If you’re looking to buy local and keep your dollars in Southern Appalachia, dozens of outdoor gear manufacturers are now based in the Blue Ridge region. Here are 14 of our favorites…1. Eagles Nest Outfitters Jungle Nest HammockAssembled and distributed from home base in Asheville, NC, the JungleNest Hammock NoSeeUm mesh netting is an insect defense so fine (pun) that you can enjoy a worry-free hammock experience, nestled down in sturdy 210D Nylon Taffeta Ripstop material capable of holding up to 400 pounds.One of the most convenient features is the organizer pocket/tote that hangs outside the hammock for storage purposes and then swallows the hammock when you’re ready to pack up—a built-in dual function that keeps you clutter free and close to your essentials while removing the chance that you’ll ever lose your hammock tote. Its full-length smooth-gliding zipper entry and glow in the dark zipper pull make access easy and convenient. $100; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com2. Misty Mountain Cadillac Quick Adjust Women’s HarnessWeighing in at only 19 ounces, the Cadillac Quick Adjust harness has six 7” gear loops and four easy-to-reach 1” quick-adjust buckles on the waistband and leg loops, conveniently adjustable with one firm pull—easy to put on and remove. The heavy-duty waist band with its reinforced, abrasion-resistant nylon exterior and 3/16”polyethylene foam-laden interior feels durable and secure – not to mention comfortable – with the rear Hypalon patch for added back support while resting in the harness, although the waistband may ride up onto the ribs of shorter torsos.The sculpted leg loops are wide in the back and narrow in the front and insides, fitting to the contour of the legs and maximizing mobility without pinching or bulkiness. $125; mistymountain.com3. Fits Socks Medium Hiker CrewThis sock retains its tightness and shape, with the cross-stitch on the deep heel pocket keeping the sock “locked” in place. With 70% Merino wool for cool season warmth and dryness and a medium weight design that puts the cushioning where it counts (foot, ankle, and lower calf), the Medium Hiker Crew provides maximum foot support on the trail with minimal bulk. $21; fitssock.com4. Farm to Feet Mahtomedi Nordic Knee HighHere is a 58% Merino wool compression knit sock with hidden nylon plaiting for better durability as well as smoothness. Coupled with complex Nordic patterns and great arch support, these socks are both fashionable as well as comfortable. $24; farmtofeet.com5. Watershed Drybags Ocoee Duffel BagWatertight below 300 feet, this submersible bag’s ZipDry® seal is 100% guaranteed to keep water out. Strong and durable, it also conforms to the shape of your contents, making it easy to stash in less than spacious conditions. The Ocoee is durable and flexible even in freezing temperatures, although the seal does require lubrication from time to time to keep it in top condition. $93; drybags.com6. Recover Brands HoodieThis cozily warm yet lightweight hoodie comes in both zip-up and pullover styles and is made from 100% post-consumer plastic and post-industrial cotton. The non-pilling exterior and super soft fleece-like interior are made from a 50/50 cotton-polyester blend and the front sports an eco-trendy Recover Brands logo, making this hoodie at once a comfortable and attractive fit.$35; recoverbrands.com7. Dirtball The 50 JacketNot only is The 50 Jacket a product of fifty recycled water bottles and recycled polyester, but it is also itself fully recyclable, with customers able to turn in their worn out jackets in exchange for a discount on their next Dirtball purchase – a closed-loop manufacturing process that saves three gallons of crude oil per jacket. Designed and produced within a 250-mile radius of headquarters, this eco-friendly black jacket is the first of its kind on the market. $175, dirtballfashion.com8. Astral BrewessFashionably as well as practicably contoured with a rockered toe and step-down heel, this comfortable minimalist shoe comes in blue-black and maroon-gray and includes alternate shoelaces. The highly durable, water-resistant mesh-top Cordura™ fabric has two drain ports on each side to release water diagonally and two flushports in the heel to dispel water and silt, preventing sloshing noises or waterlogged toes. The G-14™ rubber compound on the outsole is completely slip-resistant, reinventing the concept of balance and traction on slippery surfaces. $100; astraldesigns.com9. Bedrock Sandals Syncline 2.0This minimalist sandal gives you all the good feelings of going barefoot without the pain: the textured ballistic footbed keeps your foot from slipping around in the sandal, while the dense weave of the 8mm Syncline Sole by Vibram (a 2 mm upgrade from the Earthquake 2.0) takes care of traction and sharp rocks.The sandal almost feels like it’s not there it’s so lightweight (4.2 oz. each), but at the same time it looks and feels durable with the corded toe straps, military-grade webbing, and innovative strapping system. The sole is lock stitched to the footbed and comes with a lifetime guarantee. $74; bedrocksandals.com10. Liquid Logic Remix XP 10This well-received crossover kayak is rated for Class III – IV boating due to its speed and maneuverability. Its deployable skeg feature and special design contouring makes it great for tracking in flat water as well. It is a stable kayak, with 105 gallons of volume, a 10 foot span, and up to a 300 pound weight limit, yet it remains remarkably easy to roll.$1,000; liquidlogickayaks.com11. Yama Mountain Gear SwiftlineThe best feature of this two-person, two-pound hybrid tent with two side entries and a two-trekking pole setup is the facility with which the outer walls can be tucked up during good weather and quickly released in the event of a downpour. The Swiftline will be available late this fall or early next year. $430; yamamountaingear.com12. Tsuga OasisThe Oasis gravity-fed filtration system works with a Sawyer hollow fiber membrane with .1 micron-sized pores to ensure that no bacteria, protozoa, or cysts are able to pass through into the three-gallon capacity chamber. It’s compatible with nearly all other water filters, too. Simple to use and store, this half-pound Tek Air 200 TPU Nylon water filter bag produces 10-12 gallons of purified water in an hour and folds up neatly into a 2”x10” tube when you’re finished with it. $100; www.tsuga.us13. Sylvan Sport GO-EasyThis multi-purpose utility/camping trailer is lightweight and fully customizable with add-ons such as a cargo deck, a front storage pod, and the handy-dandy Roost Explorer – a two-person camping pod. The GO-Easy can hold up to five bikes and four kayaks or a combination of both, and is capable of hauling outdoor gear and equipment (4-wheeler, mower, etc.) up to 325 pounds on its powder-coated steel frame. $1,995; sylvansport.com14. Lightheart Gear SoLong 6 TentThis roomy tent still keeps the weight minimal (1 lb. 14.6 oz.). The double stitched Sil-Nylon tent comes with a ridge pole which fastens to the top of the tent, creating—in conjunction with the six stakes and two adjustable tent/trekking poles (stakes and poles not included)—45” of head room over the 100”x55” of floor space. While not a freestanding tent, setup only takes about three minutes and the tent material gives zero hassle, making it easy to fold and stuff back into the tote. $298; lightheartgear.com
The Somerton Park unit complex at RedlynchSTYLISH modern units are popular among buyers at city-fringe Cairns suburbs, but some of the older stock is proving more difficult to sell.According to CoreLogic, the suburbs to experience the highest growth in median unit prices for the 12 months to last December were: Bungalow (35.5 per cent), Earlville (22.4 per cent), Kamerunga (21.6 per cent) and Redlynch (15.7 per cent).But Redlynch Real Estate principal David Jeffries said the median price growth had been driven by the sale of modern, more up-market units.“A lot of the older stock is sitting there and doing nothing,” he said. “There are certain complexes at Redlynch, such as Eden Park and Somerton Park, which have had a few sales in the $250,000-$280,000 range. But some of the other complexes are underperforming. “Many people don’t realise that it only takes a few sales at the higher end to change median prices.”Edge Hill experienced a 13.6 per cent rise in median unit prices, taking the suburb’s average to $230,000.Andrew Thornton of Elite Real Estate Services said Edge Hill, Kamerunga and Redlynch were “all about lifestyle”.“If I’ve sold units in those suburbs it’s most likely because people are downsizing, but they know the areas still have a lot to offer them,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMr Thornton said the growth in Bungalow’s median unit prices would have been driven by investors.“They knew these properties were cheap to buy but offered great rental returns,” he said. “Bungalow is a hidden gem – it’s close to the city and the prices are lower than what you’ll find in Parramatta Park.“I recently sold a three-bedroom unit at Earlville for $275,000 but I think if the same property was in Cairns North you’d be looking at $330,000.” For the past two months Redlynch woman Carmen Ward has enjoyed living in her Margaret St unit.“I was previously in a house at Redlynch, I then moved to the Northern Beaches but have been trying hard to get back to the area,” she said. Ms Ward said she chose to live in a unit for the affordability and reduced maintenance. “I am a sole parent, working and studying, so I don’t have time to maintain a yard,” she said. “My son attends a local school, to which we live close enough for him to ride. And we also love the scenery of Redlynch.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015)–Far back early, Play Hard to Get saved ground at the rail and re-rallied late under Corey Nakatani to defeat Awesome Return and Mike Smith by a head in Friday’s $60,000 Green Jewel Purse allowance at Santa Anita. Trained by Eric Kruljac, Play Hard to Get covered 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:00.59.Breaking from the rail under showery conditions, Joes Blazing Aaron set fast fractions of 22.45, 45.67, 1:09.79 and 1:34.84, which set up the late runs of both the winner and runner-up.“They were motoring up front,” said Nakatani. “I knew we could take back off the pace, because I could tell they would come back to me.”Off at 9-1 from his outside post position in a field of nine, Play Hard to Get paid $20.40, $5.80 and $4.20. Owned by Kings River Ranch, Play Hard to Get, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Purim, picked up his third win from nine starts. With the winner’s take of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $132,750.“It was definitely the ride that Corey envisioned,” said Kruljac. “We were going to take back but we didn’t know we’d be that far back (sixth, 6 ½ lengths off the lead at the quarter pole). He had the confidence to do it and he knew what they were doing on the front-end. You put a rider like that up and you don’t tell him how to ride.”Next to last, 9 ½ lengths off the lead a quarter mile from home, Awesome Return skimmed the rail around the far turn while following Play Hard to Get, made the lead inside the sixteenth pole and may’ve won had he seen the winner, who was wide-out on the course at the wire.Off at 6-5, Awesome Return finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of front-running Joes Blazing Aaron and paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Joes Blazing Aaron was off at 5-1 and paid $3.40 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday of $48,472 and it is expected that Saturday’s total Pick Six Pool should approach $300,000. First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $48,472 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $300,000
Almost 500 homes and businesses remain without power this Monday morning after Storm Atiyah.Faults are reported in Leghowney outside Donegal Town and in Annagry in the West Donegal Gaeltacht.Many more properties around Donegal were affected by power outages on Sunday afternoon as high winds struck. South Donegal was one of the worst affected areas, with power being restored to the majority of homes by the evening. Up to 385 properties in Annagry and Loughanure remain without electricity this morning after a power cut shortly before 11pm.ESB is currently working on repairs and estimate that supplies will be restored by 2pm near Loughanure and 3pm in Annagry.Meanwhile, 48 properties have no power in Leghowney outside Donegal. Power was lost before 2pm on Sunday and it is expected that supplies will be repaired by 1.52pm today.ESB Networks is urging the public not to approach fallen wires, as they may be live and dangerous. Storm Atiyah: Almost 500 homes without power across Donegal was last modified: December 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Pedro scored twice in the second half as Chelsea headed towards an emphatic victory.Having been 2-0 up at the break, the Blues scored again just 50 seconds into the second half as they carved open the Villa defence with ease.Oscar, who came on at half-time, was immediately involved, exchanging quick passes with Alexandre Pato before cutting the ball back for Pedro to fire home.And when Villa keeper Brad Guzan could only parry Pato’s curling shot on the hour mark, Pedro was there again to turn the ball in from an acute angle.By this time, the home side – who looked lively at times in the first half – were thoroughly despondent, and Chelsea knocked the ball around with ease.They were though perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty when Pedro appeared to clip Villa substitute Jack Grealish.With Matt Miazga and Pato making their first Chelsea appearances, Blues boss Guus Hiddink used the final 15 minutes to also give Jake Clarke-Salter his senior debut.Pato had come on for the injured Loic Remy in the first half, scoring a penalty in injury-time after being fouled by Aly Cissokho.Ruben Loftus-Cheek had put Chelsea in front midway through the half, his shot from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross taking a deflection off Joleon Lescott.Aston Villa: Guzan; Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Cissokho; Sanchez, Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Gestede, Ayew.Subs: Bunn, Okore, Bacuna, Lyden, Veretout, Grealish, Sinclair.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Miazga, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy; Remy. Subs: Begovic, Clarke-Salter, Matic, Oscar, Traore, Pato, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Could this new low-e coating solve the “melted vinyl siding” problem?Many current low-e coatings are applied to glass in a chemical deposition process, Ahrens says, and typically contain layers of silver alternating with other materials. But reflected heat from the sun can scorch lawns and soften vinyl siding, and silver is an expensive, limited resource. Aherns says the low-e coating currently in development would use “transparent conducting oxides” of tin instead, which would absorb infrared radiation rather than reflect it like current coatings.CSD Nano also is hoping to develop a low-temperature process for applying a low-e coating to Plexiglas, which is not possible with current application methods.Oregon BEST, which announced the grant award, says the coating is being developed by researchers at Oregon State University’s Oregon Process Innovation Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing, and that once developed, CSD Nano would apply it to glass samples that could be analyzed.Ahrens says the project could have a coating ready for the market in about a year. “It needs a lot of work,” he says. “The grant is to turn this very preliminary data into reality.” Public and private researchers in Oregon have been awarded a $150,000 grant to continue work on a new coating process for architectural glass that would reflect infrared radiation without blocking as much visible light as current coatings.Researchers say the combination of an anti-reflective coating that boosts light transmittance with a new type of low-e coating would produce solar heat gain coefficients in line with coatings that are currently available but with much better visible light transmittance. In the process, the coating would have the potential to save millions of dollars by lowering the demand for electric lighting.The anti-reflective coating is in “advanced development,” says Paul Ahrens, CEO of CSD Nano in Corvallis, Oregon.“It’s relatively straightforward to make a film that blocks the [infrared radiation] and has a good solar heat gain coefficient,” Ahrens says. “The problem is that it also ends up blocking visible light, so you’ve sort of defeated the purpose of the window. You might as well have a wall.”In cold climates, low-e coatings help block the escape of radiant energy from the inside through window glass. In sunny climates, coatings can be used to lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, helping to keep radiant energy from getting into the house.
San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria has never been a boastful kind of guy.He just speaks the truth each and every time.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Winning is a habit, it’s a lifestyle,” Austria said Monday as the PBA drummed up the Philippine Cup title series at Sambukojin in Eastwood, Libis, by having Austria and Magnolia counterpart Chito Victolero talk about their respective chances in the best-of-seven series tipping off Wednesday.San Miguel booked yet another trip to the Finals of the season’s most prestigious conference by flaunting its depth—that comes with remarkable poise—to overwhelm foes in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Beermen will come into their latest clash with the Hotshots again as the overwhelming favorites to prevail, not only denying Magnolia the chance to get even after last season, but also to extend the conference’s unprecedented streak of title runs to five.Austria, though, is aware that he would have to guard against complacency and overconfidence. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Shades of the greatest Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Nowadays, it’s really hard. Like I’ve always said, other teams in the PBA have become more competitive. They’re all improving in terms of skill and personnel,” he said.Magnolia has shown a lot of improvement of late, but the Hotshots will obviously come into this series as the more fatigued side.The Hotshots won their first championship under Victolero by ruling the Governors’ Cup last season against Alaska. Making it two straight is definitely a great motivation for this bunch.But Victolero knows what he’s up against, and promptly labeled the enemy as the “mighty” Beermen.“We experienced winning a championship last conference, and hopefully, that gives us motivation or boost our confidence going into the series,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
DefinitionSpinal fusion is surgery to permanentlyjoin together two or more bones in the spine so there is no movement between them. These bones are called vertebrae.Alternative NamesVertebral interbody fusion; Posterior spinal fusion; Arthrodesis; Anterior spinal fusion; Spine surgery – spinal fusionDescriptionYou will be asleep and feel no pain (general anesthesia).The doctor will make a surgical cut (incision)to view the spine. This may be done:On your back or neck over the spine. You will be lying face down. Muscles and tissue will be separated to expose the spine.On one side of your belly, if you are having surgery on your lower back. The surgeon will use tools called retractors to gently separate, hold the soft tissues and blood vessels apart, and have room to work.With a cut on the front of the neck, toward the side.Other surgery, such as a diskectomy, laminectomy, or a foraminotomy, is almost always done first.The surgeon will use a graft (such as bone) to hold (or fuse) the bones together permanently. There are several ways of fusing vertebrae together:Strips of bone graft materialmay be placed over the back part of the spine.Bone graft material may be placed between the vertebrae.Special cages may be placed between the vertebrae. These cages are packed with bone graft material.The surgeon may get the graft from different places:From another part of your body (usually around your pelvic bone). This is called an autograft. Your surgeon will make a small cut over your hip and remove some bone from the back of the rim of the pelvis.From a bone bank. This is called an allograft.A synthetic bone substitute can also be used.The vertebrae may also fixed together with rods, screws, plates, or cages. They are used to keep the vertebrae from moving until the bone grafts are fully healed.advertisementSurgery can take 3to 4 hours.Why the Procedure Is PerformedSpinal fusion is most often done along with other surgical procedures of the spine. It maybe done:With other surgical procedures for spinal stenosis, such as foraminotomy or laminectomyAfter diskectomy in the neckSpinal fusion may be done if you have:Injury or fractures to the bones in the spineWeak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumorsSpondylolisthesis, a condition in which one vertebrae slips forward on top of anotherAbnormal curvatures, such as those from scoliosis or kyphosisArthritis in the spine, such as spinal stenosis.You and your doctor can decide when you need to have surgery.RisksRisks of any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsInfection, including in the lungs (pneumonia), bladder, or kidneyBlood lossHeart attack or stroke during surgeryReactions to medicationsRisks of spine surgery are:Infection in the wound or vertebral bonesDamage to a spinal nerve, causing weakness, pain, loss of sensation, problems with your bowels or bladderThe vertebrae above and below the fusion are more likely to wear away, leading to more problems laterBefore the ProcedureTell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. Theseinclude medicines, herbs, and supplements you bought without a prescription.During the days before the surgery:If you are a smoker, you need to stop. Patients who have spinal fusion and continue to smoke may not heal as well. Ask your doctor or nursefor help.Two weeks before surgery, your doctor or nurse may ask you to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and other drugs like these.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical problems, your surgeon will ask you to see your regular doctor.Talk with your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol.Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of the surgery.Let your surgeon know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have.On the day of the surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Arrive at the hospital on time.After the ProcedureYou will stay in the hospital for 3to 4 days after surgery.You will receive pain medicines in the hospital. You may take pain medicine by mouth or have a shot or an intravenous line(IV). You may have a pump that allows you to control how much pain medicine you get.advertisementYou will be taught how to move properly and how to sit, stand, and walk. You will be told to use a “log-rolling” technique when getting out of bed. This means that you move your entire body at once, without twisting your spine.You may not be able to eat for 2to 3 days. You will be given nutrients through an IV. When you leave the hospital, you may need to wear a back brace or cast.Your healthcare team will tell you how to take care of yourself at home after spine surgery. Follow instructions on how to take care of your back at home.Outlook (Prognosis)If you had chronic back pain before surgery, you willlikely still have some pain afterward. Spinal fusion is unlikely to take away all your pain and other symptoms.Itis hard for a surgeon to predict which patients will improve and how much relief surgery will provide, even when using MRI scans or other tests.Losing weight and getting exercise increases your chances of feeling better.Future spine problems are possible after spine surgery. After spinal fusion, the area that was fused together can no longer move. Therefore, the spinal column above and below the fusion are more likely to be stressed when the spine moves, and may have problems later on.ReferencesDaubs MD, Norvell DC, McGuire R, et al. Fusion versus nonoperative care for chronic low back pain: do psychological factors affect outcomes? Spine. 2011;36:S96-109.Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, et al. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis four-year results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Spine. 2010;35(14):1329-38.Wood GW III. Arthrodesis of the spine In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 39.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
Real Madrid ‘We have to stay calm’ – Madrid captain Ramos believes deficit can be overturned Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 11:02 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) GABRIEL BOUYS Real Madrid Sergio Ramos Real Betis Primera División Despite his side falling 1-0 to Real Betis and going seven points adrift of Barcelona, the defender was in no mood to panic Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said he is refusing to panic after the La Liga champions were stunned by Real Betis and lost ground on leaders Barcelona.It was a night to forget for stuttering titleholders Madrid, who suffered a late 1-0 loss at home to Betis on Wednesday – extending their winless league run in the Spanish capital to three matches.Real 4/11 to win CL Group H Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A 94th-minute goal from Antonio Sanabria silenced the Santiago Bernabeu and snapped Madrid’s 73-match scoring streak as Zinedine Zidane’s men fell seven points adrift of bitter rivals Barca after five rounds.But Ramos was in an upbeat mood post-match, telling reporters: “It wasn’t one of our best days, particularly in front of goal. We didn’t play great football but we did create a lot of chances.”We had opportunities to score from the early stages. It’s tough to get the first goal in these games and sometimes it just won’t come. The team did everything it could, we created chances, many of them pretty clear-cut in which we could easily have scored.”We’ve got to move on and turn our attentions to the next game. We’ve turned around some big points deficits in La Liga in the past. We have to stay calm because there are a lot of games still to come and points up for grabs. I’m going home with a clear conscience, knowing I gave it all I had, even if the result didn’t go for us.”When we don’t win, we have to draw conclusions and assess our mistakes. Things can always be improved. We have to keep calm and stick together, that’s the key to success.” Zidane analizó en la sala de prensa del Bernabéu el partido contra el Betis. https://t.co/noNdqb2vbc — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 20, 2017 Madrid have the chance to return to winning ways away from the Bernabeu when they travel to Deportivo Alaves on Saturday.
Vawdon CupMen’s Masters7.00pm – Penrith Panthers v Canterbury BulldogsMen’s Division 37.00pm – Taren Point v Bankstown JetsWomen’s Division 28.40pm – Penrith Panthers v Campbelltown GhostsMen’s Division 28.40pm – Penrith Panthers v Easts RoostersWomen’s Division 18.40pm – Parramatta Eels v Taren Point Men’s Division 17.00pm – Varsity v Wests Magpies 1Mixed Division 17.00pm – Menai Bulls v Hills Hornets 1Mixed Premier League8.40pm – Wests Magpies v Central Coast DolphinsWomen’s Premier League7.50pm – Easts Roosters v Canterbury BulldogsMen’s Premier League9.30pm – Penrith Panthers v Wests Magpies The Penrith Panthers will feature in four finals in a night full of high quality Touch. In the Men’s final, the Panthers will play Wests Magpies at 9.30pm. The Panthers have been one of the front runners of the competition all season, and finished in second place on the ladder behind the Canterbury Bulldogs. The Magpies finished in fourth place, only one point behind the top two teams. The Panthers started the season strongly and were undefeated after six rounds of the competition, before losing three of their next seven games to finish on even points with the Bulldogs. The Panthers won their preliminary final against the Bulldogs 4-3 to progress through to the grand final. The Magpies had a different start to the season, only winning one of their first five games, before winning every game since then to progress to the final. They edged out Hornsby by three touchdowns in the first elimination final and overcame the Bulldogs 8-6 to progress to the final. The Panthers and the Magpies met twice this season, with the Panthers winning their round three encounter 12-8, while the Magpies were one touchdown victors in their round ten game. Both teams are full of talent, with several national representatives in each side. The Panthers host a range of up and coming talent in their side, including national junior representatives Ben and Matt Molyan, as well as Dean Springfield and Nicholas Good. The Magpies will look to their experience, with players including Jason Stanton, Anthony Ziade, Michael Jacono, Robert Nakhla and Steven Takchi in their side, as well as Australian Men’s Open’s coach Tony Trad as coach. In the Women’s final, Easts Roosters will come up against the Canterbury Bulldogs at 7.50pm. Easts finished the season in second place on the ladder, two points behind the Magpies, while the Bulldogs finished the season in fourth position on 31 points. After losing the first match of the season, the Roosters lifted their game and were undefeated up until the final round of the competition, when the lost to the Bulldogs. The Roosters then beat Wests in the preliminary final by two touchdowns to progress through to the final. The Bulldogs had one win, two draws and two losses in the first five rounds of the season, before winning four of their last five games. They beat the Wollongong Devils by one touchdown in the first elimination final before beating the Magpies by four on their way to the final. Like the Men’s final, both teams include several players in the Australian team. The Bulldogs will look to sisters Louise and Claire Winchester for inspiration, while Easts sisters Kristy and Amanda Judd bring plenty of experience to the team. In the Mixed final at 8.40pm, the Magpies will play the Central Coast Dolphins in a repeat of last year’s decider. The Magpies finished on top of the ladder, following their eight wins, one loss and two drawn games from their eleven matches. The Mapgies won the first preliminary final against the Roosters by five touchdowns to go through to the final. Central Coast finished in third place on the ladder at the conclusion of the round games, with eight wins, two losses and one draw. They were then one touchdown victors over the Panthers in the second preliminary final to progress through to the final. For more information, please visit the Vawdon Cup website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=714&pID=14%20