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Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 win over Rangers

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of Game 2 against the New York Rangers in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK (AP) – Sidney Crosby scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night.The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping Evgeni Malkin out of the danger zone. On Saturday, both of them and the Penguins as a whole showed more jump, possessing the puck and keeping New York off-balance. Forcing turnovers in the decisive second period, shutting down the Rangers’ power play and generally controlling the pace, the Penguins got even.Crosby, naturally, was at the center of the turnaround. He broke a 1-1 tie by knocking in a rebound of Patric Hornqvist’s shot in the second period. Then Crosby made a diving deflection past Henrik Lundqvist of a pass from Chris Kunitz on the right wing boards following a Rangers giveaway in their zone.At that point, Crosby had four shots on goal in the series, with two going in.Game 3 is Monday night in Pittsburgh. The Rangers had the league’s best road record this season while also winning the Presidents’ Cup for top overall record.Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 23 saves for the Penguins, while Lundqvist had 18.The resilient Rangers got back in it early in the third period on, of all things, their previously sputtering power play. Derick Brassard knocked in a rebound from short range after strong pressure with Blake Comeau penalized early in the third.Derek Stepan hit the goal post on the first shot of another power play less than three minutes later. And while killing a penalty, Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin both couldn’t get to a loose puck behind Fleury in the crease.On that same power play, Kunitz made it 4-2, sweeping in the rebound of Brandon Sutter’s short shot.Rick Nash scored with 5.1 seconds to go for New York.The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period. Stepan was robbed by Fleury from the slot late in the first period, but on New York’s next rush, Ryan McDonagh fed J.T. Miller on left wing, and his perfect pass to nearly the same spot in the slot hit Stepan in stride. He beat Fleury to the far post this time – one of only three Rangers shots in the period.While the Rangers’ power play struggled, Sutter nearly tied it midway in the second with a short-handed wrist shot that clanged off the goal post. Then he did tie it with a rebound off a deflection on a Pittsburgh power play.NOTES: The game was more than seven minutes old before either team managed a shot on goal, Mats Zuccarello’s wrist shot into Fleury’s midsection. Almost two minutes later, Malkin got the Penguins’ first shot on goal. … The teams were tied 1-1 after two games in their 2014 second-round playoff series. Pittsburgh won the next two, then New York took the final three on its way to the Stanley Cup Finals.last_img read more

Former Australian captain sticks up for passionate Kohli’s approach

first_imgAdvertisement 3d60NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2zug2rWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6z5d5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) k4Would you ever consider trying this?😱kinCan your students do this? 🌚qwqaRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian captain Virat Kohli has received an unexpected ally in former Australian skipper Allan Border following his histrionics during the second Test in Perth. Kohli has come under criticism for his sledging and heated exchanges with Australian counterpart Tim Paine, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene. Former Australia captain Allan Border has come to the defencce of Virat Kohli, saying his antics might be over the top but the game needs characters who show passion.Advertisement Virat Kohli and Tim Paine face off in the second test.“There’s not many characters in our game at the moment. The professional era has sort of beaten that out to a certain degree,” Border said.On the fourth day of the Test, as Kohli stood in Paine’s way while completing a run and then getting into onfield verbal due, it needed umpire Chris Gafaney to intervene and get both skippers to quiet down.Advertisement “I haven’t seen anyone sort of carry on so much as a captain when his side takes a wicket. It’s really over the top but it’s good in a way. You can see some passion about what he’s trying to do,” Border said.Border added that perhaps Kohli’s aggression stems from the desire to cement his legacy with an away series victory. “He’s so keen to win away from home and really deserve that number one ranking … that’s your KPIs (key performance indicators) as a captain I suppose,” he said.Advertisement India come into the Australia Test series having lost back-to-back away series this year – against South Africa and England with Australia the final challenge before the IPL and the World Cup.“To drive the team to be number one, which he has achieved, but to win away from home is one of those important things you notice as a captain.”Border also opined that as the leader, Kohli feels the need to manifest the passion and drive.  “I think he’s feeling that pinch. If you look at this Indian side he’s probably the only one that has the character to get really animated,” he said.“The rest of the Indian boys are very good cricketers but seem to me a quiet bunch and maybe Kohli feels as skipper he needs to lead from the front and really show some passion and drive. I think it just comes naturally to him,” he added. Advertisementlast_img read more

Young have the future in hand

first_imgBy Rebecca Skilton With over 15 agricultural, horticulture and art sections available to participate in at the Berwick Show, the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Italy to Host 2022 Ryder Cup

first_imgVIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: A staged photograph of The Ryder Cup trophy as the five-man Ryder Cup panel meet to discuss the 2016 Ryder Cup Europe Captaincy at Wentworth on February 18, 2015 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) The Italian capital city of Rome will host The Ryder Cup for the first time in 2022. The historic announcement, made today by Ryder Cup Europe, will see golf’s greatest team event staged on the Continent of Europe for the third time. The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, only 17km from the centre of Rome, will follow in the footsteps of Club de Golf Valderrama in Spain (1997) and Le Golf National in France (2018) – when the 44th edition of the match between Europe and the United States is staged in the autumn of 2022.center_img Four nations – Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain – had participated in an exhaustive and comprehensive Bid Process to identify the country best qualified to follow Hazeltine National in Minnesota next year; France in 2018 and Whistling Straits in Wisconsin in 2020, as host of the biennial contest. Initially the number had been seven when the process began in June last year, but Denmark, Portugal and Turkey withdrew their interest in the early stages.Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of The European Tour – the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe – led a five-strong Bid Evaluation Committee comprising Europe’s Ryder Cup Director Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Match Director Edward Kitson, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development David MacLaren and European Tour Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Orr, who thoroughly examined and evaluated all four Bids, including undertaking a series of site inspections.The objective of the process was to enable Ryder Cup Europe to arrive at the correct sporting and commercial decision in terms of the host for 2022.To that end, the Bid Evaluation Committee judged the candidates on five specific criteria: (i) Demonstrable Government, Political, Institutional and Golfing Community support; (ii) Commitment to the development of a world-class golf facility (new or existing) to host The 2022 Ryder Cup; (iii) Provision of ancillary facilities, suitable access and infrastructure commensurate with the staging of an international sporting event, including proximity to a major international city; (iv) Commercial opportunities available to The Ryder Cup; and (v) Contribution of the Bid Country to the development of golf in terms of Legacy, Contribution to the professional game, Integration of golf within tourism and business communities, Development of levels of golf participation, Professional tournament golf at all levels, and contribution to The Ryder Cup: eg Player eligibility and participation.The Bid Committee was assisted in their evaluation procedure by three prominent external advisers in Michael Payne, Nick Bitel and Paul Bush, who brought considerable experience from their specialist sporting backgrounds, namely the Olympic Movement, the London Marathon and The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014.The Italian bid was consistently strong across all the areas evaluated and in particular in their pledge to undertake a complete reconstruction of the golf course at Marco Simone to the highest standards demanded by Ryder Cup Europe, in addition to a hugely significant commitment to the Italian Open in terms of guaranteeing a €7 million prize fund for the championship for 11 years, beginning in 2017. In 2016, the prize fund will double from its current figure of €1.5 million to a minimum of €3 million.Keith Pelley said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Italy whose bold and ambitious bid has seen them become the host nation for The 2022 Ryder Cup. History has shown time and again that The Ryder Cup is pure theatre with the players the stars, and there is no question that the Eternal City of Rome will provide a wonderful backdrop for one of the great occasions in world golf.“With Paris in 2018 and now Rome in 2022 being the respective host cities for Europe’s next two stagings of biennial contest against the United States, the magical appeal of The Ryder Cup is set to continue.“In addition, we have exciting plans for the development of The European Tour and our International Schedule for the benefit of all our players, and Italy shares this ambition. Their commitment to the Italian Open will provide an inspiring benchmark.”Richard Hills said: “The Italian bid was consistently strong and impressive across the board in terms of infrastructure, commercial structure and Government support. It was a worthy gold medalist in this particular contest, although there were three impressive silver medalists too in Austria, Germany and Spain, who conducted themselves in a professional manner throughout the process.“The plans outlined for the golf course at Marco Simone are spectacular alongside the commitment to develop all levels of golf in Italy, and we look forward very much to working with the Italian 2022 Ryder Cup team over the coming years.”The awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup will continue Italy’s legacy in the contest which began when Costantino Rocca became the first Italian golfer to play in the match at The Belfry in England in 1993. The United States won on that occasion but Rocca tasted victory on his next two outings – at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995 and at Valderrama in 1997 where he famously beat Tiger Woods 4 and 2 in the final day singles.Since then, brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari have carried the Italian flag into the biennial contest, appearing together in Europe’s narrow victory at The Celtic Manor Resort in 2010 while Francesco was part of the triumphant European team two years later, his half point in the final singles match, again against Tiger Woods, putting the seal on the remarkable Miracle of Medinah.Since the inception of The European Tour in 1972, Italy has hosted 54 European Tour tournaments with nine Italian players having lifted a total of 20 European Tour titles between them, the most successful being Rocca with five. In addition Italy has played host to 82 European Challenge Tour events and eight tournaments on the European Senior Tour.Following today’s announcement, there will be an official press conference to celebrate the awarding of The 2022 Ryder Cup, in Italy on Wednesday December 16.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Lidl Ladies National Football League 2018 Round 5 (Re-fixture) previews

first_imgSunday 8th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 – Round 5Westmeath (H) v Galway, 2.00pm, St Lomans, (G Carmody, Roscommon)Galway know what they have to do ahead of Sunday’s visit to Westmeath – and that’s to claim maximum points.If they do that, and Donegal beat Cork, they’ll finish ahead of Donegal in the standings under rule, provided that Mayo don’t draw with Monaghan to make it a three-way tie.A win for Cork against Donegal on Saturday would lessen the pressure slightly on Galway manager Stephen Glennon and his Tribeswomen, who will have a better idea of the permutations following Saturday’s pivotal game.But all things considered, Galway still have to win and that might not be straightforward against a Westmeath side that ensured survival with victory over Kerry last weekend.With the shackles off, Westmeath can go and express themselves and an interesting tie lies in store at St Lomans. It’s two from three also in Division 2 to join Tipperary and Waterford in the last four, with Ulster trio Tyrone, Armagh and Cavan in the running.At the bottom, Sligo need to beat Laois and hope that Clare gain a positive result in their game with Armagh to avoid relegation.The main issues in Division 3 have been decided but the final round of re-fixed round 5 games will determine the semi-final pairings.In Division 4, three semi-final slots have already been decided, while Antrim have their fate in their own hands, knowing that victory over Derry will see them edge out Fermanagh, who currently occupy fourth spot.Antrim’s game with Derry is pencilled in for next Tuesday, with ten other matches to be played before then. In the top flight, holders Cork and TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin are safely through to the last four, where they’ll be joined by two other counties, with Galway, Mayo and Donegal in the hunt. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 2 – Round 5Clare (H) v Armagh, 12.00pm, Miltown Malbay, (K O’Brien, Limerick)Clare are currently third from bottom of the Division 2 standings, level with Laois and three points clear of Sligo.But even if the Banner County do get dragged into a three-way tie, their superior scoring difference will see them safe.Even a point at home to Armagh will be good enough for Clare but the visitors need the points desperately as they’re still in the hunt for a top four finish.Even a point might be good enough for Armagh, provided Tyrone beat Cavan, but a win would guarantee a semi-final place for the Orchard County. Dublin (H) v Kerry, 4.00pm, DCU, St Clare’s, (N McCormack, Laois)Dublin are safely through to the semi-finals and manager Mick Bohan may take the opportunity to run the rule over some fringe players ahead of the semi-finals.But top spot is also up for grabs and Dublin can put the pressure on Cork, who also play on Saturday evening, by taking care of business against Kerry.A win for the Sky Blues would take them back to the summit, temporarily at least, before Cork’s visit to Donegal.If Dublin and Cork both win, they’ll be level at the head of affairs on 18 points each, but Dublin would finish the group stages at the head of affairs, having beaten Cork at Croke Park at the start of the campaign.So there’s still a lot to play for as already relegated Kerry make the trip to DCU, St Clare’s, on Saturday afternoon.In a lovely gesture, Dublin have also confirmed that gate receipts from the tie will be sent to the Fatima Centre in Bangkok, visited recently by members of the TG4 All Star touring party.Bohan and the Dublin players who travelled to Bangkok have also confirmed a contribution from themselves.Kerry will play for pride at the end of a week that saw manager Graham Shine vacate his role. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 3 – Round 5Offaly (H) v Wexford, 2.00pm, Clonbullogue, (K Delahunty, Tipperary)Offaly can’t make the top four while Wexford are safely through.Anthony Masterson’s Wexford can’t be caught either at the head of affairs but they’ll be anxious to sign off the group stages with maximum points.Offaly, for their part, will want to produce a positive display before thoughts turn to championship. Tyrone (H) v Cavan, 2.00pm, Drumragh, Clanagogan, (D Carolan, Down)A straight shoot-out for a top four place. Tyrone will start the day two points clear of Cavan, who make the trip to Drumragh.The destiny of both counties is in their own hands and this promises to be a fiercely tense and exciting battle.Both sides have been scoring heavily but Tyrone have leaked more than Sunday’s opponents.Cavan were beaten Division 2 finalists last year, after a replay with Westmeath, but they might not even make the semi-finals this time. A nervy weekend lies in store for many counties with the race for semi-final spots and the outstanding relegation issue (in Division 2) to be decided in the Lidl Ladies National Football Leagues.center_img Mayo (H) v Monaghan, 2.00pm, Swinford Amenity Park, (M Farrelly, Cavan)A home win for Mayo will ensure a League semi-final spot for last year’s TG4 All-Ireland senior final runners-up.It’s been a mixed bag of a campaign for Peter Leahy’s charges, who’ve won three, lost two and drawn one.But they were awarded three points when Kerry fielded an unregistered player and that’s boosted Mayo’s table position considerably.Instead of being in a position where they had to rely on results elsewhere, Mayo’s top four destiny is now in their own hands.Visitors Monaghan staved off the threat of relegation for another season and will be looking to finish their League campaign on a high, ahead of the summer’s championship campaign. Sligo (H) v Laois, 1.00pm, Sligo IT, (D Callaghan, Donegal)Sligo need to win and hope that Clare gain a positive result against Armagh to avoid relegation.Sligo are currently bottom of the pile, without a point from six outings, but they’ll face off against second from bottom Laois, who are three points ahead of them.However, even if Sligo do win, they’re likely to go down if the Yeats County, Laois and Clare all finish on three points, due to an inferior score difference.A victory for Sligo, and at least a draw for Clare, would leave Sligo and Laois level at the bottom on three points each.In that case, Sligo would survive on the head to head rule, with Laois going down. Saturday 7th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 1 – Round 5Donegal (H) v Cork, 6.00pm, O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, (G. McMahon, Mayo)Donegal, beaten Division 1 finalists last year, must beat champions Cork in Letterkenny on Saturday evening and hope that Galway slip up against Westmeath on Sunday.A Donegal win will take them three points clear of Galway, before the Tribeswomen take to the field less than 24 hours later.If Galway and Donegal finish level on 13 points each after the weekend, Galway will go through having kicked more points (16) in their draw with Donegal in round 2.Matters could be complicated further if both Galway and Donegal win, and Mayo draw at home to Monaghan.In that case, three teams will be level on 13 points each, meaning that score difference will come into play.Donegal currently boast the best score difference of the trio (+50), compared to Mayo (+9) and Galway (+8) ahead of the weekend’s games.Donegal’s weekend meeting with Cork is the first time that the counties have clashed since last year’s classic League final at Parnell Park, which the Rebelettes won by just a point. Tipperary (H) v Waterford, 2.00pm, Sean Tracey Park, (E Moran, Kerry)Both of these sides are safely through to the semi-finals but this head to head clash will determine who finishes on top.A win for Waterford would see them pip Tipp, who themselves are hoping to make it seven wins from seven by securing victory against their neighbours on home soil.These are two counties who have found Division 2 to their liking this season and they could yet meet in novel TG4 Munster senior final later in the summer, as both are on opposite sides of the draw.For now, though, there are important League points at stake and there’s also a distinct possibility of a repeat meeting in the knockout stages. Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4 – Round 5Fermanagh (H) v Kilkenny – Conceded by Kilkenny Tuesday 10th April 2018Lidl Ladies NFL Division 4 – Round 5Antrim (H) v Derry, 7.00pm, (K Bogle, Tyrone)Antrim are another county with their fate in their own hands, knowing that a victory over Derry next Tuesday evening will see them into the last four.It’s an anxious wait for the Saffrons to play the outstanding fixture in the group stages of Division 4 but they do know what’s required.They’re three points behind Fermanagh as things stand but victory over Ulster rivals Derry would see them edge out the Ernesiders on the head to head rule.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more