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first_img Previous articleArlington AFC signs deal with Balon Sports for new team kit and training equipmentNext articleBlow for Laois footballers as forward departs panel ahead of Leinster championship LaoisToday Reporter Moment in Time: New school opening in 2017 a joyous occasion for Ballyroan Facebook GAA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Wishing the students all the best in the future he said, “Some will stay in Ballyroan, some will go further afield. But you will never forget your schooldays.”Niamh Kelly, principal of the school, thanked the parents, teachers and students for their support while Fr Gerard Ahern praised praised Ms Kelly for her “leadership and hard work”. “It wasn’t an easy task but your hard work has ensured this school has gotten off to a great start.”Quoting from Pope John Paul 2’s visit to Ireland in 1979, Bishop Nulty told the pupils that “you will decide what Ireland will be” and “tomorrow as technicians or teachers, nurses or secretaries, farmers or tradesmen, doctors or engineers, priests or religious, tomorrow you will have the power to make dreams come true. Tomorrow Ireland will depend on you”.He praised them for their coverage in amalgamating the schools. “Never be afraid of change – welcome it.” Jack Murphy, a local man in his 80s who was groundsman in the girl’s school for many years, was on hand to cut the ribbon, along with the two youngest students in the school at the moment.Minister Charlie Flanagan praised Cllr Sweeney’s role in bringing the project to fruition.“The evening we came into Government in 2011, Mary Sweeney was onto me straight away saying ‘I want a new school in Ballyroan’. Anyone who knows Mary Sweeney knows you don’t say No!” WhatsApp TAGS2017BallyroanMary Sweeney SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: Remembering Mary Sweeney’s time as Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council There were scenes of great happiness in Ballyroan on a June afternoon in 2017 as the new primary school in the village was officially opened.A host of dignitaries were on hand for the momentous occasion including Bishop Denis Nulty, local priest Fr Gerard Ahern and Minister Charlie Flanagan – but it was a particularly big moment for local councillor Mary Sweeney.She was proud as punch on her home turf on what was a truly joyous occasion. It was the culmination of years of hard work and campaigning to get the project off the ground and then over the line.As well as a new building – which the students moved in to the previous December – there was the amalgamation of the boys and girls school in the village to become Scoil Eoin Pol Naofa II.Indeed it was a case of double celebration – the official opening was also the day they got their school holidays. But it was a day with a difference. The presence of dignitaries, parents and an ice cream van in the school yard ensured it was no ordinary day.“Yes, I’m delighted,” said Mary Sweeney enthusiastically in her speech. “Yes, we did it.“This has been done by the community in Ballyroan and driven by the parents, the teachers and the Board of Management.“There was a huge need for a new school. It was absolutely necessary. We have met seven different Ministers for Education since 1997. It’s a proud and historic day for Ballyroan.”Cllr Sweeney thanked the nearby residents in the Glenbrook estate for being “patient and tolerant” and also the staff in Charlie Flanagan’s office as “they were the people I hounded”.She also praised her colleagues in Laois County Council from the Portlaoise Electoral Area for their support and wished the children of the school “the very best wishes whatever way life may take you”.center_img WhatsApp Home Sponsored Moment in Time: New school opening in 2017 a joyous occasion for… Sponsored Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results By LaoisToday Reporter – 15th May 2019 Pinterest Pinterest GAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

first_imgBELMONT, Mich. – Lexi Thompson birdied six of the first eight holes and wanted more. ”I wanted to make more birdies on the back nine, but it is what it is,” she said. Thompson did add one more birdie Friday for a season-best 7-under 64 and a share of the Meijer LPGA Classic lead with Alison Lee and Lizette Salas. ”I hit it in the rough on a few holes on the back nine where I needed to hit it in the fairway to be able to make birdies,” Thompson said. ”But I’m very happy with my round, don’t get me wrong.” The 20-year-old matched Lee and Salas at 9-under 133 at Blythefield Country Club. Lee, the 20-year-old former UCLA player in her first season on the tour, had a 66, and playing partner Salas, a former University of Southern California star, shot a 69. Kris Tamulis closed with a bogey on the par-4 ninth to drop into a tie for fourth at 8 under with Gerina Piller, Jaye Marie Green, Wei-Ling Hsu and Q Baek. Tamulis shot 68, Piller 65, Baek 68, and Green and Hsu 69. Top-ranked Inbee Park, a playoff loser last year in the inaugural event, was tied for 18th at 4 under after a 68. She has a tour-high three victories this season. Thompson, winless since taking the then-Kraft Nabisco last year for her first major title, took advantage of early windless scoring conditions. Thompson birdied Nos. 1-2, 4-6, 8 and 15. ”The greens were rolling really well out there early in the morning, so it was nice,” Thompson said. ”Playing in the morning without the wind and the greens are a little bit softer in the morning so it’s easier to just control the way your irons are going to bounce out into the green. It was a lot easier to control than [Thursday] afternoon.” Lee, who is still working on her degree at UCLA, said she was inspired by Salas shooting 64 in the first round. ”We kind of pushed each other through the day,” Lee said. ”I was fired up today going into the round and wanted to shoot a low number. It’s great to be in contention. I mean, this is my rookie year and I’m still learning.” Salas said playing in the afternoon in the second round was a sharp contrast to the first round. ”The wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you have to be really precise to your targets,” she said. She said she hasn’t been on top of the leaderboard in a while, and she is excited. ”We have 36 more to go and I’m going to try to be patient and stay calm and just be committed to every shot,” she said. Park said being five shots off the lead was fine, but it is more important to have good results this week to give her confidence going into the Women’s British Open next week. ”The most important thing is just work on my game so it’s ready to go next week,” she said. ”You know, make sure that your ball striking, your swing feels good, make sure you’re feeling good on the greens. This is the last chance to try it on. I’m trying to get my game to the level I want. It’s not quite there, but trying to get there.”last_img read more

first_img Share West Florida Athletics Varsity ClubCalling all past student-athletes!  Join the UWF Varsity Club and support the team that supported you.PurposeThe purpose of the UWF Varsity Club is to connect former student-athletes and current student-athletes to each other and to the University of West Florida.  The Varsity Club strives to increase school spirit by building teamwork within each individual sport and the athletic department collectively.  Members of the UWF Varsity Club will make an immediate impact on the lives of UWF student-athletes.GoalThe goal of the Varsity Club is to get student-athletes to support each other and their school.  That includes being “All In” and having 100 percent participation from each team.Support Each OtherBy becoming a member of the UWF Varsity Club you are showing that athletics makes a difference in your life and that you believe it is an essential component to your experience here at UWF.  This is a unique opportunity to support your fellow student-athletes and to improve the student-athlete experience for current and future Argonauts.ChallengeWe challenge you to give $20.14 to support your team.  We also challenge you to get your teammates involved in order to get your team to achieve 100 percent participation.  Teams compete against each other to receive a challenge grant to support their team.  In addition to this, the money that is raised from current student-athletes will go directly to improve the Student-Athlete Enrichment Center and Computer Lab which will benefit all student-athletes. BenefitsAll current and former student-athletes who join get the following benefits:- Engagement by their former sport – including the coaches and players- Membership in the Argonaut Athletic Club- Connection through social media and alumni channels- Invitations to alumni events and alumni games- Ability to stay connected to the university and the sport they love.Make your gift now- Make your gift online now – Print the form and mail it in Check back soon so you can update your contact information.For more information contact your coach, a SAAC representative, Brett Berg at [email protected] or Tori Fish at [email protected] Print Friendly Version Argonaut Athletic Club – Varsity Clublast_img read more

first_imgA new champion will be crowned in the (EBFA)/Ralph Green Under-11 Football competition after Riddim Squad defeated defending champions Timehri Panthers 2-0 yesterday in the semi-finals at the National Training Centre, Providence. The tournament debutants secured the result following goals from Matthew ‘Pot Roast’ Murray and Jaheam Lewis. Murray opened the scoring with a 13th minute strike before Lewis applied the finishing touch in the 22nd minute.They will now meet fellow debutant Vurlon Mills Football Academy [VMFA] in the final, after they brushed aside Kuru-Kururu Warriors  5-0.Shaquille Dalrymple and Malcolm Hendricks scored in the seventh and eighth minute followed by three other conversions in the space of four minutes. Romario LaRose netted in the 19th minute  before Negus Frank scored two minutes later. The fixture ended as it commence with Dalrymple making his presence felt in the 22nd minute.The final will be staged at the same venue on Saturday with the third place playoff between the losing semi-finalists commencing at 9:00hrs. Replica trophies will be presented to the top two finishers, with the third and fourth place sides receiving medals.Individual prizes such as the Most Disciplined Player, Best Goal Keeper, Most Promising Player, Top Goal Scorer and Most Valuable Player alongside the Best Coach award will also be presented. Also, a team will also receive the Sportsmanship Award.last_img read more

first_imgThe Baltimore Ravens face off against the Houston Texans in the first Monday night game in Baltimore since 2012. The Ravens are coming off a dominating win over the Green Bay Packers while the Texans are coming off a 10 point win over the Arizona Cardinals. Here are my three predictions for tonight’s matchup.The defense will continue its dominance, but will not record it’s fourth shutout on the season.The Ravens are facing yet another backup quarterback in Tom Savage, and they are going to feast on him. Terrell Suggs is going to live in the Texans’ backfield tonight, notching three sacks and forcing a fumble, in what might be his last home prime time game as a Raven. The rest of the defense will rack up three sacks and force three turnovers.Jimmy Smith will be able to shut down star receiver Deandre Hopkins, and the revamped run defense will limit Lamar Miller to under 75 yards.Alex Collins and Danny Woodhead will both score and be effective all game. The Ravens’ offense is receiving another blessing from the football gods, as both J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercillus are out for the season. The Ravens are going to continue their game plan of getting a big lead early and spend the rest of the game running the ball to make it go faster.Woodhead will start to see more than the 13 snaps he got last week and he will make the most of it. He’s going to take a two yard check down and make it into a 30+ yard score. Collins on the other hand, will eclipse the 100 yard mark and sneak into the end zone in the second half to put the game away.Tony Jefferson will finally get his interception. It seems that safety Tony Jefferson is the only Ravens’ defensive back without an interception on the year, and fans and teammates are starting to clown him for it. Luckily Jefferson has a sense of humor, and thank the lord he is finally back on Twitter. Jefferson will be there to snag a tipped pass and return it deep into Houston territory.The Ravens will defeat the Texans with ease and will start that late season playoff push the Ravens are known for. January Joe will show up in December and show how elite he can be.Final Score: Ravens 24, Texans 10Please follow and like us:last_img read more

first_imgThe Chiefs fell for the second straight week at home Sunday, a 31-24 loss to the Texans. They also fell to 4-2 on the season — and farther behind the AFC-front-running 6-0 Patriots.So what’s wrong with Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City? A lot — enough to think the Chiefs are in danger of seeing their conference championship dreams dashed. The Texans stole from the Colts’ winning Week 5 blueprint and executed it even better at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 6. After Indy dominated time of possession with a prolific rushing attack (37:15 and 180 yards), Houston raised the bar (39:48 and 192 yards).VIDEO: Every Patrick Mahomes throw vs. TexansThat means Mahomes hasn’t been on the field all that much of late, which makes it hard for him to beat anyone, especially with an ankle injury he’s playing through and a struggling offensive line that’s missing left tackle Eric Fisher. After completing just 56.4 percent of his passes against the Colts, he was further off against the Texans, completing 54.3 percent (19 of 35 for 273 yards, three TDs, one INT).Instead of doing more with the running game to help Mahomes, the Chiefs went from 11 non-Mahomes rushing attempts against the Colts to 10 against the Texans.The score was a lot closer than the game really was. The Texans helped out with a fumble from running back Carlos Hyde and two interceptions from quarterback Deshaun Watson, one of which came in the red zone. For the rest of the game, Hyde (26 rushes, 112 yards, one touchdown) and Watson (30-of-42 passing, 280 yards, one touchdown; 10 carries, 42 yards, two touchdowns) mostly did whatever they wanted.Mahomes did get a huge boost from the return of go-to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who caught two touchdowns, one of which was a leaping highlight-reel 46-yard catch in the first quarter. But he missed many of his downfield connections elsewhere and was helped most by throwing to running backs Darrel and Damien Williams. With the Texans playing keepaway, Mahomes mustered a career-low 41 yards passing in the second half. MORE: Projecting Patrick Mahomes’ unprecedented extension with ChiefsThe Chiefs’ offense has a small margin for error, even when the defense gets a few takeaways, because that same defense was gashed for 472 yards Sunday. They’re not giving up big pass plays, but they can’t get off the field because they can’t stop the running game or the short-to-intermediate passing game.Opponents are going on long, methodical drives to help their defenses. Kansas City, on the other hand, is playing awful complementary football; it’s being horribly unbalanced when there are hints it can have great success running the ball as it plays off the threat of Mahomes’ downfield passing.If the Texans and Colts can do this and beat the Chiefs, you can bet the copycatting will continue with the better teams in the AFC (and NFC). New England won’t get to play Kansas City until Week 14, but you can bet Bill Belichick, fresh off his team’s Thursday night domination of the Giants, will file away the formula for slowing down Mahomes.center_img Before their Week 12 bye and that Patriots game, the Chiefs will face the Packers and the Vikings in their next two home games. Those are two more teams that can execute a run-heavy, ball-control game plan.Mahomes is the reigning NFL MVP, but the Chiefs are asking him to be too valuable of a player for them at the moment. Coach Andy Reid has gotten too pass-happy with his offense, and coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is seeing more break than bend from his defense.The Chiefs can still ride Mahomes to another division title in the weak AFC West, but in terms of battling for conference supremacy, they look a lot farther away from the best.last_img read more

first_img Related SALT LAKE CITY — For Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak, it’s a time to clean out the garage, do some yard work, work on jigsaw puzzles with the family, and teach his kids some card games.Like everyone else affected by the coronavirus crisis, Krystkowiak is spending more time at home these days with his family, which includes his wife, Jan, and their five children, Cam, who just returned from Dartmouth College, Luc, who was a walk-on for the Runnin’ Utes this year, Ben, who played for Olympus High, and twin daughters, Samantha and Finley.Krystkowiak took time Friday to reflect on the 2019-20 season, which ended nine days earlier with a heartbreaking loss to Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, and to look ahead to next season.The 71-69 loss in Las Vegas left the Utes with a winning record of 16-15, the seventh straight under Krystkowiak, but the fewest number of wins since 2012-13 when the Utes were 15-18.He and his assistant coaches completed their exit interviews with each player before each went back to their homes, where they’ll complete the semester with online classes. Krystkowiak was happy with the season for the most part, saying there were “highs and lows,” which was “not unexpected when you have younger players.” However, he expects more from next year’s team, which will have “100% of our production back” — something not many teams in America can claim.The Utes are only losing one senior in Marc Reininger, who was only able to play three games due to an ankle injury the first two months and the effects of a concussion that sidelined him the last two months.Forwards Timmy Allen and Riley Battin and Both Gach, who have each been starters for most of their first two seasons, will be juniors, while Alfonso Plummer, who finished the year in spectacular fashion with a 35-point game against Oregon State, will be the only senior.Guard Rylan Jones and center Branden Carlson both started as freshmen, Mikael Jantunen and Jaxon Brenchley saw a lot of minutes off the bench, while big men Lahat Thioune and Matt Van Komen played sparingly as freshmen.A lot of folks are wondering if every player will return next year, given the recent history of players not returning to the Utes’ program and the fact that the Utes have three highly-touted freshmen coming in next year.Krystkowiak, however, believes that all of his players will be returning next season and that there will be enough scholarships for everyone, meaning no one will be forced to leave.“At this point I don’t anticipate that happening,” he said about players potentially leaving the program. “Players are with families right now, but based on discussions with our guys I feel real optimistic about it.”Men’s basketball programs are allowed 13 scholarship players and Krystkowiak said the Utes are “at the magic spot” right now. Reininger had a scholarship, as did walk-on Brooks King, but the Utes will have those two freed up as well as one they had “in our pocket” to accommodate the three incoming freshmen.The Utes don’t have any more scholarships to offer, with Ian Martinez, Caleb Lohner and Pelle Larsson joining the program. Mason Falslev, a guard out of Sky View, is going on a church mission as is guard Brandon Haddock, a guard out of Texas, who played sparingly this year. Brendan Wenzel, a 6-6 guard from Texas who redshirted, is expected to be back.“We weren’t an overly deep team and we had some holes in our roster, so I’m super excited to add the three freshmen we have coming in,” Krystkowiak said. “They all bring something to the table that we need and we’ll sort out some minutes. We had some guys this year that could have used more rest and to have a little more depth on the roster — I’m extremely optimistic about it.”Ute players are obviously on their own for the next few weeks and it’s up to them to keep up on their studies and workouts, Krystkowiak said.“I’ve said it many times, nobody puts any pressure on me that I don’t put on myself. I expect that same thing. Nobody’s going to get me cranked up to where I feel any more pressure on me than I do internally.” — Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak“A lot of this is going to be a matter of want-to and how they want to get after and address the things they need to work on,” he said. “In a player meeting, I was joking that if you really want to get in shape you can do it in prison — you don’t need a fancy facility to do it.”As for any pressure about his job security after the Utes have failed to get to the NCAA Tournament for four years, Krystkowiak said it’s not any more intense than usual.“I’ve said it many times, nobody puts any pressure on me that I don’t put on myself,” he said. “I expect that same thing. Nobody’s going to get me cranked up to where I feel any more pressure on me than I do internally. I expect a lot out of our team and myself and the standard is high. We’re going to deal a heck of a lot more with what lies ahead than with what’s taken place.” Krystkowiak also said he didn’t have any more news about the schedule, which includes games at BYU and Missouri as well as Utah Valley at home and a spot in the loaded Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.As for the 20-game Pac-12 schedule, which will begin next year, he said, “I don’t have any problems with it. You gain a little flexibility, you have to find two less preseason games and when you’re talking about our conference, the two that you’re going to be adding are two good games. It creates a more equitable situation for everybody.” While Pac-12 loss stings Utah, Utes stay optimistic — ‘We stayed the course. Never gave in.’center_img Alfonso Plummer’s record-setting game a bright spot in Utes’ Pac-12 tournament loss Young Utah basketball team exceeded expectations, looks ahead to bright futurelast_img read more