Kinnear hits out at Shearer

first_imgNewcastle’s director of football Joe Kinnear has hit back at the club’s record goalscorer Alan Shearer, claiming: “This is a guy who doesn’t have a clue about coaching.” He added: “The last game of the (2008-09) season he came up with the master idea of playing Damien Duff at left-back. Damien is one of the best left-wingers in the business, but can’t tackle. And we went down with an own goal from Damien. Shearer keeps slagging me off. He is being disrespectful to me. I am entitled to fight back.” The interview with the Sunday Times was his first in print since returning to Newcastle, following on from two colourful and controversial interviews on television and radio where he made a number of erroneous claims, mispronounced the names of several players and claimed he had “more intelligence” than Magpies supporters. On Sunday, Kinnear apologised to Newcastle fans for the latter remark. He said: “I regret what I said about the supporters. I can’t get anybody to say that Joe has the utmost respect for the supporters and they are the most important people at the club. “I always go to their forums and loved having the craic with them around the city when I was manager there. There are 10 per cent I’m never going to win over, that is the point I was trying to make, but I regret what I said and if I offended any Newcastle fans I apologise.” Kinnear’s appointment immediately created speculation around the future of Pardew and also of influential chief scout Graham Carr, who both now report into him. But the Irishman insists he will not be interfering in first-team matters and believes his job may be under bigger threat than the former Charlton manager’s. “I will have the job of over-looking the reserves and the youth team and see where we are progressing, as well as being chief advisor to (chairman) Mike Ashley,” he said. “If things are going wrong at the club I am accountable and he will be coming through me and not anybody else. Everybody thinks Pardew is under pressure. He’s not. I am. I could get sacked. “The manager: the running of the teams when it comes to the players needed, the selection of players on match days, the tactics and the public face when addressing the supporters via the media will be Alan Pardew.” Press Associationcenter_img Shearer, who scored 206 goals in 404 games for the Magpies, told The Sun last week that the appointment of Kinnear had “undermined” manager Alan Pardew and said recent events at St James’ Park had turned the club into a “laughing stock”. Kinnear responded angrily to Shearer’s comments in an interview in the Sunday Times, and highlighted the former England striker’s failure to keep Newcastle in the Premier League in the final eight games of the 2008-09 season. “What Shearer says is diabolical,” said Kinnear. “This is a guy who hasn’t got a clue about coaching.” last_img read more

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Burgess Duharra claim sixth county title in a row

first_imgWhile Drom did manage two goals towards the end of the second half, it wasn’t enough as Burgess held on to win 1-21 to 2-10. Burgess Duharra have claimed their sixth county title in a row this afternoon – following a convincing win over Drom & Inch.The first half was a very close encounter, and at half time Burgess/Duharra led by a single point – 10 points to 9.Burgess took the early lead in the second half – holding Drom scoreless for the following 22 mins.last_img

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South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell, P.J. Dozier reunite for Lakers workout

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> A wave of nostalgia struck one of the Lakers’ draft prospects, and this time it had nothing to do with seeing the organization’s championship trophies, retired jerseys or Magic Johnson.Neither Johnson, the president of basketball operations, nor General Manager Rob Pelinka attended Friday’s pre-draft workouts at the Lakers’ practice facility after spending Thursday in Sacramento to evaluate Kansas guard/forward Josh Jackson. That didn’t keep South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell from feeling sentimental. Months after leading the Gamecocks to their first Final Four appearance, Thornwell went through his workout with former college teammate P.J. Dozier.“It was real special,” Thornwell said. “Nobody thought of South Carolina as basketball. To finally get that chance in the tournament and make a run at the tournament, that was the ultimate goal for me.” Thornwell showcased his role well with Dozier, who averaged career-highs in points (13.9), rebounds (4.8) and steals (1.7) while posting a team-leading 2.8 assists per game during his sophomore season. Thornwell said they did not have the chance to replicate some of that chemistry during Friday’s workout, their first pre-draft outing together.“Not this one. But this season, there were plenty,” Thornwell said. “He saved us a lot. It was good.”Managing the grindIt did not appear anything could stop Ojeleye as he pulled up for a series of jumpers that found the bottom of the basket. Toward the end of his individual workout, though, Ojeleye abruptly fumbled the ball.“Fatigue got to me there,” Ojeleye said, noting he had worked out for three teams this week. “It’s been a long grind.”Ojeleye said he also has worked out with San Antonio, Phoenix, Utah, Orlando, Toronto, Indiana and Oklahoma City. After averaging 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds during his junior season at SMU, Ojeleye has relied on his Christian faith to stay grounded throughout the ups and downs.“When I’m in the hotel, I’m reading my Bible and praying and getting my mind right and getting away from the game a little bit,” Ojeleye said. “This whole process can get to you. I try to keep it all in perspective.”AttendanceThe Lakers plan to hold similar workouts with groups of players on Sunday and Monday before working out Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox, a candidate for the No. 2 overall pick, individually on Tuesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersUntil a new ultimate goal took its place.Thornwell and Dozier were among six players who worked out for the Lakers on Friday, the duo joined by Houston senior guard Damyean Dotson, Baylor junior forward Johnathan Motley, SMU junior forward Semi Ojeleye and BYU senior guard L.J. Rose.Most NBA mock drafts project Thornwell to be selected in the second round, making it unlikely the Lakers would select him with their late first-round pick (No. 28 pick) in the NBA draft on June 22. Despite that, the Lakers still have interest in him in case they acquire an additional pick in a trade or if he becomes available to play for their summer league team in Las Vegas.Like most players of his caliber, the 22-year-old Thornwell touted his credentials as a four-year college player who could help elevate a Lakers defense that finished at or near the bottom of the league in several statistical categories again last season.“I feel like I can come in and compete at a high level already,” Thornwell said. “I’m strong and can do some things 18-year-olds can’t bring in being able to guard a lot of the younger guys. I had four years to understand guarding is a big thing. They play one year, and that one year they were shooting shots. I understand what my role is going to be.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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NFL suspensions: How long are Kareem Hunt, Golden Tate, more fantasy stars out?

first_imgDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY RB PREVIEW PODCAST BELOW2019 NFL Suspended PlayersHow long is Kareem Hunt suspended?Games suspended: 8 (Personal conduct violation)The Browns signed Kareem Hunt knowing he wouldn’t be available to begin the 2019 season. That didn’t bother them, as they have an up-and-coming back in Nick Chubb along with a good receiving back in Duke Johnson, Jr. Hunt’s talent is no secret, though. He played big roles in the rushing and passing attacks in Kansas City for two straight years. When he gets back, if he’s in shape, he’ll take value away from Chubb and Johnson. If you draft Chubb and have ample bench space, Hunt might be a worthwhile stash, as this situation could go a variety ways, but eating a roster spot for nine weeks isn’t easy. Especially in a situation like this, where Hunt likely won’t even be a featured back upon return, tread carefully.How long is Golden Tate suspended?Games supsended: 4 (PED violation)It’s worth noting that Golden Tate’s suspension is in the appeals process, which is expected to be completed before the season. Tate has a compelling case on paper, claiming he only was using a fertility drug, but Robert Mathis didn’t win his appeal in 2014 with the same argument, so that precedent is set. If Tate misses time, it might boost Cody Latimer for the season’s opening weeks. Once Tate returns, he should remain at least a WR3 in PPR formats, even with an underwhelming Eli Manning throwing to him. Drafting and stashing Tate shouldn’t hurt your team too much and could pay off in the long run.  (Update: Tate lost his appeal and will serve a four-game suspension to open the 2019 NFL season.)2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back  |  Wide receiver  |  Tight end  |  Top 200How long is Antonio Callaway suspended?Games suspended: 4 (Substance abuse violation)Callaway had a case to be the Browns’ No. 3 WR this season in a pretty pass-happy offense, but that’ll have to wait until at least Week 5. When he returns, there’ll be tons of competition for targets in front of him as there would’ve been even if he wasn’t suspended.How long is Chris Herndon suspended?Games suspended: 4 (Substance abuse violation)Chris Herndon came on strong down the stretch of 2018, showing a good rapport with Sam Darnold as fellow rookies. That momentum hits a bump with the four-game suspension to start ’19. There’s no real competition at the TE spot in New York, so when Herndon returns, he should be the top option at that position. We’d have him ranked inside our top-15 TEs if he weren’t missing four games, so stashing him late or picking him up in an early week could return value. 2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback  |  Running back  |  Wide Receiver  |  Tight End  |  D/ST  |  Kicker  |  Top 200How long is Benjamin Watson suspended?Games suspended: 4 (PED violation)Benjamin Watson returns to New England, the team that drafted him more than a decade ago, to try and finish off his career strong. With how Bill Belichek runs things, it’s less of a sure thing that Watson will be the first-string TE upon his return, but he’s only competing with Matt LaCosse. Someone has to take over at least part of the role Rob Gronkowski held in the red zone. Watson could be a borderline fantasy starter when he gets back.How long is Roc Thomas suspended?Games suspended: 3 (substance abuse violation)The Jaguars recently signed Roc Thomas to help in their banged-up backfield. He could just be a camp body, or they’re willing to wait out his suspension because they see a use for him.How long is Taylor Lewan suspended?Games suspended: 4 (Substance abuse violation)The Titans have one of the worst offensive lines in football. That’s when Taylor Lewan, their best lineman and Marcus Mariota’s blindside protector, is active. It gets even worse without Lewan. When he returns, he’ll take over the left tackle spot and give a boost to Tennessee. In his early-season absence, though, the Titans could struggle to establish much push on the offensive side of the ball.FANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs  | 6 D/STs  | One from each teamHow long is Richie Incognito suspended?Games suspended: 2 (Personal conduct violation)The Raiders strengthened their offensive line in the offseason with the signings of Richie Incognito and left tackle Trent Brown. For the first two weeks, they won’t reap that full reward with Incognito suspended. He’ll be back soon enough, though, and an Oakland team that also majorly upgraded its receiving corps could have its best offense in years if everything clicks.How long is Jarran Reed suspended?Games suspended: 6 (Personal conduct violation)Jarran Reed had a breakout 2018, tallying 10.5 sacks and 50 tackles while working on the interior of Seattle’s defensive line. His six-game absence is a huge blow to a Seahawks defense that might be more name value than production at this point. DRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback  |  Running back  |  Wide receiver  |  Tight end  |  D/STHow long is David Onyemata suspended?Games suspended: 4 (Substance abuse violation)David Onyemata was slated to start at defensive tackle for New Orleans. His absence weakens their run defense a tad, giving boosts to the running backs the Saints face in the first four weeks: Lamar Miller/D’Onta Foreman, Todd Gurley, Chris Carson, and Ezekiel Elliott.How long is Robert Quinn suspended?Games suspended: 2 (PED violation)Dallas signed the veteran pass-rusher Quinn in the offseason to boost its defense, but the Cowboys will be without Quinn for two games after he was suspended in early August. Quinn was already in the midst of recovering from a broken hand and may have missed regular-season action, anyway. Once he’s back, he should slide into an edge-rusher specialist role.How long is Randy Gregory suspended?Suspended indefinitely (substance abuse violation)We have Dallas as a starting level defense in 12-team leagues as is, but if Gregory is reinstated — something the Cowboys clearly think will eventually happen based on the contract extension they gave him — it would only strengthen a solid D/ST. MORE:  Dollar values  |  IDP rankings  |  Best ball tips  |  Team namesHow long is Patrick Peterson suspended?Games suspended: 6 (PED violation)Patrick Peterson is one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks, but a season that already wasn’t going to be pretty for Arizona is worse with him missing the first six games. Upon his return, he’ll immediately take over his role as lock-down corner. In the first six games against the Cardinals, all top receivers are easy plays.How long is Nevin Lawson suspended?Games suspended: 4 (PED violation)The Oakland Raiders signed Lawson in the offseason and he’d stood out early in camp, per multiple reports. His most likely role was Raiders’ third CB, although that was mostly backing up outside and not playing the nickel. Lamarcus Joyner remains Oakland’s nickel back, so Lawson’s absence would only hurt in the near term if another Raiders’ defensive back was slated to miss time. Suspensions in the NFL are a frequent nuisance to fantasy football owners, messing up everything from rankings to sleeper lists. They make certain spots on our cheat sheets a little tougher to navigate each season, and 2019 is no different, as key fantasy contributors like Kareem Hunt, Golden Tate, Chris Herndon, and Josh Gordon (remember him?) are all slated to miss time to open the season.When you’re in the middle of your draft and don’t remember when a player is coming back, this list should quickly help you find the answer. We’ll go over who’s out, how long their out, and the impact it will have on their team — and, most important, your fantasy roster. SEASON PREVIEW PODCASTS:QB | RB | WR | TE | D/STHow long is Morris Claiborne suspended?Games suspended: 4 (substance abuse violation)For a time, Claiborne was one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks, but he remained on the free agent market this offseason as his suspension was announced. The suspension could delay his signing with teams further, although if he latches on somewhere midseason he could provide a weary secondary a boost. Claiborne reached an agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs on August 8.)last_img read more

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NFL predictions 2019: Chiefs clear Chargers again, Raiders inch up in AFC West

first_img2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:AFC East | AFC West | AFC North | AFC SouthNFC East | NFC West | NFC North | NFC SouthAFC West: 2019 picksKansas City Chiefs (14-2) Los Angeles Chargers (11-5) Oakland Raiders (5-11) Denver Broncos (5-11) The Chiefs will rule the division for a fourth consecutive season and make the playoffs in strong fashion for the sixth time in seven years with Reid. Mahomes will not drop off much, and the defense will benefit from more calculated aggression. The Chiefs also can navigate their first-place schedule. The Chargers have a few more obstacles, which will create separation between the contenders.The Raiders will be better because of their offense, but they will still be limited initially by their defense. The Broncos need to accept that they’re in more of a rebuild mode than Elway would like to admit. The Raiders, in their second year under Jon Gruden, are looking to start fresh after the coach’s hands-on, massive overhaul assisted by Mike Maycck. The Broncos are undergoing even more transition, with Vic Fangio and Joe Flacco as their new veteran coach-quarterback combination.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:Standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl pickBased on SN’s picks for the entire 2019 season, here are our predictions for the AFC West.NFL predictions 2019: AFC WestDenver BroncosFangio is going with Flacco over second-round pick Drew Lock as the starting QB, which means the Broncos will stick with an old school defensive- and running-minded approach to win games in 2019.Denver’s talented defense will get a big boost from Fangio, fresh off his elite work with Chicago’s 3-4 scheme. The question remains how many lumps the Broncos will take with a shaky bridge quarterback who, unlike John Elway thinks, is past his prime.Kansas City ChiefsThe Chiefs have already recovered well from the loss of Kareem Hunt late last season, and with the exception of one position, their offense around MVP Patrick Mahomes remains intact. Coach Andy Reid also didn’t shy away from making a necessary defensive change, turning to Steve Spagnuolo to install a base 4-3 with newly acquired end Frank Clark as its anchor.Kansas City will remain highly explosive on one side of the ball and much less volatile on the other.Los Angeles ChargersThe Chargers have a tenuous holdout situation with Melvin Gordon, but as one saw last season, they’re loaded beyond running back with excellent playmakers around Philip Rivers, a group that now includes healthy tight end Hunter Henry.Defensively, from Joey Bosa to Derwin James (when and if the safety returns healthy), they can still clean up on every level. The Chargers will carry their mentally tough identity under Anthony Lynn through another playoff push.Oakland RaidersThe Raiders get a do-over for Gruden with six new offensive starters wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Josh Jacobs. Oakland also has at least six new defensive starters including first-round draft picks Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram. Now the trick is bringing all those pieces together on and off the field.Oakland is set up for improvement, but the amount of improvement is tied to the play of quarterback Derek Carr with his upgraded supporting cast. Of the NFL divisions that featured two-team races at the top last season, the AFC West featured the closest competition. Don’t expect that to change in 2019.The Chiefs and Chargers finished with the same record (12-4) last season. Both ended up falling short of the Super Bowl after falling to the Patriots in the playoffs.last_img read more

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Dr. Joe Baker involved in plane crash near Dodge City

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Lili Clark · 291 weeks ago Prayers and thoughts go out to Dr.Baker for a swift recovery. Thank God he and his passengers survived the crash. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Jane · 291 weeks ago Glad to hear Dr. Baker and his passengers were not hurt worse. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down paula mortimer · 291 weeks ago Dr Joe, prayers for a speedy recovery. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down dave irey · 291 weeks ago Hello my friend of many years an fellow airman. I hope you have a speedy recovery. Dave Irey Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Brenda Leverich · 291 weeks ago Im glad to hear that he will recover and the others were not hurt. God is Good… Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Starla · 291 weeks ago Prayers for Dr. Baker and his passengers! Thank goodness no one was seriously injured! Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down KevinLeeBaker 0p · 290 weeks ago Chalk up one more Baker who’s had an adverse experience involving an airplane. I thank God for the fact that Joe and the other two are all right……….Kevin Baker Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down kathy niblack · 290 weeks ago Glad you are ok! We miss you and hope your feeling better! Praying for your good health ! Let us know when your back! Miss you! Chuck& kathy Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Dr. Joseph Baker, a physician for the former Wellington Family Practice Clinic, has been hospitalized after a plane accident near Dodge City.Sumner Regional Medical Center Director Leonard Hernandez reports that Baker has broken ribs and a collapsed lung and was staying at Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City.“He said thankfully and luckily, he will be fine,” Hernandez said.Baker has been a longtime general practitioner in Wellington and reportedly plans to open a clinic at SRMC soon.The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that all three people onboard a small plane crashed in the Dodge City area and suffered minor injuries. KHP says it received a call from Ford County Communications shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Hays Post website.The three-seater plane from Wellington had gone down in the area of Lariat Road and 114 Road. Three people were on the plane – two men and one woman. The other two passengers were not from Wellington. The plane was headed to Dodge City for business.KHP says though the injuries were minor, one person had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.The cause of the plane crash has not been determined, but KHP says the pilot indicated he lost airspeed and clipped a couple tree branches before going down.The FAA is headed to Dodge City from Wichita.All roads around the crash were closed temporarily but were re-opened.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Premier League cleared to resume on June 1 after government publish 50-page post-lockdown plans

first_imgThe government have published a 50-page document for lifting the coronavirus-enforced lockdown in England which could see the Premier League restart on June 1.A guide for exiting the lockdown was released on Monday afternoon, with social distancing measures to remain in place as various activities are resumed across the country. Some Premier League clubs have already voiced their concerns over ‘Project Restart’, with Aston Villa, Watford and Brighton anxious over the prospect of home advantage being taken out of the equation.A number of players have also publicly expressed doubts over returning to the pitch, including Manchester City star Sergio Aguero and Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger, amid the continued rise of coronavirus cases in England.Three Brighton players have been placed in self-isolation over the last week after testing positive for the illness, with Spain and Germany having similar issues as they attempt to reopen doors in La Liga and the Bundesliga. Step two of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “roadmap” clears the way for the current football season get back underway next month, with all remaining fixtures set to be played behind closed doors until public safety can be guaranteed.The new document has been titled ‘Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy’, and the lifting of restrictions is conditional upon the continued adherence to protocols which have been put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus.Whether or not supporters will be able to attend matches before the end of the campaign remains unclear, as step three proposes a reopening of venues such as cinemas and hairdressers in July.However it also includes the following warning: “Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.”Nevertheless, the Government will wish to open as many businesses and public places as the data and information at the time allows.”In order to facilitate the fastest possible reopening of these types of higher-risk businesses and public places, the Government will carefully phase and pilot reopenings to test their ability to adopt the new Covid-19 secure guidelines.”The Government will also monitor carefully the effects of reopening other similar establishments elsewhere in the world, as this happens.”The Government will establish a series of task forces to work closely with stakeholders in these sectors to develop ways in which they can make these businesses and public places Covid-19 secure.”The document continues by stating that fans being granted access to stadiums over the summer “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections”.last_img read more

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Rose Ladies Series: Toy finds joy with golfing grind

first_img10 Jul 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Toy finds joy with golfing grind Tags: Emily Toy, Rose Ladies Series Emily Toy has revealed her satisfaction at grinding out a score and admitted competing toe-to-toe against the best professionals in the land has whetted her appetite for the remainder of the season.The England women’s squad player didn’t know what to expect when she teed it up in her first competitive tournament of 2020 on home soil at the Rose Ladies Series event at Royal St George’s.After a two over par round of 72 earned Toy a tie for fourth place just three shots back from winner Gemma Dryburgh, the Cornish golfer was able to reflect on 18 holes which have given her great belief going into what is left of a topsy-turvy year.“I’m really pleased with how I played in what was my first event back,” said the reigning British Women’s Amateur champion.“I’ve played a lot of golf since lockdown eased, but playing against friends for a fiver isn’t the same as having a scorecard in your hand for an event like this one.“You forget what it feels like to have to grind out a par and it’s good to have that competitive edge back again.”Toy was no stranger to Royal St George’s having played Vagliano Trophy matches there in 2019.“I drove the ball well and hit a lot of greens, but in tough conditions couldn’t get the ball close enough to the flag for many birdie chances,” she added.“The short game is a bit rusty, but that’s to be expected.“Overall, I was happy with my game. I didn’t see a scoreboard until the 12th hole and I noticed then that Gemma (pictured below) was in at one under par.“I was level par at that stage but knew there was a tough run of holes coming.“I wasn’t really thinking about pushing on to win, I was just in there competing. A bogey at 14 stopped any momentum and then I bogeyed the last hole.“That was playing really tough – it was a par four into the wind and I couldn’t get up in two so a five was nothing too extreme.”Toy had been gearing up for an exciting 2020 and started her season off with a month in Australia alongside other members of the England squad.Having won the stroke play at the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship, the signs were good for a year that also include an invite to play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.That event has been cancelled for the year along with other key tournaments, leaving Toy desperate to make the most of what is now left of an abbreviated campaign.“I’m now looking forward to the English Women’s Amateur at Woodhall Spa later this month and then the English Women’s Stroke Play at Burnham and Berrow.“After that it’s the British Am and at this stage these are the three main ones I’m focusing on – anything else that takes place in terms of Europeans or invites to other events will be a bonus.”Toy is still aiming high for a career in the pro ranks, but accepts that planning too far ahead in the middle of a pandemic is largely pointless.All things being equal, Toy would have enjoyed this year in the amateur ranks and then made an attempt to go to LET Q school.That has now been cancelled for 2020 leaving Toy focusing on her amateur events this year and next before setting her sights on 2022 being a year for a potential step up.“I had thought about trying to turn pro this year,” added Toy.“But I want to do things when I’m ready and not rush in.“This year I had hoped to play Augusta and make the Curtis Cup team before trying out Q school, but these now become goals for 2021.“I don’t want to run before I can walk.”The next event in the Rose Ladies Series will take place on Thursday at the JCB Golf and Country Club where more English amateurs will get the chance to show their skills on the big stage against leading pros.Toy kept up the fine record of English amateurs in the Rose Ladies Series by making sure that for the fourth week in a row at least one England Golf player finished inside the top ten.Lily May Humphreys, Annabell and Samantha Fuller and Mimi Rhodes had all previously earned high finishes.For a report on the fourth event in the Rose Series, check out the video from Sky Sports Golf.Video Playerhttps://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/DOcJ-FxaFrRg4gtDEwOjIwbTowODE7WK-1-1.mp400:0000:0001:41Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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Jeremy White Named Southeastern Louisiana Head Volleyball Coach

first_imgStill an active athlete, White has continued his playing career both indoor as a middle blocker and outside hitter, and on the beach circuit where he’s won multiple tournaments at the Open/AA level.A two-time graduate of McNeese, White earned a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance in 2008 and completed his masters in exercise physiology in 2016. He is married to the former Sarah Lyons, a Lake Charles native. Southland Conference members Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, New Orleans, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi currently sponsor beach volleyball and the Southland plans to sponsor a conference beach volleyball championship event beginning with the 2020 season.NCAA BEACH VOLLEYBALL RULESOpponents play five sets of doubles matches (best two-out-of-three) against each other, with the first to take three matches claiming the victory. Schools are required to play a minimum of eight matches over the course of 16 available playing dates. Most schools play multiple matches per weekend while participating in several tournaments. HometownVidor, Texas “We are so excited for Coach Jeremy and his family that he is returning home to Louisiana.  Our state and the Southland Conference are lucky to have someone of Jeremy’s drive and character leading the Southeastern program.” – Ashleigh Fitzgerald, Head Coach, McNeese State University EducationMcNeese, 2008 (Master’s, 2016) At Northwestern, White (38-25) led the Lady Rangers to the two best seasons in school history, producing seven All-Conference selections and a Great American Conference Newcomer of the Year. The winningest coach in program history, he guided Northwestern to back-to-back appearances in the GAC Tournament. The Lady Rangers have maintained a team GPA over 3.0 throughout his tenure. NCAA BEACH VOLLEYBALL HISTORYApproved in 2009 as an emerging sport for women, sand volleyball exceeded the target goal of 40 NCAA varsity programs by October 2014 and was approved as the NCAA’s 90th Division I championship sport. The NCAA officially changed the name of the sport to beach volleyball in 2015, hosting the first NCAA Division I championship the next year. Courtesy of SLU AthleticsHAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana Athletics ushered in a new era Wednesday as athletic director Jay Artigues announced the hiring of Jeremy White, a native of Vidor, Texas, as the head of the university’s volleyball program and the addition of beach volleyball as an NCAA sport. White, whose hire is pending approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, comes to Southeastern from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. He replaces Jim Smoot, who retired last month to wrap up a 39-year coaching career, the last six of which were spent at Southeastern. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to take over the volleyball program at Southeastern,” White said. “With lots of talent in the state, quality facilities and a supportive athletic administration, the key pieces are in place for success.” From 2011 to 2013, White led the Lady Bucs to an 81-28 record, three-straight District 1-5A Championships and back-to-back appearances in the State Quarterfinals (2012 and 2013). During his tenure at Barbe, White was a three-time district Coach of the Year who produced 16 all-district athletes, two district MVPs, two All-State athletes and two state all-stars.A fixture in Texas and Louisiana club circles, he was a club director and coach for eight years, with multiple club teams across both states. Many of the players he trained and coached at the club level went on to play collegiate volleyball after playing in his system. While at McNeese, White helped guide the Cowgirls to back-to-back appearances in the conference tournament. He coached three All-Southland performers, two of which – Malina Sanchez (2015 Louisiana Player of the Year) and Bridget Justis (2016 Louisiana Libero of the Year) – also earned top honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT NEW SOUTHEASTERN COACH JEREMY WHITE”Jeremy will turn Southeastern volleyball into a winner. He learned from Lee McBride, one of the best coaches in the country, who also mentored me. Jeremy not only knows the game very well and how to train at a high level but he instills a great team culture. The players there will want to play hard from him.” – Jim Barnes, Head Coach, Tulane University SWEET 16Beach volleyball becomes the 16th NCAA sport sponsored by Southeastern. Under White’s direction, home matches will be played on new sand courts currently under construction behind the right-field wall of the softball stadium in North Oak Park. White has several years of both club and high school coaching experience, the most prominent being a stint as head coach at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Before Northwestern, White spent one season as the top assistant at Lamar State College in Port Arthur, Texas, and two more as the recruiting coordinator at fellow Southland Conference-foe McNeese. All membership fees and donations to both the Diggin’ It Club and S Club (volleyball) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern volleyball program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com. ChildrenSon, Karter James (5 mos.) DIGGIN’ IT CLUB / S CLUBFans interested in becoming active supporters of the Southeastern volleyball program are encouraged to join the Diggin’ It Club. Lion volleyball alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners. #LionUp The 13th head coach in program history, White will also have oversight of the beach volleyball program. Featuring many of the same players from the indoor squad, the Lady Lions will take to the sand for their first official competition in the spring of 2020. Coaching Experience2017-18           Northwestern Oklahoma State – Head Coach2015-16           McNeese State University – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator2014                Lamar State College-Port Arthur – Assistant Coach2011-13           Alfred M. Barbe High School (Lake Charles, Louisiana) – Head Coach2010-11           West Brook High School (Beaumont, Texas) – Assistant Coach/Interim Head Coach2008-10           Alfred M. Barbe High School (Lake Charles, Louisiana) – Assistant Coach2007-16           Southwest Select/Sandshark Volleyball Club – Club Director/Coach SOCIAL MEDIAFor more information on Lady Lions Volleyball, follow @SLU_VBall on Twitter, @Southeastern_vb on Instagram, like /SLUathletics on Facebook and subscribe to the SLUathletics YouTube channel. In his first season at the helm of the program, White engineered a 16-win improvement, finishing the year 20-10 overall. With a fourth-place regular season finish in the Great American Conference, the Lady Rangers advanced to the conference tournament for only the second time in six seasons. For his efforts, White was named state Coach of the Year by the Oklahoma Sports Network. “Jeremy White brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm,” Artigues said. “I’m really excited about him taking over our volleyball program. He understands our mission statement of excellence in the classroom, community and competition, with a proven track record of success in all three facets. I can’t wait to see where the program heads under his direction.” WifeSarah The Jeremy White Filelast_img read more

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The crisis slows the resurgence of Guedes and Cillessen

first_imgFor him Portuguese is a dry braking after having had a very bad time for more than four months. After having been 122 days stopped Due to a rearfoot injury that was misdiagnosed at the start, the Portuguese had returned to the fields on February 4, in the Cup match against Granada. Little by little I was picking up the pace. So much so that his best game was against Betis on February 29. That day you could see, at times, to Guedes who dazzled in the first season at the club, al Guedes for which Peter Lim disbursed 40 million euros to PSG, in the summer of 2018, becoming the most expensive footballer in history. A very similar dynamic was living Cillessen. The Barça exporter started LaLiga as a starter but a derby injury against Levante (on December 7) kept him out for many weeks. He tried to return against Logroñés, in the Cup, on January 22 but suffered in the warm-up. He finally arrived recovered to the crucial part of the season but Celades preferred Jaume to face Atalanta (first leg) and Real Sociedad. In the return against the Italians he recovered the starting shirt and was settling in the eleven against Betis, Alavés and Atalanta (return). The objective of both was to get to the top in these months and make it to the Euro Cup well, helping Valencia to achieve the objectives. The winger was injured after returning from a match with his team. His last game with Valencia had been on October 2, against Ajax, at Mestalla. After returning at Los Cármenes, he had played against Getafe and had already started against Atalanta, in Milan, and against Atlético. The return against the Italians played the entire second half.center_img Gonçalo Guedes (40 million) and Jasper Cillessen (35) are the two most expensive signings in the history of Valencia. And both have had a similar trajectory so far this season. They started from the headlines, they had to stop due to an injury quite long and fair now they were beginning to shine, just when the season had to stop.last_img read more

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