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EPL: Pep Guardiola may break Man City transfer promise

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has previously been adamant about certain transfer decisions As he said in front of the Amazon cameras, Pep Guardiola will defend Manchester City players in press conferences and tell them what he really thinks in the dressing room. Pep Guardiola may have to break a Man City transfer promise His support for some in public has been stronger than others, and few defences can have been as strong as those of John Stones. There was the infamous balls reference, but a year later the manager went further when presented with speculation that the defender could be sold. “I don’t know how people believe we’re going to sell John Stones,” he said in the back end of the 2017/18 campaign when Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany were proving difficult to dislodge from the starting XI.Advertisement “He is a young player, an international English player. He’s a huge part of the reason why we won the title. I don’t know how long I will be here in Manchester, but as long as I’m here, John Stones will be with us.” Stones has been an important part of two titles wins – the second would surely not have happened without that goalline clearance against Liverpool – and yet, like Sylvain Distin, many are wondering if there is more yet to come from the defender. The 26-year-old finds himself in a similar position to that Raheem Sterling was in in 2017 when he was reported as part of a swap deal with Arsenal taking Alexis Sanchez to City. It felt bizarre to think that Guardiola would want rid of an England international but Sterling hadn’t scored the goals that were wanted. No move ever happened, he stayed, improved his finishing, and will likely now leave the club on his own terms whenever that is. But what of Stones? Four years after signing for the club, the defender is yet to enjoy a full season with form or fitness hampering him and there have been signs this season that the manager has less time for it. Arsenal again have been linked, and depending on price there would surely be other offers if Guardiola did change his mind. There is still time for Stones, as there was for Sterling, to show the improvement that will lead to him becoming a mainstay in the team. Loading… Read Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasonsBut that familiar sense of uncertainty has to be there again after a disappointing year. Where the City manager may have been adamant that Stones will never be sold on his watch back in 2018, ahead of a tournament where the centre-back shone in England’s path to the World Cup semi-final, would the same apply now?It may not come out in a press conference, but Guardiola may need to have a dressing room chat that he didn’t expect to have to make.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like Them8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

Balmont so close in Shaheen

first_img Press Association Eddie Lynam’s Balmont Mast nearly pulled off a 33-1 surprise in the Golden Shaheen at Meydan but just failed to catch Reynaldothewizard. Mullen said: “I was disappointed earlier in the evening as the track rode too slow for Surfer in the Godolphin Mile, so it is really great to win this. “I am delighted for Mr Seemar – I do the easy bit sitting on top of the horse and doing the steering, but it is the trainer who carries out all the hard work and he richly deserves this.” center_img The Satish Seemar-trained winner, ridden by Richard Mullen, had won twice at the Carnival already but was stepping up markedly in class and only held off the Irish challenger by a neck. Tom Hogan’s Gordon Lord Byron met trouble on the rail, but when the gap came he could not quicken, and Godolphin’s red-hot favourite Mental never threatened to get involved at any stage. last_img read more

Pardew dismisses squad problems

first_imgAlan Pardew has blasted talk of a rift within the Newcastle camp as he attempts to guide the club out of relegation trouble. The Magpies have adopted a siege mentality in the wake of last Saturday’s 6-0 humiliation at St James’ Park, which left the club fighting for its Barclays Premier League future. Rumours of unrest within the dressing room surfaced, prompting the official club website to release quotes from senior men Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse insisting all was well. But Pardew came out fighting as he was questioned on the allegations. He said: “As far as I am concerned, the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result. The fact that we have a lot of French players and some language difficulties has been torn up and made to be something else. There is no problem and we go to the next game.” Press Associationcenter_img Asked if he had endured difficult a week, he said: “Off the back of a difficult result, yes, very. When you are beaten like that at home, it’s never comfortable and not comfortable to deal with. That’s what we have had to deal with this week. “A lot of criticism has come his way, some of it completely unfounded and left-field, as you would expect when you get a result like that. It’s part and parcel of the game. Some of the wildfire that we have had has just been way, way off the mark. But we put a poor performance in on Saturday and we need to put that right. That’s the most important thing.” Much of the criticism has been levelled at Newcastle’s reliance on French players amid suggestions that some members of the overseas contingent do not understand the gravity of the situation into which the club has slipped. However, Pardew insisted that was nonsense. He said: “I just find that accusation insulting, if I am honest. If you think because some of our players are from a foreign country, they are not bothered, it’s just ridiculous. “Of course they are bothered. Our frustrations and our professionalism are on the line. But we have our destiny in our own hands, no-one else, and only we can put it right. We have got a little gap and we need to exploit that and make sure we extend it.” That said, Pardew admitted there have been frank discussions at Newcastle’s training headquarters after a black day in the club’s recent history and no-one has been left in any doubt as to what is required from the remaining three games with just five points separating them from Wigan, who have a game in hand, inside the relegation zone. He said: “Yes, of course, but there have not been words that have been out of turn. If you don’t get feedback from your players, trust me, you are not going to be a manager at any level. You need to have feedback and understand what the problems are that they are experiencing on the pitch and then you have to make sure that you have a game-plan that works.” last_img read more

Umtiti, Les Bleus’s Latest Hero

first_imgFrance have so many potential match-winners at their disposal that every one of their matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has ended with a different hero. Taking his turn to step into the limelight against Belgium on Tuesday night was Samuel Umtiti, whose flashing header powered Les Bleus into the Final.The man of the moment was still high on emotion when he stepped off the pitch: “I’m not going to get much sleep tonight,” he said. “It’s going to be hard to nod off. But I don’t need to anyway; I’m not tired. I don’t care.” France’s win recalled their 1998 semi-final triumph against Croatia, when another defender was the hero of the hour: Lilian Thuram. “I hope it’s a sign,” smiled the Number 5, before adding: “It is different, though. Let’s take one thing at a time. We need to rest up for Sunday now.”Umtiti’s winner came just minutes after his misguided clearance gave Romelu Lukaku a clear-cut opportunity to give Belgium the lead. Asked if such mistakes can impact on a player’s performance, he said: “No, not in my case anyway. When you’re a footballer, you know that a thousand different things can happen in a match. As soon as one thing’s gone, you have to move on to the next, no matter whether you got it right or made a mistake.” Just as in their quarter-final defeat of Uruguay, it was Antoine Griezmann’s dead-ball skills that set Les Bleus on the way to victory. The striker has been involved in 13 of their last 20 tournament goals. As the Barcelona centre-half explained, a lot of effort has gone into making that stat happen: “We work on a lot of set-pieces with Antoine, and my job is to run in front of the defenders and go to the near post. He hit a fantastic corner, I got round (Marouane) Fellaini and buried it.”“Yes, the aim was to hit the front post with Piochy (Paul Pogba) in front and Sam (Umtiti) coming in behind,” said Griezmann. “I can’t remember in the end if Paul was in front, but Sam was definitely there.”Still unbeaten at Russia 2018, Les Bleus continue to impress with their all-round firepower, which seems to grow with every passing game. Their hope now is that they can be equally clinical in their next outing, the most important one of all.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nate Diaz has a major compliment for bitter UFC rival Conor McGregor

first_img Written By Danish Ansari 9 months ago Khabib Nurmagomedov calls Conor McGregor an “idiot”, calls for people to ignore him FOLLOW US COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Conor McGregor An “idiot”, Calls For People To Ignore HimNate Diaz praised Conor McGregor ahead of his fight against Jorge MasvidalThis was evident as the Stockholm native had praised Conor McGregor prior to his brawl against Jorge Masvidal in November. Speaking of his former rival, Nate Diaz mentioned that the Conor McGregor understands the fight game. Something Nate realised when he fought the Irishman for the first time in the cage. Nate also added that the fight game is gradually transforming into a sport and when one sticks around, still winning in the game and getting hold of the mic, people cannot help but acknowledge and agree because the fighter just proved it on a stage. “It’s all the real truth of the game, and the truth shall set you free,” said Nate Diaz. Last Updated: 28th November, 2019 16:16 IST Nate Diaz Has A Major Compliment For Bitter UFC Rival Conor McGregor Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have a newfound respect for each other. Check out Nate Diaz compliment his former rival Conor McGregor before his fight at UFC 244. WE RECOMMEND Also Read | UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson On His Advice To Jorge Masvidal After Nate Diaz FightConor McGregor had also opened up on his equation with Nate Diaz after their last encounter at UFC 242 where the Irishman stated he harbours no hatred for his opponent. Both Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz hold wins over the other. A trilogy match has been teased by the fighters on numerous occasions, though it never materialised. As for right now, Conor McGregor is rumoured to take on Donald Cerrone in his return fight early next year, while Diaz’s future in the sport remains uncertain. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV 9 months ago UFC: Nate Diaz meets Conor McGregor’s doppleganger at an event Also Read | UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Responds To Abusive Comments By Nate Diaz 9 months ago Watch Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz lead the most infamous BRAWL in MMA history 9 months ago UFC: Jorge Masvidal takes to Twitter, challenging Conor McGregor for a 2020 fight 9 months ago Conor McGregor teases UFC fans, could choose new weight-class for his return fight First Published: 28th November, 2019 16:16 IST Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz have been trading insults ever since the two first fought each other in March 2016. This only got worse as the two were headed for their second encounter the same year which went beyond expletives and involved throwing bottles at one another during a press conference in Las Vegas. Now, despite the venom Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have been spitting at each other throughout their unforgettable rivalry, the two fighters seemingly have gone from being bitter rivals to respecting each other.Also Read | Watch Nate Diaz And Nick Diaz Lead The Most Infamous BRAWL In MMA Historylast_img read more

Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to hold public meeting

first_imgMIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, under the Office of Community Advocacy, will hold its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1stStreet, 6th Floor Conference Room.All meetings of the Commission for Women are open to the public, and residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about the work of the board.The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women. The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. Follow Fans of Miami-Dade County Commission for Women on Facebook and on Twitter @MiamiDadeWomen.For more information, please contact Miami-Dade County Commission for Women Director Laura Morilla, at 305-375-4967.The Office of Community Advocacy is charged with making Miami-Dade County “One Community” that embraces our diverse and unique population. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow @AdvocacyMDC on, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard, Landry Shamet help Clippers hold off Mavericks

first_imgPowell went down to a non-contact, right Achilles tendon injury in the first quarter, and though he will have an MRI on Wednesday, the team is fearing a worst-case scenario.“Guys like him define the culture we want here,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “It doesn’t get much tougher than this, if it ends up being what we fear it might.”Luka Doncic had 36 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Dallas. He scored 24 points in the second half to help rally the Mavericks after they trailed by double digits from late in the second quarter through most of the third.A see-saw fourth quarter turned on Shamet’s 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Clippers a 100-98 lead with 2:48 to play. Montrezl Harrell added two free throws, then Shamet sank another 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 1:43 left to put the Clippers ahead by seven. He finished 5 for 8 from 3-point range with a season-high 18 points.“We just kind of found a way to win,” Shamet said. “We’d loved to keep that lead the whole game, but that’s not how it’s going to be. It’s a long season. We got to find different ways how to win like we did tonight.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Leonard had 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, including his only 3-pointer of the game with 1:15 left, which put the Clippers up 108-100.Maxi Kleber’s dunk brought the Mavs within 108-105, but after a Clippers turnover on a Shamet inbounds pass with 24 seconds left, Tim Hardaway Jr.’s potential tying 3-point attempt spun around and out.  The Mavericks then fouled JaMychal Green, who missed both free throws to give Dallas the ball with a chance to tie with 11.6 seconds left.Doncic missed his first free throw attempt with 7.4 seconds left and Leonard grabbed the rebound on the intentionally missed second. Leonard then hit a pair of free throws and the Clippers (31-13) held on for their sixth win in their last seven games.The wild finish was in contrast to a sluggish start, as two of the league’s top offenses were slow out of the gate. Dallas, which ranks first in offensive efficiency, and the Clippers, who rank fifth, combined to make one of their first 20 field-goal attempts.With Powell out, Dallas got 16 valuable minutes from former Clipper Boban Marjanovic, who had 12 points and seven rebounds. His turnaround hook with 6:23 to play tied the score at 90, capping a rally from a 14-point, second-half deficit.Porzingis scored 10 points on 4-for-17 shooting in his return after missing 10 games with right knee soreness. He added nine rebounds, but after the game, he blamed himself for the Mavericks’ loss.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ PreviousDallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) chase a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber, top, fouls Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) and guard Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) tries to defend against a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) gets fouled as he goes up for a shot against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) fouls Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks guard Delon Wright (55) fouls Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic (51) defends during the second half an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell (7) stumbles due to injury in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dunks the ball over Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) in during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) reacts to a missed 3-point attempt by Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) that would have tied the game near the end of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77), guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (11), and Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) fight for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) and Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) chase a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber, top, fouls Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)NextShow Caption1 of 13Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber, top, fouls Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the first half of Tuesday’s game in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ExpandDALLAS — Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, Landry Shamet hit two clutch 3-pointers late and the Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-107 Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive win.The Mavericks brought back one big man but lost another, and in the end, they couldn’t rein in the reigning Finals MVP, who has been terrorizing Clippers opponents of late. With teammate Paul George out with a left hamstring strain for the past six games, Leonard has averaged 36 points and scored at least 30 in every game.“We’ve been watching film together, seeing what mistakes we’ve been making,” Leonard said. “So everybody’s just giving the effort of their mind and body, wanting to compete, make winning plays and just be a better basketball team.”The Mavericks saw their four-game winning streak end, and more importantly, lost a key piece in center Dwight Powell just as they welcomed back Kristaps Porzingis. “If I played just a little bit better, we would have won the game,” Porzingis said. “This loss is on me. That’s how I feel. I know it’s my first game back but I have high expectations for myself and I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to shoot the ball better.”POWELL INJUREDPowell went down with 2:57 left in the first quarter. He started to drive toward the basket but his right leg gave out. He fell to the court and immediately slapped the floor in pain. He was helped to the locker room putting no weight on his right leg.Powell’s teammate J.J. Barea – who tore his right Achilles tendon last season – was distraught as Powell was taken off the court.Powell was averaging nearly 10 points through 39 games prior to the injury. With Porzingis out, Powell averaged 13 points over 10 games on 71 percent shooting.TIP-INSClippers guard Patrick Beverley left in the second quarter with a groin injury and did not return. … Clippers forward Maurice Harkless returned after missing one game with a sore back. … Carlisle spoke before the game about Delonte West, who played for Dallas in 2011-12. A Maryland police officer has been suspended for shooting a video that shows West as he was being questioned while shirtless and handcuffed. “I think we all feel bad that he’s in the situation that he’s in,” Carlisle said. “The hope is that he will get help.”UP NEXTThe Clippers continue their six-game trip on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Atlanta.last_img read more

Astros to call up minor league home run leader Yordan Alvarez, report says

first_imgHouston has failed to score more than four runs in 11 of their last 18 games, but the Astros fortunately continue to win games thanks to its pitching staff. They are 12-6 through that stretch games.Alvarez has spent time at both first base and left field, but he is likely to get time at both spots and designated hitter in his time in MLB. The Astros are calling up Yordan Alvarez from Triple A ahead of tomorrow’s game, sources tell The Athletic.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) June 9, 2019Alvarez, 21, has 23 home runs in 56 games this season, that is two more than any other player in MILB and three more than he has ever hit in a season.The former Cuban National Series player was acquired in a trade from the Dodgers for reliever Josh Fielder before he ever had an at-bat on U.S. soil. Related News Astros fans are going to be thrilled.According to The Athletic, Houston will call up minor league home-run leader Yordan Alvarez in the coming days. MLB wrap: Astros win second extra-inning game in two days on Orioles blunder He subsequently rose up the prospect ranks and is now rated as the No. 23 player in all of minor league baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.The Astros need the bat in their lineup right now as George Springer, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve are all on the 10-day injured list.last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds Arboretum

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery and Vineyards by-the-Sea co-owners, Blain and Kim Roberts, will create Grays Harbor County’s first arboretum on 40 acres located across State Route 105 from their winery and vineyard. The property was purchased from Rayonier, a global forest products company, in 2012. Westport will be the first winery in the United States to create its own arboretum.The Roberts decided to dedicate the parcel to sustainable use for recreation and science on the suggestion of Don Tapio (Agriculture and Community Horticulture Agent for Grays Harbor and Thurston Counties). “We want to create a unique wilderness interface featuring great photographic and wildlife viewing opportunities, along with information on preserving native plants, eliminating noxious weeds, and incorporating ornamental collections within a timber environment,” said Blain Roberts.An arboretum is a living museum that often includes a botanical garden containing documented specific collections of plants. The goals of this effort include community engagement, plant conservation within the living wilderness, and creating a symbiotic relationship between people, plants and wildlife. The property’s zoning allows for its use as a park and is planted in timber. There are twenty-two arboretums or botanical gardens in Washington State, the nearest of which is located in Tacoma. It is typical for these gardens to start as private properties and to be works in process for generations.Since the winery contributes a portion of the proceeds from each of its wines to selected local charitable organizations, the Roberts plan to enlist some of these groups in the project. Kim Roberts said, “In one day I observed twenty-five different bird species on the property. We hope to work with Grays Harbor Audubon to record the avian species on the site, create better habitat, and teach others how to better appreciate the diversity.” Other groups the winery has supported and hopes to enlist are Grays Harbor and Pacific County Master Gardeners, the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Grays Harbor Ducks Unlimited.Blain added, “Our focus, since we began the winery, has been to express our passion for this community by making great wine. In the process, we have had the privilege of developing deep relationships with these organizations and have collaborated with them on many fundraisers. This is another incredible opportunity for us to work with others who share our passion,”The couple’s adult children, Carrie, Westport Winery’s general manager, and Dana, head winemaker, echo their parents’ enthusiasm for the enterprise. Since acquiring the property both have spent time exploring and evaluating the land’s potential. Carrie Roberts said, “Our family has always loved the outdoors and it’s natural that we adopt this property as a new project.” For Dana the connection to the land is equally important, “We were raised to love our community, love the land, and love the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s just who we are and how we think.”At what will be known as the Westport Winery Arboretum, the Roberts plan to begin with a focus on collecting Japanese maples, conifers, rock plants, ferns, moss, lilacs, heather, azalea, rhododendron, and wildflowers. Each collection will be strategically placed to integrate with the varied terrain and habitat of the property including the individual needs of the plant harmonized within the site and aesthetically pleasing landscape design. Kim Roberts, who has two degrees in architecture from Washington State University, will lead the design process.In 2007, it was Tapio who advised the Roberts, “Plant a vineyard and build a winery.” Since then the couple have enlisted his advice and passion for plants throughout their project as they developed a destination winery complete with a plant nursery, display gardens, restaurant and bakery. Because Tapio has his own Christmas tree farm, the Roberts will honor his intellectual contributions to the project by naming one section of the arboretum the Tapio Conifer Collection. In his professional capacity Tapio provides leadership to the Master Gardener Program in Pacific, Grays Harbor and Thurston Counties. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Floriculture from Washington State University and a Masters of Agriculture degree from the University of Idaho. Tapio is also the author of the book More Than A Green Thumb which is available at Westport Winery.According to Tapio, “One more indication of the generosity of the Robert’s family to our community is their commitment to establish the area’s first arboretum with a focus on plants indigenous to our coastal area. In addition to being a place for plant collections, I hope the arboretum will provide a outdoor teaching laboratory for both youth and adults wanting to learn more about the plants that do well in our coastal climate. Having a place set aside in which plants can be nurtured to grow and mature is perhaps the finest gift that can be given to local gardeners, educators and others wanting to learn more our local plant communities. Their legacy with creating an arboretum will span the generations.”As part of this project, the winery staff and volunteers will start by identifying and preserving the existing native species while eliminating noxious and invasive plants. They will then thoughtfully add plants to the collection while labeling and documenting the Latin and common names, date and source of acquisition, and possible usage. This information is then available for educational use by schools and other organizations, as recreational stimulus, and simply for the pleasure of learning. In the near future the family plans to open the project for public viewing on an invitational basis as the plants are established.Westport Winery was named Washington Winery to Watch in 2011 by Wine Press Northwest and has been voted Best Northwest Destination Winery and Wine Tour twice by King 5 Evening Magazine. The Roberts family was selected as one of the top three small family businesses in Washington in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine.Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery serves lunch daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8.p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculptures, and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Abilene Christian Voted to Top Spot in 2019 Soccer Preseason Poll

first_imgCentral Arkansas claimed the top spot in the 2018 tournament after closing the regular season on a nine-match win streak in which the Bears outscored opponents 28-3. UCA landed five on the preseason all-conference teams, led by first-team selections Hadley Dickenson and Connie Awuku-Darkoh. The Wildcats earned 11 first-place votes and 227 total points to garner the top spot, followed closely by defending regular-season champion Central Arkansas with 10 first-place votes and 225 total points. Lamar accounted for the other three top votes and came in at third with 206 points. 142 Houston Baptist Northwestern State 206 55 In just its second full year of eligibility in the conference, Abilene Christian entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed after a 7-3-1 mark in league play and upset No. 4 McNeese and top-seeded Central Arkansas on the way to the title game. 94 2019 Preseason Poll 146 Central Arkansas (10) Sam Houston State 86 Abilene Christian placed a league-high eight student-athletes on the preseason all-conference teams, including five on the top squad. The Wildcats return all but three players who took the field in the 2018 Southland Soccer Tournament championship match, where they defeated No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 3-1 to earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Stephen F. Austin The 2019 season gets underway Thursday, Aug. 22, with four matches including Houston at Sam Houston State (6:30 p.m.), Prairie View A&M at Houston Baptist (7 p.m.), Northwestern State at North Texas (7 p.m.) and Oklahoma State at Lamar (7:30 p.m.). Central Arkansas is set to host the 2019 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament Nov. 6-10 at the Bill Stephens Track & Soccer Complex in Conway, Ark. 22 227 163 Lamar’s title-defense campaign didn’t go as planned in 2018, wrapping up the regular season as the No. 3 seed with a 7-2-2 mark in conference matches. The Cardinals played host to the conference tournament but fell to No. 7 Stephen F. Austin 2-1 in the semifinals. 225 Southeastern Louisiana 133 School (First-place votes) Total UIW Texas A&M-Corpus Christi FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian is favored to claim the Southland Conference regular-season title in 2019, the league announced Thursday with the preseason predicted order of finsh. McNeese was voted to the fourth-place spot with 163 points while Houston Baptist rounds out the top five with 146. Stephen F. Austin ranked right behind in sixth place with 142 points, followed by Southeastern Louisiana (133), Northwestern State (94) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (86). Sam Houston State (85), UIW (55) and Nicholls (22) round out the preseason poll. Abilene Christian (11) McNeese Lamar (3) The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and soccer sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular-season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth 11 points, second-place votes are worth 10, and so on to one point for 11th place. Nicholls 85last_img read more