Czechs beat Russia in Fed Cup final PRAGUE (AP): Defending champion Czech Republic clinched its fourth Fed Cup title in five years after Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova won the decisive doubles yesterday against the Russian pair of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina. The Czechs rallied to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory to take the best-of-five series 3-2, played on an indoor hard court at Prague’s O2 Arena, where security was stepped up following the attacks in Paris. Earlier yesterday, Maria Sharapova came from a set down to beat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first reverse singles to give Russia a 2-1 lead. Pliskova kept the Czechs in the final by defeating Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-4 in the second reverse singles to level the match at 2-2. Euro 2016 chief pledges strong security PARIS (AP): Nervous fans planning to attend next year’s European championship in 10 cities across France got a guarantee yesterday from the president of the organising committee that security will come above everything. “I’ve said it several times before: security is the biggest thing at stake for Euro 2016,” Jacques Lambert said in an interview with sports daily L’Equipe, published in the aftermath of Friday night’s attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people and left hundreds more wounded. There is speculation that the tournament – France’s biggest sporting event since the 1998 World Cup – could even be cancelled for safety reasons. While acknowledging that “anything is possible,” Lambert was adamant that this should not happen. “Anything is possible, anything is conceivable,” Lambert said. “But it would be to admit that for those who attacked us, it was worth it.” Germany vs Netherlands going ahead BERLIN (AP): Germany’s friendly game against the Netherlands will go ahead as scheduled in Hannover tomorrow despite security concerns following the Paris attacks. The German team, which played France in a friendly in Paris on Friday, is set to gather today. “The message is clear: We will not be intimidated by terror” German football federation caretaker president Reinhard Rauball said yesterday. Players were given time off after spending Friday night at the Stade de France because of the terror attacks nearby.
A young Donegal mother has been reunited with her car after an eagle-eyed homeowner came across some keys in shrubbery a week after the car was stolen.Stolen….the VW Passat which has been recovered.The VW Passat was taken form outside a house in Letterkenny exactly a week ago after thieves broke into the house and stole the car keys.The heartless thieves took the car which contained a handbag and even a young child’s buggy. As the days passed, the young mother thought the car had been burned out or destroyed.But she got a lovely surprise yesterday when Letterkenny Gardai telephoned her saying a car fitting her car’s description had been spotted parked up in Derry.It turned out a householder had spotted the car sitting outside her home for a number of days.Yesterday morning the woman noticed some keys in some shrubbery beside her home and tried a button on the key and the lights went on. The woman contacted the PSNI who contacted Gardai.The stolen car had been reported missing and the young Letterkenny family were able to go into Derry to collect the car.Even better was the fact that there was very little damage t the car and the child’s buggy was still in the boot. DONEGAL FAMILY REUNITED WITH STOLEN CAR AFTER WOMAN FINDS KEYS IN SHRUBBERY! was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:car stolenDerrydonegalGardailetterkennyPSNIshrubbery read more
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Not so long ago, Butch Goncharoff imagined that he couldn’t be any happier than he was while running his Bay City Printing business and coaching the Bellevue Junior Wolverines Junior All-America youth football program. He still wonders if that might still be the case. “I just like coaching and developing kids,” he said in his cramped office at Bellevue High on Tuesday afternoon, even as the noise of teenagers, some hoisting iron in the weight room and others dressing for practice some 30 minutes later, pounded the walls. He smiled. And there was plenty of crackle and pop as a result for Goncharoff and his program. The result was big news across the board, nationally, since the De La Salle winning streak had reached such a phenomenal length the Spartans had last lost in 1992 that it transcended the high school section of sports pages and TV broadcasts. “That game,” 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior tackle Steve Schilling said a little more than three days before he and his teammates hope to make another splash on the national scene in Friday night’s game against Poly at Qwest Field “took us to another level, beyond just our state. We’re known nationally now.” Indeed. And the ambitions of the program and its followers are growing, too. The Wolverines football boosters are footing the bill for Poly’s visit to Seattle. It is also paying for the use of Qwest whereas the state athletic association picked up the cost for the stadium a year ago when Bellevue beat De La Salle, since it was part of the five-game Emerald City Kickoff Classic. The contract with Qwest “prohibits us from saying (publicly) how much we’re paying to rent the place,” booster club president Dave Mutzel said. “But it’s costing us about $30,000 to get Poly up here, and that includes everything airfare, hotel, meals and the bus transport to Qwest. “We hope to get enough people at the game so we can at least break even. But the group (of boosters) felt this was worth doing.” There are four high schools in Bellevue, a city located next to Redmond, home to the monolith of the computer software industry, Microsoft. But it’s the Wolverines program that has been just as state-of-the-art in the prep football world as are Bill Gates’ products. And the bulk of the reason is because of Goncharoff, his staff (mostly Bellevue grads who played or coached with him with the Junior Wolverines) and a group of players, most of whom were watching Bellevue games by the time they were 10 or 11. “My brothers and his friends played here,” junior quarterback Eric Brock said Tuesday. “I started playing football (with the Junior Wolverines) and the Bellevue (varsity players) were our role models. Me and my friends would go to all of their games, home and away.” Goncharoff, who attended another Bellevue high school (Interlake), coached the Junior Wolverines for 11 years before he finally after a few years of coaxing agreed to join Wayne Hatch’s staff at Bellevue in 1995. “Three weeks later, Wayne resigned (and was replaced by Bob Heglar) and suddenly I’m the offensive coordinator and running backs coach,” Goncharoff said. Goncharoff was promoted to head coach when Heglar left for Seattle Prep in 2000. “We went 6-3 that season,” he said, “and lost three times in overtime.” The Wolverines have dominated Washington football despite not having an abundance of what is traditionally referred to as “talent’ when the word is defined by the numbers of players who go on to play college football. “We’ve only had three players get Division I scholarships (prior to this season) but we’re getting a lot more college coaches out to watch us now,” Goncharoff said. Indeed. Schilling is considered the premier line prospect in the West, while running back Keith Rosenberg has committed to Washington State. But, even if there won’t be a multitude of future Pacific-10 Conference players in Bellevue uniforms (and, yes, they’re modeled after those worn by the University of Michigan Wolverines) Friday night, each of Goncharoff’s players will know how to play football. They’re well-versed in the game’s basics and spend long hours year-round in the school’s weight room. “We’ve got a lot of good kids who don’t mind working hard and putting in the hours,” Goncharoff said. Schilling embodies the kind of players Goncharoff coaches with abundance of size and athletic skill factored in, of course. He never played competitive football “basketball was my game and first love,” he said before enrolling at Bellevue as a freshman. Three years later, he has a 3.7 GPA and approaches every practice drill with the same verve he’ll put on display Friday night. “There is no reason to ever take the easy way out of something,” Schilling said, shrugging. “You’re wasting your time if you’re not always giving your best effort.” That kind of attitude seems to be a criteria to suit up for Goncharoff. “We don’t have a lot of individuals who can overwhelm people,” Rosenberg said, laughing, and saying “Oh, yeah’ when it was suggested that Schilling falls into that category. “So we have to work as hard as we can, always play as a team, execute and not make mistakes.” The 41-year-old Goncharoff admits that he’s had feelers about joining college staffs, and high school principals and athletic directors across the country had taken notice of the way his teams played well before the stunner over De La Salle. He’s had calls from high schools in Texas “and down in your neck of the woods (Southern California),” he said, wearing a T-shirt touting Friday night’s “Best of the West’ showdown. “I’ve turned down some things. But it would be hard to leave here. I’ve got a business and a home here and things are going well.” Going well? As far as high school football goes, the Wolverines hope to demonstrate once again Friday night that it isn’t going any better these days, anywhere, than at Bellevue High. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I hope to go back to coaching junior football again some day,” he said. Those who hold the football exploits of Bellevue High, located across Lake Washington some 10 miles to the northeast of downtown Seattle, near and dear hope that return to that level of coaching for Goncharoff doesn’t come anytime too soon. Goncharoff, one game into his sixth season as the Wolverines head coach, is the architect of a program that has won four consecutive Washington State 3-A titles no one had ever won more than two consecutive while winning 51 of 53 games in that stretch. But the exploits of the Wolverines there’s one of the critters, stuffed, behind glass in the halls of the school’s administration building might still be widely unknown beyond the state’s borders if not for the most significant one of those 51 victories that took place at the home of the Seattle Seahawks to open the 2004 season. On that September night at Qwest Field, in front of nearly 25,000, the Wolverines snapped the 151-game winning streak of Concord De LaSalle, 39-20, punching out the Spartans defense with 460 yards on the ground via their Wing-T attack. read more