MDI football team advances to semifinals

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Taner Bickford led the No. 3 Mount Desert Island football team to a 48-14 win over No. 6 Oceanside in Friday night’s Class C North quarterfinal.Bickford ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns to carry the 7-2 Trojans by the 4-5 Mariners.MDI will play at No. 2 Winslow at 1 p.m. on Saturday.MDI rolled to a 42-0 halftime lead on touchdown runs of 70, 4 and 30 yards by Bickford, a 50-yarder by Colby Lee, a 1-yarder by Croix Albee and a 50-yard punt return by Drew Rich.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLee finished with 131 yards on 10 carries.Oceanside scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the first on an Isaiah Green 3-yard run and the second when Brandon Debrosky connected with Riley Sprague with a 5-yard pass.Billy Kerly rounded out the scoring for MDI with a 45-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Bio Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) Latest Posts Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020last_img read more

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Guyana lose to Jamaica 82-67 in final of JamRockerz Classic

first_imgIT was a disappointing finish for the Guyanese contingent who lost to the Jamaica Jamrockerz in the final of the inaugural Mega Mart/SDF JamRockerz Classics, 82-67.It was the Guyanese side’s second matchup against the same opponents who had won 93-87 in the first game of the tournament. Coming into the game on a two-game winning streak after the loss, the team felt confident in their ability to win the game.From the tip-off the game proved to be a very physical one with both teams playing through a lot of contact. For Guyana, a low first quarter total of 11 saw Jamaica take a four-point lead, 15-11, behind hot shooting from Kemar McLeish who had 8 points.In the second quarter, the lead for the Jamaicans started to grow with Guyana struggling to find their offensive groove.The team managed to put up 13 points behind production from Shane Webster who had 8 while Nikkoloi Smith and Akeem Kanhai had 8 and 4 respectively.The quarter finished with Jamaica up by 11 points 35-24.In the second half the game started to drift away from the Guyanese who had their worst defensive effort, allowing Jamaica to score 27 points to their 15. For Jamaica, Damian Staple, Lynford Brown and Anthony White were the main contributors to the 27-point explosion.While Jamaica were able to score at will Guyana struggled and the 8-man rotation did not help. Top producers in Terron Welch, Stanton Rose and Nikkoloi Smith found it difficult to find their groove.The final quarter was the best scoring period for the Guyanese, who garnered 28 points to Jamaica’s 20 but at that point the game was already over.For the visiting side, Rose finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Welch, Smith and Kanhai ended with 15, 12 and 12 respectively. On the Jamaican side it was balanced scoring with Brown leading all scorers with 22, McLeish 16 and Staple and White 10 points each.According to assistant coach Junior Hercules, “It’s a disappointing loss for us, of course we wanted to win the entire tournament. We should have beaten this team the first night we played them.”Hercules was also of the opinion that the experience was good for the youngsters on the team who got a firsthand assessment of the higher level of play required.In the third place game, the Jamaican U-21 side defeated the U.S. Libertyville Vipers 63-60. For the winners, Ronaldo McKenzie finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds with Daniel Martillier adding 10 points and 17 rebounds. For the Vipers, Mike Skinner had 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals and 6 assists with Morris Roberts scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds.For the Guyana team who will return home today, the bright spots include Terron Welch and Stanton Rose who led the team in scoring with almost 50 points apiece throughout the games.However, the limited use of the Under-23 MVP Travis Belgrave and shooter Nathan Saul in the new-look team will prompt many persons to ask questions.last_img read more

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Oxford study: Tokyo Olympics are most costly Summer Games

first_img First Published: 4th September, 2020 10:05 IST Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Written By The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher, a wide-ranging study from Britain’s University of Oxford indicates.The Tokyo cost overrun already exceeds 200%, lead author Bent Flyvbjerg explained in an interview with The Associated Press. This is even before several billion more dollars are added on from the one-year delay from the COVID-19 pandemic.Flyvbjerg is an economist at Oxford’s Said Business School. His entire study is available here , and it’s set to be published on Sept. 15 in the journal “Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.” It’s titled “Regression to the Tail: Why the Olympics Blow Up.”Tokyo, postponed until July 23, 2021, is only a small part of the focus. The study — the third in a series following editions 2012 and 2016 — looks at Olympic costs since 1960 and finds they keep increasing despite claims by the International Olympic Committee that costs are being cut.Flyvbjerg cites many reasons for the rising costs and cost overruns, and offers solutions for the IOC. The vast majority of costs are picked up by governments with the IOC contributing only a small portion.“The Olympics offer the highest level of risk a city can take on,” Flyvbjerg told AP. “The trend cannot continue. No city will want to do this because it’s just too expensive, putting themselves into a debt that most cities cannot afford.”In his paper, Flyvbjerg cites Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose city is to hold the 2028 Olympics following Paris in 2024.“Most cities, unless you have a government that’s willing to go into debt or pay the subsidy of what this costs, most cities will never say ‘yes’ to the Olympics again unless they find the right model,” he quotes Garcetti as saying.By the right model, Garcetti means lower costs.Tracking Olympic costs is difficult, a dense maze of overlap and debate. Politicians and organizers always argue over what are — and what are not — Olympic expenses.Flyvbjerg writes: “Unfortunatley, Olympics officials and hosts often misinform about the costs and cost overruns of the Games. … We therefore cannot count on organizers, the IOC, and governments to provide us with reliable information about the real costs, cost overruns, and cost risks of the Olympic Games.”Flyvbjerg looks only at costs to operate the games — the operating costs and capital costs — the cost to build sports venues. He leaves out a third category, which is usually many times larger: renovating roads, building airports, and what he calls “sprucing up projects,” which also fall to taxpayers.“Our estimates are conservative because there are lots of costs that are hidden that we can’t get into,” Flyvbjerg said. “And there are lots of costs we decided not to include because it’s too complex. We include the things we can get the most reliable numbers for and we do it in the same way for each city that we study.”He also excludes the cost of debt, and the future cost of running sports venues after the Olympics leave, and inflation.According to the Oxford numbers. Tokyo’s spending is at $15.84 billion, already surpassing the 2012 London Olympics, which were the most expensive summer games to date at $14.95 billion. He expects several billion more from the cost of the one-year delay.Tokyo organizers say officially they are spending $12.6 billion. However, a national auditor says the actual costs are twice that high, made up of some expenses that the Oxford study omits because they are not constant between different Olympics.Tokyo said the cost would be $7.3 billion when it won the bid in 2013.“They (IOC) obviously don’t like our results, but it’s very difficult to counter a piece of rigorous research like this,” Flyvbjerg said. “And they haven’t done that, and they can’t do that. Our research is a problem for them.”In an email to Associated Press, the IOC said it had not seen the latest Oxford study and declined to comment.It referenced another study by Mainz and Sorbonne universities.This study also found Olympic cost overruns but said they were in line with other large-scale projects. Flyvbjerg’s study finds they are not.Flyvbjerg said he has been in touch on and off with the IOC and had sent a colleague to an IOC workshop. He said a major reason for the rising costs is that the IOC does not pay for them. He also cited rising security costs, and moving the games around the world. He calls this the “Eternal Beginner Syndrome” with new host cities starting basically from scratch.He’s said the IOC has tried recently to rein in costs, but the effort is “too little, too late.”“They (IOC) define the specs but don’t pay for them,”Flyvbjerg said. “This is pretty similar to you and I giving the specs for a house that we are going to live in, but we don’t have to pay for it. How do you think we’d spend? We’d gold-plate it. This is what has happened over time.”Flyvbjerg said he’s relish a chance to sit and talk with IOC President Thomas Bach. He calls himself a fan of the Olympics.”It’s not that the IOC hasn’t been willing to talk, or I am not willing to talk,”he said. “We certainly are. We have communicated in writing to keep the IOC informed. But yes, we would like to sit down with Thomas Bach.”Image credits: AP Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 10:05 IST Oxford Study: Tokyo Olympics Are Most Costly Summer Games The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher, a wide-ranging study from Britain’s University of Oxford indicates FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Anthony Joshua rematch ‘will not be in UK’ – Andy Ruiz –

first_imgThe rematch between unified world heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua will not happen in the United Kingdom according to the titleholder.Anthony Joshua was stunned on June 1, 2019, in New York by Ruiz.The rematch is contractually expected to happen between the duo in Briton.According to Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, the Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was the “frontrunner” venue for the return bout.However, Ruiz has debunked the assertion that the fight between himself and the British boxer will not happen in the UK.He said on the Joe Rogen’s Experience “That’s not going to happen” when asked the possibility of the match being held in the United Kingdom.He added: “We have been going back and forth, my team and their team. I’d love to have it back at Madison Square Garden to run it back.“The Staples Center [Los Angeles], Las Vegas would have been great too.”Ruiz, 29, has also cleared the air on the likelihood that the fight will not happen to say on the emphasis that the bout will “definitely” happen this year.“I don’t think we will be changing too much,” he added. “Just exactly what we did for the last one is what we will be doing, just more intense.“I’m willing to fight anybody, as soon as I win the rematch. Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder – anybody.”American-born Ruiz, who fights under a Mexican flag as a result of his heritage, says he has watched the fight “about 30 times” and revealed his life has transformed since the win.“A lot of people didn’t know we were struggling a lot even before this fight,” he said. “I was with Top Rank [promoters] and not getting a lot of fights.I had one more fight left with them and they didn’t want to let me go so I had to pay the contract off. Everything turned around so quickly.“From having nothing to wanting something in life is big motivation, especially me – I have five kids.It feels nice getting the stuff I always wanted, seeing famous people having nice stuff, now I can get it for myself, my family, kids, and mother.” Source: BBC Sportslast_img read more

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MLB news and trade rumors: Evaluating flurry of deals from Padres, Rangers and Brewers

first_imgFREE AGENT RANKINGS: SN’s list of best available playersAfter a couple of slower-than-slow offseasons, when signings and deals trickled in all the way through spring training, a sudden burst of news was nice. And maybe we can all hope against hope that it’s a sign of things to come, even though that might be a pipe dream.Anyway, let’s take a look at the deals and do a little evaluating.Padres and Brewers reportedly complete four-player tradeDetails: San Diego sends INF Luis Urias and SP Eric Lauer to Milwaukee for SP Zach Davies and OF Trent Grisham.Need to know: There is a healthy amount of upside with this deal for both sides. The Padres get an established starting pitcher in Davies; he’s made 111 starts in the big leagues and has a 3.91 ERA, including a 3.55 mark in 33 starts last season. Davies, who is heading into his age 27 season and has two years of arbitration before he’s free-agent eligible after 2021, adds a bit of certainty to the Padres’ rotation, though his arrival shouldn’t end their inquiries into top-half-of-the-rotation starting pitchers.And Grisham, though he’s best known for his defensive miscue in the wild-card game — he was in there for the injured Christian Yelich, remember? — is an intriguing player. Grisham had a bit of a breakthrough season in 2019, poking 26 homers in 97 minor-league games last year at Double-A and Triple-A, and then hitting six more in 51 games in the majors. He just turned 23 at the start of November.The Brewers get a potential star in Urias. Heading into the 2019 season, he was ranked in the top 50 of pretty much every prospect list, as high as No. 17 by Baseball Prospectus. And he produced offensively at the plate in Triple-A (though Pacific Coast numbers were incredibly inflated across the board), batting .315 with 19 homers in 73 games. His MLB numbers haven’t been impressive, though he’s still only 22 years old. In 302 PAs, Urias has a .318 on-base percentage and 75 OPS+. He can play either second or shortstop, but he’ll be at shortstop with Keston Hiura at second in Milwaukee.Lauer, 24, was a first-round pick by the Padres in 2016, and he’s already made 52 starts in the bigs. The lefty has a 4.40 ERA/4.35 FIP in his career, and he improved a troublesome walk rate a bit in his second season (3.1 per nine innings, down from 3.7 as a rookie).Rangers reportedly sign free agent Kyle GibsonDetails: The Rangers and Gibson reportedly agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal.Need to know: If this is the first step in an aggressive offseason plan — as many in the sport expect — then it’s a solid move. If this is the big move, Rangers fans are going to be pretty disappointed.Gibson was a middle-of-the-rotation guy for a Twins team that won the AL Central in 2019, and that’s what the Rangers hope he’ll be for their division title-contending teams the next few years. He averaged 30 starts a season for Minnesota the past six years, posting a 4.42 ERA and 4.25 FIP. The Rangers have had outstanding results with similar free-agent pitching finds recently.Mike Minor: 3 years, $28 millionLance Lynn: 3 years, $30 millionKyle Gibson: 3 years, $30 millionIf the Rangers get anything close to the Minor/Lynn level of production from Gibson, they’re going to be a lot of fun in 2020— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) November 27, 2019But, as we mentioned, Rangers fans have their sights set higher. The club is opening a new stadium in 2020, and rumors have been flying that the Rangers will be involved with bringing in shiny new superstars to help christen the building. Maybe they will target Texas native Anthony Rendon — the most perfect replacement for Cooperstown-bound Adrian Beltre a Rangers fan could imagine — or one of the top-of-the-rotation aces available on the market.Will that happen? Stay tuned. Well, that was fun, wasn’t it?On the day before Thanksgiving, baseball’s annual Hot Stove Season was actually, legitimately kind of hot. Three pieces of news dropped within an hour on Wednesday morning, and all three deals could have an impact on the postseason in 2020 (or maybe 2021). Padres reportedly sign Drew PomeranzDetails: It’s a three-year deal for Pomeranz, though the money hasn’t been reported yet.Need to know: No free-agent-to-be turned around his prospects midseason like Pomeranz. He wasn’t good, at all, as a starter with San Francisco, posting a 5.68 ERA in 21 games (17 starts) before he was dealt to Milwaukee. There, though? Outstanding. The Brewers put him in the bullpen, and he struck out 45 batters in 26 1/3 innings, allowing just 16 hits and eight walks. He was a huge part of Milwaukee’s late-season push into October.The Padres have been pointing toward 2020 as their return to contention for a while now, what with all the young, high-ceiling players in their system and outside additions, like last spring’s signing of Manny Machado. Spending money to add a bullpen piece like Pomeranz — a lefty who will team well with dominant closer Kirby Yates — is yet another signal that the front office sees 2020 as the year, too.last_img read more

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Why Aaron Rodgers-Jordan Love drama doesn’t compare to Favre-Rodgers in Green Bay

first_imgGreen Bay made the surprise pick of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft by trading up to get Utah State’s Jordan Love with the No. 26 pick.  Love could be a successor to two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers, and within minutes comparisons to the Rodgers-Brett Favre drama lit up social media. Favre even weighed in with TMZ and said, “No one is replacing Aaron Rodgers.”   How will that pan out with Love and Rodgers? It’s too early to tell. Love has time to develop behind Rodgers, but with each season those questions will get a little louder and put more pressure on the organization. Simply look at the Bob Kraft-Bill Belichick-Tom Brady-Jimmy Garoppolo drama that took place in New England over the past few seasons. Neither quarterback is with the Patriots now.  By drafting Love, Green Bay showed it’s looking toward a future without Rodgers at some point. Will that be after the 2023 season?  That will be a big question that does not go away. Well, somebody will have to at some point, but the dynamics are different in these two situations for several reasons.  Here’s a breakdown of the differences between Favre-Rodgers and Rodgers-Love.  MORE: Packers fans not happy with Jordan Love pickRodgers slid down, Love jumped up  The Packers selected Rodgers with the No. 24 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. The 49ers took Alex Smith with the No. 1 pick in that draft after Rodgers had been considered.  That led to an extended stay in the Green Room, and the Packers pounced on the opportunity to take the Cal quarterback as Favre’s backup. Favre was 35 years old when the Packers took Rodgers.  Rodgers is 36 years old now and still under contract through 2023. In theory, that means he could close his career out with Green Bay. Love, meanwhile, was considered a borderline first-round pick and was the fourth quarterback selected behind LSU’s Joe Burrow, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert.  The Packers clearly see Love as more of a developmental project behind Rodgers.  Favre waffled on retirement, Rodgers has not  By 2006, Favre was in his 16th season with the Packers, and retirement talks became an ongoing theme at training camp. Rodgers served as Favre’s backup for three seasons from 2005 to 2007, and the back-and-forth retirement talk reached its breaking point before the 2008 season.  That’s when Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy opted to go with Rodgers and trade Favre, who was 38 years old when he was traded to the Jets.  With the Love pick, there is already a debate circulating about whether the Packers should trade Rodgers, who is coming off his 12th season as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. For his part, Rodgers is not close to retirement. When asked about the possibility that the Packers would bring in a quarterback for the 2020 NFL Draft, Rodgers said, “They’re not going to beat me out.”MORE: Full Packers draft coverage, list of picksDirection of franchise is different The Packers were coming off a 10-6 season when they drafted Rodgers, but they finished 4-12 the following season and Thompson fired Mike Sherman. McCarthy had two seasons with Favre, and that led to a 13-3 record in 2007.  Favre’s last game with Green Bay was a 23-20 loss to the Giants in the 2007-08 NFC Championship Game. Rodgers failed to lead a playoff run in his first season as a starter the next season. The Packers also finished 13-3 and reached the NFC Championship Game last season before losing 37-20 to the 49ers. That was Matt LaFleur’s first season, and general manager Brian Gutekunst helped flip the franchise after a 6-9-1 record in 2018.  The question now becomes how long LaFleur and Rodgers can keep it going together. Favre still had it, does Rodgers?  Favre had 4,155 yards, 28 TDs and 15 interceptions in his final season with the Packers in 2007. The previous two seasons he totaled 38 TDs and 37 interceptions and Green Bay did not make the playoffs.  The best season late in Favre’s career came when he was 40 years old with Minnesota and finished with 4,202 yards, 33 TDs and seven interceptions.  Rodgers had 4,002 yards, 26 TDs and four interceptions last season. He still is playing at a high level, but his best season since turning 30 was in 2016. Rodgers struggled at times last season and posted a 95.4 quarterback rating. That’s his third-lowest mark in 12 seasons.  Favre’s exit created a circus “The train has left the station.” Those were the words McCarthy used when the Packers decided to move forward with Rodgers. Favre still riled up the Green Bay fans by flying to Green Bay with his wife Deanna before being traded, and the less-than-amicable split led to a debate within the fan base over the next two years.  Remember, Favre was the biggest icon in the franchise’s history after leading Green Bay to its first Super Bowl championship in 30 years in 1996. Rodgers proved the Packers right by leading the team to the Super Bowl within three seasons after taking the starting job.  last_img read more

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Leaf killer Scott Morriseau sinks Nelson in OT, Rebels one game away from advancing to Murdoch Final

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyMan that’s playoff hockey — not!In a game that most definitely had coaches Frank Maida and Steve Junker searching the trainer’s room for bottles of Alka-Seltzer to help cure strong cases of acid indigestion, the Castlegar Rebels somehow managed to pull out a 7-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League overtime victory Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.Scott Morriseau, scoring his sixth of the series, won the game in the final minutes of the first overtime period.“I don’t know about that one,” Morriseau responded when asked about if he’s the newest Leaf killer, “but things are definitely going my way right now.”Morriseau deflected a Riley Henderson point shot past a surprised Andrew Walton to give the Rebels a commanding 3-1 lead in the Murdoch Division semi final.Castlegar can eliminate the Leafs from the post-season and advance down the playoff trail against the winner of the Beaver Valley/Spokane series with a win Thursday in the Sunflower City.“I just decided to go straight to the net and luckily the puck went off my stick and into the net,” said Morriseau, describing the game-winner at the 8:55 mark of overtime.The contest did not go according to textbook for both teams.Two teams that combined for 17 goals in three games — only three in game two— scored nine in the opening 20 minutes Tuesday. After building a 2-0 lead on goals by Brendan Heinrich and Stuart Walton 39 seconds apart, the teams traded volleys until Nick Newman finished off the scoring in the final minute of the frame.“We’re not a team that gives up that many goals, especially in the first period,” Morriseau said. “Obviously we talked about that and we have to bare down to next game.”Despite struggling with defensive zone coverage the Leafs battled back — tying the game on a goal by Patrick Martens with 35 seconds remaining in the third period —  and had two or three chances to win the game in the extra period.Nelson now must win three straight games to avoid being eliminated in the first round for the second straight year.“It’s depressing,” said Leaf forward Colton Schell“Everyone is taking it hard in the dressing room. We really needed this game.”The game was a career night for Castlegar rookie Brendan Heinrich, who finished the game with two goals and three assists.Morriseau added had four points while Henderson, Tyler Robinson, Connor Bowen also scored for Castlegar.Max Mois, having a bounce-back game as he continually pounded the Castlegar defence with several crushing bodychecks, Matthew Naka, J.J. Beitel and Carsen Willans, scoring his first career playoff goal, completed the Nelson scoring.Nelson out shot Castlegar by a 44-32 count, including an 18-4 margin in the third period.“It seems (Castlegar) is a way more energized on the bench then we are . . . everyone yelling after big hits, goal or back check,” Schell explained. “Our guys are a lot more quiet . . . we don’t have that many leaders on our team.”Game time Thursday is 7:30 p.m.GAME NOTES: One of the leaders not in the game Schell was talking about was team captain, Tyler Parfeniuk, who along with Walker Sidoni, missed the game due to sickness. Parfeniuk is hopeful to be back in the lineup for game five Thursday while Sidoni is most likely done for the playoffs. . . .The loss of Parfeniuk and Sidoni forced forward Cameron Dobransky back to the blue line core and allowed James Sorrey his first taste of the playoffs after being scratched from the first three games of the series. . . .Aaron Brewer left game in second period after taking a hit by Dallon Stoddart behind Castlegar net. . . .Nelson survived a two-man disadvantage in the second period. . . .Nelson lost the services of Nick Newman five minutes into the third after being checked to into the boards by Braydon Horcoff, who was given a five-minute major. Newman did return after being attended by the Leaf training staff. . . .Branden Amatto stopped 49 of 51 shots to lead the Spokane Braves to a 3-2 win over Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The Hawks lead the series 3-1 and can eliminate the Braves Thursday in Fruitvale.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Foley finds radar after Dunedin “hiccup”

first_imgFoley has slotted 15 from 15 in the two Tests since the second Bledisloe, a performance skills coach Mick Byrne simply categorised as an off night.”I think it’s faith, especially when you have a hiccup,” Byrne said.”It’s like in any sport – golfers are a classic one.”We look at (Marc) Leishman, he’s just won the (BMW) tournament but you go back to a tournament he had before, he wasn’t hitting the ball really well there.”You just have those moments at the top end of games.”You can’t get concerned about what happened or why it was this or why it was that, because you get caught up in stuff that’s not really there.”You trust your rhythm, go back and work on what you need to work on.”Byrne doesn’t harbour any concerns for Reece Hodge’s accuracy, either, putting his two from eight at Test level down to the sheer difficulty of the shots he faces when handed the tee.”When you look at the field, without getting too technical, there’s certain parts of the field where kickers kick it at 100 per cent, and then as you move out – it’s usually at that 25m mark, a semi-circle around the goal – most kickers are at 100 per cent,” Byrne said.”When you push out to 30m they drop out to about 85.”When you get out to 40m, some of them are dropping down to 60, 65.”When you drop out to 50 they’re about 50, 40, 30 sort of thing.”If you look at Hodgey’s eight kicks and multiply by the distance of his kick, he’d probably be twice as far as any other kicker.”So, what’s the merit in taking those low percentage kicks?”The beauty of that is, if you’ve got a guy who can kick the ball from 55m, and you’re going to go in and try and slow the ball down and you know the guy’s going to kick penalties from there, you might have a second thought about giving away a penalty from 55m out.”It might just be enough to say to a team, if you want to start giving away penalties here… extend the safe zone.”The Wallabies will need both Foley and Hodge to have their radar’s working when they tackle the Springboks in Bloemfontein, as accurate goal kicking is one of three non-negotiables against the Boks on their home turf.The other two, winning the physicality up front and at least breaking even at set piece time, were two areas where the Wallabies battled, at times, when these two teams slugged out a 23-all draw a fortnight ago.”It is a non-negotiable to beat anyone, really.” Byrne said of the physicality challenge.”But South Africa bring a physicality.”They pride themselves on that. They’re a nation of it. We’ve got to match them in that area.”On the lineout front, Byrne said a few little things going wrong sparked a chain reaction in a poor second half in Perth.”There was a couple of things identified, mainly around the get in and get the job done,” Byrne said.”There was probably a little bit too much thinking about it.”The skill sets inside that lineout that night, a little bit better jumping, I think there was a crooked throw or overthrow as well.”Just the little skill sets are really important.”It comes back to trusting your habits and backing yourself under pressure.”last_img read more

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Gilas cautious vs ‘wounded’ Aussies

first_imgGilas Pilipinas vs Australia. Photo from Fiba.comBOCAUE,Bulacan—With all hands on deck this time and momentum on its side, Gilas Pilipinas tries to pull off what seemed unthinkable ever since the draw in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Qualifiers was finalized last year.Coming off an ego-inflating win over a bitter rival in the Asian region just three nights ago, Gilas will set out against world power Australia Monday evening at the cavernous Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Hands-down the team-to-beat in this tournament, Australia took a 79-78 loss at the hands of Japan in Chiba on Friday after the Japanese unveiled two new players in naturalized center Nick Fazekas and half-Japanese Rui Hachimura.The loss to the Japanese is what makes Philippine Team coach Chot Reyes a bit wary of the Aussies.“For sure, they (Aussies) will come out like wounded tigers (for our game),” Reyes said after the victory over the Taiwanese.June Mar Fajardo will be coming off what could possibly be his best game in a Gilas uniform and Andray Blatche redeemed himself from a mediocre outing in the previous win over Chinese Taipei as the duo will definitely be called upon to try and deny the big Aussies from dominating the inside.Reyes also wants premium on making outside shots to enable the Gilas big men to operate inside.  That’s where Castro, Romeo and Matthew Wright come as the Filipinos’ best outside guns.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town They will try to beat the world No. 10 Aussies for the first time in the modern age in a match that will determine top Group B ranking.The Philippines’ nipped Australia, 101-100, in the 1974 world championships held in Puerto Rico.  Among the players of that team were pro legends Bogs Adornado, Ramon Fernandez and Robert Jaworski.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, spitfirish guards who weren’t around when the Filipinos were manhandled 84-68 by the Boomers last February, will be suiting up in the 7:30 p.m. contest as Gilas tries to pin a second straight defeat on the pre-tournament favorites.Coach Chot Reyes made adjustments in his roster and will play Carl Bryan Cruz and Baser Amer against the Aussies, the two having sat out Friday night’s 93-71 mangling of the Taiwanese in Chinese Taipei. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BanKo-Pocari duel nears In the loss to Australia last Feb. 22, the Philippines made just 5 of 19 three-point shots. In the Friday win against the Taiwanese, the Filipinos were a little better at 8-for-21.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihanlast_img read more

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