Sport Bar – Mango Mikes http://mangomikes.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mangomikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Sport Bar – Mango Mikes http://mangomikes.com/ 32 32 Packie Bonner hopes cash-strapped FAI can win New Year’s sponsor https://mangomikes.com/packie-bonner-hopes-cash-strapped-fai-can-win-new-years-sponsor/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:30:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/packie-bonner-hopes-cash-strapped-fai-can-win-new-years-sponsor/ The FAI celebrates a somber three-year anniversary next month, marking the date when telecommunications company Three ended its sponsorship deal in December 2019. FAI board member Packie Bonner hopes the cash-strapped FAI can finally find a successor in the new year. Six months after FAI CEO Jonathan Hill told an AGM there was imminent news […]]]>

The FAI celebrates a somber three-year anniversary next month, marking the date when telecommunications company Three ended its sponsorship deal in December 2019.

FAI board member Packie Bonner hopes the cash-strapped FAI can finally find a successor in the new year.

Six months after FAI CEO Jonathan Hill told an AGM there was imminent news of a replacement, there has since been stony silence, as there has been for a much of the nearly three years since Three’s stunning departure.

Whispers of a new name, like Circle K, have been circulating recently and a deal was thought to be in place even last month but, despite realizing some sense of corporate stability after the eradication of a regime in disgrace, big business remained aloof.

“I know they’re working hard on it,” says Bonner. “It will come. I wouldn’t worry about that and there will be announcements in the new year as to where we are at and I think that will also help Stephen Kenny and help the whole thing get started again.

Bonner is closer to football than financial matters. more than a decade after being ousted from his role as technical director by the old regime led by John Delaney, he is once again trying to put the pieces back together.

“We’ve got some good things going on,” Bonner said at the Ladbrokes Bandwagon Bar, an exclusive World Cup viewing party.

“Marc Canham and John Morling are on the football side. We had a player path plan before, but no overall football plan. It was thrown away and it was all about the stadium and everything.

“But I’ve pushed that now to make sure football is front and center and we hope to complete that plan at the end of next year.

“And it will connect with staff across the country and bring us back to where we should have been because we missed so much. We got caught up in so many other things that shouldn’t have happened.

“But there are positive things happening now, but it’s going to take time. We manage the finances and if we can find sponsors, everything will be fine.

“I can’t tell people to trust us. But I hope the confidence is back.

Meanwhile, Stephen Hunt has sought to clarify his position after a controversial column in these pages three years ago that many deemed too sympathetic to former FAI CEO John Delaney.

“I took a stand at the time,” says the former Irish international who now runs his own sports agency.

“Some things happened that were wrong, but I argued with John before at the AGMs because I disagreed with him on how things were going.

“I don’t need to hide behind what I said. I will always say what I feel. Did the FAI make a mistake in its management? Yes, and many people have been injured for many years.

“But I can only go on face value. I regret that people thought I was by his side, I wasn’t. But it doesn’t matter what I look like. That’s how I feel at some point.

“It’s working the right way now, business is done behind the scenes.

“And unlike the previous regime, they don’t have to justify themselves in public all the time.”

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‘We let each other down,’ says Caley Thistle’s Nathan Shaw as they prepare for Ayr clash https://mangomikes.com/we-let-each-other-down-says-caley-thistles-nathan-shaw-as-they-prepare-for-ayr-clash/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/we-let-each-other-down-says-caley-thistles-nathan-shaw-as-they-prepare-for-ayr-clash/ Nathan Shaw insists Caley Thistle is determined to stop the slide and kick off his season with a home win against Championship leaders Ayr United on Saturday. Inverness have an injury crisis, with up to 10 players ruled out through injury ahead of this sixth encounter. ICT have not won any of their last six […]]]>

Nathan Shaw insists Caley Thistle is determined to stop the slide and kick off his season with a home win against Championship leaders Ayr United on Saturday.

Inverness have an injury crisis, with up to 10 players ruled out through injury ahead of this sixth encounter.

ICT have not won any of their last six games and trail their visitors by six points get into this fight.

The last weeks disappointing 2-1 loss to Queen’s Park from a winning position was the final setback for the Highlanders of Billy Dodds.

ICT is “able” to challenge the title

And the winger Shaw explained that he was eager to go for the maximum points against the Honest Men.

He said: “Obviously it’s a game I’m looking forward to.

“We’ve let ourselves down with our results for the past few weeks so we’re all looking forward to it.

“We all know what we are capable of, we want to be at the top of the table at the end of the season.

“In the last few games we haven’t been as good as we could be, so we’re looking to get back to being a good team and hopefully we get the win.

“We know what we’re capable of as a group, and we’ve shown we can string together results and win four or five on the rebound.”

A ruthless advantage needed to sink rivals

Caley Thistle scored just two points from a possible 15 and drew against Arbroath and lost to Queen’s Park after leading 1-0 each time.

Shaw, 21, believes they had to finish off opponents when in control of games.

He said: “There is always an opportunity to win games because we create chances.

“It’s just about putting the ball in the back of the net like we did last Saturday.

“We led 1-0, and if we had scored a second goal it would have given us a huge boost.

“It’s about being ruthless, once we have one we have to go on and get another one.

“It will take the pressure off the defense if we can put balls in the back of the net.”

Caley Thistle targets self-confidence

Although Ayr, shooting largely through 13-goal forward Dipo Akinyemi, is a tough opponent to face right now, Shaw knows the upside would be significant should they win.

He added: “It will be a big challenge for us, and obviously if we can get a win against the best in the league, that will give us a lot of confidence for the next games.”

Shaw, who was a summer signing for Fylde, has three goals to his name this season and he insists the injured side are united in their efforts to get back to winning ways.

He said: “We are definitely running out of numbers per minute so we have to stick together and work hard like we always do. Hopefully the results will turn around. »

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Four Mullingar businesses win hospitality awards https://mangomikes.com/four-mullingar-businesses-win-hospitality-awards/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 12:54:18 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/four-mullingar-businesses-win-hospitality-awards/ The team at Gilleran’s Bar who won Best Pub of the Year at the Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards. Winners also at Tyrrellspass and Kinnegad Published: Wed 16 Nov 2022, 12:54 PM Last update: Wed Nov 16, 2022 12:56 PM More than 300 people celebrated the return of Midlands 103’s Hospitality Awards at a lavish event […]]]>

The team at Gilleran’s Bar who won Best Pub of the Year at the Midlands 103 Hospitality Awards.

Winners also at Tyrrellspass and Kinnegad

More than 300 people celebrated the return of Midlands 103’s Hospitality Awards at a lavish event in Portlaoise on Monday evening.

Celebrations at the Midlands Park Hotel recognized those working in the hospitality sector in Laois, Offaly and Westmeath, with over 10,000 votes counted to create the shortlist.

The businesses were then visited by an independent jury, which included Michelin-starred restaurateur Sallyanne Clarke and Tim Husbands, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse.

The judges spent several days traveling the region’s rural roads to find this year’s 51 winners in five categories.

Big winners from Mullingar’s night included pub of the year Gilleran’s Bar; Annebrook House Hotel won Best Boutique Hotel; and Danny Byrne wins Best Sports Bar.

Meanwhile, in the tourism sector, the award for Overall Tourist Attraction of the Year went to Mollie Moo’s Pet Farm, Mullingar.

The overall award for Tourist Attraction of the Year went to Mollie Moo’s Pet Farm, Mullingar.

The best fine dining restaurant went to Browne’s on the Green in Tyrrellspass; while Trevor Byrne, Scanlon’s Bar and Restaurant, Kinnegad was voted Best Restaurant Manager.

Wineport Lodge in Athlone won Restaurant of the Year, while Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone was recognized as Best Family Hotel.

The best fine dining restaurant went to Browne’s on the Green in Tyrrellspass.

The Killeshin in Portlaoise has been crowned Hotel of the Year, while the Laois is home to Chef of the Year, Bernard Rochford of the Midlands Park Hotel having been given the nod. The pantry has reclaimed its title of best coffee and the county is also home to country bar of the year, Hogan’s Bar, Coolrain.

In Birr, staff at the County Arms Hotel were celebrated for providing the best customer service in the area, while Hushabye Alpaca Farm, Killeigh, won the title of best guest house or B&B. Browne’s – The Venue in Tullamore had stiff competition for the best new establishment.

Danny Byrne’s team that won Best Sports Bar.

A new award has been added to this year’s event in remembrance of Albert Fitzgerald of Midlands 103, who died in August. His son Stephen presented the Albert Award for Global Marketing/Salesperson of the Year to Donal O’Gorman, Managing Director, The Bog Road, Kilminchy.

Sallyanne Clarke said: “I am delighted to be on the jury for this year’s Midlands Hospitality Awards. There are so many hotels, restaurants and pubs doing a wonderful job despite the shortage of staff in our industry. These awards show not only resilience in the current economic climate, but their innovation and constant effort to be the best they can be. I take my hat off to all the nominees. Everyone is a winner in my opinion.

Liam, Mary and their son Billy Gilleran pictured at the event holding the Pub of the Year award.

Here is the full list of winners: https://www.midlands103.com/news/midlands-news/midlands-103-announces-winners-for-hospitality-awards/

The annual event is presented by Midlands 103 in conjunction with Laois and Offaly County Councils and various business partners. Managing Director Will Faulkner congratulates all of the companies that participated.

“These awards primarily reflect the perspective of listeners and customers, as no one makes the shortlist without their support. All of the nominees are therefore among the best of the best and we are delighted to be hosting a showcase celebration that gives them a well-deserved pat on the back in these trying times,” he said.

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Hannah Roberts wins fourth BMX freestyle park title https://mangomikes.com/hannah-roberts-wins-fourth-bmx-freestyle-park-title/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 16:10:07 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/hannah-roberts-wins-fourth-bmx-freestyle-park-title/ American feel Hannah Roberts won an unprecedented fourth BMX freestyle park title to the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 13 November. The Olympic silver medalist is the undisputed queen of BMX freestyle, now holding four of the five championship titles that have been contested since its inception in 2017. Roberts […]]]>

American feel Hannah Roberts won an unprecedented fourth BMX freestyle park title to the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 13 November.

The Olympic silver medalist is the undisputed queen of BMX freestyle, now holding four of the five championship titles that have been contested since its inception in 2017.

Roberts has been a dominant force in the sport, announcing himself on the world stage at the first world championships at age 17 in 2017, followed by victories in 2019, 2021 and now 2022.

Roberts, 21, was again at the top of her game with a score of 87.20, more than three points ahead of her closest rival. Olympic bronze medalist, Nikita Ducarroz de France, was the second best runner of the day with 84.70. That of the Czech Republic Iveta Miculycova won the bronze medal with a score of 83.20.

The championships ended in disappointment for the British Olympic champion Charlotte Worthingtonwho had to settle for fifth place.

Results of the women’s BMX Park final:

  1. Hannah Roberts (USA) – 87.20
  2. Nikita Ducarroz (FRA) – 84.70
  3. Iveta Miculycová (CZE) – 83.20
  4. Kim Lea Muller (GER) – 79.00
  5. Charlotte Worthington (GBR) – 77.56
  6. Queen Villegas Serna (COL) – 77.40
  7. Perris Benegas (USA) – 76.00
  8. Minato Oike (JPN) – 75.40
  9. Angie Marino (USA) – 75.00
  10. Analia Gabriela Zacarias (ARG) – 73.40

Meanwhile, Japan Rim Nakamura won the men’s elite competition after dropping a 720 bar spin, tuck no-hander on his first run for a winning score of 93.80.

Nakamura, 20, won his first world title in front of a quality field that included the reigning Olympic and world champion. Logan Martin from Australia.

Former world champion Justin Dowell (91.50) of the United States finished second, with Antoine Jeanjean of France claiming third place with 91.20. Martin had to settle for sixth place with a score of 86.40.

Men’s BMX Park Final Results:

  1. Rim Nakamura (JPN) – 93.80
  2. Justin Dowell (USA) – 91.50
  3. Anthony Jeanjean (FRA) – 91.20
  4. Marcus Christopher (USA) – 90.26
  5. Jose Torres Gil (ARG) – 89.26
  6. Logan Martin (Australia) – 86.40
  7. Daniel Dhers (FRI) – 85.40
  8. Marin Ranteš (CRO) – 85.10
  9. Kenneth Fabian Tencio Esquivel (CRC) – 81.20
  10. Kieran Reilly (GBR) – 80.10

How do World Championships affect Olympic qualification?

Although there are two Paris 2024 quotas per gender available at the 2022 Urban Cycling World Championships, they will only be allocated based on the results of the Olympic Qualification Series (OQS) taking place in 2024.

The 2024 Olympic Qualification Series offers six quotas per gender to the top-ranked athletes by name. In the event that not all continents are represented following the OQS results, the first of the two remaining gender quotas will be awarded retrospectively to the highest ranked NOCs from a continent that has not yet qualified for the Games. , based on their performances at the 2022 Urban Cycling World Championships.

READ MORE: How to qualify for BMX freestyle at Paris 2024

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Collin Morikawa was still a terrific golfer in 2022 despite the young PGA Tour star’s failure to pick up a win https://mangomikes.com/collin-morikawa-was-still-a-terrific-golfer-in-2022-despite-the-young-pga-tour-stars-failure-to-pick-up-a-win/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 21:08:36 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/collin-morikawa-was-still-a-terrific-golfer-in-2022-despite-the-young-pga-tour-stars-failure-to-pick-up-a-win/ Collin Morikawa fell short of a victory at the World Tech Championship in Mayakoba. He was barely in contention, but when the dust settles on one of the final PGA Tour events of the year, Morikawa still finds himself at the center of the story. Earlier in the week, Golf Channel commentator Trevor Immelman speculated […]]]>

Collin Morikawa fell short of a victory at the World Tech Championship in Mayakoba. He was barely in contention, but when the dust settles on one of the final PGA Tour events of the year, Morikawa still finds himself at the center of the story.

Earlier in the week, Golf Channel commentator Trevor Immelman speculated that the reason Morikawa was struggling in 2022 – a year in which he failed to pick up a win – was possibly -be because of the difficulty in being up to it. bar he set for himself early in his career when he won five of his first 50 PGA Tour events and two of his first eight major championships.

Morikawa’s reaction to Immelman’s very innocuous comment was odd and made me think he completely misunderstood what Immelman had said.

“Wow, that’s hard to hear from him,” Morikawa told Golf Channel. “I don’t care what he says there because I don’t think it’s my bar. I think I have so much more to improve. I was almost the last one to put. I don’t think that I even finished close to being average on the putt. If I can just get my putt to be average, I think there’s so much more to improve on. I don’t know where that came from, but that kind of stings over there. I don’t know like to hear that.

“I don’t know if it was a compliment, I’ll be honest. If he did, maybe it went wrong from what I heard. For me, I don’t I’ve never seen a ceiling. I just want to keep improving. Obviously, we’ve taken a few steps back this year. It’s just trying to improve every day and trying to improve small things. I I expect to play well. I set myself very high goals. It just sucks when they don’t come through.”

Immelman later confirmed that it was all actually a misunderstanding, but between Morikawa’s reaction, his hiring of a putting coach, and his start-of-the-week monologue about the fate of old age (Morikawa turns 26 next February), it makes me made me wonder what else was going on with the two-time major champion.

“It was a lot more stressful this year,” Morikawa said of his 2022. “I just tried to figure out what was wrong when it was just kind of a body thing and just the way my body was moving.. Unfortunately it took seven, eight months throughout the year to at least find that, but it’s on me. It’s all on me just to know what’s going on. I have a great team around me, but that’s the best thing is, you know, I still have to be aware of what I’m doing.

“I just wasn’t able to make sure everything was where I wanted it to be. It’s tough, but that’s what’s great. Even though we’re heading into this offseason, this area of fall I’m putting a lot of pieces together and a lot of work to make sure this kind of next 2023 is going to be [the] the best.”

To be clear, Morikawa was talking about how his body works in 2022.

“I think it’s getting old,” said the 25-year-old. “Yeah, no, it’s just that it gets old. I mean, man, I drank way more in college than I ever do now, but apparently when you get older, your body just moves differently. I I still feel good, like everything is fine, everything is moving well, but it’s not as clean as before. And the maintenance I have to do now is just a little more. That doesn’t mean I have to doing something crazy, I’m not really changing anything, it’s just getting my body where I need it.

“Last year I didn’t really need to focus on that, but when I look back and you think of how many trips I’ve made in the last three and a half years, it’s is a lot. It doesn’t stop. I love it, but travel takes a toll on your body and it takes a toll on you and you have to be able to work your way through it and that’s what the best athletes do. “

Clearly Morikawa is frustrated that he was unable to back up his spectacular 2020 and 2021 campaigns with anything similar in 2022, and he kind of proved Immelman’s point – and to be fair, the same point. many pundits and even players have done over the years – that when you don’t realize what you achieved at such a young age, it can drain you mentally, physically and emotionally.

As for golf itself, not a ton of change statistically, which should be encouraging for Morikawa. It has dropped slightly in ball striking from 2021 (1.62 to 1.47 shots gained per round) but not enough to be worrying. He was actually a better putter in 2022 than he was in 2021, although his short game suffered the biggest categorical drop compared to any other part of his game.

An interesting nuance is that while Morikawa’s best and worst performances were almost identical to what he did in 2021 (his expected wins fell from 1.97 to 0.94 from 2021 to 2022), his median performances in 2022 were much worse than they were. in 2021. That, theoretically, shouldn’t matter when it comes to winning (you only win with your best performance anyway), but it strength matter how he feels as if playing.

The thing is, Morikawa will be fine. He is a high variance player, which is what you want to be if you intend to collect a lot of trophies. It would serve him well mentally and emotionally to understand that just because a few tournaments happened early in his career doesn’t mean his baseline is someone who wins three or four regular events and a major every year. Data Golf had it at 0.20 major expected in 2020, and it won one; he had it at 0.45 major expected in 2021, and he won another one. It’s important because while he was good, he wasn’t extremely good in 2020-21, but the expectations after winning two majors started to build. We wouldn’t even be having this conversation if Morikawa was a three-win, no-major guy.

If you take a long-term view, gains and losses often happen randomly, which means they can sometimes occur in clusters. Just because you’ve won two of your first eight majors doesn’t mean you’re Tiger Woods’ second coming. Just because you don’t win any of your next 15 matches doesn’t mean the Korn Ferry Tour is in your future.

Morikawa exceeded both expectations and statistical odds in terms of victory in the early years of his career. He exceeded. It happens, but that doesn’t mean a year without a win has changed him as a player or a competitor, although that can often feel that way.

Are there things to work on? Sure. Can the iron game improve a bit? Yes. Does he need to clean up his little game a bit? Absolutely. But if Morikawa continues to play like he did in 2022, he’s going to have more seasons (in terms of wins) than he had in 2021. That might sound counterintuitive, but as we’ve seen so many many times in the history of golf, this game has made absolutely no sense. If you let it, sports can confuse even those who seemingly have all the answers.

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Keira D’Amato ready to run the New York City Marathon https://mangomikes.com/keira-damato-ready-to-run-the-new-york-city-marathon/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 13:09:29 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/keira-damato-ready-to-run-the-new-york-city-marathon/ Comment this story Comment Keira D’Amato premiere New York Marathon Sunday will cap off a spectacular year of racing, a year in which she rose to the top ranks of American women and turned pro with one of the most unusual stories in sport. “I’m extremely pleased with it,” D’Amato said of a year that […]]]>

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Keira D’Amato premiere New York Marathon Sunday will cap off a spectacular year of racing, a year in which she rose to the top ranks of American women and turned pro with one of the most unusual stories in sport.

“I’m extremely pleased with it,” D’Amato said of a year that began when she made headlines for claim the American women’s record at the Houston Marathon in January. She was well known in the running community, but became national history for setting the record after a decade out of racing due to injury, as well as the happier arrival of a marriage and two children.

“I’m a 38-year-old mum and just had the best year of racing ever. You know, most pros race a handful of times, maybe five [a year],” she said. “I think if I make it to the start line healthy in New York, it will be my 14th race this year, and for a 38-year-old mom, that’s really awesome.”

D’Amato rose to the rank of genius by winning in Houston in 2 hours 19 minutes 12 seconds, overturning an American record that has stood since 2006. A Real estate agent in Richmondshe is also now a professional runner sponsored by Nike.

“I think I ran double [the number of races] of any of my competitors,” she said. “I’ve won some really iconic races, set course records and overall I feel like my job has been my best year. But it’s really exciting for me because I see a lot of room for improvement, and I think 2023 can be even better.

After setting the record in Houston, D’Amato won the Boston Athletic Association 10K in June; finished eighth in the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, in July; broke a 24-year-old course record to win the US 20k Track and Field Championships in New Haven, Conn., in September; and finished sixth as the best American (with a time of 2:21:48) in the Berlin Marathon later that month.

She’s a mother of two and one of America’s fastest marathon runners

D’Amato attended high school in Northern Virginia and was a four-time All-American at American University. She joined DC Elite, a professional running team led by Scott Raczko who coached Alan Webb when he set the men’s US record for the mile in 2007. But his left foot derailed his career. Two bones weren’t connected properly and she needed surgery that her insurance didn’t cover. So she went to work for the Freddie Mac building society and eventually became a real estate agent.

For eight years, she focused elsewhere, until in 2009 she had foot surgery. She attempted a marathon in 2013 but told the Washington Post this summer that a “perfect storm of everything that could go wrong in a marathon” led her to think 26.2 miles was not for her.

She and her husband, Tony, welcomed son Thomas in 2014 and daughter Quin two years later. Things changed in 2016 when she entered her husband, also a runner, in the Virginia Beach Shamrock Marathon, then decided she had to run it too. She started training, and the races continued, and her times kept dropping, fueling goals that came fast and furious: to compete with the best in the world at marquee marathons, to represent the United United on the world stage, qualifying for 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. As one of two American women with times under 2:20, reclaiming that American record would also be nice.

“I’ll be honest – is it fun to be the American record holder?” she says. “Shit, yeah!

D’Amato’s record stood until October 10, when Emily Sisson lowered her mark by 43 seconds, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2:18:29 as D’Amato watched. D’Amato joined running royalty and former US marathon record holders Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor in Chicago as a spectator. While it was fun to have the record, she didn’t mind seeing Sisson improve on her time. Plus, it gave him a new purpose.

The connections of American marathon runners go far beyond the course

“It wasn’t about me that day, and I wasn’t going to let anyone else have a good day make it a bad day for me,” D’Amato said. “I wasn’t going to let any kind of negative emotion seep in because it wasn’t about me.

“It was always about chasing the goal. I have achieved the goal of my day. I went there in Berlin and did not achieve this goal. And I knew if I didn’t cut my time, someone else would, you know? ” she says. “I was really proud of her and just thought I played a part. Now it’s her journey, the American record journey and pushing it down to be even more competitive on the world stage. I’m really proud of that.

Moreover, “the tide lifts all ships. I’m moving that bar forward – Emily just moved it forward again,” she said. “I will have to work even harder now. I want it back. I’m going to have to run a sub-2:18, which is my plan anyway. I think it’s really healthy competition, and I think all American women will be better off for it.

D’Amato arrives at the end of the year with “healthy” legs and “feeling fresher than ever” despite a minor bug. It is, she says, her “X-factor”, although she thinks she has removed it from her system.

The weather forecast for the New York City Marathon calls for a warm day, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s in the morning and low 70s by mid-afternoon. D’Amato agrees with whatever the weather gods come up with.

“Bring it on, Mother Nature,” she said.

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Men’s football: NYA returns to Class D final with shutout win over Islesboro https://mangomikes.com/mens-football-nya-returns-to-class-d-final-with-shutout-win-over-islesboro/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 23:22:21 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/mens-football-nya-returns-to-class-d-final-with-shutout-win-over-islesboro/ FREEPORT — In the 11th minute of the men’s goalless Class D South soccer final, Cooper St. Hilaire picked up the ball, planted it, fired a hard shot — and could only watch it slam on the cross-bar. A bad omen? Not exactly. St. Hilaire scored the first two goals of the game, helping to […]]]>

FREEPORT — In the 11th minute of the men’s goalless Class D South soccer final, Cooper St. Hilaire picked up the ball, planted it, fired a hard shot — and could only watch it slam on the cross-bar.

A bad omen? Not exactly.

St. Hilaire scored the first two goals of the game, helping to open the floodgates as fifth-seeded North Yarmouth Academy beat No. 2 Islesboro, 5-0, to return to the Class D final for the fourth consecutive time.

The game was a rematch of last year’s regional final, a 4-0 NYA win. And again, the Eagles (9-3-0) had few answers for a Panthers (10-7-0) team that attacked at will.

“We failed (in Final D) last year, and we just wanted to come back this year,” said St. Hilaire, one of NYA’s four scorers along with twin Daxton St. Hilaire, Jack Byrne and Wyatt Thomas. . “We want the job done the next game.”

It was not a smooth return to this game. NYA started the season 2-5.

“We were worried about not even making the playoffs,” Cooper St. Hilaire said. “We had to turn around. The boys went for it, and now we’re here.

NYA spent the majority of the first half on offense, but a resilient Eagles defense led by Dylan Frank (11 saves), who started in goal with Robert Conover unavailable due to a red card in half- final, held on. In the 11th minute, Cooper St. Hilaire shot the bar 25 yards out and Frank made a save on the follow-up.

“You sometimes get this feeling that it will be one of those days,” NYA coach Branden Noltkamper said.

Cooper St. Hilaire, however, was encouraged.

“I usually bang it,” he said. “It was good to have this photo. It kept me going.

He found the net moments later, collecting the ball after a set piece from Byrne and scoring with a direct look with 20:50 to go in the half. He hit again on a nice play early in the second period, as Thomas kicked in a corner kick that Cooper St. Hilaire headed in with 35:11 to go.

“The twins, man, they’re amazing on the heads,” Thomas said. “They really fight to get that ball in the back of the net, and I always find their head right there on top of the six.”

After breaking through, the Panthers poured it. Less than two minutes later, with 33:29 to go, Frank made a save on a Gray Perham shot but Byrne hopped on the rebound. Daxton St. Hilaire scored after driving a through ball with 30:36 remaining, and Thomas completed the scoring with 21:52 remaining.

“I’m proud of them. We were talking before the game, 38 days ago, we were 2-5 and we weren’t sure where everything was going to go,” said Noltkamper. “We always talked about a peak in October. Here we are.”

Islesboro coach Rob McHugh praised the effort of his group, which made it back to the D South final despite having one of the lowest entries in the sport.

“It was a lot of hard work,” he said. “Everyone must be present, 100%. This is how it works.


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Starr Andrews rallies for second place in Skate Canada https://mangomikes.com/starr-andrews-rallies-for-second-place-in-skate-canada/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 19:18:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/starr-andrews-rallies-for-second-place-in-skate-canada/ Star Andrews had the best free skate of her international career, moving from fifth to second place at Skate Canada, tying the best full-fledged Grand Prix result for an American in six years. Andrews, 21, landed six triple jumps in the free skate in Mississauga, Ont., to finish 6.33 points behind the winner Rinka Watanabe […]]]>

Star Andrews had the best free skate of her international career, moving from fifth to second place at Skate Canada, tying the best full-fledged Grand Prix result for an American in six years.

Andrews, 21, landed six triple jumps in the free skate in Mississauga, Ont., to finish 6.33 points behind the winner Rinka Watanabe from Japan.

It’s Andrews’ best finish in seven career senior Grand Prix starts, displacing a fifth-place finish from 2019. It’s one of, if not the best, Grand Prix finish for a black skater in simple. France Surya Bonaly won several events that became Grands Prix before the start of the Grand Prix series in 1995, then placed third in two Grand Prix series events late in her career.

“It’s a huge deal for me,” Andrews said, according to the International Skating Union. “I’m one of the few people of color in sport, and bringing home a medal is even more special.”

Andrews caused a stir at age 9 when a video of her skating to “Whip My Hair” gone viral. She had another moment at the 2018 U.S. Championships, earning a standing ovation for her free skate on her own cover of “One Moment in Time” and finishing sixth overall.

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Andrews finished second in a row at the U.S. Women’s Grand Prix after Isabelle Levitomade his senior Grand Prix debut at Skate America last week. Andrews’ total ranks third among American women at the start of the season behind Levito and Amber Glennwho finished third at Skate America.

The United States is in the midst of its longest drought of women’s victories in a Grand Prix in its own right – the top international circuit in figure skating – not counting Mariah Bellduring a 2020 Skate America that was largely a national domain due to COVID-19. Ashley Wagner won the last international Grand Prix title for an American in 2016.

Andrews will likely qualify for December’s six-skater Grand Prix final with a podium at her final Grand Prix in Japan in three weeks.

The United States has three women’s spots for the March world championships, which will be distributed after the January nationals. None of last season’s three Olympians are competing, with Alysa Liu and Bell have both retired.

Watanabe landed a triple Axel in his free skate, improving from sixth place after the court and totaling 197.59 points. Watanabe, a 20-year-old who finished sixth at the Japan Nationals last season, won on her senior Grand Prix debut.

Later Saturday, world champion Shoma Uno improved from second after the short program to win the men’s event. He landed five quadruple jumps – one underturned and three others with negative execution ratings – en route to 273.15 points overall. Uno beat his Japanese compatriot Kao Miura by 7.86. Miura moved from first after the court to second overall for a second straight week.

American Ilia Malinin, who won Skate America against Miura last week, has the best total score in the world this season at 280.37. Malinin and Uno could face off for the first time this season in December’s Grand Prix Final, which will take the top six per discipline across the six events of the Grand Prix series.

World silver medalists Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara won the biggest title for a Japanese pair team in history, edging out the Americans Emily Chan and spencer howe of 25.54 points. Miura and Kihara’s total score – 212.02 – ranks them first in the world this season, 10.63 points ahead of the world champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier the United States

Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, the 2021 Worlds bronze medalists, won their third straight Skate Canada ice dance title. Their total score – 215.70 – ranks them first in the world this season. That’s 12.9 points better than the 2022 world bronze medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates‘ total for winning Skate America last week.

The figure skating season continues with the French Grand Prix next week, featuring the world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx from Belgium, live on the peacock.

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“Hard work will pay off if you stick to your beliefs” https://mangomikes.com/hard-work-will-pay-off-if-you-stick-to-your-beliefs/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:11:00 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/hard-work-will-pay-off-if-you-stick-to-your-beliefs/ BID Q&A headshot – Paul Mackenzie, 147 Pool & Snooker Centre.. Q How would you describe your business to a stranger? A 147 Pool and Snooker Center is Inverness’ oldest leisure center dedicated to cue sports. Our second floor premises at Union Street feature seven pool tables, six pool tables, two dart boards and a […]]]>

BID Q&A headshot – Paul Mackenzie, 147 Pool & Snooker Centre..

Q How would you describe your business to a stranger?

A 147 Pool and Snooker Center is Inverness’ oldest leisure center dedicated to cue sports. Our second floor premises at Union Street feature seven pool tables, six pool tables, two dart boards and a relaxing fully licensed bar area with two TV screens for live sports and a jukebox system containing more than 200,000 records. Our tables and equipment are of high quality and in excellent condition, constantly cleaned and maintained.

We have an adults only policy and you can just come in for a table. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for locals and visitors alike, whether they come for a game or just to relax and chat.

Q What inspired you to start your business?

A My family has been running 147 for 36 years this month. It was started as a members club in 1983 and my mum and dad Ian and May Mackenzie bought it three years later. He was a huge pool enthusiast and was a founding member of the Inverness Pool League in 1977.

I inherited his love of sport and started working at 147 after leaving school, cleaning tables and equipment and learning to play pool and snooker. Over the years I took on more responsibilities and was a manager for the last six years before my parents retired. I was an avid gamer and it was a natural progression when I took over running the company 12 years ago.

Q How has your business grown?

A We have made gradual changes over the past 30 or so years and have adapted to the evolution of the sport and the demands of facilities. 147 has not been a club for around 15 years and we are open to the public – players can either enter from the street or book a table in advance.

Snooker was all the rage in the late 80s and early 90s because of television coverage and at that time we had 10 snooker tables. There were so many people that it was difficult to get a table on the weekend. But interest in snooker has waned in recent years, although billiards is still very popular in Inverness.

So we reconfigured the center by reducing the number of pool tables and adding more for pool as well as increasing the size of the bar area.

We have five teams in the Inverness Pool League as well as our own snooker league and one team in the Moray Snooker League. Our darts team plays in the local league.

Q How are you doing after the Covid-19 pandemic?

A lockdown was difficult but gave us the opportunity to modernize and improve the facilities. I am involved in the Inverness Pool League and with hospitality being so badly affected we were concerned there was not the previous interest, but I am delighted there are 22 teams competing this year.

Q What lessons have you learned from your business experience?

Hard work will eventually pay off if you stick to what you believe in and evolve over time to give customers what they want.

Q What is your vision for Inverness city centre?

A Very nice to see the completed work on the Victorian Market and the good job of redevelopment of Union Square with the new storefronts and apartments above. Inverness is moving in the right direction and the castle project will be a big tourist attraction.

Q Can you tell us something interesting about yourself?

AI have been playing snooker at a decent level for over 30 years and in 1990 I was 19 and the youngest member of the Inverness team that won the prestigious Scottish Super League – the only team in the north of England. Scotland to have won this title.

147 Pool & Snooker Center locator..Union St locator..Photo: James Mackenzie..
147 Pool & Snooker Center locator..Union St locator..Photo: James Mackenzie..

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Spartans strike late to steal victory https://mangomikes.com/spartans-strike-late-to-steal-victory/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 00:40:59 +0000 https://mangomikes.com/spartans-strike-late-to-steal-victory/ History links Next game: Fresno State 23/10/2022 | 1:00 p.m. MWN/Evoca Oct. 23 (Sunday) / 1:00 p.m. Fresno State FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Adversity is an obstacle that every team, player and individual must face. Adversity comes in waves and depending on people’s […]]]>

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Adversity is an obstacle that every team, player and individual must face. Adversity comes in waves and depending on people’s actions, it can linger for long periods of time.

For the Colorado State women’s soccer team, adversity was the name of the game throughout the Mountain West game. Thursday afternoon was no different, as the adversity was too much to overcome as they fell 1-0 to San Jose State.

“It’s just a disappointing performance today across the board,” the head coach said. Keeley Hagen said. “It’s about challenging players like ‘what are we doing here?'”

The Rams were on the back foot from the start as the Spartans charged. Despite a few corner kicks from Colorado State, headers from taylor bee were non-threatening to the San Jose net on both occasions.

On the other side of the field, the Spartans were the ones putting the most pressure on the Rams goalie Maddie Ogden. She was part of the action for the entire 90 minutes, her second full game of the season while facing 10 shots along the way, including a crucial tip over the bar on a looping shot at the beginning.

“We lead our group to understand that every little game counts,” Hagen said. “They have to compete and fight, and I’m definitely disappointed with our fight today.”

The battle for midfield dominance and possession tilted to San Jose State, who spent much of the game in Colorado State’s half. The Rams were caught staring multiple times, flat-footed and slower to compete for first and second balls.

This led to people chasing each other and colliding with others. A collision between a Spartans player and a midfielder Izzy Wildermuth at the start of the second half forced her out of the game due to an ankle injury. Although his performance was outstanding in midfield just because the ball was there most of the time, it didn’t improve the result.

“Zero (individuals) stood out,” Hagen said. “I told the group that we can’t have an entire group that isn’t performing from an individual point of view. I challenged each of them to see how they can stand up and how they can be better.”

With the loss and the results elsewhere, the chances of Colorado State returning to the Mountain West tournament are dire. He is 1-3-5 with eight points in conference play. Five draws and a single win doesn’t spell success for the Rams, who lost their temper to find the net.

Colorado State has been scoreless for four straight games, its longest streak this season and the longest since a five-game streak that bridged the 2016 and 2017 campaigns. It’s now been three years in a row that the Rams have had at least a three-game scoreless streak. Motivation runs out in a team that can’t find the back of the net, but there is still hope.

“Ultimately it’s a team sport, but there are individuals, and those individuals have to be better,” Hagen said. “Obviously it’s very deflating to allow a goal in the last 45 seconds, but at the same time we have to take a chance and eliminate those fouls that we talk about daily; we don’t see the execution.”

When Colorado State went ahead, they were unlucky on their end. There were several disconnections on the pitch and when they tried to connect they found themselves offside seven times.

The Rams need a big reset. It involves resting, reflecting, and coming back to it in just a few days. To keep any hope alive for the Mountain West tournament, it’s now or never for Colorado State.

“The game is about reacting, adjusting, flipping the switch,” Hagen said. “We have to be resilient; they get another chance to represent Colorado State like we get to represent Colorado State. But today we didn’t represent CSU very well and that’s what is disappointing.”

The Rams will get their chance to represent the Horns once again on Sunday afternoon against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The morning affair kicks off at 1:00 p.m. and can be streamed on EvocaTV and the Mountain West Network.

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