UWF Women’s Soccer Sweeps Gulf South Conference Weekly Awards Nov. 1, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dernelle Mascall and Sheka Codner were named the GSC Offensive and Defensive players of the week this past week. They become the sixth and seventh different Argos to earn player of the week honors this season for women’s soccer. Previously, Brandi Adams (Sr. / Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and Jodi Galucci (So. / Stuart, Fla.) were honored as offensive players of the week, while Marie Hastings (Sr. / Gainesville, Fla.) and Linda Ganehed (Fr. / Sweden) each won a defensive player of the week honor. In addition, goalkeeper Courtney Jones (So. / Panama City, Fla.) has won defender of the week two separate times this season.Forward Dernelle Mascall (Basse terre, Moruga, Trinidad) earned her first career GSC Player of the Week award after recording her third hat-trick of the season this past weekend. Mascall broke West Florida’s single-season goal record (22) with four in two matches while adding two assists. She was a part of every Argo goal in the two contests. The 5-8 swift footed Sophomore netted all three goals against Montevallo Friday night, clinching the top spot for UWF in the upcoming GSC Tournament, 3-0. In Sunday’s match with Thomas (Ga.), Mascall netted a goal and assisted on two more as UWF closed out the regular season with a 3-0 win.Defender Sheka Codner (Dover, Del.) claimed her first GSC Defender of the Week honor after playing all 180 minutes for West Florida over the weekend, as the Argos blanked two opponents by a pair of 3-0 scores. The 5-5 Junior anchored a defense that allowed Montevallo just two shots on goal and held Thomas (Ga.) to only one total shot. The 3-0 victory over the Lady Falcons clinched the top seed in the GSC Tournament for UWF. Amazingly, Codner and her defensive companions have not allowed a goal in the last 790 minutes of play. Print Friendly Version Share
Pearson recalls the pressure on boss Robson during the survival battle and admitted it was difficult to watch. “I remember when we played Manchester United in the penultimate game of the season,” he said. “The early results had put us under pressure, we needed something at Manchester United. We got a 1-1 draw. It was a tough day but we managed to get into the last day with a mathematical chance. “Those sort of pressures, when you watch someone you know well having to endure them, it’s quite hard, it’s tough. “Bryan was the manager, he takes more pressure than the assistant. It was interesting for me to see it from a different perspective. “It will be interesting for me to observe myself I’m sure. I’m not sure what I’d make of myself. “You need balance and as a manager you need somebody who at least has an understanding of the personality. I’m very lucky to have members of staff who manage to manage me.” Pearson will be without attacking midfielder Matty James, who could be out until next year after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage. Striker David Nugent (calf) is also sidelined but midfielder Andy King will return to the squad following a hamstring injury. The Foxes will survive at Sunderland on Saturday and complete a remarkable survival mission if Hull fail to match their result at Tottenham. Friday marked 10 years since Pearson was involved in the first Houdini act when West Brom became the first team to beat the drop in the Premier League after being bottom at Christmas. Press Association He was assistant to Bryan Robson at The Hawthorns as the Baggies survived on the final day with a 2-0 win over Portsmouth. Sunderland themselves achieved it last season and with Leicester on the brink of repeating it Pearson wants to seal survival without any late slip-ups. “It’s the worst pressure ever when you need to win games and also hoping things go your way elsewhere,” he said. “That is not nice. So one of the things we have been working very hard to do is hoping it stays in our own hands. “To do that you have to get enough good results but we have managed to do that. We will be doing everything we can to make sure it’s the right result for ourselves.” The Foxes have won six of their last seven games in a stunning run of form to climb off the bottom of the table and rise to 15th. They are three points above third-bottom Hull with a better goal difference and are set to emulate West Brom’s achievement. The Baggies stayed up on ‘Survival Sunday’, sending Southampton, Norwich and Crystal Palace down despite starting the day bottom. Nigel Pearson wants to avoid the “worst pressure ever” as Leicester close in on their own Great Escape.
Press Association “I thought beforehand that seeded teams got the advantage of playing away first, then home second, but apparently that’s not the case, it’s an open draw for that too. I think most of the countries would prefer to play their second game at home, so that’s the luck of the draw. “We are there and whoever we draw, we will be ready for the game.” Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia and Sweden or Denmark look likely to make up the seeds for Sunday’s draw with the two-legged ties to be played over November 12, 13 and 14 and 15, 16 and 17. Ireland, for whom a win or a high-scoring draw in Warsaw would have sent them to the finals, fell behind to Grzegorz Krychowiak’s 13th-minute strike, but got themselves back into the game when Walters levelled from the spot. But Lewandowski’s winner proved not to be the end of their frustrations in Warsaw as Shane Long, the hero of Thursday night’s victory over world champions Germany, was carried from the field on a stretcher before O’Shea was sent off for a second bookable offence and Walters collected a third caution of the campaign in stoppage time at the end of the game. O’Neill, who admitted his players simply could not replicate the intensity of their performance against Germany on Thursday evening, called on UEFA to reconsider their disciplinary rules, which he described as unfair after considering the implications of a costly evening at the Narodowy Stadium. He said: “It seems crazy. It’s very, very difficult to go through 10 games without picking up suspensions along the way. It seems rather unfair then too to carry it into the play-off situation and 12 games. “There’s no reason why you can’t start it again, and also one of the groups plays with a team less and so one of the teams has actually had eight games, so it’s a wee bit unfair in that respect and I think it’s something that UEFA should really have a look at. A defiant Martin O’Neill was adopting a bullish stance after seeing the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of automatic qualification for the Euro 2016 finals die in Poland. Robert Lewandowski’s 42nd-minute strike – his 15th goal in six games for club and country – sent the Poles to France courtesy of a 2-1 victory and left Ireland facing the lottery of the play-offs, for which they are likely to be unseeded and will have to play the first leg without defender John O’Shea and striker Jonathan Walters through suspension. However, O”Neill said: “I’m not aware of whether we are going to be seeded or not seeded. I have had a little look at some of the teams that are there and whether it’s an advantage or not, I’m not terribly sure. “I think the play-off situation should be entirely different, if that’s the case. We are punished for 12 games instead of 10 and one team has only eight games to negotiate.” Poland boss Adam Nawalka’s emotions were very different as he congratulated his players for a job well done. He said: “It is enough to look at the result of the game. It was a fierce game, it was a very aggressive match, but we tried from the very beginning to control the whole game, which is why we scored the first goal. “Unfortunately, we lost the second, but then we scored again and we tried to keep our opponents under pressure all the time and at the end of the day, we qualified and I am extremely happy about that. “I have to say that my players did an extremely great job today and this is their success. They have worked for that for a very long time, from the beginning of the tournament and I have to say I am very pleased. “But still, we have not said the last word.”
Cass said the team sill plans to open training camp and start the season on time, but it “may have to make adjustments.”___The IOC says it is setting aside $800 million for loans and payments arising from the pandemic that forced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach says $150 million will be available for loans to sports governing bodies and national Olympic committees. They were due payments this year for the Tokyo Games, which are now scheduled to open in July 2021.IOC chief operating officer Lana Haddad says a breakdown of how the $650 million could be allocated will be formulated in the months ahead. It was unclear how much of the money would go to Tokyo organizers. ___A judge has upheld the Dutch soccer association’s decision to scrap relegation and promotion from or to the top-flight Eredivisie as it cut short the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.The top two clubs in the second-tier Keuken Kampioen Division, Cambuur Leeuwarden and De Graafschap Doetinchem, launched a legal challenge to the April 24 decision, seeking to seal promotion in court.In a ruling streamed live Thursday, Judge Hans Zuurmond rejected their arguments, saying the Dutch association, the KNVB, has the power to make such a decision.Zuurmond says because of the coronavirus, the KNVB “had to take a decision with its back to the wall. Doing nothing was not an option.” ___Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle and the school’s five highest-paid head coaches have agreed to take a 10% pay cut for the first six months of the upcoming fiscal year to help offset revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.Coyle announced the pay cuts on Thursday for him, football coach P.J. Fleck, men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino, women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko and volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon. The group of six previously took a one-week voluntary salary reduction, enacted last month. The university said the combined savings from the reductions will be about $615,000. Fleck is the highest earner, at $4.6 million in 2020.“I appreciate their dedication to Minnesota and willingness to help in a time of financial uncertainty,” Coyle said.The next fiscal year starts on July 1. Coyle told the Board of Regents last week that the department is on pace to finish the current fiscal year with a $4 million deficit. The 2019-20 operating budget for Gophers sports was $123 million. The athletic department has projected a loss of up to $75 million of expected revenue under the worst-case scenario of a canceled 2020 football season. A milder hit of $30 million in lost income is forecast if football games are played without fans. The Swiss government announced Wednesday that Olympic sports federations based in the country can apply for federal loans. The IOC will put up half the money for those loans, with federal and state authorities providing 25% each.___The Southeastern Conference has formed a task force to advise the league and member schools on decisions about resuming sports amid the coronavirus pandemic.The SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force represents the league’s 14 universities.The group of medical professionals began meeting by video conference in April, the SEC said Thursday. They provide regular updates to SEC presidents, chancellors and athletic directors. In a video conference with reporters Thursday, Swofford said the league expects to distribute “98%” of its projected totals to league schools. He didn’t discuss specific amounts.“Given the circumstances, we feel pretty good about that actually,” Swofford said.The NCAA announced in March that it would distribute $225 million in June to 350 Division I schools after the cancellation of its men’s basketball tournament, much less than the original plan of $600 million.But Swofford said the league has offset some losses in savings for canceled championship events as well as less travel and other expenses. Additionally, Swofford said the league expects to be “somewhat ahead” of its projections for its ESPN-partnered TV channel, which launched in August.The league was already depending on the ACC Network to help close a growing financial gap with other power conferences. Swofford said the network ultimately was able to broadcast nearly all of its revenue-generating events, from the completed football season to a basketball schedule that lost the final seven games of the ACC men’s tournament. May 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to distribute nearly all of its projected revenues to member schools for this school year despite the shutdown of college sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. IndyCar officials have announced NBC will air a four-hour program on May 24, the original date of this year’s Indianapolis 500, that will look back at last year’s race.Mike Tirico will interview race winner Simon Pagenaud and runner-up Alexander Rossi during the broadcast.This year’s Indy 500 has been rescheduled for Aug. 23.“While this Memorial Day weekend will certainly be different, we’re pleased to join our partners at NBC Sports in continuing this tradition through this special TV presentation,” Penske Entertainment Corp. CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “We look forward to recognizing both our military and frontline COVID-19 heroes while providing motorsports fans some intense and behind-the-scenes IndyCar action through the race replay.”Pre-race coverage will include honoring frontline workers during the pandemic as well as the military traditions associated with the 500. The program also will preview this year’s season opener, which is scheduled for June 6 at Texas. ___Auburn University President Jay Gogue predicts the Tigers will play football this season.Gogue told incoming freshmen in a video Wednesday, “We’re going to have football this fall.”Gogue didn’t offer any details in the short video about how the games would be played and did not discuss whether fans would be in the stands. But the Auburn president predicted the coronavirus pandemic won’t keep the campus from having “all the activities that we have every fall.”He said Auburn will reopen classes on campus and have fraternity and sorority and club activities. “We will be prepared,” he added. “If we get the go-ahead from public health officials, if we get the go-ahead from governmental officials, if the necessary agreements can be reached, we will be prepared and we’ll get it going.”The Brewers are working with other companies and local firefighters to help provide 1,000 meals to workers at Milwaukee-area hospitals. Stearns spoke after food was given to employees at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.___West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee vows that the Mountaineers will play football this fall “even if I have suit up.”“I’ve got my ankles taped, I’m ready to go in,” the 76-year-old Gee joked in an interview with WOWK-TV broadcast this week. “But I think again, with everything we’re going to do it based on what is safe, what is healthy for our fans and what is healthy for our student athletes. But I do believe that we will play football.” According to the ruling, the KNVB had to act in the interest of all clubs. Zuurmond says it is “very bitter for Cambuur and De Graafschap, but that is not enough to overturn the decision.”The decision marked the first time a court has ruled in a legal challenge to a one of the major European leagues’ coronavirus stoppages.The Netherlands on April 24 became the first top-tier European league to cancel the remainder of the season. But clubs that felt disadvantaged by the terms immediately announced plans to launch legal battles.___The British government says it is helping the Premier League resume in June but it wants the finances to flow throughout English soccer and more fans to be able to watch games on television. Associated Press The Southeastern Conference has formed a task force of medical professionals from the 14 member institutions to discuss the best ways to resume sports.___Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns says he hopes a potential return of Major League Baseball from a pandemic-imposed hiatus could “provide a diversion” and be “part of the solution to what everyone is going through right now.”Stearns emphasized that it would need to be done “in a safe and responsible manner.”“The truth is we don’t know what scenario is coming,” Stearns said Thursday outside a hospital as the Brewers helped donate meals to hospital workers. ___The Baltimore Ravens intend to compensate stadium workers if NFL games are played before a limited numbers of fans — or no one at all — due to social distancing requirements during the coronavirus pandemic.Ravens president Dick Cass says the team is working on a program to provide for the estimated 3,300 people employed a typical game day.“If we don’t have that kind of staff because we have a reduced crowd at the stadium, we are planning on creating an employees’ assistance fund,” Cass said, noting that “we have not terminated or laid off or furloughed anybody and we don’t intend to.”Instead of watching from the sideline at a minicamp practice, Cass was in his home Thursday morning, speaking in a teleconference arranged by The United Way. He noted that in a normal year on this date, there would be 90 players having breakfast at the team headquarters. Despite uncertainly around the coronavirus pandemic, all Big 12 schools, including West Virginia, plan to open campuses for the fall semester, a key step toward launching fall sports.It’s not the first time a statement by Gee has turned heads.The then-Ohio State president was criticized in 2010 for saying TCU and Boise State didn’t belong in the BCS title game even if they ran the table because of weak schedules, referring to lesser opponents generally as “Little Sisters of the Poor.” In 2012 he took a shot at Notre Dame in a meeting of Ohio State’s athletic counsel, saying that the school was never invited to join the Big Ten because its priests are not good partners. “Those damn Catholics” can’t be trusted, he said.He later apologized. The Latest: ACC expects only slight revenue hit this year Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden held talks on Thursday with soccer authorities as the national coronavirus lockdown starts to be eased. The pandemic will continue to prevent any fans from attending matches if sports events do restart in June after being suspended in March.Dowden says “the government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June. This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.”In a statement, Dowden says soccer authorities need to finalize their plans before government approval will be given for leagues to start up again.Players are still having to maintain social distancing in training, but contact is expected to be allowed if there is no new spike in COVID-19 cases nationally.___ Conference members will have to approve any policy changes related to a return to practices, workouts, meetings and competition.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said the task force “has begun to provide the guidance necessary to make decisions related to the return to athletics activities for SEC student-athletes and to assist in our collaboration with colleague conferences in determining a safe return to athletics competition.”___Orlando became the latest NBA team to reopen its practice facility since the coronavirus shutdown, with Nikola Vucevic among the first Magic players to arrive back for voluntary workouts Thursday.The Magic released video of Vucevic working with assistant coach Lionel Chalmers, who was in a mask and gloves for the session. The NBA requires anyone who is present for the workouts, except for the player while he is working out, to be wearing personal protective equipment. “It felt good to be back here and get some work in,” Vucevic said afterward in a message distributed by the team. “But I still want you guys to stay safe, be smart, listen to the experts. It’s still a dangerous time for everybody. But be safe, listen to the experts and I’ll see you soon.”Vucevic was averaging 19.5 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Magic when the NBA season was suspended March 11.___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
(CMC) – WEST Indies speedster Sheldon Cottrell says he is anxiously looking forward to his first stint in the high-profile Indian Premier League (IPL), after landing a lucrative million-dollar deal with Kings XI Punjab.The 30-year-old was the subject of an intense bidding war at Thursday’s auction in Kolkata, before Kings XI secured the deal for his services in the campaign bowling off next April.“I’m really looking forward (to) that,” the Jamaican left-armer said following the auction.“I am very thankful and humbled at the same time, and just to play alongside Chris (Gayle) and Nicholas (Pooran), KL Rahul – just some of the names – I’m very elated.”Cottrell entered the draft at a base price of US$70 400 but fierce competition for his services from Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI saw his value vault to US$1.2 million.The deal came against the backdrop of an excellent year for Cottrell internationally, where he picked up 30 wickets from 23 One-Day Internationals and 14 scalps from 12 T20 Internationals.He was one of the few West Indies players to emerge from the ICC World Cup in England with reputation intact, finishing with 12 wickets in an otherwise wretched campaign by the Caribbean side.Cottrell said he owed his latest IPL achievement to his West Indies teammates who had been key to his success this year.“Without my teammates (and) West Indies, I wouldn’t have made it here, in my personal view,” he pointed out. “They have backed me 100 per cent and I just want to tell them thanks.”Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer, who was snapped up by Capitals for US$1.1 million, said he also owed a debt of gratitude to West Indies.“I wasn’t really looking too far ahead about it (auction). Really and truly I was just thinking all about the West Indies,” the Guyanese stroke-maker said.“They have brought me (here) and made me the person I am today so all thanks to the West Indies for just giving me the chance to represent them. I just do my thing and it’s all for the team.”Hetmyer was discarded by Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Banglalore after just one season at the end of the 2019 campaign but a sparkling hundred in the opening ODI last week helped to renew his chances of a lucrative contact.Both Cottrell and Hetmyer are with the West Indies team preparing for the decisive final ODI of the three-match series against India.
More than 30 organizations came together on Saturday for the USC Community Health Involvement Project’s seventh annual Health Fair at Hoover Street Elementary School. By hosting the fair, CHIP hoped to promote community health and prevent avoidable diseases through providing basic health screenings to the local community. This year, the fair featured a luau-theme along with the free health screenings.“We have a lot of different booths,” said Danny Le, the administrative director of CHIP. “This includes health-related organizations like the School of Pharmacy, CPR and Hawaii Club to spread cultural awareness.”CHIP was first established in 2008 by several students to provide underserved communities around USC with basic health screening services and information about prevalent yet preventable health problems. After three years of hosting the health fair on McCarthy Quad, CHIP collaborated with the Los Angeles Unified School District to branch out into the community. Aside from health fairs, the organization hosts an array of events such as fundraisers, basic screening opportunities and training programs for future volunteers.“The purpose of this whole event is to really bring together all community members with different screenings,” Le said. “That way, we can really educate the community in how to prevent disease, primarily cardiovascular disease.”CHIP currently has more than 100 active members, consisting of students from different majors and backgrounds.According to Jessica Thai, administrative director of CHIP, volunteers can just come out and have fun with kids as well.“We take volunteers from all organizations whether or not they are health majors,” Thai said. “We had a lot of APO [Alpha Phi Omega] volunteers come out and help just setting up canopies, working with the kids. The kids’ booths don’t require any screening knowledge — you can just come out and teach kids about science, buoyancy or nutrition.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 2, 2020 at 1:51 am On Saturday night in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse fell, 97-88, to Duke despite leading for nearly the entire first half. Blue Devils center Vernon Carey (26 points, 17 rebounds) led an impressive inside attack that thwarted Syracuse’s bid for a resume-boosting win.Beat reporters Nick Alvarez and Michael McCleary break down SU’s loss:
SIS upgrades streaming network with Phenix solutions June 3, 2020 Submit Sandra McWilliamsIndustry horse and greyhound racing content provider SIS has confirmed the appointment of Sandra McWilliams as its new Sales Director.An e-commerce sales expert, McWilliams joins SIS from international payments provider Equiniti, where she held the position of Sales Director for International Payments (2016-2017). McWilliams has prior industry experience, having led sales and commercial development for gaming & betting sectors at Experian UK (2010-2014)McWilliams joins SIS executive team, as the company plans to expand its international footprint, whilst further strengthening its core partnerships in the UK and Ireland.SIS Commercial Director Paul Witten commented on the appointment of McWilliams: “We’re delighted to welcome Sandra to SIS and I believe that she is a valuable asset for the company.”“She has a wealth of experience working in sales and has prior knowledge of the betting industry, which will prove to be invaluable as we continue to develop our customer base globally.”McWilliams commented on joining SIS: I’m thrilled to have joined SIS and look forward to working with one of the industry’s most recognised brands.“SIS has a strong heritage and I look forward to working with the team to help provide optimal betting solutions for our customers, and to growing both our domestic and international customer base.” SIS reintroduces Towcester service as it resumes full greyhound schedule May 27, 2020 StumbleUpon SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share Share
4 Aug 2012 England win Girls’ Home Internationals England won the Girls’ Home International championship at Radyr, Wales, in a nail-biting, touch and go finish. The team came from behind to beat the hosts, Wales, 5-4 on the final day and secure the Stroyan Cup for the fifth year in a row. England finished with 2½ pt, Ireland 2pt (runners-up for the second year in a row), Wales 1pt and Scotland half a point. It fell to the last three players on the course to win their matches for England – and they did it. Captain Chris Pascall said: “It was touch and go and it all came down to the last three matches. “It was tough – and it was a tough week. The standard gets better all the time and the girls have played extremely well.” England held a slender lead in the championship at the start of the final day, having previously beaten Scotland and halved with Ireland. The team knew that a win against Wales would secure the trophy. But Wales, too, had all to play for and came out, all guns blazing, to win the morning foursomes. Only Elizabeth Mallett and Meghan MacLaren were able to secure their point for England, winning one up. As the singles got under Georgia Hall continued her excellent form to win her match 5/3 and level the scoreboard. Georgia, who is sixth in the women’s world amateur rankings, won five out of six points this week. But, when Elizabeth Mallett and Brogan Townend lost their matches, Wales needed just one more point for victory. England, however, held all the aces. They led in the three games still to finish – and duly won them all. Amber Ratcliffe beat Jessica Evans 4/3 after being three up at the turn, Gabriella Cowley beat Megan Lockett 3/1 after being all square at the turn, and Meghan MacLaren delivered the title-winning fifth point for England by beating Nia Greville 2/1, again after it was all square at the turn. England v Wales Foursomes Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) beat Georgia Lewis & Nia Greville 5&4 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) & Shelby Smart (Knowle) lost to Megan Lockett & Jess Evans 1 down Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) lost to Chloe Williams & Ella Griffiths 3&2 Singles Hall beat Lewis 5&3 Mallett lost to Williams 2&1 Brogan Townend (Pleasington) lost to Griffiths 1 4&3 Cowley beat Megan Lockett 3&1 MacLaren beat Greville 2 &1 Ratcliffe beat Evans 4&3 In the day’s other match Ireland beat Scotland 5-4. England’s girls beat Scotland 08 August 2012 Defending champions England beat Scotland 5½-3½ to take a slender lead after the second day of the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr. Tomorrow they play the hosts, Wales, knowing that a win will guarantee a successful defence of their title. England have 1½ points from two matches, Wales and Ireland have a point apiece, while Scotland has a half point. Today’s victory was hard fought. After England won all three morning foursomes the Scots came out with great determination in the singles. England captain Chris Pascall said: “They knew they had to win five matches and they just came at us. It’s been hard work and there was a lot of good golf from both sides.” But, despite the Scots attack, England managed to take 2½ points from the singles. Georgia Hall and Gabriella Cowley both won their singles games, while Shelby Smart managed a half, despite her opponent holing 15-footers on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. Earlier, in the foursomes, Shelby had fired accurate shots into the three short holes on the back nine, each time finishing within 10ft – and her partner Amber Ratcliffe rolled in the putts each time. “They won all three par threes with twos,” said Chris. Meanwhile Georgia and Gabriella, who were paired in the morning, withstood a birdie blitz which pegged them back from five up after 10 to just one up after 14. They stopped the slide by halving the 15th and then managed their own winning birdie on 16 to move to two up, before closing out the match on the 17th. Elizabeth Mallett and Brogan Townend completed England’s clean sweep in the foursomes. They were never behind in their match, were three-up after eight holes and although the Scots won the ninth they were never able to improve on that position. England results v Scotland Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) beat Rachel Walker & Lauren Whyte 2&1 Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) & Shelby Smart (Knowle) beat Ailsa Summers & Clara Young 4&2 Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Brogan Townend (Pleasington) beat Lesley Atkins & Jessica Meek 2&1 Singles Hall beat Whyte 5&4 Mallett lost to Summers 4&2 Cowley beat Atkins 4&2 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) lost to Meek 4&3 Smart halved with Young Amber Ratcliffe lost to Walker 1 down In the day’s other match Ireland and Wales halved. England’s girls halve with Ireland 07 August 2012 England halved with Ireland on the first day of the Girls’ Home Internationals at Radyr, Wales – thanks to the strong nerve of Meghan MacLaren. She was in the last singles match on the course and the day’s result depended upon the outcome. Meghan, 18, had to win her game to secure the half for the team – and she duly delivered with a 2/1 victory. She’d never been behind during the match and had led for most of the way, getting to 2up with three to play. Her opponent won the 16th to reduce the deficit to one, but Meghan found the perfect answer when she won the 17th and closed out the match. Earlier England had won two of the three morning foursomes to take the advantage at the halfway stages. Georgia Hall, who is sixth in the women’s world amateur rankings, kept the momentum going when she won her singles point and Elizabeth Mallett added another half point to the tally. But then the Irish surged, winning the next three games to draw level. England are the defending champions in the tournament and are aiming to win the Stroyan Cup for the fifth successive year. In the day’s other match Wales and Scotland also halved. Now, England play Scotland while Wales take on Ireland. England results v Ireland Foursomes Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) & Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) beat Jean O’Driscoll & Jessica Ross 2&1 Elizabeth Mallet (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) & Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) beat Jessica Carty & Chloe Ryan 5&4 Olivia Winning (Rotherham) & Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) lost to Olivia Mehaffey & Ariana Coyle Diez 3&1 Singles Hall beat O’Driscoll 3/2 Mallett halved with Carty Brogan Townend (Pleasington) lost to Ross 2 down Shelby Smart (Knowle) lost to Coyle Diez 2/1 Cowley lost to Mehaffey 4/3 MacLaren beat Ryan 2/1 England girls bid for fifth title in a row 06 August 2012 England will bid for their fifth successive victory when the Girls’ Home Internationals get underway tomorrow at Radyr Golf Club, near Cardiff. However, it would not be a record sequence because England was the top side in the tournament for six years in succession from 2000 to 2005. Scotland broke the stranglehold to win the title in 2006 and 2007. Wales has not won the Stroyan Cup since 1999 and Ireland has never won the tournament. England, captained again by Chris Pascall, have four new caps in their eight-strong line-up. They are Gabriella Cowley (West Essex), third in the recent R&A Junior Open at Fairhaven, Junior Vagliano Trophy player Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer), Shelby Smart (Knowle) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham). The second Junior Vagliano Trophy player in the England line-up is Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) who has climbed into the top 10 of the women’s world amateur rankings on the back of an excellent series of tournament performances. She was runner-up in the English women’s amateur in May and reached the semi-finals of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Carnoustie in June. The team is completed by three other established girl internationals: Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Elizabeth Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’) and Brogan Townend (Pleasington). Ireland finished runners-up in the Girls Home Internationals at Gullane last year when they beat Scotland and Wales but lost to England in the title decider. Ireland, captained by Niamh Kitching, has three new girl caps in its team – Mary Doyle (The Heath), Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) and Niamh Ward (Lurgan). Chloe Ryan (Castleroy) played for Ireland in last year’s Women’s Home Internationals as well as the Under-18s’ event. Scotland, captained by Elaine Cuthill, has three new caps in its line-up – Nicola Callander (Mill Green), 16-year-old winner of the recent Scottish Under-21 stroke play championship, Jessica Meek (Carnoustie Ladies’) and Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) who reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Ladies’ Amateur Championship in May. Clara Young (North Berwick) is another Junior Vaglian Trophy player. Wales, captained by Kay Bradbury, has three new caps: Ella Griffiths (The Grove), Megan Lockett (Huddersfield) and Lottie Turner (Aberdovey). Lottie is the daughter of the late Sue Turner, one of the most successful team captains in Welsh golf history who died last year before she could share in this year’s Curtis Cup triumph at Nairn. Sue had been named as GB and I team manager. The fourth Junior Vagliano Trophy team player in the tournament is Chloe Williams (Wrexham). THE PROGRAMME Tuesday, August 7 Wales v Scotland, Ireland v England. Wednesday, August 8 England v Scotland, Ireland v Wales Thursday, August 9 Scotland v Ireland, Wales v England. THE TEAMS ENGLAND Chris Pascall, Captain Gabriella Cowley, West Essex Georgia Hall, Remedy Oak Meghan MacLaren, Wellingborough Elizabeth Mallett, Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ Amber Ratcliffe, Royal Cromer Shelby Smart, Knowle Brogan Townend, Pleasington Olivia Winning, Rotherham IRELAND Niamh Kitching, Captain Jessica Carty, Holywood Ariana Coyle Diez, Elm Park Mary Doyle, The Heath Olivia Mehaffey, Royal County Down Ladies’ Jean O’Driscoll, Muskerry Jessica Ross, Donaghadee Chloe Ryan, Castletroy Niamh Ward, Lurgan SCOTLAND Elaine Cuthill, Captain Lesley Atkins, Gullane Ladies’ Nicola Callander, Mill Green Jessica Meek, Carnoustie Ladies’ Ailsa Summers, Carnoustie Ladies’ Rachel Walker, Dumfries and County Eilidh Watson, Muckhart Lauren Whyte, St Regulus Clara Young, North Berwick WALES Kay Bradbury, Captain Jess Evans, Newport Nia Greville, Ashburnham Ella Griffiths, The Grove Georgia Lewis, Llanishen Megan Lockett, Huddersfield Lottie Turner, Aberdovey Bethan Williams, Holyhead Chloe Williams, Wrexham Image: Back row from left – Meghan Maclaren, Amber Ratcliffe, Georgia Hall, Gabriella Cowley, Brogan Townend, Olivia Winning. Seated from left – Elizabeth Mallett, Chris Pascall (captain) and Shelby Smart
‘Russia Wi Seh’ The public is being reminded that tickets for Jamaica’s start in the 2018 World Cup Journey, ‘RUSSIA WI SEH’, are now on sale at outlets right across the island. Ticket prices are Grandstand 1, $5,500; Grandstand 2, $6,500 and Bleachers $1,200 per person. Of special note is the Early Boyz, Bleachers Special price, which is $1,000 up to midnight today, or until stocks last within the period. The Jamaica Football Federation is encouraging patrons to buy tickets very early and attend the match early on Friday, September 4. Match time is 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Overseas-based members of the Reggae Boyz squad began arriving in the island on Sunday, with Darren Mattocks, Je-Vaughn Watson and Demar Phillips. The Nicaraguan team arrived yesterday evening. Tickets outlets are as follows: Petcom (Portmore), Western Sports (Twin Gates and MoBay), York Pharmacy, Total petrol station (Stanton Terrace, Liguanea, Dunrobin), Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Captain’s Bakery (all locations), Richie B’s Liquor Centre (Mary Brown’s Corner). JustBet plugs into World Championships sales With Jamaica finishing second after accumulating 12 medals – 7 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze – JustBet bettors are not the only ones to win in sports betting. Since the release of top betting odds in the market for the IAAF World Championships, JustBet terminal operators have been turning up sales. Additionally, bettors have been rolling in to place their wagers on The Barclays English Premier League, La Liga, and other sporting events, as JustBet continues to offer the most competitive odds. There are more than 200 JustBet agents islandwide, all increasing their sales targets and far exceeding earnings from the previous year. For their exemplary efforts, Supreme Ventures Limited, through its JustBet sports betting brand, is rewarding the terminal operators with various prizes. Operators are being given the opportunity to win attractive cash prizes, back-to-school vouchers, utility vouchers, grocery vouchers, mobile credit vouchers, etc. There are also two top monthly rewards that will be given to the JustBet operators who have shown the most significant increases in sales. “We have always encouraged our agents to adopt marketing strategies that will allow them to earn more revenue and ensure the success of their business,” said Karetha Wilson, customer relations manager, JustBet. She added: “The agents and terminal operators who continue to excel at growing their business are rewarded for their efforts. We want our agents to know that it pays to play with JustBet, so get on board with us. JustBet continues to guarantee the fastest payout of winnings to its players and offers very competitive odds on a wide range of sporting events.” National Self-Serve top Clarendon Business House football KINGSTON: National Self-Serve Wholesale defeated Island Farm Supplies 3-1 in the final of the Clarendon Football Association/Tait’s Pharmacy/Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Six-A-Side Football competition at Bushy Park on Sunday. A double strike from Tevin Dias and one goal from Lloyd Salmon earned the champions a come-from-behind victory, after Tevin Powell’s headed goal gave Island Farm a deserved half-time lead In the curtain-raiser, National Water Commission beat Young’s Limited 4-2 in the play-off for third. Dias was selected Most Valuable Player of the 10-team competition, while Young’s Limited were rewarded for being the most disciplined team. Michael McLaren, head of Tait’s Pharmacy, said it was important to revitalise the competition, which was dormant for the last two years. After receiving a special award for more than 30 years of service to business house football in the parish, McLaren said the programme forms part of the company’s corporate responsibility to the communities in Clarendon. McLaren was also lauded by Michael Ricketts, president of the Clarendon FA and Andrew Hancel, who is the media relations officer at the government-run INSPORTS. Everton’s Gibson in drunk-driving crash MANCHESTER, England (AP): A Premier League footballer must serve a 12-month community order and has been banned from driving for 20 months after driving into three cyclists when over the legal alcohol limit and failing to report the crash. Darron Gibson, the former Manchester United midfielder who now plays for Everton, pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident had occurred on August 16. The 27-year-old Gibson’s car mounted a pavement and struck three men who had stopped at the roadside to fix a broken bicycle chain. Gibson drove off and then pulled into a gas station where he collided with a petrol pump. Gibson must pay a total of about £6,000 ($9,200) in damages, compensation and costs.