Kroger and the supermarket’s union workforce are meeting this week as a labor contract is set to expire on Saturday, Nov. 9.They’re trying to beat the deadline to reach a new labor deal for the 12-thousand employees at 80 tri-state stores.Negotiations have been ongoing since late September, and both sides extended talks by a month which originally expired on Oct. 5.Officials say contract agreements have been complicated by health care benefits and their costs.
Press Association Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has confirmed Norwich goalkeeper Jed Steer will become his sixth summer acquisition on July 1. The former England Under-19 cap will provide competition for Brad Guzan and Benji Siegrist. Shay Given is expected to leave the club this summer. Lambert told the club website: “Bringing in Jed will add to the goalkeeping department and helps with everybody pushing one another, learning from one another and making everyone better and wanting to improve. “You want competition for places throughout the team, which is something we didn’t have last season.” Lambert has already been busy in the transfer market, bringing in defenders Jores Okore and Antonio Luna, midfielders Leandro Bacuna and Aleksandar Tonev, plus Danish striker Nicklas Helenius. The former Norwich boss was also keen to strengthen his goalkeeping ranks, and has returned to his old club to secure the signing of 20-year-old Steer, who will complete the move to Villa Park once his deal at Carrow Road expires.
… Complex to take two years to completeBy Dan HawkinsMELBOURNE Cricket Ground (MCG) will no longer be the world’s largest cricket ground, with construction company Larsen & Turbo (L&T) due to start work on a new-look Sardar Patel Gujarat stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.The previous stadium had a capacity of 54 000 before it was demolished in 2015 to allow for a big-scale renovation, meaning the new site will hold 110 000, putting MCG’s 100 024 to shame.The new stadium, when completed, will be the largest cricket stadium in the world which will be made to meet all the latest the international standards,” read a press release from the Gujarat Cricket Association.The overall cost of the project will be around £84M ($103M) but will be more than just a cricket ground.The complex will house 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as three practice grounds and an indoor cricket academy.And to cope with the inevitable traffic problems, the stadium will have three entry points instead of just one.The Sardar Patel cricket stadium in Motera has hosted 12 Test matches and 24 one-day internationals since it was inaugurated in 1982.India already has some of the world’s largest cricket arenas, the hallowed Eden Gardens once accommodated 100 000 before it was modernised and reduced the capacity by 40%, and the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata, which holds 68 000.Gujarat Cricket Association’s vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani has also hinted at the possibility of a new name for the stadium once completed.The completed stadium is also expected to be the home of Indian Premier League side Gujarat Lions. (IBT)
Gros-Islet (Saint Lucia): England built on an already dominant position in reaching 207 for three in their second innings, an overall lead of 330 runs, at tea on the third day of the third and final Test against the West Indies in St Lucia on Monday. With the home side short-handed in the bowling department on the day and without regular captain Jason Holder for the match, the tourists took full advantage of the situation in adding another 99 runs in the afternoon session for the loss of Joe Denly’s wicket.Under pressure to deliver after a modest start to his Test career in the second match a week earlier, Denly rode his luck in getting to 69 before falling to Shannon Gabriel to end a 74-run second-wicket partnership with Joe Root.Although troubled by a slight hamstring strain, the fast bowler continued to charge in at pace and was eventually rewarded with the wicket via a catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.ALSO READ | I hope Raman isn’t criticised to bench Mithali Raj, says Ramesh PowarCaptain Root was then joined by Jos Buttler and the pair have progressed without too many difficulties, their fourth-wicket stand already worth 60 with Root on 45 and Buttler on 37 going into the final session of the day as they pursue a consolation victory after already surrendering the series and the Wisden Trophy following defeats in the first two Tests in Barbados and Antigua.A morning of misfortune and misadventure saw England ensuring there was no repetition of the collapses which have defined this Caribbean tour so far, although the early signs were not encouraging.Resuming at the overnight position of 19 without loss, the tourists suffered an immediate setback when Rory Burns clipped the first delivery of the morning to Alzarri Joseph at square-leg to give Keemo Paul immediate success.However, the young all-rounder, drafted into the final eleven for this match due to the suspension of regular captain Holder for a slow over-rate offence in the previous match, left the field on a stretcher shortly after as he appeared to suffer a serious leg injury chasing a ball to the boundary.West Indies did not help their increasingly difficult situation when Shimron Hetmyer put down a simple chance offered by Denly off Shannon Gabriel. It proved a costly miss.ALSO READ | Kiwi skipper rates T20 series win against India as an ‘isolated’ oneHe lost the other opening batsman, Keaton Jennings, midway through the morning when the left-hander attempted to turn a delivery from Joseph top the leg-side and the ball ricocheted off his body onto the stumps to send him back to the pavilion for 23. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Published on November 9, 2014 at 5:04 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Twenty-five seconds into the game, Duke’s Brody Huitema headed the ball off the crossbar.Syracuse goalkeeper Alex Bono was frozen in place and the Orange was on the back foot before it could even get possession of the ball.“We looked like we were a bit nervy that first five minutes,” head coach Ian McIntyre said.But the nerves subsided and SU responded with two first-half goals, one from forward Alex Halis and one from midfielder Nick Perea, to jump out to a two-goal lead before the break. The early cushion paced No. 1 Syracuse (15-2-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 2-0 win over seventh-seeded Duke (9-9-1, 4-4) in the ACC tournament quarterfinals in front of a record 2,533 fans at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon.“It really forced them to kind of change the way they wanted to play,” McIntyre said of putting the Blue Devils in an early hole. “They had to meet us a little higher up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe early blitzkrieg may not have been possible, though, if it weren’t for McIntyre inserting Halis into the starting lineup for only the second time this season, and not starting forward Emil Ekblom for the first time in his 36-game career.Halis verified McIntyre’s decision by winning a 50-50 ball off a Julian Buescher cross at the edge of the 6-yard box less than 10 minutes in. The sophomore toed the ball over Duke goalkeeper Wilson Fisher and into the top of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.He threw his hands up in the air and ran to the student section behind the goal, hugging a fan before celebrating with his teammates.“I can’t explain the feeling,” Halis said. “It was good to get that off my back. I know I said that earlier in the season, but postseason, it felt good.”The Orange continued to pepper Fisher throughout the half, as midfielder Liam Callahan, forward Chris Nanco and Halis were all denied chances from point-blank range.The mass of SU students behind the goal repeatedly gasped, but it didn’t materialize into an all-out celebration as the Orange couldn’t break through. McIntyre said that on a different day, it could’ve been a “3” or a “4” on the SU scoreboard with the amount of chances his side had in the first half.But with just less than 13 minutes remaining in the frame, the hosts padded their lead after midfielder Oyvind Alseth curled a high cross from in front of the Duke bench. It met the foot of Callahan beyond the left post on the goal line, and he one-timed a cross to a wide-open Perea, who volleyed it home from the doorstep to give the hosts insurance.“You get a rush,” Perea said of scoring in front of a record crowd.As the Orange has repeatedly done with one- and two-goal leads all year, it buckled down. Bono and the back three were a brick wall throughout the entirety of the second half to secure the team’s first postseason win in almost two years.And while Duke senior Matt Slotnick cried in his teammates’ arms after the buzzer sounded, the Syracuse bench poured onto the field and will get a chance at revenge against sixth-seeded Louisville in Cary, North Carolina next Friday.Said Halis after the game: “I have goosebumps right now.” Comments
Published on February 24, 2015 at 12:11 am Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman After a season of splitting much of his time in goal last season with senior Dominic Lamolinara, Bobby Wardwell has spent nearly every minute of the 2015 season in front of the net. Wardwell’s biggest opposition for time in the crease was Warren Hill, a junior transfer from Onondaga Community College, but Hill only saw 23 minutes in No. 3 Syracuse’s (3-0) 21-7 blowout victory over Siena in the season-opener.Since then Wardwell has played 116:53 of the last 120 minutes of game action. The 6-foot senior goalie allowed nine goals on 11 saves against No. 14 Army on Sunday night, and has 26 saves on the season.With his team’s first 3-0 start in four years, head coach John Desko doesn’t see a reason not to stick with the hot hand.“I think Bob’s in complete control of the defense and (he’s) playing very well,” Desko said. “I think he played well last year and we were always getting a very solid performance out of him.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s got a 57.8 save percentage to boast through three games — compared to 51.3 percent last season — and proven himself capable of limiting the damage against offenses with multiple big scoring threats. Wardwell’s biggest nemesis on the Black Knights was attack John Glesener, who was able to convert on four of his 11 shots.Wardwell said he tried to prepare for Glesener by taking lots of shots during practice from bigger outside shooters. Before Glesener’s four-goal performance, Wardwell hadn’t allowed more than three goals to any player this year. Thanks to Ben Williams’ 21-for-25 outing at the X for SU, Wardwell and the defense was given ample time to get a read on what Army’s offense was bringing at them.“I think our offense is doing a great job in keeping possession and getting a lot of goals,” Wardwell said. “That just kind of makes it easier to relax on defense knowing they’re going to be able to put the ball in the back of the net.”With SU clinging to a two-goal lead midway through the fourth quarter, the SU keeper sprinted to catch up to an errant pass that would’ve been rewarded to Army had it gone out of bounds.With the attack closing in on him in the corner, Wardwell was able to shovel the ball off to defender Sean Young to help clear it. Syracuse will face some of the country’s best offenses, and it appears that the senior will be solely tasked as the last line of defense. Despite Desko hinting before the season he might use multiple goalies, Wardwell’s play has overshadowed that thought.“Very few goals going in that shouldn’t go in,” Desko said. “And now we’re starting to get some stops on shots that should go in, I think you saw that last week and tonight. “He’s been very confident in leading the defense and we feel very good about that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
If someone were to ask the average USC student to rank the university’s top-five fastest growing club sports teams, the chances that USC women’s ice hockey would make the cut are astronomically small. Most students do not know that USC has a men’s hockey team, let alone a women’s squad.Hidden gem · USC’s women’s hockey team has no in-state collegiate rivals and travels all over the country to play. The team, however, has managed to double in size since 2008, and the squad practices three days a week. – Photo courtesy of USC women’s ice hockey clubBut the USC women’s ice hockey club is alive and well, shattering the old stereotype that hockey is exclusively a male sport.Founded in 2001, the club began as a fledgling organization consisting of eight to 10 students who occasionally played pick-up games at a nearby rink. Now, the organization boasts a roster of 26 students. The club, a member of USA Hockey, went undefeated last season before taking third place in its division in a tournament in Vancouver.The main challenge is finding enough teams to beat. The USC women’s ice hockey club is the only college women’s ice hockey club in California and one of the only college women’s hockey clubs west of the Mississippi River.“Our biggest issue is exposing these girls to enough competition so they can play more games under pressure,” said Jerry Toy, the club’s head coach since 2008.“We do our best with what’s within our means and we’ve grown tremendously,” he said.The club had 12 players on the roster in 2008 with many of them considering practices optional, only attending those that were most convenient, according to Toy.“Now we’ve got 26 extremely dedicated girls who fully participate,” Toy said. “I love to coach them because they listen, are willing to take risks and they push themselves.”Women’s ice hockey is slightly different than men’s in that there is no “checking” or full body contact. As a result, women’s hockey games feature fundamentals, skills and fewer injuries.Liz Bitzer, the team’s president, said one of the main obstacles that keeps girls off the ice is a fear of getting injured. According to Bitzer, however, injuries on the ice are rare.“We usually don’t have any issues with injuries on the ice,” said Bitzer, a sophomore majoring in Spanish. “When we do have any injuries, it’s usually because the person is not paying attention or gets injured doing something completely unrelated to hockey.”The team’s captain, Cayley Tullman, tore her anterior cruciate ligament while snowboarding.“Most injuries occur when girls don’t know the fundamentals of falling,” Tullman said, a senior majoring in Spanish and international relations.Tullman said the most common injuries are collarbone breaks and concussions, but according to Toy, the club recently purchased stronger helmets to better protect players.“There is no [such] thing as a concussion-proof helmet,” Toy said. “But this keeps girls safer on the ice.”Though the team is competitive and faces the premier women’s hockey teams in California, the club welcomes all members, regardless of skill level.Chandler Baker, a sophomore majoring in computer science, said she joined the club with no hockey experience.Her first challenge was learning to skate.“I was super involved with sports back in high school, but when I got to college, I cut back and I needed to fill the void,” Baker said, now a forward on the hockey team.Baker said exercise is key to relieving her stress, but it’s one thing to work out and another to play an organized sport.“There is no comparison between running on a treadmill at the Lyon Center and practicing every week on the ice with your best friends,” she said.The club practices three days a week at the Paramount Iceland, but only one hour at a time because of budget constraints.Bitzer said an hour of ice time costs $300, but the team only charges each player $300 per semester.“Playing hockey is very expensive, but we don’t want financial issues to discourage anyone from joining the club,” Bitzer said.The club receives most of its funding from private donations, the USC Recreational Club Council and from several fundraisers featuring T-shirts, letter-writing campaigns and an invite on ice.As a result, club membership is much more affordable, allowing for greater diversity.“We have girls from the East Coast, West Coast, girls of different ages, majors and different personalities,” Tullman said. “This club opened doors for me and allowed me to make meaningful friendships with many different kinds of girls.”Bitzer and Tullman said the team has become more competitive through the years, but wins and losses are only a small component of what USC women’s ice hockey is all about.“This club provides a small group of girls the enormous resource of a cohesive Trojan Family,” Bitzer said. “Everyone genuinely cares about each other, and we’re all here for one another, on and off the ice.”
He’ll be crowned champion in today’s final stage in Paris.Ireland’s Dan Martin is set to finish in 9th place overall – while Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennet who competed most of the event with an injured hand will finish in last place
The impressive Blessing Obente of MFM led the game’s scoring with 20 points, with Oluchi Nzeekwe contributing 14 points to the Lagos club’s big win.Despite their defeat, Black Gold’s Hembem Wandoo got 12 points and five rebounds. MFM’s Motunrayo Subair got a game-high nine rebounds.Black Gold are effectively out of contention for the final having lost all three group games: 84-35 to Dolphins on Friday, 87-58 to Air Warriors on Saturday and Sunday’s defeat to 97-31 loss MFM.The competition, which started last Friday, will end with the final on Thursday. Monday is a day off for the teams as sponsor Zenith Bank hosts the teams at its corporate headquarters and organises clinics and workshops for the officials.The champion of the competition and runners-up will qualify to represent Nigeria at the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Champions Cup qualifiers in Cotonou from 28 October to 3 November.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos-based MFM claimed their first victory at the Zenith Women’s Basketball League National Final 8 on Sunday with a 97-31 blowout of Black Gold at Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.Both teams went into Sunday’s game winless in their first two games, but MFM were far too strong for the newly formed Black Gold. The Lagos club, sponsored by the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Church, won all the four quarters comfortably.MFM had lost their opening game of the Final 8 by 71-46 to Air Warriors on Friday and followed up with another 56-61 defeat to Dolphins on Day 2 on Saturday. But they raced to an early lead in the first quarter on Sunday, scoring triple of their opponents’ points to take a 23-7 lead.The Lagos club increased their lead to 48-13 in the second quarter and were 71-25 up at the end of the third quarter.