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Šibenik Fortress of Culture approved a new project that will strengthen the cross-border tourist offer

first_imgThe project is worth about 12 million kuna, and the project idea and the complete application were designed, developed and submitted by the team of the Fortress of Culture, which is the holder of the project. “FORTITUDE (Historic Fortresses Intensifying Crossborder Tourism Development)” is the name of a new project approved to the Public Institution Fortress of Culture Šibenik from the European cross-border cooperation program Interreg IPA CBC Croatia-Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina! The aim of the project is to strengthen and diversify the cultural and tourist offer in the cross – border area, as well as to develop the highest quality and most sustainable management of cultural assets. Through this project, the Fortress of St. Over the next three years, Mihovila will receive a number of new facilities in the interior, which include new technological and spatial solutions in the souvenir shop and info desk of the fortress, exhibition in the museum room and part of the underground spaces of the fortress, as well as the City Point information center. Arranging and furnishing the interior of the fortress will thus contribute to improving the experience of daily visitors, while the interiors will at the same time retain their multifunctionality. “The total funds that the institution will invest in the implementation of this project amount to about 4.1 million kuna, of which 85 percent of the amount will be co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.”, Said Gorana Barišić Bačelić, director of the Šibenik Fortress of Culture. The project also envisages a number of other activities such as strengthening the capacity for cultural property management, training for employees, launching the international event Fortress Night in cooperation with partners, development of new tourist routes to visit the fortresses. In total, in 2019, the Šibenik Fortress of Culture was approved projects from European funds worth more than 14 million kuna, which will be spent over three calendar years. Source / photo: Fortress of Culture Šibeniklast_img read more

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Linden Zone kicks off tonight

first_imgAMID much anticipation and expectation, the 2020 season of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship will commence this evening with Linden Zone at the Silver City tarmac.Eight elimination matches will be staged, with the opening match pitting Retrieve Unknown against Quiet Storm from 19:00hrs.This will be followed by former champion Dave & Celina’s All-Stars battling Amazings from 19:30hrs, while Wisroc will oppose Presidential from 20:00hrs, and Assassa Ballers will engage defending champions High Rollers from 20:30hrs.In the fifth clash, Coomacka lock horns with NK Ballers from 21:00hrs while former winner Amelia’s Ward Russians take aim at Capital Storm from 21:30hrs. In the final two matches, Swag Entertainment battle Barsenal from 22:00hrs and Silver Bullets match skills with Haynes Hitters from 22:30hrs.  According to a release from the tournament coordinators, the zone will last for the duration of four nights and will be played using a knockout format, adding that “all 16 teams will play on the first night”.The winning eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals which will be held the following night. The losing eight teams will enter the Plate Exhibition Round on the quarterfinal night. The winning teams from the quarterfinals will then advance to the semi-finals, while the four losing quarterfinalists will also enter the Plate round.”“The winning teams from the semi-final round will progress to the championship round, with the losers facing off in the Playoff round. The final of the Plate Round will also occur on that evening,” the release stated.The other playing nights for the tournament are January 26 (quarterfinal round, February 7 (semi-final round) and February 8 (final). The Berbice Zonal tournament is scheduled to commence after the conclusion of the Linden tournament.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger: ‘Too early’ for talk of Arsenal Premier League title

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it was too soon to talk about his team winning the Premier League title after they beat one of their principle title race rivals, Manchester City, 2-1 on Monday.Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud before half-time allowed Arsenal to move to within two points of surprise leaders Leicester City and four clear of Manchester City ahead of the busy holiday fixture list.With champions Chelsea seemingly out of the picture after a calamitous start, Manchester United wobbling and Liverpool also off the pace, talk of a first Premier League title since 2003-04 is rife in north London.Wenger, however, is not getting ahead of himself. “It’s too early to say we can win the league, but it strengthens our belief,” he told reporters.”You realise you earn your right to win these games and for us it is important that we realise that we have to be ready to fight like that in every single game.”But it is a significant game because when you look at Manchester City and the quality they have on the pitch, we know at the end they will be there fighting for the championship.” He revealed that Mesut Ozil, who set up both Arsenal’s goals, had barely trained all week because of illness.”He had a chest infection for the week and was in bed basically,” Wenger added.”So for a guy that could not prepare or work well he has done well physically.”He also praised the German playmaker’s growing influence as he returns to the kind of form he displayed when he first signed for the Gunners from Real Madrid in 2013.He has been provided more assists (15) than any other player in England so far this season. “He is much more mature, much more keen to take responsibility, I personally believe he has developed his physical attributes, his physical commitment. You see his desire to win,” Wenger said.–last_img read more

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Lou Williams, Clippers stave off elimination, push Warriors to a Game 6

first_img“Bingo!” said Clippers hero Lou Williams (33 points, 10 assists), who scored eight consecutive points, including a critical four-point play, in the final few minutes as the Warriors went cold and L.A. stole a second victory in Oakland, spoiling Kevin Durant’s career playoff high of 45 points.“Oh me, oh my,” added Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, channeling another of Lawler’s catch-phrases after getting the cornered Clippers on the right track early with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in the first quarter. Beverley finished with 17 points (5 for 11 from 3-point range) and a career-high 14 rebounds and took a big charge against Klay Thompson with 1:40 left.“I thought Patrick Beverley came in, just kicked our butts right away,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He came out with more energy than we had and that set a tone.”The Clippers built leads of nine points in the first half and 15 in the third quarter before Steph Curry buried a 3-pointer to cut the margin to three with 5:55 left in the fourth.Durant dunked to tie it at 116-116 and after Williams made one of two free throws, another Durant dunk made gave the Warriors a 118-117 lead and got the 19,596-member crowd at Oracle Arena shrieking its approval. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’m blessed to have teammates who believe in me coming down the stretch, that make sure I have the ball in my hands, that have confidence in me to go out there and make those plays,” said Williams, who finished 12 for 19 from the field.“And when you have a locker room full of guys who are gonna live and die with the decisions that you make in the fourth quarter, it makes your job tremendously easy … I go out there and try to do the best that I can to help us get a win.”“I think you’re being modest,” Beverley interjected. “He’s a killer, man. I done guarded the best of them, I see him every day in practice, man, he’s a real killer. He goes up with some of the best scorers in the NBA; he should be up there with some of the superstar players in this league. He’s doing it day and day out – at 6-1-and-a-half, I believe.“And,” forward Montrezl Harrell chimed in, “he don’t start!”Harrell added 24 points off the bench, converting 11 of his 14 attempts to help delay for at least another game the heavily favored Warriors’ second-round date with the Houston Rockets, who closed out their series with a Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz earlier Wednesday.The Clippers shot 54.1 percent from the field (to the Warriors’ 44.8 percent), made 24 of 26 free-throw attempts and outrebounded Golden State 42-39.“This gives us more confidence than the comeback win,” said Clippers guard Garrett Temple, referring to the Clippers’ NBA playoff-record 31-point comeback in Game 2.“I feel like we had a lot of control, we did what we wanted to do and guys who shot the ball, they shot it in spots we wanted them to shoot it, and offensively we just played a lot more like we usually did in the regular season.”The get-Gallo-going plan finally took hold: After missing his first three looks from the field, Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari laid in a bucket, and then buried back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first quarter and, suddenly, he was knocking down shots, converting hook shots, driving for layups and getting calls.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates But then Williams went to work and put the game out of reach, beginning with the 26-foot pull-up jumper that resulted in a four-point play with 2:32 left. Another Williams basket pushed the lead to 123-118, then after Beverley drew the charger on Thompson with 1:40 left, Williams capped his personal run with a 14-foot fadeaway jumper with 1:29 left. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 #ClipperNation @TeamLou23 (33 PTS, 10 AST) & @MONSTATREZZ (24 PTS, 11-14 FGM) help the @LAClippers (2-3) force a Game 6! #NBAPlayoffs Game 6: Friday (4/26), 10pm/et, ESPN pic.twitter.com/duRFtmGD56— NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2019 PreviousOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after they lost to the LA Clippers in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari, left, and Landry Shamet (20) in the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsOAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers drives on Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers’ Garrett Temple (17) during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, right, drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) speaks with coach Doc Rivers during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, and Patrick Beverley, right, defend Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry gestures from the floor during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant lays up a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (John G. Mabanglo/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) lays up a shot against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors talks to his team before playing against the LA Clippers in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell scores against the Golden State Warriors in the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers smiles as he runs back downcourt after making a basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) blocks the shot of Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green (4) during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry watches his shot against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) lays up a shot against the Golden State Warriors the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (John G. Mabanglo/Pool Photo via AP)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors questions a call by Marc Davis during their game against the LA Clippers during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers shoots over Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, waits for play to resume in the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley, right, loses his shoe while driving the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) in the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers draws an offensive foul off of Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers draws an offensive foul off of Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a call as Kevin Durant #35 holds him back during their game against the LA Clippers during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley (21) reacts to a call by referees during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Clippers’ Patrick Beverley celebrates in the final minutes of the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 high-fives Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during their game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Montrezl Harrell #5 shakes hands with Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers during their game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, right, waits for play to resume during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Patrick Beverley #21 of the LA Clippers congratulates Lou Williams #23 of the LA Clippers after he made a basket against the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 24: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after they lost to the LA Clippers in Game Five of the first round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 24, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 34Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell (5) scores as Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson, second from right, and Andre Iguodala watch during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — Ralph Lawler doesn’t typically approach Doc Rivers on the floor during pregame, but with the Clippers’ season – and his career – on the line in Game 5 on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, he did.“He walked up to me, first time ever, and said, ‘Coach, I’ve had 20 people congratulate me on my career and say good luck like tonight is the end of Ralph. Please do something about that,’ ” Rivers said. “So, Ralph, we did.”The never-say-die Clippers felt more like themselves Wednesday, defeating the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors 129-121 and sending this best-of-seven first-round playoff series back to Los Angeles for a Game 6 on Friday at 7 p.m.Trailing 3-1 and facing elimination Wednesday against the top-seeded Warriors, the Clippers extended both their surprising season and the soon-to-retire broadcaster’s Hall-of-Fame tenure for at least one more game. A 43.3 percent 3-point shooter during the regular season, Gallinari came in having made just seven of his 25 attempts from deep – many of them open – in the series. On Wednesday, he shot just 3 for 11 from 3-point range but still finished with 26 points and seven rebounds.“Me and Lou were on the bench telling him to keep shooting,” Temple said. “Him shooting that shot is great for us, and we knew he was gonna start hitting them. he was big for us, obviously.”The Clippers even made good on Lawler’s Law on Wednesday: As the first team to 100 (the Clippers led 100-94 with 30 seconds left in the third), L.A. was obligated, by the “Law,” to win Wednesday.JaMychal Green, who started in place of Ivica Zubac for a second consecutive game, made three of six 3-point attempts, including the one that got the Clippers to the century mark and another that gave the Clippers an 81-66 lead with nine minutes left in the third quarter.“It’s great to get two wins, especially here, in the playoffs, to be able to bring the series back home is great,” said Gallinari, adding one last thought about Lawler’s delayed retirement: “Another reason why we won!” The @LAClippers keep their season alive, winning Game 5 on the road in a thrilling, fantastic finish! #ClipperNation #NBAPlayoffsGame 6: Friday (4/26), 10pm/et, ESPN pic.twitter.com/nqqy4JljOL— NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2019last_img read more

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Andy Murray to make singles return at Cincinnati Masters

first_imgFormer world No. 1 Andy Murray has announced he will make his singles comeback in the Cincinnati Masters, which starts Sunday.Murray suggested he was facing likely retirement during an emotional news conference at the Australian Open in January, but the Briton has gradually offered a more optimistic outlook since undergoing hip resurfacing surgery and making a successful return as a doubles player. Just five months on from his major operation, the 32-year-old won the men’s doubles at Queen’s Club in June alongside Feliciano Lopez.He then also featured in the men’s and mixed doubles at Wimbledon, partnering with Serena Williams in the latter, before playing in the Citi Open alongside brother Jamie and teaming up with Lopez again at the Rogers Cup.Murray has now determined he is ready to try his hand at competitive singles action once again, confirming on Facebook that he had accepted a wild card into the Cincinnati Masters.”That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci,” Murray posted on his official Facebook page, together with the hashtags “#LetsDoThis” and “#HereWeGo”.mood when we heard @andy_murray was returning to singles at @CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/hLoJZNtRCa— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 9, 2019The announcement is sure to fuel speculation over Murray’s potential participation in the U.S. Open, a tournament he won in 2012 to claim the first of his three Grand Slam titles to date.He went on to win Wimbledon twice after that breakthrough success at Flushing Meadows, his first triumph in 2013 ending a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles champion at the grass-court slam. Murray reached the top of the world rankings in November 2016 before his long-term hip issues became more debilitating.After undergoing hip surgery in January 2018, Murray struggled in his comeback and cut a disconsolate figure in Melbourne this year when he suggested his illustrious career was coming to an end.However, Murray described his latest operation, which has left him pain-free, as “life-changing” and he is now on the brink of completing a remarkable return to top-level singles action.last_img read more

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USA-1 leads in Olympic bobsled, Williams attempts to make Olympic history

first_imgThe team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Elana Meyers with brakeman Lauryn Williams from Rochester, Pa., left, wait for scores after their first run during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The crash didn’t break them, it bonded them.Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers laughed off smashing their bobsled into a wall a few days ago, knowing this wasn’t the time to let anything get in their way of winning an Olympic medal.The gold is right in front of them now.And for Williams, a special place in Olympic history is within reach.Williams, a former sprint champion, who decided to give bobsled a whirl six months ago, and Meyers lead at the halfway point of women’s Olympic bobsled, which has turned into a three-team race with two of them decked out in red, white and blue.With Williams using her world-class speed to propel her teammate off the starting line, Meyers made two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 54.89 seconds on Tuesday to open a 0.23-second lead over Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, trying to win their second straight title after getting gold in Vancouver.USA-2’s Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans are in third, 0.56 back of their teammates, who know anything can happen in Wednesday’s final two heats.“It feels pretty good but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Meyers, who won bronze in Vancouver pushing for Erin Pac. “Kaillie’s a great driver. Jamie’s driving great as well. It’s not over.”Williams, a two-time sprint medalist in the Summer Olympics, is attempting to join Eddie Eagan as the only athletes to win gold medals in different sports in both the Winter and Summer Games. It wasn’t long ago that Williams made her first harrowing ride down an icy mountain track, unsure if she wanted to stick with a sport so foreign from the one she’d known.She’s feeling at home now.“Anytime I step on any track, ice track, regular track, any kind of track, my goal is to win,” she said. “So I’m not surprised at all. We prepared well, we did everything we’re supposed to do and we know we’re as good as the rest of the field.”Meyers, of Douglasville, Ga., and Williams, of Rochester, Pa., got off to a shaky start in their first days on the mountain. Meyers crashed her BMW-built sled on their initial training run, and Williams was late applying the brakes the following day and the pair blasted into a wall near the finish, damaging the front end of the carbon-fibered sliding machine.However, the incident didn’t crack their relationship.“The chemistry’s been building the whole time, but I think after we wrecked the sled the other day, that’s when it was solidified,” Meyers said.Williams was grateful for her driver’s patience.“That was a bonding moment,” Williams said. “She didn’t yell at all. She was emotional about the sled but she didn’t freak. ‘E’ handled it like a pro.”While one American track star is nearing a medal, the more celebrated one is further away.This time, Lolo Jones isn’t close.The former hurdler is in 11th with teammate Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3, 1.84 seconds behind Meyers and Williams and 1.28 seconds out of third.The team from the United States USA-3, pilot Jazmine Fenlator, left, and brakeman Lolo Jones, hug after their second run during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)It’s hardly where Jones had hoped to be for after switching to bobsled to pursue her dream of winning a medal after ballyhooed failures on the Olympic track in Beijing and London.She’s on an icy one at these games, and to this point, it’s been as slippery as the dry ones she once ran in the summer.“Everything went as expected,” Jones said. “We knew we would have to fight. We knew it would be four tough runs.”Jones hasn’t given up, and she’s putting on a brave front despite knowing her medal chances are minuscule.“I’m just going to take it day by day, for sure,” she said.So far, this competition has been no different than most during this past World Cup season, with Meyers and Humphries duking it out for first.Humphries edged Meyers for the overall championship by one point. But the stakes are much higher in Sochi, and although the two are close friends after training and rooming together last summer, Meyers and Humphries are going hard for gold.“Heather and I had a plan coming in,” Humphries said. “We don’t really look at times. I don’t even know how big that gap is and I don’t care to know. We just stick to us.”Humphries and Moyse were first on the track Tuesday and made a clean trip, finishing in 57.39 seconds. But the pair barely had time to acknowledge they had set a track record when Meyers and Williams lowered it.USA-1’s first heat wasn’t pretty, but it was fast: a 57.26-second descent that moved them ahead of the Canadians. The Americans stretched their lead by one-tenth of a second on their second run.Greubel, of Newtown, Pa., and Evans, of Chicago, can’t be overlooked. The pair had two speedy trips down the course, covered and unaffected by daylong downpours in this new ski resort area northeast of Sochi.The U.S. team arrived in Russia early to get acclimated to their surroundings and “The Wolfpack,” as they call themselves, brought some drama with them.Jones’ selection over Katie Eberling and Emily Azevedo was criticized by some who believed coaches were influenced by the track star’s celebrity. Regardless, Jones got the nod, but was then was paired with Fenlator in USA-3, the weakest of the sleek American sleds.Williams’ pairing with Meyers in USA-1 wasn’t without controversy and risk. The two only raced once together in a World Cup event, and there was some worry that Williams’ inexperience could be a problem. But other than not braking soon enough before their crash in practice, she’s been perfect.The track star, two runs from being an Olympic bobsled champion.“I never would have thought I’d be here six months ago,” she said. “And here I am.”last_img read more

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WDFW Announces Tentative Razor Clam Digs Through April

first_imgFacebook86Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs on ocean beaches for dates through April. “We have lots of razor clams on area beaches this year, and we’re releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to get out and enjoy them,” said Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish manager.Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.WDFW typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Ayres.The tentative razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below.Digging is not allowed before noon for the March and early April digs where low tide occurs in the evening.March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 20, Friday 5:27 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 21, Saturday, 6:07 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival)March 22, Sunday, 6:41 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 23, Monday, 7:12 pm, 0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 3, Friday, 3:41 pm, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 4, Saturday, 4:37 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 5, Sunday, 5:27 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 6, Monday, 6:12 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 7, Tuesday, 6:55 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNo digging is allowed after noon for April digs — listed below — where low tide occurs in the morning.April 8, Wednesday, 7:26 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 9, Thursday, 8:14 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 10, Friday, 9:01 am, -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 11, Saturday, 9:50 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Long Beach Razor Clam Festival)April 12, Sunday, 10:42 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 13, Monday, 11:39 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 22, Wednesday, 7:08 am, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 23, Thursday, 7:41 am, 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 24, Friday, 8:15 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 25, Saturday, 8:49 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 26, Sunday, 9:26 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 27, Monday, 10:07 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 28, Tuesday, 10:54 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 29, Wednesday, 11:48 am, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksIn order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.Two razor clam digging weekends, in particular, should not be missed, said Ayres.  “The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival on March 21 and 22, and the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival on April 11 are long-running events that celebrate the unique contribution of razor clams to Washington’s culture and coastal communities.”All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from some 600 license vendors around the state.Ayres reminds razor clam diggers, that anyone gathering clams in April will need a new 2020 license to participate.  Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.“Abundant razor clam populations on beaches are allowing for more digging opportunity this year,” said Ayres. “But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed.” Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW’s website.WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.last_img read more

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Nautical History Unearthed Under Highlands Bungalow

first_imgBy Jay CookIt is not everyday that a piece of history is discovered underneath someone’s house, let alone holding that house up.But this odd occurrence was a reality for Eileen Scanlon of 5th Street in Highlands, who discovered on May 26 exactly what was beneath the floorboards of a three-bedroom bungalow on her property.What she found was a 44-foot vessel, constructed of white oak and pieced together by iron nails, dating back to the mid-19th century. It measured 12 feet across, and was found mostly intact, rudder and all.Scanlon, who lives with her husband Mike in the main house on their plot, also owns a third rentable unit just behind their residence. They have been living here at 5th Street since 2010, when they purchased the three-house lot. She had always been aware of something under the bungalow.“I knew there was a boat under there because we had seen it—but nobody had any idea it was almost 50 feet long and that it was forming the foundation of the house,” she said.Rusted iron nails, ranging from a few inches to nearly a footand a half in length, held the vessel together.That particular Tuesday morning was quite hectic, beginning with a visit from her architect, Cathy Franco. “She came down because she was worried about the beams and how they were going to deal with putting it back on the foundation—architectural stuff,” said Scanlon. Next thing she knew, Franco was calling her at 8 a.m. to come outside and see what the crew on site had exposed.Once the discovery had been made, construction to the bungalow was stopped for three days. Although the work had come to a temporary halt, an influx of sightseers had just begun.“I’m taking pictures to send back to my family in Ireland,” said Patrick O’Flaherty, 56, of Middletown. “I saw it on the web this morning and said ‘Oh my God I know where that house is.’”While the general public had just learned of the ship, Scanlon was not the only local to know of its existence. Claire Stelios, 59, of Highlands, has her own vivid memories of the vessel.“I was 11 when I moved to this property,” Stelios said, pointing to Scanlon’s yard. She spent ten years of her adolescent life living there, her family renting from former proprietor Jack Elia. “I knew it, and so did the previous owner. When he fixed the bungalows, what they found in there was a lot of liquor bottles.”The bow of the boat is shown after old floorboards were ripped out and replaced in May of 2008. Photo courtesy Chris FrancyClaims of the boat’s past usage have floated around from a rum-running ship to a transportation vessel, but local historian Russell Card put those to rest. “When I went over there I saw it was indeed a barge that used to bring seafood into market,” said Card, president of the Historical Society of Highlands. He was one of the first people on site Tuesday after the barge had been revealed.“The Historical Society has known for a number of years,” Card said. “We always figured it was just a boathouse that they pulled up on the beach, but it turned out to be something older than that.”A former Highlands Council member also first saw the boat in May of 2008. “I live two doors away and the previous owner was doing some work, and they asked my advice because they saw the boat,” said Chris Francy, the 73-year-old Highlands resident.“The floor was sagging that had been built on top of it, and they had to restore it,” he recalled. When Francy saw what was under the house, he went home to grab his camera and take a few photographs.While it had been reported that coal had been found on the boat, Scanlon refuted those claims, saying that it had been another substance. “The coal turned out to be tar. The remnants we found are from tar buckets,” she said. “I had a historian come in afterwards and he cleared up a few misconceptions that were going around.”The exact manner in which the boat reached its final resting place has come into question as well. Scanlon, who has family history in Highlands dating back to the early 20th century, offered her own take. “There was a sluiceway here, so we believe it went up the sluiceway. Why it stayed there, I don’t have any idea,” Scanlon said. She compared the former waterway on her property to another area similarly in Highlands – Snug Harbor.In the days since its discovery, Scanlon reluctantly had to disassemble the barge to continue the house-lifting project. She did what she could to keep the vessel intact, with some help from the workers on site. A large portion of the bow was salvaged, along with the planks that made up the body of the boat.Currently, everything sits in Scanlon’s side yard. The planks are stacked five feet high, and the bow sits in one solid piece a few feet off of her house. “We moved everything with three guys and a Bobcat,” she said.So, what does Scanlon plan to do with her newfound piece of nautical history? She has bounced between a couple different ideas, one of them being the bow would become the centerpiece to her garden out back. She has also contemplated giving it to a museum, an idea that Card supports fully. “It’s her property, and I respect the property owner’s decision,” he said. “But I look at it from a different standpoint. I do see it as a loss to history in its own right. Something like that probably should be in a museum.”last_img read more

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TRAX swimmer Ian Markus gets top level coaching at Prospects Training Camp

first_img  Anyone interested in joining the TRAX Swim Club please email: traxswimclub@gmail.com The Monday after the Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay Regional Age Group camp in Kamloops, Swim BC ran its first ever Prospects Regional Camp in the Interior with swimmers identified from the autumn Provincial Prospects selection from the Thompson-Okanagan and Kootenay regions invited to attend. TRAX Swim Club swimmer Ian Markus was chosen and attended the Regional (Okanagan/Kootenay) Prospects Training Camp in Kamloops.center_img Markus was fortunate to participate in the training camp which focused on all four swim strokes and had inspirational guidance from people such as former World Champion and Olympic medalist Brent Hayden.Video analyst and expert from Canadian Sport Institute – Pacific, Graham Olson provided swimmers with immediate and impactful feedback on their body position and stroke mechanics.Outside of the water swimmers received informative and engaging presentations with great examples of healthful and helpful foods to fuel performance.  last_img read more

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LAZARO BARRERA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MAY 14, 2016

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMARTIN GARCIA, I WILL SCORE, WINNER: “Jerry (Hollendorfer) told me to see how the race happens and to go from there. My horse broke really sharp, so I took advantage.When asked if the addition of blinkers in his more recent races, or maturity is the determining factor with I Will Score’s success: “He was just learning before, in his previous races. Now, he’s a more mature horse, he’s a better horse. He can run anywhere (regarding running style).” PAUL REDDAM, OWNER MRAZEK, SECOND: “He wins that race nine out of 10 times, I’d say. Smokey Image came to us on the outside, so Mario decided he didn’t want to be in between two guys in the middle of a three-way duel. If he comes out of this good, we’ll probably ship to New York and run in the Woody Stephens (Grade II, seven furlongs) on Belmont Day.” NOTES: Winning owner and breeder Hans Poetsch is from Scottsdale, AZ. TRAINER QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, I WILL SCORE, WINNER: “You know, I wanted him to get away from the gate good, which he did. Martin thought they were going a bit fast so he took hold of him, to save horse. They got up and finished it.”last_img read more

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