Leafs deal for offence after acquiring Michael Rand from Bruins

first_imgHowever, the Leafs share the penthouse with the surging Beaver Valley Nitehawks after the defending KIJHL champs moved into a tie for the lead by edging Spokane Braves 2-1 at home Tuesday.Beaver Valley has a game in hand on Nelson heading into the weekend and will make up the contest December 29 when the Hawks complete a home-and-home series against Castlegar.Game one of the set goes Friday in the Sunflower City.For Nelson, the team has Grand Forks at home Friday before getting some much-needed rest.“We’re running two lines through all these games and everyone is getting tired,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap.“As soon as the guys get back (from injuries) we’re going to be pretty hard to play against.”But Dunlap said the Leafs are not looking to far ahead to the holiday break.The team has a little unfinished business before enjoying some time away from the rink.“Grand Forks Friday has got to be a win going into the Christmas break,” Dunlap said.“And then those two against Beaver Valley when we come back are huge as well. But at least by that time we should have a couple more guys back from injury to help us out on the ice.”Leafs own BruinsThe Nelson Leafs meet the Grand Forks Border Bruins for the sixth time this season Friday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson is unbeaten against the Bruins in five games this season, out scoring Grand Forks 31-13.Grand Forks has lost 14 straight games dating back to a November 7 4-0 home-ice win over Columbia Valley.During that time Grand Forks has been out scored by a 74-25 margin. It’s a deal that has been in the works, from Nelson’s perspective, for at least . . . well, a very long time.Last week pen was put to paper as the Nelson Leafs acquired sniper Michael Rand from the Grand Forks Border Bruins for cash and future considerations.Rand joined the team this week and, ironically, plays his first game in the Green and White against his former teammates in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.“We think so, offensively, for sure,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan when asked if the 6-foot, 170-pound forward from Langley is the answer to some of Nelson’s scoring woes.“(Michael) has been out for a while since he asked for a trade. But he’s a big body who can skate.“He’s a guy who can shoot the puck and that what we’re looking for. We wanted someone up front who could put the puck in the net.”The trade couldn’t have come at a better time for the Leafs as the team struggles to just put bodies on the ice since a rash of injuries took more than just a few key players out of the lineup.However, McLellan confesses management is not done acquiring players to help the Leafs make a playoff push.“We’re still trying to acquire a defenceman . . . that’s been an ongoing project,” McLellan said.“We’ll see by January 10th what we can find.”“One more forward would be what our wish list would be but another defenceman is a real priority if the right player comes available by January 10th.”Can’t wait for Christmas (break)Despite losing three of its last for games, the Nelson Leafs remain in top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division.last_img read more

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Semien delivers in grand style as A’s win series from Twins

first_imgOAKLAND — Marcus Semien is more substance than style, as consistent as a metronome and often overlooked on a national scale.Yet Semien couldn’t be ignored while providing the fireworks Thursday for the Athletics in a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. He hit a solo homer in the fifth to tie the score, his 12th of the season. He then hit a grand slam in the eighth to blow the game wide open for No. 13 before a crowd of 20,836.None of which can happen without Semien’s most appealing trait. He …last_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to another edition of 60 seconds in Touch… * Aussie Mens 20’s player Mat Bird was, on the weekend, cleared of all charges of misconduct stemming from the incident-riddled Mens 20 years match at the recent Youth World Cup. After a 2 hour judiciary a relieved Bird was given the all-clear to continue to play Touch at all levels and is now looking forward to the National Touch League in March. * The NTL’s are just two and a half weeks away and the ATA office is getting hectic, with deadlines for the tournament magazine and merchandise orders coming and going. Boxes of merchandise are beginning to pile up, with ATA staff modeling various pieces of clothing for approval from Gwynne about what she’s ordered, so don’t forget to bring some spare change to Coffs because there’s some great new merchandise there for purchase. * The revised NTL draw will be uploaded onto the ATA website by the end of this week, so keep an eye out on the homepage for all the latest info on your matches, opponents and fields. * It seems that NSW Touch really should go into business as rain dancers…following the 2004 NSW State Cup last December, where they dealt with severe thunderstorms in Port Macquarie, the 2005 Junior State Cup was washed out Saturday afternoon when hail and lightning made play to dangerous for the 275 teams competing. An organizational nightmare no doubt for NSW Touch organisers, all got back on track on Sunday to decide the finals winners. * For anyone who was jumping on the internet to check out results of the NSW Junior State Cup and wondering what the go was…a lightning strike took out the phone line NSW Touch were using to upload all results! Results will no doubt be uploaded as soon as possible. * If you’ve been wondering where the ATA is at on the Management Audit, check out the latest story on the ATA homepage PROCESS WELL UNDERWAY FOR UNITARY MODEL OF MANAGMENT If you’re not keen on reading large amounts of text, check out the flow chart (in lots of different colours!) or the power point presentation, which simplifies what has been happening for the Management of Touch Football Australia wide. * For anyone interested in the Seniors selection or All Nations tournament in October this years, all information can be found on the All Nations page on the ATA site, simply click on `Tournament’ then `International Events’ then `All Nations- New Zealand 2005′. Also check out the ATA homepage for the story ALL NATIONS TOURNAMENT- SENIORS SELECTION STORY * Just to make sure you all know…the websites for all local associations can be accessed from the ATA homepage, simply by clicking on the `local’ link on the top right hand corner and then scrolling down to the relevant association. * This week’s `Local Association of the Week’ is City Touch from Adelaide. If you’re keen to see what can be done with your local association’s website, I suggest you have a look at this one…CITY TOUCH- ADELAIDE They have all the latest news, resources for all interested in Touch, a downloads section including registration and nomination forms, information on sponsors and deals for City Touch members, referee allocations and also information on weather, the weather line and their buzzword for SMS weather reports. It’s a great example of a local association website helping to promote and develop Touch in their region. * The ATA calendar is slowly building its stock, with events at a local, regional, state and national level being added. (use the calendar link on the ATA homepage to check it out.) Remember, if you have something you would like added to the calendar, simply email the details to [email protected] * After 120 votes the Mets, Sharks, Scorpions, Cobras and Rustlers are sitting on 53% approval that they will be the top 5 finishing permits at the NTL. The Cobras, Scorpions, Suns, Mets and Rustlers are the second most popular combination with 15% of the votes. Check out the poll on the ATA homepage for all the results. * Remember, all requests for assistance in getting in touch with your local newspaper of media outlet for the NTL can be sent to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] She’s ready and willing to give your Permit a hand with gaining some media coverage before, during or after the tournament. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

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Strong Touch Football presence on and off the field at this year’s NRL Grand Final Day

first_imgTouch Football Australia congratulates prominent NRL referee and part-time Touch Football administrator/referee, Shayne Hayne, on his appointment to this weekend’s NRL Grand Final. Hayne is Berkeley Vale Touch Association’s Operations Manager and in between NRL fixtures devotes his time and energies to managing and growing his local Touch Football association and pulls out the Touch Football whistle when time and the opportunity permits. Hayne was awarded the Hunter Western Hornets Regional Administrator of the Year at the 2012 New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Blues Dinner and made his New South Wales State Cup debut as a referee alongside son, Keegan at the 2012 event. On the other side of the stripe, there will also be a strong Touch Football presence at the NRL Grand Final on Sunday outside ANZ Stadium, with New South Wales Touch Football representatives conducting a live site for spectators prior to kick-off. The live site will feature pass-the-ball stations and promotions to encourage spectators to play Touch Football this summer, and by registering their interest, be in the chance to win some prizes on the dayStay tuned for a full-wrap of the Touch Football Live Site Grand Final day festivities.   Related LinksNRL Finallast_img read more

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3 days agoLiverpool youngster Jack Bearne signs first pro contract

first_imgLiverpool youngster Jack Bearne signs first pro contractby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Jack Bearne has signed his first professional contract.The versatile forward, who turned 18 last month, is a member of Barry Lewtas’ U18s squad.Born in Nottingham, Bearne originally signed for the Reds in December 2016 from his hometown club Notts County and moved to the city in April 2017.He played a significant role in the success of the U18 team last season, converting a penalty in the decisive shootout which secured victory in the FA Youth Cup and scoring the winner in both meetings with Everton. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New Penn State OC Joe Moorhead Posts Heartfelt Thank You Note To Fordham Players, Coaches, Fans

first_imgJoe Moorhead tweets a thank you to Fordham players, coaches, and fans.joe moorhead penn state ocJoe Moorhead is headed to Happy Valley to become Penn State’s next offensive coordinator, but he certainly isn’t leaving Fordham on bad terms. Monday morning, Moorhead, who served as head coach of the Rams for the past four seasons, posted a heartfelt letter to players, fans and coaches associated with the program. Moorhead, in his four years at the school, took it to the FCS Playoffs three times.Hail Men of Fordham! pic.twitter.com/oUCpuG4So7— Coach Joe Moorhead (@BallCoachJoeMo) December 14, 2015Moorhead also played quarterback for Fordham from 1992-1995.Moorhead’s hiring is considered by many to be one of the best during college football’s offseason. He has his work cut out for him – Penn State finished next-to-last in total offense in the Big Ten in 2015.last_img read more

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Group behind the proposed Schooners CFL franchise closer to land deal

first_imgMichael MacDonald, The Canadian Press HALIFAX — A plan to establish a CFL franchise in Atlantic Canada took a big step forward Saturday when Schooners Sports and Entertainment announced it had struck a tentative deal with a key property owner in the Halifax area.The business group confirmed it had signed a letter of intent with Canada Lands Company outlining a potential deal that would see a multi-use sports and entertainment hub built on the Dartmouth side of Halifax harbour.CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie, who was on hand for the announcement in Dartmouth, said he was thrilled with the agreement.“I feel that we’re closer than we ever have been to making this dream a reality,” Ambrosie told about 100 boisterous CFL supporters, some of them wearing jerseys and goofy hats.Anthony LeBlanc, one of the group’s founding partners, said a scaled-back, $130-million “community stadium” in Shannon Park would be made available for youth, amateur and recreational sports for about 300 days each year.“I’d say we’re about 90 per cent done for … the proposal to go to (the Halifax Regional Municipality) and to the province,” he told the crowd.LeBlanc confirmed talks with Canada Lands had taken longer than expected, which is why the group has yet to submit a formal proposal to the local or provincial governments.“When you’re looking at the acquisition of land, it takes time,” LeBlanc told the crowd. “People have been questioning why they haven’t heard much since November.”LeBlanc said he was reluctant to predict when that proposal would be submitted.A final decision on the project is expected by the end of June.LeBlanc has said the Atlantic Schooners are expected to start playing in 2020 in Moncton, N.B., while a new stadium is being built in Dartmouth. Moncton Stadium has 10,000 permanent seats but could be expanded to 20,725 with temporary seating.The proposed Dartmouth facility, which would include a sports dome for the winter months, would also be made available to local schools and community groups for daytime weekday use, he said.To help get those events organized, Schooners Sports also announced it had signed a formal partnership with Sport Nova Scotia, a non-profit group that advocates for more than 50 provincial sport organizations.Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia, said the arrangement is unusual.“We’re going to be able to program this facility for all of the days that the CFL team is not using it — or there aren’t any large events, like concerts,” he said. “This agreement will give us the opportunity to get more kids in the game.”Bruce Bowser, another Schooners Sports partner,  said the group’s evolving proposal would be more focused on community involvement.“From the day our discussions started, it wasn’t just going to be about football — it was going to be about community, and making it a destination,” said Bowser, who grew up in Shannon Park, now an abandoned neighbourhood that was once dominated by military housing.“We think this will be a reason for people from across the country to come out here.”LeBlanc said the latest version of the stadium plans calls for 12,000 permanent seats for community events, with an option to add another 12,000 seats when the proposed Atlantic Schooners compete with other CFL teams.“Our desire is to have this thing humming for 365 (days a year),” he said.Ambrosie, who was in Dartmouth to conclude a cross-country tour promoting the CFL, encouraged football fans to push decision-makers to support the Schooners proposal.“Give them a big bear hug, don’t let them go until they say yes,” said Ambrosie, a big man who played nine seasons in the CFL. “Eventually, they are going to have to succumb to your will.”last_img read more

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Ohio State versus Tulsa delayed at halftime resumed at 635 pm

A message on the Ohio Stadium video board issuing a delay due to inclement weather. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes led Tulsa at halftime at Ohio Stadium by a score of 20-3, but it took a while before the game began in the second half.The first lightning strike was spotted at 5:25 p.m., the last one detected at 5:45 p.m. There was a 30 minute delay for every lightning strike detected within a 10 mile radius.Fans were told to seek shelter or exit the stadium. If fans chose to exit the stadium, their ticket will be honored for re-entry.The halftime show for the evening was cancelled.Rain began around the two-minute mark of the second quarter and continued through the rest of the game.The teams came back onto the field at 6:17 p.m.The second half got under way at 6:35 p.m. read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell named preseason AllAmerican

Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerFor the third season in a row, Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell has been named an Associated Press preseason All-American.The high expectations are warranted for the senior who was a first-team All-American in 2016 and second-team All-American in 2015 and 2014. She has been honored as a first-team All-Big Ten member every season at Ohio State and was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and paced her team with 137 assists. As a freshman, Mitchell set the program record for most points in a season, then broke her own record the next season with 889 points. Though she has played just three seasons, the guard holds the record for most career 3-pointers (368).In the Buckeyes’ two exhibition games against Ashland and Urbana, Mitchell scored 53 points and 17 assists combined between both matchups. Mitchell’s season starts when the Buckeyes take on Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena. read more

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