Georgia justifies Playoff committee’s ranking, keeps two-team SEC dream alive

first_imgIf not for a fourth-quarter rally by Auburn (7-3, 4-3), this would have been a much stronger statement. For now, just give the Bulldogs credit for having substance that overshadows their style.  Georgia enhanced the committee’s belief in it on the field, and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s hip injury created another dynamic that was unexpected heading into the weekend. The LSU-Georgia two-SEC-team Playoff scenario now seems even more realistic than the LSU-Alabama Playoff scenario. AL-KHATEEB: Blaming Saban for Tua’s injury is pointlessGeorgia used the same methodical approach that led it to victories over No. 11 Florida and No. 16 Notre Dame earlier this season. Jake Fromm (13-for-28 passing, 110 yards, three touchdowns) didn’t have a prolific stat line, but scoring passes to Dominick Blaylock and Brian Herrien in the first half built a 14-0 lead. D’Andre Swift (17 carries, 106 yards) led the rushing attack, which grinded it out four yards at a time — or 3.9, to be exact — against a loaded Auburn defensive front.The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 21-0 with a touchdown pass from Fromm to Eli Wolf before the Tigers mounted their furious rally. Until that point, Georgia flashed something that Alabama does not have.  That’s a College Football Playoff-caliber defense that continues to get better. The Bulldogs have allowed more than 17 points in one game this season — the dreaded 20-17 overtime loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12 — but this unit was in peak form against the Tigers.  The run defense was especially nasty. Auburn managed just 84 yards on 36 attempts. Freshman quarterback Bo Nix had the ball with a chance to tie on the game’s final possession, but Travon Walker’s sack put the game away.  So what if the Bulldogs did not get the style points? The quality victory is what matters to the committee.BENDER: How Minnesota’s loss to Iowa impacts CFP, Big Ten racesAll of Auburn’s losses this season have been to top-10 opponents. Georgia, meanwhile, set itself up for a third top-10 showdown against the SEC West champion, which likely will be LSU. There is no Alabama in the way this time, and all the Bulldogs need to do to keep the Crimson Tide out of the conversation is win the SEC championship. It’s the best-case scenario all around for a program looking for its first national championship since 1980.   Georgia proved the College Football Playoff committee right Saturday, at least for three quarters.  The Bulldogs, who are fourth in the committee’s rankings, grinded out a 21-14 victory over No. 12 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium, a third quality win on their resume heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Georgia (9-1, 6-1 SEC) also clinched a spot in the SEC championship game for the third season in a row as East Division champion.   Georgia might not have an offense that can keep pace with LSU, Clemson or Ohio State, but it has the overall talent to win with the style that has produced nail-biters vs. the Crimson Tide each of the last two seasons.The committee said that with confidence last week, and Saturday’s victory will keep the Bulldogs in that coveted No. 4 spot — the top spot for the one-loss teams remaining in the CFP mix.With three weeks left until the final selections are made, that is exactly where they need to be.last_img read more

Westport Winery’s Jetty Cat Earns Best of Class at Savor NW

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryA popular wine, Jetty Cat Red, is one of 36 varietals made by Westport Winery.Westport Winery’s most popular red blend, Jetty Cat, earned a double gold medal and Best of Class at the Savor Northwest Wine Competition this week in Canon Beach, Oregon. Jetty Cat is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Discovery Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Sangiovese from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima AVA, Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard in the Wahluke AVA, and Tempranillo from Airfield Estates in the Yakima AVA. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits the Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA). The label on this wine was painted by Aberdeen, Washington, artist, Dr. Brian McGregor.The winery earned silver medals on Swimmer’s Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard, Elk River Riesling from Red Willow Vineyard, and Surfer’s Syrah from Discovery Vineyard. These wines respectively benefit Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, the Grays Harbor Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the South Beach EMS in Westport. The partnerships and collaborative relationships Westport Winery has built with their grape growers and local charities are integral to their remarkable growth and success in their six year history. Westport Winery was the first winery on the Washington Coast and remains the westernmost vineyard in the state.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Their award-winning wines are exclusively available at this location. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at read more

Hubert Murray Stadium to be completed in October

first_imgWork will get underway on stage two of the facility in the coming weeks which includes the main grand stand, eight restaurants, a huge convention centre, a leagues club and doctor’s facilities.Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko says the facility will still be used for events as the construction goes along.He said a lot of the construction work for the prefabrication and manufacturing like the concrete seating and steel framework is done at Motukea and brought in and assembled.The Public Private Partnership K120 million funding through the National Government and Curtain Brothers is ongoing.“It’s a commitment that is solid and we will be working very closely with Curtain Bros to ensure they have their facilities finished on time.“Curtain Bros is on target and we will ensure that the government has the funding backing them all the way to complete by October,” said Tkatchenko.It will run and manage the stadium for 30 years and invest K60 million of its own money  into the project which is half of the contract value.This will allow the stadium to be professionally managed and operated in the best interest of all users and the public.Once completed, it will have a seating capacity of 20,000 and have multipurpose facilities to host any event in PNG.last_img read more

Marc Gual says goodbye to Girona and goes to Madrid Castilla

first_imgGual was already the object of desire of Madrid for its subsidiary in 2018 and now has not hesitated to accept the offer. He also doesn’t mind playing in Second B because he believes that this option will make him take a step forward in his career and improve. In addition, I would have the minutes that I was not going to have in Girona because the competition is tough given that the rojiblanca team are, for their position, Cristhian Stuani, Brandon and Jonathan Soriano. Gual has performed at a good level whenever he has been given the opportunity, He has participated in 22 matches between League and Cup and has signed six goals and two assists, but in the last league matches (against Tenerife and Oviedo) he has not had any minute.With the loss of Marc Gual, Girona will win a free chip so that it can land the great objective of this winter market: a defensive midfielder. Of course, given that more exits are expected, the rojiblanca entity you want to tie a player who can play in attack like Amath or Pedro Porro. Marc Gual will stop being a Girona player in the next few hours. The forward has accepted the offer made by Madrid Castilla and he will cancel his assignment at the rojiblanco club (he arrived in summer from Sevilla, an entity that has his rights) until the end of the season.Weeks ago he had contacted Numancia to find a way out because he considered that in the remainder of the League his chances with Pep Lluís Martí were going to be minimal, but finally he leaves for the white subsidiary to be under Raul Gonzalez. This Wednesday he worked out at La Vinya, but at the end of the session he has already said goodbye to his teammates and will travel to Madrid in hours.last_img read more

Nanny Goat in Custody

first_imgThe Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County is holding a nanny goat in custody while two men claim ownership of the animal.The plaintiff, identified as Amadu Jalloh, a resident of Kilby Street in Buchanan City, complained to the court that on December 29, 2014, one Harris Luke unlawfully stole his white-striped brown and black nanny goat.Jalloh told the court that the nanny goat cost him US$60. The case is being presided over by Associate Magistrate Vasco Brown. Defendant Harris Luke has formally been charged with theft of property, which is violation of section 15.51 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.At the hearing last week, the state was represented byAssistant City Solicitor Johnson Tukeh, while Grand Bassa County Public Defender, Cllr. Paul P. Jarvan represented the defendant.Cllr. Jarvan requested the court to dismiss the case on the grounds that since the defendant was taken to court, the private prosecutor had deliberately failed to appear to proceed with the case, which contravenes section 18.2 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia.“The holding of the defendant’s property clearly indicates that the state does not have sufficient evidence to prosecute the case,” he argued.In response, the state said the defense must be in line with the law, and at that juncture, the prosecution interposed no objection.The court, having listened to the submissions of the two lawyers, ordered the return of the nanny goat to defendant Luke in keeping with the Law of Liberia.According to the Police Charge Sheet, Defendant Harris Luke, 26, a resident on New York Street in Buchanan, during investigations, reportedly said he bought the goat from one Francis Glaydor on December 28, 2014.According to him, the goat went missing from his residence on Kilby Street on December 29.Based on this circumstance, the police charged defendant Luke with “theft of property.”The Daily Observer gathered that an unidentified lady found the nanny goat in a sugar cane farm and called Radio Gbehzohn FM 106.3 requesting the owner to retrieve it. After the announcement, the two men came to claim ownership which eventually got to the police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Other Side of It

first_imgMiatta has a story to tell, one that describes the loss of innocence.“Since I was a child, I’ve been living from home to home. I quite recently moved back in with my biological mother and understand why,” she says.Miatta composes herself just like any normal teenager would; she spends most of her time playing jumprope, kickball and hanging out with friends.But she hides a dark secret.According to Miatta, the hardest part of her life is having to answer the one question so many people ask her over and over again.“Where is your pa?,”Nine years ago, Fallah, Miatta’s father, was arrested and charged for the rape of a seven year old girl; Miatta’s friend.“Our mothers went out of town and left us at my aunty’s house for the weekend. My father lived in his own house back then and never had access to us throughout the weekend. I don’t know how she was raped by my father,” Miatta said.Miatta was five when officers knocked on her mothers door to tell her about her husband’s arrest.“They said my father raped my friend that weekend and he has been in jail since then,” she added.Ironically, the complainant never followed the case and, according to Miatta, her father has been in prison for the past nine years without trial.“I was 10 when my mother told me about my father. And she did so by taking me to the Monrovia Central Prison to see him,”she says. “It was scary, but after he told me his side, I decided not to judge him,” she added.Since then, Miatta has been visiting her father weekly, never once missing a week.“My concern is knowing the truth and that can only be done if my father is given a fair trail. Where are his accusers? Since they accused my father, they just left him in prison,” Miatta added.Meanwhile, Miatta says she wants justice to be served if her father is guilty and set free if he’s Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tribune stock up on news of dueling acquisition bids

first_imgThe joint bid put the two squarely against real estate mogul Sam Zell, whose own bid is reportedly valued at $33 per share. Representatives of Tribune presented Broad and Burkle with a series of questions on their bid late Friday afternoon, according to the person familiar with the talks. The pair responded to the questions and said they stood by their current offer, the person said. The Burkle-Broad joint bid includes $500 million in cash and would use an employee stock ownership plan to raise money for a buyout. A previous bid by the duo was also valued at $34 per share and included $500 million, but did not include the stock ownership plan. It is believed that Zell was proposing to invest $300 million and use a stock ownership plan. It was unclear Friday if Zell would update his offer, or whether the company’s board would extend its Saturday deadline to review Broad and Burkle’s bid. A spokeswoman for Zell declined to comment. The nation’s second-largest newspaper publisher by circulation also is said to be considering a “self-help” plan that would involve spinning off the company’s broadcast division and borrowing money to pay a one-time cash dividend to shareholders. CHICAGO – Investors awaiting word of a Tribune Co. buyout sent the company’s stock up nearly 2 percent in afternoon trading Friday, as a special committee of directors considered dueling proposals to acquire the media conglomerate. The Chicago-based company set an end-of-March deadline to announce results of its six-month-long strategic review. But company spokesman Gary Weitman remained silent on the status of negotiations Friday afternoon. Tepid bidding for Tribune Co. took an eleventh-hour twist Thursday night when Los Angeles billionaires Eli Broad and Ron Burkle submitted a sweetened offer for the company that owns the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. The pair valued their offer at $34 per share, according to a person familiar with the offer who was not authorized to disclose details and asked to remain anonymous. As the Saturday evening deadline approached, everyone from Wall Street analysts to anxious journalists were left to speculate about the outcome of any deal. “I’m certain they want to get closure sooner rather than later,” said S.W. “Sammy” Papert, head of newspaper consulting firm Belden Associates in Dallas. “From an operational standpoint, this is driving people crazy. It’s tough enough in the newspaper space right now without these distractions going on.” Tribune announced its willingness to sell all or part of the company in September after being pressured by several large shareholders angered by its lagging stock price and sagging fortunes. Leading the outcry was the Chandler family, which owned the Los Angeles Times for decades.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMany people don’t want to wear glasses, and it’s a well-known fact that self-esteem is closely linked to physical appearance.So much so, that if you don’t feel happy or confident wearing glasses, then it can affect your personality, performance at work or even your involvement in sporting activities.Brady Opticians, Donegal Town make wearing contact lenses simple. If you’re already a contact lens wearer, or even if you have never tried them before, Brady Opticians will make certain that they find the right contact lenses for you including toric lenses for astigmatism and multi focal lenses for presbyopia.Throughout the process they help their patients choose the right contact lens to suit their lifestyle and needs, by offering honest impartial advice, and as an independent optician, they are able to source practically any contact lens in the marketplace, whether that be for occasional use such as playing sport or for full time use.Their aim is to ensure that all patients leave their practice happy and confident in their newly found freedom from glasses, and at a price that suits their budget.Brady Opticians are constantly striving to offer their patients exceptional value in contact lenses. By availing of their lenscare payment options, the wearer can reduce the cost of wearing contact lenses.Using this method, patients can avail of even greater savings including free contact lens check-ups and free replacement contact lenses should a contact lens be lost or torn.With advancements in technology, new designs are becoming available every day, meaning that most people are now able to wear contact lenses, even those who have tried unsuccessfully in the past.For more details and to discuss contact lenses as a method for correcting your vision please contact Brady Opticians on 074 9721727, your local contact lens specialists.Special offer; enjoy Alcon Dailies AquaComfort Plus contact lenses for 30 days (1 month supply) for only €30 at Brady Opticians. Terms and conditions apply, please see in store or visit /special-offers/ for details.ENJOY FREEDOM WITHOUT GLASSES AT BRADY OPTICIANS – YOUR LOCAL CONTACT LENS SPECIALISTS was last modified: December 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bradys OpticiansBusinesshealthnewslast_img read more

Arsenal will not entertain ANY offers for Alexis Sanchez – Insider Trading

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He discusses Manchester United’s continued interest in Paul Pogba, claiming Jose Mourinho is hopeful of sorting a world record deal for the Juventus midfielder.There’s also an update on Saido Berahino’s future as the West Brom striker is again linked with a move away from the Hawthorns.Plus, our man insists there is no chance Arsenal will sell Alexis Sanchez this summer amid interest in the Chilean from Juventus, while he reveals Newcastle have slapped a huge price tag on midfielder Moussa Sissoko.Here are some of the latest transfer rumours from report: Kalidou Koulibaly turns down new Napoli deal amid interest from Chelsea and EvertonLiverpool FC transfer news: Benfica star Talisca targeted in £21million dealTransfer latest: AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen set for medical as he edges closer to long-awaited Spurs switchTransfer report: Everton set for disappointment over Axel Witsel as Belgium star closes in on Napoli switchTottenham transfer news: Mauricio Pochettino wants World Cup winner Mario Gotze as marquee summer signingTransfer report: Sunderland and West Ham both keen on £7m-rated Lazio midfielder Ogenyi OnaziNewcastle United put staggering £35million price tag on wantaway France midfielder Moussa SissokoCrystal Palace working on £3m deal for Davide Santon after proposed Sunderland move falls throughlast_img read more


first_imgMick Fanning in actionOne of the world’s best surfers has credited his Donegal roots for helping to be a champion.Mick Fanning has just scooped his third world title in Australia. And the 32 year old, whose father John is from Malin Head, says it is his Irish roots which have made him a champ.He was named world’s best surfer in 2008 and could be on the way to regaining the crown.Mick said “My parents being Irish, were very loyal people, very honest.“That’s one thing I try to be. That’s the way you have to be.”  WORLD’S TOP SURFER THANKS HIS DONEGAL ROOTS FOR HIS TALENT was last modified: December 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Malin HeadMick Fanningsurferlast_img read more