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first_imgBATON ROUGE – LSU may not be back in the mix, but at least it is in the bowl.The Tigers got bowl eligible with a dominating, 41-3 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night for their sixth win and returned to the national polls on Sunday afternoon just in time for No. 3 Ole Miss and ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday.LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) was ranked No. 23 in the USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press media poll after falling out of the polls with a 41-7 loss at Auburn on Oct. 4.“I think what is happening is this football team is coming together,” LSU coach Les Miles said after his team won its second straight game. “We are improving. We are in a position to play better, and I think this football team is looking forward to that. I think the timing is right.”The Rebels (7-0, 4-0 SEC), who are off to their best start since their only perfect season in 1962 at 10-0, will play LSU in Tiger Stadium at 6:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN, and ESPN’s College GameDay pregame show decided late Saturday to broadcast on Saturday from the Parade Grounds on the LSU campus from 8-11 a.m.LSU was chosen for GameDay’s broadcast site for the 10th time since 1996 and first time since Nov. 3, 2012, when the No. 5 Tigers lost, 21-17, to No. 1 Alabama in the final moments.LSU is 5-4 at home with GameDay, which began in ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1987 before moving to on-campus sites in 1993. The Tigers have been the visiting team when GameDay is in town another six times and won four of those, including over Alabama in Tuscaloosa 2005 and in 2011. In neutral site appearances for national championship games and season openers, LSU is 5-1. Overall, the Tigers are 14-7 with GameDay in town.The Tigers have never hosted Ole Miss for GameDay, but it has been a special season so far for the Rebels, who defeated No. 1 Alabama, 23-17, on Oct. 4 for the first time since 2003. Ole Miss will bring to Tiger Stadium its best-ever overall and SEC records. The Rebels will also enter Tiger Stadium with their highest ranking since also being No. 3 in 1963 when it was 4-0-1 on the season and beat LSU, 37-3. Saturday’s game will be the first LSU-Ole Miss pairing in which the Rebels are the higher ranked team since 1999 when No. 25 Ole Miss beat unranked LSU, 42-23, in Tiger Stadium.Ole Miss, which held Tennessee to zero rushing yards in a 34-3 win Saturday in Oxford, Miss., is No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense with 10.6 points allowed a game and is No. 8 in the nation in total defense with 290 yards allowed a game. The Rebels are fifth in the nation in turnover margin at plus-10 and are tied for first nationally with 15 interceptions. Senior cornerback Senquez Golson is second in the nation with seven interceptions. Ole Miss is also sixth in the nation in rush defense with 97.1 yards allowed a game.“They’re phenomenal,” Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace said of his team’s defense after the Tennessee game. “They’re fun to watch. Before the season, I knew they were good. I didn’t know they were this good. All I have to do is take care of the ball.”Wallace has done just that as he has not turned the ball over in four SEC games and is No. 9 in the nation in passing efficiency at 163.0 on 137-of-209 passing for 1,899 yards and 17 touchdowns against six interceptions.“I’m looking forward to it. They have a spread offense and some pretty good receivers, and they’re going to compete,” LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson said.“We have to get over this win because how we practice is going to be how we play against Ole Miss,” said safety Jamal Adams.LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings, who improved to 7-1 as a starter, is 60th in the nation in passing efficiency at 132.1 on 64-of-128 passing for 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns against three interceptions. He has not turned the ball over in his last three games and was 7-of-14 for 120 yards with a 32-yard touchdown to wide receiver Travin Dural Saturday.“Every game we get more and more comfortable with the offense and the guys around us,” Jennings said. “This game was a building step to getting better each week. We have to get better and get prepared for Ole Miss.”last_img read more

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first_imgA new champion will be crowned in the Guinness Cage Streetball Championship after Leopold Street eliminated holders Ol Skool Ballers in the quarterfinal to setup a titanic clash with Sparta Boss for a place in the coveted finale.  The clash, which captivated the immense crowd that descended on the Haslington Tarmac on Saturday, highlighted a thrilling night of action which also witnessed home side Uprising, battling against all odds to remain the sole team from the East Coast Demerara region to secure a semi-final berth. Following a scoreless regulation time period, Leopold Street edged Ol Skool Ballers 1-0 on penalty kicks. It was the second win for the traditional giant, who edged Albouystown in the earlier round of 16 clash.Great Wall- Gregory Richardson (2nd from left), Eusi Phillips (3rd from right) and Jermin Junior (right) of Sparta Boss, initiate their defensive formation during their quarterfinal clash with Avocado Ballers at the Haslington Tarmac in the Guinness Cage Streetball Championship They will now meet eternal foe Sparta Boss in what promises to a fierce showdown on Friday after the North East La Penitence based unit, ousted Avocado Ballers by a 1-0 score line.  Jermin Junior netted in the ninth minute to separate the teams. They also defeated of Back Circle by an identical margin when the dependable Eusi Phillips found the back of the net in the ninth minute. However, the evening also belonged to host Uprising, who defeated Blazers of Beterverwagting [BV] 3-2 on sudden death penalty kicks after normal time ended scoreless in their quarterfinal affair. The youthful outfit was not overawed by the momentous occasion and they duly held their nerve to defeat their seasoned opponent in a marathon shoot-out which last six rounds and had the crowd on the edge of their proverbial seats.  They will now face-off with traditional contender Broad Street for a place in the championship match. Broad Street squeaked past North East La Penitence 1-0 in the quarterfinal section inspired by a third minute strike from Jamal Cozier. Earlier in the night, Cozier, the event’s joint leading scorer with six goals, tallied a double in the ninth and 11th minute to defeat veteran Alexander Village side 2-0.  The semi-final and championship matches will be staged at the same venue on Friday. The tournament is being organized to forge integration among the participating communities in an effort to create a better understanding among its inhabitants.Among the entities in support of the cause are: Banks DIH under its Guinness and Power Wine brands, Clarks footwear giants Chetsons, E- Networks Inc., KSM Investments, Yhip’s Bakery, Brass Aluminum & Cast Iron Foundry [BACIF], Ray’s Auto Sales, Insurance Brokers Guyana Limited [IGBL], Y.K. Investments, Trophy Stall, Express Shipping, Woodpecker Products, National Sports Commission, ‘C’ Division of the Guyana Police Force, Jai Signs & Auto Designs, Gaming Authority, Julius Variety Store and C & C Prestigious Styles. Below features the complete results of matches.last_img read more

first_imgThe cream of the nation’s cyclists will renew their rivalry today and tomorrow in back-to-back events sponsored by R&R International. First up today, an 11-race programme will pedal off at 09:00hrs and is set to transform the National Park into a cycling speedway as the riders will once again unchain their competitive juices.Today’s feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational race will be contested by the top junior and senior wheelsmen.Standout bikers like Jamaul John, Michael Anthony, Christopher Griffith, Alonzo Ambrose, Stephano Husbands and others will be going wheel-to-wheel for the top honours. Other categories scheduled to be contested are the 12 to 14 years boys and girls (3 laps), veterans over-50 years (5 laps), veterans over-60 years (5 laps), upright cyclists (5 laps), BMX boys open (3 laps), BMX boys 12 to 14 years (3 laps), BMX boys 9 to 12 years (3 laps) and BMX boys 6 to 9 years (3 laps).Cycling coordinator, Hassan Mohamed noted that R&R International has been very generous in sponsoring events under his purview over the years and added that more sponsorship will mean additional avenues for the riders to showcase their talents.Managing Director of R&R International, Jacob Rambarran was a former cyclist and 2020 marks the 28th year which his firm has been a supporter of cycling locally. The collaboration is just another demonstration of that commitment. Employees of the company are expected to be on hand to assist in the presentation of prizes to the top performers.Meanwhile tomorrow, the cyclists will take their talents to the open roads of West Demerara compete in the 40-mile road race.  The event will rolls off from Schoonord at 08:30am and then proceed to Bushy Park before returning to Schoonord for the finish. (Emmerson Campbell)last_img read more

first_imgFollowing Barcelona’s Clasico victory against Real Madrid, Gerard Pique has stated his belief that Barca’s record of six consecutive Copa del Rey final appearances will not be broken.Barcelona became the first team to reach six successive Copa finals following their 3-0 win against Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.A Luis Suarez brace led the Blaugrana to a 4-1 aggregate win over bitter rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday.The outspoken Pique basked in the performance telling reporters post-match: “Reaching a sixth final… I don’t think what we have achieved is something that will ever happen again in the Copa del Rey. “We’ve won it a lot in recent years but we want to win it again. It’s special to qualify for a final. It’s actually been more out of habit than anything else. Turning things around against Levante and Sevilla and then this [winning at Madrid].”“It was an important win. Madrid were on top in the first half, but we took advantage of the space in the second half to win the game and the tie. It’s a great way to reach the final. Winning here and reaching the final is always a cause for happiness.”Barcelona will be back in another Clasico action on Saturday when they face Madrid in LaLiga.Barcelona sit clear of third-placed Real Madrid with nine points, and Pique hoping Barca get a result in their next visit to the Bernabéu on Saturday said:“We’ve been lucky to win a lot of games here and by some big margins. But it was a complicated match and they’re not that far behind us [in the league]. We can’t relax now because it would not bode well for Saturday.“We’re coming through this phase of games – which was really tough [away against Lyon, Sevilla and Madrid twice] – really well. You can’t always play well, but we’re getting results and we hope to get another good result in the next Clasico.”Relatedlast_img read more

first_img Swarovski Menswear Award winners, Matthew Orley, from left, Alex Orley, and Samantha Florence, of Orley, pose at the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, June 6, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Norma Kamali, right, poses with Michael Kors at the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, June 6, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) “When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four black, country curvy girls,” she said. “And we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother … used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams.” She spoke of wearing her first costumes, which her mother and uncle had designed and sewn, “putting so much passion and love into every detail.” It felt, she said, “like an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.”Usually, organizers announce the name of the Fashion Icon winner well in advance, but this year they kept it under wraps until the end of the ceremony, when designer Diane von Furstenberg took the stage to introduce Beyonce, saying she represented everything women aspire to be. “The image of a woman in charge has never looked more glamorous,” the designer said.The surprise honoree was one highlight of an evening that also included a touching tribute to the late David Bowie, from his friend, actress Tilda Swinton. Swinton’s speech took the form of a letter she’d written to the singer, telling him he was being honored “for all your colors, all your magic, all your vim and vigor.”“This is a good thing: You have brought out the freak in everyone,” Swinton said. Her tribute was followed by a performance of Bowie’s song “Changes” by actor Michael C. Hall, a star of Bowie’s musical, “Lazarus.”And another recently departed rock legend was also memorialized in Monday’s ceremony: Prince, who received a musical tribute from Jennifer Hudson to close out the show, including a rousing rendition of his song “Let’s Go Crazy.”There was one brief, but enthusiastic reference to politics, when Vogue editor Anna Wintour took the stage to present the International Award to Alessandro Michele of Gucci. But first, she wanted to tell the crowd the news that had broken during the ceremony — reports of Hillary Clinton becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee based on delegate counts. Wintour, long active in Democratic Party fundraising, raised her arms in triumph.In major awards, Marc Jacobs won the prize for womenswear designer of the year, accepting his trophy in a black T-shirt. “Marc, we have your tux backstage,” quipped the evening’s host, comedian and actor Joel McHale. The menswear prize went to Thom Browne, and the accessory prize to Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel.Norma Kamali, famous for her “sleeping bag” coats and her swimsuits — including the red one actress Farrah Fawcett wore in her famous poster — received the lifetime achievement award from presenter Michael Kors, and Donna Karan was handed the Founder’s Award from friend and designer Calvin Klein.The three Swarovski awards for emerging designers went to Paul Andrew for accessories, to the Orley label for menswear, and to Brandon Maxwell for womenswear. Maxwell, Lady Gaga’s stylist, spoke movingly about growing up “very gay in a very small town” in Texas, where styling his female friends gave him a sense of purpose in life.But the show’s finale was all about Beyonce, who along with her glittering pantsuit wore a large, black wide-brimmed hat.She praised fashion designers for being, in her words, fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors — “and sometimes even our therapists.”“I encourage you to not forget this power that you have, or take it lightly,” the singer said. “We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or a magazine cover and see her own reflection.”Online: NEW YORK | In a surprise appearance, Beyonce strode onstage in sparkling pinstripes Monday evening to speak emotionally about both family and fashion at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony.“As long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my life,” the pop superstar, who was honored with the Fashion Icon award, told a glittery crowd of designers, TV stars and other celebrities. She went on to recount how her grandmother had been a seamstress, and then passed that skill on to Beyonce’s mother. FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2016, file photo, Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. In a surprise appearance, Beyonce strode onstage in sparkling pinstripes Monday, June 6, 2016, to speak emotionally about both family and fashion at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)last_img read more

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first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe loss early in the season may have been a blessing in disguise for the Castlegar Vikings.Because ever since the defending champs dropped the opener the Vikes have been perfect, continuing the trend right on through to capturing the West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League title Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.The Vikes overcame below zero temperatures, and a stingy Dam Inn Mates squad, to claim its fourth straight title with a 26-12 victory.The game was a rematch of the 2009 final won 16-4 by Castlegar.“Defence was clearly the key for us,” said Castlegar receiver/defensive back Steve Mota. “Our defence gave them nothing. (Dam Inn) had us first and goal twice and didn’t score.”After intercepting Dam Inn on the goal line late in the opening quarter with the game scoreless, the Vikes drove the length of the field. The long drive down the field was capped off in a major score when Castlegar quarterback David Kravski connected with John Lloyd from inside the red zone making it 7-0.
Castlegar then went up 14-0 when Mota intercepted a short pass before out running the Mates into the end zone for a pick-six.Dam Inn rallied back to close the gap as Griffin Augustine found the end zone for the Mates. However, the two-point conversion fell short keeping the Vikes in control.In the second half Jason Trower scored for the Vikes to increase the lead.Bryan Lauzon and Lloyd also had interceptions for Castlegar. Augustine had one of the two interceptions for Dam Inn.”Dam Inn was definitely our (toughest) competition,” Mota explained. “We had to come ready to play each and every time we played them. We match up well. Our go to guys made plays, their go to guys made plays.”Castlegar had an easy time advancing to the league final after the regular season champs disposed of Nelson Impact in one semi final.In the other contest Dam Inn Mates needed a late touchdown to knock off Hume Brewers.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe wins were modest, but there was a deep sense of satisfaction with those involved in the first girls and boys varsity lacrosse seasons at Middletown High School North and Middletown High School South.The programs went from four teams playing on a junior varsity level to moving up to varsity, with another seven junior varsity and freshman teams launching this season, as 187 students-athletes were out for the sport in the spring. That enthusiasm has carried over to a solid summer of travel lacrosse for many players.“As far as an organization, we couldn’t be happier with the results on the field and off the field,” said Chris Fisher, president of the Lacrosse in Middletown parents’ booster group that proposed and initially funded the sport. “Every team won a game. It’s getting students involved, teaching the game and finding what fun it is. Parents are taking to this, too, which is important because they’re paying money to help put these teams on the field.”Middletown North’s boys played on Harvest Lacrosse, which is competing in a league in Sea Girt and split its first four games. Twenty players from Middletown South and 10 from Middletown North are on the Middletown Griffins, who are winless but have become more competitive of late against elite teams from Long Island, N.Y., and New Jersey in weekend tournaments. Both varsity coaches are co-coaches of the Griffins — Frank Finochio of Middletown South and Ryan Hilla of Middletown North. Their season ended last weekend in a showcase at Ocean Township.“They’ve shown a lot of improvement,” Finochio said of the Griffins.The boys teams from Middletown North and Middletown South each won five games. Middletown South’s girls won six games, while Middletown North’s girls won their season finale, 17-14, over Point Pleasant Borough High School for their second win of the season.“I think they did a tremendous job,” said Middletown South girls coach Greer Mc- Carthy, who also coached a number of her players on the United travel team that she has coached over the summer in recent years. “It’s hard to judge abilities at this stage, but they played a lot of high-level schools out of conference. I can say that every person was an integral part of the team.”Vanessa Romano, who will be a senior, and juniors Brittany Slook (center midfield) and Macaleigh Smith (defense) were on the older 2015 team that McCarthy said enjoyed a solid season. Slook scored 31 goals for Middletown South’s varsity team. Four others were on the United 2016 team, including Middletown South junior attack Brianne Naughton and sophomores Aisling Sullivan (attack), Roberta Montes (defense) and Devyne Osborne (defense). Two graduating seniors from Middletown South — midfielders Paige Connors and Xena Valenzuela, who scored 17 goals — have committed to college lacrosse careers at Georgian Court University.Middletown North’s boys qualified for the NJSIAA North Jersey Group III tournament, losing handily in the opening round to seasoned northern New Jersey squad West Morris Mendham High School.“They saw what it takes to be a top squad. It was definitely a learning curve overall, pretty much as I expected,” Hilla said. “The boys competed. They learned a ton and they made a long adjustment to the varsity game, which is faster than the junior varsity level that they played on last year. But at the end of the season, they came together and ended on a high note.”The Lions avenged a loss earlier in the season to Middletown South by scoring a 12-7 victory on May 10, as Justin Russo, who will be a junior this fall, scored eight goals and had three assists.Six players graduated, including starters Emil Merhige as a long stick middie and defenders Andrew Moran and Nick Bellifemine.A solid nucleus returns, including senior goalie Kevin Powers and junior defender Hayden Fairhurst. Senior Jordan Robinson and junior Chris Fisher are midfielders, along with junior Connor Hedlund. Juniors Bryan Flannigan, Ryan Aker and Russo are at forward, and Hilla said that Aker is having “a heck of a summer.”Finochio, who coached previously at Holmdel High School, has his work cut out with 13 Middletown South boys players departed via graduation, including 20-goal scorer Kevin Loesch, midfielder Tom Slook and defender Chris DiMaria, who Finochio calls a “great defender who will be missed.”Finochio saw steady improvement, though.“Considering this year they were going up against players with substantially more experience, the season was very successful,” he said.Finochio said he expects some prospects from the junior varsity team, which went 8-3, to step up.Senior goalies Alek Skrzynski and Jacob Mutini are back, as is sophomore defender Jack Kaiser.“It will be an interesting mix of the young and older players,” Finochio said of next season.Junior midfielder Matt Gruhler, who is adept at faceoffs, and sophomore Pat Walsh man the midfield spot. Senior Evan Lepkowski heads the attack.“We were competing against the top teams in the state, which allowed us to hone our craft and recognize where we needed to improve,” Middletown North girls coach Jacquelyn Garofalo said. “We had plenty of players for three solid teams, [including junior varsity and freshmen], and it can only progress from here. It was especially rewarding to see the growth the returnees had since last season, and how positively that reflected on our newest players.”Players included senior captains Katie Ryan and Brianna Pruden, as well as fellow seniors Tori Lidlow, Samantha Binn and Madison Gazette, junior Jessica Hauff and sophomore Hailee Hallard. By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

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