‘Reds’ title defence looking shaky’

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Battling … The Reds will have to delve deeper into their playing stocks for round six.
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We review an exciting round five of Super Rugby action, where Melbourne Rebels, New South Wales Waratahs and the Brumbies all claimed victories.

The men from Canberra now sit on top of the Australian conference, while the Stormers are the only undefeated team in the competition.

Read on for our review of round five and watch all the highlights from the weekend’s action in our exclusive video clips!

Melbourne Rebels 30 Western Force 29



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Paul Gallen inspires the Cronulla Sharks to a memorable win over theNorth …

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Kansas ousts UNC to reach Final Four in men’s hoops – The Virginian

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Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way today, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina.
 

The second-seeded Jayhawks (31-6) will play Ohio State on Saturday in their first Final Four appearance since winning the 2008 national championship.
 

“It’s awesome,” center Jeff Withey said. “There’s no better feeling than this right now.”
 

And how’s this for symmetry? Kansas began this year’s tournament in Omaha, Neb., the same place as four years ago.
 

As the game ended, Taylor — much maligned for his shooting struggles during the first three games of the NCAA tournament — ran to Kansas fans and raised both arms in the air. Travis Releford tossed his sweatbands into the crowd.
 

“This is what you come to Kansas for,” Taylor said. “It’s a great feeling, but it’s just one step.”
 

Taylor led five Jayhawks in double figures. Player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Elijah Johnson kept up his blistering pace in the tournament with 10 points, including a 3-pointer with 3:07 to play that sparked Kansas’ 12-0 run to end the game. Withey made two monster blocks to deny the Tar Heels during the final run — including one that set up a big three-point play by Taylor.
 

Taylor came up with the rebound after Withey swatted away a shot by John Henson and streaked downcourt for a layup, getting fouled by Stilman White in the process. As the Kansas-heavy crowd roared, Taylor butted his head into Robinson’s chest. He made the free throw to give Kansas a 74-67 lead with 1:59 left, and the Jayhawks cruised from there.
 

“There’s no way to put into words the way we feel,” Williams said. “There’s no way to put into words the way I feel. … It’s the NCAA tournament. One team wins and one team loses, and that’s what we have to understand.”
 

Former Norfolk Christian standout James Michael McAdoo scored 15 for the Tar Heels (32-6), who played better in their second game without injured star point guard Kendall Marshall. But North Carolina couldn’t overcome a 5:46 field goal drought to end the Midwest Regional final.
 

It was the third defeat in 12 regional final appearances for the Tar Heels, but their second straight after losing to Kentucky last year.
 

“It was a game of runs,” Williams said. “And we didn’t answer the last one.”
 

This was the second time Williams had faced Kansas since leaving the school where he spent his first 15 years as a head coach, taking the Jayhawks to the NCAA title game twice — they lost in both 1991 and 2003 — and two other Final Fours. Though Kansas fans have softened some — Williams was still greeted with a chorus of boos, and one fan held up a sign that said, “Roy Down, 2 to Go” — Williams said Saturday that facing his old team will always be unpleasant.
 

“Too emotional for me. That’s the bottom line,” Williams said, calling Kansas his “second-favorite” team. “I don’t think it’ll ever feel good for me, regardless of the outcome. I don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable with it.”
 

At least this one went better than the first meeting, at the 2008 Final Four, where the Jayhawks walloped North Carolina on the way to winning the title Williams never could at Kansas.
 

“I enjoyed coaching these kids, and you hate it for them. That’s what it’s all about,” Williams said. “This is college basketball. It’s not about the coaches, it’s about the players.”
 

North Carolina was playing a second straight game without the dazzling Marshall, who Williams called “our engine, our driver, the head of the thing.” But unlike Friday, when the Tar Heels turned the ball over a season-high 24 times and looked surprisingly disheveled against No. 13 seed Ohio, they had things back under control today.
 

White, a freshman, may be a “wacko,” as Williams has said affectionately several times the last few days, but the kid knows how to run an offense. He had seven assists today, giving him 13 for the two games without a single turnover, and North Carolina shot almost 64 percent in the first half.
 

But the Jayhawks cranked up the pressure defensively in the second half, and North Carolina buckled. The Tar Heels shot just 7 of 31 after halftime and had six turnovers.
 

“We had an opportunity to win that game and we didn’t come through,” said Harrison Barnes, who slumped in a locker room chair after the game, a towel covering his head. “I missed a lot of shots I usually make. Big-time players come through in big-time games, and it just wasn’t there tonight.”
 

The Jayhawks seemed on the verge of pulling away several times, only to have Carolina reel them back in. But just before the midway point of the second half, Kansas established some breathing room when Releford scored on a jumper to start an 8-2 run. Taylor capped the spurt with a swirl-in jumper and a dunk off a turnover by Henson to give the Jayhawks a 66-61 lead.
 

Tyler Zeller pulled the Tar Heels within two on a putback, and Barnes hit the first of two free throws to make it 68-67 with 3:58 to play. But Johnson, shooting almost 52 percent in the tournament, drained that 3 from NBA range to start the decisive run.
 

“We knew we had to tighten up on defense. We shut them down,” Robinson said. “It feels great right now. Call me tomorrow morning and I can tell you how it feels then.”

 

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Australia levels one-day series

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Cadel Evans shows early French form, Newcastle eyes off Champions League and Murray given free pass in Miami – get your Monday Sports Fix!

YELLOW SIGNS GOOD FOR CADEL

Cycling: Cadel Evans finally showed the kind of form everyone wants him in ahead of his Tour de France defence after winning the three-stage Criterium International race in France.

Evans, who took the yellow jersey yesterday after winning the time trial, held off the inevitable attacks on the race’s final climb to seal the win.

Evans said the signs were good heading towards his Tour title defence.

“It’s a good indication (for the Tour) but there are still big races to come,” he said.

Fellow Aussie Michael Rogers started the day in second place but lost out on the final climb to drop back to third behind stage winner Pierrick Fedrigo.

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ALONSO WINS IN MALAYSIA

Formula 1 - Fernando Alonso hailed one of the toughest wins of his career on Sunday after he braved treacherous conditions to hand Ferrari a shock victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard survived a drenching storm which cut visibility to zero, a lengthy rain delay, two mass scrambles to change tyres on the drying track and a stern challenge from Sergio Perez to lead the standings after two races.

Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber finished in fourth position behind Lewis Hamilton, while countryman Daniel Ricciardo finished in 12th.

NEWCASTLE CLOSES ON FOURTH PLACE

Soccer: Tottenham could be excused for casting a worried glance over their shoulder, with Newcastle United sniffing around for a Champions League spot after defeating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in the English Premier League.

The match was virtually done and dusted at half-time as Newcastle roared to a 3-0 lead, before a late goal to West Brom substitute Shane Long ruined their clean sheet.

The win left Newcastle in sixth place in the EPL and level on points with Chelsea, with both teams just five points behind Tottenham Hotspur with eight rounds remaining.

Only the top four EPL sides score a place in the top-flight Champions League.

MURRAY GIVEN FREE PASS

Tennis: He’ll be devastasted at being denied an opportunity to brood publically, but Andy Murray will also be grateful for an extra day’s rest after opponent Milos Raonic withdrew from their third-round clash at the Miami Masters without hitting a ball.

Raonic had already pulled out of the doubles tournament with a right ankle injury but couldn’t get up for the singles either, gifting Murray an easy passage to a quarter-final clash against either Gilles Simon or Jurgen Melzer.

Murray will be relieved to not have to take on the giant Canadian, who has already won titles in Chennai and San Jose and made the final in Memphis.

In other matches, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov recorded his first victory over a top 10 player when he beat seventh seed Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3 2-6 6-4.

OTHER SPORT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Golf: Michael Hoey, who was nine shots off the pace after the first round, won his fourth European Tour title with a three-shot victory at the Trophee Hassan.
The Northern Irishman, 33, carded a final-round 65 to finish at 17 under, three better than third-round leader Damien McGrane.

Soccer: Manchester City assistant manager David Platt defended Roberto Mancini after the Italian refused to carry out his media duties following his side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City. Mancini left Platt to do the talking after a result that put them on top on goal difference but which opened the door for Manchester United to go three points clear if they win tomorrow.

Cycling: Belgium Tom Boonen of the Omega Pharma team won the Gand-Wevelgem classic for the second year in a row after a sprint finish. Boonen was too good for Slovakian Peter Sagan and Matti Breschel of Denmark.

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Carter turns attention to SBW


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Back on track … Carter says the Waratahs know they must refocus their attention on the Chiefs.
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Tom Carter says New South Wales Waratahs’ stirring victory over the Sharks has set a new benchmark for the season and there can be no “rollercoaster” dip in form on the road against the Chiefs this week.


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No one knows the potential peril of not taking an A-game to Hamilton more than Carter, who’ll come up against Sonny Bill Williams.

Carter was among the Waratahs‘ best against the Sharks but with memories still fresh of SBW’s power and skill in the Crusaders’ big win over NSW in Nelson last year, the No.12 says there can be no let-up.


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“Sonny Bill put us to the sword last year with the Crusaders,” Carter said.

“He is one of those guys. He is a tremendous player and I’m looking forward to it.

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“But they have superstars across the park. Richard Kahui was one of the players of the World Cup. Aaron Cruden has transitioned well, (Tawera) Kerr-Barlow at halfback – they’re probably the form backline in the comp.”

The Tahs responded to a week of criticism with a season-best performance on Saturday against the Sharks, using forward power and ambitious attack to post a come-from-behind win.

Facing the prospect of one win from five games – which would have been their worst ever start – Carter described it as one of the “most special wins I’ve been involved in”.

But scrapping like a cornered alley cat is one thing, maintaining the rage is another. NSW have found responding to adversity easy in the past but not applying that A-game consistently.

“We spoke about that after the game,” Carter said. “It’s not good enough to have a rollercoaster. The standard was set. We just need to keep raising that benchmark.

“It’s an enormous challenge next week against the Chiefs, with Sonny Bill, Aaron Cruden and obviously Wayne Smith having been recruited there. We went there two years ago and beat them, so they’ll remember that.

“The Reds showed last year you have to believe in yourself, and believe your game is good enough to win anywhere, anytime.

“I think the game (against the Sharks) showed we have the belief.”

Carter led from the front on Saturday, making 13 runs for 97m, scored a try and led with trademark passion. NSW’s strategic success in using the ball for 80 minutes was best reflected in the game stats.

Berrick Barnes passed 40 times and kicked only seven, every Tahs player from No.11 to No.15 ran for more than 50m, and there were seven linebreaks and 12 offloads.

“We have played some good rugby this season and not got the result, and that’s not good enough at this level,” Carter said.

“We spoke about being accountable to each other.”

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Spain’s Pp Falls Short of Majority in Andalusia: 90% Counted

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Spain’s ruling People’s Party
failed to dislodge the Socialists in Andalusian elections,
undermining Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he seeks to cut the
deficit and tackle a new surge in borrowing costs.

The PP won 50 seats in the 109-strong regional assembly,
falling short of a majority, the Seville-based government said
on its website yesterday after 99 percent of ballots were
counted. The Socialists won 47 seats, and United Left, a
traditional ally, won the remaining 12, making a ruling
coalition between the two smaller groups possible.

The Socialists will seek to remain in power in Andalusia,
which they have controlled since 1978, Elena Valenciano, the
party’s deputy leader, told reporters in Madrid. Jose Antonio
Grinan, the Socialist leader in the region, said he favored a
“stable” administration in Spain’s most populous region.

Several opinion polls had predicted the PP, in power
nationally since December, would win a majority, and the result
weakens Rajoy as he faces rising pressure from European
colleagues to reorder public finances. The PP won fewer votes
than four years ago after Rajoy cut spending, raised taxes and
made changes to labor laws that prompted unions to call a
general strike this week.

“It’s an important setback for Rajoy,” said Ismael
Crespo, a political scientist at the Fundacion Ortega-Maranon
research institute in Madrid and former head of the state
polling unit. “Rajoy’s performance in government has clearly
not helped him win votes.”

General Strike

Since coming to power on Dec. 21, Rajoy has reduced
spending and subsidies while making it easier to cut workers’
wages. Unions plan a general strike on March 29 to protest the
measures, which also reduce firing costs.

“There’s probably a link between the Andalusian election
and the general strike: it could encourage people who wouldn’t
otherwise have taken part to do so,” Alejandro Quiroga, a
political scientist at Newcastle University, said in a telephone
interview.

A day after the first walkout against the PP, Budget
Minister Cristobal Montoro, a lawmaker for Andalusia, will
present the 2012 spending plan, designed to cut the deficit to
5.3 percent of gross domestic product this year from 8.5 percent
in 2011.

Bond Yields

The government is trying to rein in debt while the economy
suffers its second recession since 2009 and unemployment exceeds
23 percent. Doubts about the government’s ability to do so
pushed Spain’s 10-year benchmark bond yield as high as 5.54
percent last week, the most in two months. The yield fell to
5.32 percent at 9:20 a.m. in Madrid, compared with 5.37 percent
on March 23.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti said yesterday that
Spain risks reigniting the debt crisis. While he praised Rajoy’s
labor overhaul, he advised the Spanish administration to focus
on public finances.

Regions are crucial to those efforts as they control about
36 percent of public spending, including health and education,
and accounted for most of Spain’s deficit slippage last year.

Under Socialist rule, Andalusia, which has Spain’s third-
largest economy and highest jobless rate, has obstructed efforts
to curb the nation’s debt load. It voted against the budget goal
of 1.5 percent of GDP for the states this year in a meeting of
regional finance chiefs and its deficit last year was more than
twice the target of 1.3 percent.

‘Resounding Voice’

“Andalusia is important in terms of financing and it is
going to raise its voice clearly in meetings between regions,”
Crespo said. “It’s going to be a resounding voice and that’s
important.”

Still, the result may not be enough to stop Rajoy pressing
ahead with plans to overhaul the economy and cut spending, said
Antonio Barroso, an analyst at the Eurasia Group in London and a
former Spanish government pollster.

“For Rajoy it’s symbolic, but I don’t think he will
retract any measures either because of this or the general
strike,” he said in a telephone interview.

Opinion polls by El Pais and ABC newspapers had predicted
an outright majority for Rajoy’s party, while a survey by El
Mundo
suggested it would fall short. An exit poll by Canal Sur
showed the PP had a majority within its grasp.

The PP still controls 11 of the 17 regions, representing
more than half of the nation’s output, and Catalonia, which
accounts for 20 percent of Spain’s economy, is led by
Convergencia i Unio, a pro-business group that tends to back the
PP on economic issues. Rajoy still has the largest majority in
the national Parliament that any Spanish leader has enjoyed in
three decades.

United Left

The Andalusian vote marks a victory for United Left, a
group that includes communists, as it doubled its representation
to 12 seats. The Socialists fared better than polls predicted,
after the party was routed nationally in November. Support for
the Socialists in the general election collapsed as former Prime
Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero alienated traditional
voters with labor measures and budget cuts designed to prevent
Spain needing an international bailout.

“The Socialists have recovered a good part of the voter
confidence that we lost in the general election,” Grinan told
reporters. “We have turned the polls on their head.”

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Emma Ross-Thomas in Madrid at
erossthomas@bloomberg.net

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Challenge of Web Developers: To Maintain Standards Across All Mobile Platforms


Challenge of Web Developers: To Maintain Standards Across All Mobile Platforms

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Web design has taken on an entirely new meaning because. of the exciting work that web professionals do. Among the most important of these are mobile application developers

With more mobile developers catering to a myriad of Operating Systems, there are a lot of new designs coming into play. The sudden success of Google’s Android platform has seen several applications taking the lime light. Clearly, it is not all about the iPhone and the iTunes store anymore. There is more at stake with Windows phones, Blackberries and many others competing for outrageous and useful apps. 

Web design is sometimes referred to as the medium of a minute. This is partially because web desingers are producing new web designs practically every minute. The best of these designers are targeting their designs for multichannel delivery, i.e. Android, iPhone etc. 

There is no question that this is a unique challenge for mobile developers. Among the problems with this scenario is that there is no telling if one application will translate successfully among all platforms.  But according expert developers, the medium is not as important as the content or the message that comes across.  

Developers can now learn content strategy and how they are able to tap into the design and development market to make a strong impact on users. Beginning designers can also learn basics of coding and creating content.

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Larchmont Author Applies Science to Yoga

William Broad was a science writer for Science magazine for five years before he began writing for the New York Times in 1983.

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William Broad released “The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards” with Simon and Schuster.

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LARCHMONT, N.Y. — William Broad will tell you he’s no expert yogi, but what he does know cold is the science of yoga, which also happens to be the title of his new book.

Broad, of Larchmont, is a science writer for the New York Times. He has practiced the ancient art of yoga since 1970, when he was a college student. So, it’s only natural he combined his passions and write “The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards.”

“The book draws on a century-and-a-half of scientific research to give the first impartial evaluation of yoga,” says the spirited science writer of 32 years. 

Broad is known for his quick wit and effervescent attitude, qualities he said can be attributed to his practice of yoga.

“Yoga helps me unwind, and it does for millions of people,” Broad said. “It’s this perfect means of stress management. I have a very hard job, and my mood is pretty good and I can handle the stress of this hard job. Yoga is a big part of that.”

The benefits of yoga, which also include improving self-discipline, are well-publicized; but Broad’s hands-on approach to research, which took him as far as Calcutta and Bombay, India, revealed some risks.

While taking a yoga class in Bethlehem, Pa., in 2007, Broad threw out his back performing an extended side-angle pose. He described the pain as ecsrutiating and blinding. “I fell down into a pile on the floor,” he said. “It was one of those bad days in the studio.”

While Broad admits he wasn’t focused on his pose, the experience was enlightening.

“It alerted me to the fact that yoga has risks,” he said. “I realized at the time many people have an impression, or a belief, that yoga is perfect. And my whole book is trying to address this issue: Can yoga be made better?”

For Broad, this includes eliminating some of the more dangerous poses, such as the shoulder stand and the plow. These poses bend one’s neck in a way that, Broad says, can result in strokes and brain damage.

“These risks are low, but the consequences are so high,” said Broad, adding that it appears again and again in the medical literature. “You can end up in the emergency room, or, God forbid, in a morgue. It’s better for me to just avoid doing it altogether.”

Along with the dangers come some myths, Broad found. The idea that yoga is the only exercise one needs is false, he says.

“A lot of science has looked at that and it’s not true,” said Broad, who suggested supplementing yoga with an aerobic exercise. “You don’t get your heart beating fast enough to get the aerobic workout that public health officials recommend.”

Another myth is that yoga will automatically help one lose weight. If anything, Broad said, yoga slows overall metabolism.

“If all things are equal and you eat the same number of calories, you’ll actually gain weight because of this metabolic slowing,” he said.

In addition to checking out hundreds of books from the Larchmont Library, Broad’s research involved a lot of practice. This included visiting several ashrams, or yoga studios, in India, where the first scientific research on yoga was done in 1851, he said.

“That first 1851 study turns out to be vitally important today, because it goes to this issue of the metabolism.”

The study, Broad said, investigated yogis’ claims that they could stop their heart and be buried, almost indefinitely. It revealed the importance of respiratory physiology, an interesting study that Broad addresses in detail in his book.

“The book lays out both the downsides, as well as the benefits,” Broad said. “In truth, I’m a yoga booster, not a basher.”

Broad will read from his new book at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Larchmont Village Center, 121 Larchmont Ave.

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Benny’s Origin push for Buderus

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Wayne Bennett wouldn’t normally go out of his way to endorse New South Wales players capable of beating Queensland in State of Origin, but on Sunday he made an exception to the rule.


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So well is hooker Danny Buderus playing for Newcastle Knights – having returned to the club after three years playing for Leeds in the Super League – the mastercoach had no choice but to declare the 34-year-old ready for selection. Already.

“I just don’t know where we’d be without him,” Bennett said after his side’s 20-6 victory over competition leaders Canterbury-Bankstown at ANZ Stadium.



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“He’s been absolutely outstanding to the club. I hope age is not an issue for Origin, because if his form dictates that he should be there, I’d love to see him play there.

“I can’t give him a big enough rap. He’s a 10-out-of-10 bloke on and off the field. He is what you’d call a real deal. He really is.”

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Buderus hasn’t played for the Blues since 2008.

But having come up against the incumbent NSW hooker in Michael Ennis, and then this Friday against Queenslander Cameron Smith when the Knights play Melbourne Storm, he could rarely find a better platform to impress Ricky Stuart.

The mere thought of Buderus coming up against Smith – who had wrested the Australia jumper from him in late 2006 – looms as an intriguing Origin subplot.

Typical of the man’s humility, though, Buderus was uncomfortable when the issue of Origin was raised.

“I have stated my case saying if my form is good enough, things happen and the selectors want to go that way, I have said before I will do anything for my state,” he said.

“There is an incumbent (Ennis) and I will have to be playing well to knock him off. I am a realist. I just don’t want to get too carried away with it really. Like I said there is an incumbent and I respect that.”

Pressed on whether he thought he could still play at the pace of Origin, he replied: “Yeah, mentally I think that’s the thing. You have no other option in Origin. The atmosphere, the occasion drags you with it. It jumps up 10 levels because the best players are there. Of course, you can drag yourself along to play at that level.”

Bennett already wants Buderus to extend his contract and play on next season, and while he can see the difference he is making around his remodelled side, some tinkering with the halves was masterly.

The coach identified two weeks ago that Jarrod Mullen was a natural five-eighth, not a halfback, and he swapped positions with captain Kurt Gidley, who returned early from a shoulder injury.

It paid instant dividends.

A short pass from Mullen put Kade Snowden through a gap, leading to a try for Richie Fa’aoso after six minutes.

In the 19th minute, Mullen did something some believe he doesn’t do enough of – run the ball – and when he sniffed an opportunity close to the line he seized on it.

Gidley’s conversion out wide extended the lead to 12-0, and in the second half there was more of the same as the Bulldogs struggled to overcome the first-half knee injury to halfback Trent Hodkinson.

“I’ve always said that one of Mullo’s best traits is running the ball,” Gidley said. “He’s one of the quickest in the club.”

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HTML5 roundup: magazine-style Web layouts with CSS regions

The Web is a powerful publishing platform, but HTML still has some weaknesses as a medium for presenting written content. Browser vendors and other stakeholders are working to remedy those weaknesses by improving the Web’s native support for print-quality typography and text layouts.

Adobe is making significant contributions to that effort. A new set of CSS features for advanced text layouts that Adobe developed and proposed for standardization last year are beginning to gain traction. The company’s CSS Regions proposal defines a system for creating magazine-style text layouts in Web content.

The feature allows Web developers to specify that a single body of text should flow through certain regions of the page. For example, you could create several div elements in a specific arrangement and have the overflow text fill those consecutively. Another feature proposed by Adobe, called CSS Exclusions, makes it possible to have inline text automatically wrap and flow to conform with a specific shape.

In the months since Adobe introduced those features and proposed them for standardization, they have gained the support of several browser vendors. Adobe discussed the status of the feature in a recent blog post. Preliminary implementations of CSS Regions based on the standard draft are now included in WebKit and Internet Explorer 10. The standard is still a work in progress, but the effort so far is promising.

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The growing support for Adobe’s CSS Regions proposal caught our eye this week, but there are several other noteworthy items to round out our HTML5 roundup.

  • Adobe recently had an internal WebKit hackathon, where developers worked to improve the open source HTML rendering engine. A blog entry about the event describes some of their work on features like CSS blending and nth-letter support. They also added several features to WebKit’s developer tools.
  • Firefox 13 landed in the Aurora channel with a number of improvements. The most significant change is that support for SPDY, Google’s faster HTTP alternative, is now enabled by default.
  • Microsoft published a great introduction to WebSockets in the official IEBlog. The feature is supported in the build of Internet Explorer that comes with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
  • Mozilla’s Chris Lord wrote a status report about architecture of Firefox Mobile in which he explains how some of the recent changes made to the browser’s rendering model have resulted in performance gains.
  • A new project called True Native allows Cordova (PhoneGap) developers to build native iOS applications with JavaScript or CoffeeScript.
  • Version 1.5 of PhantomJS, a headless WebKit runtime with a JavaScript API, has officially been released.

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Local boy ‘high fives’ the Bruins

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Shrewsbury – As part of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners’ summer reading partnership with the Boston Bruins, the team awarded the grand prize (for ages 6 to 12) to Shyam Siva of Shrewsbury. Shyam received a certificate entitling him to “high five” the Boston Bruins as they get ready to take the ice at the Boston Bruins home game Thursday, March 29.

Shyam participated in the Summer Reading Program at the Shrewsbury Public Library last summer, which made him eligible for the award.

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Alonso hails F1 win as one of his best



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Fernando Alonso hailed one of the toughest wins of his career on Sunday after he braved treacherous conditions to hand Ferrari a shock victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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The Spaniard survived a drenching storm which cut visibility to zero, a lengthy rain delay, two mass scrambles to change tyres on the drying track and a stern challenge from Sergio Perez to lead the standings after two races.

Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber finished in fourth position behind Lewis Hamilton, while countryman Daniel Ricciardo finished in 12th.

Afterwards, he compared his win in tropical Malaysia to the Korean Grand Prix of 2010, when he also weathered a fearsome storm to claim victory.

“I remember the Korea victory was extreme conditions as well, like today. It’s very difficult to keep your concentration, keep your focus in the car,” Alonso said, crediting “keeping calm in some extreme conditions” for the win.

“It’s a big surprise today. I think we weren’t competitive in Australia, we were not competitive here and our goal for the first races was to score as many as possible — but today, we leave with 25,” he said.

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“So it’s an unbelievable result, great job from the team, at trackside I think we’ve maximised the potential we have in our hands at the moment.”

Alonso’s last win came eight months ago at the British Grand Prix, and celebrated Ferrari have trailed Red Bull and McLaren for the last three seasons.

But he said Sunday’s win, at what is likely to be one of the year’s most dramatic races, did not change the fact that the Italian manufacturer badly needed to improve the pace of their car.

“I think it changes nothing, to be honest. We are in a position that we don’t want to be — fighting to go into Q3 and then fighting to score some points. We want to fight for pole positions, for victories,” he said.

“So definitely with this first two races of the championship, where we’ve found ourselves off the pace, the goal was not to lose many points from the leaders … so this is the positive news from these first two races.

“This win will make us happy today … but it doesn’t change our determination to improve the car,” he added.

Alonso now leads the standings with 35 points, five better than McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, with Ferrari in third place in the constructors’ championship.



Location: Sepang International Circuit

Event Date: 25/03/2012



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London Irish 32-41 Leicester Tigers

Leicester fly-half Toby Flood scored 26 points to take the Tigers up to third in the Premiership with a bonus-point win over London Irish.

Exiles took a six-point lead before tries from Flood and Julian Salvi got the Tigers into the game but Bryn Evans replied to put the hosts in front.

Tom Homer’s solo try gave Exiles hope after the break before Manu Tuilagi went over for the visitors.

Flood and Homer exchanged penalties before Tom Croft pounced at the death.

Victory takes Leicester above their East Midland rivals Northampton and four points behind second-placed Saracens.


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Irish reaped early rewards down Leicester’s short side and, despite having all the territory in the opening quarter, had only a solitary Homer penalty to show for it.

Welford Road-bound Dan Bowden doubled the Exiles’ lead on the half hour with a drop-goal as referee Dean Richards played advantage.

The score sparked Tigers into life and they produced 15 flawless phases to take them up to the hosts’ line.

After a series of five-metre scrums, Ben Youngs eventually fed Flood, who ghosted over from seven metres out, but the fly-half was ponderous with his conversion, charge down by Darren Allinson.

Salvi touched down after Thomas Waldrom almost went over and Flood made no mistake with the extras.

A collapsed scrum saw Homer step up to put Irish within three points and Evans’ try came from a line-out, where Irish impressed, after Allison burst through Leicester’s forwards before finding his lock in support.

Homer added the conversion and Youngs was lucky not to leave the field just before half time for punching Jamie Gibson in front of the touch judge.

After Flood put Tigers back in front from the tee Homer showed great acceleration to cross under the posts after some poor defence.

Billy Twelvetrees exposed disjointed defending at the other end to set up Tuilagi.

Homer and Flood exchanged penalties as the lead swapped hands twice in the final minutes and, while Irish kept the ball alive in time added on, Croft pounced on a loose ball to give Tigers the five points and deny the hosts anything.

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Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill:

“We played some good stuff but some horrendous stuff.

“We soaked up early pressure and then I thought we were going to take control, but we were too inaccurate against a side who have the pace and power to punish you.”

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith said:

“Homer is a special kid and it was a special performance.

“As a neutral the game was an outstanding spectacle. After 78 minutes we had our noses in front and I thought it was going to be a Cinderella moment for us.”

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London Irish:

Homer; Yarde, Ansbro, Shingler, Tagicakibau; Bowden, Allinson; Corbisiero, Paice, Rautenbach; Kennedy, Evans; Garvey, Danaher, Gibson.

Replacements:

D Armitage for Yarde (67), Hodgson for Allinson (67), Lahiff for Corbisiero (47), Buckland for Paice (51), Ion for Rautenbach (31), Casey for Evans (67), Treviranus for Gibson (67).

Leicester:

Murphy; Agulla, M Tuilagi, Twelvetrees, Hamilton; Flood, B Youngs; Ayerza, Chuter, Cole; Skivington, Parling; Mafi, Salvi, Waldrom.

Replacements:

Grindal for B Youngs (69), Mulipola for Ayerza (67), Castrogiovanni for Cole (53), Croft for Mafi (53).

Att:

20,905

Ref:

Dean Richards (RFU).

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Foster Excited To Remain At Middle Linebacker For Tampa Bay

The signing of former Atlanta Falcon Curtis Lofton to a five-year deal by New Orleans on Saturday means that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem committed to keeping Mason Foster at middle linebacker for a second year.

The reason? Aside from Seattle’s David Hawthorne, who hasn’t conjured up much interest in free agency, there aren’t any more experienced middle linebackers available on the market that seem to interest Tampa Bay.

Lofton landed in New Orleans, while the Falcons replaced him with former Seahawk Lofa Tatupu, who was signed off the street. Philadelphia traded for Texans middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans. Denver re-signed its middle linebacker, Joe Mays. Detroit re-signed Stephen Tulloch, and Washington is expected to re-sign London Fletcher.

So that leaves Foster, who started at middle linebacker during his rookie season, as the Bucs’ current signal caller on defense, which was something general manager Mark Dominik hinted at a few weeks ago after the team signed wide receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright.

“I know we’re talking to the team about Mason Foster being the Mike linebacker of this team,” Dominik said. “And I think the coaching staff that has been in here evaluating that tape feels like he has a great opportunity to keep the green dot and stay as the middle linebacker.”

Dominik’s encouraging words and the team’s lack of action at the middle linebacker position in free agency has thrilled Foster this offseason.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Foster said. “We have a new coaching staff and for me to have guys that already believe in me it’s great. I’m looking forward to getting in the office when we are able to start watching film and talking X’s and O’s. We really didn’t have an offseason last year and that proved to me last year just how far you can get during the season with only a few months of working with the coaches. I tried to learn everything I could and get better in every single way. I just wanted to help the team win any way I could. I just want to win.”

Despite leading the team with 126 tackles during his first season in the NFL, while contributing four tackles for loss, two sacks, two passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, Foster has his share of critics. Tampa Bay’s run defense was the worst in the league with Foster in the middle last year, and for every tackle and splash play he made there seemed to be a tackle that he missed or a big play in the passing game that he gave up.

“It was definitely challenging,” Foster said. “I tried to do everything I could by going down to Bradenton before the season started for the [unofficial] mini-camp, but even doing that it was tough to get a real good grasp on everything. I was able to show the physical part of my play by hitting people and making plays. It was tough as the season went on and more and more stuff was thrown in. I’m not making any excuses, but I definitely feel like there was a lot on my plate. With all that was going on I just tried to stay positive and get better each week. At the end of the day, I’ve been working to get better this offseason and keep everything going.”

Foster’s critics must realize that he only played outside linebacker in college, and the first time he ever looked at the Buccaneers’ playbook was the first day of training camp due to the NFL lockout last spring and summer that robbed every club of its offseason program, mini-camps and OTAs (organized team activities). That was an unenviable position for any rookie to be in. Not only would Foster have to learn how to play a new position and learn how to play on a different level of football, he would also have to learn all of the other positions on defense and their responsibilities so that he could make the audible calls for the Buccaneers.

As a result of having all of that on his plate during his rookie season, Foster admits to being too hesitant, which affected his play.

“When I look back at the film I see me playing hesitant at times and not really trusting my first instinct, which is something I typically don’t do,” Foster said. “Anybody that watched me play in college knows that my instincts and my ability to play sideline-to-sideline are good. But there were times when I would second-guess myself and end up a step too slow. Much of it goes back to trusting yourself and I feel like with a year under my belt and learning from the coaches that I can only get better.”

That’s what new Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan believes. Sheridan was very high on Foster coming out of the University of Washington last year when he was the linebackers coach of the Miami Dolphins and believes that the year’s worth of experience he gained in 2011 will benefit Foster in his second year at the position.

“I met him last year coming in before the draft,” Foster said. “He was a great guy back then and then I had a chance to talk to him the other day at [One Buccaneer Place]. He’s just a good guy. He asked me how I was doing and how my family was doing. I’m excited. I can’t wait to get into talking X’s and O’s with him and getting everything going.

“I remember sitting down with him in Miami because my first visit was to Miami. I was sitting in his office talking football for a long while and we also talked about life. I’m really excited that he got hired here and is going to be a part of this staff. He can help me get better and take my game to the next level.”

While Foster’s play was not up to his standards last year, he did make some plays against the run and the pass, and the fact that he led the team in tackles despite missing the second halves of three contests due to a bad ankle sprain early in the season is something he can build on as he heads into the middle linebacker position once again with more experience.

“No matter what was going on I always played hard regardless,” Foster said. “No matter if your ankle is a little sore, if you aren’t feeling well or if you are dealing with stuff from home, football is football. You can come and play and forget about everything else. Something I prided myself on was doing whatever I could to help my team win, whether it was interceptions, fumbles, sacks, tipped passes or pressures. That’s what I tried to do. Stats don’t mean a thing. I’m just trying to help us win.

“At the same time, I felt like I was learning more at the end of the season, and leading the team in tackles is a good accomplishment. Just playing in the league is a big accomplishment, but actually coming in and making plays for the team and leading the team in tackles is something that’s positive. Yet I can’t look at that as a good goal or that’s what I wanted. I think it’s a great way to start and look back and say I was banged up and things didn’t go the way I wanted to go, but I was able to have some level of success. I can keep working and do a lot better than that, but it’s a good way to start my career.”

While the Bucs don’t appear likely to sign a veteran middle linebacker this year, you can bet that Tampa Bay will draft one in April to compete with Foster in case he doesn’t show enough improvement in his second season at the position. Boston College’s Luke Kuechly is a player Tampa Bay has to be considering in the first round if the team moves down in a trade, and Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower will be available in the second round and Mychal Kendricks will likely be a third-round pick.

If Foster somehow loses out on the starting Mike job this season, he is open to playing one of the outside linebacker positions. Quincy Black is the current starting strongside (Sam) linebacker, but is overpaid and under-productive. Geno Hayes was the starting (Will) weakside linebacker and is an unrestricted free agent that was not given a contract offer and is not expected to return to Tampa Bay in 2012.

“I wish Geno the best,” Foster said. “He was a great teammate. My sophomore year I played Will and then my junior year I moved to Sam, guarding the tight end and playing down the line of scrimmage in the Under front. My senior year I moved back to Will and became an All-American. You just get a feel for the defense as a whole. Even coming into the Bucs this year coming straight into camp they had me learn all three positions. Once you learn Mike you pretty much learn the other two linebacker roles because you have to know what they are doing. Whatever happens in free agency or the draft happens.

“I’m ready to help the team win, whether it’s at Mike or Will or Sam or running down on kickoffs. Winning is the best feeling in the world. Winning in Tampa would be even better. I just can’t wait to get started and help this team win.”

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Head, Willard-Lewis to meet in N.O. council runoff

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NEW ORLEANS — The race for City Council at-large is down to two candidates. Stacy Head and Cynthia Willard-Lewis will meet in an April 21 runoff. The early projection came just after 10 p.m. from Greg Rigamer, Eyewitness News election analyst.

Final but unofficial returns showed Head with 44% of the vote to Willard-Lewis’ 33%. Despite a huge difference in campaign funds, Willard-Lewis claimed just enough of the vote to force a runoff with Stacy Head. 

Willard-Lewis relied on the goodwill of voters in eastern New Orleans to overcome the massive gap in campaign funds between her and Head, said Clancy DuBos, Eyewitness News political analyst. 

“I’m just feeling very humbled and very thankful,” said Willard-Lewis after making it into the runoff.

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Cameron criticises Peter Cruddas for donor boast

Peter CruddasMr Cruddas is heard to say a payment of £200,000 is “Premier League”

Prime Minister David Cameron has denounced the party’s former treasurer for boasting that a big enough donation could lead to high-level access.

He said Peter Cruddas’s claims, filmed by undercover Sunday Times reporters, were “completely unacceptable”. Mr Cruddas quit hours after publication.

The PM pledged a “party inquiry” into the claims that £250,000 would get donors a private dinner with him.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband called for a “proper independent investigation”.

Mr Cruddas was secretly filmed saying that a donation of £250,000 gave “premier league” access to party leaders, including private dinners with Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, and with any feedback on policy shared with Downing Street.

He was heard initially saying that it was not possible to buy access to the prime minister.

But he then went on to discuss what access different size donations would get.

He was speaking to the reporters posing as staff from a fake wealth fund based in Liechtenstein who were interested in doing business in the UK.

‘If you’re unhappy…’

He told them: “Two hundred grand to 250 is premier league… what you would get is, when we talk about your donations the first thing we want to do is get you at the Cameron/Osborne dinners.”

He said they would be able to ask Mr Cameron “practically any question you want”.

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Analysis

Party funding and lobbying can be two of the most toxic areas of modern politics. But when they combine (as in the case of the Cruddas episode) the results can be even more poisonous.

That’s why Cruddas resigned so quickly and politicians on all sides have issued swift and strong condemnation. David Cameron is stamping on any suggestion that the party’s rich friends in finance can buy influence or shape policy.

But it’ll be hard to draw a line under this affair. Labour says questions remain. How many donors have been invited to cosy dinners or drinks in Downing Street and Chequers? Did any of them happen to mention their views on big policy decisions – like the reduction in the 50p tax rate?

A trawl begins today for any evidence that donors shaped policy, and the can of worms that is party funding reform will be opened once again.

“If you’re unhappy about something, we will listen to you and put it into the policy committee at number 10 – we feed all feedback to the policy committee.”

Mr Cameron said: “What happened was completely unacceptable. This is not the way we raise money in the Conservative Party. It shouldn’t have happened.

“It’s quite right that Peter Cruddas has resigned. I will make sure there is a proper party inquiry to make sure this can’t happen again.”

In his resignation statement, Mr Cruddas said: “I deeply regret any impression of impropriety arising from my bluster in that conversation.

“Clearly there is no question of donors being able to influence policy or gain undue access to politicians.

“Specifically, it was categorically not the case that I could offer, or that David Cameron would consider, any access as a result of a donation. Similarly, I have never knowingly even met anyone from the Number 10 policy unit.”

During a review of party funding by the independent Committee on Standards in Public Life last year, the Conservatives suggested an annual cap of £50,000.


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David Cameron: “What happened is completely unacceptable”

This was dismissed by the committee as it amounted to twice the average salary and over a five-year Parliament added up to £250,000.

Instead, a cap of £10,000 was recommended by the committee, with an extra £23m of taxpayers’ money to reduce reliance on “big money” donations.

Committee chairman Sir Christopher Kelly said on Sunday: “The only way to remove the suspicion surrounding very large donations would be to ban very large donations.

“That requires all the parties to address something very hard.

“For the Conservatives it means giving up their advantage of having more wealthy supporters. For Labour, the relationship with the trade unions,” he said.

The Conservative Party currently has several levels of donation, with the top one being the Leader’s Group, where for an annual donation of £50,000 donors can be invited to join Mr Cameron and other senior figures from the Conservative Party at dinners, post-Prime Minister’s Questions lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches.

Mr Cruddas had been involved in fundraising for the Conservative Party since June last year, and took over as the party’s principal fundraiser earlier this month.

Lord Fink will now return as principal treasurer, the party announced on Sunday morning, with Michael Farmer acting as co-treasurer.

‘Grotesque’

Labour called for an independent inquiry by the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

It said it wanted the names of Tory donors who have visited government property – including Downing Street and Chequers – and of those who have made submissions to the Downing Street policy unit, to be published.


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Labour Leader Ed Miliband: “These are very disturbing revelations”

Mr Miliband told the BBC that a party inquiry into what had happened was not good enough.

“These allegations can’t be swept under the carpet – there needs to be a proper independent investigation into what influence was sought, what influence was gained and what impact it had,” he said.

“We need to know what happened, who paid money, what interaction there was between the prime minister and the chancellor and the people who paid money.”

Mr Miliband said it “would be right” for the prime minister to make a statement to Parliament on the issue.

“I think people are bound to ask questions about whether policy is being made in the national interest or in relation to the Conservative Party interest,” he said.

“This goes to the heart of the way that policy is made – it goes to the heart of Downing Street.”

Labour MP Michael Dugher wrote to Mr Cameron on Sunday, saying: “Given the seriousness of the allegations about how government is conducted, it is not appropriate for the Conservative Party to investigate itself.”

He said he particularly wanted to know, in light of last week’s Budget, the details of all donors who had made representations, both written and orally, on changes to the 50p tax rate.

‘Reform’ of funding system

Coalition partners the Liberal Democrats were also concerned. Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “It’s utterly disgraceful and there is no place for this sort of unacceptable behaviour in British politics.”

He also said “reform” of funding system was necessary.

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He said there was a “perception that people who make large donations – be they wealthy people from the city or trade unions – have influence. They should not have that influence, nor the perception of that influence.”

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the party would continue to make clear to donors that there was “no question of people being able to influence policy through making donations”.

“Parties need money and it is right that that should be strictly regulated, as it is,” he said.

“Our compliance procedures are very rigorous and obviously, as David Cameron has said, we’ll be looking into this very urgently to ensure that they’re even more rigorous and always complied with to the full.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17504798

‘Storm are better than they’ve been’


Melbourne Storm

Storm … ‘they’ve gone to another level this year’.
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Read the thoughts of Fox Sports rugby league commentator Brett Kimmorley as he reviews round four of the NRL.


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Parramatta Eels 6 defeated by Penrith Panthers 39 at Parramatta Stadium

“Luke Walsh was brilliant. He’s obviously been very talented and highly regarded for a lot of years but I think with the structure Ivan Cleary’s bringing to the club, you’re starting to see the best of him. Penrith have got a lot more set plays under Cleary and they’re getting a lot more footy from Michael Jennings and the others on the edge. Parramatta were absolutely horrible. It looks like they don’t know each other; it looks like they’ve got no structure and with confidence shot at that football club there are now rumours that players are being told their careers are on the line or they’re being sold and of course coach Steve Kearney’s under a lot of pressure.”



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South Sydney 12 defeated by Brisbane Broncos 20 at nib Stadium

“I thought the Broncos were really good. They showed enormous character and I think that’s what people were waiting to see: their ability to fight back when behind without Darren Lockyer around. Josh Hoffman was outstanding, Sam Thaiday was brilliant, there was a big play by Ben Hannant to chase down the Rabbitohs’ half and probably that was the turning point of the game. I thought Souths were fairly goood – they got off to a 12-0 start and showed great structure but they’ve given up leads a few times this year and I think the reason for that is their halves don’t have the killer blow in them. John Sutton’s still not aggressive enough and it’s a pretty tough ask for a rookie halfback to steer a side around in his first year, even though I think Adam Reynolds is doing a great job.”

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Outdoors Notebook: McDonald’s Big Bass Splash and more. – The Huntsville Times

(Entries for this section can be emailed to franksargeant@charter.net.net.)

March 30: Registration for McDonald’s Big Bass Splash March 31–April 1 out of Goose Pond on Guntersville, $155,000 in cash and prizes include Legend/Merc top prize, $1000 per tourney hour for largest bass, free kids tournament for 6-11, adult entry $185, to benefit Ronald McDonald House; www.sealyoutdoors.com.

Through May 15: Lake Weiss Crappie Tournament, up to $1000 for tagged crappies, $10 entry at baitshops and marinas around the lake.

Mar. 15-April 30: Turkey season in most counties.

March 31: BFL tournament at Guntersville out of Waterfront/Goose Pond; www.flwoutdoors.com.

March 31: NBT tournament at Wilson out of Safety Harbor; www.nbtbassaln.com.

April 1-30: Turkey season, select northern counties.

April 10: Alabama Wildlife Federation Wild Game Cookoff, Ditto Landing in Huntsville, 6 p.m., tickets $50, free entry for cooking teams, proceeds to AWF; 800-822-9457.

April 14: Bassmaster Weekend Series, Weiss Lake; www.weekendseries.com.

April 15: Eddie Preuitt Ford Top Rod Solo Tournament at Wilson out of Safety Harbor; www.toprodtrail.wordpress.com.

April 28: NBT tournament at Wheeler out of Lee High; www.nbtbassaln.com.

May 3-5: FLW Everstart tournament at Guntersville, entry $1000, first place payout $35,000; www.flwoutdoors.com.

May 11-12: Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Championship on Lake Guntersville; www.auburn.edu/bass.

May 12: Bassmaster Weekend Series, Neely Henry; www.weekendseries.com.

May 13: Streamline Cutting Top Rod Solo Tournament at Wheeler out of Ingalls Harbor; www.toprodtrail.wordpress.com.

May 18-19: Homeland Security No-Entry-Fee Bass Tournament on Wheeler out of Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, $1000 top prize, sponsored by The Boat House and Serra Toyota, free entry for police, firefighters, military, etc; www.the-boat-house.com.

May 19: NBT tournament at Guntersville out of Waterfront; www.nbtbassaln.com.

May 24-25: Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship at Pickwick out of McFarland Park; www.collegiatebasschampionship.com.

June 9: NBT tournament at Pickwick out of McFarland; www.nbtbassaln.com.

June 16: Piedmont Insurance Top Rod Solo Tournament at Wheeler out of Ingalls Harbor; www.toprodtrail.com.

June 30: BFL Tournament on Neely Henry out of Coosa Landing; www.flwoutdoors.com.

July 7: Dobyns Rods Top Rod Solo Open at Smith Lake out of the dam ramp; www.toprodtrail.wordpress.com.

July 14: Bassmaster Weekend Series, Weiss Lake, www.weekendseries.com.

July 14: NBT tournament at Wheeler out of Ingalls Harbor; www.nbtbassaln.com.

July 23-28: PAA Tournament on Neely Henry, $1500 pro entry, $250 co-angler; www.fishpaa.com.

Aug. 11: NBT tournament at Wilson out of Safety Harbor; www.nbtbassaln.com.

Aug. 11: Patrick Johnson State Farm Top Rod Solo Open at Pickwick out of McFarland Park; www.toprodtrail.wordpress.com.

August 25-26: Bassmaster Weekend Series regional, Guntersville, www.weekendseries.com.

Sept. 1: Berry, Berry, Little Brunner Top Rod Solo Open at Smith Lake out of the dam ramp; www.toprodtrail.wordpress.com.

Sept. 8-9: BFL Tournament at Pickwick out of McFarland Park; www.flwoutdoors.com.

Sept. 15-16: BFL Tournament at Guntersville out of Val Monte Resort; www.flwoutdoors.com.

Sept. 20-23: Walmart FLW tournament at Lake Wheeler out of Ingalls Landing; www.flwoutdoors.com.

Sept. 29: BFL tournament at Pickwick out of J.P. Coleman ramp; www.flwoutdoors.com.

Oct. 13: Frogg Toggs/T-H Marine Top Rod Solo Open at Wilson out of Safety Harbor; www.toprodtrail.wordpress.com.

Nov. 10-11: MarMac Real Estate Top Rod Solo Trail Championship at Smith Lake out of the dam ramp; www.toprodtrail.wordpress.com.

Article source: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/03/outdoors_notebook_mcdonalds_bi.html