It was as close as a game can be — the first half, at least.The second half, not so much.After taking a slim 26-24 lead into halftime the No. 2 Fortuna Huskies boys’ basketball team failed to make a single field goal in the third quarter as the No. 1 Branson Bulls outscored Fortuna 18-2 in the third en route to a 63-43 win in the North Coast Section Division-IV championship game, tallying the team’s third straight section championship and its 11th in program history, Friday night at the …
Touch Football Australia have finalized appointments of the National Youth Coaching personnel across the six divisions to be contested at the 2009 Youth World Cup.Fresh from the retention of the World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa two weeks ago, Touch Football Australia’s High Performance staff have resolved to keep building the High Performance Program at both Open and Youth level to increasing heights of professionalism and endeavour in order for Australia to command top spot on the International scene in the future.The loss of the Champion Nation status at the Youth World Cup in 2005 prompted an over haul in philosophy and practice, with the establishment of the National Youth Development Squads in 2006 the first step in a more professional approach to representative Touch at Youth level that sees the Youth program more closely aligned with the well established National Training Squad Program at Open level. The three current Australian Open Assistant Coaches have been appointed as Head Coaches of the respective 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Teams, whilst the 18 Years Head Coaches boast previous World Cup victories at Youth or Open level.Assistant Coaches have been appointed in all six divisions and the coaches appointed in these divisions are amongst the brightest coaching talent in the game.The Men’s 20 Years coaching staff will be headed up by current Australian Open Men’s Assistant Coach Peter Robinson, fresh from his involvement in Australia’s recent World Cup victory over New Zealand in Stellenbosch. Robinson will be ably assisted by 2005 20 Years Men’s Youth World Cup Assistant coach Michael Lovett, and the accomplished John Singh.Australia’s Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup and the Assistant Coach of the all conquering World Champion Australian Women’s team, Dean Russell, will ably take the reins of the Women’s 20’s and will form a strong coaching team with the experienced Steve Hughes, and New South Wales 2006 State of Origin Open Women’s Assistant Coach, Nick Smith. Karley Banks, current Australian Open Mixed Assistant Coach will be looking to put invaluable experience gleaned at the recent World Cup to good use by building a strong Mixed culture that will have long term benefits for the Open program with a coaching team consisting of 2005 Australian 18 Years Mixed Youth World Cup winning Assistant Coach Peter Shefford, and the knowledgeable and experienced Simon Hausler from Brisbane Cobras in Queensland.Australia’s 2005 Women’s 20s World Cup winning Coach Kathy O’Brien breaks new ground with her appointment as the 18 Years Australian Boys Coach. The experienced and accomplished O’Brien will lead a coaching team comprising the well respected Barry Jackson, and the wily Rick Luland who has had enormous success at National Touch League Level with the Northern Eagles in recent years in the 20 Years Men’s division.Australia’s most successful World Cup Coach in history and TFA Hall of Fame member Peter Bell has made a welcome comeback to the representative coaching ranks to guide the Australian 18 Years Girls team to the 2009 Youth World Cup. Bell, who has remained active in serving on numerous coach management teams at State and National level and has been guiding the Queensland Open Schoolgirls in recent years and setting up the Touch School of excellence at Cavendish Road State High School, will be an invaluable asset to the Australian cause to regain the World Youth Cup from our Trans-Tasman rivals.Bell will have 2005 20 Years Women’s Youth World Cup Winning Assistant Coach Jacky Patrick on board as an able Assistant Coach for the new campaign that will allow Australia’s best up and coming female players to access a level of technical and tactical prowess that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their playing careers.Michael Mc Donald, fresh from coaching the Australian Men’s 35s Team to a World Cup title in South Africa will look to go back to back Youth World Cup victories when he takes charge once again of the 18 Years Mixed Australian Team.Mc Donald will form a strong combination with well-rounded right hand man Wade Jenkins, and experienced Canberra-based Coach Danny Goodwin who will make his International coaching debut after serving a long apprenticeship at NTL Youth level.The National Youth Coaching Teams have the opportunity to build their squads, teams, strategies, and campaigns over an extended period leading up to the 2009 Youth World Cup.Increased opportunities for training, building team combinations and continuity, providing experiences and pathways towards the Open programs, and quality game play for the Youth aspect of the High Performance sector presents an unmissable opportunity for Australia to build a framework for the future to bankroll continued success at International level.
OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team started its in-conference season on the right foot with a 10-9 win over Michigan in snowy Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday. The hard-fought battle between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines allowed OSU to improve to 10-1, setting the program record with eight consecutive wins and the best start to a season.Senior attackman Cian Dabrowski led the Buckeyes with three goals on the day, while sophomore attackman Molly Wood and junior midfielder Paulina Constant each contributed two.OSU trailed 3-1 in the first half, but the defense held the Michigan attack while the offense tied it up with consecutive goals from Dabrowski and Wood. The Buckeyes led 4-3 going into halftime when senior attackman Rainey Hodgson found Wood for the score with two minutes left.The Buckeyes lost the lead again after the intermission, though, trailing 6-5 with 21 minutes left. But the Buckeyes clicked from there.Over the next 12 minutes, OSU scored five consecutive goals to give it a 10-6 lead. Constant started the trend with an unassisted goal with under 19 on the clock before Dabrowski and Hodgson added one each. With 10 minutes left, freshman midfielder Mackenzie Maring got into the action by scooping up a rebound from Wood’s shot to make it 9-6. Constant then added the 10th and final goal about a minute later.It certainly seemed like with the four-goal lead and all the momentum in the Buckeyes’ favor, the game was pretty well at hand. But, desperately trying to defend its home turf against its archrival, Michigan clawed back to make it a game again.The Wolverines notched three goals over the final seven minutes, the last of which put them one goal behind the Buckeyes with 23 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Dabrowski came in clutch with a draw control to help OSU run out the clock and hold on to the victory. Senior goalkeeper Katie Fredrick made four saves on the day.OSU beat Michigan for the fourth consecutive time, and the Wolverines fell to 5-7 on the season and 0-1 in Big Ten play.Up nextThe Buckeyes are next scheduled to return to Columbus to welcome No. 9 Penn State at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game is set to be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) drives the lane during a game against Morehead State on Dec. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 87-71.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerIn his 500th game as a collegiate head coach, Thad Matta led the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team to a 16-point victory over Morehead State for his 385th career win.Matta is 282-84 in his 11 seasons at OSU and 385-115 overall. He’s just 15 wins away from tying Fred Taylor for the most wins in program history.After the game, Matta said he feels like he’s coached even more than those 500 games over his career.“Yes it does, maybe a 1,000,” Matta said. “I didn’t know that (it was 500 games) until yesterday. I was joking when I gave the pregame speech today, I walked out and I said ‘god, it feels like the 500th time I have done that.’”After taking a 19-point lead at halftime, the Buckeyes (8-1) polished off a 87-71 victory over the Eagles (4-8) on Saturday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center.“We jumped out quick, got a quick lead on the team,” senior center Amir Williams said after the game. “And I think we just didn’t look back from there.”OSU turned the ball over six times in the first 8:13 of the second half, allowing Morehead State to cut the deficit to 14. By that time, the Eagles were still shooting 50 percent from 3-point range and 54.5 percent overall.Going into the game, OSU opponents had averaged a .359 shooting percentage this season.A layup from freshman guard Jae’Sean Tate followed by a jumper from senior guard Shannon Scott stopped the Eagles’ run, giving the home team a 66-48 lead with about nine minutes to play.With 6:51 to play, the Buckeyes held an 18-point advantage when Williams left the game with an injury before heading back to the locker room. At the time, Williams had registered 12 points on five-of-six shooting and nine rebounds.Williams returned to the OSU bench with 5:31 left in the game but didn’t re-enter the game.After the game, Williams said his injury was just a rolled ankle, and nothing he hasn’t gone through in the past.“A little sprain, nothing serious,” Williams said. “It’s nothing I haven’t dealt with before, so I’ll be practicing tomorrow.”Morehead State cut the lead to 78-65 with 2:26 to play, partially because of sloppy play from OSU. After turning the ball over just three times in the first half, the Buckeyes had turned it over 14 times in the final 20 minutes.Senior forward Sam Thompson said OSU’s mindset in the second half and increased intensity from the Eagles led to the higher number of turnovers.“They definitely turned up their pressure, that was big-time pressure,” Thompson said after the game. “But our minds just weren’t right. I think that they just didn’t press us much in the first half, and then we sort of came out with the first half mindset in the second half.”The teams traded baskets as the clock ticked past two minutes, and the Buckeyes extended the lead to 18 points with just 38 seconds remaining.Morehead State shot 62.5 percent in the second half, and ended up outscoring the Buckeyes, 43-40, after the break.Thompson said Matta was “not too happy” after the Eagles shot such a high percentage, and outscored his team, in the second half.“First of all, Morehead State’s a really good team, not taking anything away from them,” Thompson said. “We had a really good first half, and we sort of let our guard down in the second half. We didn’t have that same type of energy and intensity and execution in the second half on both sides of the floor.”Matta stressed that his guards have to take better care of the ball, and added the Buckeyes’ play in the second half wasn’t up to the standard that he expects.“D’Angelo (Russell) and Shannon can’t combine for 10 turnovers in a game and only nine assists. We were sloppy. We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be on really both ends,” Matta said. “We did some things that lead one to believe that we weren’t as tuned in as we needed to be.”OSU jumped out to an early 12-2 lead, but Morehead State kept it close for much of the first half, partially because of the play of redshirt-sophomore guard Corban Collins.Collins started off five-for-five from the field, including a four-of-four mark from beyond the 3-point line. He finished the first half with a game-high 14 points, but a late OSU run helped the Buckeyes to their big halftime lead.The Buckeyes’ leading scorer — freshman guard D’Angelo Russell — didn’t register a point through the first 16:31 of the game as OSU held just a nine-point advantage with 3:29 on the clock. Russell followed up two free throws with a 3-pointer just over a minute later before closing out the half with a mid-range jumper with just three seconds to play.Russell’s seven-point burst helped OSU to a 47-28 lead at the break as the Buckeyes opened and closed the first half with 12-2 runs.When the teams entered the locker room, Thompson had 11 points to lead OSU while Williams had 10 points and four rebounds.Williams said he has room to improve, but added that he came into the game hoping to help spark the Buckeyes from the start.“Still some errors to be corrected, but I just tried to get out to a good start,” he said. “Coach always tells me, and the players tell me as well, if I come out with energy it gets my teammates going as well, so I try to come out and play with as much energy as I can.”Russell and Thompson led OSU with 15 points apiece, while Tate and Williams each finished the game with 12 points. Russell led all players with seven assists and Williams’ nine rebounds were a game high, as were his five blocks.Thompson said Williams’ play inside helps set the tone for the rest of the team, especially on defense.“Amir does such a great job blocking shots, and we put a lot of pressure on him because our zone really funnels everything to him,” he said. “He’s always a big force in the middle, he’s always blocking shots and getting rebounds.”Collins led all players with 22 points as he made six of seven 3-point attempts.OSU is scheduled to return to the court on Wednesday against North Carolina A&T. That game is set to be played at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus at 7 p.m.
The teenage Southampton striker is still eligible for Nigeria and England but he says he’s faithful to the Republic of Ireland18-year-old Michael Obafemi is eligible to play for Ireland, England, and Nigeria.But the Southampton striker has said he wishes to be in the Irish national team and is waiting for a chance to debut.“I really don’t know why we’re going into this,” said Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to The Dublin Live.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“He has made the decision. I didn’t force him whatsoever.”“It seems to be my issue every single time. It’s the players’ decision. So I’ll clear this up,” he added.“When he first came into camp, I said to him ‘We’d love to have you but it’s your decision. You’re under no pressure to make that decision in the next 10 minutes’.”“I didn’t pursue it. I just left him to think about it,” he explained.
Related Items:British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, kevin higgins, liquidation, wilbur caley Recommended for you Turks and Caicos named in Cayman Islands fraud investigation IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Nigueal Streete to take reigns of FSC with Higgins departure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPRovidenciales, 3 Nov 2014 – Over 200 policy holders turned out last night for the meeting to determine the fate of investments in British Atlantic Financial Services Ltd, BAFSL. Though the group was entreated to vote on whether or not they wanted to see the institution liquidated, the meeting saw the customers taking a stand to have more time to consider the next move. There is reportedly a requirement to have 75% agreement to close BAFSL down; the court has yet to make the decision. Documents were provided outlining the pros and cons we are told, but one twenty plus year customer explained most people were not so ready to vote to liquidate and most wanted to hear more from Managing Director, Wilbur Caley on what happened to the company to cause it to be in this position. There have been scathing opinions too for the FSC Managing Director, Kevin Higgins; a call for him to resign, to go home. Higgins is originally from The Bahamas. Questions about why Turks and Caicos Islanders appear to be losing every time with these financial institution closures also raged in the 90 minute meeting which was chaired by Wilbur Caley and Jo Connolly of PriceWaterHouseCoopers.