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Ruddy targets England recall

first_img The keeper is eyeing a Three Lions spot again following the Canaries’ promotion back to the top flight on Monday. England boss Roy Hodgson watched him in Norwich’s 2-0 Sky Bet Championship play-off final win over Middlesbrough. Norwich were the promotion favourites at the start of the season and Ruddy admitted they had spoken about their past. He said: “We had a words before the game about where we were last season, like Chelsea away, Seb (Bassong) got up and said a few words which really resonated with the rest of the squad. “Days like Monday are special, if you can go up any way you’d chose the play-offs but unfortunately you can’t guarantee it.” Boss Alex Neil was an unknown before he replaced ex-manager Neil Adams in January after joining from Hamilton in Scotland but Ruddy predicted more big things. “He is only 33 and has a massive future ahead of him, hopefully that’s with Norwich and it starts next season in the Premier League,” he said. “We’re looking forward to being back among the names and the clubs and having games every week where you know you’ll have to work as hard as we did on Monday. “That’s the key, we set a started and we can’t rest on our laurels. The manager will not allow that. His attention to detail is superb and I’m sure that’ll carry on. “He is by far the best I have worked with. To say that for a manager, who is 33 and come from the Scottish Premier League, is a credit to him. He has put his impact on the club and we are reaping the rewards.” John Ruddy has targeted an England recall after Norwich’s instant return to the Barclays Premier League. Ruddy has one cap, against Italy in 2012, but missed out on last year’s World Cup squad after the Canaries dropped out of the top flight. Rivals Rob Green and Tom Heaton have been relegated with QPR and Burnley respectively while West Brom’s Ben Foster is out with a long-term knee injury. And, after the Canaries’ promotion, Ruddy is eager to convince Hodgson to call on him again. He said: “I didn’t focus on England at all this year. I knew playing in the Championship I wouldn’t be doing myself any favours. “My main aim was to get back into the Premier League and then knock on the door for that. We’ve done that and that starts on August 8. “Congratulations to Tom, I thought he deserved to be called up for the last squad, he was unlucky but he has got the call up for the summer and he’s a fantastic keeper. I’m delighted for him. He has done very well for Burnley this season but himself and Rob Green are now dropping down to the Championship.” Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond scored inside the first 15 minutes at Wembley to stun Boro and ease Norwich, who finished third in the league, back to the top flight. Ruddy had little to do, although was saved by the bar after being beaten by Jelle Vossen’s first-half strike. Press Associationlast_img read more

James, Cavs spoil Rivers father-son moment with Clippers

first_imgClippers coach Doc Rivers swore he didn’t know that once his son Austin stepped on the floor for the first time as a member of the Clippers, it would be historical because no NBA head coach had ever coached his son on his team.“I didn’t find out until we actually did it,” said Doc Rivers, who doubles as president of basketball operations and brought his son to the Clippers in a three-team trade Thursday. “And I think we had a debate. I’m like, ‘No, someone has.’ I didn’t know who, I just thought it had happened before. I didn’t know that, so making history, well, great.”That history was made when Austin Rivers entered at 2:24 of the first quarter of the Clippers’ game Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who spoiled the party with a 126-121 victory over L.A. at Staples Center.Blake Griffin led the Clippers (26-14) with 34 points and 10 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Matt Barnes scored 17, Chris Paul had 15 points and 13 assists and J.J. Redick scored 14. Austin Rivers shot 0 of 4 for zero points and one assist in 11 minutes. Kryrie Irving led Cleveland (21-20) with 37 points and LeBron James scored 32. Tristan Thompson had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Love (back spasms) did not play.The Rivers duo met with reporters prior to the tip-off. There were many questions to be asked and answered. One of seemingly vital importance was how the dynamic is going to work in the locker room. When told this was something on the minds of many, Doc Rivers said he doesn’t care about the concerns of others.“Well, as long as it’s not on our minds in there,” Doc Rivers said. “We don’t care about the other people outside the locker room, we really don’t. It doesn’t matter to us.“But you do think about all that stuff. But you do that with every single deal, which nobody gets. You really do. There are times when I’ve brought the right guys in the locker room and it’s worked and there’s been times that I haven’t and it hasn’t worked.”Austin Rivers intimated that the idea his father may play him more than he deserves, thus ticking off others on the team, is somewhat insulting. “My dad is too focused on his thing for that to even be an issue,” said Austin Rivers, who will come off the bench. “It’s almost like a disrespectful thing to my dad. My dad would never, ever play me over somebody because I’m his son.“If I’m not playing well, he’s going to sit me. I’m sitting on the bench, you know what I mean? He wants to win.”The younger Rivers gave an example that brought laughter.“My dad is the type of guy that when I was 5 years old, we’d play checkers and he would not let me win,” Austin Rivers, 22, said. “It’s just kind of how he is, so he’s not doing any favors for me. I’ve gotta earn everything here.”Interestingly, both men had said in the past they weren’t sure if they would be interested in this scenario. Austin Rivers admitted he still wasn’t 100 percent certain about it when the subject was first broached.“To be honest, I never thought something like this would happen and then he called me up and he asked me, ‘Is this something you might be interested in because we need you,’” Austin Rivers said. “And when I heard that, it was one of those kinds of things where I had to think, I had to take a day to myself and say, ‘Can this work?’ “He got on the horn.“First thing I did was call my mom (Kristen),” Austin Rivers said. “She’s the one that’s gotta deal with this and she was a wreck the first night (it was discussed). She was calling me, ‘Well, what if this happens?’ I was like, ‘Mom, it’s not on anybody but me and him.’”Doc Rivers also had a conversation with Kristen Rivers.“Obviously, we talked about it before we were going to do it and she was good with it, so she gave me her blessing,” Doc Rivers said, drawing more laughter.One thing’s certain, this will change the relationship of Doc and Austin Rivers. Not necessarily in a bad way.“I think the biggest difference is now that I’m his coach, he actually has to listen to me,” Doc Rivers said. “Now, I would say on his part, he’s probably thinking any kid will listen to their parent if they pay him.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Allegri hails ‘leader’ Ronaldo as Juve hold off Cagliari to stay clear in Serie A

first_imgIt is the best ever start to a season for the Turin giants who have drawn just one game against Genoa.Earlier, Inter Milan crushed Genoa 5-0 to reclaim second spot on goal difference ahead of Napoli, who had eased past Empoli 5-1 on Friday, and keep the pressure on the seven-time reigning champions.But Allegri insisted: “This isn’t good enough.“We have to defend better, we concede too many goals and risked letting in an equaliser in the 85th minute.“Even after the first goal we didn’t add a second and drifted out of the game. We can’t always assume that we’ll score two or three goals.”Juventus in all competitions this season: W13 D1 ??? #UCL pic.twitter.com/uxrsn068Hr— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 3, 2018Wins by the top three were a boost before next week’s Champions League fixtures, with Inter Milan at home against Barcelona and Napoli hosting Paris Saint-Germain.Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma, however, needed a late Alessandro Florenzi volley to snatch a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina ahead of their midweek trip to CSKA Moscow.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Milan, Italy | AFP | Massimiliano Allegri praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s leadership skills as Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 for their 10th win in 11 games to maintain their six-point cushion at the top of Serie A on Saturday.Paulo Dybala scored after just 44 seconds, with a Filip Bradaric own-goal accounting for Juventus’ second after 39 minutes, two minutes after Joao Pedro had pulled the Sardinians level.Ronaldo failed to add to his seven-goal league tally for new club Juventus with the Portuguese superstar hitting the woodwork before next week’s Champions League visit by former club Manchester United.But the 33-year-old’s pass across goal set up Colombian Juan Cuadrado for his first of the season three minutes from time in the Allianz Stadium.“He has always been a leader and an extraordinary player, as you saw from the assist he put on Cuadrado’s foot,” said Allegri.FULL-TIME! Continua la marcia della Juve, che batte anche il Cagliari per 3-1!Bene così! ?#JuveCagliari3️⃣ – 1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/W7cHruiA9u— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) November 3, 2018“These are different players who in the decisive moment always come up with a goal or a great pass.”Juventus have 31 points from 11 games with Inter and Napoli both on 25 points.last_img read more

Resignation of Pope Takes Area Faithful by Surprise

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – The decision this week by Pope Benedict XVI to tender his resignation had those exiting St. James Roman Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday reacting with surprise and a variety of opinions on his tenure and legacy.“It did take me by surprise,” said Barbara Zarrillo of Manalapan. “If his health is failing, it’s certainly understandable,” that he would be the first pope in 600 years to step down.Zarrillo hopes the College of Cardinals “can find someone who’s qualified” to assume the role as the church’s spiritual leader. Overall, she said, “I don’t think it’ll be a great disturbance to the Vatican or the Catholic nation.”Pope Benedict, in her estimation, is “very conservative” in terms of the church’s orthodoxy and has been “trying to keep the Catholic beliefs on the straight and narrow,” she said.Zarrillo noted that he also has embraced modern technology, keeping his papacy relevant. “He was the first pope to go viral, with tweeting. It’s a sign of the times.”Most interviewed spoke of Benedict’s conservatism on church matters, saying they were in agreement with that direction and hoped Benedict’s successor would continue.That was obvious to Rum­son resident Mark Conley. “If they’re here in the church, they believe what he believes and in the teachings,” Conley observed.The Catholic faith is about “rites, rituals and traditions,” he said. “He’s been a traditional pope, following the truths of the Catholic Church,” which have remained constant for 2,000 years.“I believe he’s stayed with the traditions that I’ve always been taught,” Conley said. “Whether it’s been popular or unpopular, he’s stayed with the traditions.”Muriel DeFazio, Red Bank, applauded Benedict’s conservative stances, as well as his decision to step aside, if he feels he’s unable to continue in his work. DeFazio, 89, said the church has changed considerably over the course of her life – and not necessarily for the better. “Let’s face it, the church is slowly going downhill,” she said. “It’s not what it use to be.”Andrew Obosky, also from Red Bank, doesn’t think there has been any one thing that will be remembered as Benedict’s legacy during the course of his eight-year tenure. He conceded the pope doesn’t have the charisma of his predecessor, John Paul II, but said the reinforcement of traditional Catholic teachings – Obosky didn’t want to use the word “conservative” – will hopefully continue.“What you need is an anchor, a bastion of truth,” in a pope, upholding the two-millennia tradition. “I’m thankful for that,” he said.“I think he’ll be loved and appreciated as time goes by,” said Neil Fitzpatrick, a Mata­wan resident who is St. James’ music director.Fitzpatrick sees Benedict as a great theologian and thinker. And, while many would have liked to see the Roman Catho­lic Church take more progressive steps and changes, Fitz­patrick said that really isn’t the role for the pope. “You can’t change doctrine.’’ The pope is meant to reinforce and uphold it, he said.Fitzpatrick traveled to Rome about two years ago and attended a papal Mass at the Vatican. It lasted for about three hours; and, while Benedict moved quite slowly while serving Mass, Fitz­patrick was amazed he held up as well as he did.“I think he’s shown great humility and courage by stepping down,” Fitzpatrick said.Fred Link of Middletown said the pope “certainly won’t have the legacy” of his predecessor. “Intellectually he did a lot,” through his writings and public pronouncements, which will be his legacy, Link said.“It sure took me by surprise,” Link added. “I didn’t think it was an option. I thought you were there until you died.”last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Dance Umbrella

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports is once again going above and beyond the call of Team of the Week selection by honouring the group with, of course, Team of the Week accolades.Some of the dancers include, back row, L-R, Dale Cushway, Connor Clover, Otho Finch, Sam Gerlizt and Tanner Spencer.Middle, Dana Dickinson-Sampson, Rachel Kinakin, Kate Harvey-Vieira, Aisha Smith, Ema Collinson.Front, Rebecca Landsberg, Hazel Nichol and Sarah Jane-Hicks. The Dance Umbrella is once again hosting its annual Spring Showcase Thursday through Saturday at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.Spectators will see a variety of dances from student between the ages of three to 18.last_img

BLINGISMYTHING, QUEEN OF THE SAND, FANTICOLA, THREE HEARTS, & GRADE I WINNER HARD NOT TO LIKE ALL PROMINENT AMONG DEEP & COMPETITIVE FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES IN MONDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF

first_imgHIGHLY REGARDED FRENCH-BRED DANZA CAVALLO ONE OF TWO SHIPPING IN FROM KEENELAND ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2015)–Monday’s Memorial Day headliner, the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, has attracted a talent laden cast of 10 fillies and mares including recent local graded stakes winners Blingismything and Queen of The Sand, along with a pair of invaders from Kentucky–Grade I stakes winner Hard Not to Like and graded stakes placed Danza Cavallo.Trained by Eric Kruljac, Blingismything stalked the pace and was up to win the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes by a nose on April 26 and will try 1 1/8 miles for the second time in her career on Monday. A close seventh, beaten just two lengths in her only other try at the distance–the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes five starts back on Dec. 27, Blingismything has been a gem of consistency, with her only out of the money performance in 10 races coming in the Frankel.A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Arch, Blingismything is owned by Class Racing Stable and retains the services of leading rider Tyler Baze. With an overall mark of 10-4-2-3, she has earnings of $246,330.Like Blingismything, trainer Paddy Gallagher’s Irish-bred Queen of The Sand exits a nose victory last time out, in her case, the Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf Santa Barbara Handicap on April 18. Next-to-last in the early going, the 5-year-old mare rallied late, overcoming traffic trouble, to just prevail over Fanticola, who’ll she’ll again face in the Gamely.Owned by Derrick Fisher, Queen of The Sand will make only her third start of the year and sports an overall mark of 23-8-2-3, with earnings of $343,920. Although winless in three tries at 1 1/8 miles, she has three wins from four tries at a flat mile on turf and will be ridden back by Drayden Van Dyke.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fanticola, who just missed a gate to wire win over Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara on April 18, will likely show plenty of speed again when shortening up a furlong in the Gamely. A winner of the one mile turf Megahertz Stakes three starts back on Jan. 17, the 5-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare has been no worse than third in her last five starts. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Fanticola, who has never run at the Gamely distance, is 15-4-4-6 overall, with earnings of $288,300.Third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Queen of The Sand in the Santa Barbara, Team Valor International’s Three Hearts was perhaps unlucky in defeat, as she lacked room at the rail from the quarter pole to the furlong marker at odds of 5-2. Conditioned by Neil Drysdale, the 5-year-old Hat Trick mare is 6-1-2-2 at the Gamely distance and is 17-3-4-5 overall with earnings of $262,249. Ridden by Tyler Baze in her last three starts, she switches to Gary Stevens on Monday.Trainer Christophe Clement’s Hard Not to Like, who caught a yielding turf when running third in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland April 11, brings a solid resume, that includes a Grade I win in last year’s Wiley, to Monday’s Gamely.  Hard Not to Like finished first in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles turf Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Jan. 31, but was disqualified to second. The 6-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred mare by Hard Spun is 18-6-3-2 overall with earnings of $781,671. She’s owned by Speedway Stable, LLC.French-bred Danza Cavallo rallied from far off the pace to take her second stateside start, a third condition allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf April 17 at Keeneland. Second, beaten a neck in her U.S. debut, the Grade III, 1 ½ miles turf Long Island Handicap Nov. 8, Danza Cavallo has been favored in both of her U.S. starts. Conditioned by Chad Brown and owned by Sheep Pond Partners and Dubb, the 4-year-old filly by Sunday Break will be piloted for the third consecutive start by Irad Ortiz, Jr. She is 13-4-4-2, with earnings of $189,868.With all horse assigned 119 pounds, here is the Grade I Gamely Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Monday, with jockeys in post position order: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith; Three Hearts, Gary Stevens; Blingismything, Tyler Baze; Fanticola, Joe Talamo; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira; Elektrum, Flavien Prat; Danza Cavallo, Irad Ortiz, Jr.; Hard Not to Like, Victor Espinoza, and Queen of The Sand, Drayden Van Dyke.                First post time on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more