This afternoon’s meeting at Punchestown goes ahead as planned after the track passed a morning inspection. Press Association Officials called an 8am precautionary check due to the threat of rain, but that look showed the track to be fit for action. The going is reported to be heavy, with the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase the feature event of the day.
BLUE HILL — The HOP! Trail Run and Egg Hunt will be held the morning of April 15 at Blue Hill Town Park.The Trail Run will be a 3K race that begins at 9 a.m. The race will begin at the park and will go through Parker Point, South Street Trail and Tenney Hill. The egg hunt will follow it at 10 a.m.Those wishing to register can do so on-site the day of the event. For more information, call Blue Hill Heritage Trust at 374-5118 or email Info@BlueHillHeritageTrust.org.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
London: They might not be sweeping their fans off their feet with dazzling skills on the pitch at the moment, with football coming to a halt almost all over the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, but stars of the game led by Lionel Messi are showcasing their skills from home with the #ToiletRollChallenge being a hit on social media.In a video compilation which has gone viral on social media, Messi is seen juggling with a toilet roll followed by other greats of the game like France and Arsenal star Thierry Henry, Spain and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos all showing off their tricks while being at home.The coronavirus pandemic has forced almost all league across Europe and over the world to shut shop for the time being.Messi recenty accepted a 70 percent reduction in pay at FC Barcelona. The Argentine explained on his Instagram page that the first team squad had not only agreed to reduce their salaries by 70 percent, but that the players would also cover the wages of all of the other employees at the club.The ‘LaLigaSantander Fest, the macro-concert organised by LaLiga, Santander Bank, Universal Music and GTS in collaboration with other LaLiga sponsors, took place on Saturday and featured a group of musicians and footballers who had never lined up together before to raise funds to fight against the deadly virus. (IANS)Also Read: Lionel Messi sends ‘strength’ to COVID-19 affected peopleAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assam
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players want to look at the owners’ books.A person familiar with the request told The Associated Press that lawyers for the baseball players’ union asked MLB to submit a slew of financial documents that detail the industry’s finances.Baseball owners on Monday approved a proposal that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July with a regular-season schedule of about 82 games. Owners also gave the go-ahead to propose basing players’ salaries on a 50-50 revenue split, which the union says is a salary cap and a framework that players will never accept.The type of financial disclosure the union asked for is more common during overall collective bargaining talks.Commissioner Rob Manfred is confident of reaching a deal with players. He also told CNN on Thursday that he’s hopeful the season can begin, saying they are making plans to play in empty ballparks. — The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday. Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules. The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.NFL-BAKER-DUNBAR ROBBERYTwo NFL players accused of armed robberyMIAMI (AP) — Authorities say police in South Florida are trying to find New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar after multiple witnesses accused them of an armed robbery at a party.Miramar police issued arrest warrants for both men Thursday on four counts each of armed robbery with a firearm. Baker faces an additional four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The warrant says Baker and Dunbar were attending a cookout at a Miramar home Wednesday night when a fight broke out, causing Baker to pull out a handgun. Associated Press The 73-year-old Howe confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 Thursday night that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3.Howe is best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, winning 600 games over seven seasons. He also managed the Astros and Mets before ending his managerial career 1,129-1,137.NASCAR-DARLINGTONKeselowski takes Darlington pole in lotteryUNDATED (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won the pole for Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway without burning an ounce of fuel. The Houston Astros, for whom Watson played his first 14 major league seasons, announced the death Thursday night.Watson’s son Keith said he died from kidney disease.Watson was nicknamed “The Bull” and made the All-Star team in 1973 and ’75, hit over .300 four times and drove in at least 100 runs twice. He also holds the distinction of scoring the 1 millionth run in major league history.MLB-FINANCESMLBPA wants financial documents from owners — The IOC has set aside $800 million for loans and payments arising from the pandemic that forced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed. It is still unclear how big the total postponement bill will be with Olympic organizers and public authorities in Japan facing extra costs estimated to run into billions for the one-year postponement. A sum of $150 million is for loans to sports governing bodies and more than 200 eligible national Olympic committees. The IOC is working on how to allocate the other $650 million.— Major League Soccer is extending a league-wide moratorium on group and team training through June 1. Players are permitted to use outdoor team training fields for voluntary individual workouts, in compliance with local health authorities and government orders that were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts. Team training facilities remain closed to all players except those requiring medical treatment or rehabilitation.— The English Premier League has received government backing to resume next month if games become more accessible to fans and the world’s richest soccer competition provides financial support across the English game. The top division is the most advanced in its planning to restart amid concerns the three other professional football leagues in England could lack the funding to resume without ticket revenue from supporters. Mass gatherings are still banned and fans are not allowed to attend sports events.— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) soccer clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions per game when the season resumes on Saturday. The clubs in the top two German divisions have decided to accept the rule change allowed last week by the International Football Association Board. The change is meant to reduce the workload on players as the leagues pack their schedules to complete the season. Teams can make substitutions only at three breaks in the game and the league recommends making only two substitutions at once.— The German Football League has relaxed its stance on finishing the season by June 30, when some players’ contracts expire. Games could continue into July if the alternative is leaving the season unfinished at the end of June, it said in a statement. Some games could be moved to neutral venues if they can’t be played at the original stadium because of infection risks locally. The league delayed a decision on how to decide final standings if the season can’t be finished. Snell was slated to make $7 million this season, part of a five-year, $50 million package he accepted in February 2019.Snell won the American League Cy Young Award in 2018 after going 21-5 with a circuit-leading 1.86 ERA. Injuries limited him to 23 starts last year as he went 6-8 with a 4.29 earned run average.MLB-HOWE-CORONAVIRUSArt Howe battling coronavirusHOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. In other NHL news:— Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seventh months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. The procedure would preclude Simon from returning if the 2019-2020 NHL season resumes. The league is currently on “pause” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old Simon had seven goals and 15 assists in 64 games this season for Pittsburgh.OLYMPICS-BASKETBALL QUALIFYINGOlympic basketball qualifying for Tokyo Games rescheduledUNDATED (AP) — FIBA (FEE’-bah) says the final four men’s basketball spots in the 12-nation field for the Tokyo Olympics will be decided next summer. The Team Penske driver watched NASCAR’s chief scorer Kyle McKinney finally pluck the No. 1 ball out of a random draw, giving the 2012 series champion the top starting position when the Cup season resumes.Keselowski will be joined on the front row by Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports. Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch and Aric Almirola close out the top five starting spots.Series officials split the drivers into three groups of 12 based on points, filling spots 1-12, 13-24 and 25-36 with a random draw.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR plans to race its way through the South in June UNDATED (AP) — It will be a summer in the South for NASCAR. The stock car series says it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races, all without fans.NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races, including nine in the elite Cup Series. It is coming back after being shut down for more than two months by the pandemic.The Cup Series resumes this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Then NASCAR will go to Bristol, Martinsville, Atlanta, Homestead and Talladega.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The Cincinnati Reds are laying off less than 25% of their staff and reducing pay for others on June 1 in response to the pandemic. Cincinnati was among the majority of teams that committed to paying full-time employees through May. The move comes a day after The Associated Press was told the Miami Marlins are furloughing 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOBIT-BOB WATSONFormer MLB All-Star, GM and executive Bob Watson dead at 74UNDATED (AP) — Bob Watson, a two-time All-Star as a player who later became the first black general manager to win a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996, has died. He was 74. — The PGA Tour Champions has decided to combine 2020 and 2021 into one season. Tour president Miller Brady says combining two seasons into one is the best solution. The 50-and-older circuit already has canceled eight tournaments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to resume with the Ally Challenge in Michigan on July 31. That would be the first of 13 events remaining this year, barring any delays. The PGA Tour Champions already has lost two majors, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship, and is waiting to hear the fate of the Senior British Open.— NBC’s on-air sports personalities are taking a pay cut ranging from 5-10% through the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua says the pay cuts are voluntary. NBCUniversal executives are taking 20% pay cuts and those making more than $100,000 are seeing a 3% salary reduction.— ACC commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to distribute 98% of its projected revenues to member schools for this school year despite the shutdown of college sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA announced in March that it would distribute $225 million in June to 350 Division I schools after the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament, much less than the original plan of $600 million. But Swofford said the league has offset some losses in savings for canceled championship events as well as less travel and other expenses.— Orlando is the latest NBA team to reopen its practice facility since the coronavirus shutdown, with Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH’-uh-vihch) among the first Magic players to arrive back for voluntary workouts Thursday. The Magic released video of Vucevic working with assistant coach Lionel Chalmers, who was in a mask and gloves for the session. The NBA requires anyone who is present for the workouts, except for the player while he is working out, to be wearing personal protective equipment.— West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee is vowing that the Mountaineers will play football this fall. Despite uncertainly around the coronavirus pandemic, all Big 12 schools, including West Virginia, plan to open campuses for the fall semester, a key step toward launching fall sports. Gee joked in a radio interview that he would “suit up” if it meant the Mountaineers would play. MLB-NEWSRays’ Snell says he won’t take another pay cutST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A former Cy Young Award winner is balking.Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell says he won’t take the mound this year if his pay is cut further. He also has health concerns as Major League Baseball tries to salvage a season that has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Snell says he should receive the money he signed for and not 50% because the season is being cut in half. Snell would get $43,210 for each day of the schedule under the March 26 agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association. Update on the latest sports Riccardo Fraccari sees the one-year postponement of the games as a new opportunity for MLB. He tells The Associated Press that because of the damages from the coronavirus “baseball needs the Olympics now more than ever to boost the sport’s globalization, expansion and mass appeal.”MLB and its players’ association have so far only agreed to allow players not on 26-man active rosters or injured lists to take part in Olympic qualifying.PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CHARLOTTEPGA Championship returns to Charlotte’s Quail Hollow in 2025PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2025. NHL-NEWSCoyotes part ways with CEO Ahron CohenUNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes confirmed Thursday that they are parting ways with president and CEO Ahron Cohen.Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. FIBA has pushed back the dates for the four remaining qualifying tournaments to June 29 through July 4, 2021, meaning they would end 19 days before the rescheduled start of the delayed Tokyo Olympics.But it remains unclear if those final spots will be earned while an NBA season is happening or if NBA players will be able to take part.OLYMPICS-BASEBALLExtra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, againROME (AP) — The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation is making one final pitch to Major League Baseball to send its top stars to the Tokyo Olympics. May 15, 2020 Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, when a 24-year-old Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Patrick Reed by two shots to claim his first major championship.PGA officials raved about the 2017 event and strongly hinted at the time they’d like to see the PGA Championship return to Charlotte due to strong attendance numbers.This year’s PGA Championship was rescheduled for Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco because of the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
“We sincerely congratulate Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for this massive victory. It is indeed a call to service.“Emerging as one of the chosen few to rise to the level of leading one of the biggest economies in Africa is a massive achievement and an opportunity that can only come once in a life time.” he said.He said that the governor-elect was the only gubernatorial candidate that interfaced with the association and the general sports community in Lagos during his campaign.“As a sports family and key stakeholder in the sports industry, we must commend the governor-elect for being the only candidate who gave Sports development a special mention during his campaign.“Recognising sports as a key sector for a modern Lagos is something that is unprecedented and we are enthusiastic about what can be achieved in the next four years through sports,” the Lagos SWAN said.Oshundun pledged SWAN’s willingness to partner with Sanwo-Olu to take sports development to greater heights in the state.“We eagerly await a Lagos State of our dreams where grassroots sports development will play a major factor in youth empowerment,” he addedShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Lagos State Chapter, has congratulated the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on his victory at the polls.Lagos SWAN Chairman, Debo Oshundun, said in a statement yesterday said that Sanwo-Olu’s victory at the polls was a clear testament of the belief of Lagosians in the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate to take the state to the next level.Oshundun said the mandate to lead the Centre of Excellence for the next four years was a great opportunity for Sanwo-Olu to leave his footprints on the sands of time.
It’s been 16 years since an incoming freshman class has come into the University of Wisconsin’s men’s hockey program with the weight of a national championship title on its shoulders. Head coach Mike Eaves knew he needed a group of young men with high potential to add to an already elite team and was fortunate enough to sign nine of the top incoming freshmen in the nation.”We got some good players and we very much like the potential of the freshmen, that’s why we got them,” Eaves said. However, the team doesn’t expect the newcomers to come out looking like seniors on the ice by any means. “It’s important that they know it’s going to take a good half of a season before they reach their potential,” Eaves said. “So look for it around Christmas time.” But it’s the veteran players who are using their experience and leading the rookies in a good direction on and off of the ice.”The veterans are teaching us just like the coaches,” freshman forward Andy Bohmbach said. “They criticize us, but also praise us in everything that we do.” For Bohmbach, it has been senior Jake Dowell who has been pushing him on the ice so far.”He is the most intimidating player on the team right now because he’s been hitting me pretty hard in practice,” Bohmbach said.The big difference between college and high school hockey is the pace is faster, the players are stronger and there is little room for error. This is what has the rookies a bit nervous when it comes to the weekend opener at the Kohl Center, when the Badgers take on the North Dakota Fighting Sioux.”I am going to have a lot of butterflies in the first few minutes of the game this Friday,” freshman forward Mike Davies said. “Of course I will be nervous, but then there’s going to be a time when I have to forget about the 15,000 fans and just do what I came to do, which is play my game.”There may be a little less nervousness in Davies’ stomach this weekend, considering he already tallied his first two goals as a Badger in the season opener against Northern Michigan University last weekend. It came as a surprise to everyone, even the referee. “The ref came up to me and said ‘He’s only a freshman isn’t he?’ and I go ‘Yep,'” said Eaves. “I can’t even explain the feeling after my two goals,” said Davies. “All I wanted to do last weekend was get my feet wet and get a feel for the game, so I was shocked of course when I got one goal, but to get two. That was just awesome.” The opening series against Northern Michigan University was a success ending with a win and a tie, but some of the new guys are already looking forward to being a part of Wisconsin’s big rivalry games.”Not only am I looking forward to playing the Gophers, but I can’t wait for Boston College either,” Davies said. While the newcomers know working together and pushing for their best is their top priority at the moment, they recognize the pressure of coming to a team that is the reigning national champion.”We definitely have some big shoes to fill,” defenseman Jamie McBain said.No matter how big the shoes, Eaves and the upperclassmen know how much talent and skill the nine new freshmen will add to the team. Taking on new challenges, continuing to learn and improve and adapting to a new fast-paced game will hopefully lead to the day when these nine fresh faces can grasp the title of the NCAA National Hockey Champions themselves.
Published on November 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman UPDATED: Nov. 19 at 4:36 p.m.In a rematch of last year’s second-round NCAA tournament matchup, No. 8-seed Syracuse (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) hosts Dartmouth (9-4-5, 5-1-1 Ivy) Sunday at noon. The Orange comes off a first-round bye while the Big Green defeated St. Francis (Brooklyn), 1-0, in double overtime to advance to the second round.Here’s what you need to know about Dartmouth before the game.Last time they played: The Big Green scored first in last season’s NCAA tournament tilt when Justin Donawa slotted home a Matt Greer through ball just before the 30-minute mark. But just over three minutes later, Ben Polk scored his 11th goal of the season for Ian McIntyre’s side. Louis Cross netted the game-winner in the 55th minute to secure the win for SU. The Orange outshot Dartmouth by only one and took five more corner kicks in the victory.The Dartmouth report: The two sides have one common opponent from the regular season in Hartford, who lost to Syracuse, 2-0, and beat Dartmouth, 1-0. The Big Green finished tied for first in the Ivy League with Columbia but earned the conference’s lone NCAA tournament berth thanks to a win over the Lions in the regular season. There is no Ivy League tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNine players have scored for Dartmouth this season, compared to Syracuse’s 11. Noah Paravicini and Matt Danilack are tied for the team lead, with four goals apiece. Senior goalkeeper James Hickok has started 16 of Dartmouth’s 18 games, amassing an impressive .60 goals-against average while stopping more than 84 percent of the shots he faces.How Syracuse beats Dartmouth: The Big Green hasn’t allowed a goal in four games heading into Sunday’s matchup. A Syracuse offense that went through somewhat of a scoring drought during its late-season funk will need an early spark if it doesn’t want to fall behind against Dartmouth again. At the first round of the ACC tournament against Pittsburgh, that spark is most likely to come from team scoring leader Chris Nanco, whose two early tallies against the Panthers gave him six goals on the season. If Nanco can get going early and manufacture a handful of chances on net, the likelihood is at least one beats Hickok to give start the Orange on the right foot.Stat to know:385:26 – Time, in hours and minutes, since Dartmouth last allowed a goal, a second-half tally to Harvard on Oct. 29Player to watch: Matt Danilack, midfielder, No. 18The junior scored the game-winner in the first round against St. Francis to get the Big Green to SU Soccer Stadium. He leads the team with 13 points on four goals and a team-high five assists. Danilack has two goals and two assists in Dartmouth’s last four games, including a goal in each of the Big Green’s last two contests. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound midfielder will pose a physical challenge to SU’s smaller central midfielders in Jonathan Hagman and Sergio Camargo. The latter two will have to establish the middle of the field early on against the junior.CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this article, the game start time was reported as 2 p.m. The game time has since been changed due to weather concerns and the article has been updated accordingly. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Sebastian Aho, Carolina HurricanesIn just three years, the 21-year-old center blossomed into the Hurricanes’ franchise player. Netting a career-high 30 goals and 83 points, Aho was their leading scorer for the second-straight year. He was also led the Canes in points during their run to the 2019 Eastern Conference Final.Coming off his entry-level contract, Aho should receive a lucrative new deal. Following the Hurricanes’ playoff elimination last month, ESPN.com’s Emily Kaplan and Chris Peters speculated he could get around $7 million per season. On May 21, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reported both sides would prefer agreeing on a long-term deal sooner rather than later. For clubs in need of a young offensive center, Aho would be an enticing offer-sheet target. However, it’s doubtful anyone will make the attempt. Cap Friendly indicates the Hurricanes have over $54 million invested in 14 players, so assuming the salary cap reaches the projected $83 million, they’ll have more than enough room to match any offer. MORE: Point, Marner and the top restricted free agents in the Atlantic DivisionZach Werenski, Columbus Blue JacketsA Calder Trophy Finalist in 2017, Werenski established himself as a skilled puck-moving blueliner, as he and Seth Jones form the Jackets’ top defense pairing. In 2018-19, the 21-year-old exceeded the 40-point plateau (44) for the second time in his three NHL seasons. As an invaluable part of the Blue Jackets’ core, Werenski is expected to receive a significant raise on his next contract. How much could depend on several factors. On June 3, The Score’s Josh Wegman explained that the cost of potentially re-signing unrestricted free agent center Matt Duchene could affect how much Werenski gets, and the same can be said depending on how much Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Philadelphia’s Ivan Provorov get on their new deals. Wegman also suggested Werenski could ink an eight-year, $66-million deal with an annual average value of $8.25 million, and considering having an estimated $32 million in cap space, the Jackets can afford to carry that cost; so don’t expect a rival club to swoop in with an offer sheet for Werenski.Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny, Philadelphia FlyersThis duo is coming off their entry-level contracts and have become part of what should be a bright future for the Flyers. Provorov earned rave reviews for his play during his NHL debut in 2016-17, and even better, he followed up with an impressive 41-point sophomore campaign. This season, the 22-year-old defenseman saw a heavier workload, but his production slipped to 26 points. That could affect how much he gets on his next contract, but he should still receive a substantial pay raise. However, it’s not expected to be close to what Werenski could get in Columbus.Konecny has developed into a reliable top-six forward, and coming off back-to-back seasons of 24 goals and 47-or-more points, the 22-year-old has earned playing time on the Flyers’ top line.Those numbers and first-line minutes should earn Konecny a good pay raise. How much, however, could depend upon whether management sees him as a rising star or a complementary player alongside established talent like Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. MORE: Laine, Binnington and the top restricted free agents in the Central Division Jakub Vrana, Washington CapitalsAfter several seasons of development, Vrana enjoyed a breakout performance in 2018-19. With 24 goals and 47 points, the 23-year-old left wing was among the Capitals’ leading scorers. However, he was held scoreless as his club was bounced from the opening round of the 2019 playoffs.Still, Vrana’s regular-season numbers suggest better days ahead. It remains to be seen, however, if he gets a long-term deal or a short-term bridge contract. Washington’s limited salary-cap space (nearly $73 million invested in 16 players) could affect what he gets, and in turn, it could also make him a potential offer-sheet target. The NHL’s free-agent period begins on July 1, 2019, and a number of notable young stars are slated to become restricted free agents this summer. Some could even be hard to keep as they could receive competitive offer sheets from rival clubs.Between now and July 1, Sporting News will examine the NHL’s top RFA players. This week, we look at the Metropolitan Division.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) national football team beat Lichtenstein 5-0 in European Championship 2020 Qualifiers on Thursday evening in Zenica, a city located 70 kilometers northwest of the capital.At Bilino Polje stadium, the host team played offensively from the very first minute when Miralem Pjanic from the host team lofted a pass to Edin Dzeko, but he was in an offside position. The host team continued playing passes from one side to the otherand nine minutes later, Dzeko had a good chance to score, but missed the target.A minute later, with Dzeko’s assistance, Amer Gojak from the host team scores for 1-0.There was a new great chance to score for the host team in 24thminute when Edin Visca shot, but Liechtenstein goalkeeper defended.Dennis Salanovic from the visiting team made an attempt on goal, cutting inside the left before curling in a strike that Ibrahim Sehic from the host team caught in 38thminute. In 43rdminute, Lichtenstein had a great opportunity to score again when Salanovic shot, but missed the target, and three minutes later, Sandro Wieser from the visiting team missed the target.The second half saw early pressure from the host side, and the first attempt was in 47thminute when Pjanic raced onto a loose ball just outside the penalty area, but Daniel Kaufmann from the visiting team blocked. Ten minutes later, Nicolas Hasler from the visiting team attempted the goal, but missed it.In 80thminute, the ball bounced off two Liechtenstein players after Haris Duljevic shot and ended up in the net for 2-0. Five minutes later, Dzeko scores 3-0 for the host team, and two minutes later, Edin Visca from the host team attempted the goal and scored 4-0. Two minutes later, Gojak scores again for the host team for the final 5-0.In the group J, Italy is on the first place with 15 points, followed by Finland with 12 points and BiH with 7 points. The next match will be played against Armenia on Sept.8 in Yerevan.(Photo: Fena)
11 May 2017 Internationals target second team title England will target a second Nations Cup win in a week when the Irish women’s stroke play championship starts on Friday. Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb successfully teamed up with Sammy Fuller to take the honours at last weekend’s Welsh women’s stroke play – where Clews also won the individual title. Now, Clews and Lamb are joined by fellow international Georgia Price for their latest challenge at Co Louth Golf Club. All three players were in England’s winning team at the recent mixed international against Spain. Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) scored her biggest win to date when she won the Welsh women’s stroke play title by five shots. She has also won two top scratch events this season with a combined score of 20-under par. Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the British stroke play champion and shared 10th place at the Welsh championship and 15th in the Scottish stroke play. She finished in the top 10 at the Harder Hall Invitational in the USA. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).? Price, 23 (Bude & North Cornwall) tied seventh in Wales and 12th in the Scottish stroke play. She was runner up in the 2016 English stroke play and third in the British stroke play. The Irish championship is played over 54 holes from 12-14 May.