Scottish Co-operative Scotmid has congratulated its local bakery partner, Ashers of Nairn, after it was crowned Scottish Baker of the Year.Ashers has in-store bakeries in 12 Scotmid stores across Inverness-shire and Nairnshire, supplying customers with rolls, pies, bridies, cakes and sweet treats. Ashers recently helped Scotmid celebrate the opening of its 100th in-store bakery in Scotmid Balloan in Inverness. JG Ross, another of Scotmid’s local bakery partners, was also recognised at the award ceremony.Stephen Brown, bakery and local sourcing manager for Scotmid, said: “We are delighted that Ashers of Nairn has been named the best bakery in Scotland for 2014 and we’d like to congratulate Alister, George and the team for their much deserved win.Customers“We are proud to be working in partnership with the team, and to have Ashers in-store bakeries in 12 of our stores. Ashers are not only experts at baking delicious bread, cakes and savouries, but they are also creative and innovative, and have been fantastic at developing new products exclusively for our customers.”Alister Asher, joint managing director for Ashers, added: “I’m absolutely delighted that Ashers has won the 2014 Scottish Baker of the Year. It’s been an exceptionally busy year due in no small part to the Scotmid partnership.”The win by Ashers is the second year that one of Scotmid’s bakery partners has scooped the title of Scottish Baker of the Year, after Stephens Bakery of Dunfermline won the award in 2013.Scotmid has been undertaking a major project to install bakeries into its stores across Scotland and Cumbria, in a drive to support more local bakers and provide an improved range of bakery products for customers.100 stores have now been fitted with bakery counters with help from a local bakery partner, offering cakes, savouries and baked goods, while other stores now stock locally-made, artisan breads. Store staff have also received special training from the bakers as part of the partnership.read more
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March 6, 2020 FABULOUS FRESHMEN: Eastern Washington’s Mason Peatling, Ellis Magnuson and Casson Rouse have collectively accounted for 37 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 47 percent of all Eagles points over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Peatling has been directly responsible for 48 percent of all Eastern Washington field goals over the last five games. The senior forward has 47 field goals and 25 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Weber State is 0-13 when scoring fewer than 68 points and 12-5 when scoring at least 68.STREAK SCORING: Eastern Washington has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 85.7 points while giving up 73.7.DID YOU KNOW: The Eastern Washington offense has scored 81 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles seventh nationally. The Weber State defense has allowed 71.3 points per game to opponents (ranked 201st). EWU looks to extend streak vs Weber State ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWeber State (12-18, 8-11) vs. Eastern Washington (22-8, 15-4)Reese Court, Cheney, Washington; Saturday, 5:05 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Eastern Washington looks for its seventh straight conference win against Weber State. Eastern Washington’s last Big Sky loss came against the Idaho Vandals 74-71 on Feb. 13. Weber State beat Idaho by eight on the road in its last outing.read more
After being awarded the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team will host the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Saturday evening.[/media-credit]Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense.With the strongest record in the nation and a recent, intense come-from-behind win Saturday, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team can’t quite explain why it will be hosting reigning NCAA-champion Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Saturday night.“They say the number one seed, Wisconsin, and everybody’s excited,” head coach Mark Johnson said in his Monday press conference. “Then they put the brackets up and put your team name up there, and then they come up with who we’re going to play, and everybody’s like, what? Where did that come from? I don’t have an explanation.”After a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory over Minnesota, the Badgers won the WCHA Final Face-off, earning them the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s automatic berth to the national championship. Still on an emotional high, the squad was shocked when Sunday night’s selection show aired.“I feel bad for the athletes,” Johnson said. “I feel bad for the players just from the standpoint that you play 36 games. We start, you know, September 15. It’s a long season. You end up having a great year, putting yourself in a real strong position and then you get kicked right in the belly.”With the Badgers feeling more punished than protected, many are questioning whether the committee is purposely trying to limit the number of WCHA teams in the Final Four. Between Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota and Wisconsin, the conference has won every national championship up to this point.“You look at the way things were put in place in ’07, you look at how they were put in place in ’08, and now I look at, you know, this season, and none of it makes sense,” Johnson said. “To me, especially protecting the one and two seeds was pretty black and white. But we’ve got all our teams now on one side of the equation.”Without an explanation, Johnson and his team are forced to take things one game at a time, looking ahead at their matchup with Minnesota-Duluth. This season, UMD went 1-2-1 in two overtime games against UW, and as the reigning NCAA champions, the Bulldogs should prove to be a tough opponent for the Badgers.“Hopefully we’ll have a big crowd and they’ll be entertained with a very good hockey game,” said Johnson. “The winner gets an opportunity to go represent our league at the Frozen Four, so there’s a lot at stake.”Against Minnesota, Wisconsin seemed relentless offensively and found a way to win with an overtime goal by Kelly Nash. The University of Wisconsin band also made the trip up to Ridder Arena, giving Badger fans extra excitement in an already dramatic game.“Having the band up there, I certainly want to thank them Saturday for making the trip up to Ridder Arena and being part of our championship game up there, because they made a difference,” Johnson said. “It created some excitement and brought some enthusiasm to our bench and to the rink we played in.”read more
Chelsea target Paul Pogba has hinted he could leave Juventus next summer.The former Manchester United man was chased by the Blues during the recent transfer window but no deal was agreed.The France international was reportedly keen to stay with the Italian champions as he continues to prepare for Euro 2016 next summer.However, while admitting he is committed to Juve now, the midfielder has hinted he could leave in the future.“Why did I stay? Why not? It was not a certainty I would leave,” the 22-year-old told Telefoot.“I am at Juventus, I am only thinking about Juventus.“I am at Juventus, but I do not know for how long. We will do this year and then see how things go.” 1 Paul Pogba