Facebook42Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonMeet Mya! This beautiful dog has had a rough start in life but she is now in the loving environment of Adopt-A-Pet. She has spent all of her life tethered to a 30 foot runner, so imagine her joy at being able to run free for the first time at the Shelter.As you can see, Mya is showing her lovely PitBull smile. Mya is very sweet and friendly with a beautiful fawn and white coloring. She’s never been around children but has lived around cats. She needs to have a very patient and consistent family who will work on leash and basic commands with her. This girl deserves to feel loved and be spoiled. If you have it in your heart to give her a loving home, please come and meet her.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, visit [email protected] or 360-432-3091.
Harry Redknapp accepts he may be fighting a losing battle to sign Loic Remy from Marseille.The QPR boss, who also wanted Remy when in charge at Tottenham, has hinted that a move to Newcastle may be a more attractive option for the striker if he decides to leave France.Newcastle are keen to capture him as a replacement for Demba Ba, who recently quit St James’ Park to join Chelsea.Remy has made it clear he does not want to join Rangers, but they are still hoping that a lucrative offer could change his mind.“I don’t know where he’ll end up. I think Newcastle are interested but he’s also thinking about staying at Marseille,” said Redknapp.“He’s not playing [regularly] at Marseille and I think it would have been good for him to come and play in the Premier League and try to help us stay up.Fernandes is keen for QPR to make signings.“If the worst comes to the worst and we couldn’t survive, at least he’s in the shop window and the big clubs would want him.“And if he does score the goals we would hope he would score, then there’s every chance we would stay up.”He added: “Newcastle are in a similar position league-wise, but Newcastle is one of the great clubs – 50-odd thousand Geordies every week in their black and white shirts – a fantastic football club.”Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is keen for Redknapp to make signings during the transfer window and Remy was one of the club’s top targets.But the 25-year-old declined to even meet Redknapp when the R’s boss recently travelled to France in the hope of holding talks with him.Redknapp explained: “He didn’t want to come to us. He didn’t even want to speak about coming.“I went over last week to watch him play, not that I needed to as I watched him about seven times when I was at Tottenham.“I couldn’t even get a meeting with him. I was hoping to talk to him to encourage him to come.“I think he was in a position where, when I was at Tottenham, he was interested in coming and I got on well with the lad so he would have felt embarrassed coming to say he didn’t want to come to QPR.“He wasn’t being disrespectful. He was just in a position he didn’t know how to handle, so I’ve got no problems with him.“He may change his mind, you don’t know. I wouldn’t write him off completely. I’d like to get him if possible but it’s not going to be easy.”Meanwhile, Redknapp says he is unsure whether QPR have a realistic chance of signing Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.Click here for our QPR v Tottenham quizSee also:Rangers boss back in France for talks over Remy and M’VilaQPR set to table formal bid for French 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
CClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — C.J. Beathard and the 49ers couldn’t shake their habit of ghastly turnovers Sunday, and it cost them not only their most lopsided loss of the season, but the 39-10 rout marked their worst defeat since 1966 to the rival Los Angeles Rams.The 49ers (1-6) have lost five in a row largely because of their own mistakes, all due respect to the unbeaten and all-around-stellar Rams (7-0).“We’re the reason …
For many South Africans, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride – or shattering disappointment. Here’s a guide to the game of rugby in South Africa.Nelson Mandela in his No 6 shirt with rugby player Francois Pienaar shortly after the Springboks’ win the Rugby World Cup on home turf in 1995. (Image: Rugby World Cup)Brand South Africa reporterRugby is one of South Africa’s big three sports, alongside soccer and cricket. For the many South African fans of the game, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride and joy – or shattering disappointment.The country has traditionally fared extremely well on the world stage, and South African fans expect their national team to win every game it plays.To help your understanding, here’s a quick guide to the game of rugby in South Africa:The changing face of SA rugbySpringboksTri-NationsSuper RugbyCurrie CupVodacom CupThe changing face of South African rugbySport, like no other South African institution, has shown it has the power to heal old wounds.When the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup on home turf in 1995, Nelson Mandela donned the No 6 shirt of the team’s captain – Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner – and the two embraced in a spontaneous gesture of racial reconciliation that melted hearts around the country.A single moment, and 400 years of colonial strife and bitterness … suddenly seemed so petty.For the disadvantaged people of the old apartheid South Africa, rugby was the white man’s game, and even more so the game of the Afrikaner. Traditionally, most communities of colour played soccer while, for white communities, rugby was the winter sport of choice.Things have changed in South Africa since 1994, however, and the South African Rugby Football Union has been working hard to make rugby the game of all South Africans, mainly through an active development programme throughout the country.At provincial age-group levels, players of colour are playing an increasingly prominent role as the development programme and the quota system begin to bear fruit.Through the quota system, players of colour are being given the opportunity to compete at the higher levels of the game, and a growing number are showing that they belong there by securing places in Super 14 teams and – the highest honour for a South African rugby player – in the Springbok side.The SpringboksThe Springboks are the national rugby team and traditionally one of the sport’s international powerhouses. Every talented South African youngster dreams of one day wearing “the green and gold”.The Boks have an outstanding international scoresheet, and for many years enjoyed a winning record against all other nations, until a slight slump in performances after South Africa’s return from international isolation in 1992.New Zealand’s All Blacks now hold a slight edge in head-to-head meetings with the Springboks, but the South Africans retain a winning record against all other countries.There have been five big highlights since South Africa’s return from international isolation. The first of these took place in 1995 when the country hosted rugby’s biggest tournament, the World Cup.The Springboks made it through to the final at Ellis Park where, spurred on by a frenzied home crowd, and with the whole of South Africa willing them on, they trumped the All Blacks 15-12 in extra time to lift the sport’s most coveted trophy.The Boks’ display, opening with a win over defending champions Australia and finishing with victory over favourites New Zealand, united the country, bringing people of all colours together just a year after South Africa’s first democratic elections.The second highlight occurred in 1998, when South Africa broke New Zealand’s hold on the Tri-Nations, a competition that matches up the “big three” of the southern hemisphere, with Australia completing the trio.The Kiwis had won the first two competitions without losing a match, but Gary Teichmann’s 1998 side showed spirit and poise in winning all four of their matches to lift the title for the first time.The third highlight included the Springboks’ 1998 Tri-Nations title and went beyond it. It was a run of 17 victories in succession, equalling the world record run by New Zealand between 1965 and 1970 (which, appropriately, was halted by South Africa).During their 1997/98 run, South Africa defeated Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy – all of them, with the exception of Italy, teams rated amongst the world’s elite.After a rough period, during which Springbok coaches came and went with alarming rapidity, Jake White was appointed coach in 2003. He would go on to lead the team in more matches than any other Springbok coach. He was also at the helm when the fourth great highlight was achieved.In October 2007, South Africa beat England 15-6 in the final of the World Cup in Paris, after advancing through the tournament unbeaten, to join Australia as the only two-time winner of the William Webb Ellis Trophy.Not long afterwards, Jake White was named International Rugby Board (IRB) Coach of the Year and Bryan Habana IRB Player of the Year. The Springboks were named IRB Team of the Year and, at the Laureus Sports Awards in February 2008, World Sports Team of the Year.The following year they captured their third Tri-Nations title, defeating the All Blacks three times on their way to the title. They also beat the British and Irish Lions 2-1 in a three-match series.In New Zealand, in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks won all of their pool matches, defeating Wales, Namibia, Fiji, and Samoa. They exited the tournament at the quarterfinals stage, falling 11-9 to Australia, which, incredibly, was the sole statistic they trailed the Wallabies by when the match was over.Tri-NationsThe Tri-Nations was an annual competition that took place in July and August from 1996 to 2011 to decide the top international team in the southern hemisphere.The competition was born of a demand for more regular competition between the southern hemisphere superpowers following the success of the 1995 World Cup.Between them, the three competing countries – New Zealand, South Africa and Australia – have won six out of the seven World Cups contested since 1987, so to be crowned Tri-Nations champion was a great honour.Tri-Nations champions:2011: Australia2010: New Zealand2009: South Africa2008: New Zealand2007: New Zealand2006: New Zealand2005: New Zealand2004: South Africa2003: New Zealand2002: New Zealand2001: Australia2000: Australia1999: New Zealand1998: South Africa1997: New Zealand1996: New ZealandThe Rugby ChampionshipIn 2012, the Tri-Nations competition was expanded to include Argentina and became known as the Rugby Championship.Reigning World Cup champions, New Zealand, became the first winners of the new competition.The Rugby Championship champions:2012: New Zealand2013: New ZealandSuper RugbyThe Super Rugby competition features 15 regional teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, with each country providing five teams.The forerunner of the competition was the Super 10, contested by provincial teams from the three countries as well as Samoa in 1993 and 1994 and Tonga in 1995.In 1996, the competition became the Super 12, featuring provincial and regional teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, with the Tongans and Samoans falling out. Two more teams were added in 2006 and it became the Super 14.The Super Rugby competition begins in February and runs through until August.Five South African teams are selected from the Sharks (made up of players from the Natal Sharks), the Stormers (made up of players from Western Province and Boland), the Cheetahs (made up of players from the Cheetahs, Griquas and Griffons), the Lions (made up of players from the Lions, Pumas and Leopards), the Bulls (made up of players from the Blue Bulls and Falcons) and the Southern Kings (made up of players from the Kings, Bulldogs and Eagles)Back in 1993, the team then known as Transvaal (now the Lions) beat New Zealand team Auckland to win the first Super 10 competition.But it was to be a long wait for local fans for the next South African Super rugby winner: until 2007, when the Bulls scored a converted try after the final hooter to sneak a 20-19 win against the Sharks in Durban.Super Rugby champions:2012: Chiefs (NZ)2013: Chiefs (NZ)Super 14 champions:2011: Reds (Aus)2010: Bulls (SA)2009: Bulls (SA)2008: Crusaders (NZ)2007: Bulls (SA)2006: Crusaders (NZ)Super 12 champions:2005: Crusaders (NZ)2004: Brumbies (Aus)2003: Blues (NZ)2002: Crusaders (NZ)2001: Brumbies (Aus)2000: Crusaders (NZ)1999: Crusaders (NZ)1998: Crusaders (NZ)1997: Blues (NZ)1996: Blues (NZ)Super 10 champions:1995: Queensland (Aus)1994: Queensland (Aus)1993: Transvaal (SA)Currie CupThe Currie Cup, the premier provincial rugby competition in South Africa, was first contested in 1892. The format of the Currie Cup varied from year to year, and finals were held intermittently until 1968, after which the final became an annual event.Up to and including 2011, the most successful province in the history of the Currie Cup is Western Province with 32 titles (four shared), followed by the Blue Bulls with 23 (four shared), the Lions with 10 (one shared), the Natal Sharks with six, and the Cheetahs with four (one shared). Other teams that have lifted the trophy include Griquas (three times) and Border (twice, both shared).For many years the biggest rivalry in South African rugby was between Western Province and the Blue Bulls. During the early to mid-1990s this was superseded by a three-way rivalry between Natal, the Lions and Western Province.The Blue Bulls have returned to Currie Cup prominence, however, while the Free State Cheetahs won three titles in succession, from 2005 to 2007, including sharing the Currie Cup with the Blue Bulls in 2006.The Currie Cup takes place roughly between July and October. The format divides 14 teams into eight Premier Division and six First Division teams.The teams, in alphabetical order, are: Blue Bulls, Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, Eagles, Falcons, Free State Cheetahs, Golden Lions, Griffons, Griquas, Leopards, Mighty Elephants, Natal Sharks, Pumas and Western Province.Currie Cup champions (since 1994):2013: Natal Sharks2012: Western Province2011: Golden Lions2010: Natal Sharks2009: Blue Bulls2008: Natal Sharks2007: Free State Cheetahs2006: Blue Bulls / Free State Cheetahs2005: Free State Cheetahs2004: Blue Bulls2003: Blue Bulls2002: Blue Bulls2001: Western Province2000: Western Province1999: Golden Lions1998: Blue Bulls1997: Western Province1996: Natal Sharks1995: Natal Sharks1994: TransvaalVodacom CupThe Vodacom Cup has become an important competition on the South African rugby calendar. It takes place at the same time as the Super 14 competition – starting in late February and finishing in mid-May – and thus creates a platform for talented young players who might otherwise not get a chance to make their mark.It has also been a fertile breeding ground for strong players from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, thanks to the enforcement of quotas. Quotas, successfully implemented lower down, now extend through the higher levels of South African rugby, including the Super 14.The Vodacom Cup is divided into two sections – North and South – with the top two teams advancing to the semi-finals and playing cross-section matches of one- versus-two for a place in the final.The North is made up of the Griffons, Pumas, Golden Lions, Griquas, Blue Bulls, Leopards XV, Valke, and the Limpopo Blue Bulls. The South’s teams are the Sharks XV, Free State XV, Western Province, Tusker Simba XV (Kenya), SWD Eagles, EP Kings, Boland Cavaliers, and Border.Since the first Vodacom Cup season in 1998, up to and including 2014, the Golden Lions have won four titles, including a hat-trick from 2002 to 2004, while Griquas have also claimed four titles.The Golden Lions have taken the honours on five occasions, while there have also been titles for and Blue Bulls , the Falcons, Western Province, Griqualand West, Free State Cheetahs and Argentina’s Pampas XV.Vodacom Cup champions:2014: Griquas2013: Golden Lions2012: Western Province2011: Pampas XV (Arg)2010: Blue Bulls2009: Griquas2008: Blue Bulls2007: Griquas2006: Falcons2005: Griquas2004: Golden Lions2003: Golden Lions2002: Golden Lions2001: Blue Bulls2000: Free State Cheetahs1999: Golden Lions1998: Griqualand WestWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not too long ago I was with some friends at a local eatery watching the television intently. The featured sport was curling.I do not claim to know much about the sport of curling, but here’s the gist. Players slide 44-pound, polished stones with flat bottoms on ice toward a target area (sort of like winter shuffle board). Each team has four players and eight stones and they try to get the stones positioned in the highest point categories. The stone is pushed down the ice by a curler and then sweepers vigorously sweep the ice with brooms to influence the path of the stone with hopes of bonking their opponents stones to lower scoring areas and putting theirs in the highest scoring positions.The place I was eating was very small and pretty much everyone present ended up watching curling very intently. I must say it was the most thought I’d ever given to curling, but that may change soon as it is time once again for the Winter Olympics and curling is, of course, among the many events.While curling may not be at the top of my viewing priority list for the 2018 Winter Olympics, I will certainly try to watch some because I really enjoy all things Olympic (even, on occasion, the figure skating, but they show waaaay too much of that in my opinion). I love the snowboarding, ski jumping, speed skating and downhill skiing. I will even be taking note of the uniforms this year being worn by the U.S. athletes in the opening and closing ceremonies because they will be showcasing a uniqueWinter grazing at Imperial Stock Ranch. Photo courtesy of Imperial Stock Ranch.partnership for U.S. agriculture.The Team USA uniforms were made with homegrown materials including wool direct from Imperial Stock Ranch, a 145-year-old family-owned sheep and cattle ranch in Oregon’s high desert. The ranch provided wool used for making the hats, sweaters, and other pieces in the opening and closing ceremony uniforms.As the price of wool declined in recent decades, Imperial Stock Ranch began to seek out ways to add value to its products.“Imperial Stock Ranch has been raising sheep, cattle, grains and hay since 1871. In 1999, we shifted from selling commodity wool and began a value-added business taking the raw wool to product and selling the wool products — one of which was yarn. That effort grew into multiple markets,” said Jeanne Carver, with Imperial Stock Ranch. “About 13 years later, we received a call from Ralph Lauren when they were conducting research for a Made in America program. That call led to a relationship between Ralph Lauren and Imperial Stock Ranch, and ultimately, Imperial Stock Ranch provided the wool yarns for the Opening Ceremony sweater for Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.”That relationship continued leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympics that start this week in PyeongChang, South Korea.“The Imperial Stock Ranch American Merino yarn program is used in the Opening Ceremony sweater and hat, and the Closing Ceremony sweater, hat and mittens for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang,” Carver said. “We are humble yet proud to make a small contribution to the Team USA Collection.”The high quality end products they sell start with a focus on quality production on the ranch.“We have a long history of sheep and wool production. This is our 147th year. It begins with genetics,Photo courtesy of Imperial Stock Ranch.and our selection characteristics. Our sheep live on native grass lands in a rotational grazing management program, which is a very clean life and requires little to no inputs,” Carver said. “We ensure clean facilities prior to shearing, and then skirt and class the wool at shearing. We do not use paint on the wool and are very preventive with regard to any contamination. Having direct relationships with customers is a strong motivation for all our ranch crew to take extra care in guarding the quality and care of the wool clip.”The wool for the Olympic uniforms was spun into yarn by National Spinning Co., Inc., an employee-owned manufacturer and distributor based in North Carolina. From there the process continues with the help of numerous other U.S. businesses partnering with Ralph Lauren to produce the Olympic apparel designed to keep the athletes warm in the predicted frigid temperatures at the event.Though they would love to, the Carvers will not be making the trip to South Korea to see the wool from their ranch on display. They will be quite busy at home.“We have just begun lambing, and that keeps everyone on task for the month of February,” Carver said. “This is an important time of year in our operation.”Like the food so often taken for granted in this country, it is easy for the amazing process required for clothing (and the agricultural production of the raw materials used to make it) to be under appreciated. It is great to see a unique partnership between agriculture and the fashion industry showcased on an international stage that only comes around every four years. That makes everything about the Winter Olympics a little more exciting, even curling.For more about the process of taking wool from the ranch to a final Ralph Lauren Olympic uniform, check out this well-done video made prior to the 2014 Olympics with Imperial Stock Ranch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=121&v=z7BDDj_NBEQ
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric: Real Madrid improving under Solariby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric believes Real Madrid are improving under coach Santiago Solari.Real begin their Club World Cup defence this week on the back of a scratchy 1-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano.But Modric says: “We are working on our physical preparation so that we can better express our talent and our qualities on the field. “We must do more work. I believe that we have progressed to this point under the guidance of Solari. There is still room for improvement, but I think we will get to Abu Dhabi in a good shape. “Motivation is always there when a trophy is at stake.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arnesen on Anderlecht axe: No chemistry with Kompanyby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Arnesen has spoken of his axing by Anderlecht.The former Chelsea and Tottenham football chief was dumped by the Belgian giants last week.”It didn’t catch me. I’ve always thought it was a matter of when. Our conversation was mature and respectful,” Arnesen told BT.”They thanked me for what I did, but also told me why. “One of the things was that they didn’t feel the chemistry was the way it should be between me, them, and Kompany (Anderlecht’s coach Vincent Kompany).”
There are some very good quarterbacks returning to college football in 2015. Michigan State’s Connor Cook. TCU’s Trevone Boykin. Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott. USC’s Cody Kessler. And, of course, Ohio State’s three star quarterbacks – J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. The Buckeyes just aren’t sure who will be their starter, and that’s OK. ESPN is confident enough in Urban Meyer that they’ve tabbed the generic “QB For Ohio State” as one of the country’s top returning signal callers. Pretty hilarious graphic pic.twitter.com/wkwU7f88pp— Andrew Gaug (@AndrewGaug) January 23, 2015You’ve got it pretty good, Ohio State fans. Which quarterback do you want to see behind center for the Buckeyes come fall – Barrett, Jones or Miller?
IG/champagnepapiIt is very easy to make fun of rapper Drake’s many, many sports allegiances, but to his credit, he is pretty consistent when it comes to college basketball. Drake is a big supporter and occasional Midnight Madness teammate of the Kentucky Wildcats, and he is not afraid to rep the team when they’re playing. Kentucky’s Round of 32 game against Cincinnati tipped off minutes ago, and Drake lent his support to the team with an Instagram post of what appears to be a UK varsity jacket. A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Mar 21, 2015 at 11:55am PDTWe’re not sure if Drake is in Louisville for the game, but it is a good bet that he’ll make it to Indianapolis for the Final Four if Kentucky continues on its historic run.
colin cowherd says nebraska beats iowaFox Sports’ Colin Cowherd isn’t shy about voicing his opinion on many topics, including the College Football Playoff. Yesterday, Cowherd tweeted that he disagreed with one-loss Alabama getting into the playoff over one-loss Ohio State, due to what he perceives a difference in strength between the SEC and Big Ten. Tonight, Cowherd revealed his current CFP foursome, and he lived up to his opinion from yesterday. Alabama is nowhere to be found among the four teams, while Michigan State and Ohio State are in the group. Turned in my playoff top 4 to @FOXSports. 1.Clemson 2. Oklahoma 3. Michigan St 4. Ohio State. SEC is an overrated mess. Sorry Bama.— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 30, 2015Expect Cowherd’s email and Twitter mentions to be engulfed with angry Tide fans starting 20 minutes ago. As good as the Buckeyes are, Alabama’s resume is impressive. Yes, the Tide lost to 9-3 Ole Miss and have three “cupcake” wins, but their other eight victories are against teams with .500 records or better. Their defensive front seven is scary and Derrick Henry is a legit Heisman candidate. They belong in the CFP.