Pattaya Sports Round up – Friday August 29 – September 4,…

first_imgFridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.com Ocean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th8:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: ridingschool@thehorseshoepoint.com8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattayacricketclub@gmail.comSundayBadminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at X-zyte Sports Club on Third Road. We play 10-12am Sunday, Tuesday and Friday with a mix of mostly 50+ farangs and younger Thai’s.The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email 2012tasg@gmail.com to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th12:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games at every Sunday at 12 noon.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact John at scrabbleking@yahoo.com or call 089-932-54332:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Sunday at B.G. House & Restaurant @ 2 p.m. For further details phone 081 664 9085 or email tournament@pattayabackgammonleague.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.2:45 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 2.45 pm at the Lek Hotel, (between Soi 12 & 13 on 2nd Road).  The bus leaves at 3.00 pm, and the run starts at 4.30pm.  More info at www.pattayah3.comTuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email pattayanetballclub@gmail.com to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattayacricketclub@gmail.com.4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: petanque.Th@gmail.com (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or pjcrouch@hotmail.comlast_img read more

Rees shows solid form at Greenwood

first_imgPSC Golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday, July 21, Greenwood – StablefordTuesday we drove up the 331 to Greenwood and it is always a pleasure to play here.  The course was in good shape, but some of the greens were suffering from a disease and made putting difficult.  The weather was nice, a little bit cloudy and not to hot and we enjoyed the game.  We had some good scores today, but two were by far the best.  Owen Walkley (h/cap 12) played very well and came in second with 40 stableford points.  The man of the day however was Stan Rees (26) with a majestic 41 points.Only one near pin was claimed today, by Willem Lasonder.Thursday, July 23, Mt. Shadow – Matchplay On the Thursday we played a 3-man matchplay at Mountain Shadow.  The course was in good condition and the greens were fast and difficult.  It was a nice sunny day and a very enjoyable round.Stan Rees.Richard Gilbert (h/cap 36) and Willem Lasonder (19) were playing well on the front nine and the latter took the lead.  Stan Rees then came storming through on the back nine but Willem Lasonder managed to hold on to win by two up.Note: Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 meters, with the venue on the left another 200 meters along.  Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.  As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome ALL golfers, including ladies & seniors (>60s) who have opted for the “Silver” tee option.  Call 089 253 5440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries.last_img read more

Wylie takes the win, Paddy to the fore of five

first_imgNeil and Yves had to be content with joining Jeff in picking up a near pin each.Thursday, June 26, Rayong C.C. – StablefordThursday saw us travel to Rayong Country Club, under threatening skies which eventually opened up with some rain, but not enough to deter our hearty bunch.We played from the whites at just under 6,400 yards, although it did seem to play longer, or maybe it is just me getting older.  The course was in reasonable condition, for the price, and although it may not fit the bill of some, it provides a good test with at least 2 holes being amongst the most testing of any in the area.Jonathan Pratt (10) played some good golf but a lost ball on the last and let Jeff Wylie (6), who equalled his score of 33 points, squeak past him for 1st on count back 17/14.Near pins went to Martin, Jonathan & Jeff.A good contingent of SCR golfers went to Pattana on Wednesday with the PAGS tournament, which was dogged by some heavy rain at times.  Not our best day, result wise, but we still had some fun and everybody that attended the presentation went home with at least a lucky draw.Note:  Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 metres, with the venue on the left another 200 metres along.  Golf from here is generally played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.  Call 0890941841 for scheduling or enquiries. PSC golf from Siam Country ResortTuesday, June 24, Eastern Star – StablefordEastern Star was our venue for Tuesday, playing from the white tees at a little over 6,500 yards, under clear skies with a light breeze.  It was pretty much perfect conditions for golf, with the course maintaining a good level of maintenance currently, fairways running out and greens rolling true.   Jeff Wylie (H/cap 6) was the clear leader with 38 points, while the battle for the minor places was torrid, being settled on a 5-way count back.  Yes, 5 players, all with 30 points, and it was Paddy Devereux (21) getting the nod with a mammoth 21 points on the back 9.  He was followed by Yves (33) with 18, Jonathan (10) 17, Martin (15) 16 and Neil (19) with 15.Paddy Devereux.last_img read more

Pattaya Sports Club Bowling League – Friday 29 April – 5…

first_img3Canada1 – 327 – 17 6USMC3 – 118 – 26 1Snow Bowler1 – 328.5 – 15.5 Pos.TeamScoreStandings Brother D moved up from third to second place after winning all four points from VFW Post 9876. All three Brother D bowlers broke the 500 mark with Ralph bowling a 523, La Montgomery a 515 and Somrit had a 500 series.  Ooy Pluemkamon bowled a 211 game and 546 series for VFW who dropped down to last place. Bavaria taking advantage of their big handicap took three points from Canada.  Tue Pettae was best for Canada with a 518 series but her team dropped from second place to third.Joe Ferral, back after missing several weeks with physical problems, inspired his team to a three point win over Green Tree.  Sue Murphy led USMC with a 515 series. Results & Standings April 22 (week 11) Café Kronborg also had a good day with all three of their bowlers bowling over 500.  Somrak bowled a 210 game, 543 series, Rich Murphy had a 213 game, 518 series and Kran Nielsen bowled a 516 for Kronborg.  Snow Bowler had a bad day but they are still in first place by one half a point.200 Bowlers:  Somrak, Rich & Ooy. 4Café Kronborg3 – 121.5 – 22.5 5Bavaria3 – 121 – 23 2Brother D4 – 028 – 16 7Green Tree1 – 317 – 27 8VFW Post 98760 – 415 – 29last_img read more

Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League

first_imgTequila Bar11748580521 Results & Standings Sept. 15 (week 11) Bootleggers11567095-2515 Winner Bar1192110555527 Country Road1183104614324 San Snack Bar11568580515 Candy Loca107395554021 New Country Road11297293-216 Woaw’s Pub1192110555527 OK Bar10557080-1015 Rack Em Up11101108575130 Buddy’s Bar11386699-339 TeamPWLFA+/-Pts. Aussie Ally’s113857108-519 Lanna Bar1101142123-810 Celtic Tiger11386699-339 Results: New Country Road 11 v 4 Celtic Tiger, Tequila Bar 3 v 12 Woaw’s Pub, Country Road 13 v 2 Aussie Ally’s, Bootleggers 8 v 7 Buddy’s Bar, OK Bar 15 v 0 Lanna Bar, San Snack Bar 6 v 9 Winner Bar, Rack Em Up 8 v 7 Candy Localast_img read more

Resilient Steelers bounce back _ again

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (10) runs past Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are good again. For a week anyway.Yet if one of the NFL’s most enigmatic teams has learned anything over the last three months, it’s that stringing success from one Sunday to the next remains tricky. This week’s season-salvaging triumph is next week’s gut-punch loss. Thirteen weeks into an equally parts promising and puzzling season, Pittsburgh finally insists it’s ready to stop running in place.“I feel like this time of the year, you’re not allowed to have those slip-ups anymore,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “If we want to be a team like we’re trying to be, we have to be successful this week.”Good luck with that. A trip to Atlanta is the only thing between the Steelers (8-5) and a two-game homestand against Kansas City and the Bengals that will determine whether they make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Three wins and Pittsburgh captures the AFC North. Two and a return to January football is likely. Anything less — and the Steelers will almost certainly be favored in all three games — and another long offseason awaits.The math is simple. Breaking a pattern in which the Steelers have mixed euphoric wins against contenders to confounding losses to also-rans is not.Maybe that’s why dozens of players showed up at the team facility on Monday even though coach Mike Tomlin gave them the day off.“The actions on your off days speak a lot about you,” Moats said.Moats spent the first four seasons of his career in Buffalo, admitting “during my first two or three years there, going into the bye week, you pretty much knew it was over.”Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) scores on a 10-yard touchdown reception against Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Emmanuel Lamur (59) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Not this time. As uneven as Pittsburgh has been this fall, when the Steelers are on they are every bit as explosive as New England or Denver. The problem is what happens when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and stars Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are off.Pittsburgh is on pace to set a club record for points in a season, needing to average just 19 points over the final three weeks to eclipse the 416 scored by the 1979 team that won the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl in season years. That club went 12-4 and won eight games by at least 11 points. The current group only has three blowouts under its belt, and while the romp over the Bengals qualifies, the Steelers still entered the fourth quarter trailing before scoring four times in less than 10 minutes.“I don’t care about the style points,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “We’re just trying to do what is necessary to get out of these stadiums with wins.”Of course, Tomlin would like to do it with some consistency. And while the Chiefs and Bengals will almost certainly have Pittsburgh’s attention on the final two weekends of the season, who knows what awaits in Atlanta. The Falcons are under .500 but in first place in the NFC South. The last time the Steelers faced a team like that, New Orleans blew them off the field.It’s why Moats, at best, is cautiously optimistic. He’s not the only player trying to make the postseason for the first time in his career. It can be a painful learning process. Truth is, the losses to Tampa Bay, the New York Jets and New Orleans didn’t seem as crushing in the moment. Any similar missteps here on out and the repercussions will extend into a murky future.“If you lose a game now, you’re talking about losing the division, missing the playoffs,” Moats said.He welcomes the pressure while allowing the defense needs to improve. Moats’ fourth-quarter fumble recovery kickstarted Pittsburgh’s late surge, one that was required after the Bengals spent three quarters popping one big play after the next.  When it mattered, however, the Steelers shut the door.The win allowed Moats to check his phone in the giddy aftermath to see how the rest of the AFC contenders fared. It beats the alternative, though the veterans in the locker room know it’s best to focus on their own games. Win games and what everyone else does hardly matters.“Every week is kind of a playoff week for us,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re going to give it everything we have every week. And it doesn’t get any easier moving forward.”Something the Steelers know only too well.Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a 94-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Top college coaches form group to address minority hires

first_imgIn this March 11, 2015, file photo, Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith gestures during his team’s NCAA college basketball game against Texas in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)A group of prominent Black coaches headlined by Tubby Smith and Shaka Smart are forming an organization to address the dwindling numbers of minority head coaches in college basketball.The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development is in response to the dissolution of the Black Coaches Association. Ten years after minority coaches held more than 25 percent of the jobs across the country, the percentage dropped to 22 percent last year. And another 12 minority coaches have been fired this season.As the NCAA’s crown jewel — the men’s Final Four — descends on Indianapolis this weekend with all four teams coached by White men, Smith, Smart, John Thompson III and a growing list of some of the game’s most accomplished coaches say they are answering the call from those who came before them to speak up with authority and address the issues that have bubbled back to the surface.“There hasn’t been a voice for people speaking out and saying, ‘Look, what are you all doing administratively? What’s this about? Why has this all happened?’ And question it,” Smith, who won a national title at Kentucky and now coaches at Texas Tech, told The Associated Press.Smith was one of the charter members of the Black Coaches Association, a once-powerful group headed by trail blazers like John Thompson, George Raveling and John Chaney to kick down the doors that colleges and universities slammed in the faces of minority coaches.So it pained him to watch the BCA lose its influence in recent years while struggling to come up with funding from the NCAA and other sources. As the BCA started to disappear, so have the opportunities for Black coaches across the country.The new group, the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, has more than 40 minority coaches on board and aims to replace the now-defunct BCA as the most influential advocate to push schools to give candidates of color more consideration for head coaching jobs. It also wants to better prepare the younger generation of coaches to succeed in those jobs and help athletes gain admission to college and excel when they get there.“These coaches need to understand that guys like Chaney and Thompson and Nolan Richardson paid their dues,” said organizer Merritt Norvell. “They’re upset right now with us because nobody has continued to fight the fight.”Of the final 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament, not one had a Black head coach. So far only one vacancy — Dave Leitao at DePaul — has been filled by a Black coach.“The basketball coaches didn’t pay much attention to it for a long period of time before the numbers started dropping and dropping,” said Richard Lapchick, director of Central Florida’s watchdog institute. “The formation of a coaching group that has the influence these coaches do can be very important. They have a powerful voice.”The BCA wilted in large part because of a funding shortfall and ultimately was restructured by the NCAA as the Advocates for Athletic Equity, which is headed by Tyrone Lockhart. He said he has reached out to the new group.“In our initial conversation, I realized that our missions may be different so the Advocates for Athletics Equity will continue to move forward with its goal to assist a wide range of coaches of color, which includes the concerns of basketball and football coaches, along with women and other sports,” Lockhart said.Members of the coaches’ group will pay dues and seek corporate dollars for support, while maintaining autonomy from the NCAA, an important element for Smith and the organization’s founders. It bills itself as an organization for coaches and led by coaches and hopes to avoid the clutter that came when the BCA started to be helmed by college administrators later in its run.“I think you have to have a separate entity that’s not taking money from the NCAA and they’re influencing you,” Smith said.Ricky Lefft, general counsel for the group, said the goal is to one day reach 1,000 members, including coaches from high school and AAU and have three separate councils for men’s and women’s basketball and football.“There has been a void. I don’t think you can argue that,” Thompson said. “We all felt it was time for a fresh start, a new start, a different start and hopefully have the type of presence the original BCA did.”Among the other ideas being considered are setting up legal counseling for players and coaches faced with NCAA infractions and establishing a database of minority coaches for universities, search firms and other coaches to access when looking for qualified candidates to interview.For Paul Hewitt, who led Georgia Tech to a Final Four and was fired at George Mason earlier this month, it’s the chance to answer the call from Raveling, a mentor of his. Hewitt said his former boss at USC sent him a text message a few years ago “lambasting” him and other younger black coaches for not standing up for athletes and coaches.Hewitt, for one, is as concerned with issues facing the athletes, including new admissions requirements set to kick in in 2016, as the plight of coaches.“They felt very let down by the younger group of coaches,” Hewitt said. “They feel like a lot of the things they did to open up opportunities and try to make things better for student-athletes seem to have died down. As people stopped talking about the issues, there are some things that are creeping back in that have raised some old concerns.”___AP Sports Writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.last_img read more

Tiger Woods posts video to rebut rumors of his demise

first_imgIn this Aug. 23, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) _ Tiger Woods posted a video of him swinging a 9-iron in a golf simulator on Wednesday to shoot down rumors on social media that suggested his recovery from back surgeries had worsened to the point he could not even sit in a chair.The 13-second video Woods posted on Twitter shows him dressed in shorts and golf shoes, and he takes a smooth swing on a golf simulator.“Progressing nicely,” Woods wrote.The video (http://bit.ly/1oHi2If ) had a time stamp of Wednesday.If nothing else, it provided the first update on Woods since he spoke at the Hero World Challenge the first week of December. This was intended primarily, however, because of the social media storm that began over the weekend with a Twitter account called “Secret Tour Pro.”Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at Excel Sports Management, released a statement Feb. 21 that said the rumors were “ridiculous and absolutely false.”“With everything that went on last weekend with Twitter exploding and the ridiculous and erroneous discussions _ I don’t even want to call it reporting _ we were inundated with fans saying: `Wow. How can this be true?’ Clearly, it wasn’t true,” Steinberg said Wednesday.“If I picked up the phone and called you and said he’s doing some chipping and putting and making some swings up to a 9-iron _ and that’s what the club was _ is that impactful or a visual evidence of that?” he said. “We felt that was a more appropriate way to go.”Woods first had a microdiscectomy a week before the 2014 Masters, which kept him out nearly three months. He took off another three months to get stronger, but then announced another back surgery in September, and a third one at the end of October.He has not played since August. He has not won since August 2013.The tweet Sunday from “Secret Tour Pro” _ who claims to be a tour player, though it has never been verified _ said that Woods’ condition had worsened since Christmas and that he has to ride in a car with the seat full reclined. The tweet also said Woods has to lay down for the majority of the time and sitting in chair is no longer possible.Robert Lusetich, who wrote a book about Woods’ 2009 season after returning from knee surgery, tweeted similar information the next day that he attributed to his sources, and talked about it on a national radio show.Steinberg could not say if Woods would have posted the video without the rumors.“He does want to keep people in the loop to some degree,” he said.Missing from the update was anything beyond “progressing nicely.” Woods said in December that he misses competing and wants to return, though he does not appear to be in any rush this time. He has said he tried to come back too early from the first back surgery.“He’s going to learn from the past,” Steinberg said. “We don’t want to put a timetable on it. He’ll come back when he’s ready.”last_img

Pitt hires Heather Lyke as athletic director

first_imgHeather Lyke makes remarks after being introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Heather Lyke spent nearly four years overhauling the athletic department at Eastern Michigan, aggressively courting donors and generating buzz for a program that lacked plenty of both.The results were startling on the field and off. The football team shook off decades of mediocrity to reach a bowl game for the first time in 30 years last fall. Earlier this year, Lyke secured a $6 million donation, the largest cash gift in school history.The task at Pittsburgh – which hired Lyke as the school’s first female athletic director on Monday – won’t be to turn things around so much as provide the propulsion necessary to keep pace in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lyke replaces Scott Barnes, who left in January after two years on the job to take the same position at Oregon State.University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, right, introduces Heather Lyke as the scholls new athletic director in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Lyke, unlike Barnes, has local roots having grown up in Canton, Ohio before embarking on a career that’s included associate athletic director stops at Cincinnati and Ohio State. While chancellor Patrick Gallagher stressed hiring someone familiar with the landscape wasn’t part of the “primary criteria,” he allowed he’s hopeful that Lyke’s arrival can halt what’s become a bit of a revolving door. She’s the school’s third athletic director in less than three years.“I want Pitt to be a destination,” Gallagher said. “We’ve got to end this sort of (turnover). That’s an aspect of believing in ourselves.”It’s a virtue Lyke took with her to Eastern Michigan in 2013. Over the last four years the school has produced 17 MAC champions, though her biggest mark came in football. She spearheaded a drive that saw the rebranding of the program, from the school’s signature gray turf field called “The Factory” to the hiring of coach Chris Creighton, who broke out in 2016 when the Eagles went 7-6 and earned a spot in the Bahamas Bowl.Donations to Eastern Michigan athletics also rose 51 percent during Lyke’s tenure, no small feat considering Big Ten power Michigan sits just 10 miles away. Lyke faces a similar challenge on a considerably larger scale at Pitt.“It’s an incredible brand, and you have a chance to be on a platform to compete for ACC and national championships,” Lyke said. “And the only question is people say, ‘How are you going to do that?’ Well, why not? How aren’t we going to do it?’”Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi spent two different stints coaching in the Mid-American Conference and another seven years as an assistant at Michigan State, well aware of Eastern Michigan’s inability to escape the shadow of its conference rivals and establish its own identity in a crowded landscape.That all changed last fall, when the Eagles reached a bowl game for the first time in nearly 30 years. Narduzzi took notice of the buzz.“They’re in a bowl game, that shouldn’t happen up there,” Narduzzi said.Yet it did. A large part of Lyke’s job will be finding ways to fill Heinz Field on fall Saturdays. While Pitt has stabilized itself in football since moving from the Big East to the ACC in 2013, a packed house is a rarity outside of games against longtime rivals like Notre Dame and Penn State.“The experience of coming to Heinz Field for a University of Pittsburgh football game should be unique and remarkable,” Lyke said. “And so we’ve got to work hand in hand and recognize what they’re doing and how do they build from that and then we’ve got to develop our own identity as well.”,Heather Lyke makes remarks after being introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Heather Lyke spent nearly four years overhauling the athletic department at Eastern Michigan, aggressively courting donors and generating buzz for a program that lacked plenty of both.The results were startling on the field and off. The football team shook off decades of mediocrity to reach a bowl game for the first time in 30 years last fall. Earlier this year, Lyke secured a $6 million donation, the largest cash gift in school history.The task at Pittsburgh – which hired Lyke as the school’s first female athletic director on Monday – won’t be to turn things around so much as provide the propulsion necessary to keep pace in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lyke replaces Scott Barnes, who left in January after two years on the job to take the same position at Oregon State.University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, right, introduces Heather Lyke as the scholls new athletic director in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2017. Lyke was most recently athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Lyke, unlike Barnes, has local roots having grown up in Canton, Ohio before embarking on a career that’s included associate athletic director stops at Cincinnati and Ohio State. While chancellor Patrick Gallagher stressed hiring someone familiar with the landscape wasn’t part of the “primary criteria,” he allowed he’s hopeful that Lyke’s arrival can halt what’s become a bit of a revolving door. She’s the school’s third athletic director in less than three years.“I want Pitt to be a destination,” Gallagher said. “We’ve got to end this sort of (turnover). That’s an aspect of believing in ourselves.”It’s a virtue Lyke took with her to Eastern Michigan in 2013. Over the last four years the school has produced 17 MAC champions, though her biggest mark came in football. She spearheaded a drive that saw the rebranding of the program, from the school’s signature gray turf field called “The Factory” to the hiring of coach Chris Creighton, who broke out in 2016 when the Eagles went 7-6 and earned a spot in the Bahamas Bowl.Donations to Eastern Michigan athletics also rose 51 percent during Lyke’s tenure, no small feat considering Big Ten power Michigan sits just 10 miles away. Lyke faces a similar challenge on a considerably larger scale at Pitt.“It’s an incredible brand, and you have a chance to be on a platform to compete for ACC and national championships,” Lyke said. “And the only question is people say, ‘How are you going to do that?’ Well, why not? How aren’t we going to do it?’”Pittsburgh football coach Pat Narduzzi spent two different stints coaching in the Mid-American Conference and another seven years as an assistant at Michigan State, well aware of Eastern Michigan’s inability to escape the shadow of its conference rivals and establish its own identity in a crowded landscape.That all changed last fall, when the Eagles reached a bowl game for the first time in nearly 30 years. Narduzzi took notice of the buzz.“They’re in a bowl game, that shouldn’t happen up there,” Narduzzi said.Yet it did. A large part of Lyke’s job will be finding ways to fill Heinz Field on fall Saturdays. While Pitt has stabilized itself in football since moving from the Big East to the ACC in 2013, a packed house is a rarity outside of games against longtime rivals like Notre Dame and Penn State.“The experience of coming to Heinz Field for a University of Pittsburgh football game should be unique and remarkable,” Lyke said. “And so we’ve got to work hand in hand and recognize what they’re doing and how do they build from that and then we’ve got to develop our own identity as well.”last_img read more

Nolito hits out at false stories about his injury during transfer window

first_img “I have a contract with Celta Vigo. I’ve been annoyed that so many things which aren’t true have been said,” he told a press conference.   Sport EN CET On his injury, Nolito suggested the worst is now behind him and hinted that he could play a part this weekend – even if it’s only 20 minutes. “If one day I leave Celta, you know that I will be the first to tell you. I’m not in control of anything.” Celta Vigo forward Nolito says he is annoyed at some of the stories which came out during the January transfer window. center_img “People said that I’d injured myself on purpose, that I was simulating the injury, that Celta were punishing me… many things which aren’t true.  The Spain international was regularly linked with a move to Barcelona, but in the end remained in Galicia.  25/02/2016 at 16:33 “Even my mum called me and asked [about them]. I told her I was dedicated to playing football and to training. last_img read more