Tottenham tie starlet to new long-term contract

first_img1 Tottenham youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new contract with the club.The 17-year-old has been tipped for a big future and was a regular for USA at Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.The defender is expected to make the breakthrough into the Spurs first-team and he has been rewarded for his progress with a new contract.Carter-Vickers is now tied to Tottenham until 2018 and will continue to be part of the club’s under-21 side. Cameron Carter-Vickers last_img

Holidays Around The Parks: Epcot Edition

first_imgShare This!It’s that time of year again when theme parks roll out their holiday decorations to celebrate the season in their own magical ways. Whether you’re a fan of the mouse or the boy who lived, there is something for everyone this holiday season when it comes to décor in the parks. Today we’re going to take you on a tour through Epcot as we explore some of the elements that make Holidays Around the World one of the grandest, joyous celebrations of the holidays in Orlando.One of the newer offerings this season is the Cookie Nook, located inside the former Odyssey building. As the name implies, you can find a wide selection of scrumptious Christmas cookies to pair with local brews that have a holiday flair to them. Having grown up in Titusville, I must recommend the Playalinda Brewing Company’s Sparkling Christmas Coffee Blonde, which emits a robust coffee flavor for a lighter beer. Holiday gifts are also available for purchase at this location. The American AdventureIf you’re looking for a traditional holiday meal, slide on over to the American Holiday Table in the American Adventure. Here you’ll find traditional favorites such as turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a cranberry sauce, along with hot chocolates, and of course eggnog. I decided to try JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout, which surprisingly was a tasty choice. Feast of the Three KingsA new offering this year is the Feast of the Three Kings, which celebrates the journey of the Three Kings as they followed the star to Bethlehem to find the Christ child. As the day winds down, I always take time to enjoy my favorite part of the holiday season: the decorations. JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk StoutWhile you’re in the area, stop by and visit with Santa so you can tell him that you’re all set on socks this year. Befana, the Italian Christmas WitchOne of my absolute favorite parts of Holidays Around the World are the storytellers that share the traditions of each nation. This year I happened upon La Befana, the Christmas witch from Italy whom, according to legend, delivers gifts to children on the Eve of Epiphany. Now I see where the inspiration for the lyrics “Jump in bed and cover your head” come from. That concludes our holiday tour around Epcot. Check back soon as we visit the other parks and special holiday décor around Orlando’s theme parks! Saint Nicholas gives an important lesson on one of my favorite Christmas traditions: mistletoe. Bearing gifts, they traversed far… Saint NicholasWhat would an Epcot festival be without merchandise? From event-specific shirts, ornaments, and mugs to hand-made ornaments, there is something to fit under everyone’s tree this holiday season. AlsaceAs with every festival showcased in Epcot, food booths are located in all of the usual places around World Showcase. The individual foods are themed to the holiday celebrations of the respective nations.last_img read more

African tourism without borders

first_img18 September 2009South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is to partner with neighbouring countries Mozambique and Swaziland to create a wild, scenic, cross-border tourism magnet in south-eastern Africa.Mpumalanga, Swaziland and Mozambican tourism authorities have agreed to pool their resources, and collectively package their tourism products, to draw more international tourists not only to South Africa but to its southern African neighbours as well.Announcing the deal in White River, Mpumalanga on Wednesday, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency CEO Charles Ndabeni said the idea was to enable visitors “to have breakfast in Mpumalanga, lunch in Mbabane, Swaziland, and supper in Mozambique”.Ndabeni said a memorandum of understanding would be signed in November to seal the deal, after a “few outstanding issues have been ironed out”.The three tourism authorities plan to collaborate in developing a regional brand identity, as well as in regional destination marketing campaigns, tourism airlift strategies, research and information management, tourism product development, and 2010 Fifa World Cup initiatives.Ndabeni said the partnership might expand in the future to include South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, Angola and Zimbabwe.Of the 924-million people who toured the world in 2008, 498-million visited Europe, while only 45-million visited Africa. Ndabeni said the partnership aimed to change this.“We [want] to start packaging our key iconic areas so that we are not looking at ourselves in isolation from the big picture, which is that Africa as a continent is harvesting less than 2 percent of global tourism, and this needs to change,” he said.Mpumalanga province is a major South African tourism drawcard, covering nearly 80 000 square kilometres and offering spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife in both private game reserves and the world-famous Kruger National Park.Mpumalanga – which translates loosely “the place where the sun rises” – also provides a microcosm of Ndebele and Swazi culture, history and heritage.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ISL: Shah Rukh Khan disappointed not to own Atletico de Kolkata

first_imgShah Rukh revealed that Sourav Ganguly deserved to own Atletico de Kolkata more than himDisappointed that he could not buy the Kolkata franchisee of the Indian Super League football tournament despite best efforts, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he could not bring himself to buying another city.”I will say something which is unfortunate and sad for me. I really very much wanted to be a part of ISL and I wanted to own a football team but there was no way that I would have got Kolkata and if I can’t have Kolkata I can’t have any other city,” he told reporters here last night.Khan, who also co-owns IPL franchisee Kolkata Knight Riders, said he had met everyone involved to buy the Kolkata ISL franchisee which was eventually bought jointly by former cricketer Sourav Ganguly, businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka, Utsav Parekh and Spanish club club Atletico Madrid.”I was offered every other city but I said I won’t do it. If I can’t have Kolkata as a football team then I won’t play football for life,” he said.He, however, congratulated Ganguly, with whom he shared bitter-sweet vibes during IPL.”More deserving than me is ‘dada’ (Ganguly) and he should have it and I can’t compete with him…I wish ‘dada’ and everyone in the championship. I hope it does well.”He said the team is in better hands than him and would do well.”Even today when I was flying down I felt very sad that I don’t have the football team of Kolkata. I started IPL because I was told that IPL will extend into soccer. My love is for football. I play football, my son plays football and my daughter is the captain in football,” the actor-producer said.advertisement”If we play football we have to play for Kolkata, you don’t play for any other city. I have all my love for Mumbai and Delhi but the city I back is Kolkata,” Khan said.last_img read more

Leading referee ready for NYC

first_imgJillian McRoberts never thought that challenging a referee’s decision in a game of touch would lead to her being one of Australia’s leading referees.But that split decision has changed her life.“I decided if I was going to argue with them, I may as well know the rules, so I did a referees course and that’s how I became a referee. I took the rule book out the next week and showed him that I was right and he was wrong,” she said.Almost eight years later, she has progressed through the ranks to attain her level six refereeing badge last March. She is only one of seven female referees at this week’s X Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour, but is happy with the amount of juniors, especially girls, coming through the system.“It’s good to see that they [the girls] are all giving it a go, because it does take a certain type of person to be a referee. I don’t know why they choose to do it, but it’s good to see that the numbers are increasing, and we’re getting a lot of junior girls coming through,” she said.There are 56 referees at the carnival, and even though they don’t get as much recognition as the players, they put in just as much work, if not more, than the players.“We probably train harder than the players do to get to a tournament…referees run in excess of five k [kilometres] a game, and players run about 3 k a game. The referees have to put in more per game than the players do,”As part of her training she runs every day and also referees rugby league.It takes this sort of commitment to make it at the top level, but getting there hasn’t come easy for Jillian.A knee injury sidelined Jillian for two years, halting her attempt to achieve her level six badge. Also, having four step children has made her think about what’s most important.“It’s hard organising the family, to be able to get the time to train and also to get the field time to referee.”Although she’s been called all the names in the book, the criticism she cops doesn’t bother her.But she wouldn’t have it any other way.“I think the main thing that keeps me coming back is the people that I meet here. That’s just the ultimate, to be able to get away and just spend the whole week refereeing and doing what you love.”last_img read more

The Pacers Got Manhandled on the Glass

Tuesday night did not go the way the Indiana Pacers had hoped. Seeking to close out the Washington Wizards in Indianapolis, the home team instead lost by 23 points in a game that was all but over before the fourth quarter began.The Pacers were outplayed in a number of areas, but nowhere more so than in the rebounding battle. The final tally was 62-23 in favor of the Wizards, making it the largest rebounding differential in the NBA playoffs going back to the 1985-86 season.There were two challenges for the Pacers on Tuesday night: They didn’t get themselves in position to grab rebounds, and they didn’t convert those opportunities when they had them.The Pacers rely heavily on their starting five, a reliable rebounding group for most of the season. Of the 21 lineups in the league that played at least 400 minutes together this season, the Pacers’ starters grabbed 51.7 percent of available rebounds — ninth best in the league. But the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking data can give us a closer look at how well that unit usually rebounds and exactly how atrocious its performance was on the glass in Game 5.SportVU Player Tracking statistics include rebound chances, defined as any time a player was within 3.5 feet of a rebound (multiple players can meet that definition for a single shot). Rebound chances can be compared with actual rebounds to calculate a conversion percentage for each player. It’s important to remember those multiple opportunities here. Even if the Pacers grabbed every rebound, their conversion percentage might not be 100 percent because more than one teammate could have earned a rebound chance by being around the ball on a single shot.Here we can see the dramatic drop off in both rebound opportunities and conversions in Game 5. The Pacers starters put themselves in rebounding position far less often and lost far more of those individual rebounding battles than they usually do. Circling back to total rebound percentage, we find this group grabbed just 25 percent of the available rebounds in the 20 minutes they played together in Game 5.This performance can’t be pinned entirely on the Pacers; the Wizards were aggressive from the opening tip and deserve plenty of credit for forcing the Pacers into this kind of drab performance. Wizards center Marcin Gortat was a force, pulling in 16 rebounds on 24 rebound chances. But this kind of rebounding disparity requires effort (or the lack thereof) from both teams.It’s unlikely the Pacers will put up another rebounding performance this disastrous, but the damage may be done. By allowing themselves to be so thoroughly pushed around on the interior, they have given the Wizards new life. read more

From class clowns to the class president Ohio States wide receivers are

Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) celebrates with redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall (17) during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorMore than any other position group in football, wide receivers have a reputation for being divas.At Ohio State, that reputation might not be lost when stepping into wide receivers coach Zach Smith’s room.“We definitely have divas, yes, we have divas,” redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall said Monday. “I can’t tell you their names ‘cause they’re my brothers, but we have divas in the wide receiver room.”But earlier on Monday, Smith rejected the idea of there being any divas in the room.“Certainly not here,” he said. “That’s elsewhere, everywhere else.”But for the Buckeyes — while that diva attitude might be present depending who you ask — the goals of the team come to the forefront more than individual glory, Marshall said. He added that each receiver is still ready to step into the limelight when his time comes.“We want to win more than we want the ball,” he said. “So if we do have to get the ball to win, I feel like we can make the plays that’s given to us. That’s why it’s not so much of a battle in the room anymore, because we want to win.”Despite a plethora of different personalities at the position, Marshall credited Smith for his ability to keep the group together.“Coach Smith, I think he handles it all well, our own little personalities,” he said.The core group of OSU’s receiving corps consists of six players — two seniors in Devin Smith and Evan Spencer, a redshirt-junior in Corey Smith, redshirt-sophomore Michael Thomas, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt-freshman Marshall. Those players have accounted for 72 of OSU’s 110 receptions this season for 1,236 yards and 15 touchdowns.“There’s probably six guys rotating right now,” Zach Smith said. “All six of them, there may not be a premier, marquee guy that’s going to have the national stats that put him into whatever top of the country, but that’s a testament to the development of those six guys in the group.”While none are well beyond the pack statistically, Thomas leads the group with 21 catches for 377 yards and is tied for the team-high with Devin Smith with five touchdown receptions.Zach Smith said the success of the Buckeyes’ receivers this season, despite none standing out from the pack, comes back down to the relationship they have with one another.“In order for Mike Thomas to touch the ball, Jalin might not touch it as many times, but there’s a great relationship between the two,” he said as an example. “He wants Jalin to touch the ball. They all want to do well. At the end of the day, all they really care about is we win and we do our job.”Thanks in part to the work of those recievers, the Buckeyes have done little but win so far this season. They hold a 5-1 overall record with a 2-0 mark in Big Ten play. Those wins are partially credited to the OSU offense which has been playing at a historic rate over the past few weeks, as the Buckeyes set a school record for consecutive games with 50 or more points when they did it for the fourth time in a row on Saturday against Rutgers.While continued team success might still be their No. 1 priority, Spencer said he’s also happy to see the success of his fellow receivers.“When one person is doing well, everybody’s doing well,” he said Monday. “And we really kind of expanded on that notion. The fact that we wish the best upon everybody.”Hoping for the success of the players around them comes back to the relationship the receivers have with each other, which Marshall described as brotherhood, but the concoction of personalities might also look something like a high school homeroom.“We got Mike Thomas, he’s kind of the clown, the class clown of the room, he always makes those comments,” Marshall said. “You got Evan Spencer, the leader, he’s like the class president.”Marshall also called Devin Smith the “goofiest one in the room,” Wilson the “class comedian,” and referred to Corey Smith as a clown alongside Thomas.“We’re all fools to our own extent, we like to have fun,” Spencer said.But as for himself, Marshall painted a picture of the one who might be the model student.“I don’t know about me, I just listen to coach Smith and go to practice, that’s what I do,” he said.As long as they avoid detention, the Buckeye receivers are set to lead OSU into a Saturday matchup with Penn State in State College, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Football No 3 Ohio State pulls away from Indiana with 4926 victory

Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell scores a touchdown against Indiana on Oct. 5 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State defeated Indiana 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter coming through with a big win on the road against then-No. 9 Penn State a week ago, Ohio State came back home to take on Indiana.Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions by a point, then came out the following week and lost to the then-unranked Iowa Hawkeyes 55-24, ruining their chances at the College Football Playoff.This year, Ohio State came out ready to prove that last year’s stunning defeat to Iowa was a one-time event.Despite looking vulnerable at times against Indiana on Saturday, No. 3 Ohio State eventually was able to hold on and pull away, earning the 49-26 victory to stay undefeated on the season.“At times we played outstanding,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “We just have to keep working at it. I trust our staff. I trust our players. We’re banged up a little bit. And we’ve got to fight through it. But gotta play better.”Indiana came out firing, thoroughly outplaying the Buckeyes’ secondary for much of the first half, taking a 17-14 lead with seven minutes to go in the second quarter.But Ohio State’s offense continued to counter, as redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins put on another impressive performance to keep the Buckeyes from their first loss of the season.Haskins threw for a career high 455 passing yards, completing 33-of-44 passes and earning six passing touchdowns and two interceptions on the day.Haskins’ six touchdowns tied the program record for most passing touchdowns in a game. His 455 yards through the air was also three shy of the Ohio State record set by Art Schlichter in 1981.“Every game you want to light it up, but definitely it was a good statistical game,” Haskins said. “I’m glad we got the win most importantly.”After going down by a field goal halfway through the second quarter, Haskins found redshirt senior wide receivers Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin on back-to-back drives to put Ohio State up 28-17 late in the first half.Indiana drove late to make a 37-yard field goal to bring the score to 28-20 by halftime.The Hoosiers remained close for much of the game, staying within single digits by the end of the third quarter.Eventually, Haskins closed the door on Indiana’s upset hopes, finding McLaurin on a 17-yard touchdown, his second of the game, putting Ohio State up 42-26.Sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey picked apart the Ohio State secondary in the first half, ending it with 239 yards and two touchdowns, including three completions of 30 yards or more.Meyer said the team’s defensive effort will continue to be the main focus.“At the end of the day you have to play great defense to get where you gotta get. And I’m confident that we will,” Meyer said.”At times we’ve played great defense and we have to get everybody healthy and get back to that.”It looked like the Buckeyes were starting to pull away, starting the third quarter with a 71-yard touchdown from Haskins to Campbell. Campbell was left wide open, and used his speed to easily beat the Hoosiers defenders down the field, putting Ohio State up 35-20.Campbell finished the day with nine receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns.But Indiana kept fighting its way back, bringing the game within nine when Ramsey found redshirt junior wide receiver Donovan Hale wide open in the endzone with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter.The Hoosiers had opportunities to cut the deficit further, as redshirt freshman safety Bryant Fitzgerald intercepted Haskins, the second interception for Indiana on the day.Haskins was hit hard as he threw, and the ball fluttered into Fitzgerald’s hands for the easy interception. But Indiana didn’t capitalize on the turnover, leaving the score at 35-26 after three quarters.Ohio State will attempt to continue its winning streak against Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at 12 p.m. on Oct. 13. Meyer said the pass defense is going to be the key for success as the season progresses.“A combination of poor pass rush and not blocking on your guys,” Meyer said. “We’ve been fine against the run, but the pass has been killing us and that’s going to bite us, something we’ve got to get fixed.”Story updated at 9:24 p.m. with quotes from Meyer and Haskins read more

Mkhitaryan launches the bizarre Mickitoy

first_imgArsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has taken the unconventional route of launching his own toy called the “Mickitoy”The playmaker is regarded as somewhat of a national hero back in his homeland of Armenia for his achievements in his professional football career that has seen him play for the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United and now Arsenal.Mkhitaryan is the current captain of the Armenia national team and is also their all-time record goalscorer.Now the 29-year-old is giving a loyal fan base back in Armenia the chance to buy into his world.While Cristiano Ronaldo is set to launch his own superhero animated series, Mkhitaryan will be launching his own interactive doll which will be modelled in his image.The toy will be released to the marketplace on June 1 as part of the International Children’s Day celebrations.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“NOW in Mankan shops ARM. Online orders coming soon” read the tweet.“On the Int Children’s Day, I wish every kid to be blessed with a bright future. ”NOW in Mankan shops ARM. Online orders coming soon #mickitoy On the Int Children’s Day, I wish every kid to be blessed with a bright future.— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) June 1, 2018last_img read more