No. 1 USC heads to desert to take on Arizona schools

first_imgThe women’s volleyball team begins its final road trip of the regular season on Friday, as it takes on No. 23 Arizona in Tucson before heading to Tempe for a clash against No. 24 Arizona State. The No. 1 Women of Troy are back atop the national rankings after a perfect home stand, and they look to pick up more momentum on the road before returning home Thanksgiving week to play rivals California and UCLA.In the stretch run of a grueling season, the squad will be challenged both physically and mentally in the coming matches, and junior setter Alice Pizzasegola said the team has to stay sharp.“We need to be focused and stay focused,” she said. “It’s easy to lose your focus on the road … but we need to stay with it till the end.”Endurance may, indeed, prove to be key, as this season’s race to the Pac-12 summit remains neck-and-neck between the USC and Washington, who ruined the Women of Troy’s perfect season last month in Seattle. The Huskies lie just one game behind USC with two matches to play.This makes the end of the regular season pivotal for the Women of Troy, starting with their journey to the desert. USC beat the Wildcats, 3-1, in a tightly contested match earlier in the year at the Galen Center. Head coach Mick Haley and his team have not lost to Arizona since the 2013 season, but that match ended with Arizona knocking off the then-No. 1 Women of Troy in Tucson.Haley also pointed out that the Wildcats would have an extra incentive on Friday, needing to beat both USC and UCLA to force their way into the NCAA tournament.“They need to beat us, and we have to be ready to accept that challenge,” he said.Arizona currently sits at 7-9 in conference play and at 17-11 overall, but they remain in the top 25 and have played well at home. The Wildcats are 9-4 at the McKale Center this season, and three of those four losses came against teams that now find themselves in the top 10: Washington, Texas and Stanford.Two days after their match in Tucson, the Trojans head north to take on the Sun Devils. No. 24 Arizona State sits one place below its in-state rivals in the national rankings but actually has a better season record of 19-8 (8-8 in Pac-12 play). The Sun Devils have had an up-and-down season, which makes them formidable opponents on the wrong day, a fact Haley was all too familiar with.“For the last, seems like, 10 years, it’s been a five-set match [in Tempe],” he said. “They really feel like they can beat us.”Haley won his 900th victory as a Division I coach the last time USC played Arizona State, as the Women of Troy sent the Sun Devils packing in four sets at the Galen Center. Like the Wildcats, however, ASU has looked more comfortable at home and sports a stellar 12-1 season mark at the Wells Fargo Center.Whether the match is in the Galen Center or in Tempe, the Trojans will be ready.“[We want] to make a strong statement,” Pizzasegola said. “Yeah, we’re good at home, but we’re good on the road, too.”With two highly anticipated rivalry clashes looming in the distance, USC’s final, pivotal regular season road trip will not be an easy one. But with every away match, Pizzasegola said, comes an extra incentive.“If we win 3-0, 3-0 on the road, we get ice cream,” she said. “So that’s the goal: getting ice cream.”Friday’s match against Arizona begins at 6 p.m., and Sunday’s match at Arizona State starts at     1 p.m.last_img read more

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Curtis Cup players and champions head to Coventry

first_img19 Aug 2018 Curtis Cup players and champions head to Coventry Curtis Cup players and champions are targeting the English women’s open amateur championship which gets underway at Coventry Golf Club on Tuesday.They’re aiming to follow in the footsteps of Solheim Cup stars Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart and Joanna Morley who have all won this title.The high-class international field includes players from 11 different countries and three Curtis Cup players: Lily May Humphreys and Sophie Lamb of England and Shannon McWilliams from Scotland.Many of the competitors hold individual titles and have amassed other impressive achievements.Humphreys, 16, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) is the Scottish women’s open winner while Lamb, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, was leading amateur at the 2017 British Women’s Open and is a past winner of the British stroke play.Georgina Blackman, (Chelmsford, Essex) is the English women’s amateur champion and Yorkshire’s Nicola Slater (Lindrick) holds the English match play title and won the Bridget Jackson Bowl at Handsworth.Scotland’s Hannah McCook has won both the Irish and Welsh open titles and, alongside McWilliams, was in the Scotland’s winning team at the recent Women’s Home Internationals.Hollie Muse, from West Lancashire, reached the semi-finals of the British women’s amateur and played the British Women’s Open.The juniors in the field include Ffion Tynan of Wales, who is the Scottish girls’ champion, and Charlotte Heath of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who reached the semi-finals of the British girls’ championship and won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.Among the local players are Coventry’s own Lisa Barton, a past Warwickshire champion, and county team mate Lauren Beaman of Moor Hall.Coventry Golf Club will test the players with its mature undulating parkland course which has been host to many prestigious professional and amateur tournaments.The full field will play an 18-hole round on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, with the top 40 and ties playing the final 36 holes on Thursday. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Tags: Coventry Golf Club, Open Amateur Championship, Womenlast_img read more

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OVERTIME

first_img:10 Plain and simple, when Jerome Simpson—JUMPED…NO, LET ME CORRECT THAT—Flew over the Arizona Cardinals to score a touchdown, it was not only the play of the year, it might mark it as the play of the decade! Got a better one? You know the drill, write me and I’ll showcase you. (“Overtime”—Champion Enterprises, 416 Springdale Dr., Suite 33, Pgh., PA 15235). :09 What they’re doing to Hines Ward as the old folks would say…“It’s a sin and a shame!!!” First of all there’s no way a world class athlete goes from great in the Super Bowl last year to a bum this year. I ain’t buying it! He should still be the starter and he should already have his 1,000 catches. It should not come down to the wire like it is. And I know for a fact no receiver on this team hits like Hines. C’mon man!!:08 On that note, I told you before and I’ll tell you again if they let Franco Harris go, they’ll let anybody go. Watch your back mmmmaaaannn!!!:07 I’ll say it now before Fred Crawford says it. My Lakers are in trouble. Yea I know they took the Bulls to the wire but I don’t see enough fire power to get the NBA championship. But I am still on the Laker bus and I’ll be there till it’s over.:06 But I am stickin’ to my game plan … the Heat will not repeat. Say it loud, THE HEAT WILL NOT REPEAT!! (I hope):05 For all you Do-Gooders that thought …or hoped that they would burn down the Penn State campus, I told ya, I told ya, I told ya…in another six months nobody but the families of the abused children will care what happened. And come September 2012 “Happy Valley” will be happy again. And they will put 120,000 people in the seats again.:04 Just a basketball flashback for ya, just to keep you on point. Don’t get it twisted, I know I gave you the all-time greats but here’s some boys that will give you all you can handle and should never be forgotten. (You guessed it —the Top 10 List is coming at ya…Hhhheeerrreee we go…•Top 10 Players You Really Don’t Want to Mess With*1. Jeff “Junk Head” Burden 2. Mike “I’ll Fight” Gusby 3. Tim Tyler 4. Kevin Price Sr. 5. Heath Bailey 6. Ronnie McCrae 7. “Shanghi” Matthews 8. David “Dr. Death” Trent 9. Kevin “Dr K.” Walls 10. Cleveland “Shan” Bibbons:03 Review Time—saw a special screening of Mission Impossible and it’s a four basketball hit. Go see it, Tom Cruise is the man.:02 Glad Green Bay lost. Nuff said! Just don’t lie—um!:01 So you say you haven’t been to the Savoy yet. Shame on ya! And you’re the only one in town that has not gone yet. Well fix that and fix it now…get there for the New Year. It’s the best show in town, bar none. Now shut up and stop with the excuses!“DOUBLE OVERTIME”:00 Here-Ye…Here-Ye now here this, now here this. Former two time Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Champion Robin Cole is now a motivational and inspirational speaker and is available to speak at your event. If you want a World Champion and a great guy to speak at your event, call me at The Champions Office, we’ll hook you up.:01 Get ready to get ready…the New First Friday is back for the New Year. Friday—Jan 6. at The Club Monroeville from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. starring the legendary Flow Band…“That’s Reggae Music Mun” —$10 Donation will Benefit The Kenny Durrett Memorial High School All-Starr Basketball Classic in April—Special Guest—The Force Women’s Professional Football Team—D.J. MeanGee is in the house with the jams and “We’re gonna Par-Tay all nite long yea- mun!!!”“TRIPLE OVERTIME”.00 Yo! Hold Up…wait a minute…Let’s go back to the movie. Paula Patton is worth the price of admission—10 times over. Man she’s fine! As a matter of fact she just replaced Halle Berry as No. 1 on the Finest Women in the World List. THAT’S RIGHT I SAID IT. And you can run tell Ms. Berry I said so. (I told her when she walked out on me I’d get even someday!!!) And by the way what ever Robin Thicke is working with…you go man! (That’s Paula’s husband for you Gateway people that don’t keep up)~ Now This Game Is Over ~ BILL NEALlast_img read more

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World Cup kisses goodbye to Africa; Nigeria and Algeria out

first_imgNigeria’s goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama fails to gather a cross from which France’s Paul Pogba scored the opening goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Nigeria at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high.Despite tenacious resistance, Africa’s last representatives were sent home on Monday by France and Germany.Those two former champions will next play each other on Friday in Rio de Janeiro. That quarterfinal means Europe is guaranteed at least one semifinalist in this World Cup that has smiled on the Americas, supplier of eight of the last 16 teams.With exceptional saves, goalkeepers again starred both in France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria and Germany’s 2-1 marathon against an Algerian team whose bravura has been among the many revelations of this surprise-packed tournament.This was Algeria’s first taste of World Cup knockout football, having never advanced from the group stages in three previous attempts.Germany needed extra time to win after both teams failed to score in two absorbing halves, and it let Abdelmoumene Djabou get a goal back in the dying seconds, doing  little for the three-time champion’s credentials as a favorite to lift the trophy again on July 13.France, winner in 1998, looks the sharper of the two. Germany’s tactics of pushing players forward and leaving a large chunk of defending to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer would almost certainly undo it against a stronger attack.Other highlights of another dramatic day at one of the best World Cups in memory included:—France’s Paul Pogba scored the 146th goal, pushing the tally from this tournament beyond that of South Africa in 2010, with 10 matches still to play.__The goal total climbed to 150 by the end of Monday’s two games, after an own-goal from Nigerian captain Joseph Yobo that sealed France’s win, extra time strikes for Germany from Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil, and Djabou’s consolation goal. If the current average of more than 2 goals per game holds through to the final, Brazil could finish with the highest goals total of any of the 20 World Cups. The total to beat is 171, scored at France 1998.—Luis Suarez confessed. Having previously denied that he bit Giorgio Chiellini, the disgraced Uruguay striker reversed course, apologized to the Italy defender and to “the entire football family” via Twitter and vowed that his third ban for biting would be his last.Chiellini quickly tweeted back: “It’s all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.”Suarez is serving a four-month ban for what FIFA’s disciplinary panel ruled was a “deliberate, intentional” and unprovoked bite in Uruguay’s 1-0 group stages win against Italy. Without Suarez, Uruguay promptly lost 2-0 to Colombia in the last 16.—Facebook said it passed the 1 billion mark in World Cup interactions. No other single event has generated this much activity in Facebook history.Before Brazil, Africa never had two teams make the knockout stage at the same tournament. Like Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010), the Nigerians were hoping to reach their first quarterfinals after twice stalling at the last 16.And with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama flying like Superman, it seemed for a long while that the Nigerians might do it.The Super Eagles sank claws into France in the first half, with tough physicality viewed leniently by U.S. referee Mark Geiger. In Paris, an ocean of fans watched on a giant outdoor screen at Paris City Hall. Encouragement even came from the famed Orsay museum, which is tweeting photos of blue-themed artworks to encourage Les Bleus. After Edgar Degas’ “The Blue Dancers” on Sunday, Monday’s choice was Lucien Levy-Dhurmer’s “The Inlet.”France had the best first-half chances and squandered them. Pogba fired a right-footed, taekwondo kick-like volley straight at Enyeama. Brazilian TV’s speed trap clocked the ball at 87 kilometers (54 miles) per hour off the midfielder’s foot.After Enyeama got a hand to Karim Benzema’s second-half header, tipping it over his crossbar, the French striker kicked one of the posts in frustration.In South Africa, goalkeepers complained of strange swerves from the ball and there were epic mistakes from Brazil’s Julio Cesar and England’s Robert Green.But Brazil is becoming a gallery for their art.Against Germany, Algeria’s Rais Mbolhi somehow got fingertips to a pile-driver off the right foot of German captain Philipp Lahm and stopped a point-blank header from Thomas Mueller.At the other end, Neuer dug himself out of a goal-mouth scramble and then hoofed an extraordinarily accurate kick up-field to Schuerrle, who couldn’t capitalize on the chance, failing to wriggle free of an Algerian marker. Neuer also showed great athleticism and anticipation haring out of his box against Algerian attacks.The acrobatics prompted a tweet of admiration from Gary Lineker, top scorer at the 1986 tournament for England: “The quality of goalkeeping at this World Cup has been extraordinarily high.”Enyeama will rue his mistake that led to the French breakthrough. He flapped at Mathieu Valbuena’s corner. The ball flew kindly to Pogba, who stepped away from Yobo, his marker, to coolly head it in.When the ball bounced off Yobo’s leg to make it 2-0 for France, Paris crowds erupted with waving flags, raised fists and lusty renditions of the anthem, “La Marseillaise.” With each additional victory, the team is winning forgiveness for the disgraceful strike by players at the last World Cup.“This team is a pleasure to watch,” French President Francois Hollande purred on Twitter.Germany, less so. But if it finally hits top gear next Friday, their quarterfinal could be a classic.___AP writer Elaine Ganley in Paris contributed. John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicesterlast_img read more

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Former Mayor Callman Dies at 95

first_imgBy Rick MalwitzCharles S. CallmanRUMSON – Charles S. Callman, who served the borough of Rumson in scores of capacities, including two stints as mayor, died Monday, July 30, at his home at the age of 95, with his family at his side.“The borough was his hobby,’’ said his wife Lee Callman. “He just had this tremendous love for everything Rumson.“He loved the people, especially those whose families lived here forever and ever – the police, the firemen, the first aid squad, the people who’d lived here their whole lives,’’ Lee Callman said.In 1998, though he tried to talk the borough council out of it, the municipal courtroom at borough hall was named the Charles S. Callman Hall.However, he was more familiar to many as Chillie Callman, a nickname he got as a boy, when a classmate had trouble pronouncing Charles.Callman was born in 1917 in Bronxville, N.Y. His father, who earned degrees from Dartmouth College and MIT, taught him the value of education. Callman graduated from The Lawrenceville School and Princeton University.During World War II he worked at a munitions factory on Long Island, and when he and his wife moved to their present home in 1986, he survived a scare that Lee Callman is able to laugh at today.He discovered a suspicious shell in his belongings and called the police. Soon police and firemen arrived at his home and the shell was taken gingerly from the garage by workers in hazmat gear. “It was a dud,’’ Lee Callman said.Alex Williamson, a television producer in Los Angeles, remembered the man he called “Uncle Chillie” as someone who “loved a joke and had a mind like a steel trap.”Williamson said his father, the late George Wiliamson, considered Callman his mentor and best friend. The two were Princeton graduates and both worked in the financial industry.Some of Williamson’s fondest childhood memories were of Callman giving him a ride in one of his red English convertible sports cars. “I’m riding in the car with the man who’s the mayor and my godfather, andI feel so important.”Alex’s mother, Gay Williamson, recalled how she and her husband George often traveled with the Callmans. “I can still picture Chillie and George in a sailboat in the Barbados making up limericks,” she said.Callman retired as a vice president of Kidder, Peabody & Co. of New York. He established his first residence in Rumson in 1947, and helped shape not only the borough but the surrounding area.He was an original member of the Two Rivers Council of Mayors that included mayors from Rumson and 11 surrounding communities.Callman was elected to the council in 1958 and held the office until becoming mayor in 1962. He served his first term as mayor until 1967 and then served as chairman of the Rumson Planning Board from 1968 until Jan. 1, 1974, when he was again asked to rejoin the governing body as a councilman. He later served as mayor from 1989 until his retirement from public life in 2003.During his second tenure as mayor, Ann Rossbach served on the Rumson-Fair Haven Board of Education.“Whenever we, the board, and the mayor met, he was always asking questions about the students,” Rossbach said. “He always wanted to know about any issue, ‘Is it good for the children?’ He always wanted to know how an issue affected the taxpayer, but he was most interested in the students.”Lee Callman likened her husband’s style in public life to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. She said that he had the same blunt and honest way of telling the truth.In September 2003, the borough council adopted a “Resolution of Appreciation” to honor Callman. The resolution said his “record of public service speaks for itself. He is the most dedicated, extraordinary volunteer public servant in the history of the Borough. Chillie Callman’s dedication and love for Rumson and its residents are unequalled; his integrity, courageous leadership, intelligence, compassion and sense of humor have earned him the great respect and affection of his colleagues, the Borough employees, the volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad and the residents of Rumson…”Callman was a past president of the Forrestdale School PTA and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson. He was a member of the Rumson Zoning Board of Adjustment and a longtime member of the Borough Planning Board. He was the first chairman of the Rumson Conservation Commission and was also the chairman of the Municipal Public Service Coordinating Committee, which was formed years ago to represent Rumson and seven neighboring towns in public utility and transportation matters. Callman was also the first Rumson representative to the Navesink River Munici­pality Committee, which was created to safeguard the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers.Callman was very proud to be an honorary member of the Rumson First Aid Squad and the Oceanic Hook and Ladder Fire Company.He was a member of the Rumson Country Club, the Sea Bright Beach Club, the Sea Bright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, The Root Beer and Checkers Club, The Fat Men, the YMCA in Red Bank, the Rumson Ramp Club and the Pistol Club.Chillie Callman was predeceased by his parents and his first wife Portia.In addition to his wife, Callman is survived by his children, Patricia and Peter Morse, Charles S. “Chuck” Callman, Jr., Portia “Midge” Murphy, Amy Johnson Swanson and husband John, Elizabeth Ann “E.A.” Buck and husband Michael Norman, Raymond F. Johnson, III; and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St. Red Bank. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, a.m. at St. George’s-by-the-River Church, 7 Lincoln Ave., Rumson. Burial will be private.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in his memory to the First Presby­terian Church of Rumson, the Rumson EMS or to St. George’s-by-the-River Church.last_img read more

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Moment of truth

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cone was also quick to dismiss any personal rivalries with his counterpart and downplay coaches’ roles in this beautiful series, which may have seen its bad officiating but is being played with such class by both squads.“I don’t think experience (in Game 7s) counts here,” Cone said. “We’ve had our share of Game 7s, Norman and I, but I’m not sure [our] experience matters there.”This game was what Cone and his gang avoided last season after Justin Brownlee hit that buzzer-beating triple off Allen Durham’s face to end Game 6 that ended an eight-year title wait for the Kings.Ginebra has a 2-1 record in Game 7s, with Cone to handle the Kings in such a game for the first time.Needless to say, this will be the Bolts’ first Game 7.Save for the Game 1 rout scored by the Kings, this series has been as tight as it could be.And no matter which team gets out of this one alive, this series will provide a fitting ending to what has been a very interesting season. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust PLAY LIST 01:41UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust00:50Trending Articles02:05Going ‘nude’: UK supermarkets test plastic-free zones01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Batang Pinoy: Coronel, Taguinod continue swimming dominance with quadruple golds LATEST STORIES Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “He will figure it out and find a way to get back (at us), so…,” Black said, practically admitting that the burden of adjustment also falls on his shoulders despite having some sort of momentum heading into his franchise’s biggest game.“It’s us against the world,” Black said with a chuckle as he recounted the experience of coaching in front of that huge crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeralco pulled off a 98-91 win that necessitated the 7 p.m. rubber match Friday, leading by as large as 20 early before taking the best punches the Gin Kings could throw in the stretch.Black said that he’s been on both ends of a Game 7, as far as his recollection could take him. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I remember winning the last two games against Purefoods and David Thirdkill while I was playing coach (at San Miguel),” he said. “But, I also lost a championship to coach Tim when Alaska won the last two games and we couldn’t hold a 3-2 lead (while coaching Sta. Lucia).”It’s going to be a tall order, Black knows, as he tries to squeeze the best out of his players one more game and gift the franchise its first-ever pro championship.“It’s just really tough to beat Ginebra, they are well-coached and have crowd support,” Black said. “We really had to fight every second to beat them.”Triumphing in Game 6 has some of its perks, especially taking that winning feeling into what many great sportsmen have described as “the best two words in sports.”“We’re where we want to be, ever since the start of the conference,” he said. “We just have to do it one more time and we just have to get it done. One team is going to get it done, for sure, and I hope that it’s us.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE—Minutes after a raucous celebration died down, just when a Game 7 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals had been forged, Meralco coach Norman Black was quick to plant his feet back on earth and tell the media that the kind of opposition he’s up against is not at all lost on him.“One thing I know about coach Tim (Cone) is that you can’t do anything twice (to him), that’s for sure,” Black said with a straight face when asked if his Bolts could pull out the same dominant game they did on Wednesday night’s Game 6, where an all-time record crowd of 53,642 made its noisy presence felt all night at Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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India’s folk culture showcased at Games opening

first_imgThe vividness of country’s folk culture was on its full display at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday when dancers from Ladakh to Kerala and Sikkim to Gujarat gave a scintillating performance. Celebrating the ‘spirit of India’, the performers from 18 states showcased the richness, vibrancy and diversity in the country’s folk culture. Titled ‘Celebration’, folk dancers from various corners of the country came together to rejoice and dance in celebration of the message of the Mahatma. Showcased were flower dance from Ladakh, Bihu dance from Assam, Bhagoria from Madhya Pradesh, Panthi from Chattisgarh, Ghantu from Sikkim, Bhangra from Punjab, Kalbelia from Rajasthan and Ghoomar from Haryana.- With inputs from PTIlast_img

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Alabama Quarterback Blake Sims Confirms NFL Combine Invite

first_imgJalen Ramsey running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 29: Defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State runs the 40-yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Alabama quarterback Blake Sims put up stellar numbers (3,487 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions) in his lone year starting in Tuscaloosa. He also set the Crimson Tide record for single-game passing yardage.Still, his lack of prototypical size and background as a running back — where he played as a freshman at ‘Bama in 2011 — led to some speculation he would switch positions at the next level.Sims put that talk to rest last week, and this morning confirmed a report from yesterday that he had received an invite to the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine to showcase his throwing skills Invited! #blessedandthankfulA photo posted by Blake Sims (@_bsims6) on Jan 28, 2015 at 5:44am PST Despite his decorated final collegiate season, Sims didn’t produce sterling numbers at the Reese’ Senior Bowl last weekend, completing just 4-of-11 passes for 50 yards. He did add 23 yards rushing on three attempts.The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine will be held inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17-23. Should he accept his invitation, the event would serve as the next step for Sims to try and prove he can be a quarterback at the highest level.last_img read more

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PM Shocked by Sudden Death of Dr Winston Green, MP for South East St. Mary

first_img Prime Minister Holness says that the news of Dr Green’s death came as a surprise. He remembers Dr Green as a competent Member of Parliament who sat on Parliamentary Committees. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has extended condolences to the family of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary Dr Winston Green. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has extended condolences to the family of the Member of Parliament for South East St. Mary Dr Winston Green.Dr Green died suddenly this morning. He was 58 years-old.Prime Minister Holness says that the news of Dr Green’s death came as a surprise. He remembers Dr Green as a competent Member of Parliament who sat on Parliamentary Committees.“Dr Green had a quiet disposition. He has given national service which must be commended. Dr Green was one of those Parliamentarians who served his constituency well. I applaud Dr Green’s contribution to governance through politics,” said Prime Minister Holness.Dr Green was a second term Member of Parliament, having been elected in 2011 to represent the constituency of South East St. Mary.He served on the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee and up to the time of his death was a member of Parliament’s Internal and External Committee.“On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica I extend deep and sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of Dr Green,” said Mr Holness.Dr Green was a dental surgeon and former Vice President of the Dental Association of Jamaica.He was educated at Excelsior High. Dr Green who was a member of the Opposition Peoples National Party received his degree in dentistry in Cuba.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

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