September 21

Reds’ resolve thrills Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers watched Luis Suarez “create havoc” in the 3-2 win over Tottenham but felt the character of the whole side pulled them through. Suarez opened the scoring only for Jan Vertonghen to score twice – with both goals created by Gareth Bale – to turn the match around. However, a bizarre back-pass from Kyle Walker allowed Stewart Downing to equalise and when Suarez was fouled by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Steven Gerrard stroked home an 82nd-minute penalty winner. The Premier League’s leading scorer Suarez took his tally to 29 for the season – but asked whether that just made him more attractive to Europe’s big clubs in the summer, Rodgers said: “Football is worldwide now so everyone has seen how good he is.” He continued: “But he is very happy among his mates here and you have seen it doesn’t matter where he plays – he was in the number 10 role and then he went in from the side he still created havoc. “He knows the trust I put in him and that gives him the platform to go and perform.” Liverpool recorded three successive league victories for the first time since May 2011 but it was as much about character as performance for the Reds boss. “It was very important win for us,” said the Northern Irishman. “We are on a great run at the moment and we knew this was going to be a severe test of our qualities and character against a team in great form. “For us to get three points and show the character was fantastic and I am delighted for the players because they worked ever so hard. “You can see the mentality in the group. I thought we had to show different characteristics than what we have had to do in recent weeks. “We’ve been comfortable in a lot of the games and been able to control them but against a top side we came through. I had to make some changes to get the control back and when we did that I thought we were good value for the win.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

August 14

Barbara Riggs, 83, Conway Springs: Feb. 3, 1932 – March 2, 2015

first_imgBarbara RiggsBarbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015 at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade. She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.Barbara grew up in the Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs, where at the age of 14 she became the church pianist and a Sunday School teacher for several years. After marriage, she became a member of the First Christian Church Conway Springs and served as the Christian Women’s Fellowship president, a Sunday School teacher, and was also the church pianist for nearly 60 years. She was an active member of the Just Friends Club, EHU, the Merry Matrons Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition, Barbara was a great supporter of local school activities. She served two years on the USD 356 Board of Education in Conway Springs.Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arvada Walkup.She is survived by her husband Chuck Riggs of the home; three daughters: Janalee Seiwert (Greg) of Wichita, Kansas; Luann Dennis (JD) of Parma, Idaho; Christy Chitwood (Mike) of Colman, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Amy Chitwood, Mat Chitwood, Kelli Wysocki, Neal Seiwert, Tad Gale, and Ben Gale; and two great-grandchildren: Noelle Thorpe and Haily Chitwood.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with Neal Seiwert officiating. Interment will be in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas.  Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences and guest book are available at www.ebersolemortuary.com.Memorials have been established to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Conway Springs City Library.last_img read more

August 13

Bolt wins unprecedented sixth Athlete of Year award

first_imgHe had been up against Briton Mo Farah, who claimed a historic Olympic double-double in the 5000m and 10,000m, and South African Wayde van Niekerk, whose Olympic gold medal-winning run in the 400m also eclipsed the world record set by Michael Johnson.In the female category, Almaz claimed the title after smashing the 10,000m world record in Rio.Picking up brilliantly where she left off in 2015 as the world 5000m champion, 25-year-old Almaz proceeded to rewrite the all-time lists in the 5000m.After a 14:16.31 performance in Rabat, she threatened the world record with a 14:12.59 run in Rome, the second-fastest performance of all time.That momentum continued in late June at the Ethiopian Olympic trials for 10,000m where she triumphed in 30:07.00, the fastest ever debut over the distance.In Rio she went faster still, opening the Olympic athletics programme with a stunning 10,000m world record of 29:17.45 that knocked more than 14 seconds from a record set 23 years earlier.At 5000m, Almaz took Olympic bronze and won the Diamond Race.She beat off competition from Jamaican Elaine Thompson, who won golds in the 100 and 200m in Rio before helping Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay, and also Polish Olympic hammer champion and world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk.Share on: WhatsApp Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (2ndL) reacts after he crossed the finish line head of USA’s Justin Gatlin (R), Canada’s Andre De Grasse (L) and France’s Jimmy Vicaut to win the Men’s 100m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016.  AFP PHOTOMonaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Sprint king Usain Bolt won an unprecedented sixth IAAF male Athlete of the Year award on Friday, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana picking up the female award after her record-setting 10,000m gold in Rio.“I live for the moments I walk into the stadium,” said Bolt, who will retire next year. “I love competing, I dream of being in the stadium competing against the best.Bolt, previously winner in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, was rewarded for another blistering season that saw him claim three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) at the Rio Olympics for the third consecutive Games.The 30-year-old dominated the 100m in 9.81sec and came back four days later with a 19.78sec victory in the 200m to secure a third straight Olympic title over both distances, a first.The following day he anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100m in 37.27sec, the fourth fastest of all time. His 9.81sec gold medal-winning performance in Rio was the second fastest in the world, his 19.78sec in the 200m the third fastest.Bolt ended his season unbeaten in six individual finals, having made history as the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic triples.“It’s definitely a big deal,” Bolt said of the award.“When you get to be athlete of the year it means that all the hard work has paid off, so if I can win it for a sixth year means as much as the first one.”last_img read more

August 13

The Premier League’s longest winning streaks

first_imgSpurs ended Chelsea’s runLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea fell short of becoming the first team to win 14 consecutive matches within the same English top-flight season after losing 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.Here are the longest winning streaks since England’s top division was relaunched as the Premier League in 1992:11 wins: Chelsea (April-September 2009)The 2008-09 season was a tumultuous one for Chelsea, with Luiz Felipe Scolari sacked as manager in February after only seven months in charge. But the team recovered form under interim manager Guus Hiddink and finished the season with a run of five successive wins. Scolari’s permanent successor, Carlo Ancelotti, picked up where Hiddink had left off, overseeing six straight wins at the start of a season that would end with a free-scoring Chelsea team crowned league champions and FA Cup winners.11 wins: Manchester United (December 2008-March 2009)Beginning with a 1-0 victory at Stoke City on Boxing Day, Alex Ferguson’s United went on a run of 11 consecutive wins that shot them to the top of the table. They kept clean sheets in the first nine games, won six matches 1-0 and only conceded two goals over the entire run. The sequence came to a juddering halt in a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool, which was followed by a 2-0 loss at Fulham. But a burst of seven wins carried Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates to a third consecutive title.11 wins: Liverpool (February-April 2014)Liverpool’s 24-year wait for the league title appeared destined to come to an end as a team spearheaded by Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge rattled off a series of thrilling victories in the English spring of 2014. Their victims included Arsenal (5-1), Manchester United (0-3) and title rivals Manchester City (3-2). But Brendan Rodgers’s side were to come unstuck in a 2-0 home defeat against Chelsea, Steven Gerrard’s unfortunate slip gifting Demba Ba a goal that opened the door for City to claim the title.11 wins: Manchester City (April-September 2015)City lost their title to Chelsea the following season, but they finished that campaign like a train, winning their last six fixtures. Manuel Pellegrini’s men began the subsequent campaign in equally impressive fashion, winning their first five games without conceding a goal, but would ultimately finish fourth. 13 wins: Chelsea (September 2016-January 2017)The seeds for Chelsea’s storming run of wins were sown during a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in late September, when new manager Antonio Conte switched to his preferred 3-4-3 formation. It proved the catalyst for a stunning winning streak, with Chelsea notably beating Tottenham Hotspur (2-1), Manchester United (4-0) and Manchester City (1-3) before their run came to an end in a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday.14 wins: Arsenal (February-August 2002)Arsenal set a record for the most wins within a single Premier League season (13) — since matched by Chelsea — and the most successive wins in the history of the English top flight (14) as they romped to a second league and FA Cup double under Arsene Wenger. Fourth in the table in early February, Arsenal tore to the front with a run of 11 wins on the spin before securing the title with a 1-0 success at the home of title rivals Manchester United. They finished the season by beating Everton 4-3 at Highbury and opened their title defence with a 2-0 win over Birmingham City before drawing 2-2 at West Ham.Share on: WhatsApp 12 wins: Manchester United (March-August 2000)United roared to the finish line in the 1999-2000 title race, winning their final 11 games and ending the campaign with a record 18-point advantage over nearest rivals Arsenal. They scored 37 goals in the process, including seven in a 7-1 demolition of West Ham United in which Paul Scholes claimed a hat-trick. The following season began with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United and would once again end with United top of the pile.last_img read more