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Bernadette Peters Is the Oprah of Dogs

first_imgTony winner and self-proclaimed “doganizer” Bernadette Peters loves dogs so much, she’s giving them out to children like candy on Halloween. The Broadway legend, whose third children’s book Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever is now out, stopped by Live with Kelly and Michael on November 5 to discuss the importance of adopting animals from rescue shelders. “When you rescue an animal,” Peters explained, “they know the difference. They are so grateful and they bond with you.” Peters then proceeded to parade some pups from the Humane Society—but not before giving them makeovers. Check it all out in the following clip, in which Bernadette:1. Salsas her way onto the stage2. Shows off Lorenzo’s “Daniel Craig haircut” and Ryan’s “new Beyoncé haido”3. Lets a trio of young siblings play with Benjamin4. Surprises said siblings by revealing that their parents have already adopted him(!!!)No you’re crying. View Commentslast_img read more

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Windies take aim at eighth spot ahead of World Cup

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) – West Indies’ sterling performance against England has seen them draw level with eighth-ranked Sri Lanka on points, ten weeks before they kick off their campaign at the ICC 50-overs World Cup.In the latest rankings released Sunday, West Indies remained ninth but gained four points to draw level with the Sri Lankans on 76.Their points gain was the best in the tables and came following a 2-2 draw in the recent five-match one-day series against world number one England.West Indies lost the first match of the doubleheader in Barbados by six wickets despite posting a first innings record 360, but hit back in the second game with a 26-run victory.The third match in Grenada was abandoned due to rain and England then took a decisive lead in the series with a 29-run win, even though West Indies piled up a record 389 in pursuit of 419.West Indies then crushed England by seven wickets in the final ODI in St Lucia, after bundling out the visitors for a paltry 113.The series raised hopes of the Caribbean side’s chances in the May 30 to July 14 World Cup in England, following their lowly form in recent years.In fact, the Windies have not won an ODI series in five years and were forced to play an ICC qualifier last year March in order to reach the World Cup, after their ninth-place ranking ruled them out of automatic qualification.England, meanwhile, remain top of the standings on 123 but lost three ratings points. Second placed India failed to capitalise, however, as they dropped two points to slip to 120.New Zealand lie third and only marginally ahead of South Africa while Australia have moved into fifth spot. Pakistan have dropped to third and Bangladesh remain seventhlast_img read more

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Neymar gets China red-carpet treatment as speculation grows

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Neymar also posted on Weibo a picture of himself with fellow Brazilian forward Hulk, who plays in the Chinese Super League for Shanghai SIPG.Even following the training-ground bust-up in the United States, after which Neymar appeared to storm off, his Barcelona team-mates said they wanted him to stay at the Camp Nou.“Neymar and I, we are very close and I want him to stay and I know the situation,” defender Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.“Right now he doesn’t know what to do and we are trying to help him — the ones (on the team) that are more close to him — to take the right decision.”PSG’s pursuit of Neymar has angered some in Spain, where football league chief Javier Tebas says he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches by the French club. Shanghai, China | AFP |  Neymar hit the red carpet in Shanghai on Monday as speculation mounted that the Brazil star could be set to quit Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros.The 25-year-old striker is at the centre of an apparent tug of war between the two European giants in what would be the most expensive transfer fee in football history.A training spat with new Barcelona signing Nelson Semedo during a pre-season tour in Miami ramped up chatter that Neymar could be about to swap Spain for the French capital.Neymar, who has remained tight-lipped about the transfer rumours, posted a message for Chinese fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, after arriving for a promotional visit.“Ni Hao China! I’m Neymar Jr. and I’ve just arrived in China,” he wrote.“I’m in Shanghai at the moment. I would like to send a huge hug to all my Chinese fans, thank you very much for your support.”He later posed for a scrum of photographers and television journalists and answered questions about fashion, before attending an evening event for a clothing brand.last_img read more

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Pledges support drive for more women and girl golfers

first_img12 Aug 2015 Pledges support drive for more women and girl golfers Clubs, counties and golf media have signed pledges to support England Golf’s drive to get more women and girls playing the game.They committed to action at today’s England Golf Women and Girls’ Conference at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, which showcased inspiring women, success stories and great initiatives.The promises support England Golf’s pledge to continue working closely with national and county partners and to support clubs to increase women and girls’ participation and membership.The conference was part of England Golf’s first Golf Week and it followed the launch of the video campaign #ThisGirlGolfs which aims to challenge perceptions and inspire participation.The video features women and girls from all over the country and from different walks of life and backgrounds who are enjoying golf for many reasons and fitting it into their everyday lives.The conference picked up this theme by debunking myths surrounding golf and showing that:Golf can be fitted into all lifestyles and it doesn’t have to take hours to play. For example, Golf Express, which has been launched in Staffordshire, promotes 9-hole golf and after work roll-ups.Golf isn’t a stuffy game but offers many experiences including traditional, social, recreational and family. Marketing expert Anabel Sexton urged the golf industry to project a positive image of the game and also advocated challenging dress codes, commenting: “Society moves on. Is it still relevant to make young girls wear clothes they wouldn’t be seen dead in anywhere else?”Golf is a game for all, not a game for men. BBC Breakfast presenter, Naga Munchetty was featured, saying: “Girls should get into golf because this is not a man’s sport, this is about being strong, this is about being competitive, this is about being the best you possibly can.”Golf is great for health and wellbeing. Playing 18-holes will burn at least 900 calories and will take more than 10,000 steps.Golf is an affordable game. Over 400 clubs offer Get into golf activities in England, promoting affordable beginners’ activities with equipment provided free of charge.England Golf’s strategy was highlighted to delegates by Lauren Spray, the Women and Girls Participation Manager, who drew attention to support for clubs to recruit and retain women and girl members.This includes the production of a series of factsheets and a pilot project, working with 100 clubs in 13 counties, to grow women’s participation and membership.  A Women’s Advisory Group has also been created, bringing together key and influential people to help shape future plans.Many inspirational success stories and initiatives were showcased, including:• Minchinhampton Golf Club in Gloucestershire which has 232 women members, compared to the national average of 70 women members, and a programme to recruit more.• Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire which runs a Pink Ladies scheme offering beginners coaching, coffee and play.•  Girls Golf Rocks where players from the Essex county girls’ squad were trained as mentors to help inspire new girl players.#ThisGirlGolfs was funded and created by Sports Publications, England Golf and the Scottish Golf Union. It supports England Golf’s ‘Raising our Game’ strategy to get more people playing the game and joining clubs.Click here for more about #ThisGirlGolfsCaption: These girls golf! Conference delegates on the putting green (image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

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Bradley and Latimore stars shine brightest at Pittsburgh Golden Gloves Championships

first_imgPittsburgh is turning into the Mecca of Boxing. On April 2, a standing room only crowd packed Saddle Ridge in Station Square for The Pittsburgh Golden Gloves Championships,   a show that brings a genuine who’s who of past and present stars. The phenomenon that is Super Heavyweight Fred Latham, from Clairton Boxing Club, grew with a series of wins against some of the biggest names in the state. Latham’s goal was to win a state championship and turn pro in the fall. But things rarely turn out as planned in boxing.This year’s Apollo, and boxing new Sun God is Ed Latimore, of Stay off the Streets Boxing Gym. Latimore, a 230-pounder, brought the fans from the edge of their seat to cheering on their feet with his explosive power. Latimore dethroned Latham, the defending champion, with a vicious series of punches and scored a 2nd round TKO.Latimore has always been an explosive puncher who lacked stamina. Determined to restore his tarnished reputation, Latimore this past off season trained harder than ever before and joined forces with “The Trainer of Champions” Tommy Yankello. Once the Yankello’s opened the door, Latimore bolted through it.With his new trainer watching intently, and scrutinizing his every move. Latimore was able to pound Latham into submission.“I came tonight to see Fred Latham,” said model and actress Ashley Mittenzwey.“I’m still in shock that someone could beat him. I never seen him lose before.”A lot of kids say they want to box when they grow up, but Scott Bradley, of Carrick Boxing Club, did more than dream. He planned for it. That’s why Bradley seems unfazed about being named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Boxer.The Steel City’s version of Hercules—Carrick’s very own Warrior God, Bradley—conquered those monsters of doubt and uncertainty, being voiced by those who believed he wouldn’t even make it through the early preliminary rounds—and ascended to his rightful place as the toughest 165-pounder in southwestern Pennsylvania.And just like the Hercules of Myth, slaying nine-headed serpents, Bradley earned his place among the gods, easily defeating defending State Champion Vinnie Macellaro and out-pointing hard hitter Larry Blakey, of 3rd Ave. WPAL to win the title.To retrace Bradley’s rapid steps, go all the way back to the beginning. His success comes from his heart and head.“Scott Bradley earned the Most Outstanding Boxer Trophy, because he beat two of my fighters,” said Jimmy “Mad Dog” Cvetic, executive director and founder of  the Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League. “We are looking forward to testing our abilities against Philadelphia. Everybody needs to come see Amonte Eberhardt. He is a special fighter.”Other winners: John Himes, 201-pound division, from Beaver County Boxing Club, out pointed Sean Conway of South Park Boxing Club. Isaiah Guy, 75-pound Junior/Bantam division from Steel Valley, out-pointed Josh Lyle of Steel City. Anthony Maggio, 145-pound Cadet division from Exercise Warehouse, beat Spencer Forsythe of Helman’s Boxing Club. John Thomas, 132-pound Sub Novice division from Uniontown Boxing Club, won a close decision over Glen Mitchell of Team Impact. Robert Osterreider, 152-Sub Novice division from Butler Cubs, scored a 3rd-round TKO over Jaime Dansby of 3rd Ave. WPAL. Matt Conway, 125-Cadet division from South Park Boxing Club, upset Johnny Spell of North Side Fitness WPAL. Jarred Hackney, -201-Sub Novice division from Uniontown Boxing Club, dominated Matt Bartosiewicz of Steel City and Dustin Rosinoff, of Flat Back Gym, knocked out Luke Warm of Canvas Back Boxing Club. Francesco Wilkerson, 132-pound, and Amonte Eberhardt, 141-pound, both of 3rd Ave WPAL, advance to the state finals by being awarded walkover victories.“I rather box than watch boxing,” said two-time Pittsburgh Golden Glove champion Amonte Eberhardt. “I was supposed to fight tonight, but my opponent decided not to show up. I have a hard time getting anyone to fight me. I want everyone to remember my name because they are going to see me on ESPN in two or three years.”Philadelphia is favored to win every state championship bout over Pittsburgh.The odds are probably more lopsided than the talent differential between the two cities.But, it will take long odds to get anyone to bet against Scott Bradley these days.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Speed bumps

first_imgAUBREY BRUCERight before the 2014 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates began, I predicted that they would again more than likely earn another wild card spot as one of the “middle of the pack” teams from the blood, sweat and tears soaked MLB NL Central Division.On April 16, the Bucs won-loss record was 7-8 and they were just 4 games out of the top spot in the division. On May 1, I got the “sniffles” because the Pirates were 10-18, 8 games below .500 and 9 games out of first place. On May 16, I reluctantly pressed my way to the linen closet reaching not for my “terrible towel” but instead dragging out the ole “crying” towel because at that juncture in the season, the Pirates were sporting a lofty 17-23 record and were still just a “mere” 9 games removed from the top rung in the division.At that point there were many fans and a even a few folks with press credentials that were saying both publicly and privately that the Pirates “ascension” during their 2013 campaign might have been an anomaly; some were even crude enough to define their success of the previous year as a “fluke.” Now that the Pirates are raising the “Jolly Roger” more often than not nowadays the “fans and the furious” are now beginning to feel their damn oats.last_img read more

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