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Title battle begins in February, insists Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

first_img Yaya Toure, who scored City’s reply in the 2-1 defeat was criticised for not exerting his influence until too late but Pellegrini does not want to respond. He said: “When you lose a game the winners take it all and the losers are always doing bad things, so I don’t want to try to analyse that game. “The first shot Arsenal had at our goal was on 33 minutes. We had dominated the game (until then). Maybe we were not that aggressive but we had two or three chances to score and I think the team played in that sense – and Yaya is involved in the team. “I never criticise just one player, I try to analyse the performance of the team. But I don’t want to analyse because we lost.” City could have captain Vincent Kompany back against Sunderland after eight games out with a calf injury. Right-back Pablo Zabaleta and midfielder Fernando are also back in contention. Manuel Pellegrini wants his Manchester City team to be in prime position to launch their title charge from February. But form since has been patchy and momentum has slowed, with Monday’s loss at title rivals Arsenal their fifth defeat of the campaign. Pellegrini says he is not overly concerned, claiming merely staying in touch is all that matters at this stage. The Chilean said: “I think it’s very important to be involved, as we are now, at the end of January. If you can be leaders before then that is better, but I think you need to be there on the last day of January. Then, in the last three months, you can win the title.” City travel to Leicester on Tuesday for another big clash but must first negotiate Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day. Pellegrini said: “We need to focus game by game. The next game is Sunderland and we must try to beat them here. That’s never an easy game. “Only after that do we think about Leicester. It’s very important to win these two games to finish off the first round (of fixtures). “We lost important points against Arsenal. I said before the game that it was a game of six points but it was not a decisive game. I repeat that you never win the title in December.” Pellegrini says the Arsenal loss is already consigned to history and he has no intention of raking back over it. City are third in the Barclays Premier League at Christmas, six points behind leaders Leicester and four adrift of second-placed Arsenal. They started the season superbly, quickly establishing themselves as favourites with five consecutive wins during which they did not concede. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Kalou Assures Fans of Better Results

first_imgVeteran striker Salomon Kalou believes Cote d’ Ivoire will raise their game after a poor qualifying campaign and win a second successive Africa Cup of Nations title.The Elephants looked anything but defending African champions as they struggled to make the 2017 tournament in Gabon from a group including modest rivals Sierra Leone and Sudan.The Ivoriens survived a late goalmouth scare to draw 1-1 at home against Sierra Leone last September and finish just one point above their final matchday opponents in the standings. The form of the west Africans subsequently improved with a home win over Mali and away draw against Morocco in 2018 World Cup qualifiers.They also visited Euro 2016 hosts and runners-up France in November and forced a morale-boosting goalless friendly international draw.Kalou, poised to compete at his fifth Cup of Nations tournament, sees similarities with the trophy-winning 2015 Africa Cup campaign.“We also battled in the previous qualifiers, losing heavily in Cameroon and also failing at home to the Democratic Republic of Congo.“But by the time we got to the knockout stage of the finals in Equatorial Guinea, we were producing outstanding football and scored three goals each in victories over Algeria and DR Congo.“The final against Ghana was a tight, tense affair and our experience and calmness shone through in the post-match penalties shootout.”The West African nation won 9-8 on spot-kicks following 120 goalless minutes. After the champions-to-be fluffed their first two penalties, Kalou was among nine consecutive Ivorians to score“To win the Cup of Nations you must have plenty of quality in your squad, and we do,” he stressed ahead of Group C games against Togo, DR Congo and Morocco.The build-up to the Cup of Nations has been difficult for Kalou with the deaths of his father and a close relative.But the 31-year-old Hertha Berlin striker, who joined the Bundesliga outfit after playing for Feyenoord, Chelsea and Lille, overcame severe grief to assist the national team.Having initially withdrawn from the group decider against Sierra Leone, he played and contributed significantly to securing the point that booked a place in Gabon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Peak Milk Donates Wheelchair Accessible Bus to Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation

first_img” FrieslandCampina WAMCO has remained a reliable and supportive partner of the Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation; by this donation, the company has opened up space for greater inclusion in sports development in Nigeria,” Dalung said.The Managing Director, Ben Langat, in his introductory speech highlighted the company’s support to the Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation and clearly explains FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s purpose as a company and the belief that every Nigeria has the right to reach for their Peak.“By empowering our Unstoppable Para-powerlifters, the Peak brand is enabling Nigerians to reach for their Peak. We designed the ‘Unstoppable Campaign’ to tell the story of this remarkable set of people who have continued to break new grounds in spite of their physical limitations. Peak has touched the lives of many Nigerians with this campaign. It has become so powerful and is receiving very positive testimonials from consumers, Langat said.The bus presentation is coming barely a week after the para-powerlifters won a total of 42 medals (20 Gold, 15 Silver and 7 Bronze) at the just concluded World Para-powerlifting Competition held in Lagos. This is seen as increased motivation for the athletes to reach for the peak’ at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics games.Last year, Peak Milk renovated the powerlifting gym at the National Stadium, Lagos and provided world-class training equipment with full wheel chair accessibility.The brand also donated 15 sport wheel chairs to the athletes and sponsored the para-powerlifters to the 9th Fazza Championship in Dubai, UAE in 2018, where they won four gold medals.The athletes have been constantly nourished with monthly supplies of Peak Milk since December 2016 till date.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc, makers of Peak milk, presented a new mobility bus with wheelchair access to the Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation on Tuesday at the company’s headquarters in Lagos, thus fulfilling its promise to the Para-powerlifters.The International Paralympic Committee-approved mobility bus seats 12 people and 15 wheel chairs. This first of its kind mobility bus in Nigeria is equipped with automated lifts and other features to ensure convenience and the safety of athletes.At the presentation, the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola said: “With this donation, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has elongated its catalogue of support to the Para-powerlifting team who has continued to contribute positively to Nigeria through global para-sports. Para powerlifers and their coaches with the new buslast_img read more

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Rebranding strategy unifies Syracuse sports, proves effective 10 years later

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2015 at 12:18 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Syracuse was a school without a defined identity 10 years ago.It had upward of 20 different logos, one for each team. Its color schemes were inconsistent from jersey to jersey. The Carrier Dome, its primary home venue, though filled with a sea of people, lacked a color for its fans to distinguish it from the rest.“We wanted to have a single, systematic branding process that was simplistic in nature, yet represented our sports program across the board,” said Michael Veley, SU’s former associate athletic director for marketing.So in June of 2004, Syracuse announced its change from the Orangemen and Orangewomen to just simply, the Orange. Every team’s logo would be the S and U interlocking. Every team’s primary color would be orange — the only team in Division I with that distinction at the time.The change was a culmination of a 24-month project by SU Athletics and Nike to give Syracuse a stronger brand name. After SU renewed its contract with Nike, the company did a study of what the public’s perception of Syracuse was. They conducted focus groups and interviewed students, coaches, fans at the games and even shoppers at the Carousel Center — now known as Destiny USA.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDirector of Athletics Daryl Gross pushed the rebranding process along even more when he changed the interlocking SU to the block S logo in 2005, just months after his hire.Ten years later, it’s evident just how important an orange identity was.“The change was rooted in some history,” said Patrick Walsh, a David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics professor with a specialty in rebranding. “It wasn’t drastic where they changed the colors. It wasn’t drastic where they really changed the name … This was more of an evolutionary change as opposed to a revolutionary change.”Veley said there was some resistance to it though, which was to be expected. He added that the school didn’t try to keep the rebranding efforts a secret, but that not everyone was immediately thrilled.Former SU tennis player Katie Bramante told The Daily Orange in 2004, as a female athlete, she liked being represented as an Orangewoman, adding that the SU fans will probably always keep old-name sentiment despite the change.But others embraced the move, which was brought to many of the teams before the change was made official.“I thought maybe it’ll be bad,” former SU offensive lineman Matt Tarullo told The Daily Orange at the time. “But the more I think about it, the more I’m OK with it. It’s pretty weird, but I like the Orange. Change is good.”Former Syracuse Chancellor Kenneth “Buzz” Shaw remembers one committee proposing to him a name change from the Orangemen to the Wolfpack. Shaw, who left SU the same year that the name was changed to the Orange, said he knew of other schools, like North Carolina State, that had the same name.Sure, he thought, wolves are symbolic for being gregarious and working together, but it wasn’t original and it didn’t represent the school.“You can mess with logos and things like that but the important thing is to stay important to what your making is,” Shaw said. “To me the Orange had been there a long time, and that pretty much told a lot about the university.”Veley said, though, that the change to the Orange was almost necessary. The different trademarks and lack of uniformity made it almost inevitable. But SU’s rebranding didn’t stop there.Gross changed the interlocking SU emblem to the block S logo. Over the years, several of the jerseys have evolved and modernized. The catchphrase for SU has since become “New York’s College Team.”Just over a decade since the change, the project has succeeded in what it set out to accomplish.Every once in a while Veley will hear someone refer to Syracuse as the Orangemen. He’s not naive to the fact that the Orangemen was a brand that everyone identified with. And like any brand, he said, it takes decades to fully phase out.But when he goes to the Dome now for every basketball, football and lacrosse game as the public address announcer and sees the hordes of fans donning the school’s bright orange color, he knows that the change, now 10 years later, was a smart one.“You’ll go through phases and you just want to remain consistent, and you want to keep the history and the tradition of the program in the forefront,” Veley said. “I think that’s the key.” Commentslast_img read more

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Wenger to Experiment with ‘Experienced Team’ against BATE

first_imgThe Gunners have managed to qualify without using a number of regular first-team players in European games.Olivier Giroud, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have not started a Premier League match between them in 2017-18, but have played in Europa League ties.“I have many players available who need competition,” said Wenger.Asked how winning the group would affect his team selection for Thursday’s home match, Wenger replied: “Not too much.“Next week we go into a week with three games and so some players need competition, some experienced players. We’ll play quite an experienced team.”While Arsenal has already secured a place in the last 32, Belarusian side Bate Borisov is one of three teams aiming to finish second in the group to also advance.Borisov, beaten 4-2 at home by Arsenal in September, is bottom, but only a point behind Red Star Belgrade and Cologne, who meet in Serbia in Thursday’s other match in Group H.Wilshere has had numerous injury problems during his Arsenal career and has not started a Premier League match for the Gunners since the last match of the 2015-16 season.He spent the last campaign on loan at Bournemouth in an attempt to get regular match action but has only played 65 minutes of Premier League football this season.On Tuesday, Wilshere posted a picture on Twitter of him ice skating with his family, but Wenger has warned the 25-year-old England midfielder to be careful.“It is not ideal for your balance, the way you fall down, for a footballer it’s not great,” said the Frenchman.“You can do ice skating by bringing your child on and just making sure nothing happens to him, or (you can do) ice skating violently. I don’t think he did that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram EUROPAArsenal boss Arsene Wenger will this evening play “quite an experienced team” against Bate Borisov, despite his side having already won Europa League Group H.last_img read more

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March Madness live bracket: Full schedule, scores, how to watch 2019 NCAA Tournament games

first_imgThe thrill of victory…: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. …And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw: In the East, Duke could get an entertaining showdown with Michigan State in the Elite Eight. In the West, Gonzaga figures to be pushed hard by Florida State. In the South, a murderer’s row of talented teams that includes Virginia, Purdue and Tennessee, should produce memorable games. In the Midwest, bluebloods North Carolina and Kentucky are seemingly on a collision course.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV scheduleHere’s everything to know about watching March Madness, including a full schedule plus how to watch games live on TV and stream online.You can also follow Sporting News’ live blog for Day 1 scores and updates from the first round of the tournament.A Twitter List by JordanHeckFF March Madness live bracket: How to watch, streamThe NCAA Tournament will be broadcast across several stations, including truTV, CBS, TNT and TBS. TruTV will broadcast the First Four (March 19-20). CBS, truTV, TNT and TBS will all broadcast portions of the first- and second-round games from March 21-24. From there, the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight (March 28-31) will be covered exclusively by CBS and TBS. CBS hold broadcast rights for the Final Four (April 6) and national championship game (April 8).MORE: How to watch, stream every NCAA Tournament game onlineThe primary outlet for live-streaming 2019 NCAA Tournament games is March Madness Live, the NCAA’s digital platform available on desktop and by downloading the mobile app. You can also stream games live by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson are CBS’s lead broadcast team and will call the Final Four national semifinals and championship game. Download a printable NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) above.2019 NCAA Tournament schedule, scoresFirst FourTuesday, March 19MatchupTimeTVFairleigh Dickinson 82, Prairie View A&M 766:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVBelmont 81, Temple 709:10 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVWednesday, March 20MatchupTimeTVNorth Dakota State 78, N.C. Central 746:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVArizona State 74, St. John’s 659:10 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVFirst roundThursday, March 21MatchupTimeTV(10) Minnesota 86, (7) Louisville 7612:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) LSU 79, (14) Yale 7412:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(5) Auburn 78, (12) New Mexico State 771:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(4) Florida State 76, (13) Vermont 692 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(2) Michigan State 76, (15) Bradley 652:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(6) Maryland 79, (11) Belmont 773 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(4) Kansas 87, (13) Northeastern 533:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(12) Murray State 83, (5) Marquette 644:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(10) Florida 70, (7) Nevada 616:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(2) Kentucky 79, (15) Abelene Christian 447:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(6) Villanova 61, (11) Saint Mary’s 577:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(1) Gonzaga 87, (16) Fairleigh Dickinson 497:27 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(2) Michigan 74, (15) Montana 559:15 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(7) Wofford 84, (10) Seton Hall 689:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Purdue 61, (14) Old Dominion 489:45 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(9) Baylor 78, (8) Syracuse 699:55 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVFriday, March 22MatchupTimeTV(10) Iowa 79, (7) Cincinnati 7212:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(9) Oklahoma 95, (8) Ole Miss 7212:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(3) Texas Tech 72, (14) Northern Kentucky 571:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(13) UC Irvine 70, (4) Kansas State 642:00 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(2) Tennessee 77, (15) Colgate 702:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(1) Virginia 71, (16) Gardner-Webb 563 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(6) Buffalo 91, (11) Arizona State 743:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(12) Oregon 72, (5) Wisconsin 544:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(9) Washington 78, (8) Utah State 616:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(1) Duke 85, (16) North Dakota State 627:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Houston 84, (14) Georgia State 557:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(12) Liberty 80, (5) Mississippi State 767:27 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(1) North Carolina 88, (16) Iona 739:15 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(9) UCF 73, (8) VCU 589:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(11) Ohio State 62, (6) Iowa State 599:45 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(4) Virginia Tech 66, (13) Saint Louis 529:55 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVSecond roundSaturday, March 23MatchupTimeTV(3) LSU 69, (6) Maryland 6712:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(2) Kentucky 62, (7) Wofford 562:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(2) Michigan 64, (10) Florida 495:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(4) Florida State 90, (12) Murray State 626:10 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(1) Gonzaga 83, (9) Baylor 717:10 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(2) Michigan State 70, (10) Minnesota 507:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Purdue 87, (6) Villanova 618:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(5) Auburn 89, (4) Kansas 759:30 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTVSunday, March 24MatchupTimeTV(2) Tennessee 83, (10) Iowa 7712:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(1) North Carolina 81, (9) Washington 592:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(1) Duke 77, (9) UCF 765:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Texas Tech 78, (6) Buffalo 586:10 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(4) Virginia Tech 67, (12) Liberty 587:10 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(1) Virginia 63, (9) Oklahoma 517:30 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(3) Houston 74, (11) Ohio State 598:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(12) Oregon 73, (13) UC Irvine 549:30 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTVSweet 16Thursday, March 28MatchupTimeTV(1) Gonzaga 72, (4) Florida State 587:09 p.m.CBS(3) Purdue 99, (2) Tennessee 947:29 p.m.TBS(3) Texas Tech 63, (2) Michigan 449:39 p.m.CBS(1) Virginia 53, (12) Oregon 499:59 p.m.TBSFriday, March 29MatchupTimeTV(2) Michigan State 80, (3) LSU 637:09 p.m.CBS(5) Auburn 97, (1) UNC 807:15 p.m.TBS(1) Duke 75, (4) Virginia Tech 739:39 p.m.CBS(2) Kentucky 62, (3) Houston 589:59 p.m.TBSElite EightSaturday, March 30MatchupTimeTV(3) Texas Tech 75, (1) Gonzaga 696:09 p.m. ETTBS(1) Virginia 80, (3) Purdue 758:49 p.m. ETTBSSunday, March 31MatchupTimeTV(5) Auburn 77, (2) Kentucky 712:20 pm. ETCBS(2) Michigan State 68, (1) Duke 67 5:05 p.m. ETCBSFinal FourSaturday, April 6MatchupTimeTV(1) Virginia 63, (5) Auburn 626:09 p.m.CBS(3) Texas Tech 61, (2) Michigan State 518:49 p.m.CBSNational championshipMonday, April 8MatchupLocationTV(1) Virginia vs. (Texas Tech)9 p.m.CBSMarch Madness features from Sporting News’40 Minutes of Hell’ to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.How to stop Zion Williamson: Opposing coaches dish on their strategies to deal with Duke’s freshman phenom and, with some luck, beat the Blue Devils.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. More than a timeout: The 1993 NCAA Tournament is more than Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout in the national championship game against UNC. Danny and the Miracles: Recalling Kansas’ improbable 1988 title run.Chalmers’ shot still resonates: Mario Chalmers never gets tired talking about his 3-pointer against Memphis in 2008.DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage.  MARCH MADNESS LIVE: Scores, updates from Sunday’s NCAA Tournament gamesTantalizing possibilities await all four regions of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

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Women’s World Cup 2019: Coach Jill Ellis shrugs off USWNT goal celebration criticism

first_img“That night was about celebrating people,” Ellis explained. “I was most excited on the last goal we scored because that was Carli Lloyd. And I know all the history and all the background of that player to get to that moment and what that meant. So I think that’s important to put the human element in this as well. “It might seem a scoreline to you, but it’s also years and years of work and the pride I had in that moment — I didn’t know the score. I wasn’t celebrating the goal. I was celebrating Carli. I think that’s important.”Were the #USWNT disrespectful during their 13-0 win over Thailand?Here’s goal 9 of 13, and people are claiming the celebrations lacked class.Do you agree? We’ll discuss on @tsExtraTime #FIFAWWCpic.twitter.com/P84QYZoda9— Will Gavin (@WillGav) June 11, 2019The U.S. celebrated five goals from Alex Morgan, which matched a feat accomplished only by Michelle Akers for most goals made by a player in a single game. Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan and Sam Mewis also scored for the first time in a World Cup tournament as they made their debuts.  The Americans were questioned for over-celebrating as the score reached 13-0. Many criticized whether the U.S. players should have kept celebrating, calling it “disrespectful” and “embarrassing.”Ellis, however, explained her team wasn’t celebrating the goals as much as it was celebrating the players and all the hard work that went into scoring those goals on the World Cup stage. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USA vs. Chile Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standingscenter_img Coach Jill Ellis shrugged off the criticism the U.S. Women’s National Team faced for “exuberant” goal celebrations in the team’s first World Cup match against Thailand, simply calling it part of the game. “Goals are pretty hard to come by in our sport and I think the meaning behind those goals, the people behind those goals — you got to celebrate that,” Ellis told reporters Saturday. “You have to seize those moments,” Ellis said. “I have seen a lot of goals in this tournament and there have been a lot of unique celebrations, exuberant celebrations. That is part of a World Cup. It brings you to that level because it’s the pinnacle of our sport.”I think it’s great that women — not just our women, all women — get to celebrate in such an exuberant way with their own stamp as well.”The USWNT will face Chile on Sunday at noon ET (Fox) in its next game of the group stage.last_img read more

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Hartley Jewelers Appointed Official Jeweler of The Miss Washington Pageant

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Hartley Jewelers of Olympia, Washington, has been selected to be the official jeweler of the prestigious Miss Washington Pageant. To celebrate and mark the occasion, Hartley Jewelers is designing the official Miss Washington ring, which will be awarded to the pageant winner for the first time this year.“Since we started our business in 1967, we have always had a passion for community involvement. Each year we are pleased to donate a gold and diamond crown pendant designed especially for the new Miss Washington. We are thrilled to have been asked to design the official Miss Washington ring, and – needless to say – we are honored to also have been appointed the official jeweler of The Miss Washington Pageant”, says Rick Hartley, founder of Hartley Jewelers.The official Miss Washington ring is being created entirely by hand from sketch to finished piece (a process you can watch here). Several series of sketches were drawn, then narrowed down to styles that celebrate the regional Miss Washington Pageant, with a ‘W’ elegantly incorporated into the ring. The designs reflect elements of the national Miss America Pageant ring and tiara. There are three final sketches from which the winning design will be chosen during the month of May, 2012. The public can see the sketches and vote on their favorite at Hartley Jewelers’ Facebook pageor by texting “MISSWA” to 22828.Peggy Miller, Executive Director of the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization, is overseeing the design and decision-making process of the new ring. ”We have always been impressed with the craftsmanship and generosity we have encountered at Hartley Jewelers. It seemed only natural to cement this long-standing relationship by appointing Hartley Jewelers official jeweler of The Miss Washington Pageant”, she says. ”We have had a lot of fun designing the new Miss Washington ring in cooperation with the goldsmiths at Hartley’s, and we are really excited to be able to present this beautiful commemorative ring to the pageant winner for the first time this year.”The ring will be presented to the winner of this year’s Miss Washington pageant July 6th and 7th at The Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien, Washington. For more information about the ring or the Miss Washington event, please contact Peggy Miller at peggy@misswashington.org.last_img read more

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WHAT A VIEW IS IMPRESSIVE 3 ¼ LENGTH WINNER OF $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC UNDER DESORMEAUX; TRAINED BY BLACK, 5-YEAR-OLD VRONSKY GELDING GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:47.39

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2016)–With the red and white colors of California’s legendary Old English Rancho flying proudly, What a View assumed command turning for home and took Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, presented by City National Bank, by an impressive 3 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by former rider Kenny Black, the 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Vronsky got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:47.39.A restrained second to pacesetter Image of Joplin into and around the far turn, What a View made the lead well within himself a quarter mile from home and was clearly best among a field of 12 older horses bred or sired in the Golden State.“Kent knows what’s he’s doing, he’s won a few more of these than I have,” said Black, who registered his biggest win as a conditioner in the Classic. “He knows this horse. I always thought he was better when he (What a View) has one to run at.”Hammered in the late betting, What a View was off at 4-1 and paid $10.20, $4.60 and $4.00.“I had a firm hold,” said Desormeaux. “I was surprised to see him accelerate again at the quarter pole. Kenny told me in the paddock that it’s not hot air, he’s never had a horse doing doing so well. He’s had some issues, but the issues are no longer and he sure ran like it.“I was surprised. They’re not supposed to have anything left when they pull like that.”Out of the Manila mare, Oceans N Mountains, What a View was bred by Old English Rancho, Patsy and Sal Berumen and is owned by Patsy and Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust. In getting his first stakes win, What a View notched his fourth career win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $137,500, increased his earnings to $294,148.“I grew up with this,” said an emotional Mary Johnston Hilvers, whose father, Elwood “Buddy” Johnston of Old English Rancho, passed away last year. “Obviously, when we lost dad so unexpectedly and suddenly, there were questions on whether we’d be able to keep it going. My son, Johnny, has done such a fabulous job. It’s a family thing. My husband, my daughter…We really want to carry on my dad’s legacy and my grandmother’s.“We’ve got a lot of good, young horses coming up. I’m excited for my mom (Judy Johnston). I wish I would have made her come with me today.”Favored Alert Bay bobbled at the break, saved ground into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Boozer. Off at 2-1 with Martin Garcia up, Alert Bay paid $4.20 and $3.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Boozer, who showed good speed from his number 11 post position, was rank into the first turn and proved game for third money, finishing a half length in front of Poshky.   Boozer was off at 10-1 and paid $5.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.32, 46.70, 1:10.39 and 1:35.06.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. 27TH RUNNING OF DEFINING RACE FOR CAL-BREDS PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK –last_img read more

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Zidane: “We have suffered in circulation, but we have passed”

first_imgWhat feeling does the game leave?It was a complicated night. But normal. We have suffered in our ball circulation. We haven’t had a good game, but for the field, not for anything else. We are happy because in the end we move to eighths and come for that.How is Bale?He has sprained his ankle a little. I think it is not much. Tomorrow we’ll see. I could not go on.Brahim, Marcelo, James … The team has given a very high level for the Cup round it was.Very positive, but the field does not help you do what you want. We behave very well. Especially with a Second B team that makes a more direct game, we control that well. When you control the virtues of others it is good and we control the air balloons and the centers. The good thing is that with players who did not play for a long time, the level was very good, especially in intensity. How are soccer players like yours motivated to play here?We knew there was a complicated game today, against a rival in a very small field. The motivation is a Cup. It’s the Copa del Rey and we want to keep winning. At least try. We have given everything today in the field. The motivation is when you start playing and you have to win.Two goals of Brahim. Would you like him to stay? Can you have more minutes?Glad what he has done. He has given us the goal and the victory. As I always say, here are all the players and when they play they try to do it well.Possible outings in the winter market. Does something change you?No. Everyone knows their situation. I have a staff of 25 players. If there is any change we will see it until 31, but I am happy with the players I have and what they are doing.last_img read more

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WOW being extended to hinterland communities

first_imgIndigenous women will be given another opportunity to upgrade their economic standing with the introduction of the Women Of Worth (WOW) microcredit initiative to the hinterland regions.This programme has since been beneficial to coastlanders; however, it is the Ministry’s intention to ensure that women in the outlying areas have the opportunity to access loans to expand income generating projects.During an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA), Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence explained that aMinister Volda Lawrencenumber of single parent women and women’s groups in the hinterland have already submitted proposals and the Ministry is in the process of reviewing them.“… What has happened is that we have had several beneficiaries, but they are from the coastland, so we are going to move the staff into the outlying areas so that they can reach other women in those areas so that we can spread it around… they have already been to Region Nine and there are four women there who qualified for the loan and what we have to now look at are those women who applied through groups,” Minister Lawrence pointed out.This process will officially begin in September.Minister Lawrence said the loan officers will be going into the hinterland communities to engage the women on the project and work with them to ensure they are viable.The WOW Programme, which started under the previous Administration, empowers single parent women to take advantage of the economic opportunities around them, and so increase their participation in society.The sum of $40 million was allocated to the Ministry to fund this initiative, which allows the women to access loans to expand business projects.Additionally, hinterland residents who are not single parents will also have access to loans through the People Of Worth Entrepreneurial Resources Project (POWER), which is currently being rolled out.last_img read more

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Last day to voice opinion on MMA in Fort St. John

first_imgMMA is a full combat sport that combines many different martial arts, including muay thai, kickboxing, jui-jitsu, boxing and wrestling. Fighters both strike and grapple standing up and on the ground, in an octagon shaped cage. There is already a full MMA training gym in Fort St. John, but currently the city is not sanctioned to hold events.The City is looking for feedback on whether you would or would not support the creation of the Athletic Commission to bring professional fighting events to Fort St. John. It is also looking for volunteers to sit on the Commission if it is created. Provincial guidelines state there must be at least three people on the council.- Advertisement – Dawson Creek used an Athletic Commission from Prince George to bring MMA events into the city earlier this year. Those interested in expressing their opinion can write to feedbackforMMA@fortstjohn.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Clinton show stops in L.B.

first_imgThe man who might one day become First Husband, Bill Clinton, had just finished giving a speech at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach fundraising affair late Tuesday afternoon, and he had spoken about Iraq, Social Security, medical insurance, greenhouse gases, Vladimir Putin, and various other serious matters of the planet. And, as the 42nd president of the United States was making his way out of the 14th floor dining room of the law firm sponsor of the event, Keesal, Young & Logan, at the Union Bank Building, he stopped and posed for pictures with gathered guests. I shook it and immediately told Clinton, “I’m just a sportswriter.” The man who only moments earlier had been discussing the dangers of global warming and the need to help the impoverished and sick around the world suddenly turned to a slightly less important subject without any hesitation. “Who do you think is going to win the Final Four?” he asked. “Florida,” I replied. “Who do you think is going to win?” “I kind of like North Carolina, although the Tar Heels haven’t done well in recent weeks,” he responded. “I also think Kansas is a serious threat. And you have to give Ohio State and Wisconsin a chance. And I’m sure Florida could still put it all together.” “How do you know so much about college basketball?” I wondered. “Oh, I watch the games all the time late at night when I finish up writing on my latest book,” he said. “I love the sport. Eddie Sutton (one-time Arkansas coach) long has been a close buddy of mine.” We spoke a few more moments about hoops before Bill Clinton moved over to warmly embrace Foster, Batts, Shannon and the City Council representatives. There were more than 200 people, most of whom paid $1,000 for a ticket, who showed up for a function that in the past has attracted such personages as Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, Henry Kissinger, Rudy Giuliani, Gerald Ford, Bill Bradley, Robert Kennedy Jr. and General Tommy Franks. Self-deprecating Bill Clinton was present for about two and a half hours – he took individual pictures with 50 selected people beforehand for an hour and then spoke for about 45 minutes – but he was well-indemnified for his appearance, as he received $150,000 plus expenses. He displayed his famous rhetorical skills, blending self-deprecating humor with interesting observations. “I told Hillary this morning I was going to a Boys & Girls Club function, and she said to me, `I did that for you for 20 years,”‘ he said, amid laughter. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, of course, is a Democratic presidential candidate. Bill Clinton had kind remembrances of Long Beach. “I’ll always have a warm spot in my heart for Long Beach,” he said. “I remember coming here in 1996, when this became the first city in America to adopt school uniforms. When I went back to Washington, D.C., the writers all made fun of the idea. Well, now 20 percent of the schools in the country have their students wearing uniforms, and statistics have shown that there is less violence and less dropouts in these schools.” He also took notice of the resurgence of Long Beach since the Navy base was closed, which came under his watch. “I know it was a tough transition at the start, but I think Long Beach now is stronger than ever with all the shipping going on,” he said. He spoke about the differences between headlines and “trendlines.” “Those are headlines when you talk about the death of Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears cutting her hair,” he said. “But trendlines are when you talk about things that matter like health care and energy and getting people to work together from different communities.” He spoke about what we all face in the 21st century, and explained how globalization can be unequal, unstable and unsustainable, but how its pitfalls can be rectified by smart diplomacy, increased education and philanthropic gestures. He spoke about how America’s popularity soared when it gave aid to Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, after it was ravaged by the tsunami a few years ago. “Our ratings went up to 65 percent and Osama Bin Laden’s went down to 28 percent,” he said. He took a few light jabs at President George W. Bush, saying that the economy the past five years has been a boon to the corporations and to people like himself in the upper wage brackets. “But there are a lot of people in this country struggling to make it, and something has to be done about this inequality,” he said. The crowd stood and cheered when he concluded, and it was a crowd overflowing with movers and shakers of the community. L.B. representatives Naturally, Beverly O’Neill, who worked with Clinton on several projects when she was mayor, was present, and proudly showed me afterward the photos she took with Clinton. I also spotted, among others, Jim Hankla, Jim Gray, Bob Murphy, Greg Bombard, Larry Jackson, F. King Alexander, Carl Kemp, Michael Levy, Rocky Suares, John Fielder, Tom McGee and the former mayor of Los Angeles, James Hahn. Iconoclastic Pine Avenue restaurant pioneer John Morris also was there, and held the distinction of being the only male in the room who didn’t wear a coat and tie. His sartorial statement was a gray Tommy Bahama shirt. The Long Beach Boys & Girls Club president, Scott Dionne, did a terrific job as emcee, and he, the local director of the clubs, Don Rodriguez, and Nancy Gaines presented Clinton afterward with a Tiffany golf putter with his name engraved on it. “Everything turned out great,” said Don Rodriguez. “We raised a lot of money for a great cause, and Bill Clinton showed he still can entertain a crowd.” He also showed me he has a vast knowledge of college basketball. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img And, as he neared the elevators, a group consisting of the Long Beach mayor, Bob Foster, the chief of police, Anthony Batts, the city attorney, Bob Shannon, and City Council members Bonnie Lowenthal, Suja Lowenthal, Gary DeLong, Patrick O’Donnell, Gerrie Schipske, Tonia Reyes Uranga, Rae Gabelich and Val Lerch waited anxiously to shake hands with Clinton and have a photograph taken with him. “These are our city leaders,” said Skip Keesal, whereupon William Jefferson Clinton, gray hair perfectly coiffed, stylishly attired in a dark blue suit, blue shirt, pink tie, that trademark impish smile fixed to a tanned face leaner than his White House days, walked directly toward me with his right hand extended as I stood near Foster observing the scene. last_img
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Runoff elections will cost LAUSD, LACCD $8 million

first_imgA May15 runoff election for two seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District board and one seat on the Los Angeles Community College District board will cost the two districts $8million total. The districts have to reimburse the city for the election. For retired sheriff’s Deputy Roy Burns, who forced LACCD board member Georgia Mercer into a runoff, the cost of the election has raised personal questions. Burns, of Reseda, was one of four Republican challengers who ran against what they called the board’s mishandling of bond measures voters passed in 2001 and 2003. Mercer said she is more frustrated about the cost of heading into another election than she is about the three challengers who want her seat. “This election process has really been frustrating for me because I have a lot of experience and I really care,” Mercer said Wednesday. “I just happened to be the unlucky one that got a number of challengers who qualified to be on the ballot, who have never been to a board meeting. But that’s a democracy.” Also facing off on the May ballot are school board member Jon Lauritzen and challenger Tamar Galatzan, who had Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s political and financial backing for the District3 seat. And Richard Vladovic, who won 46percent of the vote in District7, and will face a runoff with Neal Kleiner, who received 32percent. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The $2 billion in bond money is for construction and upgrading costs at the nine college campuses. But critics said board members have wasted time and money. Board members argue that high construction costs and bureaucratic red tape at the state level are to blame for any delays. “One of my goals is to save taxpayers money,” Burns said Wednesday. “I do believe there’s some changes necessary on that board, but I have to evaluate if (the upcoming election) is counterproductive to my goals.” Incumbent Mercer received 46percent of the vote and Burns garnered 32percent, while Mercer’s other challengers, Mike Rives and Tarzana engineer Hanna Hajjar, received 11percent and 10percent, respectively. Three other incumbents, Mona Field, Warren Furutani and Sylvia Scott-Hayes, each secured solid wins, capturing at least 65percent of the votes cast in their respective districts. Each was elected in 1999. last_img read more

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Teams will FEAR Manchester United again this season, says Dwight Yorke

first_imgDwight Yorke says Jose Mourinho has brought the fear factor back to Manchester United.United have failed to win the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 and have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in their past three seasons.But Yorke believes they are well set to be a dominant force again under Mourinho, who replaced Louis van Gaal in May.The Portuguese has added Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly to his squad since his appointment, while a world record deal for Paul Pogba is imminent, and Yorke believes the squad now has the character and ability to enjoy huge success.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former United favourite said: “After three years without winning the Premier League, the manager has come in and recognised where they needed to strengthen.“Teams have turned up in the last few seasons and thought they can overturn United. I don’t think that will be the case now.“We have got presence and character within the dressing room now and we have got big personality.“It is something United always had within their ranks but it seemed to go away for the last couple of seasons. This year, teams will look and fear Man United.”Yorke is excited by the impending arrival of Pogba at United.The midfielder, who left Old Trafford for just £800,000 in 2012, is returning to the club in a record £100m deal.The transfer fee has raised eyebrows around the world, but Yorke believes it is a great signing for United and a huge statement of intent.“What he is bringing to the team is what we have been lacking – that firepower in midfield and that presence that has so been part of United’s make up for a number of years,” he said.“We have got someone with a bit of aggressiveness, who can score goals and can be a real threat. He is in the [Patrick] Vieira mould.  “He understands the United way as well. He has gone away from the club and is coming back a better player.“What United are doing is sending out a clear message in terms of the status of the club, where we are and who we are, and what we represent around the world.“That is for everybody to look up to, including the big boys in Madrid. They have been the big spenders over the years in terms of breaking the record and United have eclipsed that. That is wonderful to see.”last_img read more

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