Wanted: Pie taster sought for Premier League games

first_imgWho ate all the pies? The answer could be you, as a betting tips company is on the hunt for a pie taster for the upcoming Premier League football season.Free Super Tips has launched a competition to find the taster, noting that no experience or qualifications are needed, entrants just need to know their pies.The job description includes travelling to Premier League stadiums to taste pies while watching the game, with Free Super Tips providing the game ticket and all of the pies. The taster will be required to report back to Free Super Tips about their experience and rank the pies against those available at other clubs.The competition is open until Monday 12 August.“Football and pies go hand in hand, so we’re keen to get the right person for the job to decide which of the Premier League’s pies are table-toppers and which are relegation fodder,” said Jake Apperley, co-founder of Free Super Tips.“The Official Premier League Pie Taster is an exciting opportunity for the winner to become a member of the Free Super Tips team and enjoy some of the league’s best action and food.”last_img read more

Q&A with Tony nominee Gavin Creel at OBERON

first_imgGavin Creel, the two-time Tony Award nominee (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie) will be in Boston giving concerts and master classes for the weekend. He is an actor, musician, human rights activist and a great leader – leading the Hair tribe to marches in Washington D.C. and NYC. He is a respected advocate for the LGBT community and co-founder of Broadway Impact, a grassroots organization of the theater community fighting for marriage equality…. and he just released his new EP “Quiet,” which in its first week broke onto the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart. Creel will be doing a Q&A at OBERON that is free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 3, at noon. For more information, log on to www.cluboberon.com. Read Full Storylast_img

2020 sports festival will restore Edo’s glory — Shaibu

first_imgRelatedPosts We have finally caged Edo politics lions, says Gov. Obaseki Edo 2020: Social media users turn Oshiomhole to laughing stock after defeat Edo 2020: Obaseki’s victory has several implications — Saraki Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has said that the 2020 National Sports Festival will be used to return the lost glory of sports in the state. Shaibu spoke during the second Joint Technical Meeting of the 20th National Sports Festival on Tuesday in Benin. He said that the event tagged “Edo 2020” was special to the state government and the people because it’s going to be hosted in a digital way. He also said that it was time to return the state to its number one in sporting activities. “2020 is the return of the native. Last time, we hosted the festival in an analog way, but this time it is going to be hosted in a digital way. “This time we are repositioning the national sports festival and redefining how states should host it after a long gap,” he said. The deputy governor said that after its technical meeting, the government would endeavour to implement the outcome so that unity of the festival would be adhered to, to build a stronger oneness among us all.Tags: 2020 National Sports FestivalBeninEdo StatePhilip Shaibulast_img read more

Racing action in Thurles today

first_imgThe Jessica Harrington-trained Our Duke has only been beaten once and he is out to try and follow up his impressive recent success in a maiden hurdle at Leopardstown. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Edwulf was a winner at Punchestown last time, while Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud are doubly-represented with Road To Respect and Nambour, with retained rider Bryan Cooper opting to ride the latter. The five-runner field is completed by Acapella Bourgeois from the Sandra Hughes stable who ran so well to finish second to A Toi Phil in a Grade 2 at Leopardstown last time.  Four face the starter for the Thurles Racecourse Rated Chase (2.40) and Sizing Platinum is sure to be all the rage for Henry De Bromhead and David Mullins on his first start since chasing home The Game Changer at Punchestown in October. It promises to be a terrific Thursday of action at Thurles and the first of seven races is due off at 2.05. The going is soft to heavy, soft in places.last_img read more

Conner replaces Bell, shines as Steelers tie Browns in OT

first_imgMaybe they can do it again.Making his first NFL start, James Conner helped Pittsburgh forget that Bell — the team’s disgruntled star running back — isn’t around and may not be back anytime soon.Conner scored two touchdowns, rushed for 135 yards and added 57 more on five catches as the Steelers escaped Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns, who ended their 17-game losing streak without winning.Conner was more than an adequate fill-in for Bell, who remains separated from the Steelers in an ugly contract dispute.While his teammates slopped around in the rain at FirstEnergy Stadium, Bell continued his holdout in South Florida as his replacement gave the Steelers hope they’ll be able to withstand not having one of their biggest stars.Conner could be their newest one.The anti-Bell.“I’m so tired of Le’Veon,” Steelers right guard David DeCastro told reporters. “I’m so tired of it. Let’s just worry about the guys that are here. I know you guys have stories to write and what not. I love Le’Veon, but we have to worry about the guys that are here. That’s the only people that matter.”Conner scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and added a 22-yarder in the fourth as the Steelers opened a 21-7 lead that appeared safe.However, as Pittsburgh appeared on the verge of putting the Browns away, Conner had his lone blemish on an otherwise stellar day.Running right, Conner got stripped by Browns end Myles Garrett and his fumble led to the Browns quickly scoring two touchdowns in the final 7:32 to force overtime.Cleveland had a chance to win it, but linebacker T.J. Watt added a blocked field goal to his four-sack game by getting a hand on Zane Gonzalez’s 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left.Bell’s messy situation cast a shadow over the Steelers all week, bringing a distraction to a team that usually avoids drama. The stand-off could last for a while, and if it does, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, his staff and the Steelers have to feel better about what Conner can provide.“He did some really great things,” said superstar receiver Antonio Brown. “He ran well and brought great energy all day. I was excited to see him make some plays, not only in the run game, but in the pass game as well.”On a day when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice, Conner was solid and steady.“Pressure is always there,” said Conner, who survived a cancer scare while he was at Pitt. “You’re either feeling pressure or applying pressure. I was trying to apply the pressure today. There were no nerves or nothing. Just playing football.”It looked that way. Conner patiently looked for running lanes, taking what Cleveland’s defense gave him and never trying to do too much.The 23-year-old finished with 192 total yards, matching Bell’s best game from last season.“I thought he played well,” said Roethlisberger, who struggled from the outset. “Ran hard, caught the ball well. Made plays for us. I’m proud of the way he played for this team.”Conner took it all in stride. Following the game, he casually accepted congratulations while dressing and came across as composed off the field as he was on it.“It is what I expect,” he said of his performance. “It’s the mentality of our offense. We feel like we’re going to run the ball when we want to run the ball so I know the mentality of those guys up front. I knew the lanes were going to be there. I knew today was going to be a good day on the ground, just not enough to win.“I have confidence in myself and the guys in front of me blocking, so it’s what we expect to do.”___For more AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates with wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) after Conner scored a 22-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) CLEVELAND (AP) — The Steelers survived one week without Le’Veon Bell.last_img read more

Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts

first_imgBy today ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Mo Bamba heard his name over Orlando’s public address system for the first time during introductions, and waved his arms to the crowd asking for their cheers.Then the game started.He didn’t have to solicit noise anymore.Welcome to the NBA, rookie class of 2018-19. There were 31 newcomers who got their first official playing time Wednesday, the initial hectic night on this season’s schedule. Some of those debuts were forgettable, some barely noticeable, but a few — like No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton in Phoenix, the No. 6 overall pick in Bamba and even undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier in New York — stood out.“Felt pretty good,” Bamba said. “It was everything I expected it to be.”He wasn’t the only rookie smiling Wednesday.Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Phoenix. The Suns won 121-100. (AP Photo/Matt York)Ayton made his first three shots and finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Phoenix eased past Dallas. Bamba was clutch for Orlando, putting together a 13-point, seven-rebound, two-block effort in the Magic win over Miami. And maybe it was fitting — Ayton and Trier had plenty of big nights together at Arizona as collegians last season, and they had another one Wednesday, albeit about 2,400 miles apart.Trier had 15 points for the Knicks in their easy win over Atlanta, two of those points coming on a down-the-lane dunk where he went either past or over four Hawks players, a play that even had New York coach David Fizdale celebrating.“Some things happen in a game sometimes and you just go, ‘Whoa,’” Fizdale said.After two nights of this season, 35 players have made their NBA debuts. That’s just the first of many waves; 119 rookies got into at least one game last season, a figure helped mightily by the emergence of two-way contracts. Last season’s newcomer total was the league’s highest since 1949-50 when 120 debuted — in large part because what was the 12-team BAA the year before became the 17-team NBA that season.Atlanta’s Trae Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft, made his first NBA shot. The make was a notable event for Young, who said that he airballed his first shot attempt in high school, in college and at the NBA Summer League in July.Progress, indeed.“This is just one of many,” Young said, not sounding worried about the Hawks’ rocky opener.None of the rookies so far have had monster numbers, but then again, those are rare in debuts.The record for points by someone in his first game is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 43 for the Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Oct. 24, 1959. A year later, Oscar Robertson’s first NBA game resulted in his first triple-double – 21 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. LeBron James had 25 in 2003, two months shy of his 19th birthday.Those were the start of great careers.But bad first games don’t doom anyone to a life of mediocrity, either.Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and Dennis Rodman combined for zero points in their debuts. Kobe Bryant went scoreless his first time out as well, and he’ll be joining that foursome in the Basketball Hall of Fame soon anyway. Michael Jordan shot 5 for 16 to start his career. Kevin Durant went 7 for 22 in his opening game with Seattle.“You never forget the first game,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who scored 18 points in his debut in 2003 and still recalls how he spent some of that night being guarded by Allen Iverson. “You’re going to get better. You’re nervous. You can’t change that. It’s going to be a big moment in your life, and you’re going to grow from that moment. And then you’re going to have a lot of other moments.”Ayton might have looked ready on the court, but in the locker room he’s going to be reminded of his newcomer status all season.The Suns’ Trevor Ariza interrupted Ayton’s first NBA postgame interview. “Where are the towels, rook?” Ariza asked, reminding the rookie of one of his rookie duties.Ayton stopped, stepped out and returned with a tall stack of towels. Lighthearted hazing notwithstanding, the Suns know what they have.“I knew he was something special,” Phoenix guard Devin Booker said. “I think people are always nervous for their first game. That’s usually three trips down the court and then it just comes back to basketball. When you are that talented and have the abilities that he does, the game is just going to come to you.”Some of the openers on Wednesday were statistically nonexistent — three debuts were logged officially at lasting less than one minute, seven of the rookies on the floor didn’t attempt any shots, and the average per-rook was less than 5 points per game.Ayton and Bamba dazzled. No. 3 pick Luka Doncic had 10 points and eight rebounds, but misfired on 11 of his 16 shots. No. 11 pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points for the Clippers. It wasn’t just lottery guys who stood out – second-round pick Bruce Brown started for Detroit, and Trier made MSG take notice.The challenge now for Trier, Bamba, Ayton and every other rookie? Getting ready for the rest of the season.“Now it’s just a matter of doing that 81 more times,” Bamba said.___AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in New York and AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed to this story. Orlando center Mo Bamba celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won the game 104-101. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)last_img read more