Moore rejected Ireland career

first_imgAustralia hooker Stephen Moore admits he rejected the opportunity to explore an international career with Ireland. The 86-cap front-rower revealed Ireland enquired about his services when he was 19. Born in Saudi Arabia to Irish parents, Moore and family moved to Galway before settling in Australia. Press Association The 30-year-old admitted interest from Ireland swayed his teenage mind for a second – until he thought more seriously about the prospect. Australia’s most-capped hooker explained: “That was a long time ago, very early on in my career, only 19 or 20, so I wasn’t really thinking about playing internationally at that stage, I was only playing Under-19s rugby in Brisbane. “But yeah there was a bit of interest there, obviously with my background, but I think at the time my head was spinning about everything. “But I’ve been in Australia since I was five years old, I’ve grown up in Australia and I consider myself a proud Australian. “So I’m very glad I’ve had the opportunity to play for Australia so many times, it’s very special to me. “But in saying that I’m very proud of my heritage over here too. “We’ve got plenty of guys like that in the team though, guys who have backgrounds in other countries around the world. “And I guess that’s one of the unique things about Australia. “When it came down to it, it wasn’t a difficult decision. “I had always grown up following Australia and wanting to play for the Wallabies.” Moore is relishing Australia’s autumn international clash with Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday – even though half his family will be baying for Wallaby blood. Gaelic football goalkeeper Patrick O’Rourke featured in the recent International Rules series against Australia. And Moore is happy to keep the international inter-hemisphere family battle going. He continued: “It’s always a special week, very much so, particularly over here. “There’s always lots of people to catch up with and find tickets for. I’ve also got my mother, sister, wife and son over here too, so there’s a chance to visit family which is a great chance you don’t get too often. “My cousin was the goalkeeper for the Irish team against the Australian team, so I follow him pretty closely. “My dad’s from Galway and my mum from Mayo, so there’s always a lot of talk about their football team too. “All my cousins over here still support Ireland, so I have to understand that! “Most of my mum’s family live within an hour of Dublin, so it will be pretty busy at the weekend.” last_img read more

CDC Lists Pot Vape Brands Reported in National Outbreak

first_imgHealth officials who are investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed the vape brands they say are most often linked to hospitalizations.Most of the nearly 2,300 people who have suffered lung damage at this point had vaped liquids containing THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana.In a report released on Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the products that were most often cited by patients.According to the CDC, Dank Vapes was the brand used by 56 percent of hospitalized patients across the country.Other product names on the list include TKO (15%), Smart Cart (13%) and Rove (12%).Brian King, a senior CDC official, says, “It’s not likely that a single brand is responsible for this outbreak.”Some of the brands on the list are sold in states that have legalized marijuana.The CDC also stated that the worst of the outbreak may be over. Preliminary data reveals that the number of hospitalizations peaked in mid-September and has been declining since then. Every state has reported cases this year, with 25 states and the District of Columbia reporting a total of 48 deaths through November. There have been 2,291 reported cases in 2019.Symptoms include trouble breathing, chest pain, fatigue and vomiting.Nearly half of the patients are in their teens or early 20s. Officials believe the outbreak started last March.In addition, an analysis of about 1,800 hospitalized patients shows that 80 percent admitted using at least one THC product.Last month, CDC officials announced that a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate has been commonly found in the lungs of sick patients and in the products they had vaped.Vitamin E acetate is a thickening agent that has known to be added to illicit THC vaping liquids. According to King, it may also have been added to vaping liquids that contain CBD, another cannabis extract. About one percent of patients said they had vaped CBD products exclusively.Another 13 percent of patients said they had vaped only nicotine. To that end, CDC officials are reviewing nicotine-containing vapes, and advising caution about all vaping products until the investigation is concluded.last_img read more

Four changes to Windies A squad for Sri Lanka A one-dayers

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Youth World Cup star Odean Smith has been named in a 13-member West Indies A squad to face Sri Lanka A, in the three-match one-day series which bowls off here Wednesday.The 20-year-old fast bowler was a member of the West Indies Under-19 side that won the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh last year January, and also featured extensively for his native Jamaica Tallawahs in this year’s Caribbean Premier League.Smith has been joined by the trio of all-rounder Kyle Mayers, fast bowler Ronsford Beaton and batsman Andre McCarthy, as the new faces in the squad led by wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton.“The squad builds on our last President’s XI squad which played against England earlier this year with Jahmar Hamilton retained as captain,” chief selector, Courtney Browne said.“Players coming into the square are those to replace the players that have moved up to the senior team or those that are not available at this time.”West Indies A are coming off a disappointing 2-1 defeat in the three-match four-day “Test” series, which wrapped up last weekend.They won the first “Test” by an innings at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on the country’s north coast but lost the second match by 280 runs and the third by 10 wickets.When the two sides last met in a one-day series on the Caribbean side’s tour of Sri Lanka last October, Windies A swept the three-match series.Browne reminded that with the next year featuring a packed one-day programme, this series would be important for players in getting the attention of selectors.“Our ‘A’ team programme is a stepping stone to our senior team and the panels want to encourage players to focus on consistent performances,” said the former Test wicketkeeper.“With a full year of One-day International matches coming up next year, including the ICC World Cup qualifiers next March in Zimbabwe, this is another opportunity, along with the Regional Super50 Cup next January, for players to present themselves for any places available in the senior team.”The second match on Friday is also set for Sabina Park before the series wraps up in Trelawny next Sunday.last_img read more

Rakeem Christmas garners 3rd-team All-American spot by Sporting News

first_img Published on March 10, 2015 at 11:41 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ The offseason honors continue to pile up for Rakeem Christmas.The center — who played his last collegiate game in a loss to North Carolina State on Saturday — was named a third-team All-American by Sporting News on Tuesday. The announcement comes two days after he was named to the first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference, to the ACC All-Defensive team and the ACC’s Most Improved Player.For good measure, Christmas also received one vote for ACC Player of the Year, which was won by Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor.Christmas finished the season averaging 17.5 and 9.1 rebounds per game while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. His previous career-high for average points per game was 5.8, which he averaged a junior last season.With Syracuse’s season finished due to a self-imposed postseason ban, Christmas said on Saturday that he is returning home to Philadelphia to evaluate his future with his family. He also said he expects to start working out for the NBA Draft in the coming weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are the Sporting News All-American teams:First teamJahlil Okafor, C, DukeD’Angelo Russell, G, Ohio StateFrank Kaminsky, F, WisconsinWillie Cauley-Stein, F, KentuckyDelon Wright, G, UtahSecond teamMelo Trimble, G, MarylandSeth Tuttle, F, Northern IowaQuinn Cook, G, DukeDarrun Hilliard, G, VillanovaJerian Grant, G, Notre DameThird teamKarl-Anthony Towns, F, KentuckyBobby Portis, F, ArkansasKevin Pangos, G, GonzagaRakeem Christmas, C, SyracuseJoseph Young, G, Oregon Commentslast_img read more

StarTimes Set to Broadcast International Champions Cup Live

first_imgArmed with exclusive broadcast rights, StarTimes World Football (channel 254) and Sports Focus (channel 250) channels would wow subscribers with another top-class actions series from the top teams including FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain who are all set to play 21 matches in China, Australia and the United States.It would be exciting to see Jose Mourinho reignite bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola in Manchester derby on Monday 25 in China! Barca, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Bayern Munich will do battle against one another in three different continents on Sat 30 June 2016!StarTimes is also set to broadcast all 2016/ 2017 season games from the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Chinese Super league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Digital TV company, StarTimes Nigeria, yesterday announced that it has acquired the media rights for International Champions Cup (ICC) on exclusive basis in sub-Saharan Africa for the 2015 to 2019 seasons and will be beaming the games live and exclusively to Nigerians from July 22 through August 13.“StarTimes football loving subscribers in Nigeria will yet again be treated to another fantastic round of pulsating football entertainment beginning from Friday July 22, just as we did during the Copa America Centenario and the European Championship.“ICC 2016 is the mini Champions League and ultimate pre-season football tournament where the biggest clubs in the world would battle for glory.17 champion clubs would clash in 22 matches spread over 23 days in uncensored soccer festival.last_img read more

Solskjaer Charges Sanchez, Lukaku to Step up their Game

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku must step up and take their chances for Manchester United as they near a return to full fitness.Both players have been underwhelming for United so far this season, with Lukaku scoring just six times in all competitions, while Sanchez has found the net just four times since moving to Old Trafford in January.Paul Pogba was another player who was struggling under previousmanager Jose Mourinho and found himself relegated to the bench during the latter stages of the Portuguese’s reign. However, he has been revitalised under Solskjaer and although he rejected suggestions he is responsible for the midfielder’s improved form, the Norwegian urged Sanchez and Lukaku to follow Pogba’s lead.“I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch. Paul has done it himself. The players have done the performances,” Solskjaer said ahead of United’s match against Bournemouth, live on Sky Sports.“I’m here to help them, guide them on the path, and then it’s up to them to do it on the pitch.“I don’t agree I’ve done that with Paul, and I can do that with Romelu and Alexis. It’s up to them when they get a chance. That’s the name of the game when you’re a footballer. You’ve got to do it yourself.“Yes, you want help from your manager and your team-mates. I give them some guidelines. There’s been loads of talk about freedom of expression, but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager.“You can’t tell all the players what to do. They are here for a reason – they are good players. It’s up to them to use their imagination, creativity and enjoy playing for this club because that is the best time of your life. It’s not a bad time being a manager either, for a little while.”Solskjaer also had praise for Antonio Valencia, another player who had fallen out of favour under Mourinho and confirmed he will remain club captain during the caretaker manager’s reign at Old Trafford.He said: “Antonio is the captain. When he is properly fit and playing, he will wear the armband.“He’s going through a couple of tough sessions to get him ready for the busy period. There are not many better right backs going forward.”Meanwhile, Solskjaer confirmed Chris Smalling would likely miss United’s next three matches with a foot injury.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited by return to Old Traffordlast_img read more

NBA championship odds 2020: Clippers become title favorites with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

first_imgLatest 2019/20 NBA – Championship Winner odds 🏆3/1 – LA Clippers10/3 – LA Lakers13/2 – Milwaukee Bucks9/1 – Philadelphia 76ers12/1 – Golden State WarriorsFull market available here –🏀— William Hill (@WilliamHill) July 6, 2019Kawhi to the @LAClippers.Updated NBA title odds (FanDuel):LAC: +270LAL: +390MIL: +600PHI: +950GSW: +1400— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) July 6, 2019PointsBet Futures:Clippers 2/1Lakers 11/2Bucks 6/1Sixers 8/1Rockets, Jazz 12/1Warriors 16/1Raptors 20/1Celtics, Nuggets, Nets 25/1Thunder, Blazers 40/1Pacers 66/1Mavericks, Spurs, Pelicans 80/1— Wes Reynolds (@WesReynolds1) July 6, 2019🏀 NBA Championship (including play-offs) – To Win Outright:- Clippers – 13/5- Lakers – 15/4- Bucks – 11/2- 76ers – 9/1- Warriors – 11/1- Rockets – 13/1📲 Latest odds >— bet365 (@bet365) July 6, 2019MORE: NBA players react to Kawhi, PG-13 joining forcesExpect more volatility after one of Las Vegas’ major books resets its prices. Friday’s stunning news that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will play with the Clippers next season left the gambling world scrambling. Sportsbooks across the globe hurriedly reset their NBA championship odds in response. The Clippers are now the offseason favorites to win it all in 2020; they’re listed from 2-1 to 3-1 in a small sample of new futures lines:last_img read more

Macdonald’s Work with Horizons Program ‘a Joy’

first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON – When it comes to her work with the Horizons student enrichment program, Lore Macdonald just doesn’t talk the talk – she truly walks the walk.Macdonald, a Rumson resident, who co-founded the program at Rumson Country Day School 18 summers ago, previously served as the board president and is still a member of the board. She was associated with Hori­zons, a national program, in New Canaan, Conn., before it was established in Rumson. Last week, Macdonald was recognized for her dedication to the program when she was named a New Jersey Hero last week by first lady Mary Pat Christie.“It does give me profound joy,” Macdonald said of her involvement with the program. “It is something that I’ll leave this world knowing I did a little bit of good, I had some impact on the lives of a lot of people.”The Rumson Horizons program, one of 33 programs across the country and one of two in New Jersey, is a six-week program July through mid-August for at-risk children, primarily from Red Bank. Aimed at allowing the kids to continue their education and remain engaged, it is a fun, activities-filled way to learn while off from school.The idea, said Lori Hohenleitner, the program’s executive director, is to combat what educators have labeled “summer slide,” during which students out of the classroom for the summer lose educational ground. Studies show that it can be particularly true for low-income students, who haven’t the same opportunities as their wealthier counterparts to remain engaged when school is out.“It does help them go back to school without having lost much,” Macdonald said.The program has had about 2,000 children participate over the years, with 125 students enrolled this summer, according to Robin Schemen, president of Horizon’s Rumson board and a member of the program’s national board.The program is open to children who have completed kindergarten and allows them to be part of the program up until the summer after they complete eighth grade. Hori­zons, which costs $50 for the six weeks, is available to students who qualify for free or reduced cost lunch programs in their public schools.The program uses a hands-on approach to teaching, tying lessons with projects the children take on to realworld circumstances.“Everything is very hands on,” Schemen said.Along with that, kids have a chance to go to the Com­munity YMCA, 166 Maple Ave., Red Bank, where they get to swim or take swimming lessons just about every day.Swimming is not simply a recreational outlet, Hohen­leitner stressed. “We feel if kids learn confidence in the pool, not only is that a life skill, but they’re also able to translate that to the classroom.”For Macdonald, the program offers so much to the children and their families that is “so obviously successful … It really is a no-brainer.“This is wonderful for kids, because it’s a different kind of learning experience,” she said.Macdonald’s appreciation for what the program has meant to many and her experience goes back a long time. The Horizons program began in the 1970s at the New Canaan Country School, New Canaan, Conn., where Macdonald grew up and was a student. In the late ‘70s she spent a couple of summers working as a teacher for the program and began her firsthand experience with it. When the program was first proposed for the Rumson Country Day School, she strongly supported it and involved herself in establishing it, working with staff and students and serving as board president for 13 years.“I think I did a little bit of everything,” since the summer of 1996, when it started, she said.“She spearheaded the program,” said Chad Small, Rumson Country Day’s headmaster. “She remains its heart and soul.”Macdonald, who married just six days after graduating college and raised four children, all going to Rumson Country Day, sees the promise in the children who have been involved in the program. “It has been a rewarding experience for me,” she said. “Getting to know the children and the families, for me was huge.”It also has been a great experience for board members and those who have volunteered, she said. “They really take away a lot.”Another nice part is still having a chance to see some of the students – who go to high school and beyond – talk about their experiences and what it meant to them. “I’m just goofy enough that they remember me,” she joked about running into former students. But she added, “I love it. They always say hello and tell me what they’re up to. It’s a nice feeling for me.”The next chapter for Macdonald and others associated with the program is to continue it for the high school years. She believes the idea of extending education into the summer is something that goes beyond just the Hori­zons program and should be adopted by more schools and districts.“It’s just a smart thing to do,” she said.last_img read more

EMTV to televise Pacific Test

first_imgChairman of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Sandis Tsaka said EMTV were given the exclusive rights to televise the Pacific Test Rugby League match by the Australian NRL.“I am happy to announce that Papua New Guineans will be able to watch their beloved PNG LNG Kumuls take on Fiji Batis on their television screens on EMTV,” said Tsaka.He added that FM 100 will also relay a live radio broadcast if people do not have access to a television set.Manager for news and current affairs for EMTV, Neville Choi said international rugby league will feature prominently on EMTV this year and next.He added that EMTV will televise the Kumuls versus Bati match followed by the Tonga versus Samoa game.“The two matches will be exclusively telecast live. The first is the PNG LNG Kumuls versus Fiji Bati game which starts at 5.30pm followed by the Tonga versus Samoa match at 7.30pm,” said Choi.He finished saying EMTV also holds the exclusive rights for the Four Nations Rugby League Tournament in England later this year and the Rugby League World Cup co-hosted by Australia, New Zealand and PNG next year.“Exclusive telecast of the three World Cup pool matches PNG will host in Port Moresby next year will be featured on EMTV,” said Choi.He said the three licences that EMTV has been granted are for terrestrial Free-To-Air broadcasters only which EMTV holds exclusive rights in PNG.last_img read more

Follow The Trace | A ‘hairy’ situation

first_img Word is that when the girls do the swimming drills, their expensive hairstyles get severely compromised, often to the degree of thousands of dollars. The story continues that most of the girls have to go about their normal lives as office workers and university students with their hair in a mess. Human beings are naturally resistant to change, even when change could ultimately be beneficial to the individual and wider good. I posit the example of the Reggae Boyz’ former Brazilian football coach RenÈ Simies, who upon his first arrival in Jamaica in 1994, sought to change every minute detail of how Jamaicans thought about football, how we govern the game, and how we played the game. At the time, Simies had several detractors, squabbles, spats and even confrontations with members of the football family, including some of his star players. The feisty little Brazilian was called everything ranging from a “madman” to a “cab driver”. Within three years, Simoes’s status shifted from villain to Jamaica’s favourite honorary son, as he historically guided the Reggae Boyz to the promised land of the World Cup Finals in 1998. There are absolutely no guarantees or even indicators to suggest that coach Allison-McCracken will commensurately replicate Simoes’ football success, in netball, but she has started out with the right attitude, which is obviously ruffling some HAIR. RESISTANT TO CHANGE The recent decision by new Sunshine Girls head coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken to boot three members of the national senior team continues to cause a stir across the local netball and general sports fraternity. Opinions are predictably split between those in support of the actions of the new coach and those in support for the now suspended players. However, it is a no-brainer for me. The coach is the person in ultimate control and with full responsibility for matters relating to training methods, tactics, and team selection. It is completely the prerogative of the coach to fairly and appropriately discipline members of the team she is charged with preparing. The three ladies involved in this latest saga, Shanice Beckford, Khadijah Williams and Nicole Dixon, were to varying degrees guilty of open defiance of the coach’s instructions, an offence that is reasonably punishable by suspension at this level of sport. The point of no return is nay whenever sports stars begin to see themselves as indispensable. Certainly, a new coach with as challenging a mandate for change as Mrs Allison-McCracken has, must act fairly and decisively to set the tone for the journey down the path of change. One could empathise with the suspended players if it could be reasonably deemed that the new training measures and exercises being introduced were foreign, extreme or draconian. Incredibly, the epicentre of this controversy seems to revolve around the desire of the national coach for senior team representatives to spend more time in the swimming pool. There is now of course, talk about the WAY the coach talks to the players, and suggestions that she is a dictator with a touch of sophisticated arrogance. There is even talk of a possible “swimming phobia” sweeping through the national netball squad. The rhetoric goes from the sublime to the ridiculous with the revelation that the real problem is that the majority of the sunshine girls are against the frequent pool exercises because they do not want to get their hair wet.last_img read more