Wellington is the first international team to win a National Touch League title after their 12-8 win over Sydney Scorpions in the Seniors Mixed division.The high scoring affair saw Wellington players Richard McKenzie and Clint Rohloff both score hat tricks as they led their team on an undefeated run in their first year at the tournament.Wellington started their scoring spree in just the second minute, with Andre Robinson touching down to make the score 1-0. Tracey Elliot scored six minutes later for the Scorpions to get them back into the game. George Albert-Jahnke crossed for Wellington in the next set to take back the lead, and McKenzie scored soon after to take the score to 3-1.Amy Mitchell reduced the deficit for the Scorpions at the midway mark of the first half, and when the Scorpions scored again in the 13th minute the score was even.McKenzie then scored two consecutive touchdowns to put Wellington two tries ahead, and Rohloff scored his first in the 16th minute to put Wellington in front 6-3. Amy Mitchell put the Scorpions back into the game with her touchdown in the 19th minute, but Albert-Jahnke made sure his team had a solid lead going into the break, scoring just before half time. Wellington went to the break leading 7-4.It took six minutes for Wellington to get on the scoreboard in the second half, when Laurissa Kerei put her team in front 8-4. Tries to Andrew Windsor and Katrina McIlwraith put the Scorpions within two touchdowns of Wellington, but another touchdown to Kerei, and two more to Rohloff put the Scorpions four points in front. Eric Kho’s touchdown in the 16th minute got the Scorpions back into the game, but an intercept touchdown to Wellington’s Ben Moceiwai put the score beyond doubt. Lisa Walker scored a consolation touchdown in the final minute of the game, with the game ending at 12-8.
Liverpool boss Klopp: Milner could face Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is in contention to face Manchester City on Thursday night.The league leaders can extend their gap over City to 10 points with a win at the Etihad.Milner has missed Liverpool’s last two victories with a hamstring complaint.Manager Jurgen Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “He was back in training with us yesterday for the first time, so we will see.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid striker Morata calls on fans to get behind Kokeby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Álvaro Morata has called on fans to get behind captain Koke.The whistles from a small section of the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano when Koke was substituted during Tuesday’s visit from Bayer Leverkusen is still a talking point in the red and white half of the capital. Morata said, “This is a team. “We’ve always worked as one and when one of us isn’t having the best of times we support each other; we’re a family and that’s the way it has always been for us atléticos, we support one another and that’s the way it should be.” read more
His performance in that game said everything about the team James carried to the NBA Finals that year. In a game that was 3.1 times as important as the average playoff contest, James used 43 percent of the team’s possessions and scored 29 of its final 30 points en route to victory. He essentially rendered his supporting cast superfluous: Aside from James, the ’07 Cavs still rank among the least-talented teams ever to reach the brink of an NBA title.Upon joining the Miami Heat in 2010, James of course enjoyed a far better set of teammates, including future Hall of Famers Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen (and borderline candidate Chris Bosh). But now James is back with the Cavaliers — and back to carrying a mediocre set of teammates through the playoffs.While we speculated last August that this year’s Cavs might actually represent the best group of players James has ever taken the court with (All-Star Games and the Olympics notwithstanding), that was before Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao were lost for the postseason, and before Kyrie Irving was hobbled with a knee injury. As a result, James’s best teammates of late have been the solid-but-unspectacular trio of Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert — a far cry from Wade, Bosh and Allen.1And truth be told, even when healthy, the Cavs were never as good as expected this season. According to statistical projections, Cleveland’s efficiency differential was in the fourth percentile of what could have been expected of the team before the season began — even after accounting for its many injuries — in part because of the diminishing returns of mashing together multiple stars on the same team.If we look at a multi-year Statistical Plus/Minus talent projection for every NBA Finals team,2Weighted by a combination of leverage index and minutes played in the playoffs through the conference final. this Cavs team ranks as the ninth-least talented NBA finalist since 1985. (By contrast, Cleveland’s opponents, the mighty Golden State Warriors, rank as the 14th-most talented.) Remove James, and things get even more dire; his supporting cast ranks as the third-worst team carried by its best player3As measured by a combination of the player’s multi-year talent rating and his leverage-weighted minutes in the playoffs through the conference final. to the NBA Finals since 1985.For James, though, this year’s supporting cast still eclipses the group he dragged to the Finals in 2007 — if barely so. Replacing James with a league-average player (rated 0.0) would drop this season’s Cavaliers from a +5.4 talent rating to -0.1. Yanking James off the 2007 Cavs would make a +6.2 team play to a rating of -0.2. James’s own rating was marginally better that year, but the 30-year-old has also relied more heavily on his teammates this season, playing 10 percent fewer minutes per game (weighted by the leverage of each game) than when he was an up-and-coming 22-year-old.Either way, these are not the types of teams Lebron took to the Finals as a member of the Heat. Then again, it also bears mentioning that his supporting cast in Miami in last year’s playoffs wasn’t much better. That team was soundly beaten in the Finals by the San Antonio Spurs — as were James’s 2007 Cavs — so there’s a reason the Warriors are favorites in Vegas this year. But it’s also a testament to James that he’s carried the load for two of the bottom three — and three of the bottom eight — Finals supporting casts of the past 30 years. The signature event of LeBron James’s first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers was probably his 48-point outburst against the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 the 2007 Eastern Conference finals. read more
OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey (3) tries to recover a ground ball during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has its biggest challenge of the early season ahead of it, as the Buckeyes travel to Hempstead, New York, to battle No. 13 Hofstra at noon on Saturday. The Scarlet and Gray are coming off two wins in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic against Marquette and Bellarmine, extending their winning streak to three games. The Pride suffered their first loss of the season last week at the hands of Georgetown after starting the season with three wins.OSU defeated Hofstra 9-8 last season, but OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos said both teams are too different from last year to make a comparison.“It will be interesting to see what we bring to the table,” Kapinos said. “Playing at Hofstra is very exciting — a lot of history in that program and that stadium. It will be a fun trip, and we look forward to it.”OSU coach Nick Myers said his team will have test against the Pride, only compounded by the fact that the game is on the road.“They’re a very good team, really stingy defense. They have a good coach (and) a great coaching staff,” Myers said. “They’ve already gotten some big wins under their belt. They’re coming off their first loss (and) are at home, so we expect their very best.”Hofstra’s defense currently ranks ninth in the nation in scoring defense, only allowing 7.5 goals per game. The Pride’s sophomore goalie Jack Concannon also ranks fifth in the nation with a save percentage of 62.8 percent.Kapinos said the Buckeyes’ balanced attack on offense will give them an advantage that other teams don’t have.“It’s good that we’re scoring from seven, eight-plus guys. We don’t have one guy that’s just breaking down a play,” Kapinos said. “It’s great to have a lot of point production from multiple guys. It’s kind of hard for other teams to prepare for us.”OSU will look to score on every opportunity it is given on Saturday, including extra-man opportunities. After a rough start to the year, the man-up unit has scored in three straight games. Myers credited assistant coach Brad Ross on his work with this unit.“Coach Ross has done a really nice job down there with them in terms of just keeping it simple,” Myers said. “I think that unit is starting to build some chemistry.”Tom Carey wins conference awardRedshirt junior goalie Tom Carey was named Big Ten Specialist of the Week on Tuesday for his efforts in the Buckeyes’ pair of wins against Marquette and Bellarmine over the weekend.Carey had a career-high 16 saves in the 12-8 win over Marquette on Friday, and followed that performance by anchoring the defense in a 9-5 win over Bellarmine two days later.“Tommy gives us a lot of communication and kind of quarterbacks the defense,” Kapinos said.Carey will have his hands full on Saturday. The Pride average 11.5 goals per game, which is tied for 19th in the country, to their opponents’ 7.5 and have two experienced attackers in junior Josh Byrne and senior Sam Llinares. Those two stand as constant threats on offense.Byrne is tied for fifth in the nation with 3.5 goals per game and leads the team in both goals with 14 and assists with six.Llinares, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, led the team last year with 33 goals and 24 assists. He has 11 goals and two assists so far this season.Colin Chell updateOSU sophomore attacker Colin Chell left the field under assistance in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win over Bellarmine. After a few minutes of examination by the training staff on the bench, he was carted off of the field.Myers said Chell is questionable to play on Saturday, and that the team has to be prepared to play without him.“He’s a guy that we’re looking at day to day,” he said. “We’re excited about what the training staff has shared with us, so we’ll just continue to move forward … and let the medical staff do what they do.”The sophomore attacker is tied for second on the team with eight goals and third in total points with 11.What’s nextThe Scarlet and Gray are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium on Tuesday to face off against No. 6 Towson. The game against the Tigers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. read more
The weekend the No. 25 Ohio State men’s track and field teams have been training for all season is finally here.The Buckeyes are set to make their way to Geneva, Ohio, to compete in the conference championship indoor meet this weekend.Coach Ed Beathea has been trying to keep normalcy in practice this week as his team prepares for the big race.“What we’re saying and what we’re trying to do this week is keep everything normal,” Beathea said. “We’re trying to keep them in their routine and keep them out of their heads.”Beathea expects his team to come out of the meet having had a “productive weekend.” He said he hopes to have his team place within the top five finishers overall. The Buckeyes are set to compete against other top-ranked teams in No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 7 Penn State, and No. 21 Nebraska, as well as the rest of the conference.“We know that at this point we don’t have enough depth to say we are going to win the championship,” he said. “We set realistic expectations of what we can get out of the weekend.”Senior Demoye Bogle and redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson, who both compete in sprints and hurdles, have set different expectations for themselves for the meet.Bogle has the No. 3 overall seed in the 60-meter hurdles and Robertson has the No. 5 overall seed this weekend.“Getting first and letting nothing but the color scarlet and gray be in front of you,” Bogle said. “That’s a mentality the team needs to go in there with.”Robertson said he would like to see his teammates give their all, and hopes the enthusiastic support from the crowd will boost the team morale.“We’re projected to go sixth (out of 11 teams),” Robertson said. “I definitely think we can do better than that.”Another runner setting high expectations for himself this weekend is junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust. He is looking to defend his title as the indoor 200-meter dash Big Ten Champion.Beathea is only focused on the strengths of his team and what they put forth at the meet. He said he would like to see him team place well but thinks this weekend, regardless of the results, will be a nice segue to the outdoor season.“I want these guys to run this weekend as if it is their last chance to run ever,” Beathea said. “We want to go out and be fierce competitors every time. That is what I am looking for and hoping to see.”The races are slated to begin Friday at 10 a.m. and continue through Saturday at the SPIRE Institute. read more
The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board first began considering onsite marijuana consumption rules in 2016, but rejected the project in 2017. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer signed the regulations. Now, licensed retail businesses in Alaska will be able to begin applying for a “special onsite use endorsement” from the state beginning April 11. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska marijuana consumers will be able to buy their cannabis and smoke it on site. On Tuesday, Alaska became the first state to authorize on-site consumption. Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Alaska and a number of other states but illegal at the federal level. Local governments will have the option to prohibit endorsements for on-site consumption. The rules will not allow marijuana purchased outside of an endorsed retail store into that store’s consumption area. read more