Johnson meets Cotter in Canadian Direct Insurance A-Final Thursday at Nelson Curling Club

first_img“It’s kind of a new team that we put together and we haven’t played a lot together so we focused a lot in practice and his paying off in the game.”They did it the hard way, scoring single points in six ends to edge Craig.Trailing 5-4 with last rock in the tenth, Craig missed on is final attempt to give Johnson the win.Meanwhile, Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsk continue to roll as the Okanagan rink dumped Glen Jackson of Victoria 7-4 in the other A semi final.Cotter scored consecutive points in the third, fourth and fifth ends — in the fifth the rink counted three — to open a 5-1 lead.Jackson scored a single in the sixth before stealing another point in the seventh but could never further cut into the Cotter lead.In B Event play, Kootenay Rep Chris Ducharme of Creston edged out Stephen Schneider of Vancouver 7-6 in 11 ends; Jeff Richard of Kelowna doubled Chase Martyn of New Westminster 10-5 and Daniel Wenzek of Langley sent pre-tournament favourite Joanisse to his second loss in as many games, 8-7.Action continues today with two draws at 2 and 7 p.m. Michael Johnson is betting against the odds, and winning.The underdog Victoria rink knocked off its second heavyweight at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships, outlasting club mate Wes Craig 6-4 during Thursday’s morning draw to advance into the A final tonight at 7 p.m.Wednesday, Johnson doubled another top rink, Dean Joanisse of New Westminster, 6-3.Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Diello and lead Mitch Young hope to continue their mission against defending BC Champion Jim Cotter of Vernon.”We practiced a lot going into this event and I think it’s paying off on the ice,” Johnson said after the latest victory Thursday.last_img read more

Coles likely starter for semi-final

first_imgColes has been out of the game since March, but played 30 minutes off the bench against the Brumbies last weekend.Assistant coach John Plumtree says he’s recovered well from that game.”He’s good to go – there’s a good chance you’ll see him start he’s got his spark back and obviously it’s a big game for him and a big game for the club this weekend.”It would be Coles’ 100th Super Rugby game if he takes the field.Meanwhile midfielder Vince Aso is also expected to return to the starting lineup after missing the quarter-final through injury.That would mean Jordy Barrett would return to fullback.”I think Vince and Ngani play great footy together that partnership is ticking along nicely, Jordie did a great job filling in at 13 but we’ll be looking after Vince well this week to make sure he is good to go,” Plumtree said.last_img read more

United sets initial Palmdale air fares

first_img“I wanted to go out of Palmdale. I wanted to be on that first flight for historic reasons,” La Fata said. “I’ll save $100 in parking right off the bat. That’s worth it to me.” The convenience factor is a chief selling point in the marketing blitz for the new airport operations. That marketing includes placing full-page ads in newspapers, highlighting the fact that travelers don’t have to drive to other airports now. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – United Airlines on Tuesday announced special fares starting next month as it prepares to roll out service from L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport terminal to the Bay Area. Starting June 7, round-trip fares, on sale through May 22, include $170 for San Francisco; $248 for connections to Portland; $254 for Denver; $268 for Seattle; and $318 for Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. The public-relations blitz also includes a community open house from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the airport terminal, 41000 20th St. E. A briefing will be held earlier for travel agents. The event, an effort by the city and Los Angeles World Airports, is part of a media campaign to get the word out about the start-up of United’s service to San Francisco. “The $1 million question is, will there be enough people to sustain the service,” said Mayor Jim Ledford. “I hope so.” Although there haven’t been operations at the Palmdale terminal since Scenic Airlines pulled out more than a year ago, city and LAWA officials say the facility is better-prepared now. Improvements included upgrading the terminal’s lighting, enhancing the security equipment and make some cosmetic touch-ups. “The opening of L.A./Palmdale on June 7 is a major step toward realizing our city’s goal of a truly regional approach to meeting the growing demand for air travel in Southern California,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. As of Tuesday afternoon, 33 of the 50 seats on the first departing flight had been sold. Among those buying seats was Palmdale spokeswoman Barbara La Fata, who is flying out with her son and daughter for a family reunion. La Fata said she had bought her tickets a few weeks back at $402 each round-trip, which she felt was right at her price threshold. The convenience and the free parking were also very attractive, she said. last_img read more

Kane double inspires Spurs to cane Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane (2nd R) celebrates with teammate Serge Aurier (R) after scoring the opening goal of English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London on October 22, 2017 © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 22 – Harry Kane scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-1 victory over an abject Liverpool team on Sunday that left the Merseyside club’s Premier League title hopes in tatters.Kane struck early in each half, book-ending goals from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, with Mohamed Salah netting in reply in front of a record Premier League crowd of 80,827 at Wembley that included the great Diego Maradona. Spurs move level on points with second-place Manchester United, five points below leaders Manchester City, while Liverpool’s sorry defensive display left them a yawning 12 points off the pace in eighth place.It was a second galling defeat against a supposed title rival for Liverpool, following their 5-0 capitulation at City in early September, and they have now won just one of their last six league games.They were unrecognisable from the team that had crushed Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, their travails summed up by a catastrophic defensive display from Dejan Lovren, who was taken off in the 31st minute.Liverpool’s defeat — their first in 10 league games against Spurs — also saw them become only the sixth team to have conceded over 1,000 goals since the Premier League was launched in 1992.With Liverpool out of the League Cup and their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 in the balance, it leaves manager Jurgen Klopp facing some uncomfortable questions two years into his Anfield tenure.His opposite number, Mauricio Pochettino, redeployed the 3-5-2 system he had used in the 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in mid-week, but with illness restricting Eric Dier and Ben Davies to the bench, Serge Aurier started at left wing-back.Kieran Trippier came into the team on the other flank and within four minutes he had an assist to his name.The former Burnley man’s lofted pass was misjudged by Lovren and with Joel Matip slow to react, Kane stole in, hooked the ball inside the advancing Simon Mignolet and rolled it into the net.Lovren’s nightmare continued eight minutes later as he woefully mistimed an attempt to head away a long throw from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, allowing Kane to canter into the space behind him.– Alli volley –The striker celebrates in front of the home fansThe England striker found Son with a brilliant cross from the right and the Spurs number seven used the inside of his left foot to plant a first-time shot past the exposed Mignolet.It was almost 3-0 moments later as Son chested down Christian Eriksen’s through ball and slammed a shot against the Liverpool bar.Liverpool reduced the arrears against the run of play in the 24th minute when Jordan Henderson’s pass from deep released Salah to trundle a right-foot shot past Lloris and in off the left-hand post.But Spurs continued to find space behind Lovren — Son’s toe-poke blocked by Mignolet after he was cleverly freed by Alli — and in the 31st minute Klopp brought the Croatian’s torment to an end.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on and the ensuing reshuffle meant Emre Can dropped to right-back, where he was quickly found wanting.His untidy foul from behind on Alli gave Spurs a free-kick in first-half stoppage time and when Eriksen’s delivery was headed away by Matip, Alli thumped a volley into the bottom-left corner.It was game over 11 minutes into the second period after yet more scenes of calamity in the Liverpool penalty area.Mignolet flapped at Trippier’s free-kick and although Roberto Firmino got back to block Jan Vertonghen’s goal-bound shot, Kane reacted swiftly to crash the rebound home.With eight goals, the 24-year-old is now the outright top scorer in the division.A second goal eluded Liverpool, Lloris acrobatically tipping a Philippe Coutinho curler onto the post and saving with his feet from both James Milner and Salah.The only concern for Spurs was the sight of Kane holding the back of his left leg as he gave way for Fernando Llorente late on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis fined £8,000 after admitting improper conduct charge

first_img Tony Pulis 1 West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of improper conduct.Pulis was charged after Saturday’s game against Leicester with “using language and/or behaviour in or around the tunnel area after the fixture which amounts to improper conduct”.He was given until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge and has opted not to contest it.A short statement on the FA website read: “West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA rules in relation to a misconduct charge.”last_img read more


first_imgHE’S no stranger to controversy, often tearing strips off teams he sees on The Sunday Game on RTE.Now former Derry GAA star and pundit Joe Brolly is at the centre of another controversy after backing Donegal to beat Kildare in the All-Ireland quarter final this Saturday at Croke Park. Brolly said that Kildare’s season would end this weekend.Racehorse trainer Ted Walsh hit out at Brolly during the Galway races (listen on the video above)Speaking during a break in racing, talk turned to Kildare’s upcoming game with Donegal.It seems Walsh, who is currently based in Kildare, took exception to Brolly’s comments regarding the county’s quarter-final appearance being “as far as they’ll go”.In response, he fumed: “I hope they ram it down Joe Brolly’s throat before the week is over.” Advertisement GAA: JOE BROLLY’S BACKING OF DONEGAL LANDS HIM IN HOT WATER was last modified: July 27th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAJOE BROLLYkildareTED WALSHlast_img read more


first_imgLast Sunday, ten warriors from Otway, and Portsalon and many other clubs across the province, went to battle the elements in Greencastle Golf Club in the qualifying round of the Pierce Purcell cup competition.Not long into the round it became clear that the elements were going to win, but the ten pour souls battled on, and regrouped to exchange tales of 9 irons coming backwards, nailed drives going 120 yards, and balls on greens blowing from 6 inches to 16 feet from the pin.That was last week, and this week we hope for mediteranean type weather on Saturday for the annual Otway 100, a classic format with four members per team. A time sheet will be in operation, and bookings can be made with Patricia Drislane on 087 2314332.Refreshments will be on offer in the clubhouse afterwards, followed by prizegiving. OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:OTWAY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Juan Carlos Osorio calls time on his role as Mexico manager

first_img smart causal 1 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? gameday Juan Carlos Osorio has left his post as Mexico manager after three years in charge.After guiding them to the last 16 of the World Cup, the 56-year-old had offers to extend his contract. ALTERED who plays? highlights NEW ERA LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Osorio celebrates Mexico’s victory over Germany at the World Cup in Russia How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings But the Colombia-born manager rejected these advances to prolong his stay managing El Tri.On his resignation, Osorio said: “In my own name and in that of my backroom staff, many thanks to everyone for this unique and unparalleled professional and life experience.”Osorio won 33 of his 52 games in charge of Mexico. The best result was arguably during the finals in Russia which saw Mexico claim a famous 1-0 victory over defending champions Germany in their opening match.Their World Cup campaign came to an end in the last 16 with a 2-0 loss to Brazil. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible xi last_img read more

Courtois claims Chelsea fans don’t know full truth about Madrid transfer

first_imgThibaut Courtois has revealed some of the secrets behind his transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid this summer.The Belgian stopper is now reviled by fans of his old club after reportedly going AWOL in the final days of his time at Stamford Bridge with the intention of forcing through a move away. 1 Courtois joined Madrid for £38m possible standings Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star The 26-year-old was recently quoted as having said that the level in training at Real Madrid was “higher” than that of Chelsea.It appeared to be a dig at his old side, but Courtois clarified his comments.“Obviously you get some things in the media like I said there was not enough quality at Chelsea.“I never meant that. I just said maybe in training it goes a little bit faster but that is also the quality of Real Madrid – that is not saying Chelsea does not have quality.” punished silverware REVEALED tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won However, he has told Sky that this is not the truth of what happened.When quizzed on the reaction of Chelsea fans to his exit, Courtois said: “It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth.“I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.“Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.“If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea…. Hopefully it will turn around.” REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Latest Chelsea News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker last_img read more

Candidates keeping politics close to home

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – For two Newhall County Water District candidates, water politics runs in the family. Incumbent Joan Dunn is seeking a second, four-year term on the five-member panel governing the 9,000-customer public utility. Her husband, Ed Dunn – long a voice of discontent on local water boards – is fighting to get back into office. He served on the Newhall board from 1994 to 1997 and was elected in 1998 to the Castaic Lake Water Agency’s board of directors but lost re-election in 2002. The “Dunn Team” represents the voice of dissent in a part of north Los Angeles County dependent on state water to meet current and future needs. It is an area where water supply figures are used both to justify and stymie development. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “None of us know for sure what’s going to happen tomorrow,” Joan Dunn said. “How could we be so positive for the next 20 to 25 years without knowing all that we need to know (about water supply planning)?” “The district is responsible to ratepayers, (and) approving new projects without great impact on existing customers,” Ed Dunn said. Another candidate, Trish Lester, is a Valencia public-relations consultant who is running independently, but shares the Dunns’ skepticism about the region’s water supply. “You don’t want to be building more homes or businesses until you know when you turn on the tap, there is water coming out of it,” said Lester, whose past clients include Newhall Water. “I’m concerned about the way statistics are read, and about how they’re going to read in a dry year, not yesterday.” They face incumbents Barbara Dore and Maria Gutzeit and challenger B.J. Atkins Nov. 8 for a shot at one of three seats on a public utility seen as both the conscience of the public and an obstacle to progress, depending on your point of view. “We just want things done the way this country is founded,” Ed Dunn said. “The district needs a lot of help. It needs some backbone.” The Dunns have a mostly self-financed campaign, taking out more than $5,000 in loans from their jewelry business. Ed Dunn amassed about $3,300 and spent $2,200 on mailers, according the campaign finance statements. Joan Dunn so far has collected $4,200, spending nearly $3,000. Contributions include $250 from a Burbank-based film converter company owned by fellow water board member Lynne Plambeck, also a frequent critic of local water policy. Lester filed only a short form because contributions and expenditures to her campaign totaled less than $1,000. Though outspent some 10-to-1 by Atkins, Dore and Gutzeit, Joan Dunn said their home-spun campaign proves they’re free from special-interest influence. “We’re doing it for the people,” she said. “We want to ensure there is balance.” Ed Dunn claims the Castaic Lake Water Agency – the public wholesaler of state water allocations to purveyors such as Newhall Water – and a Newhall County Water District majority of Gutzeit, Dore and Atkins, are pro-development and ignore the environment and public interests. “Three solid votes for special interests,” he said. “We need the Newhall County Water District to stand up to them.” Prior to joining the Newhall board, Joan Dunn took part in a 1999 lawsuit against the CLWA, which sought to purchase water retailer Santa Clarita Water Co. Plaintiffs said they were concerned it was a step toward a monopoly, which could favor development interests. Agency officials said they wanted better management of supplies. CLWA won the case on appeal in 2004 and carried out the $63 million purchase. “We try to be in the middle,” Joan Dunn said. “But seeing what they’ve done down here – they don’t just want the flat lands out there; they want the hills and the rivers.” Their skepticism runs all the way to the Santa Clarita Valley Urban Water Management Plan, the main planning document that decides how much growth the region’s existing water supplies could accommodate. As a NCWD board member Joan Dunn joined Plambeck and Gutzeit to challenge figures in the 2000 report. According to the Dunns’ campaign Web site: “We have seen a plethora of glowing water reports with misinformation, deception, and a general ‘smoke screen’ of the status and reliability of our local and state water supplies.” Lester agreed. “I think the statistics about the viability of water are being bent to the will of whoever’s been reading them, and they’re being regurgitated to the public to win their votes,” she said. Still, Joan Dunn held back the harshest criticism for the draft 2005 water management plan, which is scheduled for a Nov. 9 vote. “They’re getting more honest,” she said. “It’s only because we’ve been pushing at them for so long. … You cannot stop all growth. We have to look at the projects and say, Can we serve them?” The Dunns and Lester believe state water is unreliable – natural disasters, environmental lawsuits or policy changes could disrupt the California Aqueduct. “I can potentially buy a $10 million house, but I still have to raise the money,” Lester said. “There is potential to kingdom come. If we’re going to get a dry year, we’re going to get whatever they give us.” Yet Ed Dunn is lukewarm about a CLWA plan to store water in Kern County in case of a disruption. “You can’t rely on it. You have to get the water over the Tehachapi (Mountains).” He said pipelines running through there would be exposed to severe tremors, and he suggested the Antelope Valley as a storage alternative, though pursuing such a project could take years. “We can have all the development we want here if we get it from the Antelope Valley,” he said. “The responsible thing is you would slow the building until all these things are on line.” Joan Dunn pleaded for more transparency from local water policymakers. “We want to see it run honestly,” she said. “It’s not fair to not have public representation. … It has to have some truth in all this. I can’t believe the truth is completely covered up, and it’s got to come out some time.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want 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