Impressive Scots steal late draw against Kiwis

first_imgThe impressive Bravehearts struggled to make the most of their many first-half opportunities to trail 6-4 at the break but with the howling wind at their backs in the second half, the masterful kicking game of Scotland five-eighth Danny Brough caused New Zealand no shortage of headaches in the second.They snatched the lead for the first time in the match with a 70th-minute Brough penalty goal before two late – and crucially, unconverted – New Zealand tries looked to have sealed the deal.But a late miracle try to Dragons centre Euan Aitken and clutch conversion from Brough sent the Bravehearts in to raptures with a historic draw.Another inconsistent game from New Zealand half Shaun Johnson – in which he was chiefly responsible for the Kiwis again struggling with last-play options – was dotted with a few moments of brilliance to help create a couple of New Zealand’s tries. However he looked as confused as everyone else was when he was awarded the man of the match award with Brough clearly the standout performer from the game.The draw means the Kiwis sneak into the final if Australia beat England in the final group game, with England simply needing a win to join the Aussies (who now can’t miss the final) at Anfield next Sunday.A committed first 40 from the Bravehearts saw them trail by just 6-4 at the break and if anything probably deserved to have the lead after defending their tryline impressively and asking plenty of questions of the New Zealanders.They were running into the teeth of a fearsome wind as well as a tough Kiwi defensive line yet still held 54 per cent of the ball and, through a combination of poor offloading choices from their opponents and a couple of fortuitous six-again chances, had no shortage of opportunities at the black and white line.Despite being by far the better team in the opening 20 minutes, a one-on-one miss from centre Kane Linnett on Tohu Harris allowed the back-rower to send debutant winger David Fusitu’a over for the night’s opening four-pointer in the 24th minute.Not long after, a brilliant grubber from fullback Lachlan Coote and an equally impressive grounding by winger Lewis Tierney got the Bravehearts on the board. Danny Brough’s attempted sideline conversion came within inches of levelling up despite the buffeting winds.With the howling wind now at his back rather than in his face, Scotland pivot Brough put his masterful kicking game to work, guiding over a 40/20 just moments into the second half to give the Bravehearts an early attacking set.An inspirational defensive play from Scotland, bundling Fusitu’a into touch after a wonderful kick and kick-chase in the 50th minute, proved they weren’t set for a second-half collapse. When debutant Joe Tapine was penalised in possession shortly after for a swinging arm on Addy that led to a push and shove, you got the sense the Kiwis were rattled.The Kiwis hung on and when a short kick fortuitously landed in Fusitu’a’s lap New Zealand surged downfield. The debutant bagged his second try a few plays later from a regulation overlap to make it 10-4 with 25 minutes to play.As they did after conceding the opening try tough, Scotland hit back.From nothing, a Coote cut-out pass sent Tierney into open space and he found Ben Hellewell in support. Despite having any number of support runners to choose from, the back-rower chose to put a show-and-go on fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and strolled over for the level-up try.With the match suddenly anyone’s for the taking, hooker Liam Hood – for the second time in the game – produced a cheeky play, deliberately passing into an opposition player in the ruck from dummy half to draw a penalty. Brough nailed the tricky penalty goal to put Scotland up 12-10 with 10 minutes to play.The Kiwis weren’t finished though; some positive play got them in range and Johnson set up a repeat set before a rampaging run from lock Greg Eastwood set the scene for Gerard Beale’s four-pointer to put his team back in front by two.Needing something special in the final five minutes to cause a boilover, Scotland instead conceded another quick try. It came from some great work in the ruck from Issac Luke to send Shaun Johnson into space and some clever ball movement eventually finished with Beale’s second try in almost as many minutes.Luke again missed from the touchline leaving Scotland with the unlikely task of finding a converted try in the final three minutes to snatch a draw.’Unlikely’ wasn’t in Scotland’s vocabulary through and with a chance near the Kiwis’ line they opted to run it on the last and when centre Euan Aitken beat two men to score it handed Brough a tricky conversion to level the scores.When Brough’s ice-cold effort curled back between the posts his celebration was something to behold and Scotland then hung on for the final few plays before full-time to steal a historic draw.New Zealand Kiwis (Fusitu’a 2, Beale 2 tries; Luke goal) drew with Scotland Bravehearts 18(Tierney, Hellewell, Aitken tries; Brough 3 goals) at Zebra Claims Stadium. Crowd: 6628.last_img read more

“The cancellation of the ATP? I looked to see if it was April Fool’s Day …”

first_imgNo tennis for at the least 6 weeks. I suppose it is the finest determination of @atptour with out fascinated by the day to day. Taking care of the inhabitants at present has to be the principal factor earlier than any sport. Let’s take care of ourselves, hear to those that know and be accountable. 😷🥺😷🥺– diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) March 12, 2020Regardless of not agreeing with the varieties, the Argentine did suppose the fund was appropriate, since he thought-about the determination to droop tournaments as the most profitable by the ATP: “The varieties angered me, however the determination to cancel it was the wisest. The following day, the healthiest factor, was to cancel Miami. I perceive that they took a couple of days, additionally they waited for the opinions of the gamers, the governments and every little thing that was occurring, however the wisest factor was executed. Whole suspension is ok, as a result of there are lots of athletes who’re with the virus and would infect others and the virus would multiply. “Now there isn’t any different alternative however to wait … Regardless of the undeniable fact that Diego Schwartzman is called The Peque, when he speaks he often does it loud and clear. The Argentine, quantity 13 in the world rating, charged towards ATP for its manner of speaking to gamers the determination to cancel the Indian Wells match, the first to fall off the calendar due to the COVID-19 disaster. Then Miami, Monte Carlo, Houston, Marrakech, the Depend of Godó and Budapest would observe, till finishing a six-week break.Nicely, that’s how Schwartzman defined in The nation how he acquired the information that it was not being performed in the US match: “I landed in Los Angeles on Sunday and came upon that it had been canceled by messages from Facundo Lugones (Cameron Norrie’s coach) and Fede Coria, who have been there at the match till I looked to see if it was April Idiot’s Day; I thought they have been enjoying a joke on me. However then I noticed an e-mail that was solely in English, it was not in a pair of languages ​​as it would have corresponded and by which the title was very calm, one thing like ‘ATP notification’. That was the manner of communication that such a match was suspended. “last_img read more

De Jong: “Ansu is the Barça player who surprised me the most”

first_imgThen came the fun time. When asked who figured he would be the hardest worker right now, he pointed out to Braithwaite: “From what I see, he’s training hard. He may be the hardest working.” He said he sees “Ter Stegen writing a book on confinement.” De Jong said that the player who has surprised him the most is Ansu. “I didn’t know him when he started training with us. He has a lot of talent and a lot of quality.” And then he said the first thing he would do when the state of confinement ended: “Go to a bar … (laughs). No, seriously, see my family, my friends and go to train and play, which is the most I like it”.De Jong admitted that he was killing time by revisiting the ‘Friends’ series, he considered Bergwijn (Tottenham) the most difficult rival he had faced when playing at PSV, and congratulated himself on Nouri’s improvement. But above all, De Jong confessed that he must improve his performance: “I have played many games and that is not easy in the first year. I am satisfied with my performance, but not totally satisfied. I have played some games well and I think our The best performances were against Dortmund and Inter in the Champions League, but I have also played very bad games. “ Surrounded by memorable jerseys (Mbappe’s for his debut in the Netherlands against France; and the Nations League semifinal against England) and worse memories (one of Lucas Moura, ultimately his executioner in the Champions in the Ajax-Tottenham tie), Frenkie de Jong gave a video call interview to the official media of Barça in which good vibes prevailed. “I came before the state of alarm was decreed in Spain … Here the routine every day is the same. Breakfast, I take a little walk, I train on the treadmill … Then I play with the dog. I try to stay in shape with a work program that they pass us from the club. But it is not a normal training “, the Dutch began. De Jong was pleased that they can at least go for a little walk down the street, something that is currently prohibited in Barcelona. “The midfielder, who came to Barça after paying 75 million euros plus eleven in variables, acknowledged that he is taking care of his diet. “Mikky (Kiemeney, his partner) cooks. But I eat less than normal because the training is less than normal. It is not that I do not eat something in particular but I am careful with what I eat and what I drink.” De Jong admitted that what he misses the most is “going to training, seeing the players. Playing games. I enjoy them. I don’t see them. It’s hard and difficult to be home and wait until the moment I say you can come back but it’s what we are today. Hopefully we can train again soon. “last_img read more

GCB gives financial support to WBCA

first_imgFrom left: WBCA President David Black and GCB Secretary Anand SanasieThe Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) continued its mandate of supporting local clubs around the country, with the West Berbice Cricket Association (WBCA) being the latest beneficiary.The WBCA held a two-week cricket academy at the Fort Wellington Secondary School during the month of July which catered for youths from ages 10 to 19. The academy included lectures and cricketing activities which kept kids engaged in the programme.The GCB last Friday assisted the WBCA in its efforts to mould aspiring cricketers from a young age. GCB Secretary Anand Sanasie personally made the financial donation on behalf of the Cricket Board to WBCA President and National Youth Coach David Black at the GCB office at Regent Road, Bourda.Sanasie and the Board hoped that the donation would go a long way as the GCB supported the sporting initiative and wished the WBCA all the best in its efforts to keep cricket alive in West Berbice.last_img read more

Wrestler brings it all back home

first_imgThat was when Casta eda realized he didn’t have a place to wrestle after exceeding the age limit for competing with the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, where he had been wrestling since elementary school. He was ready to attend Sylmar High, a school without a wrestling program. Thanks to Casta eda’s determination, Sylmar became the City’s 14thteam last year after joining the Valley League. The senior spent his freshman and sophomore years researching what it would take to reinstate a wrestling program. Casta eda compiled information and estimated it would cost about $20,000 to buy the necessary equipment. He then submitted it to Casey Browne, the schools assistant principal in charge of athletics. “I started bugging (administration) like hell, man,” the 18-year-old Casta eda said. “They got the hint that I wasn’t going to stop. But sometimes I thought, `Why am I doing this? You can’t make a dog talk.’ “But I stuck with my passion and continued to try everything.” Browne supported Casta eda’s idea and efforts, but there was one thing needed to get the program started. “I just told him if we could find an experienced wrestling coach, I would do everything I could to get this thing going,” Browne said. “(Casta eda) is the reason wrestling is back at our school.” Casta eda got help from Dianne Downey, the Boys & Girls Club wrestling coordinator. The Boys & Girls club is akin to a feeder system to San Fernando Valley wrestling programs, and they have reaped huge benefits from it. She told Casta eda to give Phillip Guerrero, an assistant coach at Canoga Park at the time, a call along with a few tips on how to organize a program. Guerrero accepted an offer in June 2005 to become the Spartans’ first coach since Bill Lake, who coached Sylmar from 1980-83. Guerrero coincidently had just moved into the area and took the job despite not being assured a faculty position. He was later hired as a psychology teacher. “I thought I was done with coaching,” said Guerrero, 35. “That this kid got this going, I was surprised. Night and day the support for this program grew. The administration has been very supportive and it was nice to see a great number of kids come out and try out.” More than 40 students showed up the first day of tryouts despite the school not having a mat. Team practices were held on the blacktop in the physical-education area. Wrestlers were limited to techniques that didn’t require tumbling on the hard surface. It wasn’t until Downey and the Boys & Girls Club helped out that someone in the Cal State Northridge athletic department donated a mat that was used by the Toreadors wrestling team in the 1970s. “That mat was hard as hell,” Guerrero said. “It was in poor condition. It was red and had a big N in the middle. “Our school colors are blue. When we went to other schools the kids would ask me why the mats there were soft. I told them those were cheap mats to keep them from realizing we had a crappy mat.” Sylmar didn’t get a new mat until a month into this season, with the help of the administration, donations and fund raising. Browne said costs ranged between $20,000 and $25,000 for uniforms, trophies, equipment and the mat. The number of wrestlers trying out last year decreased in half after finding out practices had to be held at 6 a.m. That’s because the crowded school didn’t have a place for the team to practice. The Spartans share the school’s multipurpose room with other clubs, and they often have to schedule practices around academic events. Guerrero cut a practice short recently because the school was holding a blood drive in the same room. “It’s all a matter of scheduling around the events,” Guerrero said. “Everyone tends to forget that we are here because we are new, but as long as these kids get to practice it’s worth the hassle.” The program is still in its developmental stages. The Spartans finished with a 2-2 dual meet record and showed signs of progression by winning the Novice Reseda Tournament. However, Casta eda did not make the starting lineup and will not compete at the City finals. But finishing his wrestling career at Sylmar without making the starting lineup doesn’t bother him too much. “I think my dream came true,” Casta eda said. “I did something that a lot of people never thought I could do. I am glad I will leave here knowing I had something to do with bringing back the sport that I love. Wrestling may be done for me but it will go on for others.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Casta eda was stuck. At 14, he couldn’t be without the sport he loved. But with a family full of Sylmar alumni, going to San Fernando High was not an option. “There was no way I was going to San Fernando,” Casta eda said. “My mom would probably disown me and I could be living on the streets. “No, maybe not that bad, but I know she and my family wouldn’t like it much.” Instead, the Sylmar senior wrestler thought he’d have a better shot at bringing back the sport Sylmar abandoned in 1983. So Casta eda fought for it. The Spartans completed their second season Saturday at the City Section championships at San Fernando High. In all, Sylmar was represented in 13 weight divisions, with Jorge Rodriguez taking second place in the 103-pound division. center_img SYLMAR Juan Casta eda thought his wrestling days were finished four years ago after completing middle school. last_img

Some want the brakes put on Metro fare hike

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – Warren Sapp doesn’t mind paying $3 for a Metro day pass, but he might start driving if prices for public transportation increase this summer as planned. The decision is expected today after a public hearing at Metro headquarters. The Metro board is scheduled to vote on a two-tier plan to raise fares in July and again in 2009. For Sapp, 44, that means the cost for his day pass could increase to $5 this summer and $8 in two years. The same all-day pass costs $5 in Chicago and $7 in New York. “Man, that’s quite a bit,” Sapp said of the prices in those cities. “I think we’ve had it good in L.A., but I think the price is reasonable. For an $8 pass every day, you might as well get a car.” After unveiling the plan in March, Metro has faced significant public opposition, largely from the Bus Riders Union. A lawsuit filed by the advocacy organization triggered a federal consent decree on the transit agency in 1996. Metro was forced to invest $1.3 billion to improve bus service and could not increase fares for years. The mandate was lifted in October. Metro officials say fare hikes are necessary to help get out from under a looming $1.8 billion deficit and to maintain today’s level of service. Some regular bus riders are reeling with sticker shock over the leap in price for some tickets. A weekly pass, for example, is $14 now and could reach $20 in July and $32 in two years. Today’s $52 monthly pass could reach $75 this summer and $120 in 2009. Maria Heck said fare increases are understandable, but she wants them to come at a more gradual pace. The 64-year-old disabled woman is concerned that prices will become unaffordable for her husband and son, who also rely on the bus. “Increase them, but to something decent, like a 10 percent increase,” she said. (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rodgers admits ‘Liverpool are looking at other targets’ as bid for Rodriguez looms

first_img1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool have already started looking at other targets following the collapse of Loic Remy’s deal.The QPR forward saw his move to Anfield fall through on Sunday after failing a medical.Rodgers has been linked with Southampton hitman Jay Rodriguez, who has also attracted the attentions of Manchester City and Tottenham.The 24-year-old would be become the FOURTH Saints star to move to Liverpool this summer, following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.And the Northern Irishman claims, while he sympathises with Remy, the club are now looking at further reinforcements.“It’s very simple,” Rodgers said, when asked about the Frenchman’s move. “We’ve made a decision as a club not go ahead with the deal.“It’s unfortunate for the player and we’re disappointed for him. We have to move on though and look at other targets.”last_img read more

Airport panel to OK deal with city

first_imgThe city of Inglewood may soon get to see the fruits of a settlement reached with Los Angeles International Airport more than two years ago. The Los Angeles airport commission is poised to approve on Monday the opening of a job recruitment center and a $12.25 million grant to soundproof 1,085 homes that lie beneath LAX’s flight path. The Inglewood City Council approved the plan earlier this year, according to longtime Mayor Roosevelt Dorn. “I’m looking forward to finally bringing this to fruition,” Dorn said. “We’ve been ready for a while. It’s a win-win for the community and the airport.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe improvements are outlined in a settlement that the city of Los Angeles announced in December 2005, shortly after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa scrapped most of his predecessor’s plans to modernize LAX. The settlement called for capping the airport at 78.9 million passengers annually, seeking ways to regionalize air traffic and providing noise mitigation and job opportunities to those living in communities surrounding LAX. “In order to enhance community relations, staff has determined that it would be beneficial to conduct community outreach activities in the city of Inglewood,” stated a report submitted by Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates LAX. Plans call for opening a job recruitment center on the first floor of Inglewood City Hall, 1 Manchester Blvd., under the terms of a one-year, rent-free lease agreement reached between Inglewood and airport officials. The contract calls for two one-year renewal options. Inglewood residents will be able to search for job opportunities at LAX by browsing computers in the office. Those who find something they like can submit job applications to airport employees, who will staff the office twice a week. “I’d like to see it open right after the start of the new year,” Dorn said. “I would have liked to see this long before now, but we’re happy that it’s finally happening.” The soundproofing funds set for approval Monday will be the second installment in a series of grants totaling $98.18 million that Inglewood will receive through 2015. The city received the first payment of $12.25million last summer to cover the 2006 fiscal year, according to an airport report. The funds come from airport passenger fees and are used to install double-paned windows, thicker insulation and chimney caps, among other measures to block out noise from jetliners coming in for a landing at LAX. About 9,200 houses, condominiums and apartments in Inglewood are eligible for the grants, about 4,400 of which have already undergone soundproofing improvements since 1984. “We’re insulating homes faster than any city in the United States,” Dorn said. “We’re looking forward to the day when we can say that all the work is completed.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgWorkers busy getting ready for today’s wing at the stunning Red Door in Fahan – but not the wedding of Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Local celebrity spotters hoping to catch a glimpse of Friends star Courteney Cox and rockstar boyfriend Johnny McDaid saying ‘I do’ today will be left disappointed.Rumours have swept across Donegal in recent days that the A-list couple were due to be married in Derry and have their reception at the trendy Red Door Restaurant at Fahan on the shores of Lough Swilly.Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid.The rumours intensified after a huge marquee was set up in the grounds of the restaurant while security was posted in the grounds of the idyllic getaway. Courteney and Johnny were pictured in Disneyland earlier this week with many of Johnny’s family from Derry adding to the rumours that they may be coming back to Ireland for a big celebration.But while there is a wedding at the venue, it is not that of the celebrity couple.Instead it is the nuptials of a young Co Derry couple who have ordered in famous wedding planner Franc (Peter Kelly) to make the arrangements.A spokesman for the Red Door said the rumour that the Hollywood star and her Snow Patrol boyfriend had booked in for their wedding party has been rife all week. “We have a wedding party but it is not a Courtney Cox but rather a local couple. We have had a number of enquiries about it and a lot of people even called in once they saw the marquee going up,” said the source.Courteney and fiance Johnny, 39, did dine at the restaurant two years ago and were said to be blown away by it.The down-to-earth couple even posed for pictures and signed autographs when they were later spotted walking hand-in-hand on Stroove beach on the Inishowen peninsula. FRIENDS STAR COX FAILS TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE IN DONEGAL …..FOR NOW! was last modified: August 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Courteney CoxFahanFriendsJohnny McDaidSnow PatrolThe Red Doorlast_img read more

Harry is Brummie boss! Redknapp takes Birmingham job after beating the drop

first_img1 Redknapp won two of his three games in charge, saving Birmingham from relegation Harry Redknapp has agreed a deal to become Birmingham’s boss on a permanent basis, talkSPORT understands.Redknapp held positive talks this week with the club’s Chinese owners and the deal – believed to be a one-year rolling contract – could be announced before this weekend.The former Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth boss wanted assurances about the level of funding he will be given to challenge for a promotion spot in the Championship.Redknapp was drafted in to save the Blues from relegation after a torrid season that saw the club sack manager Gary Rowett and hire Gianfranco Zola.Results dipped alarmingly under Zola and the club flirted with relegation until Redknapp was brought in and won two of his three games in charge.On Monday night’s Sky Bet EFL Review Show on talkSPORT 2, Redknapp said: “I met the owners last night for the first time and they are lovely people. We got on really well. I’m going to have another chat with them and see where we go. “I’ve enjoyed it. It keeps me younger being out on the training ground every day, being around footballers. The lows are low for sure but the highs are great and I love it. “There is every chance [I will stay].“I will see where they are looking to take the club. It is a tough division. It is full of big clubs now, it is such a difficult league and unless you are going to have a go, it is going to be a difficult year.”last_img read more