Story Links University of Toronto Varsity Blues softball players Amanda and Beth Deconinck were named 2019 all-stars at the 2019 OIWFA banquet on Friday night (Oct. 4) in Hamilton, Ont.”Both Amanda and Beth are a pleasure to coach,” said Varsity Blues head coach Craig Sarson. “The fact that they’ve performed at this high level is a testament to their hard work every day. Their all-star selection is not just about their statistics. Both sisters are tremendous leaders and we wouldn’t be where we are without them.”A second-year second/third baseman, Amanda Deconinck led the Blues with a .460 batting average, while ranking second on the team with 23 hits and sitting third with 11 RBI in 16 regular season games. She registered two or more hits in nine games this season, with her best game coming versus Carleton on Sept 21, where she registered two hits and four RBI.Beth Deconinck, a sophomore short stop, led the team with a .725 slugging percentage, while also holding an impressive .412 batting average. The Toronto native led the team with six triples and ranked second with four doubles, while also topping the Blues with 41 assists in the field.The Blues open the 2019 OIWFA champinoship versus the Queen’s Gaels tomorrow (Oct. 5) at 11 a.m., in Hamilton, Ont.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
0Shares0000Britain’s Professional Footballers’ Association says the number of players who have got in touch with similar stories about sexual abuse has reached double figures © AFP/File / Odd AndersenLondon, United Kingdom, Nov 24 – Police investigations into the sexual abuse of youngsters within English football widened Friday as England captain Wayne Rooney praised victims for speaking out.Jason Dunford, once a youth player with Premier League giants Manchester City, added to the growing tide of abuse accusations that have rocked the English game by alleging that a football paedophile ring was covered up. The allegations mainly centre on Barry Bennell, a youth coach with Manchester City, Stoke City, Crewe Alexandra and several junior teams in northwest England.Andy Woodward last week became the first player to reveal publicly the abuse Bennell inflicted upon him, triggering a stream of similar claims.Bennell was given a four-year sentence for raping a British boy on a football tour of Florida in 1994 and a nine-year sentence for 23 offences against six boys in England in 1998.He was jailed for a third time in 2015 when he pleaded guilty to abusing a boy at a football camp in Macclesfield, northwest England, in 1980.The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) announced Thursday it had launched a telephone helpline for victims of football abuse. Rooney urged any player who had been affected to call the hotline and no longer “suffer in silence”. England striker Wayne Rooney urged any player who had been affected by abuse to call a new hotline for victims and no longer “suffer in silence” © AFP/File / Jure Makovec“It’s awful that some of my colleagues have suffered this way whilst playing the sport that I and they love,” the Manchester United forward said. “Andy (Woodward) has been really brave to come forward and I would encourage anyone who has or is suffering from abuse to call the NSPCC’s new football helpline. “It’s important that people know that it’s ok to speak out, there is help available and that they don’t need to suffer in silence.”– Allegations increase –Police said the establishment of the hotline and the publicity generated by former players sharing their stories in the media had prompted other potential victims to come forward, with Bennell not the only name under investigation.A growing number of allegations have been reported in four police force areas, against several individuals.London’s Metropolitan Police said it had received information relating to “non-recent sexual abuse in football clubs” in the city, without naming the teams involved.Earlier, Dunford told BBC television: “I believe there was a conspiracy and paedophile ring.”Dunford added Bennell had attempted to touch him in bed while he had been staying at a holiday camp after winning a football competition.“These are heinous crimes and they need to be investigated by the police and they will get our support,” FA Chairman Greg Clarke told reporters at Wembley © AFP/File / Justin Tallis“There were people at those clubs who had a duty to look after boys coming through their system,” Dunford said. “I think (Jimmy) Savile looks like a choirboy compared to this fellow.”Following his death in 2011, numerous allegations of sexual abuse stretching back six decades tainted the name of Savile, a BBC radio DJ and television presenter. As a result of allegations involving Savile and other high-profile figures, but none specifically linked to football, a wide-ranging inquiry into sex abuse in Britain was established two years ago.The probe has said it is open to examining allegations within football.A spokeswoman said the investigation’s role is to look at “institutional failure to protect children from child sexual abuse”, adding that its terms of reference “are broad enough to include failures by sports clubs”.– Death threats –Seven former players have come forward to allege abuse by a youth coach.Former Manchester City and England forward David White, Woodward, Dunford, Chris Unsworth and Steve Walters all allege they were abused by Bennell.Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Paul Stewart, capped three times by England, said he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by an unnamed man who threatened to kill his family if he told anyone.The Guardian newspaper reported an unnamed former Newcastle United player has also alleged he was sexually abused while at the northeast club © AFP/File / Lindsey ParnabyThe Guardian newspaper said it had been approached by a former Newcastle United player, whose identity it did not reveal, alleging he had been sexually abused while at the northeast club.The ex-player named George Ormond, who has already had a six-year prison sentence for convictions involving boys from the club’s youth system over a 24-year period.The English Premier League said it was “very concerned” by the allegations and offered its support to anyone coming forward. 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1 Anthony Modeste scored 18 goals to help FC Koln finish ninth in the Bundesliga last season West Ham target Anthony Modeste will hold crunch talks with current club FC Koln over his future next week.The Hammers have come up short in their attempts to lure primary target Alexandre Lacazette away from Lyon this summer and have now switched their attentions to the French striker.Modeste also has an offer on the table from an unnamed Chinese Super League club, who have written up a lucrative contract for him.According to Bild, Modeste will hold meetings with Koln representatives when he returns from his holidays next week, and he is expected to put in a transfer request.However, with no clause in his contract which allows him to leave for a certain fee, Koln can drive up their asking price for the 28-year-old.Modeste only joined Koln from Hoffenheim last summer but made an instant impact, scoring 18 goals and helping the club finish ninth in the Bundesliga.
The sewage spill was a result of a failure of the districts’ pumping plant in Manhattan Beach. Museum sets flea market fundraiser WHITTIER – The Whittier Historical Society and Museum, 6755 Newlin Ave., will hold a flea market from 8a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29. The flea market will be held in the museum’s parking lot. All proceeds go to support the museum. For more information, or to donate items, call (562) 945-3871. Symphony reveals concert details WHITTIER – You don’t have to be a classical music fan to enjoy the Rio Hondo Symphony’s 2006-07 concert season, but it wouldn’t hurt. This season will offer a variety of music – everything from Gershwin to “Show Boat” tunes to Mozart and Sibelius. The symphony will kick off the season Oct. 1 with “Theater Classics,” featuring noted mezzo soprano Suzanna Guzman of the Los Angeles Opera. Guzman will sing songs from Bizet’s “Carmen,” the musical “South Pacific,” Saint-Saens’ opera “Samson and Delilah,” and others. On Nov. 5, the symphony will perform “Mozart Revisited,” featuring two musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic: violinist Hui Liu and violinist Paul Stein. The last two concerts will be held in March and April of 2007. All concerts are free and take place at 3 p.m. at Whittier High School’s Vic Lopez Auditorium, 12417 E. Philadelphia St. For a 2006-07 season brochure, call (562) 947-5907. Library, park offer havens from heat WHITTIER – The city has several air-conditioned facilities open to the public during the hot weather. The Central Library, 7344 Washington Ave., is open to the public. Call (562) 464-3450 for hours and programs. Palm Park, 5703 Palm Ave., has swim programs at its pool, tennis and other summer events. For more information, call (562) 908-3666. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m., accompanied by food and giveaways. For more information, call (562) 946-0467. Fine proposed for beach sewage spill WHITTIER – The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has proposed a fine of $4.6 million on the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles in Whittier for a raw sewage spill of 841,490 gallons in January. The spill occurred in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, officials said. The spill lasted for more than 15 hours and threatened underlying ground water. It resulted in hazardous bacteria levels along nearly nine miles of shoreline for four days and closed popular beach areas for 23 days. WHITTIER – The City Council will interview six candidates for the city’s Design Review Board and two candidates for the Historic Resources Commission at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting. After the interviews are completed, the council is expected to make appointments. There are two seats open on each of the two boards. Group plans open house celebration SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Whittier Area Parents Association for the Developmentally Handicapped will hold its open house celebration for their new location from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 9300 Santa Fe Springs Road.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesBree Bahnmiller, Kristen Perotti and Michelle Moody, all 19, started planning their 2006 Comic-Con adventure as soon as last year’s convention ended. “This is, like, our life,” said Perotti, who wore an orange suit to look like a member of a Japanese band called Psycho Le Cemu. Bahnmiller was splattered with fake blood to look like Heather, a character from “Silent Hill 3,” a horror video game. Dressing up makes the event more fun, the trio said. They have different costumes for each day of the convention. “It’s like Halloween for four days,” she said. SAN DIEGO – The line stretched around the convention center. Storm Troopers, Flash Gordon and tiny Batmen and Spider-Men were there. Comic-Con, the nation’s largest celebration of comic books and pop culture, descended on the city Thursday. Through Sunday, superheroes will walk the streets, artists and animators will be treated like A-listers and fantasy will reign. “It’s fondly referred to as nerd prom,” said Blair Butler, a comic-book expert who hosts a show on cable’s G4 network. More than 100,000 are expected to attend the four-day event. Costumes are key to the event, which features displays from toy companies (including Mattel and Hasbro), game makers (Nintendo and PlayStation) and comic-industry giants (such as Marvel and DC). All come to share their newest creations and beloved collectibles with legions of loyal fans. They also come to bask in their love of anime, comic books, video games and movies. “We like a little bit of everything,” Perotti said. More than ever, movies are making a mark on Comic-Con. Sony, Warner Bros., New Line and Universal are just a few of the Hollywood studios bringing top talent to the comic mecca, where they can speak directly to the most dedicated moviegoers. “Our demographics show that people who come to this event see movies on opening weekend,” said Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer, a 22-year veteran of the event. “(Studios) have an opportunity to talk to the people who buy those movie tickets or who tune in every night of the week to watch those shows and get feedback.” For comic-inspired films – like the much-anticipated “Spider-Man 3,” due in 2007 – appearing at Comic-Con is a natural fit. But even non-comic movies, like this summer’s “Snakes on a Plane,” stand to benefit from the fan frenzy. “It’s a great marketing tool for the studios to go down there and tout their wares to what they know is a very receptive audience,” said Stuart Levine, a senior editor at the trade paper Variety. “On the bad side, if the people down there don’t like what they see, it could spell bad news for the studios.” But they’re clearly willing to take the gamble. Sony is bringing out “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi, along with key members of the cast, to build early buzz for the film. “Snakes” star Samuel L. Jackson and director David Ellis will be on hand to discuss their reptile adventure. Other movies getting a first look at Comic-Con include “Ghost Rider,” “The Reaping” and “Saw III.” Perotti and friends said they were most excited about seeing Tobin Bell from “Saw III.” Filmmakers have enjoyed friendly relations with the comic-book fest for 30 years, Glanzer said. It was 1976, a year before the first “Star Wars” film was released, when George Lucas brought his company, Lucasfilm, to Comic-Con to promote the franchise. “He realized that this was a market he could tap,” Glanzer said. “These people loved new information and they would talk to their friends and, way before the Internet, they could create a groundswell.” Television networks are increasingly getting in on the action, too. ABC, NBC and Fox are among those promoting new shows. Film and television workshops have also been added to the roster, Glanzer said. “It’s not just about comics anymore,” he said. “It’s about all things having to do with pop arts and pop culture.” And, of course, costumes. Maureen Dawson, a 26-year-old law student from San Diego, came to Comic-Con dressed as Hermione Granger from the popular “Harry Potter” films – for the third year in a row. She loves comics, sure, but she also attends for professional reasons. “I’m good friends with some voice actors and I’m really trying to become their representative when I graduate next year,” she said. “And you have to have imagination and creativity wherever you go.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
10. Jack Parkinson (1909) – 83 matchesGiven his debut in October 1903, Parkinson scored six times in his first 17 consecutive league matches but the following season netted 21 times in just 23 league and cup games.In 1909-10 he reached the rare milestone of 30 First Division goals in a season as he brought up his half-century. He scored 129 in 220 matches in all competitions.9. Roger Hunt (1961) – 81 matchesFive years before winning the World Cup with England – and three years after joining Liverpool – Hunt brought up his half-century.The same season he scored a remarkable 41 goals from 41 games as the Reds went up as runaway Division Two champions. He finished with 286 goals in 492 appearances in all competitions.8. Albert Stubbins (1949) – 80 matchesStubbins moved from Newcastle, where he scored 232 goals in 190 games in wartime, in September 1946 at the age of 27, scoring on his debut at Bolton. He finished his first season with a league title and joint top-scorer with 24 goals. He eventually scored 83 in 178 games. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS tense Mohamed Salah was the hero for Liverpool on Friday evening as his brilliant solo goal inspired a crucial victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men against Southampton.After a dismal start, the Reds fought back with a headed equaliser from Naby Keita, before Salah sprinted from his own half to find the back of the net and Jordan Henderson sealed the victory on the south coast. 5 Salah celebrates his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool Stubbins reached 50 league goals in 80 matches Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE However, his six-game goalless streak meant the Egyptian missed the chance to break Alan Shearer’s Premier League record to reach the 50-goal mark with a single club in the shortest amount of matches. The former England star took 66 matches to achieve the feat while at Blackburn. shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY REVEALED gameday cracker Salah has become the quickest Liverpool player in history to reach 50 Premier League goals Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Mohamed Salah (2019) – 69 matchesAfter a less successful spell at Chelsea between 2014 and 2016, Salah returned to the Premier League a year later from Roma and lit up his debut season on Merseyside with a record-breaking 32 Premier League goals in just 36 games.The forward’s form has continued during his second campaign and he reached 50 goals for Liverpool with his 18th league strike of the season against Southampton. 5 Sam Raybould (1902) – 80 matchesRaybould was top-scorer with 17 when Liverpool won their first league title in 1901. He went on to become the club’s first player to score 100 goals, also the first to score 30 in a season, and finished with 129 goals in 226 appearances.Fernando Torres (2009) – 72 matchesThe Spaniard was an instant hit following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2007. Less than two years later he brought up his 50th league goal with a 90th-minute strike against Aston Villa. Torres went on to score 81 in 142 appearances in all competitions for the Reds. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 5 BEST OF 5 Aldridge scored 50 league goals in 93 games John Aldridge (1989) – 83 matchesScored on his debut in February 1987 and the following season stuck nine goals in the first nine matches of the season, finishing with 26 league goals at the end of the campaign to set him well on his way to 50. Finished with 63 goals in 108 appearances in all competitions. 5 The Egypt international had been stranded on 49 league goals for the club after failing to notch in any of his previous six league appearances, but his fine strike at St Mary’s saw him reach his half-century in just his 69th match – a Liverpool record.But which former Reds are behind Salah on the list? talkSPORT.com has delved into the history of the Anfield club and here are the findings… REVEALED Torres is the second fastest player to score 50 PL goals for Liverpool
Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Henderson and Salah’s goals has put Liverpool six points clear at the top of the Premier League appointed Spurs took the lead after just 47 seconds The hosts peppered their opponents’ goal but Paolo Gazzaniga was equal to efforts from Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold while Sadio Mane missed a glorious chance.After the break, Heung-min Son missed an open goal – hitting the bar with a left-footed effort after rounding Reds keeper Alisson Becker.Jordan Henderson’s well-taken finish levelled the game moments later as the Reds, roared on by their fans, searched for a winner.And that winner came from forward Mohamed Salah, who powerfully struck home a penalty after Mane was fouled by Serge Aurier. 4 Getty Images – Getty Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father update And Liverpool made Spurs pay for that miss when Henderson took advantage of some indecisive defending from Spurs before striking a bouncing ball downwards and into the corner of the net.Liverpool had Spurs where they wanted them and finally got the chance to turn the game around when Mane snuck round Aurier, who in attempting to boot the ball away, booted the Senegal man to the ground, giving referee Anthony Taylor no choice but to award a penalty.Salah stepped forward to take it, and like he did in the Reds’ Champions League final triumph over Spurs in June, the forward smashed the ball into the net.Spurs then came out of their shell again and were a few nervous moments for the home side at the end, with Son and Toby Alderweireld testing Alisson in stoppage-time. But Liverpool held on to claim a deserved win. Getty Images – Getty 4 LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS rookie error statement Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Gazzaniga then tipped over a header from Van Dijk after Alexander-Arnold whipped in a trademark free-kick from the right.The Argentine then palmed away Alexander-Arnold’s fierce strike away before Mane somehow headed wide from six yards out.The start of the second half arguably marked the turning point of the game as Son had a great chance to give Mauricio Pochettino’s side a 2-0 lead but the South Korean could only rattle the crossbar despite beating Liverpool’s offside trap and getting round Alisson. Getty Images – Getty LIVING THE DREAM deals Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League after coming from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 in a hugely entertaining contest at Anfield.Spurs got off to a dream start though, with Harry Kane’s header on the rebound giving them the lead inside the first minute. The result may have been very different had Son put away this chance Following their draw at Manchester United last weekend and title rivals Manchester City’s easy win over Aston Villa on Saturday, the pressure was on Jurgen Klopp’s men who went into the game just three points clear at the top.Many wrote off Spurs in the lead-up but they silenced Anfield when Kane opened the scoring after just 47 seconds.Son’s shot from just outside the box struck the post after taking a deflection off Dejan Lovren – the England striker was the quickest to react and scored on the rebound with a stooping header.But if there’s a time to fall behind in a big game it’s minute one, and Liverpool responded well. Gazzaniga made an excellent double save to deny Salah and Roberto Firmino on 20 minutes. 4 Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 4 latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ PEP TALK Salah kept his cool from 12 yards to give Liverpool the three points
Dundee chief John Nelms says McCann will be in the dugout against Hamilton and he feels the team haven’t had the reward their play deserves. The Edinburgh sides lead the rest with Hearts staying top despite dropping points against Livingston. Hibs striker Florian Kamberi says they are every bit the equal of their city rivals and can beat anyone in the league as they aim to better last season’s fourth-placed finish. It’s been a dramatic weekend in the Premiership with huge results that could have a major impact on how this season unfolds.Celtic’s slip-up at Kilmarnock added to a worrying start to the campaign for Brendan Rodgers and it’s been revealed that Steven Gerrard demanded his players capitalised on the slip to move ahead of them in the table.Rodgers admitted to concerns but says it’s too early to panic about the table.While the Glasgow pair have ambitions at the top end of the table, Dundee are left looking up from the foot after failing to take even a point from their opening six games. Neil McCann is under pressure but has received backing from above.
Parents, how do you explain DONALD TRUMP to your children? If you’re having trouble with that, there’s a book that can help. It’s called “A Child’s First Book of Trump”.It’s not serious, obviously. It was written by comedian MICHAEL IAN BLACK, and it tells the story of the “Americus Trumpus”, a stubby little orange thing with a bad comb-over. He’s kind of like the Lorax, only a lot less sexy.It’s written like a Dr. Seuss book, with lines like, “The beasty is called an American Trump. Its skin is bright orange, its figure is plump. Its fur so complex, you might get enveloped. Its hands are, sadly, underdeveloped.”And this: “Now, where does it live? On flat-screen TVs! It rushes toward every camera it sees. It thrives in the most contentious conditions. And excretes the most appalling emissions.”
There will be a special open meeting Thursday June 27th at 7pm at Swain county Schools Central office in the Swain County Administration Building 50 main st. 2nd floor room 223 in Bryson City for the purpose of personnel and closing out the year.