Lions picture spurs on O’Driscoll

first_img England’s visit to Dublin this weekend offers another opportunity to see off a rival at outside centre for the Test series against the Wallabies, with Manu Tuilagi his likely opposite number eight days after Welshman Jonathan Davies was outclassed. High praise greeted his performance in the championship opener at the Millennium Stadium, but O’Driscoll is far too seasoned a campaigner to take notice of the shifting sands of armchair Lions selection. “You’re not even flavour of the month now, you’re flavour of the moment,” he continued. “It’s not just one month on, one month off, now this is happening weekly and daily. You’re in the frame, then you’re gone, forgotten about. “You have to take it all with a pinch of salt. I like to think I am a decent judge of whether I’m in the mix or not. “It’s a huge honour to be a Lion – among the top 35 players in the four nations. “It is definitely an added incentive in the Six Nations in a Lions year, so you get your performances to as high a level as you can.” The Ireland centre has been installed as favourite to regain the post he filled in New Zealand eight years ago following his starring role in Saturday’s 30-22 RBS 6 Nations victory over Wales. “There’s more chat about the Lions now, more column inches. Every week there are new Lions teams for that week,” he said. Brian O’Driscoll may have delivered an emphatic “absolutely not” when asked if he had given any thought to the Lions captaincy, but the looming tour to Australia is still capturing his imagination.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ellsworth 9-10 softball team wins District 1 championship

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Little League 9-10 All Stars won their first two games of District 1 tournament play last week and clinched the championship Monday evening to head to the state tournament.Ellsworth began the tournament last Tuesday when it faced Machias Little League on the road. The team recorded a 16-10 win to start off 1-0.On Friday, Ellsworth improved to 2-0 in tournament play with a 9-2 win over Coastal Little League in Blue Hill. Anna Stevens struck out 10 batters for Ellsworth, which recorded 10 hits in the victory.Ellsworth then had the opportunity to clinch the championship undefeated Monday with a win over Machias, and the team didn’t let it go to waste. Elizabeth Boles hit a walk-off single for Ellsworth to give the team a 6-5 win in the eighth inning and clinch a spot in the upcoming state tournament in Glenburn.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThis year marks the first season for the city’s youth teams under the the Ellsworth Little League name. Under the former charter, Down East Family YMCA Little League, Ellsworth won the 9-10 district crown in 2017 and made it all the way to the state championship game in 2015.Members of the Ellsworth 9-10 All-Star team include Lily Alley, Kaylee Bagley, Lily Bean, Camryn Blugh, Elizabeth Boles, Callie Chase, Savannah Edgecomb, Brielle Grindle, Natalie Jagels, Sydney Mason, Anna Stevens and Jayden Sullivan. Josh Stevens is the team’s head coach, and Ron Bean and Steve Sullivan are assistants.last_img read more

Johnson named coach of 2010 Games

first_imgUW women\’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson was named head coach of the USA Olympic team[/media-credit]The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson has been named head coach of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team.Johnson, who has extensive experience in international competition as both a player and a coach, is an iconic figure on both a local and national level.The Johnson family is deeply rooted in Wisconsin and United States hockey folklore. Johnson’s father, the late Bob Johnson, had a 15-year tenure as head coach here at Wisconsin that produced three national championships and earned him the nickname “Badger Bob.” Mark’s son Patrick is currently a forward on the Wisconsin Men’s team.During a press conference at Camp Randall, USA Hockey’s executive director Dave Ogrean spoke about how special the contributions of the Johnson family have been to USA Hockey.“I mentioned to Barry [Alvarez] earlier today that if one were to have a debate about the first families of hockey in the United States it would come down to a discussion of the Granatos and the Johnsons,” Ogrean said.Ogrean, who Hockey News rated as one of the 50 most influential people in hockey, praised Johnson and expressed his excitement for the 2010 games in Vancouver, British Columbia.“Mark has some very, very special qualifications and the experience of being an Olympian, of being in the blast furnace, if you will, of a high pressure gold medal game,” Ogrean said. “And knowing what all that is like is a very special attribute in addition to the fact that he has done such a marvelous job for you at the University of Wisconsin.”In Johnson’s seven seasons as head coach here in Madison, he has won two national championships, with the Badgers reaching the national championship in each of the past three seasons. Johnson’s 0.802 winning percentage is also tops among active coaches.Johnson will finish out the remainder of this year as he and his top-ranked Badgers fight to earn Johnson his third national championship. Following the conclusion of this season, Johnson will head to Blaine, Minn. to prepare for Vancouver. Besides his duties as coach of the Olympic team, Johnson will help prep the national team for the Olympics with the Qwest Tour, a 10-game tour throughout the U.S. playing collegiate teams and the annual Olympic warm-up — the National Women’s Invitational Tournament.Former Wisconsin football coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez is confident Johnson is the right fit for the job. Alvarez acknowledged that though his knowledge of hockey is limited, he sees an innate coaching instinct in Johnson.“He is like a sponge as a coach — I know a little bit about coaching, and Mark is a coach’s coach,” Alvarez noted. “Mark will have a vision for this Olympic team, and there is no one better that can achieve that job than Mark Johnson, and we’re very proud of him and wish him the very best.”USA Women’s Hockey is quietly emerging as the top force in the world of women’s hockey. As mentioned by Ogrean, USA Women’s Hockey is undefeated is international play in the past year. Women’s hockey star and three-time Olympian Natalie Darwitz said she expects a large influx of Badgers in Vancouver in 2010.“You have Erika Lawler who has been on the national team for the last two seasons, and then Meghan Duggan too.” Darwitz, former University of Minnesota forward said. “Obviously Jessie Vetter has proved herself on the national level. Hilary Knight too and there is potential with [Brooke] Ammerman too.”USA Hockey’s director of Women’s Hockey Michele Amidon could barely conceal her excitement for the news of Johnson coaching the Olympic team. Amidon has already seen the fruits of Johnson’s presence in USA Women’s Hockey and is excited to see what can be achieved with even more time and opportunity.“We have had a lot of success over the past three years, and a lot of it is contributed to Mark coming on board and helping us with all of our programs,” Amidon said. “We got some great talent here and some great hockey culture and traditions, and we’re hoping to bring that on to the 2010 Olympic platform.”Johnson is probably best known as the leading scorer on the 1980 “Miracle On Ice” team that improbably captured the gold medal in Lake Placid, N.Y. As part of the famous “Cone-Head Line,” Johnson scored a pivotal first period goal that led to the pulling of arguably the world’s best goalie, the Soviet Union’s Vladislav Tretiak. Johnson would score another goal in the win over the seemingly unbeatable USSR team and was an integral part of what is known as one of the greatest moments in American sports history.Johnson went on to play 11 years in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils. Johnson was an NHL All -Star in 1983 while he was captain of the Hartford Whalers. The 2010 games in Vancouver will be Johnson’s 20th experience as a representative of his country in international play; he has played in 12 international events and coached in seven.Johnson was at the pinnacle of the hockey spotlight when his team, led by Herb Brooks, pulled off history’s greatest upset in 1980, and an opportunity to get another gold medal is one Johnson has been looking forward to for quite some time.“Obviously the past three years, in the back of my mind, this was one of my goals to get the opportunity to coach this team. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and having the game up in Canada makes it that much more special,” Johnson said during Tuesday’s press conference. “Hockey is going to be at the forefront. It is going to be at the forefront of the great exposure of women’s hockey that started back in 1998 back when they won the gold medal in Nagano.”A man with Johnson’s qualifications should have no trouble finding a prominent men’s coaching job, and many have wondered why he has not jumped on the opportunity to coach a team with more fans and more lucrative coaching contracts. In a perfect illustration of Johnson’s passion, he stated why he loves women’s hockey and why many think he will once again be coming home with a gold medal.“On the women’s side, we don’t have pro hockey — they aren’t looking for the next contract; they aren’t looking for the next paycheck. They really play the game for the love of it,” Johnson said. “When you put your jersey on and you’re representing your country I do not think there is a greater feeling a player can have. The next best thing is to be the coach, and that’s what I look forward to doing.”last_img read more

Student designs high-tech boards with Rocket Lab

first_imgIn the workshops of the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, one student is designing the skateboard of the future.Ryan Olliges, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, is the founder of 121C Boards, a company that creates skateboards and longboards using recycled material.Olliges originally thought of the idea for 121C as a freshman in RPL, when he noticed how frequently aerospace companies threw away unnecessary carbon fiber.“I first noticed the problem in the Rocket Lab on a small scale and thought it would be cool to make a skateboard,” Olliges said. “When I noticed how big of a problem it was on an industry scale for companies like Boeing and anybody else who uses composites, I knew we could do something to solve this problem.”Olliges, a lifelong snowboarder and wakeboarder who took up skateboarding when he arrived at USC, decided to draw on his experience shaping longboards in high school to create 121C. Although he came up with the idea his freshman year, it wasn’t until his sophomore year when he partnered up with Greg Autry, an assistant professor of clinical entrepreneurship with the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business, that the company started to take shape.This, in addition to the support system the Rocket Lab has provided, has allowed Olliges to build his business into what it is now.“[RPL] has been a great support system,” Olliges said. “The lab space on campus has been generous enough to let me keep some of my projects there and work alongside with them.”Currently, the company is looking to expand its current product line using Kickstarter, as well as create recycled materials that can be used for products besides skateboards.“We’ve got a couple contracts lined up take off with that,” Olliges said. “One of them is a briefcase company. They want us to make briefcase panels out of carbon fiber and then we’ve got a couple different companies that want us to make other parts.”Olliges attributes most of the company’s success to how cheap 121c is able to make the boards by recycling the material it uses rather than buying it.“If somebody was to make this board with material they bought from suppliers as opposed to material that they’re upcycling then it would cost them about $1,000,” Olliges said.However, according to Olliges, even though the material is cheap, it still functions well in skateboards.“It turns out that [the material] is actually really good for skateboarding and a lot of other things because it’s incredibly lightweight and much stronger than your standard consumer grade carbon fiber resin,” Olliges said. “For skateboarding, that means you can pop in and out of your turns and you can’t break your skateboard.”But for Olliges, the greatest challenge may have been figuring out how to create the boards in the first place. This is most evident in the name of 121c, which is derived from the original cure temperature of epoxy, 121 degrees celsius.“It took me forever to get this thing to finally heat up. I burned a bunch of stuff, caught things on fire, melted my tooling and then finally got it right,” Olliges said. “It was just a very long and arduous process, so after it finally heated up to 121c the name just kind of just stuck.”last_img read more

Volleyball: Wisconsin to play Huskers and Hoosiers at home

first_imgThe Big Ten season has been tough for the No. 11 University of Wisconsin volleyball team. Despite playing well, they currently sit at 2-4 in the conference and 11-4 overall.This past week, they fell in five at the Field House to their boarder battle rival, Minnesota, and lost three sets against the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. Big Ten volleyball is intense, and only six matches in, the Badgers have played half of those games to five sets. Unfortunately, they have lost all of those matches.Wisconsin has the talent to be one of the best teams in the country, but they need to be able to finish games against tough opponents. The key now is to trust the process and to have a positive attitude. It can be difficult for players to stay motivated when the results of matches are not going their way. Players, especially the young ones, are learning the nature of the Big Ten. Even after putting up a great team effort with great numbers, losses can still happen on any given night, against any given team.Nebraska comes to the Field House Wednesday night. Earlier in the season, Wisconsin travelled to Lincoln, where the Badgers took the first two sets, but Nebraska came back to win 3-2. The Huskers have been on a roll recently. They are ranked fourth in the country and are at the top of the Big Ten standings (6-0). They have taken down the likes of Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan State and Wisconsin already this season, all of which, are ranked in the top 15, and as the season progresses, the Huskers will continue to improve.Nebraska is overall a young team, but they have senior All-American setter, Kelly Hunter, guiding the younger players. On the outside, Annika Albrecht leads the team with 4.14 kills per set in Big Ten play, while Mikaela Foecke adds another 3.18 per set as well.The Badgers will need to get the Huskers out of routine by serving tough and by getting positive touches on blocks. If the Badgers back court can pass well enough to get their middles going, they will cause Nebraska some problems. Freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke leads the team with 3.19 kills per set, while junior All-American Tionna Williams leads the team in hitting percentage with 44.4 percent of her attempts converting to Badger points.On Friday night, the Indiana Hoosiers come to Madison. The Hoosiers are currently 0-6 in conference play, and have only taken three sets from teams thus far. Undoubtedly, Indiana will want to come to Madison and try and steal a few sets, in hopes of upsetting a Badger team that is on a three game losing streak.In order for Wisconsin to come away with a win, they need to play consistent volleyball. They should focus on keeping the ball in the court on serve, play solid defense, and their setter, Sydney Hilley, must create opportunities for her hitters to score points. If the Badgers are able to do these three things, they should win Friday night.This conference is unforgiving, and more often than not, matches are decided by only a few points. The key is for the Badgers to become more consistent, especially towards the ends of sets. This week offers the Badgers another week to get better and to improve their conference standing.last_img read more

Sports section says: Should an athlete’s behavior off the field affect how we talk about them on the field?

first_imgIn the modern era of sports, we know a lot more about athletes than just their stats. Through social media and the numerous articles that we can find online, we can know so much about an athlete that it almost seems as though we know them personally.Between knowing about Rob Gronkowski’s party boat and his party house, to knowing what exactly is in Tyler Seguin’s lost and found closet, we get an inside glimpse into an athlete’s personality, and that might sway how we view them overall. So, this week we dared to ask the question: Does an athlete’s behavior in their personal life impact how we talk about their professional life?Erik HelmI find this question to be pertinent today more than ever, given protests from athletes recently in light of President Donald Trump’s comments on the NFL. And the short answer, for me at least, is no we should not.That is not to say that their athletic abilities should cloud our judgments of their personality and character, and that is not to say that we should be okay with a sports team hiring an athlete who has a history with the law. But when it comes to judging an athlete’s ability to play the game, their personal lives are not important. In terms of the NFL’s protest, people are calling for their firing because they believe the athletes are being disrespectful to the nation, flag, army, etc.But your political beliefs misaligning with those of your boss is not a fireable offense. Instead, we as an audience and the front office of the NFL should look at their actions as a chance to open a dialogue and look to improve our society. I concede their way of protesting can come across as disrespectful, but sometimes to make an omelet you have to break a couple eggs.Sports section says: Are games against Notre Dame and UCLA worth adding to the schedule?Notre Dame and UCLA series games were recently added to Wisconsin’s football schedule. The sports editors discuss whether or not Read…Alex FishkindIn a modern-day world seemingly run by social media, the athletes that we once adored and idolized have become bait for scrutiny and shaming.Just as the celebrities of Hollywood and Los Angeles are followed by paparazzi relentlessly day and night, athletes of every sport are under a magnifying glass, with every move — or lack thereof — subject to criticism and critique. Athletes are paid to do what they are great at –play their respective sport at a level unattainable by 99 percent of the population.It is time for people to stop condemning athletes for their behavior or choices off the field, and start focusing on their athletic abilities. It should go without saying that if an athlete breaks a law or does a disservice to society, that is unacceptable, but to denounce them because they did not go to a children’s hospital, or donate half of their salary to charity is completely ludicrous.Athletes get paid to play, and while giving back to the community is nice of them, it is not something that fans should require or tweet about if they choose not to.Daniel YunWithout a doubt, yes. There should be no debate.An athlete with poor behavior is a huge liability for a team even if the athlete was the best in his/her craft. Look no further than Johnny Manziel.Manziel was a highly touted quarterback from Texas A&M who was the first ever to win the Heisman Trophy (Best Collegiate Football Player) as a freshman. Drafted 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2014, Manziel’s future looked bright.However, Manziel’s habit of partying too hard in college went with him to the NFL. Coaches reported frustration when he didn’t report to practice because he partied too hard in LasVegas. Eventually, Manziel’s low commitment to the team led to his downfall. In 2016, after being issued a four-game suspension due to substance abuse, domestic assault allegations and his struggling football performance, Manziel was dropped from the Brown’s roster.Players like Johnny Manziel are the reason why many professional teams are wary of signing players who conduct questionable behavior outside of games, despite their talent in the game.Sports section says: Are international basketball trips necessary?With the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team returning from Australia, many are beginning to question whether or not international Read…Kristen LarsonHonestly, this question is the reason why I will say that Peyton Manning is leagues better than Tom Brady.On the one hand, you have a quarterback who spends a large part of his life helping young players to develop their skills, writes back to all the fan letters he gets, and gives a helping hand to whomever is in need whenever he can. On the other hand, you have someone who is married to a former Victoria’s Secret model?When you have someone like Manning, who was not only an impeccable quarterback but also a great human being, it really sucks to put him in the same league as Brady. Sure Brady’s record is just as good as Manning’s, but Brady’s attitude definitely knocks him several levels below someone like Manning.I think that if we are willing to buy the jerseys and have our kids look up to these players, we should be willing to stand behind their behavior. I think that this is something that comes with being a public figure, and it isn’t as though athletes are the only ones that have to manage this pressure.What do you think? Email your opinions to for a chance to get published next week.last_img read more

Sofia Pascual leads Syracuse’s club tennis team despite shaky play

first_img Published on February 27, 2019 at 12:39 am Contact Eli: Comments Sofia Pascual prides herself on a team-first approach that sets the Syracuse club tennis team up for the future. The SU senior will not go down as a club tennis legend — she said she’s far from the best player on her team — but Pascual wants to lead Syracuse forward, knowing there will be a future without her soon.Whether Pascual needs to pick up a pivotal point for her team or spend an entire semester training her teammates on a correct approach, one thing is clear: She wants to lead. After returning for a fourth semester, her focus is centered around her team’s performance.“I used to train for about six hours a week,” Pascual said. “Being a captain, I just don’t have time for that anymore. The team is more important.”Pascual has shifted her time and resources into the team itself, which has had a profound effect, teammate Emiri Vithoontien said. This past semester, the team traveled to nationals, a feat which they have not accomplished in more than 10 years.“I think the close-knit team is the reason why we made it to nationals,” Vithoontien, a junior on the team, said. “All of us would be cheering for one another during matches, supporting one another, giving advice.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn past years, previous captains focused on practice, but Pascual’s blueprint is focused on team bonding. She’s made an effort to connect with every single member of the squad, which has contributed to the team’s success, Pascual said. Instead of smothering her teammates with practices and drills, Pascual has set aside time for social gatherings.“I love taking in freshman onto the team,” Pascual said. “They are the perfect members because they are the ones that will be here when I’m gone. They are going to have to keep things rolling.”Pascual has also excelled in coaching. Her teammate, Luca Di Napoli, said people will always listen to what Pascual says — on and off the court.One thing Pascual tells players is that their approach has been a major flaw. Addressing the weakness can be beneficial to the team’s mental capacity in between points and help them in scenarios when they’re down a point or a game.“I think I have done a great job at maturing in my style of coaching,” Pascual said. “I am always learning on how to better direct our players, and I think it has benefited the team greatly.”Now in her last semester, Pascual has juggled teaching her teammates what still needs to be fixed and bringing her and SU back to nationals. She knows she’s not the best player on Syracuse anymore, but her goals have changed. Pascual wants her team to play better and be ready for next year without her.“When I was a freshman, I would always try to go for that big hit,” said Pascual. “Whether I was hitting or missing, I would always go for it, and I see now that I cannot do that. I can’t try to be a hero.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Premier of Turks and Caicos Collapses at Seaga’s Burial

first_imgThe Premier of Turks and Caicos Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson (middle) sits between Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell (right) and Premier Alden Mclaughlin from the Cayman Islands (left). KINGSTON, Jamaica – Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, one of the distinguished guest present at Edward Seaga’s funeral on June 23, collapsed at Seaga’s graveside just minutes after the burial rites were performed.At the National Heroes Park, just minutes after Seaga was buried and mourners were leaving the park, Cartwright-Robinson collapsed and was immediately placed on a stretcher and put inside an ambulance by medical personnel and some Jamaica Defence Force Military Police personnel.The extent of her illness is not yet known, but the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) Chairman in Turks and Caicos, Doug Parnell assured that she is well and under medical observation.“I am assured that she is well and that we should not be worried. Of course, we pray for her and her safe return as soon as possible. She has a senior member of the Premier’s Office traveling with her and she is stable and has been in contact with her family and Government”, Parnell stated.The temperature in Kingston yesterday rose to 32°, which may have caused dehydration among some guests. There are reports that a number of persons, including a teenage schoolgirl, fainted during the long funeral service, and had to be assisted at a makeshift health facility at the church grounds.Officials from the Ministry of Health refused to give a figure of the number of persons who were treated for illnesses, citing ‘protocol’ as their reason for declining to provide the information.last_img read more

Liverpool Target Virgil van Dijk Left Out Of Southampton’s Pre-Season Squad

first_imgSouthampton pre-season camp squad.Fraser Forster, Stuart Taylor, Paulo Gazzaniga, Maya Yoshida, Florin Gardos, Jan Bednarek, Sam McQueen, Alfie Jones, Matt Targett, Ryan Bertrand, Jack Stephens, Will Wood, Jérémy Pied, Jordy Clasie, Steven Davis, Dušan Tadić, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Shane Long, Charlie Austin, Sam Gallagher, Manolo Gabbiadini.RelatedLiverpool-bound Van Dijk Pens Emotional Letter To Southampton FansDecember 27, 2017In “England”Dutch Star Hints At Premier League Exit After ‘Messy’ Transfer SagaOctober 3, 2017In “England”Bronze, Rapinoe, van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo, Named As FIFA Best Awards FinalistsSeptember 2, 2019In “FIFA” Dutch defender, Virgil van Dijk has been left out of Southampton’s squad for a pre-season camp in France.van Dijk, who told Southampton’s manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, he wants to leave the club, have been asked to train alone since returning from summer break, until his transfer issues are resolved. The 26-year-old defender was the centre of controversy between Liverpool and Southampton last month, with the Saints complaining to the Premier League over Liverpool’s approach, forcing Liverpool to withdraw their pursuit and apologise publicly.last_img read more

Tain adds 5,000 live sports events to sports betting service

first_img Mathias LarssonUpdating the market, industry platform and software provider Tain has announced that it will ‘significantly expand’ its sports betting service by adding an additional 5,000 live sporting events per month.The market expansion will see Tain cover a total of 50 sports categories, with new markets in curling, biathlon and water polo, as well as traditional major verticals such as football, tennis and US sports.The expansion of the sportsbook service is the latest development since Tain was acquired by XIN Gaming this July, Tain governance detailed that its market expansion was needed in order for the firm to offer a competitive product for international clients in the saturate European sports betting market.Mathias Larsson Managing Director at Tain, commented on sports market inventory upgrade: “Tain’s sportsbook is one of the industry’s most established, dating back to 2009.“The foundation has always been there to offer operators a fully managed sportsbook and a very good margin. What has been missing within the sportsbook is the ‘extras’. Since the takeover we have already added a number of bonus features such as ‘cash out’, that in itself is a very strong feature. Now with the addition of another 5,000 live events per month I can proudly say that we are a strong competitor in the market.”Larsson further detailed that Tain enhancements would be ready to demonstrated at the upcoming ICE Totally Gaming Conference (London – 7-9 February). Related Articles Bet Builder: An industry game-changer fast becoming a necessity April 8, 2019 Share Cost saving GiG shuts down games studio September 24, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Amazing Gaming delivers double B2B sportsbook boost January 28, 2019 Sharelast_img read more