Red Wings GM Ken Holland visits Muskegon, marvels at the USHL’s young talent

first_img $0.00 Report a problem This item is… Share Mail Displayed poorly ENDS IN FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… ENDS IN Ads by Amazon × Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… Other Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $15.29$17.99 × Other Bestseller Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Other By Dave HartLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON – The L.C. Walker Arena had three special guests at Saturday night’s contest between the Muskegon Lumberjacks and the Team USA Under-18 national squad.Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland was present, along with two very well-known former Red Wings – the legendary Steve Yzerman and Kris Draper. Their presence was not announced to the crowd, but plenty of fans noticed them and word spread quickly.Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland talks with LSJ reporter Dave Hart.Holland, who came to scout some of the great young talent that the United States Hockey league has to offer, stood on the concourse and politely chatted with anyone who approached him.He quickly agreed to a between-periods interview with LocalSportsJournal.com, and talked about all the prospects he was watching, particularly on the super-talented Team USA U-18 roster.“Team USA has a number of players who are going to go high in the draft and throughout the draft,” said Holland, who started his off-ice career as a scout, from 1985-97. “These players work hard all year to go to the NHL Combine at the end of the year.“I’m also going to watch the U-18 team on Sunday, before our game against Dallas. They have lots of great players, so I’m going to watch them when I get a chance. I live five minutes away from where Team USA plays (in Plymouth, Michigan), and sometimes I see them when they play other USHL teams.”Holland was happy about what he saw on the ice. Team USA cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Lumberjacks, but it was Muskegon’s first loss of the season. The Jacks are currently 8-1 and have plenty of talent themselves.“It’s a great league that had about 60 players drafted last season,” Holland said. “Many of the players end up playing college hockey.“There are advantages and disadvantages (to drafting young USHL players), One of the advantages is we own the players’ rights for four years while they are in college. You can give them the development time, if needed.”Steve Yzerman takes notes in a suite at the LC Walker Arena during the Lumberjacks game on Saturday.The Red Wings currently need all the young talent they can stock up on, as evidenced by their current struggles on the ice.Through 10 games of the 2018-19 season, Detroit has only managed one win and has four points in the standings, which is last in the entire National Hockey League.“We are obviously building, and we have to build it with young players, so I’ve been out watching more amateurs over the last two years than I have been, but I’ve always liked to go out,” Holland said. “I like to go out to the World Junior tournament at Christmas time, it’s the best junior tournament in the world.”Despite the slow start, Holland is optimist that the Red Wings can turn it around. He doesn’t believe the team is really as bad as its current record indicates.“We expected to have a better record than what we have now.” he said. “It’s been a very disappointing start. We had two games where we got blown out in Boston and in Montreal. But if you take out empty- net goals, the other eight games were basically one-goal contests.“We have some young forwards with a lot of responsibilities that they didn’t have last year, but we want to have a better win-loss record than we have, and I know our guys are digging in. We need to find a way to generate more offense.” ENDS IN Displayed poorly (34271) DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… (822) × × Former Detroit Red Wing Chris Draper talks during the Lumberacks game against Team USA U18 on Saturday. Not relevant Other Bestseller Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. 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AP sources: Owners approve sale of Marlins to Jeter group

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — The woebegone Miami Marlins are Derek Jeter’s problem now. In this Sept. 28, 2014, file photo, New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter speaks to the media after the last baseball game of his career, against the Boston Red Sox, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Major league owners on Wednesday approved the sale of the team by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman, two people familiar with the vote said. The people confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the approval had not been announced.One of the people said the vote was unanimous, with 75 percent approval needed.A signed $1.2 billion agreement was submitted to Major League Baseball last month to sell the Marlins to a group led by Sherman, a venture capitalist who will be the controlling owner. Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain, plans to be a limited partner in charge of the business and baseball operations.The closing on the sale is expected within a few days.The Marlins have endured another disappointing year and are assured of their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors. They’ll sit out the playoffs for the 14th year in a row, the longest streak in the National League.They’re also likely to finish last in the NL in attendance for the 12th time in the past 13 years, creating revenue constraints that may lead to a payroll purge in Jeter’s first offseason as an owner.Among players who might be shopped is major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million in the fourth season of his record $325 million, 13-year contract.The transition to new ownership has already begun, with four well-known Marlins executives told last week they won’t be retained. They were special assistant to the president Jeff Conine, who goes by the nickname Mr. Marlin, and three special assistants to the owner — Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, and former manager Jack McKeon, who led the Marlins to the 2003 World Series championship.Team president David Samson is not expected to be retained. Manager Don Mattingly is a former teammate of Jeter’s and may return.Loria, 76, became widely unpopular because of his frugal ownership and the public financing that helped build the five-year-old Marlins Park. He bought the franchise for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, part of the Boston Red Sox ownership group that has celebrated three World Series titles.“Part of the deal is acknowledging when it’s time to pass the baton to the next generation, and wish them well in taking things to the next level,” Loria said in a statement. “With that in mind, I can’t think of anyone better suited than Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. They are true baseball people, as well as true gentlemen. I have every confidence in their ability as the next stewards of the Miami Marlins to take us to new heights.”Jeter, who lives in Tampa, was a 14-time All-Star shortstop who retired in 2014 after 20 seasons with the Yankees. He has no front-office experience but has long talked of his desire to own a team.Sherman spent much of his financial career in New York and has a home in Naples, Florida. Minority owners are expected to include NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who will have a small stake.Loria’s decision to sell the team became public in February, and Jeter’s interest surfaced in April. The Jeter-Sherman group beat out two other groups that pursued the team in the final weeks of negotiations.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Winelast_img read more

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Nobody shakes the dice…Lifestyles Report (Nov. 8, 2017)

first_imgDEBBIE NORRELLI save a lot of what I call “souvenirs of life.” Some of the things you would run across in my souvenir stash would be taped interviews with Charles Dutton, August Wilson and Dick Gregory. A handwritten note from Bill Peduto before he was the mayor of Pittsburgh. Pictures of Gordon Parks when he was in Pittsburgh, my bright orange good dental health badge from Happy, my Think and Do Book and a Souvenir Issue of the Taylor Allderdice newsletter dated November 17, 1967. The front page reads VICTORY! Underneath, a picture of the Allderdice Championship Football Team. In 1967 there was only one Black person on the team, #24 Guy Collins. The headline read, “Nobody shakes the Dice as Allderdice Rips Westinghouse for First City Title.”I have told so many people about this win and many told me I was dreaming and I did not know what I was talking about. I make it a point when I let words come out of my mouth you can take them to the bank, so maybe now that they are reading it in the paper and seeing it on television they will believe that 50 years ago “the House came tumbling down.” That was the chant as the Dragons upset Westinghouse, the perennial City League champs, 20-13, and won their first City high school football crown. It was reported that a combination of luck and persistence provided the Dragons with a 20-7 lead in the second quarter. Two interceptions by Willie Anderson on the same drive were nullified by penalties, and TA managed to keep possession of the football and move toward the goal line. At halftime the Dragons not only had outscored the Bulldogs but also led in first downs and passing. Allderdice even had outrushed Westinghouse, despite an injury to Charlie Lischner which kept him out most of the game. A key interception by Lew Krause in the third period thwarted one Westinghouse drive and a stunning goal line stand early in the fourth period, holding the Bulldogs to only four and a half yards in four plays from the five-yard line, broke the back of the Westinghouse express. A last series of downs run by Westinghouse failed, the clock ran out and then Allderdice had its first City Title in its first try. The TA victory made it only the second time in the last 14 years that Westinghouse had failed to take home the championship.The newsletter went on to report that it would be impossible to single out individual players for contributing to this victory. Just let it be said that the 9-0 mark of the Dragons was the result of a first rate team effort. I was so proud of this moment for Taylor Allderdice. I was there from ninth grade until graduation in 1970. It was the school that I always wanted to go to but I ended up there due to bussing to desegregate the Pittsburgh Public Schools. I don’t follow high school football but any mention of TA makes me sit up and take notice.(Email Debbie Norrell at debbienorell@aol.com) Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

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Can Black Stars stop Muller machine?

first_imgGermany can qualify for the knock-out rounds on Saturday if they beat Ghana at the Estadio Castelao. Germany: Neuer; Boateng, Durm, Mertesacker, Howedes; Khedira, Lahm, Kroos; Ozil, Muller, Gotze. CEST “We didn’t deserve the first goal against us and, as for the game itself, we did possess and create a lot of chances,” he said. Ghana: Kwarasey; Opare, Mensah, Boye, Asamoah; Muntari, Rabiu; J. Ayew, Atsu, A. Ayew; Gyan. Sport EN Thomas Muller scored a hat-trick, with Mats Hummels getting the other. The defender is the only fitness doubt, saying: “The injury doesn’t feel like something which would end my World Cup. “Maybe it will cost me one game, or maybe none at all. It looked worse than it is.  “I do have my thigh heavily wrapped, but it’s going to be fine. It could have been worse.”center_img They thrashed Portugal 4-0 in the opening game, while their opponents lost 2-1 to the USA. Upd. at 21:27 Ghana cioach Kwesi Appiah admits his team need to be more clinical if they are to progress.  “Any loss of concentration can cost the team big time. I believe the first goal unsettled us a little bit but I never expected it to end this way.” 20/06/2014 Possible teams:  Ref: Sandro Ricci. “Unfortunately we could not take our chances and the US took their chances.last_img read more

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X-Men and Lions come together as one

first_imgBy Nick Creely The importance of a clear pathway from junior to senior football can’t be understated. For St Francis…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Anthony Cunningham Steps Down as Galway Hurling Manager

first_imgAnthony Cunningham has stepped down as Galway hurling manager. In a secret ballot overseen by an independent observer last night 26 out of 32 voted ‘no’ when asked if they had confidence in the current management.In a Statement released this evening he said…..I, Anthony Cunningham incumbent Senior Hurling Manager since 2012, hereby confirm the following:- Despite the fact that I was unanimously ratified and supported by the Galway GAA Clubs, the County Hurling and Galway County Committees and having reviewed the current impasse in detail over the past month, it is with great sadness tonight that I and my Management Team announce our resignation from our positions.I do so with the best interests of Galway Hurling in mind and with the priority of best assisting Galway hurling to build on the achievement of 2015. As a Management team we have exhausted all avenues with support from the clubs, their delegates, the hurling fraternity and County Committees in the past month to bring this impasse to a conclusion and protect Galway Hurling.Despite extensive attempts at genuine dialogue including Independent Arbitration, there were no reasonable explanations offered or given as to the issues that players felt they had. I believe that the players are misguided in that they are not taking the views of their county on board. They, through their actions, have shown scant respect for, and loyalty to the goodwill shown them by supporters, clubs and County GAA Committees and Management.I contend it is unreasonable to express a lack of confidence in management – how else could we have reached a winning position in an All-Ireland Final last September? I consider this a kangaroo court decision, led by a core group of players orchestrated with the help of others outside Galway, motivated by a desire to unjustly extend their lifespan as inter-county players placing personal agendas above the greater good of Galway Hurling.This goes to the very core of what our Association stands for – there is a national danger now that the democratic and voluntary ethos of the GAA is being overrun by groups of players that wish to indulge in the selection and termination of management.Galway Hurling is bigger than any one individual and given that this current impasse shows no immediate sign of abating, I reluctantly conclude that it best that I now step aside. I hold a deep conviction that the current Galway management team is the one best positioned to deliver Galway hurling to the next level and bring All-Ireland Senior success to our county.I thank my family, my management team colleagues and their families for their support and I am very sensitive the hurt they have endured in the very recent past. I salute the county officials and officers and numerous volunteers who have given me magnificent support over the last five years.With Disappointment & Sincerity,print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email This brings to an end a long-running saga that started shortly after Galway lost the All-Ireland final to Kilkenny in September.last_img read more

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Galway boxers in action tonight in National Stadium

first_imgFriday May 13thPrelims (5pm)Girl 242kg Aaligah Butler (Monivea) V Kathleen Martin (Carndonagh)Girl 666kg Ciara Mellett (Connemara) V Shannon Just (Arklow)Girl 348kg Deirdre Hughes (Corrib) W/OMen’s U18 Finals64kg Jason Harty (Rathkeale) V Kieran Molloy (Oughterard)Saturday May 14thS/Finals and Prelims (9am)Girl 142kg Jessica Leahy (Urlingford) V Laoise Griffin (Connemara)S/Finals (4pm)Girl 350kg Nicole Butler (Monivea) V Winner66kg Ceire Hickey (Connemara) V Leanne Doyle (Arklow)Girl 554kg Mia O’Connor (Cabra) V Emer Hannon (Corrib)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Girl 1 to 6 Championships National Stadium Dublin Kieran Molloy from the Oughterard Club will go in search of a 9th Irish title this evening when he takes on Jason Harty from Rathkeale in the Irish U18 64kg final in the National Stadium. On a busy night of action, the preliminary rounds of the Girls Championships will feature Galway boxers Aaligah Butler from Monivea and Ciara Mellett from Connemara, while through to the semi finals tomorrow night are Deirdre Hughes and Emer Hannon from Corrib, Laoise Griffin and Ceire Hickey from Connemara and Nicole Butler from Monivea.last_img read more

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Lurgybrack Autism Centre boosted by ‘Race Across America’ equipment

first_imgLurgybrack Autism Centre were delighted to welcome Arthur McMahon, Gerard Callaghan, Gavin Harris, Boyd Robinson and Grace Ann McGarvey from The Donegal Oil Foundation to the school.Last summer, the team of four local men, supported by a large crew from all over Donegal, cycled 3,000 miles across America, from Oceanside in California to Annapolis in Maryland, in the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race. In doing so, they raised money for schools in Donegal which cater for children on the Autism Spectrum.Lurgybrack Autism Centre gratefully received €1,000 worth of funding for active equipment for the children.Lurgybrack Autism Centre were delighted to take delivery of three wonderful bikes and a foot twister, all supplied locally by LK Bikes – fantastic resources which will encourage the children to become more active, provide them with a fun way to exercise as well as supporting their physical and emotional development. “The school wish the express their sincere thanks to Arthur McMahon, Managing Director of Donegal Oil Company, to the Donegal Oil Cycling Team and everyone involved in The Foundation for their support,” the school said.Lurgybrack Autism Centre boosted by ‘Race Across America’ equipment was last modified: February 2nd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arthur McMahonBoyd RobinsonDonegal Oil FoundationGavin HarrisGerard CallaghanGrace Ann McGarveyLurgybrack Autism Centrelast_img read more

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Trade Port to boost KZN exports

first_img7 July 2008Fixed investment in and exports from KwaZulu-Natal province are set to increase with the completion of the R6.5-billion Dube Trade Port – the largest single government infrastructure investment in the province – to the north of Durban.“The catalytic impact of this project will not be confined to the growth node in the costal area north of Durban, but will reverberate across the entire province and position KwaZulu-Natal as a destination of choice for domestic and international tourists,” KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sibusiso Ndebele told delegates at the International Investment Council in San Lameer in May.The council, attended by President Thabo Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Cabinet members, drew on the insights of distinguished international business leaders on how to meet the challenges of economic growth in South Africa.By the time of its completion ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Dube Trade Port itself will have contributed an estimated R12.4-billion to the economy and created thousands of new jobs.According to statistics, the Durban port is the busiest port city on the African continent and ideally located to access the international shipping routes between East and West. It is also the largest of South Africa’s seven ports.It handles in excess of 31.4-million tons of cargo a year, with a value in excess of R100-billion per annum – approximately 65% of the value of all cargo going through South African ports.According to a report released by Quantec data, KwaZulu-Natal’s top export destinations in 2005 were the United States, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany.More than R3-billion has been set aside for investment in Durban port’s infrastructure since 2002 for various improvements that include the construction of cargo terminals, Ndebele said.The province’s second port – Richard’s Bay – is also South Africa’s premier bulk cargo handling port and is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in the province, and the centre of operations for South Africa’s aluminium industry.Trade gatewayNdebele further told delegates that the foreign private companies had invested over R27-billion in the province between 2000 and 2005, enabling provincial economic growth to rise from 1% in 1999 to 5.3% in 2005.Since then, he said, the province had seen further groundbreaking fixed direct investments, while nearly a third of South Africa’s manufactured exports were produced in the province.These include the R2.4-billion expansion of Toyota’s plant outside Durban, a new R2.5-billion plant by United Pulp in Richards Bay, a R2-billion expansion at Sappi Saiccor at Umkomaas, and a R650-million investment by Tata in a steel plant in Richard’s Bay.In addition, an almost R20-billion investment is on the cards in the KwaZulu-Natal north coast for a “city within a city” project, modelled on the Dubai Palm complex in the Arab emirate.“These private investments are particularly encouraging for us and they are aligned to our national industrial policy,” said Ndebele. “KwaZulu-Natal has also recently undergone rapid industrialisation, thanks to its abundant water supply and labour resources.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Jefferson City college expects to close its door

first_imgWith an unexpected development, Metro Business College has made the announcement that they plan to close its campuses in Jefferson City, along with Cape Giradeau and Rolla, by the end of the year.The founder and president, George Holske said declining enrollment and the increased costs have forced the decision to close.The private college focused on training medical office personnel, administrative assistants and coding specialists.last_img

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