These local wrestlers will compete Saturday night for OHSAA state titles –

COLUMBUS – Only two wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes can win their first three matches at the Ohio High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling tournament. 

In doing so, those wrestlers earn the right to wrestle for a state championship. 

Friday night at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center, 10 locals punched their tickets to the state finals Saturday night, and Greater Cincinnati is guaranteed at least two state champions because of a pair of head-to-head local matchups in the finals. 


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Britain to Sell Jets to Saudis Despite Conduct of Yemen War – New York Times


On Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reached an agreement designed to generate $90 million in trade and investment between the two countries.

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LONDON — On the last day of a visit by the Saudi crown prince, Britain approved the sale of 48 highly advanced fighter jets to Saudi Arabia on Friday, brushing aside calls for an embargo over the kingdom’s role in Yemen’s civil war.

Human rights and arms control groups have mounted a publicity campaign and protests to stop the sale of British arms to Saudi Arabia, alleging that they are used in Yemen to kill innocent civilians. This week, the group Save the Children placed a statue of a child in a bombed-out building, looking fearfully up at the sky outside Parliament to protest the war.

But during the three-day visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the British government made clear that its agenda was to promote commerce and good relations, not to criticize the Saudi government. On Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May and the crown prince reached an agreement designed to generate $90 million in trade and investment between the two countries.

Announcement of the agreement to sell the Typhoon jets came from BAE Systems, the aerospace company set to produce the aircraft, and not from either government.

As expected, the news came just after a meeting between the crown prince, who has rapidly consolidated his power and sidelined rivals, and Britain’s defense minister, Gavin Williamson.

The agreement signed, known as a memorandum of intent, is preliminary. But defense analysts said that working out the details for a final agreement should not be a difficult or lengthy process. The price was not clear. But a deal reached in December for BAE to produce 24 Typhoons for Qatar was valued at almost $7 billion.

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Class A boys hockey: Alexandria hammers Hermantown 6-1 in … – Press

Alexanderella has a nice ring to it, eh?

It took three days and eight games, but the boys hockey state tournament finally delivered some unexpected drama Friday afternoon with a Class A semifinal upset special.

Defenseman Jack Powell scored his first high school hat trick, including a coast-to-coast back-breaking goal early in the third period, to lead unheralded Alexandria to a 6-1 victory over two-time defending state champion Hermantown at Xcel Energy Center.

Jack Powell (21) of  Alexandria scores a goal on Hermantown goaltender Cole Manahan during the Class A state semifinal game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Friday. Alexandria defeated Hermantown 6-1. --- Clint Austin /
Jack Powell (21) of Alexandria scores a goal on Hermantown goaltender Cole Manahan. (Clint Austin / Forum News Service)

The Cardinals (19-10-1) will play Orono for the Class A title at noon Saturday.

Hermantown (21-7-2) came in as the No. 1 seed under first-year coach Patrick Andrews, who replaced legendary Bruce Plante this season. Plante retired after 28 seasons, 547 victories and three state titles, including back-to-back championships in 2016 and ’17.

But a ninth consecutive championship game appearance proved elusive against the plucky Cardinals, who knocked off the top seeds St. Cloud Cathedral and Sartell-St. Stephen in the Section 6 tournament to earn its first trip to state since 2011.

“We just beat the best team in the state — for I don’t know how many years — 6-1,” marveled goalie Jackson Boline, who was sensational making 33 saves. “We weren’t even supposed to win in the section semis and now we’re in the state championship. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

After falling behind 1-0, Alexandria scored six unanswered goals, starting with Powell’s power-play tally at 10:44 of the first period. Powell also assisted on Caleb Strong’s go-ahead goal late in the second, a period in which Hermantown dominated the Cardinals with a 17-5 shots advantage.

The senior captain saved his finest work until two minutes into the third period. Powell corralled the puck in the defensive zone, tore down the left wing, beat the lone defenseman to the outside and put a nifty backhand move on Hawks goalie Cole Manahan to pot the biggest goal of his life.

Justin Thomas opened the scoring for Hermantown at 8:27. But it only took 2:17 for Powell to answer for Alexandria on the power play. Powell added his third of the game into an empty net with 2:28 remaining.

Andrews was at a loss to explain how the game, and Hermantown’s season as the No. 1-ranked team in Class A, fell apart so rapidly.

“I never felt concerned, other than just stick to our game,” he said, choking back tears. “I was never worried. I thought we had great urgency in the second period. We were getting pucks to the net. We outshot them in the third. I don’t know what happened.”

On the other end of the emotional spectrum, Alexandria coach Ian Resch was just as dumbfounded to explain how a club whose confidence was shot after a troubling 5-7-1 start to the season finds itself playing in the ultimate game after knocking off Goliath.

“I wish I could,” he said. “The simple answer is you have a group of kids that bought in. They said we’re going to play as a team. We’re going to take care of details. As you have success with it, you kind of start believing it more. It’s not major things. It’s little things that they’ve committed to and gotten rewarded for it.”

Easts Rugby seek compensation over home ground bungle – The Sydney Morning Herald

The new field is ready for play come round one on April 7, but a degree of financial damage has already been done.

Murray said gate takings were “next to zero”, memberships were unable to be sold all year and bar profits decreased significantly because teams, both senior and junior, had to relocate their games in what he described as “hugely inconvenient”.

“It was an endless parade of expenses and it took a huge toll on our season,” Murray told Fairfax Media. “The costs are absolutely substantial.

“We’re in negotiation with the council, and we’re hopeful of a resolution before the beginning of the season.

“Woollahra council have been fantastic throughout out all of this. We’ve got no gripe with Woollahra council. I’m sure we’ll have an amicable resolution for the outstanding compensation.

“They’re not saying they’re going to give us nothing. We’re just in the normal hurly-burly of commercial negotiations.”

A spokesperson for Woollahra council confirmed discussions were under way with the rugby club to sort out a resolution.

“The project was significantly delayed due to flooding issues but is now completed and is ready for play,” the spokesperson said. “In consultation with the club, council has spent $3 million on this project, at no cost to the club.

“We acknowledge delays have impacted the club and we have had informal discussions with the club in order to determine what that impact has been.”

While Easts have already trained on Woollahra No.1 this year, the club will officially reopen the ground on April 6, the day before a match against West Harbour.

Murray, once a sceptic of the artificial pitch idea, said he was blown away by the quality of the surface.

“My view was why don’t we try Woollahra two and three first and if that works a treat, then do Woollahra No.1,” Murray said. “Thank god the council ignored my view because now we’ve got this amazing facility, which is better than I could have ever imagined. It’s quite incredible.”

Murray is the founder of Club Rugby TV and has been partially credited with the revival of the first-grade competition by being in charge of the Shute Shield television broadcast.

Initially he was worried games at Woollahra No.1 would not be fit to broadcast because the field was going to feature lines for different sports.

However, there are only rugby lines on the field, and Murray is stoked with the final product.

“It looks fantastic and, from a broadcaster’s point of view, it’s perfect,” Murray said.

Tom Decent

Tom Decent is a journalist with Fairfax Media.

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'A special day' – Auburn hosts all 32 NFL teams at Pro Day – Auburn Tigers Official Athletic Site

Tray Matthews performed well Friday, running a sub-4.6 in the 40-yard dash (unofficially) and jumping 35.5 inches in the vertical jump. Photo: Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics

Tray Matthews performed well Friday, running a sub-4.6 in the 40-yard dash (unofficially) and jumping 35.5 inches in the vertical jump. Photo: Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics

March 9, 2018

By Greg Ostendorf

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn has a chance to have the most draft picks in school history come April, and with 16 players participating in Friday’s Pro Day, it was no surprise that scouts from all 32 NFL teams were on hand to evaluate the group.

“It’s important,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “I think it says a lot about our program and the foundation that we’ve built the last five years. (There are) a lot of very talented young men out here that are going to be very successful at the next level and represent Auburn the right way and represent their families the right way.

“When you recruit these guys and they have a dream and they get a chance to show these scouts what they can do, it’s always a really special day.”

The most eyes were likely on running back Kerryon Johnson, the SEC offensive player of the year, who performed well at the NFL combine last weekend but chose not to run the 40-yard dash. Instead, he waited to run it at Pro Day, and with unofficial times of 4.58 and 4.54, he reached the personal goal that he set for himself.

“A 4.5 or lower,” Johnson said. “If I can get in the 4.4s, whoop-de-doo. But 4.5, it couldn’t be anything above that. That was my goal. That’s what I’ve been working on for three months, and I just had to come out here and prove it today.”

Johnson also stayed after and went through various position drills for the scouts.

But while it was a big day for Johnson and others like Carlton Davis, who ran a 4.47 unofficially, the NFL teams had seen them the weekend before at the combine. Friday’s Pro Day was more significant for the group of athletes who weren’t invited to Indianapolis.

Tre’ Williams wanted to show scouts he could move. Austin Golson wanted to show off his athleticism. Tray Matthews is looking to fit the mold of the new safety/linebacker hybrid at the next level, and it was important to test well across the board. Others like Casey Dunn, Darius James and Jason Smith wanted to prove that they are capable of making an NFL roster.

“It’s just another opportunity,” Williams said. “I was kind of worried about not getting invited to the combine, but a lot of my family, they were behind me. They were telling me to stay focused. Today is the big opportunity, and I took full advantage of it.”

“I thought it was a great experience,” added Golson. “Coming back and just competing with these guys one last time, it was an awesome feeling. I really enjoyed it.”

Some of the highlights from that group included James putting up a team high 30 bench reps, Matthews jumping 35.5 inches in the vertical jump and over 10 feet in the broad jump, and Williams, who had a solid all-around day.

Williams and teammate Jeff Holland also got a chance to work with former Auburn and Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene during the position drills.

“It was an honor, a huge honor,” Williams said. “Just being worked out by a Hall-of-Famer and just everything he’s put in at Auburn and in the NFL, it’s unbelievable.”

That’s the other part of Pro Day that goes beyond the numbers. There were former Auburn players like Greene, Corey Grant, Joshua Holsey and Peyton Barber in attendance Friday, and this was also likely the last time that this group of Tigers will all be together before the NFL draft when they will go their separate ways.

But regardless of where they go, they will always be part of the Auburn family.

“It’s kind of cool coming back with the guys you played with, just having that last time working together,” former offensive lineman Braden Smith said. “It’s just a good time to come out and cheer on our teammates. Everybody wants everybody to do well.”

“I wouldn’t trade (my time at Auburn) for anything,” added Johnson. “People come to this school year in and year out, and they keep talking about family. I came back Wednesday and seeing the team and these guys, we’re doing the same things that we did before I left. It’s like I never left. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

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