Fuhr Thoughts — The Christmas Edition

first_imgIt’s a new pipeline, but that same old Santa helper.Yours truly, Fuhr Thoughts, is back to share a few presents with Nelson Sports Nation on this festive eve.For the past two decades I’ve been able to send a little cheer to the movers and shakers on the local sporting scene.However, with the closing of the Nelson Daily News . . .  boy it’s tough to say those words without a little tear showing around the eyes, I’ve had to ply my trade online as part of the Lone Sheep paper train, The Nelson Daily.My colleagues, Tim Schafer, ad rep Peter Sheets and I decided there was something missing from reader’s daily routine, hence the creation of this five-day-a-week online gathering of news, sports, arts, community, etc.And if you notice there’s no ink stains on the fingers and recycling is not necessary. Good clean information.But enough of my rambling. Let’s get to the opening some presents.Nelson LeafsEvery time at this season I tend to focus on the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club. While there’s not much of a change off the ice — as a matter of fact new president Russell Stocks has seamlessly taken over the top job — it’s been a different show on the ice.However, before Leaf faithful Carol James new coach and GM Chris Shaw with a Baker’s Dozen coup of their own, let’s cut the guy some slack.I mean who in their right mind would have thought the transition behind the bench from Simon Wheeldon to anyone in hockey short of Tom Renney, would have been smooth?So for Mr. Shaw, a nice multi-game winning streak starting Wednesday in Castlegar, followed by a long run into the post season would be the best present for the former Okanagan Hockey Association coach.Now let’s cut the guy some slack.Selkirk College AD Kim Verigin Kim has been ripping his hair out of late trying to find a way to put varsity sports back on the calendar at Selkirk College. The sudden departure this fall from the B.C. College Athletic Association by the volleyball teams at Selkirk was a huge blow to the Castlegar-based school.For Verigin Santa, maybe a surge in participation at the West Kootenay high school level would best serve Mr. Verigin this Christmas.  Because unless the programs turn around soon at the high school level, finding talent that even wants to make a commitment to play in the collegiate ranks will be like finding a basketball at Mount Sentinel High School.Mitch Popadynetz, Cormac Southam, The Chopin boys, Andrea, Taylor, Brittany. . .  and the list goes on.These rising soccer stars have decided to push the envelope when it comes to the sport of roundball.See a soccer pitch and witness first hand one of these players plying their trade.See an indoor game, watch them dazzle the opposition. So Santa, seeing how this is a season of giving, maybe a few breaks, and scholarships for post-secondary, would be appropriate presents under the tree Christmas morning.Competitive curling in the KootenaysNice try Curl B.C. It used to be the norm that every late November or early December was set aside for the West Kootenay Men’s and Women’s Zone championships. The Cominco Shield for the Men. A long standing tradition that was unceremoniously killed by Curl B.C. in favour of two interior playdowns — one in the north and one in the south.The new format was created to givbe rinks two chances to qualify for the Provincial Championship.However, all the Curl B.C. plan did was to curtail the number of rinks from the Kootenays that normally enter under the old format?Before this season, say, at least 20 rinks started down the Brier trail in October.Now?
 Maybe five to seven rinks that decided to head to the southern interior playdown in Kamloops. And almost no one to Prince George.A local curling guru told me before we know it the competitive curling scene will be as popular as Sarah Palin’s reality television show.Toss a bucket up brains under the tree Santa for these jokers at Curl B.C. Maybe a few of them will fall into the right place.Geoff Kinrade . . . a call up to the NHL to for a shot with the Senators; Isaac and Alex MacLeod . . . continued success on the college hockey circuit; to the L.V. Rogers Bombers Basketball team I coach, maybe a few of the old stars coming out of retirement; and to the Jackson’s Hole Men’s soccer team . . . hoping I don’t come out of [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgNOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander is from Los Angeles. NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER OF ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “This may have been her best race. It was the one I was most nervous about. We had Desert Steel on the other side of us. We had her pinned down the last two times and this time, she was on the outside of us. There was also a lot more speed in there today than in the last few races. So I was nervous, but she’s getting better.“I think Tyler knows that what he does best is to just barely put any pressure on the reins. He’s pretty much loose reining her now. She can go so fast early and not get tired. If you saw her in the Winner’s Circle, she wasn’t blowing real hard. She has such a light touch on the ground. It’s not taking a lot out of her. I’m not an expert but she’s the damndest horse I’ve ever had.Alexander was asked if he feels Enola Gray is living up to the high expectations he and others had for her sire, Grazen: “Mike Mitchell, Phil and I were Grazen’s biggest fans. That was the worst day of my life when he broke down here. I’m really excited that he’s got a huge book this year. People are finally starting to pay attention. His numbers keep getting better.“He had that same speed that could go two turns. If they went with him, they got tired. If they waited for him to get tired, he didn’t. I can remember Garrett Gomez telling me, ‘this horse has another gear if I need it, but so far I haven’t needed it.’ He never was really laid down hard. He’s a cool stallion. He’s in my backyard six to eight months of the year and he’s getting them in foal 98 percent of the time.” JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “This filly, she loves the hill. She loves the grass. She was just out there having fun. It takes her a few strides to get going but once she does, it’s like riding on a cloud. “This filly is unbelievable. I can’t wait until next time.”TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img PHIL D’AMATO, TRAINER OF ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “I’m dying to run her a mile on grass. The way she galloped out today, Tyler couldn’t hardly pull her up.  If she comes out of this good, we’ll look at the Royal Heroine (Grade II, one mile turf on April 8).” -30-last_img read more

Superfight won’t uproot grounded UFC heavyweight star Miocic

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, Stipe Miocic gestures after a win over Francis Ngannou during a heavyweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 220, in Boston. Miocic will get the biggest paycheck of his career at UFC 226 for the biggest test of his fighting life against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)LAS VEGAS — Stipe Miocic has been the UFC’s heavyweight champion for more than two years, calmly dominating the most tumultuous division in mixed martial arts during a record three title defenses.Yet deep in his core, the longest-reigning heavyweight champ in UFC history has embraced the fact he’ll always feel like a firefighter from Cleveland whose life took an amazing detour.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “When I walk into the octagon and they lock the door, I’m like, ‘Well, I can’t leave now,’” Miocic said. “It’s fight or flight, and you’ve got to fight. It’s a little surreal, though. You look across the cage, and you’re like, ‘Huh. I’m fighting Daniel Cormier. Awesome. I watched this dude when I was an amateur.’”Real life for Miocic (18-2) isn’t under the bright lights of Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. He’ll take a moment in that cage to appreciate the brilliant absurdity of being in a superfight against Cormier (20-1), the imposing light heavyweight champion, in the heavily anticipated main event of UFC 226 on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownReal life is at home in Cleveland, where his pregnant wife is attempting to wait to deliver their first child until he gets home. Real life is in the firehouses in suburban Oakwood and Valley View where he still works as a firefighter and paramedic, fitting in several shifts each week between MMA training sessions.The 35-year-old Miocic firmly believes he has kept the UFC heavyweight division locked down because he stayed in Cleveland and worked relentlessly to avoid both the trappings and the traps of success. LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ “I thought he could be a champion even before he got in the UFC if he continued on his path, (but) that’s a big ‘if,’” Marinelli said. “Not everybody can sustain that growth for long periods of time, and not buckle under the pressure and change. When you have success, you can go Hollywood. You can ruin everything. Your mind changes. Instead of training, you can think, ‘Oh, I’ll go in Wednesday.’ Never for him. All of the characteristics in his personality that he had, they kept on getting stronger. I think he realized that his success was coming from it, and he didn’t want to change it.”Miocic is making the biggest payday of his career Saturday, and the champ said he is finally “100 percent” happy with the UFC’s financial commitment to him. That wasn’t the case earlier this year, when his disappointment over a relatively meager check for his defense against Ngannou prompted him to take the belt from UFC President Dana White in the Boston cage so Marinelli could put it around his waist instead of White.“They made it right,” Miocic said. “I love it, especially for my family.”The family is about to get bigger: Miocic’s wife, Ryan, is due on Aug. 1, but it could happen anytime. Ryan doesn’t plan to tell him if she goes into labor shortly before the fight, and Miocic could head home right after the fight on a private jet arranged by a sponsor.The weekend is full of potential distractions, but none of the normal Vegas variety: Along with the imminent arrival of his first child in Ohio, Miocic is heavily invested in the World Cup success of Croatia. The son of two Croatian immigrants will watch the quarterfinal match against Russia and then take a nap before the biggest fight of his life.“It’s going to be a great day on Saturday,” Miocic said. “They’re going to win, I’m going to win, and it’ll be great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “If I ever acted like I was better than someone, my wife and my mom would pretty much murder me,” Miocic said. “I think it’s just the people around me. My wife, my family, coaches, friends, my firefighter buddies. If I do something dumb, they would be like, ‘You’re an idiot.’ Plus, I come back from a title fight, and literally the next day I worked, they’re like, ‘Here.’ They’re throwing a plunger at me. They bring me down real fast.”He won’t let it go to his head, but Miocic’s accomplishments in the heavyweight division are peerless at this point.After winning eight of his first 10 UFC bouts, he won the title by going to Brazil and knocking out Fabricio Werdum on his own turf. Miocic kept the belt by stopping decorated veterans Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos, followed by a one-sided victory last January over Francis Ngannou, whose meteoric rise was stopped cold by a champion who came in as an underdog.Not bad for a former Cleveland State wrestler who basically stopped studying MMA for a full year while he completed his paramedic training.His longtime coach, Marcus Marinelli, has been gratified to see Miocic’s ability to maximize the potential he saw so many years ago.ADVERTISEMENT NBA estimates 40,000 more travel miles in a top 16 playoffs format Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Evander Kane says hockey “far behind” other sports on awareness of racism

first_imgSharks forward Evander Kane said the sport of hockey badly needs to catch up to other sports in bringing awareness to racism if it ever hopes to become more diverse and grow acceptance and interest.Two days after he called out a poster for telling him on Instagram to “Stick to basketball,” Kane, whose father is black and whose mother is white, told TSN Radio in Vancouver on Friday that attitudes in hockey have to change if it wants to draw more interest across a wider cross-section of fans. …last_img read more

Culinary Center building beef demand through education

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What once was an Italian restaurant, serving chicken parmesan and lasagna on the outskirts of Wooster, Ohio, now only has one thing on the menu — beef.The hostess station and the full bar is all that remains from the once garlic-filled establishment, but what Certified Angus Beef has added to the facility, now known as The Culinary Center, is something that will continue to bolster demand for beef products.“We realized about five years ago that there was a huge need out there with the partners we work with from the grocery business, food service, chefs and everyone in between,” said Mark McCully, Vice President of Production with Certified Angus Beef. “They had a lot of questions about meat production and agriculture so we made the decision to create a venue to bring those folks in and teach them about where the cuts come from, beef fabrication and merchandising, beef quality and the job farmers and ranchers do to supply high-quality meat.”The Culinary Center consists of a world-class culinary team that is very passionate about beef quality and the Certified Angus Beef brand. These experts help others along the supply chain, from packers to chefs to consumers, learn the ins and outs about beef with demonstrations in a meat lab showcasing top-notch carcasses and learning sessions in a gourmet kitchen on how to best prepare the many cuts that beef has to offer.“We knew when we built The Culinary Center that there was a need for something like this, but we were surprised with how extensive that need has been,” McCully said. “We have people visiting us from literally around the world to spend a few days with us and submerse themselves in Certified Angus Beef brand products.”Those visits almost always include a field trip for guests to see an area farm producing Certified Angus Beef. This is an important part of the whole experience given how many people, including those that prepare food, have no farm experience.“For everything taught inside The Culinary Center, we know how important it is to show our guests a working farm and let them meet the people that are making their livelihoods raising cattle,” McCully said. “A fashionable idea in the food service industry today is locally grown and taking groups out and helping them understand how cattle are raised and how those farming families take care of the animals and the land is vital. It is incredibly rare that we have someone come back from those farm visits where they are not all in and any skepticism they might have had in the past is essentially gone.”The advantage of hosting high-caliber chefs and other members of the food service industry is that while they learn more about Certified Angus Beef, they are also able to share some of the food trends being seen across the globe, which keeps The Culinary Center ahead of the curve.“It is definitely a two-way street,” McCully said. “We have the luxury of bringing a group of chefs in and taking a cut of meat that may not be utilized to its fullest and collectively brainstorm some different applications. Chefs are artists and many come back time and time again because they affectionately refer to The Culinary Center as a playground where they can come in and try some different things that they may not be able to try at their restaurant and there has been a lot of creativity in that kitchen.”For those not so savvy in the kitchen, beef can be a bit complicated with a wide variety of cuts and uses. That is why The Culinary Center also invites in supermarket personnel to educate them about the versatility of Certified Angus Beef brand products, in hopes that those ideas will be passed on over the meat counter.“Today, employees of your local grocery store’s meat department wear so many more hats and have responsibilities that span farther than being behind the counter,” McCully said. “We have created video training guides in this facility for major retailers to use as education tools to keep their associates current with questions that may be coming from customers or a newer cut that may being promoted or a new recipe application. There is no such thing as too much education and there is always an opportunity to learn more and get better and that is the goal not only for us with The Culinary Center, but for everyone that pays us a visit.”Providing education about Certified Angus Beef at every level of the supply chain will enhance the experience with beef at the dinner table which, in turn, promotes demand, which has been perennially strong in the U.S. Now, the beef industry is setting its sights on growing that demand overseas.“Last year, we sold a little over 1 billion pounds of product and about 15% of that would have gone outside of the U.S. borders,” McCully said. “We sold into almost 50 different countries last year as more and more consumers crave high quality, highly marbled, grain-fed U.S. beef and they are looking at Certified Angus Beef to deliver that product.”The largest growth for Certified Angus Beef in 2016 was realized in Japan, where 31 million pounds of beef equated to a 153% increase year-over-year. That country was the No. 2 importer of Certified Angus Beef last year. Of course Japan is no stranger to beef, specifically high quality Wagyu and Kobe varieties, so positioning Certified Angus Beef in that part of the world is different than here in the U.S.“Here, Certified Angus Beef is positioned as the premium beef but Japan has beef that sells for hundreds of dollars a pound,” McCully said. “So there we are positioned as the premium of the imported beef and we have to understand that they don’t enjoy a steak the same way that we do. They prefer more thinly sliced cuts and smaller portions, so it is a different market, but they do understand quality and that’s why we are having a lot of success in that region.”Also in the top three as far as importers of Certified Angus Beef are Canada and Mexico. There has been a lot of discussion lately about trade with our northern and southern border neighbors and the beef industry is keeping a close watch.“If we can sell some cuts in other parts of the world that we can’t sell domestically then we can drive more value back to the total carcass,” McCully said. “We see that there is a need for healthy, sound trade agreements that allow beef to move where the market dictates and we think that is a good recipe for growing beef demand for U.S. cattlemen.”last_img read more

Journalist arrested for tweet on Adityanath

first_imgA freelance journalist was booked on Saturday by the Uttar Pradesh police on charges of trying to malign the image of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath by allegedly posting an “objectionable comment” on Twitter.The family of the journalist, Prashant Kanojia, alleged that he was picked up by policemen in plainclothes from Delhi and brought to Lucknow where he was being questioned. An FIR has been lodged at the Hazratganj police station. The Hazratganj police said in a statement that Mr. Kanojia was arrested after being questioned. ‘Admitted to crime’During questioning, he had admitted to his crime, the police said, adding that they had evidence against him under Sections 500 and 505 of the IPC and Section 66 of the IT Act. His whereabouts are not known. Mr. Kanojia’s location is also not known. As per the FIR, he is charged with trying to malign Mr. Adityanath’s image through an objectionable post but it did not specify the details of the post.One of the last few posts shared by Mr. Kanojia on social media was a video of a woman who was speaking to media claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to the Chief Minister. Mr. Kanojia had mocked Mr Adityanath over the video and remarked in Hindi: “Ishq chupta nahi chupane se Yogi ji (love cannot be hidden).”As per his official Twitter handle, Mr. Kanojia is an alumnus of IIMC and Mumbai University and has worked with a couple of news organizations.last_img read more

NBA: Analyst Charles Barkley says it’s ‘stupid’ that Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cavs

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Teenager upsets Nadal at Montreal Masters LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers  (Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP)NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is not one to hold his tongue regarding issues in today’s NBA and he recently chimed in on Kyrie Irving’s supposed request to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The outspoken player-turned-analyst shared how baffled he was by the notion of Irving’s displeasure playing second fiddle to teammate LeBron James.“You want to be on a good team. You want to play with other great players. This notion where you want to be the man, I just think is so stupid,” he said during an interview on NBA TV, as relayed by Bleacher Report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If I got a chance to play with another great player, I want to do that. The objective is to win,” he said.The 1993 NBA MVP also recalled Irving’s early years with the Cavaliers while LeBron was still playing for the Miami Heat. “When he was on a bad team and he was the man, I guarantee you that wasn’t a lot of fun for him,” he explained. “And now you want to leave the best player in the world. And listen, I hear all of this stuff about how LeBron casts a big shadow. He should cast a big shadow.”Barkley, meanwhile, certainly knows a thing or two about accepting a lesser role, as he joined fellow legends Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler at the twilight of his career in the 1996-1997 season.Although Barkley acknowledges that at 25 Irving is still in his prime with his best days ahead of him, he further explained why winning a championship remains the most important thing.“You wanna share the glory. You wanna win. Right now, there’s only two, three, maybe four legitimate teams in the NBA,” he concluded. “If you’re not on one of those four or five teams, you’re really just wasting your time for seven months. So I don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to play with LeBron. Listen, I wanna play with LeBron now!”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more


first_imgIt is a massive weekend for Touch around Australia with the NSW State Cup being held in Port Macquarie and the Queensland State Cup and Australia Cup being held at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. Here you can find links to the results for both events. Also, our homepage will have more stories on the tournaments. Click here to view the NSW State Cup draw & results:NSW STATE CUP DRAW AND RESULTS Click here for the Queensland State Cup and Australia Cup draw & results:QUEENSLAND STATE CUP/AUSTRALIA CUP DRAW AND RESULTS See below for all the stories from the events:last_img read more

Groups seeks to improve Winnipegs Indigenous hospitality

first_imgAPTN National NewsSome say it’s ironic that the downtown core of Canada’s largest urban Indigenous community has often been hostile to Indigenous people.But now, thanks to an initiative by a group of business people and some Indigenous advisors downtown Winnipeg may just become a bit more inviting.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has this story.last_img