Huskies make a comeback to get win against Vipers

first_imgSEXSMITH, A.B. – One night after the Fairview Flyers overcame a one goal deficit to beat the Fort St. John Huskies in overtime, the Huskies got a comeback victory of their own while not needing more than sixty minutes.The Vipers’ Riley King scored first in Saturday night’s contest, just before the seven mark of the first period. King would then be assessed a Game Misconduct for a Check to the Head with 6:59 left in the frame. Though only getting a two minute power play, the Huskies peppered Sexsmith goaltender Tyler Boe with shots. Forty one seconds after the power play ended, Joshua Robinson tied things up at one, assisted by Zak Bayko and Shaun Wilson. Though the Huskies outshot the Vipers 12-4 in the opening frame, it was the Vipers that would take a 2-1 lead in the last minute of the period.In the second, the Huskies outshot Sexsmith again, this time getting 14 shots on Boe, while Huskies netminder Tavis Viens only saw five shots during the twenty minutes. Despite getting outshot, the Vipers managed to keep the Huskies at bay in the second stanza. Neither team’s special teams were busy with only one minor penalty per team being given out by referee Marty Tingstad.- Advertisement -In the third period, the Huskies’ offensive play finally began to pay off. Robinson scored his second of the game 14:14 into the second to tie things at 2, assisted by Bayko and Jarod Lang. Less than three minutes later, Wilson gave the Huskies a one goal lead after getting a pass from Robinson and Dane Bateman. Getting outshot by the Huskies 17-5 in the third, the Vipers didn’t end up gambling by pulling Boe from the net for an extra attacker to tie things up. With that, the Huskies notched their thirteenth win of the season to stay in third place in the NWJHL standings, with 29 points. The Huskies are three points behind the North Peace Navigators and Fairview Flyers, who both have 32, and are also three points ahead of the fourth place Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.The Huskies have a bye for the next week, and won’t be back in action until February 3rd, when they hit the road for a game against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks at the Memorial Arena. After another game in Fairview on the 4th, the Huskies are back on home ice on Wednesday, February 8th, when they host Dawson Creek.last_img read more

Wrestler sidelined by injury no more

first_imgThe senior wrestler continues to study the subject. Gifford wrote about his experience and witnessing live surgeries at Antelope Valley Hospital for a class project. He has stood next to doctors during at least two orthopedic surgeries since his injury. Gifford’s plans include attending medical school at the University of Utah after graduating from BYU. But before that, he will serve on a two-year mission as part of his Mormon faith. Gifford is not sure where his mission will take him but before leaving he plans to attend Antelope Valley College for one semester. “To tell you the truth, my future in wrestling, I can say I don’t want to pursue it that much,” Gifford said. “Maybe if there’s a perfect opportunity I might take hold of it.” With a recovered knee and his first full healthy season, Gifford’s first priority is helping the host Bulldogs win today’s Div. V dual meet championship that begins at 11 a.m. Coach Michael Young’s team will take on Peninsula of Rolling Hills Estates in first-round competition. Then he will begin to think about the Northern Division individual championship tournament to be held Feb. 16 and 17 at Pacifica High in Oxnard. Highland, which earned a berth in the Section championship after clinching its 13th league title in 15 years, was eliminated by eventual champion Royal of Simi Valley in the quarterfinals last season. Young said Gifford will be an integral part to a winning formula with his 38-12 record that includes 25 pins. He had two key pins in a first-round win against Kaiser of Fontana in last year’s dual meet championship. “Ryan is a very intense, workmanlike kid,” Young said. “He starts a job and he gets to it. He’s the type of kid you want to have on your side in a tough situation.” Gifford has earned his teammates’ and opponents’ respect for being a leader and for his work ethic on and off the mat. “(Gifford) is a tough kid,” said Trevor Leach, who coaches Quartz Hill, which takes on Canyon Springs of San Bernardino in the first round of today’s dual meet tournament. “He’s in a good position to scare other wrestlers. He’s helped my kids be able to handle good wrestlers like him after facing him.” Teammates like Mike Larkin, the Bulldogs’ 152-pound division league champion, and Chad Ellis, the 189-pound champion, took notice of Gifford’s toughness and integrity during rehabbing his knee. “Ryan and I use each other to get better,” said Larkin, who has the team’s best record at 40-12. “He’s my rival on the mat in practice. “He’s a tough guy. Even with his knee hurt I would find him lifting weights. Just having that one person that has me always thinking of another way to take him down has done nothing but helped me improve my game.” Ellis, a junior, wants to take on a leadership role next season the same as Gifford has done this year. Gifford credits much of his work ethic and leadership role to former Highland standout and friend Steve Frehn, now a wrestler at Stanford. Frehn was the school’s first Section titlelist in seven years before taking the 145-pound championship in 2005. “(Frehn) is definitely the cornerstone of my career,” Gifford said. “He’s the one that made it all happen for me. Since he once told me he wrestled everyone as if he was wrestling a champion, I do the same.” Gifford also learned to trust his instinct and regain confidence in his knee from Frehn. “I’d go into every single match thinking my knee might pop out again,” Gifford said. “I had to fight through that. Halfway throughout the season I felt more comfortable, more secure about my knee. It’s actually now the strongest knee.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gifford was already being bothered by his knee from a slight injury that lingered from his sophomore season in which he reached CIF tournament but didn’t finish. He said he had felt the knee pop out in the past and was able to fix it, but not this time. Gifford was upset. “I’ve never had a full tournament of CIF individuals and I never had the chance to see how far I can actually go.” Despite putting an end to his season goals and putting the sport he loves on ice, the injury led to Gifford’s interest in wanting to become an orthopedic surgeon. The Bulldogs’ 160-pound category Golden League runner-up has developed an itch to learn about surgical and rehabilitation procedures after completing his work to recovery during this off-season. “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” Gifford said. “But I wasn’t sure in what field.” PALMDALE – Ryan Gifford’s injury temporarily shelved his passion and created another. The Highland of Palmdale wrestler’s junior season abruptly ended with a knee injury during practice a day before last year’s Southern Section’s individual tournament. Gifford spent the next day on a hospital bed after undergoing surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee instead of competing for a berth in the Master’s meet. “I was wrestling a coach from Little Rock High School and I went to do a move, he grabbed my leg and I just felt my knee go completely out,” Gifford said. “It came out of place and it wouldn’t pop back into place.” last_img read more

Attempt to recall 3 on council fizzles

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A local political group has failed to round up sufficient signatures to recall three Pico Rivera City Council members, but the head of the group said Monday it will refocus and try again. This time, however, members of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, or C-TIP for short, will push to recall Councilman Ron Beilke, who they claim has abused his power, said Raul Murga, C-TIP’s executive director. “He is the primary source of the problem within our city,” Murga said. “We raised the political concern in the community and it brought to light the abuse of power which Ron Beilke continues to display.” One of the two other council members targeted, Pete Ramirez, was ousted from office by voters in council elections earlier this month. The other, Councilman David Armenta, won’t be included this time because he “saw the error of his ways,” said Murga. Beilke said he was skeptical of C-TIP’s recall campaign all along. He said a second attempt to recall him would mirror the first. “This recall is simply a nuisance and people don’t want that anymore,” Beilke said. “It’s time to move forward and put the fighting behind us.” But Murga said his group will push ahead. “We’re pulling out all the stops,” he said. “Whatever we have to do to accomplish it this time, it will be done.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 His group needed to collect and submit more than 15,000 signatures from registered voters by Friday. Murga declined to say how far short of the required number the group fell. But he blamed the campaign’s failure on bad weather and the fact that many voters were out of town during the recent holidays. “There were a number of factors … where we could not actually go out and obtain signatures,” he said. Armenta said he was not surprised the effort to recall him failed. “It didn’t appear that the recall group was well organized. Their reason for a recall was a valid reason. It’s just the lack of organization and lack of people committed to the recall that made it fail,” he said. last_img read more

Koeman set to be named Netherlands coach

first_imgKoeman, 54, who was sacked by Everton in October after a string of defeats saw The Toffees fall into the relegation zone, will be taking over from Dick Advocaat — the latest in a raft of unsuccessful appointments since 2014.Advocaat was appointed in May last year for a third stint as national coach, but stepped down seven months later after the once-mighty Oranje failed to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia.“Koeman’s appointment as the new trainer does not come as a surprise,” the ANP said, with news reports adding the blond-haired Koeman was already earmarked back in 2014 to replace Louis van Gaal, who left the Dutch squad after taking them to third place in the World Cup in Brazil, and joined Manchester United.But instead, the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) appointed another stalwart Guus Hiddink, who was then replaced by Danny Blind, followed by Advocaat — all in the space of just over three-and-a-half years as the national team slumped from one disappointment to another, missing out on qualification for both the 2016n Euros and then 2018 World Cup.An attack-minded central defender, Koeman picked up 78 caps as a player between 1982-94, scoring 14 goals.He started his coaching career at Vitesse in 2000, having already served as Hiddink’s assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.“Koeman will stay on until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar,” popular daily tabloid De Telegraaf said on Friday.“Koeman’s sacking at Everton came as a gift from heaven for the KNVB and led to an eventual ‘marriage’ between Koeman and the federation,” the paper said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been earmarked to replace Dick Advocaat as Dutch CoachTHE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb 5- Former  Everton manager Ronald Koeman is set to be presented as coach of the Netherlands, Dutch news reports said on Monday, as the football-mad country seeks to revive its flagging fortunes.“Ronald Koeman is the new national coach of (the) Dutch Eleven. The KNVB will present him at a press conference on Tuesday,” Dutch national news agency ANP reported, citing insider sources.last_img read more

Ramsey is BACK! QPR give new role to former manager

first_imgQPR have appointed former manager Chris Ramsey as technical director. The 53-year-old was sacked by the club in November, being replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but has returned to Loftus Road.Ramsey was in charge of Rangers between February and November last year, winning nine of his 32 games as they were relegated from the Barclays Premier League last season.And director of football Les Ferdinand revealed Ramsey had a clause in his contract which paved the way for his comeback.“Whilst we were disappointed things didn’t work out with Chris at first team level earlier in the season, we were determined to retain his services at QPR,” Ferdinand told the club’s official site.“As such, we actually put a clause in his contract which allowed us to retain Chris’s services in a player-development role should things not work out for him as head coach.“Chris knows academy football inside-out and having put the building blocks in place for a lot of the good restructuring work that’s been done here over the past 11 months, he can come in and make an instant impact in an environment he has helped build.”Ramsey will oversee coaching and coach education within the club’s academy and be responsible for developing and implementing player development strategies.He will also oversee the integration between the academy, development squad and first team, as well as focusing on the monitoring and reporting of players on loan to other clubs.Rangers are 16th in the Sky Bet Championship with Ramsey’s replacement Hasselbaink yet to win in six games in charge. 1 Chris Ramsey last_img read more

Istanbul hero on the DYNAMITE player who lifts entire Liverpool team

first_imgDietmar Hamann has hailed the return of Daniel Sturridge to the Liverpool team, telling talkSPORT: ‘The guy is dynamite!’Injury-hit Sturridge made his first start under Jurgen Klopp against Aston Villa on Sunday and helped inspire a stunning 6-0 rout.Hamann is now hoping Sturridge stays fit for the remainder of the campaign, as he claims the England hitman’s presence brings out the best in his teammates.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former Anfield star said: “Liverpool have their problems, but they’ve got Sturridge back now and they looked very good on Sunday, although that was against a very poor Aston Villa side.“There’s a bit of a new dawn at the club at the moment. Everybody’s buzzing and there’s only a couple of weeks to the League Cup final.“Everyone is hoping for a good end to the season. Hopefully Sturridge stays fit, because it’s a completely different team when he plays.“The guy is dynamite and when he does play he makes a difference. Everyone else seems to play better.” Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring for Liverpool 1last_img read more

Prosperity ministers face new scrutiny

first_imgThe message flickered into Cindy Fleenor’s living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches. And so the 53-year-old accountant from the Tampa, Fla., area pledged $500 a year to Joyce Meyer, the evangelist whose frank talk about recovering from childhood sexual abuse was so inspirational. She wrote checks to flamboyant faith healer Benny Hinn and a local preacher-made-good, Paula White. Only the blessings didn’t come. Fleenor ended up borrowing money from friends and payday loan companies just to buy groceries. At first she believed the explanation given on television: Her faith wasn’t strong enough. “I wanted to believe God wanted to do something great with me like he was doing with them,” she said. “I’m angry and bitter about it. Right now, I don’t watch anyone on TV hardly.” Most scholars trace the origins of prosperity theology to E.W. Kenyon, an evangelical pastor from the first half of the 20th century. But it wasn’t until the postwar era – and a pair of evangelists from Tulsa, Okla. – that “health and wealth” theology became a fixture in Pentecostal and charismatic churches. Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin – and later, Kenneth Copeland – trained tens of thousands of evangelists with a message that resonated with an emerging middle class, said David Edwin Harrell Jr., a Roberts biographer. Copeland is among those now being investigated. The teachings took on various names – “Name It and Claim It,” “Word of Faith,” the prosperity gospel. Prosperity preachers say that it isn’t all about money – that God’s blessings extend to health, relationships and being well-off enough to help others. Critics acknowledge the idea that God wants to bless his followers has a Biblical basis, but say prosperity preachers take verses out of context. The prosperity crowd also fails to acknowledge Biblical accounts that show God doesn’t always reward faithful believers, Palmer said. The Book of Job is a case study in piety unrewarded, and a chapter in the Book of Hebrews includes a litany of believers who were tortured and martyred, Palmer said. Yet the prosperity gospel continues to draw crowds, particularly lower- and middle-income people who, critics say, have the greatest motivation and the most to lose. The checks and balances central to Christian denominations are largely lacking in prosperity churches. One of the pastors in the Grassley probe, Bishop Eddie Long of suburban Atlanta, has written that God told him to get rid of the “ungodly governmental structure” of a deacon board. Follower borrowed cash Preachers cite Bible Some ministers hold up their own wealth as evidence that the teaching works. Atlanta-area pastor Creflo Dollar, who is fighting Grassley’s inquiry, owns a Rolls Royce and multimillion-dollar homes and travels in a church-owned Learjet. In a letter to Grassley, Dollar’s attorney calls the prosperity gospel a “deeply held religious belief” grounded in Scripture and therefore a protected religious freedom. Grassley has said his probe is not about theology. Even some prosperity gospel critics – like the Rev. Adam Hamilton of 15,000-member United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in suburban Kansas City, Mo. – say that the investigation is entering a minefield. “How do you determine how much money a minister like this is able to make when the basic theology is that wealth is OK?” said Hamilton, an Oral Roberts graduate who later left the charismatic movement. “That gets into theological questions.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAll three of the groups Fleenor supported are among six major Christian television ministries under scrutiny by a senator who is asking questions about the evangelists’ lavish spending and possible abuses of their tax-exempt status. The probe by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has brought new scrutiny to the underlying belief that brings in millions of dollars and fills churches from Atlanta to Los Angeles – the “Gospel of Prosperity,” or the notion that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches. All six ministries under investigation preach the prosperity gospel to varying degrees. Proponents call it a biblically sound message of hope. Others say it is a distortion that makes evangelists rich and preys on the vulnerable. They say it has evolved from “it’s all right to make money” to it’s all right for the pastor to drive a Bentley, live in an oceanside home and travel by private jet. “More and more people are desperate and grasping at straws and want something that will alleviate their pain or financial crisis,” said Michael Palmer, dean of the divinity school at Regent University, founded by Pat Robertson. “It’s a growing problem.” last_img read more

HUGE Arsenal boost! Julian Draxler demands to leave Wolfsburg this summer

first_imgArsenal have been handed a HUGE transfer boost with news that Julian Draxler wants to leave Wolfsburg this summer.The 22-year-old Germany international has revealed his frustration with the Bundesliga club and has demanded to depart before the transfer window closes.Draxler is a long-term target for the Gunners and has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, however Wolfsburg have suggested that the midfielder is happy to remain at a club he only joined 12 months ago.But the player has denied that, telling Bild newspaper that he asked to leave immediately after Euro 2016, and suggested he was unhappy with comments coming out of the club about his future.“Before you go public like that, you really should speak with me first,” Draxler said.“The situation with me is that I made it clear to [coach] Dieter Hecking after we were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the semi-final that I would like to leave Wolfsburg.“The coach has known about this for three weeks. “It’s very surprising that they have been talking about me to the media for weeks. I would have expected things to be different, for example for one of them to come to me and ask me how things are with me.”Draxler turned down the chance to join Juventus last summer after being given assurances by the Wolves that he would be allowed to leave were a big club to come in for him.“When I joined, I was assured – verbally – that I could leave the club whenever the opportunity arose,” Draxler said.“Both Hecking and [sporting director] Klaus Allofs said this. It was clear that Wolfsburg had good prospects, but also that they were a springboard for me.“It was always clear to everybody that I would like to join a top club in Europe, if I were to get the chance.” Julian Draxler has given Arsenal hope 1last_img read more


first_imgProud parents Claire Higgins and Odhran Grant with newborn son Daithi in their Donegal jerseys.He might not know all the names of all the players just yet.But there’s no question that little Daithi Grant will be a huge Donegal GAA fan.Daithi was just four days old when he watched yesterday’s amazing All-Ireland semi-final with mum Claire and dad Odhrán. Baby Daithi looking very relaxed after watching Donegal beat Dublin.Little Daithi (Peadar) arrived at Letterkenny General Hospital at 4.04pm on Thursday afternoon.Claire, who is from Slieve Sneach Close in Letterkenny and Odhrán, who is also from Letterkenny, made sure they enjoyed their first real occasion as a family.And just to make it a little more special, the trio bought new jerseys for the occasion as they shouted on Jim and the boys.Odhrán said it was just something special to watch the game with the couple’s new baby who weighed in at 6ib 4oz. “It was just an amazing feeling. To watch the game as a family was something special.“But to watch the lads to go on and qualify for the All-Ireland was just unbelievable.“Getting three tickets for the final is the next problem,” laughed Odhrán. Baby Daithi is spoiled by his grandfather Brian Grant and cousin Oisin HigginsJIM AND THE BOYS ARE ALREADY INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION OF DONEGAL FANS! was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:babyClaire HigginsDaithi GrantdonegalJim McGuinnessnewbornOdhran Grantlast_img read more


first_imgTrap and the FAI Festival of Football rolled into Finn Park yesterday.The Irish soccer boss and his number two Marco Tardelli chatted with hundreds of fans including Harps boss Peter Hutton.Many thanks to Gerard McHugh for the photos.  TRAP BRINGS FESTIVAL FEVER TO FINN PARK – IN PICTURES was last modified: July 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Festival of FootballFinn Parklast_img read more