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Swansea situation holds no fear for players, insists Ki Sung-yueng

first_img But South Korean midfielder Ki believes improved performances under Curtis show Swansea’s position of being two points from safety is a false one. “You saw in the last two games we played well, we have performed better,” he said. “Players have confidence so we are not worried about the situation. “Of course, the fans may worry but we believe in each other and know there’s quality in the team. “Personally, I am very angry with myself that we are 18th. It is not for us and it is a difficult feeling. “If the team is not good enough we accept it but we have really good players, we did so well last season.” Jenkins has warned that Swansea will not be rushed into a hasty decision over a new manager amid fears that an audacious move for former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has stalled. Former Chelsea coach Jose Morais, who worked under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, is the latest name to be linked with the vacancy, but Ki said the squad had faith in the temporary coaching team of Curtis and academy chief Dave Adams. “The chairman said it doesn’t have to be a rush because we need someone to really understand the Swansea philosophy and who can make the team better,” Ki said. “Alan and Dave have done very well, tactically they know the team. “But we can’t waste any more time, we need three points from the next game.” West Ham, like Swansea, have gone seven games without a win as Slaven Bilic’s side have had to combat a mounting injury list since climbing into third place at the end of October. The Hammers have been particularly hurt in attacking areas and were without Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll at the Liberty Stadium. But they remain unbeaten in four matches with their last three games being goalless draws. “We were flying. Dimi was flying, but we’ve lost Lanzini and Sakho as well and then big Andy has gone down,” Hammers defender James Collins said. “It’s derailed us a bit but the club, the chairman and the gaffer spent money in the summer and we have a massive squad full of international players. “I know there’s been a few nil-nils, but we’re creating chances. “Maybe not as many as we want, but we are picking up points and not losing games. “If we were conceding goals and it was three defeats and not three draws we’d be talking differently. “We’re still eighth and it’s not doom or gloom by any stretch, we’ve had a tremendous start and have games over Christmas we think we can win.” Swansea failed to escape the bottom three after being held to a goalless draw by injury-hit West Ham on Sunday, and it is now only one win in 13 league games for a team without a permanent boss. Caretaker Alan Curtis has been in command since Garry Monk was sacked on December 9 and he seems set to be in charge for the festive fixtures against West Brom and Crystal Palace, with chairman Huw Jenkins’ manager search yet to bear fruit. Ki Sung-yueng insists managerless Swansea are not worried by their situation, even though they will spend Christmas in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Press Associationlast_img read more

Du Preez clinches tense win for South Africa women over England

first_imgSYDNEY (Reuters) – South Africa’s Mignon du Preez celebrated her 100th T20 match by hitting a six and a four in consecutive balls in the final over to power her team to a thrilling six-wicket win over England in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Sunday.South Africa appeared in a precarious position in their chase of 124, needing 33 from the last three overs, but they managed to bring the equation down to nine from six balls.Experienced England seamer Katherine Brunt conceded only two in her first two deliveries before Du Preez sealed the win for South Africa in the Group A clash.Natalie Sciver’s knock of 50 from 41 balls helped England post 123 for eight in their 20 overs after being asked to bat first at the WACA ground.South Africa were going well with an 84-run stand for the second wicket between captain Dane van Niekerk, who made 46, and Marizanne Kapp.But they lost both batsmen in consecutive overs as the asking rate kept climbing in the face of clinical left-arm spin bowling from Sophie Ecclestone, who finished with 2-19.Earlier, South African bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to stall England’s momentum.Opener Amy Jones provided a solid start for England with a knock of 23 but they lost Jones and fellow opener Danni Wyatt in quick succession while captain Heather Knight also fell cheaply to leave them tottering at 43-3 in the ninth over.Sciver steadied the innings, however, and hit five fours and a six before falling in the 19th over to Ayabonga Khaka, who finished with figures of 3-25.last_img read more

Varsity Blues parent receives longest sentence to date

first_imgDouglas Hodge pleaded guilty in October for paying $850,000 between 2008 and 2015 to secure his children’s admissions to USC and Georgetown University as athletic recruits.(Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Hodge pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering for paying Operation Varsity Blues organizer William “Rick” Singer $850,000 over the course of seven years to arrange for four of his children’s college admissions.  In a memorandum filed Monday, prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence for Hodge, calling him “among the most culpable parents charged.” They said his repeated involvement in the scam and the fact that he wrote off part of the admissions payments as tax deductions rendered his infractions more serious. His penalty included nine months in prison with two years of supervised release, 500 hours of community service and a $750,000 fine for paying to have four of his children falsely designated as athletic recruits on their applications to elite colleges, including two to USC and two to Georgetown University. Nathaniel Gorton, the federal judge presiding over the sentencing, denied Hodge’s request to serve part of his sentence at his home, Law360 reported. During the hearing, Gorton told Hodge his actions showed “chutzpah” and said that his actions and those of the other parents in the scandal led to a devaluation of American education as a whole, according to court reporter Chris Villani. Hodge’s oldest child, who Singer marked as a tennis recruit on her Georgetown application in 2008, was the first incidence of Singer’s “side door” method documented in the college admissions case. Hodge attempted to fraudulently secure his fifth child’s admission to Loyola Marymount University in 2018, but Singer had already begun cooperating with federal investigators.center_img “There was certainly a loss to the overall educational system in this country when Mr. Hodge and others repeatedly used their massive fortunes to illegally circumvent the college admissions process,” Gorton said. Former investment firm CEO Douglas Hodge received the longest sentence in the admissions scandal to date in Boston federal court Friday. The defense argued that Hodge deserved leniency for his lapse in judgment, citing charitable donations totaling $30 million and his establishment of a Cambodian orphanage as evidence of his philanthropic nature and stated that, unlike other parents for whom the government recommended penalties exceeding sentencing guidelines, Hodge did not involve his children in the scheme. Prior to Friday’s sentencing, the longest sentence in the admissions case was that of USC alumnus Toby Macfarlane, who will serve six months in prison and pay a $150,000 fine for paying to get his two children admitted to the University as athletic recruits.last_img read more

Grades: Wilson shines once again, special teams aces test

first_imgJared Abbrederis had seven catches Saturday for 93 yards. Abbrederis scored UW’s first touchdown of the game on a 21-yard pass from Wilson.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports will look back at the most recent Wisconsin football game and assign grades to each position group on a scale of zero to five. Here is a look at how the University of Wisconsin thrashed Penn State 45-7 for the Big Ten Leaders Division title.Quarterbacks – 5 out of 5Russell Wilson put on a show in his senior day game. He completed 19 of his 29 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. As always, he displayed his ability to move out of the pocket and pick up yards with his feet, running for 36 yards on seven carries. He averaged 5.1 yards per run, better than sophomore running back James White.Wilson was able to blow up a Penn State defense ranked No. 8 in scoring defense and frequently touted as one of the best in the Big Ten and help the Badgers score 45 points. Running Backs – 4.5 out of 5Junior Montee Ball has seemingly become unstoppable.Ball rushed for four touchdowns and 156 yards on 25 carries. Ball did not lose a single yard in the game and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.Sophomore James White also saw a considerable amount of carries with 16 for 73 yards. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and was responsible for one of the Badgers’ few mistakes in the game. With 1:04 left in the game, White fumbled on Wisconsin’s own 38-yard line, giving Penn State one final chance to cut the lead to something more respectable than a 38-point margin.Tight Ends – 3 out of 5Once again, the tight ends had a quite day. Jacob Pedersen had one reception for three yards. They did have some solid blocking, giving Wilson what seemed like days in the pocket. Otherwise, they were not a major factor in the game.Wide Receivers – 5 out of 5Nick Toon honored his father, Al Toon, by wearing No. 87 and had a five-reception, 42-yard, one-touchdown game. But it was Jared Abbrederis who led UW’s receiving corps.Abbrederis had seven catches for 93 yards and, most notably, a touchdown in the first quarter that tied the game at seven. From that point on, the Badgers never looked back, and Penn State never saw the end zone again.Offensive Line – 4.5 out of 5The offensive line was essentially a brick wall Saturday. Going against one of the Big Ten’s best defensive lines, the Badgers protected Wilson well, giving him time to throw and space to run. However, Wilson was still sacked twice.UW’s o-line also gave Ball the space to run, making key blocks to let him run up the middle as he is known to do. While center Peter Konz was still sidelined with an ankle injury, the o-line proved why it is one of the best in the nation, playing at a high level even without its leader.Defensive Line – 4.5 out of 5The defensive line gave a strong yet quiet performance. The line allowed Penn State 114 yards rushing and was able to get pressure on PSU quarterbacks Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden, who combined for only 11 completed passes on 25 attempts and 119 passing yards.Linebackers – 4.5 out of 5Mike Taylor and Chris Borland led the Badgers defense once again with seven and six tackles, respectively. But it was Conor O’Neill who had a notable night from the linebacking corps with six tackles and a forced fumble and recovery.Secondary – 4.5 out of 5The secondary was responsible for the Badgers’ major mistake of the game. Safety Aaron Henry and cornerback Antonio Fenelus had a miscommunication that allowed Penn State’s Curtis Drake to get wide open behind Wisconsin’s defense. It was PSU’s lone touchdown of the game.Otherwise the secondary was solid, underlined by an early interception by safety Shelton Johnson.Specialists – 5 out of 5On UW’s five punts, the Badgers forced fumbles on four of them and recovered each one, which was an essential game changer for UW.Punter Brad Nortman averaged 40.6 yards on each of his punts while kicker Philip Welch averaged 57.1 yards on eight kickoffs.last_img read more

Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque on NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, All Elite Wrestling, status of Lars Sullivan, more

first_imgIt’s a big weekend for WWE with the Royal Rumble coming up on Sunday, which is one of their biggest shows of the year and the launching point for the “road to WrestleMania”. But the night before will be the latest NXT TakeOver event in Phoenix featuring talent from the NXT brand, who have produced some of the best wrestling shows under the WWE umbrella over the past several years. Saturday night’s TakeOver event features five matches, including Tommaso Ciampa defending the NXT championship against Aleister Black, Bianca Belair challenging Shayna Baszler for the NXT women’s championship, and Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly of the Undisputed Era putting the NXT tag team titles on the line against the War Raiders. Plus, Ricochet will face Johnny Gargano for the North American championship while Matt Riddle squares off against Kassius Ohno.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearPaul “Triple H” Levesque is the person in charge of the brand and spoke with the media about Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: Phoenix event, talent using social media in today’s world, if All Elite Wrestling may change the way it does business, the status of Lars Sullivan, the chances of NXT getting a television deal, and more.— On the recent tweet from Velveteen Dream where he said, “Until WE* can come 2 an agreement as 2 what MY WORTH actually is, there won’t be any appearances or performances from “The Velveteen DREAM”:I have not spoken with him about it. He is a remarkable, young man that it wonderfully gifted on all levels and wonderfully gifted about creating buzz around himself as well. Calling out Vince (McMahon) … it’s all good. He creates some buzz and that’s a good thing. Having the ability to be that smart and that talented at the same time is a wonderful thing.— On finding a happy medium with talent when it comes to creating buzz on social media but not overstepping a line:I think everybody in the world is trying to figure out the line of social media, what you can and cannot say. You see people all the time in our industry and everywhere else saying things and then trying to backtrack it or walk it down. When you write something in however many characters you’re allowed, it’s limiting and can be taken out of context. It’s a sensitive subject for everybody. Clearly, there are parameters of things that you don’t want to touch on. You don’t want to offend people and you want to stay as neutral as possible. But I think for us, when it comes to the business or what we do, it’s just not ruining the magic for fans and keeping them engaged and guessing. And I don’t mean that in the way it sounds to say, when people say, “oh my god, kayfabe is dead.” Really? You think?People want to be engaged in it. They just don’t want to have things given away. You can follow the magician; he doesn’t have to show you the tricks exactly how it’s done. You still know it’s magic. You still enjoy it. I think all that stuff is there. I think in the world today, people are just as fascinated in the true-life human being as they are about the character they portray when they’re seen on a television show or anything else. And I think people are also smart enough and savvy enough to know the difference between the two. Hype, all those different things, they can be meaningful tools when done right and pushed in the right direction. It’s more guidance than it is anything else with trying to get the right thing done and not have people put their foot in their mouth and saying the wrong thing because it’s easy to offend just about anybody nowadays.— On why the NXT TakeOver show and WWE Hall of Fame swapped days during WrestleMania weekend with TakeOver now taking place that Friday night and the Hall of Fame on Saturday (The Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling “G1 Supercard” event takes place that Saturday night at Madison Square Garden):I think business reasons for us and, in general, now wanting to make fans choose and not want to make fans have to make a decision of what they want to go to. It was the better business and venue split for us. Everybody reads into everything and it was really nothing more than that. It was the right business move for us.— On whether All Elite Wrestling will change anything with WWE/NXT including, from a contractual standpoint, having to pay more to get top talent: It’s clearly something that we’ll keep an eye on and clearly something that they’re out there doing their business but we’ll do what is right for our business — what’s right for WWE, what we feel is right for the fans of the WWE Universe, our fan base, everybody in general, and what’s right for us. They’re all business decisions and we’ll continue to monitor everything. We say it all the time but it’s the truth: it’s not just a competitor like that. We compete against everything. I know you’ve heard it said that in the business world today when you’re a content provider, you compete against everything including sleep, including the internet, and everything else. Everybody has a thousand pulls on their time on a daily business so you want to keep your eye on everything and try to be as relevant as possible at all times on every front. We continue to monitor that like we monitor everything and we’ll continue to do what’s best for business for the WWE.— On the stories regarding Lars Sullivan and his status with the company, as well as his well-being following reports he was supposed to debut on the WWE main roster recently but instead left the business following a possible anxiety attack:There’s a lot of speculation and stories about everybody at all times and it’s a funny thing. If there’s any kind of a glitch, a movement for a moment, that leads to everything being speculated about. Lars is in a good place and nothing has really changed. We’re moving forward and you’ll know when you see it but nothing has changed.THIS SATURDAY, don’t miss #NXTTakeOver : Phoenix streaming LIVE at 7e/4p only on the award-winning @WWENetwork ! pic.twitter.com/Oy0It4HLpg— WWE (@WWE) January 23, 2019— On how the War Raiders and Matt Riddle are developing in NXT and insight on other newer talent with the brand:When you talk about the War Raiders, they’re coming off of impressive showings at War Games, coming off of all the success they’ve had and now stepping into the ring for the NXT tag team championship. To me, it’s a statement for how well they’ve done since they’ve come in. Matt Riddle, he just has an innate charisma that you can’t take your eyes off him. He’s just one of those guys. I think he’ll continue to grow and move forward. Bianca Belair is one that, to me, just all of a sudden came into her own. When you think about it, when we did the first Mae Young Classic, I think that may have been one of her first matches that was televised anywhere or had been done in a big way. There was a conversation around that going into the first Mae Young Classic about do you think she can do a match? That’s a dramatic change to where she is now. Shayna Baszler, who was super green, had a little bit of experience but was super, super green walking in the door is now, to me, one of the steadies of the division and continuing to grow and carry it. The growth on everybody, to me, is phenomenal. Where everybody goes and how they transition here, UK, main roster, RAW, SmackDown, whatever that is, I think they’re all groomed in the right way to have success. They’re all groomed and have the tools and are positioned to do amazing things in the future and hopefully, all of them will. And there’s a lot coming in behind them from guys like Punishment Martinez all the way through who are just sitting prime for the door opening up for them and for them to show the world what they do. That, to me, raises the bar because if you’re in any position and you see all of these guys and girls with talent coming up behind you, you want to make sure you’re moving in the right direction. — On what they will be doing with NXT UK during WrestleMania week:With all of this, you have thoughts in mind of where you think you can go but until you take the next step, then you don’t know what the step is after that. I think all of that is on the table. There will definitely be involvement from the NXT UK brand at WrestleMania week. We’re working through all of that now. I think when you’re talking about Phoenix this week and even at Axxess and doing When Worlds Collide and an NXT, NXT UK, 205 Live tournaments branded around each other, I see a lot of buzz around that. Fans are very excited for it. I’m excited for it, to be honest with you. There’s a lot of great matchups on there I want to see and I want to see how the chemistry works. That’s an exciting one to me and putting that together was fun. I think all of that creates an excitement; different brands, different groupings, different talents in different places that can come together at various times and have those fresh, competitive environments that make for exciting events and opportunities. As it moves forward, all of those brands will be more and more of every single thing we do but also, especially, WrestleMania week.— On how his training and rehab from his torn pectoral muscle injury is coming along:Good, thanks for asking. I just got cleared to start training, which for anybody who has ever had a serious injury, the difference between rehabbing for a couple hours a day and actually training is the difference of trying to get better and then actually bettering yourself. I just got clearance for training so I’m excited about that. As I sit here right now extremely sore from that training, which was one week ago that I got cleared, but I’m feeling good.— On The Rock’s daughter Simone Johnson training at the Performance Center in Orlando and insight into her training:I think if you want to know about The Rock’s daughter, the best person to ask would be The Rock. She probably, I know, has the bug of the business. She is caught the love of it from her father. I think that even if you were to ask The Rock, there’s nothing like that, that electricity and that connection that he has with people and I think it all stems from his time in WWE. His love of that is evident every time he’s around it. I think she sees that as well. It’s in her blood. I think if it’s something she wants to pursue, I know that he is big like I am on continuing education and taking the right steps and doing everything the right way. I know that he believes that it’s a wonderful business that he would be proud to have her be a part of.As far as will you see more of her in the future, I think it would be hard to not see her in the future.— On seeing moves like the Canadian Destroyer and others more often on WWE and NXT television nowadays that weren’t allowed a few years ago and the line of when to ask talent to scale back on some moves:I think it all comes down to safety, talent safety. Sometimes I look online and see a plethora of kids that have no training or knowing what they’re doing and in a wrestling ring in some little town somewhere and doing a flip and landing on their head or whatever. The danger level is high. We’re looking out for the long-term health of talent. It all comes down to things that can be performed and performed safely and if we feel there is a risk of it not being performed safely, then we’re not going to allow it to happen. They’re thoroughbred horses that will run themselves into the ground and we have to protect them from that. What we do is dangerous and it’s a very physical business. Injury rate — it’s just a given. You’re not going to do this for a living and not get injured at some point but you need to manage it and we need to be the ones to manage it for you and with you. — On whether there has been talk of moving NXT programming to a television outlet such as FS1:I think at this point in time we’re concentrated on moving SmackDown to Fox and what that will mean. There’s a lot of talk about a lot of things. We’re constantly evaluating. As far as the Fox relationship goes, we’re thrilled and excited to go there. We’re working on what that will look like and the process and everything else. We’re focused on that. — On the call-up process involving NXT UK and if talent there will go to NXT first before being brought up to the main roster:I think it will depend on the level of talent and who is ready for what. At the end of the day, everybody that is within this is a part of the WWE. Move, switch over, whatever you want to call it, that can happen at any point in time for anybody. It really comes down to who is ready for what position and where. You want people to be as prepared as they can be for the transition for RAW or SmackDown or whatever that move is. You want them to have all of the tools and be positioned to do it right. When you watch the shows sometimes, it’s not always evident to see the things that people need to work on or change to move into a different position. Sometimes it’s behind the scenes, sometimes it’s on-camera things but we want to make sure they’re positioned in the right way at all times for the most success possible whenever they move whether that’s from UK to NXT or NXT to UK or RAW or SmackDown.last_img read more

Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation to pay for comprehensive assessment of hospital

first_img 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 (11) 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. +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 262 weeks ago I thought they already had a plan? Report Reply 2 replies · active 262 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 262 weeks ago Seems like the powers to be have money to hire consultants but not enough to pay their bills. And they wonder why Wellington is broke. Report Reply 4 replies · active 262 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Guest · 262 weeks ago I hope it pays off and this consulting firm is able to help our hospital turn things around! Report Reply 0 replies · active 262 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down crusader Pride · 262 weeks ago I believe this is a great idea. An assessment can determine strengths and weaknesses of SRMC. I still believe that this medical center needs to specialize and maintain an emergency room. Possibly make the entire facility a BHU center. Think outside the box and reinvent it’s self. Report Reply 0 replies · active 262 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 262 weeks ago I’m trying to figure out what the community expects out of the hospital. In the majority, voters decided to support the hospital when it was on the ballot and that carries a cost. They have had long standing financial/management issues that were present when the vote happened. I am not a supporter of the hospital in its current form, however you can’t say YES keep it open and then not give them the leeway to find their path and fix the problems. Every step they take is criticized at this point. If you voted no then welcome to democracy, you take the “good” with the “bad. Report Reply 0 replies · active 262 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 comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The following press release was released by Sumner Regional Medical Center…“The Sumner Regional Medical Center Endowment Foundation, by unanimous vote last Thursday, approved advancing funding in full for the costs associated with a comprehensive assessment of Sumner Regional Medical Center by an independent consulting group with considerable expertise in the operation and management of rural hospitals.The assessment will review virtually all operational aspects of Sumner Regional Medical Center, and will make recommendations at the conclusion of the involved assessment. Sumner Regional Medical Center Board President Fred Hinman on behalf of the Hospital Board and staff expressed appreciation to the foundation for its generosity and commitment as the hospital looks for guidance from the consulting group on a viable financial path forward for the hospital in the months and years ahead.The consulting group being retained, Community Hospital Corporation, has promised to expedite commencement of the assessment which assessment will take several weeks to complete given its broad scope.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua has ‘no problem’ signing to fight Tyson Fury twice in 2021, says Eddie Hearn

first_img“It is not a condition of the deal but it was in their deal with Deontay Wilder, and it is the biggest fight in boxing, so it is likely you will see that twice.”Fury confirmed in an Instagram Live post Thursday that he has no plans to pay Wilder to postpone a third clash, though Joshua is firmly in his sights.”I’m going to take [Wilder] out again for the third time, hopefully at the end of the year, and then we’re going to go into 2021 with the biggest fight in boxing history between two undefeated British heavyweights, me and AJ, and we’re going to battle it out for all the gold,” he said. View this post on Instagram What a wonderful world #lifeisbeautiful #staypositive #lovelife @parisfury1 A post shared by Tyson Fury (@gypsyking101) on May 14, 2020 at 5:18am PDTHearn also confirmed that any agreement is likely to include a rematch clause, setting up the potential for a hugely lucrative doubleheader between Joshua and Fury next year.”It would probably be a two-fight deal,” Hearn said. “Any deal between Fury and AJ, you run it twice. Rewatch classic fights on DAZNJoshua is due to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO titles against Kubrat Pulev in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20, only to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.As for Fury, the holder of the WBC belt, he is set to go up against Deontay Wilder in a third episode of their rivalry.A recent media report suggested Wilder — who lost the title to Fury in their February rematch — could be willing to step aside to allow a unification showdown between the Brits to happen next, provided he is first in line for a crack at the winner.MORE: Wilder doesn’t see Fury as championWhile Hearn says Joshua has “no problem” signing a deal to face Fury, he explained why the fight is not expected to happen before the end of this year.”I had a conversation [on Thursday] saying, ‘Wilder is not stepping aside, we will take care of that fight, you take care of the Pulev fight, but let’s get a deal done for 2021,'” Hearn told Sky Sports.”We have no problem signing now to fight Fury in 2021.”It will work out better for both of them to box off those fights [and] then have a clear route, subject to Dillian Whyte being mandatory to Fury, to get [an undisputed title fight] done.” Heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be set to meet twice in 2021, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.Before the world champions can face each other, however, they have to take care of other business.last_img read more

Cooling Centers Open throughout Thurston County to Help Beat Record Heat

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyThe heat is on in the Puget Sound region, and the Thurston County Emergency Management Division has gathered a list of cooling centers that will be available this weekend as record-setting temperatures soar into the 90s. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for June 26, 27 and 28.The following list of cooling centers is available on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division’s website:First Christian Church – Olympia701 Franklin Street SE, Olympia 98501Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Sunday 9 a.m.—2 p.m.Lacey Timberland Library500 6th Ave SE, Lacey 98503Monday 10 a.m. —6 p.m.Tuesday 10 a.m. —6 p.m.Wednesday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.Thursday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.Friday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Sunday ClosedLacey Senior Center6757 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey 98503Regular hours Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.—4 p.m.Call (360) 407-3967 for more informationMcLane-Black Lake Fire Station 91*open as cooling center at 95 degrees or above125 Delphi Road NW, Olympia 985021—9 p.m.Olympia Senior Center Lobby222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia 98501Regular hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Call (360) 586-6181 for more informationOlympia Timberland Library313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia 98501Monday/Tuesday 11 a.m.—8 p.m.Wednesday/Thursday 11 a.m.—7 p.m.Friday/Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Tenino Quarry Swimming Pool*Opens July 5 at noon300 W Park Avenue, Tenino 98589Shaded porch area and some shade at poolAdmission: $3.50/person general admission; $1.50/person for individuals living within Tenino School DistrictWednesday-Sunday, noon—7 p.m.Tenino Fire District 12187 S Hodgden Street SE, Tenino 98589Daily 8 a.m.—5 p.m.Tenino Timberland Library172 W Central Avenue, Tenino 98589Tuesday/Wednesday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.Thursday/Friday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m.—4 p.m.Closed Sunday/MondayTumwater Timberland Library7023 New Market Street SW, Tumwater 98501Monday/Tuesday 10 a.m.—7 p.m.Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Closed SundayTumwater Old Town Center215 North 2nd Avenue SW, Tumwater 98512Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.—6:30 p.m.Friday 8 a.m.—2:30 p.m.Yelm Timberland Library210 Prairie Park Street, Yelm 98597Tuesday—Thursday, 10 a.m.—8 p.m.Friday 10 a.m.—6 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Sunday ClosedYelm Public Safety Building206 McKenzie Avenue SE, Yelm 98597Monday—Friday, 7:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.When a cooling center is not available, there are still a few tips that can help you beat the heat at home and stay safe.HOT WEATHER TIPSKeep a cool head and remember the basics: drink plenty of fluids; avoid the sun and stay in the shade; use sunscreen even if you’re outside for only a few minutes.Find cooler air in public places. Shopping centers, movie theaters, libraries and community centers are typically air conditioned, so go out, have fun and find some cooler air.Take it easy and avoid heatstroke. Don’t over-exert yourself with heavy duty yard work or strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.NEVER leave children or pets in a hot car.Keep pets cool, too. Check on your outdoor pets frequently and make sure they have shelter from the sun and plenty of water.The heat can be hard on the young and the elderly. Check on relatives and neighbors who may be more sensitive to hot weather—young children, infants, seniors and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk during extreme hot weather.For additional safety tips on how to beat the heat, download the Thurston County Medic One pamphlet at www.co.thurston.wa.us/medic1/documents/Heat-injury-pamphlet.pdf.The high temperatures and dry conditions also increase the risk of wildfires, and Thurston County residents are reminded that a countywide outdoor burn ban is currently in place. For more details about the burn ban restrictions, go to the county’s homepage and click on the “Countywide Burn Ban” link.County officials also remind residents that there are restriction on the sale and discharge of fireworks in the county. But with the current heat and dry conditions, residents are urged to keep this holiday season safe and sane and enjoy the region’s professional fireworks shows this year instead. To learn more, go to the county’s homepage and click on the “Fireworks restrictions and safety tips” link.As temperatures climb this weekend, keeps tabs on weather conditions and hot weather tips and information with the Thurston County Emergency Management Division social media—find us on Facebook at ThurstonEM, or on Twitter at @ThurstonEM. Facebook485Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Ladyjacks Face Texas in NCAA Tournament Opener

first_imgTHE FIRST SERVE• For the first time since 2006, the SFA volleyball team is back in the NCAA Tournament field and Thursday night inside Gregory Gym the Ladyjacks start their postseason run against fifth-ranked Texas inside Gregory Gym. • First serve in the third meeting between SFA and Texas in the Ladyjacks’ NCAA Division I era is set for 7:00 p.m. The match will be televised nationally on the Longhorn Network with Paul Sunderland and Karch Kiraly providing play-by-play and analysis. Video streaming will be available via tinyurl.com/SFAvsUT and ESPN apps.• Setting up shop inside Gregory Gym will be longtime SFA volleyball expert Greg Miller. His call of the match can be heard on an internet radio stream available at SFAVolleyblog.net. NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY• 2018 marks the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for SFA and its first in 12 years. • SFA previously made the cut for the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2006. • SFA has an all-time record of 1-4 in the NCAA Tournament with its only victory coming in five sets over Alabama in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament which was played, oddly enough, inside Gregory Gym. • SFA’s losses in the NCAA Tournament have come against Clemson (3-2 on 11/30/94), Texas (3-0 on 12/4/97 and 3-0 on 12/2/06) and Texas A&M (3-0 on 12/2/99).LET’S TALK STREAKS AND WINS• SFA’s 29-match winning streak is currently the longest in the nation at the moment. It’s also one of five active winning streaks that are at 20 matches or longer. Stanford (26 matches), UCF (24 matches), Kentucky (21 matches) and Creighton (20 matches) have all won 20 or more matches in a row as well. • That winning streak by SFA is also the longest in program history. With their Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinal win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Ladyjacks passed 2006 edition of the the team for the longest winning streak in program history. That 2006 squad won 26 in a row which included the program’s first – and so far only – NCAA Tournament victory.• SFA is a perfect 11-0 in road matches this season. That makes the Ladyjacks the only NCAA Division I volleyball team in the nation who has not lost a true road match this season. Also, the Ladyjacks’ 11-match winning streak in road matches is tied with Stanford and Kentucky for the lengthiest in the nation.• Not only is SFA perfect on the road, but it is perfect inside Shelton Gym this season, too. The Ladyjacks are 14-0 on their home floor and have won 15-straight matches there dating back to last season. That gives SFA the nation’s eighth-longest active home court winning streak and makes it one of 14 teams in the land this year that haven’t lost a home match in 2018. • Dating back to last season, SFA has also won 17 consecutive Southland Conference matches – the sixth-longest active in-conference winning streak in all of NCAA Division I volleyball. • No team in the nation has amassed more wins so far than SFA. The Ladyjacks are the only team in the land that has reached the 30-win mark and their 32 victories are three more than the next closest team in the land. Pittsburgh has won 29 matches to put them second in total wins behind SFA. LAST TIME OUT• Danae Daron was named the Southland Conference Tournament MVP while Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna each earned spots on the Southland Conference All-Tournament Team as the Ladyjacks blasted Central Arkansas 3-0 in the Southland Conference Tournament title match on Sunday, Nov. 18. • On her birthday, Williams accumulated team-highs in both kills (nine) and blocks (eight) to help lead SFA back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. • Ann Hollas delivered a trio of service aces while Haley Coleman and Sabrina Monaco added two more each for SFA who racked up eight winners from the service line. • SFA hit .337 and held the Sugar Bears to a clip of just .146. DEFENSE• SFA ranks fourth nationally in opponent hitting percentage with a mark of .139. That figure is the best in the Southland Conference, too. • The Ladyjacks’ front-row defense has played a part in that, too, as SFA leads the Southland in both blocks per set (2.71) and total blocks (316.5). On the national scene, SFA ranks 12th in total blocks and 20th in blocks per set. • Most of SFA’s front-row defensive prowess has been because of three individuals – Danae Daron, Anyia Williams and Makenzee Hanna. Daron and Williams rank 41st in the nation as both average 1.26 blocks per set while Hanna adds 0.97 blocks per set. SERVICE PRESSURE• Four Ladyjacks have accumulated 25 or more service aces this season. That has helped SFA rank 26th nationally with 178 total aces and 37th in the land with a service aces per set mark of 1.52. • McKenzie Brewer, Haley Coleman and Marisabel Torres have each totaled five service aces in a match one time this season. It’s Coleman who leads SFA with 36 winners from the service line while Brewer (29), Ann Hollas (27) and Peyton Redmond (26) each have over 25 aces as well. SCOUTING TEXAS | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS• After winning their second-straight Big 12 crown, the Longhorns set their sights on another deep postseason run. One of those runs hinges on a powerful offense as Texas ranks second in the land with an attack percentage of .308. • The Longhorns are led by 2018 Big 12 Coach of the Year Jerritt Elliott who has 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year Micaya White and 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Logan Eggleston at his disposal. • White leads the team in kills per set (3.88) and ranks second in digs per set (2.41). Offensively, other big players for the Longhorns include Eggleston (2.87 kills/set), Brionne Butler (2.09 kills/set) and Yaazie Bedart-ghani (2.59 kills/set). • Bedart-ghani (.370), Butler (.363) and Morgan Johnson (.358) ranks second, third and fourth among all Big 12 players in terms of hitting percentage. They rank 38th, 45th and 53rd in the nation respectively, too.• Butler (1.20 blocks/set) and Johnson (1.08 blocks/set) lead the way at the front of the net for Texas. As a team, the Longhorns rank 48th nationally with 2.44 blocks per set. COMING UP NEXT• Should SFA defeat the fifth-ranked Longhorns, it would move on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006. The Ladyjacks would take on the winner of Texas State and Rice in a second-round match on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

Athletic is still in the Cup after flirting with the elimination against a bold Tenerife

first_imgPhoto: EFE A dumbfounded Athletic Club continues in the Copa del Rey after flirting with the elimination before a bold Tenerife, who says goodbye to it after a notable participation when falling into the penalty shootout.The presence in the Heliodoro of a historical such as Athletic intimidated enough to fear the worst, but what could never be foreshadowed, not even the Bilbao team itself, was that it had such an unfortunate and unprecedented start, that not only stunned their own players but also to Tenerife.Only a minute of play had elapsed when Moore, a meter from the area, received a hard tackle from the Herrerín goal in his desperate start, an action sanctioned with the expulsion of the Basque goal, while, in a row, the launch of Luis’s foul Milla touched Williams, inside the area, with one of her hands.In this way, the referee, after the pertinent consultation of the VAR, punishable the lack of the attacker, Joselu was responsible for scoring from the fateful point in minute seven, while at the edge of the first quarter of an hour a Yuri center Raúl García nodded for a timely Williams to score the tie with his chest.But when the Biscayan cadre seemed to be replaced by his initial misfortune, with the score again matched and also with a conscientious control of his rival, another bloody and devastating mood blow arrived. This time it was Elliot who, within the area, got rid of several rival defenders and, from the left, focused on the penalty spot so that Yuri, in his eagerness to clear the ball, left him at the feet of an outstanding Joselu, that with a dry shot he scored his second goal. The Garitano win the Canaries on penalties after the final 3-3center_img After the resumption, a poisoned launch of Lekue from the front deflected Ortolá to corner, but in the second attempt Bilbao was successful, although with the close collaboration of Milla, who after missing a pass in the 53rd minute, left the ball at the mercy of Williams for the striker to face the area and beat Ortolá with a low shot.This new balance in the scoreboard led to a much more open clash, now with repeated arrivals in the respective areas, and with the occasional occasion, such as a Joselú heel in the 78th minute that Ezkieta successfully resolved, ending this danger until concluding this second part.The tie forced the dispute of the mandatory extension, an added time in which both teams continued to insist on decanting their respective colors, but hardly shooting at the door, until a penetration in the Nahuel area ended with a demolition of Lekue and with the consequent penalty, which this time transformed Dani Gomez in the 105th minute.But two minutes to the end of the extension, Yuri neutralized the local advantage with a shot from outside the area that ended up in the net to force the penalties.Data sheet:3. CD Tenerife: Ortolá; Luis Pérez, Carlos Ruiz, Sipcic, Alex Muñoz (Nahuel, m.75); Moore, Luis Milla, Undabarrena (Dani Gómez, m.93), Javi Alonso (Aitor Sanz, m.66); Elliot (Lasure, m.50) and Joselu.3. Athletic Club: Blacksmith; Lekue (Capa, m.106), Yeray, Unai Nuñez (Ezkieta, m.4), Íñigo Martínez, Yuri; Muniain, Dani García, Unai López (Vesga, m.82); Williams (Villalibre, m.95) and Raúl García.Goals: 1-0, M.7: Joselu. 1-1, M.16: Williams. 2-1, M.20: Joselu. 2-2, M.53: Williams. 3-2, M.105: Dani Gómez. 3-3, M.117: Yuri.In the penalty shootout (2-4) Aitor Sanz and Nahuel scored for Tenerife, and Raúl García, Muniain, Vesga and Villalibre for Athletic Club.Referee: Pablo González Fuertes (Asturian Territorial Committee). He drove Herrerín (m.1) with a direct red for knocking Moore out of the area and Carlos Ruiz (m.93) for a yellow card, in addition, he admonished the Undabarrena (m.21), Alex Muñoz (m .31), Moore (m.91) and Ortolá (m.115), and visitors Williams (m.6), Dani García (m.37), to coach Gaizka Garitano (m.65), Raúl García (m .75), Yuri (m.91) and Íñigo Martínez (m.98).Incidents: Round of 16 match of S.M. Cup the King played in the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium before 17,484 spectators. In the ninth minute of the game the public cheered the name of the visitor Williams for the recent racist insults received in Cornellá, Barcelona.last_img read more