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England lead Spain after storm-tossed start

first_img England lead Spain 3-2 after a storm-tossed first day of the mixed international at Formby Golf Club in Lancashire.The players were faced with extremely strong winds and icy, driving rain. The main scoreboard blew over before play began, trolleys toppled regularly, balls moved on the green and on the tee – and bogeys were quite acceptable!The brutal weather meant that the singles were abandoned and the day’s play was reduced to five foursomes, contested in the most demanding conditions.Birdies were definitely in short supply but there was plenty of impressive play as the teams battled the conditions.Both of the England women’s pairings won their games, with Georgina Blackman and Lily May Humphreys defeating their opponents 2/1, while Bel Wardle and Emily Toy took their point by the margin of two holes. England’s third point came from Bailey Gill and Ben Jones who won 5/4.Experience helped. Wardle won the English Girls’ Championship in similar conditions while Humphreys could count two or three comparable outings. But the clear consensus was that today was tough.“It was really hard,” said Blackman. “The mix of the wind and rain made it so tough. You had to keep it in play, just plod along and try not to do anything silly.”Humphreys, who recounted playing a five-iron on a shot where she’d usually take a pitching wedge, said the secret was “Don’t go in the bunkers! We kept the ball in play really well and if we were out of position we got back.”Gill and Jones were ahead throughout their game and sealed it on the 14th when Gill holed a 5ft putt, despite it being so windy he could hardly take the putter back.“We just got on with it,” he said. “It was bearable, it wasn’t overly enjoyable but you just had to get the job done.He added: “Ben and I seem to get on well on the course, we simplify things and that’s especially important when it’s windy like this. You just need to have one shot in your mind.”Spain won the first point of the match when Victor Pastor and Eduard Rousaud sped to a big win, scoring roughly level par over 13 holes. Asier Aguirre and Sergio Parriego took their point on the 18th, keeping their one-hole advantage when England’s birdie putt slid by.England team:Georgina Blackman, 23, (Chelmsford, Essex)Jake Burnage, 23, (Saunton, Devon)Bailey Gill, 21, (Lindrick, Yorkshire)Lily May Humphreys, 17, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex)Ben Hutchinson, 23, (Howley Hall, Yorkshire)Ben Jones, 19, (Northamptonshire County, Northamptonshire)Tom Plumb, 20, (Yeovil, Somerset)Tom Sloman, 22, (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset)Emily Toy, 21, (Carlyon Bay, Cornwall)Bel Wardle, 19, (Prestbury, Cheshire)Click here for full scores Tags: elite golf, England teams, England v Spain 27 Apr 2019 England lead Spain after storm-tossed start last_img read more

Gateway uses tricks, treats and

first_imgAnd the Tigers defensive unit, led by coordinator Ivan Hampton, has allowed just 57 points this season, which isn’t too bad either.The last two seasons Gateway has had McKeesport’s number, with the Gators winning 17-6 in ’07 and 31-27 last season, in a game that came down to a controversial call in the end.Coach Terry Smith heard the McKeesport talk of a payback and knew it would serve as a tremendous motivating force. These two teams have as much love for each other as Whoopi Goldberg has for Sarah Palin.“This is a rivalry game for us,” said Smith. “We want to beat McKeesport just as bad as they want to beat us. We prepared for two weeks for this game..In front of a capacity senior night crowd, Gateway beat McKeesport 35-14 at Weigle/Schaeffer Memorial Stadium.Early on, the game lived up to its billing. Gateway got on the board after capitalizing on a fumbled McKeesport punt. Orne Bey, who is related to Major Harris, scored from three years out, and the Gators led, 7-0. McKeesport immediately countered. Set up by a long kickoff return to the Gateway 38, the Tigers took six plays to find paydirt.Ty-Meer Brown quickly answered critics who claimed he was too one-dimensional and too dependent on his rushing ability. He hit Sam Gooden with a beautiful 20-yard touchdown pass and the score was tied.The defenses reigned supreme for much of the half after those initial scores, until Gateway started a drive from its own 7-yard line with 5:53 left in the first half. Then, the complexion of the game changed.Gateway took the ball 93 yards in 18 plays, and ran 5:38 of game clock while accumulating six first downs. Quarterback Rob Kalkstein capped the drive with a one-yard plunge with 15 seconds left in the half, and Gateway held a 14-7 lead.In the third quarter the Tigers must have developed a case of sleep apnea.The McKeesport defense allowed Bey to do his best Major Harris impersonation as he found a crease along the sideline and out sprinted the defenders for an apparent 80-yard touchdown. The play was called back because of a holding penalty.But while a handful of crusty ol’ referees took away his efforts, Bey’s hard work and dedication didn’t go unnoticed. He led all rushers with over 108 yards.Gateway pushed the margin to 21-7 when Brendon Felder, the North Carolina recruit, darted in from 10 yards out with 2:15 left in the third quarter.Kalkstein scored on a 13-yard run, and Gateway pushed the lead to 28-7.McKeesport fumbled the ensuing kickoff attempt and Gateway recovered. When Gateway sees McKeesport Tiger Red the Gators seem to turn into a group of charging bulls. Kalkstein hit a streaking Felder on a 35-yard record setting bomb down the visiting sideline to cap the Gators’ scoring.Kalkstein’s touchdown pass was the 64th of his career and he is the first WPIAL quarterback to throw 64 or more touchdown passes in his career. He is now tied for 13th place in state history with Forest Hills’ Brandon Bailey and Mount Carmel’s Marcus Wasilewski.Kalkstein’s also moved into fifth place on the WPIAL’s all-time passing yardage list with 5,800. Moving past West Allegheny’s Tyler Palko, Penn Hills’ Anthony Morelli and Seton-La Salle’s and Pitt star Bill Stull.A four-year starter, Kalkstein, whose nickname is the “Doctor,” is more surgeon than slinger, a ruthlessly efficient quarterback.“He’s our franchise,” said coach Terry Smith. “This is his team and this is a very talented football team. We have had 16 different players score touchdowns for us this season.”Gateway was “on-call” all night, rolling up 415 yards of offense and 24 first downs. The Gators ran for 231 yards and Kalkstein threw for another 184 on a 16-of-26 night.Darien Robinson, the Tigers’ leading rusher with more than 1,200 yards, was held to 58 yards on 14 carries. He capped the game’s scoring with a two-yard run with 4:08 left in the game. Brown completed 6-of-9 passes for 87 yards with a touchdown and an interception.Gateway seems to be the only team that has the blueprint for stopping McKeesport’s flexbone offense. “Every team has the same blue-print to stop the option,” said Smith. “But you to have the right builders. At Gateway we have the right builders.”“We we’re ready for this game and my son and some of the other seniors are taking it hard,” said Tim Brown, Ty-Meer’s fathers and a former WVU star. “We believe that we’ll see them again at Heinz Field.”In three of the last four years, the winner of McKeesport-Gateway has gone on to at least the WPIAL championship; in 2005, McKeesport went on to win the PIAA Quad-A championship.Gateway finished 9-0 overall and unbeaten in conference play for the third consecutive year and once more, Gateway is the alpha of the WPIAL. To win the war, it’s often said you have to win the battles and have a take-no-prisoners approach.Smith got a plan and he intends to implement it with ferocious dedication as he has in everything he’s done in his career up till now. It is that Holy Grail-like pursuit of the WPIAL title.If Gateway and McKeesport meet again in the WPIAL championship game, Smith’s players will be the one’s wearing their tool belts. NO REST—Gateway’s head coach Terry Smith congratulates his payers and staff on a great game against McKeesport. They now must prepare for the playoffs. The WPIAL couldn’t have scripted it better: Halloween weekend, the cage of Tiger Stadium, crisp fall temperatures and No. 1 Gateway versus No. 2 McKeesport in arguably the state’s biggest game of the season. How many times have you heard that the Quad-A is the king of all WPIAL football? A thousand times? Well, make it 1,001.The undefeated Gators, who entered the game having outscored their opponents 383-52 in eight games this season, have broken the 50-point barrier three times and scored 76 points in a week 8 victory over Connellsville.last_img read more

Sounds of the Highlands Auditions to be Held

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Auditions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, for the Fifth Annual Sounds of the Highlands Jr. Concert.Singers, dancers, poets, actors, instrumentalists, and other performers, between the ages of 5 and 18, are encouraged to audition for the performance scheduled on March 10 at the Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands.Jose Loo returns this year as the music director, and performers will again have the opportunity to work with a professional backup band, to include Dave Crowton on guitar and Jim Mazell on drums.Since its inception, this popular concert has been held before a sold-out house at the historic Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands.This annual concert is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.Additional information is available by contacting Margaret Moro at [email protected] verizon.net or the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council at 732-737-7160.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Saving football, a programme of work

first_img In a culture that believes that talent reigns supreme, the value of good playing surfaces is sometimes underestimated. Recently, government embarked on a programme to improve the quality of high-school playing fields. Something similar is needed for football and cricket fields if players are to properly learn the skills they need. Bumpy fields make it impossible for them to control the ball and pass it at the required level of proficiency. Perhaps, in exchange for a tax concession, companies involved in landscaping could be invited to help in this area. The target would be to renovate at least one football field per parish each year and provide the expertise and staff to do the maintenance. The next critical element is the establishment of a national playing philosophy. Our biggest asset is sprint speed, and a style that embraces that asset may well suit Jamaica best. This may run at odds with our love of Brazilian and Barcelona football, but beauty can have many faces. Whatever style we choose, it should become the template for all of Jamaica’s national teams. That would allow newcomers to the senior team to fit in seamlessly. Once this choice is made, choosing players from the diaspora will be much easier because the selector will be looking not just for good players, but for those who will fit. The wholesale elimination of players from the diaspora could also eliminate the exposure they have received elsewhere. Lest we forget, Paul Hall, Fitzroy Simpson and Deon Burton, all based in England, boosted Jamaica’s drive to qualify for the 1998 World Cup with their competitiveness, professionalism and skills. The door should never close on such an input. The same logic applies to home-grown players who ply their trade abroad. Instead, an overall programme of work should be undertaken to improve Jamaica’s football. Better- coached players on better fields working together within a playing philosophy that suits Jamaica, will work much better. It will take time, but it needs to start now. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. Talent reigns supreme Picking a national squad solely of local players isn’t going to save Jamaican football. The issues facing us on that field of play are too wide-ranging for that. The football fraternity will have to look itself in the eye and build a structure that produces quality play. That will take time. Pegging success to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup may be a mistake, too, as it may force the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) to rush or overlook key elements in the development process. To be fair, some work has started with the certification of many more coaches in recent years. The requirement that coaches must have FIFA certification to train high-school teams is a plus. The pay-off is better-equipped players in the future. Those who organise preparatory and primary- school football might be well advised to adopt similar regulations. Such a move would ensure that aspiring players adopt good technical habits early in their acquaintance with the game. As we all know, bad habits can be really hard to break.last_img read more


first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher is in a battle for that final seat in Europe.Pat The Cope Gallagher is hanging on to his European Parliament seat by his finger nails after the fifth count in the Midlands North West European constituency resulted in Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness being elected.It means the veteran Donegal Fianna Fail politician is in a straight fight with Independent Marian Harkin for the fourth and final seat.Ms McGuinness reached the quota after getting 72% of Jim Higgins’ available transfers following his elimination. As a result, the Fine Gael candidate reached 135,698 votes to put her ahead of Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy who is on 126,492.With Carthy expected to be elected next, it leaves The Cope in a dogfight with Harkin who he is trailing by over 27,000 votes.It will all come down to how the transfers of his party colleague Thomas Byrne, who has been eliminated,  is distributed.Standings after fifth count: Flanagan, Luke “Ming” (Ind) electedMairead McGuinness (FG) 135,698 electedMatt Carthy (SF) 126,492Marian Harkin (Ind) 95,577Pat “The Cope” Gallagher (FF) 67,606 Thomas Byrne (FF) 63,392 eliminatedEURO ELECTION 2014: PAT THE COPE HANGING IN THERE was last modified: May 27th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:copeelectioneuropeangallagherpatlast_img read more

Cardinals breeze past Sutter at home

first_imgCorning >> The Corning boys had little trouble getting a win Friday night over the visiting Sutter Huskies, 67-28.It was all Cardinals in the first half and the teams went to the locker room with Corning up 39-15. With a big lead, coach Kurt Wilkins pulled his starters a few minutes into the third period.Not much changed for the Huskies, though, and they were held scoreless more than six minutes into the third, breaking the drought with a pair of foul shots with 1:44 left in the frame.“We …last_img read more

Microsoft Connects Windows Live Essentials 2011 to the Cloud

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud computing#Microsoft#news#NYT#web Microsoft just announced a major update to its Windows Live Essentials tools for the Windows desktop. The updated applications include the Windows Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail and Live Writer. In addition, Microsoft also released a new synchronization client based on the company’s experience with Live Mesh, and will allow PC and Mac users to keep their documents, pictures and music in sync across multiple computers. While there are a lot of feature updates to these apps (and the Ribbon now features prominently in these apps), the big story here is that these apps are now more intimately connected to the cloud.Photo Gallery While bloggers will surely appreciate the new version of Windows Live Writer, Microsoft has also added a few nifty features to all the other Live Essentials apps. The new version of Photo Gallery, which now supports multitouch screens and Windows 7 libraries, also features built-in photo recognition. The real wow-factor, however, comes from a new feature called Photo Fuse, which allows you to combine the best parts of different pictures into one composite image. This is a great tool for making sure that everybody in a group photo is smiling, for example. You just select the best parts from multiple images (preferably all taken at the same height, distance and zoom range). Photo Gallery’s new retouch feature should also make it easier to fix problems in your photo. In addition to these features, the Photo Gallery app now also allows users to send their photos on Facebook and – more importantly – comments from your Facebook friends will be imported back to the desktop app.Sync Windows Live Sync helps users keep their folder in sync across multiple computers. This feature works in the background and automatically syncs data back and forth between different machines. Just like Live Mesh – which this tools is partly based on – Sync also allows users to easily open up a remote desktop connection to their PCs. The folder synching feature is available for Windows and OSX, though the remote desktop access is limited to Windows machines. To get started with Sync, just head over to http://devices.live.comMailWindows Live Mail now features a Gmail-like conversation view – and unlike in Hotmail, this feature will be turned on by default. Just like Hotmail, Live mail now features “quick views” that allow users to organize and filter their mail.Thanks to tighter integration with the calendar, Mail now feels more like Outlook.Mail has also inherited some features from Windows Live Writer. Users can now, for example, create small image galleries inside an email and perform some small image editing tasks in the app.Movie MakerMovie Maker also got a nice update and now allows users to easily share their videos on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. In addition, Microsoft added a number of new themes, and you can now easily import photos from the Photo Gallery and create an animated slideshow with just a few clicks. The new movie even highlights captions. VerdictThe question, of course, is how these apps compare to Google’s and Apple’s offerings. Google’s Picasa and Apple’s iPhoto offer some of the same features as Microsoft’s Photo Gallery (face recognition, retouching, online galleries), but Microsoft, of course, has the advantage of offering a tool that is more closely integrated with the Microsoft ecosystem. Microsoft also makes it easy to upload images to multiple third-party photo services and gives users a more generous allotment of free space for sharing pictures than Google. (Apple charges for these features.) The ability to sync Facebook comments back and forth between the cloud and the desktop is also a welcome addition to Live Essentials. We haven’t been able to get our hands on the Windows Live Movie Maker, so we will have to withhold judgement of how well it compares to iPhoto. In the last version, the app got a major makeover and compared very well to Apple’s iMovie.Microsoft is clearly trying to create a better connection between its desktop and online tools. While there used to be a lot of confusion around Microsoft’s syncing tools, for example (at one point, it felt like the company offered 10 tools that all performed similar functions), Sync now feels like the glue that will hold all of these tools together. While geeks generally tend to overlook Microsoft’s offerings (besides maybe Live Writer), this new suite of tools is worth another look. Related Posts center_img frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Verdict in Pistorius murder trial set for September 11

first_imgSouth African judge Thokozile Masipa said on Friday she would deliver her verdict in the murder trial of Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on September 11.Double-amputee Pistorius, 27, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, a law graduate and model, at his home in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day last year.Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp in a tragic accident, mistaking her for an intruder.last_img

10 months ago​Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tameze

first_img​Cardiff lodge bid for Nice midfielder Tamezeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff are preparing an offer for Adrien Tameze from Nice.The midfielder will cost roughly £8.5 million, with manager Neil Warnock a huge fan.The Frenchman has played 50 times for Nice.”I think we’ve almost agreed terms for one particular player,” said Warnock to reporters recently, with the assumption he is referring to Tameze.”There’s numerous players we’ve been linked with, the chairman (Mehmet Dalman) and Ken Choo (CEO) are talking to loads of players as far as I’m aware – second, third choices – to see who’s available.”But we’re not going to bring people in that aren’t better than what we’ve got. You’ve got to get the right ones in.”You look at some of the players we’re looking at and the figures are astronomical. I think it’s going to be one of those jobs again, late on in the window again where somebody decides to let somebody go.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoEintracht Frankfurt coach Hutter: Arsenal favourites

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Hutter: Arsenal favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adolf Hutter insists they face Europa League opponents Arsenal as underdogs.The Germans host the Gunners tonight in their opening group game.Hutter said, “We can’t wait to face last year’s finalist. “Tomorrow we play at home, there will be a great atmosphere. Our expectations have increased, we are perceived differently thanks to our performance last season, but now we start from scratch, we are ready to take the field against our group’s favourites. “Arsenal is a real big team, we are charged.” last_img read more