Naked ambition

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Utes rebound, down Thunderbirds

first_imgAfter getting outrebounded in a 24-point loss to Colorado three days earlier, the Utah basketball team came back home and worked on one main thing for two days.”We did a whole lot of boxing out drills,” moaned Bryant Markson. “It was harsh.”While the players didn’t really enjoy all the rebounding drills, it must have worked, because the Utes out-rebounded Southern Utah by 17 Saturday night in a 69-53 victory at the Huntsman Center.”We came back and gave a really good effort tonight,” said Utah coach Ray Giacoletti. “(Boxing out) is one of those things that should be considered every night. It takes a little bit of effort. We didn’t do it against Colorado, but tonight we did.”Markson was the main man on the boards, coming up with a career-high nine rebounds to go along with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, five assists and three steals.Two of Markson’s rebounds came on the offensive end in the second half when the game was still in doubt. He went high to grab misses by his teammates, then went strong back to the hoop for baskets.”That’s my specialty,” Markson said with a smile.”He can do some pretty unique and special things,” said Giacoletti.Markson also had a lot of help from his teammates in the 16-point win that moved the Utes to 5-2 on the season.Freshman Shaun Green scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Chris Jackson scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting and Johnnie Bryant scored 13 points with three 3-pointers.For the game, the Utes shot 55.3 percent compared to SUU’s 34.6 percent and won the rebound battle 39 to 22.SUU coach Bill Evans, whose team dropped to 1-7, was frustrated with his team’s defense.”I was most disappointed in how we missed assignments on defense,” Evans said. “It wasn’t like we didn’t know Green was a good shooter. He was only shooting 28 percent (from 3-point range), but he’s got our respect as a good shooter. We just missed assignments.”The Utes would have blown the game open in the first half when they shot 60 percent compared to the T-Birds’ 31 percent, except for turnovers. Utah had a game’s worth of miscues in the first half with 13, which kept the game close at 33-29.In the second half, Utah threatened to break the game open on several occasions, only to see the T-Birds fight back.After Utah went up 42-34, the T-Birds pulled within three at 42-39. It was 45-41 with 14:02 left when Green sank back-to-back 3-pointers from the right corner and left angle to give the Utes a 10-point lead.SUU scored a couple of baskets to cut the lead to six, but Markson scored off a feed from Luke Nevill, Green sank another three and Tim Drisdom scored inside. Then after four straight points from the T-Birds, Markson and Jackson each scored four points in an eight-point Ute run to put the game away for good at 66-49.The T-Birds were led by Nate Janes with 14 points, Steve Barnes with 11 and Justin Allen with 10.The Utes will practice a little less this coming week because of final exams, then get ready for nationally-ranked Arizona Saturday at 2 p.m.The T-Birds continue their killer preseason schedule with only their second home game of the season Saturday against Sacramento State before three road games prior to the start of the Mid-Continent season. GAME NOTES: Freshman Lawrence Borha got his first career start in place on longtime starter Drisdom, but had a tough night. He went scoreless with four turnovers, although he did come up with five rebounds . . . Drisdom had two points and two rebounds off the bench . . . Utah has won five straight games against SUU since losing in 2000, 77-70. The average margin of victory in the five wins is 21 points . . . The Utes finished with a season-high 18 turnovers compared to SUU’s nine . . . After playing Arizona, the Utes meet Adams State Dec. 19 and then play Washington State Dec. 22 in Seattle. E-mail: [email protected] Utah freshman gets green light to shootcenter_img Relatedlast_img read more

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Who stays and who goes

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER WGCA DISTRICT DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 13 (day 2) THE musical chairs at the top of District…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Rivalries aside, the hills community stands as one

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT   “THE one thing I want to hear is Gembrook going in and singing their song, and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Writing for fire victims

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Horrific house fire

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Galway Tribesmen Still Unbeaten after 52-0 win over Dublin City Exiles

first_imgThe Tribesmen continued their recent fine form when they met the Dublin City Exiles last Saturday at South Park, The Claddagh. After a tough battle away in Cork the previous week, the Tribesmen significantly tightened up their defence and ran in 9 unanswered tries. The game was played in warm but blustery conditions as is customary at South Park and the Tribesmen turned up the heat as early as the 9th minute with a fine break down the right flank which resulted in a try for Eddie Weaver. Peter O’Neill converted to put the home team ahead by 6 points. The Exiles attempted to establish a foothold and applied pressure close the Tribesmen line but strong defence kept the Exiles out over repeated sets. The Tribesmen eventually regained possession and another break down the right resulted in Weaver’s 2nd try and with the conversion secured by O’Neill the Tribesmen were 12 -0 up after 15 minutes. The Exiles showed great resolve at the start of the 2nd half and a few minutes of sustained pressure near the Tribesmen line showed great promise but yet another knock on handed the ball back to the Tribesmen and a great break resulted in relative newcomer Seosamh McDonagh scoring his first try. O’Neill resumed his metronome like kicking standard to add the 2 points. Peter O’Neill added his own try just a couple of minutes later and added the conversion to put the score at 34-0 after 49 minutes. Unfortunately for the Exiles, the kick restart went straight into the arms of big Tongan centre Mata Fifita and a rampaging 60 metre run down the left wing swatting off would be tacklers gained the Tribesmen good field position 10 metres out from the Exiles lines. From the resulting play the Tribesmen hooker Ryan Guilfoyle skipped over the line to score a try and with O’Neill adding the conversion, the scores were 40-0 with 52 minutes gone. The Exiles kept plugging away and they were awarded a penalty for the Tribesmen holding down in the tackle which gave them a glimmer of hope, but yet again a knock on yielded possession. The Galwaymen needed little encouragement to seize the advantage and Aussie Nick Clark scored an opportunistic try for the 2nd week running. The Tribesmen scoring was completed by a 3rd try from Weaver and with the conversion added this put the scores at 52-0. The last 10 minutes were actually dominated by the Exiles with repeated sets near the Tribesmen line. However, the men from the West showed great tenacity to keep the Dubliners out and the game finished with an impressive 52-0 score line to the Tribesmen. The Tribesmen now move on to the next challenge still unbeaten this year, although their ranks will be depleted somewhat for the next few weeks when 6 of their squad travel to Australia to represent Ireland in the Student World Cup next month. Whilst the lads will be missed, the extended Tribesmen family wish them the best of luck in their endeavours down under.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The restart kick from the Exiles bounced in goal and went dead into touch which resulted in a goal line drop out from the Tribesmen giving the Exiles the impetus once again, however a knock on 5 metres out from the Tribesmen line meant that the Exiles had once again given up possession. The Tribesmen up made some good ground through some hard running by the forwards and Enda Stanford continued his good form following on from his brace of tries the previous week to secure a four pointer. O’Neill duly added the 2 points to increase the lead to 18-0. The Exiles continued to attempt to gain traction but were let down again by poor handling knocking the ball on 30 metres from the Tribesmen line. When the Tribesmen regathered possession they worked their way down the field once more and Aaron Byrne crashed over the line to register 4 points. With O’Neill uncharacteristically missing the conversion this put the score at 22-0 and this was how the first half finished.last_img read more

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Leading Golfers Coming For World Championships

first_imgThe first shots will be struck on Wednesday 29 August when the women’s teams begin the battle for the Espirito Santo Trophy. Republic of Korea are defending champions following their victory in Mexico two years ago but Ireland will present a strong home challenge having finished third in 2016 to take the bronze medal for the first time.Ireland’s chances of another successful championship are enhanced by the presence of Olivia Mehaffey in this year’s side. Mehaffey played alongside Leona Maguire and Annabel Wilson in 2016.Not only will fans get to see the best players in the world right now but they are sure to witness future stars of the game in action during the two weeks of competition at Carton House.The list of former players at the World Amateur Team Championships reads like a who’s who of world golf. Former participants in the Espirito Santo Trophy include: Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Se Ri Pak (Republic of Korea), Karrie Webb (Australia), Lorena Ochoa (Mexico), Paula Creamer (USA), Melissa Reid (England), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden) and Lydia Ko (New Zealand).The Ireland men’s team had their first ever podium finish at the Eisenhower Trophy in 2016, taking home bronze medals. This year’s team should include Flogas Irish Amateur Open champion Robin Dawson from Tramore, who has reached a high of number 10 on the world amateur golf rankings (WAGR). Dawson was Irish Boys champion in 2013 and this season he has taken his game to a new level. Beaten in the final of The Amateur Championship, he was also runner-up at the European Amateur Championship. The Ireland men’s team will be announced after the AIG Irish Close Championship on 9th August.World amateur number one Braden Thornberry will be part of the United States travelling to Carton. Already Thornberry has left his mark in the professional ranks having finished tied fourth at the FedEx St Jude Classic last year. Thornberry played Walker Cup in 2017.The first round of the Eisenhower Trophy begins on Wednesday 5 September and notable past players include Jack Nicklaus (1960), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1994), Sergio Garcia (1996 & 1998), Rory McIlroy (2006), Rickie Fowler (2008), Justin Thomas (2012), Jon Rahm (2014) and Paul Dunne (2014).Both tournaments are played over four rounds. Each team has two or three players and plays 18 holes of stroke play for four days. In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round. The four-round (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.Hosted by the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union, teams from 72 countries will stay in Maynooth during the World Amateur Team Championships, the majority of whom are residing at a special ‘Athlete Village’ style campus in Maynooth University.Golfers, captains and officials begin arriving from 24th August with the women’s world championship for the Espirito Santo Trophy getting underway from 29th August. A week later the men’s teams arrive and the Eisenhower Trophy competition tees off on 5th September.Players will be tested on the world-famous O’Meara and Montgomerie courses at Carton. The Championships together represent an international festival of golf, during which time a Championship Gala Dinner for all participants will be staged at Maynooth University and the Biennial Meeting of the International Golf Federation will be held in Carton House on Monday 3 September.Mark Wehrly, Championship Manager for the GUI said: “The World Amateur Team Championships coming to Ireland is a landmark moment for Irish golf. This is the first time that the event has been hosted in Ireland or the UK. Teams from 72 countries are competing, bringing together the world’s best amateur golfers in Ireland. This is a rare treat for golf fans.”Sandra Barnett, Tournament Manager for the ILGU said: “This is the largest amateur event to be hosted in Ireland in the last 125 years. Golf events are always well supported by the public in this country and more than 10,000 spectators are expected to attend.”Tickets for the events are free of charge but those wishing to attend are asked to register for them in advance at www.watc2018.ieWATC 2018 – Key Dates (Schedule)Wednesday 29th AugustEspirito Santo Trophy, First RoundThursday 30th AugustEspirito Santo Trophy, Second RoundFriday 31st AugustEspirito Santo Trophy, Third RoundMen’s Team ArrivalsSaturday 1st SeptemberEspirito Santo Trophy, Fourth RoundWomen’s Awards Ceremony / Gala Dinner (Maynooth University)Wednesday 5th SeptemberEisenhower Trophy, First RoundThursday 6th SeptemberEisenhower Trophy, Second RoundFriday 7th SeptemberEisenhower Trophy, Third RoundSaturday 8th SeptemberEisenhower Trophy, Fourth RoundMen’s Awards Ceremony/Farewell Receptionprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Carton House hotel and golf resort in Co Kildare will stage the Championships from 26 August-8 September while the town of Maynooth will be transformed into a golfing hub for two weeks with 10,000 spectators plus 1,000 players and officials attending. The World Amateur Team Championships pit the best amateur golfers against each other and for the first time fans in Ireland will get to see the game’s future stars on Irish soil.center_img Robin Dawson (Ireland) on the 4th tee during Day 2 Foursomes of the Home Internationals at Moortown Golf Club, Leeds, England. 17/08/2017Picture: Golffile | Thos CaffreyAll photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Thos Caffrey)last_img read more

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Six Connacht Academy Players Sign Professional Contracts

first_imgConnacht Rugby have confirmed that six players have signed professional contracts with the province having come through the Connacht Academy. Niall Murray, Colm Reilly, Seán Masterson, Conor Dean, Jordan Duggan and Peter Sullivan will all be integrated into the professional squad ahead of the new season. Niall Murray has come through the Connacht grassroots system having played for Buccaneers RFC. The lock made his professional debut in December – coming off the bench in the victory over Gloucester in the Heineken Champions Cup – before his first start against Leinster during the Christmas interpros. Murray was also a member of the Ireland U20s squad for the 2019 Six Nations and World Championships. Colm Reilly is another product of the Connacht clubs. The scrum-half has represented Ballinasloe RFC and won a Top Oil Connacht Senior Schools Cup with Garbally College. He also featured for the Ireland U20s team of 2019, scoring the crucial Grand Slam-winning try in the final game away to Wales. Like Murray, Seán Masterson also has experience in the professional squad. The back-rower made his debut in the Guinness PRO14 victory over Treviso, replacing his brother Eoghan. The 22-year-old then featured during the Christmas interpros, coming off the bench against Leinster. Out-half Conor Dean has already been capped for Connacht, starting in Thomond Park against Munster in the final game of the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 regular season. He also impressed for the Connacht Eagles in the most recent Celtic Cup campaign when the squad won 5 of their 7 games. Prop Jordan Duggan has been capped at Ireland U19 and U20 level, and played for Ireland at the U20 World Championship which also featured Connacht teammates Paul Boyle, Seán Masterson, Oisin Dowling and Conor Dean. Peter Sullivan joined the Connacht Academy last season having impressed in the Energia All-Ireland League. The winger also stood out for the Connacht Eagles in the 2019/20 Celtic Cup campaign. Head Coach Andy Friend says today’s announcement confirms the belief the coaching staff have in the Connacht Academy system. “We are delighted to confirm today’s news as we build for the future. I am a firm believer that a club’s lifeline is its Academy structure, and this exciting group of young players proves that the Connacht Academy is extremely healthy, and will continue to have a positive impact on our squad going forward”. I would like to say congratulations to the six men named, as well as a special thank you to all the people who have helped them get to their point of their careers – particularly the Academy department led by Eric Elwood, their respective clubs and schools, and most importantly their family and friends”. Connacht Academy Manager Eric Elwood says today is a proud day for the players. “I would like to congratulate the six players on their first professional contracts and joining up with the pro squad for next season. It has been a pleasure to watch the players develop and grow over the years and we wish them well on the next step of their journey in their rugby careers. It’s particularly pleasing to see two more local lads come through the grassroots programme, which is a testament to the great work being done at all levels at Connacht Rugby.” print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Southland Softball: Feb. 14 Scoreboard

first_imgMcNeese State bounced back from a 5-4 loss to Tulsa to knock off No. 8 Texas A&M 4-2 Friday evening on day one of the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas. The Cowgirls were led by Alanna Divittorio who finished one-for-two with a double, two RBI and a run scored. In other softball action, Central Arkansas defeated Valparaiso, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat New Mexico State and Sam Houston State beat league foe Stephen F. Austin 7-2 in non-conference game in the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic.Tulsa 5, McNeese State 4McNeese State 4, No. 8 Texas A&M 2COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The McNeese State softball team took down one of collegiate softball’s giants Friday as the Cowgirls picked up a 4-2 to win over No. 8 Texas A&M and handed the Aggies their first loss of the season. | MCN RecapCentral Arkansas 4, Valparaiso 3Boston College 6, Central Arkansas 0LAFAYETTE, La. – The Central Arkansas softball team opened their run in the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun Invitational with a pair of games on Friday, facing off against Boston College at 9:00 a.m. this morning before battling Valparaiso this afternoon at 3:00. Central Arkansas was unable to get on the board against BC, falling 6-0 to the Golden Eagles, but rebounded in spectacular fashion, taking down Valpo 4-3 with a walk-off home run. | UCA RecapNorthern Colorado 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5, New Mexico State 0LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi softball team fell to Northern Colorado 8-3, but bounced back in the second game to win 5-0 over New Mexico State on Friday at the Troy Cox Classic at NMSU Softball Complex. Dani Tefft went a combined 4-for-6 to ignite the Islanders’ offense today. | A&M-Corpus Christi RecapSam Houston State 7, Stephen F. Austin 2Houston 11, Sam Houston State 5HOUSTON, Texas – Center fielder Tayler Gray blasted two home runs and right fielder Cecilia Castillo and pinch hitter Hillary Adams each added another to power Sam Houston to a 7-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin Friday morning. | SHSU RecapSam Houston State 7, Stephen F. Austin 2Stephen F. Austin 7, Army 1HOUSTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin softball team notched its first win of the season on Friday, and it was a big one. The Ladyjacks took down Army by the score of 7-1 thanks to an impressive showing on the rubber by Carlie Thomas and a stellar day at the plate by first baseman Shalie Day. | SFA RecapUIW 8, Oklahoma Wesleyan 5Texas Wesleyan 5, UIW 3UIW 4, Baker 3FORT WORTH, Texas – The University of the Incarnate Word softball team opened the Cowtown Tournament by going 2-1 on Friday at Gateway Park. The Cardinals defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 8-5, lost to Texas Wesleyan, 5-3 and defeated Baker, 4-3. | UIW RecapNorthern Iowa 4, Nicholls 3North Texas 8, Nicholls 4DENTON, Texas – Nicholls softball team opened play in the Lovelace Invitational Friday and was defeated in both games, falling 4-3 to Northern Iowa in extra innings before suffering a 8-4 loss to host North Texas. | NICH RecapNorthwestern State 9, Mississippi Valley State 0NATCHITOCHES, La. – Home runs from Micayla Sorosiak and Natalie Landry aided the Northwestern State softball team in a 9-0 (5 inn.) victory over Mississippi Valley State Friday night in its home opener at the Lady Demon Softball Complex. | NSU RecapSoutheast Missouri State 9, Houston Baptist 7MONROE, La. – Southeast Missouri State scored all nine of its runs in the final three innings to defeat HBU softball, 9-7, to begin the Mardi Gras Classic Friday afternoon from ULM Softball Complex. | HBU RecapOklahoma Christian 7, Abilene Christian 1ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian softball ripped six base hits and drew five walks, but left nine runners on base in falling 7-1 to Oklahoma Christian Friday night at Poly Wells Field. | ACU Recaplast_img read more

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