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  • Ray Parlour disagrees with Gary Neville over Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    first_imgRay Parlour disagrees with Gary Neville over Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour believes Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to maintain his goalscoring form over a longer period to be considered a Premier League legend.Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville paid tribute to Aubameyang on Monday Night Football, describing the Gabon international as ‘world class’ and potentially a ‘Premier League great’.Aubameyang scored a brace to help the Gunners beat Everton 3-2 on Sunday, taking his tally to the season to 19 goals from 30 matches.The 30-year-old has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players following his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 but Parlour doubts he can be considered a Premier League great just yet.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:48FullscreenArteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2 is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Arsenal hero told talkSPORT: ‘You’ve got to look at longevity a little bit more. Sergio Aguero, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, they’ve done it year in, year out.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You can’t argue against his record. If he hadn’t scored the goals he’s scored this season Arsenal could be in a relegation battle than trying to get in the top five.‘He’s been such an important player. The goals he scores and how clinical he makes him very similar to Henry.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Whether we can call him a Premier League great just yet? I’m not too sure.’Hailing the influence of Aubameyang, Neville said on Monday: ‘You talk about Arsenal lacking characters and lacking leadership – I think this guy’s everything you would want.‘There’s a bit of Ian Wright in him, I think there’s a bit of nastiness in him, in his interviews after the game he shows personality and character.‘He works hard off the ball, he works hard on the ball. If you look at his minutes per goal, he’s one minute behind Thierry Henry. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Feb 2020 10:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link90Shares Advertisement Ray Parlour disagrees with Gary Neville over Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gary Neville described Aubameyang as ‘world class’ (Picture: Getty)‘Now Henry played over a longer period of time, he’s ahead of [Mohamed] Salah, Van Nistelrooy.‘Ruud van Nistelrooy at Manchester United, it felt like he scored a goal every 10 seconds – Aubameyang’s scoring a goal ahead in minutes per goal than Van Nistelrooy.‘It’s unbelievable this performance from this lad over two-and-a-half years.‘He’s not mentioned as world class, we don’t mention him as a Premier League great, and I think we have to.’MORE: Man City beat Arsenal and Barcelona to signing of Yan CoutoMORE: Mikel Arteta told to drop Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepelast_img read more

  • Jack Wilshere posts statement after being released by West Ham

    first_imgAdvertisement ‘When I joined the club in the summer of 2018 I joined with great hopes and expectations for the club I had supported as a young boy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Unfortunately, despite all my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I had expected.‘I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the last course of the last eight months – training hard every day – but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Although I am of course frustrated that I was not able to fully showcase what I’m capable of at West Ham I remain confident that I can contribute at the very top of the game.‘I am still incredibly hungry, ambitious and desperate to play football and achieve success. I’m still only 28 and feel fit, strong and ready to play.‘I’m now looking forward to the future and hope to be able to make an announcement about the next stage of my career in due course.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jamie Redknapp slams Manchester United for selling Chris SmallingMORE: Telles reveals what Fernandes told him after £15.4m Man Utd transfer Advertisement Jack Wilshere has been released by Premier League club West Ham (Picture: Getty)Jack Wilshere has been released by West Ham after making just 19 appearances in his two-year spell at the Premier League club.The England midfielder joined West Ham on a three-year deal in the summer of 2018 from London rivals Arsenal.Wilshere had made 197 appearances for the Gunners and won two FA Cups but struggled with injuries during his time in north London.Those injury problems continued during his spell at West Ham, with Wilshere making just 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.ADVERTISEMENTIn a statement, Wilshere said: ‘I can confirm that today I have agreed the termination of my contract with West Ham United. Louis SealeyMonday 5 Oct 2020 9:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kSharescenter_img Jack Wilshere posts statement after being released by West Ham View 3 comments 😘😘 love ya mate— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 5, 2020last_img read more

  • Owners and designers of palatial Bardon home moving on after 17 years

    first_img9/58 Tristania Drive, BardonRob Neale and his wife Ann have lived in the Bardon home they designed for 17 years.Mr Neale said the location had really appealed to them from the outset, as it was close to the Brisbane CBD and various services, but had the benefit of being an “exceptionally quiet, leafy tranquil, beautiful area”.9/58 Tristania Drive, BardonThe couple are now downsizing and have put the property on the market.Mr Neale said one of the most impressive things about the home was the views. “You’ve got the cityscape views, you’ve got green reserve views and internally (the home) is very spacious,” he said.9/58 Tristania Drive BardonThe property – which has high coffered ceilings throughout – lies within a secure gated community and offers about 700sq m of floor space.It encompasses five bedrooms.One of the bedrooms has an attached study, and there are three bathrooms, a powder room and numerous living spaces across two levels.The main entertainment areas are on the upper level, where there are indoor and outdoor spaces.The outdoor areas can be accessed through the living areas and the dining room. The swimming pool is also on this level, as is an internal atrium courtyard that is fully landscaped with a pond.Mr Neale said the water feature also helped to create a soothing environment.Three of the five bedrooms are also on this level and there is a single car garage through which the upper floor of the home can be accessed.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago9/58 Tristania Drive BardonOn the lower level are the other two bedrooms, a living room and storage space, as well as wine racks and garaging for a further three cars.The home is constructed of solid rendered concrete and has ducted and individual airconditioning throughout.It has up-to-date technology including a security system, intercom and Sonos sound system.There are rainwater tanks as well as landscaped gardens across the 1321sq m block.Marketing agent Brandon Wortley from Ray White New Farm said response to the listing so far had been strong.9/58 Tristania Drive, Bardon“It is the best pocket of Bardon and it is surrounded by equally big, beautiful, mostly contemporary, homes,” Mr Wortley said.He said it was surprising how close the suburb was to the CBD. “It actually only takes 12 to 15 minutes from New Farm,” he said. “It is a beautiful big home, on top of the hill, with great views.”Mr Wortley said the size of the house and the high ceilings meant it could easily be described as palatial.DETAILS9/58 Tristania Drive5 bed, 3 bath, 4 carAgent: Brandon Wortley Ray White New FarmAuction: Saturday July 8, 1pm.last_img read more

  • Bolt goes viral with ‘social distancing’ Olympic photo

    first_imgRead Also: Video: Ronaldo uses his kids as weights during home workoutsBolt, 33, has been encouraging Jamaicans to self-isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, posting videos of himself exercising at home and juggling footballs with a friend. He also helped promote a major fundraiser, Telethon Jamaica.After retiring from athletics, Bolt, a Manchester United fan, attempted to launch a career in football, and had a trial with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners before contract talks failed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Retired track star Usain Bolt showed he’s still a few steps ahead when he posted an AFP picture of him outstripping his rivals at the Beijing Olympics with the cheeky caption: “social distancing”.Advertisement Loading… Bolt’s post, featuring a picture by AFP photographer Nicolas Asfouri of the 2008 Olympics 100m final, blew up on social media, drawing more than half a million likes and 90,000 retweets.It showed the Jamaican crossing the finish line at the Bird’s Nest stadium in a then-world record time of 9.69sec, glancing round from lane four as his despairing competitors trail two paces behind.“Savage”, commented one Twitter user, while New York Times journalist Christopher Clarey posted another picture of Bolt out in front on his own, captioned “self isolation”.Bolt’s chest-thumping celebration in Beijing added to a legend that grew further when he won the 200m in another world-record time. He retired in 2017 with eight Olympic gold medals and the current 100m mark of 9.58sec, set in 2009. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootlast_img read more

  • Six dates announced for IMCA Empire State Series

    first_imgCENTER LISLE, N.Y – Six race dates are on the initial schedule for the 2017 Empire State Series for IMCA Modifieds.Thunder Mountain Speedway hosts the opening night show during the Memorial Weekend on May 27. Night two is June 23 at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.The tour returns to Thunder Mountain on July 15 and then travels to Fonda Speedway on Aug. 2.Glen Ridge is site of the Aug. 25 show. The 16th annual tour concludes Sept. 23 at Outlaw Speedway.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded at each event.last_img read more

  • FIBA World Cup: Argentina tames Nigeria

    first_imgRelatedPosts Argentina says it reached a deal to produce Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade D’Tigers star distributes COVID-19 relief materials African champions, the D’Tigers, have lost their second consecutive game at the ongoing FIBA World Cup in China to Argentina. The hard fighting Alex Nwora lads suffered a 94-81 points loss to the group favourites and South American giants at the City Arena, Wuhan Sports Centre on Monday. Having lost the first quarter by 17-28 points, Nigeria sprang surprises in the second quarter, winning by 26-15 points. On resumption for the third and the final quarter, the Nigerians failed to keep their momentum as they fell by 18-29 and 20-22 points. Nigeria will hope for their first win in the tournament against South Korea on Wednesday at 1:30pm Nigeria time. Nigeria lost first game of the series by slim margin to Russia on Saturday.Tags: Alex NworaArgentinAD’TigersFIBA World Cuplast_img read more

  • Guzan signs new Villa deal

    first_imgGoalkeeper Brad Guzan has signed a new four-year deal with Aston Villa. Lambert’s decision was vindicated as Guzan went on to enjoy a stellar campaign which earned him the player of the year award. “This is just the start now, the start of hard work. We have to build on last year and go forward and that is very much the collective mindset at the club,” Guzan said on Villa’s official website. “We grew together as a team last season and now it’s time to kick on again. We’ll welcome the new guys with open arms and allow them to join this special family that we’ve started to create from last season. It’s an exciting time for the club for sure. “When you bring in new players you have fresh bodies, fresh blood, fresh excitement and you need that to prevent things from becoming stale and guys getting complacent. You want competition for places, you want guys pushing each other and helping each other. When you bring in new faces it lifts everybody. “For me, it’s an honour and a privilege to play for Aston Villa Football Club and to commit my future long-term. I’m overjoyed by it.” Guzan joined Villa in July 2008 from American side Chivas and had to bide his time behind both Brad Friedel and then Given before being given his stripes. “Brad has been exceptional for the club, really fantastic on and off the pitch,” Lambert added. “He’s always bubbly around the place and a really solid character. He’s a good guy as well which is really important. Overall, he’s a credit to the club.” Press Associationcenter_img The 28-year-old United States international will now remain at Villa Park until the end of the 2016/17 season at least. The deal represents a further display of trust from manager Paul Lambert, who installed Guzan as his number one ahead of Shay Given before the start of last season. last_img read more

  • Local referees complete ‘gruelling’ fitness test

    first_imgGUYANA’S referees and assistant referees underwent a series of gruelling fitness tests at the Leonora National Track and Field Centre last Saturday, as part of ongoing assessments to ensure match officials are able to cope with the demands of top-flight and international football.Five out of six elite group male referees, all six elite group male assistant referees and three out of five female assistant referees passed the tests.“Fitness tests are very essential,” said Guyana Football Federation executive committee member and president of the Guyana Football Referees’ Council Dion Inniss, who further noted that “the game demands very fit match officials – as fit as the players. We administer these tests at least three times a year to ensure that our match officials are in peak condition.”One of the Caribbean’s leading referees, Sherwin Johnson (left), during the recent fitness testFIFA toughened up the fitness tests for referees last year, as part of efforts to ensure that match officials could keep pace with the intense energy of top-flight international football.Within a short time limit, referees are required to complete a test for “repeated sprint ability” with six bursts over 40 metres, and an “interval” test of a series of 40 consecutive high-speed runs over 75 metres that are interspersed with 25-metre recovery, walking sections.Assistant Referees must also complete a “change of direction ability” test, which corresponds to the particular demands of running the line.“You have to prepare to officiate in any conditions,” said 29-year-old former football player and referee Gladwin Johnson from Berbice.“The game demands fitness from the referee – the modern game is much faster, so we have to keep ourselves fit as referees,.” Johnson highlighted.The tests are part of FIFA’s continuous worldwide assessment of member association-affiliated match officials, alongside an annual medical examination. Failure to pass the tests means that match officials are not eligible to take part in elite professional competitions or matches organised by the national member association, CONCACAF or FIFA.Some of Guyana’s lower level male referees and assistant referees did not meet the strict fitness requirements for international referees, giving an overall pass rate for the group of 27 tested of 63 percent.last_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_img— Freddie Freeman is back and ready to anchor the Braves’ lineup after a scary battle with COVID-19 earlier in summer camp. The 30-year-old Freeman had career highs last season with 38 homers and 121 RBIs. The four-time All-Star hopes to lead Atlanta back to the top of the NL East for the third straight season. — Mets hitting coach Chili Davis hasn’t decided if he will rejoin the team at any point this season because of concerns about the coronavirus. The 60-year-old Davis has been working remotely from his Arizona home during the pandemic. On a video conference call with reporters Wednesday, he said he’s at risk due to underlying health conditions that he preferred to keep private. — MLB players have the option of having a patch with “Black Lives Matter” or “United For Change” on a jersey sleeve on opening day of the pandemic-delayed season. Teams have the option of stenciling an inverted MLB logo with “BLM” or “United for Change” on the back of the pitcher’s mound during opening weekend games. — The Nationals are planning to raise a new 2019 World Series champions flag before Thursday night’s opener against the New York Yankees. Other festivities include a ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dr. Anthony Fauci and a previously recorded Presidents Race to be shown during the fourth inning. The Nationals also say a Black Lives Matter stencil will appear on the pitcher’s mound during games on opening weekend.— Umpire Angel Hernández will serve as an interim crew chief this season after a dozen umps decided to sit out amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hernández sued MLB in 2017, alleging race discrimination and cited that he hadn’t be assigned to the World Series since 2005 and hadn’t been promoted to head a crew. Eight crew chiefs and four other umpires have opted out of working this season. July 22, 2020 Betts and the Dodgers have struck baseball’s first big-money deal since the coronavirus pandemic decimated the sport’s economics. The 12-year, $365 million contract runs through 2032 and removes the top offensive player from next off-season’s free-agent class. The 27-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Dodgers from the Boston Red Sox on Feb. 10, along with pitcher David Price for three players. His deal is baseball’s second-largest in total dollars behind the $426.5 million, 12-year contract for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout covering 2019-30. The four-time Gold Glove winner captured the 2018 AL MVP award en route to Boston’s World Series title. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 80 RBIs last year, down from a major league-leading .346 average with 32 homers and 80 RBIs in his MVP season. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania health officials won’t allow the Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state is the latest jurisdiction to say no to the team as the baseball season begins this week. The state’s secretary of health cited a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in southwestern Pennsylvania as the reason to bar the Blue Jays from playing their home games in the Steel City. Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said this week his team has more than five contingency plans for a home stadium and was in talks with other teams. He declined to name them. Atkins said if the Blue Jays can’t find a major league park, their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, New York, would be their most likely site for home games. — The PGA Tour Series-China season has been canceled. The China-based tour’s executive director says attempts to move the qualifying tournaments to other sites in Asia were not practical and restricted access into mainland China made it too difficult to stage tournaments in 2020. — The head of the Tokyo Olympics says the delayed games could not be held next year if conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic remain as they are. But Yoshiro Mori says he expects conditions to improve and is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed soon. The postponed Olympics open a year from now on July 23, 2021. NFL-BILLS Charges dropped against Oliver CONROE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped the drunken driving and illegal handgun charges against Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver, who had been arrested in May during a traffic stop in Houston’s northern suburbs. The tournament marks the start of the European Tour’s “U.K. Swing,” a series of six events played in England and Wales over the next six weeks devised primarily for ease of travel for players amid the coronavirus pandemic. . GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN Women’s British gets sponsorship extension, new branding ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The Women’s British Open is keeping its title sponsor and getting a slightly different name. In other sports news related to the pandemic: — The NFL Players Association says 95 players are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. That number is up from 72 in the union’s last report on July 10. The NFLPA and the NFL reached agreement Monday on COVID-19 testing as rookies begin reporting to training camps. Most veterans come in next week, though some players rehabbing injuries could report this week. — The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision later this week on whether to conduct fall sports championships. The board is scheduled to meet Friday as college sports leaders try to find a path to play during the pandemic. There has been speculation the board could decide to call off NCAA championship events in fall sports such as soccer, volleyball and lower-division football. That could increase pressure for conferences to cancel their seasons. — Tulane says the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of its college basketball game scheduled in China this November. The Green Wave were slated to play against Washington in the Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai. A Tulane spokesman says the decision to cancel the event was made in coordination with Washington as well as Chinese-based partners in the event. — The International Tennis Federation plans to resume its lower-level World Tennis Tour the week of Aug. 17 and its junior and beach tennis tours two weeks later when the U.S. Open is scheduled to begin. All ITF tours have been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ITF also announced its COVID-19 protocols for its tournaments and players. Associated Press NBA-NEWS Westbrook set to return UNDATED (AP) — Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is set to practice with the team for the first time since revealing that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Westbrook did not travel with the Rockets on July 9 when they flew to Florida for the NBA’s restart. The nine-time All-Star revealed on social media that he had tested positive for the virus on July 14 and he did not arrive in Florida until Monday. Westbrook had to quarantine upon his arrival at Disney but was cleared to join the Rockets for their practice Wednesday. He said his only symptom was a stuffy nose. Also in the NBA: Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWS Betts lands huge contract…No Jays in Steel City UNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts has said yes to a huge contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the state of Pennsylvania has said no to the Toronto Blue Jays. In other major league news: — Mike Trout has decided to play for the Angels in the shortened baseball season, although his year will be interrupted in a few weeks by the birth of his first child. The three-time AL MVP confirmed his decision Wednesday before his team’s exhibition game against the Padres at Angel Stadium. Trout expressed uncertainty earlier this month about the safety of this unique major league season, saying he wouldn’t risk his growing family’s health to participate. — Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has a torn muscle in his left calf and will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. The All-Star right-hander was expected to follow two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom in a rotation that already will be without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard all year because of Tommy John surgery. He was 6-11 with a 2.96 ERA in 21 starts for Toronto last season before going 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA for the Mets. — Rockies reliever Scott Oberg will start the season on the injured list because of back soreness. Oberg was 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA and five saves in 49 games for the Rockies last season. He got a $13 million, three-year contract last winter. — Royals outfielder Hunter Dozier has tested positive for COVID-19 and been placed on the injured list. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakthrough season in which he hit 26 homers, drove in 84 runs and tied for the American League lead in triples. He is expected to play a big role for the Royals during their abbreviated 60-game season, which begins against the Indians on Friday night in Cleveland. The R&A announced Wednesday that New York-based finance and insurance group AIG. And now that the R&A is charge on running the event, it said its official title will be the AIG Women’s Open. It previously was called the Women’s British Open. . OBIT-HASELRIG Former Steeler, NCAA wrestling champion Haselrig dies at 54 — Zion Williamson could still make reopening night of the NBA season. The New Orleans Pelicans said Wednesday that Williamson is being tested daily for the coronavirus and continues showing negative results. If that continues, Williamson may have to quarantine for only four days when he returns to the team. SPORTS-CORONAVIRUS NHL to be mum on injuries UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is prohibiting teams from disclosing injuries as a way to maintain player privacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an even thicker veil of secrecy for a sport that already uses vague terms like upper- and lower-body injuries. Players asked for the nondisclosure policy to prevent individual coronavirus tests results coming to light. Saying nothing has led to rampant speculation when prominent players like Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby or Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford are missing from practice. A spokesperson for the Montgomery County DA’s Office says the decision was due to lack of evidence after blood test results showed no intoxication. GOLF-BRITISH MASTERS Law and order at British Masters NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, England (AP) — David Law of Scotland shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Oliver Fisher, Garrick Porteous and Renato Paratore in the opening round of the British Masters at Close House Golf Course near Newcastle on Wednesday. Aaron Cockerill, Rasmus Hojgard, Lee Slattery and Pedro Figueiredo were another shot back in a share of fifth, holding off a gaggle of nine players on 4 under. PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Carlton Haselrig has died at age 54. Haselrig was a Pro Bowl right guard for the Steelers in the early 1990s and also the only wrestler in NCAA history to win six individual national championships. Pittsburgh-Johnstown wrestling coach Pat Pecora said Haselrig had been in declining health in recent years. Pecora molded Haselrig into a multiple heavyweight division champion at both the NCAA Division II and Division I levels in the 1980s Haselrig didn’t play a down of college football after suffering an injury during his freshman year at Lock Haven. He spent five years in the NFL after the Steelers took him in the 12th round of the 1990 draft. His career was cut short in the mid-1990s due to a battle with alcohol and substance abuse.last_img read more

  • Women of Troy win Pac-12 Tournament

    first_imgThe USC’s women’s basketball team took fate into its own hands Sunday night and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 after clinching the Pac-12 Tournament title against No. 3-seeded Oregon State, 71-62.This victory was the team’s first ever Pac-12 conference title and was just its second appearance in the title game since the conference expanded to 12 teams. USC set another record in becoming the first team to win four games in four days en route to the championship. The team last won the conference tournament, when it was still the Pac-10, in 1994.In just one season, head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has turned around the dynamic of a program that only won 11 games last season, doubling the team’s win total to 22.“I will not allow these women to underachieve,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I said it right from the beginning. I love this university, this basketball program and these players…We have worked on our toughness. We worked on coming together as a unit. I’m proud to be the head coach of these women on a mission. That is what I wanted to bring here.”Cooper-Dyke’s words reflect her team’s play throughout the whole tournament, especially the spirit they showed in upsetting top-seeded and No. 4-ranked Stanford, 71-68, in the semifinals, shocking the Cardinal and the rest of the nation and indicating USC’s ascendance back into prominence in women’s basketball.The upset led to the first time that Stanford wasn’t a part of the conference title game since the tournament’s employment in 2002.USC’s momentum undoubtedly carried over from that big win, especially on defense, forcing four Oregon State turnovers on the team’s first six possessions.The Women of Troy were led by the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player in junior guard Ariya Crook, who finished the game with 16 points. The Los Angeles native scored 63 total points over the course of the tournament and became the first USC women’s basketball player to be named Pac-12 Tournament MOP.Senior forward Cassie Harberts, who carried the team in the final minutes of the Stanford game with 10 consecutive points, finished off her Pac-12 career with a 12-point game. Harberts was named to the All-Tournament team for the second time in her USC career.“We’ve been through injuries, saying we are going to the tournament and then coming up short for the past few years,” Harberts said. “I felt a difference in this team. That we wanted it and we were going to do whatever we had to do to get it. I’m so proud of them.”Junior guard Kiki Alofaituli added 15 points, while sophomore guard Brianna Barrett posted 11, putting four players in double figures for the Women of Troy.It was another great game from behind the arc for USC, who shot nearly 60 percent from three-point land (7-for-12). The Women of Troy also made 20 of 24 free throws, good enough for 83 percent.The Beavers would lead 36-29 at halftime, but USC brought back the defense that carried them all season long, including a press, to stump the Beavers in the closing minutes of the game.“I thought the press was the difference in the game,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I thought we were slow and lethargic and really played Oregon State’s pace in the first half. Mentally we were trying to figure out if we had enough energy to finish this thing out.”Oregon State would go almost nine minutes without a basket between the 11:53 and 3:03 mark, which put the Women of Troy on top by double digits as the game went into its final minutes.The Beavers would get to within five points of USC, but Harberts made a basket with 1:17 left to fend off their late run and would the Women of Troy hit their free throws to hold on.Oregon State’s Devon Hunter and Sidney Wiese ended up with 19 and 17 points, respectively.The field of 64 will be announced next Monday, March 17 and the tournament will kick off across the country beginning on March 22.last_img read more