Smith Excited For Elite Eight Series At Home

first_imgFor the 17-year-old, who lives in Port Macquarie, the opportunity to play in the inaugural Elite Eight series in her home city for the New South Wales Country Mavericks is a very exciting prospect.  “It will be a great opportunity to play at home in front of the home crowd and hopefully they get behind me. It will just be a great experience at home with the Elite Eight,” Smith said. “It’s pretty exciting and it’s a big honour to play with some of the players around me. It’s going to be a great experience over the week and I’m really looking forward to it.”Smith is the youngest player in the Mavericks line-up and the opportunity to play with a number of Australian Women’ Open representatives from other country areas is something she is very grateful for. “There are a fair few Aussie players in there (the team) and some that are vying for (World Cup) selection. Players like Nicole Beck and Ash Dobbins, they are pretty good players and watching them perform at training has been pretty exciting. Growing up I’ve been watching them and it’s going to be a really good experience to play beside them because they are really top athletes and know the game really well so it should be a good experience.”Smith recently represented the Australian 18’s Girls team that defeated New Zealand 3-0 at the Youth Trans Tasman series in Canberra in January. She says that it was a great experience, and says her game has definitely benefitted after playing against the Kiwis.“It was probably the best experience I’ve ever had playing Touch Football. I worked pretty hard to try and get into the team. I didn’t think I’d make it after I broke my finger last year but the coach gave me saying I got in and it was just unreal and it was an experience that I’ll never forget. Winning it with the girls was pretty outstanding and I could do it again!”“There was a lot of people there supporting me and players like Louise Winchester, who I really look up to was on the sideline giving us pointers. I think that really helped our team a lot. The coach and assistant coach were really good support, just everyone in general did a really good job.”The Mavericks have been touted as one of the favourites to take out the Women’s Elite Eight title due to their impressive line-up on paper, but Smith and her side are taking it in their stride. “Everyone is saying that we are the team to watch out for but it’s the Elite Eight and it’s a tournament where everyone is going to be good all over the park. It’s going to be hard whoever we come up against, it’s just going to come down to who is the best on the day I guess.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information throughout the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League, from websites to social media, by clicking on the following links:NTL website – www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comTFA website – – Twitter – – read more

Kentucky Basketball: Potential No. 1 Pick Karl-Anthony Towns Fulfilling “Childhood Dream” Of Appearing On Sport Science

first_imgSportsScience basketball floor with logo.IG/karltownsLater this month, Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns may be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. We have to imagine that is some serious dream fulfillment for him. Before that happens, Towns will have another dream come true—he is set to appear on ESPN’s Sport Science, based on a recent Instagram post.We’re just going to go ahead and say it: this makes us feel VERY old. Sport Science began in 2007, and didn’t come to ESPN until 2010, when Towns was just 14 years old. Sorry for making this too real.last_img read more

2016 ACC Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

first_imgMalcolm Brogdon brings the ball up the floor during ACC Tournament.GREENSBORO, NC – MARCH 16: Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers bring the ball up court against Tyler Thornton #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the championship game of the 2014 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Madness is almost here! After Saturday’s regular season finale, the bracket for the ACC Tournament has officially been set. The event kicks off at noon on Tuesday, March 8, with 12-seed N.C. State vs. 13-seed Wake Forest. North Carolina claims the No. 1 seed, and will face the winner of Pittsburgh and Syracuse on Thursday, while Virginia is the No. 2 seed, and will take on the Clemson-Georgia Tech winner. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers are both in contention for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Ticket information is available here.Here is the full bracket:2016 acc tournament bracket Every ACC Tournament game will be available on either ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the ACC Network.Favorite: North Carolinaunc logoThe Tar Heels captured the ACC regular season title, beating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night. Roy Williams’ squad has a talented assemblage of frontcourt talent, led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson, who averages 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He is joined by Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, to make up one of the deepest forward rotations in the country. Marcus Paige leads the way for UNC’s guards. He’s taken a bit of a backseat this season, averaging just 12 points a game after scoring over 17 per game in 2013-14, and over 14 last season. He provides excellent leadership, and is a clutch performer. The Tar Heels haven’t been perfect this season, and have had some close calls in ACC play, but with their depth and talent, they are the definite favorite in this year’s tournament.Sleeper: DukedukeCalling Duke a “sleeper” is probably a tough sell, but this year’s edition of the Blue Devils is definitely not a vintage Mike Krzyzewski team. The team hit a real swoon at mid-season, and fellow out of the Top 25 altogether, but in recent weeks it has rebounded to become a very dangerous outfit. Guard Grayson Allen is the latest in a long line of classic Duke heels, and he backs it up with his play. He averages 21.5 points per game this season. Rangy freshman forward Brandon Ingram is a dynamic player, who is a likely Top 5 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. With the loss of Amile Jefferson for the season, the Blue Devils don’t have much depth, which is the team’s main issue. However, if Allen, Ingram, and the rest of the team gets hot, it can absolutely make a run in the post-season.last_img read more

Resource shares provide lift to Toronto stock index American counterparts down

first_imgTORONTO – Mining and energy stocks helped move Canada’s largest stock index higher on Friday, as U.S. markets fell into the red a day after making their biggest gain in two months.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 63.20 points to 15,998.57. Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) and Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE) had some of the biggest advances, up more than five per cent and six per cent respectively at the closing of markets.“Toronto is up today largely because the U.S. dollar is down, which has the price of gold and oil higher, which broadly affects the Canadian market,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.The January crude contract climbed US$1.36 to US$56.71 per barrel while the December gold contract soared US$18.30 to US$1,296.50 an ounce.Canadian oil stocks were somewhat tempered by news that TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota on Thursday, Levine noted.While state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems, the timing of the incident couldn’t be worse. Thursday’s spill comes four days before Nebraska is set to vote on whether TransCanada can go ahead with its XL pipeline, which would take a more direct route than the existing Keystone pipeline. Shares of the energy company (TSX:TRP) were down 59 cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $62.54.South of the border, U.S. stock indexes were mostly lower on Friday as technology companies, including Microsoft, lagged the market.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100.12 points to 23,358.24. The S&P 500 index edged down 6.79 points to 2,578.85 and the Nasdaq composite index lost 10.50 points at 6,782.79.“The market has been on a down trend so far this month pretty much, and yesterday was a big rebound day, but you could say it’s just resuming its down trend,” said Levine. “There’s no real fundamental reason other than valuations got ahead of themselves and they’re just trying to normalize here a bit.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.23 cents US, down 0.23 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.10 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added two cents at US$3.07 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Cong to sound Lok Sabha poll bugle from Modi’s home state

first_imgAhmedabad/New Delhi: The Congress is set to give final shape to its strategy for Lok Sabha elections at its working committee meeting in Ahmedabad on Tuesday and will sound the poll bugle from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, party leaders said.The day-long meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s highest decision-making body, assumes significance as it comes barely two days after declaration of poll schedule for the general elections. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sources said the Congress is seeking to give a strong political message to the entire nation from the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, with the party leadership scheduled to hold a prayer meeting Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, followed by the CWC meet at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel national memorial there. The CWC meeting is being held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. It was last held in the state at Bhavnagar in 1961. The party will also hold a public meeting in Adalaj in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat with the slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is also likely to address this meeting in her first public rally after entering politics. Patidar leader Hardik Patel, who shot to fame by spearheading a quota stir in the state and is set to fight the Lok Sabha polls, will also join Congress at the meeting in presence of the party chief Rahul Gandhi. Besides giving final shape to its Lok Sabha election strategy, the party will demand answers from Prime Minister Modi and the BJP on what they call “failures” and “unfulfilled” promises of the government.last_img read more

Russia opposes US plan for more NATO ships in Black Sea

first_imgMoscow: A US proposal to send more NATO ships to the Black Sea to ensure safe passage for Ukrainian vessels and deter Russia is viewed “negatively” in Moscow, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Washington has been working on a package to boost surveillance and deploy more NATO vessels to the Black Sea after a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year, the US ambassador to NATO said. The measure was expected to be discussed during talks by NATO foreign ministers in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USRussian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin viewed such a proposal “negatively”. “We do not understand what they mean by this. The situation with the Kerch Straight and navigation there is well known,” he told reporters. Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Grushko told Russian news agencies the plan would only lead to “increased military risks” in the region. “If additional military and technical measures are needed from our side, we will adopt them,” Interfax news agency quoted Grushko as saying. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMost alliance members share concerns about Russia which backs separatists in a smouldering conflict in eastern Ukraine that has so far claimed some 13,000 lives. In November, Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, capturing two dozen sailors near the Kerch Strait, as they tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea. It was the first open military clash between Kiev and Moscow since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea and a pro-Russian insurgency erupted in eastern Ukraine. “We are going to make sure that we have the capability to deter a very aggressive Russia,” US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told reporters on Tuesday. She said the US package was designed “to assure that there is a safe passage for Ukrainian vessels through the Kerch Strait.” Observers say that an increased NATO presence in the region is one of Russia’s worst nightmares. Putin has openly said that Moscow’s decision to take over Crimea was partly motivated by NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe. Peskov did not say Wednesday whether Russia would in fact allow NATO ships to pass through the Azov Sea. “A decision will be made when there is such a request,” the Kremlin spokesman said. The West has accused Moscow of illegally blocking access to the Sea of Azov, used by both Russia and Ukraine. A NATO spokesman declined to comment on the US ambassador’s remarks but pointed to comments by Stoltenberg on Monday when he outlined plans to increase the alliance presence in the Black Sea. Stoltenberg said NATO would step up port visits as well as exercises and training with Ukraine and Georgia.last_img read more

Sunny Side Up

first_imgYou have worked for seven years in the industry. What were your perceptions about the Hindi film industry before you became a part of it, and how much has it changed over the years? My perceptions about the film industry were in line with the picture that my parents had painted for me. We saw a girl wearing a mini-skirt in the movies, but I was not allowed to wear a mini-skirt. When you are entering a new entertainment industry, it is always very, very different. It is completely different from your perception of what it is actually going to be like. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerI also think that people’s perception of me is not always correct and my perceptions, obviously, were not correct either. I thought everybody was going to hate me and I would not be able to work here. I thought I would work here for a couple of weeks and then fly back to the US. But I am still here! (Laughs) Your last film, Tera Intezaar, released in 2017. Was it a deliberate decision to stay away from films in the last two years because you wanted to concentrate on your digital project, Karenjit Kaur? Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upWell, that did take up a lot of time and energy. It was not something that was done on purpose; it just happened that way. I also came up with my cosmetic line. There are so many other things that Daniel (Weber) and I do, that my team does, other than films. After the last few films, Daniel and I thought let us stop for a second and evaluate some of the wrong decisions we may have taken. We only have each other; we have no one else helping us and the options out there are not always as vast for us as they may be for someone who comes from a film background or for someone who is really amazing at being a social butterfly (Laughs). They are so social and good at meeting people! I am not that person. I try to be but I fail at it miserably. I have a few films that are going to come out this year, for which I will start shooting. So, we will see how it goes! What made you think you were going wrong somewhere? The box office numbers! It is very simple. I am a numbers person; I always have been. When certain things were not working out, I wanted to look at why they were not. I believe that most actors know if their films are going to work. It’s a feeling you get. We had no idea what was going wrong. Like I said, I have no one who could tell me about the person I should be going to. There are times when people say they are going to do something but they deliver something completely different. What I read on paper and what I then see as a film are very different from each other. That is something I cannot control. As a person, as a human being and as an actor, I have to believe that the people I am working with have the same intentions as I do, the same goals that I want to achieve, and have genuine intentions to make something amazing. I am not the producer; I am the actor that you have hired, who believes that a story is nice when read on paper before someone gives an elaborate, detailed narration. Sometimes, a narration is completely different from the story that I read (Chuckles). This is fair enough because some people are great storytellers but that does not always necessarily translate into something that looks good as a film. So you have experienced a sad Friday? I have had many. If nothing else, I have learnt so much from some of my choices of films but, more than anything else, what has come from the good and the bad or the sad Friday and a happy Friday, is so much more. Between all the businesses and things that Daniel and I have our hands in, there have been so many positive things that I can say. There have been many more good Fridays than sad ones. (Smiles). So, coming to Karenjit Kaur, was it emotionally taxing to bring your personal story out into the public domain? Oh, absolutely! It was not easy. But when I read it on paper, I felt it would not be all that tough. All stories that are in both these seasons are real stories. Those are real things and situations. In a lot of different places, we have real dialogue. Those were the things that my family actually had said to me or I had said to them or conversations with my brother and friends. There are a lot of those conversations in the film that are real. I am not saying all of them are real but what I am saying is there are sections that stayed pretty much the same. Yes, it was extremely difficult. It was hard. It wasn’t fun. It took me a long time to snap out of it and not be depressed and sad. In between all that, I had three kids and, as a mother, you cannot be sad, upset or depressed around your kids. You cannot harbour feelings like that, especially when you are in front of them. There are times when all you want to do is crawl into a corner and cry at the end of the day. So, yeah, it was emotionally very draining.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey drops regular season finale against Michigan

OSU redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) runs with the ball while being trailed by California players during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Copy Chief Three goals were enough for Michigan to take down the Ohio State field hockey team on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the regular season finale.The victory is the No. 11 Wolverines’ (15-3, 7-1) ninth straight win and third straight shutout this season.  The loss drops the Buckeyes to .500 for the season and conference play.OSU (9-9, 4-4) was unable to break through Michigan’s stout defense, but even with the loss, the Buckeyes finish their season in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro had a busy day as the Wolverines outshot the Scarlet and Gray 19-1. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native was faced with an array of shot attempts all game long. She tallied eight total saves on the night.A little more than 11 minutes into the game, Michigan freshman forward Emma Way struck first with a rebound off a penalty corner shot. For the remainder of the half, the Buckeyes’ defense stood tall and stunted Michigan’s attempts.Nearing halftime, OSU had a window of opportunity to level the match after Michigan senior back Lauren Thomas was called for a 10-minute yellow card, meaning the Buckeyes had a one-player advantage. Four minutes later when senior midfielder Jaime Dean committed a foul, OSU had a two-player advantage but even with it, the Buckeyes could not tie the game.The Scarlet and Gray kept its deficit to just one goal for much of the second half, but with 12 minutes left on the clock, the wheels began to fall off for OSU.Thomas — back from her yellow card — converted from the top of the circle. Then redshirt senior back Mackenzie Ellis scored the game-clinching goal on a rebound off a corner shot a mere three minutes later.With the regular season in the books, OSU will begin to prepare for its opening-round matchup against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes fell to the Wildcats 2-0 on Oct. 23 in their only meeting this season. The rematch — which is the first of the tournament — is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. read more

Lopetegui Ramos will miss Real Madrids Champions League match

first_imgReal Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui announced that Sergio Ramos will not feature in tonight’s Champions League game at CSKA MoscowThe Real captain sustained a small cut in Saturday’s 0-0 derby draw with city rivals Atletico Madrid, although Lopetegui insists that Ramos is simply being rested for tonight.“He’s played 125 minutes more than anyone else and I’ve decided to rest him for this one. There are times when you have to rest, so as to be able to feature in the other games. His hamstrings will thank him for the rest,” said Lopetegui on the club website.Los Blancos are now hoping to put a terrible week behind them by following up their 3-0 win over AS Roma a fortnight ago with another three points at Moscow.But Lopetegui will not be taking last season’s Russian Premier League runners-up lightly.“It’ll be a really tough game against a side of real pedigree. We’ll overcome the challenges with the players that we’ve got available,” he said.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We’re up against a side that are on a really good run and who managed to beat Viktoria Plzen. We’ll have to see how they set up tomorrow. They usually go with a five-man backline but they’re capable of switching to four at the back.“They’ve got some top players, the likes of [Alán] Dzagoev, and tomorrow they’re sure to put in a big performance”.The match between CSKA and Real will take place at the VEB Arena with kick-off to start at 21:00 (CEST).🏟🇷🇺 Final preparations at the scene of tomorrow’s big match! #RMUCL— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) October 1, 2018last_img read more