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Finn touched by shirt request

first_img “It (his appetite) has been challenged. But when you come into camp and you get this group of people it (enthusiasm) comes flooding back. I will speak to the players and I fancy doing this again,” he said. “We have started something. I wish we had done this three years ago when I first started. We know where we are now and people who have been in the camp say they have enjoyed it. We’ve worked them hard but we’ve had a good time. “We are giving people opportunities and not just the players, the backroom staff too who are working 14 hours a day for these players. The desire is there, the backroom staff are up for it and as long as they don’t sack us, we will probably go round again.” The difference between Ireland and Australia was clear on the field in Limerick on Saturday night, but there was no disparity in the ego stakes as Wolfhounds captain Liam Finn enjoyed a special moment in his career. Finn is a journeyman professional who, while excelling for Featherstone in the Championship, has never played in England’s top flight and works full-time as an electrician. The 30-year-old was powerless to stop Australia steamrollering his side 50-0 at Thomond Park but was surprised when opposite number Cooper Cronk asked him for his shirt. Cronk is rated as one of the world’s best half-backs and it would have been expected that Finn would have been the one doing any asking, but the latter thinks the turn of events show how much the Australians care about the state of the game in Ireland. “The camaraderie between the players and the things after the game have been fantastic,” Finn said. “To put it in perspective, Cooper Cronk asked me to swap shirts after the game and I play second division rugby league in England and he’s the best half-back in the world; he wants to swap shirts with me. They are the type of players you get in rugby league. “He’s aspiring to be just like me – let’s see if he can get a game in the Championship next season! When people like that want to talk to you, you do. The message we get from the NRL players is they want the game to develop and they’re secure enough in that knowledge to want to pass it on.” For his part Cronk was more than happy to take Finn’s shirt as a keepsake, saying: “This is the first time I have been to Limerick and I have had the chance to experience a powerhouse of rugby union in Munster. I’m just as proud to represent my country as the captain of Ireland is who plays second division.” The fruits of Ireland’s trek into union heartland at Munster’s ground may not be immediate but coach Mark Aston is hopeful they will eventually come. The crowd of 5,021 was a record for the sport in Ireland and while a 50-point flogging to mark Ireland’s expected exit from the competition may not have been the best advert, the skill of Australia was at least something to behold. Aston has previously voiced frustrations at how the game is run on the Emerald Isle but claims he is ready and willing to keep going in the bid to bridge the gap between his side and the best. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Hallifield Schools Students Bag Tennis CertificatesÂ

first_img“Hallifield Schools embraces sports and are giving more rooms to our students to participate in sporting activities,” Adebisi Obaloluwa, the Coordinator of Lawn Tennis Club at Hallifield Schools, said.He enthused that more players would join given the significant progress that had been made since the programme began early this year, pointing out that apart from enhancing the fitness of the students; the programme had lots of benefits as some of the students could build a career in the sport.Obaloluwa stressed that the avenue for students to rise to stardom had already been created by the school in sports and in all other human endeavours.Six of the students; Tunmise Ayobanjo, Destiny Nebedum, Kamsi Ehenemba, Fendi Igbinigie, Farah Bush and Fayokunmi Semasa-Talabi bagged medals for their outstanding performances at the conclusion of the session.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Hallifield School students are gradually showing great potential in tennis with 15 of its students bagging a certificate from a coaching programme from MP Tiger Tennis in Lagos.MP Tiger Tennis boss, Paul Moses described the students as budding talents after the end of the second session of the training at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja recently.Moses, a United Kingdom Professional Tennis Registry certified coach, lauded the enthusiasm of the students who ranged from 6-12 years.last_img read more

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Syracuse splits doubleheader against Penn, Central Michigan

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse split its games on Saturday against Pennsylvania and Central Michigan in Tampa, Florida.SU (12-6) beat Penn (2-2), 7-3, in a game the Orange didn’t get going until the fourth inning. The Quakers held a one-run lead through the third inning and extended it to three in the fourth with a Lainey Dorris home run. In the bottom of the inning, SU scored its first run off of a home run by Sydney O’Hara. Still, the Quakers stayed strong, getting out of the inning holding onto a two-run lead.In the fifth, O’Hara provided another RBI for SU, closing the gap to one. In the sixth inning, a single by sophomore infielder Alicia Hansen brought in two and sparked a five-run inning for the Orange. O’Hara, a senior, pitched the top of the seventh and struck out all three batters, securing Syracuse’s victory.While offense was hard to come by for much of the game, freshman pitcher Alexa Romero came in and did what she has done in six of her 10 appearances this season — she didn’t allow a single run in the circle. That and O’Hara’s five strikeouts helped SU keep the score close and win.Against Central Michigan (8-6), the Orange did not score a run in the first three innings. SU didn’t score a run in the remaining four innings, either. The Orange lost 3-0 despite the Chippewas recording only one more hit than SU. Central Michigan pitcher Rachael Knapp dominated.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s AnnaMarie Gatti started the game for SU and failed to get out of the second inning, allowing two runs before she was pulled. Romero came in and kept Syracuse close by allowing only one run. The defense was solid for the rest of the game, before O’Hara came in and shut out Central Michigan through the final two frames.But Syracuse left eight runners on base, struck out out nine times and didn’t draw a single walk.Syracuse begins conference play next Friday at North Carolina State. Commentslast_img read more

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Tipp Camogie squad preparing for Galway test

first_imgFirst up will be Dublin and Wexford at 5 followed by Tipp and Galway at 7.Tipp’s Cait Devane says while Galway will be formidable opposition they’re still going into the game in a positive mood.Cait Devane[CLIP] Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Tipp’s senior camogie squad are looking forward to testing themselves against GalwayThe sides will meet in the quarter-finals of the All Ireland Championship.The game will be part of a double header in Semple Stadium on Saturday August 5th.last_img read more

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Storm chaser photo of Thursday night’s storm has become an Internet sensation

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Jerry · 371 weeks ago If you haven’t already, check out this guy’s storm photo gallery—-God in all His wondrous, terrible glory! Report Reply 0 replies · active 371 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It might be one of the most unusual pictures one will ever see. But Thursday’s storm wasn’t exactly your normal storm.Stephen Locke of www.tempestgallery.com, is a storm chaser from Rowland Park, Kans. near Kansas City, Mo. He has been chasing storms of all kinds across the great plains for 20 years. The storm he chased yesterday, was as unusual as one he’s ever witness.He had been following this particular storm from Salina which was heading straight south. As he was going south on the Kansas Turnpike, he noticed the storm had developed a nice looking “shelf cloud,” or the mushroom shape seen in  this picture…Photo taken just east of the turnpike by Stephen Locke.“(The storm) really took on a new form as it passed through Wichita,” Locke said. “I had to get off the turnpike and get a shot of it right then and there.”Locke got off the Exit 19 ramp and turned east toward Oxford. He shot this using a wide-angle lens just north of the Gary and Charlotte Seyfert house.It has become a Facebook sensation.Locke wrote: Shelf cloud beast at Wellington, Kansas 06.27.2013. The grittiest storm that ever chased me (at 80mph). Still pulling sand out of my eyes. You can see it kicking and sucking dirt. Shortly after this image, as we crossed the border into Oklahoma, it was a full on haboob.Locke said he continued south trying to stay in front of the storm to Tonkawa, Okla. Eventually he could not keep up.Kenneth Cook, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wichita, said the storm was unusual in that it formed in the northeast around Wilson Lake and headed almost straight south. He said it was similar to the storm that went through Cheney Lake in 2006.A shelf cloud is formed as warm, moist air rises along the front edge of a gust front and are associated with severe thunderstorms. These clouds are especially prevalent when the air is very stable near the base of the thunderstorm, Cook said.There’s been debate just how strong of winds and the amount of rain Wellington received. Seyfert said he got about .4 inches of rain. The NWS had no readings from Wellington. Mulvane received .58 inches while Caldwell received .37 inches, Cook said.As far as the wind, there were 60 mph winds in Belle Plaine, 80 in Harper, 89 in Wichita and 70 in Cowley County according to NWS tallies.Locke, whose web gallery are filled with incredible storm pictures, said when it comes to the ferocity of storms, this was a big one.last_img read more

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“Full Phase One” Reopening Underway in Florida, What about “Phase Two?”

first_imgNow that the full phase one reopening of Florida is underway including Broward and Miami Dade counties, Gov. Ron DeSantis is now preparing most of the state to enter Phase Two reopening.In Phase Two, people from vulnerable populations would still be asked to self-isolate, groups of up to 50 would be permitted, albeit with social distancing still in play.Phase Two would also allow increased restaurant capacity, as well as the reopening of gyms, schools, and bars with social distancing and diminished occupancy.The Governor stressed these are modest changes.“Phase Two really isn’t that different from what Florida’s done already … basically about opening up bars and some of those things.”The Governor expressed enthusiasm for gyms reopening.“Sanitation” is one key, as well as gym users being ‘in shape,’ the Governor said, citing the importance of “access to gyms” and “exercise.”DeSantis lauded his decision not to crack down on golfing during the coronavirus-driven economic shutdowns of the last two months.“Outdoors is our friend,” the Governor said. “The Villages had a record amount of tee sheets and zero people from the Villages are in that UF hospital right now.”“Daycares,” DeSantis noted, have been “open the whole time.”Though South Florida may still be on a slower path, the Governor notes that Florida is a “diverse state,” and he won’t “(roll) back the entire state if there’s an outbreak in Hialeah.”“Outside prisons and nursing homes,” the Governor noted, there are “very few cases.”last_img read more

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Rhinestone Cowboys

first_imgThe Steelers and Jets defenses concluded regular season ranked #2 and #3 respectively.  However, those stats may be a bit misleading because during the past two weeks New York has stifled two of the most prolific offenses in the NFL, the Colts and Patriots. That does not bode well for the inconsistent and sometimes baffling play calling of Steelers’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Every series is going to be crucial and Pittsburgh cannot afford to waste 2 or 3 offensive possessions, trying to force a running game down the throats of the Jets. Also, the Steelers will not win playing “sandlot” ball, randomly chucking the pigskin around like they were playing a perverted game of “craps” over at the ‘Rivers Casino.’ Arians had better have a serious short and medium passing plan in place because going “long” once too often might be going “wrong.”The Steelers will flat out beat the Jets if the passing to rushing ratio is 2-1, I “garontee” it.  Three yards and a clump of mud is not going to cut the mustard against the Jets. Mark Sanchez has proven that he is no Joe Flacco. Unlike “Smokin’” Joe, Sanchez seems to get better as the game wears on. Don’t expect any last minute meltdowns from young Mr. Sanchez. Pittsburgh had better get theirs while the “getting” is good. They had better rattle more than his confidence. They had better rattle some of that ivory in his mouth.Pittsburgh must borrow a page from the Jets defensive playbook. The Black and Gold has to get a huge push up the middle, play tight coverage on the outside and force Sanchez to become as ex-Browns Head Coach Butch Davis used to say, “skittish.” As far as disguising defensive coverages go, Dick LeBeau should really utilize the “sleight of hand” chapter of his playbook. And by the way, as I have alluded to in the past; “the only thing that prevent defense does, is prevent you from winning.” Nose tackle Chris Hoke is going to have to be rotated with Casey “Big Snack” Hampton so neither player will be winded and to insure that relentless pressure from the middle of the O-line will be constantly felt by Sanchez.Oh, by the way, the boys from Gotham City had the No. 11 ranked offense in the NFL in 2010.  The Steelers offense was ranked #14.  If Rex Ryan could devise a defensive strategy to frustrate the high octane offense of Tom Brady and the Patriots then Arians had better put a cot in the Steelers film room and pack a lunch because the patchwork offensive line of the Steelers might be “purty” busy come Sunday. I also hope that offensive lineman Flozell Adams is okay because any undisclosed illnesses might signal an unceremonious departure to the “sofa” bowl for the Black and Gold.The mood on the street is one of sheer “giddiness.” Beware Steelers nation the masses had better be careful what they wish for because the Jets are no joke and unlike the Ravens, they have a lot more finesse and craftiness about them. They might not be physical enough to knock out the Steelers but a “TKO” resulting from a pick or two run back for scores is definitely a distinct possibility. There were times toward the conclusion of their victory against the Patriots that Tom Brady appeared to be more confused and bemused than amused. There was no arrogant pointing and fist pumping from Tom “Terrific” last Sunday; just the sad and confused look of a man who will never in this life accept the gift of grace and humility.Special teams play is going to have to almost be perfect because field position is going to at a premium. Pittsburgh cannot afford to have Randle “fair catch” El hanging around the punting game. He almost fumbled the pigskin away during the Steelers/Ravens matchup. I would also humbly suggest that if Pittsburgh wins the coin toss that they accept the ball. This is no time for mind games. Do “yunz” guys remember the last time that the Jets got the ball first? That kickoff return for a touchdown gave the young QB from “Gotham” a serious dose of confidence.If the Steelers fail to advance to Super Bowl XLV(personally I think they will), they can always don a cowboy hat, put some Taylor Swift music on their MP3 players, go find a mechanical bull somewhere and truly imagine they are “rhinestone cowboys.”  (Steelers 17-10)(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) I was not assuming anything one way or the other when I booked my flight to Dallas after the Steelers defeated the Browns to claim the AFC North crown and the second seed in the AFC playoffs. Actually I was being prudent because I figured if the Steelers did not make it to Super Bowl XLV, the most dough that I would sacrifice would be the $75 re-booking fee to travel on another date to a different destination. And on top of that imagine the difficulty and cost of attempting to book a flight after this Sunday, again assuming that the Steelers are victorious over the Jets in the AFC Championship game. last_img read more

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Mithali Raj reveals what she needs to accomplish before retiring from international cricket!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/APAdvertisement j2NBA Finals | Brooklyn VscjkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ef( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) upm5Would you ever consider trying this?😱lwcy4vCan your students do this? 🌚k3Roller skating! Powered by Firework In the past few decades, the development and reach of women’s cricket in India has gained a huge pace, and the architects behind the growth of gentlewoman’s game in the country have been icons like Mithali Raj. The captain of the Indian women’s cricket team is revered as the nation’s greatest batswoman, and has achieved numerous records and honour on the 22 yards. However, Raj is now 37, and that day is soon approaching when she will have to hang her boots up from the sport. But, there is one milestone she is planning to achieve before retirement- a World Cup triumph!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/APWith the absence of on-field action in the current lock down, many cricketers have taken to video sessions to keep in touch with their fans. On Monday, Mithali Raj was present in an episode of ESPNcricinfo’s Videocast, hosted by none other than former Indian Men’s cricket team player Sanjay Manjrekar.From speaking about her childhood and her parents’ contribution behind her success to rising up in her career in the sport, Raj spoke about her current focus on the One Day International formats, since her retirement from T20 cricket back in September 2019.Advertisement The Women in Blue skipper revealed that the 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is now her bullseye, where she is looking to lift the trophy before bidding goodbye from the 50 overs format.“I am looking forward to 2021 World Cup. Want to try one last time to bring the World Cup trophy to India in 2021,” Raj said in the video session.Advertisement Previously having captained the Indian squad in the 2005 and 2017 world cups, in both tournaments where she lost the final, the upcoming tournament next year in New Zealand is Raj’s motivation, to bring India their maiden Women’s World cup.“I need to keep myself motivated for 2021. I just want people to continue to support women’s cricket,” She added.Raj has earned 209 ODI caps for India, scoring an astounding 6888 runs, highest in Women’s ODI cricket, and also the only female cricketer to cross the 6000 runs mark.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Athletes and celebrities come together on social media for Mother’s Day!David Warner delights SRH fans by lip syncing dialogue from Tollywood movie! Advertisementlast_img read more

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