Batesville, In. — Mayor Mike Bettice will present his State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Batesville Middle School Commons, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Batesville. This informative meeting will review the City’s 2018 Finances, the 2019 Budget and include a discussion on future projects and initiatives.The mayor is expected to talk about progress, improvements and advancements in public safety, parks and quality of life.This meeting is open to the public. For more information click here. or contact the Mayor’s office, 812-933-6100.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said senior cornerback Julian Whigham’s starting spot wasn’t guaranteed at Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day in July. For the first time all season, Whigham’s role was significantly reduced on Saturday against then-No. 25 Pittsburgh as he played at safety on third-down packages.“Productivity on game day, or lack thereof,” Shafer said, “is probably the biggest component when we make those decisions.”After an offseason in which Whigham transformed his lifestyle, he was beat several times downfield throughout the first half of the season. On Syracuse’s (3-4, 1-2 ACC) depth chart for its upcoming game against No. 17 Florida State (6-1, 4-1) Whigham was bumped to the backup cornerback spot as redshirt freshman Cordell Hudson moved up to start alongside sophomore Corey Winfield.Whigham recorded seven total tackles and two pass breakups on Sept. 12 against Wake Forest, but in the last five games, he’s had eight tackles and no breakups. Meanwhile, Hudson has recorded eight tackles in the past three games and a pass breakup against Virginia as his role has steadily increased.“(Hudson)’s progressively gotten better with everything he’s done and he’s been productive in practice,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer also said playing Whigham at safety, a position he played at Dwyer (Florida) High School, partially had to do with redshirt freshman Rodney Williams being injured with a lower-body injury in the past two games.“When you have a guy that can play multiple positions, it goes a long way,” Shafer said, “and he’s shown that ability mentally to do those things so we felt it would be a good fit.” Comments Related Stories Chuck Bullough: Coaching staff discussing future use of Julian WhighamScott Shafer doesn’t guarantee senior Julian Whigham will start at cornerbackJulian Whigham says he’s been 1 of SU’s best players despite inconsistent performanceCordell Hudson hopes to add depth at cornerback following redshirt seasonHis Ball
On the day Stephanie Cantway labeled “her turning point,” Leonid Yelin, her coach at Louisville, screamed. He often did, regardless of the score.With Louisville en route to a four-set victory against Nicholls State in Arizona in 2004, backups choked away easy points, and Yelin blamed Cantway, the lone starter on the court. He wanted more communication. But she wanted to ignore him.“Steph!” Cantway remembered Yelin screaming. “Steph!”She yielded, rolling her eyes before setting them on Yelin. Immediately, he summoned a replacement off the bench. Cantway walked off the court and into the locker room. She wasn’t the most talented player, but Yelin noticed the same leadership and toughness he saw in himself.Yet what he once admired now infuriated him. After the game, Yelin marched to a team assistant and tried to book Cantway a flight back to campus two days early from the University Plaza Wildcat Classic. He planned to kick her off the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s trying to get you to do one thing on the court,” Cantway, now 33 years old, said. “Don’t read into it or don’t judge. … If you’re not doing it right, nothing else matters.”***In his office, 14 years later, Yelin described his coaching style. His U of L gear switched out for Syracuse orange, Yelin patted an imaginary player’s arm in his office in Manley Field House, as if he was supporting them following an error in a game. After, he shook his head. He’s never been that coach. On the court, he expects perfection.Success traveled with Yelin from the Soviet Union to Barry University in Florida. He captured a Division II national title in his sixth year in the United States. He brought Louisville to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history during his first campaign. Then he did it three more times. At Syracuse (13-7, 9-3 Atlantic Coast), he’s built a program but hasn’t achieved the primary goal that he’s set for himself: reaching the NCAA tournament. SU is his “final destination” in a 50-year career that’s totaled almost 700 wins. In 2018, the Orange has an outside shot at obtaining an at-large bid when the regular season ends in late November.TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerThe price of Yelin’s greatness manifests in the perceptions players have of him. Cantway wasn’t the first nor the last athlete he kicked out of a game. High school coaches have told potential SU recruits they couldn’t handle Yelin’s screaming. He joked to players in Colorado, where he was an assistant coach for the 2012 season, by comparing the laid back assistant he was to the driven head coach he had been at Louisville.Yelin is aware of his differences on and off the court. His intensity was, and still is, his defining trait. It steers him as a head coach. The passion is borne from devotion, not spite. Outside the painted lines in SU’s Women’s Building, where the Orange compete, the fire that’s alienated players has also caused others to view him as a father figure. When a player fails on the court, he’ll bring wrath upon them. When they fail off it, he blames himself.“I’m not here to please you,” Yelin said. “I’m here to help you do the right thing and grow up and be a better player and be better a person. Most people respond, but some don’t.”The players which respond to Yelin understand his methods only after clashing with him. A member of his inner circle, Cantway identified him as a “Type A” leader. After the fight that nearly got Cantway kicked off the team in Arizona, Patty Dennison, a U of L coach, calmed Cantway by explaining that her and Yelin’s drives to win had consumed them. Cantway and Yelin reconciled back in Louisville, where Cantway developed into a two-year captain and five-year assistant coach.Gosia Wlaszczuk, one of Yelin’s first international recruits at SU, clashed with him in her freshman season. During a game in Cincinnati, a long rally ended when Wlaszczuk missed a spike. Yelin accused her of not caring about the team before he tossed her out of the contest. Wlaszczuk teamed with adults in Poland, and Yelin demanded the same maturity. She eventually welcomed it.“I think he’s tough, but deep inside he’s soft and such a family person and cares about his friends,” Wlaszczuk said.Courtesy of Gosia WlaszczukBoth Cantway and Wlaszczuk developed close relationships with Yelin. Their personalities mirrored each other. They were the success stories. Yelin has tried to learn from his past, from himself, but sometimes he can’t.***During Barry University’s national championship celebration, a future Yelin hadn’t contemplated presented itself. Barry had a 34-2 season culminating in a 1995 Division II title. Jean Cerra, then-athletic director at Barry, stood next to him during the trophy presentation and whispered.“Leonid,” Cerra recalled saying, “I don’t think you’re going to be the best-kept secret in the United States anymore.”Yelin laughed. He had no intention of leaving. He turned down offers from Division I schools before. Weeks later, he received a phone call from then-athletic director at Louisville, Bill Olsen.In his first years with the Cardinals, Yelin built a national powerhouse. Using the funding of a Division I program, he developed a two-pronged recruiting process. He searched globally and relied on his assistants — Dennison and Mitzy Donhoff — to find talent in the volleyball hot-bed of Lexington, Kentucky.He was the patriarch of the program. In 1996, it backfired.Donhoff approached Yelin with an opportunity for international students. Women 4 Women, a nonprofit based in Kentucky, awards grants to empower women. Donhoff had donated $1,600 herself. European players strapped for cash could apply. It was another way to help off the court, so Yelin approved. But, without telling Yelin, Donhoff wrote a U of L player’s application letter, and the player spent the money on tuition and textbooks.Months later, during a holiday break, an athlete broke her ankle and was left alone on campus. Yelin brought her into his house and Yelena, his wife, cared for her. She stayed the night before Yelin drove her to her dorm the next day.“I didn’t even think about (the violation) at that time,” Yelin said. “I just know I cannot leave her by herself.”In 1997, Yelin discovered Donhoff “basically took money” from the program, Yelin said. He reported it to Olsen. He didn’t want to fire her and leave her children without a source of income, he said — he requested she be moved to another department.Donhoff tried to blackmail the university when questioned, Yelin said. She threatened to alert the NCAA about W4W and infractions regarding the men’s basketball team, Yelin said. U of L reported itself to the NCAA. Donhoff declined to comment on this story.A two-year-long investigation stripped the volleyball team of its 1996 victories. Former University President John Shumaker called the negligence the worst in school history. Of the many findings, the NCAA found U of L guilty of paying for a player’s tuition. Yelin was guilty of housing a player, too. Both athletes were declared ineligible. Yelin was also reprimanded for gifting players flowers on their birthdays.Louisville suspended Yelin for 30 days and placed him on probation with his salary frozen for two years. Donhoff was fired. Yelin believed the volleyball team suffered in lieu of basketball. In the 1990s, the men’s basketball team was punished for multiple recruiting violations. The program was placed on probation in 1998.“(Louisville’s athletic department) was trying to make volleyball a sacrificial lamb,” Yelin said. “They were hoping (basketball) got less punishment.”Yelin kept winning on the court. The Cardinals reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in program history when the investigation concluded. In 2004, Conference USA named Yelin its Coach of the Decade.He reprioritized player development. Cantway said Yelin didn’t shy away from the NCAA report. Yelin’s actions were well-intended, Cantway thought, and it could’ve helped the Cardinals recruit. Yelin had survived his biggest blunder as a coach. And then he retired.There are conflicting reasons as to why Yelin left Louisville. Cantway said the university wanted a “marketer” and “promoter” for the program. Yelin disputed that, but admitted that Cantway would know why he left. In a recent statement, U of L athletics said that Yelin “left due to attrition and our NCAA violations.”Yelin admitted he felt “tired” by the end of his tenure. He centered all of his energy on building a family at Louisville. He just wanted to coach.“That was maybe the only time in his life that it was tiring for him to do volleyball,” Cantway said.When Louisville traveled to Syracuse two years later, Yelin’s last recruiting class rushed over to him in the Women’s Building and hugged their former head coach. They missed him.Blessing Emole | Digital Design Editor***Valeriya Shaipova was supposed to be special. A 2012 recruit from Yelin’s hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Shaipova could’ve been the next entry in a line of European standouts.She grew up with a single mother in a poor household. Shaipova traveled for internet access to Skype with SU coaches. From those conversations, Yelin realized she needed extra attention in the U.S.Shaipova struggled to socialize, even with other international players. She was too dependent on her mother, whom she called constantly in her spare time. Yelin went to Shaipova’s mother and pleaded for a chance to help her as he helped so many. “For her good,” he remembered asking, “can you leave her alone?” He prepped Cantway to “mother her.” Cantway, Yelin explained, needed to watch over Shaipova off the court while Yelin focused on her volleyball development.But Shaipova tore her ACL twice and cornered herself in her dorm. She went back to Uzbekistan with her degree. Reflecting on her tenure six years later, his voice softened and his eyes wavered.Yelin sees himself in his players. He expects so much of them because he requires the same of himself. Some in the coaching community questioned his recruitment strategy, highlighted by international players. In the 1990s, opposing teams mocked Yelin’s heritage while he coached at Barry University.His past hardened him, and he valued that. At first, volleyball allowed Yelin mobility in the Soviet Union, even if he initially thought the sport was “not for men.” Though Yelin initially cast off coaching a women’s team, the job allowed him to stay home while his father was sick. Yelin assumed it was cancer but could only guess. His family was cut off from government-issued medical services, he said. His first coaching job eventually turned into a six-year tenure as Uzbekistan’s national team coach.Yelin represents a living embodiment of what volleyball could bestow. Volleyball provided Yelin love — he met his wife Yelena while coaching her on the Uzbekistan national team. Volleyball gave them a one-bedroom apartment courtesy of the government. And volleyball also showed them the lies spread by the U.S.S.R., leading to his departure in 1989, Yelin said.For 13 years, Yelena traveled to foreign countries — Finland, Portugal, France — and recognized that she was “brainwashed” by her own government. The couple applied to leave in the late 1970s but was swiftly denied. Insubordination sparked retaliation. Yelena was dismissed from the national team. Yelin’s boss, a close friend whose daughter Yelin coached, fired him at the direct orders of the government, Yelin said.So Yelin brought his passion to the U.S, where players who adjusted under his tutelage, the ones who understood the origin of his passion, connected with him. He knows his temper can consume him, and he tries to work through it. His off-the-court actions reveal his paternal nature. He routinely texts Wlaszczuk, joking with her through his personalized bitmoji. He was one of the first people to hear of her engagement.“People think he can’t see through it,” Wlaszczuk said. “But when I think about him, I see him joking with the players.”Courtesy of Gosia WlaszczukCourtesy of Gosia WlaszczukDating back to his early Louisville years, Yelin hosted team Thanksgiving dinners in his home. International players brought local dishes, and Yelin prepared his signature lamb and rice meal that he learned in Tashkent.Former player Mackenzie Weaver remembered the 2016 dinner in Yelin’s downtown Syracuse apartment. Yelin detailed some of his past in the Soviet Union. A football game was on in the background, but Weaver recalled no one watched. All eyes were on Yelin.“I say (to team),” Yelin started, “‘Listen, guys, if it’s something with volleyball and important, I’m getting very emotional. It looks like, in the way I’m talking, I’m attacking you. Try to ignore. Don’t even look, just listen to what I’m saying. … It’s with only one purpose, to make us better.’”***Kelly McClain walked into Louisville’s end-of-season banquet in 2000 ready to own her mistakes. After winning the team’s most valuable player award a year prior, McClain had a limited role in her senior season. Yelin called her “the most stubborn” player he’s ever coached.She always argued with Yelin, pleading to switch back to outside hitter. An injury in the team’s NCAA tournament first round matchup against Michigan gave her a chance. After 16 kills and 16 digs, she went to Yelin after the contest and said, “I told you so.”Three weeks later, the team gathered one last time in the Brown and Williamson Club in the bowels of then-Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. As one of two seniors on the squad, she went to the podium and gave a speech.“I can describe coach very simple,” she said before addressing Yelin directly. “If I knew nothing was going to happen to me, and I would have a gun, I would shoot you. If I had to choose again where to go play, I would only come play for you.”Yelin chuckled.“You know what,” he said, “I’ll take it.” Comments Published on October 29, 2018 at 12:01 am Contact Nick: email@example.com | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+
And while Walton played down the idea Los Angeles might have been tired late in the game, he acknowledged there is a fragility to his young side.”I thought our guys were alright,” he told reporters. “Road games are much tougher when you’re playing as many young guys as we are. We missed having [Rajon] Rondo and Brandon [Ingram], even though Brandon’s very young. Related News NBA wrap: Joel Embiid-less 76ers come from behind to extend Pistons’ skid “We let this one get away from us, but it’s a 48-minute game, it happens. We need to learn from it and we’ve got to get ready to go.”A downbeat James appeared to be disappointed with the officials’ role in the game and refused to discuss the disparity in free throws awarded between the two teams (33-21 in the Spurs’ favor), instead simply shrugging.Asked what he must do to have a call go his way, he replied: “I have no idea. I have no idea.” “LeBron [James] came out, we took him out at the end of the second to try to get him a couple of minutes leading into half-time. We had a big lead but they cut into that right away.”We got away from what we were doing really well up to that point.Lakers can’t keep up with San Antonio’s hot shooting down the stretch and fall to the Spurs, 120-133. pic.twitter.com/1tJEodVbXR— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 8, 2018″We’re young and we’re a new group together, we’re still learning to play together. You get in these environments, San Antonio, and their crowd gets going, we’re down bodies…”As a group, we’re trying to become a team that’s mentally tough enough to win these type of road games. We’ve got a lot better from the start of the season, but we’re not there yet. We can win these games, but we’re not going to win all of them.”I thought the way they [the Spurs] were shooting the ball and the run they went on, we gave in a little bit.”Star forward LeBron James (35 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds) now wants the Lakers to learn from this defeat as they face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.”We’ve got another one to play tomorrow [Saturday], versus a very good Memphis team that won tonight on the road,” James said. “They’re playing extremely well. Coach Luke Walton feels the Los Angeles Lakers are still lacking mental toughness after they “gave in a little bit” in a fourth-quarter collapse to the San Antonio Spurs.The Lakers (15-10) were on course to beat the Spurs (12-14) for the second time this week as they led 99-89 through 36 minutes, but they were outscored 44-21 in the fourth to slump to a tough defeat.
MORE: Live 2019 MLB Draft tracker for Rounds 1-10Here are some: A packed houseIn years past, Studio 42 hasn’t really been Studio 54 when it comes to action and population. In 2019, it was the opposite.For those unfamiliar with Studio 42 — a replica baseball stadium that doubles as a TV studio for MLB Network — it comes complete with seats that are … sittable. While only four players attended this year’s draft, there was barely an empty seat in the house among media, family members and others. The MLB Draft is growing, or at least it seems to be.Swish and the Crash Test Dummy dap it upOakland A’s players have a very particular persona. Usually loud, exciting and with more energy than a Labrador, Oakland is one of the few franchises that has a palpable attitude.Nick Swisher, the player rep for Yankees, and Eric Byrnes, player rep for the A’s, exchanged a big-time bro hug and a few words before the draft got underway. I wish I was a fly on the wall for that conversation. It probably went something like this:Swisher: BRO!Byrnes: DUDE!Swisher: BRO!Byrnes: DUDE!Swisher: BRO!Byrnes: DUDE!Swisher: BRO!Byrnes: DUDE!I’m surprised the universe didn’t implode from the sheer force of bro that happened between the two, but it was very clearly an exciting, animated conversation. Use your imaginations for the rest.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNByrnes gets pumped for Giants pickAs previously mentioned, Eric Byrnes is a pretty excitable man. That was especially apparent when the Bay Area team opposite his A’s made its pick. Byrnes was admittedly biased when Hunter Bishop’s name was called. He stood up, fist pumped and clapped his hands, visibly excited for Bishop.Byrnes said he saw Bishop play at his alma mater, Arizona State, in his freshman year and knew then he was going to be a special player.Well, Byrnes is a soothsayer, apparently.The Big Unit’s fashion statementOn the night of the draft, it was about 75 degrees and sunny in Central New Jersey. Shorts and T-shirt weather, really. But the second you step inside of Studio 42, it’s like Mr. Freeze’s secret lair in “Batman & Robin.” It’s an icebox. It takes a special type of dude to rock a leather jacket in June, and it’s safe to say that Randy Johnson is special. Johnson, Hall of Fame pitcher and player rep for the Diamondbacks, decided to suit up in none other than a polo and leather jacket, striding through Studio 42 before and during the draft, too cool for school. While everyone else was wearing suits and ties, Johnson couldn’t have been more Johnson.The Fonz. Danny Zuko. Randy Johnson.Jack and Jackson snap a photoWashington’s first-round pick, Jackson Rutledge, is an absolute unit. I was in awe at the size of that lad. The 6-8 righty pitcher was thrilled to join the Nationals, getting an opportunity to speak with team reps Jack McKeon and Johnny DiPuglia for a photo opportunity DiPuglia snapped a pic of the towering Rutledge with the noticeably shorter McKeon. Just before DiPuglia grabbed a second photo, he lowered the camera and said, “He’s a little taller than you, Jack.” The peanut gallery laughed.Deadpan humor is the best humor. SECAUCUS, N.J. — The MLB Draft might not have the pageantry, glitz or glamour of other sports drafts, but it still lends itself to cool stories for the die-hard baseball nerds.Amateur players, Hall of Famers, notable baseball folks and big-time personalities take to Studio 42 for the draft every year, but it’s what you don’t always see on TV or in pictures that makes for some of the best stories.
MORE: What to know about coronavirus & the NFL’s 2020 seasonSeveral #Cowboys players & several #Texans players have tested positive for COVID-19 recently, sources tell me & @TomPelissero. None of the players are believed to have been in their team facilities. The teams followed proper health protocols.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2020#Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott is one of the players who has tested positive for the Coronavirus, his agent Rocky Arceneaux confirmed to me. Arceneaux said Elliott is feeling good.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2020Elliott was upset that his condition became public. He wondered whether patient confidentiality was violated. Ezekiel Elliott plus several of his Cowboys teammates and Texans players have tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.Rocky Arceneaux, Elliott’s agent, confirmed the Monday report and said Elliott is “feeling good.” HIPAA ??— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) June 15, 2020Elliott is the most notable NFL player to have tested positive for the coronavirus so far with the league about a month away from opening training camps. Saints coach Sean Payton also contracted the virus in March. The NFL and its franchises have safety measures in place in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh recently voiced some concerns with how the league is going to attack the coronavirus and its protocols.The league already has felt the effects of the virus, with the 2020 NFL Draft being held virtually. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas.Texas is currently reopening as cases continue to climb across the state.
Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russian billionaire and Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and his wife, gallerist Darya or “Dasha” Zhukova, have separated, a spokesman for Abramovich confirmed to AFP.“After 10 years together, the two of us have made the difficult decision to separate, but we remain close friends, parents, and partners in the projects we developed together,” the two said in a statement sent to AFP Monday by Abramovich’s spokesman John Mann.Abramovich, 50, is Russia’s 12th richest businessman, according to Forbes magazine, with a fortune of $9.1 billion made from steel, mining, real estate and telecommunications. The oligarch has owned Chelsea football club since 2003.Abramovich and Zhukova have two children together, a son Aaron and a daughter Leah Lou.In the couple’s joint statement, they said they are “committed to jointly raising our two children.”Abramovich divorced his second wife Irina Malandina, a former stewardess, in 2007 after a marriage lasting 16 years. They had five children together and ended their marriage in Russia with no details of the divorce made public. But according to Russian media the settlement was reported to be just $300 million plus covering the children’s expenses.Abramovich’s first marriage was brief, from 1987 to 1991 with Olga Lysova.Abramovich served as governor for Russia’s deprived far-northern region of Chukotka from 2000, the year Vladimir Putin became president, before quitting of his own accord in 2008. He has since largely fallen out of the public eye in Russia although he is pictured attending events including concerts and film premieres.Abramovich and Zhukova have two children together, a son Aaron and a daughter Leah Lou.Zhukova founded a popular contemporary arts centre and gallery in Moscow, Garage, which is located in the city’s Gorky Park, also collaborating with Abramovich on the New Holland arts centre in Saint Petersburg.The couple said that “we will also continue to work together as co-founders of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the New Holland Island cultural center in Saint Petersburg.”The daughter of a wealthy businessman, Zhukova moved to the United States as a child with her mother and speaks fluent English. She studied Slavic literature at university.Her interest in art initially provoked ridicule in the media due to her lack of education and expertise in the field but the Financial Times wrote that she has turned Garage into “a world-class art destination.”She regularly appears at social events including the Cannes Film Festival in May. She reportedly attended Donald Trump’s inauguration as a guest of his daughter Ivanka.Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have been photographed attending a Chelsea game and the US Tennis Open together with Zhukova.Share on: WhatsApp
An idea that has come up and been rejected from time to time regarding Florida’s capital is back again.Democratic Senator Kevin Rader, of Delray Beach, wants lawmakers to consider moving our state capital from Tallahassee.He filed the proposal (SB 112) for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, which starts this January.The proposal requests that the Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability study the cost of relocating the flagship city to Central Florida, and the related economic impact to Tallahassee and its surrounding area.Rader, who seeks to have the study completed by the end of 2021, wants the analysis to include information about travel costs to the state capital.On a similar note, former Republican Representative Bill Hager, of Delray Beach, also proposed a measure last year to form a task force to examine options for relocating the Capitol building, executive-branch offices and Legislature. It failed to get heard in committees.Tallahassee was selected as the state’s territorial capital in 1824, since it was located midway between Florida’s two principal cities – St. Augustine and Pensacola, according to the Florida Department of State.Voters rejected a referendum in 1900 to relocate the capital. In 1969, a debate on relocation also surfaced, but never made it to the ballot.In 1972, the state Legislature agreed to build the 22-story Capitol building that stands behind the Old Capitol.
Images copyright Leaderboard Photography England’s Nick Poppleton won the Brabazon Trophy today in dramatic style when he chipped in on the second play-off hole at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.South Africa’s Wilco Nienaber – who had tied with Poppleton on 16-under – tried to equal him. But his shot to keep the championship alive hit the hole and lipped out.It was an exciting finale to a day of superb golf, played out in hot sunshine, with low scores which included a course record 63 – and a magical eagle which set up Poppleton’s victory in the Englishmen’s open stroke play championship.The 24-year-old from Wath in Yorkshire was chasing Nienaber for most of the final round. The South African No 1 had blitzed round this morning in seven-under 65 to get to 13-under after 54 holes, two clear of Poppleton.Nienaber set off like a rocket in the afternoon. He was five-under after seven holes, 18 under par and, at this stage, five shots clear of Poppleton. But a bogey on the short 11th, where he missed the green, and a double bogey on 14 where he lost his drive in the gorse, pulled him back to 15-under.Poppleton, playing in the group ahead, was making steady progress and got to 14-under after 12 holes. He needed something more – and he took his chance on the par four 16th, driving the green and holing a 15-footer for and eagle two.“I knew I needed to make something happen on the 16th. You need something like that to get you across the line and that was the turning point,” he said.At 16-under par he had overtaken his rival. But Nienaber wasn’t finished. He slotted an eight-footer for birdie on the last to force the play off.The title was decided on the par three ninth. Oddly, both players missed the green both times they played it – but compensated with superb chip shots which delighted the spectators.This is Poppleton’s first international title and he said: “It means a lot, this is the pinnacle of stroke play for England Golf and a lot of fantastic players have won this.”He added: “it’s nice to start the season off hot. I’ve had a couple of seasons when I came out really slowly so it’s good to get one early.” He was accompanied throughout the championship by caddie Alex Stubbs, who was also on the bag when he reached the semi-finals of last year’s English Amateur.The final day of the championship was marked by low scoring. Andrew Wilson (Darlington) set a new course record of nine-under 63 in the third round, which propelled him into contention.In the final round, Bailey Gill (Lindrick) shot 67 to finish on 13-under and climb into a tie for third place with Jack Cope, (pictured below) whose putter warmed up over the back nine and helped him to a closing 69.Cope (The Players Club) also won the Henriques Salver, awarded to the best player from GB&I, aged under 20 on the first day of the championship. He was four clear of Arrun Singh Brar (Parkstone).Click here for full scores 3 Jun 2018 Play off drama as Poppleton wins Brabazon Trophy Tags: Brabazon, Frilford Heath, Nick Poppleton
With just three weeks until the two-day tournament that will signal the start of a 2017 season spanning 301 days, how Marshall fits into the Broncos 17 for Round 1 remains a mystery to the man himself but even at 31 years of age the format of the Nines will suit the former Dragon perfectly having kept fit in the off-season by playing A Grade touch football in Sydney.In his only previous appearance at the Auckland Nines Marshall captained St George Illawarra to two wins in the pool stages but the Dragons failed to progress to the quarter-finals on points differential.The Broncos have a trial against defending premiers Cronulla at Dolphin Oval in Redcliffe on the same weekend as the Nines and a 19-man squad will travel to England to face Warrington in the World Club Series on February 18.Marshall missed last year’s Nines tournament and after two months of intensive conditioning work in which he has excelled is champing at the bit to start the next chapter of his career as a Bronco.”I’ll be on the plane for the Nines hopefully and get a start there and try and get some form on the board,” Marshall told Broncos TV.”It’s not too far away now, I’m looking forward to it. Get me on the field.”Joined by wife Zoe, their dogs and furniture in the past week, Marshall’s life in Brisbane has a greater sense of normalcy after his sudden and unexpected move to the Broncos during the off-season.He admits that he still doesn’t know what position coach Wayne Bennett has in mind for him to play this season but said having a more settled life off the field will enable him to get the best out of himself.”It’s been tough to be honest,” Marshall said.”Obviously being apart from your wife is not easy but she’s moved up here now and all our furniture is here so it will be a bit easier to get more settled in and relaxed but the boys and the club have been awesome in getting that set up.”I think that just makes it easier having your family here and having your normal set-up around. It’s obviously going to help me train better and then hopefully play better so looking forward to the year.”That first block before Christmas was a lot about conditioning and getting fit and now we’re starting to touch the ball and get a feel for where we’re playing.”I still don’t know where that is to be honest but I’m just enjoying myself and really getting a feel for enjoying footy again and that helps you play better.”Being around a great bunch of guys and great coaching staff is making my job a lot easier.”The 2005 premiership winner with the Wests Tigers said the support of the rugby league-loving public in Brisbane has also made his transition a pleasurable one.”Everyone I have come across have wished me well on my journey at the Broncos,” he said.”People just come up on the street and say that off their own bat so I can’t thank the people enough. It’s been a great journey so far.”It’s pretty relaxed and something that I was used to growing up. Obviously going to school on the Gold Coast that feel of the sun and the heat and nice warm winters and the people here are awesome.”Obviously coming here you don’t know what to expect but from the get-go it’s been a professional set-up and I’ve really enjoyed the training and got to know a lot of the boys.”