3 August 2009With a Tri-Nations record 31 points from flyhalf Morne Steyn, the Springboks notched up their second successive win over New Zealand on Saturday, beating the All Blacks 31-19 in Durban to extend their lead at the top of the Tri-Nations standings.A number of Springboks were playing in milestone matches and got to celebrate in style; Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers led the Springboks onto the field in their 50th tests, while captain John Smit captained the Boks for a world record 60th time on his home ground in front of friends and family. When he was substituted three minutes from the end of the contest, Smit left the field with a rare self-indulgent grin to the cheers of an adoring crowd.While Steyn was the star of the show, scoring a try and landing nine out of 10 kicks while playing with an assurance that belies his relative inexperience, he was quick to credit the SA forward pack after the match. “I couldn’t have done that without the Bok pack, if our forwards from one to eight had not stood up so strongly,” he said.Foundation for victorySteyn was spot on in his assessment that the foundation of the South African victory was laid up front. The Springbok tight five were industrious, physical and dominated their counterparts, especially in the lineouts and rucks, while the loose trio functioned smoothly and effectively as a unit.As impressive as the pack was, it was the team work of the Springboks that was most impressive. This included making a good kicking game an outstanding one by following up on kicks and putting pressure on the New Zealand back three, as well as defending together and ferociously around the fringes of rucks.The big boots of Fourie du Preez, Morne Steyn and Francois Steyn kept the Kiwis pinned in their own half and they struggled to play the game in the South African half due to the pressure applied by the Springboks on defence.PressureAll Black captain Richie McCaw admitted after the contest that it was South Africa’s ability to apply pressure throughout the game and then force errors that won them the match. “They got guys right across the backline that can kick the ball and they kicked really well,” he said.New Zealand coach Graham Henry was magnanimous in his praise of the South African performance, calling it “outstanding”.Despite two wins in succession over the All Blacks, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers was quick to stress that his charges can still improve a lot. ‘We weren’t clinical enough, there’s certainly room for improvement,” he said.The match at Durban’s Absa Stadium started in cold conditions, with rain threatening; it began to fall midway through the first half.Only two minutes into the contest the All Blacks escaped what could have been a horror opening when scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan had an attempted clearance charged down. Three Springboks chased after the ball, but it found flyhalf Stephen Donald, who snatched it away and spun to the ground, conceding a five-metre scrum.First pointsIn the third minute, JP Pietersen forced a penalty when he made a good tackle following up on kick. The Kiwis didn’t release the ball in the tackle, and Morne Steyn was presented with an opportunity to kick at goal. His aim was true, and South Africa took an early lead.A minute later, however, it was all square after Donald landed a penalty for New Zealand. Referee Nigel Owens had pinged the home side for going off their feet to seal off a ball at a ruck.Then, with some good counter-attacking and slick hands, the All Blacks managed to create an overlap on the left-hand touchline. Lock Isaac Ross took the final pass and raced over in the corner to put the visitors in the lead. Donald added two points with a sweetly struck penalty from the touchline to put the Kiwis 10-3 ahead.One-point differenceIt didn’t take long for South Africa to reply as they immediately put New Zealand under pressure and forced a couple of penalties, both of which Steyn nailed to reduce the deficit to just one point.A dangerous counter-attack by the All Blacks was slowed down by a high tackle by JP Pietersen on scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan, which did enough to blunt the speed of the attack and eventually stop it. However, referee Owens pulled out a yellow card and sent the Bok winger to the sin bin for 10 minutes.Stephen Donald stuck over the resulting penalty and the New Zealanders moved four points clear.Only three minutes after Pietersen’s departure, lock Ross made a silly error when he entered the maul from the back on the Springboks’ side and he joined Pietersen on the sidelines for committing a professional foul.Steyn kicked the penalty and it was once again a one-point game.TryWith half-time approaching and the Springboks on the attack in New Zealand’s 22, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez pounced on a ball that squirted loose from a scrum. He attacked to the open side and then passed to Steyn. The flyhalf, sizing up the situation perfectly, stepped back outside off his right foot and ran through a big gap before diving over for a try.He converted his five-pointer to extend South Africa’s lead to six points.Right on half-time, Steyn was at it again, knocking over another penalty as the Kiwis found themselves on the wrong side of referee Owen’s whistle for the umpteenth time.The scoreboard at the break read South Africa 22 New Zealand 13, with all of South Africa’s 22 points belonging to Steyn, which meant he had tied the South African record for points by a Springbok in a test against the All Blacks, set by Jannie de Beer, in a single half.Deserved leadJohn Smit and company were good value for their lead as they had dominated territory and put the New Zealanders under a huge amount of pressure, especially at lineout time. The Kiwis had at times looked dangerous on the counter-attack, but South Africa was clearly in the ascendancy.Just three minutes into the second half, the All Blacks made two changes, bringing on Piri Weepu for Jimmy Cowan at scrumhalf, and replacing hooker Andrew Hore with Keven Mealamu, not that it ended up helping the struggling New Zealand lineout.The All Blacks put together a sharp counter-attack in the 50th minute, but Conrad Smith was tackled early by Bakkies Botha when following up his own chip kick and the big lock was shown a yellow card for his indiscretion.Donald kicked the easy penalty from inside the South African 22 to reduce the Bok lead to four points.Nine-point gapA short while later the gap was back to nine points when New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, who was fighting a fascinating battle with SA flank Heinrich Brussouw for control at ruck time, was blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground. Steyn was his usual assured self with the kick.On the hour, Luke McAlister, who had just replaced Donald, put over a great kick from the halfway line, leaving South Africa six points clear with 20 minutes remaining.Soon, however, the South African lead was extended beyond a single score when Mealamu gave away a penalty and Steyn made the visitors pay once more.Nine out of nineWith seven minutes remaining, the All Blacks were penalised for deliberately wheeling a scrum and Steyn put South Africa 31-19 ahead with his ninth successful kick in succession.As time ran out, SA coach De Villiers cleared the South African bench with the match clearly won.Steyn had an opportunity to make it 10 from 10 in the final minute, but, almost unbelievably, he pushed his kick wide to the right of the posts. It didn’t matter. The match had been won and the Springboks celebrated a well-deserved victory.They next face the Wallabies in Cape Town on Saturday, 8 July. Another win would put the Boks in the drivers’ seat to add the Tri-Nations title to South Africa’s titles of World Cup champions, IRB Sevens World Series champions, and Super 14 champions.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
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Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At least seven players left the game with injuries, including knee injuries to Arizona’s starting left tackle D.J. Humphries and the team’s leading tackler, safety Tyvon Branch. Both could be headed for injured reserve, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.Asked if Thursday night football is unsafe, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said “It’s a challenge.”“It’s a real challenge for our players,” he said. “Our guys did it and their guys did it. It’s a great event for everyone, but it’s very difficult and very challenging.”But should it be changed?“I don’t want to pay anything so I’m not going to comment on anything,” Carroll said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Players don’t like Thursday night football, and the injuries that hit the Seahawks and Cardinals are examples of why.It’s just too difficult, they say, to play that soon after Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s kind of hard to get back out there and recover,” Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. “That’s why you see so many injuries on Thursday night. You want to give the fans what they want, but also be able to protect the players as much as you can.“Sometimes I feel like Thursday night football doesn’t give them the opportunity to protect them.” Duterte mulling ban on plastic use PLAY LIST 00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks is helped off the field following the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 9, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 22-16. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPGLENDALE, Ariz. — Richard Sherman limped off the field with a ruptured Achilles tendon, just one of a host of players knocked out of the Seattle Seahawks’ 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.“It’s a good division win, a good team win,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said afterward, “but it’s hard to truly appreciate it when you see a lot of guys go down with minor injuries, serious injuries.”ADVERTISEMENT The game featured loads of penalties and sluggish play with one of amazing escape by Russell Wilson in a 54-yard pass to Doug Baldwin.“He made a play that will probably go down in history,” Arizona inside linebacker Karlos Dansby said.The Cardinals sacked Wilson a season-high five times but couldn’t get him down this time.Retreating, spinning, slipping out of serious trouble, Wilson was on his heels when he threw to Baldwin.Defender Antoine Bethea went up to try to intercept, then slipped. 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The teams meet again there on Dec. 24.PETERSON’S PROBLEMS: Adrian Peterson, playing four days after carrying a career-high 37 times for 159 yards in San Francisco, had a tough day. Defending champion Warriors get on roll with strong defense CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion He fumbled the ball away the first time he touched it and wound up with just 29 yards in 21 carries.“It was some missed opportunities on my part,” Peterson said. “They did a great job defensively of containing us. We just really couldn’t get into a rhythm.”KAM’S BIG PLAYS: Kam Chancellor was Peterson’s biggest nemesis. 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Twitter/@DellengerAdvTo be frank, LSU’s quarterback situation in 2014 was not great. Anthony Jennings played most of the snaps for the Tigers, but finished with just 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a poor completion percentage of 48.9. Freshman Brandon Jennings also spent some time under center, and had slightly better numbers (55.6% completion, 10.04 yards per attempt, six touchdowns to two interceptions), but after a very poor game at Auburn, he was benched. Harris was asked about his expectations for the upcoming season, and he was pretty blunt about the subject of playing time.Brandon Harris: “I expect to play more this year.” #LSU pic.twitter.com/7xj9XTAhEp— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) March 10, 2015Neither quarterback shined last year, but outside of the Auburn game, Harris looked pretty good. LSU will certainly be a quarterback battle to watch as we approach the 2015 season.
Actor and animal advocate Allison Janney is hosting “Shelter Me: New Beginnings,” the fourth episode of the inspiring national PBS series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories.Premiering in October, this one-hour, emotionally-charged episode focuses on two stories, including an aircraft transport of 128 shelter dogs to loving homes as well as a nationally recognized animal trainer who is implementing a first-of-its-kind doggie play group program in overcrowded city shelters.“I am honored to host ‘Shelter Me’ and bring awareness to the thousands of loving pets in animal shelters across the country that need homes,” said Allison Janney. “I adopted three amazing dogs and they bring so much love and happiness to my life.”The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham who wants to break down the negative perceptions and stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make the best pets. “Shelter Me” is presented by Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, and together they are committed to the well-being of shelter pets.In the first story of “Shelter Me: New Beginnings,” Aimee Sadler, a nationally recognized animal trainer, teaches shelter staff and volunteers how to get their dogs to interact in play groups. The public shelters in Philadelphia and Baltimore are featured. These play groups allow for shelter dogs to be properly exercised and socialized, resulting in more adoptions.The second story is about a transport of 128 dogs whose lives were saved from Southern California animal shelters. Volunteer pilots from Wings of Rescue flew them to Idaho, where they were all adopted into loving homes.“Shelter Me: New Beginnings” premieres on public television stations on October 5. Please go to ShelterMe.tv for local listings.In addition, singer/songwriter Mindy Smith has partnered with the show to produce “Songs For Shelter Me,” an 11-track compilation album to benefit shelter pets, which includes two of her songs from the new episode and is available October 7.
Members of OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point during a match against Nebraska on Oct. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is trying to rebound following a 3-1 upset at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday and a loss to Wisconsin at home prior to that.The Buckeyes will have two opportunities for redemption when they host back-to-back home matches this weekend at St. John Arena. OSU clashes with Rutgers on Friday and No. 10 Penn State on Saturday. The loss to the Hoosiers put OSU outside of the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association poll for the first time this season. Upcoming opponent Rutgers holds a 4-23 record and has yet to win a Big Ten match this season, while the Penn State Nittany Lions have maintained their powerhouse presence in the conference and stand at 18-7 overall. Penn State also swept the Buckeyes 3-0 the last time the two teams met on Oct. 19 in University Park, Pennsylvania.Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the team’s loss to Indiana was just the nature of the beast that is the Big Ten conference. “They played really good defense against us, and I don’t think we were able to respond,” she said. “It’s just part of being in the Big Ten. You can’t underestimate anyone, and everyone has something to offer.” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the Buckeyes have been in a rut for the past couple of matches. Prior to Indiana, OSU took a tough loss to Wisconsin at St. John Arena by a margin of just 11 total points. “The last couple matches, we’ve struggled finding rhythm. We make two or three good plays and then we’ll miss a serve at a crucial time or we just won’t make a play,” Carlston said. “We need to be able to string those runs together.”Putting the past aside, the Buckeyes – from the newcomers to the veterans – are choosing to stay optimistic heading into weekend play. “I really believe we can do it. We’re ready,” said freshman outside hitter Bia Franklin. “We’re going to practice hard this week, and it would be really nice to (get) that revenge (on Penn State).” Sandbothe is looked at as one of OSU’s senior leaders, and the team turns to her in times of trouble. Her strategy relies on keeping everyone calm and collected in the huddle. “It’s just taking a deep breath and refocusing, letting everyone know that we’re all on the same page,” she said. “The middle is a really great time for us to reset.” Sandbothe isn’t just leading by her words. Her play is speaking volumes about her and the team that surrounds her. During the Buckeyes’ last match with Wisconsin, she locked down the OSU record for most career blocks in history with 518 rejections. Sandbothe said the record has only added fuel to her competitive fire. “Now I want to slaughter it. Now I’m going to make sure that it’s not going to be broken for a lot longer,” she said. “It (breaking a record) gives you a greater appreciation for what this program means and the fact that there are people who put the jersey on before you and there’s going to be people who put it on after you.” Sandbothe is confident that OSU can put on a strong performance this weekend. She said back-to-back Friday and Saturday matches are good for the team’s pace. There is also the advantage of playing on home court. Carlston is looking a little farther than the weekend with the NCAA tournament coming up in December. All members of the Buckeyes’ teams have mentioned throughout the season their anticipation to be in the Final Four, which will be played in Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Carlston feels that 12 out of the 15 teams in the Big Ten have the ability to make it into the NCAA tournament, and this is the time for his team to make a statement that OSU should be one of them.“For us, taking care of our business this weekend at home is important,” he said. The Buckeyes will first take on the Scarlet Knights on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by the Nittany Lions at 7 p.m. on Saturday, both at St. John Arena.
Ohio State redshirt junior goalie Kassidy Sauve (32) goes for a save in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State women’s hockey team (17-6-4, 10-3-4 WCHA) was swept in both matchups to Minnesota Duluth (11-13-2, 7-10-2 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday to end its five-game win streak.Game 1Ohio State dropped the series opener 4-1 Friday despite outshooting Minnesota Duluth 39-28 in the game. Just four minutes in the first period, Minnesota Duluth redshirt senior forward Katerina Mrazova scored the first goal of the game, and the only goal of the period.Ohio State responded by evening the game at one goal apiece when freshman forward Tatum Skaggs found the back of the net five minutes into the second period. Junior defender Lauren Boyle and freshman forward Emma Maltais were credited with assists.Minnesota Duluth sophomore defender Jalyn Elmes scored the go-ahead goal to take a 2-1 lead 8:55 into the second period..The Bulldogs were not finished in the second period. Sophomore forward Sydney Brodt and freshman forward Naomi Rogge scored two goals in the period to pull away 4-1, a score which held for the remainder of the game.Ohio State attempted 14 shots in the third period, but none found the back of the net, dropping the first game 4-1. Game 2Ohio State held Minnesota Duluth scoreless through the first two periods of the series finale, but a pair of third period goals pushed the Bulldogs in front for a 2-1 win against the Buckeyes Saturday. The Buckeyes could not find the back of the net in the first period, despite taking 19 shots. But 11 minutes into the second period, Skaggs gave Ohio State a 1-0 lead with her second goal of the series and the first goal of the game.After being shut out through the first two periods, Minnesota Duluth struck early in the third period, scoring a goal from freshman forward Anna Klein 3:52 into the period.Klein followed her goal up with a second score late in the third period to give Minnesota Duluth a 2-1. The Bulldogs held on for the win, rebounding from Ohio State’s October sweep of Minnesota Duluth.
Ohio State freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith (11) moves in to tackle a Rutgers player during the second half of the game on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorJunior defensive end Chase Young described the Ohio State defensive line as a train. He said when players leave, like Dre’Mont Jones or Nick Bosa, there is always a great pass rusher in the class to continue the production. Some of the younger guys handle that expectation in different ways. Incoming freshman defensive end Noah Potter embraced it, asking for No. 97, the same jersey number worn by the two Bosa brothers. Freshman Zach Harrison was a little more low-key about it, taking whatever jersey number he was given, No. 33. With No. 11 on his back, Tyreke Smith was in the position this past season. He said he felt part of the Ohio State defensive line from the moment he stepped onto campus, but that this year, his sophomore season, feels different. This year, he feels like a key piece of the defensive line. That’s why Young is talking up Smith as the next big thing. “Every great defensive end had that sophomore year, Tyreke Smith can have that year,” Young said. “I would say watch out for Tyreke Smith.” This is the expectation that Smith has for himself, saying he has to “fill the gap” left by Bosa and Jones next season. But that has been an expectation Smith has had from Day One, an expectation heightened by the presence of defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Smith said he wants to achieve greatness with Ohio State, to be the best defensive lineman he could be. Johnson has the same confidence for the sophomore, and that is what Smith likes about his position coach. “I think, every day, I’m getting better out here training with him,” Smith said. “When I am doing good, that’s not enough for him. I like that about him. He is pushing me to a limit. He thinks I can be elite.”For Smith, he knows this is the year to do it. After recording seven tackles for loss and five sacks in his freshman season, Bosa broke through in 2017, leading the team with 16 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Young did the same thing in his sophomore season, accumulating 14.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks this past season. Smith, in limited playing time, has yet to record a tackle for loss or a sack, coming into 2019 with nine tackles to his name. But Young sees the same type of player he was training for his sophomore season that Smith is now. “Last year, this spring, I was a dog: hungry. That’s just how Tyreke is,” Young said. “I told him that’s what I expect. I expect for, after me, after Nick, then after me, it’s you.” It’s the next-man-up mentality Johnson has made into the mantra of Ohio State, and it’s something Smith has really latched onto. He said Johnson has the ability to turn an average player into a great one. This is the place Johnson thinks Smith is in: a young player who is beginning to come along. “Tyreke has always been quick. He’s always been in great shape, and now it’s just learning to play football,” Johnson said. “Last year was big learning experience, I can tell you that. Now, we see the player he’s possible of being. Tyreke has a great future ahead of him.” Young said Smith has been showing this in practice, and that his personal expectations are sky high, saying he expects a Smith sack on every play, and if not, he’s going to “be in his grill about it.” Smith does not seem to need the extra motivation. “I feel like this year, this year is the year I have to show out and show the country what I’m made of,” Smith said. Because the train needs to continue to move. Young is already looking past his time at Ohio State, and who will become the next leader. Young sees that in Smith. “He don’t have no choice but to rise up,” Young said. “If he keeps going as hard as he can and gives great effort, he has no choice but to rise.”
The World Cup is now officially over with heads now turned towards the domestic season once more with clubs now releasing their new kits and Napoli have become the latest to launch their’s in an unusual waySerie A supporters are in for an exciting time this season with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment as the new Napoli boss just a taste of what to expect.The fixtures for the 2018/19 campaign will be released on Friday with the opening games set to begin on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of August.And it appears that the fans are not the only getting worked up with Napoli having now shared a teaser of what their players will be wearing for the new season.The panther kit was released in both a weird and wonderful cartoon, which saw a very muscular version of captain Marek Hamsik appearing before the panther in his new gear, along with his teammates.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Napoli were very close last season to ending their 28-year wait for glory in the Serie A since the Diego Maradona days.But the Lights Blues finished four points behind winners Juventus after leading the league table for most of the campaign and were largely unlucky following a difficult end to the season.While head coach Maurizio Sarri and star playmaker Jorginho have both left for Chelsea, there is still plenty of optimism around the Napoli camp with Ancelotti’s arrivals and Hamsik opting to remain with the club – despite a lucrative offer from China.The New 2018/19 jersey. #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/oDJB2mj69s— Everything Napoli (@NaplesAndNapoli) July 18, 2018