The 21st Nottingham City Transport bus is named

first_imgNottingham City Transport (NTC) has named a bus in honour of Italian footballer, Herbert Kilpin.Nottingham City Transport launched its ‘Herbert Kilpin bus’ outside Herbert’s childhood homeBorn in 1870 in Nottingham, Herbert played for several Nottingham teams at the Forest Recreation Ground.When his work in the lace mills took him to Milan, it was here that he founded Milan Football Club, later to become the world-famous AC Milan.

NCT launched its official ‘Herbert Kilpin bus’ outside Herbert’s childhood home, 191 Mansfield Road, on 22 October – the centenary of his death.The Yellow line number 68/69 bus is the 21st NCT bus to be named and it was unveiled by the Sheriff of Nottingham and local football historian Andy Black.NCT Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith, says: “Herbert Kilpin was a Nottingham man who made an exciting and valuable contribution to the world of football and he fully deserves to be recognised as one of the city’s heroes.“We hope that our Herbert Kilpin bus will help bring just a little more recognition and fame to his distinctive name, intriguing our customers and passers-by to find out more about the important role he played in the history of football.”

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Weber wins third term in Congress

first_imgU.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Webster, was cruising to a third term in Congress with a strong lead over Democrat challenger Michael Cole in Tuesday’s election. In a relatively close vote in Jefferson County, Weber led 51-49 percent. Across the district Weber had 159,061 votes, 62 percent, to Cole’s 97,696 votes for 38 percent with 80 percent of the precincts reporting.Weber, 63, holds a key leadership role on the Science, Space, and Technology committee serving as the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he serves on the Middle East, North Africa Subcommittee, as well as the Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.Prior to being elected to Congress, Weber served four years in the Texas State House. During his tenure, Weber served on the committees of Environmental Regulation, Public Education, and as Vice Chair of Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.Weber has lived in a 20-mile radius for all his life and has been married to Brenda, a retired schoolteacher from Nederland, for over 40 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.last_img read more

Caps Amp Up Their Effort Level in 5-2 Win Over Ottawa

first_imgComing into Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve contest against the Ottawa Senators, the Washington Capitals had lost three of their last four games.Why had they been losing?Well, it’s not rocket science; they just weren’t working hard enough to be victorious.In a nutshell, they were playing lazy hockey which led to bad penalties and in Monday’s loss to the Flames, the poor play resulted effectively in three power play goals against in a 4-1 defeat.Simply put, it was a bad scene and Caps fans had to wonder which Washington team was going to show up against Erik Karlsson and company. Would it be the team that dominated the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night or the soft and seemingly out to lunch club that lost by a combined 16-6 to Nashville, Colorado, and Calgary?In attempt to get things going offensively, Capitals Coach Barry Trotz made some big changes to his forward lineup after declaring before the game that there would be no moves up front. Most notably, he reunited Nicklas Backstrom with Alex Ovechkin and he put Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has been very inconsistent with his effort level from game to game, with a surging Jakub Vrana and the always hawking the puck, T.J. Oshie. Tom Wilson was promoted to the Backstrom line while Devante Smith-Pelly, who had a terrible giveaway that turned the Calgary game for the worse, was sent to the bottom six.Coach Trotz pretty much pulled a Reg Dunlop by saying one thing and then doing another. To quote Slap Shot, Barry pulled the old “mind .” Ottawa was preparing for one thing and the Caps showed up with a different plan.The moves worked wonders, but most importantly, the Capitals brought their lunch pails to this affair and worked hard on every shift. Players were going in strong on the puck on the boards and battling. There was very little reaching and as a result, they didn’t take a single penalty until late in period two.On offense, the personnel changes clicked and Washington raced out to a 4-0 lead by the game’s midpoint and then cruised to a 5-2 win. The Caps are now 12-10-1 (25 points) and continue to occupy the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.Things are very tight standings wise and it will likely remain that way all season with so much parity in the league as a result of expansion and a slower salary cap escalation in 2017-18.That’s why the work ethic is so important.Washington’s most consistent hard worker is none other than the Osh Babe himself and T.J. had another stellar game on Wednesday night.  Oshie kept the puck inside the offensive blue line with great hustle and hands on the Caps first goal sequence beating two Senators in the process. Oshie gathered in the biscuit and fed Kuznetsov for a quality chance at the left post. Kuzy smartly shot, but Craig Anderson made a pad save, however, Vrana was there for the loose change and he deposited the disc into the cage to make it 1-0 just over 15 minutes into the game.The Caps then extended their lead to two pucks with just five seconds left in the opening frame. Brooks Orpik made a huge defensive zone hit to separate the Ottawa player from the puck. That allowed Backstrom to gather in the biscuit in the corner and he made a sweet long zone exit pass to Alex Chiasson up the right side of the ice. Ovechkin then beat Codi Ceci down the rink and received an excellent feed from #39 to spring him on a breakaway. The Gr8 beat Anderson upstairs for a huge tally very late in the period. Ovechkin trained differently this past summer, focusing more on speed, and that goal proved that his off-season change is paying dividends. As I blogged after the Minnesota win, Alex is definitely faster this season. That goal does not happen last year.In the middle frame, pesky Alex Burrows took a tripping penalty and Washington’s power play made the Senators pay. The Caps worked the puck around and John Carlson fired on net with both Oshie and Backstrom in front of the goal. Carlson’s shot hit Anderson in the pads and bounced into the slot. The Osh Babe beat four Senators to the disc and fed it back to Kuznetsov, who fired a laser just inside the far post to make it 3-0 at 7:41. Just over two minutes later Vrana scored his second goal of the night on a rush shot where he caught Anderson cheating and leaning to his left, which allowed #13 to beat the goalie high short side.That was pretty much the game there and despite having to kill off a 76 second two man advantage late in period two, the outcome was never in doubt. After the Senators made it 4-2 late in period three, Chiasson closed out the scoring with a lengthy backhand shot into the empty cage with 91 seconds remaining and clinch this one for the good guys.Overall, this was a much needed triumph for the Caps. They got big performances out of Kuznetsov (1 goal, two assists) and Backstrom, their top two centers. It’s no secret that when those two guys are good, the team typically wins, and vice versa. It is also good to see the progression from Vrana, who has gone from a healthy scratch against the Avs just six days ago to a productive spot in the top six of the forward lineup. The Vrana-Kuznetsov-Oshie line is a new combination, but it works well with #13’s speed and Oshie’s on the puck tenacity. Simply put, Oshie makes any line he’s on better.Putting Ovi and Backy back together seemed to get #19 going, too. I’ve been calling for these two superstars to be put on the same line again and Coach Trotz delivered by reuniting the duo. They were superb on Wednesday night.This was a stabilizing victory for Washington and they did it the Smith Barney way, they earned it!Now they need to consistently bring the energy.Notes: the Caps were 1 for 1 on the power play and a perfect 3 for 3 on the PK…Braden Holtby was rock solid in net (29 saves). His biggest and most important stop was on a tip by Jean-Gabriel Pageau when the game was scoreless. The Holtbeast continues to make the hard saves look routine…John Carlson led the Caps in ice time at 25:19. Dmitry Orlov played an outstanding 22:00 minutes and Orpik was dynamite in 21:54…the Caps won the faceoff battle, 30-24. Lars Eller went 10-2…next up for the Caps is the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday at 5 pm at Capital One Arena. The Bolts are the best team in the NHL right now.last_img read more

Hunters into last training before Xmas

first_imgHunters coach Michael Marum said training so far had gone well over the past few weeks.Marum added that the squad has been trimmed to 29 players.”We should have a final squad by the end of the week which might be announced on the 2nd of January next year as we want to make sure players who got injured during training are fit before being named,” said Marum.last_img

All Blacks romp over South Africa

first_imgA week after being humbled 39-20 by Australia, the Springboks slumped even further as they found themselves comprehensively outplayed in the forwards and could not cope with the speed and width of the All Black backs.The New Zealanders stepped up several levels with a far more controlled performance from the decidedly rusty shake-down against Fiji last week.Coach Graham Henry rated the performance at 70 percent and saw the biggest improvement in the work of the forwards.“The lineout was very fluent tonight and obviously the boys got scrum dominance as the game went on and we played well at the breakdown. They were the areas last week where we were not as effective as we should have been.”McCaw said he could feel a greater intensity in the All Blacks but they could not afford to get carried away by the 33-point winning margin.“It was not a complete performance. We’ve still got to make sure we don’t think we are good enough yet because at times we got things wrong and turned the ball over.”With 21 key players left at home because of injury, the Springboks were always going to struggle, particularly in the forwards where the more experienced All Blacks feasted on a regular supply of turnover ball.Springboks captain John Smit and backrower Danie Rossouw worked tirelessly to provide some opposition in the forwards but could not contain the All Blacks loose pairing of Richie McCaw and Adam Thomson.With conditions ripe for running rugby, the All Blacks then focused on moving the ball wide where wings Cory Jane and Zac Guildford scored two tries each, and prop Wyatt Crockett also scored his try out towards the touchline.Smit said his side was disappointed with their performance, especially being on the back foot so early in the game and never being in a position to recover.“We’ll try to pull as many positives as we can out of it. But at the end of the day it’s disappointing,” he said.With only four of the Springboks starting 15 having more than seven Test caps the inexperience showed as the All Blacks raced to an 18-7 lead by halftime, and added another 22 unanswered points in the second half.In the process, McCaw overtook Smit as the most successful Test captain with his 52nd victory from 59 Tests.It was also a record-breaking outing for All Blacks pivot Dan Carter, who suffered an off-night with the boot missing four shots at goal but still contributed 10 points to become the top all-time points scorer in Test rugby with 1204, nine clear of England’s Jonny Wilkinson.Carter opened the scoring with an early penalty and the All Blacks stamped their mark on the game soon after with two quick tries.Crockett bagged the first when the Springboks ran out of defenders as the All Blacks over-stretched them by repeatedly moving the ball from one side of the field to the other.From the restart, Ali Williams claimed the ball uncontested, it was chipped over the Springbok backs where the All Blacks were able to regather and Guildford scampered 40 metres to score.South Africa enjoyed a brief period in control midway through the half and scored their sole try when Morne Steyn turned down a shot at goal from 38 metres and kicked for the corner.They won the lineout and a series of forward drives eventually broke the All Black defence with Smit crashing over near the posts for Steyn to convert.But they had little time to celebrate as the All Blacks struck back with Jane breaking free down the right wing and stepping around Steyn to score in the corner.South Africa made an aggressive start to the second half but they no sooner looked threatening than they turned the ball over and promptly found themselves a further seven points down.Carter exposed the limited defence on a long run which ended with Ma’a Nonu held up over the line in the left corner. From the resulting scrum Jane was able to stroll across the line unopposed on the right wing.Guildford scored his second try when Sonny Bill Williams came on as a midfield replacement and created a hole with one of his trade-mark offloads.The All Blacks rounded off their scoring with a planned backline move which put replacement Colin Slade over for a try.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The All Blacks carved up an under-strength Springbok side to open their Tri-Nations account with an emphatic 40-7 victory at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.They scored six tries to one in the runaway win as they exposed the inexperience of the South African line-up.last_img read more