Keith Earls try sparks Ireland rout of England

first_imgJohnny Sexton kicks 22 points to inflict 32-18 misery on indisciplined England TRY!Doesn’t take England long to utilise the one-man advantage. Youngs goes overToo little, too late?Watch LIVE @ITV #ITVRugby #IREvENG— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) March 20, 2021If there were any jitters in the Irish camp, they were soon dispelled as Sexton landed his fifth penalty with little more than ten minutes remaining. When replacement Jonny Hill changed his binding at a defensive maul, England conceded their 14th penalty and Sexton made them pay in customary manner, 32-11.Tee time: Johnny Sexton kicks a penalty – he finished with a personal record haul of 22 points (Getty)England recovered a smidgeon of respectability in the closing moments as May crossed on the left for a try that was converted. Ireland were down to 13 players at that stage as Murray was sin-binned for encroaching offside on his line.It mattered not. England, the reigning champions, have lost to all of their Home Nations rivals and finish with only Italy separating them from the foot of the table, just as occurred in 2018. Their failure to stay the right side of the laws has repeatedly undermined their game and the optimism of last weekend’s win against France has dissipated.The result will inevitably fuel mutterings that Eddie Jones is not getting the best out of the talented pool of players at his disposal. His nose for selection will be questioned.And Warren Gatland, in attendance at the Aviva Stadium, will surely be picking a Lions squad with a greater Celtic hue than he would have anticipated when the championship kicked off at the start of February.Pre-match chat: Ireland flanker Josh van der Flier speaks with the digital mascot via a tablet (Inpho)Afterwards, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell told RTÉ Sport: “To win your last game in a tournament is always pleasing because it’s a long time between drinks until the next one.“I’m delighted for the lads because they have come in for a bit of stick. Obviously, we’ve lost a couple of games but the lads have always believed in how they’re progressing and they’ve always thought there was a performance like that in them.“The performance wasn’t perfect, there’s still a lot to work on, but I’m so pleased for them that they got over the line against a very good side.” Irish players stock price going up for the lions… English players not so much #IREvENG— jamie heaslip (@jamieheaslip) March 20, 2021Farrell went off for an HIA but momentum swung unexpectedly England’s way as Aki tackled Billy Vunipola too high. The incident was reviewed and the Connacht centre was sent off, a repeat of his red card against Samoa at the 2019 World Cup.Almost immediately, England reduced the deficit as they set up a driving maul and George broke down the short side to put Ben Youngs in for the try. — Stephen Jones (@stephenjones9) March 20, 2021Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Jack Conan finishes off a fantastic team score for Ireland! #GuinnessSixNations #IREvENG— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 20, 2021England introduced Jamie George and Ellis Genge into the fray for the second half. Far from invigorating the visitors, England’s performance became ragged as the indiscipline issues that have marred their championship began to surface once more. “Too many loose threads,” said commentator Nick Mullins about England.Earls came within a whisker of another try following a dextrous finish from a cross-kick but the try was chalked off for a knock-on by Cian Healy.Nevertheless, the first points of the half went to the faultless Sexton. And when Ireland’s captain knocked over another three-pointer, after Healy forced a penalty at the scrum, the Irish had stretched their advantage to a massive 26-6. 1976 – England have lost their three games against Ireland, Wales and Scotland in a single Five/Six Nations tournament for the first time since 1976. Vintage.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) March 20, 2021 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Keith Earls try sparks Ireland rout of England The notion that England had turned a corner with their exhilarating win against France proved a false one. Their earlier failings came back to bite them and the defending Six Nations champions have finished second to bottom in the table. It’s the first time they have lost to Scotland, Wales and Ireland in the same championship for 45 years.Unlike the defeat in Cardiff, there were no mitigating factors in Dublin for Eddie Jones’s men. They were outmuscled and out-thought by a team they had beaten four times on the spin.“England have gone backwards,” said Lawrence Dallaglio, a pundit for ITV. “That did not reflect English rugby. It’s time to start again,” said Sir Clive Woodward in the studio.Respect: Cian Healy celebrates with CJ Stander, who played his 51st and final Test for Ireland (Inpho)For Ireland, the opposite is true. They won with ease – their 50th Test win v England – despite having Bundee Aki sent off just past the hour mark for a high tackle. This could be the result that quells the doubters, provides belief that coach Andy Farrell is walking the right path.Related content: Bundee Aki is sent offIn 35-year-old Johnny Sexton, the tournament’s leading scorer after a 22-point harvest, they have a captain colossus. The likes of Tadhg Beirne and Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Furlong and Conor Murray, have surely cemented their places in the 2021 British & Irish Lions squad, and many of their team-mates have thrown their hat in the ring.One of them is Keith Earls, who scored his first try against England for 11 years to break the deadlock in today’s match at Aviva Stadium.And once again it was a try that had Paul O’Connell’s fingerprints over it as it stemmed from a clever lineout play. No 8 Jack Conan outjumped Tom Curry at the back and palmed the ball down for Earls coming through a gap on the burst.Earls went round Jonny May, the last defender, and made the line for his first try against England since he scored at Twickenham in 2010.Sexton’s conversion put Ireland 10-3 ahead after 23 minutes. Owen Farrell and Sexton each landed a couple of penalties as well in the first half-hour in a match that didn’t quite match up to its billing in the opening period. Watch Earls’s superb try here… 500 – Owen Farrell has reached the 500 point mark in the Five/Six Nations, just the third player to reach that tally in the tournament’s history, after Ronan O’Gara and Jonny Wilkinson. Milestone.— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) March 20, 2021Henshaw, who was to win Man of the Match, made a number of valuable interventions. One of them, a man-and-ball tackle on Elliot Daly, resulted in a penalty for sealing off that Sexton kicked to cancel out Farrell’s opening penalty for a lineout infringement.Incidentally, after all the chat about Daly switching to 13, he played at full-back after all because Max Malins suffered a leg injury in training yesterday. Ollie Lawrence came in at 13.Ireland grew stronger as the half elapsed and they scored a second try four minutes before half-time when Conan crossed after some excellent phase play.Watch his try below. It helped Ireland into a 20-6 lead at the break and history was squarely behind the hosts because the side leading at half-time had won the previous 27 fixtures between the sides. The pattern was not to be broken. Galloping clear: wing Keith Earls on his way to his first try in 11 matches against England (Getty Images) Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw (Ross Byrne 79), Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale (Jordan Larmour 78); Jonathan Sexton (capt), Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne (Cian Healy 20), Rob Herring (Ronan Kelleher 71), Tadhg Furlong (Andrew Porter 64), Iain Henderson (Ryan Baird 64), Tadhg Beirne, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier (Peter O’Mahony 64), Jack Conan.Tries: Earls, Conan. Cons: Sexton 2. Pens: Sexton 6.England: Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Ollie Lawrence, Owen Farrell (capt, Dan Robson 56), Jonny May; George Ford (Joe Marchant 51), Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola (Ellis Genge ht), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Jamie George ht), Kyle Sinckler (Will Stuart 64), Maro Itoje, Charlie Ewels (Jonny Hill 56), Mark Wilson (Ben Earl 51), Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola (George Martin 64).Tries: Youngs, May. Con: Daly. Pens: Farrell 2. The dreadful paucity of England should not obscure Ireland’s excellence. Sexton, Furlong, Beirne, Murray, Earls outstanding and Henshaw magnificent Keith Earls is still up there with the VERY BEST. Beautiful try from the veteran @IrishRugby winger.#GuinnessSixNations #IREvENG— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) March 20, 2021England had bossed the first quarter without making it count on the scoreboard. Ireland held up a front lineout drive over the line but otherwise chances were few and far between.Dave Kilcoyne went off for an HIA after a clash of heads with Kyle Sinckler and there was an example of George Ford’s skill with the boot as he launched a spiral bomb that deceived Murray in front of his posts. Aki got back to bail him out of trouble.last_img read more

Matt Gay is Pac-12 Specialist of the Week

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO – For the fourth time this season and the second-consecutive week, Utah senior kicker Matt Gay has been named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.Gay, a Lou Groza semifinalist, set the Utah record with his 21st-consecutive field goal last week at Colorado. He made kicks of 51, 33 and 31 yards in the game before missing from 56 yards under snowy conditions. He scored 12 of Utah’s 30 points in a 30-7 win over the Buffs that clinched a Pac-12 South Division title.The Orem, Utah, native ranks first in the Pac-12 and second nationally in field goals made per game (2.09) and is also first in the conference and eighth in the NCAA in total points scored (107).His 51-yarder in the fourth quarter extended his school record for 50-plus yard field goals to seven in his career, giving him two this season. Tags: Matt Gay/Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week/Utah Utes Football November 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Matt Gay is Pac-12 Specialist of the Week Written by Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Frank Moore Cross, 91

first_imgHe traveled the world unearthing and interpreting religious texts from a forgotten time. His nearly 300 academic papers deepened humanity’s understanding of the time and place in which three of the world’s major religions would take root. And yet, over the course of a career that spanned five decades, Frank Moore Cross always returned to the classroom, teaching until his retirement in 1992, and advising more than 100 doctoral dissertations in the process.“My students have given me the greatest pleasure,” he once told the editor of the Bible Review. “I have always had the view that the first task of a scholar is to pass knowledge and understanding of method and the tools of his field from one generation to the next.”A world-renowned biblical scholar best known for his work interpreting the Dead Sea Scrolls, Cross died on Oct. 17 in Rochester, N.Y. He was 91. A memorial service will take place Nov. 10 at the Memorial Church.“He was different from most of the teachers I’d had,” said Jo Ann Hackett, one of his many students turned Harvard colleagues, who now teaches at the University of Texas, Austin. “He would rather teach you how to do something than go in-depth on what it was all about. It meant that when you left, you hadn’t read everything or done everything, but you had the tools to know how to do it.”Friends and colleagues remembered Cross as a consummate gentleman, with a dry wit and varied interests. He studied ancient texts, yet had a penchant for fast sports coupes. He read and wrote in several “dead” languages, even as he kept his Southern accent. He wore a bow tie to the classroom, and took up backpacking in his 40s, embarking on several long trips through the wilderness with his wife, Betty Anne. A lifelong swimmer, he learned to scuba dive in his 60s so that he could conduct underwater archaeology in the Middle East.“His interests were incredible,” said Harvard Divinity School Professor Paul D. Hanson. “He was always cultivating some hobby.”The son and grandson of Presbyterian ministers, Cross’ religious upbringing would guide his career.“Presbyterians are typically interested in biblical studies and originalism, the idea of what does the Bible say about this or that,” said Lawrence Stager, a Harvard archaeology professor emeritus, and a close friend of Cross. “I’m sure that helped him develop in that direction.”Raised in Alabama, Cross earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and philosophy at Maryville College in Tennessee in 1942. He attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago before going to Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a doctorate in Semitic languages in 1950. His foundation in hard sciences instilled in him a meticulousness that drove his research for the rest of his career.“He approached much of his scholarship as a scientist,” said List Professor of Jewish Studies Jon D. Levenson, another student of Cross who eventually became a colleague. “He was always interested in the tools used to make an evaluation.”Arriving at Hopkins shortly after the discovery of a set of ancient scrolls west of the Dead Sea, Cross studied under the legendary Near Eastern scholar William F. Albright, and quickly became one of Albright’s most important pupils. When Albright and his students were given exclusive access to some of the scrolls, Cross was allocated the often fragmented texts of Cave No. 4. In 1958, he published “The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Biblical Studies,” a 196-page book that became one of the leading texts about the scrolls and established him at the forefront of his field.“He had a marvelous way of writing,” said Peter Machinist, a pupil of Cross who is now the Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, which is Harvard’s third-oldest endowed chair, and which Cross occupied until his retirement. “Chiseled prose, I’d call it. He could get into a small number of pages what others would need many more pages to say.”Cross came to Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 1957, having completed stints at Wellesley College and McCormick Seminary. By then, he was making regular trips to the Middle East to see and authenticate scrolls, journeys that often involved arduous plane rides, shoddy communications, and unsavory characters. Work sometimes entailed crawling through caves in 120-degree heat, negotiating with corrupt antiquities dealers, or excavating an archaeological site while bombs went off in the distance.“It was very cloak-and-dagger,” Machinist said. “Israel was a newly created state, and the whole region precipitated on war.”In a newspaper article about a trip to Lebanon in 1967, Cross recalled landing in Beirut to procure a collection of newly found scrolls. After proving his identity to an intermediary, he was directed to stand alone on a particular street corner one night, was picked up in a nondescript car, and was driven through the back roads of the city to a mansion where negotiations began. Unfortunately, the transaction fell through when the Arab-Israeli War broke out.Although the Dead Sea Scrolls remained an integral part of his work, Cross’ publications spanned the field of biblical studies. He was deeply interested in the ancient poetry and history of the Hebrew Bible, and was one of the world’s leading epigraphers.“I don’t think anyone can command as much as Frank did,” said John “Jay” Ellison, a Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations lecturer who was mentored by Cross when he pursued his doctorate at Harvard. “As the body of knowledge in the field increased, and new texts were discovered, so did his knowledge. He grew with the field.”Unusually talented when it came to determining the age of a text through the shape of its letters, Cross’ expertise was sought by academics and antiquities dealers around the world. When carbon dating proved the age of a fragment he’d analyzed, he joked that he was happy to have validated the practice of carbon dating.Despite his prominence, Cross remained accessible to his students. His courses introducing the Hebrew Bible and on the history of the ancient Israelite region became staples for a broad range of undergraduate and graduate students. A demanding instructor, Cross was renowned for demonstrating kindness and treating his students as colleagues.“He’d often start his lectures saying, ‘As you well know,’ and, of course, you didn’t know,” recalled John Huehnergard, a former student and Harvard colleague, who now teaches at the University of Texas, Austin.“He had great expectations of his students,” Stager said. “These high expectations drove us to achieve at a higher level than we thought we could.”That congenial relationship extended to academic work. While studying in Israel in 1966, Stager found a pot shard with writing on it. He took a photograph of it, and eagerly sent it to his professor back at Harvard. Shortly after, a letter arrived from Cross, congratulating Stager on finding his first ostracon.“I assumed he’d publish a paper on it,” Stager recalled. “Instead, he simply encouraged me to do research and publish on it.”The pot shard became the subject of Stager’s first published academic article.“The field is developing, and we still don’t know the full impact of his career,” Stager said. “But he was a great friend, and once he considered you a friend, he was on your side for life.”last_img read more

Land Registry up for grabs

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Stephanie deLaforcade finds niche role on Syracuse with lacrosse past

first_img Comments Published on October 15, 2019 at 10:00 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The stress fracture in Stephanie deLaforcade’s left foot was starting to heal, but she suited up anyway. The all-state midfielder couldn’t miss her high school senior day in May 2017.Though deLaforcade missed the last half of East Lyme’s (Connecticut) lacrosse season during her senior year, she knew that final game was her last chance to play lacrosse competitively. She was also an all-state soccer player, and had already committed to Maryland for that.East Lyme’s lacrosse coach Phillip Schneider encouraged her to lace up her cleats and pick up her stick. Just minutes into the game, deLaforcade found an opening. She couldn’t run at full speed, but deLaforcade caught a pass in front of the net and scored the final goal of her lacrosse career.“Having that last moment really just meant a lot to me,” deLaforcade said.After choosing soccer and spending one year at Maryland, deLaforcade continued her collegiate career at Syracuse. Last season, as a redshirt freshman, she played in all 18 games for the Orange. Now, she’s using the athleticism and versatility learned through lacrosse to become a key reserve player for an injury-ridden Syracuse (3-2-8, 1-4-1 Atlantic Coast) in 2019.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The one thing we’re looking from her is a spark,” head coach Nicky Adams said. “When (Sydney) Brackett comes off or (Marisa) Fischetti comes off, we need somebody to come in and cause havoc.”This season, the Orange have struggled with gaining possession, but deLaforcade has been able to help because of her background as a lacrosse midfielder. Adams said she has been impressed with deLaforcade’s ability to absorb information and make adjustments on the pitch. deLaforcade scored once for the Orange last year, but now her role is more possession-based.For deLaforcade, as well as all of Adams’ forwards, the goal for the rest of the season is to continue to improve at holding the ball while completing the first pass to set up offensive rushes. Her multi-sport experience makes this a natural skill.“When I might not have the ball, I’m seeing where passes might go or seeing where there’s gaps and I’m already looking for that,” deLaforcade said. “So I think that really carries over from lacrosse into soccer.”Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorBefore college, deLaforcade’s focus had always been soccer, playing on club teams her whole life. But she also quickly rose through the lacrosse ranks. Schneider said she made the varsity team as a freshman, a rarity in his program.“She was our best midfielder, our best draw control player, our best athlete, our best scorer,” Schneider said.While she was recruited for lacrosse by several smaller schools including Siena, she received more attention for soccer after she was named the 2016 All-Area Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year by a local newspaper for breaking her conference’s single-season record with 42 goals.During her recruitment process, deLaforcade developed rapport with then-Northeastern head coach Tracey Leone. But when Leone resigned in January of 2016, deLaforcade’s interest shifted to Maryland, where Leone’s husband had just been hired as the Terps’ head coach.deLaforcade committed to Maryland, but didn’t appear in any games during her lone season there. She said “it wasn’t the best fit” between her and UMD’s coaching staff.“I was more of a possession-type,” deLaforcade said. “That’s what I’ve always played and he wanted a ‘go-go-go,’ very direct which wasn’t necessarily what I was used to and it was just a tough transition from him.”Frustrated by her freshman-year experience, deLaforcade decided to transfer. Phil Wheddon, then SU’s head coach, convinced the forward to come to Syracuse. Now under Adams, deLaforcade “couldn’t be happier” and said the change was better than she ever hoped.For deLaforcade, a sense of team bonding has always felt stronger on a soccer pitch compared to the lacrosse field — it’s part of the reason she fell in love with soccer. Under Adams, the culture has only improved that. It’s made the process of transferring and adapting to her role easier.“I mean I do love lacrosse,” deLaforcade said. “I do miss it a lot, but something about soccer couldn’t keep me away.”— Asst. digital editor Arabdho Majumder and staff writer Tim Nolan contributed reporting.last_img read more

Webster City woman charged with misspending Chamber of Commerce funds

first_imgA 40-year-old woman from Webster City has been arrested and faces four felony charges for 263-thousand dollars worth of alleged misspending at the Webster City Chamber of Commerce.Leah Mulholland was a financial and administrative assistant for the Webster City Chamber of Commerce. A special investigation by the state auditor’s office was released last July. It concluded Mulholland overpaid herself by about 190-thousand dollars over a four-and-a-half year period. Auditors believe Mulholland used the Chamber of Commerce’s money to pay her personal cell phone bill and cover 27-hundred-dollars worth of hotel bills in Webster City. Mulholland was arrested Wednesday. She’s charged with ongoing criminal conduct, first-degree theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and forgery.last_img read more