Autism awareness and motorcyclists recognized by commission

first_imgBy ESTEVAN MEDRANOPort Isabel-South Padre Presspress@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega presents members of Bikers for Christ with a proclamation declaring May Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. (Staff photo by Estevan Medrano).The Port Isabel Commission proclaimed the month of April as Autism Awareness Month at Monday’s special meeting. The Commission also welcomed several children and their parents present at City Hall who participated in the Run/Walk for Autism held this past Saturday at Beulah Lee Park. Mayor Joe E. Vega presented the walk/run participants and their supervisors with a framed acknowledgment commemorating the occasion. The lighthouse was lit blue earlier this month in support of autism awareness and will remain so for the whole month.“I want to thank everyone who participated in promoting this here,” said Mayor Vega. “Especially the parents who work so hard in promoting awareness.”Also present were several local motorcyclists who were happy to see the city commission proclaim the month of May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. The bikers, many part of the group Bikers for Christ, also were presented with a framed acknowledgement commemorating the newly passed proclamation.“We are urging all of our community to become aware of the inherent danger involved in operated a motorcycle,” said Mayor Vega. “And give the operator the respect  on the road they deserve.”Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharecenter_img RelatedON HOLD: PI barred from holding meetings until ousted commissioners issue resolvedBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com To view a copy of the case summary or the petition click here. Port Isabel Commissioners Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora and Martin C. Cantu who were recently dismissed from office following a majority vote by the City Commission, have filed an injunction against…April 24, 2015In “News”6th Annual Autism Walk set for April 12By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ South Padre Parade The Sixth Annual Autism Walk/5K and Family Fun Event is scheduled for Friday, April 12, at the Heavin Resaca Trail. “April is Autism Awareness Month, so we put together a walk,” said organizer Lupita Hernandez. “It’s a fun evening for families who have kids…April 4, 2013In “South Padre Parade”Taxi licensingBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com Getting back to business as usual, the Port Isabel City Commission met Tuesday for a regular meeting. The commission began by accepting a request by Julian Hernandez Jr. — a Wave shuttle driver for 15 years in South Padre Island — to open…June 12, 2015In “News”last_img read more

Divers become first Japanese to qualify for Tokyo 2020

first_img olympics, Tokyo 2020, diving, Sho Sakai, Ken Terauchi, synchronized diving GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “It was tough, but we kept grinding and competing,” Terauchi said with a smile. “To earn a spot in the Olympics is good for us and good for the team.”Terauchi competed in four straight Olympics from 1996 — as a high school freshman — to 2008 before temporarily retiring in 2009. He resumed his career in 2011. Although he was not selected to compete at the 2012 Games in London, he did make Japan’s team for Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where Sakai was competing for the first time.When Terauchi competes next year in Tokyo, he will match the Japanese record for summer Olympic appearances currently held by equestrian rider Taizo Sugitani.The Japanese pair finished with 389.43 points.China’s Xie Siyi and Cao Yuan won gold with 439.74, while Britain’s Jack Laugher and Daniel Goodfellow were distant runners-up with 415.02. Juan Manuel Celaya Hernandez and Yahel Castillo Huerta of Mexico were third. GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA – Men’s synchronized divers Ken Terauchi and Sho Sakai on Saturday became the first Japanese to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics in any sport.The 38-year-old Terauchi, already a five-time Olympian, and his 26-year-old teammate punched their tickets to the Olympics by finishing seventh in the men’s 3-meter synchronized diving competition at the swimming world championships. They needed to finish in the top eight to qualify. Synchronized divers Ken Terauchi (bottom) and Sho Sakai compete during the swimming world championships on Saturday in Gwangju, South Korea. | KYODOcenter_img RELATED PHOTOS KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Fans in Tampa Comment on the Loss

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5 things | Stoops at UK kickoff luncheon

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Head coach Mark Stoops of the Kentucky Wildcats talks to head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks prior to their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.Head coach Mark Stoops of the Kentucky Wildcats talks to head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks prior to their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.LEXINGTON, Ky. – The “talking season,” a term Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops borrowed from his friend Steve Spurrier, rolled on Friday with a kickoff luncheon in Lexington where the Wildcats’ big whistle and his two coordinators previewed the actual season while a ballroom full of fans chowed down.Here are five things worth noting about the coaches’ Q&A session:* Stoops likes the new digs. He “just couldn’t be more pleased” with how the $120 million Commonwealth Stadium renovation – set to be unveiled at the Sept. 5 opener – is taking shape. He said the team worked out on the new turf Friday morning and “the players love it; they get energized when they walk in the stadium, just seeing it. It’s beautiful.” Nearby, the $45 million practice facility – due to open next summer – is also in progress. “Boy, that’s looking good,” Stoops said. “That’s only going to help us. It’s a huge piece of the recruiting.”As opener looms, work left on UK stadiumHe also praised UK president Eli Capilouto for the massive campus makeover that’s also in progress, including beautiful new dorms that make it “easier to recruit to.” Taken as a whole, the progress at UK is a significant selling point.“It’s hard (when) the first couple of years I’m showing them pictures. You know, ‘This is what it’s going to be,’ ” Stoops said. “Then they go somewhere else and it’s already done and it’s beautiful. So when it’s done (at UK), I think it’ll have a real positive effect.”* Cats tweak X’s and O’s. While offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is another Hal Mumme/Air Raid disciple, he made one thing clear: “We’re putting our guards’ hands in the ground and we want to run the football,” he said. “Everybody’s infatuated with throwing the football. Obviously I’m infatuated; I threw it 90 times one game (and lost). You’ve got to throw the ball vertical, and that’s part of our offense, but we’re pretty physical. .. In today’s football, if you run spread option and you’re soft, then you’re not going to win any games.”On the other side, Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot brought their 4-3 scheme from Florida State in 2012, but “what we found about midseason is in this league, we felt like we needed to get bigger,” Eliot said. “They were bigger bodies, more physical-run type plays. So we opted for a 3-4 to make our edges bigger. So our guys who were playing defensive end in our 4-3 are now outside, setting the point, setting the edge. We became a bigger defense, but we also became more multiple. There’s more things you can do, and disguise it better, in a 3-4.”Q&A: Mark Stoops at UK kickoff luncheon* Stoops seems relaxed. He is typically not at his most comfortable on stage or in front of a microphone, but he was quick-witted and seemingly at ease Friday. When Dawson said coaches have to take the good with the bad and “if things go bad, then I welcome that (criticism,” Stoops playfully cut him off. “Well, not the bad.” When Dawson, who came from West Virginia, offered the encouraging nugget that UK has “the most depth that I’ve had as a coach,” Stoops interjected again. “You’ve been blessed not to be here for those first two years as we were building that depth.”So does this breezy attitude indicate his confidence level in the roster heading into his third season as UK’s coach? “I think so,” Stoops said. “There’s always that anxiety, you know, that just ‘What’s next to do?’ It’s never going to end. It’s never-ending. So I believe briefly it’s somewhat more comfortable, but I think you know me – you’ve covered me long enough – that I’m much more comfortable on the field. I’m ready to get with our guys and coach our guys … (but) yes, you definitely feel more confident, as you should going into Year 3 with a team.”SEC MD | Gamecocks’ Spurrier still going at 70* Just how old is the HBC? Stoops goes way back with Spurrier, so what did he make of South Carolina’s coach calling a press conference to say, essentially, I’m not old? “You gotta love Coach Spurrier,” he said. “I know this: We play him the second game of the season, and I promise you he’ll be ready for the Wildcats.” In his odd presser, the 70-year-old Spurrier said his doctor told him he has the mind and body of a spry 55-year-old. “I would agree with him there,” Stoops said. “I played golf with him this summer. The guy can still play.”SEC MD | UK’s Elam ‘making huge strides’* Fight night at Stoops’ house. In explaining what a family UK football has become, Stoops said he got a text from sophomore defensive tackle Matt Elam two weekends ago wondering what his coach was up to. Neither was busy, so Elam came to Stoops’ house and the two watched a mixed martial arts fight together and then hung out until the wee hours. “I look down at the clock and it’s about 1:30 in the morning and I said, ‘Matt, I gotta go to bed.’ “Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

India’s coronavirus cases pass 5 million

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP India’s total coronavirus cases passed five million on Wednesday, health ministry data showed, as the pandemic extends its grip on the vast country at an ever-faster rate.With its latest one million cases recorded in just 11 days, a world record, India now has 5.02 million infections. Only the United States has more, with 6.59 million.India has for some time been recording the world’s biggest daily jumps in cases, and on Wednesday, the rise was just over 90,000 with a record 1,290 deaths.While India took 167 days to reach one million cases, the next million came in just 21 days, faster than the US and Brazil, according to the Times of India. Just 29 days later, India became only the third country after the US and Brazil to post four million infections. India passed Brazil earlier this month.Even so, and with India now testing around a million people daily, many experts say that this is not enough and that the true number of infections may be far higher.This has been borne out in several studies in recent weeks measuring antibodies against the virus among the cramped populations of megacities New Delhi and Mumbai.The India Council for Medical Research, the country’s lead pandemic agency, said last week that its survey had suggested that already in May, 6.5 million people were infected.The same goes for deaths — 82,066 as of Wednesday, less than half the US toll of 195,000 — with many deaths not properly recorded by authorities even in normal times.– ‘Wrong signal’ –India has one the world’s most poorly funded healthcare systems and the nation of 1.3 billion people is home to some of the most densely populated cities and towns.The sharp rise in cases is despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government imposing in late March one of the world’s strictest lockdowns, leaving tens of millions of people in the informal labour market jobless almost overnight.The lockdown saw complete travel bans, shutting down of businesses and factories, and the flight of millions of poor migrant workers from big cities to their villages that experts say caused the virus to spread from urban centres to small towns.India’s GDP slumped nearly 24 percent in the first quarter, one of the steepest drops among major economies.The lockdown has been steadily eased even as infections soar, with schools set to open for some classes on Monday — along with tourist hotspot the Taj Mahal.“Initially there was a fair amount of rigour in the lockdown but subsequently there was some relaxation before it was completely lifted,” K. Srinath Reddy, head of health charity the Public Health Foundation of India, told AFP.“It sent a wrong signal to the people that possibly we have got things reasonably under control and now the economy takes precedence. The virus is now infecting more people and penetrating deeper into smaller towns.”last_img read more

West Ham willing to pay €20m+ for player, club would ‘study…

first_imgOn August 2nd, we carried a report from Spanish newspaper AS, who reported West Ham United ‘want to secure the services’ of Real Betis’ Antonio Sanabria, while they also claimed the Hammers will face competition from OGC Nice. Etsadio Deportivo reports the La Liga outfit are now looking to find a solution for the forward as they want to offload him in the summer transfer window, after completing Sidnei’s transfer.The report echoes what was mentioned in AS and talks about interest from the Hammers and Nice, but the latter’s general manager, Julien Fournier has ruled out a move for the player.Manuel Pellegrini’s side are willing to pay more than €20m for Sanabria and Estadio Deportivo suggests the above mentioned figure would make Betis ‘study the proposal’. West Ham are also interested in Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez, who is said to be their first choice target.Embed from Getty ImagesSanabria has travelled to England with his current employer, who will play two friendlies against AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff City, but the former AS Roma man is not included in Quique Setién’s plans for the new campaign.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndolast_img read more

Lumberjacks defeat Central Illinois to set franchise record in regular season wins

first_img $0.00 $0.00 $59.99 FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… ENDS IN Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Shop Now Not relevant Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon Displayed poorly × Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $15.29$17.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN Displayed poorly (8187) Bestseller Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive (1009) Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Other Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Other (1862) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. LocalSportsJournal.comThe Muskegon Lumberjacks opened their final road trip of the year with a much needed win that made franchise history.The Lumberjacks opened the game with three unanswered first period goals a little over three minutes apart and held on to an important 5-2 win over the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Saturday at the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.Muskegon set franchise records in wins with 38 and points earned in a season with 80 and improved to 38-16-4 on the season.The Lumberjacks will continue their road trip on Friday night against the Madison Capitols. Faceoff is slated for 8:05 p.m. EST.Muskegon can claim its first regular season Eastern Conference title on Friday with a win over the Capitols or a Cedar Rapids loss to Dubuque.The Lumberjacks opened the scoring with two shorthanded goals one minute and 15 seconds apart to take a 2-0 advantage.Nolan Sullivan opened the scoring at the 12:08 mark of the first period while Andrej Kollar connected 13:23 into the opening frame.Muskegon increased its lead to 3-0 on a goal from Colby Bukes at the 15:29 mark of the first period to give the Lumberjacks the three-goal advantage after one period of play.The Flying Aces responded with the lone goal of the second period at the 7:49 mark from Stephen Halliday to cut their deficit to 3-1 heading into the final stanza.Both teams traded goals 50 seconds apart early in the third period.Oliver MacDonald increased the Lumberjacks lead to 4-1 at the 49 seconds mark of the third period before Connor Mayer responded for Central Illinois with a tally at the 1:39 mark to make the score 4-2.The Lumberjacks closed out the scoring with an empty net goal from Owen Farris at the 17:53 mark of the third period.Muskegon outshot the Flying Aces by a 36-26 margin.Brandon Bussi stopped 24 of 26 shots in net for the Lumberjacks to earn the victory in goal. Not relevant Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. NBC Sports Not relevant Bestseller Other Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller (35539) DEAL OF THE DAY Share × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Inappropriate / Offensive Mail DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other Other Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY × Bestseller Displayed poorly Bestseller × Not relevant × Displayed poorly Dude Perfect Signature Bow Nerf Sports Bi… Share $14.99 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (22) Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. (1461) Displayed poorly Report a problem This item is… Bestseller (124) Report a problem This item is… $26.86$49.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly (33138) Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… $3.99 0 ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN Not relevant ENDS IN × The League Bestseller Other Other × DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Fox Sports Go Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $0.00 Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN A Warrior’s Heart Shares Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Franklin Sports MLB Electronic Baseball … Otherlast_img read more

Why AWCON Win Wouldn’t be Enough for Falcons

first_imgVilifying a team that has reached its target can sound somewhat anomalous. Or how do you pick at a team in the final of a major tournament and whose world cup ticket is in its bag already? Except the team is a perennial winner drastically going on a precarious declineThe Super Falcons may be on the threshold of lifting the African Women Cup of Nations for the Ninth time (or Eleventh depending on who you ask) but even that shouldn’t mask the many shortcomings that were evident throughout the duration of the tournament.The continental showpiece has been won by the Nigerian senior female team on all but two editions, so much so you’d be forgiven to think it should be redubbed the Falcons Nations Cup. But on the evidence of their showing at the soon-to-be-concluded tourney, that narrative is drastically changing.In all of their matches in Ghana, the Falcons have often looked a shadow of the team that once dominated every African opponent. They used to be a team always on the front foot irrespective of who they’re up against, always looking to score five once they’ve scored four, even eight once seven is in the net. This current crop of Falcons exhibited very little of those attributes at this tournament.Of course, there’s the devil’s advocate argument of poor preparation being a factor of their ‘mediocre’ performances, but even that won’t hold water. While such a case can be made for the loss against South Africa’s Banyana, their display against Cameroon in the semis looked more a result of technical ineptitude than physical unpreparedness.Against their West African neighbours, the Falcons appeared bereft of innovations and a clear pattern of play. They mostly cut a confused figure, not knowing whether to defend or attack. They must have been the more relieved side – and to great consternation too – when the referee signalled for penalties.Such as been the severity of their descent that Cameroon bossed the entire encounter and felt more disappointed the game even went into shootouts.The final match against South Africa today couldn’t have been more unpredictable with an even more rife argument in some quarters that the Banyana Banyana are favourites for the AWCON trophy; they’ve been arguably the most impressive team at the tournament after all and more significantly beaten the Falcons in the group stage.When NFF appointed a foreign coach – Thomas Dennerby – earlier in the year, it was in their words “to sustain and enhance the Super Falcons’ dominance on the African scene, to take the Falcons and the other women teams to the next level of challenging for laurels at global competitions like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and, to generally lay the foundation for the real development of women’s football in our country.” None of those targets have been met as the team looks anything but a domineering ‘next level’ side; they, in fact, look like a team on the periphery of African football.The Nigerian team hasn’t beaten any top class opponent in this tournament, their two wins in 90 minutes came against an Equatorial Guinean side who weren’t even sure of participating until days before the event kicked off, and a Zambia team with no prior notable pedigree in the continent. The bigger tests were always going to be against South Africa and Cameroon. The way they’ve handled those tests leaves a lot to be desired.The platitude in football has always been that the end justifies the means. That couldn’t be more inappropriate for the Falcons even if they win on Saturday.RelatedSuper Falcons Coach: Winning AWCON Trophy Not Important (Audio)November 1, 2018In “AFCON Insider”Super Falcons Star Tackles NFF after Tough WC DrawDecember 9, 2018In “FIFA”Super Falcons Qualify For 2019 All Africa GamesFebruary 18, 2019In “Africa”last_img read more

Stand-in Liverpool boss Critchley ready for Anfield debut as stars jet off for winter break

first_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! NEIL CRITCHLEY never did have a claim to fame — or ever want one.Yet by the end of tonight’s FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury, Liverpool’s modest Under-23s coach may have written his name into the annals of Anfield history.Neil Critchley is ready to make his Anfield debut on TuesdayCredit: PA:Press AssociationIn his senior playing career with Crewe Critchley, 41, only made one appearance — a 3-0 defeat away to Fulham in September 1999.After that he took the hint and for the last 20 years has been happy to remain in the background coaching youngsters.First it was with Crewe and from 2013 at Liverpool.His biggest achievement in the game has been to be one of only 16 in the country to be hand-picked by the FA to take an elite Uefa coaching badge.That, and perhaps helping Trent Alexander-Arnold to develop into probably the best right-back in the world.Victory over League One Shrews would not give him the legendary status of a Shankly, Paisley, Dalglish or current boss Klopp.But it would still get him an honourable mention.For he is attempting to do what none of the Kop’s greatest managers past or present have ever achieved.And that is to guide a bunch of kids through a replay and into the fifth round in his first and only match in charge of Liverpool at Anfield.Critchley is talking a good game, too, a bit like Shankly always did.Liverpool stars, including Roberto Firmino, are on their winter breakCredit: Instagram / @roberto_firminoGeorginio Wijnaldum is enjoying some welcome time in the sunCredit: Instagram / @gwijnaldumAs the icon who created the spirit of Anfield, the Scotsman was famous for his sayings.The most quoted remains: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. “I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”Critchley, cast into the limelight because Klopp is making a stand over the game being enforced on his club during the Premier League’s ‘winter break’, is not under pressure to get that serious.After all no one, least of all Klopp, batted an eyelid back in December when Critchley and his kids lost 5-0 away to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.But he wants more than just a few back slaps this time.Critchley, promoted from bossing the U18s in 2017, said: “I was pleased by a lot of what we did at Villa. But still, I couldn’t help being disappointed by the result. We didn’t do well enough in both boxes and that’s not a recipe for success.“So you have to do better at keeping them out at one end and scoring them at the other.“We are talking about things we need to do to be in this game and this time it’s a different sort of cup tie.“Who knows, in front of a full house and with a highly-experienced side, Shrewsbury might feel the pressure.“There is a lot of the unknown in this game.“What I do know is that while you can see how our first team would run through brick walls for each other, my players also fight for the cause all the time.”Klopp, he claimed, may even be in the stand so he will not exactly be walking alone.Joe Gomez is recuperating over the winter breakCredit: Instagram / @tamaratiaAnd he stresses of the German boss: “His presence is always felt even if he’s not there.”Yet Critchley hardly sounds like he is just helping Liverpool fulfil a fixture this time.He may even be thinking of one of the great Shankly’s less-quoted maxims: “If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.”Juventus plotting incredible £150m world record move for Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk in summer 2020 Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017center_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! 10 Best Travel Destinations in Taiwan Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Lions stars: Leave the Jaguares alone!

first_imgMaybe it’s because they’re part of the cat family.Or sheer bullishness because they beat them twice in 2019.But two Lions stalwarts on Tuesday emphatically stated the Jaguares’ case for staying in Super Rugby.ALSO READ: Swys rues Lions’ bad luckThe Argentinians’ participation was put in the spotlight earlier this week after former Wallaby hooker Phil Kearns opined that the team should be removed from the competition because the majority of its squad consists of national players.“They’re the national team. They shouldn’t even be in the comp. This is a provincial competition,” he said on Fox Sports.The Jaguares have undeniably underperformed in their first three seasons, but look set to make an impact in 2019 as they currently top the South African conference and are expected to stay there.The Lions did, however, break their Buenos Aires hoodoo at the start of the campaign and triumphed in the return game too.Here’s what Courtnall Skosan and Andries Coetzee had to say on the issue.SKOSANEvery away game for them is a few thousand kilometers and I feel for them in that regard. We’ve played against them quite a few times now and I wouldn’t say they shouldn’t be part of Super Rugby. They’re a very competitive side and always come out fighting. If they had more teams, they could probably fill another team. Whoever we play against, we have to face them. Everyone deserves their spot. At the end of the day, you want to play against the best in the world and the Jaguares are one of those teams. It’s these type of teams that improve you as a player.COETZEEThe ‘issue’ doesn’t bug me at all. It is what it is. We’ve beaten them twice this year, so we really can’t say they’re not allowed to play Super Rugby because they’re an international team. I believe the Jaguares is a team that brings out the best in us too and that’s great. You’re playing an international team and as an individual it’s a great honour and challenge to play against players of that calibre. I believe they belong in Super Rugby. For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more