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Eboni Usoro-Brown: England international says motherhood and elite sport does not have to be an either-or choice | Netball News

first_imgEboni Usoro-Brown is returning to elite netball after becoming a mother for the first time
Eboni Usoro-Brown is returning to elite netball after becoming a mother for the first time

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Ireland sweating on Rob Kearney injury ahead of Italy clash

first_img “Fingers crossed he’s going to be fine, but it would be a massive disappointment if he missed out. “I don’t think we’ll worry too much until he gets the medical feedback on it, though.” Munster flyer Simon Zebo would be expected to slot in at 15 should Kearney fail to recover quickly enough, with Bowe backing the British and Irish Lions tourist to cope if called in to deputise. “We’d all back Simon to get the job done, absolutely,” said Bowe. “Simon is pushing Rob hard for his place there at full-back, he’s a very exciting player and he showed he’s capable of doing the basics very well as well as being able to light it up as well. “So I think it just shows with the competition for places, if anyone were to drop out of the match squad, we’ve got guys to come in and put their hand up and do a great job for the team.” The 29-year-old will now have everything crossed his World Cup campaign does not suffer a costly hiccup with Ireland closing in on quarter-final qualification. “Rob may have suffered a gluteal strain and will have a scan in Guildford later today,” said Ireland team manager Mick Kearney. “We’re really going to have to wait and see what the results of the scan are like later today, so I’d say it could be 24 to 48 hours before we have a definitive view on whether he’ll be available at the weekend or not.” Keith Earls is expected to complete the head-injury protocols on Tuesday after passing a pitchside assessment during Sunday’s Wembley clash. Connacht centre Robbie Henshaw will train fully this week and ought to be restored to the 12 shirt to face Italy after hamstring trouble ruled him out of the World Cup’s opening fortnight. Ulster wing Tommy Bowe admitted Ireland would miss first-choice full-back Kearney should he fail to beat his knock in time to face the Azzurri at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. “Seeing Rob coming off is something you don’t want to see,” said Bowe. “But I’m sure he’s confident it’s not going to be something too strenuous, so we’ll just have to wait and see. British and Irish Lions star Kearney will undergo a scan in Guildford on Monday afternoon to determine the extent of a gluteal strain. Kearney suffered a heavy blow to the hip on scoring Ireland’s fifth try in Sunday’s 44-10 World Cup victory over Romania at Wembley. Press Association Ireland full-back Rob Kearney faces a nervous 48-hour wait to find out whether he will be fit to face Italy on Sunday. last_img read more

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Volleyball: Wisconsin faces challenging home and home against Washington

first_imgNumber 9 ranked Wisconsin (4-2) boasts one of the greatest home environments in NCAA volleyball. The Badger faithful pack the Wisconsin Field House every night with the second-highest attendance in the NCAA in 2018.But due to a relentless early schedule, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team (4-2) is in danger of entering Big Ten play without a home victory. Wisconsin has managed to win at least one non-conference home game every year for more than three decades, so a loss in their final home game against Washington would break that streak.The Badgers come off of a tournament win at the Clemson Classic where they swept both the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.Volleyball: Badgers rebound from tough weekend with pair of sweepsThe No. 9 University of Wisconsin volleyball team (4-2) looked the part with a dominant performance this weekend in Clemson, Read…The No. 10 Washington Huskies provide a much tougher task for the Badgers. The Huskies are 7-1 with impressive wins against No. 15 Creighton and No. 19 Illinois. Their lone loss came on the road against No. 13 Hawai’i — a raucous environment similar to the Wisconsin Field House.Washington possesses a balanced attack with five hitters averaging more than 2.5 kills/set. The Badgers only have three such hitters in Dana Rettke, Grace Loberg and Molly Haggerty.For Washington, 10 of their players competed in 17 or more sets proving their depth amidst a tough non-conference schedule.Senior outside hitter Kara Bajema leads the Huskies with 4.63 kills/set and notched a spot on the 2018 AVCA All-American Third Team.Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State Read…Wisconsin’s size-based attack will be tested against a Washington team that has some size of their own with 6-foot-4 Lauren Sanders likely facing Rettke at middle blocker. Rettke continued to dazzle this weekend, recording team-high kills in both matches.Perhaps a return to their serving prowess could be critical in the two match-ups with Washington. The Huskies have allowed 1.03 service aces/set, and freshman Izzy Ashburn has led the Badgers with a stunning 0.62 service aces/set on her own — the best mark in the Big Ten.Head Coach Kelly Sheffield spoke of Ashburn and her serving efforts in a press conference Monday.“[Ashburn] can hit it anywhere on the court,” Sheffield said. “You say, ‘Here, I want it to the left of the passer,’ and she’s gonna put it to the left of the passer with a lot of pace and a lot of movement on it.”Women’s Volleyball: Kelly Sheffield shines light on team depth for upcoming seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team recently began their regular season schedule. Hopefully, this season will be one of Read…An Ashburn serving spree could be the difference in a set where the Badgers pull away or mount a comeback.The Badgers face Washington in the Wisconsin Field House Thursday at 8 p.m. and travel to Seattle to complete their non-conference schedule against the Huskies 8 p.m. Saturday. Thursday’s match will be on Fox Sports 1, and Saturday’s contest will be on the Pac 12 Network with both games broadcasted live on 100.9 FM.last_img read more

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Upcoming fundraiser for the Peace Country River Rats at Taylor Hall

first_imgSpring Fever Dinner and Dance is scheduled for May 2, 2014, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.Those in attendance can look forward to an evening with the Montney Coulees, as well as a live and silent action.Tickets are $75.00 and can be purchased at Unforgettable Memories, the Canadian Grind, and Extreme Signs, or by calling Kathy at 250-787-2999.- Advertisement –last_img

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