Hammes readies for big game

first_imgA 2012 undefeated Notre Dame football season has resulted in excitement, celebration and anticipation for the BCS National Championship Game. At a time when students and fans want to show support and represent their home team, it is no wonder that the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore has stepped up to fill those demands.    “Our main strategy is to ensure that all of our customers’ merchandise needs are addressed,” director of retail operations Keith Kirkpatrick said.   In order to ensure a positive shopping experience, the Hammes Bookstore hired additional staff to meet increasing demands over the next month. Kirkpatrick said a number of items highlighting the undefeated regular season schedule are currently available and a focus has been placed on potential products related to the National Championship Game.  “The release of those products cannot actually begin until the matchup is officially announced on Sunday,” Kirkpatrick said.   There are currently select items available for sale both online and in the store, and additional goods will be introduced during the course of the next week. The bookstore wants to ensure that anyone who wants something can purchase it.   With the Irish victory against USC on Saturday, Notre Dame became the only eligible undefeated team in the BCS. This game caused an increase in online bookstore traffic, but sales actually picked up much earlier, Kirkpatrick said. “It’s been ramping up steadily over the course of the entire season,” he said. “In-store traffic also is stronger than normal at this point in the season than in years past.” Several off-site bookstores were also constructed at away games this year. The first of these was at the game in Chicago against Miami and the second was at the USC game. These chosen locations are based on the criteria of fan-demand and local alumni support. Kirkpatrick said the sales from the off-site bookstores were quite favorable to comparable years.  “The USC game produced the best results we’ve ever had out there,” he said. Sales are strong and the biggest seller over the course of the year is still The Shirt, Kirkpatrick said. Player-jerseys are also favorites among fans in the store, and as a result they can now be personalized at the Varsity Shop.  “Notre Dame fans are some of the most consistent in college football today,” he said. “They don’t need undefeated seasons to support their University.” Contact Caroline Huytra at [email protected],A 2012 undefeated Notre Dame football season has resulted in excitement, celebration and anticipation for the BCS National Championship Game. At a time when students and fans want to show support and represent their home team, it is no wonder that the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore has stepped up to fill those demands.    “Our main strategy is to ensure that all of our customers’ merchandise needs are addressed,” director of retail operations Keith Kirkpatrick said.   In order to ensure a positive shopping experience, the Hammes Bookstore hired additional staff to meet increasing demands over the next month. Kirkpatrick said a number of items highlighting the undefeated regular season schedule are currently available and a focus has been placed on potential products related to the National Championship Game.  “The release of those products cannot actually begin until the matchup is officially announced on Sunday,” Kirkpatrick said.  There are currently select items available for sale both online and in the store, and additional goods will be introduced during the course of the next week. The bookstore wants to ensure that anyone who wants something can purchase it.   With the Irish victory against USC on Saturday, Notre Dame became the only eligible undefeated team in the BCS. This game caused an increase in online bookstore traffic, but sales actually picked up much earlier, Kirkpatrick said. “It’s been ramping up steadily over the course of the entire season,” he said. “In-store traffic also is stronger than normal at this point in the season than in years past.” Several off-site bookstores were also constructed at away games this year. The first of these was at the game in Chicago against Miami and the second was at the USC game. These chosen locations are based on the criteria of fan-demand and local alumni support. Kirkpatrick said the sales from the off-site bookstores were quite favorable to comparable years.  “The USC game produced the best results we’ve ever had out there,” he said. Sales are strong and the biggest seller over the course of the year is still The Shirt, Kirkpatrick said. Player-jerseys are also favorites among fans in the store, and as a result they can now be personalized at the Varsity Shop.  “Notre Dame fans are some of the most consistent in college football today,” he said. “They don’t need undefeated seasons to support their University.”last_img read more

Injury update: Nick Piroli ‘week-to-week,’ Tim Barber’s status uncertain

first_img Published on February 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse starting attack Nick Piroli, who missed No. 5 Syracuse’s 16-7 win over No. 12 Albany on Sunday, is “week-to-week,” head coach John Desko said, with a lower-body injury. Tim Barber, another starter, left the game after the first half, but Desko expects him to be back “pretty quick.”“Nick is out momentarily,” Desko said. “I’m not sure when he’s going to come back. We expect him back this season.”Barber was knocked to the ground jostling for a ground ball at the end of the first half. As the teams jogged off the field, he remained lying on the turf as trainers came to his aid. He eventually walked off on his own power with trainers at his side. The midfielder was starting at attack in place of Piroli.“We’ll see after we talk to the doctors tonight,” Desko said of Barber’s status. “I’m sure it’s a matter of when we’re getting him back. Whether it’s the next game or not, I’m not sure yet.”After Barber went down, Devin Shewell replaced him at attack. Shewell finished the game with two goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Caribbean to benefit from hosting Gold Cup tournament

first_imgMIAMI, CMC – Football administrators are expecting Central America and the Caribbean to reap major benefits from the hosting of the CONCACAF Gold Cup matches for the first time next year.There will be an increase from 12 teams to 16 in the 2019 edition of the confederation’s marquee competition, and countries in the Caribbean and Central American zones will host matches in keeping with a promise made by CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.Costa Rica has already been announced as the Central American host, however no host has been named for the Caribbean.The upcoming tournament , the 15th edition of the competition,  scheduled for June 15 to July 7. “The increase in the Gold Cup was not only a promise, but we delivered on it… obviously Central America is very happy to host, and that is basically a continuation of our One CONCACAF Vision, which is more than just a vision, but the implementation of that vision and delivering on it,” Montagliani told the Jamaica Observer.The Canadian businessman campaigned for the presidency two years ago on his One CONCACAF Vision manifesto which today shapes the foundation of the administration.last_img read more

Nations Cup team picked for British championship

first_img English champion Kelly Tidy will team up with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull to represent England Golf in the Nations Cup event at the women’s British amateur championship at Carnoustie, from June 26-30. Kelly Tidy, 20, (image © Leaderboard Photography) won the English title earlier this month at her home club, Royal Birkdale, when she beat Georgia Hall, 16, (Remedy Oak) in a play-off. Kelly is a past winner of the British championship. Georgia was also a semi-finalist in this season’s French Lady Junior Championship, has won the Roehampton Gold Cup and shared the honours in the Hampshire Rose. Charley Hull, 16, (Woburn) has been as high as third in the world amateur golf rankings this season. She was fifth in the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour and had a top 40 finish in the first women’s Major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California. Kelly, Charley and Nations Cup team reserve Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) are all members of the GB&I Curtis Cup team for the match against the USA at Nairn from June 8-10, while Georgia is a reserve. 29 May 2012 Nations Cup team picked for British championship last_img read more

London to coach Virginia, 2nd current Black head coach at BCS school

first_imgKEY HIRING—New University of Virginia head football coach, Mike London, left, speaks during a news conference with athletic director, Craig Littlepage, right, in Charlottesville, Va., Dec. 7. by Hank Kurz Jr.CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)—Mike London said all the right things in accepting the job to rebuild Virginia’s football program, talking of how high academic standards shouldn’t rule out success on the field and the importance of building deep and personal relationships.The latter will be especially true as it relates to high schools and recruiting. “I think we have to recapture the state of Virginia,” the former Richmond coach said Monday. He succeeds his former boss, Al Groh, who was fired last Sunday after nine seasons and a 1-8 record against Virginia Tech, the dominant team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.London agreed to a five-year contract that will pay him $1.7 million per year to take over a team coming off a 3-9 record, its worst since 1982. It has had three losing seasons in the last four and fallen behind the rival Hokies in the minds of many in-state recruits.London will be just the second current Black head coach in the six conferences with automatic bids to the BCS, joining Miami’s Randy Shannon, but said he wanted to be hired on his merits, not his skin color.“I guess you guys can talk about the historical significance of it,” he said.His hiring, though, was celebrated elsewhere.Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy, who on Sunday night called the low number of Black head coaches in the college game “disgraceful,” said in an e-mail that he applauds Virginia “on doing an inclusive search. I hope this will be an encouragement to other universities to do the same—to look at a broad picture of candidates and hire the best person for their job.”London is just the 10th Black coach at the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools.Widely respected as a recruiter, London says he intends to build a network that reaches not only into high schools, but into the surrounding communities because, he said, “people don’t care about how much you know until they know about how much you care.”He also had a message for high school coaches, particularly in the state:“If Virginia hasn’t been there, we’ll be there,” he said.London left a team that won the Football Championship Subdivision national championship in 2008 and reached the quarterfinals of the playoffs this year to return to a place he knows well, having spent six years as an assistant under Groh in two stints between 2001-07.The courtship was “a whirlwind,” according to London, who said the downer of his Spiders losing to Appalachian State in the last 10 seconds on Saturday night was replaced early the next morning by “euphoria” once Virginia asked for permission to speak with him.Athletic director Craig Littlepage said once he knew he was in the market for a head coach, “one coach, just one, stood out,” and he was delighted that London was available.“There have been a lot of athletic directors who have asked me about him. I was hoping they wouldn’t hire him for that maybe one day we’d have this sort of predicament,” he said.London’s background as a college coach also includes stops at Boston College and William & Mary, similarly strict academic schools, and he said his recruiting approach will be to seek players who view playing football at Virginia as a best of both worlds opportunity.“It’s a fit, a perfect fit for me,” he said.last_img read more

Ghostriders double Leafs to remain undefeated

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorThomas Abenante scored his second goal of the game on a penalty shot to spark the visiting Fernie Ghostriders to a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.It was the second game of the weekend Nelson played without head coach Chris Shaw, suspended by the KIJHL for using “non-approved” players. Shaw, watching the game from the NDCC press box, was handed a three-game sit and will miss Nelson’s next game of the season, Wednesday night at home against Spokane.Abenante was awarded the penalty shot when a Leaf defenceman closed his hand on the puck while it was in the air over the goal crease. Abenante calmly skated toward the Leaf goal before snapping a low wrist shot past Marcus Beelsey.Mark Stachan added an insurance goal for the Eddie Mountain leaders.Twice the Leafs rallied from one-goal deficits. Abenante gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at the first intermission break. Fernie dominated the frame, at one point out shooting the Leafs 12-0.Tanner Burns tied the game in the second, scoring on the power play before Mike Weist regained the lead for Fernie with a power play marker. The lead stood up until Colton Schell worked a pretty three-way passing play with teammates Gavin Currie and Cameron Dobransky with three minutes remaing in the frame.Fernie, undefeated in six games, dominated the Leafs for most of the game, holding a commanding 32-20 margin in shots and an 18-5 advantage in the first period.The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak by Nelson, which started the season 0-4. The Leafs opened the weekend with an 8-3 trashing of Grand Forks Friday in the Boundary City thanks to a  four-point performance from Currie and two goals by Schell.The win gave Nelson some payback after the Bruins blasted the Green and White 6-2 earlier this season.After the teams traded goals, a power play marker by Currie put the Leafs ahead for good. Colton Malmsten gave Nelson a 3-1 lead before the period ended.Zachary Thompson beat Marcus Beesley in the Leaf nets to pull the Bruins to within a goal six minutes into the second frame. But Nelson outscored Grand Forks 3-1 in the late stages of the period to take a commanding 6-3 advantage after 40 minutes.Connor McLaughlin and Schell scored in the third to pad the Nelson lead.Dallon Stoddart, Marcus Dahl and Adrian Moyls also scored for the Leafs. Thompson led the Bruins with two goals while Nick Van Damme added the final marker.The Bruins out shot the Leafs 34-30. Rookie Walker Sidoni and Leaf captain Taylor O’Neil were involved in fights for Nelson.The Leafs return to action tonight at 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena when Fernie Ghostriders pay a visit. The Ghostriders, 5-0 to start the season, dumped Creston Thunder Cats 3-1.BLUELINES: The official word by the KIJHL for suspending head coach Chris Shaw was due to the Leafs using  “non-approved – by Hockey Canada – players.” Twice Shaw used ineligible players and received a one-game suspension for the first offence (the Sept.18th contest against Grand Forks) and a two-game (during the Sept.19th game against Penticton) sit for the second. Assistant coaches Jason Rushton and Sean Dooley handled the coaching duties . . . Nelson was also without the services of defenceman Raymond Reimer. The 6’4”, 205-pound rearguard was suspended for one game for receiving a game misconduct in the final ten minutes of Sunday’s 3-2 Nelson win over Penticton Lakers. Reimer missed Saturday’s game due to family commitments. Forward Cody Abbey and defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk also missed the weekend games due to [email protected]last_img read more

Rossland skate park gets a long awaited home

first_imgThe RSA and several councillors who voted in favour of the location see it from the polar opposite position. Rather than stalling future development (so far there has been no interest from developers), they believe the skate park could be the spark that ignites action and interest in the area. “Which comes first, the horse or the cart?” asked Councillor Jill Spearn rhetorically. “We have a plan that goes out for RFPs [request for proposals] and we don’t have anyone interested. The time is not right for that site [to be developed]. It may hopefully someday come into a beautiful city centre, but does that stop us because that doesn’t fit into the plan we’ve adopted? Plans change and all of a sudden we have a group that is active and want to get this thing going while we wait around for another 100 years to get this site developed?” “It’s fantastic news!” exclaimed Aaron Cosbey who, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, has helped bring the long-desired dream of a Golden City skate park one long rail slide closer to reality. A motion before council to approve the recommended site in southeast corner of the Emcon yard, for up to two years to allows the RSA to move forward with fundraising and design work. Council voted 4-1 in favour with Councillor Laurie Charlton opposed. Councillors Andy Stradling and Hanne Smith were absent for the vote. Claiming that a skate park was not one of the recommended uses for the lot in the Midtown Transition Plan and that neither the School Board nor RSS had been consulted in the process, Boscovitch “respectfully ask[ed] for a deferral.” Meetings are already planned for September to discuss what type of park and what sort of elements the community and stakeholders would like included in the project. The group will now ramp up their efforts, applying for larger scale grants to get to the likely $100,000 plus total cost of the park. Charlton, voting against the motion, cautioned that the City had spent a lot of money purchasing, surveying and removing unsightly buildings from the property and that constructing a skate park would have a negative impact on any future residential or commercial development. A short aulie to the east of their previous location, the Rossland Skate park Association (RSA) has finally found a permanent location for their skate park. Following a well-chronicled saga in which RSA essentially wrote the book on how to engage the local community, city staff, council, other experienced cities and skate park groups as well as the local skaters themselves, the group have landed a prime piece of skatable real estate in Rossland’s midtown transition area, otherwise known as the cracked pavement lot on Third Avenue commonly referred to as the Emcon lot. “We get to do the fun stuff now,” explained Aaron Cosbey. “We get to ask the community, the skaters, the neighbours and everybody what kind of features they’d like to see in this park. I’m really looking forward to this part as people will now get even more engaged. At the same time we’ll keep working on fundraising and ramp that up now as well.” “I would suggest all of this investment will be wasted if we put a skate park in that location,” added Charlton to the discussion. “Proponents suggest the impacts on existing neighbours can be mitigated with expensive landscaping. But I suggest no amount of landscaping will mitigate future commercial or residential development on the lot itself. Certainly the residents immediately across Washington on the south east corner will be impacted. I would suggest if it is put on the Emcon lot, it’s unlikely that any other residential or commercial development will take place at that location.”center_img “Will it be a street park, bowls, will it have a pump track, BMX features, be multi use, have a track for the roller derby girls around the outside? Those are the first levels of discussion. Once we’ve decided what elements we want in it, we can get into the specifics of how it might look and then try and work with the existing space and the neighbours to provide noise control. We’ll also be working with the planning department at the City. It starts with the high level questions and then narrows down to specifics as we move along.” “We’re looking forward to making this the first step in the greening of that space. It’s a beautiful space. It should be the central focal point for Rossland gathering space or Rossland for civic events, where we go to light the Christmas tree and where we go on Canada Day. That’s the space all that civic stuff should be happening on and I think this is a beachhead on the greening of that space.” The RSA will now have two years in which to plan, design, fund-raise and come back to the City to go through the rezoning that will be needed on the former industrial space. The hope is that the full two years won’t be needed, however, and that possibly by the summer of 2013 sods can be turned and construction begun. Cosbey also sees the skate park as the beginnings of great things for the lot, which has sat stagnant and unused for years apart from several months of ice skating in recent winters. With firm support from the city in hand, and a location to begin design, budgeting and fundraising work around the RSA is now anxiously looking forward to moving into the park design phase. Not everyone is happy about the location now settled upon. During the public input period prior to Monday’s council meeting Randy Boscovitch, speaking on behalf of the Emcon Residents Group, implored council to defer any vote on the skate park location until they had a chance to present to council. “The deferral is specifically to allow the Emcon Residents Group to present to council a complete summary of the midtown summary work done by Urban Systems and the City of Rossland.” To date, the RSA’s fundraising efforts have ground out just over $20,000, with additional monies held in trust by the Rotary Club (who are backing the project with their own fundraising efforts). Folks wishing to assist with fundraising can drop change in the ramp-styled donation boxes at may downtown merchants, participate in Gnarlie’s Angels or Rotary Club events, or simply go to the Nelson and District Credit Union and make a donation directly to the RSA.last_img read more

Hotel Tourism Association says synergy matters in aftermath of road trip

first_img Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Related Items:karen whitt, TCHTA, turks and caicos hotel and tourism association Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 May 2015 – Nobody does it like the Turks and Caicos when it comes to overseas fam-trips; and the uniqueness of the Premier’s Investment and Sales Blitz was an idea trumpeted by Hotel and Tourism Association executives who yesterday explained, the synergy of the group which reflected public and private sector interests, made the biggest impression. Karen Whitt, Director, Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association (TCHTA): “As you would note from the video the highlights are really about the cultural aspect; the heritage, the friendliness and the warmth and the beauty of the destination as opposed to as I would say ‘bricks and mortar’ or anything individual and that as Nikheel (Advani – TCHTA Vice President) stated is one of the unique aspects of this whole initiative.”Whitt continued, “Nobody does this, and this is our second year and we got resounding feeding back everywhere we went that this was one of the most imaginative, creative, unique and quite frankly comfortable and fun atmosphere that anybody attended. All of the participants were overwhelmed with our own warmth, our friendliness, our unity and so forth and I think it made for a more enjoyable experience for all of them and it also gave an opportunity to open their minds to different aspects of what the country has to offer.” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiled Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singaporelast_img read more