The Wales full-back booted six penalties and a conversion of wing Bryan Habana’s interception try midway through the additional 20 minutes as Toulon triumphed 25-20 to book a Twickenham final appointment with fellow French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne on May 2. Leinster gave as good as they got for most of the contest, with centre Ian Madigan kicking five penalties and flanker Sean O’Brien scoring a late try, but it was Madigan’s pass that South African speedster Habana intercepted to see Toulon home. Toulon, bidding to become the first team in 20 years of European knockout club rugby to win three successive tournaments, were pushed all the way by a Leinster side that delivered its best performance of this season’s competition. Ultimately, though, they were left to reflect on what might have been, conceding 13 points during extra-time after holding Toulon 12-12 after 80 minutes. But Toulon will need to deliver a far more clinical display if they are to threaten Clermont in what will be a repeat of the 2013 European final. England international Steffon Armitage had to be content with a place on the Toulon bench, providing cover for the back-row trio of Juan Smith, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Chris Masoe, while Matt Giteau partnered Mathieu Bastareaud in a midfield of contrasting styles. Leinster, meanwhile, fielded an unchanged team from the side that edged past quarter-final opponents Bath two weeks ago as they looked to reach a fourth European final in the past seven seasons. Toulon exerted pressure from the start, and they almost went ahead after five minutes when a steepling Frederic Michalak kick failed to be gathered by Leinster wing Fergus McFadden or full-back Rob Kearney, and Toulon skipper Chris Masoe touched down. Referee Wayne Barnes, though, brought play back for an early infringement after playing advantage, and Halfpenny booted Toulon ahead. But the lead proved to be short-lived as Madigan passed 100 points in Europe this season with an angled penalty that tied things up, and he landed two further penalties during a four-minute spell that left Toulon with food for thought. Leigh Halfpenny kicked Toulon into the Champions Cup final at Twickenham next month and kept his team on course for an unprecedented European title hat-trick following an extra-time finish at Stade Velodrome. Leinster did not to need to do anything spectacular, it was more a case of keeping pressure on Toulon and making them concede penalties, with Madigan in the mood to gratefully accept his opportunities. Halfpenny narrowed the deficit via his second successful penalty 11 minutes before half-time, and there remained little to enthuse the crowd in terms of attacking rugby, as both teams seemed intent on trying to dominate midfield exchanges. Armitage entered the action five minutes before half-time, replacing an injured Smith, but Leinster still held the advantage, having rarely been threatened by a Toulon team that often built solidly, yet lacked a final thrust. Michalak, who had failed to spark Toulon during the opening half, lasted just eight minutes of the second period before being subsituted, with head coach Bernard Laporte sending on Rudi Wolf and moving Matt Giteau from inside centre to fly-half. Halfpenny then missed a difficult penalty, but he made amends with a 55th-minute penalty that drew Toulon level and at least breathed life into a game riddled by errors and that cried out for some attacking initiative. Leinster continued to absorb Toulon’s somewhat limited attacking game, and as the clock ticked down, it became a battle of wits and which team could control its nerve. Madigan showed signs of cracking when a penalty attempt 15 minutes from time hit the post, which gave Toulon an opportunity to counter-attack, forcing their opponents into some frantic defending. Leinster kept their defensive line intact, but they were punished at the breakdown by Barnes, and Halfpenny’s fourth successful penalty made it 12-9. But Madigan continued to match his fellow marksman blow for blow, finding his range from just inside Toulon’s half with a superb strike that levelled things up once more entering the closing 10 minutes. Gopperth had a chance to win it for Leinster with two minutes of normal time remaining, but his drop-goal attempt drifted agonisingly wide, then Armitage landed a final-kick penalty well short, which meant 20 minutes’ extra-time. Halfpenny and Madigan exchanged further penalties during the early flurries of extra-time, before Toulon’s New Zealand World Cup-winning lock Ali Williams was sin-binned for taking out rival lock Devin Toner in the air from a restart. It appeared a harsh call by Barnes, yet Toulon galvanised themselves via another Halfpenny penalty and Habana’s breakaway score that finally broke Leinster, even though O’Brien crashed over from close range with five minutes left. Press Association
A Florida man who was wanted for trying to sell methamphetamine tried to hide underwater in a pond, police say.According to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office a deputy went to look for Daniel Christopher Booth, 36, at his job because he had warrants for his arrest. Upon arriving, Booth made an attempt to disappear and ran away.The Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office said, “we can only assume that Mr. Booth has seen one too many action movies and thought he could hide from the K9 teams from Suwannee CI and Mayo CI by hiding under the water in a pond.”Deputies said Booth “didn’t take into account he’s not a fish and had to come up for air and was quickly captured.”Deputies took Booth to jail on additional charges for attempting to escape.
The first event is the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, on the PGA Tour. The smaller Korn Ferry Tour has an event at PGA Tour headquarters in Florida.___The Official World Golf Ranking will restart next week when the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour hold official tournaments for the first time in three months.The ranking was frozen on March 15 as golf joined the rest of sports worldwide in shutting down sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.The European Tour does not resume until July 22. That leaves some players unable to earn ranking points. The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named.The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. The team’s first game was canceled because of suspected virus cases and the league has now postponed two more matches.The league’s planned end date in mid-July is now in doubt.Karpaty says everyone who tested positive is in isolation and that training has been canceled for a two-week quarantine period.Karpaty player Egor Nazarina told Ukrainian TV channel Futbol that he didn’t believe anyone at the club had displayed symptoms of COVID-19. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida. ___English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus.The Premier League club did not identify the person.It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff.The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March. The Major League Soccer Players Association has announced the ratification of the CBA. Players had approved economic concessions for this season. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.The MLSPA says “today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love.”The new CBA runs through the 2025 season. The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February but that had not been ratified when the coronavirus pandemic began.The season was suspended March 12 because of the pandemic. Teams had played just two games.Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. ___The top health official in the Valencia region says Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was irresponsible for traveling to Spain for a Champions League match with symptoms of the coronavirus.Ana Barceló says Gasperini “lacked responsibility” and “shouldn’t have made the trip” from a high-risk area knowing that he had COVID-19 symptoms.The 62-year-old Gasperini told Italian media he started feeling sick on March 9. That was a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the round of 16.Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media. ___The Premier League says one person was found to have the coronavirus after the fifth round of testing of players and staff at soccer clubs.The league did not identity the person.Testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March.___ The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour.Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event.The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.The tour says results from the PCR tests are expected back in a manner of hours. Senior vice president of tour administration Andy Levinson says it also allows ample testing without taking away resources from the community where the tournaments are played.The tour expects about 400 people to require testing at tournaments upon the restart. No spectators are allowed for the first five events on the PGA Tour. The Latest: MLS soccer players approve new CBA The OWGR board says major organizations such as the USGA and PGA of America have agreed to incorporate the March 15 ranking into whatever qualifying criteria they have involving the ranking.Rory McIlroy remains at No. 1 going to Colonial next week in Fort Worth, Texas.___A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms.ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend. The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.Athletic director Jamie Pollard says “the potential for infections and positive test results has always been very real for an organization like ours and we’ve been thorough and diligent in planning for such incidents.”The Big 12 is allowing Iowa State and other conference schools to have football players return June 15 for voluntary workouts.___A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. Barceló says the revelation by Gasperini shows that authorities were right by ordering the second leg to be played without fans.___The West Indies says three cricket players have turned down the chance to travel to England for the postponed three-test series that will be played in bio-secure environments amid the coronavirus pandemic.Cricket West Indies says Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul “all declined the invitation” to join the squad and “will not hold this decision against these players when considering future selection.”West Indies players must travel a month before the first test in Southampton starting July 8 in order to quarantine and begin training. June 3, 2020 Associated Press The other tests will be played in Manchester starting July 16 and July 24.___The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month.Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced.Pelley says there will be “a direction at the end of the month.” The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak.It could be held without fans but golfers like Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are among those saying they are against that idea.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
USC President C. L. Max Nikias announced Friday that philanthropist Glorya Kaufman gave the university a monetary gift that will fund the creation of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance and construction of the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.The Kaufman School of Dance is the first school to be created by an endowment at USC in almost four decades. Though the university did not disclose the exact amount of the donation, Nikias called it a “generous gift” in a statement.With the addition of the Kaufman School of Dance, USC will have a total of six schools of the arts in its repertoire, “completing USC’s vibrant portfolio of visual and performing arts programs,” as Nikias said in the statement. Other fine arts schools at USC include the School of Architecture, School of Cinematic Arts, School of Dramatic Arts, Roski School of Fine Arts and Thornton School of Music.Robert Cutietta, who is currently also the dean of the Thornton School of Music, will head the school. Kaufman’s gift will not only build the school, but will also help fund its programs, faculty, scholarships and student recruitment.The dance school will offer classes in various forms of dance performance, such as classical ballet, jazz, world dance and modern.Students in the Kaufman School of Dance will earn a bachelor of fine arts in dance with the ability to double major or minor in other areas of their choosing.Kaufman hopes the school will prepare dancers not only for their performance career, but also for the work they will have to do promoting themselves in order to be cast, according to Nikias.“She has expressed her twofold wish to prepare dancers to be both exceptional performers and skilled businesspeople, to equip them to ably navigate the professional aspects of an artist’s life,” Nikias said in the statement.Kaufman’s relationship with the new dance school will add prestige because of her affiliation with the world of dance. Kaufman founded the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center program in Los Angeles, and has contributed considerable donations to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Juilliard School.Kaufman also previously donated $18 million to UCLA in 1999 to fund improvements to the renovations of its School of Arts and Architecture building, although she was ultimately unsatisfied with how the university used her gift.“I was disappointed in UCLA,” Kaufman told the Los Angeles Times. “They don’t have a dance school. It was all talk.”At USC, however, Nikias said focusing on the success of the Kaufman School will be a priority.“Our ambition is to make the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance the most elite on the west coast and in the Pacific Rim,” he said in the statement.The first generation of Kaufman dance students is expected to enroll in the fall of 2015.
No. 18 Syracuse (8-5, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) topped No. 6 Loyola (8-3, 4-0 Patriot), 12-11, in overtime to grab a signature road win to start off another road trip. Emily Hawryschuk was the hero, giving Syracuse the winner in the extra period to cap off a career day for SU’s leading scorer. SU overcame second-half defensive lapses and a game-wide offensive lull to win its second game in five games of a tough stretch. “She got the last one when we needed her to,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. Hawryschuk was the Orange’s answer all game long. She scored a career-best six goals — three in each half — and added two assists. Gait said her performance was another example of Syracuse’s opponent trying to “shut down” junior attack Nicole Levy, who’s been faceguarded frequently of late. He continued that Hawryschuk needed to step up and in response, she gave SU her highest goals total of her career.The Orange, which was a loser of three of its last four games prior to Thursday, jumped out to a 5-1 first-half lead that was wiped away in the second half as the Greyhounds tied the game at nine with 6:31 remaining. The Greyhounds, after getting nearly shutout in the first half of play, turned around in a big way, winning the second half 10-6. Despite the second half push, the Orange was able to add a few more goals late to fend off the Loyola comeback and force the game into overtime.“We turned it over a couple times in the same position in the second half when we needed to make the plays to stop their run and run out the clock,” Gait said. “That’s the way the ball bounces sometimes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first half had been all Syracuse. Coming off of a blowout loss to Duke, the Orange needed its offense to step up to get back in the win column. It did early on, as it jumped out to a four-goal lead 23 minutes into the game. But the second half didn’t provide the same fortunes as Loyola was lifted by the play of Livy Rosenzweig, who scored three goals and recorded two assists to lead the Greyhounds in points.Despite the win and the dominant play of Hawryschuk, the Orange’s offensive struggles continued. Before Thursday, the Orange had put in just 10 goals in three of its last four games, all resulting in losses. Over the Orange’s recent slide, its offensive futility would often lead to losses, but on Thursday the Orange was able to overcome it by buckling down on defense and getting necessary stops late in the game.The Orange’s star sophomore Hawryschuk wasted little time in the overtime period to give SU the win, scoring in under a minute. While the second half mimicked the struggles the Orange faced over its recent stretch, Syracuse was still able to pull together the signature win it needed desperately.“The kids never gave up,” Gait said. “They rallied, got the ball in overtime and won it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 5, 2018 at 7:19 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @MikeJMcCleary
Seamus Power is among a strong field for the Zurich Classic, which gets underway in Louisiana later.The Waterford golfer goes out at lunchtime, Irish time, playing with the Kiwi Steven Alker.The opening round and third round at Avondale are played as alternate shot, so team play will come into play today. Photo © – Tipp FM They’re in a foursome alongside Bryson DeChambeau and South Africa’s Rory Sabbatini.Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose are among those competing for the 2-million dollar winner’s purse.
The Raptors won their first NBA championship in franchise history Thursday night, beating the Warriors by a final score of 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. There were 18 lead changes and nine ties in a back-and-forth contest, but Toronto prevailed to finish a perfect 3-0 on the road for the series. With only 9.6 seconds left in regulation, Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer that resulted in a wild scramble for the rebound. Draymond Green recovered the ball and called for a timeout, but Golden State didn’t have any remaining, resulting in a technical foul. MORE: Three reasons why the Raptors beat the WarriorsFinals MVP Kawhi Leonard hit the technical free throw and then drained two more when he was fouled by Andre Iguodala right before the buzzer, extending the lead to four points and closing the door on Golden State’s season.This was a storybook ending to a historic season for the Raptors, and NBA players wasted no time congratulating Toronto on its historic win. Nawfside… JODIE MEEKS IS AN NBA CHAMP!!!! Give that man his parade— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) June 14, 2019The @Raptors new @nba Champs!! Congratulations @MarcGasol 💍!!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#NBAFinals— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) June 14, 2019Congrats Toronto! Well deserved! Big Spain!!!!! 👏🏾👏🏾🥳🥳— Mike Conley (@mconley11) June 14, 2019S/o to TORONTOOOOOOO— Evan Turner (@thekidet) June 14, 2019Toronto played they heart out all series… Definitely deserved this championship💯✊🏽— Kev (@KevKnox) June 14, 2019Congrats @Raptors…. well deserved…. #nbachamps— Thad Young (@yungsmoove21) June 14, 2019That is the feeling I want.— Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) June 14, 2019What a time to be alive 🇨🇦 👏— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 14, 2019Congrats @Raptors well deserved!!!— Kentavious C.P (@CaldwellPope) June 14, 2019
Could this be the new normal?As social-distancing rules continue to be in place, an Ohio restaurant owner is getting ready to reopen for dine-in orders at her breakfast cafe on May 21 by placing shower-curtain liners as dividers between tables.“I came up with the idea of clear vinyl shower-curtain liners as dividers between tables,” said Kim Shapiro, co-owner of Twisted Citrus in North Canton, Ohio. “They’re suspended from the ceiling with hooks and drop down to where the back of a chair would be. We can spray (the curtains) down with Lysol and COVID cleaner spray,” she said.Could you imagine eating at a restaurant between shower curtains? That could be a reality in Ohio restaurants. (via Columbus Dispatch) https://t.co/2tPtQw9RSS— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) May 8, 2020
K.C. Graham: All eyes will be on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce today in the women’s 100m as there is speculation that she is not yet ready to compete with the big girls due to a toe injury.Lowe: She certainly isn’t ready and has said as much, noting yesterday that this is a test to see where she is. Still, she’s a fighter and will try her best I’m sure. However, after missing as much training as she has, it’s hard to see her winning here.K.C. Graham: And the field is a quality one as there are four sub-10.80 seconds athletes in the field although I do not expect much from Carmelita Jeter and it will be interesting to see how Blessing Okagbare runs here after being easily beaten by Elaine Thompson recently.Lowe: Fraser-Pryce won here last year in 10.81 but I doubt we’ll see that kind of time from anyone in this field today unless helped by wind. Nobody is in particularly great form and it might be an opportunity for another Jamaican, Simone Facey, who has gone 11.00 and 11.05 this year to make a good impression.K.C. Graham: I am really happy for Facey, who is making a big comeback this season and I expect her to improve on her season’s best of 11.00 seconds. However, I think they will all have to chase English Gardner, who likes this track and this is home for her as she has scored several wins in the past here including NCAA titles for Oregon. I think she could go sub-10.90.Lowe: She had a close win last year in the ‘B’ race over Elaine Thompson in 10.84 and like you said, loves to compete here in front of her fans from college days. She has also gone 11.04 this year too and has been bouncing around in the hotel and looking quite eager to step on the track.K.C. Graham: The race is going to be very close though as Barbara Pierre, the Indoor 60 metres champion, is bubbling with confidence while Ahoure and Bartoletta want to do well. I think Fraser-Pryce will just go through the motions here as coach Stephen Francis is a smart guy and is waiting for Rio but you know as a Nike athlete she has to show up for this meet.Lowe: I think she wants to do more than just show up here. She has missed several training sessions and is running out of time before trials. She won’t risk further injury – I don’t think, but she’ll certainly want to give herself and her coach a real opportunity to see just where they are at this point. I think Ahoure has this one covered. She’s been working well so far this season especially on the final phase. She wins a close one ahead of Gardner. A healthy finish will be key for SFP at this stage, a fast time would be a bonus and winning is not her primary focus here.K.C. Graham: You can take this trifecta to the bank my friend. It is Gardner from Ahoure from a fast finishing Okagbare for third.Lowe: Thank you but I’ll pass, my record so far speaks for itself so let me reiterate. Ahoure over Gardner. Third place is up for grabs.
787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson GlobalPort import Murphy Halloway loses possession on his way to the basket as two Kia Picanto defenders gang up on him. —AUGUST DELA CRUZGlobalPort dusted off the sluggishness and did away with the over-eagerness just in the nick of time to clip KIA Picanto, 102-90, on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier got the workout it needed as they await the return of its main gun for a big game happening in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “I’m not saying this as an alibi, but a three-week layoff was hard on our part,” coach Franz Pumaren said after his Batang Pier needed a big second half to turn back the Picanto. “We were so sluggish, it’s like the team was just excited to be playing again.”Import Murphy Holloway scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds and three others tossed in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who climbed to an even 2-2 record and picked up some confidence for their next game, which will be against powerhouse San Miguel Beer this Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a weak team,” Pumaren said in jest when asked who they play next.Markeith Cummings scored 37 points in almost singlehandedly carrying the fight for the Picanto, who slumped to a seventh straight loss and are likely to become the first casualties of the season-closing conference.In the second game, Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as he led the Elasto Painters to a 105-73 blowout of TNT KaTropa. The local Painters also hit their mark with 16 three-pointers as coach Caloy Garcia wards rose to 3-2, a full game ahead of their victims.TNT’s new import Glen Rice Jr. produced 19 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut.Pumaren likewise talked with some excitement because Terrence Romeo, the leading scorer for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon, could be returning for the game against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Romeo anchored a torrid finish by the Filipinos on Sunday night that keyed a 75-70 win over Jordan for seventh place at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Romeo, who scored 26 points in a 97-86 win over China, hit a triple, had an assist to Japeth Aguilar and forced the biggest Jordan turnover as the Filipinos prevailed in front of a huge crowd of overseas Filipino workers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES View comments