Video: Celebrity Flora Hits the Water at Shipyard De Hoop

first_imgShipyard De Hoop has launched Celebrity Cruises’ new expedition cruise vessel named Celebrity Flora from its yard in Lobith-Tolkamer, the Netherlands.The 333 ft (101 metres) long and 5,739 ton-vessel can achieve a cruising speed of 10-14 knots.The 100-guest newbuild will set course for Rotterdam in a few weeks, where the vessel will be completed. Namely, the construction on the upper deck remains to be concluded before the vessel can be delivered in May this year.Celebrity Flora, specially designed for the Galapagos Islands, will sail from Baltra year-round, making its first sailing on May 26, 2019.As disclosed by its owner, Celebrity Flora offers a 15 percent reduction of fuel consumption when compared to its class peers and equivalently fewer air emissions, due to the introduction of an advanced propulsion system, hull configuration and specially designed diesel engines.Shipyard De Hoop is building another 100-pax expedition cruise vessel, ordered by Silversea in October 2018. The ship, to be named Silver Origin, is also designed for the Galapagos Islands and is scheduled for delivery in March 2020.Video courtesy: Inselvideo; De Hoop Lobithlast_img read more

Kiss aware of Hogg dangers

first_img “Their whole back-three is dangerous, and Hogg is back into form,” said Kiss. “We know he’s a very dangerous player, particularly when he changes the direction of the game or if you kick loosely to him, because his counter-attack is lethal. “And when you’ve got Sean Lamont and Sean Maitland working off him it makes him even more lethal. “So there are some challenges there, but the one smart thing they do have, Hogg can also kick the ball long. “So if you over-commit on kick chase and they suddenly kick at you, you’re under pressure. “The back-three is a deadly mix there, but also very smart, so we just have to be very cute about how we play them.” Scotland full-back Hogg may be a danger, but Kiss feels Ireland boast one of the world’s pre-eminent number 15s in Rob Kearney. “Under the high ball he’s probably one of the best in the world, and his running game is in fine fettle,” said Kiss. Stuart Hogg’s “lethal” counter-attacking will undo Ireland unless they shut the Scotland full-back down at source, according to Les Kiss. Press Association “One of the keys is that he’s making great last-ditch tackles in defence and making good decisions at the back. “I think he’s in a good place and hopefully that continues for him.” Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side must do without bullish openside flanker Sean O’Brien, with Ulster’s Chris Henry primed to step in. Expecting Scotland to create troublesome skirmishes at the breakdown, Kiss challenged Ireland to stay on the right side of the officials over the ball. “Their back-row is relentless at how they go at the game: they will be trying to spoil us,” said Kiss. “So we have a huge battle in that area, and one of the key things there will be discipline. “Referees are looking for accuracy at the breakdown and around the tackle area. “It’s important we maintain the quality of work we had in November, we were the least-penalised team on a game by game basis, our discipline and accuracy was good. “We need to stay in that place because if you’re giving penalties away Laidlaw can kick them from anywhere.” Assistant coach Kiss believes Ireland must guard against Scotland’s “dangerous” back-three through tactical accuracy in the RBS 6 Nations opener in Dublin on Sunday. Glasgow’s livewire full-back Hogg can also operate as an auxiliary playmaker joining Scotland’s backline, leaving Kiss in no doubt Ireland must be “cute” to deny him time and space on the ball. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press March 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSecond Ottawa Senators player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — A second Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19. DUKE-JONES-NBADuke sophomore point guard Tre Jones declares for NBA draftDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke Duke sophomore Tre Jones says he will enter the NBA draft.The point guard was named to the third team of The Associated Press All-America team on Friday after being named Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year by the league and runner-up for the same award from the AP.Jones averaged 16.2 points and 6.4 assists for the Blue Devils, the highlight being his buzzer-beating shot off his own intentionally missed free throw to force overtime in a wild comeback win at North Carolina on Feb. 8.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The player was part of the recent road trip that included NHL games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The total number of people on the trip was 52, including players, staff, media, guests and flight crew. Of those on the trip, 44 have shown no symptoms, eight have been tested, and two positive results were received. The team is awaiting more results from tests given over the past three days.Everyone on the California trip was instructed to self-quarantine on March 13. The team says it is actively monitoring the situation and following all appropriate and professional guidelines.In other virus-related developments:— Health concerns and travel bans that have closed international borders because of the new coronavirus pandemic have forced the International Ice Hockey Federation to cancel the men’s world hockey championships. The decision to cancel the 16-team tournament to be held in Switzerland in May was formally announced Saturday. The move essentially wipes out the IIHF’s entire spring calendar of world championship of events after the women’s and Under-18 men’s tournaments were canceled earlier this month. Due to the pandemic’s global scale, the council ruled there was no possibility of relocating the championship to another country.  — The U.S. track federation has added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Olympics because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. The track federation joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. — A handful of golf mini tours are continuing to play through as coronavirus fears shut down major sports leagues across the world. The Cactus Tour in Phoenix this week was won by two-time major champion Anna Nordqvist and the Outlaw Tour held a men’s event across the Valley of the Sun. The Cactus Tour instituted preventative guidelines to prevent spread of the coronavirus, sanitizing golf carts, limiting one rider per cart and asking for social distancing on the course.— Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%. Track officials say the changes for next Saturday were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino. The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, while the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. NFL-NEWSRivers signs with ColtsUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has officially ended his 16-year tenure with the Chargers by signing the $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts he agreed to earlier this week. The 38-year-old quarterback thinks he has plenty to offer even after one of his worst seasons. Rivers threw 23 touchdown passes, his lowest total since 2007, and 20 interceptions, matching the second-highest total of his career. But now, with a fresh start, a strong running game and one of the league’s top offensive lines, Rivers insists he will prove the critics wrong this season.The eight-time Pro Bowler said in a conference call Saturday that he knows he can still play at a high level.In other NFL news:— Arizona running back Kenyan Drake has agreed to sign his one-year, $8.5 million tender to stay with the Cardinals. The Cardinals placed the transition tag on Drake earlier this week. That meant he could negotiate a deal elsewhere, but Arizona had the right to match the offer. Drake’s agency announced today that he would sign his tender. The 26-year-old Drake went to the Cardinals in a mid-season trade from the Miami Dolphins. He was productive in his eight games, running for 643 yards and eight touchdowns, including a four-touchdown game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 15.— The New York Jets have released cornerback Darryl Roberts after four seasons with the team as a sometime starter and valuable backup. The move Saturday saves the Jets $6 million on the salary cap for the upcoming season. New York has now cut both of last year’s starters at cornerback after releasing Trumaine Johnson earlier in the week. Agent Brett Tessler also announced the Jets agreed to terms with veteran offensive lineman Josh Andrews. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said New York and former Los Angeles Rams safety Marqui Christian have also agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million. — Brazil’s Olympic Committee is calling for the Tokyo Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” And the Norwegian Olympic Committee says the Games shouldn’t take place until the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.— Saturday marks the 10th full day of the NBA’s shutdown, a stoppage that has cost the league 75 games and counting. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it’s too soon to tell what the economic impact will be. He says the league is considering all options — best-case, worst-case and countless ideas in between — as it tries to come to grips with this new normal. By April 15, the day the regular season was supposed to end, the NBA will have missed 259 games.— The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season. The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees. According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”— Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus. Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus. In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off. He said he hasn’t been tested because test kits are in short supply and “there are people who need it more than I do.”— Auto racers around the world are moving online while the coronavirus pandemic keeps them off the track. Drivers from Formula One, NASCAR and other leading series are using simulators to stay sharp and entertain fans — and finding they’re struggling to keep pace with pro gamers. Since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off last weekend, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has been racing online, as has McLaren’s Lando Norris. F1, NASCAR and INDYCAR have had drivers sign up to take part in virtual races in place of real ones, and sports networks with time slots to fill are saying they’ll air them. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

AFCON 2021 Qualifier: Eagles Go for Broke against Crocodiles

first_imgAfter a scare from Stephane Sessegnon’s early goal for Benin, the Super Eagles came from behind to get their 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign to a positive start with a 2-1 win at the Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo.Victor Osimhen converted from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time while Samuel Kalu struck just after the hour mark to complete the comeback for Nigeria, while Sierra Leone and Lesotho’s drew 1-1, which makes Nigeria top the group.Rohr indeed said winning the 2021 AFCON for Nigeria would make him the most excited person.Rohr who spoke at a post-match conference in Uyo after his team came from behind to defeat the Squirrels of Benin Republic 2-1 said winning AFCON 2021 was a huge desire.“It will be exciting for me to win the 2021 AFCON title with Nigeria. That’s my desire, and I will be the most excited.“So, winning today (Wednesday) is just the beginning. I can’t be excited until we win the title in 2021,” he said.Rohr, who said Benin Republic had a good team, also noted that the Nigerian side had a good game in the second half.“The Super Eagles had a lot of scoring opportunities, but they failed to convert all of them.”He however pointed out that the game’s opening goal, scored by the Squirrels’ captain, Sessegnon, in the second minute, was a big shock.“In the second half, we played a very good match, ‘one-touch two-touch’, and we have good wingers. We had a lot of opportunities, and with the changes we made, we did very well. It is good for us.”Speaking also, the Super Eagles’ team captain, Ahmed Musa, said the match was “a tough game for our team, even though we won.’’He added that the Nigerian side gave their best to prevail over the visitors.On his part, the Head Coach of Benin, Michelle Dussuyer, noted that his team played very well in the first half.He however pointed out that the 45th minute penalty kick his team conceded gave more confidence to the Super Eagles.Also, Sessegnon acknowledged that while the game was not a bad one for his team, the Nigerian side played better.The Super Eagles will now try to build on Wednesday’s result when they visit Lesotho on Sunday while Benin host Sierra Leone. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles of Nigeria will on Sunday take on the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Maseru-Setsoto Stadium in the second Group L match of the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier slated for Cameroon.The three times African champions would be hoping to taking the three points at stake against Lesotho so as to be in absolute command of the group having earlier beaten the Squirrels of Benin Republic in the first group game on Tuesday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.En-route the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, Nigeria defeated Lesotho in both legs to book its place to the biennial competition.last_img read more

Badgers vying for NCAA tournament slot

first_imgWilling oneself to victory in the midst of a mere seven-minute contest will do a wrestler no good when faced with a potentially more talented and likely better prepared opponent.Especially while competing against a multitude of teams in the country’s most elite wrestling conference, Wisconsin wrestling head coach Barry Davis takes every opportunity to better his team on and off the mat.“I’ve been using the term ‘buying in,’ to understanding the sport of wrestling, coming to work every day,” Davis said. “[We’re] buying in to doing the small things right to win. Anybody can work hard; it’s not about working hard, it’s about working smart, understanding your style of wrestling.”Davis has led the Badgers to a 3-2 start in Big Ten play after ending the season without a league win just a year ago. Wisconsin has taken down three ranked teams this season including conference foes No. 11 Michigan and No. 9 Nebraska on the road.With only two ranked wrestlers to its name at the start of the year, Wisconsin wasn’t predicted to make a dent in the iron shields of the dominant Big Ten teams. However, the Badgers find themselves tied for fourth place in a league with nine ranked teams and four of the top five teams in the country.“Whether you like it or not, you’re going to get elite competition,” Davis said. “It makes you focus more, hone in on what you really need to do to be successful and challenge you where you’re at as an athlete. That’s what the Big Ten’s all about.”Davis explained the team has found success against talented teams by taking care of off-the-mat matters which include taking care of conditioning, nutrition and academics. He said his top priority for his team is to achieve success in the classroom followed by success in wrestling.“With [academics and athletics] you only have a certain amount of time to care of business,” Davis said.After UW won its first three conference duals by seven points or less, the team was easily handled by No. 1 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State last weekend. Even though doing the little things couldn’t put the Badgers past two national powerhouses, redshirt freshman heavyweight Connor Medbery said the team was encouraged by the slim margins of some of the matches.“We had a tough weekend last weekend,” Medbery said. “We went in there and battled them, we had a lot of close matches … we’re right there and we’re improving a lot.”Medbery earned wins against ranked opponents in each of the matches by way of decision to retain his undefeated 8-0 record in dual matches. He has defeated five of the top 25 heavyweight wrestlers in the country in those eight contests.Medbery said at this point in the season, with only three Big Ten contests remaining on the schedule, including Big Ten leader and fourth-ranked Minnesota, every wrestler is not at full strength. He said the team has to grind it out until the end of the regular season before the team gets a couple of weeks to prepare for the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA tournament.“It’s going to be a battle during those last couple of weeks of the season, so this is definitely getting you ready mentally and physically,” Medbery said.One player who has made a critical physical change during the brutal conference season is redshirt junior Tyler Graff. The No. 3 wrestler of the 141 lb. weight class has wrestled at the 133 lb. weight class in the last three matches, posting a 2-1 record since the move.After going 11-2 during his stint weighing 141 lb., Graff decided to transition back to his more natural weight after being unable to maintain a high enough weight to compete at 141 lb.“The body frames are different,” Graff said. “I’m giving myself the best opportunity to be a national champion. I’m not giving anybody an upper-hand, because my weight’s pretty light for the 141 class.”With Wisconsin squarely in the midst of a Big Ten title race, the team is aware of the work that needs to be done. Both Davis and Graff said every day is a building process and small daily adjustments can make a difference in the Big Ten.And with about two weeks left in the regular season, there’s no question that the NCAA tournament is what the team is preparing for.“We’re just focused on March,” Medbery said. “I mean, these duals are important, but we’re all set toward March.”last_img read more

Godwin Attram – “Olympics cannot get relegated”

first_imgGreat Olympics attacker Godwin Attram his reputation will take a severe beating should the Wonder Club be relegated.Attram believes the quality at the disposal of head coach Yaw Acheampong will be vital and even decisive as the team battles to avoid the drop.“From the beginning of the season we have never thought of relegation despite the position,” Attram said.“The experienced players in the team will want to defend our names and that is the reason why I know we are not part of the [teams heading for] relegation.”“The class of players we have and the resolution of problems within the high ranking officials of the team makes us stronger in the final stages of the season.”CLICK TO READ: More Oly bigwigs promise relegation escape The captain opened the scoring for the Wonder Club against Bechem United as they secured three vital points in a 2-1 victory on Sunday. “My goal against Bechem United inspired the entire team and I believe it can trigger us into more of such wins in the league. ““Yes, I know football is unpredictable but it will be too criminal if we are relegated from the league.”Olympics continue with their survival fight when they play as guests to fellow strugglers B.A United in a midweek fixture.CLICK TO READ: Game by game previews of today’s league games –Follow Kweku on Twitter : @ nana _odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

NHL Draft results 2019: Grades, analysis for every pick in Round 1

first_imgVANCOUVER — The first round of the 2019 NHL Draft is complete, officially signalling the start of the league’s offseason.We finally got the answer to the seemingly neverending Jack Hughes vs. Kaapo Kakko debate when the New Jersey Devils made Hughes the No. 1 overall pick in Vancouver Friday night. All the talk heading into the draft had been about which of the two teenage superstars would get chosen first overall, but the reality is that the Devils and New York Rangers — who took Kaako second — each gained a consensus franchise player. 2. New York Rangers — Kaapo Kakko, RW, TPS Turku (SM-Liiga)Has Rick Nash’s strength, Peter Forsberg’s balance and agility, and Vladimir Tarasenko’s goal-scoring abilities. Toyed with NHL defensemen at the world championships and broke Aleksander Barkov’s under-18 goal-scoring mark in Finland’s elite SM-Liiga. The Rangers have never drafted an elite forward of Kakko’s ilk, and he will wear down the opposition like no other in his year group.  Grade: A Of course, dozens of other players were selected on Friday, with some big surprises along with picks that landed exactly where they were expected to.Sporting News was on the floor at Rogers Arena to hand out grades and give live analysis of every selection made during the first round. Follow allong below.MORE 2019 NHL DRAFT:3 takeaways | Best, worst picks from Round 1NHL Draft picks, grades: Round 1Pick No. – Team – Player1. New Jersey Devils —  Jack Hughes, C, U.S. U18 (NTDP)Dynamic playmaking center with speed who is worth the price of admission. He will be the centerpiece of the franchise for the next 10 years and beyond. That’s two Hughes brothers in the top 10 of the draft in consecutive years, with younger brother Luke expected to be there in 2021. Any talk that Hughes is not ready for the NHL is nonsense — this kid is a tireless worker who always looks to improve his game.  Grade: A 7. Buffalo Sabres — Dylan Cozens, C/W, Lethbridge (WHL)Led all WHL first-year eligibles in scoring with 84 points. Excellent speed and first-step quickness. More of a north-south skater but very difficult to slow down or double-team. He can be a shark in the neutral zone and picks off a lot of passes that lead to odd-man breaks. Will do anything coach asks of him and uses physicality to his advantage. Grade: A 4. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa) — Bowen Byram, LHD, Vancouver (WHL)Skilled, confident and mean are the three things that come to mind when watching him play. He’s been a real leader on the ice for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and seemed to log over 30 minutes a game in the playoffs. First defender in WHL history to lead the playoffs in scoring. Big shot, smooth skater and agile, and aggressive in the offensive zone. Grade: A 19. Ottawa Senators (from Columbus) — Lassi Thomson, RHD, Kelowna (WHL)Ottawa takes Finnish puck mover Lassi Thomson. Big kid with a dandy of a shot. Can run a power play as well. A little off the board for my taste but a solid addition nonetheless since the Sens are deep everywhere. Grade: B+ 3. Chicago Blackhawks — Kirby Dach, C, Saskatoon (WHL)Great size, length and outstanding vision. He controls the puck as well as any draft-eligible peer. Can run a power play and be a threat to score on the penalty kill. Speed is deceptive in open ice but displays agility and escapability in tight quarters. A little bit of Joe Thornton mixed in with Ryan Getzlaf.  Grade: A- 9. Anaheim Ducks — Trevor Zegras, C, U.S. U18 (NTDP)Ridiculous vision and hockey sense. Has top-line and all-star potential. Executes plays on his backhand that most players outside of Hughes and a few others can’t do on their forehand. Shifty and strong on the puck. I compared him to Mathew Barzal but Zegras may end being better. He’s a Boston University recruit. Grade: A 16. Colorado Avalanche — Alex Newhook, C, Victoria (BCHL)He dominated the BCHL as top scorer and league MVP. Could easily have crushed Canadian major junior but wanted to keep his NCAA eligibility to play for Boston College. Deadly in open ice and can finish in a variety of ways. His execution below the hash marks is near-perfect, but he can also wire it home from either circle. A real offensive force. Grade: A 20. Winnipeg Jets — Ville Heinola, LHD, Lukko (SM-Liiga)Smart pick by the Jets to grab dynamic offensive defenseman Ville Heinola out of Finland. Excellent skater and decision maker and will beat goalies with his wrister from the high slot. He’s very difficult to contain because he always stays in motion, including when he’s running the power play. Held his own as a 17-year-old defenseman in Finland’s SM-Liiga. Grade: A 11. Arizona Coyotes (from Philadelphia) — Victor Soderstrom, RHD, Brynäs IF Clean, graceful and can play physical. More advanced on his side of the redline with Brynas than Adam Boqvist was with the same program a year ago.Dealt with some injuries but he was in my opinion the best Swedish defenseman within a very strong group. Grade: A- 25. Washington Capitals — Connor McMichael, C, London (OHL)Slick playmaking center Connor McMichael heads to Washington at 25th overall. He didn’t get a lot of attention in draft circles because his London Knights were overflowing with elite NHL prospects. But he still was the team’s top scorer and proved to be as lethal shooting the puck as he was setting it up. Knights coach Dale Hunter knows how to develop these kids into stars, and McMichael has the puck skills to make it happen. Grade: A 8. Edmonton Oilers — Philip Broberg, LHD, AIK (Allsvenskan)Fast, fearless, and physical are three things that stand out about his game. He loves to initiate the rush and spends most of his time creating or looking for openings for a chance at the net. Can deliver big hits in open ice. More of a shoot-first defender than a playmaker but has top-pairing upside with star potential. Grade: B+ 24. Nashville Predators — Phil Tomasino, C, Niagara (OHL)Speedy center Phil Tomasino is a very good pick for the Predators at No. 24. Not only does he use his wheels to exploit defensemen of all sizes and mobility, but he knows how to execute precision plays off the rush. It isn’t a banner year for OHL draft prospects, but Tomasino distinguished himself as one of the best. Grade: A 22. Los Angeles Kings (from Toronto) — Tobias Bjornfot, LHD, Djurgårdens IF (SHL)Excellent pick by the Kings to grab one of my favorite defensemen in the draft. Sweden’s Tobias Bjornfot is one of the cleanest puck distributors you’’l find, but he also is decisive with his counterattacks and he can transition from defense to offense as well as any blueliner available at the draft. He has top-pairing upside and star potential. Grade: B 26. Calgary Flames — Jakob Pelletier, LW, Moncton (QMJHL)Flames take hard-nosed winger Jakob Pelletier from the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. Much like Podkolzin, Pelletier is a nightmare to play against and it as opportunistic as they come. He hounds the puck relentlessly but also knows how to settle things down to execute set plays off the turnover. A student of the game, Pelletier can fill a variety of roles and still reveal elite puck skills. Grade: A 6. Detroit Red Wings — Moritz Seider, RHD, Adler Mannheim (DEL)If you watched the IIHF men’s world championships, then you saw what the hype was about. This kid can skate, deliver the puck accurately and also play a physical, smothering brand of defense. His team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga won the postseason crown, and Seider was a key contributor during their playoff run. He’s ready for the NHL as we speak. Grade: C+center_img 30. Boston Bruins — John Beecher, C, U.S. 18 (NTDP)Watch out NHL, because the Bruins just drafted NTDP center John Beecher — one of the meanest and fastest 6-foot-3, 200-pound pivots they’ll ever see. Beecher bit the bullet by assuming the fourth-line role on a team with the greatest collection of centers in NHL draft prospect history, but he still found a way to distinguish himself at both even strength and on the penalty kill. He’ll be playing for Michigan in the fall, and his skill set is perfect for the hard-hitting college game. Grade: A 28. Carolina Hurricanes — Ryan Suzuki, C, Barrie (OHL)The Hurricanes select center Ryan Suzuki from the OHL’s Barrie Colts. The younger brother of Habs’ prospect Nick Suzuki, Ryan did not have the luxury of playing on a deep team but still carried the offense after Barrie gutted its roster. He’s quick, has an deadly wrister but also contributes in other areas beyond the offensive zone. Grade: A 12. Minnesota Wild — Matthew Boldy, LW, U.S. U18 (NTDP)Ridiculous smarts and patience with the puck, but also delivers jaw-dropping moves and set-ups near the net. Can serve a variety of roles. Powerful skater, nimble for his size, soft hands and can unleash a hard shot. It’s between he and Vasily Podkolzin for best two-way winger in the draft. Boldy is a Bay Stater heading to Boston College. Grade: A 18. Dallas Stars — Thomas Harley, LHD, Mississauga (OHL)Another quality defender is off the market as Mississauga’s Thomas Harley goes to the Stars at No. 18. Harley’s first pass has a high success rate, but he also has keen vision to make backdoor feeds via the pump fake or slap pass. He has size, poise and graceful mobility, but playing more physical and cleaning up his defensive-zone play are a must. Grade: A- 15. Montreal Canadiens — Cole Caufield, RW, U.S. U18 (NTDP)Off the board to Montreal is goal-scorer extraordinaire Caufield. Broke Phil Kessel’s and Auston Matthews’ goal-scoring records at the NTDP by a mile. His 72 tallies with the NTDP were scored in a manner of ways. Excellent speed and elusiveness but doesn’t back down from a challenge and plays inside. Ridiculous shot-release combination and timing is impeccable. Will join Turcotte at Wisconsin in the fall. Grade: A 21. Pittsburgh Penguins — Samuel Poulin, LW, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)Penguins select rugged three-zone winger Samuel Poulin, whose father Patrick in 1991 went ninth overall to the Hartford Whalers. Poulin plays a meaner, more aggressive style than his dad, but he can also impact his shifts with expert puck control, smart passing and a nice finishing touch around the net. He throws his weight around with regularity, and his effort can never be questioned. Grade: B+ 5. Los Angeles Kings — Alex Turcotte, C, U.S. U18 (NTDP)A powerful, fearless and fast 200-foot center who can be a dual threat in the offensive zone. Already executes odd-man rushes at an NHL level in terms of decision-making and precision. His father Alfie was a first-round pick of the Habs back in 1984. Will play for Tony Granato at Wisconsin this coming season. Grade: A 14. Philadelphia Flyers (from Arizona) — Cam York, LHD, U.S. 18 (NTDP)A phenomenal puck rusher, NTDP defenseman Cam York is off to Philadelphia to play for the Flyers. He is an excellent in-game manager who knows how to maximize the strengths of his forwards and deliver the puck to the right options. He can also play defense and will deliver a big hit on occasion. Has potential to be a big point producer in the NHL. Grade: A 13. Florida Panthers — Spencer Knight, G, U.S. 18 (NTDP)After a year full of speculation and prognosticating, Knight becomes the highest goalie taken in the first round since Jack Campbell went 11th overall in 2010. Knight is as technically superior a goalie you’ll find in a teenager. Has Carey Price’s positioning, Jonathan Quick’s reflexes and Ron Hextall’s wrists. Forget recent goalie trends — every team should have coveted him and he would have been top five in any draft prior to 2010 or 2011. Grade: A 27. Tampa Bay Lightning — Nolan Foote, LW, Kelowna (WHL)It’s hard to fault the Bolts at anything draft related, but taking a power winger with average speed made me do a slight double take. Yes, Nolan Foote’s older brother Callan was their first pick in 2017, so they got the family thing going on. Tampa could have made a bigger splash but opted for a forward whose upside is limited to the second or third line. Grade: B 10. Vancouver Canucks — Vasili Podkolzin, RW, SKA Neva (VHL)No draft prospect competes as hard as this Russian wolverine, whose relentless pursuit of the puck can only be matched by his ability to control the pace of a game. He’s not only smart, but also capable of highlight-reel plays. His physical style and ability to get under an opponent’s skin will make him one of the most hated players in the league, but that’s a good thing for the Canucks. Grade: A 29. Anaheim Ducks (from San Jose) — Brayden Tracey, LW, Moose Jaw (WHL)Tracey is a hard working winger who was the WHL’s Rookie of the Year, and he was one of Canada’s top players at the under-18 worlds. His effort is excellent and he can impact shifts when he isn’t sniping wristers under the bar. Very good pick by the Ducks since he fits their mold of high-compete forwards. Grade: B+ 23. New York Islanders — Simon Holmstrom, RW, HV 71 Jr. (SHL)Islanders go way off the board and take inconsistent Swedish sniper Simon Holmstrom. He dealt with injuries and finished strong, but he was a disappointment considering his pre-draft hype. Looks like a good showing at last April’s U18’s boosted his stock, but the Isles left better prospects on the table. Grade: D 17. Vegas Golden Knights — Peyton Krebs, C, Kootenay (WHL)A real warrior with excellent vision and playmaking abilities. His game is modeled after Jonathan Toews — very good on draws, kills penalties, and runs the power play from the half wall. His gear-changing and agility in open ice consistently catches defenders flat footed. Also has an abrasive side and will deliver big hits with authority. Recently suffered a torn Achilles but should be good to go for next season. Grade: A 31. Buffalo Sabres (from St. Louis) — Ryan Johnson, LHD, Sioux Falls (USHL)A great pick by the Sabres, as they grab a mobile shutdown defender in Ryan Johnson, but he also has the potential for point production. He was successful in neutralizing Vasily Podkolzin in the gold-medal game at the 2019 World Junior “A” Challenge, then led Sioux Falls to the USHL championship. Grade: A-last_img read more

CRANES: Desabre looks for winning end to CHAN tourney

first_imgCranes in action against Nambia earlier. They take on Ivory Coast today and a win will earn them an extra $25,000.FT: Uganda  ??  0 Ivory Coast ??  0Prize Money Winners – $1.25mRunners-up – 700,000Semifinalists – 400,000Quarter-finalists – 300,000Third in the Group – 200,000Fourth in the Group – 175,000Marrakech, Morocco | THE INDEPENDENT |  New Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre continues his hunt for his first win as Cranes coach when  the TOTAL CHAN 2018 championship group stages conclude on Monday night.Uganda has managed a single goal in their two group games and will look eagerly to return to action of striker Muhammed Shaban who has been injured. The KCCA forward had missed the previous match against Namibia due to an ankle sprain and is expected to at least make the bench.Derrick Nsibambi will again lead the attack, with the hope that Shaban can come in to strengthen the team in the second half.Desabre urged his players to conclude their campaign with a win. “Our target is now to finish third in the group. We want the maximum points against Cote d’Ivoire,” he said.The coach, who has coached in Ivory Coast before, said his local knowledge will come useful in the Monday clash. “I know the league in Cote d’Ivoire because I was there for two years. I know some of the players. We didn’t qualify for the quarter finals because of some weaknesses but I will ask my players to continue playing good football.”Uganda Cranes will play in their final group B match against Ivory Coast, having lost 3-1 to Zambia and 1-0 to Nambia to fall out of the running for a place in the knockout stage.“The game against Cote D’Ivoire is not a friendly match. We are demanding the same positive energy from the players like in the earlier two games at CHAN 2018 as we finish up the group games on Monday,” he told his players after training.STARTING LINE UP 19-Watenga Isma (GK), 14-Nicholas Wadada, 8-Madoi Aggrey, 5-Mujuzi, 4- Muwanga (Capt), 21-Taddeo, 23-Milton Karisa, 3-Muleme Isaac, 11-Derrick Nsibambi, 15-Sadam Juma,17-KyambaddeSTANDINGSZambia 2 2 0 0 5 1 6 – qualifiedNamibia 2 2 0 0 2 0 6 – qualifiedUganda 2 0 0 2 1 4 0Ivory Coast 2 0 0 2 0 3 0#TotalCHAN2018 Tweets Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Record US college win for Anderson

first_img19 Mar 2015 Record US college win for Anderson England’s Tomasz Anderson has just scored a record sixth win on the US college circuit. Anderson, from Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, was 11-under par and four shots clear of his closest rival in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in Tennessee. The 22-year-old is a student at Jacksonville State University and his latest, sixth, victory broke his own college record. His rounds of 69 67 69 also helped his university to win the team title at the event. Anderson (image © Leaderboard Photography) is a member of the England Golf men’s squad and is in the initial GB&I Walker Cup squad. He scored five wins from six on his England debut in last year’s Home Internationals in Wales. Two former members of England Golf squads have also recorded recent wins. Tom Rowland, 21, from Prudhoe in Northumberland, was three-under par and won the Davidson College Invitational in North Carolina by two strokes. He is a student at UNC Charlotte in North Carolina. JJ Grey from Hever Castle in Kent, was four-under when he won the Southern Collegiate in Georgia by a shot. The 22-year-old is a student at Georgia State University.last_img read more

Bronte hits record form to win latest title

first_img12 Apr 2016 Bronte hits record form to win latest title English women’s champion Bronte Law broke three records as she powered to her latest win on the US women’s college circuit. She set a course record of eight–under 64 in the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational Tournament at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Arizona. It was also the lowest round in the history of women’s golf at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is a student. The world number four played the next two rounds in four-under (71 69) to finish on 12-under, setting a tournament record, and winning by three shots. It’s her second success of the college year, having previously won the Stanford Intercollegiate in October. In between, she has been second and tied-fourth on two occasions – and she’s currently ranked as the number one US women’s college player by GolfWeek. Law, from Bramhall in Cheshire, is no stranger to low scores. When she won her second English women’s championship last summer at Hunstanton in Norfolk she opened with nine-under 63 and went on to win on 13-under – and by 16 shots. Already this season she’s been joint runner up in the South American amateur and played in the first women’s Major of the season, the Ana Inspiration. She’s odds-on make her third appearance in the Curtis Cup this summer. Law is a member of England Golf’s women’s squad.last_img read more