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Sam Warburton and adidas deliver BIG surprise to Welsh rugby player

first_imgThursday Apr 2, 2015 Sam Warburton and adidas deliver BIG surprise to Welsh rugby player On Saturday a Welsh village rugby player’s dreams became reality, as adidas and leading Welsh rugby player Sam Warburton delivered a size 21 surprise to Carl Griffiths of Trimsaran RFC. Carl hit the headlines in January 2015 as his rugby club, Trimsaran RFC, launched a search for some size 21 boots to replace the pair of 18s that Carl had been squeezing into and finally destroyed.After Carl had been told by numerous people that such a boot didn’t exist and couldn’t be made, adidas secretly took on the challenge of making the biggest rugby boot the company has ever created. Working from adidas HQ in Herzogonerauch, a team of adidas designers created two pairs of the brand’s Kakari model of boots – made for the biggest and most powerful players in the game – whilst Carl resigned himself to the fate of having to give up the game he loves.On Saturday morning, Carl was surprised by adidas when his club’s Twitter account received a message from @adidasUK letting them know they had some boots for him.There was one more twist in the tale though, with an unsuspecting Carl being delivered the boots by hand at his rugby club by Sam Warburton that afternoon.Speaking after delivering the boots, Sam Warburton said: “As soon as the team at adidas told me about this story I bit their hand off to be involved. I’ve had my fair share of injuries and breaks from the game over the years and I know it’s one of the worst feelings you can have. “It’s great to have been involved in getting Carl back on the rugby field and you can tell it means a lot to him and his teammates. I’m sure they’ll be reminding him that he has some big boots to fill now though!” adidas is one of the leading producers of rugby boots, with four unique designs catering specifically to the different needs of players across the pitch. For more information on adidas rugby boots and apparel, visit www.adidasrugby.com.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Nantahala Development, DuPont Upgrades, Ranger Shot

first_imgNantahala Development in the WorksA private inholding within one of the most rugged and pristine sections of Nantahala National Forest will soon be developed, and parts of the epic Fires Creek Rim Trail system will be bulldozed to accommodate the development. The U.S. Forest Service announced that it will allow parts of the Fires Creek Trail system to be removed in order to provide road access to private landowners of the Nantahala development nearby. The easement will allow the landowners to construct, at their expense, a road across Forest Service lands to their 50-acre tract of private property. The route of access involves reconstructing and repairing portions of Rockhouse Branch Road (Forest Service Road 340A) and Phillips Ridge Road (Forest Service Road 340A1) and constructing approximately one-third of a mile of new road on Forest Service lands. The private tract is completely surrounded by U.S. Forest Service lands in the Tusquitee Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest in Western North Carolina.Park Ranger Shot, Ruled AccidentIn a sad, strange tale, a ranger was shot and a woman was killed last week on the banks of north Georgia’s Lake Lanier. Lower Buford Dam Park ranger D.P. Wright was struck in the stomach by a bullet fired by Qiana Moore. The 70-year-old Wright approached Moore as she sat in her car to tell her the park was closed when Moore shot herself. The bullet traveled through the window of her truck and into Wright, according to police. A suicide note was found in the car. Wright is expected to make a full recovery and his family says he “looks forward to returning to the job he loves and particularly interacting and teaching children about water safety.”DuPont Gets UpgradeNorth Carolina’s DuPont State Recreation Forest unveiled a significant upgrade to its infrastructure Monday. Before a crowd of hundreds, N.C. Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler dropped the rope on two structures aimed at improving visitor safety and enjoyment. The new 120-foot-long, 10-foot-wide Hooker Falls Bridge spans the Little River from the Hooker Falls parking area on Staton Road, to the trails leading to the popular Triple and High waterfalls, while also doubling the size of the parking area. The Aleen Steinberg Welcome Center was remodeled from an existing 2,600-square-foot building, and will be the main contact point for visitors to the park.last_img read more

Fintech, Big Tech rivals drive growing dedication to innovation

first_imgOver the last decade, banks and credit unions have needed to respond to the impact of the financial crisis, the digitalization of the industry and mobilization of the consumer, an influx of traditional and non-traditional competitors, new regulations, and continued pressures on margins. Despite these challenges — or maybe because of them — we have seen an increase in the commitment to innovation from institutions small and large. Innovation has also driven the fintech sector, with new entrants offering competitive alternatives focused on digital delivery and improved customer experience.This increased commitment to innovation in response to consumer expectations and increased fear of non-traditional players are two of the primary findings of the 10th annual Innovation in Retail Banking report, sponsored by Efma and Infosys Finacle and published by the Digital Banking Report. The report includes a review of the previous nine years of the publication, providing a snapshot of the marketplace and innovation trends through the years. During this period, there was increasing investment in innovation, a shift from efficiency to experientially focused breakthroughs, evidence of continued strength of Eastern European and developing financial marketplace banks as innovators, and the integration of new technologies. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Toll rises to 19 from violence in Indian capital: Hospital official

first_imgAt least 19 people have been killed in the Indian capital during clashes between opposing protesters over a new citizenship law, a senior hospital official told Reuters on Wednesday, even as an eerie calm descended on some riot-torn areas of New Delhi.”There are 15 patients in critical condition,” the hospital official from the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital told Reuters, adding that a total of 19 people had now died at the facility. Police used tear gas and smoke grenades, but struggled to disperse stone-throwing crowds.The clashes, which coincided with a visit to India by U.S. President Donald Trump, erupted early this week between thousands demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist led government. Critics say the law is biased against Muslims and undermines India’s secular constitution. Topics :last_img read more

Algeria’s Mahrez tipped for top Africa award

first_imgThis year’s winner will be picked by CAF member associations’ national team coaches, a panel of journalists and television consultants.Aubameyang and Mane stand between Mahrez and a clean sweep of wins.For the 2015 awards, Gabon skipper Aubameyang was a surprise choice ahead of Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast and Manchester City.Aubameyang’s goals at Dortmund handed him the African crown and this past year he remained prolific in front of goal, netting 25 goals in 31 appearances in the Bundesliga.The mercurial Mane became the most expensive African player when he moved to Liverpool for a transfer fee of £34 million last year.The 24-year-old winger has since justified his high price tag, scoring nine goals in 19 matches for Liverpool this season.African champions Mamelodi Sundowns have two players –- Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe and Denis Onyango from Uganda –- in the running for the best African-based player.Zambia skipper Rainford Kalaba is the other contender for this award after his exploits with TP Mazembe in last year’s CAF Confederation Cup.English Premier League-based Nigeria youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) and Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) are top contenders in the various younger players categories , while the country’s team who won Olympic bronze are gunning for Team of the Year. Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez is favourite to be crowned African Footballer of the Year for 2016 on the back of his contribution to Leicester City’s shock English Premier League title win.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) title would make it a hat-trick of wins for the 25-year-old, who has already been named PFA players’ player of the year and BBC African player of the year.The CAF award ceremony — Africa’s most prestigious and now in its 25th year — takes place in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Thursday.Mahrez was a key figure for Leicester last season, which saw the English East Midlands club defy 5000-1 odds and predictions of relegation to clinch a fairytale title victory.He played in all but one of the Foxes’ games in 2015-16 and scored 17 goals.The slightly-built, right-sided forwarded also had humble beginnings, starting out with hometown club AAS Sarcelles in 2004.Also in the running for the CAF title are reigning footballer of the year, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, and the Liverpool and Senegal star Sadio Mane.Should Mahrez win, he will end a 19-year absence on the podium for a player from north Africa since Morocco’s Mustapha Hadji in 1998.Other Algerians to have won are Rabah Madjer in 1987 and Lakhdar Belloumi in 1981.Elsewhere in the Maghreb, the title has gone to Morocco’s Badou Zaki (1986) and Mohamed Timoumi (1985); Mahmoud Al Khatib (Egypt, 1983), Tarek Dhiab (Tunisia, 1977); and Ahmed Faras (Morocco, 1975) when the awards were organised by France Football magazine. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wacha, Beltran help Cards even World Series 1-all

first_imgIn this multiple exposure image, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha throws during the fifth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by Ronald BlumAP Sports WriterBOSTON (AP) — One is 22, brimming with vigor and riding a hot streak in the dawn of his career, the other is 36, injected with a painkiller just to make it on the field and refusing to succumb to discomfort during his first and perhaps last chance to earn that elusive ring.Michael Wacha and Carlos Beltran, both trying to make the most of their first World Series, helped lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night that evened the matchup at a game apiece.“It’s the World Series, big-time game,” Wacha said.Wacha bested John Lackey in a matchup of present and past rookie sensations, Beltran provided a big hit and this time it was the Red Sox who were tripped up by fielding failures.“Somebody would have to kill me in order for me to get out of the lineup,” said Beltran, undeterred by bruised ribs that landed him in the hospital a night earlier. St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Holliday (7), Jon Jay (19) and Carlos Beltran (3) celebrate after Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Matt Holliday tripled and scored on Yadier Molina’s fourth-inning grounder, but David Ortiz put Boston ahead 2-1 in the sixth when he pounced on an 85 mph changeup for a two-run homer just over the Green Monster in left field.That ended Wacha’s scoreless streak at 18 2-3 innings — a rookie record for a single postseason — but it was all he gave up. Selected by St. Louis last year with the first-round draft pick received as compensation when Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels, Wacha has been so good lately that a St. Louis restaurant he walked into had named a milkshake after him, the “Wacha Wacha.”Wacha, the NL championship series MVP after beating Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice, threw a career-high 114 pitches and allowed two runs, three hits and four walks in six innings with six strikeouts. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four outings this postseason, matching the amount of regular-season wins he has in his brief career.“They don’t swing at bad pitches, really,” Wacha said. “They did a good job tonight grinding out at-bats with me and got the pitch count up.”But then Lackey, who in 2002 with the Angels became the first rookie in 93 years to win a World Series seventh game, faltered in a three-run seventh. St. Louis went ahead when Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly that led to a pair of runs, with the second scoring on errors by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and reliever Craig Breslow — both making their Series debuts.Beltran, an eight-time All-Star, followed with an RBI single. He had been sent to a hospital for scans Wednesday night after bruising ribs while banging into the right-field fence to rob Ortiz of a grand slam. Beltran appeared to be wearing protective padding under his jersey.“When I left the ballpark yesterday, I had very little hope that I was going to be in the lineup with the way I felt,” he said. “When I woke up, I woke up feeling a little better. And I came to the ballpark, talked to the trainer. I was able to get treatment and talk to the doctors, and find a way to try anything I could try just to go out there and feel no pain.”He said he took an injection of Toradol to block the pain for five or six hours.“The good thing is tomorrow I have the day off,” he said.When the Series resumes Saturday night in St. Louis, Jake Peavy starts for the Red Sox and Joe Kelly for the Cardinals. Twenty-nine of the previous 55 teams that won Game 2 to tie the Series went on to take the title.“Excited to get home. I know everybody is,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.St. Louis’ hard-throwing bullpen combined for one-hit relief. Carlos Martinez got six outs, retiring Mike Napoli on an inning-ending popup with two on in the eighth. Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side on 11 pitches in the ninth for a save, whiffing Daniel Nava with a 99 mph fastball to end it.Seeking its second championship in three seasons, St. Louis improved to 7-0 this postseason when scoring first and stopped Boston’s World Series winning streak at nine. That run began with a sweep of the Cardinals in 2004, when St. Louis never led the entire Series.This year’s opener was more of the same, when the Cardinals made three errors and the Red Sox romped 8-1.Lackey, pitching a day after his 35th birthday, returned this year after missing all of 2012 due to elbow surgery. In his first Series appearance since his Game 7 win 11 years earlier, he couldn’t hold the lead Ortiz gave him with his 17th postseason homer, his fifth this year.“We’ve got to go out there and play better than we did tonight,” Ortiz said. “Nobody can dictate that you’re going to win four straight games every time you go out there for the World Series.”NOTES: The Red Sox had not lost in the Series since Game 7 in 1986 against the New York Mets. … With no DH allowed in the NL ballpark, Boston manager John Farrell said Ortiz will likely play first base in Game 3. Napoli would sit. … Victims of the Boston Marathon bombings were honored during the seventh-inning stretch as singer James Taylor led the crowd in “America the Beautiful.”last_img read more