ROBBED – Steelers get TD taken away, end up losing to Patriots, 27-24 (Dec. 20, 2017)

first_imgDARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY cannot believe that Jesse James’ touchdown was reversed, in what the officials said was indeed the correct call of not “surviving the catch” in the end zone. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)Refs reverse touchdown by Jesse James, thenill-advised pass intercepted by Patriots spells doomsday for Steelers“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana, philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.)The Pittsburgh Steelers lost—no, not lost, but gave away a victory to the New England Patriots, 27-24, Dec. 17 at Heinz Field. Christmas came one day plus one week earlier for the rebels from “Beantown.” Pittsburgh lost when New England intercepted an ill-thought-out and ill-advised pass from Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone, with five seconds left in the game, killing the Steelers’ chance for victory—or at least a tie to go to overtime—once again leaving the Pittsburgh squad lying on the side of the road, like all roadkill victims.Bad decisions, mad decisions, and sad decisions. There are those of us that at times make all of the aforementioned and prefer to stand up and take the heat as opposed to “dilly, dilly dallying” around attempting to focus our microscope of incompetence on other folks as well as extraneous and fantasy-laced “visions of sugarplums” dancing in our heads. Yeah, Christmas is coming and it’s better to give than receive, right? Wrong…especially when it comes to professional football.AFTER A WILD FINISH, head coaches Mike Tomlin and Bill Belichick shake hands. Tomlin’s Steelers were this close to pulling out the win, only to see Ben Roethlisberger throw an interception on the game’s second-to-last play. The pass was intended for Eli Rogers. The Patriots won, 27-24, Dec. 17.I have always been taught that giveaways are a baaaaad thing, or so I thought. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”On Feb. 1, 2015, the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28–24, in Super Bowl XLIX to earn their fourth Super Bowl title. The victory was sealed when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted in the end zone from the 1-yard line. That should’ve been a red flag to Roethlisberger; I don’t care what play that the Steelers coaches were yelling about and trying to send in from the sidelines. Ben had the ability and the independence to attempt the pass only if the Patriots’ defensive alignment permitted such a play. Both Wilson and Roethlisberger, I would suspect, had the autonomy to scrap pre-called plays if the successful execution of those plays were called into question. The Steelers offense or their coaches weren’t confused, and the Patriots defense was certainly not confused. Roethlisberger appeared to be the only one confused. You have to learn from the mistakes of others, boys and girls, so as not to repeat them.I have viewed the assessments given to the Steelers defense, offense, and special teams, and the defense was given the lowest grade. How in the heck are such blatantly biased assessments even viable? The Patriots offense gained 77 rushing yards on 19 carries. The Steelers offense gained 143 rushing yards on 31 carries; advantage Steelers defense. Patriots QB Tom Brady was 22-of-35 for 298 yards. Big Ben was 22-of-30 for 281 yards; advantage Brady by a measly 17 yards.The Steelers passed for 17 yards less than the Patriots but outrushed them by 66 yards. Who was the better defense? Certainly not the Patriots’ “D.”The game was lost for Pittsburgh when Roethlisberger was intercepted in the end zone. People were grumbling about stupid stuff like, “Why wasn’t Le’Veon Bell available in the locker room for a nice toasty post-game chat with us media types?” Well, maybe some things are better left unsaid because there is still a lot of football left.The Steelers can still be the number 1 seed in the AFC if the Buffalo Bills can travel to Foxborough and beat the Patriots this Sunday, Dec. 24. The Bills (8-6) are fighting for their playoff lives so the Pats will not be on the porch drinking mint juleps. The Steelers still have to take care of business when they meet the Houston Texans (4-10) in Houston on Christmas night.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com.) Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Willie O’Ree’s little-known journey to break the NHL’s color barrier

first_imgAlmost everybody knows about Jackie Robinson and the historic role he played integrating Major League Baseball. But mention Willie O’Ree and you’ll likely receive a blank look.That’s a shame because 60 years ago O’Ree did his own part bringing down a racial barrier in a different sport.On Jan. 18, 1958, O’Ree – a 22-year-old forward from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada – became the first black person to play in a National Hockey League game.O’Ree had always known he possessed the talent to play in the NHL. A speedy skater with an intuitive feel for the game, he had played organized hockey since age 5 and had scored 22 goals with 12 assists in his first professional season with Quebec. His big break came when the Bruins invited him to attend training camp before the start of the 1957-58 season. Although he failed to make the final cut, team officials were impressed enough by his overall performance to tell him he needed only “a little more seasoning” to reach the big time.“They knew what I could do,” O’Ree later recalled in his 2000 memoir, “The Autobiography of Willie O’Ree: Hockey’s Black Pioneer.”Sure enough, that January, the Boston Bruins were short a roster player and called him up from their minor league club for a road contest against the Montreal Canadiens.O’Ree could barely control his excitement. “I could see fans pointing, ‘There’s that black kid. He’s up with the Bruins,’” O’Ree wrote.Despite his nervousness, he did nothing to embarrass himself during a rare 3-0 Boston shutout over their hated archrivals. “O’Ree is not only fast, but he’s a strong skater,” Montreal coach Frank Selke said after the game. “He looks as if he could go all night.”[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhUiG7SaCIc?wmode=transparent&start=0]‘It was the greatest thrill of my life … I’ll always remember this day.’O’Ree suited up for only one more game as a Bruin that season before returning to the minors. He was hardly crestfallen. “I’m just happy to get a chance up here, that’s about all I can say,” he told The Boston Globe.O’Ree returned to the Bruins in 1960-61 and notched four goals and 10 assists in 43 games. His first NHL goal – a game-winner against Montreal at the Boston Garden on New Year’s Day, 1961 – proved memorable. On a breakaway, a teammate fed him a perfect pass, which he deposited under the glove hand of Montreal goaltender Charlie Hodge. For his standout effort, O’Ree received a rousing standing ovation from the home crowd that lasted several minutes.O’Ree wasn’t so well received at other NHL venues. At New York City’s venerable Madison Square Garden, for instance, fans showered him with racial insults before he even stepped onto the ice. In Chicago, he was targeted for abuse for bruising Blackhawks forward Eric “Elbows” Nesterenko. After calling O’Ree the n-word, Nesterenko took the butt-end of his stick and rammed it into O’Ree’s unsuspecting face. A broken nose and two missing front teeth later, O’Ree had had enough. He took his stick and smashed Nesterenko over the head with it. O’Ree’s teammates came rushing to his aid as both teams’ benches emptied. What followed was a classic hockey donnybrook that ended with O’Ree being sent to the Bruins locker room for medical treatment.“Every time I went on the ice I was faced with racial slurs because of my color,” O’Ree admitted to the Anti-Defamation League Youth Congress gathering held in Boston in 2016. “I had black cats thrown on the ice and [people] told me to [go] back to the cotton fields and pick cotton.” O’Ree claimed he didn’t mind. “I didn’t let it hurt me,” he said. “I let it go in one ear and out the other.”Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, is honored before a game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning in January 2017.AP Photo/Alex GallardoO’Ree’s dream of hockey glory was almost cut tragically short. While playing in a junior league game in Guelph, Ontario, as a 20-year-old, he lost sight in most of his right eye after a deflected slap shot struck his face. Ignoring his doctor’s advice to hang up his skates, O’Ree continued to play despite being at an obvious competitive disadvantage.“I was a left shot, and I was playing left wing, but I had no right eye,” O’Ree explained. He didn’t want others to know of his handicap, lest it scare teams away from employing him. “It was my secret,” he said.The Bruins traded O’Ree to the Canadiens before the start of the 1961-62 season. O’Ree was personally devastated. Montreal was an elite team coming off a string of Stanley Cup championships and had no room for O’Ree on their roster. As a result, O’Ree spent the remainder of his career playing on a series of minor league clubs, including the Los Angeles Blades of the Western Hockey League. He was a major standout for Los Angeles, scoring a career-high 38 goals in 1964-65. But the NHL never gave him a second look.O’Ree did, however, serve as an inspiration to future NHL players of color like Jarome Iginla and Mike Greer.“I’m in awe knowing what he went through,” Iginla told USA Today in 2008. “There is a lot of trash-talking going on [in the game], and I can’t imagine what he must have gone through.”For his part, O’Ree has voiced few regrets. He did, after all, defy the odds. And he’ll forever be known as the “Jackie Robinson of hockey.”Thomas J. Whalen, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Boston UniversityThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Boston Bruins forward Willie O’Ree warms up prior to a game against the New York Rangers in 1960.AP Photolast_img read more

They call it the City Game for a reason! (Dec. 5)

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier MALIK ELLISON is a junior transfer who averages roughly 10 points per game for the Pitt Panthers. (AP PHOTOS):10—And the reason was most evident as 12,000-plus filled up PPG Arena Friday night, Nov. 30, to see Pitt and Duquesne do battle. And do battle they did, well at least for the first 20 minutes. That second half was all the time Pitt needed to outlast Duquesne, while in the process, shaking off that loss to No. 14 Iowa a few days earlier. But, Duquesne showed they were serious about city bragging rights.:09—To be sure, Pitt won the game, 74–53, and if you got the score on ESPN the next day you would think blowout. But, it wasn’t as much that as it was a Tale of Two Cities. Pitt is just a deeper, more overall talented team. They can go seven, maybe eight men deep and stay in stride. But don’t get me wrong, Duquesne has a talented five, but not as talented as Pitt’s starting five.:08—And, that Pitt talent has been building and being talked about slowly but surely as Pitt has established a 6–1 record (their second loss came this past Monday, Dec. 4, to Niagara). The X-man, Xavier Johnson, leads the Panthers and has zero fear about shot attempts and trust me, the best is yet to come from him. He’s joined by several talented swing men in Malik Ellison and Trey McGowens and they are a pick-your-poison trio.PITT TAKES THE CITY GAME—Pitt’s Jared Wilson-Frame blocks a shot attempt by Duquesne’s Brandon Wade, in the annual City Game. Pitt won, 74-53, at PPG Paints Arena, Nov. 30.:07—Much the same can be said about the Dukes, but to a lesser degree. They have the goods and are an improving team under the tough and masterful direction of Coach Keith Dambrot. His hard-nosed, defensive style covers some loose ends, and the solid play of outstanding guard/forward Eric Williams and guards Mike Lewis and Tavian Dunn-Martin promises a great season on the Bluff for the Dukes.:06—Oh, BTW, a tremendous attaboy to the city folks and surrounding communities for coming out to support the City Game. Basketball is back in Pittsburgh, big time!:05—Let’s get this Part-Tee started right! I need to take care of…“The Locker Roomers,” my faithful readers and believers…yes sir!!! First, you, my man Greg Brown in the locker room. He’s been reading me while on vacation (you know, you know, you know!) and to the lovely Ms. Millie who I met this past weekend at the Reverend Darkins Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner (sweet little thing but knows her stuff).:04—I am going to have to give you this hard and fast cause we’ve got the late game and national spotlight so I am going in early. Steelers and Big Ben take on the Chargers and Phil Rivers. And here are your five reasons. Why? Because I know you like “the lists.” 1. Needless to say and hell yea, Ben has to make up for that panic pass a few weeks ago against Denver that cost us the game. Not Conner’s fumble, BTW. 2. A.B. not saying or showing it, but trust me, he’s ticked off about the lack of passes and JuJu shining brighter. 3. With any luck at all James Washington won’t be playing. 4. The Chargers’ record is better than the teams they beat. 5. Because…we are…Pittsburgh! Well, wouldn’t ya know…Ben throws a touchdown to A.B., but also a bad interception, our special teams can’t figure out which side of the ball to be on when it’s snapped, and the Chargers left town, Dec. 2, with a victory over the Steelers, 33-30. Unbelievable!:03—The SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia was certainly the best I’ve seen all year. I mean good! A down-to-the-wire, 35–28 win for the Tide. And a classic, legendary, miraculous finish that will forever lock quarterback Jalen Hurts into Bear Bryant football history forever more. If you don’t know, just Google it, man!:02—If you need to know, here’s your moviegoers list. I know you love it, I know you need it, and I know you like those lists! 1. “Green Book”—a must-see true account of “when America was great!”…NOT!!! 2 “Creed II”—it’s just good, Rocky good. 3. “The Hate You Give”—but be ready to get mad. 4. “Robin Hood”—good, but not great; the wrong guy playing Robin. It should have been Chris Pratt. 5. “Bohemian Rhapsody”—if you lived through the music of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and, you know the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, you will love it. Now go to the movies. You need a break.:01—If you’re reading this you need to be reminded that the last “Champions Live” Sports Talk Show at the Savoy will be this Thursday, Dec. 6. Before we break for the winter cold, Thursday’s show will feature former ABA and Pittsburgh Piper legend Cal Graham and members of that world champion franchise led by the late great Connie Hawkins. Also on the show, Connie Hawkins League Hall of Famers, Myron Brown, Gerald Lovelace, Mark Pinnix, Darelle Porter, Barnett Harris, and Bobby Franklin. Special guests will be Tim Stevens and the All-Star team of B-PEP.:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Stargell’s MVP Awards still a big hit! (Jan. 2)

first_imgThe 44th Annual Willie Pop’s Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards knocked it out of the park once again as some of Pittsburgh’s celebrated leaders were recently recognized and honored at the Walnut Grill. As was Mr. Stargell’s request to Achieving Greatness Inc., CEO Bill Neal, to recognize and salute those people who help make Pittsburgh a special place and one of the nation’s most livable cities with the continued support of Pirate Charities, Frank Fuhrer Wholesale Co., Highmark, the New Pittsburgh Courier, UPMC, Blue Diamond Vodka, and Super Bakery. The event continues to showcase Pittsburgh’s finest and keep alive the credo that we are Fam-I-Lee! 2018 HONOREES—Dr. Kathi Elliott—CEO, Gwen’s Girls, Erin Walker, Sensation Model/Actress, Azeeza Reed—Pres., World Financial Group, Barnett Harris Sr.—Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame, Mark Pinnix—Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame, Diane Daniels—Writer, New Pittsburgh Courier, Carl Marbury—Pres., Majors Mobile Detail, Alby Oxenreiter—WPXI Sports Director, Leon Ford—Candidate for Pittsburgh City Council District 9. CHAMPIONS ROW—left to right; Warren Wilson—Former Pro Basketball Player and Connie Hawkins League HOF, Barnett Harris Sr.—Duquesne University great and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Bill Neal—Connie Hawkins League Founder, Achieving Greatness Inc., CEO, Bobby Franklin—Keynote Speaker, Point Park University Basketball All-American and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Kevin “Freight Train” Parker—Olympic Gold Medalist and Former Fastest Blind Man In The World, Mark Pinnix—Westminster College Basketball great and Connie Hawkins League HOF Inductee, Vince Lackner—Yale University Basketball, European Professional Basketball Legue and Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame. HONOREES Erin Walker, right, with Alby Oxenreitercenter_img LEON FORD, community advocate, entrepreneur and City Council candidate, with “Eri. U.” Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Who is Borussia Dortmund’s new signing Ousmane Dembele?

first_img HOW DOES HE PLAY?  CEST Those numbers have allowed ‘Dembouz’ to become a regular in France’s junior teams. He’s played for the U17 team since 2013 and has caught the attention of the likes of Benfica, Porto and Red Bull Salzburg, all of whom tried to sign him last summer.  Rennes, though, managed to hold on to the player with the promise of a professional contract and minutes in Philippe Montanier’s first team. And Montanier used him on November 13 of last year against Angera. Since that day, Dembele has become more and more regular in the team and since Corbis replaced Montanier as manager, his growth has been even more impressive. His most impressive performance came in March, when he scored a hat-trick against Nantes with Barça’s scouts in the stands.  Miki Soria Born in Vernon, France, Dembele developed at Evreux, before moving to Rennes as a 13-year-old. There, he has grown as a player, taking gigantic steps forward and becoming the jewel of the club’s academy. Last season, at just 17, he scored 13 goals in the 18 games he played for the club’s B team in the fifth tier of French football.  Few times has a player passed from anonymity to fame so quickly. In hardly 20 matches as a professional footballer, Ousmane Dembele has become, completely on merit, one of the stars to follow in Ligue 1 thanks to the nine goals and three assists since his debut.  Those who have seen Dembele regularly say he has a little bit of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar about him. He has the Portuguese’s speed and a similar finishing style. From the Brazilian, he has the ability to beat a man with ease. Data to hand, he now has the most dribbles in Europe’s top five leagues – ahead of Hatem Ben Arfa and Neymar. His 12 goals, meanwhile, situate him as the top scorer of players under the age of 21, too, with one more than Sporting’s Paraguay forward Tony Sanabria.  12/05/2016 Upd. at 16:03 We’re talking about a left-footed player, but one that can play on either flank. If he’s on the right, he’ll look to cut in on his left and shoot, akin to the style of Arjen Robben. In any case, his versatility in attack is a quality to keep in mind. He has a lot of potential, but he needs a lot of minutes to consolidate his play and to continue learning.. For the moment he is doing that at Rennes. Next season? Borussia Dortmund.last_img read more

Europe reaches boiling point with knockout stage places on the line

first_imgClick here for the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5 fixturesRepresentatives from Europe’s top professional leagues, the Aviva Premiership, the Guinness PRO12 and the TOP 14, are in the running both for the last eight as well as the critical advantage of a home quarter-final, and all Champions Cup matches will be televised live on either BT Sport, Sky Sports or Sky Italia.Holders, Saracens, have their sights set on another Champions Cup milestone when they travel to Scarlets live on Sky Sports on Sunday seeking a record 14th straight win in the tournament (watch a compilation video of their 13 wins here).As the only club to date with four wins, Sarries have breathing space at the top of Pool 3 and they can book their place in the quarter-finals with another victory, but will be wary of an opposition that has won both of this season’s matches at Parc y Scarlets. RC Toulon meet Sale Sharks in the other match in the pool hoping to further their claim for a spot in the last eight.Last weekend’s bonus point victory for Munster Rugby over Racing 92 has put them in control of Pool 1 and they can also qualify for the quarter-finals if they get the better of Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Saturday.There is plenty at stake at the Ricoh Arena too where Wasps clash with Toulouse in a repeat of the 2004 final live on BT Sport. The two clubs are locked on 13 points at the top of a highly-competitive Pool 2 along with Connacht Rugby, who host Zebre Rugby.Three-time tournament winners, Leinster Rugby, can secure their place in the last eight with victory over Montpellier when Round 5 of the Champions Cup kicks off at the RDS Arena tomorrow evening.ASM Clermont Auvergne are the leading TOP 14 contenders and they can also progress to the knockout stage if they get the better of Bordeaux-Bègles at Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday.Meanwhile, Harlequins and Edinburgh Rugby are well versed in Challenge Cup crunch matches having been tournament winners in 2001, 2004 and 2011, and runners-up in 2015 respectively. Their Pool 5 confrontation at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday could be defining as a bonus-point win for Quins will almost certainly see them through to the last eight.Click here for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 5 fixturesBristol Rugby take back-to-back wins over Pau into the resumption of their West Country rivalry with Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate Stadium live on BT Sport. Tomorrow’s Pool 4 clash could go a long way to deciding the pool with Bristol currently in third spot, three points behind leaders Bath and Cardiff Blues, who entertain Pau.Ospreys are the only club with a maximum 20 point-haul and they can seal a home quarter-final with a win when Lyon visit the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Once again, fans will be expecting the traditional nailbiting drama associated with Rounds 5 and 6 and if some clubs see qualification for the quarter-finals as a long shot at the moment, it’s worth remembering that Exeter Chiefs won their Champions Cup pool last season with 16 points. The road to the Edinburgh finals and possible European glory next May will become clearer over the coming two weekends as coveted knockout stage places are on the line for Champions Cup and Challenge Cup contenders alike.last_img read more

Saina conferred Khel Ratna

first_imgBadminton ace Saina Nehwal, whose phenomenal rise was highlighted by three top-flight international titles recently, was conferred the coveted Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award at a glittering ceremony on Sunday.Saina’s achievements in the past one year made her an automatic choice for the prestigious award, the highest sporting honour in the country.The Hyderabadi shuttler though did not collect the award, which consists of a medal, citation and cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, personally as she is yet to return from Paris where she lost in the quarter-finals of the World Championships.An Arjuna awardee last year, Saina rose to number two in world rankings and also completed a hat-trick of international titles, including back-to-back Super Series victories in Singapore and Indonesia in June.Former Indian hockey skipper Sandeep Singh and women’s cricket captain Jhulan Goswami were among the 15 sportspersons who received the Arjuna Award from President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhawan.Saina Nehwal unable to attend the award ceremony.Boxer Dinesh Kumar, swimmer Rehan Poncha, world’s second youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi and Olympian wrestler Rajiv Tomar also received the Arjuna award for their achievements in the last one year.Women hockey player Jasjeet Kaur Handa also missed the ceremony as she is now in Argentina for the FIH World Cup.No male cricketer got the honour, while Deepak Mondal was the lone footballer and Rajeev Tomar was the lone wrestler to get Arjuna award.Others to get the award were Sanjeev Rajput (shooting), Kapil Dev (volleyball), Rehan Poncha (swimming), Dinesh Kumar (kabaddi), Rajesh Chaudhary (yachting) and Jagseer Singh (para-Olympian).advertisementSandeep was in a superb form during India’s recent hockey tour of Europe, while seasoned pace-woman Jhulan is currently heading the bowling list of International Cricket Council’s ODI Women’s Rankings.Dinesh had won the light heavyweight 81kg Commonwealth Championships title earlier this year, while Poncha would be India’s bets bet for a swimming medal in this year’s Commonwealth Games.Dronacharya Award, the top recognition for coaches in the country, was conferred on five including L Ibomcha Singh (boxing), Ajay Kumar Bansal (hockey), AK Kutty (athletics), Captain Chandrup (wrestling) and Subhash B Aggarwal (billiards and snooker).The Arjuna and Dronacharya awardees got statuettes, citations and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.Dhyan Chand Award, given for the life-time contribution to sports development, was conferred on Satish Pillai (athletics), Kuldeep Singh (wrestling) and Anita Chanu (weightlifting).The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a statuette and a citation.Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Tata Steel Limited and Khel Evam Yuva Vibhag of Government of Madhya Pradesh won Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar, instituted last year, for their contribution to sports.List of the awardees:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award: Saina Nehwal (Badminton).Arjuna Awards: Joseph Abraham, Krishna Poonia (both Athletics), Dinesh Kumar (Boxing), Parimrajan Negi (Chess), Julan Goswami (Women’s Cricket), Deepak Kumar Mandal (Football), Sandeep Singh (Men’s Hockey), Jasjeet Kaur Handa (Women’s Hockey), Dinesh Kumar (Kabaddi), Sanjeev Rajput (Shooting), Rehan Jehangir Poncha (Swimming), Kapil Dev KJ (Volleyball), Rajeev Tomar (Wrestling), Rajesh Chaudhary (Yachting), Jagseer Singh (Para- Olympics athletics).Dhyan Chand Awards: Satish Pillai (Athletics), Kuldeep Singh (Wrestling), Anita Chanu (Weightlifting).Dronacharya Awards: A K Kutty (Athletics), Subhash B Aggarwal (Billiards and Snooker), L Ibomcha Singh (Boxing), Ajay Kumar Bansal (Hockey), Captain Chandrup (Wrestling).Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Puruskar: Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Tata Steel Limited, Khel Evam Yuva Vibhag (Government of Madhya Pradesh).last_img read more

Unbeaten Beermen test streaking Batang Pier

first_imgLike they did when they played NLEX and Kiefer Ravena, when they devastated TNT KaTropa on the road, when they nipped Meralco, and when they bamboozled Phoenix Petroleum on opening day.“They have the killer’s instinct and their confidence is very high,” Jarencio said of his foes as the Batang Pier try to climb above .500 for the first time here.“But we have been on a run of our own and the last two practices were very good,” Jarencio said. “It will be tough. But we’re ready for a tough game.”Jarencio is particularly wary of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, whom he describes as the “best player in the league,” and expects Kelly Nabong to step up once again and give his GlobalPort a Chinaman’s chance against the Beermen.“Kelly did his share against (Greg) Slaughter (of Barangay Ginebra),” Jarencio said. “And as long as he can do his share on defense against June Mar, we will have a good chance.”ADVERTISEMENT So thin, Jarencio knows, that the tiniest of errors will crack it.“We have no room for mistakes,” Jarencio told the Inquirer over the phone as the Batang Pier try to put the first blemish on the Beermen’s record in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We have to be 100 percent in everything we do against them, on offense, in defense,” he went on, even as he raved about how cohesive his team has been in the last two weeks of the conference despite their biggest star, Terrence Romeo, continuing to sit it out. “It has to be total team effort (on our part) and flawless execution.”San Miguel will come into the game with a four-game winning streak and, knowing how the Beermen are when a serious challenge is on the other end of the court, they are expected to respond to any GlobalPort upset plans with great efficiency. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Cellar-dwellers Meralco and KIA Picanto tangle at 4:30 p.m. with the Bolts seeking to snap a three-game slide and the Picanto shooting for a second straight win.KIA will come into the game minus Eric Camson, who was fined P30,000 and suspended a game for exchanging blows—and starting the fight—with Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan last Friday.Almazan was also canned a game and fined P20,000, the same penalties slapped by officer in charge Willie Marcial on NLEX’s Mike Miranda, who kicked San Miguel’s Chris Ross in the groin in their game over the weekend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Pido Jarencio admitted that his GlobalPort crew is currently on a hot streak.But he also knows exactly what he and his Batang Pier will be up against, and how thin the ice they will be skating on against powerhouse three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

WOMEN’S BEACH FOOTY TEAM TO TAKE ON NRL GUNS AT MAROUBRA

first_imgAn Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy Team will take on the best the National Rugby League (NRL) has to offer in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy challenge at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach this weekend 16-17 December 2006.The 8 member Australian Women’s Invitational Team will consist of talented National Youth Squad members and two-time Australian Women’s Open World Cup winner Giselle Martin (Tirado) as captain for the two day event.The Young Guns of Australian Women’s Touch will be battling it out for their share of $100,000 in prizemoney for the charity of their choice.The weekend promises to be a memorable occasion with fashion parades, live musical performances, and non-stop high quality Beach Footy action and entertainment for participants and spectators alike.The event is already gathering mass media exposure with broadcast event partners Nova 96.9 FM, Channel Nine, and News Limited publications such as The Daily Telegraph and the Courier Mail widely advertising the Inaugural tournament and a number of media events occuring to consolidate the tournament’s exposure.Members of the Australian Invitational Beach Footy Team and Australia’s 2007 Women’s Open World Cup Team will attend a photo opportunity Thursday at Maroubra Beach as part of a four page feature on the tournament appearing in the Daily Telegraph Newspaper on Friday 15 December 2006.The Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series will be recorded by Channel Nine and shown in the lead-up to the 2007 NRL Premiership around February and March.The Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy team will compete in a six team round robin format over two days. Games will be 15 minutes duration, comprising 2 x 5 minute halves and a 5 minute half-time break.The Women’s team will face off on the sand against four NRL based teams – Maroons, Blues, Young Guns, and Kiwis, as well as a Celebrity team.The Maroons team will feature 2006 “Golden Boot” award winner and Kangaroo Captain Darren Lockyer, and fellow Broncos Brent Tate, the Berrigan brothers Shaun and Barry. and  Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Smith.The Blues will be led by Dragons superstar Mark Gasnier and will feature players such as Matt Cooper, Luke O’Donnell, Willie Mason, and Blues luminaries Brad Fittler and Ryan Girdler. The Young Guns will be captained by Billy Slater, and will have rising stars Travis Burns, Trent Cutler, and Brett Morris amongst their ranks.The Kiwis are sure to bring plenty flair and footwork to the contest with All Black Rugby legends Jerry Collins and Nonu Ma’a leading the way with Nigel Vaagana, and Dave FA’ Alogo, and Tyran Smith set to make their mark.The Celebrity team will be spearheaded by Gordon Tallis, with Lachlan Murdoch, Davis Cup Tennis Captain Wally Masur, newly crowned seven time World champion surfer Layne Beachley, and golfer Peter Lonard gearing up for the tournament challenge.Boxers Kostya Tszyu and  Anthony Mundine, Wallaby Lote Tuquiri, AFL star Nick Reiwoldt and arguably the world’s best Rugby League player of the modern era, Andrew “Joey” Johns are also set to take to the sand. The Women’s Beach Footy team features this country’s brightest up and coming female Touch Football talent.The team is: SKWARKO, Amanda HAMMETT, Belinda 2 6 HULBERT, Alyce 4 1 7 5center_img COOPER, Dearne DOBBINS, Ash BECK, Nicole 8 MARTIN, Giselle (Captain) HOPKIN, Emily 3 The Women’s team will be captained by Giselle Martin (nee Tirado), former Australian Women’s Open dual World Cup winner in 1995 and 1999, and the sport’s pin-up girl of the 1990’s. Still super fit and full of running, ‘Giz’ will provide fantastic leadership, experience, and inspiration to a combination big on potential, skill level, and ability in both attack and defence all over the park.All players are current Youth World Cup representatives, and have been identified as suitable candidates for the National 20 Years Youth Squad preparing for the 2009 FIT Youth World Cup.The players have been selected for their athleticism, skill level, fitness, vision, and team skills, and are regarded as amongst the hottest playing property on the Australian Touch Football scene today.Nicole Beck at 18, is a current member of the National Women’s Open training squad, and made her debut for the New South Wales Women’s Open State of Origin team in 2006.The team also contains 2005 Youth World Cup championship winning 18 Years Mixed representative Belinda Hammett, and 2005 Youth World Cup Player of the Series in the 18 Years Girls division, Emily Hopkin.Beck, Ash Dobbins, and Amanda Skwarko, “The Three Muskateers” from the Southern Suns franchise, bring a wonderful understanding and accord to the mix of players, whilst Alyce “The Rat’ Hulbert and Belinda “Bindoss” Hammett, teammates at club, regional, State and National squad level, bring a similar level of balance and combination to the side.Games will commence at 10.00 am and go through until 4.30pm Saturday 16 December.Round games will recommence Sunday 17 December at 11.00am, with semi-finals at 3.00pm and 3.30pm and the Grand Final commencing at 4.30pm.Further details including the draw and  team composition, will be updated here in coming days.Get down to Maroubra Beach on the weekend for a fantastic festive atmosphere, and to see the young guns of Australian Touch do battle out on the sand against the superstars of the NRL in the Inaugural Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series.last_img read more

Scott Prince’s ‘Best of Bundaberg’

first_imgClick here for more info on Bundaberg Cup, or to register: Bundaberg Cup 2019.Click here for accommodation and local attractions: www.bundabergregion.org/the-bundaberg-cup-2019 The turtles are epic! But there’s much more to Bundaberg North Burnett than magical marine life.From the stunning beaches to cruising down the Burnett River. The Australian Sugar Cane Railway, the Amandine Lavender farm and bushwalking (check out Burrum Coast National Park and the Aboriginal free-hand rock art in the Cania Gorge National Park). Like fishing? Think everything from tuna to barra and mud crab.Then there are Bundaberg Cup participant Scott Prince’s must-do activities: the Lady Musgrave Experience, a luxury day-tour cruise to Lady Musgrave Island) and Riverfeast, the Friday night food markets.Speaking of FOOD – that’s the best bit about Bundaberg. Princey fills us in on his five top eating and drinking picks…Best coffee: Alowishus Delicious  Fuel your footy with their caffeine plus Alowishus Fritters: zucchini and sweet corn fritters with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, rocket and a poached egg.Favourite brekkie spot: Indulge CafeSeasonal food that’s sourced from local growers and suppliers.Best seafood: Grunske’s by the RiverFrom local fishermen, straight to your plate.Top spot for drinks: The BrewhouseFor the grown-ups, The Brewhouse is where all Bargara Brewing Company’s beers are made using 100% rainwater.Sweet treats: Nana’s PantryIf you’re on a health kick, grab some snacks from their bulk foods range to take to the fields. If you’re not, grab some gelato!last_img read more