Rusty, rested or reeling, LeBron James and the Cavaliers find a way to beat the Hawks in the playoffs every time. James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and Cleveland withstood a strong second-half surge by Atlanta to maintain its chokehold on the Hawks with a 104-93 victory on Monday night in the opening game of their second-round Eastern Conference series. James converted a critical three-point play with 2:09 left for the Cavs, who blew an 18-point lead in the second half and fell behind with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter before making several clutch plays down the stretch. Cleveland swept Atlanta in last year's Eastern Conference finals and has won eight straight over the Hawks, moving to 9-0 against them in the postseason. Dennis Schroder scored a playoff career-high 27 and rallied the Hawks before they crumbled in the closing minutes.
Paul Millsap had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Kent Bazemore added 16 points for Atlanta, which got just eight points from Jeff Teague. James' three-point play, which he punctuated by flexing his biceps, came after he stripped the ball from Schroder and the Cavs kept their possession alive with a pair of offensive rebounds, one by Tristan Thompson, the other by J.R.
The Cavs did not show any rust following an eight-day break after the first round until the third quarter, when their offense slowed and the Hawks got hot.
But when it mattered most, the defending conference champion came through - and, as always, James led the way. Kevin Love, who was injured when the teams met in the postseason last year, added 17 points but was just 4 of 17 from the floor and appeared to hurt his right shoulder. Thompson has been a rebounding marvel for the Cavs, comparable to what Dennis Rodman once did for Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Love, who missed six of his first seven 3-pointers, drained a pair from long range and James finished a 2-on-1 break with a thunderous dunk to give Cleveland a 72-54 lead with four minutes left in the third quarter. Atlanta, though, responded with its own deep barrage, draining four 3-pointers in a 16-3 spurt to close the quarter and pull within 75-70 entering the fourth. But with a chance to steal Game 1 and end their futility against Cleveland, the Hawks came up short. Love, whose dislocated left shoulder ended his first postseason last year, banged his right shoulder in the fourth when he pump-faked Bazemore into the air and drew contact while shooting a 3-pointer. During a timeout, one of Cleveland's medical personnel worked on Love, who stayed in the game.
The Cavs focused on shutting down Korver, who averaged 12.2 points and took 52 shots during Atlanta's six-game victory over Boston in the opening round.
Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on to beat San Antonio 98-97 on Monday night, evening the series at one game apiece when the Spurs failed to score on a wild sequence in the final seconds. Kevin Durant added 28 points as the Thunder handed the Spurs just their second home loss of the season, rebounding from a 32-point beating in Game 1.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich complained to officials after the game that Dion Waiters went over the allotted five seconds to inbound the ball on Oklahoma City's final possession.
Aldridge had 41 points, but the Spurs shot 43 percent as a team after shooting 61 percent in the series opener. San Antonio missed 12 of its first 13 shots, struggling to even hit the rim after seemingly making every shot it took in the opening quarter of Game 1. Oklahoma City had lost 15 games this season when leading after the third quarter, including the playoffs. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James is pumped up after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks in the second half of Monday's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal in Cleveland. Richardson made his first stop in Beijing on Monday, where he interacted with players participating in the finals of the Junior NBA Basketball League at LeSports Center. On Tuesday, he made an appearance on CCTV's NBA Primetime and visited Beijing No 35 Middle School to share the values of the game with students.
The 6-foot-6 guard from Saginaw, Michigan, was selected fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Richardson was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2002 and won the NBA slam dunk title in 2002 and 2003. The first Junior NBA Basketball League in Beijing was launched last fall as part of the existing partnership between NBA China and the Ministry of Education to promote basketball education and youth development in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and universities. The Junior NBA teaches youngsters fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. Rookie goalie Matt Murray made 47 saves while standing up to Capitals' avalanche of shots, and the Penguins parlayed two goals in 62 seconds in the first period into a 3-2 victory on Monday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored before the midpoint of the first period, and Carl Hagelin added a goal in the second to make it 3-0 and the Penguins, the NHL's best team over the past two months, held on to top the Capitals, easily the league's best team all season. Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the season against the Penguins in the third period, and linemate Justin Williams scored in the final minute as the Capitals tried frantically to rally. However, it was not enough as the 21-year-old Murray, the youngest Pittsburgh goaltender to ever win in the postseason, improved to 5-1 in the playoffs. Murray, who began the season in the minors and played only four NHL games until March, made the difference as the Penguins were outshot 49-23 yet still controlled the scoreboard even as the Capitals controlled the stats sheet. The Penguins, on the fringe of the playoff race much of the season, have won 20 of 24 games since March 8 - with Murray in net for 11 of those wins - and are 6-2 in the postseason.
At least statistically, the Capitals were dominant from the start except in the number most important: goals. They doubled up the Penguins in shots for most of the first two periods - it was 28-14 after two - yet Murray turned away scoring chance after scoring chance. Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins can't make this save on Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (not pictured) in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Consol Energy Center on Monday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the rough-cut figure of Jamie Vardy, newly crowned Premier League champion Leicester City possesses the living embodiment of a rags-to-riches tale that has captivated fans around the world.
Six years ago, Vardy was playing amateur soccer for Stocksbridge Park Steels in England's seventh tier and working part-time at a factory making medical splints. Now he is an England international, whose 22 goals have powered Leicester to its first league title, won him the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award and sparked talk of a Hollywood biopic. There will be several abiding memories from Vardy's historic season, from the 30-yard wonder goal against Liverpool to the brace at Sunderland that left manager Claudio Ranieri blinking back tears at the final whistle. But perhaps the most lasting mark will be his run of scoring in 11 consecutive games between September and November, which set a Premier League record and helped lay the foundation for Leicester's extraordinary campaign. Released by boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday at age 15 on the grounds that he was too small, Vardy, now 29, cannot have imagined he would one day be the toast of England. After leaving Wednesday he spent time away from soccer, studying sports science at a local college before winding up at Stocksbridge, nestled beside northern England's Peak District, where he progressed through the youth ranks.
Vardy's roguish streak occasionally caused him problems - he was sent off four times in his last season at Stocksbridge, deterring suitors Sheffield United - and he had trouble controlling his temper off the pitch. A conviction for a late-night assault temporarily obliged him to wear an electronic tag and observe a 6:30 pm curfew, which would see him substituted midway through games so that he could get home in time. Spectacularly prolific, Vardy joined Halifax Town from Stocksbridge and then moved on to Fleetwood Town, who sold him to Leicester for a non-league record 1 million pounds ($1.5 million) in 2012.
Since then, the milestones have zipped past: 16 goals in Leicester's Championship promotion campaign, five in his first season as a Premier League player, a first England cap and, in March's 3-2 win over world champion Germany, a brilliant back-heel for his first England goal.
Initially perceived as mere ballast in Roy Hodgson's squad, the wiry Yorkshireman, who wears a blue cast to protect a thrice-fractured right wrist, is now certain to go to Euro 2016. In a deeply unpleasant episode in August, he was caught on camera racially goading an Asian man at a casino, for which he issued a public apology. He missed the two matches that took Leicester to the title, meanwhile, after being sent off for diving in a 2-2 draw against West Ham United and then launching a foul-mouthed tirade at referee Jon Moss. Vardy is among a select band of players to have risen from non-league to the England team and with each goal, he has demonstrated that there is more than one route to the top.
Polo-loving Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 58, rubs shoulders with celebrities and his surname, meaning "light of progressive glory" was bestowed by Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. But the bespectacled Thai tycoon also displays an unerring common touch, dishing out free beer and doughnuts at Leicester's King Power Stadium, where he lands his helicopter in the center circle. Despite his popularity, Vichai remains enigmatic as he rarely gives interviews, preferring to let his son, Aiyawatt, known as 'Top', act as the family frontman.
The avuncular Vichai has carefully navigated Thailand's treacherous political waters of recent years, while taking his King Power empire from strength to strength. He has built an estimated fortune of $2.9 billion since establishing King Power in 1989 - starting with a single shop in Bangkok.
With the company name emblazoned across the Leicester shirt and stadium, Vichai is now well placed to leverage soccer success into global recognition for his brand. And as Premier League champion, Leicester's share of next season's $7.4 billion TV deal will be several times more than Vichai first paid for the club.
Leicester supporters quickly warmed to Vichai after he bought the then Championship struggler for an estimated 40 million pounds ($58 million) in 2010. The devout Buddhist is a firm believer in the power of karma, flying in Thai monks to bless Leicester's pitch and give its players lucky amulets. And while pumping tens of millions of pounds into the team, club debt and infrastructure, Vichai has spent judiciously. Leicester's success has been crafted from teamwork and endeavor, and the astute leadership of manager Claudio Ranieri, rather than an expensive squad of stars. Vichai rose from relative obscurity, flourishing during the past decade of political upheaval in Thailand, a country where big contracts follow political loyalties. King Power hit the jackpot in 2006 when it won the duty-free concession at Bangkok's cavernous new Suvarnabhumi airport, and with it a captive market of tens of millions of travelers. In 2007, a year after ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Manchester City's former owner, was dumped from office in a coup, Vichai saw off legal moves to break his duty-free monopoly. In a kingdom where connections count, Vichai now firmly belongs to the royalist establishment that turfed out Thaksin.
Before soccer, Vichai's first sporting love was polo, the pursuit beloved of the international elite, and he and 'Top' are accomplished players. Vichai boasts a lifetime membership at London's Ham Polo club, frequented by the British royals, and has a stable of horses and players on retainer in Bangkok.
Leicester City players crowded around a television inside teammate Jamie Vardy's house on Monday, locked arm in arm, watching the action 100 miles away. In the second tier two years ago, in a relegation fight last season, a 5,000-1 long shot last summer, Leicester is now alongside Manchester United, Liverpool and the other clubs that can call themselves champions. The Foxes clinched the most improbable title of the Premier League era when second-place Tottenham was held to a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.
With an insurmountable seven-point lead and two games remaining, Leicester is champion of England for the first time in its 132-year history. As recently as 2009-10, Leicester was in third-tier League 1, the equivalent of a Double-A baseball team filled with prospects. Just two years ago, Morgan and many of his teammates were playing in the far-from-glamorous second-tier League Championship. But on Monday, fans who never dreamed the modest club from an East Midlands city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals descended on Leicester's King Power Stadium to party into the night. Leicester, which will collect the trophy on Saturday when it hosts Everton at home, had not finished higher than second in the top tier since 1929. English soccer has not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. Unlike Blackburn's 1995 champions, Leicester has achieved its success without lavish spending. Chelsea's draw also made Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri a league title winner for the first time in his career - 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.
Ranieri's task when he replaced the fired Nigel Pearson in July was just to keep Leicester in the Premier League. At Chelsea there was not bitterness that the Blues were surrendering the title to a soccer minnow, but joy that Ranieri was the beneficiary. Chelsea players will form a guard of honor for the Foxes when they play at the London club in the season finale on May 15.
Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when it was held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea got the party started.
Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep its bid for a first title since 1961 and led 2-0 on goals from Harry Kane in the 35th minute and Son Heung-min in the 44th, before Chelsea rallied in a fiery London derby where tempers frayed and tackles became wild. Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea's part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power. Leicester City fans celebrate winning the Premier League after watching the Tottenham-Chelsea clash in a pub on Monday. The front page of the i newspaper read "Fantastic Foxes write the greatest fairytale football has ever known" while the Daily Mirror dubbed them "The Incredibles".
Many newspapers referred to the fact that before the team's ascent, bookmakers had, at one time, offered to pay out 5,000 pounds ($7,335) for every bet that Leicester would win the title. The Daily Telegraph's sports supplement printed a giant blue Leicester crest and a cheering team manager Claudio Ranieri, with the words "How Leicester's 5000-1 title dream turned into astonishing reality". Some questioned whether former England striker Gary Lineker, who played for Leicester and helped rescue the club from going out of business in 2002, would really present BBC soccer program Match of the Day in his underpants - a rash promise he made earlier in the season should Leicester be crowned Premier League champion. Others noted the fairytale story of the team's top scorer Jamie Vardy - who spent years in the lower leagues but now plays for England - already talked about as a subject for a Hollywood movie. Guardian sportswriter Barney Ronay described Vardy as a "a late-blooming, whippet-thin, scaldingly quick journeyman striker". Leicester's success drew international reaction as well, with The New York Times describing its triumph as "one of the most remarkable seasons in soccer history". Mark Selby holds a Leicester flag next to the Snooker World Championship trophy he won after beating China's Ding Junhui in Monday's final. Li conjured up his best round of the week, a bogey-free 64, to win the Volvo China Open by three shots and keep the title in domestic hands for the second year in a row. The 20-year-old began the final round two shots back of overnight leaders Felipe Aguilar of Chile (69) and Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark (70), but carded a blemish-free round to finish 22-under at Beijing's Topwin Golf and Country Club. Li succeeds Wu Ashun, who last year became the third Chinese winner of the country's oldest professional tournament. Playing in the group ahead of Aguilar, Li tied the Chilean at 21-under with four holes remaining.
As Li played a superb approach to the 17th hole to set up a birdie, Aguilar hit his worst shot of the week on the short 16th, plunking it in the water. Li said he learned he was in the lead only on the 18th fairway, and he thanked his caddy for helping him not to get carried away with an aggressive approach. The victory was a big relief for Li, who missed the cut at Genzon Golf Club the previous week and lost in a playoff at Shenzhen International last year. Li also won the Rong Gao Tang Award as the best finisher among the four Chinese players who made the cut.
Dou Zecheng, who won the award three years ago when still an amateur, finished 2-under alongside defending champion Wu Ashun, who closed with a 69. Aguilar finished 19-under, a shot ahead of Bjerregaard, England's Richard Bland and Marcel Siem of Germany.
One of the week's early highlights was a 7-iron hole-in-one at the 16th by Sweden's Rikard Karlberg. Jenny Shin became the third first-time winner on the USLPGA Tour this year, coming from behind to close with a four-under 67 on Sunday and win the Texas Shootout tournament. It took the 23-year-old Shin 135 starts since turning pro in 2010 to record her first victory. Shin played the final 43 holes at the Dallas-area Las Colinas Country Club bogey free as she finished at 14-under 270. She was two strokes in front of fellow South Koreans Amy Yang (71) and Hur Mi-jung (71) as well as American Gerina Piller - who led heading into the final round but closed with a two-over 73.
Shin joins compatriot Jang Ha-na and Japan's Haru Nomura as first-time winners in 2016 and will jump from No 38 to No 24 in the world rankings. Cheyenne Knight, a 19-year-old University of Alabama freshman from nearby Aledo, had a 72 to tie for 30th at 1 under.
China's Li Haotong gets a helping hand from his caddy in lining up a putt during Sunday's fourth round of the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & Country Club in Beijing. And Hamilton said he had "no reason" to believe it was happening after finishing second to Rosberg in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. Wolff told reporters in Sochi he wanted to speak out to protect members of the team from accusations. The defending three-time champion also said he felt very grateful to the team for helping him finish the race and score 18 points. Sunday's race saw Hamilton survive the first lap without incident for the first time this year. Since winning at Sochi last year, Hamilton has only victory - the following race in the United States, where he clinched the title. Meanwhile, Daniil Kvyat apologized for hitting Sebastian Vettel's car twice and causing the first lap carnage that knocked the four-time champion out of Sunday's race. The young Russian said he had not felt his brakes and then could not see what was happening ahead of him in the incident that left Vettel fuming at his actions for the second successive race. Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg jumps on the podium as he celebrates winning the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi on Sunday. Nico Rosberg joined an ultra-select group of Formula One drivers with his seventh win in a row for Mercedes at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, but the German will remain the odd man out for some time yet. Only four drivers since the championship started in 1950 have won seven races in a row and only four have triumphed in the first four rounds of a season.
Just one - Rosberg's compatriot Sebastian Vettel - won more than seven in a row when he chalked up nine for Red Bull in 2013 en routed to his fourth championship. That moment might almost have come in Sochi on Sunday, according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, even if Rosberg gave every impression of enjoying a sunny afternoon drive in the Olympic Park. Wolff told reporters data from the power unit on Rosberg's car "gave us some grey hair" during the race. Rosberg did not mention the problem on the podium or during a subsequent media conference, when he said the car was "fantastic" and he had driven flat out to the finish with plenty of life in the tires. Asked about it later, the German conceded that he had lost "a fair chunk of performance", but teammate Lewis Hamilton openly questioned that. From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory.
Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense.
With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as his injured fellow "Splash Brother" watched from the bench, and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 in Sunday's opener of the Western Conference semifinal.
Thompson hit seven 3-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in three straight playoff games. Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland's Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical fouls. Both were hit with a technical at the 3:29 mark of the third when Varejao tripped Henderson after they collided and the Portland guard jumped up, pointing a finger at his opponent's face.
They resumed jawing a few minutes later and were tossed with 15.1 seconds left in the period. Thompson hit a Curry-esque 30-foot 3-pointer in the opening minutes followed by another jumper to put Golden State up 10-2, and the Warriors ran with it from there. Thompson scored 18 of his points in the first quarter on 7-for-10 shooting with four 3s as Golden State built a 37-17 lead. Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points - 10 on free throws. Shaun Livingston added 12 points and six assists after scoring 16 in each of his first-round starts in place of Curry. The MVP injured his MCL when he slipped on a wet spot just before halftime of a Game 4 win at Houston in the first round last Sunday.
Curry said on Friday he hoped to do some shooting within a day or two, and that happened on Saturday. He still will have to test the knee by putting pressure on it and planting on it when he shoots, then in some 5-on-5 scrimmages. The Warriors had 38 and 30 assists their previous two games - including six quarters without Curry - by generating the kind of snappy ball movement coach Steve Kerr called for without Curry's play-making.
Portland looked tired at times after eliminating the injury-plagued Los Angeles Clippers in six games on Friday night before traveling to the Bay Area on Saturday. With Mason Plumlee going up for a one-handed dunk late in the first quarter, Andrew Bogut blocked the shot, then got a hand up to bother Al-Farouq Aminu's putback attempt.
These teams had reached the playoffs the same year eight times previously without matching up in the postseason.. The Miami Heat ousted the Charlotte Hornets from the playoffs with an emphatic 106-73 victory on Sunday. Miami won two elimination games to take the series 4-3 and will play the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinal, starting on Tuesday night. Goran Dragic scored 25 points in his first Game 7, Gerald Green added 16 and Luol Deng scored 15. Frank Kaminsky scored 12 for Charlotte, which got 11 from Courtney Lee and 10 from Nic Batum.
A contentious series, with too much attention getting placed on courtside fan behavior and NBA officiating reports, pushed Miami right to the limit. Charlotte had a chance to close out the Heat on its home floor in Game 6, wasting the opportunity. Miami led the whole way, taking a 12-point lead at the half and stretching it to 24 by the midpoint of the third quarter - the period that has been a problem for the Heat all season but became the catalyst to what became a rout on Sunday.
Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson is fouled by Portland Trail Blazers' Ed Davis during the second half of Sunday's opening game of their Western Conference semifinal in Oakland. The Blues captain scored off a rebound during a powerplay 10:58 into overtime of Game 2 on Sunday for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars that evened their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal at one game apiece. After blowing a two-goal lead while getting outshot 13-2 in the third period, the Blues cashed in on their second powerplay in overtime. Antti Niemi stopped 19 consecutive shots after relieving Kari Lehtonen in the Dallas net until Backes scored.
Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn, who scored the OT-forcing goal with 2:36 left in regulation, were thwarted by Elliott before the game-deciding penalty. Stars rookie center Mattias Janmark had a breakaway goal four minutes into the third period, and Dallas was almost immediately on the powerplay after the ensuing faceoff. Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi blocks a shot during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL's Western Conference semifinal against the St. The City manager admitted his team's 4-2 loss to Southampton at St Mary's stadium on Sunday could affect confidence as the Premier League club prepares to invade Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid. Pellegrini made no attempt to disguise his disappointment at his side's defensive display as Sadio Mane's hat-trick following an opening goal from Shane Long secured Southampton's victory. But the manager made it clear the performance was the players' responsibility, with only Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored both City goals, emerging with credit.
Pellegrini, who confirmed he expects Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Kevin de Bruyne to be fit to face Real, added: "It's my responsibility for the starting lineup and after that you have their performance and you must analyze everything. The win strengthened Southhampton's bid for a Europa League place and manager Ronald Koeman singled out Mane for praise. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Sunday compared Leicester defender Robert Huth's hair-pull on Marouane Fellaini with "sex masochism" and also tugged a television reporter by the hair in an eccentric attempt to defend his player.
Leicester's Premier League title celebrations were delayed for at least another 24 hours after the leader drew 1-1 with United. Van Gaal was quizzed on the incident that saw United midfielder Fellaini escape without punishment after elbowing Huth in the neck and opted to explain why the Belgian reacted that way by getting physical with the reporter.
Claiming Fellaini's hair had been grabbed by Huth in a deliberate piece of provocation, van Gaal reached out to do the same to his Sky Sports interviewer. Then in a separate interview with the BBC, van Gaal conjured up another odd expression to lambast Huth. United will now wait to see if Fellaini is retrospectively punished by the Football Association for his transgression. Sadio Mane celebrates after completing his hat-trick during Southamption's 4-2 victory over Manchester City in their English Premier League clash at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton on Sunday. Two goals by Andre Ayew and one from Jack Cork at Liberty Stadium proved enough for Swansea to guarantee its Premier League safety. Christian Benteke pulled one back for Liverpool, but Klopp's team was outclassed in a game sandwiched between the more significant business of its Europa League semifinal against Villarreal. Liverpool will now turn its attention to overturning a 1-0 deficit in Thursday's semifinal second leg against the Spanish side at Anfield - and Klopp was quick to concede the youngsters he brought into the lineup were in need of polish. Klopp also defended Daniel Sturridge's decision to head to the dressing room at the final whistle, rather than joining his teammates in thanking the traveling Liverpool fans. The suggestion was that England forward Sturridge was disappointed not to have been withdrawn sometime during the second half. Having played the full 90 minutes, he is now unlikely to start on Thursday after he was an unused substitute in Spain in midweek. Swansea's victory ensured a successful rescue mission for manager Francesco Guidolin, who took over with the club in danger of relegation. Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola knows he needs to prove his critics wrong by overturning a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's home Champions League semifinal.
Guardiola and Bayern are bidding to avoid dropping a semifinal to a Spanish side for the third straight year after losing the first leg at Atletico last Wednesday on Saul Niguez's early strike. Having won 14 titles in four years at Barcelona and six titles in three years with Bayern, Guardiola hopes to sign off in charge of Munich by lifting the Champions League trophy after the May 28 final in Milan.
Bayern lost in the Champions League semifinals to Real Madrid in 2014 and to Barcelona last year. Another exit at the hands of Spanish opposition will not go down well in Bavaria, especially in the wake of Guardiola's decision to start the first leg in Madrid with Germany star Thomas Mueller, Bayern's top scorer in Europe this season, on the bench.
The decision drew plenty of criticism from the German media and, by his own admission, the Munich leg is Guardiola's "final bullet" in the battle to prove any critics wrong before he leaves to coach Manchester City next season.


Bayern has been unstoppable at home in Europe this season, winning all five games at Allianz Arena, but it needed extra time to come back from 0-2 to beat Juventus 4-2 at home in the second leg of the last 16. It has won 11 home games in Europe since being hammered 4-0 in the Munich leg by Real Madrid in the 2014 semifinals, having lost 1-0 in Spain. But, as it demonstrated in Saturday's 1-1 Bundesliga draw at home to Borussia Moechengladbach, Bayern is not currently playing well. The result denied the German giant the victory which would have confirmed it as Bundesliga champion. The good news from the Gladbach draw is that Germany defender Jerome Boateng is fit again after 99 days out with a groin injury having played the first 68 minutes in Munich. In turn, Diego Simeone's Atletico was boosted by the news Uruguay defender Diego Godin and Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco took part in training on Sunday after injury. Godin missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury and is set to return as the cornerstone of Atletico's defense in it bid to repeat its run to the 2014 final, where it lost 4-1 to Real Madrid after extra time. Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola (right) and Borussia Moenchengladbach coach Andre Schubert react after the two teams drew 1-1 in their Bundesliga match at Allianz Arena in Munich on Saturday.
China's Ding Junhui faces Mark Selby in the World Championship final when he bids to become the first Asian player to win snooker's most prestigious title. The 29-year-old Ding reached his first World Championship final in record style, with a break of 123 completing a decisive 17-11 victory over experienced Scottish cueman Alan McManus at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in northern England on Saturday. Later in the day, 2014 world champion Selby, the world No 1, prevented an all-Chinese final when he defeated Hong Kong's Marco Fu 17-15.
Ding's seventh century break of the semifinal saw him surpass the previous record of most centuries in a Crucible match (six) held jointly by Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
In the modern history of the World Championship, the only two winners from beyond Britain and Ireland are Canada's Cliff Thorburn (1980) and Australia's Neil Robertson (2010).
A sign of snooker's increasing popularity in China is that, according to a tweet posted by World Snooker, 27.1 percent of the national television audience in the world's most populous country tuned in to watch his semifinal on CCTV5, an official state broadcaster. These were, in the words of the tweet, "incredible figures!" and an indication of snooker's increasing appeal in Asia. The defeated McManus had no doubts that Ding could go all the way, saying: "I think there's only one person stopping him and it's himself. Ding has been tipped to become a world champion ever since he won the UK Championship, snooker's second-most important title as an 18-year-old.
The 2013-14 season saw Ding match snooker great Stephen Hendry's record of five ranking titles in a season and he rose to world No 1 in December 2014. However, a severe loss of form saw Ding drop out of the world's top 16 and meant he had to come through qualifying in order to gain a place in the main draw for this year's World Championship. Ding Junhui of China celebrates after beating Scotland's Alan McManus in the semifinal of the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. He won an NBA championship his first season, went 39-4 as interim coach in place of Steve Kerr to start this season and was part of a team that set the single-season record for wins in the regular season.
But when the Los Angeles Lakers came calling, Walton could not turn down the team he began his career with and which he helped win two NBA titles. The Lakers announced Friday night that they had agreed to a contract to hire Walton just five days after firing Byron Scott.
Kerr credited Walton for helping to create the culture that allowed Golden State to win 140 games the past two regular seasons, including a record 73 this season. Walton will remain with the Warriors until their playoff run ends, while using some down time to prepare for his new job.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 38 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-92 on Saturday night, never trailing in Game 1 of the second-round series.
As the best pros on the planet battle for the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup, a crop of young Chinese players have their eyes firmly fixed on a more distant prize: the 2022 Winter Olympics.
NHL draft pick Song Andong and national under-18 teammate Zhong Wei are part of a new wave of Chinese hockey players being groomed for Beijing in six years time. Last June, the teenaged Song was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 entry draft by the New York Islanders, making him the first Chinese player to be drafted in the history of the NHL. Song, who goes by the nickname Misha, is just one of a talented group of Chinese teenagers who are scattered among high school and junior leagues across North America that the country's hockey leaders hopes will provide the base for a future national team. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Song just finished playing as a post graduate student at Phillips Andover Academy in the Massachusetts high school league. Song captained China at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's Division II B under-18 world championships and could play for China's under-20 team at this year's Division II B world championships. Like Song, who moved to Canada from China when he was nine, Zhong started playing hockey at a young age in Beijing before moving to North America. Zhong said he started playing hockey because he liked the speed and physical side of the game. Song, who wasn't ranked among the top 210 North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting department, was a surprise pick by the Islanders who are owned by Shanghai-born Charles Wang. Song's selection by the Islanders raised a few eyebrows as he was chosen ahead of a US national team player and some major junior players but he is hoping to show the Islanders that one day he will fit into their organization. Walsall’s Martin Gethin might have tumbled at the final hurdle in his quest to challenge for a world title but the fire still burns in his belly to prove he is the best 135lb fighter on these shores. The largest crowd Maduma has fought in front of has been 8,000 at Bell Centre (Montreal) earlier in his professional career.  He realizes that, as a hometown favorite, Mitchell figures to greatly benefit from fans there for Froch and Groves alike. Maduma is the reigning WBC Continental Americas champion and he recently relinquished his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) crown. Atlanta's offense bogged down in crunch time and the Hawks only scored two field goals in the final four minutes.
Replays showed Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili to get the space needed to pass the ball to Durant, who was immediately stripped by Danny Green. Ginobili was the only other San Antonio player in double figures, scoring 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting. The Spurs missed six layups and Green awkwardly tossed a hard runner that ricocheted off the backboard. The All-Star forward drained his second 3-pointer of the season to pull San Antonio within 96-94 and then made three free throws after being fouled by Serge Ibaka to pull the Spurs within 98-97 with 13.5 seconds to set up the final play.
Qinghua University High School beat Beijing No 4 High School 74-62 in the final of the tournament aged 16-18.
Over his 13-year career, Richardson played for the Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats (now Charlotte Hornets), Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers. Excuses are for losers, and we're not losers and we're going to try to improve in Game 4," Williams said. They were last in the Premier League in April 2015 before winning six of their last eight matches to avoid relegation, and at the start of this season betting houses favored them to drop back down.
And for the past 20 years the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City winning all the titles. I'm a pragmatic man; I just wanted to win match after match and help my players to improve week after week," said Ranieri, who made a brief trip home to Italy on Monday to see his 96-year-old mother. Still, Tottenham clinched no worse than fourth place and qualified for the Champions League for the second time. He played a decent chip after taking a drop, then missed his putt to finish with a double-bogey five. A par on the final hole clinched the title for the Hunan native, who finished sixth in last year's tournament. Her best showing before Sunday was finishing runner-up at the 2012 HSBC Women's Champions to Angela Stanford, who beat Shin in a playoff. She launched her 67 with three birdies in the first five holes, quickly whittling away at the four-shot deficit she faced at the start of the round.
The long-hitting US Solheim Cup hero grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, and played at the University Texas-El Paso. Karah Sanford, a 14-year-old high school freshman from San Diego, tied for 51st at 6 over after a 77. Finishing second was teammate Lewis Hamilton (left) while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third.
Dwayne Wade finished with 12 and Hassan Whiteside had a 10-point, 12-rebound, five-block clincher for the Heat, who have won their last four Game 7s.
The Hornets' two biggest stars, Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson, never got going - combining for 13 points. And under Spoelstra, the Heat are now 15-4 in postseason series, 8-4 when facing elimination games and 15-5 in games when they have a chance to oust an opponent. Backes followed up Alexander Steen's shot 17 seconds after Antoine Roussel was called for interference.
Louis had a quick extra-man chance in overtime when John Klingberg was whistled for holding as Vladimir Tarasenko, who scored 40 goals in the regular season and four in the first-round series, was charging toward the net. With the defender still hobbling from the puck hitting his knee, the Blues kept charging and Backes scored on the rebound of Steen's shot.
But the Stars went 0 for 4 with the extra man, and are now 1 for 20 on powerplays at home this postseason. We did not play as well as we could and our performance was not as good as it could have been," the manager said. That's how it'll be seen," Guardiola said after Bayern vanquished Benfica in the quarterfinals. Now it has to wait until Saturday's away game at Ingolstadt, when it could become the first club to win four straight German league titles.
I hope with the emotions of the game I'll have the strength to play for the 90 minutes (against Atletico). It all came together very fast as Walton interviewed in Oakland with Lakers owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday before getting the offer the following day.
He started the call by telling Kerr he had good news - he got the offer to coach the Lakers - and bad news - he was going to take it.
Walton took over when Kerr was sidelined by complications from offseason back surgery to start this season and led Golden State to a record 24 straight wins to open the season.
Thunder's Kevin Durant had 16 points, and Russell Westbrook added 14, but they were harassed into 11-for-34 shooting. The biggest adjustment was coping with the culture shock that included learning a new language and strange foods. After countless hours of research on and about this breed, here is my version of how this wonderful breed came to be.In the early 1800a€™s Scotsman Bruce McKinsey moved his family moved from the cold damp climates of Northern Scotland to the Grampian Hills of Central Scotland. Patty Mills missed an open 3-pointer, LaMarcus Aldridge lost the ball after grabbing the airball and Kawhi Leonard was unable to gather the ball before the buzzer sounded. A number of high school and college friends joined her family - led by her husband, PGA Tour player Martin Piller - in the gallery. We are pushing the limits on the chassis and on the engine side a lot in order to have a competitive car. It's unusual for them - the majority were on Nico's car last year and Nico's (current) guys were with me for three years. But Niemi, who took over in the Dallas net in the second period, stopped three shots in that two-minute span.
The other Blues player with two OT goals in a postseason was Pierre Turgeon in 1999, the year the Stars won their only Stanley Cup.
But our performance was responsible for that and we have to recover and prepare for a big game in Thursday.
One inch of ice in 3 days !!!It wasreal windy most of the day and I spent more time in the EskimoQuick Fish 3.The two holes in the shelter provided some steady action for perch and bluegills. After spending time together working the sheep in the fields and watching how McKinseya€™s dogs worked the livestock, Alexander eventually acquired a female Scottish Colley from Bruce and named her Flora. Rains the last few days combined with the cooler temps should have the fish in a feeding mood.
5-ranked Mitchell, who has failed in two previous world title fights, stands between Maduma and his ultimate goal of a showdown with IBF 135-pound champion Miguel Vazquez.
Ole!" the jubilant Leicester players chanted as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other's shoulders inside Vardy's house.
The death lull kicked in around1230 and fishing picked back up again at 3pm.I landed the usual residents of the lake-- a few trout, afew nice crappies, perch and gills. Plenty ofpanfish with a few perch hitting the 9-inch mark and a crappie thatwas almost 10 inches.I caught trout sporadically throughout the day, ending with 9. I was going good at the start and felt I was getting on top in the fourth but, after I’d forced him back to the ropes, he swung a right hook that landed to the back of my ear.
It was the weirdest feeling of my life – a numbing pain – and after that I lost my game plan.
I did see one HUGE largemouth bass come to the shore and snack onone of those stunted gills. She has great conformation, exceptional movement and is the happiest dog I have ever owned. I decided to have a little dance about to see if the sensation would fade away but it didn’t. There isna€™t any information as to the demise of Alexander, but he was well into his 80's at this time.
Her job as a therapy dog for an 83 yr old woman that had is stroke is one she takes very seriously. The creek was rising and the fish were a bit sluggish, but I was able to tempt a few wild browns to hit my Yozuri stick bait. We continually have Home Health therapists in daily and she greets each of them then quietly goes to her spot to watch everything that goes on.
She accompanies me into the chicken coop and is great with the chickens as well as with her cat ( yes her cat that she found in a ditch).
But he was a good fighter who stopped Ray Beltran, the Mexican who beat Ricky Burns and never got the decision.
She passed her Herding Instinct testing at 5 months of age and now working on her Canine Good Citizen certification. If you plan on doing any trout fishing in the area-- go early and go late or don't go at all. I have owned and worked with many breeds of dogs and Arya is by far one of the most intelligent, willing and trainable.
How long did it take you to get over the disappointment of falling short of a world title shot at the final hurdle? This pup would come to be known as "Jet", a black pup with a faint line of white up his face, a white chest and socks.
I would totally recommend PATCHWORK SHEPHERDS and have friends now that have bought puppies from here as well and all of them are as wonderful as Arya.
A few years ago not many thought I’d even get to British level so to fight in a final eliminator for the world title was a good achievement.
A He said, "she is really a love," and described her gentleness and cuddling even from the get-go. Both theseA lines worked from the head and didn't have the a€?loose eyeda€? working style of the traditional Collies.If you look at the picture of the Basque Sheepherder, taken at the turn of the century, you can see the resemblance of our modern day McNab in the Black and white dog in the back on the right side.
A She is very playful with her 'brothers' (two older choc labs), but is extremely responsive to me and is my 'watcher.' A No matter where I am, she is A watching over me. I don't question why, but I will say that the Berkley Trout Worm in a PINK or ORANGE color will usually get you a few bites. With that being said, I have created my own Pink Worm that has enabled me to land many trout, both wild and stocked. A When we settle in the evening to watch a movie, she will quietly peruse the house, coming back to my side after she has checked everything out. Thanks to Sandy at the Treasures of Oley for allowing us to use her wine and gift shoppe for the class. So, I am sorry for that.A Now, when the power is out for 7 days and the clean-up effort at your house is over, you need a few hours to unwind. Teddy told me the lake is completed covered and the ice might be about 1 inch orso.Teddy has patrolled and lived next toAntietam Lakealmostall his life and he knows the lake. A If she could, she would hop up on my lap and sit there, just as she did when she was a fuzz-ball pup! The missus gave birth to a little girl Kadi so I’ve been enjoying a bit of time with her and the family.
The start of last year was a bit of a rush with the title fights against Carl Johanneson, Ben Murphy and Diaz coming so soon after each other. It is stocked by the state, but does have a nice population of wild brown trout swimming in it. Though I couldn’t spar for a while because of the ear, I’ve always been one to keep myself fit. A few local streams were scheduled to be stocked with trout-- Manatawny Creek, Hay Creek and Tulpehocken Creek. Among Scottish flocks he is the pride of Scottish owners, and is valued, both in the Old World and the New, as one of the best aids money can procure.
I’ve been training clients as a personal trainer and I’ve been going to the gym and doing all me runs. Here even, in far California, there is one ranch, lying high on the breezy mountains and low in the grassy dells, that for years has relied upon the help given by imported collies and their offspring, and it is of the work these bright dogs do that this article is written.For the history of the collie one must look elsewhere than in a brief magazine sketch. Fished the Bottoms Down emerger in the deeper pockets and managed to hook 2 real nice stocker rainbows. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of sparring with Anthony Crolla up at the Khan gym in Bolton.
It was serendipity that brought you all the way over the mountains on Monday so we could get her!Also a couple of short videos if you're interested.
I should be in very good company this year with my best friend Mark and a college buddy named Mark joining in the fun. Many wise dogs have journeyed far by land and sea to race over the rugged hills after the nimble sheep, which in these mountain wilds give fleet defiance to the would-be-gatherer.
The creek was tight and a challenge to fish, but it was certainly a great day 2Bonthewater.
No one but a real Scotch shepherd can train these dogs to the perfection they attain among Scottish flocks under constant supervision.
I was just getting to the serious stage ofshopping for a black coated GSD to raise for my own pet and protection dogwhen my nephew T.J. Descended from long generations of workers the puppies take actively to business, and practice amusing tactics of herding on the farm poultry while still too young to be initiated into the graver cares of life; and at first sight of a band of sheep will usually make some move that denotes the shepherd strain. Nymph wise, fishing a tandem of a pink larva lace worm with a pheasant tail dropped off the bend should get you into some fish. Literally is it true of the collie, Ye cannot serve two masters ; his allegiance must be given to but one, or the valuable animal becomes worthless for the work that nature and training have given him to do.
BlackJack (Zoey x Drake 2009) is doing fine, being a good boy that loves to be around us (Right now he is under my desk sleeping at my feet). The breeze is sweet with bloom, and the sunlight falls, a flood of golden glory, over the lavish green of April meadow, as we take the upward trail, a woodland path that rises steeply under the shadow of the Peak, giving but glimpses of the valley home below, and winding through still shadows in the absolute silence of Natures own domains.
Starting out as a pro it was always my goal to be involved in a British title fight and when I fought for it and won it, things just happened so quickly for me. Higher we go, and onward, past an old stone cabin, a picturesque bit of ruin in the lap of spring. If you like to sitin your favorite chair and just chill out--- carpin' and catfishing shouldprovide some solid action for you. Local hotspots this weekend: Maiden Creek, Ontelaunee Lake, Trout Run Reservoir, Manatawny Creek, Tulpehocken Creek, Green Lane Reservoir, Deep Creek Lake, Perkiomen Creekand the Schuylkill River. As we come out from the woods with the Peak still above us, send a swift glance northward, where Sanhedrim and the northern mountains still are capped in glittering snow, rising sharply from green valleys to the sunny sky, their sparkling peaks the only hint of winter in all this summerland. That’d be a fantastic thing to show off to my kids as they got older and able to appreciate it more. We had many family gattering and other partys and he is always good around people in the house.
Off he dashes up the hill, makes a wide circle past a dozen ewes, and as they bolt up hill heads them, turns, and deftly drives them down. Their lambs lie asleep in the warm sun or frolic together on the hillside, bright bits of movement white against the green. A motion of the hand directs the alert dogs, and they join the two bands and send them steadily along the trail. Two ewes and a lamb go running to the side.Here, Pete!The dog dashes quickly across a little hill, the bright drops sparkling on his black coat as he passes the sheep and turns them. He also must be a decent technical boxer going by the number of national amateur titles that he won.
Circling in front again, the dog overtakes, turns them, follows, and turns again, and patiently works them along till his troublesome charges are safely among their fellows. There isplenty of rainfall predicted for that area.Most of the fish sitting in the estuary should be entering the river as I type this. If sent to hurry the little flock, he dashes at the hindmost, barking his orders.Here the master whistles Fred to the right. Nothing is visible to him, but off scurries the obedient dog, barking frantically, circles, and stops.
When my kid gets around to it she will send you pictures, sorry Ia€™m not the computer savvy one.
Anglers tend to give you space, the scenery is beautiful and the Osprey's always put on a show. I managed a few smallmouths and had a nice brown follow my 3-inch stickbait for about 15 yards.
Off he dashes, perhaps fifty feet or so ahead, and dropping to the ground with nose between his paws, he waits till the flock is close upon him ; then he springs up and trots ahead again, and once more quietly waits their coming.Fred! It was pretty cool, the water was clear and you could see the fish slash and slash at the stickbait. The master walks away, and Fred, understanding perfectly that he must keep the flock, swiftly circles round them and brings them to a halt. Can't wait to fish all the local streams, as they all will have a new look and feel to them.
Here, alone, he holds them, keeping them closely together while Peter and the master gather the other side of the hill, and return two hours later to find the sheep quietly grazing and Fred lying as quietly watching them.Two ewes wander a little too far. Scarcely rising to his feet, the dog slips quietly through the grass beside them, and they turn and slowly rejoin the band, cropping as they go.
Fred trots quietly around his charges, sees that all are safe, then drops down again, watching them ceaselessly with shining eyes, and not a ewe or lamb is missing when the returning master adds his flock.Steadily we climb, through the golden afternoon.
Thank you again for Morgan, she is a gem, here is her 9 week picture (the ear did come down).
Occasionally shy deer peer through the brush, the warm air is sweet with the breath of bloom, and a distant eagle screams as he sweeps in stately circles over the Peak.
The flocks number in the hundreds as we finally reach the summit, where we are met by the shepherd and Tweed, with another band. In go the dogs, and send the sheep briskly down the trail, while Peter, circling far behind of his own accord, often brings in a stray ewe that has slyly dropped out.Yonder is a place where the whole band broke away years ago, and never have forgotten it, but neither have the dogs. I especially remember fighting Nadeem Siddique in Nottingham and he had a very big fan group. Wednesday was spent in the upper fly zone and wasslow in the morning but pretty consistent in the afternoon. With a fierce challenge the collies vigorously meet the flying band, and force them back to the trail more roughly than we have seen them do yet, in punishment, perhaps, for their presumption and past sins.
She has bolted away several times, and given Peter much trouble to bring her in ; but his Scotch is up, as she dashes away again. I have not downloaded them onto the computer, as I know---thequality will not be there.My Olympus Camera has finally said no more. I have no idea what Erie will look come late October, early November, but I am hoping they get some serious rain up there. He springs in before her, and with a dexterous hoist of his body sends her tumbling end over end, which is his own cure for these troublesome bolters, and was never known to fail. RIP--that camera has served me well.A April 24, 2012Well, spent a few hours chasing some wild trout.
Ialso landed a smallmouth bass, a few small brown trout, afew small rainbows (steelhead smolts ?), a fallfishand a baby AtlanticSalmon. As if shot from a cannon, the ewe bangs against him, and over goes Tweed, howling rolling over and over, down the steep hillside, all four feet kicking at once, in angry protest as they come uppermost ; and his chap-fallen expression, as he struggles to his feet and slinks away, shows that Tweed is both a sadder and a wiser dog. The Mohawk egg pattern accounted for many smaller fish and the salmon sized Light Spruce fly produced a few hookups. Though all are trained alike in a general way, two collies differ as widely in characteristic methods of work as two men,each possessing a distinct individuality of his own.Ah!
All the battles I’ve been in before, against the likes of Siddique, Johanneson and Murphy, I’ve come off better. Last years--One Day Trip-- hot fly,Olive bugger with White marabou tail and redcrystal flash also received plenty of attention and did account for 2 fish. The guyI was fishing withused plenty of flies with smaller bucktail flies doing most of the damage. After much hard running the flock is finally under control, but a bunch of lambs has become separated in the confusion, and after circling helplessly, stampedes in wild disorder.
I didn’t see Derry’s last fight against Stephen Ormond but Ormond has the same style as me. He didhook-up with a few fish while usingmy Death Stonefly, landing one nice Coho.I can tell you this---the next few weeks will provide some serious action. Peter tries his wise best to work the foolish little things back, vainly attempting to head them off.but they jump over him, halfa-dozen in succession, ears and tails flapping wildly as they clear his broad back. I hear he went after Mathews, gave him no time to think and beat him quite comfortable with those tactics.


There are fish in the system at this moment and with the water release at 1800 CFS and the rain. Then I moved my way upstream, landing 2 browns in short order, then I noticed another yellow bug. While the master separates the sheep, let us sit on this sunny hillside and watch the collies as they circle round the running lambs.
They never bark at them as they would at old sheep, but merely follow and slowly check them by degrees. Besides, if I lose, they’ll start charging me again to get in at The Saddlers (Walsall FC)! All in all we landed 8 species of fish: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Bluegill, Green Sunfish, Fallfish and a Crappie. The little things are both obstinate and foolish, and at first pay no attention to the quiet collies that trot patiently round and round, quietly gather them together, and at last stop their wilr1 run. Slowly, and with marvelous patience they are turned, jumping over each other, then over the dogs, and it seems a hopeless task even to attempt to take them the half-mile to the corral, but in a couple of hours time Fred and Peter come slowly up to the gate with them, not a lamb hurt or missing, and their first acquaintance made with these gentle protectors and friends. Peter is a favorite, bright even beyond the ordinary collie, his first appearance in the field showing a canine reason. Then he suddenly spied a huge rock; straight for it he went, and springing into sight upon its top, he stood a moment, one paw uplifted, ears up and nose a-quiver, a pretty picture, gave two quick glances, and was down and with the sheep again, and quietly drove them straight across the field to the hidden gate. Often, till he learned the hills, did he leave the sheep,, and on some high point literally take his bearings, to return to his charge and take them down the better way, justifying his masters assertion that surely the line between reason and instinct is closely drawn in the Scotch collie. He was a ready match for a certain obstinate old ram, that always fought the dogs and delayed their work ; till at last when sent for the flock Peter went first for this old enemy, and there, nose to nose, both heads bobbing excitedly, he would angrily bark and growl, till the conquered ram at last would make a sudden bolt, and the victorious Peter calmly gather in the flock.
A most conscientious dog, his work was done faithfully and well till years disabled him; but Fred, more alert to praise, did best were strangers present, when he abounded in bright ways and brilliant work, done with a comically conscious air of superior excellence.
The young man pondered a little, then to the country saddler he went and ordered made from his description little leather shoes. It made my kids smile and gave us a great family moment when my son asked: what does it eat? He took to them kindly, like the wise dog he was, wore them gratefully, and after a long days run through flying seed, off would come the shoes, leaving his feet sound and well. She looks at me with a absolutely no freakn way look and goes, so daddy, How much money do I have to pay you. Meekly he would let his shoes be donned, regarding his master quizzically the while, and wear them complacently enough in view, but let him be sent for sheep a little out of sight, a little delay would be noticed, then out from behind some bushy clump or sheltering rock Fred would gayly emerge, with many gambols to divert the eye.
I think he will excell, and it will be good for the boys to learn how to deal with him (other than play). Clyde closely resembles Fred, whose days are past; and till the present puppy, tiny Tweed, grows to working age, Clyde is the mainstay of the gathering. There is no better way to cool down in the summer heat than wet wading and catching some fish. Help fulfills his name on other portions of the large range ; but either are true types of the working collie, willing and faithful helpers till years disable them. We purchased Pruett (black collar male from Zoey x Doc August '08 litter) and were so thrilled with him that we had to get another!
Either one is sent for sheep entirely out of sight in a large field, and patiently hunts till he finds them, then brings them in alone ; and Gyps mother, Bessie, brings in the entire flock from her owners small range just as readily as from the field.
A few weeks later we welcomed Daphne (hot pink collar female from Anna x Doc August '08 litter) into our lives.
They brought with them their stock dogs, the Fox Shepard, the origin not known, but have survived in Scotland for centuries.
Smallies, Largemouth Bass, Redbreast Sunfish, Bluegill and a White Perch were the fish I brought to hand. McNab returned to the Grampian Hills in Scotland for the sole purpose of getting some of the dogs he was used to working.
The pool we were fishing was loaded with suckers and chubs and I did see a few trout and a couple of nice sized smallmouth bass. He brought Peter back with him, leaving Fred to have his training completed, and he was later sent to America. I know I have plenty going on inmy life and concentrating is hard, but my goodness-- I don't think I have ever had a dry spell like this.
He quickly learns new commands and we are currently practicing, "seek", where we will tell him to "sit and stay" and then we go hide his ball and tell him to "seek" and he finds it. These two dogs were bred to select Shepard females of the Spanish origin, which were brought to this country by the Basque sheepherders, and that cross was called the McNab Shepherds because Mr. The temps during the day were brutal and the skeeters made me pay for attempting to fish Cherry Run. I waited and waited, nothing happened.I even made an effort to stop at a likely spot for fish taking spent spinners. I only fished where some cool tributary water emptied into Penns.Saturday was tricky with a few bugs in the air. She loves to play in the snow!!She has been doing really well in the house, she is a very quick learner.
Sunday evening was reverse fashion -- Isos then BWOs.I got a half-decent picture of a Iso stuck in the shuck. Any questions as to what to tie, just shoot me an email or use the Contact 2Bonthewater page.
I know the "puppy stage" lasts for awhile, but if it continues to go as smoothly as it has been going, it will definitely be a breeze.
He named this pup Jet he was black with a faint white line up his face, a white chest and a small amount of white on his feet.
Some of these dogs will have a wider strip up the face (Bentley Stripe) and a ring around the neck, there are also instances of pups with brown on their face and legs but will still be mostly black. She loves to play fetch and she is really good at it, which is surprising to me for her age.
She is such a sweet puppy, she is always trying to make friends with all the animals she meets, most which unfortunately haven't been too fond of her. The fish took a CDC Sulphur pattern -- it was DARK, no light at all when the fish took the fly.
I stayed off Penns during the heat of the day-- it was 90 degrees in the afternoon on both days.
Alexander McNab and his family raised sheep in Scotland, but longed for a warmer climate and enticed by the news of the West, set out across the Atlantic to America.
I made an attempt to fish Cherry Run and landed 2 brookies in short order on my Moth pattern.
Miah is starting to be a little friendly, not much, but like I said, Tymber is a persistant little pup and I believe that eventually they will be pals. All that cold water coming from a quarry and the creek itself in that area is near lifeless. Fished a deeper pool and had the fish swiping at emergers.If you could find a riser that would NOSE your dry fly-- the fly was switched to a weightless Pheasant Tail and the fish would swipe at that. McNab was not satisfied with the type of working dogs he found locally, and in 1885 he returned to Scotland for the sole purpose of importing the type of dog(s) he had been accustomed to working with. We will be taking her on her second fishing trip tomorrow, which is always very exciting for us.
The bridge is now being painted a Hunter Green color.Most of the creeks in the OleyValley are really low. Even with the rain, the creeks remain very low.A I have a trip scheduled to the Salmon River planned inlate September thanks to Jack.
She loves playing with any kind of plants and grass- we are hoping she grows out of that stage for our landscape's sake!
Without Jack's kindness and awesomeness, I would not be going salmon fishing.A I have startedtyingflies for the upcoming salmon trip. A caddis skittering about on the water was dead meat after only a few feet of staying on the water. It was said that these two male dogs were bred to female dogs of Spanish origin, which were brought to this country by the Basque sheep herders. Anywho, I just wanted to let you know what a great pup she is and how much Tyler and myself enjoy having her. I have searched (and continue to search) to find out the type of dog the Basque may have brought with them to California, and my findings were contradicting. The kids had fun--but the wind was brutal.A April 11-- Did some scouting on Manatawny Creek for tomorrow. Zoe competed in a National Beauty pageant and won honorable mention in the beauty competition (FYI -- Zoe wears no make-up, fake hairor fake teethand she competes in the natural division--she is my little girl and I would never DRESS HER UP like all those crazy folks you see on TV).
We dressed as fishermen, answered a question about each other and then Zoe did some fly casting on stage. Even found a very nice sized fish who swiped at a caddis dryand followed a skittered caddis shoreline to shoreline.
He is everythingA I could have ever hoped for in a German Shepherd and I am really happy that I got him.
The sportsman then proceeds to tell me that he is going to cross the creek and kick my BLEEPITY BLEEP.
Zoe was crowned Little Queen when she won the Pennsylvania state pageant back in 2006 while competing in a Sunburst pageant. Spoke to the gentleman again, with Ronnie explaining that the area is posted and the signs are on the road. There are plenty of out of the way smaller streams that are teeming with Smallmouths, Carp and a variety of Panfish. They are easy to see too, especially when the wings are made of CDC.A I won't be out fishing again any time soon. We hit a Class A stream and found that the water was low, the wind was ripping and the trout really didn't want to play.
If you want to wet a line--give me a shout and I'll do my best to put you on some fish.A Trout fishing locally will cease with water temps hovering around 70 degrees.
Several people in our training class have commented on his lovely conformation as he trots across the room while playing with the other pups. Big Spring Creek, Letort, Yellow Breeches, Big Fishing Creek or Spring Creek are some of the streams that are fishable in the summer.
We can also hike along some cool mountain creeks in search of native brook trout or wild brown trout.
Perkiomen Creek -- air temp 89 degrees, checked the temperature at two spots, temps were 70 and 69 degrees -- Taken between 415-425 pmA Manatawny Creek -- air temp was 88 degrees, checked the temperature at three spots, temps were 76 degrees at Red Covered Bridge, 74 degrees above TIKI bar and 76 degrees below the Rt. It was awesome to watch them try to escape the water as they tried to reach land so that they could dry their wings. Vinny caught a Smallmouth Bass on a worm and Zoe landed a nice-sized Brown Trout on a crayfish lure. He's a great dog!A Anyway, hope all is well in your part of the world and that you are enjoying the holiday season.
This heatwave has made most ofthe local trout streams too warm to fishfor the catch and release angler. Maiden Creek below Ontelaunee Lake should provide anglers with some fishthat are willing to bite.
You can find Carp, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bassand a wide assortment of panfish to keep you busy.
Take some cold water with you !!!Your best way to keep the water cool is to freeze a bottle or two of water the night before you head out. As the day heats up, the water bottles will slowly melt, leaving you with nice cold waterto drink throughout the day.
I believe I have seen, little black quills, black quill gordons, spring blue quills, quill gordons, a few caddis, BWOs, little black and little brown stoneflies. Although I had some concerns on how Gracie would react, from the first walk that we did on the way home from Patchwork, she has been wonderful. Already they play together, with Gracie laying down so that she is on Argus' level, letting him crawl all over her.
He already knows his name, figured out how to negotiate the step up the deck, and how to run from me when he picks up something I don't want him to have.
He follows us around from room to room and always sleeps next to us when we are in the room. I do have a crate and have used it but not very much, mostly I just watch him and when I catch that certain look I just take him out and tell him to go potty.
I'll probably be fishing with a friend on Sunday evening or taking the rugrats to drown some worms!!! When I was in shop he would play under my bench and when he was tired he would sleep under my stool. I fished for 30-minutes on Manatawny and landed 2 wild browns on a tan caddis dry fly in the area where the water temp was 68 degrees. Temperature wise, if it is 90 degrees outside, pretty sure most, if not all of the local trout waters will be at 70 degrees or higher. Landed a few trout on smaller pheasant tails, copper johns or midges fished under a bobber. We don't wantto kill the trout.The trout that survive through the summer will offerus great fishing in the fall. I have not made a trip to the Schuylkill River as of yet, but I'd bet the house that the smallie action should be pretty darn good.
A Sunday, I was able to fish a local Class A water and noticed many Blue-Winged Olive spinners. You can also takeyour watercraft outbefore Epler atCross Keys Road or at Muhlenburg Township park which is below the PFBC Epler Access. This is the gentleman who created my prior bamboo rod that was broken by my father while fishing for wild brown trout. He and Gracie had a good time exploring and finding just about every kind of poop there is out there. There is little room to fish, unless you don't mind walking the shoreline that is covered with all types of vegetation, including Poison Ivy. So, the sun was out and the second my rugrat was on the bus --I was down the road to fish some Class A waters in search of brown trout willing to take a dry fly on my newBamboo fly rod. Pleny of fish to be caught in this body of water, that is if you can get to them.A Manatawny Creek fished OK. Everyone that meets her is in awe of not only her beauty and structure, but even more so of her super sweet and willing disposition.A  I cannot say enough about her.
She is very gentle, smart, intelligent, super athletic, and just wants to please and love everyone.A  She loves to crawl into our laps and pretend she is a tiny lap dog. I managed one fish landed, one fish missed and one fish lost before I had to run to the truck. A His big brother Jackson and he are the best of buds, they have really bonded into something special!
A Also, wea€™d like to thank you for letting us come out and see him when he was a puppy, and for giving us little updates on how he was doing when he was just a lila€™ guy.A  (10lbs when we picked him up to take him home seems little compared to the size he is now!
After working for a vet for more then 10 years my husband had to really talk me into getting a GSD.
Best trick tonight was to cast down and across and inch an emerger back to the shore, pausing it at spots were a fish just rose.
I made my cast---the fish slid out from under the brush---he sat in a lane with his mouth open waiting for my fly---with ease, he swallowed the fly. She has gone though a basic and advanced off leash obediance class and this comming year brings more fun with tracking and agility classes signed up. No wild trout today, but the Rainbows were very colored up with beautiful pink fins and the Browns looked like they have been living in the stream for years. We are now thinking of getting her a little brother and look forward to coming out to visit and meet more parents. This stretch used to provide some very nice smallmouth action, but the last few trips here have been poor.
Soon the ice will be a few inches thick and it willbe game on.I really miss not having aShowdownDigital Fish Finder.
He is adapting quickly to his new home on Orcas Island, WA A and after 3 days already knows his new name.
Thursday was brutal where I saw creeks that were in perfect shape one minute, turn into Willy Wonka within' two hours. Switched to a spent spinner pattern and hooked up twice--snapped one off and landed a nice stocker brown. The water is up from recent rains inthe valley, but the stream was clear and in perfect condition. We have had him for two days now and he has already learned his name, learned how to come when called, walks great on a leash, has learned the command "gentle" for when he takes things with his mouth, is completely potty trained and sleeps all night long in his crate with no problems. The Schuylkill River and a few tribs shouldprovide any cat or carp angler with a few bites each nite.
We have never seen such a loving, well behaved, intelligent puppy before and we feel so lucky that he is now a part of our family. Channel catfish prefer dead baits andsmaller live bait, while the Flatheads prefer larger live bait. Carp will eatsmaller live bait including minnows andcrayfish along with the standard fare of homemade MUSH bait or whole kernel corn.The bottom line is--It doesn't really matter what bait you areusing.
I ventured downstream and left the best water to the Old Top who showed up 5 minutes after I did.
John and I were so pleased to see the safety measures that you take prior to letting anyone be near or handle any of the puppies. Because of your loving care for your dogs we now have two of the greatest puppies that anyone could ever ask for in life!
I am grateful for the time that we were able to spend with the puppies getting to know each and every one of them. But, by now it was pitch black and it was raining pretty good and thelightning made it look like the 4th of July came early.I managed to land 2 fish on my emerger pattern androll 2 other trout. I volunteered a few hours Sunday morning with the A Great Day Outdoors fellas, Roger and Bob who help put together the Bob and Jeff Miller Trout Fishing Clinic, which is a mentoring program for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters.The fish were provided by Mike's Tattoo and Body Piercing that is located in Reading, PA. As I made my way back to the best water, fisherman number 2 decided to make a dash to the head of the pool--thanks big guy !
I made a few attempts to fish some midges deep and again my offerings went without a nibble. You are wonderful about keeping everyone informed through your website just as you did while we were waiting to be able to take the Sebastian and Kasia home. I figured, the only chance I had at landing a trout on this side of the river was with my spinning rod, stickbaits or the pink worm. We were also very impressed that you were so willing to let us come visit and you even encouraged us to do so.
Started out at the mouth of Sacony Creek but there was some serious bridge work going on, so I left after a few casts. I helped a few kids land some trout and was able to see many folks that I have not seen in a few years. We thoroughly appreciate that you allowed us to be a part of the puppies lives even before they were in their new home. So, now we have 4 anglers in a very small area, not what I had imagined for my day of fishing. Through your attentive behavior to each and every one of your puppies we new the silly things they did, what they liked to play with all the way down to their little itchy spot that they liked to have scratched.
Caught some nice bluegills, onebrown trout, pumpkinseeds, green sunfish, agolden shiner and I almost hooked into a very nice largemouth bass.
We had a great time and found some really neat critters and managed to catch a fish or two. Because of all your love and attention we have two beautiful, healthy puppies that we will get to love for years to come.A A Thank you so much for our beautiful puppies! Kids and water mean plenty of noise,lots of splashing and lots offun.Normally, 750pm is about the timethe sulphurs start popping off.
We caught a good number of wild brown trout and missed many more.The slower pools had fish sipping in Little Yellow Stoneflies. A  I got hopeful when I found your pages, with your dog Penny, who reminded me so much of our Isis, who was a beautiful, athletic,and loving black and red blanket pattern longcoat. You DID say on your page that your goal was to find the right dog for people, right down to the color. Plenty of yardwork to make the little woman happy, drive happy little woman to her mother's house and call your best friend to go fish a stream you have not fished in about 15 years. I didn't see Old Top land a fish, but I can guarantee that during the time I was downstream fishing, this dude landed a fish or two. The way you described the parents of different litters, and later the pups themselves, was exactly right.A  Patiently, you discussed all the little characteristics of each pup in a way that just about made up for our never being able to actually see the pups in person or hold them in our arms. Pashi learned every trick all of my other dogs know in one 10 minute session at age 11 weeks, and never forgot them.A  She and Itta (9 weeks) both sit at the door automatically now, better than any of our other dogs who have been working on it for ages. I saw some Iso's and huge stoneflies coming off and flying around.I caught a trophy Bluegill, no kidding check out the picture, almost 9 inches. We have been getting some cold nights that would help start the ice making process, but then we have warm days and some rain. Best guess would be late January to early February as to when we might get some safe ice.But, the way things are going, I wouldn't be surprised if we couldn't get on the ice until aroundthe middle of February. Saw a huge Barred Owl fly up the stream and hang out in a tree for a little bit before he flew elsewhere. He launched them up out of the water and onto the dirt bank like the bass fisherman do on tv. After I saw him boot his 4th fish in about 20 minutes, he goes: That's what I came here for. If you plan on doing any trout fishing in the area-- go early and go late or don't go at all. I left my headlamp in the truck so I had to walkout before it got too dark and miss the potential spinner fall. I then drove to another stretch of the crick and hooked up a few times fishing a brown spent spinner. I lost them at the bank.A Fish the mornings with a brown or white spent spinner and you might get a few takes on the surface.
My favorite is a "John's Spring Creek Pupa" tied in size 18 and 20 (Trout Flies of The East--page 93). I caught two brookies on a CDC sulphur dry fly and the rest of the fish were caught with nymphs. If you like to sitin your favorite chair and just chill out--- carpin' and catfishing shouldprovide some solid action for you. What an amazing fish, especially on a 2 wt bamboo fly rod with a fly reel that is dated to the 1930's or 1940's. What a specimen.He looked like a submarine swimming in the water !!My first impression of the leviathan is that it was a wild fish.
Tonights fishing provided a mixed bag of fish, a few smallwild brown trout, along with a few stocker browns, stockerrainbows and the brook trout.
I topped it all off with a visit to Ted's house to show off the bamboo fly rod and talk shop. Two-- a stickbait--a Yozuri Pin's Minnow is my favorite-- is also tough to beat during cold, high and dirty water conditions. Three -- My favoritefor fly fishing is a 2 fly rig that consists of a bigger and brighter glowbug with a Green Weenie dropped off of it. It was about 40 degrees and raining.I didroll a larger fish on a midge, but aside from that, it was a very slow night. Cast down and across and hop the flies upoff the bottom with quick upward lifts of the fly rod.The fish would really strike hard. If there are rainbows around, they will hammer a nicely presented egg pattern pretty much any time of the year.
Local Class A waters are running at agood rate and are still on the cold side.Trout season opens next weekend for SE PA waters. Headed to the Little Lehigh and when I got there the lot was full and anglers were top to bottom. Fished the quarry hole and managed toland a few bluegill and a good number of smaller Largemouth Bass. I still have not figured out whyone day I will catch all browns, one day I will catch all rainbows and some days, you will catch a little of everything. Most ofthe bass were taken on smaller ice spoons tipped with waxies.With the heatwave we are in, not sure how much longer the ice will be around.
Drilling through the ice with my Nils 8 inch ice auger was too much for my shoulders.Hey, I have an 8 inch Nils Ice Auger for sale !!!
The PFBC was on the ice and it was the first time in over 10 years that I had my license checked.
We started the day using tungsten jigs, then switched to shrimpos and did some sight fishing.
I don't question why, but I will say that the Berkley Trout Worm in a PINK or ORANGE color will usually get you a few bites.
Can't wait to fish all the local streams, as they all will have a new look and feel to them.



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