September 18, 2020

Poplawski lives lifelong dream of playing for hometown school Syracuse

first_imgWhen Taylor Poplawski walked out through the tunnel of the Carrier Dome on Sunday and onto the turf for her first home game, she had many thoughts run through her mind.It was the same field that she had watched her heroes play on from the stands while she grew up. It was the same field that she had practiced on in front of nearly 50,000 empty seats.But that day, it was, for the first time, her home field.And she was nervous.“I just tried to do what I could. Just mellowed myself out,” Poplawski said. “And focused on what I needed to get done. Focused on some major points of what to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a freshman for the Orange, Poplawski, a Syracuse native, is having an incredible start to her freshman season. She ranks third on the team in goals scored with 10 and is seeing significant playing time behind attacks Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor, on the nation’s top-scoring team.Poplawski will look to continue her impressive start when the Orange travels to Boston College on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. start in Chestnut Hill, Mass.“It’s not like she’s coming in trying to do too much,” Murray said. “She’s just really playing off of us really well and taking our advice and the coaches’ advice and just striving off of that.”In her first Dome game last Sunday against Canisius, she scored a game-high four goals. She score three of those in the span of 1:40 to end the first half, which put the game out of the Golden Griffins’ reach.“It was pretty amazing. It was a pretty cool experience,” Poplawski said. “I was nervous but I tried to stay composed and do my best.”Poplawski stands at just 5 feet, 2 inches. Her stature doesn’t intimidate. Her voice doesn’t boom. It’s her confidence that helps her stand out.When asked when she started to realize that Syracuse might be a legitimate possibility for her during high school, she paused. She tried to think of a specific time.But there wasn’t one. Syracuse was the only school that she could ever picture herself playing at.“To be here is literally a dream come true,” Poplawski said. “I’ve worked so hard my high school career to be here and play for such a great team. It’s really an honor.”She grew up playing high school lacrosse with Taylor Gait at the Christian Brothers Academy. SU head coach Gary Gait, who is Taylor Gait’s father, would watch them play and was impressed with what he saw from Poplawski.Gary Gait wanted Poplawski, and Poplawski wanted Syracuse. It was a mutual fit.“She developed into a great high school player and we were definitely interested in having her come to Syracuse pretty young,” Gait said. “We got to see her play, and thought she’d be a good fit here.”Coming into the season, Poplawski was one of the few freshmen that Gait predicted would have an immediate effect on his team, and he was right.But even though Poplawski is turning heads in just her first four games for the Orange, she still insists she has to prove what it takes.Poplawski knows the team she is on is stacked with experienced, championship-caliber players. It’s made people expect a lot of her, and she’s not shying away.“There is a lot of pressure,” Poplawski said. “But I do feel like I play better knowing that there is that pressure, knowing that we do have expectations.“Not only for myself, but for the team.” Comments Published on February 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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LA County Fair to hold ‘USC Day’ tomorrow

first_imgAdmission to the Los Angeles County Fair will be free this Saturday to current USC students, faculty and staff. The fair takes place at the Pomona Fairplex and Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to midnight.USC Recreational Sports has been partnering with the fair since 2009. The only costs to students and faculty to attend Saturday are food, transportation and anything else they’d like to purchase while there. Tickets are available until Friday afternoon on the Recreational Sports website.Over 800 student groups have been invited to attend the fair, including from Greek organizations and international student groups, and there will be a parade featuring student groups.“What we’re trying to do is to integrate a whole lot of different types of people through a common bond of going off campus and having a fun experience,” said Michael Munson, associate director of Recreational Sports.Kimaya Karnawat, a sophomore majoring in business administration, plans to attend with friends.“We’re all fairly new to the L.A. area, so it’ll be a really cool experience,” she said. “I’m just looking forward to going with my friends, having a good time, relaxing and taking time off from schoolwork to have fun.”Events at the fair include cooking contests, circus performances, carnival rides and pig races. Each year on USC day, a pig is dressed in a USC bib and cheered on by USC students, faculty and alumni in the race. There will also be a viewing party for the football game against Boston College with USC Spirit Leaders present.“People can come and watch the entire game, or they can go out and do stuff at the fair and then come back. The viewing party is really the one central meeting place for all Trojans,” Munson said.Natasha Simone, a sophomore majoring in theatre, is planning to attend the fair this weekend.“I’ve only been to little pop-up fairs on the street, but I’ve never actually been to the full L.A. County Fair,” Simone said. “Basically, if there’s a Ferris wheel, I’ll be extremely happy. I’m just planning to have a good time with my girlfriends.”On Saturday, the fair will close with an End of Summer Concert Series performance by R5 featuring Ryland Lynch, which begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert is included in the admission ticket.Students who register online by the Friday deadline will receive an electronic coupon from Recreational Sports that will allow them to enter the fair. Non-USC guests can receive discounted $11 tickets through the county fair website with a USC promotional code.Those who registered on time also have the option of purchasing bus transportation leaving from the Lyon Center. Additionally, seating might be available on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost to ride the bus is $10 per student. It departs at 3 p.m. and will return to campus after the concert on Saturday, around 10:30 p.m.The fair runs until Sept. 28 this year. Normal admission for adults is $19 on the weekends and $12 on weekdays. Information about the event can also be found on the USC Day at the L.A. County Fair 2014 Facebook page.last_img read more

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Mascherano Targets River Plate Return.

first_imgBarcelona star Javier Mascherano has talked up his desire to return to former club River Plate in a playing capacity.Mascherano, 33, spent two years in the Argentine team’s first team before joining Brazilian giants Corinthians. He moved to Europe from Brazil and has gone on to enjoy a decade of European football with three clubs namely West Ham United, Liverpool and present club Barcelona.The Argentina international player disclosed his River Plate wish in a chat with TNT Sports. He said:“I believe I need to give a chapter of my career to River Plate.”“My problem is this is not guaranteed and I could be a prisoner of my own words, if the move does not happen I may be accused of lying.“But the truth is that this is what I have thought about, but I have a good relationship with the club’s president Rodolfo D’Onofrio and we speak regularly.“My future has nothing to do with money, I used to make my own decisions but now they’re done by my family, I cannot forget my kids and their situation.“What will I be doing in January or summer? I have no idea.” he concluded.Any desire to play for River Plate might have to wait until the summer of 2019 with the former Argentina captain still contracted to his Spanish club until then.RelatedMascherano Is Off To China! Argentine Star Signs For Hebei FortuneJanuary 24, 2018In “Europe”Mascherano Rues Romero World Cup BlowMay 24, 2018In “World Cup”Mascherano Retires From International Football After France DefeatJune 30, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

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New 1xBet promotions put different spin on deposit bonus model

first_img Submit European betting operator 1xBet has put a new spin on the outdated deposit bonus model by offering a selection of new promotions to its customers including Lucky Friday and x2 Wednesday.All those that make a deposit on a Friday will be treated to a repeat 100% deposit bonus on the same day, while those who deposit on the Wednesday claim the same reward, assuming they participated in ‘Lucky Friday’ the previous week and did not withdraw the money.The maximum bonus amount is $100, which will be credited to the customer’s account automatically after the deposit is made, but only if all the account details are fully completed. To be eligible for withdrawal, the bonus amount must be wagered at least three times with odds of at least 1.40.Meanwhile, 1xBet has also added another ongoing monthly promotion called Accumulator Battle. Long odds and a high number of selections is the name of the game, as the person who collects the most points from a single accumulator will land a prize.For each winning bet, which must be made on three or more selections with a minimum stake of €2, participants will be ranked on a live leaderboard according to the following formula: (number of events in the accumulator bet * overall odds) + stake amount /100.Eugene Kiryukhin, 1xBet’s Director for Development of International Partners, commented: “1xBet is known for its fantastic bonuses and an enticing loyalty program. The company has become an industry leader thanks to its selection of betting markets and variety of promotions and special offers.“1xBet regularly introduces new bonuses which are an instant hit with its players. There are short-term promotions which are active from one day to one month and long-term special offers which last for over a month. There are also limited availability bonuses and promotions dedicated to a particular sporting event or tournament.” Share Related Articles 1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place April 3, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Thirty Black Maiden players to begin camping Friday, August 14

first_img Tags: Black MaidensFIFA Women’s U17 World Cup Source: ghanafa.org Black Maidens Head Coach Baba Nuhu has called up Thirty players to begin camping ahead of their 2020 FIFA U-17 World Cup final round qualifier against Nigeria.The team will converge at the Cape Coast Stadium on Friday, August 14, 2020 to begin preparations for the game.Ghana will take on Nigeria in October/November in search of a ticket to represent Africa at the World showpiece slated for India in 2021.The Black Maidens started the qualifying campaign in March with a 10-0 aggregate triumph over Liberia in a home and away fixture before taking a break due to the Corona Virus pandemic.All players, technical staff and essential service providers will go through the mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival in camp.Here’s the full list of the Squad.GOALKEEPERSAhamadu Amina – FC SavanahZiblim Farihana – Bagabaga LadiesAmponsah Mary – Value GirlsDEFENDERSAtinga Sandra – Kumasi Sports AcademySeidu Faiza – Northern LadiesAchiaa Anasthesia – Sea LionsYahaya Asana – Bagabaga LadiesFuseini Zulaiha – Pearlpia LadiesOpoku Abena Anoma – Ampem Darkoa LadiesAniwaa Luiza – police LadiesYakubu Ayisha – Pearlpia LadiesMintah Sarfoah Linda- Prisons LadiesMIDFIELDERSAcheampong Elshadai – Kumasi Sports AcademyAlhassan Basira – Pearlpia LadiesOppong Elizabeth – Samaria LadiesSarpong Elizabeth – Fabulous LadiesTwum Tracy – Ampem Darkoa LadiesFodu Bless Matilda – Ideal LadiesAkaheeh Doris – Northern LadiesAlexia Ahoma- Holy Royals LadiesWINGERSOwusu Mavis – Ampem Darkoa LadiesAgyemang Constance Serwaa – Halifax LadiesMafia Nyame – Rock LadiesAguadze Juanita – Police LadiesATTACKERSAbdulai Salamatu – Bagabaga LadiesAmponsah Ophelia Serwaa – Ampem Darkoa LadiesSarpong Alice – Sea LionsDejean Kubura – Zicom Stars LadiesAbrafi Sarah – Dreams LadiesAoyem Georgina Aisha – Army Ladieslast_img read more

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Browns transformation timeline: Odell Beckham Jr. trade step No. 13 in quick rise to AFC North power

first_imgOdell Beckham Jr. was the greatest, latest destination in the Browns’ remarkable turnaround, but the speed of the journey to trading for one of the NFL’s offensive superstars may be more impressive.Looking back at what general manager John Dorsey has done in his 15 months in Cleveland to clean up the league’s biggest mess might feel miraculous, but it’s more meticulous, correcting mistakes of the past with confidence and aggressiveness. Browns offense …QB: MayfieldRB: ChubbWR: BeckhamWR: LandryLT: RobinsonLG: BitonioC: TretterRG: CorbettRT: HubbardTE: NjokuWR: Callaway… That’s pretty good. And the defensive talent’s not bad either.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 13, 201913. Trading for BeckhamAfter adding Landry and Callaway last year, tendering Rashard Higgins as a restricted free agent and now adding Beckham, the Browns can make a serious argument for having the best wideout corps in the NFL. Mayfield’s breakout as a rookie gave Dorsey the green light to go all in to support him and jump into a championship window this offseason before needing to break the bank for the quarterback’s second contract in a few years.The Steelers have moved on from Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The defending AFC North champion Ravens have seen their defense gutted in free agency. The Bengals are in transition after the end of the Marvin Lewis era.The Browns were aware their time was now; getting Beckham falls right in line with that thinking. Credit Dorsey for accelerating from rebuilding to reloading. 7. Signing OT Greg RobinsonHubbard was so-so at right tackle and undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison was overwhelmed on the left side trying to fill Thomas’s massive cleats as the starter for the first half of the season. Robinson was written off as a Rams high first-round bust and couldn’t stick with the Lions, but the Browns’ June flier on him paid off. He was a physical run-blocking presence who was fine protecting Mayfield. The Browns were happy enough with what Robinson did to give him a bargain one-year, $7 million deal to return in 2019.8. Moving WR Corey Coleman, DE Carl Nassib and T Shon ColemanDorsey traded the Colemans to Buffalo and San Francisco, respectively, in August. Nassib was part of the team’s training camp cuts. They were three of the four players the team drafted ahead of Kessler in 2016, all in the first three rounds. After sending safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants as part of the Beckham trade, the Browns no longer have any of the lesser remnants from Brown’s two drafts. 2019 NFL FREE AGENCY:Tracking top signings, trades, more9. Cutting WR Josh GordonThe Browns were holding out hope through early last season that Gordon could stay on the straight and narrow and form a dynamic receiving duo with Landry (they now have one with Beckham and Landry). Gordon was traded to the Patriots before Week 2 after concerns about a drug relapse. The end of Gordon’s time with New England late last year showed that Cleveland made the right call. Although rookie Antonio Callaway had his moments as a deep threat while starting in place of Gordon, it was clear the Browns needed to go out and get Mayfield a true outside No. 1 this offseason.10. Trading Carlos HydeLocking into Taylor was a mistake, but it was one from which the Browns learned well. Dorsey saw that Chubb, like Mayfield, was talented enough to start and needed more playing time. At the trade deadline in mid-October, Dorsey took advantage of the Jaguars’ desperate need for insurance for Leonard Fournette. It didn’t matter that the Browns had given Hyde $5 million guaranteed as part of a three-year deal. This was a necessary move to get the best out of their offense. Dorsey, in essence, replaced Hyde with Kareem Hunt in February. Although the signing is controversial for other reasons, it was a no-risk, high-reward move for the team.11. Firing Jackson and Haley, and promoting Kitchens twiceHad Dorsey not removed the head-butting forces that were responsible for the Browns’ offensive dysfunction through late October, Kitchens would have never been promoted to coordinator and showed off his mind-meld with Mayfield. Kitchens was also put into a position to get much more of Dorsey’s attention and make him realize Kitchens was even a stronger candidate than defensive-minded interim coach Gregg Williams.Promoting Kitchens also meant the Browns were going with the grain of teams hiring bright young offensive minds as head coaches. Kitchens getting great things out of Mayfield, Landry and Chubb down the stretch showed the offense was one big skill-player splash away from being a consistently explosive offensive unit.MORE: Baker Mayfield’s connection to Cleveland grows12. Cutting OLB Jamie Collins, trading for DE Olivier Vernon, signing DT Sheldon RichardsonCollins got a massive deal in January 2017 after playing well in 2016 following his trade from the Patriots, but by the end of 2018, he was showing major diminishing returns. Dorsey recognized that and made the call to cut Collins last week, adding $9.5 million to ample cap space in the process. Zeitler, too, had become overpriced in the third year of his deal, and the much cheaper Corbett was waiting in the wings. Vernon, despite disappointing with the Giants, was a good addition; he’ll fit better in new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks’ 4-3. That made it easy to splurge on Richardson and add talent inside.Now there’s good depth on the front seven even without Collins, and moving Peppers allows for an upgrade from the valuable safety market to complement Randall. Getting some of their defensive ducks in a row facilitated the Browns’ big refocus on offense.center_img OBJ TRADE GRADES:Giants’ inept management proves costly, gifts Browns new luxuryWhen Dorsey was hired to replace Sashi Brown as the Browns’ primary personnel decision-maker on Dec. 7, 2017, he was given an 0-12 team on its way to winless-ness. Now the Browns are heavy favorites to dominate the AFC North in 2019 and end their 16-season playoff drought. The New AFC North@Browns- Added Odell Beckham, Olivier Vernon, Kareem Hunt & Sheldon Richardson@Ravens- Lost C.J. Mosley, Za’Darius Smith, John Brown, Terrell Suggs & Eric Weddle@Steelers- Lost Antonio Brown & Le’Veon Bell@Bengals- Re-signed Bobby Hart & C.J Uzomah— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 13, 2019So how did Cleveland get from certain chumps to probable division champs? Let us count the key moves since Dorsey’s hire:1. “Waiving” goodbye to WR Kenny BrittDorsey had to start somewhere, and on his second day on the job he got rid of a massive free-agent whiff by the previous regime. Britt was signed to a four-year, $32.5 million deal in the 2017 offseason. Dorsey set the tone with this move: He had no patience for underachieving commodities and was most interested in producers.2. Keeping head coach Hue Jackson and hiring OC Todd HaleyBefore both men were fired in midseason 2018, it was important that this combination was in place that January. Why? Because the guy who ended up impressing Dorsey the most to replace them both, Freddie Kitchens, was brought on at the same time as an associate to coach running backs after being on Bruce Arians’ Cardinals staff. That meant Cleveland was getting another taste of the Arians offense that last got them into the playoffs, in 2002 — and getting a closer look at Kitchens as a candidate for a bigger job.3. Trading for WR Jarvis LandryRemember when this was the Browns’ biggest blockbuster move for a former LSU standout turned prolific NFL wideout? After the Dolphins franchise-tagged Landry last March, Dorsey gave up only second- and fourth-round draft picks in 2018 that were extras acquired before his time and then gave Landry a five-year, $75.5 million deal. The move for the highly competitive slot receiver signaled the Browns were suddenly a legitimate player on the open market and gave them a much-needed vocal young veteran to help lead the team.BENDER: Just how good is the Browns’ offense with OBJ?4. Seeing LT Joe Thomas retireThomas, a 10-time Pro Bowler in 11 seasons and a surefire future Hall of Famer, was by far the brightest spot during the Browns’ darkest period. He was a rock and the face of the franchise. His decision to hang it up created $14.5 million in salary cap space, however, and helped pushed the Browns toward full offensive overhaul mode.5. Trading QBs Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and DeShone KizerWhat did those three passers have in common? They all started but failed to win a game for the Browns from 2016-17, going a combined 0-24 as they tried to make up for the Johnny Manziel crash and burn. Somehow, Dorsey got something in return for all of them, including a solid starting safety, Damarious Randall, from the Packers for Kizer, a 2017 second-rounder. Cleveland needed to purge all memories of its recent quarterback past before it could embrace a potentially elite future.6. Drafting QB Baker Mayfield, CB Denzel Ward and RB Nick ChubbDorsey’s first free-agent and trade forays beyond Landry and Randall yielded shaky results (QB Tyrod Taylor, running back Carlos Hyde, tackle Chris Hubbard, cornerback T.J. Carrie), but after seeing what he did with the first three picks in the draft, the trade for Taylor and the signings of those other three ended up being more like failed contingencies than liabilities.Even though Jackson didn’t give Mayfield, the first overall pick in the draft, a chance to compete right away for the starting job, Mayfield proved he was the guy as soon he took the field in Week 3. Ward played like a top corner and took pressure off Carrie. Chubb made Hyde expendable.The previous regime was good at stockpiling picks but not good at using the capital. Dorsey went 3 for 3 with three home runs in the top 35. The early haul can get better, should No. 33 overall pick Austin Corbett live up to high expectations replacing Kevin Zeitler at left guard.last_img read more

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Virginia Tech hires Mike Young as men’s basketball coach

first_imgWELCOME HOME, COACH 🏀We’re excited to announce SW Virginia native Mike Young has been named our new head coach!✅ 2019 Sporting News Coach of the Year✅ 5 NCAA Tourney Berths✅ 30-5 Record in 2018-19MORE ⤵️ https://t.co/DcKeHaNbkJ #Hokies 🦃 pic.twitter.com/9Ft4cEHXqC— Virginia Tech Men’s Basketball (@HokiesMBB) April 8, 2019″Coach Young has earned tremendous respect and admiration across the nation for the integrity and winning tradition that were trademarks of his program at Wofford,” Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said. The news of Young’s hiring comes less than a week after former Hokies head coach Buzz Williams took the coaching job at Texas A&M. Williams was 100-69 in five seasons at Virginia Tech and brought the Hokies to the Sweet 16 in 2019. The pursuit of Young also came on the heels of the news that Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, who Virginia Tech had targeted for its vacancy, would be staying with the Pirates. MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20Young went 299-244 with the Terriers and took them to five NCAA Tournaments in 10 seasons. He will assume a Hokies roster that brings back a cast led by Kerry Blackshear Jr. and potentially Nickeil Alexander-Walker, depending on whether he declares for the NBA Draft.”I’ve long admired Virginia Tech from afar for its principles, as well as for the ability of its athletic programs to consistently win with integrity,” Young said. “I can’t wait to meet our student-athletes, support staff and fans as we prepare to get to work in Blacksburg.” Virginia Tech has found its new coach.The Hokies announced on Sunday that Mike Young has been hired as their new head coach. Young had previously held the same position at Wofford, where he led the Terriers to a 30-5 record and an undefeated mark in conference play that led to a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. As a result, he was named Sporting News Coach of the Year.last_img read more

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Curtis Moore, 47, Wellington: January 5, 1966 – July 23, 2013

first_imgCurtis MooreCurtis Moore, 47, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.Memorial services will be held August 3, 2013 at his home, 1009 N. Blaine Street, Wellington from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to come, visit and share memories. A memorial has been established for his daughter’s college education and may be left with the Bank of Commerce & Trust in Wellington. Arrangements are with the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.Curtis Drew Moore was born January 5, 1966 the son of Floyd and Beverly (Mead) Moore in Larned. Curtis met Christina Leon on July 24, 1985 and was united in marriage on August 10, 1995. He worked at Dee’s Café, Vanaman’s Plumbing, Hardee’s, Pizza Hut, and Floyd’s Plumbing. He was known as Mr. Mom to his daughter Grace while his wife worked. Curtis enjoyed computer games, loved to fly remote control airplanes, watching Star Trek, Zombie movies and listening to music. He loved his family, friends and being at home.He is survived by his wife, Christina (Kris) of the home, daughter, Grace of Wellington; his parents, Floyd and Beverly Moore of Wellington; sisters, Penny Hilton, Cindy Clark and Sherry Pitts all of Hutchinson.Preceding him in death are his grandparents.last_img read more

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Yorkshire’s charge continues at Boys’ County Finals

first_img In the second match of the session, BB&O and Somerset were involved in a close tussle. Conor Gough and Harrison Arnold claimed the first point for BB&O with a strong finish. They were all square after 13 but solid pars won them the next three holes and gave then a 3/2 result.  Adam Jolly and Ollie Brimfield (pictured left) gave Somerset the lead when they held their nerve to win on the 18th. They had been 4up after 12 before losing four holes in a row to drop back to all square after 16. A winning par on 17 put them ahead again and the 1up result was theirs when the 18th was halved in birdie.   Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 30 Aug 2017 Yorkshire’s charge continues at Boys’ County Finals Click here for full scores and singles draw Click here for full scores and singles draw Tags: Boy’s County Finals, Yorkshire In the third game, Staffordshire took charge early on and were 2up after eight, but Yorkshire’s Michael Hay and Charlie Daughtrey won five holes in a row, helped by birdies on 12 and 13, to get to three up. Ollie Read and James Bailey came straight back with their own birdie on 14, but Yorkshire won 15 and the match ended 3/2 when 16 was halved.  Yorkshire continued their charge at the English Boys’ County Championship when they won all three foursomes for the second day in a row at Northamptonshire County.  In the other match, Somerset take a 2-1 lead over BB&O – Berks, Bucks and Oxon – before the singles. In the third game, Staffordshire took charge early on and were 2up after eight, but Yorkshire’s Michael Hay and Charlie Daughtrey won five holes in a row, helped by birdies on 12 and 13, to get to three up. Ollie Read and James Bailey came straight back with their own birdie on 14, but Yorkshire won 15 and the match ended 3/2 when 16 was halved.  The game was all square until the 12th when Yorkshire’s Callum Macfie and George Heath pulled away with a birdie on 13 and went on to win 3/1.  In the second match of the session, BB&O and Somerset were involved in a close tussle. Conor Gough and Harrison Arnold claimed the first point for BB&O with a strong finish. They were all square after 13 but solid pars won them the next three holes and gave then a 3/2 result.  Yorkshire’s second pair, James Swash and Ben Schmidt (pictured top), appeared to be well in control at 3up after 14 – but Staffordshire took them to the last. Harry Fearn and Tom Beasley had a birdie on 15, a well holed 10-footer on 16 for a half to keep the game alive, and another birdie on 17. But Yorkshire came through 1up when the 18th was halved in par.  Adam Jolly and Ollie Brimfield gave Somerset the lead when they held their nerve to win on the 18th. They had been 4up after 12 before losing four holes in a row to drop back to all square after 16. A winning par on 17 put them back in the lead and the 1up result was theirs when the 18th was halved in birdie.   In the other match, Somerset take a 2-1 lead over BB&O – Berks, Bucks and Oxon – before the singles. Yorkshire’s second pair, James Swash and Ben Schmidt, appeared to be well in control at 3up after 14 – but Staffordshire took them to the last. Harry Fearn and Tom Beasley had a birdie on 15, a well holed 10-footer on 16 for a half to keep the game alive, and another birdie on 17. But Yorkshire came through 1up when the 18th was halved in par.  But behind them, the games went Somerset’s way. Huxley Howell and Louis Archer pulled off a grandstand finish to secure the team’s first point. They had been three down on the front nine but worked their way to a 1up lead on the back nine, only to drop behind once more, losing the 16th to go 1down. However they won 17 and 18 with pars to grab their 1up win.  Yorkshire’s opponents, Staffordshire, made the northerners fight for their win, with highlights such as the eagle two, scored in the top game by Jack Smith and James Wilkes on the par four eighth.   The game was all square until the 12th when Yorkshire’s Callum Macfie and George Heath pulled away with a birdie on 13 and went on to win 3/1.  Yorkshire’s opponents, Staffordshire, made the northerners fight for their win, with highlights such as the eagle two, scored in the top game by Jack Smith and James Wilkes on the par four eighth.   But behind them, the games went Somerset’s way with a pair of grandstand finishes. Huxley Howell and Louis Archer had been three down on the front nine but worked their way to a 1up lead on the back nine, only to drop behind once more, losing the 16th to go 1down. However they won 17 and 18 with pars to grab their 1up win. last_img read more

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T20 Big Bash paving way to identify more talent

first_img24 teams have registered for this year with games played across six venues in Port Moresby and the Central Province.Teams have been slotted into 4 pools with the top two to qualify for the finals.POMCA president Dean Ani said the T20 Big Bash had brought together teams from all over the Central Province combined with teams from Port Moresby which made the competition tough.“This is an awesome initiative by POMCA to identify more cricket talent and of prospect players and officials from the participating teams, and especially from the Central teams,”said Ani.He acknowledged the support from their major sponsors, the International Training Institute, Cricket PNG and Badili Hardware for making the tournament a reality.He said there were plans to make the T20 Big Bash an annual event.The finals will be played on September 12th – 13th.last_img read more

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