BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgCRYSTAL PALACEVS ASTON VILLAAston Villa won five away games in the Barclays Premier League last season, including the 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park. Yet they beat AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on the season’s opening day and must decide whether to give a first start to new striker Rudy Gestede. Palace miss Fraizer Campbell while Villa are without Gary Gardner, Chris Herd and Jack Grealish.LEICESTER VS TOTTENHAMLeicester City have a 100 per cent record from two games, their best start to a top-flight season for 88 years. A third win would represent their best ever start at this level. Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, have yet to win this season but they have beaten Leicester on their last two visits.NORWICH CITYVS STOKE CITYNorwich have never lost at home to the Potters in the Barclays Premier League, winning one and drawing two. Stoke last won at Carrow Road in March 2008, in the Championship, while they have never won there in the top flight, in 24 attempts. Overall, Stoke have won just three, lost 12 and drawn nine.SUNDERLAND VS SWANSEA CITYSunderland failed to win in their last three Barclays Premier League last term and have started as they finished, losing both games and conceding seven goals in the process – their worst top-flight start for 10 years, when they lost their first five. Swansea have failed to score in three of their four Premier League visits to the Stadium of Light.WEST HAM VS BOURNEMOUTHIn five games in all competitions Bournemouth have never beaten West Ham, drawing two and losing three. Three home games have seen the Hammers win all three and scoring nine goals. Bournemouth have lost their first two in the Barclays Premier League, their worst start at any level since 2001. They last lost their first three in 1994 (they actually lost their first seven in the old Second Division).WATFORD VS SOUTHAMPTONOver recent years these teams have been more used to meeting in the lower leagues; this is their first clash in the Premier League since April 2000 when Saints won 2-0 at home, while Watford, who have opened this Barclays Premier League season with successive draws, won 3-2 at Vicarage Road that season.last_img read more

Former Softball Standout Tyler Named to MVC 25-Year Anniversary Team

first_imgThe MVC Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team composition for each sport was determined by a 25-person committee (two representatives from each MVC institution and a panel of five voters from the conference office). The team composition includes years in which league teams competed under the MVC umbrella during the past 25 years (1992-2017) and does not include competition from the current season. Print Friendly Version As a sophomore in 1994, Tyler paced Drake to its second-consecutive MVC Tournament crown and the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  That year she set then Bulldogs and MVC single-season records for home runs (9), RBI (50), hits (73), at-bats (190) and fielding assists (169).  She remains Drake’s single season record holder for RBI, hits and at bats.  She also established then Drake career marks for homers (21), batting average (.395), RBI (115) and assists (444).  Tyler is Drake’s all-time leader in career batting average and assists, and she is second in RBI and sixth in home runs. Tyler was named MVC Rookie of the Year in 1993; and was a unanimous first-team All-MVC selection in 1994 and 1995.  She was a member of the 1995 MVC All-Tournament team after hitting .556 and twice earned All-Midwest Region honors (1994, 1995). Tyler was a three-year starter for Drake and powered the Bulldogs to consecutive MVC Tournament titles (1993 and 1994), the first time in MVC history that had been accomplished. She helped the Bulldogs win their first-ever MVC Regular Season title in 1993. Tyler, a native of River Forest, Ill., is the most recognized softball player in Drake and MVC history, and she became first Valley player selected for the U.S. Olympic Team (1996). Earlier this year, Tyler was inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame. The 2017-18 season is a landmark one for the MVC and for women’s sports. To help celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX and the 25th anniversary of women’s sports, the Valley is naming 25-Year Anniversary Teams throughout 2017-18 for each of the league’s sponsored women’s sports. ST. LOUIS – Former Drake University softball standout Dani Tyler has been selected to the Missouri Valley Conference Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team, the MVC office announced Thursday, April 26 morning.center_img Tyler, who received bachelor of science degree in business administration (accounting) from Drake in 1997, also was honored by the school with the Drake Double-D Award in 2012. Story Links She was the recipient of Drake’s Jerry Howlett Award in 1994 as Drake’s most outstanding overall athlete and is a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. MVC Softball 25-Year Anniversary Team Tyler helped lead United States to its first-ever gold medal in softball in 1996, hitting a home run against Australia and was also a starter on the USA team that earned a gold medal at the 1994 Pan American Qualifier.  Tyler was a member of the USA Softball National Team from 1994-2000 and was also an alternate on the US Gold Medal Olympic Team during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The Women’s USA National Team won gold medal in the 1998 World Championships.last_img read more

Rail Plus has launched the new booking season for

first_imgRail Plus has launched the new booking season for Great Southern Rail with an incentive program where agents can win prizes including famil spots on The Ghan Expedition.With bookings for the highly anticipated 2019/20 season now available, agents can also look forward to winning some prizes including a spot on the four-day Ghan Expedition famil taking place in March 2019.To win, agents will need to answer a few simple quiz questions and perform well in sales. There will also be a dedicated spot on the famil for the first agent who sells the Reef to Reef package.A range of lucky prizes are also up for grabs, including1 x Indian Pacific picnic blanket2 x The Ghan Berlin pens1 x Indian Pacific stubby holder1 x The Ghan stubby holder2 x sets of Great Southern Rail headphones1 x The Ghan beanieWinners will be announced at the end of August.For more information and the terms and conditions, click here.last_img read more