Steadfast Penguins eager to get started

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) skates over the team logo at center ice before the start of a scrimmage on the first day on the ice at the NHL hockey training camp practice on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby’s jaw is fully healed. His head is clear. For the first time in three years, the Pittsburgh Penguins star arrived for training camp with no questions to face other than how he plans to move beyond his team’s four-game flop against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.Not exactly the happiest topic, sure. But hey, it beats talking about concussions or dental work, issues that have plagued Crosby since New Year’s Day 2011.The lockout-shortened 2012-13 season combined with an early start due to the Olympics made for a pretty short summer. That’s just fine for the player only too happy to move past the debacle versus Boston, a series in which the Penguins never led.“I think you have to get over it pretty quickly and realize it’s a long season ahead of us and we’ve got to learn from that but obviously you can’t dwell on it,” Crosby said. “I think we’ve moved on.”With the same cast along for the ride.While other teams blew it up in the offseason, the Penguins decided to keep together the core that led the franchise to the best record in the East during the strike-shortened 2012-13 season. Former MVP Evgeni Malkin, defenseman Kris Letang and winger Chris Kunitz signed contract extensions. Forward Pascal Dupuis decided against free agency to re-up for another four years in the city where he wants to finish his career.Coach Dan Bylsma – who received the blunt of the criticism after Pittsburgh scored just two goals in four games against the Bruins – had another two years tacked onto his deal in a very public vote of confidence from general manager Ray Shero.The extension kickstarted a busy summer in which Bylsma accepted a job as the coach of Team USA in the Sochi Olympics. He estimated he has about “85 percent” of his pre-Olympic work done. The to-do list at his regular gig, though, is lengthy. The Penguins led the NHL in goals last season and won two rounds in the playoffs for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 before being shut down completely by the Bruins.Tweaking a system to find something that works when things get tight will be the focus when the Penguins take the ice for the first time on Thursday.“We’re not going to shy away from (losing) and looking at ways we came up short and what we need to do better as a team,” Bylsma said. “That’s not something we’re looking to do April 20 when the playoffs come around, it’s something we have to do as a team. It starts right now in training camp.”The Penguins went “all-in” last season at the trade deadline, acquiring Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen in hopes of raising the Cup for the fourth time in team history. The dressing room had barely emptied after falling to Boston when all but Jokinen bolted. Iginla signed with the Bruins in free agency while Murray moved on to Montreal and Morrow was allowed to walk.Pittsburgh addressed Murray’s departure by bringing back defenseman Rob Scuderi. The veteran helped Pittsburgh win it all in 2009 and sprinted back to his former team when Shero approached him about a possible return.“It was impossible to say no, especially with the history I have with these guys,” Scuderi said. “I couldn’t say no.”The addition of Scuderi should help a defense that appeared leaky at times. Then again, so did the play in goal, where Marc-Andre Fleury gave way to backup Tomas Vokoun in the playoffs. Bylsma insists there is no controversy heading into the season. Fleury worked with a sports psychologist in the offseason and is entrenched as the No. 1 until further notice.Bylsma stressed he believes the Penguins have the “best tandem in the league” while promising Fleury will handle the “majority” of the workload.That faith is echoed by Fleury’s teammates.“I don’t think anybody’s worried in here,” Crosby said. “I think he’s had a lot of scrutiny. As a teammate we believe in him and he believes in himself. We don’t have any problems.”___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Trade Sticks for Clubs

first_img“This event has grown substantially over the last few years, becoming a focal point for our program’s success and growth within the Kootenay community,” says Saints coach Brent Heaven.The tournament will help raise vital funds for the upcoming season that will see the Saints looking to return to championship form. After capturing four straight BCIHL titles, the Saints were knocked out of the playoffs last March by the Trinity Western University Spartans.“This hockey program is a success because the community supports it in numerous ways,” says Heaven. “We’re very excited to be able to partner with Kootenay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram as our title sponsor for this year’s event and expect this to be great day for Saints’ fans and friends to meet and take part in a fun day of golf.”The 11 a.m. shotgun start tournament is open to golfers of all levels, but each team must have a combined handicap of above 30. The cost of this year’s tournament is $80 for non-members and $50 for Castlegar Golf Club members. There will be prizes for KP, long drive, long putt, the potential for a $10,000 hole-in-one (sponsored by Mallard’s Source for Sports), random draws and a 50/50. The cost of the tournament includes green fees, a delicious dinner served by The Nineteenth restaurant and a shot at prizes.To register for the Fourth Annual Selkirk College Saints Golf Tournament, you can pick up registration forms at Mallard’s Source For Sports in Castlegar, the Castlegar Golf Club, the Castlegar Campus Gym or online at gosaints.ca. Please send your registrations to Brent Heaven at heavenb_19@hotmail.comThe Saints begin their exhibition schedule at that Castlegar & District Recreation Complex on September 16 against the Eastern Washington University Eagles starting at 7 p.m. The regular season home opener is slated for October 6 against the Simon Fraser University Clan. The Selkirk College Saints are back on the ice in preparation for the 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, but before players set their sights on wins they are inviting community supporters to join them for an enjoyable day on the golf course.The Fourth Annual Selkirk College Saints Golf Tournament tees off on September 17 at the Castlegar Golf Club. The four-person scramble is a terrific opportunity to enjoy some late season golf while helping pave the way to a successful season for the Saints.last_img read more

Liverpool boss Rodgers ready for Chelsea duel

first_img Brendan Rodgers alongside Jose Mourinho during Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final first leg clash with Chelsea 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking forward to locking horns with former mentor Jose Mourinho once again when the Reds travel to Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final.The Premier League sides will go head-to-head for a trip to Wembley at Stamford Bridge following a 1-1 draw on Merseyside and, after dominating the first leg, Rodgers has high hopes of getting one over the Blues boss.That was something he failed to achieve last season, most notably as the Reds slipped up in their title chase, suffering a defeat to the Blues that allowed Manchester City to claim the crown by two points.Rodgers, who worked as Mourinho’s assistant during his first spell in charge at Chelsea, was also beaten at Anfield in November but last week’s draw has offered plenty of hope.“I always say it is about the teams on the field but knowing him, and how Jose works and how competitive he is, I really enjoy the challenge,” said Rodgers.“The game last week was fantastic, it was a top-level game. We were at a really good level.“Jose’s record speaks for itself. He is a world-class manager and will always have that competitive edge. Your teams have to be at the maximum to get a result.“We respect the opponent but we have got nothing to fear in the game. We are a team that is in a good moment. We are playing well, working well. We know we can go there and win.”Victory for Liverpool would increase Chelsea’s agony after their shock FA Cup loss to League One Bradford at home on Saturday.Chelsea surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to the West Yorkshire team, much to the delight of a large and jubilant away following.Rodgers said: “What is also key, and very important for us, is our supporters.“Bradford City had an incredible support. That second half when they were attacking the goal with all their supporters – they made a great noise. It felt like a real great vibe for the team.“We know that everywhere we travel, the travelling Kop is amazing. To go and have them with us in a semi-final should make it really exciting. We will hope to do them justice and get to the final.”Liverpool could also be boosted by the return of star striker Daniel Sturridge after five months of injury frustration.The 25-year-old England international, who has not played for the Reds since August mainly because of thigh problems, is now back in full training and close to a comeback.Rodgers was due to assess the player before travelling but stressed he will not play – or even be in the bench – if he is not considered fully ready.The Northern Irishman said: “It is no good having the psychological threat if he can’t play. It is just assessing whether the risk is worth it. If not then he’ll hopefully be ready by the weekend.“If he is on the bench it means he can contribute. If he is on there and he does enter the field we’d hope he can do well for us.”last_img read more

Man, 28, shot to death in laundry room

first_imgTUJUNGA – A 28-year-old Tujunga man was shot to death in the laundry room of a friend’s apartment building, authorities said Tuesday. Rodolfo Gutierrez was visiting friends in an apartment building at 10205 Samoa Avenue early Monday morning when an argument broke out, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Frank Bishop said. Police do not know who was involved in the argument or what it was about, but they know it ended in the building’s second-floor laundry room. Residents found Gutierrez’s body there Monday morning with at least one gunshot wound to the chest, Bishop said. josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We’re hoping for anyone to come forward and help us with this case,” he said. “We need the public’s help with this one.” Police have no witnesses or suspects and haven’t been able to pinpoint an exact time of death. Gutierrez’s body was found at 6:52 a.m. Monday, and nobody in the building said they heard gunshots. Gutierrez was not a gang member but affiliated with an area gang, and police said they believe the shooting is likely gang-related, Bishop said. Anyone with information on the shooting can call Foothill Area homicide detectives at (818) 834-3115, or (818) 756-8861 during nights and weekends. last_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL COUNTY RESULTS

first_imgCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Aodh Ruadh2 – 101 – 7CarndonaghFr Tierney ParkMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Columba2 – 80 – 8Fanad GaelsPairc na nGaeil GlencolmcilleMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Red Hughs0 – 111 – 4Naomh Padraig LeifearRed HughsCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Naille1 – 152 – 7UrrisNaomh NailleBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Dungloe2 – 172 – 8MalinDungloeMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Padraig-Muff1 – 110 – 11Robert EmmetsNaomh Padraig – Na MagheCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Brid0 – 100 – 9DowningsNaomh BridCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Colmcille1 – 91 – 13MilfordPairc ColmcilleMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Ultan4 – 140 – 8ConvoyDunkineelyBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Dungloe2 – 121 – 10MalinDungloeCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Brid2 – 210 – 10DowningsNaomh BridBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Four Masters1 – 100 – 7Gaoth DobhairTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Naomh Colmcille1 – 101 – 14MilfordPairc ColmcilleMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Glenfin1 – 80 – 8KillybegsPairc Ghleann FhinneMarley Coach Hire Division Four ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment25-Jun-2011Red Hughs0 – 111 – 8Naomh Padraig LeifearRed Hughs25-Jun-2011Naomh Ultan2 – 111 – 9ConvoyDunkineelyDonegal Senior Hurling League/ChampionshipDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment22-Jun-2011Setanta2 – 83 – 12BurtSetantaGAA: DONEGAL COUNTY RESULTS was last modified: June 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: DONEGAL COUNTY RESULTSlast_img read more

DONEGAL’S LISA CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPION

first_imgLISA: NATIONAL CHAMPBy Orla O’Reilly: National Championship for Ramelton RiderThere was an air of anticipation as the riders and judges gathered in the indoor arena of the legendary Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, for the rider’s briefing of this year’s Trec Ireland National Championships. Traceur, Adrian Flynn and Technical Delegate, Karen Nicholson laid down the ground rules and the guidelines for all three phases of the competition. Riders from across Ireland and Britain were informed that they would start their competition in a map room at Leech’s pub of Wolfhill and the level 3 and 4 competitors would navigate their way 30 kilometres across country back to the estate.It was late afternoon on Saturday before the last riders were welcomed over the finish line by judges, Grainne Ni Uid and Adele O’Connor. At the end of this orienteering phase, Donegal rider, Lisa Moore lay in 3rd place behind senior rider Elaine Waters and Leinster’s Rohan Madhaven. Sunday morning brought an early start for competitors with a vetting inspection before riders could progress to the second and third phase of the competition. Course designer, Adrian Flynn took full advantage of the beautiful parklands to produce a fast and exciting obstacle phase that saw riders taking on challenging but straight forward cross country jumps in combination with the more technical Trec style ones. The course flowed over almost 3 kilometres and the riders were required to attack the course to avoid time penalties. With a gap to catch the leaders, Moore and her cracking pony, Jo Dazzler combined bravery and accuracy to gain high scoring in both the PTV (cross county obstacles) and MA (control of paces) tests.The hard work paid off and the announcement of Lisa Moore as National Champion (Level 3) gained rapturous applause at the presentation in the lawns of the majestic Stradbally Hall. She was also presented with the Grangeclare Perpetual Cup, presented to the highest scoring Irish rider in each grade.Trec Ireland will like to thank all who made the staging of this championship possible, sponsors, Horse First, the volunteers who came to judge and help, to vet Kate Murray, farrier Finian Carroll and all of Leinster Trec who hosted the event.With the national championships over, attentions now turn to the World Championships in Bolognia, Italy at the start of September. Six young riders have been selected to represent Ireland, Donegal’s Lisa Moore, Rohan Madavan, Katie Smith and Edward Coyle from Leinster, Cork rider Annie O’Neill and Athlone based Kirsten McCormack. As preparations for the event continues, the riders would like to thank all who have supported their efforts in fund raising and training for the championships. Thank you to all who have offered sponsorship and sent messages of support. If you would like to help the team in any way, please contact pro@trecireland.com  DONEGAL’S LISA CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPION was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lisa MooreNational ChampionRameltonlast_img read more

ICC bars electronic media from covering remaining World Cup matches

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Monday barred electronic media from covering the remaining matches of the cricket  World Cup, including the high voltage India-Pakistan semi final in Mohali on Wednesday, for breaching the media guidelines.An ICC spokesman said that non-rights holders will no longer be allowed to cover the practice session or the press conferences related to World Cup for not adhering to the code of conduct and the media guidelines, which they had signed for accreditation.The spokesman said, this will be applicable to both the semifinals in Colombo and Mohali and the final in Mumbai.ESPN-StarSports has the broadcast rights for the World Cup.The non-rights holder (NRH) were given time till tonight to give an undertaking that they will abide by the terms and conditions for media accrediatation, failing which they would be disallowed to cover the event.An ICC source said there has been number of broadcast violations during the entire tournament and they have repeatedly brought it to the notice of the offenders but despite the warning they continued to breach the guidelines, promoting the game’s governing body to take stern action.The first semifinal of the WC between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be held in Colombo tomorrow while the high-octane second semifinal between traditional rivals India and Pakistan is scheduled to be here on Wednesday.The final will be held in Mumbai on April 2.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Former CJI Lahoti advises youth to help poor, downtrodden

first_imgBhopal, Sep 21 (PTI) Former Chief Justice of India Ramesh Chandra Lahoti has called upon youth to extend a helping hand to the poor, exploited and downtrodden people. “Adorn your personality with qualities and values. Be a savior of India. Extend your helping hand to the poor, deprived, downtrodden and exploited and follow the words of Swami Vivekananda — awake, arise and stop not till the goal is achieved…”, Lahoti said last evening while addressing the Jagran Lakecity Universitys first convocation ceremony. He also called upon the students to give importance to values in their lives while treading on the path of success. “While being a man of success it is of paramount significance to become a man of values,” the former CJI said. On the occasion, the University conferred honorary doctorates on two outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through their major contributions to their profession and to society. Daisaku Ikeda, President – Soka Gakkai International Buddhist Organisation – was conferred with Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Humanities and Arts). This award was given to Ikeda in recognition of his untiring pursuits of peace and love for humanity. Besides, Neelabh Banerjee, worlds leading cartoonist and communicator was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts (Media and Communication). The first batch of students was conferred with the degrees for completing their courses in different streams. “We will always be in touch with them through the JLU Alumni Association which has specifically been constituted so that its alumni are in constant touch with their alma mater,” Chancellor of JLU Hari Mohan Gupta said. PTI MAS LAL NRB PVI SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

Smith-led Supergiants look to start on winning note against MI

first_img× However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. File Photo   –  The Hindu However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. File Photo   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL IPL 2017 Mumbai is one team that has not been ravaged by injuries. With a new captain in place, Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) would look to make amends for a poor last season but have a tough opening battle at hand against two-time former champions Mumbai Indians (MI) here tomorrow.Pune decided to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Steve Smith in the leadership role.Under Dhoni, who has only played as skipper in the previous nine Indian Premier League editions, Pune could win just five matches in their debut season last year.While Dhoni would be desperate to prove a point with his blazing blade — a fitting reply for being stripped off captaincy, Smith will look to forget Australia’s 1-2 loss against India in a draining Test series recently.Dhoni might have led the now defunct team Chennai Super Kings exceedingly well in the past but proving his worth as a player with the new franchise is a challenge that the former India captain will be more than keen to conquer.However, all eyes would be on Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore, and his performance with both the bat and ball will be equated with his hefty pay package.Smith and Faf du Plessis both got injured the last time but they would like to make amends in this edition of the cash-rich tournament.The Supergiants will be banking on Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 480 runs at 43.63 with six fifties in the last edition, to come good with the bat again.In the absence of star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda will spearhead the team’s bowling.The rather weak Pune bowling attack would have its task cut out against a strong Mumbai batting line-up.Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma’s form at the top will be important, while Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler’s big hits, and veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh’s guile would decide how the team would fare tomorrow.Mumbai are one team that has not been ravaged by injuries. This will allow them to pick from a talented pool of overseas and Indian cricketers, including Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Lasith Malinga, who is expected to join the team tomorrow, Mitchell McClenaghan, Parthiv Patel and Jasprit Bumrah among others.Having finished fifth in the previous season, Mumbai would not leave any stone unturned to make the top-four in this edition under new coach Mahela Jayawardene, who has taken over from highly successful Ricky Ponting.Teams SHAREcenter_img Published on cricket April 05, 2017 Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar.Rising Pune Supergiant: Steven Smith (Capt), MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Faf du Plessis, Usman Khawaja, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Sharma, Baba Aparajith, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Daniel Christian, Ashok Dinda, Lockie Ferguson, Jaskaran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Jaydev Unadkat, Adam Zampa. PTI CM PM PM 04051346 COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more