first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook By News Highland – August 10, 2018 Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleDonegal Ladies All-Ireland Semi-Final re-fixed for 25th AugustNext articleCup Shock as Harps beat Premier Division side Bray away News Highland Facebook Google+ Pinterest Twitter Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday August 10th:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday August 10th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

first_imgWhen Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was named the head coach for the USC women’s basketball team in April, she brought with her a promise to bring back a winning tradition to the program, similar to the one present when she played for the Women of Troy.“For us, we are trying to develop a culture of winning and it starts with having that great level of work ethic,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We are starting to put in those pieces of the puzzle right now and we believe that it will translate into developing a winning mentality and putting some Ws up on the board.”And Cooper-Dyke is not the only one. Athletic Director Pat Haden has said that the women’s basketball program has a long history of national championships. Yet Haden acknowledged that in recent years it has failed to live up to its history under the direction of former Lakers player Michael Cooper.During Cooper’s four years as head coach, the Women of Troy had a 72-57 record, or an average winning percentage of .558, and he never led his team to the NCAA Tournament. Though Cooper led the team to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament title game in 2011, it failed to secure a title after losing to Toledo. Furthermore, after high early season expectations in the 2010-2013 seasons, the Women of Troy did not qualify for postseason play.In fact, the last time Women of Troy reached the NCAA Tournament was in 2006, when the team went 18-11 before being knocked out in the second round of the tournament.Cooper resigned after the team finished with a dismal 11-20 record, and 7-11 in the Pac-12, in the 2013 season. Cooper’s resignation led Haden to search for his new coach, who could return the program to its promised land — the NCAA Tournament.By selecting former USC great Cooper-Dyke in April, he brought home an integral player who helped lead the Women of Troy to consecutive national championships during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. Cooper-Dyke, 49, looks to restore the program to its winning tradition and lay the foundation for a nationally renowned women’s basketball powerhouse.“It’s going to be about changing the mentality into a winning one,” Cooper-Dyke said about transforming the program. “What I mean about turning it into a winning mentality is really changing the way we focus, the way we practice, adding more intensity and investing a great amount of energy in becoming the best, not only as a better team but as better individuals and players.”Cooper-Dyke has acquired several accolades since playing as a Trojan. As a two-time WNBA MVP, four-time WNBA champion and the first WNBA player to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, Cooper-Dyke’s extensive professional experience helps her to relate with and establish a connection with her players.“Players react differently to me as a coach because I was a player in the sport and the league that they want to be in,” Cooper-Dyke said. “In other words, I didn’t play in the NBA — I played in the WNBA. I feel that this makes a difference because the players can now relate a little bit more to me.”Cooper has already demonstrated her influential coaching style during team practice and workouts.“She’s really easy to talk to and is very open,” sophomore guard Brianna Barrett said. “She’s also a teaching coach, so if we had any questions, she stopped and helped us get through what we wanted to get through.”Senior forward Cassie Harberts said Cooper’s and her similar paths have created a positive connection with her coach.“She has a great sense of humor, has tons of energy and also is an alumna … so it is really easy to relate with her,” Harberts said. “She is so passionate and literally bleeds cardinal and gold.”As Cooper-Dyke takes the lead in redirecting the women’s basketball program this coming season, she has already expressed her high expectations, goals that previously have seemed unattainable in past seasons.“The team goal is always to win, but ultimately we want to win the Pac-12 conference and return to the NCAA Tournament,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We just have to be willing to put in the hard work that it takes to make that jump.”While men’s head coach Andy Enfield, who is also in his first season at USC, looks to bring “Dunk City” to the Galen Center, Cooper-Dyke believes her team will be entertaining to watch.“I would like us to play a style of basketball that is fun to watch and fun to play,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I don’t want us to get bogged down in the half-court set, and want us to get out in transition and go up and down the court.”Ultimately, though, the only way Cooper-Dyke will be able to turn the program around is by landing big-time recruits. She believes that along with her assistant coaches, she can recruit more top-ranking players by emphasizing USC’s positive attributes.“We have a wonderful arena to play in,” Cooper-Dyke said when referring to the Galen Center, “and we have top-notch academic services and training facilities, and now we just need the top-notch athletes who know that the greatest way to become a star in the NCAA and to leave a legacy is to really be the name and face that turned a program around.”Cooper-Dyke has already picked up two transfers this season — junior forward Kaneisha Horn from Alabama and sophomore guard Alexis Lloyd from Virginia Tech.At the end of the day, Cooper-Dyke was hired to redevelop the foundation of the USC women’s basketball program. Though she is already attracting top-notch recruits and gaining popularity with her players, she seeks to continue these positive strides by winning basketball games and returning the women’s basketball team to the promised land. 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first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Roberts has been optimistic that Kershaw would be able to “re-set” with a few days off and then return to his throwing program with ample time to prepare for the start of the regular season. Before Monday’s workout, he said he was hopeful that Kershaw would be back on a mound throwing a light bullpen session “in the next few days.”He acknowledged Monday’s news had raised his level of concern.“It’s not ideal,” he said. “You’re hoping when he picks up a ball that he comes out of it feeling better. So obviously it’s not ideal. But we’ll deal with whatever comes our way.”Roberts said there is still no plan for Kershaw to have an MRI taken of his shoulder.“We’ll get together with the training staff and come up with a course of action for Clayton,” he said. “But right now, we don’t have an MRI scheduled.” Kershaw did not make himself available for interviews after the morning workout.Related Articles GLENDALE, Ariz. — Four days of rest and treatment were not enough to make Clayton Kershaw’s shoulder discomfort go away.The Dodgers left-hander played catch briefly during the team’s workout Monday morning and experienced the same problem in his pitching shoulder that prompted the Dodgers to shut him down after a throwing session on Wednesday.“He didn’t feel great,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after Monday’s game. “Where he is right now, it might be another day or two before he picks it up again.”“Right now, I think it’s safe to say he didn’t feel great coming out of it. Where that has us right now, I really don’t know. But I know we’ll probably take a step back until he starts feeling better.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

first_imgThe Falcons had defeated LVR by a point in the final of the Mount Sentinel Tournament in December.LVR moved the ball up the court early and often to build an early lead against the bigger but slower Falcons of Fernie. On the back of point guard Robby Dixon’s 12 point effort in the first half, the Bombers held a 25-20 lead at the midway break. The Grade 11 Dixon’s production in the second did not slow in second half, scoring 17 of his eventual season high 29 points, leading the Bombers to the 55-43 victory against the east Kootenay rival.Another key to the victory was the Bombers perimeter defense, with great efforts by Dixon, Darian Johnson, and Grade 10 guard Studer, against the poorer-ball handling of the Falcon guards.Behind Dixon’s stand-out effort, Vinnie Watson contributed 10 points, Johnson had seven points, and Kai Shave chipped in 4 points.Dixon was named player of the game.In the afternoon, the Bombers faced off against the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.LVR handled the Storm easily, cruising to the 56-33 victory, with all eight Bombers seeing significant playing time.Player of the game, Grade 11 Kai Shave, contributed 11 points, six rebounds, three steals, and a blocked shot.Once again, Robby Dixon lead all scorers with 13 points. Watson and Johnson chipped in nine points each, Studer netted six points, and Jake Anderson and Grade 9 Dyllen Dixon scored four points each.Grade 9 Brock Dixon rounded out the scoring with two points. The short-handed L.V. Rogers Bombers got their revenge and the championship during a High School Senior Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Creston.LVR defeated host Prince Charles Bulldogs 55-51 in the final to capture the  tourney that featured teams from the East Kootenay.”Jake Anderson was named player of the game and (point guard) Eamon Studer was tournament MVP based on his exceptional defense, agressive offensive play, and poise down the stretch,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.Leading 53-51 in the seasaw contest, Jake Anderson, after collecting a defensive rebound, knocked down a pair of free throws to secure the four-point win.The Bombers were lead in the final game by the performances of Grade 10’s Studer and Vinnie Watson who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.Anderson finished with seven points and Robby Dixon had six points. LVR opened the tournament with a grudge-match against Fernie Falcons.last_img read more

first_img(Eds: Updating with PMs quotes)New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) In a veiled attack on the Congress ahead of Gujarat polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said some parties and governments in the past have tried to run down and erase the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in unifying the country immediately after Independence.Flagging off a run to commemorate the 142nd birth anniversary of Patel, Modi said due to the statesmanship and political acumen of the countrys first home minister, India is united today despite the colonial rulers wish that it was disintegrated into smaller states after Independence.”There have been attempts to run down Patel, to ensure that the contribution of Patel is forgotten. But Sardar is Sardar, whether any government or any partyrecogniseshis contribution or not but the nation and the youth will not forget him,” he said without naming any government or party.”The youth of India respects him and his contribution towards the building of our nation,” he noted.Modis comment bears significance as it came ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat, the state Patel belonged to.Paying rich tribute to Patel, the prime minister said he had not only saved the country from the difficulties being faced immediately after Independence, but succeeded in uniting the whole nation.”The British government wished that India was disintegrated into smaller states. But Patel used all means (Sam, dam,dand,bhed, rajneeti, kutneeti) and succeeded in uniting all princely states into a single nation within a very small span of time,” he said.advertisementModi said generation after generation of Indians will continue to remember Patel, particularly theyouth, who will carry forward his legacy.The Run for Unity, which began from the Major Dhyan ChandNational Stadium, saw the participation of a large numberof people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina andKarnam Malleswari. The 1.5 km run here came to an end near the India Gate C-Hexagon-ShahJahan Road radial.Earlier, PresidentRam Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the Prime Minister, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid floral tributes to Patel on Parliament street where his statues is installed.The prime minister said everyone in the country is proud of Patels contribution to India before it attained freedom and during the early years after the nation became independent.”We salute Sardar Patel on his Jayanti. His momentous service and monumental contribution to India can never be forgotten,” he said.Stressing that the diversity is Indias strength, Modi said there are many languages, religion, culture,customs, lifestyles and food habits.”But these are our strength and these are our bright future.India is proud of our diversity,” he said.The prime minister said first President of India Rajendra Prasad had said that India has become a united nation only due to administrative acumen and strong leadership of Patel but the country was not giving him due respect.”Rajendra Babu must be happy now, wherever is his soul, that we are remembering the contribution of Patel even though some people tried to run down and erase his contribution.The nation will continue to remember Patel,” he said.Modi said in some countries, people of the same faith are even not ready to tolerate each other and want to harm and kill each other.But in India, there is diversity yet all are united. “Our country must remain united.It is the responsibility of the 125 crore people to ensure that India remains united,” he said.At the beginning of his speech, Modi also paid tribute to former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary.Paying tribute to Patel, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said apart from uniting the nation, Patel also succeeded in facing the challenge of communal violence which broke out soon after the Independence.”Sardar Patel was the main force behind upholding India?s unity and integrity at the time of Independence,” he said.The central government observes October 31 as RashtriyaEkta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of SardarPatel.Several union ministers, including Ananth Kumar, Vijay Goel, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Hardeep Puri,seniorofficials and othersalso participated in the event.Hockey player Sardar Singh said Run for Unity is a commendable initiative to showcase the countrys unity and integrity. Gymnast Deepa Karmakar said she was proud to be part of the run, which is being organised to remember the contributions of Patel in unifying the country. Patel was born on October 31, 1875, and passed away onDecember 15, 1950.PTI ACB DVlast_img read more

first_imgVawdon 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: read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward reveals recruitment overhaulby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward admits the club’s recruitment team has been completely overhauled.Woodward explained how changes had been made behind the scenes to their scouting. He told fanzine United We Stand: “The system wasn’t set up in the right way. Twelve scouts reporting to one chief scout was more set up to say no – too many exceptions to the process were made historically while this was being fixed.”We also have to hold our hands up and say that recruitment wasn’t at its best in recent years. We feel that we now know who our best scouts are.”The idea is to recruit in a closed environment, rather than listening to the press or getting distracted by conflicting agents’ claims. We try and make cold decisions based on information.”Judge the recruitment department in the coming windows where hopefully we can get a team to be at the level we want to be.” last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – Holy hometown, Batman!A highly anticipated Batman comic book series will have some locations that might look familiar to Maine residents. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland City Hall, Old Port’s cobblestone streets and various red brick buildings will be a part of Gotham in DC Comics’ “Batman: White Knight.”The artist and writer is Sean Murphy, who recently moved to Portland. He says he was inspired by the city feeling like a “perfect foggy New England town.”Murphy says the series centres on a seemingly reformed Joker who runs for City Council and uses his media campaign to blame Batman for the city’s crime.DC representatives say the series is one of the top three bestselling comic books for October.The first issue goes on sale Oct. 4.___Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.comlast_img read more

first_imgAlberta’s government and film industry is hoping a revamp of a grant program will lead to bigger productions and Netflix programs being shot in the province.On Tuesday, Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda announced the $45 million Screen-Based Production Program in annual spending would replace the previous Alberta Production Grant, brought in by the PCs in 1998.Jurisdictions often offer grants to studios as incentives to offset some costs and the previous limit for an individual project was $5 million.The NDP is raising that cap to $7.5 million and each application will be examined for maximum economic impact and job creation, as opposed to what Miranda described as a poor first-come, first-serve basis.“What we inherited was a grant system that was a bottomless pit and it left us scrambling for the money that we needed,” Miranda said.The grant will also offer incentives for local productions, including up to 30 per cent of eligible production expenditures.According to Calgary Economic Development, the industry contributes about $165 million to the provincial GDP, but CEO Mary Moran wants to see that grow significantly.“As we start to attract larger productions, mid-sized productions that we hope to create a pipeline of that type of business, allowing us to grow over the years to five times what it is today,” she said.Alberta is no stranger to film and TV crews; recent productions include The Revenant, FX’s Fargo and Canada’s longest-running drama, Heartland.But Moran said the goal now is to entice more seasonal productions, specifically Netflix shows, to come to Alberta.Alberta’s Commissioner of Film, Television and Creative Industries Luke Azevedo agrees and said being able to compete with other jurisdictions offering higher grants has been a challenge.“We have the mountains, the badlands, the prairies and two municipalities over a million people all within a three-hour radius,” he said. “But when we started to talk about those larger budgets, it was very difficult for us to compete.“We never lose a project because of our personnel or because of the locations, it was the money-based application.”The program means Azevedo is hitting the road, going to Los Angeles, New York, and Europe to inform studios about the changes.“We have a much more robust capacity,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNotley, while fighting court challenges and the B.C. government over the project, pulled it back from the abyss after the pipeline’s owner started questioning whether it would ever get built. She got the federal government to buy it for $4.5 billionNo sooner had the champagne corks popped than the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in the fall that Ottawa hadn’t properly consulted with First Nation or examined the impact on marine life.The project is in limbo until those failings are addressed.“(The court ruling) means it has slowed down, but it is still alive and I think it is going to get done,” said Notley.The line has come to symbolize not only Alberta’s struggles to get resources to market but also frustration over a stubbornly slow rebound in the oil-based economy.There have been pro-pipeline demonstrations in recent weeks along with renewed fringe commentary for Alberta to leave Confederation. Notley has taken to sniping at Quebec for criticizing Alberta’s “dirty energy” and has joined critics who say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government has failed _ offering sympathy but little else _ to sustain one of the core drivers of the national economy.Political analysts and recent opinion polls suggest Notley remains popular. But Jason Kenney and his United Conservatives will pick up the fight when the election is held, by law, sometime in March, April or May.Kenney suggests Notley is the author of her own misfortune by bringing in a carbon tax and working with Trudeau, who is making it harder to get approval for energy megaprojects.“I can understand perhaps why they tried to make it (work with Trudeau) but it has been a complete failure,” said Kenney in an interview. “Even the premier now seems to acknowledge that through the change in her tone. Too little, too late.” EDMONTON, A.B. – The year 2019 will decide whether Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP gets to finish the job of getting more oil to market or become the first party in provincial history to be one and done.“I know that the opposition wants to sort of revel in what they insist on hoping is defeat, but we’ve made more progress on getting a pipeline to tidewater than any other government has in the last 70 years,” Notley told The Canadian Press in a year-end interview.Notley will take voters to the polls in the spring after a 2018 that saw her tightly wrapped in the Gordian knot of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. It received a green light two years ago and would triple the amount of oil moving to the B.C. coast and from there overseas where it could fetch a better price.center_img Kenney has a more combative approach and has promised to take the federal government to court over its carbon tax plan.Polls and political observers say the dominant election issues will be the economy, jobs, and who can help put food on the table.“If we had an election today, we’d have an overwhelming UCP majority,” said Calgary-based pollster Janet Brown.“Albertans are singularly focused on the economy and what’s necessary to get the economy moving. At this moment in time, they think Jason Kenney and the UCP would be more competent at managing those things.”The NDP has already signalled its attack lines by warning that a Kenney government would gut departmental budgets and threaten hard-won gains for women and the LGBTQ community.Brown said United Conservative numbers have remained strong since the party was formed in 2017 in a merger of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties. So far, NDP attacks have not resonated.“They keep trying to throw stuff at Jason Kenney, trying to paint him as anti-LGBTQ, a bigot, a racist all sorts of things. My polling numbers just don’t suggest that any of that stuff is sticking. I’m just impressed not just where that UCP number is, but how unchanging it is.”Calgary political scientist Duane Bratt said Alberta may statistically be out of a recession but that’s not how people feel.“And when times are bad, you lash out at the incumbent government. That’s a simple fact.”Fighting hard to come up the middle is the Alberta Party under new leader and former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel.The party has long been a small-time player. It elected just one member in 2015 but added two more in floor-crossings. But it already has more than 50 candidates and expects to soon fill the full slate of 87.Mandel said the Alberta Party is the perfect middle-ground choice, because it combines the United Conservatives’ fiscal conservatism with the NDP’s socially progressive outlook.“People don’t like the polarization of the province,” he said. “They want to see more balance.”If a vote were held as early as the first week of March, a writ could be dropped as early as February. Political scientist Chaldeans Mensah said that’s when voters will really get engaged and fortunes could change quickly.“Right now the UCP is looking good, but I think it’s too early to conclude that the election is over,” said Mensah of MacEwan University in Edmonton.“The campaign and its dynamics will really tell the tale.”last_img read more