Gameday celebrates seniors

first_imgIn less than 24 hours, a 38-0 walloping of Wake Forest on Senior Day and losses by the top-2 football teams in the country led the Irish to a perfect 11-0 record and their first No. 1 national ranking in the BCS era. All this excitement combined with unseasonably warm weather made for “an incredible weekend,” said Mike Seamon, director of Game Day Operations. “The perfect weather, Senior Day and the undefeated record all contributed to it being one of the best home football weekends anyone can remember,” he said. “It was a wonderful opportunity for the Notre Dame family to celebrate both the seniors and the special season we have been experiencing.” Seamon said this was one of the most special Senior Day celebrations in recent memory due to strong student support for the football team and its seniors. “It was evident that the student body shares a mutual, special affinity for the team, and vice versa,” he said. “Couple that with an undefeated record, and it made for a particularly special and memorable day in Notre Dame history.” The ideal conditions brought a perfect storm of about 115,000 fans to campus on gameday, Seamon said, and pregame attractions on campus also drew in large numbers of visitors Friday and Saturday. “The Friday tunnel tour had a season high of more than 5,300 visitors, and the pep rally was standing-room only,” he said. “The player walk on Saturday was absolutely packed the entire way from the Guglielmino [Athletics Complex] to the Stadium.” Seamon said the lopsided final score helped minimize traffic on campus. “Post-game traffic was much better and more manageable this weekend given that the game was clearly decided early on in the contest,” he said. According to a press release, the Indiana State Excise Police arrested 36 people on 49 charges this weekend. Officers apprehended 32 minors on 39 charges, including illegal possession or consumption of alcohol and the possession of a false form of identification. Two men were arrested after a large fight broke out in the C1 parking lot. The men were preliminarily charged with battery, public intoxication, battery on law enforcement and resisting law enforcement.  According to the press release, one Excise Police officer was injured while breaking up the fight. Officers also arrested two adults on drug possession and paraphernalia charges. Arrest statistics from Notre Dame Security Police were unavailable at press time. Now, as the stadium moves into its offseason, Seamon said he and his Game Day Operations team will work to make the Notre Dame football experience even better for next year. “As has been our typical practice the past few years, we will spend the next several weeks reviewing the season from several different angles and will identify how we can build upon the program for next season,” he said. To provide feedback on the game day experience or suggestions and comments for next season, fans can visit Contact Anna Boarini at aboari01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

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Peaceful, stylish haven in Samsonvale

first_imgThe balcony at 134 Ladies Rd, Samsonvale.There is also a study, powder room, laundry and home theatre.Upstairs, the master suite includes a balcony, dressing room and an ensuite with a freestanding tub.“I just love the master bedroom. It takes up about a third of the upstairs area and you can watch the storms roll in from the balcony,” Mrs Rowe said. 134 Ladies Rd, SamsonvaleTHIS stunning property offers the best of both worlds — a sprawling, modern home and a cosy cottage.Owners Sue and Steven Rowe bought 134 Ladies Rd 12 years ago, and lived in the two-bedroom cottage while they built their dream home on the 16.76ha block. “The property has a really lovely atmosphere, Mrs Rowe said.“It’s so beautiful and serene, and we have lots of wildlife.” The kitchen at 134 Ladies Rd, Samsonvale.Mrs Rowe said the main house was perfect for any size family. “You can all be together because it’s quite open plan but on the other hand, you have different areas for privacy,” she said.“For the young family, you can be in the kitchen and keep an eye on the kids while they’re on their computers or in the pool. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The master bedroom at 134 Ladies Rd, Samsonvale.“It’s also a great house for parties.“It’s very adaptable. We’re normally outside by the pool area but everyone can easily congregate around the kitchen.” The two-storey main house has an open-plan kitchen, dining, lounge and library area leading to the poolside entertaining space. The kitchen has an island bench and a butler’s pantry. center_img The cottage at 134 Ladies Rd, Samsonvale.The three other bedrooms feature built-in wardrobes and one also has access to a two-way bathroom.The upstairs area also includes a family bathroom and living space. The separate cottage has a study, two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with a fireplace.The home is being marketed by Brett Crompton and Angela Galvin of Ray White Samford.last_img read more

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Diego Maradona Dismisses Alzheimer’s Rumours

first_imgBuenos Aires: Argentina football great Diego Maradona has posted a video on the social media denying reports that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The 58-year-old’s comments came a day after his lawyer, Matias Morla also responded to speculation that his client was suffering from the degenerative illness.“They lie, they lie. They talk about Alzheimer’s and they don’t even know what the word Alzheimer’s means,” Maradona said in the video published on his Instagram account on Thursday, reported Xinhua news agency.“People who have Alzheimer’s die, I’m not dying,” the 1986 World Cup winner said, adding that some journalists were intent on “causing confusion”.Maradona, who this month ended an 11-month spell as head coach of Mexican second division side Dorados, has suffered a series of health issues since ending his playing career in 1997.In 2004, he was hospitalised with severe heart and respiratory problems related to a long battle with drug addiction. He also underwent two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.In January, the former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli forward had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach. According to Argentine press reports, Maradona was set to undergo shoulder and knee operations in the coming weeks. IANSAlso Read: Diego Maradona To Undergo Shoulder Surgerylast_img read more

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Wisconsin dominates on power play, sweeps Minnesota State

first_imgSenior forward Blake Geoffrion had three goals and two assists in the Badgers series sweep of MSU.[/media-credit]Minnesota State came into Madison with clear physical intentions, and the Mavericks weren’t afraid to take penalties — 27 in all — to get their point across.The Badgers made them pay.Over the weekend, UW scored 12 goals, with half of them coming on the power play.“They’re a chippy team, and coming into a [series] like this, they try to get some momentum off that and they kept it close for a long time,” tri-captain Blake Geoffrion said. “That’s how they play the game, that’s how they get their momentum.”In Saturday night’s contest, MSU built some momentum right away as Eli Zuck scored with just 53 seconds gone in the first period. Junior goaltender Brett Bennett, in his first start since being pulled two weeks ago in Duluth, had some trouble playing the puck and the Mavericks capitalized.But thanks to the efforts of fourth-line winger Andy Bohmbach, Bennett and the Badgers wouldn’t play behind for long. Less than a minute later, Bohmbach went hard to net and lifted the puck over MSU goaltender Phil Cook to tie things up.The Hudson, Wis., native had been demoted to the fourth line by head coach Mike Eaves and Bohmbach’s response was a welcomed surprise.“He got the game puck tonight. I said to Andy ‘I don’t know what you had for a pregame meal, but I’m going to need that again,’” Eaves said. “He looked like he had speed and anticipation, and it was fun to see that.”Bohmbach was pleased with his Saturday performance, but netting a game-tying goal for his team was the response he was most proud of.“[The goal] felt good; it’s always good to rebound like that, get a goal right after they do,” Bohmbach said. “Shuts them up for sure, and gets our team going a bit as well.”The goal certainly got the Badgers going, as Geoffrion and Ben Street also scored to give UW a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.Geoffrion’s tally came on the power play at the 9:59 mark as Michael Davies continued to spark the Badger attack with his great vision and flawless passing. Davies found Geoffrion in the slot and the senior fired a snapshot past Cook’s glove.Street also benefited from some great vision as John Mitchell did his best Davies impression to help give the Badgers a two-goal lead with one minute remaining in the first frame. Mitchell calmly gathered the puck in front of the MSU crease and the 6-foot-5 forward somehow found Street who was trailing behind him.“[Mitchell] showed great vision tonight,” Eaves said. “That was an area we hoped we could expand and he made some great passes tonight.”After a breakaway goal from grinder Ben Grotting and a shorthanded goal from defenseman Jake Gardiner, the Badgers went back to work on the power play.With a 5-2 lead in the final minutes of the second period, Brendan Smith fired a shot into the top shelf to expand the Badger lead and end the night for Cook.As play moved into the third period, the Mavericks got a power play goal from Tyler Pitlick, but the Badgers had an answer. On another power play opportunity, defenseman Ryan McDonagh wristed a shot from the point that beat newly inserted MSU goaltender Austin Lee.Geoffrion added one more, blasting a slap shot from the left circle in the bottom right corner of the net after exiting the penalty box to give the Badgers a resounding 8-4 victory.UW needed a sweep to keep pace in the WCHA title race, and Friday the Badgers got off to the winning start they needed.Wisconsin dominated play in the first period (17-5 advantage in shots) but had nothing to show for it. MSU would open the scoring at the 14:24 mark despite being outplayed, thanks to a shot from Mike Louwerse that beat Scott Gudmandson.Cook did all he could to keep UW off the scoreboard, but with a 5-on-3 power play the Badgers finally broke through.Davies fired a shot on the doorstep that was initially saved by Cook, but the senior forward grabbed the rebound and fired home the second attempt.Seconds later, still on the man-advantage, Davies struck again.This time Davies got his stick on the puck in mid-air and he was able to direct it past a sprawling Cook to give UW the lead. It was another display of Davies’ remarkable hands and offensive ability.“We have a bunch of guys with good hands,” Eaves said. “But Michael has real good quickness and some eye-hand coordination and that is one of his gifts.”Despite going 0-4 on the power play in the first period, Davies knew the power play unit would eventually come through.“We couldn’t score on the power play. We were getting our chances, even on 5-on-5, we knew we were going to end up getting one; we just stayed persistent,” Davies said. “I was able to tuck two in.”In the second period, Geoffrion tallied a power play goal and Aaron Bendickson netted a shorthanded score midway through the third period.MSU made it close late thanks to a shorthanded goal of its own and a converted penalty shot, but it was too little too late.The 4-3 win Friday coupled with Saturday’s dominating performance has put UW in prime position to make a push for the WCHA title and the Badgers are well aware of how tight this race is.“Every weekend, there’s not an easy game to take off, or an easy team to play — you’ve got to win them all,” Geoffrion said. “Especially here at the end of the year with it so tight and anybody can pretty much win it.”last_img read more

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