first_imgMERRITT, B.C. – North Peace athletes are gearing up for the Canadian High School Rodeo Finals this weekend in Merritt.The rodeo will see junior and senior high school athletes from all over the country travel to Merritt for three days of rodeo action. Close to 30 athletes from the North Peace will be competing at the event.Fallyn Mills will compete in the most events for the high school seniors as shes in seven events. Tyler Pederson is in five events in the junior high school division.- Advertisement -Events North Peace Athletes are competing in are shown below:Senior High School Athletes:Fallyn Mills: Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Girls Cutting, Breakaway Roping and Reined Cow Horse.Brooke Swaffield: Goat Tying, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Girls Cutting and Breakaway Roping.Denton Spiers: Bull Riding.Megan Smith: Barrel Racing.Wade Roberts: Steer Wrestling and Team Roping.Tyrel Roberts: Tie-Down Roping, Saddle Bronc, and Team Roping.Tommi-Sue Little: Goat Tying.Derek Hadland: Tie-Down Roping.Ben Jackson: Steer Wrestling.Aspen Wollen: Barrel Racing.Kolton Johnson: Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping.Madalyn Fraser: Reined Cow Horse and Girls Cutting.Wyatte Copeland: Reined Cow Horse.Zane Jones: Saddle Bronc and Steer Wrestling.Hannah Pederson: Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying and Pole Bending.Junior High School Athletes:Advertisement Tyler Pederson: Tie-Down Roping, Ribbon Roping, Team Roping, Goat Tying and Chute Dogging.Kali Clare-Atkings: Barrel Racing and Team Roping.Rylie Bondaroff: Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Ribbon Roping and Goat Tying.Wyatt Bondaroff: Chute Dogging, Ribbon Roping, Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping.Korbin Mills: Ribbon Roping, Team Roping, Breakaway Roping and Goat Tying.Twiggy Esau: Breakaway Roping, Goat Tying and Pole Bending.Danny Jones: Ribbon Roping.Milanna Jones: Breakaway Roping and Goat Tying.Jesse Jones: Chute Dogging, Goat Tying and Team Roping.Carson Gunderson: Goat Tying, Chute Dogging and Team Roping.Fallon Jones: Team Roping.Rachel Moat: Pole Bending and Goat Tying.Daylyn Carlson: Pole Bending.Cashlyn Callison: Team Roping.Carson Johnson: Team Roping, Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping.last_img read more

first_imgA grant of €88,064 for Ceiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair Soccer Club for the development of a playing pitch for children.Minister Joe McHugh has sanctioned and welcomed the grant.Minister of State McHugh said that he is very pleased to be in a position to assist this Club. “If sports clubs are to attract and retain athletes, they must provide standard facilities for everyone,” he said.The Minister of State also said that this is a great opportunity to engage children in playing soccer and to do so through Irish. “I’m pleased,” he said, “that the Club will have a Language Plan which will help to promote the Irish language in the Club itself and in the surrounding area.”Tá fógartha ag an Aire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh T.D., go bhfuil deontas de €88,064 ceadaithe aige do Chlub Sacair Cheiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair chun páirc imeartha do pháistí a fhorbairt.Ag fógairt an deontais, dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh go raibh sé sásta go raibh ar a chumas cuidiú leis an gCumann seo. “Má tá cumainn spóirt chun lúthchleasaithe a mhealladh agus a choinneáil, caithfidh siad áiseanna caighdeánacha a chur ar fáil do gach duine,” a dúirt sé. Dúirt an tAire Stáit chomh maith gur deis iontach í an fhorbairt seo páistí a mhealladh chun sacar a imirt agus é sin a dhéanamh trí mheán na Gaeilge. “Tá áthas orm,” a dúirt sé, “go mbeidh Plean Teanga i bhfeidhm ag an gCumann a chuideoidh le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge sa chumann féin agus sa cheantar máguaird.”€88,064 sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh for Ceiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh, T.D., has announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €88,064 for Ceiltigh Ghaoth Dobhair Soccer Club for the development of a playing pitch for children.Announcing the grant, Minister of State McHugh said that he is very pleased to be in a position to assist this Club. “If sports clubs are to attract and retain athletes, they must provide standard facilities for everyone,” he said. The Minister of State also said that this is a great opportunity to engage children in playing soccer and to do so through Irish. “I’m pleased,” he said, “that the Club will have a Language Plan which will help to promote the Irish language in the Club itself and in the surrounding area.”GRANT OF ALMOST €90k FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR SOCCER CLUB was last modified: January 28th, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_imgThe political crisis in Bihar deepened on Saturday with Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, facing CBI charges, skipping a government function attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who swapped his chair with a JD(U) Minister after being seated next to a Rashtriya Janata Dal leader.The organisers initially covered the nameplate of Tejaswi, the special guest at the function whose seat was next to the Chief Minister’s, but later removed it. The function was held to mark the World Youth Skills Day.Swapping chairsMr. Kumar, who was seated next to Labour Resources Minister and RJD leader Vijay Prakash, subsequently swapped his chair with JD(U) Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh, who was on his right. This was seen as an attempt by the Chief Minister to maintain a distance with the RJD Minister.The episode, which was captured in still as well as video cameras of the electronic media, gave an indication of how the acrimony between the two grand alliance partners was growing with every passing day in the wake of the CBI registering an FIR against Tejaswi and others in connection with a land-for hotels scam case.When presspersons asked the Chief Minister about Mr. Tejaswi skipping the function, he smiled and extended skill day greetings to them.last_img read more

first_imgTonight marked the first game of the 2017 Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football All Stars Competition. 28 of Australia’s best touch football players have been hand-picked to create two super teams, the All Stars and the Indigenous All Stars. â€œThe All Stars is a great concept- it allows the elite in the Men’s and Women’s to join in the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and celebrate that too” Nick Good, Men’s Australian Open Captain tells us before taking to the field. The competition creates an opportunity for us Aussies to celebrate our proud Indigenous culture, as well as our multicultural backgrounds from all over the world. â€œThis is a genuine all-stars match and this has heightened the excitement has been around this year’s competition. I think it is going to come down to play by play and I have no doubt that with 5 minutes to go it will be pretty close. The caliber of players in each team it is the type of touch game you want to watch,” Nick Good predicts. These teams will battle it out across three games for the third year running and the Indigenous All Starts currently hold an undefeated title. The 2017 series kicked off tonight at Wallsend Touch Association with 100 local kids learning some tricks and techniques in a touch football clinic hosted by the All Stars. The kids had a blast, and snagged a few autographs and sausages from the canteen. After a warm up with the kids, the All Stars teams were raring to take to the battle field… And a precursor… Nick Good was right! The first half was a 3 -3 draw. Pete Norman for the TFA All Stars and Jarrad Rutumah from the Indigenous All Stars were instrumental in scoring and playing a part in the opening 3 Touchdowns for their respective teams. The All Stars Girls all crossed in the first half with, Yasmin Meakes, Patricia Michaelopolous and Hayley Maddick all scoring a Touch Down. The second half was a tight affair with no score until the 11th minute. Enter Scott Bundy, scoring a great quickie to give the Indigenous All Stars a 4 – 3 lead. The All-stars quickly leveled to make 4-4.With 5 minutes left, Jared Townsend crossed for the Indigenous All Stars to make it 5 -4. With only two seconds left, the All Stars responded with Pete Norman scoring to take the game to a drop off. 5-5. In the opening set of the drop off, the All Stars crossed through Dylan Hennessey making it 5 -6. The Indigenous All Stars had the right to reply… and they did. Jared Townsend crossed again to make it 6-6. The atmosphere was electric with the TFA All Stars in possession. with the drop off still alive. It was that man again, Dylan Hennessey that took the game on, sliding into to score and winning the game for the TFA All Stars 7-6.The next two games will be thrilling and passionate, follow the action here:Website  www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook  www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter  www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram  www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated Links2017 All Starslast_img read more

first_imgRangers boss Gerrard won’t keep Ejaria from returning to Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard won’t hold onto Ovie Ejaria against his will.The on-loan Liverpool midfielder could seek a return to Anfield in January.Asked what was behind the issue, Gerrard said: “That’s what I’m going to try and find out during the conversations. “At times, he has looked fantastic but I think his form has dipped slightly in the last couple of days, so I need to find out.”Ovie is a very quiet kid, he doesn’t give you much. I might have to dig deep to try and find out what’s going on. “He’s a young kid, he’s living away from his family. There might be other stuff going on in his life that I’m not aware of yet.”The reality is he’s a Liverpool player and Liverpool have almost got to take charge of this.”Yes, we’ve got a loan situation with Ovie but we wouldn’t keep a kid who was unhappy. I wouldn’t stand in any kid’s way whether he was signed with us or on loan.”I want players here who are committed and want to help and want to play here.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaAvery Johnson turned in a pretty decent season in his first year as head coach of Alabama men’s basketball, leading the rebuilding Crimson Tide to an 18-15 record and an NIT berth. Johnson was previously a pretty successful NBA head coach, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006, competing against great head coaches like the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.After his first season in Tuscaloosa, Johnson thinks there are some pretty significant similarities between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Popovich, two of the great coaches ever in their respective sports. He discussed those similarities on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning. SEC Country transcribed the interview:“You look at Coach Saban, look at all the guys that are going in the first round this year,” Johnson told the show Monday morning. “Those guys, every single day — I’ve been on the practice field with those guys — Coach Saban gets after them really hard. But they listen, they take it and all of those guys are very competitive. Coach Saban and Coach Popovich, they have a lot in common.”…“They’re both about habits, and habits are formed in practice,” Johnson said. “When you look at what happens in the game, it’s a direct reflection on the discipline and details that their teams perform with in practice. Both guys are very, very competitive — I don’t think either of them wants to lose a game of checkers or chess — and they have a high level of expectation every single day with everything that they do.”At first glance, Saban and Popovich don’t seem that similar, but they definitely share a bunch of traits the more you think about it.[SEC Country]last_img read more

A week ago, I wrote about how both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in rare historical company this season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power ratings — which measure a team’s strength at any moment — each is playing roughly as well as the fabled 1927 Yankees played. But this season’s top-heaviness extends well beyond just the Astros and Dodgers. Each member of MLB’s ruling class this season is unusually strong, which suggests that, come October, we may be watching the the most stacked playoff fields in memory. That’s great news for fans — but it’s also really bad news for the wannabes and would-be Cinderellas that are currently chasing the front-runners.One easy way to visualize the power balance of a league is to look at how its teams at any given ranking slot measure up to those from other seasons in the past. For example, the Dodgers have the best Elo rating (1602) of any top-ranked team through July 20 of a season in the expansion era (since 1961). Likewise, the Astros are by far the best second-ranked Elo team of the expansion era.Go down the line, and each of Elo’s top six teams carries one of the strongest ratings in modern history for its slot. The third ranked Washington Nationals, for instance, are more like the top team in an average season than a mere third wheel. The Boston Red Sox would be running a strong third most seasons; this year, they’re a distant fourth. The Indians and Cubs can both tell similar stories. As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, this is more than just an academic curiosity. A team’s willingness to pony up prospects for a better shot at the World Series is directly tied to how much good it thinks a trade will do. In a wide-open season, even teams outside the top tier of contenders could be convinced to roll the dice on an upgrade — particularly with the expanded wild-card format. But the stronger the top teams are, the less incentive teams on the periphery have to make a championship push. According to Elo, we haven’t seen a stronger crop of elite teams in the expansion era than this season’s top six.1The top six teams of 2017 carry an average Elo rating of 1562.5, which beats out 1998 (1557.9) for the highest average for the top six teams through July 20 of a season since 1961.As recently as a few years ago, you could have lamented the lack of dominant teams at the top of the major leagues. At this same time in 2015, for instance, the leading Elo teams were among the weakest at their slots in the expansion era. But baseball’s era of parity seems to be officially over, with the game moving back toward imbalance. While a top-heavy MLB might never look like its basketball equivalent,2Even this season, the Dodgers’ winning percentage works out to a mere 57-win pace in the NBA — which would have only bought them the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. it’s still going to be tougher than usual for aspiring contenders to break through — a fact you can bet every GM is keenly aware of in the lead-up to the deadline. read more

200281.1Y. Ming7’6″N. Tskitishvili7’0″Nene6’11” 2018′s top 10 was calculated using ESPN.com’s latest mock draft.Sources: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com Last season, 21 of the league’s 50 most valuable players by VORP stood 6-foot-10 or taller, another high for the league since the ABA merger in 1976. So in that sense, towering talents such as Anthony Davis, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons are doing just fine in the modern NBA, thank you very much.But at the same time, it’s difficult to conclude that this is a true heyday for taller players when you consider how little difference any of them made during the playoffs.1Granted, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant is listed as 6-foot-9, but he is certainly taller than that. The percentage of total postseason minutes logged by players 6-foot-10 or taller has fallen from 29 percent in 2009 (the year 6-foot-11 Dwight Howard led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals) to 22 percent this year. At the same time, the share of playoff VORP belonging to big men has fallen from 34 percent to 26 percent. Only two players 6-foot-10 or taller — Kevin Love and JaVale McGee — played any significant minutes in the NBA Finals.2The series’ other players who stand 6-foot-10 or taller — Zaza Pachulia and Ante Zizic — were on the court for a grand total of 11 minutes over the series’ four games. In recent postseasons, the switch-heavy defensive schemes that top teams play have often made it a tactical liability to rely heavily on traditional big-man types, to say nothing of the negative effects of playing a nonshooter like most bigs have been throughout NBA history.Even among those who have survived these shifting conditions and remained relevant as NBA big men, the core responsibilities of the role have changed substantially over time. The floor-spacing element alone has not only put added pressure on bigs to develop greater range as shooters — 7-footers now take more than double the number of threes they did just five seasons ago, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — but it also requires them to be able to move fluidly in larger areas of defensive space, as well as taking a more active role in ballhandling and passing duties.You can see these changes playing out statistically as today’s big men are diversifying their contributions. Relative to the league average, the typical player who stands 6-foot-10 or taller in the 2010s gets significantly more assists and steals than in previous decades; he also is a much more frequent and efficient scorer and rebounder, but he blocks fewer shots. These changes have been about survival, and several of this draft’s elite post prospects have things they’ll need to prove in order to avoid becoming the next Jahlil Okafor, who entered the NBA with one of the best low-post arsenals in decades but couldn’t move his feet well enough to justify consistent playing time (let alone the No. 3 overall pick).The physically gifted Ayton, who spent much of this past season at power forward, logged very low steal and block rates when compared with other recent top-level post prospects, leading some to question his defensive instincts. Marvin Bagley III, who played zone during his one year at Duke, struggled at times defending the pick and roll, a vital trait in a league where that play can be used every time down the floor. And while Texas’s Mohamed Bamba will enter the NBA with a shot-blocking reputation — he has a ridiculous 7-foot-10 wingspan and erased almost four shots a game in college — it remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to make an impact on defense when teams seek to pull him out with a stretch-big who doesn’t need to be tethered to the paint.If we learned anything during these NBA playoffs — between Houston finding ways to torch and neutralize likely defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert and Golden State making mincemeat out of Cleveland’s switch-everything defense in the NBA Finals — it’s that the best offenses generally have counterpunches against highly predictable defensive sets and players. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be a shock to see someone like Michigan State’s 6-foot-11 Jaren Jackson Jr. get drafted a few spots earlier than expected, given the defensive versatility he possesses.To be clear, it’s not just the big men who find themselves adapting to a changing game. Players at other positions will also come with a handful of question marks Thursday night for similar reasons. For all his game-changing offensive talents, Oklahoma guard Trae Young’s lack of size (he checks in at 6-foot-2 and just under 180 pounds, with only a 6-foot-4 wingspan) figures to give teams pause after an NBA postseason whose earlier rounds saw smaller guards targeted and exposed consistently on the defensive end. Among perimeter players — rookie and veteran alike — Young isn’t alone in that weakness.On a larger scale, though, the sheer number of elite big-men draft prospects leading the way this year may seem a bit odd, given how the league has seemingly downsized. But just keep in mind the necessary caveat: Big men are still alive and well in the NBA — as long as they can move their feet and possess more than one tangible skill. We’ll see how many of this year’s towering prospects can check off those boxes once they start playing against the pros. Headlined by Arizona 7-footer Deandre Ayton, this crop of big men is poised to have a profound effect on the league’s future. But therein lies a paradox: In the sport that prizes height like no other, the game itself is moving away from the archetype of the plodding big man. How each top prospect handles this seeming contradiction will go a long way toward determining what kind of pro career he’ll end up enjoying.The changing role of tall players in today’s pace-and-space NBA is complicated. As our ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton noted last week, bigs are actually more effective on a per-minute basis than ever, at least according to player-value metrics. Even though their share of leaguewide minutes has stayed relatively constant since the late 1980s, the share of NBA value over replacement player (VORP) accumulated by players 6-foot-10 or taller has been on the rise, hitting a modern high-water mark during the 2017-18 season, when bigs accounted for 39.5 percent of total value: 200681.0A. Bargnani7’0″P. O’Bryant7’0″L. Aldridge6’11” 200080.6J. Przybilla7’1″C. Mihm7’0″K. Martin6’9″ When the NBA drafts its newest class of rookies Thursday, big guys should be the order of the night. According to rankings from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, six of the top seven prospects in this year’s draft stand 6-foot-10 or taller. (The one exception is Real Madrid’s Luca Doncic, a 6-foot-8 point guard.) If things play out according to ESPN’s latest mock draft, this could be the second-tallest collection of top-10 picks in any draft since the lottery era began in 1985: 200781.6S. Hawes7’1″G. Oden7’0″Y. Jianlian7’0″ 198581.5P. Ewing7’0″B. Benjamin7’0″J. Koncak7’0″ 201080.6D. Cousins6’11”G. Monroe6’11”D. Favors6’10” 201881.6D. Ayton7’0″M. Bamba7’0″M. Bagley6’11” 199780.1T. Duncan6’11”T. Battie6’11”K. Van Horn6’10” 199480.2E. Montross7’0″S. Wright6’11”D. Marshall6’9″ 201581.4K. Porzingis7’3″K. Towns7’0″W. C.’Stein7’0″ 2018 is looking like one of the tallest drafts everTallest average height for top 10 picks in an NBA draft, 1985-2018 198681.1B. Daugherty7’0″W. Bedford7’0″B. Sellers7’0″ 201680.6D. Bender7’1″T. Maker7’1″J. Poeltl7’0″ 199280.7S. O’Neal7’1″C. Laettner6’11”A. Mourning6’10” 200182.0T. Chandler7’1″P. Gasol7’0″E. Curry7’0″ YearAvg. HEIGHT (inches)1st2nd3rd 198880.3R. Smits7’4″R. Seikaly6’11”D. Manning6’10” Tallest Players read more

first_imgBOSTON, MA — The MBTA and its operating partner for Commuter Rail, Keolis Commuter Services, announced the special $10 Commuter Rail weekend fare pilot will resume on Saturday, January 5. This special weekend fare is available from the first train on Saturday to the last train on Sunday and may be used across all zones and all lines.“Resuming this pilot allows our customers to continue taking advantage of Commuter Rail as a travel option on weekends, while we study the potential for making this program permanent,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “I want to thank our partners at the FTA for working with us to resume this pilot and also acknowledge the enthusiastic response we received from our customers to this initiative.”The special $10 all-weekend fare will be available on the mTicket app, onboard trains (cash or credit card from conductors), and at ticket windows at North, South, and Back Bay stations. The special fare applies to customers age 12 and above; the weekend fare allows adults to travel with 2 children under 12 at no additional cost.“The MBTA’s reduced weekend fare initiative gives passengers a convenient and affordable option to visit a number of great destinations across the greater Boston area,” said Keolis General Manager and CEO David Scorey. “We’re pleased to partner with the MBTA to continue this initiative that encourages new passengers to try Commuter Rail, helps to grow ridership, and promotes an environmentally friendly transit option.”Customers can visit MBTA.com/MassByTrain to explore destinations around the greater Boston area accessible by Commuter Rail and for listings of fun weekend excursions.First piloted during the summer of 2018, the promotional fares were launched with the goal of increasing Commuter Rail ridership and revenue on the weekends when trains have additional capacity. During the 6-month period these fares were available, 180,000 tickets were sold. This represents 23% of weekend sales and a 4.6% increase in weekend revenues compared to the same time period in 2017. While weekend construction impacted direct year-over-year analysis, passenger feedback throughout the summer pilot was very positive.During their first 6 months being offered to passengers, the special fares were marketed digitally, on radio, and in direct mailers to new homeowners as part of a broad, comprehensive marketing program. This marketing program is the result of a ridership and revenue growth partnership between the MBTA and Keolis, a first-of-its-kind contract in the United States, and marketing $10 fares will continue.With the exception of the CapeFlyer, operated through a partnership with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, and special event trains for destinations such as Gillette Stadium, this pilot applies to all MBTA Commuter Rail services on Saturdays and Sundays.(NOTE: The above press release is from the MBTA.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”Wilmington Commuter Rail Riders To See 50 Cent Increase In Fares Beginning July 1In “Government”Lowell Line Weekend Commuter Rail Service To Be Replaced By Bus Shuttle For 3 Weekends Beginning May 12In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgFile photoSome 46,664 Bangladeshi pilgrims are yet to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s hajj, according to Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.A total of 80,664 hajj pilgrims flied for Saudi Arabia till Saturday morning, said Biman general manager (PR) Shakil Meraj.Of them, 39,081 were carried by Biman Bangladesh Airlines while 41,583 by Saudi Airlines, he said, adding that Biman will operate six hajj flights, including one from Chittagong, by 8:00am on Sunday.Shakil Meraj also said no Biman flight was cancelled today, Saturday. “Biman has so far cancelled 24 hajj flights.”Some 127,198 pilgrims are scheduled to perform hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private managements.last_img read more