Future looks bright as Junior curlers take over Nelson club

first_imgCoaches Garry Meadows and Russ Holitzki organized the event.Meadows and Holitzki have spearheaded the Junior league this season, coaching 20 young curlers to master increasingly difficult skills as part of the Curl BC Skills Awards Challenge.Several curlers have achieved their Red (Novice) and Blue (Junior) awards this season. They will continue to work toward the intermediate Bronze and Silver awards and the advanced Gold award when curling starts up again in October.The Junior league is open to novice and experienced curlers aged 10 and up, and is hoping to attract new members in the fall.“A couple more teams would be great,” said Meadows. “Then we could get some fun competitions happening in the league.”The Nelson Curling Centre also offers a Little Rockers program for younger kids.The Nelson Curling Centre is very grateful to all the local businesses who supported the Junior Bonspiel by donating prizes and food, and to the volunteers who helped out behind the scenes. The future of curling in the West Kootenay was on display at the Nelson Curling Club this past weekend as 11 teams from throughout the zone competed in the annual Junior Bonspiel.Teams from Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and host Nelson played four-end games in two divisions, the Junior division for new curlers and the Intermediate division for more experienced players.The Junior division was won by the Thatcher team from Rossland, followed by the Mailey and Helgesen teams from Trail.In the Intermediate division, top honors for the day went to the Watt rink from Castlegar, with Rossland’s Watson rink and Trail’s Sergis rink finishing second and third in the division, respectively.last_img read more

Cyril Farrell on the Galway hurling crisis

first_imgFormer 3 time All Ireland winning hurling manager Cyril Farrell spoke to Keith Finnegan on Galway Bay FM this morning about the current difficulties between the Galway hurlers and management and says he hopes discussions and perhaps a mediator can yield a solution… https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/gbfm.podcasts/Cyril+Farrell.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Volleyball: Oct. 4 Scoreboard

first_imgThe Ladyjacks separated themselves late in set two to pull away for a 25-16 win and broke the third set open early to cruise to a 25-18 decision. Sam Houston overcame six lead changes in the first set and led throughout the second set after overcoming an early Cowgirl lead. Evie Singleton led the Central Arkansas offense on the day, hitting .319 while tallying a season-high 25 kills and adding 10 digs. Heather Schnars had 20 kills and six digs. Kristine Hjembo keyed the Central Arkansas attack, dishing out a match-high 27 assists. Defensively, Shelbee Berringer turned in a match-high 27 digs. Huntsville freshman Jordyn Vaughn delivered the match-winning point at 24-23 in the third set. Vaughn ended the afternoon with nine kills. Carling Urben added eight kills for the Bearkats. The Ladyjacks were locked in a battle with the Wildcats (2-15, 0-4 SLC) in the opening set, matching up point for point down the stretch. SFA fought off an ACU set point and had four such opportunities itself before clinching the first set 29-27. “I think we defend really well here,” Hernesman said. “We feel comfortable. Thursday wasn’t as hectic and Friday wasn’t as hectic and today we get up a little bit later and have a team meal together and come to the gym. It was nice to be back here after five weeks.” In the final set, the Islanders came out red-hot to record an impressive .471 hitting percentage. Phelps tallied six kills on a solid .857 hitting and the Islanders’ defense tallied 15 digs. A&M-Corpus Christi started strong with a 7-2 lead before HBU rallied back to even things at 8-8. The two teams went neck-and-neck until the Islanders steadily pulled away to build a four-point lead. A&M-Corpus Christi maintained its lead and capped off the win on a 4-1 run. During the run Gilpin put down a kill and Phelps closed out the set and the match with three straight kills to help the Islanders win 25-20. Kaci Eaton led a balanced Colonel offense with 16 kills. Kali Schwartz added 15 kills while Stephanie Tobison notched 12. Ainsley Marroccoli had a team-high 29 assists and Alyse Barclay added 17. Kalynn Egea led the team with 23 digs while Tobison added 17 and Eaton and Marroccoli each contributed 14. Emily Weimer had a team-leading five blocks while Schwartz added four. With the win, head coach Tony Graystone is one win away from his 400th career victory. Stephen F. Austin 3, Abilene Christian 0Sam Houston State 3, McNeese State 0Central Arkansas 3, Southeastern Louisiana 1Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Houston Baptist 1Northwestern State 3, UIW 1 Nicholls 3, Lamar 1 Mackenzie Neely led the offensive charge with 14 kills and got into the defensive action with five block assists. The Huskies answered in the second set early with a 9-8 lead and held the lead throughout the match. After HBU put together a 4-1 run, the Islanders rallied back to pull within one at 15-14 after straight kills by Phelps. HBU however scored four straight to extend their lead to 18-14. Gilpin and Phelps put down back-to-back kills, and Felux and Nicholson teamed up for the block assist to trim the deficit to two. Following a timeout by the Huskies, the Islanders stayed within striking distance, but straight errors by the Islanders gave HBU a three-point advantage. Gilpin followed with a kill before the two teams exchanged points and HBU closed out the match with a kill to win 25-23.      The Bearkats defeated McNeese State 25-21 25-20 25-23 to up their season record to 9-7. The Kats stand 2-1 in league action. The Colonels took an 18-9 lead in the fourth and looked to be pulling away, but Lamar battled back to a 21-21 tie. Nicholls regrouped and ultimately took the set 25-22 to win the match. After Nicholls won a tense third set 30-28, Cardinal Head Coach Alan Edwards slammed a loose volleyball into the court and stormed out of the gym. (Edwards returned before the start of the fourth set). SFA will hit the road next week for two conference matches. The team will face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7:00 p.m. before making the trip to Houston for a match against Houston Baptist on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 1:00 p.m.- Return to top – Junior Jacque Allen was another big reason SFA enjoyed such a high attack percentage in the match. The Mansfield, Texas native had 10 kills and one error on 14 attempts for a healthy .643 mark. She also contributed three blocks on the other side of the ball. “We knew we were going to have our hands full today,” said head coach Debbie Humphreys. “We expected it to be a battle. I like how when we’re in tight matches our players are just staying very relaxed and very confident. We aren’t going into panic mode. We are just very confident in what we are capable of doing.” Northwestern State 3, UIW 1 NATCHITOCHES, La. – Northwestern State utilized a strong defensive presence up front and three consecutive set victories to claim a 3-1 win (20-25, 25-16, 25-11, 25-22) over UIW at Prather Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Central Arkansas 3, Southeastern Louisiana 1Hammond, La. – The Central Arkansas volleyball team was back in action on Saturday morning, travelling to Hammond, Louisiana to take on the Lady Lions of Southeastern Louisiana. The Sugar Bears out-hit the Lady Lions .245 to .154 on the day, picking up the 3-1 victory to improve to 5-0 in SLC play. The Kats never trailed in the final set after jumping out to a 4-0 lead. McNeese fought off two match points to cut the margin to one, 24-23, before Vaughn closed the door on the victory. Sam Houston returns to its home floor at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum Thursday, October 9, in a 6:30 p.m. match against Incarnate Word. The contest is the first at home for the Bearkats since August 30. The SHSU women also play host to Abilene Christian on homecoming day Saturday, October 11, at 11:30 a.m.- Return to top – Central Arkansas returns to the court on Thursday, hosting McNeese State at the Prince Center at 7:00 PM. The Sugar Bears will then host Nicholls at 2:00 PM on Saturday.- Return to top – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3, Houston Baptist 1CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Senior Brianna Brink posted 20 kills and a career-high 20 digs, and the defense tallied 98 digs to help the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team secure a 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20) win over Houston Baptist today in the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders hit .311 as a team and held HBU (7-10, 2-1 SLC) to .227 hitting to clinch their second Southland Conference win of the season. Brink led the Islanders (9-11, 2-1 SLC) with her sixth double-double of the season, while fellow senior Ashley Phelps helped lead the offense with 14 kills, and freshman Brittany Gilpin tallied a career-high 12 kills on .385 hitting. Kristyn Nicholson also had a solid match with her eighth double-double of the season. The freshman dished out a career-high 59 assists and registered 13 digs for the defense. Junior Hailey King helped lead five Islanders in double-digit digs with 23, and Ivy Baresh tallied 20 and freshman Maddy Wall chipped in a career-high 15 digs.     The first set was a back-and-forth battle with 12 ties and just three lead changes. The biggest lead either team built was two until the Islanders found momentum at 23-20. The Islanders pushed ahead at 21-19 after straight kills by Brink and Gilpin. After a timeout, HBU posted a kill before the Islanders scored four straight to clinch the first set, 25-20. During the run, Brink put down a kill and an ace before Baresh posted her third kill of the set. The Islanders captured the set on a hitting error by the Huskies. A&M-Corpus Christi hit .333 in the set and held HBU to .190 hitting. Brink led the set with seven kills on .333 hitting while King tallied seven digs and Nicholson passed out 16 assists.center_img “Glynna plays blocks so high that in their fast tempo offense for her what was happening was she was going up too big so we were getting her to seal low at the net,” Hernesman said. “She started picking up some blocks and she really brought a lot of energy to the team. In the third set offensively, I think she got six kills on six attempts so it’s fun to watch her when she cranks it up a notch.” SFA (11-7, 4-0 SLC) holds a perfect 12-0 set advantage over its first four conference matches this year. The last time the Ladyjacks went 4-0 without losing a set in the SLC was in 2007 – a year in which the team finished 15-1 in the conference. Stephen F. Austin 3, Abilene Christian 0NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin women’s volleyball team defeated Abilene Christian in straight sets (29-27, 25-16, 25-18) on Saturday afternoon in Shelton Gym to remain perfect in the Southland Conference. The Ladyjacks have won nine of their last 11 matches and haven’t dropped a set in conference play this year. “It’s going to be a long trip against two really good teams but we feel good about the start we got here and hopefully we can carry that over,” said Hernesman.- Return to top – Senior Jill Ivy had eight kills in the opening frame and finished the afternoon with a match-high 18 kills. She had three errors in 37 attacks for a .405 attack percentage, helping the Ladyjacks post a .339 hitting percentage as a team. With the win, the Colonels match their Southland Conference win total from last season and have 12 conference matches remaining. Senior Paige Holland finished the day with 39 assists for SFA to lead all players in the match. Nicholls 3, Lamar 1THIBODAUX, La. – The Nicholls State University women’s volleyball team dropped their first set before coming back and taking a 3-1 victory over Lamar University on Saturday in Stopher Gymnasium. The Islanders will continue Southland play when they host Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. – Return to top – Sam Houston State 3, McNeese State 0LAKE CHARLES, La. – Sam Houston took only an hour and 20 minutes to pick up its second Southland Conference volleyball victory Saturday afternoon in Lake Charles, La. “Mackenzie has been really consistent,” Hernesman said. “She’s a big arm on the right. Regardless of who you’re playing, a lot of teams have a difficult time defending the right. We get her the ball in good spots for her. We’ve come to expect this of Mackenzie. She’s a lot more confident and aggressive so when she’s playing like that it’s tough to slow her down.” Outside hitter Stacey DiFrancesco added eight kills and 10 digs while setter Emily Johnson had 31 assists. Defensively, libero Bailey Martin tallied 21 digs. “We were good with our eyes,” fifth-year head coach Hugh Hernesman said. “We did a good job adjusting to a faster tempo offense. Our blockers and back court adjusted real well. Bailey (Martin) led the charge back there with some crucial digs. We started coming to a short zone serving and were able to disrupt them.” Central Arkansas (10-7, 5-0 SLC) hit .382 to win the first set 25-16 before hitting .351 to take the second set 25-17. Southeastern Louisiana rebounded in the third set, hitting .258 to win the set 25-21. The Lady Lions led the fourth set 20-18 before the Sugar Bears went on a 7-3 run to take the set 25-23. Middle blocker Glynna Johnson played a large part both offensively and defensively, tallying three block solos and seven block assists along with eight kills – including six in the third set – as the Lady Demons (6-11,3-1 SLC) limited Incarnate Word (5-12, 1-3 SLC) to an impressive .093 attack percentage. The Colonels will take on the University of New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Human Performance Center.- Return to top – The Islanders and Huskies tied eight times in the third set with just one lead change. The Islanders hit .350 in the set and held HBU to .255 hitting. After HBU tied things up at 11-11, the Islanders pushed ahead for good after consecutive kills by Haley Satterwhite Day. After a kill by the Huskies, A&M-Corpus Christi put together a 3-0 run that included back-to-back aces by Baresh. With the Islanders holding a four-point cushion, HBU cut the lead to two with a kill and an ace. A&M-Corpus Christi held its ground to win 25-23 despite a late comeback by HBU. The Colonels (6-11, 2-2 SLC) lost a back-and-forth opening set 26-24. The Cardinals (1-14, 1-2 SLC) took an 18-14 lead in the second set before Nicholls stormed back to take a 25-22 victory. As the Colonels gained momentum, frustration rose on the Lamar bench. Juniors Madison Martin and OJ Olson led the defense with nine digs apiece, while Ivy contributed eight. NSU hits the road for two matches featuring play at Houston Baptist on Thursday at 7 o’clock and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at 1 p.m. Setter Michelle Griffith produced both double figure assists (34) and digs (10). Breanna Homer accounted for nine digs. Autumn Taylor led the Cardinals offensively with 19 kills while Ashley Ellis had all 48 Lamar assists on the day. Erika Rojas had a team-high 17 digs and Lauren Stahlman had five service aces. For NSU, the two-match home stand was a nice change of pace after spending the first month of the season on the road at four different tournaments and a total of 15 matches. Deveney Wells-Gibson accounted for 18 of Sam Houston’s 38 kills. She hammered attacks for scores on set point in the first stanza and on three of the Kats’ final five points in the third and final set.last_img read more

Vipers placed on report

first_imgThis was after the Isou scored a controversial try in the final 30 seconds of the match to win a match marred by several contentious calls by the referee.The Isou match winner was scored by centre Mena Minne, but replays show that he in fact knocked the ball on.Vipers players argued with the referee but the referee stuck to his decision, resulting in players verbally expressing their frustration in which the referee placed them all on report.The first half was riddled with mistakes as both teams were unable to build any consistency throughout.But it was the Vipers who would draw first blood through in form Kitron Laka.Seven minutes later the Isou gifted the Vipers two easy point to extend their lead to 8 – 0.The Isou showed resilience and after forcing a line drop out in the Vipers tryline, Mena Minnie would run off an inside pass from Rex Apeo to score his first under the posts.That was just the spark the Isou needed as they forced another line drop before Josh Ericho scored for the Isous’ second try for a 12 – 8 lead going into halftime.Nine minutes into the second half, the Isou took a two-point penalty kick after a Vipers infringement in scrum.This followed a controversial call by the match referee not to penalize the Isou Mena Minne who clearly infringed in a Vipers play the ball on the Vipers’ try line.Ten minutes later, Vipers Yomba Peter does a show and go and takes on three defenders to dive over the Isou posts to level the scores at 14 all.Tempers flared between teams as the match referee made a number of controversial decisions.In the 68th minute, Larson Marabe was sent to the bin for disrespecting the referee.The match remained a deadlock until the 79th minute when Mena Minne scored the controversial try.The awarded try was converted for a final score of 20 – 14.last_img read more

Chelsea held 1-1 by Leicester, Sheffield Utd defeat Palace

first_imgChelsea manager Frank Lampard had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Leicester City in his first home match in charge on Sunday as a second-half header by Wilfred Ndidi cancelled out Mason Mount’s early goal on his home debut.Chelsea raced into a quick lead when the 20 year-old Mount, one of a crop of young players given their chance by Lampard, stole the ball from a dallying Ndidi and left Kasper Schmeichel with no chance with his shot in the seventh minute.The goal capped an opening onslaught by the new-look Blues who were roared on by the home fans excited at the return of Chelsea‘s all-time top scorer Lampard as manager.But Leicester grew into the game and equalised in the 67th minute when Ndidi atoned for his first-half error by heading home a James Maddison corner. Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans spurned chances to win it for Leicester late on.SHEFFIELD UTD 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 0John Lundstram’s second-half goal gave Sheffield United a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, in the first Premier League game at Bramall Lane for 12 years.Palace manager Roy Hodgson restored Wilfred Zaha to his starting line-up after starting him on the bench for the scoreless opening-week draw against Everton, while Chris Wilder started with the same side that secured a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.Zaha, who has been linked with a move away from the club before the European transfer window closes on Sept. 2, was kept under control by the Sheffield defence as Palace once again struggled to create scoring opportunities.David McGoldrick missed a great opportunity to put the home side ahead just before halftime, but 25-year-old midfielder Lundstram made no mistake early in the second period, lashing the ball home after it was steered into his path by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.Lundstram’s strike mean he has now scored a goal in each of England’s top four divisions.Employing a more direct approach to try to force an equaliser, Palace had plenty of possession, but the Sheffieldrearguard dealt comfortably with their attacks as they sealed their first win of the season.Sheffield United will host Leicester City next weekend while Palace, who have yet to score in the league, face a daunting trip to Manchester United.last_img read more

Man suffers fatal wound, keeps riding

first_imgPALMDALE – Sheriff’s homicide detectives believe a Palmdale man who was shot and mortally wounded while riding his motorcycle continued going about a half-mile before falling in the street and dying. Investigators Wednesday said they came to that conclusion after an exhaustive search the day before of the quiet residential neighborhood where the shooting took place. They enlisted about 40 sheriff’s deputies and volunteers to comb closed-off streets, searching for clues in the shooting death of 35-year-old William Perez. Several major streets including 5th Street West (between Palmdale Boulevard and Tierra Subida Avenue) and Tierra Subida Avenue (north of 5th Street West) were closed for hours, sheriff’s homicide investigator Bob Harris said. Perez’s body was found by a motorist on the southwest corner of Tierra Subida Avenue and Cactus drive at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, Harris said. The shooting occurred on Tierra Subida Avenue, about 2,000 feet south of where the body was found. Harris said Perez, a painter, was probably shot at about 1 a.m. Perez was a member of the Vagos, a motorcycle gang, but Perez had no significant criminal history, Harris said. Harris said interviews with friends, relatives and neighbors suggest Perez was well liked. Perez had two young children from a previous marriage who do not live in the Antelope Valley. “(Neighbors) were familiar with his (Vagos) affiliation, but they said he never bothered anybody,” Harris said. “No problems, no parties, no noise.” Harris said investigators have few clues and no solid leads. “There’s so many possibilities out there, we can’t rule anything out,” Harris said. “We don’t know if this was designed for him personally, another club, or some random act of road rage.” Harris said detectives are trying to narrow the scope of the investigation, noting that they’re now focused on developing a more accurate timeline. Harris said Perez was involved in a collision at the intersection where his body was found. He said other vehicles may have been involved in the crash. Anyone who saw the crash scene before authorities arrived but did not report it, or has any other information, is asked to call Harris or Detective Richard Lopez at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau (323) 890-5500. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Flaws found in Medicare plan

first_imgWASHINGTON — Southern California senior citizens expecting to get certain prescription drugs under the nation’s new Medicare plan are likely to be told to use a generic version first, or even that they can’t receive the dosage recommended by their doctors, according to a congressional study released today.The report by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, found that all of the 42 plans available in Waxman’s congressional district routinely restrict access to drugs they promise to provide. A phone survey also found that representatives of the plans often provide conflicting, confusing and sometimes inaccurate information about plan restrictions.“The whole Medicare prescription drug benefit has been a bitter disappointment,” said Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee. Once they do sign up, he said, seniors may discover that despite what they were told, they face at least one of three restrictions: applying for approval, a procedure Waxman said involves “significant document burdens”; first trying different drugs, like generic versions of the preferred medicine; or limited dosages regardless of a doctor’s prescription.“Even when you do your homework and study the plans thoroughly, (beneficiaries) are still likely to find out it’s a bait-and-switch,” Waxman said.Committee staff, he said, also conducted a telephone survey of each of the 42 plans offered in Waxman’s Los Angeles congressional district, which includes part of Woodland Hills.The survey asked each plan for information about restrictions on five drugs: Advair, an asthma medication; Norvasc, a blood-pressure medication; Aciphex, a heartburn medication; Lexapro, an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication; and Ativan, another anti-anxiety medication. Multiple calls were made to each plan. Among the findings: 38 of the plans restricted access to drugs they promised to provide and two-thirds of the plans were unable to accurately describe what restrictions applied.According to the report, plan representatives were called back-to-back and on several occasions gave different answers to identical questions.In many cases, investigators were told they could not receive information about the availability of drugs until they signed on to the plan, Waxman said.Medicare spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said the agency has been working with the plans to make sure seniors get acurate information. “If we hear that they’re not getting correct information we want to know about it and we can take corrective action,” he said.Medicare administrator Mark McClellan, speaking in Southern California this week as part of a cross-country tour to promote and explain Medicare Part D, which went into effect Jan. 1, told seniors that the program lowers overall healthcare costs and that needed medicines are adequately covered under the plans.In a speech in New York earlier this month, President Bush noted that the benefit has provided more choices and reduced drug costs for most enrollees, while federal costs for the plan are running 20 percent lower than projected.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88“People are trying to figure out what plans cover their drugs. They don’t realize that even when they have a plan and the drug is listed, there are barriers.”The report comes on the heels of an independent study released Wednesday by the California Health Care Foundation that found low-income seniors have access to fewer prescription drugs than they did when the state paid for their medications. With a May enrollment deadline looming, many seniors say they’re still trying to decide which plan to use.In compiling his report, Waxman said his staff focused on finding out if seniors can actually obtain the drugs that the various plans say they provide. Investigators found that beneficiaries are in `”a Catch-22,” unable to learn if they can get their desired drugs until after they sign up, he said.last_img

Spurs ‘open talks with Qatari investors over £150m stadium naming rights deal’

first_img The venerable White Hart Lane has already had the north east corner demolished Tottenham believe a £150million cash injection is possible after opening talks with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) over a naming rights deal for the redeveloped White Hart Lane. Negotiations have been ramped-up after the club learned the Qatari’s deal with Barcelona is expected to come to an end next summer, The Times reports today. Spurs had hoped to secure a deal worth £25million-a-year, but market conditions have dictated a lower figure offered to interested parties. The north London club have approached 300 companies about various sponsorship deals for the new arena, which will also host American football matches, when ready in the summer of 2018. Other clubs have tried, with varying degrees of success, to sell the naming rights to stadia in London: West Ham have yet to find a taker for the London Stadium, Chelsea also failed to secure a sponsor for Stamford Bridge in 2009. Arsenal secured an initial £100m over 15 years when they moved into the Emirates Stadium in 2006 – a deal which has subsequently been extended. A near sell-out 85,000 are expected at Wembley Stadium for their opening Champions League fixture with Monaco on Wednesday night. 1last_img read more

Feline center hosts fundraiser

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Featured will be live animal shows, pony rides and a “train” ride through areas not available to the general public, including viewing the center’s two tigers, Caesar and Jasmine, and two jaguar cubs, Rosa and Poncho. The event will also feature activity areas and an information scavenger hunt geared toward teaching children about wildlife, plus face painting and a bake sale. The center’s felines will get toys and food treats for the day to make them more active. Proceeds will benefit ongoing breeding programs, maintenance and construction expenses and the care and feeding of the center’s feline residents. The 29-year-old nonprofit compound is home to more than 70 wild felines, including tigers, jaguars, leopards and smaller, lesser-known varieties such as sand cats and fishing cats. ROSAMOND – Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center will host its second annual Kids Day fundraiser, aimed at teaching youths how they can contribute to preserving endangered wild felines. The event runs from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Nov.18. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It cooperates in breeding programs with zoos around the world. The compound is at 3718 60th St. W., off Rosamond Boulevard, about three miles west of the Antelope Valley Freeway. For more information, directions and ticket purchases, call (661) 256-3793 or log on to www.wildcatzoo.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The former Arsenal trialist who could come back to haunt Gunners in Europa League

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Niang has been linked with a move to the Gunners before huge blow REPLY RANKED no dice Now the forward gearing up to lead the line for Rennes against Arsenal in Thursday’s knockout clash.He has scored four goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances this term, and, although those aren’t the most intimidating stats, the Gunners will be wary of a player who could have been turning out for Unai Emery’s side this evening if certain events had proceeded in a slightly different manner than they did in reality. Arsenal face Stade Rennais on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie, with talkSPORT 2 bringing you full live commentary of the clash.One player who will feature for Rennes is their striker M’Baye Niang – and he has a closer connection to the Gunners than you might think. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE Full commentary of the Europa League showdown will be live on talkSPORT2, with our coverage getting underway at 6pm. Click HERE to listen live MONEY The Senegalese went onto score two goals in 16 appearances at Vicarage Road before moving to his next loan club Torino.After a solid season in Turin he signed permanently for the Serie A outfit in 2018 before being loaned again to Rennes.In the summer, Niang once again emerged as a surprise target for the Gunners after a string of good performances for Senegal at the World Cup in Russia.He netted once for his national side before they were cruelly eliminated from the competition due to their inferior disciplinary record to Japan.However, as before, the interest from the Emirates never materialised into a move. Back in 2017, the Frenchman said: “I know Niang well because he played for Caen and we had him here [on trial].“He’s a very talented striker individually, and he can create chances.“He’s very strong as well physically, and very quick. I think he will be a major asset for them.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Niang had a trial at Arsenal while with Caen Then a highly-rated youngster at Caen, Niang had a trial with the north London club in 2012 and was reportedly very highly-rated by Arsene Wenger.The former Arsenal chief made his move for the then 17-year-old, but a deal never materialised between the two parties, with Niang instead signing for Milan of Italy.Since then, Niang has played in France, returned to Italy and even had a brief spell in the Premier League with Watford on loan – during which time Wenger was wary of the threat he posed to his side. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF We bring you six more live football commentaries across the talkSPORT network throughout the remainder of the week. Find out what they are below… shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LIVE on talkSPORT REVEALED 2 Rennes vs Arsenal Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Rennes vs Arsenal (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Rotherham (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Brighton (Saturday) – talkSPORTManchester City vs Watford (Saturday) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Burnley (Sunday) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs Aston Villa (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2last_img read more