Nacewa to rejoin Leinster

first_img Press Association Nacewa, 32, previously spent five years with Leinster, helping them to three Heineken Cup final triumphs and a PRO12 title. “As soon as we became aware that he was keen on a return, it was something that we have worked hard to get over the line,” Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor said. Leinster have announced that Fiji international back Isa Nacewa is to rejoin them for next season.center_img “We have mentioned how our resources will be tested during the World Cup window, and to be able to bring in a top-quality player who we know will contribute massively to the environment when the more experienced lads are away is huge for us. “He hasn’t played in a bit, but he hasn’t been alien to a rugby environment either, working with the Auckland Blues as a mental skills coach. He has kept himself in good shape.” last_img read more

Youth to hold court at Kohl

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThough not exactly the warm environment in which earlyseason tournaments are typically held, the Kohl Center will play host to theAmerica’s Youth Classic this weekend.Savannah State, Florida A&M and Colorado will travel toMadison to take part in the three-day, three-game affair along with theWisconsin’s men’s basketball team.Last season, the Badgers traveled to South Padre Island,Texas, for an early season tournament. Even with the cold, the team is pleasedto be staying at home this season.”You realize how nice it is to be at home,” senior forwardBrain Butch said. “Even though we don’t get to go to a sunny place, it’s niceto be at home.”Wisconsin (1-0) was able to overcome a slow start to win83-55 Sunday in its season opener against Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne.Playing against the three opponents in consecutive days willpose an altogether different challenge to the Badgers early on in the season,as it will test the team’s conditioning and scouting abilities.UW will need to be able to stay energized and recoverquickly from each game in order to be at full-strength over the course of theweekend.”You got to take care of your body and find the way foryourself to recover,” junior forward Marcus Landry said. “Recovery is a bigpart of playing those back-to-back games.”Additionally, playing teams the Badgers don’t regularly face— Wisconsin has never played Colorado or Savannah and only played FloridaA&M once in 1983 — this early in the season makes scouting difficult. Itwill be different from past years where the Badgers either did not know who’dthey be facing or were already familiar with the teams.”I’ve never coached in a scenario like this,” head coach BoRyan said of the tournament setup. “We’ve spent a lot of time with the stafftalking about how were going to present the scouting reports.”It’s early in the year, so we really don’t have anything onthe other teams,” Ryan said.Florida A&M (1-0)and Colorado (0-1) will face off Thursday night before Wisconsin plays SavannahState (2-1), presenting an opportunity for the Badgers to do some last minuteprep-work.”Our guys are pretty good basketball IQ guys [and] see whatother teams are doing,” Ryan said. “I’m hoping they’ll get something fromwatching the game.”On the flip side, all three of Wisconsin’s games, twoexhibitions and the season opener against IPFW have been televised, giving itsopponents plenty of material to scout the team.”One thing about the Big Ten Network is everybody haseverything on us,” Ryan said. Following Thursday’s game, Wisconsin will play FloridaA&M Friday and Colorado Saturday.The three consecutive games will offer the team’s youngerplayers a chance to see what later postseason play will be like, albeit in aless pressure-packed atmosphere.”For [the younger players] it will be a learningexperience,” Landry said. “It helps us in the long run when we have to go tothe Big Ten tournament and play three games back-to-back-to-back.”Aside from Wisconsin, Florida A&M is the only team inthe tournament who finished last season with a winning record. The Rattlerswent 21-14 last season in the MEAC conference while Independent Savannahfinished just 12-18 and Colorado, a Big XII team, finished 7-20. The Buffaloesdo have a new coach in Jeff Bzdelik, formerly of Air Force where he led theFalcons to a 26-9 season last year.Despite the records, though, Wisconsin, especially in thewake of two of last season’s opponents — Gardner Webb and Mercer — pulling ofbig upsets, will not take any of the three teams lightly.”We’re just going to take one game at time, you can’t lookahead,” sophomore Jason Bohannon said. “We just have to know that every team iscapable of beating another team, you can’t go into the game just expecting towin.”You have to come ready to play every night.”last_img read more

Superlatives from Syracuse’s 72-62 win against Notre Dame

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Syracuse (10-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) opened up conference play against Notre Dame (10-5, 0-2) and came up with a much-needed 72-62 win on Saturday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion. The Orange, which had struggled largely in nonconference play, put together a strong performance on the back of Elijah Hughes, Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett, who combined for 58 of Syracuse’s 72 points.Here are the superlatives from Syracuse’s win.The Big Moment: Tyus Battle’s stepback jumper to ice the gameWith just over two minutes remaining and Syracuse leading by seven, Notre Dame’s offense had gone stagnant. The Fighting Irish desperately needed to shift momentum and come up with a stop. But Battle had other plans. The junior guard drove toward the right corner before taking a stepback jumper, swishing it and extending the SU lead to nine. Notre Dame couldn’t mount a comeback with Battle’s jumper providing the dagger.Stud: Elijah HughesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textHughes, one of Syracuse’s most consistent players all season long,  dominated in his first taste of ACC competition. The junior transfer scored a career-high 22 points, added a career-high six 3s, and finished with his first-ever double-double (10 rebounds) for the Orange. When Notre Dame went on runs, Hughes seemed to have a response. With the Fighting Irish gaining momentum with just under six minutes left, Hughes found the ball several feet from the 3 point line. Despite the distance, he pulled the trigger and nailed it, extending Syracuse’s lead to five. On a day Syracuse needed its best players to step up, Hughes did just that, dominating in every way.Dud: Frank HowardIt seemed as though Frank Howard was 100 percent entering ACC play, but Saturday was another rough game for the senior point guard. Howard’s first shot was a contested pull-up that missed. His next, a 3, missed too. After an offensive rebound and kick out to Howard, he traveled. Nothing seemed to go right for Howard, who finished with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting. He also turned the ball over two times and didn’t steal the ball once.Highlight: Oshae Brissett slams home contested dunkEarly in the second half, Syracuse pushed in transition after a D.J. Harvey shot was hit away toward the foul line and into Brissett’s hands. Brissett passed the ball to Hughes, who bounced a pass right back to the sophomore. Brissett drove alongside the baseline before rising up against 6-foot-11 junior Juwan Durham, who averages 9.2 blocks per 40 minutes. Durham’s contest was ineffective as Brissett finished with a vicious dunk in the middle of Syracuse’s 9-0 run to begin the second half.Lowlights: Guarding T.J. Gibbs and foul troubleWith SU’s 2-3 zone, the opposition is dared to shoot 3s. Notre Dame entered Saturday ranked second in the ACC with just over nine 3s per game. One of the players struggling from beyond the arc, however, was junior point guard T.J. Gibbs. After shooting 40.3 percent from 3 a season ago, Gibbs has struggled in 2018, seeing his percentage dip to 36.3. But against Syracuse’s zone, Gibbs was nearly unstoppable. Several deep treys followed, some coming just a few steps inside half court. There was little the Orange could do, as Gibbs finished with 18 points, including a strong 6-of-13 performance from 3.Another thing that went horribly wrong for Syracuse on Saturday afternoon in an otherwise positive game was foul trouble. Marek Dolezaj started the game and entered the half with three personal fouls, only to commit his fourth on an unneeded over-the-back foul and the fifth battling with a Notre Dame player near the baseline. SU’s backup option, Paschal Chukwu, also found foul trouble early. Chukwu committed a foul during a double team and then, after missing an alley-oop dunk, fouled out trying for the rebound. That left just Bourama Sidibe for SU’s frontcourt, who in 11 seconds, picked up two quick fouls. While Syracuse won the game and finished strong, its bigs struggled once again with foul trouble. Commentslast_img read more

Amapakabo List Nine Foreign-based Players for U23 AFCON Tourney

first_imgImama Amapakabo Femi SolajaAhead of the forth coming AFCON-23 Olympic football qualifying tournament, Coach Imama Amapakabo has listed nine foreign-based players among his preliminary invitees for the event slated for next month.The tournament, which will come up in Egypt is to serve as the qualifier for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and as demanded by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), all coaches are mandated to forward their list of players for documentation ahead of their departure for the tournament.A top official in the Glass House in Abuja confirmed yesterday that as many as nine players based abroad were included in the list with the coach keen on having a blend with home- based players who have been inactive for months because the domestic league season is yet to commence. Although the full list of the nine players for the event is yet to be made public, the NFF through its Head of Communication, Ademola Olajire disclosed that some of the players had already joined the camp in readiness for the competition in Egypt.Among the confirmed players are; Tom Dele-Bashiru, Orji Okonkwo and Kelechi Nwakali who captained the U-17 national team to World Cup glory in Chile four years ago.Okonkwo, who plays for Canadian side, Montreal Impact joined the rest of the team on Monday as the overseas-based professionals continued to stream into camp ahead of this week’s departure to Egypt.His arrival has given Head Coach lmama Amapakabo and his assistants more attacking options ahead of the tournament.The Olympic Eagles are expected to the leave shores of the country tomorrow for the tournament which holds 8th – 22nd November in Cairo, with Nigeria playing in Group B which also has Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and South Africa.Another overseas based professional in camp is Tom Dele-Bashiru, who featured for the U20 National Team, Flying Eagles, at the FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland in the summer.The 20 -year old midfielder plies his trade with English Premier League side Watford FC, and was born in the city of Manchester, England to Nigerian parents. He scored Nigeria’s third goal as the Flying Eagles obliterated Qatar 4-0 in their opening game of the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland.Nigeria won the last edition of the tournament and went on to win bronze at the Rio Olympics football event in 2016. The Olympic Eagles will start their campaign on the 9th of November with their first group game against Côte D Ivoire which is a day after host, Egypt play the opening match.The Amamakabo team will subsequently take on South Africa and Zambia in their other group games on the 12th and 15th of November respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Five clubs hit £1bn as Real Madrid top list of world’s most valuable clubs

first_img10. Arsenal – £651 million (£150 million fall) Spanish champions Real Madrid topped the list of the world’s most valuable clubs yet again despite a significant drop in value from 2019.Real’s drop in worth by about £205 million saw Barcelona close the gap on them to about £6 million in the last year.The capital side still topped the list with a value of £1.286 billion in 2020.They are closely followed by their fiercest rivals Barcelona who saw a rise in their value by about £18 million, with Premier League club Manchester United a little further back in third place with a value of £1.190 billion.United remain third on the list despite a fall in their worth by almost £143 million since 2019.However, Liverpool are hot on their tail after the Premier League and European Champions recorded a £64.3 million rise.Manchester City round out the top five as the final club to be worth over £1 billion.The only Bundesliga club on the list, German champions, Bayern Munich are now worth £957 million after a £233 million fall in value.The top 10 is rounded out by French champions, PSG, Chelsea, Tottenham and FA Cup winners Arsenal.The list was put together by Brand Finance Review who also reported that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the total brand value of the top 50 clubs to decrease for the first time in six years.Below is the full list1. Real Madrid – £1.286 billion (£205 million fall from 2019) 3. Manchester United – £1.190 billion (£143 million fall) 4. Liverpool – £1.143 billion (£64.3 million rise) 6. Bayern Munich – £957 million (£233 million fall) 9. Tottenham Hotspur – £710 million (£23.5 million rise)center_img 2. Barcelona – £1.280 billion (£18.1 million rise) 7. Paris Saint-Germain – £876 million (£48 million rise) 5. Manchester City – £1.018 billion (£118 million fall) 8. Chelsea – £859 million (£17 million fall)last_img read more

Messi tax fraud case continues after judge refuses to drop charges

first_imgA Spanish judge has rejected an appeal filed by Lionel Messi’s lawyers to drop tax fraud charges against the Barcelona star, meaning the case against Messi and his father Jorge Messi will continue.The judge rebutted the counter demand that the football player be excluded from the case against him and his father that alleges they withheld 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.The judge’s statement read that “in this type of crime, it is not necessary for someone to have complete knowledge of all the accounting and business operations nor the exact quantity, rather it is sufficient to be aware of the designs to commit fraud and consent to them.”Messi and his father have five days to appeal the ruling.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 (with copy!)

first_imgWellington Police notes for Monday, September 16, 2013•7:30 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 500 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•7:58 a.m. Matthew A. Barton, 35, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 44 mph in a 30 mph zone. (radar)•,8:40 a.m. Misty L. Brown, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with two counts of animal trespass.•9:06 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 800 block S. F, Wellington.•On September 3, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Officers investigated identity theft and making false information in the 400 block N. Washington, Wellington.•2:03 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 200 block N. Ash, Wellington.•2:20 p.m. Officers took a report of lost wallet in the 300 block E. 14th, Wellington.•4:04 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.last_img read more

Five worst Super Bowl halftime shows in NFL history

first_imgWe can thank this halftime show for pushing the NFL to become more of a halftime concert than a Broadway production. Michael Jackson performed his halftime show the following year.1. Elvis Impersonator (1989)Elvis Presto, the Elvis impersonator who did not perform any Elvis songs, but did do a magic trick. There have been some great Super Bowl halftime performances, but there have also been some awful Super Bowl halftime performances. Here are the five worst Super Bowl halftime performances in the history of the big game. Worst Super Bowl halftime shows5. Maroon 5 (2019)Maroon 5’s performance underwhelmed. Reviewers called the show incredibly boring and it is one of the most disliked videos in YouTube history.KATY PERRY RODE IN ON A GIANT METAL LIONLADY GAGA FLEW THROUGH THE FREAKING AIRAND YALL ARE ALL HYPED UP BECAUSE ADAM LEVINE TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF??????????? #SuperBowl— Mary Joy✨ (@maryjoymcdaniel) February 4, 20194. Disney’s Small World (1991)The opening song in this halftime performance features young girls in cheerleading costumes singing: “You’ve got to be a football hero, to get along with the beautiful girls. You’ve got to be a touchdown getter you bet, if you want to get, a cutie to pet.”What a message.3. Disney’s Indiana Jones (1995)The 1995 Super Bowl halftime show, produced by Disney, was meant to help build a buzz around the new Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland. With the random addition of Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett, it ended up being one of the most strange, confusing and hilarious halftime performances of all time.2. Winter Magic (1992) last_img read more

Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Tournament 2020: Preview, schedule, live stream, top players to watch

first_imgOne of the most prestigious high school competitions in the nation kicks off Wednesday when the State of Hockey lives up to its billing as the epicenter of all sports played on a sheet of ice. Yes, it’s time once again for Minnesota’s annual Boys’ Hockey State Tournament — a 16-team, single-elimination event that produces two state champions and all kinds of memories for players and fans alike.The tournament only last four days, with championship matches on Saturday for both Class A and Class AA serving as the culminating events. But the impact of “The Tourney” on the local communities involved cannot be measured by dates on a calendar or how many programs can be squeezed into an on-ice battle royal. Time and again, this wonderful competition never fails to disappoint in the intrigue and intensity departments regardless of who’s participating. What can we expect in this year’s show? For starters, you can count on several dozen of the nation’s premier college hockey recruits and their supporting casts to compete feverishly for school pride and hometown bragging rights. But there is also an added twist that has become synonymous with not only Minnesota, but the sport of hockey as a whole. As great as the on-ice product can be, the Minnesota state tournament wouldn’t be the same without the added bonus of “Minneflowta” and all of the wackiness it brings in the form of early-1990s hairstyles revealed during pregame introductions.NHL MOCK DRAFT v2.0: Red Wings move to the top, get Lafreniere; Senators select forwards back-to-backWe understand that some of you may be first timers, and because of that we’ve prepared this quick overview of the 2020 edition.What is the Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Tournament?The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) is made up of nearly 200 schools from over 20 conferences throughout the state, but only 16 teams participate in the state tournament. The conferences are divided into two classes – Class A and Class AA – and inter-class play is common on a varsity hockey program’s schedule. The regular season for both classes runs from late November to mid-February, whereupon the schools are split into their respective classes for a three-round, single-game elimination playoff called “sectionals,” with eight sections per class. The winning schools of each section – eight apiece for Classes A and AA – are then re-seeded for the right to play for the state championship, or “state,” which takes place in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center the first week of March. The state tournament follows the same three-round, single-game elimination as the sectionals, and all four quarterfinal matchups for both Class A and Class AA are played in one day. The winner from each class will be the state champion.Where is the 2020 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Tournament?This year’s tournament will take place in St. Paul, Minn., at the Xcel Energy Center, which is the home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. The arena has hosted the event since March 2000.When will the 2020 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Tournament take place?The tournament runs from Wednesday, March 4, to Saturday, March 7, with the championship games for both Class A and Class AA on the final day.The first of Wednesday’s four Class A quarterfinals begins at 11 a.m. central time, followed by an off day Thursday. Class AA quarterfinals start Thursday also beginning at 11 a.m. CT. Friday will feature the semifinals for both classes, with Class A slotted for the two early games and Class AA closing it out at night. The Class A and Class AA championships will be held on Saturday at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. CT, respectively, with each title game preceded by a third-place match.What channel is the 2020 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Tournament being aired on?TV channel (Minnesota): KSTC 45Livestream (All):; PrepSpotlight TV (All 3rd Place and Consolation games)Which schools are playing in the 2020 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State Tournament?There are 16 schools participating, with eight from each class. The winners from each class will be crowned state champions.CLASS ACLASS AAWarroadAndoverSt. Cloud CathedralThe Blake SchoolHermantownEden PrairieMahtomediMoorheadDelanoHill-MurrayMonticelloLakeville SouthMankato East/LoyolaMaple GroveHutchinsonSt. Thomas AcademyFull schedule for the 2020 Minnesota Boys’ Hockey State TournamentAll Times Eastern/CentralWEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 (CLASS A)TIME ET/CTSTREAMVENUEQF1 (2) St. Cloud Cathedral 11, (7) Mankato East 212 PM/11 AMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterQF2 (3) Hermantown 7, (6) Monticello 12 PM/1 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterQF3 (1) Warroad 9, (8) Hutchinson 37 PM/6 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterQF4 (4) Mahtomedi 5, (5) Delano 29 PM/8 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterTHURSDAY, MARCH 5 (CLASS AA)QF1 (2) Blake 7, (7) Maple Grove 512 PM/11 AMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterQF2 (3) Eden Prairie 4, (6) Lakeville South 02 PM/1 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterQF3 (1) Andover 2, (unranked) St. Thomas 37 PM/6 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterQF4 (4) Moorhead 1, (5) Hill Murray 59 PM/8 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterFRIDAY, MARCH 6Class A SF1 (2) St. Cloud Cathedral 2, (3) Hermantown 612 PM/11 AMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterClass A SF2 (1) Warroad 1, (4) Mahtomedi 52 PM/1 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterClass AA SF2 (2) Blake 1, (3) Eden Prairie 47 PM/6 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterClass AA SF1 (5) Hill Murray 3, (unranked) St. Thomas 29 PM/8 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterSATURDAY, MARCH 7Class A Championship (3) Hermantown 2, (4) Mahtomedi 31 PM/12 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterClass AA Championship (3) Eden Prairie 1, (5) Hill Murray 48 PM/7 PMPrep45Xcel Energy CenterThird-Place and Consolation MatchesTHURSDAY, MARCH 5Consolation SF1 (Class A)11 AM/10 AMPrepSpotlightTV3M Arena at MariucciConsolation SF2 (Class A)1 PM/12 PMPrepSpotlightTV3M Arena at MariucciFRIDAY, MARCH 6Consolation SF1 (Class AA)11 AM/10 AMPrepSpotlightTV3M Arena at MariucciConsolation SF2 (Class AA)1 PM/12 PMPrepSpotlightTV3M Arena at MariucciSATURDAY, MARCH 7Third-Place Game (Class A10 AM/9 AMPrepSpotlightTVXcel Energy CenterConsolation Final (Class A)11 AM/10 AMPrepSpotlightTV3M Arena at MariucciConsolation Final (Class AA)1 PM/12 PMPrepSpotlightTV3M Arena at MariucciThird-Place Game (Class AA1 PM/12 PMPrepSpotlightTVXcel Energy CenterTop Players to WatchGrant Slukynsky, Center; Warroad (Northern Michigan)A Mr. Hockey finalist for top player in the state, Slukynsky is Warroad’s No. 1 center and go-to forward when the going gets tough. He’s a dual threat who can pass the puck as well as he can finish, but he also thinks the game at a high level and logs a ton of minutes.Blake Biondi, Center; Hermantown (Minnesota-Duluth)Biondi is a prolific scorer who is one of the top forwards in the nation. He’s played for Team USA at the under-17 level and also took part in the under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament after he was invited to play for the vaunted U.S. National Team Development Program. He has an excellent shot, but also has the flair and creativity to make his linemates better.Ben Steeves, Left Wing; Eden Prairie (Minnesota-Duluth)A fast-skating goal scorer who is used in all situations, Steeves has been the driving force behind the potent attack of Eden Prairie, which lost in last year’s title game to Edina and is looking for its first state title since 2011. Steeves was the Eagles’ lone finalist for Mr. Hockey. Wyatt Kaiser, Defenseman; Andover (Minnesota-Duluth)A mature and poised two-way defenseman with excellent mobility and a knack for trapping overzealous forecheckers, Kaiser also played for the U.S. Select squad at the Hlinka and is a Mr. Hockey nominee. He is the key figure for arguably the tournament’s best defense corps.Jack Smith, Center; St. Cloud Cathedral (Minnesota-Duluth)A soft-mitted playmaker with an excellent shot, Smith also turned down an NTDP spot to help lead Cathedral to last year’s Class A title. He was hurt for a good chunk of his senior year but he was next to unstoppable in the sectionals.Blake Perbix, Right Wing, St. Cloud Cathedral (Uncommitted)A horse along the boards and an impressive all-around forward, Perbix along with teammates Smith and Nate Warner are in the running for the best line in the state. He has excellent vision and puts a soft touch on his passes when necessary.last_img read more

Former LVR Bomber Sean Denison lights it up in in EuroChallenge tournament

first_imgFormer L.V. Rogers Bomber and Santa Clara Broncos star Sean Denison is having a breakout season playing for CSM Oradea in the Romania League (Liga Nationala).The 6’11”, 245-pound forward/center is averaging 10 points and just under six rebounds and two assists per game for the 17-6 CSM Oradea squad.CSM Oradea, which finished the EuroChallenge with a 3-3 record, is currently in third spot in Liga Nationala standings with a 17-6 record. It was at the EuroChallenge that a producer put together a highlight package of the 28-year-old Denison on the court.Check out the YouTube video and a past article from The Nelson Daily.last_img read more