4 Pines Park: There are few better sights in rugby league than a packed hill at Brookvale standing and applauding and going old-school mad for superstar Sea Eagle Tom Trbojevic.
The Manly No.1 scored a double and could have had a third as the Sea Eagles snatched victory 34-30 over Parramatta in a Thursday night thriller.
The home side looked to be cruising to victory when the Eels ran in three tries in the final six minutes. But the comeback essentially ended when Manly milestone man Brad Parker helped shove Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses into touch.
The loss was Parramatta’s third straight defeat in as many rounds - and we need not mention Penrith and the Sydney Roosters await them in the next fortnight.
Ryan Matterson will return after he opted for the three-match ban over a $4000 fine after the grand final, but the blue and golds will need to lift - quickly - otherwise they will spot their fancied rivals too great a start, even this early in the season.
Manly looked fresh after the bye, produced plenty of stinging shots in defence, and Josh Schuster had plenty of nice touches in attack as he pulled on Kieran Foran’s No. 6 jersey.
They were guilty of inviting Parramatta into the contest too often, and coach Anthony Seibold would have been disappointed his team leaked so many points late.
At least Trbojevic is back and humming and looking lethal again. Without stating the bleeding obvious, if Trbojevic stays fit, the Sea Eagles will win more than their share of games.
He called Schuster for the ball early to crash over to give Manly a 14-0 lead midway through the first half.
His second try was even better because he reached out at full speed to ground the ball after Schuster had chipped over the Eels defensive line. Any concerns Trbojevic may have had about his troublesome hamstrings disappeared at that very moment. Had Parker not been pinched for an obstruction, ‘Turbo’ could have had a hat-trick.
Skipper Daly Cherry-Evans said of Schuster after the game: “His natural ability is pretty special, the way he can pass the ball and the chip and chase five metres out from the try line.
“It’s all there for him, it’s just about building consistently in the game.”
The Eels looked gone on more than one occasion, only to keep coming back.
Two tries in three minutes late in the first half got them back into the contest, then when they trailed by 12 points deep into the second half, they racked up three more tries. The last four-pointer was the best and featured a rifle-like Moses cutout pass for winger Maika Sivo.
For the record, Sivo and Moses might be a little lighter in the pocket after pulling the hair of Christian Tuipulotu and Kelma Tuilagi respectively.
Who knows when Moses makes a call on his future. Who knows when Parramatta will get their first win.
They might also be without prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard after he was placed on report for shoulder charging Josh Aloiai.
Eels coach Brad Arthur admired the fightback, but after doing likewise for three weeks, they needed more.
“We need more than fronting up with effort each week - we need to execute our plan,” Arthur said.
As for the 0-3 start, Arthur said it would test their character, and how it was important “we stick together and don’t start looking to blame anyone else, or listen to too much opinion”.
“We know what we need to do to get ourselves back on track; we just need to go out and do it,” Arthur said.
West Ham United will be looking to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League when they face off against AEK Larnaca in the second leg of their round-of-16 match on Thursday. The English Premier League side won the first leg with a 2-0 victory, leaving them in a good position to advance further in the competition.
West Ham United has been dominant in Europe so far this season, despite their struggles in the Premier League. The team's journey to the Conference League began by winning 6-1 on aggregate against Viborg in the play-off round. They went on to beat FCSB, Anderlecht, and Silkeborg in the group stages.
AEK Larnaca began their journey in the Champions League but were knocked out by Midtjylland in the second qualifying round. They then moved to the Europa League and finished third behind Rennes and Fenerbahce in the group stages. They overcame Dnipro-1 to advance to the knockout round playoffs, which led them to the Conference League. Although they lost at home to West Ham in the first leg, they still have a chance to progress if they can significantly improve their performance.
For viewers in the UK and the US, the game will be broadcasted live on TV. In the UK, BT Sport 2 will air the match, while in the US, the game will be shown on Paramount+. For those who don't have access to TV broadcasts, several online streaming options are available. Fans can stream the match on BT Sport's website, Paramount+, or the LiveScore app.
Overall, the second leg of West Ham vs. AEK Larnaca promises to be an interesting game, as both teams look to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League.
HELENA — In this week's edition of Out and About, Saint Patrick's Day takes center stage, Great Divide is throwing it back, and the Helena Bighorns are searching for another Frontier Conference title and Fraser Cup championship bid.
We'll get this one out of the way first as Saint Patricks Day takes over the weekend starting on Friday. There are plenty of celebrations to be had in Helena and across the state like the parade in Butte, but if you are planning on enjoying a few adult beverages please plan a sober ride home.
Despite warmer temperatures earlier in the week, impressive storms last week and on Wednesday have set up Great Divide to turn on its time machine and go back in time with its annual Retro Day Fundraiser. The fundraiser benefits the volunteer ski patrol with funds going towards training and new equipment that will keep skiers and snowboarders safe. The day will include a raffle, a best-dressed competition, music, and plenty of prizes.
The Retro Day Fundraiser will be held on March 18th at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Great Divide Ski Area or online.
The Helena Bighorns will be playing for its second straight Frontier Division title and bid to the Fraser Cup Championships against the Gillette Wild. The final series of the Frontier Divison season kicks off in Gillette on Wednesday and will end in Helena on Friday, and Saturday if necessary. Tickets for Friday and Saturday can be purchased in person at Play It Again Sports in Helena or online.
The matches will be held on March 17th (and 18th if necessary) at 7 p.m.
On Monday, On Broadway will be hosting the Helena Area Community Foundation for a fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds will go to the HACF. HACF will also be holding a silent auction to raise even more money to go back into the community.
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Liverpool never looked like mounting a comeback against Real Madrid but one moment summed up its night. Darwin Núñez didn't quite get a Steven Gerrard chance.
Do you ever think about the concept of the film Sliding Doors? It’s the idea that your life can change upon the smallest moment. Maybe you met your partner randomly one night at a pub, for instance. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,” and all that.
The notion often crosses my mind in relation to football. A 90-minute match is such a random confluence of events that anything can happen. In ‘The Numbers Game’, Chris Anderson and David Sally estimated that “about half of all goals contain a detectable, visible proportion of good fortune.” Or bad fortune, depending on your perspective.
Take Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Real Madrid, for instance. At face value it was a pretty sedate match, between a team who had the security blanket of a three-goal advantage and one who has struggled for consistent form throughout 2022/23. Per FBRef, there were just shy of 1,300 touches in the game, and that’s only in terms of statistically recordable actions, never mind the things which don’t show up in the on-ball data. The possibilities opened by that much activity are endless, even if the match played out largely as most people assumed it would.
And this was despite the Reds having upset the odds countless times in the past, both under Jürgen Klopp and prior to his arrival. His side was given just a seven per cent chance of overturning their 3-0 loss to Barcelona in 2019 (per FiveThirtyEight) yet they managed it. The same source put their likelihood four per cent lower of advancing in Madrid, and they couldn't upset the odds this time.
It would’ve been interesting to see how the defending champions reacted had the Reds gone ahead. The likelihood is they wouldn’t have changed anything, at least unless Liverpool had gone two goals up. Real Madrid are the master of managing their way through the Champions League, so they wouldn’t have panicked had they conceded first.
But let’s imagine the train doors had slid open and Liverpool had gotten through them to make it 1-0. It would have given them a platform upon which they could build a decent assault on the unlikeliest of comebacks. While it remained 0-0, their hopes rested as much on not conceding as scoring themselves, making the denouement almost inevitable.
As the Reds didn’t muster a single Opta-defined clear-cut chance (an opportunity where you would expect the attacker to score), beating Thibaut Courtois remained a pipe dream. The Belgian was most severely tested by Darwin Núñez, with Liverpool’s number 27 unleashing a fierce shot in the first half which the Real goalkeeper had to turn around his left-hand post.
Núñez might have had a big chance shortly after the break. Liverpool counter-attacked and the ball reached Mohamed Salah, who had the opportunity to put his Uruguayan colleague clean through on goal. Sadly his poor pass meant the possible golden opportunity did not come to fruition.
Even if it had, there’s no guarantee Núñez would have scored. His record this season is evidence enough of that. But if he had, Liverpool would have potentially begun a three-goal comeback in the 54th minute. Does that strike a chord with you, for any reason? If it does, it’s likely because Steven Gerrard scored at the same point of the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul. John Arne Riise initially attempts a cross, but it’s blocked and the ball goes back to him, enabling the Norwegian to then deliver an assist for his skipper. But what if the first effort had deflected out of play? The whole game unfolds in a different fashion and in all likelihood the history of European football takes a different course. Without denigrating Salah too harshly for a single poor pass, Núñez was denied a Gerrard moment and who knows what might have happened from there? They’re a cruel mistress, those sliding doors.
Drake and 21 Savage are in the hot seat with Twitter users over the “outrageous” ticket prices for their upcoming tour following their successful “Her Loss” album. On Wednesday, the Grammy winner announced the highly anticipated “It’s All a Blur” tour on Instagram via a documentary-style trailer. Drake hasn’t been on tour since 2018, so naturally, fans rapidly flocked to the Ticketmaster site to snag seats before they sold out.
Cash App card holders scored early access to purchase pre-sale tickets on Wednesday. However, it didn’t take long for fans to head to Twitter to bash the exorbitant prices. The complaints come amid recent allegations over Ticketmaster’s unfair business practices after bots disrupted ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s Eras tour in November.
Many Twitter users also scoffed at Drake’s ticket prices surpassing the cost of Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour. “Drake’s ticket prices are higher than Beyoncé. The boy ain’t gotta worry about me,” wrote one user.
On the other hand, some fans didn’t seem to mind the sky-high price of admission.
In November, the rap duo again found themselves in trouble after being sued by Vogue’s publisher Condé Nast. The lawsuit alleges that the musicians used the fashion magazine’s name without permission to promote “Her Loss.” The lawsuit claimed the rappers’ promotional campaign, which used a fake Vogue cover story to boost the album to their more than 135 million social media followers, violated intellectual property laws and misled fans, according to reports.
The musical pair are set to make tour stops in 21 cities starting on June 16 in New Orleans before the tour’s finale in Glendale, Arizona, on Sept. 5. General public ticket sales for the “It’s All a Blur” tour are set to start Friday.
Drake and 21 Savage recently announced their upcoming It's All A Blur tour, which is set to take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on July 14, 2023. While the tour has generated a lot of buzz and excitement among fans, it's the ticket prices that are causing some major controversy.
If you're a die-hard fan and can't wait to see the show, you can currently purchase tickets on presale, but only if you're an Evenko member or part of an exclusive fan group. General on-sale for tickets will begin on Friday, March 17 at 12 p.m.
Fans were already aware that attending a Drake concert is an expensive endeavor, but the It's All A Blur tour prices have taken things to a whole new level. Some fans have expressed shock and disappointment over the cost of the tickets.
If you're interested in purchasing a general admission ticket, you should be prepared to pay a hefty sum of $1,146. That's right, you'll have to shell out over a thousand dollars just to get a glimpse of Drake up close.
For those who are looking for more exclusive seats, the platinum official prices for section 100 tickets are currently going for nearly $1,200. If that's not your style, you can opt for section 200 or 300 tickets, which are priced at nearly $900.
Unfortunately, Drake is far from the only artist to come under fire for high ticket prices. Shania Twain and Beyonce have also faced similar criticism for their own pricey concerts. While some fans are willing to pay any amount to see their favorite artists live, others feel that these prices are simply out of reach and unfair.
Actress Hilarie Burton has revealed that her One Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray was one of the few people who stood up for her when she was sexually harassed by the show’s creator, Mark Schwahn.
The pair played love interests Peyton Sawyer and Lucas Scott during the popular US teen drama’s run.
Burton was one of 18 women, including cast and crew members, who spoke up in 2017 to say they had been sexually harassed by Schwahn.
The showrunner was dismissed from the programme that same year, but has never commented on the allegations.
During a recent episode of the Drama Queens podcast – hosted by Burton’s former One Tree Hill co-stars, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz – she spoke about Chad Michael Murray’s role in standing up for her against Schwahn.
At the time of the incident, Murray walked up to the show’s boss and said: “What are you doing?”, according to Burton.
She added that Schwahn felt “so comfortable” that he “grabbed” her “in public with her boyfriend standing there”.
Bush – who was briefly married to Murray – said she believed he was protected from Schwahn because he was “No 1 on the call sheet”.
Burton has previously spoken publicly about the “abuse” she claimed to have suffered at the hands of Schwahn, who she said “groomed” her for his actions by being verbally abusive and touching her inappropriately and against her will.
In a 2020 interview with People magazine, Burton admitted she was afraid to speak out about what had happened to her because she was warned she would be labelled “a troublemaker” and her career would be over.
She added: “I didn’t say anything for a decade. And as a result of that, people were abused after me. The guilt that comes with that is really difficult.”
Burton and her fellow cast members’ allegations about Schwahn’s behaviour paint a picture of harassment, psychological and emotional manipulation and people feeling unsafe while at work on the show.
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First Republic Bank is exploring strategic options including a sale, according to sources. The bank is also considering options to improve its liquidity. Some sources suggest that larger rivals may show interest in acquiring the bank, although no decision has yet been made and First Republic may still opt to remain independent. A spokesperson for First Republic Bank said it would not comment on speculation.
Last week, First Republic said it had over $70bn in unused liquidity to fund operations, thanks in part to its relationship with the Federal Reserve and JPMorgan Chase. Despite this, First Republic's share price fell 21% on Wednesday, reaching a decade-low of $31.16 in New York. The bank specializes in private banking and wealth management and takes pride in its diversified clientele, with no one sector representing more than 9% of its business deposits.
Following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), fears of contagion have hit the banking sector. First Republic's share price halved in pre-market trading on Monday, while Wall Street is set to open lower on Thursday. However, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the US banking system remains sound and that Americans can have confidence that their deposits are safe, despite emergency actions taken following two large bank failures.
First Republic Bank received $30 billion US in deposits from several big banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citigroup, Bank of America Corp, Wells Fargo & Co, Goldman Sachs Group, Morgan Stanley, and others, according to a statement released on Thursday by the banks. This move is part of a rescue package for the struggling lender.
The news had a significant impact on the stock of First Republic Bank. The shares were last up almost six per cent at $32.92 US on a volatile trading day. The stock had tumbled down by 36 per cent earlier in the day, but reports of the rescue plan sent them up as much as 40 per cent. The shares have lost two-thirds of their value in the past seven days and are down over 65 per cent month-to-date.
On Sunday, a $70 billion US funding boost was raised through JPMorgan Chase & Co, which gave First Republic access to funds. However, it failed to calm investors as concerns grow about the impact of the recent banking industry's fallout.
The rescue effort was initiated by banks but had strong backing and encouragement from the government, according to a reliable source. The U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency confirmed the deposits in a joint statement on Thursday.
First Republic Bank, founded in 1985, had $212 billion US in assets and $176.4 billion US in deposits by the end of 2020, according to the company's annual report. The bank had around 70 per cent of uninsured deposits - this is above the median of 55 per cent for medium-sized banks and the third highest after Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, according to a Bank of America note.
In additional news, Reuters reported on Thursday that PacWest Corp is in talks with investment firm Atlas SP Partners regarding a liquidity boost.
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning in for Timmins, Cochrane and Iroquois Falls. A major winter storm is expected to hit the area Thursday night and continue into Saturday, creating dangerous travel conditions.
Snow, heavy at times, with total accumulation of 30 to 50 cm is expected, along with gusty northeasterly winds resulting in blowing snow, which could reduce visibility to near zero at times. Snowfall is expected to begin Thursday, ahead of the main event.
Snow, heavy at times, along with gusty northeasterly winds develops Thursday night and into Friday. Significant travel delays and road closures are likely. Residents are advised to consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve.
Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits visit http://www.getprepared.gc.ca. Make sure your civic address sign is visible and the entrance to your home remains clear. Emergency responders can’t help you if they can’t find you.
If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.
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