Heineken Cup: Can the Tigers take the heat?

first_imgAll of which promises to fuel the flames when the two sides clash on Sunday. Boudjellal promises Leicester hell but perhaps the Tigers will be inspired to deliver a heavenly performance.Follow Gavin Mortimer on Twitter @gavinmortimer7 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Informed by Midi Olympique that Leicester coach Richard Cockerill would like to sit down with him at some point prior to the match “in the hope of finding a solution” to the stalled transfer, Boudjellal replied: “I am in Paris all week for professional reasons. And I will be inflexible, I will not pay [Leicester] the slightest centime.”It’s not hard to imagine how Cockerill, privately, at least, will react to Boudjellal’s words. The former England hooker often gives the impression of never being happier when nursing a grievance, and the Toulon president might have been better advised to keep schtum on the transfer until after Sunday’s showdown rather than pumping up Cockerill still further.Here to stay: Wilkinson has extended his contract at ToulonMidi Olympique claims Castrogiovanni is a “collateral victim” of Jonny Wilkinson’s decision to sign on for another season at Toulon, an announcement he made last weekend after months of fevered speculation. It’s said that Wilko has taken a cut in his wages to do so – further enhancing his God-like status in Toulon – but nonetheless he doesn’t come cheap, and even if they wanted to Toulon can no longer afford Castrogiovanni. Toulon’s British fly-half Jonny Wilkinson reacts after the French Top 14 rugby Union match Toulon versus Toulouse on March 2, 2013, at the Mayol stadium, in the French southern city of Toulon. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images) center_img Delayed in transit: Castrogiovanni’s transfer news will add even more spice to Toulon v LeicesterBy Gavin Mortimer COMPARED TO the chill winds that have been blowing through Leicester of late, Toulon on Sunday will feel positively balmy for the English club. Spring has been slow in showing its face even on the Cote D’Azur but temperatures of 15 degrees make a mockery of the sub-zero conditions in England. But the Tigers can expect the mercury to rise on Sunday evening when they emerge at the Stade Mayol to take on Toulon in their eagerly-awaited Heineken Cup quarter-final.Make some noise: Boudjellal wants fans to turn up the heatMourad Boudjellal, the club president who is fiery at the best of times, has called on the Toulon faithful to make an “explosion” of noise so that “England discover the hell of Mayol.” The parochial nature inherent in the French game means most club presidents view the Heineken Cup as less prestigious than the Top 14 – but not Boudjellal. He knows its value, and he is desperate for Toulon to become only the third French club (behind Toulouse and Brive) to win the tournament.But there’s another reason Boudjellal hopes the Tigers roast in Hades on Sunday. According to Monday’s edition of Midi Olympique, the Toulon president is “very irritated” with Leicester over the on-off transfer of Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni. The Italian prop was first linked with a move to Toulon before Christmas, and it still seemed a done deal just a few weeks ago, at least for Castrogiovanni who was said to have reached agreement with Boudjellal.But Leicester have allegedly been playing hardball with Toulon over the terms of the transfer. If they’re to see one of the world’s best tightheads walk away they expect something in return. Midi Olympique claims the Tigers have demanded 180,000 euros, of which 60,000 will come from the pocket of Castrogiovanni. The response of Boudjellal? “Leicester are asking for too much money. They have seen Toulon as if it were a piggy bank, certainly to the detriment of the will of their player.” TAGS: Leicester Tigers last_img read more

Ocean City High School Faces Powerhouse Highland in Grid Playoffs

first_imgBy Tim KellyThe playoffs. This is why the players lift weights in July.  This is why the coaches watch hours and hours of game footage throughout the season.  All for a shot to go up against the best and to become a South Jersey champion.The NJSIAA football playoffs begin Friday night. Though Highland is the prohibitive favorite over Ocean City, the players, coaches and hundreds of fans are upset-minded and will show up at Highland’s Gloucester Township campus.The first round Group 4 game kicks off at 7 p.m. and pits the seventh-seeded Red Raiders (3-4) against the second-seeded Tartans (7-1), whose lone loss was by a single point to Burlington Township on October 20.Ocean City won its first three games before losing four straight. However, they hung in there against physically-imposing St. Augustine, lost in overtime to Oakcrest and last week dropped a 24-21 nailbiter to archrival Mainland on a 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game. They also lost to Highland’s sister school Triton on the road after leading the game in the fourth quarter.Despite the four-game slide, Ocean City is in the big dance for the second straight year after a nine-year absence, which, along with the success of the Freshman and JV teams, says a lot about the positive direction of the program.“These games are probably a lot of fun to watch, but they are nerve-wracking to coach,” said OC head coach Kevin Smith. It doesn’t figure to get any easier.  Highland has a high-powered offense and a defense that can shut people down.  They averaged 38 points a game in three shutouts over Oakcrest, Moorestown and Paul VI.Highland has a punishing running game that averages an astounding 263 yards a game. The key to stopping the Tartans –if there is one– is to limit the damage sure to be inflicted by their sensational sophomore running back Johnny Martin III.Martin was held to under 100 yards on the ground just once all year, an 86-yard effort against Clearview, and Highland still won. He churned out a season high 244 yards against Kingsway, 184 against Oakcrest and 186 last week against Paul VI in a 55-0 romp.  If he puts up similar numbers on Friday, it could be a long night for Ocean City.An OC defender brings down a Mainland ballcarrier as Mike Williscroft (68) moves in. (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com)The Red Raiders offense has been uneven except for a consistent passing game. They have also had several costly special teams breakdowns and their defense has at time been vulnerable to the big play. That said, they’ve played hard all year with no quit and have been in every game.The teams have one common opponent, Oakcrest which beat OC 20-14 and lost to Highland, 30-0.But all that goes out the window on Friday.“It’s a new season,” Smith said of the playoffs, and at the moment everyone is 0-0.In Ocean City’s favor, the Raiders have played hard and made some big plays against quality opponents. With a few breaks, they could easily have three more wins.  Quarterback Ian Aungst and the passing game have clicked when he’s had time to throw.  Opposing defenses have not been tested much against the Raider running game, allowing them to dial up a variety of blitzes and leave the Raider QB susceptible to sacks.That hasn’t stopped the offense from moving up and down the field through the air. Their most impressive drive of the season may have happened late in the fourth quarter against Mainland when OC went 80 yards against the wind for a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game. Brendon Lashley and Jake Schneider have been among Aungst’s favorite targets.The defense has also looked very strong at times during the season. D-lineman Austin Green, linebackers Travis Stoerre, Billy Kroeger and Brandon Lin are a few of the standout defenders.Ocean City has been burned several times by big plays against the special teams. All three phases will have to be on their A-game in order for Ocean City to have a chance.The winner of Friday’s game advances to the semi-finals on November 9 against the winner of the Clearview – Hammonton first round contest.CORRECTIONS: In last week’s Mainland game story, we misidentified the receiver in a key 31-yard catch and run.  Senior Tom Meehan actually made the play.  Also we incorrectly stated Jake Schneider caught a touchdown pass and Brendon Lashley caught a pass for the two-point conversion.  It was the other way around.  We regret the errors.Senior linebacker Travis Stoerrie prior to last week’s Mainland game. Ocean City’s Tom Meehan makes a leaping catch between a pair of Mainland defenders (Photos courtesy of OCHSfootball.com)last_img read more

Nokia profit dips as it sees challenges in US market for 5G

first_imgHELSINKI (AP) — Finnish telecommunications company Nokia has reported a smaller than expected drop in profit in the fourth-quarter while it acknowledged it was facing some challenges in the race for 5G networks, particularly in the North American market.  The company reported that net profit for the October-December period was down 1% to 811 million euros ($973 million). Sales were down 5% to 6.6 billion euros.CEO Pekka Lundmark, who took over the company’s top spot in August, described the fourth quarter result as “solid” but warned that the current year wouldn’t be easy for Nokia.last_img read more

Panel explores Saint Teresa of Avila’s relevance to young Catholics

first_imgFour speakers gathered Thursday night at Saint Mary’s to discuss St. Teresa of Ávila’s relevance to young Catholics as part of a spring lecture series in honor of the 500th anniversary of her birth.Teresa’s selflessness and love for others were common themes in each speaker’s presentation, but Julia Feder, a postdoctoral fellow in Notre Dame’s theology department, focused especially on false humility, which she said can produce fear and a lack of confidence in believers.“There are many opportunities to misinterpret humility,” Feder said. “False humility can produce fear and overzealous penitential practices. True humility will lead one to accept God’s blessings and courageously take up love of one’s neighbor. It will lead to activity, rather than to paralysis.”Additionally, Feder emphasized the importance of honoring God through prayer. She said conversation with God can lead to greater understanding of oneself.“Prayer is for those seeking purification,” Feder said. “It is the door to the healing works of God. The journey toward union with God and prayer is also a journey toward knowledge of the self.”Maria Surat, a master of divinity student at Notre Dame, discussed Teresa’s desire for people to follow in the example of the Carmelites and meditate each day.“Teresa taught that prayer is nothing but a conversation between friends,” Surat said. “She tells us to seek God with determination and to never give up in prayer. Prayer is not thinking much but loving much.”Surat said Teresa’s followers should consider God a close friend, for this perspective can help them to grow in faith.“Teresa teaches us to seek God’s face in the person of Christ and to cultivate intimate friendship with him,” Surat said. “We are called to friendship with God so that we might encourage others to seek him.”Surat related her own life to Teresa’s life 500 years ago and said Teresa faced challenges much like her own.“In contemporary society, we are faced with many challenges to the gospel,” Surat said. “Teresa encourages us to be strong friends of God. She too was living in a time of painful division of the Church.”Katie Bugyis, a Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies at Notre Dame, said Teresa’s experiences connect with those of her modern-day followers.“Teresa had to overcome opposition,” she said. ““he was even forced to abandon her efforts to retire to a monastery in Castille for four years. She quickly learned from the many difficulties that plagued her foundations and developed strategies for circumventing any obstacles.”Despite Teresa’s struggles, Bugyis said she witnessed the establishment of 17 Carmelite houses for nuns throughout Spain, where she enforced her own guidelines and principles.“Teresa’s reforming ideals were inspired by nearly 30 years of experience as a Carmelite nun at La Encarnación in Ávila,” Bugyis said. “Teresa was convinced that preferential treatment would destroy monastic communities. She insisted ‘All must be friends, all must be loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped.’”Saint Mary’s sophomore Kaleigh Ellis shared photos of her time in Ávila, where she walked in Teresa’s footsteps.“Ávila has a real devotion to Teresa,” Ellis said. “It puts history in perspective when you can walk around areas where people like St. Teresa walked around.”Although her 500th birthday will be celebrated March 28, Teresa’s legacy is ongoing, Surat said.“Teresa is a woman who has truly experienced God in her life, and she speaks to us from that experience,” Surat said. “We are encouraged to make Teresa’s dying words our own: ‘I want to see God. I am a daughter of the church.’” Tags: Saint Mary’s College, Saint Teresa of Avilalast_img read more

Perth’s Brisbane Hotel hits the market

first_imgDon’t let the name fool you. The Brisbane Hotel might be on Brisbane St, but it’s most definitely in Perth and it’s most definitely for sale.The well-known Perth watering hole on the corner of Beaufort St in Highgate on Perth’s city fringe will be sold after undergoing significant renovations in recent years.The double-storey hotel includes ground level bars, a restaurant and beer garden, with a function room and office on the upper level.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoRead the full story on Commercial Newslast_img read more

Mexican president vows justice for massacre victims

first_imgNovember’s gangland attack on a remote stretch of road in northernSonora state killed three mothers and six children when their vehicles cameunder heavy gunfire then were torched. Two rival gangs, factions of the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels, are knownto fight over lucrative cross-border smuggling routes in the area.    La Mora, like other northern Mexican settlements where relatives of thelarge families live, was founded decades ago by breakaway Mormon leaders whofled the US, seeking a safe haven for their beliefs.(Reuters) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures as he speaks during his visit to the Mexican-American Mormon community in La Mora, Sonora, Mexico on Jan. 12. REUTERS/CARLOS JASSOcenter_img President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised to keep relativesappraised of the investigation into the ambush carried out by cartel gunmen twomonths ago. LA MORA – Mexico’s president pledged on Sunday that those behind amassacre that killed nine members of a United States (US)-Mexican family ofMormon origin will be punished.last_img read more