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Original Woodstock Promoter Hints At ‘Definite Plans’ For Festival’s 50th Anniversary

first_imgThis coming summer will mark the 50th anniversary of arguably the most well-known music festival in American pop culture history, Woodstock. The original three-day event took place in Bethel, New York back on August 15th-18th, 1969, when hundreds of thousands of music fans and adventurous souls of the counterculture generation made history by raising the bar for live entertainment and societal harmony.Rock nostalgia has become quite bankable amongst younger music fans in recent years, so it only makes sense that the original promoters of the famous festival have been making plans for a 50th-anniversary celebration. According to one of Woodstock’s co-founders, Michael Lang, those plans are a lot closer to becoming reality than most fans and ageing hippies might have imagined.According to a new interview with regional media outlet Poughkeepsie Journal, Lang and his associates have “definite plans” to host an event of sorts for the anniversary, although he didn’t go into any detail as to who could be involved and when/where exactly it would take place. Considering the huge popularity of music festivals and lifestyle events amongst today’s youth, Lang is surely hoping to cash in on what is definitely a great opportunity to reach a new generation of fans who are quick to open their wallets for a ticket—especially if older, legacy acts are on the bill.While Lang sounded quite optimistic and confident in the interview, he also went on to admit that an anniversary event “is not a done deal yet,” but assured the outlet that plans are “very close” to being finalized. Any event that does come into fruition however, will be focused around themes of sustainability, activism and social justice, according to Lang, something from which our modern society could surely benefit.Artists and Fans at Woodstock – August 1969[Video: uraass2utube]The news comes almost a year after it was initially reported that the state had granted the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (including the original Woodstock grounds) with a grant of $689,063 courtesy of New York’s Regional Economic Development Council. The money was earmarked to be used for on-site improvements and to keep the historical site up to working maintenance for smaller concerts and music-loving tourists in addition to possible large-scale concert events. The grant could also be the state’s way of ensuring that organizers like Lang don’t stage another disaster like Woodstock ’99. The recent report also pointed out that Lang is not officially affiliated with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, so any potential event from Lang and his camp may be separate from whatever celebrations the venue itself has planned.It’s also worth noting that the official Woodstock social media accounts updated their imaging to the 50th anniversary theme earlier this week. A Facebook event hosted by the Hudson Valley for what appears to be the official event home for a 50th anniversary concert was also launched this week. The event’s “About” section clearly states, “The 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music and art festival is happening in 2019! Celebrate the landmark anniversary of the cultural touchstone. Woodstock’s 50th anniversary is set to feature live performances from renowned artists spanning multiple genres and decades.”Several of the original artists who played Woodstock in 1969 are not only still alive, but also still active and could conceivably make an appearance at the 50th anniversary. That list includes Joan Baez, Santana, surviving members of The Who and Grateful Dead (who play their old catalogs of hits and tour annually), Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ten Years After and Country Joe McDonald, just to name a few.[H/T Stereogum]last_img read more

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Our “Do Anything” Jacket – TX Light by La Sportiva

first_imgWhen your entire life is confined between four wheels, space is a precious commodity. Everything we haul down the rutted dirt roads has a purpose, which is balanced against its weight and size. Sometimes we argue about the purpose/weight/size spectrum, usually about the extra pillows (that we don’t need) or the five packs of cookies (that we do need). When something can fill multiple roles and take up very little space, it is held in extremely high #vanlife regard. Let us please introduce you to the TX Light Jacket from La Sportiva, worth its weight/space/purpose balance and then some.We’ve been using this lightweight, technical, soft shell for just over three months. It was purpose-built by La Sportiva for climbing in alpine terrain, little did they know (or maybe they did) it’s one of the best ‘every terrain’ jackets we own. It’s constructed from pill resistant, quick-drying fabric, with durable Cordura reinforcements in high abrasion areas (think shoulders) making this jacket a seriously tough cookie.Just like we weigh purpose, weight, and size for items in our van, we have a similar system for outdoor apparel. In fact, it’s the exact same system except you add in breathability and waterproofing. The TX Light Jacket has an aptly descriptive name, coming in at a feather-like 12.8 ounces (men’s, 10.8 ounces for women’s), you barely remember you’re wearing it. The thought, “Am I naked?” MIGHT cross your mind while you’re high up on the crag. I assure you, you probably aren’t. You’re just wearing a lightweight, moisture-wicking (it ships with durable water repellant coating), quick-drying soft shell. It also has a helmet compatible hood and an elastic-bound hem around the waist and sleeves so it stays in place during those hard to reach dynos. Or during those spontaneous late night dance parties that always happen when you’re camping in the far reaches of BLM land.Speaking of dance parties, we like to call this jacket our ‘do-anything’ jacket. We’ve used it while rock climbing sharp crags in Western Maryland, section hiking the Appalachian Trail, kayaking in the swamps of South Carolina, and for its intended use, the high alpine terrain of Colorado’s Sawatch range. While visiting family in Arlington, Va., we decided to bike into Washington D.C. to tour the monuments. We woke up to a soggy spring morning complimented by high winds and heavy cloud cover. We both tossed on our TX Light Jackets and cruised down Monument Row. Recently while searching for a place to camp on the western slope of the Sangre De Cristo range in Colorado, we discovered an evil that knows no bounds. Hordes of mosquitoes like we’ve never experienced before were standing between us and a beautiful hike. We threw on some baggy pants and our TX Light jackets and hit the trail. We stayed cool in the afternoon heat and didn’t return covered in bites.If you’ve ever spent time in alpine terrain you understand the struggle of dressing appropriately. On a recent loop trek up Browns Creek and back Little Browns Creek in the San Isabel National Forest and Colorado’s Sawatch Range, we found ourselves above treeline for over 8 hours. When the trees disappear, exposure is your number one concern. In the span of a couple hour, we saw temperatures above 90, giving way to high winds, that eventually blew in Dippin’ Dots for dessert. We were already wearing our TX Light to minimize exposure to the two-mile-closer Colorado sun. As the temps dropped and the snow started falling, we stayed warm and were able to keep moving without worrying about the changing weather. “Do anything” jacket to the rescue! As we approached 13,500 ft on Mount Antero (Colorado’s 10th highest peak), snow threatened to turn us around.  We opted to scramble up the ridge line instead of risking the slippery snow that was covering the highest portion of the trail. The super durable Cordura fabric held up against the tough granite as we scraped our way to the top.Whether you’re going for an evening run in the park, or packing for an all-day mountain bike ride, we recommend the TX Light Jacket. It is ideal for anytime you are outside and need a tough, lightweight jacket that will block wind and keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Can I go as far to say we use this to lounge inside too? If you aren’t convinced, here’s the kicker– La Sportiva holds true to their commitment to sustainability and uses only bluesign® approved fabric in the construction of this jacket. Look it up, and never go back.Making a van your home has a few perks.  We have been lucky enough to see the seasons change from the Blue Ridge Mountains all the way to the Colorado Rockies. With all that ground covered, we have learned some important things about being outside, one being that weather can be confusing. The TX Light keeps you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool, all the while being built to withstand the most demanding use in the most unpredictable conditions.Check out La Sportiva for any of the apparel or shoes you see in this article.last_img read more

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Talking ‘Smart Power’ With Admiral Stavridis

first_img The tools are: first, international and multi-national approaches; second, interagency approaches built upon the “three Ds“– defense, diplomacy and development; and third, public-private cooperation. If we do those three things and we use strategic communications effectively, we will be building the much needed new bridges. Now, though there will be times when we need to use hard power – because soft power with no hard power in reserve is no power at all – but smart power is the best approach to achieve desired outcomes. With one-liners like, “We are excellent at launching Tomahawk missiles; we need to get better at launching ideas,” it is not hard to appreciate why The New York Times labeled recently retired Admiral James Stavridis a “Renaissance admiral.” The former Aircraft Carrier Group Commander, author and overlord of all NATO missions, including the 2011 NATO-led operation in Libya, champions a revolutionary approach to the most vexing conflicts of our day. By Dialogo July 31, 2013 Can you give an example of where and when this has worked? Stavridis has challenged the stagnant military culture and pushed for the transformation of organizations like U.S. Southern Command from an old school military planning citadel to an agile organization better able to “plug ‘n play” with non-traditional partners. The admiral believes the U.S. can help partners to end conflict quickly, reconstruct and then develop through the application of “smart power”: the effective combination of soft power (diplomacy and development) and hard power (military might). Do you believe there needs to be a de-emphasis on the kinetic dimension of counter-terrorism and a focus on ameliorating vexing and deep-rooted problems in fragile states? There are technical tools that can be used, including the polling of populations, traditional media and social networks monitoring, and the professional judgment of trained professionals on our in-country teams. With these tools, you can fairly effectively determine how well our approach is working. In addition, there are simply “outcomes.” Take Colombia, for example. I don’t think anyone would look at Colombia today and say that it is failing. This positive outcome is an example of the effective application of smart power – it is succeeding. In the 21st century, we can’t create security by building walls. In the 20th century, we built a lot of walls – we endlessly tried to build walls between us and people we perceived, correctly or incorrectly, as our enemies. In the 21st century, because of the advent of networks, the free movement of goods and people across the globe, we need to build security by building bridges instead of building walls. Smart power is the short hand for a collection of tools that allow us to do that. Stavridis recently retired from military service after a 37-year career. He now serves as Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and as the chairman of the board of the U.S. Naval Institute. We recently discussed his thoughts on 21st century “smart power” and counter-terrorism. The following are highlights from the interview: Colombia 10 to 15 years ago was a lot like Afghanistan is today, but through the application of smart power, today we have productive negotiations ongoing between the main Colombian rebel faction, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the government of Colombia. A second example is the Balkans. In the 1990s, tens of thousands of people were killed due to ethnic hatreds, and a million people were pushed across borders, becoming refugees. Through the application of smart power, and some measure of hard power, we were able to stabilize the situation and bring peace to the region. What are the principal tools of smart power? As the former Commander of both U.S. Southern Command and U.S. European Command, you placed heavy emphasis on smart power approaches. Why? How do you measure the success of this approach? I think you have to do both. In any insurgency there will be people who are irreconcilable and who pose a clear and present threat to the U.S. and our allies. Those people have to be dealt with using hard power, but I think that the broader effort in counter-terrorism needs to be addressed with smart power approaches in order to adequately deal with grievances like unemployment, lack of health care and entrenched hatreds. You can’t kill your way to success in a counter insurgency effort. You have to protect the people, get the civil military balance right, train the locals, and practice effective strategic communications. Mr. James Stravidis is totally right, for countries to avoid conflicts it’s not necessary to make war, all they need is to use intelligent power, defense, diplomacy, and development, these are the key tools for a country’s stabilitylast_img read more

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New tender from the Rural Development Program and for tourist and recreational infrastructure

first_imgAgencija za plaćanja u poljoprivredi, ribarstvu i ruralnom razvoju objavila je 12. lipnja 2018. godine novi natječaj za operaciju 7.4.1. iz Programa ruralnog razvoja Republike Hrvatske za razdoblje 2014.-2020.Eligible projects in accordance with the provisions of the tender are also projects related to tourist and recreational infrastructure such as: social home / cultural center, mountain lodge and shelter, tourist information center, children’s playgrounds, sports buildings, facilities for freshwater sport fishing, recreational areas on rivers and lakes, bike paths, theme roads and parks as well as public green areas etc.The financial support is intended for municipalities and cities to improve living conditions, improve the quality of life of the population in rural areas through the improvement of basic social, communal and tourist infrastructure in these areas.Applications for the new tender for the operation 7.4.1. will be received from August 2 to September 14, 2018, and all information is available here.last_img read more

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A large decline in the number of trips of foreign ships for cruises on the Croatian Adriatic

first_imgSource: CBS In the first eight months of 2020, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 95,5% and the number of days spent by ships on the Croatian Adriatic by 91,1% compared to the same period in 2019. The number of passengers on these ships compared to the same period In 2019, it is lower by 99,5%. In the period from January to August 2020, 9 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 21 cruises. There were 3 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 983 days. In the first eight months of 2020, 21 cruises of foreign ships were realized Measures introduced to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a direct impact on reducing the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports.center_img In the period from January to August 2020, the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports decreased by 84,5% compared to the same period in 2019, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Out of a total of 21 round trips, 81,0% of trips were realized in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, while the remaining 19,0% of trips were realized in Istria County. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

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Michael Owen makes predictions for Man Utd, Arsenal & Spurs vs Chelsea

first_img‘It will be fascinating to see if either club appoint a new manager before the weekend with Carlo Ancelotti reported to be Everton’s preferred choice and former Everton and Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, seemingly, in pole position to take over at the Emirates.’Manchester United booked their spot in the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Colchester on Wednesday night, and Owen thinks they will follow up that win against Watford.‘Watford had their opportunities at Anfield last weekend, but they have picked up just nine points from their opening 17 league games so far this term,’ said Owen.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘In the history of the Premier League just nine teams have picked up nine, or fewer, points at this corresponding stage of the season. All have been relegated.‘Manchester United failed to build on their brilliant performance at the Etihad when they struggled to break down Everton back at Old Trafford last weekend, but I expect them to have too much quality at Vicarage Road for Nigel Pearson’s side.’United’s Carabao Cup semi-final opponents Manchester City welcome second-placed Leicester City to the Etihad – a match Owen expects Pep Guardiola’s team to triumph in. Comment Mourinho will hope to celebrate victory (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘It is worth noting, however, that Lampard’s Derby County won a League Cup tie at Old Trafford on penalties last September when Mourinho was manager of Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Chelsea have lost four of their last five in the league while Spurs have won three of their last four and I think it will be the hosts who take maximum points from what promises to be an entertaining game between these two great rivals.’Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal were handily beaten by Manchester City last weekend and Owen expects further pain to be inflicted on the Gunners, whether or not Mikel Arteta is in charge.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Arsenal only had one shot on target against Manchester City at the Emirates on Sunday, and that was in the opening minute of the game,’ he added.‘The Gunners cannot play as badly at Goodison in Saturday’s early kick-off although I think Everton will edge a game between two clubs who, at the time of writing, are both looking for a new permanent manager.‘The Blues have picked up four points in two games under caretaker Duncan Ferguson and, although they are struggling with injuries, I expect them to win back-to-back home league games. Guardiola is hoping to pick up three points (Picture: Getty Images)He said: ‘Leicester’s eight-game winning league run came to a halt against Norwich at the King Power on Saturday, and I think the champions will follow up their impressive win at Arsenal on Sunday when third entertain second at the Etihad.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Kevin de Bruyne’s display at the Emirates was world class – irrespective of the current form and confidence of the opposition – and his continued fitness will be paramount for Pep Guardiola’s side as they chase silverware on four fronts in the second half of the season.’He expects Aston Villa, Burnley and Wolves to be among the other winners this weekend.Who will win between Spurs and Chelsea?Spurs0%Chelsea0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Mikel Arteta has a plan for Freddie Ljungberg once he is confirmed as Arsenal’s new managerMORE: Manchester United chiefs send message to Paul Pogba over January transfer Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Dec 2019 10:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Owen gave his predictions (Picture: Getty Images)Michael Owen has backed Jose Mourinho to secure a win against former club Chelsea when Tottenham Hotspur welcome their London rivals, while he’s expecting more misery to be heaped on Arsenal as they head to Everton but he thinks Manchester United will pick up three points away at Watford.Mourinho’s Spurs can move above Chelsea into the fourth and final Champions League spot with victory, and Owen thinks that’s how it will pan out.‘The last Premier League game before Christmas is a cracking London derby with Frank Lampard going head-to-head with his former manager Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge for the first time,’ he told Bet Victor.center_img Michael Owen’s weekend predictions Everton vs Arsenal: Everton winAston Villa vs Southampton: Villa winBournemouth vs Burnley: Burnley winBrighton vs Sheffield United: DrawNewcastle vs Crystal Palace: DrawNorwich vs Wolves: Wolves winMan City vs Leicester: Man City winWatford vs Manchester United: United winSpurs vs Chelsea: Spurs win Michael Owen makes predictions for Man Utd, Arsenal & Spurs vs Chelsea Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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City meets suburbia in the eastern suburbs

first_imgAn easterly orientation ensure the home catches plenty of natural light.“We spend the most amount of time out on the deck. It’s a really good size, close to the kitchen. Once the afternoon sun comes in — especially with winter at the moment — all afternoon we’re pretty much sitting out there,” Ms Green said. 440 Bennetts Road, Norman Park Brisbane is in a quiet and convenient location.Ms Green wasn’t afraid of a little hard work either. She said a previous owner’s renovation attempt was short of the mark.“It looked like they’d done a renovation in the 1990s just from the colours and some of the design choices and they hadn’t maintained it,” she said.The next owner will get to enjoy Ms Green’s handiwork with a stylish kitchen and bathroom, new paint job, polished timber floors and high-end fittings. The hard work has been done.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago Kirra Green is auctioning her home in Norman Park. Photo: Annette DewWHEN Kirra Green looked for a new home in 2015, location was top of her list.“I want something that felt like I could be in the city in a few minutes, but also something that felt a little bit suburban, peaceful and quiet as well.”She found it at 440 Bennetts Rd, Norman Park — a three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage on a 407sq m block in one of Brisbane’s most desirable eastern suburbs.center_img The owner’s tasteful approach should ensure plenty of auction interest.“Down the track there’s the option to raise it too — it’s all concreted underneath — it’s got side access as well and there’s room for a pool,” Ms Green said.Ms Green and her partner have enjoyed spending time in rooms with great natural light and orientation.“I really do like the lounge room that has the sunroom come off it.“We get really great morning light because we’re east facing. Right now the front bedroom and the sunroom are all lit up — it’s really bright and it’s a good start to the morning,” she said. The back deck the perfect spot for seeing out the afternoon.She said the location had been perfect with convenient access to community facilities such as Balmoral Park and the Oxford Street cafe strip.“That whole precinct was a real surprise with everything that’s there,” Ms Green said.“I was talking to my mum on the phone and I was walking after work down to the park and mum was like, ‘What are you doing walking at night?’ and I said, ‘Mum, there are hundreds of people out. It’s summer. It’s still 27 degrees and everybody’s outside walking with their kids and dogs.’ It’s just a really nice community that was a real surprise.”“We are going to miss this area,” she said.The home will be auctioned on site Sat 5th August at 10:00am by Place Bulimba.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter on @kieranclairlast_img read more

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Real Madrid set to lose huge sum with football behind closed doors

first_img As outlined by Diario Sport, Madrid’s annual budget is around the €800m mark which means that this represents one fifth of their entire budget being lost. The report goes on to say that Los Blancos will subsequently need to reduce their outgoings even moreso than they had originally planned. Zinedine Zidane’s squad will have 37 players in their first-team squad on their books for the 2020/21 campaign once players have returned from loan spells and that is before any new signings are added.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Messi reveals his top five best players in world football It is said that James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale top the list of players whom the club are desperate to sell this summer due to their high wage packets and not being involved in the planning of Zidane. The economic situation is likely to impact on any planned incomings at Madrid this summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew About8 Little-Known Facts About Ancient Egypt That Will Puzzle YouThe Best Cars Of All Time Real Madrid are set to lose €160m with football being staged behind closed doors – a figure that represent 20 percent of the club’s revenue streams.last_img read more

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Franklin Co. now has 20 COVID-19 cases

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – Franklin County health officials announced 11 new confirmed positive coronavirus cases Thursday which brings the total to 20. “All eleven new cases are adults. No further information about the patients will be released due to privacy laws,” the press release stated.Officials said they expect an increase in positive cases as the results of tests conducted last week to week and a half get reported to the Health Department.Citizens are urged to stay at home as much as possible. Follow the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Franklin County Health Department on Facebook for the latest updates.last_img read more

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Mancini eyes winning run

first_img They cut the gap to leaders Manchester United to 12 points as Carlos Tevez scored the only goal against Aston Villa on Monday night but Mancini knows his side face an uphill battle to reel in Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. The Italian said: “It is difficult because we have 30 points to play for and we need to try to win. At the end, we will see what happens. In football everything can happen right up to the last second. We probably need to win all 10 matches that are left. We need to win all the matches.” He added: “If they (United) lose three or four or five games…..it is difficult because they are too strong for this. “When you have to win always, it is difficult to win every game. But last year we did this. Why can’t we do it this year?” Villa remain in the bottom three and manager Paul Lambert admitted a mistake by defender Ciaran Clark proved crucial in the build-up to Tevez’s decider. Lambert said: “I thought we were well in the game. The goal is a mistake. I wouldn’t have minded if someone had put one in the top corner with a bit of skill. “But it’s a mistake by us. It is easy to be critical of Ciaran. The lad has been excellent all season. He will learn from it, he won’t make the same mistake again.” Midfielder Fabian Delph will be suspended for the next two games against Reading and QPR after collecting his 10th booking of the season for handball. Lambert said: “He’s playing extremely well, really well. You are pressing forward, to try and get a goal back and things like that happen.” Boss Roberto Mancini admits Manchester City probably have to win their 10 remaining games if they are to have any chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sexton injured in Wallabies romp

first_img Press Association The distraught Racing Metro fly-half buried his face in his hands as he left the Aviva Stadium field at half-time. Livewire Australia fulcrum Quade Cooper claimed a try to pass 100 international points, Michael Hooper grabbing a brace and Nick Cummins completing the scoring. New head coach Joe Schmidt spent all week telling his players just how foolish it would be to kick away cheap ball to the Wallabies. So he would have been spitting feathers when Tommy Bowe cleared loosely from his own 22 and straight into gleeful Australian clutches. Cooper’s whipped pass sent Folau to the line, Australia worked the ball back left and Fardy’s back-handed offload ripped Ireland apart. Openside Hooper was left with a clear run home for his first international score. Ireland rallied immediately, Fitzgerald’s flat mis-pass sending McFadden into the Australia 22. Peter O’Mahony knocked on after sustained phase play, but then Ireland won a free kick at the scrum. Heaslip’s number-eight break brought two tight sneaks towards the line, before Reddan failed to deliver the killer pass. After all the pressure, Sexton had to settle for a penalty. McFadden’s searing break yielded another penalty that Sexton knocked over with Hooper sent to the sin-bin. Another fluent Irish attack brought Sexton’s fourth penalty of the night, closing an engaging half missing only a home try. Leinster’s Ian Madigan replaced Sexton at half-time, with the Racing Metro fly-half suffering that potential hamstring problem. Another flat Cooper pass sent Cummins into the left corner from Australia’s bright start, but Bowe did just enough to deny him his second try. English Television Match Official Geoff Warren reviewed the play, and rightly ruled a knock-on. Australia turned Ireland over at the scrum though, and Cooper struck all too easily from the set-piece. The wily outside-half claimed his seventh Australia try, ghosting between Madigan and Luke Marshall’s wafer-thin resistance. Cooper landed his second penalty after Rob Kearney’s uncharacteristic high-ball spill. Ireland’s scrum power then brought a penalty, that Madigan duly converted. Ireland punted a kickable penalty to the corner to launch the final quarter, only to knock on at the line-out when Australia sacked their maul at source. The Wallabies took that cue to wrestle back control and quickly scored through a line-out drive of their own. Flanker Hooper rose from the pile of bodies with the ball, to confirm his second try of the night. Tevita Kuridrani was then sent off for a dangerous tackle on flanker O’Mahony. The Australia centre flipped the Munster back-rower and planted him on his head, and can have no complaints with the decision ruled by TMO Warren. Replacement Conor Murray thought he had scored from a penalty snipe, but referee Chris Pollock brought back the play, refusing to allow the quick tap. O’Driscoll, Marshall and Jack McGrath dragged Ireland close again, and Sean Cronin powered over. The replacement hooker was denied his first Ireland try though, with the TMO chalking it off due to a Murray knock-on in the build-up. Two games in the honeymoon period is well and truly over on the Schmidt era, while Ireland produced several promising sections, the visitors more than merited victory. Jonathan Sexton limped out of Ireland’s frustrating four-try, 32-15 defeat to Australia, suffering a hamstring injury scare. Despite crossing the line twice, Joe Schmidt’s Ireland were unable to conjure a try and will be furious with the defensive lapses that led to Hooper’s first score, and Cooper’s soft finish. Cooper opened the scoring with a ninth-minute penalty, before Sexton levelled from the tee after a strong Ireland rolling maul. Queensland Reds fly-half Cooper then fluffed a straightforward penalty, but the Wallabies struck quickly. Australia’s most-capped hooker Stephen Moore revealed in the week how he could have ended up representing Ireland. The 87-cap front-rower rejected Irish Rugby Football Union advances as a 19-year-old, stemming from his Irish parents. Not even a stint living in Ireland as a toddler before moving to Australia could convince him to consider representing his parents’ homeland. How Schmidt and Ireland would have happily had him in green when he bisected their midfield, before producing a scoring pass even Brian O’Driscoll himself would have savoured. Cummins received Moore’s pass, cut in off his left wing and outfoxed the remaining cover to notch his third Wallabies try. last_img read more

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MultiChoice Brings Premier League Trophy to NigeriaÂ

first_imgThe General Manager Sales and Marketing, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, said,“One of MultiChoice’s key priorities is to always find interesting ways to please our subscribers. The Premier League is the world’s most watched sporting league with each season being an exciting time every year. There is no better way to celebrate the season than to give football lovers an opportunity to get up close with the coveted trophy. This shows yet again that DStv and GOtv remain the number one destination for world class football content available week in week out to millions of fans showing on SuperSport.”The arrival of the trophy will add to the excitement and thrill already being experienced by fans of the current football season. Fans and subscribers can catch every Premier League game live on SuperSport, with Nigerian fans watching even more matches than the UK where the matches take place.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram From October 26 to 29, MultiChoice will take the famous Premier League winner’s trophy on a tour across select locations in Lagos, including a public viewing event where fans will have access to the trophy on the 28th.The Premier League trophy visits different countries every year, where the league is significantly followed, and Nigeria ranks highly amongst countries like India, Japan and South East Asia where the league enjoys immense support and following. The trophy will be visiting Nigeria for the second time after a first visit in 2011, also courtesy MultiChoice.Fans and followers of the Premier League will have the opportunity of living the dream of their football heroes when the trophy arrives Lagos later in October. This presents a once in a lifetime experience for lucky MultiChoice subscribers who will not only get a chance to be a part of the trophy tour around Lagos, but also meet Nigerian football legends like JayJay Okocha, Victor Ikpeba and a host of others.last_img read more

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USC demolishes Notre Dame to end regular season

first_imgPhotos by Ralf Cheung. If a USC football team can’t beat both, it must beat at least one of USC’s longtime rivals for its season to be a success in the eyes of some Trojan fans.Though USC looked outmatched against crosstown foe UCLA in a 38-20 loss last week, the Trojans redeemed themselves to some degree with a dominating 49-14 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday. The bipolar highs and lows of the last two games are indicative of both the first season under head coach Steve Sarkisian and the careers of the seniors playing in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the final time.“I’m happy for this [senior] class,” Sarkisian said. “Their last game in the Coliseum is something they’re obviously going to remember for a lifetime.”Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler threw six touchdowns to five different receivers, and the Trojan defense held a Fighting Irish offense that was averaging about 35 points a game to only two touchdowns.“All three phases were just tremendous,” Sarkisian said.The Trojans started the game on a 35-0 run. After punting on their first possession, the Trojans found the end zone on their next five. Kessler finished the day 32-40 with 372 yards and no interceptions. He at one point completed 16 passes in a row and set a career record for completions.Kessler said the team planned on running a particularly up-tempo style and said the team executed the game plan excellently.“Today, it was obvious how tough it was for them to get lined up against us,” Kessler said of the fast pace. “It really played to our advantage.”Notre Dame did not advance the ball into USC territory until the second quarter. The Irish did not score until the 4:11 mark in the second half, when backup quarterback Malik Zaire replaced starter Everett Golson.Golson finished the day 7-18 with 75 yards and one interception in the air. The dual-threat signal caller came into the game with 291 rushing yards on the season but left the game with a net -14 yards rushing after being sacked three times. The Trojans also forced one Golson fumble and finished the day with two caused turnovers.Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard said the key was for the linebackers to get pressure on Golson, something they didn’t do the week before against UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.“We learned from last week, us linebackers weren’t going,” Pullard said. “We had to get after it and help our D-line. We prepared all week, [defensive coordinator Justin] Wilcox had a great plan for us.”Trojan fans also got to see a backup in at quarterback, but under slightly different circumstances. Redshirt freshman Max Browne relieved Kessler with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter but did not record a passing attempt. On the Trojans’ final drive, senior Anthony Neyer, the fifth quarterback on USC’s depth chart, subbed into the game as the signal caller. He also did not record a passing attempt but did rush for five yards on two attempts.“It was awesome,” Neyer said. “It was such a blessing to be able to come into this Saturday against Notre Dame in my last game in the Coliseum and see everybody do so well.”As the final home game for the careers of the 13 seniors on the roster, the Trojans celebrated Senior Day by honoring each one before the game. The 13 seniors were announced individually out of the tunnel before the game and were met by family members at midfield.The seniors honored included Neyer, Pullard, tight end/defensive end Teddy Baker, safety Gerald Bowman, linebacker Lamar Dawson, center Giovanni Di Poalo, offensive tackle Nathan Guertler, kicker Andre Heidari, cornerback Josh Shaw, linebacker J.R. Tavai, tight end Randall Telfer, guard Aundrey Walker and tight end Chris Willson.Bowman recorded an interception and seven tackles, Pullard recorded three tackles including one for a loss and a fumble recovery, Shaw recorded a tackle and Telfer caught Kessler’s sixth touchdown pass.The win concludes a tumultuous first regular season for Sarkisian as USC’s head coach. The Trojans were in contention for the Pac-12 South championship until losing to UCLA in their final conference game. In addition to a big defeat against UCLA, the Trojans lost convincingly out of conference to an unranked Boston College team then fell on the final drive against both Arizona State and Utah.Sarkisian said the Arizona State loss stings particularly strongly, as the Sun Devils won the game on a miraculous hail marry pass as time expired, and Trojans would have made the Pac-12 title game if they had successfully defended that one play with all else being equal over the season.“Those are some gut wrenching losses,” Sarkisian said looking back on the regular season. “It’s my job to figure that out so that doesn’t happen again.”One more win in their bowl game will leave the Trojans just short of 10 wins on the season, but Sarkisian said he would nonetheless be proud to see the 8-4 Trojans finish with nine wins. Though he said he was looking forward to next year to some degree, saying, “our future is ridiculously bright,” the focus was on finishing off the season with a bowl win.“I’m proud of the way we played,” Sarkisian said. “I think it gives us a chance to head into bowl prep with a lot of confidence.”last_img read more

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Syracuse basketball recruiting: Orange offers preferred walk-on spot to son of tallest NBA player ever

first_img Published on October 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati The St. Andrew’s (Maryland) product stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall, according to a Washington Post story. His father Gheorge Muresan is the tallest player ever in the NBA, standing 7 feet, 7 inches tall. Muresan, his dad and high school coach visited Syracuse this weekend, according to a Syracuse.com story.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I definitely had fun,” George Muresan, 17, said to Syracuse.com. “I got to see the football game and the practice facility and I really liked it. I’d never seen anything like that before.”Muresan’s high school coach Kevin Jones told Syracuse.com that he holds offers from Ivy League, Patriot League and Division III programs. The story also mentions that Muresean, if he chooses Syracuse, could potentially earn a scholarship down the line. Comments Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim offered Class of 2016 forward George Muresan a preferred walk-on spot, according to his high school basketball team’s Twitter account.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Adrian Gonzalez homers again as Dodgers sweep Arizona

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kemp and Juan Uribe also homered for the Dodgers, who scored 22 runs in the series.“This is a good place to hit,” Gonzalez said. “You go out here and take BP (batting practice) and the ball carries out of the ballpark. You take some of those swings and it kind of makes you feel better as a hitter.”Dan Haren (2-0) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to get the victory.Mark Trumbo hit a three-run home run and Eric Chavez had a solo shot for the Diamondbacks, who are off to a 4-11 start.Dee Gordon stole a career-best four bases, the most by a Dodger in a game since Rafael Furcal did it against Arizona in 2007. “He’s always been able to do that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, “but now he’s getting on base a lot. He’s walking and he’s getting his hits. That’s what really changes the dynamic.”Cahill failed to make it through the fifth inning for the third time in his four starts.He went four innings plus two batters, allowing seven runs — six earned — on seven hits. Cahill struck out eight but walked five. Asked why Cahill can be good for a stretch then fall apart, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said, “I think you’d have to ask Trevor that. I don’t have an answer for you.”Cahill said the walks were a big problem, and that one pitch to Gonzalez.“I made a mistake and Adrian’s been swinging it good this series,” Cahill said. “I kind of got away from the game plan with him and left a pitch down and in, right in his sweet spot.”Haren scattered nine hits, striking out five and walking one.Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save and second in as many games.The Dodgers led 8-3 before Trumbo’s sixth home run of the season, off Jamey Wright with two outs in the seventh, cut it to 8-6. Gonzalez, who also doubled, had an extra-base hit for the eighth consecutive game, one shy of the franchise record. Ten of Gonzalez’s 14 hits this season have gone for extra bases.Kemp’s line shot into the Arizona bullpen down the left field line put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the second.Gordon walked to start the fourth, then stole second and third. Yasiel Puig walked and Hanley Ramirez bounced one high off the plate to Cahill, beating the throw to first for an infield RBI single. Gonzalez hit a 1-1 pitch into the right field seats to bring in three runs and L.A. led 5-0.Arizona got three in its half of the third. Parra led off with a double and scored on Aaron Hill’s triple to the left-center gap. Goldschmidt’s groundout scored Hill, then Chavez skied one to the right field seats on the first pitch to cut the lead to 5-3.In the fifth, Cahill walked Ramirez, then Gonzalez lashed a double to right and the Arizona right-hander’s day was over. Randall Delgado, who just lost his spot in the rotation, came on in relief. Gonzalez scored on Andre Ethier’s groundout, then first baseman Paul Goldschmidt couldn’t snag a high bouncer for an error that brought in the Dodgers’ seventh run.Parra recorded the first right field-to-first putout in Diamondbacks history when he threw out Haren after the pitcher appeared to have singled. It was the first throw-out at first from the right fielder in the majors in two seasons.center_img PHOENIX >> That dry desert air brought out the best of the Dodgers offense, especially Adrian Gonzalez.Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 8-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.Gonzalez’s three-run shot off Trevor Cahill (0-4) in the third inning gave him 10 RBIs in the series. He has 27 career home runs and 87 RBIs against the Diamondbacks, most among active players.“Man, he’s smoking the ball,” teammate Matt Kemp said. “He’s probably the best hitter in the league right now.”last_img read more

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