Lockyer: Walters decision will boost Maroons

first_imgWalters is a selector as well as a coach of the Maroons side and said in a statement that the “perception of my impartiality” was one of the reasons why he decided to remove himself from a club role.Walters attended the launch of the 2018 Holden State of Origin Series in Melbourne on Tuesday where he said: “the level of interest at the media conference reinforced how privileged I am to be the head coach of a Maroons team which means so much to the people of Queensland.””It also reinforced Origin’s immense standing in the game, and the importance of having a clear-minded approach to all aspects of the Queensland team’s preparations,” Walters said.”I felt that my direct link to the Broncos may influence the perception of my impartiality and, as a result, I have made the decision to step away from the club to focus solely on our State of Origin campaign.”Lockyer is in a unique position to assess Walters’ decision as both a Brisbane Broncos board member and Queensland selector.The former Maroons captain told NRL.com that Mal Meninga’s record as a stand-alone coach of Queensland set a template for success that suggested Walters’ move would reap dividends.”It can only be a positive for Queensland,” Lockyer said.”Kevvie can now solely focus, aside from his media commitments, on getting the Origin team ready for not just this series but moving forward as well. “People might see that there are only three games and three camps but there is a lot of work behind the scenes whether it be in the development program, the Emerging Origin squad, planning or getting in touch with all the players.”Mal Meninga’s success as a full-time Origin coach indicates that if you want to be a success at that level then that is the best way to go about it.”That allowed him to plan, create pathways and programs. He obviously did the role of coach well but that extra level of commitment to create and articulate that stuff obviously had a really positive impact.”Lockyer said he was “a little bit surprised, but not shocked” at Walters’ decision.”I think as Origin has got closer he has realised how important it is to everyone, and holding dual roles and doing some media stuff means that at that coaching level it is a juggling act and one that he probably felt was too hard,” Lockyer said.Lockyer said Walters’ statement on the perception of impartiality was understandable but added he had always found him to make selection decisions that were for the best interests of Queensland.”Kevvie has come through the Broncos system under Wayne [Bennett] where every decision made has been the for the benefit of the team,” Lockyer said.”Even in that role as Queensland coach he has made decisions that were best for Queensland.” Walters has held assistant roles under Wayne Bennett on two previous occasions and this is the third time he has moved away from the role, the last two times of his own volition and the first when Bennett famously sacked him. Walters, who won five premierships with the Brisbane Broncos and one with Canberra, said he wished everyone involved with the Broncos “every success for the remainder of the 2018 season”.Lockyer said Walters would be missed at the Broncos but expected that he would be back one day, perhaps as head coach.”When you have won six premierships and had that level of success, you can’t put a value on that,” he said.”There are young halves at the Broncos that need mentoring and no doubt there will be a loss of talent in the coaching ranks, but I don’t think it is the last time Kevvie will be involved at the Broncos.”The door is not closed there. He’s just made a decision to focus on Queensland and down the track who knows what will happen.”Kevvie has always held out a bit of ambition to coach at NRL level but his perspective might change after a couple of Origin series.” Broncos coach Wayne Bennett, who coached the Maroons in 22 matches from 1986 until 2003, said he respected Walters’ decision and his honesty in making the Broncos’ aware of his position as soon as possible.”I know personally the amount of work it takes to be a successful coach at Origin level and I can understand why Kevin has come to this decision,” Bennett said. “It takes a huge commitment to coach Queensland and while we have really valued Kevin’s input this year as an assistant coach, we wish him all the best.”Witness Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry when Origin comes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday June 6. Tickets available at NRL.com/ticketslast_img read more

PBA hopes to lure more fans to live games with discounted ticket prices, promos

first_img“We will have a lot of gimmicks for those fans who will watch the games live in the coliseum and we will also implement ticket promos for this season where fans can avail huge discounts,” said Marcial in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.Fans can buy products of PBA teams and provide proofs of purchase to avail of the discounts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMarcial added that the league would ramp up its public presence with continuous corporate social responsibility events and more provincial games so fans outside Metro Manila can experience the live PBA atmosphere.“The fans will surely see our gimmicks for our live games, we will be heavy on the CSRs, we will bring more games to the province so we can be closer to the guys outside Manila,” said Marcial, who is entering just his second season as commissioner. LeBron James progressing from groin injury, update expected next week LATEST STORIES View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The fans really are the lifeblood of the PBA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—The PBA bared its plans to lower ticket prices as well as offer promos to encourage more fans to watch the games live.PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said he wants the fans of the league to experience the live atmosphere of a game day.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

West Covina hosting equestrian event

first_imgFor information call (626) 919-6966. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Ridge Riders from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at Ridge Riders Park, 350 S. Citrus St., West Covina. Festivities include fun and games on horseback, horsemanship demonstrations such as trick roping, vaulting and horse jumping. Nonriders can also enjoy crafts and activities. last_img read more

Kidney links former teammates

first_imgThe only other known transplants involving former pro athletes as donors include Greg Ostertag and basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. Both donated kidneys to relatives. The 50-year-old Springs has suffered from diabetes for 16 years and has been on the national transplant waiting list since 2004. The disease has led to the amputation of his right foot and the big and middle toes on his left foot, and caused his hands to curl into knots. He also was forced into a wheelchair and needed dialysis three times a week. Providing his body accepts Walls’ kidney, Springs will no longer need dialysis and can expect his hands to regain their normal form. “It’s like getting a new battery in a car,” Springs said in December. “I’ll be able to be back to basically almost 100 percent normal.” DALLAS – Ron Springs and Everson Walls will always share a bond forged over their years as teammates on the Dallas Cowboys. That’s nothing compared to their newest link – the kidney Walls donated to Springs. Springs and Walls were recovering at Medical City Hospital on Thursday, a day after the transplant operation – the first between two former U.S. professional athletes. “That’s brotherly love,” Springs told the Associated Press in December. “It’s something you can’t explain, but something that I will always think about every day for the rest of my life.” The former football players and their doctors are scheduled to hold a news conference today. The players hope they can inspire others to become organ donors by sharing their story. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Peace River Zone Theatre Results

first_imgBest Director- Rob Laventure (Between the Sheets- Stage North)Best Supporting Actress- Katea Nelson (The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon -North Peace Secondary School)Best Supporting Actor- Jayden Fehr (The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon -North Peace Secondary School)Best Actor- Dennis Szalai (Annapurna- Bridge to Broadway)Best Actress- Bronwyn Hall (Annapurna-Bridge to Broadway)Advertisement Best Emerging Designer- Kaymia Wheat(Between the Sheets-Stage North)Best Technical- Annapurna (Bridge to Broadway)Best Set- Annapurna (Bridge to Broadway)Best Costumes- The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (North Peace Secondary School)Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The results are in from the Annual Spring Peace River Zone Theatre Festival.What makes this festival special is the opportunity to watch live theatre performances by great local talent and also listen to an adjudicator give a short public critique following each nightly performance. As well as an opportunity to meet with the cast & crew the following morning for an in-depth chat and “coffee critique”.The winner of this year’s festival was the cast and crew of ‘Between the Sheets’ who will go on to the Mainstage in July to represent the Peace River Zone.- Advertisement -Best Emerging Director- Elysia Cruz (The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon-North Peace Secondary School) Best Newcomer- Abi Ryder (The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon- North Peace Secondary School)Best Ensemble- The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (North Peace Secondary School)Advertisementcenter_img Runner Up Best Production- Annapurna (Bridge to Broadway)Best Production- Between the Sheets (Stage North)last_img read more

Tottenham was ‘difficult!’ – Watford star relieved to move on from White Hart Lane nightmare

first_img Etienne Capoue Etienne Capoue says a new-found freedom at Watford has helped him move on after two “difficult” years at Tottenham.Capoue signed for Spurs from French club Toulouse in the summer of 2013 for a fee of £9million.But the midfielder started just 19 Premier League matches in two years and last featured for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in January.He subsequently moved to Vicarage Road for £6million during the off-season and has been involved in every game for the Hornets this term.Watford, who head to Leicester on Saturday, are 11th in the table and Capoue, signed by Quique Sanchez Flores, has been integral to their strong start to life back in the top flight.“I play maybe more freely than at Tottenham,” said Capoue.“I love my job and I do everything on the pitch. I have the confidence of the coach and the players. So I try to enjoy it on the pitch.“The manager said to me, try to take the ball, to give to your friends, to manage the game. I try that. I hope I can carry on like that.“It was two difficult years for me (at Tottenham), but now I try to improve my qualities on the pitch.” 1last_img read more

Chief Bratton enters his last term on an emotional note

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Crime is down. Crime is down for the last five years and will continue to go down. There are those who question the numbers. They shouldn’t. The numbers are accurate and reflect what we have been able to accomplish.” The pointed criticism was directed at City Councilman Bernard Parks, who preceded Bratton as chief and was refused his bid for second term. But Parks, who did not attend the swearing-in ceremony, did not back off. “The fact of the matter is, the LAPD is cooking the books,” Parks said later, adding that he believes crime rates are showing drops because the department no longer includes domestic abuse cases in the most serious crime categories. “Go on any street corner in this city and people will tell you they don’t feel safer.” Thursday’s ceremony was emotional for Bratton, whose badge was pinned on him by his father, William E. Bratton. It was the first time his father had performed the ceremony in Bratton’s 37-year police career. As part of the day, guests received a commemorative coin and a 30-page tribute book. Titled “Transition of the LAPD, Past, Present & Future,” the book focuses on Bratton’s past and present with pictures of him on nearly every page. The book was paid for by the Police Foundation. Also in attendance at the swearing-in were officers who served with Bratton in Boston and New York. The event also had a bit of Hollywood with actors Angie Dickinson, James Caan and Sylvester Stallone. Dickinson, who starred in the TV show “Police Woman,” was mobbed by fans. When the show aired in the 1970s, it was credited with helping police recruit a record number of female officers. If Parks is looking over his shoulder these days, he might also see state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas. Ridley-Thomas last week took out papers for an exploratory committee to determine whether to challenge Parks for the seat on the Board of Supervisors being vacated by the retirement of Yvonne B. Burke. But there really is no doubt about the intentions of Ridley-Thomas, who served on the Los Angeles City Council and built up the 8th District Empowerment Congress that continues to operate as one of the top organizations in the area. “Needless to say, the race has been joined,” Ridley-Thomas said. “The filing just gives me permission to begin raising money. Once the official filing opens in December for the seat, I will be there.” The race is expected to draw strong local attention as one of the few contested offices up in the June primary election. There can be an outright winner if any candidate receives a majority vote. But a number of other candidates also are expected to vie against Parks and Ridley-Thomas and could divide the vote and force a November runoff. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is close to both men, said the race will be a face-off between articulate officials representing different aspects of public life. Parks rose through the ranks of the LAPD to achieve its highest post and became a symbol for many in the African-American community. Ridley-Thomas came up through the grass-roots political movement of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and its effort to organize communities into political forces. With California’s early presidential primary drawing more attention to Democratic and Republican candidates, it is also serving as a way to get more money from activists. The Democratic National Committee last week, for example, sent a survey to “selected” Democrats asking for their opinions on a handful of issues. And, it noted, that if you really want your opinion to count – please send along a contribution of $25 or more. An underlined note from DNC chair Howard Dean said the money will go to “get America back on track … to fix the mess created by George W. Bush and his Republican cronies in Congress.” It won’t take long for Republicans to counter that they need similar amounts to stop Dean and his Democratic cronies. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was a day for Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton to take on all critics and set the record straight. At his swearing-in ceremony last week – when he became the first L.A. police chief to serve a second five-year term – Bratton defended his crime-reduction record. “The city has changed in my five years,” Bratton told family, friends and officials gathered for the ceremony. “The city was coming off a divisive election. A divisive decision over my predecessor and whether he would get a second term. Officers were leaving in droves. The badge of this great department was tarnished. last_img read more

Piers Morgan issues major warning to Mesut Ozil ahead of north London derby

first_img Piers Morgan has told Ozil to up his game in an Arsenal shirt 3 3 And Morgan has urged Ozil to ‘lift himself to the levels of Bergkamp, Pires and Henry’ when he enters the Emirates Stadium pitch on Sunday.That’s if he plays – having been snubbed by Unai Emery for their previous clash with Bournemouth, with the manager saying the game was too physically demanding for the midfielder.“Ozil has to step up on Sunday,” Morgan told Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Ozil is a very frustrating player.“We all agree, when he’s on form there are few better players in the Premier League, but the trouble with him is he just drifts away too much, particularly in the really big games. Will Unai Emery get the best out of Mesut Ozil against Spurs on Sunday? 3 We’ve got 8 matches on @talkSPORT & @talkSPORT2 this weekend 🙌Here’s how to listen:📻 DAB Digital Radio💻 Laptop or tablet: https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD📲 The app: https://t.co/z3wuJfatGR pic.twitter.com/WczLagM0LF— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 30, 2018 Mesut Ozil struggles to deliver his best form on a consistent basis in an Arsenal shirt Piers Morgan has challenged Arsenal star Mesut Ozil to ‘step up’ and put in a ‘big performance’ in Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham.The Gunners super fan has described the German as a ‘prize thoroughbred racehorse’ who can light up the pitch when he tries, but stinks the place out when he doesn’t.LISTEN LIVE: Tune into talkSPORT on Sunday for EXCLUSIVE radio commentary of Arsenal v TottenhamOzil has been one of the most frustrating players to watch for Arsenal supporters.The playmaker has unmistakable ability and class, but has often gone missing against the Gunners’ tougher opponents. “I want to see him take himself to the levels we used to see from Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, and Thierry Henry. When we were ‘The Invincibles’, those big players in the big games always turned up.“Arsenal fans are very frustrated with Ozil. It’s like, ‘come on mate, we need you on Sunday to be the Mesut Ozil we all believe you can be when you really want to be’.Listen back to Piers Morgan on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above “I want to see a big performance from Ozil.“The best thing about Unai Emery is he’s managed to get the existing players in that squad to play better. Almost universally, man-for-man in that team, he is getting more out of them than Arsene Wenger was getting in the last couple of years.“But in Ozil he’s got this prize thoroughbred racehorse who, when he’s on form, is fantastic. He’s just not doing it every single game.last_img read more

BRAINY CONOR BAGS 600 POINTS IN LEAVING CERT

first_imgColáiste Ailigh student, Conor O Braonáin , being congratulated by his Principal , Micheál Ó Giobúin. Also in photo is Conor’s proud mum, Mairead.Coláiste Ailigh student, Conor O Braonáin, being congratulated by his Principal Micheál Ó Giobúin after gaining the perfect 600 points in this year’s Leaving Certificate.The principal said 41% of Conor’s classmates got 500 pts or more in what was a great set of results for the school.  Also in our photo is Conor’s proud mum, Mairead.The school principal added: “Conor excels at everything he does. He is a brilliant writer and has won several national competitions for his writing. He is also a great athlete and musician and we will definitely hear more about him in the future.” Conor is now off to Trinity to study German and English.  BRAINY CONOR BAGS 600 POINTS IN LEAVING CERT was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRIANY CONOR BAGS 600 POINTS IN LEAVING CERTlast_img read more

CHARITY BUS BOSS FUMING AFTER SPEEDING TICKET FIASCO

first_imgA charity boss is fuming after being given a speeding ticket after a hospital told him to drive a cancer patient to them as quickly as possible to save her life.Eamonn McDevittEamonn McDevitt’s Good and New Project has driven hundreds of patients from across Co Donegal by bus to Galway for cancer treatment for the past four years.Mr McDevitt, a cancer survivor himself, receives no funding for the project which cost €1,000 per week to maintain and survives on donations and profits from a second-hand clothes shop. In recent weeks Mr McDevitt was told on two occasions to drive as quickly as possible to get to Galway after patients took seriously ill on his bus.However on the second occasion they came across a speed van and a number of days later received a speeding ticket.Mr McDevitt gathered all the relevant information from Galway University Hospital staff and also outlined their official charity status.But the appeal has met a brick wall as they have been told they are not an official emergency vehicle. “We contacted the Garda section in Tipperary who deal with these issues and sent them all the letters from us as a registered charity doing this work and a letter from Galway hospital outlining all the facts about sick people travelling with us.“It would appear it has fallen on deaf ears we have received a letter back saying the speeding ticket stands as we are not an emergency vehicle,“I wish some of these people would travel with us some time they might think differently”.Mr McDevitt said he would never encourage his drivers to speed.“Instead of a bit of understanding, we get fined,” he said. CHARITY BUS BOSS FUMING AFTER SPEEDING TICKET FIASCO was last modified: April 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancer busEamonn McDevittGood and Newlast_img read more