a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: We’re trying to reach level of Southampton

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe: We’re trying to reach level of Southamptonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe says they’re trying to reach the level of Southampton.The Cherries meet Saints on Friday night.Howe said, “Southampton have always traditionally always produced their own players, their academy has always been so important to them, you see the amount of players they bring through.”That’s something we’re trying to improve on – and of course the infrastructure here – the training ground, the stadium.”We definitely want to improve on them and get closer to their level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Meet Adam Levine At The Voice For Charity

first_imgMaroon 5 front man and arguably the hottest coach on The Voice, Adam Levine has partnered up with Omaze.com to create offer a dream experience for one lucky fan.Meet Adam Levine At The VoiceFor the next two weeks anyone can enter to win a chance to be flown to Los Angeles, with a very grateful guest of choice, and meet Adam backstage at The Voice before watching the show live. The best part? It’s all for a great cause: Aid Still Required’s efforts to provide trauma relief for rape and PTSD victims in Haiti. Anyone can enter to win this dream day by visiting Omaze.com and making a $10 donation to Aid Still Required.How is this possible? Well, Omaze offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of their choice by donating just $5 or $10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause. The goal of the campaign is clearly quantified and they track the impact overtime so participants can see how their donations are impacting lives.Find out more here.last_img read more

Florida Georgia Line To Perform At Stars For Second Harvest Benefit

first_imgO’Charley’s and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will celebrate the 10th annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.Presented by O’Charley’s and hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, the show will feature unplugged acoustic style performances by some of country music’s most acclaimed songwriters and performers.This year’s benefit will feature the award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line – Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) – for the third time.FGL has had an impressive year, racking up awards from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Television Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and the American Music Awards. With releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified hits “Stay” and “Round Here,” PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and 6X PLATINUM “Cruise,” these two are excited to use their success to join Wiseman in fighting hunger.“We’ve been so incredibly blessed this past year and have always wanted to make it bigger than the music. To have the opportunity to give back and help feed the hungry in our community is an honor.” says Kelley.Hubbard adds, “Hopefully we will help sell out this show and all come together to raise a lot of money for such a great cause!”This year there will be an incredible “VIP Experience” added to the show. The “VIP Experience” tickets will be sold for $250 and will include premium seating, a meet and greet with Florida Georgia Line and other performers, as well as a special 10th Anniversary gift bag. There are only 50 “VIP Experience” tickets available with an 8 per person limit. To purchase a “VIP Experience” ticket please visit Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t delay as these will sell out fast!Concert tickets are on-sale now for $35.00 plus applicable service charges and are available via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, Ryman box office, Ryman.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. For $50.00 preferred seating tickets, please contact Second Harvest Food Bank at 615-329-3491.Proceeds from the concert benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in their efforts to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. For more information, visit secondharvestmidtn.org.last_img read more

Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Join Prince Harry In Supporting Mental Health

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined Heads Together over the weekend to make the 2017 London Marathon the Mental Health Marathon.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the 2017 London MarathonCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe day started with Their Royal Highnesses, who are Patrons of Heads Together, attending a pre-race reception to meet some of the 700 #TeamHeadsTogether runners and to wish them good luck for the 26.2 miles ahead.Prince Harry gave out a number of good luck hugs, including one for Bryony Gordon, who earlier in the week released a podcast with Prince Harry where they discussed the importance of mental health.Their Royal Highnesses then officially started the 2017 London Marathon elite men’s and ‘Mass’ race.Each of the 39,000 marathon runners were given a Heads Together headband to wear with their own charity vest to help make the 2017 marathon the ‘Mental Health Marathon’.Once the race got underway Their Royal Highnesses travelled to the Heads Together cheering point at Cutty Sark to support the #TeamHeadsTogether runners.In the shadow of Buckingham Palace, Prince Harry, who is Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Foundation, awarded the medals to the top three wheelchair, IPC and elite men and women.A lifetime achievement award was also presented to Brendan Foster – the British Olympic long distance runner who founded The Great North Run.Meanwhile, The Duke and Duchess had the opportunity to meet and thank a number of London Marathon Volunteers, whose valuable support allows the marathon to go ahead.At mile 22 Their Royal Highnesses surprised the runners by handing out water and giving some well needed encouragement as the runners approach the end of the course.The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry then travelled to the finish line to award medals to a number of the amateur runners and congratulate them on their achievement.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

Matt Ryan Is No Fluke

4Kurt Warner2008ARIPHI✓212875.027940145.7 In the 2016 postseason thus far, Ryan has a passer rating of 132.6, the third-highest that any conference-champion QB has carried into the Super Bowl,2Minimum 30 pass attempts trailing only Joe Montana in 1989 (142.5) and Tony Eason in 1985 (135.6). It’s not unusual for unheralded quarterbacks to go on hot streaks — Flacco had a 117.2 passer rating in the 2012 playoffs — but Ryan’s previous regular-season résumé is stronger, particularly after he produced one of the NFL’s all-time great passing seasons in 2016.In Ryan’s last NFC championship game (itself a stellar, 396-yard performance against San Francisco in 2013), he had already shown some of the progress he’d made under center. Early-career Ryan had a tendency to make too many throws that were safe but ultimately harmless, resulting in high completion percentages but low yards-per-attempt averages and anemic third-down conversion numbers. By the time he faced San Francisco, Ryan was more confident throwing the ball deep, leading to more air yards per throw and more big plays. How Matt Ryan’s playoff passing evolved 2Mark Rypien1991WASDET✓121770.622820152.2 Related: Hot Takedown 2011WCNYG4.98.20.00.022.08.32.0 5Troy Aikman1993DALSF✓141877.817720144.7 Going into Sunday’s NFC championship, the Atlanta Falcons — and, by extension, their MVP front-runner QB Matt Ryan — were losing the battle for media attention to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.But on Sunday, Ryan forced the football world to take notice; the Falcons walloped the Packers 44-21 and punched a ticket to Houston for Super Bowl LI. It was just the latest piece of evidence that Ryan’s astonishing regular-season statistics weren’t empty numbers that would evaporate in the playoffs. Instead, Ryan is performing less like, say, Joe Flacco or Eli Manning — QBs who punctuated otherwise average careers with stellar postseason bursts — and more like one of the game’s best starters (which, incidentally, Ryan has been over the NFL’s past decade or so.)Against Green Bay, Ryan painted a QB masterpiece. He conducted the Falcons’ offense with ruthless efficiency, scoring six touchdowns and a field goal on nine drives. He also completed 27 of his 38 passes (71 percent) for 392 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, tallying the 15th-best completion percentage, fourth-most yards and sixth-best passer rating (139.4) in a conference championship game.1Going back to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Not even Tom Brady, who notched a 127.5 passer rating against Pittsburgh later Sunday, could match Ryan. Best conference championship games by passer rating, 1970-2016 8Dan Marino1984MIAPIT✓213265.642141135.4 2016DIVSEA✓9.18.18.10.051.413.06.7 10C. Kaepernick2012SFATL✓162176.223310127.7 “Year” represents the season for which the championship was played.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2012DIVSEA✓7.112.18.65.745.710.42.7 3Billy Kilmer1972WASDAL✓141877.819420148.6 2016LCGB✓10.38.810.50.057.914.57.4 2010DIVGB6.49.03.46.931.09.32.5 Minimum 14 passing attempts. “Year” represents the season for which the championship was played.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com, ESPN 2008WCARI5.08.15.0%5.0%35.0%7.73.1 6Matt Ryan2016ATLGB✓273871.139240139.4 YEARROUNDOPPWON?YDSAIR YDTDINT1STDYDSYAC 11Tom Brady2016NEPIT✓324276.238430127.5 9Tom Brady2004NEPIT✓142166.720720130.5 7Joe Montana1988SFCHI✓172763.028830136.0 1Jim Plunkett1980OAKSD✓141877.826120155.8 PER ATTEMPTPER COMPLETION 2012LCSF9.411.57.12.450.013.22.1 But this year, Ryan has been showcasing the full mastery of his arsenal, and an extremely talented group of skill-position teammates has also helped. Ryan’s average pass has traveled fewer yards through the air than in 2012, but he’s making up for it (and then some) by completing a higher percentage of his passes, and getting more than twice as many yards per completion from receivers sprinting with the ball after catching it. As a group, Ryan’s receivers ran for 199 yards after the catch on Sunday, the sixth most any team had in a playoff game since 2006.32006 is the first year for which ESPN’s Stats & Information Group has yards-after-catch data. And while Julio Jones had 180 receiving yards by himself, tied for fourth most in conference championship history, he was also just one of eight different targets among whom Ryan distributed the ball. PLAYERYEARTMOPPWON?CMPATTCMP%YDSTDINTRATE Wait, Are The 76ers Good Now? When Ryan’s improvement as a passer combined with a better supporting cast around him, the result was one of the deadliest regular-season offenses in NFL history — a trend that’s only becoming clearer with each successive Falcons playoff victory.Ryan isn’t going to get more attention than Brady before the Super Bowl, but his brilliant season (and postseason) has finally earned him the attention of even casual football fans. Moreover, he’s earned that recognition as one of the game’s best for an extended stretch of time — not merely as a flash in the pan. read more

Philadelphia Flyers extremely high on former Ohio State goalie Cal Heeter

Growing up, former Ohio State men’s ice hockey senior goalie Cal Heeter often dreamed of playing in the National Hockey League. On Tuesday, that dream was closer to becoming a reality when Heeter agreed to terms of a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. “I think that’s everyone’s dream who’s ever played hockey at a competitive level — to one day make it to the NHL,” Heeter told The Lantern Wednesday. Philadelphia had been eyeing Heeter as a prospect for the past few years. “They had scouts at some of our games this year,” Heeter said. “They’ve been following me in previous years as well. I had known that they had interest for a while now, it was just a matter of time before we figured it all out at the end.” OSU ended its season last weekend, getting swept in a best-of-three series by Notre Dame in the first round of the CCHA playoffs. It was just a matter of days until Heeter received the contract offer he accepted from the Flyers, which he confirmed to The Lantern in a Tuesday email. Chris Pryor, director of hockey operations for the Flyers, said given the lack of goaltending depth in the organization, Heeter will have a chance to make an impact in Philadelphia. “We think (Heeter’s) got a lot of potential … we’re extremely high on him,” Pryor said. “He’s got a great opportunity in our organization. We think he’s got a bright future.” A two-year starter in net for the Buckeyes, Heeter is third in program history in save percentage (.915) and goals-against average (2.58), eighth in saves (2428) and ninth in wins (39). Heeter said other NHL teams expressed interest in signing him following his career at OSU. The potential to succeed within the Flyers’ organization made them stand out from other suitors. “At the end it came down to which team I felt would blend me into having the greatest opportunity to be where I wanted to be next year — playing in the minor leagues in the NHL and having the opportunity to play well and move up from there,” Heeter said. Heeter said he had envisioned himself playing professional hockey early in his OSU career. “To be playing at such a great school and for such a great program, I realized that maybe one day it (was) possible for me to graduate from here and move on and make it to the next level,” he said. “It’s been a long process and I had to work a lot at every level to move on and get to the next one.” Heeter’s coach said the goaltender’s growth on and off the ice is the reason he will be playing professionally. “I think it comes down to one thing ­— maturity,” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said. “I think he has grown as both a person and a player and I think it comes right down to that.” He will have to continue to improve in order to play well within the Flyers’ organization. “Every day, I’m out there working as hard as I can, making sure that I am consistent and as good as I can be,” Heeter said. “At the next level, every player is that much better, so there is hardly any room for mistakes.” Osiecki accepted the coaching position at OSU before Heeter’s junior season, and with his staff, made a huge impact on the goalie’s career, Heeter said. “I can’t give enough credit to the new coaching staff,” Heeter said. “They’ve done so much for me personally. You can’t measure the amount of effort and energy they’re putting in to make this one of the best hockey programs in all of college hockey.” Heeter will attend class at OSU during Spring Quarter and graduate after. Following graduation, he said he will spend some time in Columbus before returning to his home in St. Louis, Mo. Then, he will be off to the Flyers’ training camp in September. The Flyers have two minor league teams, the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League and the Greenville Road Warriors of the East Coast Hockey League. Heeter said he expects to be playing for one of those teams next fall. While he has never been to Philadelphia, Heeter said he is looking forward to one day playing in the sports-centric city. “The fan base there is absolutely incredible and I know that they’re second to none as far as the fans go, so I think that is going to be great as well,” he said. Pryor said he expects Flyers fans to appreciate Heeter’s personality and dedication to the sport. “All those things come into play,” Pryor said. “He’s got a bright future ahead of him. Obviously, it’s going to come down to Cal, but we know he’s got a great work ethic and a great attitude. We think it’s a great fit.” The Flyers are 37-21-7 and in third-place in the Atlantic Division, as well as fifth-place in the Eastern Conference. read more

Ohio State womens hockey set for weekend series against No 8 Minnesota

Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler (24) skates near the ice during a game against Mercyhurst on Nov. 11 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe defensive-minded Ohio State women’s hockey team is preparing for an attacking style of play from No. 8 Minnesota Duluth in a weekend series.OSU coach Nate Handrahan said the two teams have different approaches to the game and that’s what makes the matchup interesting.“I see them as a team that’s going to get up the ice and they are going to try and throw anything in the kitchen sink at you offensively,” Handrahan said. “I think that our base of our game is on playing solid, consistent defense to allow our offense to create. So I think its ying and yang a little bit as far as programs.”Sophomore forward Claudia Kepler said she agrees with her coach that the teams are different. She said Minnesota Duluth might have the skill, but OSU has the speed.“We have a lot of speed in our front end as well as our defense, something that will benefit us in the game,” Kepler said.In the past three seasons, OSU (8-7-1, 5-6-1) has faced Minnesota Duluth (11-5-2, 6-5-1) in Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff games.The last time the Buckeyes met the Bulldogs was in the first round of WCHA playoffs at the end of last season. OSU lost the series after dropping two of three games.“It’s been a rivalry that we’ve had over the years because we see them so much in playoffs,” Handrahan said. “They play a very up-tempo game, a five-player game and we have to be alert and on our toes.”For this weekend against Minnesota Duluth, Handrahan said he has worked a lot with his lines to find which combination of players can make an impact on the ice.“You need three players that play well, and you need three players that play well together. If we can have three lines of scoring, that makes us difficult for anybody to play against,” he said.Senior forward Kayla Sullivan said her team has prepared to play the Bulldogs a little differently than they normally prepare to play a team.“We’ve done a lot more video than normal, mainly because they like to use a lot of set plays,” Sullivan said. “We also have a good competition going on between us. They like to play a little risky. These are usually chippy but fun games. They bring out the best in both teams.”In the Buckeyes’ most recent game against Robert Morris, Sullivan led her team scoring two goals and having one assist against the Eagles. Sullivan looks to carry that momentum onto the ice for the series this weekend.“Last game I got on the scoreboard a little more than I normally do. I had a fun game,” Sullivan said. “I just want to take that loose energy and bring that and hopefully I can continue that momentum.”Handrahan said he considers Sullivan and the rest of his seniors to be leaders on the team.“You can only go as far as your seniors allow you to go. That doesn’t mean every senior is playing a premier role but every role is premier,” Handrahan said. “They are doing a great job of keeping the team in the right frame of mind to make sure we are prepared for every game.”The Buckeyes have nearly reached the halfway point in their season and Handrahan said he’s happy with where his team is.“I think we’ve progressed. We are playing a pretty good style from a five-on-five perspective,” Handrahan said. “Starting to see lines solidify a little bit creating chemistry with one another and I think that has presented itself in scoring situations as well.”As far as the teams’ record this season, Kepler said there are a few games she would like back from earlier this season.“I know we had a few games in the past we wish we would’ve won but we’ve learned from them,” Kepler said. “Going into next semester I think we will have more confidence and going in knowing that any team can win.”The Buckeyes are set to take to the OSU Ice Rink against the Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday. The faceoff is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. for both games. read more

Football Malik Harrison out for spring after shoulder surgery will play in

Malik Harrison (39) tackles Rutgers second string Quarterback Troy Anthony (19) during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorOne week following the announcement of freshman linebacker Baron Browning’s shoulder injury, another linebacker will miss the rest of spring practice.Ohio State sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison underwent shoulder surgery and won’t play in the spring game on April 15, but is expected to play in the fall, OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Tuesday.“Malik Harrison is going to play. He’s done for the spring. He had shoulder surgery. He’ll be a lot like Baron Browning,” he said. “They’re both standing out there next to each other. They’re both going to play. Very athletic guys. Malik was having a tremendous (spring). He’s going to compete for a starting spot.”Harrison, Columbus native from Walnut Ridge High School, had been impressing at linebacker during spring practice after playing in 11 games last season, registering 13 total tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack. read more

Odsonne Edouard reveals Edinson Cavanis mentorship

first_imgCeltic striker Odsonne Edouard has revealed Edinson Cavani took him under his wing during the pair’s time together at Paris Saint-Germain.Edouard has been in impressive form so far this campaign with scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances for Celtic across all competitions and he’s keen to play at the highest level.“When I was at PSG, he gave me advice every day. Whether it was about my positional sense, my finishing, even my speed, he spoke to me a lot.” Edouard said, according to Evening Times.“This gave me a massive amount of belief in myself that a great striker like him took time out to speak to me.”“He basically was responsible for me being a striker and he gave me confidence.“I was also there with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he was different. I was a kid and that was it. He didn’t speak the same language as me so it was not easy to communicate.”Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Occasionally, he gave me a few instructions through signs, but there wasn’t a lot of exchanges between us.”Meanwhile, Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie insists the team will take the title challenge of Kilmarnock serious when the pair meet this weekend.“We’ll treat Kilmarnock with respect because they are where they are on merit – this isn’t a fluke,” said Christie.“They’ve played some good football and they’re always such a hard team to come up against, which I’m sure will be the case again this weekend.”“But the incentive is clear enough for us – win and we’ll be in first place and that’s where we want to be. A lot has been said about the number of games we’re being asked to play at the moment but we just need to win as many of them as possible and, hopefully, by the time we get to the winter break, we’ll be top of the league.”last_img read more

Avalanche Hazard Reduction On Seward Highway Tomorrow Expect Delays

first_imgDOT is advising driver to expect delays, road blocks, stopped traffic, slow traffic, road closures, be prepared to stop, and be aware of maintenance equipment on the roadway. Crews will be conducting avalanche mitigation on Bird flats from MP 100-95 from 10am-2pm. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Transportation will have avalanche crews conducting avalanche hazard reduction on the Seward Highway from MP 100 to MP 95, tomorrow, March 14.last_img