United News to offload £72m property

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Unai Emery and Edu praise Joe Willock after Arsenal midfielder signs new deal

first_imgUnai Emery and Edu praise Joe Willock after Arsenal midfielder signs new deal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Sep 2019 12:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Joe Willock has made an impressive breakthrough at Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has praised the rapid development of Joe Willock after the 20-year-old midfielder signed a new long-term contract.Willock made several eye-catching performances last season and was one of Arsenal’s best performers during an impressive pre-season campaign.The England Under-21 international was rewarded with a place in the starting line-up on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and kept his place for the matches against Burnley and Liverpool.Willock has now made 20 senior appearances in total and Emery, as well as the club’s technical director Edu, expect the academy graduate to continue making rapid progress.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery said: ‘Joe has progressed a lot in the last year. He is technically strong and has shown the confidence to take responsibility and play his game whatever the occasion or opposition.‘I’m looking forward to working with to help him develop further and fulfil his potential.’‘We’re delighted that Joe has committed his long-term future to us,’ added Edu.The best is yet to come! 💫Keep shining, @JoeWillock 👊 pic.twitter.com/P46neBWzKG— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 12, 2019 ‘The hard work of the academy coaches and staff, Joe, his family and everyone behind the scenes have been key to the development of his potential.‘Bringing young players through to the first team from the academy is an important part of our approach and Joe’s progression is a good example for how we want to work in the future.‘Joe has shown hard work and determination to get this far. He’s continuing to develop and we look forward to him making a big contribution to the club.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Greenwich tenders £100m multi-asset mandate as strategy shift continues

first_imgMulti-asset strategy10% Diversified alternatives10% Greenwich’s local authority pension fund is tendering a £100m (€139m) absolute return mandate, bringing to £700m the value of tenders recently conducted by the scheme.In the tender, for a multi-asset pooled fund, Greeenwich said it was looking for a manager to outperform the three-month sterling LIBOR rate by a significant margin, defined as 3-5%.The local authority pension scheme (LGPS) said it would expect the pooled solution to grant it exposure to asset classes including equities, bonds, currencies, commodities and property but added that it would not consider hedge-fund-of-fund solutions.Asset managers have until 23 February to register their interest with the council’s procurement department.   Emerging markets active10% Greenwich strategic allocation Greenwich strategic allocation Asset ClassTarget  Smart beta10% UK equities 5% cap weighted15% Bonds20%  UK Aggregate Bond Fund10%  Multi-asset credit10% Overseas Equities35% Property10%  Global equity passive15% The tender comes as the scheme implements its new strategic asset allocation. The new allocation calls for a 10% exposure to multi-asset strategies, standing alongside a 10% exposure to diversified alternatives, for which it launched the manager search in November.It has also tendered £400m worth of equity mandates and, more recently, a £100m emerging market equity mandate.last_img read more

Townsville agent takes out top gong at young auctioneers competition

first_img Slice of history offers endless opportunity READ MORE Photo: From left: Runner-up Jack Henshaw, Elders, Goondiwindi & Winner Liam Kirkwood, Ray White Livestock, Townsville.Owner of Ray White Rural Townsville and Charters Towers, Liam Kirkwood, has taken out the top gong at the Queensland Young Auctioneers competition on August 9. The 23-year-old from Townsville took home the Queensland Country Life Shield and the Don Steele AM Cup.He also gained automatic entry for the national final in Sydney in early 2020. Mr Kirkwood said he was stunned by his victory in a strong field of 10 competitors at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane.READ MORE Timeless charmer with unbelievable views More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Liam Kirkwood poses with the silverware he won at the 2019 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition at the Ekka.“It is just starting to sink in now but I was stunned when I won,” Mr Kirkwood said.“It’s been a big ride for me over the last eight months and it’s a great accolade to win, not just for me but for Ray White Rural heading into its 25th year.“I was getting pretty nervous last night when people were telling me I was in with a chance. To be honest, I just came here today for the experience first and foremost.”Mr Kirkwood had only started full-time auctioneering at the beginning of 2019 when he took over the rural and livestock business in Townsville. center_img Ray White rural and livestock auctioneer Liam Kirkwood.Jack Henshaw, Elders, Goondiwindi was named runner-up after a fierce competition.ALPA CEO, Andy Madigan said the competition was a display of the talent involved in auctioneering. “There is nothing better than watching these young auctioneers do what they are passionate about and great at,” Mr Madigan said. “They really do put on a good show that demonstrates the art of auctioneering and that there is a lot more involved than just talking fast.” Hamptons style display home targets first home buyerslast_img read more

The Latest: LSU to resume voluntary workouts June 8

first_img___Georgetown coach and former Hoyas and Knicks star Patrick Ewing says he has tested positive for COVID-19.A statement issued by the university Friday said Ewing is at a local hospital. The school said the 57-year-old coach is the only member of his team to have tested positive for the coronavirus.As a player, Ewing helped Georgetown win the 1984 NCAA championship and reach two other title games. He was taken by New York with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___College football national champion LSU announced it will resume voluntary workouts for players on June 8 in accordance with a decision Friday by the Southeastern Conference. “We believe our student-athletes can and will receive the best possible care under the daily and strict supervision of our medical personnel and athletic trainers and in a facility designed to accommodate the unique needs of elite-level athletes,” LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said Friday.The SEC’s decision Friday left the reopening of athletic facilities on or after June 8 to the discretion of individual institutions as they seek to minimize exposure of athletes and staff to the coronavirus. Woodward said earlier this month that LSU was preparing to reopen its football training center as early as June 1, if the SEC decided not to extend an earlier closure order that was set to expire May 31. That order was extended by a week on Friday.The Tigers, who went 15-0 last season, have not lost since falling in seven overtimes at Texas A&M on Nov. 24, 2018.“Our administration has worked very hard to make sure that all of the necessary safety procedures and protocols are in place to keep our team safe and healthy,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “This is a great first step to take in order for us to get back to playing the great game of college football in the fall.”LSU said it will follow a series of “enhanced protocols” that entail strict, daily health screenings for athletes and staff. Submitting to temperature checks and answering a Centers for Disease Control questionnaire will be required for entry to the training center. Physical distancing rules are in place as well as required education about COVID-19 for athletes and staff which also will be provided to players’ parents and guardians. LSU will have the ability to test for the presence of the virus as well as antibodies, and staff have been certified in contact tracing. The impetus this time is finances. In the last two weeks, Bowling Green and Furman have dropped baseball to trim costs. Moving the bulk of the season into warmer months would reduce travel costs for northern teams, help increase attendance and revenue from concessions and merchandise for most schools and allow players to miss less class time.Bakich says Division I coaches have given widespread approval to the proposal. He says the next step is to recruit athletic directors who will take up the cause, bring it to faculty athletic representatives and presidents and get it entered into the NCAA legislative process.___The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall.Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines. ___The NCAA is permitting athletes in all sports to participate in voluntary athletic activities on campus beginning June 1.NCAA’s Division I Council announced Wednesday that it was lifting its moratorium on voluntary workouts in football and men’s and women’s basketball at the end of the month. The NCAA applied it to all sports Friday.The current waiver allowing teams to require eight hours of virtual non-physical activities in all sports also has been extended.Football Bowl Subdivision members of the Council also have decided FBS schools can’t host football camps and clinics this summer. FBS coaches, including graduate assistants, are prohibited from working at football camps and clinics being held at other four-year NCAA schools. ___Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is starting the “202 Assist” program to help with paying rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The John Wall Family Foundation set a goal of raising $300,000 over the next month.The program is named for Washington’s area code and will work with the city to find those in need and disperse funds.Wall is a five-time NBA All-Star who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Wizards in the 2010 draft. He sat out all of the 2019-20 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon. ___The Arizona Diamondbacks have started individual workouts as baseball begins a measured return to play from the coronavirus pandemic.A small number of players worked out at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Salt River Fields, their spring training facility about 20 miles away in Scottsdale. The players were separated as much as possible to follow league-mandated guidelines, and the workouts were cleared by Major League Baseball.The baseball season was put on hold in early March due to COVID-19, two weeks before Opening Day.___ Associated Press ___Alabama-Huntsville is dropping men’s hockey and men’s and women’s tennis as part of budget cuts in response to the coronavirus pandemic.School officials said athletes in those sports who want to join another team’s roster will be released without penalty and free to transfer immediately. If they choose to stay, their current scholarships will be honored for the duration of their academic careers.Alabama-Huntsville was one of the only southern schools to have a men’s hockey varsity program. The Chargers won Division II national titles in 1996 and 1998 and were Division II runners-up in 1994 and 1997 before making the move to the Division I level for the 1998-99 season.Men’s hockey had been the lone Division I sport for Alabama-Huntsville. It competes at the Division II level in all other sports. May 22, 2020 His foundation donated 2,300 masks and hundreds of meals to front-line workers in Washington and in his home state of North Carolina in April.___Novak Djokovic is planning to set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.The top-ranked player’s media team says the Adria Tour will start in Belgrade on June 13 and end on July 5 with Djokovic’s exhibition match against Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo. The other events are scheduled for the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar, Montenegro and Banja Luka in northern Bosnia.Djokovic will play in all of the round robin tournaments. The other participants are to include Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov. The Latest: LSU to resume voluntary workouts June 8 ___Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he thinks college football will return on schedule with some level of fans in the stands.Abbott has already issued new rules to allow youth sports leagues to resume in June and for some professional leagues to hold events without spectators. But the state rules have so far not touched college sports.“Once we get to college football season, our goal right now is to have college football season start as planned, with fans in stands,” the Republican governor told Austin television station KXAN. “What we don’t know is what the capacity level would be.”The University of Texas announced this week it would open campus to students for the regularly scheduled Aug. 26 start of the fall semester. But officials have not detailed social distancing plans or how the school will handle residence halls and athletics. Organizers left open the possibility that the “humanitarian” tour could be played in front of spectators.No professional tennis tournaments have been played since March. The French Open has been postponed and Wimbledon has been canceled because of the coronavirus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The NFL released its 2020 schedule last month. The Steelers will play 10 games at Heinz Field, beginning with a preseason meeting with Tampa Bay on Aug. 14. The Steelers will make full refunds available “if the NFL or the team cancels a game and it cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending.” If games are postponed or rescheduled, the tickets will be valid for the new date.___The Southeastern Conference is allowing voluntary athletic activities to occur on each of its campuses starting June 8, at the discretion of each university.SEC officials noted the workouts would take place “under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.” The Big Sky Conference will reduce conference schedules in men’s and women’s basketball to 16 games.The decision by the conference’s President’s Council will be a one-year adjustment to help members cut expenses during the coronavirus pandemic and have more flexibility in nonconference scheduling.Schedules will be released at a later date, with geographic proximity as part of the criteria.The Big Sky previously had a 20-game, double round-robin schedule that began with two games in early December.The conference tournament will return to Boise, Idaho for the third straight year next March. The governing body for Texas public high school sports says it will allow on-campus summer strength and conditioning programs as the state gradually eases rules put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.The University Interscholastic League canceled its spring sports championships, which were interrupted just as the boys’ basketball tournament was getting started in March. Schools have been closed for about two months.Rules for summer conditioning programs require workouts be voluntary and students should be allowed to participate virtually from home if they want to. No showers or locker rooms can be used and there should be at least one staff member per 20 students to ensure proper social distancing, hygiene and safety measures.Schools must provide hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations. All equipment must be disinfected throughout the day.Schools are also encouraged to pre-screen any students or staff prior to workouts for any signs of illness. ___Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton raised over $200,000 for COVID-19 relief during an 11-hour radiothon.Connaughton was on the air on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee and 100.5 ESPN Madison throughout the day Thursday. He was joined on air at various times by Bucks teammates Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donte DiVincenzo and Kyle Korver as well as coach Mike Budenholzer, general manager Jon Horst and co-owner Marc Lasry.His guests on the radio show included Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Packers coach Matt LaFleur, Milwaukee Brewers players Christian Yelich and Josh Hader, Brewers manager Craig Counsell, and Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard.Connaughton’s show raised $205,859 for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, and Connaughton’s With Us Foundation. The $205,859 total included a match of all donations by Herb Kohl Philanthropies. ___A group of Power Five coaches led by Michigan’s Erik Bakich is proposing a later start to the 2022 college baseball season.Under the proposal, there would be nine weeks of preseason practice instead of five, the regular season would run from the third week of March to the third week of June and the College World Series would wrap up the last week of July. Currently, regular season begins the third week of February and the CWS ends the last week of June.Past efforts to move back the season were rooted in cold-weather schools’ concerns about competitive equity because they had to travel to the South or West to play games the first month of the season. The world tour would resume at the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6 in an updated calendar released by the Badminton World Federation.The Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Denmark are confirmed on the new dates of Oct. 3-11 and the World Tour Finals have been pushed back a week to Dec. 16-20.The season-ending Finals in Guangzhou is one of five tournaments in China at the end of the year. That is not including the Hong Kong Open in November.The Asia championships scheduled for April in Wuhan have been canceled and the European championships remain without a new date after being suspended since April.The BWF says it is still working on how to unfreeze the rankings and make necessary changes to Olympic qualifying. The SEC had suspended all athletic activities through May 31 due to the pandemic. SEC officials consider June 8 the start of a transition period allowing student-athletes to adapt gradually to full training.The SEC decided to resume athletic activities June 8 with the guidance of the league’s task force on medical guidance and return to activity. That task force includes public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from each of the league’s 14 member schools. The task force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining clean environments to serve as a guide for each school.Permitted actions are limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel.___Badminton is aiming to begin its revamped schedule in mid-August at the Hyderabad Open in India.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) led off the eighth inning with a homer to help Tampa Bay beat Toronto for the second time Sunday, 7-5. The Rays tied the game when Austin Meadows scored from first after Jays right fielder Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernandez misplayed Yandy Diaz’s single with two out in the seventh. The game was shortened to seven innings due to the completion of the suspended game.— Orlando Arcia homered, collected three hits and scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Braun’s single in the seventh inning of the Brewers’ third straight win over the Cubs, 6-5. Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) also homered and Milwaukee’s bullpen trio of Josh Hader, David Phelps and Devin Williams combined to strike out six over the final three innings. — Homers by Chad Pinder, Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien highlighted the Athletics’ nine-run fifth in a 15-3 dismantling of the Giants. Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) delivered a two-run triple in the big rally that supported Mike Fiers (FY’-urz), who allowed two runs over six innings.— Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) drove in three runs and five pitchers combined on a two-hitter in the Braves’ 4-0 shutout of the Marlins. Markakis opened the scoring with an RBI single and capped it with a two-run double as Atlanta took the rubber match of the three—game series.— Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings as the Nationals beat the Orioles, 6-5 to take the rubber match of their three-game set. Scherzer and the Nats blew a four-run lead before Washington scored an unearned run in the eighth on a throwing error by third baseman Rio Ruiz. The American won her first LPGA Tour title in nearly three years along with a confidence boost ahead of the British Open. The 35-year-old Lewis earned her 13th LPGA Tour victory and first since the birth of her first child, Chesnee, in October 2018. The former top-ranked Lewis shot 1-over 72 in the final round to join Munoz, Cheyenne Knight and Emily Kristine Pedersen in a four-way playoff.F1-SPANISH GPNo worries: Hamilton wins Spanish GP for 88th victory in F1MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has coasted to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to extend his championship lead. Hamilton’s 88th career victory leaves him three behind Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record. Associated Press Elsewhere around the majors:— The White Sox tied a major league record by belting four consecutive home runs in a 7-2 thumping of the Cardinals. Roel Ramirez became the first pitcher in big league history to surrender four straight homers in his major league debut when Yoán (yoh-AHN’) Moncada, Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’), José Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) and Eloy Jiménez connected during a six-run fifth.— The Astros pulled out their fourth straight win by knocking off the Mariners, 3-2 on Kyle Tucker’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Andre Scrubb, Enoli Paredes, Blake Taylor and Ryan Pressly combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Lance McCullers.— Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and rookie Randy Dobnak improved to 4-1 by pitching into the sixth inning of the Twins’ 4-2 victory against the Royals. Dobnak allowed a pair of solo homers but just one other hit over 5 1/3 innings.— The Rays won the completion of Saturday’s suspended game as Brandon Lowe hit a solo home run in the ninth to lead a 3-2 downing of the Blue Jays. Lowe went deep for the fourth straight game after lacing a double in the seventh. The NCAA has no jurisdiction over major college football, so the conferences have been left to make their own calls. The ACC, SEC and Big 12 are among six conferences moving forward with plans to play in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have postponed fall sports and are hoping to reschedule next spring.A group of Big Ten football players including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields posted an online petition on Twitter Sunday asking the Big Ten reinstate the schedule the conference released six days before it pulled the plug. Player parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska have sent letters to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren asking for the conference to reverse course.PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPHerman wins in Greensboro, gets FedEx Cup nodGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jim Herman rallied to win the Wyndham Championship and a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Matthew Barzal scored 4:28 into overtime to give the Isles a 2-1 triumph over the Washington Capitals. Barzal’s goal came moments after Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov (SEHM-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stoned Jakub Vrana (vah-RAH’-nah) on a breakaway.Anders Lee scored for the third straight game to give the Islanders a first-period lead but the Caps tied it when Evgeni Kuznetsov (kooz-NEHT’-sahv) beat Varlamov on a breakaway. That was the only puck to get past Varlamov, who has allowed just five goals in the series.Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots for the Capitals, who will try to avoid elimination on Tuesday.In other Stanley Cup first-round action:— Joe Pavelski recorded his first career playoff hat trick before the Stars scored 16:05 into overtime to complete a 5-4 win over the Flames, evening the series at two games apiece. John Klingberg has been credited with the goal, but he and the team asked for a scoring change by insisting Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) deflected the shot into the net. Pavelski capped his hat trick by beating Cam Talbot with just under 12 seconds left in regulation. AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly seized control at the Senior Players Championship with a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Firestone, sending him to a 1-under 69 and a two-shot victory for his first major on the PGA Tour Champions.Kelly was clinging to a one-shot lead over Scott Parel when he hit a soft cut with a 5-iron that landed in front of the hole and rolled in for an ace. He and Parel were the only players to finish under par on the South Course at Firestone.LPGA-LADIES SCOTTISH OPENLewis wins Ladies Scottish Open title NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Stacy Lewis holed a long birdie putt to see off three rivals at the first playoff hole and win the Ladies Scottish Open. Update on the latest sports Hamilton finished a sizable 24 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen, who has eight podiums in the past nine races. Hamilton leads Verstappen by 37 points. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEIslanders go up 3-0UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders own a three-games-to-none lead in their NHL first-round series against the team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago. NFL-NEWSWashington QB Smith cleared for practiceUNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Alex Smith has been activated off the physically unable to perform list by Washington’s NFL team. It is the latest step in a remarkable recovery after his right leg was broken in two places during a game nearly two years ago. Sunday’s move means that Smith now is allowed to participate in Washington’s padded practices when the team can move to that phase of training camp Tuesday. He hasn’t played since November 2018.In other NFL news: August 16, 2020 Yankees’ LeMahieu on injured list with sprained left thumbNEW YORK (AP) — American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the Yankees because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines.LeMahieu was hurt during an awkward swing in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s 11-5 victory over Boston and left the game two innings later. LeMahieu is hitting .411 with two homers and eight RBIs.NASCAR-DAYTONA — The Jets have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran Chris Hogan to boost their banged-up wide receiver corps. Hogan spent last season with Carolina but caught just eight passes for 67 yards in seven games while missing a large chunk of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSNCAA’s top doctor: COVID-19 testing needs to improve to playUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic. However, Dr. Brian Hainline told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Testing of athletes will need to increase when competition begins. The availability and turnaround times of COVID-19 tests is still a problem in parts of the country. Hainline told CNN: “Right now, if testing stays at it is, there’s no way we can go forward with sports.” Elliott tames Daytona road courseDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott won the Cup Series road course race at Daytona International Speedway by holding off hard-charging Denny Hamlin following a late restart and notching his third consecutive victory away from ovals.The 24-year-old Elliott also won on road courses at Charlotte and at Watkins Glen last year. He got a bigger challenge than many expected down the stretch in his latest roadie.Hamlin finished second, followed Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.Kyle Busch had the best shot at catching Elliott, but the defending series champion had rear brake issues with 17 laps to go and was forced to the garage for a lengthy repair. MLB-SCHEDULE20 straight for Indians against TigersUNDATED (AP) — The only constant in Major League Baseball these days seems to be the Cleveland Indians beating the Detroit Tigers.The Indians knocked off the Tigers for the 20th consecutive time dating to last season as Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes homered twice in Cleveland’s 8-5 victory. Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Sandy Leon also homered as the Indians Reyes homered three times in the three-game sweep but exited in the ninth inning after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.Cleveland extended its team record for consecutive wins against the same team. The big league record is 23 set by the Orioles against the Royals in 1969 and ’70. — Andrew McCutchen entered as a mid-game injury replacement and hit a go-ahead, two-run home run to help the Phillies beat the Mets, 6-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Zack Wheeler gave up two runs and struck out four over seven solid innings versus his former team.— Keibert Ruiz homered in his first major league at-bat and Corey Seager belted a three-run homer as the Dodgers ripped the Angels, 8-3 to complete a sweep of the Freeway Series. Max Muncy had a two-run homer and Matt Beaty also went deep to help the Dodgers pick up their fifth straight win and improve to an NL-leading 16-7.— Jon Gray struck out seven over a season-high seven solid innings and was backed by a 14-hit attack as the Rockies outscored the Rangers, 10-6. Ryan McMahon homered and Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon had two hits and two RBIs each to help Colorado end a three-game skid.— Eduardo Escobar smacked a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning to send the Diamondbacks past the Padres, 5-4. Kole Calhoun opened the scoring with a two-run blast before Arizona improved to 8-3 in 11 games since a 3-8 start.MLB-YANKEES-LEMAHIEU NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOMLindblom joins Flyers for playoffs after cancer treatmentTORONTO (AP) — Oskar Lindblom has joined the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL playoff bubble in Toronto. Lindblom is with the team for the first time since he was diagnosed with bone cancer in December. There is no timetable for a return to the lineup.Lindblom turned 24 on Saturday and a day later he received a rousing applause from the Flyers during morning skate. Herman capped his third PGA victory by shooting a 7-under 63 for a one-stroke victory over Billy Horshel. Herman overcame a four-stroke deficit in the final round and overtook Horschel with a birdie on the 71st hole.The 42-year-old Herman finished at 21-under.Horschel closed with a 65. He had a final chance to tie on the 72nd hole, but his 8-foot birdie putt slid left of the cup.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPKelly gets 1st major winlast_img read more

Wildcats outsmart, outplay Badgers

first_imgEVANSTON, Ill. –?With the Wisconsin football team leading the Big Ten in rushing defense, the Northwestern Wildcats did what any logical opponent would do?when faced with such a stiff test on the ground.They took to the air with reckless abandon.NU quarterback?and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year candidate Mike Kafka attempted 40 passes against the Badgers beleaguered secondary, completing 26 for 326 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-31?UW loss?Saturday.The Badgers were blitzkrieged?early, giving up a touchdown on the first drive of the game and 27 points in the first half.The 248 yards passing and 33 points for the game were the most the Badgers have given up all season.As if Kafka wasn’t doing enough damage on his own, Northwestern found the end zone on a 38-yard wide receiver pass by Zeke Markshausen.“I think what it was is they knew a lot of the stuff that we were doing,” UW junior cornerback Niles Brinkley said. “They knew the concepts, they knew what coverages we were doing. … It was just them making a couple of big play that we didn’t make.”“It was crazy,” UW senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden added. “They was calling out names of our coverages out, right down to the number. It was crazy.”Only sacked once in 40 pass attempts, the UW pass rushers hit home several times throughout the game only to find the elusive quarterback scrambling.Although Kafka only finished with 17 yards on seven carries, the mobile senior often robbed Wisconsin of a drive-killing sack.Making pass rushers even more frustrated, the Wildcats utilize a quick hitting spread attack, usually getting rid of the ball on three step drops or short out routes.“Their offensive line did a great job,” UW sophomore defensive end J.J. Watt said. “And Kafka got the ball out real quick. We tried to get our hands up to bat some balls away, but we just didn’t do that. We put a lot of pressure on our D-backs because we didn’t get enough pressure on the quarterback.”“It’s extremely hard and it’s really frustrating as a defensive lineman, even if you win you may not get there.”Although Wisconsin scored a reasonable 14 points in the first half utilizing a balanced attack, UW took a note from Northwestern’s playbook and came out in the second half throwing.The Badgers threw 10 straight times with mixed success to open up the third quarter, moving the ball 51 yards but only coming away with a field goal. UW quarterback Scott Tolzien hit wide receiver Nick Toon for 25 yards and Garrett Graham for 14 yards on the drive, but the Badgers were stalled by two Isaac Anderson penalties.“We thought there were some opportunities down the field,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “Scotty [Tolzien] has been pretty clean with his reads and just based off what they had been able to do against us in the run game I thought we would loosen it up a bit.”Trailing by nine points entering the fourth quarter, the Badgers quickly cut the lead to two points when Tolzien hit Graham in the end zone for his second touchdown of the game.It was the last time the Wisconsin seniors would score in a Big Ten game, however, as the Badgers turned the ball over two times in their final three drives.“Probably danced with the devil too many times,” Bielema said of UW closing out late in games. “Even with 42 seconds, I guarantee there was not anyone on our sideline that didn’t think we would win that game.”Wisconsin’s last good chance came with 3:43 left in the game and the Badgers starting on their own 34-yard line.After picking up a first down on a five-yard interference call, UW went to sophomore running back John Clay on third-and-one. Having a decent game to that point with 100 yards on 23 carries, Clay fumbled the ball running into the back of senior tight end Mickey Turner.“It was me just trying to fight for extra yards,” Clay said. “I wasn’t holding the ball high and tight. … I tried to jump over [Mickey Turner] at the same time so I could get the first down, but I ran into him.”?????last_img read more

Justyn Knight discusses losing shoe in ACC championship race and ensuing social media blowup

first_imgJustyn Knight didn’t check his phone.He woke up late Monday, rushed to Manley Field House, ran at practice and took an ice bath.Knight finally checked his Twitter while walking out of Manley, across the green turf of the football field.“All I could think was, ‘Wow,’” Knight said. “This was actually real.”The notifications button had a blue bubble with “20+” on it. It ended up being more like 200-plus. Bleacher Report, SB Nation and ESPN tweets poured in. Friends texted, freaking out about how awesome this all was.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Knight had won the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships 1500-meter race Saturday. And he did it running without a shoe. He beat the runner-up by .06 seconds, running a 3:47.85 en route to the gold.“I knew I didn’t want to come in second without a shoe,” he said in a post-race interview. “I had to come in first.”Knight had just finished the first lap of the three and three-quarters lap race when it happened. Heading into the first turn of the second lap, a runner stepped on his shoe and it came off, but just a little. The shoe had spikes on them, making them crucial to success on the track. Knight couldn’t ditch the kicks, so he kept running.“I’m not going to lie, I was worried,” Knight said. “My first ACC Championship and there were a lot of eyes on me from past performances, but I realized I don’t have enough time to think about what’s wrong and what’s happening.”Knight said he figured coming in that the ACCs would be a tactical race, meaning runners wouldn’t be going for personal records. They’d sit back and kick at the end, or run a steady pace out front from the beginning. Knight thought the race was getting too slow, so he seized the lead heading into that turn, which is when his shoe was stepped on.He ran nearly one-and-a-half laps with the uncomfortable shoes, landing on the heel with the middle of his foot with each stride. With about 500 meters to go, he decided the spike’s grip wasn’t worth it.“I just couldn’t do it anymore,” he said. “I knew I wouldn’t win it with a shoe half-on, half-off.”He over-extended his right foot and flicked off his shoe. His left leg felt faster than his right, but he pushed forward and held off the Virginia Tech challenger, Neil Gourley.After the race, the runner who stepped on Knight’s shoe came over and apologized. Knight’s not sure of his name, but knows the two laughed about it.This isn’t the first instance Knight’s had issues with his shoes while running. No one knew he was a runner until 10th-grade gym class. At Knight’s first competitive meet, he wore basketball shoes to run.“I do have shoe problems,” Knight said, laughing. “I guess I just pick the wrong ones.”This wasn’t his most satisfying win, he said, but that it presented an incredible learning experience. He built a lot of self-confidence because, even when things go wrong, he knows he can pull it together and go get it.Knight will run again in the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Florida, which starts May 28.“I hope I can keep both shoes on,” Knight said, laughing. “I just hope nothing interesting happens.” Comments Published on May 19, 2015 at 1:08 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 3 Syracuse fends off No. 21 Virginia Tech comeback, 14-13

first_img Published on April 3, 2019 at 6:29 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ From the time Emily Hawryschuk scored the 14th and final goal for Syracuse, to the time the final whistle blew, Syracuse committed 11 fouls. They were fouls that put the Orange down a player, fouls that led to free-position shots and fouls that led to Virginia Tech goals in a game decided by one point. It was the second time this season the opening draw took place over a gold circle with CMB overlapping in the middle instead of standing over an orange block S. Last time the Orange played at Christian Brothers Academy, they came back against then-No. 12 Notre Dame. On Wednesday, SU almost discovered what it felt like to be the Fighting Irish in SU’s 10-9 win. The Hokies (8-6, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) staged a comeback, but No. 3 Syracuse (13-2, 5-1) outlasted VT and won by one point, 14-13.“We hung on, we did what we needed to do to get the W and made it exciting for the fans, again,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. Syracuse started the game in a similar fashion as most games this season: score early and score a lot. Within a minute of Hawryschuk winning the opening draw, Mary Rahal scored. Then Megan Carney, Vanessa Costantino and Meaghan Tyrrell scored within a minute of each other and SU was up by four. When they were up 5-1, a shooting space penalty gave Nicole Levy a free-position attempt. She wound her stick a few times waiting for the whistle. When it came, she passed to Rahal who was running toward the goal. Rahal caught the ball but soon lost it and Virginia Tech’s goalie scooped it. Cradling it a few times, her stick tipped back too far and caused an own goal, giving the Orange a 6-1 advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia Tech’s own goal was a turning point. Moving forward, SU was unable to run up the score and struggled to keep Virginia Tech from scoring. After the Hokies responded to the own goal, and SU netted one more, the Orange suffered 12 dry minutes. During those 12 minutes, the Hokies brought it within three.Prior to Wednesday, SU hadn’t allowed an unranked team to get within six goals going into the second half. The Hokies did, almost going into the half three goals behind the Orange, similar to SU in its comeback win against Notre Dame.With 17 seconds before the first half whistle blew, Levy was in a scrum. Surrounded by black jerseys in front of the goal, her white uniform stood out as she twisted her stick and found the net to give SU a four goals lead.It was the start of SU’s longest scoring run since VT’s own goal. Coming out of the half, Carney was awarded an open net free position shot she converted on then, the freshman assisted Hawryschuk on the junior’s 50th goal of the season. Then, Syracuse started to foul, leading to player down and free-position opportunities. “We had some cross checks, some sticks got close to the head,” Gait said. “They made the calls. We went man-down a few times.”The Hokies were set up for multiple scoring opportunities. A foul by Ella Simkins led to a VT free position shot. SU goalie Asa Goldstock saved it, but, moments later, a foul by freshman Sarah Cooper led to another free position attempt for the Hokies. This time, the ball found the net and SU’s lead was down to four. Twice more as the clock wound down Virginia Tech was awarded a free position shot. Both were overshot. The first was intercepted by SU defender Kerry Defliese. The second time though, the ball flew past the end line. Players from both teams rushed to the spot where the ball exited the field of play with their sticks outstretched. Virginia Tech was awarded possession and that quickly turned into a goal. The Hokies were down by two with a minute and a half left. Hawryschuk won the draw control for SU but VT caused a turnover on Tyrrell. They cleared the ball and scored with the clock stopped at 30 seconds. Hawryschuk was at the draw again. She won it and SU played keep away for the final seconds, keeping Virginia Tech just out of reach of an upset.“It was a game that literally went down to the last minute,” Hawryschuk said. “Coming out with a game where we played the full 60 minutes is awesome.” Commentslast_img read more

Barrios Named Player of the Week for Fifth Time

first_imgSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Randi Brown, New Orleans; Taylor Baudoin, Central Arkansas. The Colonels are the No. 4 seed in the 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament and earned a bye into the second round. They will face the winner between No. 8 McNeese and No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday at 11 a.m. CT. All early round games of the Southland tournament will broadcast on ESPN3. FRISCO, Texas – For the fifth time this season, Nicholls junior guard Cassidy Barrios is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Jr. – Guard – Raceland. La.Barrios ended the regular season with her 14th and 15th overall double-doubles, leading Nicholls to its eighth win in the last nine games to secure the No. 4 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. In last week’s games, Barrios averaged 19.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 blocks. With Nicholls leading by just one point at the break against Southeastern in the finale, Barrios took over in the second half with 16 points to lead the Colonels to their fourth-straight victory.last_img read more