Ranger Up

21 Feb 19
Toronto Sun

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (1) The Lightning’s last regulation loss was on Jan. 30. 2. San Jose Sharks (2) You know things are going well when Joe Thornton scores a hat trick. 3. Calgary Flames (4) Mike Smith has taken back the net. But for how long? 4. Winnipeg Jets (3) The team really needs […]

21 Feb 19

This is an Enhanced edition – featuring the same, complete and unabridged content as the print edition in a handy, space-saving portable format, it also contains the following extra features: – Zoomable, pin-sharp photography, allowing you to appreciate the fine details of Citadel miniatures in a new light; – a Glossary – tap terms and […]

21 Feb 19
Curt's Jazz Cafe

Hazel Scott was a pioneering jazz artist, classical pianist, film actress and TV host. Alicia Keys mention of her on the Grammys has stoked renewed interest. For those who ask “Who’s Hazel Scott?” CurtJazz has some answers.

20 Feb 19
WildernessPunk

Okay, so this is by biggest break since starting WildernessPunk, but there was a good reason for this. Give me a moment and I’ll think one up. . . When one has a ride all the time, you get comfortable and move at a different pace, but when one strangely has an unexpected ride, knowing […]

20 Feb 19
Patrick English

With the team looking to trade a catcher before the start of the season, Alex Cora said he’d be “comfortable” with Juan Centeno as the No. 3 backstop.

20 Feb 19
Daily Business

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos was the toast of Ibrox after scoring four times against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup replay (pic: SNS Group)   Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke hit out at “joke” refereeing as his side were thumped 5-0 by Rangers in a controversial Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at Ibrox. Alfredo Morelos was the toast…

Clarke blasts ‘joke’ refereeing as Rangers thrash Killie was originally published on Daily Business

20 Feb 19
eshrinkblog

Editor’s Note: Eshrink (my dad) was motivated to chronicle his childhood memories by his son Peter (my brother), who is a history buff. My brother and I both think there is immense value to have an account of everyday life during The Great Depression and WWII: the decades when the people who have been dubbed […]

20 Feb 19
High Velocity Sport

Steve Clarke: Kilmarnock boss upset by ‘sectarian’ abuse in Rangers defeat https://ift.tt/2U22f6M Steve Clarke said the decision to send off his goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann was ‘a joke’ Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke says he faced ‘sectarian’ abuse from the “dark ages” during his side’s 5-0 Scottish Cup last-16 replay defeat by Rangers. Clarke said was assured […]

20 Feb 19
Toronto Sun

In July 2016, projecting how best to deploy his growing young-guns arsenal, Mike Babcock said he’d move William Nylander away from centre where the Leafs and Marlies often used him, and shift the Swede full time to Auston Matthews’ right side. Babcock, who at the time envisioned Nylander returning to centre, said “we’ll let them […]

20 Feb 19
Archy Worldys

SPANISH cops seem to fire rubber bullets at Celtic fans and beat them with batons in online footage. The violent scenes erupted in Spain as the Hoops fans prepared for tomorrow's clash with Valencia. Video shows Spanish police beating against Celtic fans Some supporters shared social media clips with heavily armored police officers swinging their […]

20 Feb 19
StarNewsVIP.com

We Must Tackle the Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members by Andrew L. Yarrow We rightfully mourn the approximately 7,000 U.S. members of the armed services who have died in the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, the death toll from more than 17 years of war is slightly less than the […]

20 Feb 19
Cruise The PCT

Day 50 (16/05/2018): Crabtree Meadows to Vidette Meadows at Mile 786.1 (19.2 Miles) Woke up at 4:45am, packed everything up and started walking just after 5am. Three stream crossings and roughly thirteen miles later I was sitting at the base of Forester Pass. The highest point on the PCT. Attempting to hide from the wind […]

20 Feb 19
National Parks USA

Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T! If you are seeing this on Twitter or Facebook, please visit the blog to see all of the photos and read the story by clicking the link. The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge protects 7800 acres of wetlands and forested areas that are an […]

20 Feb 19
Braids & Waves Weddings

An Intimate Big Sur Wedding Our first Braids & Waves feature tells the story of Chelsea + Erik’s intimate ceremony in Big Sur, California on October 14th, 2018. Styled and inspired completely by the bride and her mother, take a glimpse into their magical celebration amongst the beautiful and natural landscapes of the Northern California […]

20 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
RANGERS don’t want foreign refs in the SPFL — and will back our under-fire officials. Managing director Stewart Robertson is baffled by claims the SFA is ready to call in overseas referees. Robertson doesn’t want foreign referees in the SPFL The topic didn’t arise at the regular Hampden meeting of all 12 top-flight clubs this week. Robertson has backed under-fire Scottish refs and repeated his plea to overhaul the disciplinary system and bring in VAR to support the men in black. He told SunSport: “We are fully supportive of Scottish referees. We don’t believe there is any need to bring foreign referees into the system. “Indeed, we are strongly against the idea. If we don’t support our refs now, it’s going to impact on retention and recruitment of refs. “What would foreign referees cost? And what would it say to our younger referees that clubs were willing to go down this line? “We are not for foreign referees, as we want to support Scottish refs and we also want VAR brought in as soon as possible. “We appreciate there is an implementation time for VAR but let’s start that process now and support our referees.” Robertson hit out at disciplinary system that saw McGregor banned for this challenge Robertson hit out earlier this week at the disciplinary system, which saw Gers keeper Allan McGregor banned for a clash at Aberdeen that was missed by ref Bobby Madden. He’s now backing a working party — which could meet as early as today — which will formulate proposed changes to the Judicial Panel Protocol to take to the SFA for next season. But Gers won’t enter into any talks about the introduction of overseas refs. ‘LIVING IN THE DARK AGES’ Steve Clarke blasts Rangers fans who called him ‘a fenian b*****d’  Robertson added: “We are fully supportive of a review of the system to give refs the support and the tools they need to do the best job possible. “The meeting this week was a regular meeting of the 12 Premiership clubs. “The issue of the disciplinary system was, of course, mentioned and Ian Maxwell, Clare Whyte and John Fleming were in attendance. “We spoke for an hour and three-quarters but not once was a mention made of bringing in foreign referees.” [article-rail-curated title=”related stories” selected_posts=”3905664,3905275,3905274,3905379,3905053,3904502″ /] Refs’ chiefs pleaded with the SFA for assurances that foreign whistlers are not on the agenda — and a Hampden statement is expected in the next 24 hours to rule it out. Ian Perth, of the refs’ union Prospect, said: “If there is substance that the SFA are in talks with clubs about introducing overseas-based officials, it’s another appalling development. “Everyone involved agrees that the professionalism and standards in many areas of Scottish football need to be driven up. “At present, the Association continues to refuse to afford referees basic ‘worker’ status as they carry out vital duties. “The SFA has refused to respond to our calls to address serious health and safety concerns in recent months. “This is another potentially serious development. We will seek that the SFA urgently clarifies its position on this matter.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”6002933290001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Rangers new boy Matt Polster sings Simply The Best to fiancee Brittany Held”]  
20 Feb 19
The Scottish Sun
ALEX McLEISH usually urges Scottish fans to back our boys in blue. Yesterday, the national boss asked Scottish clubs to back our men in black. McLeish will leave the door open for Che Adams Various disciplinary matters were discussed at an SPFL meeting on Monday after a string of controversies. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers even recently floated the idea of foreign referees — but McLeish insists the idea of bringing in whistlers from elsewhere should be a non-starter. He said: “I want our guys to continue. Give them a break and let’s get behind them. “Refs have been under scrutiny like never before and there is absolutely no hiding place. “Back in the day I had my run-ins with referees — as did Sir Alex Ferguson — while Willie Miller reffed games really well! “I always felt it was the toughest job in football because of the abuse they got, and that was back then. “The scrutiny is now severe and that’s the modern world we’re in with cameras, VAR, social media. “I feel for the referees and we have to try and help them in our own country. Let’s encourage them and get them to be better.” McLeish has operated at the top level of management in Europe and had spells as a boss in Egypt and Belgium. Che Adams wants to keep his options open He is well-placed to comment on how our refs compare to their foreign peers — and admits he sees more respect for officials abroad. Eck said: “The players have more respect for refs in the Champions League or Europa League. “They know not to mess with the refs. They seem so much firmer and if you confront them it’s an instant booking. In domestic games there is a familiarity. I heard in Spain a few years ago that if you dissed a ref they would do you for the next incident. “That’s how it worked. It’s not a secret. It was out in the open. “I think refs have to be firm and there has to be a respect but, at the same time, you don’t want refs to be stubborn. “I saw a ref the other week give a penalty and then got the word in his ear and changed his mind and upset another team. But it was the right decision and I thought, ‘Brilliant, that’s what you want’. “VAR is coming but it’s not entirely clear all the time. “I’ve seen it and the only decisions that are clear are pictures for offside and stuff. “There is work to be done and there is still the question if it still comes down to the ref’s ego?” McLeish admits Burke is in his thoughts after playing his way into contention at Celtic McLeish is currently looking at his squad for Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with Kazakhstan and San Marino next month. Oli Burke is pushing hard for a recall after impressing for Celtic since arriving on loan from West Brom in January. The 21-year-old hasn’t played for Scotland in two years — but Eck admits the forward is in his thoughts. ‘LIVING IN THE DARK AGES’ Steve Clarke blasts Rangers fans who called him ‘a fenian b*****d’  He said: “Oliver is playing for the team at the top of the league, with great belief and confidence in themselves. “They’ve been used to winning everything for the past few years and that’s been a great environment for him to come into. “You can see that the confidence is coming back to him. “If he’s playing to a certain level, then Oli will be a candidate. I’m not saying we’ll definitely pick him but we can’t ignore him. “Against teams who play a high line Burke, with his pace, is certainly one of those players who could harm them. “Oliver had a meteoric rise at the start of his career. It was like Gareth Bale. Eck is hopeful Tierney will be fit for qualifiers “I tried to get Bale on loan at Birmingham from Spurs and Harry Redknapp was going to give me him. “He said, ‘Hold fire just now, we are short of men and playing him in Europe’. “He scored twice and there goes that loan deal. Harry played him further forward — and the rest is history. “You have to be patient with the guys. “Oli started like a house on fire, he had a wee stutter, and now he is coming back again with a lot of confidence. “If Oli can do what he has started off doing at Celtic then it can only be good for us.” [article-rail-curated title=”related stories” selected_posts=”3904866,3905664,3905274,3905491,3905593,3905337″ /] Birmingham City striker Che Adams won’t be called up by Scotland after declining an offer to be involved. The English-born 22-year-old is weighing up his options but McLeish won’t close the door on a U-turn. He said: “Che didn’t feel he was quite ready to come and play for Scotland quite yet. “I personally think we could enhance his career if he comes and pledges to Scotland. At the moment, though, it’s a no. “But we cannot afford to slam the door on anyone. We are a small nation. We have to keep all our resources open. McLeish and McFadden are turning their thoughts to Scotland’s Euro 2020 bid “I would rather not cut off my nose to spite my face. I’ll be calm on it and assess the situation as it goes on. “We will keep the door open. Gareth Southgate can probably afford to discard them easier than I could.” Meanwhile, McLeish remains hopeful Kieran Tierney can be involved in Scotland’s March qualifiers as he prepares to return for Celtic. He said: “Kieran’s been out for a while but you’d reckon that the training he’s had in recent weeks has been of a high standard. So, if he’s ready for Celtic, he should also be ready for Scotland.” Keep up to date with ALL the latest news and transfers from Scottish football plus fixtures, results and live match commentary  [bc_video video_id=”5987065213001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Stan and Ollie director John S Baird reveals Scotland manager Alex McLeish has small cameo in new movie”]