LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Magazine’s One Game at a Time PodcastRugby World magazine has teamed up with broadcaster Sam Roberts to launch a new podcast entitled One Game at a Time.In each episode of One Game at a Time, Roberts speaks to a high-profile player about a memorable match in their career, gaining insight into specific moments, the emotions involved and goings-on behind the scenes.The one-on-one conversation also branches out to wider topics, including how players develop themselves and the mindset involved at the top level.LISTEN TO RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE’S ONE GAME AT A TIME PODCASTEach interview is conducted while viewing a highlights package of the specific match so you can also ‘watchalong’ on YouTube to see the incidents being discussed.Ten episodes are already live on iTunes, acast and Spotify with more planned, so subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss one of these insightful conversations. Make sure you rate and review too! And let us know if there is a particular player you would like us to interview and any questions you would like us to ask them.The interviewees so far include Sale Sharks and England back-row Tom Curry talking about the quarter-final victory over Australia at the 2019 World Cup in Japan. As well as the match itself, he discusses his relationship with brother Ben, what it’s like to play for England and an embarrassing handshake incident.No quarter given: Tom Curry tackles Reece Hodge during the 2019 World Cup (Getty Images)Gloucester legend James Simpson-Daniel joins Roberts to step back in time and recall his England debut against New Zealand – and a certain Jonah Lomu – in 2002. He also opens up on missing out on the RWC 2003 squad and coming to terms with an international career that didn’t flourish as he’d hoped. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As part of Rugby World magazine’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Gareth Edwards talks through the famous Baa-Baas v All Blacks game of 1973. New podcast sees Sam Roberts interview players about a memorable match Other episodes feature Kat Merchant, Jimmy Gopperth, Schalk Brits, Ben Alexander, Chris Robshaw, Jordan Crane and Karl Dickson. So have a listen now.If there is any player you would like us to interview about a specific match, email your suggestions to [email protected]
SSP Group, worldwide operator of outlets in travel locations, has revealed plans for a new bakery concept with UK chef James Martin, as part of a £135m contract.The company has agreed the seven-year contract with Stansted Airport, of which the bakery concept to be named James Martin Kitchen, is part of.A spokesperson for SSP said: “James Martin Kitchen is a premium bakery that will offer an exciting combination of fresh farm ingredients and the highest quality baking, and is ideal for passengers who want to eat in or to grab and go.“The James Martin Kitchen will be making its debut at Stansted.”In its most recent interim statement, SSP said that total group sales were up by 3.5%, with like-for-like sales up 3.3%.During the period from 1 April to 30 June, the group also opened its first outlets in Qatar as part of a contract to operate 11 food and beverage outlets at the new Hamad International Airport in Doha. Kate Swann, CEO said: “I am pleased to announce our first IMS as a listed company. During the period we saw a strong performance for the group, particularly in the UK, North America and Asia-Pacific. We continue to be confident in the outlook for the business.”James Martin, who will be involved in the set-up of the new bakery, first appeared on Ready Steady Cook in 1996, and has since featured as a celebrity chef.SSP currently operates brands such as Upper Crust, Delice de France and Millie’s Cookies.The company expects to issue its preliminary results for the year-ending 30 September 2014 on Thursday 27 November 2014.
Kelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldIt was a somber scene Sunday afternoon as the senior members of the Wisconsin softball team began to realize the inevitable end of their Badger careers, removing their name tags from the dugout lockers after the regular season finale at Goodman Diamond.Michigan State (24-24, 9-10 Big Ten) played the role of spoiler to a T, taking two of three games from No. 25 Wisconsin (39-11, 16-7) over the weekend, capping the series off with an 11-5 win over the Badgers in the second of two games Sunday.In her last home game for Wisconsin in front of a record-setting crowd, senior catcher/infielder Whitney Massey admited Sunday was emotional for her and the six other seniors.“There’s a lot of emotion,” Massey said. “I think for the seven of us, it’s kind of been a roller coaster for us these last four years, but it’s nice to know that we’re not done.”After being shut out in a 3-0 loss to Wisconsin in the first game of the doubleheader, the Michigan State bats came to life against senior lefthander Meghan McIntosh, scoring six runs in the first inning and chasing McIntosh off the mound after only one-third of an inning pitched.Taylor Paige-Stewart came in for relief of McIntosh in the first and went the rest of the way for UW, giving up five runs on five hits.“Tay did good,” UW pitching coach Tracie Adix said of Paige-Stewart’s relief appearance. “She came in, popped them up and kept them off balance. That’s really all we can ask from her, try to keep them contained so we can get some more runs.”Sunday marked Paige-Stewart’s only 11th appearance of the season in the circle. She now has a 2.28 ERA in 46 innings pitched.The Wisconsin offense did its best to pull off another comeback as it has been able to do all season, but the six first-inning runs by the Spartans proved to be too much for the Badgers to overcome. UW brought in just five runs in the 11-5 defeat.The silver lining came in the bottom of the fifth when Massey set the single-season record for home runs after the California native launched her 12th home run of the season to right field to score two and bring the deficit down to five.“She’s stepped it up,” Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said of Massey. “She’s catching for us and putting together some great games and she’s just tough. She’s fun and she’s going to be sorely missed.”The Badgers snagged their only win of the series against Michigan State in the early game of the twin bill on the back of an outstanding pitching performance from junior righthander Cassandra Darrah, who pitched seven scoreless innings for Wisconsin.The Michigan State hitters were making solid contact on Darrah’s pitches, but were only able to generate six hits off the Wisconsin defense, shutting out the Spartans en route to Darrah’s 23rd win.“Cass was ready to go and started mowing them down,” Adix said. “She was getting weak ground balls, pop-ups. She wasn’t trying to blow the ball by people. Cass just stuck to the game plan, kept them off balance and fielded her position well.”At the plate, it was junior rightfielder Mary Massei who started the game off with a bang on a lead-off no-doubter to left-center to give the Badgers the early 1-0 lead.Massei put a charge into another ball in the fifth inning off Michigan State’s ace Kelly Smith, notching her second home run of the day.“I was just seeing the ball well,” Massei said. “I knew that [Smith] went inside for strikes, so I backed off a little bit and just took hacks.”Wisconsin went on to win 3-0, giving Healy her 100th win with the program and UW its 39th win of the season.The series kicked off Saturday after Friday’s game was postponed due to poor weather. McIntosh got the nod for the Badgers but was unable to make it out of the second inning after giving up six runs, four earned, through 1 2/3 innings.Friday marked the second poor start for McIntosh who, until this weekend, had been having a career year sporting a microscopic 1.57 ERA coming into the series.“I think a lot of it sometimes has to do with the Senior Day,” Adix said of McIntosh’s struggles from the circle. “Some seniors will play well on Senior Day and some will feel just a little bit of nervousness. They think more about how it is the last time they are going to play on this field.”While coming away with just one win in the three-game series with the Spartans was not what the Badgers had in mind, Healy believes it will be a wake-up call for her team and help to prepare them for the Big Ten tournament, which is set to start next weekend.“I think it makes everybody a little aggravated and focused,” Healy said. “It’s better to have a weekend like this [happen] this weekend. Moving forward, there’s no room for error really; you have to play well or go home for the rest of the way out, so I think better now than later, and hopefully it keeps people hungry.”
By John BurtonMONMOUTH BEACH – The borough is planning to do a little work to its beach bathing pavilion to coincide with a planned sea wall project.Borough officials applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for a CAFRA (Coastal Area Facility Review Act) permit and state approval to undertake some site upgrades at the facility.Plans call for the construction of a 5,950 square-foot deck and 1,024 square-foot shade structure. The new deck would allow people to see above the seawall to the beach and Atlantic Ocean, explained Mayor Susan Howard.In addition, replacement stairs and a ramp will be built to allow public access over the planned sea wall extension to connect the deck and pavilion to the ocean and beach area. A planned 13,100 square-foot gravel staging area for the sea wall construction work will be used for additional parking after the project, according to the information the borough provided to the DEP.This additional work is being done in conjunction with the state – and federally funded $32 million sea wall repair and extension project.That project will construct new portions where there are currently gaps and repair some damaged areas in the protective wall that separates Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36 and the beach and oceanfront.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently reviewing the sea wall project but a final plan has yet to be determined. The DEP’s Bureau of Coastal Engineering is overseeing the project, with the state and federal governments sharing the cost.Bids are expected to go out in the coming months and work will start in late summer 2016, according to Lawrence Hajna, a DEP spokesman.The bathing pavilion is borough-owned and operated, offering protected ocean swimming and a pool and amenities for season members and access to the beach for day visitors.A CAFRA permit is required for any construction and development projects within a certain distance of waterways in New Jersey.“We’re proceeding with the permitting process in order to ensure the improvements to the pavilion that will be needed with the sea wall project,” said Howard.
After spending most of the first two months of the season at home, the Nelson Leafs embark on a six-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road swing that takes the Green and White in the Okanagan and East Kootenay.The early season home games, however, has allowed the Leafs to maintain the early lead in Neil Murdoch standings.Currently Nelson is 12-4-0-1 and holds a three-point margin over second-place Beaver Valley.The Leafs have primarily achieved this mark with a 7-3-0-1 record at home. But a little known stat has Nelson 5-1 on the road.Nelson opens its road swing in Creston Friday against the Thunder Cats. The Leafs defeated the Cats 6-5 in the only meeting this season between the two teams.Saturday, the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley to face the high-flying Hawks in Murdoch Division four-pointer. The teams have split the season series at 1-1. However, both games were played in Nelson.The two games pushes Nelson’s total games to 19 in the first two months of the season.No other KIJHL team will have played that many games.The abundance of games has also hurt the Leaf roster injury-wise as no less than five starters were out of the lineup during Sunday’s loss to Summerland.Next home game is November 12 against Grand Forks.ICE CHIPS: Nelson’s Patrick Martens maintained a two-point lead over Ryan Edwards of Beaver Valley. Martens accumulated four points during the weekend to continue his game streak to 12. The Maritime native has registered multiple points in nine of the 12 games. Teammate Colton Schell and Nik Newman are eighth and ninth, [email protected]