Lambert expects survival

first_img Villa are currently in the bottom three but victory at the Britannia Stadium will leave them only one point adrift of the Potters, who have won only one of their last 11 games. Lambert takes heart from the performance levels and confidence shown by his players in recent weeks and said: “The thing for me is that they are confident in having the ball. It is not as if they are frightened by it and just want to launch the ball up the field. They are certainly play with a bit of freedom.” Paul Lambert is backing Aston Villa’s crop of youngsters to hold their nerve in the Barclays Premier League survival battle and believes the pressure is on Stoke ahead of Saturday’s clash. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “When you look at the table, from 11th place down only four points separate the teams down to us. That’s nothing. It’s basically just one game. “Everybody has to play some really hard fixtures. It’s how you hold your nerve. We try to keep the place upbeat and we don’t look like a team that is playing with nerves. “You have to have a strong mentality so the pressure doesn’t get to you and see it through. If you do that, that’s half the battle. “I have not spoken about relegation or anything like that. I think that breeds negativity. Form gives you confidence and we are playing well enough to get results.” Lambert has plenty of respect for the success Pulis has enjoyed with Stoke but knows it is an opportunity for Villa to drag the Potters back into the thick of the relegation battle. He said: “Maybe Tony didn’t visualise Stoke were going to be in this position after the start they had, but the reality is they are not too far ahead. I am sure Tony would like more points than he has got but we are only four points behind them. “The pressure is on them. It’s on Stoke because they are the home team and they haven’t won of late as well. There will be a lot of pressure there for Stoke as well as ourselves. It is a huge game. Every game you play is massive. We know if we win, we are only one point behind them and that’s the way to go and view it.” last_img read more

Taylor Ford is the spark plug Syracuse could rely on but doesn’t always have

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. — All it took was 51 seconds for Taylor Ford to put her stamp on Syracuse’s 10th straight win, which came Friday night against North Carolina State. Three 3s and three emphatic celebrations later, SU’s lead grew from two points to nine early in the third quarter.It took a little longer on Saturday, but Ford’s two 3s within 79 seconds continued the Orange’s push as SU led Louisville by 11 late in the second quarter.“Syracuse looks great,” No. 21 Miami head coach Katie Meier, sitting behind press row, said after Ford’s first 3.Two quick spurts and two quick flashes of the added dimension Ford brings.But on Sunday against No. 2 Notre Dame, Ford played for just three minutes, didn’t make a shot and picked up three fouls.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wouldn’t say that because I didn’t play well this game,” Ford said when asked if she plays better in bigger games after facing Notre Dame. “But I mean, there are certain times where I’ve stepped up. I guess, but that’s hard to explain because I haven’t done that consistently to say yes.”Ford’s season has been a see-saw between healthy and hurt, effective and irrelevant. In marquee wins against No. 10 Florida State and No. 7 Louisville, Ford’s provided No. 14 Syracuse (25-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) with another shooter for defenses to deal with. But at other times, the senior forward has barely found the court and had little influence on games.In the Orange’s first two games of the ACC tournament this past weekend, Ford combined for 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 27 minutes, her best back-to-back stretch of the season. In the championship against Notre Dame, she didn’t score a point for the 13th time in 32 games.“I try to (hit key shots off the bench) here and there,” Ford said on Sunday. “A couple games I’ve done that, a couple games I haven’t. This game I didn’t, so that was upsetting for me. I mean, I want my team to win at all costs.”With a nagging back injury, Ford has played her fewest minutes and scored her fewest points since her freshman season. Her 32.6 field-goal percentage is a career low.But with only do-or-die games left on the schedule — seeding for the NCAA tournament will be announced on Monday — Ford knows the effect she can have when given opportunities.“I’m not the most dominant scorer on the team, I’m not the most dominant defensive player on the team,” Ford said. “My role is to come in any time I get in and give that spark. I think I’ve shown that.” Published on March 8, 2016 at 1:07 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Ford ranks fourth for Syracuse with 24 made 3-pointers this season. Brianna Butler (111) and Alexis Peterson (42) rank first and second. Maggie Morrison is tied for second with 42, but she’s hit multiple 3s in a game just once since early February. A third weapon to support Butler and Peterson could help push the Orange into the Sweet 16, somewhere SU has never reached in program history.After Butler hit five 3s in the first half on Friday, the Wolfpack switched to a box-and-one to stop her and doubled her when she dribbled around on-ball screens. That left Ford open and she capitalized. But her night ended with 5:08 to play when Bria Day tumbled into her and she rolled her ankle.Another injury limiting her production.In Syracuse’s biggest win of the season the next day, Ford scored eight points in 14 minutes while shooting 3-of-7 from the floor, including two 3s.Another contribution in a big game.“She’s been here before,” Peterson said. “She’s a senior. She knows what to do in those big moments.”After the Louisville game, Ford was asked if she felt disrespected by the Cardinals’ loose defense on her. She diplomatically said no, but Peterson, sitting next to her in the press conference, shook her head yes.In early February, head coach Quentin Hillsman said Ford could be SU’s sixth or seventh best player. But that was when she had only scored in double figures once this season.Now, Ford’s proven she can be.“That’s what we need her to do, come in the game and make shots and that`s what she does,” Hillsman said. “We have a lot of balance, and that’s what you have to be when you’re winning basketball games.” Commentscenter_img Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer Related Stories Taylor Ford’s status uncertain heading into ACC tournament semifinal against No. 2 seed LouisvilleSyracuse reaches No. 14 in AP Poll, highest rank in program history for 3rd consecutive weekNo. 2 Notre Dame snaps No. 17 Syracuse’s 11-game win streak in ACC championship gameGallery: Syracuse falls short in bid to capture 1st ACC titlelast_img

Syracuse women’s lacrosse beat writers predict Final Four matchup with Maryland

first_imgTomer LangerMaryland 14, Syracuse 11Hard shellIf there was a Syracuse team that could beat a Maryland team, it would be this year’s version of both. Syracuse returned most of its starters and its key positions were littered with upperclassmen, with Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana leading the attack, Erica Bodt and Taylor Gait at midfield and Mallory Vehar and Kaeli O’Connor at defense. Meanwhile, Maryland returned just five starters and is starting a freshman goalie. But the Terrapins are undefeated for a reason, and I don’t expect anything to change on Cummings’ farewell tour. It should be a close game, but Maryland will come out on top.Liam SullivanSyracuse 11, Maryland 10Shell shockedAll the evidence points to Maryland continuing its winning ways and completing its undefeated run to a third-straight national championship. But the Terrapins have been mortal at times this season, barely escaping Penn State and North Carolina during the regular season with one-goal wins over each. Even Syracuse, which Maryland defeated 14-9 on March 12, had a fighting chance before surrendering five straight second-half goals. Expect Cummings and company to take a commanding lead early, but SU will make it interesting with a late push led by Treanor controlling possession from the draw circle. Also, the Orange defense, which has played in close games all tournament long, will challenge and control a Maryland attack that’s had its way with opponents recently. SU knows the stakes and has felt pressure in each tournament game so far. It’ll need to lean on those experiences and bring the edge seen in the overtime win over USC, but if it does, Syracuse will finally find a way to crack the Maryland code Friday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 27, 2016 at 11:14 am Related Stories Syracuse attempting to break from history in NCAA semifinal against MarylandSyracuse women’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about MarylandNicole Levy battling rib injury ahead of Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal3 things Gary Gait said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland3 things Cathy Reese said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland Top-seeded Maryland (21-0, 5-0 Big Ten) has ended No. 4 seed Syracuse’s (19-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) season in each of the past three years. All three of those matchups came in either the Final Four or national championship game. And the two teams will face each other again on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania with a trip to the national title game on the line.Here’s how beat writers Sam Fortier, Tomer Langer and Liam Sullivan forecast the game.Sam FortierMaryland 13, Syracuse 12The Tortoise and the HareIn April, we saw the greatest women’s college basketball player in history end her career with a thumping of Syracuse. In May, we’ll see the greatest women’s college lacrosse player in history get to the end of her career the same way. Taylor Cummings isn’t the statistical leader of the Terrapins, but Maryland goes as she does. Add in that Nicole Levy, Syracuse’s second-leading goal-scorer — who feasts behind the 8-meter arc with a low-to-high shot that takes rotation — has an injured rib and Syracuse might be forced out of its comfort zone. The Orange could afford to take time to solve a defense like Stony Brook’s. That can’t happen against Maryland. Cummings will keep plugging away en route to likely becoming the only three-time Tewaraaton Award winner, given to the nation’s top player, in the sport’s history. And greats like that don’t lose in spots like this.MORE COVERAGEAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse attempting to break from history in NCAA semifinal against MarylandNicole Levy battling rib injury ahead of Syracuse’s NCAA semifinalSyracuse women’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about Maryland3 things Cathy Reese said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland3 things Gary Gait said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Marylandlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, March 29, 2016•12:30 a.m. Stacey Z. Robinson, 41, Enid, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•8:14 a.m. Officers took a report of a runaway in the 100 block E. Maple, Wellington. The person was located.•9:27 a.m. Billie J. Saltkill, 30, Wellington was served a summons to appear charged with theft.•10 a.m. Offices took a report of a child in need of care in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•12:03 p.m. Patsy A. Bouckaert,  72, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•3:15 p.m. Michael A. Black, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•5:35 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block N. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Diana S. Johnson, 66, Wellington and Julie I. Jennings, 49, Wellington.•5:44 p.m. Officers investigated contributing to a childs misconduct in the 1400 block E. Michigan, Wellington.•5:52 p.m. Diana S. Johnson, 66, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for fail to yield right of way.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Toews On Ice heads a field of six sophomores in Santa Anita’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on Friday.TOEWS ON ICE: Trained by Bob Baffert and named for Chicago Blackhawks star center and captain, Johnathan Toews (pronounced TAZE), Toews On Ice was an impressive winner of the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back on Nov. 14 at Del Mar, but he comes off a disappointing sixth place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the one mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 18.Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Toews On Ice, who is Triple Crown nominated, was a close second to his highly regarded stablemate Mor Spirit two starts back in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 19. A Kentucky-bred colt by Archarcharch, Toews On Ice has pressed or been on the early lead in all seven of his starts, resulting in three wins and earnings of $245,700.DENMAN’S CALL: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this Kentucky-bred gelding by Northern Afleet has done little wrong in two starts. A stylish 3 ¾ length first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 9, Denman’s Call hugged the rail en route to an impressive third place finish behind top Derby contender Nyquist in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15–an effort that earned him a lofty 94 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Gilman Racing, Westside or W.C. Racing, Inc., Denman’s Call is  also Triple Crown nominated and could use a win in the San Pedro as a springboard to the Derby trail.THE SAN PEDRO STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDERRACE 8  Approximate post time, 4:30 p.m. PTGold Rush Dancer – Gary Stevens – 120Boldly True – Mario Gutierrez – 120Toews On Ice – Martin Garcia – 124Mt Veeder – Rafael Bejarano – 120Denman’s Call – Flavien Prat – 120He’s a Tiger – Edwin Maldonado – 120last_img read more

Breaking: More private criminal charges filed against Govt ministers

first_imgAttorney-at-law and former Attorney General, Anil Nandall, has filed more private criminal charges against sitting Government ministers. On Monday, Nandall filed the court proceedings against Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Minister Rupert Roopnarine over the $906million D’Urban Park project.More details in Tuesday, April 24 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

GPF hosts 17th annual wreath-laying ceremony

first_img– monument erected to remember 5 other heroesThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Sunday hosted its 17th annual wreath-laying ceremony dedicated to the Force’s fallen heroes at the Police Officers Mess Compound, Eve Leary.A relative of one of the slain Police ranks laying a wreath at the monument on SundayAn additional monument was erected to pay homage to Police Constable Michael Forde and Sherwayne Pantlitz, who were both killed in the line of duty in 2013; Silburn Elias, who was killed in 2014; Antonio Dawson and Sergeant Leonard Junior La Rose, who was killed in 2016.Their families, friends, and colleagues remembered the brave men by laying wreaths at the monument.In his address to the gathering, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine noted that the monument was a reminder of the challenges faced in the past and those to come in the future.Ramnarine added that the Force has an important role to play – that is to provide security to the nation. The Commissioner, however, noted that Guyana has come a long way.A section of the gathering at the wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday“The monument tells us that in the last few years we have had mercies compared to the period where we had gone with the crime wave. So, we don’t want that to reoccur so we have to strive diligently with professionalism and integrity as our watchdogs to ensure that no addition is made to that monument,” the acting Top Cop stated.Ramnarine, nevertheless, applauded the work of the Fallen Heroes Foundation Incorporated, whose mission is to remember the fallen officers by providing for those they left behind.“The memorial service tells us and reminds us of human nearness and closeness and that despite the fact that they made the ultimate sacrifice and are not here with us, that their children and relatives can feel comfortable and at least have a certain satisfactory level that the Guyana Police Force in the main, and that the Government in its own rule, has not forgotten you not only on this occasion, but throughout the years as we go by … so I want to applaud the work of the Fallen Heroes Foundation in its volunteerism towards its very honourable mission that we have created and that will continue,” he explained.The acting Commissioner concluded by urging current members of the Police Force to remember those who made the sacrifice.“Members of the Force, I urge you to understand and to keep reminding yourself that those who made the sacrifice made the sacrifice so that today we can stand and we can take the Force forward, we can learn bitter lessons of the past, we can adjust in our diligence and our commitment and professionalism that the works that they would’ve done and the sacrifices that they would’ve made would not have gone in vain.”Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, in his remarks, noted that the fallen heroes made the ultimate sacrifice.“He who gives of his possession can be classified as good in this life and it is always that giving that will make life better. But he who gives of himself and makes the ultimate sacrifice like the fallen heroes that constitutes the greatest generation, the greatest individuals,” Ramjattan remarked.He reflected on the importance of a Policeman in society, while noting that there were huge challenges to face in the coming days.“You have to do the impossible for the ungrateful. And that is what makes this profession so significant, so noble, and so honourable because when a genuine crisis befalls, the first call that is made is to the Police. And amidst all the danger, the Police have to ensure that their presence be felt and that order is maintained. It’s an extraordinarily dangerous job, this policing but it is very necessary and an institution that is necessary for a society to move forward and advance like Guyana is,” the Minister explained.He also thanked the Fallen Heroes Foundation for the work that it has done over the years to help the children and relatives of the slain Police ranks.last_img read more

Skiers and snowboarders still waiting patiently

first_imgTaylor’s Big Bam Ski Hill is currently preparing for its yearly safety inspection, while also completing the final touches on the hill’s brand new lift, allowing riders to explore an additional 33 per cent of the hill, while also offering more challenging runs.People working on the hill have also said that Big Bam does not yet have a sufficient base of snow to start producing it themselves. They say the ground still needs at least another foot, before the artificially produced snow can be laid on top.Another issue has been inconsistent weather, which has prevented the ground from freezing, which is necessary for a solid foundation to ride on.- Advertisement -However, hill volunteers say they are moving in the right direction, and are aiming for mid December to open their doors.As per usual, Big Bam is always looking for volunteers to help the hill run throughout the season. They are looking for helpers of two kinds: the first are tradesmen who can help assemble all the mechanical aspects of a ski hill, and the second involves volunteering with rentals, tow operating, ticket sales and concession.Once again, the hill will provide compensation to those who volunteer their time. Anyone who volunteers once a week for a month will receive a full season of riding for free for them and their family, which includes free rentals as well.Advertisement It’s much of the same story further away at Powder King, which as of today, still requires more snow, with none of their 37 runs open so far.The mountain still requires approximately a 1.5 metre base of snow before they allow riders to enjoy the various runs.New to the mountain this year will snowshoe trails, which finished being constructed back in April. The new feature allows anyone interested to strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore the various tracks carved throughout the mountain. Anyone is allowed to try the new feature, which can also be enjoyed at night. Rentals cost only $15 dollars to try this new and exciting adventure.Powder King updates its official website daily, which informs riders the progress the mountain is making in its attempt to open its doors.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exhibit Offers Breast Cancer Information

first_imgMembers of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation are in town from September 10th to 14th to raise awareness of the facts surrounding breast cancer.Fort St. John is just one stop on the foundation’s “Telus Tour for the Cure,” an initiative to bring information about breast cancer to communities across British Columbia. The tour’s stop in Fort St. John kicked off September 10th at the Totem Mall, with interactive displays, health panels, and a direct telephone line to the province’s Screening Mammography Program, so visitors can book an appointment for a mammogram on the spot.Priscilla Fasakas with the tour says that the exhibit will offer valuable information to all members of the community—even men. [asset|aid=246|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Priscilla Fazakas – Mammogram_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -The exhibit will be open regular mall hours until Sunday, September 14th.last_img read more

Little wants Pierre to be more patient

first_imgThe question is whether Pierre, who is seven years into what has essentially been a successful career in the majors, can make such an adjustment – or if he should even be asked to, considering the Dodgers lured him to Los Angeles this winter with a five-year, $44 million contract based on the player he already was. “I’ll just go out and play my game,” Pierre said. “I don’t get a lot of walks, but … it’s not like I’m just up there hacking.” The biggest knock against Pierre is that his career on-base percentage (.350) isn’t what teams look for from a leadoff man. Pierre doesn’t draw many walks, a fact he blames on his lack of power because pitchers aren’t afraid to challenge him when they are behind in the count. But Little also made it clear in announcing that Furcal would lead off that Pierre will be more a second leadoff man than a prototypical No. 2 hitter. Little seemed to reiterate that even as he called for Pierre to take more pitches. “He did ask me about sacrifice bunting with (Furcal) at first base,” Little said. “I don’t think we’ll have much of that. If he sees an opportunity for a (bunt) base hit in those situations, he might be doing that. But we’re not going to be giving up outs when we have a runner on first who is fully capable of stealing a base.” Furcal is a contact hitter who struck out just 38 times in 699at-bats with the Chicago Cubs last season and who has struck out only once every 16.5at-bats throughout his career. National heroes: Dodgers pitchers Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-Hui Tsao and shortstop prospect Chin-lung Hu all made history in their home country of Chinese Taipei last December, helping the national team win the baseball championship of the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, for the first time ever. Kuo, who also pitched for his country in the 2002 Games and in last spring’s World Baseball Classic, started and pitched five solid innings in a semifinal win over Korea. Taiwan then beat Japan for the gold medal. “We knew we had a pretty good team going in, but it was still a really big deal for our country because we had never won it before,” Kuo said. Although Tsao was a free agent who wouldn’t sign with the Dodgers for another month, the club had to give permission for the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association to use Kuo and Hu in the tournament, something general manager Ned Colletti said was an easy decision. “It was a good opportunity for them to represent their country and get some valuable experience at a high level of baseball,” Colletti said. “It wasn’t major-league, but it was still a very competitive level, and it was something they could take a lot of pride in.” Looking back: Veteran reliever Rudy Seanez, who is in camp on a minor-league contract, returned after a two-day absence to attend his grandmother’s funeral. No sooner had he gotten back than he was reminded of a game at Dodger Stadium last Sept. 18, when Seanez gave up a two-run homer to Nomar Garciaparra in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a dramatic win over San Diego. The Dodgers had hit four consecutive homers in the ninth to tie the score. The two clubs wound up tied atop the National League West, with the Padres getting the title based on head-to-head play and the Dodgers making the playoffs as the wild-card. “In a game like that, with everything that had gone on, I think there was a feeling that we just weren’t going to win,” Seanez said. “But the biggest thing was, we just came back from it and I just came back from it. I think it showed what both teams were made of.” Koufax visits: Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who lives nearby, made his first Dodgertown appearance of the spring on Sunday. (818) 713-3675 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VERO BEACH, Fla. – Three days after saying he didn’t want career leadoff man Juan Pierre to change his approach despite the fact he was being dropped to second in the batting order behind Rafael Furcal, Dodgers manager Grady Little said before Sunday’s spring-training workout that he has asked Pierre to be more patient at the plate. “We talked to him about (that),” Little said. “It might help him get on base more.” center_img Told after the workout of Little’s comments, Pierre initially seemed taken aback. But ultimately, he acknowledged having had such a conversation with Little. “We talked about it when we talked about me batting second,” Pierre said. last_img read more