Treu arrives, set for unveiling

first_img“We sincerely appreciate his agreeing to take up the mantle of heading our national team from where Mike Friday and Chris Brown left us.“In the recent history of our national 7s team, we came to know the bitter taste of failure and sweet taste of success in Friday’s time.“It is going to be a challenge for Treu to maintain the current pleasant feeling because there will be a lot of hard and smart work needed from him and his coaching panel.“The squad he will select, the Union, our sponsors and every one else will support, in order to see the national team improve its performance,” the KRU boss said in a statement. The players have been training under assistant coach Felix Ochien’g and with the arrival of the new coach; the training programme is likely to change.Kenya will be looking to better her performance on the weekend of November 29-30 during the second round of the IRB Sevens World Series in the UAE.The former South African 7s tactician, however will have a difficult task to continue where Englishman Friday left, as players have been on dispute with KRU over three months unpaid salaries and allowances.Treu was accompanied by attack coach Vuyo Zangqa, strength and conditioning head, Graham Bentz and Dr Karen Schwabe, in charge of sports medicine. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 4 – Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) are set to unveil Paul Treu after the former South African rugby sevens head coach arrived in the country Monday to take up a similar role with the national team.KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee urged the rugby fraternity to give Treu and his management time to settle down to business ahead of his formal presentation and preparing the team for the forthcoming Dubai 7s..last_img read more

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Inter set to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to signing of Stefan de Vrij

first_img1 Inter Milan are closing in on a deal to beat Manchester United and Chelsea to the signing of Stefan de Vrij.The Dutch central defender is out of contract at Lazio in 2018 and he has so far refused to pen a contract extension – despite a late attempt by the Italian club.The reason he has not signed a renewal, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, is because he has his heart set on joining Inter Milan.Scouts from the San Siro club will be in attendance at the two Holland games this week, in which de Vrij is expected to play.However, their presence has been described as merely a formality with Inter already lining up a summer offer.Lazio do not want to lose him on a free, when his contract expires next year, so are expected to cash in on him when the window opens in order to fund a move for a new defender.United and Chelsea are both aware of the situation but they look set to miss out on him with Inter willing to meet the fee and hand de Vrij a four-year deal. Stefan de Vrij fends off Roma’s Antonio Rudiger last_img read more

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Principal Chief’s office in September’s General Election

first_imgRichard G. Sneed, incumbent Principal Chief, and Teresa McCoy, a former long-time Big Cove Tribal Council representative, will square off in the race for the Principal Chief’s office in September’s General Election. With 1,132 (39.57 percent) votes, McCoy topped the field for the top office in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the Primary Election held Thursday, June 6. She was followed by Chief Sneed with 1,117 (39.04 percent). Incumbent Vice Chief Alan B. Ensley topped the Vice Chief field with 1,089.last_img read more

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10 months agoHasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he doesn’t want to lose Mario Lemina.Lemina has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-German ahead of the January market.But Hasenhuttl insisted: “Lemina is a very important player for us and, though he’s not 100 per cent fit, I need him.”Meanwhile the Austrian is still worried about getting his message across. “Speaking in English in front of my players is getting better and better every day, but I want to improve this,” he admitted. last_img read more

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Photo: Someone Sprayed #BringBackBruce On Tennessee’s Famous Rock

first_imgTennessee rock spray painted with "Bring Back Bruce."The Rock is one of the major landmarks at the University of Tennessee. According to the UT Athletics website, for decades, students have painted the rock with messages ranging from “birth announcements to memorials, break-up messages to marriage proposals, protests of war to messages of peace, celebration of Vol victories to expressions of, shall we say, disappointment.”Apparently , at least one Tennessee student decided to use The Rock as a personal billboard to advocate the return of former men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Pearl enjoyed a successful six-year tenure in Knoxville from 2006-11, before being fired for numerous NCAA infractions. He is currently the head coach of Auburn University. The Vols are in the market for a new head coach after Donnie Tyndall was fired this week for…NCAA violations. Our amateur artist feels Pearl’s track record (at least the positive parts of it) make him the perfect replacement for Tyndall.#BringBackBruce on the rock @coachbrucepearl #VFL pic.twitter.com/QhYzgObwxb— Brandon Carpenter (@bcarp49) March 28, 2015last_img read more

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Joanna Krupa Says No To Fur Farming In Poland

first_imgJoanna Krupa has teamed with PETA to write to Polish prime minister Beata Szydło, urging her to ban fur farming in Poland.“Today, I would like to ask the government and all members of the Sejm to take a stand by advocating a ban on fur farming in Poland,” she wrote. “I was shocked to hear from my friends at PETA that Poland has become one of the biggest players in this cruel business in recent years, with nearly 11 million minks, foxes and raccoon dogs killed every year only for their fur.”Poland is the second largest fur farming country in Europe, second only to Denmark.

”Cannibalism, injuries, illness, lack of veterinary care, aggression and stereotypical types of behaviour were some of the systemic problems observed on Polish fur farms during investigations by Otwarte Klatki,” she wrote. “Social, intelligent and curious animals such as foxes, minks and raccoon dogs should not be confined, gassed, shot or electrocuted for luxury fashion.“To stop this unnecessary cruelty, fur farming must be banned, as it already has been in many countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Fox farming is banned in Denmark and the Netherlands.“According to a 2014 public opinion poll by the Homo Homini polling institute, 55 per cent of the people in Poland already support a ban on fur farms. I would like to ask you to initiate a bill to ban fur farming in order to save the lives of millions of animals in the near future.”last_img read more

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Wild finish leads Minnesota to upset over Ohio State womens basketball

OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) looks to make a pass during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior night for Minnesota (19-9, 11-6) was upon the No. 5 Ohio State (23-5, 15-2) women’s basketball team as it entered Williams Arena Wednesday night for a late regular-season showdown.It was a healthy crowd that made its way out to witness a true barnburner at “The Barn,” with the Golden Gophers coming away with the 90-88 upset victory in overtime after a game-winning shot with less than a second remaining.Right from the tip, the Buckeyes and the Golden Gophers went back and forth. But in the first half, neither squad was able to get efficient offensive production.Before practice on Tuesday, Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff harped on the fact that his team would have enough time to get used to the elevated floor at Williams Arena, stating how it was still a basketball court with two hoops like all the other arenas that OSU played at this season. It turns out it is easier said than done to get hot at The Barn — even for the home team.Minnesota presented an extended 2-3 zone to OSU to prevent senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell from driving to the hoop for their own shots and also penetrate to find open teammates. The zone allowed for OSU to swing the rock and have plenty of open looks from downtown, but Minnesota was willing to take the risk with its strategy.The gamble on OSU’s 3-point shooting looked genius, as the Buckeyes only shot 1-of-11 from 3-point land in the first 20 minutes of play. That was an unorthodox showing from the Scarlet and Gray, who average 37.8 percent from behind the arc, ranking third in the Big Ten in that category.However, it wasn’t only the Buckeyes that had problems getting the ball to hit the nylon. Minnesota shot a whopping 26 percent from the field, not only missing long-distance jump shots but also fundamental layups.Heading into the locker room, Minnesota only trailed OSU by four, and the Golden Gophers did not plan on letting the Buckeyes march away in the second half like others have done in the past, as a potential bid for the NCAA tournament was on the line.The third quarter began with a quick OSU 6-0 run to give the Buckeyes an 11-point lead, but Golden Gophers redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham took the game into her own hands after a Minnesota timeout.Averaging 27.5 points per game on the year, scoring over 50 points multiple times and earning recognition on Twitter from NBA legend and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, Banham is all that, and she proved it in the second half against the Big Ten-leading Buckeyes.The 5-foot-9 Banham had no problem creating space for herself from all areas of the court, giving OSU senior guard and tenacious defender Cait Craft a difficult task of guarding her. Banham would finish the game with 35 points and five assists, including a highlight-reel around-the-back pass to sophomore center Jessie Edwards.As play continued in the second half, the officials began to get more and more stingy, whistling after nearly every hand-check and touch on both sides of the court.Craft, who followed Banham up and down the floor the entire night, was forced to exit the game with the five-foul maximum in the fourth quarter.  With 1:10 to play in regulation, Minnesota was holding a 76-74 lead, and the Buckeyes were having a tough time navigating through the Golden Gopher defense. The possession ended up resulting in a shot-clock violation, turning the ball back over to the home team.The Golden Gophers brought the ball down with confidence, but OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss applied stifling defense, stealing the ball and converting the basket on the other end to tie it up with only 16.7 seconds left on the clock.Minnesota put the ball in Banham’s hands for the final shot, as she has pulled through in the clutch time and time again for this Golden Gophers squad. After dancing around at the top of the key, Banham made an in-and-out crossover to the left elbow for the go-ahead jump shot, but it was off the mark.Bouncing off the rim, the ball ended up in Edwards’ hands, who jumped straight up to put the ball through the cylinder to give Golden Gophers a two-point lead and win with the game clock hitting zero.But then whistles blew; the game was not over.The officials went to the scorer’s table to review the play, and after looking over the time when the ball made it through the net, they came to the conclusion that the Buckeyes would have 0.5 seconds to try to send the game into overtime or win it with a 3-pointer.After a Buckeye timeout, Alston set to inbound the ball on the sideline near her own bench. Sophomore forward Alexa Hart looped off of an off-ball screen toward the basket, receiving a lob from Alston and touching it in right before the buzzer sounded.The referees looked it over and determined it was good. Next up, overtime.In the extra period, both teams continued to go back and forth, finishing the entire contest with 12 ties and 13 lead changes.Mitchell, who turned it on in the fourth quarter and overtime period, finishing with 21 points, grabbed her ninth rebound of the night and at the same time drew the foul from Banham, which was her fifth, sending her to the pine for the remainder of the game. Mitchell then hit both foul shots to make the score 86-85 in favor of the Golden Gophers.Minnesota sophomore guard Carlie Wagner, who finished with 26 points, extended the lead to three points, but then OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper came up big on the other end, answering with a strong old-fashioned 3-point play to tie the score up at 88 with 14.3 seconds left on the clock.Wagner wanted the last word, coming down on the other end and knocking down a contested jumper in the short corner with less than a second left to give Minnesota a two-point lead.Once again, the officials would go to the scorer’s box and come back to the floor putting up more time on the clock: 0.8 seconds.After what happened in regulation, the Golden Gophers were aware that the game really isn’t over until the buzzer sounds, no matter how much time is on the clock.This time around the Buckeyes, would inbound the ball to Mitchell in the corner, who would not have enough time to get a shot off, giving the Golden Gophers a sigh of relief and a moment of happiness to celebrate senior night in winning fashion.With their 11-game win streak coming to a close, the Buckeyes will head back to the drawing board and look to finish the regular season on the right foot Saturday versus the Michigan State Spartans.The game is set to tip at 2 p.m. in East Lansing, Michigan. read more

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Ronaldo update Deal close to being agreed on between Real Madrid

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s proposed move to Juventus looks set to finally take place with the club close to agreeing on a deal with Real Madrid, reports Sky SportsSome vital progress looks set to be made within the next 48 hours between the two European giants with Real set to finally make their final decision in regards to Juventus’ €100m offer.The Serie A champions are hoping to conclude the deal soon that will see Ronaldo swap the famous white shirt at Real for the black and white in Turin for next season.The 33-year-old has enjoyed a glorious nine-year spell at the Spanish capital, but has suffered a breakdown in his relationship with Real president Florentino Perez lately and he has apparently decided to take up a new challenge at this stage of his career.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The negotiations for the transfer have taken place between Real, Juventus and Ronaldo agent, Jorge Mendes.Mendes previously had this to say on the move.“If this happens it will simply be a new stage, a new challenge in his brilliant career,” Mendes told Portuguese newspaper Record.“If Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid, he will be eternally grateful to the club, the president, all the directors, the medical staff, all the staff without exception, as well as all the Madrid fans around the world.”last_img read more

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Coutinho reveals nervousness ahead of debut

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has revealed he was anxious ahead of his debut in the UEFA Champions League for the Spanish champions.The Brazilian star joined the Catalan club earlier this year in January but couldn’t represent the club due to being Cup-tied for the Champions League after featuring for Liverpool in the same competition that season.The playmaker had a good game as Barcelona began the hunt for a sixth European crown with an emphatic 4-0 win over Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.He spoke after the match and what it was like to play in Europe’s premier club competition for the Blaugrana.Philippe Coutinho, Bayern MunichPhilippe Coutinho faces a late fitness test at Bayern Munich Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac plans to make a late decision on Philippe Coutinho’s availability this weekend after returning from representing Brazil.“The fans and all the players really want to win. The match against PSV was special, like all games in the Champions League, and also because it was in front of our fans it was a fantastic feeling,” he said, according to BarcaBlaugranes.“Making my Champions League debut was a unique feeling. I was very anxious before the game. Last year I couldn’t play in this competition and I hope that as time goes by I can improve and help the team.“Messi always shoots and scores goals, which is what it important to score goals and win games. It’s amazing what he does. The truth is he is an unpredictable player, he always does new things.”Barcelona’s next game in the Champions League is against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on October 3.last_img read more

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