Bronze medal delight for England’s senior women

first_img4 Sep 2013 Bronze medal delight for England’s senior women England beat the Netherlands 4-1 today to win the bronze medal at the European senior ladies’ team championship at Bled, Slovenia. The team shrugged off the disappointment of their semi-final defeat with an excellent performance and they dominated the bronze-medal play-off. “They were magnificent and they are really chuffed,” said team captain Pat West. “They came out fighting and pretty much led from the front all the way.” By the time the first three groups had passed through the 14th with England three up in each, the writing was on the wall. And, although one singles match was lost, the medal was comfortably secured. The cahnmpionship was won by Ireland, who beat Italy in the final. Caption: The England team pictured at the prize ceremony (from left): Cath Rawthore, Amanda Mayne, Chris Quinn, Janet Melville, Pat West (captain), Sue Dye and Caroline Berry. Results Foursomes Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Karin Berghuijs & Carola Vidor 1 up Singles     Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Tita Mc Cart 2 up Cath Rawthore (Sale) beat Siene Dresselhuys 5/3 Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Nan Croockewit 3/2 Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) beat Laurence Nolte 3/2   6th September 2013 England target bronze in Euro championship England’s hopes of a gold medal in the European senior ladies’ team championship were dashed today, when they lost 3½ –1½ to Italy in the semi-final. They will play the Netherlands tomorrow for the bronze medal, while Ireland and Italy battle it out for the gold at Bled, Slovenia. “Obviously it’s disappointing, but we are just going to have to get up and win the bronze,” said team captain Pat West. “There’s all to play for.” English senior stroke play champion Sue Dye won her match and senior amateur champion Janet Melville halved – while the three other games ended in Italy’s favour, but agonisingly close. “We lost three on the 18th, but there was some fantastic golf played,” said Pat. “It was a very high standard match on both sides.” The foursomes pairing of Caroline Berry and Amanda Mayne were one down playing the last and their opponents hung on to their advantage. Exactly the same fate befell Chris Quinn in the top singles, while Cath Rawthore, who was all square on the tee, lost the hole when her opponent slotted in a 10-footer. Results England v Italy Foursomes Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) lost to Francesca Christillin & Emanuela Gumirato 1 down      Singles Chris Quinn (Hockley) lost to Giovanna Foglia 1 down Cath Rawthore (Sale) lost to Clotilde Fasolis Costa 1 down Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) beat Camilla Dettori 3/2 Janet Melville(Sherwood Forest) halved with Silvia Valli Tomorrow’s order of play The Netherlands v England Foursomes Karin Berghuijs & Carola Vidor v Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne Singles     Tita Mc Cart v Chris Quinn Siene Dresselhuys v Cath Rawthore Nan Croockewit v Sue Dye Laurence Nolte v Janet Melville   5th September 2013 England’s senior women reach Euro semi-finals England beat Germany 3½–1½ today to reach the semi-finals of the European senior ladies’ team champion in Bled, Slovenia. They play Italy tomorrow, while the Netherlands take on Ireland in the other half of the draw. Team captain Pat West was quick to heap praise on her players: “It was a brilliant result, absolutely superb,” she said. “I am very proud of them, their determination was fantastic.” The team’s foursomes pairing of Caroline Berry and Amanda Mayne were on fine form and after getting to three up at the turn stayed in charge to win their game 3/2. Chris Quinn (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), however, had to pull off a remarkable fightback to secure her point. She was five down at the turn but, with the aid of some birdie golf, pegged back her opponent and emerged as the 2 up winner on the 18th. “She was just magnificent,” said Pat. Cath Rawthore – who is making her international debut – came through a close match, winning the 15th and 16th to get to 2up, before halving the 17th. Behind her, Sue Dye lost, but Janet Melville, who had been three down after nine, got back to all square. Today’s results Foursomes Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Karin Gumpert & Sigrid Amtsberg 3/2      Singles Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Tessa Oldenbourg 2 up Cath Rawthore (Sale) beat Cornelia Schmidt Stützle 2/1      Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Chris Utermarck 3/2          Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) halved with Dagmar Lehmann      Tomorrow’s order of play England v Italy Foursomes Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne v Francesca Christillin & Emanuela Gumirato Singles      Chris Quinn v Giovanna Foglia Cath Rawthore v Clotilde Fasolis Costa Sue Dye v Camilla Dettori Janet Melville v Silvia Valli   4th September 2013 England senior women qualify third in Euro championship England have qualified in third place for the matchplay stages of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Bled, Slovenia. Their first opponents in the knock out are Germany, who qualified sixth, but were only five shots behind England. “The scoring is very close,” said team captain Pat West. “There isn’t much between any of us and our team have done very well.” English senior stroke play champion Sue Dye provided the highlight today when she holed her second shot for an eagle two on the first hole. She followed up with a birdie on the next and was one-under at the turn, before slipping back on the difficult back nine. The team’s scoring was led by new international, Cath Rawthore, who had rounds of 76, 78 on the par 73 course.   The 36 holes of stroke play qualifying were played over two days in glorious, sunny weather on a course which is both picturesque and tough. The leading eight teams go forward to contest the medals in the championship matchplay, while the other seven play for place. England qualifying scores (the best five scores count each round):   154 Cath Rawthore (Sale) 76 78 155 Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 75 80 159 Chris Quinn (Hockley) 81 78 162 Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) 83 79 163 Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 82 81 164 Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) 82 82 Leading qualifiers 1 Netherlands 2 France 3 England 4 Ireland 5 Sweden 6 Germany 7 Italy 8 Spain Tomorrow’s draw Germany v England Foursomes Karin Gumpert & Sigrid Amtsberg v Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne Singles Tessa Oldenbourg v Chris Quinn Cornelia Schmidt Stützle v Cath Rawthore Chris Utermarck v Sue Dye Dagmar Lehmann v Janet Melvillelast_img read more

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New biography looks at Michael Jordan, NBA’s only Black team owner

first_imgCharlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan looks up at the scoreboard during the first half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)(NNPA)–It is old news that Michael Jordan once considered himself a racist, but the revelation has taken on new life in light of a new biography of the basketball legend amid the public pillorying of Clippers owner Donald Sterling.In the just-published Michael Jordan: The Life, author Roland Lazenby presented what he calls “the first truly definitive study of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.”As part of that study, Lazenby offers a look inside Jordan’s upbringing in Wilmington, N.C., during a time when Jim Crow was king and the Ku Klux Klan its chief henchman.Lazenby said his research revealed just how powerful the Klan’s hold once was in that state. “North Carolina was a state that had more Klan members than the rest of the Southern states combined,” the American sportswriter told Sports Illustrated in a May 7 article.“As I started looking at newspapers back in this era when I was putting together Dawson Jordan’s [Michael’s great-grandfather’s] life, the Klan was like a chamber of commerce. It bought the uniforms for ball teams, it put Bibles in all the schools. It may well have ended up being a chamber of commerce if not for all the violence it was perpetrating, too.”North Carolina’s atmosphere of unrelenting racism took a mental toll on African Americans, too, he found. For Jordan the situation crystallized when he saw the critically-acclaimed television miniseries “Roots.”“It was hundreds of years of pain that they put us through, and for the first time, I saw it from watching ‘Roots,’” Jordan said in a May 1992 interview with Playboy magazine. “I was very ignorant about it initially, but I really opened my eyes about my ancestors and the things that they had to deal with.”Jordan was 15 at the time and also had his first personal brush with racism. “I threw a soda at a girl for calling me a nigger,” he said. “It was a very tough year. I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at that time. Basically, I was against all White people.”It took a year for Jordan to surmount his bitter outlook, and it was his parents who helped him overcome it, his biographer said.“It would be very easy to hate people for the rest of your life, and some people have done that,” he recalled of their advice. “You’ve got to deal with what’s happening now and try to make things better.”For many North Carolina Blacks, making things better meant achieving economic success, which informed Jordan’s athletic and entrepreneurial achievements, Lazenby said. For that reason, Jordan’s is a “Black power story,” he argued.“As I researched, the whole thing began to take form in my mind that we really don’t think of Michael Jordan that way. He’s been lampooned a lot because he was so great as a player that no matter what he did people were going to be disappointed in him,” Lazenby said. “…It’s an economic story. It’s a Black power story. It doesn’t come from politics or protests, it comes right off the Coastal Plain of North Carolina and out of the African-American experience.”While Jordan historically takes a back seat on issues of race, the Charlotte Bobcats owner recently waded into the public debate over the racist remarks made by his fellow franchise owner, Donald Sterling.“There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed,” the five-time NBA MVP said in a statement. “I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”He later lauded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to ban Sterling for life.“I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s swift and decisive response today. He sent a powerful message that there can be zero tolerance for racism and hatred in the NBA,” Jordan said. “I’m confident that the league, our players and our fans will move on from this stronger and more unified.”Special to the AFROlast_img read more

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Watch: Bryan Lasme scores a Puskás Award contender for FC Sochaux-Montbeliard

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 8t70pNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1htvWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Efkff( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3w17Would you ever consider trying this?😱1rtyeCan your students do this? 🌚9uRoller skating! Powered by Firework The spectacular game has seen its fair share of spectacular goals, and those that turn up to become the contender for FIFA Puskás Award each year. In the not so known Coupe de la Ligue in France, such a goal was scored by FC Sochaux-Montbeliard player Bryan Lasme.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesYesterday in the away match against Paris FC at Stade Sébastien Charléty, the Ligue 2 side forward shot a breathtaking goal from 35 yards outside the box, that can easily become a contender for the Puskás award this year. The clip of the goal was posted by the club’s official Twitter. See the eye catching strike yourself-Advertisement The 20 year old’s magnificent showcase of flair at the 36th minute was the opener of the match. However, the hosts came back in the second half with a goal from Oussama Abdeldjelil and Jonathan Pitroipa, the latter netting one from the spot. Les Lionceaux lost the match 1-2.Despite the loss, Lasme’s screamer was the main talk following the match, and soon after had taken the social media by storm.Lasme was called up for the French Under-20 Football team, and made his debut at the 2018 Toulon Tournament.FC Sochaux will face Laurient in their upcoming Ligue 2 match on Friday at Stade du Moustoir. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Leaf win fourth straight by doubling Rockies 6-3

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs returned to their old slow-starting ways.Only this time it didn’t cost them any points in the standings.Nine different players hit the score sheet as Nelson doubled the Columbia Valley Rockies 6-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.The win, coupled with a 5-1 shellacking of the Kamloops Storm Saturday, is the fourth straight for the Green and White and moves the Leafs into a third-place tie with the Spokane Braves. Nelson has won six of seven games.“This feels good . . . we’re pretty confident now so we feel pretty good,” said Leaf forward Colton Schell.Schell, teaming up with newcomer Brennan Foreman, scored the Leafs final goal during a three-goal third period that iced the contest for Nelson. But it was the slow start that had the players talking.“We came out flat at the start thinking that this was going to be an easy game,” explained Schell as the Leafs met last place Rockies with only five wins on the season. “For some reason our first periods have been bad all year. Maybe it’s a lack of preparation but we need to focus better.”Patrick Martens, on the power play, and Stephen Hynes of the Rockies scored in the first period. Nelson took control of the game in the second, outscoring the Rockies 2-1 in the second on goals by Gavin Currie and Evan J Moir, scoring his first of the season.Foreman, Currie and Schell completed the scoring for Columbia Valley in the third.Marcus Beesley stopped 20 of 23 shots, including a few of the spectacular variety in the third, to register the win. Nelson out shot Columbia Valley 34-23.Saturday the Leafs knocked off one of the hottest teams in the KIJHL in the Kamloops Storm. “We came out knowing (Kamloops) is one of the top teams in the league and if we want to be one of those teams we had to beat them and we did,” said Schell of the four-goal win over the Storm.Connor McLaughlin, who has been scoring goals wherever he’s playing, netted a pair to lead the Leafs. McLaughlin, given the night off by coach Chris Shaw, helped the Trail Smoke Eaters to victory during a road trip to northern B.C. by scoring twice against Prince George. McLaughlin scored twice in the opening frame, one coming on the power play.
Martens gave Nelson a 3-0 lead before Mike McCance solved Nelson starter Darren Hogg.In the third Connor Enright and Dallon Stoddart scored to put the game away. Tanner Burns and Currie, who now leads Nelson in scoring with 33 points, added a pair of assists.LEAF BANTER: Leaf coach Chris Shaw was without assistants Jason Rushton and Sean Dooley, both in Vernon attending a coaching clinic. . . .Nelson continues to beat up on teams outside the Murdoch Division, improving to 8-2 on the season. However, it’s inside the division that the Leafs are experiencing growing pains as the Green and White are a collective 6-9 against Murdoch opponents, with four of the wins coming against Grand Forks. Nelson has yet to defeat Murdoch front running Castlegar or Beaver Valley this season. . . .Newcomers Brennan Foreman and Joel Stewart have four and two points, respectively, since joining the team Thursday in Grand Forks. . . .Nelson hosts Spokane Friday and Castlegar Saturday as the team moves back to games within the division. Saturday’s game is in the Civic Centre Arena as the Leafs help the city celebrate the arena’s 75th anniversary. [email protected]last_img read more

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