O’Donnell hails Penney influence

first_imgTommy O’Donnell has saluted the role Munster coach Rob Penney has played in his breakthrough season that he hopes will end with a debut for Ireland. The 25-year-old flanker was voted Munster’s player of the year for 2012-13 on the strength of several outstanding performances, and having been selected for Ireland’s tour to North America he is on the brink of winning his first cap – even if Penney does believe he should be on the British and Irish Lions tour. “Rob would be a bit biased because he sees me every day, but it’s great to have his confidence,” O’Donnell said. “He’s like that as a coach – he just wants you to go out and have a lash, and that’s what I did this year. He backed me all the way.” Press Associationcenter_img O’Donnell added: “He’s coached Richie McCaw so knows what the back row is about. He also played there himself. “It was a real honour to get the player-of-the-year award at Munster. I didn’t really think about what it meant until the awards night itself. “When you hear the names of the lads who won it, you realise what a prestigious award it is. It meant a lot to me and was a great confidence boost.” O’Donnell hopes to make his name in the Tests against the United States and Canada as the squad prepares to depart Dublin on Saturday, with the first match staged in Houston on June 8. “It will be a new experience for me. I’ve been involved in under-age tours but this is something completely different. It has a different feel to it,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be capped and everything will go well with me on the tour, but we can’t take the United States for granted. They’ve pumped a whole lot of money into their sevens team, which is getting better and better. “They have players who are based in Europe, so they have some quality guys who can mix it at world level. It will be tough. Canada will be the same – both are very direct teams who will be looking for a scalp.” last_img read more


Baines eager to work with Martinez

first_img The England defender was one of the players immediately linked with a summer transfer following the departure of boss David Moyes to Manchester United. However, the 28-year-old is eager to start work on a new philosophy under Martinez and believes he and his team-mates can make it effective at Goodison Park. One of the criticisms of Martinez is that he did not win enough games at Wigan and despite lifting the FA Cup he took the team down after eight years in the Premier League. But Baines looks at the Spaniard’s work far more positively, and said: “He was one of the first names linked with the job and the feeling straight away was he would be a great appointment.” Press Association Everton defender Leighton Baines is looking forward to working with new manager Roberto Martinez and believes the quality of the Toffees’ squad will give the Spaniard every chance of success.center_img He added: “He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward. It is also exciting for the players to be able to try that now. “The style in general appeals to a lot of people. Wigan were a great side to watch – they just didn’t win enough games. “But the manager will be working with some better players here and he will be looking forward to that as well now, being able to put his plan out there. “We have got good players at the club who could probably execute the style of play better than the players he’s worked with before, without being disrespectful to them. “He might have a little bit more confidence in the players – I am sure he had confidence in the players he had then but here are some really top players he can look forward to working with. “We have time to work on it, whether it is a different style of play or whether the formation changes. “By the time we kick the first ball of the season we will be well-versed on what he wants to do.” last_img read more


Rodgers tells Sterling to focus

first_img The 18-year-old winger made a big impression at the start of last season but his progression has since been hampered by some well publicised off-field issues. Quoted in the Daily Mail, Rodgers said: “He needs to have a clear mind in everything in his life. We mustn’t forget he is 18. We have 18 and 17-year-olds on the bench at the moment. He needs to stabilise his life. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling to sort his life and and take advantage of being at “one of the biggest clubs in the world”. “He needs to understand the remarkable opportunity he has at one of the biggest clubs in the world and focus everything on his career. “Once he does that and he is clear in his mind, once he has got no distractions, we can get to the level of performance of the first four to five months of last year. “He is a good boy and had lots going on last year when he was put in the spotlight and he did well, but now it’s about him focusing on his football.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Christian Eriksen: Studying Andrea Pirlo has boosted set piece accuracy

first_img Eriksen produced two superb free-kick strikes as Spurs twice fought back from deficits to draw 2-2 at Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. They were the Denmark midfielder’s first goals of the season after an injury-hit start to the campaign, but the 23-year-old has underlined his reputation as one of the best free-kick exponents in English football – even if he spoke about an Italian influence. “I’ve watched Pirlo taking free-kicks and he makes it look so easy,” Eriksen said. “When he’s there (over the ball) he knows what to do. “But everybody has a different position of doing it. I know I have my own and it’s working.” Eriksen said that he had not even been practising free-kicks because of a knee injury which ruled him out for a month until mid-September. “I’ve done it for many years but I haven’t really done it since I was injured – I think my practice was in the game because we had a lot of free-kicks. “But I know what feeling I have to step over the ball and score. I’ve always had a good shot and take free-kicks. “At Ajax I only took them at the end of my time there, but at some point it turned after a lot of training and a bit of focusing.” Spurs have lost only once this season, away to Manchester United on the opening day, and have now gone 10 games without defeat in all competitions. And Eriksen believes Spurs can maintain their progress with Mauricio Pochettino now in his second season at White Hart Lane. “There’s always been a good spirit here and, although some new lads have come in, everyone knows what they have to do,” Eriksen said. “It’s a good mix and with the more games we get the more we know each other. “We have had to learn a lot of things pretty quick but now we have the time to build on something and you can see we know what we’re doing. “Everything is still open because a lot of teams are losing points, but that makes it a fun season.” Swansea have gone four games without a league win but their performance against Spurs was a marked improvement on recent defeats at Watford and Southampton. And Spurs old boy Gylfi Sigurdsson believes they are still capable of finishing in the top half of the table. “We started the season really well but we have not been like ourselves the last three or four performances,” Sigurdsson said. “We have dropped points, which is going to happen in the season, and there is still a long way to go. “But if we play our style of football we will be in the top half of the table. “We go away now for the international break but we can build on this game and performance to keep the momentum going.” Press Association Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has revealed studying Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo is the secret behind his dead-ball brilliance.last_img read more


Ohio officials slam Trump, GOP after Dayton visit

first_imgTalking to reporters Wednesday along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, the Ohio Democrat said Republicans have “been in bed” with the NRA for years.Mayor Whaley said Wednesday that she told Trump that strengthening gun laws used to be a bipartisan issue, but now “Washington will not move.”Brown added that he’s very concerned that Trump’s rhetoric is dividing the nation.Whaley also noted that it was a good thing Trump didn’t speak in the Oregon District because the community has protested the his “behavior.”Trump has faced severe backlash following two mass shootings that left 31 people dead in less than 24 hours. Americans have called on Trump and lawmakers to find a solution to the mass shooting epidemic that’s been sweeping the nation.Related content:FL Red Flag Law in Spotlight Following Mass Shootings Ohio officials did not have nice things to say about Trump or Republicans following the President’s visit to Dayton on Wednesday.President Trump’s visit came in the wake of a mass shooting which occurred in Dayton Sunday and claimed the lives of nine people.Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says he plead with President Trump to take assault weapons off the streets of America.Asked if both political parties are to blame for failing to address mass shootings, Sen. Sherrod Brown says, “No.”“We can’t get anything done in the Senate because Mitch McConnell and the president of the United States are in bed with the gun lobby.” https://t.co/0UBgQpT9bz pic.twitter.com/maKcNDSJed— ABC News (@ABC) August 7, 2019last_img read more


Looking back with Rini Sampath and Jordan Fowler

first_imgWith the USG elections only one day away, Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath and Vice President Jordan Fowler reflect on their time in their respective roles and the legacy they hope to leave, marked by increasing campus inclusivity and college affordability.Last February, Sampath and Fowler made history as the first all-female presidential ticket to be elected at USC.“Whenever people ask me, like, what was the best moment? When you found out you won? And I always say no, it was actually the moment before … I looked around the room and it was just filled with people we love and people who care, people who will stand out on Trousdale during days when it was blistering hot; they were willing to stay up with us, anything, you name it,” Sampath said.The nostalgic Sampath and Fowler recall the day they won their positions in USG.“It just made me realize the power of unconditional love and friendship during those weeks,” recalled Sampath said about her former campaigning days.As they reflect on the group effort required to win the election, the support and dedication provided by fellow classmates marked that day for them. Just as they sought to increase student involvement within their original campaign initiatives, they have continued to advocate on issues such as expanded student inclusion.Sampath and Fowler have made use of the year, delivering on the promise initially made while campaigning: real results. While incorporating their plans to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion into each project, they have gauged student responses to guide their approach.“Last semester was a really pivotal time in student activism and student advocacy given everything that was going on at college campuses across our nation,” Sampath said. “We played our part as the student government and the student community by hosting forums for students where they could speak out about their own experiences with bias and prejudices on our campus.”These forums gave students a space to openly address topics needing explicit discussion, such as inclusion. Using the voices of students as a driving force, Sampath and Fowler have led an effort this pastyear withimproved awareness for underrepresented students on campus.Sampath and Fowler spearheaded the Campus Climate Resolution that the USG Senate presented in November asking for a $100 million fund to support underrepresented students and tenured faculty positions for underrepresented minorities. As Fowler indicates, understanding diversity requires a new approach to how students are educated.“Diversity doesn’t necessarily need to be seen in the ways that we think … it’s so important that diversity, equity and inclusion are included in all parts of our advocacy efforts” Fowler said.Their vision for the remainder of their term involves more communication with students. In November, USG presented the college affordability and transparency resolution, employing student feedback to account the needs of the everyday Trojan. The survey, which received 1,903 student responses, includes a number of lengthy responses from students depicting extreme financial challenges.“It was really touching, and some of it was heartbreaking too, hearing from students that they are skipping meals and starting a GoFundMe to afford tuition here, especially given the increase that occurs every single year,” Sampath said.As the USG campaign season begins, Fowler believes she and Sampath are leaving USG in capable hands.Fowler said she was impressed by both USG presidential tickets’ dedication.“I think when it comes down to it, I have really had the chance to work with Edwin [Saucedo] and Austin [Dunn],” Fowler said when asked which presidential ticket she supported. “Since my first days on this campus, Austin has been my delegate, so I have been a huge supporter of him since the very beginning. I really do believe in him, and I see them being greater leaders for this school.”Although Sampath has not publicly endorsed any candidates, she did highlight that this is the first year USG has allowed for USC leaders to be able to publicly endorse a candidate.With a 120-person cabinet, the Sampath-Fowler administration called for a tuition freeze — an action not implemented by the administration — lobbied to increase awareness for mental health and sexual assault prevention, supported new sustainability practices alongside Provost Michael Quick and funded student trips such as for the a cappella group the SoCal VoCals who sang at the White House to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in January.Despite their term coming to an end, Sampath and Fowler express optimism more than anything else. For them, work continues as usual.On Feb. 24, they are introducing  a resolution calling for a fall break to the Faculty Senate, bringing in health professionals to aid their discussion.last_img read more


GPL: Teenager Latif Blessing on seven goals to lead goal king race

first_imgLatif Blessing has emerged as the early sole leader of the Ghana Premier League goal king standings after another prolific day at the office in Dansoman.The former Blessing FC striker netted twice in the first half at the Carl Reindorf Park to haul the home side 2-1 in front after Berekum Chelsea had taken an early lead. The game ended 3-1.It was the 18 year old’s second brace of the season and took his tally to seven goals from eight matches.It also makes him the front runner for the goal king title with his closest challengers Samuel Tetteh, Saddick Adams and Eric Bekoe all failing to hit target.Bekoe did not score in Hasaacas 0-4 loss at Aduana, Adams was missing for Chelsea due to suspension while Tetteh endured a miserable day in Accra where he was sent off against WAFA after picking up two yellow cards against Hearts of Oak.The biggest winner of the failure by the trio to score could be Aduana Stars forward Yahaya Mohammed who scored a hat trick in their 4-0 win over Hasaacas to take his season’s tally to four. —READ ALSO: GPL matchday 8 reports from across Ghana*Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Julie Ertz says husband Zach was her ‘plus-1 best friend’ at the World Cup

first_imgThe women who make up the USWNT are very close. In fact, they call themselves the “22 best friends.”Defensive midfielder Julie Ertz had all of those friends on the field throughout the 2019 World Cup in France, plus an extra best friend in the stands — her husband Zach, who plays tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Afterwards, Julie found out there were two reasons to celebrate, and she was overcome with emotion. As soon as the whistle blew here in San Diego, we had some good news for @julieertz…💚🦅@ZERTZ_86 & the @Eagles are heading to the @SuperBowl! pic.twitter.com/dI5MvG53VR— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 22, 2018The power couple met at a baseball game in college. Julie played soccer at Santa Clara University, while Zach was on the football team at Stanford.The couple wed in 2017. Members of the USWNT appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday in celebration of its World Cup victory, and host Michael Strahan mentioned Julie Ertz’s biggest fan.”It meant the world truly to have him there,” Ertz told Strahan. “We call each other 22 best friends and he’s my plus-one best friend, so to have him there meant the absolute world.”WORLD COUPLES: USWNT stars and their athlete significant othersZach Ertz isn’t shy about the love and pride he feels for his two-time World Cup champion wife. He supports her both on the sidelines and on social media.WORLD FREAKING CHAMPS!!!!! SO PROUD OF YOU ⁦@julieertz⁩!!! pic.twitter.com/NOoqOK3gha— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) July 7, 2019A freaking BALLER and her husband pic.twitter.com/SCfkFqgyDe— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) June 28, 2019JOYThrough It All pic.twitter.com/xzAWRHzeoJ— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) June 21, 2019The internet fell in love with this couple when a video of Julie finding out that Zach was Super Bowl 52-bound went viral in 2018. Julie Ertz and the USWNT beat Denmark while Zach and the Eagles were playing the Vikings in the NFC championship game.last_img read more


Local Salon Makes Waves During Earth Month

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Premiere Salon and SpaOlympia’s own eco-friendly Premiere Salon and Spa—an Aveda concept salon—is furthering their commitment to cruelty-free health and beauty products while joining support during Earth Month. The talented and community-minded designers have been working to raise their goal of $3000 for clean water worldwide and to aid their efforts in the annual beach clean-up, scheduled for June 2, 4-7pm at Burfoot Park.“We really think of it as Earth Season since our clean water events and fundraising extend into the summer time,” explains Salon Operations Manager Jeanine Clark. “We plan to focus on cleaning up any trash and broken glass in an effort to keep Burfoot clean and safe for our community members, as well as continual fundraising for clean water projects locally and globally.”The local green business has been collaborating with Puget Soundkeeper Alliance for the past 10 years in its efforts to protect the Puget Sound waters. Premiere management emphasizes the high priority of water cleanliness, due to the declining fish populations in Hood Canal, the increasing traces of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) found marine life, and the mercury levels found in our salmon and shellfish.“Giving back to our community is a small token of that appreciation that makes us all successful,” says Salon Owner Kelly Harris.In addition, Premiere is taking it one step further by partnering with Hope for Women through the promotion of their fair-trade handcrafted jewelry (available at the Salon, *see location details). The featured bracelets will benefit marginalized women and their families world wide through economic opportunities, and 100% of the proceeds will be used to benefit Premiere’s clean water efforts. The featured bracelets are made from seeds from the South American rainforest and are made with recycled materials, which encourages rain forest preservation and recycling efforts.For information on how you can contribute to Premiere’s environmental goals, or if you care to donate your time at the upcoming beach clean-up at Burfoot, you can email info@premieresalonandspa.com. You can also stop by the salon at *111 Market Street, Suite 101 (across the street from the Farmer’s Market) and pick up a bracelet, donate funds, and support local business while treating yourself to a luxurious hair-mind-body experience. Request an appointment online or by calling 360-753-3299.“We live in a beautiful area of passionate people that give to us in so many ways,” adds Harris. “It’s important to make them look beautiful but more importantly to appreciate the beauty of who they are.”last_img read more


Vila-Real Club Deportivo Espanyol for a few hours

first_imgWith fewer followers, 700, but equally mythical, was the displacement to Vila-Real on February 1, 2004, once again with the permanence at stake. That meeting was decided by a striker who had just signed (as now De Tomás), Claudiu Raducanu, with a goal in the 89th minute. Such was the euphoria that at the end of the game, and when the Romanian went to celebrate with the stands, a fence gave and there was an avalanche.There will be 4,000 ‘wolves’ in CornellàThe reverse path to the parakeets to Vila-Real will be traced Wolverhampton Wanderers fans on February 27 in Cornellà, on the occasion of the round of the round of 16 of the Europa League. The English club has requested 4,000 tickets to Espanyol, so outside the visiting fish tank, you must resituate members to group all the ‘wolves’ who attend a continental afternoon. Not only is the Second round what next weekend starts at Espanyol. They are also the renewed illusions that have led to the arrival of Abelardo Fernández on the bench, the tie in the derby and the signing of Raúl de Tomás, with debut and goal in the Copa del Rey. The LaLiga calendar has wanted that awakening to coincide with one of the traditionally most comfortable trips for parrots, to Vila-Real, just three hours by road. And above, the schedule of the game, four in the afternoon, helps. So the stars have lined up to live a massive landing.He announced this Monday morning the club that already The ‘packs’ of tickets that were put on sale, with coach and location have been sold out in La Cerámica for only 15 euros. These are 1,425 seats and 22 buses (which will depart from Barcelona, ​​Girona, Tarragona and Tàrrega), thick numbers that will be increased outside the official circuit, since there are hundreds of fans who acquire them on their own (mostly, in the same Goal where the bounded area for the visiting public is located) and that will be moved by private transport. So it is calculated that Around 2,000 followers will come to Vila-Real from Espanyol. This Sunday’s trip andVo directly to the one that was lived on the occasion of this same meeting, Villarreal-Espanyol, on March 7, 2009. So, with salvation also as a primary objective, The staff paid the cost of the coaches, which were 37 for the 22 now, which also pay the players. This mobilization is considered the most massive of parakeet followers in LaLiga, since brought together 2,500, a figure that will be touched now. What should not be repeated for the interests of Espanyol is the result, a 1-0 in which the great protagonist, things of destiny, was an immeasurable Diego López, then ‘groguet’ goalkeeper and now in Espanyol.last_img read more