Boys soccer Lakers take Class B crown from Westhill

first_imgEach of the last three seasons, the Skaneateles boys soccer team had its season ended by Westhill in the Section III Class B playoffs – and then had to watch the Warriors claim the championship banner, plus a state title in 2019.With some dramatic flair, the Lakers finally reclaimed the top spot Monday night at Jamesville-DeWitt, edging Westhill 2-1 as it answered the Warriors’ lone goal late in the second half with one from Brendan Powers less than 90 seconds later.“We came through adversity and battled as a team,” said Powers. What made this particular championship remarkable was the relative youth of the Lakers’ roster (just three seniors) and the way it had struggled at the end of the regular season, dropping games to Cazenovia and CBA before the playoffs.Head coach Aaron Moss said that his players “went back to basics” before the playoffs started, and “put it all together at the right time”. He wasn’t kidding.After a first-round romp over Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Skaneateles upended no. 3 seed Marcellus and no. 2 seed Clinton in the next two rounds, each of them 1-0 shutouts. And this led to the title game against Westhill, where again the defense stood out. All through the game, the Lakers’ back line of Alex Arefyev, Will Pinckney, Andrew Moss and Gavin Cheney limited Westhill’s ability to generate good shots, quite unlike their 3-2 defeat to the Warriors in September.“They (the defenders) really communicate and work well with each other,” said Aaron Moss.On the other end, the Lakers were mostly kept quiet during an evenly played, 0-0 first half, and continued to probe in the second half until, in the 56th minute, a free kick brought the game to life.From 35 yards out, Arefyev drilled a low shot through the wind that eluded Westhill goalie Ian Prebish and crashed into the top of the net, putting Skaneateles in front 1-0.Undaunted by this, the Warriors picked up its pressure late. With 8:20 left, Andrew Neumann made a tremendous diving save on a one-timed shot, and for a moment it looked like a game-saver.But with 4:23 to play, a wild scramble in front of the Lakers’ net led to a handball from a Skaneateles player and a penalty kick that the Warriors’ Bo BenYehuda converted to tie it, 1-1.At that moment, said Powers, his team’s mental fortitude was challenged. “All year long we were saying that the most important muscle is our brain,” he said.So despite the stressful situation, the Lakers immediately pushed to break the tie. And with 3:05 left, when a shot from Owen Cheny could not get handled by Prebish, Powers slid the rebound just inside the right post.Hanging on from there, Skaneateles celebrated its first sectional title since 2015, and immediately turned its attention to the state tournament, where on Saturday it faces Section IV champion Oneonta in the regional final at Liverpool High School Stadium.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: boys soccerskaneatelesWesthilllast_img read more

iGB Affiliate announces schedule for Nordic Affiliate Conference (NAC – Stockholm)

first_img Share Related Articles Shona ODonnell, iGBiGB Affiliate (Clarion Gaming) provider of news and events for industry affiliate marketing and player acquisition services, has announced the schedule for the upcoming Nordic Affiliate Conference (NAC), which will feature many of the biggest names in Scandinavian gaming.Among the highlights of the two-day conference, which will be held at Stockholm’s Grand Hôtel between 6-7 April, will be panels on advertising and affiliate standards in the Nordics, an M&A masterclass and an analyst’s view of regulation in the region.The confirmed speakers include Better Collective’s business development director Marc Frank Pedersen, Danish Online Gambling Association CEO Morten Rønde and XLMedia CEO Ory Weihs.iGaming Business’ head of operations, Shona ODonnell, commented: “Launching our first dedicated, Nordics-focused affiliate event with such a blockbuster cast of speakers is hugely exciting, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Stockholm in April.“The Nordics have long set the standard for excellence in gaming, and with many of those leading this charge in attendance at NAC, the event will quickly become one of the most important dates on the calendar.”NAC will be hosted as a lounge-style event, enabling delegates to network in a more intimate and fluid way. The event will kick off with a welcome networking dinner on the evening of April 6. You can find out more, or register to attend the event here: http://po.st/wF6sEF. StumbleUpon Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues July 8, 2020 Submit Irish Greyhound Board orders Sportech Tote upgrade February 12, 2020 Share Stoiximan dominates first-ever Betarades Greek Bookmaker Awards January 24, 2020last_img read more

South Africa name squad for AFCON 2019

first_imgBafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has announced his squad to compete in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt, starting on 21 June.The first-ever 24-team tournament takes place in Egypt from 21 June to 19 July. South Africa have been drawn in Group D where they will face Morocco, Ivory Coast and Namibia.Bafana plays Ivory Coast in their first match on 24 June in Cairo, followed by Namibia at the same venue on 28 June. Their last round-robin match is against Morocco on 1 July.Bafana Bafana Squad for Afcon 2019:Goalkeepers: Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Ronwen Williams (Supersport), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs).Defenders: Daniel Cardoso (Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Wits), Innocent Maela (Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City ).Midfielders: Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Downs), Dean Furman (SS), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford), Tiyani Mabunda (Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse), Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates), Themba Zwane (Downs), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg), Ben Motshwari (Pirates), Keagan DollyStrikers: Lebo Mothiba (Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Downs), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Downs), Kermit Erasmus (CT City)Nikola Tavares (Crystal Palace) and Joel Unteresee (FC Zurich) are also part of the squad but are still waiting on passports before joining the rest of the team. Source: Eye Witness Newslast_img read more

Kotoko ever ready to defend league title: Opoku Nti

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Asante Kotoko Opoku Nti says they are ready for the start of the new premier league season. The Porcupine Warriors will open their title defence on January 18 away to the Dormaa stadium to play Aduana Stars.Kotoko have played high profile pre-season matches including a goalless draw with Togolese champions AC Semassa and a 2-0 win over AS Port. This the second consecutive time Kotoko will be playing the 2010 champions in their first match of the season and Opoku Nti believes they can defend their title.“We should be ready for the league, the league will start in about two weeks time and we are aware of the task ahead,” he told Joy sports“We played some high profile friendlies and I believe we have prepared so well to defend the title we won last season.” Last season, Kotoko beat Aduana 2-1 at the Sunyani Coronation Park due to a Ghana FA ban but lost the corresponding fixture 2-0 at Dormaa stadium on the final day of competition.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Kyler Murray unsure he’ll throw at scouting combine, report says

first_imgDrafted by the Athletics ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft, Murray is expected to go within the top 10 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Murray said he is training with his father, Kevin, for the combine. Related News Kyler Murray on being drafted by Cardinals: ‘That would be nice for sure’ Then there’s the 40-yard dash. Murray said Monday the last time he was officially timed a couple of years ago, he ran a 4.3. No quarterback prospect has ever run a 4.3 at the combine, and only 17 players in combine history have matched that speed. Bengals wide receiver John Ross set the record (4.22 seconds) at the 2017 combine.center_img Tim Tebow told top NFL, MLB prospect Kyler Murray to ‘follow his heart’ Kyler Murray said Monday he’s unsure if he’ll throw at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.Whether he participates in passing drills or not, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner will certainly be one of the most-watched prospects at the combine. One thing that will be closely monitored is his height measurement. He reportedly measured 5-9 7/8 last season at Oklahoma, according to an Oklahoma official.last_img read more

Purple & Bold: How should Lakers exercise load management with their stars?

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Friday, Nov. 8 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The 2019-20 NBA season syllabus, which began with a chapter on global politics, has moved onto one on sport physiology. This lesson is titled: Load Management.Most of the discussion so far has been focused on Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, who’s twice missed the nationally televised front end of a back-to-back with what, the league revealed Thursday, is “an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee.”Of course, Clippers coach Doc Rivers previously characterized Leonard’s “load management (knee)” absences as an injury-prevention strategy — which would’ve been against NBA rules meant to keep teams from resting healthy players in high-profile games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd yes, that’s all Clippers business, but Lakers fans might want to pay attention, you could be quizzed on this later: Frank Vogel and his staff are going to want to keep LeBron James (who is averaging 35 minutes) and Anthony Davis (34.7 minutes) as healthy and as fresh as possible, too.“We’re going to play every night to win with great importance placed on that game, and within playing manageable minutes where guys are being managed for the long haul,” Vogel said at a practice before the season began.Managing for the long haul might include, say, a game off to recover from the unavoidable nicks that afflict every player?The Lakers have 12 back-to-back sets of games this season, including their first Nov. 12 in Phoenix against the surprising Suns and then Nov. 13 at home against the floundering Golden State Warriors — the latter of which will be broadcast by ESPN.Theoretically, the Lakers would be better served by having their stars in the lineup for a road game against a good team than for a home game against a depleted, unimposing opponent. The network, on the other hand, would be better served by having at least the Lakers’ stars on the court for its broadcast. Or consider the consecutive games in New York, on Jan. 22 against the Knicks and Jan. 23 at Brooklyn — the latter to air on TNT. James appreciates playing at Madison Square Garden, so he might not want to miss that one. But the TNT folks wouldn’t appreciate him missing their end of back to back.To sit or not to sit, that question, either way, is going to elicit a range of opinion. And if it happens, there will be predictable stages of reaction.There will be outrage: “You’re paid to play 82 games.”There will be acceptance: “In order to show up, you have to be healthy and available,” said the L.A. Sparks’ Chiney Ogwumike on ESPN, talking about managing her own injuries. There will be confusion: What does “load management” even mean? “I don’t know where load management always means taking games off,” said Portland coach Terry Stotts, who hasn’t circled any games on the schedule to sit Damian Lillard or CJ McCollum. “We have a health and performance staff, we got all the analytics and studies and we’re very aware — if you want to call it load — we’re very aware of each player’s load, and we manage that. So I guess that’s load managing.”There could be punishment: The NBA fined the Clippers $50,000 for adding to the consternation with inconsistent reports in public and to the league about Leonard’s unavailability.And there will be results: Leonard, who led Toronto to a title last season after playing only 60 regular-season games, again looked “well-rested,” as Stotts put it, scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 107-101 victory Thursday. In seven games so far, Leonard is averaging a league-best 13.5 points in the final period.All that could be on the test, because when Vogel says the Lakers will consider “every way we can” to keep the 34-year-old James healthy, that certainly pertains to minimizing minutes in practice, and you might also want it to pertain to minimizing minutes in competition.— Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingGlass half full – Avery Bradley is questionable, but he’s looking at it “a little more on the positive side.”Talk is cheap – So Dwight Howard’s walk is saying everything.Get to know Quinn Cook – He’s a role player with championship perspective.How ‘bout them Lakers!?! – Understudies steal the show in a thrilling fourth-quarter rally in Chicago.“I mean, I am a free agent next year” – WYD A.D.?The kids from Akron – The LeBron James Family Foundation announced the I Promise Village, a transitional housing program in his beloved hometown.D-FENCE! – “We don’t get out of the way. We get in the way.” That splat you heard? – Mark Heisler writes about the fall of the recently mighty Warriors.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Brenda Williams Appointed to National Women United Board

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyBrenda Williams, owner of TAGS Awards and Specialties and an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Thurston County, has been appointed to the board of the national United Way Worldwide Women United.Olympia business owner and community volunteer Brenda Williams has been appointed to serve on the board of the national United Way Worldwide Women United.  She is the first woman from Washington State to be appointed to this countrywide board. Williams, who is co-owner of TAGS Awards and Specialties, and an active member of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Thurston County, has lived in Olympia since 1993. Her interest in women’s issues started when she attended the all-women Smith College.“Representing not only Olympia, but the entire Northwest on this national stage is an honor and a privilege,” notes Williams. “I am eager to share what we have been working on in Thurston County as well as learn about other projects across the nation and bring those ideas back home.”“Brenda’s local leadership has been essential to the success of the Women’s Leadership Council,” states Patricia Hart, Development Director at United Way of Thurston County. “We are thrilled to have her representing us at the national level.” About Women’s Leadership CouncilThe United Way Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), also known as Women United, isa global network of more than 70,000 women in 155 communities across six countries, all dedicated to improving lives and creating stronger communities. Nationally, these women make up the single most successful organization of its kind. Since its inception in 2002, the Women’s Leadership Council has raised more than $1 billion to drive real and lasting change. The contributions of these women leaders go well beyond financial donations: they get involved, shake things up and make a measurable difference in their own backyard and around the world. Women’s Leadership Council members speak up, unite and take action on issues that hit closest to home-by giving, advocating and volunteering. Members’ ages, ethnic backgrounds, professions and interests are diverse. The one common denominator is a belief in the power of community change: by working together to take on complex challenges, we all benefit. Beyond making an annual financial contribution, members invest their time, professional expertise and talent to advance causes they care passionately about, while connecting with other powerful, committed women in the community. The United Way Women’s Leadership Council aims to be the most recognized, esteemed and flourishing network of its kind, maximizing the contribution of women to the Council and their communities on all levels-local, national and global.last_img read more

LOCALS BEN’S DUCHESS & RATTATAPTAP FACE SHARP EASTERN SHIPPERS BIRDATTHEWIRE, CAVORTING & HOT CITY GIRL AS FIELD OF 10 FILLIES CONTEST WIDE-OPEN GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES OPENING DAY, DEC. 26

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2015)–Saturday’s Opening Day Grade I La Brea Stakes, which has attracted a field of ten 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, looms a wide open affair as it’s comprised of five locally-based runners and as many well-accomplished Eastern shippers. First run at Santa Anita in 1974, this year’s lineup includes no less than five graded stakes winners.Idle since winning the Grade III LA Woman Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, trainer John Sadler’s Ben’s Duchess, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings, is at the top of her game, having earned a career-high 100 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., she’ll again be handled by Joe Talamo.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Rattataptap cuts back in distance off a smashing 4 ½ length allowance score on Nov. 21 at Del Mar and will be bidding for her first graded stakes victory. A grey daughter of Tapit, she’s owned by Mark DeDomenico, Jerry Durant, LLC, and Michael House.A winner of the prestigious Grade I Test Stakes going seven furlongs on Aug. 8 at Saratoga, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s Cavorting has three graded stakes wins to her credit and looms the horse to beat in the La Brea. A winner of five of eight starts, the Kentucky-bred filly by Bernardini is by far the leading money earner in the field with $902,000 on deposit.Idle since running fourth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths in the Grade I, seven furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland Oct. 31, Cavorting will retain the services of Irad Ortiz Jr., who has ridden her in all of her eight previous races.An 8 ¼ length winner of the seven furlong Safely Kept Stakes on Nov. 14 at Laurel, trainer Linda Rice’s Hot City Girl was a handy 2 ½ length winner of the Grade III Charles Town Oaks going seven furlongs on Sept. 19 and enters the La Brea on the heels of a three-game winning streak for Lady Sheila Stable. A New York-bred daughter of City Zip, she has two wins and a second from four starts at seven furlongs.Trainer Dale Romans’ Birdatthewire, who is winless in three starts since taking the Grade II,       1 1/16 miles Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 28, is undefeated in her lone try at the La Brea distance, as she annexed Gulfstream’s Grade II Forward Gal Stakes on Jan. 24. A Kentucky-bred filly by Summer Bird, she’s owned by Forum Racing IV.Third, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos a year ago, Bob Baffert’s Maybellene has been idle since running second, beaten a neck (and subsequently placed first via DQ) in the 1 1/16 miles Sunland Park Oaks March 22. Owned by his wife, Natalie, Maybellene is well-seasoned, with an overall mark of 10-3-1-2.The complete field for the Grade I La Brea, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 120; Hot City Girl, Jose Ortiz, 118; Cavorting, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 123; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Lily Pod, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 118; Rattataptap, Tyler Baze, 118; Pleasant Tales, James Graham, 118; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 118, and Finest City, Gary Stevens, 118.                  First post time on Opening Day is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. –30–last_img read more

Violent gang crime down 12% in city

first_img“There is a fear in their mind, a knowledge that someone is looking over their shoulder,” said Valley Bureau Cmdr. Valentino Paniccia. Since January, the FBI has assigned 50 agents to Southern California to tackle gang crime in some of the most violent areas, including South Los Angeles. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deployed 80 agents throughout the Southland to focus on gang crime by illegal immigrants. And the City Attorney’s Office began work this week to prosecute gang members. Since January, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo also has unveiled three new gang injunctions in northeast and central Los Angeles. “This effort is larger than anything that I have ever seen before,” said George Cardona, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District. But in some neighborhoods not policed by the 50-officer task force, crime remains higher than last year and residents complain of a spillover effect. Immigration officials have deployed dozens of agents across Southern California to combat gang violence, including a 10-member squad in the San Fernando Valley, officials said Wednesday. And local officials cited the stepped-up coordination by federal and state law enforcement agencies as one reason behind a 12 percent drop in violent gang crime citywide in the past three months, though the Valley has shown no improvement after a 40 percent surge last year. “It’s clear our suppression strategy is effective and on target,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a meeting to discuss his two-month-old plan to combat gangs. “We all recognize we still have a lot of work to do.” So far, immigration officials say they have made only a handful of arrests. But the Los Angeles Police Department said other efforts – including establishing a 50-officer task force in the Valley and placing probation officers inside police gang units – have put criminals on notice. “They are working so hard in other parts of the Valley, my feeling is that we are forgotten,” said Mary Ellen Crosby, a member of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council. Crosby said gang members hang out in front of her home and tag a nearby park. “It never used to be this bad,” she said. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Staunton up for some villainy

first_img – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton wasn’t exactly flattered when a friend first suggested she’d be perfect for the part of Harry Potter’s first female nemesis, Dolores Umbridge. “I read the book, and Umbridge is described as a short, ugly, toadlike woman,” Staunton told Newsweek. “I thought, `Oh, thanks very much.”‘ But Staunton ended up playing the villainess as an “apple-cheeked schoolmarm – drenched in pink angora,” the magazine says. In “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth movie based on the J.K. Rowling series, Umbridge is a new teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry bent on restricting free thought. Staunton, who was nominated for a best-actress Academy Award for playing Vera Drake in the eponymous 2004 movie, says the Potter role is no joke. “You may think that it’s just a bunch of hand-waving, but there’s a lot of proper acting going on,” she said. – Associated Press No culture is an island The notion of cultural purity is a dead end, said famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was born in Paris to Chinese parents and came to the United States as a child prodigy. Ma’s internationally recruited Silk Road Ensemble involves instruments such as Indian sitars, Islamic ouds, and Chinese erhu, suona and pipa and has filled museums with works from Azerbaijan, Iran, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. “I have this theory that I share with (Art Institute of Chicago president) Jim Cuno,” Ma told The Associated Press in Chicago. “It’s that nothing great was ever produced in isolation.” last_img