Halfpenny shines in Lions victory

September 21, 2020

first_img Wales full-back Halfpenny scored 30 points – two tries, four conversions and four penalties – while fly-half Jonathan Sexton, flanker Tom Croft and centre Jonathan Davies also added touchdowns to complete an outstanding team performance. The Waratahs played their part – centre Tom Carter claimed two tries – but they were ultimately outclassed, with Halfpenny finishing just seven short of equalling the all-time individual Lions points record set by Alan Old in 1974. There was, though, another injury scare for the Lions when centre Jamie Roberts limped off. There were outstanding displays by Halfpenny, Davies, Sexton, wing Simon Zebo – he enjoyed a high-class Lions debut just four days after arriving from America as injury cover – locks Paul O’Connell and Alun-Wyn Jones, plus hooker Tom Youngs. The Lions made a blistering start, moving 10-0 ahead after just six minutes – and it could have been even more. Zebo thought he had scored with his first touch of the ball in a Lions shirt on 40 seconds, but Waratahs full-back Drew Mitchell completed a superb try-saving tackle. Halfpenny, though, kicked a 50-metre penalty three minutes later, before superb approach work from the Wales full-back, Zebo and Davies created an opening for Sexton that he finished emphatically. Halfpenny landed the touchline conversion, leaving the Waratahs with an early mountain to climb. Sexton then took a huge tackle from Waratahs lock Will Skelton, and as he was receiving treatment the Lions conceded a soft try, with Carter capitalising on some weak defensive work. Scrum-half Bernard McKibbin added the extras before another successful Halfpenny penalty ended a fast and furious opening quarter with the Lions 13-7 in front. Another Halfpenny penalty extended their advantage to nine points. McKibbin then found his range from 45 metres, though, before Halfpenny converted his own try and the Lions trooped off well ahead at the halfway stage. And they began the second period in similar fashion to the first by posting an early try when Sexton, Roberts and Davies combined at pace to give Halfpenny an easy run-in. Halfpenny’s conversion gave him 25 points, and even though Carter claimed his second touchdown shortly afterwards – converted by McKibbin – the Lions still enjoyed control. After another Halfpenny penalty, his fourth, Lions head coach Warren Gatland made six substitutions in one go with 20 minutes left, but they played the final 10 minutes with 14 men after Roberts departed, yet there was still time for Davies to sprint clear and claim try number five, with substitute Owen Farrell converting. Leigh Halfpenny produced a commanding performance as the unbeaten British and Irish Lions beat NSW Waratahs 47-17 and delivered their best display Down Under just seven days before tackling Australia.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Coyotes 3, Sharks 2: Takeaways from another gut-punch loss in December

December 20, 2019

first_imgSAN JOSE — On the day that Bob Boughner was introduced as the Sharks’ interim coach, general manager Doug Wilson was asked if this was simply a season in which his team had to take a step back.After all, teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and even the Chicago Blackhawks, all recent former Western Conference powers, are now in the process of regrouping or rebuilding. Why are the Sharks immune?“I don’t think you have to take a step back,” Wilson said Dec. 12. “We have the …last_img read more

Dry weather allow corn, soybean harvest to continue

December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most of the State received warmer than normal temperatures and less than normal rainfall, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 13.Weather stations in the south and southeastern portions of the State reported almost 2 inches of rainfall on average, while the rest of the State received less than half an inch on average. Pasture condition rated good to excellent fell 4 percentage points, due to mostly warm, dry weather while 3rd cuttings of hay wrapped up and 4th cuttings of hay progressed rapidly.A majority of corn reached mature status although harvest moved slowly, advancing only 5 percentage point increase from last week. Harvest progress trailed the 5-year average by 11 points. Soybeans harvested jumped 18 percentage points and trailed the 5-year average by 12 points. Corn saw a 1 percentage point increase in good to excellent condition rating while soybeans saw a 1 percentage point decrease. Winter wheat continued to outpace 5-year average measures for planting and emergence due to open fields of prevented acres and good planting conditions.You can read the full report here.last_img read more

Indian athletes win 2 bronze after second day lull

November 28, 2019

first_imgA below par Krishna Poonia and G.G. Pramila won a bronze each in women’s discus throw and heptathlon respectively to save India from ending the third day in track and field competitions without a medal in the Asian Games here on Tuesday.India had begun their track and field campaign in spectacular fashion winning two gold and a silver on Sunday but that was followed by a lull on Monday.With Tuesday’s bronze medals, the Indian athletes have so far won two gold, a silver and two bronze.Poonia retains her bronzePoonia, who had won a bronze in Doha Asian Games four years ago as well as gold in last month’s Commonwealth Games, was expected to win at least a medal going by the past performances of the seven throwers in the field and it was just a question of the colour of the medal.The expected three-way contest among Poonia, Doha Asian Games gold medallist Song Aimin of China and another Chinese Li Yangfeng, however, turned out to be a two-way affair as Poonia could not improve upon her 61.94m which she achieved in her first attempt.Poonia’s throw today was more than her CWG gold-winning 61.51m effort but well below her personal best as well as season’s best of 63.69m.Season’s leader and VTB Bank Continental Cup winner, Yangfeng hurled 66.18m, a tad below her personal best of 66.40m, in her second attempt to win the gold.Aimin was trailing Poonia before clearing her silver-winning 64.04m, her season’s best but lower than her personal best of of 65.44m, in her fourth attempt.advertisementAnother Indian in the fray, Harwant Kaur, who had won a silver in the CWG, was a distant fourth with a disappointing 57.55m effort.Pramila heptathlon medalMeanwhile, the other Indian bronze winner of the day, Pramila finished third with 5415 points in the seven-event heptathlon competition.The gold and the silver in this event went to Yulia Tarasova of Uzbekistan and Yuki Nakata of Japan, who scored 5783 and 5606 points respectively.Another Indian in the fray, Sushmita Singha Roy finished fourth with 5051 points.Pramila was second in shot put, 200m race, long jump and javelin while finishing third in 100m hurdles, fourth in high jump and fifth in 800m.Others disappointThe two Indians in the women’s long jump — Mayookha Johny and M A Prajusha — came a cropper, finishing seventh and ninth out of 14 finalists.Mayookha jumped 6.33m, which she cleared in her first attempt, much below her 6.64m, which is the season’s second leading effort in Asia and which she cleared in New Delhi Asian All Stars Meet in July.Prajusha, who had won a silver in the Commonwealth Games in the same event, could clear only a dismal 6.11m, well below her CWG effort of 6.47m.Jung Soo Nok of South Korea was the surprise winner with a jump of 6.53m as she pushed Doha Asian Games bronze medallist Olga Rypakova (6.50m) of Kazakhstan and season’s leader Yulia Tarasova (6.49m) of Uzbekistan to second and third position respectively.National record holder Hari Shankar Roy also finished a disappointing last in men’s high jump among 12 competitors after failing to clear 2.15m.Roy, whose national record stands at 2.25m, could only clear 2.10m in his third attempt.Season’s leader Essa Mutaz Barshim of Qatar won the gold with a leap of 2.27m, a tad below his 2.31m effort in Hanoi in July.Japanese Takahari Hiromi won the silver with an effort of 2.23m while Rashid Ahmed Al Mannai, who won the VTB Continental Cup in September, bagged the bronze with 2.19m.In women’s 1500m final, Jhuma Khatun and O P Jaisha finished fifth and seven with below-par timings of 4:13.46 and 4:19.62 respectively.Bahrain’s world champion and Doha Asian Games gold medallist Jamal Maryam Yusuf won the race in 4:08.22, though much below her personal best of 3:56.18 and season’s best of 3:58.93.Vietnam’s Thanh Hang Truong won the silver in personal best timing of 4:09.58 while the bronze went to Mimi Belete Gebregeiorges of Bahrain (4:10.42).In men’s 1500m final, Sandeep Karan Singh ran his personal best of 3:42.79 to finish sixth, ahead of Chatholi Hamza (3:44.25) who ended at seventh spot.Shaween Mohammed of Saudi Arabia won the gold with a timing of 3:36.49. Sajad Moradi of Iran won the silver in personal best effort of 3:37.09 while Ali Belal Mansoor (3:38.39) bagged the bronze.Elam Singh could not emulate his women counterpart Sudha Singh’s gold-winning effort as he finished sixth in men’s 3000m steeplechase by clocking 8:47.34.Defending champion Taher Tareq Mubarak (8:25.89) of Bahrain in won the gold while the silver and bronze went to Qatar’a Ali Thamer Kamal (8:26.27) and Alamri Ali Ahmad (8:30.96) of Saudi Arabia.advertisementOn a good note, Indians qualified for the finals in both men’s and women’s 4X100m relay races by finishing second and third respectively in their respective heats.Indian men’s quartet of G Nagaraj, Ritesh Anand, Shameer Mon and Mohammed Abdul Najeeb finished second with a timing of 39.62s behind Chinese Taipei (39.34s).The women’s quartet of Satti Geetha, Nanda Srabani, P K Priya and H M Jyothi finished third clocking 45.44s behind Thailand (44.42) and Vietnam (45.12) in the heats.India also qualified for the men’s 4X400m relay race finals after finishing second behind Japan.The Indian quartet of Jithin Paul, V B Bineesh, Jayakumar Premanand and Shake Mortaja clocked 3:07.00s while the Japanese timed 3:06.53s.last_img read more

AN UNEXPECTED EXPERIENCE…

November 7, 2019

first_imgThey’re the ones we love to hate, the ones who cop our abuse, our dissent, our frustration and just occasionally, our gratitude. But, if the tables are turned, there’s the travel, the people, the fitness and the enjoyment, that make refereeing a great pastime and career. Rick Borg is Australia and the World’s number one touch football referee and he is a firm believer that refereeing is something for all touch lovers to consider becoming involved with. Rick admits he more or less fell into refereeing because the local competition he was playing in was suffering from a shortage of referees. Touch refereeing has been a dream for Rick, who has travelled the world as a referee and made many good friends throughout his career. “I have many great mates, which I have made purely through my involvement in touch. The places I have been I could only have dreamed of, but I can honestly say if it were not for my involvement in touch they would have remained just that- a dream. It’s been both an enjoyable and rewarding career for me,” he says. Rick’s hard work and dedication throughout his rise in touch refereeing was rewarded in 1995 when he rose to the position of World’s Number one Touch Referee, a position he has held firmly for the past 9 years. Throughout his career he has 70 test caps or his country, consisting of 46 World Cup appearances, 21 tests and 3 other internationals; not bad for someone who started refereeing a social competition in Mackay 20 years ago. “I guess the highlight of my career as a referee was just recently when I was inducted in to the Australian Touch Hall of Fame. I was astounded when it was announced and it still brings a smile to my face every time I think about it. It was just such a big honour for me,” says Rick. For junior touch players or students working their way through high school or university, refereeing can provide valuable part time work and the cash you so desperately need. “Certainly it can be a great part time job for teenagers. After all how often do you get paid for doing something you love? But having said that, you must also show a certain amount of commitment as well. I started at a local level and look where it has taken me – far beyond my wildest dreams,” says Rick. Like coaches, it is possible for referees to undertake training courses, working their way through accreditation levels, receiving the training to referee at higher levels and to travel for National and International events. While we encourage our children to take up playing sport for their fitness and health, to build their sense of teamwork, co-operation and sportsmanship and to boost their self-esteem, refereeing is another aspect of touch to consider. “Being a referee has certainly been a boost to my self esteem, I have a sense of confidence and achievement that I would not have experienced if were not for touch refereeing,” says Rick. “I also feel I have gained a lot of respect from fellow referees as well as players. But probably most importantly it has taught me how to be a team player. The skills I will walk away with at the end of my touch career far outweighs anything I would have thought possible,” he says. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

a month agoMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defence

October 28, 2019

first_imgMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s happy with their defending.Solskjaer has come under growing pressure following United’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham and their Carabao Cup shootout win against Rochdale, but dismissed the criticism.“We’re focused on what we have to do and that’s to keep improving,” said Solskjaer.“I never said it was gonna be easy this season, there are gonna be ups and downs, highs and lows, and when we lose a game we have to trust ourselves and what we’re doing, keep the eyes on the prize and keep to the principles we believe in.“You can see how much we’ve improved defensively, that’s where we put the big money in with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.“We don’t concede many chances, concede too many goals, but the other way going forward is where we’ve struggled with injuries, to Paul, Anthony, Marcus.“We’ve had some bad luck in that respect and it doesn’t help when you lose players.“It’s a team improving, evolving, a young team, the culture is there see every single day in training.“There are no issues with attitudes, work rate and desire, now [it’s a case of] can we trust ourselves?“You can see against Astana and Rochdale they want to impress, do well, but maybe they rush their finish at times.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Van Dam Shipping to Install Wind Assisted Propulsion System

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: eConowind The Netherlands-based Van Dam Shipping has signed a contract for the installation of an eConowind wind assisted propulsion system on one of its cargo ships.The Ventifoil system, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019, would be installed on the 3,600 dwt cargo vessel MV Ankie.The modular Ventifoil units are in the form of non-rotating wing with vents and an internal fan that use boundary layer suction for maximum effect. This installation will feature two, 10-meter wings along with two extensions of six meters that will generate significant force allowing the vessel to reduce motor power and thus save energy.“We expect the reduction in fuel costs over a period of approx. three years will equal the costs of the system and thus fulfill our dream of using the wind again in modern shipping, which has been 40 years in the making,” Jan van Dam, owner of van Dam Shipping, said.The deal represent the first commercial order for eConowind’s system, which completed sea test trials earlier this year.The wind-assist system was developed over the past three years supported by an EU backed grant and this first installation “marks a significant milestone for the company in bringing their technology to a shipping market eager to deploy credible decarbonization solutions,” eConowind noted.Van Dam Shipping will participate in further testing of the concept in the new EU Interreg backed Wind-Assist Ship Propulsion (WASP) research program, which from October will study practical use of wind-assisted systems in day-to-day operation as well as actual savings over an extended period of time.last_img read more

Change is needed to encourage women to enter politics says Trudeau

October 17, 2019

first_imgThwarting inappropriate behaviour amongst those who wield power and building on international trade agreements are both essential elements to creating a better country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday as he rallied his party’s caucus.A day before Parliament was set to resume sitting after its winter break, Trudeau told Liberal MPs that change is needed to encourage more women to enter politics.“Add women, change politics is how we will make a better country,” Trudeau told the gathering as he referenced a women in politics social media campaign the prime minister said was more than just a hashtag.“Sexual harassment is a systemic problem. It is unacceptable.”His comments came as the recent fast-paced movement against sexual misconduct, which saw the resignations since Wednesday of the Progressive Conservative party leaders in Ontario and Nova Scotia, was felt within the federal Liberal caucus room.Absent from the meeting was Trudeau’s former sport and persons with disabilities minister, Kent Hehr, who resigned last week after being accused of sexual misconduct while he was a member of the Alberta legislature.While Hehr remains a member of the Liberal caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office said he decided not to attend the meeting.Had he been there, however, Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould said she wouldn’t feel uncomfortable by his presence.“Sexual harassment on the Hill is a very serious issue, and we need to take it seriously,” she said.“But we also need to make sure that we’re allowing due diligence.”Other Liberals, however, struggled over questions of why Hehr was allowed to remain in caucus while a fellow Alberta MP, Darshan Kang, resigned from the party’s caucus last summer after being accused of sexually harassing two female employees in his office. Kang has denied the allegations.Members of Parliament were expected to debate legislation Monday, Bill C-65, which would strengthen sexual harassment protections for federal employees, including those working on Parliament Hill.As Sunday’s caucus meeting began, Trudeau also boasted about last week’s signing of a new, comprehensive international trade agreement — known as the CP-TPP — that he said included significant gains for Canada over the former Trans-Pacific Partnership approved by the previous Conservative government.The prime minister said his government hopes to make similar gains during negotiations of a new North American Free Trade Agreement with the United States and Mexico.As the sixth round of talks to reach a deal were wrapping up in Montreal, Trudeau also set aside nonpartisanship over NAFTA, accusing the Opposition Conservatives of being willing to bend to U.S. demands for changing the pact.“They wanted us to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership with no improvements,” Trudeau said of the Tories.“And if they had their way, we’d give into American demands on NAFTA.”While visiting Washington earlier this month, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said his party was united with the Liberals in seeking an updated NAFTA. Scheer has in the past, however, accused the Trudeau government of not properly spelling out a plan for the NAFTA talks.last_img read more