– Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Before winning the World Championship, Peter Wright explained the story behind his walk-on and that trademark dance move on the stage In the third of our series, the world champion Peter Wright tells us the story behind his walk-on song and dance.Back on January 1 as Peter Wright lifted the Sid Waddell trophy, no one could have imagined how this year was going to pan out.Listen to the Darts Show podcast on: Spotify | Apple | CastboxFollowing that famous evening, Wright would have been relishing visiting arenas all over the world, being introduced as the world champion and entertaining sell-out crowds with his colourful outfits and legendary walk-on dance.However, since the global pandemic, walk-ons have become a little different which gives us even more reason to remind ourselves of how Wright, winner of the European Championship at the weekend, usually makes his entrance. 3:24 Before winning the World Championship, Peter Wright explained the story behind his walk-on and that trademark dance move on the stage In the latest special series from The Darts Show podcast Wright tells us the story behind his walk-on song, the dance that gets every party started and the Snakebite persona that he adorns for the stage; Download & subscribe to The Darts Show podcast via Spotify By Henry ChardLast Updated: 03/11/20 6:29am
Geoffroy Serey Die is to make an immediate move from Swiss champions FC Basel to VfB. The midfielder is currently on duty with the Ivory Coast national team at the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and will travel to Stuttgart once the competition has been completed.The 30-year-old has made a total of 18 appearances for his country. ”¨”¨At club level, Geoffroy Serey Die has featured in Europe for Swiss clubs FC Sion (135 competitive games) and FC Basel (68 competitive games – six of which in the UEFA Champions League and twelve more in the UEFA Europa League). ”¨”¨The Ivory Coast international has signed on with VfB until June 30th, 2017 and will wear the number 26 jersey for his new club. The exact details of the deal remain undisclosed.”¨”¨”We are delighted about the signing of Geoffroy Serey Die,” commented Director of Sport Robin Dutt, adding: “He is an internationally experienced player, who will quickly come to terms with life in his new surroundings and he will help stabilise our game with his uncompromising manner. In Geoffroy, we have found an experienced man whom our younger players can orientate themselves.”
Pittsburgh 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/WillGravesAP
“He’s a versatile defenceman who can fit in and thrive in all situations. He brings a tough, competitive attitude and he’s a heavy hitter, but he showed in the AJHL last season that he’s really developed the offensive side of this game as well.”The 21-year old spent the two previous seasons with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Flin Flon Bombers, where he suited up in 66 games before missing much of his 19-year old year due to injury.His junior career started in the BCHL, where he picked up two assists and 45 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Williams Lake Timberwolves. Overall, Virtanen brings 136 games of Junior A experience to the Selkirk defence corps. His statistical totals include 11 goals, 21 assists and 207 penalty minutes. The Abbotsford product began the current season on a try-out with the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Mississippi Surge and got his first taste of pro hockey when he suited up in a number of preseason games. He plans to study Business Administration at Selkirk College. “I can’t wait to get to Selkirk and begin my college hockey career,” says Virtanen, who describes himself as a quick, offensive, puck moving defenceman that plays with a physical edge,” Virtanen said.”I’ve heard nothing but good things about the college and team, and I’m looking forward to being part of a winning organization along with helping out in the community.”Virtanen joins the Saints for the winter semester at Selkirk, enrolling in Business Administration. The Saints are next in action on Saturday (November 16) when they host Simon Fraser University at the Castlegar Recreation Complex in a rematch of last season’s final teams.Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey team is beefing up the blueline for the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season by adding defenceman Stefan Virtanen to the roster. Virtanen is a 6’2″, 200-pound blueliner who joins Selkirk following four seasons of Junior A hockey, most recently with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Mustangs where he scored six goals and totaled 19 points and 74 minutes in penalties in 41 games last season, split between the Mustangs and the Drumheller Dragons.”I’m thrilled to add a player of Stefan’s character and experience level to our roster for the second half of this season and beyond,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.