Republic gear up for Wales clash

first_imgA win over Wales at the Aviva would give Martin O’Neill’s side a seven-point advantage over their visitors at the halfway point in Group D. Wales have won just once so far in the group, and that was against bottom side Moldova back in early September. But O’Neill doesn’t think the Welsh are a diminished force since their run to the semi finals at the Euros.  Kick off at Lansdowne Road is at 7.45. -Serbia could find themselves top of Group D by the time kick off rolls around at the Aviva. They’re just two points behind Ireland ahead of their trip to Georgia, which is underway at 5. Also underway at 7.45 tonight, Austria play host to Moldova.last_img read more

Family of Ex-FBI Agent, Coral Springs Resident Bob Levinson Says He Died in Iranian Custody

first_imgMeanwhile, Iran’s government has never acknowledged arresting Levinson, who worked as a private investigator at the time of his disappearance.In 2016, four American hostages were freed from Iranian captivity in connection with money the Obama Administration sent to Iran as a weapons payment reimbursement.However, Levinson was not on that plane.Last November, Iranian officials sent a message to the United Nations, referring to Levinson’s case as “ongoing.”That occurred shortly after the U.S. government raised the reward for information leading to Levinson’s safe return to $25 million.Renewed Hope for Broward Family of FBI Agent Bob Levinson Held in Iran The family of Robert Levinson, an ex-FBI agent and Coral Springs resident who had been held captive in Iran for 13 years, says he has died in Iranian custody.Levinson’s family posted their statement on Twitter, adding that they recently received information from U.S. officials that has led them and the family to believe he passed away before the coronavirus pandemic.“It is impossible to describe our pain,” the statement reads. “Our family will spend the rest of our lives without the most amazing manwe have ever known, a new reality that is inconceivable to us. His grandchildren will never meet him. They will only know him through the stories we tell them.”Levinson was the longest held U.S. hostage in history.He was reportedly captured in the Iranian island of Kish in 2007.The family later admitted that he had been working for the CIA.last_img read more

Lancashire and Warwickshire target County of the Year title

first_img Lancashire and Warwickshire are the contenders for the coveted title of County of the Year at the England Golf Awards 2017. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 16 March and, as well as the prestige, they will receive £6000 worth of bespoke research from sponsors SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “These counties are both superb. They are forward-looking, innovative organisations which put their clubs and players first, with great results.” They will be recognised on a night which celebrates all that’s great about golf in England. Awards will be presented to leading professionals, elite amateurs, top coaches and the stars of club and county golf who do so much to inspire people to play the game. The two contenders have impressive claims to the County of the Year title: Lancashire Lancashire is a forward-looking county, with a development group which combines the collective strengths of the men’s union, women’s association, the PGA and the Golf Foundation to grow the game. It puts the needs of players and its 158 clubs and facilities at the heart of what it does – and has been rewarded with an impressive 4.3% increase in membership. Clubs have been inspired by county conferences and Business Growth Forums and subsequently supported to improve their business. This has included help to attract £330,000 funding for initiatives. Competition, training and coaching is offered to players at every level of the game, from beginner to the elite amateur, and successes included victory for Lancashire at the 2016 English Senior Men’s County Final. The county is open to new ideas, hosting a range of workshops, providing £10,000 to seed fund 18 projects, and running an Innovation Awards scheme which, for example, has prompted clubs to think of new membership options to retain ageing and busy players. It also works with partners to change perceptions of the game and attract new players. This has included support for community events and media activity to promote golf. Warwickshire The future is looking good for Warwickshire Golf. The partners – the men’s union, the women’s association and the county development group – are celebrating a year of exciting new activity as they work together to modernise, grow and spread the word that golf is a healthy, sociable sport for all. Their wide-ranging achievements cover championships, junior development, communications, governance, communications, work with England Golf and the Golf Foundation – and the introduction of the hugely successful Warwickshire Golf Awards, which replaced the traditional county dinner. Other innovations include a nine-hole evening league which promotes short format golf, as well as new competitions for men, women and seniors.  Warwickshire has been involved in England Golf’s pilot project to increase membership and participation and it has helped to create a club-centred approach which offers wide-ranging business support. It also pioneered the use of community coaches to take golf out of its traditional setting and into parks to generate wider interest in the sport. Its players were also successful with county teams playing in the national finals of the Junior Champion Club and the English Men’s County Finals, while the women’s second team won their regional league. 24 Feb 2017 Lancashire and Warwickshire target County of the Year title last_img read more

Overtime

first_img8. Amazing is it not? Just a year ago you couldn’t find a sports­caster, especially a White one, to give Michael Vick a snowball’s chance in hell to make it back. Now you can’t find a non-believer anywhere on the planet. Not me…and oh yeah not my dad, who by the way is always right. (Just a sidebar here as I sometimes do, the man quit school in the tenth grade to take care of his mom and family. Worked construction all his life, maybe missed “3” days total…and knows everything!! Me…high school, college and 35 years of reading, studying, consulting and promoting…and I don’t know nothin’!) Anyway, back to the point. I told anyone that would listen if you put an athlete of any level let alone world class in jail, with all day to work out and train…you damn right he’ll be back…Duh!!7. Be careful Pitt basketball team. Don’t be readin’ the newspaper clippings about your ranking. You still got work to do.6. “Unstoppable”…Try this list: Denzel’s new movie, best out right now; Kobe and the Lakers, they’re just cruising; Charles Barkley’s mouth; anybody getting 30 rebounds in a game, Barkley did it once. But give “Love” some love for his work with the “T-wolves.”5. Brandy was robbed on “Dancing with the Stars.” Stevie Wonder can see Bristol Palin can’t dance. (Don’t act like you don’t watch). 10. Ok, ok, so I was wrong about the Steelers beating New England. But one out of two ain’t bad. “Pac–Man” brought it home in convincing style. 9. And I ask once again. How come the No. 1 defense in football can never stop anybody when it counts? I mean how do they stay No. 1…and don’t they know Tom Brady is coming to town…its Tom Brady not Tom Jones. Guess what, he’s going to pass the football!! You play to win the game! BILL NEAL center_img 4. Continued from No. 8…except for ”Big Ben.” He had four weeks of open jail and he didn’t get any better. He’s ok but ok’s not good enough. Let’s go Ben. Step it up, or is it like “Tiger,” you can’t dominate your game unless you’re dominating the ladies?? I’m just asking!3. High school football is in gear. Get out and support your teams. But more importantly get behind the players and their academics. Let’s not have “our” student athletes not be able to play a game because they can’t get average grades. We’re talking a “C” average people…C’mon!2. Today we say our final goodbyes to Maurice Lucas…better known as “Reecie” to most. The best of the best! Check out this classic, rarely seen photo from back in the ABA days. “Big Luke” breaking up a fight between Pitt’s Mel Bennett and the Legendary Marvin “Bad News” Barnes. (A keeper to be sure).1. Look, this is the first of four more warnings. The 35th Annual Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet is coming Sun., Dec. 12 at D’Impirio’s in Monroeville at 6:30 p.m. But I’m telling you there are only 100 seats available. Don’t miss the grandfather of sports banquets here in western PA and here’s why. Look at this line up of honorees for 2010: Kevin Cameron, Chaz Kellem, Rayco “War” Saunders, Ms. Beverly Walker, Tika Hemingway, Darnell Dinkins, Sheldon Ingram, Gilbert Brown, Sam “Bam” Clancey, Bruce Atkins, Gloria Hill, PhD, Kevin Davis, Joyce Ellis, Franco Harris, Russell Bynum, and Shayla Scott. Whattt!!!“Game Over”last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Archie

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Archie! He is a sweet, 90-pound, 7-year-old boy, who is looking for a loving home where he will provide tail-wags, companionship, and adoring glances. His dream house will come complete with a fenced yard and loving humans who will provide him with quality time and exercise.His diet needs to be grain, chicken, and beef-free (he loves green beans!), and he prefers a home with no cats. Archie knows his basic commands, does well on leash-walks, and gets a kick out of car rides. He is a wonderful companion!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Archie in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Slump continues as Saina Nehwal slips up in first round of Denmark Open

first_imgAdvertisement c76rdyNBA Finals | Brooklyn VspcmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exgm( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6kcWould you ever consider trying this?😱35iCan your students do this? 🌚zqxbuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Saina Nehwal’s rough patch continues as she crashed out yet again in the first-round during the ongoing season, this time in the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament. Saina and her hopes for further progress called it a day when Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi won through straight games in Odense on Wednesday. World No. 8 Saina has now lost in 3 successive 1st rounds but most importantly 6th overall this season.Advertisement The unseeded Sayaka Takahashi took just 37 minutes to knock out the 2012 champion of the tournament, but Saina started well and led Takahashi 7-5 in the 1st game. The Japanese shuttler dominated back after the mid-game break and took the game easily. Notably, Saina was previously knocked out during the a 1st-round of the China Open by Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand back in September. Although she performed well during the beginning of the season reaching the semi-final of the Malaysia Masters and winning the Indonesia Masters; her form has been ever dipped since.Advertisement In other news, Srikanth Kidambi lost to Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the first-round too. He was beaten by the Danish in a score of 14-21, 18-21. This was also Srikanth’s come back since his 3rd-round exit at the World Championships in August. Meanwhile, reigning world champion PV Sindhu is now in the 2nd round beating Gregoria Mariska in straight games on Tuesday, after her early exits in Korea and China Open.Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra all reached the next round in their respective categories in the tournament while Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa walked off in their 1st-round match against No.2 seeds Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping of China.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Glacier gymnasts shine on Kootenay Zone Championship stage

first_imgIn the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 8-10 year age group Brianne Stefani finished second on floor, and third on vault and beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 11-12 year age group Alexis Dyck placed first on vault, bars and beam, second on floor, and first All Around, while Olivia Kelly placed fourth on vault and bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 13-14 year age group Sara Tolles finished second on vault, and third on floor while Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery placed first on bars, beam and floor, third on vault and first All Around.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 2 Category, 15-years+ age group Julie Poetsch came first on vault and bars, third on beam, and first All Around. Casmin McCatty finished second on vault and beam and Chultim O’Neill finished second on floor, third vault and bars, and second All Around. Bronwyn Sutherland placed first on beam and floor and third All Around.  Rebecca Benner placed third on floor and Maddie Sternloff placed 5th on bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 3 Category, 8-12 year age group Senna Moroney placed first on beam and floor, second on vault and bars and second All Around.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 3 Category, 13 years+ age group Ella Keelan placed first on vault and bars, third on beam and floor and second All Around.  Kylee Dyck finished first on beam, second on bars and floor, third on vault and first All Around.  Jasmine Schacher came in second on vault and beam, third on bars and finished third All Around.The Kootenay Championships culminate what has been a very successful competitive season for Glacier athletes.The focus now is to prepare for the club’s Year End Show. This event showcases the athletes’ tumbling skills and is definitely worth watching. Show dates are June 18-19 in the gym.  For more information please contact us at 352-2227 or info@glaciergymnastics.com. More than 200 athletes from throughout the region were at the Glacier Club in the Civic Centre to compete in the Kootenay Zone Gymnastics Championships. Gymnasts from Creston, Trail, Castlegar and Cranbrook joined athletes from the host Glacier Club for two days of competition beginning Saturday.In the Boy’s Provincial Level 3 Category Oliver McDougall-Eisele placed first on floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar, and first All Around.  River Murphy placed first on pommel horse, second on vault and parallel bars, and second All Around. Noah Daigle-Arsenault placed second on floor and rings, third on pommel horse, parallel and horizontal bar, and third All Around.  Sam Fisher finished second on pommel horse, third on floor and vault and Chris Lawrence-Jeffery finished second on horizontal bar and third on rings and parallel bars. Matthew Bullen placed fourth on floor and pommel horse and Ruedi Kelsch finished fourth on parallel bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 10-year age group Brynn McTague placed first on vault and third on bars.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 11-year age group Maika Houde placed first on beam and vault, third on floor and second All Around while Versailles McGeady-Bruce finished second on vault and beam, and third All Around.  Gwen McCrory placed first on floor and Elisa Clark placed second on floor, and third on beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 12 year age group Teagan McTague came first on vault, bars, beam, third on floor, and first All Around while Sarah Quinn came first on floor, and third on beam.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 13-14 year age group Zoe Crisfield finished third on beam and floor.In the Girl’s Provincial Level 1 Category, 15 years+ age group Arianna Murphy-Steed placed first on vault, bars and floor, and first All Around while Megan Poetsch placed first on beam, second on vault, bars and floor, and second All Around.last_img read more