first_imgThe MC Renegades, a 13U travel baseball team playing in the central Jersey area, is seeking quality players, especially pitchers and catchers. Players must be born after May 1, 1995. The team will be having indoor winter training workouts starting in January and then will play in a spring travel baseball league, including tournaments. The team is looking for dedicated players. A few slots are still available. If interested, contact Les Kramsky at 732-239-6767 or lesrkramskyesq@ read more

first_imgBy Mike CollettUEFA’s decision to expand the European championship to 24 teams six years ago was condemned by many but millions of fans across the continent are delighted with that choice now as the Euro 2016 qualification race draws to a gripping finale.One English newspaper said the idea was “mad”, while a global broadcaster dismissed it as a “terrible, horrible, no-good idea”, which would ruin the “perfect” 16-team format that had been in place since 1996.But try telling that to the fans of Iceland, who will be making their major tournament debut in France next year, or Wales, who have not been seen at a major finals since the 1958 World Cup but are virtually certain of joining them.Northern Ireland, who have failed to qualify for every tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, also stand on the brink of giving their fans a summer holiday with a Gallic flavour.UEFA President Michel Platini has embraced the expansion he proposed in 2009 and the Frenchman told Reuters this week he was delighted at how the preliminary tournament had played out over the last year.“The decision to expand was taken in the interest of promotion and development of football in Europe,” he said of the proposal made at the UEFA Congress in Copenhagen six years ago.“We have been delighted with the positive impact the new format has had on national team football across the continent,” he added.“We have seen extremely competitive groups with several teams fighting for qualification, a high quality of football played and great enthusiasm in several nations who have never or rarely qualified for a major tournament.“The European qualifiers have been a success so far and we are sure the final tournament in France next year will be the most competitive to date.”With two rounds to play, England, Austria, Iceland and the Czech Republic will definitely join hosts France next summer, while 31 teams remain in contention and 18 have been eliminated.With so many teams still involved in the race to either qualify automatically by finishing in the top two, or grab a third-place playoff lifeline, far more games than usual are likely to be tense affairs when qualifying concludes next month.DUTCH JEOPARDYOne issue that united most critics of the expansion plan was that the qualifiers would be a procession for the most powerful nations but even that argument has been turned on its head with the Netherlands, World Cup semi-finalists last year, needing results to go their way just to squeeze into the playoffs.World champions Germany and European champions Spain both top their groups and are bankers to qualify but neither are mathematically certain just yet.The Dutch though, are facing elimination, having lost twice to an Iceland side that have risen almost 100 places in the FIFA rankings in the last year after tasting defeat just once in six qualifiers in reaching the finals with three matches to spare.Former Sweden international Stefan Schwarz, whose clubs included Benfica, Arsenal, Fiorentina and Valencia, is also full of praise for teams like Iceland, who have qualified under his old national boss Lars Lagerbeck.“The expansion of the tournament gave an opportunity for other countries to qualify and get some more experience,” he told Reuters at the Soccerex global convention in Manchester, England earlier this week.“But of course, not all the games in the finals are going to be as competitive as before when there were less teams,” he added.“The teams coming through are all well-organised, they have to be given credit for qualifying. Iceland so far have been really brilliant and with a great manager, Lars Lagerbeck, who I was lucky to play for with Sweden.“I think it is good for football.”Former Scotland boss Andy Roxburgh, now technical director of the Asian Football Confederation, believes the expanded finals will have a positive affect on the European game.“There was an acceptance that the majority of medium or modest-sized associations had through hard work, investment, dedicated coach education and intense player development, raised their standards and would not be out of place at the finals,” he said.“On the evidence of the qualification rounds, there are grounds for optimism.”Apart from Iceland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there are plenty of other outsiders dreaming of securing one of the 19 places still up for grabs.Albania, Israel, Estonia and the once-mighty Hungary, now ranked 37th in the world, are still in the running and after the upsets witnessed so far, none of them can be discounted.last_img read more

first_img“Nick is honorary Canadian,” Rowan Barrett, the general manager of Canada Basketball, said of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors’ coach.In all, 11 men from one nation are coaching another at this World Cup: There’s Taylor, Stiebing, Nurse and Voigt, plus Italy’s Paolo Povia (coaching Ivory Coast) and Sergio Scariolo (Spain), Argentina’s Fernando Duro (Venezuela) and Julio Lamas (Japan), Portugal’s Mario Palma (Tunisia), Israel’s Ronen Ginzburg (Czech Republic) and Croatia’s Aleksandar Petrovic (Brazil).Taylor’s first foreign coaching job was in Germany in 2001.“Hey, I thought I’ll come over for one year,” said Taylor, a Florida resident who has also worked in the Czech Republic and now Poland. “I came over and basically have been over here ever since.”This is not a new phenomenon, someone from one nation coaching a team from another.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Voigt’s story stands out.Cabot, Vermont, population about 1,500, is known for cheese — not coaches. The Cabot Creamery puts out some of the best cheddar in the world. Voigt learned the game in Cabot on a hoop in his backyard and was on the team at Cabot High. But he decided to play soccer in college, and chose a little school in California called Pomona.Popovich, coincidentally, had coached there a generation earlier. Voigt eventually gave up soccer and decided he wanted to coach basketball. He got an internship with the Los Angeles Clippers, connected with R.C. Buford there when the now-longtime San Antonio executive was on that team’s staff, and when Buford went to the Spurs a door opened for Voigt to work in the video department.Just like that, he was working for Popovich. The journey was beginning.“I had no clue what I was doing,” Voigt said. “I was really, really fortunate. It’s pretty well-known how inclusive Pop is with the coaching staff. So to be allowed to be in those coaching meetings and practices and all these other things was pretty special and I think really helped accelerate my learning.”Voigt replaced a video coordinator who hadn’t lasted in the job very long, and the Spurs players quickly started calling Voigt “Weeks” — because they figured that’s about how long he was last in the position. And they looked like they might be right after Voigt lost the room he was renting in San Antonio because the homeowner’s plans changed.He needed a place to stay. Enter Popovich.The coach and his family opened the doors to their home to Voigt, who still remembers being like one of the family at Thanksgiving dinner.“I haven’t seen him a lot because the guy is always in another country,” said Popovich, who beamed when talking about Voigt’s career path and raved about his success. “We email pretty regularly. … I’m not sure he needs a whole lot of my help.”Popovich can be considered gruff, something that the people closest to him cannot fully understand. The public persona that he gives off — if he doesn’t like a question, he doesn’t hide his disdain — couldn’t be farther from what he’s like in real life, Voigt insists. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LATEST STORIES No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs GALLERY: Filipino athletes try out SEA Games facilities in New Clark City Oh, and he used to live in Gregg Popovich’s house.“I’ve kind of embraced the journey of it all,” Voigt said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4He’s not the only coach whose trip to the World Cup classifies as a journey.Voigt is one of five Americans serving as head coaches in the tournament — others include Poland’s Mike Taylor, Jordan’s Joseph Stiebing, Canada’s Nick Nurse and Popovich. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island “Who he really is as a person is pretty special,” Voigt said. “I was keeping video-guy hours so rarely would I ever see him in the house. I was getting in at crazy hours and leaving at crazy hours. But just the fact that he would extend his house to me is pretty amazing.”In time, Voigt got into scouting and just happened to connect on a trip to some faraway European outpost with Masai Ujiri, now president of the Raptors. Ujiri told him about developmental camps he wanted to start in Nigeria and Voigt expressed an interest in working with him. Ujiri took him up on the offer, and years later Voigt — buoyed by that relationship — wound up coaching Nigeria in the 2016 Rio Olympics.Nigeria got into those Olympics by beating, oddly enough, Angola. The Angolans took notice of the Nigerian coach from Vermont, and when some political unrest on the basketball scene led to Voigt losing the job in Nigeria he got offered his current gig.“I guess I had enough experience in Africa that it didn’t seem completely crazy,” Voigt said.He speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Norwegian and English. He knows a lot of national anthems and demands that players know their anthem. And in Angola’s opening loss to Serbia at the World Cup on Saturday, microphones captured Voigt seamlessly bouncing between two languages during a time-out in the third quarter.He’s only 43. There’s still a lot of coaching left. And by now, he knows to expect the unexpected.“I’ve had a lot of reality check moments, but I think a lot of this doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary,” Voigt said. “But to me, that’s what makes it so cool. I’ve been very fortunate to work in a lot of very different environments.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption FILE PHOTO – Nigeria’s head coach William Voigt gestures during a Men’s round Group B basketball match between Nigeria and Spain at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 11, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)SHANGHAI — Will Voigt epitomizes how basketball is a global game.The coach of Angola’s national team at this World Cup speaks no fewer than six languages and doesn’t regularly get his mail because he’s hardly ever near Idaho — the place he currently calls home. He grew up in Vermont, went to college in California, worked for a couple NBA staffs, ran teams in the ABA and G League, and has coached in places like Norway, Nigeria and China.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son View commentslast_img read more

first_img Photo by Northern Health To better reach and engage with newly-graduated nurses, Northern Health implemented a New Graduate Application Process. Last year, 91 newly-graduated registered nurses (RNs) were hired into Northern Health, 17 of whom were hired in Northeast B.C.“We strongly believe these and other initiatives in 2018 will help us to mitigate or overcome many of the challenges we face,” said David Williams, VP Human Resources. “Improved planning combined with strong local and provincial partnerships will help us increase talent pools, and build on the momentum of the past year.”On the retention front, Northern Health says it is working to further coordinate and extend its retention strategies, with a focus on supporting and retaining first-line supervisors and managers, and supporting new graduates to participate in educational workshops. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Northern Health’s Human Resources department is reporting mild successes in recruitment so far this fiscal year after delivering a report to the health authority’s board of directors at Monday’s public board meeting.So far in 2017/18, Northern Health has filled 2,135 positions. OF those, 83 percent were hired internally, 8 percent were external hires, while 9 percent of positions are currently open. Of those vacancies, 7 percent are marked as “difficult-to-fill vacancies,” meaning the health authority has not been able to fill the position for more than 90 days.Northern Health’s report shows that it has had slightly less success in the recruitment of registered nurses, with 13 percent of RN positions vacant. 83 percent of the 545 RN positions posted by the health authority were filled internally, while only four percent of hires were recruited from outside Northern B.C.- Advertisement -In the past five years, data shows that the percentage of RN postings marked as “difficult-to-fill” has steadily increased from six percent in 2013/14 to eleven percent last fiscal year. The report shows that Northeast B.C. has the second-highest number of vacancies in the health authority’s area, with six permanent RN vacancies marked as DTFV along with a further four relief RN positions.However, the HR department did point out that it has had successes in recruiting for to difficult-to-fill positions, including the recent hiring of two nurses in Chetwynd, as well as a sonographer and a speciality nurse in Fort St. John. All four of those positions were International hires. In response to more registered nurse positions being marked as “difficult-to-fill,” Northern Health’s HR department said it is developing a new strategic recruitment and retention plan, overseen by a newly-created Regional Director position. The initial plan will be presented to the NH Board for approval in Fall 2018.Advertisement Photo by Northern Healthlast_img read more

first_imgCurrent details:Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected.Heavy snow will fall through Sunday over Pine Pass.Mild and moist air aloft from a Pacific front will combine with an entrenched arctic airmass to produce periods of snow for the next two days over Pine Pass.5 to 10 cm of accumulation is expected today with another 10 cm tonight, followed by a further 2 to 5 cm on Sunday. 15 to 25 cm of total snowfall is forecast.Advertisement CHETWYND, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Pine Pass.The forecast calls for 5 to 10 cm of accumulation is expected today with another 10 cm tonight, followed by a further 2 to 5 cm on Sunday.  Over the weekend it is expected the region will receive 15 to 25 cm of total snowfall.Mild and moist air aloft from a Pacific front will combine with an entrenched arctic airmass to produce periods of snow for the next two days over Pine Pass.- Advertisement -The snow will finally ease Sunday afternoon.For updates on highway conditions, visit www.drivebc.caIssued at 2019-01-19 13:16 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Advertisement The snow will finally ease Sunday afternoon.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe application was filed to the City on February 5, 2019.Council will decide approval of the store at the next Council Meeting on March 11. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has received an application for a non-medical cannabis retail store.West Coast Retail Holdings is seeking approval for a license to operate a store in Fort St. John.The proposed store is to be located at 9831 – 98 A Avenue and is located in the allowable area of the City’s C-2 Zone for a cannabis retail store.- Advertisement -City Staff is recommending that Council approves the application as there are no concerns to it operating in the proposed location.Within the application, the applicant is seeking to operate the store from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.The hours of operation are within the timeframe permitted under the CannabisLicensing Regulation, 202/2018.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img The 1974 World Cup final is just one of the reasons Germany won’t underestimate Argentina this Sunday 1 With this Sunday’s World Cup final fast approaching, the narrative from many observers is one that claims Germany should walk away with the game. The 7-1 German obliteration of Brazil, coupled by Argentina’s inconsistency and the Albiceleste’s additional energy expelled in extra time against Holland means many claim the European side will waltz to victory. Joachim Low won’t think that however. The Germany coach will be more than aware the World Cup has a habit of throwing up upsets in the final. talkSPORT looks at four of the big ones…Uruguay 2-1 Brazil (1950 World Cup)The upset so big it has its own name, the Maracanazo is etched in the memory of any Uruguayan or Brazilian football fan for very different reasons. Though not technically a final (the tournament was decided on a round robin basis that year) the game did prove decisive in the destination of the trophy, and it literally couldn’t have been a bigger occasion, with the estimated 200,000 capacity crowd at the Maracana said to be the biggest ever assembled for a football game.As reigning South American champions Brazil were favourites, while Uruguay’s victory at the first World Cup was 20 years in the past. Several Brazilian newspapers arrogantly proclaimed the host-nation champions on the morning of the game, but Uruguay had different ideas. After going a goal down, they went all-out attack, and 21 minutes into the second half, Juan Alberto Schiaffino fired home an equaliser. The ropey Brazilian defence couldn’t cope with the onslaught, and 34 minutes into the second half, Uruguay struck the fatal blow, with Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia scoring the winner. Brazil took the defeat so badly they never wore a white kit again, while the members of the team were constantly reminded of the loss throughout the rest of their lives.West Germany 3-2 Hungary (1954 World Cup)Germany have a very good reason to be wary of upsets, as they’ve delivered a couple themselves. It’s hard to believe now, but back in 1954 the Germans (and in this instance, West Germany) had never won a World Cup, and going into the final Hungary were overwhelming favourites. Led by captain Ferenc Puskas, one of the best players on the planet, the Hungarians had gone unbeaten in the five years prior to the tournament, including beating England 6-3 at Wembley. At the tournament proper, meanwhile, they had already hammered West Germany 8-3 in the group stage, then progressed past Brazil and Uruguay in the knockout stage.West Germany, on the other hand, had a more complicated path to the final. Finishing Group 2 level on points with Turkey, they only made it to the knockout stage thanks to a 7-2 play-off win over the Turks. In the next round they gradually found form, beating Yugoslavia then Austria to book their place in the final. Regardless, few expected them to win.When Ferenc Puskas put Hungary ahead with six minutes played in the final it looked like everything would go according to the pre-match script, and even more so when Zoltan Czibor doubled the lead two minutes later. Yet West Germany defied the odds, fighting back in the 10th minute though Max Morlock, then equalising through Helmut Rahn in the 18th. Late in the second half, Rahn struck the fatal blow, and a half fit Puskas could only watch in despair as what he thought was an equaliser was ruled out for offside.Netherlands 1-2 West Germany (1974 Final)It was supposed to be the crowning moment of the Clockwork Orange, the day Total Football asserted its authority on the world. Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands were expected to lift their first ever World Cup in Munich’s Olympiastadion on July 7, 1974, but their opponents changed the course of history, and once again, it was those pesky Germans doing the damage.Initially, everything was going to plan for the Dutch. Cruyff won an early penalty with a surging run into the German area, and Johan Neeskens converted to put the Oranje ahead. Yet a penalty at the other end just over 20 minutes later gave the host-nation a life line, and Paul Breitner made no mistake in drawing his nation level. The game was ultimately wrapped up within the first 45 minutes when the inimitable Gerd Muller popped up two minutes before the break. The Dutch huffed and puffed, but couldn’t find an equaliser, and in the end it was Franz Beckenbauer, not Johan Cruyff, who lifted the trophy in a moment of glory. Cruyff has never been able to shake that moment, nor Beckenbauer.Brazil 0-3 France (1998 World Cup final)France may have been host nation, but a rampant Brazil side featuring the likes of Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Bebeto and Roberto Carlos were clear favourites to win the final contested between the two nations on July 12, 1998. A certain Zinedine Zidane conspired to make sure that didn’t happen, however.Though they took a while to get going, the Brazilians really found their form in the knockout stage of the tournament, thumping Chile 4-1 in the last 16, beating Denmark 3-2 in the quarter-finals, then eliminating the Netherlands following a semi-final stage penalty shootout. France, for their part, had slowly and steadily gathered pace, eliminating Paraguay from the last 16 with a Laurent Blanc golden goal, upsetting Italy in the quarter-finals following penalties, then coming back to beat Croatia 2-1 in the semi-finals. A valiant effort, but few thought Les Bleus could contain Ronaldo in the final.In the end they didn’t need to worry about that, with the striker barely making the game following a mysterious illness. The number nine was a shadow of his usual self, and the night belonged to Zinedine Zidane instead, with the then-Juventus midfielder scoring two headers from corners before the first half was over. Emmanuel Petit wrapped the game up in added time, and when the whistle went the Brazilians could barely believe what had happened. France claimed their first, and to date, only World Cup.Click here to listen to talkSPORT’s live coverage of Germany v Argentina from 20:00 (UK time) on July 13…last_img read more

first_img 5 5 1. Karim Benzema: Real Madrid – Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly willing to release their star, French international striker Benzema, at the peak of his powers – and with United potentially waving goodbye to Van Persie and Falcao, Van Gaal must be interested. The 27-year-old could be up for grabs for around £40 million, but as they showed last summer, the Red Devils aren’t shy when it comes to coughing up for a Bernabeu star. 5 5 2. Paulo Dybala: Palermo – This 21-year-old Argentine striker is one of Europe’s most sought after attackers, but could he end up at Old Trafford? Juventus are hopeful of closing a deal for the Palermo star and are favourites to seal a deal. Inter Milan, Arsenal and Chelsea are also eyeing the Argentine, who is rated around the £30 million mark. If Man United wave goodbye to Falcao or Van Persie – or even both – this summer, who could the Red Devils sign to replace them? To see four rumoured transfer targets, click the yellow arrow above, right! – Louis van Gaal faces a big summer as he attempts to strengthen his team ahead of a return to the Champions League and a possible tilt at the Premier League title, but question marks hover over the heads of the club’s two big name forwards. 5 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Paris Saint-Germain – The Swedish international has been linked with a surprise return to struggling AC Milan, but his agent has rubbished the rumours, but could he yet end up in the Premier League? A title winner in Holland, Italy, Spain and France, the chance to show the English top flight how good he is could prove tempting, although the money would have to be impressive, too. The 6ft 5in striker has 32 goals in 39 appearances for PSG this term and would be a tremendous addition to the United team, while it would take a club of the Red Devils’ stature to lure him across the English Channel. 4. Jackson Martinez: FC Porto – Colombian international Jackson Martinez has been prolific for his current club, Porto. This season he’s scored 27 goals in 36 appearances and Van Gaal is reportedly looking to snap-up the centre forward this summer. He’s not out of contract until 2017 and other English clubs, including Arsenal, are also rumoured to be pursuing the two-footed natural goalscorer. But if United are keen enough, Martinez could be up for grabs for around £28 million. Robin van Persie has struggled to find form in recent months, finding the back of the net only twice in 2015 and United boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly considering the Dutch international’s future.Since playing a key role in United’s 2012/13 title-winning season, when he scored 30 goals, Van Persie has seen a decline in form, scoring 18 under the ill-fated David Moye’s regime and being stricken with injuries.The Dutchman hasn’t truly found his feet since and, alongside Radamel Falcao, he finds himself the subject of transfer speculation.But who could United sign to replace these two? Take a look at the slideshow above and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.last_img read more

first_img “This team is a lot more aggressive than our women’s team was at Murray State,” said the preternaturally youngish looking 43-year-old Alexander, watching Hegarty’s team for the first time. Indeed, Hegarty, starting her third season at the 49er helm, has her club playing resourcefully and relentlessly at both ends of the court, as it suffocated Cal Poly on defense with constant pressure and sped past Cal Poly on offense with a blistering fast break. The 49ers play an entertaining brand of basketball, and there is no doubt that Hegarty, calmly shouting instructions from the sidelines, has her players’ attention. The 49ers are now 2-0 in the Big West, and Hegarty was asked if her team might now be the top one in the conference. She paused with a smile and said, “We might be.” On Monday evening, I decided to attend a sporting event where I knew the participants would perform unselfishly, wouldn’t engage in any self-congratulatory posturing and would play in a clinical manner with an emphasis on teamwork. And the women’s basketball match at the Walter Pyramid between Long Beach State and Cal Poly fulfilled expectations. Oh, the game itself was a yawner the 49ers breezed to a 78-58 triumph but players on both sides played hard from the opening tipoff and not once engaged in any of the juvenile posturing antics favored by their male counterparts. Actually, it was a shame a mere 643 people were in attendance, because Mary Hegarty’s troops, coming off their emotional triumph Sunday over UC Santa Barbara that ended a 28-game losing streak to the Lady Gauchos, dispensed a stout effort that left quite an impression on the new Long Beach State president F. King (The Boy Wonder) Alexander. center_img The 49ers certainly looked the part Monday evening, as Hegarty went extensively with eight players, all of whom made significant contributions. Freshmen point guards are prone to making mistakes, but that trait certainly wasn’t displayed by Karina Figueroa, a deft dribbling 5-foot-8 graduate of Rosary High in Corona who figures to have a bright career at Long Beach. She led her team in scoring with 18 points, and continually broke the Mustangs’ full-court press, oftentimes dribbling between two players with uncommon skill. “Karina is a terrific young player who’s been doing the job for us,” says Hegarty. Another freshman guard, Mary Has, a reserve from Millikan High, also had her moments on the floor, as she wound up with nine points and three steals in 22 minutes of work. “We figure to be strong in the backcourt for the next few seasons,” says Hegarty. One person who performed strongly up front against Cal Poly was the 6-2 senior forward, Jayme Connors, who collected 16 rebounds and 10 points. This is Connors’ fifth season at Long Beach she was given a medical redshirt after injuring her ankle after six games of the 2002-03 season and she and 6-2 Meghan Griffith give the 49ers a solid inside presence. The quickest player on the 49ers is the 5-8 sophomore from Wilson High, Jeannie Saunders, a disruptive pest on defense who usually is at the forefront of her team’s fast break. The 49ers’ leading scorer this season has been Crystal McCutcheon, who has been averaging over 17 points a game. It’s a reflection of the team’s balance that McCutcheon had a sub par shooting night against Cal Poly she made only two of 12 from the field and yet it still overwhelmed the Mustangs. It’s also a reflection of McCutcheon’s competitiveness that she didn’t allow her shooting woes to negatively impact other aspects of her game, as she played solid defense and also led her team in assists with five. A 6-0 junior from Colorado Springs, Val Willhoit, a transfer from Colorado State who sat out last season, made her presence felt, as she grabbed 10 rebounds and scored six points. Still another player who acquitted herself admirably was the 6-2 senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Fernanda Santos, who was a factor all over the court. “What makes Fernanda so special is that she’s a 6-2 guard, and she creates match up problems,” says Hegarty. The only negative for the 49ers was the absence of the heralded transfer from Cypress College, Rosalyn Omoruyi, who has been dismissed from the team for “continuous rules violations,” according to Hegarty. The 49ers have not been a good road team they’ve lost all five of their starts away from the Pyramid and tonight will be in Stockton to face UOP. “If we’re going to win the conference, we have to start doing better on the road,” says Hegarty. If the 49ers continue to display the exceptional form they did against Cal Poly, no doubt their road miseries soon will come to an end. Doug Krikorian can be reached at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Gregoire Defrel is a rumoured target for Liverpool and Leicester City Premier League clubs have made contact with Sassuolo about a move for Liverpool and Leicester target Gregoire Defrel, according to the Italian club’s director general.The two English sides have been linked with the French striker throughout 2016 while Napoli are also tracking him.Defrel, 25, has scored six goals in 13 Serie A appearances so far this term and it has been reported that Napoli are ready to firm up their interest with a January bid.But Sassuolo director general Giovanni Carnevali insists they are yet to receive an approach from within Italy – but offers have come in from both England and Spain.Carnevali told Radio Goal: “It’s not our intention to sell him, especially in January. The winter market is for making improvements.“We haven’t had any official offer from Napoli, never mind one which would please us. I can tell you that he’s very well-liked by foreign clubs.“There have been offers from the Premier League and La Liga.” 1last_img read more