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Elite Eight from area qualify for state meet

first_imgYu, the Suburban League champ at 119, finished seventh while Alarcon was fifth. Gerl, a junior who’s been wrestling for just two years, may have been the biggest surprise. He pinned Millikan’s Travis Clock – the Moore League and CIF Central Division champ – in the quarterfinals before finishing sixth overall. Clock beat Gerl twice during the regular season. “He’s really risen to the challenge of this sport,” said Calvary Chapel Downey coach Steve Clark. “I know (beating Clock) was a major hill for him to climb.” For Glenn, Gastelo finished eighth, Enriquez was seventh and Granillo finished fourth. “We’ve got a pretty good chance (at state),” said Glenn coach Monico Enriquez. “If we get a good draw and wrestle tough, (all three) definitely have a chance for top 8.” RIALTO – Call them the Elite Eight. Eight wrestlers from local high schools finished among the top 8 in their weight classes Saturday at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet at Carter High, earning themselves a trip to next weekend’s CIF State Meet at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Glenn High led the way by qualifying three wrestlers – Isaias Gastelo (171 pounds), Matt Granillo (215) and Juan Enriquez (285) – for the state meet. Fellow Suburban League athletes Richard Alarcon of Mayfair (119) and Cerritos’ Andy Yu (119) also qualified as did Caleb Gerl of Calvary Chapel Downey (189), St. John Bosco’s Robert Ortiz (215) and Los Alamitos’ Panos Papadopoulos (285). “I have no idea,” said Yu when asked how he will do in Bakersfield. “I’ve never been this far.” center_img Ortiz, a state qualifier last season, finished eighth after forfeiting the seventh-place match to rest his injured back. Papadopoulos had the highest finish among locals, third. “It feels great,” he said of qualifying for state. “I think I have really good chances, top 5 at least. I’m excited to go to state.” David Felton can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1318. 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

G5 sets up construction academy

first_img23 April 2008Local construction and engineering firm Group Five and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have set up a construction skills training academy in Midrand, in an effort to bridge the gap between required skills and the shortage thereof.Present at the launch of the academy last week were Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) chairman Gwede Mantashe, DBSA chairman Jay Naidoo and Ebrahim Mia, who was representing the Mia family who donated the use of the land on which the academy is built.In a statement this week, Group Five said that the academy, named Kgoro ya Tsholoselo (Door of Hope), was as a result of partnership between itself and the DBSA, who last year signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate sustainable development as part of the government’s Breaking New Ground programme.“We must scale up initiatives like this and start more,” said Naidoo adding that his organisation had already contributed R8-million toward the academy.“We must invest in education because the most precious resource in our country is people.”When discussing the severe shortage of skills in South Africa, Mantashe emphasised the importance of concentrating on developing artisans.“People forget about the artisans, but this training centre recognises their importance,” he said, adding that some 10 000 artisans were required throughout the country.He added that he would like to see the centre become a catalyst making the area a hub of training activity where other private sector construction companies could establish centres of excellence.The academy’s Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) accreditation is currently run by its KwaZulu-Natal branch, which launched the Midrand project together with representatives from Housing, Building, Civil Engineering and the Academy currently.“The next step is to establish a similar facility at Grabouw in the Western Cape,” Group Five said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: 5 reasons why Messi stands out in football world

first_imgWhen Argentina clash with Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2014 final on Sunday, all eyes will be on Lionel Messi, who carries the hopes of an entire football-crazy nation, just like another sporting legend Sachin Tendulkar used to every time he walked out to bat for India.An Argentina soccer fan wearing a Lionel Messi jersey sits in the Terreirao do Samba, used by World Cup fans as a campground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 11, 2014. Argentina will face Germany at the final World Cup match on Sunday. AP PhotoAlso Diego Maradona’s love for Messi may remind Indian sports lovers of Sunil Gavaskar, whose exploits in 1970s and 1980s used to inspire Sachin to bring the World Cup for his country once again prior to the 2011 Cricket World Cup, just as the former Argentine player’s exploits in 1986 – when he got his country the Cup that mattered – has been a source of inspiration for the four-time world player of the year (Messi).ALSO READ: World Cup final: Magical Messi or united Germany? Lionel Messi is gifted with talents that most footballers     can only dream of. What makes him special is that he possesses not just one or two but a combination of special skills that give him an edge over just about everyone.Gary Lineker, who won 80 England caps and had seen the ‘Hand of God’ goal from the close quarters at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, has called Messi “the most wonderfully gifted player I have seen, certainly since Maradona”.advertisementAlthough he hasn’t played brilliantly in every game of this World Cup, Messi’s talents have been on display on Argentina’s road to Sunday’s final against Germany. AP recounts five traits that explain what makes the Argentina captain so difficult to stop. These five traits mark him out for the Cup he so passionately hopes for.___SPEEDFILE – The July 3, 2010 file photo shows Germany’s Miroslav Klose, left, walking past Argentina’s Lionel Messi as he celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and Germany at the Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Germany won 4-0. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Germany and Argentina will face each other again in the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup. AP PhotoThere are plenty of players who could outrun Messi in a 100-meter dash. But running with the ball is a different story. Messi can control the ball at close to top speed, making him an excellent dribbler. Also, it’s his acceleration rather than his top speed that cuts up defenses. Few defenders can keep up when Messi revs up from standstill, creating space for his left-foot shot.___BALANCEArgentina’s Lionel Messi sits during a training session in Vespesiano, near Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Thursday, July 10, 2014. On Sunday, Argentina faces Germany for the World Cup final soccer match in Rio de Janeiro. AP PhotoLike former Argentina great Diego Maradona, Messi uses his short stature to his advantage. His low center of gravity enables him to make quick turns and to stay on his feet when challenged. Often, the only way to knock him off balance is to foul him. Defenders at the World Cup have been taking turns tackling Messi to spread the risk of getting booked around the team.___ACCURACYArgentina’s Lionel Messi pumps his fists after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals after the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. AP PhotoMessi is one of the world’s top free-kick takers, striking the ball with impressive accuracy with his magic left foot. Almost always he hits the target or just misses it – you rarely see Messi blast a free kick five meters over the crossbar. In Argentina’s final group-stage match, Nigeria gave Messi two free kick opportunities near the penalty area toward the end of the first half. He elegantly curled the first one over the wall, but goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was well-positioned and stopped it. By the second free kick, Messi had fine-tuned his aim, and struck the ball perfectly inside the post. Enyeama jokingly asked the referees during the break to not give Messi any more free kicks.___PATIENCEArgentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates with Maxi Rodriguez after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. AP PhotoPatience is a perhaps and underrated virtue for a football player, and it’s one that has served Messi well in the World Cup. Every opponent has come with a plan to stop him, by closing down his space and tackling him as soon as he touches the ball. As a result Messi has looked out of the game for long periods. But instead of hanging his head and getting frustrated, Messi keeps looking for openings, patiently awaiting a moment when defenders take their focus off him for just a split second. That’s when he strikes. Against Iran, that moment came in injury time when he scored his second goal of the tournament. Against Switzerland, it happened in extra time as he set up Angel Di Maria’s winning goal with a piercing run down the middle.___advertisementINTELLIGENCEArgentina’s Lionel Messi is hugged by a teammate after Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 tie after extra time to advance to the finals during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. AP PhotoMessi also stands out for his ability to read the game, mapping out paths to the opponent’s goal in his mind before the opponent does. That’s key to understanding why he’s such a prolific scorer. Knowing by instinct where a gap will open up for a quick pass or shot gives him an advantage over others, though it can also complicate things for the team. Sometimes Messi lets chances slip away by being too smart for his Argentina teammates, who don’t gel with him to the same degree as Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez in Barcelona.last_img read more

England waltz away from Australia as Danny Care completes smash and grab

first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Australia rugby union team Twitter Topics match reports Since you’re here… Read more Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Luck was not a commodity England enjoyed in the Stuart Lancaster era when key decisions tended to go against them and 50-50 calls in the final minutes of a close game invariably backfired, but that has changed under Eddie Jones. That is not to put their run of 21 victories in 22 matches under the Australian down to a change in fortune alone, but every successful team has it loaded in their arsenal.There were 11 minutes to go here when Australia, who were 13-6 down despite controlling the match for long periods through their greater carrying power – without showing the composure or control needed in wet conditions – thought they had scored a try close to the posts through their wing Marika Koroibete, a hulk with gas.They had had a try ruled out on review in the first half for offside and were behind after Elliot Daly’s try following his kick ahead on 55 minutes was allowed after the officials spent four minutes looking at the ball rolling parallel with the touchline as the Australia full-back Kurtley Beale tried to usher it out of play, before ruling that while part of it had at one point been over the line, it had never touched it – while the yellow card shown to Beale at the end of the first half for a deliberate knock-on was contentious.All the big calls went England’s way in their record victory over Australia. The call on Daly’s try was fair but Beale’s yellow card was harsh because as he put his right hand out to intercept a pass from Jonny May, he was not so much denying England an opportunity as looking to score with the line ahead of him. The referee, Ben O’Keeffe, judged that he was not attempting to catch the ball by going for it with one hand and, while on a day when two hands were not enough for many players with a number of passes dropped in the wet, the previous week the England No8 Nathan Hughes had scored a try after reaching out for a pass with his right hand and, after a juggle, taking hold of it.On the decision to deny Michael Hooper a try after Tevita Kuridrani’s kick to the line had been hacked on by Koroibete, who should have scored himself, Hooper was offside initially, but was behind Koroibete when he picked up and slithered over. The referee reviewed the move, but only up to the point Kuridrani kicked when Hooper was clearly offside. The law says that an offside player must not move towards opponents playing the ball or the opposition line, which he did, although cutting his speed, thinking he had played himself onside only to find the law was asinine.O’Keeffe, a 28-year-old New Zealander who overcame a period in the first half when appearing to be losing control, initially asked the TV match official “try or no try” after Koroibete, supporting Bernard Foley’s break, had been turned on his back over the line by Chris Robshaw.Owen Farrell complained that the replacement hooker Stephen Moore had ushered the wing over the line from an offside position, a demand that was eventually upheld, but such is the might of Koroibete that he would have got there without assistance.It was a final taste of adversity that Australia, who were far more impressive than they were here a year ago even if they had come equipped for a dry day, could not swallow. They were still shaking their heads a couple of minutes later when Danny Care, who had just come on for Ben Youngs, chipped behind the defence for Jonathan Joseph to slide in and score.Jones classifies his bench as finishers rather than replacements and Care showed why. He had spent 69 minutes watching England, and Australia, hang kicks into the air from their own half and keep the ball in hand in the opposition’s. The rain was not the only hazard to a running game but the referee wanted a contest at the breakdown which meant the attacking team was not allowed carte blanche.Care kicked for Joseph in Australia’s half, taking advantage of a defence that had rushed up. Hooper’s non-try in the first half had resulted from a chip in virtually the same position and watching from the bench Care appreciated that turning on a slippery surface was tricky enough to give a chaser a head start.The scrum-half finished off Australia with one minute to go when he put a grubber-kick into the visitors’ 22 for May to pick up and score and added the final flourish with the final move of the game after the Wallabies, as had been their habit all afternoon, lost control of the ball in the midfield.So on a day when, for the first hour, England had been stressed enough up front for Australia to opt for a scrum when awarded a free-kick, and pinned back by the Wallabies’ four Ks – Kuridrani, Kerevi, Koroibete and Kepu – they scored four tries to none through three kicks and a turnover, mastering the conditions through guerrilla warfare while their opponents largely stuck to a gameplan that should have been watered down by the conditions.England did to Australia what Argentina had done to them, running up quickly in defence to narrow the attack and force mistakes. A difference was that Sam Underhill had the ball in his hands twice in the opening four minutes, the number of occasions he did so in 80 against the Pumas, but he suffered a head injury on 16 minutes and, for all his virtues, it was the Wallabies who suffered because on came Maro Itoje, who went into the second row with Courtney Lawes moving to the back row.Itoje’s troubleshooting frustrated Australia: he thwarted attacks, disrupted lineouts and provided continuity, dominating by his very presence. For all their possession, Australia did not score a point in the first half while England were fortified by two Farrell penalties. Jones afterwards bristled when the word luck was mentioned, but Foley missed a kick in front of the posts two years after landing them from everywhere here in the 2015 World Cup to mark the end of Lancaster.England won nothing under Lancaster, but in 2012 they were denied a draw against Wales after David Strettle was denied a last-minute try after a review. It is not the case they have become a lucky side – they were smarter than Australia, more adaptable and far more clinical – but the path to the top is paved by key decisions going your way.England: Watson; May, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Ford (Slade 69), Youngs (Care 69); M Vunipola (Marler 63), Hartley (capt; George 57), Cole (Williams 66), Launchbury, Lawes, Robshaw, Underhill (Itoje 16), Hughes (Simmonds 62).Tries: Daly, Joseph, May, Care. Cons: Farrell 2. Pens: Farrell 2.Australia: Beale; Koroibete, Kuridrani, Kerevi (Hunt 66), Hodge; Foley, Genia (Phipps 70); Sio (Robertson 69), Polota-Nau (Moore 63), Kepu (Alaalatoa 66), Simmons, Enever (Philip 61), Hanigan (McCalman ht), Hooper (capt), McMahon (Timani 78).Pens: Hodge, FoleySin-bin: Hooper 31, Beale 39Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)Attendance: 81,909Match rating (from 10): 7 Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn The Observercenter_img Facebook Players battle for the ball at Twickenham. 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