Raindrops cling to ivy leaves Saturday morning at a residence in White Rock. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbs
When Spain won the World Cup in 2010 they did so after losing their first match to Switzerland. If they want to retain their trophy, they will have to take a similar route after they were humbled 5-1 by a Holland side inspired by Arjen Robben that grew more impressive as the game went on. Man of the match Robben then demonstrated his pace again as he added the Dutch’s fifth late on. He raced clear from his own half, plonked Casillas on the floor and stuck the ball in the net. Holland: Cillesen; Janmaat, De Vrij (Veltman 77′), Vlar, Martins Indi, Blind, De Guzman (Wijnaldum 62′), Jong; Sneijder; Van Persie, Robben (Lens 79′). From that point on, things took a turn towards embarrassing for Spain. Sam Marsden Four years ago La Roja could argue the Swiss struck it lucky, however on Friday night in Salvador the circumstances couldn’t have been more different as the Dutch struck revenge for their 1-0 defeat to the Spanish at the last World Cup final in South Africa. There will be few complaints from a Spain side that left themselves far too open at the back and, but for a 20 minute spell in the first half, failed to trouble an inexperienced Oranje backline. Booked: Casillas. Holland came more into the game from that point, but it was the linesman’s flag which was troubled more often than Casillas. At the other end Silva’s chipped finish was well saved by Cillesen and moments later the game would swing in the direction of Louis Van Gaal’s side. Things could not have gone much worse for Spain. Goal: Alonso 27′. Gerard Pique played Van Persie onside, and he obliged by escaping Sergio Ramos and fantastically heading in Daley Blind’s cross on the stroke of half time. Upd. at 23:33 Robben was causing problem after problem, and his driving run on the hour ended with Van Persie testing the woodwork – Holland would not have to wait long for a third though. Sneijder’s free-kick wasn’t dealt with by the Spanish defenders, and De Vrij will not get many easier headers at the far post. Silva then had a goal ruled out for offside, before Casillas had a moment he will never want to see again. Ramos rolled the ball back to his Real Madrid colleague, whose horror touch presented Van Persie with the sort of opportunity strikers of his caliber don’t waste. Within eight minutes of the restart, Robben displayed the form that Bayern have enjoyed so much over the past two seasons. Collecting a Blind pass, he cut inside Pique and rifled beyond the helpless Casillas. CEST Booked: De Guzman, De Vrij, Van Persie. All this after Xabi Alonso had given Spain the lead from the penalty spot. Del Bosque’s men started on top, but it was Sneijder who first brought one of the goalkeepers into life. He wriggled free down the middle, but his shot was palmed away by Iker Casillas. It was a ball Costa received in the box which led to the opener though. De Vrij hauled him down and Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli pointed to the spot. Alonso dispatched low to Jasper Cillessen’s right. Match facts: Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso (Pedro 63′), Xavi; Silva (Fabregas 78′), Iniesta, Costa (Torres 63′). Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie scored twice, Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben scored two sublime solo goals and Feyenoord’s Stefan de Vrij headed in a Wesley Sneijder free-kick. Spain then typically took control of the ball, looking relaxed on a stage they have owned for the best part of a decase now. Andres Iniesta fired over from distance, while Costa regularly looked uncooth when when given the ball in the area, blazing over his best chance after an incisive David Silva pass. Goals: Van Persie 44′ and 72′, Robben 53′ and 80′, De Vrij 64′. Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy). 13/06/2014 Most of the debate in the build up to the game had revolved around who Vicente Del Bosque would start as his striker – he opted for Diego Costa in the end – but it was the Dutch forwards who people will be talking about tomorrow.
Who’d of thunk two games into the Murdoch Division Final, on home ice, no less, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks would have not scored a single goal.The Nelson Leafs did the unthinkable entering the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Final, holding the offensive-minded Hawks scoreless in a 5-0 playoff victory Tuesday night at the Fruitvale Arena.The win, coupled with a 6-0 shellacking Monday in Game one of the series, gives Nelson a commanding 2-0 lead. The series now shifts back to the NDCC Arena for Games three and four, Thursday and Friday. Tuesday, the Leafs had the powerplay clicking on all cylinders, going 3-for-9 with the man advantage. Rookie Joe Davidson scored the first of three with the man advantage six minutes into the game to give the visiting team an early 1-0 lead.Aiden Jenner, with his first of two on the night, made it 2-0 three minutes later before KI playoff scoring leader Shawn Campbell added another powerplay goal to increase Nelson’s advantage.Leading 3-0, the Leafs turned the game over to Anderson Violette who stopped all 27 shots in the final 40 minutes to register his second shutout of the series.Jenner, in the second, and Keenan Crossman, with the man advantage, completed the scoring for a Nelson team that has not allowed a goal in more than 180 minutes dating back to the Spokane series.Nelson outshot Hawks 36-32 in the contest. Hunter Young was in goal for Beaver Valley.PLAYOFF NOTES: The Leafs, outscoring their opponents 30-7, are getting it done at both ends of the ice in the KIJHL Playoffs. Nelson has four players, including league leading Shawn Campbell with 12 points, in the top five playoff scorers while goalie Anderson Violette is currently second in goalie stats with a sizzling 1.40 goals against average. Brock Palmer of Kimberley is second behind Campbell in playoff scoring with 10 points with Leafs Aiden Jenner, Reid Wilson and David Sanchez at three, four and five spots, respectively. . . . Wilson currently is riding a six-game point streak in the playoffs. . . . Kimberley took a 2-0 lead in the Eddie Mountain Final with a 3-0 win Tuesday in the Bavarian City. . . . In the Okanagan Conference, both series are tied 1-1 after 100 Mile House up against defending KI Champion Revelstoke, and Kelowna at home against Princeton, won, 3-2 and 2-1, respectively.
Ian Walgren of Nelson improved on his season during a recent Special Olympics Speed Skating meet on the Lower Mainland.Walgren tore up the track with blistering times posting personal best in all four of his events. He opened in the 222 meter race with a second place finish in a time of 33:64 seconds. Walgren followed that up with a gold in the 333 meter race in a time of 47.95 seconds before skating another personal best in the 777 m race finishing first.The time of 1:53.11 was three quarters of a lap ahead of the his closest competitor.In the 500 m, his final race of the day Walgren took fourth in the photo finish.Walgren finished fourth only eight tenths of a second out of first with a time of 1:10:73. Next up for Ian are the Special Olympic Regional trials in Richmond on March 10th.In other Skating News:Last weekend four West Kootenay Speed skaters made the trip to Vernon for the final meet of the year.All of the skaters skated extremely well pushing themselves to get personal best times.Unfortunately it was not their day as Mercedes Phillips earned a PB in her 1500 m race, but in her second race of the day, she crashed in the 400 m and ended up with a slight concussion and could no longer race for the day. Brother Tirstan Phillips also had a rough time of it falling in three of his four races still earning PB’s in two of the races. Oliver Ludwar had two PB’s and his younger brother Charlie earned four PB’s one for each race event he was entered in.Next up for the club is the 5 km (50 laps of a 100 m track) Skate – a – thon on Thursday, February 15, 2018 and preparation for the BC Winter Games in Kamloops.Berend Platje and Mercedes Phillips will represent the Kootenay zone on February 24th and 25th.
TOTTENHAM will be without Toby Alderweireld when they take on Inter in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino has revealed why the Belgian and Kieran Trippier have not travelled with the squad to Italy.2 Toiby Alderweireld started for Spurs against Liverpool on SaturdayCredit: Getty Images – GettyWhy is Toby Alderweireld not playing?The Spurs boss has confirmed that it was a “technical decision” to drop the defender.Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Pochettino said: “It’s a technical decision.”You can look it up in the dictionary. Tactical?”That is on the pitch, although I guess you could say this is tactical off of the pitch.”2 The defender has not travelled with the squad to MilanCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd he confirmed that the players are not being punished for recent performances and has insisted that they have been rested to ensure they are fit for the Premier League.Poch said: “No, no you are clever enough to understand that this is my fifth season and I never punish players.”The plan is to leave them there and use different players tomorrow.”There’s nothing in behind it. Only that we’re playing with different players.”WHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeCHOPPER BOTHERJohn Terry ignores hol advice & travels to ‘off-limits’ Portugal by chopperprayer parkHundreds of Muslim worshipers celebrate Eid at Croke Park in historic ceremonyMAC BACK?Conor McGregor hints at stunning UFC comeback with ‘I accept’ postWALK THE LINStunning Olympic gymnast who posed for snap with McGregor hits out at criticsWho else is out of action for Tottenham?Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is still “weeks away” from full fitness after suffering with a thigh injury.Dele Alli could miss out due to a hamstring injury, which he picked up during the international break.Moussa Sissoko is also unavailable because of a hamstring injury.Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm’s error allows Georginio Wijnaldum to score for Liverpool
GLENN HODDLE was rushed to hospital on Saturday as he collapsed at the BT Sport studio with a heart attack just seconds after playing keepy-uppy live on TV.The football world united in paying tribute to England’s former boss and wishing him a speedy recovery.1 Glenn Hoddle was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attackCredit: PA:Empics SportWhat is the latest update on Glenn Hoddle’s condition?There has been a positive update on Glenn Hoddle on Monday morning as it was revealed the Spurs and Chelsea legend is out of intensive care and talking to his family.A source told The Sun that the former midfielder has no recollection of collapsing.Glenn Hoddle’s spokesman said on Sunday he remained in serious condition after being given the kiss of life.Hod was left fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack at the BT Sport studio.The legendary former England player and manager was airlifted to hospital on a day where he should have been celebrating his 61st birthday.He was seen falling backwards by staff at BT just two minutes after a game of keepy-uppy on live TV.An onlooker said: “We thought Glenn had died.”Other staff suggested his face turned blue and his head cracked as it hit the floor.Hoddle was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived with staff fearing the worst after being unable to find a pulse.Once medics arrived, he was taken to hospital for emergency surgery.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upA source close to the former England manager said: “His arteries were 99 per cent damaged. It was an accident waiting to happen.”And his spokesman added: “He is currently receiving specialist treatment and responding well. Glenn’s family are with him and would like to thank everyone that has sent their support.”One onlooker told The Sun on Sunday: “He was dead in their arms. We thought Glenn had died in the studio there and then. It was so shocking and chilling.“For a split-second people thought it was some kind of joke, then witnesses froze in panic as reality gripped and we feared he’d gone.“A studio worker leapt in to bravely try and pull Glenn back from the brink of death. He was attributed with bringing him back to life. This was all moments from happening live on air with cameras still rolling.“It was the last thing to expect and couldn’t have been more serious.”Glenn Hoddle has fallen seriously ill at the BT Sport studios on his 61st birthday
“In the Manning Cup, the eight teams that win their seeded play-offs will [continue in the] Manning Cup and [qualify for the] Champions Cup, and the eight that lose will play in the Walker Cup. So you can’t win Walker Cup and Manning Cup, and you cannot win the daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Cup,” he added. He said there was overwhelming support from the schools on the changes, and although the best of the best will not be competing for the urban and rural area knockout crowns, Wellington insists there will still be teams of some pedigree contesting the trophies. “We will still have quality teams. As it was last year, St George’s and Wolmer’s would [have] contest[ed] the Walker Cup, so there will be quality teams left back. So we believe it will work out,” he said. [email protected] Keith Wellington, ISSA vice-president and principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), admitted that the changes to the format of the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup – the urban and rural area knockout competitions – have watered down the tournaments, but he believes it’s a move ISSA had to make to relieve the congested schoolboy football fixture. In former years, group winners and some second placed teams advanced in the Manning, Walker and Super Cup competitions. While second-round group winners and a few runners-up would advance in the Ben Francis Cup competition. Last season, the eight winners in the Manning Cup seeded play-off advanced to the Walker Cup quarter-finals, while the winners and runners-up from the four quarter-final groups contested the Ben Francis equivalent. However, this season, only the winners from the seeded play-offs will progress to the Manning and Champions Cup quarter-finals, while the losers will contest the Walker Cup. In the daCosta Cup, the top two teams from the four quarter-final groups will qualify for the Champions Cup and daCosta Cups play-offs, while the third and fourth place teams will compete for the Ben Francis Cup. “I would agree that the Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cup have been watered down to second-tier teams, but we have to take into consideration the number of games and we had to make a decision on which set of competitions we wanted to offer as our premier competitions. “As it is, other than the Rusea’s team in the ’80s that won four trophies – and that was at that time when the trophies were one-game play-offs – no team has been able to win four trophies, because it is just too difficult with the schedule. “So what we have done is open the competition to a second-tier set of teams to have something to play for, which is the Ben Francis and Walker Cup. First and second in each (daCosta Cup) group will play in the Champions Cup, while the third and fourth (places) will play Ben Francis. So the third and fourth place teams cannot win the daCosta Cup and Champions Cup, but they can win Ben Francis,” Wellington said. “The four quarter-final winners will play the daCosta Cup semi-final.” OVERWHELMING SUPPORT
Dons play at Spencer on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Gilman scored 14 times in the second inning and went on to rough up Marshfield Columbus Catholic 24-1 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division softball game Tuesday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.The game was shortened to three innings due to Gilman’s big lead.Gilman only had one hit as Dons’ pitchers combined for 22 walks and four hit batters.The Dons (1-4, 0-4 Cloverbelt East) plays at Spencer on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Pirates 24, Dons 1Gilman 1(14)9 – 24 1 0Columbus Catholic 100 – 1 3 2WP: Kasee Burton. LP: Maddie DeSmet.SO: Burton 2; DeSmet (1 1/3 inn.) 2, Sierra Litwaitis (1/3 inn.) 0, Addison Baierl (2/3 inn.) 2, Ella Schultz (2/3 inn.) 0. BB: Burton 1; DeSmet 7, Litwaitis 5, Baierl 5, Schultz 5.Top hitters: G, Gunseth 4 runs; Burton 4 runs. CC, Litwaitis 2B.Records: Gilman 5-2, 1-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Divison; Columbus Catholic 1-4, 0-4 Cloverbelt East.
Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to recognise the importance of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign which starts on the 25thNovember; and to realise the importance of this year’s theme which is “Don’t Look Away”.Though obvious to all of us, most people choose to look away when they are aware that abuse is taking place in their society.Besides the historical foundations of such an attitude, where we all choose to adopt a “that’s not my problem” approach to increasing social ills, we are only harming ourselves in the long run.The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign is not only about being vocal on abuse for 16 days but about creating awareness around this stain on our country. Increasingly we are inundated by reports of people who are trapped in abusive relationships, daily reports of children being molested, and because of this, we’ve developed a fatigued outlook on the matter.The first step to curbing abuse is to acknowledge and to encourage those being abused to come out with it and report the matter to the police and the greater public. A “name and shame” approach is necessary in tackling abuse and regardless of the circumstances, or who was angered, abuse must be dismissed as a resort for solutions. This is an attitude that needs to be fostered amongst ourselves and our children. And it is an attitude that needs to be continually encouraged every day – not just for the 16 days.The second step is to discourage violence as a method of solving differences. South Africa has seen more than enough bloodshed in dispute resolution and needs to become a society that uses smarter tactics to resolving problems.The third step is for us, as the people of this country, to lead the way in acting against abuse. We need to get our children involved and need to foster relationships of mutual respect between boys and girls. We need to change our methods of instilling discipline and we need to teach and encourage those who are vulnerable a more elevated sense of self-respect.Play your part by being a mentor to an Aids orphan and other vulnerable children by offering support and encouragement all the time. Encourage healthier relationships between boys and girls by teaching them that equality and choice are both a right and a privilege – that should never be abused. Look around your community and speak up about the gender imbalances and socio-economic challenges that are faced daily.Once we get everyone to be productive pillars of society, we can also get everyone to engage in ways that are non-violent. And finally, play your part by speaking up when you see abuse; do not look away. And refuse to back down until you see that justice has taken its course.What can you do, today, no matter how small, to make your country safer for all who live in it?Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part is a social movement to get all South Africans to actively think about and begin doing something positive; and to recognise and celebrate those who are already doing something; big or small. It is aimed at all South Africans, including civil society, government, corporate and non-governmental organisations, etc. It has been created by the Brand South Africa to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship. All South Africans have access to resources that can contribute to a better future for all including time, money, skills or goods.For more info, visit www.playyourpart.co.za
26 May 2014The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) will be hosting about 200 delegates from around the world at the 20th World Congress of AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) in Durban this week.The delegates will represent several of the greatest marathons and distance races in the world at the forthcoming gathering, which runs from 29 to 31 May, ahead of the 89th Comrades Marathon, an “up” run, from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, which takes place on 1 June.‘Relevant theme’Cheryl Winn, the 20th World Congress of AIMS Chairperson, said in a statement on Friday: “We are excited about hosting the Congress. This will be a first for our country and the continent; and with a very relevant theme for the Congress being: Africa – Home of Distance Runners.The congress includes delegates from every continent, with a total of 41 countries represented.Promoting and upliftingFrom Athens, Berlin, Beijing and Boston to Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca and Colombo, top international marathons will be participating in the forum, which is aimed at facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge, expertise, ideas and innovations to improve the quality of member events and generally promote and uplift the staging of marathons and the sport of road running around the globe.Relatively short races, such as The World’s Best 10km in Puerto Rico and Morocco’s 10km Marrakech International, will be represented, as well as an ultra-distance race like the Lake Saroma 100km in Japan, which together with the Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans make up the only three ultra-marathons attending the Congress.Special invitationsParticipation in the Congress is limited to bona fide representatives of AIMS-affiliated events, but as the host organisers, the CMA has been given special dispensation to invite a select number of non-AIMS affiliated races to attend as observers. They have thus extended invitations to the Soweto, City to City, Loskop, Om die Dam, Knysna and Zululand Marathons, with a view to them being exposed to the benefits of joining AIMS in the future.AIMS-affiliated South African road running races which will be represented include the Two Oceans, Peninsula, Cape Town, Maritzburg and Mandela Day Marathons.WelcomeAmong the dignitaries welcoming the AIMS delegates will be the Premier of KwaZulu- Natal, Senzo Mchunu, who will officially open the Congress on Thursday, 29 May, while the Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela will host the AIMS Board at a Mayoral Dinner on Tuesday, 27 May.The eThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo, will welcome all delegates at a Civic Welcome Function on Wednesday, 28 May, and the MEC for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibidhla-Saphethe will give the keynote address at the Legends Gala Dinner on Friday, 30 May.SAinfo reporter