Gamecocks Win SEC Opener

first_imgColumbia, SC — Max Schrock drove in a career-high five runs, including his first career grand slam, and Wil Crowe allowed just one hit while fanning 10 over 7.0 innings of work, as South Carolina opened its SEC slate with a convincing 10-1 win over Kentucky on a cool and rainy Friday night in Columbia.Crowe (3-1) was outstanding all night, surrendering just one hit and one unearned run while walking three while throwing 119 pitches. He got stronger as the night went on, retiring 16 of the final 18 batters he faced, nine by strikeout. His 10 strikeouts matched a career high and he lowered his season ERA from 3.47 to 2.67.Kentucky (13-4, 0-1 SEC) took an early lead with a run in the top of the first with the help of a pair of Gamecock errors. Leadoff hitter Kyle Barrett reached second on a throwing error by shortstop Jordan Gore, advanced to third on a fielding miscue by Gore, then scored on JaVon Shelby’s RBI single.Kentucky starter Zack Brown (1-2) matched Crowe early on. He cruised through the first four innings, allowing just two hits and two walks before the fateful fifth, when his own wildness led to his demise. DC Arendas coaxed a leadoff walk, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and advanced to third on Logan Koch’s two-strike sacrifice bunt.Marcus Mooney and Gene Cone followed with walks to load the bases. Schrock hammered a 1-2 pitch deep over the right field wall for his third round tripper of the season, putting the Gamecocks on top, 4-1.last_img read more

Video | Drake’s basketball skills not on par

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French Guiana Grand Prix Cycliste de la Cooperation Regionale

first_imgGuyanese cyclists confident ahead of today’s openerGUYANA’S contingent of cyclists currently in French Guiana for the four-stage ‘Grand Prix Cycliste de la Cooperation Regionale’ expressed confidence ahead of today’s race.The five-man team consists of Jamual John, Paul DeNobrega, Curtis Dey, Walter Grant-Stuart and Paul Cho-wee-nam, along with team manager Marc Sonaram.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, Sonaram revealed that he has confidence in his team, pointing out that they are the strongest and best cyclists in Guyana at the moment. He also revealed that the level of competition is high as three teams from Martinique are at the event as well.“This means that there will be very fast racing but I believe we can do well as we have a good, strong team,” he added.Jamual John is in impressive run of form having won three of his last four races in Guyana while Paul DeNobrega has also been right on his heels, winning last weekend’s road race around the outer circuit of the National Park.Dey, who is competing in his first year as a senior cyclist, has been impressive as well keeping right up there with John and DeNobrega.Dey noted; “I’m here for the first time in French Guiana, I’m a bit nervous but we’ll try to finish in the top 10, we’ll work as a team, try to stay hydrated and help each other.”John, along with Dey, represents a very high chance of Guyana doing well in the Under-23 category while Grant-Stuart, DeNobrega and Cho-wee-nam also will be looking to finish well.last_img read more

Man City linked with Morrison

first_imgManchester City could be interested in signing Ravel Morrison from West Ham, Talksport claim.Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen wants to sign Morrison and has been tipped to table a bid for the player and his Hammers team-mate Mo Diame.Meanwhile, Sky are reporting that Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz has been undergoing a medical ahead of his expected move to PSV Eindhoven.AdChoices广告The Press Association have subsequently reported that Ruiz has completed the medical and the deal is about to go through.Related West London Sport story: Fulham boss confirms Ruiz can goJorginho, a transfer target for Chelsea according to Talksport, is reportedly closing in on a move to Napoli.Liverpool are also said to be keen on the Brazilian midfielder, who has impressed for Verona this season and been linked with several European clubs.Italian press reports suggest Jorginho, 22, will stay in Serie A and that talks between Verona and Napoli took place over the weekend.The player is tipped to complete a £6.2m transfer, supposedly disappointing the two Premier League clubs. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Matisse the Portie takes early winning steps at Westminster

first_img Nathan, a bloodhound, is shown in the ring during the hound competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Michael Scott grooms Matisse, a Portuguese water dog, before he competes at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. The show started Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it’s the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) NEW YORK | Matisse the Portuguese water dog with White House connections is one step closer to the best in show title at the Westminster Kennel Club. Swagger, an old English sheepdog, is shown in the ring during the herding group competition the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Swagger who finished second at Westminster in 2013, won the herding group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)center_img Miss P, a beagle, is shown in the rink during the hound competition at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Miss P won best hound. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Matisse won Tuesday in the breed judging round for the third straight year. He advances to the working group competition Tuesday night, and the champion will be picked around 11 p.m.The 3 1-2-year-old Matisse is among the top-winning show dogs of all-time and ranked No. 1 in America last year. He’s also a cousin of President Barack Obama’s family pet Sunny.The working, terrier and sporting champs will be chosen Tuesday night. Already in the best-of-seven final ring are old English sheepdog Swagger, who finished second at Westminster in 2013, and a shih tzu owned by Patty Hearst, the heiress whose 1974 kidnaping became a political flash point.A 15-inch beagle and a standard poodle also are in the last ring.last_img read more

Review: ‘Adaline’ is both ludicrous and deeply moving

first_img This image released by Lionsgate shows Harrison Ford in a scene from “The Age of Adaline.” (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP) This image released by Lionsgate shows Blake Lively in a scene from “The Age of Adaline.” (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP) Is it possible for a movie to be at once ludicrously silly and genuinely moving? That’s the strange question you might find yourself asking while watching “The Age of Adaline,” a romantic fantasy with surprising heft that will likely have you scoffing at one moment, then furtively wiping away a tear the next.It’ll also have you marveling at the emotional resonance that a seasoned pro like Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn or Kathy Baker can bring to a supporting turn. Ford, in particular, takes what could have been a solid but unspectacular role and turns it into the film’s highlight — and perhaps one of his better performances in years. This image released by Lionsgate shows Ellen Burstyn, left, and Blake Lively in a scene from “The Age of Adaline.” (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP) This image released by Lionsgate shows Michiel Huisman in a scene from “The Age of Adaline.” (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP)center_img This image released by Lionsgate shows Michiel Huisman, right, and Blake Lively in a scene from “The Age of Adaline.” (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP) This image released by Lionsgate shows Michiel Huisman, left, and Blake Lively in a scene from “The Age of Adaline.” (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate via AP) It’s no accident that the poignancy of Ford’s performance comes from his evocation, as a middle-aged father, of both the pleasure and pain that aging brings — both the well-earned wisdom and the inevitable regrets. The entire film, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, is about age and our common assumption that younger is always better. Not so fast, the film is telling us. Smooth, unwrinkled skin and ungraying hair isn’t everything.Of course, when that skin and hair belongs to gorgeous Blake Lively, it’s not easy to have much sympathy at first. Lively grows on you gradually in the role of Adaline, a young woman with a big secret. We first meet her as she’s arranging for a new identity, fake passports and all. Back in her apartment, we see hints that she’s not all she seems: fraying, sepia photographs, or a dusty old manual typewriter.Turns out that Adaline, though we’re in the present time, was born in 1908. She married, had a daughter, lost her husband and then, at 29, almost drowned when a car accident landed her in frigid waters. Somehow, a scientific process involving a bolt of lightning both revived her heart and, yes, stopped her from aging.Looking like a young Blake Lively forever might not seem much of a problem. But it’s a lonely existence, because once she hits 45 or so, Adaline arouses suspicion. She has to basically live on the run, changing identities every decade. She also can’t live with her daughter, who’s aging normally, which means she can only live with her dog — or succession of dogs, since each will die, sadly, at a normal rate.Then one day, Adaline meets a handsome, soulful young entrepreneur (Michiel Huisman, of “Game of Thrones”). She tries to resist his advances, but he won’t take “no” for an answer. And when he asks her to accompany him on a visit to his parents (Ford and Baker) for a weekend, she finds herself accepting. It is here, because of a plot twist that would be unfair to reveal, that things get really, really complicated.Lively is appealing, natural and often touching. Unsurprisingly, she rocks the vintage fashions. And she makes a game effort to appear timeless. The actress’ handicap here, though, is that her natural delivery reflects her extremely contemporary presence — making her sound stiff and a bit forced when she utters a phrase like “picture houses” instead of movie theaters.But she has nice chemistry with Huisman, and there’s a moving quality to her scenes with Burstyn, who, as her daughter, is reliably pitch-perfect and brings a sense of groundedness to the fantastical premise.As for Ford, he, too, must ground an intentionally fantastical story, and the way he does it is the most compelling part of the film. (Baker, too, is quite touching in a smaller role.) Even if you laugh in the beginning, you likely won’t find yourself laughing at the end, thanks to the veteran actors in this film.See? Getting older really does have its virtues.“The Age of Adaline,” a Lionsgate release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America “for a suggestive comment.” Running time: 112 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.MPAA definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.Follow Jocelyn Noveck on Twitter at read more

Father Ray Children’s Home attends Chang-Everton Football Academy

first_imgEach Saturday and Sunday morning more than five hundred youngsters attend the free soccer coaching sessions at the ThaiBev Football Academy in Bangkok.  Boys, and a few girls, of all ages and from all sectors of Bangkok society arrive to receive training sessions from experienced coaching staff. ThaiBev, owners of Beer Chang, sponsors of the UK premiership team Everton FC, as well as several Thai premier league teams, provide the training sessions for free, and have done for the past nine years.  In almost a decade more than twenty thousand youngsters have registered for training and several have gone on to play at a professional level in the Thai Premier League.The boys from the Father Ray Children’s Home and Father Peter (second right) pose with officials from the Chang-Everton Football Academy.The founding of the academy, which is also known as the Chang-Everton Football Academy, was one of the obligations of the Everton FC sponsorship deal with Chang Beer.  Each year Everton FC send officials and coaching staff to the academy and the local coaches have worked together with the Everton FC staff to provide those attending with the best and most up to date training techniques. Boys from the poorest slum areas of Bangkok arrive on foot to play alongside those who are delivered in the latest model of Mercedes car.  But once on the pitch there are no social divides, everyone is expected to work hard, listen to what the coaches have to say and play together as a team.  Players are expected to be on time, be serious about taking part, show respect to the coaches and also do well in their studies.The soccer team from the Father Ray Children’s Home was recently invited to take part in a training session.  Leaving Pattaya before the sun came up, it took a while to find the facility, but once there the boys were very impressed with the facility, which includes several full size soccer pitches.After several hours of non-stop coaching the boys were exhausted, but happy in the knowledge they have gained new skills which they will put to good use the next time they have a competitive match.Everton FC have said that they would like to be the first English Premiership team to have a professional Thai player, who knows, that first player may just come from the Father Ray Children’s Home.More information can be found at or email info@fr-ray.orgShowing off his soccer skills.The coach made sure the boys put their new skills to good use.The boys even helped to collect the hundreds of soccer balls at the end of the training session.last_img read more

They’ve got Stars in their eyes

first_imgBy Nick Creely The Endeavour Hills Cricket Club will be the official host of a Melbourne Stars Away Game Live…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Cranbrook joins BC Hockey League as 18th franchise

first_imgThe BC Hockey League announced today that the city of Cranbrook has been awarded an expansion franchise.The Cranbrook Bucks will become the league’s 18th team and will begin play in the 2020-21 season, playing out of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.“We are pleased to add Cranbrook as the 18th member of the BC Hockey League,” said BCHL Commissioner Chris Hebb. “The city already has a rich hockey history and we are excited to see them add to that legacy and bring BCHL hockey to another great community in our province.” The Bucks are led by Majority Owner and President Nathan Lieuwen.Lieuwen was previously a professional goaltender, playing five seasons in the AHL and ECHL and also suiting up for seven NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013-14 season. He also had a brief stint in the BCHL as a member of the Westside Warriors in 2007-08 where he played 11 games.“We are extremely excited to bring a BCHL franchise to Cranbrook and the East Kootenay,” said Lieuwen. “The Cranbrook Bucks Hockey Club looks forward to being a proud member of the Cranbrook community and surrounding areas for many years to come. We are grateful for all parties involved in bringing the BCHL to Cranbrook and we can’t wait for the puck to drop for the 2020-21 season.”The mayor of Cranbrook is equally excited to bring a BCHL team to the city.“Having a BCHL franchise showcasing an exciting brand of hockey will be a great addition to the economic well-being of the City,” said Lee Pratt, Mayor of the City of Cranbrook. “Nathan and his group, along with City staff have worked closely together these last few months to bring this great entertainment to the citizens at an affordable price. We welcome the Bucks to Cranbrook and look forward to many years of exciting hockey.”The addition of Cranbrook will trigger a realignment of the current BCHL divisions which will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

Chelsea beat Slavia 4-3 to book Europa League semi

first_imgChelsea reached the Europa League semi-finals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 helped by a Pedro double in a first-half onslaught before withstanding the Czech’s comeback bid after the break in a pulsating game on Thursday.Chelsea were cruising 4-1 at halftime but Slavia added two goals early in the second period with powerful strikes by Petr Sevcik, which narrowed the aggregate score to 5-3 after the London side had won the first leg 1-0.Sevcik spurned a chance to cut the deficit further before Chelsea held on to see out the win and set up a semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, who won 2-0 against Benfica to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.Chelsea raced into a 3-0 lead within 17 minutes, starting with Pedro chipping goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar. The Spain winger hit the post four minutes later only for the ball to rebound into the face of Simon Deli and into the net for an own goal.Pedro carved out Chelsea’s third when he squared for a simple finish by Olivier Giroud and the scurrying Spaniard claimed Chelsea’s fourth goal in the 27th minute when he converted a rebound after Kolar saved from Giroud.A minute earlier, Slavia’s captain Tomas Soucek had given the boisterous Czech fans something to cheer at Stamford Bridge when he powered in a header from a corner.A Chelsea triumph in the Europa League, a trophy they won in 2013, would provide a way back into the Champions League if they finish outside Premier League top four this season. They currently sit fifth in the table.last_img read more