Playing one of the “most complete” games of the season the Nelson Leafs ended the road swing through the Kootenays for the Chase Heat on a sour note by blasting the Doug Birks Division squad 7-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.“Ya it was,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said when asked about the Sunday performance.“It was a full 60 minutes and stuck to our game plan the entire game.”Colton McCarthy and Seth Schmidt led the offence, each netting a pair of goals as Nelson held period leads of 2-0 and 4-0.The goals for McCarthy, who now has nine for the season, stopped a brief two-game goalless streak.Schmidt also added two assists.Cody Boeckman faced a handful of tests in the Leafs net, registering the shutout.Nelson opened the three-game home weekend losing 5-3 to Fernie Ghostriders.Nelson held a 2-1 lead after the first frame before the Riders got their skating legs after the long bus ride from the East Kootenay to outscore Nelson 4-1 en route to the win.Brandon Burge led Fernie with four points, including two goals.The Leafs outshot the Riders 34-27 but could not beat Chris Solecki in the Fernie nets.Saturday Nelson put 55 shots on two Spokane netminders to outlast the Braves 7-4.Team captain Colton Schell led the attack with three points, including two goals.Carsen Willans, Matt McDonald, Jacob Boyczuk, J.J. Beitel and Bryce Nielsen also scored for Nelson.Brent Soles stopped face only 17 shots in the Nelson goal.“We’re very happy to get the two wins . . . unfortunately we were looking for three but it didn’t work out for us,” Maida confessed. “But overall I was happy with the effort in all three games.”Injuries continue to plague the Nelson defence. The Leafs lost Cole Arcuri Friday against Fernie. Defensive teammate Cam Weir returned to the lineup Saturday but left the game midway through with a reoccurring upper body injury.Both players will be reassessed Tuesday.Maida used forward Linden Horswill on the blueline in all three games.“Linden did a great job moving back to defence for us,” Maida said. “He did a great job for us playing defence and working on the power play and had a great weekend.”The two wins keep Nelson within striking distance of division leader Castlegar.The Rebels lead the Murdoch Division with 13 points, one in front of Beaver Valley and two ahead of Nelson.The two Murdoch rivals meet in a home and home series beginning Friday in Nelson.LEAF BANTER: Nelson welcomed back center Matti Jmaeff back to the lineup. Jmaeff was playing in Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.Earlier story:Leafs win twice on home ice during three game weekend standAt the Meat Loaf song goes, “two out of three aint bad.”Nelson Leafs won for the second time in three home games but blasting the Chase Heat 7-0 Sunday afternoon in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs opened the weekend losing 5-3 to Fernie before rebounding Saturday against Murdoch Division rival Spokane Braves, blasting the American-based team 7-4.Nelson, 5-3-1, kept pace with the Castlegar Rebels and Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Murdoch Division standings.Castlegar continues to lead the division with 13 points, one ahead of Beaver Valley and two in front of the Leafs.The two Murdoch rivals hook up in a divisional showdown beginning Friday in Nelson.Friday’s game concludes a four-game homestand for the Leafs.The back-half of the series goes Saturday in Castlegar.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers, which played the entire season on the road, finished the campaign with an impressive 10-7 record.The Bombers, fielding a young squad this season, played teams from the USA, Alberta and BC. Mallard’s Source for sports salutes the Bombers on a great season with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Connor Coming, Aden Osika, Jordan McLeod, Reese Tambellini, Chase May, Jared Roberts, Casey Harrison, Joel Aubert, Charles Cristo, Ezra Lemay and Coaches Ron Mace and Kyle Mace.
Santa Anita To Guarantee $500,000 To Any Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot Winner On Sunday; Inaugural Golden Hour Double Handles $108,199 On Saturday & Will Be Offered Each Racing DayARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 29, 2020)–Santa Anita Park will again guarantee $500,000 to any single ticket winner of the track’s popular 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot on Sunday. With a total Jackpot pool of $217,499 today, there were 124 consolation tickets with six winners, each returning $595.35.In addition to a half million Jackpot guarantee this weekend, Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields combined forces to offer fans the inaugural five dollar Golden Hour Double, which features a low 15 percent takeout and requires players to select the winners of the last race at both Santa Anita and Golden Gate.Jockey Umberto Rispoli and trainer Jeff Mullins teamed to win Saturday’s ninth and final race at Santa Anita with the BG Stables-owned Originaire, who returned $4.60 to win. At Golden Gate, it was Sheza Girly Girl ($9.60) taking the ninth race with Frank Alvarado up for trainer Angelo Tekos, Jr. The 6-7 Golden Hour Double returned $48.50 on each five dollar ticket.Sunday’s Golden Hour Double will be comprised of Santa Anita’s eighth race and Golden Gate’s ninth.Santa Anita’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot will begin with race three, which has an approximate post time of 1:58 p.m. PT.First post time at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
NEIL “Razor” Ruddock’s larger than life presence, both on the field and off it, all too often marked him out as one of the game’s eccentrics.However, it belied a genuine talent at the heart of the defence of teams like Southampton, Spurs, Liverpool and West Ham.22 Neil Ruddock enjoyed an action-packed career with clubs including Liverpool, Spurs and West HamCredit: Getty – ContributorBorn in Wandsworth, London, in 1968, Ruddock’s professional career may have lasted 20 years, but it only yielded one trophy, a League Cup with Liverpool in 1995.It was scant reward for a player who, at his peak, was one of the toughest and most committed defenders in the English top flight.He’s got a pugilistic nickname…Ever wondered how Ruddock got his nickname Razor?22 Former Southampton star Ruddock was nicknamed RazorCredit: PA:Empics Sport22 Considered a tough guy back in the day, Ruddock was a committed defenderCredit: Getty Images – Gettylatest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotWell, it all goes back to October 1992 when the heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis fought the American Donovan “Razor” Ruddock at London’s Earl’s Court.When his teammates at Spurs saw the fight, there was only ever going to be one nickname for Ruddock from then on.And so Razor was born.He had no respect for reputations…22 As Peter Beardsley found out, Ruddock didn’t respect reputationsCredit: Hulton Archive – Getty22 Ruddock played for Liverpool during Jamie Redknapp’s Spice Boys eraCredit: Getty Images – GettyTake his relationship with Eric Cantona.When he faced the French legend in Cantona’s post-suspension comeback match in October 1995, Ruddock sneaked over and pulled down his trademark upturned collar, a move that, predictably, sparked a barney.“He said, ‘Come on Fatty, tunnel, tunnel’ and I wanted to kill him,” Ruddock revealed.”I’m walking after him and one of the boys said to me, ‘Actually he’s quite big’. Then there is a doubt in your mind.”22 Ruddock enjoys a tussle with Jurgen KlinsmannCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd22 Ruddock had a second spell with Spurs in the 1992-1993 seasonCredit: Hulton Archive – GettyEnter Reds’ keeper David James.“I said, ‘Cantona wants to fight me’. And David James was like a doorway with a head on. He takes his gloves off and runs after Cantona who runs off.”He’s a bit of a raconteur…Ruddock loves to tell a tale, especially when it involves embarrassing a team-mate.22 Ruddock enjoyed poking fun at Jason McAteerCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd22 His first spell at Spurs came in 1986-1988Credit: Getty – ContributorOne of his favourite victims was his old Liverpool mate Jason McAteer. “He’s not the brightest,” he said. “Not the sharpest tool in the box.”Once, when Ruddock ordered pizzas for them both, he asked McAteer whether he wanted his cut into eight slices or four.“Four please,” came the reply. “I could never eat 8.”He’s still bitter about the 1996 FA Cup Final…22 Ruddock wasn’t picked for the 1996 FA Cup FinalCredit: PA:Empics Sport22 However, Ruddock did win the League Cup a year earlier in 1995Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdWhen he was dropped by then Liverpool boss Roy Evans for the Wembley showpiece in favour of Phil Babb, Ruddock was less than pleased. In fact, it still irks him to this day.“Growing up as a kid, that’s what you live for, innit?” he divulged.“It’s what every kid who plays football wants to do – play in an FA Cup final, and to have that opportunity taken away hurt.”But though Liverpool lost 1-0 to Man Utd that day, it didn’t stop Ruddock from enjoying the day.22 It still hurts Ruddock to this day that he was dropped by manager Roy EvansCredit: PA:Empics Sport22 Ruddock always enjoyed larking aroundCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdLater that night, he and Stan Collymore, dressed in their infamous white ‘Spice Boys’ Armani suits, hit London’s West End and even scaled the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus where Ruddock slipped his jacket over the landmark.“I thought she looked cold,” he explained.He fancies himself as a bit of a crooner…After his stint in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Ruddock teamed up with his fellow campmates, Peter Andre, Mike Read and Lord Brocket to form the group the Jungle Boys.22 When he retired, Ruddock appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdThey released a charity single, ‘Jungle Rock’, too. And yes, it as bad as it sounds.Ruddock has also appeared on Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes in April 2006 where he came through the famous doors as Neil Diamond and sang Song Sung Blue.He lost to Del Dingle from Emmerdale who took the honours with her portrayal of Lulu.He was married to the late Pete Burns for a week…22 Ruddock fancied himself as a crooner and also appeared on Celebrity Stars In Their EyesCredit: PA:Press AssociationWhen Ruddock appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap, his wife Leah got to spend a week with the Dead Or Alive singer’s partner Michael, while Ruddock had to shack up with Burns.His conclusion? “Pete Burns just isn’t my type,” he joked.“I know you shouldn’t knock it til you’ve tried it, but I prefer the blonde with small lips.”He’s struggled with money since he retired from playing…22 A messy divorce left Ruddock virtually skintIn 2011, after a messy divorce, Ruddock faced bankruptcy and he’s still finding it difficult to get by.”I’ve lost money because of my ex-wife and kids,” he said at the time.“Not all of it but most of it. My advice is, don’t get divorced. Don’t get caught with your trousers down.”Three years later, he also appeared on the Channel 5 programme Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away! where he was confronted by baillifs seeking £3,000 he owed to a local dogs kennels.22 Ruddock is still struggling financiallyCredit: PA:Press AssociationAnd to think he used to earn £10,000 a week too.He liked a tipple or two…One of the main reasons that Ruddock’s first marriage collapsed was his drinking.The defender battled the booze for years and his increasingly frequent binges finally helped to put paid to his relationship with Sarah.22 Hardman Ruddock struggled with boozeCredit: Reuters22 Ruddock admitted he’d go on drinking sessions that lasted daysCredit: PA:Press Associationmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him“I’d go on benders for three days,” he recalled. “When you’re that drunk you can end up risking your life.“I’m surprised I didn’t have an accident and die. I’d wake up and wonder how I got there. It’s scary to think about. I feel lucky I got through it.”Thankfully, a 30-day stint in rehab helped Ruddock get a handle on his drinking – even though it was too late to save his marriage.He wasn’t just a bruiser…22 Ruddock played his one and only game for England in 1994Credit: Getty Images – Getty22 Ruddock starred in England’s 1-0 win over NigeriaCredit: PA:Empics Sport22 He marshalled the likes of Daniel Amokachi, Finidi George and Jay Jay Okocha with easeCredit: PA:Empics SportDespite all the jibes and brickbats about his playing style, Ruddock still managed to win international recognition.Not only did he won four caps for England Under-21s and captain the England B team, but he also won a single cap for the full team when he was picked by Terry Venables for the game against Nigeria in November 1994.He did well too, keeping the likes of Daniel Amokachi, Finidi George and Jay Jay Okocha quiet as England ran out 1-0 winners.Yet he never played for his country again.
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A NUMBER of football fans attending the FA Cup tonight were taking no chances when it came to coronavirus.Three games in the Fifth Round of the world’s oldest knockout cup competition were taking place across England as six teams battled it out for a spot in the quarters.4 Football fans across the country have been taking precautions to battle the coronavirusCredit: PA:Press Association4 Fans attending Tottenham’s clash with Norwich were spotted wearing face masksCredit: Reuters4 And it was the same up North in Sheffield ahead of Wednesday’s game with Manchester CityCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut those attending away from the pitch were also doing their best to fight the possibility of catching the deadly bug by donning face masks.A number of people heading into Tottenham Hotspur Stadium were spotted wearing them in North London ahead of the clash with Norwich.And supporters were also seen in the stands further up north at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough home with them on prior to the game with Manchester City.The FA said they are not giving any directives in relation to COVID-19 and are following wider government advice.It is currently down to individual clubs medical departments to suggest any special measures such as fist bumps over handshakes.A spokesman for the FA said: “At present we have no special measures in place in relation to the outbreak of coronavirus.”We are currently following wider government advice and this is not a directive that has come from us.”4Fixtures on the continent have already started to fall foul of the virus as countries battle to contain it.The Italian government have ordered all sporting events to take place without fans until April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak – including England’s Six Nations game in Rome on March 14.Italy has been the European country worst affected by the disease, with 79 people so far having been killed there by Covid-19.A number of Serie A matches have already had to be postponed over the last fortnight.Five Serie A games were played behind closed doors last weekend, while the Swiss Super League postponed their matches.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticAnd in Formula 1, chief Ross Brawn says Grands Prix will be scrapped if any team is denied entry to a country.The spread of the deadly coronavirus is playing havoc with plans for the season-opener in Melbourne on March 15.Ireland’s rugby Six Nations clash against Italy, scheduled for this Saturday, has been postponed.It is unlikely to be rescheduled before October.But Olympic bosses have insisted Tokyo 2020 will go ahead on schedule — after Japanese officials hinted it could be postponed due to the coronavirus.Coronavirus – cases in UK leap to 87 as medical chief warns ‘significant epidemic likely’
An abrasive character on the field, Ennis was in many ways the final ingredient the Sharks needed to become winners in their 50th season and his impending absence from the team for Round 1 has left Flanagan with a number of options to siphon through.The club has signed Manaia Cherrington (Wests Tigers) and Daniel Mortimer (Titans) over the off-season, has outstanding prospect Jayden Brailey ready to step up after being named the Holden Cup Player of the Year this year and elevated into the NRL squad while the versatile Fa’amanu Brown also remains in the mix.Having taken on a mentoring role with the club Ennis could very well have a significant say in who succeeds him in the Sharks’ engine room but for now Flanagan admits that it is a question he has no obvious answer to.”There are a few things we need to fix up obviously. The glaring one is who is going to replace Michael [Ennis] but I’m sure we’ll get there in time,” Flanagan told Sharks TV.”We’ve got some choices there. Obviously there’s Manaia Cherrington and Jayden Brailey, two genuine No.9s but Mortimer can play there.”Daniel has been hurt, he hurt his hamstring and hasn’t been in the main training group but he can play seven, six and nine and we’ve bought him for that utility value. He can put a bit of pressure on Chad and Jimmy as well and Nu Brown can play six, seven and nine as well.”We’ll just see how they trial. They’re all champing at the bit to get first crack at it but I’m undecided at this stage. The trials and Nines will probably tell.”Listed in NRL Fantasy pricing at $143,000 Cherrington represents tremendous value if he gets greater game-time than he was afforded at the Tigers but whoever wears the No.9 jersey in Round 1 against the Broncos will be a bargain buy.Finding a new hooker is not Flanagan’s only puzzle to solve with the departure of Ben Barba leaving the fullback position an apparent race in two between Valentine Holmes and Jack Bird.Both Holmes and Bird burst onto the representative scene in 2016 to great success and while Holmes would appear the obvious choice, Flanagan likes what Bird can bring to the position.”Val is probably everyone’s first-choice fullback but ‘Birdy’ does that fullback role really well,” Flanagan said.”He finds it comfortable and he gets to roam both sides of the field. Unfortunately with Birdy playing right centre sometimes he gets locked in there and his strength is turning up everywhere.”From a team structure point of view Val could possibly be the best one but I’m not striking Birdy off that list just yet.”There’ll be speculation over Christmas to when we start playing as to who is going to be that fullback – like there was last year – and I’ll just let them speculate and you’ll have to turn up on that Thursday night [in Round 1].”
Gallen, who is set to fight Sonny Bill Williams in the boxing ring, accused the Cowboys of “crying poor” in the leadup to the match over their hefty injury toll – which included co-captains and Australian test stars Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott.But the Cowboys had the last laugh when halfback Michael Morgan slotted over a 15-metre field goal in extra time, to end the Sharks’ premiership defence.And Taumalolo, who looks up to Gallen and his longevity in the game, didn’t hesitate to hit back with some tongue in cheek when reminded of the barbs after the match.”That’s Gal trying to get under our skin but it obviously didn’t really get to the boys’ heads,” Taumalolo said.”It was a great battle and I think we were fortunate enough to get that win and make Gal eat his words a bit.”Taumalolo and Gallen were both pillars of strengths for their respective teams at Allianz Stadium.In performances that befitted the recent battles between the pair, Gallen posted a team-high 191 metres and 48 tackles in the middle for the Sharks while Taumalolo chalked up 242 running metres and scored a second-half try.”As a player, you want to play against the best and tonight was no different,” Taumalolo said.”Running into them both (Gallen and Andrew Fifita) a few times in the game was pretty good. The adrenaline rush was pumping a bit when you’re caught up in a battle in the middle.”I have nothing but respect for both players”Taumalolo’s effort was his 11th 200-plus-metre game of the season, while two quick play-the-balls in the lead up to Morgan’s field goal helped ice the match and book the Cowboys a semifinal date with Parramatta next Saturday in Sydney.But he admitted he still admired the performances Gallen was churning out at age 36 – the oldest of any player in the NRL.Gallen re-signed with Cronulla until the end of next season earlier this year, but has shown no signs of letting up his workload any time soon.And 24-year-old Taumalolo – who signed a record 10-year deal with North Queensland in March – said he could only hope he’d still be at a similar level come the end of his career.”He’s still making us young boys look a bit stupid at times with the crazy stats,” he said.”With his age he’s still making 200 odd metres and 40 something tackles.”That’s just typical of Gal, the way he’s playing. He could play another five or six years, he’s just one of those ageless players and hopefully we’ll see him play for another few seasons.” Photo by: MARK KOLBE/GETTY IMAGES Captain: Paul Gallen was made to “eat his words”, says Kiwis and Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo.
Things got even better for the Green Machine when George King latched on to a nifty grubber from Michael McIlorum out of dummy-half to make it 12-0 after 10 minutes. Kicking with a gale at their backs, the Irish pushed the lead beyond two converted tries through the right boot of halfback Liam Finn, and while the Italians threatened the line after a scheduled drinks break they fell further behind when Kay crashed over in the left corner for his second try of the afternoon. Having set up both of Kay’s tries, fullback Scott Grix chanced his arm for a third time in the shadows of half-time only to have his cut-out pass intercepted by Justin Castellaro who raced away to give the Italians a sniff heading into the main break. The Azzurri should have made it back-to-back tries early in the second half when Grix fumbled a James Tedesco grubber, but the fullback recovered just in time to deny Castellaro who looked certain to score. Suddenly playing with a pep in their step, it didn’t take long for Italy to make amends when Josh Mantellato flew through the air to reel in a bomb before the rangy winger offloaded to centre partner Nathan Milone to cut the gap to eight points. Cameron Ciraldo’s men had all the momentum and looked odds on to score again, but a crunching tackle to force an error put a halt to their comeback and opened the door for the Irish to kill off the contest. Italian winger Mason Cerruto produced a pair of try-saving plays in the space of 30 seconds to keep his side in the contest, but it was a case of third time lucky for Ireland when prop Kyle Amor barged over to restore their 14-point buffer. Any thoughts of a nervy final quarter were put to bed on the hour-mark when Grix turned provider once more to set up Michael Morgan with a grubber that wrong-footed Tedesco before Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook put the cherry on top with a well-deserved four-pointer in the final minute. Ireland 36 (Liam Kay 2, George King, Kyle Amor, Michael Morgan, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook tries; Liam Finn 6 goals) def. Italy 12 (Justin Castellaro, Nathan Milone tries; Josh Mantellato 2 goals) at Barlow Park. Half-time: 20-6 Having scored just 14 points at the 2013 World Cup, the Irish matched that tally inside 20 minutes and then kicked on in the second half after the Azzurri had threatened a comeback with tries either side of the interval. While James Tedesco and Italy’s star-studded forwards had their moments, the pre-game favourites looked rudderless in attack for the majority of the contest with their points coming via an interception and a regathered bomb. Their cause wasn’t helped with the pre-game withdrawal of Terry Campese while his would-be halves partner Jack Johns didn’t fare much better, forced from the field early in the second half with an arm injury. While the injuries didn’t help, the Italians were simply outplayed by an enthusiastic Irish side that dominated through the middle and showed plenty of class in the key positions. Italy might have headed into the game as warm favourites but you wouldn’t have known it in the early stages as the Irish opened the scoring in just the second minute through winger Liam Kay before their opponents had even touched the ball.
More than 15, 000 fans cheered him on as Yao took his lead into the second lap and maintained it to the end.Yao finished in a time of 9:38.89s. Winning silver was another Papua New Guinean in Skene Kiage who clocked 9:47.80s followed by the bronze winner from Fiji in Ashneel Abhinay Nand. Nand completed the race in 9:57.08s.