Leinster v Scarlets Guinness Pro14 final preview

first_img TAGS: LeinsterScarlets LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Leinster v Scarlets Guinness Pro14 final previewIt’s the defending champions against the European champions in this year’s Guinness Pro14 final on Saturday evening. Scarlets reigned supreme in last season’s tournament, beating Leinster and Munster in the knockout stages to lift the trophy, while Leinster’s recent win over Racing 92 means they equalled Toulouse’s record of four European Cup titles.The two sides are familiar foes and Scarlets have yet to beat Leinster this season. They lost 20-13 at the RDS and drew 10-10 at Parc y Scarlets in the league, then lost 38-15 at the Aviva Stadium – the same venue as this final – in the Champions Cup semi-finals.Pivotal: Johnny Sexton is a talisman for Leinster at fly-half (Getty Images)Plus, the Welsh region haven’t had the best preparation. Not only will they be missing John Barclay, who ruptured his Achilles tendon against Glasgow last week, but they were unable to train as a whole squad until Thursday as players recovered from burns and blisters suffered during that win over the Warriors on Scotstoun’s artificial pitch.Hadleigh Parkes will make his 100th Scarlets appearance in the final while Leigh Halfpenny returns at full-back after recovering from a hamstring injury that saw him miss last week’s semi-final. Barclay’s injury means Tadhg Beirne will start at No 8 with Lewis Rawlins coming into the second row.For Leinster, Isa Nacewa will captain the province in what will be his last game for them while Rob Kearney, Johnny Sexton and Dan Leavy also return to the starting line-up.How did the two teams reach this stage?Leinster finished top of Conference B ahead of the Scarlets by dint of a better points difference – both sides finished on 70 points and 14 wins – and so moved straight to the semi-finals, where they pipped Munster 16-15 in Dublin.Leading man: Ken Owens captained Scarlets to a semi-final win over Glasgow (Getty Images)Defending champions Scarlets went into a play-off against the Cheetahs – third in Conference A – and thrashed the South African side 43-8 to reach the last four. They had to travel to Glasgow but beat the Warriors 28-13 to reach the final at the Aviva Stadium.What have the coaches said?Leinster’s Leo Cullen: “Once they have a lead they are so difficult to play against because they have so many men defending in the front line and they make life very uncomfortable for teams. They’re very dangerous in terms of taking the chances they have.”Related: The remarkable story of Tadhg Beirne Scarlets Wayne Pivac: “They taught us a real lesson a month ago. It was a tough one to take. We felt we didn’t fire any shots as a group. We want to put out a better account of ourselves.”Euro stars: Leinster celebrate their Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 in Bilbao (Getty Images)Any interesting statistics?Having already won the Champions Cup, Leinster are aiming to become the first side to complete a European Cup and Pro14 (in all the league’s various guises) double. Only English and French clubs have previously completed the European Cup and domestic league double.Scarlets are aiming to becoming only the second side, after Leinster, to successfully defend this league title. Leinster won the trophy back-to-back in 2013 and 2014.Leinster’s Barry Daly is the top try-scorer in this season’s Pro14 with 12. Steff Evans is the highest Scarlet on the list with eight and Tadhg Beirne is the highest-ranked forward with seven.Danger man: Steff Evans is a big attacking threat on the wing for Scarlets (Getty Images)Tadhg Beirne’s 37 turnovers won in the league are 15 more than the next best on the list, Nick Williams with 22.Leinster scored more tries than any other team during the regular Pro14 season with 83. Scarlets crossed the line 69 times.When does it kick off and is it on TV?The final kicks off at 6pm – it has been moved forward half an hour to accommodate interest in the Champions Cup final later on Saturday night – and will be televised live on Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 5.30pm. It will also be broadcast live on S4C and TG4, and RTE radio and BBC Radio Wales.Familiar territory: A scrum in the Leinster v Scarlets Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium (Getty Images)South African referee Stuart Berry will take charge of the game with Italian Marius Mitrea and Scot Mike Adamson his assistants.What are the line-ups?LEINSTER: Rob Kearney; Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Isa Nacewa (captain), James Lowe; Johnny Sexton, Luke McGrath; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Devin Toner, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Dan Leavy, Jack Conan.Replacements: James Tracey, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Scott Fardy, Jordi Murphy, Nick McCarthy, Joey Carberry, Rory O’Loughlin.SCARLETS: Leigh Halfpenny; Johnny McNicholl, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steffan Evans; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Ken Owens (captain), Samson Lee, Lewis Rawlins, Steven Cummins, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, Tadhg Beirne. Take two: Leinster and Scarlets run out at the Aviva Stadium for the Champions Cup semi-final (Getty Images) All you need to know about the first-ever Pro14 final Replacements: Ryan Elias, Wyn Jones, Werner Kruger, David Bulbring, Will Boyde, Jonathan Evans, Daniel Jones, Tom Prydie.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Idina & Denzel Get Competitive, Geoffrey Rush Would Do Anything & More!

first_img Star Files Idina Menzel Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Idina Menzel, Denzel Washington & More Get CompetitiveIdina Menzel, Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston, James Franco and more than 200 Broadway and off-Broadway performers are joining forces for the 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition. Presented by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the show will be performed at the Minskoff Theatre on April 21 and 22.Geoffrey Rush Would Do Anything to Play Oliver!’s ComposerIt’s a fine life! Geoffrey Rush is to play Oliver! composer Lionel Bart in a movie musical. According to the Daily Mail, the film will be directed by Vadim Jean, feature Bart’s songs and follow his rags-to-riches-and-back-again story. This isn’t the first tuner that the Tony and Oscar winner has been linked with—Rush has also been reported as interested in appearing in a big-screen adaptation of The Drowsy Chaperone.Watch Matilda’s Maggots Make Some Magic This EasterThe four Matildas—Gabriella Pizzolo, Ava Ulloa, Ripley Sobo and Paige Brady, stopped by People.com to talk their favorite Easter traditions and you can watch them get crafty with a damaged book, sparkles and paste below. We suspect the Easter bunny will be making a visit to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre this coming Sunday!center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Tall buildings encouraged in City despite US attacks

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DP World Kicks Off Berbera Port Development Project

first_imgConstruction work on the development of the multi-purpose Berbera Port in the Republic of Somaliland officially started earlier this week with a special ground-breaking ceremony to mark the occasion, DP World said in its latest release. The first phase will consist of building a 400 meter quay and 250,000 square meter yard extension as well as the development of a free zone to create a new regional trading hub.H.E. President of the Republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi and DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem launched the first phase of work and thanked attending government officials and partners for their support at the start of a new era of growth for the country.DP World Berbera, the joint venture company, will also serve land locked countries in the Horn of Africa such as Ethiopia which has a 19% stake in the project as a shareholder.Long term DP World partner Shafa Al Nahda Contracting has been awarded the construction contract for the port expansion.last_img read more

Morris family doubles up at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (April 22) – Davenport Speedway celebrated the Koehler Electric Sea­son Opener Friday night. For one family in attendance, victory lane celebrations started to look like a family reunion.Mitch Morris and Jake Morris had identical nights at Davenport Speedway, although in two sepa­rate classes. Mitch (IMCA Modified) and Jake (IMCA Northern SportMod) each won their respec­tive heat races. Each started their feature on the outside pole, led every lap and won the features, which were run back-to-back.Rob Toland led flag-to-flag for the win in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model fea­ture. Toland set a blistering pace that no one was able to follow.Brunson Behning finished a distant second followed by Luke Goedert. Matt Ryan and Jay Chenoweth rounded out the top five.In the Eriksen’s IMCA Modified feature that was won by Mitch Morris, Bryce Garnhart put together a nice run to finish second. Doug Crampton took third over Todd Hansen and Darin Duffy. Thirty-two Mods were on hand Friday.Following Jake Morris to the checkers in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature was Dan Anderson. Tony Olson started dead last but finished third. Mike Goben and Casey Wages were fourth and fifth, respectively.last_img read more

Syracuse loses season opener at Boston College, 5-1

first_imgSyracuse dropped its season-opener to No. 6 Boston College, 5-1, in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Orange has not won its first road game of the season since 2013. The Eagles opened the first period with a goal from Caitrin Lonergan. Less than two minutes later, SU made it a two-goal deficit when BC’s Lindsay Agnew scored. BC added onto its lead with two more goals in the second period from the Eagles’ Megan Keller and Daryl Watts. Makenna Newkirk led Boston College with three points, posting one goal and two assists.Syracuse’s lone goal came off of a power-play from Brooke Avery. Avery led the Orange with 14 goals last season. Last season, the Orange recorded its worst record since 2011-2012 when it went 13-21-2. SU will play its home opener when it takes on Mercyhurst on Friday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on October 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelman Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Facing the earliest trade deadline in pro sports, baseball gave us two hours of chaos

first_imgIn a way, that emphasized minor league depth. The Dodgers, for example, acquired utility player Kristopher Negron and infielder Tyler White last week. President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said on a conference call Wednesday that those moves were in response to injuries to Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor and David Freese. If another injury arises, Friedman will have to rely on his internal options.This is where baseball’s early deadline seems to get unfair. There will be another 3,214 regular-season games after Wednesday (assuming every team plays a full 162-game schedule). A lot can happen in 3,214 games – particularly at the end of a season, when wear and tear seems most likely to accumulate.In any event, the effect of the “unified” trade deadline was clear. Most buyers and sellers waited until the last minute to pick a category. Other teams, like the Giants, did a little buying, a little selling, and a little standing pat. Their first-year general manager, Farhan Zaidi, even wrote a letter to fans to explain what they’d just seen.“I hope you are as excited as I am to see how these next several weeks unfold,” Zaidi wrote.It might not get any more exciting than Wednesday. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Dipoto, the Mariners’ general manager, reportedly traded pitcher Mike Leake to the Diamondbacks for infielder Jose Caballero with 68 seconds left before the deadline.August was previously a fertile ground for trades, too. To execute trades after July 31, a team would have to place a player on waivers, hope he passed through unclaimed by the other 29 teams, then agree to terms with a counterpart on a deal. The cumbersome process stifled many potential deals. The rules confused many fans. Yet the safety-valve period also led to some memorable trades in years past – notably the Astros’ acquisition of Verlander in 2017 and the Dodgers’ heist of Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in 2012.This year, the rules changed. The drop-dead July 31 deadline broke with baseball tradition, but it put Major League Baseball in line with two other major North American sports.In the National Hockey League, this year’s trade deadline fell on Feb. 25. There were 304 games played after that date or 24 percent of all regular-season games.In the National Basketball Association, this year’s deadline fell on Feb. 7. There were 412 games played after that date or 33 percent of all regular-season games.In baseball? By eliminating the August waiver period, MLB ensured that 34 percent of its games would fall after the deadline (Wednesday’s game’s included). Major league executives operated on one deadline – an earlier deadline than their counterparts in the NHL and NBA faced.Related Articles Edwin Encarnacion led the American League in home runs when he was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees on June 16. For six weeks, he stood as the best player to change teams in the middle of the 2019 season.Then on Sunday, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer heaved a baseball from the pitcher’s mound over the center field fence rather than hand it to his manager. Tuesday, Bauer was traded for Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Yasiel Puig, who was in the middle of a benches-clearing brawl as the teams worked to finalize the deal.And then, nothing.Until the final two hours before baseball’s new universal deadline for trading major-league players, it seemed that Bauer and Puig would stand alone on a lonely island of stars switching teams. Hours later, they had company. Zack Greinke was a Houston Astro. It was a strange deadline. Eighteen teams began the day Wednesday either leading their division or within six games of a wild card position. In a logical world, that left the other 12 teams as the clear sellers. Logic doesn’t always rule the trade deadline, and this year was no exception.Two teams residing in the cellar of their divisions, the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates, held onto their closers. The Kansas City Royals, 22 games out of an American League wild-card berth, kept their closer (Ian Kennedy) and their coveted second baseman (Whit Merrifield). Outfielder Trey Mancini and his 24 home runs remain property of the 36-71 Baltimore Orioles.While some executives held firm to their most coveted players and prospects, others acted boldly. Greinke and Aaron Sanchez join an Astros rotation that already includes co-aces Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. The rebuilding Detroit Tigers did not hold tightly to closer Shane Greene (bound for Atlanta) or outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (now a Chicago Cub). The San Diego Padres received perhaps the most talented prospect to change hands, erstwhile Reds outfielder Taylor Trammell.Yet the timing this year felt different. Not until the final hours before the deadline did the usual sense of urgency invade the marketplace. You could hear a pin drop – the same sound made by the Dodgers (who acquired Jedd Gyorko and Adam Kolarek) and Angels (catcher Max Stassi).The biggest deadline deal, Arizona sending pitcher Greinke to the Astros in exchange for four prospects – including three of the Astros’ top five – was not reported until after the 1 p.m. buzzer. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen told reporters he received his first trade offer from the Astros on Tuesday. Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut “I didn’t start out today hoping to channel Jerry Dipoto as my spirit animal, but somehow we sort of ended up there,” Hazen said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WATCH LIVE: Congressman John Lewis’s Funeral Attended by Obama, Bush, Cliinton

first_img(Atlanta, GA) — A final tribute to the late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis will be held today.His funeral service will be held at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.Former President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy for Lewis, who passed away earlier this month after battling cancer.Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are expected to attend the service.Today’s ceremony is the culmination of a week-long series of honors for Lewis.His casket laid in state at the U.S. Capitol and at the state capitols of Alabama and Georgia.Lewis represented Georgia in Congress for over three decades. He was also a leader of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.last_img read more

GO FIGURE: Top defenses have best Super Bowls

first_imgIn this Jan. 26, 2003, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Dwight Smith (26) celebrates his 50-yard interception return for a touchdown to cap the Buccaneers’ 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders in NFL football’s Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — In big money Super Bowls it pays far more to be stingy.Statistical history favors the tightest defenses in the Super Bowl over the most prolific offenses, something that might hearten Seattle Seahawks fans.In the 48 year history of the Super Bowl, this is only the second time the No. 1 team in total yards and total passing offense — Denver — has faced the No. 1 defensive team in total yards and passing yards given up: Seattle.The Broncos averaged 457.3 yards in total offense, including 340.2 passing yards, both way outpacing No. 2 teams. The Seahawks only allowed 273.6 total yards and 172 passing yards, both way outpacing the No. 2 defensive teams.The only other time this happened, in Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003, defensive titan Tampa Bay swamped offensive powerhouse Oakland 48-21.But the defensive advantage goes far beyond that.Eleven times top defensive leaders went into the Super Bowl, nine of those times they won. The only defensive power losers were the 1982-83 Miami Dolphins, who were tops in overall defense and passing yards, and the 1976-77 Minnesota Vikings who were the best past defenders.Offensive leaders went into the Super Bowl a dozen times and won seven of those time, barely more than half. And the Broncos have some recent teams that they don’t want to emulate. The 2007-08 New England Patriots, 2002-03 Oakland Raiders and 2000-01 St. Louis Rams all lost despite having both the best total and passing offenses.Of course, the best guarantee is to be No. 1 in both defense and offense. The undefeated 1972-73 Miami Dolphins and the 1977-78 Dallas Cowboys both were tops in total offense and defense. And both won the Super Bowl.___Go Figure, an occasional feature from The Associated Press, explores the news through numbers and what they mean.last_img read more

What could have been: Rakheem Cornwall attracted NFL offers before cricket came to his…

first_imgAdvertisement 5az2tpNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfxf17Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh9ccpu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3n6Would you ever consider trying this?😱mopbyCan your students do this? 🌚l89qRoller skating! Powered by Firework West Indies all-rounder Rakheem Cornwall was reportedly eyed by the runner ups of the 2020 Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers. The franchise were impressed with the  6′ 6″ physical stature of the Caribbean born which was deemed as a curse heading into his cricketing career. Advertisement Just three months before his test debut against India, interest for the all-rounder spiked. Despite having no experience playing American football, the NFL franchise were prodded to give Cornwall a chance by their manager.Advertisement Their pursual was dead and buried after the Super Bowl runner-ups had already signed a 24-year-old player with similar physical attributes. As a result, the 49ers let go without even offering Cornwall a trial.Cornwall ultimately received the reward for his consistent hard work at the first-class level with a call-up to the first team. Cricket ultimately made the rescue after realizing it could have lost a potential gem to American football.Advertisement In his short career so far, while he is yet to talk with the bat, he has certainly made the ball do all sorts of things with his off-spin. The slow pacing in the run-up, the flight, turn and bounce is a sight to behold in the art of off-spin which is getting warmed up for its renaissance.During a talk with Cricbuzz, the all-rounder revealed how he deals with the hype around him. He said:“It don’t really matter to me. I just put it behind me and go forward. At the end of the day, I still have to go out there and perform. I can’t be burdened down with what people say. If I don’t perform, I will still get bashed,”After spending his childhood watching cricket more than playing it, it is a habit that has embedded in his system now.“Yeah I love cricket. I will watch any kind of cricket from under-15 to anything. I will at least watch them for 5-10 minutes and only then move on,” “I always want to be a respectable person in the community. People look at me as a role model, so I just have to make sure I stay disciplined. I know how to deal with the attention because I’m used to it,”If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:James Anderson claims no-saliva rule needs to be managed in order to not favour batsmen too much Advertisementlast_img read more