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Lacey Parks & Recreation Makes Revisions to Summer Programs

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyLacey Parks and Recreation has cancelled their 2020 Lacey In Tune Summer Entertainment Series, due to COVID-19 related issues. However, they plan to provide other recreation and entertainment opportunities, if circumstances allow.The cancellations include the Tuesday Children’s Entertainment series, Wednesday concerts at noon in Huntamer Park, and the new Friday concerts. However, the Parks and Recreation staff is working on a Thursday Family Entertainment Series to be held at various neighborhood parks this summer. In addition, they plan to offer Movies in the Park in August. All events will take place with appropriate Health Department guidelines in place and only if allowed under the Governor’s orders. Specific details are still in the works and will be posted at ci.lacey.wa.us/Events and the City of Lacey Facebook page, when available. As with other programs, these events are subject to change.For more information, contact Jeannette Sieler, Parks & Recreation Supervisor at [email protected] or (360) 491-0857.last_img read more


David De Gea: ‘I saw Van Gaal put my Madrid contract in the bin’

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like Manchester United and Real Madrid trying to agree a transfer deal, this video is just a joke.They may be two of the biggest football clubs in the world, but neither Real Madrid nor Manchester United employ anyone capable of using a fax machine.How else can you explain the failure to ensure David De Gea’s transfer went through before the deadline this summer?Well, if you watch the video above you will find an alternative explanation.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT now!last_img


SA shearers retain world title

first_img29 June 2005South Africa’s sheep shearers have again proved they are the best in the world. Reigning champion Elliot Ntsombo retained his World Blade Shearing title at the World Shearers Championship held in Toowoomba, Australia recently. The championship has showcased the best sheep-shearers in the world for over than two decades. Shearing is physically gruelling, technically intricate and intellectually demanding, and South African shearers have dominated the event since 1996.Ntsombo, whose home is a tiny village about 30km from Barkly East, comes from a family of sheep shearers. He retains the world championship title he won in Scotland in 2003. Ntsombo works on contract for Cape Mohair and Wool (CMW) and is also CMW’s chief training instructor.Bongani Joel of Alwynskop in Lesotho took second place, and Zokezele Doba and Zweliwile Hans, both from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, took third and fifth place respectively. All three earn their living shearing on contract for CMW. Doba and Joel were first-time contestants.CMW spokesperson Graham Frost said the hand-shearing competition was judged on speed and quality.“Shearers are penalised if they nick the sheep during shearing, if the sheep is not cleaned properly and there is excess wool left hanging on the shins, shanks and udders, and if they perform a double cut in an attempt to clean excess wool,” Frost said.He added that South African teams dominate the blade shearing championships because South Africa is one of few countries to use blade shearing on a large scale.“But hand shearing is picking up again in New Zealand and Australia, because of the high maintenance and overhead costs of machine shearing.”Ntsombo is no stranger to travelling and shearing in front of thousands of spectators.“I’m getting older, so it was no easy task and the competition was strong, but I am proud to be world champion again,” he said.Australia’s current blade shearing champion Bill Julius, from Tenterfield, bemoaned the fact that Australia has never won the coveted title.Machine shearingSouth Africa’s Kenneth Norman took third place in the individual machine shearing competition. The South African team, made up of Norman and Daniel Nteko of Frankfort in the Free State, took third place in the team division. Norman, originally from Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, is now based in New Zealand but competed in the South African team.“The South African machine shearing standard is improving and we stand a good chance at winning the competition in two years’ time,” Frost said.Norman was also chosen to join Hendrik Botha and Izak Klopper of CMW this year as Golden Shears World Council members.Wool handlingAlex Khuma from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape won fifth place in the individual wool handling competition, with the team taking sixth place overall. Khuma was also a first-time contestant.“Khuma’s achievement was remarkable,” said Frost. “Contestants were judged on speed and their economic justification of their final clip. They also had to categorise the fleece in terms of type and length, rate it as strong, medium or fine and take out all outsorts like urine or vegetation-stained wool.”The major sponsors for the World Championships were Standard Bank, Intervet, Voermol, BKB and CMW. Other contributors were Total, Nissan and Southern Cross. This year’s championships attracted 640 participants from 17 countries.Julia Kupka is deputy editor of Farmer’s Weekly.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on www.southafrica.info with kind permission.last_img read more


SA passport made more secure

first_imgSecurity measures similar to this Canadian passport will now be used to make the South African passport safer. (Image: Security-int)Khanyi MagubaneAs part of the Department of Home Affairs’ turnaround strategy, from 8 April 2009 South Africans applying for a passport will receive a document with improved security features, making it more difficult to forge.Talking to the media on 2 April, Department of Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the document will see a significant improvement in the security of the South African passport.“One of the major differences between the old and new passport is the pure polycarbonate data page that replaces the current security paper data page with its overlay film.“Personal data will in future be laser-engraved into the data page instead of being printed on the overlay film,” she said.The introduction of the new document is part of a strategy to overhaul the department’s system, with the emphasis on increased efficiency and security.In addition, the department intends on dealing with the backlog challenges, which is currently slowing down the issuing of birth, marriage and death certificates.According to Mapisa-Nqakula, the home affairs team is hard at work in dealing with the influx of refugees.“Another area in which huge improvements are balanced by remaining challenges is the issue of refugees.“Despite the far-reaching improvements we have made to our processes, the fact is that our systems were not designed to deal with the number of people entering our country at the moment,” the minister said.Mapisa-Nqakula said with the help of the new online verification system, when passports are produced at immigration points, the fingerprints that appear on them would be checked against those that appear on the online system to verify its authenticity.To this end, the department is expected to open the Tshwane Interim Refugee Reception center during April.Heeding an international callOne of the main contributing factors that prompted the department to make the move towards a new, safer passport was the high number of fraudulent South African passports being used to enter countries abroad.In the United Kingdom, the situation deteriorated to a point where that country’s government enforced a visa requirement for South African visitors to the country, who previously did not need one.A statement issued by the British High Commission highlighted its concern at the ease with which illegal South African passports were being made available.“[It is a] big concern and an unacceptable threat to the United Kingdom’s borders with regards to illegal migration and national security.”Since the beginning of March, all South Africans without a previous UK stamp in their passports are required to obtain a visitor’s visa from the UK High Commission. This system will be in place until the issue of fraudulent South African passports is reviewed at a later stage.The holiday visa will now cost South Africans R991 (£65). A transit visa will cost R686 (£45).Despite home affairs’ new passport regulations, the UK government says the updated documents will not necessarily change their minds about the visas.“We are very happy with the steps the South African government is taking to improve its passport but it doesn’t mean that the visa requirements will be reconsidered soon,” said Russ Dixon, the spokesperson for the British High Commission.  Dixon says the waiver to the visa requirement would be considered only at a later stage.Mapisa-Nqakula agreed that their negotiations with the British government were ongoing, “We talk continuously with the British government and have a good relationship.”She said with the help of the new online verification system, when passports are produced at immigration points, the fingerprints that appear on them would be checked against those that appear on the online system to ensure a match.Meanwhile, the department’s counter-corruption unit will continue to work in partnership with the South African Police Service and National Intelligence Agency to identify staff members within the department involved in corruption and fraud.So far, 66 home affairs officials were arrested and a further 18 suspended on allegations of fraud during the 2008/2009 financial year.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] Related articlesUK promises visa flexibilityUnivisa for SA tourists Expats allowed to vote overseas  Useful linksDepartment of Home AffairsBritish high commissionlast_img read more


Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We already know each other. We already know what to expect from each other. Just makes me so much more confident to be back and to come in every day and practice.”They also added free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi to a formidable lineup, living up to their Strength in Numbers motto.“This year reminds me of two years ago, with the continuity, almost the exact roster coming back, having all of those guys comfortable with what we’re doing already,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.Tuning out ‘noise’ The Warriors raise a second championship banner in three seasons and their fifth overall on Tuesday when they open the season at home against Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State seeks a fourth consecutive berth in the NBA Finals and 10th trip overall. Only the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have reached more finals and only they and Michael Jordan’s 1990s Chicago Bulls have captured more crowns.“I think mentally it’s really going to test us,” Iguodala said. “How do we respond to, I wouldn’t say adversity, but just defending the championship again?“There’s always a lot of noise surrounding us and we have to continue to be resilient through the noise, because it can weigh on us sometimes.”The only teams to reach at least four consecutive finals were Boston in the 1960s, the 1980s Lakers and Celtics and LeBron James-led Miami from 2011-14. But the only team to have the best regular-season record those same four years was the Celtics more than a half-century ago.Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season while Curry, who led the team in scoring for a fifth consecutive campaign, contributed 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists a game and Thompson produced 22.3 points a game.Curry says having so much talent doesn’t cause a problem with keeping everyone involved in the attack.“The way we play, everybody touches the ball. Everybody is involved,” Curry said. “Everybody should be a threat when they’re on the floor. And with the high IQ guys we have on this team, we just find a way for it to blend and work.“And we don’t have guys that are selfish at all, that are jealous of anybody else’s success or going to create drama if they get five shots one game and 15 shots the next game — as long as we win.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can’t win anything, you can’t be successful unless you have a great team around you -– a great group of people that you rely on, that you learn from,” Durant said. “We’ve got a number of those guys in this organization.”In the off-season the Warriors spent nearly $330 million on new contracts for Durant, Curry and starting big man Zaza Pachulia plus key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGeorgian center Pachulia warns the Warriors have a chance to fine-tune an already formidable squad.“I think we have a luxury and an opportunity to pay attention to the small details so we can move to the next level,” Pachulia said. Golden State Warriors’s NBA player Kevin Durant (L) slam dunks during the NBA Basketball Game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAWashington, United States — Golden State will begin the chase for a third NBA title in four seasons and a place among the league’s most legendary dynasties when the Warriors’ 2017-18 campaign opens Tuesday.Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors last season after leaving Oklahoma City, realized his dream of an NBA crown last June, joining Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and and a stellar supporting cast for a record 16-1 playoff run, downing Cleveland in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more


Shane Warne, Liz Hurley promote apparel brand ‘Spinners’

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What We Know And Dont Know After 2 World Cup Games

sara.ziegler: It did feel like the starters might have finished some of those shots in the second half, but against a keeper like Endler, maybe not!TerrenceDoyle: The eye test says Endler has been pretty remarkable in this tournament — some of the saves she’s made have looked impossible — but her goals prevented mark is actually in the red. One of those instances where the eye test and the analytics aren’t jelling.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Endler leads the entire World Cup in saves right now, with 10. South Africa’s Andile Dlamini is second with nine saves. However, she has faced 27 shots. Endler has faced fifty.TerrenceDoyle: FIFTY.emily: That’s hockey numbers!sara.ziegler: Holy crap.TerrenceDoyle: Chile, ah, need more of the ball?tchow: I am curious to know how many of those shots were on target against her though. All 50? There’s no way.neil: Nah. Only 15. But still, a lot of danger coming her way, most due to the U.S. just controlling so much of the play.The Americans had a higher share of all shot attempts (on goal or not) against Chile than they did in the 13-0 romp over Thailand.And the possession percentages were roughly even between the games.tchow: Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that Endler has faced the U.S. and Sweden. Outside of the U.S., the Swedes are tied for second with Italy with the most goals in the tournament so far.TerrenceDoyle: Still quite a fair amount. In terms of keepers who have played in both their nation’s games, Endler is facing more shots on goal per game than any other.emily: Has Alyssa Naeher faced the least?neil: Somehow Carly Telford of England has faced one fewer than Naeher. (But in one game.)TerrenceDoyle: As has Sarah Bouhaddi of France (in two games).sara.ziegler: But don’t forget Stephanie Labbé of Canada, who has faced a grand total of ZERO shots on target. (Against Cameroon and New Zealand.)tchow: Canada, the U.S. and Germany have yet to be scored against in the tournament so far.neil: From the U.S. perspective, all of these shot differential stats really point to the idea that these first two matches were glorified warmups. What have we learned about the Americans so far? Can you learn anything from these lopsided mismatches?TerrenceDoyle: They’ve been ruthless in front of goal, which is good for confidence going forward. They’re outperforming their expected goal numbers so far. We’ll see how that holds up against Sweden, which gave them fits in 2015.sara.ziegler: ^^^ and in 2016!TerrenceDoyle: true!tchow: All due respect to Thailand and Chile, that is a good perspective to keep in mind, Neil. The game on Thursday against Sweden will tell us a lot.TerrenceDoyle: Opposition aside, the Americans have already far outpaced their goal tally from the group stage four years ago. (They scored just four times in 2015!)sara.ziegler: We haven’t learned much about the goalkeeping, that’s for sure. The one time the U.S. came closest to giving up a goal against Chile — a play in which the Chilean striker was ultimately offside — Naeher made a pretty big mistake in coming off her line.emily: I would have loved to see Ashlyn Harris get some minutes, but coach Jill Ellis has been very clear that it’s Naeher’s job.tchow: Emily, I was surprised with all her changes in this second game that she didn’t give Harris some game time too.emily: I wasn’t surprised! Ellis has been doing this since Hope Solo left.TerrenceDoyle: Is it because goalkeeping is such a confidence-based position? You want your goalie to be in a groove.sara.ziegler: Is it a confidence-boosting thing?Ha — jinxTerrenceDoyle: lolemily: But come on, give me Harris and Ali Krieger on the field together!tchow: It would have been great to see Harris and Krieger play together. I understand Ellis for wanting to stick with her goalie, but this would have been the perfect game to bring on someone else.TerrenceDoyle: Agree on that. And you have to figure it won’t happen going forward, barring injury or a disastrous performance vs. Sweden.tchow: I don’t think anyone was sure how much playing time or how well Krieger would play in this tournament, but she got a full 90 minutes and more than held her own: 84 percent pass completion as a right back, and she won 71 percent of her duels, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.TerrenceDoyle: The Carli Lloyd left-footed volley against Chile is the goal of the tournament so far, idc what anyone says. The degree of difficulty, while falling backward, to get anything on that ball, let alone as much as Lloyd got on it, is high.sara.ziegler: idk, Terrence, that Julie Ertz header was pretty incredible: tchow: thErEs nOt EnOUgh scOrInG iN SOcCeR. tHeRes TOO MUCH ScORinG iN socCeRsara.ziegler: 🤣emily: It’s familiar for Thailand, but this was the first time they’ve been on the other side of things. In 2018, they beat Indonesia 13-0 and Cambodia 11-0.TerrenceDoyle: “OK, so the point of all sports is to score as many goals/points as possible.”“WHY DID YOU SCORE AS MANY GOALS AS POSSIBLE?!?!?!”sara.ziegler: But also, make sure you don’t celebrate your accomplishments, or celebrate the accomplishments or your teammates.But if you don’t celebrate the accomplishments or your teammates, WHY AREN’T YOU FRIENDSSSSSSSS?There is truly no winning.emily: There’s never any winning in women’s sports.sara.ziegler: Ain’t that the truth.TerrenceDoyle: Imagine your friend worked for, like, half a decade or more to reach the pinnacle of their career, then they got there, and they celebrated, and you were like, “Sorry, your celebrations are a little MUCH.”tchow: Nuengruetai Srathongvian, Thailand’s coach, spoke about the loss, and I think what she said should have ended all discussion about whether the scoreline was problematic. So with that in mind, let’s move on.sara.ziegler: Let’s look ahead to Sweden, a very familiar foe. This match doesn’t matter THAT much, but it’s important for seeding, and of course the U.S. doesn’t want to lose its last group game. What can we expect out of this game?TerrenceDoyle: (if they win and france wins, they’re on the same side and can see one another in the quarters, yes?)tchow: (yes)TerrenceDoyle: THE U.S. SHOULD TANK.Kidding, but only sort of.tchow: Don’t say it, Terrence. Don’t say it. Ahhh, damn it.sara.ziegler: HahahahaTerrenceDoyle: lolol sorrysara.ziegler: But if the Americans lose to Sweden, they could face Germany in the quarters! No easy roads.tchow: Going back to Sara’s question, I would expect Ellis to go back to her A-team lineup for this game.An A-Team that doesn’t include Lloyd or Press or Pugh. LOL, the US are ridiculous.emily: Ridiculously stacked.TerrenceDoyle: You can only play the opponent in front of you, and if that happens to be France, it happens to be France. They’re probably going to have to beat them at some point if they want to win the whole thing, so if that’s in the quarters, it’s in the quarters.So, yeah, roll that A-Team out and exact revenge on Sweden.Sorry, that was aggressive. I mean Sweden no harm.sara.ziegler: The U.S. is the only team with more expected goals so far (11.28) than Sweden’s 8.09, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.They’ve played the same competition, of course, but that has to be a little worrying to the Americans.TerrenceDoyle: And Sweden hasn’t been taking full advantage of that high xG mark either.sara.ziegler: Yeah. And they’ve had just 18 shots on target to the U.S.’s 29.TerrenceDoyle: Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy have both been quietly good so far for Sweden. I think this match could be about containing them, honestly.sara.ziegler: Leaving the U.S.-Sweden match behind, which other teams have impressed you all the most?TerrenceDoyle: ITALYtchow: I was just about to say Italy too. We gave them just a 59 percent chance of advancing to the round of 16 before the tournament. They’ve already qualified.TerrenceDoyle: Canada are low-key looking very dangerous right now.They’re scoring less than their xG numbers say they should be and winning anyway. If they start taking their chances, they’ll look a threat. Especially if Christine Sinclair starts burying her chances. Which, I mean, she will.emily: ARGENTINA 🇦🇷sara.ziegler: Argentina has been really surprising! They had a very smart game plan against England.TerrenceDoyle: Goalkeeper Vanina Correa has been absurd.sara.ziegler: The one time they deviated from their plan … England scored.TerrenceDoyle: The Correa save on the Nikita Parris penalty kick was SPECIAL. Also LOL that it was England’s first ever pen miss at a World Cup. The men should take notes.Correa leads in goals prevented per 90 among goalies who have played in both of their team’s games as a result. She’s also the main reason Argentina still has a chance at advancing.tchow: Argentina is another squad our projections were down on and probably wrong about. They have a 25 percent chance of making it now, which still seems low to me.sara.ziegler: They’re looking up at quite a few teams that already have 3 points. And they just have the 1.TerrenceDoyle: Cruel sport. They’ve played better than their points total suggests.neil: Somehow our model had Argentina rated lower than both Chile and Thailand (!) before the tournament. (Still does, actually.)emily: They lost their funding from the Argentine soccer federation for a few years.sara.ziegler: Is that part of the consequence of not being able to schedule enough matches?It’s been great to see them play so well, though, given what they’ve been through.tchow: Argentina could still get second place if England ends up beating Japan in the final group game.TerrenceDoyle: As a Correa fan boy, I hope they make a run at it.tchow: There’s been a lot of talk about goalkeeper performance in this chat already, but Correa has been ridiculous. She has an 89 percent save percentage right now.sara.ziegler: As the first of the third matches get started right now, what are your final thoughts on what we’ve seen so far?emily: Sinclair is four goals away from breaking Abby Wambach’s record. Will she do it?TerrenceDoyle: VAR is bad and is turning the sport into a surveillance state. That yellow on the pen save for Sydney Schneider in Jamaica v. Italy was … I mean, it was terrible. It’s soooo hard to save a pen. The success rate for shooters is something like 70 percent. It’s taken from so close, the net is so big, goalies should be able to do whatever they want.sara.ziegler: It will be very interesting to see if any changes come to VAR after all of this.Seems worse than last year in the men’s World Cup.TerrenceDoyle: Straitjackets for defenders because everything is a handball now.tchow: Next chat, can we devote the entire thing to kit talk? I’ve been dying to talk to someone about China’s gray away kits.sara.ziegler: LOL. Totally, Tony.emily: Australia’s kit ❤️ ❤️ ❤️tchow: There are so many exciting games that don’t involve the U.S. to close out these group stages! Netherlands vs. Canada in Group E. England vs. Japan in Group D. Group C is all kinds of crazy with Brazil, Australia and Italy. More soccer!!TerrenceDoyle: Group C is definitely in for a wild finish, Tony. Soccer is fun, the World Cup is fun!!!sara.ziegler: But also: USA! USA!emily: 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. tchow: What patriots you all are. Such U.S. bias. If we’re talking goal of the tournament, Amandine Henry’s in the opening game was ridiculous.sara.ziegler: USA! USA!neil: And what about Christen Press’s rocket out of a volley from the left side (even if it was saved)?TerrenceDoyle: There have been some other *absolute bangers* so far! I just can’t get my head around the Lloyd finish.emily: What a tournament for Alex Morgan. She’s been the face of the team for years, but this feels like her real breakout on the field after grabbing only one goal in the 2015 World Cup and two in 2011, and it’s only just started!neil: It was great to see her do the bulk of the crazy scoring in the 13-0 win.I think even she was surprised that the goals kept coming, and coming, and coming, and coming…TerrenceDoyle: The Golden Boot race is going to be fun. Especially if Cristiane keeps this up for Brazil.sara.ziegler: Curious about your opinions on this: Did the U.S. let up a little after the 13-0 game? Did that criticism affect them at all?neil: Certainly it affected their celebrations against Chile.sara.ziegler: That golf clap KILLED ME.tchow: I don’t think they let up, and I would actually be really disappointed if we find out later that they did.TerrenceDoyle: With all due respect to Thailand, I think Chile is a stronger side with a better goalkeeper. The U.S. still dominated play and even passed the ball better/more cleanly against Chile.neil: Even though they scored 10 fewer goals, they could have scored more if not for the huge saves.TerrenceDoyle: 100 percent, Neil.tchow: I honestly can’t believe how long that 13-0 scoreline stayed in the headlines and my news feeds.neil: In fairness, that is a WILD score for a soccer game.TerrenceDoyle: Very much so. But agree, Tony. Had to not look at soccer Twitter for, like, a week. (Which, tbh, was a welcome vacation for my brain, which is filled with worms at this point because of soccer Twitter.)sara.ziegler: Friend of the site Michael Caley posts expected-goal maps after every match, and that one was AMAZING: sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): We’re two games into group stage of the Women’s World Cup, and there’s a lot we already know: Nine teams have already advanced to the knockout rounds, and even though she has played only one game, Alex Morgan looks like the player to beat for the Golden Boot.But there’s also plenty that we’re still waiting to learn. How will the seeding shake out? Which of the third-place teams will advance? And how will the American women fare against more robust competition?After a first-game drubbing of Thailand, the U.S. took a subdued but still convincing win against Chile. What were your takeaways from Sunday’s match?TerrenceDoyle (Terrence Doyle, contributor): I think it would be hard not to talk about the play of Chile’s goalkeeper, Christiane Endler, and how things could have been much worse without her sublime performance.emily (Emily Scherer, designer): Christiane Endler!!!!!!!!!!!TerrenceDoyle: She was unreal!sara.ziegler: Christen Press will be having nightmares about Endler for a while.emily: She even got into Carli Lloyd’s head in the penalty kick!sara.ziegler: Endler had six saves on nine shots on target. Pretty impressive.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): The roster changes were a big story for the match against Chile, but I was really surprised at how some of those fringe players played. It feels really wrong to even call them second string, but players like Ali Krieger and Tierna Davidson and even Moe Brian played pretty well!TerrenceDoyle: I think that’s right. The U.S. “bench” was a known entity coming into this tournament, but … wow. Just wow. There are a lot of great players in this tournament, but I don’t think any team has the strength in depth that the U.S. has. read more


Ohio State continues taking pride in defense

Junior guard Shannon Scott (left) guards an opposing player during a game against North Dakota State Dec. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 79-62.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAs former Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said: “Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.”If that is to be believed, then the No. 3 Ohio State men’s basketball team is a lock for a deep run in the NCAA Tournament this season.A year after losing one of the most prolific scorers in Buckeye basketball history, forward Deshaun Thomas, to the 2013 NBA Draft, the Buckeyes have built a winning start to this season on defense.Despite falling in their most recent game, a 72-68 defeat in overtime against No. 5 Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., the Buckeyes are still allowing only an even 56 points per game. The 72 put up by the Spartans was the highest total against OSU this season.The Spartans struggled at times against OSU’s defense, turning over the ball over 17 times. After the game, MSU coach Tom Izzo was complimentary of the Buckeye defense.“Everybody knows they’re the best defensive team in the country,” Izzo said. “Everybody knows those guards are leading the country in steals. They get after you. You just have to man up.”Two of OSU’s starting guards, senior Aaron Craft and junior Shannon Scott, are in the top 35 in the country in steals per game, with Craft tied for 20th.Scott, who tallied three steals against the Spartans, has been improving consistently on defense despite still making mistakes, OSU coach Thad Matta said.“He got out of position one time and they made us pay for it, but Shannon is quick,” Matta said after the game Tuesday. “He is difficult to guard and he hit some big free throws, some big shots down the stretch.”The 56 points per game is best in the Big Ten, with second place and No. 4-ranked Wisconsin allowing 60.5 a contest.OSU freshman forward Marc Loving said Dec. 17 that having such a strong defensive team makes every practice tougher than the games.“The game’s are a lot easier compared to practice … we have one of the best defense in the country,” Loving said. “So when we practice with great defenders like (senior guard) Lenzelle (Smith Jr.), Aaron (Craft) and (junior forward) Sam (Thompson) … they’re lock down defenders so the game will just be 10 times easier when you get on the court.”Since Big Ten play began, the Buckeyes are allowing 64.7 points per game, but their defense continues to impress.Nebraska coach Tim Miles said after his team lost to OSU, 84-53, Jan. 4 that it’s hard to get things going against such a talented defensive team.“Ohio State’s really good … their defensive quickness really causes problems. They have the ability to switch a lot of things,” Miles said.Before the Big Ten opener against Purdue, Scott said the team is enjoying the way it plays defense.“I think as a team standpoint, we’re taking pride in our defense now,” Scott said Dec. 30. “It’s not just me and Aaron … it’s everybody now. The fact that we’re all taking pride in that makes it a lot of fun for us to play defense and hopefully we can keep doing it in the Big Ten and keep going from there.”The Buckeyes will need a stout defensive performance in their next game to prevent a second consecutive loss. The 20th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-1) are scheduled to visit Columbus to take on the Buckeyes, and come in sporting the conference’s top offense, scoring an average 86.1 points per game.Scott said Dec. 13 the goal for the Buckeyes is to make teams fear playing against the defense.“Coach Matta talks about it a lot, about every game, that we’re the best defense in the country,” Scott said. “We really want to have that in our heads that nobody should be able to score on us … From a viewpoint of other teams speaking of us as a problem on defense, we really want that to happen. We want them to be scared to play against us. As long as we can keep doing that, it’s going to make our game a lot easier.” read more


Southgate praises Sterlings incredible ability to rise to challenges

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate hailed Raheem Sterling’s resilience to prove doubters wrong as the thing that sets him apart from the rest.The 24-year-old’s had his fair share of critics across his career, but left everybody suitably impressed by the manner in which he coped from receiving racial abuse from Chelsea supporters in a Premier League match for Manchester City in December.Adding to that are Sterling’s ever-impressive performances under Pep Guardiola at City over the past three seasons with the likes of former Manchester United star Paul Ince tipping him for greatness.Now Southgate has joined the queue in praising Sterling, while describing what his like to work with at the English national team.“The thing that stands out with Raheem, we worked with him briefly with the U21s, [before] he moved up very quickly with Roy [Hodgson],” Southgate told talkSPORT.“But he is so tenacious in his recovery from setbacks. His resilience at proving people wrong, responding in the right way to those challenges is incredible.“He’s gone to a big club when he was very young in moving to Liverpool [from QPR as a 15-year-old], dealt with that, got himself in the first team. [Then] a lot of profile around the move to City, he adapted to that.“New players signed every summer and thinking well his place is under threat. So he keeps responding to those challenges, he’s still only 24 years old.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Three Lions boss paid tribute to Sterling’s brace in their crucial 3-2 UEFA Nations League win at Spain back in October, which ended a three-year wait to score for England.Southgate added: “I think he’s had a phenomenal season and particularly pleased again for him the performance in Spain in particular with us was a really strong one.“He has got to be one of the candidates for player of the year I would think.”“What stands out with Raheem is his resilience to proving people wrong.”“I think he’s got to be one of the candidates for Player of the Season.”Gareth Southgate on @Sterling7 and what makes him so special 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿👏👏 pic.twitter.com/rSvVMxDWYw— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 7, 2019last_img read more


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