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first_imgPULLMAN, Wash. (AP)— The Whitman County coroner says acute intoxication was the cause of death for a Washington State football player last month.Coroner Annie Pillers said Friday that 22-year-old Bryce Beekman died after consuming a combination of fentanyl and promethazine. She ruled the death as accidental.The senior defensive back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was found dead in his Pullman apartment March 23.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR Nationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday. — The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic, and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Goff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, RobinsonUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.In other NFL news: Achiuwa turning proUNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.In other college basketball news:— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS BASEBALL-OBIT-DALKOWSKIFlame-thrower Dalkowski diesUNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia.Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest in sports: NCAA OKs 28- or 29-game schedules for upcoming hoops seasonINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is giving teams new scheduling options for the 2020-21 season.The Division I Council has approved a proposal to give men’s basketball programs choices with 28- and 29-game schedules.The council vote still must be reviewed by the NCAA Board of Directors and won’t be considered final until the conclusion of its board meeting on Wednesday.The proposal will allow schools that schedule 28 regular-season game to participate in one multiple-team event of up to three games. Programs with 29-game regular-season schedules can participate in a multiple-team event with up to two games.center_img U. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers. The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago.The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.The draft resumed from with second- and third-round selections. After having a record 15 of the 32 players in the first round of the draft come from the SEC, another 10 came off the board in Round 2.Seven more wide receivers went in the second round, one more than in Day 1. The wideouts included Florida’s Van Jefferson to the Rams and Baylor’s Denzel Mims to the Jets. With 13 receivers taken in the first two rounds, it breaks the record of 12 set in 2014.Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts was selected by the in the second round with the 53rd overall pick. He was the fifth QB selected in the draft, and the first in the second round.Round 2 was the running back round, with five high-profile players coming off the board. Green Bay used a second-round pick on running back A.J. Dillon, taking the Boston College workhorse with the 62nd overall selection.NFL-NEWS A team that does not participate in a multiple-team event can have up to 29 regular-season games.MLB-DODGERS-LAWSUITDodgers sued over parking lot attackLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are being sued for negligence by a man who was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and left with brain damage.Lawyers for Rafael Reyna and his wife announced the suit, which contends that the stadium lacked adequate security. Rafael Reyna was attacked while walking to his car shortly after midnight following a Dodgers game against Arizona on March 30, 2019. Reyna suffered a brain injury when his head hit the pavement.The suit says he spent days in a medically induced coma and still suffers effects of the injury.A team spokesman said the Dodgers had no comment on the suit.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-PLAYER DEATHCoroner says Cougars player died of acute intoxication April 24, 2020 — A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July.— Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23. — The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSlast_img read more

Man United’s potential £58m bargain, centre back found and Van Gaal’s philosophy revelation for players

first_img 2) Daley Blind may be a centre back after all – Daley Blind was one of the stand-out performers during the win over Liverpool. His goal was a splendid finish but his overall defensive play was calm, composed and astute throughout. He had no problems dealing with the strength of Christian Benteke – easing him off the ball on more than one occasion – and has formed a solid partnership with the ever improving Chris Smalling. However, Liverpool were atrociously poor at Old Trafford and there will be tougher tests for the Dutchman. Manchester United saved their best Premier League performance of the season so far for Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.While many were critical for the boring and uneventful first 45 minutes of the game, Louis van Gaal would have been delighted with the way his side passed when they had the ball and the way they hustled and harried Liverpool’s players when they didn’t.However, the second half was the one the majority of the 75,347 people packed into Old Trafford were after with four splendid goals and far more chances.So, what did we learn about Manchester United’s 3-1 victory? Click the arrow above, right, to find out.  5 5 3) Ashley Young needs to play more – Other than David De Gea, Ashley Young was arguably United’s best player last season, and certainly their most improved. After starting the season against Tottenham, he has found himself on the bench with Adnan Januzaj, now on-loan at Borussia Dortmund, and Ander Herrera preferred ahead of him. However, while Memphis Depay was so bad he could have been wearing a Liverpool shirt, Young was excellent as he brought urgency and direct running which immediately led to the opening goal. Memphis will take some time to settle in but Young is too good to just be his deputy. 5 1) Manchester United players seem to be taking to Van Gaal’s philosophy – to find out what else was learned from the win over Liverpool, click the arrow above – Albeit an awfully tedious, monotonous first half at Old Trafford, Manchester United barely misplaced a pass and did not let Liverpool string together more than two. Bastian Schweinsteiger had his best game in a United jersey so far as he and Michael Carrick dictated play from deep all day. It is already apparent that Louis van Gaal’s philosophy involves less exciting, attacking football and more patient passing and pressurising of opponents and, judging by the way the Red Devils played on Saturday, the players are beginning to understand. Maybe that meeting between Van Gaal, Wayne Rooney and Carrick really was a productive one. 5) Anthony Martial could be a bargain – A fee of £36m rising to £58m puts enough pressure on to quiver the knees of even the most experienced players, but Anthony Martial played without a fear in the world after replacing Juan Mata in the 65th minute. His goal was a splendid exhibition of his pace, close control, ability to run at players and finishing – all of which seemed to have deserted United this season. It is important not to judge him too soon but he will only improve over the next few seasons, a fact which should strike fear into rival defences. Manchester United may well have found their Thierry Henry after all. 4) The Marouane Fellaini experiment was not a successful one – Alarm bells rang around Old Trafford when news Wayne Rooney would miss the game was leaked. Louis van Gaal already alluded to Marouane Fellaini being his second choice striker this season, but the big Belgian was anonymous. He did not add anything to the attack and seemed unclear whether he should drop deep or play on the last line of defence, often leaving him stranded in no man’s land. He is very effective coming off the bench as he showed in the Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge and for now that seems like it is his best role within the side. 5 5last_img read more


first_imgAfter much anticipation the North West Garden Show 2012 is finally here and will take place this weekend, May 26th and 27th, on the grounds of Castlefinn Partnership Complex, Castelfinn.On the back of two tremendously successful events in 2010 and 2011, which has generated an estimated €3.5million to the local economy, this year’s show is projected to be bigger and better and with a raft of new features is expected to draw in gardening enthusiasts from far and wide.Speaking ahead of the weekend Event Director Michael Carlin said “With the weather forecast looking bright and the excitement mounting we are all geared up to bring you our best North West Garden Show yet. So get your gardening gloves on and come along to what is expected to be a great weekend of all things green” The weekend’s events will commence with the crowning of the Northwest Garden Rose in the Villa Rose, Ballybofey on Friday May 25th at 8pm. Entertaining the crowds will be MC TV3’s Noel Cunningham and live music by local band Flipside. Tickets are €15 and available from the Villa Rose Hotel; from main sponsors McElhinney’s Department Store and from event organisers the CPI Complex, Castelfin.Multi-award winning landscape architect Tim Austin will open the show at the Outdoor Stage at 11.00am on Saturday May 26th, he will host seminars at 1.00pm and 4.15pm on how to create a garden masterpiece, with landscape architect Marcus Flannery sharing top tips and expert advice at 3.00pmMeanwhile 2011 TV3’s Irish Apprentice Candidate, brand ambassador for Chic Wedding Magazine & RSVP media and one of Ireland’s most fashionable women, Sandra Murphy, will be taking to the stage in the Flower Pavilion and Fashion Arena on Saturday to host three live heats (at 11.15am; 1.15am; 3.15pm) and a live grand final (5.15pm) of the innovative new Trash ‘n’ Fashion feature, new to this year’s show.There will be a variety of flower arranging demonstrations taking place between the Trash ‘n’ Fashion catwalk heats, at 12.15pm, by Bernie Jackson; 2.15pm by Michael Doherty and 4.15pm by John Paul, of John Paul Florists Derry. Ireland’s first Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott will be firing up the grill at the Cookery School Live from 12.15pm on Saturday whetting your appetite with the first of many savoury cookery demonstrations from both Brian and fellow award winning chef Ian Orr.There will also be a host of sessions and seminars including meet the producer, growing you own food, cooking with herbs, chef butcher demonstrations and ask the expert sessions until 5.00pm. Not to worry if you miss Saturday’s sessions as the cookery school will go live at 12.15pm to 5.00pm again on SundayLive wood turning demonstrations by Conal McGinley will take place from 2pm on Saturday as well as live pottery demonstrations by Liam Louge in the Craft Fayre Marquee and live tree pruning by tree surgeon Colin Farrell throughout both days. Fashion shows will also be broadcast live on the big screen throughout the weekend and gardening expert, author and TV personality Diarmuid Gavin will unveil details of an exclusive Irish Garden for the White House over the two day eventFashionista Sandra Murphy will return to the stage in the Flower Pavilion and Fashion Arena on Sunday to host two exclusive fashion shows by Ireland’s store of the year McElhinneys’ of Ballybofey at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. The team at John Paul Florists will also return to host live flower arranging demonstrations at 12.15pm; 2.15pm and 4.15pm on SundayThe Happy Drummers will be performing live on the Outdoor Stage throughout Sunday, later followed by African Drumming with Ronan McKee and the children of St. Mary’s National School Castlefinn at 3.00pm. Plus get top tips from Tim Austin’s talks at 12.15pm and 4.15pm as well as from Marcus Flannery who will return to the stage at 12.45pm. Winners from the array of competitions; challenges and draws will be announced at a prize giving at 5.30pm on the Outdoor Stage to wrap up a great weekend of all things gardening With sun the predicted to shine, and so much to look forward to it will be a weekend not to be missed. For more information and for a full programme of events logon to www.northwestgardenshow.ie or follow us on FacebookWe look forward to seeing you there!NORTH WEST GARDEN SHOW IN CASTLEFIN TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWDS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:castlefinnorth west garden showlast_img read more