Ben Kay: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has risky strategy

first_imgJoe Schmidt has adopted a “risky strategy” in preparing Ireland to peak for a potential World Cup Pool D decider against France, according to Ben Kay. Schmidt is aiming to guide double RBS 6 Nations winners Ireland to their first-ever World Cup semi-final, with 2003 winner Kay backing the Kiwi boss in his calculated gamble. “One of their issues has been looking at the fixtures ahead of them and planning,” said former England and Leicester lock Kay. “Because their first World Cup game against Canada, they haven’t performed particularly well, then Romania – Ireland probably have the easiest draw. “So they’ve got that build-up then they have a tougher game against Italy, and the big one against France at the end. “Speaking to people around the squad they are saying that their build-up has been slightly different in that they are looking to peak slightly later in the tournament. “That’s a risky strategy if you can’t get the confidence.” Former Bay of Plenty coach Schmidt created a feared attacking arsenal as Leinster dominated the European scene, but has reined in that style at Test level. Kay believes the Ireland boss has simply reacted to resources, but pinpointed Ireland’s suffocating style as hugely profitable in high-pressure World Cup contests. Press Association England World Cup winner Kay claims Ireland squad players have revealed head coach Schmidt has staggered their build-up to keep key men fresh for the pivotal clash on Sunday, October 11. Ireland will launch their pool-stage campaign by taking on Canada in Cardiff on Saturday, with Italy and Romania their other early rivals. “Joe Schmidt is tactically one of the best coaches in the world though, and always brings the best out of the squad,” said Kay. “He’s very good at looking at and working on the strengths of the team he has. “When he was at Leinster they had an open style of play because they had that attacking threat. “This Irish team he has gone very much into a style of rugby that suits World Cups. “You don’t see many teams winning World Cup finals running in bagfuls of tries. “While it might not be so exciting to watch, with the high ball to the fore, but in their half-back combination they’ve probably got the most settled game-management team. “They’ve done very well and deservedly managed to reach the second-place ranking in the world earlier this summer. “I worry about their threats in the backline not being quite as strong, with Drico (Brian O’Driscoll) not being there and other players having retired. “But as a forward pack they are capable of arm-wrestling with the best.” last_img read more

Gunners beat Walton Hall to secure Balgobin Memorial trophy

first_imgBy Elroy StephneyIN the inaugural tournament, played in memory of the late Chunilall Balgobin last Sunday at the Walton Hall cricket ground, Gunners shot their way to victory.Balgobin served as vice-president of the North Essequibo Cricket Committee prior to his death in 2014.In the presence of a large and vociferous gathering, Gunners, winning the toss in the final against Walton Hall and batting, amassed 123-6 in 15 overs.Captain Grayson Paul led the way with 33 (2×6, 2×4) and received valuable support from former national Under-19 opener Herell Green 31 (5×4) and national Under-17 all-rounder Joshua Jones 30 (3×6, 1×4).Left-arm orthodox spinner Suraj Sookdeo was Walton Hall’s most successful bowler, claiming 2-14 from three overs.In reply, Walton Hall toiled on a wearing pitch and never enjoyed any fluency during their innings.At the end of their 15 overs they were restricted to 108-7, losing by 15 runs. Opener Suresh Persaud top-scored with 31 (3×6) but his effort was not enough to deny Gunners’ grasp of $100 000 and the winners’ trophy.Essequibo inter-county Under-19 leg-spinner Sidique Mohamed with 3-16 from 3 overs mesmerised the hosts into submission.The presentation of prizes was done by the daughter of the late Sports Administrator and in the presence of other relatives, including his wife and two of his sons, who are also members of the Walton Hall Sports Club.The best batsman’s prize went to Vishwanauth Lall while the best bowler was Suraj Sookdeo. Gunners skipper Grayson Paul was adjudged man-of-the-match in the finals.Earlier Gunners staged a dramatic self- defence against Devonshire Castle to earn an exciting 4-run triumph en route to the final.The earlier matches were reduced to ten overs.Batting first Gunners produced 54-4 in their allotted overs then reduced Devonshire Castle to 50-6 when their overs expired.In the earlier game, Walton Hall enjoyed a comfortable 27-run victory against Pomeroon Oil Mill. Batting first, they posted 116-8 from their 10 overs then ensured that Pomeroon Oil Mill managed only 89-3 at the completion of their 10 overs.Meanwhile, it was confirmed by the relatives that the Chunilal Balgobin memorial tournament will be played annually with more than four teams expected to participate over a longer period of time.Balgobin was the brother of former national umpire Dasroy Balgobin and hailed from the village of Walton Hall on the Essequibo Coast.last_img read more

CSU seeks revenge on Utah State

first_imgCSU seeks revenge on Utah State VARYING EXPERIENCE: Utah State has been fueled by senior leadership while Colorado State has leaned on freshmen this year. For the Aggies, seniors Sam Merrill, Justin Bean and Diogo Brito have scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 67 percent of all Aggies points over their last five. In the other locker room, freshmen Nico Carvacho, Isaiah Stevens and David Roddy have collectively accounted for 50 percent of Colorado State’s scoring this season and 53 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Merrill has either made or assisted on 50 percent of all Utah State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 14 field goals and 20 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Rams are 13-0 when they make eight or more 3-pointers and 4-8 when they fall shy of that mark. The Aggies are 17-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.9 percent or worse, and 2-7 when opponents exceed that percentage.STREAK SCORING: Colorado State has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 89.5 points while giving up 71.8.DID YOU KNOW: The stout Utah State defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39.3 percent, the 28th-best mark in the country. Colorado State has allowed opponents to shoot 44.5 percent from the field through 25 games (ranked 257th). Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUtah State (19-7, 8-5) vs. Colorado State (17-8, 8-4)Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado; Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Colorado State seeks revenge on Utah State after dropping the first matchup in Logan. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 25, when the Aggies shot 59.2 percent from the field while limiting Colorado State’s shooters to just 37.3 percent on the way to a 77-61 victory.center_img February 10, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC,,Update on the latest sports,Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

For De’Quan Hampton, the wait for the spotlight was worth it

first_imgAs the band boomed the Fight Song for the final time of the night, senior wide receiver De’Quan Hampton clambered up the director’s ladder and shoved the sword in his left fist into the air. Hampton bobbed up and down, shimmying and bouncing to the beat. On the field, his teammates cheered for him — “Yeah, ‘Quan! Get it, man!” It lasted for a minute, this moment in the spotlight. But for a transfer senior who’s seen little of the field and even less of the endzone, it was a moment to soak in. And after a 36-14 victory of UCLA — which he could take 12 points worth of credit for — Hampton was loving every second of it.“It was amazing,” Hampton said. “It felt like a dream.”Hampton’s role this season had been fairly secure — playing back-up behind the talented wide receiver unit of junior JuJu Smith-Schuster and senior Darreus Rogers, scrapping for minutes where he could get them. In the first 10 games of this season, he snagged four catches for a total of 22 yards, ranking 12th in team receiving yards behind redshirt sophomore Jalen Greene.But the UCLA game — like all rivalry games, tempestuous and unpredictable — called for a hero. And for three plays and a handful of minutes, Hampton became that player for the Trojans.It takes a perfect combination of variables to create a breakout game. For Hampton, that was a hip flexor and his quarterback’s trust.Smith-Schuster was hurting from the first drive of the game. He roped in a 28-yard catch to bring the Trojans to the 1-yard line, and sophomore running back Ronald Jones punched it in to tie the game with a typical USC offensive play. But in the second quarter, redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold threw an interception and Smith-Schuster, favoring his hip, limped into the locker room. The Bruins scored off a 7-yard touchdown pass, and suddenly the Trojans were trailing 14-7 in their rival’s home stadium.They needed someone to step up, and Hampton did it in style.He touched the ball three times in total, despite coming second behind Smith-Schuster in receiving yards for the game. But those three touches changed the momentum of the final game of conference play.The first time, Hampton ran his route down the left side of the field, stutter stepped, then lept into the air and snatched the ball from over the outstretched arms of his defender. Hampton had 6 inches on his defender, but the lofted toss required trust from Darnold that his receiver could make the play. For Darnold, it wasn’t hard to trust Hampton.“[Our coaches] really preach giving our guys a chance when they have one-on-one coverage,” Darnold said. “I think you’re never wrong throwing it to a guy one-on-one, especially when he’s in the position [Hampton] was. I always feel great throwing it up to them.” His second touch was a simple 6-yard pass that happened to be in the end zone, and happened to put the Trojans up 30-14 in a momentum-swinging third quarter. And the third was a 14-yard catch for a first down at the 50-yard line. Together, the three plays doubled Hampton’s season yardage. For head coach Clay Helton, this type of break-out play is necessary for the team to continue the success of their seven-game winning streak. “You have kids who have just been dying for their opportunity and they made the most of it,” Helton said. “That’s what a team is. You hope that when one guy goes down, another one has prepared himself to make those types of plays.”Saturday’s success was a welcome change for Hampton. Last year, he expressed frustration with the one-track focus of former quarterback Cody Kessler, who completed three times as many passes to Smith-Schuster than to any other receiver. It was a long season for Hampton. He had transferred from Long Beach Community College as a junior  and caught the ball only 15 times in his first year as a Trojan, and this year was going even more slowly until the game against UCLA. But Hampton said that after this year, he trusted that he would have his moment.“I didn’t doubt it, because I’ve seen chances come for other players,” Hampton said. “So I just say that means just keep grinding, because my chance might come this game or the next or the next. I just have to be ready.” When that moment came, he was an easy guy to cheer for, Darnold said. He describes the senior as a “goofy guy,” the type to lead dance parties on and off the field, cheering on his teammates from the sideline no matter how many minutes he played.The party in the Rose Bowl ended eventually, with Trojan fans booming out chants and singing along to “Tusk” as UCLA fans trickled out of the stands. After the final notes of the Fight Song rang out, Hampton climbed down from the ladder, joining his teammates in the locker room and basking in a flock of reporters’ cameras and recorders pressed into his face. That might be it for his moment. As a senior, he’ll have one, at most three, games left with the team. But if that’s the note he ends on — two touchdowns and a rivalry win — well, that’s just alright with him.“It was worth the wait,” Hampton said. “As much frustration as I had being in the position I was, waiting for the opportunity, when it came it’s all worth it.”last_img read more

Provinces in Pro12 action this evening

first_imgCahir’s Tommy O’Donnell, Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan along with Keith Earls and Simon Zebo have all returned to the Munster starting line-up as they’ll host Zebre tonight at Thomond Park, where kick-off is at 7pm.And Ulster have been boosted by the return of fit-again Iain Henderson as they prepare to face defending champions the Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun (pr: Scots-toon) with kick-off at 19:35.last_img

Cork take the double at Semple

first_imgMeanwhile Roscommon are Connacht football champions after an unexpected victory over Galway at Pearse Stadium. For the 53rd time Cork are Munster senior hurling champions.They proved why they were favourites in yesterday’s Munster final with a 1-25 to 1-20 win over Clare in front of over 45,000 fans at Semple Stadium.The win capped off a senior and minor Munster double for the Rebels after they also beat Clare in the minor final by 4-21 to 16 pointslast_img

Energybet strengthens Leyton Orient relationship

first_img StumbleUpon Share Wycombe footballer suspended after placing 183 bets January 24, 2020 Russell Yershon: Fan engagement is vital during crisis times  April 7, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Vanarama National moves towards immediate conclusion April 23, 2020 Online sportsbook Energybet has strengthened its ties with Leyton Orient Football Club, becoming official betting partner of the side of which it has been shirt sponsor for the previous two years.Much like previous seasons Energybet is to engage with fans throughout the season with match day giveaways and half time competitions on the pitch, in addition to offering supporters match and hospitality tickets.Danny Macklin, Chief Executive of Leyton Orient, commented:, “We are delighted to be continuing an association with Energy Bet. We very much look forward to working closely with them to provide the all-important betting information and competitive odds ahead of matchday. Furthermore, O’s fans will have regular opportunities to win prizes and even money can’t buy experiences.”Fans of National League outfit Leyton Orient, who secured a thirteenth placed finish last time out, are also urged to keep an eye on social media channels for a number of exclusive offers.A spokesperson on behalf of Energybet concluded: “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Leyton Orient. Having met the new owners and many fans last season, we’re keen to continue to reach out to more of the loyal and passionate supporters and offer rewards for your dedication to the club. Good luck to Justin (Edinburgh, manager of Leyton Orient) and the first team squad for the coming season, we’re backing you for a good one.”last_img read more

Elliott Sadler returning to XFinity Series: ‘I’m coming back’

first_imgSadler, who has 13 wins in the XFinity series and three win in the NASCAR Cup Series, retired last season to spend more time with his family. He said if he returned to the track, it would be only if the “right opportunity” presented itself. Related News “I said I would only return to the racetrack if the right opportunity came along, and this is it,” Sadler said. “I’m thrilled to partner with Nutrien Ag Solutions and Kaulig Racing for these two races and team up with Ross Chastain behind the wheel of the No. 10 Chevy.“I believe in the mission of Nutrien Ag Solutions, as they help farmers lead the field, and they wanted me to put my helmet back on to do the same at Richmond and Las Vegas.” Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing agree to multiyear extension Elliott Sadler’s retirement was shorter than Jason Witten’s.Sadler, 43, announced Thursday he will return to the race track for two XFinity races this season with Kaulig Racing. Well… I’m coming back…. @NutrienAgRetail @KauligRacing @RichmondRaceway @LVMotorSpeedway— Elliott Sadler (@Elliott_Sadler) February 28, 2019Sadler will drive the No. 10 Chevrolet Camaro SS for the XFinity race April 12 at Richmond Raceway and another Sept. 14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Nutrien Ag Solutions will be his sponsor for both races.last_img read more

Two rounds of winter weather this weekend — icy conditions possible tonight, blizzard conditions possible Saturday night into Sunday

first_img…Freezing Ice Tonight Followed By Potential Blizzard ConditionsSaturday Evening Into Sunday….We are looking at two separate wintry weather impact eventsacross portions of Iowa. The impact for tonight into Saturdaymorning will be freezing ice potential. The location of thegreatest icing potential may shift slightly, so this advisory maybe more “dynamic” than most advisories typically are. Winds shouldbe light during this event, so impacts will be precipitation-driven. A more potent system will impact Iowa Saturday eveningInto Sunday. As much colder air moves into Iowa Saturday evening,precipitation will change over to all snow, potentially heavy attimes. A narrow band of heavy snow is expected to set up acrossportions of western, central and northern Iowa with this system.There may be tight gradient on the north and south sides of thisnarrow band of snow. Strong and gusty northwest to west winds toincrease across the state Saturday night through Sunday. This willcause areas of blowing snow and potentially near-blizzardconditions especially in rural areas.IAZ004>007-015>017-023-024-232300-/O.EXT.KDMX.WS.A.0004.190223T2100Z-190225T0000Z/Emmet-Kossuth-Winnebago-Worth-Palo Alto-Hancock-Cerro Gordo-Pocahontas-Humboldt-Including the cities of Estherville, Algona, Forest City,Lake Mills, Northwood, Manly, Emmetsburg, Garner, Britt, Kanawha,Mason City, Clear Lake, Pocahontas, Laurens, Rolfe, Fonda,Gilmore City, and Humboldt407 AM CST Fri Feb 22 2019…WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOONTHROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…* WHAT…Blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.* WHERE…Northwestern to north-central Iowa.* WHEN…From Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Storm Watch for blizzard conditions means there is apotential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds andextremely poor visibilities. This can lead to whiteout conditionsand make travel very dangerous.last_img read more

Tuesday January 7th Local Sports

first_imgClass 2ARecord Pts Prv1. West Sioux, Hawarden (1) 8-0 96 62. Treynor (4) 7-1 87 23. North Linn, Troy Mills (3) 7-0 86 34. Camanche (4) 6-0 82 T45. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 7-1 64 16. Dike-New Hartford 7-0 46 97. Regina, Iowa City 6-1 35 T48. Van Meter 5-0 23 109. East Sac County 6-1 22 NR10. Boyden-Hull 6-1 19 8Others receiving votes: Albia 18. Monticello 17. Osage 10. Aplington-Parkersburg 10. Western Christian, Hull 8. South Central Calhoun 8. Woodward-Granger 7. Des Moines Christian 6. Unity Christian, Orange City 6. West Branch 5. West Burlington 2. Pella Christian 2. Tri-Center, Neola 1. TONIGHT:– AM-1300 KGLO, — Mason City High vs. Johnston — girls 6:15, boys follow– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men at Nebraska — joined in progress after MCHS basketball– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Clear Lake boys vs. Charles City — 7:30 — boys scoresClarksville 52, North Butler 49Lake Mills 80, North Union 33Riceville 35, Northwood-Kensett 28 WAVERLY — Waverly-Shell Rock held Clear Lake to 12 points in the second half as the 11th-ranked in Class 4A Go-Hawks handed the 2nd-ranked in 3A Lions their first loss of the season last night, 58-35, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and Clear Lake took advantage of 10 second quarter turnovers by Waverly-Shell Rock to take the lead before the Go-Hawks finished out the quarter with a 28-23 advantage. Waverly-Shell Rock outscored the Lions 15-5 in the third quarter and 15-7 in the fourth to pick up the win. Abbie Draper had 19 while Britney Young 17 to lead Waverly-Shell Rock. Chelsey Holck had 11 to lead the Lions, while leading scorer Sara Faber was held scoreless in the second half and had eight in the game. Clear Lake is 7-1 and will re-enter North Central Conference play on Friday at Humboldt. DES MOINES (AP) — This week’s AP Boys Basketball Poll:Class 4ARecord Pts Prv1. Waukee (7) 6-0 104 12. Dubuque, Hempstead 7-0 92 33. Sioux City, East (2) 7-0 71 44. Waterloo, West (1) 6-1 67 55. Ankeny Centennial (1) 7-1 52 26. Cedar Falls (1) 5-1 48 77. Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 6-1 47 98. Iowa City, West 5-1 42 89. Prairie, Cedar Rapids 6-1 38 610. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 5-0 37 10Others receiving votes: North Scott, Eldridge 24. Dubuque, Senior 18. Ankeny 17. Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 3. Class 1ARecord Pts Prv1. St. Mary’s, Remsen (5) 7-0 109 12. Montezuma (1) 6-0 89 23. Easton Valley 8-0 80 44. West Fork, Sheffield (1) 8-0 78 55. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (3) 8-1 76 36. WACO, Wayland (2) 9-0 55 67. Siouxland Community Christian 8-0 30 NR8. Lake Mills 6-1 24 99. CAM, Anita 7-0 18 NR10. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6-0 16 10Others receiving votes: Don Bosco, Gilbertville 14. Martensdale-St. Marys 13. South O’Brien, Paullina 13. Mount Ayr 9. Grand View Christian 8. Ankeny Christian Academy 7. Madrid 5. Notre Dame, Burlington 5. George-Little Rock 3. MFL-Mar-Mac 2. Springville 2. Stanton 1. New London 1. Newell-Fonda 1. Meskwaki Settlement School 1. Class 3ARecord Pts Prv1. Assumption, Davenport (8) 7-0 114 12. Carroll (3) 5-0 100 23. Dallas Center-Grimes (1) 7-0 90 34. Mount Vernon 7-0 81 45. Algona 6-0 66 76. Winterset 5-1 53 57. Norwalk 4-2 36 88. Harlan 6-1 30 69. MOC-Floyd Valley 7-1 25 NR10. Central Clinton, De Witt 6-1 19 NROthers receiving votes: Clear Lake 13. Pella 10. Marion 10. Knoxville 6. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 4. Webster City 1. Gilbert 1. Glenwood 1.center_img MASON CITY — The NIACC men remained ranked fourth in the new junior college Division II poll released on Monday. NIACC improves to 13-1 overall with a 100-88 win over Iowa Western on Saturday night. North Central Missouri is the #1 team in this week’s men’s poll, followed by Milwaukee Area Tech, Niagara County, NIACC and then DMACC. The NIACC women dropped to sixth in the new women’s Division II poll released on Monday. The Lady Trojans are 14-1 overall after finishing fifth in the Illinois Central Holiday Tournament, dropping a game to currently 9th-ranked Bryant & Stratton of Wisconsin. Kirkwood is the nation’s top-ranked team, followed by Kansas City Kansas, Lincoln Land of Illinois, Johnson County Kansas, Highland Kansas and then NIACC. Both NIACC teams host Little Priest Tribal College on Wednesday night in games you’ll hear on AM-1300 KGLO and, with the doubleheader starting at 5:30. The Trojan teams then play at DMACC on Saturday afternoon. — other girls scoresClarksville 68, North Butler 35Humboldt 66, Belmond-Klemme 51Northwood-Kensett 38, Riceville 33Tripoli 70, Rockford 48 AMES — Texas used a 12-0 third quarter run to take command in an 81-75 win over the Iowa State women in Ames, Cyclone coach Bill Fennelly.Fennelly says the Cyclones needed to be stronger against the Longhorn’s physical style of play.Iowa State falls to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12. They’ll travel to Oklahoma on Saturday. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes could be down a third starter on Tuesday night when they visit Nebraska. Freshman guard CJ Fredrick missed the second half of Saturday’s loss at Penn State with a foot or ankle injury. He is the Big Ten’s leading three point shooter at 50 percent.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who says the injury is not a sprained ankle and he is not sure when it occurred.If Fredrick can’t go McCaffery may insert backup center Ryan Kriener into the lineup. He injured a knee in Saturday’s loss.The Hawkeyes have already lost forward Jack Nunge and guard Jordan Bohannon to season ending surgeries. Under first year coach Fred Hoiberg the Huskers are 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten. You can hear the conclusion of the Iowa-Nebraska game on AM-1300 KGLO tonight after Mason City High basketball coverage. IOWA CITY — Iowa safety Geno Stone is headed to the NFL Draft. Stone was a second-team all-Big Ten Conference selection by the coaches after recording 70 tackles, breaking up five passes and forced three fumbles for Iowa this season. Stone made the announcement on social media on Monday, saying after serious discussion with his family, confidantes and coaches, he’s decided to declare fo the NFL Draft.last_img read more