Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to rule out move away from Celtic this summer Arsenal have identified Odsonne Edouard as a possible replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard appears to have ruled out a summer move away from Celtic after outlining his intention to help the Scottish champions secure a 10th straight league title next season.Edouard, 22, has racked up 22 goals and seven assists in the Scottish Premiership this term and his outstanding form has reportedly attracted strong interest from Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 and the Gunners have identified Edouard as a possible long-term replacement for the Gabon international, but Celtic are determined to keep hold of their prized possession. Advertisement Advertisement The Frenchman has had an outstanding campaign with the Scottish champions (Picture: Getty)Celtic manager Neil Lennon recently confirmed the club were in discussions with Edouard over a contract extension and the Frenchman looks set to commit his future to the Glasgow giants.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTEdouard, the league’s top scorer by a distance, has been a huge part of Celtic’s success this term and hopes to secure a ‘historic’ 10th title in a row with the Bhoys next term.‘Every season we want to win the title,’ he told Celtic TV.‘This year is nine in-a-row and next year I hope it is 10 in-a-row. This will be historic for the club.‘It’s very important for the club, for the fans, for the team, for all of the staff. ‘We now need to go back to work for next season and I hope that we can win this title for 10 in-a-row.’ Aubameyang is out of contract at Arsenal in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas, who also enjoyed two spells with Celtic, has been massively impressed with Edouard and believes the striker would make a good like-for-like replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, rather than Aubameyang, at the Emirates.‘He could certainly play at Arsenal because the way they play, his style would be more than suitable for it,’ Nicholas told Sky Sports.‘The problem is getting the judgement right over whether he’s ready right now, playing every week for Arsenal compared to who is there already.‘I’m a big fan of Alexandre Lacazette, and Edouard has got quite a bit of Lacazette in style within his game. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He certainly would not come to England straightaway and score 20 to 25 goals in a season unless Arsenal find a renewed belief and they get the whole team right. ‘It’s got potential, absolutely, but I’m not convinced that they will go and buy him. The reason is that in Scotland, Celtic are gauging him as a £40m player. ‘This will come down to what Edouard wants. If he wants to leave, then he will leave. Celtic will take the cash rather than have a player who is not committed to the cause because historically that’s what they have done – with [Moussa] Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Ryan Fraser makes transfer decision amid Arsenal and Tottenham interestMORE: Jens Lehmann slams Unai Emery and says former manager was ‘not good enough’ for Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 10:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares
One of the living spaces at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.“We had all the kids’ graduation and birthday parties there. “I think the toughest thing to say goodbye to will be all the memories.” The home is being marketed by Gail and Ian Gobey of Sash & Gable Real Estate and it will go to auction at 10.30am on October 14. The home at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.The property has a grand driveway and well-maintained lawns and gardens. Inside, there is a sunken lounge room, and an open-plan kitchen and dining area. The kitchen has granite benchtops, new appliances and a breakfast bar, while timber and glass bi-fold doors in the dining area open out to the outdoor entertaining area. The home at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.This sprawling home on a private 6000sq m block is going under the hammer in Capalaba. Owner Allan Todd said he bought the property at 8 Firtree St in 1990 as a family home. “We’d just had our third child and we were looking for acreage, and to get away from all the shops and distractions,” he said. “I was born in Wynnum and the progression out to acreage was pretty standard for my generation.” The kitchen and dining area at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Off the dining room, there is a rumpus room with a built-in bar and a second set of bi-fold doors opening out to the outdoors. There are three downstairs bedrooms — one with a private courtyard. There are also an office, a laundry, a bathroom and a home theatre with sound proofing. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a dressing room and an ensuite, and the second bedroom also has an ensuite. The outdoor entertaining area at 8 Firtree St, Capalaba.Outside, the covered entertainment area flows out to the in-ground swimming pool and a poolside gazebo. Mr Todd said the property was a great place to entertain. “When our kids were at school, it was the party house of Ormiston College,” he said.
NZ Herald 4 June 2015A petition seeking a law change that would require parents to be informed before their daughter has an abortion is unnecessary and potentially dangerous, says an abortion rights advocate.Abortion Law Reform New Zealand spokeswoman Annabel Henderson Morell said most teenagers already told their families when they needed an abortion, and those who did not did so for their own wellbeing.“Almost always it’s because they know that would lead to a situation of coercion where they would be forced to carry through with a pregnancy they don’t want to have,” she said.“There’s also horrible instances of family violence, incest or sexual abuse.”Bob McCoskrie, director of conservative lobby group Family First NZ, said he would support a law change.“While a parent has to sign a letter for their daughter to go on a school trip to the zoo or to play in the netball team, they are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for that same child to have a surgical abortion.“It begs the question – what is so unique about abortion procedures which allows for the prohibition of parental consent?”Mr McCoskrie said younger teenagers were less able to make the decision to have an abortion on their own.“A recent research paper argued that most female adolescents only start to acquire sufficient autonomous capacity from the age of 14 years and as such the legislative wording of the current law is problematic and arguably careless.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11459930Family First want major concerns over young pregnant girls reviewedMaori Television 4 June 2015According to the Care of Children Act 2004, a girl of any age can give consent to an abortion.Now, Family First NZ is calling on politicians to look at major concerns to ensure young pregnant girls in a crisis situation receive the right family support and care.National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCroskie says parents are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for their child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion.Bob McCroskie says “This all effectively means that while a parent has to sign a letter for their daughter to go on a school trip to the zoo or to play in the netball team, they are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for that same child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion. It begs the question – what is so unique about abortion procedures which allows for the prohibition of parental consent?”https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/family-first-want-major-concerns-over-young-pregnant-girls-reviewedLobby group call for law changeSunLive 4 June 2015Lobby group Family First NZ have called for a policy change which would see parents notified immediately if their daughter has an abortion.A petition is being presented to Parliament on behalf of a Stratford mother, whose teenaged daughter attempted suicide after a secret abortion was organised by a local school. Her story was featured on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp.According to the Care of Children Act 2004, a girl of any age can give consent to an abortion and that consent operates as if it were given by her parents.The Act effectively means parents need never know that their daughter has had such a procedure. It is the only medical procedure where parents can be ‘kept in the dark’.“This means that while a parent has to sign a letter for their daughter to go on a school trip to the zoo or to play in the netball team, they are totally excluded from any knowledge or granting of permission for that same child to be put on the pill or have a surgical abortion,” says Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie.“It begs the question – what is so unique about abortion procedures which allows for the prohibition of parental consent?”Bob says a recent research paper argued that most female adolescents only start to acquire sufficient autonomous capacity from the age of 14 years, and as such, the legislative wording of the current law is problematic and arguably careless.He says the current law is also out of step with the wishes of most New Zealanders.A 2010 independent poll of 1,000 people by Curia Market Research found that four out of five people supported parental notification laws.Bob adds: “In a similar independent poll in 2012, teens (aged 15-21) were asked: ‘Provided it won’t put the girl in physical danger, should parents be told if their school-aged daughter is pregnant and considering getting an abortion?“Almost two out of three young respondents thought the parents should be told, while 34 per cent disagreed.”http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/101659-lobby-group-call-law-change.html
The East Central Aqua Trojans defend their titles taking home the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday in Aurora.Girls Scores: East Central 319, Greensburg 271, Connersville 245, Batesville 179, South Dearborn 108, Lawrenceburg 71.Boys Scores: East Central 355.5, Connersville 284, Greensburg 205, South Dearborn 143, Lawrenceburg 103.5, Batesville 98.Special congratulations to Jackson Ketcham for setting a conference record in the 200 Freestyle. The time of 1:47.38 beat former EC swimmer Derek Roth’s record time of 1:49.89. Also, special congratulations to Conference MVP’s. Girls: Grace Crane and Alexis deLong (4 TIME CONFERENCE MVP) from East Central. Boys: Alex Ketcham, Jackson Ketcham, Jacob Weber from East Central and Zane Spurlock from Connersville.East Central Conference Champions include: Girls 200 Medley Relay; (Kyra Hall, Alexis deLong, Grace Crane, Olivia Nixon); Boys 200 Medley Relay; (Jacob Weber, Klay Shipman, Jackson Ketcham, Alex Ketcham);Boys 200 Freestyle; Jackson Ketcham **NEW CONFERENCE RECORD**; Girls 200 IM: Alexis deLong; Boys 200 IM: Alex Ketcham; Girls 1 meter diving: Aly Bailey; Girls 100 Butterfly: Grace Crane; Boys 100 Butterfly: Jacob Weber; Girls 100 Freestyle: Alexis deLong; Girls 500 Freestyle: Grace Crane; Boys 500 Freestyle: Jackson Ketcham; Girls 100 Backstroke: Kyra Hall; Boys 100 Backstroke: Jacob Weber; Boys 100 Breaststroke: Alex Ketcham; Girls 400 Freestyle Relay (Ashley Bortlein, Grace Crane, Mackenzie Schantz, Alexis deLong); Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Jackson Ketcham, Matthew Badinghaus, Ethen Witte, Jacob Weber).Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.
Evonne K. Hannum, 72, of Greensburg passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Columbus Regional Hospital. Evonne was born on February 9, 1947 in Greendale, Indiana to Elmer and Mary Jane (Maines) Clark. Evonne attended Lawrenceburg High School. She worked at GeCom and Taco Bell in Greensburg. She loved going to the casino, playing bingo, going to flea markets, spending time with her grandchildren, and traveling with her sister. Evonne married Robert E. Hannum, Sr. on September 5, 1964 and he preceded her in death on March 29, 2019. Other survivors include, 3 sons; Robert E. (Vicki) Hannum, Jr, William (Marliee) Hannum, John (Christie) Hannum, 8 grandchildren; Dustin Redelman, Brittany Hannum, Lily Hannum, Daisy Hannum, Janie Follmer, Stephan Hannum, Keisha Hannum, A’Jay Hannum, 2 great grandchildren; Skyla Hannum, Johnnie Watson, and 1 sister; DeVota Dolan. Evonne was preceded in death by her parents, grandson; Dalton Tyler Hannum, and brother; Donnie Lewis. Graveside services will take place at Sand Creek Cemetery on Thursday, November 21 at 2 pm. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Fans had been urged to walk out by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust at two pre-arranged points during the game, but while several hundred did so after 60 and then 69 minutes, there were not mass departures. However, despite the obvious unrest among the club’s fan-base, it is understood that Ashley has no immediate plans to relieve Pardew of his duties despite fresh suggestions that former Manchester United boss David Moyes could be in his sights. Ashley was not on Tyneside for the latest instalment in a saga which has been running since Yohan Cabaye was sold and not replaced in January. Had he been, he would have seen Shola Ameobi, who is out of contract at the end of the season, give his side the lead with what could be his last ever goal for the club at St James’ Park, a header from Moussa Sissoko’s 18th-minute cross. Pardew said of the striker: “He’s been an absolutely magnificent servant for this football club. “He is one of the nicest, best people I have ever come across as a footballer at a young age, and he is going to have a magnificent career whatever he does – and he could literally do anything. “I was pleased that he got the goal today, for him and his family. If it was to be his last home game, he couldn’t have done more than he did today.” Knowing they needed a victory to stand any chance of avoiding the drop, Cardiff hit back and but for two stunning saves from Tim Krul either side of half-time to deny first Wilfried Zaha and then substitute Kenwyne Jones, they would have been level. Skipper Fabricio Coloccini came to the Magpies’ rescue 14 minutes from time to block Aron Gunnarsson’s shot on the line, and it was not until Loic Remy turned Cheick Tiote’s deflected 87th-minute effort past David Marshall that the win was secure. Substitute Steven Taylor made sure with a third in injury time, and as news of Sunderland’s 1-0 win at Manchester United filtered through, the realisation dawned that Cardiff’s top-flight stay was over. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s official website, www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk: “Relegation today is the lowest point in my career so far and we are all hurting. “But now it’s happened, we have to look forward. Financially this is a club that has a lot going for it. “We have an owner who wants to be successful and part of the job is to try and keep as many of the very good players we have together to move forward together. “We will do what we can to keep our best talent, asking them to stay with us and give us all a chance of playing in the Premier League again in 14 months.” The 52-year-old was left in little doubt as to what large sections of the club’s support think of him despite guiding the team to a first Barclays Premier League victory in seven attempts on Saturday with a 3-0 home win over Cardiff – a result that sent the Welsh side down. The triumph ended a demoralising run of six consecutive defeats, which left many supporters among a crowd of 50,239 in rebellious mood. However, Pardew, who was booed by some spectators every time he left the dug-out, remains focused only on addressing the deficiencies which have seen Newcastle slip from top-six contenders to mid-table also-rans. He said: “We were nervous a little bit because we haven’t won, obviously, and we were protecting ourselves to a degree. “But we did the job and that was important today, that we did the job, and hopefully we can show our fans in the summer, as much as in the last game, that we are going to be stronger next year. “It was an important day, we know that, all round, really, for the club. It was the club that was important today, and our staff. “All the staff at the stadium today were hoping to get their bonus, and hopefully we have delivered that, but we will have to wait to see what Palace do.” Owner Mike Ashley will hand out bonuses to all the club’s staff if they achieve their target of a top-10 finish – they currently sit in ninth place, two points ahead of Stoke and a further four better off than Crystal Palace, who entertain Liverpool on Monday evening. Whether or not Pardew should remain on board to collect his share of that pot is a matter for intense debate. Chants calling for both manager and owner to go resounded around St James’ Park at regular intervals, and banners bearing similar messages were unfurled. Press Association Alan Pardew will head into the summer determined to rebuild his Newcastle side to win over his critics.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund. Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.“Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state.Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need. Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. The facilities outside Florence are normally used by Italy’s national soccer teams and also host high-level courses for coaches and sporting directors.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “now that we are not playing soccer, to return to doing so we need to win together the most important match against coronavirus.”Italy has nearly 75,000 infections and more than 7,500 fatalities from the virus.___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. Castellano tested positive as part of a physical that officials at Gulfstream Park mandated as a prerequisite before being cleared to ride in Saturday’s Florida Derby. Castellano says that he has not had “known contact with anyone that has tested positive.”Castellano last rode on March 15, when he had two mounts at Gulfstream. He returned to New York to see family afterward and was scheduled to ride at Gulfstream this weekend.It’s unclear if Castellano could have ridden at Gulfstream this weekend even if the physical had not found that he has the coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order earlier this week calling for anyone who flies to Florida from New York City or the surrounding areas to self-quarantine for 14 days.— Reporting by AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami___ Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team.Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said.—AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado. The Latest: Broncos John Elway donates $50,000 to virus fund Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic mixed relay qualifying race had already been relocated to Valencia from Chengdu, China, and was scheduled for May 1.A World Cup event in Valencia had been scheduled for the next day. It’s the seventh World Cup race to be postponed.The International Triathlon Union says it will try to find new dates for both.The university worlds were to be staged on June 27-28 in Kecskemet. ___A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Soccer United Marketing, the wing of Major League Soccer that was promoting the match, said Thursday the federations will attempt to reschedule the game before the World Cup in November 2022.___The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak. The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. March 26, 2020 Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. The tennis and basketball stars said in videos posted on social media that they are supporting a Red Cross fundraising effort to help with the public health crisis.Nadal and Gasol say they have made donations and urged others to follow their lead. Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas quickly said he would pitch in.Nadal says “I believe that we are who we are in large part thanks to your support and now we have to be there for you.”Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the virus.___ It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria. Associated Press The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday.Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic. The soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks. Louisville says the father of junior wide receiver Corey Reed Jr. died Wednesday morning from coronavirus in an Atlanta hospital. Corey Reed Sr. was 43.Cardinals coach Scott Satterfield expressed “deepest condolences” to Reed and his family in a release and said the program is there to support them. Satterfield added, “This horrible virus has affected so many people, and it’s even more difficult when it touches someone in the UofL football family.”Reed caught eight passes for 145 yards in 13 games in 2017 and played in two contests the next season. He returned to Louisville this spring after transferring to Iowa Western Community College.___Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol have launched a campaign to encourage donations in the hope of raising 11 million euros ($12.1 million) to help Spain fight the coronavirus. ___The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium.Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit. The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Published on May 1, 2019 at 7:39 pm Contact Adam: email@example.com | @_adamhillman Everyone at Skytop Softball Stadium knew Alexis Kaiser’s first inning hit was a home run. Except Kaiser. The freshman cracked the third pitch she saw over the scoreboard and the Cornell team bus, but Kaiser sprinted out of the batter’s box anyway, acting as if it was just a base hit. As she came back into home plate, her teammates mocked her, asking her how she didn’t know that “the farthest home run” Hannah Dossett had ever seen was gone.“Oh my gosh. I was mesmerized,” sophomore Miranda Hearn said. “That ball was so far gone.”After Kaiser’s seventh home run on the season, the Orange didn’t score until Dossett’s RBI double in the sixth inning. Kaiser’s bomb was one of only four hits and three runs for Syracuse (21-28, 8-13 Atlantic Coast) in a 3-0 win against Cornell (10-33, 5-13 Ivy League). Facing Cornell pitcher Katie Lew, who had a 8.61 ERA entering the game, SU saw hittable pitches but either fouled them off or smacked line drives straight into an outfielder’s glove. The putrid Syracuse offense was saved by Miranda Hearn’s eight-strikeout shutout. SU must hit better in order to compete with No. 5 Florida State, the reigning national champions who head to Skytop Softball Stadium this weekend, head coach Shannon Doepking said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m happy with the win, but there’s a lot to learn with a showing like that,” Doepking said. “When you get fast pitches, you have to hit them on the field. We can’t consistently foul those pitches off and then get into pitches we can’t really handle.”In the two at-bats before Kaiser’s home run, SU was turning Cornell fastballs into hard-hit shots. Both sophomore Gabby Teran and senior Alicia Hansen slapped fastballs to the outfield, but they landed in the gloves of Cornell fielders. Yet, SU couldn’t continue that in the next four innings. Dossett particularly was befuddled by Lew’s odd delivery. She said Lew had a quick throwing motion, but her actual pitches weren’t that fast. When she saw Lew at the top of the second inning, she swung too early on the first pitch and tapped a grounder to second off the butt of her bat.“I think that made me have to speed up,” Dossett said. “Come the third at bat, I just let it get deep. It was a lot easier to hit.”On her third at bat, Dossett crushed a fastball to deep right-center field, bringing home junior Toni Martin and pushing the lead to two runs. But she and Kaiser were perhaps the only ones who could figure out Lew’s slower pitch speed. They accounted for two of the Orange’s hits and two of the three runs. Kaiser doesn’t believe that Lew did anything special. Instead, it was that the Orange just couldn’t figure how to put the ball in play. And then when they did get contact, the ball flew toward a fielder. “I think we beat ourselves more. We just weren’t attacking the pitches that she left there,” Kaiser said. “I think we should’ve had more hits than we did.”The Orange are already pushing this game out of their mind as they’ll host the reigning national champion and ACC-leading Seminoles this weekend, Doepking and Kaiser said after the win.The Seminoles sport four pitchers with an ERA under 2.39, all who tend to throw sinking curveballs, Dossett said. So, SU has spent time practicing with a machine to replicate FSU pitchers. It works with different spin, speed, and location to replicate FSU pitchers Meghan King, Makinzy Herzog, and Kathryn Sandercock. But, Doepking knows that no practice will be enough. She knows that Syracuse has to minimize fielding errors, something that plagued the Orange in a sweep against Georgia Tech. She knows SU needs to turn the non-curves it sees into hits. Especially, she knows that it can’t put up a showing like today if SU has any chance of coming away with one win.“When you play a team like Florida State, it becomes such a big moment because it says Florida State across their chests and they just won a national championship,” Doepking said. “We have to do the little things right.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
St. Kitts-Nevis, one of the few Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with diplomatic relations with Taiwan, has praised the Asian nation as Taiwan celebrates 106th anniversary.Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, speaking at a ceremony to mark the occasion, said that it is the virtues of industry, ingenuity and loyalty exhibited by the Taiwanese people that has shaped the direction, progress and development of that country over the last 106 years.“The people of Taiwan, understanding the challenges of development for Taiwan, wanting to keep it safe and protected [and] understanding the values that differentiate the Republic of China (Taiwan) from the People’s Republic of China, decided by a majority that they have to be loyal to Taiwan, and that loyalty cannot be compromised,” he said.Loyalty to the country“Whether it is that you are associated with the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) in Taiwan or the KMT [Kuomintang], it is loyalty to country that has kept Taiwan safe and protected against a belligerent neighbor,” he added.China has regarded Taiwan as a renegade province since it went on its own, and has urged the international community to adopt its “One China Policy’ with regards to establishing defined diplomatic relations with Beijing, not Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city.Other Caribbean allies Apart from St. Kitts-Nevis, the other Caribbean countries Taiwan enjoys diplomatic relations with include, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Belize, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.Taiwan celebrates its 106th anniversary milestone on Tuesday, October 10. Prime Minister Harris said the loyalty demonstrated by diplomatic allies like St. Kitts and Nevis also plays a critical role in the overall development of Taiwan.
Arsenal are said to be close to signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas after ‘making him an offer that he can’t refuse’.Casillas has been heavily linked with a switch to the Gunners in the last few months and reports emerged yesterday that the club had made an offer to sign him.And now Sport newspaper says the deal is close with the 33-year-old being told that he can leave Madrid in the coming days, or face the prospect of being third-choice.The paper says Arsenal’s offer is ‘too good to refuse’ and the only major detail left now is for Casillas to have his Madrid contract terminated, making him a free agent. Arsene Wenger is said to be a long-term fan of Casillas (Picture: Getty) Arsene Wenger is said to be offering him a deal worth £100,000-a-week that could run for the next five seasons, meaning he would be 38 by the time it expires.More developments are expected in the next few days.