University of Georgia logoATLANTA – As a youngster, Daniel Nichols was not unlike countless boys growing up in Georgia, wondering what it might be like to play for the home-state Atlanta Braves.While Nichols’ pro days will have to wait a bit longer, the Leesburg native got to enjoy the next best thing, having a night to remember Tuesday evening at Turner Field in a game in which five pitchers combine on a one-hitter to beat Georgia Tech 6-0.“This is a great event and every player on our team was excited about it,” said Nichols, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and a career-high five RBI. “Just to have the opportunity to be out here is really good. To hit that home run here tonight – that’s just every kid’s dream.”Nichols won’t be losing the smile he wore after the contest anytime soon.After driving in the first run in the first with a sacrifice fly, Nichols launched a three-run homer off Tech starter Cole Pitts in the sixth and later singled in another run. The home run was his sixth this year for Nichols, who’s five RBI also represented the most by any Bulldog batter this season.“That was definitely one of the most exciting moments of my life,” Nichols said of his home run. “There’s so much adrenalin going … two runners on base … to be able to do that … it’s just really awesome.”Starting pitcher Jared Walsh was on top of his game also.Opponents came in batting just .197 against the senior left-hander, a number that dropped throughout the contest after Walsh held the Yellow Jackets to just one hit in five innings of work. Besides giving up the one hit, Walsh (5-2) walked just one batter and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 2.61.Mike Mancuso followed Walsh with a scoreless sixth, while Bo Tucker, Taylor Hicks and Jared Cheeks closed out the Yellow Jackets (32-19), holding Tech hitless over the final four innings.“If you had told me coming into the park that we would have had a combined one-hitter I would have told you that you were crazy,” Walsh said. “The middle of their lineup is outstanding. But you know, we got ahead, made pitches when we needed to and our defense made some plays where we were very fortunate to give up just the one hit.”With the win, the Bulldogs (25-26) took a 9-4 edge in the series, which is held annually each year to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.Even more important, the victory marked the third straight win for Georgia, the first time since late March when the Bulldogs beat Kennesaw State then took the first two contests in a series against South Carolina.“We felt like once we got healthy that we could really make a run,” Georgia skipper Scott Stricklin said. “It’s unfortunate that it took us a long time to get healthy, but it’s never too late. We’ve played really well these last few games. That’s a big difference when you can throw Jared Walsh out there instead of having to use him during the weekend. Being healthy has been the big key for us.”The Bulldog were on the first on the board, getting a run in the top of the first on Nichols’ sacrifice fly to score Keegan McGovern, who singled with one out before moving over to third on a double by Walsh.Georgia wasn’t done.In the sixth, Nichols’ three-run shot, well into the seats in right-center field off Tech starter Cole Pitts (0-6), pushed the lead to 4-0 before Georgia added another run in the seventh on an RBI single by Stephen Wrenn, who went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nichols’ RBI single in the eighth capped the scoring for the Bulldogs, who hosts Arkansas in a huge season-ending series starting Thursday.“That was a big momentum builder for us tonight,” Nichols said. “They’re a great team. To one-hit those guys is really impressive. Hopefully, this will carry over to Thursday night.”
Everton opened their Europa League Group I account by dismantling outclassed AEK Athens in a game marred by two second-half red cards.The hosts took an early lead through Joseph Yobo’s header and soon added a second as Sylvain Distin poked home.Stephen Pienaar rifled in a stunning third shortly before the break, with Jo turning sharply to add a late fourth.AEK had Carlos Araujo red carded after 54 minutes and Louis Saha followed late on for raising his hand to a defender.Saha barely made contact with the face of AEK defender Juanfran, who made a meal of the incident, in stoppage time but it was right in front of the referee and he had no hesitation in dismissing the French striker.Araujo, on the other hand, could have had no complaints after he was sent off for kicking out at Distin following a challenge with the French defender. Everton have a had a sticky start to the Premier League season but from the opening whistle they were a cut above their Greek visitors.Jack Rodwell and Tim Cahill took control of midfield and with Pienaar looking lively down the right and Jo causing a makeshift AEK defence plenty of problems, it was only a matter of time before the goals started flowing.Just before kick-off Everton confirmed they had signed Australia captain Lucas Neill and the right-back was in the stands to see two of his new defensive comrades get on the scoresheet inside the opening 17 minutes.The opener came after 10 minutes from a corner earned when AEK keeper Sebastian Saja could only turn a Pienaar drive round the post.Everton boss David Moyes had given Diniyar Bilyaletdinov his first start and the Russian took no time to illustrate his quality, delivering a fine corner to the far post where Yobo, captain for the day, thundered his header home. The Greeks’ cause was not helped when they lost Gerlando Alves to injury and they soon found themselves two goals behind.AEK survived one corner but the assistant positioned behind the goalline – a new initiative being trialled in the Europa League – correctly indicated Everton should be awarded another.When the ball was swung into the six yard box the visitors’ defence was once again thrown into disarray and although Marouane Fellaini’s intial effort was blocked, Distin was lurking beyond the far post and reacted first to score.Stung by the two goals AEK tried to hit back but they were restricted to long-range strikes from Pantelis Kafes and Tam Nsaliwa, a Malawai-born Canadian international who has just received a German passport, which both fizzed over.Jo twice threatened with headers as Everton went back on the attack and, after Grigoris Makos shot into Howard’s arms from distance, the hosts added a third. When Pienaar picked the ball up 30 yards out there looked to be little on but the Athens defence failed to close him down and the South Africa midfielder drilled a low shot into the corner past the despairing dive of Saja.That prompted the AEK travelling fans to turn their backs on the game and amuse themselves with a bout of scarf waving, and their day got no better after the break.Everton took off Tim Cahill, who had picked up a yellow card, and Bilyaletdinov, with Leon Osman and Yakubu respectively coming on.It made little difference to the flow of the game as the hosts continued to enjoy a stranglehold on possession and any remote chance the visitors had of getting back into the contest was ended when Araujo was red carded 10 minutes into the half for kicking out at Distin.With the result already in the bag Everton struggled to produce the penetration of the first half, although Rodwell and Osman both went close. Ismael Blanco shot wide when AEK mounted their only real attack of the half before Saha, on for Pineaar, turned a Leighton Baines cross over the bar.The hosts finally got their fourth goal on 82 minutes when Jo spun sharply and rifled home from 12 yards to confirm Everton’s superiority.A pleasing night for the hosts had some of the shine taken off it when Saha received his marching orders in stoppage time, but they will still have been pleased to have started their European campaign in convincing style.Source: BBC
The Chang Free Kick stadium in Central Pattaya will play host to the 2nd Pattaya Midnight Football Tournament, scheduled to start at the end of January. Organizers say the matches will be conducted after most people have finished work, between 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. and sixty teams, separated into four divisions, are expected to take part with each team featuring 7 squad members. Over 100,000 baht in prize money plus trophies will be up for grabs.The main purpose behind the event is to provide night workers with some entertainment and a chance to exercise for good health and to deter them from drink and drug vices. Pattaya staged a similar tournament 4 years ago which proved to be a great success.
A hot and humid was endured by all, but it did not deter Peter ‘The right honorable’ LeNoury from winning the monthly medal for May with a net 70. Peter received a lead crystal engraved whiskey goblet, a bottle of Jameson’s Irish whiskey, an invitation to the yearend gold medal and of course his name will be etched on to the Lewiinskis wall of shame.Stuart Evans followed Peter up the podium steps with a net 72.Friday, May 19, Siam Old Course – Stroke1st Gabriel Enright (20) net 742nd Marcus Earp (22) net 743rd Walter Baechli (15) net 75Today we played the Siam Old Course, and as one would expect the course was in great condition. As a bonus to the players it did not rain, although it threatened a few times.The man of the match honours went to the recently returned Gabriel the ‘thunder from Down under’ Enright with a net 74, but first he needed to win a count back over Marcus Earp. One of the nicest and most effervescent personalities, Walter Baechli, closed the flight with a net 75.Starting in June, Lewiinskis will play the sports days at Siam: Mondays we will play Siam Planation, Wednesday at Waterside and Fridays we will play the Old Course. Everyone welcome! Lewiinskis Golf SocietySunday, May 14, Green Valley – Medal1st Peter LeNoury (15) net 702nd Stuart Evans (23) net 72Peter LeNoury.We were told there was an 85 per cent chance of rain today and there were many dark clouds with lightning and thunder attached as we approached Rayong Green Valley. But it never materialized into rain, and we got off the tee box on time.