OSU has to stick in the craw of Wolverine fans. Luckily, next year Bosa won’t be there to push their offensive linemen around.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

$121 Million Earmarked for Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration Project

first_imgThe Government has allocated some $121 million to boost activities under the Cadastral Mapping and Land Registration project.This is outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme seeks to assist persons, particularly rural residents currently occupying lands but not in possession of titles for those properties, to formalise their holdings by providing them with those documents.This is expected to enable them to, among other things, access capital to undertake and improve farming activities, thereby empowering them through economic development.For this fiscal year, the Government intends to provide documents required for title application inclusive of cadastral surveys and maps, to 1,000 poor settlers in the project areas of St. Mary, St. Ann and Portland.Also under the project, digital cadastral maps and hard copies for all parcels surveyed will be supplied; training programmes will be undertaken for approximately 50 persons; while a completion ceremony will be held, and commemorative plate installed.As at February 2013, a land surveyor was engaged, survey equipment and motor vehicles procured, and settlements and lots have been identified.The project, which is slated to end in February 2014, is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Former Ohio State diver Katie Bell hopes to end Olympic dream on

About a year ago, former Ohio State diver Katie Bell had a friend who wanted to watch her compete among the world’s elite and buy tickets to the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the time, the purchase seemed optimistic at best, with Bell still months away from even getting the chance to qualify for the London Games. On June 24, though, at the United States Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash., Bell made her friend’s premature purchase worth the while after finishing second in the 10-meter platform competition-securing one of two Olympic berths in the event. For Bell, who has dreamed of being a member of the U.S. Olympic team since she could walk, the fact that she has reached her lifetime goal still hasn’t totally hit her. “I’m still in shock,” said Bell, who will compete with the U.S. Diving team Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 in London. “People keep asking me if it feels real and how I’m feeling, and I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to feel real until I’m at the Games and in the Village and at the pool with USA behind me.” An All-American diver at OSU, Bell has been telling her family and friends that she would be an Olympian since a young age. “We’ve been talking about it since she was six or seven years old, about going to the Olympics, we really have,” said Bell’s father, Chris Bell. “It’s never been a doubt.” The only thing up in the air was what sport Bell wanted to compete in. Diving was not her first choice. She started her athletic career as a gymnast. A Clintonville native, Bell watched the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, dubbed the “Magnificent Seven,” at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Filled with many teenage sensations, they were the first U.S. gymnastics team to win a gold medal. “Watching (former Olympians) Kerri Strug and Dominique Moceanu and their stories (inspired me),” Bell said. “I had every possible book about them, and I just wanted to be like them.” By the age of five, Bell was practicing gymnastics before and after school. A few years later, she started to dive during the summer at Olympic Swim Club in Columbus, but only as a backup option. “I started (diving) when I was eight just because I told my Dad I wanted another chance to go to the Olympics,” Bell said. “Then, when I was 13, I ended up switching from gymnastics to diving.” Bell’s goal, and her diving career, almost came to an end during her freshman season at OSU. At the 2007 Big Ten Championships, Bell attempted an arm-stand triple for her second dive. She lost her position midair, knowing neither where the ceiling or the water’s location was. Bell landed flat on her stomach, collapsing a lung, separating chest cartilage and popping ribs out of place. It took two years, according to Bell, for her to get back into diving shape-both mentally and physically. During that time, Bell thought about quitting the sport altogether. She almost transferred from OSU. “One of my diving teammates, who was a year younger than me, the other day she said she remembered I would come in (to practice), do one or two dives and cry or get upset because it was so hard,” Bell said. Bell’s father remembers those years as the only point in his daughter’s athletic career when he thought the hard work and dedication wasn’t worth it. “She was hurting a lot and they still try to figure out why she’s not getting better and why she’s hurting so much. That was really hard and maybe not (worth it),” he said. After consulting a psychologist and numerous rehab sessions with doctors at OSU, Bell came back, only to get injured again. She tore her labrum and suffered rotator cuff damage in her shoulder at the USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials at OSU in February 2010. “It was another process back,” Bell said. “A lot of diving is mental. Coming back from all of that and getting up there and doing those dives again, there’s always a risk of getting hurt. I just learned to always think about the positives that come with it.” Bell did not just become a better diver after the injuries; she said she also became a better person. “I was not an open person. I didn’t have very good communication with people. After (the injuries), I learned a lot about myself, and about other people around me,” Bell said. Like every sport, injuries are a part of diving. So are sacrifices outside of the pool, something Bell has become very accustomed to since she arrived at OSU. “Since I came to Ohio State, (head coach) Vince Panzano always told us, ‘You are not normal. You can’t go out with all the other kids at Ohio State and get in trouble,’” Bell said. “It took me a while to figure that out in college. You kind of want to go a little crazy, but as I got older, I realized I wanted to focus all my time on diving. When I’m done, then I can hang out and have fun.” A self-described hippie, Bell said she missed out on her family’s venture to a bluegrass music festival a few weeks ago. She had to train for the trials. Her family told her not to be upset; she could have fun after the Olympics. In London, Bell will get the chance to make all her efforts pay off. It won’t be the first time she dons the Red, White, and Blue at the Olympic pool, though. She, and Upper Arlington native Abby Johnston-also on the U.S Olympic team, and friends since childhood-competed at the FINA Diving World Cup in London in February. When they dove together at the international biennial competition, Bell and Johnston made a pact that they would return to London, together, for the Olympics in the summer. The experience the two had in February will help them when they compete in August, Bell said. “Just seeing (the pool) and being in that environment already, I think has prepared me to be back,” she said. When she competes for the first time as an Olympian, Bell said she will not be satisfied with just being there. The pageantry and camaraderie will be nice, but Bell said she wants more than a memory. She wants something, possibly made of gold, silver or bronze, to bring back to OSU and the United States. “I think with all of my best dives that I’ve done, I’m competing right up there with everyone,” Bell said. Bell is set to leave for the U.S. diving team’s Olympic camp in Maryland on July 12 before heading to England four days later on the 16th. She said she hopes to medal so her family, the friend that bought a ticket a year in advance, and the rest of the world can watch her lifetime dream end on a high note. read more

Commentary Hydes three game suspension seems a bit hollow

Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorWithin the confines of the bunker-like Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Urban Meyer has painted on a wall the visual manifestation of the Ohio State football program’s core values.At the top of the wall in bright-red, capital letters reads the word “DECISIONS.”Below that: “HONESTY.”The next two rows read “TREAT WOMEN WITH RESPECT,” before the mural’s final lines remind its onlookers “NO DRUGS STEALING WEAPONS.”The second-year OSU coach’s code of conduct appears to be a simple creed; its trespassers, as Meyer has shown in his some-18 months in Columbus, are often dealt with swiftly (i.e. Jake Stoneburner, Jack Mewhort, Storm Klein, Cardale Jones).And for certain infractions, like violence against women, Meyer has preached a “zero tolerance” policy that ultimately (and deservedly) now needs to be applauded with caution.What’s been Columbus’ obnoxious equivalent to the world’s royal birth story mercifully drew near a close Tuesday after senior running back Carlos Hyde learned he would not face charges after being implicated in an alleged assault case involving a girl at a local nightclub 11 days ago.Hours later Tuesday, Columbus police released surveillance footage of the incident from the Sugar Bar 2 which shows the girl and Hyde, who was suspended indefinitely July 22, try to slap each other (he flips her off with both hands, she lunges at him as he walks away and he swings back in retaliation).Because of the camera’s quality, it’s inconclusive whether he or the woman made contact.That’s why — in part — Meyer announced Tuesday night that Hyde would be suspended for the first three game of the 2013 season and have to jump through some hoops to find himself back in the good graces of the coaching staff.What’s not inconclusive, though, is Hyde’s intent — that the 240-pound running back swung back against someone half his size before running away to his homies posted up against the wall.While Hyde never faced charges for what would have likely been a misdemeanor offense, the very idea of trying to hit the girl boldly challenges the culture Meyer says he’s trying to create in Columbus.Respecting women is one of its chief pillars — you know, like the rest of the ones painted on that wall at the Woody.It’s a list of tenets so basic, so elementary, so “Well, duh!” that screwing up would take legitimate effort rather than the occasional lapses of judgement that 18-22 year olds have.It’s intended to draw a clear, firm line between stupid things and thuggish things; the difference between relieving yourself behind a restaurant after one too many beers and robbing a UDF with a Glock in one pocket and bag of Molly in the other. And while Hyde’s case isn’t even technically a criminal one anymore, it belongs in the latter category.Hitting a girl or attempting to hit a girl (they’re the same thing) is being a bully and being a punk. It’s asking for trouble. It’s inexcusable.Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. Hyde’s punishment looks like a lot of tolerance for disregarding a rule so important that Meyer had it painted on a freaking wall in big bold letters.The suspension, while better than nothing, completely undermines and pokes holes in a really sincere idea that aims at breaking cycles of appeasement and enabling in college athletics.Now, it seems a bit hollow.If you’re going to preach “zero tolerance,” the notion must be an intrepid one. If you’re going to practice “zero tolerance most of the time depending on the situation,” then preach that instead.You can qualify the situation all you want, but Meyer’s supposed zero tolerance policy has carried the implication that if you break one of his core values, you’re gone. Done. No questions asked.Meyer likes to reiterate at press conferences with local media that he doesn’t have “bad guys” on his squad.He might be right and I’m certainly not an authoritative voice on the matter.But what Hyde did? That’s something good guys don’t usually do. read more

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The target is to win the FA Cup – Hazard

first_imgEden Hazard already has set his hands on the Premier League cup and the League Cup throughout the duration of his stay in Chelsea. However, he has not been able to lift the FA Cup so far.However, he will be looking to change this even more eagerly than usual as the last time they were defeated in the final.“The target is to win the FA Cup,” said Hazard, according to the official website of Chelsea FC.  “We have two games to play, the semi-final and hopefully the final, so we will give everything against Southampton because we want to win the final.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We all want to perform well, especially when you play in a semi-final at Wembley. We played a fantastic game last year, in the semi-final against Tottenham. Then we reached the final, we lost the final, so now we have another chance.”“In six years at Chelsea I’ve never won the FA Cup and I think this is a good year to win. So the target is to win, for me, for all the players, we want to finish the season with a trophy. I think we can have revenge this season. We try to forget last season, that’s it, we just want to reach the final and win the final, for the team, for the manager, for the fans.”last_img read more

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Del Piero Id certainly beat Ronaldo in a freekick challenge

first_imgJuventus legend Alessandro Del Piero boldly predicted that he could beat Cristiano Ronaldo in a free-kick challengeThe World Cup winner spent 19 years of his playing career at the Old Lady and netted 290 times in 750 games.Del Piero received a lot of praise for his free-kick and penalty-kick skills with the Italian the third highest scorer of penalties in Serie A history at 50 behind Francesco Totti and Roberto Baggio.Meanwhile, Del Piero’s unique free-kick technique usually involved a curling strike which rose high over the wall and would drop into the top corner of the goal.It had everything from curve, power and a tremendous accuracy.Recently Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic announced that Ronaldo had become the club’s main free-kick taker.And, even though he’s been retired for the past four years, Del Piero still fancies his chances against the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and club record signing.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’d certainly beat him in a free-kick challenge, although if I don’t then I have the excuse that I’ve stopped playing for a while…” Del Piero told Gazzetta dello Sport.The 43-year-old confessed that he was awestruck by Ronaldo’s winning mentality when he first met him.“Having interviewed him for Sky, what struck me most was what he said on air: his comments about winning mentality, his obsession with preparation and training, his ability to always set new objectives and create extraordinary motivations for himself,” said Del Piero.“In those words, in which I sincerely found myself, there was the essence of sport. It explained why champions have something more.“He’ll discover what Juve are about by himself, in everyday life. Not just in Turin. Juventus are everywhere because they have fans everywhere.“He’ll soon discover what a great responsibility and honour it is to play for their shirt.”last_img read more