– Advertisement – UEFA: No plans to change Euro 2020 formatUEFA say it has no plans yet to change the format of Euro 2020 amid reports it is considering moving next summer’s tournament to Russia.European football’s governing body decided in March to postpone the tournament by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has so far stood by the 12-city format it had originally devised.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm Fraser missed Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Friday with the issue, while Hanley was ruled out of Norwich’s 1-0 victory at home to Swansea a day later.Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.The news comes as a blow to Scotland, who will travel to Belgrade this week knowing that a victory over Serbia in their one-legged play-off will see them qualify for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.- Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia after withdrawing from the squad with injury.Steven Reid, who is part of Scotland boss Steve Clarke’s backroom staff, confirmed the news after both Fraser and Hanley sustained hamstring problems.- Advertisement – French newspaper Le Parisien reported that installing Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, as sole host for the finals was one option being considered by UEFA, with infection rates rising again across the continent.While UEFA has not ruled out changing the format, it said in a statement that it currently had no plans to do so.“UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations,” the statement read.“Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither UEFA nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging.” As well as missing Thursday’s game at the Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Fraser and Hanley will also be unavailable for Scotland’s Nations League fixtures away to Slovakia on Sunday and Israel on November 18.
New Delhi: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has named former teammate Anil Kumble as the best captain he played under during his time with the national team. Gambhir acknowledged the feats of other great skippers like Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni but placed Kumble right at the very top.The cricketer-turned-politician believes if Kumble had led Team India for a longer period, he would have broken every captaincy records.“Yes MS Dhoni in records point of view, right up there but yes, for me the best captain I’ve played under is Anil Kumble,” Gambhir said during Star Sports ‘Cricket Connected’ show.“Sourav has done really well. One captain that I would have definitely wanted to captain India for a long time is Anil Kumble. I played six Test matches under him probably; he didn’t captain India for that long. Had he captained India for a long time, he would have broken a lot of records,” he added.Kumble took over the reigns of the team from Rahul Dravid in 2007. He led the side in 14 Tests — winning three, losing six and drawing five times.Kumble — who still remains the highest wicket-taker for India in both Tests and ODIs — called time on his glorious career in 2008 as Dhoni was named skipper in all three formats. (IANS)Also Read: I have attitude towards liars & traitors: Gautam Gambhir tells Shahid AfridiAlso Watch: Quick Shoppe in Guwahati takes precautionary measures against the spread of Coronavirus
Once again beautiful weather prevailed Friday, August 5, with overcast skies keeping down the heat for the 18th Annual Jackalope Open played at Burapha Golf and Country Club.Jason Manley (left) receives his trophies from Murray Kerr (right) after winning the 18th Annual Jackalope Open.Jason Manley shot one of the best rounds of his life, scoring 44 points to be crowned the winner of the 18th Annual Jackalope Open.Over 85 golfers teed it up for the “fun” charity event, and most impressively the first group made it back to the clubhouse in just 3 hours, 45 minutes. The average time for all groups was an equally impressive 4 hours.Andy Evan Memorial Best Sportsmanship Award winner Bob “Scar” Taylor (center) receives his trophy from Murray Kerr (left) and Mark Gorda (right).The turnout was somewhat less than expected, most likely in part due to the economy and the low price of oil and gas. However, those that did take part were able to collect their anniversary golf shirt, which this year paid homage to the loss of good friend and fellow Canadian Wayne Ogonoski. Sadly, Wayne passed away this year. He was always a big part of the Jackalope, keeping scores at the tournament, as well as running the charity’s website and always being on hand to help the needy when funds and goods were distributed.Bennie Hansen (left) won Division 3 with 38 Stableford points. Along with the golf shirt, golfers were given quality Jackalope towels donated by Retox Game On and emblazoned with “Jackalope Open 2016 The Fun Tournament 18th Anniversary” and the distinctive Jackalope logo. Entrants could also pick up tees, stickers and ball markers after the 10 a.m. registration, on their way to the Caesar table.After the traditional noon shotgun start, on course refreshments were handled by JD Crowley on A4 and Blue Moose on B7, plus four liquid refreshment carts that circulated throughout the course.Fred Birch (left) won Division 2 with 39 points.Once back inside the clubhouse, hungry golfers were treated to a delicious buffet provided by the Burapha staff while they waited for their scorecard to be checked and tabulated by John Emmerson and his team.Once the technical prizes were announced and presented there was one final prize to be awarded, the Jack Levy – Macallan Insurance Broker Longest Putt Challenge on hole B9. This welcome addition to the charity event features a 20,000 baht prize, with 10,000 baht going to the winner and 10,000 baht to the Jackalope charity. Joe Sullivan sunk the longest first putt, earning 10,000 baht, of which he gave back 5,000 baht to charity.Joe St Laurent (left) was top Rabbit on the day.After the flight winners were announced and trophies handed out, the excitement built throughout the raffle, leading up to the 50/50 draw which this year featured a pot of 180,000 baht, with 90,000 going to the winner. The lucky winner was none other than birthday boy Mark Gorda, who immediately donated his 90,000 baht winnings straight back into the charity coffers. Well done Mark!Birthday boy Mark Gorda blows out his candles as (left to right) Noodle Russell, Murray Kerr and Lumpy Russell lead the audience in the birthday song.In all, early estimates showed the amount raised during the event would be enough to ensure the Jackalope Open would once again be able to donate 400,000 baht to the Jesters Care for Kids charity drive.Special mention goes to the Global Top Group who donated 50,000 baht towards the Jackalope/Camillian Centre. Thank you.Ladies winner Noodle Russell prepares to tee off.Thanks go to Mike (the manager of the golf course) and all the staff at Burapha Golf & Resort for their excellent service provided on the day. Thanks also to the following businesses and individuals who either donated their time and staff or helped to raise an outstanding amount for the 2016 charity fund: John Kennedy, Colin Mearns, Retox Bar, Macallan Insurance, Jack Levy, TQ, Jesters, Pattaya Sports Club, The Haven Hotel, Indian By Nature, JD Crowley, Blue Moose, Pie Guy, The Clubhouse Jomtien, Q Car Rentals, Pattaya Mail, Rick Moren, Todd Moren, Mike Peters, Stacey O’Toole, Joe and Glenna Ernst, Ryan Woods, Wayne and Anthony Stennes, Alan Vick, Danny Omlund, John Thowsen, Mike O’halloran, Pen and Neil Sandilands, Paul Erb, John Emmerson, Wade Oldenburg, Rob Kennedy, Murray and Mamo Kerr, Doug Campbell, Glenn Unflat, Glen Fiala, Pattaya Pickle, Mark Robbins and Chris Oxley, Bill Freeman, Pinky, Stewart and Randy ‘The Beer Cart Bunch’, and a host of other helpers too numerous to mention.Overall WinnerJason Manley 44ptsDivision 11st Charles Murray 40pts2nd Rob Barnes 39pts3rd Neil Skilton 38ptsDivision 21st Fred Birch 39pts2nd Darren Stanto 37pts3rd Dave Dairah 36ptsDivision 31st Bennie Hansen 38pts2nd Bernie Morris 36pts3rd Mike Lovell 35ptsLadies1st Noodle Russell2nd Pigawan VincentRabbits1st Joe St Laurent2nd Chris Balislie3rd Paal ImhofTechnical prize winnersJoe Sullivan – long putt on #9Near Pin A3: Ladies: Rong Carungay; Rabbits Julian Arawec; Div 3 Chris Harkins; Div 2 Paal Imhof; Div 1 Simon Philbrook.Near Pin A6: Ladies Oyjai Wilanan; Rabbits No Winner; Dive 3 Mike Lowell; Div 2 Barry the Bookie; Div 1 Bob Newell.Near Pin B3: Ladies Noodle Russell; Rabbits No winner; Div 3 Bernie Morris; Div 2 Lumpy Russell; Div 1 JB Russell.Near Pin B8: Ladies Noodle Russell; Rabbits No winner; Div 1 No winner; Div 2 Darren Stanton; Div 3 Andreas GreenacherLong Drive: Rabbits Rob Kennedy; Div 3 Joe Sullivan; Div 2 Peter Thomas; Dive 1 Tyson Dunlop.Andy Evan Memorial Best Sportsmanship AwardBob “Scar” Taylor.
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Port of OlympiaAgainst the backdrop of sparkling Budd Inlet, Blues County Sheriff will entertain with post-war blues at the free Music on the Plaza concert on August 5 at 7:00 p.m. Post war blues is very popular dance music performed in big city dance halls, highway roadhouses and honkytonks. Blues County Sheriff does original material along with covers of great classic blues tunes.Port of Olympia is proud to partner with the Olympia Downtown Association (ODA) for the eleventh year of Music on the Plaza which is part of ODA’s annual Music in the Park summer concert series. The tiered Port Plaza offers excellent viewing as well as plenty of dance space. Find the Port Plaza just north of Percival Landing and south of the Port’s Marine Terminal along the east side of Budd Inlet in downtown Olympia. Its landmark is the 43-foot viewing tower. Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy a night of great music with your community.Music in the Park’s award-winning performances began in 1979, featuring local, regional and national talents. The concert series attracts visitors from Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pierce and King counties. ODA accepted the production responsibilities for Music in the Park in 1991.