Fit-again Bayern’s Pavard Ready for Lyon Today

first_imgCHAMPIONS LEAGUE S’FINALBayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has fully recovered from an ankle injury and could be part of the squad that will face Olympique Lyonnais today in the UEFA Champions League semifinals, Bayern Coach, Hansi Flick, announced on Tuesday.Pavard, who had an outstanding season as Bayern won the domestic league and Cup double, injured ligaments in his ankle late last month but returned to fitness quicker than expected. He missed their sensational 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the quarterfinals last week but has joined the team in Lisbon.“Benjamin has worked hard in the past days and we are all happy that he is here,” Flick told a news conference.“He is not an option to start but an option to be in the squad,” Flick stressed.The Bavarians are the odds-on favourites for the title that would emulate their 2013 treble-winning season.“We have analysed Lyon and we know their qualities,” Flick said. “They have a very good defence, with a lot of players behind the ball, strong runners but also with a lot of quality in attack.“We want to reach the final and we have to beat Lyon. It will not be easy. With Juventus and Manchester City they have taken out two co-favourites.”Lyon first eliminated Italian champions Juventus in the last 16 before a shock 3-1 victory over City last week in the quarterfinals held in Lisbon.“My team is focused. We have set big goals. But it is a game starting at 0-0 and we have to play with the same intensity as against Barca because anything less than 100 percent will just not be enough,” Flick concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Steelers loaded with young guns, final two games will help sort who stays, who goes

first_imgFormer Pittsburgh Steelers Hall-of-Fame running back Franco Harris, (32) stands with former cornerback Mel Blount, left, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and head coach Mike Tomlin as the national anthem is played before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Steelers looking toward next season as they settle for spoiler role this yearThe Steelers probably played their best overall game of the season as they clearly outclassed and out played the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals 30-20.They now look forward to finishing up the season against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, 7-6-1, before closing against the struggling Cleveland Browns, 4-10.If nothing else happened against the Bengals, this game more than any other demonstrated the pure young talent of the Steelers as they outplayed a team with a far better record.It also pointed out the fact that the Steelers front office is going to have to make some very hard decisions about who they keep and who they let go for next season. Sometimes it takes a losing or poor season to develop a team. Much like the 15-1 Steelers after they had gone 6-10 the previous season.If the Steelers win out, and continue to look as impressive as they looked against the Bengals, Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley’s jobs are safe. It’s doubtful that the Rooneys’ would fire Tomlin after just two poor seasons. Remember, Bill Cowher had two 6-10 seasons.The young defensive line and linebackers looked extremely impressive, especially nose tackle Al Woods. Brett Keissel is gone, so look for youngsters to battle for playing time on the front line. And for the first time in years that line will be able to put pressure on the quarterback, opening the door for the linebackers.Those youngsters are: Ziggy Hood, Cameron Heyward, Steve McLendon, and Woods on the line.As good as LaMarr Woodley has been, he may not be signed because of the great play of rookies Jarvis Jones, and Vince Matthews, along with young Jason Worilds and of course Lawrence Timmons who is still under contract.These young players have put in their time learning now it’s time to let them loose and show what they can do. And injuries have forced the Steelers to do just that. Woods looks like he’s going to be a monster.The question mark on defense is the old secondary. So far none of the youngsters have stepped forward to push the old veterans, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, or Ike Taylor. Look for defensive backs to be high on the draft list. Troy may be gone. His contract is up, as is Roethlisberger’s. Can the Steelers afford both?On offense Antonio Brown once again showed why he’s one of the best in the game with 5 catches for 66 yards giving him 95 catches for the year, and 1206 yards. He also had a touchdown on a 65 yard kickoff return. He’s under contract, but they will have to decide between Emmanuel Sanders, who the New England Patriots want in the worst way, or Jericho Cotchery, who Roethlisberger likes a lot. It’s not likely both will stay because Cotchery has upped his market value this year with 9 touchdowns and Sanders is a rare young talent. If one goes it opens the door for Markus Wheaton to step up his game as the third receiver.Le’Veon Bell has been very impressive this season both with his running and his receiving, which makes him a perfect weapon for Roethlisberger.When was the last time Ben was sacked? This young offensive line, even without its best player, Maurkice Pouncey has done a great job protecting Ben this year. There has been times when he has had almost all day. Why? Because of the no huddle offense and Ben has finally got it. He’s getting rid of the ball.This line is made up of youngsters who are only going to get better. They are Kelvin Beachum, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams.Against the Bengals Ben was 20 of 25 for 191 yards and Le’Veon Bell had 57 yards on 24 carries and 50 yards through the air on 5 receptions.If the Steelers front office doesn’t panic and start making a lot of changes look for the Steelers to be back on top next season.They will receive much higher draft choices if they finish 8-8, to battle the abundance of young talent they already have on this team. Don’t write the Steelers off.In the AFC North race this season the Baltimore Ravens did it again as they pulled off another victory beating the Detroit Lions 18-16 to pull to just one game behind the Bengals at 8-6. They play the Patriots this weekend while the Bengals face the Minnesota Vikings, who upset the Philadelphia Eagles last week. If both teams win, or lose, the division will be decided in the final game of the season when the two clash.last_img read more

Second Anniversary Celebration July 7th : Uncork & Unwind

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0July 8, 2010 – what a momentous day for Uncork & Unwind.  It’s the day we official opened our doors to the public.  Thank goodness we followed the advice of our friends and family and did a soft opening on July 6 and 7 – boy did we ever learn a ton in those two days!  It’s fun to sit here and reminisce over the last two years.  The one word that comes to mind is change.  Where Uncork & Unwind started to where it is today is incredible to think about.  The evolution of the main dining room, wine flights, menu updates…oh the list can go on and on.Uncork & Unwind has been blessed to meet some of the most amazing people.  There is a saying above our French doors – Enter as guests, leave as friends.  This has become a motto for Uncork &Unwind.  Our Uncork & Unwind family grows everyday – from new wine makers, wineries, vendors and most importantly our guests.  Uncork & Unwind wouldn’t be the place it is today without the support of all of our friends and family – new and old alike.Moving forward two years – Saturday July 7, 2012 – Our second anniversary party.  Oh the possibilities for the day are endless.  Come help us celebrate Uncork & Unwind’s anniversary starting at 2 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. We will have six Washington wineries and one Washington brewery featured:Arbor Crest Winery (Spokane WA) – http://www.arborcrest.com/Bateaux Cellars (Toledo, WA) – http://bateauxcellars.com/Cor Cellars (Lyle, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Hard Row to Hoe (Lake Chelan, WA) – http://www.corcellars.com/Tagaris Winery (Richland, WA) – http://www.tagariswines.com/Walter Dacon Winery (Shelton, WA) – http://www.walterdaconwines.com/7 Seas Brewing (Gig Harbor, WA) – http://7seasbrewing.com/Admission is $20 per person and includes a souvenir logo Wine Glass and 10 tastes.  Each winery will be pouring 4 wines and the brewery will have on tap 3 beers.There will also be live entertainment starting at 2 p.m. and will also continue through to 10 p.m.First act will be John Jamieson from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  John Jamieson has a rich musical heritage and over 30 years of performing.  John is a gifted and accomplished artist who blends soothing vocals and acoustic guitar styling’s in a way that appeals to a wide audience. His repertoire includes today’s popular tunes as well as enduring hits from the past few decades.  John likes to play and sing songs that have personal meaning to him and he believes resonate with people. Typical genres include jazz, blues, rock, country, pop and gospel.  In addition to cover songs, John plays original music that gives a window into the soul of the artist.  A Tumwater resident and father of four adult children, John’s work expresses itself through the relevancy of his life’s experiences.  He believes his musical talent is God-given and enjoys performing it with passion and purpose.Second act will be NW Roads from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Northwest Roads is the collaborative musical effort of Wendy Music and Jim Sanders. Jim is a lifelong musician from Western Washington and Wendy settled in the Pacific Northwest after traveling the globe. Their music is a soulful blending of the dynamic vocals of Wendy and the intricate percussive guitar work of Jim. They play a wide range of music from Traditional Celtic to Acoustic Rock to Blues to Classical to modern covers of Lady Gaga and Adele. They are sure to have at least one tune that you know and will find yourself singing along with. Combine this with storytelling and audience interaction and you have a recipe for fun.So come out, bring your friends, enjoy some amazing wines, beers and music.  And if you can’t find someone to join you, come any way, we’ll find someone for you to sit with; after all it’s about making new friends.last_img read more

Leafs close to final product, conclude preseason Tuesday against Rebels

first_imgAsk any coach and the response will be they don’t care about preseason wins and losses. Which is somewhat of a lie as everyone likes to win — especially coaches. But everyone knows wins now mean nothing when Bill Ohlhausen and Company are adding up the wins and losses come February. Points from those wins begin accumulating Friday when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks off the regular season on a host of fronts, including Nelson and Grand Forks in the hotly contested Murdoch Division. “I’m happy with training camp,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve final exhibition game Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. “I’m a little more in control than I was a year ago so it’s been good,” added Maida, who was unable to recruit his team last season after accepting the job during the summer following the departure of current skipper Chris Shaw. Nelson completed game three of the four-game exhibition set Sunday in Castlegar where the Leafs registered its second tie — 1-1— against the Rebels in an afternoon tilt. The game saw the Leaf coaching staff come a little bit closer to finalizing the starting roster but Maida has yet to dig out the B.C. Hockey cards. “We’re playing everybody so this is a great opportunity for the players prove themselves to us but we’re not ready just quite yet to make any final decisions,” Maida explained. Maida, confessed, the team has committed to a pair of 16 year olds for the upcoming season. Forward Colton McCarthy of Salmon Arm and Nelson’s own Cole Arcuri will be in the Green and White when the team opens the regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar. Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen have been somewhat blessed with a core group of returning players from last year’s team, Back with the team are defencemen Blake Arcuri, J.J. Beitel and Andew Miller along with forwards Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, James Sorey and Matthew Naka. Nelson product Linden Horswill is also returning after being release by Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Currently Patrick Defoe, who proved more than a worth backup last season to Andrew Walton, is back to assume the starter’s role in goal while Cody Boeckman of Brooks, Alta., and former Kootenay Ice Major Midget backstop Brett Soles of Cranbrook battled it out for the back up position.CAMP NOTES: Maida said defencemen Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller probably will not play Tuesday as both rearguards are battling injuries. . . . Tuesday’s puck drop is 7 p.m. . . .Workers were in the NDCC Arena this week removing 65 seats from top row. The decision was made to give walkers and joggers that frequent the arena more room. The decision reduces the total number of seats in the NDCC to 1,335.last_img read more

D’AMATO’S ENOLA GRAY & LONG HOT SUMMER PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgTHE CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 3 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PST                 HOME JOURNEY: Drawn on the far outside with “Big Money” Mike Smith up, she has the advantage of rationing her speed while pressuring Enola Gray down the hillside. A gate to wire winner of the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes here in April, 2015 as a 5-year-old, this 6-year-old mare by Good Journey has a win and two seconds from five trips down the hill. Owned by GGG Stables and Russell Sarno, Home Journey pressed the pace and finished fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in her most recent start, the five furlong turf Daisycutter Handicap on Aug. 5. She’ll be ridden for the third time by Smith, who guided her to victory in a first condition allowance at Hollywood Park in June, 2013. Her overall mark stands at 19-5-6-1 and she has earnings of $357,009. LONG HOT SUMMER: D’Amato hopes to “have ’em surrounded,” as this 4-year-old filly by Street Boss will hope to replicate her off the pace victory in a five furlong turf classified allowance on Sept. 2. If Enola Gray and the Mike Puype-trained Home Journey duel early, it could set up nicely for Long Hot Summer, who has two wins and a second from three hillside tries. Second in the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes here seven starts back on June 27, 2015, Long Hot Summer could well go favored as she sports an overall mark of 12-5-2-1 with earnings of $341,875. ENOLA GRAY: Undefeated in three starts prior to running second at odds of 1-5 against open company in the six furlong Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, this 3-year-old gray daughter of Grazen will try turf for the first time as she gets back to state-bred completion. Blessed with extraordinary early speed, Enola Gray, a two-time stakes winner versus Cal-breds, won her first three races by a combined 26 ¼ lengths and will hope to pose an elusive front-running target under regular rider Tyler Baze.center_img ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2016)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray and Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Long Hot Summer, both conditioned by Phil D’Amato, figure prominently in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.For fillies and mares three and up bred or sired in California, the Cal Distaff, which was won last year by Joe Parker’s Our Pure Creation, will be run for the fourth time and be contested by a field of five. Desert Steel–Rafael Bejarano–120Long Hot Summer–Joe Talamo–125Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–121Out Ofthe Ordinary–Jamie Theriot–117Home Journey–Mike Smith–122First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more