Zebo out as Munster team announced

first_imgThe Stormers and Western Province centre/fullback played for the Springboks on three occasions in 2012 and has made 50 Super Rugby appearances, having also represented the Lions.Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has made just two changes for tomorrow night’s Pro12 clash with Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park. The first change is seen in the half-backs with Ian Keatley coming in to partner Duncan Williams. The final change is at full back where Andrew Conway makes his first appearance of the season.Tipperary’s Dave Foley and Tommy O’Donnell have retained their places.Returning international CJ Stander is named among the replacements, as is Nenagh native Donncha Ryan. The Ireland winger and full-back sustained the injury in their win over Scarlets last weekend in the PRO12.Zebo will be joined on the sidelines by hooker Kevin O’Byrne who is out for three months with an elbow injury.Meanwhile, Jaco Taute joins the province on a four month loan basis, subject to being granted a valid work permit.last_img read more

Mirza Teletović says he’s not returning to Europe

first_imgMirza Teletović carved out quite a career in Europe as a top scorer and international star, waiting until he was 27 to jump to the NBA and fall out of the Nets’ rotation, reports nydailynews.comDespite his position near the end of Brooklyn’s bench, the Bosnian said Wednesday he has no intention of returning overseas.“No,” he said flatly about going back to Europe, where Teletović was last season’s leading scorer of the Euroleague. “Never going to happen.“I’m going to prove some stuff.”Teletović referenced the story of his idol, Dra#en Petrović, who didn’t get a real opportunity to play until midway through his second season in the NBA, having been reduced to “garbage time” until he was traded from the Trailblazers to the Nets.“The first year I know a lot of European players who came over, even many years before, even the first guys that came over from Yugoslavia — we have a legend who has his jersey retired and he didn’t play at all,” Teletović said.At 6-9, Teletović has mostly been used at power forward by PJ Carlesimo. He briefly had a consistent role in the rotation after Carlesimo stated “Mirza is the biggest piece we have to address.”That lasted about seven games before Kris Humphries took that frontcourt spot in the rotation.“You have to deal with it. It is what it is,” Teletović said. “You have to learn from it and be ready every time you get in and try to do your best.”Teletović is in the first season of a three-year, $10 million deal, representing one of only five players on the roster signed through 2015.“I could play both (power forward and small forward),” he said when asked about his potential at a different position. “I never got a chance to play the three, though. But I think I could play both. Of course the match ups are different to guard and everything but I think I’d be capable of playing the 3 too.”last_img read more

Basketball League for Girls and Boys of Age 14, 16 and 18 Began

first_imgBasketball alliance of B&H with the help of friends and above all with the support of USAID launched a league for girls and boys throughout B&H.The Basketball alliance in cooperation with USAID provided transportation costs for players and costs of employees and for children to be able to play basketball, regardless of the difficult financial situation for B&H sport.12 clubs or 36 teams will participate at the league for boys and 8 clubs or 16 teams from Mostar, Tuzla, Posušje, Bijeljina, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Trebinje, Vitez, Zenica, Konjic and Livno will participate at the league for girls.1248 girls and boys will participate in the competition of Youth League.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

49ers acquire Jonathan Martin from Dolphins

first_imgIn this Aug. 24, 2013, file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jonathan Martin (71) look over plays during an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Miami Gardens, Fla.(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Jonathan Martin has had Jim Harbaugh’s support all along, from his early college days at Stanford to the offensive tackle’s tumultuous year in which he accused a Dolphins teammate of bullying, and even in a formal NFL investigation into the situation in Miami.Now, Harbaugh is giving Martin a football fresh start, in a safe environment around former Stanford coaches who consider him a friend.Martin was traded from Miami to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday night to play once more for Harbaugh, who publicly expressed his support of Martin last year and called him a “personal friend.”“The goal for this transaction is a win-win,” Harbaugh said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday morning. “It’s a great opportunity for Jon to demonstrate to the football world that he’s a football player and worthy of his high draft status. It’s a great opportunity for our organization to add a second-round pick into our organization.”The Dolphins announced the move late on the first day of NFL free agency. San Francisco then confirmed the trade, saying only that it would send an undisclosed draft choice to Miami and that Martin still must pass a physical to complete the deal.“Big news…. Beyond Blessed … Opportunities are few in the NFL… Can’t wait to get to work (hashtag)9erEmpire,” Martin posted on Twitter.The 24-year-old Martin’s move should be a simple one considering he’s already in town – back on the Stanford campus taking classes. Harbaugh spoke with Martin on Tuesday night after the trade and expected Martin to arrive at team headquarters for a physical Wednesday or Thursday.“Because of my relationship recruiting Jonathan, and coached Jonathan for three years at Stanford, I’m confident he will be committed to the mission and the organization, and very excited about it,” Harbaugh said. “I believe everybody deserves an Etch-A-Sketch opportunity and an opportunity to start a new chapter.”An investigation for the NFL determined last month that Dolphins guard Richie Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.“As far as that situation, there’s only one thing I can intelligently comment on and that’s knowing Jonathan Martin,” Harbaugh said in November. “I know him to be a fine person and his family. … (He) epitomizes the student-athlete model and a personal friend. I support Jonathan.”The trade capped a busy first day for the 49ers, who lost to the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship game.Martin left the Dolphins in late October, underwent counseling for emotional issues and alleged he was harassed by teammates. Incognito was then suspended for the final eight games.“We feel that this move is in the best interests of all parties involved,” Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey said. “We wish Jonathan well.”After a report on the investigation was released last month, the Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime trainer Kevin O’Neill. Incognito and guard John Jerry, who was also implicated in the report, became free agents Tuesday and aren’t expected to play for the Dolphins again.Incognito has recently received treatment in the wake of the scandal. He sent tweets in recent weeks that varied dramatically in tone, including a rant blasting Martin that quickly went viral.Martin’s departure from the Dolphins had been expected. Owner Stephen Ross said in January that he didn’t expect Martin to play for the team again.“This is great for him to get back on the field and he’s in Palo Alto right now. It couldn’t be much better,” his agent, Ken Zuckerman, said in a phone interview. “I just think everyone wanted this to happen. Harbaugh knows Jonathan, I think the Dolphins were compensated and Jonathan wants to get back on the field. It’s a good day.”The investigation for the NFL found a pattern of harassment on the Dolphins, with Martin the primary target of vicious taunts and racist insults that occurred almost daily. The report said teammates threatened to rape Martin’s sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being “black enough.” Martin is black and Incognito is white.The troubled relationship between Martin and Incognito drew national scrutiny and stirred a debate about bullying. Martin said he tried to be friends with Incognito despite their diverse backgrounds.Martin was a classics major at Stanford, while Incognito, 30, was kicked off his team at Nebraska and went on to develop a reputation as one of the NFL’s dirtiest players.Martin, who protected Andrew Luck’s blind side at Stanford, was a second-round draft pick by Miami in 2012. He became a starter as a rookie but struggled at times while being shuffled between right and left tackle.Last year he was part of a line that allowed a franchise-record 58 sacks. The Dolphins began revamping their line Tuesday by agreeing to terms with Pro Bowl left tackle Braden Albert.Martin has two years remaining on his contract and has a base salary of $824,933 this year.Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is the only offensive lineman involved in the bullying scandal still on Miami’s roster.___AP Sports Writer Steven Wine in Miami contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Kane

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Kane! Shelter volunteers call his coat-coloring, “Buckskin” and we think he likes the sound of that. To compliment his nifty coloration, he has a black muzzle and handsome dark markings around his eyes. Kane is 8-years-young, weighs 57 pounds, knows basic commands (including “sit” and “shake”) and enjoys going for leash walks. Kids and people make him happy and he enjoys greeting everyone who comes to visit him at the shelter with an upturned face and happy tail-wag.   If you can provide him with a fenced yard, exercise, a grain-free and chicken-free diet, and your time, he would love to apply for the position of your loving and loyal, forever lap-dog.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet me in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more