Cichy, Bauman catapult Wisconsin to victory at home

first_imgThe circumstances looked bleak for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team four minutes into the second half Thursday night. The Badgers (5-2) were reeling from an 11-0 Boston College (3-5) run to make it 38-38 Golden Eagles and seemed to put the game out of reach.Enter sophomores Tessa Cichy and Nicole Bauman. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey made the fateful decision to let the two 5-foot-10 guards control the backcourt for the middle of the second half, and both contributed to bring the Badgers back from a 10-point deficit and explode to a 74-59 victory over the Eagles in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.Wisconsin was lacking any sort of energy or impetus to make a comeback prior to the substitution. But these young players know that it is there job to breathe life into the team and make the most of the opportunity when they step onto the court.“Whenever I come into the game I’m looking to provide energy,” Cichy said. “I felt like that at that point we did not have a lot of energy, and I said to myself ‘Well, I bring that’.”Both Cichy and Bauman played a scrappy first half, marked by diving for loose balls and chasing down long rebounds to allow second chance scoring opportunities. That type of play continued into the second half, and with Bauman at the point-guard  feeding Cichy playing the two guard, they had the chance to make an impact on the outcome of the game for the first time this season. Bauman pulled down four boards and Cichy came away with two steals by the final buzzer.Coming into the game, Cichy had only attempted two three-pointers in the season. But on Thursday evening, the Somerset, WI native’s all three attempts from beyond the arc found the bottom of the net. Her makes came at crucial points in the game, the first cutting Boston College’s lead to two at 44-42. Her next came with under ten minutes to play, and halted a 5-0 BC run, making it 45-49 and kept the Badgers in striking distance. Down by one with under six minutes left in the game, Cichy squared up and sunk a bomb from the left wing to put the Badgers up 55-53. That sparked a 13-0 Wisconsin run, and the Badgers never looked back.“Tessa is a very smart player, and she uses her brain more so than her physical part of her game,” Kelsey said. “She’s a very good shooter, knows when to take shots, and knows where to get the ball to. We needed that lift off the bench.”Bauman had an impact on the game in a much different way than her backcourt partner. She only attempted two shots, and finished the game with zero points in the scoring column. However, the other parts of her game made her an invaluable piece to the puzzle for the Badgers.“She was out there orchestrating,” Kelsey said. “You don’t always have to score to affect the game, you can make a big impact without putting the ball in the basket because your presence and energy and your command of what you’re doing and your confidence goes a long way.”Bauman also added stingy defense, shutting down junior guard Lauren Engeln. Engeln, like Johnson, is a transfer from the University of Connecticut. She only managed six points, and Bauman rejected her at the rim as a final statement with 1:24 remaining and riled up the 3,028 fans in the Kohl Center.“The gameplan going in was that she was going to take two dribbles and then spin left,” Bauman said. “We knew she was a driver more than a shooter.”The second half surge from the bench was much needed for the squad. In the first half, only three Badgers — junior Michala Johnson (14), fifth-year senior Taylor Wurtz (10), and sophomore Dakota Whyte (2) — scored. In the second half, Cichy added 13 points and junior Morgan Paige caught the hot hand at the end and finished with 12. Wurtz went on to lead all scorers with 22 and Johnson had 21.Johnson scored her second half buckets because she was the beneficiary of several crisp entry passes from both Bauman and Cichy. Bauman said that rapid outside passing helped create wide open passing lanes and made feeding Johnson in the paint easy. Bauman had two assists and Cichy dished out 3 helpers on the evening.“Nicole and Tessa are both very good players,” Kelsey said. “These two really understand, they have high motors and high energy, we needed it and they came through big time for us.”last_img read more

Whicker: Basketball is in Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram’s DNA

first_imgHe also quit growing two inches per year, as he had from the eighth grade on. His parents, Donald and Joann, had to take him to big-and-tall shops to get shirts for his lengthening arms. Brandon became 6-foot-9 with a 7-3 wingspan, but still remembered how to play point guard. Now he could play in the lane. He superseded positions. At Duke he played big forward when Amile Jefferson got hurt, but in the West Regional in Anaheim he operated from the top of the key.He became the second overall pick in the NBA draft. He is with the New Lakers, a prime example of the New Athlete. Michigan’s Jabril Peppers plays all over the gridiron. The Cubs’ Javier Baez brings all the gloves with him. “Sometimes I’d have to whisper in his ear when we were down five or 10, that it was time to take over,” said Bradshaw, who coached Ingram in the seventh and eighth grades. “He grew four inches between eighth grade and the ninth. I knew he was getting ready to be a problem. I told his dad he was going to be special.”Three-on-threeThe Ingrams live in a handsome two-story brick house outside town. Donald runs a gym, known as Martin C. Freeman or Teachers Memorial. Brandon’s brother Bo helped Kinston win a state title in 2008. Bo went to junior college and then Texas-Arlington, and he is at Brandon’s side in L.A.Donald also played. For years he was on the Hoop It Up tour, a nationwide 3-on-3 league.One day he was opposing David Thompson, who led N.C. State to the 1974 sacking of the UCLA dynasty. Thompson was a holy man in North Carolina, far bigger than Jordan became. He was the first mainstream African-American sports star, with an outlandish leap and a deadpan serenity. Thompson played at Reynolds Coliseum, where Ingram hit all those foul shots.Donald was impressed when he ran into Thompson or Orlando Woolridge, but not shy.“When Donald crossed half court it was going up,” Bradshaw said.“There were four of us,” Donald said, “because we had alternates. O.J. Sheppard, Terry Shiver, David Lawrence and me. We’d wind up flying from everywhere and meeting at the airport. The finals were in Venice Beach one year. They’d block off the streets wherever we played. A cellular phone company started sponsoring us. And if you kept winning you might make $10,000.”Donald’s teams went after matchups. Otherwise, everybody did everything. In 2015, Golden State won an NBA title doing that. Its assistant coach, Luke Walton, now coaches Brandon. Luke’s dad Bill led the UCLA team that lost to Thompson.Few strangers in basketball. Fewer boundaries.“You just played,” Donald said.Signing up for thisTeachers Memorial is like a basketball Wal-Mart. Fight the crowds, and you can find any game you want.“We put a piece of paper up there,” Donald explained. “The first five who sign up play together. They play the next five. It’s open gym. If you win you stay on the court. I’m 50 and I might be playing with guys 18, 40, 26, 35. That’s why I don’t worry about Brandon’s weight (195). He’s been banging with grown men for a long time. “After the gym closed, he’d do his own workout. I never had to push him. When I grabbed my keys to go to the gym, he’d grab his stuff.”Brandon remembers winning “at least 10 games” in a row several times.“I remember the intensity and the energy,” he said. “You lose, you might be out 6-7 games.”That, he said, is why Kinston punches so far above its weight in basketball. It sits between Raleigh and the Atlantic and numbers about 21,000. But Cedric Maxwell, Jerry Stackhouse (who sponsored Ingram’s AAU team), Charles Shackleford, Herbert Hill, Reggie Bullock and Mitchell Wiggins all came from Kinston or Lenoir County.Said North Carolina coach Roy Williams earlier this year, “I’d rather go recruit in Kinston than New York City.”Not everything else has thrived. The city has lost one-eighth of its population in the past 50 years. It relied on textiles and tobacco, which became unreliable. There are patches of recovery, but basketball is the civic ID.“There are so many gyms,” Brandon said. “It’s a small town, not much to do. For a lot of kids (basketball is) a way out.”Yet Ingram stayed as long as he could. He didn’t transfer to one of those pseudo-schools where the basketball team is the false front, like Rock Ridge in “Blazing Saddles.”“I’m a homebody,” he said. “Kinston is where my friends are. I knew I could get what I needed by staying at a public school, and I wanted those championships.”Recruiting was a spectacle. “We had paparazzi,” said Donald, who told Brandon to cut down his list of schools.“And call the coaches back like a man and tell them you’re not coming,” he instructed. “They didn’t text you to recruit you. Don’t text them.”Duke always was the leader. Ingram was a fan of Kyle Singler, another wide-ranging player. And Duke offered big minutes. Ingram averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. He shot 41 percent from “three.” He was the ACC Rookie of the Year.Throughout, Ingram’s sleepy eyes betrayed nothing.“Sometimes I look at him and I wonder what he’s thinking,” Donald said. “(Kentucky coach) John Calipari and Bill Self (Kansas) are coming through and he doesn’t seem excited. I’m jumping in, trying to take pictures of those cats.“But he’s progressed and he’s doing something I wanted to do. They say I’m living through my son. Well, I put clothes on his back for 18 years. If he wants to reverse the roles, I’m OK with that.”Reversing a franchise will be weighty enough. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I wasn’t stressed about it, didn’t feel pressure,” he said the other day after a Lakers’ practice.He was 15 that day.His last two free throws wiped out Cuthbertson’s last lead. The Vikings won by three. A year later they beat Cuthbertson again, also by three.Kinston beat North Rowan by 10 in the 2-A final in 2014. It thrashed West Lincoln by 17 in 2015. Ingram and Darnell Dunn became the first players in state history to win four consecutive championships.By then Ingram had already navigated a recruiting frenzy and chosen Duke.center_img KINSTON, N.C. >> Chris Bradshaw stood in the empty Kinston High gym, a warm place on a hot July morning.“I remember the day Michael Jordan and Laney High came in here and played us,” he said. “He went for 45 points. I said, ‘OK.’”Banners from six of Kinston’s 11 state championships were on the wall. Jordan only passed through. The real history is homegrown.In 2012 Brandon Ingram, then 6-foot-5, made all eight free throws in Kinston’s 2-A state championship game against Cuthbertson. last_img read more

Jim Bouton dies; former Yankees pitcher took people inside the game with ‘Ball Four’

first_imgJim Bouton became more famous for his writing than his pitching the moment his book, “Ball Four,” was published almost half a century ago. The former Yankees right-hander pulled back the curtain on major league players and the business of baseball, revealing the seamy side of both in the process.The project made him a pariah within the game but also a trailblazer for authors who followed with similar works. Bouton died Wednesday at age 80 from a brain condition related to dementia, the New York Daily News reported. He had been in hospice care.MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2019Bouton’s major league career got off to an ideal start. The kid with the extreme overhand arm motion who regularly knocked his cap off his head was in the World Series with the Yankees each of his first three big league seasons (1962-64). The Bombers captured the title in ’62. He won 21 and 18 games for the AL champion Yanks in 1963 and 1964, respectively.Then came a precipitous decline that tracked with the sudden end of the Yankees’ dynasty. Bouton suffered an arm injury in 1965 that robbed him of his fastball. Determined to stay in the game, he eventually began throwing a knuckleball.Bouton showed enough ability to be acquired by the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1968. His plans to write an inside look at baseball were already in motion.Bouton’s diary of the 1969 season, starting in spring training and continuing through October, formed the nucleus of “Ball Four,” which Bouton wrote with Leonard Schecter. He had loads of material just from his own experiences: He made the Pilots out of camp, was shipped to Triple-A in mid-April, was recalled in late April, and then was traded to the Astros in August, which gave him a chance to pitch in a pennant race one last time. Reaction within baseball to the 1970 release of “Ball Four” was universally negative. Bouton lost friends in the game, most notably Mickey Mantle, whose image took a big hit in the book. He found himself out of the game months later, released by the Astros in August 1970 after posting a 5.40 ERA.A year after “Ball Four” came out, Bouton penned a sequel titled “I’m Glad You Didn’t Take It Personally,” in which he recounted the backlash he received for the original. He updated his work several times over the next 30 years, including “Ball Four: The Final Pitch” in 2000.Bouton moved into television after his release. He anchored sports for WABC-TV and WCBS-TV in New York in the early ’70s. He also dabbled in acting; in 1976, he starred in a short-running TV sitcom based on “Ball Four.” But baseball, to paraphrase a key part of his book, had a grip on him that wouldn’t let go. He was soon attempting a comeback that, improbably, turned successful.He pitched for the Portland Mavericks, an independent team in the Northwest League, in 1975. He was signed to minor league deals by the White Sox in 1977 and the Braves in 1978. Those teams were owned by Bill Veeck and Ted Turner, respectively, both baseball inconoclasts. In between those signings were stops in Mexico and back in Portland.Bouton finally made it back in September 1978 at age 39. He entered the Braves’ rotation, pitching in five games (all starts) and posting a 4.97 ERA in 29 innings.  His comeback ended after that season, but Bouton still couldn’t shake baseball. He eventually got back on the mound, this time in the semipro Metropolitan League in New Jersey. He slung his knuckler, and kept knocking off his cap, well into his late 40s, often pitching against college and high school players less than half his age. He kept pitching into his 50s in New York state and Massachusetts. “Ball Four” kept Bouton in the spotlight well into his later years. He was a frequent interview subject, not only about the book but about the state of baseball.Another thing that kept him in the public eye: His role in inventing Big League Chew, bubble gum that looks and is packaged like chewing tobacco.Separately, he reconciled with the Yankees and Mantle years after the release of “Ball Four.” He was invited back to Yankee Stadium for Old Timers’ Day in the 1990s.last_img read more

Karamatić is the new player of ”Radnik” from Bijeljina

first_imgSerbian football player Žarko Karamatić who used to play for ”Sarajevo”,  ”Slavija” and ”Radnički” from Kragujevac will now play for ”Radnik” from Bijeljina.During his play for ”Sarajevo” he played in 14 matches and scored one goal.He will play for ‘‘Radnik’’ this weekend against ”Leotar” from Trebinje.Karamatić was born in 1988 in Apatin.last_img

Sumner County Sheriff Weekly bookings: Aug. 5, 2013 – Aug 12, 2013

first_imgMetcalf, Tami49Augusta, Ks1600 E. 166. Geuda SpringsSUSODriving while suspended /No insurance8/10/13 Redmond, Curtis19Ponca City Ok4th and Main MulvaneMPDTheft by threat / Burglary / Criminal Damage to Property8/9/13 Jones, Carl, Edward52Wichita Ks500 N Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence8/8/13 Prickett, Douglas31Wellington, Ks500 N Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence8/9/13 Bocardo-Gonzalez, Manuel46MexicoI-35 MM 33KHPGreenwood County Warrant8/11/13 Jackson, Johnny46Arkansas City KsMulvane City YardsMPDTheft by threat / Burglary / Criminal Damage to Property8/9/13 Ford, Justin39Wichita Ks815 N WoodlawnWPDTheft8/5/13 Sumner Co14 Jackson, Walter35Ponca City Ok101 Plaza Ln MulvaneMPDTheft by threat / Burglary / Criminal Damage to Property8/9/13 Schiltz, Jennifer24Ponca City Ok900 N Washington WellingtonWPDPossession of Paraphernalia / Possession of Marijuana8/10/13 Stewart, Melissa Lynn39Wellington, Ks316 S Washington St Wellington, KsWPDPV8/7/13 Wellington PD7 Cartmill, James23Wellington, Ks2022 E 16th WellingtonWPDWarrant (Criminal Damage to prop/Disorderly Cond)8/8/13 Dick, Jason39Wellington, Ks424 W Maple WellingtonWPDTheft / Burglary8/5/13 Salazar, Ruben Angel46Caldwell, KS610 E Hillside Wellington, KSSUSOAssault LEO8/7/13 Bail Bondsman0 Hunter, David44HomelessSumner County JailSUSOBattery8/8/13 Owens, Kwanza35Wichita Ks777 Kansas Star Drive MulvaneSUSODWS/No Insurance/ 2 SGCO Warrants8/8/13 Patterson, Anthony29Belle Plaine Ks500 N Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence8/9/13 Kidder, Robert30Winfield KsSumner County JailSUSOBattery8/8/13 Lee, Richard42Frontenac KsCrawford County JailSUSOProbation violation8/8/13         Barton, Trenton24Wichita Ks500 N Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence8/9/13 Janeksela-Templin, Francis63Derby Ks500 N Washington Wellington, KSSUSOServing Sentence8/9/13 Bookings KHP3 Cowley County1 Bennett, Patrick24Wellington, Ks200 N F WellingtonWPDCriminal Threat / Violation of PFA8/7/13 NameAgeHome TownLocation of ArrestAgencyChargesDate of Arrest Anderson, Charles E50Haysville, KS700 N Union Belle Plaine, KSBPPDCriminal Tresspass/Disorderly8/10/13 Sedgwick Co35 Rogers, Dena Marie47Hutchinson, KSKansas Star CasinoMPDPoss Cnt Sub,Poss Drug Para, Criminal Tresspass8/6/13 Whatley, Aviante21Moore OkI35 MP 13.8 SBKHPDWS / Cleveland Co Ok Warrant (FTA)8/5/13 Littleton, Timi49Oklahoma City OkI35 MP 33 MulvaneKHPDUI8/12/13 Mulvane5 Jordan, Dusty27Arkansas City KsCowley County JailCowley CountyFailure to Appear8/9/13 Murray, Courtney20Wichita Ks815 N WoodlawnWPDDWS8/5/13 Palomares, Rogelio22Wichita Ks777 Kansas Star Drive MulvaneMPDPossession of Paraphernalia / Unlawful use of ID Card / Interference with LEO / KDOC Hold (Parole Violation)8/5/13 Wells, Jonathan25Ponca City OkSumner County JailSUSOServing Sentence8/10/13 Monday 0800  to  Monday 0800  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 8/5/2013 thru 8/12/2013  Zubiate-Parra, Bianca30Juarez, Mx1600 E US 166SUCODriving while suspended8/11/13 Crowley, Randy51Mulvane Ks1609 E 140th Mulvane KsSUSODomestic Battery8/9/13 Belle Plaine1last_img read more

Top players to become England selectors

first_img23 Jan 2015 Top players to become England selectors Sophie Walker and Rachel Jennings, who were top England amateurs before embarking on professional careers, are joining England Golf as selectors for the women’s and girls’ teams.They will attend championships and training sessions this season and help to pick the players who will represent England in international championships and matches.Sophie Walker, 30, (pictured top) was both the English girls’ and women’s stroke play champion as an amateur and has a degree in sports science and management. She is just starting her ninth season on the Ladies European Tour and is keen to forge closer links between the amateur and professional game, believing there should be a seamless continuation between the two.Rachel Jennings, 26, was a Curtis Cup player who won the English girls’ and French lady junior titles before turning professional. But after two seasons she decided that Tour life was not for her and is now the mother of a five-month-old daughter and works in the insurance industry. “Looking back I realise I wanted a career, while carrying on playing golf,” she said.Rebecca Wood, Women’s Performance Manager for England Golf said: ”I am so excited about Sophie and Rachel becoming women and girls’ selectors for 2015, they will add a tremendous amount of value to the selection committee and the programme with their knowledge and experience.“Sophie is an experienced LET player who is so passionate about her home country and forging links between the amateur and professional games. Rachel was a very successful amateur, loved representing England and her experiences as a professional can be used positively to educate the players in the pathway. They will both be very positive role models for the programme.“Sophie and Rachel join Anne Baines, Chris Pascall, Elaine Ratcliffe and myself on this year’s selection committee. I cannot thank these volunteers enough for their time, professionalism and passion for the role.”As well as helping to select players, Sophie and Rachel both feel that sharing their experiences with up-and-coming amateurs will be useful for those who are considering professional careers.Both are also keen to put back into the game. “I really enjoyed being involved with England as an amateur and I’ve always wanted to give back,” said Sophie, who is based in Lincolnshire and represents Forest Pines.“I know what to look for in a player and it’ll be interesting to see how good they are. I was lucky enough to play in pretty much every team I wanted, but you only do that if you’re winning or performing well.”Rachel, from Staffordshire, added: “I want to give something back, help the younger players coming along and help England to be successful. We’ve both got a lot we can tell the girls and they can ask us for advice – and they’ll know that we can remember being watched by the selectors too!”Image © Tristan Jones/LETlast_img read more

Benched Panther Viliame Kikau powers Panthers to shock second-half win over Parramatta

first_imgViliame Kikau came off the pine and blew the game wide open in the second half with an amazing period of play which ultimately got his side the round one points.MATCH CENTRE: Panthers 22 d Eels 14Kikau scored a barnstorming try in the 43rd minute when he barged over a couple of sorry defenders.That kickstarted the comeback for Penrith, who went to half time trailing 14-6 after a horror opening half-hour.Kikau then produced a magical offload to Dylan Edwards which led to Mitchell Moses getting sin binned and Penrith taking the lead for the first time in the 55th minute with Nathan Cleary’s penalty conversion.Kikau racked up 70 metres from his eight runs, had five tackle breaks, two linebreaks, an offload and a linebreak assist.Unfortunately his stint was cut short as he left the field pointing to a pectoral muscle and didn’t return.He was one of Fiji’s stars during the World Cup and was named in the No. 11 jumper for Penrith this week until coach Anthony Griffin switched his forwards pre-game.Cleary and young fullback Edwards were inspirational for their side as Penrith won the game 22-14.They held the Eels scoreless in the second half after being blown off the park in the opening half-hour of the game.Parramatta looked like running away with the game after a Mitchell Moses masterclass in the opening exchanges, but couldn’t run with Penrith with the heat was turned up in the second half.MOSES MIXED BAGIt was a bittersweet day for Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses.Moses was the best player on the park in the opening exchanges. He was smashed late and high in the opening minute of the game, but was then instrumental in his side shooting out to a big early lead.He had to leave the field for a head injury assessment midway through the first half but returned after the required 15 minutes.Then in the second half, he made a desperate but illegal tackle from marker after Kikau’s offload to Edwards had the Panthers in range of scoring.Moses was sin binned, and Cleary’s conversion from the penalty put Penrith in front.It was a desperate play but a dark mark on what was otherwise a good performance from the Eels No.7.THE REPORTPenrith was under the pump right from the kick off and it took just six minutes for Parramatta to capitalise on the mayhem.The Panthers spilt the ball with their first two sets then gave away a penalty 10 metres out from their defensive line, gifting the Eels early opportunities.It was Josh Hoffman who crossed the line when on the end of a beautiful cut-out ball from Corey Norman, and the conversion made it 6-0.The Panthers continued to struggle with ball in hand as the Eels applied the heat.But Parramatta copped a cruel blow in the 14th minute when Mitchell Moses left the field for a head injury assessment. He had been on fire in the opening exchanges and was the best player on the park.The loss didn’t stop Parramatta rolling on, and it was Norman who extended the lead with his own try in the 20th minute.He sold a dummy and strolled through a weak Penrith defence but missed his own conversion to make it 10-0.The visitors got a boost soon after when Moses returned to the field.But it was backrower Brad Takairangi who produced some magic with a peach of a cut-out ball to hit winger Hoffman who went over for his second.Moses sprayed the kick wide and it was 14-0.Penrith needed to find something special and it came in the form of centre Waqa Blake.Five minutes before half time he used some fancy footwork to break through the defensive line and then sprint to plant the ball down next to the posts.It was a brilliant solo try and made it 14-6 to give the home side a glimmer of hope heading into the break.Penrith continued the momentum coming out for the second half. It took Viliame Kikau just four minutes to barge his away over and Cleary’s conversion made it 14-12.Suddenly the home side looked full of confidence and were on a roll.In the 51st minute Penrith was awarded a soft penalty and Cleary knocked over the conversion to level the score at 14-all.A couple of minutes later Kikau again broke through the line and offloaded to Edwards who gave to Cleary, then Moses was sin binned and penalised for making a desperate tackle from an off-side position.Cleary knocked over the penalty to hand Penrith the lead and the Eels were down to 12 men with their halfback in the bin.Barely two minutes later Penrith went end to end when Cleary dummied and broke through the line, then gave it to Blake who scored his second.Cleary knocked the conversion over from the sideline and suddenly the Panthers led 22-14.The Eels were struggling to rally and Penrith put the foot down as young fullback Dylan Edwards and Cleary took control of the game.last_img read more

New fire hall move-in day expected by first week of November

first_imgHe adds that the extra room will also make it easier. The most important factor the day of the move is coordinating radios, so that should there be an emergency, the fire department is still prepared to respond when dispatched. The only aspect of the new fire hall that likely won’t be completed this year is the landscaping, as the good weather will soon be running out. “It would be throwing money away, basically,” admits Rogers, “so we’ve got a plan about how we’re going to deal with that for the winter and the spring and use our City Grounds Manager to assist in getting something in place that’s going to do the deal.” As of September 9, the projected final budget for the project was estimated at $12,733,029. The original budget was set for $10.5 million, but an additional $1.4 million came from budget shortfalls for construction and project contingencies, project management, and site servicing, as well as $350,000 for other initiatives like geo-thermal and City owned fibre connectivity.Advertisement “There’s just finishing of some last minute things, and it needs a good cleaning, of course,” he says. “The paving is really where it’s at the moment, so I think DGS [Astro Paving] has got it in their mind that they’re going to pave at the end of the month and that’s going to be probably one of the last items.” There’s still a bit of painting touch-ups to be done, but that and some other deficiencies that are found won’t affect the move in date, and can be done after the fact. The sunny fall weather FortSt. John has been experiencing, and is forecast for at least the next week, has been appreciated, as bad weather last year greatly attributed to the delay in finishing the building. Construction on the new fire hall began in September 2011, and it was anticipated that it would be ready by spring of summer this year, but a snowy winter and rainy spring pushed the move-in date to this fall. – Advertisement -All that’s left is to set the official move-in day, which is expected to run fairly smoothly. “Moving into the fire hall itself is pretty much drive the trucks down to the new hall, throw your boxes in the back, and you can keep going and getting stuff out of the fire hall for as long as it takes you, so moving will go very quickly,” says Rogers. Advertisementlast_img read more

Daniel Sturridge ready to be unleashed from the start, says Jurgen Klopp

first_img Daniel Sturridge could be in contention to start Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Daniel Sturridge is now ready to be unleashed to help their final push for Champions League qualification.The England international has not played 90 minutes since the 1-1 draw with Chelsea 366 days ago but is in contention to start at West Ham on Sunday, with the Reds needing two wins to guarantee a top-four spot.Sturridge has made two substitute appearances totalling 27 minutes since mid-April after a hip problem, but offered a glimpse of how to unlock stubborn defences when he came off the bench during last weekend’s frustrating goalless draw at home to Southampton.He could be the key to unlocking West Ham, who have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches, on Sunday. And with fellow forward Roberto Firmino a doubt with a muscle injury, his return to full fitness is timely.Asked how ready the 27-year-old was to be picked from the start, Klopp said: “Ready. That is good.“So far it’s been difficult because you can’t start a player then have to think after 40 minutes ‘so we have to change?’“I was happy to have the opportunity to bring him on the pitch. Top players so they have impact.“Now the situation is different again. It’s another week we’ve had him training and so far so good, so hopefully we have a few options.”On his impact against Southampton, where he almost created a goal for himself out of nothing, Klopp added: “That is Daniel. If he had not been fit it would not have been possible. That is unfortunately how it is.“Even Daniel Sturridge cannot perform (when he is) like this so he needs a physical situation.“Daniel is a wonderful option to have but it is all about being fit or not.“It is not the name we bring on the pitch, it is the player, the human being, in this specific shape.“When he was fit he was always a real, real, real option for us. And it is again now like this.“It is really good timing.”Firmino’s training has been managed for several weeks now because of the Brazil international’s heavy workload, but he and compatriot Lucas Leiva are doubtful for the weekend.“We are struggling a little bit with Roberto again and Lucas Leiva this week,” said Klopp.“After the (Southampton) game they felt something, we have to wait and see what they can do there.“For a few weeks we have had to manage Roberto’s intensity in training. He feels another muscle a little bit.“Roberto is a real mentality player, he wants always to be involved and we need to make decisions for him.“We left him out of training and have to wait and give him as much time as possible. Both him and Lucas played 90 minutes.“We asked a few times ‘Are you okay?’ and they said ‘Yes’, then after the game they felt it.“Lucas felt two different muscles after the game. He could be back in training today and Roberto tomorrow if possible.” 1last_img read more


first_imgIT was probably the best morning of a wash-out August as hundreds of runners took on the Donegal Marathon and the Donegal Half-Marathon today.Brendan Delap took these snaps of the runners taking off.The county is buzzing this weekend with a series of events. Hundreds of people are in Letterkenny taking part and watching the marathon.The glorious weather won’t last though.Met Eireann says a band of rain is on its way from Munster.And the forecast for Monday is pretty horrible. So enjoy the last few rays of sunshine.PICTURE SPECIAL: GLORIOUS DAY FOR THE DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more