Stat attack: Bristol Bears 16-12 Saracens

first_imgSuper Siale Siale Piutau is a player that sometimes goes under the radar, but the experienced centre was the Bears’ standout performer against the reigning champions on Saturday, leading an heroic defensive effort to help his side to a sixth straight Gallagher Premiership win.Piutau was named man of the match by the BT Sport punditry team – and rightly so. The Tongan made 11 tackles (92%) as the Bears repelled a powerful Saracens side over and over again.  Case for the defence This was a victory built on gritty and determined defending, as Pat Lam’s side held out for a hard-fought win at a rain-soaked Ashton Gate.In fact, it’s the first time the Bears have stopped the opposition scoring a try in the Gallagher Premiership since their return to the top flight in 2018/19. Brive were also kept out in both European Challenge Cup pool games this season, demonstrating the ever improving Bears’ defence. Fifty up Saturday’s victory saw personal landmarks for two of the Bears squad, as Jake Woolmore and Alapati Leiua made their 50th competitive appearances for the club.Prop Woolmore has been an ever-present in the Bears matchday squad since his arrival from Jersey in 2017/18, while Leiua’s power, pace and versatility continue to make him a key cog in the Bristol machine.last_img read more

We’re going to Omaha!

first_imgRoy Lang IIIRoy Lang III GLENN GUILBEAUGLENN GUILBEAUGlenn Guilbeau and Roy Lang, Gannett Louisiana sports writers, are headed to Omaha for LSU’s appearance in the NCAA College World Series.Leading up to the first pitch at 2 p.m. Sunday, look for analysis of the LSU-TCU matchup, plus features, photos and videos that capture all the excitement of Omaha.At noon Sunday, check for a video blog from Omaha. At 1 p.m., Glenn and Roy will answer fan questions live on Periscope.At 2 p.m. Sunday, you can follow all the game action, along with Roy and Glenn’s colorful commentary.last_img read more

Communities say goodbye to Woodward

first_imgLongtime La Follette Police Officer Dean Woodward was laid to rest at Warren Memorial Gardens in Elk Valley on Wednesday morning. WLAF’s Charlie Hutson was along side Woodward’s motorcade as it made its way through La Follette.  It proceeded through Jacksboro, Caryville, and Elk Valley.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/24/2018-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img

German doctor accused of masterminding sports doping goes on trial

first_imgMUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – A German sports doctor accused of masterminding an international blood doping network for professional sportspeople, from at least 23 athletes from eight countries over many years went on trial in Munich on Wednesday.The case is a result of “Operation Bloodletting” under which police raided the Nordic Ski World Championships in Austria in February 2019 and arrested athletes just hours before the start of an event. In Germany, the doctor was arrested.Prosecutors say the defendant, identified in Germany only as Mark S., was behind performance-enhancing blood transfusions mostly for cross-country skiers and cyclists.They believe he was involved in the practice from at least the end of 2011.There are two forms of blood doping. Autologous blood doping is the transfusion of an athlete’s own blood, which has been stored, refrigerated or frozen, until needed. Homologous blood doping is the transfusion of blood taken from another person with the same blood type.“The charge is the commercial use of a banned doping substance and is directed against the doctor and the small group of people who are alleged to have helped him over a long period of time,” prosecution lawyer Anne Leiding told reporters.Four other suspects are on trial accused of helping him with the collection and supply of blood.If convicted, the doctor could be put behind bars for between one and 10 years. The trial is set to continue until at least mid-December.last_img read more

Transfer gossip: West Ham linked with Ajeti

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Meanwhile, Norwich City are the latest club to be linked with Danny Drinkwater.Brighton were recently reported to be interested in the midfielder, who has been linked with several clubs during the last year or so.Drinkwater is surplus to requirements at Chelsea but has opted to stay put rather than leave the club.The Blues are hoping to ship him out before Thursday’s transfer deadline and the Daily Mail reckon Norwich are keen.And there continues to be speculation over the future of Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon, who is close to joining Tottenham.The Daily Express claim Sessegnon’s move could be hijacked by Marseille, who supposedly want him. Stories in Tuesday’s newspapers involving the area’s clubs….West Ham want Basel striker Albian Ajeti, it is claimed.West London Sport revealed on Monday that Brentford want the Switzerland international but that he is hoping a Premier League club will come in for him.AdChoices广告His representatives are trying to drum up interest among top-flight sides – and he has been duly linked with West Ham.The Daily Star have picked up on reports that the Hammers want him and are trying to push through an £8m deal.Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Bielema remains confident despite close losses

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Even Bret Bielema is impressed Arkansas’ players haven’t given up on the season despite a series of emotionally trying losses.Now the second-year Razorbacks coach would like to finally turn that frustration into his first Southeastern Conference win.Arkansas (4-5, 0-5 SEC) lost its 17th straight conference game last week, a 17-10 defeat at No. 1 Mississippi State. It was the fourth time the Razorbacks have either led or been tied in the second half of an eventual defeat this season, and it sent Bielema to 0-13 in the SEC since leaving Wisconsin.”I’m amazed that they’re playing as hard as they have with as much socks in the stomach as they’ve gotten, so I’ve actually been pretty pleased,” Bielema said.What’s made this season even more exasperating than last year’s winless SEC debut for Bielema has been the repeated gut-wrenching nature of the losses.Arkansas lost its last nine straight games last season, with the final eight coming in SEC play — by an average margin of defeat of 21 points. That included back-to-back blowout losses to South Carolina and Alabama, by scores of 52-7 and 52-0.This season, the Razorbacks largest margin of defeat is a season-opening 45-21 loss to No. 3 Auburn — a game that was tied 21-all at halftime before the Tigers took control.Since then, Arkansas has let a 14-point fourth-quarter lead turn into an overtime loss to Texas A&M. That game was especially difficult to handle after kicker John Henson missed a 44-yard field goal attempt that would have put the Razorbacks up by 10 points with less than two minutes remaining in the game.In its next game, Arkansas outgained the Crimson Tide 335-227 and led 13-7 in the fourth quarter, but a failed extra-point attempt came back to haunt the Razorbacks in the eventual 14-13 loss.Last week’s crushing loss to the Bulldogs was once again full of timely penalties, kicking-game miscues and what-ifs as Arkansas moved within three games of the school’s worst conference losing streak — a 20-game stretch from 1940-43 when the Razorbacks were a member of the Southwest Conference.Arkansas must now win two of its final three games if it wants to earn its first bowl berth since 2011, a difficult prospect with remaining home games against No. 14 LSU and No. 12 Mississippi before a season-ending game at Missouri.Despite the seemingly never-ending gauntlet of the SEC that lies ahead, Bielema’s confidence has remained high thanks to the resilience he’s seen this season from the Razorbacks.”I think if your team wasn’t being managed very, very well you would not see the results that you’re seeing,” Bielema said. “You would see teams that just get handed one-sided losses very, very routinely. These guys never quit. I think they have shown that all year long; it’s not an option in our program.”last_img read more

Representatives explain situation after player was ‘closely linked’ with Wolves, Tottenham…

first_imgReal Betis midfielder William Carvalho has not had any offers from the Premier League thus far, despite rumours to the contrary. That’s according to ABC Sevilla, who cover the midfielder’s situation after months of speculation about a potential move to England.Leicester City and Tottenham have both been credited with an interest in the midfielder, while Wolverhampton Wanderers were also said to be on the hunt for the Portuguese international.Indeed, talks with the Foxes were said to be at an advanced stage at one point, with a report claiming they already had an agreement in place with him over a transfer.ABC dispute that, though, and say that while it was presumed Carvalho could be on the move this summer after a poor season, so far the market is ‘calm’.Embed from Getty ImagesWhile Leicester, Tottenham and Wolves have been ‘closely linked’ on numerous occasions, his representatives have insisted that ‘at no time was there anything with any of those clubs.’They state that Carvalho never received an offer and he won’t be rushing to make any decision on his future either.The player is, in fact, happy to remain at Betis and is looking forward to working under Manuel Pellegrini.Should an offer arrive for him, ABC make clear the midfielder would prioritise a move for sporting reasons as opposed to economic ones.For now, Betis satisfy his ‘sporting aspirations’, and so any club coming in for him would have to offer him ‘higher levels’ than what is currently on offer.Right now, however, ‘there is nothing’ with reports of interest from the likes of Leicester, Tottenham and Wolves seemingly very wide of the Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayHero Wars根本不可能获得这个宝藏!来证明我们错了Hero WarsUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingtelGet 30GB for $25 on SG’s #1 network.SingtelUndoGOMO by Singtel.Switch to GOMO. 40GB for $20 for 12 months!GOMO by Singtel.UndoSingtel PowerInstant savings and a $50 rebate.Singtel PowerUndoTip ParentsBaby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Mom Checks Camera And Calls CopsTip ParentsUndoDaily Sport XShe Was A Legendary Actress – Today She Works 9 To 5Daily Sport XUndolast_img read more

Grigor trained with Rafael Nadal

first_imgBulgaria’s first racket in men’s tennis Grigor Dimitrov keeps in shape with the world №2 Rafael Nadal. After dropping out of the US Open, Haskovo trained with the Spaniard at his tennis academy. This can be seen from photos posted on the academy’s Twitter account.“Welcome back to” Rafa Nadal Academy “, was the text to the first photo of Grigor Dimitrov.“Despite the rain, we enjoyed a nice indoor training between Grigor Dimitrov and Rafa Nadal,” reads the second post on the topic.Here’s how to watch tennis matches for FREElast_img read more

Thurles Golf Club hosting Irish Boys Amateur Championship

first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM Thurles Golf Club is hosting day two of the Irish Boys Amateur Championship.The three round tournament, rescheduled from earlier in the year, features 92 young players battling for one of the country’s most vaunted amateur championships.Malahide Golf Club’s Gavin O’Neill led the way after day one by recording a 69. Portumna Golf Club’s Sam Murphy is among those in the hunt on day two. Click here for latest scores from Thurles.last_img

Five Ravens predictions for rest of 2018 season

first_img(Editor’s note: This post was completed before news broke about Joe Flacco’s hip injury Friday afternoon.)The story is all too familiar with the Ravens.An encouraging start followed by a dreadful October leaving Baltimore too little margin for error down the stretch. Only this time around feels like the final stand for 11th-year head coach John Harbaugh and a number of aging veterans with high salary-cap numbers.A look back at my preseason predictions brings mixed reviews at best as I envisioned the Ravens having their best year since 2014, but a return to the playoffs isn’t yet out of the question with a seemingly pedestrian field competing for the second AFC wild card. At the same time, this hasn’t been the ideal year to face a very strong NFC South after the 2014 Ravens went undefeated against that same division, the difference in them making the playoffs.Will the Ravens miss out on the postseason for the fourth straight year and fifth time in six tries since their victory in Super Bowl XLVII that feels like a long time ago?Below are five predictions for the remainder of the 2018 season:1. Lamar Jackson will see increased snaps and even throw a couple touchdown passes. This one isn’t exactly going out on a limb based on Harbaugh’s recent comments, but how it looks is key. I don’t expect the rookie to become the starter — then again, I also didn’t expect the organization to draft a first-round quarterback this year — as long as the Ravens are in the hunt, but Marty Mornhinweg needs to be willing to call for Jackson to throw the ball more frequently if he’s going to be taking upwards of 10 to 12 snaps per game. The current offense is too predictable, so why not mix it up and allow Jackson to take a deep shot to John Brown? If it means he’s the only quarterback on the field at times, so be it. 2. The running game will perform at a league-average rate the rest of the way. The Ravens have quietly improved running the ball by averaging just under 4.1 yards per carry over the last five games, but that’s coincided with four losses. Baltimore must find a way to run effectively from its “traditional” offense because it’s becoming too obvious that Joe Flacco is passing the ball when he’s at quarterback and the Ravens are running when Jackson lines up there. The recently-acquired Ty Montgomery will provide some help to go with Alex Collins while the Ravens will keep Orlando Brown Jr. at right tackle and move James Hurst to left guard. Those changes will bring steadier production.3. More takeaways and sacks will finally come — at home. I’ve written at length about these subjects recently, but I still believe this defense is too talented and has also been unlucky to have only five interceptions — despite ranking second in the NFL in passes defended and first in batted balls at the line of scrimmage — and two fumble recoveries in nine games. Opportunities will come at home with Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland ranking in the top 11 in giveaways, but the problem is their three road opponents (Atlanta, Kansas City, and the Los Angeles Chargers) have committed a total of just 19 turnovers. My confidence in the pass rush isn’t as high as 22 of their 28 sacks came against Buffalo, the Browns, and Tennessee, whose lines rank in the bottom five in Football Outsiders’ adjusted sack rate. 4. Flacco will not just lose his job lying down. His future in Baltimore largely depends on what the organization is seeing with Jackson’s development, but I don’t expect the 33-year-old to play out his potential final weeks with the Ravens without a fight. Flacco has historically performed better in the second half of most seasons, and his next five opponents rank in the bottom 10 in Football Outsiders’ weighted defense metric, meaning there’s little excuse not to improve after averaging just 5.8 yards per passing attempt over the last five games. Flacco won’t get to 25 touchdown passes as I originally predicted, but he’ll play well enough to keep the door open for his 2019 return or create optimism about his offseason trade value.5. History will repeat itself as the Ravens finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs, prompting substantial changes. Didn’t I sound so optimistic in the previous points? Baltimore is 16-29 on the road since the start of the 2013 season after going 21-19 in away games from 2008-12. Since 2013, Pittsburgh is 27-16-1, New England 31-13, Kansas City 28-17, and Cincinnati 21-23 on the road, a sampling that illustrates how this franchise has fallen behind even the Bengals in terms of AFC relevance. I expect the Ravens to take care of business in their remaining home games and to play hard as they almost always have under Harbaugh, but they own a total of five road wins against opponents finishing a season with a record of .500 or better since 2013. They’ll need at least one against the Falcons, Chiefs, or Chargers just to get to 9-7, and that’s needing a perfect 4-0 home mark. I just don’t see it, which is why I thought the Ravens needed to be 6-3 at the bye to finish 10-6. We’ll look back at the Week 5 road loss to the Browns as the dagger sparking Steve Bisciotti to begin a reboot.last_img read more