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first_img In girls goat tying, she improved her time by over four seconds from 21.743 in the first round to 17.513 in the second, and her ranking by twenty places from 105th to 85th, to finish in 81st place with an average of 39.256 seconds. Baldonnel’s Derek Hadland also competed in boys goat tying, improving his time between rounds as well, from 25.179 seconds to 22.561 in the second, gaining him 89th overall with an average of 47.74 seconds. Rounding out the northern B.C. competitors was Jenna Hiebert from Montney. She place 87th overall in the pole bending competition with an average of 51.61 seconds. The 2012 National High School Finals Rodeo will take place July 15 to 21 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.Advertisement She was 41st after the second round with a time of 16.714 seconds, down from 17.302 in the first round, and left the competition in 58th place with an average of 34.016 seconds. The only person to place higher than Wolsey was Tommi-Sue Little from Groundbirch, who placed 50th overall in the barrel racing competition with an average of 33.86 seconds, just ahead of teammate Wolsey. She stayed steady, placing 61st in both the first and second round, scoring a slightly slower time of 16.953 seconds in the second round, compared to her 16.907 in the first. Little also competed with her ribbon roping partner Dexter Keith of Dawson Creek. The two placed 112th overall with an average of 23.608 seconds, only competing in the first round.- Advertisement – Keith saw further success on his own, placing 73rd in the boys breakaway roping competition, with an average of 5.08 seconds, his time from the first round. He also competed in both rounds of the boys goat tying competition, placing 88th with an average of 47.605 seconds. His first round time of 21.437 seconds kept him in the game, as his second round time of 26.168 seconds dropped him slightly in the rankings. Keatton Collett, who is from Beaverlodge, Alberta but races on the B.C. team, also competed in both breakaway roping and goat tying. Her best finish came in the girls breakaway roping competition, where her time of 4.903 seconds in the first round earned her 78th place overall.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Brent Burns made sure that the Sharks season-high losing streak didn’t reach an embarrassing pre-Joe Thornton era mark.Burns blasted in a shot from the point just 22 seconds into overtime at SAP Center on Saturday, ending the Sharks losing streak at seven games with a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.In doing so, the Sharks clinched home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, …last_img read more

first_img20 June 2014Victor Matfield will become the most capped Springbok test player of all-time on Saturday when he leads South Africa against Wales at the Mbombela Stadium in his 112th test.The legendary lock made his test debut on 30 June 2001 against Italy in Port Elizabeth. In 2011, he retired after the Rugby World Cup in 2011, having won 110 caps for the Springboks. Earlier this year, however, he made a highly successful return to the game.‘A fantastic accolade’“This is a fantastic accolade for Victor,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement on Wednesday.“He has been a terrific servant of the game in South Africa and has led his country with distinction since returning to the Green and Gold.“When he returned to the game earlier this season, he set his goals on becoming a Springbok yet again and he’s worked extremely hard to get there.“I don’t think anyone can doubt that he deserves his place in the team and he’s also been a great interim captain, with Jean de Villiers out injured.”Two changesAged 37, Matfield, who is also the most-capped Vodacom Super Rugby player in South Africa, will captain a Springbok starting line-up which shows two changes from the team which beat Wales by 38-16 in Durban last week.Both changes are in the pack, where Tendai Mtawarira returns at loosehead prop, with Gurthro Steenkamp reverting to the bench, while Flip van der Merwe will partner Matfield in the second row in the place of Bakkies Botha.The only other change to the team is amongst the backline reserves, where Wynand Olivier replaces the injured Johan Goosen to provide midfield cover. Ruan Pienaar will provide backup for scrumhalf and flyhalf, while Lwazi Mvovo can cover fullback and wing.An easy decisionCommenting on the team selection, Meyer said it was an easy decision to stick with the core of the team which beat the Welsh last weekend in Durban.“I’ve always preferred to stick with a winning combination and the changes to the team were both part of our planning,” he explained.“The backline really performed well last weekend and we would like to give them another opportunity to play together, as there were a number of new combinations.“The same applies up front. Bakkies is fit for selection, but we decided to manage his workload this week and I know Flip, who has been outstanding in the last two seasons, will slot back in easily. The same goes for ‘Beast’, who upped the tempo with his work rate last weekend.’A tough challengeMeyer said he is expecting another tough challenge from the Welsh this weekend.“They’ve had another week together and will be keen to lift their game on Saturday, but at the same time we were not happy with certain aspects of our game and we’ve worked hard to rectify that,” said Meyer.“This is their last match of the season, so we’re expecting them to come out firing. But we also want to make a step up and ensure we keep on improving as the season progresses.”South Africa take an excellent record against Wales into Saturday’s test. In 28 matches, the Springboks have won 26 times, drawn once and lost only once.SPRINGBOK TEAM15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez (vice-captain), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (vice-captain), 1 Tendai MtawariraSubstitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Wynand Olivier, 23 Lwazi MvovoSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgI did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naivete, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.–Steve Martin (Born Standing Up)A few weeks ago I shared my presentation on the eleven attributes that all successful people share and the ten sales skills all successful business-to-business salespeople possess.The success attributes are self-discipline, optimism, competitiveness, initiative, determination, resourcefulness, caring, empathy and emotional intelligence, communication, influence, and passion.The sales skills are closing, prospecting, storytelling, differentiating, diagnosing, negotiating, business acumen, change management, leadership, and owning outcomes.One of the people looking at the list asked a great question, and one I have been asked a few times before. He looked at the list of success attributes and said: “Where is experience?” I told him that experience isn’t a prerequisite for success. He was incredulous.Successful people aren’t constrained by a belief that they need experience to succeed. They set their sites on some goal, some outcome, then they take action and move towards those goals. Because they don’t believe that experience is a necessary component of success, it isn’t. They go and succeed and make progress long before they gain experience.But even though success in sales doesn’t require experience, it does make up a big part of the business acumen and situational knowledge that gives the salesperson the ability to create value for their clients. It is important that a salesperson gain experience over time.Too many sales managers and sales leaders place far too much weight on experience. But it isn’t the best indicator of future success. There are countless sales managers that have hired poorly by looking first to experience. The success attributes listed above are better indicators.Business acumen can be gained through education. Situational knowledge can eventually be gained by experience. But the foundational attributes are more important, more difficult to identify, and much more difficult to train, improve, or develop—even though it can be done.You can succeed now. You can succeed long before you have what others would believe is the necessary experience. No experience is required. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgTennessee fans cheer in support during a game.KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 16: Fans have painted their bodies in support of the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the game against the University of Florida Gators on September 16, 2006 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gators won 21-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)You don’t have to worry about Kahlil McKenzie Jr. flipping to another school on National Signing Day, Tennessee fans. The five-star defensive tackle basically bleeds orange and white at this point. McKenzie, a 6-foot-3, 354-pound defensive lineman ranked the No. 6 player in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, is as passionate a commit as we’ve seen. He’s talked trash about Tennessee’s rival schools. He’s helped recruit other top prospects to Knoxville. And he’s a very big fan of the song, Rocky Top.Here’s the elite recruit blasting Tennessee’s unofficial fight song in his car Tuesday morning. I will be blasting Rocky Top for the rest of the day #VolNation  pic.twitter.com/zeY13auBbm— Kahlil McKenzie Jr (@KM1_Era) February 3, 2015You’ve got a good one in McKenzie, Tennessee fans. The Volunteers’ 2015 class is ranked No. 4 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings.last_img read more

first_imgThe charity campaign that aims to give one lucky fan the chance to hang out with Darren Criss in LA raised $100,000 in its first week – and it’s still going strong.One lucky winner and a guest will receive round trip airfare to Los Angeles, stay in a luxury hotel for two nights, enjoy the sunshine, and, best of all, hang out with Darren! You can have lunch, grab coffee, or visit some of his favorite places… and with Darren as your host, you never know where you might end up! Find out more here.Currently starring as Blaine on the Emmy-Award winning Fox television series Glee, singer/songwriter Darren Criss first participated in Musicians on Call’s Bedside Performance Program last fall at Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Darren was accompanied on guitar during this visit by his friend Tom Poleman, Chairperson Emeritus of Musicians On Call’s Board of Directors and Clear Channel Media+ Entertainments President of National Programming Platforms. Although Darren had many other commitments that day, he ended up staying for hours to play for the young patients and their families, and immediately asked how soon he could come back to do it again.“I enjoy Musicians On Call because it strips down the performing aspect of music to its most basic function – to share, to heal, to inspire,” says Darren. “It’s just you and another person sharing an intimate moment that is actually bigger than the both of you.”Darren started off the new year with another visit to the same hospital, spending several more hours with the kids. Then he became a man on a mission, determined to share the healing power of music with as many people as possible! Next up, he’s generously lending his advocacy to Musicians On Call through an outdoor advertising campaign that began running in NYC on February 10.And he wanted to do even more than that, so through his Prizeo Birthday Campaign, he’s encouraging his fans to help Musicians On Call raise funds to expand the number of facilities and patients it is able to serve every week.Go to www.prizeo.com/darren and check out Darren’s Birthday campaign.last_img read more

Chris Bosh Doesnt Block Shots But Who Cares

The Miami Heat have a tight grip on their second round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. The Heat have a pair of double-digit victories, and the Nets have yet to break 90 points.After Game 1, much was made of the Nets attempting a season-low 12 shots in the restricted area (making half). Brooklyn did a better job getting into the paint in Game 2, but once it got there, the Heat were waiting. The Heat defended 20 of the Nets’ 28 shots at the basket Thursday night, according to NBA.com’s SportVU Player Tracking Box Score. Of the shots the Heat contested, the Nets made just four (The SportVU system defines shots defended at the rim as ones when the defender was within 5 feet of both the rim and the shooter).The Heat have tightened their defense in the playoffs. During the regular season, they ranked 10th and 13th, respectively, in opponent shot attempts in the restricted area and opponent field-goal percentage in the restricted area. And they were frequently accused of saving energy for the playoffs. Although we can’t directly measure energy expended, the results would seem to indicate that the Heat have shifted into their playoff gear.The Heat’s defenders are connected by taut strings — one player moves and pulls another into a different position. To make the system work, a team needs mobile big men who can blitz a pick-and-roll and challenge a shot at the rim, often on the same possession. It’s become increasingly obvious over the past three seasons that Chris Bosh has grown into an ideal cog for this system.Bosh isn’t considered a devastating rim defender; he ranked just 28th in the league in blocks per game this season, behind suspect defenders such as Terrence Jones, Al Jefferson and DeMarcus Cousins. But blocks only capture a small portion of rim defense. On Thursday night against the Nets, Bosh defended nine shots at the rim, of which the Nets made just one. In these playoffs, Bosh has been defending an average 7.5 opponent shots per game at the rim, allowing opponents to shoot just 42.4 percent on those shots. Of players who have defended at least 40 opponent shots at the rim in these playoffs, only Tim Duncan, Roy Hibbert and David West have allowed a lower field-goal percentage.Bosh may not block a ton of shots, but he gets in the way. In the Heat’s system, that’s enough to give them one of the most destructive defenses in the league. read more