Month: July 2019

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has voiced his exci

first_imgRFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has voiced his excitement at the positive dialogue that is taking place across all levels of Rugby League as part of the ongoing Policy Review that will determine the sport’s structure from 2015 onwards.A number of options were presented to the Super League clubs, Kingstone Press Championships clubs and Community game at a series of meetings in May and further proposals were circulated this week following feedback from a broad spectrum of stakeholders.The Super League clubs met on Monday to debate the merits of the three options published last month and to receive details of a revised version of the option that involves two divisions of 12 clubs splitting into three groups of eight at the end of each season.This improved option was revised in response to much of the stakeholder feedback received and would see the Super League clubs in a 12-team competition play each other home and away, plus a Magic Weekend fixture, before the top eight contest an extended play-off that culminates in the Grand Final.RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “I am encouraged and excited by the way in which the clubs are taking this opportunity to engage in positive and proper debate as we look to restructure the professional game from the 2015 season.“The Super League clubs engaged in a full and open debate at Monday’s meeting when there was an acceptance that change of some kind needs to occur. There was also a widespread recognition that sustaining 14 clubs is proving challenging in the current economic climate.“The RFL’s Policy Review is intended is to provide an independent evaluation of the various alternatives that are available to the professional game so that the competitive structure from 2015 is as commercially compelling as possible.“For that to happen there needs to be some degree of jeopardy and an acknowledgement that on-field performance is the key determinant of which league a team plays in.“I am confident the sport as a whole, through proper debate, will deliver a very exciting future for Rugby League. I now expect the debate to continue to develop further at the forthcoming RL Council meeting, where it will involve all sections of the game.”Details of the revised option, whereby two divisions of 12 split into three groups of eight, were circulated to the Championships clubs and Community game in midweek ahead of the RL Council meeting on July 3, when representatives will receive a full presentation.last_img read more

PICK of the round… massive tie… classic contestTh

first_imgPICK of the round… massive tie… classic contest!The hyperbole surrounding the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Fourth Round tie at Huddersfield is set to be fully justified when the two sides meet on Sunday.And Paul Wellens is expecting a tough, physical match where Saints will have to be at their very best to progress.“I’m looking forward to the match,” he said. “It is the pick of the round and the toughest too. They are a great side and proved that by winning the League Leaders Shield last season.“We know what they are about and the strengths they have and we will have to play well to advance to the next round.“They have had an inconsistent start but I don’t think that is a reflection on them as a group. I think what they are is a very strong side and they have showed that a lot over the last 12-18 months.“They have strength in the squad and we are mindful of that. In preparing for the game we are getting ready to come up against a formidable outfit.“Right across the board they are a strong side. They are strong up front and have pace in the flanks. Simply, we need to be very close to our best to get through.”Saints failed to beat Huddersfield last season and therefore the tie was probably the most daunting they could have been handed.“If every team is honest in the fourth round of the cup you’d like an easier game but once the draw is made you get on with it,” Wellens continued. “It is a fantastic tie and as a professional Rugby League player these are the types of games you want to be involved in and the ones you look back on.“If you go over there and perform well it is something you will remember for a long time.“But we have no second chances and no second opportunities if it goes wrong.“We are confident and with being seven from seven there’s no reason to suggest we wouldn’t be. But we don’t want to get over confident and we are working hard each week to improve. We are taking nothing for granted.”Tickets remain on sale for the match from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 05201744 455 052 or by logging on here.CallSend SMSAdd to Skype You’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skypelast_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Fir

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s First Utility Super League match at Bradford Bulls.Captain Paul Wellens returns to the 19 alongside forward Greg Richards.If selected Josh Jones will make his 48th consecutive appearance for the club.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola (pictured), 12. Jon Wilkin, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 23. Joe Greenwood, 25. Anthony Walker, 26. Matty Dawson, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Francis Cummins will choose his Bradford squad from:2. Elliot Kear, 3. Adrian Purtell, 5. Jamie Foster, 7. Luke Gale, 9. Matt Diskin, 11. Tom Olbison, 13. Chev Walker, 14. Manase Manuokafoa, 15. Adam Sidlow, 16. Danny Addy, 17. Lee Gaskell, 19. Adam O’Brien, 20. Luke George, 21. Adam Henry, 22. Sam Wood, 24. Alex Mellor, 33. Jay Pitts, 34. Joe Arundel, 35. Antonio Kaufusi.The game kicks off at 3pm and the referee will be Matthew Thomason.Tickets for the game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park and online here.last_img read more

SAINTS have won on their last four visits to the H

first_imgSAINTS have won on their last four visits to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.The Wolves last home win against the Champions was in 2011.Last 10 Meetings:St Helens 20, Warrington 16 (SLR16, 31/5/15) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle)St Helens 32, Warrington 24 (SLR6, 19/3/15)St Helens 12, Warrington 39 (SLR26, 4/9/14)St Helens 24, Warrington 41 (SLR13, 18/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 8, St Helens 38 (SLR1, 13/2/14)St Helens 16, Warrington 29 (SLR26, 30/8/13)St Helens 22, Warrington 48 (SLR16, 25/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Warrington 10, St Helens 22 (SLR6, 8/3/13)St Helens 18, Warrington 36 (SLQSF, 29/9/12)Warrington 6, St Helens 28 (SLQPO, 15/9/12) Super League Summary:Warrington won 9 (includes win in 2012 play-offs)St Helens won 41 (includes wins in 2010 and 2012 play-offs)2 drawsHighs and Lows:Warrington highest score: 56-22 (H, 2001) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 72-2 (H, 2002) (also widest margin)Career Milestones:Jordan Turner needs two tries to reach a career century of touchdowns.His total of 98 has been scored as follows: 24 for Salford (2006-2009), 34 for Hull FC (2010-2012), 38 for St Helens (2013-2015) and 2 for England Knights (2012).Jon Wilkin needs one try to reach a career century of touchdowns.His total of 99 has been scored as follows: 8 for Hull KR (2000-2002), 90 for St Helens (2003-2015) and 1 for England (2004-2005, 2008-2009 & 2011-2012).Wilkin also made six non-scoring appearances for Great Britain (2006-2007).Consecutive Appearances:Mose Masoe has the longest run of consecutive appearances amongst Super League players, with 53.He made his Saints debut as a substitute in a 38-18 win against Hull KR at Langtree Park on March 7, 2014 and has been an ever-present in the St Helens side since then.1 Mose Masoe (St Helens) 532 Elliott Whitehead (Catalans Dragons) 413 = Paul Aiton (Leeds Rhinos), Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants) 37First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:Tries:1 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 192 Tom Lineham (Hull FC) 173 = Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers), Albert Kelly (Hull Kingston Rovers) 155 = Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers), Jordan Turner (St Helens), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) 148 = Kieran Dixon (Hull Kingston Rovers), Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers), Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Dominic Manfredi (Wigan Warriors) 13Goals:1 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 712 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 703 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 664 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 655 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 636 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 617 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 448 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 429 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 4110 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 37Goals Percentage:1 Jamie Ellis (Huddersfield Giants) 90.90 (10/11)2 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 86.41 (70/81)3 Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (11/13)4 Tommy Makinson (St Helens) 82.60 (19/23)5 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 82.55 (71/86)6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 77.38 (65/84)7 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 75.00 (63/84)8 Jacob Miller (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 73.91 (17/23)9 Gareth O’Brien (Warrington Wolves) 72.72 (24/33)10 = Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) (42/58), Mark Percival (St Helens) 72.41 (21/29)Points:1 Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 1842 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 1553 Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 1544 Scott Dureau (Catalans Dragons) 1485 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 1446 Matty Smith (Wigan Warriors) 1377 Jack Owens (Widnes Vikings) 1148 Josh Griffin (Salford Red Devils) 1089 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 10610 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 98last_img read more

Seven of our under 19s side were part of the Lanca

first_imgSeven of our under 19s side were part of the Lancashire Academy team that beat Yorkshire 36-6, whilst nine of our women’s team played for Lancashire in their 16-10 win over the White Rose.Four of our Saints Women’s side also played in the under 19s origin game at Featherstone Lions.Elsewhere, Jumah Sambou and Lewis Foster were in the England under 16s squad that beat a strong Wales side featuring fellow Saints Scholarship teammates Harvey and Keenan McDaid 26-4.Lancashire v Yorkshire Under 19s: 36-6Saints’ Tom Nisbet, Josh Simm, John Hutchins, Jack Welsby, Jake Wingfield, Matty Foster and Sam Royle all started for Ian Talbot’s side with Foster, Welsby and Hutchings crossing for tries.Joe Sharratt was ‘18th’ man.Lancashire v Yorkshire Women: 16-10Katie-May Williams scored the winning try for Lancashire in a closely fought contest that was tied 6-6 at half time.Naomi Williams, Faye Gaskin, Zoe Harris, Vicky Whitfield, Tara Jones, Emily Rudge and Channy Crowl started the match with Sarah Lovejoy coming off the bench.Wales v England Under 16s: 4-26England exacted revenge on Wales at the Stebonheath Park on Saturday.Jumah Sambou started for England with Lewis Foster coming off the bench – Harvey McDaid and Keenan playing for Wales at full back and hooker respectively.Lancashire v Yorkshire Under 19s Women: 16-54Pip Birchall captained a young side that also featured her teammates Charlotte Hill, Rhianna Burke and Eleanor Dainty.last_img read more

911 calls released after body found in Greenfield Lake

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As police await autopsy results on a missing man whose body was found in Greenfield Lake over the weekend, we’re getting a listen to 911 calls from the scene.The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said the man, identified as 28-year-old Justin Hunter Stroupe, had been missing for four days when his body was found Sunday morning.- Advertisement – Stroupe’s body was found in the lake, near East Lake Shore Drive and Yaupon Drive.In the 911 calls, a woman, who said she was visiting the area from out of town, describes what she and others saw when they stumbled upon the scene that morning.“Hey. Hey, I think we have a dead body on the top of — what is this lake? Greenfield Lake at Cypress Apartments, Cypress Grove Apartments,” the 911 caller said.Related Article: POLICE: Woman causes damage to local nightclub, claims to be officer“Yeah, it’s got hands. It’s dead. It’s a body,” the 911 caller said.The StarNews reports the sheriff’s office is not aware of Stroupe having any cognitive or medical issues, nor a history of disappearing.The death investigation is being conducted by the Wilmington Police Department.Police are waiting on autopsy results to determine whether or not foul play was involved.last_img read more

WFD Driver runs off after crashing into Wilmington home

first_img Wilmington Police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron says a neighbor noticed the damage around 1:30 p.m. and called 911. It’s believed the crash happened earlier than that. SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) 1 of 3 SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) SUV crashes into home on Chalmers Drive (Photo: WilmingtonFD Twitter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The search is underway for the driver who crashed into a Wilmington home and then ran off.The crash happened at a home in the 3500 block of Chalmers Drive in the Pine Valley community.- Advertisement – Dandron says the SUV was reported stolen around 3:30 a.m. from a home on Waltmoor Road.According to WFD, no one was in the home and no injuries are reported.Related Article: The debate continues after protesters topple Confederate statuePolice say the church next door owned the home. According to online records, the house belongs to Pine Valley Church of Christ.Wilmington Fire says it’s a possible DWI and stolen vehicle case. Fire crews are shoring up the home at this time.Wilmington Police are investigating.last_img read more

Bond reduced for oral surgeon charged with nearly 30 sex crimes

first_img The NC State Board of Dental Examiners suspended Dr. Michael Lee Hasson‘s license in February, shortly after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery and forcible sexual offense. The crimes allegedly happened while his patients were under anesthesia.After the arrest, more alleged victims came forward and police charged Hasson with 13 additional sex crimes that allegedly took place while treating patients. The abuse allegedly took place between 2009 and 2018.Documents released on March 26 provide more details about those allegations. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington oral surgeon accused of dozens of sex crime charges received a lower bond in court Wednesday.Michael Lee Hasson‘s bond was reduced from $1.1 million to $500,000.- Advertisement – last_img read more

1 killed 2 airlifted after tanker truck hits car

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead and two others in the hospital after a crash involving a tanker truck in Columbus County this afternoon.Highway Patrol says a car heading east on US 74 got off at NC 410 north of Chadbourn and ran a stop sign at the end of the ramp. That’s when a tanker truck hit the car.- Advertisement – Investigators say one person in the car died. Two others in the car were airlifted to the hospital.No word yet on the names of the people involved or if anyone will be charged.last_img read more

Pope invoking Mother Teresa encourages North Macedonias bid to join EU

first_imgPope Francis leads the Holy Mass at the Macedonia square in Skopje, North Macedonia May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ognen TeofilovskiPope Francis leads the Holy Mass at the Macedonia square in Skopje, North Macedonia May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski Pope Francis on Tuesday implicitly blessed efforts by North Macedonia and other Balkan countries to join the European Union, saying Skopje could look to its most famous daughter, Mother Teresa, as a stimulus to build a common destiny.After two days in Bulgaria, Francis arrived in the North Macedonian capital for a 10-hour stop, becoming the highest profile international figure to visit since the country changed its name from Macedonia in January.The decision ended a decades-old dispute with neighbouring Greece, whose northernmost province is also called Macedonia, and opened the way for North Macedonia, a former Yugoslav republic, to join the European Union and NATO.Addressing authorities in Skopje’s presidential palace, Francis praised what he called the newly named country’s “crucible of cultures and ethnic and religious identities” that could serve as an example to others.“These particular features are also highly significant for increased integration with the nations of Europe. It is my hope that this integration will develop in a way that is beneficial for the entire region of the Western Balkans, with unfailing respect for diversity and for fundamental rights,” Francis said.Six Western Balkan states – Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – are in various stages of accession process to join the bloc.But in his speech, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov complained bitterly about delays.“You come at a time when Macedonian society is deeply divided, and the Macedonian (nation) is heavily wounded by broken promises, unfulfilled expectations and faltering trust in the international community,” Ivanov said.He said “decades of blockades on our European path” had led to diminished spiritual and political morale.Skopje has aspired to NATO and EU membership since the end of a 2001 uprising by the country’s ethnic Albanian minority, but was blocked by Greece, which held that the name Macedonia implied a territorial claim on its own northern province.Yet even after cutting the name change deal with Greece, North Macedonia has not yet received the date for starting EU accession talks, though it is expected to become NATO’s 30th member state next year.Nearly every event on the pope’s programme in Skopje revolved around the late Mother Teresa, who was born Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu to ethnic Albanian parents in 1910 when the country was still part of the Ottoman Empire.Francis praised Mother Teresa for working to unify people and urged Ivanov to take her example.“I encourage you to persevere with confidence along the path you have taken in order to make your country a beacon of peace, acceptance and fruitful integration between cultures, religions and peoples,” Francis said.Mother Teresa was known as the “saint of the gutters” for her work among the poor in India. She died in 1997 and was officially made a saint by Pope Francis in 2016.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more