Bjorn Morris scored a game-high 25 points to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 59-52 overtime victory over Similkameen Sparks from Keremeos in the consolation final of the Kalamalka Lakers High School Boy’s Basketball Rock The Rim Tournament Saturday in Vernon.The win clinched third spot in the eight-team tournament for the Bombers.Last week LVR lost in the final of the Golden Eagles Tournament to Valleyview of Kamloops.The Bombers looked to have an easy walk against Similkameen, building a large lead late in the game.But the Sparks started to claw their way back, torching the Bomber defence with solid outside shooting from behind the three-point arc and tying the game at 46-46 to force the extra period.LVR was able to regroup, out scoring Similkameen 13-6 to grab the consolation title. Ethan Perkins and Isaiah Kingdon had 10 and nine points, respectively for LVR while Tobin Eberle was named the Bomber game MVP.LVR opened the tournament with a 68-60 win over two-time AA Boy’s Basketball Champion Kelowna Christian.Perkins, named the game MVP for LVR, led the team with 25 points.The Bombers then lost 65-58 to the host Kalamalka Lakers in the semi final round.”We were neck and neck until they went on one run to go up late third quarter,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.”We couldn’t stop one guy (Chris Gallant) who scored 23 on us. But guys battled hard and made it close in the end.”Perkins scored 15 points to lead LVR.Morris was the game MVP.The Bombers have a weekend off before traveling to Mount Sentinel to compete in a playday tourney.LVR hosts the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks later this month to determine the Kootenay AAA Zone champion and a berth in the provincial tournament.
Dave McLellan has been around the junior-hockey-coaching block more than once.However, during his tenure behind the bench he’s never been part of a team that has been snake bitten as much as the Green and White.For the umpteenth weekend this season the Nelson Leafs enter Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play with the coaching staff not knowing how many or which players will be taking to the ice.“If I knew the players we had playing maybe I could tell you what we expect this weekend,” a puzzled McLellan said on the eve of Thursday practice at the NDCC Arena.Nelson is on the road for a pair of games against Eddie Mountain opposition.Friday, the Leafs are in Invermere to face the Columbia Valley Rockies before concluding the two-game swing Saturday in Fernie against the Ghostriders.“At this stage I’m hopeful we can find a way to win both games,” McLellan added. “That would be great for us, but at this stage we’ll just see what happens.”McLellan is optimistic some players that have been out of the lineup for quite some time — Patrick Croome and Blair Andrews — may be back on the bench for the weekend.However, while Nelson could get two key starters back, two more are in sick bay — Matt MacDonald and Aaron Brewer — and two others — Dylan Williamson and Brandon Chow — remain out of the lineup.Next home game for the Leafs, 1-3 to start 2015, is Friday, January 23 against Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Help is, hopefully, on its wayLeaf coach Dave McLellan felt like the Maytag Repairman prior to the BC Hockey January 10 roster deadline period as no one was calling the Heritage City franchise skipper.Still McLellan was able to snatch a few prospects from outside the KIJHL.McLellan traded for the rights to defenceman Brendan Grier from Comox of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. Grier, a 6’5”, 230-pound defenceman is a prospect of the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.McLellan is trying to convince Grier to return to hockey this season after the 17-year-old rearguard decided to hang up the skates due to a personal matter.The Leaf coach did find 17-year-old Tyler Fyfe, who was out of hockey after going home from the Peninsula Panthers of the VIJHL.The six-foot, 170-pound Fyfe was traded to Peninsula from Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the KIJHL.Nelson also welcomed back suspended forward Brendan Smith to the lineup.The six-foot 180-pound blueliner was hurt since being suspended by the Leafs in October.Time to put up, or shut up for Green and WhiteNow that the rosters are set, it’s time for the Leafs to make a statement or dig out the golf clubs for the summer break.“Getting ready for the playoffs been our main focus since we came back from the (Christmas) break,” McLellan said.“What we need is to get our key players back in the lineup to figure out what we’ve got but that’s difficult to do until we get them back,” he adds.McLellan likes the make up of the Leafs on paper.He’s happy with the forwards, is happy to have been able to solidify the blueline and is confident one of the two goalies — Adam Maida or Joey Karrer — will step up to lead the Leafs come playoff time.“I’ve talked to and challenged both goalies to be better and get ready for the playoff process,” McLellan said.“We’re going to see who is going to step up and be that guy for us in the playoffs.”Next up, Rockies, RidersNelson’s opposition Friday, Columbia Valley, currently sits last in the Eddie Mountain Division with an 8-26-0-0-6 mark.However, the Rockies are on a one game win streak.Meanwhile, Fernie, Saturday’s test, leads the Eddie Mountain group at 28-9-1-0-2. But the Riders have lost three straight heading into the weekend.
The World Kayak Marathon Championships is an annual event which is organised by the International Canoe Federation (ICF).The inaugural event took place in Nottingham, England in 1988, and since then has been held in a variety of different countries.Kayak marathon racing would traditionally have seen competitors race from one point to another on a river or lake, but this format has developed to encourage a more spectator-friendly approach, with lap courses being created which include a number of portages (running while carrying the boat).The 2016 World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, consisted of six laps, with four portages. South Africa will host this event in Pietermaritzburg in 2017. Maytom, a local eye surgeon, is an enthusiastic local promoter of the sport of Sprint and Marathon Racing Canoe and Kayak.The local doctor continues to generously donate his time and share his expertise with the developing paddlers of the the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club. That coaching helped a young crew of padders find success at the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.Maytom, an avid paddler, shot up the kayaking ladder when he won a boat load of medals at the Canadian Masters Championships. Neville Maytom is used to being on the podium.So it should come to no surprise that the Nelson Doctor once again early medal honours at the World Kayak Marathon Championships last month in Brandenburg, Germany. The Canadian combo of Neville and his K2 (double kayak) partner, Rob Lang from Prince Edward Island, finished third, earning a bronze medal in the Masters division.The 20 kilometer race, which took place in rough windy conditions, was won by a team from South Africa, with Germany finishing second. Most kayaking nations were represented at this event, with Spain, Hungary, Argentina and South Africa fielding particularly strong teams of paddlers. The Canadian team consisted of five paddlers.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2017)–Ike Walker rallied five-wide turning for home en route to a three quarter length win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, “Ike” got a flat mile in 1:36.85.Well in-hand just off a five-horse spread going into the Club House turn, the 5-year-old Bellamy Road gelding, attentive to the pace throughout, was about two lengths off the lead with a quarter mile to run and was put into high gear for the stretch run.Claimed two starts back for $50,000 on Jan. 1, Ike Walker was a well beaten third here in the Grade II, six furlong Palos Verdes Stakes on Feb. 4. Dispatched at 7-2 in a field of seven older horses, he paid $9.20, $4.40 and $2.80.Owned by C T R Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer and Dr. Michael Sigband, “Ike” picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing his bankroll to $272,415 from an overall mark of 28-8-4-5.English-bred River Echo, who broke from the rail, was attentive to the pace and saved ground throughout, had to wait for room between horses turning for home and finished as though he could’ve been head and head with the winner had he found clear sailing sooner.Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., River Echo, who finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Texas Two Step, was off at 7-2 and paid $4.60 and $3.20.Texas Two Step, who dueled for the lead from the opening bell, made a head lead after a half mile and finished a length in front of Got Even. He was off at 7-2 with Tyler Baze and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.13, 46.73, 1:11.26 and 1:24.06.First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
Honorable Mention: Randi Brown, New Orleans; Taylor Jackson, Stephen F. Austin. 2017 Southland Women’s Basketball Week 13 Notes (PDF) FRISCO, Texas – Lamar junior guard Moe Kinard is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. The honor marks Kinard’s second weekly award of the season and Lamar’s third overall as a team in 2017-18. The Cardinals (13-6, 8-1 SLC) have two tough tests looming this week, hosting Abilene Christian (13-6, 7-2 SLC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT and Stephen F. Austin (16-3, 8-0 SLC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will broadcast on ESPN3. Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Moe Kinard, Lamar – Jr. – Guard – New Iberia, La.Kinard was LU’s top scorer in both of the Cardinals’ week 12 wins. She registered 28 points in a 76-61 win at Nicholls and 24 at home in an 83-58 victory over McNeese. She averaged 26.0 points per game through both matchups, one of four Cardinals who averaged in double figures for the week.
FRISCO, Texas – New Orleans’ Asia Woods is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.Woods pushed the Privateers (14-10, 10-5 SLC) to a pair of wins at home last week over Central Arkansas and UIW, averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds per game along the way. She was extremely effective from the field with a 62.5-percent clip from the floor and an 80-percent average from the free-throw line. The award marks the first of the senior’s career.Basketball Player of the Week – Asia Woods, New Orleans – Sr. – Forward – Houston, TexasWoods averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and five assists per game during the Privateers perfect 2-0 week at home. She recorded her sixth double-double of the season against UIW with 13 of her 15 rebounds coming on the offensive end of the floor. She also tied her career-high in assists in each game with five dimes per contest. The senior closed out the week shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 80 percent from the charity stripe to boost the Privateers to their 10th conference win of the season, the program’s most since the 2017-18 campaign.Honorable Mention: Loan-Anh Johnson, Nicholls; Jaylonn Walker, Sam Houston State; Aiyana Johnson, Stephen F. Austin; Alecia Westbrook, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
JOCKEY QUOTESJOEL ROSARIO, MUCHO UNUSUAL, WINNER: “I know she showed speed last time going short and it looked like she was going for speed. I just let her be happy where she was, and ended up being in the lead. I was just trying to let her be happy where she was. It was very nice. Thank you to George and Tim for the opportunity I appreciate that too.KENT DESORMEAUX, APACHE PRINCESS, 5th AS 6/5 FAVORITE: “She stumbled leaving the gate and then she got knocked sideways into the first turn. She never seemed comfortable…I even looked down at the eighth pole to make sure, ‘Mama, are you okay?’”TRAINER QUOTESTIM YAKTEEN, MUCHO UNUSUAL, WINNER: “What went into the decision was the stakes schedule, her action, being out of the Unusual Heat mare and her half-brother is a turf performer. Absolutely surprised there wasn’t more speed, on paper there was quite a bit of speed on paper it turned out we were (the speed) and Joel took the lead and took command of the race.”MILLIE BALL, XBTV ANALYST AND WIFE OF TRAINER TIM YAKTEEN, MUCHO UNUSUAL, WINNER: “This is very nice. It’s nice to be on the other side of the interview, of the win, for once. “That was impressive. You don’t often see horses come away like that on the turf.Are you going to quit your day job now? “(Laughing) I wish!”OWNER QUOTESGEORGE KRIKORIAN, OWNER/BREEDER, MUCHO UNUSUAL, WINNER: “To win as an owner and breeder is the most special thing. When you breed a horse and then are able to race it and then win…that’s the most rewarding part of the racing business, it’s just very special.“It was a huge effort but she really took to the grass, it was her first time on it. She’s bred for it and she can handle it really well as you can see, and she relished it.“We were hopeful coming into today and we thought she could run a big race but you never know until the race is over.”NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is George Krikorian
HE WAS an extremely talented teen, reckoned to be the best of his generation, who signed for a top Premier League club.So Robbie Brady understands some of what Troy Parrott is going through now.2 Troy Parrott is one of Ireland’s highest rated prospects2 Robbie Brady was a teen sensation like ParrottBut he believes the 17-year-old is better equipped to thrive at Tottenham than he was at Manchester United.Parrott will make his Ireland debut tomorrow against New Zealand.Only Jimmy Holmes and Robbie Keane were younger when given their chance for the senior team.The pressures that come with being a young Irish talent are exacerbated because, of late, there have been so few of them.The Dubliner dismisses the significance of the by-now-infamous incident in which, much to Alex Ferguson’s annoyance, he allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to skip ahead of him in the queue in the canteen.But, looking back, Brady, 27, is not sure that, at the time, he understood what it would take to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford.SMALL FISH IN A BIG PONDBrady — who joined United at 16 — said: “All stories grow arms and legs but maybe there was a little bit of naivety. I was a young lad from Dublin.“Some of the lads who would have been around clubs like Man United and were getting to go in and train from seven, eight, nine years of age, having a feel for it and knowing what has to be done.“It probably took me a couple of years to get all that on-board.“I did not have the drive to force myself into a Manchester United first team. I was just thrown in there.“I was young, I was away from everyone and going back to Dublin all the time.“It’s a massive thing getting moved up and away at some young age. In hindsight I would have done some things differently.“I was a young lad from Dublin, I’d just signed for Man United. I was on top of the world. Anything anyone said to me, I was taking it in my stride.“Not that I’d thought I’d made it by any means but when you go to a club of such stature, you’re a drop in the ocean.“When you’re signing you may have a good name here but when you go over there you have to prove yourself and do all things right, which I didn’t do, half of the time.“But I still had ability, work-rate and drive which forced me through and got given the chance at Hull. I managed to play. At 19 or 20, I’m thinking, ‘I’ve given myself a chance here and I have to keep going’.”HELPING HANDBrady went on loan to Hull in August 2011, getting his first taste of first-team football in the Championship aged 19. His only outing for the Red Devils came in September 2012 in the LeagueCup before he returned to Hull on loan two months later with a permanent deal and promotion following.So far, Parrott’s sole appearance for the Spurs first team was in a League Cup game against Colchester United in September, although he was an unused substitute against Everton ten days ago.But it is easy to forget just how young he is and the fact that he is that close to a breakthrough in the English top flight is, according to Brady, evidence that he is on the right track.Brady added: “No one pushes on as quickly as he does without going in and doing things right. He seems to have got his head down, training well, pushing on great, and progressing great.“It’s a great thing for Ireland to see someone so young going and playing. Please God, he can get some more football.“It’s great for him as he seems to have the backing of Mauricio Pochettino by playing him in those pre-season games at such a young age.“It is difficult. You have to realise he is 17 years of age and you need a little bit of looking after without realising it at times. We’re all here for him now.“We’ve got a good group of lads and everyone is looking to help. We’ll have an arm around him but he seems a brazen young lad, so he’ll show us what he’s got his week.“He’s a confident young lad, he didn’t train like he was nervous.“He was fine. It didn’t seem to faze him at all.“I’d say to just keep what he is doing and stick at it because it is paying off for him so far and things can only get better for him.“I’ll help him out and have a chat with him this week if there is anything to be spoken about.“If he has anything to ask me then I would love to have a chat with him. I think he’s doing grand at the minute anyway.”GOAL THREATAnd his emergence and the return of Brady should help in the bid to solve Ireland’s ongoing problem up front ahead of Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Denmark.He said: “He’s clever, he’s got an eye for a pass, an eye for a goal, a big frame.“I watched a couple of the games he played in pre-season with Tottenham. He didn’t look out of place in that team and at such a young age, he’s a credit to himself.“There’s not too many Robbie Keanes floating about but it seems as if he’s got an eye for goal, he’s clever, got an eye for a pass and a big frame.“We won’t be putting too much pressure on him alone at such a young age but it’s exciting and good to have him and please God in years to come, he can add some goals“You can see that we have not raked up the goals like other countries do, but we have not done that over the last couple of years.“We have not been going out and beating teams 5-0 or 6-0.“It’s not just going to happen. We are not going to come out and start overnight beating teams by six or seven to nil. So we’ll stick with it, try to create as many chances as we can.“We have some good players with a lot of ability so hopefully we can add some more goals but maybe not six or seven.“I’ll be looking to create as many chances as I can. That’s my job in the team. If that’s not being done then you have every right to criticise.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 club“Having David McGoldrick back is a big bonus as well.“He has been brilliant and has a brilliant season as well so far as have quite a lot of the lads.“And I think that will help, the fact that the lads are doing well.”
MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD 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 CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutHowever, the majority of players had started to dislike Pochettino, with insiders claiming his door was always shut for them.It is understood some of the players would love former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti — now at Napoli — but Mourinho is the bookies’ odds-on favourite.And Levy would not need to pay a compensation fee for the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss as he is without a club.Mauricio Pochettino jokes: If Levy sacked me, I could never manage Arsenal! MAURICIO POCHETTINO was ruthlessly axed by Spurs after losing the dressing room.Not a single Tottenham player was aware of his sacking until the club released a statement at 7.34pm.3 Mauricio Pochettino has been axed five months he led Spurs to the Champions League finalCredit: EPAJose Mourinho and Max Allegri want the job after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy ended Poch’s 5½-year reign.And SunSport can reveal: Many Spurs players have lost respect for the Argentine for refusing to discuss team selection with them and his increasing absence from training. The board believe Poch, 47, engineered his own sacking. Levy hopes Poch’s exit will persuade contract rebels to stay.Former Manchester United boss Mourinho, 56, wants the job and has alerted his coaching staff to be ready for Saturday’s lunchtime clash clash at capital rivals West Ham.However, former Juventus boss Allegri, 52, is also very keen and has already ordered his backroom staff to learn English.Poch’s sacking stunned football, with Tottenham legend Gary Lineker tweeting: “He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years.“Good luck with finding a better replacement….ain’t gonna happen.”His departure came just hours after the club’s England midfielder Harry Winks had paid a glowing tribute to Pochettino.Spurs are set to fork out the £12.5million left on his contract after signing a five-year £8.5m deal a year only last summer.Poch’s coaching staff of Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez, were also shown the door.In the club’s statement Levy, said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”Spurs are languishing in 14th spot in the Prem and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester.3 Daniel Levy hopes Poch’s exit will persuade contract rebels to stayCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd3They also suffered a record-breaking 7-2 home Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich.Poch had spent a whopping £353.8m during his time in charge.Spurs academy coach Bradley Allen admitted: “I’m tremendously disappointed.“It’s really sad it’s come to this. You have to realise the job he’s done. Getting us to the Champions League final was an amazing achievement.”Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust issued a damning statement which took a swipe at the board’s decision to sack the Argentine.It read: “We’re shocked and saddened. Poch gave us many of our best moments as supporters, made Tottenham a force to be reckoned with again and forged a strong link with the fans.“Many of us thought he had earned the right to turn it around in the first sustained period of poor form we’ve had during his time at the club.“There are questions that must be asked of the board. Why was this decision taken at the end rather than the beginning of the international break?“We question whether the timing of the decision leaves the club with much choice in who takes over.“And is the manager solely accountable? How much has the board’s line on wages and transfers contributed to player unrest and disaffection?“How much did it contribute to the situation we now find ourselves in? And will it change to help support a new manager?”
The Warriors had an impressive 32-20 win over South Sydney in Perth at the weekend and are crediting a breathing exercise Read showed them during a pre-season camp.After each try they scored skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck got his side back in a huddle to make sure they stayed focus.”It’s just to bring everyone back in a re-focus and get ready for what’s next.”With scoring tries you get excited and (seeing) everything going well but from previous years we’ve been a head a lot and then just lost the last ten minutes so being able to re-focus and reset on the next task has been really helpful,” said Tuivasa-Sheck.Tuivasa Sheck said there are few other things they have also introduced with new players such as Adam Blair and Tohu Harris bringing new ideas along with several new coaching staff.”Things like a debrief (post game) where the team leaders and the young players speak…just a lot of small things.”Meanwhile a stomach bug is hindering the Warriors preparation for their first home game of the season this Saturday against the Gold Coast Titans.A handful of players including including Blake Green and Solomone Kata have picked up a virus.Stalwart Simon Mannering seems set to miss this weekend match as he continues to recover from a pre-season shoulder injury, while Gerard Beale is still recuperating from a broken leg suffered during the World Cup.