De Wet Barry red card shoulder hit on Matthew Tait

first_imgSaturday Apr 5, 2008 De Wet Barry red card shoulder hit on Matthew Tait When Newcastle met Harlequins at the Stoop last weekend in a tight and gloomy encounter, little did we know that one of the most talked about hits of the season was about to occur. The incident in question is De Wet Barry’s late and hard shoulder on Matthew Tait. The referee gave an instant red, judging that there was intent and the tackle was dangerous. After a disciplinary hearing however, Barry has since been found not guilty and will be free to to play with immediate effect, despite the majority of pundits expecting to see a lengthy suspension. Barry has apologised to Tait for the collision, which possibly looked worse than the intent was. He is a far larger man, so any type of collision between the two would end up with Tait coming off second best. An emotive incident for many though, so it wouldn’t surprise if there are a lot of unhappy Newcastle fans out there.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

BP reportedly looking to sell assets even if crude prices improve

first_img BP headquarters in London. (Credit: WhisperToMe/Wikipedia.org) BP is reportedly looking to divest a bulk of its oil and gas assets even if there is an improvement in crude prices as the company seems more inclined towards increasing its investment in the renewable energy sector.The UK oil and gas major is preparing to offload its stranded assets, reported Reuters citing three sources that are close to the company.The prices of crude oil have been impacted due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis which has left several players in the oil and gas industry to revisit their budgets for the current year.According to the sources mentioned by the publication, the strategy was discussed during a meeting of the company’s executives meeting held last month. Reuters further reported that $17.5bn worth of assets in BP’s portfolio are no longer viable economically after the company had cut its long-term oil price forecast to $55 a barrel.Even if there is a jump in the crude prices to $65-$70 a barrel, the oil and gas major is not expected to pursue exploration activities at the assets and will rather use the improved market conditions as an opportunity to divest them, said the sources.BP hit by a loss of nearly $17bn in Q2 2020Last week, BP reported a $16.8bn loss for the second quarter of 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to adversely impact the global energy markets. This was in comparison to a profit of $1.8bn made by the company in the same period of last year.BP chief executive Bernard Looney had termed Q2 2020 to be among the toughest quarters faced by the company in its 110-year history.In February 2020, the company disclosed plans of pursuing a net-zero agenda and its ambition to become an “integrated energy company” in the next three decades.In the next 10 years, BP is targeting an increase by ten folds in its low-carbon investments to $5bn for developing 50GW of renewable energy capacity. At the same time, the company will aim at cutting down its oil and gas production by 40%, which is equivalent to nearly one million barrels of oil equivalent (mboe) per day – to about 1.5 mboe per day. BP is preparing to offload its stranded assets, reported Reuters citing three sources that are close to the companylast_img read more

Dalglish’s son thanks well-wishers after Liverpool legend gets virus

first_imgKenny Dalglish’s son admitted he was “truly humbled” by the messages of support that poured in from across the football world after the Liverpool legend tested positive for the coronavirus.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Loading… center_img Dalglish found he had the virus after being admitted to hospital on Wednesday for treatment for a separate infection which required intravenous antibiotics.The 69-year-old Scot’s family said on Friday he is not showing symptoms of the disease, but Liverpool fans, current players and old stars were quick to send him their best wishes.Dalglish’s son Paul responded on Twitter, writing: “It’s not my place to comment on my old man, he can do that for himself in due course.“Truly humbling messages from supporters of all teams.“I’m sure we can all agree this is more important than football and that we are all united as blues to support the NHS. Stay safe everyone.”Dalglish’s daughter, Sky Sports presenter Kelly Cates, also shared a message of thanks to fans for their kind words and well wishes.“Thank you so much for your lovely messages and I’m really sorry I can’t reply to them all,” she tweeted.Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker said on Twitter: “Love from Becker family to Sir Kenny Dalglish!!”Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweeted: “Hopeful Kenny will be rid of the virus ASAP.”Blackburn, who Dalglish led to the Premier League title in 1995, said: “Everyone at Rovers would like to send their love and best wishes to Sir Kenny Dalglish and his family.”Dalglish won the Scottish league title with Celtic as a player on four occasions before signing for Liverpool in 1977.Kenny Dalglish with his wife Marina after being knighted in 2018Read Also: Liverpool legend Dalglish tests positive for coronavirusAt Anfield, he captured eight English league titles, three FA Cups and three European Cups as a player and in two managerial spells.In his Liverpool playing career, he scored 172 goals in 515 games.As well as his role in Liverpool’s golden era in the 1970s and 1980s, Dalglish received plaudits for supporting victims’ families after 96 fans died in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Whicker: MLB’s punishment of Astros was the least it could do

first_imgJeff Luhnow believed he was smarter than baseball. That belief was suspended on Monday, as was Luhnow.He is no longer the general manager of the Houston Astros, who, in winning the World Series in 2017 and the American League pennant in 2019, tried to spook the game.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Luhnow for one season. In an eruption of conscience rarely seen in owners, Jim Crane fired Luhnow.Manager A.J. Hinch got the same suspension and dismissal. The Astros were fined $5 million and lost their top draft choices in 2020 and 2021. That will not be enough for baseball people who wanted Luhnow suspended permanently.When John Coppolella, the Braves’ general manager, misreported signing bonuses for international players and made separate deals with agents, he was banned for life.When Chris Correa, a functionary in the Cardinals’ office, hacked into Houston’s computer networks because he knew where Luhnow was burying his data, he went to the slammer for 46 months and also was banned for life.Manfred could have been far tougher. He could have taken an entire draft class or two away from the Astros, or fined them the equivalent of the national TV money they’d receive. But he cited the Astros’ cooperation, as opposed to Coppolella’s obstruction.The next casualty almost surely will be Alex Cora, who was Houston’s bench coach in 2017 and Boston’s 2018 manager. The Red Sox beat Houston in that AL Championship Series and the Dodgers in the World Series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img Cora helped design the Astros’ plan to relay the signs electronically to a trash can-banger in the dugout, whose signals told the hitter what pitches were coming.Since the banger could not transmit the nature of the pitch’s movement or velocity, it’s difficult to believe this really helped the Astros, as Manfred acknowledged. Their strikeouts plunged in 2017, but apparently the signals were garbled in Game 4 of that World Series, when they got one hit on Alex Wood’s 84 pitches.Houston struck out two fewer times per game in 2017 than in 2016. But the 2017 and 2018 Astros had better hitting numbers on the road than at home.Manfred said the players were the prime movers in Garbagegate, but couldn’t justify suspending them. He threw the book at Hinch for hiding his knowledge of it. He reprimanded Luhnow for lack of institutional control, saying there was no evidence he knew. It would take major gullibility to assume he didn’t.“I am deeply disappointed that I wasn’t informed of any conduct,” Luhnow said in a statement, “because I would have stopped it.”Luhnow descended upon baseball like a mall developer upon a family farm. He worked for McKinsey, the powerful consulting firm. There, he met the son-in-law of Cardinals president Bill DeWitt, and legend has it that his mastery of fantasy-league baseball helped him get inside the door, where he ascended from the scouting department.Once in Houston, Luhnow began firing scouts and managers and wound up with perhaps the strongest roster in baseball. But Bobby Heck, one of the fired scouts, was responsible for drafting George Springer and Carlos Correa, and Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel were already there.Luhnow’s regime released J.D. Martinez and drafted Mark Appel with the top pick instead of future MVP Kris Bryant. To be fair, he pulled off the audacious trade for Justin Verlander that led to a championship.Related Articles Luhnow also traded for spouse-beater Roberto Osuna. He didn’t recognize that he couldn’t close the clubhouse to reporters because Verlander didn’t like one of them. He didn’t disapprove when assistant GM Brandon Taubman could make a jackass of himself in a post-win celebration, or when pro scouting consultant Kevin Goldstein encouraged scouts to steal signs with their cameras. He thought baseball would prosper with fewer minor league teams, an idea from the McKinsey playbook.In the end, he was undone by a decision to leave Michael Fiers off the 2017 postseason roster. Fiers was 10-8 for the season and led Houston in innings, and the Astros were 8-2 in his no-decisions. Everyone forgot it but Fiers, now with Oakland. He told The Athletic about the inner workings.It’s fashionable to scoff at baseball’s unwritten rules and ethics, made up by Boomers who disavow “fun.” Luhnow thought he could skirt the written rules, too, even after Manfred warned him.The Dodgers will bask in their aggrievement, but no sign-stealing made them hit .205 in that series.No, the real issue is whether the punishment fell short of the crime and whether the Astros would do it again even if they knew the penalties. And they probably would. If cheating is your thing, cheat loud. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

The Dream Team

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Twenty years later, the memories come rushing back as Joe Zacharia revisits Canyon High’s football stadium – a real-life field of dreams for the former star defensive lineman and his talented Canyon teammates who reached the pinnacle of prep success in 1985. That was the year Canyon went undefeated for the second consecutive season and won a then-unprecedented third successive Northwestern Conference title as Cowboys football reigned supreme under a fiery young coach named Harry Welch. “I just loved being on the team with all those great players. It was almost like a big party,” said Zacharia, who decades after terrorizing opposing quarterbacks is a successful businessman and part-time actor. “It’s funny thinking back. We really did some incredible things. The whole team, we lived like celebrities. It was a different era in Santa Clarita, and everywhere we went, we’d wear our lettermen jackets, and everyone knew who we were. “The Valley was a lot smaller then, and restaurants would give us free dinners. We’d get free drinks at 7-Eleven. And there was no shortage of girls, either. We’d have big parties up on Sierra Highway. Back then there was nothing there, and the cops were cool about it.” For Zacharia and his teammates, such as hard-hitting defenders Randy Austin, Cary Claufield, Chad Ziegler and Derek Rusk and big-play running back Lance Cross, star quarterback John Watkins and receiver Jeff Paskwietz, Canyon’s best moments were the autumn Friday nights. The Cowboys allowed just seven touchdowns all season and stretched their winning streak to 38 games with a 9-7 victory over Golden League rival Antelope Valley of Lancaster in the section championship before an overflow crowd at Canyon. “This was one of the greatest high school football teams ever,” said Welch, now 60 and in his second Canyon coaching stint. “I was just so proud of that team, because they worked so hard all season long.” In those days, Canyon practiced four hours a day – sometimes longer, if Welch was in the right mood – and his loyal players lived and breathed Cowboys football with a level of commitment rarely seen these days. “There was a lot of sweat, that’s for sure,” Zacharia said. “Frankly, I remember sometimes wishing I wasn’t there. It always felt like the group of us had something to prove, and, for sure, we were always ready to play. We were so well-coached, plus we all got along really well.” And there were no excuses. Ever. “Oh, no. Never in a million years would one of us say something like, ‘Coach, I need to miss practice because my grandmother is in town’ or ‘My aunt is in town, and we’re all going to Disneyland.’ There was none of that. We couldn’t, and we wouldn’t.” Rusk, who intercepted 10 passes that season and now is a Canyon math teacher, remembers Welch as a taskmaster. “You could probably write a book on how rough Harry was, but he was never rougher than we expected,” Rusk said. “Harry simply made sure we did all the little things right, and that’s the real reason why we won three CIF titles and so many games in a row. He was hard on us.” AN EARLY SCARE The streak nearly came to an end during the opening game against Hart, always the most anticipated regular-season opponent. Canyon won 6-3 but couldn’t breathe easy until a clutch goal-line stand in the final seconds. “Hart could have kicked a field goal but wanted to go for the win,” Zacharia said. “They had the ball on the 5-yard line, and Jim Bonds went back to pass, but everyone was covered. We rushed hard, and he had nowhere to go. He scrambled to his left and might have gained a yard or two, but he was tackled by Randy Austin and Chad Ziegler with no time remaining. It was scary.” After the game, Welch told the Daily News: “That was the most incredible game I’ve ever been involved in. This was a sensational game.” Twenty years later, it’s funny the details Welch remembers, such as a key offsides penalty against Canyon. “I also remember all of the hillsides were filled with people that night,” he said. “It was really something to see.” In those days, Hart and Canyon were neighborhood rivals, but they played in different divisions. Hart won the Coastal Conference title in 1983 – the same year Canyon began its three-year run in the Northwestern Conference – then joined the Northwestern Conference and won the title in 1986. “Hart used to win their title, and we’d win our title, so it was quite a rivalry,” Rusk said. “We always played them in the first game of the year, so it was like a prize at the end of summer.” There were no shopping malls and just a few restaurants in Santa Clarita back then, and Bonds recalled Canyon and Hart players always mixing at the old Mann movie theater in Valencia, across from the William S. Hart PONY baseball complex. “We’d always see each other on the weekends all summer,” said Bonds, who went on to UCLA and now is the head coach at St. Francis High of La Canada. AND THEY CALLED IT THE STREAK After the close call against Hart, Canyon kept on winning, usually by a large margin. Over the next three months, leading to the championship game, Canyon won by an average of more than 30 points per game, and the winning streak – then the longest in the U.S. – began gaining national attention. “Back in those days, the winning streak literally took on a life unto itself,” Welch said. “I remember someone printed T-shirts that said: ‘I went streaking with Harry and the Cowboys.’ And we played tough teams, too. Besides Hart, we always played Notre Dame, Thousand Oaks, Crespi (of Encino) and Antelope Valley, and those were the best teams back then.” Eventually, winning simply became part of Canyon’s weekly routine, like team lunches, pep rallies and pregame rituals. “To be honest, there came a point where we didn’t really even think about the streak,” Zacharia said. “It was other people who made such a big deal about it. We just never thought about losing or that the streak would end. Those thoughts never came into the picture.” Rusk remembers putting the streak in the back of his mind because the players were always so focused from week to week. “We didn’t ever want to get ahead of ourselves, and I don’t think Harry would have let us do so, anyway,” Rusk said. “But now that it’s 20 years later, people still talk about it. My students at Canyon bring it up quite a bit. They’re always asking about the streak and about playing in CIF championships and about the championship rings, stuff like that. They still want to know.” Eventually, the streak reached a state-record 46 games before Canyon was defeated. It remains tied for the longest in Southern Section history. OVERCOMING ADVERSITY Canyon’s third and final section title in 1985 might have been the most difficult, despite such a dominant string of performances during the regular season. One week before the playoffs began, Canyon lost its starting quarterback when Watkins broke his arm. Watkins recalls being absolutely devastated but certain Canyon could succeed in the playoffs without him. “It was a very serious injury. I couldn’t even suit up,” Watkins said. “But my teammates were so exceptional that anyone probably could have stepped in. We didn’t miss a beat, because I knew our defense could stop anybody. I didn’t have a doubt we’d keep on winning.” In stepped untested junior Ken Sollom, who directed Canyon to three decisive playoff victories to set up a championship rematch against Antelope Valley. “Actually, Kenny was a great quarterback, too,” Zacharia said. “He would have started at any other school.” Canyon faced another setback when star linebacker Cary Caulfield was injured in a serious car accident two nights before the title game. He suffered cuts that required 70 stitches and couldn’t play, so sophomore Kevin Doss, who played JV football during the regular season, was called upon to replace him. THE FINAL CHAPTER Antelope Valley seemed to be a team of destiny that year. The Antelopes had defeated two unbeaten teams – Verbum Dei of Los Angeles and Hawthorne – in the quarterfinals and the semifinals. It was a month earlier that Canyon had defeated Antelope Valley by 24 points to clinch the league title, but Welch warned his troops it might be a lot closer this time. “Playing Antelope Valley the second time, we knew a lot of their tendencies, but they knew a lot more about us, too,” Rusk said. Zacharia recalled that he and his teammates didn’t really want to play Antelope Valley – not because there was a concern about losing, but because the Antelopes simply weren’t an interesting opponent. “We’d already beaten them so handily, but Harry explained how tough it is to beat a good team two times in a row,” Zacharia said. “I think we were ready physically, but we just weren’t ready mentally.” After scoring on its opening drive, Canyon managed just a 28-yard field goal by Ron Lindberg the rest of the way. Antelope Valley cut the margin to 9-7 on an interception return for a touchdown with a little more than two minutes remaining. Canyon failed to run out the clock, and Antelope Valley had one last possession in the final minute. The game ended when quarterback Ron Whipple was tackled on his 47 as he tried to drive his team into field-goal range. “To quote Charles Dickens, ‘It was the best of times and the worst of times,’ ” Welch said. “After the final gun went off, some of our fans actually booed us because they didn’t think we ‘covered the spread,’ so to speak. They were disappointed in our third championship because they thought we should have won by more points.” That’s how good Canyon was in those days. “It was an amazing time,” Rusk said. Many of Canyon’s top players from that era played major-college football, including Sollom (Michigan), Zacharia (UNLV) and Austin (UCLA), who later was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. Some say Zacharia was the greatest defensive player in area history. He still wonders how many sacks he had that season, but Canyon didn’t keep defensive statistics in those days. “I could probably come pretty close to figuring it out if I wanted to,” Zacharia said. “I had five against Serra, four against Saugus, three against Hart, and at least two a game or so in every other game. It probably adds up to about 30.” As the 20-year anniversary of Canyon’s magical 1985 season approached, Zacharia leafed through an old scrapbook his father had put together. “I don’t think I’d looked at it in at least 10 years, but the memories just came rushing back,” he said. “It was wild to read all the articles again and look at the pictures.” He and his teammates have moved on. They’re businessmen and teachers and police officers and accountants now, but they’ll always share a common bond of living the lives of high school football heroes back in the days when there really was such a thing. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears three times a week. He can be reached (661) 257-5218 or at [email protected]last_img read more