Lessons from N4G’s top #GivingTuesday performers

first_imgEncouraged donors to give generously and repeatedly through the day when the “win” was in sightSent a thank you email Wednesday morning announcing the win and encouraging those that did not participate to consider giving. This outreach produced their second best day ever.Most Recurring Donors: Wildlife SOSIndia’s wildlife is under severe threat – every animal from the majestic elephant and the tiger, to the shy sloth bear and rare pangolins are being hunted. Wildlife SOS actively works towards protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research, and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for former poacher communities.Wildlife SOS did not focus explicitly on a #GivingTuesday campaign, rather they viewed #GivingTuesday as part of their year-end fundraising. Their success in the N4G Gives campaign is a particularly powerful demonstration of the impact of #GivingTuesday. Donors are inspired be part of the movement and will seek out organizations to support – sometimes, even when they are not asked specifically.What we learned from Wildlife SOS is that the building blocks they put in place all year round pay dividends. One of those building blocks was an emphasis on recurring, or sustaining, givers.Key TacticsWildlife SOS believes in strategies focused on creating lifelong supporters. Year-round they focus on animal sponsorships for monthly donors and feel like this gives people a tangible connection to their donation. Having the building blocks in place and then capitalizing on big events means they’re not scrambling on days like #GivingTuesday and at year-end.Make this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever. Created a visual “badge” for all #GivingTuesday communicationsChanged website header and homepage, and published a post about #GivingTuesdayAsked a corporate supporter to provide a match on first $20k raisedSent their first email on the Monday of Thanksgiving weekLaunched their big push on 12/1:Sent email announcing matching fundsLaunched #GivingTuesday branded donation pageAsked supporters to take #UNselfies and share #GivingTuesday has arrivedOn December 2, nonprofits and donors came together in an inspiring day of generosity. Millions of dollars were raised to fuel the good work of nonprofits all over the world.Network for Good hosted a special campaign, N4G Gives, focused on equipping nonprofits with the tools and knowledge for #GivingTuesday success. The N4G Gives campaign provided free #GivingTuesday resources to the entire nonprofit community and special training and matching funds to nonprofits using DonateNow, our online giving platform. In addition to matching funds, we also recognized the leaders in 10 fundraising categories with special awards.The most exciting validation of the value of #GivingTuesday is reflected in the experience of the “winners” of Network for Good’s N4G Gives campaign. They are large and small. Some planned for months, and some started the day before. Some have large staff teams, and some are staffed exclusively by volunteers.The common thread across all the winners was their determination to activate their passionate supporters and advocates to both give and inspire others, and to create a sense of excitement and urgency under the umbrella of #GivingTuesday.And the winner is…Most Dollars Raised: Alameda County Community Food Bank, Oakland California (ACCFB)Alameda County Community Food Bank is on a mission to end food insecurity in Alameda County, California. In 2014, the Food Bank distributed 25 million meals – more than half of the food was fresh fruits and vegetables.Their big vision can only be realized with strong donor support, and ACCFB inspired people to donate more than $100,000 (online and offline) on #GivingTuesday.Key tacticsAfter watching the progress of the #GivingTuesday movement in 2013, the team at ACCFB decided to go “all out” in 2014. They pursued a multi-channel approach including email, website, digital ads, and social. Planning started about six weeks before #GivingTuesday, but activation went into high gear during Thanksgiving week.Key elements Most Donors: Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society (Electronic Intifada)The Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society’s #GivingTuesday campaign raised funds for The Electronic Intifada, its award-winning online news publication focusing on Palestine, its people, politics, culture, and place in the world. As a nonprofit digital publication, The Electronic Intifada relies on readers and supporters to provide the funding for its investigative journalism, news, and analysis.Key TacticsMECCS used #GivingTuesday as part of its already planned year-end campaign. The campaign’s focus was to activate new donors by emphasizing the N4G Gives matching funds, and the potential to ‘win’ bonus dollars through the N4G Gives special challenges. The friendly competition inspired by the leaderboards was very motivating to their audience.Key ElementsDeployed three emails on #GivingTuesdayFirst email laid out the opportunity to receive bonus and matching fundsSecond and third emails were sent throughout the day to build excitement as they rose up the leaderboard.center_img Added a homepage popup window asking visitors to donate nowPushed social media outreachLaunched #GivingTuesday branded retargeting ads Rallied on #GivingTuesday:last_img read more

Yes We Can, and This is Why We Do It Every Day

first_imgThese written words can do no justice to the presence, dignity and inspiration of this gentle man, a hero who, as a colleague and friend remarked, through his life has saved countless lives.  Another colleague, who sat on my other side during the ceremony, said never in his life had he witnessed such a moving and motivating closing statement.  Throughout the speech you could not hear a pin drop.  Everyone was riveted.  At the end of his speech, he received a long and well deserved standing ovation.  Most of us admitted to having tears in our eyes, hard not to because most of us seemed not to have a tissue!  After the formal closing by the Minister of Health of Zanzibar, many of the participants, especially the younger ones (the “new blood”) rushed to where Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla was to congratulate him, to shake his hand, and to have their photograph taken with him.  We all agreed that this was a reminder of why we get up every day to do the work we do.Learn more about the conference and access the conference presentations at www.gmhc2013.com. Join the conference conversation on Twitter: #GMHC2013Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: We thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can. We thank and we appreciate.We regret and we apologize.We promise, and yes, we can.center_img Posted on January 24, 2013June 12, 2017By: Karen Beattie, Director of Fistula Care and Associate Vice President of EngenderHealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is cross-posted from the EngenderHealth website.Reflections from a lifelong global women’s health advocate on the closing ceremony of the Global Maternal Health ConferenceIt was the end of three days of meetings, and I seriously considered skipping out on the closing plenary session.  But – I knew Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla would be speaking and I have learned that one should never miss an opportunity to hear his thoughts.  For those uninitiated, Dr. Fathalla is a professor at Assiut University in Egypt, a former head of the reproductive health division at WHO, and the father of the Safe Motherhood initiative.  He was also a member of EngenderHealth’s Board of Directors for a long period of time.The Global Maternal Health Conference took place at the Arusha International Conference Center in Arusha, Northern Tanzania.  The Center was for many years the home of the international tribunal that judged the actions of those involved in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.  Arusha is also close to the Rift Valley and Olduvai Gorge, for the longest time considered the cradle of humankind, although a spot in South Africa now holds the “cradle of humankind” title.  At Laetoli, nearby to Olduvai Gorge, footprints of an early human ancestor were preserved in volcanic ash dating from 3.6 million years ago and were discovered in the 1970s.  That brings me to Dr. Fathalla’s speech, entitled “A Message to the Lady of Laetoli.”  Dr. Fathalla noted that one of the sets of footprints was deemed to be that of a lady, and because of the way the print was indented into the ash, it was widely held that she was carrying an infant on her left hip.  He also noted that this individual or one of her sisters was our collective “mitochondrial mother.”Dr. Fathalla’s message to the Lady of Laetoli: We thank and we appreciate because we know the sacrifices and risks of women through the ages are the reasons we are here today.  We know that maternal mortality was extremely high until recently.  Where nothing is done to avert maternal mortality, “natural” mortality is around 1,000 to 1,500 per 100,000 live births.  Dr. Fathalla cited a PRB 2011 paper that estimated the number of humans ever born was 107 billion and the population in mid-2011 was just under 7 billion.   A stunning fact Dr. Fathalla gave is that more women have given up their lives in childbirth, for the survival of our species, than men have ever died in battle.  So our very existence is the gift and sacrifice of women.We regret and we apologize and we cannot expect forgiveness.  Women had to give up their lives when we did not have the means to prevent their deaths in pregnancy and childbirth.  And yet, when we do have the means, we still leave them to die.  We should plead guilty when we see that 800 women still die every day.  An inconvenient truth is that they die because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives can be saved.We promise we will eradicate maternal mortality, and yes, we can, for several reasons:The work presented by participants at the GMHC Conference 2013 is evidence of the immense body of knowledge and commitment shared across disciplines and throughout all areas of the world.  Dr. Fathalla was gratified and comforted by the “new blood” to carry on this work.  He showed a picture of Malala, the young girl recently shot down for wanting an education and advocating for education on behalf of her peers.  He was gratified that she is recovering and moved by the statements of her classmates that they would not be stopped from getting an education – and “they will win.”He noted the progress the world has made.  Between 1990 and 2010, maternal deaths had dropped by 50%, but there still remains work to be done.The message from the representatives of the host country, Tanzania, that maternal health is a national priority and that it had experienced a 25% drop in maternal mortality between 2005 and 2010.The power of women, making their voices heard.He repeated his message to the Lady of Laetoli:last_img read more

Beyond Access To Respectful Care and Informed Choice: Reflections From the International Conference on Family Planning

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 13, 2013February 2, 2017By: Kelsey Holt, Senior Project Manager, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The third biennial International Conference on Family Planning kicked off this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with almost 3,000 attendees from all over the world gathering in the remarkable African Union building. Delegates are seeking inspiration from leaders in the field, youth, and colleagues, and an opportunity to share research and best practices related to the vision of “Full Access, Full Choice” in family planning. The speeches given during the opening session of the conference Tuesday on sustained political commitment emphasized family planning as a tool to reduce maternal mortality and protect women’s rights. The successes of Ethiopia’s health care system in reducing “unmet need” for contraception in a short period of time— in part thanks to an impressive health extension worker program— and the country’s commitment to reproductive health and women’s equality were celebrated widely. John Kerry and other world leaders also urged renewal of the various commitments made to achieving universal reproductive health access for all beginning in the 1990’s as well as the recent FP2020 goal of reaching 120 million new contraceptive users by the year 2020. Against this backdrop of political commitments and acknowledgement of the importance of family planning to women’s health and equality, the many subsequent conference sessions about quality of care hold much promise for real progress and action towards these goals. The importance of quality of care was described by Anrudh Jain on Wednesday in a session hosted by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation on quality of care as the “leaking bucket problem” whereby women who manage to make it to contraceptive services at least once do not always continue their relationship with the health care system after receiving sub-standard information, counseling, and method choice—or even disrespect or coercion. These women represent a substantial proportion of those with unmet need for contraception who are past users failed by existing methods and services.  The challenge of ensuring respect, dignity, and adequate choice for women receiving contraception counseling and services around the world persists. Moving beyond access to quality and a focus on respectful care and informed choice seems particularly critical in the context of new approaches reported on at the conference to increase contraceptive uptake through financial incentives to women, health workers, and health facilities, or goals for uptake of a certain volume of long-acting methods. If not done carefully, these innovative programs threaten to create perverse incentives for systems and providers to coerce women into methods that are not right for them and must be carefully studied to ensure we do not sacrifice women’s rights for fertility and contraceptive prevalence targets. As emphasized by Ms. Theo Sowa, Chief Executive Officer of the African Women Development Fund, in Wednesday’s opening plenary, we need to challenge ourselves to do things differently: “If we are complacent, we do not achieve the things we need to achieve in the time we need to achieve them.” Quality of care is one area where we cannot afford to be complacent—and this includes tackling the hard issues of ensuring respectful treatment to ensure informed choice during contraceptive care. The centrality of the issue of quality at the ICFP is promising for our ability as a global community to acknowledge the skeletons of population control in our closet and proactively move towards a future where women of all ages and backgrounds have access to high quality counseling and services to meet their contraceptive needs and contribute toward the fulfillment of their rights and the goals originally conceived of during the Cairo conference in 1994.Share this:last_img read more

The Current State of Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia Prevention and Treatment

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 5, 2016September 27, 2016By: Sharif Mohammed Ismail Hossain, Ending Eclampsia Deputy DirectorClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The global impact of pre-eclampsia/eclampsiaThe Maternal Health Task Force’s most recent quarterly newsletter focused on pre-eclampsia/eclampsia and postpartum hemorrhage. And for good reason: they are the two leading causes of maternal deaths globally and deserve widespread attention.In Kenya and Nigeria, hypertensive disorders such as pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths. In Bangladesh, Pakistan and Ethiopia, hypertensive disorders are among the top three causes. But despite the high fatality rate, deaths from pre-eclampsia/eclampsia are entirely preventable. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are crucial for preventing mortality due to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.Pre-eclampsia is characterized by elevated blood pressure and increased protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A woman with pre-eclampsia can suffer from blurred vision, severe headaches and edema, and if her pre-eclampsia goes untreated, she has an increased risk of developing eclampsia, which can cause life-threatening seizures. Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia is also a risk factor for preterm and stillborn births, maternal kidney and liver problems and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in future pregnancies.The gold standard of treatmentUse of magnesium sulphate, the safest and most effective treatment for eclamptic seizures, requires delivery of the baby and placenta. Not without challenges, magnesium sulphate is the gold standard for managing eclampsia. However, its use indicates that either a woman’s elevated blood pressure was not detected early enough, or that it was detected but not properly managed in order to prevent progression to eclampsia. Early, regular high-quality antenatal and postnatal care that includes blood pressure screening, urinalysis and close monitoring is crucial. If a woman has elevated blood pressure or excess protein in her urine, she should receive appropriate treatment that controls the blood pressure, reduces the severity of pre-eclampsia and prevents eclamptic seizures and stroke.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends calcium supplementation in areas where dietary calcium intake is low or aspirin prophylaxis for women at risk of pre-eclampsia. To control high blood pressure, thereby reducing the likelihood of pre-eclampsia progressing to eclampsia, the WHO recommends antihypertensive drugs. Since pre-eclampsia/eclampsia can occur after delivery of the baby, the WHO also recommends that these treatments continue postpartum.Barriers to implementationWe know that these treatments work. We also know the difficulty of implementing interventions in low-resource settings and among hard-to-reach populations.While antihypertensive drugs are on most countries’ essential medicines lists, there may not be a dedicated budget line or supply chain mechanism that actually gets the drugs to the people who need them. Furthermore, many countries lack sufficient policies allowing primary facility providers to prescribe and dispense these treatments, and there may be a shortage of skilled providers who are knowledgeable about treatment methods and able to manage cases that require them.There are also cultural barriers, which some might argue are the most difficult to overcome. In many settings women do not trust health facility providers. When a problem occurs, women in some communities might first seek care from a traditional healer and only visit a health facility if the problem persists or worsens. Furthermore, women living in low-resource settings may not have the financial means to travel a long distance to a health facility, pay for services and drugs upon arrival and then pay for the return home.Looking toward the futureDespite these challenges, the international development and public health communities want to eliminate preventable maternal and newborn deaths and are dedicating funds to implementation research and advocacy. Clinical practice is more or less established in hospital settings worldwide. However, poor quality care inhibits early diagnosis, and national policies often restrict primary facility providers from prescribing and dispensing antihypertensive drugs. Ensuring that women with pre-eclampsia have access to necessary treatments is vital for preventing eclampsia and ultimately averting preventable maternal deaths.—For more information, please visit www.endingeclampsia.orgRead the most recent MHTF Quarterly highlighting pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.Learn more about pre-eclampsia/eclampsia on the MHTF website.Share this:last_img read more

I’ve been embarrassed to be an Arsenal fan at Liverpool – Keown

first_imgEx-Arsenal defender Martin Keown has admitted he has been “embarrassed” by Arsenal’s recent displays away at Liverpool as the Gunners prepare for another trip to Merseyside.Unai Emery’s side were beaten 5-1 at Anfield last season, extending a run of poor results for Arsenal when taking on the Champions League winners away from home. And speaking ahead of their clash on Saturday, Keown has explained that Arsenal will need to keep things simple if they are to avoid a repeat of last season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It’s been embarrassing to be an Arsenal fan,” he told TalkSport . “I’m not confident because in the last two seasons Arsenal have been absolutely awful away from home.” Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“There have been almost two Arsenals: one that plays very well at home and one that goes away from home and almost capitulates… so I’m very interested to see what improvements have been made.”Emery’s team have suggested that they will be able to tighten up on the road this season following a 1-0 win over Newcastle on the opening day of the season.But Keown believes that the ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss must remain consistent in his selection and tactics if they are to be more consistent away from the Emirates Stadium.“You’re going to have to prove there’s been a huge change. Fight, scrap and play your football, be brave, take them on,” he added.“And with tactics, I hope Emery doesn’t tinker too much. The manager has to keep it simple, don’t keep changing it.“Twenty-three times last year Emery changed from a back-three to a back-four; if you’re trying to process as a player, you’re thinking: ‘Am I a wing-back or a full-back this week?“Football is a simple game, keep it simple, keep it settled and go there with a plan.”However, Keown is aware of the threat Liverpool possess going forward but knows Arsenal have the firepower to make things difficult. “Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are a threat and can score goals, although Liverpool look quite magnificent at the moment.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘I hope we aren’t banned’ – Racism frustrates Cagliari president

first_imgCagliari president Tommaso Giulini said “closing curvas isn’t the answer” to ending racism in Serie A after Inter star Romelu Lukaku was subjected to monkey chants last week.Racism reared its ugly head again in Italy, where Lukaku was racially abused during Inter’s 2-1 win away to Cagliari at Sardegna Arena on Sunday.The incident, which came as Lukaku stepped up to convert a second-half penalty, sparked widespread condemnation of Cagliari – whose fans were also previously involved in racist chants directed at Pescara’s Sulley Muntari (2017), Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi (2018) and former Juve forward Moise Kean (2019). Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Inter’s Curva Nord supporters claimed alleged abuse of striker Lukaku from Cagliari fans was not racist but “a form of respect”.Amid growing calls for Italian authorities to crack down on racism and Cagliari, Giulini told Radio Popolare: “We’re trying to work in a serious way, through the awareness of our stewards who will have to report people to DIGOS [a law enforcement agency].”It’s not easy to lipread with technology: we’ll also ask the decent fans for help, that is 99.9 per cent of Cagliari supporters.”Fighting ignorance is difficult, so we can only raise awareness. This incident has caused huge anger and frustration in us for all the initiatives we’re carrying out. We were the first to introduce a school for young fans.”Cagliari isn’t a racist city at all. I’m so sorry that this image of us has also gone abroad. I hope we aren’t banned. Closing curvas isn’t the answer: as I said before, stewards must be made aware.”I won’t rule out, however, that any of my stewards saw something or a camera identified someone chanting. Once they’re recognised, these people could be denied entry if they try to re-enter the stadium.”We’ve got your back @RomeluLukaku9   #SayNoToRacism pic.twitter.com/JNba8NnsBK — OTRO (@OTRO) September 3, 2019 Former Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti – who now plays for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain – said games must be stopped for racism.”You have to stop games because otherwise we won’t go anywhere,” the Italy international told Rai Sport.”I know it’s a big step to take, but we have to do it because otherwise those 4-5 stupid people will always be there.”Lukaku’s appeal was right. It’s up to us players to show we can be role models for all ages. We carry great influence. If it starts with us, that’s a good thing.”last_img read more

Pete Thamel Suggests USC Should Hire Jeremy Foley As Its Next AD

first_img But the biggest and perhaps most obvious appeal of Foley is his tie to Urban Meyer.Foley was Florida’s athletic director during Meyer’s tenure with the Gators. With it widely believed that USC is one of the only jobs that could coach the three-time national champion out of retirement, stacking the front office with his friends is a no-brainer.The most important job of USC’s new AD is going to be hiring a football coach. Column on the one experienced and available AD in position to do that better than anyone. https://t.co/6qstc7DFfG— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 14, 2019USC has some tough Pac-12 games coming up. The Trojans have not endured back-to-back losing seasons since 1960-61. If that streak gets broken, Clay Helton is almost certainly gone.Would Foley be a good choice as USC’s next athletic director? Jeremy Foley when he was the Florida AD.JACKSONVILLE, FL – OCTOBER 29: Former Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley looks on during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 29, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The USC Trojans are an underwhelming 3-3 on the season, and the football program is bracing for some major changes when the school finds its next athletic director. But while USC has yet to announce former AD Lynn Swann’s replacement, one analyst has an idea for an ideal target.In a piece for Yahoo! Sports, Pete Thamel suggested that the role could be interesting for former Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley.Few athletic directors have overseen as much success in their lives as Foley. He rose through the ranks at Florida in the 1970s and 1980s before being named athletic director in 1992.From 1992 to 2016, Foley oversaw three national championships, seven SEC titles, and 21-straight winning seasons.last_img read more

Man Utd’s weak link: Mourinho was right about Shaw

first_imgA lot of people who watched Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend of the Premier League season went away with the same impression that Chelsea did not deserve to lose by that many goals.It was as evenly contested as a 4-0 could be, with a penalty and a second-half sucker punch establishing a lead on the scoreboard that United probably didn’t merit.That’s not to take anything away from United, they hit hard and accurately when their chances fell. Their ability to play unfussy counter-attack football will gain them plenty of points through the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream That style caters to the strengths of Paul Pogba, with his through passes, and for the quick attackers ahead of him.To put together a promising season, however, will take more than counters. United are going to have to be able to resist and to win the ball back in the first place, all the while hoping that opponents miss the chances they get.On the basis of matchday one, that plan worked. But not every striker is going to hit the post, like Tammy Abraham, and to rely on that kind of football is unsustainable.Furthermore, United are going to run into a major problem when it comes to giving up chances when teams start to repeatedly target Luke Shaw’s side of defence.Chelsea had great success in this sector, with Abraham’s clever runs into midfield and his layoffs providing the space needed for players like Pedro and Mason Mount to gallop into the space left behind the United left back.Luke Shaw Kylian Mbappe PSG Manchester United UEFA Champions League 06032019These are not new issues.In April 2017, and having restored Shaw to the United squad, Jose Mourinho fielded a question about his performance in a league game against Everton.”He had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain,” Mourinho said.”He was in front of me and I was making every decision for him.”The communication was possible because we were very close. I was thinking for him, when to close inside, when to open, when to press the opponent, I was making every decision for him.”The evidence of these long-standing tactical issues are still present in Shaw.Mourinho was out in front of the Sky Sports cameras last Sunday, remarking that new signing Harry Maguire had better get used to covering for Shaw on that side of defence.“When Maguire has to cover for Luke Shaw, he will learn he has to do this a lot of times during the season, the space in the face of the ball, somebody has to arrive,” Mourinho said.It was widely interpreted as another dig at Shaw from the former United manager, who had well documented issues with him during their two-and-a-bit seasons together.A lot of what Mourinho said during his time at United – about how finishing second with that squad of players would rank among his all-time achievements, about United’s young players not being as good as many in the media thought they were – has subsequently been proven correct.By pointing out Shaw’s shortcomings he was not directly criticising him, he was merely calling it how he saw it. Given he coached him every day during his time at the club, he is better placed than most to point it out.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United 2019-20United played against Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 match last season. The significance of that game has probably been glossed over considering the heroics United performed in the second match to overturn a 2-0 victory and get through to the quarterfinals.But there is a lot to learn by re-examining the game, where it becomes apparent just how Shaw’s flaws – combined with Solskjaer’s inexperience – offers the blueprint for big teams to overpower United.That night Thomas Tuchel’s team selection disguised the fact that he would play with a back three. By the time the game kicked off, and PSG got into possession, it became apparent that PSG were going to gang up on Shaw with Dani Alves and Julian Draxler on the right side of the attack.Alves played high and, in combination with Draxler, the pair took turns to go one-on-one with Shaw or else provide one another with the two-on-one tactical advantage needed to gain the edge.Shaw was snowed under, unable to break out of his zone and do any damage at the PSG end, and could not keep two world-class opponents at bay on his own either.He could have done with a hand that night from Nemanja Matic but did not seem to relay the message that something had to be done. That, in turn, led to a blindspot in the game plan of Solskjaer.Either he was content to watch his left-back get repeatedly ramraided – with the game decided in that sector – or else he didn’t see it. Both are worrying and both would have ramifications.Frank Lampard exploited Shaw’s ineptitude and was unlucky not to get rewarded for it.Left-back is one area of the pitch that United failed to address in the summer transfer window and the depth there is not good either. If Shaw has to be withdrawn then the place in the team will go to Ashley Young. He is probably still more dependable than Shaw, but Solskjaer will persist for now with the younger man.The issue will not go away, however. Shaw is no longer a promising 18-year-old. He is a fully-fledged professional who has by now celebrated his 24th birthday. Players of that age are not young in the professional sense; they are reckoned to be in their peak performance years.If this is as good as it gets for Shaw, then Solskjaer will have serious questions to answer in that position in the coming weeks and months. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Chicharito, Tecatito show why they remain firmly in Mexico picture

first_imgRaul Jimenez is the Mexico national team’s starting No. 9. He’s earned the role with incredible form in the past 12 months, scoring goals regularly for both Wolves and El Tri. He’ll start Tuesday against Argentina, along with most of Mexico’s other presumptive starters, the No. 1s on the depth chart.Even so, the competition is nipping at his heels. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Javier “Tecatito” Corona put in impressive shifts in their first match for Mexico in months, a 3-0 victory over the United States that may have reopened the debate about who makes up Tata Martino’s most dangerous attacking trident. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Martino seemed thrilled not only to have scored three goals, but to have them each come from different situations.”Scoring three goals, having two or three more really obvious chances, scoring three goals especially at this level and in different ways, one because of really good build-up, one a product of our high pressing, the third a product of a counter-attack and quickly taking up space (is a positive,)” Martino said at his post-match news conference. “After that, it has to do with individual questions, the debut of Tecate and Hector (Herrera), Javier’s return after March, the consolidation of the squad that played the Gold Cup.”Honestly, it’s a game that leaves us a lot of positive thoughts within what it is – a friendly match that we played well and won.”The positive vibes started with Corona. At Porto, the 26-year-old has been getting run-outs at right back, but Martino said before the game he still sees him as an out-and-out winger. It was easy to see why in the 21st minute, when he gave Sergino Dest a rude welcome to senior international football by dipping past him and sending in a cross. As he so often is, Chicharito was in the perfect spot in the box waiting to apply the finishing touch.Javier Hernandez Aaron Long United States MexicoTecatito has the skills to take players on one-on-one, and he’s made defenders far more experienced than Dest look silly. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter noted how how Corona stayed high and made life difficult for the Ajax youngster, with neither Dest nor the Americans’ center backs able to rein him in.Watch back to the start of the play, though, and you can see it was classic Chicharito in another way. Few forwards come as deep as Chicharito does to both apply pressure and serve as the link between the back line and the attack. On the opening goal, he starts deep, touching the ball to center back Hector Moreno before coming forward. When nothing develops, he works back and gets a touch in the middle, moving the ball to the right side.Then, he runs to the that wing where right back Jorge Sanchez plays the easy pass to the forward. Chicharito then finds Corona with a one-touch pass. Next, he floats laterally before making the run into the box to head it in. It was a masterclass of movementPueden llamarme porrista, seguro los haters de Chicharito van a encontrar lo que sea para justificar su cegera voluntaria mientras se retuercen, pero observen la cantidad de veces en que participa Javier en la jugada antes del gol. Aquí la secuencia completa, disfrútenla 😘 pic.twitter.com/GQ7ycjI356— Raúl Guzmán (@raulguzman) September 7, 2019Chicharito may be known for his play in the box, but he often gets involved in the build-up play as well. His chemistry with both Corona and with Moreno has been the formula behind an absurd number of goals for Mexico in the last four years.”The good thing is I was able to get on the scoreboard in my return to the national team,” the forward told TV cameras after the game. “The team was good. I’m happy after so many months. We had chances, we played well and I was able to represent my country once again.”If wearing the crest is what’s important to him, the new Sevilla signing may play a fascinating role as a supersub. Chicharito won’t displace Jimenez for starting minutes in Mexico’s biggest matches, but he’s an excellent option to have not only to come off the bench and give Mexico another threat in a game its chasing but also in case Jimenez picks up a knock or simply is fatigued during a season in which he’ll be helping Wolves not only in the Premier League but also as they look for continental glory in Europa League play.Tecatito’s case is slightly different. He plays a position Martino uses two of, and there’s no obvious No. 2 winger on the depth chart behind Hirving Lozano. With Rodolfo Pizarro undergoing appendicitis, it’s possible we see a front three of Lozano, Jimenez and Corona earlier than expected – or perhaps the manager will give a chance to a younger player like Uriel Antuna.Either way, it certainly looks like El Tri’s best attacking trident and the fans may see that trio in action together sooner rather than later.Both Chicharito and Tecatito gave fans a reminder Friday. They haven’t been around for a while, but in the big picture they haven’t gone anywhere.last_img read more

Sent off for squirting water! Maradona’s crazy first coaching spell in Argentina

first_img“I do not know if we will train much with Diego, but we will certainly enjoy a few barbecues.” Paraguayan playmaker Guido Alvarenga was cautiously optimistic upon hearing that Diego Maradona, recently sent home in disgrace from the 1994 World Cup after failing a drugs test, would be taking the reins at Deportivo Mandiyu.The club from Corrientes had been in Argentina’s Primera División for six years, and with flamboyant businessman Roberto Cruz now at the helm aspired to greater things. Maradona, alongside joint-coach Carlos Fren and with fellow 1990 World Cup finalist Sergio Goycochea in goal, was part of that masterplan for glory. What followed was one of the most curious stages of El Pibe de Oro’s incredible career, as he sat on the bench for the first time.Maradona was of course obliged to trade in his boots. A 15-month ban handed down by FIFA prohibited him from playing anywhere in the world after the World Cup, and he decided to give coaching a try. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The decision to take the reins at Mandiyú was also apt: Corrientes had been the home of his parents before emigrating to the tough shanty town of Villa Fiorito in Buenos Aires prior to Diego’s birth; it was a ‘homecoming’ in every sense.The promise of seeing an Argentina legend on the bench had Corrientes in a frenzy. The stadium was packed for his first game, a home clash against Rosario Central, and a huge banner that read “Welcome Diego” was brandished on the pitch by the Mandiyu players prior to kick-off.Maradona himself watched from the stands, having yet to complete the coaching course necessary to officially take over as coach, while Fren directed from pitchside. There was no joy for the home support, however, who saw their team downed 2-1 by Central while Maradona screamed and gesticulated from afar.All eyes might have been on Diego, but he was careful to give his friend and colleague Fren equal credit. “We have the same authority here, if the players talk to me first it is only to ask me about one goal or other that I scored, a few more than Carlos,” he joked to reporters after that game.Maradona Racing 1995Neither, however, looked capable of stopping the rot at Mandiyú. After just 12 games, a solitary win, six draws – including a blockbuster 2-2 draw away to River Plate – and five defeats Maradona resigned as coach, and at the end of the 1994-95 season the Corrientes side were relegated. Cruz withdrew his funding and Mandiyú were forced to fold, less than a year after that rapturous welcome for Diego had appeared to herald a new age for the institution.Unbowed, the still-suspended legend did not have to wait long for his next coaching job. Racing Club, one of the traditional ‘big five’ of Argentine football, had fallen on hard times, enduring a drought in the Primera División that had led to 29 years without a title. Maradona and Fren arrived in January 1995 ahead of the Clausura campaign, taking over a team that boasted the talents of young striker Claudio ‘Piojo’ López, later of Valencia fame.“I took him to Racing,” Claudio ‘Turco’ García, Academia favourite and former neighbour of the legend in Villa Fiorito, told Fox Radio. “I told president Juan De Stefano to hire him and he said, ‘how can we afford him?’ I answered, ‘Look, it’s Diego, he’ll pay for himself, we can put adverts behind for press conferences, it’ll be fine.”The man himself, presented in his new home in a garish floral shirt (pictured above) at the start of the new year, stated his delight at starting a “new era, a new life suffering on the bench. Let’s hope we suffer as little as possible with the lads.” He was also looking forward to the end of his suspension, stating that if he was still at Racing when the ban ended “I’ll play myself, although that also depends on Carlitos Fren”.His stay in Avellaneda, however, did not make it that far. Maradona was as colourful as ever on the bench, holding his middle fingers up to an entire stadium on one occasion to mark a penalty saved by Racing’s Ignacio González.Diego Maradona Peru Argentina World Cup qualifying 2010There was also a memorable incident in his first derby against Independiente, when he was sent off by referee Bava for squirting water at a linesman – “I just wanted to get his attention,” he would explain afterwards. But results were just as disappointing as at Mandiyú. In 11 games Diego managed just two victories, drawing six and suffering three defeats, and when De Stefano left the coach followed him out of the Cilindro door.There was plenty still to write in the Maradona story, from his subsequent return to the pitch with Boca to drug troubles, serious health problems and that roller-coaster coaching comeback out of the blue with the national team 13 years after his last spell on the bench had ended in such subdued fashion.His spotted coaching record has been somewhat redeemed as of late thanks to an impressive spell in Mexico with Dorados, who fell just short of promotion with Maradona on the bench. Now Gimnasia, in dire relegation straits in the Superliga, have called on the wayward superstar in the hope he can turn things around. Whatever happens at the La Plata club, though, one thing is certain: these next few months will be thrilling to watch.last_img read more

Match Report: AC Milan 0-2 Inter

first_imgMarcelo Brozovic and Romelu Lukaku struck as Inter continued their 100 per cent start to the Serie A season and extended a strong recent record in derbies against city rivals AC Milan with a 2-0 victory.A deflected strike from Brozovic four minutes into the second half and a late clincher from Lukaku settled a contest that Antonio Conte’s men always looked likely to win.Milan, the designated home team at the shared San Siro, only produced one shot on target and were comfortably kept at arm’s length by Inter after the opening goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The Rossoneri have now lost two of their first four games under coach Marco Giampaolo and failed to beat Inter in seven consecutive league derbies.DERBY WINNERSTHIS IS OUR NIGHT! #MilanInter #DerbyMilano pic.twitter.com/LPziqx4OqP— Inter (@Inter_en) 21 September 2019The first big chance came when Lautaro Martinez slipped Lukaku through on goal, the Belgium striker’s right-footed shot forcing a one-handed save from Gianluigi Donnarumma.A better opportunity arrived in the 21st minute, but Danilo D’Ambrosio could somehow only hit the post from four yards on the rebound after Donnarumma made a reaction save from Martinez, the opening created by Stefano Sensi’s clever cut-back.Inter almost paid the price for those misses when Hakan Calhanoglu found the net, but the goal was disallowed because Kwadwo Asamoah’s poor clearance was adjudged to have struck the arm of Franck Kessie on his 100th Milan appearance.D’Ambrosio thought he had made amends with a stunning overhead kick which was somehow saved by Donnarumma and tucked in by Martinez on the rebound, but an offside flag halted the move.Inter broke through after the break, Brozovic’s strike from the edge of the area taking a wicked deflection off Rafael Leao to beat Donnarumma after Sensi’s lay-off.And the win was sealed 12 minutes from time with Lukaku guiding a well-judged header into the far corner from Nicolo Barella’s left-wing cross.Matteo Politano’s late curler struck the crossbar and Antonio Candreva’s deflected shot bounced off the inside of the post as Inter threatened a third, with Milan left to reflect on a forgettable performance that also saw Theo Hernandez strike the woodwork in the closing minutes. What does it mean? Juventus clash looming large for assured Inter After a poor Champions League outing against Slavia Prague, this assured victory will come as a significant boost to Inter.They have won all four of their Serie A matches, conceding just once in the process, and the Derby d’Italia against champions Juventus on October 6 is already looming large as a huge early test of their Scudetto credentials.For Milan, meanwhile, scrutiny of Giampaolo’s tactics is unlikely to go away after this defeat. Lukaku makes his mark After drawing blanks against Udinese and Slavia, it looked like another frustrating outing was coming for Lukaku when Donnarumma impressively denied him in the first half and he produced an odd aerial effort on the hour mark.But the former Manchester United star delivered with a fine header to wrap up the victory and then showed good link-up play to set up Politano’s effort against the bar. This was a display he needed. Leao does not make desired impact Leao was handed his first Milan start on a big occasion, named in the starting XI ahead of Lucas Paqueta and Ante Rebic despite having only played for 15 minutes before this encounter.But he did not make the impression he wanted, deflecting in Brozovic’s goal at one end and not registering a shot in attack, despite playing 83 minutes. Key Opta stats- AC Milan had only one shot on target – their equal worst total in a Serie A derby since 2004-05.- Brozovic became the third Croatian to have scored in the Milan derby, after Zvonimir Boban and Ivan Perisic.- He has now scored his last three goals in Serie A from outside the box.- Before his moment of glory on Saturday, Lukaku’s last headed goal in a domestic league came for Manchester United against Burnley in the Premier League on September 2 2018.- Leao became the first AC Milan outfield player born after January 1 1999 to start a Serie A match. The Portuguese forward was born on June 10 1999.What’s next? In-form Inter are back at San Siro against Lazio on Wednesday, while Milan are away a day later against Torino. read morelast_img read more

Report: Celtic 2-0 Cluj

first_imgCeltic gained revenge for their Champions League exit to Cluj as Neil Lennon’s side got their Europa League campaign up and running with a 2-0 win over the same opponents.Romanian champions Cluj knocked their Scottish counterparts out in Champions League qualification, with a remarkable 4-3 victory at Celtic Park seeing them progress 5-4 on aggregate.Cluj met their match in the form of Slavia Prague in the final play-off round, dropping into Europa League Group E, winning their opening fixture against Lazio. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Their return to Glasgow was not so triumphant, however, as Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi sent Celtic to the top of the group.How it feels to score your first #CelticFC goal!  pic.twitter.com/EOOoiep6SK— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 3, 2019Celtic, who drew 1-1 with Rennes in their first outing, were swiftly out of the blocks and Edouard marked a strong start with the opener in the 20th minute. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker scored against Cluj in the extraordinary second leg in August and proved the bane of the visitors’ defence again when he headed home Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo’s cross.Fraser Forster looked to have gifted Cluj an equaliser when he parried a free-kick straight to Mario Rondon, but Kevin Boli was in an offside position as he tucked in from his team-mate’s pass.And Elyounoussi doubled Celtic’s lead just before the hour, netting his first Hoops goal with a tidy finish into the bottom-right corner.Cluj pushed back, but Forster kept them at bay with a fine save from Ciprian Deac as Celtic got a first win of the group stage.last_img read more

Zaha: £80m transfer talk left head all over the place

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha admits speculation suggesting that he was an £80 million ($98m) target for Arsenal and Everton over the summer left his head “all over the place”.The Ivory Coast international generated transfer talk throughout the last window.At 26, the former Manchester United flop was considered to be ready for another step back up the football ladder. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career It was suggested that a boyhood Arsenal fan had his heart set on a switch to Emirates Stadium, but Palace’s reluctance to sell led the Gunners to land Nicolas Pepe instead.Everton then saw big-money bids knocked back, with the Eagles eager to avoid parting with Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka within a matter of weeks.The man forced to remain at Selhurst Park admits he found a protracted saga testing but claims to have no regrets, telling BBC Africa: “I had to put my head down and play my football.”I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly.”I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’.”I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly. Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.”Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace 2019-20Zaha is now fully focused on helping Palace in 2019-20, with Roy Hodgson’s side having collected 14 points from eight Premier League games to sit sixth in the table.Any thoughts of moving on have been put to the back of the mind for now, with the highly-rated forward adding: “I’m seeing how it goes. I’m a Crystal Palace player and I’m just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club.”I’m not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes.”The season’s gone well so far. We’ve got a lot more in us and I’m happy with the squad and everyone’s happy with where we are right now.”All I can do is perform on the pitch. I’m trying to be a consistent performer on the pitch week in, week out.”Last season I set myself a target of 10 goals and managed to get 10, so I was happy. Hopefully I can reach my goals again – that’s all that’s on my mind.”last_img read more

Chelsea’s first black player believes racism has become worse

first_imgChelsea’s first black player, Paul Canoville, has said that he thinks racism is only getting worse in English and world football.There have been a number of high-profile incidents of discriminatory behaviour in England this season, with leading stars such as Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham having received racist abuse on social media.Last weekend alone in the Premier League, Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion fans were involved in racist chanting, with both clubs now attempting to identify those involved in the incidents. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career And it’s not just in the Premier League where racism is prevalent in football, with there having been a number of incidents in Italy this season, such as Romelu Lukaku receiving monkey chants from opposition supporters and Atalanta being fined just €10,000 for the racist abuse of Fiorentina’s Dalbert.On the international stage the situation is equally as grave, with England set to play in a partially closed stadium away to Bulgaria on Monday night as a result of racism in previous games, while several of their players were subjected to monkey chants in a trip to Montenegro earlier this year.For Canoville, these numerous occasions indicate to him that racism has not decreased in football since his playing days in the 1980s. He has also called on the governing bodies to do more to help black players.“There’s a lack of support for black players and the authorities themselves, the big boys: the Premier League, UEFA, the FA – they’ve got to do a lot more,” Canoville told Sky Sports .“This has steadily been gaining and they haven’t got a clue about the situation or how to eradicate it. It’s not just at international level, it’s all grounds [in the] Premier League. Every club has got to sort this out.”Canoville is considered one of game’s pioneers for black players after he suffered repeated racist abuse from his own supporters when playing for Chelsea between 1981-1986.“This really does hurt,” he said. “I’m thinking, 30 years after what I went through and I see it’s got worse. From ground to ground, hearing it – something’s got to be done.”During his career, Canoville also played for Reading, but was forced to retire from professional football in 1987 after suffering a serious knee injury.last_img read more

Community notebook: East County Jets finish runner-up at youth football nationals

first_img Admission is free.The inaugural event is being held in conjunction with the Timbers Alliance ID camp, providing the area high school players an opportunity to be seen by college coaches.The game is also being hosted by Skyview Storm Soccer, Washington Timbers FC and the Clark College women’s soccer team.Have an event or results for In the Community? Email the information to sports@columbian.com. By Columbian staff By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 2 Photos Ridgway signs with Arizona ChristianMacKenzie “Mac” Ridgway, who competes for SWAG Gymnastics of Vancouver and Union High School, signed a letter of intent to attend Arizona Christian University.She will be part of the acrobatics & tumbling team at the college located in Phoenix. The team was first formed for the 2017-18 season.Ridgway was the runner-up on floor at the Class 4A high school state championships last February.Soccer All-Star game set for SundayThe Clark County Senior All-Star Girls Soccer game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Harmony Sports Complex, located on NE 192nd Avenue in Vancouver. Community notebook: East County Jets finish runner-up at youth football nationals GO The East County Camas Jets Junior Pee Wee football team finished runner-up at the National Youth Football Championship Tournament, held over Thanksgiving weekend at Las Vegas. (Contributed photo) Photo Gallery Published: December 3, 2018, 6:24pm Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: The East County Camas Jets Junior Pee Wee football team, a youth team made up of 4th-5th-6th graders, finished runner up at the National Youth Football Championship Tournament, held over Thanksgiving weekend at Las Vegas.After an undefeated 7-0 season in which they outscored their opponents 155-0, the Jets went on to win Best in the West to secure their spot at nationals.Playing in the 11-year-old National Division, the Jets opened with a 14-6 win over the Rocky Mountain Thunderhawks 14-6.In the championship game, the Jets lost to Highlands Ranch Warriors Red of Colorado 26-0. Share:last_img read more

Fishing report, Dec. 13

first_img Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Terry Otto Columbian staff writer White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release.Plus-sized fall rainbow trout are still available in the lakes stocked on Black Friday.Fall trout plantings have begun in lakes in the Columbia River Gorge.Trophy-sized brooder trout are being planted in local lakes.Walleye fishing has slowed considerably in the Columbia River.Early winter steelhead fishing in Salmon Creek is very slow.Salmon/SteelheadColumbia River Mainstem — From the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco: Closed to angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead.Grays River — Three bank anglers released one coho.Elochoman River — 35 bank anglers kept five steelhead and released seven coho jacks. One boat/two rods had no catch.Abernathy Creek — One bank angler had no catch.Mill Creek — One bank angler had no catch.Germany Creek — Four bank anglers had no catch.Cowlitz River — I-5 Bridge downstream: Five bank rods had no catch.Above the I-5 Bridge: 12 bank rods released one coho jack.Kalama River — Eight bank anglers had no catch. One boat/two rods released two coho. Fishing report, Dec. 13 Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share:center_img The best bite has come on the west side of the lake.Kokanee fishing in Yale Lake has been good all fall, and continues to be good for chunky fish up to 14 inches. Lewis River — 12 bank rods had no catch.East Fork Lewis River — 15 bank anglers released one steelhead.Salmon Creek — 31 bank anglers had no catch.WalleyeJohn Day Pool — Weekly checking showed four walleye released for one boat (two anglers).TroutAnglers are still catching big Black Friday rainbow trout in Kress, Klineline, Battle Ground, and Rowland lakes.Spearfish Lake — planted with 3,500 rainbow trout at 2.5 per pound on Dec. 3.Kress Lake — Eight recycled steelhead were planted on Dec. 3.Icehouse Lake — planted with 1,500 rainbow trout at 2.5 per pound, and 30 trophy-sized brooder rainbow trout on Dec 3.KokaneeKokanee fishing continues to hold up well in Merwin Lake, with fish up to 17 or 18 inches showing in the creel. Anglers must first find the right depth, which has been changing from day to day. By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer Published: December 13, 2018, 6:01am GO terry.otto@columbian.comlast_img read more

Ethan Smith breaks Union’s single-game 3-point record in win over Camas

first_img Tags Andy Buhler Columbian Staff Writer GO @AndyBuhler By Andy Buhler, Columbian Staff Writer Published: January 19, 2019, 12:53am Share: A whopping 17 of the Titans’ 31 made field goals were 3-pointers.Brad Lackey had 15 points, Tanner Toolson scored 13 and Houston Combs added 12 for the Titans. According to Conley, Combs averages over seven assists per game. His offensive output made the difference for Union, Conley said.Camas was paced by Isaiah Sampson’s 20 points. Mason Tiplett and Carson Bonine added 10 apiece.When Smith hit his final 3 midway through the fourth quarter, Union called timeout as the student section chanted “that’s a record.” Smith didn’t know he had broken the record until he heard the Titan student section.The Union senior, who Conley dubs the best shooter he’s ever coached, surpasses a host of talented former Titans with the record. Smith hit two 3s to push the lead two 11 with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter, which forced Camas to call a timeout. Some 30 seconds after play resumed, Smith hit another contested 3, and effectively staved off Camas each time it tried to close the deficit.“I have a pretty green light most of the time,” Smith said, “but after I hit a few, (coach Blake Conley) was definitely letting me have some heat checks.”Camas tightened its pressure on Smith by face-guarding him feet beyond the 3-point arc, and sometimes sending multiple defenders his way, so Union found 3s elsewhere. Brad Lackey two 3s from the top of the key and Houston Combs hit another to extend the Titans’ lead in the waning minutes.Union coach Blake Conley credited it to the team’s defense.“I said if we could get good shots, the points will come, this group can score, so if we got stops we could pull away and that’s what happened, luckily,” Conley said. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: UNION 82, CAMAS 68UNION — Brad Lackey 15, Houston Combs 12, Izaiah Vongath 0, Ariya Briscoe 0, Josh Reznick 2, Tanner Toolson 13, Alishawuan Taylor 8, Ethan Smith 28, Ty McCullum 2, Curtis Youngren 2. Totals 31 (17) 3-4 82.+CAMAS — Carson Bonine 10, Zach Chillian 7, Shane Jamison 4, Titan Phillips 0, Mason Triplett 10, Isaiah Sampson 20, Fox Bessinger 5, Josh McPhun 3, Jackson Clemmer 8. Totals 25 (5) 12-15 68.Union 19 17 16 30—82Camas 15 20 9 24—68JV — Union 55-44center_img Camas PapermakersUnion TitansVideo CAMAS — Ethan Smith had tied the Union single game record for 3-pointers multiple times over the last two seasons, and hoped at some point, he would eventually break it.Friday was his night.Smith his eight 3s on his way to a game-high 28 points to lead the Titans past Camas 82-68 to further extend their unbeaten season to 17-0.“Last year when I hit seven a few times I just figured there was going to be one game where the dam was going to break,” Smith said. “Tonight was that game.”Union, which is ranked No. 1 in 4A in the WIAA’s RPI metric, started the second half with a 9-1 run capped by a 3-pointer from Houston Combs. The Titans entered the fourth quarter with an eight-point lead, and buried a series of 3s to seal off the Papermakers’ comeback attempts. Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Buy this Photo The Union boys basketball team lifts up Ethan Smith moments after an 82-68 win over Camas in which he hit a school-record eight 3-pointers on Friday night at Camas High School. (Andy Buhler/The Columbian) (360) 735-4557 Ethan Smith breaks Union’s single-game 3-point record in win over Camas Senior hits eight 3s in 82-68 league win andy.buhler@columbian.comlast_img read more

Warriors don’t wilt in Game 2

first_imgWarriors don’t wilt in Game 2 Golden State evens NBA Finals with 109-104 win Share: Published: June 2, 2019, 10:29pm And Golden State is still without Durant, who missed his seventh straight game with a strained right calf but hopes to return during the series.For now, they got key contributions from Quinn Cook, who hit three 3-pointers, and veteran center Andrew Bogut, who wasn’t even part of the roster most of the season but came off the bench for three baskets.“It was a great win. We got to go home and protect our home floor and we’ll see about all the injuries,” coach Steve Kerr said. “But I’m very proud of our team and in particular all the guys off the bench.”Kerr said Thompson told him that he thought his injury was minor and he’d be fine, but added that “Klay could be half dead and he would say he would be fine.” Kerr was unsure the nature of Looney’s injury. Andre Iguodala, himself slow to get up after a hard fall in the first half, made the clinching 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left after the Raptors scored 10 straight points to cut it to 106-104.Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. They had won five straight since falling behind 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.Curry appeared to be laboring as well in the first half, returning to the locker room in the midst of six straight misses to start the game.But the Warriors cobbled together a good enough finish to the second quarter to keep it close, then stormed out of the locker room with one of their vintage third-quarter charges that have been so frequent during their run to five straight NBA Finals. Follow Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the net as Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) looks on during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) Photo Gallery Iguodala had five quick points including a 3-pointer that moved Golden State into the lead at 61-59. The surge continued with three straight baskets from Thompson and three more from Green, whose last one capped the 18-0 run that Elias said was the longest to start a half in NBA Finals history and made it 72-59 before Toronto finally got on the board with a 3-pointer with VanVleet with 6:20 remaining in the period.“They moved the ball really well and were running freely,” Raptors center Marc Gasol said. “Once they run freely, everything opens up for them.” By BRIAN MAHONEY, Associated Press Share:center_img 9 Photos By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for the Raptors, who had red T-shirts with their slogan “We The North” hanging on seats around the arena.The Warriors sure were seeing red, especially Curry, during a mostly miserable first half when they missed 20 of their first 28 shots.He hung his head and didn’t even attempt to run back when VanVleet stole the ball from him and made a layup to give Toronto an 11-point lead with a little more than 2 minutes remaining in the half.But Curry made two free throws for the final points of the half to cut it to 59-54, then the Warriors came back and pitched a shutout until nearly the midpoint of the third quarter during a series-changing — perhaps season-changing — swing. Follow The Columbian on Instagram “Third quarter we didn’t play well enough. We missed too many shots,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “They got out in transition and got a little confidence going. We lost the game there.”DeMarcus Cousins was inserted into the starting lineup and delivered 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Draymond Green had 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists — missing by one assist a fourth straight triple-double.The series moves to their Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4, with the first NBA Finals to be played outside the U.S. assured of returning to Canada for Game 5.The Warriors will hope to have enough healthy bodies to get through it. Thompson landed awkwardly after a 3-point attempt early in the fourth quarter and limped off soon after, with backup center Kevon Looney already missing the second half with a chest or shoulder injury. TORONTO — The Golden State Warriors relied on a champion’s heart to overcome their weary bodies.Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with a hamstring injury, Stephen Curry had 23 and the Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half on the way to a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night that tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece.With Kevin Durant already out and Thompson eventually joining him in the fourth quarter, the Warriors don’t feel great — but they would’ve felt a whole lot worse flying home in a 2-0 hole.“I think that when you get to this stage, our DNA shows up,” Curry said. GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

Avalon Expands Active Discovery Cruises to the Rhine River

first_imgLITTLETON, Colorado – April 12, 2017 – Avalon Waterways invites travelers to see the world their way.  Expansive.  Unhindered.  Utterly unique.  And for those travelers who not only like to see new things, but also enjoy doing new things, Avalon is expanding its popular Active Discovery on the Danube cruises to include two NEW Active Discovery on the Rhine itineraries. On these highly unique vacations, travelers have the opportunity to bike, hike and explore their way through Europe. These are cruises focused on engaging in the unfamiliar. “Our NEW Active Discovery on the Rhine cruises (8 days from Amsterdam to Frankfurt or the reverse) introduce travelers to the people and places of Europe in the most active, engaged and fun ways imaginable,” said Terri Burke, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “They can bike along the Rhine River, take a running tour of Amsterdam or hike on incredible trails.  They can also immerse themselves in history and culture in each port with excursions to historic castles, a culinary tour or painting class. Avalon travelers can even dress up in real Roman attire and participate in a reenactment of the Roman Games, tour an extinct volcano and a coal mine – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.” For the second year, Avalon Waterways is also offering travelers Active Discovery on the Danube cruises (9 days from Budapest to Linz or the reverse) which include opportunities to bike, hike, and canoe along the Danube River. Learn some of the local language—and then go try it in a café or pub … Explore an ice cave, take an archery lesson, descend into an underground salt mine…or ascend a mountain during a guided climb. Conduct an orchestra, compose a waltz, play nine holes of golf or help a farmer in his apricot orchard. “On both our Rhine and Danube River Active Discovery itineraries, every port gives travelers a world of possibilities as they interact with the locals and choose from a plethora of dynamic activities – a vast majority of which are included – that most appeal to them. It’s the Old World in a whole new way,” said Burke.Avalon Waterways’ Active Discovery cruises are priced from $3,249. SEE THE WORLD SALES EVENT:  Those booking a 2018 river cruise with Avalon Waterways can take advantage of $299 Airfare* or Save Up To $1,500** per couple when booking early.  For details, click here.  ABOUT AVALON WATERWAYS Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited you – our traveler – to be our muse. Thanks to you, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result? An incomparable river cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites℠ – with innovative Open-Air BalconiesSM and beds facing the views – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®: Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites. On the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favorite words. Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included. Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner – included. Complimentary Wi-Fi – included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included. VIP entrance into must-see sites – included. Unique Local FavoritesSM designed to bring your destination to life – included. In addition to everything that is included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to river cruising that invites travelers to personalize their trip. Whether looking for a romantic mini-break, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you can choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia, or South America– your way! For more information, visit AvalonWaterways.com and “like” us on Facebook. Agents should visit GlobusFamilyPartner.com for booking details and promotions.last_img read more