first_imgFormer Nelson Minor Hockey star Adam Plant is among the 27 players from the BC Hockey League invited by Hockey Canada to the Canada West selection camp in preparation for the 2013 World Junior A Challenge.Plant, who currently plays for the West Kelowna Warriors, is one of the 24-defenceman receiving invitations to the upcoming camp October 26-30 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.A total of 66 players are attending the camp will be fighting for spots on Canada West at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge. The 5’9”, 160-pound defenceman played his minor hockey in Nelson before attending the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton in 2011.The 18-year-old mobile defenceman then played a season for the Penticton Lakers of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League before spending the last two seasons with West Kelowna where he accumulated five goals and 31 assists in 59 games.Plant has accepted a scholarship to Harvard University beginning in the 2014 season.Players named to the Canada West selection camp roster were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).The selection camp roster was chosen by Canada West head coach Jason McKee (Spruce Grove, AJHL), along with assistant coaches Trent Cassan (Yorkton, SJHL) and Ryan Smith (Selkirk, MJHL), and team manager Shawn Bullock (Hockey Canada).The 2013 World Junior A Challenge will be held November 4-10 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, N.S.last_img read more

first_img**SubmittedThe 12th annual CMRC Western Canada Amateur National Motocross Championships completed this past weekend, with approximately 650 entries from all over Western Canada battling at the famed track for motocross glory.The event big winner was Fort St John, BC’s Trae Franklin. The 14 year old KTM rider dominated in the Supermini, Junior and GP Junior classes the entire week. Franklin won all 9 motos he entered, and took home the coveted Gaerne Bronze Boot award for the event’s top rider. “Trae was as good as we have seen at Raymond in all the years we have done the event. He was the best rider here, and deserves the recognition” said Gerry Nelson, the WCAN’s promoter.- Advertisement -A full list of results can be found at under the Alberta region results. The 2009 Western Amateur National Motocross Championships is promoted by Gerry and Heather Nelson of Top End Promotions. Event information can be found at read more

first_imgA team of 36 Guyanese swimmers between the ages of 7 and 17 will depart today as they seek to better their performances at the Goodwill Swim Meet, which is being held in Barbados from August 17-19.Young swimmers preparing to take their mark in the 2017 Goodwill Meet hosted at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal (file photo)The Goodwill Meet is a developmental competition, which seeks to improve the performance of young swimmers within the Caribbean. The Meet began with just Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname, but has grown to include St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and The Bahamas. Every year, an honorary team is allowed to participate; this year’s team will hail from Jamaica.When Guyana hosted the Meet last year, the home team copped third place with a total of 60 medals for the first time in decades. As such, the home team will be looking to up their performance this time around, despite competing without talents like Leon Seaton and Raekwon Noel – owing to their CARIFTA participation this year – local coaches have assured that the team are poised to do well.The Coach of the Silver Sharks Speed Club, Haresh Bhagwan, has expressed confidence in the two swimmers who would be representing his club and Guyana. Although noting that he is disappointed that swimming sensation Leon Seaton Jr will not be able to compete, Bhagwan is of the opinion swimmers Joseph Matthews and Latisha Blair can get the job done.Out of 10 events in the 13-14 age group, Matthews will be participating in four events inclusive of the 150 metres backstroke, 50 metres freestyle and 50 metres backstroke. The Coach noted that Matthews had the potential to excel in all the events; however, he was selected for the four, since he was an excellent swimmer and those events were the toughest.“The only reason he did not get the opportunity to swim the other events is because after distributing the events, three swimmers per event, Joseph has shown consistently that he is the fastest in the four as opposed to the others and we need him well-rested to perform his utmost best,” Bhagwan explained.On the other hand, his clubmate, Blair will be competing in all the events. The Coach said, “She is swimming all 10 based on her competitive level at her age group is much easier and she has a great stamina level. She can swim distances and she can swim 50m now and 50m next 10 minutes.”Full list of participantsGirls:8 and under: Jasmin Allen, Nia Burch-Smith, Zara Crane, Shareefah Lewis, Ariel Rodrigues, and Jessica Sookram9-10: Kayla Hardy and Kayle Hardy11-12: Althacy Hunte, Patrice Mahaica, Aleka Persaud, and Monique Watson13-14: Latisha Blair, Giselle Crane, Amber DeGoeas, and Sofia PinolBoys:8 and under: Macaiah Enoe, Karsten DeJonge, Dean Spencer, and Ricardo Spencer9-10: Hashim Mohammed, Jeremy Sookram, and Jeron Sookram11-12: Jaleel Anderson, Micah Chichester, Ethan Gonsalves, Paul Mahaica, and Vladimir Woodroffe13-14: Sion Jeffers, Joseph Matthews, Vidjas Mohammed, and Sekhel Tzedeq15-17: Andrew Jordon, Antonio Rodrigues, Daniel Scott, and Fitzroy Thomlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000That’s better: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates after the 3-0 win over Sampdoria © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Apr 16 – Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.The title could be tied up by next Sunday when Juventus and Napoli go head-to-head in a top of the table clash in Turin. Juventus would have to win on Wednesday at Crotone and Napoli lose at home against Udinese, while the champions would also have to win next Sunday’s game for the title to be decided.“Napoli are having a sensational campaign, they are still right up there and I think the next two games could be almost decisive for the Scudetto,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.“We are absolutely not favourites for the Scudetto. I want to thank everyone today, because it’s not easy to win like this after such a draining experience as the Champions League.”Juventus showed they had put their midweek Champions League defeat to Real Madrid behind them as they were greeted with a banner “Proud of You” and applause for captain Gianluigi Buffon who was sent off in Madrid.Brazilian Douglas Costa was the architect of the victory coming off the bench in place of the injured Miralem Pjanic to set up all three goals.Costa crossed for Mario Mandzukic who volleyed under the bar just before the break, and dinked another for Benedikt Howedes whose diving header found the mark on the hour mark.The Brazilian then set-up Sami Khedira for the third with 15 minutes to go, with Buffon denying Duvan Zapata a late consolation goal for Sampdoria.“Douglas Costa was meant to come on, not quite that early, but it was part of the plan,” said Allegri.“We played with focus, calm and intelligence. Then Pjanic did the rest! He just had a thigh twinge and it was best to come off.”Juventus now have have 84 points from 32 games, six ahead of second-placed Napoli with six games to go.– Donnarumma denies Napoli –No way through: AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma frustrates Napoli © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAA Gianluigi Donnarumma wonder save in added-on time denied Napoli a last-gasp victory in the San Siro.The 19-year-old Italian — who became the youngest player to reach 100 Serie A appearances on Sunday — dived to keep out substitute Arkadiusz Milik’s goal-bound effort two minutes into added-on time as Napoli lost further ground on Juventus.Napoli — bidding for an elusive third title after those won in 1987 and 1990 — now have 78 points from 32 games.“We don’t care what Juventus do,” said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri after a third draw in their past five games.“We are on our journey, the team did well and if we had played this performance with this result in the first half of the season, we would have been praised for it.“Aside from a couple of crosses, we allowed Milan absolutely nothing.”AC Milan remain sixth and within the Europa League places but look too far behind for the Champions League.“As long as we’re still mathematically in contention, we believe. But there’s a lot of points between us and fourth place,” said Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.Roma and Lazio are in third and fourth place respectively on 61 points after playing out a goalless Roman derby in the Stadio Olimpico.Inter Milan missed the chance to pull ahead of both teams and back into the Champions League places with a goalless draw at Atalanta, leaving Luciano Spalletti’s side a point behind in fifth.The bitter Roman rivals both showed signs of fatigue after their varying European fortunes midweek.Roma — who shocked Barcelona to advance to the Champions League semi-finals — had more chances with Bruno Peres hitting the post before the break and an Edin Dzeko header hit the crossbar in added-time.Lazio — dumped out of the Europa League — held on despite being down to ten men after Stefan Radu was sent off for the final ten minutes.Meanwhile, rock-bottom Benevento earned their first away point with a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo, thanks to a double from Malian striker Cheick Diabate who has scored seven goals in six matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Arsenal want to sign Polish defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Spanish side Sevilla, although the 24-year-old could cost as much as £20m. (Daily Mirror) Chelsea and Manchester United are ready to bid for Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30, after the Netherlands international’s agent suggested he was unhappy at not playing in recent matches for the Turkish side. (Daily Express) Bayern Munich and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, a former transfer target for Liverpool, will be allowed to leave the German champions in January. (Daily Mail) Liverpool and Manchester United are both interested in buying Netherlands Under-21 international Daley Sinkgraven. The 19-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or winger, is currently with Dutch side Heerenveen. (Daily Star) Ipswich Town are poised to sign Leeds United striker Noel Hunt, 31, on loan until January. (Yorkshire Evening Post) Birmingham City have failed in their attempt to take Wolves midfielder Michael Jacobs, 23, on loan. (Birmingham Evening Mail) Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed reports that he will replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager. (Daily Express) Sporting Lisbon midfielder Nani, 28, says he has got his confidence back since joining on a season-long loan from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News) And here are the latest transfer tales…Exclusive – Chelsea will NOT go the season unbeaten, claims WilkinsExclusive – Man City legend Dickov hails ‘special’ Aguero following Bayern Munich showingExclusive – Former Man City star tells Joe Hart: Improve or you’re outExclusive – Former Liverpool boss slams Rodgers sack talk and demands players step upDutch starlet wanted by Manchester United tipped to join big clubThe answer to Arsenal’s January transfer window prayersQPR keen to tie up permanent deal for on-loan Juventus starEverton striker in line for loan movelast_img read more

first_img huge blow shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City However, the Eagles were not so successful, beaten 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.Despite some woeful October form, Roy Hodgson’s men did manage to end Arsenal’s winning run with a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park last time out in the league.Meanwhile Maurizio Sarri’s side were dominant in a 4-0 triumph at Burnley. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card whoops REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Chelsea benefitted from two own goals as they ultimately outgunned Derby REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED What The Managers Are SayingMaurizio Sarri: “In every experience I have done before, I was in trouble in the first two months! I thought it would be the same here. Here I was lucky, because the players were able to win without a very good level of tactical organisation.”Roy Hodgson: “Teams change, but the players will know the quality of the opposition. They’ll know the daunting task they face with Chelsea unbeaten. We played well against Liverpool and Arsenal, did more than just compete.“I wasn’t surprised Chelsea appointed Maurizio Sarri after his success at Napoli. I’m impressed by how quickly he’s settled and the appointment of Gianfranco Zola alongside him has been a very good one.” 2 gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 no dice Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Chelsea are back in action in the Premier League after their topsy-turvy 3-2 win over Derby in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge will see the Blues leapfrog Liverpool after they could only manage a draw at Arsenal yesterday. tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News Roy Hodgson is wary of the threat Chelsea pose Confirmed teamsThere is no place for star man Eden Hazard who only makes the bench to begin with.Meanwhile, Palace welcome Max Meyer to their starting XI after the German made a positive impact when coming on as a substitute during their 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal last weekend.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kante, Willian, Morata, PedroCrystal Palace: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha, Meyer, Townsendlast_img read more

first_imgEarly Childhood Care and Education students all over Donegal this month are caught in the middle of the latest bureaucracy bedlam over Garda Vetting for placement in early childhood services.Donegal Childcare Manager, Avril McMonagle has this week confirmed that this issue was flagged earlier last year as having the potential to bring training placements to a standstill if a solution wasn’t agreed by January 2014.This is proving a significant challenge for training organisations, students and Donegal’s 151 childcare providers and will impact negatively on the delivery model of early childhood degree and FETAC training programmes offered to an estimated 400 students across the county. Traditionally, Garda Vetting was carried out by colleges, IT’s and training organisations for early childhood students before going out into childcare services.The previous practice of confirmation by individual letter that Garda Vetting had been undertaken and that there are no issues arising, no longer meets HSE requirements.New HSE inspection standards now require Garda Vetting forms to be held on site by the childcare providers otherwise the service will be deemed non-compliant under this particular regulation.“This all sounded fine, well at least until the Data Protection Commissioner was thrown into the mix,” says Ms. McMonagle. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner have informed training providers that they cannot, under the Data Protection legislation, share Garda Vetting forms with a third party that is, the childcare provider.A common sense solution was then put forward to query whether the student could pass on the clearance evidence obtained by training organisation to the childcare provider directly themselves – but no, this practice has been deemed unacceptable also.Understandably, early childhood service providers do not want to have a recorded non compliance through no fault of their own and are currently forced to refuse student placements.Some students have commenced vetting procedures independently through allocated agencies in an attempt to get around the chaos. However existing delays of 14-16 weeks will prohibit second semester placements and no doubt cause a snowball effect in an already inefficient vetting system.Ms. McMonagle concludes ‘If this debacle was created so that children would be better protected from harm or abuse, then every professional involved would exercise tolerance and understanding. However, when this shambles of officialdom has been caused by the physical location of a piece of paper – it’s difficult to exercise any tolerance at all’. DCCC are currently working with training organisations and childcare providers to form a collective response to be put to the appropriate agencies at the end of January.BUREAUCRACY BEDLAM OVER GARDA VETTING FOR DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: January 20th, 2014 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:Avril McMonagleDonegal Childcare Committeelast_img read more

first_imgJames and TeresaGLENSWILLY club man James Pat McDaid has been elected to take a seat for the Letterkenny Electoral Area on Donegal County Council.James Pat, pictured with girlfriend Teresa Canning, was the surprise package of the Fianna Fail election strategy in the area where 10 seats were up for grabs.“I want to thank Fianna Fail for selecting me to run in this election and all the support I got from the party,” said the 25-year-old. “I’ll be the youngest councillor in there and I’m hoping to be the voice for young people in there.“I want to thank every one who voted for me; I got votes from right across the political spectrum.“My canvassers asked the electorate to give the young fella a chance. I have been given that chance and I will ensure that chance is not wasted.”He added: “It is a very proud night for the McDaid family….the party’s in Glenswilly.”  ELECTED (LETTERKENNY): JAMES PAT McDAID (FF) CELEBRATES ELECTION VICTORY was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:fianna failglenswillyJames Pat McDaidletterkennylast_img read more

first_img Box Score OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 24 Drake University women’s basketball team used a strong fourth quarter performance to pull away from Creighton (1-4) in an 85-69 victory Wednesday afternoon contest between the longtime rivals. The teams traded 3-pointers in the second quarter as Drake led 25-21 at the media timeout. The Bluejays made four while the Bulldogs knocked down three. Rhine hit two of those as she equaled her career mark for a game with three 3-pointers. Drake extended its lead to seven at halftime, 36-29. Rhine had 11 points and nine rebounds while Bachrodt and Hittner each had six points. Drake (7-1), which played its fourth game in seven days, was led by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) who scored a season-high 23 points, including surpassing the 1,000-career point mark, with her first 3-pointer of the game. Hittner shot 5-of-9 from the floor, hit 3-of-3 from behind the 3-point line and made a career-high 10 free throws on 12 attempts. She is the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Drake, which led 58-55, entering the final quarter, ripped off six consecutive points as part of 13-3 opening run that pushed the Bulldogs’ advantage to 71-58, matching its largest advantage of the game. Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) capped the hot start with a 3-pointer and the team kept their lead in double digits the rest of the way for the win over their former MVC rival. In the last period, Drake outscored Creighton, 27-14, and its defense limited the Bluejays to 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from the floor and just 1-of-11 (9.1 percent) from three. PDF Box Score Creighton (1-4) was paced by sophomore Temi Carda who scored a career-high 20 points. The Bluejays made 11 3-pointers on 40 attempts. Carda made a team-high four 3-pointers. HTML Box Score center_img Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) each chipped in eight points. Bachrodt pulled down a season-high nine rebounds and added three assists and two steals. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who on Monday was selected MVC Player of the Week for the third straight week to open the season, recorded her fourth double-double with 17 points and a season-best 13 rebounds. Rhine knocked down a career-high three 3-pointers. As a team, the Bulldogs nailed a season-high 13 3-pointers on 28 attempts. Story Links Late in the opening quarter, Creighton led 9-8 after a three-pointer, but the Bulldogs used an 8-0 run for a 16-9 advantage going to the second. Jonas scored four points during the run. Following Wednesday’s road game, Drake will enjoy a break before it hosts Clarke Dec. 4 for the program’s annual Pack the Knapp for Character Game Hosted by Drake’s Ray Center. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. as thousands of area elementary and middle school students will pack the Knapp Center for a fun day of basketball and educational activities. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO — After an unusually quiet winter, the Giants spent the first days of spring training as one of the leading suitors for free agent slugger Bryce Harper.The team’s pursuit of Harper didn’t appear to mesh with the otherwise understated offseason approach, but the power-hitting outfielder wasn’t a typical free agent.At 26 years old, Harper was one of the youngest superstars to ever hit free agency. Even if the Giants understood they would have trouble competing in the near future, …last_img read more