Hilleard joins the famous with Ôplayer of the month’ award

first_img England international Josh Hilleard has followed in the footsteps of players such as Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, JB Holmes and Michelle Wie to win a prestigious American award. His feat in winning four titles in 22 days has been recognised with the Southern Golf Association’s Amateur of the Month Award for April. Other nominations included the amateur world number one Jon Rahm of Spain. Hilleard, from Farrington Park in Somerset, won the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales championship, the Hampshire Salver and the West of England Amateur, in a stunning run which has taken him to the top of the England Golf order of merit.  Buford McCarty, secretary of the SGA, told Hilleard: “This run comprised an amazing string of victories, certainly an accomplishment worthy of this award and something you will recall for the rest of your life. Hilleard received the award from England Golf Performance Director, Nigel Edwards, at the recent England v France international, where he was joint top scorer, helping England to a 10-14 win. He remarked: “It’s a privilege – and always nice – to be recognised on a wider scale than you imagined. I had no idea that anyone would know about this in the States.”  Previous English amateurs to win the award include Matt Fitzpatrick, now a winner on the European Tour, and Alice Hewson who has been selected for the GB&I team for next month’s Curtis Cup. The award is decided by a ‘Blue Ribbon’ panel of college coaches, sports writers and golf administrators throughout the US. Image © Leaderboard Photography 19 May 2016 Hilleard joins the famous with Ôplayer of the month’ award last_img read more

Crosby lifts Penguins to 4-3 win over Islanders

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates in the second period of a NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Sidney Crosby scored with 1:16 remaining to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.Crosby’s 12th goal of the season was also the 250th of his career, and the Penguins’ captain also had an assist. Chris Kunitz had two goals and an assist, Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists, and James Neal added two assists. Malkin’s goal ending his career-high 15-game scoring drought.Jeff Zatkoff, playing for the first time since Nov. 2, stopped 32 shots in his fourth NHL start.Thomas Vanek scored twice for the Islanders in his first game after missing five with an upper-body injury. Vanek has three goals and two assists with New York since being acquired from Buffalo in October, and seven goals and seven assists in 20 games overall this season. Colin McDonald also got his second of the season for the Islanders.Kevin Poulin made 30 saves for the Islanders. He started his sixth straight game in place of injured starter Evgeni Nabokov, who is out with a groin injury.With less than 90 seconds left, Kunitz got the puck to Pascal Dupuis behind the net, and he centered it to Crosby, who got the tiebreaker for the Penguins.The Penguins picked up their third straight victory and fourth win in five games to rebound from a three-game skid. Pittsburgh won its third straight at home, winning for the fifth time in six games at Consol Energy Center, a place where the Penguins are 10-3 while having allowed just 24 goals.Pittsburgh, tops in the Metropolitan Division, thumped rival Washington 4-0 on Wednesday night and gained a measure of revenge from a heartbreaking loss to the Islanders four weeks earlier. However, it wasn’t easy for the Penguins, who weren’t nearly as disciplined defensively on Friday.The Islanders, tied for last in the Metropolitan Division entering Friday, lost for the seventh time in nine games, but the matchup with the division-leading Penguins brought out the best in New York, as it has done recently.Pittsburgh, which survived a six-game playoff series against the underdog Islanders last season, held third-period leads of 2-1 and 3-2 four weeks ago before New York rallied, scoring three times in the final 7:14 for a 4-3 victory. The Islanders nearly did it again, coming back from early deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 before Crosby’s heroics.Malkin has been productive with 14 assists in 15 games – 12 helpers coming in nine November games, but had no goals to show for it. He previously scored Oct. 17 during a 4-1 win at Philadelphia and it showed as emotion poured from Malkin, who aggressively pumped his fist and slammed his stick against the end boards after beating Poulin midway through the second period.New York committed three penalties in the first 7:42 of the game, and Kunitz made the Islanders pay, staking the Penguins to a 2-0 lead with two power-play goals in 7:55.Crosby and Malkin’s slick tic-tac-toe passing sequence set up Kunitz’s first goal 4:04 into the game.Malkin found Crosby at the point and the Penguins’ captain dished a quick back-door pass through the slot to the far post, where Kunitz one-timed the puck over Poulin’s right pad.Kunitz scored his second less than four minutes later, blowing a slap shot past Poulin after taking a pass off the rush from Neal.Kunitz thought he had the natural hat trick with 1:10 left in the first period, but a high-sticking call on Malkin before the puck went in negated the goal.That allowed Vanek to trim the Penguins’ lead to a goal 1:46 into the second period. Vanek took a backhand corner feed from Kyle Okposo and ripped a one-timer behind Zatkoff from the faceoff dot, making it 2-1.Malkin helped the Penguins regain the two-goal advantage less than 5 minutes later.Malkin initially passed to an open Neal on the left wing but he dished it back to the Penguins’ superstar, who slid a shot underneath Poulin with a defender draped on his back.Malkin’s goal gave the Penguins life as Pittsburgh buzzed the Islanders’ zone looking for more. The Islanders weathered the storm, tying the game a little more than 5 minutes later with two goals in 1½ minutes.McDonald started the comeback, beating Zatkoff with a wrist shot to the blocker side off the rush. Vanek scored his second of the game soon after, finding a loose puck during a scrum in front after the Islanders capitalized on a Penguins turnover.NOTES: The Penguins and Islanders meet in two weeks at the Nassau Coliseum. … Both teams are in action Saturday, Pittsburgh visiting Montreal, while the Islanders continue a three-game road swing at Philadelphia. … C Brock Nelson, LW Eric Boulton, and D Aaron Ness were scratched for the Islanders, while RW Matt D’Agostini and D Robert Bortuzzo sat for the Penguins.last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku’s Inter Milan debut delayed due to overweight return to United preseason

first_imgAdvertisement hq8ffNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs93zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E102( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 38oz87Would you ever consider trying this?😱3ymCan your students do this? 🌚jxshRoller skating! Powered by Firework Romelu Lukaku’s recent transfer from Manchester United to Inter Milan of roughly 80mil shook the transfer window recently but Inter Milan have got more than they bought – Romelu Lukaku and the additional weight the Belgian has put on in preseason.Advertisement Media sources report the former Chelsea, West Brom and Everton forward rocked up at the San Siro from Old Trafford weighing 104kg.Advertisement Conte and his staff instructed the powerhouse to get himself down to the 100kg mark before the start of the season.United legend Gary Neville recently tweeted: “He admitted he was overweight ! He is over 100kg! He’s a Manchester United player!Advertisement “He will score goals and do well at Inter Milan but unprofessionalism is contagious.”Lukaku has been the talisman for United and Belgium in recent years and will hope to continue his prolific form for Juventus. Advertisementlast_img read more

Red Bank Charter School Proposes Expansion

first_imgImpact on public schools is a concernBy John BurtonRED BANK –  A plan to double the size of Red Bank Charter School is necessary in order to meet the needs of the entire community, said Meredith Pennotti, the charter school’s principal.But some traditional public schools supporters fear the increased size would compromise the budgets, resources and extracurricular activities for Red Bank’s diverse school population.And there are the taxpayers, who wonder what it would mean for their property tax bills – should the plan move forward.“The reality is this is not good for the children of Red Bank. It’s not good for the taxpayers of Red Bank. It’s not good for Red Bank,” stressed Jared Rumage, Red Bank superintendent of schools.“We feel we have a model that can be shared more in Red Bank,” for the educational community’s betterment, Pennotti said of the plans.In December, The Red Bank Charter School, 58 Oakland St., submitted a proposal to state Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner David Hespe in Trenton to increase enrollment and facility.Hespe is expected to make his determination toward the end of February, according to DOE spokesman David Saenz.The plan calls for doubling the school’s current student population to 400 from its current 200. That would be done over a three-year period period. In essence, it means adding an additional class of students per grade for the pre-K-8th grade school, according to Pennotti.For the past three years, Pennotti said the wait list for students has been “robust,” roughly 112 students, believing that filling the additional 200 seats is an easy call.The “clincher” for school officials in favor of seeking the expansion, according to Pennotti, was the availability of an adjacent property, 135 Monmouth Street, which the school would use for its S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) lab and additional classroom and activity space.Another deciding factor for the school is recent changes in state education policy that allow other factors to be considered when evaluating students’ and families’ socio-economic status as part of admission.Charter school students are selected by an annual lottery, but siblings are accepted without submitting to the lottery. Last year, however, DOE officials changed the lottery to give more weight to family income and other factors, to give those students a better chance to be selected.“This will increase our ability to serve the economically disadvantaged,” Pennotti said.The charter school is increasing its community outreach by mailing a bilingual application to every residence in the community that also makes families aware of the changes in the lottery system, according to Pennotti.Concern about how a proposed expansion of the Red Bank Charter School could impact public schools drew people to the borough’s middle school auditorium Wednesday. They marched to the Borough Council meeting at Borough Hall. Photo: Tina ColellaThe fact that the charter school population is significantly less diverse than the public school population and the community at large has long been a source of contention. Early in the charter school’s history, which was established in 1998, the district Board of Education waged a lengthy and rather bitter legal battle arguing the school allowed for creating a segregated school district, providing for “white flight” from the public school – on the taxpayer’s dime. The lawsuit was eventually unsuccessful and the two entities had entered into a sort of separate peace, letting live and let live, until this development.Increasing the enrollment, fears Rumage, “It is fairly accurate to say that funding would double over that period.” And given the state finances, no one expects funding from Trenton to increase in an appreciable way, he added.The public school district is currently required to provide $1.67 million for the 2015-2016 school year to cover 90 percent of the cost to provide under state guidelines what is determined to be a “thorough and efficient education.” It is up to the charter schools to find the additional 10 percent of the cost and provide and upkeep a facility.Should the state education commissioner allow this plan, departing students will result in less state education aid to the district. And that Rumage maintained, would mean having to raise property taxes, likely to the maximum 5 percent cap, to cover some of the shortfall. And given those limitations, he said, the likely scenario would mean cuts to programs, possibly eliminating positions and abandoning some programs.“It will lead to cuts here that will be devastating,” Rumage said. “I can’t emphasize that enough.”Pennotti countered, saying state aid dollars follow the student, so that money wouldn’t have gone to the district anyway and any decision the charter school makes has no impact on the public school budget.“What happens to the tax rate is the decision the borough makes in its spending,” Pennotti argued, referring to the borough board of education. “We have no input in the school budget.”The charter school was established by activist parents in the late 1990s when Gov. Christine Todd Whitman signed the legislation allowing for such schools to operate. In Red Bank the school was in response to a failing public school district, with rundown facilities and dismal test scores.Charter schools are public schools but have greater freedom and are exempt from much of the bureaucracy that critics say bogs down traditional public education. This freedom, charter school supporters argue, allows for more creative and effective education and gives families a choice.Families braved bitter cold Wednesday night to express concern about proposed plans for a charter school expansion. Photo: Tina ColellaRumage insisted, “I’m not anti-charter school. I’m just anti-expansion,” at this point. He hoped the charter school would postpone the expansion to give the district time to evaluate its situation.Pennotti dismisses the idea of waiting. “Waiting for what?” she asked. “We waited for a promise of a new day from five superintendents,” to turn around the public schools in the 18 years the charter school has been operating. Pennotti maintained her school’s standardized test scores far exceed the public schools’ and “for the sake of the children we have to move forward.”Rumage, who has been in the district for less than two years, fired back that Pennotti and others have mischaracterized the public school students’ achievements. “The big issue here is that people don’t know the full story,” and the strides the public district has been making over the years.The public school disproportionately faces more challenges than the charter school population. Ninety percent of the 1,410 students at the middle and primary schools qualify for (mostly) free and reduced cost lunch, a traditional measure of family income levels. The population also includes 33 percent of students who are limited English language proficient.By contrast, 52 percent of charter school are white (as compared to the 8 percent in the public schools), with a 4 percent population that is limited English-language proficient. The charter school population is 34 percent Hispanic; the public school population is 78 percent Hispanic. The number of charter school students who qualify for the free and reduced cost lunch is currently 38 percent.And some sources indicate that the per pupil funding results in the charter school receiving $2,000 more per student, per year.Julia Sass Rubin, an associate professor at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and an adjunct professor at Princeton University, has been studying Red Bank and its Charter School as part of her research on state funding of charter schools. Her analysis indicates the charter school has yet to live up to its potential even with its additional resources and continues to contribute to a segregated school district. “The data is pretty straightforward,” she said. “The district is underfunded relative to the charter school, under the current formula.”And when factoring in other variables, the larger percent of special needs students, among others, the divide is closer to $5,000 more per charter school student. And taking all of that into consideration, Rubin said, “if you look at all of those considerations, the charter school is really underperforming,” she said.In her final analysis, this expansion, “would either be devastating for the district or devastating for the taxpayers.”It should be noted Rubin has her detractors. In response to a report on charter school funding, enrollment and demographics she did with a doctoral candidate Mark Weber last year, the New Jersey Charter School Association, a charter school advocacy group, took Rubin to task. The association accused Rubin of having a personal agenda against charter schools.Rubin, this week denied that, offering, “Am I pro-public schools? Absolutely. But I’m not anti-charter school,” noting her daughter had attended a charter school for couple of years and Rubin had served on a nonprofit board that provided charter school facility funding.Rubin planned on providing her research to local educational and elected officials on Friday.This debate has spilled over into the political arena, as well. Mayor Pasquale Menna at this year’s annual reorganization meeting called it “The elephant in the room.”While the borough council has no formal say in the matter or decision, Menna plans to form a “blue ribbon committee,” of objective educational and financial professionals to evaluate the plan’s impact. Their report will be submitted to the DOE for consideration.In addition, on Wednesday evening the borough council was expected to vote on a nonbinding resolution asking the charter school to delay any actions until more information can be collected.Council sources said there was unanimous and bipartisan support for the resolution.last_img read more

VALE DORI REPELS STIFF CHALLENGE FROM FINEST CITY TO TAKE GRADE I, $400,000 SANTA MARGARITA STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS; BAFFERT & BEJARANO TEAM FOR 1 1/8 MILES SCORE IN 1:48.81

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–Challenged from the opening bell, Argentine-bred Vale Dori repelled a serious challenge from Finest City to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Rafael Bejarano.  Trained by Bob Baffert, Vale Dori made every pole a winning one as she got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.81.Breaking from post position two in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Vale Dori had a neck on Finest City a half mile from home and finally shook loose approaching the sixteenth pole.“Today was the first time I think that she was pressured almost the whole race,” said Bejarano. “She showed me a lot of power, a lot of heart.  I don’t think she minds coming from behind, but having a clean break, I just took it from there.”A winner of five straight races, the last four graded stakes, Vale Dori, a 5-year-old mare who was a Group I winner in her native Argentina at age three, was off as the 6-5 favorite and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.60.Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, she is now 13-8-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $240,000, she increased her earnings to $934,943.Finest City, America’s reigning Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter, who finished some 9 ½ lengths clear of Autumn Flower, was stretching out off a big win here in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 21, which followed her signature moment in winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back on Nov. 5.“She ran great,” said Baze, who was aboard for the first time as regular rider Mike Smith was out of town to ride at Oaklawn Park.  “This is probably a little too far for her but she ran really well.  I give the winner credit, she’d never been headed before and we were head and head the whole way.”The second choice at 8-5, Finest City paid $3.00 and $2.80.“My filly ran her eyeballs out,” said Kruljac.  “Running second in a Grade I isn’t all bad.  I’m happy with how she ran.”Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Autumn Flower held off Lady Tapit by a head for third money.  The longest shot in the field at 59-1, Autumn Flower paid $10.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.50, 48.23, 1:12.21 and 1:36.37.Note: Bob Baffert was away, en route to Dubai, while his primary assistant, Jimmy Barnes was at Oaklawn Park.  Vale Dori was saddled today by Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow.last_img read more

Find fitness with Roadrunners

first_imgDuring the spring and summer, the club meets at Suzanne Park, 625 Suzanne Road in Walnut. The club, which competes in cross country and track events, has experienced its share of success. Whether you’re training for a 5K or just want to get some exercise, the Southern California Roadrunners of Walnut might just be the club for you. Athletes ages 7 and up of all abilities are invited to join the Roadrunners, who meet at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the Albertson’s parking lot located at the corner of Amar Road and Nogales Street in Walnut. According to Castro, the Roadrunners have around 130 members from Walnut, San Dimas, Glendora, Baldwin Park and Whittier. Linda Rodriguez, 14, is a Roadrunners member along with her 9-year-old sister, Sofia, and her parents, Miguel and Sofia. “I like to run and I wanted to improve my time,” Rodriguez said. “I also have fun running with the club because I get to meet new people. The people are nice, the coaches are nice and everybody cheers you on.” Sofia added: “I wanted to join because my parents are in the club. The activities are fun and (the other runners) encourage you.” Mario Vela Godinez, 26, has trained with the Roadrunners for almost a year. “I used to see them at Mt. SAC and other events,” Godinez said. “Last year at one of the events, I asked one of the guys where the club met and when he said Walnut, I figured to meet them after work since I worked in Walnut. “It’s a great club. I have improved my time and the other guys encourage you to get better.” The club was founded in 1961 as the Rialto Roadrunners in 1961 by David Japs. They became the Southern California Roadrunners in 1979 and have since won more than 50 national championships in cross country and 20 in track and field. According to Castro, the Roadrunners’ Walnut chapter started in the mid-1980s. Castro said the Roadrunners are looking for runners for the track season, which starts this month. For information, call (626) 622-8569 or visit www.scrrofwalnut.com [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2127 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img At the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Dec. 9 at Spokane, Wash., the Roadrunners won the girls youth division 4K with a total time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 43.34 seconds. The Roadrunner boys also excelled in the 4K, turning in a second-place finish of 110 points. Daniel Rosales led the Roadrunners, finishing first overall with a time of 13:01.62. Guiding the Roadrunners is club president Danny Castro, a 13-year member who serves on a volunteer basis. “When it comes to training, I analyze each runner and ask them what their goals are, and how they could meet them,” Castro said. “We train them to run to the best of their abilities but we try not to overwork them. “Our mission is to promote good health through running, physically and mentally.” last_img read more

Video: Urban Meyer Tells David Letterman About The Tattoo He’s Getting

first_imgurban meyer is now a spokesman for bob evansA ring isn’t the only thing Urban Meyer will be getting as a result of Ohio State’s national championship. The Buckeyes’ coach will also be getting a tattoo. Prior to his team’s game against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Meyer promised his players he would get inked up if they beat the Ducks. They did, 42-20, so the 50-year-old will be visiting a tattoo parlor at some point in the near future. Friday evening, Meyer made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. He talked about the tattoo he’ll be getting at about the 1:05 mark. While a Block O on top of his head seems like an interesting idea, odds are Meyer will probably opt to get something on his chest or back like Rick Pitino.last_img read more

Photo: Nebraska’s Mike Riley Brags About The Huskers Dominating “On & Off The Field”

first_imgNebraska coach Mike Riley walks onto the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 03: Head coach Mike Riley of the Nebraska Cornhuskers walks onto the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Fresno State 43-10. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)“There’s No Place Like Nebraska” is a Huskers’ fight song and somewhat of a mantra for the Lincoln, Neb.-based college football program. When it comes to the academic success of its players, the mantra is true. No program has produced more Academic All-Americans than the Huskers. With school’s APR scores set to come out today, Nebraska coach Mike Riley felt it was appropriate to boast about his team’s success off the field. Is being an Academic All-American important to you? Look no further than Nebraska! #Huskers pic.twitter.com/G0W1dB7zzD— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) May 27, 2015It’s always nice to see program’s putting an emphasis on the student part of being a student-athlete.last_img read more

Orange Is the New Blacks Poussey immortalized on Toronto wall

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Spoiler alert: This story contains spoilers for Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black.Actress Samira Wiley has moved on from Orange Is the New Black — she now has a role in must-see series The Handmaid’s Tale, which began Sunday on Bravo — but her OITNB character, Poussey Washington, is the face of a promotional campaign for the new season.Murals went up in eight cities around the world last week with depictions of Poussey, the words “Stand Up” and the hashtag #OITNB. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Netflix, which airs the prison drama, has described the murals as both a tease for the fifth season, which begins June 9, and a tribute to Poussey, who died at the end of Season 4 when she was accidentally suffocated by a guard.last_img read more