New face joins England boys’ team for title defence

first_img Toby Briggs, 17, (Dunston Hall) is an England and GB&I boy international who was fifth in qualifying at the European boys’ team championship and won all his matches. He had a top ten finish in the German boys’ open.  Pagdin was born in Sheffield – and is a Sheffield United fan – but moved to America at the age of three. He is a member at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, where he practices regularly with his close friends Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell. Robin Williams, 15, (Peterborough Milton) was third in the U16 McGregor trophy and fifth in the U18 Carris Trophy. He was fifth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and had a string of successful results in men’s events in South Africa. He currently plays off a handicap of plus-4 and since he was 11 has been ranked either top, or in the top three, nationally of his school graduation year. He has a low tournament score of 63 and several notable national wins in in US junior championships together with recent high finishes in men’s amateur tournaments. He joins:  2 Aug 2017 New face joins England boys’ team for title defence Ben Jones, 18, (Northamptonshire County) currently leads the English boys’ order of merit, has won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was fourth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy.  Jack Cope, 18, (The Players Club) was the leading English player in the U18 boys’ Carris Trophy, taking fourth place. He tied for the Irish boys’ open only to lose a play-off when his opponent holed out for eagle. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Charlie Strickland, 18, (Ham Manor) has won the men’s Duncan Putter and the Peter McEvoy Trophy this season. He reach the last 16 of the Amateur Championship and was runner up in the Lytham Trophy and the Darwin Salver. Alex Fitzpatrick, 18, (Hallamshire) was leading scorer at the Northern boys’ qualifying championship for county finals, tied 10th in the Carris Trophy and played all four rounds of the European amateur championship.  Conor Gough, 14, (Stoke Park) was in England’s winning team at last weekend’s European Young Masters and was seventh individually. He was 11th in the English U16 McGregor Trophy and last year won the English U14 Reid Trophy.  Thomas Plumb, 18, (Sherborne) was runner-up individually in the South West qualifying championship for county finals. He’s had high finishes in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Sottish men’s open.  Harry Goddard, 17, (Hanbury Manor) is the Daily Telegraph junior champion. This season he was 9th in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, reached the quarter finals of the Spanish amateur and was in the top 20 at the Brabazon Trophy. USA-based Joe Pagdin will join the England boys’ team for the defence of their Home Internationals title at St Annes Old Links, Lancashire, from 8-10 August.  Pagdin, 15, will play alongside Toby Briggs of Norfolk, Jack Cope of Gloucestershire (pictured), Danny Daniels and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire, Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire, Conor Gough of Buckinghamshire, Ben Jones and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire, Thomas Plumb of Dorset and Charlie Strickland of Sussex.  Danny Daniels, 18, (Essendon) was third in the Irish boys’ open and sixth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Last year he helped England win the Canadian International Junior Challenge and was fifth overall. last_img read more

Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire

first_img Girls’ golf will be in for a great celebration next week when 144 leading young players head to Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire, in search of national titles.The English U16 and U14 girls’ championships will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, August 8-10, and have attracted an international entry from 15 countries.The players include girl international Annabell Fuller, pictured, (Roehampton, Surrey), who has just helped England win the team championship at the European Young Masters. Meanwhile, the host club will be represented by Olivia Ripiner, from England Golf’s South regional U16 squad.Blackmoor is regarded as one of the best courses in Hampshire. It was originally laid out by renowned golf architect Harry Colt, and consists of two loops of nine holes created from heathland, with fairways surrounded by heather, pine, birch and oak trees.The curtain raiser to the week will turn the focus on handicap golf when 22 young players compete in the Abraham Trophy to find England’s most improved girl golfer.They’ve all qualified on the basis of handicap reduction and will play off for the national title on Monday, August 7.Between them the Abraham Trophy finalists represent 13 counties:Buckinghamshire – Olivia Lee of Gerrards Cross; Amelia Curtis of Stoke Park.Derbyshire – Hannah Morrison of Chapel-en-le-Frith.Dorset – Sienna Birch, Louise Burke and Chloe Haesler of Broadstone.Hampshire – Ellie Mans of Barton-on-Sea; Hannah Dymott of Meon Valley.Hertfordshire – Hallie Copping-jones of Bishops Stortford.Lancashire – Emily James of Royal Lytham & St Annes.Lincolnshire – Tilly Garfoot of Spalding.Middlesex – Lucy Handley of Pinner Hill.Norfolk – Hope Neild of Royal Norwich.Northamptonshire – Ashleigh Critchley of Kettering.Surrey – Sasha Crockett of Burhill; Lottie Woad of Farnham; Alexandra Jakins and Sarah Mardani of Windlesham.Worcestershire – Lucy Buckley of Bromsgrove; Kacey Haynes and Lili Rose Hunt of Gaudet Luce.Yorkshire – Jessica Hosking of Huddersfield.Click here for more information on the Abraham TrophyClick here for more information on the English U16 and U14 girls’ championshipsImage copyright Stills Photography 3 Aug 2017 Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire last_img read more

Game Day Preview: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

first_imgAntonio Brown (84) and teammate Emmanuel Sanders (88) react after a catch during the second half against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) The black and gold finally picked up their first win of the season last week in New York against the Jets and the team is ready to turn that win into back to back wins and then some.The challenge won’t be easy as they take on the hated rival Ravens. It will be a hard hitting, trash talking, close game.Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:These games are always close and the defense will need to play a pivotal role in this one. Last week they were able to get their first two turnovers of the season and they’ll need to get another one or two again to help set up the offense with decent field position.Antonio Brown needs to continue to shine. He’s been the best offensive weapon on the team in the last 3 or 4 weeks and he needs to be the ‘go to’ guy in big games like this. His ability to go deep as well as across the middle makes him a true impact receiver.The rookies are going to need to play like veterans. Linebackers Jarvis Jones and Vince Williams are now very key players on this team. They will get introduced to this rivalry in a hurry. These two, along with LeVeon Bell on the offensive side of the ball will all have a big impact on the outcome of this game.  If they struggle, it could be a long day.  The offensive line is going to need to play better than they have all season long. They showed some improvement against the Jets and they’ll need to build on that against a Ravens defense that will be salivating at the very idea of hitting Big Ben. If they can’t keep Ben upright and away from the Ravens defense; he may not make it through the game.  Here are a Few Things to Watch:Heath Miller – He’s Ben’s security blanket. With an anticipated rush on just about every down coming from the Ravens, Miller could play a huge role in what the black and gold do on offense.Ike Taylor – He’ll be guarding Torrey Smith most of the game. Smith is a burner and had a game winning grab against the Steelers at Heinz Field last season. Taylor will need to play his usual stellar defense to keep Smith in check. Will he be up for the challenge?Brett Keisel – At this moment he’s expected to play but coming off a rib injury last week, how effective will he be?The Terrible Towel – With the team finally getting a win last week and one of the biggest games of the year being played, will the crowd be a factor? Can the terrible towel waving crazies impact the game? If they are loud enough and stick it out, yes, they can and they will.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at read more

2014 Little League World Series…Mo’Ne Davis doesn’t pitch but hits RBI in Pennsylvania’s win over Texas

first_imgPhiladelphia’s Mo’ne Davis drives in a run with a single to right field off Pearland pitcher Clayton Broeder during the first inning of a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Thirteen-year-old pitching sensation Mo’Ne Davis didn’t pitch Aug, 17 during the Taney Dragon’s (Pennsylvania) matchup against Pearland East (Texas) in the 2014 Little League World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pa. Little League rules require pitchers to rest a full three days between pitching performances.But Davis’ absence from the mound didn’t stop her from making an impact in Taney’s 7-6 comeback win over Texas.Instead of pitching, Mo’Ne played shortstop on defense and contributed in the batting lineup Sunday night. She popped a RBI single near center field in the first inning to help her team take an early 2-0 lead, and was walked during her next at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning. She later hit a ground ball and was quickly thrown out during her third and final at-bat in the fifth inning. With her RBI single, she became the sixth girl to record a hit in LLWS history and fourth to post an RBI.With Davis resting her arm, the team’s next best pitcher, 12-year-old Jared Sprague-Lott, started the game for Taney. Sprague-Lott threw eight strikeouts but also gave up two home runs and five earned runs total. Sprague-Lott was replaced in the fifth inning after giving up his second homer. Joe Richardson took over the pitching mound for Taney but gave up another run to push Texas ahead, 6-3, in the top of the fifth.Zion Spearman came up big for Taney with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth and Kai Cummings added an RBI single to help cut the score to 6-5 heading into the sixth inning. Taney then clinched its comeback victory after Spearman smacked a RBI triple in the sixth inning to tie the score at 6, followed by a Texas throwing error on a walk-off single by Tai Shanahan to give Taney the 7-6 win over Texas.Taney (2-0) will see it’s next LLWS action on Wednesday, Aug. 20.  Mo’Ne Davis will start the game as pitcher.– See more at: read more

Massive cheating scandal at UNC involved athletes

first_imgUniversity of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt, center, addresses the media following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Oct. 22, 2014. From left are, Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator, University President Tom Ross and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham at right. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An alarming lack of institutional oversight at the University of North Carolina allowed an academic fraud scandal to run unchecked for nearly two decades and has the school reeling from the scandal’s fallout.The latest investigation found that university leaders, faculty members and staff missed or just ignored flags that could’ve stopped the problem years earlier. More than 3,100 students — about half of them athletes — benefited from sham classes and artificially high grades in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department (AFAM) in Chapel Hill.A report by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein indicates that the bogus classes ended in 2011. The university has since overhauled the department and implemented new policies, but it must wait to find out whether the damaging new details lead to more problems with the agency that accredits the school. The NCAA, which has reopened its investigation into academic misconduct, could also have concerns of lack of institutional control.“Bad actions of a relatively few number of people were definitely compounded by inaction and the lack of really appropriate checks and balances,” Chancellor Carol Folt said Thursday. “And it was together that really allowed this to persist for such a length of time.”The issues outlined in the report were jarring, including the clear involvement of athletic counselors who steered athletes into those bogus classes. From 1993 to 2011, those classes required no attendance and required only a research paper that received A’s and B’s without regard for quality, a cursory review often performed by an office secretary who also signed the chairman’s name to grade rolls.Those two people — retired administrator Deborah Crowder and former chairman Julius Nyang’oro — were at the center of the scheme. But Wainstein’s report also notes school officials failed to act on their suspicions or specific concerns that came to their attention. It all added up to a series of missed chances to stop the fraud and instead allowed it to escalate.Accreditation questions are now facing the university.The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges had placed the campus on its watch list until this summer and required the school to allow students who took a bogus course to take another for free. The commission will send the school a letter in the next few days asking administrators to demonstrate they are still in compliance with standards required for the seal of approval, SACS President Belle Wheelan said.“What we would do is ask them is, this is bigger than you thought it was, what are you going to do now? It’s a mess,” Wheelan said.The school’s response will be addressed by the 77-member board at its meeting in December, she said.“We are interested in more than anything in making sure that the students don’t run into problems trying to explain any degrees that they have after the fact as a result of this,” Wheelan said.SACS’ core requirements for accrediting a degree-granting university include clear control over “all aspects of its educational program,” including athletics. And the issue of institutional control could impact the NCAA probe, raise questions about what coaches knew and ultimately lead to possible wins and championships being vacated.“If we go back with the NCAA in our joint review, and … if we’ve identified that we have played students who were ineligible, then obviously we would have to vacate wins at that time,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said. “But as long as the courses and the credits and everything count to the accrediting agency, we’re very comfortable with our certification process — that our students were eligible to compete when they competed.”The university’s fate lies in someone else’s hands now after a hands-off approach by administrators and autonomy for department chairs.The AFAM department escaped external reviews required every five years because it lacked a graduate program. Nyang’oro was also exempt from peer reviews for tenured faculty because he was a department chairman.Folt said she believed the school would’ve caught the fraud sooner if not for those since-removed exemptions.The report points out there also were other chances to stop it.Folt is holding everyone accountable.“It really isn’t something that you could look at as only one thing,” the chancellor said. “It had the combination, and that’s why we have to make sure we can’t be complacent about it. We have to accept full responsibility for it.”___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at read more

CCSU star charged in fight with girlfriend

first_imgCentral Connecticut basketball player Kyle Vinales poses for his booking photo after being arrested by New Britain Police Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, when his girlfriend accused him of striking her while the two were fighting. (AP Photo/New Britain Police)NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Central Connecticut star guard Kyle Vinales has been arrested after his girlfriend accused him of striking her while the two were fighting.Vinales a 6-foot-1 junior from Detroit, was charged Thursday with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.Vinales and his girlfriend were returning from dinner when they began arguing over a cell phone, according to a release Tuesday from the New Britain police department.“The argument escalated and Vinales allegedly punched the victim in the forehead and squeezed her forehead to the point where it caused her pain,” police said. “Officers observed a bump and scratches to the victim’s forehead.”He appeared in court Friday and his case was referred to a family relations officer, according to the Judicial Branch website.  He is due back in court on Dec. 5.A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with his public defender.Athletic Department spokesman Tom Pincince says Vinales is not participating in team activities currently, but declined to elaborate.Vinales was the team’s leading scorer last season, averaging 17.2 points and reaching 1,000 points faster than any player in school history. He also led the team with 113 assists and had 42 steals.___Information from: New Britain Herald, http://www.newbritainherald.comlast_img read more

Chronic Heel Pain – Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates Can Help

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Foot and Ankle Surgical AssociatesFoot & Ankle Surgical Associates has been serving the local community for over ten years. We are a growing practice that now includes four doctors, and offices in Tumwater, Centralia, and Yelm.  We are here for any of your podiatric needs. We make it our priority to deliver quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting. Your health is important to us, which is why we provide comprehensive lower extremity evaluations and treatment plans. From treating children to taking care of injuries, you will find our staff to be friendly and our doctors well-trained and knowledgeable. These reasons ensure that we are the best provider for all your foot and ankle needs.Smell the flowers, But Don’t Ignore Heel PainAs the days grow longer, many people use the additional hours of sunlight to go walking.  It’s an opportunity to exercise and enjoy neighbors’ gardens at the same time.  But the combination of extra weight gained during the winter and unsupportive shoes often lead to plantar fasciitis, also known as heel pain.Many people experience this pain with their first steps in the morning. Often it subsides, but can return later in the day if you spend a lot of time on your feet. The pain may be caused by inflammation on the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that extends from your heel bone and across your arch to the ball of your foot.You can take a few basic measures to ease the pain, including doing exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, applying an ice pack to the affected area for a few minutes several times a day, using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines, and wearing shoes with a good arch support.But if you don’t get relief from these at-home remedies, come into our office. There may be another cause of your pain. With a thorough diagnostic examination, we’ll determine what’s causing the pain and suggest the best course of treatment for you.Sometimes conservative treatments just won’t solve your foot problems.  Surgery can be your best option.  Our office is staffed by a highly trained team of Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Registered Nurses, assistants, and medical office personnel.  Our goal is to provide safe, efficient surgical care in a setting that is comfortable for you and your loved ones. All of the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates are highly trained to treat all of your foot problems. A podiatric specialist can take care of many surgeries in his office enabling you to be back on your feet in no time.The podiatrist will evaluate your condition and make a decision on the correct treatment plan. Our podiatrists work very hard to learn all the latest techniques and non-invasive ways to take care of any foot problems you may have, so you can rest assured that they will only do surgery if it is necessary.If you are having foot pain and need to see a podiatrist in the Centralia, Tumwater, or Yelm area then give us a call at (360)754-Feet. One of our Podiatrists will assess your pain and diagnose your problem and try to find a nonsurgical approach if it is possible. Podiatry surgery will only be recommended if it is the only option or the best option to give your mobility back.last_img read more

Thursday is Kids Day at the Thurston County Fair

first_imgFacebook65Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County FairThursday is another day packed with events, entertainment and fun for the whole herd at the Thurston County Fair. Thursday is Kid’s Day at the fair, and that means you can save with the whole herd when you celebrate summer with Sammy Steer!Thursday, July 31 is the return of Kid’s Day when admission for kids ages 5 to 14 is just $2. Admission for kids age 5 and under is always free at the fair. July 31 is also Buddy Day, when you can get two carnival ride armbands for $24 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase (no advance purchase available for Buddy Day special). The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.Thursday, July 31 is also the start of the Dessert of the Day contests, kicking off with the deliciously decadent Chocolate Cake Contest. All chocolate varieties are welcome… and encouraged! Bring your chocolate cake entry to the Thurston Expo Center between noon and 2 p.m. and get free admission to the fair for the day. All entries must include the recipe with contestant’s name, address, and phone number. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for all of the Dessert of the Day contest rules at, July 31 is packed full of activities and entertainment for the whole family. More than 50 events, contests and performances are scheduled—dancing, music, art, animals, and much more. (Complete July 31 events schedule below.)For more information about these events and other fair entertainment, go to and click on “Daily Events Calendar.” July 31 Thurston County Fair Events8 a.m.4-H Equine Int. & Sr. Showmanship, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage Seat Equitation, Harness Reinsmenship, Precision Driving – Andrews Arena9 a.m.FFA Dairy Goat Fitting/Showing/Type – West Arena-110 a.m. 4-H Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn4-H, FFA & Open Class Llamas/Alpacas Public Relations Contest – West Arena-24-H Dog Judging Contest (Part 2 of 2) – Chitty BarnHome Arts Demonstrations – Heritage Hall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.4-H Dairy Goat Fit/Show followed by Type – West Arena-1FFA Beef Fitting & Showing followed by FFA Type – East Arena10:30 a.m.4-H Cat Judging Contest – Petersen BarnParamount Martial Arts – Main Stage11:30 a.m.Center Stage Academy – Main Stage, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court Stage12 p.m.Kids Activities & Games – Heritage Green, noon to 3 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage HallEnter Chocolate Cake Contest – Thurston Expo Center, noon to 2 p.m.FFA Dairy Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – Hicks Lake Barn12:30 p.m.4-H Dog Obedience – Chitty BarnSpecial Features – Food Court Stage1 p.m.4-H Cavy Type Judging – Petersen Barn4-H Beef Type – East Arena, 1 to 4 p.m. (time approx. after FFA beef show)FFA Sheep Fitting & Showing followed by Type – Hicks Lake Barn 1:30 p.m.Professor Bamboozle – Food Court StageRonald McDonald – Main Stage2 p.m.4-H Cat Games – Petersen Barn4-H Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type – Hicks Lake BarnSlieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage2:30 p.m.Cymantha Burkle School of Music – Food Court Stage, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.3 p.m.4-H Fleece Goats Type followed by Fitting & Showing – Hicks Lake BarnKid’s Tractor Pull – Main StagePredators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall4 p.m.  Slieveloughane Irish Dancers – Main Stage4-H Cavy Fitting & Showing – Petersen BarnChocolate Cake Contest final judging – Thurston Expo CenterFFA Dairy Goat Classes – West Arena4:30 p.m. FFA Meat Goat Fit/Show/Type Following 4-H – West Arena5 p.m.Debbi’s Dance – Thurston Expo Center4-H & FFA Rabbit Fitting & Showing – Petersen Barn, 5 to 8 p.m.6 p.m.4-H Cat Game – Petersen Barn4-H, FFA & Open Class Llama/Alpacas Handlers Class – Llama BarnProfessor Bamboozle – Food Court StageHigh Impact Dance – Main StageFFA Meat Goat Classes – West Arena4-H Goat Costume Class – East Arena4-H Equine Haul In & Out – East Arena, 6 to 9 p.m.Predators of the Heart – in front of Heritage Hall7 p.m.Open Class Sheep Haul Out – Barns4-H Silver Bucket Event-Dairy Goat Milk Out Contest – Willuweit Pavilion4-H Dog Activities – Chitty BarnLive & Local concert series: Red & Ruby – Food Court StageLive & Local concert series: Brittany Kingery – Main Stage center_img *Food Court Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. *Carnival Rides Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.last_img read more

Olympia Author Ellen King Rice Launches New Thriller, EvoAngel

first_imgSubmitted by Ellen King RiceEllen King Rice’s new book, EvoAngel, is a thriller set in the Pacific Northwest.The foggy days of autumn are perfect for creepy thoughts about what might lurk in our wild woods. Olympia resident, Ellen King Rice, has been at work creating a “mushroom thriller” that explores potential changes in our DNA. Ellen’s book, The EvoAngel, is set in the Pacific Northwest and features two special fields of science: epigenetics and evolutionary development. Ellen says, “Both of these sciences will provide frequent news stories in the next decade as they reveal the power, adaptability and symbiosis of life on earth. My thriller connects climate changes to activation of existing segments in our DNA. The catalyst for activation may come from the fungi.”“I turned to modern technology to address the expense of launching a book. I created a Kickstarter campaign. It was fully funded in one week! I’d like others to know how useful Kickstarter can be to support publications and other creative works. My campaign runs until October 31 and can be seen here: can still participate in this campaign if they would like to have an advance copy of The EvoAngel.“The Kickstarter campaign will give me the funds to have a professional book cover and professional book formatting. It will also pay for the printing of advance copies so I can begin promoting the book.There’s more information on the book and the sciences behind the story at Ellen’s website: Facebook19Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Downtown Olympia Gives Holiday Shoppers the Gift of Free Parking

first_imgFacebook735Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia invites shoppers to downtown with free parking.Enjoy complimentary time limited parking December 12 – 24, 2015, at all 2-hour (purple) and 3-hour (green) hour parking meters.While shopping in downtown Olympia, be sure to check out the merchant’s window displays and vote for your favorite decorations.Please deposit coins in the the 9-hour (gray) parking meters still require coins. This parking section is not part of the free parking.The goal of the free holiday parking program is to encourage people to come downtown to visit, shop, dine and explore. With two and three hour free spots, many people will have a chance to park throughout the day.last_img read more